Eddie Van Halen Gives Back For Music's Future

Eddie Van Halen says music education should continue to be a priority in the age of budget cuts to schools. He commented during a CNN interview discussing his donations towards that goal.

"Music is such a necessity. It touches people's souls," the guitarist told CNN this week. "Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything. My whole life has been music. I could not imagine anything else," he continued. "It's a must. It has to be taught."

Van Halen appeared on CNN alongside Felice Mancini, CEO of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a program that provides musical instruments to students in low-income schools. A few years back, Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the foundation to help with the cause. "It was very difficult at first to find a charity that [takes guitars]," he explained. "They all just wanted money."

"It's the gift that keeps on giving," added Mancini. "The kids share the guitars, they learn, they graduate and then the instruments stay in the school. Our goal is to give kids every tool they can possibly have to succeed. Music is the common denominator. You put a kid in a music class and it builds community, communication and they find a place. It's a safe haven." Watch the full interview here.


ROCK NEWS FOR 02/24/17

STEVE HACKETT discusses ‘The Night Siren’ in new video

STEVE HACKETT – discusses ‘The Night Siren’ in new video
Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), is set to release his latest album ‘The Night Siren’ on March 24th, 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony).  As implied in the title, ‘The Night Siren’ is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division, and he discusses the album in detail in this brand new interview video which you can find here:"

Steve recently revealed the first track to be taken from the new album, and you can listen to ‘In The Skeleton Gallery’ here:"

Steve had this to say about the song: “I'm excited by the imminent release of my new album, The Night Siren, which includes this track, "In The Skeleton Gallery". You know that ancient childhood night terror which creeps up on you in a dark moment when you're least expecting it... This track moves from a dream-like groove with a Middle Eastern tinged accompaniment through to a sinister march and on to an out-there nightmare ride, before the child's box of tricks reclaims it and the lid is finally closed...”

‘The Night Siren’ showcases Steve’s incredible guitar playing as strongly as ever, along with regular Hackett collaborators and also musicians from several different countries who Steve Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity.  This includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq and a multiplicity of sounds, including the exotic strains of Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, the ethnic beauty of the Peruvian charango and the haunting Celtic Uilleann pipes. 

Steve is widely travelled, making friends everywhere he goes and has always embraced multicultural diversity.  In these times of unrest, he has been inspired to express his belief that the world needs more empathy and unity. His wish to involve a range of musical sounds, instruments, musicians and singers from different parts of the world is both a development of his eclectic approach to music and shows how people can be brought together, even from war torn regions.

Talking about his latest work, Steve says, “This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world.  From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”

The musical journey takes us from ‘Behind the Smoke’, focusing on the plight of refugees throughout the ages, to the penultimate track ‘West to East’ which reflects on the damage of war and the hope for a better world. From personal to universal, the themes celebrate the life force, breaking free from chains of repression.

The album features: Steve Hackett (guitar & vocals), Roger King (keyboards & programming), Nad Sylvan (vocals on Inca Terra), Rob Townsend (all things wind), Amanda Lehmann (vocals), Gary O'Toole (drums), and Benedict Fenner (additional keyboards & programming). Also featured are singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), Nick D'Virgilio (drums) from the USA, Malik Mansurov (Tar) from Azerbaijan & Gulli Breim (drums & percussion) from Iceland. Additional musicians who add to the rich flavour of the album are Christine Townsend (violin & viola), Dick Driver (double bass), Troy Donockley (Celtic Uilleann) and Leslie Bennett (keyboards on The Gift).

‘The Night Siren’ will be available as a special edition CD/Blu-Ray Digipak featuring 5.1 surround sound & making of documentary, Standard jewelcase CD, Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD & digital download. Pre-order the album digitally from iTunes or Amazon and receive the track ‘In The Skeleton Gallery’ immediately:"

Behind The Smoke
Martian Sea
Fifty Miles from the North Pole
El Niño
Other Side of the Wall
Anything But Love
Inca Terra
In Another Life
In The Skeleton Gallery
West to East
The Gift

Steve Hackett is returning with an exciting new show Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett with US tour dates. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album ‘Wind and Wuthering’, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as ‘The Musical Box’ and other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve's band including ‘Inside & Out’ and ‘Anyway’ as well as material from ‘The Night Siren’.

Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett 2017:

Friday, February 24th             Santander PAC                  Reading, PA, 
Saturday, February 25th         Playstation Theater            New York, NY
Sunday, February 26th           Wilbur Theatre                    Boston, MA
Tuesday, February 28th          20 Monroe Live                  Grand Rapids, MI
Wednesday, March 1st           Royal Oak Music Theatre   Royal Oak, MI
Thursday, March 2nd              The Oakville Centre           Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Friday, March 3rd                    Kleinhans Music Hall         Buffalo, NY

About Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, who produced several of the band’s most acclaimed albums including ‘Selling England by the Pound’ (a favourite of John Lennon) and ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’. With Steve's extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/orchestra albums such as ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.



In the spirit of launching her solo concert tour starting Wednesday, March 8 at the Moore Theatre in her Seattle hometown, ANN WILSON of HEART has shared her top 10 favorite live albums of all time via Twitter. She began to reveal her choices Wednesday, February 15 with her #10 choice (Duke Ellington, Ellington at Newport) and counted down, one day at a time, to her #1 pick (Harry Belafonte, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall), which was revealed today (2/24). The full list of ANN's albums and her comments are below. 

The ANN WILSON OF HEART cross-country 20-date tour will include stops in Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Englewood, NJ and New Orleans, among other cities. Musicians on board for the ANN WILSON OF HEART tour include Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the Ann Wilson Thing for two years) from San Francisco; Andy Stoller on bass (the Ann Wilson Thing member for two years) from Seattle; and Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990's for two years) from Los Angeles. The name for the upcoming tour, explains ANN, "is to give people a point of recognition; to help people understand who I am and where I came from." 

What will fans experience at these shows?  "People can expect the unexpected in 2017," ANN says. "A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production...The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart."

ANN WILSON's top 10 favorite live albums:
  1) Harry Belafonte, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall:  "When I was a child my parents used to play this.  It made me want to perform!  Harry Belafonte's version of "Danny Boy" on this album just put me over the edge."
  2) Aretha Franklin, Aretha Live at Fillmore West:  "The queen with all her fires blazing. Super inspiring!"
  3) Elton John, 17-11-70:  "Elton in his early trio; Nigel Olsen on drums and Dee Murray on bass. This is a fantastic listen!"
  4) The Who, Live at Leeds:  "This one is raw, exciting and truly iconic. The Who on all cylinders."
 5) Deep Purple, Made in Japan:  "The stuff 70's rock was made of. Great songs and power performances."
  6) Joni Mitchell, Miles of Aisles:  "Joni at her live best with a great band. Just before jazz and just after folk. Maybe one of the best lyricists and singers of all time. This album is a treasure."
  7) James Brown, Live at the Apollo:  "The hardest working man in show business working hard. The grooves and the soul are to die for."
  8) Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison:  "This is Johnny with his people. There is a connection here that is palpable. Cash in his prime."
  9) Muse, Live at Rome Olympic Stadium:  "Perhaps the most powerful, creative band of today powering it out Live. Incredible playing, singing and drama!  This record really takes you places."
  10) Duke Ellington, Ellington at Newport:  "The sophistication and elegance of the Duke live. Perfect for an afternoon in." 

Here is ANN WILSON OF HEART's current tour itinerary:








Seattle, WA

Moore Theatre



Berkeley, CA

UC Theatre



Los Angeles, CA

Wiltern Theatre



Aspen, CO

Belly Up



Denver, CO

Paramount Theatre



Salina, KS

Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts



Lake Charles, LA

Golden Nugget



New Orleans, LA

House of Blues



Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Community College Theatre



Charleston, SC

Charleston Music Hall



Greenville, SC

Peace Center for the Creative Arts



Morristown, NJ

Mayo Performing Arts Center



Annapolis, MD

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts



Alexandria, VA

The Birchmere



Westbury, NY

The Westbury Theater



Peekskill, NY

Paramount Hudson Valley



Londonderry, NH

Tupelo Music Hall



Englewood, NJ

Bergen Performing Arts Center



Philadelphia, PA

Keswick Theatre



Providence, RI

Park Theatre PAC



The Babys Turn 40
John Waite, Jonathan Cain Recall Baby Steps Toward Stardom

February 23, 2017, Dallas, TX -  InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  takes a look at a late ‘70s contender, The Babys, with a candid conversation with singer John Waite and keyboardist Jonathan Cain on the 40th anniversary year of their first hit “Isn’t It Time?”

That first musically ambitious Top 15 single from the original band of Waite, Michael Corby, Tony Brock, and Wally Stocker created enough momentum for the British quartet to inspire The Babys’ breakout 1979 album Head First, which itself peaked at # 22 and produced another Top 15 hit single “Every Time I Think of You”.  But after 1980’s Union Jacks album, which delivered “Back on My Feet Again” and the infectious “Midnight Rendezvous”, the band stumbled figuratively and, in lead singer John Waite’s unfortunate case, quite literally. But how? John Waite and Jonathan Cain share with In The Studio host Redbeard their own personal recollections of life in rock’s neo-natal unit trying to grow in America as The Babys.

“We went on the road a lot... They (record company) wouldn’t let a day go by without us doing something. We’d play in the cafeteria of some college and then go play a major gig at night, or we’d fly to Japan the next morning after a major three week outing playing everywhere in America... It was a real whirlwind. It was a great time.”   - John Waite

“There are a lot of reasons why we disbanded. I guess the biggest reason was the money, the past and all the (management) mistakes that were made... It was like a snowball rolling down a hill and there wasn’t really any stopping it.”                                                                                                 - Jonathan Cain

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‘Live And Louder’, The Dead Daisies’ highly-anticipated live outing, set for release on May 19th on Spitfire Music / SPV, perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016.

The video trailer for Live & Louder can be viewed here:

From the moment they dropped their first single ‘Long Way To Go’ ahead of their European Festival Summer in June, the hits just kept on coming. The 2nd single ‘Join Together’ ramped up the release of the third studio album ‘Make Some Noise’. The band were well underway touring the USA with KISS, a tour that finished with a sold-out headline show at LA’s prestigious Whisky A Go-Go. 

The next single ‘Song And A Prayer’, was released with an accompanying short-film, refocused attention and rang in the final, massive touring phase of the year which saw the band go to Japan for the first time, where they immediately became media and fan darlings and went down a storm at the world-famous Loud Park festival. A string of dates in Korea for the USO and, as the year’s grand finale, a massive UK & European Co-Headline Tour that played 30+ shows to sold-out venues.

The ‘Daisies’ as they are affectionately referred to by their fans, quickly became people’s favourite live band with their relentless energy, stellar musicianship and unabashed joy in bringing the rock back into roll. The big question at signing sessions after each show and on the band’s social media channels continued to be: “When will there be a live album?”. People simply could not get enough of them live.

Not to turn down a good opportunity, the band recorded a number of shows on the UK & European Tour and, with the team that already made ‘Make Some Noise’ blow speakers worldwide. The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company, Metallica, Santana) at Focxhole Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg. They assembled a true monster in the vein of the great Live Albums of the 70s. You can feel the sweat drip from the ceilings, the energy of the crowd becoming one with the band, screaming, hollering and forgetting about the often mundane reality for a night of true Rock’n’Roll. Warts ’n all, ‘LIVE & LOUDER’ is a document of a band in their prime, a raw slice of visceral energy, an in-your-face assault on the senses. Simply: THE DEAD DAISIES in their element and at their best!

Lead singer John Corabi adds: “We’re extremely excited and proud of our new album ‘LIVE & LOUDER’!!! A lot of the fans have been writing to us and saying how much they LOVED our records but were even more blown away by the band live!!! So this documents our last U.K./European tour, and also shows the world how truly loud and supportive The Dead Daisies fans are!!!! Thank you and Turn It Up!!!!”

‘LIVE & LOUDER’ will be released in a number of different, exciting formats. Again, the band listened to what the fans wanted and added a spectacular vinyl as well as a limited-edition box set that features, among other cool trinkets, an exclusive 7” vinyl single recorded at The Zoo at Planet Rock Radio’s highly coveted London fan-only gig in November 2016.

“LIVE & LOUDER” Formats:
• DIGIPAK (Contains CD & DVD & massive photo booklet. The DVD features an exclusive “Live & Louder”-Documentary, a massive “Make Some Noise World Tour”-Documentary, all music videos of the “Make Some Noise” album cycle and a picture gallery)
• VINYL (Double 180g Multicolor Vinyl, Gatefold, Printed Inner Sleeves, 4-Page Booklet, CD in Paper-Sleeve)
• LIMITED EDITION BOX-SET (contains Digipak with CD & DVD, Double 180g 12” Vinyl, Exclusive Colored-Vinyl 7” Single, Poster, Sticker, Button, Patch, PhotoCard)

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Metallica Refuse To Rewrite Their Musical History

Metallica are flying high with the success of their latest album "Hardwired To Self Destruct" and while discussing the new effort, frontman James Hetfield took a stand against bands rerecording their classic songs.

Hetfield was interviewed Red Bulletin and was asked "You're a band that has often worn its heart on its sleeve. Looking at your back catalogue, are there any periods where you now think, 'What the hell were we thinking?""

He responded, There are things I would like to change on some of the records, but it gives them so much character that you can't change them. I find it a little frustrating when bands re-record classic albums with pretty much the same songs and have it replace the original. It erases that piece of history. These records are a product of a certain time in life; they're snapshots of history and they're part of our story.

"OK, so … And Justice for All [1988] could use a little more low end and St. Anger [2003] could use a little less tin snare drum, but those things are what make those records part of our history." Read the full interview here.

Nirvana Classics Getting Bluegrass Makeover

Iron Horse, an Alabama bluegrass quartet, have announced that they will be releasing "Pickin' on Nirvana: A Bluegrass Tribute Featuring Iron Horse" on this year's Record Store Day on April 22nd. (followed by digital release on the 28th)

The album will see the seasoned bluegrass covers act rework (and rejig, if you will) eleven Nirvana classics, twenty-six years after the release of Cobain and Co.'s groundbreaking grunge document Nevermind.

Iron Horse, who have already recorded and released similar homages to Metallica, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses (and funnily enough, even Modest Mouse and Kanye West), will bring the banjo and mandolin treatment to Cobain/Nirvana classics like 'All Apologies', 'In Bloom', 'Pennyroyal Tea' and 'Come As You Are', among others. Sadly, there's no 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on the track listing. Read more here.

The Doors Stream 1967 Live Recording From Deluxe Reissue

The Doors are streaming a 1967 live recording of "Twentieth Century Fox" as a preview to the March 31 release of an expanded, 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their self-titled debut album.

The tune is one of eight songs captured in concert at The Matrix in San Francisco, CA on March 6, 1967 from recently rediscovered original master tapes.

The live set joins remastered stereo and mono mixes of the original record in the 3CD/1LP 50th Anniversary reissue, which is packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book.

Considered one of the most influential albums in the progression of psychedelic rock, "The Doors" features instant classics like "Break On Through (To The Other Side)", "Soul Kitchen", "The End" and the No. 1 single, "Light My Fire." Stream the song and read more here.


AC/DC Making New Album With Axl Rose?

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose won over many skeptical AC/DC fans will he stepped in for Brian Johnson for the second half of legendary hard rock group's world tour.

Now a report has surfaced that claims that Rose is recording a new AC/DC album with co-founder and guitarist Angus Young. The revelation was made by the site Noise 11 in their review of Guns N' Roses recent concert in Melbourne, Australia.

They report that GNR was again joined during the show by Angus Young, like the two previous Sydney shows, and in the review they had this statement "Axl Rose fronting AC/DC was controversial and if you didn't like that combination you will be horrified to learn there is an album on the way."

The website offered no basis for the album claim and neither the AC/DC nor Guns N' Roses/Axl Rose camps have addressed the rumor.

Ex-Black Sabbath Star Explains Why He Didn't Return To Band

When Black Sabbath failed to reach agreement with original drummer Bill Ward to take part in their final album and farewell tour, some expected the legendary group to call on another veteran of the band to fill his shoes, Vinny Appice. But that did not happen and in a new interview Appice speculates why he wasn't asked to return.

Appice had replaced Ward in the band before, becoming their drummer during the Dio era of the group and also reuniting with that lineup of the band (Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio) in the group Heaven and Hell.

My Global Mind recently spoke with Vinnie about Last In Line, which features other original members of Dio's solo band and he was asked why he didn't return to Black Sabbath. He responded, "I was never asked to join then but still in touch with Tony and Geezer.

"I think the decisions get made with management and there are three of them. I don't know what they were thinking as they did the last CD with a different drummer. The problem could be that I did Heaven & Hell with Ronnie and if I was in the band, it would be like Heaven & Hell with Ozzy.

"Maybe Ozzy or someone in his camp didn't like the idea? It would have been great, but that's the music business. I love playing with them and know how to play with them as we have a great chemistry." Check out the full interview here.

Allman Brothers Band Stars Play Butch Trucks' Funeral

It was a talent rich crowd that gathered to honor the memory of late Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks. At a private memorial service at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon, GA, musicians, and speakers came together to pay tribute to Trucks.

Trucks' son, Vaylor, who was also his bandmate in The Freight Train Band, hosted the ceremony. Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (Butch's nephew), bassist Oteil Burbridge, percussionist Mark Quinones and drummer Jaimoe, along with photographer and archivist Kirk West, booking agent Jonny Podell, tour manager Willie Perkins, Trucks' goddaughter Kendall Deflin, Dana Dowd, daughter of producer and engineer Tom Dowd and several Trucks family members like his wife Melinda, daughters Elise and Melody and son Seth also spoke. Closing remarks were given by Jaimoe, reports Relix.

The musicians played in different ensembles and collaborations, but it kicked off with the biggest reunion of Allman Brothers members since the band's final shows in 2014, as Haynes, Trucks, Burbridge, Jaimoe and Quiñones came together for 'Statesboro Blues," and 'Ain't Wasting Time No More." Read more here.

Why Chester Bennington Left Stone Temple Pilots

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington revealed in a new interview on Q104.3's Out Of The Box program the reason behind his decision to part ways with Stone Temple Pilots.

Bennington explained why he left the group, "I had so much fun. I actually still get to play with those guys every once in a while. And I have a deep, deep love. And the only reason why I'm not doing it now is because my kids, they would cry every time I'd go on the road with STP.

"When I leave on tour with Linkin Park, they're, like, 'Okay, we'll see you when you get back,' and they understand what I'm doing. But when I would leave with STP, they would cry.

"And I started realizing, I think they thought I was choosing to do that over being at home with them, because I would be done with Linkin Park and coming home. And so, it was just too hard on my family.

"So I basically was, like, 'You know what? I've gotta stop being selfish here, and when I'm not doing Linkin Park, I've just gotta be home with my babies." Check out the full interview here.

Metallica Ask Fans To Pick Opening Act For Upcoming Shows

Metallica have announced that they are letting their fans vote for the opening band for their upcoming three night stand in Mexico City on March 1st, 3rd and 5th.

The thrash legend had this to say "We're having a blast hanging out with the best of the local music scene as we zig-zag across the globe, so just as we did with the recent run in Copenhagen and in some of our favorite Latin American countries in the Fall of last year, we're asking you to choose who you want to see take the stage first in Mexico City.

"As you may know, our friend and musical icon Iggy Pop will be joining us there, but there's plenty of room for one more act!" The band has opening voting for ten local bands that fans will pick to open the shows. The poll will close on Friday (Feb 24th) and the winner will be announced next Monday. Read more here.

Everclear Announce So Much For The Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour

Everclear have announced that they will be embarking on a tour this spring which will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their popular album "So Much For The Afterglow."

The trek will feature the band playing the album in its entirety and is scheduled to kick off on May 11th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Or and will conclude on June 29th at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, Ca.

Frontman Art Alexakis had this to say, "It's hard to believe we made this record 20 years ago. Even though I'm in a different place now than the guy who first wrote and sang these songs, and even though faces, voices, and relationships change, the songs still feel relevant and vital every time we play them live.

"I can't wait to play the whole record for the first time with the guys in Everclear now. It's going to be awesome!" See the dates for the road trip below:

So Much For The Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour Dates:
5/11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
5/12 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
5/13 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
5/14 - Billings, MT - Pub Station Ballroom
5/16 - Calgary, AB - Marquee Beer Market &Stage
5/17 - Saskatoon, SK - O'Brians Event Centre
5/18 - Regina, SK - Casino Regina
5/19 - Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
5/20 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
5/23 - The Colony, TX - Lava Cantina
5/25 - Des Moines, IA - Brenton Skating Plaza
5/26 - Welch, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5/28 - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsKC
5/30 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre and Ballroom
6/1 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
6/2 - Arlington Heights, IL - HOME Bar
6/3 - South Bend, IN - Four Winds Field
6/4 - Columbus, OH - Express Line (Fastball only)
6/6 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
6/7 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
6/8 - Portland, ME - Aura
6/9 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/10 - Fairfax, VA - Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
6/11 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
6/15 - Winnipeg, MB - Club Regent Event Centre
6/16 - Duluth, MN - Grandma's Marathon, Canal Park
6/18 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
6/22 - West Siloam Springs, OK - Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs
6/23 - New Braunfels, TX - River Road Ice House
6/24 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
6/25 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel PAC
6/27 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
6/28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Belasco Theatre
6/29 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues

Alice Cooper Band's Dennis Dunaway Talks New Album and Lost Song

Original Alice Cooper Band icon Dennis Dunaway was the featured guest on the latest episode of The Rock Brigade Podcast and discussed the legendary band's upcoming new album as well as the soon to be released lost classic song "School's Back In", among other topics. The show sent over some excerpts.

Dunaway had this to say about the new Alice Cooper album that features him, along with other original band members Michael Bruce and Neal Smith which is being produced by Bob Ezrin: "It is going to be released…we are working on songs right now…the original group. Ezrin promised he is not going to take two years to finish like he took on The Hollywood Vampires album. I'm not at liberty to tell you details but I can say that I'm very excited."

He was also asked about the upcoming release of the lost song "School's Back In" and had this to say, "Warner Bros. is going to put out a re-issue of a couple of the original bands albums. Each one of them will have a live show. There will even be some outtakes. I don't know if I should say what one of them is as the surprise of it has a lot to do with how cool it is.

"Basically, it is a song that we did in the studio warming up and jamming. We decided if we wrote a song called 'School's Back In' then it would have to be the most depressing blues song ever. It is so depressing that there is big build like it going to the next chord change but it goes back to the same chord."

Dennis spoke about other Alice Cooper related topics as well as his book "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!" Listen to the full interview here.


Following the success of their 2016 tour, The Yardbirds head back out on the road this March.

Enjoying a run of solid sold-out performances in 2016, The Yardbirds continue to hold true to the band’s legacy of masterful musicianship. Led by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer / founding member / drummer Jim McCarty, the band (consisting of guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer/blues harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone, and lead singer/guitarist John Idan) evoke the essence of the classic Yardbirds sound.

Experiencing a Yardbirds concert is akin to a music history lesson. An integral part of the 1960s’ “British Invasion”, these blues-rock pioneers played a significant role in laying the groundwork for rock music. The band crafted blues-rock / psychedelic anthems “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down”, “Train Kept A-Rollin’”, and “Heart Full Of Soul”, to name a few -- building an undeniable legacy that still reigns strong in 2017.

Get a taste of The Yardbirds LIVE: “Heart Full Of Soul”:

March 4 – Melbourne, FL – King Center
March 5 – St. Petersburg, FL – Palladium
March 7 – Coral Springs, FL – Coral Springs Center For The Arts
March 9 – The Villages, FL – Savannah Center
May 27 – Simi Valley, CA – Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest
May 28 – Oroville, CA – Feather Falls Casino
May 30 & 31 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
June 3 - Lake Tahoe, NV – Harrah’s Casino
June 4 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
June 7 – Del Mar, CA – San Diego County Fair
June 10 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Casino
June 16 – Chattanooga, TN – River Bend Festival
July 7 – Atlantic City, NJ – Resorts Casino


 The Sonics are currently in the midst of an unprecedented resurgence that’s seen the legendary Northwest rockers return to action after a 40-year hiatus. Since reforming in 2007, the fabled Tacoma, Washington-bred outfit has decisively reestablished itself as a vital recording unit and as a peerless, in-demand live act. In the process, they’ve earned a fanatically devoted audience of new fans too young to have heard the band during its original ’60s heyday.

The Sonics recently entered an exciting new chapter in their storied history, unveiling a retooled band lineup that teams original member Rob Lind (saxophone and harmonica) and longtime Sonics Freddie Dennis (bass and vocals) and Dusty Watson (drums) with a pair of new additions, guitarist Evan Foster (of Tacoma’s own Boss Martians) and keyboardist Jake Cavaliere (a member of L.A. garage-psych upstarts the Lords of Altamont). Founding members Gerry Roslie and Larry Parypa have chosen to step back from the rigors of touring, but remain a part of the Sonics family, and plan on continuing to contribute to the Sonics’ future recordings.

The new-look Sonics already have a good deal of stage experience under their collective belt, and continue to thrill old and new fans with the same raw, raucous intensity upon which the band’s reputation is built. They’ll continue their ongoing roadwork in 2017, with eagerly anticipated performances in Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto,  Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville. 

Reflecting upon the Sonics’ recent evolution, Lind comments, “As anyone in a touring band will tell you, touring is an arduous undertaking. When you get to be our age it’s a constant battle to get enough rest and learning how to perform when completely exhausted and then getting up the next day and doing it all over again. About eighteen months ago, Gerry decided he just couldn’t do it anymore, and he reluctantly stepped away. It was basically the same story with Larry; he just didn’t want to leave home and travel any longer. But they’re working on material for our next album and will join us in the studio.

“Dusty and Freddie have now been in the Sonics longer than the originals, and I’ve come to think of them as originals,” Lind continues, adding, “We were so incredibly lucky to find Jake Cavaliere and Evan Foster. They both were brought up on Sonics music and have been playing it since they were young boys, so they didn’t have to be taught anything. They already knew the sound that was required to be in this band. Jake and Evan were Sonics long before they ever played with us, and their transition has been easy and totally seamless.” 

In their original 1963-1967 run, the Sonics — who were recently named the best garage band of all time by Time Out New York — won a reputation for their primal, propulsive sound, exemplified by such howling anthems as “Psycho,” “The Witch,” “Strychnine,” “Boss Hoss” and “Have Love, Will Travel.” The Sonics’ assaultive, over-the-top performances made them regional stars throughout the Pacific Northwest, but their local popularity kept them from touring much outside of their home turf, limiting their national exposure.  But their recordings — including the now-classic albums Here Are the Sonics and Boom — have remained a key influence for multiple generations of younger combos, and the Sonics’ mystique only grew stronger in the years that the band was inactive. 

After turning down countless reunion-show offers over the years, the Sonics finally agreed to reform for a pair of revelatory shows in New York in 2007. Since then, the band has toured throughout the United States, headlining their own shows as well as a pair of tours with high-profile Sonics fan Robert Plant. They’ve also been rapturously received on a series of overseas jaunts, performing for adoring crowds in the U.K., Europe, Australia, Scandinavia and Central America. They also reactivated their recording career, recruiting noted producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs) to record This Is the Sonics, their first album of new material in nearly half a century.

Fans and critics alike have enthusiastically embraced the Sonics’ new lineup, noting that the band’s original sound and swagger are still fully intact. For instance, a reviewer for Rock NYC noted, “The energy got to the roof at the first song ... the youthful exuberance was intact and the rawness and explosion of rock and roll that followed was simply astonishing ... All the songs were played with a furious and sweaty energy.” Australia’s I-94 Bar said, “The Sonics as we saw them tonight held their own and were a powerful representation of the original ... There’s a wealth of power and talent up there.”  

Tour dates:

Thu., March 23  CHICAGO, IL  Reggies

Fri., March 24  CLEVELAND OH  Beachland

Sat., March 25  TORONTO, ONT  Danforth Music Hall

Sun., March 26  DETROIT, MI  El Club

Thu., April 6   HOUSTON, TX  The Continental

Fri., April 7  DALLAS, TX  Gas Monkey

Sat., April 8   AUSTIN, TX  Rod and Custom Round Up

Sun., April 9  AUSTIN, TX  The Continental

Thur., May 18   ATLANTA, GA  Masquerade

Fri., May 19  CHARLOTTE, NC  Neighborhood Theater

Sat., May 20  NASHVILLE, TN  Muddy Roots Fest


Los Angeles area’s largest Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Roots music festival, featuring two stages, a Mardi Gras parade, crafts and dozens of food booths, takes place Memorial Day weekend.                    

The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will once again enliven Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features a full stage for each of its musical genres. The spirited music will go non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. (or 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.).

Single Day tickets are $25 for adults (13 and over); $45 for a 2-day pass; children 12 and younger are free. New this year will be a limited number of SuperTicket passes. For $124 for a single day or $199 for both days, SuperTickets holders get a reserved seat, in the shade, directly in the front of the blues stage as well as private bar access (and two complimentary drinks) and other exclusive “backstage experiences.” Tickets are available on the festival’s website: (Note: the only tickets available at the gate are single-day, $30)

Headlining the blues stage this year will be the pioneering blues-rock band the Yardbirds, the Robby Krieger Band (celebrating 50 years of the Doors' music), Mitch Ryder, Lazy Lester and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; as well as L.A.-based roots-rockers the 44’s, soulful SoCal songstress Alex Nester and festival returnees Kelly’s Lot. Another festival favorite, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, returns for the fourth straight year and will be performing at both stages. 

On the Cajun and Zydeco stage will be the “original ragin’ Cajun” fiddler Doug Kershaw; Grammy-winning accordionist Jo-El Sonnier and the Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed. Performing on this stage too are Crawdaddio and the Bayou Brothers, who also will back Lazy Lester on the blues stage, while Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles will play on both the Cajun/Zydeco and Blues stages.

The annual Mardi Gras Parade will take place both days, and everyone is invited to join in with the marching bands, stilt walkers and other costumed characters. Also, during the breaks at the Cajun/Zydeco stage, dance instructor AJ Gibbs will lead the crowd in free dance lessons.

About the headliners:

The Yardbirds: In the mid-’60s, the Yardbirds revolutionized music as they pushed British blues rock into psychedelia and heavy metal. Godhead guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page all spent time in the band, playing alongside core members Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica). McCarty recently assembled a new touring line-up that includes guitarist Johnny A (Peter Wolf), bassist Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett, Hall & Oates), veteran harpist Myke Scavone and vocalist/guitarist John Idan, who has been a Yardbird since the Nineties. The group performs at the festival on Saturday, May 27.

The Robby Krieger Band: Regularly cited as one of rock’s all-time top guitarists, Krieger shot to fame in the Doors. The Los Angeles native wrote or co-wrote some of the band’s signature tunes, like “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly.” The Robby Krieger Band will celebrate 50 years of the Doors’ music when then make their Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival debut on May 27.

Mitch Ryder: If you have ever heard Bruce Springsteen perform his “Detroit Medley,” you know Mitch Ryder’s impact on rock history. The medley’s main songs — “Devil With a Blue Dress,” “Jenny Take a Ride,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “C.C. Rider” — are all tunes Ryder popularized while fronting the Detroit Wheels in the mid-’60s. The powerhouse vocalist has remained a popular performer, especially in Europe. This year finds Ryder readying a new album and working on a stage musical based on his novel Hide Your Love Away. Experience Ryder’s dynamic rock & soul sound on the blues stage Sunday.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: For nearly a quarter century, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been combining the old with the new. Folks can’t help but to dance to the band’s exhilarating blend of jazz, swing and Dixieland with rock ’n’ roll energy. Formed in Ventura, California, the band has recorded 10 albums and played over 2700 live shows, including playing for three U.S. presidents. Rather remarkably, the group remains composed of its core members: Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (bass), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano). They’ll make their second Cajun & Blues Festival appearance when they hit the blues stage on Sunday.

Doug Kershaw: Known as the “original ragin’ Cajun,” Kershaw found crossover success during the late ’60s when his fierce fiddle playing and hippie-style appearance won favor with young rock audiences. His career started in the mid-’50s when he teamed with his brother Rusty to become a popular country duo, scoring hits with “Diggy Diggy Lo” and the autobiographical “Louisiana Man.” Kershaw, who was inducted in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009, will perform on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on May 27.

Lazy Lester: The story goes that, in the mid-’50s, Lazy Lester met Lightin’ Slim by chance on a bus. Slim needed a harmonica player for a recording and Lester could play the harp. He wound up playing on many of Slim’s Excello albums before making his own Excello debut in 1957. The Blues Hall of Famer’s best known tunes include “I’m a Lover Not a Fighter,” “I Hear You Knockin’,” and “I’m Gonna Leave You Baby.” After taking a hiatus, Lester returned to music in the late ’80s and he has made several albums since. Now in his 80s, Lester still blows a mean, swamp-bluesy harp. He’ll take the blues stage on May 27, backed by the Bayou Brothers.

Jo-El Sonnier: Hailed as the “King of Cajun Music” for the past 25 years, Sonnier is a wizard of the accordion. The much-in-demand musician has recorded with such stars as Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Robert Cray, Neil Diamond, Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton. A multi-Grammy nominee himself, Sonnier won a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2015. He returns to Simi Valley for the second time, performing on the Cajun stage Saturday and Sunday.

The Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed: These three musicians were all founding members of BeauSoliel, the internationally renowned, multi-Grammy winning group that Garrison Keillor hailed as the "best Cajun band in the world." This trio, with Michael Doucet on fiddle, his brother David on guitar and Mitch Reed on various string instruments, showcases its virtuosity by slipping effortlessly among musical genres. They will play, along with a special surprise guest, both days of the festival.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles: A true ambassador of New Orleans, Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles, a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tribe. They are known for their elaborate attire, which includes handmade suits adorned with brightly colored feathers, intricate beadwork, rhinestones and ruffles, as well as their music, which combines folk traditions with funk and R&B. Boudreaux, a 2016 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award, brings his Golden Eagles to the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Saturday and the blues stage on Sunday.

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers: A Cajun & Blues Festival favorite, Dwayne “Dopsie” Rubin returns to Simi Valley for the fourth straight year. He also will be hard to miss since he will be performing on both the blues and Cajun/Zydeco stages on Saturday and back on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Sunday. The son of Zydeco legend Rockin’ Dopsie Sr., Dwayne has carved out his own successful career. His highly energetic Zydeco style has earned him a Grammy nomination and the title of “America’s Hottest Accordion” player.

The blues stage once again was booked by Martin Fleischmann and his company, Rum & Humble. For more than 20 years Rum & Humble has played a key role in presenting some of the world’s great musical talent (Radiohead, King Sunny Ade, and the Rolling Stones, to name a few) to Los Angeles audiences, in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Orpheum Theatre and the Santa Monica Pier. They also have been a pioneer promoters in the field of Latin alternative music; Fleischmann is one of the co-founders of L.A.’s Congo Room. Additionally, Rum & Humble has collaborated closely with artists such as Jackson Browne and Paul Oakenfold as well as with a varied roster of corporate and non-profit clients, such as KJAZZ Radio and the National Geographic Society.

The Cajun & Blues Festival has received national press accolades: “Everywhere you turned, there was something exciting happening,” wrote Blue Revue editor Art Tipaldi, who travelled to L.A. from New England. After attending last year’s concert, Jazz Weekly’s George W. Harris proclaimed: “Forget the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues fest beats the older and richer sister. This is coming from a jazzer, yet still, pound for pound and dollar for dollar, I have more fun here than in Hollywood … it “delivered music made to last … can’t wait until next year.”

Besides the great music, festival-goers can enjoy great food too. Southern BBQ and authentic Cajun-Creole cuisine, such as jambalaya and crawfish, are available at dozens of food booths, which will also feature a variety of other dining options. There will be rows of craft booths and retailers to check out as well.

To get to the Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, take California Hwy. 118 (Ronald Reagan Freeway) north from L.A. Exit at Stearns Street and go a couple blocks south. Ample free parking is available, with the main lot at the Simi Valley High School; a free shuttle takes to you to the park. This year, the festival has added thousands of square feet of additional tenting for shade at no additional charge. Low back chairs are recommended; however, pop-ups will no longer be allowed in the festival grounds.

100% of the festival’s profits are donated to charitable, educational and humanitarian causes on a local, national and international level. A list of these organizations may be found at <>.  

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival is a presentation of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.

Schedule — subject to change:

Kelly’s Lot
Lazy Lester
The Yardbirds
The Robby Krieger Band
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed
Mardi Gras Parade
Jo-El Sonnier
Doug Kershaw  

Alex Nester
The 44’s
Mitch Ryder
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

Bayou Brothers
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Mardi Gras Parade
Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed
Jo-El Sonnier  

Recently Released Concert DVD  And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit  Hits #1 in North America

DVD Notches 8 International Top 10 Placements Including in the UK and Germany

North American Tour Set to Kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH!

British rock and roll veterans Def Leppard new live concert DVD, And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit, has reached the top of the charts in North America. Released on February 10th in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment, And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit's popularityhas transcended countries, reaching the top 10 on DVD charts in 8 countries. Shot entirely during the band's 2016 Detroit tour stop, the DVD features behind the scene footage and interviews, as well as, the band's sold out show.  Click here to purchase.

Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard recently announced they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets for all dates are now available on Dates are as follows: 

April 8, 2017                         Manchester, NH                  SNHU Arena
April 10, 2017                       Montreal, QC                      Bell Centre *
April 12, 2017                       Uncasville, CT                    Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14, 2017                       Baltimore, MD                    Royal Farms Arena
April 15, 2017                       Uniondale, NY                    Nassau Coliseum
April 17, 2017                       Grand Rapids, MI               Van Andel Arena
April 19, 2017                       Green Bay, WI                    Resch Center ^
April 21, 2017                       St Paul, MN                        Xcel Energy Center
April 22, 2017                       Sioux Falls, SD                  Sanford Premier Center
April 24, 2017                       Des Moines, IA                  Wells Fargo Arena
April 26, 2017                       Louisville, KY                     KFC Yum! Center **
April 27, 2017                       Nashville, TN                     Bridgestone Arena
April 29, 2017                       Ft Myers, FL                      Fort Rock ***
April 30, 2017                       Jacksonville, FL                 Welcome to Rockville ***
May 2, 2017                          Tuscaloosa, AL                  Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3, 2017                          Atlanta, GA                        Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 5, 2017                          Charlottesville, VA              John Paul Jones Arena
May 6, 2017                          Charlotte, NC                     Carolina Rebellion ***
May 24, 2017                        Lincoln, NE                        Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26, 2017                       Pryor, OK                            Rocklahoma ***
May 27, 2017                       San Antonio, TX                 River City Rockfest ***
May 29, 2017                       Colorado Springs, CO        Broadmoor World Arena
May 31, 2017                       Bozeman, MT                     Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2, 2017                         Edmonton, AB                   Rogers Place *
June 3, 2017                         Calgary, AB                       Scotiabank Saddledome *
June 6, 2017                         Vancouver, BC                  Rogers Arena *
June 7, 2017                         Spokane, WA                    Spokane Arena
June 9, 2017                         Seattle, WA                       White River Amph
June 10, 2017                       Portland, OR                     Moda Center
June 12, 2017                       Fresno, CA                        Save Mart Center
June 14, 2017                       Ontario, CA                       Citizens Bank Arena
June 16, 2017                       San Diego, CA                  Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17, 2017                       Las Vegas, NV                  MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19, 2017                       Salt Lake City, UT             USANA Amphitheatre
June 21, 2017                       Kansas City, MO               Sprint Center **
June 22, 2017                       St Louis, MO                     Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 24, 2017                       Chicago, IL                        Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
June 25, 2017                       Indianapolis, IN                 Klipsch Music Center
*Def Leppard only                
**Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
***Def Leppard festival dates 
^Green Bay, WI and Chicago, IL on sale February 10
For more information on Def Leppard:

Legendary FOCUS Drummer Pierre van der Linden Releases His First Solo Album “Drum Poetry”!  OUT NOW!

Netherlands - Pierre van der Linden, the drummer in legendary Dutch band Focus, has released his first solo album entitled “Drum Poetry” for fans and students of his varied drumming styles and techniques.

Pierre’s drumming can be heard in numerous rock, jazz and improvisational bands, but this is the first time it can be heard and studied in isolation, or accompanied by other unexpected instruments also played by Pierre.

Says Pierre, “Drum Poetry was originally made just for myself. It was just a kind of experience to find out my limits in this atmosphere. The original CD was just made for friends and this is the first time I have shared it with fans...”

Pierre is the current drummer in Focus and also played with the band during the 1970s including on their hits “Hocus Pocus” and “Sylvia”. Pierre also played on the band’s most recent album, “Focus X”, and is currently in the studio recording “Focus 11”. Pierre will also be on tour with the band throughout 2017!

The album has been released on the band’s own “In and Out of Focus Records” via Cherry Red Records and can be purchased on CD and Download via these links:
Amazon CD:


Hosted by Comedians BILL BURR & CRAIG GASS


“God gave me this MS shit to save my life” – Richard Pryor

"Richard Pryor is the best standup comedian of all time. When he passed away, I felt like I lost a friend and I never met the man. That's how great he was. I am truly honored to be a small part of this event." – Bill Burr

Get ready for an All-star studded event as the celebrities’ sweep the Orange Carpet at the 5th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT & AWARD SHOW – Hosted by comedians Bill Burr (Breaking Bad/Date Night) and Craig Gass (Sex in the City/Howard Stern Show). This amazing evening is comprised of comedy, music, art and awards – This special night is to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money build the first of many MS resource centers across the Nation and outreach program services.

The RAMS Foundation will present seven (7) amazing individuals the Platinum People Award as they honor the humanitarian spirit of extraordinary individuals who have shown courage, compassion, and unselfish character. This list includes artists and crew members who have donated all their time freely for MS and the cause – This year’s recipients are Theresa Larivee (production), Dave Estey (crew), Howie Simon (Nelson), Gretchen Bonaduce (celebrity), Gilby Clarke (Gnr), The Maglieri Family/ Whiskey A Go-Go (Original venue/Supporters/MS family).

This year RAMS has an additional category for the Platinum People Award - This additional award was recently added for public figures that have created awareness and outreach to educate people of this ... As Richard Pryor said “This MS shit.” RAMS is privileged to honor and celebrate the life of the world’s most iconic and influential comedian, RICHARD PRYOR. “Richard’s genius wasn’t just making people laugh, he used his comedy as a way to communicate the truth,” explains Pryor’s wife Jennifer Lee Pryor. “More than anyone, Richard could appreciate RAMS’ mission to not remain silent. RAMS uses every means possible to enlighten, inform and educate the public about MS. Telling the truth is their genius too.”  

This evening we are hosting an amazing art exhibition in the Ballroom, with a live art performance on stage during the music! Renowned artist Joey Feldman, rising-star Max Goldsmith and famed performance artist Norton Wisdom will be hosting an art exhibit of powerful paintings and Giclee prints up for sale, with proceeds going to the Rock Against MS Foundation. Norton Wisdom will be performing his art live on stage during the music, capturing the inspiration he gets from the notes.  

HEADLINER: ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME MEMBER AND GRAMMY NOMINEE NANCY WILSON OF HEART - TO DEBUT SIDE PROJECT: ROADCASE ROYALE Featuring Liv Warfield Formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation. Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters (the musical director for Liv's solo work and Prince Protégé) along with HEART members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).


The Los Angeles Theatre
615 S. Broadway @ 6th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Platinum VIP w/M&G Package - $250
Silver - $60
Bronze - $35
*** Please email to reserve Wheelchair seating at
Day Of Show Add $10

M&G: 6pm/ Doors 7:00/ Show 8:00

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Steve Stevens Confirms Working With Ozzy Osbourne On New Music

Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens confirmed in a new interview that he has worked on music with Ozzy Osbourne for the Black Sabbath frontman's new solo album.

When asked about the reports of working with Ozzy, Stevens told All That Shreds "Yes. I did a session. The rhythm guitar player in Billy Idol is Billy Morrison, one of Ozzy's best friends so he asked me to do some writing with Ozzy.

"We spent about a week working on some tunes and I haven't heard anything so I guess he's really happy with them - so yes, I did some writing and recording with him."

He was then asked if he would "step in" if Ozzy called on to help with the new solo material (assuming it was the recording on the music), and Stevens replied, "Well, that's what it's for, for his next solo record, so yes, of course! If it's recording I would - as far as touring I'm really dedicated to Billy Idol." Read the full interview here.

Massive David Bowie Statue Being Spearheaded By Fans

Some David Bowie fans have launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a three-story statue to honor the late music legend that will feature a lightning bolt design similar to the iconic cover of his 1973 album "Aladdin Sane".

Organizers of the campaign say they are in contact with Bowie's teams in New York and London about the statue, which would be located in Brixton, south London, where he was born.

"Standing across the road from the equally famous Electric Avenue, the memorial will be a defining part of this most iconic neighborhood," organizers wrote. "At once completely out-there and utterly down-to-earth." Watch the Crowdfunding video here.

Metallica Release 'Creeping Death' Live Video

Metallica have released official live footage of their performance of the 1984 classic, "Creeping Death", from a January 18 show at LeSports Center in Beijing, China.

The video has been released in sync with a recap of the Beijing concert, which also saw Metallica perform their 1989 single, "One", with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang at the event.

The pairing delivered the debut concert appearance of the "...And Justice For All" track after teaming up in 2014 to play the tune at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

"Loved the unique energy of performing with Lang Lang again!," said the band after the Beijing show as part of the Asian leg of their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

Metallica will return to the road for three concerts in Mexico City next month before a series of Lollapalooza appearances in South America in late March. Watch the video here.

Alter Bridge Announce Spring Tour With In Flames And Metal Church

Alter Bridge have announced that they have added a new U.S. leg to their The Last Hero Tour this spring in addition to their previously announced music festival appearances.

The band will be joined at the new headline dates by In Flames on all of the dates beginning on May 2nd and Metal Church will play the same dates with the exception of the show at the Dream Makers Theatre in Sault Saint Marie, MI on May 16th.

The new leg will include seven shows beginning on April 21st in Fort Lauderdale at Revolution and wrapping up on May 17th at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI.

The dates are routed around Alter Bridge's previously announced performances at several leading music festivals this spring including Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Lunatic Luau, Rock On The Range and more.

The Last Hero Tour Spring Headline Dates:
April 21st - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 2nd - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
May 3rd - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI
May 10th - The Hippodrome - Baltimore, MD
May 11th - Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
May 16th - Dream Makers Theatre - Sault Saint Marie, MI
May 17th - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI

Music Festival Dates:
April 22nd - WJRR Earth Day Birthday - Orlando, FL
April 29th - Fort Rock Festival - Fort Myers, FL
April 30th - Welcome To Rockville - Jacksonville, FL
May 5th - Lunatic Luau Festival 2017 - Virginia Beach, VA
May 6th - Carolina Rebellion - Concord, NC
May 14th - Northern Invasion - Somerset, WI
May 20th - Rock On The Range - Columbus, OH

Paul Stanley Addresses KISS Reunion Speculation

There has been recent speculation that Ace Frehley may be reuniting with KISS but frontman Paul Stanley has dashed those hopes in a new interview with Billboard.

Stanley was asked about the possibility of a reunion with the original members and he responded, "No. And that's not coming from any place of animosity. I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific.

"The band as it is - I've played with Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy's been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of re-visiting the past.

"With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."


One of the most striking hard rock bands of the 1970’s was undoubtedly ANGEL - who sported costumes and a highly theatrical stage show only rivaled by KISS (their then-label mates on Casablanca Records). Despite ANGEL splitting in 1981, the group’s popularity and influence remain high - resulting in the return last year of their larger-then-life guitarist, Punky Meadows, with his first-ever solo release, ‘FALLEN ANGEL,’ and a striking video clip for the rocking track, “Straight Shooter”:

“I'm very proud of this song and album,” says Punky. “Every song kicks ass and is a winner. Danny Farrow and I have a great song writing chemistry so it's hard to to pick a favorite song because they're all good. ‘Straight Shooter’ was our first single and video. This band is killer with all talented players and a killer singer.”

And in March and April, Punky will be performing in the US. From March 8th-10th, dates have been announced for Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles, followed by Poughkeepsie on April 21st and NYC on April 29th. Joining the guitarist on stage will be a band comprised of Chandler Mogel - lead vocals, Danny Farrow - rhythm guitar, vocals, Charlie Calv - keyboards, and Bob Pantella - drums, while it will be decided closer to the dates if bass will be supplied by Felix Robinson (due to recent surgery). 

ANGEL was a headline act in the US, and was featured performing live in the 1980 cult classic film, ‘FOXES’ (starring a then-teenage Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, and Scott Baio), they were also one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970's in Japan. The group released six studio albums on Casablanca Records before disbanding in 1981, due to the demise of the label. During his career, Punky had been considered to join such well-known artists such as KISS, AEROSMITH, and the NEW YORK DOLLS. 

Upon the band’s disbanding, Punky occupied himself with a number of successful business ventures while continuing to play guitar and write songs. Through social media, fans let him know they missed him and wanted to hear new music. With renewed passion for recording music, and inspiration from close friend and fellow musician, Danny Farrow Anniello, they crafted 15 new songs together for ‘FALLEN ANGEL,’ which charted on Billboard at #6 on the Heatseekers Chart and #32 on the Independent Album Chart.

Also available is a special autographed edition of PUNKY MEADOW’S ‘Fallen Angel’ that includes a PUNKY MEADOWS GUITAR PICK, and two bonus tracks (one featuring original ANGEL vocalist FRANK DIMINO), exclusively on the website. Otherwise, the regular 15 song edition is available everywhere else, including iTunes, Amazon, and all other music outlets.

Also available are a limited amount of meet and greets for each show. The meet and greet includes a personal photo with Punky and the band (with personal cell or camera) up to 3 autographed Punky or Angel items, and a free 8x10 to have autographed as well. Here are the links to the meet and greets (all but the BB KING meet and greet, which is on their website at checkout):

And soon, fans will get an opportunity to experience Punky and his band live on stage. “Can't wait to get on the road and play for all the fans again. We're coming to a town near you and we're going to tear the place up!! It's going to be one bad ass party, so don't miss it and let's rock!!

March 8th -        Backstage Bar and Billiards (Las Vegas)
March 9th -        Brick By Brick (San Diego)
March 10th -      Whisky (Los Angeles) 
April 21st -         The Chance (Poughkeepsie) 
April 29th -         BB Kings (New York City)


Injury Kept Original Guns N' Roses Star From Reunion?

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler recently gave a lengthy interview where he explained the reason for his limited involvement in the band's blockbuster reunion tour.

The reunion features original Guns N' Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan and Adler says in an interview with the One On One With Mitch Lafon podcast that he suffered a back injury during a rehearsal that prevented him from being part of the tour.

The drummer explained the injury and then reflected on his guest appearance with the band last summer. "I was playing twenty-five songs twice a day for two years. 'Cause once I found out [that the reunion] was probably gonna happen, I was, like, 'Yes! I'm gonna be ready and on top of it.'

"And then second rehearsal, I hurt my back and I had to have a minor surgery. I had a pinched nerve in the L4 [nerve root], and within an hour, I was out of the hospital and I was all better. And I talked to them, 'Let me come back,' but it didn't happen, and I was resentful.

"And then I talked to my sponsor and I was, 'Okay, you're right. I'm not gonna give in to resentment.' And then they called me, and I [said], 'Holy sh*t! Here it comes. This is gonna be so awesome.' I'm still smiling about it. I have dreams about it. My wife goes, 'What are you smiling about? You're sleeping and you're smiling.' And I go, 'I was on stage in front of seventy thousand people with Slash and Duff and Axl.' I just wish Izzy was there, but, sh*t, I got to do it. Thank you, God. 'Cause I wanted it for twenty-six years.

"All I did every day was, 'Please, God, let this happen. Let this happen. I wanna play with them again. I wanna do this.'" Listen to the full interview here.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr And Joe Walsh In Studio Together

Ringo Starr was joined by his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney and legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh in the recording studio this past weekend.

Starr broke the exciting news to fans via a series of tweets, beginning with a photo of himself with McCartney and the caption "Thanks for coming over and playing great bass. I love you man peace and love."

Ringo then posted a photo of himself, McCartney and Joe Walsh. He wrote, "And look Joe W. came out to play what a day I'm having peace and love." See that tweet here.

Former Iron Maiden Members Return With V1, Stream First Song

V1, a new group featuring former Iron Maiden members have released a stream of a new song entitled "Don't Cause A Scene," which comes from their forthcoming debut album.

The group features early Maiden singer Dennis Willcock and guitarist Terry Wapram and Willcock had the following to say about the new project, "Well... just under two years ago I met up with Terry after 40 years... on both of us leaving Iron Maiden, yes leaving, we formed a band, V1 - he had some old recordings which I had never heard before, but so powerful were they that we took upon this mission to record a 2017 version plus some newbies.

"After 26 days of studio time we have finally reached completion - any hold ups but we made it - with Terry, Dwight (Wharton), Chas (Charlie Borg), Gareth (Dylan Smith) and myself... job done!

"The product is in pressing stage and in the week I will post info on purchasing... hope you do! In the meantime here is a freebie track from the album for your listening... POWER ROCK to be played loud!" Stream the new song here.

The Moody Blues Announce Days Of Future Passed Tour

The Moody Blues have announced that they will be hitting the road later this year to launch a 50th anniversary tour for their landmark album "Days of Future Passed."

The 1967 concept album made history with the fusion of a rock band and a symphony orchestra. The group will be breaking the shows on the tour up into two parts with them performing some of their biggest hits during the first half and then returning to play the iconic album in full during the second.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on June 3rd at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area) and will conclude on July 23rd in Atlanta at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Justin Hayward had this to say about the trek, "Little did we know when we made DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED that it would eventually change our lives - it took five long years to make it the top of the charts. But we mustn't take all the credit for this remarkable project - there were many creative minds who contributed at the time, and who believed in us when we were young and inexperienced.

"We just wrote the songs - about every-man. My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place. It will be a joy to return to it, live."

Days Of Future Passed - 50th Anniversary Tour Dates:
6/3/17 Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage, CA
6/4/17 Starlight Theater Pala, CA
6/6/17 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
6/7/17 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
6/9/17 Edgefield Portland (Troutdale), OR
6/10/17 Chateau Ste. Michelle Seattle (Woodinville), WA
6/11/17 Chateau Ste. Michelle Seattle (Woodinville), WA
6/17/17 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
6/18/17 Ironstone Amphitheatre Murphys, CA
6/20/17 Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Denver (Englewood), CO
6/27/17 Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis, MN
6/28/17 Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
6/30/17 Ravinia Park Chicago (Highland Park), IL
7/1/17 Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts Dayton (Kettering,) OH
7/2/17 Hard Rock Live Cleveland (Northfield), OH
7/6/17 Sony Centre For Performing Arts Toronto, ON
7/7/17 Sony Centre For Performing Arts Toronto, ON
7/9/17 Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT
7/10/17 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
7/12/17 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantaugh, NY
7/13/17 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
7/15/17 Mann Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
7/16/17 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
7/18/17 Sands Bethlehem Events Center Bethlehem, PA
7/19/17 Pier 6 Pavilion Baltimore, MD
7/20/17 Wolf Trap Vienna, VA
7/22/17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
7/23/17 Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA

Gamma Ray Offshoot The Unity Announce Debut Album

Gamma Ray offshoot band The Unity have revealed the details for their forthcoming self-titled debut studio album, which they will be releasing this spring.

The newly formed group spearheaded by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehre (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitar) have set a May 5th release date for their debut effort.

The album is set to be offered in various formats including a CD digipak that will include a poster, digitally (both download and stream) as well as a double gatefold vinyl LP version.

The group self-produced the album and recorded most of it as Ehre's B Castle Studio. They recruited Miquel A. Riutort to mix and master it.

1. Rise And Fall 5:26
2. No More Lies 5:07
3. God Of Temptation 5:27
4. Firesign 5:18
5. Always Just You 6:02
6. Close To Crazy 3:30
7. The Wishing Well 5:47
8. Edens Fall 4:30
9. Redeemer 4:54
10. Super Distortion 1:03
11. Killer Instinct 5:52
12. Never Forget 5:40

Pink Floyd Stars Open To Reuniting For Music Festival

If David Gilmour were to take the olive branch that has been extended, Nick Mason and Roger Waters said they'd reunite and play Glastonbury as Pink Floyd in the near future.

Speaking at the opening of a new Pink Floyd exhibit in London, both Mason and Waters said they'd consider playing the British music festival with Gilmour. 'It would be nice to add it to the list of things. I've never played Glastonbury. It would be fun to do it," Mason said, according to The Telegraph.

'I did Glastonbury once. I think. It was really cold," echoed Waters. 'But there were a lot of people and it seemed very jolly and I liked it. Yeah, I would do it again." Read more here.


If you are a melodic rock fan, you are in luck - the Nordic Queen of melodic rock, Martina Edoff, has confirmed a new album will arrive this fall.

“I just got back from Los Angeles where I had the pleasure to co-write with Billy Sheehan some new songs for my upcoming album,” says Martina.

The Swedish singer's latest release, 'Unity,' was issued in October of 2015, and was supported with dates in North America, Argentina (as direct support to Tarja Turunen), Europe (special guest for the Winery Dogs), Rockingham UK, and lately, Rock’n Skull Chicago.

Link Video Come Alive - Live Argentina



Metallica Go Pop In Latest CK Preview Clip

Metallica can be seen singing Rihanna's 2012 smash, "Diamonds", in the latest preview to the upcoming launch of Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke series.

The metal veterans were previously featured in the first trailer singing their 1986 classic, "Master Of Puppets", on the road and 1991's "Enter Sandman" in a supermarket.

Based on the segment that has become a global viral video sensation on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden, the new Apple series features 16 celebrity pairings riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don't expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over. Read more and see both Metallica preview clips here.

Mick Jagger Refused To Release 'Masterpiece' Memoir?

The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has reportedly penned a 75,000 word memoir, but he reportedly refuses to publish it. Jagger has also claimed he can't remember writing it!

Writer and publisher John Blake makes the claim in an article for UK magazine The Spectator, in which he alleges to have the manuscript kept in a "secret hiding place".

Blake says that it was started in the late '70s when Jagger was paid an advance of £1 million, which he eventually gave back. Blake says it offers an "extraordinary insight" into the singer and "shows a quieter, more watchful Mick than the fast-living caricature".

Jagger initially found it difficult to write the book, Blake claims, because "all the years of drugs and debauchery had addled his brain so badly that he could not remember anything". When the book was finished in the early '80s, it was rejected by publishers because "it was light on sex and drugs".

Nevertheless, Blake goes on to describe the memoir as "a little masterpiece," adding that it's "a perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism." Read more here.

David Bowie Last Five Years Documentary Coming to U.S. TV

David Bowie: The Last Five Years film will be coming to the United States for the first time. HBO announced that the documentary, which has already appeared on BBC, will be broadcast this year in the U.S., although a date has not been revealed, reports Pitchfork.
The movie includes interviews with Bowie and his collaborators, footage of the making of his musical Lazarus and his final two albums (The Next Day and Blackstar), and, yes, fart jokes.

At the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Blackstar won in five categories, marking the first time Bowie had ever received a Grammy for his music. He had previously won the Lifetime Achievement Award and an award for Best Short-form video. Check out his "Lazarus" music video here.

George Harrison Pop-Up Exhibition Announced

To mark George Harrison's birthday and the publication of I ME MINE Extended Edition, Genesis Publications will be holding a pop-up exhibition and store at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles on Sunday, February 26.

The exhibition will include George Harrison's handwritten lyrics and personal commentary on his songs, pictures from the family albums, and original portraits of Harrison by Shepard Fairey. Rare limited editions on display will include: I Me Mine, Songs by George Harrison 1 and 2, Concert for George, Fifty Years Adrift and Live in Japan.

The pop-up store will include framed prints and books by artists including: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Ronnie Wood, and Sir Peter Blake. A special I ME MINE package has been created for the exhibition, consisting of the new book, a poster and book bag; the first 100 customers will receive copies signed by Shepard Fairey.

I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980. It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison's own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy. This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison's career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now.

I Me Mine Book Launch and Exhibition
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Sunday, February 26
12-6 PM

Bruce Springsteen Brings Teen Onstage To Play 'Growing Up'

Bruce Springsteen made an Australian boy's night during a show in Brisbane. When The Boss saw teenager Nathan Testa's sign stating that he missed school for the concert, Springsteen addressed him directly.

"You know this song? You know it on guitar?" Springsteen asked, referring to the tune "Growing Up." Testa replied that he did, and was invited onstage and handed a guitar. Then the two sang 'Growing Up," together and Tesla performed admirably.

Springsteen gave Testa some instruction as well. He showed him how to bring down the band, and then said, "Before we continue, a lesson. When I was your age, I got my first guitar. I brought it home. I realized it wasn't about how well you played it, but how good you looked doing it. So I got in front of the mirror and I tried some different poses."

Springsteen demonstrated, recreating stances he's become well-known for and the crowd roared its approval. Then, the rock legend said he had seen the future of rock and roll, 'Nathan Testa." Check out the video here.

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British metal legends Judas Priest announce the reissue of their 10th studio album, Turbo. The album has been remastered was released via Sony Music on 3rd February 2017 on 3CD (the original album and 2 bonus discs) as well as 1LP 180g vinyl.

Originally released in 1986, Turbo features all the hallmarks of classic Priest on tracks such as “Turbo Lover”, “Parental Guidance” and “Locked In”. Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is Live in Kansas City, a live recording from the band’s 1986 Fuel For Life tour in support of Turbo.


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IRON MAIDEN Add A Second Night In Brooklyn At Barclays Center On Saturday, July 22

Due to overwhelming demand, IRON MAIDEN have added a second night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday, July 22nd. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 25th, at 10:00 AM EST via

The extra date in Brooklyn on July 22nd will be the final chance for Maiden fans to witness The Book Of Souls Tour as it’s two-year, round-the-world odyssey, which began in February 2016 in Florida, comes to a close. By which time, the band will have played 117 shows to well over 2 million fans in 36 countries across six of the seven continents, travelling well over 100,000 miles.

Tickets for the North American 26-date, June/July second leg of The Books Of Souls Tour went on sale a little over two weeks ago on Friday, January 27th, and were speedily snapped up by Maiden fans with well over 200,000 tickets being sold across the opening weekend alone. The Brooklyn show, the band’s first-ever visit here, sold out rapidly with the neighboring Philadelphia and Newark shows already close to selling out as well. There’s been particular fan frenzy in places the band has not played for many years such as Minneapolis which is already sold out with Oakland and Tampa the next to go.

To mark the very end of the tour Maiden has used its coveted city-specific event shirt art upfront of the show.  The art, by long time collaborator Herve Monjeaud, features Eddie playing havoc with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge amidst hordes of global Maiden fans arriving to witness the event.

Fanclub members will be given the option of an exclusive pre-sale for the 2nd Brooklyn date, along with the chance to enter in the draw to be First To The Barrier, details of which can be found at

Special guests on the North American leg of The Book Of Souls Tour is Ghost

Here’s the full list of dates so you can grab yourself a ticket to see the last ever shows on this incredible tour:

JUN 03                  BRISTOW, VA                                             JIFFY LUBE LIVE                                   
JUN 04                  PHILADELPHIA, PA                                   WELLS FARGO CENTER   
JUN 07                  NEWARK, NJ                                              PRUDENTIAL CENTER
JUN 09                  CHARLOTTE, NC                                        PNC MUSIC PAVILION                       
JUN 11                  TAMPA, FL                                                  AMALIE ARENA
JUN 13                  NASHVILLE, TN                                          BRIDGESTONE ARENA
JUN 15                  CHICAGO, IL                                               HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUN 16                  MINNEAPOLIS, MN                                  XCEL ENERGY CENTER
JUN 19                  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK                               CHESAPEAKE ARENA
JUN 21                  HOUSTON, TX                                           TOYOTA CENTER
JUN 23                  DALLAS, TX                                                AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER     
JUN 24                  SAN ANTONIO, TX                                    AT&T CENTER
JUN 27                  ALBUQUERQUE, NM                               ISLETA AMPHITHEATE
JUN 28                  PHOENIX, AZ                                             TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
JUL 01                   SAN BERNARDINO, CA                            GLEN HELEN AMPHITHEATER
JUL 03                   LAS VEGAS, NV                                         T-MOBILE ARENA
JUL 05                   OAKLAND, CA                                           ORACLE ARENA 
JUL 07                   SALT LAKE CITY, UT                                  USANA AMPHITHEATER
JUL 09                   LINCOLN, NE                                             PINNACLE BANK ARENA
JUL 11                   KANSAS CITY, MO                                    SPRINT CENTER
JUL 12                   ST LOUIS, MO                                           HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUL 15                   TORONTO, CANADA                                BUDWEISER STAGE
JUL 16                   QUEBEC CITY, CANADA                           VIDEOTRON CENTER
JUL 19                   MANSFIELD, MA                                      XFINITY CENTER
JUL 21                   BROOKLYN, NY                                         BARCLAYS CENTER
JUL 22                   BROOKLYN, NY                                        BARCLAYS CENTER

The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No.1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No.4 in the U.S.A.


Rock legends REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX, along with very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles—will join forces for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour, which kicks off in Ridgefield, WA on June 20. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 24.  For more information please visit

Check out this video to learn more about the “United We Rock Tour”:

Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales beginning Tuesday, February 21 at 12pm local time, through Thursday, February 23 at 10pm local time. Visit to join the Styx Lounge for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages, visit for information about REO Speedwagon's VIP packages and ticket pre-sales, and visit for information about Don Felder’s VIP packages and ticket pre-sales. General onsale begins on Friday, February 24 at 10am local time.  For more information on tickets please visit

Midwest rock heroes REO Speedwagon and Styx have a rich touring and recording history together. In 2000, the bands recorded a live album and DVD called Arch Allies: Live at Riverport at Riverport Amphitheatre in Missouri. In 2009, the bands embarked on the “Can’t Stop Rockin’” Tour and marked the occasion with a single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” co-written by Styx’s Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin. 2012 and 2013, REO Speedwagon and Styx hit the road together with the wildly successful “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour. 

Most recently, in January, Styx and Don Felder shared the Las Vegas stage for an unforgettable five-night limited engagement, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. And, on the Rock Legends Cruise in February, Don Felder invited
REO Speedwagon’s Dave Amato up for an amazing performance of “Hotel California.” 

Everyone on the tour is ecstatic to criss-cross the U.S. together again. In their own words:

"I called up Tommy Shaw last summer and we were both thinking the same thing: let's get the boys together, make some music, and have some fun. REO Speedwagon and Styx together is a head first plunge into the fountain of youth, an unstoppable force of nature. Add the amazing Don Felder to the mix and it's a thundering slam dunk!" – Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon (vocals, guitars, keyboards)

“Hitting the road with REO and Don Felder is gonna be an unforgettable evening of music for the fans and another chance to hang with these good time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do.” – Tommy Shaw, Styx (vocals, guitars)

“FORGET POLITICS!!! Since music is the universal language, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder have a SHOUT OUT TO THE UNIVERSE!!! UNITED WE ROCK!!!  At a venue near you this summer!!!”
– James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars)

“I’m so excited to be spending the summer on tour with my good friends STYX and REO.  It’s going to be a ‘ROCKING’ summer filled with hit after hit and tons of fun for everyone. Come on out and party, dance and sing with us this summer.  It’s going to be a blast.” – Don Felder

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—would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.  Over the course of their 40-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, and Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums. September 2, 2016 marked 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).” It was released on CD July 24, 2015. STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

REO SPEEDWAGON – Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive HI INFIDELITY in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run,” and spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot. To date, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums around the globe, with HI INFIDELITY approaching ten times platinum status in the U.S. After nearly five decades since forming, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide with concerts featuring their timeless, two number one singles, “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” along with hits and fan-favorites including, “Take It on the Run,” “Time for Me to Fly,” “Roll With the Changes,” “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” and more. 

DON FELDER – former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), ROAD TO FOREVER, on October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since.  To coincide with the launch of “The Soundtrack of Summer,” the album was re-released with four additional songs, ROAD TO FOREVER: EXTENDED EDITION, via INGrooves Music Group.  FELDER’s ROAD TO FOREVER originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27.  "Girls In Black," the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by FELDER and Styx’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.  FELDER wrote or co-wrote all the songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the album, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers including:  David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto, Randy Jackson, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and others. It was produced by FELDER along with Robin DiMaggio (Posse 2.0 bandleader on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” United Nations’ Musical Director). 

Check out “United We Rock” at any of the following stops. 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE                                             CLOSER
Tue 6/20            Ridgefield, WA              Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre                   REO Speedwagon
Wed 6/21          Auburn, WA                  White River Amphitheatre                          STYX
Fri 6/23             Concord, CA                 Concord Pavilion                               STYX
Sat 6/24            Los Angeles, CA           Greek Theatre                                    REO Speedwagon
Sun 6/25           Paso Robles, CA          Vina Robles Amphitheatre                    REO Speedwagon
Tue 6/27            Salt Lake City, UT          USANA Amphitheatre                        REO Speedwagon
Thu 6/29            Denver, CO                   Pepsi Center                                     STYX
Sat 7/1              Tinley Park, IL               Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre         STYX

Tue 7/18            Tampa, FL                    MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.        REO Speedwagon
Wed 7/19          West Palm Beach, FL    Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre                STYX
Sat 7/20            Jacksonville, FL                        Daily’s Place                        STYX
Sat 7/22            Nashville, TN                 Ascend Amphitheatre                        STYX
Sun 7/23           Alpharetta, GA              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre           STYX
Tue 7/25            Detroit, MI                     DTE Energy Music Theatre                 REO Speedwagon
Thu 7/27            Indianapolis, IN             Klipsch Music Center                         STYX
Sat 7/29            Houston, TX                  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion         REO Speedwagon
Sun 7/30           Dallas, TX                     Starplex Pavilion                               STYX
Fri 8/11             Bethel, NY                    Bethel Woods Ctr. for the Arts   REO Speedwagon
Sat 8/12            Atlantic City, NJ                        Borgata Event Center             STYX
Sun 8/13           Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live                                  REO Speedwagon
Tue 8/15            Gilford, NH                   Bank of NH Pavilion                          STYX
Wed 8/16          Wantagh, NY                 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater         STYX
* Fri 8/18           Niagara Falls, NY          Seneca Niagara Events Center                   STYX/REO Speedwagon only
Sat 8/19            Mansfield, MA               Xfinity Center                                    REO Speedwagon
Sun 8/20           Bangor, ME                  Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion                      REO Speedwagon
Tue 8/22            Holmdel, NJ                  PNC Bank Arts Center                       STYX


Ozzy Osbourne To Bark At The Moon During Eclipse

Astronomers have determined that southern Illinois will enjoy the longest duration of the total solar eclipse that's occurring later this year. It's only fitting, therefore, that Ozzy Osbourne will appear in that location to kick off a concert performing the title track from his 1983 solo album, Bark at the Moon.

Details are still being worked out, but Osbourne is set to headline Day Four of Moonstock, a music festival being staged at Walker's Bluff in Carterville, Illinois, to coincide with the ultra-rare phenomenon. At precisely 1:20 pm, on Aug. 21, Osbourne will commemorate the event by performing his classic song.

"The fact Ozzy will be playing as the eclipse occurs is an awesome event in itself, but this will be the culmination of a four-day festival," said Doug Brandon, business development officer at Walker's Bluff, in a press release. "It's been a while since people have had an opportunity just to see an Ozzy concert, let alone an epic event like this, where when everything goes dark, he takes the stage. People are already excited about it." Comment here.

Megadeth Plan New Album Next Year Following Two Big Tours

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed in a new interview that the band is "most definitely" planning to release their next studio album, the follow up to "Dystopia", next year.

Mustaine did a lengthy interview with covering a number of topics from their recent Grammy win to the upcoming Megadeth boot camp and towards the end he was asked if he has begun thinking about the next album.

He said, "Yes, we have. Usually, when I finish a record I put the guitar down and don't pay attention to it for a while. It'll start to call to me, and fortunately recently it's been calling to me a little bit. It's just kind of hard because I don't want to get engrossed in something and then realize that it's going to be another year before I get into the studio."

The follow up question was "So, it sounds like the next Megadeth album will be out in 2018?" and he responded, "Most definitely, we're not doing anything [in the studio] this year, we've got two big U.S. tours this year, and then we've got a bunch of European dates that we're doing too, so we're pretty busy."

Dave was then asked about his recent comments that the band would step down to being an opening group for a "bigger band" that they have never played with before for a major U.S. tour later this year.

He didn't elaborate or give any further clues as to the identity of said band but simply responded, "At the end of the year, we will be."

Beatle Who Vanished Film Rights Secured By Roy Orbison's Son

Alex Orbison, the son of rock and roll pioneer Roy Orbison, has secured the movie rights for a film about Jimmie Nicol, the drummer who filled in briefly for Ringo Starr during the Beatles' 1964 tour.

Based on a 2013 book titled "The Beatle Who Vanished," the film, if made, will examine the life of Nicol before, during and after the 13-day period in which he sat in for Starr, who at the time was in the hospital recovering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

As reported by Billboard, Nicol performed as a "substitute" Beatle for 10 concerts at five venues. His tenure also included one TV show and several press conferences appearances.

Orbison told Billboard he was interested in "arc of Jimmie Nicol as a person and the overall ride of his intersection with that historic high point of what seemed to be the beginnings of Beatlemania." The story also explores Nicol's post-Beatles existence, which is shrouded in mystery. Read more here.

Prince's Music Reaches Almost 5 Million Streams In Two Days

Upon the arrival of Prince's Warner Bros. Records music to streaming services on February 12, the number of music streams in the United States bounded from 74,000 to 4.77 million in two days, reports Billboard. That's an increase of 6,323%.

His top five most streamed songs on February 12 and 13 were: 'Purple Rain" (333,000 streams), 'Let's Go Crazy" (328,000), 'When Doves Cry" (320,000), 'Little Red Corvette" (237,000) and 'Kiss" (214,000).

Previously, Prince's catalog was only available to stream through Tidal. His Warner-era music is now available through streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, while his non-Warner work is still exclusive to Tidal. Read more here.

John Mellencamp Announces Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour Dates

John Mellencamp has announced that he will hitting the road for this summer for a series of U.S. and Canadian live dates dubbed the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour.

The trek will include 22 shows and is scheduled to kick off on June 5th in Denver at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre and wrap up on July 11th in Queens, NY at the Forest Hills Stadium.

Mellencamp will be supported by Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine with the exception of the two Oregon dates where Jewel will be filling in for Emmylou Harris.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour Dates:
06/05 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
06/07 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
06/08 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park
06/10 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield
06/11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
06/13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
06/14 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
06/17 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
06/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
06/21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
06/22 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
06/24 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
06/25 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheater
06/27 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
06/28 - Cary, NC - Cary's Booth Amphitheatre
06/30 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/01 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood
07/03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
07/06 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann
07/07 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
07/08 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
07/11 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium

Bon Jovi Name LA Opening Act Contest Winner

Stellar Revival have been chosen as the winners of Bon Jovi's opening act contest for the Los Angeles stop of their This House Is Not For Sale Tour on March 8th.

Drummer Andrew Koussevitzky shared his excitement about the gig, "For us, this is the top of the mountain. No other band on earth has inspired us more than Bon Jovi.

"My first concert was Bon Jovi's 'Keep The Faith Tour.' I was 9 years old and it changed my life. To be asked to share the stage with Jon and the boys at the Forum is absolutely surreal.

"As excited as we are, we plan on taking this gig extremely seriously and hope to deliver Los Angeles one of the greatest nights of rock it's ever seen. We're excited. We're humbled.

"More than anything, we are ready to rock the Forum with Bon Jovi and give Los Angeles a night of rock music to remember."


The 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 2+2 is available from luxury European classic car broker Beverly Hills Car Club

Place your bids on eBay before Friday, February 17, 2017

Kirk Hammett, who ranked #11 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and is known for writing songs and playing lead guitars for Metallica, is selling his 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 2+2. All sales inquiries are being handled exclusively by the Beverly Hills Car Club, the world’s largest broker of European classic cars.

“Kirk is a living legend in the music industry,” says Alex Manos, owner of Beverly Hills Car Club. “This car embodies his sense of style and his appreciation for quality.  Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made" and in 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.  It also represents the type of cars we have available to buy and sell here.  We’re very happy to find a new owner for Kirk’s Jaguar.”

The highly collectible 1968 Jaguar XKE shown here has a manual transmission. This car, which was repainted a glossy black, was originally opalescent silver blue, and features a wood steering wheel, wire wheels and includes the spare tire. The engine and transmission are sound and in running order. This is an original California car. 

Bids are now being accepted via eBay. The auction closes at 1:45 PM on Friday, February 17, 2017 Pacific Standard Time.

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Multi-Label Collection WHISKEY AND WIMMEN: JOHN LEE HOOKER'S FINEST Out March 31, 2017 on Vee-Jay Records

The son of a sharecropper, blues legend John Lee Hooker was one of the very first artists to break out of that genre and become a world-wide force. He based his sound on a driving boogie beat and lyrics that sometimes seemed to come from another world. To begin the centennial celebration of Hooker's birth year, Vee-Jay Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, will release WHISKEY AND WIMMEN: JOHN LEE HOOKER'S FINEST on March 31. The multi-label compilation features songs from Hooker's Vee-Jay, Specialty, Riverside and Stax Records releases, and includes many of the bluesman's most iconic songs. 

Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1917, the man who would become known as the "King of the Boogie" was destined for blues royalty. Hooker's 1948 single, "Boogie Chillun," sold a million copies and set Hooker on his unstoppable path. Countless recordings followed, and a winding road through different labels and audiences. He was a huge influence on the burgeoning British Invasion in the early '60s, and welcomed with open arms by the rock audience around the world. Hooker is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and won four Grammy's. He performed with or had his music covered by music's elite, including Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana and many more. 

WHISKEY AND WIMMEN: JOHN LEE HOOKER'S FINEST is the perfect collection to honor the man. It includes many of Hooker's most exciting and time-honored recordings, showing how an artist who started with literally nothing but his inspiration and talent was able to make such a lasting impact on music. His work for the Vee-Jay, Specialty and Riverside labels were many of the recordings his unshakeable legend is built on, and provide a sonic tour of what Hooker's blues accomplished. Music journalist Bill Dahl contributes insightful new liner notes. 

In the proud history of American music there have been a handful of blues artists who really did shape what the music became. They took the primal forces of Mississippi country blues and twisted and turned it into their very own creation. To hear how John Lee Hooker did that over the course of these 16 songs is a blood-rushing history lesson of all that he created. And to have them all on a single disc is as convincing a collection as has ever been assembled that, indeed, John Lee Hooker will remain the "King of the Boogie" forever. 

"When so much music of great importance exists, it's thrilling to continually find ways to share that history with collections like this," says Concord Bicycle Music's Chief Catalog Officer Sig Sigworth. "It literally sounds like America at its most exciting, and honors someone who changed the way we hear and feel forever."  

Track Listing:
1. Boom Boom
2. Boogie Chillun
3. Dimples
4. I'm in the Mood
5. I Love You Honey
6. Whiskey and Wimmen
7. I Need Some Money
8. Grinder Man
9. I'm Going Upstairs
10. Big Legs, Tight Skirt
11. No More Doggin'
12. No Shoes
13. Crawlin' Kingsnake
14. Frisco Blues
15. It Serve Me Right to Suffer
16. Time Is Marching

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PINK FLOYD Animals @ 40 / In The Studio with Redbeard
Animals ... Pink Floyd’s Missing Link
Gilmour, Mason, Waters Reveal Band’s Evolution

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands examines the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd Animals through interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and big-concept composer Roger Waters conducted by host Redbeard.

How did Pink Floyd evolve from the sublime cynicism of Dark Side of the Moon to the madness and despair of The Wall six years later?  Hear first-hand the vital importance of this transitional Pink Floyd album Animals and the tipping point on the final stadium concert of that tour which sparked the eventual building of The Wall.

“At the end of this Montreal show there was some kid trying to climb up the chain link fencing. I got so angry with this kid who was screaming all through “Mother” or one of the quieter songs, anyway, I finally got so angry I spat at this child. He was 14 or 15, I suppose. And when I came off stage afterwards I thought, ‘What have I been reduced to, here?... What has happened to the relationship between the band and the audience?’ So, the wall was something that I had experienced very powerfully through most of that tour, but specifically on that day.”  - Roger Waters

“We’ve never had any sacred idea about what we think we ought to be or what we ought to sound like.”  - David Gilmour

“After this long, I think people are now so used to the fact that bands are so much more dysfunctional than that (mop top “Monkees” image). There is a reality to it. When you get creative people, frequently it is of limited duration.” 
                                                                                             - Nick Mason

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Metallica Frontman Was Livid About Grammy Mess-Up

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says frontman James Hetfield was "livid" after the band experienced sound problems during their performance with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 12.

The pairing suffered through a technical glitch by producers when Hetfield's microphone failed to work during the first verse, forcing him to share Gaga's as they played the second single from their No. 1 album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

At the end of the performance, a visibly frustrated Hetfield kicked over his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage. "In the heat of the battle," explained Ulrich to Grammys host James Corden on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday, "you're out there and you're playing, when it's a technical issue, you don't really know - 'Is it going to the house?' 'Is his vocals going to the truck? 'Maybe it's just the monitors.' - so you've just gotta keep playing.

"We get off stage, we get back there, and I haven't seen him [James] like that in twenty years. I mean, he was livid. He's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first five or ten minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun."

"But, like they say, the show must go on, and we fought through it," Ulrich added. "And with the fire and Gaga in my lap for about a minute at one point, it was just, 'Keep going, keep going, keep going.' So we fought through it, and a lot of people said that at least it made for great television, which is really the point of doing the Grammys to begin with." Read more and watch the Lars interview here.

Kirk Hammett Hopeful For Future Big 4 Shows

Slayer's Kerry King recently said that he doesn't believe that the Big 4 will play together again in the future but Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says in a new interview that he believes that they will.

The Slayer guitarist was recently asked about the possibility of the Big 4 of Thrash (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) teaming up again and he responded, "I would be all for. I just don't think there's ever going to be a moment in time to where four headline bands with the same time free to make it happen."

His counterpart in Metallica has a different take on the possibility. Kirk Hammett appeared on Scott Ian's show "Never Meet Your Heroes" on SiriusXM Volume where he said, "Even though we haven't announced any 'Big Four' dates in the future of anything like that, I personally see it happening again in the future," he said. "I don't know when, but I do see it happening in the future.

"I mean, I see those shows as kind of like a celebration - a real celebration of each other, and a real celebration of the music that we all make, and a real celebration of the audience embracing [what] we've done. And why not have more of that?"

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Didn't Notice Grammy Snafu

Megadeth won their very first Grammy Award this past weekend for the title song to their "Dystopia" album and the house band played a classic from frontman Dave Mustaine's former band Metallica following his acceptance speech, but he says that he didn't even notice it at the time.

When asked by about the snafu of the house band playing Metallica's "Master of Puppets," Mustaine replied, "You know what? I didn't even notice it. It just sounded like some music in the background. The funny thing is that when I went back and listened to my acceptance speech, and I heard the song, I was like, 'Wow!'

"Everyone was asking me, 'What about the Metallica thing?' And I said, 'I didn't hear it, I just saw it.' 'How could you not have heard it?' I didn't know what they were talking about. I thought that they were talking about Metallica's performance. Because we split. By the time they did their thing with Lady Gaga, we were across the street eating dinner.

"So I went back and listened to my acceptance speech and I went, 'Wow!' I didn't mind them playing it at all, it's a house band, and they're doing cover songs. They were probably saying, 'We don't know any Megadeth songs, how about if we do a Metallica song?'

"But when I went back and listened to it, I was like, 'Oh my God, that's the worst version of 'Master of Puppets' I've ever heard in my life!'" Read the full interview here.

Steve Hackett To Conclude American Tour With Orchestra Show

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will be concluding his just launched North American tour with a special concert where he will be joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hackett kicked off his Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett North American tour earlier this week with a two night stand in Nashville and will wrap up with trek with the orchestra show on March 3rd in Buffalo at the Kleinhans Music Hall.

The guitarist is focusing the new tour on celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album "Wind & Wuthering", which was his final effort with the prog rock legends. See the remaining dates below:

Steve Hackett North American Tour Dates:
2/17 -- Newark, NJ, Victoria Theater
2/18 -- Ithaca, NY, State Theatre
2/22 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
2/23 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
2/24 -- Reading, PA, Santander PAC
2/25 -- New York, NY, PlayStation Theater
2/26 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
2/28 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
3/1 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/2 -- Oakville, ON, Canada, The Oakville Centre
3/3 -- Buffalo, NY, Kleinhans Music Hall - BPO Rocks

Guns N Roses Mom Claims Prince Death Connection In New Book

Deanna Adler, the mother of original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, says in her tell-all book that her son was treated by the same addiction doctor that allegedly was involved with treating Prince at the time of his death.

She reportedly claims in her book "Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N' Roses" that Dr. Howard Kornfeld was prescribing Steven with over $2,000.00 in prescription drugs per month, according to [they reported his last name as Kornfield].

Prince's body was reportedly discovered by Kornfeld's son Andrew, who is a pre-med student that was said to have been sent by his father to Minnesota to talk to Prince about addiction to prescription painkillers, according to family attorney William Mauzy. Read more about that here.

Blondie Release Interstellar Themed Video For 'Fun'

Blondie have released a new music video for their track "Fun". The song is the first single from their upcoming album Pollinator, which is scheduled for release May 5.

Directed by Beyonce collaborator Dikyal Rimmasch, the clip lives up to the song's title, featuring the band in a space ship, wandering another planet and animated footage of galactic travel contrasted with performance shots and images of people partying on the dance floor.

Guitarist Chris Stein said the interstellar theme was an effort to escape the stress and turmoil of modern day events. 'Quoting Emma Goldman, 'If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution.' In these trying times we need some fun. We're very serious about fun," he told NME.

"The video was shot in two places," he added. "The color stuff was all shot in LA without us and the black and white stuff was shot in New York. It's got some good cameos--it's got a pretty big cameo from Raja, who's one of the Drag Race superstars, and little cameos from Grace McKagan, Duff McKagan's daughter who has a band called The Pink Slips, and also Tony Maserati, who was a producer and mixer for us." Watch it here.

Guns N' Roses Have Spinal Tap Moment Down Under

Guns N' Roses suffered a Spinal Tap "Hello Cleveland" like moment at their concert in Melbourne, Australia when an introductory greeting called out the wrong city.

As the band prepared to hit the stage, the group's longtime guitar tech and announcer McBob attempted to excite the audience but mistakenly called out the city of Sydney instead of Melbourne.

The band took to Facebook following the show with this apology to their fans in the Australian city, "Accidentally, after 30 years McBob made an error. We're truly sorry." Check out fan filmed footage of the gaffe and crown reaction here.

Glitch Free Metallica And Lady Gaga Performance Streaming Online

Metallica's performance with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 12th) suffered from significant audio issues that crippled the first minute of "Moth Into Flame."

James Hetfield's microphone wasn't turned on--or simply wasn't working--and it wasn't until he walked over to Gaga's microphone over a minute into their performance that viewers at home could finally hear him.

Now, RoLoad--a Romanian Metallica fansite--posted the entire performance on Facebook featuring intact audio. When asked how they managed to get the rip, RoLoad explained the web feed didn't have audio difficulties. It was only the live broadcast on TV that seemed to have a problem.

Considering Hetfield recognized there was an audio issue almost immediately and had to walk over to Gaga, it seems unlikely the web broadcast miraculously avoided the same issue occurring on stage and screen. It seems more likely some clever technician has instead stitched in Hetfield's vocals from another performance. But at least now fans can hear what it would've sounded like without audio issues. Watch it here.

One Man Band Goes Viral With Rush Performance

Few full bands would have the courage to try to a cover a classic Rush song but that hasn't stopped Dominic Fragman from doing a one man band version of one of the legendary prog trio's most popular songs.

Fragman has scored a viral hit with his cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" where he simultaneously plays the guitar, drums and sings the rock anthem. He shared the video on YouTube and has accumulated over 506,000 views of the clip so far.

His Facebook bills him as "a unique and exciting solo artist who performs original material through singing, playing guitar and drumming . . . all at the same time. All Live. No Looping. Fragman has an innovative approach to the one man band concept. The Solo Trio."

The new Rush cover follows Fragman's releases of his solo trio cover of The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy". Check out the Rush cover here.

Keith Emerson Tribute Concert Announced

Keith Emerson: A Musical Celebration Of Life tribute concert has been announced and is set to take place on July 28th at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, England.

Organizers released the following statement (via Prog), "This tribute concert will feature music by keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, played by the people who featured in his life.

"The evening will include a Symphony Orchestra, keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman, inspirational young pianist from California, Rachel Flowers, from France, renowned musician Thierry Eliez and ELP tribute band Noddy's Puncture.

"There will also be surprise guest artiste to be announced soon. A musical night that you will savor about a man you will never forget." Read the Prog report here.

Brian Setzer Orchestra Announce 25th Anniversary Event

The Brian Setzer Orchestra have announced that they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a very special concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 2nd.

"Who doesn't want to play the Hollywood Bowl in that beautiful setting in the hills," says band lead Brian Setzer. "When the Hollywood Bowl was conceived, all music was acoustic, so to hear a big band in this setting is ultimate.

"This venue has a nice wooden stage. It just sounds amazing. The construction of the shell overhang provides excellent acoustics. And then, of course, when the lights come on in the last song, you realize...whoa, there's 17,000 people out there!"

Setzer had also this to say about group, "The music I play in the big band is rock n' roll with a jazz influence. What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band.

"Also a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-19 people is like writing a song within a song. It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again."

Lynyrd Skynyrd Lead All-Star Southern Rock Cruise Lineup

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be leading the lineup of a who's who of southern rock icons that will be hitting the high seas next January for the 2018 Southern Rock Cruise.

Unlike traditional cruises where most of the music performances take place on the ship, Skynyrd will be playing their headline set on land in Montego Bay, Jamaica complete with a tailgating party, according to ABC.

The cruise will be launching on January 20th in Tampa, Florida and will visit Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman before returning to the States on January 25th.

Other artists taking part include 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Wet Willie and Jaimoe's Jasssz featuring Allman Brothers founding member Jaimoe. Visit the official site for more details here.

The 3rd Annual Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Concert to feature over 25 music legends, including Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Suzi Quatro, Kip Winger, and more!

After a sold-out premiere in January 2015 and reprise concert in 2016, the Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Concert returns for a star-studded sequel, presented by New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. Concert is set for Friday March 24, 2017 at MotorCity Casino, Sound Board, in Detroit.

The concert is jam-packed with an all-star lineup featuring Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Suzi Quatro & The Pleasure Seekers (Suzi is a groundbreaking female rocker & Happy Days’ “Leather Tuscadero”), Kip Winger (Winger), Robert Wagner, Jimmie Bones (Kid Rock), musical director & Grammy nominee Paul Brown, Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (Mitch Ryder, the Rockets), The Accidentals (Billboard’s 2015 Breakout Band at SXSW), Thornetta Davis, John Ellison (Some Kind of Wonderful), Danish shock rocker, Maryann Cotton, rock diva Miss Wensday, Detroit Music Award winners, Ray Goodman, Dennis Burr, David Winans II, Muruga Booker, and more!

All Concert profits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Beaumont Children’s of Royal Oak and more. The Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Fund (DWRTC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, creates and funds music therapy programs for hospitalized children. Each hospital receives funds to support the hiring of Board Certified Music Therapists as well as a broad selection of musical instruments.

The Dick Wagner Fund is proud to add Hurley Children’s Hospital, Flint, Michigan, as a beneficiary of 2017 concert profits. Flint water, contaminated with toxic lead poisoning, has adversely affected the health of thousands of children. Music therapy reduces the effects of lead poisoning on functional, behavioral, and cognitive skills.

The “Remember the Child” Concert honors the memory of legendary guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner, renowned for his lead guitar and songwriting with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Kiss, and Peter Gabriel, and his wildly popular early bands, The Frost and the Bossmen. Wagner co-wrote more than 100 songs with Cooper, including "Only Women Bleed," "I Never Cry," “You and Me,” and Welcome to My Nightmare, along with mega-hits for other artists. In his lifetime, Wagner donated his talent generously to benefit the lives of children, vets and the homeless. As Dick tells us, “There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away.”

Celebrity-studded Live and Silent Auctions will feature autographed music and sports memorabilia, including guitars signed by The Hollywood Vampires (Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry), Mark Farner, Kid Rock, Suzi Quatro, Alice Cooper, Sports Celebrities, Balloon rides, and more.

• March 24, 2017, Doors Open 5:30pm. MotorCity Casino, Sound Board,
Detroit, MI 48201
• Tickets $25, $75, $120, $150 (800) 745 3000 or (313) 309-4700
• VIP $120
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·       6 individual Volumes available as multi-disc book-bound packages
·       Rare tracks, demos, interviews, and film footage document the band’s beginnings
·       Each individual volume contains CD, DVD & Blu-ray packages and includes photo books and memorabilia

No.1  ‘Best Reissues of 2016’Rolling Stone “…the ultimate saucerful of secrets”.

“…the sheer energy, invention and, yep, sexiness of the young Floyd.” ****  – Sunday Express
“Contain tantalizing glimpses of the different paths Pink Floyd could have taken….” **** – The Guardian
“It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive collection from such an important group” **** - Mojo
“… a lavishly packaged compendium of all things Floyd…” – Sunday Times
“For Pink Floyd fans, the only purchase worth making.” **** - Mail On Sunday Event Magazine
“A mighty treasure trove.” ***** – The Sun
No.1  ‘Best Reissues of 2016’ – Rolling Stone “…the ultimate saucerful of secrets”.

Pink Floyd will release a series of book-bound individual collections of the band’s seminal music from 1965-1972 on March, 24, 2017. The 6 individual collections were first released as part of ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ box set.

Whether a fan of the early Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, or to the final moments before ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’, there is something for everyone in these volumes for fans and newcomers alike. The stand-alone packages were originally released exclusively as the full ‘Early Years: 1965-1972’ box set that was reviewed as one of the best box sets of 2016 but are now available as separate volumes broken down by years 1965-1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and finally 1972. Outtakes and demos from the band’s early albums including ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’, ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’, ‘Meddle’ and  ‘Atom Heart Mother’ are included in these packages.

Each package documents the creative genius behind each Pink Floyd recording and even the titles (CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION, GERMIN/ATION, DRAMATIS/ATION, DEVI/ATION, REVERB/ATION, OBFUSC/ATION) have been dreamed up by Roger Waters to give an insight into where the band was at that particular point in their career.

The Early Years: Individual Volumes’ afford fans the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in the cultural revolution from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, one of the biggest selling albums of all time.  From the single Arnold Layne to the 20-minute epic Echoes, fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic through to Syd’s departure and David Gilmour joining the band to form the iconic lineup.

For fans wishing to immerse themselves in the full Pink Floyd story, the complete box set ‘The Early Years: 1965-1972’ collates all of the individual volumes plus extra discs, collectables and memorabilia exclusive to the box set. In addition to the individual volumes and the deluxe set, a 2-CD highlights album ‘The Early Years – CRE/ATION’ is also available.

Product overview:
1965-1967          CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION                    2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray

Covering Syd Barrett’s time with the band, from the pre-EMI demos, through the non-album hit singles and related tracks, the first volume also features previously unreleased tracks like Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods (newly mixed), plus BBC session recordings. Pink Floyd have also acquired the tapes of an unreleased 1967 concert in Stockholm.

The DVD/Blu-ray includes historic TV performances plus some of Pink Floyd’s own film material:

Early 1965 recordings and early singles

  • Vegetable Man, In The Beechwoods, John Latham, Stockholm concert

  • Promo clips, TV appearances, rare footage
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

1968                    GERMIN/ATION                                  CD / DVD / Blu-ray      
This volume explores the time immediately after Syd Barrett’s departure, when Pink Floyd were still writing singles and at the same time developing their own unique, more instrumentally-based style. There are non-album single releases, plus a recently discovered session at Capitol Records studios in Los Angeles, BBC sessions and other tracks.

DVD/Blu-ray includes the recently restored promo clip of Point Me At The Sky, some international TV performances and a selection of song material from other television shows:

  • Early singles, BBC Radio sessions

  • Tracks from Capitol Studios, LA

  • Promo clip, TV appearances, rare footage
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

1969                    DRAMATIS/ATION                            2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray

In 1969 Pink Floyd unveiled their 2-part conceptual live production of ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’, covering a 24-hour period of dreaming, waking and other activities. Never released in that form, however some of the songs were used on the ‘More’ soundtrack and the ‘Ummagumma’ album. This volume refers back to ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’ tour with live performances in Amsterdam and for the BBC in London, but also includes the bonus tracks from the ‘More’ soundtrack that were used in the film but not on record, plus non-album tracks like the early version of Embryo from the Harvest sampler ‘Picnic’

Video material includes 20 minutes of ‘The Man’/‘The Journey’ rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall, directed by Anthony Stern, including Afternoon (Biding My Time), The Beginning (Green Is The Colour), Nightmare (Cymbaline), Beset By Creatures Of The Deep and The End Of The Beginning (the last part of A Saucerful Of Secrets), plus other live performance footage from that year:

  • The Man & The Journey live

  • TV appearances, rare footage
  • Interstellar Overdrive with Frank Zappa
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

1970          DEVI/ATION                                                   2 CD / 2 DVD / Blu-ray                                  

At the end of 1969 and in the early part of 1970, Pink Floyd recorded and mixed their contribution to Michelangelo Antonioni’s alternative view of US society, ‘Zabriskie Point’. 3 songs were released on the soundtrack album, and a further 4 in the expanded CD edition in 1997. Never released on one Pink Floyd disc, this volume compiles remixed and updated versions of the ‘Zabriskie Point’ audio material.

In the same year, Pink Floyd scored their first UK Number One album with ‘Atom Heart Mother’, a collaboration with Ron Geesin, and the audio includes the first performance for the BBC, featuring an orchestra and choir, as well as, on DVD, the original Quad mix.

Video material includes a full hour of Pink Floyd performing live at San Francisco cable TV station KQED plus extracts from historic performances of ‘Atom Heart Mother’, and material from French TV coverage of the St. Tropez festival in Southern France.

  • Atom Heart Mother band-only versions
  • BBC Radio session, Zabriskie Point mixes
  • Concert footage and improvisations
  • Atom Heart Mother original 4.0 Quad mix
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

1971     REVERBER/ATION                                              CD / DVD / Blu-ray                                         

In 1971 Pink Floyd recorded the ‘Meddle’ album, containing the LP side-long ‘Echoes’, regarded by many as laying the groundwork for ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, and, as such, is an important part of the Pink Floyd canon.

This package includes part of the original demos, when the project gestated from ‘Nothing’ to ‘Return Of The Son Of Nothing’, as well as a contemporary BBC session recording.

Audio-visual material includes the original unreleased Quad mix of ‘Echoes’ but also material of live band performances in 1971, including songs performed with Roland Petit and his Marseille ballet company.

  • BBC Radio session, Nothing Part 14
  • Concert footage and documentaries
  • Echoes original 4.0 Quad mix
  • Replica memorabilia from the period

1972        OBFUSC/ATION                                            2 CD / DVD / Blu-ray                      

In 1972 Pink Floyd travelled to Hérouville, north of Paris, to record at Strawberry Studios there, based in the town’s Chateau. In a remarkable two weeks, they wrote and recorded one of their most cohesive albums, ‘Obscured By Clouds’, the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder’s ‘La Vallée’.

Additionally, 1972 saw the release of ‘Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii’, a film of the band performing without an audience in the historic Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii, directed by Adrian Maben. The video material includes the performances from the ‘Live At Pompeii’ film, edited to new 5.1 audio mixes, plus material from contemporary French TV as well as performances from Brighton Dome in June 1972 and further performances with the Roland Petit ballet company:

  • Obscured By Clouds 2016 remix

  • Live at Pompeii 2016 stereo mixes
  • Documentaries inc. Roland Petit ballet
  • Pompeii concert film in 5.1 sound
  • Replica memorabilia from the period  /


Hot on the heels of 2016’s most acclaimed progressive rock release, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, THE NEAL MORSE BAND announces the massive live release of a once-in-a-lifetime concert event: Morsefest 2015 on March 24 via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. Pre-orders are available on Radiant’s website starting February 13. A trailer for the package can be found on Neal Morse’s official YouTube page.

In addition to THE NEAL MORSE BAND, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy, the 38 musicians on stage create a prog orchestra. Over two nights (one on each video disc) in 2015, they perform new arrangements of material from Neal Morse’s career. The two concerts span over five hours, venturing beyond the studio versions they’re based on. In addition to complete performances of the SOLA SCRIPTURA and QUESTION albums, there are songs from Spock’s Beard (featuring guest Nick D'Virgilio), Transatlantic, and surprises—including performances with guitar legend Phil Keaggy. Accompanied by extravagant visuals, including three video screens and live dancers, Morsefest 2015 is the most massive live release of Morse’s career. 

Morsefest 2015 was an epic show with epic music and epic performances! The studio albums that we played this time are two of my very favorites, and some of the additional songs that we played have never been performed before! — Randy George

Free from the constraints of studio recording deadlines, Morse added any instrumentation he imagined, including live strings, a 5-piece horn section, and a 14-piece choir (in addition to background singers, and the vocals of the band). At the center is THE NEAL MORSE BAND:  singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette. 

Complimenting this level of musicality, is a multimedia visual presentation. It begins with the most elaborate lighting set-up Morse has ever used, constructed specifically for this event, designed by Ryan Proplesch. A video graphics track, projected on three screens, was created by media artist Christian Rios to illustrate every moment of each song. Live dancers provide further visual interpretations, adding a dimension to the performance that is rare in progressive rock. 

In addition to both concerts, a one-hour documentary puts audiences behind the scenes for this epic event. Featuring candid moments from the band, other musicians, and crew—it’s an engaging glimpse into the whirlwind staging of this event. 

Sonically, outstanding audio is delivered by veteran mix engineer by Rich Mouser, who has helmed every Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, and Transatlantic studio album. The package is presented as either 2 Blu-ray discs, or 2 DVDs with 4 CDs. Digital downloads of the music portion will be available from Radiant Records in uncompressed audio, and on iTunes. The classic TESTIMONY album will also be available for first time on vinyl.  

Morsefest 2015 was absolutely incredible for me! We performed QUESTION and SOLA SCRIPTURA plus a lot of other really cool stuff with full choir, horns, orchestral percussion, strings, piano harp, Cuika and dancers! The artwork on the video wall was absolutely mind blowing. Combine that with the atmosphere of the community of fans and the love in the room…it was definitely a peak experience in my career, and I think the DVD and Blu-ray are among the finest we've ever produced. — Neal Morse 

Morsefest 2015 happened only once. Viewers can now experience it any time, with stunning visuals and audio fidelity. And audiences can hear the next chapter of THE NEAL MORSE BAND, performing THE SIMILITUDE OF DREAM in its entirety, across Europe and selected world locations, throughout the spring of 2017.

Metallica Confirm North American Stadium Tour

Big news for Metallica fans in the U.S. and Canada as the thrash legends have confirmed their plans for a North American stadium tour this summer.

Avenged Sevenfold will be along for most of the trek with the exception of the Uniondale, Boston and Quebec City stops. Volbeat will be opening at most of the dates for the first three quarters of tour with Gojira taking over the last five.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at the M&T Bank Stadium and will conclude on August 16th in Edmonton, AB at the Commonwealth Stadium.

This will mark Metallica's first American tour in eight years and they are hitting the road in support of the latest chart topping studio album ""Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

The band had this to say, "It was one of the worst kept secrets in the touring world and now we're here to finally make it official... yes, the WorldWired tour will be hitting the road in North America this summer for our first extended tour of the States and Canada since 2009!

"Whew... it certainly has been way too long and we are beyond excited to be visiting all of our friends in North America. We're also psyched to announce that after joining us in Minneapolis last year, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat have graciously signed on to be the main support acts for the run."

Metallica's WorldWired North American Tour Dates:
05/10 - Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
05/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
05/14 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
05/17 - Uniondale, NY - New Coliseum
05/19 - Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium
05/21 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range Festival
06/4 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
06/7 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field
06/11 - Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
06/14 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome
06/16 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
06/18 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
07/5 - Orlando, FL - Camping World Stadium
07/7 - Miami, FL - Hard Rock Stadium
07/9 - Atlanta, GA - Suntrust Park
07/12 - Detroit, MI - Comercia Park
07/14 - Quebec City, QC- Festival D'Ete
07/16 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre
07/19 - Montreal, QB - Parc Jean-Drapeau
07/29 - Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
08/4 - Phoenix, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium
08/6 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
08/9 - Seattle, WA - Centurylink Field
08/14 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place*+
08/16 - Edmonton, AB - Commonwealth Stadium

Ace Frehley Jams KISS Classic With Pearl Jam's Mike McCready

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently wrapped up a three-week US tour with a final gig in Seattle, where he was joined onstage by one of the city's hometown heroes - Mike McCready, guitarist with Seattle grunge/alternative legends Pearl Jam.

McCready guested on Frehley's performance of the KISS classic 'Cold Gin', repeating his guest appearance on Frehley's latest album, the covers set Origins Vol.1. Of course, for McCready performing live with Frehley was something he owed his much younger self.

In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview, McCready said, "Ace Frehley came onstage and did it with us at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, which was a total high watermark in my life. When I was 13, I never thought in a million years that I would even talk to him; I'd probably pass out. And here I am playing with him!" Watch some fan filmed footage from the Seattle jam here and read more here.

Megadeth Frontman Laughs Off Grammy Master Of Puppets Snafu

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine laughed off the fact that the Grammy house band played a Metallica classic following their acceptance speech on Sunday night.

The thrash legends won their very first Grammy Award (after being nominated a dozen times) during the event this weekend, taking home the honor for Best Metal Performance for the title track to their "Dystopia" album.

Some fans noted that the house band began playing Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" following Megadeth's acceptance speech. Mustaine took to Twitter to address the controversy. He tweeted, "Ah, you can't blame 'em for not being able to play Megadeth."

This wasn't the only snafu during this year's awards show. Adele had to start her tribute to George Michael over because of equipment problems and someone forgot to turn Metallica frontman James Hetfield's microphone on when they took the stage with Lady Gaga for a live performance. Watch Megadeth's acceptance speech here.

Chickenfoot Release 'Divine Termination' Video

Chickenfoot have released a video for "Divine Termination", a new song included on the band's forthcoming compilation, "Best + Live," which is set to hit stores on March 10th.

The clip features footage of the group performing the live debut of the tune last spring during a pair of reunion shows at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The concerts marked the first time in years that Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith had regrouped to perform a full show; the outfit last toured in 2012 in support of their second album, "Chickenfoot III."

The two-disc "Best + Live" presents tracks from the group's two studio albums alongside audio from a 2009 concert in Phoenix, AZ originally only available as video on the 2010 DVD/Blu-ray "Get Your Buzz On."

"Listening to this collection of songs from the 'Foot brings back memories of some of the most fun I've ever had in a band," says Hagar. "The chemistry between Chad, Joe, Mike and me is very special. It's almost like visual music -- you can see us having fun when you listen to these songs." Watch the video here.

Queen and Adam Lambert Add Date To Summer Tour

Queen + Adam Lambert have announced that they have added an additional date to their upcoming North American summer tour due to high demand.

The group featuring the American Idol star along with Queen legends May and Roger Taylor will now be playing a second concert at the famed Hollywood Bowl on June 27th.

Tickets for the new date are set to go on sale this Friday, February 17th at noon PST. The tour will begin on June 23rd in Phoenix, AZ at the Gila River Arena and will wrap up on August 5th in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center.

Queen + Adam Lambert North American Tour Dates:
06/23 - Phoenix, AZ Gila River Arena
06/24 - Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
06/26 - Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
06/27 - Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
06/29 - San Jose, CA SAP Center
07/1 - Seattle, WA Key Arena
07/2 - Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
07/4 - Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
07/6 - Denver, CO Pepsi Center Arena
07/8 - Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
07/9 - Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
07/13 - Chicago, IL United Center
07/14 - St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
07/17 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre
07/18 - Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
07/20 - Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/21 - Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
07/23 - Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
07/25 - Boston, MA TD Garden
07/26 - Newark, NJ Prudential Center
07/28 - New York, NY Barclays Center
07/30 - Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
07/31 - Washington D.C. Verizon Center
08/2 - Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
08/4 - Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
08/5 - Houston, TX Toyota Center

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce Concert Film and Live Album

Tedeschi Trucks Band have announced that they will be releasing Live From the Fox Oakland, their first-ever concert film and second live album, on March 17.

Live From the Fox Oakland is available for pre-order now on vinyl and as two-CD/DVD and two-CD/BluRay sets. The film features a performance from the second night of a two-show stand at Oakland's Fox Theater in September 2016.

"I think, three [studio] records in, the lid has finally come off," former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks says of the 12-person band he and his wife Susan Tedeschi assembled seven years ago. "The last three or four months with this band has been the most growth I've ever been a part of within a group. I haven't found the ceiling yet."

With the Allman Brothers finally calling it a day, Trucks is now concentrating on his band with wife Susan Tedeschi. The T-T Band kick off their third-annual Wheels of Soul summer tour on July 1. Read more here.

Kittie's Trish Doan Dead At 31

Kittie broke the sad news to fans on Monday (Feb 13th) that bass player Trish Doan had died. She was 31-years old and was a member of the group from 2005-2007 and rejoined in 2012.

The band released the following statement via their social media, "It is with immeasurable sadness that we share news of the passing of our sister and best friend Trish Doan.

"Finding the right words is tough. She was so bright and vibrant and talented and we loved her and still do. She was so much more than just a musician or member of the band. She was our blood, our sister and family.

"Finding our way without her will be challenging, like a ship without a lighthouse, and we are devastated. We ask that you please respect our privacy and her family's privacy during this difficult time." See the post here.

BOSTON announces their HYPER SPACE TOUR, launch date:  April 14, 2017

Have you ever wondered how the unearthly sounds that you hear on a BOSTON album actually happen?  See for yourself this summer at a live show on BOSTON’s Hyper Space Tour!  The band is currently planning four dozen shows in North America and is set to launch in Hollywood, Florida on April 14 at the Hard Rock Live.  Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, other-worldly sound, and exceptional musicianship, BOSTON prides itself on performing a totally live show, delivering an extraordinary experience that is faithful to their studio recordings.

Unlike most bands at the time, all of BOSTON’s albums were conceived in a basement, written, produced and recorded by Tom Scholz, an MIT graduate who designed specialized equipment to capture the songs that he heard in his head.  Scholz created his music with the intention of playing it live, in real time with real musicians, making it one of the few bands in history to reproduce seemingly-impossible-to-perform productions on stage, without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements.

The timeless songs appeal to young and old alike, so it’s not surprising to see concert audiences that span generations. Fans can expect to hear the classic songs they have grown to love, and will be treated to wild Hammond organ work, soaring guitars, and exceptional vocal harmonies, as well as BOSTON’s unique visual stage presentation, from mind-blowing lightning bolts and spectacular lights to an interstellar “journey” from the cockpit of the BOSTON spaceship, along with plenty of extra-terrestrial sounds heard nowhere else on earth.

“From the opening licks of ‘Rock & Roll Band,’ it was a night of heart-pounding rock the way it was meant to be — raw, powerful, and with endless guitar solos delivered in the pure analog splendor that makes BOSTON one of the most enduring live acts on the planet.” 
~ Wendy Rhodes, Broward/Palm Beach New Times

“It’s not an easy task to reproduce BOSTON’s lush studio albums in a live setting, yet the sound was thick and layered with spot on four-part vocal harmonies.”
Ken Tomczak,

“This band has been firing on all cylinders for 40 years and they still know how to give it up BIGTIME to their faithful fans! They are ‘not just another band out of Boston’, they are ‘THE BAND OUT OF BOSTON!’”
~ Michael Mckenna, Nor’easter Entertainment

It’s been over 40 years since BOSTON’s self-titled debut album first hit the airwaves and turned the world on to a new kind of sonic experience. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” “Foreplay/Long Time,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second album, Don’t Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.” Walk OnCorporate America, and Life, Love & Hope complete the band’s discography. With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON has stood the test of time.

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Quiet Riot’s highly anticipated new studio album, “Road Rage” on April 21, 2017.

Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit 1983 album, “Metal Health.” The band now continues their historic journey in 2017 with founding member and drummer Frankie Banali who, on this new release is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of QUIET RIOT since 1982) and guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been handling his duties since 2004,) together with new vocalist Seann Nicols.

I’m very excited about the release of ‘Road Rage’ on Frontiers Music Srl, which is the first official QUIET RIOT release in eleven years. It contains all newly written and recorded original songs. We stayed true to the great tradition and sound of QUIET RIOT while at the same time always moving musically forward,” says founding member Frankie Banali.

Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983’s METAL HEALTH through 2017’s “Road Rage”. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has moved forward with the band to bring the fans “Road Rage.”

Musically, “Road Rage” offers exactly what you would expect from QUIET RIOT. Arena ready hard rock with strong hooks and infectious riffs, along with maturity in the songwriting that only a band with such a history and pedigree can offer.

QUIET RIOT are back stronger than ever, in perfect METAL HEALTH with the new album, “Road Rage”! Catch them on the road this summer!

Road Rage Track Listing:
1. Nothing But Trouble
2. Let It Go
3. Snake Charmer
4. Hey Lil' Sister
5. I Don't Need You Anymore
6. Sledge Hammer
7. Never You Mind
8. Empty Rooms
9. Dirty Money
10. The Seeker
11. Road Rage

Frankie Banali - drums
Alex Grossi - guitars
Chuck Wright – bass guitar
Seann Nicols - vocals

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Kansas Frontman Ronnie Platt Guest On Rock Brigade

Kansas frontman Ronnie Platt was the featured guest on the latest Rock Brigade Podcast where he discussed his rise from cover-band vocalist, to Shooting Star vocalist to replacing Steve Walsh in the band Kansas and releasing their first album in nearly two decades titled The Prelude Implicit. The show sent over some excerpts:

On the Music Industry and the Kansas album The Prelude Implicit: "The music industry is a different animal these days. There are no record stores anymore. Even retail store music sections are a fraction of a fraction of what they used to be. Everybody downloads. I think two or three songs off of The Prelude Implicit were on YouTube before we even released the album. How did that happen?

"The music industry, as far as sales are concerned, is a different environment these days. For Kansas to be as lucky as we have been with this album…Wow. For a classic rock band from the '70s…what a gift. It was a gift for me to fall into this position. The sales of the album have been fantastic. Our label couldn't be happier and that is all that matters right there. When we were recording we'd hear the engineers going, 'This album is really good. There is no filler.' When you hear that around the corner and it is unsolicited then it is really flattering. We really put every ounce of heart and soul into every song and it is something we are really proud of.

"We also have the album out on vinyl. There is an etching of the phoenix on the cover on the [vinyl] album. When I show my friends how cool this looks they are like, "That is so cool I am going to buy that album." I say, "Do you have a turntable?" They say, "No, but this is too cool." It was a great marketing idea.

On Replacing Steve Walsh: I am up there taking the place of one of my lifelong idols, Steve Walsh. He is not only one of the best singers of all-time, but also one of the greatest keyboard players of all-time, and one of the greatest entertainers of all-time. I attribute my voice to listening to Steve Walsh and Steve Perry and Lou Gramm…The stress level and excitement level was off the charts for me when I did the first gig in Oklahoma…I was so nervous. In some respects it seems like yesterday and in other ways it feels like ten years from now.

"Lawrence Gowan who plays in STYX replaced Dennis DeYoung. They have this thing called Behind the Music on VH1. Talk about bad timing…right before my first gig with Kansas I happened to watch the episode on STYX. They are talking to Lawrence and he is saying that he was in the band a year and he would walk out on stage and people in the audience were going, "F*** YOU. WHERE IS DENNIS?" The guy is phenomenal. Is he Dennis? No, but he is phenomenal in his own right. Talk about a perfect fit for the band…he is great. I am watching this and I am like, "Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into? I am going to go out there taking Steve Walsh's place and they are going to stone me until there is nothing but a pile of bloody applesauce in the middle of the stage. The Kansas fans have been so overwhelmingly accepting of me. I thank my lucky stars for that."

Check out the full espisode here.



“God gave me this MS shit to save my life”Richard Pryor

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 13, 2017) – The Rock Against MS Foundation is honored to present Nancy Wilson, founding member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame group HEART and her critically acclaimed, newly formed side project ROADCASE ROYALE at the 5th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show – Saturday, March 25 at the Historic Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

Wilson has teamed up with former Prince band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form a new super group called ROADCASE ROYALE. The sound of ROADCASE ROYALE is muscular rock with some R&B/blues and in-depth ballads thrown in, reflecting the iconic sounds of both their respective bands.

Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters (the musical director for Liv's solo work and Prince Protégé) along with HEART members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

Get ready for an All-star studded event as the celebrities’ sweep the orange carpet raising awareness and funding to help people suffering from multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, on this evening the RAMS Foundation will present seven (7) amazing individuals the Platinum People Award as they honor the humanitarian spirit of extraordinary individuals who have shown courage, compassion, and unselfish character.

This year RAMS is privileged to honor and celebrate the life of the world’s most iconic and influential comedian, RICHARD PRYOR. This is an additional award, recently added for public figures that have created awareness and outreach to educate people of this ... As Richard Pryor said “This MS shit.” “Richard’s genius wasn’t just making people laugh, he used his comedy as a way to communicate the truth,” explains Pryor’s wife Jennifer Lee Pryor. “More than anyone, Richard could appreciate RAMS’ mission to not remain silent. RAMS uses every means possible to enlighten, inform and educate the public about MS. Telling the truth is their genius too.”  



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Angus Young Jams AC/DC Classics With Guns N' Roses

As expected, Angus Young jammed AC/DC classics with Guns N' Roses during both concerts at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia this past weekend.

The shows were the kick off of the Australian and New Zealand leg of Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour. During the first show on Feb 10th, Axl Rose introduces Young with the following: "We're gonna bring out a friend of ours. Ladies and gentlemen, Angus Young!"

Angus appeared on stage wearing jeans and a t-shirt and Rose had on an AC/DC jacket. Rose joked, "Here's something you never see," joked Rose "He didn't have his school uniform, but I'm wearing a school jacket."

They went on to perform "Whole Lotta Rosie" from 1977's "Let There Be Rock" and "Riff Raff" from 1978's "Powerage". Video of both performances can be seen here.

Young returned for the second night and GNR live streamed the performance of "Whole Lotta Rosie" via their Facebook page. Angus and the band then performed "Riff Raff". Watch the video clips here.

Guns N' Roses were also joined during the second show by Aussie hard rock legend Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo for a performance of their classic "Nice Boys", which GNR covered on their "Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide" EP.

David Bowie Dominates Rock Related Grammy Awards

Late music legend David Bowie was largely ignored by the Grammy awards during his lifetime, never taking home a proper honor for any of his acclaimed work, but the awards program has now posthumously paid tribute with him dominating the rock focused awards during Sunday night's ceremonies.

During his celebrated career, Bowie won only one Grammy award for "Best Short Form Video" back in 1984, according to CBS Radio. But on Sunday night he was honored with five Grammy awards, sweeping every category for which he was nominated.

Although snubbed for Best Rock Album for his final studio effort "Black Star", the album ended up winning the Best Alternative Music Album award and the title track won for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. "Black Star" also won Grammys for Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Bowie collaborator on the "Black Star" Donnie McCaslin accepted the honors on his behalf. "It's an honor and a privilege to have been invited to accept this award for David," he said during the Best Rock Performance acceptance. "The course of my life, as an artist and person, changed when I met David in the summer of 2014. Working with him on Blackstar introduced me to an artistic genius, a kind man and a funny as hell guy.

"In one email in the early stages of recording 'Blackstar,' he sent me the following message: 'Donny: the structure of the song is sound, but now, we need to fill a pin-like beam on the rest, like a P.I. scouting a motel room. I'm so excited I just vomited up a 1967 Mercedes!' That's how it was with him: collaborative, funny and always ready to try new things. "I'm a better artist, and a better person, for having known him."

Metallica Joined By Lady Gaga For Glitchy Grammy Performance

Metallica were joined by Lady Gaga for a performance of their track, "Moth Into Flame", at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The pairing suffered through a technical glitch by producers when James Hetfield's microphone failed to work during the first verse, forcing him to share Gaga's with her as they ploughed through the blazing track from their No. 1 album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

At the end of the performance, a visibly frustrated Hetfield kicked over his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage. After making headline worldwide for her Super Bowl 51 halftime show, hard rock and metal fan Gaga was thrilled to be working with one of her favorites, tweeting a photo and writing, "Gonna listen to Metallica all day and party with my friends and then play with them at the Grammy's."

Gaga even marked the occasion by getting a giant moth tattoo across her back before the appearance and sharing a photo via Instagram. Watch the performance here.

Megadeth Win Metal Grammy For 'Dystopia'

The 12th time appeared to be the charm for Megadeth after the metal icons won their very first Grammy Award on Sunday night for the title song of their "Dystopia" album.

The band had previously been nominated eleven times for Grammys and this year's win for Best Metal Performance marks the first time they took home the trophy from the music industry's rap and pop focused annual popularity contest.

The Megadeth track pulled out the victory over the other nominees: Baroness' "Shock Me," Gojira's "Silvera," Korn's "Rotting in Vain" and Periphery's "The Price is Wrong."

The metal legends did not win during the televised broadcast of the Auto-tune producer created music dominated portion of the event but were instead honored during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony event.

Frontman Dave Mustaine had this to say in the acceptance speech (via hennemusic), "Fantastic! Only took twelve tries to get this. Last time we were here, we were talking to Kenny G, and he asked me how many times we were here and he goes, 'Well, eleven isn't that bad.' I said, 'How many times did it take you?' And he said, Twenty-one.' And I was, like, 'Oh, my god. If it takes twenty-one times… I don't know if I'll live that long.'"

He then offered his thanks, "I want to thank Jesus Christ, I want to thank my wife, my children, all the band's wives and kids. I want to thank our management, our label, our agent, our attorney, our crew, all of you, especially the metal community. It's a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody's got a sense of humor." Watch the speech and the video for the song here.

Rob Halford Explains Why Judas Priest's 'Turbo' Was Different

Judas Priest recently released a special 30th anniversary edition of their 1986 album "Turbo," which is viewed as the most controversial album of their long career. Frontman Rob Halford spoke to about the album and how history has treated it.

Halford explained in the interview some of the reasons why the album had a different sound for the group. He said, "One of the major things was that for the first time in many, many years, we were able to take our time in making a record. Prior to that, we'd just been bashing them out at a ferocious speed. When I look back at how we were able to accomplish what we did, and the quality of the work, it's quite remarkable."

When pressed on the differences, he elaborated future. "We had all these new ideas, like using guitar synthesizers and so forth, and we were just very interested and intrigued by what we could do with these new inventions. To have these sounds, it was an exciting time. We were coming off of back-to-back big records, [1982's] Screaming for Vengence and [1984's] Defenders of the Faith, and I think we were just looking, as much as ever, for a new experience. And that happened in the '80s for a lot of bands, not just Judas Priest. We got caught up in all that. It's a unique album in our catalog, nothing comes remotely close to it."

Halford then explained the fans reactions when the band performs the album's title song live. "Once Glenn [Tipton, guitarist] plays that opening 'Turbo Lover' sound, everyone goes nuts. It just goes to show you that time can give you a different perspective on something that was controversial, and now is enjoyed with affection." Read more of the interview here.


In an exclusive interview with THE ROCK BRIGADE PODCAST Steve Vai discusses his Favored Nations record labels latest compilation album SHE ROCKS VOL. 1 which features tracks from today's best female guitarists including Orianthi, Nita Strauss, Lita Ford and Jennifer Batten among others. 

Vai comments about the women who appear on the album and how their beauty and talent are more than just a novelty, "There is a thing that comes over people when they decide to play gutiar.  It is not 'I'm a woman and I've got to play guitar' or 'I'm a 300 pound Chinese midget and I'm going to play guitar.'  I assume the girls on that CD are never going to stop playing gutiar.  Jennifer Batten just continues to expand the vocabulary of the instrument within her work and it is amazing to see.  That is how I feel about all of the girls on this CD." 

Steve tells about his own touring plans that will take him around the world with Generation Axe in 2017.  He admits he has plans for the fall of 2017 that he can't speak about yet as they are not set in stone.  When asked about a reunion tour with David Lee Roth and the band that recorded the album Eat 'Em and Smile Via simply states, "Well..i did say there may be things...That is something that is kicked around but nothing is definite."  He goes on to say he was 'blown away with how it went down' when the band attempted reunite on the Sunset Strip last year.  He admits that "it just got crazy.  The place holds like 350 people and they had like 1700 people in there.  The fire marshal  came with trucks...they were going to fine us and we didn't get to play."    

This entertaining interview ends with Steve discussing beekeeping, body condoms and his favorite dessert...Steve Vai's sticky banana!  Vai also reveals a literal haunting experience he had at David Lee Roth's house!

Also featured on this episode is Kansas vocalist Ronnie Platt.

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