Eddie Vedder Ejects Fan From Pearl Jam Concert
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder ejected a fan during the band's second show at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on August 22 and video of the incident has surfaced.
The group were performing "Lukin" late in the main set when Vedder noticed something going on in the crowd near the stage and he abruptly shut down the song.
"Hey! Hey mister! Hey, hey, get your finger out of that woman's face motherf…" he said. "Hey mister, all the the fingers are pointing at you. Yep. Come on. Clear out, mister."
As the alleged offender was escorted out by security, the singer made sure the female fan who may have been harassed was alright. "Ma'am, you're OK? Yeah? You're good? Alright, good," said Vedder. "That's a good man, taking care of your woman, and then she was taking care of herself, too, pretty good."
Vedder then counted the tune back in and, without missing a beat, Pearl Jam performed the final 15 seconds of the 1:02 track from their 1996 album "No Code."
Ironically, the next song in the show was the 2013 single, "Mind Your Manners." Watch video of the incident here.
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EXPERIENCE THE SCORPIONS LIVE!
SCORPIONS LIVE IN MUNICH 2012
FIRST EVER RELEASE OF THIS CONCERT FILM ON DVD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL FORMATS VIA EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT
Release Date: SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015, the Scorpions are one of the most successful rock bands to come out of Continental Europe. On September 30, their never-before-released, jaw dropping and emotional final concert of the Sting In The Tale world tour will be released as the concert film Live In Munich 2012 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. [MSRP $21.98 Blu-ray, $15.98 DVD]
With over 100 million records sold, Scorpions are one of the first rock bands to blast through the barriers and play all over the world, especially in the Far East, Eastern Europe and Russia. They initially struggled to reach a wider audience in their home country of Germany, despite huge success in many other parts of the world. THIS is what makes this concert film Live In Munich 2012 – a homecoming event at the Olympiahalle in Munich on December 17, 2012– so emotional and meaningful.
Scorpions rock like no other, and this live DVD shows just how. Live In Munich 2012 is a high octane performance, captured before a wildly enthusiastic crowd, and serves as further proof of the power and electricity the Scorpions bring to the stage!
Showcased in this concert event, the band deliver fiery renditions of their classic anthems: “Wind Of Change”, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Send Me An Angel”, “Still Loving You”, “The Zoo”, “Big City Nights”, “Is There Anybody There?”, “No One Like You”, “Sting In The Tail”, and many more -- all captured in High Definition.
Live In Munich 2012 is a fascinating look at one of rock music’s most engaging, potent and successful acts, which makes this an essential purchase for any Scorpions fan!
Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals)
Klaus Meine (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion)
Matthias Jabs (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals)
James Kottak (drums, backing vocals)
Pawel Maciwoda (bass, backing vocals)
Scorpions - Loving You Sunday Morning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJE-xT3LbkY
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world. Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company.
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1. Sting In The Tail
2. Make It Real
3. Is There Anybody There?
4. The Zoo
5. Coast To Coast
6. Loving You Sunday Morning
7. We'll Burn The Sky
8. The Best Is Yet To Come
9. Send Me An Angel
11. Raised On Rock
12. Tease Me Please Me
13. Hit Between The Eyes
14. Kottak Attack
16. Big City Nights
17. Still Loving You
18. Wind Of Change
19. No One Like You
20. Rock You Like A Hurricane
21. When The Smoke Is Going Down
Texas Guitar Legend Eric Johnson Releases His First All-Acoustic Solo Album
Eric Johnson Album New Album Titled EJ Released on the 7th October 2016 on Provogue/Mascot Label Group
Listen to Wrapped In A Could here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmZqKBBtntU&feature=youtu.be
Thirty years after his breakthrough solo release Tones brought him national recognition, Texan guitar legend Eric Johnson is releasing his first all-acoustic album. Showcasing nine original compositions and four covers, EJ is easily Johnson’s most intimate album to date. “Ever since I was young, I’ve played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life,” Johnson says. “This type of music has always been a part of me, but I never showcased it on any kind of bigger level, like a full acoustic record. With EJ, I just decided to be more honest with myself and everybody, and show more of my personal side.” EJ brings listeners as close as possible to hearing Johnson in his own living room, performing songs on piano and steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars.
Johnson, long known for his painstaking approach to making records, used a much more immediate approach for the self-produced EJ. “Almost all of that material was cut live,” Johnson explains. “Some of the songs I actually sang and played at the same time – just live in the studio. Recording this way gave it more of an honest realism and organic emotion. Especially on the acoustic, you just have to get in there and play.”
On the original compositions “Wonder,” “Fatherly Downs,” and “All Things You Are,” Johnson frames his voice with his prized 1980 Martin D-45, a gift from his late father. He plays the steel-string on his superlative instrumentals “Once Upon a Time in Texas,” “All Things You Are,” and “Song for Irene.” He conjures the beautiful, pensive tones of “Serinidad,” another original instrumental, on a Ramirez nylon-string guitar. A spirited steel-string arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” rounds out the solo guitar tracks.
Johnson recasts another Simon and Garfunkel favorite, “Scarborough Fair,” for voice and piano, and plays piano on the originals “Water Under the Bridge,” “November,” and “Wrapped in a Cloud,” an ensemble track with acoustic bass, cello, drums, and percussion. In a move that’s sure to surprise his fans, Johnson rearranged Jimi Hendrix’ “One Rainy Wish” for guitar and piano, capping the performance with a jazz-inflected piano solo. Rounding out the record is Johnson and guest guitarist Doyle Dykes’ superlative cover of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s 1951 classic, “The World Is Waiting for the Sunshine.”
Throughout his career, Johnson has approached music as a healing force, a way to enhance a listener’s consciousness and conjure joy and inspiration. “That’s what I’ve always appreciated most about other artists,” he says. “Some artists inspire us to wake up and get back to the clarity of consciousness. With this record, I’m trying to do that too, because I appreciate it so much in other people.”
In support of EJ’s October 2016 release, Johnson will embark on a series of U.S. tours that will bring him to about 60 cities nationwide. Stay tuned for dates and details.
Water Under The Bridge
Wrapped In A Cloud
Once Upon A Time In Texas
One Rainy Wish
The World Is Waiting For The Sunshine
All Things You Are
Song For Irene
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CREEDENCE DRUMMER, ROCK HALL OF FAME MEMBER DOUG “COSMO” CLIFFORD IS HONORED IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE UNIQUE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM (MIM) IN PHOENIX, AZ
Original Creedence Clearwater Revival and current Creedence Clearwater Revisited drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford has his most iconic drum kit, a 1969 CAMCO, featured in a new exhibit in the popular Artist Gallery at the unique Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona.
The CAMCO kit is the one that Clifford played at Woodstock, and it was used on all of the CCR albums with the exception of the first two records. These were the drums used on some of the band’s most loved releases including Cosmo’s Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys and Green River. Videos will accompany the exhibit including vintage footage from the Johnny Cash Show (where the kit was also featured), a clip of Doug setting up the kit at MIM and discussing the state of drum hardware in the latter 60s, and recent concert footage proving Clifford is still rockin’ just as hard on tour today. This great piece of American rock n’ roll history will reside in MIM’s Artist Gallery, sharing excellent company with other iconic instruments such as John Lennon’s piano used for the composition of “Imagine,” guitars played by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Carlos Santana, and many other instruments owned and used by artists who have shaped musical history.
The museum was delighted to hear that Clifford divides his off-road time between homes in nearby Scottsdale, AZ and Reno, NV. Clifford was also included in MIM’s Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World special exhibition in 2014 that showcased the diversity and richness of drumming traditions from around the globe.
MIM opened in 2010 and it displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 countries and territories of the world. The museum views music and instruments as a common thread to the human experience. The active Experience Gallery is a “hands on” space where visitors are encouraged to play a wide variety of instruments.
MIM’s Curator for USA/Canada, Rich Walter, says, “We were so excited to include Doug Clifford in our global Beyond the Beat exhibition, and now it is an honor to welcome him again into MIM’s Artist Gallery! Doug literally created the beat of classic rock on that Camco kit, and played it on stage at Woodstock, so our guests get to see an instrument that really shaped American music and popular culture!” It will be on display through 2017.
Metallica Avoiding Online Negativity Over New Music
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett refuses to let himself read online comments about latest track Hardwired, in case they make him feel as if he shouldn't have bothered recording it.
He'd rather preserve the "great buzz" he has about the song, which will appear on 10th album Hardwired… To Self Destruct when it arrives on November 18.
The band debuted Hardwired on stage in Minneapolis at the weekend, just five days after they'd first played it together. Hammett tells 93X: "I feel the excitement, the energy in the air. We're all kind of picking up on it. I'm getting a tremendous amount of texts from friends, saying, 'Great song! Wonderful song!
"But as soon as I go onto my computer I think to myself, 'Should I read what other people are saying? Should I read some comments?' I instantly say to myself, 'Don't go there.' Because I'll get angry, then frustrated, then confused - and then want to write it all off as just f---ing useless bull---. 'Why did I even waste my time?'" Read more here.
Bruce Dickinson Backed Aircraft Crashes During Second Flight
An aircraft part funded by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has crashed on its second flight. The Airlander 10 was damaged when it took a nosedive during a flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, UK.
Billed as the world's longest aircraft, the £25 million aircraft sustained damage to its cockpit in the crash that occurred at around 11am GMT on Wednesday.
Aircraft enthusiast Dickinson announced last year that he was investing £250,000 in the manufacture of the Airlander 10 - which is described as part plane, part airship. It measures in at 302-feet long and can stay airborne for five days.
HAV, the craft's developer, tells the BBC all the crew are "safe and well". A spokesman adds: "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed." Read more here.
Nickelback Stream Cover Of Don Henley Classic
Nickelback have streamed their cover of Eagles man Don Henley's 1982 track Dirty Laundry. They recently recorded it during sessions for their ninth album, which is expected early next year.
Chad Kroeger and co say of the song: "Sometimes you play a song in the studio just for fun. And sometimes it's so fun you have to record and share it with everyone!"
Nickelback are engaged in legal action against insurance giant Lloyds, who are refusing to cover the $13m costs associated with cancelling a run of dates last year as a result of Kroeger's vocal cord issues. Lloyds claim that he knew about the problem before the tour was arranged, but the band say that's not true and the firm are simply trying to avoid paying out. Check out the stream here.
Lemmy Statue Unveiled At Rainbow Bar And Grill
Artist Travis Moore has unveiled his statue to late Motorhead icon Lemmy at Hollywood's Rainbow Bar And Grill - the singer and bassist's favorite haunt.
The life-size bronze sculpture was commissioned after fans and friends contributed to a fundraising campaign following Lemmy's death in December.
Motorhead's long-time manager Todd Singerman and Lemmy's girlfriend Cheryl Keuleman attended the unveiling along with a number of rock and metal fans, who crammed into the venue on the Sunset Strip to see the 6ft statue for the first time.
Singerman tells the Press Association: "I look at him no differently than Johnny Cash, the Beatles and so on. He was real. He didn't bullsh*t. The way he went on stage was the way he was at home. Go find that today."
Speaking of the decision to locate the sculpture at the venue, Keuleman says: "The Rainbow was Lemmy's home." Read more and see a photo of the statue here.
Dee Snider Predicts Metal Fans Will Hate His New Album
Dee Snider says most of the metal fans who follow Twisted Sister will "hate" his upcoming solo album, We Are The Ones. The singer has launched a Pledge campaign to fund the record, which is due out on October 28 and available for pre-order via Amazon.
Snider tells Billboard: "We created an album that is part Foo Fighters, part Imagine Dragons, part 30 Seconds To Mars. Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it - I've abandoned my past to move forward."
Though his sound is moving in a different direction, Snider says the legacy of Twisted Sister classic We're Not Gonna Take It will live on in the album's title track, We Are The Ones, which was the first song producer Damon Ranger presented to him.
Snider says: "Thematically, Damon says it's the message of Dee Snider fighting back and rebellion. it's believing in yourself. The We're Not Gonna Take It message is eternal and that should continue on." Read more here.
Status Quo Announce New Acoustic Album 'Aquostic II'
Status Quo have revealed that they'll launch their second acoustic album later this year. The follow-up to 2014's Aquostic (Stripped Bare) will be titled Aquostic II - That's A Fact! and will be released on October 21 via Universal Music On Demand.
Aquostic II - That's A Fact! will be issued on CD, limited edition double vinyl and deluxe 25 track edition 2CD. The standard CD release features 12 reimagined Quo tracks along with new tracks One For The Road and One Of Everything.
The deluxe edition comes with a second disc which features six tracks recorded at the band's Stuttgart Aquostic show 2014 and another new track, Is Someone Rocking Your Heart?
The band have made the artwork and tracklist available to view. See them here.
AC/DC's Brian Johnson Helping Launch Music Therapy Center
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has been announced as the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation. The foundation's first project is to open a Nordoff Robbins music therapy center in Newcastle - the first of its kind outside of London.
"I am very proud and privileged to be the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation," says Johnson. "I strongly believe in the power of music to help children and adults through the tough times of ill health.
"The Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room in Sarasota, Florida, is flourishing and the results are wonderful, but now to be asked to be involved in something from my hometown makes me very proud." Read more here.
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GET ‘UNDER THE INFLUENCE’ AS FOGHAT CELEBRATES THEIR RECORD RELEASE AT BB KING’S BLUES CLUB & GRILL IN NYC!
Foghat, one of classic rock’s most enduring bands, scored big on the Billboard charts with their latest album, ‘Under the Influence,’ debuting at #17 on “Hard Rock Albums,” and #40 on “Independent Albums.” To celebrate this accomplishment, the band will be rocking BB King’s in NYC for a record release party, on September 21st. And after the show, the band will meet and greet their fans & friends at the bar which will be serving Foghat Cellars Wines!
Some very special guests who also performed on the record will be joining Foghat on stage! These include incredible blues guitarist Scott Holt (former Buddy Guy), and for the first time since 1970 (in a pre-announced show), Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown will be joining his former band mate Roger Earl! Roger played with Savoy Brown from 1968 through 1970 and performed on five albums during that period.
The audience is in for a real treat! Other surprise guests are also in the works.
According to Kim Simmonds in a recent interview, “I always had a great respect for Roger as a person and a drummer. He certainly helped make Savoy Brown the entity that it is…. It’s always nice to be around people that understand you and know you well. Like when you go home to your parents and the family you feel comfortable because you know that your parents really know everything about you. I think it’s the same with Roger and myself. We know a lot about each other and that’s the sort of a comfort that you get from still being in touch with people. I suppose it’s like old school mates or something. In this case we are old band mates.”
And the feeling is mutual from Roger’s end. “Kim gave me my shot when I was 20 years old and I joined his band. I have very fond memories playing with Kim, and also it’s a gas that we can still be friends and make music together. Kim Simmonds is just spectacular on this record. Kim and I remained friends over the years. In fact, we jammed together; when we did the Rock Legends cruise last year. Kim got up and played a couple of songs with us, and I played on another day that Kim and Savoy Brown was playing. I played three or four songs with him. As a guitar player, he was always a great! And he is even better now! He’s a brilliant blues guitarist.”
Formed in 1971 in London, Foghat remains one of rock's top "boogie" bands, having amassed eight gold records, one platinum, and one double platinum record in the U.S., along the way. Additionally, the group has scored hits with the songs "Slow Ride," "Fool for the City," a cover of "I Just Want to Make Love to You," “Stone Blue” and "Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)," all of which are still in regular rotation on classic rock radio. And on September 21st, New York City-based Foghat fans will be in for a night they will never forget!
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DEE SNIDER - ECLECTIC NEW SOLO ALBUM, ‘WE ARE THE ONES’ OFFICIALLY DUE OUT OCTOBER 28; EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER ITEMS AVAILABLE ON PLEDGEMUSIC NOW
As announced on Billboard.com earlier today, legendary Twisted Sister frontman DEE SNIDER will officially release his vibrant new solo album, WE ARE THE ONES, October 28 on Red River Records (Distributed by BFD/RED).
Not wanting to waste any time in getting his legions of fans excited about WE ARE THE ONES, DEE has launched a PledgeMusic campaign that offers a wide selection of exclusive items, as well as a discounted digital download of the full album upon the release date, including signed drumheads, lyric sheets, guitars, guitar pedals, a signed microphone, and even signed and numbered Dee Snider Legos. Also, a very special dinner with SNIDER and producer Damon Ranger that includes an early listen of the new album, and having SNIDER record a fan’s choice of an outgoing voicemail message, “Happy Birthday” or other personalized message as a MP4 digital file. The grand incentive is a full band private performance anywhere in the U.S. All pre-orders come with the AccessPass, which will give fans exclusive artist updates and a behind-the scenes look at the making of the record. To pre-order the record, please visit: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/deesnider.
Produced by Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning songwriter, Damon Ranger, WE ARE THE ONES crackles with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of “Rule the World,” to the anthemic bonding of “So What” (complete with, yes, a string section) to the intensely synth driven “Close to You,” to the thematically soaring “Superhero” (a song tailor-made for running over the end credits of the next Marvel or DC movie blockbuster if ever there was one). Another significant highlight of the album is a newly re-recorded acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” which has also been tapped the official anthem for The Recording Academy’s advocacy efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. Recently performed in Washington D.C. at the annual GRAMMYs On The Hill event, a video of the song can be viewed at Grammy.com/FairPlayFairPay.
Also featured on WE ARE THE ONES is an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole.” “I always thought it was a great song, a powerful song,” SNIDER explains, “I can’t wait to do that one live. Like ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is iconic, ‘Head Like a Hole’ is iconic for that era.”
DEE SNIDER is currently working on a fall tour, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Bon Jovi’s Road To Success Slippery When Wet
Jon Bon Jovi Recounts 1986 Breakthrough Album
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands commemorates the 30th anniversary of Bon Jovi’s breakthrough album Slippery When Wet.
No hyperbole here: it is impossible to overstate how massively popular Bon Jovi’s third album Slippery When Wet was soon after its release in Summer 1986, or how influential its sound and success were for the rest of the Eighties. Slippery When Wet would produce three Top 10 singles, “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Living On A Prayer” (both going # 1), and “Wanted Dead Or Alive”. The album would go on to sell in excess of twenty-eight million copies worldwide.
Jon Bon Jovi and former Bon Jovi guitarist, songwriter Ritchie Sambora share with In The Studio host Redbeard the stories behind this blockbuster album.
“Bang! ‘Shot through the heart and you’re to blame, you give love a bad name’. As soon as the needle hit that record in 1986, our lives changed.” - Jon Bon Jovi
“We learned a lot and we became a tight unit. I don’t think we really wrote any great songs until Slippery...” - Ritchie Sambora
Also In The Studio will preview the title song to the new forthcoming Bon Jovi album This House is Not for Sale.
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Ozzy Osbourne Wants To Do New Solo Album And Tour
Ozzy Osbourne wants to do a new solo album and tour once he has taken a break at the end of Black Sabbath's final tour, says keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
And although the son of prog icon Rick isn't certain whether he'll be invited to return to take part, he's ready to do so. He's also a touring member of Black Sabbath, years after his father collaborated with the band.
Wakeman Junior tells EonMusic: "I was lucky enough to start with them in 2003, so this is my 13th year with Ozzy and Sabbath. I keep half-expecting a picture of a Spitfire and a watch at the end of each tour - but they keep asking me back and I'm happy to come.
"Sabbath are finishing on February 4, then we'll see what happens with Ozzy after that. He wants to do another tour, he wants to do another album. But there's going to be a period of time when he needs a rest." Read more here.
Guns N' Roses Full Reunion Predicted By Gilby Clarke
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke doesn't believe the current tour is a true reunion - but he says the real thing will happen eventually. Frontman Axl Rose was rejoined by guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan for the Not In This Lifetime road trip. A run of US dates has just been completed before the show moves on to South America, Japan, New Zealand and Australia in the coming months.
Clarke - who replaced Izzy Stradlin in 1991 - says via Blabbermouth: "The reunion that happened is really just Axl, Slash and Duff. Basically Slash and Duff have joined Axl's band. So I don't know if you can really call it a reunion.
"Myself, Matt Sorum, Izzy - it didn't happen as a reunion for all of us to join. I think if the time was right and the situation was right, everybody would come back and do it."
He adds: "First of all, everybody gets along great and stuff. It's great music. Guns N' Roses is a great band and has a great legacy. I think everybody wants to see it done right. And when it's time, we'll do it." Read more here.
Metallica Planning Massive Hardwired Tour
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that the band are planning an extensive US tour in support of their forthcoming studio album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."
"We did 180 shows on the Death Magnetic tour in two-week periods over three years," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "That's what works for us. We're going to start pretty much full-on touring in January and are looking to figure out what we're doing in North America, but there will definitely be some pretty extensive touring in America."
Metallica haven't played a proper US arena tour since 2009. "It's time to come back," adds the drummer, "and do some proper penetration of America."
Due November 18, the two-disc set "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" was recently previewed with the release of a video for the lead track "Hardwired," and the band performed the live debut of the song at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on August 20 following its premiere on August 18. Read more and watch the video here.
Gong Founding Singer Gilli Smyth Dead At 83
Founding Gong vocalist Gilli Smyth has died at the age of 83. Smyth died in Australia earlier this week after a long illness, her son Orlando Allen has confirmed.
He says: "She passed amongst loved ones reading poetry and singing at exactly 12pm Australian time today. She is flying to the infinite through all the bardots as we speak so all your prayers of light, love gratitude and beaming energies are a shining light for her.
"Bless her psychedelic cotton socks, she will be in our and deeply in my heart forever. One of the strongest, most loving forgiving and powerful shakti being mums I have ever known.
"I give thanks for the blessing of her her being her example and shakti mumma presence and happy she is out of pain now and soon to be with, Daevid her dingo Virgin and all her favorite animals." Read more here.
Scott Stapp Says Art Of Anarchy Plan New Song Release
Scott Stapp says Art Of Anarchy will release a new single in October, followed by an album in 2017. Creed frontman Stapp joined the supergroup earlier this year, replacing Scott Weiland who died in 2015. Weiland features on Art Of Anarchy's self-titled debut album but later distanced himself from the project.
Stapp revealed he had joined the group in May to squash growing rumors that he was set to hook up with Stapp's former group Stone Temple Pilots. Stapp is joined in Art Of Anarchy by former Guns N' roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer and brothers Jon and Vince Votta.
He tells Alternative Press: "We've got a single coming out in October and a record dropping next year. It is a perfect mixture of all the bands each member has come from. So, it's like Disturbed meets Guns N' Roses, meets Creed." Read more here.
Dokken Reunion Infighting Has Already Begun Says Brown
Dokken frontman Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch have begun snapping at each other ahead of the band's reunion shows in Japan, says drummer Mick Brown - and he adds that he's tired of it.
The classic lineup, also featuring Jeff Pilson, are set to pay six gigs in October, before Dokken revert to the current formation featuring Dokken, Brown, Jon Levin and Chris McCarvill.
The vocalist said earlier this month that the brief tour was "about money" and argued that the same was true of the Guns N' Roses reunion. Brown tells Focus On Metal: "Nothing's changed. George and Don, during the conversations to get this going, they're already starting up.
"Jeff seems excited about it. I would like to see it happen. There's not much time - Jeff has only got a 10 or 12 day window to do this." Read more here.
Megadeth Play Unplugged Show Outside Hotel
Megadeth performed a four-song acoustic set for fans outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday. The afternoon session was streamed live via frontman Dave Mustaine's Periscope account, with some footage filmed by the singer's wife, Pam.
Megadeth opened the set with two tracks from 1997's "Cryptic Writings" - "Trust" and "She-Wolf", followed by "A Tout Le Monde" from 1994's "Youthanasia" and the closer of their classic, "Symphony Of Destruction" from 1992's "Countdown To Extinction."
The afternoon performance was followed by a full electric arena show Tuesday night at Estadio Luna Park as part of the band's current tour of South America in support of their latest album, "Dystopia."
The Latin American trek wraps up in Monterrey, Mexico on September 1, and will be followed by a fall US tour that will begin in Casper, WY on September 20. Check out videos of the unplugged set here.
Steven Tyler Can't Fully Explain Nashville's Influence
Steven Tyler says he can't fully explain Nashville's influence on musicians - but he is 100% confident in its power. The Aerosmith frontman released his country solo album We're All Somebody From Somewhere in July, having written and recorded it in Nashville, Tennessee - the spiritual home of American country music.
And he was so impressed with the results of his album and the vibe of the city that he's moved there full time. Tyler tells Classic Rock: "I came to Nashville. I rented a house. Now I just bought a house, so I'm living here full-on. It's a musical Mecca. I co-wrote with everyone down here, and I think I've done some of my best work through this country head.
"This town still has the passion for music. It hasn't lost it through business and money, which may be big here but the music aspect still has the passion. Artists come here come from all over the world to be part of it, and there's so much music dripping out of the honeycomb of this town that I'm in it.
"I'm in it neck-deep. I'm going to stay here, I'm going to live here. I love it here." Read more here.
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CONFIRMED FOR 4th ANNUAL EXCURSION
CRUISE GOES ON-SALE TODAY (8/23) AT 12 NOON ET/9AM PT
So much more than a rock festival at sea, the immersive MOODY BLUES CRUISE 2018 is poised to be the best in their five-year history. The January 2-7, 2018 trek will feature the flagship MOODY BLUES plus ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT, THE ORCHESTRA, LITTLE RIVER BAND, DAVE MASON, JEFFERSON STARSHIP, AMBROSIA, RICHIE FURAY, STRAWBS, CARAVAN, LIGHTHOUSE, IDES OF MARCH, SHAWN PHILLIPS, MIKE DAWES, RANDY HANSEN, MELLOW YELLOW and special guests YOUNG DUBLINERS, with more acts to be announced. The 2018 excursion dubbed Sur la Mer goes on sale today (8/23) at 12 Noon ET/9am PT at MoodiesCruise.com.
Sailing out of Miami on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Eclipse--one of the finest sea vessels in the cruising industry--the voyage will feature stops in George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Over the five nights at sea, music fans will catch sets from their favorite acts, intimate showcases, Q&As and meet-and-greet events. For sea-goers wanting to start 2018 off in Moody Blues style, there will be a special New Year's Eve concert and party in beautiful Miami, as well as New Year's Day football-watching and music party, complimentary for all cruisers.
Once music fans board the ship on January 2, they'll be treated to an unlimited complimentary buffet, free access to the ships state-of-the-art fitness center, pools, Jacuzzi's, deck chairs, casino and nightclubs. Various payment plans and VIP packages are available, but several options have sold-out in the pre-sale, which was offered to returning Moodies cruisers. Double-occupancy cabins currently available, start at $1,599, with children 11 and under at the time of sailing free, when sharing a cabin with 2 full fare paying adults. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are mandatory for all passengers regardless of age. The Moody Blues formed in 1964 and have sold over 70 million records and influenced countless rock and prog music artists.
Of the cruises, Moody Blues frontman JUSTIN HAYWARD says, "It's such a great opportunity to have all the fans together. I think the cruises are probably more about the people who love the Moody's music getting together; I think we're kind of incidental to it. I'm looking forward to it; it's always fun. And it's good to be with other artists. So much these days we're the only artists on a bill; you never get to meet other people, but on the cruises you do. And there's some really great people this year that I'm really looking forward to seeing again."
In a review of this year's cruise, Goldmine Magazine's Lee Zimmerman said, "...every note, every verse, every chord, lost or otherwise, resonated with cosmic meaning. That devotion, that constant tug of memory and meaning, was clearly present throughout the four-day journey, resonating in each concert and every encounter." He added, "The Moodies' storytelling session was full of rare insights and anecdotes, and when the crowd was invited, a couple of dozen at a time, to snake their way onstage for group photos, the opportunity to get up close and personal was a moment to relish indeed." In conclusion, he said, "Any opportunity to celebrate one's musical heroes is an excursion worth taking. Appreciation is always best served when it can be done in the present, and not as a sad reflection on the past. The Moodies are already looking forward to reconvening on the sea next year, and fans would be well advised to make their plans to join them."
About ON THE BLUE:
ON THE BLUE--promoter for Moody Blues Cruise--is a leader in cruise charter innovation, having sailed over 100,000 passengers in that last 20 years. The principals of ON THE BLUE have deep roots in the music industry, having provided world-class cruise ship production management for celebrities and musical artists for over two decades. ON THE BLUE has run dozens of charter and large group programs for organizations, corporations, celebrities and artists throughout North America, and has played major roles in the development of ground-breaking theme cruise concepts. Past charters have included an array of Fortune 500 companies plus theme cruises featuring entertainers such as Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Journey, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Night Ranger, The Moody Blues, UFO, Queensryche, Tesla, Cinderella, Yes, Little River Band, UK, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Greg Lake and many others. For more information, visit otblue.com.
Megadeth Cut Concert Short After Woman Almost Killed
Megadeth were forced to cut a concert in Paraguay short this weekend after performing just five songs when fans broke through security and almost killed one woman.
The band was performing at the Sport Colombia stadium in Asuncion, Paraguay on Saturday night (August 20th) and after the show frontman Dave Mustaine tweeted the following explanation for cutting it short:
"Dear Paraguay, after all three barricades broke and hundreds of fans crushed three security guards, almost killing one female fan, we regretfully had to cancel the show.
"Please understand that your safety is just as important as ours and after all the security went in the pit someone ran onto the stage, a bottle was thrown, and we'll let you know as soon as we can reschedule and come back.
"This is out of our hands and we will make sure when we return to use a different venue, security, and promoter. Again, Lo siento mucho."
Guns N' Roses Play Final American Show Of Reunion Tour
Guns N' Roses closed out their "Not In This Lifetime" North American tour at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on Monday and video from the show has surfaced online.
Hitting the stage half an hour later than scheduled, the group delivered a 26-song set that included the second tour appearance of two rarities: "Used To Love Her" from 1988's "G N' R Lies" and "There Was A Time" from 2008's "Chinese Democracy."
The trek has seen the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform material from the band's legendary albums, including 1987's smash "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.
The band's live lineup is rounded out by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese. Guns N' Roses will next launch a series of South American shows in Lima, Peru on October 27 and they have just announced a pair of dates in New Zealand in early 2017.
The group will play Westpac Stadium in Wellington on February 2 and Western Springs in Auckland on February 4. Watch the videos from the American closer here.
Police Arrest Black Sabbath Ticket Forger
Police in Howard County, Maryland, are seeking victims of a Black Sabbath ticket fraud after arresting a forger who was selling fakes. Shannon Michael Seeber, 34, has been charged with theft scheme, forgery, possession of false identification plus a drugs offence and others.
He was traced after a victim bought four tickets for Black Sabbath's show in Bristow, Virginia, on August 21, via Craigslists. The buyer was later told by Ticketmaster that they weren't genuine.
Howard County Police Department say: "Through investigation, police developed Seeber as a suspect, located and arrested him. At the time of his arrest, Seeber was in possession of additional fraudulent tickets to multiple concerts, including Black Sabbath, Barbara Streisand, Drake and Adele. Read more here.
Zakk Wylde Recruits Corey Taylor For 'Sleeping Dogs' Video
Zakk Wylde has released a video for his track "Sleeping Dogs", which features a guest appearance from Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.
The song appears on "Book Of Shadows II," the Black Label Society mainman's first solo album in 20 years, which was launched in April. View it below.
Taylor's vocals weren't featured on the original radio release of the track, also below, even though he'd already recorded them. He told WRIF (via Blabbermouth): "They wanted to go with it as a single, and my record label was worried because the didn't want it to clash with one of my songs.
"It's so stupid, the politics. I was like, 'Come on - it's a killer tune!' If it wasn't, I wouldn't have done it. Either way it sounds great. It really represents everything about Zakk that you love. It's got that sombre, almost Allman Brothers vibe to it. Plus, he's shredding like crazy." Watch the video here.
Paul Stanley Believes KISS Will Make Another Album
KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes the band will record another album, despite the doubts he's discussed in the past. And he says he has a strong idea of what the work needs to achieve.
Stanley tells Cleveland Scene: "Records at this point are really something that, if we do, we do it for us more than anybody else. There really is no music industry. It's a guy who ran Tropicana last year that may run a record company this year. It's not a bunch of people who love music - it's a commodity at this point."
Stanley says the band have to find a good reason to return to the studio, adding: "Sonic Boom, there was definitely a reason to do. Monster, there was a reason to do. We're toying - certainly I'm toying - with the idea of doing another album. I think it will happen." Read more here.
Dee Snider Strips Down 'We're Not Gonna Take It' For Charity
Dee Snider has released a video showing him performing a stripped back, piano-led version of the Twisted Sister classic "We're Not Gonna Take It" for a cancer charity.
Directed by musician and illusionist Criss Angel in a desert outside Las Vegas, the promo was produced to help raise awareness of Angel's new cancer charity, HELP (Heal Every Life Possible). It was founded in honour of his two-year-old son, who is in remission from leukaemia.
Angel tells the Las Vegas Review Journal: "Dee and I have known each other since the 1990s and he was a strong proponent of mine for years. We are both from Long Island, or as we like to think of it, 'Strong Island', and his record publishing company gave me the rights to the song and it is our anthem for gratis.
"Dee was unbelievably generous with his time and participation." Read more and watch the video here.
Roth Releases New
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth takes on the world of photography and coffee on the latest editions of his ongoing online video series entitled "The Roth Show."
The coffee episode includes the Van Halen singer's cover of the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit, "Baker Street"; it was previously featured on his rare 2002 package "No Holds Bar-B-Que", which he shared with fans last month.
The "Photography" edition sees Roth exploring a historical look at the art form and some of the technical aspects of cameras through the years while linking both to today's world of pop culture.
Earlier this month, the singer took in some of the action at the Vans US Open Of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA. There's been no update on activity within the Van Halen camp recently; the group closed out their 2015 tour in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the episodes here.
STYX & DON FELDER: RENEGADES IN THE FAST LANE
EXCLUSIVELY AT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS JANUARY 6 – 14, 2017
Tickets On Sale Friday, August 26 At 10 A.M.
Rock legends STYX with very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles--will take the Las Vegas stage for an unforgettable five-night limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. The show, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” will be held on January 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14, 2017. STYX’s pre-sale starts Monday, August 22 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, August 25 at 10 p.m. PT. American Express cardholders can purchase tickets starting Wednesday, August 24 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, August 25 at 10 p.m. PT. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 26 at 10 a.m. PT at www.Venetian.com/StyxFelder.
For these special performances, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—has created an exclusive set list and brand new stage production. DON FELDER is also working on some exciting plans of his own for the residency. The multi-show run will pay tribute to both STYX’s and DON FELDER’s combined 45-plus years as one of the most successful rock and roll bands in history and one of rock’s most illustrious guitar legends.
"I have been an admirer of DON FELDER's unique gifts as a guitar player for decades,” says STYX’s James “JY” Young. “Finally meeting him and having him on the same bill as us in 2014 was great fun. He’s like a long lost brother to me. We are going to have some great fun and nights of musical excellence sharing the stage with Don at The Venetian. Can't wait!!!”
STYX’s Tommy Shaw continues, “Sharing the stage with DON FELDER over the years in various situations has always been a blast, a smile fest, where the joy of playing music is front and center. That's the way we do it in STYX too, so you can see why we are all so excited to be coming together for our first Las Vegas installation at The Venetian. Good friends, good music, it's gonna a treat for us all!”
“I’m so excited to be sharing the stage at The Venetian with my good friends STYX,” said DON FELDER. “This is going to be one ‘ROCKING’ show in the most ‘ROCKING’ city in the U.S. Come join the fun and party with STYX and I this January. See you there.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome two legends of rock to The Venetian Theatre when STYX and DON FELDER take the stage in January,” said Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live. “Fans can look forward to a night full of hits along with some surprise production elements. It’s going to be five nights of incredible rock ‘n roll.”
Additionally, September 2 marks the long-awaited release date of STYX: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It captures the band performing in July 2014 such fan favorites as: “Too Much Time On My Hands.” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and more. It also includes a special surprise visit from DON FELDER for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).”
About The Venetian® Las Vegas:
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 4,028 elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino and the Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space. For more information, visit venetian.com, @venetianvegas and facebook.com/venetianlasvegas. The Venetian Las Vegas is a property of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).
About AEG Live:
AEG Live is one of the largest live music companies in the world. The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Live operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support its tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney; produce or support over 25 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; and owns, manages or books more than 60 clubs and theaters. AEG Live presents more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and Conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Live, Goldenvoice, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents. For more information visit www.aeglive.com.
MUSIC THERAPY for Hospitalized Children: The DICK WAGNER "Remember the Child" Memorial Fund
PLEASE Watch THIS Video (3 minutes): Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Fund - Music Therapy for Hospitalized Children! http://bit.ly/1W2aoFM
As you may know, Dick Wagner generously donated his talent to help children and others in need. He wrote songs, and together we produced concerts and recordings, donating all profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Children’s Miracle Network, abused women and children, and more. When Dick passed away, I knew I had to continue our work.
I founded the Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Fund in his honor. Please help with a Donation!
- We create music therapy programs for hospitalized children.
- We provide funding to hire board certified music therapists.
- We supply each hospital with musical instruments (guitars, violins, percussion, and keyboards.)
- The benefits are both emotional and physical – respiratory, motor skills, decreased pain perception, blood pressure, improved heart rate, and more!
- We're adding FLINT, MICHIGAN - HURLEY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL! Your donations will help us bring music therapy to children suffering the debilitating effects of lead poisoning and other illnesses.
- Tax deductible: The Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit. EIN 47-2279119.
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Guns N' Roses Reunite With Steven Adler In L.A.
Drummer Steven Adler reunited with Guns N' Roses for a pair of songs at Dodger Stadium on August 19 and video from the concert has surfaced online.
Adler joined fellow classic GNR lineup bandmates Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan for "Out Ta Get Me" and "My Michelle" from 1987's "Appetite For Destruction", marking his third appearance with the group on the 2016 summer tour.
The drummer previously performed the same tunes with his former bandmates in Cincinnati on July 6 and in Nashville on July 9. Fired from the band for excessive drug use in 1990, Adler has long lobbied for a full reunion of the group's "classic" lineup.
Adler's appearance during Guns N' Roses 26-song set comes just as the group prepare to play the summer tour finale at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 22. Check out the video of the L.A. reunion jam here.
Ex-3 Doors Down Guitarist Matt Roberts Dead At 38
Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts had died at the age of 38, his father has confirmed. His body was found in a Wisconsin hotel room ahead of a charity concert he was planning to play. An accidental overdose is suspected.
TMZ reports: "Matt's dad Darrell says Matt had rehearsal until 1am, and the two went back to their hotel with an adjoining room. Darrell was woken up around 9am by detectives who informed Matt had passed away overnight. Darrell tells us prescription pills were involved, but he believes the possible OD was accidental."
Roberts left 3 Doors Down in 2012 citing health issues, and saying the band would "always have a special place in my heart." Frontman Brad Arnold said the guitarist would "always be welcome back with open arms." Read more here.
Tony MacAlpine Says 'All Is Well' In Cancer Fight
Tony MacAlpine says "all is well in medical land" after he was diagnosed with colon cancer last year. The guitar virtuoso has planned a run of solo shows in the west coast of the US - and will also support Steve Vai on his Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour.
MacAlpine says: "It's been a while since I have reached out to you, but now the good fortune of health and timing is allowing me to do so. I have been feeling back to normal and tests indicate that all is well in medical land. Deep and sincere thanks to you all for your wonderful support through this very difficult last 12 months.
"I will be playing a run of US west coast shows in October with my trio of drummer Aquiles Priester and bassist Bjorn Englen. There will be some solo and headline shows, and some very cool shows supporting Steve Vai." Read more here.
Robert Plant Added To Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday Show
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has been confirmed as one of the guests for ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's 80th birthday show in London later this year.
The October 28 concert at the IndigO2 is part of this year's three-day BluesFest event, with a lineup including Van Morrison, Walter Trout, Jeff Beck, Bad Company and Richie Sambora.
Wyman's guests include Mark Knopfler, Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof and Imelda May, with more to be revealed. The set will feature music that's influenced Wyman throughout his career.
BluesFest boss Leo Green says: "This concert is shaping up to be one of the gigs of the year. The addition of Robert to an already monumental lineup is a clear indicator of the vast influence Bill has had on the music world." Read more here.
Steve Howe Wishes Anderson Rabin Wakeman Well
Steve Howe wishes former Yes members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman good luck in their new project, he's said. Anderson Rabin Wakeman will commence their first tour in October, performing a set featuring Yes music along with fresh compositions.
Meanwhile, Yes are midway through a US tour performing parts of Tales From Topographic Oceans, the full Drama album and more. Howe tells the Oakland Press: "I would say good luck to them, you know? There's been cover bands our playing Yes, and we're delighted, really, that there's more Yes music being out there, getting played.
"Anybody can play Yes music and hopefully the bar is set very high. The standards of quality and perfectionism are set pretty high for Yes already. I think it's good to have demanding environments for it." Read more here.
Steve Hackett Reflects On Tribute Album
Steve Hackett says he's most proud of his 2008 album Tribute. The former Genesis man says his record was inspired by his guitar role models, Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams.
Hackett tells Eon Music: "Probably the album that I'm proudest of is called Tribute. I did six pieces of Bach on it, and it was just wonderful to be able to do that work that had been attacked by the greats such as Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams.
"It's a bit like Shakespeare for an actor, so I quite see why someone who, having done blockbusters would just want to go and act Hamlet. It's lovely to be able to do things that are out of character - there is no such thing as Steve Hackett - what there is, is an awful lot of music and influences that he assimilated over many, many years, and now I'm in the position to be a sufficiently plausible character actor, to wander in and out of these various schools." Read more here.
Richie Sambora Reaches Out To Jon Bon Jovi
Richie Sambora has reached out to his former band Bon Jovi to congratulate them on the title track they released from their forthcoming album This House Is Not For Sale.
The follow-up to 2013's What About Now is their first work without the guitarist - who exited the band in 2013 before their world tour, leading to a public war of words that eventually settled down. Their relationship appeared to be on the mend after frontman Jon invited Sambora to do the 'ice bucket challenge' in 2014.
This House Is Not For Sale will be released via Island/Universal Music Group on October 21, following the band's acrimonious split with Mercury after more than 30 years.
Sambora says in a video message on Twitter: "Congratulations on the new single, man. God bless, good luck, hope you guys do great." Frontman Jon Bon Jovi replied, saying: "Thanks Richie and Orianthi. Look forward to hearing your record too. All the best, JBJ." Read more here.
Metallica Announce Double Album, Release First Video
After months of hints and speculation, Metallica surprised fans on Thursday with the announcement of their new double album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct," and the release of the first video from the effort for the track "Hardwired".
The new album, the follow-up to their 2008 effort "Death Magnetic", is set to be released on November 18th in various configurations including digital, double CD, double vinyl, a deluxe edition and a deluxe deluxe version.
The band reunited with Greg Fidelman for the new album. Greg had engineered and mixed "Death Magnetic," but for the new album he was recruited as the producer.
Drummer Lars Ulrich had this to say about the album and working with Fidelman, "Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
"We're obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there. We've been rockin' along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in ... INCOMING!"
Fans can get an early taste of what is come with the music video for "Hardwired," which can be seen here.
HELLYEAH RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR STARTARIOT OFF THEIR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM UNDEN!ABLE
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Cleopatra Records Proudly Presents A 6CD Box Set Of The World’s Best Stoner Rock!
Los Angeles, CA - Fans of Stoner Rock, rejoice! Cleopatra Records is set to release a potent, heavy groovin' box featuring 6CDs of the stickiest, dankest stoner rock from around the globe. Stoner Box will hit the street this Friday, August 19, and once it does, get ready to see a whole new generation of stoner rock fans come alive. This incredible box includes tracks from some the premiere bands of the genre including pioneers Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Dead Meadow as well as some of the biggest modern heavy hitters such as Cancer Bats, Fireball Ministry, Nighstalker, and Egypt. Then, take a great big hit of up and coming acts from Russia, Sweden, Poland, Norway, the UK, India, Australia, Mexico and elsewhere! Each of the 6 CDs comes in their own wallets, and there is a full color booklet filled with band bios, photos and mindblowing artwork! PLUS included in each box is a free custom Stoner Box guitar pick. So get your fix of heavy stoner rock riffs - no medical marijuana card necessary!
1. Ancestors - Antler Wings
2. Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado – Lainoa
3. Nightstalker - Voodoo U Do
4. Cancer Bats - Into The Void
5. Ides Of Gemini - Reaping Golden
6. Goat Leaf - White Of The Eye
7. Fireball Ministry - The Trouble With...
8. Siena Root - The Way You Turn
9. Atomic Rooster - I Can't Take No More
10. Mos Generator – NandV
11. Kalamata - Die
1. Belzebong - Acid Funeral
2. Eyecontact - Let Me Taste Your Suicide
3. Gonga - Tungsten Gold
4. Attalla – Light
5. Pentagram - Tomorrow's Dream
6. Purple Hill Witch - Ritual Bizarre
7. The Quill - Freedom Mountain
8. The Grand Astoria - Blessed, Cursed, And Crucified
9. Lucifer In The Sky With Diamonds - The Shining One
10. King Kronos – Stoneyard
11. Atomic Vulture - Mos Eisley Spaceport
12. Nik Turner - Paranormal
1. Bloody Hammers - This Is Heresy
2. Dead Meadow - No Quarter
3. Howling Giant - Whale Lord
4. Ordos - The Witch
5. Wo Fat - Electric Hellhound
6. Hark – Palendromeda
7. Snake Thursday - Implode The Earth
8. Krownn - Forge Of Crom
9. Mother Engine – Relief
10. Sunnata - Path
1. Bevar Sea - The Smiler
2. Kapitan Bongo – Arizona
3. Stoned Jesus - The Writ
4. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Nachthexen Part 1
5. Gorilla Pulp – Witchcraft
6. Suma – Headwound
7. The Hicks - 100MPH Suicide
8. Jupiter Zeus - Sunset Orange
9. Weedpecker - Sativa Landscapes
10. Yama – Ananta
11. Egypt - World Eater
1. Pat Travers - I Always Run
2. Black Wizard – Eliminator
3. Witch Charmer – Suffer
4. Iron Hill - Book Of Grief
5. Wired Mind - Jennifer's Dream Of A Switchblade
6. Cold Blue Mountain - Lone Pine
7. Doctor Smoke - Blood And Whiskey
8. Bright Curse – Shaman
9. Slowtorch - No Country For Young Men
10. Bottom - Pale Horsemen
11. Roadkill Soda - Oven Sun
1. Black Capricorn - Witch Castle In The Sea Of Death
2. Slomatics - Son Of Ampbreaker
3. The Bad Light – Hypathia
4. The Gentlemen Bastards - Motorcycle Song
5. Shepherd – Crook
6. Boss Keloid - Bellow Of Blackened Beasts
7. Tummler And Solomon - Climbing Up The Curtains
8. Vinnum Sabbathi – SpaceX
9. Yawning Man - Dark Meet
10. Mountain Witch - Shrubbery The Warlock
11. Witchnipple – Mandasighs
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JUSTIN HAYWARD’S ALL THE WAY ALBUM TO BE RELEASED BY EAGLE RECORDS
DIGITAL RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2, CD RELEASE OCTOBER 14 Featuring Material From His Solo Albums and Moody Blues Classics
New York, NY (August 18, 2016)—Eagle Records is delighted to announce the release of the brand new album All The Way via digital formats (as All The Way – Tour Edition) on September 2, followed by a CD release on October 14 [MSRP $11.98]. A compilation from Justin Hayward’s solo career, “All The Way” includes Justin’s solo songs, a recording with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, solo live performances and unique versions of classic Moody Blues tracks and the brand new song “The Wind Of Heaven.”
Justin Hayward is the possessor of one of the finest and most distinctive voices in melodic rock. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for The Moody Blues since 1966, Justin continues to perform with the group, and alongside his work for The Moody Blues, he has developed an acclaimed and successful solo career. All The Way brings together many of his best-loved tracks from his work outside the group. From his top ten hit song “Blue Guitar”, included here in its original version recorded with members of 10cc, through his global smash “Forever Autumn” from Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War Of The Worlds and on through tracks from solo albums “Songwriter,” “The View From The Hill”, “Classic Blue”, “Moving Mountains” and “Spirits Of The Western Sky” before concluding with the brand new track “The Wind Of Heaven,” written for the film of the same name, All The Way is the perfect collection for any fan of Justin Hayward.
Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KFY8R1Y
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world. Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company.
For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KayosProductionsInc.
“ALL THE WAY” TRACKLISTING
1) Blue Guitar
2) Forever Autumn
3) Broken Dream
5) The Best Is Yet To Come
6) One Day Someday
7) One Lonely Room
8) In Your Blue Eyes
10) Nights In White Satin
11) Raised On Love
12) It’s Not Too Late
13) The Story In Your Eyes
14) The Western Sky
15) The Wind Of Heaven
SULLY ERNA NEW SONG AND LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'DIFFERENT KIND OF TEARS' PREMIERES ON GUITAR PLAYER.COM (here)
'HOMETOWN LIFE' NEW SOLO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 VIA BMG (here)
As SULLY ERNA, founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack, gets ready to release his new solo album HOMETOWN LIFE--due out Friday, September 30 via BMG--he has teamed up with Guitar Player.com to premiere a the new song and lyric video "Different Kind Of Tears" (here). For the clip, SULLY puts the pen to the page handwriting all the lyrics to the countrified track, which offers a glimpse of what's to come on HOMETOWN LIFE. Composed by SULLY on piano and acoustic guitar and produced in his New Hampshire studio, the 10 songs on HOMETOWN LIFE are a powerful mix of rock and country while even including orchestral overtones.
"Honestly, this is one of my favorite songs on the album. I had the pleasure of writing this track with songwriter/producer Zac Maloy (Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood)," explains SULLY. "I love the melodies and the chorus because of the vulnerability. It's one of those things, when we're in pain, we don't think anyone can understand how bad we hurt, how deep it goes. I try to write generalized enough for people to be able to translate these lyrics and thoughts to their own lives, help them through their tough times. Music is a gift. It's there to help us heal."
Listen to the new song, watch and share the lyric video for "Different Kind Of Tears," from SULLY ERNA's new solo album HOMETOWN LIFE:
A personal, confessional, raw work which takes yet another stylistic left-hand turn from the music he has created as front man for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack, HOMETOWN LIFE offers a wide-ranging glimpse of SULLY's eclectic musical tastes--from the singer-songwriter Billy Joel/Bruce Springsteen narratives of the title track and the bossa nova touch of "Take All of Me," to the breezy island feel of "Your Own Drum," the finger-snapping Motown bass lines of the bluesy "Turn It Up," the country flavors of "Different Kind of Tears" and the wide-screen canvas of mini-symphonies "Blue Skies" and "Forever My Infinity." All of them are tied together with SULLY's unflinching view of the emotional roller-coaster of his life, drawing us into an intimate space. HOMETOWN LIFE explores ERNA's diverse musical touchstones from James Bay, new country favorites like Chris Stapleton and Brantley Gilbert to soul legends Ray Charles, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.
Listen to the title track "Hometown Life" exclusively on FUSE (here).
Watch behind-the-scenes footage of the making of SULLY's new album HOMETOWN LIFE:
HOMETOWN LIFE album pre-order links:
Sully Erna store: http://shop.sullyerna.com
THE DEAD DAISIES
***‘Make Some Noise’ new on multiple worldwide Album Charts. Brand new video for ‘Join Together’ unveiled***
The Dead Daisies’ hugely acclaimed new studio album ‘Make Some Noise’ racks up impressive chart positions in numerous territories worldwide:
‘Make Some Noise’ stormed the UK Album Charts at Number 35, the Swiss National Album Chart at Number 10, the US Hard Rock Album Chart at Number 11, debuted in the German National Album Chart at Number 22, on the Austrian Album Chart at Number 34, on the USA Top Hard Music Chart at Number 19, on the Swedish Hard Rock Chart at Number 15, on the Canadian Hard Music Chart at Number 42, and came in on the USA Billboard Top Current Album Chart at Number 93.
The album landed on a total of 23 official charts around the world.
John Corabi says: “We want to thank all of our fans & friends around the world for the AMAZING support of our new record "Make Some Noise"! We have entered all of these charts around the world because of YOU and we can't thank you enough!!!! Keep spreading the word and we'll see you on tour soon!!!! You guys are the BEST!!! We love you all!!!!”
As if that wasn’t enough, today sees the band release their brand-new Video for “Join Together” filmed at Europe’s biggest Open Air Festival, Woodstock Poland.
Watch it here: http://bit.ly/2b0BCxM
With an average attendance of over 625.000 people over the last four years, the festival is truly massive and the Daisies were welcomed by the giant crowd with open arms and left to thunderous applause – a true testament to how music makes people “Join Together”!
In July and August of this year, The Dead Daisies played the big European Festivals as well as a string of sold-out headline shows in Ireland, the UK and Germany.
They are currently touring the United States with KISS on their “Freedom To Rock”-Tour. This is topped off by two exclusive headline performances in NYC and Los Angeles as well as an Acoustic Performance at Battlefield Harley Davidson in Gettysburg, PA. They also just recently performed at the coveted Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Later this year, the band will return to perform in Japan and South Korea for the first time, set sail on the KISS KRUISE and embark on an extensive UK & European Co-Headline Tour with The Answer.
Rock & Roll is alive and well!!
ALL Chart Positions below:
# 03 England - Hard Rock & Metal Charts
# 10 Switzerland - Album Charts
# 11 USA - Hard Rock Album Charts
# 12 Germany - Media Markt / Saturn Charts
# 15 Sweden - Hard Rock Charts
# 18 England - Update Charts
# 19 USA - Top Hard Music Charts
# 20 England - Indie Charts
# 21 USA - Indie Charts
# 22 Germany - Album Charts
# 24 USA - Top Internet Charts
# 33 USA - Top Current Rock Charts
# 34 Austria - Album Charts
# 35 England - Album Charts
# 42 Canada - Hard Music Charts
# 48 USA - Album Core Genre Rock Charts
# 66 Canada - Indie Charts
# 93 USA - Top Current Album Charts
# 104 USA - Current Digital Album Charts
# 140 Sweden - Album Charts
# 145 France - Album Charts
# 166 Belgium - Album Charts
# 187 Canada - Album Charts
Thunderbirds Star Preston Hubbard Dead At 63
Preston Hubbard has died aged 63. The former Fabulous Thunderbirds and Room Full Of Blues bassist was found dead at his home in St Louis, Missouri this week.
He was well-known in the blues community for his other work with Bonnie Raitt, The Vaughan Brothers, Duke Robillard, Etta James, Professor Longhair and The Blues Brothers.
Hubbard suffered a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction in the years since his exit from The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1995, though he later adopted a cleaner lifestyle.
Guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor led tributes to the late blues bassist, describing him as "A true hero of mine, supporter and friend." Read more here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Fires Back At Havok
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has slammed Havok after they claimed an "unacceptable management contract" had led to them being kicked off an upcoming North American tour.
They announced Wednesday that they wouldn't be on the road with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Amon Amarth and Metal Church as previously announced, after falling out with Mustaine's son Justis, who'd been looking after their affairs.
Havok said: "The reasons for our absence are directly related to a contract negotiation insisted upon by Mustaine Management. We were offered an unacceptable management contract, which we declined."
In reply to online comments, Dave Mustaine confirmed last night that it had been his decision to drop Havok. He tweeted: "They didn't pay Justis what he's owed, or sign the standard contract. I took care of 'em. Sad."
He added: "They had an industry standard contract, the same I have. Five months later, still wouldn't sign it, until they're dropped. What is there to debate? I gave them more cash, time, merch items, space, lights and sound than their contract said every night. Stupid me!" Read more here.
Crazy Train Songwriter Sounds Off On Ozzy Osbourne Lawsuit
Former Ozzy Osbourne collaborator Bob Daisley has denied the suggestion that his latest lawsuit amounts to "harassment" of the Black Sabbath frontman.
Daisley this month launched a claim for $2m in unpaid royalties connected with Ozzy's first two albums, Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, recorded in 1980, which featured the bassist's songwriting and bass playing.
Representatives of the Osbournes responded by saying that previous legal action had failed and that multiple audits of Blizzard Music Limited had resulted in no discoveries of non-payment, adding: "after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment."
Daisley has responded that he'd succeeded with legal action on several occasions, until a lawsuit in 1998, when he alleged that Blizzard had been receiving royalties without passing them on.
He tells JoelGausten.com: "The late 90s was when we found out where those royalties were going, so we took action. There are reasons I believe that case was unsuccessful, but they're too complex to get into now."
He says his new action is based on performance royalties rather than songwriting royalties. He believes he's owed money for sales of tracks featuring his bass playing, and that the amounts that have got to him are lower than they should be.
"The Osbournes have been taking 25% rather than the 10% I agreed to," he says. "It's been mentioned that this case is about Crazy Train - but there are other songs as well. Mr. Crowley, Over The Mountain, Flying High Again."
Daisley says that tracks recorded by himself and drummer Lee Kerslake were removed from songs in the 1980s in order to avoid paying performance royalties, adding: "It was disgusting. It was such an insult. We were suing them so we expected some backlash. We did not expect the integrity of the music would be compromised." Read more here.
UFO Icon Pete Way Discharged From Hospital Following Heart Attack
Pete Way has been discharged from hospital after suffering a heart attack last weekend. Doctors also found a blood clot on his lung following his collapse after a European business trip. But he's now back home and reports he's hoping to be feeling better after "some home rest and cooking."
Way says in a statement: "I must thank the staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital who treated me with such kindness - from the porters and paramedics to the nurses and doctors and all the staff at Ward 22.
"Nothing was too much trouble and they all had a cheery smile for me. I couldn't have asked for better care anywhere in the world. I would also like to thank my wife Jenny who has been my rock and, like the cancer, I'm sure I wouldn't have beaten it without her and, of course, you guys.
"I do believe in the power of prayer but, to be honest, I really don't feel very well. Jenny won't let me lift a finger so hopefully I will start to feel better after some home rest and cooking." Read more here.
Pink Floyd Announce Reissue Of Early 1970s Albums
Pink Floyd continue to reissue their extensive catalogue on vinyl for the first time in more than two decades with a second round of releases on September 23 featuring three early 1970s albums: "Atom Heart Mother," "Meddle" and "Obscured By Clouds."
The band's fifth studio album, 1970's "Atom Heart Mother", went on to become the group's first UK No.1 record; 1971's "Meddle" was an experimental effort highlighted by the epic 23-minute track "Echoes"; and, 1972's "Obscured By Clouds" was originally recorded as the soundtrack to the French film "La Vallée" but issued as a stand alone release.
Pink Floyd launched the vinyl reissues in June with the release of the band's first four albums: 1967's "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", 1968's "A Saucerful Of Secrets", the soundtrack from the 1969 film "More", and the 1969 2-LP set "Ummagumma."
"We are proud to continue the long standing relationship in North America and beyond between Columbia Records and Pink Floyd," says Columbia Records Chairman and CEO Rob Stringer. "We are excited to work together with the band on their incredible musical legacy." Read more here.
John Paul Jones' Stairway To Heaven Trial Transcript Goes Online
A transcript of John Paul Jones' evidence given at the recent Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial has been published online. The bassist and keyboardist gave his testimony at the trial in a California court in June. The band were then cleared of having copied the opening chords of Spirit song Taurus, which was released three years before the Led Zeppelin classic.
The full transcript has been published by Rolling Stone and follows earlier publications of testimonies from vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page.
The evidence quashed the long-held narrative that Plant and Page had came home from Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in the Welsh mountains with the opening sequence to Stairway To Heaven written to show the rest of the band in 1970.
But the legal argument centred on the suggestion that the chord sequence in question had been in use for three centuries. That, and other points, led to the case being found in Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's favour - though they lost their bid to recoup almost $800,000 in legal fees after they were cleared.
Lawyer Francis Malofiy, who represented Spirit has launched an appeal against the jury's verdict, insisting that Led Zeppelin had "won on a technicality" and the ruling wasn't "legally correct or logically sound." Read more including the transcript here.
Black Sabbath Kick Off Their Final North American Tour
Black Sabbath launched the final North American leg of their farewell tour at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on August 17 and video footage from the show has been posted online.
The band delivered their standard 14-song set of 70s classics, opening with the title track to their self-titled 1970 debut and closing with their signature song, "Paranoid," which is among the tunes featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming video game WWE 2K17.
The reunited trio of Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will tour North America into late fall, wrapping up with their final US concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX on November 12.
After that, the group will play dates in Latin America and will begin a final 8-show UK/Ireland run early next year that will see Black Sabbath end their career with a pair of shows in their hometown of Birmingham, UK. Check out the videos here.
Sammy Hagar Offers Apology To Van Halen
Sammy Hagar offers what may well be his first-ever public apology to Van Halen in a video preview to his appearance on this week's episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"
Hagar, who split from Van Halen in 1996 and reunited with them to support a greatest hits album on a 2004 tour that ended poorly, has repeatedly bashed the band at every turn since - including recent slams over the group's 2015 live album and claims that brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen have been trying to shut down his ability to perform material from his time in the lineup.
Following the late 2015/early 2016 deaths of fellow rockers Scott Weiland, Lemmy, David Bowie and Glenn Frey, Hagar tells Oprah that he has found himself in a new place.
"The whole Van Halen issue, I really put that behind me, and I'm proud of what we did. So I've decided, forgive and forget," explains the Red Rocker. "I ain't looking for nothing from nobody. I don't wanna… I ain't asking to be, you know… get back in the band and do all that again; that's work! I don't wanna do that. No, no, no. I just wanna be friends." He adds: "I wanna say I'm sorry of anything I said bad about you."
Hagar's comments to Oprah mirror much of what he told Rolling Stone in March, just weeks after the singer reached out to Eddie Van Halen for the first time in more than a decade in an effort to re-establish a friendship with his former bandmate on the occasion of his 61st birthday in late January.
Hagar made headlines with a tweet to the guitar icon, writing "Happy Birthday Eddie - hope you're doing good", which prompted the reply, "Thanks Sammy. Hope you're well too." Watch the video clip here.
PAUL McCARTNEY SIGNS WORLDWIDE RECORDING AGREEMENT WITH CAPITOL RECORDS
Historic deal encompasses McCartney's catalogue of master recordings
and welcomes him home to label where he began his extraordinary career
Paul McCartney has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Capitol Records, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett.
"This is genuinely exciting for me," McCartney said. "Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' on the Capitol label."
This historic contract encompasses McCartney's entire body of post-Beatles work, from his 1970 McCartney album, through his decade with Wings, to the dozens of solo and collaborative works that have continually reaffirmed his standing as the most popular, influential and acclaimed artist in the history of recorded music. In a career that spans six decades, McCartney has sold more than 500 million records worldwide. He was recently named the United Kingdom's most successful albums artist of all time by the Official Albums Chart Company and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for his services to music.
Paul McCartney is the recipient of countless accolades and awards. He is a 21-time Grammy winner, two-time inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, an Academy Award winner and honoree of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and France's Légion d'Honneur.
McCartney is currently working on a new studio album, while a comprehensive plan for the artist's catalogue is being conceived by Capitol and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) - in conjunction with the artist and his management team - and will be implemented beginning July 2017. The catalogue moves to Capitol/UMe from Concord, Paul's previous label partner on such
Grammy-winning albums as Band On The Run (Best Historical Album, 2012), Kisses On The Bottom (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2013) and Wings Over America (Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, 2014).
According to Barnett, "Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home. Paul's indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people. We are overjoyed that Paul will be creating new music for years to come, and that Capitol will be helping to present it to the world."
Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said: "It would be simply impossible to overstate what an honor it is to welcome Paul back to Capitol. It's a homecoming of one of the greatest musical artists of all time to the label that first helped bring his incredible music to the world. Paul's astonishing career has shown no limits -- in creativity, in commercial longevity, and in its impact on people and cultures in every corner of the globe. We are thrilled at both Capitol and UMG to be able to contribute to the next chapter in Paul's extraordinary career."
Michele Anthony, UMG's Executive Vice President of U.S. Recorded Music added, "Paul's vital and legendary body of work as a solo artist remains essential, relevant and so highly in demand. We're beyond thrilled at the opportunity to put the global resources of Universal Music behind Paul's forthcoming work, as well as introducing his previous iconic albums to new generations of fans around the world. "
Temple Of The Dog Stream Unreleased Song 'Black Cat'
Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog are streaming a demo of an unreleased song, "Black Cat", as a preview to next month's release of a special 25th anniversary reissue collection of their 1991 self-titled debut.
Due September 30, the tune appears on the two CD Deluxe and 4-disc Super Deluxe editions, which include seven unheard demos and five studio outtakes in addition to a new remix of the original album by producer Brendan O'Brien.
Single CD and double LP sets will also be available from the group that features members of both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The lineup of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron - who plays with both bands - are regrouping to perform this fall in support of the 25th anniversary reissue.
The group's first-ever tour will see Temple Of The Dog perform eight concerts in five cities starting in Philadelphia, PA on November 4. "We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do … play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago," says Cornell. Stream the song and see the tour dates here.
Geoff Tate, Ripper Owens, Blaze Bayley Announce Trinity Tour
Geoff Tate (Operation: Mindcrime, ex-Queensryche), Tim "Ripper" Owens (Dio Disciples, ex-Judas Priest) and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) are teaming up for a mini tour.
The Trinity tour will feature six shows across New England beginning on November 20th in Sellersville, PA at the Sellersville Theater and wrapping up on the 27th in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club.
The three vocalists will be performing songs from their individual careers during the shows. Ripper had this to say, "This is gonna be fun….In Between putting new cd's out this year, I am gonna have some fun with my fiends!!! WHY NOT, it's our jobs to Rock!!! Trinity is Geoff Tate, Ripper Owens & Blaze Bayley coming to you live for a very special and limited run of dates!"
Trinity Tour Dates:
11/20 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
11/22 - Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theater
11/23 - Poughkeepsie NY - The Chance
11/25 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
11/26 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head on Stage
11/27 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club
The Dead Daisies Release Video For The Who Cover 'Come Together'
The Dead Daisies have released a video featuring their performance of the classic song "Come Together" by The Who which was filmed at the Woodstock Festival Poland in July.
Frontman John Corabi had this to say about the clip and the performance, "We wanted to do 'Join Together' cause it's obviously a classic Who song. I just love the power of the guitar and bass when it kicks in with the heavy riff on the second verse... always have.
"The vocals are pretty easy to get the audience involved, and it's been a crowd favorite when we play it live. We knew the minute we started jamming, it was going to sound great! It's our tip of the hat to a legendary classic band... you may think of us as 'rockers' but, at the end of the day we're just huge music fans... just like our audience!" Check out the video here.
Robert Plant's Stairway To Heaven Trial Testimony Released
A transcript of Robert Plant's evidence given at the recent Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial has been published online. Vocalist Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page gave evidence at the trial in a California court in June, after which they were cleared of having copied the opening sequence of Stairway To Heaven from Spirit track Taurus, released three years before the iconic Led Zep song.
Now the full transcript of Plant's testimony has been published by Rolling Stone and follows the earlier publication of Page's evidence. In his testimony, Plant says he doesn't remember ever hearing the track Taurus. He says: "I didn't remember it then, and I don't remember it now."
Plant says he heard earlier Spirit track Fresh Garbage on a compilation album that he bought in 1968. And asked whether he had ever seen Spirit perform live at Birmingham's Mothers Club where Led Zep were known to hang out, Plant says: "No, I can't recall, actually, Spirit or anybody playing there, with the passing of time.
"I know that they did play there, and I do know that night my wife and I were involved in a big car wreck, and she had a fractured skull, and I had the front part of the windshield sort of buried in the top of my head, which is interesting, and I was hospitalised. We both were. And I don't remember a thing, no." Read more including the full transcript here.
Don Dokken Says Reunion Is About Money
Don Dokken says his Dokken reunion is "about money" and that he believes the same to be true of the Guns N' Roses classic lineup's comeback. The frontman will be joined by George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown for a run of six shows in Japan in October, after which Dokken will revert to the current lineup of Don, Brown, guitarist Jon Levin and bassist Chris McCarvill.
And Don Dokken makes no bones about the fact that the reunion has come about to boost their bank balances rather than because they have any real love for each other.
Dokken tells Eddie Trunk Live (via Blabbermouth): "I'm looking forward to playing with George and Jeff. Of course, Mick's still in Dokken, the current lineup.
"It's not glorious. But when someone sticks an 'X' amount of dollars with a lot of zeroes attached, what are you gonna say? 'No, I'm busy'? I mean, c'mon.
"You think David Lee Roth went back with Van Halen because he just felt like it. I mean, it's about money. And Guns N' Roses - do you think they're doing it because they're all madly in love with each other? I don't think so." Read more here.
Jordan Rudess Introduces Animated An Endless Sporadic Video
Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has introduced the animated video for Sky Run by An Endless Sporadic. The track appears on the band's upcoming album Magic Machine, and it features his piano and synth parts.
Rudess previously described An Endless Sporadic mainman Zach Kamins as "an enormous talent that I've been aware of for a long time," adding: "The album is filled with awesome compositions and great playing."
Kamins himself said: "I've always had a passion for music that was part of a bigger story, where ideas can take time to develop and be presented in many different ways."
Magic Machine is released on September 16, and also features Flower Kings mainman Roine Stolt and colleague Joan Reingold, plus other guests. Watch the video here.
Jason Newsted Shares Favorite Metallica Black Album Memory
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has recalled his favorite moments recording the band's 1991 self-titled album. Newsted says he was particularly pleased with the song My Friend Of Misery, which opens with his bass guitar and which he says was a "real accomplishment" in a band which had previously released ...And Justice For All with the bass almost inaudible in the mix.
As the self-titled album, aka The Black Album, celebrates its 25th anniversary, Newsted tells Billboard: "It was the bass, by itself, introducing My Friend Of Misery, which was not the easiest thing to do at that time within that band.
"That was a moment where those guys kind of bowed and said, 'Here you go, man, put your song on there,' being the guy who came up with that. As opposed to being part of the team, I got to be myself for a minute there, which was a real accomplishment." Read more here.
KISS Kruise VI To Feature Skid Row, Enuff Z'Nuff, Dead Daisies, More
KISS have announced the details for their KISS Kruise VI, which will be sailing between Miami, Cozumel and George Town, Grand Cayman, November 4-9, 2016.
According to a release, fans will be treated to "Gene, Paul, Eric and Tommy in an Unmasked Electric Sail Away show on the ship's massive pool deck, plus a two-night reimagining of their 1982 Creatures Tour in the expansive yet intimate Stardust Theater."
Additional acts featured on the cruise include Whitford/St. Holmes--guitarists Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) and Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Skid Row, King's X, The Dead Daisies, Enuff Z'Nuff, Magnetico, Cleveland's Breakfast Club, hair metal tribute band Teaze, Gene Simmons' daughter Sophie Simmons, and The Dives, featuring Paul Stanley's son Evan Stanley. Read more here.
THE CULT ANNOUNCES NEW DATES WITH GUNS N' ROSES AUGUST 18 & 19 AT DODGER STADIUM IN LOS ANGELES
"ALIVE IN THE HIDDEN CITY" HEADLINING RUN--INCLUDING SEVERAL FESTIVAL STOPS--KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 16
Following a series of dates with Guns N' Roses through the south, THE CULT has just announced they will rejoin the "Not In This Lifetime" tour: two nights in Los Angeles this Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 at Dodger Stadium. Select tickets are still available via Ticketmaster. This news comes as the iconic CULT prepares for their own "Alive In The Hidden City" headlining tour, which will include several festival appearances, among them Rock Allegiance, Houston Open Air, Louder Than Life, and the recently announced 93.1 Jack FM's Jack's 11th Show taking place Friday, September 23 at Irvine Meadows in Irvine, CA, alongside Jane's Addiction and Garbage. A list of all THE CULT tour dates is below and ticket links are available at http://thecult.us/main/shows.
THE CULT--founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with drummer John Tempesta, bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox--is on the road now in support of their latest full-length release, Hidden City.
Hidden City is THE CULT's 10th studio album and the final chapter of the band's trilogy of releases which began with 2007's Born Into This then 2012's Choice of Weapon. The Bob Rock-produced album has already produced several singles: "Dark Energy,""Deeply Ordered Chaos,""Hinterland" and "G O A T."
"Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives," explains Astbury. "There is no higher authority than the heart."
Of the new album, Mojo said it's "Some of the fiercest, nastiest, most powerful - and also starkly beautiful - music of their career...The album's extraordinary howls of pain and anger, its dramatic apocalyptic visions and quiet interrogations of the meaning of life and death, align perfectly with the times."
THE CULT Tour Dates:
w/ Guns N Roses
Thu 8/18 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium
Fri 8/19 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium
Alive In The Hidden City tour
Fri 9/16 Hampton Beach, NH Casino Ballroom
*Sat 9/17 Chester, PA Rock Allegiance-Talen Energy Stadium
Sun 9/18 Norfolk, VA The Norva
Tue 9/20 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
Wed 9/21 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
*Fri 9/23 Irvine, CA Jack's 11th Show-Irvine Meadows
*Sat 9/24 Houston, TX Houston Open Air-NRG Park
Sun 9/25 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
Tue 9/27 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom
Thu 9/29 Kansas City, MO Harrah's/Voodoo Lounge
Fri 9/30 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
*Sat 10/1 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival-Champions Park
Tue 10/4 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Wed 10/5 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Fri 10/7 Fresno, AZ Paul Paul Theater at Fresno Fair
Sat 10/8 Primm, NV Star of the Desert Arena
BETH HART RETURNS WITH A NEW STUDIO ALBUM “FIRE ON THE FLOOR” OUT 14 OCTOBER 2016 ON PROVOGUE
You can watch the new video for ‘Fire on the Floor’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV2BiD9LCn8&feature=youtu.be
Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016, the headline news is Beth’s latest album, Fire On The Floor (out 14 October on Provogue/Mascot Label Group): a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as “pretty frickin’ good”. But let’s not forget the backstory that brought her here…
The Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart “the ultimate female rock star”, and there’s no doubt that her two-decade career is the ultimate thrill-ride. Born in Los Angeles, she released a fistful of hit albums through the ’90s, then reignited in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and Slash. “Extraordinary,” wrote The Times of her once-a-generation voicebox, while The Guardian praised her “daring, brooding and angry” performances.
But it’s in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed. In April 2015, she released Better Than Home: a critical and commercial smash that topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was crowned #4 Best Blues Album Of The Year by Mojo magazine. The release led her to fill Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall with 5,500 fans (her largest club show to date). “Oh, that was so good, man,” she reflects. “I love Holland. They’ve been really good to me.”
The US has embraced her, too, packing ever-larger venues in major cities on the Better Than Home tour – including Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium – and receiving a nomination from the American Blues Foundation in the category of Contemporary Blues Female Artist. “It’s unbelievable,” she admits. “This last tour, we were playing much bigger houses than I’d ever played in the States – and they were sold-out.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Beth’s rocketing UK profile has never been higher. Recent years have seen auspicious headline sets at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican (not to mention the historic Hampton Court Palace with Joe Bonamassa), and in December 2015, she chalked up another first with a spot on Jools Holland’s legendary annual Hootenanny.
Bringing in the New Year with a soulful take on Tell Her You Belong To Me and Nutbush City Limits alongside long-time collaborator Jeff Beck, it spoke volumes that the pair’s performance rapidly became the Hootenanny’s most-watched clip on the BBC’s official YouTube channel (even overtaking heavyweights like Tom Jones and Paul Weller). “Every time Jeff performs, he just kills it,” gushes Beth, who also joins the veteran guitarist for her first-ever appearance at the Hollywood Bowl this year. “To me, he’s the greatest ever.”
Just as memorable, also last December, was Beth’s first solo gig at London’s Union Chapel (subsequently voted by fans as the venue’s gig of the year). “It was the most terrifying experience of my entire life,” she admits. “I got up there and I was so frickin’ scared. But then, halfway through the show, I just started to enjoy it. By the end, I felt so connected to the audience, and I really felt like they did that show with me. It was like we were all the band.”
Fire On The Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. As the singer explains, this latest record gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for Better Than Home. If there’s a theme that ties these twelve songs together, it’s a sense of escapism following the hardest of times. “We were still in the mixing stages for that album and I knew I had to make another record. Making Better Than Home was so painful, because one of the producers, Michael Stevens, was dying of cancer. It was a very emotional record to write and to make. I wanted the songs for Fire On The Floor to get born real quick.”
Beth’s first call was to the acclaimed producer Oliver Leiber, who called a session at his home studio in Toluca Lake and drafted a crack studio band that included Michael Landau (guitar), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Rick Marotta (drums), Jim Cox (piano), Dean Parks (acoustic guitar) and Ivan Neville (B3 and organ). “Oliver rounded up some amazing musicians,” nods Beth. “Michael Landau and Waddy Wachtel are legends, so when I found out we had them, I just couldn’t believe it. If you don’t have great musicians, you’re not gonna have a very good record, are you?” “We recorded sixteen songs in three days,” continues Beth of the quickfire LA sessions, “but then we spent a long time mixing. Oliver is a brutally hard-working person, but he’s also incredibly sensitive and that combination works so great. He’s strong and focused, but still so vulnerable, and his heart is wide open. I’m so proud of what he did on this record.”
Take a spin of Fire On The Floor and you’ll see exactly why. These twelve new songs run the gamut of genre, reflecting Beth’s eclectic teenage influences, which took in everything from gospel, soul and classical to the seismic rock of Soundgarden. “As a writer,” she nods, “I feel really stifled if I’m trying to write in the same style. I just can’t do that. Growing up as a kid, I was raised all over the place stylistically, loving so many different genres.”
As such, you’ll find everything from the spring-heeled soul of Let’s Get Together to the brittle rock of Fat Man. “I love that song,” she says of the latter. “That’s actually a co-write with a wonderful songwriter named Glen Burtnik, who I started writing with when I was about 24. We wrote that seven years ago – just a basic skeleton – but then I got super-inspired and wrote out the lyric. It feels good to sing it. That’s what’s so great about rock ‘n’ roll. It’s just such a fantastic way to let out your angst.”
Likewise, the title track: “I love Fire On The Floor. It’s just smouldering. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic piece to perform live. It’s filled with passion. It’s about when someone you know is so bad for you, but you can’t help it. Then there’s No Place Like Home. I love that song. It’s about how, like, you spend a lot of time on the road, and you start to realise all the great things about being home. Kinda the opposite to the song Better Than Home.” Other upbeat highlights include the salsa-tinged Baby Shot Me Down and the jazz-inflected Coca Cola, with a vocal that reminds you why Beth was recently voted as the 20th best blues singer of all-time in The Blues. “Vocally, that one takes me back to a Billie Holiday kinda singing,” she reflects. “I love that kind of vibe, like a light, fun sexiness.”
By contrast, there are some songs that Beth had to wrench from the emotional depths. “Picture In A Frame is a big one for me,” she says. “When I started writing it, I was thinking about being in love with my husband. But when I was done, I could see that I really connected it with Michael Stevens, and it was my way of saying to him, y’know, ‘I just want you to be better’.” Despite all the emotionally bare moments, for Beth, this record represents a catharsis. “I think Better Than Home is one of the best records I’ve ever done,” she says, “but it was a brutal experience. Fire On The Floor has more energy and I think, overall, it’s just got more balls. And I think I really needed that, just to balance out that heavier mood on Better Than Home.”
Fire On The Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it’s a record that you need to hear. “I’m so pleased with it,” she concludes. “I recently had to organise the sequence of the record, and while I was doing that, I was thinking to myself, ‘Y’know, this is pretty frickin’ good…!’”
Release Date October 14, 2016
Available formats CD, LP+MP3 and Digital
Guns N' Roses Add New Legs To Reunion Tour
Guns N' Roses have confirmed three Not In This Lifetime reunion tour dates to take place in Japan in January 2017, followed by five in Australia during February.
Shows have been listed in Osaka, Tokyo, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth between January 21 and February 21. General sales commence on October 1 in Japan and August 26 in Australia, with fan club presales sooner.
The appearances mark the first time frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan will have played in each nation since 1993's Use Your Illusion visits.
Guns N' Roses are currently on the road across North America, with South American dates starting in October. The Not In This Lifetime title is a light-hearted homage to a quote credited to Rose, when he was asked several years ago if a reunion with Slash would ever take place. See the dates here.
Grateful Dead Star Breaks His Neck
Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten revealed on Tuesday that he broke his neck when he took a fall on the way into a post office last Wednesday (August 10th)
Constanten, who is now recovering from surgery, posted the following message on his Facebook page, "Fell down and broke my neck last Wednesday. Just like they warned me about as a kid.
"I'd driven up to the Post Office at the top of the hill to mail off a bill, and, knowing there was heavy rain in the forecast, figured it would be better to mail it off inside. I parked the car, and on the way in a bit of uneven pavement tripped me up. I fell, face first, onto the concrete.
"I am so very grateful for the woman who spotted me right away and called 911; for the ambulance crew, who got there so fast; for their professionalism and teamwork; for the uniformly excellent care at Novant Presbyterian Hospital; for the skill of Dr. Healy, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure that pulled me out of the darkness and into the light, for Dr. Guignard, for the anæsthesiologist, Dr....well, I'm spacing on his name, maybe because he did such a good job. For the surgeon who stitched up my forehead." Read the rest of his post here.
Lynch Mob Stop Show After Support Band Guitarist Dies
A member of a band who had opened for Lynch Mob later suffered a fatal heart attack while watching the headline act. Guitarist Jeff Windisch has played a set with his band Emperors And Elephants at Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill in Savage, Minnesota, on Saturday night before Lynch Mob took to the stage.
As he watched Lynch Mob's set from the crowd, he suffered a heart attack and could not be resuscitated. Lynch Mob cut their performance short after learning Windisch was in trouble.
Lynch Mob bassist Sean McNabb says: "On behalf of Lynch Mob - George, Oni Logan, Jimmy D'Anda and myself - our prayers go out to Jeff Windisch's family, friends and band Emperors And Elephants.
"Jeff died of cardiac arrest during our set. They opened the show for us and kicked ass. As soon as we were alerted to the situation, we stopped playing, as the crowd and band stood in disbelief as they tried to save him.
"We felt it was best to stop the show at that point. Please keep his family in your prayers." Read more here.
Billy Corgan Addresses Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Speculation
Billy Corgan took to social media on Tuesday afternoon (August 16) to clarify the state of a potential Smashing Pumpkins reunion amid speculation that the classic lineup might regroup.
"We're back in contact again," he begins. "I've been in communication with D'arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years, it's awesome to have my friend back. So we're all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again. We were a family for a very long time, and it just makes life easier to communicate."
Does this signal a reunion of the original lineup? Not yet, according to Cogran. 'We're not at that point," he said "and I think that's a good thing. We're not rushing to something, we have to of course repair some things between us, and see what's out there for us, if those opportunities are even there. We're not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in just going out to play because there's a big stack of money there. Of course the business is part of what goes on, but the band was never about that, and if the band should ever be again in that form, in some iteration, obviously because there's other people involved, it would be about the music."
'There's excitement there that surrounds the idea that maybe there's the possibility that we will get back together, but until you hear it coming from my mouth that the band is getting back together and we will play dates, my primary concern is the family relationships of the band that are ultimately so much more important," he concludes. See Corgan's full post here.
Metallica's Early Years Explored In New Streaming Series
Metallica's early years are explored in a new four-part series produced by streaming service Spotify. Set to debut August 18, "Landmark - Metallica: The Early Years" is divided into chapters titled "Metal Militia", "Metal Up Your Ass", "Sophistication And Brutality" and "Armageddon's Here."
Each segment features exclusive interviews with James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich along with rare archival footage, reminiscences from their peers, new animation by Anthony Schepperd and a companion playlist.
Chapter one is devoted to Hetfield and Ulrich's first encounter. In it, Hetfield recalls: "When I met Lars, he was pretty much a stinky European kid," while Ulrich says of Hetfield: "He was really awkward." Chapter two brings Hammett into the band and covers the making of their debut album, 1983's "Kill 'Em All." Chapter three is devoted to late bassist Cliff Burton, and chapter four follows the group's early ascent. Check out a preview here.
Corey Taylor Ejects Another Fan From Slipknot Concert
Corey Taylor has had another fan ejected from a Slipknot gig - this time during the band's show in Concord, California. The reasons for Taylor's actions at the Concord gig are not clear.
It follows an incident in Toronto last month in which Taylor singled out a man in the audience, saying: "You don't show me sh*t, you little pussy," before security removed the man from the venue.
In the latest incident, video footage shows Taylor pointing at a man in the crowd and saying: "Get that guy. Get him out. That f***er with the glasses, get him the f*** out." The video can be viewed here.
Sex Pistols, PiL's John Lydon Attacked With Grass During Concert
Public Image Ltd frontman John Lydon has laughed off a glass attack from a member of the audience at a concert in Chile. And eyewitness reports suggest he battled to protect his attacker from angry fans.
The band were playing at Club Blondie in Santiago when the incident took place. Former Sex Pistols vocalist Lydon posed for a picture soon afterwards, with a plaster on his forehead and a bloodstained towel, with a cigarette in his mouth and a trademark glare.
The image was posted on PiL's Facebook page with the message: "Glass attack last night at Santiago. No reflection on the rest of the crowd. Great gig. It lives. Anyone got any more pictures?"
While details of the incident haven't been revealed, an eyewitness suggested a bottle had been thrown by someone in the crowd near the front, and that aside from that moment, "the overall atmosphere was amazing." Read more here.
David Bowie's 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' Soundtrack To Be Released
The soundtrack to David Bowie's 1976 film, "The Man Who Fell To Earth", will see its release for the first time in sync with the project's 4K restoration and return to UK cinemas next month as part of its 40th anniversary.
Due September 9, the package features exclusive music from John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas and Japanese prog-fusionist Stomu Yamashta without a contribution from Bowie himself, who stepped aside from participating at the time due to contractual issues.
The 2CD set comes with a 48-page hardback book with rare photos and a new essay about the film from Paolo Hewitt. The book also contains notes from the movie's editor, Graeme Clifford, who reveals that he used Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" as a temporary soundtrack whilst working on the film.
A deluxe 2CD/2LP box will be issued on November 18 that adds a reproduction of the original UK poster for the film, which was based on Walter Tevis' 1963 novel of the same name about an extraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth seeking a way to ship water to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought. Read more here.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announce North American Tour
Trans-Siberian Orchestra have announced that they will be bringing back their tale, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," with their 2016 North American tour.
The 61-city tour is scheduled to kick off on November 17th in Youngstown, OH at the Covelli Center and Council Bluffs, IA at the Mid America Center. The trek is set to conclude with special New Year's Eve performances in Seattle and Cleveland.
TSO's Paul O'Neill had this to say, "This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO has never done.
"It brought back so many memories to see Ossie Davis and everyone else who helped make that TV special into the annual tradition that it has become.
"The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band's decision to take it back out on the road this year. As always we have new artists, new special effects and lots of surprises in store. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the road."
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tour Dates:
11/17 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/17 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid America Center - 7:30 PM
11/18 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center - 7:30 PM
11/19 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/20 - Providence, RI - Dunkin Donuts Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/20 - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/23 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre - 8:00 PM
11/25 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Mohegan Arena - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/25 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/26 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/26 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena - 7:00 PM
11/27 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/27 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena - 3:30PM & 7:30PM
11/30 - Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center - 7:30 PM
11/30 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon - 7:30 PM
12/1 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena - 7:30 PM
12/1 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center - 7:30 PM
12/2 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/2 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena - 7:30 PM
12/3 - Dayton, OH - Nutter Center - 3PM & 7:30PM
12/3 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/4 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/4 - St Louis, MO - Scottrade Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/7 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum - 7:30 PM
12/7 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse - 7:30 PM
12/8 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena - 7:30 PM
12/8 - Moline, IL - iWireless Arena - 7:30 PM
12/9 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/9 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/10 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/10 - St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/11 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/11 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/14 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena - 7:30 PM
12/14 - Atlanta, GA - Infinite Energy Arena - 7:30 PM
12/15 - Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center - 7:30 PM
12/15 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 7:30 PM
12/16 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/16 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/17 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/18 - Hartford, CT - XL Center - 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
12/18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/21 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/21 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena - 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
12/28 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/29 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30 - Portland, OR - Moda Center - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/31 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena - 3:00 PM & 9:00 PM
12/31 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena - 3:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Jimmy Page's Stairway To Heaven Trial Transcript Released
A transcript of Jimmy Page's testimony at the recent Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial has been published in full. Guitarist Page and singer Robert Plant gave evidence at the trial in a California court in June, after which they were cleared of having copied the opening sequence of Stairway To Heaven from Spirit track Taurus, released three years before the iconic Led Zep song.
In his evidence, Page admits that he owned two Spirit albums, their 1969 efforts The Family That Plays Together and Clear. He says: "The two albums that I sort of recollect having had and what I do have are Family Plays Together and Clear Spirit, which I believe is the third album. Second album, third album."
But the transcript shows that Page claimed not to have owned Spirit's self-titled debut album at the time, although he has got it in his collection now. The 1968 debut contains the track Taurus. He says: "Didn't get around to getting the first album."
Asked when he did get the first Spirit album, Page says: "It was after the internet comparisons came up, which is a few years ago. My son-in-law brought it to my attention that there was a comparison of Stairway To Heaven and a Spirit song, and I said that I'd like to hear it. "Within a week of that, I went to the location where all my records are and I thought, 'I'm going to have a look and see what Spirit records I've got.'" Read more including the full transcript of Page's testimony here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Says Metal Tribe Kept Genre Alive
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says the metal community has a "tribe mentality" which helps keep the touring business alive. The frontman says technology could never replace the buzz of going to a concert and connecting with other like-minded fans over a love of music - and says "it's a beautiful thing."
He tells Roppongi Rocks: "For years, I've sat on airplanes flying across the planet, contemplating why we drag piles of gear and people around the world to play concerts. In many ways, it seems so antiquated.
"But, so far, no technology can replace the live human experience of music and people together in a room all rocking out, digging the same music and having fun together. So, we make records for people to enjoy in their cars, living rooms, gyms, on whatever device or means they hear it, so we can take the show on the road to have our little metal summits in each town, bringing us to together as a tribe.
"I think that is what it is really all about. Humans have a 'tribe mentality' as a species, and that's how music connects us - we find like-minded people who rally around a genre, and that becomes our common bond. It's a beautiful thing to see." Read more here.
Anderson Rabin Wakeman Really A 5-Piece Not A Trio
Rick Wakeman has described Yes offshoot Anderson Rabin Wakeman as a five-piece band rather than a trio with sideman, after completing their first rehearsal sessions in the US.
The band last month confirmed that bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino III would be part of the lineup for their world tour. They spent last week rehearsing a mix of classic Yes tracks and new material - and the keyboardist has professed himself "so enthused" with the results.
Wakeman says in a blog post: "Trevor, Jon and myself have been spending the last few months preparing ideas for the concerts. I arrived in Los Angeles on August 7, and for the next seven days ARW rehearsed solidly, with ideas constantly changing, and for the better.
"One thing that became abundantly clear was that Lee and Lou are much more than 'sidemen.' Their contributions to all that went on were immense. ARW is truly a five-piece band of tremendous potential." Read more here.
Acclaimed Yes and Asia Artist Roger Dean Exhibit Opens This Week
An exhibition featuring the work of artist Roger Dean opens at the Max Museum on the Isle of Man this week. Dean - best known for his work on album covers by prog giants including Yes and Asia - opens his Islands And Bridges exhibition at the Manx Museum on August 20 (Saturday) and it runs through to November 19.
Also on August 20, the Isle of Man Post Office will launch a set of six stamps featuring images of some of the work from the Islands And Bridges exhibition. A gallery showing the stamps can be viewed below.
And on the same day, Dean will republish his three books Views, Magnetic Storm and Dragon's Dream - all of which will be available at the museum. Dean says: "The Isle of Man Post office, Manx National Heritage and The Manx Museum kindly invited me to produce a set of stamps to go with my exhibition on the Isle of Man that opens on August 20." Read more here.
AC/DC's Phil Rudd Done Raising Hell, Releasing Album
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says the lifestyle that led to his dismissal from the band is in the past. And he's aiming to put his career back on track with the re-release of solo album Head Job next month.
Rudd, who's appeared on all but three of AC/DC's studio albums, was charged with attempting to procure a murder in 2014, after becoming frustrated with the handling of Head Job's initial launch.
Although that charge was dropped, he was later found guilty of threatening to kill and drugs possession, and sentenced to eight months of home detention in New Zealand. That led AC/DC to replace him with Chris Slade for their Rock Or Bust world tour.
Head Job will be relaunched on September 30 via Wave 365 media, and Rudd will undertake a media tour to promote it. He says: "My hellraising days are over. I see a psychiatrist once a week and I'm closer than ever to my children." Read more here.
Joe Perry's Onstage Collapse Explained By Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper confirms that Joe Perry's onstage collapse during a July 10 concert in Coney Island by supergroup The Hollywood Vampires was due to a combination of dehydration and exhaustion.
"Aerosmith does two shows a week, but we were on our eighth show in nine days, and I'm used to working like that," Cooper tells Rolling Stone. "I'm used to working an hour and 40 minutes or two hours, five nights a week. I was in shape and so was Johnny [Depp] and everybody else. I think Joe was not ready for that kind of pace."
"We were doing 25 to 30 songs with no break," he continues. "You're in fourth gear, and there's no 24-hour resting period. I think it just caught up with him. He finally got up there onstage, dehydrated. And I think he was exhausted. He told me the night before he hadn't eaten in two days."
"I said, 'Man, you've got to know when to sleep. You've got to know when to eat on a tour.' I think it just finally got to him. It was not a heart attack; it was pure exhaustion. They checked his heart and said his heart was actually very strong."
Cooper recalls his reaction to seeing his bandmate collapse during the second song of the concert. "It scared the hell out of me," he says. "The lyrics to ['Raise the Dead'], the first song we played that night, go, 'Cardiac, heart attack … they never feared the reaper,' and I look around the stage and he's gone. He was lying behind an amp on his back, and I went, 'Oh, my God.' We didn't know what happened until after the show." Read more and watch video of the incident here.
Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Announce New Lineup
Bobby Blotzer's Ratt have added guitarist Mitch Perry and bassist Brad Lang to their lineup. The pair will join the band next month following the departures of guitarist Nicholas 'Blaze' Baum and bassist Bobbie Crane last week. P
erry has worked with several bands over his career, including Talas, Heaven and Lita Ford, while Lang performs in hard rock band Y&T. The new lineup also includes Blotzer's friend, LA Guns ex Stacey Blades, who stepped in on guitar duties for their festival shows last weekend.
In the meantime, longtime drummer Blotzer has temporarily recruited Slash bassist Todd Kerns for August shows. Blotzer says: "Starting September 3 and 4 onward will be the great Mitch Perry on lead guitar, Stacey Blades on rhythm and lead guitar, Brad Lang on bass, the awesome Joshua Alan still fronting and yours truly chopping wood behind the kit." Read more here.
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Jam Classic Song
ZZ Top are joined by Jeff Beck in London for a performance of the 1947 Merle Travis classic, "Sixteen Tons", on the Texas band's forthcoming set "Greatest Hits Live."
Due September 9, the package - which marks the group's first official live album after 45 years - presents material recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world.
"We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin, and rockin' it way up," says Billy F. Gibbons. "This is the true document of life de la ZZ. In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do. Enjoy and listen to loudness!"
"Sixteen Tons" was first written and recorded by Merle Travis in 1947 and went on to become a No. 1 US hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955. Check out the Beck, ZZ Top jam here.
Early Black Sabbath Memorabilia To Be Auctioned
A collection of Black Sabbath-related memorabilia is to go on sale at a Sheffield auction on September 30. Dating from 1968 until 1973, the range includes a number of personal postcards from Ozzy Osbourne to his parents in Birmingham while on the road, as well as handwritten lyrics, photographs and tour posters from the group's early days under the banner, Earth - shortened from their original band name, Earth Blues Company. It will be sold as one lot at an estimated starting price of £2000-£3000.
Stephen Flintoft, specialist music valuer and auctioneer at the Sheffield Auction Gallery, tells The Antique Trades Gazette: "Perhaps the most interesting item, among so many, is the handwritten lyrics headed 'by Earth' to the song Changing Phases, a title later changed to Solitude, which featured on the 1971 double platinum Black Sabbath album Master of Reality."
The sale room says the collection was saved by a Sheffield resident from a London Docklands property which was being demolished in the 1980s. Photographs of the items to go on auction can be viewed here.
Dee Snider Wants To See More Unity In Metal Community
Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider says the divisions in the world of metal are worse than ever and he's calling on fans to be accepting of different sub-genres.
Snider and Twisted Sister headlined the Bloodstock festival in England last Friday as part of their farewell Forty And F*** It tour and the flamboyant frontman says the metal community must work harder to work together.
Recalling how he first started noticing splits in the metal fanbase in the 1980s, Snider says it has only got worse. He tells Metal Hammer: "That's been going on for way too long. I'm an original headbanger - an OHB. I had the first Sabbath album when it came out, the first Zeppelin album, Deep Purple album - it wasn't even called metal, it was hard rock.
"I was in a Black Sabbath tribute band. There was a unity, a Woodstock nation and the heavy bands came together and you supported them. Then all of a sudden in the early 80s it started to faction and you had this kind of metal and that kind of metal. I always fought for unity because I said we were so oppressed and were such a small section of the music world that to further cut it into smaller and smaller pieces and fight among ourselves weakens us, it doesn't strengthen us.
"While you don't have to be a supporter of all different kinds of metal, at least be supportive. Recognise that we are all part of a sort of dysfunctional family. Strength in numbers. If we try to break it down the way some people want to break it down, then all you're gonna have is a bunch of club shows." Read more here.
Pete Townshend In The Studio For Who's Next Anniversary
Pete Townshend is featured in the latest episode of syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands which celebrates the anniversary The Who's Who's Next. The show sent over the following details:
Few rock fans realize that immediately prior to the album Tommy's 1969 release, the British quartet The Who were on the brink of breaking up. They were hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and had yet to score a Top 10 hit in America. The album Tommy changed all that for The Who, and they spent the remainder of 1969 and most of 1970 touring the world while critics lauded composer Pete Townshend as a genius.
As 1970 waned, Townshend found himself no doubt encouraged by the universal acclaim he received for his rock opera Tommy. Townshend decided to do home demos for another audio/visual high concept piece in late 1970 entitled Lifehouse. Townshend shares with In The Studio host Redbeard the dilemma Tommy had put The Who in.
Pete Townshend says, " Tommy was incredibly difficult to follow. It was huge, it kind of existed outside of The Who. It challenged The Who, it challenged what we were. It changed us, but didn't tell us what to do next."
What eventually came next was Who's Next , an album produced by Glyn Johns that rose out of the ashes of the abandoned Lifehouse project while managing to deliver some of the most iconic Who songs of all time including, "Behind Blue Eyes", "Bargain", "Baba O'Riley" and the anthem for the ages, "Won't Get Fooled Again". Stream the episode here
Neil Young Reissuing 1970s Albums On Vinyl
Neil Young will reissue four of his albums from the mid-1970s on vinyl on September 6. 1973's "Time Fades Away", 1974's "On The Beach", and 1975's "Tonight's The Night" and "Zuma" have been out of print for many years and will be reissued separately for the first time after being previously released as a Limited Edition Box Set for Record Store Day in 2014.
The records were originally issued in the years following the success of 1972's "Harvest", which delivered Young his first and only US No.1 album. "Time Fades Away" was recorded live with Neil Young and The Stray Gators while touring in support of "Harvest" in 1972.
1974's "On The Beach" was recorded after "Tonight's The Night", but released before the latter, which surfaced in 1975. "Zuma" marked the rocker's first project to deliver a co-credit to his band Crazy Horse and features their "classic" line-up of bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist Frank Sampedro. Read more here.
TRIBUTES TO MOTÖRHEAD’S LEMMY KILMISTER NEAR AND FAR
Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Little Richard, Lemmy Kilmister…all great pioneers in music that will forever be associated in history as the founders of a movement called rock ‘n’ roll.
With Lemmy’s passing now less than a year, tributes and honors for him have been coming in worldwide.
On August 24, 2016, Lemmy’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles will honor him with an outpouring of love -
- Inside the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip, they will unveil a lifesize bronze statue of Lemmy, paid for by fans/crowdfunding. It will stand in the bar where Lemmy used to hold court. All fans are invited to attend.
- The Rainbow and The Whisky will have live online streaming of the event starting at 6 30 PM.
- Also the Rainbow remodeled their outside bar, now calling it Lemmy’s Lounge. This will be the first of a series of specially-selected locations for “Lemmy Lounges.”
- The Roxy next door will have a full Lemmy wall mural.
- The Hollywood Vampires dedicated the Motörhead song, Ace Of Spades, to Lemmy at the Grammy Awards. The band continue to play the song on tour, as is Alice Cooper.
- As a special tribute, Slidebar in Fullerton, CA, modified a full size Jack Daniels statue to look like Lemmy.
- Black Sabbath and Slipknot will headline Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a combination of the two hard rock and metal events that will take place on September 24 and 25 in San Bernardino, California. Both days will feature three stages, with one of them named after Lemmy. The Lemmy Stage will be headlined by Black Sabbath on September 24 and Slipknot on September 25.
- On December 29, 2015, the day after Lemmy died, the Oscar Blues Brewery in Colorado stamped on all of their cans, "This One Is For Lemmy."
Tributes in Europe –
- Last week, Phil Campbell formally opened “Lemmy's Bar” at UK’s Bloodstock Festival and took the first drink there. The bar has been renamed in honor of Motörhead's founder and leader. On opening day at the Festival, Phil’s band, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, performed there. Then Dee Snider came and sang “Born To Raise Hell” with the band and rocked the house.
- In the UK, the Download Festival awarded Triple H the Lemmy award and the naming of the Lemmy stage.
- Glastonbury in the UK had huge sculpture and Ace Of Spades stage.
- UK’s Metal Hammer Golden God Awards did a tribute, “A Salute to Lemmy,” a unique celebration featured performances by Saxon and Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell. It was held at the Eventim Apollo (formerly Hammersmith Apollo), a new venue for the Golden God Awards and the perfect place for Britain's salute to Lemmy. The venue is staunchly part of Motörhead's history — the band's No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith live album reached No. 1 in June, 1981, 35 years to the month of this year's awards.
- HellFest in France had a huge statue and memorabilia show and acts.
There was also a massive fireworks display that ended the festival and said “RIP Lemmy.”
- The Sweden Rock Festival had a big Lemmy Stage.
- On July 20, 2016, the Motörheadbangers Club held their first annual Hammersmith Lemmy Tribute party at the venue and nearby bar, proclaiming it Motörhead Day in London. Members flew in from many countries to celebrate the anniversary of the first Motörhead gig in 1975. “Raise a glass for Lemmy – it will get LOUD!” they said on the invitation.
- Alan Burridge, the head of the Motörheadbangers, released tribute book "Collateral Damage."
- Germany issued special edition of 77,777 Lemmy postage stamps. They were spectacular and sold out quickly.
- The Wacken Festival in Germany on August 6 did a tribute to Lemmy, they showed a ½ hour movie presentation about Lemmy and Motörhead, with Phil, Mikkey with manager Todd Singerman on stage thanking all the fans for supporting Motörhead over all these years. They also laid the foundation for the Rainbow Bar and Grill with a Lemmy's Lounge sign that it will be opening at Wacken 2017, and Henry Rollins did a 40 minute speech talking about one of his great idols.
- The Wacken Festival featured two Motörhead Music bands, Barbwire Dolls and Budderside. Lemmy signed both bands to his label last year, and both have new records out in 2016. Lemmy would be proud.
- On September 24 the Swedish V8 racing, renamed “Lemmy 500” is going to take place with a special performance of Saxon featuring Phil and Mikkey playing some Motörhead songs.
- There was a huge painting of Lemmy in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where Phil Campbell performed.
- A City Hall clock in Oslo, Norway had been chiming “Electricity” from Motörhead’s Bad Magic every night at 6 PM from his day of passing until June 1.
The new Motörhead live DVD/CD/Vinyl, Clean Your Clock, which came out in June, debuted at #2 in Germany. It was Lemmy’s last show, recorded the month before he died.
Guitar Icon Adrian Belew Scores Music For New Animated Film & Releases “FLUX” Album!
Nashville - Guitar icon Adrian Belew has recently scored the music to “Piper”, a short movie by animation studio Pixar, which was released on June 17th! The six-minute production tells the story of a small bird that lives on a beach, and must challenge herself to find food while avoiding treacherous waves. It was screened before “Finding Dory”, the full-length sequel to 2003's “Finding Nemo”.
Says Adrian, “I've visited Pixar four times and it never ceases to thrill me – so much creativity and technology in one place.”
Adrian Belew's soundtrack to “Piper” is now available digitally: https://www.amazon. com/Piper-Adrian-Belew/dp/B01I PIDUAA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie= UTF8&qid=1470589084&sr=1-1-mp3 -albums-bar-strip-0&keywords= adrian+belew.+piper
Meanwhile, Belew continues work on the latest additions to his FLUX project, including an album called FLUXbybelew and an in-app addition entitled FLUXation. FLUX is 'music which is never the same twice'. To accommodate the original concept FLUX was released on iTunes as a music app for iPhone and iPad (the only one of its kind, available on iTunes at bit.ly/FLUX_cd) with the app downloaded, you press Play to activate 30 minutes of music, songs, sounds, and visuals which will never happen again in quite the same way. that's because of some very clever algorithms and a huge amount of content. But it is not feasible to have the same thing occur on a CD, so Adrian asks that you always play the CD in “shuffle” mode. This will give as close an approximation to the way he intended this music to be experienced as can be offered in this format.
FLUX is not meant to be listened to in the same running sequence every time. In order to eventually make all FLUX material available on CD, this will be an ongoing series, updated as needed. Adrian's hope is that you will make your own playlist from the content of all the CDs, then put the entire playlist in shuffle and enjoy FLUX: music that is never the same twice!
Says Adrian, “For those who only have the first FLUX CD, this will double your fun. For those of you who have the FLUXbybelew app, the FLUXation pack will add another half an hour of music and visuals to your FLUX stream, creating even more possibilities. Also included in both these releases are new songs not available anywhere else.”
Adrian Belew finally launched his FLUX music creation environment after 36 years of planning and development. It's now available as an iOS mobile device app, and promises “a new and exciting way to experience music.”
Says Adrian, “Technology has changed our lives so dramatically. Our ability to multitask is greater, but our attention spans are shorter. Modern music does not reflect these changes – most music has remained unaltered, still made in the same format used for over 60 years: the three to five minute song. Nothing wrong with that, but how about an alternative?
“FLUX is an ever-changing variety of songs, sounds and visual art that comes at you in quick, exciting pieces. You get exposed to a lot of content quickly and every listen is new. It will never happen the same way for you or anyone else.
While the system currently features only Belew's music, and isn't open to any other input, he hopes the concept can be expanded. He told Something Else Reviews: “I really believe it's something that could be used in many different artistic mediums, and that people will use it different ways.”
Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.
Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar”. Adrian's signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman Progressive Rock Powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. “Discipline”, Adrian's first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.
Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to The Atlantic Records hit album “Mr. Music Head” or any of his other 20 solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, NIN and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!
Former UFO Star Pete Way Suffers Heart Attack
Former UFO bassist Pete Way has suffered a heart attack and doctors have discovered a blood clot on his lung. His wife and manager Jenny tells TeamRock that Way collapsed following a European business trip.
She says: "My husband Pete Way has collapsed after a short business trip to Germany and is currently in hospital. He has had a heart attack and a blood clot has been found on his lung. Needless to say, I am in bits, but Pete is fighting like he always does.
"He's fighting like a demon as always. His doctor, Adib Beg, says he's a fighter with superhuman strength. We are not going to lose another one. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers." Read more here.
Rick Astley Covers AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell'
This year, Rick Astley stepped out of the shadow of a meme that won't die to release a studio album of new music entitled 50. During a show in Los Angeles to promote the new material, Astley performed a cover of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," accompanying himself on drums.
Though the energized hard rock song is worlds away from the pop star's hit single "Never Gonna Give You Up," fans got a clear view of Astley's undersung versatility.
In addition to topping the UK album charts, 50 has spawned Astley's first sold-out United States shows in 25 years. Check out footage from the performance here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Invites Fans To His Birthday Party
Dave Mustaine has said he'll hold a birthday party that will also celebrate the launch of his new beer. It was announced last month that the Megadeth leader would bring out the A Tout Le Monde brew.
And he says he wants to give Megadeth fans the first chance to try the beer - so he's inviting them to attend a birthday bash he's planning to celebrate his 55th birthday on September 13.
He says in a video message: "Hi, I'm Dave Mustaine - you may know me from Twitter. This year, I'm turning 55 and you know me, I like an excuse to have a party and to celebrate with my fans with my own beer.
"I guess you could say I've done my fair share of drinking in my life, so believe me when I say this beer is the real deal. My friends at Unibroue helped me craft something special which will appeal to everyone, or A Tout Le Monde as the French people say, and now I'm inviting you to the biggest birthday party ever - mine.
"It's going to be one for the ages. We'll get to hang out, and you'll be the first to taste my brand new beer." Read more and watch the video here.
Bon Jovi Release 'This House Is Not For Sale' Video
Bon Jovi have released a video for their track 'This House Is Not For Sale.' It's the title track from Jon Bon Jovi and co's upcoming album which will be released via Island/Universal Music Group, after the band's acrimonious split with Mercury after more than 30 years.
Bon Jovi's "fan album" Burning Bridges was released in 2015 and the bitter relationship was detailed in the record's title track. Speaking of their new material at the time, mainman Jon Bon Jovi said: "I have a lot to write about. Believe me, the new record is good. It's pointed - it's something we're going to be very proud of when we put it out."
Bon Jovi is joined in the lineup by David Bryan, Tico Torres, Hugh McDonald and Phil X. The follow-up to 2013's What About Now will be the band's first without guitarist Richie Sambora, who left soon after its release. Watch the video here.
Motorhead's Phil Campbell Opens Bloodstock's Lemmy Bar
Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell was the first person to have a drink at Bloodstock's Lemmy Bar in honor of his fallen bandmate. The Catton Park festival in England has this year renamed one of its bars after iconic Motorhead frontman Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister, who died last year at the age of 70.
And as bloodstock got underway last night (Thursday), Campbell was on hand to officially open the bar and kick off the celebrations in memory of Lemmy.
Campbell said: "He would be very proud now and he would want you all to be getting your rocks off. This place is amazing with all his pictures around, it brings it all back.
"It's my honor to have this first drink at this newly-named Lemmy Bar, which is going to live forever. It's like our music, it will live forever. I'd like to thank everyone involved.
"Lemmy touched everyone's hearts and the music kicks ass as long as you play it loud. If you play it quiet, it sounds like crap!" Read more and check out video here.
Marillion's New Album May Remind Fans Of Early Material
Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth says he thinks their upcoming 18th album FEAR (F Everyone And Run) could be regarded as a landmark achievement for the band.
The follow-up to 2012's Sounds That Can't Be Made is set for release on September 23. And the frontman reckons the new material could even remind fans of the band's early records. Hogarth says: "I think this album, in a strange way, is going to remind people of Brave, it might even remind people of very early Marillion.
"It's still the band doing what the band does. It's very rich musically. Maybe they'll look back on this one as being one of those landmarks like people think of Misplaced Childhood as a landmark, that they maybe think of Brave as a landmark and how they think of Marbles." Read more here.
Jeff Beck And Steven Tyler Cover Prince's 'Purple Rain'
Rock guitar legend Jeff Beck threw an epic 50-year celebration party concert at the Hollywood Bowl last Wednesday (August 10), and during the performance the guitar legend and former Yardbirds member paid tribute to Prince with a cover of 'Purple Rain."
That's when the place really heated up. Beth Hart performed lead vocals and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler joined in with some trademark high notes and background vocals.
Earlier in the evening Tyler performed Aerosmith's version of the Tiny Bradshaw number 'Train Kept A-Rollin" and the Yardbirds' 'Shapes of Things." Read more here.
Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French Doesn't See New Rock Generation
Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French says there doesn't seem to be a younger generation of true rockstars. The guitarist recalls that most of the bands he watched growing up were in their mid-20s - but he says nowadays veteran acts such as Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Black Sabbath still dominate the rock and metal industry, despite nearing the end of their career.
He tells Kaoos TV: "When I was 17-years-old I listened to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors. None of them were older than 26 when I was 17.
"Now we, as 17-year-olds, never went to see bands that were 60. We saw bands that were all 25, 26 years old. If I told my mother I was going to go see a band with 60-year-old guys, she'd look at me like I was crazy or I was going to some jazz band or some classical group.
"So now we play festivals where all the bands are 60 years old - us, Whitesnake, Kiss, Black Sabbath, AC/DC. They're all 60. Maybe 50, with Metallica."
French continues: "So I ask everybody out there - where are the 25-year-old rock stars? Where are they? There's a huge gap. You can't name them." Read more here.
MONSTER ENERGY DRINK & THE VALLEY RELCS MUSEUM PRESENT: THE 1st ANNUAL PISTONS & PIN-UPS CAR SHOW N’ CONCERT IN BENEFIT OF THE ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION, 501c3
GNR Alumni GILBY CLARKE Headline’s
Rockabilly’s Finest: The Phantom Pomps, The Satin Dollz, Maureen & The Mercury 5
Special Performance By Rockabella Hoop Artist Lillian Starr
Celebrity Car Show Judges: CLETO ESCOBEDO III (Jimmy Kimmel/ Bandleader), KEVIN STARR (Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage) & ROBERT SARZO (Guitar Monster/producer/composer)
Celebrity Pin-Up Pageant Judges: GRETCHEN BONADUCE (TV Celebrity/Producer), KELLY KATHLEEN (Pinup & cover model) & AVERY MISURACA (Comic Con Fav. Vampirella/James Girl Pinup Model)
Jimmy Kimmel’s beloved band leader and Hot Rod aficionado CLETO ESCOBEDO III joins the gear-head line up with side car racer KEVIN STARR (Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage) and guitar monster ROBERT SARZO to judge the “Car Show” at the 1st Annual Pistons & Pin-ups Car Show N’ Concert in benefit of the Rock Against MS Foundation, 501c3 – Helping People NOW!
An extravaganza of hot rods, custom cars, and motorcycles will roll in to compete in the “BEST OF” car show - But it does not stop there! Rockabilly’s infamous Mistress of Ceremony, The REVEREND MARTINI, will host the stage with a lineup of some of Rock and Rockabilly’s elite all night.
This stellar concert line-up starts with Maureen & The Mercury 5, The Satin Dollz, The Phantom Pomps (Chris Story/Blazing Haley, Fuse/Hard Six and Pussy Fontaine) and ending with Guns N’ Roses alumni GILBY CLARKE to take you down to the paradise city. Featured performance by Rockabella Hoop Artist Lillian Starr will dazzle you with her brilliant flaming hoops.
While the stage changes, you will see some of the most beautiful, classiest pin-ups will be sweeping the platform in the 1st Annual “Miss Piston & Pin-Ups” Pageant! The pageant will be judged by some of Hollywood’s beautiful ladies GRETCHEN BONADUCE (TV Celebrity/Producer), KELLY KATHLEEN (Pinup & cover model) & AVERY MISURACA (Comic Con Fav. Vampirella/James Girl Pinup Model).
While there, you will get to enter the now famed Valley Relics Museum with some you can visit the Vendor Village and the food court for some tasty treats!!
WHEN: Saturday, August 20th 2016
The Valley Relics Museum
21630 Marilla St
Chatsworth, CA, 91311
GATES: 5:00PM Stage Starts at 5:30PM
TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION - $25 VIP - $75 – includes goodie bag, drink tix, VIP garden with private bar CHILDREN UNDER 9 - $10
PURCHASE: BUY TICKETS HERE: www.ticketfly.com/event/1212365
EMAIL TO: ENTER YOUR CARS, PIN-UP PAGEANT or become a VENDOR at info@cheatingMS.com
SPONSORS: MONSTER ENERGY DRINK, VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM, SIR, THE PRINT LAB, SOUND & LIGHT EVENT PROS, THE BROADWAY THEATRE GROUP LOS ANGELES, ART & COMMERCE PRODUCTIONS
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Rolling Stones Announce Retro Box Set
The Rolling Stones In Mono collection featuring their discography throughout the 60s will be released on September 30. The box set features 186 songs from 1964's The Rolling Stones through 1969's Let It Bleed and also a new collection of non-album B sides and rarities named Stray Cats.
It includes 56 songs which have never been made available in mono since the digitalisation of music. The sleeve notes say: "The albums from the first decade of history and mayhem have been newly remastered with unprecedented fidelity and revelatory detail from original mono sources."
The box set is available in 15CD or 16LP and includes a 48-page book containing a 5000 word essay by Rolling Stone's senior editor David Fricke and rare photos by Terry O'Neill. It will also be made available in digital formats standard digital, mastered for iTunes and True HD. Read more here.
The Ann Wilson Thing EP #2 - Focus Now Available On All Major Physical And Digital Outlets
Los Angeles, CA — Ann Wilson (of Heart) has released her second solo EP, The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 - Focus, on Rounder Records. Featured tracks on the EP include live recordings of Jimi Hendrix’ “manic depression” and Peter Gabriel’s “don’t give up”, as well as two Wilson-penned tracks, the folk-inspired “fightin fer life” and the bluesy “anguish”. Guitarist Craig Bartok co-wrote both of these original songs with Wilson.
“manic depression” sees Wilson and the group paying homage to a blues-rock legend in Hendrix while introducing Wilson’s own flair. “fightin fer life” recalls some of Heart’s more folk and acoustic inspired tunes but features the harder edge that The Ann Wilson Thing! is known for. The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 — Focus is now available via theannwilsonthing.com and at all major digital and physical retailers.
Wilson has also announced a mini-tour of Florida with The Ann Wilson Thing!, to take place after Heart’s Rock Hall Three For All tour concludes in mid-September. The first show will be at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL on Sept. 25 and will be followed by shows at Plaza Live in Orlando, FL and the Pointe Vedra Concert Hall in Pointe Vedra, FL on Sept 27 and Sept 28, respectively.
As a songwriter and lyricist, Ann Wilson has created a truly impressive body of work (“Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On”, “Even it Up,” “Mistral Wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing and with this intimate mini-tour, she is preparing to blow away her fans with up, close and personal, raw performances of blues and rock songs. The Ann Wilson Thing! doesn’t replace Heart but it is a new and groundbreaking experience for existing Heart fans, as well as for new fans who will love these songs.
Pantera Can Never Do A Reunion Says Vinnie Paul Bandmate
Hellyeah's Chad Gray says Pantera "can never do a reunion." The supergroup frontman and former Mudvayne vocalist calls out fans for seemingly forgetting that drummer Vinnie Paul watched his bandmate brother Dimebag Darrell "get tragically murdered in front of him."
He tells Revolver Mag: "Tragically, even if Vinnie wanted to, Pantera can never do a reunion. You can't do a reunion without a member of a band. I think that people forget the emotional aspect of this.
Vinnie watched his brother get tragically murdered in front of him, and what's on their mind? They want to see a Pantera reunion. I'm not trying to call people out as ***holes, but people are kind of ***holes. They forget that he had to live this."
Gray also insists there are "many reasons" why Mudvayne no longer exist - and explains that Hellyeah's latest album Undeniable is inspired by their frustration at continued reunion discussions over their former bands. Read more here.
Led Zeppelin Reveal Video Preview For BBC Sessions
Led Zeppelin have released a video preview of their upcoming Super Deluxe Edition of their forthcoming expanded edition of their 1997 set, "BBC Sessions," which is set to be released on September 16th.
"The Complete BBC Sessions" will present the original package - which featured live recordings selected from the band's appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971 - plus eight unreleased songs, including three rescued from a previously "lost" session from 1969.
The 3CD/5LP Super Deluxe Edition includes the remastered album and unreleased audio on CD, 180-gram vinyl and a high-def audio download card alongside a 48-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information plus a high-quality print of the original album cover.
The set has been newly remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page with extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis, providing - for the first time ever - accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions.
"The Complete BBC Sessions" will also be available in multiple formats including a Deluxe Edition offered as 3CD and 5LP sets, and as a digital download. Read more and watch the video here.
Dokken Announce One Off U.S. Reunion Show
Dokken's classic lineup has confirmed a one-off U.S. reunion show that will be taking place ahead of their upcoming Unleashed In The East Tour in Japan this October.
The U.S. show, featuring Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown, is set to take place on September 30th at the Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock 'N' Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The band will then head to Japan to kick off their reunion tour on October 5th in Osaka at the Namba Hatch, with the trek wrapping up in Tokyo on the 12th at Zepp Divercity.
Unleashed In The East tour Dates:
Oct. 05 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
Oct. 06 - Fukuoka, Japan - Fukuoaka Civic Hall
Oct. 08 - Tokyo, Japan - Loud Park
Oct. 10 - Hiroshima, Japan - Blue Live
Oct. 11 - Aichi, Japan - Zepp Nagoya
Oct. 12 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp Divercity
Dio Hologram Official High Quality Video Released
An official high quality video of the Ronnie James Dio hologram performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany this past weekend has been released.
The new clip follows the posting of fan shot footage earlier this week with both showing the late metal legend performing with his former bandmates who now play as the Dio Disciples.
As previously noted, guitarist Craig Goldy had this to say about the special performance, "We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances. Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible." Check out the new video footage here.
Beach Boys Pet Sounds Classic Albums Coming To DVD and Blu-Ray
Eagle Rock are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys landmark "Pet Sounds" album with the release of a new "Classic Albums" DVD and Blu-Ray on September 23rd. We were sent the following details:
The DVD / Blu-ray features over 30 minutes of additional interviews not included in the broadcast version, and clocks in at over one and half fascinating hours. Classic Albums - Pet Sounds features cuts from many of the iconic Pet Sounds album tracks including "God Only Knows," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "I Know There's An Answer," "Let's Go Away For A While," and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."
Pet Sounds was recorded in late 1965 and early 1966 about a year after Brian Wilson had withdrawn from playing live with The Beach Boys in order to concentrate on composing and studio work. While the rest of the band were out on tour, Brian Wilson worked in the studio creating multi-layered compositions with painstaking attention to detail utilizing orchestration, sound effects and unusual instruments. When the band returned from tour, they went into the studio to add their trademark complex vocal harmonies.
The new direction of the music caused some consternation within the group. The program explores the band's relationship at this time as well as the creation of the music through interviews with all the surviving Beach Boys and others involved in the creation of the album. Preorder here.
Paul McCartney Shares 'Touching' John Lennon Memory
Paul McCartney has recalled an unusually tender encounter with late former Beatles bandmate John Lennon a few years after the band split. The songwriting duo had grown up together listening to the same music and following the same fashion trends over the years - and their relationship was "irreplaceable", the 74-year-old says.
Remembering their meeting following the break-up, McCartney tells Rolling Stone: "He hugged me. It was great, because we didn't normally do that. He said, 'It's good to touch.' I always remembered that - it's good to touch."
McCartney continues: "John and me, we were kids growing up together, in the same environment with the same influences. He knows the records I know, I know the records he knows.
"You're writing your first little innocent songs together. Then you're writing something that gets recorded. Each year goes by, and you get the cooler clothes. Then you write the cooler song to go with the cooler clothes. We were on the same escalator - on the same step of the escalator, all the way. It's irreplaceable - that time, friendship and bonding." Read more here.
Metallica and Def Leppard Stars Added To Classic Rock Roll Of Honour
(Classic Rock) Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and Def Leppard's Phil Collen are the latest stars to be confirmed for this year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Japan.
Hammett and Collen join the previously announced Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Joe Walsh and Slot Machine as guests at the all-star event on November 11 at the 13,000-capacity Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo. The event comes two years after the ceremony was held in Los Angeles, before it returned to London for the 2015 edition.
And as well as revealing the two latest guest stars, Classic Rock has also opened the public voting for four categories - Best New Band, Album Of The Year, Band Of The Year and Reissue Of The Year. Read more here.
Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Loses Second Member In A Week
Bobby Blotzer's Ratt bassist Robbie Crane has announced he's leaving the band. His departure follows guitarist Nicholas 'Blaze' Baum, whose exit was announced yesterday in a Facebook post written by Blotzer which appears to have been removed.
Crane hints that "events of the past few weeks" were partially to blame for his resignation - though he doesn't go into further detail. He says: "As of today, I have resigned my position as the bass player of Bobby Blotzer's band Ratt. While the events of the past few weeks did play a small role in my decision, I feel like it's time for me move on and focus on the positive things in my life.
"I wish Bobby the best in the future, and thank Warren, Stephen, Robin, and Juan for writing the great songs that afforded me the opportunity to live the dream. Thank you for understanding and supporting me in my decision."
Though Blotzer heaped praise on his current bandmates for their talent and integrity in keeping the Ratt legacy alive, he hinted there had been some issues within the band. Read more here.
Metallica To Live Stream Stadium Concert Online
Metallica announced that fans will be able to live stream the band's performance at the opening of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis next Saturday, August 20th.
The metal legends revealed the news via their official website that the entire special event is set to be streamed lived via Pandora beginning at 9:00 PM CST here. Fans that live in countries where the streaming service is not available will be able to check out the show via LiveMetallica.com.
They also celebrated the news by curating their own play list for the streaming service, saying they "thought it would be fitting to give you a taste of what we've been listening to lately and have curated an exclusive mixtape featuring songs handpicked by all the members of the band." Check it out here.
Black Sabbath Icon Tony Iommi's Cancer In Remission
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed that his cancer is in remission. Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and recently said he lives with the fear that it could come back at any time. But after returning home to the UK following the European leg of Sabbath's The End tour, Iommi went for a check-up and says he was given the good news.
Speaking at an event to unveil a plaque at Solihull's Spire Parkway Hospital's Specialist Care Centre, Iommi tells the Birmingham Mail: "I am in remission and hopefully, this situation will continue.
"I came back to hospital straight after we finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is all right up to this point. The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick - but I'm aware that it could come back one day.
"I have a blood test every six weeks at my GP's, and I come in here at regular intervals for check-ups. That's something that I'll have to live with for the rest of my life, looking for any warning signs that it might be rearing its ugly head again." Read more here.
Video From Guns N' Roses San Francisco Concert Goes Online
Guns N' Roses began the final series of six west coast dates on their summer reunion tour on August 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA and video from the show has been posted online.
The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan delivered their standard 24-song set with an emphasis on 1987's "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.
Guns N' Roses will next perform at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on August 12 with the summer dates set to wrap up at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 22. Check out the videos here.
Stevie Nicks In The Studio For 'Bella Donna' 35th Anniversary
The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Stevie Nicks' solo debut 'Bella Donna'. The show sent over these details:
Summer 1981 Stevie Nicks launched a major new chapter in her long-storied career with her first solo album Bella Donna, spawning three Top 15 hits including the Tom Petty-penned duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", the Don Henley duet "Leather and Lace" and the ageless "Edge of Seventeen". Bella Donna quickly shot to # 1 in America and Australia, # 2 in Canada, and # 11 in the UK, resulting in sales in excess of six million copies.
Long before she became a star as a solo performer; before she and her musical performer (then lover) Lindsey Buckingham helped to transform the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac into one of the top-selling groups of all time; even before her professional recording debut in 1973 on the album Buckingham Nicks, Stephanie Lynn Nicks was living a real-life version of the Glass Menagerie. Stevie Nicks shares her thoughts with In The Studio host Redbeard.
"I remember exactly what it was like to be 20. I mean, I was a cleaning lady, I was a waitress. I had problems... Every time I do a solo record I get more...convinced that the more honest I am with everybody, with what happens in my life and what has happened and what has gone on and how I've managed to get to this point and still have my sanity... the better." Stream the episode here.
Ozzy Osbourne Sued For $2 Million Over 'Crazy Train'
Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist and songwriter Bob Daisley has filed a lawsuit against the singer over claims of unpaid royalties from the 1980 classic "Crazy Train."
NME reports the bassist's suit against Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited seeks $2 million in unpaid royalties, while alleging that "although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley's rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the songs."
"While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley," said Daisley's lawyer Alan Howard. "Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated."
Daisley was the original bassist in the band Blizzard Of Ozz, which included Osbourne, guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake. The group's 1980 debut morphed into Ozzy's solo debut under Jet Records, which was launched by Don Arden - the father of Sharon Arden, who later became the singer's wife and manager.
Although Daisley and Kerslake were fired by Sharon after the completion of sessions for 1981's "Diary Of A Madman", the bassist continued to work with Osbourne on albums up to and including 1991's "No More Tears."
"For the past 36 years," responded Ozzy's camp in a statement regarding the legal action, "Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed. Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the UK and the US and has lost on each occasion.
"We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings." Read more here.
TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT: --GROUNDBREAKING VOCALIST, SONGWRITER & BASS PLAYER FOR THE EAGLES AND POCO-- ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM 'LEAP OF FAITH' DUE OUT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 VIA BENOWEN RECORDS
ALBUM PRE-ORDER WILL BEGIN FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE DURING "MUSIC CITY ROOTS" WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED (7-9:30 PM CT) THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (here) DURING THE AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE AND BROADCAST NATIONALLY VIA PBS TV
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY NASHVILLE CONCERT SET FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT CITY WINERY ON-SALE BEGINS THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 (here)
TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT--groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups EAGLES and POCO--will release a solo album, LEAP OF FAITH, Friday, September 23 via Benowen Records. Recorded at his Los Angeles studio and co-produced with engineer Hank Linderman, LEAP OF FAITH is a strong mix of rock, country, Americana, R&B and even a bit of reggae. Pre-orders for LEAP OF FAITH will begin on Friday, August 26.
In September, TIMOTHY will head to Nashville for the Americana Music Festival & Conference. On Wednesday, September 21 he'll be on-hand to present at the Americana Music Awards show at Ryman Auditorium. The following night, he'll perform a live concert during "Music City Roots" at Factory at Franklin which will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 22 (here). The show will be broadcast nationally on PBS TV at a later date andother show performers include Willie Watson, Sean Watkins as well as Wynonna & The Big Noise. Then on Sunday, September 25, TIMOTHY and his band will perform a one-night-only concert at City Winery in Nashville (609 Lafayette Street). Tickets for the City Winery show will go on-sale starting Thursday, August 11 (here). For more information on the Americana Music Festival & Conference, click (here).
LEAP OF FAITH marks the culmination of SCHMIT's unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. On his new albumhe goes further up the path he began to explore on his 2009 solo album Expando. "Again, I wanted to write this album on my own." TIMOTHY further explains,"In any collaboration one has to make a series of compromises. That's not a bad thing, it's simply not what I've chosen to do with this project. I'm just putting it out there, and maybe some of these ideas might resonate with listeners."
Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, LEAP OF FAITH plays like a multicolored corona around SCHMIT's distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track "My Hat" to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflections of "This Waltz," this is more than another album in a great artist's catalog.
Often writing and recording between touring with the EAGLES, this project took a little time, so the songs on LEAP OF FAITH seem to have a broad compass. "Slow Down" is a note to self on escaping life's pressures coasting along on a reggae pulse sweetened by jazz giant Gary Burton's vibraphone. "What I Should Do" has a Muscle Shoals feel; steamy, funky, and sensual. On, "Goodbye, My Love," he takes us deep down into traditional country with Paul Franklin's glistening steel guitar layered over the changes. And on "It's Alright," his most intimate song, SCHMIT needs only his own acoustic guitar to express profound love.
For all their diversity, these songs are bound by a candor and craftsmanship that are rare in today's music. SCHMIT says: "I don't feel confined by any outside perceptions about what I do. I just try to pull songs out of the ethers and shape them as they come, whatever the genre."
LEAP OF FAITH is co-produced by TIMOTHY and multi-talented friend Hank Linderman. "I hired Hank quite a few years ago to help me learn how to maneuver through my then-new demo studio. But as the studio grew I eventually chose to concentrate on my craft, so I put him in charge of the technical part, among other things. He is an excellent engineer, musician and singer." Linderman has also worked both on the EAGLES' last studio album, as well as Don Henley's recent solo project. Hank is essential to how LEAP OF FAITH sounds and feels. "For instance, on 'My Hat,' I told him I wanted him to play the solo, but to do so in a very simple manner. He ended up playing something I would never have dreamed of, and yes, it's simple and beautiful."
"Over the last ten years or so, I've felt like I'm finally getting the hang what it is I do best," SCHMIT sums up with his knack for wry understatement. "Although this project took some time to complete, this is what I came up with... This is who I am. This is a LEAP OF FAITH."
Dio Hologram Resurrection Video Posted Online
Ronnie James Dio was resurrected via a hologram during a performance by the Dio Disciples at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany this past weekend and video from the show has surfaced online.
The Dio Disciples was formed by the late metal legend's former bandmates following his death from cancer to pay tribute to his musical legacy and during their performance of the Dio classic "We Rock" at the renowned music festival they were joined by the hologram of the iconic singer.
Ronnie's widow and Disciples manager Wendy Dio had the following to say about the hologram which was developed by Eyellusion, "When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears.
"With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience."
Dio Disciples guitarist Craig Goldy adds, "We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances. Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible."
Goldy also hinted that fans can expect to see the hologram in the future, "For so many years Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can't wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year." Check out the video from the Wacken performance here.
Guns N' Roses Reunion A Shot In The Arm For Rock Says Slash Singer
Alter Bridge and Slash in his band The Conspirators frontman Myles Kennedy says the Guns N' Roses reunion is "a well-needed shot in the arm for rock'n'roll."
The singer says he doesn't see that collaboration happening again any time soon as the GNR reunion is going so well. Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan confirmed their reunion earlier this year and are currently on the road on their Not In This Lifetime tour.
Kennedy says: "There was always a feeling inside that it was eventually gonna happen, it's such an incredible band and it was inevitable. When he told me, the first thing I said was, 'You guys are gonna make a lot of people extremely happy, myself included.'
"I had the opportunity to see the first night they did in Las Vegas. It was just so great to see those guys together on stage again. As a rock fan, it's good for rock. It's a well-needed shot in the arm for rock'n'roll. It's going so well, so I don't see it slowing down anytime soon." Read more here.
Jimi Hendrix's Debut Band Of Gypsys Show Set For Release
Jimi Hendrix's debut Band Of Gypsys performance is set to be released in a new live package due September 30. Previewed with the lead track "Power Of Soul", the package presents an assortment of new material, including "Earth Blues," "Ezy Ryder," "Stepping Stone," "Burning Desire" and "Machine Gun."
"Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69" captures the guitar icon, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles delivering their unique mix of rock, R&B, and funk in concert at the legendary New York venue just six months after the breakup of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
"We decided that we couldn't do any songs that had already been released," says Cox. "We wanted to give them something different. So we went at the project in a joyous, creative posture and ultimately developed the repertoire of the Band Of Gypsys.
"We didn't know what to expect from the audience and the audience didn't know what to expect from us, but from the time we hit that first note, they were in awe. You had Jimi Hendrix, a drummer who had been with the Electric Flag and Wilson Pickett, and I was the new kid on the block."
Band Of Gypsys played four historic concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City - two on New Year's Eve 1969 and two on New Year's Day 1970. Never before has the first of these sets been available in its entirety, and the vast majority of the performances have never been issued. Read more and stream the preview track here.
Iron Maiden Release Post Book Of Souls World Tour Video
Iron Maiden have released a video thanking fans for their support of The 2016 Book Of Souls world tour. On the road since late February, the UK band performed 72 shows in 36 countries across six continents to more than 1.5 million fans.
"It's been a brilliant tour and the fans have been absolutely brilliant everywhere," says bassist Steve Harris, "but I've got to say we are all, if I'm honest, looking forward to a nice rest. We'll see you on the next one."
"It's been absolutely fantastic, a blast - the best tour yet," adds drummer Nicko McBrain. "Everyone who has had anything to do with this tour, I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. None more so than you lot, all you wonderful fans out there who have made this leg of the tour one of the most exciting and memorable tours I've ever done with Iron Maiden."
The group travelled around the world via Ed Force One, a Boeing 747 jumbo jet piloted by singer Bruce Dickinson. Iron Maiden streamed the final concert of the tour live from the Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany on August 4. Watch that and the new post tour video here.
Operation: Mindcrime Reveal New Song 'The Fight'
Operation: Mindcrime have made their track "The Fight" available to stream. It's taken from Geoff Tate and co's forthcoming second album Resurrection, which will be released on September 23. The track also follows the release of their song Left For Dead last month.
The follow-up to 2015's The Key features a number of guest musicians including Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, with Tim 'Ripper' Owens and Blaze Bayley featuring on the track Taking On The World.
Tate previously said: "I'm excited for people to hear and experience Resurrection because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I've ever written."
Operation: Mindcrime will hold a launch party for the album at Eichstetten's Weingut Rinklin, Germany, on September 24. Listen to the new song here.
Jerry Garcia Tribute Concert Recording Set To Be Released In October
Some of music's finest gathered in May 2015 to honor Jerry Garcia with a concert showcasing many different interpretations of his work. Now the concert film, Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia, will be released in October.
The event took place in Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, and included special performances from the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, alongside covers from Eric Church, Peter Frampton, Grace Potter, Widespread Panic and more.
The two and a half hour concert will be available in a variety of formats, including Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital download. Check out the full track listing here.
Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Lose A Member
Bobby Blotzer's Ratt have reportedly parted ways with guitarist Nicholas 'Blaze' Baum. The longtime drummer hints at an acrimonious split in a Facebook post which appears to have been removed.
Blotzer says (via Blabbermouth): "While we are shocked and saddened by the events that led up to his departure and do not agree with the manner and time frame in which he chose to let us know, in that only giving us only two days for his replacement, we all can live with his decision to move on with his career and wish him the best in the future in country music."
He adds: "Ratt will, with great integrity, rear up on its back legs with its head high and come out to Sturgis at the Buffalo Chip in front of 35,000 fans this Thursday then Montana Rockin' The Rivers festival, with 20,000 this Friday - kicking all kinds of ass as always.
"We know you understand that things don't always end up the way we'd like them to. But, know that we have high expectations and want that to translate to the stage with the best players as always." Read more here.
Video Of Sammy Hagar And Kenny Chesney Jam Goes Online
Sammy Hagar joined country superstar Kenny Chesney to perform his signature 1984 hit, "I Can't Drive 55", at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on August 6 and video of the jam has been posted online.
"I couldn't believe hearing 50,000 people scream 55 at the top of their lungs!!," says Hagar. "Certainly one of the highlights of my year musically so far!! Always love hanging and playing with Kenny."
The longtime friends have joined each other on stage several times through the years, with Chesney a regular guest at Hagar's annual Birthday Bash series at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Watch the video here.
Ozzy Osbourne Statement re lawsuit filed by Robert "Bob" Daisley against Ozzy Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited
For the past 36 years Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed. Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the UK and the US and has lost on each occasion.
We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings.
Led Zeppelin Lose Stairway To Heaven Trial Fees Battle
Led Zeppelin have lost their bid to recoup almost $800,000 in legal fees spent defending the Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial, following their victory in the legal battle.
The band's publisher Warner/Chappell Music sought to be repaid legal fees worth $613,000 as well as other fees, totalling $793,000, after successfully proving the band did not copy Spirit's track Taurus for the opening riff of Stairway To Heaven.
This week, Judge Gary Klausner ruled that Warner/Chappell Music was not entitled to legal fees and other costs because the copyright lawsuit against them was not frivolous.
The judge added that the lawsuit had enough merit to go to trial and there was no evidence the plaintiff "harbored nefarious motives." Read more here.
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS PETER GABRIEL GROWING UP LIVE + STILL GROWING UP & UNWRAPPED BLU-RAY+DVD STILL GROWING UP LIVE & UNWRAPPED 2DVD
GROWING UP LIVE DIGITAL VIDEO OUT SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce a double release from Peter Gabriel on September 16, 2016. This features a reissue of the 2DVD set “Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped” [MSRP $29.98] and for the first time a Blu-ray+DVD set of “Growing Up Live + Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped” [MSRP $34.98] containing all the material from the original DVD releases plus the previously unreleased “Growing Up On Tour – A Family Portrait”. Growing Up Live will also be released on digital formats.
The “Growing Up Live” concert film was recorded on the tour of the same name from 2002/3 and boasts key tracks Sledgehammer, In Your Eyes, Solsbury Hill, Digging In The Dirt, More Than This, Red Rain, Growing Up, Mercy Street, Here Comes The Flood and more. “Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped” includes the concert film of the Still Growing Up tour from 2004 and the “Unwrapped” film (both shot in standard definition), which give a more intimate look at Peter Gabriel on tour and explore the world behind the songs featured in the shows. The Blu-ray+DVD set has all the material from these three DVD discs included on one Blu-ray disc and one DVD. Also included on the Blu-ray disc is the Family Portrait film.
In 2002 and 2003, following the release of his album “Up”, Peter Gabriel went on the road with his “Growing Up” tour, once again collaborating with production designer Robert Lepage to create a spectacular and theatrical live experience. The tour took in thirty-two cities across the USA, Canada and Europe with this concert film, directed by Hamish Hamilton, being shot over two nights at the FilaForum in Milan in May 2003 with Peter Gabriel and the band performing “in the round” at the center of the arena. Filmed in high definition, this was originally released on DVD in 2003 but never on Blu-ray. The DVD is now being reissued and the concert is being released on Blu-ray for the first time.
“Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped” is taken from the “Still Growing Up” tour of 2004, which took Peter Gabriel and his band into smaller and more intimate venues in contrast to the large arenas chronicled in the “Growing Up Live” film. Award-winning director Hamish Hamilton reunites with Peter Gabriel for this concert film. The ‘Unwrapped’ film sees Anna Gabriel take over the director’s chair with the collaboration of Hamish Hamilton. A simpler approach suggested a different set list and Peter, Hamish and Anna were determined that this should be filmed in a very different style. It shows Peter Gabriel as many of his fans love to see him, just playing the music.
For the Blu-ray+DVD edition “Growing Up Live” is presented in high definition for the first time on the Blu-ray disc. Also on the Blu-ray disc in standard definition are the “Unwrapped” film and its bonus features and, as an added bonus, Anna Gabriel’s previously unreleased film “Growing Up On Tour – A Family Portrait” has also been included. The DVD in this set contains the “Still Growing Up Live” film and its bonus features.
“Growing Up Live” + “Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped” are important films that capture one of our most innovative and best loved artists at his very best.
Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IHVHFQK
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world. Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company.
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Aerosmith Star Jams With Pearl Jam In Boston
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton joined Pearl Jam to perform his band's 1977 classic, "Draw The Line", during the second of two nights at Boston's Fenway Park on August 7th and video of the jam has been posted online.
"We played this song two nights ago not having any idea that it might be played again," frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd, "or the next time we played it, it would be different.
"We get to play this song with a hometown hero and someone I'm just going to meet right now," as Hamilton walked to center stage to shake the singer's hand. "Tom Hamilton, everybody!"
"I am so proud to see how my hometown has welcomed these guys," said Hamilton. "I mean two nights at Fenway…unbelievable." Check out the video and read more here.
Video Of Guns N' Roses Rarity Performance Goes Online
Guns N' Roses performed the "Chinese Democracy" rarity, "Catcher In The Rye", as part of their August 5 show at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX and video from the show has surfaced online.
The concert marked only the second appearance of the song by the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan following its tour debut at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 20.
The song was one of four tracks from the 2008 album that was featured in the expanded 25-song set that also delivered the title track, "This I Love" and "Better."
Houston was the 19th date on the group's summer trek across North America, which now heads west for the final six shows on the schedule starting August 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA. Watch the video here.
Megadeth Hope To Make At Lease Two More Albums
Dave Mustaine says he hopes Megadeth will release at least two more albums before he calls it quits. The singer and guitarist was responding to a question from a fan on social media who asked how many records he hopes to release before he retires.
Mustaine, 54, says: "At this rate I hope two more." He later added: "At least." Megadeth's 15th album Dystopia was released in January of this year and has been critically hailed, with Metal Hammer saying the thrash heroes "are back on the very best of neck-wrecking form."
Dystopia features Lamb Of God's Chris Adler on drums, though he has since been replaced by Soilwork's Dirk Verbueren. Angra's Kiko Loureiro joined Megadeth as lead guitarist on the album and, along with Verbeuren, is a full-time member. Read more here.
Black Sabbath's Paranoid On WWE 2K17 Soundtrack
Black Sabbath's 1970 classic, "Paranoid", is among the songs featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming video game WWE 2K17. Curated by hip-hop celebrity Sean Combs, the soundtrack will feature 13 songs from established and emerging artists that span multiple music genres, including hip-hop, indie and alternative rock, heavy metal and electronic dance.
"I am a huge WWE fan," says Combs. "I love the intensity and the competition and I wanted fans to feel that energy in the soundtrack for WWE 2K17.
"While prepping for the upcoming Bad Boy 20-Year Family Reunion Tour, I've been thinking a lot about the past and the artists that inspired me. I mixed some of my favorites with some of the best new acts in the game today to create something really special." Read more here.
Dee Snider's Grandson Born On 405 Freeway
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider's newest grandchild was born Sunday afternoon on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, CA. Snider's 33-year old son, Jesse, and wife Patty welcomed Parker Pryde Snider into the world while driving to the hospital.
Jesse posted an Instagram video from his car alongside his wife, Patty, saying "We waited a little too long to leave." Proud grandfather Dee - in Germany to perform with Twisted Sister at the Wacken Open Air festival on Saturday - shared the news via a series of tweets.
"My 4th grandchild, a girl was just born...in the car on the way to the hospital!," posted Dee. "Welcome to the world Parker Snider! Way to get attention!"
"Well, I got more info," he added. "Parker Pride Snider was born on the 405 Freeway in Los Angles and mom and baby are both healthy! #DamnLAtraffic"
"Alright, Parker Pride Snider, 8lb. 10oz. delivered in the car on 405 Fwy BY THE MOM (Viking), Patty Snider while the dad @tweetjesse drove!," Dee continued. "Thanks to all for the love, positive messages and retweets on the freeway birth of my newest grandchild Parker Pryde Snider! #YouRock" Read more here.
Rob Zombie Announces One-Night-Only 31 Theatrical Event
Rob Zombie has announced a special one night only event celebrating his new feature film "31", which will be taking place at movie theaters across the U.S. on September 1st.
According to the announcement, "The event will also include two exclusive music video premieres: 'The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore' and 'Get Your Boots On! That's The End of Rock and Roll,' along with a never-before-seen making-of '31' featurette and a Q&A with Rob Zombie filmed specifically for the cinema event."
This will give fans a chance to watch "31" before it's wide theatrical release on October 21st. Zombie had this to say about the film, "I think this is the one the Zombie-heads have been waiting for - a nonstop barrage of insane characters trapped in an intensely violent situation. I am thrilled to finally get this out to the fans." Find more details about the event, including participating theaters, here.
Glenn Hughes Says New Album Is His Heaviest Ever
Glenn Hughes says his upcoming solo album is the "heaviest" he's ever made. The singer and bassist will this week embark on his first-ever North American solo tour after he was forced to push back the planned March dates following his dual knee replacement surgeries in January.
But while he's been planning those shows, he's also been working on the follow-up to his 2008 album First Underground Nuclear Kitchen - and he says fans can expect some "aggression" when the record launches in November via Frontiers Records.
He tells Billboard: "It's possibly the heaviest record I've ever made. I don't want to confuse it with horns-up heavy - it's not metal. But it's definitely f***ing heavy.
"It's dense. It's dark. There's some aggression on this record. Every bloody track is begging to be played live." Read more here.
Blotzer Says His New Ratt Singer Blows Pearcy 'Out Of The Water'
Bobby Blotzer says the singer for his revamped Ratt lineup blows former vocalist Stephen Pearcy "out of the water." The drummer heaps praise on his current bandmates, including singer Josh Alan, for their talent, "integrity" and willingness to "go the extra distance" for their stage shows - but he insists he means no disrespect to former Ratt members, including bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini.
He tells ClassX Radio: "These guys are focused on the replication and integrity of Ratt music.That's why everybody's been hired. It's been uncanny. Especially for the age of some of these guys.
"The lead guitar player, he just turned 22 about a half-year ago or something, and he's amazing. He cops Warren's stuff amazingly. The singer just blows Stephen Pearcy out of the water at this day and age - and frankly, is even better than when we started out.
"I don't want to insult anybody in the old-school Ratt camp - I call it the class of 84 - but these guys were our own worst enemies. They're on a five-year strike thing that was going on between Juan Croucier, who came back in after 20 years gone, and got Stephen riled up." Read more here.
Pink Floyd To Be Featured In Victoria And Albert Exhibition
Items and objects relating to Pink Floyd are to feature in an upcoming exhibition titled You Say You Want A Revolution: Records And Rebels 1966-70.
It'll get underway at the Victoria And Albert museum, London, on September 10, and along with Floyd memorabilia, the exhibit will also feature a range of items from the era.
A statement from the museum reads: "This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.
"The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future." Read more here.
Gregg Allman Hospitalized For 'Serious Health Issues'
Gregg Allman has cancelled 28 tour dates after being hospitalized for "serious health issues" at the Mayo Clinic. The cancellations start with Allman's appearance at Scranton, PA's Peach Music Festival on August 12 and run through the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival on October 16.
"I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can," says Allman. "I've been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We'll see y'all in October."
Allman's first date back is scheduled to be a performance at his very own Laid Back Festival at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, on October 29.
"All concert dates beyond that are currently confirmed to take place," read an official statement from the rocker's camp. Allman has battled through a series of health issues in recent years: in 2007, he contracted Hepatitis C, underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010, cancelled live performances in 2011 due to an upper respiratory condition that resulted in lung surgery, and entered rehab in 2012. Read more here
UK Prog Legends Curved Air Release First Volume In Rarities Series “Tapestry Of Propositions” - OUT Now!
London, UK - TAPESTRY OF PROPOSITIONS is the first volume of the CURVED AIR RARITIES SERIES! This live album is an HOUR LONG version of the Curved Air song “Propositions” with over a dozen of the improvisations which usually follow now spliced together.
This album is a must for fans of the band and improvisational music!
The line-up on this recording is:
Sonja Kristina (lead vocals – tracks 1 and 17 only)
Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums)
Kirby Gregory (guitar)
Chris Harris (bass)
Robert Norton (keys)
Paul Sax (violin)
Curved Air's “Tapestry Of Propositions” has been painstakingly compiled and produced by Robert Norton.
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), firstname.lastname@example.org
Axl Rose Suffers Malfunction During Guns N' Roses Concert
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose could only laugh as his piano went rogue during a performance of November Rain. Rose's piano mysteriously starts playing unplanned high notes about four minutes and 20 seconds into the performance of the song at the band's recent show at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The singer at first looks confused by the notes before realizing there is a problem with the equipment, asking his stage tech: "What the f*** is that, can we stop it at least?"
He sees the funny side, saying later in the song: "I don't mind ghosts or gremlins, but they should probably learn the f***ing song." Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan announced their reunion earlier this year and are on the road on their Not In This Lifetime tour.
The vocalist said at the weekend that he was disappointed only six US dates remained on the tour. He said on Twitter: "Only six more shows of the GNR US tour to go. How can that be?! Say it ain't so!" Watch video of the piano incident here.
Ronnie James Dio Resurrected Via Hologram At Music Festival
Dio Disciples were joined onstage at Wacken by a hologram of the late singer Ronnie James Dio. The surprise stunt took place towards the end of the band's set at the German festival Friday night (August 6) as 75,000 fans saw Dio reunite with former members of his band via hologram for a performance of We Rock .
The production was a year in the making and the firm behind the idea, Eyellusion, say it was "the first time a hologram has been accompanied by a live band in a traditional concert setting."
Future shows with the Dio hologram are being planned by the band. Ronnie's widow Wendy, who also manages Dio Disciples and works with Eyellusion, says: "When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears.
"With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience." Read more here.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Resume Tour Following Guitarist's Heart Surgery
Lynyrd Skynyrd resumed their summer tour in Houston, TX on August 4 following guitarist Gary Rossington's recent heart surgery that shut down the trek for two weeks.
The show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion marked both Rossington's and the group's return to the stage after the guitarist experienced some chest pains and sought medical attention.
"Welcome back Gary!!!," posted the band. "It's great to have Gary back on stage tonight in Houston!! Thank you fans for all the love!" The 15-song performance delivered one classic after another from Skynyrd's 1970s catalog - from opener "Workin' For MCA" to the "Freebird" finale. Check out video from the show here.
Stephen Pearcy Teases Possible Ratt Reunion
Stephen Pearcy has teased the possibility of a Ratt reunion. The singer was pictured with former bandmates, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini at the Los Angeles birthday party of former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend last month. He hasn't ruled out the possibility of a comeback - saying "good things come to those who wait."
Their mooted reunion would exclude drummer Bobby Blotzer, who has been touring the US with his own version of Ratt - which has ignited a legal battle with guitarist Warren DeMartini over the use of the band's name. The new incarnation includes former Ratt bassist Robbie Crane and several new members.
Pearcy hints that the legal process over the band name would have to play out before they consider their own comeback. He tells Mitch Lafon: "We still all talk - Juan, Warren and I. We're all friends - most of us - and we still have integrity for what we created. Warren and I actually got together and wrote a song a while back, which is phenomenal.
"We're just waiting for some dust to settle. I really can't say anything right now, but if the public has any positive message, it's being heard. Dust settles, things happen. Just never say never. And it's not gonna be called Ratt either." Read more here.
Megadeth Visit Fan That Was Stabbed At Their Concert
Megadeth visited a fan in hospital after he was stabbed three times at the band's show in Neuquen, Argentina. The fan, named in some reports as Fabian Young, reportedly got into an argument after a woman attempted to rob him at the Estadio Ruca Che venue.
An alleged accomplice of the woman, described only as an overweight man wearing a cap, then stabbed the victim in the arm, body and near his spine. It is understood the victim was robbed of 5000 pesos (£250).
After the gig, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said via Twitter that he was going to see the fan in hospital, along with his bandmates. Mustaine has since reported that the fan will be flown by the tour promoter to see the band in Buenos Aires later this month.
He says: "I really was happy to see him. Our promoter is flying him to Buenos Aires to see the show." Read more here.
Eric Clapton Streams Video From Upcoming Live With JJ Cale DVD
Eric Clapton is streaming a performance of "Anyway The Wind Blows" from his forthcoming package, "Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale."
Due September 30, the set captures Clapton joined by longtime mentor J.J. Cale in concert at San Diego's iPayOne Center on March 15, 2007 as part of a tour in support of the pair's 2006 Grammy Award-winning album, "The Road To Escondido."
Cale sits in on five tracks, including three from "Escondido" and two made famous by Clapton: "After Midnight" and "Cocaine." Before performing with Cale, Clapton said: "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition: to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."
Clapton's touring band at the time included guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks, keyboardists Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Steve Jordan and backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White. Watch the video here.
Iron Maiden's Full Final Book Of Souls Concert Goes Online
Iron Maiden streamed the final concert on The Book Of Souls World Tour from Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany on August 4 and video of the band's full performance is available.
The group delivered a 15-song set over 2 hours in length, featuring vintage material and tunes from "The Book Of Souls." On the road since late February, the veteran metal outfit have played 72 shows in 36 countries across six continents to over 1.5 million fans.
"We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary Metal festival," says Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood. "Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour.
"Everywhere we've played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal. The band has loved every minute on stage.
"So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift. Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn't get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed!" Watch the show here.
Devin Townsend Project Stream New Song 'Failure'
Devin Townsend Project has released a stream of his track Failure which is taken from upcoming album Transcendence. The follow-up to 2014's Z2 is released on September 9 via Omerch.
Last week Townsend said the latest Devin Townsend Project album was his attempt to get over himself as a "controlling prog dude." He added: "I wrote 50 or 60 songs and kept sending them to everybody, the band, management and label. I asked them to tell me which ones they liked and so we'd start working on that. I narrowed it down to 10 or 11 songs, I took them to the band, and what I did, as opposed to directing every last detail, was start from the beginning, go through each riff and then discuss it.
"A dialogue opened up where everyone was contributing and talking about it, and in a way it moulded it into something where lyrically I could take that process and it became the theme of the album, ultimately." Read more and check out the new song here.
Alice Cooper Says Rock Stars Should Stay Out Of Politics
Alice Cooper says rock stars should stay out of politics as it's "the worst idea ever." The shock rock icon recently launched a spoof manifesto to become President of the United States and British Prime Minister, with 10 pledges including adding Lemmy to Mount Rushmore and renaming Big Ben after the late Motorhead frontman, a ban on selfies and getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC.
But when asked what he really feels about rock stars getting involved in politics, Cooper tells the new Metal Hammer: In Residence On Spotify: "I absolutely hate it. It's the worst idea ever.
"First of all, why do people think rock stars know more than they do? That is the biggest fallacy in the world - if anything we're dumber. We're not smarter than anybody else. I mean, why do you think we're rock stars?
"Trust me, we don't read magazines you don't read. Nobody calls us up and gives us as inside information on politics. We know less than you do. If I watch TV it's Family Guy.
"Rock'n'roll was built to go as far away from politics as you could get. When my mum and dad talked about who to vote for, I'd go in the other room and put on the Beatles or Rolling Stones - and I'm still like that." Read more here.
Guns N' Roses Expand Setlist For Dallas Concert
Guns N' Roses brought their reunion tour to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on August 3rd and videos of several of the song performances have been posted online.
The Not In This Lifetime run sees the trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform with a lineup that includes guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese, and drummer Frank Ferrer.
The expanded 25-song set featured the "Chinese Democracy" rarity "Sorry", which was first performed by the reunited lineup in Philadelphia, PA on July 14th.
It's the fourth tune from the 2008 album that the group has played in 2016, alongside "This I Love", "Better" and the title track. Check out the videos from the show here.
Jason Newsted Announces Live Dates For The Chophouse Band
On the heals of his announcement that he is going acoustic, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has revealed a handful of live dates for The Chophouse Band.
The series of shows will kick off on September 2nd in Crystal Bay, NV and also includes several additional stops in California including performances in Santa Cruz, Mill Valley, Napa and Sebastopol.
Earlier this month, Newtsted explained via an online video his change in musical direction from metal to acoustic. He said via Metal Hammer, "After 30 years of playing heavy music, I've been around the globe about five times. I've already climbed that mountain. We got Grammy awards, the Hall Of Fame and all those different things. That's as far as you can go in that kind of music. It's someone else's turn to have fun in that music now."
He added: "I can't play like Slipknot now. Those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. This is how I can play, and this is what I'll do for the rest of time."
Jason Newsted and The Chophouse Band Tour Dates:
09/2 Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club / Crown Room
09/7 Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley
09/8 Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
09/10 Napa, CA - Silo's
09/17 Sebastopol, CA - HopMonk Tavern