Ozzy Fires Back At Original Black Sabbath Drummer

Ozzy Osbourne has issued a response to a request by original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward for an apology over remarks about him not being physically fit enough to participate in the band's 2013 album "13" and its accompanying world tour.

On Wednesday, Ward released a public statement outlining his personal need for Osbourne to amend and retract comments before he would consider any meetings about rejoining the group for their final album and tour.

"I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly," begins Osbourne's response. "Wow Bill, What the f*** are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath's '13' album and tour -- physically, you knew you were f***ed. Tony, Geezer and myself didn't think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition we felt that time was not on our side."

The singer then challenged Ward over his ongoing remarks about a contractual disagreement the drummer says left him unwilling to participate in any reunion.

"Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest," adds Osbourne. "Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013.

"Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you've only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled.

"So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans. Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand. God bless you. Love. Ozzy." Read more here.

Bill Ward Makes Statement on Facebook on Playing with Black Sabbath

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re well and in good spirits. I have not made any public statements regarding my relationship with Black Sabbath since February 2012. Today, I want to address that relationship in this formal statement. Thank you.

I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath, however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues. And now, with the imminent release of a new Bill Ward Band album, and the flurry of rumors about new Sabbath projects, I feel it appropriate to speak in a truthful and an un-cynical way.

There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record. With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue. I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed. I don’t think previously strong relationships can remain strong after dispute by just sweeping the offensive stuff under the carpet, or by saying a puny sorry, or “oh, that’s all over now.” It doesn’t work like that for me. Righting of wrong works, and that’s what I want if I’m ever going to be his friend again.

Still undone and faraway is a “signable” contract. I would require a “signable” contract before moving one step toward a pathway that could lead to us all playing together again. I want a contract I can approve. That’s my truth. That’s my stand. I’ve listened to nothing but insults and false remarks, and if as a band or as individuals they wish to continue along the same lines, then any notion of an original Black Sabbath lineup will continue to fade away.

Put simply, it’s up to them. I have dearly missed playing with them and as people, I have been heartbroken over the loss of who I thought we were. And now you know where I stand.

Very soon my band, BWB will release a new album ironically called “Accountable Beasts.” I re- kick-started it in May 2012, and in an off and on journey to record, we have reached our final destination – a good mix, and a well mastered record. At this time we are putting the final touches on the digital booklet.

There are other multiple projects in different stages of progress, and I hope to bring more definitive news about them as things unfold this year. I have been very happy writing new songs, playing drums and working with other musicians. I have been blessed with musical visions and the ability to harness them. I’m moving into the future with an optimistic outlook.

For our many Sabbath fans, I love you all dearly. You are extremely special people. You fucking rock. I have been in deep regret since January 2012 that a true union was denied. I’ve remained faithful to you and honest with myself. Had I not been honest throughout I would have perished long ago. My hand is within yours, and I am encouraged to know you better. Stay safe and stay strong.

Now it is time to meet the circumstances of my statement and attend to what else is ongoing and before me.

Bill Ward


ROCK NEWS FOR 04/16/15

TRIXTER Return With New Album “HUMAN ERA”

Coming This June on Frontiers Music Srl

Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the release of the new studio album from good-time rock n’ rollers, TRIXTER entitled “Human Era” on June 5th in Europe and June 9th in North America.

Following on the heels of the successful comeback album, New Audio Machine - a record chock full of rocking anthems -, TRIXTER are returning stronger than ever. “After the success of our last album, New Audio Machine, we felt more confident than ever in making another top notch album. I’m so proud to say that after more than 25 years of making records, TRIXTER is getting better and better. "Human Era" will show the world this band at it's finest,” says lead guitarist Steve Brown.

The new album sees TRIXTER sticking to their guns and delivering 11 new choice cuts, with a sound reminiscent of their earlier work which they were well known for in the ‘90s. For fans new to Trixter, their sound fits in nicely to an album collection next to Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC and even 70's classic rock mainstays.

Northern New Jersey’s TRIXTER’s self-titled debut album (1990) spawned three monster hit singles/videos with “Give It To Me Good”, “One in a Million” and “Surrender”, as well as an RIAA-certified Gold album. TRIXTER has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan. They have performed in arenas and amphitheaters and have appeared live on numerous television and radio programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Pay-Per-View, VH-1, MTV, Z-Rock and MetalShop. TRIXTER has shared the stage with such rock heavyweights as Kiss, Boston, Scorpions, Poison, Cinderella, Warrant, Slaughter, Winger, Skid Row, Firehouse, Stryper, Dokken and more. The band recently nabbed the #29 spot on VH-1’s “Top 40 Hair Bands of All Time” countdown. 

“Almost 30 years together and the band is tighter than ever! We are family and that makes everything we do more and more special. The title track HUMAN ERA really sheds insight into our story,” concludes Steve Brown.

Enjoy the first video single and album opening song “Rockin’ to the Edge of the Night” – a true and instant classic from the band - following this link:

HUMAN ERA track listing includes:
1.         Rockin' To The Edge Of The Night
2.         Crash That Party
3.         Not Like All The Rest
4.         For You
5.         Every Second Counts
6.         Beats Me Up
7.         Good Times Now
8.         Midnight In Your Eyes
9.         All Night Long
10.       Soul Of A Lovin' Man
11.       Human Era
12.       Always a Victim (Acoustic version - bonus track iTunes)
13.       Road of a Thousand Dreams (Re-recorded version - bonus track iTunes)

TRIXTER is Pete Loran (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Steve Brown (lead guitar/harmonica/backing vocals), P.J. Farley (bass/backing vocals) and Gus Scott (drums/percussion/backing vocals).

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Blues legend Robben Ford to produce winner of Future of the Blues competition #futureoftheblues

We are thrilled to announce that Blues legend Robben Ford will be producing the winner of the Future of the Blues competition.

The Blues Magazine, Mascot Label Group and The Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobstershack restaurant chain join forces to launch a search for new blues talent.

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the Future of the Blues will be produced by jazz and blues rock legend Robben Ford.  The five-time Grammy has a staggering discography, which embraces more than 35 albums under his own name including this years ‘Into the Sun’ and with his various bands. There’s also Ford’s session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Witherspoon and Rickie Lee Jones.

The five finalists have been revealed as the blues-drenched rock ‘n’ roll duo Henry’s Funeral Shoes, Belfast powerhouse singer Kaz Hawkins, singer-songwrter and guitarist Matthew Douglas, seven piece Charlotte Marshall & The 45s and Warrington blues-rockers The Black Circles.

As previously announced, The Blues Magazine, Mascot Label Group and The Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobstershack restaurant have combined for an exciting competition that offers the winner a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a record deal with the Mascot Label Group; home to blues heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule, Walter Trout, Robert Cray, Beth Hart, Matt Scofield, Jonny Lang and many more.

The Future Of The Blues competition, organised by The Blues Magazine in partnership with the Mascot Label Group and Big Easy Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobstershack restaurants, will uncover the unsigned blues talent to carry the flag for the scene. As part of the package, the winner will perform at the live blues music staple, The Big Easy in London’s Covent Garden, and receive exposure within the pages of The Blues Magazine.

The final will take place on Wednesday 22nd April at The Big Easy Restaurant in Chelsea.

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Mascot Label Group's Provogue Records will release Sonny Landreth’s new album Bound By The Blues on June 9.  The recordings mark a return to the slide guitarist's musical roots, presenting a bold, big-sounding collection of tracks that swagger like the best of classic rock, climb to stratospheric heights of jazz informed improvisation, and inevitably remain deeply attached to the elemental emotional and compositional structures that are at the historic core of the blues.  Landreth offers, "Ever since The Road We’re On [his Grammy-nominated 2003 release], fans have been asking me, 'When are you going to do another blues album?’ After expanding my songs for Elemental Journey into an orchestral form, I thought I'd get back to the simple but powerful blues form. I’d been playing a lot of these songs on the road with my band, and we’ve been taking them into some surprising places musically. So going into the studio to record them with just our trio seemed like the next step.”

With Landreth’s mountainous guitar tones and nuanced singing leading the way on its ten songs, Bound By the Blues is a powerful tribute to the durability and flexibility of the genre, and to his own creative vision. It’s also a radical departure from his previous two albums, 2012’s classical/jazz fusion outing Elemental Journey and 2008’s guest-star-studded From the Reach.  Guitar World has premiered an audio stream of the title track "Bound By The Blues" which can be heard here:

The lean Mississippi native, who grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, has enjoyed a prolific career for decades, dating back to his solo debut album Blues Attack in 1981.  Although that album fanned the flames of his reputation as an emerging force in roots music, Landreth kept a parallel career going as a celebrated sideman and session player. Over the years he performed and recorded with artists that include John Hiatt, British blues innovator John Mayall, and he toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He also collaborated with Eric Clapton, and has performed at all of Clapton's prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festivals since 2004.  Along the way Landreth has continued to develop his vision and his musical voice, growing increasingly original and diverse, expanding from blues, zydeco, folk, country and jazz into increasingly category-blurring musical excursions like Bound By the Blues. He offers, "Developing a style and an approach that is your own musically is not something to be taken for granted,  I'm at a point in life where I want to make the most of every moment I can and that changes your perspective, your priorities and how you relate to everyone else. And at the end of the day, I think that's the essence of what I wanted to express with Bound By The Blues."

The track listing for Bound By The Blues is: "Walking Blues," "Bound By The Blues," "The High Side," "It Hurts Me Too," "Where They Will," "Cherry Ball Blues," "Firebird Blues," "Dust By Broom," "Key To The Highway," "Simcoe Street."





“…a throwback to the potency and urgency of the band's indie debut” –Guitar World

"Black Is The New Black is the best new Everclear record in over a decade.” –UnderTheGunReview

MEDIA ALERT New York, NY (April 16, 2015) – World-renowned, multi-platinum alternative rockers Everclear have premiered ‘Sugar Noise' with VICE –the third release from their upcoming ninth studio album, Black Is The New Black, out April 28 (The End Records/ADA). The vinyl release will follow on June 16.

“This is a very honest recording….No gimmicks. Not many bells and whistles. All the riffs on this record are things that really just resonated with me and the band, musically and lyrically - from the get-go.” –Everclear frontman Art Alexakis.


Everclear has sold over 3.6 MILLION ALBUMS worldwide, including the band’s platinum commercial breakthrough, Sparkle And Fade, featuring the hit single ‘Heroin Girl,’ as well as the double platinum So Much For The Afterglow, which produced enduring radio staples like ‘I Will Buy You A New Life’ and ‘Father of Mine,’ as ubiquitous on the radio now as then.

Black Is The New Black is a diverse and timeless-sounding collection, without ballads and without nostalgia. This is a heavy guitar record. It’s a throwback to the potent passion and urgent delivery of Everclear’s heralded indie debut and subsequent major label classics, delivered through a modern lens. Across the album, the insistent kick of drummer Sean Winchester, athletic groove of bassist Freddy Herrera, ridiculously skilled guitar shred of Davey French, and tasteful keyboards from Josh Crawleyjoin forces with the autobiographical exorcism and narrative storytelling from Everclear’s singer, guitarist, cofounder and songwriter, Art Alexakis.

Album pre-order available now!

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On May 7, Everclear will embark on the 20th Anniversary Tour of their pivotal 1995 album Sparkle And Fade in Australia, where they will be performing the album in full along with select tracks from Black Is The New Black. Following Australia, Everclear will tour the US for the fourth annual Summerland Tour, founded by Alexakis and heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Hottest Summer Package Tours.” This year’s Summerland features Everclear alongside Toadies, Fuel & American Hi-Fi


Clutch, the influential heavy rock band from Maryland, have begun releasing commentary clips from singer Neil Fallon on it’s official Facebook page. “This is the first in a series of clips we will be making public over the next couple of weeks and months” states Fallon.  “In these clips I speak about Clutch songs, both older and younger, and explain my thinking behind the lyrics. The loose theme under which the tracks were picked is myth and mythology. Stay tuned to Clutch’s Facebook page for more of these. As yesterday marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death, it seems only appropriate to begin this series with our song, ‘Abraham Lincoln’."

Clutch will be releasing From Beale Street To Oblivion on vinyl for the first time ever for Record Store Day. This is a limited colored vinyl double LP in a gatefold jacket. The album features Clutch’s best known single "Electric Worry”.

Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the four original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. They released their tenth and latest studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date. 

Clutch’s Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded “Album of The Year” by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year”. Rolling Stone further enthused:  “Four Maryland lifers — road dogs who've been grinding since the early Fugazi administration, cranking out  seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs and singer Neil Fallon's nerdy, piss-taking wiseass lyrics — release their hardest rocking set to date. Look for a go-go break (and some clever punning on the phrase "drop the bomb!) on ‘D.C. Sound Attack!’ Inspirational verse: “if you're gonna do it/ do it live on stage/ or don't do it at all.”

Clutch is currently working on their follow up to Earth Rocker which will be released in 2015.  

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Gov’t Mule Stoned Side of the Mule Vol 1 & 2 Released April 20th on Mascot Label Group/Provogue

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Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic, and daring as Gov’t Mule. But in curveball mode, and for the first time in its 20-year career, Gov’t Mule has delved into its vaults for Stoned Side Of The Mule (Vol 1 & 2).

Rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. No two Gov’t Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them. Expect the unexpected.

The deep chemistry and steely confidence shared by the quartet allow them to tackle any form of music and stamp it their own while remaining true to the spirit and intent of the original. This can of course be heard any time guitarist-singer Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis take the stage, but a series of new live archival releases really drives the point home. 

After last December’s Dark Side of the Mule, January’s Sco-Mule, and Dub Side of the Mule (released April 6th) the fourth and last release in this series will arrive on April 20th. Stoned Side Of The Mule (Vol 1 & 2) is a limited-run, vinyl-only release of highlights from its fabled Halloween 2009 performance at the Tower Theater outside of Philadelphia. The show featured a long and varied set of impassioned, expertly executed Rolling Stones covers as only the Mule can deliver, with special guests Jackie Greene (Phil Lesh & Friends, Black Crowes, Trigger Hippy) and saxophonist Steve Elson (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Radiohead, David Bowie). The 2-LP with the Mule ripping through impassioned Rolling Stone covers is newly-edited and mastered.

Stoned Side Of The Mule (Vol 1 & 2) – released 20-04-2015

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A1 Under My Thumb
A2 Monkey Man
A3 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) 
A4 Paint It Black

B1 Angie 
B2 Ventilator Blues 
B3 Shattered 

C1 Wild Horses
C2 Bitch
C3 Slave

D1 Play With Fire
D2 Can't You Hear Me Knocking
D3 Brown Sugar

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Scott Weiland and Bumblefoot Supergroup Art of Anarchy Release Video

Art of Anarchy, the supergroup project that features Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, and Disturbed bassist John Moyer, have released a new music video.

The video is for the track 'Til The Dust Is Gone", which comes from the projects forthcoming self-titled debut album that will be released on June 2nd. The future of the project remains unclear as Weiland says he is not the permanent frontman for the group.

At the time the project was revealed, Weiland released the following statement on his Facebook page, "I just saw some press about a side project called Art of Anarchy that I worked on last year.

"I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too. We had a lot of fun. When they find their frontman to hit the road and play some dates, check them out."  For now you can check out the new video here.

AC/DC Told By Malcolm Young To Make New Album For Him

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson says retired guitarist and band founder Malcolm Young inspired the group to the record their latest album, "Rock Or Bust", and head out on a world tour.

Last year, the group announced Young's retirement after he was diagnosed with dementia. Now, as AC/DC hits the road in support of the album - they headlined Coachella last Friday and will do so again this Friday - Johnson reveals it was Malcolm who inspired the group to carry on.

AC/DC did just that, bringing in Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew, Stevie, to handle rhythm guitar and, after recording "Rock Or Bust" with drummer Phil Rudd, hired former member Chris Slade following a series of events that have led to legal issues for Rudd in his current homeland of New Zealand.

"It's just given us that impetus to just do it for him," the singer tells the Telegraph, "because you know before the dementia really took hold of him he said 'just get out and make music lads, just for me one more time'. I don't want to be sentimental about this because, boy oh boy, I'm not a sentimental kind of guy. But that's what we're doing."

Johnson faced his own health issue with a cancer scare in 2009 that forced AC/DC to cancel several shows. Read more here.

Eddie Van Halen Talks New Van Halen Live Album

 Eddie Van Halen discusses "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", Van Halen's first live album with original frontman David Lee Roth, in a June cover story for Guitar World magazine on newsstands April 28.

"We realized that we have never made a live album with Dave," says the guitarist. "Since we had already released a studio album with Wolfgang playing on it, it also made sense for us to do a live album with both Wolf and Dave. Another reason why we put out a live record was to give people the experience of hearing us play our classic songs live."

When it came time for the project, Van Halen had plenty of source material to choose from. "We have a Pro Tools rig out by the front of the house and have recorded every show since the beginning of the 2007 tour when Dave first got back in the band," Eddie explains. "But we never originally intended to put out a live record. We just recorded our shows to archive them.

"We have so much material that it was too overwhelming to listen to about 150 shows and pick the best one. I didn't even bother listening to any of the past shows, outside of a few jams here and there. We played pretty much the same set every night, although we changed a few songs here and there. We played the classics. That's what people want to hear."

Eddie says the band left the choice of material to Roth, for a few reasons. "Because the performances by Alex, Wolfgang and myself were pretty consistent from one night to the next," he begins, "we decided to leave it up to Dave to pick, and he happened to pick Tokyo." Read more and see the cover here.

Def Leppard Kick Off Spring Tour

Def Leppard kicked off their Canadian tour in Penticton, British Columbia on Wednesday night and videos from the show and the concert's set list has been posted online.

The band's 17-song set at the South Okanagan Events Centre began with 1983's "Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)" from "Pyromania" and was followed by a selection of hits from the band's career - with emphasis on their biggest-selling release, 1987's "Hysteria."

Leppard performed "Paper Sun" from 1999's "Euphoria" for the first time in 15 years, as well as a cover of David Essex's "Rock On", plus a solo acoustic take on "Two Steps Behind" by frontman Joe Elliott.

The UK rockers tour across Canada wraps up in early May, following which the group will play a month-long series of shows in Europe and then launch a North American tour with Styx and Tesla on June 23 in Tampa, FL.

Check out the videos and the set list here.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Jams With Royal Blood

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich joined UK rockers Royal Blood for the final song of their set at Slim's in San Francisco on Wednesday night and video of the jam has been posted online.

Ulrich teamed with the duo of vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher for the tune "Out Of The Black" from their 2014 self-titled debut album.

"Royal Blood" entered the UK album charts at No. 1 upon its release last summer on its way to becoming the fastest-selling British rock debut album in the UK in three years.

The group performed at Coachella last Saturday and will return to play at the festival again this weekend. Check out the video of the Lars jam here.

Queensryche Frontman Says New Album Is A 'Raging Animal'

Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre has described their next album as a "raging animal." The band are currently in songwriting sessions ahead of recording the follow-up to 2013's self-titled release - their first since splitting with original vocalist Geoff Tate.

La Torre says via Twitter: "New Ryche material sounding really great! I Loved our last record 100%,but this one is DEFINITELY a new raging animal! Pure F'ing Ryche!"

Queensryche launched a Pledgemusic campaign to pay for the recording. The album is expected later this year via Century Media. Read and update about Tate here.

Megadeth Reveal New Studio Video

Megadeth have released some new footage from the recording studio as part of their PledgeMusic campaign. The band are sharing video of Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler rehearsing a track as they continue to record the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider."

Megadeth's fifteenth studio album includes Adler as a guest player following Shawn Drover's departure last fall, and former Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro as a new band member in place of Chris Broderick.

Megadeth recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to provide the opportunity to bring fans into the recording process with a list of incentive packages.

"Pre-order the album digitally, on CD or on vinyl plus tons of other unique offerings like signed CDs, signed vinyl, gear from the studio and much more," says the group. "No matter what you order, you will get access to a variety of behind-the-scenes content such as photos and videos from the writing and recording sessions. You'll get full access to the process in real time."

Watch the video here.

Nick Menza Reveals More Details About Failed Megadeth Reunion

Megadeth 'Rust in Peace' era drummer Nick Menza gives more details about the recent failed reunion attempt in a new interview with Heavy Metal Thrash's "The Sick Room" podcast.

Menza explained his view of what happened in the interview (via a transcription by Metal Shock Finland): "I went and jammed with them for a 3 day weekend and then on the 3rd day we started to write new songs, and it was cool, they even told me that I was back in the band and to send a press release about it.

"I didn't want to say anything until I had an agreement, a contract in writing on what is going to happen and they send this ridiculous proposal which pretty much said 'You're not going to get paid until the touring', so basically I was going to be working on the new record for free, but then I had intended on leaning towards that anyway and then I thought to myself I'm not going to break, I'm not going to sell myself short for something that is going to be huge you know. They gotta realize the longevity it, and then the whole thing just became silly, I didn't even get a chance to negotiate about anything, they just cut it off and said 'that's it' and afterwards I couldn't get hold of Dave or anybody, he blocked my emails.

"We had a meeting at NAMM, the four of us got together with our old manager Ron Laffitte and started talking about touring plans and another record, Marty didn't say whether he was in the band or not, but I certainly was up for it and yeah, it all just took a turn for the worse.

"I was ready to be apart of it, I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I know Chris Adler will do a great job in the studio, but who will do these songs live?

"The reason why I refused to join Megadeth is because Dave [Mustaine] didn't show me any kind of 'love' at all, I wish I was doing it, but they didn't want to show me any contract in writing or anything, I guess it was just not meant to be."

Read more and listen to the two part interview here.

Brian May Kicking Off Stereoscopic Series With Queen In 3D

Queen guitarist Brian May and the London Stereoscopic Company are launching a series of books featuring collections of 3D images from Victorian times to the present day. 2016 will see the publication of Queen in 3D, featuring 40 years of stereo pictures taken by May himself, many of which have never been seen before.

"I had a stereo camera with me the whole time," says May. "There's lots of pictures of us, both onstage and off. They're the kind of pictures you've never seen before, because you could never do the images justice unless they were 3D, and because they've been in my private collection since those times. An awful lot of history is in there, and there are onstage pictures as well: sometimes I would give the stereo camera to a local photographer and say, 'see what you can get'. You'll be able to see Freddie in the glory days - and John [Deacon] - and you'll be able to see us in the present day as well, all in glorious, stereoscopic 3D."

May first discovered stereoscopic photography - a technique whereby two slightly offset two-dimensional images are combined to give the perception of three-dimensional depth - as a child, and in 2008 revived the London Stereoscopic Company, a business originally set up in 1854 to sell stereo pictures and stereo viewers to the public. Read more here.

Don Henley Reveals Solo Album Plans

Eagles legend Don Henley is planning to release a country-influenced album later this year, he's confirmed. He says the majority of Cass County has been recorded but he'd like to spend more time finalising the tracklist ahead of an autumn launch.

The album, named after the area where he grew up, was recorded in Nashville, California and at his home in Dallas with co-producer and co-writer Stan Lynch.

And while he's not ready to go into details about collaborators on the project he reports it'll feature some of the "best musicians in Nashville". Read more details here.




New York, NY (April 15, 2015)—On June 16, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD, and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date May 22, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $34.98 3LP].

 Shortly after the release of their World On Fire album (their second collaborative effort), guitarist extraordinaire Slash took the stage with Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge fame) & The Conspirators at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns ‘N’ Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album, and classics from Slash’s days with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver: “Ghost,” “Back From Cali,” “World On Fire,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Anastasia,” “Paradise City,” “Slither,” “Nightrain,” and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on Live At The Roxy 9/25/14.

 Slash’s guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators proves a truly potent live force and Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows!

 Click here to view "Bent To Fly":

Band line-up:
Slash – Guitar
Myles Kennedy – Vocals
Todd Kerns – Bass & Vocals
Brent Fitz – Drums
Frank Sidoris – Guitar & vocals!/slash

Guitar Virtuoso Scott Henderson To Release Instrumental Album For Guitar Trio “Vibe Station” on May 1, 2015!

“Henderson's guitar soars high, sometimes tender. Sophisticated, technical and soulful, his playing bristles with intelligence, never crossing the line into excess.”

Los Angeles, CA – Guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson has finished his new album “Vibe Station”, the most ambitious project of his career! The highly anticipated instrumental album for guitar trio will be released on May 1, 2015.

Says Scott, “I'm really excited about this record because our trio has been touring a lot and that energy came through on all the performances. The music is still blues-based, but also has a lot of harmonic content. The big change is no vocals, which challenged me as a guitarist to write material which can be played in a vocal way on the guitar, while incorporating my own chord-melody style. I think fans will enjoy the scope of this record because it has elements of blues, rock, jazz and funk. There's something for everyone here.”

Scott also said that the majority of the songs are layered with multi guitar tracks, utilizing many different guitars, pedals, amps and speaker combinations, making it the most textural and versatile sounding album he's ever done. Travis Carlton on bass and Alan Hertz on drums make this project and live show very much groove-based.

Says Scott, “I need to see people moving in their seats. I'm not interested on putting on an intellectual show for musicians only. I don't believe I need to dumb down the music to appeal to people who aren't musicians, because when Travis and Alan play together, the groove is going to attack you whether you're a musician or not”.

Scott Henderson's impressive work over the years as co-leader of the group TRIBAL TECH, leader of his own ground breaking trio, and sideman to some of the best jazz artists of their generation, including the great Joe Zawinul, has elevated him to the front ranks of both Jazz and Blues. Besides being a world class player and premier composer, Scott's trademark is his beautiful tone and striking ability to blend Blues, Rock, Funk, and Jazz, creating a soulful and unique voice on the guitar.

Expect to hear Scott on the top of his game on his April 2015 Europe tour.

Scott Henderson's “Vibe Station will be available for purchase on CDBaby and iTunes May 1, 2015: 
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Nik Turner Debuts A Visionary New Song/Video From His Bold New Solo Album!

Nik Turner released the most acclaimed album of his solo career, Space Gypsy, the intergalactically acclaimed masterpiece that found this Hawkwind co-founder returning to his space rock roots alongside fellow Hawkwind alumnus Simon House and others. Now, Turner is preparing for departure on a whole new kind of spaceship, a musical project that finally frees him from the gravitational pull of traditional rock music orbits and launches into new stratospheres of jazz, blues, fusion, and other eclectic styles heretofore unknown to man.

This new album Space Fusion Odyssey is without a doubt the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound, and stimulate all at the same time! As with many of his previous releases, Turner has surrounded himself with an incredible crew of fellow musicians who help him bring his vision to life. Dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra (hat tip to Sun Ra), the group includes some of the most gifted and groundbreaking musicians of his generation such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage & Gilli Smyth of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more! Space Fusion Odyssey is set to land in July of this year courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records.

Check out the video for “Hypernova” featuring some truly mindblowing guitar work from both Krieger and Megadeth’s Chris Poland:

Also be on the look out for The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, the soon to be released definitive biography of Hawkwind’s early years as told through the eyes of Nik Turner and written by music historian Dave Thompson. The hardcover book contains over 250 pages of rare and unseen photos as well as a comprehensive discography - a feast for Hawkwind fans everywhere!

Breaking Bands LLC Announces New Partnership with Holiday-Themed Progressive Metal Ensemble WIZARDS OF WINTER Featuring Former Members of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

If You Like TSO, You’ll Love WIZARDS OF WINTER – Taking the Theatrical Holiday Rock Experience to a More Intimate Family Setting

Yuletide progressive metal ensemble WIZARDS OF WINTER are pleased to announce their recent signing with Breaking Bands LLC and The Agency Group. The WIZARDS OF WINTER are an eclectic group of musicians from the NY/NJ/PA tri-state region, who perform classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed event. While the group’s style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER are far from a TSO tribute band. While somewhat similar to TSO in style, the Wizards’ original material is very unique and has quite a broad audience appeal, applied in a more intimate setting.

Breaking Bands LLC is directed and founded by the powerhouse team of Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, Testament vocalist and co-manager Chuck Billy, and former MegaForce Records and Crazed Management owners Jon and Marsha Zazula. The team is pleased to be joining forces with the WIZARDS OF WINTER.

“The winter season is a magical time that evokes a special feeling of peace, celebration and harmony,” states Maria Ferrero. “The band WIZARDS OF WINTER invokes the holiday spirit and inspires all who listen. Their shows are unparalleled and I’m very excited to work with such artists.”

“The holiday season, family and friends, and music mean everything to me,” adds Chuck Billy. “I’m thrilled to now present to the public, a show for all ages: The WIZARDS OF WINTER!”

Jon Zazula adds, “It’s amazing how much growth the WIZARDS OF WINTER had on their own. Now with the union of our two organizations, we plan to expand this ensemble to greater horizons on a national level.”

As mentioned above, the WIZARDS OF WINTER have also signed with The Agency Group, who are known for booking some of today’s biggest and best artists. The band is proudly represented by agent Dan Rozenblum in North America.

“The WIZARDS OF WINTER are extremely honored to have the opportunity to work with the true industry legends that comprise management group Breaking Bands LLC. Together with globally recognized talent booking agency The Agency Group, we are convinced that we have now secured the perfect team to build our brand and launch us to the next level,” states WIZARDS OF WINTER Music Director Scott Kelly.

In 2014, The WIZARDS OF WINTER released their own Christmas Rock Opera album based on entirely original material, which provides the musical background for the band’s live holiday rock opera production, Tales Beneath a Northern Star. The libretto and music together take the listener on a journey throughout space and time on the night of Christmas Eve in search of the true meaning of the season.

A journey is just what the WIZARDS OF WINTER want fans to experience when listening to their music. Each song is an individual artistic expression that will impact each audience member. “Each song is like one of your own children. You create it, nurture it, protect it and then when ready, you let it fly on its own,” states Sharon Kelly, founding member, lead vocalist and flautist. “People in the audience, feeling the same raw emotion that inspired us to write the songs is very moving.”

As a testament to the virtuosity of the group, several original members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra have joined the WIZARDS OF WINTER on their musical journey. They include Guy LeMonnier, Joe Cerisano, and Tony Gaynor. Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning, also former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, have performed with the band on occasion as well.

Throughout their history, the WIZARDS OF WINTER have performed to packed theaters throughout the Northeast. Every night is like lightning in a bottle with the Wizards firing at all cylinders, and every year, the band’s stage production becomes the new yearly tradition for another fan. 2015 will bring a bigger stage production, a ton of new music, and a wider geographic reach on their winter tour. The band is currently in the studio laying down tracks for their next release due out around the same time.

Stay tuned for more details on new music and their upcoming holiday tour.

To learn more about the WIZARDS OF WINTER, please visit and

PledgeMusic and Thrash Metal Masters Megadeth Join Forces For The Band's 15th Studio Album To Bring Fans Inside The Recording Experience

PledgeMusic is excited to announce their partnership Megadeth. The band has entered the studio to begin recording their 15th album and they want to bring you along for the ride.

Megadeth is a thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 shortly after Dave Mustaine departed Metallica. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, the band is credited as one of the genre's "big four" with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer, responsible for thrash metal's development and popularization. Megadeth plays in a technical style, featuring fast rhythm sections and complex arrangements; themes of death, war, politics and religion are prominent in the group's lyrics. As of 2014, Megadeth has sold 50 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the United States for six of its fourteen studio albums, and received eleven Grammy nominations.

For the first time, Megadeth is going to bring you into the studio to be a part of the recording process, and give you a window into the world of Dave Mustaine, Kiko Loureiro, David Ellefson and Chris Adler. Some of the exclusive items available when you pledge are a pre-order the album digitally, on CD or vinyl, a signed copy of Dave Mustaine's book, a signed copy of David Ellefson's book, a 2-hour guitar lesson with Dave Mustaine, a day in the studio with Megadeth, signed guitars, Chris Adler's drum kit, a disposable camera with one-of-a-kind photos from the studio, a jam session with the band and much more. Go here to pledge: 

No matter what you order, you will get access to a variety of behind-the-scenes content such as photos and videos from the writing and recording sessions. You'll get full access to the process in real time.

Mustaine's message to Megadeth fans about the campaign - "We've always wanted you to be 'a part of' and not 'apart from' us in the studio. Now, with PledgeMusic, you can be here with me and the guys and watch history being made with our 15th record. Check back often... you don't want to miss anything!"




Although Steve Earle's new blues album, Terraplane, was titularly a tribute to blues pioneer Robert Johnson and his seminal recording, "Terraplane Blues," a version of the song was surprisingly not included on the album. That's because Earle, an ardent supporter of independent record stores days, had others plans for it. For Record Store Day, this Saturday, April 18, Earle and New West Records have created a special edition 10-inch with Earle's version on one side and Robert Johnson's original on the other. The limited run features a matte finish, vintage blues 78-style packaging and was cut at 45 rpm. As Earle told Tavis Smiley when he appeared on the show recently, "It took a small amount of audacity but sometimes you got to do that."

Earle and his band The Dukes will kick off their first full-band tour in support of Terraplane tonight in Little Rock. The extensive tour includes dates all throughout the U.S. and a performances at the Stagecoach Music Festival Friday, April 24. Earle will join Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Don Felder and Shawn Colvin at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles the next night, Saturday, April 25 for the 3rd Annual Light up The Blues Concert to benefit Autism Speaks.

Throughout his more than 30-year career, Earle has mined the rich veins of American roots music from country to rock and roll, folk and rockabilly. On his 16th studio album of his singular career, Terraplane, Earle pays tribute to the blues, influenced by the blues giants he saw growing up in Texas - Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddy King, Johnny Winter, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Canned Heat and Billy Gibbons. Recorded in Nashville by Ray Kennedy and produced by R.S. Field, his latest collection is his homage to the music that he calls "the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share" and a record he has wanted to make for a long time. Over 11 original tracks, Earle and The Dukes traverse various forms of the blues - from the Texas roadhouse blues of opener "Baby Baby Baby (Baby)," to the acoustic country blues of "Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now" and the Chicago blues of "The Usual Time" to the pre-war blues of "Baby's Just As Mean As Me," a duet with Eleanor Whitmore. The electrified "King of The Blues" features some scorching guitar playing from guitarist Chris Masterson and on "The Tennessee Kid" Earle sounds like a possessed street preacher as he retells the Faustian crossroads legend over a John Lee Hooker-esque boogie.

Described by Mojo as "Earle's passion for blues in its rawest form," Terraplane has received rave reviews with Uncut choosing it as their "Americana Album of the Month" and London's Express & Star exclaiming, "It's like Robert Johnson meets Johnny Cash - and it's a truly stunning work." Rolling Stone awarded it three and half stars while Downbeat said, "The once hard-living maverick sings with deep knowledge of the dark and light sides of human experience, running his emotional engine at full-throttle while sustaining the crucial ambivalence of the blues... Earle's ace band, the Dukes, plays for keeps." Relix declared: "Terraplane is a well-oiled, road-worthy blues machine that puts the pedal to the mettle (and we do mean mettle)."

Terraplane had a fantastic first week landing at #21 on the Top 200 and #39 on the Billboard 200. Additionally, it took the #1 spot on the Blues Chart, #2 in Folk, #3 in Country, #3 in Independent Current Albums and #13 in vinyl albums. It is currently #1 at Americana Radio for an eighth consecutive week.  



Newly formed rock supergroup Devil City Angels have announced that they will be releasing their debut effort through direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic. Set to arrive in September 2015, Devil City Angels debut has already garnered interest with their first single "All My People".    

Formed in June of 2014, the phenomenal supergroup promises energetic performances of some of their multi-platinum hits blended with new, original material. Consisting of Poison drummer Rikki Rocket, LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and Cheap Thrills Brandon Gibbs on guitar and vocals, Devil City Angels are impacting the rock world with their musical talent.    

With multiple packages available to choose from, fans will be given the opportunity to receive exclusive updates, content and items via PledgeMusic. Pledgers can receive experiences and items such as a signed Rikki Rockett drum head, signed Rikki Rockett drumsticks, a 30-minute Skype music lesson with the band, personalized and handwritten lyric sheets, signed Tracii Guns signature guitar, and a custom drum set. 5% of all money raised will go to Little Kids Rock. Pledge now at:

PledgeMusic is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan music community, offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience while interacting with PledgeMusic's global community of music fans.   

PledgeMusic artists and President & founder Benji Rogers are available for interviews.


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Def Leppard Members Sharing Lead Vocals On New Album

Vivian Campbell reportedly revealed in a new interview that he and his Def Leppard bandmates will all have a lead vocal on their upcoming album. He's been recovering from stem-cell treatment to combat his Hodgkin's lymphoma and laid down tracks for the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge with his Leppard bandmates over two sessions.

The guitarist tells The Province: "The first thing we did was go into the studio and set up live. I know a lot of bands do it, but we haven't done it since 1996."

He continues, "There's a lot of talk before we make an album. With this album there wasn't as much talking but there is an awful lot of experimentalism that goes on with a Leppard record. Once we find our direction, we're very quick. Everybody brings something to the table."

The publication says that everyone in the band has a lead vocal on the effort. "We've never done that before. It's diverse, but it all sounds like Def Leppard. It's the best album we've made in 23 years," said Campbell. Read more here.

Zakk Looks Back At Auditioning For Guns N' Roses

Zakk Wylde looks back in a new "Behind The Scenes" clip for VH1 Classic's That Metal Show on how his 1995 audition with Guns N' Roses led to the formation of his band Black Label Society.

The guitarist was lined up to join Axl Rose and co when they were considering a double-lead approach. They decided against it, and he went on to found BLS three years later, between stints with Ozzy Osbourne.

Wylde tells That Metal Show via Blabbermouth,"We just had some ideas laying around and stuff like that, but nothing amounted to where Axl [Rose] sang on stuff and had lyrics written and everything like that.

"We just had riffs lying around and stuff like that, but… It was great hanging out. 'Cause all the guys were there, you know what I mean?! It was Slash, Axl, Duff [McKagan, bass], Dizzy [Reed, keyboards], Matt [Sorum, drums]; it was all the guys. We were all jamming and stuff like that. It was a good time.

"It was at that point nothing was going on and I wasn't jamming with The Boss [Ozzy Osbourne]. Then I just had a batch of riffs and ideas laying around. I just said, 'I'll do it myself.' And that's when Black Label Society was born. And that's why I'm still living in a van down by the river. So I figured, maybe I wanna do this myself." Watch the behind the scenes clip here.

New Metallica Songs More Progressive Says Kirk Hammett

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett dropped some hints this week as to the direction the band's sound is taking on the new music they are writing for their forthcoming album.

He says some of the new material is comparable to their latest released track 'Lords Of Summer' but adds that a lot of the songs are "little bit more progressive" and similar to their last studio album "Death Magnetic" and "remotely similar" to "...And Justice For All," though he warns that it is not sonically like that classic album.

Hammett discussed the new material during an appearance on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal on Tuesday (April 14th). He told the show (via Blabbermouth, "I would say some of the stuff [we have written] is similar to 'Lords Of Summer'. 'Lords Of Summer' is pretty accessible, because I think it's one of the more accessible-sounding riffs and there's a really cool melody. A lot of the other material is a little bit more progressive - kind of along the lines of what 'Death Magnetic' turned out to be."

He elaborated, "I would say that there's some really, really hooky stuff coming through - really, really catchy stuff - and I'm really, really psyched on the direction of how things are sounding.

"If I could compare it to anything, maybe it might be remotely similar to the approach we took on [1988's] '…And Justice For All' [album], but it doesn't sound like '…And Justice For All' sonically - it doesn't have that sound that '…And Justice For All' had, which I thought was very unique at the time."

Roger Waters Giving 'Amused To Death' Hi-Def Makeover

Roger Waters will reissue his 1991 album, "Amused To Death", on July 24. The updated version of Waters third solo record will include a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by longtime Waters/Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer James Guthrie.

The cover and gatefold art has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters' 2010-2013 "The Wall Live" tour and movie. Inspired by Neil Postman's 1985 book "Amusing Ourselves To Death", Waters explored the concept of a society increasingly in thrall to its television screens.

"I'm remembering the record from [over] 20 years ago," says Waters, "that most of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992."

"Amused To Death" features guitar work by Jeff Beck and a lineup of guest vocalists that includes Don Henley ("It's a Miracle"), Rita Coolidge ("Amused to Death") and soul singer P.P. Arnold ("Perfect Sense" Parts I and II).

The 2015 reissue will be available on CD, CD/Blu-ray, Hi-res digital download, 2LP 200 gram vinyl and a limited edition, numbered 2LP picture disc vinyl. Check out the promo video with Roger Waters interview footage here.

Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Join The Kloons

Rolling Stones legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards join comedy group The Kloons for a guest appearance in the latest episode of their web series "Sisters."

The Brooklyn-based multimedia content creation group feature the voices of the Stones in a story where members Mitch Lewis and Nik Kazoura lip sync Nik's mom and aunt's conversations.

The Rolling Stones are gearing up to launch a 15-date stadium tour of North America on May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego. The trek marks the first time the band have played North American stadiums since 2005-2007's A Bigger Bang Tour.

In sync with the live dates, the veteran band will reissue their classic 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers" on June 8 (June 9 in North America). The remastered project will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.

Watch video from Sisters here.

Chris Cornell Weighs In On Temple Of The Dog Legal Battle

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has issued a statement regarding a legal dispute between A&M Records and a Seattle studio owner over ownership of the master tapes to the self-titled 1991 album by Temple Of The Dog.

"The Temple Of The Dog recordings were made by members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam to honor our friend, Andy Wood, who died much too soon," says Cornell. "Temple Of The Dog recorded the album in a studio co-owned by Raj Parashar. A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio.

"For Parashar to pretend he has a right to keep the recordings makes no more sense than the owner of a laundromat claiming he owns the clothes you washed in his washing machine."

Last week, A&M Records launched a lawsuit against London Bridge Studios co-founder Rajan Parashar to return the tapes following the 2014 death of his brother and fellow studio co-founder, producer Rick Parashar. Read more here.

Limited Edition Riot Tribute Album Set For Release

A limited edition Riot tribute album featuring covers by a host of rock acts is being released this month which will benefit a family member of late founding guitarist Mark Reale.

Thunder And Steel Down Under will be released on April 24 via Skol Records and includes contributions from Axel Rudi Pell, Crystal Viper, Alpha Tiger and Night Demon.

Only 1000 copies of the CD will be available, with proceeds going to Tony Reale - the father of late Riot guitarist and founder Mark Reale who died in 2012 from complications related to Crohn's disease.

Skol says of the covers album: "Thunder And Steel Down Under is not a usual compilation with bunch of cover songs. It's a celebration of the Riot and Mark Reale legacies, and a homage paid by both American and European bands and musicians who were influenced by this premier act." Check out the track details here.




Prior to the upcoming kick-off of their “THE WHO HITS 50!” much-anticipated North American tour in Tampa, FL on April 15, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands performed their annual Teenage Cancer Trust Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 26.  In a review of the show, The Telegraph (UK, March 2015) said, “The Who were fantastic, as we have come to expect. With those dynamic characters, such incredible songs and that powerful sound, they are a rock band who can only be judged by the very high standards they have set themselves…There’s a particular kind of punch the Who deliver when they emerge from mellifluous dreamy melodies to slam together on a power chord that no other band has ever matched.” With (March 2015) adding:  “The band performed a two-hour set of tracks and hits spanning their entire career...Kicking off with 'I Can't Explain', the veteran rockers played a series of greatest hits including 'Substitute', 'Who Are You' and 'The Kids Are Alright' against a backdrop of moving images of the band during their younger days…”

The extensive "THE WHO HITS 50!" North American tour will include the band's final shows in many of the tour cities.  As Roger Daltrey recently explained to, "I do know this is the last big tour we'll ever do.  We have to be realistic.  I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do.  The quality of the music is really what this is all about."

"THE WHO HITS 50!" North American tour includes special guests:2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. The spring run of 20 stops throughout the east wraps May 30 in Forest Hills, NY and includes a Saturday, April 25 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell (the band's first U.S. festival appearance in more than 40 years).  The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA.  Tickets are currently on sale at and"THE WHO HITS 50!" tour is being presented by AEG Live.

Roger Daltrey recently told, "the tour rehearsals are going, "Great.  It's not like we don't know the songs!  I mean, the band is just amazing; as fresh as ever."  As for each night's set list he adds, "we just throw it in the air.  It is what it is.  The thing we try and do is move people; take them high and bring them low.  If you get one song in the wrong place, it throws the mood.  It doesn't carry the audience.  It puts them off balance."

THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane.  Each of them was a pioneer.  Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic vertuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger.  They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl.  As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.

THE WHO’s 2015 North American tour dates are as follows:





2015 Tour Dates - Leg 1




Tampa, FL

Amalie Arena



Miami, FL

AmericanAirlines Arena



Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena



Raleigh, NC

PNC Arena



Duluth, GA

The Arena at Gwinnett Center



New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell



Austin, TX

Frank Erwin Center



Houston, TX

Toyota Center



Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center



Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center



St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center



Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Arena



Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena



Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena



Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena



Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center



Uniondale, NY

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum



Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall



Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino - Sun Arena



Brooklyn, NY

Barclays Center



Forest Hills, NY

Forest Hills Stadium





2015 Tour Dates - Leg 2




San Diego, CA

Valley View Casino Center



Anaheim, CA

Honda Center



Las Vegas, NV

Colosseum at Caesars Palace



Los Angeles, CA




Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena



Portland, OR

Moda Center



Seattle, WA




Vancouver, BC

Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena



Calgary, AB

Scotiabank Saddledome



Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place



Saskatoon, SK

SaskTel Centre



Winnipeg, MB

MTS Centre



Minneapolis, MN

Target Center



Milwaukee, WI

BMO Harris Bradley Center



Chicago, IL

United Center



Detroit, MI

Joe Louis Arena



Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre



Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre



Pittsburgh, PA

CONSOL Energy Center



Newark, NJ

Prudential Center



New York, NY

Madison Square Garden



Boston, MA

TD Garden



Washington, DC

Verizon Center



Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center

**Without Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Marty Friedman Confirms Rejecting Megadeth Reunion Offer

Marty Friedman, who was the guitarist of Megadeth during their acclaimed 'Rust In Peace' era, has confirmed that he was asked to reunite with the band and turned them down.

The veteran thrash group recently announced their new lineup which includes Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro, but 'Rust In Peace' era drummer Nick Menza recently said that he was asked to reunite with the band but pulled out because he was "offered a very unfair deal."

Now Friedman confirms that he was also asked to reunite with the band, but wasn't interested despite remaining good friends with band cofounders Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson.

He tells Argentina radio station Vorterix (via Noisecreep) "I don't know anything about Nick's story, I don't know what he said, I don't know anything about that, but I will tell you that, of course, I was offered to join Megadeth - not only now, but in other times [in the past]. [But] there's just no reason for me to join Megadeth right now."

He continues, "Just because there's a vacancy in the band doesn't mean that, 'Oh, now is my chance to join Megadeth.' There's absolutely no reason for me to do that.

"However, I'm very, very close friends with Mustaine and [David] Ellefson, and the band in general, and I love them like brothers … I think that they're better off doing new things, and I'm certainly better off doing new things and being able to be the artist that I am, and that I wanna become. And there's no reason to go chasing the past."

Foreigner Announce Tour Dates With Def Leppard

Foreigner will be staying on the road following their summer tour with Kid Rock. They have announced that they will be joining the last leg of Def Leppard's 2015 US tour this fall.

The pair have added 7 October shows to the run which will also include Tesla and Night Ranger. Pre-sales begin on April 15 with general public tickets on sale on April 18 (except as noted below).

Def Leppard will launch an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla on June 23 in Tampa, FL. Foreigner team up with Kid Rock for US dates starting June 24 in Hartford, CT, with shows running into early September. See the tour dates here.

REO Speedwagon Interview Sidetracked By Vulgar Son

Who could have guessed that a casual chat with classic rock band REO Speedwagon's singer Kevin Cronin in front of Coogie's Cafe in Malibu about a 34-year-old song could turn into such viral entertainment?

Literally, no one could have guessed that. And maybe why exactly this interview was taking place, in which the interviewer and Cronin discuss the meaning of the band's 1981 single, 'Take It On the Run," will forever remain a mystery, but it happened until Cronin's son caused a major distraction.

"He -- her in the --," the younger Cronin says abruptly, invoking the profane viral meme to the shock and dismay of his parents. The youngster is smart to disappear, as no one wants to be around when their parents hear them say something of that ilk.

When the interviewer asks Cronin if that's his son after the youngster makes the statement and walks off, the REO Speedwagon singer replies incredulously, "I don't know who that is."

Sounds like someone's going to grounded for quite a while. atch the very NSFW video here

Lukather Parties Sober With Slash, Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora

Toto's Steve Lukather says he enjoyed a recent gathering with fellow guitarists Slash, Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora and Orianthi - even though none of the former party animals were drinking.

He's put years of drug and alcohol abuse behind him to safeguard himself against the risks of life on the road. And he joined forces with artists who feel the same way when he performed a benefit gig for Los Angeles schools in January.

Lukather tells Music Radar, "It's so funny because I was doing a charity event last Monday night, and it was like Billy Gibbons, Slash, Sambora, Orianthi, myself, and we're standing there with all these guys and I'm looking around and nobody's drinking at all and there's no partying.

"We're all going, 'Yep, we used to be carried out of every place we went and now we're all back to having a water and everybody talking very softly and mature.' Still having a lot of laughs, though.

"I like to feel good every day and I'm so glad that I found my brain again, and my soul. And I think we all feel that way because rock 'n' roll can suck you in and spit you out. Try going on the road for 40 years for 200 days a year. It's a mind-f***." Read more here.

Moody Blues's John Lodge Gets Animated For New Video

Moody Blues man John Lodge has premiered his animated video for 10,000 Light Years Ago with TeamRock. It's the title track from his second solo album, to be released on May 4 via Esoteric Antenna.

Lodge says of the follow-up to 1977's Natural Avenue: "Back in the 60s the Moody Blues wrote a stage show which became the album Days Of Future Passed. The theme encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives.

"With 10,000 Light Years Ago I've continued this theme of constant evolution. Everything in the future remains in reach - and although the past is behind us, it once was our future."

The video was made by Rupert Lloyd, who also illustrated the album sleeve. Watch the video here.

Steve Hackett Releases 'Love Song To A Vampire' Video

 Last week Steve Hackett released a video for his track Love Song To A Vampire, which features a guest appearance from Yes bassist Chris Squire. The track is taken from Hackett's new solo album Wolflight and tells the tale of an abusive relationship.

Hackett says: "The Love Song To A Vampire video was directed by Paul Gosling whose filming I was impressed by. Most of the film was shot in the historic and atmospheric city of Leicester.

"Paul was keen to highlight the combination of Gothic imagery with the portrayal of an abusive relationship implicit in the song. We discussed the ideas together... the transformation from the glamour that lures the victim to the final destructive hold." Watch the video here.


The Pop Culture Phenomenon is Completely Re-Imagined for the Next Generation and Places You Center Stage with Live Action, First Person Gameplay and Reactive Crowds

 Guitar Hero Live includes GHTV, the World's First Playable Music Video Network that Lets You Play Hundreds of Your Favorite Songs Across a Variety of Genres

Full Game Playable on Consoles, Tablets and Mobile Phones

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance Join the Guitar Hero Live Celebration Today in New York

Be the First to Get Hands-on with Guitar Hero Live Tonight at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City and at Select Best Buy Stores in New York and Torrance, CA this Weekend

Pre-Order Now at Major Retailers Worldwide

SANTA MONICA - Apr. 14, 2015 - Guitar Hero, the pop culture phenomenon that exploded onto the scene and brought a new way to interact with music, is back, with true, breakthrough innovation that will re-ignite your dreams of becoming a rock star.Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.(NASDAQ: ATVI) today announced Guitar Hero Live, introducing a brand new generation to Guitar Hero, which upon its release became the quickest console franchise in video game history to reach one billion dollars in sales in North America and Europe, and was played by over 40 million players. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind the critically-acclaimed DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live introduces two powerful ways to play, including GH Live, a first-person point of view where you are up on stage as the star of the show. A quantum leap forward in immersion and realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.

Guitar Hero Live also introduces GHTV, the world's first playable live music video network. GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos - across a wide variety of genres - from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room.

The breakthrough innovations in Guitar Hero Live also extend to mobile. Both GH Live and GHTV arefully playable both on consoles as well as tablets and mobile phones. More exciting details will be announced in the near future.

"Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labor of love," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright. And with GHTV, we have created the world's first live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever."

Guitar Hero Live enhances the gameplay experience by introducing a modern, redesigned guitar controller, featuring two rows of three buttons that better reflects the way people naturally play. The new format ensures fun for players of all abilities. For beginners, you can feel like a rock star by mastering play with just the bottom three buttons. Medium-level players don't have to stretch their fingers down the neck of the guitar controller anymore and can instead skillfully play two-row combinations that mimic real chords. Experienced players have a new challenge in creating complex chord-like shapes and finger combinations that will bring new thrills to veterans. This simple innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master.

Music variety is at the heart of the game. Guitar Hero Live takes the approach of the modern music festival, with rock, folk, EDM, hip-hop, country and pop acts sharing the same stage. The game will feature hundreds of playable songs from a diverse array of artists, including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months.

"We are pleased to support the launch of Guitar Hero Live, building on one of the most successful music video-game franchises of all time, and providing our artists with a fun and interactive experience for their fans," said Bruce Resnikoff, President of Universal Music Enterprises.

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance are joining Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg and Jamie Jackson, Creative Director and Co-Head of FreeStyleGames, on-stage at the Best Buy Theatre on April 14th to showcase their songs featured in Guitar Hero Live and celebrate the reveal of the game.

"Guitar Hero changed the game - literally," said Chris Koller, Vice President of Gaming for Best Buy. "And we are excited to bring Guitar Hero Live to consumers on April 18th at Best Buy stores in New York City and Torrance, California, where fans will be able to play the new game for the first time in North America."

Eager fans can test out their skills at the following Best Buy locations:
April 14, 2015:  Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm - 9pm
April 18, 2015:  Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm - 5pm
April 18, 2015:  Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm - 5pm

Guitar Hero Live will be available Fall 2015 on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ console and select mobile devices to be announced soon.

Starting today, fans can begin pre-ordering their copy of Guitar Hero Live at select retailers worldwide. For more information, please visit, or follow @guitarhero on Twitter and Instagram. Watch the debut trailer at


April 14th 2015 - Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal  has released his new video entitled “Little Brother Is Watching” today.  The video can be viewed at this location:

The director, Gabriella Loutfi  took a real cinematic approach with the song subject” states Bumblefoot.  “Rather than showing the current evolution of Orwell's 1984 "Big Brother", we turned the clock back to 1984 BC, showing how power struggles for control and order are timeless.  The video plays out like chapters of a story - dominating rule, a demand for instant gratification, a revolt and the tables turn.  Gabriella gave a 'tip of the hat' to pioneer filmmakers like Georges Méliès, often choosing organic methods rather than digital effects.  An example is the drowning scenes - long blue and white sheets stretching across a room, each end held by crew, being rippled and waved by hand as the actors would descend between them.” 

Bumblefoot’s new album Little Brother Is Watching is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond.  Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face - beginnings, endings, and moving on.  The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.

Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, performing at international festivals, headlining solo tours, won many album of the month/year awards and has appeared on the covers of numerous music magazines as a solo artist.  As lead guitarist of Guns N' RosesBumblefoot toured sold-out shows all over the world, headlining festivals with crowds up to 150,000 people. Bumblefoot's unique 'fretless guitar' can be heard throughout GNR's 2008 Chinese Democracy album.

Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and Scott Weiland in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy.  His music is often heard in TV, film and video games including the theme song to VH1's "That Metal Show". Bumblefoot also works with U.S. Embassies around the world on cross-cultural music programs, has his own line of award-winning hot sauces, and works with dozens of international charities visiting orphanages and children's hospitals with guitar in hand.

Little Brother Is Watching is out now!

For more information, check out Bumblefoot’s web properties: bumblefoot bumblefoot bumblefoot bumblefoot 


The daily band lineups are now available for Rocklahoma--America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party--May 22, 23 and 24 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.

Rocklahoma--presented by Bud Light--returns for its ninth year with a lineup featuring top current rock artists and classic bands. The festival will feature not-to-be-missed performances from bands including Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Anthrax, Ministry, and many more.

Concertgoers are encouraged to save money by purchasing Rocklahoma weekend tickets now at At Noon CST on April 22, single day tickets will be available for purchase and weekend ticket prices will increase. Prices will be as follows:

Single Day Ticket: $79.50
Weekend General Admission Ticket: increases from $129 to $159
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: increases from $399 to $499
All Reserved and VIP tickets are now SOLD OUT.

The daily band lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 22
Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Ministry, Apocolyptica, We Are Harlot, Nonpoint, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Wayland, Ivy Stone, Warlock Texas, ASKA, Dead Metal Society, Lynam, Ragdoll, Lola Black, Ruff Justice, Kingdragon, NICNOS, Vilifi, DREK, Kingshifter, Even the Dogs, Sovereign Dame, Kirra

Saturday, May 23
Linkin Park, Volbeat, Halestorm, Anthrax, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Candlebox, In Flames, Periphery, Starset, Crobot, Sons Of Texas, Mycah, Ratchet Dolls, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Loveblast, Station, Lamp Shade Betty, Project Terror, Lovebettie, A Course of Action, The Chimpz, The Heroine, Screaming for Silence, Summit, Arson City, The Jet Set

Sunday, May 24
Tesla, Breaking Benjamin, Queensrÿche, Of Mice & Men, The Winery Dogs, Motionless In White, Aranda, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Shaman’s Harvest, Otherwise, Islander, Nasty Habit, Dellacoma, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Delta Rose, Stop, Stop!, London’s Dungeon, Baby Jane, Mine Enemies Fall, Stolen Rhodes, Robert Jon and the Wreck, Motortrain, Balkun Brothers, The Dirtboxwailers, Empire Grey

Those who are camping can kick the weekend off early at the Rocklahoma Campground Pre-Party.

Thursday, May 21 (Campground Pre-Party)
We The Ghost, Longreef, Well Hung Heart, DRYVR, Severmind, Swampfox, Fight the Fade, Dirty Crush, Skytown, ANU

The entry phase of the Miss Rocklahoma competition ends this week, with entries accepted through April 17 at midnight CST at The top ten entries will be announced on April 22 at, and fan voting will run from April 22-May 8. Five finalists, named on May 11, will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2015.

Rocklahoma is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

Rocklahoma is proud to be presented by Bud Light. Other sponsors include Monster Energy, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Jack Daniel’s Experience, Jägermeister, U.S. Cellular, Zippo Encore, Fxck Cancer, Matador Beef Jerky, ReverbNation, and Victory Records.

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Rex Brown Opens His Pantera Vault for Historic Auction

Backstage Auctions is proud to present one of the most anticipated auction events of the year featuring  the private collection of Rex Brown.  As one of the driving forces behind 'Groove Metal', Rex Brown is globally known as the bassist for Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling band Pantera.  Having amassed a remarkable collection of gear and equipment during his nearly 20 years in Pantera, Rex believes there is a better purpose for all his stuff and now after fourteen years in storage, it's hitting the auction block.  

The collection features an impressive array of personal items from his Pantera years including stage worn shirts, picks, bass strings, posters, guitar straps, promo items, record awards, amps, cabinets, road cases and of course it wouldn't be complete without a breath taking selection of his bass guitars. Hands down this will be a once-in-a-lifetime auction. Die-hard Pantera fans and collectors will not want to miss this event! 

I took a look at all of my old Pantera gear.  I realized I had a ton of bass guitars, amps, cabinets, road cases and other great stuff just sitting in storage collecting dust.  I felt they really should be in the hands of the fans who would love to own a piece of Pantera history. I have all my Pantera love and memories in my heart and soul.  Of course, I am keeping the things that are important to me, but there are a lot of treasured items here and it's time for the next generation to care for them."
~ Rex Brown

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Honored In The Studio For Rock Hall of Fame Induction

Dallas, TX - April 15, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the induction of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame with a two- hour, two- week radio special.

Paying dues and playing the blues best sums up the early days of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career as he left his home in Dallas, Texas to follow his older brother Jimmie Vaughan down to Austin in the mid-‘70s.  InTheStudio takes a detailed look at the remarkable career of Stevie Ray Vaughan, cut short by a tragedy but not before practically single-handedly re-establishing the Blues commercially and critically with Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon.  

In part one, you will hear firsthand accounts of Stevie’s musical rise, the challenges he and the band faced getting a record deal, touring non-stop, and the substance abuse that nearly derailed them.  InTheStudio host Redbeard will share his rare first interview with Stevie in 1984 in which listeners will hear a confident yet soft spoken man completely dedicated to his craft and his fellow Texas musicians.

In part two, musical greats Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, invaluable songwriter the late Doyle Bramhall, and SRV biographer Joe Nick Patoski each share their personal stories about Stevie and the significance he and Double Trouble played on the entire blues idiom in a tragically shortened but legendary career.  

Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the essence of Stevie:

“In playing with him (Stevie), there was a thing about him that was very simple. If it felt good, then it WAS good. It was a very trust-your-instincts band. Spontaneous. Didn’t matter if there were some minor performance mistakes. If the spirit was there, and there was fire and the feeling was good, it was happening.”  - Chris Layton Double Trouble

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PART TWO- Unavailable to STREAM at this time.

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Iconic power pop band’s final three releases — Zoom, Normal as the Next Guy and Live From the Rock ’n’ Roll Fun House — remastered and expanded

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — While The Knack’s debut album, and its hit “My Sharona” were two of 1979’s biggest records, the band continued to record and perform into the 21st century. Omnivore Recordings is proud to bookend the story begun with Havin’ a Rave Up! Live in Los Angeles, 1979 and Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Good for You: The Fieger/Averre Demos by reissuing the Knack’s last three official releases, beginning May 19, 2015.

1998’s Zoom was the band’s first album in five years, spurred on by “My Sharona” charting for the second time, 15 years after its initial release, due to its inclusion in the film Reality Bites. Original members Doug Fieger, Berton Averre, and Prescott Niles were joined by drummer Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa). The album was a return to form, and was often called his favorite Knack album by Fieger. This reissue features five bonus tracks, four of which are previously unissued. Of particular note is an unheard version of “My Sharona” with Bozzio behind the kit. Zoom will be available on CD and digitally on May 19, 2015.

According to bassist Niles in the liner notes: “The only way for the band to get the energy and passion back was to play some live shows. We had a new manager, the late Danny Sugerman, to help guide us. The key to our comeback was two shows at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. We knew we had it after we gave a prime Knack performance that got continued encore shouts. We needed a drummer to record with, and Terry Bozzio’s name came to our attention . . . We were inspired by Terry’s brilliant playing and joyfully started recording the full album.”

Normal as the Next Guy was released in 2001, as the band took off on its Rock ’n’ Roll Fun House tour, and featured 11 new tracks, as well as a cover of Serious Fun’s “One Day at a Time,” which was climbing the charts as their post-Capitol label, Charisma, began to fold. The CD and digital version will be released on June 9, 2015, and features three previously unissued songwriting demos from Fieger.

From Niles’ liner notes: “Normal as the Next Guy, in hindsight, was the bridge that helped return us Knack exiles to our homeland. After the rightful and bitter disappointment of the experience with our comeback album, Zoom, all Berton, Doug, and I could do was splinter off and consume ourselves with our own musical projects. We did our best collective work on Zoom and believed our fans, and maybe even the music aficionados, would hear it and possibly get it, and us, once again. No such luck! . . . However, playing brought us together again as a group, and we did many shows and tours after that strange night. Doug was feeling inspired and said that we would soon make our best album and leave our legacy of greatness. But sadly, Doug’s diminishing health did not provide us the opportunity. So Normal as the Next Guy should be remembered as a good album and the start of The Knack’s last page.”

Live From the Rock ’n’ Roll Fun House was the soundtrack to the DVD of the same name, featuring the Knack performing in an imaginary 1960s television show. Essentially a live greatest hits package, the band plays material from their previous five albums, and this reissue adds two from Normal as the Next Guy, recorded for the program, but never used.  It hits stores on CD and Digital on July 14, 2015.

Live From The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun House offers fans everything they love about The Knack – stellar songs and a rocking performance. While this would be the last album released by the group before the passing of Doug Fieger, it represents why they maintained a rabid fan base. They were an incredible live band.

All three reissues contain updated artwork, new liner notes, and commentary and remembrances from the band’s Berton Averre and Prescott Niles. Together they form the definitive statement on the final chapter of the Knack’s story.

Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder To Host Who Tribute Concert

Pete Townshend and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder are teaming up to host a Who tribute concert in Chicago as a benefit show for Teen Cancer America.

Set for May 14 at the Rosemont Theatre, "An Evening Celebrating The Who" will see the pair joined by Who touring musicians Zak Starkey (drums), Simon Townshend (guitar), Pino Palladino (bass), John Corey (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards) and Frank Simes (keyboards).

Money raised from the concert will support programs for teenagers and young adults with cancer at the University of Chicago Medicine along with other local children's charities. T

een Cancer America was established in 2012 by Roger Daltrey and Townshend to replicate their work for U.K. charity Teenage Cancer Trust. Read more here.


Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule tour, AEROSMITH--Rock’s greatest live act--will return to the road June 13 with their “Blue Army Tour 2015.” The trek will take the band’s all original members--Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford--to 15 cities before concluding in Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, August 4.

Says Joe Perry: "The name Blue Army came from the fact that ‘everyone’ in our audience from the 70’s were wearing blue denim and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army."

Immediately following the tour, AEROSMITH will perform on Friday, August 7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends. The concert--part of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival--will pay tribute to the legends of the game on the eve of the Enshrinement for the Class of 2015.

On the “Blue Army Tour 2015,” AEROSMITH will perform a set including their career-defining biggest hits, many of which are highlighted of their upcoming Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment).  Captured live at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK, in June 2014 as part of the band’s critically acclaimed Let Rock Rule definitive rock & roll experience, the DVD (release date TBD) features 19 of the band’s most iconic hits including “Love In A Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,“ “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion” and many more.

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

AEROSMITH’s 2015 summer tour dates are as follows: 














Glendale, AZ


Gila River Arena






Evansville, IN


The Ford Center






Durant, OK


Choctaw Casino Event Center




Hidalgo, TX


State Farm Arena





Stateline, NV


Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys




Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Bowl 





Salinas, CA


Salinas Sports Complex





Kelowna, BC


Prospera Place






Victoria, BC


Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre




Fort McMurray, AB

Shell Place at MacDonald Park 




Cheyenne, WY


Cheyenne Frontier Days





Minot, ND


North Dakota State Fair 





Ridgefield, WA


Amphitheater Northwest





Las Vegas, NV


MGM Grand Garden Arena 




Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel Arena






Canton, OH


Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

For more information, check out the following sites:

Audio Fidelity To Release “The Best Of The Doors” On Quadraphonic 4.0 Multichannel Hybrid SACD

Available in multichannel for the first time since 1970! 

Camarillo, CA – Much to the excitement of Doors fans and music fans worldwide, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing “The Best Of The Doors -1973” On Quadraphonic 4.0 Multichannel Hybrid SACD! The 2-channel stereo and DSD layers of the hybrid SACD were remastered from the original 2-track tapes which are available for the first time since 1970. The 4.0 Quad layer mirrors the earlier CD-4 QuadraDisc format, Quadraphonic 8-Track and reel-to-reel tape. “The Best of The Doors -1973” compilation album was also released in standard Stereo.

The Doors were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960's and beyond, mostly because of Jim Morrison's wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.  

Each of the tracks on “The Best Of The Doors-1973” have been taken primarily from the original two-track masters of the eight albums recorded by the band between 1967 and 1971. Three of the band's studio albums, “The Doors” (1967), “L.A. Woman” (1971), and “Strange Days” (1967), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The popular rock magazine also listed The Doors as “One of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time!” As a matter of fact The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines and in 1993 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 1 Who Do You Love
2 Soul Kitchen
3 Hello, I Love You
4 People Are Strange
5 *Riders On The Storm
6 Touch Me
7 *Love Her Madly
8 Love Me Two Times
9 Take It As It Comes
10 Moonlight Drive
11 Light My Fire

Producer – Paul A. Rothchild
Producer – *Bruce Botnick and The Doors
Mastered for this release by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

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Skid Row Giving Away Download Of '18 and Life" With New Singer

Skid Row are moving fast with their new frontman Tony Harnell and are giving fans an idea of how he will sound in the band by giving away a new version of their classic song "18 and Life" featuring Harnell on vocals.

The former TNT frontman Harnell joined the group after the recent departure of Johnny Solinger. The new lineup of the band plan to hit the studio this summer to record the third chapter of their "United World Rebellion" trilogy and will launch a supporting tour.

Harnell had this to say about joining the group, "I'm so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans!

"The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It's time to rock!"

Listen and download the new version of "18 and Life" here.


Slayer Leads Mayhem Festival Lineup

Thrash metal legends Slayer have been named as the headliners for this year's installment of the hard-hitting Mayhem Festival tour which will be taking place this summer.

Slayer will be joined on the tour's main stage by King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The second stage will be headlined by Whitechapel. The second stage will also feature performances from Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.

The tour will be kicking off at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego on June 26th and will be concluding on August 2nd in Dallas, Texas at the Gexa Energy Amphitheater.

Slayer's Kerry King had this to say, "I don't know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON'T F***IN' MISS IT."

King Diamond adds, "This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage - it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production.

"As for a set list, I'm not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around 'Dreams of Horror'. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You're all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!"

Mayhem Festival Dates:
6/26 - San Diego, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 - Auburn, WA (Seattle) - White River Amphitheater
7/1 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
7/7 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Council Bluffs
7/8 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
7/10 - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) - Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 - Clarkston, MI (Detroit) - DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 - Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/17 - Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) - Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 - Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) - First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 - Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
7/21 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
7/24 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center
7/26 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 - San Antonio, TX - Whitewater Amphitheater
8/1 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Amphitheater
* Lineups in each city may vary.

Scott Weiland Left Stone Temple Pilots 'Long Ago' Says Dean DeLeo

Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo discussed a variety of topics in a new interview with the Orange County Register including former frontman Scott Weiland and moving forward with new singer Chester Bennington.

DeLeo had this to say about Weiland, "I just want to be really clear about something. We were never, in any way, trying to just replace anyone. In his day, and I'm speaking of Scott, there was no one better…no one. I will take that to my grave. In his day, there was no one better, but my dear Scott left us long ago."

He also had this to say about why the band felt they had to part ways with Weiland, "Robert [DeLeo], Eric [Kretz], Scott and I had put 25 years of our lives into it. Just because I had one guy that didn't really give a [care] anymore, I'm not going to let one guy ruin my dream, my band and my legacy. I worked hard for Stone Temple Pilots and I love it with a passion. Robert, Eric and I don't take for granted what the music has meant to people."

DeLeo also discussed new frontman Chester Bennington "We knew Chester was fit for the position in every sense of the word - physically, mentally, spiritually. We knew he would bring an elegance and justice to not only to our legacy, but to our future." Read the full feature here.

Def Leppard Rock Classic Hits On Quebec's Version Of The Voice

Def Leppard performed a pair of classic hits on the season 3 finale of La Voix - Quebec's French-Canadian version of the reality TV singing competition series, The Voice - on Sunday.

The UK rockers delivered versions of "Let's Get Rocked" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" with the help of the finalists. Hosted by Charles Lafortune, the program sees singers mentored by coaches Éric Lapointe, Marc Dupré, Isabelle Boulay and Pierre Lapointe. Kevin Bazinet was named winner of season 3 of La Voix.

Def Leppard will launch a spring tour of Canada on Wednesday before heading to Europe for shows this summer; an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla begins on June 23 in Tampa, FL. Check out video of their performance here.

Kinks Musical Wins At Olivier Awards

Kinks play Sunny Afternoon was this week named Best New Musical at the prestigious Olivier Awards in London. Band frontman Ray Davies was given an Outstanding Achievement Award for his work on the soundtrack.

And actors John Dagleish, who plays Ray, and George Maguire, who plays brother Dave, won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. The show, written by Joe Penhall, is based on Davies' early years with the Kinks. It opened in London last May before moving to the West End.

Accepting his award, Davies said: "When you write songs you write about people. People are the source of my material. Next time you're sitting in a park and you see someone like me looking at you, don't phone the police - I'm just writing about you." Read more and watch the trailer for the musical here.

Accept Reveal New Lineup

Accept have named their new guitarist and drummer before continuing their Blind Rage tour. The German metal icons lost guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann in December as they left to concentrate on their own band, The German Panzer.

Grave Digger and Rebellion guitarist Uwe Lulis has joined up, while the drumstool is filled by Christopher Williams. The band had the following to say in a statement:

"The past, present and future for Accept was, and still is, beyond the band's imagination, but not beyond their reach! We all know they could not have come so far without their fans and the endless gifted people who are working so hard for Accept!

"Thank you to all of them from all of us with the promise that we will come back - better and stronger and even more devoted than the last time!" Read more here.

Former Manager Could Reunite Guns N' Roses?

Former Guns N' Roses manager Vicky Hamilton says she might be able patch up the relationship between Axl Rose and original guitarist Slash if she could get them in the same room together.

She was in charge of the band before they signed to Geffen for the release of Appetite For Destruction in 1987 and was instrumental in helping the group establish themselves in Los Angeles in the mid-80s.

In a lengthy feature in the Daily Mail she says, "I sometimes think that if I had Axl and Slash in a room together that I could fix it. There's a difference in how you deal with people when you grow up together with them.

"They know I love them for who they are. I loved them when they were nobody. I didn't have an ulterior motive other than to help them be as good as they can be and I think I was successful in that. I saved them from making major mistakes."

Hamilton's finished writing a book about her relationship with the band titled Appetite For Dysfunction and is now seeking crowdfunding support to have it published. Read more here.

Metallica Making Progress On New Album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is sharing an update on the progress of the band's first new studio album in seven years. Hammett hosted his second annual Fear FestEvil this weekend in San Jose, California and will return to the studio to continue work on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic."

"We have a lot of good songs," Hammett tells Billboard. "The songs are ever-changing at this point. Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material have to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it's hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project.

"I don't think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we're at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It's hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we're making plans to write more songs and record." Read more here.

Jon Bon Jovi Launching Reality TV Show

Jon Bon Jovi will return to his hometown for an upcoming reality show in the US. If I Wasn't A Rock Star will follow artists as they go back to where they grew up to see how their lives would be different if they hadn't made it in the music industry.

Bon Jovi, who will also serve as an executive producer on the series, says in a statement, "I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of this country. They are the real rock stars".

Fellow executive producer Bob Weinstein adds: "The series will offer music fans a chance to see their favorite stars as they've never imagined them before. We can't wait to see what other amazing talent comes on board." Read more here.

Megadeth Call On Fans To Help With New Album

Megadeth have launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their 15th studio album. Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson recently announced the addition of former Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro to the band, with Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler joining the group in the studio as a guest player.

Megadeth is providing the opportunity to bring fans into the process via PledgeMusic as they work on the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider." "Pre-order the album digitally, on CD or on vinyl plus tons of other unique offerings like signed CDs, signed vinyl, gear from the studio and much more," says the group.

"No matter what you order, you will get access to a variety of behind-the-scenes content such as photos and videos from the writing and recording sessions. You'll get full access to the process in real time." See the campaign promo video here.

Video Of AC/DC Rock Or Bust Tour Kick Off Goes Online

AC/DC launched their Rock or Bust world tour with a headlining set at the Coachella festival on Friday and half a dozen fan filmed videos from the show have been posted online.

The band performed a 20-song set full of classics alongside three tunes from "Rock Or Bust", including the lead single, "Play Ball", "Baptism By Fire", and the title track.

The event marked the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and the dismissal of longtime member Phil Rudd.

AC/DC spent the week before their Coachella debut rehearsing in 6-hour daily sessions for the event, with frontman Brian Johnson revealing he received some advice about performing at the festival from Paul McCartney, who played Coachella in 2009.

"I ran into him downstairs this morning," said Johnson. "He goes, 'Brian, you get on that stage and I'm telling you, you see all these kids looking for the hip-hop acts. Then they see you, and they're like, 'Who's he? Oh, yeah - me dad talks of him.'

"But he said it's great because you're doing your thing, and eventually all the kids go, 'He's cool, this dude!' It kind of takes you right back to the start, when you had to win over an audience. I'm excited." Watch the videos here.

Temple Of The Dog Legal Battle Over Master Tapes

A legal battle has begun over the master tapes to Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog's 1991 self-titled album. The one-off project - which featured members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam - was conceived by Chris Cornell as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone.

The Seattle Times reports A&M Records is suing London Bridge Studios co-founder Rajan Parashar to return the tapes following the 2014 death of his brother and fellow studio co-founder, producer Rick Parashar.

According to the lawsuit, Rick initially produced Temple Of The Dog in 1990 on a verbal agreement with the band before a label contract was signed in 1993, in which A&M alleges Rick agreed to turn over the master tapes and all rights to them for $35,000. Read more here.

Grateful Dead Announce Final 'Fare Thee Well' Concerts

The Grateful Dead have announced two more Fare Thee Well farewell shows but insist there will be no more. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir previously announced three Fare Thee Well dates at Chicago's Soldier Field on the weekend of July 3, 4 and 5.

But with the cost of tickets soaring on the secondary market, they've added two concerts at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California on June 27 and 28. The band say in an open letter to fans: "Since we made the decision to go back to Chicago to say our final goodbye, it has become clear to us that we first need to return to our beginnings, where we first said hello - to each other and to all of you.

"And so it is that we have decided to plug in for two additional shows on June 27 and 28 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California - just a dozen miles south of where Dana Morgan's Music Store once stood. At Levi's - as at Soldier Field - we will have the pleasure of being joined by Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti.

"Ours wasn't just a long, strange trip - it was a VERY long, VERY strange trip. We weren't sure what it was going to be like to put a punctuation mark on the end of it. None of us anticipated the overwhelming outpouring of love and interest following our initial announcement of the shows at Soldier Field, and we were blown away by the response.

"We have tried to do the right thing wherever we could for the Chicago shows by honoring the roots of where we came from, while dealing with the realities of the current times. But that's hardly comforting when you're sh*t outta luck for tickets and your only option is inflated prices on secondary ticketing websites. That would piss us off too." Read more here.

Stone Sour Preview Their Cover Of Metallica Classic

Stone Sour have issued a snippet of their take on Metallica track Creeping Death. It features on their upcoming covers EP Meanwhile In Burbank… which is released on April 18 as a Record Store Day exclusive.

Guitarist Josh Rand says of the project: "The coolest part for me was not only trying to play everything note for note but also trying to match the guitar tone of all these great players."

The EP also features covers of tracks by Alice In Chains, Judas Priest, Kiss and Black Sabbath - although their take on Metal Church's The Dark won't be included on the release. Check out the preview clip here.

Slayer Finish New Album, Already Have Six Songs For Next One

Slayer guitarist Kerry King revealed during an appearance on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" this past weekend that the band already have six songs ready for the album that may following the new studio effort that they just completed.

King tells the show (via Blabbermouth): "What people don't know [is that] beyond [the new SLAYER album], there's six more [songs] towards the next one that are already recorded. So we did a lot."

The guitarist also discussed the song on the new album that was writing by late guitarist Jeff Hanneman and was originally recorded for the band's 2009 album "World Painted Blood."

"When Jeff got injured, I started making up boatloads of stuff, because I didn't know, if Jeff contributed at all, how much he was gonna contribute," he said. "So I just took it upon myself to say, 'Hey, man, if I get too much stuff, good for me.' It turns out Jeff didn't contribute anymore."

He adds: "[Jeff's song] on this record is 'Piano Wire', from the ['World Painted Blood'] recording session. We had [Paul] Bostaph play drums to the existing track. Tom [Araya] re-sang it. So that's Jeff's contribution to this record. And then on the follow-up - assuming there is as a follow-up - we have another one that we don't have lyrics for yet."

He also address the conflicting reports that Hanneman played on the version of the song that will appear on the album. "It's his writing [and] I think the assumption was, [since] it's Jeff's song, [and] we recorded it for the 'World Painted Blood' tracks, [people] assumed Jeff played on it, but as everybody knows, I've done Jeff's rhythm tracks [on Slayer albums] since the '90s. And he has no lead on it, so it's only me."

He had a lot more to say. Read more and watch the full interview here.

Testament's More Than Halfway Done With The Songs For Next Album

Testament's Chuck Billy says in a new interview the veteran thrash group is "more than halfway done with the new songs" for the band's next studio album.

Billy spoke with about their current tour with Exodus and other topics. When asked about how the writing process was going for the next album he said:

"We are actually working on the new record so Eric and I have been doing a lot of the work ourselves. This tour will actually be the first tour where we are all together in one place for an extended period of time. This will be a chance to not only talk about the music and mess around with new ideas, I have been thinking that being on the road and playing all the songs from our beginning may allow us to channel those songs toward something new, be inspired, and get ourselves into the right mentality to work together as a unit.

"We are more than halfway done with the new songs, but we keep tweaking it. I think that when we all get together and play it, it will start molding into something workable, maybe even change a bit. Eric really does not write a lot of extra songs; he focuses on exactly what we need to work on for the record and they have to mesh together. We get started and get the work done. I think that is the beauty of our records. They are recognizable as Testament but they do not all sound the same. There is no rehashed material and it is good to keep it fresh with every new record." Read the full interview here.

Ronnie James Dio Unseen Book Expanded For Anniversary Reissue

A photo book box set celebrating the life of rock icon Ronnie James Dio has been released. Rufus Stone originally published the Ronnie James Dio Photo Biography in 2011, created by his official photographer and friend PG Brunelli.

Now the company have launched an "upgrade" to the first print run titled Ronnie James Dio Unseen to mark the 5th anniversary of his death. The vocalist died on May 16, 2010, from gastric cancer.

The new book contains previously unseen images of the singer and is available in two limited-edition volumes. Version One is aimed at those who already own the previous release. It comes in LP-sized packaging with silver embossed Dio logo, a copy of the new book, a hand-numbered print drawn by tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell and a t-shirt with the same image. There's also space in the box for the 2011 book to slip into. Read more here.

Keith Richards Also Wants Rolling Stones To Make New Album

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards says that he's ready to get back in the studio with his bandmates. Last week, frontman Mick Jagger revealed he was keen to start recording fresh material following the band's upcoming 15-date US stadium tour.

Now Richards says he's also thinking about the follow-up to 2005's A Bigger Bang. He tells Rolling Stone: "We're talking about doing some recording after this tour, but there's nothing definite. We just threw out the idea. I'd like to get the boys back in the studio again, yeah. Anything can happen."

The veteran musician recently completed work on a solo album with drummer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Stones' backing singer Bernard Fowler. Read more here.

Previously Unreleased Canned Heat 70s Live Albums To See Light Of Day

Three previously unreleased 1970s live albums by Canned Heat are to be issued by Cleopatra Records. The label will release one show from 1971 and two recorded in 1973, starting with Canned Heat With John Lee Hooker - Carnegie Hall 1971, to be issued on April 14.

The second package, Canned Heat - Stockholm 1973, is due on May 12. A third album, Canned Heat - Illinois Blues 1973, will be released on July 7.

The Carnegie Hall set was captured during the band's tour with blues icon John Lee Hooker and will be available on CD and limited edition green vinyl. A Hooker-led version of Tease Me Baby is included as a bonus track and an interview with Canned Heat drummer Adolfo de la Parra also features. Read more including track details here.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer's 'Trilogy' Expanded For Reissue

Emerson, Lake and Palmer have confirmed that they will be releasing a limited edition deluxe 3-disc version of their acclaimed third album "Trilogy" this spring.

According to the band's Facebook page, the new edition will feature "new stereo mixes, a previously unheard version of 'From The Beginning' and a new 5.1 mix courtesy of King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk."

The first disc of the limited edition set will feature a remastered version of the original album, the second disc will feature alternative mixes and the third disc will be "a surround sound DVD Audio disc produced by Jakko Jakszyk," according to Merch Now.

According to the band's posting, the new deluxe edition will be released in North America on June 30th and on April 27th in Europe. Amazon is taking pre-orders for the import here and MerchNow is taking preorders for the domestic version here.

Here is the product description: "'Trilogy', produced by Greg Lake was ELP's triumphant 3rd album complete with the cover art designed by the legendary Hipgnosis. Typical of ELP, 'Trilogy' covers a broad musical landscape from the ever-impressive display of virtuosity on the often-live highlight Hoedown, the softer delicate composition From The Beginning, and displaying their sense of humour on The Sheriff. Ambitious and often other worldly; If ever there was an album that showed ELP at their fullest and finest, 'Trilogy' was the band's moment of magnificence."

Van Halen Score Top 20 Debut With New Live Album

Van Halen's first live album to feature original frontman David Lee Roth, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" has debuted at No. 20 on the US Billboard 200 album chart.

One of eight new releases to enter the Top 20, the opening week position follows the band's launch of the project with live performances on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The album features a 25-song set of material from the band's original, classic era and 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth", the group's first studio album with original frontman David Lee Roth in almost 30 years. Read more here.


Rock Fuel Media presents "Metal Meltdown," an all-new rockin' series in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.  Featuring some of metal's biggest bands from the past 30 years, the series kicks off on May 30th featuring 80's metal bands including Twisted Sister, Extreme, Skid Row and Great White performing their biggest hits. Extreme will perform their multi-platinum selling album Pornograffiti in its entirety, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album's release.  

The event is being filmed for worldwide cinema release, TV broadcast and DVD/CD release. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, must-see event you don't want to miss!   

All the bands will be performing their greatest hits from their biggest albums, and the high-definition films will be available in DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, vinyl and box sets.

The shows are being produced by Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media, 2015 winner of "Outstanding Achievement/Best 3D Music Entertainment" from the Advanced Imaging Society for Guns N Roses: Appetite For Democracy Hard Rock Las Vegas. He has partnered with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on this all-new Metal Meltdown concert series, featuring some of the world's biggest metal bands from various decades to perform on the series for theatrical, worldwide broadcast and full-length consumer product releases by each band. 

 'We are very pleased to be working again with Chas Smith and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on this rockin' new concert series," says Summers. "And we  wanted to give these great bands a first-class production and new platform to release all new DVD/CD consumer products for their fans to enjoy for many years to come."

"We are excited to be working again with Rock Fuel Media's Barry Summers, who's known for producing award winning live concert programming," says Hard Rock's Chas Smith. "And we are excited to be presenting Metal Meltdown, showing our commitment to offer our guests the best concerts in the market, exclusively at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino."

More artists will be announced in the near future.

About ROCK FUEL: Rock Fuel Media is a full-service film and television production company specializing in multimedia content distribution. Rock Fuel's goal is to build entertainment brands, engage audiences and boost revenues for its partners.

Rock Fuel Produces 2D/3D and 4K live entertainment programming and provide a cloud-based, multi-channel content distribution platform for the shows we produce and distribute. We use a proprietary production process and secured content delivery network specially designed to engage audiences, build brands and boost revenues for our partners.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino:

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  is Las Vegas' off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $700 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses and KISS have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 rooms and suites, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites; the 15-story HRH All-Suite Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 60,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.8 acres of tropical pool paradise, housing the world-famous pool party REHAB; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky's Café and 福Fú; a fitness center; and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones and Rocks The Jewelers. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

About The Joint:

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a 4,255-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination. The Joint features seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received numerous accolades including "No. 1 Hottest Club in America" award by Billboard Magazine, "Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas" by, "Best New Major Concert Venue" at the Pollstar Awards, "Best Live Music Venue" in AOL City's Best awards, "Best Rock Residency Program" by Las Vegas Weekly, "Best Concert Venue" by Las Vegas Review-Journal and more. The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and groundbreaking artists including Paul McCartney, the Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Nine Inch Nails, The Who, Imagine Dragons, Prince, Arcade Fire, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue has been home to successful residencies with Carlos Santana, Tiësto, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, KISS and Rascal Flatts. In 2015, it will add a new residency when it hosts Journey in April and May. Follow The Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

Mike Tramp talks to Totally Driven Radio about White Lion, Being Solo, the 80's, and TONS More !!!

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

Totally Driven Radio spoke with former lead singer of White Lion …..Mike Tramp, Mike called in to discuss a ton of topics like….

**Mike doing his acoustic music & tours

**He says he is not doing Mtv unplugged version, but the true versions of the music

**When asked if it is more personally for him now to perform acoustically, he said “He could not answer that song 25 years ago because he was too busy shopping and working on his hair”

**He travels around the country by himself, in a rent a car, with an acoustic, and boxes of cereal, and his merchandise to sell at the shows.

**If he is lonely touring by himself

**Was it weird for him to deal with being a sex symbol / pin up boy of the 80’s

**he says he was a great front man, but wasn’t a true rock star like Vince Neil or Bon Jovi

**If he doesn’t miss have Vito or a guitarist by his side cranking those tunes out electric, instead of acoustic

**He admits he was part of the White Lion falling a part, because everything was so new to them all.

**Once the band got money, they lost focus

**He said, “Grunge didn’t kill the 80’s, the 80’s killed the 80’s”

**He tells a story about how the Atlantic Records started ignoring them, so he went to the office to see one of the bigwigs, and he told the secretary tell so & so Sebastian Bach is here, and the guy came out, and he realized it was over and told Vito that night, our last show next week is it we are breaking up

**He is playing Monsters of Rock Cruise next week, and feels he is only one who has moved on and evolved, and all others are sticking to the past, and 75% cannot duplicate the way they sounded in the 80’s

**if he was ever offered a lead singer spot in a band that fired their singer, like Tony Harnell did this week taking over the Skid Row spot

**He talked about his own version of White Lion he did from 2006 – 08, that he felt he couldn’t go back, because he has changed so much and he did not enjoy it

**How did you go from being in Mabel in Denmark, to White Lion in the states

**Has he talked to Vito lately, he said yes, and there is never discussion of a White Lion reunion

**He said Facebook, and the internet just don’t get it, there will never be a White Lion reunion, even if he says it every week, people still don’t believe him

**The 80’s doesn’t exist anymore unless it is a radio show somewhere in the country that has hair in the title

**Is it tough for him to be away from his children in a another country touring

**He doesn’t hang in bars, or strip clubs or live the night life

**if he remembered playing the Empire Rock Club in Philly

**going to Russia for the first time a few months ago to perform

**His latest album “Museum”, which was released last year

**If he plans to write an autobiography

**if he thinks videos are as important today compared to the peak of Mtv in the 80’s

**During discussion of getting older……he says… ”When people do stuff motivated by money it is called KISS”

Mike hangs out for 75 minutes and discusses the Evolution of Mike Tramp and you can listen here

You get more info on Mike at his website

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Los Angeles, CA - James Michael (acclaimed producer and vocalist), Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe, bass) and DJ Ashba (Guns n’ Roses/Beautiful Creatures, guitar), collectively known as SIXX:A.M., have embarked on their first-ever headline tour with a packed house at their sold out first show at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom last night.
Says vocalist James Michael: “We have been looking forward to play a headlining tour as Sixx:A.M. for years so it’s been tremendously exciting to even just start the tour but to kick it off with a sold out show and to such an extraordinary audience last night really made it a truly fantastic and memorable tour start and we can’t wait to see everybody out there at the upcoming shows over the next few weeks.”  
Sixx:A.M. will continue their MODERN VINTAGE TOUR playing a limited number of dates all across North America throughout the end of April, several nights of which are already sold out. While on the road, the prolific band is also already in the process of writing music for their upcoming fourth full length album which is set to release in 2016.
Known as strong advocates of new music, Sixx:A.M. consciously curated a global lineup for the current tour by bringing along special guests Apocalyptica from Finland and Vamps from Japan to introduce their fans to some of the most exciting new rock music from around the world. 
Bassist Nikki Sixx notes: "Sixx:A.M. has always been about new music and unique creative concepts ever since our first album and the book. We think globally as a band and can’t wait to play our music live all over the world next year so it only made sense to invite some of the best international rock bands out there to join us on our first headline tour and share the excitement we feel about new rock music with our audience". 

To round out their live lineup, SIXX:A.M. have added drummer, Dustin Steinke of Bleeker Ridge into the mix for the tour, as well as backup singers Melissa Harding & Amber VanBuskirk. Guitarist DJ Ashba shares:  “We really wanted to create a great, over the top live experience on this tour like all the artists of the late 60’s and early 70’s did who influenced our music. Dustin is an amazing drummer who fits in perfectly with James, Nikki & myself. Adding him, as well as singers Melissa and Amber to our touring lineup really allows us to create the big sounding show we had always envisioned for Sixx:A.M live."
Coinciding with the tour start last night, the band also launched the brand new lyric video to the song “Get Ya Some” from their current album MODERN VINTAGE. Check it out here:
Meanwhile, the second single off MODERN VINTAGE, “Stars” is already a top 5 hit on the rock radio charts. Watch the video to the song here:  Artist explains "With Modern Vintage, SIXX:A.M. make a record that's not only definitive in their catalog thus far, but it's also definitive for 21st century rock 'n' roll, period. The album taps into a classic energy and transforms it into focused, fresh, and fiery ass-kicking anthems that encompass everything from sexy, swaggering rock 'n' roll, alternative expanse, blues bliss, and even a little ragtime flavor. This is what a classic rock record should sound like. This is SIXX:A.M.'s finest hour thus far!"  
SIXX:A.M.’s previous two albums, THE HEROIN DIARIES and THIS IS GONNA HURT – both of which were accompanied by NY Times bestselling books of the same name - have sold over 600,000 copies and spawned 2 number one radio singles, “Life Is Beautiful” and “This Is Gonna Hurt”.
Apocalyptica is a Finnish cello-rock band from Helsinki, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén. Their music borrows elements from a wide variety of genres including classical music, metal, world, folk and progressive rock. They have sold over four million albums to date.  The band’s recent albums included both instrumentals and collaborations with various singers, such as Corey Taylor, Adam Gontier and Cristina Scabbia. Apocalyptica have recently recruited an official vocalist, Franky Perez, who was part of Scars on Broadway, Pusher Jones and appeared on Slash's first solo record.
Vamps, the Japanese rock band formed by and featuring  HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel)  and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), released their new studio album, BLOODSUCKERS on March 24 in the US via Spinefarm. The album features the single “World’s End” and was produced by Vamps and Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb Of God); it is the follow-up to 2013’s SEX BLOOD ROCK N’ ROLL. For more info on Vamps go to:
Sixx:A.M. recently played their first international show at the famed Budokan in Tokyo, Japan on Vamps’ very own Vamparkfest. Check out more about Sixx:A.M.s Japan trip here:  
SIXX:A.M. with Apocalyptica
“The Modern Vintage Tour” 2015

*  Vamps not on bill


Las Vegas, NV

The Joint


Los Angeles, CA

Club Nokia


Denver, CO

Ogden Theatre


Kansas City, MO

Midland Theatre


Houston, TX

Warehouse Live


Dallas, TX

Bomb Factory


Minneapolis, MN

Mill City Nights                            - SOLD OUT -


Chicago, IL

The Vic Theater


Detroit, MI

Royal Oak Music Theatre


*Toronto, ON

Phoenix Concert Theatre             - SOLD OUT -


*Sayreville, NJ

Starland Ballroom                        - SOLD OUT -


*Worcester, MA

Worcester Palladium


*New York, NY

Best Buy Theater


Philadelphia, PA

Electric Factory


Silver Springs, MD

The Fillmore


MODERN VINTAGE (deluxe version)
MODERN VINTAGE (standard version)




 “The most exciting thing that I’d seen recently”
- Slash, February, 2015

BABYMETAL--the Japan-based all-girl-fronted “Kawaii Metal” (mix of J-Pop Idol and Heavy Metal) group--has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of their 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album’s re-release will feature two bonus tracks (cover art and tracklisting below) and be available digitally on Tuesday, May 12 and physically on Tuesday, June 16

Says Bill Richards, VP of Marketing at RAL/Sony Music Entertainment: “After witnessing the band’s sold-out New York show, we knew we wanted to be involved. The core metal fans and metal press seem to get BABYMETAL, which shows how the language of music transcends boundaries. They hit all the entertainment buttons and are really fun to watch.”

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

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








Circo Volador

Mexico City, Mexico



Danforth Music Hall

Toronto, Canada



House of Blues

Chicago, IL



Rock of the Range

Columbus, OH




Munich, Germany




Gelsenkirchen, Germany



La Laiterie

Strasbourg, France




Zurich, Switzerland



Estragon Club

Bologna, Italy




Vienna, Austria




Chiba, Japan


Tracklisting for re-release of BABYMETAL here:

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

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

*Bonus tracks 

Here’s a sample of the praise BABYMETAL has received so far:

“…the most polarizing band of 2014.”
-, January 7, 2015

“…[Babymetal] embraces metal's most enduring and endearing tenets — fantasy, escapism, theatrics, bombast and sheer volume — and that solid, skillfully played metal foundation cleverly grounds a wildly eclectic sound that incorporates elements from trance to synth-pop, to dubstep, to reggae, to J-pop at its most manic and overtly ‘cute.’ It's also brilliantly self-referential, the group's manga-style fantasy storyline involving some wonderful parodies of metal's ‘Big Four’ of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth.”
Adrien Begrand, NPR, September 4, 2014 

“Their songs are a delirious mix of thrash, death and power metal with candy-pink J-pop melodies spread like frosting atop all the violence. Not even the most dedicated black-metal purist could deny that Babymetal's tracks are played with the same skill and ferocity as their genre contemporaries…Babymetal is perhaps the genre's most brilliant and welcomed send-up yet…Babymetal is just about the only metal group sticking with the mission of the genre -- freaking people out and putting on a hell of a spectacle.”
August Brown, LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 29, 2014

“Musically, they are as heavy and sharp as any modern metal band. Vocally?...[Babymetal] is so deliciously alien and peculiar, not to mention delivered with joyous enthusiasm… there is something very clever and lovable about Babymetal’s back-story and the mystique that surrounds those who put the music together… the whole thing works so brilliantly because it has side-stepped all the usual considerations in favour of the wholesale creation of a unique and fully formed world of its own.”
- Dom Lawson, METAL HAMMER, September 2014 

“I think is important to acknowledge evolutionary steps in Metal. Early innovators and pioneers in many genres were at first questioned or even mocked and ridiculed. From all the way back to where two nice, quiet Jewish boys from New York put on make-up and breathed fire and spit blood (Kiss), to space monsters from the Antaractica (GWAR), to Italian guys mixing 80’s Speed Metal with Hollywood film-score soundtracks (Rhapsody), to pagan Finnish dudes mixing folk music with Metal (Korpiklaani), there have been important bands and benchmarks where we can almost track a new sub-genre back to one single band or point in time. BabyMetal is one of those evolutionary steps…I believe this is an important album.
- JP Wood,, June 2014

“Babymetal are the next big thing!…Babymetal are absolutely incredible! I haven’t been this excited about a new metal act in a looooong time. I was initially completely baffled and even averse to the concept, but I’ve come to embrace it over time and you should too.”
- Vince Neilstein,, July 18, 2014 

“…they are unlike any other band you have ever been exposed to ever before. They combine…high-concept…Asian pop with instrumentation that wouldn't sound out of place on the slickest record Slipknot never made. By all human logic, this shouldn't work in the least, but it does, completely and unequivocally, through both the machinations of the J-Pop machine as well as the sheer force of their own weird.”
- Drew Millard,, March 4, 2014

For more information on BABYMETAL, visit:
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Guitar Legend Joe Bonamassa Proves Blues Music Is Not Dead
Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart and Billboard’s Music Video Chart
Tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sold-out 9,000 seats at Red Rocks Amphitheater and raised money for Keeping The Blues Alive charity

Blues-rock guitar hero Joe Bonamassa proves once again that blues music is alive and well with his chart-topping tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (J&R Adventures)debuted with #1 slots on Billboard’s Blues Chart and Music Video Chart, beating out Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour. It also earned the #21 slot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums Chart and #2 on Billboard’s Independent Chart. It currently remains at the #1 Blues Chart slot for the second week.

This is Bonamassa’s 14th #1 Blues Album. He holds the record for most No. 1s on the Blues Chart, trailed by B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan who both share second place with nine No. 1s. Since 2010, Bonamassa has earned five No. 1 Billboard Blues Albums during this same week in March: Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks (2015), Live in Amsterdam (2014), An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (2013), Dust Bowl (2011) and Black Rock (2010)

Bonamassa’s manager and partner at J&R Adventures Roy Weisman said, “J&R's success is the product of a 25 year relationship between Joe and myself where we actively reinvest in ourselves and the company by taking advantage of breakthrough technologies and marketing techniques that other labels simply glance over."

USA Today called Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks “an incendiary live album/DVD” and Joe a “master guitarist.”
Glide Magazine called it“one of the best live blues albums released in the last decade.” 

Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks is available now:
Watch the DVD trailer here:
For a Free Song Download of the Track “Tiger In Your Tank” click here:

Unlike any Bonamassa show before, Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks marks the start of a tribute concert series that will display a different band and catalog of material that will vary from Bonamassa’s music as a solo artist. For Muddy Wolf, songs were carefully selected from the catalogs of Howlin’ Wolf, one of Chicago’s most influential bluesmen, known for his deep, scratchy voice, and Muddy Waters, considered the “father of modern Chicago blues.” Waters was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion of the 1960s, a genre that has heavily influenced Bonamassa’s original music throughout his career. The concert featured a selection of songs from each artist, followed by a 30-minute set of songs from Bonamassa’s own extensive catalog. The Blu-ray and DVD contain over 1.5 hours of bonus features including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, a photo gallery, historic footage of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and a featurette of Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley’s trip to The Crossroads.

This summer, Bonamassa will continue his celebration of blues heritage with the Three Kings of Blues Tour during which he’ll travel to amphitheaters across the country with a musical tribute to Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King.

This tour (as well as the Muddy Wolf concert) is presented by Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA), which Bonamassa founded to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education programs in public schools.

 For more details about the tour and tickets, visit:


New Live Album Spanning The Legendary Guitarist’s Vast and Varied Career,  Along With Two New Studio Tracks, Available May 5 

New Solo Dates Announced For May, Tour Kicks Off April 13, Includes Dates With ZZ TOP

LOS ANGELES – Jeff Beck earned raves last year for his spellbinding performances during the hugely successful double-bill tour with ZZ TOP. Fans can relive Beck’s thrilling guitar gymnastics from those shows with a new live album that touches on key eras from the legendary artist’s influential career. The album captures a snapshot of Jeff’s work in 2014, with two newly recorded studio tracks also included, his first new music since 2010’s Grammy®-winning Emotion & Commotion.

Packed with more than an hour of music, JEFF BECK LIVE+ will be available from Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, on May 5 for a list price of $18.98 (CD) and will also be available digitally. The album will arrive as Beck is in the midst of an East Coast solo tour, which includes newly added dates in May. This trek also features make-up dates from the same ZZ TOP tour this album was recorded during, before it was cut short due to an injury to ZZ TOP bassist Dusty Hill.

The 14 live performances on JEFF BECK LIVE+ were recorded at multiple venues in 2014 and feature Beck backed by his band: vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. The quintet explored Beck’s vast catalog—which stretches across five decades—with performances of “Morning Dew” (from Truth, 1968), “Superstition” (from Beck, Bogert, Appice, 1973), “Big Block” (from Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop, 1989), as well as two Grammy-winning tracks: his cover of the Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” and “Hammerhead.”

LIVE + concludes with two new studio tracks: “Tribal” and “My Tiled White Floor,” with   guest vocals from Ruth Lorenzo and Veronica Bellino, respectively. These aggressive new songs mark Beck’s first studio recordings since 2010 and show a stark departure from the sound on his previous album as the guitarist continues to push the envelope of musical innovation, just as he has his entire career.  These tracks are sure to whet the appetite of Beck fans as the guitarist prepares his 17th studio album, which is expected later this year.

Throughout his career, Beck has also proven to be a brilliant interpreter of other’s songs. This live album doesn’t disappoint with covers of “Danny Boy,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “You Know You Know,” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Beck’s career took off in the mid-1960s, after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitarist for The Yardbirds on the recommendation of his friend Jimmy Page. He played on several of the rock group’s hits, such as “Heart Full of Soul,” “Shapes of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and again as a solo artist in 2009. He has won numerous Grammy Awards, including two in 2011.

Track Listing
1.                         “Loaded”
2.                          “Morning Dew”
3.                         “You Know You Know”
4.                         “Why Give It Away”
5.                         “A Change Is Gonna Come”
6.                          “A Day In The Life”
7.                         “Superstition”
8.                         “Hammerhead”
9.                         “Little Wing”
10.                      “Big Block”
11.                      “Where Were You”
12.                      “Danny Boy”
13.                      “Rollin’ And Tumblin’”
14.                      “Going Down”
15.                      “Tribal”*
16.                      “My Tiled White Floor”*

*New Studio Recording 

Jeff Beck Solo Dates
April 13                  The Capitol Theatre                                                            Port Chester, NY
April 15                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY
April 16                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY
April 17                  The Paramount                                                                    Huntington, NY
April 18                  The Capitol Theatre                                                            Port Chester, NY
April 19                  Orpheum Theatre                                                               Boston, MA
April 21                  Ulster Performing Arts Center                                           Kingston, NY
April 22                  Bergen Performing Arts Center                                         Englewood, NJ
April 24                  Count Basie Theatre                                                           Red Bank, NJ
April 25 The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center                                          York, PA
April 26                  The Palace Theatre                                                             Greensburg, PA

April 30                  Cedar Park Center                                                               Cedar Park, TX
May 1                    Winstar Casino                                                                    Thackerville, OK
May 2                    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion                                        The Woodlands, TX
May 3                    Concrete Street                                                                    Corpus Christi, TX
May 7                    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre                                   Tampa, FL
May 8                    Cruzan Amphitheater                                                         West Palm Beach, FL
May 9                    St. Augustine Amphitheatre                                              St. Augustine, FL
May 10                  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre                                              Alpharetta, GA 

Jeff Beck Newly Added Solo Dates – on sale dates noted:
May 12                  The Kentucky Center –Whitney Hall                              Louisville, KY*
May 14                  Michigan Theater                                                          Ann Arbor, MI ***
May 15                  Hard Rock Live                                                             Northfield, OH*
May 16                  PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center                       Cincinnati, OH
May 17                  Ryman Auditorium                                                          Nashville, TN
May 19                  Fox Theater                                                                  St. Louis, MO *
May 21                  Chicago Theatre                                                            Chicago, IL **
May 22                  Riverside Theatre                                                            Milwaukee, WI*
May 23                  State Theater                                                                  Minneapolis, MN*

*on sale April 10
** on sale April 11
*** on sale April 17


Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Launching 35th Anniversary Tour CD/DVD
Pre-Orders of Commemorative Double Album Set Available on iTunes & Amazon

Rock superstars Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo are celebrating their latest musical milestone with the release of the CD/DVD set, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour on April 28. The 14-track commemorative package features their greatest and groundbreaking hits. Their lead-off single from the live CD, “Promises in the Dark,” will be released to radio this week. It originally rocked airwaves in 1981 as part of the hit album, Precious Time, and was co-written by the iconic duo. Pre-orders of the double CD include free instant downloads, “We Live for Love” and “Promises in the Dark” on iTunes: Fans can also pre-order the set at Amazon:

"We are thrilled to be releasing this live version of “Promises in the Dark” from our 35th Anniversary Concert Tour. Promises has special meaning for us. It was the first song we wrote together, about our own relationship. A little awkward at first, to be sure! It has become one of our signature compositions and a favorite to play live," Benatar and Giraldo explain.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour CD/DVD set kicks off with “Shadows of the Night,” which was a Top 10 hit for the couple on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1982. Other hit singles include “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Hell is for Children.” Together, Benatar and Giraldo, have 19 Top 40 singles and multiple Top 10 singles. They have scored two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, and three RIAA-certified Gold albums.

In addition to the CD/DVD, the acclaimed duo will launch the 35th Anniversary Tour on Friday, April 10 in Jackson, California.

For more information, visit:

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour CD/DVD Track Listing
Shadows of the Night
All Fired Up
We Live for Love
So Sincere
Sex as a Weapon
Promises in the Dark
We Belong
Hell is for Children
You Better Run
Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Love is a Battlefield
Let's Stay Together

35th Anniversary Tour Schedule (more dates to come)
April 10 – Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino
April 11 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
April 14 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
April 16 – Bakersfield, CA @ Fox Theater
April 17 – Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre
April 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
April 21 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
April 22 – St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
April 24 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Rocksino
April 26 – Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
April 28 – Zanesville, OH @ Secrest Auditorium
April 29 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre @ The Egg
May 01 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 02 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
May 03 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Auditorium
May 05 – New Bedford, MA @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 06 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
May 08 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
May 09 – Ocean City, MD @ Springfest
May 10 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 15 – Richardson, TX @ Wildflower Festival
May 16 – Baton Rouge, LA @ L'Auberge Baton Rouge
May 19 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ The Mahaffey
May 21 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
June 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
June 27 – Lawrenceburg, IN @ Hollywood Casino - Lawrenceburg Event Center
June 30 – Newport News, VA @ CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts
July 01 – Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre
July 03 – Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel -Seneca Events Center
July 04 – Mount Pocono, PA @ Mount Airy Casino Resort -- Sherman Summer Stage
July 07 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino – Showroom
July 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
Aug 22 – Lancaster, CA @ Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
Aug 31 – Monroe, WA @ Evergreen State Fair

AC/DC Receive Wisdom From Paul McCartney

As AC/DC prepare to make their debut at the Coachella festival this Friday, frontman Brian Johnson says he received some advice about performing at the festival from Paul McCartney, who played Coachella in 2009.

"I ran into him downstairs this morning," Johnson told The Los Angeles Times. "He goes, 'Brian, you get on that stage and I'm telling you, you see all these kids looking for the hip-hop acts. Then they see you, and they're like, 'Who's he? Oh, yeah - me dad talks of him.'

"But he said it's great because you're doing your thing, and eventually all the kids go, 'He's cool, this dude!' It kind of takes you right back to the start, when you had to win over an audience. I'm excited." Read more here.

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Addresses Health Rumors

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has issued an update on his health to address rumors following the band's cancellation as headliners at Ozzfest Japan this fall.

"Thank you for all the enquiries about my health, very kind," posted Iommi. "I'm not sure how the rumor of my being unwell started as I was away on holiday! Once you've had something like lymphoma the fear that it will return never leaves, all I can say is that right now I'm fine and have regular blood tests."

Iommi was diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012 and has been in an out of treatment for the health issue in the past few years while managing to both record and perform a world tour in support of Black Sabbath's 2013 album, "13."

A band rep has indicated the guitarist's statement is in response to speculation about his health as the possible reason behind the cancellation.

Rolling Stones Push Back Release Of 'Sticky Fingers' Reissue

The Rolling Stones have announced that they have been forced to push back the release date for the upcoming reissue of their classic 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers."

The reissue was originally scheduled for release May 25 (May 26 in North America), but now the project will now be available on June 8 (June 9 in North America).

The delay is to due to production issues, as some of the formats contain a hand-made zipper which is taking a bit longer to manufacture. The remastered "Sticky Fingers" will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download. Read more here.

Marty Friedman Reacts To Megadeth's New Guitarist

Megadeth's former guitarist Marty Friedman, who was a member of the thrash legend's classic "Rust In Peace" lineup, has praised the band's new guitarist Kiko Loureiro who is known for his work with the band Angra.

Friedman and his former 'Rust In Peace' era bandmate Nick Menza were strongly linked to a return to the band following the departures last year of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover.

Menza recently suggested that he and Friedman were offered the chance to return, but Menza says the deal on offer was "unfair." The band hired Lamb Of God's Chris Adler alongside Loureiro.

Asked by a fan at Guitarfest in Chile what he thought about Loureiro's appointment, Friedman says: "I think he is fantastic. I want to say big congratulations to Kiko… I wish them nothing but the best success - from me, from Chile, the whole world. I think it's a fantastic, fantastic thing, and I just wanna say, congratulations Kiko!" Watch the video here.

Skid Row Star Tells Band's Side Of Split With Johnny Solinger

Skid Row bass player Rachel Bolan says in a new interview the band let singer Johnny Solinger go, contrary to Solinger's statement that he left the group to pursue a solo career.

Bolan made the revelation in an interview with "One On One With Mitch Lafon". Bolan tells the podcast (via Blabbermouth), "Yeah, we released him. The statement that [he] made wasn't really… the right thing to say on his part. But, yeah, we let him go. Had we both done the same thing, [the announcement] could have just been [that] we parted ways amicably. But, you know, it is what it is."

The bass player went also explained the reasons behind the split, "It was evident. There were certain things going on out on the road that kind of set us thinking… Things had been going on for a little bit. And, you know, I'm not here to say anything bad about the guy.

"At certain times, you just get the feeling someone isn't putting a hundred percent into things. And Skid Row is very important to the rest of us. And we wanted to carry on with quality performances and quality songs, so we decided to make a change."

Bolan also explained that fans speculation that they would reunite with original singer Sebastian Bach was the reason why the band was quick to announce that they had replaced Solinger with TNT's Tony Harnell.

"Yeah, that's why we made the call to Johnny [telling him he was out of the band] and announced [our new singer] Tony [Harnell] the same day. Because we knew if we had let Johnny go a couple of months ago when we had started working with Tony, that would be the thing everyone would be thinking.

"There's no real way to win that situation. People are gonna think that there's gonna be a reunion no matter what. But the fact of the matter is there's not, and it's all about Skid Row with our new singer, Tony Harnell."

He also explained why they picked the new singer. Read about that and stream the full interview here.

Keith Richards Releasing New Solo Album and May Launch Tour

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards reveals that he will be releasing a new solo album this fall and is considering plans to support the project with a tour.

"I think that's coming out in September," Richards tells Rolling Stone about the recently-completed record. "We're looking for the right time slot to bring it out. The Stones have been working so much lately that I've been holding off until we could find a reasonable time. I think it's September, but I don't know for sure."

Richard reveals he had some help putting the album together. "Steve Jordan and me," says Richards. "We're joined here and there by [guitarist] Waddy Wachtel and [Rolling Stones backup singer] Bernard Fowler. Steve and I put it together."

The guitarist is considering the possibility of doing some solo dates behind the project. "That's being kicked around," he explains. "At the moment, I'm just getting my head into the Stones and I haven't really thought about what I'm going to do afterwards. But usually if I put a record out, I do some road work. So, it's possible." Read more here.

Armored Saint Release 'Win Hands Down' Video

Armored Saint have released a new music video for the title track of their forthcoming studio album "Win Hands Down" which is the follow-up to 2010's La Raza.

Win Hands Down will be released on June 2nd in North America and June 1st in the UK via Metal Blade Records - an album described as "a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in 2015."

Frontman and former Anthrax vocalist John Bush previously said: "We all dug deep to deliver something special. If we weren't going to, we shouldn't have bothered. I'm glad we did." Watch the video and check out the tracklisting here.

U2 Reveal Record Store Day Special Edition Plans

U2 have announced that they will release the Deluxe Edition of their 2014 album, "Songs Of Innocence", on double black vinyl for Record Store Day on April 18.

Disc One presents the standard album while Disc Two features the bonus tracks from the Deluxe CD release, including "Lucifer's Hands", "The Crystal Ballroom", "The Troubles (Alternative Version)"', "Sleep Like A Baby Tonight (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake)" and "Invisible" - plus the Acoustic Sessions.

The annual event is held the third Saturday of every April and is a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Read more here.

Michael Sweet Recording New Stryper Album and Plans New Solo Release

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet updated fans on Thursday via Facebook about his current activities which include recording a new Stryper album and also revealing his plans for his next solo album which will feature Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society, Staind).

He writes, "I'm currently recording vocals (on and off) for the new Stryper album to be released later this year. I'm writing for a new solo album (it will be the best to date, I promise) and I start writing for an album I'll be producing/co-writing that will commence later in the year! Whew.......

"The solo album most likely will be released in April/May of 2016 and I'm proud to say that I'll be working with Joe O'Brien and his team over at Rat Pak Records

"I'm also doing select solo acoustic dates throughout the year as well as a Puerto Rico Stryper date in June and the 3rd Annual Stryper Fan Weekend in September. Each year gets more interesting:-)

"Regarding the solo album, Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society, Staind) will be joining me in the studio (drums) and we'll be doing something completely unconventional in terms of bass - we'll be announcing exactly what very soon.

"2016 will be a very busy year for Stryper Tours, Inc. and we look forward to seeing you all out on the road!!! Love & Respect always ~ M"

Visit Sweet's Facebook page here.

Mike Portnoy Comments On Joining Twisted Sister

Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs) has confirmed that he will be performing with Twisted Sister for the remainder of the year, taking the place of drummer AJ Pero who died last month.

Portnoy released these comments, "As a teenager growing up on Long Island in the late '70s/early '80s, Twister Sister were local legends to me (this was years before the rest of the world discovered them via MTV). Along with KISS and The Ramones, they are the quintessential New York band...true Empire State Rock & Roll Royalty! Almost 40 years and 10,000 gigs later, they are still one of the greatest live bands on earth and Dee Snider one of the greatest frontmen in the history of rock.

"When their fallen brother AJ Pero tragically passed away last month, I didn't hesitate a single moment when asked if I could help out with the remaining shows on their calendar. Not only because I love the band and will always be an S.M.F. at heart, but most importantly because AJ was my friend and I want to honor his memory and the band's legacy.

"It's a strange twist of fate as AJ had stepped in and helped my old band (Adrenaline Mob) when I left, so I'm glad that I can now return the favor and help out his band in their time of need!

"It is my absolute honor to help out my fellow Long Island Rock & Roll Saviors, Twisted F***ing Sister!"



Guest Appearances By Blues Icon Keb’ Mo’, Vocalist ZZ Ward, And Fellow Guitar Heroes Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolph and Tyler Bryant

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Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s new album Into The Sun (Mascot Label Group) shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and the stunning playing that’s made him a favorite foil of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and other legends.

The five-time Grammy nominee describes the 11-song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” — a staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which embraces more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands. There’s also Ford’s session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Witherspoon and Rickie Lee Jones.

Into the Sun, which follows last year’s critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville and 2013’s Bringing It Back Home, explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history. The album features a coterie of guests: gritty Southern rock newcomer Tyler Bryant on “Stone Cold Heaven,” Allman Brothers guitarist and Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes on “High Heels And Throwing Things,” slide guitar guru Sonny Landreth on “So Long 4 U,” Americana and blues icon Keb’ Mo’ and pedal steel wizard Robert Randolph on “Justified,” and vocal sensation ZZ Ward on “Breath Of Me." Niko Bolas, whose credits include Neil Young, John Mayer and Keith Richards, engineered.

 “The album is really upbeat,” Ford relates. “It has a positive vibe to it — a good time feel. There are a lot of different rhythms and colors and the way the instruments are used is really different on this and that track. It makes me very happy to have something so diverse.”

Although Ford’s recent releases have been hailed as returns to his musical roots — which go back to his discovery of blues as a teenager in the 1960s – Into The Sun is a clear departure, using tradition as a springboard to incorporate his timeless vocabulary of jazz, pop, blues and rock into a modern framework for his poetic lyrics and the most graceful, emotionally nuanced and melodic vocal performances of his career.

“This album is obviously of these times,” Ford says. “And the rule during the recording process was to have no lid on things. I’ve worked very hard to master my craft as a musician and a songwriter, but other than relying on my strengths in those areas, I made sure there was room for new ideas and everything my collaborators brought to the music. When you’re open to different concepts and approaches, the most beautiful things can happen.”

All of the music and most of the lyrics from Into The Sun came directly from Ford, but he also collaborated with ZZ Ward on “Breath Of Me” and enlisted the enigmatic Kyle Swan, whose own recordings liberally mix images and styles to build articulate modernist-pop tone poems. That quality reverberates in the four songs Ford co-wrote with Swan, married to the guitar giant’s own deep commitment to narrative. “Working with Kyle was part of my desire to toss up everything and see what might happen, to get a fresh perspective,” says Ford.

“Justified” is a sheer gas with Keb’ Mo’ and Ford trading tongue-in-cheek vocal lines as Randolph adds soaring pedal steel punctuation over Jim Cox’s purposefully wobbly honky tonk piano.

Into The Sun was recorded by Bolas, a collaborator of Ford’s since his all-instrumental 1997 album Tiger Walk. “Niko is simply the best tracking engineer I’ve ever encountered,” says Ford. “He gets great sounds instantly.” All the better to capture Ford’s glorious guitar tones, this time derived from four of his go-to instruments: a pair of Gibson SG’s from 1963 and 1964, his beloved 1960 Telecaster and his Gibson B-25 acoustic. As he’s done on every album he’s made since 1983, Ford used a Dumble Overdrive Special amplifier.

“For me,” Ford says, “it’s all about the art. If you work hard at something you’re going to get better. I honestly think I reached a point with my writing on Into The Sun where I could just go with the flow and bring some of the best songs I’ve ever created to life.”

Ford already has an impressive number of shows lined up to support the album, both here in America and overseas. One of the more notable upcoming appearances will be the from August 31-September 4, 2015, at the elegantly rustic Full Moon Resort, in Big Indian, NY in the Catskill Forest Preserve (about 30 miles wt of Woodstock), guitar enthusiasts and guitarists of all skill levels will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to get inside the minds and see the hands up close of Ford and other music icons at Robben Ford’s Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp.

In addition to his robust profile as a world-class musician, Ford is a highly sought-after educator with a series of acclaimed and groundbreaking interactive videos presented on a variety of formats including disks, downloads and mobile apps.  This Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp will include master classes, one-on-one sessions, landmark live performances with sit-in opportunities, and all-inclusive meal options and lodging accommodations.  Ford will be joined by special guest guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson; as well as Ford’s ace rhythm section (Brian Allen on bass and Wes Little on drums), who will conduct master classes on groove, time, and pocket; and Ford’s friend and trusted guitar tech, Rick Wheeler, a jazz virtuoso, will also conduct sessions on jazz guitar.  One of the most thrilling aspects of the Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp will be hearing these complimentary talents make music together.  To get more details on the camp and/or to register, visit:


Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, created by and starring Denis Leary, will air on FX on Thursdays at 10 PM e/p, beginning July 16. Leary stars as “Johnny Rock,” lead singer of a legendary early 90s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album…until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons - like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock ‘n’ roll history. 25 years later, the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now aren't cocaine and marijuana - they're Crestor, Cymbalta, and Cialis. He's out of work, out of money, and out of show business options. That's when a massively talented young singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up - with a burning desire to be famous, a throwback appreciation for The Heathens' only album, and a stack of cash big enough to bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time, SHE'S the lead singer and Johnny's just a behind the scenes songwriter. John Ales, Bobby Kelly, and Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional rock and roll family. The race is on to see who gets famous first - and for what reason. 

And now, to explain the importance and focus of the music elements of the show, we turn the mic over to Mr. Leary himself:

"In the studio, we had the benefit of great musicians like Greg Dulli and Dave Rosser from The Afghan Whigs, and legendary New York guitarist Adam Roth from The Jim Carroll Band and The Del Fuegos. Not to mention also Alec Morton from Raging Slab on bass, famed keyboard artist Tommy Mandell, and ex-Ozzy Osbourne drummer Charly Roth. We've all known each other for decades and have a great studio shorthand, and Adam and Charly Roth were on-set as tech advisors. We aimed from the get-go to capture and use live vocals from the filmed performances, as well as live instrumentation in many of the scenes. I think the audience will recognize that almost every time Liz Gillies and I sing on the show, we are singing live - right in the room. I think film and TV audiences are savvy enough to know what's real and what's not when it comes to rock and roll. We also have a secret ingredient that no other music show has: comedy. There are a lot of really funny musical moments on this show - like our bass player Rehab's rock opera, 'An Gorta Mor' - a song cycle consisting of 29 songs about the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840's. It sends up the pretentious side of rock n' roll. He dreams of bringing it to Broadway like so many rock artists before him have - from Sting to Paul Simon to Green Day. The only thing missing from Rehab's plan? Talent."

"My character, Johnny Rock, writes a song combining the style points of Radiohead and Morrissey. I'm pretty sure its the first time those two names have been included in the same song. Liz Gillies is obviously a massively talented singer, John Corbett sings and plays guitar, and Elaine Hendrix has a gorgeous voice. Those were really non-negotiable requirements for all three of those roles. I do my usual combination of Iggy Pop and Axl Rose - I'm more of a screamer, with a limited crooning range. To their credit, Bobby Kelly actually learned how to play the drums, and John Ales got pretty good on the bass before we started shooting."

"The other thing that is essential on this show was my working relationship with Chris Phillips. We go back 35 years, when we started writing funny songs for The Emerson Comedy Workshop, at Emerson College in Boston. Chris co-wrote 'The Asshole Song' with me - and many others. Having him producing in the studio and co-writing some of the songs with me - as well as penning 'An Gorta Mor' all by himself - I could NOT have done this show without him."

Leary serves as Executive Producer along with Jim Serpico. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is produced by FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Sample the sound of The Heathens. Check out the main title sequence for FX’s new series, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll here:



With AEROSMITH set for another massive summer tour, the iconic and pioneering band has one more reason to celebrate in 2015: the 40th anniversary of the release of their landmark album TOYS IN THE ATTIC.  Released April 8, 1975 , the album was AEROSMITH’s third release, becoming an eight-time platinum album and yielding such immortal tracks as “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion.”

Critical support for the album included: 

Gordon Fletcher’s Rolling Stone album review (7/31/1975) noted: “a five-piece Boston hard-rock band with almost unlimited potential…Aerosmith can be very good…and material like ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Sweet Emotion’ and the title cut adequately proves this…” 

Robert Christgau gave the album a B+ review for Consumer Guide saying, “These boys are learning a trade in record time…Tyler has a gift for the dirty line as well as the dirty look--anybody who can hook a song called ‘Adam's Apple’ around the phrase ‘love at first bite’ deserves to rehabilitate a blue blues like ‘Big Ten Inch Record.’” 

All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine added: “The success of the album derives from a combination of an increased sense of songwriting skills and purpose. Not only does Joe Perry turn out indelible riffs like ‘Walk This Way,’ ‘Toys in the Attic”…but Steven Tyler has fully embraced sleaziness as his artistic muse. Taking his cue from the old dirty blues ‘Big Ten Inch Record,’ Tyler writes with a gleeful impishness about sex throughout Toys in the Attic , whether it's the teenage heavy petting of ‘Walk This Way,’ the promiscuous ‘Sweet Emotion,’ or the double-entendres of ‘Uncle Salty’ and ‘Adam's Apple.’ The rest of Aerosmith, led by Perry's dirty, exaggerated riffing, provide an appropriately greasy backing. Before Toys in the Attic, no other hard rock band sounded like this…Aerosmith was a gritty, street-wise hard rock band who played their blues as blooze and were in it for a good time; Toys in the Attic crystallizes that attitude.” 

Highlights from a  VH1.COM (4/7/15) piece entitled “‘Toys in the Attic’ Turns 40: Ranking The Songs On Aerosmith’s Classic Album,” include:  “You See Me Crying,” on which “rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford…cascades luscious licks atop the song’s crescendo, turning its closing moments--as well as the album’s--into a breathless rush of, indeed, sweet emotion.”  On “Round and Round,” Joey Kramer’s “initial climbing drums that collapse into a cosmic stomp,” while “‘Sweet Emotion’ seems to float up out of a desert heat-storm, powered by Tom Hamilton’s looping bass-line…” And on “Walk This Way”:  “Joey Kramer’s stuttering kick-off drumbeats on ‘Walk This Way’ blow open a path for Joe Perry’s guitar riff, which is arguably his most famous and inarguably one of the most perfect in all of rock.” The title track is “a tsunami of [Whitford’s] guitar and [Kramer’s] drums and [Hamilton’s] bass that somehow go backward and forward at the same time.”

Beyond the critical acclaim TOYS IN THE ATTIC generated, musicians have honored the work--which reached #11 on the Billboard album charts--by covering a variety of the album’s tracks.  Most notably, “Walk This Way,” a 1986 Billboard Top 4 single collaboration with Run–D.M.C. and a pivotal song in the burgeoning rock-rap genre, featured TYLER (on co-lead vocals) and PERRY (guitar).  The track went on to become an international hit and earned both groups a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap-Single (1987).  In 1999, AEROSMITH and Run–D.M.C. teamed up again to perform the song, this time with Kid Rock at the MTV Video Music Awards.  A few years later, AEROSMITH again performed the song--accompanied by NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly--to an international viewing audience as part of the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show (January 2001). Additional accolades for “Walk This Way” include inclusions in: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll; Rolling Stone ranked the original version of "Walk This Way" at #346 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, while the version with Run–D.M.C. is ranked at #293; "VH1: 100 Greatest Rock Songs" included "Walk This Way" at #35 (2000); Q magazine placed it at #23 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks (2005); Rolling Stone ranked the original version of "Walk This Way" at #34 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time (2008); VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" included "Walk This Way" at #8 and VH1 ranked the version with Run–D.M.C. at #4 on VH1 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs (2009).

Other recorded covers from TOYS IN THE ATTIC include R.E.M.’s 1986 version of “Toys in the Attic," a B-side to "Fall on Me”; the track also appears on the band’s Dead Letter Office, as well as the 1993 reissue of Life’s Rich Pageant; The String Cheese Incident’s take on "Walk This Way" appears on the jam/bluegrass band’s 1997 self-titled live album A String Cheese Incident; and Boston ska band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones included “Sweet Emotion” on their EP Where'd You Go?   Other cover versions include Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, The Answer, Warrant and Ratt on “Sweet Emotion”; Velvet Revolver on "No More No More"; and Sum 41 along with rappers Ja Rule and Nelly on "Walk This Way.” 

Up next for AEROSMITH, beginning June 13, the band will return to the road with their “Blue Army Tour 2015.” The trek will take the band’s all original members--Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford--to 15 cities before concluding in Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, August 4. Immediately following the tour, AEROSMITH will perform on Friday, August 7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends. The concert--part of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival--will pay tribute to the legends of the game on the eve of the Enshrinement for the Class of 2015.

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Lou Reed Walks on Wild Side of Fame

North American syndicated Rock radio show website honors the posthumous induction of Lou Reed into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

Before his death in October 2013 from complications following a liver transplant, Lou Reed’s career was never the blueprint for commercial success, but his music has influenced remarkably across decades, from co-founding the Velvet Underground to a solo career chock-full of powerful human stories. Lou Reed’s unabashed singing truth to power has disturbed some but inspired millions.

It’s safe to say there would have been no Glam Rock, no Punk Rock, no Alternative Rock without the literary and musical vision of Lou Reed, reason enough for Rolling Stone magazine to rank Reed’s 1972 second solo album Transformer at #192 on their Top 500 All Time list.

Syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio opens the archive up on a rare interview with the late Lou Reed. Program host Redbeard readily admits that his interview with Lou was “one of the most formative interviews in my career”. Here is what Lou shared with Redbeard as only Lou could.

“Part of the thing I like about Rock’n’Roll is that everybody fills in a little part of themselves into it. That’s why it’s very limiting sometimes to ask the (songwriter) person, ‘What did you mean by that exactly’ , because 1), sometimes the person doesn’t know; and 2), he might be wrong.”  - Lou Reed                                            

Lou Reed/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
Direct Link to Lou Reed website: HYPERLINK  “


Known for being a member of MANOWAR between 1988 and 1994, DAVID SHANKLE remains a world renowned super shred guitarist and instructor for all true metal fans - as heard by the upcoming third full-length offering by his band, DSG, titled 'STILL A WARRIOR.’ To be released on April 24th in Germany and April 28th worldwide via Pure Steel Records, the ten-track album is sure to please long-time fans of the fleet-fingered talents of Shankle.

"I'm very happy to say that I feel this is the best DSG record to date," says Shankle. "I also feel this is the best DSG band out of all three of them so far. I'm very proud of everyone of these guys great job they did on the record." Joining Shankle in DSG are vocalist Warren Halvarson, bassist Mike Streicher, and drummer Gabriel Anthony. "With new singer Warren Halvarson, new bass player Mike Streicher, and our new drummer Gabriel Anthony, this is by far the BEST line up to date."

For 13 years, Shankle has been enjoying a solo career, as evidenced by the two albums,  'Ashes To Ashes' (2003) and 'Hellborn' (2007). And 'Still A Warrior' does not disappoint, as it features both metallic anthems (the title track) and instrumentals ("The Hitman") with such guest artists as Michael Angelo Batio, Joe Stump, and Parker Lundgren from QUEENSRYCHE. Also, the "Demonic Solo” (from the movie 'Jezebeth') is being hailed as one of the fastest guitar solos in the world. 

Shankle: "I think the new DSG record, 'Still A Warrior,' is a combination of the best from the 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Hellborn' CD's. A lot of great melodic vocals and full neo-classical shred guitar in your face.” 'Still A Warrior' confirms: friends of US metal with a classical shred guitar influences will completely be satisfied by their old hero again!

1.              Still A Warrior
2.              Ressecution
3.              Glimpse Of Tomorrow
4.              Demonic Solo (From the movie Jezebeth)
5.              Fuel For The Fire
6.              Eye To Eye
7.              The Hitman (instrumental)
8.              Suffer In Silence (Agenda 21)
9.              Into The Darkness
10.            Across The Line 

Here is the link to the Still A Warrior song single available on iTunes:

Here is the link for the preorder of the CD:


Black Sabbath Cancel 'Farewell' Concert

Black Sabbath has announced that they will not be appearing at this year's Ozzfest Japan despite Sharon Osbourne announcing last month that the performance "will be Black Sabbath's farewell."

Osbourne said in the announcement video for Ozzfest Japan, "Ozzfest will be back in Japan on Nov. 21 and 22 and this will be Black Sabbath's farewell. We're also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can't miss that."

That appears to have changed as the legendary metal band posted the following message on their Facebook page on Wednesday (April 8th), "Despite previous reports, Black Sabbath will not appear on this year's Ozzfest Japan, the show will instead feature the festival's namesake, Ozzy Osbourne (and friends)."

The Black Sabbath camp has not yet revealed why they will no longer be playing at the event which will be taking place in Makuhari Messe on November 22nd.

This news follows the announcement that Ozzy had canceled plans for the Ozzfiesta in Mexico that was supposed to take place in May. Organizers said last month, "Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel."

Twisted Sister Confirm Farewell Tour But Without Mike Portnoy

Twisted Sister has officially confirmed that they will be launching a farewell tour next year and they have recruited Mike Portnoy to play with them for their shows this year.

The band originally broke the news via gossip site TMZ which published a report that contradicted the official announcement about Portnoy's involvement.

The veteran band's official announcement said "Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs) is the replacement for their brother A.J. Pero for all shows this year."

They went on to say that their farewell "Forty and F*ck It" tour will celebrate their 40th anniversary and will feature "the core line-up" of Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, and Mark Mendoza. No word yet who will be playing in place of AJ Pero who died last month.

Snider expressed anger at Pero's death and says that it could have been avoided in comments he made to TMZ. He said, "People ask me how I feel about A.J.'s passing, and, quite honestly, I'm going through a real period of anger right now about it.

"He was a great guy, and I loved him dearly. But he had a history of heart disease - his family did; his father died in his early 60s of heart disease - and A.J. never had himself checked out."

Snider went on to say that his death could have been avoid,"When they did the autopsy, he had 95 percent blockage, advanced heart disease - and he didn't have to die. And I feel it's, basically, irresponsible behavior on his part. You have a responsibility, as a parent, as an adult, to get yourself checked out."

The band will be paying tribute to Pero with two special shows that will include Portnoy. The band revealed that they will be recording the first show on May 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for "broadcast, DVD and CD."

The second show will be taking place June 13th at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ and band says that this show will be the A.J. Pero family. They also said that they will keep their commitments to play at previously announced festival dates.

Van Morrison To Receive Songwriters Hall Of Fame's Highest Honor

Van Morrison will be receiving what the Songwriters Hall Of Fame call their most prestigious honor at this year's induction dinner on June 18th in New York City.

The legendary music star will be receiving the Johnny Mercer Award at this year's event. The organization state that the honor is "exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer."

The organizations president and CEO Linda Moran had this to say, "We are thrilled to be honoring the songwriter who has combined Celtic fire with Rhythm & Blues in an unforgettable way. Van Morrison and his songs have been a powerful cultural force on both sides of the Atlantic for five decades."

The Songwriters Hall Of Fame class of 2015 includes Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry.

Mick Jagger Not Ready To Retire, Rolling Stones May Play More Shows

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger says in a new interview that 'there's a lot of talk' that the band may be playing gigs this autumn following their summer tour and said he's not ready to retire.

Jagger spoke with Rolling Stone about a variety of topics and revealed that the band may play more shows after their 15 date summer stadium tour in North America.

He said, "Well, after the U.S. tour, there's nothing booked. But there are plans for what we'll do in the autumn for gigs, maybe. I don't know about the early autumn, but in the late autumn there's a lot of talk. I haven't booked it yet, but…"

He then was asked if retirement ever crossed his mind and responded, "Nah, not in the moment. I'm thinking about what the next tour is. I'm not thinking about retirement. I'm planning the next set of tours, so the answer is really, 'No, not really.' Read the full interview here.

Special Grateful Dead Event Hitting Movie Theaters

The Grateful Dead will be hitting the silver screen at a special event at movie theaters across North America next month. Fathom Events will present "Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2015" on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. (local time).

The special screening will feature the Grateful Dead's previously unreleased concert from the July 19, 1989 show at Alpine Valley. Fathom sent over these details:

"Recorded from the analog master multi-camera video from the famous concert venue in East Troy, Wisconsin, this exclusive cinema event captures the Grateful Dead -- Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, and Bob Weir - in a peak era of energy and chemistry on stage and features favorites including 'Sugaree,' 'Box Of Rain,' 'Terrapin Station,' 'Morning Dew,' and more."

Find the complete list of theaters here.

O.R.k. (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, Marta Sui Tubi) Release Video

O.R.k., the new group featuring Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin, King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto, Obake and Berserk!'s Lef (Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari) and Marta Sui Tubi's Carmelo Pipitone, have released a brand new video.

The animated video is for the track "Pyre" from their forthcoming debut album "inflamed rides" which the band is putting out independently. Watch the video here.

The band explained their reasons for releasing the album independently, "It's an established fact that the once accepted norms of the music business have changed beyond all recognition in an incredibly short space of time. As with any type of change, new possibilities and opportunities are replacing more established ways of operating.

"We, as O.R.k, have decided to make use of one of these brand new opportunities in the form of to release our music directly, without going through the traditionally accepted channels of record label, publicist etc.

"There are a few reasons for this, but first and foremost is that, owing to the spontaneous and rapid flow of creativity that has given birth to our debut album, acting quickly and facilitating direct a connection seems the most fitting way to get our vision into the public domain.

"This also means there is no intermediary between us and those who might share our journey, so we ask you now, come and join us!" You can hear another song and pre-order the album here.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 8, 2015) – KANSAS, one of the most iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll bands of all time will continue to forge their musical legacy by signing with APA for worldwide representation to bring their unique sound to fans around the globe.  Band members Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, David Manion, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, and Richard Williams are looking forward to keeping their one-of-a-kind music on the road.
“KANSAS has been a part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll landscape for over four decades,” commented Steve Lassiter, SVP/Partner and Head of Concerts at APA Nashville.  “Their fans are extremely devoted, and we at APA are excited to continue to unite the band with their fans for more stops along their musical journey.”
Miracles Out Of Nowhere, a new, in-depth documentary chronicling the legendary band’s beginnings and rise to fame, premiered in February at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and made its television premiere on both VH1 Classic and Palladia on March 20.  The film and companion CD was released on March 23 and debuted at #37 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart and at #61 on the Billboard Top 200.
KANSAS’s first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974. "From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so." Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early ‘70's, what seemed to be “different," was actually ahead of its time.

This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner.

With over 30 million records sold, the band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70's and ‘80's and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ was the #2 most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997.
Along with touring, KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio and has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs inclusion in various television shows such as ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘South Park,’ and with films ‘Old School,’ and ‘Anchorman.’
Upcoming Tour Dates:
April 10 Middletown, NY – The Paramount Theatre of Middletown
April 11 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Pocono
April 12 New York, NY – NY Ethical Cultural Center
April 25 Southaven, MS – Southaven Spring Fest at BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
April 30 Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
May 01 Orange Beach, AL – The Amphitheater at The Wharf
May 02 Huntsville, AL – Whistle Stop Weekend
May 08 Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino
May 09 Newark, OH – The Midland Theatre
May 14 Wichita, KS – The Orpheum Theatre
May 15 Tulsa, OK – River Spirit Casino Event Center
May 16 Richardson, TX – Wildflower Arts & Music Festival
May 28 Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center
May 29 Springfield, MA – MassMutual Center
May 30 Indiana, PA – Kovalchick Complex
June 12 Rock Hill, SC – Old Town Amphitheater
June 13 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
June 26 Warsaw, IN – Classic Rock Concert at Glover Pavilion
June 27 Baraboo, WI – Ho Chunk Casino Wisconsin Dells
July 01 San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair
July 02 Pleasanton, CA – Alameda County Fair
July 03 Del Mar, CA – San Diego County Fair
July 05 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
July 07 Elk Grove, IL – Village Green
July 11 Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Showroom
July 18 Cincinnati, OH – Festival in Sycamore
July 25 Whitehouse Station, NJ – Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning
July 26 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
August 06 Layton, UT – Kenley Centennial Amphitheater
August 07 Ridgefield, WA – Clark County Fair
August 08 Roseburg, OR – Douglas County Fair
August 14 Detroit, MI – GM Renaissance Center – Rockin’ On The Riverfront
August 29 Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
October 09 Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
October 10 Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre
October 11 Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theatre
October 15 Vineland, NJ – The Landis Theatre
October 16 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
October 23 St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre

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The Rolling Stones ‘From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971’ Released June 23, 2015
Sought-after club performance released for the first time on DVD in four formats
Rare gig from The Rolling Stones in 1971 filmed at The Marquee Club
A classic, must-own performance 
Part of the “From The Vault” series from The Rolling Stones archive

A sought-after, rare club performance from The Rolling Stones in 1971 filmed at London’s iconic Marquee Club will finally see the light of day, after almost two decades of being stored away in an attic. The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 will be released on DVD in four formats and on iTunes via Eagle Rock on June 23, 2015. 

This remarkable performance was filmed for US television in 1971, shortly after The Rolling Stones had completed their 1971 Farewell Tour of the UK, and a month before the release of the album Sticky Fingers. The gig marked the first time tracks “Brown Sugar,” “Dead Flowers,” “Bitch,” and the rarely performed “I Got The Blues” were showcased live; four tracks taken from the Sticky Fingers album. The line-up at this time was Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman

The show was an intimate, rare club appearance and very little footage has been released, until now. Part of the “From The Vault” series of live concerts from the band’s archive, The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971 is a must own DVD for any Stones fan, featuring carefully restored footage and sound mixed to perfection by Bob Clearmountain, including 5.1 surround sound on the DVD and SD Blu-ray formats. 

The release of The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971 coincides with the special edition of album Sticky Fingers, and includes alternative takes of “I Got The Blues” and “Bitch,” plus a Top of the Pops performance of “Brown Sugar” from 1971. 

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971 is available in four formats:

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HOUSE OF LORDS are more solid than ever with the release of their tenth studio album « Indestructible » Out on Frontiers in June

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the HOUSE OF LORDS tenth studio album aptly entitled Indestructible on June 3rd in Europe and June 7th in North America.

The new album shows once again what HOUSE OF LORDS stands for: powerful and heavy songs, with major hooks and melodies and grandiose arrangements. “The name Indestructible was chosen because we all felt that we have been through a lot in our long careers and what better way to say "Hey, I'm still Here" than by giving the cd a BOLD title,” says singer James Christian.

Indestructible features eleven brand new songs, which masterfully combine the best of Heavy and Melodic Hard Rock. “The album is heavier in the beginning, but we love songs that are both Melodic and Heavy” continues Christian, “and the idea was to fill the best of both on one cd without sounding like two different bands. I think we have accomplished that. A good example would be the song “Pillar of Salt" especially gives a good representation of how the new album sounds: a combination of heavy, melodic, and thoughtful lyrics. This song is one of my favorites!”

Besides being HOUSE OF LORDS tenth studio album, the new record sees the new line-up celebrating their first ten years together. “It is amazing to work with BJ, Chris and Jimi” tells James Christian, “they are all very aware of what HOUSE OF LORDS represents and they are committed to making records that complement the history of the band.  No matter which HOUSE OF LORDS album you listen to, there is a common thread, which comes from the fact that the four of us are musically in sync. This is the real reason why we have been able to produce records of this calibre”.

HOUSE OF LORDS will exclusively appear at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (MI) next Sunday, April 12 and start a European tour in September, with a very special surprise show to be announced soon. More details soon!

Indestructible tracklisting includes: Go To Hell; Indestructible; Pillar Of Salt; 100 Mph; Call My Bluff; We Will Always Be One; Die To Tell; Another Dawn; Eye Of The Storm; Ain't Suicidal; Stand And Deliver.

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James Christian – Lead Vocals
Jimi Bell – Guitars
Chris McCarvill – Bass
BJ Zampa – Drums

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Bad Company Shoot Straight On 40th Anniversary Straight Shooter 

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bad Company’s sophomore smash  Straight Shooter .                                                   

The year 1974 must have seemed quite a whirlwind for Brit blues-rockers Bad Company.  As former members of Free, singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, along with ex- Mott the Hoople guitarist/ songwriter Mick Ralphs and bass player Boz Burrell (who had a stint with King Crimson), had all tasted success in the UK early in their respective careers, tagging them with the blessing/curse of “supergroup” upon the formation of Bad Company. 

Bad Company had elbowed their way to the forefront of the rock world by the April 1975 release of their second album Straight Shooter, delivering the timeless hits “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Shooting Star” and avoiding a sophomore jinx.

In an interview with InTheStudio host Redbeard, Ralphs, Kirke, and Paul Rodgers recall how the Grammy- nominated “Feel Like Makin’ Love” single, originally composed during Paul’s time in Free but never finished, ended up on Bad Company’s Straight Shooter album.

” We had come off a very heavy tour...We needed material, come to think of it... so I started to play it and I said to Ralphsy, ‘It needs a chorus, something to come in heavy here.‘  So he says, ‘How about this?’ (hums guitar part of chorus). Weird isn’t it?  It came together like almost by accident. It might still have been floating around in my head today if we hadn’t like needed a song desperately, you know.”  - Paul Rodgers 

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Cleopatra Records To Release Three Unreleased Live Albums By Blues Rock Legends Canned Heat

Los Angeles - Cleopatra Records are happy to announce the release of three unreleased live albums by legendary blues rock band Canned Heat! Canned Heat is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. It was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 “Canned Heat Blues”. After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame.

Canned Heat with John Lee Hooker - Carnegie Hall 1971 Release date – April 14, 2015

Canned Heat teamed up with blues legend John Lee Hooker for the classic 1971 double album Hooker n' Heat and embarked on a subsequent historic tour together that has been captured here in all its glory!This vintage set shakes and boogies with tons of authentic blues rhythms including the fantastic “Back Door Man” and “Let’s Work Together” as well as the Hooker-led bonus track “Tease Me Baby!” Available on both CD and limited edition green vinyl, and packaged with liner notes by Dave Thompson with a brand new interview by Heat drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra!

1. Framed
2. Let’s Work Together
3. Hey Babe
4. Shake ‘n’ Boogie
5. Back Door Man
6. Tease Me Baby

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Canned Heat - Stockholm 1973 Release date - May 12, 2015

A very special never before released concert that features the revered post-Alan Wilson Heat line-up including vocalist Bob “The Bear” Hite, guitar Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, drummer Adolfo “Fito” La Parra, guitarist James Shane, bassist Richard Hite, and keyboardist Ed Beyer!

1. Let’s Work Together
2. On The Road Again
3. Harley Davidson Blues
4. Election Blues
5. So Long Wrong
6. Shake ‘n’ Boogie
7. Goodbye For Now

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The third Canned Heat release Illinois Blues 1973 will be released July 7, 2015!

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Sammy Hagar Slams Van Halen's New Live Album

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has slammed the new Van Halen live album with original frontman David Lee Roth, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", a week after its release.

"I'm trying to tread lightly on the whole thing," Hagar tells the Las Vegas Review Journal as he promotes his own upcoming live album with supergroup The Circle. "Every time they do something, I'm like, 'Oh my god, can these guys do anything worse to their reputation and to the level of the music of the band?"

"They've got some pretty rough vocals," Hagar said of original frontman David Lee Roth's appearance on the project, which was recorded in Japan in 2013.

"I try to stay away from criticism, but here I am, already starting this interview with it. It's impossible to stay away from. Standing back, I'm just going, 'What the (expletive) are these guys thinking?'" Read more here.

WHITESNAKE Debut new song / static video “LAYDOWN STAYDOWN”

Available Today Along With first single "Burn" and "Stormbringer" when You Pre Order “THE PURPLE ALBUM” 

“The Purple Album” release dates: Europe: May 15th 2015  // North America: May 19th 2015

  Order "The Purple Album" NOW from iTunes and get "Lay Down Stay Down", "Burn" & "Stormbringer" instantly: (Deluxe)

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First New Studio Album In Four Years Set For Release in May Via Frontiers Music SRL

Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition (, a deluxe edition ( featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. “As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”

From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake lineup featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

The tracklisting for The Purple Album is:
2)You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3)Love Child
4)Sail Away
5)The Gypsy
6)Lady Double Dealer
8)Holy Man
9)Might Just Take Your Life
10)You Keep On Moving
11)Soldier Of Fortune
12)Lay Down Stay Down

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
14) Lady Luck
15) Comin’ Home

DVD Content:
Lady Double Dealer - Music Video
Sail Away - Music Video
Stormbringer - Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune - Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK

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

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Historic June 8, 1978 recording highlights the hits and captures band at their height on Blu-Ray/CD combo pack, DVD/CD and CD versions released February 17th  LP version released April 7th 

Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year (2015) includes a variety of releases and events to commemorate the legend, his work and iconic impact.  The first release,   BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ’78, features two historic live shows of Marley’s hits from Boston’s Music Hall, June 8, 1978.  This new and unreleased performance is from the Marley family giving unprecedented access for the first time to their  personal material from their private collections and their vaults.

The album is currently available on Blu-ray/CD combo pack as well as DVD/CD and standalone CD versions. An LP version will be released on April 7.  Additional newly created animated material will also be a part of this release, marking the first time the family has incorporated this technology into any official Marley releases.  

The video footage was shot with a hand-held camera by a fan that Marley allowed to sit right in front of the stage. The result is remarkable imagery that captures Marley from just a few feet away, allowing one to experience the intimacy of his set.  While the cinematographer was shooting with film and forced to change rolls of tape, the gaps in the live footage have been augmented with specially created animation over the existing audio. The animation video elements were produced and created by the animation team of S77 whose credits include recent projects for Bruno Mars, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disney, ESPN and many others. The 46-minute video includes seven of the 13 songs in the full set.

Highlights of the performance include a lively “Jammin’” and “The Heathen,” a song Marley and the band didn’t perform during the second set. The show features them at their most comfortable, truly enjoying themselves in the spotlight, basking in the appreciation of the audience.

Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country’s warring factions — symbolized by rival politicians Michael Manley and Edward Siega joining hands on-stage -- during his legendary “One Love Peace Concert” in Kingston, which took place on April 22, 1978, less than six weeks before this Music Hall performance in Boston. It was five years since Marley and the band arrived from Jamaica, with the 1977 release of EXODUS, recorded in London just after an assassination attempt on his life, turned into not just a socio-political statement, but one which included such hits as the title track, “Waiting In Vain” and “One Love,” paving the way for their next release Kaya and a world tour in ’78.  Together with his music’s theme of liberation, Marley’s own rags-to-riches story brought inspiration to subjugated people around the world, where he was revered as a larger-than-life leader.

Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide

Thirty years after its original release, Bob Marley & The Wailers’, LEGEND, shared the top of the charts, holding the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart among Maroon 5 (#1), Jeezy (#2), Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (#3), and Ariana Grande (#4). LEGEND also holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).  For more information visit: and

1. Slave Driver
2. Burnin' and Lootin
3. Them Belly Full
4. The Heathen
5. Rebel Music
6. I Shot the Sheriff
7. Easy Skanking
8. No Woman, No Cry
9. Lively Up Yourself
10. Jammin'
11. War/No More Trouble
12. Get Up Stand Up
13. Exodus
TRT: 1:15:17 


1. Rebel Music
2. I Shot the Sheriff
3. No Woman, No Cry
4. Lively Up Yourself
5. Jamming
6. War/No More Trouble
7. Exodus
TRT approx. 46min

The complete list of the performers on BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS – EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ‘78 :

Bob Marley - vocals, guitar
Carlton Barrett – drums
Aston Barrett – bass
Marcia Griffiths - backup vocals
Rita Marley - backup vocals
Judy Mowatt - backup vocals
Tyrone Downie – keyboards
Alvin Patterson – percussion
Julian Marvin - lead guitar


New York, NY (April 8, 2015)—It was with heavy hearts that Twisted Sister said goodbye to their drummer A.J. Pero, who passed away on March 20. 

Today, Twisted Sister members Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar), and Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (bass),  have announced that world renowned drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs) is the replacement for their brother A.J. Pero for all shows this year.

To honor Pero’s memory, two shows will take place on the east coast and west coast. The first, on May 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be filmed for broadcast, DVD, and CD.  The second, for the A.J. Pero family, is scheduled on Saturday, June 13 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

Additionally, fulfilling all concert obligations that have been made for the remainder of 2015 (in several different countries), Twisted Sister want their fans to know all festival dates that they have been advertised as playing will happen. 

Finally, Twisted Sister has made it official that 2016 will formally close the touring chapter of their illustrious and legendary career.  The “Forty and F*ck It” farewell shows celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary with the core line-up of Snider, French, Ojeda and Mendoza.


The critically acclaimed JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE--an unforgettable night of rock n’ roll featuring the blues-rock of Led Zeppelin--will return this spring for a month-long U.S. concert tour beginning Sunday, May 3 in Hollywood, FL and wrapping up on Sunday, May 31 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE--described as “a band that recreates Led Zeppelin’s music to such a degree that one can’t help but close their eyes and simply listen” (Classic Rock Revisited, 11/2010)--celebrates the life and music of his father, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The new show will encompass the band’s albums including their 1969 debut Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II  (also released in 1969) and many more Led Zeppelin favorites from the canon including Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti  as well as hits and deep cuts (see a partial set list below). In the cities where there are back-to-back nights, the show set lists will be completely different (see all dates below).

"Good Times Bad Times"              
"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"        
"Dazed and Confused"                   
"Your Time Is Gonna Come"                     
"Communication Breakdown"       
"I Can't Quit You Baby"      
"How Many More Times"
"Whole Lotta Love"             
"What Is and What Should Never Be"  
"The Lemon Song"              
"Thank You"                         
"Ramble On"            
"Moby Dick"             
"Bring It On Home"             
“In The Evening”
“10 Years Gone”
 “Trampled Under Foot”
“Immigrant Song”
“Since I’ve Been Loving You”
“Black Dog”
“Rock N’ Roll”
“When the Levee Breaks”
 “Going To California”

The last 18 months of JASON BONHAM’s life have been a whirlwind. He won a Grammy Award (“Best Rock Album,” Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day), performed for President Obama--when Led Zeppelin received the Kennedy Center Honors--worked with Phil Collins, joined The Circle with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, recorded an album with California Breed alongside Glenn Hughes. Bonham also recorded an entire drum library for the legendary film composer and music producer Hans Zimmer and became part of a who's who of drumming drum orchestra for Hans Zimmer while recording the soundtrack to his film Man of Steel.

“After the release of Celebration Day in 2012, suddenly a lot of people who had never heard me play before started to call me and ask if I could play drums for them, and then to win a Grammy for my performance, wow,” explains JASON BONHAM. “One of those people was Hans Zimmer whom I am a huge fan of. In my work with Hans, we’ve painstakingly created an entire drum library.” JASON adds, “It’s been about a year since we last went out with the band and I’m excited to bring the Led Zeppelin Experience back out on the road with a new energy and a diverse set list. This time around we are doing more album work and including a lot of songs that Led Zeppelin never played live before. We have a few cities where we’ll do two consecutive nights. The second night will be different from the first night; therefore, if you come both nights, you won’t be disappointed. There will be giant screens with home movies and we are bringing back the ‘Moby Dick’ duet as I know it was missed on our last run. See you in May. JB”

JASON BONHAM on drums,
TONY CATANIA on guitar,
ALEX HOWLAND on keyboards/ guitars,
on vocals

JASON BONHAM’s LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIECE has thrilled both audiences and critics alike. Below is a sample of the critical reaction for the show:

A Whole Lotta Love: Jason Bonham Plays Zeppelin Hits in Honor of ‘Bonzo’…
“…the night–which went the distance from "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You’ and ‘The Lemon Song’ to ‘The Ocean’ and ‘Kashmir’is mostly about his dad's titanic presence in that music and the giant absence created by his death. ‘Thank You’ came with more home movies, while Jason, a keen student of Zeppelin concert bootlegs, revived and built on his father's live improvisations in ‘How Many More Times’ and the extended closing turbulence of ‘Dazed and Confused.’…In this show, he [Jason] gets to have Bonzo in the house every night–a reunion, at last, of father and son.

--David Fricke, ROLLING STONE (9/2010)

“…this band was exceptionally true to the original studio versions of songs during a two-hour performance. The group was right-on during the show opener, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ the blues-fused ‘The Lemon Song,’ the trippy ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ which was saved for the encore.”

--Dan Aquilante, NEW YORK POST (11/2010) 

Jason Bonham drums up a worthy tribute to Zep, Dad: “The son of Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham, Jason, 44, has never really escaped his father’s shadow. His drumming style is nearly identical; he can copy his dad’s primal pulse and monster bass-drum fills with ease. He joined Zeppelin for its one real reunion show, at London’s O2 Arena and would likely still be with them if the reunion had lasted. Bonham himself was rock-solid, and the material emphasized Zeppelin’s heavier, less mythic side.If Zep ever does reform, there’s no question who should be on drums.”

--Brett Milano, BOSTON HERALD (11/2010) 

Not only do they deftly recapture the feel of Zeppelin as we know it from those indestructible albums--the killing-floor grind of ‘The Lemon Song,’ the spacey slide-guitar glide of ‘What Is and What Should Never Be,’ the swampy stomp of ‘When the Levee Breaks,’ abetted both by John’s indelible wallop and his daughter Zoe Bonham on blues harp--but they also zero in on the improvisational fury that could erupt out of the group on stage. ‘How Many More Times’ was a surprise, jam-packed with fiery licks from start to finish, while a superb version of ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ found Catania straddling the line between keeping faithful to Page’s original performance and pushing the boundaries of it with his own style.”

--Ben Wener, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (11/2010) 

The sound was big, booming, echo-y and dirty-like vintage Zeppelin live. The band was loose, even a little sloppy–like Led Zeppelin was. ‘Black Dog’ sounded like a blast from the 70’s. ‘When the Levee Breaks’ had a great, strutting groove. ‘Kashmir’ was a psychedelic stomp. And ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was imperfect, frantic, feedback-drenched fun. …As for drummer/bandleader Bonham, 44 he was a percussive force, and his duets with his dad on film were suitably sentimental yet musically rewarding.”


Led Zeppelin's magic was in effect a rousing two-hour-plus set of classics from the Zep canon at the EnCana Events Centre. With state-of-the-art lighting and effects, dazzling video treatments and a crisp, thundering sound, the JBLZE offered a set of Led Zep gems that were strikingly faithful to the originals. The band tore through a set that included ‘I Can't Quit You Baby,’ ‘Dazed and Confused,’ ‘Kashmir,’ ‘The Lemon Song,’‘When the Levee Breaks,’ ‘Moby Dick’ (which featured a video of father and son pounding out the drum solo) and, of course, ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ The encore of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ coupled with ‘Rock and Roll’ earned a standing ovation.”

--Ritchie Yorke, ROLLING (10/2010) 

“It was quite evident early on that Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience was not the typical tribute band. …Bonham and his top-notch ensemble not only replicated the sound of prime Zeppelin, they simulated the original band’s energy as well. …the crowd of 30, 40, 50 and 60-somethings stood and danced like they probably haven’t in years. Of course, no Zeppelin show, tribute-or-otherwise, would be complete without ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ and the version on this night was, like everything else, spot on. On the whole, the show was as much a (very loud) theater piece as it was a rock performance. Exceeding all of my expectations, I found myself convinced that Led Zeppelin was the greatest rock and roll band ever.“

--Darryl Smyers, DALLAS OBSERVER (11/2010) 

“Bonham clearly is cut from the same cloth as his father, one of rock’s most powerful drummers, but the younger Bonham often threw in welcome twists to the endings of such classics as ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ and ‘Good Times Bad Times.’ …the magical moments of this show, which included a pristine take on ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ a fun rollicking ‘The Ocean’ and a taut, dramatic ‘Kashmir,’ complete with well-done psychedelic imagery, put the enthusiastic crowd squarely in Bonham’s corner. …this show captured the essence of Zeppelin’s music and stage show for those not lucky enough (or old enough) to have witnessed the original spectacle. …The drummer promised to keep the Led Zeppelin Experience going as long as fans want to see it, and that’s a good thing for the legacy of this legendary band.”

–Larry Rodgers, ARIZONA REPUBLIC (11/2010)

“The younger Bonham has assembled a band that recreates Led Zeppelin’s music to such a degree that one can’t help but close their eyes and simply listen. …Jason Bonham touched the audience and gave everyone a small taste of what he was born into, the Led Zeppelin family. The power of Led Zeppelin transcends both time and space. The music they made will live on forever and with Jason Bonham’s assistance, one can now witness it firsthand.”

--Jeb Wright, CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED (11/2010)








Hollywood, FL

Seminole Hard Rock




Knoxville, Tennessee

Bijou Theatre




Bethlehem, PA

Sands Events Center




Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Music Box




Montclair, New Jersey

Wellmont Theatre




Montclair, New Jersey

Wellmont Theatre




Portland, ME

State Theatre




Westbury, NY

NYCB Theatre




Westbury, NY

NYCB Theatre




Cleveland, OH

Hard Rock Rocksino




Albany, NY

The Palace Theatre




Rama, ON

Casino Rama




Windsor, ON

Collosseum at Caesars Windsor




Windsor, ON

Collosseum at Caesars Windsor




St Charles, IL

Arcada Theatre




St Charles, IL

Arcada Theatre




Tulsa, OK

Brady Theater




Chandler, AZ

Wild Horse Pass Casino




Laughlin, NV

Avi Resort




Los Angeles

Greek Theatre






Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) is delighted to announce the release of nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalog albums which have been Mastered For iTunes (, encoded from 24-bit / 96 khz high resolution masters and now re-mastered with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new re-masters from their original analog sources, exclusively produced for iTunes.  
All 15 studio albums, two Best Of compilations and two live albums were personally selected by Maiden's founder member Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique: Iron MaidenKillersThe Number Of The BeastPiece Of Mind,PowerslaveSomewhere In TimeSeventh Son Of A Seventh SonNo Prayer For The DyingFear Of The DarkThe X FactorVirtual XIBrave New WorldDance Of DeathA Matter Of Life And DeathThe Final FrontierSomewhere Back In TimeFrom Fear To Eternity (2CD)Live after Death (2CD) and Rock In Rio ( 2CD).
Steve comments,
"The Mastering For iTunes procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard.  So of course I was very keen for the Maiden albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The iTunes process involves a different approach and it's great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve. For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley who worked closely with me on the project did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters and together we've re- mastered them all digitally and I'm really happy with the results."
Tony Newton adds: 
“The process started with locating all of the original album mix tapes (or whichever format they were mixed to). Then the choice of analogue to digital convertor was chosen for the most accurate capture to make it as close as possible to the sound of the mix as it was intended by the band.  When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980's, early days of digital and only 44.1khz/16bit files were possible. On top of this the new A/D convertors are far superior now, and of course it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth. I was very excited to be asked to be part of this project, I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.”
Fans can download the Mastered For iTunes versions of the albums now from ( and learn more aboutMastered For iTunes from

 John Garcia Recruits The Doors' Robby Krieger For New Video

Former Kyuss frontman John Garcia has released a brand new music video that features The Doors' Robby Krieger and stoner rock icon has announced a European summer tour.

The video is for the track "Her Bullets Energy", which comes from Garcia's debut solo album. He had this to say about the video and the upcoming tour, "I'm super excited to announce this summer run along with the world premier of my video with living legend Robby Krieger from The Doors!" Watch the video here.

Garcia will be kicking off the European summer tour on June 19th at the Schmittner Open Air in Switzerland and concluding the trek with an appearance at the Stoned From The Underground Festival in Germany on July 10th.

Mick Jagger 'Would Love To' Make A New Rolling Stones Album

Mick Jagger says he would love to record a new album with The Rolling Stones as he prepares to launch 15-date summer stadium tour of North America with the legendary band.

"I've got a lot of new songs and songs I've written over the last couple of years," Jagger tells Rolling Stone. "I've done really good demos for all of them, which I would love to record. So, let's hope so."

With an abundance of new material, Jagger was asked if he might consider making a new solo record if the band isn't interested. "I haven't, really," he says. "I'd love to record a Stones album. If that doesn't happen, then yes. That's a truthful answer. I've got songs that would be great for the Stones, and I've got songs that wouldn't be perfect for the Stones." Read more here.

AC/DC Nominated For Billboard Music Award

AC/DC have been named as a finalist for "Top Rock Album" as part of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The Australian band's latest record, "Rock Or Bust", will compete in the category alongside projects by The Black Keys ("Turn Blue"), Coldplay ("Ghost Stories"), Lorde ("Pure Heroine") and Hozier's self-titled release.

The pop- and rap-friendly annual event organized by the music industry magazine is notorious for ignoring rockers - even within the "rock" category. Recent "Top Rock Album" winners have included pop artists like fun and Coldplay over actual rock acts like Foo Fighters and Green Day.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions. The 2015 awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015. Read more here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Inks Deal For Country Solo Album

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has officially signed with Nashville country music label Dot Records to release his debut solo album. Part of the Big Machine Label Group led by President/CEO Scott Borchetta, Dot Records was revived last year by the parent company after originally being a powerhouse 1950s outfit that released records by Pat Boone, Roy Clark and others before closing in 1978.

"There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine," says Tyler, "and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project. . . and Dot Records is the right fit.

"My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family, and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots.

"I've been working with some f***ing epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with the style and groove." Tyler announced his intent to record a country album during a Twitter Q&A last October. Read more here.



 (New York, NY) - Fans of progressive rock around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett's new video "Love Song To A Vampire" on Ultimate Classic Rock today.  The Gothic, haunting video is taken from the new album, WOLFLIGHT, which is in stores today.  Of the video, Steve Hackett commented, "The 'Love Song to a Vampire' video was directed by Paul Gosling whose filming I was impressed by. Most of the film was shot in the historic and atmospheric city of Leicester. Paul was keen to highlight the combination of Gothic imagery with the portrayal of an abusive relationship implicit in the song. We discussed the ideas together...The transformation from the glamour that lures the victim to the final destructive hold."

 WOLFLIGHT is Steve Hackett's first original solo studio album since BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON in 2011.  The album is already receiving rave reviews from the media with The Prog Report declaring, "...the collection is one of Hackett's finest as he finds himself continuing to broaden his musical explorations decades into his already legendary career" and Record Collector referring to the album as "one of his very best".  The concept behind WOLFLIGHT is a new, unexplored chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire").

 Steve Hackett's electric guitar plays a powerful role, although we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals.  Guest musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (keyboards & programming), Gary O'Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals).  Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on "Love Song To A Vampire" and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on "Dust and Dreams".  The innovative songwriting team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and Roger King.

 In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.  For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer.  He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe.

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Rock Legends LUCIFER'S FRIEND To Release New Best Of Compilation Feat. Bonus Disc With Four New Tracks on April 6, 2015!

London, UK - Rock legends Lucifer’s Friend have reformed in 2015, some 20+ years after they last played together. The band formed in 1970 with their influential and groundbreaking self-titled album, famous album among connoisseurs of 70's hard rock. Its heavy and majestic overtones made it a pioneer release of progressive rock genre. 

The group went on to release six albums in that decade. In 1976 Lucifer's Friend suffered a hard blow when British vocalist John Lawton jumped ship for none other than Uriah Heep. The band broke up in 1982 and briefly reformed in 1994 for their ninth album “Sumo Grip”. Now they're back, after 20 years, literally by the fans' request…

Lucifer's Friend will be releasing a 10 track best of compilation titled 'Awakening', which also includes a bonus disc with four new songs, via Cherry Red Records on April 6, 2015.

Lucifer's Friend will be playing Sweden Rock Festival and the reformation is expected to be one of the most extraordinary highlights of 2015! The band is receiving a variety of offers from around the world and look forward to playing their classic tracks and new material to fans!

Peter Hesslein said: “Over the years I have been asked many times, by all sorts of people, regarding a re-union / re-formation of Lucifer's Friend. As there are currently several international bands releasing cover versions of our old songs and in particular creating a "Hype" about Lucifer's Friend amongst the skateboarder's world-wide, we thought that before it really is too late, to give our fans, especially the younger ones, a chance to experience a part of the founder members of Hard Rock...“

Dieter Horns added: “When I received the first call regarding a re-union of Lucifer's Friend, on the spot I was wide awake and electrified. In recent decades we often discussed the possibility of a restart, made ​​contact with studios and record companies, but now it should finally come true.”

John Lawton then added: “The reformation of Lucifer's Friend has been a long time coming, but we all feel that the time is right…To get back together with the guys with whom I had worked together for so many years and recorded albums that have in many respects stood the test of time, is for me, an upcoming highlight. We’re joined by Yogi Wichman on keyboards, who played on our last album Sumo Grip, but unfortunately the original drummer Addi Rietenbach died many years ago, so we will be introducing drummer Stephan Eggert into the band line-up…”


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SKID ROW and Solinger split, band announces new singer on Eddie Trunk’s radio show

New York, NY - After 14 years of touring and 4 releases, SKID ROW and singer Johnny Solinger have parted ways.

Founding member Snake Sabo said, “We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best.”

“Sometimes things just end. People go in different directions and grow apart and you have to make a decision. He will always be our brother” adds co-founder Rachel Bolan.

The vacancy for front man has been filled by powerhouse vocalist Tony Harnell. This news comes hot of the heels of his departure from Oslo based band, TNT. “Tony’s experience, power and undeniable range made our decision an easy one” commented guitarist Scotti Hill. Drummer Rob Hammersmith added, “I believe this will be a great year for SKID ROW. I’m looking forward for things to come.”

When asked about joining forces with SKID ROW Harnell said, "I'm so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans! The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future. It's time to rock!"

The band will head into the studio to record the third chapter of the United World Rebellion trilogy in early summer. They will also hit the road for another world tour in support.


Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) is delighted to announce the release of nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalog albums which have been Mastered For iTunes (, encoded from 24-bit / 96 khz high resolution masters and now re-mastered with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new re-masters from their original analog sources, exclusively produced for iTunes.  
All 15 studio albums, two Best Of compilations and two live albums were personally selected by Maiden's founder member Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique: Iron MaidenKillers, The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor, Virtual XIBrave New World, Dance Of Death, A Matter Of Life And Death, The Final Frontier, Somewhere Back In Time, From Fear To Eternity (2CD), Live after Death (2CD) and Rock In Rio ( 2CD).
Steve comments,
"The Mastering For iTunes procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard.  So of course I was very keen for the Maiden albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The iTunes process involves a different approach and it's great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve. For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley who worked closely with me on the project did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters and together we've re- mastered them all digitally and I'm really happy with the results."
Tony Newton adds: 
“The process started with locating all of the original album mix tapes (or whichever format they were mixed to). Then the choice of analogue to digital convertor was chosen for the most accurate capture to make it as close as possible to the sound of the mix as it was intended by the band.  When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980's, early days of digital and only 44.1khz/16bit files were possible. On top of this the new A/D convertors are far superior now, and of course it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth. I was very excited to be asked to be part of this project, I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.”
Fans can download the Mastered For iTunes versions of the albums now from ( and learn more about Mastered For iTunes from


Megadeth Attempted To Reunite With 'Rust In Peace' Lineup

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza says a reunion of the band's classic 1990s lineup fell apart during recent negotiations. Menza has revealed that he and guitarist Marty Friedman were in talks to rejoin the group following last fall's departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover.

"To my fans," wrote Menza in a released statement, "I hate disappointing all of you who have been asking and hopeful that Marty Friedman and I would rejoin Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson to resurge the classic 'Rust In Peace' lineup.

"I was totally ready and excited to get back in Megadeth. I went to Dave's house/studio in San Diego this past December and we jammed for the weekend and it was totally cool. We instantly fell right back into our musical groove together.

"We have great chemistry. It's a magical thing! And, yes, that's me, the 'mystery' drummer whose face is hidden in the YouTube videos Justis Mustaine posted..."

"A few weeks after this," Menza continues, "we all got together with our old manager Ron Laffitte for a dinner meeting at the Anaheim White House restaurant during NAMM. It was great seeing Ron and Marty. We all talked about the plans for a new record and touring and I made it known I was into rejoining and making this my priority. I was pumped, and even went as far as recording drums on five new Megadeth songs Dave had sent me.

"As soon as I got home and it was time to sit down and negotiate my terms in writing, I was offered a very unfair deal that was so wrong. They didn't feel I was worth anything to the band. Dave blocked my emails, changed his number and then, apparently, Ron Laffitte was fired as the band's manager. Here is one of my favorite bands and a huge part of my life achievements and I was shut out for wanting a fair deal." Read more here.

Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield Plan Acoustic Benefit

Sammy Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield have announced that they are once again teaming up to host the "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert.

The second annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" will be taking place at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15th and will raise funds for children's brain tumor research at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

So far the artists confirmed to take part in the event include Alice In Chain's Jerry Cantrell, Linda Perry, Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad Smith, Train's Pat Monahan and Joe Satriani.

According to the announcement, "each legendary artist will be performing acoustic sets - with once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, duets, jams and surprise guests planned."

Twisted Sister Announce AJ Pero Tribute Concert

Twisted Sister have announced that they will honor their late drummer, AJ Pero, with a tribute concert at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on June 13.

A member of Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997 and from 2001 forward, Pero died of a heart attack in his sleep on March 20 in Poughkeepsie, NY at the age of 55 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob.

This past weekend, Pero's longtime girlfriend Michele Agnello launched a crowdfunding campaign to ask fans for assistance with some short-term bills as she and the couple's 14-year-old daughter Brianna deal with incoming bills following his passing. Read more here.

Scott Weiland Cancels Show Following Guitarist's Death

Scott Weiland has postponed his April 9 show at The Garage in London following the recent death of guitarist Jeremy Brown. Brown died of undisclosed causes on March 30 at the age of 34.

"Unfortunately, due to our guitar player Jeremy Brown's passing, this week's show in London will be postponed until September 3rd," Weiland said in an online posting.

"We will be coming back to play a full UK and European tour at that time. Your current tickets will be good for the show on September 3rd at The Garage, and thank you to all of our fans for understanding while we grieve and take next steps to be back for the US tour in May." Read more here.

Young Rockers V2 Score Hit With Classic Rock Sound

V2 (pronounced V Squared), a young rock duo featuring twin brothers Vittorio on guitar and Vincenzo on drums, have scored a radio hit with the title track of their debut album.

"We Are V2" is enjoying its second week at the top of the National Radio Airplay Charts for Independent Artists and is currently at No. 3 Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart and No. 3 on the National Airplay Top 50 Rock chart.

Legendary rock producer Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss and more) took the band under his wing for their debut album which includes a cover of AC/DC's "High Voltage".

Nevison had this to say about working with the band "Having produced multi-platinum albums for some of the greatest rock bands over the last 40 years, I knew Vittorio and Vincenzo had a very special talent.

"Their songwriting, musicianship and performance skills are off the hook for rockers even twice their age. These kids appeal to the over 40 crowd because they are playing new, original rock songs with a sound from the past that middle age adults appreciate and at the same time, V2 is introducing the 1970 - 1980's rock sound to their own generation. It's a one-two punch that creates a knock-out commercial success." Stream the title track here.

Ian Anderson Presents 8 Shows Only in The USA This November

Ian Anderson celebrates the life and times of the English Agricultural inventor, Jethro Tull, with the announcement of a new series of concert tours beginning September 2015.

The shows tell the story of the original Jethro Tull's life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson's best-known songs from the rock band Jethro Tull repertoire.

The performance is in a quasi-operatic structure with virtual guests on video and some  additional newly-written songs to round off the elements of the story. 

Heavy Horses, Farm On The Freeway, Songs From The Wood sit alongside Aqualung, Living In The Past, Wind-Up, A New Day Yesterday, The Witch's Promise, Locomotive Breath and other favourites – often with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

Accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests, Ian Anderson begins the touring schedule in the UK followed by Russian, European and South American dates before the end of the year.

November 1: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
November 3: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
November 5: CITI Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
November 6: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
November 7: Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
November 8: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
November 10: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
November 11: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

Original Lynyrd Skynyrd Member Bob Burns Killed In Car Crash

Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns died Friday in a single-car accident in Cartersville, Georgia. He was 64. The Cartersville Patch reports Georgia State Patrol say the crash occurred close to midnight when Burns was driving and his vehicle left the road while making a right turn before hitting a mailbox and a tree with the front of his car.

Police say Burns was not wearing a seatbelt and was the only occupant in the vehicle; it has not been determined if weather played a role in the accident.

A founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Burns played in the band's pre-Skynyrd groups the Noble Five and One Percent before the members were inspired to name the group after their physical education teacher, Leonard Skinner. Read more here.


26 Date Tour Gets Underway On August 7th

Los Angeles, CA --- World-renowned recording artists, YES and Toto, today announced they will join forces this summer for a co-headlining North American tour.  Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning YES has sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades. YES continues with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.

Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ 'Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world. 

“We’re thrilled to be hitting the road with Toto. Yes have always been big fans of Toto’s music, and we think the fans are going to really enjoy seeing both of us together,” says YES co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire.

YES will be releasing a new live CD/DVD (recorded at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona) entitled Like It Is on July 7th.

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They recently released their first new studio album in ten years – TOTO XIV which debuted last week Top 10 in nine countries around the world.  Prior to the tour with YES, Toto are embarking on a European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals.

"We are so honored to be touring with our musical hero's YES,” remarked founder/guitarist Steve Lukather.  “Life changing music for me and the guys and we even have a song on our new record totally inspired by them so it is a lifelong love of their music that has kept us fans to this day.  We all stood and waited in line for tix to see Close to the Edge and Topographic.. many many shows as young upcoming musicians/fans in the 70's and were blown away and inspired to be better musicians and composers by Yes' amazing music, musicianship and insanely cool live shows. This is a crazy dream come true for us and we can’t wait to do this tour and to make new friends and solidify old friendships.”

Fri-Aug-07       Mashantucket CT         Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Sat-Aug-08       Newark NJ                   New Jersey PAC
Sun-Aug-09      Atlantic City NJ           Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - Event Center
Tue-Aug-11     Brooklyn NY                 Barclays Center
Wed-Aug-12    Baltimore MD               Pier Six Pavilion
Fri-Aug-14       Huber Heights OH        Music Center at The Heights
Sat-Aug-15       Sterling Heights MI      Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Sun-Aug-16      Chicago IL                   FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly
Tue-Aug-18     Des Moines IA              Iowa State Fair – Grandstand
Wed-Aug-19    Saint Charles MO         Family Arena
Fri-Aug-21       Biloxi MS                     Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - Beau Rivage Theater
Sat-Aug-22       Alpharetta GA             Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
Sun-Aug-23      Clearwater FL              Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tue-Aug-25     Houston TX                  Cynthia Woods Pavilion
Wed-Aug-26    San Antonio TX           Majestic Theatre
Thu-Aug-27     Grand Prairie TX         Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sun-Aug-30      Littleton CO                Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield
Mon-Aug-31    Salt Lake City UT        Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Wed-Sep-02     Tucson, AZ                   AVA Amphitheater                 
Fri-Sep-04        Scottsdale AZ               Talking Stick Resort & Casino
Sat-Sep-05       Pala CA                         Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
Sun-Sep-06       Los Angeles CA           The Greek Theatre
Tue-Sep-08      Saratoga CA                 Mountain Winery
Thu-Sep-10      Shelton WA                  Little Creek Casino Resort - Event Center
Fri-Sep-11        Airway Heights WA     Northern Quest Resort & Casino
at-Sep-12       Coquitlam BC               Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver


The circle Live has Landed!  Pre-order now on iTunes & get the album May 19th!

Recorded live on tour in 2014, this release documents the blistering performance of band on fire performing hits from Sammy's four decades of rock (Montrose, Solo, Van Hagar, Wabos) as well as classic tracks from the Led Zeppelin catalog.
All iTunes preorders include an instant download of "Poundcake". You can grab the full album when it releases on May 19th, 2015 in both digital and physical packages. 

You can listen to Poundcake at the Youtube link below, or listen to it on Soundcloud.

    "When It's Love"          Exclusive Video featured on Rolling Stone!

Watch an exclusive video of Sammy Hagar and the Circle tearing through "When It's Love", which was featured on today! This is the first visual look of the Circle at work doing what they do best and it is the same performances that you will see in the Circle Live DVD.

You can read the full article and watch the video at this link:

You can catch Sammy and The Circle as they start their tour this spring, beginning on April 11th in Las Vegas! Check out all of the tour dates over at:

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center - April 11th: Tickets | Details
Coliseo de Puerto Rico - April 25th: Tickets | Details
Hard Rock Live Orlando - April 27th: Tickets | Details
Ruth Eckerd Hall - April 29th: Tickets | Details
SunFest - April 30th: Tickets | Details
Carolina Rebellion Festival - May 2nd: Tickets | Details
Burlington Steamboat Days - June 19th: Tickets | Details
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's - September 5th: Tickets | Detail



 "When the Ben Miller Band came to the attention of the ZZ Top outfit it  seemed like a match made in heaven." - Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

LISTEN: Hurry Up And Wait

Ever since ZZ Top asked the Ben Miller Band to open their European tour last year, the rowdy roots rockers have become the Texas rock legends go-to support act, opening several of their tours both in the U.S. and abroad, earning themselves standing ovations night after night. In the midst of their most recent North American tour together, SiriusXM's Outlaw Country invited The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons and the Joplin, Mo.-based trio to NYC's historic Electric Lady Studios for a performance and conversation. Hosted by Gibbons, the one-hour special, debuting at 5 pm EST this Saturday, April 4 with multiple airings all week long (see below for all air dates and times), includes a riveting and rollicking four-song set featuring the Ben Miller Band plowing through the Gibbons-requested "Hurry Up and Wait" from their New West Records debut, Any Way, Shape Or Form, and inspired- arrangements of traditional folksongs "Black Betty" and "St. James Infirmary" and Charley Patton's "Tom Rushen Blues." In the entertaining interview, Gibbons reveals what about the band first caught his attention, the band's arsenal of unconventional handmade instruments

 (one-string washtub bass, washboard through a wah-wah pedal, etc.) and their first time meeting.

Ben Miller Band's incredible "leave it all on the stage" live shows have caused numerous bands to seek them out as touring partners. Following the remaining dates with ZZ Top, they will reunite with their Southern rocker brethren, Blackberry Smoke, for the second leg of their tour together, covering much of the Midwest and South. This summer, they will head to Europe for a series of headline gigs and shows with ZZ Top that will take them through France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Ireland and England, which include a performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival on August 2.

On their most recent run with ZZ, the band has been receiving standing ovations, selling nearly 150 CDs a night and wowing critics. The Roanoke Times declared, "It was more than a warm-up act. It was a heat-up act," while All About Jazz remarked, "It was the subtleties of the show (the other homemade instruments: a distorted, low fidelity, scratchy sound telephone receiver mic, electrified spoons, an old fire bell transformed into a drum, etc.) as well as the joyous performance, clever lyrics, showmanship and witty banter that brought the jaded audience into their corner." Philadelphia's Jump Magazine exclaimed they were "fascinating to see live" and the Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice said they played a "killer set" that "won the audience over quickly.

Any Way, Shape Or Form, produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Wanda Jackson, Kings of Leon), is an exhilarating listen that's garnered considerable praise and raised the band's profile from grassroots DIY group to internationally touring sensation. Blurt wrote: "As its name suggests, Any Way, Shape Or Form is a tidy mishmash of blustery boogie, down home designs and a well-heeled backwoods stomps...with a fun and frivolous outlook to boot. Oh, and it also rocks like hell." Twang Nation hailed the album as a "work of considerable scope executed into a whole of rambunctious cohesion," while Saving Country Music eloquently gushed: "Procuring the foundation for their music from the pre-war and Delta blues, and jug and string bands of the deep South, their amorphous sound is like a séance for the creaky bones of past generations to animate back to life from the inalienable pull of an infectious groove."

From their musical stew they dub "Ozark Stomp," a frenetic amalgamation of rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, mountain music and country, to their riotous, jaw-dropping live shows that defy expectation and explanation, the Ben Miller Band creates a musical experience that is simply one-of-a-kind. "It was their strapping musicality and pop sensibilities (charismatic vocal interplay, red-blooded arrangements etc.) applied to their eccentrically old-timey instrumentation... that won over fans of hooky blues-rock," raved Rolling Stone. Adding, "It works pretty much the same way when they get in front of any crowd in search of a great, sweaty show."


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Slash Denies Former Guns N' Roses Manager's Claims

Slash has disputed a recent claim made by former Guns N' Roses manager Doug Goldstein that Slash working with Michael Jackson caused a rift between the guitarist and Axl Rose.

The issue was brought up during an interview with Washington, DC radio station DC101, and according to Ultimate Classic Rock, Slash responded, "I've been hearing a lot about this particular interview from a lot of people that he really pissed off. And I've heard that. And I don't think there's any truth to that.

"I mean, obviously, the band stayed together for years after that whole thing. And it wasn't a big deal at the time. And if it did piss anybody off, it was something that went away. So I don't think it had anything to do with the original Guns N' Roses demise [...] I don't wanna read or hear that guy's B.S., so I just avoid it. That way I stay sane."

As previously reported, Goldstein claimed in an interview that Slash performing with Jackson caused problems between the guitarist and Rose. "In 1991, we were on the road, and Slash went to my office and said 'I'll be leaving tomorrow to play with Michael Jackson on a tribute concert,'" Goldstein recalled in the interview with Rolling Stone Brazil. "I told him not to do it because Axl was molested by his father when he was two and he believed the charges against Michael Jackson."

Goldstein went further, "Everyone knew Eddie Van Halen received $1 million to play in 'Beat It.' So I asked Slash, 'how much are you receiving? Can I manage this to you?' and he said, 'I'll just receive a big screen television.'

"When Axl found out Slash was gonna play with Michael Jackson and that the payment was a big screen TV he was devastated. He thought Slash would support him and be against all abuse. From Axl's point of view, that was the only problem. He could ignore the drugs and the alcohol, but never the child abuse."

Stream Slash's full interview here.

Richie Sambora Being Investigated By LAPD

Richie Sambora, who recently split from Bon Jovi, is now dealing with another split: he's currently being investigated by the LAPD over an argument he had with his ex-girlfriend Nikki Lund.

The New York Daily News reports that a phone argument between Sambora and Lund turned threatening, when he told her that he was going to "dig a hole in the desert and bury" her.

"I am confirming we are investigating such an incident," an LAPD sergeant told the Daily News. "Deputies tried to contact Mr. Sambora, but he was not at his residence. A report was taken, and now Malibu Lost Hills detectives are investigating," added the sergeant. Read more here.

Rainbow's Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore Reuniting This Year?

Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner reportedly said during a concert this week that he and bandmate Ritchie Blackmore will be working together again this year - even though recent attempts to cut a deal fell apart.

The vocalist talked up a Rainbow reunion during 2014, saying the time was right, that Blackmore deserved a "blaze of glory" for his rock career, and that crunch talks were to take place in December that year.

On Saturday, after his solo show in London, Turner reportedly said: "He's itching to do some rocking, and we're going to get together in the fall. Ritchie is really, really ready to rock. He still has the chops too."

He continued: "I'm not sure if it's going to be a Rainbow reunion, or a bunch of remakes - which I destest, because you can't improve on perfection. But that's what's happening." Read more here.

Alter Bridge Plan New Album, Tremonti Already Has Another Album Done

Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti says the band will most likely regroup this year to begin writing music for their fifth studio album and he also revealed that his solo band Tremonti have another new album already recorded.

"I think we'll probably get together this year and get the ball rolling songwriting-wise," he tells HNGN about the follow-up to 2013's "Fortress", "and 2016 is when we plan to hit the studio. We've got some offers for some shows later this year, but our schedules are so all over the place that I don't know if that's going to happen."

Singer Myles Kennedy is on the road with Slash while the guitarist is currently gearing up to launch a spring US tour later this month with his own band, Tremonti, and the June 9 release of their second record, "Cauterize."

He also reveals that a third album is already in the can. "One thing is that this is a two-album project," he explains. "The first album is coming out and it's what we want everyone to focus on now, but there will be another follow-up record that was recorded at the same time as this album and it's going to be called 'Dust.'" Read more here.

Def Leppard's New Album Their Best Since 'Hysteria' Says Guitarist

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says the band's upcoming album is their best since 1987's "Hysteria." The UK rockers have been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2008's "Songs >From The Sparkle Lounge" after completing some marathon songwriting sessions last year.

"We broke it up into three different parts," Collen tells One On One With Mitch Lafon. "The initial one, we got the 12 songs, and pretty much, we played in the studio and we kind of played live and we got the essence of the songs down. That's something we don't normally do.

"And then we went back in May, just before the tour with KISS. And we went back a third time and just kind of finished stuff off in January. And yeah, it's just amazing. I'm thrilled with how it turned out."

Leppard expanded their approach to making the group's eleventh studio album, which originally began as an idea to record an EP's worth of material.

"We didn't really have anything to lose," Collen explains. "We didn't have a record company or management or anyone breathing down our necks. We got some ideas, and they all worked.

"Normally, we'd go in and we'd always find ten reasons why to not do an idea as opposed to just going with it. And this was the first time we've ever just sat around and every idea got a fair shot, you know. Everyone was, like, 'Oh, that's cool. Let's try that.'

"There was no negative approach to it. So that's something we've never done before and it was so amazing. It blew me away that we got so many things done. And, honestly, I really think this is the best album we've done since 'Hysteria'." Read more here.

Frank Zappa's Last Album To Be Finally Released

Frank Zappa's final album, Dance Me This, will finally be launched in June, it's been confirmed. Completed soon before he died of cancer in 1993, it will be the icon's 100th official release.

Zappa said of the work before he'd finished it: "What I'm working on right at the moment is a Synclavier album called Dance Me This, which is designed to be used by modern dance groups."

While a handful of tracks have appeared as bootlegs over the years, the full work has never been heard. Titles include Pachuco Gavotte, Goat Polo and five-movement work Wolf Harbour. It's also said to include vocal work by Chinese throat-singers. Read more here.

Mike Portnoy Finds OCD A Blessing And A Curse

Former Dream Theater and current Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy discusses his obsessive-compulsive disorder and how it is both a blessing and a curse.

During an interview with Long Island Pulse, Portnoy was asked "You're a self-professed control freak with OCD tendencies. Are you formally diagnosed?"

He responded, "I have discussed it with doctors. But I'm just one of those perfectionists that have to have everything organized. I like to make lists and if I'm into something I just get obsessed with it.

"My house is filled with tens of thousands of DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, books, magazines and drum sets. I don't need to be professionally diagnosed to know there's something going on there!"

Portnoy was then asked if it is a blessing or a curse and replied that it is both, He said, "It's absolutely a blessing because I've used it to my advantage. I've been able to use that nature to nurture my career.

"It's a curse in the sense that my bandmates have to deal with it, and my wife and family have to deal with it, but the people around me who know me and love me accept it and let me do my thing."

Read the full interview here.

Megadeth Announce Their New Guitarist

 Megadeth have officially announced the addition of guitarist Kiko Loureiro to the band. Formerly with Brazilian band Angra, Louriero replaces outgoing member Chris Broderick after he left the group last November.

"I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! Magazine," says Dave Mustaine. "I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard.

"Since then I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, 'the best is yet to come!'" Read more here.


Most Successful Toto Studio Album In Over 25 Years
World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015

 Los Angeles, CA --- After a ten year recording hiatus, Toto has returned with one of their most successful albums ever.  Released last week, TOTO XIV charted all around the world showing the true dedication of their worldwide fans.  The album landed in the Top 10 on the charts in nine countries (Germany #4, Netherlands #2, Japan #2, Denmark #7, Czech Republic #10, Finland #5, Norway #6, Sweden #4 and Switzerland #3).  TOTO XIV also became the first new studio album to chart in the US & UK since 1988’s The Seventh One.

“We’re pleasantly stunned at the response,” exclaimed David Paich. “We couldn’t be more pleased with this initial success! And we’re always blown away when a new TOTO album bursts onto the Charts.  We owe it all to our friends and Fans!"

“I am happily shocked, thankful and surprised,” echoed Steve Lukather.  “ I can’t begin to thank you all for the support of buying real music and the love and kindness you have all showed this band for 38 years. So much thanks to our team and Frontiers records and all the people that work with us and most of all to the fans and our friends.  It means so much to us.  This one is for Mike and Jeff and all the Porcaro's!”

 TOTO XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.

 Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 

 As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 

 The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.

 The last few years have been quite active; with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last summer, the band hit the road across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 

 Details on a Aug/Sept North American tour in support of TOTO XIV will be announced next week.

Hollywood Rockers Pretty Boy Floyd Salute The Kings Of Theatrical Metal KISS On The New Album KISS OF DEATH!

Los Angeles, CA - The bad boys of Hollywood sleaze metal take on the gods of New York glam on this bombastic tribute album! Featuring 15 supercharged versions of KISS classics including “Shout It Out Loud,” “Detroit Rock City,” and “I Love It Loud,” KISS OF DEATH is a virtual wet dream for fans of both of these larger-than-life bands. PBF founding member Kristy Majors leads the attack with his razor sharp guitar alongside vocalist Steve Summers who together breathe new life into the classic metal anthems of Gene Simmons & Co. KISS OF DEATH is available now on CD and will be available on vinyl later this year!

From the very beginning, Pretty Boy Floyd wore their influences on their black fishnet sleeves. Even the name of their 1989 debut album for MCA Records, Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz, was a “tongue-in-cheek tip of the hat to their glamorous heroes - Sweet, KISS, the NY Dolls - all the bands who believed that rock music wasn’t just music - it was a show, a spectacle, a lifestyle.” Pretty Boy Floyd certainly carried the torch of theatrical rock with their Top 20 MTV videos “I Wanna Be With You” and “Rock And Roll Is Gonna Set The Night On Fire.” Their debut album would go on to sell 750,000 copies worldwide, and laid the foundation for the incredible career they’ve sustained over the decades. Trends have come and gone but these Boyz have survived and thrived, recording new music for a growing fanbase and still touring the world!

1. King Of The Night Time World
2. Room Service
3. I Stole Your Love
4. I Love It Loud
5. Goin' Blind
6. Deuce
7. Creatures Of The Night
8. Detroit Rock City
9. Firehouse
10. Love Gun
11. Shout It Out Loud
12. Christine 16
13. Strutter
14. Let Me Go Rock N' Roll
15. Black Diamond

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Van Halen Wanted To Release Lost Early Recordings

Eddie Van Halen has revealed that the group's newly-released album, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", wasn't the band's original plan for the follow-up to 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth."

"We were trying to figure out what to do since we didn't have time to put a studio record together," the guitarist tells the Washington Times. "My son Wolfgang is working on his own project. Dave is off doing his thing.

"What I originally wanted to do was remix the original 25 song demos. That would have been really cool. But the tapes are lost. They are gone. So that was out the window."

The demos Eddie refers to were recorded for Warner Brothers Records in 1977 - prior to the release of their groundbreaking self-titled debut in February of 1978.

Material from those sessions has been re-recorded for inclusion on a number of Van Halen albums over the years, including the group's reunion record with original frontman David Lee Roth, "A Different Kind Of Truth."

"Then we started digging through bootlegs from the club days," Eddie continues. "We tried our best to make those sound good, but ultimately it wasn't good enough to put out." Read more here.

Rolling Stones May Play Entire 'Sticky Fingers' Album On Tour

Fast on the heels of news that the Rolling Stones are touring this summer comes word that the band is considering performing their classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, in its entirety.

"We're floating the idea of playing the whole album," frontman Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone. "At the very least, we'll play the songs we don't normally play."

A deluxe version of the album hits stores on May 26, which will no doubt figure into the decision. One concern of Jagger's is that the disc contains a preponderance of slow-tempo songs-"Normally we just [perform] one or two ballads," he says-but the band plans to explore the idea in rehearsals nonetheless.

"I'm sure we'll have a go at it," he says. "We play a lot of the tunes and know them pretty well. I think we've played them all at least once. It's not like trying to do [the 1967 psych-rock album] Their Satanic Majesties Request." Read the Gibson report here.

Metallica's New Music Is Unique But Still Heavy

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo says in a new interview that the band is "having a blast" as they write their 10th album - but he can't define how the work sounds yet.

There's no completion date for the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, although drummer Lars Ulrich recently said they were aiming to include some of the material in this year's summer shows.

Trujillo tells Rolling Stone: "We're working on these songs, we are being productive and having fun." Asked whether the music feels like an extension of Death Magnetic, he replies: "I can't say that yet. I can't relate it to any album - I think every Metallica album is unique."

He continues: "What we're doing is special and unique, but still heavy. For me as a listener, there's a certain edge that needs to be there." Read more here.

AC/DC Add New North American Tour Date

AC/DC have expanded the North American leg of their Rock Or Bust world tour with a September 17 show at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

AC/DC will launch their 2015 live dates when they headline the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on Friday April 10 and Friday April 17; the band will then kick off a European tour May 5 in Arnhem, Netherlands.

The legendary hardrockers will be kicking off the late summer/early fall tour of North America on August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Read more here.

INXS's Tim Farriss Out Of Action For A Year After Accident

INXS guitarist Tim Farriss says he'll be out of action for at least a year after severing his finger in a freak accident. His ring finger was ripped off after he caught it on a winch on board his boat in Sydney, Australia in February - leading to fears he might never play again.

Now he tells the Herald Sun about his recovery: "It's going as well as can be expected. I will be strapped for another year. The whole finger came off pretty much, so the recovery was never going to be fast."

Farriss adds he's facing his rehabilitation "one day at a time" after two rounds of surgery and reveals he's been undertaking work at his farm in Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales. Read more here.

David Bowie Co-Writes The Man Who Fell To Earth Inspired Musical

David Bowie's new stage musical, "Lazarus", will see its world premiere this fall in New York and include new songs written by the singer, according to reports.

Co-written by Bowie and Enda Walsh, the production - directed by Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler, More Stately Mansions, Obie Awards) - is inspired by the 1963 novel, "The Man Who Fell To Earth" by Walter Tevis, and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, previously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 sci-fi screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.

"Lazarus" will features songs specially composed by Bowie for the stage production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs. Read more here.

Chester Bennington Taking New Approach In Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington says he's stepping out of his comfort zone for the upcoming Stone Temple Pilots album. And the vocalist, who suffered a serious ankle injury in January which forced the cancellation of a run of Linkin Park shows, says he's getting the chance to express himself in new ways with STP.

He tells Artists Direct: "With Linkin Park, things are pretty literal. Writing for STP, I get to be a lot more poetic - I get to be a lot more clever with my wording. It makes it fun because I get to be more colorful.

"With this new record, the music is pretty insane. With the melodies, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. It's definitely something I enjoy doing because it helps me think differently in terms of how to get a point across." Read more here.

Magnum Recording New Album

Magnum's Bob Catley has confirmed the band are in studio sessions for their 18th album. Bassist Al Barrow revealed early work had begun in August last year.

Now the vocalist reports they the band is back at Mad Hat Studios, Staffordshire, to record the follow-up to 2014's Escape From The Shadow Garden.

Catley says on Facebook: "It's sounding pretty good so far. Tony Clarkin is doing some guitar parts and I'll be doing some singing pretty soon when he's got some lyrics for me. I think it's going to be a really strong, rocking album as usual.

"The album will be coming out early next year, maybe February - and then we'll be on tour straight away." Read more here.

Tommy Bolin 'Teaser' Reissue Preview Video Released

A video has been released giving fans a closer look at the upcoming reissue of Tommy Bolin's debut solo album. Teaser is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its 1975 release and will be issued as a 3-disc collection on May 18 via UDR.

The one-time Zephyr and James Gang guitarist originally released the work while he was a member of Deep Purple. He died of a drug overdose the following year, at the age of 25.

Teaser 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set includes the album accompanied by two live CDs featuring long-lost outtakes and alternative mixes. The live CDs are made up of performances from Ebbets Field, The Northern Lights, My Father's Place and Albany. Watch the video here.

Blodwyn Pig/Jethro Tull Original Guitarist Mick Abrahams Releases New CD/DVD “Revived” Featuring Guest Appearances By Bill Wyman, Martin Barre, Bernie Marsden and Others!

London, UK - Over the years legendary Blodwyn Pig/Jethro Tull original guitarist Mick Abrahams has recorded a number of solo albums, steeped in the delta blues DNA that had mystically been passed down to him by Robert Johnson. Mick is 71 now, and still has the heart of a bluesman - the remarkable musicianship on this gem of an album Mick Abrahams and Guests “Mick Abrahams Revived” pays testament to that!

Mick Abrahams has made what is possibly the strongest album of his career. This time he is accompanied by a whole slew of special guests including Martin Barre his successor in Jethro Tull, legendary singer Paul Jones, Steely Dan's one-time guitarist Elliott Randall, Jim Rodford drummer from The Kinks, Bernie Marsden the guitarist from Whitesnake, and Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman!

Bill Wyman – bass
Martin Barre - gtr
Bernie Marsden - gtr
Graham Walker - drums
John Gordon - bass
Jim Rodford - bass
George Murayni - keyboards
Elliott Randall - gtr
Geoff Whitehorn - gtr
Emily Gardner - gtr
Josh Phillips - hammond organ
Mark Feltham - harmonica vox
Paul Jones - harmonica vox
Beverley Skeete - vox
Don Andrews - vox
Patrick Walshe - vox
Peter Aldridge - vox
Frank mead - saxophones, squeezebox
Nick Payn - saxophones, vox
Terry Taylor - gtr

Summer Day
What About Us
Elz & Abys Jam
On The Road Again
Remember Abrahams
I Can Tell
I'm A Hog For You
Bright Lights Big City
Dragonfly Alex
Boney Moronie
Goodnight Irene
Poison Ivy
Red River Rock
North By North West
Hungry For Love
Summer Day With Hammond

Mick Abrahams and Guests “Mick Abrahams Revived” will be released on April 7, 2015. The dvd version is a limited edition and exclusively available at Gonzo.

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Robert Plant Solo Career Retrospective On Dual Album Anniversaries

North American syndicated Rock radio show website celebrates Robert Plant, one of rock’s premiere voices, in a special solo career retrospective.

Quite coincidentally, two of Robert Plant’s post-Led Zeppelin solo albums, Spring 1985‘s Shaken’n’Stirred and March 1990‘s Manic Nirvana, are each marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine them via the impressive Nine Lives box set which chronicles Plant’s prolific solo output. 

It was Robert’s second solo album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, with whom he fronted for twelve fabled years. Angular extended songs “In the Mood” and the cryptic “Big Log” became rock radio staples in the States, followed by “Little by Little” from Shaken and Stirred in 1985. 

Not until 1988’s Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song “Tall Cool One”, brilliantly sampling the “thunder of the gods” iconic Led licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. “Heaven Knows” and “Ship of Fools” made Now and Zen a blockbuster, with “Hurting Kind” in 1990 from Manic Nirvana twenty-five years ago and the tender heartfelt “29 Palms” on Fate of Nations.  

Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how Plant views himself and how he continues to evolve as an artist.

“I can’t really stand in middle ground and be showered with confetti and compliments. The most important thing to me is to expand what I’m doing and take people with me… or not.”  - Robert Plant                                                    

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Confirms Solo Album Plans

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry Monday night (March 31) and confirmed some major news: Tyler be releasing a solo country album.

According to Rolling Stone Country, during Eric Paslay's set at the famed country music venue, Tyler walked onstage in a floor-length white coat and announced the big news.

Rumors of the Aerosmith star going country have been circulating for months. According to Billboard, Big Machine Label Group is in the process of signing Tyler. This news came shortly after Tyler was featured in an American Idol segment devoted to the label's CEO Scott Borchetta. Read more here.

Van Halen Tease Ellen Appearance

Van Halen are set to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today (April 2nd), and the first photos from the band's taping of the daytime talk show have surfaced.

On Wednesday, Eddie Van Halen tweeted a photo from backstage with son/bassist Wolfgang and actor Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family, with the caption "SECURITY!!!! #AprilFools"

The Ellen Show posted an Instagram image of David Lee Roth and Eddie performing on the program, writing "Van Halen is here tomorrow. Get ready to JUMP!"

Van Halen are on the popular daytime talk show to promote this week's release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", the band's first live album with Roth. Check out the photos here.

John Lennon's First Wife Cynthia Lennon Dead at 75

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, has died. She was 75. According to a press release, Lennon died after a "short but brave battle with cancer."

The news of her death was shared via a press release mentioning that her son, Julian Lennon, was with her. "Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer," the release reads. "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time."

Cynthia met the future Beatle while both attended Liverpool College of Art in a calligraphy class. They married in 1962 and had one child, Julian, the next year. Read more here.

Rolling Stones Unplug For Classic Song

The Rolling Stones have released an unreleased acoustic version of "Wild Horses" as a preview to the upcoming reissue of their classic 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers."

Due May 25 (May 26 in North America), the remastered album will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.

The acoustic take on "Wild Horses" will be featured on the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions of the package, which feature previously unreleased material and alternative takes of a selection of album tracks.

Included are an alternative version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of "Bitch", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and "Dead Flowers"; and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including "Honky Tonk Women" and "Midnight Rambler." Check out the video here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd To Release All-Star Concert On CD and DVD

Lynyrd Skynyrd have revealed their plans to release a live album and DVD of their concert where they celebrated their classic live album "One More For the Road" with a list of all-star special guests.

The band have yet to reveal the release date and track details for the "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans!" which was captured during their special show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on November 12, 2014. We were sent these details:

The show featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with special guests Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant.

Twisted Sister To Move Ahead With Live Plans Despite AJ Pero's Death

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has confirmed the group will perform its scheduled concert dates in 2015 with the help of a professional drummer following the March 20 death of bandmate A.J. Pero.

The drummer died of a heart attack in his sleep in Poughkeepsie, NY at the age of 55 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob; he was just days away from meeting with French to discuss Twisted Sister's upcoming summer schedule.

"We will honor AJ during our shows this year," French writes on his blog at "A professional drummer who is a friend will be filling in shortly. This will allow us to fulfill our touring obligations and, most important, give us some space to make some very hard decisions about our future."

Pero was a member of Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997 and from 2001 forward. The drummer joined Adrenaline Mob in 2013 following a split with Mike Portnoy. Read more here.

Ace Frehley Wants Gene Simmons On All-Star Covers Album

Ace Frehley is sharing an update on plans for an all-star covers album as the follow-up to his 2014 effort, "Space Invader." Frehley originally revealed last summer that the project was in the works and would include guests like Slash, Lita Ford, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

"The album's going to be about my influences," Frehley tells Billboard. "I'm probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley's Comet track."

The guitarist says he has done some overdubs and intends to track another six to eight songs, then pick the best 12 to focus on. The album's track list isn't solidified, but he says he's "probably going to redo both 'Cold Gin' and 'Parasite.' On Kiss records, I'm not singing lead. So I'm going to sing lead on them like I do live so there's studio tracks out there with me."

"I was actually going to ask Gene Simmons to play bass on a track and sing with me," he adds. "I haven't gotten to that stage yet." Read more here.

Bumblefoot Tried To Get All-Star Guests For New Album

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal tried to secure some big-name guests for his latest solo album - but ran out of patience with the process. Instead, he did everything on Little Brother Is Watching himself, except the drums.

The guitarist - whose position in Guns N' Roses remains unclear - tells MusicRadar: "I would have liked to have done the star-studded thing, but I was on such a roll that I didn't want to stop.

"Initially I put out some feelers, but it turned into, 'You've got to talk to the manager, the agent, this person and that.' After a while I just said, 'I don't have time for this. I've got to keep moving.'"

But Bumblefoot says it means that, asides from sticksman Dennis Leeflang's contribution, the album is "the full me." Read more here.

Video of Van Halen's David Lee Roth Stage Injury Goes Online

Video of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth injuring himself during the opening number of the band's performance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday has been posted online.

Hitting the stage to perform their 1984 hit, "Panama", Roth cut his nose with the microphone sometime during the song's first verse. The singer could be seen wiping blood away as the song continued, with Roth eventually going sidestage to grab a towel in an attempt to clean it up and prevent further bleeding.

The singer left the stage during the track before returning to advise the crowd of his injury and apologized as the group took a short break before restarting the performance after Roth was outfitted with a bandage across his nose.

Van Halen then ran through a greatest hits set that included "Panama", "Runnin' With The Devil", "Hot For Teacher", "Eruption", "You Really Got Me", "Dance The Night Away", Unchained" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love.." Watch the video here.

Led Zeppelin & Interlude unveil groundbreaking video experience

Led Zeppelin is ready to take fans on a new adventure.

The influential band has teamed up with media and technology company Interlude to release a first-of-its-kind interactive video experience set to the previously unreleased rough mix of “Trampled Under Foot,” which goes by the early working title “Brandy & Coke.”

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Through this immersive music video, Interlude and Led Zeppelin offer fans a voyage of discovery into the fantastical world of one of rock’s most monumental albums, 1975’s “Physical Graffiti.” Fans can step through the legendary album cover to explore the iconic five-story tenement building room by room. Inside, they’ll discover an eclectic cast of characters and unexpected events taking place behind each of the windows.  

Led Zeppelin’s video comes on the heels of a groundbreaking strategic partnership announced late last year between Warner Music Group and Interlude. Through the partnership, WMG became the founding major-label partner of Interlude Music utilizing its proprietary technology to create and distribute innovative video experiences. The list of artists who have already gone interactive, partnering with Interlude to create more immersive experiences includes big names like Bob Dylan,  Coldplay and Wiz Khalifa, to emerging bands like Rixton, AJR and more.

Interlude is revolutionizing the way fans engage with their favorite artists by creating a video experience that sucks them in and makes them an active participant.

Premiere Groundbreaking New Video For The Initial Rough Mix Of “Trampled Under Foot”

 In Partnership With Interlude, The Interactive Video Takes Viewers On A Virtual Journey Through 16 Rooms In The Iconic Physical Graffiti Building

 NEW YORK – March 31, 2015 - Led Zeppelin have teamed with media and technology company Interlude to produce a groundbreaking interactive video to the previously unreleased rough mix of “Trampled Under Foot,” which goes by the early working title “Brandy & Coke.” The video can be viewed now at

 Through this immersive music video, Led Zeppelin fans will be able to see beyond the façade of one of rock’s most iconic album covers, Physical Graffiti, and step inside the building through each of the 16 featured windows. Until now, no fan has had so many ways to explore and see a music video come alive. By selecting one of the featured 16 windows, the audience can enter into the room and will discover events that pay homage to the window illustrations on the original artwork. Featuring archival footage, such as the band’s full Earl’s Court performance of the song, original animation and more, Interlude technology allows viewers to follow and interact with characters from room to room without disrupting the flow of the song.

 “Brandy & Coke” (Trampled Under Foot - Initial Rough Mix) is featured on the newly released deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s legendary album Physical Graffiti, which is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. Certified 16x platinum in the U.S., Physical Graffiti is generally regarded as one of the greatest double albums of all time with the original 15 tracks representing a creative tour de force that explored the band’s dynamic musical range.



Van Halen, Van Halen I, Women & Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down, and 1984 remastered directly from the Analog Master Recordings Are Also Now Available Digitally.

Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band's albums with Roth, and has been released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and digitally.

Van Halen reinvented the sound of hard rock in 1978 with its influential and wildly successful eponymous debut album and then achieved even greater success six years later with 1984. Both albums would define a generation while selling more than 10 million copies each in the U.S. alone to earn diamond-certification from the RIAA. The band recently went back to the original analog tapes and remastered both of these landmark albums - VAN HALEN and 1984 - which are now also available.

Considered one of the greatest debut albums in rock history, Van Halen took the music world by storm in 1978 with an 11-song manifesto that features some of rock radio's most played songs of all time and scorching concert staples like "Runnin' With The Devil," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Jamie's Cryin'," the band's signature cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," and Eddie Van Halen's finger-tapping tour de force, "Eruption." Six years and five albums later, Van Halen had become one of the biggest bands in the world around the release of 1984, which includes a number of the band's most legendary songs such as the #1 hit, "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher."

Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA, was enlisted for these new versions. In order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD; for 180-gram vinyl; and for the digital version. Newly mastered versions of DIVER DOWN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, VAN HALEN II and FAIR WARNING were cut for each format and are available here .

TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT features an electrifying performance by singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Mixed by award-winning engineer and mixer Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music, Nine Inch Nails, and many more), and mastered by Chris Bellman, the album features such classic anthems as "Dance The Night Away," "Beautiful Girls," "And The Cradle Will Rock..." "Unchained," and "Everybody Wants Some!!" as well as blistering versions of "Tattoo," "She's The Woman," and "China Town" from the group's most recent studio album, A Different Kind of Truth.

A deluxe collection featuring TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT and the newly remastered VAN HALEN and 1984 albums, as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging, are also available.


VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at and with special pre-sale information being announced locally.

Scott Weiland Tells His Side Of Stone Temple Pilots Breakup

As Scott Weiland released his new album "Blaster" from his new solo band Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts, he revealed his side of his departure from Stone Temple Pilots.

"It's just a shame how it happened," Weiland says about the breakup with Stone Temple Pilots in a new interview with QMI Agency. "I said I needed six months off. I felt we needed six months off in order to do a 20th year anniversary tour and that 20th anniversary tour didn't end up happening and I said, 'Okay, then we need to make a new record because we can't go on just playing the greatest hits set. It's not going to work. We're losing fanbase. Our guarantees are starting to go down.'

"So I assumed we were all on the same page when we left tour and it turned out not so and they got different management and things just soured. (I've known them) since I was a teenager.

"Crazy things happen especially when you end up getting different management. People see things one way and a lot of times how things are portrayed to the band members are through the goggles of the management and filtered through that and that's what you end up hearing."

Weiland also discussed the musical direction of the new Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts album. "I think we fit in somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and any Jack White sort of project, but with my melodies. Rock 'n' roll, but garage indie rock 'n' roll..."Read more here.

Gov't Mule Streaming 'Dub Side Of The Mule' Album

Gov't Mule have released a stream of their live album Dub Side Of The Mule, featuring Toots Hibbert of Toots And The Maytals. The album is released on April 6 via Mascot Label Group in 3CD+DVD, standard CD and double-vinyl editions.

Mainman Warren Haynes' hopes the release will demonstrate another facet to his band's musical output, after recent title Dark Side Of The Mule and Stoned Side Of The Mule saw them covering Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones respectively.

Haynes said recently: "Each song on our 2013 album Shout! has its own personality - it sounds like Gov't Mule but doesn't sound like anything we'd ever done. These archive releases further that concept. They allow us to highlight some of our influences as well as how far we've come since the first album." Check out the album stream here.

Iron Maiden and King Crimson Stars Lead Prog Orchestra Album

Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith and King Crimson's Gavin Harrison are among the big-name musicians who appear on an orchestral prog album released this week.

The guitarist and drummer are joined by ex-Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz, guitarist Guthrie Govan and late Three Dog Night keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The album, entitled The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics, features tracks by Pink Floyd, Crimson, Rush, Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull and others. Read more and check out a video here.

Tesla's Jeff Keith Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery

Tesla mainman Jeff Keith has undergone successful hip replacement surgery and is resting at home, it's been confirmed. And the band say he'll rejoin them for rehearsals for their upcoming live commitments next week.

They say in a statement: "JK has made a full recovery from his hip replacement surgery and is enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation at this time.

"The band will resume rehearsals for the Monsters Of Rock cruise next week and run through a set of songs from their latest album Simplicity." Read more here.

Van Halen Rock Classics On Jimmy Kimmel

Van Halen delivered a trio of classic tracks - "Hot For Teacher", "Eruption" and their supercharged cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" - on the second of two nights of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday.

The band shut down Hollywood Boulevard on Monday to perform an 8-song greatest hits set for the late night program as they launched their latest album, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

During the band's opening number, "Panama", frontman David Lee Roth injured himself when his martial arts stick/baton cut his nose, forcing the singer to stop the event while he was treated. The injury was originally believed to have been caused when Roth bumped his nose on a microphone.

On Tuesday, Kimmel revealed slo-motion footage of the incident and that Roth received 14 stitches at hospital following the performance. Watch all of the videos here.

AJ Pero Was Twisted Sisters' John Bonham Says Bandmate

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has described late drummer AJ Pero as the band's John Bonham or Keith Moon. He passed away earlier this month at the age of 55, while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. It's suspected he suffered a heart attack.

In an emotional interview with Eddie Trunk, French says: "What John Bonham was to Zeppelin, what Keith Moon was to The Who, AJ was to us. I just mentioned two legends - and AJ's up there with them."

He continues: "We've been together longer and spent more time together than we do with our own families. I think metal's the only genre where that happens." Read more here.

Billy Joel Celebrates 'Glass Houses' 35th anniversary In The Studio

The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album. The show sent over these details:

Billy Joel took a big risk in March 1980 by following blockbusters The Stranger and 52nd Street with the surprisingly stripped down garage rock arrangements of Glass Houses. But lest you get the wrong idea, it was the approach that was lean, not the material. Some of Joel's best songs are here including "You May Be Right", "Sometimes a Fantasy", "Don't Ask Me Why", "Close to the Borderline", the under-appreciated "All for Leyna" and the timeless "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me".

In a rare conversation, Billy opens up to InTheStudio host Redbeard about his musical influences, seeing the Beatles perform on TV's Ed Sullivan Show, the British Invasion bands that followed, garage rock, and the New York City punk scene which inspired his approach to the making of Glass Houses.

"I think what I was doing with the Glass Houses record in the studio when it came time to get together with the band was becoming a garage band all over again. I wanted to have fun ,and I wanted to make music that all the musicians enjoyed playing, as if we were in a bar." - Billy Joel

Check out the episode here.


FEATURING STAR-STUDDED PERFORMANCES BY LYNYRD SKYNYRD AND SPECIAL GUESTS Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph AND DONNIE VAN ZANT

 NEW YORK, NY (March 31, 2015) – Loud & Proud Records is proud to partner with Blackbird Presents to release the CD/DVD “Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans!,” a celebration of the band’s incredible musical legacy.

 On one special night last November 12, 2014, an extraordinary collection of artists came together at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of the most influential bands of our time. The uniqueconcert featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with special guests Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, BlackberrySmoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule,Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant. Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of the concert event, broadcast special and music release worked with Ken Levitan and Ross Schilling who also served as executive producers of the show. Don Was led the all-star house band as musical director for the evening.

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

 Tom Lipsky, President of Loud & Proud Records, says “Lynyrd Skynyrd has been the foundation of our label since the late 90’s, and it is a true honor to continue our relationship into the future.  “Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans!” is an incredible moment in the band’s history and we are thrilled to partner with Keith Wortman and Blackbird Presents to bring this release to the Skynyrd Nation!”

 With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.  Their last album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977. 

 Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, the band also includes Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar), Johnny Colt (bass), Peter Keys (keyboards), Dale Krantz Rossington (Honkettes backing vocals) and Carol Chase (Honkettes backing vocals).

 The release date, track listing, album art and tour dates will be revealed soon.  Loud & Proud Records will release One More For The Fans! – Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd in North America through RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and earMUSIC will release it in the rest of the world.

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FEATURING STAR-STUDDED PERFORMANCES BY LYNYRD SKYNYRD AND SPECIAL GUESTS Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph AND DONNIE VAN ZANT

 NEW YORK, NY (March 31, 2015) – Loud & Proud Records is proud to partner with Blackbird Presents to release the CD/DVD “Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans!,” a celebration of the band’s incredible musical legacy.

 On one special night last November 12, 2014, an extraordinary collection of artists came together at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of the most influential bands of our time. The uniqueconcert featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with special guests Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, BlackberrySmoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule,Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant. Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of the concert event, broadcast special and music release worked with Ken Levitan and Ross Schilling who also served as executive producers of the show. Don Was led the all-star house band as musical director for the evening.

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

 Tom Lipsky, President of Loud & Proud Records, says “Lynyrd Skynyrd has been the foundation of our label since the late 90’s, and it is a true honor to continue our relationship into the future.  “Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans!” is an incredible moment in the band’s history and we are thrilled to partner with Keith Wortman and Blackbird Presents to bring this release to the Skynyrd Nation!”

 With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.  Their last album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977. 

 Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, the band also includes Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar), Johnny Colt (bass), Peter Keys (keyboards), Dale Krantz Rossington (Honkettes backing vocals) and Carol Chase (Honkettes backing vocals).

 The release date, track listing, album art and tour dates will be revealed soon.  Loud & Proud Records will release One More For The Fans! – Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd in North America through RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and earMUSIC will release it in the rest of the world.

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Iron Maiden's Paul Di'Anno Years Focus Of New Book

Music journalist Greg Prato has released his latest book "Iron Maiden: '80, '81" which focused on the time period of the band's first two albums that featured vocalist Paul Di'Anno. We were sent these details:

The book was written in oral history format and based on interviews with former Iron Maiden members Paul Di'Anno (singer, 1978-1981), Dennis Stratton (guitarist, 1979-1980) and the producer of their self-titled debut Wil Malone.

Prato also interviewed several other music figures for the book including Biff Byford (Saxon singer), Udo Dirkschneider (former Accept singer), Kim McAuliffe (Girlschool singer/guitarist), Brian Tatler (Diamond Head guitarist), Lips (Anvil singer/guitarist), Doro (Doro singer), Scott Ian (Anthrax guitarist), Charlie Benante (Anthrax drummer), David Ellefson (Megadeth bassist), Dave Lombardo (former Slayer drummer), Mike Portnoy (former Dream Theater drummer), Richard Christy (Death and Iced Earth drummer), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest guitarist), Pete Way (former UFO bassist), and more.

The book has been released in various formats including paperback and digital (Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook). You can order it at Amazon here.



Northern Invasion--the newest addition to the World’s Loudest Month festival series--is set for Saturday, May 9 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI, just outside the Twin Cities.

The new rock and camping festival will feature an unbelievable first-year lineup headlined by global rock juggernauts Slipknot, with a roster of rock heavyweights including Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Three Days Grace, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, Anthrax, Live, Motionless In White, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Crutch, We Are Harlot, Starset and Crobot.

“We’ll be fresh out of the studio just in time to participate in the 1st annual Northern Invasion. It’s a huge festival and it will be amazing to get back on stage with peers in Slipknot, Volbeat, Halestorm and so many other kick ass bands,” says Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch.

Northern Invasion offers a full day of music on Saturday, May 9, along with a Friday Night Bonfire Party for all who purchase a camping or hotel package. See below for details about onsite camping, hotels packages and more. The Northern Invasion festival site map can be viewed at:

An early bird pre-sale, featuring a discounted ticket price, is available from Wednesday, December 10 at 10:00 AM CT through Wednesday, December 17 at 9:59 AM CT. Visit the Northern Invasion Facebook page to receive the code to purchase the specially priced pre-sale tickets. The Northern Invasion pre-sale offers a limited number of tickets for the following discounted prices (plus fees):

General Admission Ticket: $49.50
General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $149

Concertgoers are encouraged to buy early to save, as ticket prices will increase in the coming months.

The Northern Invasion VIP Pavilion Upgrade will feature shade, seating areas, premium cash bar, premium food experience (for purchase), and private restroom access for those with VIP Pavilion access. Those who select the VIP Upgrade will also have access to VIP Parking and an exclusive festival entrance. The VIP Upgrade does NOT include access to the Friday Night Bonfire Party or the Campgrounds. All ages are welcome in the VIP area, but attendees must be 21 or older to purchase adult beverages.

The Northern Invasion Camping area will be open from Friday, May 8 at 12:00 PM CST through Sunday, May 10 at 12:00 PM CST, camping upgrades and camping / hotel packages will also include access to the Friday Night Bonfire Party. Camping will be available for purchase as either ‘tent camping’ or ‘RV camping.’ Pricing information can be found at

All inclusive Camping and a limited quantity of Hotel Packages (Groupie, Roadie, Star) including a merchandise voucher, VIP Pavilion access, festival poster, and a commemorative laminate will be available starting at the pre-sale. More information on packages and military discounts can be found at

A limited number of discounted tickets are also available for active military through Northern Invasion partner GovX beginning December 10 at 10:00 AM Central Time.

Northern Invasion is supported by Jack Daniel’s and Jägermeister.

Northern Invasion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live and RockHouse Presents.

Somerset Amphitheater has been a favorite Midwest music venue since the late ‘80s. Located on the Apple River and less than 40 minutes from the Twin Cities, for years it has served as a summer hub for music and camping for those from Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.

Facebook: @NorthernInvasionFest
Twitter: @northinvasion
Instagram: @northerninvasion


David Lee Roth Injured During Van Halen's Kimmel Concert

Despite frontman David Lee Roth injuring himself, Van Halen launched their new album, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", with a live performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday.

The 8-song mini-concert that shut down Hollywood Boulevard got off to a shaky start when Roth cut his nose on the microphone during the opening number, "Panama."

The singer left the stage during the track before returning to advise the crowd of his injury and apologized as the group took a short break before restarting the performance after Roth was outfitted with a bandage across his nose.

Van Halen then ran through a greatest hits set that included "Panama", "Runnin' With The Devil", "Hot For Teacher", "Eruption", "You Really Got Me", "Dance The Night Away". Unchained" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love."

On Monday, the program aired footage of "Panama", "Runnin' With The Devil" and a portion of "Dance The Night Away", which saw Roth invite a girl up from the crowd to dance.

The late night show will broadcast additional material from the mini-concert tonight, Tuesday March 31st. Check out the video from Monday night's show here.

Rolling Stones North America Tour Details Revealed

Update: The Rolling Stones officially announced "The Zip Code Tour". Frontman Mick Jagger had this to say, "We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer! We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs."

Guitarist Keith Richards adds, "We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America! I can't wait to get back on the stage!"

The previously leaked dates were correct. Below is our previous report:

After a false start earlier this month with their #SatisfactionThurday teases, The Rolling Stones have revealed their plans to launch a North American tour summer.

The legendary band will be kicking off 15 date tour on May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, Ca and conclude the trek on July 15th at Le Festival d'ete de Quebec in Quebec City, according to leaked tour date information.

At press time (7:00am EST March 31st) the band has not yet made their formal announcement but the dates were inadvertently leaked on Monday ahead of the official announcement, when advertisements listing the dates appeared on the websites for Major League Baseball teams The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals.

The band teased the announcement via social media on Monday by posting a photo of an American flag version of their lips and tongue logo and advising fans to check their website this morning for a big announcement.

As previously reported, the band was expected to make the tour announcement on March 19th. WKRN reported at the time that "the nationwide promoter's ticketing is being blamed for the delay" and the mayor of Nashville was forced postponed a planned announcement of a local show.

Leaked North American Rolling Stones Tour Dates:
05/24 - Petco Park, San Diego
05/30 - Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
06/3 - TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
06/6 - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
06/9 - Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
06/12 - Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, Florida
06/17 - LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee
06/20 - Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
06/23 - Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
06/27 - Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
07/1 - Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
07/4 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana
07/8 - Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
07/11 - Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, New York
07/15 - Le Festival d'ete de Quebec, Quebec City

Scott Weiland Bandmate Jeremy Brown Dies

Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown has died, the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman revealed on his Facebook page late Monday night.

The news comes as the band release their debut album "Blaster" today (March 31) in North America. A cause of death has not been revealed. Weiland posted the following message, "We received a call today about my friend Jeremy Brown that has shaken me to the core.

"We were all concerned this afternoon when Jeremy didn't show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight's album release show at School Night. An hour later, Jeremy's family called us to say that he had passed away. I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated.

"It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I've ever known. A true genius. It's impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts.

"A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts."

Aerosmith Expand Blue Army Summer Tour

Aerosmith have once again expanded their upcoming summer plans. Last week the band revealed two additional concerts that will be part of The Blue Army Tour.

The summer trek will now includes a show in Hidalgo, Texas at State Farm Arena on June 30th and a concert in Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena on August 4th.

As of now the tour is scheduled to kick off on June 24th in Evansville, IN at The Ford Center and will conclude with the special Concert for Legends for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 7th in Canton, Oh.

Aerosmith's Blue Army dates:
6/24 - Evansville, IN - The Ford Center
6/27 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Casino
6/30 - Hidalgo, Texas - State Farm Arena
7/3 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
7/7 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
7/10 - Salinas, CA - Salinas Sports Complex
7/13 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place
7/16 - Victoria, BC - Save on Foods Memorial Centre
7/19 - Fort McMurray, AB - Shell Place at MacDonald Park
7/22 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days
7/25 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
7/28 - Ridgefield, WA - Washington Amphitheater Northwest
8/1 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/4 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
8/7 - Canton, OH, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Slash Releasing Roxy Concert As Live Album Plus DVD and Blu-Ray

Slash will release a live package this fall featuring his September 25, 2014 performance at The Roxy in Los Angeles. "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14" will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD and as a 3LP set.

Due June 15, "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14" captures the guitarist and his band in concert at the famed venue as part of the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary celebrations and the launch of his second solo album, "World On Fire."

The Roxy event was one of three shows Slash played in Hollywood's most legendary clubs to launch the record; he also rocked The Troubadour and The Whisky in the same week. Read more here.

Steven Adler Announces First Tour In Over Two Years

Original Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler has revealed the initial dates for a summer tour from his solo band Adler that will include U.S. dates as well as shows in Peru.

The new dates will mark the band's first live performances in over two years and is currently scheduled to kick off on June 18th at Tailgators in Bolingbrook, IL.

So far the North American trek includes six shows including a concert at the Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on June 20th where they will be sharing the stage with Queensryche.

The group, featuring Adler, vocalist Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul and bass player Johnny Martin, will also be playing their very first shows in Peru in late July.

The band expects to announce additional dates for the tour soon.

Initial Adler Tour Dates:
6/18/15 - Tailgators - Bolingbrook, IL
6/19/15 - Hat Tricks - Pekin, IL
6/20/15 - Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater - St. Louis, MO - w/ Queensryche
7/10/15 - Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
7/11/15 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
7/23/15 - Venue TBA - Lima, Peru
7/25/15 - Country Club Los Huancas - Huancayo, Peru
7/28/15 - Venue TBA - Cusco, Peru
8/28/15 - Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT

The Compulsions Announce Album Release Shows

The Compulsions have lined