Bill Ward Makes Surprise Appearance With Black Sabbath Bandmates

Black Sabbath were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday. Ozzy Osbourne missed the event while drummer Bill Ward reunited with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler to accept the prize, according to The Birmingham Mail.

Now in its 60th year, the annual UK music industry event organized by the British Academy Of Songwriters And Authors honors the work of songwriters and composers.

Backstage, Iommi confirmed Black Sabbath would launch their farewell world tour in 2016, something Osbourne recently revealed. Ward said it was great to see Iommi and Butler again and admitted he felt "very uncomfortable" knowing they had been on tour without him. I hope that can change," he added.

Ward's appearance was a surprise given the recent exchange of lengthy public notes with Osbourne over a disagreement about the drummer's fitness level for Black Sabbath's world tour in support of their last album, "13." Read more here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 05/22/15

Nickelback Wanted By Police For 'Crimes Against Music'

Nickelback has just rubbed one more group of people the wrong way: the Australian police. The Queensland, Australia, police have charged the rockers with "crimes against music."

Ahead of the band's show at he Brisbane Entertainment Center in Boondall, local police posted a wanted poster for the band to Facebook, writing, "BOLO. Be on the Lookout. Wanted. For Crimes Against Music.

Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians around Boondall this evening. Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred."

Just in case that wasn't enough of a warning, the police also took to Twitter to issue an "urgent police warning": "Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight." Read more here.

Scott Weiland Addresses Member Exit Rumor

Scott Weiland took to his Facebook account this week to clear up speculation that drummer Joey Castillo has quit the former Stone Temple Pilots new solo band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.

The online rumors started after fans noticed that the former Queens of the Stone Age drummer did not perform with the band at a show in Lawrence, Kansas on Tuesday night.

Weiland posted a message to fans to explain that Castillo has only stepped away from the band temporarily and Mike Avenaim, who played on several tracks and co-wrote one song on the band's debut "Blaster", would be filling in.

Weiland wrote, "Just to clear up the confusion - Joey has NOT left the band. He is recording for a week with BL'AST and will meet back up with us on the 27th. I've known about this for months, hence lining up our friend Mike Avaneim [sic] to fill in."

Alex Lifeson's Arthritis One Reason For Rush's Final Tour

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has opened up about the severity of his arthritis - and bandmate Geddy Lee fears it's the single biggest factor that'll end their touring career.

The Canadian giants are on the road in the US just now, on a trip they've stopped short of calling their farewell. It's been thought that drummer Neil Peart's desire to be with his family could be the deciding issue - although he's also suffering from tendonitis.

But Lee tells Classic Rock's Paul Elliott: "For Alex the arthritis is not a small thing. If anything is going to mean we can't tour any more like we used to, it's more than likely going to be the arthritis - because that's something that will directly affect his ability to play.

"If I was going out on stage and I couldn't play the way I want to, or the way I've played in the past, there's no way I'd want to do it. I wouldn't want to go out there and be a shadow of my former self."

He adds: "it kind of hurts me to see him when he's having a bad day, physically. He's one of my oldest and dearest friends. And when he's been at rehearsal and he's not playing his best, it's not nice to see your friend suffer like that. This thing is in the back of his mind, and he's afraid of it."

Lifeson reveals: "I've had it for ten years - and this is the first time I'm really feeling it in my hands and my feet. That's the way it goes." Read more here.

Rare Grateful Dead Memorabilia Stolen From Auction House

Grateful Dead memorabilia worth $75,000 (£48,000) has been stolen from an auction house. The items were sold as part of April's Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction, but were stolen before they could be delivered to the winning bidders.

The theft took place on the weekend of April 25 to 26 at Donley's Auction Services in Union, USA.Auction bosses now fear the goods will be destroyed by the thieves to avoid getting caught.

Randy Donley tells My Suburban Life: "Please help us solve this crime. I am offering a reward for its safe return. Please do not destroy it for fear of getting caught. We just want it returned."

Police say the items were being processed for shipping, with some awaiting collection by armored car. Read more here.

Roger Daltrey Threatens To End The Who Show Due To Pot Smoke

Roger Daltrey threatened to end The Who's concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on Wednesday due to fans smoking marijuana near the stage, which Daltrey is reportedly allergic to.

According to Newsday, "the smoke's impact was almost immediate on his voice, which went from crystal clear and potent for the opening 'I Can't Explain' to something rougher and more limited during 'I Can See for Miles.'"

After the show's fourth song, "The Kids Are Alright", Daltrey repeated the urgency of the issue, saying "Either stop it or the show will be over. So, it's your choice. I can't do anything about it, I'm doing my best."

Townshend then joined in the crowd's chant of "Eat it!" before adding, "Shove it up your f***ing ass. It's the quickest way. I think it's quicker than eating it."

"..and by far the most pleasurable," joked Daltrey in an attempt to lighten the moment.

Two songs later and the singer had had enough. "My voice is shutting down," said Daltrey. "I can do nothing about this. I'm close to walking because whoever is doing it…it's coming my way.

"F*** OFF!," demanded the singer.

"It's medicinal," joked Townshend as the band launched into "My Generation."

A few songs later, though, Daltrey had seemingly recovered. He hit the towering notes of "Love Reign O'er Me" with no problem and his voice got stronger from there. Check out video here.

KISS Can Move Forward Without New Music Says Stanley

KISS frontman Paul Stanley says it's not necessary for the band to record another album. He believes they had good reasons to make 2009's Sonic Boom and 2012's Monster - but that their tally of studio outings might stop at 20.

Stanley tells Classic Rock's Paul Brannigan: "There has to be a purpose to us doing an album. There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it's justified. Sonic Boom was an album that very much needed to be done, and Monster just felt like, 'Well, we did Sonic Boom - let's see where we go from here.'"

He adds: "Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in Kiss that right now it doesn't feel utterly necessary to make a new album." Read more here.

Rolling Stones Release Video Footage From Rare Club Show

The Rolling Stones are sharing video and photos from their Los Angeles club show on Wednesday. The Rolling Stones used the Fonda Thatre event as a warm-up to their upcoming Zip Code Tour of North America, which opens in San Diego on May 24.

Footage from the last-minute concert at the city's Fonda Theatre includes snippets of "Brown Sugar" and "Moonlight Mile", a track from the band's 1971 album classic, "Sticky Fingers", which was performed in its entirety ahead of its reissue on June 8 (June 9 in North America).

The remastered project will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions feature previously unreleased material and alternative takes of a selection of album tracks, including an alternative version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of "Bitch", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and "Dead Flowers"; an acoustic take on "Wild Horses", and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including "Honky Tonk Women" and "Midnight Rambler."

The Super Deluxe edition will also present "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!", a 13-track audio recording of the Stones March 1971 show in Leeds, shortly before they began their self-imposed UK 'exile' period in France over tax issues. A DVD includes two tracks from the band's Marquee Club show in London on March 26, 1971.

Check out the photos and video from the Fonda show here.

Zakk Wylde's BLS Go From Animal House On Steroids To Yoga

Zakk Wylde says Black Label Society would would be boring subjects for a tour documentary. Things have quieted down backstage since the Black Label Society mainman quit drinking after a health scare in 2009.

Wylde tells Guitar Interactive: "If we were doing 'Life On The Road With Black Label Society', we'd have to script in all the stories - because there's really not much going on. I hang out with my yoga instructor a lot. Back in the old days it was Animal House on steroids."

He jokes: "We always have a blast. Back in the old days there was a lot of boozing going on. Now it's sniffing a lot of glue and we get the same results. I wake up with my pants around my ankles and the fellas tell me I had a great time, and I don't remember much of anything."

BLS are touring in support of their latest album Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, but Wylde says he's always working on fresh material. Read more here.

Rush Book Crowdfunding Deadline This Weekend

A Rush fan book's crowdfunding deadline will be reached in this week - although the campaign has already secured nearly seven times its original target.

Fantoon creator David Calcano has put together a 150-page collection of fan cartoons, including comic strips, parodies, art and illustrations. He originally aimed to raise $3000, but the current figure is just short of $20,000.

Calcano explains: "Many of the jokes just are for Rush fans, so if you don't know about the band you won't get many of them. However, if you like art, comic strips, and appreciate illustration, you'll love this book, because the artistry is unbelievable!" Read more here.

Gene Simmons Insists KISS Will Make New Album

KISS will record their 21st album next year, says Gene Simmons - despite Paul Stanley's suggestion that it might not happen. Stanley recently told Classic Rock that he wasn't certain a follow-up to 2012's Monster would be made, and insisting: "We can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in Kiss that right now it doesn't feel utterly necessary to make a new album."

But Simmons tells "It will happen when we have time. I have music in me that needs to come out. I recently wrote a song called Your Wish Is My Command. It feels like a Kiss song and it just needs to be released on a Kiss album."

He states that all four band members are behind the plan, and adds that Stanley will once again play the role of producer. "I'm glad about that - I no longer have the energy to come to the studio every day," says the bassist. "Paul doesn't have so many other things in his life that demand attention, so he can concentrate fully on the project." Read more here.

Roger Waters To Headline Newport Folk Festival

Roger Waters will headline the opening night of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 24. Waters says he plans to deliver "an intimate appearance specifically crafted" for the event, set for July 24-26 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.

The former Pink Floyd bassist will top a bill that includes Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, the Watkins Family Hour and others, while The Decemberists will perform on Saturday and First Aid Kit will play on Sunday.

Founded in 1959, the festival features a variety of musical genres each year, and has notably introduced Joan Baez and Bob Dylan to a wider audience. Dylan's famous July 25, 1965 appearance caused an uproar when fans booed as the acoustic folk singer went electric with Mike Bloomfield on guitar alongside players from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Read more here.


Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White Going Vegas For Movie

Extreme, Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White are set to share a bill in Las Vegas at the end of the month for a show that will be filmed for a future cinema release.

The Metal Meltdown event is being held at the city's Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 30. The show is being filmed and recorded for a 3D theatrical release as well as DVD, Blu-ray, CD and vinyl formats.

Extreme will play their seminal album Pornograffitti in its entirety as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. Mike Portnoy will be behind the kit for Twisted Sister after AJ Pero passed away earlier this year. Read more here.



If you listen to classic rock radio on a daily basis, you'd be hard-pressed to go a full day without hearing the distinctive and powerful vocals of Lou Gramm blasting through your speakers.      

As the voice of Foreigner, one of rock's most popular and successful bands, Lou can be heard on every single one of the band's classic hits, which includes sixteen Top 30 songs and nine Top 10's over the years. For those into chart success, that's one less than the Eagles and the same as Fleetwood Mac.     

Here are the Top 10's: "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Feels Like The First Time," "I Don't Want To Live Without You," "Say You Will" and "Cold As Ice."  

You know them well.

And let's not forget "Head Games," the rock anthem, "Juke Box Hero" and other rockers such as "Dirty White Boy," "That Was Yesterday," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Long Long Way From Home" and "Break It Up" that cracked the Top 30.

By 1980, Foreigner's first eight singles (from their first three albums, Foreigner, Double Vision and Head Games) entered the Billboard Top 20 charts, making them the first band to achieve that feat since the Beatles.                     

On Friday, June 5, fans are in for a real rock and roll treat as Lou will performing a vast selection of those Foreigner hits, along with such solo hits as "Midnight Blue" and "Just Between You and Me," with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Guest Conductor: Brent Havens) and his band at the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia.         

One hit after another.

In 1978, shortly after the release of "Hot Blooded," Circus magazine remarked that Lou had a voice that Robert Plant might envy.  

Of course, the rest was rock and roll history as when all might have been said but not yet done, Foreigner would join Led Zeppelin on the Atlantic Records label as one of the most successful artists ever on the imprint.                 

In May of 2013, Lou, with the help of writer Scott Pitoniak, released a must-read autobiography titled, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll (Triumph Books).  

A month later, he would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.             

Lou and his band -- currently comprised of brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards -- have been on the road since the beginning of the year and have already performed a few dozen shows to date.

After the Chastain Park Amphitheater performance in early June, Lou will continue to tour throughout the year (see current itinerary below).

Come out and hear the voice behind the songs that have propelled Foreigner's worldwide album sales to exceed 75 million units, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all-time.       

Get your tickets now!        


If you'd like to do an interview with Lou regarding his career or tour dates, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at

Lou Gramm Official Website and Links

Lou Gramm Tour 2015*
Thursday, May 21 - Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington
Saturday, May 23 - Bakersfield Rockin Country Festival in Bakersfield, California
Friday, June 5 - Chastain Amphitheatre with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, June 6 - Old Shawnee Days Festival in Shawnee, Kansas
Saturday, June 20 - Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, Ohio
Saturday, June 27 - Rockin Ribs Festival in Augusta, New Jersey
Saturday, July 4 - Sun Peaks Concert Series in Sun Peaks Village, British Columbia, Canada
Friday, July 10 - Peacefest in Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Saturday, July 11 - BobStock in Fort Morgan, Colorado
Thursday, July 16 - La Fete Du Lac Nations in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Sunday, July 19 - Great S. Bay Music Fest in Patchogue, New York     
Monday, July 27 - Olds Agricultural Grandstand in Olds, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 31 - Rockin on the River Series in North Tonawanda, New York     
Friday, August 14 - Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin
Friday, August 28 - Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia
Saturday, August 29 - DeKalb Corn Festival in DeKalb, Illinois
Wednesday, September 2 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Thursday, September 3 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, September 12 - Clovis Music Festival in Clovis, New Mexico          

*Additional dates to be announced.

Mark Slaughter talks to Totally Driven Radio about new solo album, Slaughter, Vinnie Vincent & more

Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 – 11 pm Est time on the Totally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

Totally Driven Radio spoke with Mark Slaughter the former Lead Singer of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, and long time lead singer of Slaughter to discuss a ton of topics like….

Mark hangs out with us for over 25 minutes……

**The story behind the song Fly to the Angels

**If people have said to him, that they can’t listen to that song anymore, because it relates to someone

**if it was tough for him to perform early on

**his first full length solo album he released “Reflections in the Rear View Mirror”

**If he has wanted to do a solo album for a long time

**He played all instruments except drums on it

**How he is being hands on, and doing everything himself independently with the solo album

**that he was offered the Jack Russell’s spot in Great White, and also tried for the Velvet Revolver spot

**his recent appearance on “That Metal Show”

**he discussed the “real” reason, not the “Hollywood” version of why he wasn’t on the first VVI Album

**What if Vinnie Vincent called him today, to record some songs with him?

**any plans for solo acoustic shows, music

**any solo dates to support the solo album 

You can listen here to his full interview here

Go to Mark’s Site for dates, news & more

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Sharon Hendrix, Talented Back-Up Singer for Bob Dylan, Elton John, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Grace Slick & Starship, Olivia Newton-John and Others, Steps to Center Stage with Her Solo Debut

Sharon Hendrix has performed in over 8,000 shows and it’s only the beginning!

Los Angeles - After years of working just 20 feet from stardom Sharon “Muffy” Hendrix is stepping into the spotlight. Throughout her successful career Sharon has been singing backup on recording sessions and performing on stages across the world with top names including Bob Dylan, Elton John, Tom Jones, Grace Slick & Starship, Olivia Newton-John, George Duke, Dusty Springfield, Freddie Hubbard, Natalie Cole, Harry Chapin, Jermaine Stewart, Mac Davis, Billy Cobham, Michael White, Shirley Bassey and so many other notable musical talents.

Sharon Hendrix began her career as "Muffy" Hendrix singing in the church and school choirs and by the time she reached her teens she became part of The Young Americans, an international touring company of 30 singers from all across the country. Over the next two years Sharon toured the Far East twice, performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Kraft Music Hall and worked on various TV specials and commercials. Sharon earned a music scholarship to Chapman University and received her show business education on Las Vegas stages at the side of superstar entertainers including Debbie Reynolds and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sharon formed a lifetime friendship and working relationship with Barry Manilow from the moment the beloved superstar called her to replace one of the singers in his back-up band. In 1985 Sharon recorded the popular, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" duet with Barry that appeared on his "Manilow" album as well as the Billboard charts. Currently Sharon is performing with Manilow on his worldwide "One Last Time!" farewell tour which brings us to now!

Sharon's completing her solo debut album which will be available in the fall from Voss Records and has just released the title track, “Nowhere Fast” as the lead single. Sharon co-wrote the song with her producer, Dan Voss Jr. and trumpet virtuoso Steve Madaio. Sharon’s smooth vocal style sits over a contemporary urban Latin beat spiced with exciting percussion, a classic horn solo and an infectious rap by William “June Bug” Lee.

Between breaks in the Manilow tour the industrious Ms. Hendrix is finishing the new album as well as planning her solo career launch. Sharon’s been tirelessly rehearsing with her band working out arrangements on old and new tunes. When the tour ends this summer the Sharon Hendrix Nowhere Fast show will hit the road running and Sharon will be front and center exactly where she’s always been destined to be.

When she’s not on the road Sharon lives in southern California and is the proud mother of three lovely daughters.

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Rolling Stones Play Surprise Club Show

The Rolling Stones played a rare club show at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles Wednesday night as a warm-up to their upcoming Zip Code Tour of North America.

The band performed what they are billing as a "one-time only set" featuring the original "Sticky Fingers" album in its entirety with additional Stones hits.

The group are releasing a remastered version of the project on June 8 (June 9 in North America), and it will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.

Tickets for the rare club appearance at the 1,200 capacity venue sold out within minutes of going on sale at noon on Wednesday. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Plot Shot Down By McKagan

Duff McKagan has dismissed Guns N' Roses biographer Marc Canter's claims that he could reunite Slash and Axl Rose. Canter previously said he could get the estranged duo back on talking terms simply by having them meet in the LA rehearsal room where the band first honed their sound.

And the reunion rumours grew even louder when Slash recently said he'd "never say never" to a potential classic era lineup return. But former GNR bassist McKagan doesn't think it'll be as simple as that.

He tells Billboard: "That came out of left field for me. My manager sent me the link and I looked at it like, 'What the hell?' Little weird. But Marc is a good guy. He's been around forever, and if that's what he thinks, it's his thing."

While discussing his latest book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), the 51-year-old says his body is more susceptible to sickness after years of drug and alcohol abuse and that he has to be smarter about his workload as he gets older. Read more here.

Metallica Star Found Kurt Cobain Movie 'Challenging To Watch'

Lars Ulrich has described the Kurt Cobain documentary as "challenging" to watch and says some of the scenes were "too much." Ulrich's own band Metallica were the subject of 2004 documentary Some Kind Of Monster which gave viewers a close and personal look behind the scenes as they dealt with the most turbulent period of their career following the departure of bassist Jason Newsted.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently said Some Kind Of Monster was still difficult for him to watch. Speaking about Cobain: Montage Of Heck, Ulrich tells Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx: "I thought it was unique. Never quite seen a film like that. I loved being that close to Kurt, but I also had issues being that close to him, because it took a little bit of the mystique away.

"I was kind of sitting there going, 'Do I really need to see Kurt Cobain in a bathtub?' As a fan of Cobain, and as a fan of Nirvana, it was almost too much, it was almost too close. Because next time I hear Come As You Are or one of those songs, I'll still sit there and think of him in a bathtub of him shaving, or that scene at the end where he's holding Frances, and some of that stuff, which was challenging to watch." Read more here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Release Of All-Star Tribute Concert

On July 24, Lynyrd Skynyrd will release "One More For The Fans", a 2CD/DVD set featuring highlights from an all-star tribute concert held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last November.

The event featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, including Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant.

"Hearing all of these incredible musicians sing our songs was unforgettable," says guitarist Gary Rossington. "It was a really special night and I'm so happy our fans will now get to enjoy the show at home."

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, "One More From The Road", at the landmark theatre; the title of the tribute concert and release was inspired by that legendary album's title.

AXS TV will premiere "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans" on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST. Read more here.


Over the years, Dave Edmunds has worked with some of the biggest names in rock history - Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynn, Elvis Costello, Carl Perkins, Stray Cats, Status Quo, and Dion (among many others), in addition to issuing albums as a member of Rockpile and his own solo releases. And now, for the first time in his career, he is issuing an all-instrumental album, 'Rags & Classics,' which will be released on June 9th, via the MVD Entertainment Group. 

“I recorded this, off and on, at home, over a period of four months," explains Edmunds, "But I guess the idea of making a guitar album had been lurking subconsciously since I was seventeen years of age. That's when I discovered the fascinating guitar styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and (later) Jerry Reed, along with other truly innovative guitarists of the fifties & sixties music revolution.”

Edmunds swapped California for Monmouth 12 years ago, ending an immersion in the US music scene which began after signing with Led Zeppelin’s Swansong Records. The US became his focus. Since basing himself back in native Wales, Edmunds set up his own digital recording studio allowing him to record new material his way.

“I've chosen a selection of what I consider to be 'classic singles' from the past, but with a Fender Stratocaster guitar interpretation, along with others reflecting my earlier influences. As with my recent album, ‘Again’, there was nobody else in the studio at any time – just the way I like it!”

Featuring a wide stylistic variety of selections ("Green Onions," "God Only Knows," "Your Song," "I Believe I Can Fly," and "Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, Molto Allegro" are just a few), there is a little bit for everybody on 'Rags & Classics,' which once again reaffirms Edmunds as one of rock's most talented and adaptable guitarists. 

A Whiter Shade Of Pale
I Believe I Can Fly
God Only Knows
Wuthering Heights
Your Song
Black Mountain Rag
Classical Gas
Green Onions
Cannonball Rag
Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, Molto Allegro



Recently signed with JEWELL LANE RECORDS, McCLINTON, possesses a sound that appeals to a broad fan base ranging from the '80s Metal fans to the Modern Rockers. Bassist Peter Riot compares the McCLINTON sound to: "Shinedown and 3 Days Grace moving towards Pop Evil and Rev Theory."

This creative and dynamic group is comprised Michael McClinton (Lead Vocals), Marcelo Buby (Guitar/ Vocals), Gavin Lawrence (Guitar/Vocals), Peter Riot (Bass), and Rui Balla (Drums).

McClinton is excited to announce the up and coming tour dates with RED and Art of Dying! McClinton will be debuting their hot new single "Crumble"!!!

You can view the lyric video for “Crumble” here:

Previously, their EP, "New Risen," was released in 2013. The song, "Empty Silhouettes," accumulated accolades receiving 2 best of the year nominations --- Rock Song of the Year at the IMEA Awards, and Akademia Music Awards for Best Rock Song. The recent release of the full-length recording, "FINAL CLOSURE," spawned the standout track, "CRUMBLE," which is currently embarking on a major radio campaign. Bassist Peter Riot says: "Right now, we are all writing everyday, we are taking new material in a heavier direction with huge drums and giant bass groove. The sounds we are working on are sick." Fans are loving it!

Veteran acts are taking notice of McCLINTON, as evidenced by key opening slots with likes of Ace Frehley, Stryper, Dio Disciples, and Kip Winger, among others.  Michael McClinton said: "The experiences alone were worth every show we've played. These are the guys who hit the mark making music what it is today."

Marsha Jewell, President/owner, JEWELL LANE RECORDS, said she is very excited to have McCLINTON signed to her label and expects great success from these hard working, dedicated, musicians. "Michael McClinton appears to be a man of exemplary diligence, dedication, creativity, and stability. In this business these are traits that indicate to me that McCLINTON is highly marketable and has what it takes to give fans awesome concert experiences."

When asked where does Michael McClinton see the band going in the future, he replied: "Future plans? We are going out on the road, meeting our fans and making new friends. McCLINTON wants to share the stage with other kick ass acts.  I'm grateful to our label, JEWELL LANE RECORDS, for backing our tour and putting us out there rocking our music with the fans. This is what it's all about!" 

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Warren Haynes To Release Solo Studio Album ‘Ashes and Dust’ featuring Railroad Earth on July 24, 2015

GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist-songwriter and revered guitarist Warren Haynes will release a new solo studio album featuring Railroad Earth entitled Ashes and Dust on July 24, 2015 via Concord Records. The album, only the third that Haynes has ever released under his own name, is one of his most gorgeous, musically rich and personal albums to date, shining an entirely new light on Haynes' enduring creative spirit. Immediately and clearly different from his usual style, the album encompasses beautiful acoustic arrangements, a rootsy/Americana soundscape, folk-based songwriting and soulful, honeyed vocals. It also showcases new dimensions of Haynes as a guitarist, seeing him dive deeper into acoustic guitar and playing more slide guitar than he has played in a long time.

Listen to the first single from the album "Spots of Time," which premiered today on Consequence of Sound.

Ashes and Dust will be available on CD/Deluxe CD, Vinyl LP, and as a digital download and is available to pre-order at the Warren Haynes Webstore along with a new, exclusive Warren Haynes Bobble Head (back by popular demand!), Signed Poster, and T-shirt.

For more information on Ashes and Dust, visit

Ashes and Dust Tracklisting:
1. Is It Me Or You
2. Coal Tattoo
3. Blue Maiden's Tale
4. Company Man
5. New Year's Eve
6. Stranded In Self-Pity
7. Glory Road
8 Gold Dust Woman featuring Grace Potter
9. Beat Down The Dust
10. Wanderlust
11. Spots Of Time
12. Hallelujah Boulevard
13. Word On The Wind

Deluxe Edition (bonus CD):
1. Company Man (demo)
2. New Year's Eve (demo)
3. Glory Road (demo)
4. Wanderlust (demo)
5. Hallelujah Boulevard (live from 12/28/2006)

Controversial Ozzy Osbourne Move Even Questioned By Bandmate

Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin has spoken about his role in removing the original drum and bass tracks from Ozzy Osbourne's first two albums. The 2002 re-releases of Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman featured Bordin and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo - both then members of Ozzy's solo band - in place of co-founding band members Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley.

The controversial move was a result of legal action between the departed duo and Ozzy's management. Now Bordin tells "That was a really kind of f***ed-up thing. It's funny that no one's actually mentioned that.

"That wasn't what I was going in expecting to do. It wasn't the way it was presented to me at all. I never knew that - but that doesn't lessen the fact that it happened."

He refuses to "throw anyone under a bus" by suggesting who might be to blame, but adds: "I will say this - to hear the original guitar, bass and drum tracks in my headphones while I was recording was one of the most insane things I'll ever experience.

"I think I heard some guitar solos that I'd never heard before. There's a reason why those albums are so good - they're magical. Far be it from me to ever want to f*** with that." Read more here.

Bob Dylan Does Rare TV Performance On David Letterman Show

Bob Dylan doesn't perform much on late-night television. But when he does, he makes it memorable. On Tuesday night (May 19), Dylan did just that when he appeared as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was Letterman's second-to-last show ever.

Dressed in a black suit with red trim, a white shirt and a black string tie, Dylan sang "The Night We Called It a Day," a jazz standard from the 1940s that appeared on Dylan's recent album, the Frank Sinatra tribute Shadows in the Night. Dylan's voice took the lead against a smoky, late-night arrangement that stayed true to the studio version.

"Beautiful," Letterman said, stepping up to greet Dylan once the song finished. "Thank you, Bob." He turned then to the band, noting, "all brushes."

Dylan first performed for Letterman in 1984 (during the NBC incarnation of his show). He returned in 1992 and then again in 1993, the year Letterman moved his show to CBS. Read more and watch the performance here.

The Kinks Biopic Coming

The Kinks are the subject of a biopic written by award-winning duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, based on the official biographies of both Ray and Dave Davies.

It's to be directed by Julien Temple, who made the Sex Pistols' Great Rock And Roll Swindle, and stars Johnny Flynn as Ray and George Mackay as Dave.

Clement and La Frenais wrote 1998 rock comedy Still Crazy after a string of successful sitcoms including Porridge, The Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

Producer Jeremy Thomas tells Screen Daily: "This is the story of the Davies brothers growing up and the group's later disbanding. They're the Cain and Abel of rock, but their story isn't known as well as it should be." Read more here.

Rolling Stones Reveal Big Name Openers For Stadium Tour

With the Rolling Stones headed back into stadiums for their new Zip Code tour, the opening acts are shaping up to be as big and diverse as previous tours.

Gary Clark Jr. will support the tour kickoff in San Diego, while Walk the Moon, Kid Rock, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones have all been announced to appear at certain points.

Maybe most notable is the Nashville stop on June 17 at LP Field where Brad Paisley will perform ahead of the classic rock titans. Paisley and the Rolling Stones may make an odd pairing on paper, but under the stadium lights, fans will be hard-pressed to find a matching double-bill of some of music's biggest attractions. Read more here.

Steven Tyler Lands On Country Chart With New Solo Song

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has debuted on the US Billboard charts with his first country single, "Love Is Your Name." Billboard reports the song - written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay - enters the Country Airplay chart at No. 33.

Tyler issued the single to radio last week and delivered the debut live performance of the tune on the season 14 finale of American Idol on May 13th.

The Aerosmith singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records. Listen to the track here.

Clutch Frontman Reveals New Album Details

Clutch have revealed the name of their 11th album and seven of its tracks. Frontman Neil Fallon has confirmed to TeamRock that the follow-up to 2013's Earth Rocker is entitled Psychic Warfare, and it's due in September.

The band debuted some of their latest songs at a showcase gig in D'Angelico Guitars in New York this week. Fallon tells Alexander Milas on TeamRock Radio's Metal Hammer Magazine Show: "'Psychic warfare' is a lyric from the first track, X-Ray Visions.

"It's about a guy holed up in a motel for unexplained reasons, and he's under great duress, being attacked by psychically-empowered agents of unknown origin. At least, that's the back story I have in my head."

He says the concept is influenced by SF author Philip K Dick. "His general philosophy and questions have always crept into my lyrics, because I share an interest in it," he adds. "On Earth Rocker, Crucial Velocity was definitely a Philip K Dick song for me. On this record, X-Ray Visions certainly is." Read more here.

Aerosmith In The Studio For Toys In The Attic Anniversary

The latest episode of the syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Aerosmith's album "Toys in the Attic." The show sent over these details:

The perception that Aerosmith had broke with "Dream On" off their debut album is not entirely accurate. As drummer Joey Kramer recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard,

"The first album really didn't go anywhere until "Dream On" was released (as a single) three or four times. "Dream On" was a single when this record (Toys InThe Attic) hit."

It was the third release of "Dream On" as a single, after the release of their second album Get Your Wings, that lit the fuse for Aerosmith's breakout album Toys In The Attic. What followed was an monster album selling over 8 million copies and producing the timeless classics "Walk this Way" and "Sweet Emotion", not to mention the first anti-child abuse song "Uncle Salty", the circular contagion of "No More, No More", a swingin' cover of Bullmoose Jackson's bawdy, "Big Ten Inch" and the riff rock title track "Toys in the Attic".

Steven Tyler, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford take us back to this critical moment in history where Aerosmith began their rise as America's greatest hard rock band.

Stream the episode here.

Foo Fighters Add Support Acts To UK Tour

Foo Fighters have added God Damn and Honeyblood to their list of support acts for the UK tour that kicks off later this month. They join previously-announced guests Iggy Pop, Royal Blood, Ash, Kaiser Chiefs, Teenage Fanclub and Hozier, with various lineups appearing across the run of six stadium shows.

Dave Grohl and co start their run with an appearance at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich, and end it with a set at this year's Glastonbury festival.

It's part of a wider Foos European tour in support of eighth album Sonic Highways, which was accompanied by an eight-part documentary series of the same name. Read more including the dates here.



NEW YORK, NY (May 19, 2015) – On one special night last November, an extraordinary collection of artists came together at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA to perform and celebrate the songs of Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of the most influential bands of our time.  This unique concert event centered around performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, including a special rendition of “Travelin’ Man” with Johnny Van Zant singing along with an archival video of his late brother, Ronnie performing, as well as a rousing rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama” with Skynyrd inviting the entire star-studded line-up up on stage to perform along side them. 

The show will be available July 24, 2105 as a two CD/DVD set titled Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans on Loud & Proud Records in partnership with Blackbird Presents.  The band will also be hitting the road this spring and summer (tour dates below) and will return to the CMT Crossroads stage for a taping with Brantley Gilbert.

One More For The Fans features performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, culled from multiple genres including Classic Rock, Country and Americana with Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant all coming together to perform songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s extensive catalog of music.  

“Hearing all of these incredible musicians sing our songs was unforgettable,” says Rossington.  “It was a really special night and I’m so happy our fans will now get to enjoy the show at home.”

Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of the concert event, broadcast special and music release worked with Ken Levitan and Ross Schilling who also served as executive producers of the show. Don Was led the all-star house band as musical director for the evening.   

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, One More From The Road, at the landmark theatre. The title Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans! was inspired by that legendary album’s title.

Joining in the celebration of the legendary band is AXS TV as it serves as the official broadcaster of Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans. AXS TV will premiere the concert event on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST, allowing fans nationwide to enjoy these remarkable performances.

With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.  Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar)

Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, the band also includes Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar), Johnny Colt (bass), Peter Keys (keyboards) and The Honkettes-Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase-on background vocals.

“Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans” Track Listing:
1. Whiskey Rock A Roller – performed by Randy Houser                 
2. You Got That Right – performed by Robert Randolph & Jimmy Hall           
3. Saturday Night Special – performed by Aaron Lewis                   
4. Workin’ For MCA – performed by Blackberry Smoke         
5. Don't Ask Me No Questions – performed by O.A.R.  
6. Gimme Back My Bullets – performed by Cheap Trick
7. The Ballad of Curtis Loew – performed by moe. & John Hiatt
8. Simple Man – performed by Gov't Mule                  
9. That Smell – performed by Warren Haynes           
10.  Four Walls of Raiford – performed by Jamey Johnson               
11.  I Know A Little – performed by Jason Isbell  
12.  Call Me The Breeze – performed by Peter Frampton
13.  What's Your Name – performed by Trace Adkins           
14.  Down South Jukin’ – performed by Charlie Daniels & Donnie Van Zant
15.  Gimme Three Steps – performed by Alabama                 
16.  Tuesday's Gone – performed by Gregg Allman              
17.  Travelin’ Man – performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd With Johnny and Ronnie – Ronnie on big screen
18.  Free Bird - performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
19.  Sweet Home Alabama – performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the entire line-up

Lynyrd Skynyrd 2015 Tour Dates:
5/28 - Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
5/29 - Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
5/30 - Virginia Beach, VA – Patriotic Festival
6/11 - Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – The Joint
6/12 - Grande Prairie, TX – KZPS / Bo and Jim Bash @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
6/13 - Austin, TX – 20th Anniversary ROT Rally @ Travis County Expo Center
6/19 - Alpharetta, GA – Kicks Country/Rock 100.5 CROCK FEST – Verizon Amphitheater at Encore Park
6/20 - Bluefield, WV – “Second Chance Rocks The Two Virginias” @ Mitchell Stadium
6/26 - Dover, DE – Big Barrel Festival
6/27 - Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
6/28 - Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
7/14 - Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
7/16 - Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA

7/17 Chillicothe, IL – Country Life Music Festival – 3 Sisters Park
7/31 - Morton, MN – Jackpot Junction Casino
8/1 - Council Bluffs, IA – GrassRoots II Festival @ River’s Edge Park
8/2 - Littleton, CO – The Hudson Gardens & Event Center – Outdoor Amphitheatre
8/4 - Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground
8/6 - Roseburg, OR – Douglas County Fair
8/7 - Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/8 - Billings, MT – Montanafair
8/14 - Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/15 - Watertown, NY – Freshener/F.X. Caprara Summer Concert Series presented by DPAO at Watertown Fairgrounds
8/18 - Lewiston, NY – Artpark
8/19 - Harrisonburg, VA – Rockingham County Fair
8/21 - Avondale, IL – Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival
8/28 - Huber Heights, OH – Music Center at The Heights
9/3 - St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
9/4 - Alton, IL  - Liberty Bank Amphitheater
9/5 - New Lenox, IL – New Lenox Commons – Community
9/6 - Wauseon, OH – Fulton County Fair
9/15 - Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
9/17 - Jackson CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
9/20 - Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino10/2 - Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater

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Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of Yes, Chris Squire, has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months.

Yes will be honoring their commitment to their North American summer tour with Toto, as well as confirming their performances on the Cruise To The Edge in November.

Chris's role in the band will be covered by Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood.

To quote Chris, "This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years." 

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PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) have announced they'll release WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...--their 10th studio album--on Friday, September 4, 2015. The 11-track album follows the huge critical success of 2012's 'This is PiL', the band's first album in 17 years

Album opener and lead single 'Double Trouble' sees the band launching into a statement of intent that will be released on August 21. The 10" vinyl version will be backed by "Bettie Page" and also come with an additional bonus track which is not on the album, "Turkey Tits."

Commenting on the new album, JOHN LYDON says, "Buy now while stocks last."

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 through to 1992's That What Is Not. After a 17 year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

Last year, the band returned to Steve Winwood's Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds' to record the new album. Set for release on September 4, WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... precedes the start of the group's 23-date UK/Europe tour, which kicks off in Glasgow on September 18 and follows on from last year's one-off sold-out show at London's Indigo at the 02 (all dates below). The UK/Europe tour will be followed by a North American fall tour to be announced soon. Tickets go on general sale at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 21, following a pre-sale at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20. See for all ticket links.

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW... is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL's own label titled 'PiL Official' and distributed in the UK via Cargo UK Distribution and in North America through Redeye.


JOHN LYDON: After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978.  Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography 'Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored'.
LU EDMONDS: Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album 'Happy?' and co-writing the  album '9', adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.
BRUCE SMITH: Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums 'Happy?' and '9'. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold. 
SCOTT FIRTH: A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.

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"Robinson has taken the influences of his entire lifetime and integrated them into one sound.”
Ultimate Classic Rock

MEDIA ALERT New York, NY (May 18, 2015) – Renowned guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of seminal rock act The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson has announced his US summer tour this May and June. The tour begins in May 27 in Washington, DC and will route from the East Coast to the Midwest, closing with a headlining festival engagement in Manitowoc, WI on June 20.  The tour follows the explosive release of Robinson's Record Store Day exclusive 7” single via The End Records/Circle Sound.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out and seeing everyone," explains Robinson.  "I've been enjoying the simplicity of these acoustic shows where I can break a song down to its purest form. It's been great for me. However it is always great and fun to be loud with my band.

Those shows are going to be a lot of fun. We're so happy to have Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) filling in for Ted Pecchio on these shows. Gordie is an old friend and amazing musician. Ted had prior commitments and we look forward to seeing him back in the saddle very soon." 

Tour Dates [subject to change]:
5/27 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
5/28 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
5/29 – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House
5/30 – New York, NY – City Winery
5/31 – New York, NY – City Winery
6/2 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
6/3 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
6/4 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
6/5 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino
6/6 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Falls Casino 
6/7 – Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club
6/11 – The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe
6/12 – Austin, TX – Republic of Texas Biker Rally [Travis County Expo Center]
6/13 – Arlington, TX – Levitt Pavilion For Performing Arts
6/14 – San Antonio, TX – Sam's Burger Joint
6/16 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Eventplex
6/17 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
6/18 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
6/19 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theater 
6/20 –  Manitowoc, WI – Metro Jam

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Full-length album to follow in August 2015

Famed Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin, known for writing some of the most durable tunes in American music, is set to release Room To Run, a new EP of original music tomorrow, May 19, 2015 through Blue Élan Records. In addition, Tempchin will be releasing a follow up full-length album – Learning To Dance – on August 21, 2015.

The releases span his breadth as a writer and performer, showcasing his flexible tenor voice. Both warm and intimate, his voice soars with unbridled joy, and is gracefully reflective. His powerful arranging skills and musicianship – strengthened by more than four decades of experience – can be heard throughout.

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Best known for penning “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone” for the Eagles, Tempchin has written music for a variety of artists that includes George Jones, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, and many others. He’s also co-written with a who’s who of American roots, rock and country composers that embraces Tom Waits, J.D. Souther, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Lauderdale, and Beth Nielsen Chapman.

Despite his storied musical history, Tempchin says, “I’m looking at myself as a new artist. These are all new songs and I’d like to be accepted based on them. I don’t believe in living in the past. I have millions of songs rushing through my head today, and a real passion for recording them and playing them live.”

Room To Run and Learning To Dance, Tempchin’s ninth and tenth releases respectively, are his first solo recordings for a record label since his 1978 eponymous debut on Arista. And, his signing inspired an outpouring of songs that has continued since the recording of the two new discs. “Knowing I’ll have a home for my songs now is very inspiring,” he attests.

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1) Room To Run
2) Jesus and Mohammed
3) The High Cost of Hate (Let’s Make Some Lawyers Rich)
4) Summertime Bum

Gonzo Multimedia To Release “The Boomtown Rats - Live in Germany '78” (DVD/CD) – June 8, 2015

London, UK - Gonzo Multimedia will be releasing an unreleased live DVD/CD by rock legends The Boomtown Rats featuring Bob Geldof titled “Live In Germany '78” on June 8, 2015!

In 1975 friends Garry Roberts, Simon Crowe, Johnnie Moylett, Patrick Cusack and Gerry Cott formed a band in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Bob Geldof was originally invited to be the band's manager, but he soon found himself nominated to take on the role of lead vocals by guitarist Garry Roberts, who originally had that job and didn't want it.

The band's early influences were Dr. Feelgood, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors and Bob Marley, among many others. Gerry and Pete arranged the band's first gig for Halloween 1975 under the name of The Nightlife Thugs, at the Bolton Street Technical College, where they - and Johnnie, were studying Architectural Technology. Just before the band went on stage, they changed their name to The Boomtown Rats, who were a gang mentioned in Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, “Bound For Glory”.

The Rats were soon causing a buzz throughout the whole of Ireland. In 1976 The Boomtown Rats relocated to England in search of a record deal. They turned down a million pound deal from Richard Branson's Virgin Records, and decided instead to sign for a new label that had been set up by former Phonogram man Nigel Grange and DJ Chris Hill. The new label was called Ensign.

The Boomtown Rats played their first ever UK gig on May 6th. 1977 at the Lodestar Club, Ribchester, Blackburn, Lancashire. The supporting acts were Demolition, and Disco-Punk Chris Graham. Having undertaken a hectic schedule of touring including gigs with Tom Petty, and The Ramones, The Boomtown Rats debut single “Looking After Number One” entered the UK charts in it’s first week of release at No. 78. The NME made it their single of the week. The Rats did their first TV show, a turn on The Marc Bolan Show. Marc tragically died 2 weeks later in a motor accident. “Looking After Number One” peaked at No.11 in the UK charts and The Rats were invited to do their first TOTP appearance. The band had now arrived. The Rats released their debut album, the imaginatively entitled “Boomtown Rats”. The album reached 18 in the UK charts.

In 1978 the single “She's So Modern” reached No.12 in the UK charts, more gigs, more tours, more exposure. Geldof was now becoming as well known for his motor-mouth as he is for his music, picking up the nickname “Bob The Gob” by the music press for his outspoken views. The Rats second album “A Tonic For The Troops” produced by Robert Mutt Lange reaches No.8 in the album charts and hangs around for 44 weeks. There was more TV, a promotional trip to America and November saw The Rats reach the top, when the single “Rat Trap” knocked John Travolta & Olivia Newton John off the No.1 spot.

The Boomtown Rats made history as the first Irish band to have a UK No.1 hit. “Rat Trap” is also recognized as the first New Wave song that made No.1 in the charts. In January 1979 Geldof hears the story on the news of the Californian schoolgirl, Brenda Spencer who shot and killed her principal of the school and injured many of her school mates. When interviewed and asked why she did it, she replied “I Don’t Like Mondays”. This quote proved to be inspirational to Bob Geldof & Johnnie Fingers. The ensuing single became a smash hit world-wide, reaching the No.1 spot in 32 countries and quite rightly became an all-time classic. The Boomtown Rats undertook a world tour, taking in America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The American leg of the tour ended at The Palladium in New York. The Boomtown Rats third album “The Fine Art Of Surfacing” reached No.7 in the UK album charts.

In 1980, a Dublin court canceled a Boomtown Rats concert. Bob Geldof rejected the court's decision and The Boomtown Rats battled on for 2 weeks to be allowed to play in Ireland. The Boomtown Rats held the gig at Leixlip Castle to fourteen thousand fans... with Bob Geldof claiming a Boomtown Rats victory.

In 1981 The Rats recorded their new album “Mondo Bongo” in Ibiza with producer Tony Visconti who had previously produced albums with T Rex, Bowie, Thin Lizzy, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop, to name but a few. The album “Mondo Bongo” went gold again. Now a recurring event for each new Rats album. The album featured the classic hit “Banana Republic” which has been called Ireland's alternative national anthem! Lead guitarist Gerry Cott now left the band, who continued as a 5-piece. Geldof stars in director Alan Parkers classic film of Pink Floyd's The Wall. The Rats tour Thailand, India, Japan,Malaya, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In 1982 a new generation of bands breaks through and The Rats new album “V Deep”, again produced by Visconti becomes The Rats first record setback. The single House On Fire does well in the UK charts. The Rats tour of the UK to promote the album however is a complete sell-out. In 1984 The Rats brilliant single “Drag Me Down” limps into the Top 50.. The Geldof masterpiece “Dave” sinks without trace, although Pete Townsend of The Who said Dave was “the best single of 1984”.

In late October 1984 Geldof watches he Ethiopian famine on the BBC News and decides to “do something”. The other Rats wholeheartedly support him.

In 1985 The Boomtown Rats sing on the Geldof/Midge Ure penned  Band Aid record “Do They Know It's Christmas”. In its first week of release the single became the UK's fastest seller of all time, entering the chart at number one and going on to sell over three million copies, making it the biggest-selling single in UK history up to that point. On July 13th 1985, The Boomtown Rats were just one of the greatest artists in rock 'n roll history to play the Live Aid Concert in front of billions of people.

In 1986 , and so The Boomtown Rats play their last gig in Ireland for Self-Aid.

Unlike 10 years previously when The Rats understood precisely what they stood for, who they were and what their intention were, by '86 this had now become unclear. Where could they go musically after all that had been achieved as a group both musically and socially. There were few battles left to fight that they hadn't already won. And so they went their separate ways.

In 2013 The Boomtown Rats re-group and once again overwhelm the tens of thousands at the Isle of Wight Festival. The songs had not only lasted but had over the years attained a newer relevance and power. Hearing them afresh the critics were amazed at how contemporary the Rats, their music, their songs and their attitude - unchanged after all those years still were. And are!!

And now, comes an unreleased live concert from Germany 1978 on DVD/CD!

Here is the undiluted towering energy, speed, anger and sheer joy of playing in one of the great British/Irish bands of our time at their peak and in their prime.  

It Feels) So Strange
(She's Gonna) Do You In
Banana Republic (Bonus Track)
Close As You'll Ever Be
Do The Rat
Don't Believe What You Read
House on Fire (Bonus Track)
It's All The Rage
Joey's On The Street Again
Lookin' After No. 1
Mary of the 4th Form
Neon Heart
Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Rat Trap
She's So Modern

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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Questions Sammy Hagar's Credibility

David Lee Roth says he has no plans to perform material from the Sammy Hagar years when Van Halen head out on their North American tour this summer.

"Well, there's a credibility issue there," Roth tells Billboard following the group's appearance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday. "Good, bad or in the middle, you know Roth means it; the other guy doesn't. And that's why it sold half as well. Literally, Midas Bible half. Never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings? This hamburger don't need no helper. Ain't no rehearsing pants in my closet."

Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985 as the band's second choice to fill the lead singer spot vacated by Roth that same year; Patty Smyth of Scandal was offered the gig before Eddie Van Halen approached the former Montrose frontman for the role.

Hagar reluctantly performed the same three Roth-era songs in concert during his time with the group - "Panama", "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and the band's cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" - while playing the same number of tunes from his solo career in the set. Read more and watch the full interview here.

Duff McKagan And Nirvana's Novoselic Jam Guns N' Roses Classic

Duff McKagan and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic teamed up to perform a stripped-down version of the Guns N' Roses classic, "Sweet Child O' Mine", in Seattle on Sunday.

With McKagan on bass and Novoselic on accordion, the pair teamed up to deliver an instrumental take on the 1998 US No. 1 Guns N' Roses hit at the city's Neptune Theatre.

The former Guns N' Roses bassist hosted the evening as a release party for his new book, "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)", joining Novoselic for an extended interview/conversation while also holding a book signing for the attendees.

The book sees McKagan share wisdom he gained through his years with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living, going on to a successful marriage and a balanced life as a musician and a father.

The newly-released book follows McKagan's critically-acclaimed 2012 New York Times bestselling memoir, "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)." Watch video of the jam here.

U2 Announce Plans To Play Club Show

U2 were originally scheduled to play KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas last December, but a bike accident derailed those plans. Now, the band is making up for their cancellation with a special show, to be held May 28 at the Roxy in Los Angeles.

In an interview with KROQ's Kevin and Bean on Monday morning, Bono said that the show will be one of their smallest in such a theater in nearly four decades.

'Roxy's this kind of legend, and all these extraordinary artists have played there--people who are really important to us like Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen," he said. "I saw Iggy Pop there, which is mind-blowing' So, you organized it for us. And thank you."

He added, when asked if getting such a big band into a small space will be tough: 'Well, with the egos of Larry, Adam and Edge it's gonna be tricky. I'll be fine. I'll just swan past security. Edge's pedals, where are we gonna put them? He's got like NASA on the side of the stage?" Read more here.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Does Farewell Performance For Letterman

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder rocked his farewell performance to David Letterman Monday night as one of the final musical guests on The Late Show and video of the performance has been posted online.

Backed by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, Vedder delivered an intense performance of Pearl Jam's 1994 track, "Better Man", as a send-off to the host ahead of his final broadcast on Wednesday, May 20 after more than three decades in late night television.

Vedder broke a guitar string in mid-song on the track, which appeared on the group's third album, "Vitalogy." Pearl Jam are currently on a break from their world tour in support of 2014's "Lightning Bolt."

The Seattle group return to the road for a month-long run across South America in November. Watch the Letterman performance here.

Steve Miller Pays Tribute B.B. King

The music world continues to mourn the passing of legendary blues man B.B. King last week and Steve Miller published his own tribute to King on his official Facebook page on Monday.

Miller writes: "Growing up in Texas in a family of musicians and having a father who was a part time recording engineer exposed me to the blues at a very early age. It quickly became my favorite music. I met T bone Walker when I was eight years old. He taught me how to play lead melodies, play the guitar behind my head and do the splits all at the same time. Later when I got to know BB and had given him copies of recordings my father had made of T Bone in 1951, BB told me T Bone was one of his most important influences and had been the 'Bridge from Blues to Jazz' and had inspired BB's complex arrangements.

"By the time I was 14 years old I had my own band and we were backing up Jimmy Reed at gigs in Dallas. In the mid 60's I was jamming in Chicago with Muddy Waters, James Cotton and Howlin' Wolf and was playing rhythm guitar for Buddy Guy when I finally decided to head West and seek my fortune and start The Steve Miller Blues Band.

"By the late 60's T Bone Walker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddy King, Jimmy Reed, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and BB King were considered by all musicians to be the best active Blues players in the world. When I was 23 I had played with all of them but BB King.

"In February 1967 Bill Graham called and told me he had just booked BB at the Fillmore West and wanted my Blues band to open for him. I jumped at the chance. We headed over to the Fillmore and set up our equipment and waited to watch BB sound check. His band was amazing and his drummer Sonny Freeman was the greatest shuffle drummer I had ever heard but there wasn't a chance to meet BB personally. Just before the show started we took the stage when BB's assistant came out with BB's guitar and started walking around with it as we were starting to open the show. It's an old headliner blues trick used to upstage the openers by exciting the audience and I was pretty annoyed. It's sort of like disrespecting a fellow musician by saying ' Lets have a big hand for….what's your name?' Well BB's guy finally found a place right behind me on the stage where my spot light lit up BB's guitar.

"As I remember it the guitar got a bigger round of applause than our entire band did. Well we started the set and we were going over pretty well and almost through when I broke a string. This was way before the days of guitar roadies and extra guitars and I thought to myself 'Well you put your guitar on my stage during my set, I'm gonna use it.' So without thinking it over very carefully I picked up BB's guitar, plugged it in and tried to play it. It turned out he had the thinest gauged strings and most delicate set up I had ever seen. The first note I tried knocked the two high strings immediately off the bridge of his guitar and I was in total shock at what I had just done. I quickly put them back in place but I was so freaked at what I had just done and afraid I had messed up 'Lucille' I quickly finished our set and put BB's guitar back on his stand. Turned out no one from BB Kings group was watching us and they never said a word about it and later after I was invited to Jam with BB and he was gracious and great to me, it was that jive guitar tech.

"Many years later BB and his Band were playing at club in Sun Valley and I went over to see him. It was a very crowded night and I was on the front row when BB came out and opened the show. He sounded great and was singing a verse and answering with lead guitar when he broke a string. I was looking right at him, he never acknowledge anything had happened and kept looking straight ahead smiling and singing while he removed the broken string, reached into his pocket pulled out a new string without looking, unwrapped it, mounted it on the bridge, and fed it through the peg head, wound up the string and finished the job just in time to play his lead solo. He never let on that he had broken a string or that anything unusual had happened and I think I was the only person in the club who understood what had just happened.

"I did get to play with BB and he was always generous, kind and inspirational. Thank you BB for all the great music, inspiration and friendship you gave to all the guitar players in the world. We are in Memphis playing here tonight and of course the evening will be dedicated to the Great BB King. We are sure going to miss you. RIP"

See Steve's original post that includes a series of photos here.

Pearl Jam, Mad Season and REM Stars To Tribute CeDell Davis

Members of Pearl Jam, Mad Season and REM will take to the stage with bluesman CeDell Davis next month, it's been confirmed. Other artists and further details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Consequence Of Sound reports the show at Seattle's Crocodile on June 14 has been set up to highlight the influence music from the Mississippi Delta had on the Seattle grunge scene in the early 90s.

The one-off concert will feature Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees) and Peter Buck (REM) who will play alongside Davis a few days after his 88th birthday. The evening will also be filmed for an upcoming documentary. Read more here.

Classic Rainbow Concert Released

A Rainbow show recorded in the US in the 70s has been released by Purple Pyramid Records. Denver 1979 was recorded on the tour set up to support Ritchie Blackmore, Graham Bonnett, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover and Don Airey's Down To Earth album.

It features seven tracks pressed on red, green and blue vinyl and is presented with a holographic gatefold foil jacket. It's available to purchase now via Cleopatra while a digital version is available through iTunes.

In addition, the label will release a deluxe 3CD box set on August 21 which features the Denver show along with gigs recorded in Long Island and Chicago on the tour. Read more here.

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Responds To Tribute Album

Black Sabbath legend and Gibson SG master Tony Iommi has given his support to "Great Lefty: Live Forever - Tribute To Tony Iommi, Godfather Of Metal." a tribute album created by a group of friends and fans.

The albums features a number of well-known players including former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin, former Black Sabbath/Dio/Heaven & Hell drummer Vinnie Appice, bassist Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper), Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau and vocalist Mark Boals (Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force.).

In a new video message on his official Facebook page, metal guitar's founding father says "I'm so proud of it and I'm so honored they would do that to me." Iommi adds, "All the money from this album goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. As you know I've been dealing with cancer for a few years now and any way I can help them, I do." Read more here.

Scott Weiland Owes A Lot Of His Success To His Stepfather

Scott Weiland says he owes much of his success to his stepfather - who adopted him at the age of three. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer has enjoyed life in some big name bands and is currently fronting his own project, Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts. And despite his parents splitting when he was still in nappies, Weiland looks back with fondness on his upbringing in Ohio, USA.

He tells TeamRock Radio's Metal Hammer Magazine Show: "I was adopted when I was three-years-old. My stepfather and my mom raised me really well. I owe a lot of my success to my stepdad who always taught me perseverance and responsibility."

Weiland is the father of two children and says the experience made him grow up fast. He adds: "It's changed me a lot. Before I had kids I was crazy, and after I had kids I slowed down to about a standstill." Read more here.

George Harrison Beatles Guitar Sells For $485K

A guitar used by George Harrison during Beatles live shows in 1963 has sold at auction for $485,000. The Maton Mastersound guitar sold at Julien's Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, Rolling Stone reports. The instrument was lent to the late guitarist by Barratt's Music Store while his famous Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar was being repaired.

Harrison played the Maton at nearly a dozen concerts during July and August 1963. It was eventually returned to Barratt's and later sold to Dave Berry and the Cruisers guitarist Roy Barber.

Other items sold at the auction included leather shorts belonging to Trent Reznor, a glove worn by Michael Jackson, a stage-worn tank top donned by Madonna and Elvis Presley's marriage certificate and tour bus. Read more and see a photo of the guitar here.

Marillion's Pete Trewavas Crowdfunding Edison's Children Album

Edison's Children - the duo of Marillion's Pete Trewavas and collaborator Eric Blackwood - have launched a crowdfunding campaign for their album Somewhere Between Here And There.

The title follows last year's The Final Breath Before November - and they say there's another release to come afterwards. Edison's Children report: "With the anticipation of a new Marillion album on the horizon, we're going to hold back for a short while on our next concept album. To hold you over until the next epic is complete, we present our 'bridge album,' to take you from our last epic to our next."

The material has been in existence for some time, they admit, and add: "They simply don't fit the concept albums of the past or the future. They are however, quite exciting pieces of music in their own right." Read more here.

Long-Lost Song By AC/DC's Bon Scott Discovered

A long-lost song written by late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott has been discovered in Australia. The music and lyrics for the track were found by a musician who played with Scott before he joined AC/DC. And according to BB Steal singer Craig Csongrady, he's been offered the chance to record the song.

Csongrady tells White Line Fever: "He had a song he wrote about a woman he was living with back then. A guy in Sydney, he's got the song and it was never recorded. Bon wrote it.

"He asked me, actually, 'Would you like to try and record this.' I said, 'It'd be a bloody honour.' I'd love to do that. I don't know the name of it. It's named after his girlfriend. I was at the Bridge Hotel in Sydney and he played it on piano to me and sang it rough and showed me the lyrics. It's got 'Bon Scott' as the signature on it. It's a really old piece of paper." Read more here.

Van Halen Rock Classic Song At Billboard Awards

Van Halen opened the 2015 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night with a high-energy performance of their 1984 hit, "Panama" and video of the performance has been posted online.

The band made their first-ever performance with the current lineup at an awards show to promote their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", as well as their summer tour of North America, which begins in Seattle on July 5.

The event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas also saw performances by Simple Minds, Hozier, Ed Sheeran and other pop and rap acts.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions. Watch video of the performance here.

Metallica's James Hetfield Unplugs For Adele and B.O.C. Classic

Metallica frontman James Hetfield performed the 1976 Blue Oyster Cult classic, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," at the second annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15 and video from the performance has gone online.

Hetfield was joined by Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and a pedal steel guitarist for the song; the lineup also performed the Metallica track "Mama Said" from 1996's "Load."

The Metallica guitarist and lead singer also delivered an acoustic version of Adele's "Crazy For You" - from 2008's "19" - with his 16 year-old daughter Cali on vocals.

Hetfield and Sammy Hagar co-hosted the event, which also included performances by Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan from Train, Adam Sandler and Linda Perry.

All proceeds from "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" will be donated to fund children's brain tumor research at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, one of the nation's leading children's medical facilities. Watch videos of the performances here.

Eric Clapton Remembers B.B. King In Online Tribute

Last week B.B. King died of natural causes. Eric Clapton is just one of many musicians mourning the loss of one of the greatest blues guitarists the world has ever known.

Clapton let the world know how he's feeling in a video he uploaded to Facebook on Friday (May 15), in which he eulogizes King's passing and urges his audience to listen to his music.

'He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music," says Clapton in the video. 'If you're not familiar with his work, I would encourage you to go out and find an album called B.B. King Live at the Regal, which is where it all really started for me as a young player."

He goes on to add that King's music has become a "thing of the past." Clapton and King released a collaborative album in 2000 called Riding With the King. Read more and watch the video here.

Bob Dylan Playing 'Late Show with David Letterman' This Week

Bob Dylan will pay his respects to David Letterman by performing on one of the final episodes of Late Show with David Letterman this week. This will be Dylan's first performance on the Late Show in nearly 22 years. He last appeared on Nov. 18, 1993, during Letterman's inaugural season on CBS.

Previously, the rock legend had performed on Letterman's Late Night show twice, on March 22, 1984 and on Late Night's 10th anniversary show Jan. 18, 1992.

Dylan joins the previously announced Bill Murray on the Tuesday, May 19, show, part of the Late Show's final three broadcasts. Also as part of this three-night event, Tom Hanks and musical guest Eddie Vedder will appear Monday, May 18. Read more here

Def Leppard's Phil Collen Releasing Memoir

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has announced that he will publish his memoir, "Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, And Beyond", on October 27 via Atria Books.

The lead guitarist teamed up with veteran journalist and author Chris Epting on the project, which marks the first book written by a member of the group. "It's fascinating for even me to look back at my life," says Collen, "from working in a factory at 16 years old to eventually traveling the world selling over one hundred million records and all the experiences that come with that journey.

"I realize that there is a constant evolution of 'me' that is still a work in progress even as I continue to be vital and dynamic in my same occupation for the past 35 years well into my late fifties."

Collen joined Def Leppard in 1982 following the dismissal of original lead guitarist Pete Willis over alcohol abuse issues. Read more here.

Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell Unplugs For Pink Floyd Classic

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performed the 1975 Pink Floyd classic, "Wish You Were Here," as part of the second annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert in San Francisco on May 15.

Co-hosted by Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield, the event was staged as a benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Cantrell also performed the Alice In Chains tune, "Brother", and the Rolling Stones track "Dead Flowers" as part of his set, and he joined Hetfield for an unplugged version of the 1976 Blue Oyster Cult classic, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."

The evening at The Masonic also included performances by Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan from Train, Adam Sandler and Linda Perry. Cantrell and Alice In Chains will launch a summer US tour in San Diego on July 17.

Check out video of Cantrell's "Wish You Were Here" and "Brother" performances here.

Metallica's James Hetfield Discusses Finding Balance

Metallica frontman James Hetfield admits he got the balance between fans and family wrong when he turned 50. He accepts he made the wrong choice at an emotional crossroads - and accidentally wound up taking advantage of those closest to him.

In the latest video clip of a series he made for Road Recovery, Hetfield says: "There was a split in the road. I'm thinking, 'I'm this rocker dude who's got to go out blazing. I need to show my fans that I really care about them more than anything else.' I forgot about the other split - my family."

And he won't give himself a break just because he came from a broken home. "Just because my family kind of disintegrated as a kid doesn't mean my parents didn't have unconditional love for me," he says.

But he's learned lessons from his experience. "I know there are parents out there that struggle with loving their kids, or not knowing how to love their kids. Being a parent is so hard. I'll either smother that kid with control or just go, 'Whatever you do, I don't want to know.' Being in the middle is so hard. And even when you're doing a good job, you're hated." Read more and watch the video here.

Signed Led Zeppelin Photo Sells For Over $3000

A 1975 photograph of Led Zeppelin signed by Jimmy Page was sold for approximately $3135 at a charity auction this weekend. The picture, shot by Jill Furmanovsky, was one of the most expensive of the day, ahead of autographed Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Kate Bush prints.

A total of 30 images went on sale at London's Royal Albert Hall in an event hosted by Tom Robinson. It was arranged by The Print Bank after lots were donated by the Rockarchive Collection. Funds will be split between charities favoured by the photographers and the artists in the pictures.

The biggest seller was a photo of late pop star Amy Winehouse, which went for approximately $4702. Prints of Morrissey and Paul Weller were among those that failed to sell. (Dollar amounts approximated from British Pounds) See the list here.

Blues Legend B.B. King Dead At 89

Blues great B.B. King has died at the age of 89 after being ill for some time, it's been confirmed. His lawyer Brent Bryson reported that he died peacefully in his sleep at home in Las Vegas.

Born Riley B. King in 1925, he was known as one of the Three Kings Of Blues Guitar alongside Albert King (1923-1992) and Freddie King (1934-1976).

His single-string vibrato style, influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, is said to have influenced most of the guitarists who followed him.

King's career began in 1943 as a guitarist with the Famous St John's Quartet in his home state of Mississippi. He later played with Bukka White in Tennessee before starting solo work in Arkansas in 1948. He was soon a regular DJ on Tennessee radio, using the name Blues Boy, which led to his onstage moniker. Read more here.

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Set To Release A Series Of Vintage Concert Recordings From 1979!

Los Angeles, CA – In an era teaming with bands led by virtuoso guitarists and fronted by a singer with killer pipes, British rockers Rainbow stood head and shoulders above the crowd. Ritchie Blackmore’s hugely influential guitar playing mixed baroque bombast with blues rock brilliance, and laid the perfect sonic foundation for the versatile vocals of the late, great Ronnie James Dio. When Dio left the band in 1978, Blackmore along with drummer Cozy Powell recruited another vocal powerhouse, singer Graham Bonnet, and together with other new recruits including Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover and Coliseum II keyboardist Don Airey, recorded what would be one of Rainbow’s greatest achievements, their breakthrough album Down To Earth. Not only did that masterpiece spawn the band’s first charting single “All Night Long,” it also contained the all-time classic, rock radio staple “Since You Been Gone.” The subsequent Down To Earth Tour became the stuff of legend with a groundbreaking light show and a set list packed to the gills with fan favorites like “Man On A Silver Mountain” and “Long Live Rock And Roll” but still plenty of room for Blackmore’s own six-string pyrotechnics.

Now these incredible performances are being released for the first time with the pomp and pageantry worthy of these historic recordings, courtesy of L.A.-based Purple Pyramid Records. Available now is Denver 1979, an extraordinary concert album pressed on vinyl in 3 different colors - red, green, or blue - and packaged in an eye-catching holographic foil gatefold jacket. And coming August 21 is a super deluxe 3CD box set featuring full-length concert recordings from Denver, Long Island, and Chicago each packaged in its own individual sleeve next to a whole boatload of classic rock goodies including a 1” color button, embroidered fabric patch, a Ritchie Blackmore signature guitar pick, and a combo bottle opener/keychain - all beautifully contained in a gorgeous red-velvet lined box. For fans of this extraordinary band, there can be no bigger pot of gold!

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(NEW YORK) – May 15, 2015.  Atria Books has acquired North American and audio rights to a memoir by Phil Collen, lead guitarist for rock band Def Leppard for more than 30 years.  ADRENALIZED: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond, written with veteran journalist and author Chris Epting and scheduled  for publication on October 27, is the first book written by a member of the group that holds claim to being one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S.  Featuring personal, never-before-seen photos of Collen and his band mates on stage and off, Adrenalized is a fascinating account of the failures, triumphs, challenges, and rock-hard dedication it takes to make dreams come true.

"It's fascinating for even me to look back at my life from working in a factory at 16 years old to eventually traveling the world selling over one hundred million records and all the experiences that come with that journey,” Collen says. “I realize that there is a constant evolution of 'me' that is still a work in progress even as I continue to be vital and dynamic in my same occupation for the past 35 years well into my late fifties." 

Def Leppard will be touring this summer with Styx and Tesla. The 48-date outing will kick off in Tampa, Fla., on June 23 and will wrap in Jacksonville., on Oct. 17

The book was acquired by Atria’s Vice President and Editorial Director Peter Borland from Peter McGuigan at Foundry Literary+Media.

Phil Collen is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band Def Leppard. He has been a vegetarian for thirty-one years, alcohol-free for twenty-eight years, and vegan for over four years, busting the myth of the classic rock star stereotype.

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Legendary All-Female British Hard Rock Icons GIRLSCHOOL Release Two Vintage Concert Performances!

Los Angeles, CA - From the vault of one of the most respected and groundbreaking British hard rock outfits to emerge from the NWOBHM scene, the legendary Girlschool, comes two never before released concert recordings now ready to be shared with the world courtesy of Deadline Music. Both shows present powerhouse performances by the original, classic Girlschool line-up featuring guitarist/vocalist Kim McAuliffe, bassist Enid Williams, drummer Denise Dufort, and the inimitable lead vocalist/guitarist, the late Kelly Johnson. First up, London 1980, released on CD, demonstrates the awesome power of this band in a live setting before their hometown audience, as they perform cuts from their recently released and soon to be classic debut studio album Demolition including “Emergency” and “Nothing To Lose,” plus their explosive cover of The Gun’s “Race With The Devil!” Then, Glasgow 1982 picks up where the London show left off, featuring high octane performances of tracks from both 1981’s Hit and Run and 1982’s Screaming Blue Murder including “The Hunter,” “Live With Me” and more! These performances eventually lead to the ladies’ first U.S. tour later in 1982 opening for Iron Maiden and Scorpions, and establishing a devout fanbase in the States. This historic performance is available on both CD and in a special limited edition purple vinyl pressing.

Girlschool are still going strong performing and recording with lead guitarist Jackie Chambers (who replaces Kelly Johnson). The band is currently touring North America through mid-June, after which they will embark on a massive European tour with Motörhead and Saxon in November! See for details.

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MILEY CYRUS Performs with Woodstock Legend MELANIE – Watch Them Perform Hits “Look What They've Done To My Song Ma” & “Peace Will Come (According To Plan)”

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Melanie Safka, the legendary folk rock singer more commonly known as MELANIE, is recognized internationally for her hit tracks “Brand New Key”, “Look What They've Done To My Song Ma”, “Peace Will Come (According To Plan)”, and more. Singer songwriter MELANIE recently joined pop music star Miley Cyrus to perform and record a number of tracks for Cyrus’ “Backyard Sessions” series, presented by the Happy Hippie Foundation. The videos are part of a major social media initiative between Cyrus and Facebook where charitable donations can be made through the site.

The Happy Hippie Foundation is designed to fund programs and help provide homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable youth populations with consistent support services, education and employment opportunities.

You can watch the unique, eclectic collaboration videos now via Miley Cyrus’ official Facebook page: Every future Happy Hippie Backyard Session will be available for viewing via this page. Other videos in the series include musicians such as Joan Jett, Ariana Grande and Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace.

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The FUSE article states, “Safka, who performs simply as MELANIE, has been strumming and singing for four decades. Her rugged, soaring voice is a perfect match for Miley’s; it’s hard to believe these two are just singing in a back yard, rather than onstage at the Grand Ole Opry or Woodstock ’69. (Which, incidentally, featured MELANIE on the bill.)”

Miley Cyrus is a self-proclaimed fan of MELANIE, having previously recorded “Look What They've Done To My Song Ma” to widespread acclaim and having used the song for the Free the Nipple campaign. Cyrus calls MELANIE, “a hippie hero and always a prophet of a peace,” on her Facebook page. Following the Session, Miley Cyrus added, “it was such a magical day... It was a dream to sing beside her.”

MELANIE shares, "Here's our Miley, taking action to have an impact on the world, in the tradition, not only of the Woodstock generation, but artists who are determined to make a difference.” She adds, “Miley is the voice of unity in a divisive world.”


Since 1967, MELANIE has sold over 120 million copies of her 40+ albums, and her songs have been covered by a variety of artists such as Cher, Dolly Parton, Barbara Streisand, Nana Mouskouri, Dion, Ray Charles, Dollyrots, Hilltop Hoods, and of course, Miley Cyrus. She was one of only three female solo artists to be featured at the legendary Woodstock in 1969, amongst Janis Joplin and Joan Baez. In 1979, MELANIE won an Emmy for her lyrics to Beauty and the Beast. She has written three plays – her most recent one, Melanie and the Record Man, as a tribute to her late husband. The show sold out 15 nights in a row during its launch run in Rochester, NY and is currently being negotiated for off-Broadway showings.

Of late, MELANIE has performed sold out tours in Australia and the Netherlands, and recently released her ‘1984’ album featuring newly uncovered live performances. She will release a Live in Australia album this year, in addition to four more albums in the UK this summer. 2016 will mark MELANIE’s 50th year in music. She is set to release commemorative ‘Legacy’ sets in celebration, is currently recording an upcoming album of newly written songs, and is in the midst of publishing her autobiography.

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2CD/DVD & Blu Ray to be released in July on Frontiers

Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the upcoming live release by the legendary rock group YES, entitled LIKE IT IS -  YES AT THE MESA ARTS CENTER on July 3rd in Europe and July 10th in North America.

Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats, with a later release planned on vinyl too, this new live album, which follows a similar path to the successful release “Like It Is – Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome”, sees two of the band’s signature albums, 1971’s FRAGILE, and 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE performed live in their entirety on the band’s 2014 world tour.

Recorded live on Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ, featuring Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White Geoff Downes and Jon Davison, offers an exciting take on two amazing pieces of music which include live staples such as “Roundabout”, “Heart Of The Sunrise”, “And You and I” and the epic “Close to the Edge”.

“That evening in Mesa, Arizona was a great one. The audience was fantastic; they loved the music and really made it a very special night for us. And we were in top form. The music sounded great and we could have played all night,” says YES co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire. “ ‘Like It Is’ brings the magic and wonderful music of that evening to fans everywhere, and we’re sure they’ll enjoy listening to it as much as we did performing it.

This new live release comes as YES continues one of its most fertile musical periods in their nearly five decade history and is a perfect companion piece to the other retrospective live release,  “Like it Is – Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome”, which included amazing renditions of “Going for the One” and “The Yes Album”. Formed in 1968, the band has endured for nearly five decades and remains one of the most popular live touring acts in rock n roll. They have recently announced their US tour with label-mates TOTO. All dates and ticket links here:

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Cd1 (Lp1): Close To The Edge; And You And I; Siberian Khatru.
Cd2 (Lp2): Roundabout; Cans And Brahms; We Have Heaven; South Side Of The Sky; Five Per Cent For Nothing; Long Distance Runaround; The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus); Mood For A Day; Heart Of The Sunrise.
Dvd / Blu Ray: Close To The Edge; And You And I; Siberian Khatru; Roundabout; Cans And Brahms; We Have Heaven; South Side Of The Sky; Five Per Cent For Nothing; Long Distance Runaround; The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus); Mood For A Day; Heart Of The Sunrise.

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Chris Squire, bass
Steve Howe, guitars
Alan White, drums
Geoff Downes, keyboards
Jon Davison, vocals




Hear Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun & More Fun in the New World

X - THE Los Angeles Punk Leaders have announced more of their summer, live concert tour plans. As was previously announced X will bring their 4-Album Show plays to both San Diego and Orange County this summer. In addition, an east-coast / mid-west swing will bring the quartet to Ridgefield, CT on July 17th before working their way south to DC and then across to the mid-west with plays in Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.   X will then head east again with a show in Boston before wrapping up with 3 shows at the City Winery in NYC, August 1-3.

Two cities will be lucky enough to get the chance to attend the bands 4-album shows - beginning with San Diego, the band will perform a pair of nights, giving fans a chance to hear the first two albums.  Their debut album, Los Angeles, followed by Wild Gift (both of which appear on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time), on May 22nd with the second two, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World, played in their entirety on May 23rd.  On July 10th, the band will perform at The Observatory in Santa Ana for 3 nights, debuting an album a night before wrapping up

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA's flourishing first wave punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We're Desperate reveal X's raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n' roll.  This past April, the band re-issued that first single, in its original 7-inch format, as limited edition colored vinyl.

The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.

X On tour:
5/22/15                San Diego, CA @ The Observatory  - (Playing 2 Albums in their entirety:  Los Angeles, Wild Gift)
5/23/15                San Diego, CA @ The Observatory  - (Playing 2 Albums in their entirety:  Under the Big Black Sun More Fun in the New World)
5/24/15                Hermosa Beach, CA @ Sainte Rocke
7/9/15                   Orange County, CA @ The Observatory – Playing Los Angeles in its entirety
7/10/15                Orange County, CA @ The Observatory – Playing Wild Gift in its entirety
7/11/15                Orange County, CA @ The Observatory – Playing Under the Big Black Sun in its entirety
7/12/15                Orange County, CA @ The Observatory – Playing More Fun in the New World in its entirety
7/17/15                Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse
7/18/15                Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
7/19/15                Washington, DC @ The State Theatre
7/22/15                Cleveland, OH @ The Music Box Supperclub
7/24/15                Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag
7/26/15                Chicago, IL @ City Winery
7/27/15                Chicago, IL @ City Winery
7/28/15                Chicago, IL @ City Winery
7/30/15                Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
8/1/15                   New York, NY @ City Winery
8/2/15                   New York, NY @ City Winery
8/3/15                   New York, NY @ City Winery

More Dates TBA



For the first time in their illustrious career, AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry can add an Emmy to the long list of awards and accolades they've received.  Tyler and Perry were among the producers honored by the Sports Emmys last week (May 5) for their work on 2014's E:60 "Dream On: Stories of Boston's Strongest," which was directed by AEROSMITH associate Casey Tebo.

E:60 won Sports Emmys for Open/Tease and Edited Sports Special for "Dream On: Stories of Boston's Strongest" featuring a stirring performance by AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of their iconic anthem "Dream On" with the Southern California Children's Chorus, which was recorded last April in Los Angeles"Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)"was released as a single via iTunes, the day after the band surprised the audience at The Forum, in Inglewood, CA (July 30, 2014) by bringing the Southern California Children's Chorus onstage to perform the song.

For the special, Tyler and Perry joined E:60 in paying tribute to Boston, the birthplace of the band, with a moving rendition of "Dream On"--an anthem of hope, remembering the victims while honoring the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.  The award was one of 11 ESPN won that night--tying the network's highest total ever--at the annual event held for the 36th year by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

"Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)"debuted Tuesday, April 15 on "E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest," a special hour dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.  The show presented five stories of survivors, narrated by celebrity voices of Boston At 2:49 PM, on April 15, 2013, as scores of spectators cheered on the Boston Marathon runners approaching the finish line, two hand-made bombs exploded.  In a split second, the lives of hundreds of people were forever changed. E:60 presented a special program remembering the lives lost and paying tribute to those who survived, their journeys of perseverance, courage, strength and love in the past twelve months.


AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards, among many other honors. Their latest honors include the 2013 ASCAP Founders Award and induction, also in 2013, into the Songwriter Hall of Fame at the 44th annual SHOF ceremony. MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION! (Columbia), the band's latest album, was released in late 2012. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC's "Walk This Way.  With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time. On May 13, 2015, Tyler released 'Love Is Your Name," the first country single off his highly anticipated solo album ( with Big Machine Label Group.

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Stray Cats "Live At Rockpalast" DVD and DVD / 2CD set available on July 7th

The icons of neo-rockabilly, captured at their best in two amazing '81 and '83 Rockpalast concerts... Young, raw, and wild!

Every era has its heroes and every scene has its legends. The 80's had the Stray Cats and today they are the indisputable icons of neo-rockabilly. 

When the US trio stormed the top of the charts in their adopted country of England, punk still reigned supreme in the United Kingdom. But Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker brought that certain something that the mo-hawked men also had: a feeling for danger and rebellion. Impressive footage of this time includes two performances in Germany: one in 1981 in Cologne and one in 1983 at the Loreley that were recorded by WDR. These are genuine recordings that make the trio's sound still accessible today. Both concerts are released here for the first time in the best possible quality and with a superb sound on DVD and CD. The Stray Cats will come to life at home just as they were at their best: young, raw and wild!

Brian Setzer, today a "statesman" of rockabilly and a many times platinum seller, works passionately as he struck the strings on the stage of the Cologne Satory Halls. He was a "rebel without a cause," similar to the young James Dean. But this guitarist has a desire: he wants to bring Rock n' Roll back to life. He wants to play his guitar as Eddie Cochran did. No question that he has succeeded; he is still loved for this today and this is why he is the first guitarist after the legendary Chet Atkins to have his own signature Gretsch model.

The Stray Cats aren't only made up of Setzer with his phenomenal guitar playing and his powerful vocals. Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom are responsible for their special sound, too: Phantom's simple drumming became an example for rockabilly drummers worldwide and his wild screams in the songs belong to Stray Cats exactly as Brian Setzer's licks and Lee Rocker's clattering bass do. He treated his instrument like a lover or like monkeybars on which he did gymnastics. The bad boy attitude was internalized by the "street cats."

Both concerts also underline how rapidly Stray Cats' career progressed. Between both recordings were full worlds. In 1981 they were young rockers and by 1983 they had become full-fledged rock stars and known as tender teddy boys in part of the scene. The band rocked the mixed audience and were even honored by their discoverer Dave Edmunds. Next to Stray Cats were acts such as U2, Joe Cocker and Steve Miller.

The influence Stray Cats had on music and fashion is in hindsight undeniable. Where would psychobilly legends such as Meteors or Demented are Go!, who were founded as a counter movement to rockabilly, be today? Would the sound of the 50s still be so popular today if the Stray Cats had not brought it back to life in the 80s?

Classics like as "Stray Cat Strut," "Runaway Boys," "Rumble in Brighton," and "Rock This Town" will live forever through these two concert recordings.

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Jimmy Page Vs. Robbie Williams Feud Heating Up

It looks like the hottest beef in classic rock real estate development is about to get hotter. We first reported on the conflict between Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams back in January, when Williams announced plans to renovate the house he'd bought next to Page's the year before.

Page wasn't pleased about changes to his beloved neighborhood, and wrote a letter to the council estate. 'I have been responsible for the protection of the Tower House for over 40 years and I am always concerned when proposals are made for nearby properties which may be detrimental to the well-being of this important heritage asset," he stated.

Now, NME reports that Page has filed a new brief against Williams to prevent him from changing the home, which was constructed in the 1870s by famed architect William Bruges.

Page warns that 'special characteristics" of the house, including 'extremely delicate and, of course, irreplaceable" finishings,would be damaged by the construction. Read more here.

Singer Not Taking Guns N' Roses 'Sweet Child' Theft Claim Seriously

James Reyne, the singer of the now defunct band Australian Crawl, has responded to the recent claims that Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child Of Mine" sounds very similar to his band's "Unpublished Critics" which was released half a decade earlier.

"I'm not about to take on the might of the Guns N' Roses lawyers," Reyne said to Australia's Daily Mail (via Ultimate Classic Rock.) "It is not inconceivable that there are similarities between the two songs. It's also not inconceivable that they wouldn't have been aware of certain Australian songs."

Reyne went on to recall that the Guns N' Roses song didn't make much of an impression on him the first time he heard it. "I didn't think, 'Oh my God.' I didn't really listen to the song," he said.

"I was more looking at the video thinking, 'Are they stoned? Or on smack?' I was probably more interested in their drug habits. I really wasn't that aware of Guns N' Roses. It just didn't cross my radar because I was listening to other things." Read the UCR report for more here.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Reveals New Album Details

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is sharing an update on the progress of the band's 15th album, which features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God.

"We have 15 tracks - 13 originals and two cover songs," Mustaine tells Rolling Stone. "We did 'Melt the Ice Away' by Budgie and 'Foreign Policy' by Fear. At this point, the drums are all done and Chris is back home.

"Kiko finished all his rhythms and he's now doing solos. He's an amazing musician, very well-rounded. He did a lot of acoustic stuff, both steel-string and nylon-string, and he played a little piano at the end of a song called 'Poisonous Shadows.' It's a really haunting piece, and the part that he played is very Chopin-meets-Megadeth, if that makes sense."

Mustaine also revealed a few song titles, as well, for the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider." "There's a song called 'The Emperor Has No Clothes,' and another called 'Tyranocide'," he says. "Several have working titles but I don't want to say what they are. After we write the lyrics they'll come."

Megadeth's storied past also seems to have also crept into the vibe of the project, according to Mustaine. "Over the years we've always said, 'We're going back to our roots'," he explains. "But the naysayers, they just want 'Rust In Peace' 20 times, which is never gonna happen. Because I've never written the same song twice.

"Unlike a lot of other rock and metal bands that, you know, they rely on a set formula, I try and make the songs all different." Read more here.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder To Perform On Last Week Of Letterman

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will appear as one of the final musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman. On Monday, May 18, Vedder will deliver a special music performance backed by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.

Vedder's appearance comes in the final week of broadcasts by Letterman, who will deliver his farewell program on Wednesday, May 20 after more than three decades in late night.

The singer has performed on the series several times through the years, as both a solo artist and with Pearl Jam. His first appearance was in 1996, when he surprised the host by joining Shaffer and the band for a portion of Pearl Jam's classic 1991 track, "Black." Check out video from that appearance here.

Steven Tyler Performs New Single On American Idol Finale

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler delivered the debut live performance of his first country single, "Love Is Your Name", on the season 14 finale of American Idol on Wednesday.

Tyler performed the tune on the day of its release, before teasing a snippet of "Walk This Way" as a segue to a cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece Of My Heart" with third place contestant Jax.

Tyler has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.

Next month, the singer will regroup with Aerosmith for the Blue Army Tour, with summer dates beginning in Glendale, Arizona on June 13. Check out video of Steven's Idol performance here.

Duff McKagan Wants To Write Definitive Alice in Chains Book

Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is currently on the promotional path for his latest book, How to Be a Man (and other illusions), but in an interview with, he says he already is thinking of his next book.

Whereas his first two were very much about him: How to Be a Man features different chapters of advice, taking stories from his time in Guns, Velvet Revolver, Walking Papers, the Kings of Chaos and as a solo artist; his first book, It's So Easy: And Other Lies was his memoirs.

But his next one will focus on a legendary band of which he counts himself as a fan and friend. "I hope [How to Be a Man] is just my second book in a string of 10," he tells "I actually hope to write the Alice in Chains book next."

He certainly has an interesting vantage point to write the story from: although Guns N' Roses was very much an L.A. band, McKagan himself is from Seattle (and lives there today). He's good friends with Alice's guitarist/leader Jerry Cantrell; a chapter in the book details their friendship and mutual fandom of their beloved Seattle Seahawks). McKagan's current band Walking Papers toured with Alice In Chains a few summers ago, and McKagan's bandmate in Walking Papers, drummer Barrett Martin, was bandmates with late Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley in the short-lived band Mad Season. Read more here.

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward On The Horrible Loss Of Ozzy's Friendship

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward spoke in a new interview about the loss of his friendship with frontman Ozzy Osbourne after they were unable to come to terms for Ward to be a part of the band. Below is an excerpt from the Classic Rock Revisited Interview:

Classic Rock Revisited: There are two sad things that come from this. All of the fans, including me, want to see you on that drum stool. The other sad thing is that Ozzy and you were always close, but this is really f***ing everything up between you.

Bill: Definitely. I love him and I miss him. I grieved his loss in 2012. I went through absolute murder, emotionally, with him saying the things he was saying. I was absolutely gob smacked, I couldn't believe it was somebody that I had known for so many years. It was really horrible going through that.

I don't dislike Oz. I don't have any animosity, or any revenge, and I am not seeking to be better than him, or anything like that. I am not trying to be right in these things in terms of "You are wrong and I am right." I am simply stating the facts and asking for an amendment of the facts, as they stand. It is very matter of fact with me. It is actually quite simple.

I am really saddened that all of the Ozzy fans and all of the Bill fans are all upset. All the Ozzy fans f***ing hate me. There is a lot of controversy. We try to keep an open mind to all of the fans and all of the interested parties. We are very concerned, my team, we are very concerned about the way these things are handled. We are very concerned about the people who dislike me, but they have every right to dislike me. I actually support them in their right to dislike me and they are entitled to their opinions. I don't necessarily agree with them that I am an a**hole, but if they want to call me an a**hole I will support their right to do that. I've got no axe to grind with anybody. I am at peace in this. I offered a real pathway. I just did it a couple of weeks ago.

CRR: Has there been any talks other than Ozzy's public reply?

Bill: Absolutely not. They found it offensive. I had no expectations. The thing that I needed to do was to write down and tell the public the things that I require and that these are the things that happened to me. I don't expect everyone to understand because they didn't walk the walk with me. I walked the walk through this and some of my family members did as well. It felt very sinister and not very nice at all. I had to rebuke that. I had to say, "That wasn't really nice. Before we move forward and before we are all happy families, let's get some things straightened out." It is what any family would do. When somebody comes in and f***ing sh*ts all over the place you go, "Hey, clean that sh*t up and then maybe we can talk."

CRR: Have you had any contact with Tony or Geezer?

Bill: Tony emailed me and I emailed Tony only a few weeks ago. Geezer, I have not spoken to for about five months. I haven't said a word to Ozzy, not one single thing.

CRR: My gut feeling is that this is not going to work out. I hope I am wrong.

Bill: I've put these things out into the universe and whether they are going to be received through the universe, or whether they will be received through ego I don't know. If they are received through ego then they will fail. If they receive these things with understanding and with an open mind there is every possibility this could succeed.

Read the full interview here.

Yes Releasing 2014 Live Set In Multiple Formats

Yes will release a new live set, "Like It Is - Yes At The Mesa Arts Center", on July 3 in Europe and July 10 in North America and they are sharing a performance of "Heart Of The Sunrise" as a preview to the package.

Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats - with vinyl to follow at a later date - the package presents material from the band's August 12, 2014 show at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ.

The lineup of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison were on the road at the time playing dates in support of their 21st album, "Heaven & Earth."

"That evening in Mesa, Arizona was a great one," says Squire. "The audience was fantastic; they loved the music and really made it a very special night for us. And we were in top form. The music sounded great and we could have played all night.

"Like It Is brings the magic and wonderful music of that evening to fans everywhere, and we're sure they'll enjoy listening to it as much as we did performing it."

Watch the 11mins+ "Heart Of The Sunrise" video clip here.

Van Halen Video Of Rehearsal Of Classic Track From 1978 Debut

Wolfgang Van Halen is sharing audio/video of "Feel Your Love Tonight" - from the band's self-titled 1978 debut - from rehearsals this week as Van Halen prepare for their summer tour of North America.

It's the latest Instagram footage from the bassist as the group works through possible setlist songs at Eddie's 5150 studios. Wolfgang has previously posted footage of the never-before performed "1984" album track "Drop Dead Legs", "Little Guitars" from 1982's "Diver Down" and "Light Up The Sky" from 19879's "Van Halen II" ... as well as "Dirty Movies" from 1981's "Fair Warning" and "In A Simple Rhyme" from 1980's "Women And Children First."

Fans will find out which songs made the final cut when Van Halen launch a North American tour in Seattle on July 5 in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", their first live release with David Lee Roth.

This weekend, the group will perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 17. Check out the video here.

Nikki Sixx Heading Into The Studio With Sixx A.M. This Summer

Sixx A.M. will be back in the studio this summer, according to mainman Nikki Sixx. The bassist is in Australia with Motley Crue and posted a Facebook update in which he says his other band will record new music after Crue's run of European festival dates.

He says: "I'll be home for four days before Motley plays a couple of festivals in Europe, then back to America and into the studio with Sixx AM before Motley starts our final American tour."

Sixx AM released their third album Modern Vintage in 2014. Sixx is joined in the band by guitarist DJ Ashba and singer James Michael. Nikki Sixx said this month that Sixx AM would never trade off of Motley Crue's legacy, insisting he won't play Crue songs live with his other band. See Nikki's full post here.

Lucifer's Friend Reunite After 20 Years

Lucifer's Friend have reformed 20 years after they called it a day. They released six albums in the 70s, with frontman John Lawton jumping ship to join Uriah Heep in 1976. He was replaced by Mike Starrs for two albums before returning for Mean Machine in 1981.

They split the following year but reformed briefly in 1994 under the moniker Lucifer's Friend II for their ninth album Sumo Grip. They disbanded shortly after.

Now they're back and will play Hamburg's Downtown Blues Club on May 31 and the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg on June 5. They've also released a best-of compilation titled Awakening featuring classic tracks along with four new songs. Read more here.

The Beatles Museum To Open In Japan

Paul McCartney recently made news when he performed at Japan's Nippon Budokan, staging his first appearance at the legendary venue since The Beatles performed there in 1966. Now, Japan is set to open that nation's first museum to feature a permanent display of memorabilia related to the Fab Four.

Located in the city of Nakatsu, the Beatles Museum will house thousands of items, including a piano played by John Lennon and a Japanese "happi" coat worn by Lennon during the band's 1966 visit.

Recording equipment used by John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as other items of Beatles-related clothing, will be featured as well. All told, more than 2,500 items of memorabilia will be on display. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Didn't Steal 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Says McKagan

A few days ago, Australian website Max TV asked whether Guns N' Roses plagiarized their 1987 classic "Sweet Child O' Mine" from an earlier song by an Australian band called Australian Crawl, "Unpublished Critics," from 1981. spoke with former Guns bassist Duff McKagan--currently of a band called Walking Papers--and asked him about the controversy. He's denying it. Completely.

"A friend of mine just sent me that video," he says, which plays excerpts of both songs. "It is pretty stunning," he admits. However, he is quick to add, "But we didn't steal it from them! I swear [puts his hand on his heart], I never heard that song until a couple of days ago." 

But, McKagan says, he's kind of puzzled as to why, two-and-a-half decades later, the allegations are just coming to light: "How is that [information] just coming out now?" Read more here.



NOVEMBER 15-29 (2015)



The 2015 CRUISE TO THE EDGE--the ultimate prog rock cruise departing from Miami and sailing the Caribbean this November 15-19--officially goes on sale to the public today (5/13) and has announced its final artist lineup.

The third annual five-day, five-night cruise will feature multiple stages of progressive rock music from the iconic and GRAMMY-winning rock band YES, special guest Marillion and 25-plus bands, aboard the magnificent NCL Pearl. A new addition to this year's cruise itinerary is a special pre-cruise event, complimentary to all cruisers, on Saturday, November 14 in Miami (location TBA), before setting sail to crystal clear Bahamian waters, visiting Key West and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The special pre-cruise concert will feature performances from Martin Barre of JethroTull, Three Friends and Lifesigns.

Cabins aboard the full-ship charter are priced starting at $849 per person for double-occupancy cabins, and $575 per person for quad rooms. For booking and more information, visit:

Legendary progressive rock bands YES and Marillion will lead an all-star lineup aboard this year's cruise (with most artists playing at least two sets),including: Anathema; Allan Holdsworth; Three Friends; PFM; Saga; Martin Barre, Caravan; Spocks Beard; Nektar; Änglagrd; Lifesigns; Bigelf; IO Earth; Airbag; Casey McPherson; Messenger; Dave Kerzner; Moon Safari; Barracuda Triangle; Jolly; Enchant; Thank You Scientist; Steve Rothery; Bad Dreams; AHEPJ and hosted by UK journalist and preeminent YES expert, Jon Kirkman.

Besides the great musical performances, prog-rock music fans aboard the luxurious NCL Pearl will get a chance to participate in special events and activities, including: after-hours "Electric Prog Jam," where passengers become the stars, playing instruments to selected  prog rock songs; "Storytellers" style concerts featuring behind-the-scenes stories from select bands, showcasing their writing/recording style and process, band history and more; Prog Panels featuring Q&A sessions; craft beer tasting; and a Bon Voyage Sail-Away Concert.In addition, Multiple Performance Stages throughout the ship will keep the action going into the wee hours with a surprise or two along the way.  Finally, cruise attendees will be able to enjoy the ship's 13 bars and lounges, various eateries, casino, spa, fitness center, basketball and volleyball court, bowling alley and more. 

CRUISE TO THE EDGE has been carefully designed to meet the discriminating requirements of the most avid music fan/cruise vacationer, producing a true fan and artist experience in a surreal and relaxing setting.  Produced by On the Blue Cruises, CRUISE TO THE EDGE is a playground for the serious fan where music and a luxury cruise hook up for the vacation of a lifetime.

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Scott Stapp Says Meltdown From Psychotic Break and Bipolar Disorder

Scott Stapp is ready to talk about the cause of his erratic behavior that made headlines last year. In a new interview with People, the Creed frontman talks openly for the first time about the "psychotic break" he suffered, telling the magazine he has bi-polar that was made worse by alcohol and drug abuse.

"I was hallucinating," he said. "I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car." Stapp made headlines back in November when he released a YouTube video saying he was broke and homeless, living out of his car, which led his wife to have him institutionalized. A month later, a call to 911 from his wife was released, in which she claims Stapp believed he was part of the CIA and had made potential threats to assassinate President Obama.

Stapp says, "In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism. All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind."

Stapp says he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after hitting rock bottom, and though it was hard to process, he says it finally gave him an answer to what was going on. Read more here.

Eddie Vedder Jams With The Who In Chicago

On Wednesday evening in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, The Who performed as part of their 'The Who Hits 50' tour. The 135-minute show featured close to two-dozen who classics encompassing their five-decade career, but the evening's biggest surprise came in the form of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, who grew up in the near suburb of Evanston. Vedder joined the band for a roaring rendition of "The Real Me".

The performance served as a teaser for a charity show on Thursday night that Vedder and Who guitarist Pete Townshend are putting on entitled "AN Evening Celebrating The Who with Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder".

The show will take place at the Rosemont Theatre and will feature special guests Joan Jett, Joe Walsh and Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick. Tickets are still available. - antiMusic's Special Features Editor Tony Kuzminski

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Premieres New Solo Song 'Love Is Your Name'

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is premiering his first country single, "Love Is Your Name." Tyler has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.

"The first day in the studio I recorded a song that became my first single," says the singer, "and if 'Love is Your Name', then Nashville's my new girlfriend. I guess you could call that Beginner's Luck."

The rocker announced his intent to record a country album during a Twitter Q&A last October. "Country, to me, has always been oversimplified, by an accent, a truck, cowboy boots, a dirt road, a back porch," Tyler tells USA Today. "But I think it's more about freedom and pride and hard work and the girl. And knowing everybody's first name in town, you know? There were 1,200 people in my town when I grew up. That, to me, is country."

Tyler will join Aerosmith for the Blue Army Tour, with summer dates set to start June 13 in Glendale, Arizona….after that, he'll return to Nashville to work on his debut solo album.

"I've got to find time to come back and record these songs after the Aerosmith tour," he adds. "But I flit from flower to flower, country to country, looking for good times and singing about the last time. That's what I'm putting into the country songs." Stream the new song here.

3 Doors Down Reveal Summer Tour Plans

3 Doors Down have announced a crop of new 2015 summer tour dates which will include Seether also performing at most stops, with Theory of a Deadman and Collective Soul appearing on select dates.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on July 7th in Laredo, TX at the Laredo Energy Center and will conclude on August 22nd in Kettering, OH at the Fraze Pavilion.

3 Doors Down are also working on their follow-up to 2011's Time of My Life. "We can't wait to get some of these new songs we've been playing live put to tape," frontman Brad Arnold said in a statement. "This is shaping up to be our best album yet!" Check out the tour dates here.

Bruce Springsteen Releases 1984 Show From Born In The USA Tour

Bruce Springsteen has released a classic 1984 show from his "Born In The USA" tour as the latest offering in his archival concert series. The package features the first night of a 10-night stand at Brendan Byrne Arena at The Meadowlands in New Jersey.

The August 5, 1984 show presents the full 3-hour, 29-song set, which mixes material from his catalog alongside tracks from "Born In The USA." This was the E Street Band's first tour with Nils Lofgren on guitar (Stevie Van Zandt had left the band) and Patti Scialfa on vocals and percussion.

The complete concert is now available for download in high resolution 24 bit / 192 kHz and DSD formats, as well as CD-quality and MP3 downloads; it is also available for pre-order as a 3 CD set to begin shipping in June. Read more here.

Henry Rollins Stars In Children's Show Pilot

Henry Rollins stars in a pilot episode of a series being considered by Amazon. The Black Flag icon plays the role of Coach Carlucci in A History Of Radness - a children's show following the lives of aspiring young musicians.

It is one of a number of pilot shows being broadcast on Amazon Instant Video this summer. Amazon customers will be invited to watch and give feedback on the pilots to help decide which ones become full series on the Amazon Prime service.

A History Of Radness also features narration from Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and a score by former Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha. Read more here.

Queensryche Almost Finished With New Album

Queensryche have confirmed that their upcoming album is almost finished. Frontman Todd La Torre recently said the follow-up to their 2013 self-titled release was a "raging animal." And guitarist Michael Wilton reveals they've recorded over an hour's worth of material for their 15th studio outing.

He tells Pop Culture Madness: "In between touring we managed to put out recordings and we have a new album that is almost finished. We're going to finish all the overdubs, get it mixed, mastered and sent off to our label.

"A lot of the music has the flavour of the first six albums - and there's a lot of it. We've recorded well over and hour's worth of music. We're really excited and I think Queensryche fans are going to eat it up." Watch the full interview here.

Steven Adler Added To Ronnie James Dio Memorial Weekend

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler will take part in this weekend's Ronnie James Dio memorial, it has been confirmed. Adler is among the latest stars to be added to the list of celebrities taking part, along with Theory Of A Deadman vocalist Tyler Connolly and Lita Ford.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the passing of the former Black Sabbath and Rainbow singer, three days of events are planned. The weekend includes including a Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling tournament on Friday, a public Memorial Service on Saturday and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ on Sunday.

Artists previously confirmed for the weekend include Stone Sour's Christian Martucci and Roy Mayorga, Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass, former Megadeth and current Act Of Defiance guitarist Chris Broderick, Eddie Money, Oni Logan, Sean McNabb, Bjorn Englen and John Payne. Read more here.

Quiet Riot Documentary To Be Screened At Cannes

The Quiet Riot documentary "Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back", will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14 ahead of its DVD release later this summer.

The screening will be taking place at 6 pm at the Hotel Gray d'Albion, 38 Rue Des Serbes, Cannes, 06408, France. We were sent these details about the film:

The documentary is an inside look at Frankie Banali's road to recovery after losing his best friend and Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow (Brother of Dr. Terry Dubrow on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Orange County") to a drug overdose in 2007 as he forges ahead to conquer his loss, regain his life and put the band back together.

The film also features cameos from Matt Sorum and Stephen Adler (Guns N' Roses), Glen Hughes (Deep Purple), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) and Martha Quinn (Original MTV VJ).

Watch the trailer and learn more about the film here.

RONNIE JAMES DIO’s 5th Year Remembrance Celebration Begins Friday, May 15th – New Performers, Speakers and Celebrity Bowlers Announced!

 Join Best Metal Performance GRAMMY Winners Jack Black & Kyle Gass (TENACIOUS D),  Eddie Money, Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), Tyler Connolly (THEORY OF A DEADMAN), Lita Ford, Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES, ADLER), Christian Martucci & Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR), Chris Broderick (ACT OF DEFIANCE, formerly of MEGADETH) , Members of DIO & More in Celebrating the Life and Music of RONNIE JAMES DIO!

 A Weekend of Events in Los Angeles – May 15-17, 2015

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, will kick off a weekend of celebratory activities this Friday, May 15th to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer's untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The RONNIE JAMES DIO 5th Year Remembrance weekend will include a BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling tournament (May 15), a public Memorial Service celebration (May 16), and the inaugural RIDE FOR RONNIE motorcycle ride and BBQ (May 17). Each event will be hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show.

Today, the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is revealing a slew of newly announced celebrity performers, presenters, and celebrity bowlers involved in the events this year. New confirmations include Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), Tyler Connolly (THEORY OF A DEADMAN), Lita Ford, Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES, ADLER), and more, in addition to prior additions Jack Black & Kyle Gass (TENACIOUS D), rock music legend Eddie Money, and others.

See below for an updated listing of activities, performers/performances, celebrity bowlers, presenters, and more.

MAY 15th: BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Pinz Bowling Center

12655 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show, this will be an evening of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, bowling with rock stars and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund. A silent auction will include collectible bowling pins autographed by artists such as Tenacious D, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax and Metallica and in addition to many more major items. Music will be provided by’s DJ Will.

To purchase tickets and read further details on each package:
($50 per person)

($75 per person)

($1,500 one lane with 6 bowlers)

Ann Boleyn (Hellion)
Athena (Lee) Kottak (Femme Fatale)
Audie Desbrow (Great White
Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples)
Bob Kulick (Paul Stanley Band)
Brian Tichy
Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance)
Christian Martucci (Stone Sour)
Courtney Cox (Femme Fatale)
Craig Goldy (Dio)
Dave Alford (Rough Cutt)
Eddie Trunk
Erin Gavin (Femme Fatale)
Gabbie Rae
Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint)
Henry Derek
Jack Black (Tenacious D)
Janis Tanaka (Femme Fatale)
Jeff Pilson (Dio, Foreigner)
Jimmy Bain (Dio)
Katt Scarlett (Femme Fatale)
Kyle Gass (Tenacious D)
Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale)
Marc Ferrari (Keel)
Mark Kendall (Great White)
Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford)
Matt Duncan (DC4/Odin)
Michael Lardie (Great White)
Monte Pittman (Madonna, solo artist)
Nick Van Dyk
Nikki Stringfield (Femme Fatale)
Patrick Kennison (Lita Ford)
Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint)
Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders)
Rock Feinstein (Elf, The Rods)
Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders)
Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4, Bang Tango)
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Gunzo)
Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Lynch Mob)
Simon Wright (Dio)
Scott Snyder (Great White)
Scott Warren (Dio)
Steven Adler (Guns 'n Roses, Adler)
Terry Ilous (Great White)
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, solo artist)
Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) 

Joe Retta (Dio Disciples)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning)
John Konesky (Tenacious D)
John Spiker (Tenacious D)
Keith St. John (Montrose, Burning Rain)
Lita Ford
Oni Logan (Dio Disciples, Lynch Mob)
Shane Fitzgibbon
Tracii Guns (Gunzo, LA Guns)
Brooks Wackerman (Tenacious D, Bad Religion)
Vinny Appice (Dio, Heaven & Hell) 

MAY 16: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie's Music

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
1:00-5:00pm (doors at 12:00pm)


A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie's passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career will be speaking and performing his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to:

Dr. Sandy Kapoor
Lita Ford
Wyn Davis
Dean Schachtel
April Eppolito
Sheila Melody
Paul Shortino
Rock Feinstein
Vinny Appice 
Steve Mignardi
Rudy Sarzo
Craig Goldy
Scott Warren
Scott (Big Scott) Sentinella
Wendy Dio 


  • “LISA” (acoustic) – Lita Ford, Patrick Kennison (The Union Underground), Marty O'Brien
  • “HEAVEN & HELL” (acoustic) – GREAT WHITE
  • “LAST IN LINE” (acoustic) – GREAT WHITE feat. Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fetale)
  • “TAKE HER” – ROUGH CUTT (Paul Shortino, Amir Derakh, Chris Hager, Matt Thorne, Dave Alford)
  • “MISTREATED” – John Payne (Asia), Rock Feinstein (Elf, The Rods), Christian Martucci (Stone Sour), Sean Mcnabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
  • “RAINBOW IN THE DARK” – Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson (Dio), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Geoff Tate, Dio), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Rick Derringer, Heaven & Hell) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
  • “SIGN OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS” – Ann Boleyn, Craig Goldy (Dio), Sean Mcnabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
  • “STARGAZER” – DIO DISCIPLES:  Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), Joe Retta (Sweet), Craig Goldy (Dio), Bjorn Englen (Hellion), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC) & Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
  • “STAND UP AND SHOUT” – Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act of Defiance), Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow) & Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Rick Derringer, Heaven & Hell)

MAY 17: RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and BBQ

Harley-Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204

Pre-Registered Rider Check-In
On-Site Registration
9:00am - 10:45am

Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 10:30am

Kickstands Up at 11:00am


Los Encinos State Historic Park 
16756 Moorpark Street 
Encino, CA 91436

BBQ & Live Music
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Rider $75
Rider & Passenger $120
BBQ General Admission $55

Riders will check-in at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, where they can enjoy a continental breakfast with entertainment and prizes provided by The Sound 100.3. The first 200 registered riders will receive a limited edition RIDE FOR RONNIE Challenge Coin! Participants will depart Glendale, traveling the freeways of the north San Fernando Valley, then down the 405 to a BBQ at Los Encinos Historical Park in Encino. The BBQ will feature great food and drink, live music by Ronnie's former bandmates and friends, raffle prizes, live auction and much more! A special Condor Squadron fly-by of seven vintage World War II airplanes will take place at 2:30pm at the BBQ.

 BBQ is included for registered riders and passengers. BBQ-only tickets for non-riders are available for advance purchase. Please note: event is subject to sell-out and tickets may not be available at the door. Avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets in advance!

***Performances subject to change/surprises
·         Eddie Money
·         Dio Disciples: Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), Joe Retta (Sweet), Craig Goldy (Dio), Bjorn Englen (Hellion), Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC), Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
·         Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson (Dio), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Geoff Tate, Yngwie, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Rick Derringer, Heaven & Hell), Scott Warren (Dio, Heaven & Hell)
·         DC4:  Shawn Duncan (Armored Saint), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Matt Duncan (Armored Saint) & Rowan Robertson (Dio)
Others: Joe Colover, John Hatfield, Jessie Sanches, Patrick Martin

This weekend’s events are sponsored by Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 FM The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing, B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company and Western Bagels.

Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund website for updates.

A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects.

New Studio Album Returns Band To Classic Melodic Rock Format.  To Be Released By Frontiers Music Srl May 19th in North America.

 In their 25 years as a musical duo, Gunnar & Matthew Nelson, collectively known simply as Nelson, have grown from Pop music idols to seasoned songwriters and performers. Now they return with Peace Out, their most ambitious studio album to date.

 Released in Europe on May 15th and North America on May 19th by Frontiers Music Srl.  Peace Out marks a return to the well crafted pop songs that put the band at the top of the Billboard charts in the 1990s. From the anthemic “Invincible” to the rollicking “Back in the Day,”  Peace Out is quintessential Nelson from start to finish.

 “We wanted to write and record the most exciting, authentic, uplifting, and rockin’ Nelson record ever made! The mission: to make a classic,” says Gunnar Nelson.

 The brothers have always had their work cut out for themselves, being the third generation in one of America’s most celebrated entertainment families, who came into US households every week from 1952 through 1966 on the ABC sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Their grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, was a celebrated big band leader, whose orchestra featured their grandmother, Harriet; and their late father, Ricky, was one of Rock’n’roll’s earliest superstars, a member of The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, and generally credited with creating the country-rock format. 

 When the Nelson twins burst onto the music scene with the Billboard #1 hit “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love & Affection,” in 1990, they set a Guinness World Record by being the only family to have three generations of #1 hits on the charts! Nelson went on to release a half dozen Rock albums selling nearly 7 million records, beginning with the multi-platinum After The Rain.

 Peace Out marks their fourth release on Frontiers since 2010.  The first single is “Rockstar.” Look for Nelson to embark on a world tour. The Nelsons have worked in a number of musical styles including pop, hard rock and even country.  Now, Peace Out   takes them to the musical home they have known the best: harmony-driven pop Rock whose melodies are as infectious as they are lasting."


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 World Tour Begins September 17th in Europe – U.S. Tour Planned Early 2016
“CRYSTAL PLANET” – Satriani’s Sci-Fi Animation Series in the Works

Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on July 24th, making him one of the first to utilize the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music. 

It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a “masterpiece” or “the last word on guitar” from the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer.  Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on September 18, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died.

Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaire Bryan Beller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life,” says Satriani.

The album also sees Satriani once again joining forces co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on Shockwave Supernova, as they have on numerous albums – their shared history dates back to the guitar star’s 1986 debut album, Not Of This Earth and its follow- up, the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed, Surfing with the Alien.

Minnemann and Beller handle the bulk of Shockwave Supernova’s rhythmic duties, with the exception of four cuts – the driving “Keep On Movin’,” full of wondrous Satch guitar wizardry and Keneally’s playful piano, “In My Pocket,” a deliciously greasy, souped-up take on Swing, along with “Crazy Joey” (a deliriously effervescent romp) and “Scarborough Stomp” (a relentless upbeat rocker) – find Satriani joined by another powerhouse rhythm section: the esteemed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (whose work includes the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Paul Simon, among others) and Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney (whose resume includes Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion and Rob Zombie, to name a few).

Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, “playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it.” Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realization as the springboard and creative center for his alter ego “Shockwave Supernova,” the outlandish and extroverted ‘performance side’ of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launched his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.

In a creative and engaging alternative venture, Satriani, a lifelong science fiction fan, has reached out to the future, through the medium of animation. Finally recognizing the on-stage symmetry with his alter ego allowed Satriani to also take a risk on this particular style of storytelling. He says, “Guitarist Ned Evett and I have created an animated series called Crystal Planet. The actual Crystal Planet is our very own Earth, set billions of years in the future. The hero of the show uses music generated by a unique electric guitar to travel through time while the show’s characters struggle to preserve the future and past of humankind.”  More information on Crystal Planet and how and where fans will view the series will be coming shortly.

Fans are now able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at Joe will be selecting art for the poster from fan submitted art – check Joe’s FB page for more details (  The album is available for pre-order on Amazon ( and iTunes ( and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl. 

As was previously announced, Satriani and Steve Vai, will perform at a third benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and their good friend, Cliff Cultreri. “A Benefit for Cliff III” is set for Friday, June 12th at 8pm at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.  This event will feature performances by Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests, Animals As Leaders.  In addition, Satriani and Vai, along with other artists, have graciously donated various items to be auctioned at the event.  Among these items are autographed guitars as well as a chance to join Satriani’s “G4 Camp” taking place June 28 – July 2 in Cambria, CA.


Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Saturday, August 15
Hollywood Bowl - Sunday, October 4

Tickets on sale Monday May 18 at 10AM

Due to overwhelming demand, a third New York-area VAN HALEN concert has been added at the Nikon At Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, August 15th and an additional Hollywood Bowl show has been added on Sunday, October 4th. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 18th at 10 AM through; tickets for the previously announced shows at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 9th, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 13th and Hollywood Bowl on October 2nd are on sale now.  Advanced tickets for the October 4th Hollywood Bowl concert go on sale to American Express® Cardmembers beginning Wednesday, May 13.
VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 4th. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour.  A complete itinerary is listed below.
Fans can see VAN HALEN perform on the '2015 Billboard Music Awards' on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET. The performance marks the band's first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang and David Lee Roth.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band's record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Go to for updates and more information.
 All dates, cities and venues subject to change.

Sunday, July 5

Seattle, WA

White River Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 7

Portland, OR

Amphitheater Northwest

Thursday, July 9

Concord, CA

Concord Pavilion

Saturday, July 11

San Bernardino, CA

San Manuel Amphitheater

Tuesday, July 14

Irvine, CA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Thursday, July 16

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 18

Salt Lake City, UT

USANA Amphitheatre

Monday, July 20

Morrison, CO

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 22

Kansas City, MO

Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Friday, July 24

Chicago, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sunday, July 26

St. Louis, MO

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 28

Pittsburgh, PA

First Niagara Pavilion

Thursday, July 30

Bangor, ME

Darling's Waterfront Pavilion    

Saturday, August 1

Boston, MA

Xfinity Center

Monday, August 3

Cleveland, OH

Blossom Music Center

Wednesday, August 5

London, ON

Western Fair District

Friday, August 7

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 9

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

Tuesday, August 11

Hartford, CT

Xfinity Center

Thursday, August 13

Wantagh, NY

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

Saturday, August 15

Wantagh, NY

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 23

Hershey, PA

Hershey Park

Tuesday, August 25

Darien Center, NY

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Thursday, August 27

Camden, NJ

Susquehanna Bank Center

Saturday, August 29

Washington DC

Jiffy Lube Live

Monday, August 31

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Wednesday, September 2

Indianapolis, IN

Klipsch Music Center

Friday, September 4

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sunday, September 6

Bethel, NY

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Wednesday, September 9

Raleigh, NC

Walnut Creek Amphitheater

Friday, September 11

Charlotte, NC

PNC Music Pavilion

Sunday, September 13

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tuesday, September 15

West Palm Beach, FL

Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Thursday, September 17

Birmingham, AL

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Monday, September 21

Austin, TX

Austin360 Amphitheater

Wednesday, September 23

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Friday, September 25

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Monday, September 28

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Wednesday, September 30

San Diego, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Friday, October 2

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, October 4

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Bowl





BILLY IDOL builds on the urgency of his last single "Can't Break Me Down" with a dramatic and mysterious video which premiered today (5/12) via; check it out HEREThe new video is set to "Save Me Now," an electro-rocking highlight co-written by Idol, Twin Shadow, and Greg Kurstin, from IDOL's acclaimed current album KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND.

Known for his striking and compelling videos, the multi-platinum British rock icon headed to the California desert with his longtime guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens to film the video that was directed and conceived by Thomas Kirk (who has worked with Muse on multiple videos).

The clip follows a priest and a police officer on a wild ride set against the stark, desolate California landscape, accompanied by a leading lady entwined in the drama. In describing the video, Kirk said:  "I went for a concept which very much took the lyrics of 'Save Me Now' and turned them into a surreal story that I felt was as true to the very visual lyrics as possible. I loved the image of a bruised cop and a priest trapped inside a car."

Meanwhile, IDOL continues on his "Kings & Queens Of The Underground Live" 2014-2015 world tour with North American dates wrapping June 4, followed by another run of shows in Europe this summerIDOL will return to the U.S. from August-October for a mix of solo shows and festival appearances.  

KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND--IDOL's first studio album in almost a decade--was released in October 2014 on BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services.  The album was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as producer to two songs, including "Can't Break Me Down." Upon the album's release, USA Today named "Can't Break Me Down" their song of the week, declaring "with its punkish drive, sneering vocals and roaring Steve Stevens guitar, Can't Break Me Down could have made a great follow-up to latter-day Idol hits.

Bill Ward Denies Black Sabbath's Health Concerns

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward addressed the recent controversy over his and Ozzy Osbourne's public statements about why he is not currently involved with the band.

Ward spoke with Classic Rock Revisited about his new solo album but also touched on the public back and forth between him and Ozzy Osbourne. Ward maintains that he isn't currently part of Black Sabbath because of the contract terms that were offered him, while Osbourne claims that Ward isn't physically up to the job. Below is an excerpt from the interview:

Classic Rock Revisited: Part of the controversy is that according to certain camps, the rest of Black Sabbath, you are unable to play an entire concert, physically.

Bill Ward: Oh, that's their fear that has nothing to do with me. That is somebody else's fear. That is simply fear and that's all that is. It is not the truth and it has nothing to do with the truth. The only thing that happened to me that is the truth is that I actually got sick on October 18, 2013. Up until that point I was fully capable of playing drums and I could have played multiple world tours, et cetera, et cetera. I just had not signed a contract. Had I signed a contract then I wouldn't have been sick, according to them!

I hate what's going on, it is terrible. It is a good question: Had I signed the contract that was offered to me, which I wouldn't have done, but had I signed it I probably would have been exonerated from health problems! That is crazy. Once you sign, you just don't have health problems.

I would never, ever, ever commit to taking on any type of live commitment, or studio commitment, if I knew there was something going on inside of me which could stop me from doing it. There wasn't a f***ing thing going on inside of me that would stop me from playing in the studio or in a live band rehearsal. It absolutely didn't exist.

Classic Rock Revisited: You're saying this all strictly boils down to money with Black Sabbath.

Bill Ward: In my particular case, when I try to get a sign-able contract, yes.

Classic Rock Revisited: That's crazy.

Bill Ward: The sickness agenda started after I wouldn't sign the contract. You know all the problems of what I was like in 2011, it all started to happen after the event. In 2011, nobody said anything to me about that as they all seemed to be quite happy that I was there. I am getting better with it now, but I was infuriated when I first heard of that as my health was really good. I was playing drums every day and practicing 130 beats per minute for a half an hour on the bass drum. I wasn't walking ten miles, I usually walk ten miles a day but I was walking six to eight miles a day. It is what I would be doing anyway. It is what I am doing now. I am walking on treadmills. I had to rebuild my core after the operation I had.

What happened on October the 18th of 2013 was serious sh*t and I needed surgery. Had I been on tour then, yes, that would have happened. That was something that was unexpected and unforeseeable, as life can be. That would have meant that I would not have been able to continue on with the band for at least five months. It would have taken that amount of time. They have cancelled shows as well when unforeseeable events happen. They say, "He couldn't have done it anyway because he got sick." I think that is a bunch of bullsh*t. These things are unforeseeable and everybody knows that we go in good faith and we know unforeseeable events can happen. Ozzy has had to cancel on multiple occasions because of unforeseeable events since all of this has happened.

Classic Rock Revisited: Should we hold out any hope that Sabbath will reunite with you?

Bill Ward: That statement that I made was actually an olive branch. It was a real olive branch, not a pie in the sky olive branch. I gave exact specifications of what would put me back in the band. I don't f*** around, you know. "You want me back I the band? Then make a public apology about the things that you said about me that weren't true. That's the first thing. The next thing is give me a sign-able f***ing contract."

This contract isn't the Rockefeller of all Rockefeller contracts. I just want something that is decent and fair and what every other person on earth who is playing rock and roll would want.

Read the full interview here.

Pantera and Rolling Stones Fuel Guitar Hero Return

Guitar Hero is making a comeback this year with its first new offering in five years, Guitar Hero Live. And the tracklisting will be lead by six-string heroes including Pantera, Rolling Stones and Gary Clark Jr.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jamie Jackson, owner of Freestyle Games (the company that puts out Guitar Hero, and who partnered with Activision for Guitar Hero Live), said, "It's been 10 years since the first Guitar Hero game came out. When you think of it like that, and think about how much the musical landscape has changed since then - that's where we've been able to explore some new types of musical style as well. Guitar music is broader than it's ever been - so we're reflecting that in the range of music on offer."

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone reports that among the new features on the revitalized game are a more realistic controller/instrument and a 24-hour music video network called GHTV, "The world's first playable music video network." Read more including the initial tracklist here.

Early Iron Maiden Singer To Play Live For First Time In 30 Years

Former Iron Maiden singer Dennis Willcock will perform live for the first time in 30 years next month. Willcock - who fronted Maiden from 1976 to 1978 - was replaced in Iron Maiden by Paul Di'Anno in 1978.

Willcock will play with his band GV1 at London's Bar 12 on June 13 - with more dates to be added. GV1 will share the bill with Buffalo Fish, featuring ex-Maiden guitarist Terry Wapram.

GV1 is an amalgamation of two of his previous groups, Gibraltar and V1. GV1 say: "Long while coming but worth getting your little legs down there, eh?" Read more here.

Joe Satriani Previews Track From Forthcoming Album

Joe Satriani will release his 15th album, "Shockwave Supernova", on July 24. The guitarist is previewing the album with a sample of the song "On Peregrine Wings."

Co-produced by Satriani and John Cuniberti, the guitarist recorded the project late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller. "I couldn't have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life," says Satriani.

The guitarist is joined by a second rhythm section for four tracks: drummer Vinnie Colaiuta - who has worked with Frank Zappa, Sting and Paul Simon, among others - and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.

Satriani named "Shockwave Supernova" after his alter ago, one that he steps into for live performances. Check out the song preview here.

The Darkness Reveals New Lineup Photo

The Darkness have unveiled the first photo of their new lineup, featuring the recent addition of drummer Rufus Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor.

Taylor joins the band following the recent departure of drummer Emily Dolan Davies, just a month after she made her live debut with the group; she stepped in to record the group's forthcoming album, "Last Of Our Kind", after a split with original sticksman Ed Graham last fall.

With just a few weeks away from the June 1 release of their fourth album, The Darkness have announced the Blast Of Our Kind UK tour. The 3-week, 14-date fall run starts November 30 in Norwich and will wrap up at London's Roundhouse on December 20. See the photo here.

Glenn Hughes Announces European Fall Tour

Glenn Hughes has announced dates for a fall tour of Europe. Hughes will be joined by special guest Jared James Nichols, who recently released his debut EP, "Old Glory & The Wild Revival."

The month-long, 22-date run - which starts in Milan, Italy on September 15 - will see Hughes perform highlights from his extensive career, including music from Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed and his solo material.

"After being studio bound for the past few months and then touring with California Breed late last year," says Hughes, "where I received the most incredible live audience reaction to my appearances while out with Alter Bridge and Slash, I felt it long overdue for a solo tour of my own.

"I'm looking forward to hitting the road with a brand new solo band and reaching out to as many fans as possible. It's a real pleasure for me to be coming back to perform live." Check out the dates here.

Legendary Manfred Mann's Earth Band Vocalist Chris Thompson Releases 'Jukebox - The Ultimate Collection' 2CD Remastered Anthology

London, UK - Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of 'Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection', a two disc anthology by legendary CHRIS THOMPSON!

Known for his work as the lead vocalist and guitarist on many hits with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, including “Blinded By The Light”, “For You” and “The Mighty Quinn” as well as featured on the classic Jeff Wayne concept album 'War of the Worlds', Chris is also a noted songwriter (penning among other songs the smash hit “You're the Voice” for John Farnham). His most recent studio album, 'Toys and Dishes', his first in over ten years, (released on Esoteric Antenna), gained excellent reviews from critics and praise from fans worldwide.

Chris Thompson continues to draw enthusiastic live crowds throughout Europe. 'Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection' is a fine, brand new 36-track newly remastered compilation of material that has defined Chris Thompson's career, including songs such as “Blinded by the Light”, “For You”, “Father of Day’, ‘Davy's on the Road Again”, “Martha's Madman”, “The Mighty Quinn”, “Thunderchild” and “You’re the Voice’, along with tracks from 'Toys and Dishes' such as “Eddie Wants to Rock” and “Millie Christine”.




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Guns N' Roses Accused Of Stealing 'Sweet Child O' Mine'
Guns N' Roses are being accused of stealing one of their biggest hits. The Australian music website Max TV (via Consequence of Sound) recently noticed that Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" sounds suspiciously similar to the song 'Unpublished Critics" by Aussie band Australian Crawl, which was released six years earlier.

The publication points out that "Sweet Child O' Mine' has 'the same chugging chord progression, a similarly-sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus" as Australian Crawl's song, which went to No. 1 in Australia.

Australian Crawl broke up in 1986, a year before Guns N' Roses recently Appetite For Destruction, which featured the track in question, but as COS notes, both albums were released in the United States on Geffen.

Funnily enough, Australian Crawl's singer James Reymar has acknowledged the similarities between the tracks before, but doesn't seem interested in getting into court for this. So no, we probably won't have a "Blurred Lines" level lawsuit anytime soon.

Instead Reymar seems to be leaning in to the whole thing, even playing "Sweet Child O' Mine" live from time to time. Check out both songs here.


Future Classic Rockers?  We may have found the band to bring great music to the Next Generation!

Hiding in Memphis, Tennessee are three kids…we’re talking pre-teens who may just be the next generation of honest to goodness rockers!  Instead of spending all day playing video games or texting friends on their iPhones bass player Matt Ireland (11 years old), guitarist Zeke Yarbro (also 11) and drummer Ryan Halcomb (12) are rocking out classic tunes live and onstage.  We are talking “YYZ” by Rush and “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath!  

The band recently opened for the band Kansas who were impressed by their performance.  If these kids keep on rocking and honing their skills then in a few years they may be the chosen ones to bring real rock back to the masses!  

Check out these videos and share with your friends so these kids get out from under the radar and onto your playlists!


Famed British Musician Hosts Successful Art Events to Benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times; The American Cancer Society and The Child Advocacy Center of Philadelphia .

Carl Palmer, one of rock’s iconic figures, and a founding member of both Emerson Lake & Palmer and ASIA, in association with Los Angeles art company Scene Four,  recently completed a three day run of successful art exhibits in Rochester, NY; Bath, PA; and Philadelphia PA, May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively. The events resulted in the sales of 23 original Palmer canvases, whose proceeds will be distributed to three very worth causes that Palmer is supporting:  Camp Good Days & Special Times ( a summer camp for children with cancer); The American Cancer Society; and The Child Advocacy Center of Philadelphia, which aids abused children in the Philly area.  

“ Fortunately, I have created a style of art that many people seem to enjoy and want to have in their homes. The fact that I can donate a substantial share of the proceeds to help these great charity organizations makes this endeavor even more fulfilling.”  says Palmer.  “ It is my intention to continue with these charity driven art events until both my art collections have sold out.  I can’t think of a better way to share my art with the public.”

The Camp Good Days event was held at its annual fund raising gala; while the event benefiting the American Cancer society was held at Friendship Framing & Art Gallery in Bath, near Bethlehem, PA.  The event for The Child Advocacy Center was held at Philadelphia’s Ritz Carlton Towers, and hosted by Paul Conaway of Wanatix Entertainment.  It was attended by former District Attorney and current  Philadelphia mayorial candidate Lynne Abraham, a major supportor of the Advocacy center in Philadelphia.

 Palmer, the legendary drummer and band leader has released his new signature collection of fine art, THE RHYTHM OF LIGHT, created completely from rhythm. Rhythm Of Light is a series of signed and numbered prints on canvas featuring stunning visual images constructed from drum performance. Working with acclaimed L.A. art team Scene Four, the artwork featured within combine motion, color, and lighting into some of the most compelling fine art visuals ever created.

 Palmer is scheduled to launch a on mini- tour with his solo band, CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY in June, and remains a current member of the British super group, ASIA.

 Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges. All of the programs and services provided by Camp Good Days are offered free of charge for the participants, which is only possible through the generosity of so many individuals and organizations and the success of our many special fundraising events.

 Camp Good Days provides residential camping programs at its beautiful Recreational Facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake in Branchport, New York, as well as year-round recreational and support activities, in the Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse & Ithaca ,New York areas for entire families who are facing the toughest challenges of life. At Camp Good Days, participants have the opportunity to regain some of what cancer, sickle cell anemia, or violence has taken away from them.

 As the largest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives and finishing the fight against cancer. We combine our relentless passion with the wisdom of over a century of experience to make this vision a reality, and we get results. More than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the US in the past two decades.   The American Cancer Society, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by a single Board of Directors that sets policy, develops and approves an enterprise-wide strategic plan and related resource allocation, and is responsible for the performance of the organization as a whole, with the advice and support of regionally based volunteer boards. 

 National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs).  Formed in 1988, NCA has been providing support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children for more than 25 years.  A children’s advocacy center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable.

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The BULLETBOYS are back and ready to tear the house down with their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9th 2015. This long awaited album shows that the BULLETBOYS are unstoppable with their grinding hard rock. Singer Marq Torien's vocals hit every note with the power that is his trademark. “Can't wait for our fans to hear this album. I put my heart and soul into this music,” exclaims lead singer Marq Torien. “This album has sick peaks and valleys ... it is NOT a linear album. A straight out labor of love that I've dedicated to my amazing father, all of our Families and our unfaltering BULLETBOYS fans and friends.”

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!”

1. Rollover
2. Tsunami
3. Symphony
4. The Villain
5. Kin Folk
6. Saving You From Me
7. As Dumb As
8. Superhuman Girl
9. Drop Your Weapon
10. Bitch Is Back
11. Elefanté

The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

The BULLETBOYS will be embarking as the headlining act on a 3 month summer tour which is soon to be announced. “Feel like I'm gonna jump out my Skin .. Can't wait to take this on the Road with the Fellas!! All year!!! He'll Yeah!!! Let's do This!” Marq Torien.

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"BabyMetal, the explosive trio whose unique hybrid of extreme metal and J-pop have made them Internet sensations, are slowly working on conquering America...'Road of Resistance' is a furious power metal burst injected with shiny pop harmonies..."

--ROLLINGSTONE.COM, May 11, 2015

BABYMETAL--the Japan-based all-girl-fronted "Kawaii Metal" (mix of J-Pop Idol and Heavy Metal) group--have premiered the bonus tracks "Road of Resistance" and "Gimme Chocolate!!" (Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London), both of which are featured on the forthcoming re-release of their 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The re-release, available in the U.S. only via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment, will be available digitally tomorrow (5/12) and physically on Tuesday, June 16. Meanwhile, Mexico will see the physical release Monday, May 18.

Listen to both tracks here:

"Road of Resistance" via ROLLINGSTONE.COM
"Gimme Chocolate!!" (Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London) via BILLBOARD.COM:

To coincide with the premiere of "Road of Resistance," BABYMETAL also released a video for the track which can be viewed HERE

Since forming in 2010, BABYMETAL--the young trio of 17-year-old SU-METAL (Vocal, Dance) and 15-year-olds YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance)and MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal--have already achieved two major debut singles: "IJIME, DAME, ZETTA!" and "MEGISTUNE," both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album BABYMETAL also earned the #1 spot on Japan's album chart and Billboard's World Album Chart. The official live music video for their debut album's lead single "Gimme Chocolate!!" has garnered over 24.5 million views on YouTube. Click here to check out the video. Now the band will re-release their chart-topping debut album via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment.

2014 saw BABYMETAL headline numerous sold-out shows from New York to London, including the 20,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Japan. They performed at major festivals in multiple countries such as the UK's massive Sonisphere in front of 65,000 festival-goers and supported Lady Gagaon her "Artrave: The Artpop Ball" tour. The band will gear up for an equally busy 2015 when they kick off their "THE DARK KNIGHTS BEGIN" WORLD TOUR 2015 this Saturday (5/9) in Mexico City (full tour itinerary below). U.S. tour dates included a special one-off headlining show on May 14 at House Of Blues in Chicago, IL, followed by a festival appearance on May 16 at Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH.'s live review of BABYMETAL's 11/4 debut New York concert noted," The girls slayed New York's Hammerstein Ballroom...playing a high-energy set...packed full of non-stop singing, dancing and shredding."









Circo Volador

Mexico City, Mexico



Danforth Music Hall

Toronto, Canada



House of Blues

Chicago, IL



Rock of the Range

Columbus, OH




Munich, Germany




Gelsenkirchen, Germany



La Laiterie

Strasbourg, France




Zurich, Switzerland



Estragon Club

Bologna, Italy




Vienna, Austria




Chiba, Japan

 Tracklisting for re-release of BABYMETAL here:

Gimme Chocolate!!
Doki Doki ☆ Morning
Onedari Daisakusen
Song 4
Uki Uki ★ Midnight
Catch me if you can
Rondo of Nightmare
Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
Ijime, Dame, Zettai

*Road of Resistance
*Gimme Chocolate!!-(Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

*Bonus tracks

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Orange County, CA (April 28, 2015) - Rock legends (Vinciguerra HoekstraFranklin) release latest video “Backside of Your Eyes” from the self-titled killer rock instrumental CD, Very High Frequency.  VHF  featuring drummer Todd "Vinny" Vinciguerra (the brain child behind the project), guitarist Joel Hoekstra's (Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) have released their latest video from their critically acclaimed CD Very High Frequency produced by Joe Floyd, Todd “Vinny” Vinciguerra and Tommy Kessler (Blondie) and mastered by David Donnelly.

Watch the video for “Backside of Your Eyes” at:

“What an amazing set. In fact, makes my “best of 2014” list. It’s got a great combination of progressive rock, jam band, space music and more. Everything here works really well and the whole thing flows like one cohesive piece.” - G. W. Hill, Music Street Journal

Vinciguerra’s unique sequence of writing starts with the drum composition setting the tone before heading to Franklin for chord progression and underlying groove. Once a groove is established, the rhythm tracks are set in place for guitar virtuoso Joel Hoekstra's independent interpretation. The music is created from the bottom up with the drums being the creative force behind the band. Each musician has complete artistic freedom and the final pieces lie perfectly together for a magnificent masterpiece.

“All musicians involved get to stretch their musical muscle and simultaneously showcase their abilities. The guitar, drums and bass lay down a constant groove to keep your head bobbing. “Suspended Animation” is like a Led Zeppelin composition, with a Steve Vai-ish trippy thing going on, mixed in with classical guitar runs. “Conception to Death (For 8 Guitars)” is another mind-bender []. Very High Frequency is a trip of sonic explorations.” - John Kindred, Hard Rock 

Great Articles on VHF on:

Interview with Joel Hoekstra by James Wood for Guitar World:

Give a listen at:     Available on iTunes 


Nashville, TN --- 3 Doors Down has announced the band's Summer touring plans will feature a joint run with Seether for more than a dozen dates, as well as the selection of Theory of a Deadman or Collective Soul as support in markets where Seether is not appearing.  Prior to the tour, the  band will be in the studio recording a new album with multi-platinum hit record producer Matt Wallace.  3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold shares, "We're excited to be heading in to the studio with Matt to make a new 3 Doors Down record!  We can't wait to get some of these new songs we've been playing live put to tape.  This is shaping up to be our best album yet!"

The Seether run begins on July 7 in Laredo, TX.  A VIP pre-sale will go live TODAY at Noon local time with the public on-sale set for Friday, May 15th at 10AM.  Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at the band's web site  Guitarist Chris Henderson shares, "Touring with our friends in Seether is always a blast! We have quite a bit of road history together and they’ve played our annual Better Life Foundation event in the past. Looking forward to a summer full of great rock shows, and most importantly, seeing our fans!" 

Prior to connecting with Seether in Laredo, 3 Doors Down will make three main stage festival appearances in Detroit (5/30), Chattanooga (6/05) and Fairfax (6/06), with Theory of a Deadman then joining the band as support in Louisiana and Texas during the Fourth of July Holiday.  Throughout the summer, the band  is offering two VIP Experiences, one of which features on-stage bleacher seating during the band's set. For more information visit

* With Seether
^ With Theory of a Deadman Supporting
+ With Collective Soul Supporting

5/30     Detroit, MI                             Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
6/05     Chattanooga, TN                    Riverbend Festival - Coca Cola Mainstage
6/06     Fairfax, VA                             Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
7/02     Lake Charles, LA                    L'Auberge Casino Resort ^
7/03     Corpus Christi, TX                 Concrete Street Amphitheater^
7/04     Lubbock, TX                          Lonestar Amphitheatre ^
7/07     Laredo, TX                             Laredo Energy Center *
7/08     Dallas, TX                              Bomb Factory *
7/10     Shawnee, OK                          The Firelake Arena - Shawnee *
7/11     Sioux City, IA                         Battery Park *
7/14     Bloomfield, CO                       1st Bank Center *
7/15     Kearney, NE                           Viaero Event Center *
7/16     Tulsa, OK                               Brady Theater *
7/18     Hot Springs, AR                     Timberwood Amphitheater
7/19     New Orleans, LA                    Bold Sphere Music at Champions *
7/21     Orlando, FL                            Hard Rock Live *
7/22     Clearwater, FL                        Ruth Eckerd Hall *
7/24     West Palm Beach, FL             Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
7/26     Jackson, MS                           Thalia Mara Hall
7/28     Baltimore, MD                       Pier Six Pavilion*
7/30     Uncasville, CT                        Mohegan Sun Casino *
8/01     Bethel, NY                              Bethel Woods Center for the Arts *
8/12     Hamburg, NY                          Grandstand +
8/13     Bethlehem, PA                        Musikfest +
8/15     Fort McCoy, WI                     Fort McCoy Army Base ^
8/17     Highland Park, IL                    Ravinia Festival +
8/20     Fairlea, WV                             State Fair of West Virginia
8/22     Kettering, OH                         Fraze Pavilion

Metallica To Headline The X Games

Metallica will headline the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas next month. The band was joined by pioneering skateboarder Tony Hawk to make the announcement for the June 4-7 event, which showcases the best in extreme sports.

"We're excited to be teaming up with our friends at ESPN again to headline the new Super Stage at X Games in Austin, TX on June 6 at the Circuit of the Americas," says the band.

"Being a part of the X Games will be a first for us as the premier action sports event celebrates 20 years of presenting the world leaders in extreme sports including BMX, skateboard, MotoX, RallyCar racing and more and we can't wait to see what these amazing athletes can do! See you in Austin as we add another show to our summer tour!" Check out the announcement video here.

Rush Release Video With Footage From R40 Tour Opening Night

Rush have released a teaser video shot during the first show of their R40 tour - likely to be their last-ever large-scale road trip. The run of North American shows started in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 8, where frontman Geddy Lee told the crowd: "We're celebrating way too many years of music."

The show extended to two sets and an encore, totalling 24 songs, a drum solo and four video features, and included material the band hadn't performed in years.

Confirming the tour earlier this year, Rush described it as "most likely their last tour of this magnitude." Manager Ray Danniels later said it was "between possible and probable" that it wouldn't be followed with anything similar. Check out the video and read the show's setlist here.

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott Explains Direction Of New Album

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott says the band's upcoming album features some classic sounds from their history while proudly displaying their influences on their sleeves.

The UK rockers have been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2008's "Songs >From The Sparkle Lounge" after completing some marathon songwriting sessions last year.

"It's all over the place," Elliott tells VH!'s That Metal Show (video below). "Stylistically wise… I can't really pinpoint, because every song is different from every other song. We've always aimed at that.

"We hit it for the first time on 'Hysteria', where we'd done an album that allowed us to go in any direction we wanted to; it wasn't just purely hard rock or metal. There was pop, there was ballady stuff. There was… everything other than acoustic; we didn't have that covered at the time, but we did a few years later with 'Two Steps Behind'."

"There's some real classic Leppard-sounding stuff on the new album," continues the singer, "but there's also some stuff that a band that's of our standing - basically, in our 50s - should be doing, which is a little bit more… I don't wanna say grownup, 'cause that makes it sound boring, but a little bit more… organic, I think is probably the best way to put it.

"We've allowed our roots, or the music that we were steeped in of other people, to soak into our music a little bit more. So whereas you can listen to a Zeppelin album and go, 'I can hear a little bit of Muddy Waters in there,' or a little bit of this, that and the other. You'll be able to say, 'That sounds a little bit like…' because we've been honest enough to just say, 'Well, if it sounds a bit like… This song sounds like Led Zeppelin,' or, 'This song sounds like Queen,' then that's us, that's 'cause we always did.

"But we weren't trying to disguise everything too much; we just let it breathe and just be natural. So it's a very mixed bag of songs. There's fifteen of them on the go. I don't know how many of them will make the album, but I'm hoping most of them will, because they're all very different from each other and very representative of who we are right now."

Watch the interview here.

New Kings of Chaos (Guns N' Roses, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top) Shows

Kings of Chaos, the all-star group lead by former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, have announced that they will be playing two concerts later this week where they jam songs from Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick and more.

The current lineup of the group also features Sorum's former Guns N' Roses bandmates Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, as well as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes and Billy Idol's Steve Stevens.

This week's concerts will be taking place at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on Friday (May 15) and on Saturday (May 16) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Check out the band's Facebook page here.

Duff McKagan Would Advise Slash and Axl Rose To Let Resentment Go

Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan says he has let go of a lot of the resentment he carried around for years. After overcoming alcohol and drug abuse, as well as his split from GNR, McKagan learned not to hold on to grudges. A chapter in his new book How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions) is called Let Go Of Resentments.

Asked if he had any advice for Slash and Axl Rose - who have not spoken for years - McKagan tells "I just wrote about something that I understand about myself. Over time I've gotten rid of a lot of resentment I didn't know I was even carrying around. I don't try to impart anything in the book, though, but if I can write about things without being preachy and people get something out of it, that's great."

McKagan also recalls how - after getting clean and turning his life around - he turned down the chance to spend a weekend partying with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler so that he could finish work on some decking at his home. However, he didn't tell Tyler the real reason he couldn't make it. Read more here.

Extreme 'Slowly But Surely' Working On Next Album

Nuno Bettencourt admits Extreme are taking the slow route to completing their sixth album - but promises writing work is underway. The guitarist said last year that he hoped the follow-up to 2008's Saudades De Rock would be in the bag by the end of 2014.

Now Bettencourt tells Songfacts: "I'm writing all the time. We're in the studio right now with a couple of friends that are writers, and we're working on some new stuff.

"So we're constantly writing. With Extreme, we should have done an album ages ago, but we're slowly but surely starting to write stuff." He has also recalled writing the band's smash hit single Hole Hearted on the toilet. Read about that here.

Aerosmith's 'Dream On' Remake Wins Sports Emmy Award

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's video remake of "Dream On" with the Southern California Children's Chorus to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing won a Sports Emmy Award on May 5.

The Boston Herald reports the clip from ESPN's "E:60" took home honors in the "Outstanding Open/Tease" category at a ceremony in Frederick P. Rose Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.

"It's kind of a surprise, but I'll take it," said Casey Tebo, the director who filmed the performance, which was mixed for broadcast with scenes of the victims, the Martin Richard Foundation marathon team training in Boston and other Boston Strong images.
"Steven asked me what we could do," explained Tebo of the song's re-creation. "I said, 'Man, it's gotta be something that will give you goose bumps.' And we thought about what happened to Martin, and thought it would be great to have a children's choir sing with them."

Everyone in the Aerosmith camp felt affected by the tragedy, including Tebo. "What happened affected us all pretty deeply," said Tebo. "A friend of mine was standing right near where the bombs went off. He spent a month at Mass. General having skin grafts on his legs and hands. And Aerosmith has represented Boston for so long. 'Dream On' was a fitting song for the whole Boston Strong thing of trying to rise up after something terrible happened."

Check out the video with the song here.

Metallica's Robert Trujillo Explains Extreme Sports Inspiration

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo says his low-slung playing style is closely linked to his love of extreme sports. His comments come as the band confirmed they'll appear at this year's X Games in Austin, Texas, on June 6, headed up by pro skater Tony Hawk.

Trujillo tells Rolling Stone: "The style and the way that I play, low centre of gravity, has a lot to do with skating and surfing and even snowboarding. It's kind of a natural thing for me."

He believes the strong links between metal an extreme sports is here to stay. "It always seemed like the skaters and the surfers were really connected to the music of Metallica," he says.

"There's a connection to those type of people - it's similar energy. You see at these events they're playing a lot of hard rock metal and punk rock.The tribe that followed that style of music is still around for the sports. These guys are listening to that music. It's important to them. It's a part of their lineage." Read more here.

Asia Announce Live Release Featuring Steve Howe

Asia have confirmed the launch of a live set recorded in the US in 2012, before Steve Howe bowed out of the band. And they've released a clip in which they perform their track Face On The Bridge.

Axis XXX Live In San Francisco MMXII will be available in DVD/2CD and Blu-ray editions on July 3, after its original broadcast by AXS TV in the States.

Frontman John Wetton says: "It's a journey through Asia's history, from Alpha to Omega and more, in the beautiful setting of the Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California.

"Much newer material is aired, plus the band's vintage hit songs, performed by all four original members of Asia. It's an unmissable treat for any fan, new or old."

Read more and watch the video clip here.

Official Jimi Hendrix Movie Coming

Legendary Pictures have reached an agreement with Jimi Hendrix's estate to make an official movie about his life. The project follows last year's unauthorized biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. John Ridley's work was released without any Hendrix music after permission to use it was refused - while the icon's former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham repeatedly slammed violent scenes that she insists never took place.

Now Deadline reports that a currently untitled film will be written by 8 Mile author Scott Silver. It follows an original approach to Experience Hendrix LLC four years ago, while director Paul Greengrass and producer Thomas Tull were pushing a script by Max Borenstein.

The deal was never made after the estate firm, run by Jimi's sister Janie Hendrix, expressed concern that a film would hurt sales of his back catalogue. It's been confirmed that the work will include some of that material on its soundtrack. Read more here.

 Video From Metallica's Rock in Rio USA Set Goes Online

Metallica headlined opening weekend of the inaugural Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas on Saturday and several broadcast quality videos from the live stream has been posted online.

The band topped a bill that included Linkin Park, Deftones, Rise Against and others, the day after No Doubt delivered the event's first headlining set. The appearance marks Metallica's return to the Rock in Rio festival following performances at Rock in Rio Lisboa in 2004, 2008 and 2012, Rock in Rio Madrid in 2010, as well as in the fest's home city of Rio in 2011 and 2013.

Part of Rock in Rio's 30th anniversary, the opening weekend of Rock in Rio USA focused on rock while the May 15-16 event will feature pop acts like Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.

Up next, Metallica will begin a European tour in Germany on May 29. Watch the videos here.

Faith No More Streaming Comeback Album 'Sol Invictus' Online

Faith No More have streamed their comeback album Sol Invictus ahead of its release next week. Hear all 10 tracks, totaling just under 40 minutes of music, via NPR here.

The band's comeback title is launched 18 years after previous outing Album Of the Year and follows the band's live reunion in 2009. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum admitted in February that they'd been bored into a studio return, saying: "We felt like there are a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired by what we do artistically. To be doing old songs over and over felt kind of cheap and easy - and a little too safe a place to be. That's not who we are."

Meanwhile, ex-frontman Chuck Mosley made a guest appearance at the band's show in Detroit over the weekend. Mosley - who was fired in 1988, making way for Mike Patton's arrival - fronted his former colleagues for a rendition of their track Mark Bowen, from 1985 debut We Care A Lot. You can see video from the jam here.

Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell Guest On New Deftones Album

Deftones' eighth album will feature a guest appearance by Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, frontman Chino Moreno has revealed. The band decided to extend the invitation after deciding one of the tracks on the follow-up to 2012's Koi No Yokan needed something extra.

Moreno tells 92.3KOMP: "Jerry is on the album. I don't know if he wanted anybody to know or not, but I guess I've spilled the beans. There's one track, in the demo stages, I was like, 'There's this hole in there.' In Deftones songs there's not really any guitar solos, but there was a section where it could use something like what he does."

Cantrell sent back a demo two days after the band made contact, then recorded the final version in their studio. "It's like you're hearing a Deftones song - but all of a sudden a bit of Alice In Chains seeps in," says Moreno. "As a fan, I was just sitting back and a little tear came out of my eye." Read more and watch video of the interview here.

Ozzy Donates To Kids' Group After Seeing Their 'Crazy Train' Cover

Ozzy Osbourne has given Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a kids' community group, a donation of $10,000 after seeing their cover of his classic track "Crazy Train" online.

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists are an after-school group comprising more than 60 children aged 7-14 and they previously recorded a Led Zeppelin medley featuring Kashmir, The Ocean and Immigrant Song.

But the Courier-Journal reports it was their cover of his 1980 track Crazy Train from his Blizzard Of Ozz album that caught Osbourne's attention, and he sent them the donation with a note.

It read: "Myself, my whole family and my fans all loved your rendition of Crazy Train. Keep up the good work." Read more and watch their performance of "Crazy Train" here.

The Who's Pete Townshend Working On 'Big Project'

The Who's Pete Townshend says he's currently working on a "big" project as the band continue their 50th anniversary celebrations. They'll headline the final night at this year's Glastonbury and play the British Summer Time festival on June 26. But outside of his commitments with The Who, the guitarist says he also has other projects in the pipeline.

He tells Rolling Stone: "I'm working on a big project at the moment which might be half rock opera, half art installation - I don't know where it's going to go. I'm going to start with a book. I don't want to talk too much about that now."

And while he says he's currently enjoying going over old tracks from the band's past, Townshend reports he's also working on fresh material which could appear on a solo album - although he's not sure he wants to release anything at the moment. Read more here.

B.B. King's family Lose Legal Bid For Control

B.B. King's family have lost a legal bid to wrestle control of his finances from manager Laverne Toney. The 89-year-old blues icon's business manager will retain power of attorney over his affairs after a Las Vegas judge ruled against the family's request to revoke Toney's guardianship.

The Associated Press reports that police and social services found no evidence of elder abuse and the judge said he couldn't appoint King's daughter Karen Williams as his guardian.

Williams claimed that more than $5 million in assets was at stake and that more than $1m had gone missing. She also claimed Toney would not allow visits from King's friends - including Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy. Read more here.

Video From Rush Tour Kick Off Goes Online

Rush launched their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 8th and several fan-filmed videos from the show have been posted online.

The 26-song evening saw the band deliver two sets of material from their extensive catalogue, with many tracks performed for the first time in many years.

Rush dug back to their self-titled 1974 debut for "What You're Doing" for the first time in concert since 1977; other rarely-played tracks included "Lakeside Park" (first since 1978), "Jacob's Ladder" (first since 1980), "Anthem" (first since 1992) and "Animate" (first since 2004), among others.

Named after Rush's 40th anniversary box set, "R40", the tour may the last one of its size for Rush. Rush manager Ray Danniels and bassist Geddy Lee have both discussed the group's plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.

Check out the videos here.

MARCO MINNEMANN – CELEBRATION CD - Available June 1st, 2015
PRE-ORDER NOW (First 1,000 Autographed)

Marco Minnemann is looked upon by his peers and fans as one of the most innovative drummers on the international music scene today. As a solo artist, Marco proves he's not just about drums: on this album he composed all the songs, lyrics and plays every instrument on the album (along with engineering and recording the record and mixing a number of the tracks).

Marco has performed and/or recorded with The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Buddy Rich Big Band, Necrophagist, Nina Hagen, Kreator, Eddie Jobson, UK, Paul Gilbert and on the critically acclaimed album, Levin Minnemann Rudess ‐ including Tony Levin on Bass and Stick, and Jordan Rudess on Keyboards.

CELEBRATION: A signature sound and cohesive vibe of melodic, progressive and pop rock. Marco has teamed up again with Lazy Bones' recordings and Producer Scott Schorr, the team behind the critically acclaimed, EEPS (Marco's 2014 solo album.)


1. Miami
2. Celebration
3. It Always Seems
4. March of the Living Dead
5. How Can I Help You?
6. What Have You Done?
7. Greatest Gift In Life
8. Print Life
9. Ugly Sunrise
10. Everyone Likes a Rainbow (Spanish)
11. Have a Great 3015
12. 4000
13. Thoughts Take Shape
14. Everyone Likes a Rainbow (English)
15. Eclipse
16. Amina’s Birthday
17. Better Place

Bonus Cut (Exclusive to CD):
18. The Darkness Within You

KISS Releasing New Pinball Machine

The world of rock and roll pinball machines can get a little pricy, with some going for as high as $25,000 on the secondary market. And one of the reasons is that acts like Metallica and Black Sabbath aren't rolling out the themed games like they did in the '70s and '80s.

But leave it to the always-savvy KISS to see an opening in the market and take it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will release a new KISS pinball machine in association with Stern Pinball that will feature artwork from Kevin O'Connor, who contributed the hand-drawn art for the KISS console originally released in 1978, Ultimate Classic Rock reports.

The cabinet game, and while the exact price and release date are not available for the game, we do know that it will feature 10 KISS songs in the soundtrack, including "Detroit Rock City," "Rock and Roll All Night" and "Love Gun." Check out the video here.




SLASH--the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer-today (May 7) announced the release of the song and video "Beneath The Savage Sun."

SLASH has partnered with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants which is leading to their early extinction. To watch the video and get the song for free, DONATE (HERE) and TAKE ACTION (HERE). The U.S.-based charity IFAW works around the world on every aspect of the elephant crisis-on the front lines to stop the killing of elephants, in transit countries to stop the trafficking of ivory and in consumer countries to stop the demand for ivory products. For more information, visit:

While on tour in South Africa, SLASH and the lead singer of his band MYLES KENNEDY witnessed the devastation of the elephants first-hand and knew they had to act. Together, they wrote the song "Beneath The Savage Sun" from the perspective of an elephant whose family has been wiped out. The hypnotic rock song is a highlight on the group's critically acclaimed current album WORLD ON FIRE.

"An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory and the result is the elephant population has declined 95% in the past century," explains SLASH. "Seeing that these majestic animals are on the path to extinction, possibly within the next decade, we wrote 'Beneath The Savage Sun' and partnered with IFAW. Donate to IFAW's work to take action and protect elephants."

IFAW's CEO Azzedine Downes expressed gratitude to SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY for calling attention to the current elephant poaching crisis, "To save elephants from this senseless slaughter, we need everyone to stand up and demand stronger protection and we need to help fund action on the ground in Africa and Asia. We are grateful to Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for reaching out to their fans to share this important message."

 SLASH and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour which stops at Terminal 5 in New York City, tonight. The month-long tour--encompassing headlining shows and festival appearances--is the first solo trek supporting the group's acclaimed studio album WORLD ON FIRE which is SLASH's third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten in the U.S and the second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums), TODD KERNS (bass) and FRANK SIDORIS (touring guitarist). Tickets are on sale at itinerary below).


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Listen to the song "World On Fire" HERE and watch the video HERE.

WORLD ON FIRE album artwork painted by American contemporary artist Ron English:

Audio Fidelity To Release Billy Joel's Critically Acclaimed Third Album “Streetlife Serenade” On 4.0 Quad Multichannel Hybrid SACD

“A classic album by one of rock's foremost piano men”

Camarillo, CA – Much to the excitement of Billy Joel fans worldwide, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Streetlife Serenade on 4.0 Quad Multichannel Hybrid SACD. Billy Joel is an incomparable musician, having sold more than 150 million records, he ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Streetlife Serenade is Joel's third studio album originally released in 1974. This album usually gets overlooked when discussing Billy Joel's career, but all these years later, Streetlife Serenade may rank as one of his finest efforts. Joel keeps things lively and diversified from song to song. “The Great Suburban Showdown” and “Last of the Big Time Spenders” have an openly spaced, laid-back western vibe, not unlike what the Eagles were doing during their 1970s heyday. The spunky instrumentals “Root Beer Rag” and “The Mexican Connection” show off Joel's formidable piano-playing skills and are pure fun. “Weekend Song” is an awesomely rugged rocker and the quirky hit “The Entertainer” is sheer pop genius, both lyrically and sonically.

This was the last album that Billy Joel recorded with the singer-songwriter style. Most of the compositions look back intimately at Joel's life. The album has great arrangements and rhythms and lyrics that tell a story with feeling and hints that he had enough with California, enough with the music industry, enough with being a sensitive artist. It was time for Billy to say goodbye to Hollywood and head back home to New York.

Streetlife Serenader
Los Angelenos
The Great Suburban Showdown
Root Beer Rag
The Entertainer
Last of the Big Time Spenders
Weekend Song
The Mexican Connection

Producer: Michael Stewart & Billy Joel
Mastered for this SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
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Classic Rockers GREG GOLDEN BAND Release Self-Titled Album Produced by TESLA’s Frank Hannon

Named Reno News & Review’s “2014 Best Band in Reno”

Watch a Video Interview with Greg Golden of the GREG GOLDEN BAND Here

“Greg Golden’s new album and his longtime business have the same effect: the guitars will blow you away.” ­­– Tahoe On Stage

Classic rockers GREG GOLDEN BAND, who were named as last year’s “Best Band in Reno, Nevada” by the Reno News & Review, are pleased to release their brand new self-titled album. Produced by Frank Hannon of Tesla fame at Red Hawk Studios in California, the album includes 10 true rock n’ roll tunes performed by some of the most talented underground musicians out there!

Lead guitarist Greg Golden is recognized as performing with such musicians as Chuck Ruff, drummer of The Edgar Winter Group, Floyd Rose, and Bud Ghah of Sublime, in addition to producer Hannon, who met Golden in 1980.

From powerful rock anthems “Far Away”, “Old School” and Burning Hearts”, to poetic ballad track “Shanda Amadeo”, the new album from the GREG GOLDEN BAND has something in store for everyone. You can download the album now via iTunes or

Stream the track “Far Away” via

The GREG GOLDEN BAND was formed by Greg Golden, who is well known in the Reno, NV area as the owner of premier musical instrument and weaponry shop Bizarre Guitar & Guns. Golden has sold guitars to many famous musicians such as Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen & Merle Haggard.

Golden started the business in 1974, after coming off the road touring with his band at the time, Mourning Sun. Golden started buying guitars while on tour and when he returned to Reno he sold the instruments out of the back of his van. Soon, he would build his iconic shop on Oddie Blvd. Greg has amassed one of the most impressive collections of rare and vintage Les Paul Goldtops in the world. He displays part of his collection downstairs at Bizarre Guitar inside “The Vault”, which holds roughly 500 guitars, in addition to over 5,000 contained within the entire store.

The GREG GOLDEN BAND plans on re-entering the studio this winter to record again with Frank Hannon.

Greg Golden-Lead Guitars
Boris Tavcar-Drums
Richard Wagner-Bass
Randy Scoles-Vocals
Additional Vocals
Jeff Sandoval- “Face the Storm” & “Shanda Amadeo’
Frank Hannon-“Old School”

Additional Musicians:
Logan Gameson: Drums
Kelly Smith: Drums
Aaron Leigh: Bass
Robbie Furiousi: Background vocals & Percussions 

Learn more about the GREG GOLDEN BAND at or  

Original Rainbow Member Craig Gruber Dead At 63

Original Rainbow bass player Craig Gruber has died of cancer at the age of 63. Gruber passed away in Florida on Tuesday while under the care of members of the Faith Tabernacle Church, who tell TeamRock they had been looking after him for the last six months of his life. He had been battling prostate cancer for some time.

Senior Pastor at the church, Steve Anderson, says: "Our friend and brother in Christ, Craig Gruber is now with Jesus. He passed away about 3.20pm. Thank you all for your prayers of faith."

Gruber played on Rainbow's first album Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and was also a member of Elf alongside Ronnie James Dio. He later worked with Dio on the Black Sabbath album Heaven And Hell after Geezer Butler opted not to continue with the band following Ozzy Osbourne's departure. Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Guitarist Slams 'Stupid Music Industry'

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has called the music industry "stupid" and says they treated fans like criminals when peer-to-peer file sharing emerged at the turn of the century.

And he says rather than embracing the technology, record executives "made a mess" that they still don't know how to clean up.
He tells the Jakarta Informer: "It's not that Napster changed anything - it's that the stupid music industry didn't see this amazing technology and say, 'My God, we could do so much with this,' and instead tried to destroy it and tried to treat people as criminals.

"What can you do money-wise if a billion people download your songs for free? It could have been the tiniest little subscription - it could have been ads or sponsors. There are a million ways it could have been done and the music industry had a lot of time to figure it out."

He continues: "Instead, through their lawyers, they said, 'Go sue that 12-year-old kid,' and they screwed up everything." Read more here.

AC/DC Tour Kick Off Videos Go Online

AC/DC launched the European leg of their Rock Or Bust world tour at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Netherlands on Tuesday and several fan-filmed videos from show have been posted online.

The event marked the group's third live date of 2015, following back to back weekend appearances at Coachella on April 10 and April 17. AC/DC's 20-song set was similar to their Coachella shows, with some changes in the running order - this time opening with the title track to their latest album, "Rock Or Bust."

The tour marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd.

AC/DC will begin a fall stadium tour of North America August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Check out the videos here.

Former Motley Crue Singer Thinks Band Won't Fully Retire

Former Motley Crue singer John Corabi thinks Crue will still record together after their farewell show and he also says he understands why fans never warmed to him when he replaced Vince Neil in the 90s.

He tells 100percentrock: "I'm happy for the guys. I get their thinking. They don't want to be a band that overstays their welcome and they don't want to fade off. They want to go out with a bang and they want to go out on a high note. So I'm all for it.

"But the cool thing is they're not saying that they're not going to do anything in the future. They're just not going to tour again. So I imagine there will still be Motley music coming in the future but they're just not going to go out and do these big, huge, extravagant tours." Read more here.

Rolling Stones Stream Alt Version Of 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking'

The Rolling Stones have released a stream of a unreleased version of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" as a preview to the upcoming reissue of their classic 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers."

The tune is one of several previously unreleased and alternative takes of a selection of album tracks featured on the project, including an alternative version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of "Bitch" and "Dead Flowers"; an acoustic take on "Wild Horses", and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including "Honky Tonk Women" and "Midnight Rambler" - all featured on the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions.

Due June 8 (June 9 in North America), the remastered album will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.

The Super Deluxe edition also includes "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!", a 13-track audio recording of the Stones March 1971 show in Leeds, shortly before they began their self-imposed UK 'exile' period in France over tax issues. A DVD includes two tracks from the band's Marquee Club show in London on March 26, 1971.

The "Sticky Fingers" reissue will be available two weeks after the band launch a 15-date stadium tour of North America in San Diego on May 24. Stream the song here.

Faith No More Streaming Concert Online

Faith No More will stream their May 8 show at The Fillmore in Detroit via Yahoo Live. The event is one of the first dates of the band's spring tour of North America, which opened in Vancouver on April 15.

Faith No More are on the road in support of their first album in 18 years, Sol Invictus, which will be issued on May 18. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum says the band needed to push themselves and their fans with new material for the concert stage.

Bottum says: "We got really bored with what we were doing. We felt like there are a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired by what we do artistically. So to be doing old songs on a big stage, over and over, felt kind of cheap and easy - and a little too safe a place to be.

"That's not who we are. We've always pushed buttons, we've always rubbed against the grain, and we've always challenged things." Read more here.

Lenny Kravitz Releases 'Sex' Video

Lenny Kravitz has released the video for "Sex", the latest track from his 2014 album, "Strut." Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, the song follows "The Chamber" and "New York City" as the third video single issued from the project.

"I love the Fellini-esque vibe of the video," says Kravitz. "When I heard the concept, I knew that Dikayl was out of his mind; and that was the attraction."

"I couldn't think of anything more surreal," adds Rimmasch. "It made me laugh. Lenny went for it. The shoot was chaotic. The day after I walked to the beach with a hangover, laid in the sand, and thought -"what have I done?"'

Kravitz returns to live action with a show at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 15, following which he'll begin an extensive summer tour through Europe in Hamburg, Germany on June 22.

"Strut" is the rocker's tenth studio album and first since 2011's "Black And White America." Watch the video here.

Yngwie Malmsteen Launching Limited Art Collection

Yngwie Malmsteen will launch a limited collection of artwork created through guitar performance on June 18. The guitar icon has teamed up with LA's SceneFour to present what is being billed as "a new medium in art" that is "abstract, vivid and highly limited."

Malmsteen is the latest high-profile musician to partner with SceneFour on abstract art in recent years. Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has produced two collections that translate rhythm into visual art, while Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward and Philm mainman Dave Lombardo have also launched similar projects.

Malmsteen is also recording material for his 20th record in his home studio, which he says gives him the freedom to full develop song ideas without worrying about the expense of traditional studio time.

Check out the promo video for the art collection here.



Martin Popoff here, with the culmination of everything important, namely...

Who Invented Heavy Metal?

Boxes sitting in my office – shipping immediately!

Folks, this was a monster undertaking, comprising quotes from 126 different speakers (mostly the metal-makers themselves), many of them interviewed multiple times, blasted at you with much of my own contextualizing over 120,000 words of oral history, strict and detailed timeline, obsessive philosophizing, punctuated by more than 250 graphics. This book arose from years of debating this question with people, as well as talks I’ve given on the topic at university conferences (the below text is derived from the Finland program). I’ve endeavored to include everything related to the story, the result being a massive arrangement of all the salient arguments, in a weighty tome that ends in 1971!

It’s one of the great debates in headbanged musicology and the answer is as complicated as it is hotly contested. Martin Popoff’s Who Invented Heavy Metal? provides the most detailed, well argued, reasonable, ridiculously complete, and most lively and readable telling of the early history of heavy metal yet, arming the argumentative headbanger with all the facts and figures one needs on hand to win those bar room bets around this provocative question.

Ultimately, Who Invented Heavy Metal? aims to be a book that doesn’t limit itself to fans of heavy metal, given the genre’s unarguable cultural value and pervasiveness, as well as the wide umbrella of topics discussed within the volume. Put another way, it is the author’s wish that the book provides wide instructional scope of teachable moments through unfolding, subconscious, telling by osmosis of the very history of heavy metal’s origins through events inside the genre but, surprisingly, many events outside of its own kerranging reverberations.

Martin’s presentation is compartmentalized into four parts:

Trace Elements: 1250 BC – 1966
Our story begins with the Battle Of Jericho and quickly moves through shocking concerts in ancient Greece, Vikings, Paganini, Robert Johnson and the blues, the invention of the electric guitar and the why Little Richard, Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis—but most notably, Johnny Burnette—might be called the first headbangers.

Lead: 1967 – 1969
Most of our time here will be spent discussing extreme vocals, distortion, feedback, guitar heroes, psychedelics, amplification, the first riffs, the first power chords and the first heavy metal songs.

Steel: 1970
Essentially, this is where Martin argues for the “real” or “correct” answer to the titular question being Black Sabbath given their groundbreaking Black Sabbath album, issued February 13, 1970, but also that band’s Paranoid, Uriah Heep’s debut, and most important of this set of three, Deep Purple’s In Rock. And of course, by this point, dozens of other bands are discussed as well. In fact, we will see that the events of 1970 cause a fuzziness to the accepted answer, resulting in the need for an examination of the events of one more year, namely 1971.

Titanium: 1971
In the final stretch of the lecture, Martin will argue the necessity of a fresh—or at least “refreshed”—answer to the question, which requires us to talk about the wildest, heaviest full albums of 1971. Not to give too much away, but readers should come away with a new way to look at this question, whether they become convinced of Martin’s arguments completely or not!

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Cleopatra Records To Release the OCCULT BOX CD Set Featuring Joy Division, Tangerine Dream, The Soft Moon and Others!

Cleopatra Records curates a 60+ track box set which in a way acts as a cerebral homage to one of the most notorious magic men of the UK, Aleister Crowley. The box includes tracks from The Soft Moon, VOWWS, Bestial Mouths, Magic Wands (remixed by The XX) side by side with classic tracks from Nico, Christian Death, Peter Murphy, Tangerine Dream and Joy Divison + of course many more to mention here.

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 Video For “Soldier Of Fortune” Can Be Seen Here:

 U.S. Tour Kicks Off On May 28th

 Rock icons Whitesnake have just released another music video from their 12th studio album. The video for “Soldier Of Fortune” premiered on (, is now live, and can be seen here: The song comes from The Purple Album, a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums and will be released on May 15th in Europe and May 18th in North America via Frontiers Music SRL. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon in a deluxe edition format ( featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes feature on the recording of the album. A standard edition is also available and can be ordered here: and digitally via iTunes at: Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive instant downloads of "Burn", "Stormbringer", "Lay Down Stay Down" and "Soldier Of Fortune.”

 Whitesnake is also planning to release a limited edition box set of The Purple Album on June 30th. The box set includes the deluxe edition of the CD alongside a 180-gram, 2 LP vinyl version, a poster and sticker as well as a limited edition lithograph. The 180-gram vinyl, also available as a stand-alone piece On June 30th, can be ordered here:

 Whitesnake will also be hitting the road this month in support of The Purple Album. The upcoming world tour kicks off in the U.S. on May 28th in Airway Heights, WA. The 42-city trek runs through the summer wrapping up on August 16th in St. Charles, MO. The tour will be making stops in Las Vegas, NV; Beverly Hills, CA; Atlantic City, NJ; and Orlando, FL among others. The band will be performing songs from The Purple Album as well countless hit songs from their catalog including “Here I Go Again,” “Is This Love,” and “Fool For Your Loving.” Tickets for all shows are on sale now and more information and purchase links can be found at:

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

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



The ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION is very proud to have the amazing Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction on their team! He has offered up an amazing personal experience of a session/lesson with him at the FOO FIGHTER’S 606 Studio. This is a once in a lifetime experience!



About Multiple Sclerosis

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

MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.

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Musicians joining Bonamassa on the Four-Day Music-Filled Voyage include Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blues Traveler, Beth Hart, Shemekia Copeland, and more to be announced!

ATLANTA, GA – Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa, and Sixthman are proud to present the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Music Festival, an incredible four-day floating music festival aboard the beautiful Norwegian Pearl, featuring Bonamassa and some of most celebrated names in blues influenced music including Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blues Traveler, Beth Hart, Marc Broussard, Shemekia Copeland, The James Hunter Six, Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne, Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith, Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton and more to be announced. The cruise will embark on February 15-19, 2016 from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico. Guests will enjoy four days of non-stop tunes and unparalleled musical collaborations that you can only find on the high seas.

This past February, Keeping the Blues Alive set sail on its maiden voyage from Miami to Key West and the Bahamas while entertaining 2,000 blues aficionados with 48 performances by 19 of today’s best blues artists including John Hiatt, Robben Ford, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Ana Popovic, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and more. This voyage was such a success that Joe Bonamassa and Sixthman decided to team up again to make another magical floating music festival for 2016.

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Norwegian Pearl will travel to Cozumel, Mexico, which offers a plethora of activities for travelers of all walks. Guests can stroll along tropical beaches, explore local cuisine, shop for one of a kind souvenirs, or choose from a host of exciting excursions offered onboard. A destination of her own, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, two hot tubs, a full menu of luxurious spa treatments, and so much more!

Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea begin at $875 per person, plus taxes and fees. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9170 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

About Joe Bonamassa:
As Joe Bonamassa enters his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.  Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old.  Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 16 solo albums in the last 14 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures.  In 2013, Bonamassa earned his first GRAMMY ® nomination for Best Blues Album, and with the release of 2014’s new studio record Different Shades Of Blue, he debuted at #8 on Billboard's Top 200 (a career high) and received his fourteenth #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist). In January 2015, he fulfilled a childhood dream when he headlined two sold out shows at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall.

About Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation:
Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire, but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within the music industry. Through generous corporate sponsorships by industry powerhouses Ernie Ball Strings, Guitar Center, J&R Adventures, and individual donors, KTBA has been able to fund music projects affecting over 21,000 students and over 200 schools since January 2014. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in schools all over the country, and soon… the world!

10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Releases New Book SPACECAKE on iBooks!

Ireland - SPACECAKE chronicles the misadventures of a debauched and dangerous masochist as he tantrums his way through the sleazy worlds of Rock & Roll, music video and technology, each squalid escapade dragging him ever deeper into a repugnant maelstrom of sordid excess...well sort of. A wee bit. Actually...not remotely.

It’s all about the work really.

If you don’t recognize the name, Kevin Godley was a founder member of ground breaking UK band 10cc. (Their single, “I'm Not In Love” continues to be one of the best selling records of all time). As one half of Godley & Creme he went on to pioneer the notion of music video as an art form and was responsible for iconic clips by artists such as Herbie Hancock, The Police, Duran Duran, Lou Reed & Frankie Goes to Hollywood etc, continuing to up his game in solo mode with U2, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, The Beatles & Blur amongst others. KG thrives on re-inventing himself and SPACECAKE, his first book, takes you on an interactive tour of his life via pictures, music, film clips and 27 chapters of abstract insight into how everything from the first hits to WholeWorldBand, his music/video collaboration app, got made. It’s dark in some of the corners make sure you bring a torch.

Kevin Michael Godley (born 7 October 1945, Prestwich, Lancashire, England) is a British musician, writer and music video director.

He was born in a family with Jewish ancestry, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. His first band was Group 17 which had its origins in the Jewish Lads Brigade (The JLB). The members were Henri Shalam, Bernard Suffrin, Sydney Kaye and Jeffrey Baker, whose father may have inspired the “Sergeant Baker” character in the 10cc song, “Rubber Bullets”.

While attending art college in Manchester Godley met Lol Creme and formed several bands, most notably Hotlegs and 10cc. After leaving 10cc the two became known as Godley & Creme, both as musicians and music video / TV commercials directors. They won many MTV awards for their unique films and were jointly nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form for: The Police: Synchronicity Concert in 1986.

Godley writes, sings, and plays drums and percussion and in 1990 conceived and directed the TV music special “One World One Voice” that featured a global piece of music focussing on environmental and ecological issues. Godley also became a vegetarian during this period.

Both Godley and Lol Creme briefly “reunited” with their former 10cc bandmates Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman on the 1992 album, “Meanwhile”. However, Godley claims that their involvement with the project was very limited, as the album was dominated by studio musicians. He performed the lead vocal on “The Stars Didn't Show”, the band's tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It was the only song on the album not sung by Stewart. Following “Meanwhile”, Godley and Creme went their separate ways.

He reunited with another former 10cc member, Graham Gouldman, to record new music in 2006 as GG/06, and together they have recorded six new songs which are available via their website

Recently, Godley has moved into developing a music platform that combines audio and video to create a global recording studio in the cloud called “WholeWorldBand” ( The company was nominated for the “SXSW Music Accelerator Award” in 2013 and was one of eight finalists selected from a pool of over 500. 

SPACECAKE, the book, is available for download from iBooks and can be read on any Mac iOS device.

Duff McKagan And Izzy Stradlin Stream New Song

In March, we reported that a mini-Guns N' Roses reunion was taking place as Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin were playing new music together. Now, it appears that the project has a little more direction.

With the release of a new book by McKagan, titled How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions), the author has also announced a new three-song EP of the same title.

Stradlin will appear with McKagan on the EP along with fellow Seattle musician Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, resulting in a sort of super group without a name, recording as simply Duff McKagan.

The title track from the EP has been released and it is every bit the barroom, beer-soaked blues jam that might be expected considering the pedigree involved. As for when you can hear the rest, it will be released along with the book on May 12. Stream the new song here

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Speaks Out For First Time Since Guilty Plea

Phil Rudd wants to return to AC/DC, but the drummer says he's been unable to reach anyone from the band since his legal troubles began in New Zealand last fall.

"I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus... I've had no contact with anybody," Rudd tells Australia's A Current Affair. "I'm very disappointed, yeah. But that's life," adding, "You know who your friends are, really."

After Rudd recorded "Rock Or Bust" with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, the band hired former member Chris Slade to handle drum duties in his place for the group's world tour, which launched on April 10 at Coachella. "I'm sure they're having a great old time," says Rudd. "I'm sure they're really enjoying playing. I'm sure it really sounds great."

Last month, Rudd pleaded guilty to drug charges and threatening to kill a former assistant at a hearing in Tauranga District Court; he could face up to seven years in jail when he returns for his June 26 sentencing.

"You make your own mistakes and it was a mistake of the charges. We all make mistakes," explains the drummer. "I've seen the errors of my ways... It's onward and upward from here." Read more here.

Sammy Hagar Launching Television Series

Sammy Hagar has revealed that he has been filming for an upcoming new television series called "Sammy Hagar's Rock 'n Roll Road Trip" for the AXS TV network.

Having wrapped up the first leg of a tour with his latest supergroup, The Circle - featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson - Hagar says he recently filmed footage at the band's May 2 show at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

"We also filmed the Rebellion show and hanging out backstage, warm-up routine, etc. for my upcoming AXS TV show called 'Sammy Hagar's Rock 'n Roll Road Trip'", writes Hagar on his blog. "The concept is that I go to people's hometown and interview them, jam with them etc., or you go with me on a rock 'n roll road trip and see my routine. I can't tell you when it's going to start being shown yet, but I will keep you up and current."

Hagar already has several episodes in the can. "So far I've interviewed Tommy Lee and jammed with him and Mikey at Tommy's house, walking the Sunset strip etc," says the Red Rocker. "I've also filmed with Mickey Hart and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead in the San Francisco area, along with Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, a neighbor of mine in Marin." Read more here.

Deep Purple Top Rock Hall Public Poll

Deep Purple have topped a Rolling Stone magazine readers' poll of the top 10 acts that should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016. Almost 50 years since they formed in Hertford, readers named Deep Purple as the act they most want to see honored by the Cleveland-based institution with close ties to the magazine.

Publisher Jan Wenner serves as the chairman of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, which oversees all elements of the organization. Rolling Stone says: "You can't blame the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominating committee for not bringing Deep Purple in. They've put them on the ballot several times over the past few years. It probably has something to do with the fact that the vast, vast majority of voters are American. If the people of Europe had the chance to vote, Deep Purple would have been in years ago."

Electric Light Orchestra land at No. 2 on the list, with Rolling Stone suggesting "maybe ELO were a little poppy and eclectic for the tastemakers of their day, but we have a feeling they'll make it into the Hall Of Fame in the next few years." See who else made the list here.

Rolling Stones Streaming Unreleased Extended Version Of 'Bitch'

The Rolling Stones are premiering an unreleased extended version of "Bitch" as a preview to the upcoming reissue of their classic 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers."

Due June 8 (June 9 in North America), the remastered album will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.

The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions feature previously unreleased material and alternative takes of a selction of album tracks, including an alternative version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of "Bitch", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and "Dead Flowers"; an acoustic take on "Wild Horses", and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including "Honky Tonk Women" and "Midnight Rambler."

The Super Deluxe edition will also present "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!", a 13-track audio recording of the Stones March 1971 show in Leeds, shortly before they began their self-imposed UK 'exile' period in France over tax issues. A DVD includes two tracks from the band's Marquee Club show in London on March 26, 1971.

The "Sticky Fingers" reissue will be available two weeks after The Rolling Stones launch a 15-date stadium tour of North America on May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego. Check out the song stream here.

Black Sabbath Song Helped Bill Ward In The Hospital

Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says the band's track Cornucopia helped him through his hospital stints in 2013. During his time in hospital, Ward listened to Cornucopia from 1972 album Vol. 4 every day. He insists he's fit enough to play the song again, but hearing it on his iPod at the time was therapeutic.

Celebrating his 67th birthday on his Rock 50 radio show, Ward says: "On a personal note, when I was having some problems in the hospital in November and December - I'd gone through the operations, the first of the operations I had in November and December of 2013.

"I had my iPod and the one song I played practically every day was Cornucopia. It really helped me along to listen to it. I was in pretty bad shape, and I wanted to listen to what I used to be like, at that time. Now I can play it again, though. The bad days have gone. It's passed. But it really helped me when I was in the hospital listening to that song on the iPod." Read more here.

Volbeat Cite Safety Concerns For Canceled Show

Volbeat say the decision to cancel a recent show in Canada was out of their hands, despite the venue reporting otherwise. They're on a North American tour with Anthrax and Crobot and were due to play the Calgary Stampede Corral on May 3. But just hours before the gig, Volbeat told fans via social media that the event had been scrapped due to safety concerns.

They said on Facebook: "It was determined by the building engineer that the building infrastructure was not adequate to support the requirements of the show. In order to ensure the safety of the fans and band, it was decided by the building not to proceed with the show."

But Kurt Kadatz, director of community engagement and communication for the Stampede insists the venue had nothing to do with the cancellation. He tells the Calgary Herald: "The Stampede did not make the decision to cancel the concert. We were ready to host a safe a successful concert with an equipment load that was safe and approved." Read more here

Roger Waters Slams 'Rogues And Thieves' That Ruined Music

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters says in a new interview that the advent of digital streaming services has ruined the business model for developing new artists.

Waters tells The Times (via Ultimate Classic Rock): "I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983. To have been around when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn't happened, and in consequence, you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people.

"When this gallery of rogues and thieves had not yet injected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every f***ing cent anybody ever made and put it in their pockets to buy f***ing huge mega-yachts and Gulfstream Fives with. These thieves. It's just stealing. And that they're allowed to get away with it is just incredible." 

He adds: 'I'm angry, even though it doesn't change my life in any way." Read more here.

“Finster Baby is Back!  New Single “It Don’t Matter” – Now Available on Apple iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify and More

Finster Baby is back and ready to write another chapter in their career with the release of their brand new single “It Don’t Matter”. If you have never heard of the band then here’s a little introduction that’s guaranteed to make a lasting impression, both from the music, and the four guys who have stuck it out on the New York club scene for the better part of the last twenty years.

Those old enough to remember the days of The Pool Bar, Continental, Limelight Rock n; Roll Church and RAW will surely recall Finster Baby with their hook-laden, sleazy hard-rock sound and their over-the-top S&M glam look. Singer Scott Ceffalia, guitarist Steve Raia, drummer Tony Passimenti and bassist Jim Mui formed the band in 1990 and have been a fixture in clubs ever since. They released their debut album “Take A Lick 'An See” in 1992 on indie label Vagabond Record, who then licensed it to Mausoleum Record, where it soon fell into the black hole of label personnel changes and legal battles. The bright note on this is, two-decades later, there’s always someone paying obscene money on ebay to snap up one of the few copies still in existence.

Fast forward further into the reader’s digest version of band history and as the music changed, so did the band’s style. Heavier, more aggressive, angrier… When you’ve been screwed over by a record label you either channel the emotion or call it quits. Finster never quit. The chemistry among these four guys was just too good to throw away.

So here we are in 2015. Hot off the heels of opening for Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger, Rhino Bucket & That Metal Show's Don Jamieson, the wheels are once again churning for Finster. The single “It Don’t Matter” was released on April 24th. It will be followed by subsequent singles as they are recorded, culminating in the release of their new album entitled "Bullet Proof".

But for now it all starts here.  Check out “It Don’t Matter” and see why good things come to those who wait.

Catch Finster Baby live July 11th @ Blackthorn 51 opening for Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel

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Nikki Sixx Will Never Play Motley Crue Songs Again After Final Show

Nikki Sixx has big plans for Sixx A.M. when Motley Crue's Final Tour is over - and they don't include living off his 'big' band's legacy or ever playing a Motley song again.

The bassist and his Crue bandmates are putting the band to bed with a world tour that ends on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles. And after taking a month off, Sixx will get to work on Sixx AM's fourth album and put in place plans to tour the world with guitarist DJ Ashba and frontman James Michael.

And Sixx is so excited by the possibilities that lie ahead, he has vowed never to play Motley Crue songs as part of a Sixx AM set. Sixx tells Riff You: "We don't play Motley Crue music and we never will play Motley Crue music.

"The day Motley Crue plays its last show, I will never play another Motley Crue song again… even if it's one I wrote. To be respectful to Motley Crue is the biggest gift I can give to fans.

"What's important to me is to never do anything I already did in Motley Crue, because I cherish that music, those times and those band members. So, I never want to try and replicate that." Read more here.

Bret Michaels Releases 'Girls On Bars' Video

Bret Michaels has released the video for his new single, "Girls On Bars." The country-rock crossover is the lead single from Michaels' forthcoming collection, "True Grit", featuring 21 tracks by the Poison frontman.

"It is a very Americana, fun summer song that reminds me how much I love music with a sublime video feel of hanging with the fans," says Michaels. "I wrote this song with my good friend and fellow Pennsylvanian, Luke Laird, who is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter of hits like Little Big Town's 'Pontoon', Eric Church's 'Talledega' and Luke Bryan's 'I See You.'"

"True Grit" features guest appearances by Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Loretta Lynn.

Michaels is currently on the road across the US playing dates on his True Grit tour. Watch the video here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Planning New Album

It's been three years since Lynyrd Skynyrd's last album Last of a Dyin' Breed and fans won't have to wait much longer for their followup. The band, who've been gearing up for an archival campaign with the June 2 release of their two-disc live set Sweet Home Alabama and the CD and DVD tribute concert One More for the Fans! with cameos from Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton and more, will soon be hitting the studio.

According to an interview with the last original member of the group, guitarist Gary Rossington, at Billboard, after the band was approached with a couple of offers, they decided to work on another full-length.

"We've been offered a couple deals," Rossington told Billboard. "The record business is so different now, but they want us to do a new album with new material and we're gonna do it.

"We've been writing it a little bit here and there, and through the years we've written songs we never really used 'cause we didn't have enough time to record them. So we're gonna get do some new material here. I'm not sure when it's gonna come out; it'll probably end up being next year 'cause we're so busy with material this year, but we hope to record it in the fall." Read more here.

U2 To Return To The Tonight Show

U2 will return to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, May 8. "You heard that right!," tweeted Fallon with the news. "U2 will be back on the show."

The appearance marks the group's return to the NBC late night program since they were forced to postpone a week-long residency following a serious bicycle accident involving Bono in Central Park last November.

While attempting to avoid another rider, the singer suffered a series of injuries including a facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm, which shattered the bone in six different places; doctors repaired the bone with three metal plates and 18 screws. Read more here.

Halestorm Frontwoman Lzzy Hale Explains Direction On Wild Life

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale says in a new interview that the band didn't set out to make a lighter album with "Into The Wild Life", it just worked out that way.

In an interview with May The Rock Be With You, Hale said the band had a different concept of 'heavy' thing time around. "When we were talking about making songs heavier, it didn't necessarily mean stacks of Mesa Boogies and a lot of crunch and layers and walls of guitars," she said.

"It means the weightiness of the heaviness, the Sabbath, the Zeppelin and I guess the Judas Priest aspect." It also meant there were only two rules in place for the recording: "we're not going to record the record in the same way that we did the last two, and is it good or not?"

Hale said the choice of Jay Joyce as producer was at the suggestion of Atlantic Records. "…We wanted to shake some things up and he was actually suggested by our A&R guy at Atlantic as kind of an odd choice," Hale said. "Jay Joyce is this crazy rocker dude! He's like this cool, chain smoking, creative ball of energy, and his bread and butter - because of circumstance and the area that he's in in Nashville - his bread and butter has been a lot of country artists and a lot of alternative." Read more here.

Clutch Happier Going It On Their Own

Clutch guitarist Tim Sult says forming their own label was the best move the band ever made. Weathermaker Music was launched in 2008 ahead of the release of Strange Cousins From The West the following year. And as they acquire rights to much of their back catalogue, Clutch are pleased to be in control of their own business affairs.

Sult tells Metal Titans: "We were on several different labels over the years, and we just decided we were completely sick and tired of dealing with record companies. And in 2008, we decided to just set out on our own and never looked back. And it's probably the best thing we've ever done for our career.

"Earth Rocker came out on our own label; that was the second Clutch studio album that we've put out on our own label. And since that time we've been lucky enough to get back the rights to our three previous studio albums, and also an album called Jam Room as well.

He continues: "So once we release our newest album, we're gonna end up owning seven out of 11 of the Clutch studio albums that are in existence. Basically, starting our own label, we did it for our own survival, to cut everybody out except for ourselves, and it's been the best decision we've probably ever made." Read more and watch the full interview here.

Van Halen Rock More Rarities In Tour Rehearsal Videos

Wolfgang Van Halen is sharing more video from rehearsals as Van Halen prepare for their summer tour of North America. The bassist has posted footage of the never-before performed "1984" album track "Drop Dead Legs", as well as "Little Guitars" from 1982's "Diver Down" and "Light Up The Sky" from 1979's "Van Halen II."

The new clips follow recently posted video of rarely-played, deep tracks from their catalog including "Dirty Movies" from 1981's "Fair Warning" and "In A Simple Rhyme" from 1980's "Women And Children First."

Van Halen will launch a North American tour in Seattle on July 5 in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", their first live release with David Lee Roth. See the videos here.


The Yardbirds, the pioneering band that boasted three of the greatest guitarists of all time – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page – will now welcome longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.

 Founding Yardbirds member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jim McCarty has also recruited bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Brian Setzer, Mick Taylor), Myke Scavone (singer, Ram Jam & Doughboys) on blues harp, vocals, and percussion, and guitarist/singer John Idan, who appeared on the The Yardbirds’ critically acclaimed 2003 album Birdland. Founding member Chris Dreja is not able to join the band on these dates, but remains with them in mind and spirit.

After postposing a brief North American tour earlier this year, The Yardbirds are back on track to perform those and additional dates this fall. Confirmed tour dates thus far are listed below. Additional dates are being finalized.

The Yardbirds served as an integral part of rock history. Co-founded by McCarty in London 1963 with singer Keith Relf, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, and lead guitarist Top Topham, the band melded heavy rock, wild jams, and an improvisatory feel that influenced generations of musicians. Their strict allegiance to the American blues & R&B standards struck a chord with American audiences that were missing out on this sound. The result of The Yardbirds’ versions of Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man,” Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning,” and Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business” led to these original artists finally getting airplay on white radio in the U.S.A. The band also earned a chart-topping hit with their single “For Your Love.”

Electrifying, eclectic, and way ahead of their time, The Yardbirds’ continue their unbreakable legacy. The Yardbirds’ train keeps a rollin’ !!!

Tour Dates:
30                                           Infinity Hall                      Norfolk CT
31                                           Musicfest Café                  Bethlehem PA

01                                           Newton Theatre                  Newton NJ
02                                           BB King’s                             NYC
06                                           Harrah’s Casino                 Phoenix AZ
07                                           Harrah’s Casino                 Lake Tahoe NV
10                                           Harrah’s Casino                 Loughlin NV

B.B. King Suffers Heart Attack

B.B. King has suffered a minor heart attack and he's recovering at home after an emergency trip to hospital. The 89-year-old was admitted to medical facilities in Las Vegas after falling ill on Thursday.

The blues icon updated fans via Facebook the following Facebook post, "I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers."

Las Vegas Police report that an ambulance was called for after a "domestic dispute" over medical care. The disagreement is thought to have involved manager Laverne Toney and King's daughter Patty. No arrests were made and no criminal complaint was filed. Read more here.

Kurt Cobain Solo Album With Unreleased Music Coming

With Kurt Cobain and Nirvana making headlines thanks to the new documentary Montage of Heck, the film's director has dropped a bombshell of information.

According to Brett Morgen, the man who culled Montage of Heck from hours of archival footage, he was able to unearth enough unheard Cobain home recordings for a brand new full-length album.

"We're going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question," Morgen told Bedford + Bowery during a recent interview when asked if he'd found any particularly notable music while creating the film.

Morgen went on to say that music will make the listener "feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Wash., as he fiddles about. It's going to really surprise people." Read more here.

 Pearl Jam Not Receptive To Crowdfunded Concerts

Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters don't share a whole lot in common other than having roots in Seattle's grunge scene--and now they share one less thing in common: their reaction to crowdfunded concerts.

While the Foos embraced the post-millennial show approach, playing a show in Richmond last summer after it was crowdfunded, Pearl Jam have decided against going down the same route.

After one Pearl Jam fan, Daniel Sheffer, pushed to get the band to play the newly renovated Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, locking down 578 backers and raising over $140,000 in the process, management responded with a soft but firm no.

"We love the passion and enthusiasm of the fans who have spearheaded Pearl Jam crowdfund efforts," Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis told the Village Voice. "However, with more and more of these crowdfunded show proposals cropping up, we want to be clear before fans invest their hard-earned money into these efforts that they are unlikely to happen." Read more here.

Lars Ulrich Leads Giants Fans In Baseball Anthem At Metallica Night

Metallica teamed up with the Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants for the 3rd annual Metallica Night on Saturday, May 2nd and video of drummer Lars Ulrich leading the crowd in "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" has been posted online.

"We're having a great time down here at AT&T Park for Metallica Day with the San Francisco Giants!," posted the band, as the home team took on the Los Angeles Angels.

As with previous Metallica Nights, guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the game. Drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch and bassist Robert Trujillo called for the players to "Play Ball."

See video of the National Anthem performance and Lars leading the crowd here.

The Who's Pete Townshend Doesn't Like Live Shows

Living legend Pete Townshend belongs to what many consider to be one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who, yet the 69-year-old songwriter wouldn't say he's exactly satisfied by his current job.

In his words, 'The shows? I don't like them. I don't find them fulfilling," Townshend said to Uncut while promoting the band's 50th anniversary tour. "But I'm brilliant at it. I find it incredibly easy. I drift through it."

It's hard not to empathize with him: 50 years into any project, most likely anyone would have a hard time still seeing the thrill of it. That goes double for when you're doing the same thing over and over again, performing the same songs in Townshend's instance.

'It's like being able to make a pair of shoes and knowing that you've got to a point that whenever you make a pair of shoes for somebody they're going to last them for life," he continued. Read more here.

Grateful Dead Unreleased 1989 'Sugaree' Live Video Revealed

The Grateful Dead will release their concert film Meet-Up At the Movies 2015 nationwide on May 4. But before their fans hit the theaters, they can watch a new unreleased performance video of the band playing Jerry Garcia's solo track "Sugaree."

Garcia recorded the song for his solo album Garcia in 1972, but the performance video of the song is from a 1989 concert by the Grateful Dead in Wisconsin. The 11-minute jam features Garcia's familiar vocals as well as an impressive guitar interlude from the late singer.

"Sugaree" is just a glimpse into the concert which will be available to watch in theaters nationwide on May 4. The show will include covers from Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Bobby "Blue" Band as well as Grateful Dead classics "Box of Rain," "Althea" and "Terrapin Station." Read more here.

Rival Sons Release 'Electric Man' Video

Long Beach, California rockers Rival Sons have released a new music video for the track "Electric Man," which is taken from the band's award-winning Great Western Valkyrie album.

"We were recently asked to be an experiment in a laboratory study," says bassist Dave Beste. "The people behind the study evidently wanted to measure our rock'n'roll power, and so we played Electric Man and in the process we broke all their equipment. Somebody taped it and we made a special video out of it. So watch it, and enjoy it. We love science."

Rival Sons are currently on tour in the US supporting the album, which was voted 2014's album of the year by both Classic Rock writers and readers. Last month, the band released a video for their recent Record Store Day single, a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic Long As I Can See The Light. Watch the video here.

Bob Dylan Announces UK Tour

Bob Dylan will play six shows in the UK in October, he's announced. The short tour includes three appearances at London's Royal Albert Hall followed by two in Manchester's O2 Apollo and one in Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena.

He released 36th album Shadows In The Night in February, featuring his take on songs made famous by Frank Sinatra. He received the MusiCares Person Of The Year award the same month.

The 73-year-old said in January: "Look, you get older. Passion is a young man's game. Young people can be passionate. Older people have got to be more wise.

"You're around a while, you leave certain things to the young. Don't try to act like you're young - you could really hurt yourself." See the tour dates here.

Faces Reunion Held Up By Financial Concerns

Ron Wood says the highly-anticipated Faces reunion is being held up by Rod Stewart's management and their financial concerns. And the Rolling Stones man insists he doesn't want a gathering of the surviving members to be about money.

Wood made the comments about the possible reunion during a Q&A to promote his book How Can It Be? A Rock And Roll Diary: "I think that would be brilliant."

But he added: "They make everything about money, and we're trying not to do that. Why can't the three surviving guys just get together and play for people?" Read more here.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Slammed By Nick Menza

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has called out Dave Mustaine over alleged wrongdoings with regards to publishing royalties from his days with the group.

"To: Dave Mustaine in regards to my publishing royalties," posted Menza on his social media sites. "I find it very unprofessional that you conduct business like a child, quit playing games! be a man and stop taking food from my kids mouths. It's my earned money, Not yours. quit ripping me off. WTF?"

At press time, there had been no reaction from Mustaine over his former drummer's remarks. Menza's comments are the second time recently he has chastised Mustaine publicly over his business practices: while revealing that a reunion of the band's classic 1990s lineup fell apart during negotiations when they were looking for a new drummer, he later shared the details of a contract offer put on the table by Mustaine.

Menza says Megadeth requested he record the group's 15th album without payment, with his earnings to be made from touring. "As soon as I got home and it was time to sit down and negotiate my terms in writing, I was offered a very unfair deal that was so wrong," revealed Menza. "They didn't feel I was worth anything to the band. Dave blocked my emails, changed his number and then, apparently, Ron Laffitte was fired as the band's manager. Here is one of my favorite bands and a huge part of my life achievements and I was shut out for wanting a fair deal." Read more here.


Nashville, TN - May 1, 2015 - For the third consecutive year on May 1st, Tom Morello is giving away Union Town for free digitally in observance of May Day, also known as International Workers Day, to celebrate the struggles of workers around the world.   

“The May Day giveaway of the 'Union Town' record has become a yearly tradition. My hope is that these songs, some original and some classic union fighting songs, will continue to encourage and inspire those standing up for justice and dignity in the workplace."

The collection of pro-union anthems, including "16 Tons" which has not been available for free previously, can be downloaded today only at  The Teamsters Union, Unite Here, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, LAANE, UFCW, NATCA, ACLU California and National Nurses United/California Nurses Association will all support in promoting the free download.   

Union Town was originally released by Morello as The Nightwatchman in 2011 with profits benefitting The American Votes Labor Unity Fund which supports the unified efforts of a broad coalition of national labor organizations to defend workers and their unions against state legislation, ballot measures and executive orders that will undermine or destroy their rights. 

Track List For 2015 Union Town EP Free Download:
1. Union Town
2. Which Side Are You On?
3. A Wall Against the Wind
4. 16 Tons
6. This Land Is Your Land
7. I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night
8. Union Song (Live In Madison Wisconsin) 


The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” will be Hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and Broadcast LIVE on ABC Sunday, May 17th at 8pm ET From The MGM Grand Garden Arena
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SANTA MONICA, CA (May 1, 2015) – Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time, Van Halen, will perform on the “2015 Billboard Music Awards,” marking the band’s first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth. Van Halen join previously announced musical performers Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, along with special duet performances by “Empire” recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend.  The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET. 


A Casual Guide To The Music Of Aerosmith’s Joe Perry

Undoubtedly the most important and successful band to come out of the U.S. of A., Aerosmith remain intact after more than four decades of down ‘n dirty rock ’n’ roll. They’ve been called ‘The Bad Boys From Boston’ and ‘America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band’ for a reason. Aerosmith are one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time, having sold over a hundred million albums worldwide. The Boston bad boys have been together for over forty years and like their English heroes, the Rolling Stones, they are still making music and touring well into the 2010s; albeit at a much slower pace than the old days.

However, outside of the band Joe Perry has enjoyed a solo career that has attained cult status. Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker explores the original Joe Perry Project, notably the superlative first two albums: Let The Music Do The Talking and I’ve Got The Rock ’N’ Rolls Again as well as 1983’s less well-received Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker. Perry restarted his solo career in the noughties with 2005’s self-titled album and 2009’s Have Guitar, Will Travel and more recently, the 2014 EP, Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. But it’s those first two albums that really made an impression.

From the author of books on Brian May, Richie Sambora, Neal Schon, Rob Halford, Bryan Adams and Adam Lambert, Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker celebrates Perry’s musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and respected music writers. There are also previously unseen live photographs of the rock guitarist icon.

Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker is essential reading for Aerosmith and Joe Perry fans.

NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Journey and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Visit his official website at


Girlschool To Release Special Limited Ep, 'Propaganda!,' To Be Sold Exclusively At Shows

(1 May 2015 – New York City, NY) Legendary all girl British hard rockers Girlschool are gearing up to storm North America for the first time in 20 years, reclaiming their rightful place as the hardest rocking bunch of females to ever destroy a stage.

The band will be previewing tracks from their new album, Guilty As Sin, set for release later this summer via UDR Music and, as a special treat, they will be selling a Special Edition Ep, Propaganda!, featuring two songs from the new album, (“Take It Like A Band” and “Come, The Revolution”) as well as revisiting two tracks from their classic ‘Hit And Run’ album in the form of re-recorded versions of “Kick It Down” and “Watch Your Step.” Rounding out the Ep, which is limited to 300 copies, is the girls’ blistering cover of The Bee Gees classic “Staying Alive.” Both Propaganda! and Guilty As Sin were helmed by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, etc)

The gals are bringing along the leaders of the new wave of female hard rockers, Swedish headbangers Crucified Barbara, who return to North America for the second time in three years.  With a new label, Despotz Records, and new album, In The Red, the Swedes are ready to lay waste to the States and Canada once again.  Produced by Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters, Millencolin, etc), In The Red features eleven tracks of pure mayhem.

Support on all dates comes from Old James and Velvet Black.


5/20         Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
5/21         Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d
5/22         Los Angeles, CA – Whisky
5/24         San Francisco, CA – Slims
5/27         Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
5/28         Seattle, WA - Studio 7
5/29         Vancouver, BC – Venue
5/31         Bozeman, MT - The Fault Line
6/3           Kansas City, MO - The Scene
6/4           Fridley, MN - GB Leighton’s Pickle Park
6/5           Chicago, IL – Reggies
6/6           Weston, MI - Token Lounge
6/7           Toronto, ON - The Hard Luck
6/9           Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
6/11         Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
6/12         Montreal, QC – Katacombs

6/13         Londonderry, NH  - Tupelo Music Hall
6/14         Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus

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This June, Eagle Rock Entertainment will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Who with the first ever DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video release of Live At Shea Stadium 1982 [MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]. This is the first official release of the full show and features restored footage and newly mixed sound.

The Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Kenney Jones) delivered both classic tracks and rarely performed songs: “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “My Generation,” “Substitute,” “Who Are You,” “I Can’t Explain,” “See Me Feel Me,” “Baba O’Riley,” and many more. The tour promoted the 1982 album It’s Hard and the set list was comprised of several tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on this tour.

The Who’s 1982 North American tour was their last to feature Kenney Jones on drums and the band did not tour again until 1989. This concert film features the show from the second of their two nights at New York’s Shea Stadium and was filmed on October 13th 1982.

2015 is a year of even higher profile than usual for this legendary band - with their 50th Anniversary European/North American tour taking place this summer. Live At Shea Stadium 1982 shows exactly what their reputation has been built on.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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Stone Sour Streaming New EP Online

Stone Sour released their new covers EP Meanwhile In Burbank this week after releasing a limited edition on Record Store Day and they're also streaming it via YouTube.

At five tracks long it features covers from Metallica, Kiss and Alice In Chains. Recently frontman Corey Taylor confirmed the band were working on two more EPs titled Straight Outta Burbank and No Sleep 'Til Burbank, that will feature covers of Bad Brains and Rage Against The Machine.

Tracklist: We Die Young (Alice In Chains cover) - Heading Out To The Highway (Judas Priest cover) - Love Gun (Kiss cover) - Creeping Death (Metallica cover) - Children Of The Grave (Black Sabbath cover).

Stream the EP here.

KISS Inspired Dave Grohl To Become Rock 'N' Roll Musician

Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl shared his love for KISS during an awards event in Hollywood on Wednesday and explains how they inspired him "to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock 'n' roll musician."

Here is Grohl's speech: "Picture this: Springfield, Virginia, 1976. A skinny young boy with shaggy brown hair on a yellow yard sale bicycle brings home a copy of the album Destroyer, his first KISS record. Everybody remembers their first KISS record, and this is how I remember mine.

"Up until that point, it had been mainly Beatles and Carly Simon, maybe a little Phoebe Snow, f-in' 10cc. But the album cover alone was enough to make me break my old piggy bank into a thousand pieces and scrape up enough lawn-mowing money to give it straight to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.

"With nuclear anticipation, I let the needle drop on that legendary intro to 'Detroit Rock City,' perhaps the greatest introduction to any rock 'n' roll album ever recorded. It filled my speakers and my imagination. Thirty-four minutes later and 27 seconds later, KISS had filled my soul. I was now a member of the infamous KISS army.

"Before long, my room had become a f-ing shrine. Posters of these four musical monsters lined my walls action figures filled my shelves and KISS albums overtook my once A.M,-friendly record collection. I was converted'

"Every morning, I would wake up in my tiny bedroom and take a good look at my superheroes before walking to school. They got me through those years and ultimately inspired me to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock 'n' roll musician.

"One hundred million albums. One hundred million f-ing albums. Countless hit singles, record-breaking concert attendance. They even made f***in' disco look cool with 'I Was Made For Lovin You.' Raise your hand if you can say the same thing.

"I remember the KISS radio, which they just showed on screen - I'm so happy that they actually have remnants of this f-ing masterpiece of technology. I remember the KISS radios advertised on TV - 'Hear all of your favorite KISS songs on your official KISS radio!' I imagined it was futuristic piece of technology and my direct link to my musical gods, so I ordered one… C.O.D., without even asking for permission from my struggling schoolteacher mother.

"I'll never forget the day it arrived. The mailman knocked on the door, my mother took one look at this thing and said, I didn't f-ing order that. Then she sent it away.

"Forty years later, my love of KISS is still strong. And these days I still spend every morning before school with Paul Stanley' in the parking lot of our kids' f-in' elementary school, chatting about Zeppelin and Electric Lady and touring and school fundraisers. So I'd say that my unreasonable dream definitely came true. And I finally got my KISS radio - it's the cheapest f-ing A.M. radio I have eve seen in my life! With the KISS logo on it. Nice one, Gene.

"So without further adieu, it is my great honor to say: you wanted the best, and you got the best. The hottest band in the world - KISS!"

Steven Tyler To Debut Solo Song On American Idol Finale

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has revealed that he will debut his new solo single, "Love Is Your Name", on the season 14 finale of American Idol on May 13.

Tyler revealed the news during an appearance on Wednesday's episode in a segment that saw series mentor Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records take the Top 5 contestants to Nashville for meetings with label staff.

The Aerosmith singer - an Idol judge on seasons 10 and 11 - also announced plans to perform on the finale with popular New Jersey-based contestant Jax, one of the four singers remaining in the competition.

Tyler has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records. Read more here.

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Reveals Surprising Proudest Moment

Nikki Sixx has recalled a 1997 fan stage invasion as one of the greatest moments of his career. The band were performing in Phoenix, Arizona, when frontman Vince Neil invited the audience to join them on the platform.

Sixx tells Pure Grain Audio: "Most of the audience ended up on stage and destroyed all the gear. We were playing Anarchy In The UK. It's on YouTube and it's amazing. It's one of my proudest moments - apart from the lawsuits that came after it."

He also recalls spending a night in the cells with drummer Tommy Lee, and enduring a walk of shame through an airport the following morning. Sixx says: "Me and Tommy had been arrested because we had been creating a riot or something. They put us in jail and the next morning they let us out at 6am or 7am because we had a 9.30am flight.

"So me and Tommy were walking through the airport and we were on the front page of every newspaper - 'Rock band creates riot'. It was my mugshot and Tommy's mu

Sammy Hagar Issues Warning To Young Fans

Sammy Hagar is fronting a campaign to warn teenagers about the dangers of hearing loss. The Red Rocker's been involved with the Starkey Hearing Foundation in the US for several years. And he's joined their Listen Carefully campaign to encourage teenagers to turn down the volume of their music to preserve their hearing.

He said this week on International Noise Awareness Day: "So many people are unaware of loud things: city traffic, buses, aeroplanes and you just ignore it. Kids don't care or don't think about it until it's gone."

The World Health Orginisation reported that 1.1billion people are at risk of permanent ear problems through listening to loud music, with 43 million people between the age of 12 and 35 currently living with hearing loss. Read more and watch Sammy's clip here.

Alice Cooper May Re-Record Songs From 'Blackout' Period

Alice Cooper says he'd consider re-recording some of the material from his 'blackout' period of the early 80s. The rock icon released Flush The Fashion, Special Forces, Zipper Catches Skin, and DaDa between 1980 and 1983 - four albums recorded while he battled alcohol and drug problems. And while he's wary of altering history too much, he says revisiting certain tracks could be a possibility.

Cooper says on the first episode of Ask Alice: "Every one of those albums catches a different part of your life and is a portrait of where you were at that time. So in some ways it's kind of taking away from the history.

"I was insane during these four albums and I think the insanity shows up on the albums and the lyrics and I don't think I'd want to play with that. It was a certain insanity that was privately mine and everybody got to see it."

But he adds: "There are certain songs that I keep going, 'I want to redo that song - that song could be applicable today. It worked in 1981 but it would be really good today.' So possibly, yeah. That's something producer Bob Ezrin and I would talk about." Read more and stream the full video clip here.

Journey Launch Las Vegas Residency

Journey kicked off their first Las Vegas residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday and video from the show has been posted online.

The group delivered a 19-song set spanning materal from their lengthy career, opening with 1980's "Any Way You Want It" and closing the night with 1979's "Lovin', 'Touchin', Squeezin'".

"Journey Las Vegas" will see the band will perform 9 shows at the venue between April 29 and May 16. Clark County declared Wednesday as Journey Las Vegas Day in the city to mark the opening of the group's residency.

Check out videos here.

Paul McCartney Plays Beatles Song Live For The First Time

Paul McCartney performed at Japan's Nippon Budokan on Tuesday, marking his first appearance at the legendary venue since The Beatles performed there in 1966.

To commemorate the event, Sir Paul broke out The Beatles' classic tune "Another Girl," from the Help! album, in what is believed to be the first time the song has ever been played live by any member of the Fab Four.

Indeed, The Beatles themselves never performed the song on-stage. McCartney appeared to be genuinely moved by the significance of the occasion. "It was sensational and quite emotional remembering the first time and then experiencing this fantastic audience tonight," McCartney said, as reported by

"It was thrilling for us and we think it was probably the best show we did in Japan and it was great to be doing the Budokan 49 years later. It was crazy. We loved it." Read more here.

Original Red Dragon Cartel Singer Explains Band Exit

Original Red Dragon Cartel singer Darren James Smith says he left the band due to a lack of guaranteed paid work. Smith, who split with Jake E Lee's group in March, says he couldn't count on making a living with RDC as there were no firm plans for future tours.

He tells Sleaze Roxx: "I just think it wasn't working enough for me and when the tour was cancelled and stuff, I just couldn't count on making a living. I've always made a living so for me going away, maybe possibly touring and not (laughs), I couldn't rely on it any longer.

"It's Jake's band -- he's the boss. He calls the shots and it was just odd for me to be in that situation. There are no bad feelings -- it's just my work ethics are a little bit more intense I guess, and I prefer to work and to know that I'm working." Read more here.

Monsters Of Rock Cruise Raised $48K For Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund

The recent 2015 Monsters Of Rock cruise raised $48,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. The cruise - which featured more than 30 acts including Extreme, Black Star Riders, Tesla, Night Ranger and others - held daily activities to help raise funds for the charity named after the late rocker, who passed away from gastric cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.

Activities included auctions, Rock 'N Roll Bingo and Dine and Donate for Dio. "I cannot thank Larry Morand, Mike London and the fantastic Monsters Of Rock Cruise Production Staff, as well as the very generous passengers, who dug deep into their pockets during our wonderful five days at sea," says Wendy Dio.

"I want them all to know that every penny raised will go to cancer research so that one day we will find a cure for this terrible disease that takes so many of our loved one's lives. Ronnie would be so proud." Read more here.

Kansas Inspired And May Make First New Music In 15 Years

Kansas guitarist Rich Williams says ex-frontman Steve Walsh's replacement Ronnie Platt has given them a new lease of life - and they could record for the first time in 15 years as a result.

Platt joined last year after original singer Walsh retired. They're currently touring the US. Williams tells the Cleveland Scene: "Let's go to South America, let's go to Europe, let's record an album," he says. "Let's just get together and work up material.

"Every little thing is followed by a 'let's do that' response. That inspires the crew and the fanbase, and the old dogs in the band get excited. It's contagious." Read more here.

Fogerty Rocks Creedence Clearwater Revival Medley On Letterman

John Fogerty performed a medley of Creedence Clearwater Revival classics on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday and video from the appearance has been posted online.

Fogerty's final appearance on the program saw him deliver powerful but brief snippets of "Travelin' Band", "Proud Mary" and "Fortunate Son" to the delight of the retiring host, who exits late night television next month after more than three decades. The rocker will launch his "1969" summer tour at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN on May 2. Fogerty will perform music on the trek from the three albums he released in a single year with CCR, including "Bayou Country", "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys." Watch the Letterman performance here.


Ozzy Reveals Black Sabbath's Retirement Tour Plans

Ozzy Osbourne says Black Sabbath are planning to perform their farewell tour in 2016. While admitting that schedules could change, the singer said, "The plan is that next year [we'll do] the final Black Sabbath tour and then it's over."

"We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don't want to, I believe," Osbourne said during an April 24 press conference for the Monsters Of Rock festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. "But we are going to do another tour together."

"I'm still gonna continue my solo career," Ozzy added. "I'm doing these few [solo] gigs down here now. Then at the beginning of next year, I'm going out with Sabbath. The Sabbath thing is folding up after the next tour, but I'm gonna continue my solo career."

Ozzy's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne created confusion about Black Sabbath's plans when she announced on March 20 that the group were headlining a farewell show at Ozzfest Japan this fall.

"Ozzfest will be back in Japan on November 21st and 22nd," said Sharon. "And this will be Black Sabbath's farewell. We're also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can't miss that." Watch the press conference video here.


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Axl Rose Makes Unsuccessful Appeal To Halt Executions

Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose was unsuccessful with a last-minute appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday to halt the executions of two Australians on decade-old drug charges.

Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and six others were executed on Wednesday by a firing squad on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.

Rose penned a lengthy note to Widodo - known for his love of hard rock and heavy metal - asking the President to intervene as a way of showing forgiveness and clemency in the face of international calls to halt the executions, while also requesting the same for convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.

"As all three are still alive," wrote Rose, "these are clearly not cases where nothing can or should be done by those who care to do their utmost in efforts to spare them. Under the circumstances it would seem that if they are executed regrettably the Indonesian government becomes the more offensive criminal.

"I appeal to you Mr. President, Mr. Joko Widodo to use your power in ways to strengthen international relationships between your country and others, to show your country's strength and allow the world to witness an extraordinary act of humanity and bravery on yours and your country's part."

"It's true I do not know these men nor have I met them but their story has touched me deeply," Rose continued. "I as well as many others could easily have found ourselves in their unfortunate and unarguably self-inflicted position. People make mistakes, sometimes big and horribly regrettable mistakes and sometimes more importantly people learn from their mistakes and make new choices, strive and succeed at true positive change. To not acknowledge and give such change the opportunity to prove its value would seem in this case a greater crime than those originally committed.

"I realize I am no one and no one to get involved with your affairs or those of your government and how this letter reads or anyone other than yourself thinks of it is irrelevant," said the singer. "Only the lives of these three human beings are what's important now.

"I ask you now to show such great depth of humanity and compassion now to these individuals and to deny your bloodlust in your war on drugs and grant clemency to these three individuals and give them a permanent stay of execution and to change the course of your own life and place in both your country's and world history. No other can do what you alone have the power to do and that is the power to show benevolence and mercy where mercy can be truly appreciated and given its proper respect not only by the condemned but by the entire world and its many leaders." Read more here.

Osbournes TV Series Reboot Canceled

VH1 have scrapped plans to bring The Osbournes series back to TV. The Osbournes originally aired on MTV from 2002 to 2005, becoming the highest rated original program in MTV's history.

"We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that's not going to happen," Susan Levison, exec vp original programming and production at VH1, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn't come together for us. The family has been absolutely lovely and we wish them the best. We'd love to figure out a way to work with them at some point in the future."

The change of plans follows a November announcement by Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager, Sharon, that the show was returning to TV.

"Ozzy has decided that he wants to do another few episodes, not a whole season, about eight episodes, of 'The Osbournes'," Sharon revealed on the UK show "Loose Women." Read more here.

'Louie Louie' Singer Jack Ely Dead At 71

Jack Ely, former singer of the Kingsmen, died on late Monday evening the age of 71. Ely's son, Sean, confirmed the death Tuesday (April 28). The Kingsmen singer died at his home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

The Kingsmen are best known as the performers of jukebox classic "Louie Louie," one of the most covered and beloved rock and roll songs ever recorded.

Ely sung on the recorded version in 1963, which was itself of a cover of the song originally written by Richard Berry in 1955. The Kingsmen version cost 50 dollars to record and resulted in a smash for the Portland, Oregon group. Read more here.

David Coverdale Pulled Out Of Deep Purple Reunion Talks

David Coverdale reveals in a new interview that he was the one that pulled away from talks with Ritchie Blackmore about putting together a Deep Purple reunion because Blackmore's "vision for touring and stuff... did not resonate" with him.

Coverdale made the revelation in an interview with Classic Rock Revisited while discussing "The Purple Album," the new album from the current incarnation of Whitesnake where they recorded tracks from Coverdale's time with Deep Purple.

Here is the portion of the interview where Coverdale discussed the Deep Purple reunion talks: "Glenn Hughes and I are very close and Glenn's been after me to do some sort of a Purple reunion for some time. To be honest, and I mean no disrespect to my former colleagues, but it was never something that was interesting enough to stop me from doing what I love, which is Whitesnake.

"I certainly loved working with Deep Purple and it was the beginning of my journey. I am forever grateful to those guys for having the courage to give me the opportunity, but it was not something I was wanting to do. I am totally happy to create new stuff working as Whitesnake.

"A representative of Jon's called me just after he'd been diagnosed with cancer, to give me that information, which was chilling enough. He said, 'Jon said, on his recovery, would you be up for doing some kind of Deep Purple reunion, whether it was Mach III, or whatever?' I said, 'Absolutely, I will be there for you.' As we know, sadly, Jon passed away. This opened up an opportunity to reach out, after thirty years of acrimony, with somebody that I truly respected, as a musician, which is Ritchie Blackmore. One reason was to express and commiserate the loss of Jon.

"Regardless of whatever, those guys basically formed Deep Purple and were incredibly influential to me. I've been able to tell everyone else I worked with how much I appreciated the opportunity, and still do to this day, other than Ritchie. Ritchie doesn't really bother reading rock mags and stuff like that. When I've said these things before, he doesn't see them. It was important for me to reach out to him for those reasons, with no other agenda whatsoever."

He then went into more details about the talks, "This was in 2012, and we communicated into 2013, and then he asked me if I'd speak to his manager to which, of course, I said, 'Absolutely.' She came on and said, 'Can you keep a secret?' I said 'Of course not, I'm a f***ing singer.' She said, 'Would you be interested in doing something with Ritchie? My first thought was like Blackmore Coverdale like I did with Jimmy in Coverdale Page. That would be a very exciting musical premise because he introduced me to his first songs that he did on the first Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow album. They were initially songs he was proposing for Deep Purple.

"I love the early Rainbow stuff. Rainbow Rising, are you kidding me? When Cozy Powell came on board? That was fantastic. The idea of being able to do Purple, Rainbow and Whitesnake was interesting, but then she said, 'Ritchie is curious, who would you go for, Roger [Glover] or Glenn?' I said 'I really appreciate the musicality of Roger, and he produced two of my solo albums, but Glenn is my soul brother.' I recommended Keith Emerson as the keyboard player. He was a fan of Purple and Jon and Keith had a very healthy musical rivalry. Keith is a breathtakingly gifted musician. Nobody had spoken to Keith, as this was just a discussion.

"It was during the talks for this that I started digging into our original work. I was going, 'I hope he's into a fresh coat of paint on some of these songs.' I was a f***ing kid then. It was the first time I had written for an album. I can hear naivety all over the place. I started working on bits and pieces. I thought my arrangement of 'Sail Away' could have been a nice transition for what he is doing with his Blackmore's Night and we could tie it in with that thing and maybe even do something with Candice on that song. Once Carol, his manager and I, started talking about their vision for touring and stuff it just did not resonate and I wrote her a very, very respectful email withdrawing from whatever that project could have gone forward with.

"It was literally sitting down with my wife, Cindy, and just saying, 'What a pity. I've done all this work.' Actually, that is typical of me to move forward with things. Pagey [Jimmy Page] would go, 'F*** man, you're so prepared.' I would go, 'I can't help it.' Cindy goes, 'Why don't you do this as a Whitesnake project?' I was like, 'Why not?' I sounded out my colleagues, and Doug was still onboard at that time, and the response from everyone was a resounding 'yes'.

"Doug and my wife were the only people, at that time, that I was sharing the news that I was talking with Ritchie, communicating with him, during the Year of the Snake Tour. I think something must have been going on for Doug as he was really encouraging me to do it [laughter]. Go figure! Doug would have been onboard, of course, but we just couldn't get together, Jeb. It was just impossible to give it the kind of time.

"This project has been hugely respected by all my colleagues. There was nothing flippant or throw away, you know. It was really, as I was mixing the project with Michael McIntyre and Reb Beach that I started feeling that this was coming full circle for me. It was a feeling of completion. This is how I started, what an appropriate way to go back out. The other f***ing thing is, quite honestly, as Glenn and I have discussed for decades, the people that were running the Purple organization never ever thought of putting out a Best of Mach III and IV. We never understood it, f***ing whatever, so this is my best of and everything is done with love and respect."

Read the full interview here.

Paul McCartney Announces More Headlining Shows

As expected, Paul McCartney is giving the U.S. more show. After announcing the Philadelphia show, Paul McCartney has added two more solo headlining concerts to his 2015 summer itinerary.

Already scheduled to perform at a pair of music festivals this year (Firefly and Lollapalooza, to be exact), McCartney has previously revealed his first solo headlining arena date of the Out There tour this year: June 21 at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.

McCartney will follow the Philly gig with a show in Charlottesville, Va., at John Paul Jones Arena on June 23. From there, he heads to Columbia, S.C., to perform at Colonial Life Arena on June 25. Read more here.

Iconic Rock Producer Bob Ezrin Slams Today's Music

Legendary rock producer Bob Ezrin, who worked on iconic albums from Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS, Deep Purple, wrote a message published by The Lefsetz Letter declaring "and there used to be music. No longer."

Following that opening line, Ezrin continues, "In just the last few generations, we have witnessed the complete devolution of the mainstream of music from the intricacies and demands of jazz, swing and modern 'classical'; the subtleties and finesse of the best of popular song writing; the mastery of 'folk' instruments and vocal performance in the best of folk and rock; the singular high-mindedness of the greatest singer songwriters; and the hard-won craft of playing and writing and creating meaningful work, to four bar grids of 'cut and paste' monotony over which someone writes shallow nursery rhymes about partying, trucks and beer or bitches and bling, or whines in hardly rhyming verse about their sad little white boy or girl life.

"There are occasional exceptions, of course. But where are the anthems, the protest songs, the songs to march to or the ideas to fight for, the truths to believe in. Instead it's all about 'me'.

He continues: "All that talk about the 'me generation' turns out to be true. We lost 'us' in the 80's and since then we only care about ourselves and our personal gain; we only want the money." Read the rest of Ezrin's message here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil To Be On Celebrity Wife Swap

It has been revealed that Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has filmed an episode for the upcoming fourth season of the ABC-TV reality series Celebrity Wife Swap.

The Las Vegas Sun reports Neil took his "guest wife" gambling at Red Rock Resort, where he put down $50,000 on the craps table and kept it rolling until he walked away with $660,000.

Neil also cooked a dinner for 20 friends for the program while admitting that it was the first time he'd ever played chef in the kitchen. "I hadn't been in a supermarket to do grocery shopping since Motley Crue first went out on the road in 1981," confessed the rocker. "I didn't know where to find any of the ingredients."

Neil's girlfriend Rain Hannah filmed the other half of the show in Nashville with an unnamed second celebrity. Read more here.

Camel's Guy LeBlanc Dead At 54

Camel keyboardist Guy LeBlanc has died after a battle with cancer. The 54-year-old was forced to sit out the band's tour dates last year after being diagnosed with kidney cancer which later spread to his bones.

Camel have issued a statement in which they confirm LeBlanc died on Monday (April 27). They say: "It is with a hugely heavy heart that we announce the gentle passing of our friend and keyboard player, Guy LeBlanc.

"We are unable to adequately express the sorrow we are experiencing at this time. Our hearts are with his family, Shirley, Natasha and Kayleigh LeBlanc."

LeBlanc was put on radiation treatment after his diagnosis and his 2014 touring duties were taken up by Dutch musician Ton Scherpenzeel. Read more here.

Faith No More Distance Themselves From Upcoming Reissues

Faith No More have advised fans via their Facebook page that they did not organize the upcoming reissues of their classic albums "Angel Dust" and "Real Thing" via Rhino records.

The band writes, "Most of you have probably heard news about upcoming Angel Dust and Real Thing reissues, and the latest statements seem imply that these are band sponsored releases.

"In fact, they are Warners/Rhino re-issues (who still own the license to them). This is not to say that they are not worth's just that they are not coming from us. Hope that makes sense. Thanks."

Kurt Cobain Mocks Hate Mail In New Documentary Clip

Kurt Cobain is mocking hate mail sent to his wife Courtney Love in the latest clip from documentary Montage Of Heck. The film has been already had a cinema release and will be aired on the HBO channel in the US on May 4.

The Nirvana icon, wearing a dress, sports a fake moustache and mouths along while Love is described as "obnoxious and pushy" and he's called "the God of love in human form."

Cobain: Montage Of Heck was created using archive footage and previously unheard music from Cobain's vaults. Love and daughter Frances Bean gave director Brett Morgen unlimited access to the material. Watch the clip here.




--the first major international music festival to ever travel to Japan--will return to Makuhari Messe arena (just outside of Tokyo) Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22.  The two-day festival will feature headlining performances from two OZZFEST veterans: festival namesake Ozzy Osbourne (who will perform as Ozzy & Friends) and Korn.  Evanescence is the first additional act to be announced for a festival bill that will include more than 22 performers.  OZZFEST JAPAN--a collaboration between Sharon Osbourne and Japanese promoter Hayashi International Promotion (H.I.P.)--debuted in May 2013 to sold-out crowds of 20,000 per day and wide critical acclaim.

Ozzy’s OZZFEST JAPAN performance is one of six shows the multi-platinum, three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter has scheduled this year.  Korn’s appearance is a highlight of the band’s 20th anniversary celebration.  Evanescence will both make their OZZFEST debut at OZZFEST JAPAN, in their only performance of 2015.  The remaining acts on the OZZFEST JAPAN lineup will be revealed later this year.  Organizers say fans can expect performances from a dynamic mix of international and domestic bands, all of which will reinforce OZZFEST JAPAN as the leader in the Japanese rock festival market.

Ozzy Osbourne has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.  Osbourne's career has spanned more than four decades (as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath) and his music is as relevant today as ever, still being heard daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. This year will mark 20 years since Osbourne created his name-sake hard-rock/metal touring festival, OZZFEST, which had a hugely successful 14 year run across North America and the U.K.

Korn built an immortal bond in 1993 the first time Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and Brian "Head" Welch decided to make music as a unit. They shed blood, sweat, and tears in the studio and on stage, fashioning an undeniable and unique sound that would permanently alter the course of rock music. After six seminal releases, two Grammy Awards, countless sold out shows, and selling 35 million albums worldwide, Head left the group in 2004 to face the demons of addiction. Korn soldiered on, adding drummer Ray Luzier in 2007 and releasing four more full-length releases. In 2012, a triumphant and tear-filled reunion happened on stage as the group headlined the Carolina Rebellion Festival with Head reprising his legendary part on "Blind.”  The initial bond came back into focus, and it was time for their eleventh studio album The Paradigm Shift, which seamlessly melds the group's ever-present spirit of innovation with their signature metallic catharsis, paving the way for the future yet again.

In their more than 35-year history in Japan, promoter H.I.P. has worked with international superstars including AC/DC, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Taylor Swift, Guns N' Roses, as well as Japanese powerhouse newcomers Momoiro Clover Z and internationally celebrated band One Ok Rock.  Most recently, H.I.P. partnered with Slipknot to launch their acclaimed music festival, Knotfest, in Japan, which drew sold out crowds each day.

OZZFEST JAPAN 2015 ticket prices are as follows: single-day general admission tickets are ¥15,000; single-day general admission tickets including a commemorative shirt are ¥18,000; weekend passes are ¥29,000; weekend passes including a commemorative t-shirt are ¥32,000.  All prices include consumption tax, box office commission and ticket printing fees.  The latest news on OZZFEST JAPAN can be found at


Beginning in 1996, OZZFEST established itself as a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. It was cited as “one of rock’s biggest juggernauts” in the cover feature of Sunday's New York Times' “Arts & Leisure” section (6/25/06).  The festival has been instrumental in igniting the careers of platinum-selling artists like System of a Down, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Incubus, Slipknot, Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold and Lamb of God, among others.  Other OZZFEST alumni--comprised of some of the top rock acts in the world--include Metallica, Foo Fighters, Motley Crue, Tool, Judas Priest, Pantera, Slash, Megadeth, Slayer and Iron Maiden. Beyond the inaugural OZZFEST JAPAN in 2013, other international stops for the acclaimed touring festival include the U.K. in 1998 and 2005.  In 2010, OZZFEST returned to the U.K. and debuted in Israel; the 2010 performances followed an August cross-country run of shows in the U.S.

Watch EUROPE’s New Music Video for “Days Of Rock N’ Roll” Today via REVOLVER Magazine

Watch Here – Directed by Patric Ulaeus

 On Tour Now in the U.S. for the First Time in 10 Years!

New Album “War of Kings” Out Now via Hell & Back Recordings

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 Last week, rock legends EUROPE kicked off their first U.S. tour in 10 years (see below for dates). In celebration of the tour, the band is unleashing their brand new music video for “Days of Rock N’ Roll” with REVOLVER Magazine. Take a look here:

EUROPE vocalist Joey Tempest states, “We simply wanted to make a live video like we used to, uplifting and entertaining and really capture a band and its audience at a peak! The video was shot in Manchester and Wolverhampton on our latest UK tour. We used our friend and video director extraordinaire, Patric Ulaeus, who has done our five latest videos. The song is about the rise and fall... and rise of Rock 'n' Roll.”

Want more EUROPE music videos? Check out the video for the War Of Kings title track, also directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy), here:


Remaining EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
4/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den
5/2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival
5/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

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EUROPE’s 10th studio album War of Kings is out now! War of Kings is available for purchase in CD digipak, CD jewel case, vinyl LP or digital download format. ORDER HERE via Amazon. The album marks EUROPE’s advancement towards a refreshed heavy rock style while building upon their internationally-celebrated, high-energy and unforgettable trademark sound.

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


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

Joey Tempest (lead vocals)
John Norum (guitars)
John Leven (bass)
Mic Michaeli (keyboards)
Ian Haugland (drums) 

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Stone Temple Pilots Add Tour Dates

Stone Temple Pilots, now fronted by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, have announced a string of U.S. tour dates that will be taking place this fall.

The band will be playing the final dates of their spring tour this week. The new fall tour dates will be kicking off on September 15th in Cleveland, OH at the House of Blues.

The short trek will run for five dates including September 16th in Detroit, September 22nd in Cincinnati, September 23rd in Louisville, KY and wrapping up in St. Paul on September 25th.

Stone Temple Pilots Fall Dates:
09/15 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09/16 Detroit, MI - Filmore
09/22 Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
09/23 Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
09/25 St Paul, MN - The Myth

Skid Row Rejected $500K Reunion According To Bach

Sebastian Bach claims Skid Row were offered half a million dollars for two reunion shows with him and turned it down. He's previously discussed how the band were invited to appear at the UK's Sonisphere festival in 2012, although the event was later cancelled. And he's lashed out in the past at the attitude of his former colleagues, accusing them of being "allergic to cash."

Now Bach tells Loudwire: "We got offered a reunion show at Sonisphere, and I can tell you all the details because it never happened. We were offered $250,000 per show for two shows, a Friday and a Saturday night.

"We were going to get paid half a million dollars and Rachel didn't want to do it. If you're in a company with somebody and they are turning down your work, that's really a bummer.

The singer says he's still part of the Skid Row corporation with bassist Bolan and guitarist Snake Sabo and continues, "It's a bummer being in a business with guys that commit breach of fiduciary duty on a daily basis. I'm still in a company with them. I'm still in the corporation." Read more here.

Metallica Win Loudness War

Metallica album Death Magnetic has been named the loudest-ever by a mastering expert. But he says the advantages of the approach are all-but cancelled out in the modern era.

Engineer Ian Shepherd compared a number of albums for dynamic range, the key element in the "loudness war." Death Magnetic topped his list - but lost significant amounts of sonic detail in the process.

The 2008 title scored a dynamic range rating of DR3, compared to the band's 1991 Black Album, which was much lower on the list at DR11. The least-loudest was Dire Strait's Brothers In Arms at DR16.

Shepherd says in his Production Advice blog: "Why is it crazy? Because it doesn't work. None of these 'loudness' differences will be audible in any of the most popular places we listen to music." Read more including the loudness list here.

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Devastated By Loss Of Ozzy's Friendship

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has described how he went through a period of grief over the end of his friendship with singer Ozzy Osbourne.

The pair were involved in a public war of words earlier this month after Ward said he couldn't consider a return to the metal icons for their farewell tour unless Ozzy performed a "righting of wrongs" over allegations he'd made about the drummer's abilities.

The vocalist refused to entertain the suggestion and told the sticksman: "Stop playing the victim," leading to an apparent closure of the door on a reunion.

Now Ward has discussed a period in May last year, after he'd undergone shoulder surgery, when he made a public appearance in the US to launch his artwork series.

He tells Joel Gausten: "I was still in a lot of grief. I was grieving the loss of one of my best friends - Ozzy Osbourne. I missed him so much it was devastating to me. When I did the presentation of the paintings, there were some things I was describing and I know I was crying." Read more here.

Kid Rock Breaking Records With Summer Tour

Kid Rock is breaking a Michigan ticket sales record with the addition of his 9th and 10th shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit as part of his summer tour.

The newly-announced dates in support of "First Kiss" will take place on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, with tickets going on sale May 2 at 10 am. local time.

These shows shatter previous ticket sale records for the state of Michigan, previously held by Garth Brooks at approximately 107,000 tickets; the new dates will see Kid Rock sell over 145,000.

The singer is also breaking the record for most consecutive shows at the venue, formerly held by Bob Seger. Read more here.

Motorhead Say Lemmy Is Feeling Better, Reveal Illness Details

Motorhead have issued an update on the status of frontman Lemmy Kilmister after he took ill in Sao Paulo, Brazil over the weekend and the band were forced to cancel two appearances at the city's Monsters Of Rock festival.

"Due to a food related tummy problem, unfortunately Lemmy was not able to perform the show in Sao Paulo," says the group. "He is already feeling much better and ready to continue the South America dates! Next stop Curitiba!

"Lemmy regrets this mishap very much and is looking forward to making it up to all the fans." On Saturday, Monsters Of Rock organizers announced Motorhead's last-minute cancellation due to Lemmy suffering "a serious gastric disorder, followed by dehydration." Read more here.

Motley Crue Think More Bands Should Do Retirement Contracts

The end of Motley Crue as a touring rock band is coming near, with a New Year's Eve show scheduled for Los Angeles, as the band signed a legally binding contract to not tour beyond 2015.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Nikki Sixx spoke about the contract not being a publicity stunt, and thinks that more bands should follow suit.

"The whole 'reunion of the reunion of the reunion' thing--that's about money, and not about music," Sixx said, with everyone from Jay Z to Nine Inch Nails to The Grateful Dead as examples of what he means. Read more here.

Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, Chris Squire On Billy Sherwood Album

Former Yes man Billy Sherwood has signed a deal with Frontiers Records for his upcoming album, Citizens. And he's lined up a who's-who of names from the world of prog to contribute to the record, which is due for release in early 2016.

Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, Chris Squire, John Wetton, Jordan Rudess, Tony Kaye, Geoff Downes, Steve Morse, Steve Hillage, Patrick Moraz, John Wesley and Jerry Goodman have so far been confirmed, with more names promised in the coming weeks.

Sherwood had this to say: "Citizen is the story of a lost soul wandering through time and living through many lives during historic periods of time." Read more here.

10,000 Maniacs Announce Summer Tour In Support Of Their New Album Twice Told Tales!

Jamestown, NY - With a brand new 10,000 Maniacs album, Twice Told Tales, scheduled to be released on April 28, fans of this iconic alt-rock band have a lot to celebrate. And now there’s one more reason to cheer as 10,000 Maniacs will be hitting the road this summer for series of special live performances on both coasts. The band has been hard at work rehearsing songs from the new album, a full-length collection of traditional folk songs from the British Isles recast in the modern neo-folk sound that the Maniacs pioneered in the early ‘80s. Some of these Tales like the gorgeous “Do You Love An Apple” have been a part of the band’s live repertoire since almost the beginning of their career, but the band looks forward to sharing more album highlights such as “Misty Moisty Morning” and “Canadee-I-O” in a live setting alongside many other fan favorites. Joining the band at select engagements on the tour will be founding member and guitarist John Lombardo, who also enjoyed success as one half of the duo John & Mary along with current 10KM vocalist Mary Ramsey.

Mon April 27 - In-store at the Record Theatre (6:00 PM) - Buffalo, NY
Fri May 8 - Buffalo Iron Works - Buffalo, NY
Fri May 22 - City Winery - New York, NY
Sat May 23 - City Winery - New York, NY
Sun May 24 - Stephen Talkhouse - Amagansett, NY
Fri June 5 - Clayton Opera House - Clayton, NY
Sat June 20 - Woodstock Music Festival - Woodstock, MD
Thurs July 2 - Eyes To The Skies Festival - Lisle, IL
Fri July 24 - City Winery Napa - Napa, CA
Sat July 25 - Yoshi’s - Oakland, CA
Sun July 26 - Pittsford Park - Lake Forest, CA

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Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Releases First Solo Album In 18 Years

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has released "Accountable Beasts", his first solo album in 18 years. The project includes longtime Bill Ward Band members Keith Lynch (guitar, keyboards), bassist Paul Ill and drummer Ronnie Ciago, with contributions by drummer Walter Earl and an array of session singers including Ward's daughter, Emily.

Ward's drumming can be heard on seven of the album's nine tracks. Asked how "Accountable Beasts" compares to his previous solo outings, including 1997's "When The Bough Breaks", Ward tells music writer and author Joel Gausten.

"It's much tougher; it kicks harder. Most of the stuff is pretty heavy on it. It's very current lyrically. I don't intend to be current with anything; I just write the music and allow it to just be whatever it is. But when I listened to it in hindsight - we did the final mastering on January 6th of this year - I thought, 'Oh my God! A lot of the stuff we're writing about is on TV every day.

"Most of the album is about religion; most of it's about war. It's the stuff that makes the world turn 'round every day. It's about people's souls being ripped to pieces. I guess it could be called morbid, but at the same time I'm also hoping it can be called energizing and respectful lyrically. I've worked really hard on trying to produce something that would mean something to the listener who's drawn in by the music." Read more here.


BRITNY FOX has returned from a long hiatus fully charged and ready to rock! The band is currently writing for a new album, and plans to book and perform select dates only at this time.

In late 2014, Billy Childs reunited with former 2007 manager/tour manager, Wayne “Doobie” Dubay. Childs and Doobie reunited with vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Tommy Paris, and original Drummer, Johnny Dee. Due to commitments, original lead guitarist, Michael Kelly Smith has been replaced by lead guitarist, Chris Sanders. “How can I tell you how great it is to be back with these guys, and working on a new album? It is fantastic,” explains Billy Childs, bassist. “Johnny and I basically grew up in this business together and the tightness we have had over the years as a rhythm section is still there- Tommy Paris hasn't lost a step, lyrically or vocally. Chris is a breath of fresh air for the band, and adds elements that were never there before, but very much in line with us as we prepare to bite down even harder this time around. Doobie is the guy that pulled us all together and said "get your heads out of your asses and make another Bite Down Hard". He's pretty big, so best just to agree with him! For other reasons as well though, we all agreed it was time.”

The band is currently in studio writing and recording a follow up to the BITE DOWN HARD album – This musical jewel is a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988. BITE DOWN HARD is a much harder rock tone featuring Zakk Wylde and Rikki Rocket. Rikki performs a percussion solo with Johnny Dee on the "Midnight Moses" track and Zakk plays the lead guitar outro on "Six Guns Loaded". "It's awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again - Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass kicking, fun, heavy rock!  It's a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together!  Can't wait to get back out on stage!"

BRITNY FOX comprises of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales world-wide and charted on Billboards Top 10 for both Girl School and Long Way To Love.

Why Van Halen Didn't Fake New Live Album

Eddie Van Halen was happy to release the band's first live album with David Lee Roth complete with mistakes - because that's how the show was heard on the night.

The guitar legend has previously discussed how Roth was left to choose from over 150 concert recordings before settling on the one made at Tokyo Dome in 2013.

Now Van Halen tells Guitar World: That's also why we decided to keep the recording completely live. There are mistakes.

"After it was mixed I listened to a few parts and went, Okay, I f***ed that up.' [laughs] But that's how it sounded that night, so we just left it. It's like a photograph of that evening, and we didn't Photoshop it. We did nothing. When you fix parts or mistakes, it's not a real live experience anymore." Read more here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil Reveals Only Reason For Reunion

As Motley Crue enter the home stretch on their career as a live touring act, frontman Vince Neil says the only likely chance of the band reappearing would be to perform at their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - if that were ever to happen.

When Motley Crue announced their farewell tour in January of 2014, the members signed a Cessation Of Touring Agreement which forbids the band to tour beyond 2015.

"Everybody keeps coming up with these loopholes for us to get back together and play again: 'So, this Arabian prince is throwing a party; how much money is it gonna take?'," Neil tells Rolling Stone. "It's not about that, you know? I think if we got in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that's probably the only way we'd get back together and play."

"I'm not one of these cranky guys about it," says bassist Nikki Sixx of the Rock Hall. "But I think if they got it a little bit righter, people would respect it a little bit more. Honestly, there are a lot of bands previous to Mötley Crüe that deserve to be in, if it's actually about influencing other musicians and making an impact on the planet.

"You know, the bands that have gotten in the last few years, it's cool; but let's go back and look at the people who curated this great music a little bit more. I mean, I'm a huge Mott the Hoople fan; if Mötley Crüe got in before Mott the Hoople, I'd snap! [Laughs] I'd be like, 'I'm sorry, but Ian Hunter, this is for you!'"

Read Tommy and Mick's views on the Rock Hall here.

Motorhead Forced To Cancel Monsters Of Rock Due To Lemmy's Health

Motorhead were forced to cancel two appearances at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil over the weekend after frontman Lemmy Kilmister fell ill on Saturday and was sent to hospital for further tests.

"Monsters Of Rock regrets to inform the public that Motorhead will not be able to carry out the performance scheduled for tonight," posted event organizers on Saturday. "The lead singer Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister, this morning suffered a serious gastric disorder, followed by dehydration. Lemmy has already had tests and been initially medicated, but on medical orders is unable to be present."

Promoters announced that Judas Priest added 30 minutes to their sets following Motorhead's cancellation, while guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee joined Andreas Kisser and Derrick Green of Sepultura for a jam session in Lemmy's absence on Saturday. Read more here.

Stone Sour Releasing EP Tomorrow

Stone Sour have confirmed their covers EP Meanwhile In Burbank will be released on iTunes tomorrow (April 28). The launch comes after demand from supporters who couldn't get hold of the limited-edition vinyl version released for Record Store Day on April 18.

The covers EP "Meanwhile In Burbank" features Corey Taylor and co's takes on songs by Metallica, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Judas Priest and Kiss.

The band say: "We realize that some of our biggest fans around the world didn't have the opportunity get Meanwhile In Burbank on Record Store Day. Those die-hard fans have made themselves heard." Read more here.

Rush Won't Be Streaming Shows On Final Tour

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has rejected the idea of presenting a live stream from a show on their upcoming "final" tour. But it's possible they could offer recordings of each night's show to the audience as they leave.

The band have described their 34-date US journey as "most likely the last of this magnitude" and manager Ray Danniels recently said it was "between possible and probable" that their 40th anniversary outing would be their touring swan-song.

Lifeson tells Renman Live there are "no plans for a live stream" and explains it's a result of their approach to performance. "It's a little old-school," the guitarist says. "We want to keep it 'that event, that concert, that congregation.' In that sense we'll do it a little more old-fashioned." Read more here.

Surprising Jimmy Page and Jack White Metallica Revelation

Producer Bob Rock says Metallica's controversial St Anger album has some famous fans - with Jimmy Page and Jack White both praising it. Rock's work on the 2003 album was the last time he was at the helm for Metallica and it has been described by many fans as the band's worst record.

The raw production and total lack of guitar solos was seen by many as too much of a departure from the thrash icons' previous efforts. But Rock says both Led Zeppelin hero Page and White Stripes mainman White are fans. Page made his comments when the pair bumped into each other at a hotel, while White's praise came at a film screening.

Rock tells Talk Is Jericho (via Blabbermouth): "I know Jimmy. He got up and walked over to me, gave me a big hug, and said, 'It's great to see you, I love the St Anger album.'

"I was at the premiere, and Jack White came over. He says, 'I'm Jack White.' I said, 'I know.' He says, 'That's my favourite Metallica album.' So I'm okay with those two."

Rock accepts the album was difficult for fans to get into. Read what he had to say here.

Scott Weiland Talks About His Next Chapter With The Wildabouts

Scott Weiland has the unfortunate task of having to promote a new album while dealing with the loss of his bandmate and close friend, guitarist Jeremy Brown.

Brown died last month, the day before the release of the debut album, Blaster, from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, which he had a big hand in writing guitar parts for and right before the band set off on their first tour.

'It was a horrible tragedy that we're still dealing with, but after a lot of trial and tribulation auditioning guitar players, right when we were feeling very dour about it we found our guy," Weiland tells, echoing a statement he would release days after this interview. 'His name is Nick Mayberry."

While Brown's shoes will be tough to fill, Weiland has high hopes for Mayberry, who has played with everyone from the Madden Brothers to Alice Cooper.

In our interview, Weiland talks about the loss of Brown, his new band, the shortcomings that he's on the road to repairing and where he was when he came up with Stone Temple Pilots' 'Plush," the song that would launch him into rock stardom.

Weiland is upbeat, talkative and more forthcoming than in recent memory. He's clearly exited about this new chapter in his life. Read the full interview here.

The Replacements Have Recorded New Songs, Box Sets Coming

The Replacements have recorded new music according to their manager and Rhino is expected to announce two different box set that will focus on different eras in their career.

Billboard notes in an interview with the band's manager, Darren Hill, a number of new songs have been recorded, and it is just currently unknown what the band intends to do with them.

Rhino is planning two as-of-yet unannounced Replacements box sets for this year, one with their Twin/Tone records (Sorry Ma, I Forgot to Take Out the Garbage, Stink, Hootenanny and Let it Be) and the other with their Sire releases (Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down). Read more here.

Billy Joel To Play Nassau Coliseum's Final Show

New York's famed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will soon undergo a major renovation to update its facilities, but before that happens, it'll get one final concert--from Billy Joel.

Joel will play the coliseum on Aug. 4 for its final show before a year-long renovation that, at the moment, will see it reopen in December 2016, the singer announced via his website.

The show will mark quite a bit of familiarity for those who have been attending concerts there in the past; the concert will mark Joel's 32nd show there. Read more here.

Paul McCartney Reveals First U.S. Headlining Show of 2015

Already scheduled to perform at a pair of music festivals this year (Firefly and Lollapalooza, to be exact), Paul McCartney has revealed his first solo headlining arena date of the Out There tour this year: June 21 at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.

The show will mark McCartney's first concert in Philadelphia since a sold-out, two-night stand back in August 2010. This current leg of the former Beatle's seemingly never ending tour will again feature his longtime band of Paul 'Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums).

"The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their live," says a press release announcing the show. "The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience." Read more here.

Guns N' Roses Insider Thinks Axl and Slash Still Need Each Other

A photographer described by Duff McKagan as the sixth member of Guns N' Roses believes Slash and Axl Rose "still need each other." Official GNR biographer Marc Canter was a childhood friend of the guitarist and later became very close to Rose. He captured countless images from the band's early days.

In episode one of the Uproxx Guns N' Roses documentary series, Canter says: "I love them both. They're very special people to me. I wish they would love each other again, you know, because we were all one big happy family. They know they needed each other back then. They know they need each other now."

Canter was so close to the band that Rose played what would become November Rain at the photographer's wedding - and later based the single's video on a wedding scene.

Canter believes the best way to get the original lineup of the band back together would be to get them all in the same rehearsal space where they discovered the magic in the first place. Read more here.

Bruce Springsteen To Honor Pete Townshend At MusiCares Show

Pete Townshend will be feted for his work with the MusiCares MAP Fund during a charity concert next month, Rolling Stone reports, by none other than Bruce Springsteen.

Townshend will be awarded the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by the Boss for his work with the charity, which assists musicians with addition recovery as part of a benefit show in New York City on May 28 at the Best Buy Theater.

As part of the evening, Townshend will perform with members of The Who's band, including John Corey on grand piano, Loren Gold on keys, Pino Palladino on bass, Frank Simes on keyboard, Zak Starkey on drums plus his brother Simon Townshend on guitar. Read more here.


DELTA DEEP Is A New Soulful Blues Rock Project Featuring Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Michael Buble, Luther Vandross) and Forrest Robinson (India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders)

Special Guests include Joe Elliott, David Coverdale, Paul Cook & Simon Laffy

(Los Angeles - April 22, 2015) Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard, announces the formation and release of his new blues based music project, DELTA DEEP, coming this summer.  Collen recorded the mix of original and hand-picked cover tracks with fellow DELTA DEEP bandmates Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Luther Vandross), Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC), and Robert DeLeo (bassist for Stone Temple Pilots). Their self-titled debut album will be released on June 23, 2015 on Mailboat Records and also features special guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalists Joe Elliott, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/MANRAZE drummer Paul Cook, and GIRL/MANRAZE bassist, Simon Laffy.

Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the Godmother of Collen’s wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen’s home quickly turned into much more.  Collen, Helen, and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen’s home studio.  Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native  and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, & r-n-b drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call.  Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen, “We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most ‘badassed bass player’ to come out of the alternative rock explosion.

The best description of DELTA DEEP, a multi-racial band, has been “Aretha and Tina in their prime singing over early Zeppelin”. Original song and lead off single “Bang The Lid introduces the musical synchronicity of Collen, Blackwell-Cook, DeLeo, & Robinson. Blackwell-Cook also duets with Collen on the album tracks as well as with featured vocalists Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott-Mistreated and Whitesnake’s David Coverdale-Private Number. Legendary Sex Pistol’s punk drummer Paul Cook and Collen’s former bandmate from GIRL bass player Simon Laffy” guest on the classic cover Black Coffee.  Guesting on the Delta Deep original song, “Burnt Sally” is  keyboardist, CJ Vanston (Tina Turner, Toto, Joe Cocker, Carol King) adding to the soulful tune on the Hammond 3 Organ.

Collen is widely known to millions of rock ‘n roll fans for his iconic albums with Def Leppard. When asked what made him decide to do a blues project Collen responded, "Blues was created out of something completely different from what we hear today. I grew up listening to rock music but then I found out it was all based on blues. Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, all of those guys….they got it from the blues. When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain. She’s an incredibly beautiful 62 year old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi.”

While many artists aim to make their mark by creating new genres or introducing their own new versions of music, Collen and DELTA DEEP melded their blues inspirations with who they are as artists and are unleashing that expression onto the world.

Check DELTA DEEPs website and for breaking news, new content, and tour information.

Frontiers Records Welcomes Billy Sherwood to the Label

We are pleased to announce the signing of former Yes (official) member Billy Sherwood to Frontiers for the release of a new, exciting band and concept album entitled “Citizen”.

The creator of the record is former YES member/producer Billy Sherwood, who is well known for gathering amazing musicians together to perform on his projects. For this record, he has his eyes on some of the best in the business, once again, to help bring his vision to life....

In Billy’s words, “Citizen is the story of a lost soul wandering through time and living through many lives during historic periods of time. A reincarnate, he finds himself as a conscript to the ancient Roman legionaries, fighting in the last battles and as a witness to the fall of the Empire. As a close friend discussing the myth of the flat earth with Galileo. As an apprentice to Oppenheimer, he questions the ethics of splitting the atom and it's morality. As a messenger to the high command during WWI, racing through the trenches of Belgium and France. As a factory worker during the rise of the industrial age, merging man with machines. As a victim of the great depression with no options left....and more situations that place the "Citizen" in controversial, emotional and historic settings."

Billy has written all the music and production is now in full swing. Guest artists joining Billy in this journey through music, time and space include:

1 John Wetton (Asia [Original Asia])
2 Rick Wakeman Music (Yes)
3 Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
4 Tony Kaye (Yes)
5 Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia)
6 Chris Squire (Yes)
7 Steve Hackett (Genesis)
8 Jerry Goodman (The Mahavishnu Orchestra)
9 Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs)
10 Steve Hillage (Gong)
11 Patrick Moraz (Yes)
12 John Wesley (Porcupine Tree)

More guests and musicians are TBA.

We hope to release this new album in early 2016.

In related news, Billy has also reformed his original band WORLD TRADE along with all the original members Bruce Gowdy on guitar, Guy Allison on keyboards and Mark T. Williams on drums. A new album in a musical direction close to Toto's most recent releases and Yes (90125/Big Generator era) will be unleashed after the release of “Citizen”.



In a message to fans, Scott Weiland announced that Australian-born guitarist Nick Maybury would be joining his band the Wildabouts when they hit the road this week to play a host of solo and festival dates.   The band’s Jeremy Brown passed away unexpectedly last month; a day before Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts’ debut album Blaster was released on March 31.

“Jeremy had big shoes and no one can fill them,” said Weiland.  “Along with Tommy Black (rhythm guitar player in the band), he was my best friend and my collaborator.  But we have to soldier on.  Nick is an incredible player and is a great fit for the Wildabouts.”

Nick Maybury came to Los Angeles as a member of the Australian band Mink.  His first LA gig was with Perry Farrell, and he’s gone on to play on stage and in the studio with a wide variety of artists including Debbie Harry, Michelle Branch, The Madden Brothers, The Sayers Club, Alice Cooper, The Veronicas and Dave Navarro. 

After Brown’s passing, the Wildabouts postponed a UK tour until September, but Weiland, “one of rock’s most dynamic front men” (Spin Mag), and his band will pick up their US tour as planned, playing the new album Blaster and tracks from Weiland’s repertoire.  Rolling Stone called their first single “…a foot-stomping boogie" and the Daily Beast wrote that “Blaster is poised to be an excellent addition to Weiland’s considerable catalog.” Alternative Nation raved that Blaster featured “the melodic highs that Weiland is famous for…. definitely holds up to Weiland’s prime work.”

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Gonzo Multimedia To Release Exclusive Cream Triple DVD Set Feat. Tony Palmer's Original Classic Films With Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce & Eric Clapton

London, UK – On April 20, 2015 Gonzo Multimedia will release an exclusive Cream Triple DVD Set featuring producer Tony Palmer's original classic films with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce & Eric Clapton!

Cream Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall (Bonus Features: We're Going Wrong from All My Loving, Layla and Tales of Brave Ulysses from All You Need Is Love, Facsimile of the Original BBC Script)

This was one of those occasions of which it can truly be said that those who were there, will never forget it. Legendary rock trio Cream featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker performed their final gig on November 26th 1968, at the Royal Albert Hall. The show was filmed and recorded that evening and originally released on film and CD. Aside from the band's reunion concert in 2005 it was Cream's only official full concert release on video. It was originally broadcast by the BBC on January 5, 1969. It was not released on video in the US until 1977. The opening acts for the concert were future progressive rock stars YES who were just starting out and Taste an Irish trio led by Rory Gallagher. Now for the first time the concert is available in its original broadcast version, together now with rare bonus features taken from Palmer's landmark films, All My Loving and his definitive series on the history of American popular music, All You Need Is Love!

Jack Bruce - Rope Ladder to the Moon (Bonus Feature: 2009 Interview between Jack and Pete Brown)

Jack Bruce remains the greatest bass player in the entire history of rock 'n' roll. He became a legend because of his association with Cream, still one of the most extraordinary bands ever to grace the stage. But his own story is even more extraordinary. Born amid the slums of Glasgow known as the Gorbals, his musical talent was quickly recognized and he attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he played the cello and keyboards. Then he discovered jazz...and rock 'n' roll. Although Cream did not immediately bring the financial rewards some people imagine, after the group broke up in 1968 he was able to buy a large island off the Scottish coast.

With Cream Jack also discovered that he was a talented composer - many of the group's famous hits were written by him - so it was no surprise when in 1970 he released a jazz-orientated LP of his own compositions called “Songs for a Tailor”.

This 55-minute film, made at the same time, takes Jack from the Gorbals, via Cream, to his island called Sanda, playing the cello, the sitar and thundering away on the organ of the Albert Hall in London, while featuring many of the tracks from his LP. With his strong socialist principles (his father had been a member of the Communist party) Jack Bruce himself provides the striking commentary. “What kind of a society do we want?” it begins....

Originally shown on the BBC in 1971, this critically acclaimed film has been restored to something approaching its former glory and reminds us yet again what a great musician Jack Bruce was.

Ginger Baker In Africa with Fela Ransome-Kuti (Bonus Feature: The Artist by Baker Gurvitz Army)

Producer Tony Palmer explains, “In November 1971, Ginger Baker wanted to set up a recording studio in Lagos, then the capital of Nigeria. He was among the first great musicians to realize the potential of African music. He decided also that it might be an invaluable musical experience if he traveled to Nigeria overland. Unfortunately, this involved crossing the Sahara Desert. Mad? Well, crazy - but that was what was so endearing both about the man and the musician. He bought a Range Rover - one of the first ever models - and it fell to me (because of my relationship with CREAM) to film this odyssey. And the music of Nigeria, when he finally got there, was a revelation. This was before the time of the oil boom and a succession of corrupt governments; the music pulsated with reckless freedom, from the African talking-drummers of Oshogbo, to a visit to the eastern city of Calabarwhere Ginger's friend (the then unknown) Fela Ransome-Kuti performed for us with devastating power.

“I remember filming Kuti in a stadium filled with several hundred Africans. Ginger & I, his driver and my cameraman were the only white faces. Scary. But not so scary as our nights in a Calabar hotel (well, 'hotel' is a bit of an exaggeration). The walls of our room, not to mention the seedy mattress on the floor, we recovered black with mosquitoes. I remember Ginger saying that if we survived this, we could survive anything. I'm glad he did, and the film pays tribute to his indomitable spirit and to his extraordinary musicianship.”

Release Date: 20th April 2015

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Bruce Springsteen and Doug Morris To Present Awards
Presented by RBC Capital Markets with Additional Support Provided by the DJ AM Memorial Fund
to Raise Funds for MusiCares’ Addiction Recovery Services

 WHO: Honorees: Pete Townshend, singer/songwriter for GRAMMY®-winning band The Who, and Bill Curbishley, The Who's longtime manager, and music and film producer, will be honored at Best Buy Theater in New York on May 28. Multi-GRAMMY-winning artist Bruce Springsteen will present Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund® and its addiction recovery programs. Curbishley will be presented with the MusiCares® From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization by Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. The 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert is presented by RBC Capital Markets with additional support provided by the DJ AM Memorial Fund.

Performers: Singer/songwriters Billy Idol and Joan Jett; and Foreigner's guitarist Mick Jones, as well as other artists to be announced. There will also be a performance by The Who band featuring John Corey on grand piano, Loren Gold on keys, Pino Palladino on bass, Frank Simes on keyboard, Zak Starkey on drums, and Pete Townshend and Simon Townshend on guitars.

WHAT: The MusiCares Foundation® offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

TICKETS: Mezzanine tickets are available for $65 per person at Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.

PRESENTING SPONSOR: RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC and is consistently ranked among the top global investment banks. With over 7,100 employees, RBC Capital Markets works with clients through operations in Asia, Australia, the UK, Europe, and in every major North American city, and provides capital markets products and services from 75 offices in 15 countries. RBC Capital Markets has major hubs in Toronto, New York, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. For more information, please visit

Metallica's James Hetfield Unusual Inspiration Revealed

Metallica frontman James Hetfield asked how to sing like pop star Chris Isaak before recording the iconic Black Album, producer Bob Rock has recalled. The frontman had been inspired by Isaak's trademark hit Wicked Game, and wanted to match the vocal emotion in his own performances.

Rock tells Talk Is Jericho: "He said, 'Bob, I've never really sung before - I've just kind of yelled.' He played me a Chris Isaak record and said, 'On Nothing Else Matters and The Unforgiven, I want to sing. How do you sing like this?'"

The solution was "a great vocal sound" so that Hetfield didn't have to double-track, the producer explains. "I said, 'What you hear in Chris Isaak's voice is the nuances when he sings. He isn't doubled, he's actually performing. You perform.' We set it up so he had a great sound and then he sang." Read more and hear comparisons between Hetfield and Isaak's vocals here.

Megadeth Gig Turned Down By Another Guitarist

Guitarist Rusty Cooley says he was approached with an offer to join Megadeth but turned them down as he didn't want to play "everybody else's solos."

The Texan musician and guitar tutor claims he was approached in January to replace Chris Broderick who quit the thrash giants with drummer Shawn Drover last November and while he thought it would be a good move at first, he soon had a change of heart.

He tells The Sick Room podcast (via Blabbermouth), "Initially, I was, like, 'Oh, sh*t, I need to do this,' just because it's Megadeth and it would be great for my career and whatnot, and I was learning songs, and I was gonna do it. [But] the more I started to think about it, I kind of started second-guessing myself, because I started to realize that I didn't really think I was doing it because I wanted to do it; I was doing it because I thought that that's what everybody around me, including the companies that I work with, and friends and family, because they wanna see me succeed at another level. So it was, like, 'I'm not doing this for me.'

"And on top of that, my daughter had just moved in with me, and she's 15, going on 16. And she just moved in. If I take this gig, I'm gonna be gone, and in a few years, she's gonna be in college, and I don't wanna miss these years of her life; that's more important to me than being out on the road touring in Megadeth. And not to say that I'm not gonna tour and do things, but the amount of touring involved [with Megadeth] would require her to go move back with her mother, and I'm just not gonna do that, man. I've already missed enough of her life, being divorced in 2011. So I decided not to do it pretty much because of that, and on top of the fact that… I just felt like I was doing it because everybody else wanted me to do it, and I've never done that; I've always made decisions based on what I wanna do." Read more and listen to the interview here.

Vince Neil Performs Motley Crue Classics At Long Beach Grand Prix

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was on hand to perform on April 18 as part of the 41st Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach weekend and fan filmed video has been posted online.

Neil waved the green flag for the Pro/Celebrity Race on Saturday before headlining the annual Rock-N-Roar concert ahead of the full race on Sunday.

Neil and Motley Crue will resume their farewell tour next month with shows in Australia and New Zealand, followed by appearances at three European festivals in June.

A North American summer run starts July 22 in Eugene, OR, and a newly-announced final leg kicks off October 5 in Hidalgo, TX. Motley Crue will wrap up their live career with three shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, closing things out on New Year's Eve.

Check out the videos here.

Slash Already Working On Next Album

Even as he continues to tour behind World On Fire, the album he released last September, Slash has his sights fixed the next album with his solo band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

"We're working on new material now, for another record," he tells "[I'm into] just trying to do what's the most inspiring thing, and picking up some new stuff along the way.

"There's always that element of new discovery that ends up on the next record. But the one thing [people] can always expect, it's going to be really sort of from the heart, hard-rock material, whatever it is that I end up putting out. I'm always true to the school." Read more here.

Rival Sons Member Rejects New Led Zeppelin Label

Rival Sons bassist Dave Beste rejects the idea that his band are the new Led Zeppelin - but he agrees that they're carrying the weight of trying to save rock'n'roll.

The band's latest album, Great Western Valkyrie, was named 2014 album of the year by Classic Rock readers, and they're receiving rave reviews on their continuing world tour.

Beste tells WikiMetal: "We always hear Led Zeppelin - but even before I was in Rival Sons I never associated with Led Zeppelin."

Asked about their 70s sound he responds: "We don't think of ourselves that way. When we go into the studio, the way we record is more of a traditional 60s or 70s way.

"But when we're writing songs, we're not thinking, 'Let's write stuff that sounds like the 70s.' We're just writing songs we like. Maybe they come across that way because of the way we record them." Read more here.

Classic Faith No More Albums Getting Reissued

Not only will Faith No More release Sol Invictus, their first album in 18 years, on May 19, they (well, their former record label) are also putting out deluxe reissues of their two most celebrated albums the following month.

Their 1989 breakthrough album (and their first with frontman Mike Patton) The Real Thing and the 1992 follow up, Angel Dust, will each be re-released with a second disc of bonus material.

The Real Thing's bonus material will include rarities like "Sweet Emotion" (not the Aerosmith classic, by the way), "The Grade" and "Cowboy Song," as well as previously released but out of print live performances from the era.

Meanwhile, Angel Dust's extras will include their classic cover of the Commodores' easy-listening hit "Easy," as well as their version of "Let's Lynch the Landlord," which sounds nothing like the original by the Dead Kennedys. Check out the details here.

Jack Bruce's Final Recording Part Of Acoustic Beatles Tribute

Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles, an all-star acoustic tribute to the Fab Four will be released on April 28th and features the final recording by Cream legend Jack Bruce.

The 16-track project was spearheaded by Yes star Billy Sherwood and features an eclectic mix of music stars including Heart's Ann Wilson, 80s popstar Howard Jones, iconic singers Judy Collins and Helen Reddy, as well as Asia's John Wetton and more.

Jack Bruce's contribution, described as "a devastating interpretation of the mournful" Paul McCartney classic "Eleanor Rigy" was recorded by Bruce just prior to his death late last year.

Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles Track and Singer List
1. Across The Universe - Ann Wilson
2. Penny Lane - John Wetton
3. Eleanor Rigby - Jack Bruce
4. Blackbird - Liz Madden
5. Norwegian Wood - Andrew Gold
6. Hide Your Love Away - Todd Rundgren
7. All You Need Is Love - Helen Reddy
8. I'll Follow The Sun - Judy Collins
9. And I Love Her - Howard Jones
10. Ticket To Ride - Felix Cavaliere
11. Let It Be – KC
12. Yesterday - David Clayton Thomas
13. Nowhere Man - Martha Davis
14. All I've Got To Do - Stephen Bishop
15. Something - Billy Sherwood
16. Hey Jude - Leo Sayer


Justin Hayward, esteemed vocalist, lead guitarist, and composer of the Moody Blues, will embark on a northeast solo tour of North America this August, following a UK run in July.

“We are so looking forward to this tour,” exclaims Hayward. “Julie Ragins [keyboardist/background vocalist], Mike Dawes [acoustic guitar], and I have been overwhelmed by the reception of our live shows during this last year in the USA. To hear every nuance of my acoustic guitars (they are on the road for the first time) and our voices in these venues is a joy. And the USA, like me, is discovering what a fabulous guitar player Mike Dawes is, and I look forward to hearing him play every night too.”

Hayward followed the release of his latest album of new songs Spirits Of The Western Sky (Eagle Rock) with several solo tours. The live DVD, CD, and Blu-ray Spirits…Live - Live At The Buckhead Theatre (Eagle Rock Entertainment) was recorded in Atlanta, GA on August 17, 2013, and reached Number 1 on the Billboard Video Chart. This concert film also premiered nationwide on PBS in March 2015, and will continue to air through the year.

“It is a privilege and honor that PBS is broadcasting my live show as part of their pledge drives,” adds Hayward. “PBS has always meant a lot to me - not only for the quality of its programming but for its news, independence, and integrity…a true great comfort to me while I’m on the road.”

Performing and recording for more than 40 years with The Moody Blues, Hayward wrote such beloved songs as “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “The Voice,” and “Your Wildest Dreams.” His prolific songwriting helped earn the band over 60 million albums sold.

Click here to view video of “Nights In White Satin”:

Justin Hayward will perform at the following venues:
August 20 - Salisbury, MA - Blue Ocean Music Hall
August 21 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
August 22 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Hall Hartford
August 25 - Harrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center-Sunoco
August 26 - Bethlehem, PA - ArtsQuest Center
August 27 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere Music Hall
August 29 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
August 30 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center

Scott Weiland In War Of Words With Filter's Richard Patrick

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has fired back at comments that Filter frontman Richard Patrick made about him in a recent interview.

Patrick was once in the band Army of Anyone with Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and was asked in an interview with MusicFrenzy about STP's decision to fire Weiland and move on with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

According to a transcription from Blabbermouth, Patrick told the site, "The amount of sh*t that [the fans] give the band for trying to have a normal life… [The fans are] just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of [what is going on] behind the scenes," Patrick said. "They're pushing him into his death, because they're making him believe that, 'Whatever I did is acceptable. And I can be as high as I want. And I can do as much drugs as I want.'"

He added, "[Some STP fans say], 'He's a badass rock and roll star. You can't have STP without Scott Weiland.' Okay, well, you're gonna get what you want - he'll be a rock-star legend that died in a hotel room with a needle sticking out of his arm, and it will not be a cool thing, and it will be sad, and his kids will be traumatized." Read more of his comments here.

Weiland fired back at Patrick's comments in the following statement that he sent to Blabbermouth: "Hey, Richard - thanks for your thoughts and opinions on my life. Just so you know, and others do as well, I haven't had a needle in my arm in thirteen years. Overcoming my addiction to heroin was the hardest thing I've ever done, and I'm damn proud of the fact that the time in my life when drugs were stronger than my commitment to my health is so far behind me, and always will be.

"By the way, man, I recall when I DID do drugs, and you were one of the guys getting high with me. It's behind you, please note and respect that it's behind me too. As for my issues with my former band - just remember the old adage that there are two sides to every story. I haven't been late for a show in a very long time. I have worked hard to be present and on time for my fans.

"I'm not perfect - no one is - but I have worked my ass off to repair the reputation I created by being thoughtless years ago. Why you felt the need to attack me is unclear but I am happy to set the record straight. Best regards to you."

Creed Saw Scott Stapp Meltdown Coming Says Tremonti

In a new interview with Loudwire, Mark Tremonti reflects on how the pressures of Creed's success had a negative impact on frontman Scott Stapp, who had a public meltdown last year.

Tremonti says, "Probably towards the end of 'Human Clay', the second record, I think with all the pressures of 'you gotta come out with your next single', 'your sophomore album is going to be a failure if you don't do this,' 'your next single is not gonna do this,' 'you gotta stay on tour'... It was always... if you don't do this your career is going to be over kind of thing. So we were always pressured to stay on tour and put out this music... some people deal with that better than others.

"When you're the frontman of a band that's always in the spotlight and on top of it you are getting.. you know people are taking pot shots at you. I think it just kind of weighed on him and drinking turned to pills, turned to this and whatever.

"He was never really open about it. I think he would do his own thing and party but wouldn't tell us what he was doing. To me, I always thought he was drinking or on a painkiller because his back hurt. I think the painkillers because his back hurt turned into just doing what he got his hands on."

He adds, "I would say we all got along until the pressures got heightened towards the end of 'Human Clay'... So I think the last, really the last year and half, we saw it coming." Watch the full interview here.

Tool Poke Fun At U2's Record Store Day Mixup

Tool have poked fun at U2 after a number of "lucky" fans who bought the Irish band's special Record Store Day release were given a Tool EP by mistake.

U2 issued Songs Of Innocence on vinyl for Record Store Day at the weekend. But some fans who bought the 2014 album at stores including Banquet Records in Kingston, London, discovered Tool's 1992 Opiate EP inside the sleeve instead.

On their website, Tool say: "Some very lucky people who purchased U2's 'Songs Of Innocence' during a recent record store release found instead a copy of TOOL's 1992 "OPIATE" EP inside. Kind of makes you believe in mysterious higher powers doesn't it." Read more here.

The White Stripes and Metallica Dominate Record Store Day

The White Stripes and Metallica topped sales on Record Store Day last Saturday. BuzzAngle Music reports The White Stripes' fifth album, 2005's "Get Behind Me Satan", led the way with vinyl sales, while Metallica's 1982 cassette demo tape, "No Life 'Till Leather", came in second place with a non-vinyl release.

"Get Behind Me Satan" was issued on vinyl for the first time on Record Store Day to mark the album's 10th anniversary. A limited-edition multi-colored version was available, with disc one on red vinyl and disc two on white vinyl. The project won a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

Held the third Saturday of every April, Record Store Day is a celebration of the culture surrounding 2000 independently owned record stores around the world. White Stripes RSD promo video and the list of Top 100 sellers here.

The Grateful Dead's Final Shows To Be Broadcast On Pay-Per-View

The Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" final shows keep getting bigger. With the originally announced Chicago dates at Soldier Field on July 3-5 expanded to include two Bay Area performances at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium on June 27-28, now everyone will be afforded the opportunity to take in the Dead via Pay-Per-View.

In the spirit of bringing the event to anyone wanting to see it, the Pay-Per-View special, distributed by MultiVision Media, will be available on most satellite and cable providers, to watch in your home, on mobile devices, in venues, bars, and movie theaters nationwide (through Fathom Events).

As stated in the press release, "virtually anywhere with access to a screen."The special will run 15 hours over the three days in Chicago, and the Santa Clara shows will also be featured in a webcast. Read more here.

Original Santana Returning For 'World Domination' Says Schon

Santana aim to take over the world again with their reunion album, says guitarist Neal Schon. The Journey man has reunited with Carlos Santana and original members Gregg Rolie, Michael Carabello and Michael Shrieve for an album that's nearing completion.

And he wants to take the project as far as it can possibly go. Schon says via Facebook: "We are wrapping up Santana IV this week. Sounds amazing!

"This record is going to take over the world. I hope management gets it together for us to tour - I will tour with Carlos either way. It's way too happening not to. World domination once again." Read more here.

Slash Aims To Deliver Authentic Rock Show In Age Of Trickery

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash spoke with ahead of his concert with his solo band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators in Alabama next week and he explained that fans can expect to see an authentic show without backing tapes and other trickery when they see them perform in concert. asked "In your audience you've got everything from Guns 'n' Roses diehards to guitar nerds who are there to watch your fingers. For the audience as a whole, what kind of overall experience do you try to create?"

Slash respond, "It's a very high-energy, loud, rock and roll band. I wouldn't say that it's necessarily what you'd call a retro thing. We're not trying to you know, sort of revel in old school for old school's sake. But it's stripped-down, it's not taking too much advantage of all the sort of new technology. We're not playing to any loops, we're not doing any kind of pre-recorded this, that and the other. It's just, we go out and actually play. But people seem to really dig it, and the new material goes over great.

"I think when we first started, a lot of people weren't sure what to expect. But we do sort of a mix of all the stuff from my whole catalog. And now that we've been doing it for the last five or so years, we've amassed a lot of fans of what this entity is, as opposed to seeing it because I'm going to play this song from the past, or whatever.

"As far as guitar nerds go, that's the worst. When you're standing on stage and you look down and there's people that are standing there expecting you to blow their minds with your guitar playing tricks. It's not that, necessarily. That's not exactly what my M.O. is. I mean, I'm a player and I can play, but it's all within the context of the music, the songs. So it's sort of interesting that you do get those guys who sort of analyze you from a technique point of view. It happens." Read the full interview here.

Hard Rock Supergroup Dead Daisies Streaming New Song

The supergroup Dead Daisies have released a stream of the song "Mexico" which comes from the band's forthcoming studio album, the follow up to their 2013 self-titled debut.

The band now features former Motley Crue singer John Corabi, Guns N' Roses pairing Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed on guitar and keyboards, guitarist David Lowy, bass player Marco Mendoza - who's previously played with Thin Lizzy and Ted Nugent - and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne).

Mendoza had this to say, "When we were in the writing process, the idea came up to write a song about Mexico and all the experience of it, having spent the first 15 years of my life there, I was obviously exited.

"The result was a rocking in your face anthem with a very strong melody and hook!! ''MEXICO.'' We had a chance to play it live a few times and you could see the positive reaction on the fans faces, this is a winner in my opinion!!"

Check out the track here.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl On Alice Cooper's New Album

Alice Cooper says that his new studio album is "ready to go" and he also revealed that in addition to featuring contributions from Paul McCartney and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, the album will also feature AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl.

Cooper made the revelations to Billboard ahead of his performance at the grand opening of John Varvatos' new store in Detroit last Thursday (April 16th). "The album's done. It's mixed, ready to go and I'm very, very happy with it," Cooper told Billboard.

"I'm really happy with all the stuff on it. McCartney's on it. Zak (Starkey)'s on it. Dave Grohl is on it, (AC/DC frontman) Brian Johnson -- and in places where you wouldn't expect them to be, that's the cool thing."

Aerosmith's Joe Perry has previously revealed that he, McCartney and Johnny Depp have recorded a cover of the Badfinger hit "Come and Get It" which was written by McCartney.

The album will feature mostly covers and will pay tribute to the "Hollywood Vampires" an informal group of rock stars that drank together in Hollywood in the early 1970s.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Honored InTheStudio For Hall of Fame Induction

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the induction of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame with a two- hour, two- week radio special.

Paying dues and playing the blues best sums up the early days of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career as he left his home in Dallas, Texas to follow his older brother Jimmie Vaughan down to Austin in the mid-‘70s.  InTheStudio takes a detailed look at the remarkable career of Stevie Ray Vaughan, cut short by a tragedy but not before practically single-handedly re-establishing the Blues commercially and critically with Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon.  

In part one, you will hear firsthand accounts of Stevie’s musical rise, the challenges he and the band faced getting a record deal, touring non-stop, and the substance abuse that nearly derailed them.  InTheStudio host Redbeard will share his rare first interview with Stevie in 1984 in which listeners will hear a confident yet soft spoken man completely dedicated to his craft and his fellow Texas musicians.

In part two, musical greats Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, invaluable songwriter the late Doyle Bramhall, and SRV biographer Joe Nick Patoski each share their personal stories about Stevie and the significance he and Double Trouble played on the entire blues idiom in a tragically shortened but legendary career.  

Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the essence of Stevie:

“In playing with him (Stevie), there was a thing about him that was very simple. If it felt good, then it WAS good. It was a very trust-your-instincts band. Spontaneous. Didn’t matter if there were some minor performance mistakes. If the spirit was there, and there was fire and the feeling was good, it was happening.”  - Chris Layton  Double Trouble

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Guns N' Roses Guitarist Addresses Break Up Speculation

Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba has shot down the notion that the band have split. Mainman Axl Rose fell silent after a residency in Las Vegas in May and June last year, while speculation remains that guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has either left, or wants to leave.

Rose last spoke out to condemn a rumor that he'd retired. Now Ashba addresses the current status of the band with the Las Vegas Sun: "I've got his back whenever he needs me.

"Ever since I joined GNR six years ago, it's almost been nonstop touring. But we've kind of talked of more touring, and I'm looking at this more as a hiatus than the end."

Last summer Axl Rose suggested the band were still looking at following up 2008 album Chinese Democracy. Read more here.

Scott Weiland Calls Art Of Anarchy Supergroup 'A Scam'

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland says that he actually had "no idea who" the members of the Art Of Anarchy supergroup were when he recorded vocals for their debut album.

The project features Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Disturbed's John Moyer and twins Jon and Vince Votta and as soon as the group was announced Weiland took to his Facebook page to say that he wasn't the band's frontman.

Now he has been asked by in a new interview if he was surprised at the announcement and Weiland responded, "No. Actually I wish I could say I was surprised, but I wasn't surprised. It was a scam from the beginning."

He goes on to tell the site that he "had no idea who" was in the group when he agreed to do the project. He explains, "I had them send me the files and I worked in my studio with my engineer and I wrote the lyrics and the melodies and I sent them back. I didn't even know what their names were."

He also explained why he did the project, "I was paid to do it. But they were an unsigned band and they're still an unsigned band. Hey. They're gonna put it out on the internet and as fate will have it they don't even have a lead singer. I'm not worried about it taking away any thunder from The Wildabouts."

Read the full interview here.

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Gun Shy About Final Club Show Idea

Motley Crue got their start at Los Angeles clubs like the Whisky A Go Go and with the band concluding their farewell tour on New Year's eve in L.A. there has been some speculation that they would do a final jam at one of the clubs where it all began for them.

But Nikki Sixx was asked about the idea in a new interview with Rolling Stone Australia and he didn't appear to think that it would be a good idea. He said, "I don't know. By the time we get off stage and hang out it will be about 2 o'clock in the morning. Do you want to drive into Hollywood, get there about 4, play at 5am?

"I think I like the send off at the Staples, where we blow the place up, rather than kind of hobbling through a set at the Whisky at 5 o'clock in the morning!

"It sounds all romantic, until you really put the pieces of the puzzle together and you go, 'Yeah, it's actually not a very good idea.' Read the full interview here.

Mike Portnoy Addresses Mystery Metal Project Rumors

The Winery Dogs and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy provided more details about a new project he is involved with that is rumored to feature Testament's Alex Skolnick and Megadeth's David Ellefson.

Portnoy remains secretive about the project but he did provide some more details in an interview with Loudwire (via Blabbermouth), "I still have to be cryptic, because we haven't come out with a formal announcement. But I've kind of been hinting at what's going on and the people I'm working with."

He also addressed some false information that has surfaced about the project, "There's this misconception that it's my metal project, which it's not. This is something that I am working in equal collaboration with another bass player and another guitar player. It's our project. And if you've done your Twitter detective work, you know who's in it with me. But we're still not ready to come out with an official announcement, but it is gonna be happening really, really soon."

He adds, "It's a great, great metal album that the three of us have written and recorded together, and we're gonna have lots of various other friends and special guests joining us on it."

Read more and watch the interview here.

John Lennon Albums Remastered For New Box Set

On June 9, Lennon, a nine-LP box set will be released, collecting eight of John Lennon's beloved solo offering into a single package, reminding us all of the greatness he achieved.

Included in the set will be John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine (with the two postcards and poster it originally came with), Some Time in New York City (with its original postcard), Mind Games, Walls and Bridges (with fold-over flaps and an eight-page booklet), Rock 'n' Roll, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey, according to Rolling Stone.

And in case you don't wanna fork down the money for the whole set, the albums will be released individually on August 21. Check out a trailer for Lennon here.

Dave Mustaine Says New Megadeth Guitarist Is Their Best Ever

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is raving about new guitarist Kiko Loureiro as the band works on its 15th album. "Kiko finished all the acoustic guitar parts today," tweeted Mustaine on Monday. "Definitely the best guitarist we've ever had."

Loureiro joined the group following last fall's departure of Chris Broderick, while Shawn Drover has been replaced by Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler as a guest player on the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider."

Mustaine also shared an update on bassist David Elleson's work in the studio, tweeting "David is 10 songs into his bass parts as of this morning. Feels like old times. He is kicking ass!" Read more here.

Moody Blues Hope For Days Of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Reunion

The Moody Blues' John Lodge is trying to arrange a return of co-founding members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder to mark the 50th anniversary of iconic album Days Of Future Passed.

But the bassist admits there are some stumbling blocks to staging the reunion in 2017. Flautist Thomas and keyboardist Pinder both make guest appearances on Lodge's second solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago, out next month.

But neither of them want to undertake any touring commitments. Lodge tells ABC: "If it works, I think it will be fantastic because it'll work because it's a natural thing to do…I'm not trying to force it to work. It'll be because it's supposed to be." Read more here.

Joe Cocker's Iconic Debut Album Getting Hi-Def Reissue

Joe Cocker's iconic 1969 debut album is to be relaunched in high-definition audio as a tribute to the late singer. He died in December, aged 70, after a battle with lung cancer.