THE BABYS Hit #9 This Week On Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales Chart!

Ending 2014 on a high note, The Babys, who released their first new album in 30 years this past summer, hit #9 this week on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart for “I See You There.”

The Babys’ 2014 release I’ll Have Some Of That (Skyrocket Ent. / All In Time Records), which received much critical praise, was a return to form of the band’s melodic rock radio sound. The band features original members Wally Stocker (lead guitar) and Tony Brock (drums) joined by new members Joey Sykes (guitar) and John Bisaha (lead vocals/bass). Plans for a 2015 tour are in effect.

“I See You There” joins a lineage of The Babys’ smash hits – “Every Time I Think Of You,” “Isn’t It Time,” “Head First,” and “Back On My Feet Again,” to name a few. The song made a bounding climb on the charts from 128 to 32 to 12 to its current position. 

Stay tuned for more news on The Babys in 2015!

ROCK NEWS FOR 12/19/14

Gov’t Mule & John Scofield ‘Sco-Mule’ Out 26 January 2015 On Provogue/Mascot Label Group

The second installment of the Gov’t Mule 20th anniversary celebration has been a long time coming, ‘Sco-Mule’ has been in the pipeline for over a decade and will now see the light of day on 26th January 2015 on 2CD/Double vinyl. In September 1999 Gov’t Mule was a little over 5 years old and began embracing and exploring personal influences which weren’t quite present in the music at that stage. They had written and recorded jazz-influenced instrumentals such as ‘Trane’, ‘Birth of the Mule’ and ‘Thelonius Beck’, but had never, at that point, done any “live” performances that were predominantly made up of instrumental songs.

At this point, enter jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield, who has previously played and collaborated with legends such as Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chet Baker amongst others. Gov’t Mule had begun including more guests into the live shows and were joined by Scofield for two shows; one in Atlanta and the other in Athens, Georgia – this was after only one full rehearsal.

Talking about the shows Warren Haynes reflects; “We came out and played what would be the equivalent, time-wise, of a first set filled with hard-rocking Mule staples. Then we were joined by John Scofield and special guest keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo for our first-ever all instrumental “sets”. In some ways this was the beginning of a new outlook for Gov’t Mule as we were constantly looking for new directions to explore. Less than a year later Allen Woody passed away and after a period we didn’t know if we would even continue.”

No two Gov’t Mule shows are the same, and like recent release ‘Dark Side of the Mule’, ‘Sco-Mule’ also reflects the breath and eclecticism of their talent with their ability to transform themselves continuously in a live setting. The band can draw on more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. The deep chemistry and steely confidence shared by the current line-up of guitarist-singer Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis also allows them to tackle any form of music and stamp it with their own identity. The series of new live archival releases really drives this point home with the third (‘Dub Side of the Mule’) and final instalment (‘Stoned Side of the Mule’) still to come. 

Reflecting on the collaboration Scofield recalls the moment the seeds were sown. “It was about 25 years ago that I first met Warren. He turned up at the New York club Sweet Basil and said we should play together sometime. He looked like Dennis Hopper in “Easy Rider,” and I wondered, “Who is this guy?”

Continuing he adds “Warren and I stayed in touch, and a few years later he invited me to play some shows with Gov’t Mule. I flew down to Atlanta to rehearse with Warren, Allen Woody, Matt Abts, and another special guest, Dr. Dan Matrazzo on keyboards. “These guys are the real deal,” I remember thinking. Although I’m known as a jazz player, I started out playing blues, and I think that Warren sensed that. I loved playing with them and I still do. The shows we did then were excellent musically and a lot of fun for me -I think they stand the test of time all these years later.”

Warren Haynes’ unparalleled ability to bring together different musicians into a cohesive whole or to pull off epic musical happenings is one of the many reasons why Haynes stands apart from the many great front men and guitarists who have graced the musical landscape. Combined with his guitar and vocal mastery, these skills have made him an in-demand presence and indispensable musical ally for many.

Sco-Mule will be released on 26th January 2015 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group


2015 Wanee Music Festival April 16-18 Announces One Of Our Best Line-Ups

Widespread Panic (Fri. & Sat.)
Gregg Allman ¤ Gov't Mule
Earth, Wind & Fire
Cheap Trick
Jaimoe's Jasssz Band ¤ Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends
The Word featuring: Robert Randolph, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson & Chris Chew ¤ Hot Tuna Electric ¤ JJ Grey & Mofro
Oteil & Friends ¤ Galactic ¤ Zappa Plays Zappa ¤ Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne ¤ Yonder Mountain String Band
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk ¤ Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes featuring Doyle Bramhall II ¤ Raw Oyster Cult ¤ Dragon Smoke
The Revivalists ¤ Home At Last - The Nth Power Performs Steely Dan¤ Tea Leaf Green ¤ Bobby Lee Rogers Trio ¤ Pink Talking Fish
Eric Lindell & Company ¤ Royal Southern Brotherhood
Twiddle ¤ Natural Child ¤ Jacob Jeffries Band ¤ Juke
Party With the Wanee Happy Hour Bonus
Wednesday, April 15!

Widespread Panic takes the headliner reins for one of our best line-ups ever and brings their raucous jamband excitement to what has now become one of the most popular festivals in the country. The 2015 WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL--now in its 11th year--returns once again Thursday, April 16th through Saturday, April 18th to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. Tickets went on sale Friday, December 12th through Tickets Today and  

In addition to Widespread Panic playing both Friday and Saturday nights, the rest of the line-up includes: Gregg Allman ¤ Gov't Mule ¤ Earth, Wind & Fire ¤ Cheap Trick ¤ Jaimoe's Jasssz Band ¤ Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends ¤ The Word featuring: Robert Randolph, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson & Chris Chew ¤ Hot Tuna Electric ¤ JJ Grey & Mofro ¤ Oteil & Friends ¤ Galactic ¤ Zappa Plays Zappa ¤ Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne ¤ Yonder Mountain String Band ¤ Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk ¤ Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes featuring Doyle Bramhall II ¤ Raw Oyster Cult ¤ Dragon Smoke ¤ The Revivalists ¤ Home At Last - The Nth Power Performs Steely Dan ¤ Tea Leaf Green ¤ Bobby Lee Rogers Trio ¤ Pink Talking Fish ¤ Eric Lindell & Company ¤ Royal Southern Brotherhood ¤ Natural Child ¤ Twiddle ¤ Jacob Jeffries Band ¤ Juke. It's a live music dream come true!


$195 + Applicable Fees (Limited time Advance - Price will increase later) Includes: 3 nights of Primitive Camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.). Music from 12:30PM on Thursday (April 16). Full days of Music on Friday & Saturday (April 17 & 18)

$499+Applicable Fees: Limited Availability - Includes: (1) VIP 3-Day pass to the festival with music starting at 12:30PM on Thursday, Special concert viewing area at Peach and Mushroom stages, 3 nights of primitive camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.), Wanee 2015 VIP T Shirt, Commemorative Wanee 2015 Laminate, Private Restrooms, Commemorative Wanee 2015 Poster, Catered Lunch and dinner on Friday & Saturday, Complimentary snacks and soft drinks, Discounted beer, Access to Wanee 2015 VIP only Pre Party

Tickets for the 2015 Wanee Music Festival went on sale Friday, December 12 at Tickets Today or  The Festival will be held Thursday April 16th through Saturday April 18th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.

3-Day Tickets also include as a bonus the fabulous Wanee Wednesday Happy Hour Celebration April 15th from 3PM to 1AM with an exciting roster of great musical acts. Come early and be happy!

Last year the Festival strengthened its position as one of the top live music events in the country with great music and great times for the many thousands of fans attending. It was the best year to date. This year is sure to sell out so get your tickets early!

Wanee Music Festival is a joint venture between the Allman Brothers Band and Live Nation.

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New York, NY – December 19, 2014 – Just ahead of their sold out show tonight at Madison Square Garden, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band announced today new dates extending their 2014 / 2015 Ride Out Tour.  New cities added are Indianapolis, Kansas City, Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Salt Lake City and their hometown, Deeeeetroit!  On sale dates for the new shows will be announced soon.

Seger and his band hit the road last month in support of his new album, RIDE OUT.  Seger’s album and shows have garnered praise from fans and critics alike.  Tickets can be purchased on and


Former Megadeth Members Starting New Band

Former Megadeth duo Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick are set to form a new band together. Drummer Drover and guitarist Broderick quit Megadeth within hours of each other last month, and Broderick says the pair have unfinished business.

He plans to make a solo album in 2015, but at the same time, he and Drover have already recruited an as-yet-unnamed singer and are talking to record labels about their new band.

Broderick tells Liquid Metal: "One of the things that I've really recently become very excited about is, through talking with Shawn Drover, we've talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written.

"So we just decided, 'Hey, why don't we put the stuff out? Why don't we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?' So we formed a band, we're working with a killer singer - he's awesome - and we've got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we're really excited about where that's gonna go." He goes on to explain the decision to leave Megadeth here.

The Scorpions Reveal Initial 50th Anniversary Tour Dates

The Scorpions have unveiled the first series of dates for their 50th anniversary tour. The German rockers have also revealed an extensive tour of their homeland in March of 2016.

Shows begin May 8 in the Czech Republic, with European concerts scheduled throughout the summer and fall; more dates will be announced soon.

On January 24, 2010, after 45 years of performing, The Scorpions announced that they would be retiring after touring in support of their new album at the time, 'Sting In The Tail', although this decision was eventually retracted and the band will continue. Read more and see the dates here.

Bumblefoot Focusing On Solo Music, Not Guns N' Roses

Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal says he's currently putting his solo career ahead of working with Guns N' Roses. His GNR bandmate DJ Ashba claimed earlier this year they were preparing to release the long-awaited follow-up to 2008's Chinese Democracy. But Bumblefoot says his upcoming solo album is all he's thinking about.

He tells Horns Up!: "I'm focusing on my stuff. I'm sure it's going to be an exciting, interesting year for everybody - for Guns, for me, for everybody. We'll see what happens in 2015.

"I've tried to do both and it's been really difficult. There's only so much time and you can't be in two places at once. Teleporters? No. Army of clones? No. You can only be in one place at a time and that kind of gets in the way of things. You have to start making choices." Read more here.

KISS Frontman Reissuing 1976 Paul Stanley Signature Guitar

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has reunited with Ibanez guitars to produce a reissue of his original 1976 Paul Stanley Signature Model. The pairing will unveil three new versions of the Stanley's famous guitar during the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) comnvention in Aanheim, California in January.

"Renewing my collaboration with Ibanez feels like going home to where it all started," says Stanley. "The guitars we created remain iconic and we will celebrate them and more as we move forward into our future together."

"We're very excited to be partnering again with Paul Stanley," announced Ibanez artist relations manager Mike Taft. "It's been an amazing year for both Paul and the band, including the release of his best-selling autobiography, the band's long-overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the ongoing world tour to commemorate their 40th anniversary together."

Read more here.

Yes Announce Lineup For The Next Cruise To The Edge

Yes will lead an all-star lineup aboard the 2015 edition of "Cruise To The Edge." The package will depart from Miami, FL on November 15 for five days and nights, visiting Key West, Florida, a pristine private island in the Bahamas and more.

Yes will be joined by a lengthy list of artists, including Marillion, Three Friends, Allan Holdsworth, Caravan, Saga, PFM, Anathema, Nektar, Bigelf and more.

The host ship, Norwegian Pearl, will feature multiple stages of Progressive Rock music, 13 bars, 16 dining options, a 4-lane bowling alley, rock climbing wall and many more activities and features. Read more here.




THE WHO HITS 50! tour explosively kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland (11-30) to rave reviews and a set list that featured a wide range of songs from one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands.  For the North American dates, the tour will include special guests: 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY.  The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA.  Tickets are currently on sale at THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live.

"Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concert-goers a full night of entertainment.  I love her,” said Roger Daltrey.

“We've been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time. She is the real deal. This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone,” Pete Townshend said.

“After the Runaways ended, THE WHO and Bill Curbishley stepped up, and let me use their studio, Ramport. That gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records.  I've modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization. I'm so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour.   No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than THE WHO,” said Joan Jett. 

Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987's Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show.

Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett's determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film which she Executive Produced based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie's book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett served as an executive producer.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts released their latest record, Unvarnished, last year and continue touring the globe.

Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason 

Deconstruct Pink Floyd’s Epic 1979 Album The Wall @ 35 

North American syndicated Rock radio program and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands revisits the second highest-selling album in history, Pink Floyd’s The Wall  on its 35th anniversary. 

By the late Seventies, Pink Floyd had all the commercial success a band could imagine, but not without battle wounds. The relationships between composer/ bassist Roger Waters and the other band members, as well as between Waters and the audience, had been strained and distorted by the time of The Wall. The only thing left was the music.   

In a two-part, two week special InTheStudio radio program, host Redbeard speaks with The Wall architect Roger Waters, singer/guitarist David Gilmour, and percussionist Nick Mason about building one of Rock’n’Roll’s crowning recording, live production, and cinematic achievements.  

Based on a music superstar’s plunge into the dark side of success which eventually results in “absolute isolation, both emotionally and physically, from the audience he or she purports to attract”, Roger Waters sadly recounts the autobiographical nature of The Wall  and the defining moment he remembers it coming to life.                                         
During a show in Montreal I finally got so angry  that I spat at this child, he was 14 or 15 I suppose. When I got off stage afterwards I thought, ‘ What have I been reduced to? And what has happened to the relationship between the band and the audience?’  So, The Wall was something that I had experienced very powerfully through most of that (Animals) tour, but specifically on that day.”  - Roger Waters

InTheStudio can be heard on over 40 radio stations across North America.              PINK FLOYD  The Wall / InTheStudio programs air the weeks of Dec 15th & Dec 22nd. 

To STREAM Part 1 online, visit: 

Direct Link to InTheStudio affiliate station list and broadcast schedule

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As its release date draws closer, we are happy to share more details on Kid Rock's new album "First Kiss," due on Top Dog / Warner Bros. Records. The pre-order for the album will start today, December 18th, at all participating retailers and at The Official Music Store on features exclusive album bundles and all purchasers of "First Kiss" (the album) will be eligible for pre-sale ticket access (after fanclub members) to the 2015 US headlining tour (details forthcoming).  Fans who pre-order the album will get the first single "First Kiss" delivered starting January 6th, when a new music video premieres and the song debuts at radio.  Also starting this week with "First Kiss," Kid Rock will be sharing the lyrics to a new song from the album every Monday on  

On New Year's Eve, Kid Rock fans are encouraged to share a photo of their first kiss of the new year by posting it to Twitter or Instagram using #KidRockFirstKiss. The best shots will be handpicked to be part of a short video featuring a sneak preview of "First Kiss" on Monday, January 5. All photos will be on display at beginning on January 1 as long as new ones keep coming in.

The tracklisting for First Kiss is as follows: 

1. First Kiss 
2. Good Times, Cheap Wine 
3. Johnny Cash 
4. Ain't Enough Whiskey 
5 Drinking Beer With Dad 
6. Good Time Lookin' for Me 
7. Best of Me 
8. One More Song 
9. Jesus and Bocephus

Explicit Bonus Track: 10. FOAD
Clean Bonus Track: 10. Say Goodbye

AC/DC Frontman Had Doubts About New Album

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has admitted he wasn't certain he could deliver on 17th album Rock Or Bust. But he believes the nervous energy surrounding the band has added an extra dimension to the recordings.

Rock Or Bust was released earlier this month. It's their first title without mainman Malcolm Young, who had to retire due to his dementia. The future of drummer Phil Rudd is in doubt as a result of his current legal issues.

In a recent interview just released by the BBC, Johnson says: "I've got to stick my hand up and tell the truth - I went to Vancouver with the boys and I hadn't sung a song in anger in five and a half years.

"I went with my fingers crossed and my eyes shut into the singing booth. I was just so happy that it came out good; the band was swinging and I think we all got carried away." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Hint At New Album and Tour

Metal legends Iron Maiden have dropped some big hints to their official fan club members that they are planning to release a new studio album and launch a tour in 2015.

The band sent members of the fan club a Christmas card that shows their mascot Eddie emerging from a snow covered recording studio (with Ninjas lurking in the background) and to the side was a sign that said 'UROTON 51′, which could be an anagram for "On Tour 15".

A Facebook page devoted to the Iron Maiden Collector Community shared a photo of the card with the message said, "Eddie's got a little Christmas gift for everyone who's been REALLY BAD! Must not be opened until 2015... Merry Christmas from Iron Maiden."

The band have not yet officially confirmed any album or tour plans but you can see the hints as you check out the card here.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Cast In New Film

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will play himself in "Radio Dreams", a new movie directed by Babak Jalali that is currently in production in San Francisco. The film sees an Iranian writer working at a San Francisco-based Iranian satellite radio station as he tries to bring together Afghanistan's first rock band, Kabul Dreams, for an on-air jam session with their idols, Metallica.

"Radio Dreams" stars Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo alongside Kabul Dreams, Mohammad Talani, Bella Warda, Mansour Taeed, Mahmood Schricker, Boshra Dastournezhad Haghighi, Babak Mortazavi, Ali Tahbaz, Boshra, Larry Laverty and Kari Wishingrad.

According to the film's synopsis, "Radio Dreams is a humorous, quirky feature film that follows a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer (Hamid) through his travails at a San Francisco-based Iranian satellite radio station.

"Unable to realize his artistic dreams in his home country, the forty-five year-old Hamid has immigrated to the US to pursue his writing career. Instead, he winds up getting a job at a third-rate radio station and must seek artistic satisfaction through the only outlet available to him-the offbeat programming he puts together for the small audience of PARS-FM. Hamid's intellectual, esoteric programming causes the station's revenues to plummet." Read more here.

Godsmack's Sully Erna Films TV Pilot

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna says he hopes to break into the acting world after filming a pilot for a new TV show. The singer worked with cast members of hit series Sons Of Anarchy on the unnamed pilot and already has a number of movie roles lined up for next year.

Erna was first "bitten by the acting bug" in 2003 when he worked with The Rock and Kelly Hu on the video for Godsmack's hit I Stand Alone.

He tells The Rock Revival: "I remember thinking I was gonna be really nervous and uncomfortable, and I surprisingly found myself very comfortable working out these scenes with these people that I thought would be a little bit more intimidating.

"And from that point on I started just exploring the acting world and I started doing classes with a lady named Susan Batson, who's a really top-notch acting coach - she does Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

"From there, I started getting a little bit more involved in it, and I started landing small roles - like on Dirt with Courteney Cox - and I just recently did a role in a new Martin Scorsese movie called Bleed For This - small part as a blackjack dealer that I have a scene with the main guy in the movie, Miles Teller." Read more here.

Phil Anselmo Sitting On A Wealth Of Unreleased Songs

Phil Anselmo says he's sitting on a goldmine of material for a second album with his band The Illegals. The Down frontman's first album with The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only - was released in 2013 and he recently reformed Superjoint Ritual, who will perform at next year's Hellfest.

But he plans to use some downtime in 2015 to work on a second Phil Anselmo And The Illegals album, and he has a lot of tracks to choose from.

Anselmo tells Yahoo Music: "It's going to be very different. I feel like every solo effort should be different. That's a rule in my house under this particular roof. I don't want to regurgitate a damn thing I've done in the past.

"Maybe I might touch on certain things, and in a lot of ways there's no getting around the voice because my voice is my voice. But you can express different musical influences from generations of music. I can do anything I want with The Illegals. It's my band.

"I'm sitting on top of so much music that I have never put out there." Read more here.

Megadeth Star Praises U2 For Their Bold iTunes Album Move

U2 caused controversy earlier this year when they gave their latest album Songs Of Innocence away for free to iTunes users. But Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson says he didn't have a problem with the stunt and credits them and Metallica for making 'bold' moves in the digital music age.

He continues: "I think U2 are a fantastic band - just like any big group that goes out and takes chances. Years ago, everybody wanted to hate on Metallica and Lars Ulrich because he fought Napster. Well, he was right. It's easy to hate the 800-pound gorilla because everybody sees them as entitled and privileged and they get to do what the rest of us can't.

"But you know what? They work their asses off for it - they're a phenomenally great band. Whether you like their recent songs or not, whether you like some of the publicity moves they make or their business acumen, I have nothing but tremendous respect for that band."

He also detailed how influential U2 have been to his career. Read what he had to say here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Releasing Vinyl Box Set

Lynyrd Skynyrd's early era studio and live albums have been gathered together for a new seven-disc vinyl box set, which will be released by Universal on January 26th.

The collection will feature the band's original studio album's Lynyrd Skynyrd aka Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd (1973), Second Helping (1974), Nuthin' Fancy (1975), Gimme Back My Bullets (1976) and Street Survivors (1977) and the classic live album One More From The Road (1976).

The new set will feature discs on 180 gram audiophile vinyl with authentic reproduction of the original artwork for the five studio and double disc live album brought together in a rigid slipcase box.

Ratt Frotman Stephen Pearcy Announces New Solo Album

Former Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy has confirmed his fourth solo album, Smash, will be released early next year. It's to be headed up with the launch of a single called I Can't Take It, expected before the end of the month.

Pearcy and his band the Rat Bastards wrote 25 songs before choosing which ones to track. He recently said: "Until I have the best to pick from I won't put the record out. The songs we have are so good we had no choice but to record as many as possible."

The vocalist quit Ratt in April and later said: "30 years is enough time to be in something that's so volatile." But he added that he'd return to make one more album if his former colleagues agreed. Read more here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil Goes Into The Fastfood Business

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is among the new members of the ownership team of fast-food franchise Quickee Burgers. Neil joins boxing legend Mike Tyson, television and film star Ian Ziering, and Food & Beverage magazine founder Michael Politz in the venture, which currently has two locations in Las Vegas and plans to expand across the States.

"Quickee Burgers is committed to continuing the tradition of providing the busy and on-the-go customer with much faster and more efficient counter and drive-in services," Politz stated in a recent article.

"We are proud to offer healthy hamburgers, shoestring fries and milkshakes that continue to out flavor even the finest restaurants in the country." Read more here.

The Who Postpone Shows Due To Roger Daltrey Illness

The Who have been forced to postpone two of their concert this week that are part of their The Who Hits 50 tour after frontman Roger Daltrey came down with a throat infection.

The concerts were scheduled to take place tonight (December 17th) and tomorrow night at the O2 Arena but have been rescheduled to March 22nd and 23rd after Daltry was ordered to rest his voice by doctors.

The Who's camp issued this statement, "On medical advice singer Roger Daltrey has been ordered to rest his voice due to a throat infection. The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused."

The O2 Arena dates are part of the band's current 50th anniversary tour. They are scheduled to launch the North American leg of The Who Hits 50 tour in mid-April.

Guest soloists include: Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and Peter Frampton

The man known as the “architect of Canadian rock n’ roll” is forging ahead into 2015 with a brand new project billed simply as BACHMAN. Joined by a virtuoso rhythm section with Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendan on drums, the trio’s debut effort entitled Heavy Blues will be available worldwide on April 15, 2015 through Linus Entertainment.

Heavy Blues draws from the unlikely trio’s love of classic 60s blues rock and emerges with a blistering sound, a fierce and fearless collection of BACHMAN originals. Featuring an enviable list of Randy Bachman’s contemporaries including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey, each musician contributes their signature-style guitar solos blending classic blues and rock with a modern undertone.

Produced by internationally-acclaimed producer Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin), Heavy Blues marks the rare occasion that Randy Bachman has relinquished the producer reins. “'I’ve known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends,” explains Randy Bachman. “I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads. The collaboration, paired with Dale Anne and Anna’s musical ferocity, has made this entire project an amazing experience for me.”

A legendary figure in the rock n’ roll world, Randy Bachman has earned over 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world for performing and producing. As the co-founder and principal songwriter for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman’s monstrous hits, including “American Woman,” “Looking Out for #1,” “Let It Ride,” Taking Care of Business,” and “No Sugar Time,” have garnered him the coveted #1 spot on radio playlists in over 20 countries and he has amassed over 40 million records sold.

Randy Bachman has been awarded Order of Canada, ASCAP’s Global Impact honour, Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, and received two separate inductions into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.




Still time to get that last minute shopping done for that Rock n' Roll person on your list!

T-Shirts, CD's, DVD's and the original Bearsville Recordings (1972-83) reissued on Edsel Records.

Also Shot Glasses, Corkscrews, Hats,  and some Long Sleeve shirts left from the Simple Man VIII Cruise!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


Stevie Ray Vaughan Leads Next Batch Of Rock Hall Inductees

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble lead the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame class of 2015. After winning the public vote, the late blues legend and his group will be inducted next year.

Another late rock icon, Lou Reed, who had previously been inducted as a member of the Velvet Underground, will be inducted as solo artist. Other inductees for 2015 include the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bill Withers, who had a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s including the No. 1 "Lean On Me" and the No. 2 hit "Just The Two Of Us".

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will also receive an honor for Award For Musical Excellence and R&B pioneers the 5 Royales will be present with the Early Influence Award.

Nine Inch Nails, who came in second in the public poll with 22.2% of the vote, won't be inducted next year, but Green Day who captured only 2.6% of the vote will. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts came in third in the vote and will also be inducted next year.

Misfits Reunion Possible If Danzig Has The Right Attitude

 Misfits mainman Jerry Only says he would consider a reunion with Glenn Danzig if the singer promised to leave "his sh*t at home." Only's brother and former Misfits bandmate Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein said this month that he would welcome a reunion of the classic Misfits line-up and added that he was surprised it hadn't happened yet.

Any reconciliation between Danzig and Only looked dead in the water earlier this year when Danzig launched a legal action claiming Only cut him out of profits from the band's merchandise.

But Only now says all hope is not lost, as long as Danzig vows not to bring "the dark stuff to the table." Only tells Loudwire: "The thing is, I have an obligation to our fans. A lot of our fans are young and the thing is, we're a very positive organisation.

"If we bring Glenn back in and he's going to bring that dark, that real black stuff to the table, I don't want that. All the money in the world ain't gonna make me sell out my fans." Read more here.

Ace Frehley Thinks KISS Will Regret Not Playing Rock Hall Induction

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says former bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will regret their decision not to perform with him and original drummer Peter Criss at the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year.

"The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was a great experience for me," Frehley tells VH1. "We could have been inducted fifteen years earlier, but we finally got inducted this year, in April. I know there was a little controversy going on preceding the event. Originally we were asked to perform, and at the last minute Paul and Gene decided that they didn't wanna perform with me and Peter."

"Me and Peter were up for it," he continued. "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was insisting that only the four original members perform. Paul and Gene opted not to do it. After forty years, they couldn't give the fans fifteen minutes. Go figure. I think they're gonna regret that decision."

Stanley and Simmons have long maintained a fractured relationship with the music industry insiders who run both Rolling Stone and the Rock Hall, and have always questioned the validity of both brands. Read more and stream video here.

The Yardbirds' Current Lineup Breaking Up

The current lineup of the Yardbirds is to split at the end of the year, drummer Jim McCarty has confirmed. He's the only member who remains from the iconic British outfit that's featured Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page among many others over the years.

Guitarist Ben King is to bow out after nine years, while frontman Andy Mitchell and bassist David Smale each end five-year stints. Second guitarist Anthony 'Top' Topham, who originally played with the band in 1963, returned last year.

McCarty says: "The Yardbirds, as a band, has continued to evolve through the years with great musicians playing all around the world. The current lineup will be parting ways at the end of the year. I would like to thank Ben, Andy, Dave and Top for all their support through the years." Read more here.

Rival Sons Forced To Stop Show After Two Songs

Rival Sons were last night forced to stop the final show of their UK tour after two songs. Frontman Jay Buchanan, who'd been feeling ill all day, told his bandmates he was unable to continue the concert at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

The Californian outfit are now heading home - but they've apologized to fans and asked them to keep hold of their ticket stubs, which will be valid for a rescheduled show to be announced soon.

Guitarist Scott Holiday says: "We couldn't be more disappointed - it's the first time we've ever had to do this. We offer our extreme apologies. Jay was at an extreme deficit; just not well. He was completely unable to continue, or we would have." Read more here.

Sebastian Bach Claims He Beat Ozzy Osbourne On The Charts

Sebastian Bach says his latest solo album charting higher in its first week than Ozzy Osbourne's recent 'best of' is a major milestone in his career. The former Skid Row frontman released Give 'Em Hell in April and it reached number 72 on the Billboard chart, while Ozzy's Memoirs Of A Madman landed at number 90 in its first week after being released in October.

Bach says his album "sold more" than Ozzy's effort in week one, however according to Blabbermouth, Give 'Em Hell sold 4000 copies while Memoirs Of A Madman sold 4200.

Bach tells the Illinois Entertainer: "My ultimate dream in rock 'n' roll when I was fired from Skid Row in 1996 was to possibly some day be like Ozzy Osbourne, in that he came up with Sabbath and then had a successful solo career.

"Give 'Em Hell sold more copies the first week out than the new Ozzy Osbourne record." Read more here.

Def Leppard Taking Advantage Of Technology To Make New Album

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen believes there's no need for the band to spend big money on recording their upcoming album together every step of the way.

He argues that his two visits to singer Joe Elliott's studio in Ireland, combined with additional work in his home in the US, provide everything that's needed to complete the project to their satisfaction.

The band's 1987 masterwork Hysteria is thought to have been one of the most expensive recording projects in history on its release. But there's not much chance of the band repeating the feat.

Allen tells The Pulse Of Radio: "I've been to Joe's place on two occasions for extended periods. We've got a good 16 to 17 songs that, when I left, were 80, 85% done. I think I'm pretty much done with my parts."

Asked whether all five members of the band will get together over the final stages, he replies: "I don't think we need to go into that kind of expense. With technology these days, it's fantastic." Read more here.

Jimmy Page Ready To Surprise People With New Material

Jimmy Page has talked to Classic Rock in a new interview video about revisiting Led Zeppelin's studio works, the great analogue vs digital war, and new beginnings.

"I'm playing guitar at the moment", says Page. "Because I'm getting ready. Whatever I do, I don't want people to have made up their minds before I've done it.

"On the internet, people are telling me, 'you're doing this, and you're doing that', and I'm 'Am I?' Just wait and see what I do. I've got new material, and it will be surprising."

In May, Page admitted that it was time to play live again, and in October hinted that the show night be a career-spanning retrospective. Watch the interview clip here.

L.A. Guns, Poison, Cinderella Supergroup Launch PledgeMusic Drive

Supergroup Devil City Angels have made their upcoming debut album available to pre-order. The group featuring former L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, Poison sticksman Rikki Rockett, Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and Cheap Thrill vocalist Brandon Gibbs, have launched a PledgeMusic page offering a range of incentives to those who purchase the album now ahead of its planned 2015 release.

They say: "After years of hits with our other bands, we've joined forces to create exciting new rock music for you. We are recording our debut album with the band this winter and we're set up in a big old house in LA."

Exclusives available include a signed copy of the album, T-shirt and poster bundles, an autographed drum head and sticks, a personal video message from the band and a private martial arts lesson from Rockett, who is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Read more here.

Pink Floyd Classic Named The Leading Song For Surgery

Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb is one of a handful of songs recommended for surgeons as they lead medical operations. But a study by Cardiff University Hospital says Queen's Another One Bites The Dust, Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door and REM's Everybody Hurts should be avoided.

While the suggestions are light-hearted, they're backed up by a serious study that's found four out of five operations are carried out while staff listen to music.

The report in the British Medical Journal says it "improves communication between staff, reduces anxiety and improves efficiency." And surgeons who listen regularly say it helps them increase performance and helps them focus.

Check out the recommended and the not recommended lists here.

Rock Hall Announces Class of 2015

Congratulations to Rock Hall's 2015 class:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Lou Reed
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Bill Withers
The "5" Royales
Ringo Starr


Legendary Rock cover artist Ioannis will be making an appearance on Thursday 12/18/14 at the Infinity Music Hall in Hartford Ct. Ioannis will have art and prints displayed, and other items and will be available for photos and to sign artwork . Some of the bands art displayed, LED ZEPPELIN, URIAH HEEP, STYX, ALLMAN BROTHERS, BOB WEIR, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, SAGA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and much , much more.

Ioannis completed the latest WIZARDS OF WINTER CD package as well as their backdrops and tour shirt artwork. He hopes to see you all there -  it will be a wonderful time.

The Wizards of Winter have been on tour since mid-November, performing their brand of Christmas-themed symphonic rock to packed theaters up and down the East Coast. This tour is in support of their recently-released self-titled CD and includes three of the original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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Joe Lynn Turner talks to Totally Driven Radio about Rated X, Rainbow Reunion, and the Street of Dreams

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

This week Bay got to interview both Joe Lynn Turner, and Carmine Appice which lead to our 2 hour Rated X Special, the new band with both Joe and Carmine, where we played cuts from their Rated X album, and their interviews.

Topics in the interview:

**The excitement around the new Rated X and the positive reviews

**How the internet has leveled the playing field between fans and artists

**That rock isn’t dead, it’s been just sleeping and he doesn't understand what Gene Simmons was saying

**How Rated X came together

**That it was very hard to find a guitar player, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Watson, and Bruce Kulick where all asked to join, but could not commit

**Joe brought in his solo guitarist, Karl Cochran who ended up suffering a stroke 3 quarters of the way through the recording of the album.

**They are doing fundraisers for Karl, for more info go to

**They are not sure about any touring in the states as of yet

**The sound of the album, having big rock arena vibe with a breath of fresh air

**Is it more gratifying created your own band like Rated X, instead of joining a Rainbow or Yngwie?

**Was it frustrating that they couldn't find a guitarist, because everyone is doing multiple projects now?

**We discussed the song “Street of Dreams”

**Redoing the song “Street of Dreams” with Blackmore’s Night

**That it being the 40th Anniversary of Rainbow, that it is the time now for a Rainbow reunion

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Scott Stapp Denies Plotting To Assassinate The President

The drama continues for Creed frontman Scott Stapp, whose public image took an unexpected turn when a phone call between his wife and the police leaked to TMZ, where she was heard saying that the singer has been plotting the assassination of Barack Obama.

The secret service is now reportedly aware of the incident and will "take appropriate action." This weekend Stapp defended his behavior and spoke out against the reports on Creed's Facebook page, rather than his own as he has more often been doing.

In the post, Stapp continued to maintain that he's sober and stable, railing against media reports and calling it a "smear campaign." He had this to say about the assassination plot:

"The recent report claiming I am delusional, and claiming I'm a CIA agent with evil intent towards our beloved President is a joke. I'm shocked the press even covered such a ridicules story. My history supporting our troops and this great country of ours should speak for itself."

His post that has since been deleted but you can read it in full, as captured by Consequence of Sound, here.

Duff McKagan and Chris Cornell Part Of Mad Season Reunion

Though Seattle acts like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden are still thriving, grunge history is marked by a number of bands that have seen death strike and alter their future, including Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Mother Love Bone.

Less storied on this list is Mad Season, originally a side project of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, who broke up in 1999 following the death of bassist John Baker Saunders , and later saw singer Layne Staley (of AiC) pass away.

The two surviving members of the group, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin, will reunite January 30 in Seattle with fill-in members Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses. Read more here.

The Clash's Joe Strummer Has Species Named After Him

No one could have guessed when they started naming living things in Latin that they would run out words and start choosing cute names based on pop stars. But, we have been going down that road for a while now, with Beyonce, Frank Zappa, and Bob Marley all having creatures adorning their names. Now, a punk legend joins the ranks.

Now the late, great Joe Strummer of The Clash has been selected to have a snail named after him. And this isn't just some random bit of fandom. The snail actually looks the part, with a spikey shape that resembles the look of many classic punks.

"Because they look like punk rockers in the '70s and '80s and they have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon," said Shannon Johnson of the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium.

The resulting name: A. strummeri. Read more here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Fall Out Boy Set For The Voice Finale

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Fall Out Boy are among the special music guests that are set to perform Tuesday night (December 16th) on the Season 7 finale of NBC's The Voice.

Skynyrd will team up with finalist Craig Wayne Boyd for a song; Fall Out Boy will join finalist Matt McAndrew; Jennifer Hudson will sing with finalist Damien; and, Jessie J will join finalist Chris Jamison for a performance.

Other guests for the season-ending broadcast include Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Hozier and Ed Sheeran. Fans will vote to select The Voice Season 7 winner. Read more here.

Original KISS Crew Members 'Tell All' In New Book

Member of the original road crew for KISS have self-released a new "tell all" book about their adventures working with the group during their formative early years.

The book, entitled "Out On the Streets: The True Tales of Life on the Road With the Hottest Band in the Land...KISS!," is also set for a wider release on Amazon on January 1, 2015.

The four authors of the book, JR Smalling, Peter Oreckinto, Rick Munroe and the late Mick Campise, were members of the KISS road crew from 1974 through 1976.

The press release states that "The four authors spin tales of fighting headline acts like Aerosmith just to get in and out of gigs, logging over 90,000 road miles in 1974 alone, wrestling with thieves and warding off racism. There's violent tragedy on a personal level, mind-numbing hours and days without rest, bullet-ridden vehicles, arrests, abject poverty, catalogs of carnal pursuits, broken promises and ultimately a skyrocket of success."

The book is available to order now (in advance of the Amazon release) from a special website the authors have set up here.


 “He's the most underrated guitarist to ever strap on a [guitar]. His touch could be the subtle nuisance of everything he does when he plays.” - Herbie Herbert, former Journey manager

Neal Schon is undoubtedly one of rock music's most versatile yet infuriatingly underrated guitarists. His work in the legendary multi-million selling AOR band Journey is universally known but what about his excellent solo albums and his other projects such as Bad English, HSAS, Hardline and Soul SirkUs, and not forgetting his many collaborations with the likes of Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers and Jan Hammer? From the author of the acclaimed Don't Stop Believin' – The Untold Story Of Journey, Electric World – A Casual Guide To The Music Of Journey's Neal Schon is the first book to exclusively explore the music of the longest running member of one of the most successful American AOR bands of all time. Electric World includes a foreword by Robert Fleischman, the original frontman of Journey, and exclusive interviews with such melodic rock heroes as Marco Mendoza, Jeff Scott Soto, Danny Vaughn, Glen Burtnik, Jimi Jamison and Ricky Phillips as well as a number of highly revered producers who have worked with Neal Schon such as Richie Zito and Mike Fraser. Also included are previously unpublished photos. Electric World is essential reading for Journey fans and AOR enthusiasts. Electric World – A Casual Guide To The Music Of Journey's Neal Schon is a 6x9 344 page paperback and eBook. ISBN: 978-1494710644.

Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. Visit

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Intelligent Music Project II Featuring John Lawton Release Third Video “Things We Can't Do”

Sofia, Bulgaria – “Things We Can't Do” is the third official video of the all-star project My Kind O' Lovin' (2014) featuring John Lawton (ex-Uriah Heep). The project also involves fabulous drummer and musical producer Simon Phillips, along with Joseph Williams from Toto. The Bulgarian producer Milen Vrabevski, author and producer of all songs, has also invited some of the best Bulgarian musicians to take part in the recording sessions of My Kind O' Lovin'. Lawton belts out a beautiful lead vocal in “Things We Can't Do”, together with a very fine solo guitar and acoustic piano arrangement, as well as a powerful Philharmonic Orchestra set by the producer Vrabevski.

Watch the video here:

The video is shot in a famous musical club in Sofia, Bulgaria and also includes footage from the recording sessions in Intelligent Music Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria and the legendary Phantom Recordings studio in Los Angeles.

Says Milen Vrabevski: “The higher power goodwill regarding everything you can do with your life comes first to your mind. That's the reason we do not set boundaries to our minds, and we do not forget that in order to reach the Divine part of ours, we have to live in service of others. Then the magic appears and we realize there is nothing impossible. Meanwhile we realize that eternity isn't something we transcend in. We're an integral part of it with everything we do, if we do it for our fellows. Love and the circle of people closest to us remain our hope. They help us to realize there is no way leading to happiness; happiness is the way we walk along following the Divine call in us …”

Intelligent Music Project II feat. John Lawton “Things We Can't Do” is featured on the album My Kind O' Lovin' (2014)

Music, lyrics and arrangement – Milen Vrabevski
Producer – Milen Vrabevski / Intelligent Music 2014

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THE WHO HITS 50! tour explosively kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland (11-30) to rave reviews and a set list that featured a wide range of songs (“Substitute,” “The Seeker,” “Join Together,” “Squeeze Box,” and “Magic Bus,” along with “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won't Get Fooled Again,” and “Pinball Wizard,” among others) from one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands.  The first date on the year-long world tour--celebrating the band’s 50-year legacy--includes a month of U.K. dates in December, before coming stateside in April 2015.  A behind-the-scenes look at the tour launch can be seen here:

Here are some initial reviews from “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour kick-off:

“…their farewell tour finds them not only very much existing but also remaining the best live band in the world is nothing short of a miracle.”

--The Times (UK), 12-1-14 (Five star review)

 “Over the two-and-a-half hour running time, those who packed the hall would have surely heard everything they came for from that extensive catalogue…the show skipped through eras, and it was the signature tracks which the group have been playing for decades which sounded most resolute and noisily pristine: a spine-tingling ‘Behind Blue Eyes’; the gripping, rocky epics ‘Who Are You’ and ‘The Seeker’; ‘Pinball Wizard’s frazzled energy giving way to the staunch ‘See Me, Feel Me’; ‘Baba O’Riley’ whipping the audience up to join in at full blast with its “teenage wasteland” refrain.”

--The Independent (UK), 12-1-14 (Four star review)

 “In a show lasting more than two and a half hours, The Who defied the years to power through the highlights of their glorious back catalogue

--Newcastle Chronicle (UK), 12-10-14 (Five star review)

THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY.  The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA.  Tickets are currently on sale at  “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live.

The classic songs fans can expect to hear on “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour appear on the band’s just released WHO HITS 50! collection. Released October 27 on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), this definitive collection of THE WHO’s greatest tracks--from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track “Be Lucky”--is being released to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary tour.

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

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






2015 Tour Dates - Leg 1




Tampa, FL

Amalie Arena



Miami, FL

AmericanAirlines Arena



Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena



Raleigh, NC

PNC Arena



Duluth, GA

The Arena at Gwinnett Center



Austin, TX

Frank Erwin Center



Houston, TX

Toyota Center



Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center



Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center



St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center



Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Arena



Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena



Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena



Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena



Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center



Uniondale, NY

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum



Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall



Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino - Sun Arena



Brooklyn, NY

Barclays Center



Forest Hills, NY

Forest Hills Stadium





2015 Tour Dates - Leg 2




San Diego, CA

Valley View Casino Center



Anaheim, CA

Honda Center



Las Vegas, NV

Colosseum at Caesars Palace



Los Angeles, CA




Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena



Portland, OR

Moda Center



Seattle, WA




Vancouver, BC

Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena



Calgary, AB

Scotiabank Saddledome



Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place



Saskatoon, SK

SaskTel Centre



Winnipeg, MB

MTS Centre



Minneapolis, MN

Target Center



Milwaukee, WI

BMO Harris Bradley Center



Chicago, IL

United Center



Detroit, MI

Joe Louis Arena



Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre



Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre



Pittsburgh, PA

CONSOL Energy Center



Newark, NJ

Prudential Center



New York, NY

Madison Square Garden



Boston, MA

TD Garden



Washington, DC

Verizon Center



Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center



AC/DC Star's Alleged 'Hitman' Speaks Out

An associate of AC/DC's Phil Rudd has spoken to the media and denies claims that he was contracted by the drummer to murder a former employee and his daughter as a "hitman."

Rudd was arrested by New Zealand police on November 6 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill, as well as attempting to procure a murder after he allegedly tried to have two men killed; authorities dropped the procure charge the next day due to lack of evidence.

The drummer has plead not guilty to the three remaining charges and is expected to face a judge-alone trial, without a jury, next year. Rudd made more headlines following a court appearance last week after a chance encounter with one of the parties involved in the case was determined to be a breach of his bail conditions.

The alleged hitman tells the New Zealand Herald that Rudd offered him $250,000 and "the pick" of any of the cars in his $9 million collection to be his bodyguard - not a payment for what police claim Rudd "wanted done" to the former employee.

Read more here.

Scott Stapp Loses Custody Of His Children

Creed singer Scott Stapp has been denied access to his children after a legal ruling. It's the latest in a chain of events that started when his wife filed for divorce last month, citing his heavy drug use and attempted suicide. Stapp responded with a video claiming he'd been the target of a US government conspiracy he was living in his truck - it was later removed.

He then launched a short-lived crowdfunding campaign for $480,000, saying it was to fund a solo album and a novel. Later his 16-year-old son claimed his father had been on a nine-week binge and was refusing to get the help he needed.

Now Florida Judge Martin Colin has granted Stapp's wife sole physical and legal custody of Jagger and siblings Milan, 7, and Daniel, 4. He's also ruled that the singer cannot return to the family home.

On Friday the singer posted a message, also later taken down, saying: "In light of the recent vicious attacks on my character as well as the vicious lies that are being spread about me, I'm left with no option but to address this circus.

"In no way, shape or form are any of these accusations true. I am 100% sober and 100% mentally sane and stable. Supporting documents validating this will be given to Judge Colin and serviced to the media next week." Read more here.

Pink Floyd and David Bowie Musician Facing Deportation

Percussionist Steve Forman, who's worked with Pink Floyd, David Bowie and many others, is facing deportation from the UK because the Home Office says he doesn't earn enough to remain in the country.

The 68-year-old American is employed as a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. His salary for the job falls short of the government's £31,000 requirement for foreign nationals - but once royalties for his musical work is factored in, he makes twice that figure.

An online petition supporting his position has gathered 3500 signatures, while more than 60 letters of support were written ahead of his appearance at an immigration hearing in London this week.

However, government lawyers told judge John Macdonald: "The public interest in this case is more than enough to justify his removal." Read more here.

Iron Butterfly Returning For New Album

1960s psychedelic rock outfit Iron Butterfly have regrouped to work on a new album. The group is best known for the title track to their 1968 sophomore album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - recently reissued with bonus tracks.

The band has been inactive since the 2012 deaths of 63-year-old guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt at 63 from cirrhosis of the liver and bassist Lee Dorman from natural causes at the age of 70.

Now, guitarist Mike Pinera has revealed that Iron Butterfly is back at it again. Pinera tells Jeff Cramer: "I'll let you in on a little scoop. We just reformed Iron Butterfly with some original members. A lot of the guys died. Ron Bushy, the original drummer and founder of the band, and myself, and Doug Ingle, Jr."

Read more here.

Vivian Campbell Not To Blame If New Def Leppard Sounds 'Wussy'

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says he's not to blame if the band's upcoming album "comes out being wussy." Work has been continuing on the record, with frontman Joe Elliott recently revealing they were back in the studio working on fresh material.

Campbell played during the new record's initial sessions before he stepped back to undergo surgery for Hodgkin's lymphoma. And he says when he was involved, the tracks they worked on were purely rock songs - although that might not be the case now.

He tells Canadian radio station Free FM: "Well, it's never finished until it's finished, but when we first started playing we did track as a band, and when we do that, we tend to write more rock songs. The first four or five tracks we cut were on the heavier side, but I have no idea if they will actually make the grade.

"The way Def Leppard records work, the last guy in the studio gets to have the final word. So who knows? I'm not gonna be there because I have too much medical stuff going on. I'm kind of done at this stage. There may be a final session in January or February that I'll not be party to, so I have no idea what the final thing's gonna be.

"All I can tell you is my involvement was with the first part of the record, and it was a hard rock record at that stage, so if it comes out being wussy, I'm not accepting blame. I'm throwing my hands in the air."

Red Hot Chili Peppers Making 'Very Different and Unique' Album

The next Red Hot Chili Peppers album is shaping up in a good way, according to drummer Chad Smith. The drummer spoke to Rolling Stone in a Q&A, some of which included questions fielded by fans, and it looks like the band's next record--their 11th--is coming along nicely, perhaps even something "very different and unique" for a band that's been around for three decades.

"We've got lots of songs, and we're working with an unnamed producer who is really challenging us to find new ways to come up with new music," Smith said. "We've done the 'guys get in the room and jam out songs, everybody playing together all at once' thing. And we wrote a bunch of songs that way. And we're now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band.

"We've written and recorded in a way that we've never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it's going to take off and we're going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers."

Judas Priest Legend Launches Metal Fragrance Line

Original Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing has announced the launch of his own fragrance line, Metal For Men, which he says are aimed at rock and metal fans.

"I thought it was about time that there were some quality products available for rock and metal fans," explains Downing. "The fragrances are extremely high quality and I am sure that you will enjoy them."

With the Metal For Men slogan, "Be Metal. Be Men.", Downing says the new line includes products for both men and women (Metal pour Femme). Read more here.

Megadeth Supergroup Foiled By Dr. Phil

TV's Dr. Phil apparently prevented the live debut of the new supergroup featuring former Megadeth members Nick Menza, Chris Poland and James LoMenzo earlier this week.

The new unnamed group was scheduled to perform on the web video series Inside Metal on Tuesday (December 9th) but the performance was allegedly prevented by Dr. Phil who was filming in the next studio.

Nick Menza offered this apology on his here page, "To everybody that called or tuned in to the Inside Metal show on Tuesday. I'd like to apologize for the unfortunate circumstances that foiled our plans to perform the live jam session we promised. You could thank Dr. Phil, yea Dr. Phil, that guy who has that TV show where he invites guests to confront their problems, YAWN!!!"

He explains, "Apparently Dr. Phil was filming in the studio next us. The Dr. Phil producer, crew and Mr. Phil got wind we we're setting up to jam and asked if we not perform."

They did however sit down for an interview where they discussed the new project with host Bob Nalbandian. Watch that here.

Billy Corgan Slams Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters

Billy Corgan says he is amazed at the high profile Pearl Jam have maintained and described them as derivative and he also takes aim at Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters, accusing them of not evolving as musicians.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman says Eddie Vedder's band "don't have the songs" to compete with his own work. On Pearl Jam's continued success, Corgan tells Howard Stern: "It's a mystery to me, because I just don't get it. They don't have the songs. People will take that the wrong way but speaking competitively, they are my competitors and I have to say who am I competing against and why."

Corgan praises Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's legacy and says his songs will "stand the test of time," but he isn't as complimentary about Grohl. He says: "Dave is a great musician, a great songwriter and has done the work but to me, my criticism of the Foo Fighters, if I'm being a music critic, is that they just haven't evolved and that's sort of the recent wrap on them is, you know, making the same music.

"Obviously, I've put my whole life on the line for making different types music as I've gone along. I know it's not for everybody. Listen, Dave's getting it done so it's like, if you want to be competitive, my philosophy against his, he's the one winning."

Read more and stream the interview here.

AC/DC Land At No. 3 With Rock Or Bust

AC/DC have debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with "Rock Or Bust." The US chart news follows a No. 1 debut for the project in Australia and a No. 3 start in the UK.

Billboard reports the band sold 174,00 copies of the new album during its opening week to land in the third spot behind Pentatonix ("That's Christmas To Me") and Taylor Swift ("1989").

"Rock Or Bust" is AC/DC's ninth US top 10; their previous release - 2008's "Black Ice" - delivered the group its first US No. 1 with first week sales of 784,000. Read more here.

Ritchie Blackmore Wants To Rock Again Says Rainbow Frontman

Joe Lynn Turner claims former bandmate Ritchie Blackmore wants to return to rock music - and says the guitarist deserves the acclaim that's waiting for him if he does.

Blackmore has immersed himself in folk rock since quitting Deep Purple mid-tour in 1993, then splitting Rainbow four years later. His band Blackmore's Night released their ninth album in 2013.

The singer tells Rockin' Metal Revival: "I've been in touch with Ritchie's camp. Hopefully we'll get something a little bit further in the talks in December. Now is the time - 2015. Everybody's sitting there waiting for this to happen."

Turner reports he's had positive reactions from industry bodies including Live Nation and Universal Music Group and adds: "All we need is the nod from Richie to say, 'I'm ready to of it.'"

He continues: "I know he's got a trigger finger itchy to play some rock. Then he can go back to Blackmore's Night. He's different guy than he was but at the same time he's still Ritchie Blackmore and he needs to do this." Read more and check out a stream of the full interview here.

Heart's Ann Wilson Would Love To Front Led Zeppelin Reunion

Heart vocalist Ann Wilson says in a new interview with Classic Rock Revisited that she would be up for joining a Led Zeppelin reunion if the opportunity presented itself.

"Hypothetically," Wilson tells the site, "if they ever needed a lead singer and Heart was not active at the moment then, sure, I would. I would go and play with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones any day of the week."

Wilson also recalled the experience of singing in front of the band members at their 2012 Kennedy Center Honors tribute. "That was one of the most unforgettable nights of my life - doing 'Stairway to Heaven' at the Kennedy Center Honors," says Wilson. "Man, it was amazing. Zeppelin was there as was the President and Michelle Obama. Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, David Letterman…it just doesn't stop who was there that night. It was really an amazing experience; a life changer."

"When we were done, we walked backstage and there was a feeling of 'awe'. We were like, 'What just happened?' We weren't nervous when we were doing it, but afterwards our nervous system came back to life and it all kicked-in." Read more here.

PAT TRAVERS BAND Returns in January with a Killer Live Recording of the Iridium, NYC show of 2012 on Frontiers Music Srl

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of PAT TRAVERS BAND’s newest live album entitled “Live at the Iridium NYC” on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th 2015 in North America.

Toronto-born Pat Travers, is truly a swaggering hard-rock axeman - he picked up his first guitar after a Jimi Hendrix performance in Ottawa. His debut album was released in 1976, and while his most successful releases like "Makin’ Magic" and "Crash And Burn" are now more than 30 years old, he never consigned himself to the nostalgia circuit.

In 2012 Pat Travers Band made a comeback with a new lineup - which saw the return of drummer Sandy Gennaro behind the skins - and a new record “Can Do”, released the following year. A great release which saw Travers and his band playing better than ever! In the tour that lead up to the release of that album, he picked the right venue for this celebration of a new live CD, "Live at the Iridium NYC".

Pat says: “The two shows that we played at the Iridium Club in February 2012 marked the first time I ever really felt totally comfortable and “at home” in “The Big Apple”. The people at the Iridium just made us feel like we were honorary New Yorkers. It was awesome.  Having done an extensive European tour at the end of 2011, a Caribbean Cruise Ship gig and a bunch of concerts at the beginning of the year the band was on fire. So being able to record a set at the Iridium in New York City was the perfect venue and time to capture the PTB at their smoking best. We were fortunate to have Jon Paris join us on “Blues Harp” for two classic tunes and he just tore it up and showed us all how the Blues is really done”.

Presenting all the highlights of his career and combining the individual talents with the chemistry of being on the stage, you can feel an energy that is tangible on this recording, an enjoyment that is infectious, and, quite frankly, you owe it to yourself to catch this band whenever and wherever you can.

Enjoy an EPK trailer of the album following this link:

 “Live at the Iridium NY” tracklisting includes: Rock And Roll Susie; Gettin’ Betta; Crash And Burn; Heat In The Street; Josephine; I’ve Got News For You; Ask Me Baby; I La, La, La Love You; Lone Wolf (Kirk solo) / Red House; If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day; Spoonful; Black Betty.

Pat Travers: Guitar, Vocals
Kirk McKim: Guitar, Vocals
Rodney O’Quinn: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Sandy Gennaro: Drums
Jon Paris guest on “Blues Harp” on “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day” and “Spoonful”.

Rock Icon Udo Dirkschneider to Release New Album by His Band  U.D.O. titled Decadent in February 2015

After more than 40 years in the business and with a renowned breakthrough in the early 80’s with ACCEPT behind him, as well as several million records sold worldwide, Udo Dirkschneider is not only one of the biggest rock legends in the business, but he’s also someone who has seen a lot.
The new album “Decadent” will be released on February 3rd in North America via AFM Records.  The 15th U.D.O. studio album deals mostly with the decadent behavior of the rich upper classes, with the main theme of the album basically that of social criticism.
During his career Udo has visited virtually all the rock capitals of the world.
Long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, he travelled to Russia, played shows at the height of over 4000 meters in South America and at the beginning of 2014, even played in Ukraine, right at the heart of the conflict in Simferopol, then the absolute hot spot of the conflagration.
During this time and all over the world, Udo has experienced and witnessed a lot of things, including the devastating gap between rich and poor and the ruthless behavior of those in power.
“Decadent behavior by privileged society exists in the whole world in completely different shades,” says Udo. “Decadence is almost like a universal language. What bothers me the most is the egocentrism that goes along with that. People who have everything seem not to really care about the world around them anymore; it’s like they use their own privileged status as an absolution for that. Also they do not seem to see that there’s a correlation between their own luxury and the poverty of others.”
On this new album “Decadent” Udo points out the (largely bad) habits of our society. This is also the main theme of the very graphic music video for the title track and first single “Decadent” itself, where the divide between rich and poor is visually illustrated in a brutally honest way by adding real film material from the news.
“If all of us would live a little bit more consciously and think about who has to pay the price for our standard of living, we could make the world a better place.”
Udo Dirkschneider and Mattes (Redhead Audio Productions, Wilhelmshaven) produced the album together with Fitty Wienhold – a successful team that also worked on previous album “Steelhammer” – and once again, it’s a winning combination that has taken elements from the whole band, who were involved in the song writing process, and crafted yet another great statement of intent from an artist still at the peak of his powers.
Udo and Fitty recorded the songs at Ibiza’s “Double U Studios” and Mattes then mixed it in Wilhelmshaven. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) then did the mastering.


New York, NY – December 10, 2014 - Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980's 'British Steel' and 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance'), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to 'deliver the goods,' to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, 'Defenders of the Faith,' which spawned such headbanging classics as 'Freewheel Burning,' 'Jawbreaker,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,' and 'Love Bites.' 

And on March 10, 2015, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the 'Defenders' tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984. 

The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group's ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as 'Metal Gods,' 'Breaking the Law,' 'Sinner,' 'Electric Eye,' 'The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),' 'Victim of Changes,' and 'You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,' among many others.

As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, "It's 30 years since we released 'Defenders of the Faith' - we're very proud to say it has become a classic that's beloved by Priest fans throughout the world"

Judas Priest continues to 'defend the faith' to this day, as the group recently issued their seventeenth studio album, 'Redeemer of Souls,' which sees the band's popularity amongst metalheads remain as strong as ever, as it debuted higher than any other previous Priest release (at #6 on the Billboard 200). And on the group's current tour, quite a few classics from 'Defenders' are being performed for the first time in years.

And soon, fans will get a chance to re-experience vintage Judas Priest, with the 'Defenders of the Faith' reissue.

CD1 'Defenders of the Faith' Re-Mastered 
1.   Freewheel Burning
2.   Jawbreaker
3.   Rock Hard Ride Free
4.   The Sentinel
5.   Love Bites
6.   Eat Me Alive
7.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8.   Night Comes Down
9.   Heavy Duty
10. Defenders of the Faith

CD2 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 
1.   Love Bites
2.   Jawbreaker
3.   Grinder
4.   Metal Gods
5.   Breaking the Law
6.   Sinner
7.   Desert Plains
8.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
9.   The Sentinel 
10. Rock Hard Ride Free

CD3 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 
1.   Night Comes Down
2.  The Hellion
3.   Electric Eye
4.   Heavy Duty
5.   Defenders of the Faith
6.   Freewheel Burning 
7.   Victim of Changes
8.   The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
9.   Living After Midnight
10. Hell Bent For Leather
11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming



John 5 & The Creatures will embark on a string of dates in 2015 in support of CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE starting Sunday, February 8 in Ramona CA. The play list will not only have several songs from the new album, but the band will also play songs from each of John 5’s solo albums. These songs have never been heard live in concert – From the start of his solo career with critically acclaimed albums: VERTIGO, SONGS FOR SANITY all the way to THE DEVIL KNOWS MY NAME and of course, the current release CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE - Now is your chance to be a part of a once in a life time concert!

John 5 & The Creatures consist of John 5 (guitar), Ian Ross (bass) and Rodger Carter (drums). Get your tickets NOW!

SUN      02/08    Ramona, CA                  Ramona Mainstage
TUES    02/10    San Francisco, CA          DNA Lounge
WED     02/11    Los Angeles, CA The Whiskey A Go-Go
FRI       02/13    Las Vegas, NV   VAMP’D
SAT      02/14    Tempe, AZ                    Pub Rock
TUES    02/24    San Antonio, TX Capone’s
WED     02/25    Dallas, TX                     Tree’s

You do NOT want to miss these intimate live shows. More tour dates will be added in the following weeks to come! Full Details and more can be found at


Video From The Band Featuring
Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Deen Castronovo (Journey) Can Be Seen At

Three icons of rock music are combining their talents for the creation of one of the most anticipated new projects of 2015. Revolution Saints is the newest power trio to arrive on the scene and features guitar skills by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). The band has just released the video for the song “Turn Back Time” from their self-titled debut that is being released in North America on February 24th via Frontiers Music SRL. The video was directed by Devin DeHaven known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly. The video can be seen here:

From the opening notes of “Back On My Trail” to the piano outro on the album-closer “In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song),” it is clear Revolution Saints is a musical force to be reckoned with. Songs “Locked Out Of Paradise,” “Dream On” and “Here Forever” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Deen’s band mates from Journey also make an appearance on the album with guitarist Neal Schon showing up on “Way To The Sun” and vocalist Arnel Pineda singing on “You’re Not Alone.” The album’s 80’s vibe is reminiscent of some of the biggest hard rock tracks of the day, butwith a modern feel, backed by top-level musicianship. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD at and deluxe edition with bonus DVD at Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes at will receive an automatic download of “Turn Back Time.”

“It’s a fun record. It’s not safe. It is a musician’s record,” states Castronovo.

Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here:

Alessandro Del Vecchio produced the album.


Two-CD Deluxe Edition Via UMe Features Rare Mixes, B-Sides Remastered From Original Tapes, Slated For Release January 20, 2015

Band will tour in 2015, playing multi-platinum album front to back, featuring #1 hit “More Than Words,” Top 5 “Hole Hearted” and “Get the Funk Out”

Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) first came out on A&M Records in August 1990, the follow-up to the band’s 1989 debut. The album is considered, according to the newly penned liner notes by Metal Hammer’s Malcolm Dome contained in the accompanying booklet, as the “definitive album” of the band’s career.

“This was the album where we found ourselves,” says vocalist Gary Cherone. “Our first album showed us to be the bastard sons of Queen, Aerosmith and Van Halen. But on the second record, we discovered our style and sound.”

The deluxe edition reissue includes a full second album of rare mixes and B-sides re-mastered from the original tapes, and is scheduled for release on January 20, 2015. The original album, which went double platinum in the U.S. with more than two million sold, cracking the Billboard 200 Top 10, featured the chart-topping single “More Than Words,” the Top 5 “Hole Hearted” and the rock radio standout “Get the Funk Out,” which included vocals by Pat Travers. Dweezil Zappa, (whose solo album guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was about to produce) added some guitar riffs to “He-Man Woman Hater” when the band recorded some of the album at Scream Studios in Studio City, CA.

Bettencourt was instrumental in initially composing the original songs, leaving Cherone alone to write the lyrics, which Cherone describes as “a coming of age tale… about an innocent boy who is growing up and exposed to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.”

Bettencourt himself doesn’t see the disc as “a concept album,” but admits in the liner notes, “I suppose what happened was a little like writing a play, and then trying to make sure the songs fit into the plot.”

Among the collectibles on the second disc of the package are a B-side a cappella version of “More Than Words,” rare B-sides “Nice Place to Visit” and “Sex N’ Love” and 7” and 12” remixes of “Get The Funk Out.”

The album has come to define the band’s career.

“I still constantly have musicians say to me that the album meant so much to them, and that proves what an impact it had. Its success established us as a major band,” recalls “decadent drummer” Paul Geary.

“We came into our own on this album,” admits bassist/vocalist Pat Badger. “We honed in on our hard rock sound. The songs were riff-driven yet also had a little funk groove. But we were still diverse, which has always been one of our trademarks.”

“It seems like another lifetime to me,” says Bettencourt, “I listen to it, and I can criticize some things. But I am still proud of it. And so many fans do still say it’s their favorite album.”

Extreme will support the release of the reissued Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) on their ‘Pornograffitti Live – 25th Anniversary Tour, with a series of concerts in the new year where they will play the entire album front to back, including the following January dates:

January 16: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
January 17: State Theater, Portland, ME
January 18: The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
January 20: Bergen P.A.C, Englewood, NJ
January 21: House of Blues, Boston, MA
January 22: Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
January 24: The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY
January 25: Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
January 27: Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
January 28: House of Blues, Chicago, IL
January 29: Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
January 31: FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek, MI

For more information, go to

Rolling Stone Premieres New TWIZTID Single “Back To Hell” Today
Stream Here

New Album Coming January 27, 2015 via Majik Ninja Entertainment
Pre-Order Now via

Catch TWIZTID @ 12/31 “TWIZTID’s New Year’s Evil 7”

Horrorcore’s demented duo TWIZTID are pleased to announce that the biggest music magazine in the world, Rolling Stone, is hosting the exclusive premiere of their brand new track “Back To Hell”, cut from their upcoming full length record and independent label debut, The Darkness, out January 27, 2015 (Majik Ninja Entertainment). A huge premiere fit for a huge record!

Stream “Back To Hell” Here via

 Monoxide delves into the meaning behind the new track: ““Back to Hell” is about feeling out of place in what is deemed social normalcy and then finding that normalcy in what is referred to as The Darkness.”

The subject matter of “Back To Hell” relates to the concept of The Darkness as a whole. Monoxide adds, “The Darkness is something that everyone deals with. It's a feeling, a style, even a way of life for some. This album is the culmination of all of it. It's a spotlight on what drives the dark side of everyone. The Darkness will invoke a channel that some could never access. That channel will forever linger never showing its face in most while others thrive in it.”

Make sure to pick up your pre-order copy of The Darkness and peruse new merchandise bundle options at! TWIZTID will be mailing a free limited edition single with all orders over $30.

Jamie Madrox declares The Darkness as the perfect introduction to the world of TWIZTID for new fans, and a soon-to-be favorite for returning fans. “This record is a culmination of everything TWIZTID. It's has essential elements that make it an instant classic... the perfect jump on point for any potential new listeners and a throwback to our roots for the day-one FAM and dedicated  followers of what me and my brother do.”

Soon, TWIZTID will begin teasing the release of The Darkness with a series of short original horror video promos. These will be released on TWIZTID's official You Tube channel shortly, so make sure to stay tuned in to the channel to catch them early!

 Catch TWIZTID at their 7th annual New Years Evil party on December 31st at The Agora in Cleveland, OH! The party will also feature performances from Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Swag Toof, AJAX, and Insane Eric. VIP packs are available now via

Watch some recent music videos from the warped world of TWIZTID here:

 - ‘Breakdown’ via the official TWIZTID YouTube here.
- ‘The Deep End’ feat. Caskey (A New Nightmare EP): 
- ‘Down With Us’ (A New Nightmare EP):
- ‘Sick Man’ feat. Blaze Ya Dead Homie (A New Nightmare EP): --- Music video feature SID HAIG (Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects) and Kane Hodder (played Jason in Friday The 13th 7, 8, 9, 10)

For more information on TWIZTID, please visit: *official webstore*

Metallica Frontman Faces His Fears

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has told how his lifelong fear of responsibility has caused problems with his addiction recovery. And he says turning 50 last year has given him new concerns about being thought of as a role model.

In August he discussed his method for relying on fans when he suffered a lack of confidence on stage. Now Hetfield says in a video for addiction service Road Recovery: "I've been afraid of responsibility my whole life - not wanting to take responsibility for myself."

He recalls an elementary school summer session where he was told to work with a group of fellow pupils on a film project. "I was, 'Hey, how about we do this?' and all these ideas. Then they said, 'Okay now, choose your leaders who's responsible for the stuff.'

"I shrunk, man. I got scared. The group was like, 'You're the leader because you had all the ideas.' I was like, 'No, no, no' - and I bailed. I was afraid of responsibility. Afraid of failure, maybe; afraid that I didn't know what I was really doing."

He admits: "That's kind of what it's like for me in recovery at times. Afraid to take on responsibility of sponsees, allowing myself to stand up and shine in that way." Read more here.

Saxon Member Rushed To The Hospital

Saxon have postponed the remainder of their UK tour after drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital. The NWOBHM icons were due to play five more shows on their 35th anniversary Warriors Of The Road tour, but have had to reschedule those dates after Glockler took unwell on Monday night.

Shows in Newcastle, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Oxford and London have been affected, with new dates announced for February next year. No further details of Glockler's condition have been revealed, but the band say they will update fans as soon as they can.

Singer Biff Byford says: "Devastating news that our friend and drummer Nigel has been taken ill. We have to postpone all shows until we find out more. He has been taken to hospital in Newcastle. All our thoughts are with Nigel and his family." Read more here.

Bob Dylan Releasing Frank Sinatra Covers Album

That Bob Dylan album teased for 2015? It's coming, and it's full of Frank Sinatra covers. The singer announced Tuesday (Dec. 9) the new album Shadows in the Night, a title that had already been confirmed earlier this year. Dylan confirmed that the record will consist solely of covers of Sinatra tunes that he self-produced under the name Jack Frost.

According to Dylan, all songs were done live and in "maybe one or two takes," being mixed "as it was recorded." He also noted that all the songs on the album were "buried" themselves, mostly lesser known Sinatra songs rather than his biggest tunes.

"It was a real privilege to make this album," Dylan said in a press statement. "I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a five-piece band. That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded." Read more here.

Jimmy Page Named GQ Magazine's Rock God Of The Year

Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been named GQ Magazine's Rock God Of The Year and during the interview for the feature he discussed Robert Plant's lack of interest in a Led Zeppelin and the interviewer seem to upset Page by pushing a touchy subject.

When asked about Plant's lack of interest, Page responded, "Sometimes I raise my eyebrows at the things he says, but that's all I can say about it. I don't make a point to read what he says about Zeppelin. But people will read me things he has said, and I will usually say, 'Are you sure you're quoting him correctly?' It's always a little surprising."

During the interview Page appeared to become upset when the interviewer continued to ask questions about drug use, even after Page asked not to talk about it. When the interviewer pushed the topic by saying, "But you supposedly had a serious heroin problem, so how did you quit?" Page responded, "How do you know I had a heroin problem? You don't know what I had or what I didn't have.

"All I will say is this: My responsibilities to the music did not change. I didn't drop out or quit working. I was there, just as much as anyone else was." You can read the full feature here

Rick Wakeman Classic Albums Remastered For Deluxe Reissues

Two of Rick Wakeman's most successful albums are to be issued as deluxe editions. The Six Wives Of Henry VIII and The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table will be released via Universal Music on February 2 ahead of the keyboard icon's UK tour.

They'll be available in CD, CD/DVD, LP and digital formats. Both have been remastered at Abbey Road, and the DVD element features new quadrophonic mixes of the tracks. They're to be delivered in new packaging.

The Six Wives Of Henry VIII was Wakeman's first studio solo album. Released in 1973 it landed in the UK album chart Top 10 and went on to over 15 million copies worldwide. Read more here.

UFO Reveal New Album Details

UFO have revealed more details of their upcoming 21st album. The rockers previously confirmed A Conspiracy Of Stars would be released on February 23 via Steamhammer/SPV and they have now unveiled the tracklist for the record.

A Conspiracy Of Stars will be available in CD, digipak, LP and digital formats and was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides. The band will launch on an extensive UK tour in April next year.

The band say: "We're confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money's worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour."

Check out the track details and the tour dates here.


Lemmy & co to begin work on their 22nd studio album in January

 "IF WE moved in next door, your lawn would die!"

 So said Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister to a reporter back in 1975, when Motörhead had just formed.  And the band look forward to their 40th Anniversary year in 2015, they can reflect on thousands of scorched gardens, over 30 million albums and millions of concert tickets sold, plus their fourth Grammy nomination, in the 2015 ceremony's Best Metal Performance category for "Heartbreaker," a track from one of their best-selling records ever, Aftershock. It offers the band a chance to pick up their second Grammy Award, having won the same category in 2005. Not a bad start to the year's forthcoming festivities!

 Those festivities will include the band coming together in Los Angeles this January to commence work on their 22nd studio album with Cameron Webb once again at the production helm, and an already sold-out series of tour dates which promise to see Motörhead not just enjoying familiar turf but striding proudly into new pastures. In support of the new record, the band will headline tours at summer festivals in Europe beginning in late May through August, and then a U.S. tour from late August through September, ending with their second annual Motörboat Cruise. Then it’s back to Europe in late November through December for their traditional winter headline run.

Yes, what a difference a year makes. Last February, Lemmy was slowly recovering from some major health upheavals, but starting with the monumental April 2014 Coachella appearances, he has swiftly bolstered his health and proceeded to lead the band through their most successful summer and winter of live dates yet, with record attendances in Germany and the street reverberating with the word that the boys were not just back in town, they were destroying lawns, houses, and entire blocks as they delivered some of the strongest Motörsets in years.


(New York, NY) - World-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett is set to release a brand new solo album, WOLFLIGHT, on April 7th, 2014 (InsideOut Music).  WOLFLIGHT is Steve's first original solo studio album since BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON in 2011.  Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic.  The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist's career.  Click here to watch the official video trailer.

The ten tracks of WOLFLIGHT 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 USA and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), but also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song to a Vampire").  Please see below for the complete WOLFLIGHT track listing.

An excited Steve Hackett tells us more about the record: "My new rock album WOLFLIGHT is at the ready and lying in wait. It reflects everybody's struggle for freedom on a journey travelling through both inner and outer space. It explores sounds from as far afield as Greece, Azerbaijan, the deep American South, Sahara desert and beyond, from all our yesterdays, evoking the ancient past". 

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

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

Steve Hackett WOLFLIGHT track listing:

1.    Out of the Body
2.    Wolflight
3.    Love Song to a Vampire
4.    The Wheel's Turning
5.    Corycian Fire
6.    Earthshine
7.    Loving Sea
8.    Black Thunder
9.    Dust and Dreams
10.  Heart Song


Fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN anxious to hear new music before his next solo album (details of which are forthcoming) should head over to iTunes, where he just released two new singles, “You” and “Cannibals.” 

“You” was co-written by RICHIE’s daughter, August, who appears in the video posted on RICHIE’s official YouTube page.  He explains, “It must have been four years ago and my daughter, who is now 17, was constantly playing this piece of music on the piano.  I finally asked her what it was and she said she just made it up.   I set up the microphones and recorded her playing for about seven minutes.  Years later, I found this on my hard drive and decided to write lyrics to it over this past summer.  The end result is what you see and hear in the video.   It is one of my favorite things I’ve done and I’m happy to have been able to collaborate on music with my daughter.”

“Cannibals” made its debut during his recent three-month solo tour, which started in Europe, taking him through Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Chile, and concluding with a month-long trek of the U.S.  “I did something I’ve never done before on this tour,” RICHIE explains, “which is performing an original composition that has yet to be released.  The only place you could hear the song ‘Cannibals’ was at the show, and it went over quite well with the fans.  Rather than wait to release the song as part of the new album next year, I figured it would be cool to share the studio version now while it’s fresh in the people’s minds who attended my shows.  I was able to collect live footage that was shot during the tour and compile a live video to go along with the song.”  A newly released video can be found on his official YouTube page here. 

RICHIE has been touring in support of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which was released September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It’s a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”).  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material. 

Stay tuned for new RICHIE KOTZEN album news in the coming weeks.

Jeff Beck "A Man For All Seasons" coming February 10th
An in-depth documentary examining Beck's music and career throughout the 1960s

At the end of 1964, celebrated guitar maestro Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds, a band still searching for their first hit. His replacement was a player of very different capabilities - a technical and sonic pioneer who helped propel the group from their former status as a blues covers act to become one of the most innovative and daring musical collectives working in the UK.

This film traces Jeff Beck's music and career throughout the 1960s - his formative influences and early groups, his work with The Yardbirds, his brief, bizarre reinvention by producer Mickie Most as a solo pop star, and the first, radical incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group, during which he played alongside vocalist Rod Stewart and second guitarist Ron Wood.

Featuring a plethora of rare performance and studio footage, exclusive interviews, contributions from those who worked with and alongside Jeff during this period and a host of other features, all of which combine to make this documentary - the first yet to singularly focus on Beck's career  - a legitimate tribute and enthralling history of this often underrated musician, writer and performer.

Includes new interviews with: Yardbirds first manager, Giorgio Gomelsky; the man who took over from Gomelsky, colourful music biz impresario, Simon Napier Bell; Jeff's fellow Yardbirds, Jim McCarty & Chris Dreja; musical conspirators from the early 70s, Tim Bogert & Max Middleton; the ever shocking Pamela Des Barres (aka Miss Pamela of The GTOs); legendary music press scribes, Charles Shaar Murray & Chris Welch; Beck's official biographer Martin Power and  Uncut Magazine editor, Nigel Williamson.





(New York, NY) - Fans of rock n' roll and Christmas music, your prayers have been answered this holiday season!  Rockers Steel Panther are proud to bring you their first ever original Christmas track, "The Stocking Song"; click here to check out its exclusive North American premiere on today.  "The Stocking Song" features Steel Panther's signature hooks and naughty take on the holiday season.  It is available for purchase on iTunes here and on Amazon here; the cover art can be accessed here.

Having just wrapped a highly-successful run as main support for Judas Priest in North America last month, Steel Panther will now head out on a North American headlining run beginning in Charlotte, NC this week on Wednesday, December 10th at The Fillmore.  Following the North American headlining dates, the band will be play a series of "Threesomes," two three-night residencies, one in their hometown of Los Angeles and the other in nearby Las Vegas, at the cities' respective House Of Blues venues in February.  Steel Panther holds the record for a Los Angeles residency, playing for more than ten years.  Please see below for tour dates.

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the epicenter for rock n' roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther have established themselves as the premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks.  With three full-length albums, a decade of sold-out residencies, worldwide touring, platinum-level You Tube status and such high-profile television appearances as "Dancing With The Stars," commercials and most recently, FOX NFL Sunday, the band is touring in support of their latest effort, ALL YOU CAN EATReleased in April to rave reviews (Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services), the album bowed at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart; garnering the band their third consecutive #1 album on the Top Current Comedy chart.

Of ALL YOU CAN EAT, Rolling Stone UK avowed, "There's a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a covers band playing the Sunset Strip...It's dumb fun, but not as stupid as you think", while Metal Sucks declared, "Steel Panther's concept is genius...their songwriting is...preposterously snappy - and relatable."  Click here to check out Steel Panther's hilarious recent appearance on FOX NFL Sunday; click here to check out the video for "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World."

Steel Panther has been joined on stage by such musical icons as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Billy Ray Cyrus, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave and more.  The band played to the largest crowd of their career this past June when they closed the Download Festival in Donington, UK alongside Alter Bridge and Aerosmith.  Steel Panther is Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). 

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Former Creedence Clearwater Revival Members Sue John Fogerty

The feud between John Fogerty and his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates has spanned decades, with Fogerty having long gone after his old band for using the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name of their touring outfit.

This lawsuit was settled way back in 2001, but now appears to be picking up steam again, but in reverse, with the bandmates now going after Fogerty for his recent comments regarding the use of the Creedence trademark.

According to Billboard, the 2001 settlement deemed Fogerty would back off his complains about the use of the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name in exchange for a cut of their earnings. This apparently was violated when Fogerty recently went after the Revisited camp in an interview.

Now, his former band and associates, which includes Douglas Clifford, bassist Stuart Cook and the wife of late rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, are saying these interview critiques violate the settlement. The band is suing for alleged malfeasance and settlement agreement breach, as well as claiming Fogerty himself is misusing the trademark, with a tour in which is advertised to "perform the albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival." Read the comments that helped spark this new battle here.

John Fogerty statement about current lawsuit:

I was driving my daughter to school yesterday and I was surprised to learn I was being sued by my former band mates who call themselves Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

The people who come to my shows know they will hear me sing and play the songs I wrote and recorded over the past four decades of my career. Every night we play live, I’m thrilled to see all of those fans singing along to the songs that have touched them.  I am at a wonderful place in my life. I am playing the music that I love and wrote, with full joy and having my son Shane joining along side of me--it doesn't get much better than that.

No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road.

Rockin' all over the world!

John Fogerty

Cop That Took Down Dimebag's Killer Lost His Career

The police officer who ended the murder rampage that killed Dimebag Darrell Abbott lost his career as a result of the aftermath. James Niggemeyer shot dead Nathan Gale in the Alrosa Villa night club, Columbus, Ohio, on December 8, 2004, soon after he'd killed Pantera icon Dimebag and three others, and injured another seven.

But he had to leave the police force three years later, and says he's never recovered from the emotional pain of the horror incident. Niggemeyer tells the Columbus Dispatch: "I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and severe anxiety disorder.

"I found out that you don't have any control over your brain. It's going to do what it's going to do. Cops are regular human beings - things affect us the same way they affect everyday citizens. We relive it and have to deal with it."

After being relieved of frontline duty, he was finally removed from the police, although he still works for the city. "It changed my career path, not for the better," he reflects. Read more here.

Phil Collins Canceled Comeback Performance

Phil Collins pulled out of what was to be his first gig in four years on the orders of his doctor. The former Genesis frontman and drummer announced in August that he was to take part in a fundraising event for his Little Dreams Foundation on December 6 in Miami.

He made the announcement after his short appearance with students at Miami Country Day School, where he led them through In The Air Tonight and Land Of Confusion.

But ahead of the scheduled performance at the weekend, sound checks for the performance went badly as he suffered the effects of a long-running neurological condition.

At the end of Saturday's fundraiser, Collins greeted the crowd and apologized for cancelling the planned set, reports. Read more here.

Nick Menza Open To Returning to Megadeth

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza says he wouldn't rule out a return to the band to replace Shawn Drover who walked away last month. Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick announced their departures separately, leaving frontman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson as the only two remaining members.

And Menza - who was replaced in 1998 after almost 10 years with the band - says via Facebook that he would be open to a return. Menza is working with former Megadeth members James Lomenzo and Chris Poland on a new project.

He says: "Like I have said in the past, I don't rule out rejoining Megadeth and the opportunity would be totally cool. I'm open to whatever could possibly happen. That's up to Dave. Right now I'm focused on writing and demoing songs with Chris Poland and James Lomenzo." Read more here.

Billy Joel Gershwin Prize Special Coming To TV Next Month

WETA have released some details for the upcoming PBS Arts music special Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, which is scheduled to premiere across the U.S. on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET.

The 90-minute special was taped by WETA at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on November 19, 2014 at the special event celebrating Joel's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The special will feature appearances from Billy Joel, as well as Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Gavin DeGraw, Michael Feinstein, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes.

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey also performs as well as a dance ensemble performance from Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out." The station sent over the following details about the set list from the special night that will be part of the PBS Arts special:

Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Broadcast Performance List:

Twyla Tharp Dance Ensemble: MEDLEY: "The River of Dreams" / "Keeping the Faith" / "Only the Good Die Young"
Boyz II Men: "The Longest Time"
LeAnn Rimse: "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)"
Gavin DeGraw: "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
Josh Groban: "She's Always a Woman"
Michael Feinstein: Gershwin Exposition
Natalie Maines: "She's Got a Way"
John Mellencamp: "Allentown" (Acoustic)
Twyla Tharp Dance Duet: "Shameless
Tony Bennett: "New York State of Mind"

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Award Presentation: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23), U.S. Representative Candice Miller (R-MI10), U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12), U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS3) and Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress.

Billy Joel Acceptance Speech
Billy Joel: "Movin' Out"
Billy Joel: "Vienna"
Billy Joel: "Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
Billy Joel: "You May Be Right"

Kevin Spacey & Full Cast Finale with Billy Joel: "Piano Man"

The special premieres Friday, January 2, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (Check local listings.) The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

Europe Releasing New Album Early Next Year

Europe have confirmed the launch of tenth album War Of Kings on March 6 via UDR Records - and frontman Joey Tempest says their music "doesn't get much better than this."

The release comes ahead of the veteran band's UK tour with Black Star Riders, who have just detailed their second LP The Killer Instinct, to appear in February.

Tempest says of the follow-up to 2012's Bag Of Bones: "War Of Kings is the album we wanted to make ever since we were kids, listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

"After hearing producer Dave Cobb's amazing work for Rival Sons we simply had to work with him. Our adventure is still on!" Read more including the track list here.

Pantera Would Have Reunited Says Anselmo

Phil Anselmo says he believes Pantera would have regrouped if Dimebag Darrell Abbott had lived. The former Pantera frontman made the revelation on a lengthy tribute to Darrell published on Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of his murder.

Anselmo writes, "When it came to Pantera, he was deadly serious. But there was a tongue-in-cheek perfection depending on the mood of what we were writing. When I first joined the band, it felt like I was the 'new guy' all the way through Vulgar Display of Power, with the Abbott brothers peeking over my shoulder, picking at my lyrics, which drove me bananas. I remember when we recorded 'Cemetery Gates,' at the end of the song where I'm hitting the wailing high notes and he's matching me with his whammy bar, that was competition - who can outdo who. And of course he'd hit this crazy high f***ing note that there's no way I could. It made him feel awesome for that five or 10 minutes, but later it was always, 'F***ing great job, man.'

"When it came to Pantera, he was very particular, and when it came to pushing anyone, whether it be me, Rex or anyone, he could push you, but he was also a great motivator. And he was always working towards the best for whatever particular song we were working on. He'd get the best out of everybody.

"If he were still alive, I'd damn well know him, because of our love for each other. He was one of my best friends on this planet, and best friends - especially those with strong personalities and integrity - butt heads sometimes. But we always found a compromise. I know for a fact that we would've made more music together. There would've been more Pantera tours. There would've been more albums.

"Then, when I think about it, the reality of his death collapses that entire pipe dream, and once again the heart is crushed." Read Anselmo's full tribute here.

Guns N' Roses New Album May Include Slash Contribution

Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus has suggested their next album could include music written by former lead guitarist Slash - nearly 20 years after he left the band.

Speculation has been rife in recent months that Axl Rose is close to confirming the long-awaited follow-up release to 2008's Chinese Democracy.

Speaking at a workshop event last month, Fortus said: "There's so much stuff that's recorded. There's three albums worth of material, easy. Axl is very secretive - he doesn't want stuff getting out. He wants to create stuff then release it when it's ready. He's also a bit of a perfectionist, as you can imagine."

He added: "Some of the stuff comes from nothing and some of the stuff were ideas that were already there. Some of the stuff Slash did - it was the beginning of the seed of a song that's been around for a while."

Ronnie James Dio Tribute Leads Metal Grammy Nominations

The all-star Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life leads the nominations in the Best Metal Performance category at the next Grammy Awards.

Anthrax's version of Black Sabbath's Neon Knights and Tenacious D's take on Dio's The Last in Line will compete for the honour against Slipknot's The Negative One, Motorhead's Heartbreaker and Mastodon's High Road.

The 57th annual ceremony takes place on February 8 in LA. The period of eligibility for this year's awards cover tracks released between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014.

Dio's widow Wendy tweeted: "Thanks to The Grammys for nominating songs from Anthrax and Tenacious D from This Is Your Life. Ronnie James Dio for a Grammy Award!" Read more here.

Slayer Rescue Freezing Kitten

Slayer rescued a lost kitten from the streets of Indianapolis this week - and found her an owner and a name. Guitarist Kerry King and some members of the band's crew had finished dinner in Indianapolis, Indiana, ahead of the thrash icons' show in the city's Old National Centre.

The cat was being offered for sale by a homeless man. Manager Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald tells "Assistant tour manager Jess Cortese saw a man on the street, who offered up the little kitten for a dollar.

"The kitten was freezing so Jess took it. She slept on the bus and went to the venue with her today, hanging out. One of the runners knew someone who wanted a kitten, so the little guy now has a new home." Read more and check out a photo here.

Def Leppard Return To The Studio

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has revealed the band have restarted studio work on their tenth album. He recently said the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge would be "a lot more basic and raw" than previous outings.

Work had been slowed by the band's live commitments and guitarist Vivian Campbell's stem-cell treatment for cancer. Now Elliott tells the Belfast Telegraph:

"We're back on it now and hoping to get it finished by early spring. I was in the studio last night, actually, and I'll be in again tonight - if I don't wear my voice out."

The project was kickstarted earlier this year with a pair of marathon songwriting sessions that yielded material for 15 tracks. Read more here.

Ellefson Explains Megadeth's Plans Following Members' Exits

David Ellefson says Megadeth are aiming to stick to their album schedule - despite the departure of Chris Broderick and Glenn Drover last month. But he accepts the band will be off the road for most of 2015, while arguing that the split took place at the best possible time.

The guitarist and drummer both announced they'd quit on the same day, leaving Ellefson and frontman Dave Mustaine the only current members of the thrash giants. The bassist last week confirmed it wasn't the end of the band.

Now Ellefson tells the Classic Metal Show: "We're scheduled start a new record after the first of the year, to release later in 2015, and touring to take on from there. In an ironic way, if there's going to be changes, it's definitely better that it happens when you're off the road than in the middle of a tour.

"We've had that happen over the years too - members need to move on in the middle of a tour. You've really got your back against the wall. So we do have a little bit of a luxury of time right now." Read more here.

AC/DC Singer Was Unsure Band Would Continue Without Malcolm

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson had admitted he wasn't sure the band would continue without Malcolm Young. He knew he had to leave the decision to the mainman's brother Angus - and says he'd have accepted whatever the guitarist said.

The band last week released 17th album Rock Or Bust, their first without mainman Malcolm Young, who was forced to retire as a result of dementia. Johnson tells ABC Australia:

"To me it was always up to Angus. He's one of these two men who made riffs that nobody else made, since they were in school. I really thought it might not happen. If Angus turned round and said, 'I can't do it without Malcolm,' I would have understood."

He describes working without Malcolm as "a strange feeling," adding: "Your workmate you've been with for the last 35 years isn't there any more. For Angus it was more - it was his brother." Read more here.

Black Star Riders Reveal New Album Details

Black Star Riders have unveiled the album artwork and multi-format tracklist for the follow-up to debut All Hell Breaks Loose. The Thin Lizzy offshoot's 10-song work will be released on February 23 via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Ricky Warwick says of the sleeve art: "It's a bit of a continuation from All Hell Breaks Loose. people will see the link - it's very rock'n'roll. It's going to look cool."

He recently said of the attitude behind the album: "Life's not fair. Never has been, never will be. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the pursuit of happiness. Nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself." here.

Big Plans For Ronnie James Dio Death Anniversary

Three days of celebrations are being lined up to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Ronnie James Dio's passing. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 - and on May 15, 16 and 17 next year, his widow Wendy Dio is holding a series of events in Los Angeles which she hopes fans from around the world will attend.

She tells Lucas H Gordon: "Next year is five year's since Ronnie's passing, May 16. So we're gonna do a very big thing for the fans. Everybody can come from all over the world. We're gonna do a big memorial in Forest Lawn in LA where he is buried.

"The day before that, we're going to do celebrity bowling here because we want to have things for the fans coming from all the world to do." Read the details about the other plans here.


New Prints Celebrate the Soft Cover Release of the Book HOW LED ZEPPELIN BECAME THE BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD

There are few album cover artists more important than the man known only as IOANNIS (STYX, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS).  Now, just in time for the holidays, the talented artist is releasing five new LED ZEPPELIN prints. 

In 2011, IOANNIS created the cover art for the book HOW LED ZEPPELIN BECAME THE BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD by Denny Somach and Carol Miller.  To coincide with the book’s initial release IOANNIS created five limited edition fine prints, as well as a portfolio set of his work with LED ZEPPELIN.  All have nearly sold out with only a few copies remaining. 

IOANNIS also sold six of his 16 original LED ZEPPELIN paintings featured in the book, including one of John Bonham, which was purchased by QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, a friend, a supporter and a rabid LED ZEPPELIN fan.   Now, the talented artist is releasing five new limited edition LED ZEPPELIN prints to celebrate the soft-cover release of the book. 

“I am releasing a second portfolio of five new prints to support this, for the holidays, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to cancer research, a cause close to my heart,” IOANNIS commented. “We accept all forms of payments and even offer term payment options your support it greatly appreciated.”

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Coming off the release of his New York Times best-selling memoir, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith (released October 7 via Simon & Schuster), JOE PERRY has just released a four song EP: JOE PERRY’S MERRY CHRISTMAS (Unison Music Group).  PERRY’s first-ever collection of holiday songs features four Christmas classics: “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and “Run Run Rudolph” with Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar. The EP is available now at Unison’s website or on iTunes.

“I have wanted to do a Christmas CD with Aerosmith for years, but it seems we never have the time to record one,” JOE says.  “When my ROCKS book tour ended, the timing was right--we were in LA with access to a studio with some really talented friends and it all fell together.  I was finally able to record some Christmas classics for the fans.”


With so many holiday songs out there, how did you choose these selections? And, why did you choose to record some as instrumentals and others as vocal tracks?

JP:  “The two instrumentals are among the 10 most popular Christmas songs. Almost everyone knows the lyrics to ‘Silent Night’ and ‘White Christmas,’ so we treated them as songs that people could sing along to, while staying close to the classic versions everyone knows. The two vocal songs, ‘Santa’s Back in Town’ and ‘Run Run Rudolph’ are rockers made famous by Elvis and Chuck Berry. They are probably less well known so you would have to hear the lyrics to know they are Christmas songs. They are two of my favorite holiday songs.”

What do the holidays mean to you?

JP:  “It’s a time for the family to get together and try to put the troubles of the world aside for a short while.”

Do you have any annual family holiday traditions?

JP:  “We always open a gift the night before Christmas.  Now that the kids are older, we wake up and have brunch in front of the fire while opening the traditional Christmas stockings--that were handmade by their grandmother--and have hung on the mantle for years.  We take our time opening gifts and do not rip through them, making the day last as long as possible. We usually eat appetizers Christmas Day because we normally have a big Christmas Eve dinner, although it varies from year to year. We usually end up watching Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story with our family later in the day.”

You’ve talked a lot about your upbringing in your new book ROCKS, do you have a favorite holiday memory?

JP:  “There was a time after Aerosmith got back together when we were doing almost yearly New Year’s Eve shows. One of my favorite ones was at the Orpheum right before the New Year rang in--we dragged living room furniture onto the stage and brought our wives out and celebrated with our fans.”


As co-founding member, principal songwriter, electrifying lead guitarist and co-producer of Aerosmith--America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band--JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock. He has helped to drive his band, over the course of four decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. PERRY's work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. In June 2013, PERRY was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. October 2014 saw the release of PERRY’s first book ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, which debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at #8. Throughout the book, PERRY reflects on his career with Aerosmith and his life as a musician, husband and father.

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The Moody Blues Debut Album 'The Magnificent Moodies' 50th Anniversary Remastered Edition Now Available!

London, UK - Esoteric Recordings, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group is pleased to announce the release of an official 50th Anniversary edition of “The Magnificent Moodies”, the 1965 debut album by The Moody Blues, on the 24th November 2014. Now associated as being pioneers of progressive and orchestral rock, the Moody Blues had another life between 1964 – 1966, as one of Britain’s foremost Rhythm and Blues influenced acts. With a line-up of DENNY LAINE (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica), RAY THOMAS (Vocals, Harmonica, Flute), MIKE PINDER (Keyboards, Vocals), CLINT WARWICK (Bass, Vocals) and GRAEME EDGE (Drums), the band signed to a London-based management company who leased recordings to Decca Records. The band’s second single, a cover version of Bessie Banks’ “Go Now!” was a huge chart success across the world. Their debut album, “The Magnificent Moodies” was released in1965 to great acclaim and tours with The Beatles eventually led them to become part of Brian Epstein’s management stable. The band continued to record a series of singles, enjoying further chart hits in the UK and Europe, before Clint Warwick departed to be replaced by ROD CLARKE and then finally dissolving in the Autumn of 1966 and reinventing themselves stylistically with a new line-up including JUSTIN HAYWARD and JOHN LODGE.

The official 50th anniversary reissues consist of a Deluxe edition includes the original album, re-mastered from the first generation master tapes, along with all the singles the band recorded between 1964 and 1966 (including the rare “People Gotta Go” – released only in France on an EP). Notably this collection also includes 29 previously unreleased bonus tracks, including the band’s entire July 1964 sessions at Olympic studios in London produced by Alex Murray, all surviving BBC radio sessions recorded in 1965 and nine tracks recorded in the Summer of 1966 with producer Denny Cordell for a proposed but unreleased second album (all newly mixed from the original four-track master tapes). The set is packaged in a clamshell box, with a lavishly illustrated booklet (with previously unseen photographs designed by Phil Smee) and essay written by Mark Powell, three rare promotional postcards and a poster.

There is also a single CD edition, which features 15 bonus tracks (drawn from the band’s singles released between 1964 & 1966). Both editions of “The Magnificent Moodies” are the definitive statement on the formative years of one of Britain’s greatest bands.


“The Magnificent Moodies” - Released in July 1965

1. I’ll Go Crazy (Brown)
2. Something You Got (Kenner)
3. Go Now (Banks / Bennett)
4. Can’t Nobody Love You (Mitchell)
5. I Don’t Mind (Brown)
6. I’ve Got a Dream (Barry / Greenwich)
7. Let Me Go (Laine / Pinder)
8. Stop (Laine / Pinder)
9. Thank You Baby (Laine / Pinder)
10. It Ain’t Necessarily So (Gershwin / Gershwin / Heyward)
11. True Story (Laine / Pinder)
12. Bye Bye Bird (Williamson / Dixon)

Bonus tracks:
13. Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose Your Mind) (Laine / Pinder)
14. Steal Your Heart Away (Parker)
A & B-side of single – Released in September 1964
15. Go Now! (first version)
Recorded at Olympic Studios on 24th July 1964 – Previously unreleased
16. It’s Easy Child (Sandler / Bennett / Redd)
B-side of single – Released as November 1964
17. I Don’t Want to Go On Without You (Berns / Wexler)
18. Time is on My Side (Meade / Norman)
A & B-side of single – Released as in February 1965
19. From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You) (Laine / Pinder)
20. And My Baby’s Gone (Laine / Pinder)
A & B-side of single – Released as in May 1965
21. Everyday (Laine / Pinder)
22. You Don’t (All the Time) (Laine / Pinder)
A & B-side of single – Released in October 1965
23. Boulevard de Madeleine (Laine / Pinder)
24. This is My House (But Nobody Calls) (Laine / Pinder)
A & B-side of single – Released in October 1966
25. People Gotta Go (Laine / Pinder)
Taken from the “Boulevard de Madeleine” EP - Released in France in October 1966
26. Life’s Not Life (Laine / Pinder)
27. He Can Win (Laine / Pinder)
A & B-side of single – Released in January 1967

CD Two:

Previously unreleased Studio Sessions & BBC Radio Sessions:
1. Go Now! (second version) (Banks / Bennett)
2. Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose Your Mind) (early version) (Laine / Pinder)
3. Steal Your Heart Away (first version) (Parker)
4. I’ll Go Crazy (first version) (Brown)
5. You Better Move On (Alexander)
6. Can’t Nobody Love You (first version) (Mitchell)
7. 23rd Psalm (Trad. Arr. Laine / Pinder / Thomas / Edge / Warwick)
Recorded and mixed at Olympic Studios on 24th July 1964

Produced by Alex Murray
8. Go Now (Banks / Bennett)
9. I Don’t Want to Go On Without You (Berns / Wexler)
10. I’ll Go Crazy (Brown)
“Saturday Club” session - BBC Light Programme

Recorded 12th April 1965
11. From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You) (Laine / Pinder)
12. Jump Back (Rufus Thomas)

Saturday Club” session - BBC Light Programme
Recorded 3rd May 1965
13. I’ve Got a Dream (Barry / Greenwich)
14. And My Baby’s Gone (Laine / Pinder)
“Saturday Club” session - BBC Light Programme

Recorded 1st June 1965
15. It’s Easy Child (Sandler / Bennett / Redd)
16. Stop (Laine / Pinder)
17. Everyday (Laine / Pinder)
“Saturday Club” session - BBC Light Programme

Recorded 21st September 1965
18. Interview with Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge /You Don’t (All the Time) (Laine / Pinder)
19. I Want You to Know (Domino / Bartholomew)

“Saturday Club” session - BBC Light Programme
Recorded 9th November 1965
20. Coca Cola Radio Commercial 1965
The 1966 Denny Cordell sessions – Previously unreleased:
21. Sad Song (Laine / Pinder)
22. This is My House (But Nobody Calls) (first version) (Laine / Pinder)
Recorded at Advision studios - 5th April 1966
23. How Can We Hang on to a Dream (first version) (Hardin)
Recorded at Advision studios - 5th July 1966
24. How Can We Hang on to a Dream (remake) (Hardin)
Recorded at Decca studio No. 2, West Hampstead - 15th July 196625. Jago & Jilly (Laine / Pinder)

Recorded at Decca studio No. 2, West Hampstead - 18th August 1966
26. We’re Broken (Laine / Pinder)
Recorded at Decca studio No. 2, West Hampstead - 19th August 1966
27. I Really Haven’t Got the Time (September 1966 version) (Pinder)
28. Red Wine (Laine / Pinder)
29. This is My House (But Nobody Calls) (stereo mix) (Laine / Pinder)
Recorded at Decca studio No. 2, West Hampstead - 8th September 1966

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 Axl Rose Is Not Dead

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose would like you to know, he's alive and well and getting a good laugh at some recent headline-grabbing news pertaining to him reportedly being dead.

On Wednesday (Dec. 4), a fake MSNBC report, designed to look like a real MSNBC report, made the rounds with the headline, "Sources: Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52."

The story read, "Unconfirmed reports say Rose was found dead Tuesday late afternoon in his West Hollywood home after police were called around 3:30 pm for a welfare check."

But, the Guns N' Roses frontman was doing just fine so he quickly let his many fans know, even having a little fun with his 862,000 Twitter followers, tweeting, "if I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?"

Later, Axl took to Facebook via his fan page, to soothe his fans' worried minds by posting a picture (while feeling sarcastic) of his very alive self.

"Ha! They say I'm dead - again' Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at"

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Threaten To Kill Charges Details Revealed

Details regarding the November 6 arrest and charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd in New Zealand have been made public by Crown prosecutors.

Rudd was originally booked for attempting to procure a murder after he allegedly tried to have two men killed, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Authorities dropped the charge of attempting to procure a murder the next day due to lack of evidence. Now, the New Zealand Herald reports court records show Rudd is alleged to have made a phone call to a former employee on September 26 where he is claimed to have "threatened to kill the [complainant] and his daughter."

Police said the "phone call is consistent with a phone call made by [Rudd] earlier that morning to a business associate in which [Rudd] spoke about what he wanted done to the [complainant]."

Dave Grohl Reveals Unusual Drug Cure

Dave Grohl has revealed he recently tried to start smoking marijuana after a 25-year break in the hope it would cure his insomnia - but the plan went badly wrong.

The Foo Fighters mainman had stopped using weed around the age of 20 after suffering paranoid experiences, and only thought of having another joint while the band were working on latest album Sonic Highways.

Grohl tells Howard Stern his hopes were dashed after sitting at home watching TV reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Grohl recalls: "One night after everyone was asleep I smoked way too much, watched The Kardashians - and lost my mind."

He vows: "I'm never smoking pot again. They should do that in rehab centers: get you super-f***ing-high and make you watch The Kardashians. You'll never take drugs again!"

Read more here.

Creed Bandmates Says Scott Stapp Needs Intervention

Creed bassist Brian Marshall says he's spoken to Scott Stapp, and believes the troubled singer needs an intervention before he does himself serious injury.

Stapp last week posted a video in which he claimed he was the victim of a concentrated attack, he'd had his bank account frozen and he was living in his truck. It was later revealed his wife had cited his drug use, violent behavior and a suicide attempt in her divorce papers, and that she'd attempted to have him put into medical care following months of disturbing behavior.

Last week Marshall reported that he'd spoken to his colleague and "he seems to be okay." Now he's said: "Due to the exposure my post has received I feel I need to clarify what I meant.

"It's obvious that Scott is not okay. He needs medical help and/or an intervention so he does not surrender to this disease before he hurts himself or others."

Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese Rock TV Series Gets Green Light

US cable television network HBO has commissioned a 1970s rock'n'roll drama which will be produced by Mick Jagger and directed by Martin Scorsese.

The currently untitled project is a long-term ambition of the Rolling Stones frontman and movie icon, who worked together on band documentary Shine A Light in 2008. It also features Boardwalk Empire co-creator Terence Winter and Breaking Bad's George Mastras on the creative team.

Stars include Bobby Cannavale, who'll play the boss of a record label confronted with a life-changing decision, as the script explores "the drug and sex-fuelled music business as punk and disco were breaking out." Read more here.

Fleetwood Mac Expand Upcoming North American Tour

Fleetwood Mac are on a roll with the reunion tour with Christine McVie. After announcing new UK dates earlier this week, the group has now expanded their upcoming North American Tour leg with eleven new stops.

The new North American dates for the 2015 leg of the On With The Show tour include stops in Houston, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Denver, Vancouver, Bakersfield, Oakland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The legendary band is currently embarked on the final stretch of the first leg of the North American tour which wraps up on December 20th in Tampa, Fl at the Amalie Arena.

The 2015 North American leg is scheduled to kick off on January 16th in St. Paul, Mn at Xcel Energy Center and will now conclude on April 11th in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

On With The Show 2014 Tour Dates
12/06 - Los Angeles, CA The Forum
12/07 - Anaheim, CA Honda Center
12/10 - Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
12/12 - Denver, CO Pepsi Center
12/14 - Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
12/15 - Houston, TX Toyota Center
12/17 - Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
12/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
12/20 - Tampa, FL Amalie Arena

On With The Show 2015 Tour Dates
01/16 - St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
01/17 - Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
01/20 - Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
01/22 - New York, NY Madison Square Garden
01/24 - Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
01/25 - Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
01/28 - Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
01/30 - Washington DC Verizon Center
01/31 - Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center**
02/03 - Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
02/05 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre**
02/07 - Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
02/08 - Newark, NJ Prudential Center
02/11 - Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena**
02/12 - Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
02/14 - Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
02/17 - Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
02/18 - Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena**
03/01 - Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center**
03/03 - Houston, TX Toyota Center**
03/04 - Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
03/07 - Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
03/08 - Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena**
03/11 - Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
03/12 - Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
03/15 - Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
03/17 - Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
03/18 - Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
03/21 - Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
03/23 - Orlando, FL Amway Arena
03/25 - Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
03/27 - St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
03/28 - Kansas City, MO Sprint Center**
03/31 - Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena**
04/01 - Denver, CO Pepsi Center**
04/04 - Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
04/06 - Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
04/07 - Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
04/10 - Los Angeles, CA The Forum (on sale 12/13)
04/11 - Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

Jimi Hendrix Biopic Coming To DVD and Blu-Ray

The 2013 Jimi Hendrix biopic, "All Is By My Side", will be released on DVD and Blu-ray next month. Due January 13 and directed by John Ridley ("12 Years A Slave"), the film features OutKast's André Benjamin as the guitar icon.

"All Is By My Side" covers a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67, following his path as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene up…right up until his triumphant performance at the Monterey Pop festival.

The film, which debuted last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, does not include any of Hendrix's music as the family-run estate refused to grant permission for the use of any material.

Instead, producers feature cover songs performed by the guitarist and re-recorded especially for the project. Check out a preview here.

Airbourne Want To Make 'Old School' Double Live Album

Airbourne hope to follow-up their next album with an "old school" double live record. The Australian rockers have just wrapped up a European tour on which they have been recording new ideas on a rig set up on their tour bus. They previously said they hope to release the follow-up to 2013's Black Dog Barking in the second half of 2015.

Frontman Joel O'Keefe says he wouldn't entertain the idea of a live album until after the fourth record is out - but he expects it to be an "old school" double set.

He tells GuitarMania: "We thought about recording every gig and just giving it away. But we'll just f***ing keep playing live shows, that's what we'll do. Come to the gig. If you want to record it, record it on your phone.

"But recording a live album is something that we will do. Probably on the next tour because we'd have enough material to make a good, solid live double disc." Read more here.

U2 Announce Arena Tour

U2 just announced their tour plans for 2015, and this time around, they're scaling down to play arenas (their last tour was a stadium trek). The trek, called the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will take the band to nine cities in North America (and 19 worldwide) next year, with pairs of shows in each city. And they're going to make it worth your time (and money) to attend both, should you decide to do that.

'We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," Bono said in a statement on U2's website, 'and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"

The Edge called in to KROQ's Kevin and Bean show on the day of the announcement (Dec. 3) to discuss the tour, as well as Bono's recent bicycle injury and recovery, which should be complete by the time the tour rolls around in May.

'Talking to Bono's doctors, they're very confident that he'll be up and about in time for the U2 tour," The Edge said. "From May, we're going to be hitting the road. Maybe that's not a good term right now [laughs]. We're doing shows in North America, Canada United States and Europe, 19 cities. It's the first time in a decade that we're going to be playing indoors. We decided after the size of the 360 outdoor production that we couldn't really go any bigger so we decided to take it smaller."



HOLLYWOOD, CA  – Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.

The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily.  This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.

The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.

A special note from the Rhoads family:

The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive.

Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~

Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~

Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads' neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: "Mr Crowley" and the hit "Crazy Train".  Rhoads left us March 19th, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving us a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people – He was a true hero and legend.

Please join us December 4th through December 6th and pay respects to Randy Rhoads and his family for his birthday at the:

D’Argenzio Tasting Room
1204 W. Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA  91506

818 846 8466

3pm to 9pm

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Foreigner--Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) -- is universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with a formidable arsenal of hit songs that continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action. Now their latest album, “The Best of Foreigner 4 & More,” is due out December 16th on Sony Music/CMG. This new collection includes brand new live high-definition recordings of songs from one of their most beloved albums, ‘4.’   Pre-orders are available on Amazon at

‘4’ spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than nine million albums worldwide.  The band re-recorded their most enduring anthems at the Borgata Hotel’s Music Box venue in Atlantic City, NJ on October 3rd & 4th, 2014.  The set features some of rock’s best-known hits including “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded” and Foreigner’s iconic ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” along with a selection of best songs from Foreigner ‘4,’ such as “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “Woman In Black.”

Fans can check out an exclusive stream of “Juke Box Hero” on USA TODAY’s website, which went live earlier today. 

 “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide and we’ve unwittingly weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives,” says Foreigner founder/lead guitarist, Mick Jones.  Also serving as executive producer of the new album, this Songwriters Hall Of Fame member wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song. 

 "Great songs, great performances and great production are timeless. '4' has all three in spades," says bassist and producer Jeff Pilson. "Bringing the album to life on stage with the energy and passion the band has always maintained, made us very happy.  We’re thrilled to give people a chance to really reflect on what a great and classic album '4' truly is.”

Singer Kelly Hansen adds, "The idea for this recording came as a way to celebrate the original album. There are some tracks that were never previously performed live in this format, and it's wonderful to be in a group with people who really 'get it' and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material."

In June 2013, Mick Jones was inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. A multi-talented and multi-dimensional “musician’s musician,” he has also written songs such as “Bad Love” with Eric Clapton and “Dreamer” with Ozzy Osbourne, and he has produced records for Billy Joel (‘StormFront’) and Van Halen (‘5150’). 

Here’s the complete track listing for “The Best of Foreigner 4 & More”:

1.  Night Life
2.  Woman In Black
3.  Urgent
4.  Waiting For A Girl Like You
5.  Break It Up
6.  Girl On The Moon
7.  Say You Will
8.  Feels Like The First Time
9.  Cold As Ice
10   Hot Blooded
11.  I Want To Know What Love Is
12.  Juke Box Hero


Following 8 years playing lead guitar for Guns N' Roses, guitarist, songwriter, singer, and multi instrumentalist Ron 'BumblefootThal is putting final touches on his next Bumblefoot album, and is eager to give everyone a preview.  Known as being one of the most fan-friendly artists out there, he's calling on fans and friends to all sing together on the songs. Thal will be hosting a listening party Friday December 12th at the newly opened Good Room in Greenpoint Brooklyn. He will be giving fans a first listen to songs from his eagerly anticipated upcoming album and those in attendance will be featured singers on the new release. The full details are below:

Bumblefoot Listening and Singing Party

WHEN: 8:30PM, Friday December 12th, 2014 

WHERE: the newly opened Good Room in Greenpoint Brooklyn
98 Meserole Ave. Greenpoint, NY 11222
(b/t Lorimer St & Manhattan Ave)

ELIGIBILITY: You must be 21 & over in age (bring your ID!), be able to travel to the event, and agree to sing together with the full audience. 

WHAT YOU GET: In return for participating in the event... 1) digital copy of the album prior to its planned Feb 24th, 2015 release via e-mail. 2) Your name will be included as a backing vocalist in album credits. *Credits may not always appear in connection with the album, some distributors and stores may omit album details by their own choice. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Email and include the following in the email's text: 1) your name, as you would like it to appear in credits. 2) preferred email address, for us to send you a download link for the album. *Only one email submission per person. 

SELECTION: The first 100 people that reach out will be contacted by email, on or before Friday December 5th, 2014. *If you don't receive the confirmation email, that means the slots are filled up.

ARRIVAL: Arrive at 8:30PM, Friday December 12th, 2014.  Show your ID at the door, give your name that you emailed to us, we'll confirm on our list, head upstairs and enjoy the night. *Any 'no shows' on our list will not receive the album & credit. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN: Bumblefoot will play a recording of a song from the album, he and the audience will chat a bit, then he’ll show how the vocal part goes, give it a "Ready? 1, 2, 3..." and everyone will sing the part together while it’s recorded, audio & video. We'll do it a few times, then do the next song. We'll be done on or before 11pm. 

LEGAL STUFF: Blech, vibe kill...  By participating in the event, you agree that any audio and video from the event will be fully owned by Bumblefoot, you waive all rights and claims, you accept the album credits and advance copy of the album as full compensation. 

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd In Another Police Incident

Troubled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was at the centre of a new police incident in New Zealand on Thursday. He was handcuffed and taken into custody after reportedly breaching bail conditions in connection with the charges of threatening to kill and drug possession, which he'll answer at trial next year.

Eyewitnesses tell the New Zealand Herald he was involved in an altercation with a "huge man," thought to be his former bodyguard. He was said to have then taken part in a car chase before "bloody dancing around and carrying on" in a street. After police arrived he was "led to a cop car and driven away."

Rudd, 60, was not re-arrested but appeared before Judge Paul Geoghegan at Tauranga District Court, where the conditions of his bail were changed to reflect the incident. He's now required to avoid consuming illegal drugs, after Crown solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones described the drummer's behaviour as "erratic." Read more here.

The Faces Ian McLagan Dead At 69

The Faces keyboardist Ian 'Mac' McLagan has died after suffering a stroke, it's been confirmed. He was 69. The Englishman had been living in Austin, Texas for the past 20 years, and frequently played in the area with his Bump Band. He was due to begin a US tour with Nick Lowe this week.

His manager said in a statement: "It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock'n'roll icon Ian McLagan. He died today surrounded by family and friends due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.

"His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations. Ian's artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many." Read more here.

Courtney Love Pushed Out of the Kurt Cobain Documentary

The new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, directed by Brett Morgen, will contain a huge amount archival items from Cobain's estate and a few never-before-heard songs but it will not contain the editorial vision of Courtney Love, even though her prompting kicked off the project.

"She gave me the keys to this kingdom and final cut of the film," director Morgen told The Hollywood Reporter. He recounts that Love's admiration of one of his previous works, the Robert Evans doc The Kid Stays in the Picture, was why she reached out to him in 2007.

But over the years, Morgen began working more closely with Cobain and Love's daughter, Francis Bean, who became an executive producer on the film and allowed Morgen access to her archive of Cobain's effects, too.

"We agreed that because Courtney was a subject in the film, it would be best if she wasn't given editorial control," Morgen said of her behind-the-scenes ouster from the project. Read more here.

Iron Maiden's Trooper Beer Coming To America Next Month

Iron Maiden's Trooper beer is to be sold in America in 500ml 'tallboy' cans. The ale, which has been a hit since it was first launched by Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery in 2013, will go on sale in the US in January.

Oliver Robinson, managing director of Robinsons Brewery, tells the Manchester Evening News: "At the start of the millennium only a handful of small North American producers were canning their beers.

"Today, it's the biggest growth area in the US craft industry with more than 400 US craft breweries all electing to can their beers rather than bottle, and I have a sneaky suspicion that a canned comeback could be on the cards for the UK as well.

Read more and see photos of the cans here.

Michael Schenker On A Mission With New Album

Michael Schenker says he named Temple Of Rock's upcoming album Spirit On A Mission because he wants to spread the "joy of music." He revealed the meaning behind the title during a question and answer session at the Hard Rock Cafe, Paris.

He says: "I've stayed away from listening to music for over 40 years now. And so I see myself as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression. So when it was time to come up with a title, I thought, 'Why not Spirit On A Mission? It would be a good title.' So that's how it ended up that way."

And he says the goal of the album featuring bassist Francis Buchholz, drummer Herman Rarebell, frontman Doogie White and keyboardist/guitarist Wayne Findlay, was to fill it full of "energetic" tracks mixed with a 70's vibe.

He continues: "Basically, what's happening is my filing system in my head has gone all the way back to when I was in late teens. I wanted to have fast, energetic songs with melody in the vocals, but keep it going and very, very fast." Read more and stream the press conference here.

Megadeth Star Reassures Fans About Band's Future

Megadeth will keep going following the departure of Chris Broderick and Glen Drover, says David Ellefson. He made the commitment during a fan club question-and-answer session last night. It's the first comment from within the band, which currently only features the bassist and mainman Dave Mustaine.

Guitarist Broderick and drummer Drover both announced they'd quit last month, after stints of seven and ten years respectively. Broderick cited "artistic and musical differences" while Drover said he wanted to pursue his "own musical interests."

After fan speculation, ex-axeman Glen Drover said there was "no chance" of him returning to the thrash giants. This week Jeff Young stated: "The band is done. Put a fork in it."

But last night Ellefson told fans: "As you can tell by me being here today, we are not disbanding. As of right now we're looking at all the options, of which there are many.

"We'll certainly continue working on the songs for the next record." Read more here.


OPERATION: MINDCRIME -- featuring singer Geoff Tate, bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) -- has signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Music Srl for their forthcoming trilogy project.

"All of us in Operation: Mindcrime are looking forward to the new frontier with our new label, Frontiers Music Srl," states Tate regarding the signing. "They're giving us the creative freedom necessary to do the trilogy project I've envisioned for the past few years. It's going to be great fun for all of us involved and we hope our fans will enjoy listening to it as much as we plan to enjoy creating and recording it."

Ecstatic to have the band on his label, Frontiers Music Srl President Serafino Perugino comments, "As a long time fan of Geoff Tate and Operation: Mindcrime (the album), I am truly honored that he decided to sign with my label to give a home to his forthcoming trilogy. We look forward to release Operation: Mindcrime's new music to the world!"

Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories though his music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.

"I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story," comments Geoff. "I knew that one record wouldn't cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy."

OPERATION: MINDCRIME, named after Queensryche's epic concept album from 1988, recently entered the studio to begin recording the album that is expected to be released in the late Spring / early Summer of 2015.

Stay tuned for further details of the project in the months ahead.

All things "OPERATION: MINDCRIME" can be found on their official site at

Frontiers Music Srl can be found online at

The Music Producers Guild Honours Dave Stewart 

Described by Rolling Stone magazine as 'the musician's musician’, and by Bob Dylan as “a fearless innovator, a visionary of high order,” Dave Stewart will receive the MPG's Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award 2015.

 London, UK: Multimedia entrepreneur Dave Stewart has been named by the Music Producers Guild as the 2015 recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, sponsored by PPL.

The award will be presented to Dave Stewart at the MPG 2015 Awards, which take place on February 12th next year at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

MPG Awards Director Tony Platt says: "Dave Stewart embodies all the qualities of a modern music producer, embracing all forms of media including music, film, TV and photography. His various roles from musician to producer, director and co-founder of a highly successful creative member’s club, underpin his collaborative attitude towards creativity. In this respect he is a shining example of everything that is great about the UK music industry, which is why we, with the support of PPL, are honouring him with this prestigious MPG Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music - in short because he is outstanding."

Recognised as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today, Dave Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics.

Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way.

Continuing to stay busy in all aspects of the musical and cultural landscape, working with both legends and undiscovered talent, Stewart produced four albums in 2014 alone:  Hollie Stephenson, a 16-year-old singer/songwriter from London whom Stewart has been developing since she was 13 years old; Stevie Nicks’ eighth solo album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault comprised of unrecorded songs written between 1969 and 1995; Thomas Lindsey, a one-of-a-kind young male singer from Louisiana; and Los Angeles-based, London-born 14-year-old soulful female singer/songwriter, KAYA, who recently signed her first deal with Warner Bros Records.

In addition, Stewart has recently expanded the management and production divisions of his company, producing videos for deadmau5, Neon Trees, Lionel Richie, Kaskade, and many more. Dave Stewart Entertainment has offices in Los Angeles and Nashville overseeing the careers of seven young artists while acting as Brand Manager to legendary artists.

Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. He has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for Alfie, starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL, says: "Dave Stewart has had a phenomenal career and has long been recognised as one of the most respected and sought after producers in the industry. Having collaborated with so many of the world’s leading artists as well as co-founding Eurythmics alongside Annie Lennox, it is only fitting that he receives the MPG's Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award in 2015."

Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the Music Producers Guild Awards celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK’s music industry. Last year’s Awards attracted more than 300 stars and music industry VIPs who turned out in force to see 16 Award recipients honoured. In 2015, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year category with a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

Tickets for the MPG Awards 2015 are now available to order through the website. For full details, please visit

WOODSTOCK with Michael Lang, Carlos Santana & Dagon James

New special Limited Artist’s Edition available in an elegant custom slipcase with gold embossing. These collectors books include a signed and numbered 8x10 silver gelatin photograph of Baron’s iconic Woodstock Cows image and a very rare original Woodstock admission ticket. Only 250 signed and numbered copies of this edition will ever be produced.



“Woodstock showed the world how things could have been, and for this reason it’s important that we never forget this experience, this place, this time, this dream that came true, if only for three days….” – Baron Wolman

See video of Baron Wolman & Michael Lang discussing Woodstock  Woodstock Discussion

Just in time for holiday shopping, Baron Wolman Rolling Stone magazine’s original chief photographer during its first three years (1967-70) – is releasing for collectors a limited “Artist” edition of his new coffee table book WOODSTOCK ( UK ’s Reel Art Press).

A two-time Amazon #1 Best Seller on two separate Arts & Photography lists, the new 192-page volume is the perfect holiday gift for music fans, whether they wish they could have attended the 3-Day Festival in person or they were actually there. Filled with photos and text, including a forward by Woodstock great, Carlos Santana, an interview with Michael Lang, the creator of Woodstock and official Woodstock photographer Baron Wolman, WOODSTOCK is illustrated throughout with some of the most memorable images of the festival, ranging from the iconic to the rare never-before-seen. Included in the book are several pages of Baron’s complete set of contact sheets from the Festival. “It is a rare and fascinating treat when photographers allow us to see their contact sheets” added book contributor Dave Brolan, “what is remarkable about this selection of contact sheets is that almost every frame is as good as the next, and we get to see Woodstock exactly as Baron saw it, every single unbelievable moment….”

The special Baron Wolman’s Limited Author edition of WOODSTOCK includes the widely-praised hard cover coffee table book nestled in an elegant custom slipcase with gold embossing. Only 250 copies of Baron Wolman’s Limited Author Edition have been or will ever be produced. In addition, the book will contain on Baron Wolman hand signed numbered edition 8x10 silver gelatin print of Baron’s iconic “Woodstock Cows” photograph plus a very rare original Woodstock admission ticket. Baron comments, “I really believe that this is the most beautifully produced photograph book in which my pictures have ever been published….and that’s saying a lot.”

“In unexpected ways, Woodstock became more than a concert for all of us….It was three miraculous days that I somehow knew were both a promise and an anomaly,” Baron says.

The images in this book bring readers back to that forever mythical moment in Rock n’ Roll music history. Baron was more interested in the crowd than in the performers, his photographs are hugely evocative and offer an insight into this legendary event that is rarely seen. Baron comments, “The thing to remember about the 1960s, even near the end in ’69 was that everything was totally different, the behavior was new and unexpected. Plus, the 1960s were simply wildly photogenic in every way imaginable…the changes that were taking place in the heads of the people were visually manifested. I mean, how could you not take pictures?”

Copies of the Baron Wolman’s Limited Author Edition of WOODSTOCK are available for online purchase at and are $350 with free shipping, while supplies last. The standard retail edition of the book is available at area bookstore or

Woodstock makes it easy to see why Wolman’s photographs became Rolling Stone’s graphic centerpiece during the three years they were published regularly in the magazine. Over 40 years later, those same photographs, picture memories of the ‘60s, are now widely exhibited and collected. Speaking about Woodstock in particular, Baron comments, “I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening out there was just too interesting not to explore.”


Reel Art Press specializes in the production of coffee table publications, with a general focus on the entertainment industry and its output during the classic decades of the 20th Century. Through the use of predominantly unpublished, high impact images, pin sharp graphic design and crisp editorial commentary, these stunning editions provide an intimate portrayal of some of the leading creative artists in entertainment history.

As well as pursuing excellence right across the board at a creative level, the company’s books also feature some of the very highest physical production values yet seen in the publishing market. Its titles are beautifully crafted using the finest techniques and raw materials available, combining traditional bookmaking methods such as letterpress printing and hand binding with the latest developments in printed media production.


Baron Wolman was the first-ever photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. During his three year tenure at the magazine he captured some of the biggest names in music. Since leaving Rolling Stone in 1970 he has focused on such diverse subjects as authors, fashionistas, professional sports, airplanes and bridges. A qualified pilot, he has also published several widely-praised collections of aerial photography and continues to exhibit his work around the world today. “You can’t plan for a career like mine,” he says. “Yes, I chose to be a professional photographer but my tour of duty with Rolling Stone was a fortunate accident, a gift from the photo gods.”



 Album Slated for Release in January via Frontiers Music SRL

 Exclusive Pre-Order Available via PledgeMusic at

 Sweet & Lynch are releasing the first official video from their upcoming debut album, Only To Rise. The video is for the album opener “The Wish” and premiered on Ultimate Classic Rock. The video shows Michael Sweet and George Lynch performing the song together amongst imagery that corresponds with the song’s lyrics. The video was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Devin DeHaven, known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly to name a few. The video can be seen here: or click on the image below.

 “After almost a year of talking about the Sweet & Lynch album we're extremely proud to premiere the first music video, ‘The Wish,’ states Michael Sweet. “The song takes you back to a time when guitar heroes ruled the airwaves and melodies soared. The thought was to bring back the late 70's/early 80's with a modern twist and remind people of one of the best eras in hard rock/metal.”

 Only To Rise is scheduled for release on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in the United States via Froniters Music SRL. Backing up Sweet & Lynch on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy. Sweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at: The album is also available via Amazon at:

 “George and I are proud of how this album turned out and we're counting the days for the release,” adds Sweet. “We're equally as proud of the fan base out there. So many people have been there through thick and thin and this album is a testimony to the perseverance of working hard and working even harder.  George, Brian, James and myself gave 110% to every note played and sung and we hope that it shows.”

 From the opening notes of “The Wish” to the drum solo finish on the album-closer “Only To Rise,” it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet’s unmistakable voice and George Lynch’s signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs “Dying Rose,” “Me Without You” and “Strength In Numbers” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Sweet & Lynch released a lyric video for the 9/11 inspired track “September” which can be seen here: An EPK featuring Michael and George discussing this new project can be seen here: Only To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.

 Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.

Rolling Stones' Bobby Keys Dead At 70

Bobby Keys, saxophonist with the Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 70. His death was confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist for his band Bobby Keys And The Suffering Bastards.

He started working with the Rolling Stones in 1969 and continued until he was forced to stand down due to ill health in October - although at the time the Stones reported: "He's under doctor's orders to take it easy for the next month and hopes to see everyone soon."

Keys, a Texan, became a full-time musician at the age of 15 and worked with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee. He first met Mick Jagger and co in 1964 although he didn't play with them until five years later when he appeared on Let It Bleed. He played on every subsequent record until 1974's It's Only Rock And Roll, then returned from 1980's Emotional Rescue to 2005's A Bigger Bang.

Other work included stints with Eric Clapton, John Lennon, George Harrison, B.B. King, Joe Cocker and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Read more here.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young Had Other Serious Health Issues

AC/DC mainman Malcolm Young faced heart and lung surgery on top of his dementia. His brother Angus says the health issues hit "all at once" - but that the retired musician is in good physical shape.

Malcolm ended his career earlier this year and didn't appear on latest AC/DC album Rock Or Bust. The symptoms of dementia began to appear before the band's three-year Black Ice world tour in 2008, and he was forced to re-learn some of his own riffs - while bandmates held themselves back from showing too much sympathy. He hasn't heard the band's 17th record.

"He had a lung operation, he had a heart operation. He seemed to get everything hit him at once," Angus tells KISW 99.9. "So he had quite a lot of things going on. But the physical side of him is great, because he got the best treatment for his lungs and for his heart. And he's also in good care. He's happy himself, because he's being well looked after." Read more here.

Son Says Scott Stapp Chose Drugs Over Family

Scott Stapp's teenage son says his father "chose drugs over his family." Jagger Stapp has urged his father to get the help he needs and claims the singer has been on a "nine-week" drugs binge.

16-year-old Jagger Stapp has told fans on Twitter that his dad refuses to get help. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Jagger was responding to a series of posts on Creed's and his dad's personal Facebook pages in which Stapp has been telling fans what songs he is listening to.

Jagger's tweet reads: "My dad is too busy posting songs on his FB hiding out for attention rather than getting his act together. To all those confused, my father once again chose drugs over his family. He needs help, but refuses to get it. He's been on a nine week binge." Read more here.

Corey Taylor Explains Stone Sour's Split With Jim Root

Corey Taylor says Stone Sour's split with Jim Root was the right thing for the band - and for Slipknot. The frontman feels that dismissing the guitarist was the best way to ensure a future for both bands, even though it's led to some "awkward" moments as the pair worked on Slipknot's album .5: The Gray Chapter.

Root was fired from Stone Sour last year, although the move wasn't made public for several months. He recently told TeamRock that, while he'd been surprised, the band had become like a "sinking ship."

Now Taylor tells Loaded Radio: "With all due respect to Jim, I just want him to be happy - and for the longest time it seemed like he wasn't. It made sense to do what we had to do to make sure that both bands could still exist."

He admits: "It was awkward at first. But the more we've talked, hung out and seen the success of the album burgeon, that takes a lot of the pressure off. It's helped him see it was the right decision - he just seems happier in Slipknot." See what's next for the band here.

The Eagles Go After Alleged Bootlegger

The Eagles are suing a man who they say charged fans to watch bootleg footage of the band in concert. According to the New York Daily News (via Rolling Stone) Don Henley and Glenn Frey say New York man William Shelley was asked to stop showing the concert footage at a cinema in Connecticut, USA - but he failed to do so.

Now they are suing him for violating copyright. In a case filed at Brooklyn Federal Court, The Eagles say they are trying to reclaim the footage along with his entire archive which includes film of performances by Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones, among others.

Shelley allegedly started filming concerts in the 1970s. The Eagles accuse him of trying to "bolster his reputation as a purported music industry 'insider' with close connections and ties to many classic rock greats." He is also accused of profiting from the screenings. Read more here.

The Who Releasing Classical Version Of Quadrophenia

The Who are to release a classical version of their Quadrophenia album in June 2015. It was recorded in October at London's Air Studios and features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Oriana Choir and was orchestrated by guitarist Pete Townshend's partner, singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller. Who frontman Roger Daltrey has taken a back seat on the album and vocals will instead be performed by tenor Alfie Boe.

Quadrophenia Classic will receive its debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London on July 5. Tickets to go sale this Friday (December 5). The album is expected to launch at the same time via classical label Deutsche Grammophon.

Townshend, who plays electric guitar on the record, says they decided to take on the project as they wanted to reinvigorate audiences and attract people who wouldn't normally attend a classical performance. Read more here.

Peter Criss May Try Different Approach To Releasing New Songs

Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss says he is toying with the idea of releasing his next batch of music as standalone singles. Criss says releasing an album in the modern age "isn't fair for the artist".

He tells Eddie Trunk: "I've been sitting on a record. I'd done this thing five years ago and I'm still messing with it. I'm not done, because I don't wanna rush it.

"The sad thing is, you put music out today, and you download it immediately. Rock 'n' roll is not dead - I don't wanna hear that. It's far from dead. But it's just not maybe doing what it used to do.

"So I'm gonna release, probably, singles again. Like a 45, with two songs instead of putting out 13. Because it just isn't fair for the artist - you put out your songs, you download it and there's really nothing going on." Read more here.

Queen's New Year's Eve Show To Be Broadcast

Queen and Adam Lambert will play an intimate UK show on New Year's Eve that will be broadcast by BBC One. The concert at Central Hall Westminster - close to the iconic landmark of Big Ben - will see just 2000 fans on hand to watch the legendary band ring in 2015.

"Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live" will take place in the build up to the clock striking midnight to see in 2015 and continue after the spectacular, world famous fireworks display along the river Thames, which will also be shown live on BBC One.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor had this to say about the special show, "I never imagined we would be around to usher in the year of 2015, what a thrill!" We promise you a great night."

"Words can't describe how excited I am," says Lambert, "we are going to kick off 2015 in style!" Guitarist Brian May adds, "OK - Let's Rock into 2015!" Read more here.

The Neal Morse Band Reveal New Album Details

The Neal Morse Band have confirmed the release of their album The Grand Experiment on February 16 via InsideOut. And a European tour with Beardfish as opening act includes a London date the following month.

For the first time ever, Morse - along with Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Gillette and Bill Hubauer - began studio sessions without any material written in advance.

"I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk," The bandleader says. "I used to be paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short time we had available, so I'd fill all the spaces in advance. This time I made a lot of room for the guys to express themselves - and the result is outstanding." Read more here.

Megadeth's David Ellefson Launching Spoken Word Tour

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced a spoken word tour of Australia for March 2015. "An Evening With David Ellefson" will feature stories from life on the road and about life as a founding member of Megadeth, as told through his 2013 memoir, "My Life With Deth."

Written with Joel McIver, the book chronicles the story of Ellefson's fall into addiction during the band's early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band's rise to fame over the past several decades.

The spoken word events will also feature a bass demonstration and audience Q&A. Ellefson will make appearances in five Australian cities in March, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Read more here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Going To Trial

The trial of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd for threatening to kill four people and possession of drugs is to take place next year, a judge has decided. He wasn't present at Tauranga District Court in New Zealand Tuesday as a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

He's likely to face a judge-alone trial with no jury. Judge Tom Ingram ruled that a decision will be made in February. The media were ordered not to report details of the case.

Rudd, 60, was arrested last month and originally charged with procuring a murder before the accusation was dropped less than 24 hours later. He appeared at Tauranga High Court last week for a short but dramatic hearing, at which the case was sent down to a lower court since the most serious charge had been removed.

His status in AC/DC remains in doubt, with the band having insisted they'll tour next year regardless of the results of his trial. Read more here.

Scott Stapp Trying To Raise $480K From Fans

Troubled Creed singer Scott Stapp has asked fans to crowdfund him to the tune of $480,000. It follows a week in which he released an emotional video saying his bank account had been frozen and he was under attack. He later withdrew it, explaining he "should have known better."

But in the meantime it was revealed that his wife had filed for divorce, citing his heavy drug use, threatening behaviour and a suicide attempt. Now Stapp has opened a Fundly page and hopes to raise nearly $500,000.

His intro reads: "Raising funds 4solo album #3. Using same team, Howard Benson (producer) & Chris Lord-Alge (mix). At the same time, my first book in the fiction category. Need 2fund both projects." To date, 74 people have pledged a total of $422. The story doesn't end there. Read more here.

Former Megadeth Guitarist Says Band Is Done

Former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young says the band is "done" and he'll never rejoin them. He was a member of Dave Mustaine's outfit long enough to record 1988 album So Far, So Good… So What before leaving under a cloud, with the mainman accusing him of talking "pure horse sh*t" during his tenure.

Last week guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover quit the thrash giants, leaving Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson the only current members.

Asked on Facebook whether he'd consider going back, Young says: "I have zero interest in 'the Megadeth situation.' The band is done. But a fork in it." Read more here.

Vinnie Paul Leads Dimebag Darrell Tribute Special

Vinnie Paul says he continues to play as it's what his late brother Dimebag Darrell would have wanted. TeamRock Radio have recorded a one-hour special to mark the 10th anniversary of the Pantera and Damageplan guitarist's death.

The special available now on demand here and will also be broadcast on December 8 - exactly a decade on from the shooting which took the metal icon's life.

Paul says: "I do my best to carry on that same torch and that flame - I know he would kick my ass if I didn't. That's why I continue to do what I do. I'm happy that I'm part of HellYeah - it's part of the legacy that me and him started a long time ago."

The radio special also features contributions from Machine Head, Halestorm, In This Moment, Phil Anselmo and music from the guitar icon.

AC/DC Discuss Replacing Malcolm Young

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson says seeing Stevie Young grow into his role in the band was "wonderful." He was brought in to take over guitar duties from Malcolm Young who has been forced to retire from the band due to his battle with dementia. He appears on new album Rock Or Bust and will tour with the band in the future.

"Steve's got this wonderful character and he lets out these bellowing laughs and you need that in any situation," Johnson tells Absolute Radio. "He came in to do this album and I've just got to applaud him. Every night he was learning his chops and it was wonderful to see the weight lifting off his shoulders and he felt really part of the band."

Although no tour dates have been announced, Johnson says he's eager to hit the road as it's a great way to connect with the fans. He adds: "As you get older, you take things for granted and you start realising what a great gig you have." Read more and stream the interview video here.


Mike Portnoy Warns Fans Of Online Scams

Mike Portnoy has warned fans to ignore any Facebook messages they receive from him, because they're fake. Portnoy has worked with a range of outfits since leaving Dream Theater in 2010.

The drummer is the victim of a fraudster who's created a false account and may use it to acquire personal information that could be used in financial crimes.

Portnoy says: "Beware - I've been informed by several people that somebody made a fake Mike Portnoy page and has been writing to people, as me, with scams.

"If you've received an inbox message from me in the past few days, it's not me."

Queensryche Looking For Investors

Queensryche are giving fans a chance to share in profits the band generates through record sales and merchandise deals. For a minimum of $50,000, investors can buy an ownership stake from a private holding company that will entitle them to a fixed percentage of any revenue generated by the band.

Attorney Marc LoPresti helped the group set up the limited liability company (LLC) and he says this could just be the start of similar projects. He tells the Seattle Times: "We think it's a first. If it's successful, which we expect it to be, we may do it again with other bands."

LoPresti reckons the stock sale could replace a label's usual role in financing tours and album recording sessions - and would mean more money for the band and investors as the label wouldn't be taking such a big slice of the profits.


Eddie Van Halen To Headline Smithsonian Event

Eddie Van Halen will be among those helping launch "What It Means To Be American", a new three-year initiative by The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Los Angeles-based Ideas Exchange Zocalo Public Square.

The project is aimed at engaging leading thinkers, public figures and Americans from all walks of life to explore how the United States became the nation it is today.

One of the campaign's goals is to foster a national conversation through a series of free public events across the U.S. The kick-off event on January 14 will feature former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, at the Heard Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Phoenix.

Eddie Van Halen will headline the next event at the National Museum of American History in February. Read more here.

Robin Trower Celebrating 70th Birthday With Album Release

Robin Trower will release his next album, Something's About To Change, on March 9 next year - his 70th birthday. A 17-date UK tour will support the launch, with Joanne Shaw Taylor in support.

Trower says of the new album, the follow-up to 2013's acclaimed Roots And Branches: "I can't remember ever being so happy with a finished album before."

He's recorded bass parts for the first time, reflecting: "As a songwriter and a performer, you use everything at your disposal to put into songs. There's some sort of feeling of emotional release when you play a note that rings out right." Read more here.


Guitarist Ethan Brosh is widely considered one of the most promising instrumentalists on the scene, as evidenced by his latest album, 'Live the Dream.' And now, he is set to open for guitar legend Jake E. Lee's band, Red Dragon Cartel, on a nearly month-long tour of North America, kicking off on December 2nd in New York City and wrapping up on December 20th in Baltimore. 

"I feel both honored and privileged to once again take my band on tour with one of my all time favorite guitar players, Jake E. Lee!," says Brosh about the upcoming trek. "Jake's playing, writing and overall style have been an influence and an inspiration since the very beginning stages of my guitar playing. We've all been waiting many years to see Jake back on the scene so I feel lucky to be a small part of it on this upcoming tour. I can't wait to be back out there seeing my fans again and doing what I love to do most!"

Mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth) and featuring the talents of world-class bassist Dave Ellefson, as well as the mastering expertise of Bob Ludwig (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden), 'Live the Dream' is Brosh's most exciting and ambitious project to date. And the album cover painting by Joe Petagno (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd) is also sure to turn heads. 

Issued by Carmine Appice's label Rocker Records LLC, "Live the Dream" is available for purchase via these links:

iTunes -

Amazon -

The buzz continues to build for guitar hero Ethan Brosh, and it will undoubtedly only grow stronger now that a brand new video has been filmed for one of the many standout tracks from his latest album, 'Live the Dream,' titled "Space Invaders.” The clip puts Brosh's impressive six-string skills front and center, which can be viewed in the link below. As Brosh himself explains, "A music video is something that has to go hand in hand with the music that it's associated with. It is part of the art as a whole. It is the image that will stay in the minds of the listeners for as long as they listen to that particular musical piece. When I have a music video done, I take the process almost as seriously as I take my music. A lot of time, energy and attention to detail gets into play when we shoot or edit a video." And Brosh has nothing but praise for the video's director, Seth C. Brown. "This video was made by Seth C. Brown who can turn any rushed, impossible to shoot scene with bad lighting into a beautiful work of art! I'm very proud of the new video for 'Space Invaders,' and can't wait to make more videos for this record!”

Space Invaders video -

Downward Spiral video (featuring George Lynch) -


Dec 2 Webster Hall NY, NY
Dec 3 Dobbs Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ
Dec 6 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY [with Burning Heat]
Dec 7 1150 Oak Bar Cranston, RI [with Burning Heat]
Dec 9 Rockstarz Cheektowaga, NY
Dec 10 The Garrison Toronto, ON
Dec 12 Token Lounge Detroit, MI
Dec 13 Reggie's Chicago, IL
Dec 16 Oddbody’s Dayton, OH
Dec 17 Agora Theater Cleveland, OH
Dec 19 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 20 Fish Head Cantina Baltimore, MD


Robin Trower confirms new album and special guest Joanne Shaw Taylor on UK tour

Robin Trower’s new studio album “Something’s About To Change”, will be released by Manhaton/V12 Records on March 9th 2015 - the same day as his 70th birthday.  It marks his first album since 2013’s critically acclaimed “Roots And Branches”, and dovetails his 17-date UK tour with special guest Joanne Shaw Taylor that kicks off on March 26 2015.  Tickets are available from, 0844 478 0898.

Album Tracklisting
1.             Something’s About to Change
2.             Fallen
3.             Riff No. 7 (Still Alive)
4.             Dreams That Shone Like Diamonds
5.             Good Morning Midnight
6.             What You Never Want To Do
7.             Strange Love
8.             Gold To Grey
9.             The One Saving Grace
10.          Snakes and Ladders
11.          Up and Gone
12.          ‘Til I Reach Home

New Studio Album in the Works
Rescheduled ZZ Top Dates Also Confirmed

(Los Angeles) It was announced today, Jeff Beck will headline a string of solo dates, beginning April 16th with a pair of intimate engagements in Huntington, New York before wrapping up on April 26th in Greensburg, PA.  Beginning April 30th in Cedar Park, TX, Beck and ZZ Top will make-up the rescheduled dates from this past September when the hugely successful double-bill tour was cut short due to an unfortunate injury to ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill. 

“We’re so glad that Dusty made a full recovery and now, we are looking forward to getting back out there and finish what we started,” stated Beck.

Beck's career took off in the mid-1960s, after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitarist for The Yardbirds on the recommendation of his friend Jimmy Page. He played on several of the rock group's hits, such as "Heart Full of Soul," "Shapes of Things" and "Over Under Sideways Down."  Over the years, Beck has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Roger Waters, Les Paul, Jon Bon Jovi, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock and Joss Stone among many others.

Beck has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and once as a solo artist in 2009. He has won numerous Grammy Awards, including two at the 2011 Grammy Award Celebration when he won Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead” and Best Pop Instrumental performance for “Nessun Dorma”, both from his last studio album, Emotion & Commotion.

Recently, in London, Beck participated in The Poppy Appeal song "No Man's Land", a tribute to the men and women that served in World War I, resulting in 4 performances, culminating in the NFL pre-game entertainment that was broadcast from Wembley Stadium. The song featured singer Joss Stone on vocals and a gospel choir with vocals arranged by Antonia Wilson.   In the meantime, a DVD of Beck’s Tokyo concert from April of this year was released on November 25th.  For Beck, 2015 looks to be a banner year.  In addition to both solo and co-headlining dates with ZZ Top, Beck will complete work on his new studio album, expected next year.

Joining Beck on both the solo and double-bill tour are his band - Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar

Jeff Beck Solo Dates – all solo shows on sale Dec. 5:
April 16                 The Paramount                                                    Huntington, NY
April 17                 The Paramount                                                    Huntington, NY
April 18                 The Capitol Theatre                                              Port Chester, NY
April 19                 Orpheum Theatre                                                 Boston, MA
April 21                 Ulster Performing Arts Center                               Kingston, NY
April 22                 Bergen Performing Arts Center                             Englewood, NJ
April 24                 Count Basie Theatre                                           Red Band, NJ
April 25                 The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center         York, PA
April 26                 The Palace Theatre                                            Greensburg, PA

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

*On-Sale Date TBD

 Scott Stapp's Wife Wants Psychiatric Hold For The Creed Singer

Jaclyn Stapp and mother Hayat Nesheiwat have filed legal documents in Madison County, Fla., in an effort to have Scott Stapp institutionalized for up to 60 days, reports TMZ.

In the filing, Stapp's wife, who filed for divorce recently, states the former Creed singer has been abusing enough amphetamines, crystal meth and steroids that he has become "a paranoid shell who has threatened to kill himself and harm his family."

According to the Miami Herald, Stapp's wife supported claims of drug abuse with a series of texts from the singer including: "Florida is not safe. Biological weapons on the way. U have to leave with kids and meet me in Atlanta."

"Wells Fargo working out my account problems. I'm out of gas. Haven't eaten all day. I'm asking if they can spot me $1,000 so I don't fall over from malnutrition."

"God is also telling me something about Palm Springs and Nashville so there's a connection somehow. He's also telling me DEA for some reason."

"I'm coming to get you Satan and children. No mercy. You know how this ends. God created you and now God is ending you."

"I wouldn't doubt it if the CIA is behind Alcoholics Anonymous."

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, reports the newspaper. Under Florida's Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act, a judge can order Stapp into treatment for up to five days then up to five months if needed. Stapp's wife and mother-in-law believe he may attempt to self-detox, which can sometimes be fatal.

AC/DC Detail Malcolm Young's Struggles With Dementia

AC/DC had to contain their reactions while Malcolm Young began to suffer with dementia during their Black Ice world tour, says frontman Brian Johnson.

The band's mainman was forced to retire earlier this year as his condition deteriorated. Latest album Rock Or Bust, released on Monday, is their first without him.

Angus Young recently revealed that his brother had begun experiencing problems before they decided to embark on the three-year tour in 2008, which became the fourth biggest-grossing of all time. At times he had to relearn his own riffs.

Now Johnson tells the Guardian: "It was tough. But you couldn't say anything or do anything because it would have been like giving pity. You had to treat it like a normal day - so we did."

Johnson adds: "God knows what went through his mind when he wasn't that well. He'd go on stage and… 'Oh sh*t!' Can you imagine knowi

Glen Drover Rules Out Megadeth Reunion

Glen Drover has ruled out a return to Megadeth after his replacement Chris Broderick quit last week. Glen left in 2007, but he's been asked online by fans whether it's time to go back.

Guitarist Broderick announced his departure hours after Glen's brother, drummer Shawn, did the same - leaving Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson the only current members of the thrash band.

Drover says via Facebook: "I'm very sorry, but that will never happen. There is no chance I would ever do that. Thanks a ton for all your awesome support; it was fun while I was there, playing all those cool shows and meeting a lot of you."

Kottak Returns To The Scorpions After Rehab

Scorpions drummer James Kottack rejoined the band for their November 27 show in Rotterdam following treatment for alcohol abuse and fan-filmed video from the show has surfaced.

"tonight we gonna rock rotterdam!," posted the group as they announced his return to the lineup. "welcome back james!" Kottack spent a month in a Dubai jail this past spring after being convicted of alleged misconduct at the United Arab Emirates capital's airport.

On April 29, the drummer was sentenced to one month in jail and was fined 2,000 dirhams (approximately US $545) for drinking alcohol without a license after authorities claimed he insulted Islam.

Following his release in early May, Kottack connected with the MusiCares organization, which provides musicians with help for mental health and addiction issues.

"I am determined to come to grips with my alcoholism and am doing everything on a daily basis to beat this relentless disease," posted Kottack at the time. "This entire incident caused me to realize that it is time to stop drinking once and for all so that I can become the father, musician, and friend that I know I can be."

KISS Frontman Slams Parade Organizers

KISS frontman Paul Stanley is slamming organizers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade following the band's lip synced performance at the 2014 event.

"Bluntly, We were screwed over & misled by the exec in charge of #MacysThanksgivingDayParade ," tweeted Stanley. "We ALL deserved better."

The rocker doesn't elaborate further or provide specifics about issues the group allegedly faced as they mimed their signature song, "Rock And Roll All Night."

The band recently wrapped up their first Las Vegas residency, "KISS Rocks Vegas", at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Check out video of their appearance at the parade and read more here.

An Iron Maiden No. 1 For Christmas?

An online bid to get Iron Maiden classic The Number Of The Beast to Christmas number 1 has led to the track becoming bookies' third-favorite for the seasonal top spot.

The Facebook-led campaign has gathered nearly 20,000 followers since launching last month. Similar chart pushes have become the norm since Rage Against The Machine secured number 1 in 2009, beating the winner of Simon Cowell's TV game show The X Factor.

Now betting firm Betfred have cut Maiden's odds to 10-1, bettered only by this year's X Factor (1-2) winner and the Band Aid 30 charity single (11-4). Organizers say: "Those involved in the various Christmas number 1 campaigns of the part, in particular the RATM one, will appreciate how much of a laugh it is. Well, we're big Maiden fans - seeing them snatch the number 1 would be brilliant." Read more here.

Kurt Cobain Kissed Grohl Over Foo Fighters Demo

Kurt Cobain kissed Dave Grohl after hearing an early Foo Fighters demo, says the former Nirvana drummer. The moment occurred while Nirvana was on the road in 1992 - and frontman Cobain was in a bath.

In the latest episode of his Sonic Highways documentary series, Grohl recalls the encounter: "Kurt heard Alone + Easy Target, and kissed me on the face.

"He was so excited, like, 'I heard you recorded some stuff with Barrett Jones.' I was like, 'Yeah.' He was like, 'Let me hear it.' I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it."

The final version of the track appeared on the Foos' self-titled debut album three years later. Read more and listen to the demo here

AC/DC Streaming New Album Rock Or Bust Online

AC/DC have teamed up with iTunes Radio to give fans an advance listen to their entire new album "Rock Or Bust" ahead of its official release next Tuesday, December 2nd.

The new album was produced by Brendan O'Brien and follows the legendary rock band's 2008 release "Black Ice". You can listen to "Rock Or Bust" as part of iTunes Radio's First Play program here.

As we reported on Monday, the band also released the music video for the album's title track which was directed by David Mallet and was filmed last month in London.

"Rock or Bust" is the band's first album that does not feature original rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who officially retired earlier this year due to his battle with dementia. Watch the video here.

Pink Floyd Set Another Record

Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River has set another online record, after becoming the most pre-ordered title in the history of Amazon in the UK. Streaming firm Spotify have revealed that the track Allons-y (1) is the most viral in the history of their service.

And they've commented on the "remarkably young" audience who have included Floyd on over three million playlists to date. Spotify say: "The band has never been more popular with us - which is saying a lot, because fans unlocked their entire catalogue by listening to Wish You Were Here over a million times on a single weekend.

"Who's doing all this listening and sharing? We found that Floyd skews remarkably young globally, with over 60% of its audience under 35, its strongest listening among 18-22 year-olds, and 80% of its playlisters under 34. Pink Floyd appears to be reaching a really young crowd through Spotify."

Read more here.

Robert Plant Almost Rejected John Bonham

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has told of a moment he nearly refused to hire drummer John Bonham - because the 20 miles between their homes was too far.

The pair got together in Band Of Joy in 1967, before forming Led Zep with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. But Plant says it might never have happened.

He tells Sound Opinions: "I was playing once at a ballroom once and he came up and said, 'You're alright, but you'd be a lot better if I was your drummer.' I said, 'So you already understand that I'm in charge?'

"I said, 'Where do you live?' He said, 'Well, I live in Redditch.' I said, 'That's 20 miles from where I live - that's too far. You're not good enough.'

"But we stole a little bit, nicked stuff from people when we weren't looking, put the gas in the vehicles and off we went.'" Read more here

Satriani Wants Chickenfoot To Fly Again

Joe Satriani admits he's partly to blame for the scheduling issues preventing Chickenfoot from making a third album - but he hopes there's more studio work to come from the supergroup.

He's been wrapped up with a solo tour, while drummer Chad Smith has been working with his main band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Meanwhile, singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony are working together in covers band The Circle with Jason Bonham.

Earlier this month Hagar said The Circle offered some advantages that Chickenfoot didn't, and added that he had no plans to record with his latest outfit.

Now Satriani tells Eddie Trunk: "Sam, Mike and Chad have other things to do. I come back from doing this stuff and I'm like, "let's go.' They're like, 'Well, hold on a minute,' then I'm off again. So I'm partly to blame because of my schedule."

But he adds: "I really want it to fly - I really want to put in as much time as I can get into the band. But it's a little different for the other guys, because they have history and they have current commitments." Read more here.

AC/DC Get Their Own Radio Station For Album Launch

AC/DC will launch a limited-run promotional channel on satellite radio provider SiriusXM as the group prepares to issue its first new album in six years, "Rock Or Bust", on December 2.

SiriusXM's AC/DC Radio will air Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 7 via satellite on channel 25 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at

AC/DC members Angus Young and Brian Johnson will help launch the short-term promotional project with a live Town Hall broadcast on Thursday, November 27 at 12 PM ET via satellite on AC/DC Radio. Read more here.

Movie Starring Def Leppard, Pixies Members Being Crowdfunded

Wanna get in on the ground floor of a feature film featuring Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, The Pixies' Joey Santiago, Ministry's Al Jorgensen and Sin Quirin, Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders, Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister and more?

A crowdfunding drive has just kicked off to support the upcoming film The Bridge, and there are some unique perks available. The Bridge tells the story of a small town musical prodigy who must free himself from the shadows of his past to find the love, hope and friendship that could lead him to the musical expression he never thought possible. I reached out to Elliott for a few words about the project, and during a brief break in recording vocals for the new Def Leppard album, the vocalist was happy to talk.

"I was approached about two years ago," Elliott said. "Ricky Warwick, who's a very good friend of mine and is also going to be in the film, he's a solo artist in his own right and is fronting the Black Star Riders, formerly Thin Lizzy. He phoned me up and he said 'You want to do a movie?' And why not, y'know? Should be a bit of a laugh. So he introduced me to [writer/director] Bobby Field. I've done a little bit of this kind of stuff in the past but overly spectacular, nothing overly known and nothing overly good, to be fair! This is a totally different vehicle. It's musicians acting as musicians, so the one thing we can all bring to the table is a certain kind of realism to it." here.

L.A. Guns Releasing 1980s Era Live Album

 L.A. Guns have announced they will release a live album recorded in Boston in 1989. The show was captured during what was arguably the group's heyday.

According to eOne Records, "the sound quality is excellent and the boys are absolutely at the top of their game, ripping through supercharged versions of One More Reason, Electric Gypsy, Never Enough and more."

The new album will include liner notes written by the band's frontman Phil Lewis. The record is available from December 8 in CD and digital formats. Read more here.

The Answer Rebooting With New Album and tour

The Answer have confirmed the release of fifth album Raise A Little Hell, and an accompanying UK tour, for March next year. And guitarist Paul Mahon described the work as a "reboot" of the Northern Irish outfit, vowing that they "have the hunger back."

The follow-up to 2013's New Horizon will be launched on March 9 via Napalm Records. It was recorded in Madrid with producer Will Maya.

Mahon tells TeamRock: "Our third album, Revival, wasn't what people wanted from us. We paid a lot of attention to that and it set us on our way. On New Horizon we cleared the decks and the trauma of all the changes is behind us.

"We're a lot more confident now - we've taken a few side roads to get where we want to be, but we're here now and ready to deliver." Read more here.

Epic Records/Legacy Recordings Set To Release KANSAS - Miracles Out of Nowhere
A New Full Length Documentary Revealing the Untold Story of the Great American Progressive Rock Band

DVD/CD Package Coming March 2015


Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release KANSAS - Miracles Out of Nowhere, a DVD/CD package celebrating one of the most popular American bands of the 1970s. The package includes a new, full-length, documentary film and a companion audio disc of greatest hits, deep album cuts, and more, in March 2015.

Epic/Legacy will also release a deluxe limited edition CD/DVD set, available exclusively through KANSAS.  This edition includes an additional DVD of bonus features and outtakes not included in the documentary and not available in stores, along with the 78-minute documentary DVD and specially crafted companion CD.  The unique CD, curated by longtime KANSAS producer Jeff Glixman and KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart, features hits and deep cuts alongside audio extracts from the film.

KANSAS - Miracles Out of Nowhere deluxe limited edition CD/DVD set is available now for pre-order. Please visit for more information. The standard version will be available for pre-order on Amazon on December 26th.

2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of KANSAS, the band's debut album. To commemorate the occasion, the classic KANSAS lineup reunited, for the first time in more than 30 years; at the place their incredible journey began, Topeka, Kansas! There, they relived the incredible untold story of one of the most successful American rock bands of their era.  Returning to monumental career landmarks in their hometown, as well as sharing untold memories ranging from touring to songwriting and recording, the band shares how the smash hit “Dust in the Wind” was just a passing comment away from never being recorded!  Viewers will hear the band tell stories about recording in the studio next to John Lennon, a backstage fight with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and how the words “free beer” changed their lives forever! Miracles Out of Nowhere presents KANSAS in a way they have never before been seen.

View the KANSAS - Miracles Out of Nowhere trailer here: []

Directed by Emmy-nominated Charley Randazzo, the documentary features interviews from legendary Queen guitarist and former tourmate Brian May, acclaimed producer Brendan O’Brien, Rolling Stone journalist David Wild, and more. Featured prominently is country icon Garth Brooks, who counts KANSAS, alongside The Beatles and the Eagles, as one of his greatest inspirations. These extraordinary new insights are coupled with rare and unseen footage, including live performances and candid, fan-shot footage of the band on the road. Miracles Out of Nowhere offers an unprecedented look at the incredible ascent of KANSAS, a story that will appeal to new fans and veteran enthusiasts alike.

From the beginning, KANSAS was fascinating in its unconventional approach to rock stardom.  The sextet, composed of drummer Phil Ehart, bassist Dave Hope, keyboardist/guitarist Kerry Livgren, violinist/vocalist Robby Steinhardt, vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh, and guitarist Richard Williams were unlikely candidates for mainstream success in every way.  After an improbable pairing with rock impresario Don Kirshner, the man behind the Monkees who signed and financed KANSAS on his Kirshner label, their relentless drive to succeed eventually resulted in instantly recognizable iconic hits like “Carry On Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.”

KANSAS has released eight gold albums, three 6x platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, The Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and the million-selling single "Dust in the Wind."  Albums and singles by KANSAS could be found on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks during the 1970s and 1980s. “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On My Wayward Son” can still be heard on today’s radio.



Jimmy Page Addresses Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumor

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was a featured guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 21. Page was on the daytime talk show to promote his photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page", plus the band's latest reissues, "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy."

Page and the host spoke at length about the book as they showcased several images from the collection. The pair also addressed the UK tabloid rumor that Robert Plant had allegedly been responsible for turning down an $800 million (£500 million) offer from Virgin head Sir Richard Branson for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.

"Well, I don't know anything about it," explained Page. "No, I really don't. I've heard all manner of detail on this and I thought, 'Well, I don't know anything about this.' I didn't know anything about it all."

Both Plant and Branson refuted the story, which has since been pulled from tabloid's website. Asked if the group would consider reuniting for a tour, Page said, "Well, I don't know. He's becoming very difficult, isn't he. I think you've got the wrong one sitting here," motioned the guitarist, implying the question needs to be answered by Plant.

Watch the appearance here.

Black Star Riders Reveal New Album Details

Thin Lizzy-offshoot Black Star Riders will release their sophomore album, "The Killer Instinct", on February 23. The follow-up to 2013's "All Hell Breaks Loose" was recorded in Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon).

"Nick Raskulinecz came riding out of the sunset like a Viking warrior, with his record collection and arsenal of killer guitars and amplifiers and proved to be the world class producer we had heard so much about," says guitarist Damon Johnson.

"Indeed, the rumors are all true. There's no doubt that [singer] Ricky [Warwick] and I had written a sizable number of songs, but Nick patiently walked through the full song list with the entire band and made sure we focused on the material to best represent Black Star Riders in 2015."

"Life's not fair, never has been, never will," adds Warwick, explaining the album's title. "Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the ongoing pursuit of happiness. Because nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself." Read more here.

Steven Adler Plans To Return Next Year

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has been sober for 10 months - and says he's aiming for a year away from drink before he goes back to work.

He's been fighting addiction issues for years with varying results. His self-titled band cancelled all engagements in May last year, when he checked himself into a rehab clinic.

Now Adler - who was fired from GnR in 1990 over his heroin use - tells the Lucas H Gordon Show: "Right now I'm just taking care of myself. I've been having these problems with alcohol and I'm taking care of it.

"I have a nice programme I'm working and I'm looking forward to having one year. Then next year I'm going to start work and get the band back together." Read more here.

Def Leppard Plan European Tour Next Spring

Def Leppard have announced the first series of dates for a spring 2015 European tour. The band have unveiled plans for 10 shows starting May 19 in Warsaw, Poland.

The trek includes festival appearances in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. More shows will be announced soon. Meanwhile, Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott's side project, Down N Outz, are gearing up to launch a UK tour on December 5 in Bristol.

Playing in support of their latest release, "The Further Adventures Of…", the group - who play only Mott The Hoople-releated tunes (including songs by Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions) - were formed specifically to open a series of 2009 reunion shows for Mott The Hoople at London's Hammersmith Odeon.

Check out the announced dates here.


Featuring Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) Deen Castronovo (Journey) and  with special guests Alessandro Del Vecchio, Journey’s Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda

Released on CD, Deluxe Edition w/ bonus DVD, Digital Download and 180 gram black vinyl

European release by Frontiers Records - Friday 20 February 2015, US release: Tuesday 24 February 2015

Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three rock titans together in a band and you have the exciting new hard rock/melodic rock supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS isn’t your average rock 'n roll band. The new album brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. It’s completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.

With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Truly, this will be a release that you cannot afford to miss. Lovers of melodic rock will fall in love all over again with REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here:

Order the regular edition here:
And the deluxe edition here:

Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Alessandro Del Vecchio
: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon – guitar solo on Way To The Sun

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio





November 21, 2014 -- Fantoons is both, a comic strip and an animated series that combines classic rock, crazy humor and cutting-edge animation parodying the world’s greatest rock bands.

David Calcano created the series independently to showcase his passion for music and animation. He released comic strips every week and the series’ Facebook fanbase started to grow (now close to 40,000 fans).  It slowly became one of the most popular comics amongst Rush fans in particular, and other rock bands including Mr. Big (Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey).

Calcano approached Mr. Big – one of his favorite rock bands - with Fantoons under his arm and a dream to feature them in one of the series of animated shorts.  The band loved the concept and immediately green-lit the project.  After seeing the completed animated short, “Fantoons: Chasing Mr. Big,” the band not only selected the short to open their 2014 shows in Japan, but also hired Calcano and his team to produce six additional animated pieces to be used throughout the show. 

“Chasing Mr. Big” (featuring the voice of Eric Martin) was shown before the band’s concert at the legendary Budokan venue on November 10 in front of 20,000 people.

Today, the feature is available on the web at and on the site’s official YouTube page.  The clip has been garnering rave feedback from the likes of radio DJ Eddie Trunk, members of the animation industry media such as, whose founder Jerry Beck called it, “completely crazy and very cool.”

Check out the complete “Chasing Mr. Big” animated short here:

Calcano is now preparing his next Fantoons animated short and is already getting offers to work with other bands to continue his creative path combining rock music and animation.  His ultimate goal is to create a new revenue stream for the music industry using the boundless world of animation as a medium.

Fantoons gets featured constantly at comic conventions around the U.K. and the United States, where the critically acclaimed cartoon book, Fantoons:  Rock, Sweat and Strips, is sold. Throughout Fantoons’ history, the animated shorts have earned more than 40 film festival nominations around the world, including screenings at San Diego Comic-Con and winning the “Best Animation Short” at London’s Portobello Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the world.  The future is bright for this young series that is all about the comedy and passion for the world’s greatest rock bands.

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Focus Members Release Double Instrumental Album Under the Name Swung!

London, UK - SWUNG is an improvisational trio featuring members of the Dutch progressive rock band FOCUS. This set collects together to tour only CD VOL. 1 and the new album VOL. 2 which was completed in SEPTEMBER 2014.

VOL. 1 features bassist BOBBY JACOBS, drummer PIERRE VAN DER LINDEN and former guitarist NIELS VAN DER STEENHOVEN.

VOL. 2 features bassist BOBBY JACOBS, drummer PIERRE VAN DER LINDEN and current guitarist MENNO GOOTJES.

These innovative instrumentals include elements fans will recognise along with new and experimental directions.

The VOL. 2 line-up will be on tour again with FOCUS in late 2014 and throughout 2015.

Producer and bass player Bobby Jacobs described the two discs as: “These are studio versions of all the fun we have always during our Focus soundchecks, often before Father Focus (Thijs van Leer) arrives. We always start to play from zero and this is what happens! Enjoy!”

The very first review on Amazon reads: “This CD is fantastic. Thanks to the 3 Focus guys for this initiative. This CD captures the true adventurous spirit of the original Focus. All tracks blend well in each other.  This is a must have for all Focus fans... (I've been a fan of Focus for almost 45 years). This release easily levels with Focus 2 & 3.”

The album is available from the below links:

Amazon UK:
Amazon US:
iTunes Vol. 1:
iTunes Vol. 2:


MIAMI, FLORIDA (November 20, 2014) - Morrison Hotel Gallery, D'Angelico Guitars and Dream South Beach present a fine art music photography exhibition and sale curated by the gallery for Dream South Beach featuring the work of iconic music industry photographer Danny Clinch and rock icon Stevie Nicks -- in tandem with Art Basel, North America's foremost modern and contemporary art fair.  

The exhibits open at Dream South Beach with special events on Thursday, December 4th and runs through Friday, December 5th.

On December 4, Danny Clinch will sign copies of his new book, Still Moving in the Dream South Beach lobby from 6 to 7 PM. A cocktail reception hosted by D'Angelico Guitars, StillHouse Spirits, Morrison Hotel Gallery and Dream South Beach will follow on the hotel's 1970's-themed poolside rooftop that evening. Danny Clinch's band Tangiers Blues Band will perform with a special appearance by Robert Randolph, a stellar pedal steel guitarist and front man of the American funk and soul band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Rational Animal, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness to help at-risk animals is pleased to be invited as the charity to benefit from a raffle of gifts from Danny Clinch and Dream South Beach on this exhibition. A dedicated supporter of the charity, Alison Mosshart (The Kills) will be DJing at the reception from 9:30 to 10:30 PM.

Danny Clinch has established himself as a premier photographer of the popular music scene, photographing a wide range of artists from Johnny Cash and Tupac Shakur to Björk and Dave Matthews. His images have appeared on hundreds of album covers, as well as in publications such as Vanity Fair, Spin, Rolling Stone, and the New Yorker. The Morrison Hotel Gallery and Dream South Beach exhibit will showcase images from his recently released book Still Moving (Harry N. Abrams). This photographic treasure chronicles Clinch's illustrious career and features more than 200 images of the most important musicians of our time, along with personal anecdotes and a written contribution by Bruce Springsteen.  

Stevie Nicks' self-portraits debuted at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York coinciding with the October release of her new album 24 Karat Gold - Songs From the Vault. A selection of this wildly successful show comes to Miami for the first time for this Dream South Beach exhibit. These never-before-seen self-portraits from Nicks' personal Polaroid collection taken between l975 and 1987 were curated with her long-time collaborator, music impresario, and co-creator of the Eurythmics, Dave Stewart. These self-portraits show a fascinating and seldom seen facet of Nicks' creativity - a photographic journey into the private world of the rock icon.

Dream South Beach partnered with Morrison Hotel Gallery in 2013 to create unique events that showcase the brands' edgy and contemporary ethos. D'Angelico Guitars, based in New York City, has joined the partnership to co-sponsor music and cultural events such as Dream Live Summer Concert Series and Jamie Hince's Echo Home photography exhibition and benefit for Rational Animal.

About Morrison Hotel® Gallery

Morrison Hotel® Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. MHG is the world's leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world's finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today's contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports and celebrity as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. With four locations including: Prince Street in SoHo; the Dream Hotel in the Meatpacking District; the Mens Market at the Americana Manhasset on Long Island; and the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, the company is at the forefront of culture.

About Dream Hotels

Dream Hotels are individually curated properties that, together, comprise a unique narrative. The brand is underwritten by a design philosophy that is both surreal and contemporarily chic. Located in the United States and abroad, the design of each property is informed by its locale and taken to Dream status by our pool of world-renowned architects and interior designers. The result is a stay experience well suited to the discerning traveler who seeks comfort in a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dream South Beach is located on South Beach's famed Collins Avenue, directly behind the former Versace Mansion. Situated in the heart of Miami's lively nightlife and arts district, the fashion-forward boutique hotel offers 108 guestrooms, a re-energizing spa, innovative dining, and an intimate rooftop pool lounge with views of the Atlantic. For more information, visit .                   

About D'Angelico Guitars

Founded in 1932 in Little Italy, Manhattan, John D'Angelico's handmade guitars quickly attracted the attention of the New York music crowd. NYC gave him access to numerous professional guitarists who appreciated not only D'Angelico's high level of craftsmanship, but also the opportunity to work directly with a maker who built guitars with custom specifications. During peak production in the late 1930s, approximately 35 guitars were made per year - establishing D'Angelico as a master maker of quality and coveted instruments. In 2011, with a new management team in place, the D'Angelico brand was revitalized with a new, state of the art manufacturing, warehousing and distribution infrastructure. The desire to continue the legacy of making premium guitars provided the backbone for successful re-launch of the brand. Today, D'Angelico guitars are embraced by an increasing number of professional guitarists and serious enthusiasts. For more information on D'Angelico and its rich history, visit    

About Rational Animal

Rational Animal is a media for at-risk animals organization producing advocacy campaigns and community events to increase awareness and encourage kindness towards at-risk animals. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that celebrates the human-animal connection, with a specific focus on the plight of shelter animals in New York and surrounding areas. Rational Animal works on projects with the general public, schools and celebrities. We sew and deliver beds to animal shelters through our Mother's Comfort Project, which brings comfort to animals and can help them find their forever homes. We produced the Tails to Trails map to make it easy for New Yorkers to find local shelters and rescue groups when they're ready to adopt their new best friend. We also teach good animal guardianship through our community events, the Orange Ribbon for Animals Campaign and our humane education program.


Looking for a rock & roll escape next year?

Time to start planning a tropical vacation with rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE at next May’s Cool Breeze Concerts and Sharon Osbourne Present OZZFIESTA.  This all-inclusive (all food, beverage, resort fees included, along with room credits to use towards a variety of onsite amenities), five-day event is set for Wednesday, May 27-Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico (

Beginning December 1, anyone who purchases an OZZFIESTA ticket during the month of December is automatically eligible for daily online giveaways.  Each week’s giveaway will be Osbourne-themed with a week to honor OZZFIESTA headliner Ozzy Osbourne, OZZFIESTA presenter Sharon Osbourne, The Osbourne’s TV week and and OZZFest week.  Beyond the daily giveaways, each week will include one grand prize, with one special OZZFIESTA grand prize to be given to a random winner.

OZZFIESTA will conclude with an intimate beachside closing night performance from OZZY with full sets from Black Label Society and a special TBA guest, along with a variety of additional performances.  Other OZZFIESTA highlights include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne (included in select room packages), an opening night “Welcome Party” featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a Q&A session with OZZY OSBOURNE and his band, a Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, a hilarious Comedy Club Night featuring renowned stand-up comedians Jim Norton (Opie and Jim Norton Show) and Jim Florentine (That Metal Show), OZZFIESTA Karaoke night, Osbourne movie night, games (including Boozeicle chairs) and much more.  Beyond Ozzy and Sharon, look for additional appearances and events throughout the weekend from other Osbourne family members

Tickets for OZZFIESTA are available now at  A just announced payment plan requires only a $199 deposit at time of purchase, with another $199 payment due January 16, another payment for the remaining 50% balance due February 15 with the remaining balance due March 15.

Ticket prices start at $1,899 per adult, $499 for children (4-17) and $100 for toddlers (newborn-3) and the first 500 rooms sold include a meet & greet with OZZY.  All prices include room taxes and gratuities. 

OZZFIESTA will take place at an all-inclusive five-star resort with all high-level amenities.  The resort boasts Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a “resort within the resort” exclusive to adult guests, which features three adults-only pools and a private beach on the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by the natural sea cove.  The luxurious location also offers two family pools and a private white sand beach nestled along the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, a world-class 18-hole Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, nine on-site restaurants (ranging from casual to international gourmet selections) and 24-hour room service, top-shelf alcoholic beverages in six bars, a teen “backstage” lounge, the Little Big Club™ Experience children’s area with interactive play rooms and activities and playrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the resort property, unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S. and Canada.  In addition, each room booked includes a $750 resort credit (which can be used for spa treatments, massages, golf and much more). 

More information about tickets, the resort and travel options can be found at WWW.OZZFIESTA.COM.



OZZY OSBOURNE is a multi-platinum recording artist, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter, who has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.  OSBOURNE's career has spanned more than four decades (as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath) and his music is as relevant today as ever, still being heard daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events.


Earlier this year, Cool Breeze Concerts successfully staged Zac Brown Band’s “Sun, Sand and Southern Ground” in the Dominican Republic.

 Metallica and Nickelback Singers Share Hate?

Metallica frontman James Hetfield believes he's hated on the same level as Nickelback, says Chad Kroeger. The Canadian band are well used to dealing with negative reaction from the internet, such as a recent attempt to have them blocked from playing the UK, and they tend to respond with good humour.

But Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger, Chad's brother, is friends with Hetfield - and says the pair feel as if they face the same amount of online anger.

Chad tells Radio Nova: "Mike hangs out with James a lot in Maui. The two of them are hanging out a lot together. And right when you think that you're the only one who gets it - the backlash - Mike's like, 'Oh no. James pretty much thinks the entire world hates him.'

"I'm like, 'Really?' Suddenly I don't feel so bad any more." Read more and watch the full interview here.

Courts Will Decide Rudd's Future In AC/DC

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson believes drummer Phil Rudd's future with the band will be decided in court. And he's emphasised that the band will hit the road next year with or without him.

Rudd, 60, is under house arrest at his New Zealand home after being accused of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. The charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men was dropped for lack of evidence - but he could still face up to seven years in jail.

The band have reported that he'd been behaving erratically in the run-up to his legal woes. Guitarist Angus Young has said it was difficult to keep him at work while they recorded upcoming album Rock Or Bust, and that he failed to appear for a London video shoot without warning.

Now Johnson tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I don't think we have to do anything - fire him or anything like that. I think the situation is going to take care of itself.

"He's got himself into a pickle and there's nothing we can do about it. We're talking about criminal courts, judges and juries. But we are going to go on tour, and nothing's going to stop us." Read more and listen to a stream of the interview here.

Nikki Sixx Exposes Music's 'Dirty Little Secret'

Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M. star Nikki Sixx brought a new issue into the current controversy and debate over Spotify and what other online streaming services pay to artists. The issue is called "breakage" and Sixx calls it the "pink elephant in the room" and the "dirty little secret" of the music business.

Sixx also stressed that more needs to be done to help new artist gain exposure. The veteran bass player and band leader posted the following message on his Facebook account on Thursday night, "I'd like to talk about the pink elephant in the room for a minute.

"A lot of artist's are talking about Spotify right now and some might say its because they have new albums out. It could also be considered a good marketing tool because to be honest with you, it gets picked up a lot in the press. Just to be clear I too have a new album out and a new video for Sixx:A.M Any smart artist should know how to use the internet just like Bono, Taylor Swift and Dave Grohl are right now but that being said the pink elephant in the room is that YouTube is playing all of their music and they aren't getting paid for it. They are making even less money from YouTube than Spotify so let's not just target Spotify here.

"A big unaddressed issue (and more important in my opinion) is that artists aren't getting paid because of a term called 'BREAKAGE'. That's where the record companies have equity or take advances from the different streaming companies and never recoup them. Thus, never paying the Bono's, Taylor's, Dave's and many, many, more. These artists should really be talking about that. But I think they may not know or are afraid that their labels (or distribution companies) won't promote them if the tell that 'dirty little secret.'

"Also what are we doing to help new artists? We were all new artists once too. We've been around long enough that we should be addressing these issues to help new artists; exposing the things that are more than just roadblocks, the things that are actually sinkholes.

"I don't understand why the press never writes about it but hopefully they will start talking about breakage and how new artists can get more exposure. We have the power as the artists to raise awareness and change the future of the music business. Let's use our brains to not only promote our music but to address the pink elephant in the room…"

Billy Corgan Calls Out Today's Pop Porn Stars

Billy Corgan has hit out at modern pop stars who "do porn" in their music videos. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman - who yesterday revealed the band's touring lineup will include Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer - says he believes the public have "had it" with overtly sexual pop stars.

Corgan tells the London Evening Standard: "I have a strange sense that people have had it with pop. I can't compete with somebody who's doing porn.

The person who does porn for their video is going to sell more records than me. So how did we compete back in the day and how do we compete now? It's the same. You have to be truer than false, realer than fake, and you have to bring something that only you can bring." Billy is not alone, see what other veteran rocker called out this trend here.

Stone Sour A Sinking Ships Says Jim Root

Jim Root has compared his firing from Stone Sour to escaping a sinking ship. The guitarist was dismissed last year, although it was only made public in May. He's still working with Corey Taylor in Slipknot and co-wrote much of the material on latest album .5: The Gray Chapter.

But he's still guessing as to why Stone Sour decided to get rid of him. Root tells The Pulse on TeamRock Radio: "I spent 12 years helping that band, writing songs for that band and doing things for them. When people conspire and turn their back on you because you have a bigger obligation to get to, it's a little bit like, 'Well, I guess that's that.'

"But when people don't give you any reasons then all you can do is speculate. If people are going to make decisions like that for their career, I honestly would rather get on the life raft and get away from that sinking ship." He explains here.

Jorn Lande and Trond Holter Releasing Dracula Concept Album

Norwegian metal heroes Jorn Lande and Trond Holter are set to release a concept album based on the story of Dracula. Dracula Swing Of Death is released on January 27 via Frontiers Music. It's inspired by the life of Count Vlad III, Prince Of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad The Impaler - or Dracula.

His back story formed the basis of countless vampire tales. Lande impersonates Dracula on the record, while the female parts are sung by Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen.

According to those behind the project, "The drama of the story reveals Dracula's inner battle, where he still remembers what true love was, and as he wandered the Earth for centuries with a thirst for blood, his loneliness and desire to be able to love again has led him to the brink of insanity.

"In the original Bram Stoker version, he leaves Transylvania by ship and when he meets Lucy's best friend, she reminds him so much of his first love Mina, that he becomes obsessed. His mission is to take her as his bride, and make her queen of the dark."

Read more details here.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page To Appear On Ellen Today

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be a featured guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, November 21. Page will be on the daytime talk show to promote the band's latest reissues, "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy."

Released in November 1971, the band's fourth album - which is officially untitled but is generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV" - features anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999 and has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.

Released in March of 1973, "Houses Of The Holy" features "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.

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DAVE STEWART--best known as the founder of Eurythmics with Annie Lennox and for his collaborations with Mick Jagger and Stevie Nicks--has signed on as executive producer for The Blues House, a feature length documentary about the searches that went on in the 1960’s for legendary blues singers who had recorded during the Depression before being driven into retirement. Now in post-production, the film is expected to be completed in early 2015. The film is being directed by Sam Pollard and produced by Benjamin Hedin. Stewart, an expert bluesman himself, also appears as an interviewee in the film, which will feature original music scored by recording artist and guitarist Gary Clark Jr.  Dave Stewart Entertainment is assisting in the final stages of production, financing, and distribution of the film and will be overseen by David Jacobson on behalf of the company.

The Blues House fascinatingly explores the stories behind the searches for Skip James and Son House. It was not known if they were dead or alive, if alive, where they resided, or even what they looked like. And the searches for them were more than chancy: they were dangerous, since they were carried out in Mississippi during a climactic and violent stretch of the civil rights movement.

With previous experience as the Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroad, Dave Stewart adds his expertise to THE BLUES HOUSE along with producer Benjamin Hedin who began researching the story of THE BLUES HOUSE in 2009. The film’s director Sam Pollard has produced and edited dozens of movies, including the Spike Lee documentaries When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, and Four Little Girls--all for HBO--as well as the feature films Inside Man, Girl 6, Clockers, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues. THE BLUES HOUSE will feature original music scored by Warner Bros. artist, Gary Clark Jr., whose roots in blues music are well documented on his album Blak and Blu (2012) which peaked in the top 10 in the United States.

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About Sam Pollard (Director): Sam Pollard has produced and edited dozens of movies, including the Spike Lee documentaries When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, and Four Little Girls--all for HBO--as well as the feature films Inside Man, Girl 6, Clockers, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues. Pollard also edited the documentaries Joe Papp in 5 Acts, shown at the Tribeca Festival, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, and Feel Like Going Home, part of The Blues series presented by Martin Scorsese. Pollard directed the widely acclaimed documentary Slavery by Another Name, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently aired on PBS. He has directed four episodes of American Masters for PBS as well as two installments of the groundbreaking series Eyes on the Prize. Since 1994 Pollard has served on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About Benjamin Hedin (Producer, Writer): Benjamin Hedin has written for a number of publications, including The New Yorker, Slate, The Nation, and the Chicago Tribune. His nonfiction chronicle, In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now, will be published by City Lights Books in 2015. He has taught at New York University and The New School and is also the editor of Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader (W.W. Norton), widely regarded as one of the finest collections of music writing. Hedin began researching the story of The Blues House in 2009. He has compiled hours of interview testimony and a large collection of unpublished documents and photographs that will be used in the film.

About Gary Clark Jr. (Composer): With his debut album Blak And Blu he has just become the first artist ever recognized by the Recording Academy with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance”--“Please Come Home” (from the album Blak And Blu). And the day after claiming those honors he provided one of the highlights of the highlights-filled “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” with sparks flying as he dueled with Joe Walsh on an incendiary “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Dave Grohl behind them pounding the drums.  But that barely scratches the surface. The album’s a rocket ride from the Mississippi Delta of a century ago to multiple points still out beyond the horizon. Rock and R&B sure, but blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop are also in Clark’s expansive musical embrace and insatiable hunger for inspiration, which he’s internalized into music all his own. And his two acoustic blues performances on the soundtrack album for the acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave show the distinct talent and personality he brings to his music.

About            DAVE STEWART (Executive Producer):
Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?”). Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. Stewart has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for “Alfie,” starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

“An explosive musician, deft guitar player, innately recognizes the genius in other people and puts it into play without being manipulative.”--Bob Dylan

Jack of All Trades Master of All of Them”--The Sunday Times

He’s the musician’s musician.”--Rolling Stone

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Bret Michaels Details Recent Emergency Room Visits

Poison singer Bret Michaels has reassured fans that he doesn't have a death wish after attempting to keep working through his latest spate of health issues.

He only made small adjustments to his current solo tour after experiencing kidney problems that required surgery. Guitarist Pete Evick hailed his boss's commitment to staying on the road - but admitted: "as a friend it's hard to encourage or agree."

Now lifelong diabetic Michaels says: "I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone for their concern, prayers and well wishes. I also want to thank the several emergency rooms and their staff for the immediate attention. This has been going on for several weeks and was extremely painful.

"I thought I was well enough after the first operation - however I got a blood clot, as well as an infection, which complicated the matter. I am fortunate that I work hard to keep my diabetes under control; however there's no doubt after 45 years my healing process is a little slower than a non diabetic."

Read more here.

AC/DC Members Surprise Fans At Listening Party

 AC/DC members Angus Young and Brian Johnson surprised fans with an appearance at the "Rock Or Bust" world album premiere listening party at Webster Hall in New York Tuesday night.

The pair were joined on stage by the project's producer, Brendan O'Brien, and they shared a few words with the crowd before debuting the video for the album's title track and second single.

"I hope you enjoy the album," said Johnson. "We had such a fun time making it. Malcolm wasn't in. Stevie [Young] stepped up to the plate. Malcolm is in a happy place, I want you to know that. And we love him, and he was with us right through the album."

"Everyone who is into AC/DC and is a fan; you're the guys that make it," added Young. "We keep going for you." AC/DC guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young retired from the band earlier this year as he deals with health issues related to dementia. The group brought in nephew Stevie to handle rhythm guitar on "Rock Or Bust", which will be released December 2.

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Gregg Allman Biopic Death Suit Settlement Reached

Earlier in the year, Sarah Jones was killed while working as a camera assistant on the film Midnight Rider, a biopic based on the life of Gregg Allman, after being struck by a train.

The incident saw a lawsuit filed by the parents of Jones, as well as a suit from Allman himself, asking for the film to be stopped altogether. While Allman dropped his suit months ago, Jones' parents did not, but have now reached a confidential settlement with many of the defendants.

According to Billboard, director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin, executive producers Jay Sedrish and Don Mandrik, location manager Charles Baxter, Miller's production company Unclaimed Freight, first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, director of photography Mike Ozier, Epozier Films, Inc., and Rayonier Performance Fibers have all settled with the family.

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Sammy Hagar Announces Free New Year's Eve Show

Some lucky Sammy Hagar fans will have the chance to ring in the New Year with the Red Rocker for free at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hagar has announced a free New Year's Eve show at the venue where he will be performing with the house band Cabo Uno. "Cabo's battling back, baby - and that's the best reason in the world to celebrate and support the community." said Hagar

He was forced to cancel his annual birthday bash celebration at the venue earlier this year due to Hurricane Odile and he is using this free show as a way to encourage fans to make donations to Los Cabos Children's Foundation via donation boxes in the venue.

According to the announcement, the free admission will be "on a first come, first serve basis. Fans can also make dinner reservations at the Cantina and stay for the show. "

Faith No More Return With First New Song In 17 Years

Pioneering alt-metallers Faith No More have released new song Motherf***er - the first official single from their upcoming eighth album and their first new music in 17 years.

Since the band disbanded in 1998, anticipation has been high for new Faith No More material and now they've debuted it over on the Rolling Stone website.

In an interview with Rolling Stone it was also revealed that the new studio album will be released on Faith No More's own label Reclamation Records. Read more here.

AC/DC's Angus Young Shares His Reaction To Phil Rudd Arrest

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and singer Brian Johnson were guests on Wednesday morning's edition of The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM satellite radio.

The pair were on hand to promote the band's forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust", due December 2. Among the topics discussed with the recent headlines made by drummer Phil Rudd, who was charged on November 6 with attempting to procure a murder by New Zealand police after he allegedly tried to have two men killed, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Authorities dropped the charge of attempting to procure a murder the next day due to lack of evidence. "I fell out of bed, actually," said Angus when he heard the news. "My wife woke me up and they said, 'Hey, Phil's been up to no good.'"

"I just got up and I was getting ready to fly home to the States," added Johnson. "I had a cup of coffee in my hand and I said, 'I'm gonna watch the news in the morning.' And the first thing I saw was this guy getting led out of a car with no shoes on."

As for Rudd's status with the band, "We've got to resolve that," said Johnson. "The thing is, I don't think we have to do anything… fire him, or anything like that. I think the situation is gonna take care of itself. I mean, he's got himself into a pickle, and there's nothing we can do about it. I mean, we're talking about criminal courts here and we're talking about judges and we're talking about juries. But we are gonna go on tour. And nothing's gonna stop us."

Listen to the interview clip here.



(New York, NY) - Rockers Steel Panther have just announced a series of "Threesomes."  The glamorous rock n' rollers will be playing two three-night residencies, one in their hometown of Los Angeles and the other in nearby Las Vegas, at the cities' respective House Of Blues venues.  The shows will be spread out through the month of February.  Tickets for the shows can be purchased hereSteel Panther holds the record for a Los Angeles residency, playing for more than ten years.  Please see below for the most up-to-date list of 2014/2015 North American tour dates, including a two-night stint in Vancouver in January, 2015.

Steel Panther is currently bringing their raucous show to North American audiences on tour as main support for iconic metallers Judas Priest.  The band's opening set has been winning praise from critics and fans alike with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette declaring Steel Panther, "a contender for the world's funniest band, not just for the songs but what happens in between.  Steel Panther...totally rocks while also spoofing the genre of Poison, Van Halen and Motley Crue", while the Broward Palm Beach New Times avowed, "Steel Panther is an '80s-inspired glam metal band that is equal parts metal music and glam metal cabaret...the best of the band comes in the form of the in-between song banter and the self-aggrandizing, overtly-macho lyricism of the songs themselves..." 

Immediately following the Judas Priest tour, Steel Panther will make a quick jaunt to Japan for two shows and will then return to the United States to begin their December headlining run, rounding off a very hectic, successful year.  Check out their latest video for "Pussywhipped" here.

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the epicenter for rock n' roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther have established themselves as the premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks.  With three full-length albums, a decade of sold-out residencies, worldwide touring, platinum-level You Tube status and such high-profile television appearances as "Dancing With The Stars," commercials and most recently, FOX NFL Sunday, the band is touring in support of their latest effort, ALL YOU CAN EATReleased in April to rave reviews (Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services), the album bowed at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart; garnering the band their third consecutive #1 album on the Top Current Comedy chart.

Of ALL YOU CAN EAT, Rolling Stone UK avowed, "There's a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a covers band playing the Sunset Strip...It's dumb fun, but not as stupid as you think", while Metal Sucks declared, "Steel Panther's concept is genius...their songwriting is...preposterously snappy - and relatable."  Click here to check out Steel Panther's hilarious recent appearance on FOX NFL Sunday; click here to check out the video for "The Burden Of Being Wonderful".

Steel Panther has been joined on stage by such musical icons as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Billy Ray Cyrus, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave and more.  The band played to the largest crowd of their career this past June when they closed the Download Festival in Donington, UK alongside Alter Bridge and Aerosmith.  Steel Panther is Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). 

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 Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed  45th Anniversary

Former Stones Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman Recount Album, Tour, Altamont

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands revisits the Rolling Stones circa 1969 with former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and bassist Bill Wyman on the 45th anniversary of the landmark album Let It Bleed

The Let It Bleed album title was the last indication of the self-conscious rivalry which the Stones had with the Beatles, whose Let It Be album had been released just six weeks prior. The Beatles would call it a decade while the Rolling Stones would, over the next few albums, seize the title of “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”. 

For the Stones 1969 was a pivotal year. Drug convictions had sidelined the group from touring for nearly three years and mismanagement had all but bankrupted them. The Stones replaced founder/guitarist Brian Jones with twenty-one year old blues prodigy Mick Taylor. On July 3rd, only a month after his departure, Jones would die of accidental drowning. Two days later the band would perform with Taylor in tow, playing to over 200K people in London’s Hyde Park, the first UK outdoor concert of its kind. 

Creatively speaking, the Stones were on a roll working with American producer Jimmy Miller who would guide their talents on Let It Bleed, helping the band realize such hit songs as  “Gimme Shelter”, “Midnight Rambler, “Let It Bleed”, and the epic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

Unfortunately, an Autumn U.S. tour would end tragically with four deaths including a murder in front of the stage while the band performed at an unscheduled free concert at Altamont Speedway outside San Francisco. Mick Taylor recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard the atmosphere surrounding the events as the Stones arrived there

“We had no idea how it was being promoted or publicized. It was a terribly disorganized chaotic event that not only ended in tragedy, but it was kinda a very violent atmosphere... I remember even when we got out of the helicopter... a couple people tried to punch Mick in the face.”

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AC/DC's Malcolm Young Fought To Keep Making Music

Malcolm Young fought to keep making music as long as he could, says brother and bandmate Angus. The AC/DC mainman was finally forced to retire earlier this year as a result of dementia, which he'd begun struggling with before the band started 2008 album Black Ice.

"He was still writing until he couldn't do it any more. You were hoping that he'd get better," Angus Young says of his brother in a new interview with Pulse Of Radio.

"The physical side, he got great treatment for that, so he's good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated. He himself said, you know, 'I won't be able to do it any more.'" Read more here.

U2 Frontman Bono Underwent 5 Hours Of Surgery

U2 frontman Bono underwent five hours of surgery after being seriously injured in a cycle crash in New York. The band had originally reported that damage to his arm had forced them to cancel a US TV residency.

Now it's been confirmed the singer suffered fractures to the eye orbit in his skull, his left shoulder blade and and his upper left arm. Trauma surgeon Dean Lorich of New York's Weill Cornell Medical Centre tells Rolling Stone:

"He was taken to the operating room where the elbow was washed out, a nerve trapped in the break was moved, and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws."

Read more here.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Giving Away 20 Song Solo Set

Pearl Jam have long been letting fans download shows they attend, and even before this process, tape trading of Pearl Jam bootlegs was a practiced endeavor for diehards.

So what makes a new, free live set that PJ frontman Eddie Vedder played for 90 fans at a Microsoft event at their Seattle headquarters so special? Well, the setlist, mainly. The 20-song solo performance is filled with rare covers, everything from lead track "Trouble" (originally by Cat Stevens) to classics like John Lennon's "Imagine" and Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done." (via CoS)

Also in the set are plenty of Pearl Jam and Vedder originals, like "Just Breathe," "Better Man," and "Porch." This is a must download concert for both Pearl Jam faithful fans and classic rock lovers alike. Check out the setlist and grab the download links here.

ulk Hogan Wanted To Join Metallica and Rolling Stones

Wrestler Hulk Hogan has revealed he appealed to Metallica and The Rolling Stones to give him a shot at vacant bass posts. And he says despite his best efforts, neither band got back to him to offer an audition.

He tells Noisey: "I had wrestled so long and it got to the point where, with no Stone Cold, Rock or HHH around, I was the only guy for a long time so I had to be everywhere. I didn't really get tired but I was like, 'Man, I'm killing myself.'

"I always loved music and was in the UK for some award show, and Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger's old lady, was walking out with me to present this award. I heard her talking on the phone to Mick about, 'Oh, you got to find a bass player and you've only got two different choices.'

"She had already told me her kids were big fans and she wanted merchandise. I said, 'Look, I used to play bass. I know all The Rolling Stones songs. Tell Mick if you guys need a bass player, I swear to god I could show up.' I got home, sent her all the merchandise - and never heard a word back."

But the lack of response from Jagger didn't deter him and when he discovered Metallica were looking for a bassist, he decided to record a demo and send it to the thrash legends. Read more here.

Rush Anxious To Write New Music

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says he and Geddy Lee are desperate to start writing new material. The band haven't decided on what form their 2015 return to action will take - but the guitarist hopes it'll involve recording fresh tracks.

The Canadian giants recently began considering how to end the hiatus they took after three years of constant work, and aim to settle firm plans in the coming weeks.

Guitarist Lifeson tells "Some days I feel like being back out on the road and taking advantage of the fact that it's our 40th anniversary. On other days I sit around messing with musical ideas and think, 'We've got to start writing.'

"I was over at Ged's the other day, in fact. We were both chomping at the bit to get together. He wants to try out his millions of new bass guitars that he's got now. So we'll do some writing, and we'll see where that goes." Read more here.

KISS and Motley Crue To Close The Download Festival

KISS are the final headline act to be confirmed for next year's Download festival. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers will close the main stage at Donington on Sunday, June 14, following headline sets from Slipknot on June 12 and Muse on June 13.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and co will play immediately after Motley Crue, who'll end their touring career later in 2015, making their Download set their last ever UK festival appearance. Also confirmed in the third batch of acts are Slash and Enter Shikari.

Paul Stanley, who fronted Kiss at Monsters Of Rock in 1988 and 1996 before headlining Download in 2008, says: "Download has become a tradition of stature that separates the pretenders from the contenders and the champs from the chimps. It will be an honor to take our turf and leave no doubt why we wear the crown." Read more here.

Volbeat's Rob Caggiano Explains The Downside To Producing

Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano says his work behind the production desk temporarily "ruined music" for him. The former Anthrax axeman was behind the desk on their albums We've Come for You All and Worship Music and he's also produced records by Cradle Of Filth, Ill Nino, Machine Head and his current employers Volbeat.

And pouring all his energy into producing meant he was unable to enjoy music as he spent too much time "picking apart" the songs. Caggiano tells TeamRock Radio's AOR Magazine Show: "When I'm working on music, I think about the whole picture. I think about what the kick drum's doing, what the bass player's doing.

"I got heavily into producing a long time ago and I was aways in that mode. It actually ruined music for me to a certain extent because when I was trying to just sit down with a CD and listen to it and enjoy it, I couldn't even do it. I was always picking things out and hearing all these different things.

"It took me a while to get away from that and turn that part of my brain off and chill out and listen to it for what it is." Read more here.

Slash Worked Out Deal With Tremonti Over Myles

Slash says he and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti have worked out a system that will allow them both to continue working with singer Myles Kennedy.

Kennedy fronts Alter Bridge as well as Slash's backing band The Conspirators. And with both acts having massive profiles to go with their recording and touring commitments, it might be expected that something will eventually have to give in regards to Kennedy's availability.

But Slash is confident that won't be the case. He tells VH1: "We've built up such a good system for making it work. I don't have any intention of disrupting what Alter Bridge is doing and I don't think Mark has any intention of disrupting what we're doing." Read more here.

Malcolm Young Hasn't Heard AC/DC's New Album

Retired AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young hasn't heard the band's upcoming album Rock Or Bust, says brother Angus. And the health issues that caused his retirement began appearing before they'd made 2008 record Black Ice, reveals the only remaining original member.

Malcolm's family confirmed in September that his dementia had advanced to a stage that meant his career was over. Rock Or Bust was recorded with nephew Stevie Young in his place.

Angus tells Rolling Stone: "It's something that had been happening for a long time. The symptoms had surfaced even before the last project. He was still capable of knowing what he wanted to do.

"I said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah.' He liked to finish what he started." Read more here.

Allman Brothers Band Release Classic Concert Online

The Allman Brothers Band have released a video of their 1970 Fillmore East, New York performance on YouTube channel Music Vault. It was originally filmed as part of a TV special titled Welcome To Fillmore East which featured short sets by the Allman Brothers Band, the Byrds, Van Morrison, the Elvin Bishop Group and Sha-N-Na.

The band played four tracks on the night: Don't Keep Me Wonderin', Dreams, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed and Whipping Post and came six months before their Live At Fillmore East double album.

The performance features the original lineup of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jai Johanny Johanson and Tom Doucette. Read more and watch the concert here.

Bruce Springsteen Launches Archival Concert Series

Bruce Springsteen is launching a new archival concert series with the release of a 2012 live set from New York's Apollo Theater. The March 9, 2012 show was the opening night of Springsteen's tour in support of "Wrecking Ball."

The event also marked the singer's first show without saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away June 18, 2011 at the age of 69 following complications from a massive stroke.

The Apollo concert was originally broadcast live on SiruiusXM's Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio channel. Springsteen is making archival concerts available as high-resolution 24-bit downloads, MP3s, or lossless CD-Quality downloads. Read more here.

Dokken Made 'Crazy Money' For Chicken Commercial

Don Dokken says his band were paid "crazy money" for their appearance in a Norton Internet Security commerical. Dokken were filmed in a huge warehouse and portrayed as a computer virus which was attacking a PC - represented by a chicken.

The bizarre advert was only ever shown online, but Dokken says the band were paid a small fortune for it. He tells Inside Metal: "A friend of mine, Ryan Ebner, was actually staying in my Beverly Hills house, and I had a guest house. And he says, 'I'm doing this commercial and one of my bands pulled out. Do you wanna do a commercial?'

"I said, 'Yeah, I'll do a commercial.' He's, like, 'It'll be you and the chicken.' And I went, 'No, no, no, no, no, no. I'm not gonna punk myself.' And then he told me how much he'd pay me. And I went, 'Really?' He goes, 'Dude, it's Norton Antivirus.' I said, 'For that kind of money, I'll wear a chicken suit. I will be the chicken. I will flap my wings and I will cluck.'" Read more and watch the funny ad here.

Prog Pioneers Lucifer's Friend Return After 20 Years

German prog rock pioneers Lucifer's Friend have announced their comeback - which will be launched with a career-spanning compilation. Awakening will include some of their biggest hits as well as new material.

The band released their debut, self-titled album in 1970 but suffered a blow when singer John Lawton left to join Uriah Heep. After splitting in 1982, they briefly reformed in 1994 and released ninth album Sumo Grip.

Twenty years on, they are back, with Awakening due out in March 2015 and available now for pre-order via Cherry Red Records. They have been lined up to appear at Sweden Rock Festival in June next year. Read more here.

Dan Lilker Considered Joining Metallica After Cliff's Death

Former Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker has revealed he considered the possibility of joining Metallica when Cliff Burton died. The bassists had been friends until the tour bus tragedy that killed Burton in 1986 - and other contacts and colleagues had noticed a similarity in their musical styles when Metallica began looking for a replacement.

Lilker tells Songfacts: "People came up to me, saying with a wink, 'Dan, you joining Metallica?' But I never got a call about it." And he's not sure if he'd have enjoyed working with James Hetfield and co because of the way the band is set up.

"Who knows if I would have lasted?" he says. "That's a band where two dudes make all the money and they pretty much dictate exactly what they want to do. Most of the bands I've been in, I'm one of the main songwriters and direct the nature of the music.

"And that first Metallica album that came out after Cliff died, that had Jason Newsted on it - there's no bass on it at all." Read more here.

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Vs. Gene Simmons

Corey Taylor has urged Gene Simmons to "get out more" while once again hailing the current rock scene as alive and very much kicking. The Slipknot frontman says he's thrilled with the success of his band's latest album .5: The Gray Chapter, but insists he doesn't always believe success relates directly to sales.

Taylor points to the success of the recent Knotfest festival as a true indicator of the thriving rock and metal scene. He was responding to Kiss star Gene Simmons' controversial comment that "rock is dead," which sparked a string of musicians to defend the genre.

Taylor tells KLAQ: "I think people put too much on sales, because that doesn't relate to how many people hear it. In this day and age it's more about getting people to hear the music.

"I love the fact that we had the highest sales in the first week for a metal band the whole year, in a long time. I'm proud of that. But at the same time that doesn't relate to how many people have heard it and bought specific songs.

"We had three million views for the Knotfest live streams and you don't get awards for that. We had so many million views of The Negative One video and The Devil In I video, and you don't get awards for that.

"Just the fact that we had almost 70,000 people over the Knotfest weekend proves something. You don't always need a platinum album to relate that to success so, with all due respect to Mr Simmons, he needs to get out more." Check out the full interview here

Goo Goo Dolls Sued By Former Member

Former Goo Goo Dolls drummer Michael Malinin has filed a lawsuit against his two former bandmates over money he believes he's entitled to, according to reports.

He took over from original drummer George Tutuska in 1995 and left the band in 2013 after 19 years with founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac.

At the time he said on Twitter: "Got some news today. Just wanted to say thank you to the fans who've supported me for 19 years. Best of luck and happy travels to the band."

The following day he issued the message: "Thanks for the kind words and support. To clarify, it was not my decision to leave the band. But no grudges held. I wish them all the best."

But he's now issued his former bandmates with a lawsuit, claiming he was fired mid-tour when he took time off to see his wife Krista who was in labor with twins. Read more here.

Dropkick Murphys Involved In Fatal Traffic Incident

The Dropkick Murphys were involved in a fatal traffic incident on Sunday night in Texas, when a person ran in front of their tour bus in a suspected suicide.

They've thanked fans for understanding after being forced to cancel their show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while they deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. The Celtic punks say in a statement: "We were en route to Dallas airport to drop off singer Al Barr, who's flying home for the funeral of a lifelong friend.

"Just north of Austin a pedestrian suddenly ran onto the highway in front of our tour bus. Police suspect a suicide. We were left with a driver who's been severely shaken up, and a bus too damaged to continue." Read more here.

AC/DC's Angus Young Discusses Malcolm's Dementia

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is sharing details regarding his brother Malcolm's history with dementia, revealing that his symptoms had existed for a number of years before being made public months ago.

"It's something that had actually been happening for a long time," Angus tells Rolling Stone as promotes the band's new album "Rock Or Bust." Malcolm's symptoms - lapses in memory and concentration - "had surfaced even before the last project," AC/DC's 2008 album, "Black Ice."

But Angus says Malcolm was "still capable of knowing what he wanted to do. I had said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah.' " Malcolm, Angus points out, "liked to finish what he started."

Angus also reveals that Malcolm was already in treatment during his last tour with AC/DC, from 2008 to 2010. "He got good help, good medical care," Angus says. Malcolm had to "relearn a lot of things."

Read more here.

Todd Rundgren At The BBC Four-Disc Collection To Be Released By Esoteric Recordings – October 27, 2014

An extensive 4 disc clamshell boxed set featuring 3CDs & a DVD (NTSC Region Free) featuring all of Todd Rundgren’s BBC radio & television performances between 1972 & 1982!

London, UK – Todd Rundgren fans rejoice! Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever official release of TODD RUNDGREN AT THE BBC. This four-disc collection comprises three CDs and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring all of the surviving radio and television broadcasts in the BBC archive transmitted on radio and television in the UK between 1972 and 1982. The set features on CD Todd’s solo 1972 BBC Radio One “In Concert” performance, recorded soon after the release of his seminal album “Something Anything”, the classic 1975 performance by Todd Rundgren and Utopia at Hammersmith Odeon, London, (including a previously unreleased track “Something’s Coming”) – on the first ever UK concert tour of Todd Rundgren and Utopia, a 1977 performance at the Oxford Polytechnic by Todd Rundgren and Utopia (promoting the “Ra” album), and a DVD featuring three different performances for the classic “Old Grey Whistle Test” series; the 1975 Todd Rundgren and Utopia session, a film of Todd Rundgren & Utopia at the Bearsville Picnic in 1977 (performing “Singring and the Glass Guitar”) and the entire recordings made for a 1982 solo Todd Rundgren Whistle Test special (including two songs not featured on the original TV broadcast).

This set is sure to delight the legions of Todd Rundgren fans and is a superb document of Todd’s continuing development as both a solo artist and with his band Utopia between 1972 and 1982.

“Todd Rundgren at the BBC” has been remastered and authored from the original BBC masters and is presented in a clamshell box with a booklet featuring a new essay.

*An extensive 4 disc clamshell boxed set featuring 3CDs & a DVD (NTSC Region Free)

*Featuring all of Todd Rundgren’s BBC radio & television performances between 1972 & 1982

*With 30 previously unreleased tracks on CD & DVD including two never broadcast songs from Todd's 1982 Old Grey Whistle Test special

*Remastered from the original BBC master tapes

*Includes illustrated booklet

CD Disc 1

Todd Rundgren:
1. I Saw the Light
2. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
3. Piss Aaron
4. Hello It’s Me
5. Be Nice to Me
6. Black Maria

BBC Radio One “In Concert”
Recorded at the Paris Theatre, London 6th July 1972
First broadcast 15th July 1972

Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
7. Real Man
8. The Seven Rays

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 14th October 1975

CD Disc 2
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
1. Freedom Fighters
2. Mister Triskets
3. Something’s Coming
4. The Last Ride
5. Sunset Boulevard / Le Feel Internacionale
6. Heavy Metal Kids
7. The Wheel
8. Open My Eyes
9. Sons of 1984
10. Do Ya
11. Couldn’t I Just Tell You

Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, 9th October 1975

First broadcast on BBC Radio One on 1st January 1976

CD Disc 3
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
1. Communion with the Sun
2. Love of the Common Man
3. Sunburst Finish
4. Jealousy
5. Windows
6. Singring and the Glass Guitar
7. Utopia Theme

Recorded at Oxford Polytechnic, 25th January 1977 for BBC Radio One

DVD Disc 4 - NTSC /Region Free
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
1. Real Man
2. The Seven Rays

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 14th October 1975

Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
3. Bearsville Picnic Featuring “Singring and the Glass Guitar”
The Old Grey Whistle Test – 2nd May 1978

Todd Rundgren:
4. Love of the Common Man
5. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
6. Too Far Gone
7. Can We Still Be Friends
8. The Song of the Viking
9. Compassion
10. Lysistrata
11. Tiny Demons
12. Time Heals (promotional video)
13. One World
14. A Dream Goes on Forever

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 3rd June 1982

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GREAT WHITE is pleased to announce its involvement in this year’s VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine awards.  The rock star-studded event takes place at the Pearl – Palms Concert Theater, November 23, 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at, via phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Pearl Box Office. The Rock N’ Roll Red Carpet begins at 6 p.m.  Visit for more information.

This year’s theme is ‘Rock N’ Roll History Part 5.’ Magazine publisher, Sally Steele, spearheads the awards event that will also showcase Michael Anthony, Stephen Pearcy, Ron Jeremy, The Sin City Sinners and many more.

Early Guns N' Roses Biopic In The Works

The 2008 biography, "Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction", is in talks to become a movie. Co-author Marc Canter shared the news in the unofficial Guns N' Roses website,, telling fans, "It's been on the works for about 4 months."

An amateur photographer and the owner and general manager of the legendary rock 'n' roll hangout Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, California, Canter frequently crossed paths with Guns N' Roses in its formative years.

His close ties to the band give Canter the personal history and credibility to assist with helping guide his biography onto the big screen. "If I'm involved in a Guns N' Roses project, then you know I have their backs," writes Canter. "There is a great story about the birth of the band which I was very much involved in. This has nothing to do with where the band is today. The history is very important and that's why Axl was the one who was most supportive of me documenting what they were doing when they first started out."

"The people I'm working with are the best ones to do this project," he continued. "There is so much detail in the way it all came together that tells the killer rock n' roll story of the best band around. Why hide it? I have all the resources to help make it right."

"I'm not making the movie," he clarifies. "The book Reckless Road is being made into a movie by people that will do it right. No short cuts, it will be very detailed. I do have a big say so on the script which is still being put together now but so far looking cool. I am going to see that everyone in the cast is doing their job and doing justice to the band. Since I was there, I know what the dialogue was between the band for many of the events that took place."

"When you find out who is making the movie, you will then understand that it will be very cool," adds the author. Read more here.

Jon Bon Jovi Says Richie Sambora Quit Band

Jon Bon Jovi says he has no hard feelings towards Richie Sambora but hints he won't be returning to the line-up. The guitarist disappeared from the band last year fuelling rumors of a feud between him and the Bon Jovi frontman.

Sambora then broke the silence, revealing he was told he could either tour or quit when he asked for time off from group. It was a choice which left Sambora hurt but he remained hopeful he could rejoin the band in the future.

And while Bon Jovi has no bitterness towards the axeman, a reunion doesn't seem to be on the cards. He tells Showbiz 411: "He quit. He's gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn't a life sentence." Read more here.

AC/DC Rock Or Bust Album Listening Party Event Announced

AC/DC will be launching their new studio album, "Rock Or Bust", with a special listening party for fans at Webster Hall in New York City on November 18.

The event will see fans get an exclusive preview of the band's new CD, with special cocktails and rare prizeswhile previewing the new album two weeks before its North American release on December 2.

All attendants will receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt, as well as a chance to win prize packages including a signed Angus Young guitar. Read more here.

Pink Floyd's New Album Tops UK Chart

Pink Floyd have landed their first UK No.1 album in almost 20 years with "The Endless River." The band last topped the list in 1995 with the live double album, "Pulse."

The Official Charts Company reports the project sold 139,000 copies in its opening week to debut atop the chart. With the feat, Pink Floyd achieved two other milestones: "The Endless River" is the group's sixth UK No. 1 while also becoming the third fastest-selling album of the year.

A spokesperson for the band tells, "Pink Floyd is both thrilled and surprised at the level of international interest in this their final album." Read more here.

KISS Team With Japanese Pop Band For New Release

KISS and Japanese idol pop band Momoiro Clover Z will release a collaboration single on January 28. Each group will issue their own versions of the to-be-announced song.

The KISS edition of the release will present three newly recorded tracks including a lead track and each off vocal version in a package totaling six tunes.

The Momoiro Clover Z edition will feature two newly recorded tracks including a lead track and each off vocal version, plus a music video of the lead track.

The two groups teamed up recently in Las Vegas to shoot a music video and take part in a photo shoot for the single's cover. Read more here.

Peter Criss To Be Honored By Cancer Fund

Cancer survivor Peter Criss is to be honored by the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund. Founding Kiss drummer Criss was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 after noticing a lump on his chest. He had the tumour successfully removed through surgery.

He will be inducted into the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame as this year's Cancer Survivor Honoree. The ceremony takes place at New York's JW Marriot Essex House on November 18.

Criss urges men not to be held back by their "macho" personalities if they expect something is wrong. He says: "Don't sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don't say, 'It's going to go away.' It might not and you might not see life anymore and how beautiful that is." Read more here.

Dave Grohl On Spotify Controversy: Just Listen To The Music

If you ask an elder statesman of rock a question, be prepared for their bite. At least, that's been the takeaway from this year's interviews with Gene Simmons, Billy Corgan and now Dave Grohl, to name a few.

Grohl, who's developed a reputation as one of rock's nice guys, has been on somewhat of a grumpy roll as of late, taking down one-album anniversary tours and, now, anyone who's complaining about Spotify.

When asked by Digital Spy about Taylor Swift's recent decision to remove her catalog from Spotify-which she explained thoroughly in her TIME cover story-Grohl made it known that he doesn't share her thoughts.

"Me personally?" he said. "I don't f**king care. That's just me, because I'm playing two nights at Wembley next summer. I want people to hear our music, I don't care if you pay $1 or f**king $20 for it, just listen to the f**king song. But I can understand how other people would object to that."

Ace Frehley Kicks Off Space Invader Tour

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley launched his Space Invader tour on November 13 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey and video of several songs from the show have been posted online.

Frehley's 21-song set featured a mix of material from his new album, "Space Invader", solo tracks and 8 KISS classics. The guitarist's first US shows in four years sees him working with guitarist Richie Scarlett, bassist Chris Wyse and drummer Scot Coogan.

The rhythm section took turns handling lead vocals on a few KISS tracks, with Coogan performing "Love Gun", "King Of The Night Time World" and "Strutter", and Wyse featured on "Strange Ways."

Read more and watch the video here.


Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the release of a new exciting album written and performed by the two Norwegian Rock Stars Jorn Lande and Trond Holter entitled DRACULA “Swing of Death on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th in North America.

This exciting concept album was inspired by the life of Count Vlad the III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a). The whole story explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th Century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire mythos.

Jorn Lande – who impersonates Dracula, is the main character of the album and the female parts are sung by Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen (representing Mina/Lucy from the Bram Stoker book). The drama of the story reveals Dracula’s inner battle, where he still remembers what true love was, and as he wandered the Earth for centuries with a thirst for blood, his loneliness and desire to be able to love again has led him to the brink of insanity.  In the original Bram Stoker version, he leaves Transylvania by ship and when he meets Lucy's best friend, she reminds him so much of his first love Mina, that he becomes obsessed. His mission is to take her as his bride, and make her Queen of the dark.

Musically, “Swing of Death” is not like a typical rock opera or musical, since it has no storyteller or too many long instrumental parts and intros. It is an album that gets to the point with no detours and even if it exposes some diverse musical landscapes, it does include catchy and melodic songs with commercial radio potential. Vocally this release gives you everything from Jorn Lande’s past extensive catalogue all in one album. Jorn’s ability to be innovative and original while at the same time showing where his roots came from, is truly unique. Jorn and Trond’s musical influence when creating this epic masterpiece came mostly from 70’s era Meat Loaf, Queen, Alice Cooper, plus some other Classic and more contemporary Hard Rock elements. All mixed together with their own modern musical heavy rock style, Dracula “Swing of death” is something extraordinary. The lyrics are not limited to the old days of Bram Stoker’s era and could easily be a Dracula story of today. 

A trailer for DRACULA is available here:

Track listing: Hands of Your God; Walking On Water; Swing of Death; Masquerade Ball; Save Me; River Of Tears; Queen of the Dead; Into the Dark; True Love Through Blood (Instr.); Under The Gun

Pre-order the album NOW via this link:

DRACULA “Swing of Death” features performances from:

Jorn Lande: Lead Vocals
Trond Holter: Guitars, Piano
Bernt Jansen: Bass
Per Morten Bergseth: Drums
Lena Fløitmoen: Lead and Background Vocals on “Save Me”; “River of Tears”, “Into the Dark”, “Under the Gun”, plus background vocals on “Swing of Death”

AC/DC Reveal Phil Rudd's Behavior Prior To Arrest

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams are commenting on the status of drummer Phil Rudd following his recent arrest in New Zealand.

On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to procure a murder by New Zealand police after he allegedly tried to have two men killed, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Authorities dropped the charge of attempting to procure a murder the next day due to lack of evidence. "Phil created his own situation," Young tells USA Today. "It's a hard thing to say about the guy. He's a great drummer, and he's done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He's not the Phil we've known from the past."

Young speculates that drugs could be involved - "when you get into that land, it's very hard" - but adds, "I don't know the exact situation. ... I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out."

AC/DC experienced issues with Rudd in Vancouver earlier this year when they hit the studio to record their latest album, "Rock Or Bust", which will be released December 2. "It was tough to get (Rudd) there in the first place," said Williams. Read more here.




SUE (OR IN A SEASON OF CRIME) is the new single from David Bowie taken from the forthcoming definitive collection of Bowie’s music NOTHING HAS CHANGED; both are released on Columbia/Legacy on November 17th.

The video for SUE was filmed in New York and London and directed by Tom Hingston and Jimmy King. The track was recorded earlier this year with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti.

Earlier this week Bowie revealed the demo track ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE which is also featured on the limited edition 10’ single and digital bundle of SUE (OR IN A SEASON OF CRIME).

NOTHING HAS CHANGED collects together for the first time the definitive collection of Bowie’s music from 1964 to 2014 and features some previously unreleased material as well as tracks making their debut on CD.

David Bowie is, a film of the blockbuster exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on November 18th. Distributed by Omniverse Vision, the documentary was filmed on the closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA-winning Director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. For the trailer, participating cinemas and tickets please visit



CD 1:
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
Shadow Man (4.48)
Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21)

CD 2:
Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Blue Jean (3.11)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58) 

CD 3:
Fame (4.14)
Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)  (3.13)
Diamond Dogs (5.56)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Sorrow (2.53)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Changes (3.33)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Space Oddity (5.12)
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
Liza Jane (2.18)

CD 1:
Space Oddity (5.12)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Changes (3.33)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Life On Mars? (3.49)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
Sorrow (2.53)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Young Americans (original single edit) (3.13)
Fame (4.14)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)

CD 2:
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Blue Jean (3.11)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Absolute Beginners (edit) (4.46) 
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
I’m Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit) (4.30)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
Everyone Says 'Hi' (3.29)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24) 

Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)”
“Heroes’’ (single version) (3.35)
Changes (3.33)
Life On Mars? (3.49) 

Space Oddity (UK single edit) (4.38)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)

Golden Years (single version) (3.27) 
Fame (4.14)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Under Pressure (3.56)  - Queen & David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)

Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys (4.23)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)

Audio Fidelity To Release Eric Clapton's "Rainbow Concert" on 180gm Vinyl LP & "Time Pieces" on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD!

Camarillo, CA - Adding to the series of Eric Clapton reissues, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert on 180gm limited edition Vinyl LP & Time Pieces on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD!

"Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert"

Alive and Kickin' Clapton Makes a Comeback!

Other than one appearance in August 1971 at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, Eric Clapton had not been heard from until Pete Townshend coaxed him to headline a concert appearance. The show was scheduled for January 13, 1973 at London's Rainbow Theatre. An all-star band was assembled for the show and in addition to Townshend the other English rock luminaries included Clapton's old Blind Faith pals, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech, Winwood's Traffic mate Jim Capaldi, Ron Wood, Jimmy Karstein and Rebop Kwaku Baah. It was an ensemble effort but the show demonstrated that the reclusive Clapton, nursing a heroin addiction, could still play, and that was welcome news. 

If the classic Derek and the Dominos' "In Concert" album shows Clapton on the upswing, then "Rainbow Concert" explores the lower reaches of his psyche. The Rainbow performance was his attempt at starting all over again and coming out of isolation to return to his music. Upon listening to Rainbow Concert it becomes clear just how much the concert helped to re-energize him. The concert at London's Rainbow Theatre stands as the beginning of Eric Clapton's return to the stage. 

"Rainbow Concert" is a recording of monolithic melancholy, the music is rich in its make-up and sad in tone. Townshend's and Wood's guitars and Winwood's organ surround Clapton in a protective aural capsule, but he cuts loose as much as his setting allows in "Badge," and he's solid for most of the show.  The album's excitement comes from the layered instrumental textures, the solemn measured movement into climaxes that are majestic if not explosive, and the nuances of Clapton's restrained playing and singing in a suitably course and bluesy voice.

In addition to "Badge," written by Clapton and George Harrison and covers such as J.J. Cale's "After Midnight" and a very soulful rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," Steve Winwood steps back as lead vocalist in Eric Clapton's favor for Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord" and Traffic's "Pearly Queen." 

A historic live appearance...all gritty rock n' roll and smouldering blues

TRACKS: Original 1973 release
Side One
Badge (Eric Clapton, George Harrison) – 3:32
Roll It Over (Clapton, Bobby Whitlock) – 6:43
Presence of the Lord (Clapton) – 5:37

Side Two
Pearly Queen (Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood) – 7:00
After Midnight (J. J. Cale) – 5:12
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix) – 6:32

Producer Bob Pridden

Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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"Time Pieces - The Best Of Eric Clapton"

An indispensable collection for any Clapton fan!

"Time Pieces" is a collection of Eric Clapton's greatest hits. Eleven tracks of his best hits from 1970 to 1980, including his #1 Billboard chart record, 1974's "I Shot The Sheriff" and the classic "Layla," the 7:10 LP version from the Derek & The Dominos album which peaked at # 10 in July 1972.

The songs on the album were all released as singles, with only one song,"Knockin' on Heaven's Door," having never been released on album. A large number of songs on the release were either from 461 Ocean Boulevard or Slowhand including "Cocaine," "Wonderful Tonight," "After Midnight," "Promises" "Lay Down Sally" and Clapton's version of the old spiritual "Swing Low Sweet Chariot. "The songs are all universally loved and recognized hits making "Time Pieces" a great way to get into the Eric Clapton catalog for old and new fans alike.

The songs here are like gems!

1. I Shot the Sheriff
2. After Midnight
3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
4. Wonderful Tonight
5. Layla
6. Cocaine
7. Lay Down Sally
8. Willie And The Hand Jive
9. Promises
10. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
11. Let It Grow

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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U2 Singer Bono's Private Jet Loses Door Mid-Flight

The rear door of Bono's private jet fell off his private leer jet plane mid-flight earlier this week, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail. No one was injured, but Bono's luggage may be somewhere in a field in Germany.

The mid-air incident occurred during a two-hour flight from Dublin to Berlin, where U2 were set to accept an award at the Bambi International awards, a German media award ceremony. The other members of the band weren't on the plane; Bono flew out early to attend a diplomatic function with the German minister of economic cooperation and development, Gerd Mueller.

A source close to the singer told the Daily Mail: "He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down. About an hour into the journey they heard a big thud coming from the rear of the plane…The entire door along with Bono and his companions' luggage had fallen out mid-air.

"They don't know if the door and the contents landed over water or land but they were extremely lucky. They were at an altitude where anything could have happened and they are all feeling very lucky to be alive."

Read more here.

Sammy Hagar To Appear On The Simpsons

Sammy Hagar will appear on FOX-TV's The Simpsons on Sunday, November 23. Hagar will guest star in the season 26 episode "Covercraft", which sees Homer have a mid-life crisis, take up bass guitar and form a cover band with some of the other dads in town.

While this is the first time that the rocker will be providing his voice to his character on The Simpsons, his likeness appeared in a season 11 episode called "Behind The Laughter."

The 2000 broadcast saw Willie Nelson put on a phony awards show in order to reconcile the family … and also attempt to patch things up between Hagar and Van Halen.

Read more here.

Pink Floyd On Track For No. 1 Album In The UK

Pink Floyd are on track to land their first UK number one album in nearly 20 years. The Endless River is on top of the midweek chart, according to figures from The Official Charts Company. It has already won the accolade of being Amazon's most pre-ordered album of all time.

Floyd's first album since 1994 chart topper The Division Bell has sold 92,000 copies at the midway point of the week and is on course to become one of the fastest-selling records of 2014.

It's based on unreleased material from The Division Bell recording sessions and includes the playing of late keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008.

Mike Tramp Happy With His Spotify Deal

Former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp says he's happy for his music to be streamed on Spotify because it helps him reach more fans. Despite the relatively small amount of money to be made by artists who make they music available via online streaming services, the former White Lion frontman says he'd rather be on Spotify than not.

Tramp says on Facebook: "I get asked quite a lot about how I feel about Spotify and streaming of my music. I want people to be able to find my music but I also want to get paid.

"I was skeptical at first but my recent publishing statement confirmed the fact that streaming now accounts for 75% of my digital publishing income and that the total has actually gone up for the first time in years.

"Piracy has never paid me a penny. How about that?"

The Band That Morphed Into Yes Reunites

Mabel Greer's Toyshop, the band which morphed into Yes in 1968, have reunited and will release an album in March of next year, they have announced.

The group was founded in 1966 by guitarist and vocalist Clive Bayley, drummer Bob Hagger and bassist Paul Rutledge. Over the course of the next two years, Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Jon Anderson and Tony Kaye joined their ranks. Bill Bruford then replaced Bob Hagger and Mabel Greer's Toyshop became Yes. Their last gig under the old name took place in London in May 1968.

Now, 46 years after that show, Bayley has teamed up once again with Hagger and Kaye to release A New Way Of Life on March 9 - their first album under the Mabel Greer's Toyshop banner. Joining the trio are former Yes man Billy Sherwood and bassist Hugo Barre.

Bayley says: "We hope that Yes followers everywhere enjoy this offering. It's a piece of history brought to life by the technology of today. The album includes new versions of old classics like Beyond & Before and a whole lot of new music too."

Read more here.

Marillion Release Christmas Compilation Album

Marillion have issued a Christmas compilation album titled A Collection Of Recycled Gifts. The band release festive tracks for fan club members - now they've compiled all previous releases and issued them on a single disc.

They say: "As you know, it has been our tradition to knock out a goofy cover of something festive and give it away to the fans at Christmas. These have been of varying taste and quality over the years, but we have always had a laugh making them.

"This year, we thought we'd bundle all the past Christmas ditties together and release a compilation CD so we, and you, have them all in one place on Christmas morning."

Read more details here.

Volbeat Have 10 Songs In The Works

Volbeat have ideas for 10 new songs, according to singer Michael Poulsen. The band previously said they aim to hit the studio around August next year to begin work on the follow-up to 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. They hope to release the new record before the end of 2015.

Now Poulsen has revealed he already has 10 tracks on the go, three of which the band have played together so far. He tells The Jasta Show: "Right now I have ideas for 10 songs. Three of them we're capable of playing right now. I haven't written any lyrics yet. Right now it's more music and melodies."

Poulsen admits he finds it difficult to stop writing new material. He keeps a notebook and records ideas on his phone or his basic home studio - although a lot of them are scrapped when he goes back to listen to them.

He adds: "I buy a notebook every year when we have to sit down and write a new album. I have a notebook where I write down ideas and I have tonnes of stuff on my mobile where I just sit with an acoustic guitar and sing."

Read more and stream the full interview here.

Drugs Involved In Survivor's Jimi Jamison Death

Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison died of a stroke partly caused by drug use, says the medical report on his autopsy. He passed away at home in Memphis, Tennessee, in September. He was 63.

It had been believed he'd died of a heart attack, and the Shelby Country medical examiner confirms he was suffering from cardiovascular disease and narrowing of the arteries.

But the report cites the cause of death as a hemorrhagic brain stroke, with "acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing." His passing was ruled to be an accident.


Line Up Includes Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner; Drummer Carmine Appice; Bassist Tony Franklin and Guitarist Karl Cochran.

Frontiers Music Srl, the label known for embracing new music from legendary Rockartists, returns with yet another impactful band: RATED X. The self-titled debut album features songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge. The album can be purchased via Amazon: or iTunes:

The band has shot and released its 2nd official music video, this time for the song “Fire and Ice”, one of the album’s most powerful tracks.  A straight performance clip, the edgy black and white video focuses on the band’s musicianship and Turner’s soaring vocals. View the video for “ Fire and Ice” here:

RATED X was formed at the suggestion of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino, who mentioned to singer Joe Lynn Turner that a band of the highest caliber musicians should be assembled to create an album of classic Hard Rock music.  Turner, the former lead vocalist for both Rainbow and Deep Purple and a solo artist in his own right, agreed, and the search for the right players was on. Carmine Appice, who already had a relationship with Frontiers, was on board immediately.  A true percussion icon, Appice’s resume is one that Rock legends are made of: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others.

Appice’s former Blue Murder bandmate and bassist, Tony Franklin (also known for his work with The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, and Whitesnake), signed up next. After a lengthy search for the right guitarist, they settled on long-time Turner collaborator Karl Cochran, who has also worked with Ace Frehley, and worked in the past with Joe Lynn Turner on his solo albums.        

The self-titled debut album is remarkable in that it sounds like a band that has worked together as a unit for years. The songs are powerful and the performances are tight and innovative.  Frontiers in-house producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.

Critics are already heaping praise on the release, including Powerplay, who said “Rated X are a real treat; seen through the prism of history, we are bound to add all sorts of references, but this doesn’t wallow in them, it exults. The petition for a continuation starts here…”. Hard Rock Haven proclaims “If you’re a Rainbow staunch aficionado or an avid Blue Murder fan, you know you can’t miss Rated X anyway, but if you’re just into the contemporary melodic hard rock that has its back-to-roots moments too – be sure to include it on your list of must-haves.” Melodic Rock declares “Joe Lynn Turner is in devastating form, ripping through 12 energized classic rock tracks drenched in organ and driven by some tough riffing from Karl Cochran. Drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tony Franklin reunite for the first time since Blue Murder, delivering the precise ear drum shattering rhythm section expected of both journeymen.” 

“This Is Who I Am” official music video:
“Stranger In Us All” lyric video:

 Track listing:
1.    Get Back My Crown
2.    This Is Who I Am
3.    Fire And Ice
4.    I Don't Cry No More
5.    Lhasa
6.    Devil In Disguise
7.    You Are The Music
8.    Peace Of Mind
9.    Maybe Tonight
10.  On The Way To Paradise
11.  Our Love Is Not Over
12.  Stranger In Us All

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Queen’s Brian May, Roger Taylor Channel Freddie Mercury Forever 

Dallas, TX - November 12, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands rules the airwaves with rock royalty, Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, on the release of a new impressive compilation that explains why fans will love Queen forever. 

Queen celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2011 with a hit musical We Will Rock You, a highly successful international tour pairing Queen with Bad Company and Free singer Paul Rodgers, and a renewed sense of more to come.  Much to their surprise, Queen would find themselves on the popular TV program American Idol performing with a young flamboyant contestant, singer Adam Lambert, who would join Queen this year to tour America, Australia and New Zealand with the band selling out arenas everywhere.

Meanwhile Brian May and Roger Taylor embarked on a new project, Queen Forever, a unique undertaking that would bring the iconic Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, who passed away late in 1991, into the 21st century with classic Queen songs plus three never-released Freddie Mercury discoveries with Queen, the spectacular power ballad “Love Kills”, Brian May’s “Let Me in Your Heart Again”, even a Freddie Mercury duet with Michael Jackson, all previously unreleased. 

Brian May shares with InTheStudio program host Redbeard the concept behind Queen Forever.

“It’s an unusual compilation album really, this collection of songs which are not the most obvious ones, but that we feel crystallize certain moments for us. And the icing on the cake is these extra tracks which really no one has ever heard.” 

QUEEN Forever/InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: HYPERLINK “
Direct Link to QUEEN website: HYPERLINK  “
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After Taylor Swift reigned the Top 10 slots on the Play MPE Download chart with her 1989 album last week, music fans--this week--are diggin’ on DEC3!

The band is topping the Play MPE Adult Contemporary Top 10 Downloads chart this week with not one, but TWO singles. The down ‘n’ dirty “Put Some South In Your Mouth” holds down the #1 spot, while their smoother thought-provoking track “Simple Mess” resides at #2. Following these two songs on the Downloads chart are tracks by Spandau Ballet, OK Go, Mr. Probz, and LeAnn Rimes.

Check out the link here:

DEC3’s recently released “Put Some South In Your Mouth” video, has been generating buzz on YouTube (click here to view:, as well as a lyric video for “Simple Mess” (view here:

DEC3’s self-titled debut album was released on September 30 via Raddist.

With influences that include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Foreigner, DEC3’s debut is an inspired blend of tasty playing, catchy melodies and memorable choruses. -Guitar World


Detroit, MI - Kid Rock announces today that his new album "First Kiss" will be released on February 24th.  The album, his first on Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Kid Rock (with the exception of two songs which were co-produced by Dann Huff) and was recorded at his studio in Michigan.  

Following the success of 2012's "Rebel Soul" and the accompanying "$20 Best Night Ever Tour," Kid Rock wasted no time getting back to work in the studio.  The massive touring on the last album cycle allowed Kid Rock to play in front of over 550,000 people in one summer, and left him energized to write and record new material without taking much of a break. Plans for an even more ambitious Summer 2015 tour with his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will be announced shortly.  "First Kiss" signals the continued evolution of one of music's most versatile performers, but we're not going to tell you what it sounds like - we just couldn't do it justice and we're confident the music will speak for itself.  If you do the math though, every record Kid Rock has released through WMG has gone platinum or multi-platinum (with the exception of Live Trucker and Rebel Soul which are both certified Gold), so it's safe to bet the legions of fans Kid Rock has cultivated over his 25 year career are going to enjoy this one too.

Richard Branson Denies Making Led Zeppelin Reunion Offer

Robert Plant and Sir Richard Branson are both denying a recently published report that the Virgin head offered Led Zeppelin $800 million to perform a reunion tour.

A publicist for Plant denied the story earlier this week, calling the report "rubbish." and Branson wrote on his blog, "I've been left dazed and confused by a story doing the rounds this week about us apparently offering Led Zeppelin £500 million to reform and carry out a tour. As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story."

"There were even claims that Virgin Atlantic was about to rename one of our planes and include a stairway to heaven in honour of the band However nice an idea, this is also completely untrue.

"After a week of seeing worryingly inaccurate reports in various publications regarding Virgin, it was sad but not particularly surprising to see yet another fabricated story."

He also wrote, "I spoke to Robert Plant about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too. Robert told me he is very proud of his history and the band's past, and has always had great respect and love for his work throughout his career. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today."

Read more of his statement and find out what happened to the original report here.

More Unreleased Pink Floyd Music May See Light Of Day

This week saw the release of Pink Floyd's The Endless River, which has been billed as the band's final statement. The album, as previously reported, is taken from outtakes from the band's most recent studio album, 1994's The Division Bell, which featured the lineup of guitarist/singer David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals (but not Roger Waters, as Waters recently reminded the world).

Gilmour and Mason (Wright succumbed to cancer in 2008) made the album by taking the unfinished material from the '90s and adding new parts to it. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Gilmour - the band's ad hoc leader - said that the thought of doing another Floyd project "makes me break out in a cold sweat," and that there's "no room for Pink Floyd."

But in an interview with Billboard, the band's other member - Mason - said that there may still be unreleased music in Floyd's vaults that may see the light of day at some point, although he admitted that if that happens, it would be a record label driven project. Read more here.

Geddy Lee, Eddie Vedder, Joe Elliott Honor The Who

When a band turns 50, they could take the usual route and release a bunch of box sets, or they could gather all of their famous musician friends in one room for a swinging birthday party. The Who basically did both.

On the heels of last month The Who Hits 50 collection, the band celebrated their 50th anniversary with a big show at the O2 in London Tuesday night, Nov. 11. As might be expected, the stars came out in droves.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Oasis' Liam Gallagher, Rush's Geddy Lee, and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, among others, celebrated the legendary British rock band by performing their own renditions of Who classics. Only this wasn't just a party for a party's sake, as proceeds from the concert went toward the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Vedder took on "Naked Eye" and "Won't Get Fooled Again," before expanding his band with most of the performers from the night and ending with a star-studded rendition of "Listening to You."

Meanwhile Gallagher covered the band's 1965 iconic, highest-charting hit "My Generation." More including video here.

AC/DC Frontman Discusses Newest Member

AC/DC have seen plenty of drama lately, thanks to their longtime drummer Phil Rudd being arrested and charged with threatening to kill, possession of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine and murder-for-hire, the latter charge which was ultimately dropped. But, the guys are forging forward and promise the Rudd situation won't get in the way of their plans to release a new album, Rock or Bust, next month.

Eager to get back to talking about music, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has some kind words to say about the group's new guitarist, Stevie Young, who stepped up to replace his sick cousin, Malcolm Young. In a video posted on VEVO, the singer says Stevie "is just doing a brilliant job to stand in Malcolm's place."

Johnson added that AC/DC are "just going on and (doing) it, fulfill(ing) Mal's wishes of making music." During the video, Johnson also revealed that he "never thought we'd be doing this again but here we are -- a new album, getting all the boys together again. It's fantastic." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Go Behind The Scenes of 1980s Vinyl Reissues

Iron Maiden are sharing a behind the scenes video look at the production of their vinyl reissues series that sees the band's 1980's catalogue re-released on heavyweight 180g black vinyl this fall.

Last month, the group reissued their first six albums, and two more - 1986's "Somewhere In Time" and 1988's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" are due November 24.

The reissues have been cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases. In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7" singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original analogue master tapes and released in replica artwork packaging.

Check out the preview videos here.

Anthrax's Scott Ian Plays Zombie In The Walking Dead

Scott Ian says appearing as a zombie in an upcoming episode of The Walking Dead is a dream come true. The Anthrax mainman appears as a 'walker' on the second half of the current fifth season of the smash hit TV series. He previously appeared as a zombie on a web-exclusive mini episode of the show.

Ian has been a fan of the series from day one, and was an avid reader of the original comic books on which the TV program is based. In the latest episode of his Bloodworks series, Ian is filmed in make-up and on the set of the show.

He says: "I'm a massive fan of the show. I just felt like, from the start, 'God damn it would be the coolest f***ing thing if I could get to be a walker.' Just to see Andrew Lincoln standing there, it's surreal to watch him kill walkers...and I'm gonna be one of them. I'm just so f***ing excited to be part of it."

More including a video segment with Ian here.

Son Of AC/DC's Phil Rudd Speaks Out Following Recent Arrest

The son of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has defended his father against the charge of threatening to kill. Rudd, 60, was arrested last week and originally accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder two men.

The charge was dropped the following day - but he still faces up to seven years in jail if found guilty of the remaining charges. He remains under house arrest in Tauranga, New Zealand, until his next court appearance on November 27.

Son Thomas tells the Daily Mail: "All I will say is that my dad is good guy. He's not perfect - but he wouldn't hurt anyone." Neighbour Prue Calwell tells the paper: "He's a pretty nice guy, very chatty and friendly. But he's pretty private - we don't see or hear anything." Read more here.



DAVE MASON--Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and TRAFFIC co-founding member--is working to bring awareness to his nonprofit, charitable organization that he co-founded and is a board member of: Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV). To coincide with Veteran’s Day, MASON has premiered the video for a new song--titled “Thank You”--on his website today (11/11), giving thanks for our veterans. Click here to watch the video and to download the track for free.

MASON plays over 200 shows a year around the country and takes the time to talk about WVFV’s mission--to provide the “vessel” that can start a career or enhance a life for our returning service men and women--along with dedicating concerts to raise funds and often being on hand to present Vets with laptops, donated vehicles, machinery and working farms.

Says Dave Mason: “We are pretty much under the radar, as an organization. We’re an all-volunteer group of people and there isn’t any money spent on advertising, only a minimal amount of money goes to administrative stuff. All the money that we do get that passes through the charity actually goes where it’s supposed to go. We are the only charity out there for Veterans that actually specifically helps them start their own businesses. Our motto is that ‘We are not giving hand outs, we are giving a hand up.’”

Founded in 2008, Work Vessels for Veterans began when longtime friends DAVE MASON, New England lobsterman John Niekrash and IT Specialist Ted Knapp got together during a break in MASON’s touring schedule and decided that they wanted to do something to help Vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan put their lives back on track in a manner that offered them a “hand up, not a hand out.” What they envisioned was an all-volunteer organization where nearly all of the funds (now operating at 96%) would go to the Vets; not to cover exorbitant administration fees associated with most charities. With a single boat donation to a returning veteran embarking upon a commercial fishing career, the dream the three friends had, became a reality. In the past six years, their 501-C-3 charity dream--Work Vessels For Veterans--has assisted over 1,000 veterans in 47 states with the “vessels” to begin or expand their businesses while enriching their lives and those of other Vets. These “vessels” include laptops, trucks, cars, boats, equipment, tools and land. If you would like to donate to WVFV, visit: Fueled by the passion and drive of some veteran requests, WVFV has also branched into the business development area, providing start-up materials and funds to qualified veteran-lead companies working to employ other veterans.

MASON--renowned for such Traffic hits as “Feelin’ Alright” (covered by Joe Cocker) and “Hole In My Shoe” plus his solo signature tracks “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know and I Know”--released his latest album Future’s Past on May 13, 2014. Future’s Past--available on new versions of his classic songs plus new material that MASON has written and performed on tour over the last few years. MASON’s acclaimed solo career continues to flourish as he tours the U.S. with his new project billed as “DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM.” DAVE is earning accolades on the road for the TRAFFIC JAM tour which kicked off January 3, 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ and will continue through 2015. MASON has been touring and recording regularly since he co-founded Traffic in 1966, after which he went on to a successful and acclaimed solo career as well as recording and/or touring with artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Fleetwood Mac and more. For the most updated list of tour dates and ticket info, please visit:

Here are quotes from Veterans that have received their “vessel” from Work Vessels For Veterans:

"I'm unable to put into words my gratefulness to Work Vessels For Vets for the donated tractor. My combat injuries have hindered my capabilities... This asset is a vital instrument to our success. With it, I will be able to feed my family, give back to my community, and begin re-serving our great nation. This tractor will ‘pay it forward’ for years to come. Thank you so very much."
          --Matthew Burke from Newberry, FL, a Master Sergeant of the U.S Air Force, who was seriously injured in combat with enemy forces in Afghanistan in September, 2011

"Work Vessels For Vets made a dream become reality for five disabled veterans now entering the world of Bee Keeping."
          --James McCormick, a highly decorated Army Veteran from West Virginia

"I would like to personally thank WVFV for your selfless donation...It's people like you and other true patriots who ensure our veterans will not be forgotten"
          --Eric Grandson from West Virginia, who served six tours with the U.S. Army

“After the war, my wife, three children, and myself have really been struggling to get by.  P.T.S.D. has taken its toll on all of us. I found WVFV and submitted an application explaining  a little about myself, my military service, and my situation, and they replied. Now when I say they replied, they donated my family a car! A really nice car too. I’m crying right now.  They donated a car to my family and thanked me for my service.  They genuinely are a true passionate group of people who really helped me in a time of need. This program has made me see that there are people out there who really care about veterans…I’ve just felt so alone in the world since I came back from the war and have had such difficulties but you guys really made me feel special, and I haven’t felt that way in a long time…Four years later, I can finally say that things are looking better…It has been a significant change for all of us. I have enrolled in college, I have a steady job and my children are in a great school system. Thank you so much guys and everyone at Work Vessels For Veterans this is truly a miracle.”
          --Mario Cruz, Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran

About Work Vessels For Veterans:

Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV) is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to provide the “vessel” that can start a career or enhance a life for our returning service men and women. Founded with the single boat donation to a returning veteran embarking upon a commercial fishing career, in the six years since, over 1,000 veterans in 47 states have received a transitional tool. From vessels to vehicles, laptops to tools, tractors to trailers, and land, WVFV has sought to fulfill as many requests as possible. Fueled by the passion and drive of some veteran requests, WVFV has also branched into the business development area, providing start-up materials and funds to qualified veteran-lead companies working to employ other veterans. Most notably, the land purchase for Veteran’s Farm in Jacksonville, FL and providing start‐up material and funds to Patriot Cleaning, LLC in St. Louis, MO. WVFV matches corporate and individual donations of equipment, electronics, vehicles, vessels, tools and materials with returning vets ready to start their own business. And the commitment to this mission is unwavering as WVFV continues to operate by volunteers with minimal staff support enabling 96% of all donated proceeds to provide direct services to returning veterans. For more information, please call (860) 536-0199 or visit:

For more information on DAVE MASON, visit:


The String Cheese Incident announced their Winter Carnival headline tour today.  They will play several Incidents in 2015 including Seattle, Eugene, Boise, Reno and Chicago as well as Sin City Incidents in Las Vegas.   Fan Club members can buy tickets on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:00am MST; the public on sale date iFriday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, 2014 through the band’s website:

The String Cheese Incident is currently on the road on their East Coast headline tour and will return to Broomfield, Colorado and the 1stBank Center for the third year in a row to play a series of New Year’s Eve headline Incidents – December 29, 30 and 31. The Incidents will be presented by AEG Live and KBCO.  Tickets are on sale now through the band’s website:

The String Cheese Incident had a big 2014 headlining several major festivals including Electric Forest in Michigan, Lockn’ Music Festival in Virginia and Wakarusa in Arkansas.  They also headlined their three-night Halloween extravaganza Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida October 31 - November 2.

Song In My Head, The String Cheese Incident’s first studio album in nine years, was released on April 29, 2014 through SCI Fidelity Records/Loud & Proud Records.  The album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and includes 10 new songs written collaboratively by the group over the past few years.  The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

The String Cheese Incident formed in Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado in 1993.  Over the years, the band, Bill Nershi (guitars and vocals), Michael Kang (mandolin, violin, guitar and vocals), Keith Moseley (bass and vocals), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Kyle Hollingsworth (keyboards and vocals) and Jason Hann (percussion), has played over 1,500 Incidents, including their own festivals and Incidents across the country and they have been hailed for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, community spirit, philanthropic endeavors and their innovative approach to the business of music. 

Tour Dates:
11/11/14 - Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY    
11/12/14 - Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY    
11/13/14 - State Theatre  - Portland, ME
11/14/14 - State Theatre  - Portland, ME 
|11/15/14 - Memorial Auditorium - Burlington, VT 
2/29/14 – 12/31/14 - 1stBank Center - Broomfield, CO 
1/16/15 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
1/17/15 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
1/18/15 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR
1/19/15 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR
1/21/15 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID
1/22/15 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID
1/23/15 - Grand Theater Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, NV
1/24/15 - Grand Theater Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, NV
1/29/15 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
1/30/15 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
1/31/15 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
2/13/15 - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
2/14/15 - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
2/15/15 - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV 


 Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour & Nick Mason Navigate The Endless River  With InThe Studio’s Redbeard

Dallas, TX - November 11, 2014.  InTheStudio.Net the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio program InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  wades into the deep end with David Gilmour and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd to sail through their surprising new album, The Endless River.

The initial notice was innocuous enough, a single tweet among millions sent that day last Summer, washed up on the shore like some electronic message in a bottle: Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most popular rock bands ever, would be delivering their first album in 20 years containing studio recordings by guitarist/singer David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, but also the late Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008.  For hardcore fans this was the music that had been rumored to exist, but never officially released until now. The questions rushed like river rapids: after telling InTheStudio host Redbeard during two previous interviews that he was “out of Pink Floyd, and I will stay out”, what had changed David Gilmour’s mind?

In an in-depth interview Gilmour and Mason reveal the inspiration, motivation, and lengthy timeline for The Endless River ; how it came to be, why it was shelved initially and what inspired the two to finish what they started so many years ago with fellow bandmate the late Richard Wright.

“We could not have made this record 20 years ago. It would have been impossible. I’m very happy to be releasing this material now. It would have seemed very incomplete to me if we didn’t put something out.”  -  David Gilmour

“I think on this record, there’s an element of homage and a recognition of Rick. It’s perhaps making up for lack of recognition prior to this. He’s always perhaps been the unsung hero.”   -  Nick Mason

Pink Floyd/ InTheStudio.NET interview program is available now to STREAM at:

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Rare Recordings By Guitar Legend Peter Banks 'The Mars Tapes' Now Available!

London, UK – Much to the excitement of prog fans worldwide, rare recordings of guitar legend Peter Banks, best known for his work with YES and FLASH, is now available on GONZO Multimedia! Peter Banks Empire 'The Mars Tapes' (2-CD set) represents Empire lll in rehearsal at Mars Studios in Los Angeles in 1979. The band had set up camp at Mars Studios for six months rehearsing and showcasing their music, much of which has been unheard until this release. The band basically recorded every thing they did off the board, tape hiss and all.

Peter Banks (RIP 2013) and Sidonie Jordan, who not only co-wrote, but fronted the band with her powerful vocals, founded Empire in the early to mid-seventies after Peter’s FLASH endeavors and attracted artists such as Phil Collins. Peter and Phil had joined forces in a band called 'Zok And The Radar Boys' which was pre-Empire for Peter, and pre-Brand X for Phil. “Sky At Night” (bonus track) features Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals and Jon Giblin on bass and is testimony of their collaboration.

Sidonie Jordan, who has an extensive list of music credentials to her name, including a diversified solo career as a staff writer/recording artist for A&M Records, and has recorded for other labels such as Capital Records, Electra Records and Trojan Records. (Her song and recording of ‘All God’s Mornings’ was produced by Peter Townshend and featured on his ‘With Love’ album. Sidonie is currently producing and writing with Lez Larder owner of Skyline Studios in Sunbury- On-Thames UK, and Empire lll drummer, Mark Murdock, more recently known for his 'Cymbalic Encounters’ release featuring members from Brand X, agreed to release these recordings as a dedication to the memory of Peter Banks and his great contribution to progressive rock music.

Says Sidonie, “ 'The Mars Tapes' were recorded live at Mars Studios in Los Angles during the summer of 1979! And include a few tracks that never appeared on any Empire albums. As with all the Empire incarnations this album features the amazing talent and skill of Peter Banks, who has been called the Architect of Progressive Rock.”

Drummer Mark Murdock explains, “The Peter Banks Empire ship set sail against the ever-changing music world, and was uncompromising in producing a range of material with Peter Banks' 'Signature Guitar Sound and Style,' while incorporating themes of the time period in which the band existed and also reliving the past by playing songs from the early Empire catalog and even a YES version of  ‘Something’s Coming.’ There are various tracks on ‘The Mars Tapes’ that also represented a ‘Work In Progress,’ which were both instrumental and vocal orientated. Empire was anticipating to make some big waves in the music scene, but the waves never reached the shore- until now!”

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Megadeth's First Five Major Label Albums Now Available On Picture Disc!

Universal Enterprises (UMe) has issued the first five platinum-selling Capitol Records Megadeth albums on limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S.

Titles include "Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?", "So Far, So Good…So What!", "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction" and "Youthanasia". Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and features the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings.

When Megadeth signed to Capitol Records they were already well established in the underground metal scene. A blistering 3-song demo, which led to their debut independent studio album, "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!", and a string of now legendary west coast live shows cemented their reputation.

Their groundbreaking 1986 major label debut "Peace Sells…But Who's Buying?" featuring classics such as "Wake Up Dead", "Devil's Island" and "Peace Sells", reached No. 76 on The Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, going platinum in the U.S. and Canada.

1988’s "So Far, So Good…So What!" reached No. 28 on The Billboard Top 200 and features "In My Darkest Hour", Dave Mustaine's dark and heavy ode to the late Cliff Burton, the fast-paced "Hook In The Mouth" and a cover of "Anarchy In The U.K.", further bridging the gap between punk and metal and featuring original Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones.

1990's critically acclaimed, platinum selling "Rust In Peace" features live staples "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars…The Punishment Due". Upon its release, "Rust In Peace" reached No. 23 on The Billboard Top 200, was Kerrang!'s Album of the Year, and is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Metal Hammer's 50 Hottest Thrash Albums Of All Time and Revolver Magazine's The 69 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time.

1992 saw the release of the Grammy nominated, double platinum release "Countdown To Extinction". It debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and features the singles "Sweating Bullets", "Foreclosure Of A Dream" and "Symphony Of Destruction", all of which went Top 30 on the Mainstream Rock charts, with the latter making The Billboard Hot 100.

Megadeth’s sixth studio release was the platinum selling Youthanasia. The album was released in 1994 and reached No. 4 on The Billboard 200 with the singles "Train Of Consequence" and "A Tout Le Monde" both reaching Top 30 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.

Megadeth has created metal masterpieces for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy® nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums including 1992's two-million-selling "Countdown To Extinction".

The band continued to break new ground and earn new accolades with their 2013 release, "Super Collider", reaching No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

You can now order the picture discs on Amazon at the following links:

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Stem Cell Transplant Complete

There was good news from the Def Leppard camp on Tuesday as guitarist Vivian Campbell announced that he is home and recuperating from stem cell transplant treatment that he underwent in his cancer fight.

Campbell wrote to fans on Tuesday via his Facebook page, "Home... So glad that's over. Time to recover/recuperate and grow some hair. Thanks for all the love you've sent - much appreciated! Normal service will be resumed shortly."

Prior to the treatment, Vivian wrote the following message to fans on September 29th on his Facebook page, "As many of you know, I've been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I'll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I'm headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car-porn."

He continued, "While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome. Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down! See you all (with hair!) in 2015."

Fans can wish him well on his Facebook page here.

Rolling Stones In Multi-Million Dollar Battle Over Canceled Shows

The Rolling Stones are locked in a legal battle over a multi-million dollar insurance claim over postponed concerts. The band were forced to change plans to tour Australia and New Zealand in March after Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott committed suicide. Jagger was reported to be "diagnosed as suffering from acute traumatic stress disorder."

An insurance agreement was in place to cover commercial issues on the road - but underwriters say the tragedy falls outside the terms of their agreement. It's argued that Scott was suffering a pre-existing mental illness, which means they're not liable to pay.

Now a federal judge in Utah - where she was born and raised - has given the insurers permission to investigate her background, including gathering evidence and testimony from Scott's brother Randall Bambrough. Read more here.

Dokken Announce Lineup Change

Dokken have split with bassist Sean McNabb and replaced him with Mark Boals. And mainman Dan Dokken says one of the reasons for the change was that McNabb didn't play with a plectrum. Boals, known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, does use a pick and, according to Dokken, gives the band a more aggressive sound - similar to that which they had with former bassist Jeff Pilson.

Dokken tells The Classic Metal Show: "It's hard to replace Jeff Pilson. He plays with a pick, which I like. I don't like people that play with their fingers. It's not the same. I like Peter Baltes-type bass players who play with a pick, and Sean doesn't.

"And so it didn't have a lot of 'attack.' And I needed a really killer singer that was as accomplished as Jeff Pilson. And he was sorely missed, you know. So I meet Mark Boals, who's played with Ted Nugent. He did four albums with Yngwie Malmsteen and he's a great lead singer."

Dokken also says that McNabb was not as dedicated to the band as he would have liked. Read his comments here.

Johnny Winter's Widow Had Hard Time Listening To Final Album

Johnny Winter's widow admits it was difficult to listen to her late husband's final album - but she believes it's one of his best works. And she says the last years of his life were better and happier than many of those that preceded them.

Step Back was released back in September, just a few short weeks after Winter's death on tour aged 70. Susan Warford Winter tells the Fresno Bee:

"It was hard for me. I'd listen to a couple of songs then stop, come back and listen to a couple more. This is the man I had with me for 42 years." Read more here.


An International All-Star Metal Line Up including Vocalist Russell Allen; Bassist Mat Sinner; Guitarist Roland Grapow and Alex Beyrodt, Drummer Randy Black and Keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio

Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce another impactful release to kick 2015 off with a (heavy metal) bang: LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One”. Set for release in the EU on January 23rd and in North America on January 27th, the album features 12 songs performed in a true Metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge.

LEVEL 10 was born out of a collaboration between American powerhouse singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB, ALLEN LANDE) and the iconic German producer/bassist Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER). The pair met a few times during the years and swore to each other to find the time to work together. That occasion finally came about when Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino managed to connect with the two and get them committed to the creation of a new Metal album which could meld the more contemporary and aggro sound of Adrenaline Mob with the more traditional European Power Metal assault of Primal Fear.

Sinner quickly put together a killer lineup for the album, including his Primal Fear cohorts Randy Black (on drums) and Alex Beyrodt (on guitar) and called Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Voodoo Circle) to complete the lineup on lead guitar and keyboards respectively. On the songwriting side – besides the band members – the album also sees contributions from Magnus Karlsson, Carsten Schulz, Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville.

While the actual recording took a long time due to the “day job” commitments from the various musicians involved in this release, the result is an outstanding and super heavy – yet infectiously melodic - album! With Allen’s over-the-top vocals and a powerful lineup second to none, the resulting album is – from start to finish a true delight for all heavy metal fans!

“The target was to write and record a traditional and powerful heavy rock album with some of the best players in this genre” says Sinner. “The result is just amazing. Russell’s voice is in a fantastic shape, kick ass songs and I’m really proud of the album!”.

Russell Allen concludes: “When Mat and I met many moons ago we became fast friends. He's a great talent and a great guy. We had talked about working together in some way and it took shape in the form of level 10. I'm very excited for the world to finally hear this great record!” 

A trailer for LEVEL 10 is available here:

Track listing: Cry No More; Soul Of A Warrior; When The Nighttime Comes; One Way Street; Blasphemy; Last Man On Earth; In For The Kill; Voice Of The Wilderness; All Hope Is Gone; Demonized; The Soul Is Eternal; Forevermore.