Deep Purple's Ian Paice Recovering From Stroke
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has updated fans about his recovery following the news that he had experienced a stroke while the group was on tour in Europe.
Paice had originally revealed the news with the following: "On the morning of the 14th of June," explained Paice, "I woke up to find that the right side of my body was feeling numb and I could not control my right hand and fingers. So I had myself admitted to hospital where I was diagnosed with having suffered a 'mini stroke', or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)."
"The hospital staff in Stockholm were amazing and started my treatment straight away," he continued. "After both CT and MIR scans there was found to be no serious or permanent damage. As of this moment all I am suffering is a slightly numb right side of the face a tingling sensation in my right hand. My dexterity in the hand is coming back quickly and I fully expect to re commence touring next month. So now I have a set of tablets which have to be taken every day to ensure it doesn¹t happen again!."
Paice has now shared an update on his progress with a message to fans. "A big thank you to all the people who have been in touch with me expressing their concern about my health," wrote the drummer. "I think you will appreciate that there have been too many to answer every one personally. So if I don't reply to you please accept my apologies, but there are only so many hours in a day! Also my one typing finger is having its own 'event' and is starting to get very sore.
"I knew I had a lot of friends around the world but never realized quite how many. Again thanks to you all and I will endeavor to keep you up to date with my progress which so far is great." Find out the details about their rescheduled dates here.
ROCK NEWS FOR 06/27/16
Steven Tyler Reveals 'We're All Somebody From Somewhere'
If Steven Tyler's foray into country music confuses you, you should know that it's not something that sprang up out of the blue. It's been a long time a-comin' apparently, as he explained Friday morning (June 23) on TODAY.
Sitting down with co-host Matt Lauer, Tyler said, "When I was a kid, I had a tiny radio and I ran the wire up to the top of the apple tree because I had no reception." He rigged his device that way allowed him to pick up a radio station in Fort Wayne, IN, even though he was living in New England at the time.
As a result, Tyler heard all sorts of country songs, including one particularly memorable Johnny Horton record. "The B-side was 'All For The Love Of A Girl' and it was the first time I got those feelings inside for music and just in touch with myself with it, in a sexual way, in a life-giving way."
Tyler explained how his solo debut album is an outgrowth of what Aerosmith had been experimenting with for some time. "We would do all kinds of stuff, like 'Cryin.' That's country. Wrote it with Taylor Rhodes down in Nashville."He added, "It was already there. What was a stretch was going there and seeing what I could get."
Shortly after his appearance on the program, Tyler dropped his new single, the self-titled track off his album We're All Somebody From Somewhere. Tyler's solo debut album We're All Somebody From Somewhere will be released July 15. Check out the new song here.
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Shares His Radio Dreams
Lars Ulrich says he is trying to help rock movie Radio Dreams reach a wider audience. The Metallica drummer has backed the independent film financially and even makes an appearance in the movie. After a successful tour of the film festival circuit, Ulrich wants to get the film a wider release.
Directed by Babak Jalali, Radio Dreams tells the story of Afghanistan-based metal band Kabul Dreams, who want nothing more than to meet their heroes in Metallica.
They recruit the help of an Iranian radio station based in Metallica's home city of San Francisco, and one of the radio station's employees is determined to bring the two bands together.
Film fanatic Ulrich was approached by the filmmakers and he says he was instantly drawn to the storyline. He tells the So What podcast: "It sounded really cool and really unique. This was a passion project and this particular group of people and the story was worthy of supporting.
"They shot here in San Francisco about a year-and-a-half ago. They're great people, it's a great story. I love the idea of supporting film and culture from parts of the world that don't get a equal footing on the world stage." Read more here.
Motorhead Day Coming To London
London will host a special Motorhead Day next month to mark the 41st anniversary of the band's very first live show. "Raise A Glass For Lemmy" will celebrate the group's July 20, 1975 debut gig at the Roundhouse Camden with an event at the nearby Black Heart Inn on July 20, 2016.
Two DJs will recreate the magic of Neil Kay's Soundhouse with the sounds of Motorhead and all things New Wave Of British Heavy Metal by spinning tunes from the era - including including a full play through of the classic 1981 live album "No Sleep 'til Hammersmith."
The event has been organized with the support and blessing of Motorhead and the Motorhead Bangers Fan Club. Tickets are strictly limited to 250 and are completely free. Read more here.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Movie Being Developed By Artimus Pyle
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle is working on an "incredibly personal and passionate" film about the band. Pyle is working on a script with director Jared Cohn, with Cleopatra Films onboard to produce the as-yet-untitled movie.
Pyle says the film will feature his recollections of the 1977 plane crash that killed frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.
He tells Deadline: "When that plane crashed, we were at the top of the world, man. I mean, we could play with any band - any band, whether it was the Rolling Stones, anyone, and we would hold our own or better. I think of that accident every day and what we might have accomplished if we'd have 10 more years.
"I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were. Real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet." Read more here.
Tim 'Ripper' Owens Denied Entry Into The U.K.
Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens has been denied entry to the UK for a scheduled appearance at Wildfire Festival. Owens was due to perform at Wildfire in Biggar, Scotland, this past Friday.
Wildfire organizers had the following to say: "We arrived at Glasgow Airport this morning as Tim took time out from his tour of the Ukraine to play for us at Wildfire.
"Unfortunately, UK border patrol will not let him into the UK at this point in time and although we are trying everything we are able, we have little say in changing the minds of such a powerful UK agency.
"Both Tim and Wildfire would like to offer our sincere apologies at this time." Read more here.
ZZ Top Pay Tribute To Bill Ham
ZZ Top have paid an emotional tribute to their former manager Bill Ham, who died last week at the age of 79. In an interview for Classic Rock, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard recall Ham's hard work and dedication from the early days of their career through to their international breakthrough and all three say they wouldn't be where they are today without his input.
Ham worked with the band for 37 years and also produced many of their hit records. His death was confirmed by The Travis County Medical Examiner Office on June 21.
Guitarist Gibbons describes Ham as the "fourth member" of ZZ Top. He tells Classic Rock: "A thing to have really been overlooked about Bill was that he was a great and gifted songwriter in his own right. You know, he had a bunch of hits as both writer and performer from way back in the 50s.
"And he generously and willingly shared those techniques with us from the very beginning of his involvement in our band. So that was a very solid platform that he bought to the ZZ Top party.
"All the time that Bill was with us, he was incredibly supportive. He used to say to me when I was working on a song or we were doing an album, 'You just keep going and I'll let you know when something moves me.' I doubt very much if we'd have had the career we've had without Bill being on board with us.
"I certainly always considered him the band's fourth member and our shining light. I mean to say, he managed to put up with the trials of dealing with three renegade individuals for more than 40 years, so that's something in itself." Read more here.
Megadeth's Dave Ellefson Releases Kenya Thrash Coffee
Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson has released a blend of coffee called Kenya Thrash. The latest product from Ellefson Coffee Co is described as "bold high-octane blend of 90% Kenya-Kichwa Arabica Beans, and 10% India Robusta, roasted with a kick, for a high blend of flavor and function."
Ellefson Coffee Co previously released a blend called Roast In Peace. Ellefson says: "My love for coffee has accompanied me around the world for my entire musical career. Just like the spirit of a culture or the melody of a song, the enjoyment of coffee brings people together and creates harmony among us.
"The beans in this bag are traceable to their global origin and exemplify the spirit and culture of the people who grew them. It is my aim to bring this roast to our tables and awake our taste buds, fire up our rock n roll spirits and continue the global fellowship of music, art and coffee. May you roast in peace." Read more here.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' THE GETAWAY DEBUTS #1 AROUND THE WORLD
11TH STUDIO ALBUM TOPS BILLBOARD SALES CHART AND DEBUTS #2 ON TOP 200
Red Hot Chili Peppers 11th studio album The Getaway debuted at number one around the world today. The heralded studio album from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart selling 108,000 traditional units and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 with 118,000 album equivalent units. The Getaway, marks the Grammy Award-winning band's seventh top 10 album and third #2 on the Top 200 Chart. The album debuted at # 1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand. It debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' previous album, I'm With You, was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 countries. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will continue to perform at a variety of music festivals around the world this summer, including headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 30th. For a complete list of upcoming dates, click HERE.
Live MOTÖRHEAD Set 'Clean Your Clock' Out Today via UDR Music
Clean Your Clock - Live in Munich 2015
One of Lemmy Kilmister's Final Performances
Available as DVD/BluRay/CD/Vinyl
MOTÖRHEAD's brand new live set Clean Your Clock - featuring one of the band's final performances together at the Zenith in Munich, Germany - is out in the United States today via UDR Music. You can order the set in several formats via the links below.
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There will be no more MOTÖRHEAD tours because Lemmy is no longer here, and many, many people did not get a chance to hear them one more time on what proved to be their last-ever piece of road work. This makes Clean Your Clock a vitally important release. It is both a celebration and an epitaph, glorious yet not without melancholy, maintaining the warmth and curve of Motörhead's unique live sound.
On November 20 and 21, 2015, at the Zenith in Munich, Germany, UDR and Lemmy made the decision to record - what happened to be the very last live shows ever recorded - and MOTÖRHEAD proceeded to deliver two storming sold out shows. Where there had once been almost too-fast breakneck pace, there was measured yet still thunderous rock'n'roll served up only as they could, Phil Campbell playing better and better, and Mikkey Dee elevating the art of drumming to the superlative heights which made him one of metal's most coveted skinsmen. Lemmy sounds so dialed in, a little mean even (in the best possible way) snarling here and there, cackling when appropriate, and singing in a way which will defy every single pre-conceived expectation you might have had. Yes, he was fighting ailments. But no, he was not flimsy or faded, in fact on Clean Your Clock he lays down the marker for all near-70 year olds in terms of wicked bad-assery.
Clean Your Clock is the natural sound of one of rock'n'roll's mightiest, rarest and most astoundingly excellent beasts - MOTÖRHEAD. There isn't a plaudit they haven't received and there isn't a plaudit they don't deserve. And if there had to be a 'final' MOTÖRHEAD album, perhaps it is fitting that Clean Your Clock, a superb live encapsulation of the band at home, is the one.
So TURN-THIS-UP because as Lemmy himself said, the only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud... and remember Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD in the best possible way!
Clean Your Clock Tracklisting:
Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You / Over The Top / (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch / Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It / Orgasmatron / Doctor Rock / Just 'Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues / Overkill
Renowned Guitarist ERIC GALES Brings His Fiery Brand Of Blues Rock Deep Into The Heart Of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip!
Los Angeles, CA - Blues rock phenom Eric Gales set Hollywood’s Sunset Strip on fire last year with his six-string pyrotechnics at an explosive concert performance in the legendary Viper Room. Audiences were treated to a truly spectacular concert as Gales let loose on a string of Southern fried soulful blues favorites from his back catalog including “Block The Sun” and “The Open Road” PLUS tracks from his most recent album Good For Sumthin’ including a smokin’ hot cover of The Stones’s “Miss You” featuring a special guest appearance by Good For Sumthin’ producer Raphael Saadiq (John Legend, The Roots) on bass! Now, this concert experience is coming to home theaters everywhere as a special CD/DVD combo package called A Night On The Sunset Strip to be released this July 8, courtesy of Cleopatra Blues. This one will melt your eyes and your ears!
Check out the trailer for the concert DVD here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cZOES3z6Lw
Eric Gales came to national prominence in 1991 when he won Guitar World’s Best New Talent award. A brilliantly dynamic performer, Gales started releasing solo albums and wowing audiences in 2001 with a style and sound that frequently reminds listeners of the late great Jimi Hendrix, whose upside down Fender Strat playing Gales emulates. No wonder then that Gales was asked to headline the extremely popular Experience Hendrix Tour joining a line-up that includes a true who’s who of guitar masters including Eric Johnson and Zakk Wylde both of whom make guest appearances on Good For Sumthin’. Gales also recently supported Grammy award winner Lauryn Hill for her appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon promoting the Nina Simone tribute album Nina Revisited. Look for more releases from this extraordinary performer on Cleopatra Records!
2. Make It There
3. The Change In Me
4. Block The Sun
5. The Open Road
6. Sea Of Bad Blood
7. Bass & Drum Solos / Guitar Solo
10. Good For Sumthin’
11. Miss You
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'UNDER THE INFLUENCE' AVAILABLE TOMORROW 6/24/16!
"Foghat has delivered a huge slab of bluesy, boogie rock that rivals any of their previous releases. This is an album of music, each song standing on its own merits with no filler. There is passion, honesty and most of all, a bunch of kick-ass, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll."
-Jeb Wright, ClassicRockRevisited.com
Billboard for premiers new version of 'Slow Ride' from the new album!
Foghat Premieres 'Slow Ride' Remake After Celebrating Song's 40th Anniversary
"We wanted to do it because it was the 40th anniversary, and it's kind of a nod and a tribute to (late Foghat guitarists) Rod Price and to Lonesome Dave (Peverett)," drummer Roger Earl, the sole original member left in Foghat's lineup, tells Billboard. "It just seemed like a good idea, and it was easy and fun to do. I love playing the song, even after all these years."
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Check Out the New Video by Def Leppard "Man Enough!
THE METAL GOD ON THE ROCK HALL
Metal God Rob Halford says he is pleased that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is becoming more diverse and adds that it would be "a real treat" if Judas Priest were inducted.
Priest have been eligible for the Rock Hall since 1999 - 25 years after the release of their debut album Rocka Rolla. NWA, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and Chicago were inducted at this year's ceremony and Halford believes the "controversial" Rock Hall has become more diverse in recent years.
Halford tells KBAD 94.5FM: "We got a Grammy a few years ago, which was highly unexpected and a tremendous thrill. And the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, you know, is a controversial entity.
"It's not like the Baseball Hall Of Fame or the NFL Hall Of Fame. Those incredible institutions have very little discourse going on in them. Music - much like sports - is very passionate, and I think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has been getting more diverse now, which I think it should.
"Because a musician is a musician is a musician, and, again, if you've been able to make an indelible mark with what you do, to be recognized for that, I think, is a great honor. And if and when that day comes, I think that will be a real treat." Read more here.
Motorhead Star Reflects On Lemmy's Legacy
Mikkey Dee believes late Motorhead leader Lemmy is proud of what his band achieved, and that the icon is "up there" or "down here, somewhere, just laughing."
The rock world has continued to pay tribute following Lemmy's death in December at the age of 70, soon after he'd struggled with frail health to complete a European tour.
Honors include the Download festival's main platform being titled the Lemmy Stage, and the final race in the Swedish V8 Thunder Cars tournament renamed the Lemmy 500.
Speaking at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods in London earlier this month, Dee tells Red Carpet News TV: "I'm sure he's happy, he's proud about what he has done and what we have done. People are honoring him everywhere - they're naming stages and car races.
"He's up there, he's down here somewhere, just laughing. I kept saying, every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy, the man and friend and bandmate that I had."
The drummer worked with Lemmy for 23 years and says his bandmate was "so unique" as a musician and a person. He adds: "I think we went out with a bang, a big crash, a fantastic way of finishing off the band. I couldn't believe that Lemmy actually cold play, knowing that… Well, we struggled on the European tour.
"But when he walked on stage he was unbelievably good. Then he suffered from energy loss - but no one thought he was going to pass away." Read more and watch the full interview here.
Kurt Cobain Art Exhibition Tour In The Works
If you're someone who has studied Kurt Cobain beyond "Smells Like Teen Spirit" fame, you probably know he was also a prolific artist. His artwork wasn't always the most socially acceptable of sorts, but it definitely had its own character and presence.
Now, a selection of the late Nirvana frontman's artwork may be on display via Jeff Jampol, who also manages the estates of the Ramones, Janis Joplin and the Ramones.
Jampol and Cobain's family are working together to put together a special touring exhibition of Cobain's "works and his art and his possessions." "(Cobain's) got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of," Jampol told The New York Times . He also commented that Cobain's body of work is "going to be relevant for centuries." Read more here.
The NEW ALBUM from LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: Pre-Order the new album "From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess"
This follow up to their highly successful, 2013 self-titled debut album features Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, the Aristocrats) & Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).
PRE-ORDER available now: Standard CD, Digipak (CD+DVD) & Merchandise:
Release date: July 15, 2016.
MEAT LOAF READYING THE RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM BRAVER THAN WE ARE IN COLLABORATION WITH JIM STEINMAN OUT SEPTEMBER 16 ON 429 RECORDS
First Single "Going All The Way" Streaming Live At RollingStone.com
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 22, 2016) – Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed film, TV and stage actor Meat Loaf is readying the release of his highly-anticipated new album “Braver Than We Are” for 429 Records. Working closely again with longtime collaborator Jim Steinman—a key to the magic of multi-platinum selling albums “Bat Out of Hell” and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell”—Meat has recorded ten songs in tandem with Steinman, producer Paul Crook and The Neverland Express, which includes John Miceli (drums), Paul Crook (guitars, loops, synths), Randy Flowers (guitars, vocals), David Luther (sax, B3 organ, strings, horn arrangements), Justin Avery (piano, synths, strings, backing vocal arrangements), Danny Miranda (bass), Stacy Michelle (vocals) and Cian Coey (vocals). Guest musician Ricky Medlocke provided the slide guitar solo on “Train of Love.” The tracks on “Braver Than We Are” were written by Steinman, featuring the first song he ever wrote in a storied career to the most recent. While Crook produced the album, Steinman acted as creative consultant throughout the recording process working alongside Paul and Meat from beginning to end, sending suggestions, adding verses and contributing opinions on every aspect. The first single to radio, “Going All The Way,” streaming now at RollingStone.com, showcases a reunion with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito decades after their first performances on the smash hit “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” 429 Records will release “Braver Than We Are” digitally, on CD and vinyl in Europe on September 9 and the U.S. and rest of the world on September 16.
In a career spanning over four decades, “Braver Than We Are” is Meat Loaf’s fourth album featuring songs exclusively written by Jim Steinman.” With a painting featuring Meat and Jim together for the first time gracing the cover, the album hearkens back to the hugely successful Meat-Steinman collaborations “Bat Out of Hell” (1977) and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” (1993), which together sold over 67 million units. “Braver Than We Are” is a testament to Meat’s artistic rapport with Steinman. The songwriter’s strikingly vivid style matched with Meat’s incomparable talents not to mention his wit and grandiosity, results in the two successfully connecting with audiences on an epic scale.
“It’s a tribute to Jim Steinman really,” said Meat Loaf. “It’s a tribute to both of us and our work together.”
“Braver Than We Are” track listing:
Who Needs The Young
- Going All The Way
- Speaking In Tongues
- Loving You Is A Dirty Job
- Only When I Feel
- Skull of Your Country
- Train of Love
To Purchase “Braver Than We Are” visit:
iTunes Bonus Edition / Coming soon
Target CD with 3 Bonus Tracks
Amazon CD+DVD Bonus edition, Limited Edition Autographed LP
Walmart Limited Edition autographed CD / Coming soon
Barnes and Noble CD & Colored Vinyl Exclusive
Meat Loaf on Tour:
Jun 23 Penticton, Canada | South Okanagan Events Centre
Jun 25 Victoria, Canada | Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Jun 28 Abbotsford, Canada | Abbotsford Centre
Jun 30 Calgary, Canada | Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Jul 02 Moose Jaw, Canada | Mosaic Place
More U.S. and European tour dates will be announced soon.
About Meat Loaf:
Whether he’s on tape, on screen or the performance stage, Meat Loaf’s powerful presence is always felt in grand style. The Grammy® Award-winning musical titan exploded onto the scene with the breakout album, “Bat Out of Hell” in 1977. It has remained one of the top-selling albums in the world. Celebrated as one of the most extraordinary performers of all-time, Meat Loaf has appeared on Broadway and appeared in numerous films and television shows ranging from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Crazy in Alabama, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, and Fight Club to House, M.D., Masters of Horror, Hallmark’s Citizen Jane, Monk, Celebrity Apprentice, and Glee. The iconic performer continues to take center stage before packed concerts crowds, get rave reviews and generate international headlines. For more information, visit meatloaf.net.
About 429 Records:
429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company with an extensive roster of leading rock, blues, jazz, classical and world recording artists. SLG is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit 429records.com.
TESLA Announce Album "Mechanical Resonance, Live!" to be Released August 26th, 2016
2016 Summer Tour With Def Leppard set to Kick off on June 22nd in Boston
It's been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. However, it does in the case of Tesla. The band is thrilled to announce the release of a live recording of their classic album, "Mechanical Resonance LIVE!", celebrating the original multi-Platinum record's 30th birthday in style. With a few surprises up their sleeve, including the single "Save That Goodness" written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard, the album will be released on August 26th (Tesla Electric Company Recordings/Mailboat). The record is being released in conjunction with Tesla's summer tour opening up for Def Leppard, where they will perform in front of over half a million fans. Please see full tour routing HERE.
Said Frank Hannon, "30 years later and the songs on our first album still rock! Making this new live album of Mechanical Resonance was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla."
Added Brian Wheat, "It was a lot of fun to re-visit some of the songs we hadn't played in decades and had a great time recording it. "
Over the course of their thirty-year career, which started in 1986, the iconic Sacramento melodic hard rock quintet-Frank Hannon [guitar], Brian Wheat [bass], Jeff Keith [lead vocals], Troy Luccketta [drums], and Dave Rude [guitar]-has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and played to sold out crowds across the globe, their three albums that followed "Mechanical Resonance" all went multi-Platinum. To say Tesla live is absolutely bombastic is an understatement, they are a hard rock band to beat all hard rock bands.
The 21st century has become something of a renaissance for Tesla. Most recently, 2014's Simplicity bowed at #14 on the Billboard Top 200. The group ignited ABC's Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! in addition to scorching stages at festivals such as Rocklahoma, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Sweden Rock Festival as well as the cruise Monsters of Rock! As they prepare to cut their ninth full-length album with Phil Collen in the producer's chair, Tesla takes another monumental leap forward as they glance back on Mechanical Resonance Live!
UMe MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF TESLA’S 1991 PSYCHOTIC SUPPER ALBUM WITH TWO-LP VINYL RELEASE, ON JULY 22
Classic Geffen release includes five Mainstream Rock hits in “Edison’s Medicine,” “Call It What You Want,” “What You Give,” “Song & Emotion” and “Stir It Up”
Tesla’s third album, Psychotic Supper, the band’s third studio album, released on August 30, 1991, was the follow-up to the live Five Man Acoustical Jam, peaking at #13 on the Billboard 200, featuring an aggressive change in direction from the previous disc, landing an impressive five songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including “What You Give,” which went to #7 and even cracked the Billboard Hot 100 at #86. Other memorable songs include “Edison’s Medicine,” which spotlights how its subject received credit for harnessing electricity over the band’s own namesake, Nikola Tesla, which climbed to #20 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, along with “Call It What You Want” (#19), “Song & Emotion” (#13) and “Stir It Up” (#35). Produced by Michael Barbiero (Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Anthrax) – who also helmed the band’s first two studio efforts -- the album was eventually certified platinum in 1993 by the RIAA, and was included in German magazine Rock Hard’s book of “The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.” The band themselves have been quoted as considering Psychotic Supper their best record.
To help mark the album’s 25th anniversary in August, UMe is reissuing the album for the first time as a two-LP standard issue vinyl set on July 22.
Tesla was formed in Sacramento in late 1981 by bassist Brian Wheat and Frank Hannon, with lead vocalist Jeff Keith, drummer Troy Luccketta and guitarist Tommy Skeoch joining them by 1984, settling on the name Tesla two years later. Their debut album, Mechanical Resonance, came out in 1986, with many of the band’s themes and song titles inspired by the electrical engineer who gave them their name. In the early days of their career, the band toured extensively, opening for David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Poison.
And while their first two albums, Mechanical Resonance and 1989’s The Great Radio Controversy, both charted on the Billboard 200, 1990’s live Five Man Acoustical Jam, proved a breakthrough, peaking at #12, producing the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single “Signs,” a cover of the 1971 song by the Five Man Electrical Band.
On Psychotic Supper, the band largely eschewed the live album’s acoustic bent and let loose with a stripped-down production that enhanced the band’s bluesy take on rock and roll. “Edison’s Medicine” is highlighted by Jeff Keith’s frenetic, yet soulful vocals and some scorching guitar solos by Tommy Skeoch and Frank Hannon. Skeoch also rocks out on theremin, while Hannon straps on a bass for a memorable solo.
25 years after its release, Psychotic Supper still holds up for its impressive musicianship by the band and its mix of hard rock and anthemic ballads.
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER: A TREASURE CHEST OF CLASSIC ALBUMS The group’s first three albums are scheduled for re-release on Friday,July, 29th 2016.
All the CD version booklets will feature authorative liner notes and interviews conducted in 2016 with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch.
The band’s debut album ‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer’ (1970) will be available as a 2 CD set with CD 1 comprising the original album in its 2012 remastered edition. CD 2 offers an Alternate Album in a 2012 Steven Wilson stereo mix, with bonus tracks. The LP version will be the original album, newly cut for the first time from 24 Bit/HD 2012 remasters.
The Standard Digital Download will comprise the remastered 1970 album and an Alternate Album (2012 Stereo remix) with bonus tracks. The same contents will be available on MFiT and HD digital formats, all taken from the 2012 remasters.
‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer’ was first released after the group’s critically acclaimed debut show at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, when they performed to 600,000 people. Its dynamic original compositions and classical adaptations are brimful of Keith Emerson’s superb piano and Moog synthesizer work, Greg Lake’s magnificent vocals, bass and acoustic guitar playing and Carl Palmer’s lightning fast drumming.
Bartok’s ‘The Barbarian,’ together with originals ‘Take A Pebble,’ ‘Knife Edge,’ and the three part suite ‘The Three Fates’ are followed by ‘Tank’ and Greg Lake’s ballad ‘Lucky Man’ which was the band’s debut single and a huge U.K. and U.S. hit. The Alternate album has 12 tracks peppered with bonus items notable an informal ‘Rave Up,’ a Carl Palmer ‘Drum Solo,’ and alternate versions of ‘Take A Pebble,’ ‘Knife Edge’ and ‘Lucky Man.’
The band’s second album ‘Tarkus’ (1971) saw ELP take a new direction with yet more complex keyboard sounds. The title track took up the whole of side one of the original LP, and defined the band’s exultant, bombastic approach. ‘Jeremy Bender’ ‘Bitches Crystal,’ The Only Way (Hymn)’, ‘Infinite Space (Conclusion)’, ‘A Time And A Place,’ and the rocking ‘Are You Ready Eddy?’ complete this Number One U.K. album that also shot to Number 9 in the U.S. charts.
CD 1 comprises the 1971 album remastered in 2012 by renowned rock remastering engineer Andy Pearce. CD 2 is the Steven Wilson Stereo Mix of the 2012 remaster, with bonus tracks taken from the original recording sessions. They are ‘Oh My Father,’ ‘Unknown Ballad’ and an alternate take of ‘Mass’ from the extended piece ‘Tarkus.’ The LP version is newly cut from the 2012 remaster, with original gatefold sleeve and artwork faithfully reproduced. The three Digital versions are also taken from the 2012 remasters.
ELP’S third album ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’ (1971) has been credited with inspiring many young musicians to embrace and study classical music. Based on the group’s enthusiastic interpretation of the famous work by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, it was a major hit and reached Number 3 in the U.K. and Number 10 in the U.S. album charts. ‘Pictures’ was recorded on March 21st, 1971 at Newcastle City Hall, where Emerson made use of the hall’s thunderous pipe organ.
The LP and disc 1 of the CD comprises an excellent new remaster of the ‘Pictures’ album from the original master tapes. On the 2 CD set, tracks on CD 1 include ‘Promenade,’ ‘The Gnome,’ ‘Promenade,’ ‘The Sage,’ ‘The Old Castle, ‘ ‘Blues Variations,’ another reprise of ‘Promenade’, ‘The Hut of Baba Yaga, ‘ The Curse of Baba Yaga,’ ‘The Hut of Baba Yaga,’ ‘The Great Gates of Kiev’ and encore number ‘Nut Rocker’ a hit by B.Bumble & The Stingers. Bonus tracks are a medley of ‘Pictures’ recorded ‘live’ at the Mar Y Sol Festival, Puerto Rico, on December 4th, 1972.
Disc 2 has another live performance of the extended work, recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, on December 9th, 1970, complemented by live performances of ELP favourites ‘The Barbarian,’ ‘Knife Edge,’ ‘Rondo’ and ‘Nut Rocker.’
Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground breaking British groups of the golden age of Progressive Rock. As well as creating spectacular ‘live’ shows that incorporated advanced technology and showmanship, they also recorded a cascade of powerful albums that sold in millions around the world. During 2016 and 2017 the band’s musical legacy will be celebrated by BMG with an important and comprehensive re-issue programme that will put the spotlight on ELP’s nine studio albums as well as their ‘live’ recordings and compilations. The trio’s remarkable style, combining original compositions with rock, jazz, folk and classical influences, was performed with passion and integrity by the founder members:
Keyboard maestro - the late great, Keith Emerson
Singer, guitarist and bass player - Greg Lake
Drummer and percussionist - Carl Palmer
Their phenomenal mix of melodic songs, dynamic arrangements, brilliant musicianship and electrifying sound broadened the audience for progressive rock and guaranteed ELP massive international appeal, as they headlined stadium tours throughout the 1970s and 1990s and achieved sales of over 40 million albums. ELP also enjoyed two major hit singles with ‘Lucky Man’ and ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’, and their 21 minute epic track ‘Tarkus’ is hailed as a milestone in Prog Rock history.
New and old generations of fans will now be able to enjoy ELP’s music afresh, as their albums are released in a range of different formats, from CD and freshly cut vinyl LP to digital download, high definition digital and mastered for iTunes. Vinyl connoisseurs will be pleased that following a special request from Greg Lake, the LPs will be presented on 140 gsm vinyl to ensure a superior high quality sound. LP inner bag features an explanation of this by Greg.
Accompanying these three albums is a special 3 CD and Download release ‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology.’ Produced by Greg Lake, this superb, career-spanning set has 39 tracks from the years 1970 to 1998, the choice of material approved by all three band members. It is presented in special ‘casebound’ book packaging with detailed, informative sleeve notes by Chris Welch, illustrated with rare band photographs.
The songs are selected from the albums ‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer,’ ‘Tarkus’, ‘Pictures At An Exhibition,’ ‘Trilogy’, ‘Brain Salad Surgery,’ ‘Welcome Back My Friends To the Show That Never Ends,’ ‘Works Volume 1,’ ‘Works Volume 2,’ ‘Works Live’, ‘Love Beach,’ ‘Live At Nassau Coliseum ‘ 78’. ‘Black Moon’. ‘In The Hot Seat,’ ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1993’ and ‘Then & Now.’
Among the highlights are the band’s performance of Copland’s ‘Hoedown’, and their version of ‘Jerusalem’ by William Blake and Hubert Parry. CD 3 includes the stirring ‘Fanfare For The Common Man,’ Keith Emerson’s hit rendition of the famed ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues,’ Greg Lake’s 1975 solo hit ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ and the group’s menacing interpretation of the TV theme ‘Peter Gunn.’ ‘Tiger In A Spotlight’ is another live track, recorded at the group’s comeback show at the Royal Albert Hall.
Subsequent batches of important original ELP albums will be released by BMG later in 2016. They are ‘Trilogy,’ (1972), ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ (1973) and the unique triple live album ‘Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends’ (1974).
All these albums now serve as a fitting memorial to Keith Emerson, who died aged 71 on March 10th 2016. When speaking about ELP’s career and achievements for the re-issue project he said: “Emerson, Lake and Palmer are very proud to have brought this great music to a new generation of musicians and fans.”
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FEAR ("FUCK EVERYONE AND RUN") THE NEW MARILLION ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 23 ON earMUSIC
earMUSIC is delighted to announce the release of the brand new Marillion album FEAR [Fuck Everyone And Run] on September 23, 2016. The album will be available on SuperAudio-CD DigiPak [strictly limited to the first run], CD JewelCase, LP and Digital formats. This, the band’s eighteenth studio album, features five brand new tracks and the feeling within the band themselves is that they may well have produced their best ever work. Marillion has certainly not mellowed with age; the album artwork shows the acronym FEAR embossed on a gold ingot, and the songs themselves bear the hallmark of true quality.
Whilst the album title itself is certainly provocative, it’s not meant to be offensive. The title itself features as a line in the track 'New Kings' and is delivered as a plaintive falsetto. Steve Hogarth said, "We've used FEAR as a title with some relish, but only as it shows that we haven’t shied away, but it's said with sadness. There are two basic impulses behind human behaviour: Love and Fear, and all the good stuff comes from love."
FEAR sees the band taking on the big themes but they do not see it as their place to preach to people. "New Kings" looks at the ravening beast that modern capitalism seems to have evolved into, "El Dorado" examines the notions of political entitlement and the modern challenges for the UK, "The Leavers" examines the impact of a transient life on the road for those constantly waving goodbye.
The job is simple, says Hogarth: "We use the amazing privilege of having both a platform and an audience to encourage people to look in the mirror and ask themselves the big questions – by doing just that ourselves."
Buoyed by the feeling that on FEAR they have very much nailed both the music and the lyrics, Marillion are looking forward to touring the new material. The focus has been on bottling that lightning that typifies the creative process, staying away from the safety zone and getting it right.
As Hogarth says, "We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."
With the final tinkering and finessing done, with FEAR, Marillion show that they are as vital and potent as ever. Peerless and, yes, fearless…
ROCK AGAINST MS: THE PIZZA RECORDINGS TO RELEASE TUESDAY JULY, 19TH – PRE ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!
RECORDED AT THE FAMOUS 606 STUDIOS – ALL STAR BENEFIT ALBUM
LIMITED EDITION – VINYL ONLY – SPONSORED BY ROCK & ROLL RED BALLS PIZZA
FEATURING ORIGINAL MUSIC BY:
THE BULLET BOYS, MIKE WATT (THE STOOGES), KIRA, DILANA, PHIL X (BON JOVI)
PHIL BUCKMAN (FUEL/XFILTER), MATT STARR (ACE FREHLEY/ MR. BIG), TODD MORSE (THE OFFSPRING/JULIETTE & THE LICKS) DANN SAXTON, TODDSPLANET, IMPERFEXION, SQUIRRELEXPLOSION, BILLY BONES, GALVANIZED SOULS & the JEZEBEL DOGS
The long awaited ROCK AGAINST MS: PIZZA RECORDSINGS will be released Tuesday July 19th, 2016. This is a limited release of 1000 vinyl records with music written and recorded specifically for the Rock Against MS Foundation, 501c3 at the world renown 606 Studios – Home of the Foo Fighters.
PRE-ORDER YOUR VINYL HERE: https://goo.gl/7oAlvt
This album was the brain child of David “Veggie” Vieira when he held a battle of the bands at his restaurant, the World Famous Rock & Roll Redballs Pizza. The winners received recording time for 1 song that would be turned into a vinyl album. Finding that he recorded more than 1 vinyl could hold, he contacted his dear friend, publicist Nancy B. Sayle and said “Let’s do another album for your foundation and ask your friends to join in!”
Sayle had limited space on the album as to the number and length of songs that could be recorded. The music also had to be fresh, new and never recorded - So, she sent out a plea to her friends to donate a new song and record live for the foundation. Several artists stepped up for the challenge without hesitation. In two days they all came back with amazing new, never recorded music and got ready for the studio. They spent the day at the 606 Studios recording the old fashioned way – LIVE IN STUDIO! “Being a part of this album was an amazing experience and a no brainer – It is a charity near and dear to my heart,” explains Phil Buckman (bassist/FUEL). Plus we got to record the song on the legendary 606 Studio soundboard!”
What Cha Don’t - Bullet Boys
Where I Belong – SquirrelEXplosion
Build A boy – Dilana
Love Not For Profit – Billy Bone
Make A Sound - Galvanized Souls
Struggle – DOS (Mike Watt/Kira)
Fly – Complex Killers (Phil X, Phil Buckman, Matt Starr & Dann Saxton)
No Peace In The Valley – Jezebel Dogs
Feels Like Drowning – TODDSPLANET
Same Old Stupid Thing – Imperfexion
This album is one of a kind and a limited edition. Get yours ordered now before they sell out and ROCK AGAINST MS!! For more information go to www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation
About Multiple Sclerosis
- Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
- MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
- Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
- Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
- MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
DELTA DEEP FEATURING DEF LEPPARD’S PHIL COLLEN & STONE TEMPLE PILOT’S ROBERT DELEO Rocked This Year’s Riverbend Festival
ALL-STAR SUPERGROUP CONTINUES 2016 SUGAR SHACK TOUR
Hometown Orange County Show Confirmed on September 12th…
(Los Angeles – June 20, 2016) DELTA DEEP, the critically acclaimed blues-based band featuring Phil Collen (lead guitarist of Def Leppard) and Robert DeLeo (bassist for Stone Temple Pilots), in addition to Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Gregory Hines) and Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC), blew the roof off the stage on this year’s prestigious RIVERBEND FESTIVAL in Chattanooga, TN this past Saturday.
In addition, DELTA DEEP are set to continue their 2016 Sugar Shack Tour with hometown show at the Skyloft in Laguna Beach on September 12th (http://skyloftoc.com/events/). The band will be touring in support of their soon to be released live album ‘Delta Deep West Coast Live’, featuring songs recorded during the inaugural January Sugar Shack California west coast run. The album, due out later this summer, features full performances from their sold-out shows with fans and critics’ alike raving about the bands live show. San Francisco’s BAM Magazine said of the show, “the live experience for Delta Deep is one not to be missed…Debbi Blackwell-Cook is mesmerizing!”
Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming over the course of a year with friend and relative, Debbi Blackwell-Cook. What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples quickly became a quartet who share a love for soul, funk and the blues when they added STP’s Robert DeLeo and India. Arie drummer Forrest Robinson.
Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World's Largest Tuned Drum & Percussion Set on Forthcoming US Tour!
An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO US Tour 2016
Los Angeles, CA – Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates his latest release “Terry Bozzio Composer Series” with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” US tour! This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together in seated venues across the US.
“TERRY BOZZIO - An Evening of Solo Drum Music” is a unique, intense, dynamic, spiritualistic, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric, and musical performance on the largest tuned drum & percussion set in the world. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is “a storyteller,” able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.
“I'm looking forward to this extensive US tour in Aug-Nov 2016. I'll have some new pieces to play on my big kit & hopefully some surprises for you in this new show.” - Terry Bozzio
Terry has had tremendous success with his last coast-to-coast North American tour, as well as his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show at the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!
“Terry Bozzio Composer Series” was released in Japan in the fall 2015! 59 Compositions, with 59 Paintings for each title on a 4 CD, 1 live performance/interview/drum setup DVD & Art Booklet in a Vinyl Sized Package! (On the Ward Records Label). For those of you who may have seen Terry on tour, the house music he played was only some of this material! Terry has been composing in & beyond all genres for several decades: Classical, Fusion, Electronic, Ambient, Rock & Jazz!
Terry just finished a sold out Tokyo show called “The History of Terry Bozzio”, w/ a Japanese All-Star Band, filmed for TV Broadcast and an upcoming DVD (Oct. release - Ward Records). He performed and sung tunes from his past recordings w/ Zappa, Beck, UK, Missing Persons, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Brecker Bros. & Billy Sheehan! Terry plans to mount this show in Europe & the US in future.
Just Released: the Brecker Bros. Heavy Metal Bebop Reunion Band 2CD set from a live concert at Club Citta in Kawasaki, w/ original members. (Ward Records)
RENOWNED HARD ROCKER’S ROUSING NEW ‘LONG WAY TO GO’ SINGLE AND VIDEO RELEASED JUNE 17TH ON SPITFIRE MUSIC / SPV
The Dead Daisies outstanding new single, ‘Long Way To Go’, released today, Friday June 17th, on Spitfire Music / SPV, more than whets the appetite for these celebrated hard rockers’ hotly anticipated third album, ‘Make Some Noise’, due out August 5th.
The video for ‘Long Way To Go’, shot at the Hessentags Arena in Germany with the Hollywood Vampires last month, can be viewed here https://youtu.be/n1e0AAjXscE
‘Make Some Noise’, packed with huge hooks, giant, intense guitar riffs and glorious, distinctive vocals, was superbly recorded and produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry) in Nashville in February and March 2016.
Additionally, the Dead Daisies will be opening a month's worth of dates for Kiss in the U.S. (beginning August 10th in Green Bay, WI, and wrapping up on September 10th in Huntington, WV), as well as a headlining performance at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on September 15th.
The Dead Daisies are:- Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt), David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner).
You can pre-order the new release here : https://thedeaddaisies.lnk.to/MakeSomeNoise
Aerosmith Launching Farewell Tour Next Year
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says that the band will begin a lengthy farewell tour in 2017. He made the revelation to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM satellite radio show on Tuesday.
"I love this band, I really do," Tyler told Stern, "and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have that the band's over. We're doing a farewell tour but it's only because it's time."
When Stern asked the singer to confirm the news about a farewell trek, Tyler replied "I think so, next year." Tyler said guitarist Joe Perry knows about the plans and, when questioned about the length of the tour, the rocker said, "Probably forever."
When Stern expressed concern over the concept by way of referencing how many times The Who have claimed to be on the road for a final tour - they're in the middle of their latest 3-year farewell run now - they both laughed when Tyler replied: "How about KISS? They did 19 farewell tours." Read more here.
Led Zeppelin Rejected $14 Million Reunion Offer For Mega-Festival?
A new report claims that Led Zeppelin turned down a $14 million offer to reunited for a performance at the first Desert Trip Festival in Indio, CA this fall.
According to Showbiz411 columnist Roger Friedman, sources say that Jimmy Page was all for it but Robert Plant wouldn't agree to any kind of reunion. "Jimmy went crazy," one source told Friedman. "He really wanted to do it."
Friendman adds that Zeppelin's payday was equal to what all of the acts are being paid - $7 million per weekend - which doesn't include merchandise cuts that are expected to be huge.
The new classic rock festival Desert Trip will be headlined by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters. Read more here.
Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour Rehearsal Videos Go Online
Guns N' Roses have been busy rehearsing for their summer stadium tour of North America - which kicks off in Detroit, MI on Thursday - and behind the scenes footage from the sessions has surfaced.
A short clip shared by Fender shows Duff McKagan and other members of the band in their rehearsal space to the soundtrack of the original recording of "Paradise City" - unfortunately no real audio from the sessions has been included in the footage.
DW Drums are also sharing video of Frank Ferrer from rehearsals. The summer shows will see the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform material from the band's legendary albums, including 1987's smash "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.
The GNR lineup is rounded out by Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed alongside new addition, keyboardist Melissa Reese. Watch the videos here.
KISS Rocks Vegas To Be Released In Various Formats
Following its worldwide cinema premiere last month, KISS will release its concert film "KISS Rocks Vegas" on August 26th on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and LP formats.
The package captures the band live during their nine-show 2014 Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. In addition to the regular concert, the project also features a seven-song acoustic set featuring vintage 1970s tracks by the band.
"We rocked and Vegas rolled!," says Paul Stanley. "This was epic in-your-face KISS! We got up close and personal. I think rock and roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver."
A Deluxe Edition of "Kiss Rocks Vegas" will be available as a hardcover package with a 12x12 book, including photos from the show and an exclusive CD.
KISS will return to live action with their classic rock shows when they launch the US Freedom To Rock tour in Boise, ID on July 7. Read more here.
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant Testifies In Stairway To Heaven Trial
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant testified in a Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday as part of a copyright infringement lawsuit over the band's 1971 signature song, "Stairway To Heaven."
Rolling Stone reports Plant reconfirmed statements made earlier in the trial by both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones that the song's origins began at the country estate Headley Grange and not the Welsh cottage Bron-Yr-Aur, contradicting decades of Zeppelin mythology.
"One evening, Jimmy Page and I sat by the fire going over bits and pieces," Plant testified, explaining how he would leave the musicians and go into his room to build the melody and lyric based on his fascination with Celtic lore, "the mountains of Wales, Snowdonia ... and the pastoral areas of Britain I love."
The singer also revealed that he first brought Spirit's work to the rest of his bandmates, having discovered their song "Fresh-Garbage" on a 1968 Columbia Records compilation and then incorporating a cover of it into Zeppelin's early live sets.
Regarding "Taurus" - the Spirit instrumental that Zeppelin are accused of plagiarizing as the basis for the trial - Plant said, "I didn't remember it then, and I don't remember it now."
As the defense continued, Page retook the stand to describe how the band worked together to build "Stairway" through its various stages during rehearsals Headley Grange. Read more here.
Rolling Stones To Bring Exhibitionism To New York
The Rolling Stones will bring their first-ever major touring exhibit, Exhibitionism, to New York this fall. Exhibitionism will see its North American debut at Industria Superstudio (775 Washington Street) in New York's West Village this November.
Launched this spring with the group in attendance and currently running at London's Saatchi Gallery through September 4, Exhibitionism tells the story of one of the most influential rock 'n' roll bands in the world, allowing visitors to experience their journey from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages around the globe.
The event sees the band display items from their 50-year career and features more than 500 important and unseen artifacts from the group's personal archives, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, rare sound archives, and the musical heritage that took them from a hard working London blues band in the early 1960s to iconic worldwide status.
Exhibitionism presents an interactive tour through the Rolling Stones' history, including original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips, personal diaries and correspondence, original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.
"We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale," says Mick Jagger. "It's not going to be like walking into a museum. It's going to be an event, an experience. It's about a sense of The Rolling Stones - it's something we want people to go away talking about it."
"While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about us," adds Keith Richards. "It's also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it's this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable." Read more and watch the promo video here.
BLACKFOOT RELEASES SOUTHERN NATIVE AUGUST 5, 2016
ORIGINALLY FORMED IN THE ‘70S BY RICKEY MEDLOCKE OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD, THE NEXT GENERATION OF BLACKFOOT CONTINUES ITS STRONG SOUTHERN ROCK TRADITION
Blackfoot, the Southern American rock band who were originally formed in 1970’s by current lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rickey Medlocke, are back with a new line-up and will release Southern Native on Loud & Proud Records, August 5, 2016. Over the last two years, Medlocke wrote, performed on and produced Southern Native.
Blackfoot has always been defined by their hard rock edge as evident on their most successful singles “Train, Train” and “Highway Song.” In 2012, under Medlocke’s sturdy guidance, he recruited a completely new ensemble. The Jacksonville, Florida-based foursome, including lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Rossi, guitarist/vocalist Rick Krasowski, bassist Brian Carpenter and drummer Matt Anastasi, are carrying the torch for the next generation with their hard-driving sound.
"This record is head to head old school meets new school, classic to new rock for a brand new generation!" says Medlocke, “Turn it up loud!”
“Rickey bridged the generations by having his grandfather Shorty Medlocke play on those early Blackfoot records,” said lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Rossi “so having Rickey play slide and other guitar with us on this record bridges the modern gap. It’s a full-circle kind of thing.” That forward-moving proof can be found deep within the music of Southern Native, from the proud heritage callbacks of the title track to the tasty slide-driven travelogue of “Take Me Home” to the harmonic ramrod-riffage twist on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s powerful “Ohio” (which includes quite a shrewd lyrical shout-out at the end).
Blackfoot have toured extensively over the past few years re-igniting their fanbase while introducing the new Blackfoot music and its members to fans of other Southern rock artists such as Skynyrd. Blackfoot will be touring all summer in support of Southern Native.
1. Need My Ride
2. Southern Native
4. Call Of A Hero
5. Take Me Home
6. Whiskey Train
7. Satisfied Man
9. Love This Town
10. Diablo Loves Guitar
June 15 - Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
June 16 - Saint Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
June 18 - Brooklyn, MI @ Jerry’s Pub
June 19 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum Center
July 2 - Guntersville, AL @ Lake City Amusement Park
July 8 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 9 – Fremont, NE @ John C Fremont Days
July 15 - Mebane, NC @ Whiskey Sours
July 16 - Greenville, SC @ Gottrocks
July 21 – Salisbury, MD @ Headquarters Live
July 22 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
July 24 - Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar
Aug 13 - Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo
Aug 19 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Aug 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Cadillac Bar
Aug 27 - Oxford, AL @ Rumble Motorcycle Rally
Sept 2 - Tazewell, TN @ Smoke In The Valley
Sept 17 - Bainbridge, GA @ Flint River Jam
Sept 23 - Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater
Sept 24 - Kent Narrows, ND @ Island Bay Day
Loud & Proud Records
Metallica In The Studio Mixing New Album
Metallica are reportedly in the studio mixing their new album. Metallica.com writer Dan Nykolayko broke the news on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" while interviewing James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich recently about the 20th anniversary of their 1996 release "Load."
"I managed to corner Lars and James at HQ," explains Nykolayko, "before they locked themselves in the control room with Greg Fidelman to start mixing the new album."
Ulrich updated fans on the project's status last month, saying, "We're now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we're starting to look ahead and the process of how we're gonna share this record with the universe. The month of June is basically when we're gonna sit down and figure what we're gonna do with it all, what we're gonna call it and what's gonna be on it."
"If the record doesn't come out this year then it won't be because it's not done," he added. "It will be because there's some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer." Read more here.
DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE NEW YORK'S HISTORIC APOLLO THEATRE SHOW ON JULY 19TH
TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY
June 14th, 2016 - (Burbank, CA) - Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran announced today that, for the first time in their illustrious career, they will play New York's legendary Apollo Theatre, in Harlem, on Tuesday July 19th. This special show is the most recent date to be added on their eagerly anticipated, upcoming North American Paper Gods Tour, which visits arenas and amphitheaters beginning in early July. Tickets for this newly announced date go on sale starting this Friday, June 17th, through Ticket Master.
"We have always wanted to play the Apollo Theatre," says Nick Rhodes. "It's one of the world's most iconic and enduring venues, steeped in history and so rich in terms of its musical legacy. The show on the 19th falls right in the middle of the next leg of the tour - by which point playing something this small and intimate will be a real treat for us all."
The second leg of the Paper Gods Tour kicks off on July 6th in Nashville, TN, and runs through early September (see below for all upcoming tour dates). For all shows through August 6th, every ticket bought online for Duran Duran's 2016 headline tour includes a standard physical copy of their current album, Paper Gods. After purchasing tickets, fans will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours containing album redemption instructions.
Duran Duran Fan Community members will have access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the July 19th New York concert beginning this morning Tuesday, June 14th, at 10 am EST. Please visit www.duranduranmusic.com for details.
Paper Gods was released worldwide on September 11th, 2015, and bowed at No. 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart, earning Duran Duran its highest-charting album in 22 years. The album returned to the Top 20 upon the band announcing the Paper Gods Tour in December of last year.
Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street Biopic In The Works
The Rolling Stones' experiences while making classic album Exile On Main Street are to be explored in a feature film about the band. And director Andy Goddard - known for his work on TV series Downton Abbey and Marvel's superhero shows on Netflix - is currently aiming to cast actors in the lead roles of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Entitled Exile On Main Street: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones, it's based on the 2008 book by Robert Greenfield. Deadline.com reports that filming is set to commence towards the end of this year.
The double-album was originally released in 1972 after three years of writing followed by recording sessions in the cellars of a villa in France. It frequently appears in lists of the greatest records of all time. Read more here.
Motley Crue Were 'Going In Four Different Directions' At The End
Motley Crue tour manager Tim Krieg describes the band as "guys going in four different directions" in a clip from their farewell concert movie. The End - which was shot on December 31 last year - will be screened in selected cinemas tonight (June 14) before an expected DVD release at a later date.
The fresh clip features previously reported comments, including bassist Nikki Sixx's description of his colleagues as "not enemies but not friends." That led him to later call on people to avoid making simplified judgements about their 35-year career.
Krieg says in the video: "These guys are going in four different directions. They're on four different buses. Most of the time they're staying at different hotels from one another.
"It's been a year and seven months we've been doing this final tour. We're really looking forward to it finishing." He adds: "Some days they like each other, some days they don't. Most days they don't. But when they're on stage together, when someone f***s with one of them, all four jump on 'em.
"It's pretty amazing - they're connected even though they're disconnected." Watch the video clip here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine On Emotional Tribute To Nick Menza
Dave Mustaine says he cried onstage while performing a Megadeth song he dedicated to late former drummer Nick Menza on their last tour. The frontman describes his tears during the set as "heavy," adding that he never truly realized how much he loved his former bandmate after their dispute over the failed Rust In Peace reunion.
He tells Kerrang: "The craziest thing was, when we dedicated a song to Nick on the last tour, I got about halfway through the song and I couldn't sing anymore - I just started crying. I turned around and I stood next to the drum riser with my back turned, because I didn't want anybody to see me. But it was heavy."
He continues: "With all the stuff that was going on at the end, with Nick talking about me in the press and stuff like that, I had no idea how much I really, really love him. That was what was evident when I sang about him.
"That's the Nick I'll always remember - the guy that made me smile, that made me happy and was a little bit of an annoyance, but somebody that I'll always love." Read more here.
Black Sabbath, Clutch Supergroup Dunsmuir Announce Album
Dunsmuir, the supergroup led by Clutch frontman Neil Fallon and ex Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice, will launch their self-titled debut album on July 22.
They're joined by The Company Band guitarist Dave Bone and Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis on the work, which is to see a general release via iTunes accompanied by a vinyl pressing run of just 1000 copies.
The album follows the launch of three vinyl singles - Our Only Master, Deceived and …And Madness - with a fourth due tomorrow (June 15) in a run of just 500. Read more and stream the first single here.
Rob Zombie Releases 'Teenage Rock God' Video
Rob Zombie has release a video for "The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God", the new single from his latest album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser."
"I figured that a mixture of 'Three Amigos' with a 'Dia De Los Muertos' twist," Zombie tells NPR, "by way of the opening credit sequence of 'Natural Born Killers' hosted by a Satanic Paul Lynde would make the perfect video for 'The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God'."
"Electric Warlock" was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris and presents Zombie alongside his touring band featuring guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish.
The rocker's sixth solo effort recently debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 41,000 units, of which 40,000 were in pure album sales. Watch the video here.
Faith No More's Jon Hudson Working On New Music
aith No More guitarist Jon Hudson says he's already working on new material. The band released Sol Invictus last year - their first album in 18 years. And while Hudson didn't write any of the latest material, he says he has a few things up his sleeve that he hopes will see the light of day sooner rather than later.
Hudson tells FNM Followers: "I am working on a few ideas right now. It's something that I wanted to focus on after the tour ended, so it's a good place to be in. I'll probably take stock and see what comes of it sooner rather than later, so we'll see.
"I'm sure that I was the first to state in the press last year that I didn't bring any songs to the table. By the time I became involved in the process, there was already plenty of material to work with." Read more here.
The Doors' Robby Krieger Look Back On Teaming With Ian Astbury
The Doors' Robby Krieger has reflected on recruiting The Cult frontman Ian Astbury for live shows in 2002. Astbury hooked up with Krieger and Ray Manzarek in the outfit originally called The Doors Of The 21st Century in 2002. They later changed the name to D21C and then to Riders On The Storm amid legal wrangles over the use of The Doors name.
The Cult singer appeared with them live until 2007, and with Krieger playing on the same bill as The Cult over the weekend at the Republic Of Texas Biker Rally, he was asked what led him to bring Astbury into the fold 12 years ago.
Krieger tells The Austin Chronicle: "Ian was always a Doors fan. Obviously you could tell from the band's first couple of albums, but he was friends with Danny Sugarman, who wrote Doors biography No One Here Gets Out Alive.
"For a long time, Danny would tell me, 'Oh, you have to get together with Ian. He'd be perfect for you guys.' We never really took it seriously until we did the VH1 Storytellers show, so we had Ian come along with Scott Weiland and a bunch of other guys and sing a Doors song.
"He was one of the better guys, I thought. That's when we first met him and how it came about." Read more here.
Tony MacAlpine 'Confessions Of A Medieval Monument' Live Video
A live video of Tony MacAlpine performing the track Confessions Of A Medieval Monument has been released. It's the last episode of the EMGTV sessions series with the guitarist, who is featured alongside fellow EMG artist Nili Brosh, Pete Griffin on bass, and Aquiles Priester on drums. The song is lifted from his latest album, Concrete Gardens.
MacAlpine, who was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, announced in April that he'll be back in the studio to write his next record in August. He said:
"In August and September I will be returning to the studio to work on my newest instrumental release that has long been in the making, but regrettably had to be delayed due to uncontrollable circumstances.
"It has been a year since Concrete Gardens has been released, and in that time I have had much time to reflect on the very long journey that I have been on since my first album Edge of Insanity." Watch the video here.
“METAL MELTDOWN” NEW SERIES OF FOUR CONCERT DVDS SET TO LAUNCH WITH JULY 22 RELEASE OF ‘METAL MELTDOWN - FEATURING TWISTED SISTER LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO - LAS VEGAS’
June 13, 2016 -- The first “Metal Meltdown” concert series event kicked off at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on May 30, 2015. Legendary, multi-Platinum selling rockers Twisted Sister performed an explosive 90-minute concert of their biggest hits spanning their 40-year career. The show was dedicated to the honor of Twisted Sister's iconic drummer, A.J. Pero, whose tragic, sudden death just two months prior to the filming of this event shocked the music world. The band announced that not only were all the remaining concerts being performed in 2015 dedicated to the memory of A.J. Pero, but that 2016 would mark the 40th and final year of the band’s legendary live performances. They recruited renowned drummer and friend of A.J. Pero, Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) to take the reins, and his very first Twisted Sister appearance was captured by the “Metal Meltdown” camera crew.
Twisted Sister fans will now get to witness that special concert produced by the award-winning production company, Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records. Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), METAL MELTDOWN - FEATURING TWISTED SISTER LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO - LAS VEGAS features that complete concert, as well as Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through the band's 40-year ride from local club outcasts to world domination with exclusive interviews, archive footage from the ‘80s, photo gallery. It was mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. Set for release July 22, the retail package includes both BluRay and DVD formats as well as an audio CD. A trailer can be seen here.
As Twisted Sister guitarist JayJay French explains, “The decision to continue performing all the summer shows in 2015, not to mention the concert that this performance celebrates, was in jeopardy over the days immediately following A.J.'s sudden death. We needed time to re-group and re-focus. Everyone was great. All the promoters of the huge European summer festivals that we were set to headline and Barry, the producer of this concert said, ‘We understand. You all (meaning the band) have to do what makes you comfortable. Whatever the band decides has to be honored and respected.’
“In the end, I believe we did what A.J. would have wanted us to do and Mike Portnoy was a very big part of that decision in both an emotional and artistic way. This performance captured herein just two months after A.J.'s death really was about our way to help memorialize the great A.J. Pero. The front four (Dee, Eddie, Mark and I) have had no one but A.J. behind us since 1982. This concert has A.J.'s influence permeating through our bloodstream in ways that I will never forget and when we cut to A.J.'s drum solo on the rear projection screen, We were all emotionally overwhelmed. Not since our reunion for NY Steel in 2001 (to honor and raise money for the families of the NYC police and fire department who died on 9/11) have I been moved to tears."
Award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media commented, "Twisted Sister was the first live club band I ever saw in 1979 at Emmett’s Inn in New Jersey, and they literally blew my mind. We actually revisited Emmett’s and filmed a scene for the Rockshow documentary. It has been a real dream come true to produce this amazing concert film for such an iconic and influential band. The tribute to A.J. Pero makes this film that much more special. We’re excited to give the fans the highest quality concert film and live recordings ever released in the year of Twisted Sister’s final farewell.”
Other bands filmed in Las Vegas as part of the “Metal Meltdown” include Extreme, Skid Row and Great White. Stay tuned for details on those releases.
Here’s the complete song listing of METAL MELTDOWN - FEATURING TWISTED SISTER LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO - LAS VEGAS:
1. What You Don't Know
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Stay Hungry
4. The Beast
5. Shoot ‘Em Down
6. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
7. I Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll
8. Under The Blade
9. I Am (I’m Me)
10. We’re Not Gonna Take It
11. The Fire Still Burns
12. The Price
13. Burn In Hell
14. A.J. Pero Tribute
15. I Wanna Rock
16. Come Out and Play
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label whose mission is to provide a true partnership between artists and their label. Loud & Proud’s roster of releases is a diverse collection of established and developing artists. Notably, the label’s longstanding relationship with Lynyrd Skynyrd has yielded releases from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant (featuring brothers Johnny and Donnie); The Rossingtons (Gary & Dale Rossington), and Blackfoot (featuring Rickey Medlocke). The label also represents recordings by rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; emerging Nashville roots/blues artists The Delta Saints; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winners Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winner Rick Springfield; five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; jam scene favorites The String Cheese Incident; powerhouse rockers KIX and more. Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records) released such prominent artists as Rush, Neil Young, Robert Plant, KISS, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed worldwide by ADA, a Warner Music Company and is marketed outside North America by International Solutions.
About Rock Fuel Media:
Rock Fuel Media is an award-winning, full-service film and television production company specializing in multimedia content distribution. Rock Fuel Media’s goal is to build entertainment brands, engage audiences and boost revenues for its partners. Their team has worked with some of the world's biggest artists, including Guns N’ Roses, The Smashing Pumpkins. The Beach Boys, Korn, The Doors, Heart, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams Jr., 3 Doors Down, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Twisted Sister, Extreme, Skid Row, and Great White. They produce 2D/3D and 4K live entertainment programming and provide a cloud-based, multi-channel content distribution platform for the shows they produce and distribute. They use a proprietary production process and secured content delivery network specially designed to engage audiences, build brands and boost revenues for their partners.
The Neal Morse Band To Release New Live CD/DVD Set “Alive Again” - August 5, 2016
Nashville, TN - Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, The Neal Morse Band will be releasing a new live 2CD/DVD set and Blu-ray on August 5, 2016 titled “Alive Again.” Riding on the tremendous success of their breakthrough album, “The Grand Experiment,” The Neal Morse Band set out on a tremendously successful world tour in the spring of 2015. Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy have teamed up with Randy George, Eric Gillette, and Bill Hubauer to create one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Full stop. “Alive Again” will be available as a DVD/2CD set and a standalone Blu-ray and shows the band at the top of their form performing for a rousing audience in The Netherlands on March 6, 2015.
Says Neal, “The Alive Again tour and this DVD/Blu-ray is one of the finest we have ever done. In my humble opinion… It's really great! I think you all are really going to dig it. Check it out and you'll understand how amazing this band is! I love it!”
“The Neal Morse Band is a force of nature. They have evolved into a great live band, one that is as good as there is in music and they really shine on this live set. The performances here are jaw-dropping and might have you giving a standing ovation from your couch.” - Roie Avin, The Prog Report
To the delight of his passionate and growing fan base, there seems to be no end in sight for the magical music and masterful musicianship that flows from the mind and hands of Neal Morse and his band of virtuosos!
1. Alive Again Intro
2. The Call
4. The Grand Experiment
5. Harm's Way
6. Bill's Keyboard Solo
7. The Creation
8. There Is Nothing That God Can't Change
2. Eric's Gtr Solo
3. In The Fire
4. Alive Again
6. Oh Lord, My God
8. King Jesus
To purchase the The Neal Morse Band's “Alive Again” 2CD/DVD set or Blu-ray: www.radiantrecords.com
CONCORD RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME LEGENDS HEART, 'BEAUTIFUL BROKEN,' OUT JULY 8
TITLE TRACK AND FIRST SINGLE FEATURES GUEST VOCAL CONTRIBUTION BY METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD WITH ANN WILSON, NEW NE-YO-PENNED SONG SUNG BY NANCY WILSON, AND STRING ARRANGEMENTS BY PAUL BUCKMASTER
HEART'S HEADLINING SUMMER TOUR WITH JOAN JETT &THE BLACKHEARTS AND CHEAP TRICK LAUNCHES JULY 14
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members HEART return July 8 with BEAUTIFUL BROKEN, their sixteenth album and their first on Concord Records. HEART has sold over 35 million records, and this anticipated album is their first in four years. BEAUTIFUL BROKEN finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, but taking some of their favorite "cherry picks" from their catalog and rerecording and rethinking them. The title track and first single features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica's James Hetfield with Ann Wilson. Click here to watch an album preview clip.
"There is really a seventies feel to this record both in the sound, and the way we got to the emotional core of each song," says Nancy Wilson. "We picked songs that we always wanted to re-do, plus we've added three new tracks. On both new and old, we have the band playing together the way we used to. This is classic Heart."
The seven tracks that were pulled from the HEART catalog were tunes both Nancy and Ann wanted another shot at, due many times to how they were initially produced. Songs like "City's Burning," "Down on Me," and "Sweet Darlin'" have always been live favorites of the sisters, and of HEART's fan base, but they had somewhat languished. "Those songs may have fallen through the cracks, in a way, because of where radio was at the time when they were first released," Ann Wilson says. "Rediscovering those songs, I found ways they emotionally still speak to me." Two songs are from Passionworks, two from Private Audition, and two are from Bebe Le Strange.
BEAUTIFUL BROKEN's title track had been a bonus song off Fanatic, HEART's last album, but this version is essentially an entirely new song with barnburner vocals-and even some lyrics-added by Metallica's James Hetfield. "It blows the previous version out of the water," says Nancy. "James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."
BEAUTIFUL BROKEN was co-produced by Nancy Wilson with Heart's bassist Dan Rothchild. Rothchild had previously produced Better Than Ezra's platinum-selling Deluxe, but he also comes from rock royalty: his father was legendary Doors producer Paul Rothchild. BEAUTIFUL BROKEN was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the same studio the Doors cut their best work. "There were eerie echoes in the hallway," Nancy says.
Rothchild said his goal was to capture the human feel of HEART live in the studio. "On these classics, some of which had suffered from eighties-era over-editing-production-curse, we stripped the paint off and found the beauty underneath," he says.
For Ann, the album allowed her to revisit, and re-sing, songs she felt "never reached their full development." For Nancy, the lyrical heart came alive: "I felt these songs were poetic pieces that were lost in translation with the sounds of the eighties, which was harder and more digital. We wanted to drape them in velvet, and make them shine."
One example of is "City's Burning," originally on the 1982 album Private Audition. "The first time we recorded that was in 1981," says Ann, "and it was in a key that was a bit 'show-offy,' and sped-up. On BEAUTIFUL BROKEN, we put the key in the right place, and the song really bore fruit."
Nancy Wilson sings one of three new songs, "Two." The song had a different genesis than many HEART classics, as Wilson first heard it on a demo made for a television show her husband Geoff was working on. She reached out to the song's writer--R&B sensation Ne-Yo--and asked if he'd consider giving her the song. "I went to work begging for the song," she says. "Ne-Yo said, 'sure.' It ends up he's a Heart fan. He may still release his own version at some point, but to me the song feels like mine now."
One of the unique aspects to BEAUTIFUL BROKEN is the string arrangements on four songs done by legendary arranger Paul Buckmaster. Buckmaster's resume includes work with the Rolling Stones and Elton John ("Levon"). "We were talking about how we wanted 'Paul Buckmaster-type' strings at one point," Nancy said. "So then we decided to call Paul himself."
Buckmaster's work on "Sweet Darlin'" is, in particular, a standout, but only because the strings highlight Ann's powerful vocals. Ann had always wanted another shot at "Sweet Darlin'" so it was an ideal choice for BEAUTIFUL BROKEN. "To me the original sounded somehow incomplete," Ann says. This version, with Buckmaster's strings, finishes the song properly, but it also showcases how Ann's voice has remained strong over the decades.
Ann and Nancy Wilson formed HEART when the idea of two women leading a rock band was still groundbreaking. From the moment 1976's Dreamboat Annie was released, they became stars. With hits like "Magic Man," "Crazy On You," "Barracuda," "Alone," "What About Love," and "These Dreams," the band became one of the biggest hit-makers in the seventies and eighties. In 2012, their memoir Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll. became a New York Times bestseller, and in 2013 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold more records than any sister act in the history of popular music, but they've done so keeping their vision--that women can both rock and put forth emotional intimacy--central to their sound.
BEAUTIFUL BROKEN follows in that tradition, an album with pure rock power on the title track, but also tender sexual yearning on "Language of Love." It's a contrast that has always been the essence of HEART. "We still make records like we always have, and they are always impossibly romantic, because Ann is always an impossibly romantic singer," Nancy says. "In a world where there is less poetic lyric writing, we've always tried to plant a flag for poetry."
That may seem "broken" in a way, in a world of machine-created pop music, but it is also certainly a beautiful vision. This year HEART will bring that vision to half a million fans during their summer concert tour, and BEAUTIFUL BROKEN extends that relationship with radio-ready songs, and deep album cuts.
Click here to pre-order the album.
The dates for HEART's headlining summer tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick are here: http://www.heart-music.com/tour
WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT'S NEW VIDEO CLIP "WOLFLIGHT" HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON TEAM ROCK TODAY
VIDEO TAKEN FROM 2CD/2DVD, BLU-RAY "THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL," NOW DUE OUT IN NORTH AMERICA JULY 29TH
VIA INSIDEOUT MUSIC
(New York, NY) - Fans of progressive rock around the world can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new live clip "Wolflight" from world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett on Team Rock today. The live performance clip is taken from his forthcoming 2 CD/2 DVD, Blu-Ray package THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL, due out in North America on July 29th (please note new release date) via InsideOut Music. The package was filmed during Hackett's Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited tour last year. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first solo album VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTEand following his latest album WOLFLIGHT, the Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited Tour was Hackett's effort to represent the many chapters of his career. Featuring two sets - one highlighting his solo work, the second paying tribute to Genesis - the two hour performance was greeted with enthusiasm by both fans and critics. To preorder the package, please click here.
THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOLwill be available as double CD plus double DVD digipak, separate Blu-Ray edition as well as digital album including the two audio CDs; click here for cover art. The line-up for the performance is as follows: Steve Hackett (guitar, vocals), Roger King (keyboards), Nad Sylvan (vocals, tambourine), Gary O'Toole (drums, percussion, vocals), Rob Townsend (saxophone, woodwind, percussion, vocals, keyboards, bass pedals), Roine Stolt (bass, variax, twelve string, vocals, guitar) with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.
Steve Hackett's latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT (InsideOut Music) explores a new 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"). The video for the title track can be seen here.
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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Black Sabbath Announce Their Very Last Concert
Black Sabbath will perform a pair of final farewell shows in their hometown of Birmingham in early 2017. Following recent rumors, the band have announced dates for a UK/Ireland run in the New Year that will bring an end to their live career after almost five decades.
An 8-show trek will start January 20 in Dublin and finish with two shows in Birmingham on February 2 and 4. "It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard," says the group. "In that moment, heavy metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England, barely out of their teens.
"Now it ends - the final eight shows ever by the greatest metal band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler return home to close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story." Read more and see all of their remaining tour dates here.
Eric Clapton Living In Pain From Peripheral Neuropathy
Eric Clapton says he has been living in pain for the last 12 months. The guitar icon reveals in a new interview with Classic Rock that he has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy - a condition that can result in muscle weakness, numbness and tingling in the feet or hands and loss of balance and co-ordination.
Clapton - who released his 23rd solo album I Still Do last month - says: "I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old."
Clapton, 71, adds that he feels lucky to be alive, considering his history of booze and drug abuse. He says: "Because I'm in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all.
"By rights I should have kicked the bucket a long time ago. For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance." Read more here.
Iron Maiden Hit With Censorship In Lithuania
Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie has fallen foul of censors in Lithuania because he might scare children. A poster advertising Maiden's show in Kaunas, Lithuania, on June 23 has been removed from display after authorities intervened.
A spokesman for the Lithuanian arm of promoter LiveNation had the following to say to Delfi: "We received a letter that should stop advertising because it scares children.
"Right now, we have to decide how to carry on forward, but we must also immediately take down the posters." The poster features a Book Of Souls-era Eddie in black and white with glowing red eyes. See the poster and read more here.
Paul Stanley On Possibility Of KISS Reunion With Ace Frehley
KISS frontman Paul Stanley doesn't believe guitarist Ace Frehley will return to the band, despite the pair settling their differences recently. Frehley departed for the second and apparently final time in 2002, and some bad feeling seemed to remain until Stanley made a guest appearance on his solo album Origins Volume 1, released in April.
Asked about a reunion, Stanley tells Phone Booth Fighting: "I don't see it - and to me, that makes it even better. You can have people in your life, and what they are in your life changes over time.
"I'm happy to see Ace. We text. He was on the radio last week and I texted him, 'I'm listening.' It doesn't need to go further than that, but the fact that it's there is a terrific thing."
He describes his contact with Frehley as "about opening the door again" and continues: "I'm the one who benefits from it. I don't want to go through life thinking, 'What if I had done this?' I want to face everything and see where it takes me." Read more here.
AC/DC Announce Thunderstruck Tequila
AC/DC will launch their own brand of tequila later this summer. The tequila is expected to be released mid-2016 and will be available in Silver, Reposado and Anejo varieties.
Bevnet.com report that Perryscope Productions and Epic Rights - the licensing and merchandising companies representing the band - have teamed up with Mexican company Fabrica de Tequilas Finos to create Thunderstruck tequila.
It's the latest addition to AC/DC's foray into the drinks industry, after having previously released Rock Or Bust beer along with Hells Bells and Back In Black wine. Read more here.
Gary Moore Guitar To Be Auctioned
A collection of guitars and amplifiers owned by the late Gary Moore will be auctioned off in London later this month. More than 35 pieces will be available June 29 via Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale at the auctioneer's location in Knightsbridge, London.
Moore made a name for himself in the late 1960s with the Dublin-based Skid Row before following bass player Phil Lynott in 1974 to play with classic rockers Thin Lizzy.
Throughout his career, Moore recorded numerous solo albums, and shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins and George Harrison.
"Before his death, Gary Moore had amassed an incredible collection of instruments," says Stephen Maycock, Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia consultant specialist. "Some 35 guitars, as well as a selection of vintage amplifiers, will be offered at auction for the first time in Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale. As you'd expect from such a great musician, there's a lot of interesting guitars in the collection, including several Gibson Les Paul models." Read more here.
Video Of AC/DC and Axl Rose Playing Rarity Goes Online
Axl Rose and AC/DC performed at Ceres Park in Aarhus, Denmark on June 12 as part of the band's Rock Or Bust world tour and video from the show has been posted online.
The group delivered a 24-song set that included the second tour appearance of the Bon Scott-era rarity "Touch Too Much" from 1979's "Highway To Hell", following its 2016 debut in Prague, Czech Republic on May 22 and only third live performance ever.
AC/DC will wrap up its 13-show European run in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 15. Rose will follow the spring shows by hooking up with Guns N' Roses for a summer stadium tour of North America that kicks off at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23. Check out the videos here.
Ozzy Osbourne Releases TV Trailer For 'Ozzy & Jack's World Detour'
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack are featured in a trailer for their TV show that focuses on world history. Entitled Ozzy & Jack's World Detour, it's set to begin on The History Channel on July 27, and sees them travelling the world as they explore momentous occasions from the past.
Producers say: "In this 10-episode hour-long non-scripted series, the history nerds hit the road in a journey they've waited years to take." Subjects include Stonehenge, Roswell, Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, Bletchley Park and much more.
Black Sabbath are midway through their farewell world tour, and confirmed the addition of final dates over the weekend. Watch the trailer for the new show here.
Scorpion Child Release 'Reaper's Danse' Video
Scorpion Child have released a video for their track Reaper's Danse. The song comes from the group's latest album Acid Roulette, which was released on June 10.
Frontman Aryn Jonathan Black recently said: "We love 70s music. I like maintaining pieces of that decade throughout the music, but it fails to say everything we would like to say.
"It's very important to us to keep the roots and seeds from certain trees we've planted in order to raise up an eclectic forest of majestic beauty elsewhere." Watch the video here.
Bun E. Carlos Streams New Song Featuring Hanson
Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is joined by Hanson on a cover of the Paul Revere & The Raiders classic, "Him Or Me (What's It Gonna Be)", on his upcoming solo album debut "Greetings From Bunezuela!"
Originally issued on Revere's seventh album, 1967's "Revolution!", the single hit No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project peaked at No. 25 on the US Billboard 200.
The track is the second preview of Carlos' record following the lead single, "Do Something Real." Due June 24, "Greetings From Bunezuela!" features 13 rockers including 11 covers of songs originally done by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Them, the Bee Gees and more. Check out the song here.
Lemmy Leads Oversize Statue Tributes At Download
Oversize statues of Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper and Lemmy have been unveiled as a tribute to the most iconic acts to have played Download over the years.
Also joining the rock star trio are caricatures of Marilyn Manson, Slash and The Prodigy's Keith Flint. The eight-foot replicas, made of polystyrene and fibreglass, have been erected in the VIP area. They were created by second year design students at Birmingham City University.
Module leader Hollie Wright says: "We've developed a strong relationship over the last eight years between our Design for Theatre, Performance and Events course and the Download Festival.
"It is such a fantastic opportunity both for our students - producing sculptures for such a high profile live event - and for a local, yet mammoth, festival to be engaging with such a unique course." Read more and see more photos of the statues here.
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JOE SATRIANI WRAPS UP HUGELY SUCCESSFUL NORTH AMERICAN “SURFING TO SHOCKWAVE” TOUR
EUROPEAN LEG BEGINS JUNE 18th IN FRANCE
Little Kids Rock Raffle Winners Announced
G4 Experience Taking Place August 8-12 in Long Island, NY
When you watch Joe Satriani play guitar, at times you think you’re watching someone who could have invented guitar playing. – Washington Life
Joe Satriani spreads the Gospel of Shred. - The (Long Island) Observer
For more than 2 hours, he captivated the audience with his guitar genius and left everyone in awe. – Prog Report
Long before there was a “Guitar Hero” video game, Satriani defined the term. - The New Orleans Advocate
Following on the footsteps of the hugely successful North American "Surfing to Shockwave" tour, Joe Satriani announces his upcoming European tour dates beginning June 18th in France. The tour will touch 11 countries in all, including Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Italy, Spain and and Switzerland - in just one month of touring. A few of these stops will be G3 dates featuring Satriani joined by Steve Vai and the Aristocrats (see below for details).
The North American leg wrapped up late April in Vancouver after a full-on 2-month tour where the hard working guitarist hit 48 dates in the U.S. and Canada, many of which were sold-out in advance. The “Surfing to Shockwave” tour is in celebration of the guitar icon’s “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry,” a phrase coined in a June 2014 career-defining retrospective feature in Rolling Stone. Each night, SATRIANI spotlights music from his first solo album, “Not of this Earth” through his latest release, his 15th solo album, “Shockwave Supernova”.
During the tour, concert going fans were able to enter the “Little Kids Rock” raffle with a chance to win a signed JS 20th Anniversary Ibanez guitar. Over 2000 concert fans purchased a tix with the grand prize winners, Brian & Debbie Currier, chosen last month. On June 4th, Brian & Debbie flew to meet Joe and receive the autographed guitar. The funds raised through the raffle will enable Little Kids Rock to bring the transformational gift of music to more than 700 public school children by helping launch Modern Band music programs in schools that may otherwise be in danger of having their music programming eliminated due to budget cuts. Little Kids Rock provides professional development training to music teachers and donates all of the instruments and curriculum they need to teach their students to play the popular musical styles that they know and love on day one! Little Kids Rock is proud to support music programs across the country, and specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the program was founded and currently impacts the lives of nearly 12,000 K-12 public school students in more than 100 schools.
In other live appearance news, the previously announced 2016 G4 Experience will take place at the Glen Cove Mansion on Long Island, NY, August 8-12, 2016. Now in its third year, the G4 Experience quite literally brings the Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum guitar legend and innovator back home. SATRIANI famously grew up in the Long Island area, even cutting his teeth at venues in the surrounding neighborhoods. One of his very first students was none other than best friend and fellow native Steve Vai. That makes Glen Cove Mansion the ultimate location for the G4 Experience. Once again, SATRIANI attracted some of the instrument’s foremost talents as instructors, including Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Alex Skolnick, Mike Keneally, and more.
This past August, the world renowned guitarist released his 15th studio album, hitting Satriani’s highest chart debut at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart. In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the SoundScan era.
For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.
Joe’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar.
Joe Satriani European Tour:
Ippodromo Delle Capannelle
Piazza Del Popolo
Teatro De la Laboral
Guitar en scene festival
Long Island, NY
For more information on G4, visit: www.G4EXPERIENCE.com
DRUM WORKSHOP DEBUTS LIMITED EDITION MICK FLEETWOOD “RUMOURS” ICON SNARE
Portion of Proceeds to Benefit International Fund for Animal Welfare
(6/10/2016 – Oxnard, CA) The latest Drum Workshop Collector’s Series® Icon Snare honors legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer, Mick Fleetwood and his namesake band’s 1977 smash release, “Rumours.” Paying homage to the album’s iconic cover photo originally shot by famed rock photographer, Herbert Worthington III, the images of Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac singer, Stevie Nicks are brought to life in a variety of exotic woods that are laser-cut and then meticulously inlayed into a background of highly figured Curly Maple. A portion of the proceeds from the snare will benefit the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
“I’m truly humbled that DW has chosen to honor our most notable recording in this way. It was a milestone for the band, and through this fine instrument, the memories will live on.” I also want to make sure drummers know this is a playable drum, not just a work of art. I’ll believe my new baby will find its way to my kit next tour,” explained Fleetwood.
One of the most iconic and influential albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” topped the Billboard charts for 31 weeks and to date, has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. The album also won the Grammy® for “Album of the Year,” and has been certified Diamond in the United States, Canada, and Australia and was named number 25 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
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Founded in 1972, Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned and operated musical instrument company best known for designing and manufacturing award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories under the DW and PDP banner. In 2014, the company expanded to include other iconic American instrument brands such as Gretsch Drums®, Latin Percussion®, Toca Percussion®, KAT® Technologies, Gibraltar® hardware and Ovation® guitars. DW’s wide range of products is endorsed by many of the world’s top artists including: Neil Peart, Charlie Watts, Phil Collins, Chad Smith, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley and Dave Grohl among others. Drum Workshop, Inc. is headquartered in Oxnard, California. For more information visit www.dwdrums.com Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
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Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
NOTE FROM FOGHAT….
We are getting close to our release date of 6/24 for 'UNDER THE INFLUENCE'
We have just premiered 'UPSIDE OF LONELY' the third track from our new release!
We hope you like it! Click to listen:
Backstory: Roger Earl first saw our producer Tom Hambridge perform this song at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. It had a slow blues feel. He loved the song and the lyrics so Foghat put the 'hat' on it and upped the tempo a bit and here ya go!
Anyone out there relate to these lyrics?
"The good thing about you being gone...I can watch the game all day long...I can stretch my legs out in the bed...Extra pillows underneath my head...Don’t why nobody told me about the Upside of Lonely
I got a lot more room for all my stuff...And I only have to wash one cup...I can stay up late and play my guitar...And the groceries go twice as far...Don’t why nobody told me about the Upside of Lonely"
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Rock Legend ALICE COOPER to Headline at ROCK CARNIVAL 2016 + More Performing Artists Announced
Additional New Performing Artists Include:
BLUE OYSTER CULT
The Northeast's Only Classic Carnival + Rock' Roll Festival Experience is BACK!
Featuring TWISTED SISTER's Official Tri-State Farewell Performance + Overkill, Ace Frehley, Monster Magnet, Fuel, Cinderella's Tom Keifer & More
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016 @ FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ
Bring The Whole Family!
Single Day GA, Weekend GA and Reserved Seat Weekend Packages are On Sale Now
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As recently announced, the annual ROCK CARNIVAL is back for its second year - taking place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at its new location in Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.
As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL will feature classic amusement rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action Professional Wrestling, a wide selection of tasty brews, and of course... the best in local, national and international rock music performances! This year's event will also see the addition of more carnival area space and a children's fun zone. This is a weekend of big fun for the whole family!
ROCK CARNIVAL is pleased to announce even more stellar talent performing at this year's show. In addition to Saturday headliners and heavy metal legends Twisted Sister performing their can't-miss official tri-state farewell show, fans will enjoy a legendary Friday headline performance from none other than the original shock rocker himself, Alice Cooper.
Pop culture icon Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn't achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards. As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he's still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper'stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his "Nights With Alice Cooper" nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.
In addition to Alice Cooper, other newly announced artists include Clutch, Blue Oyster Cult, Zakk Sabbath, Cycle of Pain, Zebra, Jackyl, Shaman's Harvest and KYNG. These artists join previously announced ROCK CARNIVAL 2016 artists Overkill, Ace Frehley, Monster Magnet, Fuel, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Dokken, Texas Hippie Coalition, Doro, Four By Fate, Killcode, Jester and American Angel. Even more ROCK CARNIVAL performances will be announced soon, with Sunday's performance line-up being announced via 95.9 the WRAT on Tuesday, July 5!
Music will take place on multiple stages including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field. Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The musical portion of the event will once again feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area, with the addition of another performance area showcasing developing artists.
This year's festivities will also include a brand new "Classic" Friday night celebration, which will feature tributes to classic rock favorites! Voyage will perform a tribute to Journey, Almost Queen will play your Queen favorites, and Zakk Sabbath - featuring vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age) - will perform Black Sabbath classics.
Reserved weekend, GA weekend, single day, VIP and Skybox tickets for this year's ROCK CARNIVAL are on sale now. Carnival entry is FREE for all children under 16 and Adult Carnival Only Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the Carnival. Carnival Only Admission does not include stadium access.
Single Day, VIP Packages and Skybox Meet & Greet's, powered by SoundRink, are on sale beginning today. Get your reserved and GA weekend + single day tickets here! Find VIP packages and Skybox tickets via SoundRink.
More carnival details, per-day line-ups and other entertainment will be announced soon. For more information, visit http://therockcarnival.com/.
The ROCK CARNIVAL is produced by Stan Levinstone Presents and GameLoud.
Black Sabbath Announce Final U.S. Farewell Tour Shows
Black Sabbath have announced the final U.S. concerts of their farewell tour. The shows will cap the UK outfit's 2016 North American tour and final US dates after more than four decades.
The band have added three dates to the fall trek, including November 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK, November 10 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX and November 12 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.
Black Sabbath will headline the Download Festival at UK's Donington Park this Saturday, while fans have uncovered flyers detailing UK tour dates in the new year.
The unconfirmed 7-show run appears to start January 22 in Manchester and may see the band finish their farewell trek with two shows in their hometown of Birmingham in early February. See their updated tour dates here.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Stream New Song 'We Turn Red'
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a stream of their track We Turn Red from 11th album The Getaway. The follow-up to 2011's I'm With You is released on June 17, and comes after the band ditched all the songs they'd written for the project and started again.
They were last month forced to cancel two shows after frontman Anthony Kiedis suffered a health emergency. He was later diagnosed with intestinal flu, and said: "Maybe there was a reason for me to get sick - so I can get stronger than I was before."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring Europe, culminating with appearances at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals in August. See the dates and stream the song here.
Rolling Stones To Rock Las Vegas
The Rolling Stones have announced an October 19 date at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV and the band has released a video / trailer for the special one-off show.
The band's first show in the city in three years will come on the heels of their performances at the Desert Trip Festival in Indio, California on October 7 and 14.
The inaugural Desert Trip event is produced by organizers of the annual Coachella Festival on the same site. Running October 7-9 and 14-16 at the Empire Polo Club, the Stones and Bob Dylan will perform on Fridays, Paul McCartney and Neil Young on Saturdays and Roger Waters and The Who will close out Sunday evenings. Watch the trailer here.
Lost George Harrison Tracks To Surface On Gary Wright Album
Lost guitar tracks recorded by late Beatle George Harrison in 1972 will be released next month. He contributed to Spooky Tooth frontman Gary Wright's Wonderwheel album Ring Of Changes - but the album was abandoned, with only the single I Know being heard.
Harrison is heard on Goodbye Sunday and several other tracks when Ring Of Changes is launched via Esoteric Recordings on July 29. The label say: "Following his departure from Spooky Tooth after the Ceremony album, Wright participated in sessions for Harrison's All Things Must Pass, and enjoyed a solo career that culminated in him forming the band Wonderwheel.
"Originally featuring Mick Jones, Bryson Graham and Archie Leggett, the group participated on his second solo album Footprint. In 1972 they recorded Ring Of Changes, with Tom Duffey replacing Leggett on bass." Read more here.
Video AC/DC With Axl Rose Manchester Show Goes Online
AC/DC featuring Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose continued the Rock Or Bust world tour at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK on June 9th and video form the show has been posted online.
It's the 11th of 13 stops on the spring European leg as the band settles in to a solid 23-song setlist that mixes material from both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras.
Earlier this week, Rose hinted at the possibility of working on new music with Angus Young and the group while juggling his duties with Guns N' Roses.
"We [GNR] are working on new stuff," the singer told Sir David Tang during an hour-long public interview at The China Exchange on June 7. "I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it. And Angus and I are talking about working together. So we'll see."
Rose also revealed that he brought in a vocal coach for the first time in decades to prepare him for a setlist that presents a challenge to any vocalist.
"I do a lot of vocal exercises," he reveals. "The Brian Johnson 'Back In Black' stuff is really demanding. Sing it wrong and you might not be signing again."
Rose and AC/DC will next perform at Ceres Park in Aarhus, Denmark on June 12. Check out the video footage from the Manchester show here.
Anderson Rabin Wakeman 'Going To Be Quite A Trip' For Yes Fans
Jon Anderson has described his upcoming reunion with Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin as "the next understanding of Yes that I hear." And despite keyboardist Wakeman's caution over recording an album in tandem with their US tour in October, the vocalist says he's feeling positive about their progress.
ARW last month confirmed they'd begun a collaboration for the first time since the Yes Union tour of 1991, after Chris Squire's death inspired them to turn conversation into action.
Anderson tells The Prog Report:"We've been recording some ideas over the past couple of months. We're going to get into it next week. Trevor's starting this week. Rick's going to be involved through the internet.
"We've got a musical design to aim for. I think we might have it all tied up by August then we'll start rehearsing for the tour. We really feel quite comfortable about where we're heading - it's going to be quite a trip." Read more here.
Ian Astbury Explains The Cult's Longevity
The Cult's Ian Astbury says the band have stayed relevant over the years because they "have a lot left to say." The UK outfit once again teamed up with longtime producer Bob Rock for their latest record Hidden City, and guitarist Billy Duffy announced they'd be supporting Guns N' Roses on upcoming tour dates.
But the vocalist says the group, formed in 1983, keep their finger on the pulse of the modern world - which is key to their ongoing success. When asked whether the band had come "full circle," Astbury tells Canoe: "Not so much, because we're not really taking stock - we're just getting on with it.
"We're trying to make choices based upon instincts. We've been offered a lot of opportunities to make money touring with artists who maybe had commercial and artistic successes several decades ago. But we choose not to do that.
"We still believe that we have a lot left to say. We're driven and responding to the world we live in today. We don't want to be a pastiche of what we did 20 years ago." Check out their current tour dates here.
Scorpion Child Changed Things Up For New Album 'Acid Roulette'
Scorpion Child say that while their music encapsulates the sound of the 70s, their latest offering is something of a departure. They released Acid Roulette today, June 10 - and while it still features a 70s vibe, frontman Aryn Jonathan Black says it's a natural progression from 2013's self-titled debut.
He tells New Noise Magazine: "We love 70s music certainly, but we have less of a sacredness with it than we did eight years ago. We have found a way out of 70s purism.
"I like maintaining pieces of that decade throughout the music, as it was a great time for heavy riff creativity, but it fails to say everything we would like to say.
"It's very important to us to keep the roots and seeds from certain trees we've planted in order to raise up an eclectic forest of majestic beauty elsewhere."
He adds that while they didn't set out for a change to their sound, having a band full of musicians with different musical influences was always going to have an impact of the outcome of the album. Read more here.
The Who Upset About 'Quadrophenia' Sequel
Last month it was reported that a sequel to The Who's 1979 movie, Quadrophenia is in the works. To Be Someone, will be set 35 years later than Quadrophenia and will follow the lives of characters from the original. Reportedly, the film will feature some original cast members, including Phil Daniels.
But, unlike the first, the new movie has nothing to do with The Who. "As far as the group and original producer Bill Curbishley are concerned, the new film is a blatant attempt to cash in on the original film's enduring popularity," said the band and their manager in a statement.
Curbishley added, "Quadrophenia is a significant and influential film based on The Who's music, not some 'carry on' franchise. Any follow-up could only be made by the authors of the original and would need to be worthy of the name. This karaoke sequel announced recently would be totally ridiculous."
The Who continued their assault by adding that new movie "doesn't feature Sting, Leslie Ash or Ray Winstone from the original, let alone any words or music from The Who." Read more here.
BLACK SABBATH FINAL LEG OF "THE END" NORTH AMERICAN TOUR EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THREE SHOWS IN NOVEMBER
SECOND RUN OF DATES TO GET UNDERWAY AUGUST 17 AT NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER IN WANTAGH, NY
The end is here.
Nearly five years to the day that the legendary BLACK SABBATH announced they would be reforming, the band will play their last show EVER in the U.S. November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.
This just announced performance is one of three headlining arena concerts the band have added to the final North American leg of their massive 2016 THE END world tour. The new shows are November 8 at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK, November 10 at Toyota Center in Houston, TX and November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. These dates and the previously announced headlining slot at this year's 20th anniversary celebration of OZZFEST (Saturday, September 24 at the OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST double-header music and lifestyle weekend) come at the end of the band's North American tour, which kicks off August 17 at Nikon At Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. The 2016 THE END world tour and the OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST are both produced by Live Nation.
The greatest Metal Band of All Time--Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass)--are currently on tour in Europe for a mix of summer headlining and festival performances, before returning to North America in August. Immediately following the November U.S. shows, BLACK SABBATH will head to Mexico and then South America where they will wrap up their 2016 dates.
These new dates mark the end of the epic journey that BLACK SABBATH began nearly five decades ago.
Details on Tickets,VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at: www.Livenation.com
MOTÖRHEAD MUSIC Kicks Off Motörhead's Very Own Label Launches Several New 2016 Releases
Presenting Motörhead Music Artists:
BARB WIRE DOLLS
Several years ago, MOTÖRHEAD (together with UDR Music) formed their own label called Motörhead Music. Lemmy and the boys were concerned about where the support was for rock'n'roll bands trying to get a leg up, so they decided forming their own label would be the way to help.
They wanted bands to have access to everything they enjoyed, from production to studios to marketing to distribution - the full monty. They even wanted their management, Singerman Entertainment, and their booking agents to be involved in helping talent get a chance to shine in the public eye.
In 2014, the band finally chose a few bands to support, with Lemmy insistent that Budderside and Others be on the inaugural Motörboat and that Barb Wire Dolls also receive the full support of Motörhead Music and its staff. Now all three will lead the charge for Motörhead Music in 2016.
Motörhead Music will continue to follow the mission statement as laid down by Lemmy and the boys. So if you want to support raw, exciting rock'n'roll, punk and whatever music is on the label, come one, come all. If not, don't let the door hit yer arse on the way out.
One more thing - Motörhead Music would like fans to pay close attention to UDR Music artist Seek Irony, who they feel are completely different from anything you've heard and deserve your attention! Follow Seek Irony at the links below.
BARB WIRE DOLLS
NEW ALBUM: Desperate
OUT: July 29, 2016 via Motörhead Music
NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
OUT: July 29, 2016 via Motörhead Music
DAVE STEWART TEAMS WITH FRENCH SINGER-SONGWRITER MAHAUT FOR STEWART-PRODUCED DEBUT ALBUM 'PARDON MY FRENCH' DUE OUT THIS SEPTEMBER
VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE "SUMMERTIME" DEBUTS ON KONBINI (FRANCE) AND VICE/NOISEY IN THE U.S.
Legendary Grammy and BRITs award-winning artist and producer DAVE STEWART has teamed with French artist MAHAUT for her debut album PARDON MY FRENCH, set for release this Fall. The album's first single "Summertime" was released earlier this week, with its music video having just premiered on Konbini in France and Vice/Noisey here in the U.S.
STEWART and MAHAUT met through her father--famed photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino--on a video shoot in France last year. Shortly after that meeting, MAHAUT headed to California and met up with STEWART to see his headquarters. While there, the two, in MAHAUT's words, "decided to sit in the studio and start making music just for fun, I think neither of us expected anything more at that point. Dave picked up a guitar and recorded a bluesy riff on top of a programmed beat. The word 'summertime' was his idea, not that the production sounded anything summery. And that was exactly his point. I went back to my place in Laurel Canyon to record some vocals, sent it back to him the next day and 'Summertime' was born."
Seeing the results of that initial collaboration, the two decided to embark on making a whole album and a few months later it was completed.
"I've always been more comfortable experimenting and recording vocals on my own," MAHAUT adds. "Dave instantly got that and was the first to say 'that's how we should make the whole album.' And we did--none of my vocals on the album were recorded in a studio."
The provocative "Summertime" video was shot at Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles. American photographer and director Olivia Bee gave the clip a dreamy and poetic aesthetic, while Oth'than Burnside (Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, Ciara) choreographed the video.
"For the video we wanted to do something energetic and fun," MAHAUT says. "Wet cheerleaders dancing to a 'summertime' song under pouring rain seemed like a fun plan. Maybe both of our European backgrounds and mindsets explains why bringing some of our French and English rainy weather onto a bunch of happy California cheerleaders sounded appealing."
PARDON MY FRENCH marks the next step in MAHAUT's career. While in her teens--with her amazing voice and French pedigree style--MAHAUT was commissioned to write original music for top brands including L'Oréal, Cacharel, and YSL. After attending a sound engineering school in France, she moved to the United States, working with production duo Supreme Cuts from Chicago who featured MAHAUT on two of their tracks, one of which, "Gone", ended up as the lead track from their album Divine Ecstasy. After performing at SXSW in 2014, MAHAUT released her first track "Voodoo Me," co-produced by Young & Sick. The song was also premiered on Vice magazine's noisey.com and was followed by a 2015 self-titled EP.
Axl Rose Plans New Music For Guns N' Roses, Maybe AC/DC
Axl Rose says he is planning new music with Guns N' Roses and, possibly, AC/DC as well. Rose discussed these and many other topics as the featured guest for a rare, hour-long interview with Sir David Tang before a packed house at The China Exchange in London, UK on June 7.
"We are working on new stuff," explained the rocker. "I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it. And Angus and I are talking about working together. So we'll see."
"I hope to keep this going for a quite a while," said Rose of his partial GNR reunion. "Right now, it's all good. I mean, obviously that could just explode. I do want to put out more music with Guns N' Roses, and I don't know if that has to do with Slash or not….if he wants to play on something, that would be great. I've been working to get kind of where things are. The Guns N' Roses reunion didn't happen by chance or whatever. It was always looked at as a possibility, but it never seemed right or felt right."
What did feel right to Rose was approaching AC/DC following news that Brian Johnson was sidelined from live performances due to hearing loss issues, and the singer stepped up his game to prepare for the gig, bringing in a vocal coach for the first time in decades.
"I do a lot of vocal exercises," he reveals. "The Brian Johnson 'Back In Black' stuff is really demanding. Sing it wrong and you might not be signing again."
Rose made his AC/DC debut in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 to rave reviews and shared some insight into working with Angus Young. "It's great. I can't really explain it," he says. "I feel protective, I feel I do not want to let this guy down, more than almost anybody I've ever known. And I don't know why. And he's very responsive to me. And they said they hadn't seen him this happy, they hadn't seen him moving around [this much]. In between songs, he's playing other stuff [that has inspired potential new song ideas]. So that's kind of a neat thing between musicians." Read more and listen to the full interview here.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Announces Debut Solo Album
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will release his debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere", on July 15. Rolling Stone reports the album, co-produced by Tyler with roots master T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff, Jaren Johnston and Marti Frederikson, will feature 15 new songs including his first two country singles, "Love Is Your Name" and "Red, White And You," as well as an all new, "darker, countrified" version of the Aerosmith smash "Janie's Got A Gun."
"I believe y'all are gonna listen to this stuff and you're gonna agree with me that it fell from a star," Tyler said on a press conference via phone. "I had nothing to do with this, it's just Nashville. There's something so magical about this town and me writing with all these people."
A longtime fan of country music, Tyler says he took pains to make his new music as authentic as possible, keeping the recordings stripped down and insisting on minimal vocal takes, while featuring steel guitar, mandolin and above all, melody.
"Country music still plays stuff with melody, I have a sorcerer's grasp of melody, I like to think," he explains. "I'm a freak for that so thank God they're still playing it in country, and I think they're gonna be all over songs like 'Only Heaven' and you guys are gonna be surprised." Read more here.
Sammy Hagar Looks Back At 'Horrible Ending' With Van Halen
Sammy Hagar looks back at the "horrible ending" to his ill-fated reunion with Van Halen that took place early last decade, in a new interview with Tucson.com.
Hagar reunited with the legendary rock group to launch a massive summer tour and record three tracks for a greatest hits album ("It's About Time," "Up for Breakfast," and "Learning to See".)
Hagar had the following to say about the bitter end to the reunion tour, "I didn't even take a shower. I didn't even say goodbye to anybody. I got to my airplane. I had a beautiful Mexican feast and a couple margaritas and went home. (And) I just sat there scratching my head; what a horrible ending to a great story." Read the full article here.
Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Misguided Says Joe Lynn Turner
Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner believes band leader Ritchie Blackmore has been "misguided" into forming an all-new lineup for his return to rock shows later this month.
Blackmore appears at the Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany on June 17 and 18, then at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK, on June 25. He's said that no plans for a tour or album being made.
Turner reported last year that he'd been trying to bring about a reunion, until his former colleague unveiled a lineup featuring Lords Of Black vocalist Ronnie Romero.
Now Turner tells Eddie Trunk (via Blabbermouth): "I want to preface this by saying I really wish Ritchie well. He's allowed to do whatever he wants. He's been misguided by people around him. That's what I really believe. I believe he's been misguided, and I believe he trusts these people - and I think he made a mistake doing this."
He adds that, if he'd had his way, the reunion shows would have included vocalists Doogie White and Graham Bonnet, bassist Bob Daisley, drummer Bobby Rondinelli and others. Read more here.
Jeff Beck Streaming New Song 'Live In The Dark'
Jeff Beck is streaming Live In The Dark, the first single to be taken from his new album Loud Hailer, the follow-up to 2010's Emotion & Commotion. The album will be released on Atco Records on July 15.
"I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today," says Beck of the album. "I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view."
The album was made with the help of singer Rosie Bones, and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, who Beck met at a birthday party for Queen drummer Roger Taylor. "She invited me to one of their shows, and I was blown away," he says.
"When we got together in January, I explained the subject matter I had in mind, we sat down by the fire with a crate of Prosecco and got right to it. The songs came together very quickly - five in three days." The album also features Davide Sollazzi on drums and bassist Giovanni Pallotti. Check out the song here.
Janis Joplin's Childhood Home Up For Sale
Janis Joplin's childhood home in Southeast Texas is on sale for $500,000. The 1500-square-foot house in Port Arthur has a Texas Historical Commission marker outside, confirming the blues icon lived at the residence from the age of four until she left for college.
Tax appraisal records value the home at $52,500, according to public records obtained from the Jefferson County Appraisal District. The seller hasn't been made public.
The Museum Of The Gulf Coast declined an offer to acquire the house before it went on the market, with organization official Sarah Bellian citing upkeep costs and fundraising concerns. Read more here.
David Bowie Is Documentary Returning To UK Theaters
A documentary featuring the David Bowie Is exhibition by London's Victoria And Albert Museum is set for a UK-wide re-release. The David Bowie Is film was shot on the closing night of the exhibition of the same name in 2013 and will be re-released in Vue cinemas at selected venues on July 14.
The David Bowie Is exhibition was the fastest selling in the V&A's history and featured a collection of handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie's own instruments and album artwork from the Bowie archive.
Distributors More2Screen say: "The film takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie's artistic career." Read more here.
David Bowie Producer Questions Authenticity of Adele's Voice
Tony Visconti, the record producer best known for his work with David Bowie throughout the late singer's career, from his second album in 1969 to final album Blackstar is concerned about the current state of modern pop music.
Speaking to The Daily Star, Visconti he said: "You turn the radio on and it's fluff, you are listening to 90% computerized voices' There's a sound to pop now that is so perfect it's boring, because everything is fixed."
He went on to say: "We know Adele has a great voice but it's even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don't know." Read more here.
George Harrison, Keith Richards Twitter Hacker Comes Clean
Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards, George Harrison, Sonic Youth and Brett Eldredge are among the many celebrities whose Twitter accounts have recently been hacked. On Tuesday night, a hacker who goes by the handle J5Z took credit for the personal invasions and said he did so to teach the social media community a lesson.
The hacker says musicians and artists are easily hacked and they all need to change their passwords right away. "It's famous musicians and artists at risk," j5Z told The Daily Beast. "If you're a celebrity, you should change your password immediately. Literally everyone should just create a new email, think of a new password, and do it for every account."
At around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, J5Z posted the following on George Harrison's Twitter account: "Hey George, follow @j5zlol when you see this and shoot me a DM. I'll help you secure your accounts I don't want to cause you any harm, bud."
Minutes later, @j5zlol tweeted on his own account, 'Well s- I hacked someone and I didn't even know they was dead.. my bad." Then his account was suspended. A tweet from Harrison's hacked account echoed the sentiment, saying, "SORRY" for not knowing about Harrison's death and adding "IVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK. MY BAD PPL." Read more here.
Vince Neil Reflects On The End For Motley Crue, The Dirt Movie Plan
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is sharing his thoughts on the band's legacy ahead of the June 14 cinema premiere of their final farewell concert film "The End."
Directed by Christian Lamb, the project captures the group live at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA this past New Year's Eve.
"It's forever," Neil tells Palm Springs Life. "'The End', the movie of the final show, is coming out in the theaters, and there's also going to be the movie 'The Dirt' [based on the band's 2001 autobiography]. I see it in the reaction to the songs, you know? I could be walking into a place just picking up a prescription or something, and somebody's got an old Mötley shirt on.
"I'm proud to be that guy. I've never run from who I am, and the legacy is not only going to continue, it's continuing as we speak here. Like I said, I'm thankful for the support, and I'm thankful for the love. And I'm very thankful for the people helping to keep this music alive. Without people like you, it wouldn't have the legs that it has."
Neil is on the road playing sets mixing solo tunes with Motley classics, and has a busy year of live dates ahead. "Listen, I love the stuff," he says. "I proudly call the tour, 'The Legacy Continues.' You have to live every day like it could be your last, but I also plan on doing some great things ahead. I am who I am in my own skin, and I'm OK with it." Read more here.
Steve Miller Didn't Know Black Keys Ahead Of Rock Hall Induction
In a new interview with Howard Stern, Steve Miller opened up about his initial meeting with the The Black Keys on the night of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Miller explained that he had never met the band prior to the Ceremony and says that he would d probably actually get along with them, albeit in a somewhat backhanded manner.
"I never was introduced to the Black Keys," said Miller "I didn't know who they were personally. I walked in through security, and there's this guy [Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys] looking at me, making goo-goo eyes at me or something.
"I walk up to him, and I go, 'What are you doing tonight?' And he says, 'I'm reading your speech.' I say, 'Oh, great. I can't wait to get the f- out of here.' And I didn't know who he was!
"If we had been introduced, I'm sure we would have gotten along because we like the same kind of music and they're working musicians and stuff.'" Read more here.
JACKYL SET TO UNLEASH 8th STUDIO ALBUM OVERALL, ‘ROWYCO’
Jackyl has announced that their brand new album, ‘ROWYCO,’ will be released on August 5th via Mighty Loud Records. ‘ROWYCO’ (let us know when you figure this one out!) is the FATTEST sounding record to date for the band. “This will be an exciting year,” predicts lead singer Jesse James Dupree. “With the album’s release timing perfectly with the grand opening of the Full Throttle Saloon, in Sturgis, South Dakota. The original location burned to the ground last year AND they are building back bigger and better than ever.”
The Full Throttle Saloon enjoyed a 6 year run of a hit reality television show of the same name, which documented owner Michael Ballard and Jesse’s struggles to get the bar up, running and profitable during the world’s largest motorcycle rally.
The first single off of ‘ROWYCO,’ “Rally,” is the perfect song to kick off summer, as it’s time to rally for ROCK! “There is not a better song than ‘Rally’ to set the pace for an incredible summer 2016,” exclaims Jesse. So crank that bitch up!” To hear the new single and to pre-order the album, visit the following links:
And as far as the album as a whole, “It's a Jackyl record at its core, but there are some tracks, lyrically, that I went a little deeper on a personal level with some things I had going on at the time. It is the thickest sounding production that we have ever recorded. It’s just a huge slice of rock. ‘ROWYCO’ is a very diverse album and every track has its purpose.”
And with Jesse and co. set to continue their latest tour on June 8th in Pennsylvania, this is shaping up to be the summer of Jackyl!
"All Night Rodeo”
"Ahead of My Time”
"Just Because I'm Drunk”
"Everyone's A Winner”
"Hammer To The Head”
JACKYL Tour Dates:
6/8/2016 Sharon, PA Quaker Steak & Lube
6/10/2016 Rothbury, MI Sandy Corley Memorial Run @ Double JJ Resort
6/11/2016 Fond Du Lac, WI Walleye Weekend @ Lakeside Park
6/17/2016 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
6/18/2016 Loudon, NH New Hampshire Motor Speedway / Loudon Classic
6/19/2016 Portland, ME Asylum
6/24/2016 Mount Vernon, OH Legends Sports Bar
6/25/2016 Johnstown, PA Thunder in the Valley @ Peoples Natural Gas Park
6/26/2016 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
7/1/2016 Simpsonville, SC INDEPENDENCE SLAM
7/2/2016 Scott City, MO Great River Rally at Lawless Harley Davidson
7/13/2016 Erie, PA Roar on the Shore
7/15/2016 Mineral Wells, WV WV Interstate Fair
7/16/2016 Marion, IN Brandt's I-69 Harley Davidson
7/22/2016 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Ampitheatre
7/23/2016 Comstock, NE Comstock is Back Festival at 2nd Wind Ranch
7/29/2016 Van Wert, OH Wetzelland 30th Anniversary Motorcycle Rally
7/30/2016 New Albany, IN The Backyard
8/19/2016 Milford, IA Boji Bay Fun Pavillion
9/1/2016 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
9/2/2016 Manhattan, KS RC McGraw's
9/3/2016 Clear Lake, IA The Surf Ballroom
9/6/2016 Minot, ND The O'Riginal Bar & Nightclub
9/9/2016 Hinckley, MN Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheatre
9/17/2016 Sunrise Beach, MO Picklehead's Roadhouse
11/25/2016 Indianapolis, IN 8 Second Saloon
Hawkwind Legend Nik Turner Responds To Recent Article, Prepares to Tour Europe, Japan & The US
London - In response to a recent article in PROG magazine Hawkwind legend Nik Turner had this to impart:
“It sorely saddens me that the members and previous members of that once noble group, Hawkwind, of which I numbered myself a part at the time, are not all able to communicate in the same loving way that we did, back in the day, when the band's success was enhanced and encouraged by the love and creative input and energies, much of a wise and Alternative ilk, of such loving and caring people as Mr Barney Bubbles [RIP], Mr Michael Moorcock, Mr Jonathan Smeeton, Mr Robert Calvert [RIP], and many more, who gave their unconditional love and creative energies to the band. Come on, guys, let's work together. I wish all members of Hawkwind, past, present and future, nothing but health, wealth, success, happiness and loving energy. Let's all be friends, life is too short for any other course.”
Turner, the inexhaustible saxophone and flute-playing co-founder of space rock legends Hawkwind, is set to complete a tour throughout Europe and Japan as well as a return Stateside for another tour this Fall accompanied by up-and-coming kraut/prog rock band Hedersleben. Dates for the U.S. tour will be announced later this month. Following what has been widely regarded as the most ambitious album of his career, one that MOJO called “a sprawling but polished album,” Space Fusion Odyssey, Turner continues his astonishing career rebirth with a newly reinvigorated sense of musical creativity and sonic exploration. Turner’s most recent offering is a full-length album of improvisational jazz freakouts with a Seattle-based ensemble, which includes drummer Jack Gold-Molina and guitarist Dennis Rea (both of psych/prog band Spectral Waves), alongside bassist Paul “PK” Kemmish. Dubbed Flame Tree, the group released its self-titled album last month on Cleopatra’s Purple Pyramid imprint.
Frequently called “The Spirit Of Hawkwind,” Turner was a major creative force during that group's most critically acclaimed and successful period, 1969-1976. His outlandish costumes, improvised sax and flute playing, and general wild man persona became iconic representations of the band, and he would go on to pen some of their most popular songs including “Brainstorm” and “Master of the Universe.” After leaving Hawkwind, Turner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in a fairly rural, isolated area. He has continued to release new music including 2013’s Space Gypsy and 2015's Space Fusion Odyssey. A brand new track from his forthcoming studio album premieres on a special 6CD box set called Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler's Guide. This incredible collection features a diverse sampling of space rock artists young and old including Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Ozric Tentacles, Gong, Can, Earthling Society, and Hedersleben along with a whole host of others!
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS GREATEST HITS AVAILABLE ON VINYL THROUGH UMe ON JULY 29
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORTH AMERICA AS 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits collection will be available on vinyl for the first time in North America on July 29 as a double LP on 180-Gram Black Vinyl. The album is the biggest selling in the band’s illustrious catalog, with sales surpassing twelve million copies since its 1993 release.
The album contains eighteen classics including “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Learning To Fly,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and many others. The collection also features the singles from Tom Petty’s solo album Full Moon Fever including “Free Fallin,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream.” Rounding out the track listing are “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and a cover of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air” which were first made available on this hits collection.
Track list for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits double LP:
Listen To Her Heart
I Need To Know
Don’t Do Me Like That
Even The Losers
Here Comes My Girl
You Got Lucky
Don’t Come Around Here No More
I Won’t Back Down
Runnin’ Down A Dream
Learning To Fly
Into The Great Wide Open
Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Something In The Air
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS released their debut album in 1976 and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in in 2002, their first year of eligibility. They have sold more than 80 million records including over 12 million US sales of their Greatest Hits album. They have achieved the rare distinction of at least one Top 5 album on Billboard Magazine’s album charts in 5 consecutive decades. The band’s latest release in 2014, Hypnotic Eye, debuted at Number 1 in the Billboard charts. They have been a top selling concert attraction for nearly 40 years and are recognized universally as one of America's most celebrated and enduring rock "n” roll bands.
Between the Heartbreakers’ recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has won two GRAMMY awards and has been honored with many lifetime achievement awards including, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, the MTV Video Vanguard Award and the ASCAP Founders Award. This June Tom will be inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tom Petty Radio launched on SiriusXM in 2015 on channel 31. Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure is in its 11th year on SiriusXM. It features Tom Petty spinning favorite tunes from his extensive private music collection and is one of the most beloved and popular shows on satellite radio.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1976
You¹re Gonna Get It! 1978
Damn the Torpedoes 1979
Hard Promises 1981
Long After Dark 1982
Southern Accents 1985
Pack Up The Plantation: Live! 1985
Let Me Up (I¹ve Had Enough) 1987
Full Moon Fever 1989
Into The Great Wide Open 1991
Greatest Hits 1993
Songs and Music from “She’s The One”1996
Anthology: Through The Years 2000
The Last DJ 2002
*Highway Companion 2006
The Live Anthology 2009
Hypnotic Eye 2014
Aerosmith Rocks 40th Anniversary
Tyler, Perry, Kramer, Whitford, Hamilton Recall Successes And Excesses
Dallas, TX - June 8, 2016. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrate the 40th anniversary of Aerosmith’s bold musical statement Rocks.
By the end of 1975 Aerosmith had sold three million copies of their breakthrough third album Toys In The Attic. Against all conventional wisdom their manager had convinced their record company to re-release a song from Aerosmith’s very first album called “Dream On” for the third time, even though it had failed twice before. This time “Dream On” goes to # 6 on the Billboard chart a full five years after it had been released. It was under this head of steam that Aerosmith’s next album Rocks was written and recorded for release in May 1976.
Aerosmith Rocks was not so much a simple album title as it was a definitive declaration of intent. Joe Perry reflects on the legacy of Aerosmith, America’s premiere hard rock band, with InTheStudio host Redbeard.
“The greatest strength of the band is our ability to play live. This (Rocks album) is basically a live record... It’s what you would have heard if you were standing in the middle of the room when we recorded. - Joe Perry
It was during this mid-‘70s “make it and spend it” period of sex, drugs and rock and roll that Perry and lead singer Steven Tyler earned the notorious nickname “The Toxic Twins”, choices which soon proved to be very costly for all the members of Aerosmith. Guitarist Brad Whitford can never forget.
“When I saw the movie about Syd Vicious and when I saw the movie Spinal Tap, everybody sat in theaters laughing... And I watch those movies and said, ‘Part of that is my life, FOR REAL! ‘... I live with painful memories. I refuse to forget. A knot in my stomach and dreadful fear for someone... Some really bad times this band went through with drugs and alcohol, which almost took this band and a whole lot of other things away.” - Brad Whitford
AEROSMITH Rocks @ 40 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/aerosmith-3/”
Direct Link to AEROSMITH website: HYPERLINK “http://www.aerosmith.com”
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"BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES" CONTINUES WITH EPIC LIVE ASIA CONCERT
EIGHTH RELEASE IN SERIES HIGHLIGHTS 80'S SUPERGROUP'S BIGGEST HITS
The BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES from Rainman Records is set to release a hit-packed live album from 80's supergroup ASIA. This release marks the British Live Performance Series' eighth installment, with previous live sets from Glen Campbell, Joe Jackson, Belinda Carlisle and more (see below). Due out June 24, the album celebrates the legacy of the band which debuted in 1982 with their quadruple-platinum eponymous LP.
Formed by musicians who were already established stars in their own right and with early-Eighties rock music in a post-punk, post-disco turmoil, the seasoned quartet sailed in to fill the gap. Each member each came with a proven pedigree from Seventies megabands King Crimson (John Wetton), Emerson Lake and Palmer (drummer Carl Palmer), Yes (guitarist Steve Howe) and Buggles (keyboardist Geoff Downes). But it was the excellence of their music that sold millions of records worldwide.
Rock history records Asia as the first supergroup of the Eighties, a leviathan that sold more than six million copies worldwide of its eponymous first album in little more than a year thanks to a combination of classic radio-friendly pop songs and virtuoso musicianship. Recorded in 1990 in Nottingham, England, the album finds the group in epic form. Founder members John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Geoff Downes link with guitarist Pat Thrall to present a live greatest hits, from the three major singles - "Heat Of The Moment," "Only Time Will Tell" and "Sole Survivor" - from their first album through to later highlights Go and Voice Of America. With the help of label boss David Geffen and manager John Kalodner, the band would become one of MTV's biggest stars then, and a classic rock staple now.
Our show captures Asia at their best - in concert, where their virtuoso musicianship can be best appreciated. No studio trickery is needed to recreate the music for which the band is rightly known. Defiantly rock-based anthems like "Time Again" and "The Heat Goes On" that had illuminated the sterile, electronic Eighties remained relevant in a new decade. As Carl Palmer put it, this was - and is - "English rock with a technical side - sophisticated rock mixed in with melodies and singles."
Here's the ASIA: BRITISH LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES track list:
--Voice of America
--Praying For A Miracle
--The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
--Only Time Will Tell
--Days Like These
--The Heat Goes On
--Heat Of The Moment
--Open Your Eyes
New Motorhead DVD Likely Their Last Release
Mikkey Dee says upcoming Motorhead live DVD Clean Your Clock is almost certainly the last word from the band, because they don't have much unreleased material in their archive.
The concert film was shot in Germany last year, just weeks before the death of mainman Lemmy at the age of 70. The tour was in support of their final studio album Bad Magic.
Drummer Dee tells MetalPaths: "Motorhead did not record demo songs, so almost everything has been released. We experimented by composing the music while we were recording, for a spontaneous feel. We did it all right at the spot.
"Lemmy was easy to work with in the studio - he'd write his lyrics after the music was arranged. Unusually, this time around he was first in the studio and the last to leave."
He describes the tour as "business as usual" despite the surrounding health issues suffered by both Lemmy and guitarist Phil Campbell. Read more here.
Ray Davies Trying To Live Down Kinks Reunion Hopes
Ray Davies has played down hopes that the Kinks could reunite. Despite the often fraught relationship between Davies and brother Dave, hopes that the pair could get back together again were raised in December when Ray joined Dave onstage at London's Islington Assembly Hall.
But Ray tells the Evening Standard: "I'm still trying to live that down. I joined him on stage briefly but it would be overly romantic to think it was because of the show or to start talking about a reunion."
In addition, London west end show Sunny Afternoon - which is based on the Kinks' career - has been extended and will now run until October 29 at the city's Harold Pinter Theatre. Read more here.
Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman Not Rushing New Music
Rick Wakeman insists he, Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin won't be rushed into recording an album now they've reunited for live dates - but he hasn't ruled out presenting new material when they play.
The former Yes colleagues announced their Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman project last month, after years of discussions - and the keyboardist confirms that the 2015 death of Chris Squire urged them into action.
Wakeman tells UCR: "It hit home to us all, certainly to me, that, 'Hold on a minute, we're not immortal.' Anything can happen almost overnight. If there's something you want to do and you feel you have to do, you have to do it. You can't say, 'When we've got a bit of time, we'll do that.' We spoke to each other and went, 'We've got to do this."
While writing material remains a target, Wakeman is cautious about moving too quickly. "Trevor quite rightly said, 'We're not going to rush into all this - it's going to take enough hard work to put a great show together.'
"We can send music backwards and forwards, and start working on bits and pieces. Maybe if we've got a couple of tracks ready to perform, that would be great.
"If not, it's not the end of the world. We've got all these months of working together and living in each others' pockets. If we're going to produce a full album, it's got to be an absolutely cracking album." Read more here.
Ray Wilson Says Mike Rutherford Pulled Plug On Genesis
Ray Wilson has singled out Mike Rutherford as the reason he never recorded another album with Genesis. The singer succeeded Phil Collins and fronted the band from 1996 until 1998. He recorded vocals on their last album, 1998's Calling All Stations, before parting ways with them after the tour later that year.
Wilson tells Eonmusic: "When I signed my contract to join the band, it was for two albums. It was always the idea to do the first and then go from there, but Mike Rutherford changed his mind - that's exactly what happened.
"I think he felt he didn't have the stamina to do another one. All of a sudden you're faced with going from 15 million albums sales to two and a half, and I think he couldn't find it in himself to do the next one.
"It's a great shame, because I think we could have at least recorded it. Even if it hadn't been very good, we didn't need to release it, but we should have at least sat down together and continued the process, because I think we really became a band after the tour." Read more here.
David Lee Roth Talks Van Halen Tour
David Lee Roth discusses Van Halen's 2015 tour on the latest edition of The Roth Show. The singer shares some insight into his performances and the live production involved with last summer's North American run in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."
"So the question is 'is it the show or the music'", Roth begins. "When we get on the road with Van Halen this is always a pivotal question - at what point does the show distract from the music because what Van Halen is is a club band playing to a club audience on massive scale.
"You can say it's a selection of songs with a narration, I break the fourth wall constantly and talk directly to you and turn and face the camera and describe ironically what is or isn't happening - or you could look at it as a speaking one-man show with really great songs - it alternates in between the two and too much visual can distract from that."
Roth also tackles the currently hot topic of fan fiction, which is created by fans of a particular subject or theme - music artist, TV series, etc. - and has taken off since the advent of the internet as writers combine talents online. Watch the episode here.
Elton John Says Lady Gaga's New Album Is 'Brilliant'
Even though fans were hopeful that Lady Gaga's new album would arrive in 2016, Elton John has something to say about that. The legendary musician opened up about hearing some of the tracks off Gaga's newest project and in discussing that music he let slip when it might be available.
"I've heard two or three songs from her new record, which she's making with [producer] Mark Ronson, and it's absolutely brilliant, so you're gonna be really happy when you hear that later in the year or early next year," John said on his Beats 1 podcast, according to Idolator.
In late 2015, Billboard reported Tony Bennett and Gaga would be collaborating on another jazz album together, this time featuring Cole Porter standards. Rumors have since been circulating that Gaga would release that album first before she shared her latest solo creation. It seems that with John's latest announcement, a 2017 release date is more than possible. Read more here.
Ozzy Osbourne Speaks Out About Tabloid Reports
Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne took to his Facebook page to shoot down tabloid reports that his recent separation from his wife Sharon wee a publicity stunt.
The UK tabloids made their claims based on reported statements from a man named Steven Machat, who allegedly says that he was a manager for Osbourne in the past, a role that has been held by Sharon since he went solo in the early 1980s.
Osbourne writes, "In response to recent stories you printed with comments from Steven Machat... for the record, Mr. Machat NEVER managed me nor was he employed by me in any capacity at any time in my career.
"His representation of this is a categorical lie. I met him when he was hanging around the music industry in the early 80's, but haven't seen him in at least 30 years. He's a sad delusional relic from the 80's."
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In November 2014 a helicopter landed at the infamous Hard Rock Hotel as KISS invaded Las Vegas for an historic nine-show run. Now, fans will be able to experience this spectacular night for themselves in their own homes as ‘KISS Rocks Vegas’ hits PPV in North America – available via cable, satellite, and online. From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky-high flames, ear-bursting volume and a few drops of blood!
As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, and that’s in every category, KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Additionally, KISS were recently honoured by their peers, having received the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015.
Paul Stanley (KISS lead Vocals, rhythm guitar)
“See us from the comfort of your couch with the awesome power of surround sound. Feel like you are in Vegas and don’t be shy. ‘Shout it out loud”!
Gene Simmons (KISS Vocals, bass guitar)
“Join us for a “Crazy Crazy Night’!”
Over the course of 40 years, KISS’ record-breaking global tours have brought them to fans around the world. The band kicked off their recent world tour with 5 headlining shows in Japan and a #1 single in 2014 “Samurai Son” with Japanese pop group, Momoiro Clover Z. Their 40th Anniversary World tour also rocked North America, South America and Australia. Furthermore, once a year the “KISS Army” becomes the “KISS Navy” as fans from across the globe board the KISS Kruise (2016 year will mark their 6th voyage).
KISS teamed up with Warner Brothers in 2014 to create the well-received original movie ScoobyDoo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery. Other high-profile appearances have included the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, Rockin' The Corps concert, a FOX alliance with KISS appearing in multiple episodes of Family Guy, plus two special guest performances on American Idol finales.
KISS has been featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos, Google Play, Hello Kitty— even appearing in a Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. This year represents the 3rd season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team bringing professional football back to Los Angeles. KISS founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have also entered the culinary world by opening a string of successful restaurants aptly named Rock & Brews.
KISS is dedicated to numerous Veterans Organizations including: The Wounded Warriors Project, The USO, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hire A Hero” program, The Legacy Organization in Australia, Help for Heroes United Kingdom and The Dr. Pepper Snapple Groups Wounded Warriors Support Foundations
For more information, visit www.KissOnline.com
For more information and to purchase digital PPV go to Kissonline.com or check your local cable provider for more info.
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Legendary Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (Ex-Rainbow, Deep Purple) to Perform at Major Festivals in Bulgaria
Joe Lynn Turner continues to be a beloved musical force in Bulgaria. Having made many appearances at major events and on television, including The “X Factor,” he is looking forward to returning to Bulgaria this summer. June 17, he will play the "Art is:" charity event in Montana and on June 18, he will travel to Troyan for the "Rock Academy" festival.
Turner has always been committed to helping out many charitable organizations. He is especially passionate about the National Commission for Combating Traffic of Human Beings, the foundation that will benefit from the 5th Anniversary of the "Art is" festival. This organization is dedicated to the cause of combating the sale of children/women in the region and all over the world. Turner is devoted to helping this cause as he believes that such criminal activity is unacceptable and is absolutely contrary to human rights. He wants to bring awareness to this cause with the hope that more young people will learn how to protect themselves from such criminal attempts. The theme for the "Art is:" festival will be, "The Children of Montana together on the stage with Joe Lynn Turner."
This free event is organized by Nelian Nikolova. The show starts at 6pm, June 17, at the Main Square of Montana-Jeravica Stage. Turner’s performance begins at 9pm.
National Commission for Combating Traffic of Human Beings:
Municipality of Montana:
Troyan is located in northern Bulgaria in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, founded as an ancient Thracian settlement in the road that connects South Bulgaria with North Bulgaria. The Troyan region is a preferred destination for those interested in hot springs and is also the access point to the Central Balkan National Park, where there are many hiking trails.. The "Rock Academy" event takes place at 8:30pm, June 18, in the Main Square.
Municipality of Troyan:
Turner always cherishes his time in Bulgaria. He says, "I can’t even tell you how many times that I have been here. The people are amazing, they love rock’n’roll, they are passionate. They are great people in their soul, they are wonderful! I am so thankful for the people of Bulgaria and the opportunity to perform here."
Joe Lynn Turner “Biography-in Brief”:
In a career spans over 70 album credits, Turner ("JLT") is best remembered for his work with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and Deep Purple. When Blackmore decided to focus on expanding Rainbow's audience, he employed JLT. Turner's talent for writing radio-friendly rock hits, combined with his stage appeal, vocal range and ability to sing a variety of songs, helped catapult Rainbow to a higher level of commercial success. In the late 80s, he revived the career of another guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen. In 1990, he reunited with Blackmore and joined Deep Purple.
Fans continue to demand to hear his distinctive, soulful, bluesy rock voice and he’s never stopped writing, recording or performing. His discography features over ten solo CDs and a bevy of lead vocal work on several other projects. Turner has toured, recorded and performed with a diverse array of artists including Billy Joel, Cher, ACDC's Brian Johnson, Mick Jones (Foreigner), Michael Bolton, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and more.
His latest CD release is SUNSTORM “Edge of Tomorrow.” SUNSTORM is Joe Lynn Turner's successful AOR/melodic rock project, something that came about for the first time in 2006 when Frontiers Records’ president Serafino Perugino, wanted to dig up some unreleased gems that Turner wrote during the late '80s and early '90s. He recently traveled to Vikos Gorge in northern Greece to film a spectacular video for the title track from the new CD.
Joe Lynn Turner on "The X Factor":
Joe Lynn Turner's Official Website:
Joe Lynn Turner’s “Edge of Tomorrow” video:
Official Bulgarian Fan Tribute Site: http://joelynnturnerbg.org
SIXX:A.M.’s ‘A TALE OF TWO CITIES’ PREMIERES TODAY
CHECK OUT THE BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE OF THE BAND’S QUEST TO PLAY SAN ANTONIO, TX & DALLAS, TX, FOR 35k+ FANS, IN UNDER 24 HOURS
One Day. Two Cities. Two Shows. Three band members. This is how SIXX:A.M. marks the end of their US Spring tour tale. On May 29, 2016, band members, Nikki Sixx, Dj Ashba and James Michael, gave 15k+ fans an explosive performance at River City Rock Fest in San Antonio, TX, before loading their gear back up into a charter jet to make it to the next show just in time to perform for another 20k+ fans at Dallas’ KEGL BFD, later that day! Go behind the scenes with the band on this journey HERE!
Playing multiple sets for their fans, in a single day, has become habit for SIXX:A.M. Embarking on 11 headlining dates and 10 festival dates, across the U.S., in support of their 4/29 album release, Prayers For The Damned, the band gave their fans more than just the scheduled tour date performance. In nearly half of their headlining markets, SIXX:A.M. initiated a surprise call-to-action for fans to gather somewhere near the venue for an intimate impromptu acoustic set, using the hashtag, #sixxamhitandrun across their social media platforms for location details.
SIXX:A.M. continues to redefine the phrase, “hardest working rock band.” Their hustle and dedication to super-serve their fans, goes unrivaled by their contemporaries. Despite each member having already experienced much career success with their previous projects and Sixx:A.M. nearing their 10th year band anniversary, their passion still matches the fire and hunger of a brand new band.
It comes as no-surprise this trio closed out the U.S. leg of their tour on May 29th, playing to as many fans as they possibly could in any given 24-hour period. As the band currently continues playing all major European festival overseas and headlining select dates in Germany and Holland, look out for them to continue to give fans high energy performances and surprise sets! You can catch SIXX:A.M. back in the U.S. this fall, on tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown (full tour dates below).
SIXX:A.M’s Prayers For The Damned debuted at #1 on the US Independent Albums Chart, #2 on the US Rock Albums Chart, #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and in the Top 5 Album Chart around the globe.
May 7th - Richmond, VA: https://www.facebook.com/sixxammusic/videos/1110480322331755/
May 8th - Bethlehem, PA: https://www.facebook.com/sixxammusic/videos/1111172002262587/
May 21st - Philadelphia, PA: https://www.facebook.com/sixxammusic/videos/1119280104785110/
May 24th - Sayreville, NJ: https://www.facebook.com/sixxammusic/videos/1121046161275171/
SIXX:A.M. 2016 Tour Dates:
June 9 – Solvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 11 – Castle Donington, UK @ Download Festival
June 12 – Newport, UK @ Isle of Wright Festival
June 14 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliJune 16 – Pratteln, SW @ Konzertfabrik Z7
June 16 – Pratteln, SWI @ Konzertfabrik Z7
June 17 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Festival
June 18 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
June 20 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
June 22 – Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund
June 23 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell
June 24 – Halden, NO @ Tons of Rock
July 23 – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam
October 18 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
October 22 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
October 23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
October 25 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverick Center
October 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
October 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
October 29 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
October 31 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
November 2 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
November 3 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
November 5 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
November 7 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
November 9 – Billings, MT @ MetraPark Fairgrounds
November 11 – Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
November 17 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
November 18 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Returns With New Band Day Of Errors
Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has formed a band named Day Of Errors - and legendary musician has vowed that they will deliver "gut-kicking heavy" music.
It's his first musical project since the release of solo album Accountable Beasts last year, following his acrimonious departure from the Black Sabbath reunion before they recorded 2013 record 13.
Ward says: "In the desire to have my drumming spirit continue to live, I'm please to say that I've helped create a new three-piece band called Day Of Errors, accompanied by two guest musicians. We play loud, hard, with overtures of gut-kicking heavy, heavy parts."
He's joined in the project by bassist and lead vocalist Nick Diltz - of All Hail The Yeti - and guitarist Joe Amodea. The guests are percussionist Walter Earl plus Ward's keyboardist son Aron. Read more here.
Prince 911 Caller Believes His Death Could Have Been Prevented
The man who called 911 to report Prince's death says he has thought about how the pop icon's passing could have been prevented in the weeks since the tragedy.
Autopsy reports recently revealed that the singer died of an accidental opioid overdose on April 21. The document claims he administered the dose of painkiller himself.
Andrew Kornfeld, the son of Prince's physician, was sent to the musician's Paisley Park home in Minnesota to help him - but was too late and ended up making the emergency call instead.
He says (via CNN): "As I told the 911 dispatcher on April 21, those on the scene were distraught, which was why I was the one to place the call. But what happened has made me think, long and hard, about what steps we must take to prevent such entirely unnecessary loss of life.
"I have thought about what might have produced a different outcome. What if his troubles could have been addressed effectively, and much sooner?" Read more here.
Hellyeah Streaming New Album 'Undeniable' In Full
Hellyeah have streamed fifth album Undeniable in full - including a track featuring late Pantera icon Dimebag. The follow-up to 2014's Blood For Blood was released last week, complete with a cover of Phil Collins track I Don't Care Anymore, which the band had previously revealed.
Drummer Vinnie Paul - Dimebag's brother - discovered the recording that they had made together back in 2004, and handed it over to producer Kevin Churko.
Paul recently said: "When we listened it totally gave me goosebumps. We've always felt like he's been a part of this band. And for people to be able to hear him again in 2016 puts a big smile on my face." Stream the album here.
Keith Richards, Tame Impala, Bon Iver Twitter Accounts Hacked
Three high-profile musicians and rock bands were targeted by Twitter hackers over the weekend. The handles for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Tame Impala, and Bon Iver were hijacked to display false, disturbing and obscene messages, which have since been deleted.
The Tame Impala account sent out a bomb threat to JetBlue, while the Bon Iver handle was changed to @ihavelegcancer and publicly disparaged the late Muhammad Ali reported NME.
Three of the acts responded to the hack with some form of an explanation. "Earlier today Keith's Twitter account was hacked along with other verified accounts. The hateful tweets that were posted have been removed," wrote Richards' team. Read more here.
AC/DC With Axl Blows Away Guns N' Roses' Slash And Duff
Slash and Duff McKagan were on hand to watch Guns N' Roses bandmate Axl Rose perform with AC/DC at The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, UK on June 4.
The pair arrived to see Rose's 10th show on the European leg of AC/DC's Rock Or Bust world tour after he joined the lineup last month in place of Brian Johnson.
Slash summed up his impression of the show with the following tweet: "ACDC/Axl gig at Olympic Stadium was nothing short of awesome last night! Memorable evening to say the least!"
McKagan posted an image from the sound board, calling the evening "simply an epic experience!" Three shows remain on the spring run, which wraps up in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 15. Read more here.
Sex Pistols Live '76 Box Set Announced
A new 4-disc Sex Pistols box set entitled Live '76 is set to be released on August 19th by Universal. The set will be available digitally and in two physical media configurations: a 4CD set and a 4LP set.
The set will make the first time that these four live recordings will be released in full. The recordings were mastered at Abby Road Studios for the new box set. We were sent the following details:
Disc one features the truly legendary Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester concert, which took place on 4th June, 1976, arguably one of the most important music concerts ever. Set up by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto (who were inspired to form Buzzcocks after travelling to Welwyn Garden City to watch the Pistols), the show was witnessed by people including future Joy Division/New Order members, Morrissey, Mark E. Smith (The Fall) and Tony Wilson, the concert changed the course of music history, with the Pistols inspiring a generation of musical mavericks.
Closer to the band's London roots, the second disc comprises the 'Midnight Special' concert, which was recorded on 29th August, 1976 at Screen on the Green, Islington - More widely known for its cult cinema screenings. This famous gig saw the Pistols supported by The Clash and Buzzcocks. Legend has it that journalists and record company staff attempting to gain entry were reported to have been barred entry.
Disc three is the live show that took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison on 17th September 1976. Of the four recordings that make up this collection, this was the only one 'officially' recorded on 4 track ¼ inch tape, by the band's live soundman Dave Goodman. Reportedly the idea of the band's manager Malcolm McLaren, who claimed it was part of his strategy to have the band play more interesting, unusual non rock 'n' roll places, no doubt in an attempt to create controversy. John Rotten Lydon rose to the occasion by being his provocative best, as can be heard on the between songs banter.
The collection is completed with a concert that originally made its way around as a fans bootleg, recorded on 25th September - 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent. Officially released in full for the first time.
Sex Pistols - Live '76 is the first time all four of these concerts have been collected together in sequence. It will be available on 4CD and 4LP sets (as well as digital download). It features related photographs and an original facsimile Sex Pistols Glitterbest press kit from the era.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Talks Socially Awkward Media
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he is wary of over-eager fans who try to interact with him on social media. The metal icon says he enjoys speaking to fans on Twitter, but he is conscious that some people get the wrong idea.
Mustaine tells Linea Rocks: "I do a little bit, I like to talk with our fans. But there's a weirdness with social media where there are certain people out there, that if you talk to them once, they think you are their best friend. And if you don't answer them back...it's just like the Eminem song Stan. Do not apply, Stan."
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza died last month at the age of 51 and Mustaine says the band's 1990 album Rust In Peace features Menza's best work. Read more here.
Kevin Shirley Backs Joanne Shaw Taylor In A Big Way
Big-name producer Kevin Shirley says that Joanne Shaw Taylor's upcoming album "Wild" is so good that he'll refund buyers' money if it doesn't impress them.
The Black Country Communion mastermind is well-known for his output with Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, The Black Crowes and many others. Taylor's fifth album Wild is set for release on September 30 via her Axehouse Music label.
Shirley says via his Caveman Facebook page: "Ladies and gents, here is your next blues superstar - Joanne Shaw Taylor. We finished her album in Nashville, and it's brilliant!
"Killer singer, awesome guitarist. She's going it alone as an independent, and if you're not blown away, I'll give you your money back!" Introducing the album in a short video, Taylor says: "I had a blast doing it and I can't wait for you to hear it." Read more here.
Iron Maiden Offer Peek Inside Ed Force One In New Video
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is featured in a video that offers a peak at the interior of the band's Ed Force One plane. It was shot by manufacturers Boeing as pilot Dickinson offered staff a guided tour of the vehicle.
Explaining the custom graphics, uniforms and branded accessories, he admits Ed Force One is a "flying billboard" and continues: "It's the way to cause a fuss when you arrive."
He adds: "Honestly, it's such a beautiful aeroplane. It allows us to do a European itinerary on an inter-continental basis. It's our time machine, our magic carpet."
Iron Maiden continue their The Book Of Souls World Tour until August – including a headline appearance at the Download festival this weekend. Watch the video here.
Thin Lizzy Guitarist Praises Predecessor Brian Robertson
Damon Johnson has heaped praise on former Thin Lizzy axeman Brian Robertson for being a "tremendous and special player." The current Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders guitarist says he has spent decades learning his predecessor's parts, particularly on the 1978 album Live And Dangerous – and he says he's still left in awe of Robertson's work.
He says: "Today and everyday, I am saluting the talent and special player that is Brian Robertson. As I am preparing for the upcoming Thin Lizzy dates, which I am privileged and honoured to be a part of, the album that I am referencing the most is Live And Dangerous."
Johnson continues: "It is inconceivable that Brian was only 21-years-old when these performances were recorded. And after decades of studying and practicing to all the Thin Lizzy albums with the classic lineup of Lynott/Gorham/Downey/Robertson, there are so many moments in Brian's playing that elude me as to what he was thinking, where on the neck he is playing, and how he is approaching his solos. Case in point – his blistering improv at the end of Are You Ready. Read more here.
Metallica's Controversial 'Load' Album Turns Twenty
"They cut their hair!", "They're trying to be 'alternative!'", "They're selling out!" These are all things that Metallica fans were saying about the band's alleged new direction in 1996. And this was months before they even released their long awaited follow-up to "The Black Album," Load.
Before anyone heard a note of Metallica's new music, people were arguing about their new look. On April 10, 1996, Alice In Chains recorded their episode of MTV Unplugged at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music. All four members of Metallica - James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newstead - were in attendance. And they all had short hair. This was a big enough deal that, before the show, Alice's Mike Inez famously wrote "Friends Don't Let Friends Get Friends Haircuts" on his bass guitar.
Around the same time, it was announced that Metallica would be headlining Lollapalooza, the alternative-rock festival tour that had previously been headlined by Jane's Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Smashing Pumpkins.
I remember this pretty well, because I was working at a marketing company at the time, and the company specialized in heavy metal. And in 1996, metal was in flux; the prevailing wisdom in the music industry was that the genre was on its way out, and "alternative" was the new standard for rock music.
This put Metallica in a strange position, to say the least. They couldn't really disavow metal; it was literally in their name. And they were coming off of 1991's self-titled LP (known as "The Black Album"), the biggest album of their career, the one that saw them moving from thrash metal to more easily accessible hard rock. Would they change even more to fit in with the post-Nirvana world?
On the surface, it seemed like they did. There were the haircuts, of course. But the imagery went beyond that: they band had adopted many non-metal looks in their photo sessions, wearing eyeliner and going goth in some photos and adopting more of a rockabilly look in others. No longer were they working with metal photographer Ross Halfin; now they used Anton Corbin, more well known for the images he captured of U2 and Depeche Mode. Ulrich and Hammett even alluded to being bisexual. Meanwhile, Lars - always one to align himself with the band of the moment - started palling around with Oasis. Kick Hammett name dropped the Cocteau Twins, of all things. There was a lot of debate among fans about what this meant for Metallica, and what it meant for metal.
But what of the album itself? What about Load? Read more here.
AC/DC's Brian Johnson Says Hearing Invention WORKS
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has issued an update on his hearing loss following a recent meeting with the inventor of in-ear monitors, Asius Technologies founder Stephen Ambrose.
Last month, Ambrose made a public offer via video to assist Johnson over the hearing issues that sidelined him from the band's 2016 tour lineup in March, when AC/DC postponed the remaining 10 shows on their spring US tour after the rocker was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.
Johnson has revealed that the initial source of his hearing loss began approximately eight years ago while racing at the Watkins Glen International.
Ambrose and Johnson recently met in person to review his latest upgrade to the technology that may help the singer return to the live stage one day. "It WORKS. It just totally works and you can't argue with that," said Johnson of the ADEL technology in a released statement. "I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven't heard for several years now. I can't wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, to performing live music on stage." Read more here.
At Least 80 Fans Injured By Lightning Strike At Music Festival
The third and final day of the Rock Am Ring festival has been cancelled after a large number of people were injured by lightning strikes over the weekend.
At least 80 fans were hurt after heavy thunderstorms plagued the German music festival site close to Mendig in the west of the country on Friday night (June 3).
The bad weather continued on Saturday and with further storms forecast for today, local authorities stepped in and revoked the festival's license to ensure the safety of fans.
At least one fan had to be resuscitated on Friday night after lightning struck the festival. Read more here.
Rolling Stones Record New Song With Eric Clapton
According to The Sun newspaper, the Rolling Stones' new album sessions have just added a new member. And it's Eric Clapton. The paper reports that Clapton and the Stones recently ran into each other at a west London recording studio and have since recorded two songs together with producer Don Was.
It makes plenty of sense. The Stones' Ron Wood has previously revealed that that the band have been on "a blues streak", covering standards by the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter.
"They really sound authentic," Wood said of the Stones' new tracks in April. "We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days… When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, 'Who's that?' 'It's you.' It sounded so authentic."
And Clapton has guested before, of course. The Stones shared a previously unreleased version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Clapton on their deluxe reissue of Sticky Fingers. Read more here.