Led Zeppelin Stream Unreleased Rarity

Led Zeppelin are streaming an unreleased 1971 live version of "Communication Breakdown" from the forthcoming expanded edition of their 1997 set, "BBC Sessions."

Recorded at the Paris Theatre in London, UK on April 1, 1971, the tune was cut from the original BBC broadcast of the concert. Due September 16, "The Complete BBC Sessions" will present the original package - which featured live recordings selected from the band's appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971 - plus eight unreleased songs, including three rescued from a previously "lost" session from 1969.

Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: "I Can't Quit You Baby", "You Shook Me" and the only recorded performance of "Sunshine Woman."

Also included are two unreleased versions of both "Communication Breakdown" and "What Is And What Should Never Be." Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band's rapid evolution over a short period of time.

The set has been newly remastered by Page with extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis, providing - for the first time ever - accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions. Stream the track here.

ROCK NEWS FOR 07/29/16







Rockabilly’s Mistress of Ceremony, The REVEREND MARTINI, will host the 1st ANNUAL PISTONS & PIN-UPS CAR SHOW N’ CONCERT Saturday, August 20th at the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth, CA. An extravaganza of hot rods, custom cars, and motorcycles will roll in to compete in the “BEST OF” car show - But it does not stop there! The stage will host a lineup of some of Rock and Rockabilly’s elite all night, while some of the most beautiful, classiest pin-ups will be sweeping the platform in the 1st Annual “Miss Piston” Pin-Up Pageant!

This stellar line-up starts with MAUREEN & THE MERCURY 5, THE SATIN DOLLZ, THE PHANTOM POMPS (Chris Story/Blazing Haley, Fuse/Hard Six and Pussy Fontaine) and ending with Guns N’ Roses alumni GILBY CLARKE to take you down to the paradise city. Featured performance by Rockabella Hoop Artist LILLIAN STARR will dazzle you with her brilliant flaming hoops. While there, you can visit the Vendor Village and the food court for some tasty treats!!  

WHEN:             Saturday, August 20th 2016

WHERE:   The Valley Relics Museum

    21630 Marilla St
    Chatsworth, CA, 91311

GATES:    5:00PM

                Stage Starts at 5:30PM


?                   VIP - $75 – includes goodie bag, drink tix, VIP garden with private bar

?                   CHILDREN UNDER 9 - $10




About Multiple Sclerosis

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.

Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.

About Rock Against MS Foundation, 501c3

In its finishing stages, the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.

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As if the inaugural pairing of OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST--the biggest metal festival in North America EVER--wasn't enough...campers for this double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet will now get the bonus of an exclusive free Friday night camping kick-off party.  The September 23 pre-festival concert will give campers early access to the campsite, allowing them time to prepare for a night of performances from Armored Saint, Havok, Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile.  VIP camping lines open at 4:00 PM, general camping load in begins at 5:00 PM.  Doors to the Friday night camping kick-off party open at 7:00 PM with live music set to kick off at 8:00 PM.

Camping and ticketing options for the Live Nation-produced OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST--set for Saturday, September 24 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, September 25 (KNOTFEST) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA--can be found at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM.

The updated line-up for OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST is as follows, with both OZZFEST and KNOTFEST dedicating a stage in honor departed rock legend Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead.  

Saturday, September 24

LEMMY STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.
SECOND STAGE:  Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Allegaeon.
NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Brujeria, Kataklysm, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

Sunday, September 25

LEMMY STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.
SECOND STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.
NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.   

Armored Saint announces performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party with Havok, Exmortus, Thrown Into Exile

Currently on tour in Europe, Armored Saint will make a special appearance back in the USA this fall at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party - which is exclusively for campers at this double-header music and lifestyle weekend. The September 23rd pre-festival concert will give campers early access to the campsite, allowing them time to prepare for a night of performances from Armored Saint, Havok, Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile. For tickets and more information, please visit: and

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Iron Maiden Live on ARTE Concert - The Complete Headliner Show From Wacken Open Air 2016

Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls World Tour has been on the road since late February, playing to over 1.5 million fans with 72 shows in 36 counties and six continents. They will play the final show on Thursday, August 4, in Germany at Wacken Open Air Festival. ARTE Concert is going to feature the entire iconic performance on Livestream. The spectacular gig will get lavish camera attention and can be accessed anywhere in the world – a sensational experience for anyone who cannot get to show.

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says

“We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary Metal festival. Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour. Everywhere we’ve played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal. The band has loved every minute on stage.

So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there, we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift. Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn’t get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed!”

Wolfgang Bergmann (ARTE): “The festival summer by ARTE concert is heading for an exceptional highlight, showing a live stream of British legends Iron Maiden performing their final show of an incredible tour at the Wacken Open Air. An audience of millions, in Europe and for the first time worldwide, know by now that ARTE is taking the festivals to anywhere you are.”   

Holger Hübner/Thomas Jensen (ICS/Wacken): “We are incredibly happy to be able to give all these Iron Maiden and Wacken Open Air fans, worldwide, this highlight at the close of the spectacular ‘Book of Souls’ Tour. Heavy Metal fans are the best fans in the world, and Iron Maiden fans are unparalleled. It is so brilliant that everybody who could not get a ticket for the W:O:A, will be able to enjoy this ‘Night To Remember’.”

Iron Maiden at Wacken Open Air with The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016. On Thursday, August 4, from 9.30 pm CET. Exclusive and worldwide on Livestream at and

Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash 'Take It Back' on North American Fall Tour

Musical journey through back catalog plus selections from recent recordings on tap

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, bring it to their North American fans on the 2016 “Take It Back” Tour. As they celebrate their 47th anniversary at shows from Denver, CO, to New York City, the guys will present time-honored classics and deep tracks from the back catalog, as well as material from recent recordings.

“We'd like to mix it up a little,” says founding member Andy Powell. “Perhaps include a different epic instrumental, dust off a couple of the old harmony-driven songs, feature an unexpected track from our latest album, 'Blue Horizon.'”

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash finds itself in rare company these days. Not many bands are still going strong after nearly 50 years. It takes a serious lifetime of commitment to the craft of making music; but, more importantly, real skill is required to navigate the shifting seas of the music industry, and few know that better than Powell.

“We laid down strong musical roots in the '70s, and these roots continue to prove productive,” he says. “Also, we nurtured our fan base as much as possible through fan club conventions, newsletters and the like; but this was all given a great boost once the digital age came into being, with websites and social media.”

Wishbone Ash is led by Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finnish guitar master Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 19-year veteran of the band, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers, himself an 8-year Ash veteran who also handles a lot of the band's tech requirements.

Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.

True road warriors, each year the band logs around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth.

“The hours, days and weeks we spend touring and recording results in a close-knit group, for sure,” says Powell. “It allows us to bring a level of intensity to the table that people seem to pick up on and appreciate.”

The fruitful results of near-constant touring are evident on the latest DVD release, “Live in Paris,” recorded in May 2015 during a three-day residency at Le Triton Theatre in Les Lilas, Paris.

Powell says, “We recorded three nights of material, including current versions of some classic songs, plus some deep tracks that people won't necessarily expect.”

The band recently released a four-disc “Road Works” box set, a compilation of four separate shows recorded in Germany and the UK. In October 2015, Powell completed his autobiography, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” co-written with Irish music journalist Colin Harper. The book, published by Jawbone Press, has met with public and critical acclaim.

“Our concept was to root my musical story and that of the band's to the times in which I came of age,” says Powell. “That is to say, relating it to those times, decade by decade, so that the reader could get a picture of how I was impacted by the social and musical trends and how I weathered those changes. We also wanted to keep it breezy and poke a little fun at this music game at the same time.”

There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash. Be sure to catch them on the Take It Back Tour this September. Tour dates and more information can be found at

WISHBONE ASH “Take It Back” Tour North America September 2016
SEPT 8 Denver CO Soiled Dove
SEPT 9 Colorado Springs CO Stargazers
SEPT 10 Kansas City MO Knuckleheads
SEPT 12 Milwaukee WI Pabst Theatre – Turner Hall
SEPT 13 Minneapolis MN Famous Dave’s
SEPT 16 Edwardsville IL Wildey Theatre
SEPT 17 St. Charles IL Arcada Theatre
SEPT 18 Auburn Hills MI Callahan’s
SEPT 19 Fort Wayne IN C2G Music Hall
SEPT 20 Pittsburgh PA Rex Theater
SEPT 21 Buffalo NY Sportsmen’s Tavern
SEPT 22 Albany NY The Upper Room
SEPT 23 Jim Thorpe PA Mauch Chunk Opera House
SEPT 24 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall
SEPT 25 Londonderry NH Tupelo Music Hall
SEPT 26 Annapolis MD Rams Head
SEPT 27 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater
SEPT 28 New York NY Highline Ballroom
SEPT 29 Pawling NY Daryl's House Club




One thing you won’t ever catch DEE SNIDER doing is being complacent. “I’ve never been about living in the past,” Snider says. “The past is wonderful to reflect on and enjoy, but for me, I’d rather show you the latest thing I’ve been working on. I’m all about looking ahead, and this new record is very much about me moving forward.”

DEE’s vibrant new solo album, WE ARE THE ONES, is due out in October on Red River Records (Distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning song writer, Damon Ranger, WE ARE THE ONES crackles with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of “Rule the World,” to the anthemic bonding of “So What” (complete with, yes, a string section) to the intensely synth driven “Close to You,” to the thematically soaring “Superhero” (a song tailor-made for running over the end credits of the next Marvel or DC movie blockbuster if ever there was one). Another significant highlight of the album is a newly re-recorded acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” which has also been tapped the official anthem for The Recording Academy’s advocacy efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. Recently performed in Washington D.C. at the annual GRAMMYs On The Hill event, a video of the song premiered earlier today on Entertainment Weekly’s website HERE and can now be viewed at

Also featured is an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole.” “I always thought it was a great song, a powerful song,” DEE explains, “I can’t wait to do that one live. Like ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is iconic, ‘Head Like a Hole’ is iconic for that era.”

With Twisted Sister effectively entering the rearview mirror, DEE now has his sights dead-set on his new musical direction. “You can’t expect others to embrace what you do if you don’t embrace it yourself,” he admits. “I have to believe it first before I can expect anybody else to believe it.  When you’re creating a new record, you want to make a statement, and you want to have music you can stand behind and feel strongly about. So it was a little unnerving when I started heading down this path. After Damon and I cut the first four tracks, I said, ‘Oh yeah, there is a place for me here.’ This is music I feel excited about, and I also look forward to playing it live.”

Earlier this summer, DEE took part in the unveiling of the new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power And Politics,” which will remain on display in Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention. To commemorate the new Hall of Fame exhibit, DEE performed a new acoustic version of Twisted Sister’s legendary song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” This moving new version of DEE’s epic anthem is currently available on iTunes.

In April 2016, DEE was called to Capitol Hill for the second time—the first at the infamous 1985 Senate hearing instigated by Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)--to speak on behalf of The Recording Academy’s "Fair Play Fair Pay” initiative.  On September 18, DEE will be presenting his new music at Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.

DEE is unapologetically energized about where he’s going as an artist. “Music inspires that genuine enthusiasm.  I’m not anti the past — I’m just not one of those guys sitting there singing about the glory days.  To me, these are the glory days, and the days to come are the glory days.  And this new record is the part of my next glory days.”

It sure is.  WE ARE THE ONES opens an exciting new chapter in the ongoing, never-ending glorious saga of DEE SNIDER.  And that’s how you come to rule the world.


The ferocious guitarist fuses his blues and rock influences in eleven original songs that celebrate Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, and Robin Trower with special guest appearance by Lita Ford on "Coming Home"

Stream "Dust & Bones" here:

Gary Hoey will release his Provogue / Mascot Label Group debut DUST & BONES on July 29.  Looking towards his 20th album release Hoey shares, "This is where I belong—playing this ferocious blend of blues and rock music.  My last album, Deja Blues, proved to myself that I could play authentic blues, and now that I feel more at home there, I felt it was time to mix my favorite guitar styles into something seamless, organic, and powerful.”

Released through Mascot Label Group, Dust & Bones showcases Hoey’s Fender Stratocaster-driven fury alongside open-D-tuned resonator guitars plugged into half-stacks. The massive sonic attack was essential for paying sincere and appropriate homage to some of Hoey’s influences, such as Johnny Winter (“Steamroller”), Robin Trower (“This Time Tomorrow”), and Brian Setzer (“Who’s Your Daddy”), as well as a thrill-a-minute mash up of Robert Johnson meets Led Zeppelin (“Boxcar Blues”). There’s also a classic power ballad (“Coming Home”) where Lita Ford sings a duet with Hoey.

“This is the biggest-sounding album I’ve done in years,” says Hoey. “From the guitars to the vocals to the rhythm section—everything was designed to produce a huge impact. I’m just so proud of this record.”

For the Dust & Bones tracks, Hoey went with a power-trio configuration, rocking hard with drummer Matt Scurfield and bassist AJ Pappas. The other selections on the 11-song CD are the first single, “Dust & Bones,” as well as “Born to Love You,” “Ghost of Yesterday,” “Back Against the Wall,” “Blind Faith,” and “Soul Surfer.”  Guitar Player Magazine's Editor in Chief Michael Molenda offers, "Gary Hoey’s awesome command of styles, tones, and techniques drives so many different moods on Dust & Bones that you’ll feel as if he transports you across the musical universe and beyond. Buckle up!"

Confirmed appearances include:
6/03  St. Charles, MO          Family Arena (w/ Boston & Blue Oyster Cult)
6/17  Hermosa Beach, CA            Saint Rocke
6/18  Romona, CA                       Romana Mainstage
6/20  San Diego, CA            Guitar Workshop Plus
6/25  Lowell, MA                 Lowell Summer Music Series
6/30  San Francisco, CA               Biscuit & Blues
7/01  Seattle, WA                        WAMU Theater (w/ Boston)
7/02  Reno, NV                   RockBar Theater
7/22  Auburn Hills, MI         Callahan's Music Hall
7/23  St. Charles, IL                    Arcada Theater
7/24  Milwaukee, WI           Shank Hall
8/04  Los Angeles, CA          Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp - Vol. 2
8/19  New Hope, PA            Havana
8/20  Teaneck, NJ                       Mexicali Live
8/21  Westford, MA                     Blues N Brews Festival




Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will visit 32 cities beginning Saturday, November 12 in Appleton and make stops in Nashville, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others (full itinerary below). Their 13th annual tour, presented by SiriusXM, will feature music off their latest Christmas album, ROCKIN' RUDOLPH, (available now as a limited edition box set, CD, vinyl or download) plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums; and original material from BRIAN SETZER. Tickets are on sale now; visit www.briansetzer.comfor more information and to purchase tickets.  

In December of last year, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA performed an exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners in New York City which aired on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country and Holly channels. Also last year, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA  made a special appearance on TBS' "CONAN," performing Here Comes Santa Claus" (here) and "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide" (here).  

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc...) and recorded in both Nashville, TN and Hollywood, CA, the 12-track ROCKIN' RUDOPLH includes highlights such as "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide," and "Rockabilly Rudolph," among other notable Christmas classic tunes. SETZER's trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA's rockin' big-band horn arrangements-an unbeatable combination.

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A striking DW Collector’s Series® drumset featured on Oscar®-winning writer/director Cameron Crowe’s new Showtime series, Roadies is more than just set dressing – it’s a piece of rock history. The cherry drumset finished in Ivory Ebony exotic wood was handcrafted in DW’s California Custom Shop and outfitted with DW hardware and pedals expressly for legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker.

Starring Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino, and produced by J.J. Abrams, Roadies chronicles the unpredictable world of rock-n-roll through the eyes of fictional arena-rockers Staten-House Band’s hardworking road crew as they tour the United States. Roadies airs Sunday nights on Showtime. For more information on DW drums, visit

Ozzy Osbourne Feared Getting Shot, Killed, Beaten Up At The Alamo

Ozzy Osbourne is seen trying to avoid returning to the Alamo in a scene from his latest TV show, Ozzy And Jack's World Detour. The Black Sabbath frontman was persuaded to revisit the sacred ground in Texas, three decades after urinating on the war memorial while drunk and wearing one of his wife's dresses.

Ozzy was banned from performing in the area for 10 years after the 1982 incident - a rule that was only lifted when he donated $10,000 to the memorial fund.

His son Jack last week discussed concerns over a "lunatic in the crowd" when they filmed at the Alamo last year. In the clip, Ozzy says: "People have memories. They're going to remember the press about when I urinated there. I don't really feel keen on going there."

Asked what's the worst that could happen to him, he replies: "Get shot, killed, beaten up!" He then pretends to be dying and says: "Tell your mum I love her."

When Jack tells him it's an opportunity to "bury the hatchet," he responds: "In the back of my head." Watch the clip here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Jon Oliva Recovering From Stroke

Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra multi-instrumentalist and composer Jon Oliva has confirmed that he suffered a stroke in April. And while he says it has left him with some "physical recovery challenges," he reports that it wasn't as serious as it could have been.

He says on Facebook: "Physical therapy and rehab sessions are getting me back to normal and I am once again feeling confident about recording new music.

Needless to say, such a traumatic health issue was a real epiphany for me. I don't regret the way I have lived my life - I lived the rock'n'roll lifestyle since I was 18. It's all I knew and I enjoyed the ride very much. But there comes a time in everyone's life where you have to step back and make some life changing decisions, which I have." Read more here.

Rolling Stones Concert Film Set To Hit Movie Theaters

The Rolling Stones will debut their Cuban concert film, "Havana Moon", in theaters worldwide on September 23. The March 25, 2016 event saw the group perform their first-ever concert in Cuba during a groundbreaking free show before an estimated crowd of 1.2 million fans that also marked the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.

Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd who had come to watch the historic show: "Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here," and joked with his bandmates during the performance, describing them as "The Revolutionary Ronnie Wood…Charlie Che Watts….Compadre Keith Richards"

Named after a Chuck Berry song and directed by Paul Dugdale, "Havana Moon" features a setlist of classics including "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll", "Honky Tonk Women", "Start Me Up", "Brown Sugar" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Read more here.

Metallica Get Pokemon Theme Spoof

Metallica are the subject of a spoof video that appears to show them performing the Pokemon theme. It follows King 810 being given a similar treatment earlier this week.

James Hetfield and co have been edited to match the Redeemers' version of the song by YouTuber Golpe Baixo, who was inspired by the Pokemon GO explosion.

Meanwhile, Metallica have revealed details of a collector's edition of Back To The Front, the book about 1986 album Master Of Puppets. The fan-powered title is published on September 13, with the special edition becoming available on August 30. Watch the spoof here.

Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Reissuing Solo Albums

Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan will reissue five solo albums as "The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982" on September 23. The package brings together five albums across seven LPs, including 1979's "Mr Universe", 1980's "Glory Road" on 2LP with the bonus disc "For Gillan Fans Only", 1981's "Future Shock", 1981's "Double Trouble" on 2LP and 1982's "Magic."

All of the albums have been recreated as first pressing replicas on 180g heavyweight vinyl housed in a rigid slipcase. The five records were originally issued during an era after Gillan had left Deep Purple in 1973 and before he joined Black Sabbath in 1982.

Gillan returned to Deep Purple in 1984 for a 25th anniversary tour and recorded two albums with the lineup that included the return of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Read more here.

New Beatles Documentary To Include Iconic Shea Stadium Footage

It's hard to imagine a time before rock and pop stars could sell out arenas to many tens of thousands of fans. In 1965, however, the thought of a 55,000-strong crowd was unheard of before the Beatles performed at New York's (now demolished) Shea Stadium.

If numbers like that had been approached before, they'd never been publicized in quite the same way. The Shea Stadium show at the height of Beatlemania disrupted music culture and established a once-in-a-lifetime shift in touring.

Footage from the memorable August 15, 1965 date will be included in Ron Howard's authorized documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week--The Touring Years. The New York performance marked the tour's first date, which took place about one year after the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. According to Variety, the doc will include 30 minutes of footage from the show, which puts the height and intensity of Beatlemania into perspective for viewers who missed it. Read more here.

 Bruce Springsteen Unreleased Tracks Album Set For Release

Bruce Springsteen will release "Chapter And Verse", a new collection featuring unreleased tracks that doubles as an audio companion to his upcoming autobiography "Born To Run."

Due on September 23 - the New Jersey rocker's 67th birthday - the set delivers tunes from throughout his career as he reveals the storyline to his memoir.

The package opens with five unreleased songs from Springsteen's early days, including two from The Castiles, one each from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band, and a solo studio track from 1972 - all prior to the release of his 1973 debut, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J."

"Chapter And Verse" will be available as a single CD and double LP, as well as via digital download and streaming. Springsteen will publish his autobiography, "Born To Run", on September 27 via Simon & Schuster. Read more here.

David Ellefson Reflects On Megadeth's 'Higher Calling'

Megadeth's David Ellefson says that Megadeth have a 'higher calling.' And reflecting on their 30-plus year career, the bassist expresses hope that the band will end it on their own terms.

Ellefson tells Metal Devastation (via Blabbermouth): "I think if you don't quit, and hopefully you don't die, you keep going. This tour's pretty long, almost two months. There was a moment the other day where Dave Mustaine's, like, 'Think what it's gonna be like one day if we don't do this, or when we don't do this.'

"The first things that hit me was, 'Well, hopefully we wrap it up on our terms and not on somebody else's.' Or because of other tragedies. This is what you're born to do.

"Dave and I talk about it all the time. We've had this sort of anointing and blessing for us to even be together. It's kind of like Megadeth sort of has this higher calling around it." Read more here.

Ann Wilson Streams Cover Of Jimi Hendrix's 'Manic Depression'

Ann Wilson has released a stream of her cover of Jimi Hendrix track "Manic Depression". The song was originally recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967, and now appears on the Heart singer's latest solo EP The Ann Wilson Thing! - #2.

The four-track also features a cover of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush duet Don't Give Up along with two original tracks Fighten Fer Life and Anguish. Last month, Wilson hit out at artists who insist on using auto-tune to enhance their music.

She told TeamRock: "I've no objection to singers using them when recording commercial jingles, but when it starts masquerading as art that's when I lose my rag.

"My biggest objection to auto-tune is that it makes everybody sound the same, and I hate anonymity. Being a singer is all about being human, having flaws and inflections that I guess some might choose to see as imperfection.

"Take them away and you remove the person's identity. If it were up to me let's send them all to the bottom of the ocean." Stream the song here.


Poison Star Warns Of 'Very Scary' STD That Causes Cancer

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is the latest celebrity that has battled cancer and has spoken out about the dangers of HPV (human papillomavirus), the STD that he says caused his cancer.

Rockett, who recently said that he is cancer free following an experimental treatment, spoke about his oral cancer battle on the One On One With Mitch Lafon podcast.

Rockett told the podcast (via Blabbermouth): "This is from HPV; that's where it's from. And I caution anybody that has had more than one sex partner in their life. Okay? I mean, I have a partner, a buddy, and a girl that I went through this treatment with. Both of them… One of them's been married nine years, the other one's been married fifteen years. And it was HPV positive. That's how long HPV lasts in the system.

"So somebody can be married and live happily and get all these tests and everything is clear, and all of a sudden, you get head and neck cancer and go, 'What the hell happened? 'Are you cheating on me? Or what the hell is…' And it's not. It's a very invisible, very scary STD that is also being passed from hand to mouth now, they're thinking. I mean, it's epidemic."

He adds: "I don't have one single friend that isn't at risk - not one. I mean, everybody I know has had sex with more than one person. Now, it's more detectable in women than men... Men, there's really no test for it at this point; there's no routine screening.

"So that's another thing that I'd love to see change - a routine screening for it - because if you do have it, there are some vaccinations on the way, treatment vaccinations, that could eradicate it before it ever became cancer." Read more and listen to the full interview here.


RES 9 Management along with Mascot Label Group is pleased to announce that Rik Emmett and his new band, RESolution9, have just delivered an album of 11 brand new rockers as part of a multi-album, worldwide deal.  The album, entitled RES 9, is tentatively slated to be released through Mascot Label Group in November 2016

The members of RESolution9 are from Rik's touring quartet: Dave Dunlop on guitar, Steve Skingley on bass, and Paul DeLong on drums, with Dave and Steve co-producing the project. Much of the album was recorded and mixed at Mississauga's famed MetalWorks Studios, where Rik enjoyed a profoundly comfortable re-connectivity to his own roots. In fact, the other two founding members of Triumph (Gil Moore and Mike Levine, from the trio that received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the U.S. in the 70's & 80's) reunite with Rik as special guests on "The Grand Parade", a song that conjures 1979's "Suitcase Blues".

Additionally, legendary guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush performs on two stellar tracks, with James LaBrie of Dream Theater contributing extraordinary guest vocals on two cuts as well. 

Canadian Rock and Juno Hall of Famer Rik Emmett says, "I'm really happy and grateful that Mascot Label Group gave our band complete freedom, and trusted us to do our best.  Some might see this as a comeback record, but I’m really proud of the vitality the band generated. For me, it's always about the songwriting - how the melodies and sonic landscapes capture the storytelling." 

A more detailed press release will be issued by Mascot Label Group once the album secures its formal release date. Fans can visit and for more information.


2 CD selection set ‘The Early Years – CRE/ATION’ also available

Pink Floyd will release ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ on Friday, November 11, 2016. Pink Floyd have delved into their vast music archive, back to the very start of their career, to produce a deluxe 27-disc boxset featuring 7 individual book-style packages, featuring never before released material.

The box set will contain TV recordings, BBC Sessions, unreleased tracks, outtakes and demos over an incredible 12 hours, 33 mins of audio (made up of 130 tracks) and over 15 hours of video. Over 20 unreleased songs including 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio, plus 7 hours of rare concert footage are included, along with meticulously produced 7” singles in replica sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967’s Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods which have been newly mixed for the release.

  • Unreleased demos, TV appearances and live footage from the Pink Floyd archives
  • 6 volumes plus a bonus EXCLUSIVE ‘Extras’ package across 27 discs
  • Over 20 unreleased songs including 1967’s Vegetable Man and

In the Beechwoods

  • Remixed and updated versions of the music from ‘Zabriskie Point’
  • 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio
  • 15 hours 35 mins of video including rare concert performances, interviews and 3 feature films

‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, one of the biggest selling albums of all time.  From the single Arnold Layne to the 20-minute epic Echoes, fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic through to Syd’s departure and David Gilmour joining to form the iconic lineup.

In addition to the deluxe set, a 2-CD highlights album ‘The Early Years – CRE/ATION’ will also be available on Friday, November 11, 2016 through Pink Floyd Records.

Each individual book-style package will be released separately early in 2017, except ‘BONUS CONTINU/ATION’ which is exclusive to this box set.

Product overview:
1965-1967       CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

1970          DEVI/ATION                                                              
At the end of 1969 and in the early part of 1970, Pink Floyd recorded and mixed their contribution to Michelangelo Antonioni’s alternative view of US society, ‘Zabriskie Point’.  Three songs were released on the soundtrack album, and an additional  four tracks were added in the expanded CD edition in 1997. Never released on one Pink Floyd disc, this volume compiles remixed and updated versions of the ‘Zabriskie Point’ audio material.

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

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

1971     REVERBER/ATION                                                                     
In 1971 Pink Floyd recorded the ‘Meddle’ album, containing the track ‘Echoes, which took up the entire side of the LP and is regarded by many as laying the groundwork for ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, and, as such, is an important part of the Pink Floyd canon.

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

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

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

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

— Arnold Layne C/W Candy And A Currant Bun
— See Emily Play C/W The Scarecrow
— Apples And Oranges C/W Paintbox
— It Would Be So Nice C/W Julia Dream
— Point Me At The Sky C/W Careful With That Axe, Eugene

BONUS      CONTINU/ATION (Exclusive to ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ box set)
A bonus CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc package includes a CD of early BBC radio sessions, the audio tracks from the film ‘The Committee’, Pink Floyd’s live soundtrack to the 1969 NASA moon landings, and more.
Audio-visual material includes 3 feature films: ‘The Committee’, ‘More’ and ‘La Vallée’ (Obscured By Clouds), plus more live footage and festival performances by the band.  /






 "I am delighted to be going on tour throughout North America, to thank all who have followed my work from the beginning--and all who have just discovered me now. I celebrate my 50th year in music to re-affirm my poet's role to unite us with our deeper conscious Self. My 'Sunshine Superman' album led the way to establish the need for the journey within and T.M Meditation the way to go. My world-wide tour continues this work."  --DONOVAN

DONOVAN--'60s legend, icon, poet and one of the world's most enduring singer songwriters, whose fingerprints can be seen throughout the last half-century of popular music--has announced additional dates for his forthcoming 50th Anniversary 'Sunshine Superman' North American Tour this fall. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his landmark 1966 album Sunshine Superman, DONOVAN's tour has now expanded to 21 shows (all dates below), due to various dates having sold out. Presented by ASTRELLA INC, tickets for the 50th Anniversary 'Sunshine Superman' North American Tour are on sale nowat

The City of Los Angeles will officially declare September 3 "Donovan Day." September 3, 2016, marks the actual, to-the-date 50-year anniversary of when the single "Sunshine Superman" reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1966. The day before, on Friday, September 2 at 10:00 AM, DONOVAN and the Los Angeles City Council, led by Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District and other city leaders will be on-hand for a special press conference and ceremony to mark the annual "Donovan Day" at L.A. City Hall in downtown Los Angeles (John Ferraro Council Chambers, L.A. City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

DONOVAN's 21-city tour will launch with a benefit concert on Tuesday, August 30, in East Hamptons, at Guild Hall, for the David Lynch Foundation. He'll return to New York City on Thursday, September 15 for a concert at Carnegie Hall and continue across North America before wrapping up on Friday, October 21 for a sold out concert at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto

2016 also celebrates the 50th anniversary of DONOVAN's hit single "Sunshine Superman" when it reached #1 on the Billboard chart. The album of the same name is considered a classic masterpiece and was cited during DONOVAN's induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012: "Donovan single-handedly initiated the Psychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman." Audiences during The 50th Anniversary Tour will be treated to DONOVAN's history of hits, including "Sunshine Superman," "Mellow Yellow," "The Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Jenifer Juniper" as well as his legendary storytelling and other cult classic songs

A deeper reason for DONOVAN's tour is his important world-wide work with Transcendental Meditation. A percentage  of  the  proceeds from his fall tour support the "Donovan Children's Fund"--a division of the David Lynch Foundation--which helps bring Transcendental Meditation to tens of thousands of at-risk students in schools throughout the United States

The Sundazed Sunshine Superman vinyl reissue is available now (here) has been sourced from the original analog Epic tapes in the rare U.S. MONO mix. Sony/Legacy Recordings release of "The Essential Donovan"--a collection of DONOVAN's hits and other innovative album selections is also available now. Meanwhile, Gibson Guitars has created a special "Donovan Model J45 Guitar," the guitar on which DONOVAN composed, recorded, and performed all his 60s works.  

DONOVAN's daughter, Astrella Celeste, will celebrate her father's achievements with a special release of a Sunshine Superman musical t-shirt from her unique "Astrella Inc" collection. To view all DONOVAN selections, visit:!donovan/vwwnz.  

It's all a long way from that heady 60's decade that birthed him, but 2016 will confirm DONOVAN as much more than a mere heritage act. DONOVAN embodies the history of British rock and pop. DONOVAN is an institution, and his legacy and influence will ensure that he is part of its future, too.

Aerosmith To Launch Their 'Last Conventional' Tour

More signs point to Aerosmith's next tour being their final major trek. Now bassist Tom Hamilton says in an interview that the band are thinking that their upcoming outing will be their "last conventional Aerosmith tour."

Hamilton's comments follow remarks made by frontman Steven Tyler who recently characterized the veteran band's next trek as a farewell tour. Hamilton tells EonMusic, when asked if the farewell tour is a reality, "Well, things have been on hold and I think they're about to not be on hold over the next few months.

"We have a show, a festival we're doing in September out West, and then we have a South American tour in October and then a few months later we'll start what we're thinking of as pretty much our last conventional Aerosmith tour.

"Who knows how long that will go? This band still has a lot of shows in 'em. Aerosmith still has a way to go before we completely finish." Read the full interview here.

Headed To Trial For Battery Charge

Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has plead not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery in an alleged incident in Las Vegas, NV on April 7. Neil is accused of dragging an autograph seeker to the ground by her hair during a lunch with actor Nicolas Cage at the Aria Hotel.

At the time, TMZ reported that the alleged altercation was caught on surveillance video from inside the hotel and reviewed by police before charges were laid.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Neil's attorney, David Chesnoff, entered the plea on behalf of the rocker during a brief arraignment hearing on Wednesday.

"We're going to do our own investigation, which we've already started," said Chesnoff. "As always, I ask people not to prejudge situations until all the facts come in and we understand the totality of the circumstances."

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz set a trial date for September 19; Neil could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted, according to local police. Read more here.

Ozzy Osbourne's Jimmy Kimmel Appearance Goes Online

Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack were among the guests on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on the program's July 26 broadcast. The pair were on hand to promote the July 24 launch of their new History channel series, "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour."

The 10-episode series sees the rock legend and his son tour the world to visit a bucket list of iconic and historically significant spots that includes Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios, and a hit list of some fascinating sights and people that they've read about.

Among the stops was a return visit to The Alamo, where Ozzy had been banned for decades after being arrested in San Antonio, Texas in February 1982 for urinating at a monument near the landmark dedicated to the lives of soldiers killed in the 1836 Texas Revolution.

"I found out that I didn't pee on The Alamo, after all," says Ozzy about the episode. "Without giving too much away," explains Jack, "urination was involved; public intoxication was involved, and the donning of women's garments was involved."

"I remember some Mexican guy saying to me, "I don't know what the problem is; we pee up The Alamao every night," adds Ozzy. Watch the video here.

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Reveals British Lion Tour Plans

Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris will tour Europe with his solo band British Lion in the near future - and he's announced the first date of the trip.

They'll headlining this year's Planet Rockstock in South Wales on December 3. It marks the band's first appearance since they played across Europe last year, in support of their self-titled 2012 album.

Harris said at the time that he enjoyed playing smaller-scale shows with vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Graham Leslie and drummer Simon Dawson, adding: "We love the vibe and intimacy of getting up close and personal with the crowd." Read more here.

Van Halen's David Lee Roth Releases New Roth Show Episodes

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth tackles food and hot rods on the two latest episodes of his online series The Roth Show. The rocker launched the program in 2012 and it remained online until his social media websites went dark at the end of January 2015 without explanation - just days before Van Halen officially announced plans for the release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

The series resurfaced when the singer launched a new website on February 7. "Up by popular demand," said Roth at the time. "Unlimited binge positive fun for the whole family & beyond…"

The singer has issued several new editions of The Roth Show in the past few months while things have been quiet in the Van Halen camp since they closed out their 2015 tour with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the new episodes here.

The Who Postpone UK Tour Until Next Year

The Who have postponed their upcoming UK tour. The five dates were due to take place in late August and early September - but they'll now happen in April 2017.

The band say they've shifted the performances to coincide with two new dates at London's Royal Albert Hall, which will see them play a new acoustic presentation of Tommy.

The London dates have been set up to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust, of which frontman Roger Daltrey is an honorary patron and will take place on March 30 and April 1, 2017.

The rescheduled UK dates, which were billed as a Greatest Hits package, will now feature "some lesser known Who songs and include a new focused presentation of Tommy drawn from the Royal Albert Hall concerts - including a brand new video program specially produced for these shows." Read more and see the dates here.

Gong Announce New Album 'Rejoice! I'm Dead!'

Gong will release their latest album Rejoice! I'm Dead! on September 16. The psych-rock outfit are putting out their 28th title - and their first without founder Daevid Allen, who died of cancer last year aged 77.

The record also includes an early song idea rehearsal featuring the late singer, along with Gong alumni Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe and Graham Clark. A clip featuring guitarist Hillage can be heard below.

Singer Kavus Torabi says: "Rejoice! I'm Dead! came together over several weeks in an East London rehearsal studio. In terms of the writing, the songs became very elastic, what may have been brought to the band as a fixed idea, through experimenting, discarding, expanding and mutating evolved into the songs as you hear them now. Every member was key in the development of each song." Read more here.

Nektar's Roye Albrighton Dead At 67

Nektar vocalist and guitarist Roye Albrighton has died after a long illness, former bandmate Derek 'Mo' Moore has confirmed. Albrighton passed away in Poole, Dorset, at the age of 67, three years after the launch of Nektar's latest album Time Machine.

He co-founded the band in Germany in 1969 and was a member of every lineup until 1982, then again from their 2000 reformation until the present day.

Bassist Moore says: "It is with a heavy heart I have to report that our music brother Roye, after a long illness, died last night. His organs just gave out on him. He was fighting against the infection that grasped him until he could fight no more.

"We had our differences over the years, but our respect for each other has always been strong. I would say he was in the top five guitarists of the last five decades. We were both strong personalities and pushed each other to do better and go forward all the time, to go further and further." Read more here.

Slash, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa Lead B.B. King Tribute Lineup

Artists including Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, Derek Trucks, and Joe Bonamassa have been confirmed for a live tribute to late blues icon B.B. King.

The Grammy Foundation will honour King at Icon: The Life And Legacy Of B.B. King which will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on September 1.

The show will also feature stories from artists influenced by King and will include also performances by Keb' Mo', Susan Tedeschi, Jimmie Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Lewis Walker. Read more here.


Dolby’s years as recording artist, MTV star, producer, technology innovator and academic form compelling memoir, due out October 11 from Flatiron Books.

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Walking home after being fired from his job at a grocery store, 16-year-old Thomas Dolby stumbled upon an abandoned musical synthesizer, a Transcendent 2000, lying in a dumpster.  Few would have realized that this small discovery would lead to a career performing alongside David Bowie, pitching song lyrics to Michael Jackson, or helping create the iconic Nokia cellphone ringtone. Dolby lived among legends and eventually became one himself, breaking down walls in the music world with hits like “She Blinded Me With Science,” and then doing the same during the technology revolution in Silicon Valley when he helped introduce sound to the Internet.

In his forthcoming autobiography, The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology (Flatiron Books; on sale October 11, 2016; $27.99), Thomas Dolby recounts a remarkable career of ups and downs, glamour and corruption, music and tech, and the eventual melding of them all into perfect harmony.

According to Dolby, "I've always been a tinkerer. Never happier than when I'm scratching around without a clue, whether it's programming a MiniMoog or filing for a $90M IPO. Now that most of the characters in my life story are either dead or in jail, I felt it's time to spill the beans."

After spending sleepless nights tweaking and restoring his newfound synthesizer back to life, Thomas Dolby left school to pursue his musical passions. This seemed to many of his friends and family — three generations of Cambridge University professors —like a fever dream. But Dolby was determined and by 1982 he had become a household name with his hits (and accompanying self-directed music videos), “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive.”  Attempting to duplicate his early successes, and after being left by his record label to fend for himself, Dolby funded a tour for his second album that failed miserably.  But his reputation had spread throughout the entertainment industry and he was tapped to work with icons like David Bowie, George Clinton, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, and to write the songs for George Lucas’ cult classic, Howard the Duck.

However, by the early ’90s, Dolby had grown tired of the music industry with its ubiquitous corruption, back door dealings, and sleazy executives.  He uprooted his family and moved to the Bay Area where, seeing the inadequacies of music software, he saw an opportunity to make his mark on the industry. With the rise of the Internet, he recognized that websites were missing a crucial element — sound. Through his startup company, Beatnik, Dolby helped pioneer audio in the earliest versions of virtual reality and convinced companies like Yahoo and Netscape that adding musical elements to their websites could draw in more visitors. Yet, once again faced with the reality of a corrupt and soul-crushing industry, and losing sight of his earliest visions for Beatnik, Dolby resigned from the company he founded. Seeing yet another opportunity, he decided to pursue the emerging world of mobile uses for music, with astonishing success: Beatnik’s technology was eventually licensed and embedded into more than two billion wireless devices, and our cell phones haven’t sounded the same since.

Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, and then moved to Silicon Valley, where he has an extraordinary career as an entrepreneur. He has been named Johns Hopkins University’s first Homewood Professor of the Arts, where he will help create a new center that will serve as an incubator for technology in the arts.

Melding the world of rock and roll with the high-energy and high-stake technology boom of the 1990s, The Speed of Sound is the sensational story of a man who stood at the vanguard of it all. From early appearances on MTV to tough negotiations with the biggest names in Silicon Valley, Dolby’s memoir takes readers through the voracious devotion of one man and his insatiable passion for music.


(New York, NY) - Guitar legend Kirk Hammett's KHDK Electronics is proud to unveil their latest guitar pedal, the Scuzz Box, an innovative fuzz pedal.  Available for pre-order through select dealers, the Scuzz Box is KHDK's geranium-voiced fuzz pedal, designed as a unique, truly musical fuzz.  The Scuzz Box was named by Hammett himself due to the dirty, skuzzy vibe it emits.  The pedal is housed in an acid-yellow and purple enclosure, and, characteristically for KHDK, it seeks to disrupt a standard notion of what a fuzz pedal should sound like.  The pedal features two distinct modes: Scuzz and Fuzz.  The Fuzz mode is a melodic, richly fuzzy go-to mode to play a whole show with a highly usable, top-notch crunchy fuzz.  The Scuzz mode delivers a dangerous, Velcro-type grating fuzz with a highly-distinct ripping texture and a buzzy tone.   

Of the Scuzz Box, Eagles Of Death Metal's Dave Catching commented, "Most fuzz pedals I've tried sound cool on high notes, but once you get into a rhythm you can't tell the notes apart any's just a wash of fuzz.  The Scuzz Box doesn't mute any notes and maintains clarity."  Check out the smoking video clip of Catching with the Scuzz Box here.  KHDK's David Karon added, "We created the Scuzz Box to shine through in the mix; it can be used for soloing and long, wailing tones and its clarity is even perfect for power chords." 

The Scuzz Box joins KHDK's Ghoul Screamer, No. 1 Overdrive and No. 2 Clean Boost guitar pedals in KHDK Electronics impressive and widely-praised arsenal of guitar pedals.  Conceived by Kirk Hammett and KHDK laboratories, the Ghoul Screamer is the perfect multipurpose guitar pedal, designed for the true guitar-gearhead, possessing dramatic versatility with controls spanning from a clean boost all the way to a massive overdrive.  In addition to the three standard controls (drive, tone and volume), five more switches are added to the Ghoul Screamer to greatly expand the sound palette - bass switch, high switch, body switch, compression switches and foot switch.  Of the Ghoul Screamer, Premier Guitar stated, "It's a potential livesaver in changing backline situations, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a more versatile OD." 

Constructed with feedback from Kirk Hammett, Disturbed's Dan Donegan and world-renowned producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Sick Of It All), the No. 1 Overdrive is an original tube-like overdrive pedal, a powerful, character-defining pedal that boasts a KHDK original circuit based on a radical blend of op-amp and mosfet technology.  The No. 1 Overdrive is used by some of the hard rock and metal worlds' biggest stars including Kirk Hammett himself, Disturbed's Dan Donegan, Rob Zombie's John 5, Gojira's Joe Duplantier, Volbeat's Rob Caggiano and Hellyeah's Tom Maxwell.  Of the No. 1 Overdrive, Guitar Player avowed, "Kudos to KHDK for bringing a hip new overdrive flavor to the tonal banquette...Superb tone.  Unique gain structure.  Great flexibility." 

KHDK's clean boost pedal, No. 2, is built on KHDK's original circuit, providing a warm, tube-like boost and is best-used as a precision-shaping tool with organic and transparent EQ.  The Clean Boost was designed for those who appreciate a natural, subtle gain.  Of the Ghoul Screamer, the No. 1 Overdrive and the No. 2 Clean Boost, Guitar World declared, "Whether you want pure clean boost, classic rock raunch or screaming solo tones, KHDK's new overdrive pedals offer the flavors you love, and the versatility to create the sounds you dream of.” 

Founded by legendary Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and industry vet David Karon, KHDK Electronics is a new boutique guitar effects maker.  Working with world renowned musicians to develop their products, KHDK stands for an exclusive lifestyle brand which caters to artists who are not afraid to push the envelope.  Over the past few years, KHDK has relentlessly refined and polished their vision with pain-staking detail.  From conception to prototype each product has been carefully crafted by engineer Antonin Salva.  All KHDK products are hand-built by a family-run manufacturer in Paducah, Kentucky.

KHDK co-founder Kirk Hammett needs no introduction.  As lead guitarist for Metallica for more than three decades, Hammett has sold hundreds of millions of albums, toured the world many times over and has been awarded multiple Grammy Awards and is regularly listed as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time.  KHDK co-founder David Karon has had decades of experience creating iconic products for the biggest names in music.  With KHDK, he gives artists an independent platform for turning their creative visions into reality and delivering the highest class of stage and audio gear. 

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YES Legend Jon Anderson To Receive Prog God Award From Progressive Music Awards!

London, UK – Music legend Jon Anderson will be presented with the Prog God award at this year's Progressive Music Awards, in association with, which will be held at London’s Underglobe on September 1, 2016! This very special honor is awarded to musical innovators within the world of progressive rock music and sees Anderson joining such music luminaries as Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, in collecting the prestigious award.

Says Jon “After all these years, it’s just wonderful to be getting this very special award. Music has guided me along to this point in my life and I’m forever excited about the new and progressive musical adventures I am given by the gods of music. Making music is like breathing to me, and I am blessed to be able to create music every day. A very grateful and humble thank you.”

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YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. Jon recently joined musical forces with jazz violin legend Jean Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The duo released their critically acclaimed CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never” in 2015 and have completed two successful tours of North America. Jon's new album with Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt titled “Invention of Knowledge” was released on InsideOut Records on July 8, 2016 and it's getting amazing rave reviews worldwide! His latest venture is reuniting with YES alumni Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman - ARW.

Catch Jon Anderson on tour with ARW this Fall 2016!
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Watch the new Anderson/Stolt video The Knowing 

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Steve Gumble, of Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and Craig Ferguson, of Telluride Bluegrass Festival, have joined together to announce two very special shows from legendary guitarist and songwriter Neil Young in the world-famous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado.   

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Young will visit Telluride, Colorado to play back-to-back shows (September 30and October 1)at the new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park.  Young will be joined on stage for his sets by Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson.

"Neil Young is in that genre and demographic that for me screams 'Telluride,' said Steve Gumble, of Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. "He's been a part of many people's lives for decades.  His style, his environmentalism--it's a really good fit for Telluride.  This is a dream come true, not only for myself, but many people in Telluride.  I am honored to be a part of these concerts which are sure to be legendary."

In a town where festivals dominate the local music scene, one-off concerts like the Grateful Dead in 1987, Bob Dylan in 2007, and Phish in 2010 are revered as monumental moments in music history.  These once-in-a-lifetime shows will mark the first-ever slated performances from Young in Telluride.  "I believe Neil is the artist Telluride has most wanted to see," said Craig Ferguson of Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Tickets for these shows are set to go on sale on the following dates: 
Tuesday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m. (MT) - Telluride Local Outlets Pre-Sale 
Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. (MT) - Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors and Neil Young Fan Club Pre-Sale 
Thursday, July 28at 11:00 a.m. (MT) - General Public

Two-Day Passes are $199 each, plus fees, Friday and Saturday Single-Day Passes are $125 each, plus fees and 3-Day Camping Passes are $75, plus fees.  Details about all the ticket options can be found at the event website:

For concert info or to purchase tickets, visit us online at  To buy tickets by phone, please call 888-512-7469. Tickets will also available at local outlets, Telluride Music (333 West Colorado Ave) and Wizard Entertainment (126 East Colorado Ave). Tickets for locals are limited and purchasers must be residents of San Miguel County, max 2 per person.

Local accommodations can be arranged through lodging partners, Telluride Alpine Lodging and Madeline Hotel and Residences.  Limited Camping is also available in Telluride Town Park.

About Telluride, Colorado

Nestled in a box canyon in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by some of Colorado's most rugged terrain, Telluride has been voted as one of the most scenic music venues in the country.  The historic mining town is situated 8,750 feet above sea level and is an acclaimed ski town by winter and the festival capital of Colorado in the summer. Telluride's Main Street, just steps away from the concert site in Telluride Town Park, is home to colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts, boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, historic buildings and more. The concert experience expands beyond the parameters of the awe-inspiring Telluride Town Park with endless recreating.




THE CULT have announced a wide array of summer tour dates including four upcoming stadium shows with Guns N' Roses, as well as festivals and their own headlining concerts. The iconic band--founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, drummer John Tempesta and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox--is on the road now in support of this year's Hidden City album.

Hidden City is their 10th studio album and the final chapter of the band's trilogy of releases which began with 2007's Born Into This then 2012's Choice of Weapon.  The album has already produced three singles: "Hinterland," "Dark Energy" and "Deeply Ordered Chaos."

Of the album and its first single, ASTBURY told, "'Hinterland' is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses we observe a young woman as she realizes her enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. 'Hinterland' is filled with symbolism, reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet's natural rhythms." 

THE CULT continue to evolve and do things in their own style.  Not tethered to the latest hit single or trend. They are a way of life, an ethos. Adventurers more than careerists. As ASTBURY eloquently puts it,  "Our post-modern roots have kept the creative process vibrant, and we continue to evolve."

DUFFY says, "Like all Cult albums--since Ian and I began writing together--we try our best to honestly reflect what we are feeling, doing and listening to.  Hidden City is no exception and I'm thrilled to have had a creative part in  such a critically acclaimed--but, more importantly--Cult-fan-acclaimed album. The dialogue between us all continues..."

Of the new album, Mojo said it's "Some of the fiercest, nastiest, most powerful - and also starkly beautiful - music of their career...The album's extraordinary howls of pain and anger, its dramatic apocalyptic visions and quiet interrogations of the meaning of life and death, align perfectly with the times."

Check out CULT music here:
"Hinterland" video via here.
“G.O.A.T." video via here.
"Deeply Ordered Chaos" video via here.

 THE CULT with Guns N' Roses:

Wed 7/27

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Dome

Fri 7/29

Orlando, FL

Camping World Stadium

Sun 7/31

New Orleans, LA

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Wed 8/3

Arlington, TX

AT&T Stadium

 THE CULT headlining dates:

Tue 8/2

San Antonio, TX

Aztec Theater

Fri 9/16

Hampton Beach, NH

Casino Ballroom

Sat 9/17

Chester, PA

Talen Energy Stadium

Sun 9/18

Norfolk, VA


Tue 9/20

Raleigh, NC

The Ritz

Wed 9/21

Charlotte, NC

Fillmore Charlotte

Sat 9/24

Houston, TX

Houston Open Air

Tue 9/27

Wichita, KS

Cotillion Ballroom

Thur 9/29

Kansas City, MO

Harrah's/Voodoo Lounge

Fri 9/30

Memphis, TN

Minglewood Hall

Sat 10/1

Louisville, KY

Louder Than Life Festival

Tue 10/4

Denver, CO

Ogden Theatre

Wed 10/5

Salt Lake City, UT

The Depot

Fri 10/7

Fresno, AZ

Paul Paul Theater at Fresno Fair

Sat 10/8

Primm, NV

Star of the Desert Arena

For more info on THE CULT, visit:



LOS ANGELES — To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, Steve Vai is currently in Europe on the first leg of his very special world tour celebrating one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time.  

This fall, Vai will bring his tour to North America starting on October 8, 2016 with a performance in Riverside, CA at the Fox Performing Arts Center.  For the first time Vai will be performing the entire Passion and Warfare record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in store.  The first 20 North American Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour dates have been announced (see list of dates below).  These 20 concerts represent the first half of the tour.  The remaining half will be announced soon. 

“The enjoyment that the band is having and the audience response to the shows we are playing in Europe has taken us a bit by surprise,” Vai said.  “The collective support for the PAW 25th, Modern Primitive and this show is humbling.  There is deep appreciation from us in having the opportunity to honor this record with this tour and we are smiling every moment of it.” 

The tour will feature three unique premium Passion and Warfare VIP packages: the Front Row EVO Experience, the Meet & Greet EVO Experience, and the EVO Tour Package.  With the Front Row and Meet & Greet EVO Experiences, fans will have an opportunity to sit with Steve in a Q&A session, attend soundcheck, and receive exclusive merchandise.  A limited number of EVO Experience and EVO Tour Packages will be available for each show. 

Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings recently released Vai’s Modern Primitive/Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition.  Modern Primitive includes previously unreleased material that was either recorded or written after Vai’s first solo record Flex-Able and prior to the writing and recording of the music on Passion and Warfare.  Fans will enjoy four bonus tracks on the 25th Anniversary version of Passion and Warfare, which was newly remastered from the original analog tapes. 

“The music on Modern Primitive was written and recorded with virtually no expectations for its future,” Vai said.  “As a result, there was an opening up to a powerful and personal creativity that allowed me to find the most stimulating music I could conjure.” 

Corresponding with the album release and tour, TrueFire presents Steve Vai’s Alien Guitar Secrets:  Passion & Warfare interactive video masterclass is now available at  During this insightful masterclass, Vai shares ingenious methods to help guitarists unlock their own personal musical identities throughout as well as revealing overviews with select playing examples for each of the songs on his acclaimed Passion and Warfare album.  

Vai will host his third Vai Academy guitar camp — Vai Academy 3.0 “Passion and Technique” — at the Asilomar Center ( in Carmel, California, Jan. 2-6, 2017 with special guests Al DiMeola, Zakk Wylde, Carlos Alomar and more.  For more information, visit or e-mail:   

“I can’t be more blown away by our lineup of special guests that will be joining us in January 2017 for our next Vai Academy,” Vai said.  “The theme for this camp will be focusing on technique, and going deeper than technique to find a player’s individual and unique voice on the instrument." 

For more information on Steve Vai, the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour, and current Vai happenings, visit

Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour Dates
July 20 - Palma, Spain - Teatro Trui
July 21 - Barcelona, Spain - BARTS Club Paral.lel 62
July 23 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cultural Centre of Belem
July 24 - Vila, Portugal - Hard Club
July 28 - Budapest, Hungary - Park Budapest
July 30 - Tbilisi, Georgia - Tbilisi Open Air
August 1 - Moscow, Russia - Moscow Annual Arts Festival
October 8 - Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center
October 9 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues - Las Vegas
October 11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues - San Diego
October 12 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
October 13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
October 14 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
October 16 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
October 17 - Nanaimo, BC - The Port Theater
October 18 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
October 19 - Calgary, AB - Jack Singer Concert Hall
October 21 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brian’s Event Centre
October 22 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
October 23 - Burnsville, MN - The Ames Center at Burnsville Performing Arts Center
October 25 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
October 26 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
October 28 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room
October 29 - North Tonawanda, NY - Riviera Theater
October 30 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
November 1 - London, ON - London Music Hall
November 2 - Ottawa, ON - Algonquin Commons Theatre
Additional North American tour dates to be announced soon 

Guns N' Roses Reunion Shows Booked 'Far Into Next Year'

There is no end in sight for the Guns N' Roses reunion, with dates booked "far" into next year for their Not In This Lifetime tour, says production manager Dale 'Opie' Skjerseth.

And he's dismissed the suggestion that the band members using separate dressing rooms suggests there's any kind of tension backstage. Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan staged their first show together in two decades when they performed in Los Angeles in April. Since then they've been touring North America, with further dates added in South America.

Skjerseth tells "I've been told there's no end date. I've seen plenty of dates going far into next year. Everybody's working together to keep a common goal - keep the machine going."

Asked about backstage accommodation, he says: "Everybody's older. They carry their families with them. They all have to have their spaces." Read more here.

 How Ozzy Osbourne Got New Ghostbusters Film Gig

zzy Osbourne explains how he landed a cameo role in the new "Ghostbusters" film. The rocker reportedly appears briefly in a scene that takes place at a concert by the fictional metal band Beasts Of Mayhem. After a ghost appears during their show, Ozzy - who is watching from the side of the stage - asks wife and manager Sharon if he's dreaming.

"Someone called, and I said yes," Ozzy tells the New York Post. "The original had been a big film in our household, when the kids were younger. My children were probably more excited than I was about me being in the new film.

"I was only on the set for a few hours. And even though I was not in a scene with the ladies, they all came around to say hello. I felt very honored." Read more here.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer In The Studio For Three Part Special

Greg Lake and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer are featured in a new three part special from the syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details.

If you asked any followers of the white hot London music scene in 1969 to wager on who would emerge as the most innovative bandleader, the smart money would have been on Jimmy Page's Led Zeppelin, King Crimson's Robert Fripp, and the featured soloist fronting a three piece called The Nice, the impressive keyboard player Keith Emerson. So when Emerson surprised everybody by announcing his departure in order to team up with King Crimson bassist, singer, songwriter Greg Lake and Crazy World of Arthur Brown/ Atomic Rooster percussionist Carl Palmer, the stage was set for "the maximum amount of music by the fewest musicians", as Greg Lake tells us.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer elevated the progressive rock movement by taking the synthesizer out of the science lab and onto FM rock radio, where ultimately millions of listeners would respond in favor. "Lucky Man" from their debut may have been their most famous song, and their fourth album Brain Salad Surgery may have been their best seller, but 1972's Trilogy came at the high watermark of progressive rock's quality and popularity, and has remained a favorite over years of changes in rock music.

The final curtain did indeed come down on "the show that never ends, my friends..." in March of this year with the sudden death of Keith Emerson. The keyboard maestro had been struggling with a repetitive stress injury in his right hand for almost twenty years, according to Carl Palmer. "In July 2010 we played the High Voltage Festival, one of the first Prog Rock festivals…and I noticed that the standard we reached really wasn't where we'd left off…Keith understood immediately. He's a realist. He knew the game was up."

Check out part one here, part two here and part three here.

King Crimson Offshoot Stick Men Announce 'Prog Noir' Album

Stick Men have announced they'll release their latest album titled Prog Noir later this year. The band, featuring King Crimson men Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, along with Markus Reuter, will launch the follow-up to 2014's Power Play on October 21. And to mark the announcement, they've issued a lyric video for their track The Tempest.

Reuter says: "What's unusual about Prog Noir is that we spent years composing it. Usually we get the ideas and quickly turn them into an album or start playing them in on the road. The imperative of a band like ours, that's out on the road touring a lot of the time, is to have new material each year.

"But this time the idea was to really refine the material, reject all but the best - indeed, there are some very nice pieces that didn't make the cut - and create a really special album that might define our band in terms of where our journey has taken us." Read more and check out the lyric video here.

Yes Expand 'Tales Of Topographic Oceans' For Reissue

Yes will reissue their 1973 double-album Tales Of Topographic Oceans on September 26. The package, overseen by producer and Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson, will be available in 3CD/Blu-ray or 2CD/2DVD.

The Blu-ray edition contains a complete alternate version of the album using live tracks and studio run-throughs and another full album, featuring sides one and three from the 2003 Rhino CD.

Both editions will also include unedited and extended version of track Dance Of The Dawn, five new single edits, updated liner notes from Sid Smith and new interviews with Jon Anderson, Alan White and Steve Howe - along with rare photos, memorabilia and expanded session notes.

The promo follows their Album Series tour, with dates scheduled throughout the summer and wrapping up in San Diego's Humphreys venue on September 4. Read more here.

David Bowie's Musical Set To Open In The UK This Fall

One of David Bowie's last artistic ventures, his musical, Lazarus, is set to open in the UK this fall reported NME. Bowie talked about writing musicals and plays back in 2000.

"When I was a teenager I had it in my mind that I would be a creator of musicals for the West End and Broadway, and people would do my songs," he told K broadcaster, journalist and author Jeremy Paxman.

The live show, which opened in New York late last year, is based on Bowie's 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, in which Bowie played the genius extra-terrestrial Thomas Newton.

The New York production, co-written with Irish playwright Enda Walsh and directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, starred Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Michael C. Hall. Read more here.

Poison Drummer Rikki Rockett Cancer-Free Following Immunotherapy at UC San Diego Health

Rikki Rockett, drummer for the band Poison, got the best news of his life last week: his cancer is gone. Rockett was diagnosed with oral cancer more than a year ago. Several months ago, he came to Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, where he underwent experimental cancer immunotherapy, which has now eradicated the tumor.

Rockett says he joined the clinical trial not only out of concern about himself, but also about being around for his three-year-old daughter, Lucy, and his seven-year-old son, Jude.

Immunotherapy is a relatively new form of treatment that boosts the body's immune system, better enabling it to attack cancer cells. Under the care of Ezra Cohen, MD, professor of medicine and associate director for Translational Science at Moores Cancer Center, Rockett participated in a clinical trial that is testing a combination of two immunotherapy drugs that remove defenses cancers use against the immune system. This type of treatment is only available at a few specific medical centers around the country.

“We are delighted that Rikki responded so well to immunotherapy. He had already been through a lot with chemotherapy and radiation treatment before he came to us, but his cancer recurred,” said Cohen, who also leads the Solid Tumor Therapeutics Program at Moores Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. “That’s the advantage of immunotherapy over traditional therapy — there are fewer side effects, we can specifically eradicate cancer cells almost anywhere in the body, and it’s effective against tumors that are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation.”

Rockett broke the good news last week via his Instagram account, where he posted a photo of himself with Cohen. The drummer wrote in the accompanying caption: "Because of this man, I am cancer free!!!"

Already feeling better for the past few weeks, Rockett is slowly getting back into Brazilian jiu-jitsu, riding his motorcycle and taking care of his kids.

Rockett also wants to get the word out about immunotherapy — to those who have already exhausted other treatments like he did, but also to people newly diagnosed with cancer who might be able to avoid chemo and radiation.

“My hope going forward is that by talking to other cancer patients, I might be able to lessen their pain and suffering,” Rockett said. “I know from experience that chemotherapy and radiation are not fun. If I can help anyone else, it would help give reason to what I went through.”

About Rockett’s treatment

One of Rockett’s immunotherapy drugs is pembrolizumab (Keytruda), an antibody that inhibits the abnormal interaction between the molecule PD-1 on immune cells and the molecule PD-L1 on cancer cells, effectively releasing the “brake” and allowing the immune cells to recognize and attack tumors. Pembrolizumab is FDA-approved for some cancers, such as melanoma, but not Rocket’s oral cancer. The other experimental immunotherapy drug he receives in the trial is epacadostat, which inhibits the IDO pathway. This cellular system suppresses immune cell function and allows tumors to evade the immune system. The trial is sponsored by the company Incyte. Rockett will continue therapy in the trial until its completion. 

About Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health 

Moores Cancer Center is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. It is also the first and only San Diego-based member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers, and is certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPL), the leading quality program of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  

For adults newly diagnosed with cancer, treatment at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center means superior survival and recovery rates due to the fullness of care, diverse medical, surgical, and radiation oncology sub-specialties, access to breakthrough clinical trials, advanced supportive care and utilization of exacting quality metrics.  

Patients have access to therapies, surgeries and clinical trials not offered in community settings. Moores Cancer Center currently operates more than 170 open treatment trials. These investigational therapies include advanced, highly personalized stem cell-based approaches and immunotherapies that leverage the inherent healing powers of the human body.    

In late-2016, UC San Diego Health will open Jacobs Medical Center, a 245-bed, 10-story facility where patients with cancer will have access to the Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care, a space dedicated to specialized oncology, and to the A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery where surgical options include minimally invasive approaches, robotics, transplantation and other combinations of 3D technologies and lifesaving techniques that are only found at UC San Diego Health.


~SEPTEMBER 9, 2016~

Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Live In Manila from internationally beloved American band Journey on September 9, 2016.  Originally released on DVD in 2009, Journey Live In Manila is now being reissued in North America as a DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digital formats, and is the first time the audio has been available anywhere in the world [MSRP $34.98 DVD+2CD, $39.98 Blu-ray+2CD].  

Filmed in 4K resolution utilizing RED technology to deliver extraordinary quality, this release captures Journey’s concert at the SM Mall Of Asia in Manila, Philippines on March 14th, 2009. It marked the homecoming of the band’s then newly arrived singer and frontman Arnel Pineda. This concert film includes all the classics: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Be Good To Yourself,” “Stone In Love,” “Open Arms,” “Faithfully,” “Still They Ride,” “When You Love A Woman,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” and more!

Journey delivered an inspired performance in front of an adoring crowd as they played a set of their greatest hits interspersed with tracks from their 2008 album Revelation (line moved from 2nd paragraph). The line-up for this amazing show -- that offers more than two hours of timeless music -- featured Arnel Pineda (lead vocals); founding member Neal Schon (lead guitar, vocals); Jonathan Cain (keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocals); Ross Valory (bass, vocals); and Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, vocals).

One of the most popular rock bands of all time, Journey has penned some of the best-known songs in modern music. Having earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums to date, Journey carved a distinguished legacy since their 1973 inception. Live In Manila proves exactly why they have achieved the accolades they enjoy.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company. 

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1) Intro Medley: The Journey (Revelation) / Majestic   
2) Never Walk Away   
3) Only The Young   
4) Ask The Lonely   
5) Stone In Love   
6) Keep On Runnin’   
7) After All These Years               
8) Change For The Better   
9) Wheel In The Sky   
10) Lights   
11) Still They Ride   
12) Open Arms   
13) Mother, Father   
14) Wildest Dream   
15) When You Love A Woman   
16) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)  
17) What I Needed   
18) Edge Of The Blade   
19) Where Did I Lose Your Love   
20) Escape   
21) Faithfully   
22) Don’t Stop Believin’   
23) Any Way You Want It          
24) Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’   
25) Turn Down The World Tonight   
26) Be Good To Yourself   
27) Credits: The Journey (Revelation)





Megadeth Warns Of A Dystopian Future With The Global Premiere Of The Video For “Post American World”

Global metal pioneers MEGADETH premiered their video for the new single “Post American World,” along with complete details for the fall dates for the North American leg of their Dystopia World Tour. The tour kicks off in Casper, WY on September 20, 2016 and will take them across the U.S., visiting 16 states with special guests to include Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 22 – check for specific market info and local on sale times and dates. There will also be an exclusive pre-sale for MEGADETH fan club members. Pre-sale tickets for Megadeth Cyber Army club members will begin on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. local time at ‪

Meanwhile, the current single “Post American World” takes an unflinching and timely look at the state of the modern world, and the dark vision of the Jake Macpherson-directed video takes the subject matter in still more menacing directions.  Most other artists are unwilling to tread in this territory, preferring veiled metaphors, or more often, completely ignoring the most important topics of our day.  But with their current album Dystopia, MEGADETH refused to compromise their craft and identity, and as such have again set the pace for modern metal.

Dave Mustaine comments: “The filming of Post American World was an eerie video shoot right from the beginning. Shot in just one day with only our guitars and drums, I knew that this was going to be amazing. There is something to be said about the simplicity of an artist and only his guitar or drums. This is clearly a “less is more" concept and director Jake Macpherson nailed it!“

The raw and uncensored video can be viewed, in its entirety, at

Dystopia has already been heralded as one of the top Metal albums of the year by major outlets, including Rolling Stone and Alternative Press.  The album’s chart impact was the strongest for the band since 1992’s Countdown To Extinction, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart (behind Adele and Beiber), No. 1 album on Billboard’s Hard Music and Top Rock charts, and at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart.  Globally, Dystopia also achieved top 10 debuts in Canada (No. 2), Japan (No. 2 international chart), Finland (No. 3), Mexico (No. 4), Czech Republic (No. 5), Australia (No. 6), New Zealand (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 7), Poland (No. 8) and Germany (No. 10), which along with Belgium, Ireland and Spain contributed to achieve MEGADETH’s highest ever chart positions in their thirty year history in a total of 10 countries around the world. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts included UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France. 

Go to for ticketing info and up-to-date information.

Sep 20             Casper Events Center                         Casper, WY+
Sep 22             The Joint                                                          Las Vegas, NV 
Sep 24             “Ozzfest” San Manuel Amphitheater              Devore, CA * +
Sep 27             WaMu Theater                                                 Seattle, WA
Sep 28             Matthew Knight Arena                                    Eugene, OR
Sep 29             City National Civic                                            San Jose, CA  

Oct 1               1st Bank Center                                               Bloomfield, CO  
Oct 3               Mid America Recreation & Conv. Complex      Council Bluffs, IA
Oct 4               Roy Wilkins Auditorium                                    St. Paul, MN
Oct 5               Sears Centre                                                   Chicago, IL
Oct 7               iWireless Center                                              Moline, IL
Oct 8               UWM Panther Arena                                       Milwaukee, WI 
Oct 9               Joe Louis Arena                                              Detroit, MI
Oct 11             Sands Event Center                                        Bethlehem, PA 
Oct 12             DCU Center                                                     Worcester, MA 
Oct 13             Mohegan Sun Arena                                       Uncasville, CT 
Oct 14             Prudential Center                                             Newark, NJ
Oct 16             BB&T Pavilion                                      Camden, NJ

* Festival date
+ Non-Suicidal Tendencies date

MEGADETH burst onto the scene thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time) sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction. | |

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour Halted By Health Scare

Lynyrd Skynyrd were forced to cancel tonight's show in Lewiston, N.Y. as founding member Gary Rossington is under medical care after experiencing chest pains.

The guitarist had suffered a heart attack last October and underwent quintuple bypass surgery back in 2003. The upcoming dates on the tour are still up in the air depending on Rossington's condition and the advice they received from his doctor.

The band released the following statement on their official site on Monday (July 18th): "Lynyrd Skynyrd's performance at Artpark in Lewiston, NY on July 19th has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule the show in the near future.

"Founding member and guitar player, Gary Rossington, is seeking doctor's evaluation in Atlanta after experiencing some chest pains. Lynyrd Skynyrd will resume their tour once Gary is cleared by medical professionals. We will advise as soon as we have additional information."

 AC/DC With Axl Rose The 'Best Thing That Can Happen To Both Bands'

AC/DC fronted by Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose has won over KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons who enthusiastically endorsed the pairing in a recent interview.

Simmons says that Rose joining the legendary Australian rockers to take over for longtime frontman Brian Johnson, is the "best thing that can happen to both bands."

The KISS star made the comments during an interview with 105.7 The Eagle, telling the Montana radio station "I think it's great. I think Axl being with AC/DC - best thing that can happen to both bands.

"I don't know how long it's gonna last, but I hear the shows have been great, and I hear both Axl and AC/DC have been getting along fairly decently, he said.

Simmons then added, "In fact, KISS took out AC/DC on their first tour. The bands we've given first tour have included AC/DC, Rush, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden… I mean, the list is long."

Brian Johnson was forced the pull out of AC/DC's Rock or Bust World tour after being advised by doctors that he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued with the trek. The full interview can be streamed here.

Yes Star Alan White Sitting Out Tour Due To Surgery

Yes have announced that drummer Alan White will be forced to sit out at least a portion of the band's upcoming tour as a result of undergoing back surgery.

The 67-year-old penned a letter to explain to fans that he had no choice but to have the surgery and hopes that with "some rest and physical therapy" that he will be able to "rejoin the Summer tour in the near future."

White posted a lengthy message on Yes' official twitter account on Monday explaining that he had dealt with "intense back pain which began halfway through Yes' spring European tour."

He added, "I've had no choice but to undergo surgery to repair an injured disc in my lower back. I'm pleased to announce a very positive result from this procedure, which took place in Seattle."

Jay Schellen, known for his work in Hurricane and Asia, will fill in for White when Yes kicks off their The Album Series: Drama + Topographic 1 & 4 tour. Read more including White's entire note here.

Ozzy Osbourne's New TV Series Preview Released

Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack are featured in a new trailer for their TV show, which begins later this month. Ozzy And Jack's World Detour sees the pair travelling the world while the Black Sabbath frontman indulges his passion for history.

The latest teaser features the singer - described as "a force of nature who defies time and space" - trying on a Regency-period wig, while he visits notable locations around the globe.

With the tagline "history can be a trip," the show premieres on History on July 24. Black Sabbath continue their farewell tour, which ends in their home city of Birmingham in February. Ozzy's wife Sharon last week said she didn't know whether she could trust him after their split over an alleged affair. Watch the trailer here.

Paul McCartney Jams With Grateful Dead's Bob Weir

After Dead and Company wrapped up their two-night engagement at Fenway Park, Boston fans likely believed the major excitement was over. Then for the encore, Paul McCartney joined the Dead's Bob Weir for a pair of numbers.

This marked the first time the two music legends ever performed together. New England Patriots tight end Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski also joined the band onstage.

Weir and McCartney performed Wings' 1972 hit "Hi, Hi, Hi" and the Beatles' "Helter Skelter," reported Billboard, McCartney captured the historic collaboration with some high-quality Instagram shots, which can be seen here.

Classic Cheap Trick Lineup Unlikely To Ever Reunite Says Bun E. Carlos

Former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos tells that the performance at this year's Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is most likely the last time that the classic lineup of Cheap Trick will perform together.

He said, "It probably is the last time, and it was real fun to get up and play. Like when [bassist] Tom [Petersson] rejoined the band in '87, when we sat down to practice, it was like, 'Oh yeah, the four of us play so much better together than the three of us without one guy. ' It was kind of that good old feeling again, and that was real nice."

"I've been asked repeatedly lately, 'Are you ever gonna play with these guys again?' I'm sure some promoter will come along and cough up the dough and offer us one more tour [with the original lineup]. And they'll say, 'Hey, that guy's not so bad, let's do one more!' I really don't anticipate that happening, though." Read the full interview here.

KISS Launching New Comic Book Series

KISS will revisit their glory days of the 70s by launching a new line of comic books this fall. Four decades after the band famously appeared in comics, the group have teamed up with Dynamite Entertainment for a new, futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road).

The series will see four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell.

"KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite's KISS comics," says bassist Gene Simmons. "Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun." Read more here.

Ritchie Blackmore May Play More Rainbow Shows

Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says in a recent interview that his new version of Rainbow may do some additional shows and the set list will contain less Deep Purple material.

Blackmore was asked during an interview with Dutch radio station Radio Veronica if he had received any more offers for new shows following the limited run of special Rainbow shows earlier this summer.

He responded (via Blabbermouth), "Yes. Many. But I wanted to see how the three went. If they were disastrous and we had accepted more, it was gonna be awkward. We might do a few more shows again."

Blackmore was also asked if it was difficult to come up with the set lists for the recent Rainbow show and he responded, "No. [It was] very easy, in a way. We had about fifteen songs that were very obvious songs to play, like 'Catch The Rainbow'. And we incorporated a few Deep Purple songs - 'Black Night', 'Smoke [On The Water]', 'Highway Star' - of which some of the fans said, 'Why did you do those Deep Purple songs?'

A"nd I would say, 'Why not?' And they said, 'Well, we thought it was just gonna be Rainbow. We would prefer to hear [more] Rainbow songs.' Which I thought was kind of ironic again. I'm thinking, 'Wow! We just threw three songs in by Deep Purple when they wanted more [Rainbow].' And I noticed when they clapped, they weren't clapping so hard for Deep Purple [songs]. They said, 'We hear that every year,' 'cause [the current lineup of] Purple goes around [on tour]. So the next time, if we go out and we do anything, I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything." Read more from the interview and stream it in full here.

Guns N' Roses Detained At Border Crossing

Guns N' Roses were 'detained' crossing the border into Canada after a firearm was found on a tour bus that brought their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour to Toronto, ON on July 16th.

The tenth date on the band's summer run made its only Canadian stop at the Rogers Centre before a sold-out crowd of 50,000 on a Saturday night and video from the show has surfaced online. The 27-song set opened with "It's So Easy" and delivered a mix of tunes from the group's catalog over the 2-hour and 45-minute concert.

Prior to playing "Out Ta Get Me," Axl Rose shared a story of how the band was held up crossing the Canadian border on Friday when customs officials found a weapon on their bus.

"Driving into Canada, we get to the border and we get off the bus," explained Rose. "They take our passports, they take our phones, and then they come over and say 'We found a firearm on your bus.'

"'You did what? What?' 'Oh, yeah, we found a gun'" he continued. "So we weren't exactly arrested, we were 'detained' for a while. It was kind of fishy. They were very nice. They were very nice. They were very understanding.

"You know, s**t happens - you can forget you had a f***in' gun," he said sarcastically before shrugging, "Wasn't my gun."

A band representative confirmed the story to Billboard, saying "Yes, this indeed happened on Friday, July 15, as they were crossing the border coming from the Philadelphia tour stop on the 14th." The gun did not belong to any member of the group, according to the rep. Check out video from the show here.

Megadeth's David Ellefson Injured Backstage At Music Festival

Megadeth cofounder and bassist David Ellefson broke his foot ahead of the band's scheduled appearance at the Rockmaraton festival in Dunaujvaros, Hungary on Friday night (July 15), forcing the band to pull out of the event.

Organizers reported via their Facebook page that they called for an ambulance and Ellefson was transported to St. Pantaleon hospital for treatment, where his foot was put into the cast.

The post says that frontman Dave Mustaine took to the stage to break the news to fans at the event. Mustaine also reportedly posted an update via Periscope, according to a tweet from @MandatoryMetal1, saying that Ellefson broke his foot backstage.

Mustaine later released a video where he announced that Megadeth had pulled out of the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic which took place Sunday (July 17th.) He said in part, "Our bass player's received a severe break to his foot. I'm very, very sorry to tell you this. But we will make it up to you next summer. Please hang in there and stay metal."

Ozzy Osbourne Sounds Off About 'Stairway To Heaven' Trial

Ozzy Osbourne and Jeff Beck have spoken out about the recent Led Zeppelin copyright infringement trial where the rock legends were accused to stealing the opening to "Stairway To Heaven."

Led Zeppelin won the case last month after a jury found that they did not borrow the iconic song's opening from the 1968 instrumental "Taurus" by the band Spirit.

Ozzy was asked about the case by Rolling Stone and shared his strong reaction to the case. "It's f***ing crazy, actually," he said. "That should have never gone to court.

"I heard the original thing, and there's just a slight similarity. It's like saying any f***ing song with that kind of a guitar on it is a rip-off. It's not fair. There's only so many f***ing notes on a guitar, and it wasn't that much like 'Stairway to Heaven.' I'm amazed it lasted so f***ing long, you know?"

"You listen to 'All Right Now' by Free and you listen to Steve Miller's 'Rock'n Me,' and it's exactly the same riff and they haven't sued each other, It's exactly the same."

Osbourne went on to praise Led Zeppelin and concluded with "They don't deserve it. It's like, do you honestly think they'll sit there and go, 'Oh, we'll steal this and change it a bit like this so it sells.' F***. Give me a break. The song that was played was kind of a bit similar but it was only the chord sequence."

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck also shared similar views in an interview with Billboard. "I had to smirk because I knew that Jimmy and Robert would come out on top," Beck said. "Apparently you can't copyright a chord sequence. It has to have a lyric or some kind of a meaningful melody to be copyrighted. And it is a chord sequence which has been used loads of times, but not in such an iconic way.

"It clearly is the same chord sequence (as Spirit's 'Taurus'), but then we're all guilty of stealing a chord sequence and sticking some words on top of it. So I think it's a bit of bravado to try to bring it to court, but Jimmy came out ahead. So, lucky Old Jim!"

Robert Plant Headlined Nice Jazz Fest Canceled Due to Terror Attack

Following the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, the Nice Jazz Festival, which was to have featured Robert Plant, has been canceled. On Thursday night, an attacker drove a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and injuring more than 100.

The five-night festival (July 16-20) was set to feature sets from Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, the James Hunter Six, George Clinton, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, Massive Attack, Gallant, the Cinematic Orchestra, Youssou N' Dour and a dozen others, reported Billboard.

The attack came just hours after President Hollande said the national state of emergency that has been in place since last year's deadly terror assault in Paris, was slated to end on July 26. It has now been extended for three more months. Read more here.

Twisted Sister Rock 'N' Roll Saviors Box Set Released

A new Twisted Sister box set, entitled "Rock 'N' Roll Saviors - The Early Years," featuring three classic live recordings from the group, was released on Friday (July 15th) by Deadline Music.

The recordings date back to before the band became known world wide from their string of hit videos on MTV and their multi-platinum album "Stay Hungry", when they were still a band that had a fierce local following in Long Island, New York and surrounding areas, but could not get the major record labels to pay attention to them.

According to the announcement, the box set features live recordings of early classic tracks like "Rock 'N' Roll Saviors," "You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll," "The Kids Are Back," "What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)," "Ride To Live, Live To Ride".

Glass Onyon reports, "Each concert CD comes in its own individual wallet with inner sleeve and the whole set is packaged in a lavish, red velvet-lined box with pop up mirror. In addition to the CDs, inside the box is a full-color 20-page booklet of rare photos and extensive liner notes written by music journalist Malcolm Dome PLUS 3 signature guitar picks, a custom bright pink lipstick tube, and a backstage pass."

David Bowie's Art Collection To Be Displayed and Auctioned

A fan of all forms of artistic expression, David Bowie amassed an extensive private art collection of over 400 works before he died. This winter the late artist's collection will be displayed, then sold at auction.

Bowie owned more than 200 paintings from famous British 20th century artists, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. Sotheby's will display the works publicly for the first time in November, then the pieces will be sold in a three-part auction that is expected to bring in more than $13 million, reported Billboard.

"Art was, seriously, the only thing I'd ever wanted to own," Bowie told the New York Times in 1998. 'It can change the way that I feel in the mornings," Billboard reported.

The Bowie/Collector collection will be on display from November 1 to 10. Read more here.

Alice Cooper Wants To Be Elected President and Prime Minister

Shock rock legend Alice Cooper wants to 'Make America Sick Again' so he has announced that he's running to be the next President of the United States and Prime Minister of Britain and released an updated version of his classic song "Elected.

"Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric, the mudslinging, the media frenzy," says the announcements. "Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be elected."

Cooper's "Make America Sick Again" platform includes getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC and changing the name of Big Ben (in London) to Big Lemmy.

In honor of his presidential bid, Cooper has released a new version of his song "Elected," which you can stream here.

HALFWAY JAM - June 28th-30th
Central Minnesota’s premier rock and roll camping festival!

Located on Hwy 10 just 20 minutes north of St.Cloud - July 28th thru the 30th - HALFWAY JAM will feature top rock and roll bands from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s on two stages for what has become known as the party of the summer!

Beautiful wooded camping is available, sensational vending and a first class VIP experience!

Halfway Jam is back for a thirteenth year. While summer festivals are primarily dominated by massive corporate events, it’s refreshing to see a smaller operation have such success year after year. Halfway Jam’s thirteenth year showcases a solid three day lineup featuring a variety of classic and modern rock bands. General admission passes for all three days are $129.00. Tickets are still available so visit to get you tickets and camping and support independent music festivals.



MEGADETH are happy to announce the addition of Dirk Verbeuren as the band’s new drummer. Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork, has been performing with the band for months, his first show was Rock on The Range festival in May, to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers. 

Most recently, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler had performed all the drums on the band’s latest album, Dystopia, and had toured with MEGADETH when not otherwise busy with his band. 

Said bandleader Dave Mustaine: "Chris Adler's contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. Megadeth has been revitalized by Chris' playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk." 

New drummer Verbeuren had this to say: "Dave, David and Kiko, I'm thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you guys. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth - and for your encouragement and support." 

Said Adler: "It has been an honor and a pleasure to join my favorite band of all time, and to be a part of their return to the top. I had an amazing time with everyone involved, from the writing, arranging and recording, to the touring and friendships built along the way. There was no argument or drama, no hidden story. Megadeth needs and deserves a full time drummer, and as much as I'd like to be, I can't be in two places at once. For my part, I am very lucky to be a part of Lamb of God, and to also have gotten a chance to dance with my heroes at the ball.  I still can't believe it sometimes when I think of myself as a kid, opening up my Megadeth albums...and now I'm an alumni! I'm very proud of that - and I will continue to be their biggest fan."  

The global Dystopia tour, which is currently in full swing, will have visited five continents by the end of 2016.  Current tour dates are included below, with full information available at  

Dystopia originally debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, No. 1 album on the Hard Music and Top Rock charts. and No. 2 on the Top Album Sales chart. Globally, Dystopia also achieved top 10 debuts in Canada (No. 2), Japan (No. 2 international chart), Finland (No. 3), Mexico (No. 4), Czech Republic (No. 5), Australia (No. 6), New Zealand (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 7), Poland (No. 8) and Germany (No. 10), which along with Belgium, Ireland and Spain contributed to achieve MEGADETH’s highest ever chart positions in their thirty year history in a total of 10 countries around the world. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts included UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France. A truly worldwide success. Heralded by fans and critics alike as ranking among MEGADETH’s strongest albums ever, Dystopia had already outsold the entire sales history of the band’s previous album – in only it’s first two weeks of release.

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New Album Loud Hailer, Beck’s First New Studio Album In Six Years, Set For Release From Atco Tomorrow - July 15

His New Book BECK01 – Out Now

Tour With Buddy Guy Launches on July 19

And, A Special Career-Spanning Concert At The Hollywood Bowl on August 10

LOUD HAILER, Jeff Beck’s first new studio album in six years, combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love. LOUD HAILER is available on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, tomorrow - July 15 on CD ($18.98), LP ($21.98), and digitally.   

Jeff Beck recently premiered LOUD HAILER on NPR’s First Listen

On Tuesday, July 19, BECK will launch a summer tour of the U.S. with blues legend Buddy Guy. And on August 10, Beck will make his Hollywood Bowl debut for a very special, career-spanning concert that celebrates 50 years of ‘dynamic music making’ with special guests including Steven Tyler.

In addition to recording LOUD HAILER, Beck was hard at work on his first official book, BECK01 (Genesis Publications, Available now, this signed, limited edition book explores Beck’s passions for hot rodding and rock ’n’ roll. 

Over the course of Beck’s illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing guitarist has earned many accolades. He has twice been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. First, as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and then again, as a solo artist, in 2009. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he has earned a total of eight Grammy Awards during his long career. In addition, Beck has been a guest performer at scores of sessions with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Throughout his career, Beck routinely makes the fantastically difficult sound effortless. 

Track Listing
1.      “The Revolution Will Be Televised”
2.      “Live In The Dark”
3.      “Pull It”
4.      “Thugs Club”
5.      “Scared For The Children”
6.      “Right Now”
7.      “Shame”
8.      “Edna”




Fresh off of the release of Vol. 1 Prayers For The Damned, SIXX:A.M. is ready to showcase the track the band deemed worthy of sharing the name of the album, “Prayers For The Damned” as their latest single. The song boasts the trio’s ability to create a melodic anthem, while masterfully incorporating their rock spirit and musicianship that all three members are world renowned for. Having just impacted at radio, the self-titled track is already the most added song at Rock Radio this week, further proving that this new chapter of SIXX:A.M. is being welcomed by the rock world with open arms. Check out vocalist James Michael talking about the new single, “Prayers For The Damned” here.

Demand is calling for another video – and that is exactly what fans will receive. An elaborate, animated video for “Prayers For The Damned” will be released soon. Get your exclusive sneak peak of the new clip here and keep your eyes peeled for the full version forthcoming later this month.

SIXX:A.M. just successfully concluded the first leg of their 2016/17 world tour - their first real tour after almost 10 years of being a band. You can see an exclusive recap from the tour, including the biggest US Spring and European Summer Festivals, as well as their now-notorious “Hit ‘n’ Runs”, and an intimate glimpse behind the scenes narrated by James Michael and Dj Ashba here.
The second leg of the SIXX:A.M. world tour, will start with an extensive Canadian run this September followed by a stop in Japan, and ending the year with a massive U.S. tour starting in October before the band is scheduled to release ‘Volume 2’ of this year’s two-album endeavor.  
All upcoming SIXX:A.M. tour dates can be found here.

Grab your copy of Vol. 1 Prayers For The Damned at iTunesAmazonGoogle Play.

Frontman Brian Johnson Lands A New Gig

Legendary AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has a new gig as an online radio host. Johnson, who was forced to pull out of AC/DC's world tour earlier this year, is now hosting a show called The Producers on Planet Rock.

The show airs on Sunday and Wednesday nights via the online radio station and features Johnson spotlighting notable music producers including Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden/Journey/Aerosmith/ Joe Bonamassa), Bob Rock (Metallica/Offspring/The Cult/Motley Crue), Roy Thomas Bake (Queen/ David Bowie/Yes/Guns N' Roses), and Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters/Marilyn Manson/Deftones/Duff McKagan), according to the show description.

Johnson had the following to say in the show announcement, "Having been fortunate to work alongside some of the best producers in rock, it's great to be part of this show with Planet Rock.

"To be able to shine a light on how a producer captures a moment in the studio and turns it into rock 'n' roll dynamite, is great. Being able to listen to these guys talk about what they do best is a joy." Check out the show page here.

Ozzy Osbourne Appears In New Ghostbusters Movie

Ozzy Osbourne has made his return to the silver screen with a cameo appearance in the new Ghostbusters film franchise reboot which hit theaters today (July 15th).

According to the Birmingham Mail, the film includes a scene with a rock band called Beasts of Mayhem and they are visited by a ghost while performing on stage.

The Black Sabbath frontman reportedly appears in one short scene in the film which shows him with dark patches around his eyes and he asks his estranged wife Sharon if he is day dreaming again, according to the report. Read more details here.

This isn't the first time that Ozzy has appeared in a feature film. He played the Rev. Aaron Gilstrom in the 1986 horror film Trick or Treat, which also featured KISS star Gene Simmons.

Lemmy Statue Unveiling Plans Announced By Rainbow Bar & Grill

A full-size statue of late Motorhead icon Lemmy will next month be unveiled in his favorite haunt, the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, next month.

The bronze sculpture was created by artist Travis Moore after fans and friends contributed to a fundraising campaign following Lemmy Kilmister's death in December.

It's to be installed as the centerpiece of a shrine in the venue's patio bar area on August 24, with members of the public welcome to attend. Campaign organizer Katon De Pena said in January: "Lemmy was dedicated to us - now is our chance to say 'thank you.' Travis will create the best Lemmy sculpture on the planet." Read more here.

Zakk Wylde Explains How He Quit Drinking

Zakk Wylde says he quit drinking using the cold turkey method and didn't try to fill the alcohol void with anything else. The Black Label Society man gave up booze after a health scare in 2009 and recently joked that his life backstage was boring since he got sober.

Asked whether he looked to fill the gap left by alcohol with other pursuits, Wylde tells Oregon Music News: "Nothing. I know people say that you have to replace it with something. I have friends that go to AA.

"I also have friends that just stopped. I never went to AA. I didn't do anything. I just stopped. I have a friend that was mid way through a pint and he said to himself, 'Man, I'm done with this.' I asked him, 'Darren, you drinking anymore? He says, 'No, I stopped. I was getting silly but not to the point that I'm losing my wife, my family, I just think it's time to stop.'

"He wasn't getting ridiculous but he felt it was time to stop. That was it. It was that way for me. I just stopped. Then you have the other half that are on and off the wagon. It's like you run into them and they say they haven't had a drink in months... but I saw them or someone saw then the other day and they were smashed." Read more here.

David Bowie's Blackstar Biggest Selling Vinyl Album Of 2016

David Bowie's Blackstar album is the best-selling vinyl release of 2016 so far in the U.K, according to figures published by The Vinyl Factory, who revealed the top 10 list.

Blackstar was released on Bowie's 69th birthday, just two days before his death. It has sold 57,000 vinyl copies this year so far, with the nearest rival being Adele's 25 with 36,000 sales.

Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots is third in the list. The Musicians' Union has welcomed the news, saying it indicates young people are buying more physical products. See the top 10 selling vinyl albums in the UK so far in 2016 here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Fears For Joe Perry Following Collapse

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says he's "really concerned" about bandmate Joe Perry, who collapsed this past weekend while performing with the Hollywood Vampires.

The guitarist was taken to hospital after staggering off stage in New York City, and although he's been reported to be "doing better than feared," no details have been released.

Tyler fears that Perry, 65, is working himself too hard - and doesn't know how to stop. The singer tells Billboard: "I know my brother. He's just about the only other guy that's as passionate about his art as I am.

"He's always asking me to do three, four shows in a row. I can't - I'll blow my voice out. I know hot to maintain my career, my health. I don't think he knows how to."

Tyler suggests "someone's overbooking" the Hollywood Vampires, explaining: "I think they're all little burnt. I think they may need to look at that. Not young any more, you know?"

Reports that Perry may have had a heart attack remain neither confirmed nor denied, and it's not known when he'll return to action. He's due to commence an Aerosmith tour in September.

Tyler says: "I don't give a sh*t about the band - i want Joe to live. I'm really concerned that I'm not getting any news. I know that nobody's talking to me. I can only tell you that Joe's my brother, and I love him so much." Read more here.

Rare Albums By GUNHILL feat. John Lawton “Nightheat / One Over The Eight” Now Re-Released and OUT NOW!

London, UK - GUNHILL is a band from the 90's which featured JOHN LAWTON, the former lead singer of URIAH HEEP. This twofer collects together the cassette / fan club ONLY release ONE OVER THE EIGHT and the long since out of print and VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE to find second album NIGHTHEAT! 

Both discs feature bonus tracks with the intention of making this set the COMPREHENSIVE collection of all the Gunhill studio recordings! 

This re-release has been prepared with the full input of JOHN LAWTON personally and has had a 2016 remaster. 

“These two CDs are part of my musical history when I played together with some fine musicians, some quite young and some a bit more experienced. It was an opportunity to cover some tracks that I look back on as really great songs and a few original tracks that have stood the test of time.” - John Lawton

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Frontiers Music srl is excited to announce the release of “Resurrection”, the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate. The album is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.

“Resurrection” is the second part of the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following one year after the release of the debut album in September 2015, Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensrÿche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.

“The album “Resurrection” is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy. It continues the story that began on the first album “The Key” with the near death experience of the lead character known as “H” and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, “H” has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called “The New Reality”. Or does he…,” explains Geoff Tate.

Tate continued, “I’m excited for people to hear and experience “Resurrection” because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, “The Key”. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I’ve ever written.”

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensrÿche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three GRAMMY nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Video Music Awards along the way. The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman." By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009's overlooked gem American Soldier - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

“Resurrection” Track Listing:
1. Ressurrection
2. When All Falls Away
3. A Moment In Time
4. Through the Noize
5. Left For Dead
6. Miles Away
7. Healing My Wounds
8. The Fight
9. Taking On The World (Feature Tim Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley)
10. Invincible
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side Your On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine

Musicians Featured On “Resurrection” Include:
- Geoff Tate - Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
- Kelly Gray - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
- Scott Moughton - Guitars, Keyboards
- Randy Gane - Keyboards
- David Ellefson - Bass
- John Moyer - Bass
- Simon Wright - Drums
- Scott Mercado - Drums
- Brian Tichy - Drums
- Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
- Blaze Bayley – Vocals
- Mark Daily – Vocals
- Nick Greatrex - Guitars

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Mötley Crüe: The End Coming To TV Pay-Per-View And Video On Demand In The U.S. And Canada For One Month Starting July 16

Global Digital Pay-Per-View Stream Kicks Off at The Same Day
Beginning July 16, music fans can experience the final performance from iconic rock band Mötley Crüe during a month-long Pay-Per-View and Video On-Demand run of “Mötley Crüe: The End.” The once-in-a-lifetime event – held at the sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve 2015 – will be available through leading cable, fiber and satellite television providers in the U.S. and Canada.
Also, beginning July 16, fans around the world will be able to catch all the action from Mötley Crüe’s final show via a digital PPV stream of “Mötley Crüe: The End” at In addition to the live show fans will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s final performance night.  Relive the legendary rock icons final show online beginning July 16th at 
Completing their 35-year touring career as a band, this epic concert viewing experience gives Mötley Crüe’s fans a chance to relive mega-hits such as “Kickstart My Heart,” “Girls Girls Girls,” “Home Sweet Home” and “Dr. Feelgood.” In January, 2014, Mötley Crüe held a press conference announcing their Final Tour, complete with a “cessation of touring” agreement signed by all members prohibiting any and all future live engagements under the Mötley Crüe name. Mötley Crüe’s two-year concert trek saw the band — Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums) — perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets grossing over $100 million.
Known for their over-the-top production, Mötley Crüe did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year’s Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx’s bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee’s “Crüecifly” drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements. Lead singer, Vince Neil, delivered an emotional “thank you” speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fueled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd. The grand finale of the show included a blow-out performance of their hit single, “Kickstart My Heart” with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil floating above the audience in far-reaching “cherry-pickers.” Leaving fans in tears, the show concluded with an emotional encore rendition of “Home Sweet Home” from the second stage riser in the center of the audience.
“Mötley Crüe: The End” was produced by Nate Parienti and Live Alliance, directed by Christian Lamb with Jeff Tremaine, creator of the “Jackass”series, directing the documentary segment. For more information about the band visit For artwork/photos related to “Mötley Crüe: The End,” visit the Fathom Events press site.  Watch the trailer here.
This exclusive Pay-Per-View event will be distributed by VUBIQUITY, the leading global provider of services connecting content owners and video providers to deliver entertainment on any screen. VUBIQUITY has captivated music fans [across the U.S. and Canada] through live PPV musical events including Imagine Dragons and Kiss, as well as “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Year of Grateful Dead,” the largest syndication of a music PPV event in history.  
Check local listings for “Mötley Crüe: The End” (Rated TV-14; $19.95 SRP; 112 minutes), available from July 16 to August 15 on PPV and VOD in SD or HD.



Tonight, two vocal titans of two generations will team up for a new rendition of one of rock’s most legendary ballads for ABC’s summer program, “Greatest Hits.” 

On Thursday, July 14 FOREIGNER—lead guitarist Mick Jones, lead singer Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, guitarist Bruce Watson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, and Chris Frazier on drums—joined musical forces with NATE RUESS (fun. lead singer) to perform their legendary worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Now as an added bonus, a re-recorded version of the song with both FOREIGNER and NATE RUESS is available for download and streaming   

“It was so exciting for us to collaborate with NATE, who I believe has one of the best voices in today’s music scene,” explains FOREIGNER founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “He blended so beautifully with Kelly Hansen, and I think fans of both FOREIGNER and NATE are going really love the new version of this song that’s already loved by so many fans around the world.” 

Originally released in 1984, “I Want To Know What Love Is” quickly became a #1 single in both the U.S. and the U.K., and to this day remains one of the 25 most performed songs in ASCAP’s catalog. It has been recorded by a diverse group of popular artists including Julio Iglesias, Shirley Bassey, Clay Aiken and Mariah Carey, and has been featured in the “Rock of Ages” movie and accompanying soundtrack album. It was also the 2015 season finale end title of “Orange Is The New Black.” With a message that resonates worldwide, the song has been translated into 14 languages and reinterpreted into many diverse genres.  

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After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year (the very first time they were nominated), the legendary rock and roll band with horns, CHICAGO, will be featured on two national TV shows in one week!

On ABC’s Greatest Hits this Thursday, July 14, Chicago will perform a medley including two #1 hits, “Look Away” and “You’re The Inspiration,” with rising young star Aloe Blacc on vocals.

Chicago was the house band at the famous (and infamous) Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip for quite a while when they began their career almost a half century ago. The Whisky is also where Jimi Hendrix first saw them and then took them on tour. Chicago were reunited with the LA venue when the TV show, CBS Sunday Morning, interviewed them there for a special segment scheduled to air this Sunday, July 17. Included in the segment will be performance from the band’s three sold out concerts during the July 4th weekend at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

In addition to their other national and international dates, Chicago will continue their very popular and successful tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, which will take place in October and November throughout Canada and in the U.S.

With February, 2017, only months away, Chicago is sprinting into their 50th year and very excited to celebrate this milestone.

Guns N' Roses Add New Leg To Reunion Tour

Guns N' Roses have announced dates for a South American tour this fall. The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will extend their Not In This Lifetime run with the addition of 10 shows starting October 27 in Lima, Peru.

The trek will see the band play stops in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica, with more to come. On-sale information, including Nightrain fan club pre-sales, will be announced soon.

Guns N' Roses are currently playing shows across North America on a tour that launched in Detroit, MI on June 23. Following Tuesday's concert in Pittsburgh, PA, the group will perform this week in Philadelphia, PA (July 14) and Toronto, ON (July 16). See the tour dates here.

Poison's Rikki Rockett Says He Is Now Cancer Free

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett has reported he's free of cancer after undergoing a program of experimental treatment. He'd been fighting a tumour on his tongue since June last year, and later reported it had returned despite nine rounds of chemotherapy and 35 rounds of radiotherapy.

But after being accepted for the experiment at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, he says the tumour has completely gone. Rockett, 54, has posted a picture of himself with the center's Dr Ezra Cohen, saying: "Because of this man, I am cancer free!"

The drummer recently told how he'd retained an upbeat attitude, saying: "I was doing everything I could to think positive - that I was going to get on the trial." Read more here.

Why KISS Ditched Plans For Reality Competition TV Show

KISS drummer Eric Singer has revealed why the band drew up plans for a TV game show to recruit the next generation of members - then abandoned the idea.

The discussion came after Gene Simmons talked up the notion of KISS continuing once all the original men had gone, and came up with the game format alongside Mark Burnett, who devised The Apprentice.

The game show scheme was finally put to bed by band manager Doc McGhee. Singer tells Talk Is Jericho: "There was talk years ago about trying to do a TV show they were going to call KISS: The Next Generation, kind of like one of those reality shows, based on finding the members and putting them together.

"But the problem was, like Doc said, it's a great idea - but once you do that, then KISS as it is now, you're done. You can't do that kind of a show, then still keep being KISS. I think that's what probably made it not happen. They realized, 'No, we still want to play.'" Read more and listen to the full interview here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Star Blasts 'Idiot' Comparisons

The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has branded those who draw comparisons between him and previous guitarist John Frusciante as "idiots."

Klinghoffer joined the band in 2009 after having been a touring member, in the aftermath of his friend and collaborator Frusciante's refusal to return following a hiatus.

The multi-instrumentalist has now recorded two albums with the Chili Peppers - 2011's I'm With You and this year's The Getaway. Klinghoffer tells Russian outlet Metro News: "Of course it gets annoying. On one hand it's an honor for me to be part of this band, and be mentioned in the same breath as Frusciante.

"But all these comparisons are simply absurd. We are two totally different people. I have never tried to emulate his technique - and, of course, I was not trying to get him to leave the band." He adds: "Seriously, anyone trying to compare us is an idiot." Read more here.

Phil Collins Announces New Solo Collection

A Phil Collins compilation featuring 45 of his solo tracks is to be released later this year. Titled The Singles, the collection charts Collins' entire solo career - from his 1981 hit In The Air Tonight through to the title track of his 2010 album Going Back.

The package comes on the back of his Take A Look At Me Now retrospective campaign, with Nick Davis back on board to oversee the mastering process.

The Singles will launch on October 14 across three formats - 3CD deluxe edition, 2CD/4LP box set and via digital services. The box set incorporates 33 tracks in total. See the cover art and tracklisting here.

Megadeth Tease 'Post American World' Video

Megadeth are previewing a clip from a forthcoming video for "Post American World", a track from their latest album "Dystopia." Filmed in late April, the full video is expected to be released soon.

Frontman Dave Mustaine calls the song a spiritual (and riff-wise) follow-up to Megadeth's 1992 track "Symphony Of Destruction." "There are all kinds of governmental backdoor meetings and agreements that the U.S. government has with people that you and I as Joe Q. Six-Pack have no idea of the why, whens or how," Mustaine recently told the Houston Press about the song. "People don't want America everywhere. And we can be like 'Okay, screw it. We'll pull out.' And then they can see what happens."

Following its release in January, "Dystopia" debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 49,000 equivalent album units. The feat marks the group's highest-charting US album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction", which debuted and peaked at No. 2. Watch the preview here.

The Ramones Stream Classic 'Blitzkrieg Bop' Performance

The Ramones are previewing the upcoming 40th anniversary expanded reissue of their groundbreaking 1976 album debut with a live version of their classic "Blitzkrieg Bop."

Recorded during the second set of a two-gig night at The Roxy in West Hollywood in August of 1976, it's one of the previously unavailable bonus tracks featured on a new 3CD/1LP deluxe edition of the collection due for release on July 29.

The deluxe package includes a remastered stereo version of the self-titled project, a new mono mix and a pair of live sets at The Roxy. "The earliest mixes of the album were virtually mono," says original producer and mixer Craig Leon. "We had an idea to record at Abbey Road and do both a mono and stereo version of the album, which was unheard of at the time. I'm thrilled that now, 40 years later, we followed through on that original idea."

The 40th anniversary edition's second disc spotlights single mixes, outtakes, and demos. Several of those recordings have never been released, including demos for "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "53rd and 3rd," and "Loudmouth."

The third disc captures the band performing two full sets live at The Roxy on August 12, 1976. Rounding out the collection is a vinyl LP containing the new mono mix of "Ramones", all packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. The 3CD/1 vinyl LP set is a limited edition of 19,760 individually numbered copies. Stream 'Blitzkrieg Bop' here.


~September 2, 2016~

New York, NY (July 13, 2016)—Internationally renowned multi-million selling rock band Styx will be on full display this summer, when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas via DVD [MSRP 14.98], Blu-ray [MSRP 19.98], and Digital Formats on September 2.

Filmed in high definition, Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena captures the band performing in July 2014, showering the crowd with a set list of hits and fan favorites: “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and more. Originally released on CD in June 2015, this incredible live concert will now be available on DVD and Blu-ray.

"Damn, we had a good time on that tour!” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw. “Night after night following Don Felder's legendary set, we couldn't wait to hit the stage for our turn at bat. Unforgettable."

Formed in Chicago in 1972, Styx played a key role in defining the AOR genre, and established themselves as one of America’s greatest rock bands. Their blend of soaring melodies, hard rock guitar, musical theatricality, and prog-rock elements earned them millions of global record sales and numerous platinum and multi-platinum albums. Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena proves exactly how they earned that legacy.

The set highlights the musical dexterity of Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals/keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals), and Chuck Panozzo, which is further boosted by a special surprise visit from a former Eagles guitarist -- Don Felder -- for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).”

To heighten the live Styx experience, Live At The Orleans Arena is punctuated with band / crew member interviews, detailing life on the road. Bonus features include the entire concert sans the interview footage, bonus interview footage, and a photo gallery.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company. 

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Track Listing:
1.)  Too Much Time On My Hands
2.)  Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
3.)  Light Up
4.)  Crystal Ball
5.)  Superstars
6.)  Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) – with Don Felder
7.)  Rockin’ The Paradise
8.)  Renegade

Steve Winwood Strikes Grammy Gold On 1986‘s Back In The High Life 

Dallas, TX - July 12, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of the Eighties’ finer things musically, Steve Winwood’s Back In The High Life

At the tender age of only sixteen, Steve Winwood wrote and sang “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man” for the Spencer Davis Group. Then he formed the eclectic band Traffic, collaborated with Eric Clapton in the one-off Blind Faith, and then returned to Traffic for their legendary album Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. After recovering from life- threatening peritonitis in 1972, Steve Winwood recorded his first solo album in 1977, all before the age of 30.

In 1986, Winwood would release his fourth studio album Back In The High Life, which was platinum packed with hits including “Split Decision”  and  “Freedom Overspill” with Joe Walsh, “The Finer Things”, the album title track with James Taylor, and the Grammy Award ‘Record Of The Year’ “Higher Love”, one of three Grammys which the album earned.  Steve remarks to In The Studio host Redbeard how he viewed the remarkable multiplatinum Grammy-winning success of Back In The High Life.  

“It came a good twenty years into my career, which in itself is quite an odd thing, in  that it kind of made everything I’d done in my career the last twenty years seem to make sense. It gave depth to everything that I had done... It came at a time, I think, in my life where I appreciated what it meant.”  - Steve Winwood  

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“The Beatles and WWII” Featuring Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Brian Ferry, Keith Moon, Rod Stewart, Jeff Lynne, The Bee Gees and Others To Be Reissued On 2CD/DVD Set

Music sung by:  Elton John, The Bee Gees, Bryan Ferry, Jeff Lynne, Leo Sayer, Keith Moon, Rod Stewart, David Essex, Tina Turner, Helen Reddy, The Four Seasons, Lynsey De Paul, The Brothers Johnson, Richard Cocciante, Henry Gross, Status Quo, Peter Gabriel, and Frankie Vallii

London, UK - Legendary musical tribute “The Beatles and WWII” will be issued on CD/DVD by Gonzo Multimedia UK on July 15, 2016! Take a group of some of the most famous solo artists of the 70's - Elton John, Tina Turner, The Four Seasons, The Bee Gees, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, Leo Sayer, Keith Moon, Helen Reddy, Jeff Lynne & Frankie Valli - get them to sing cover versions of some of the most famous Beatles songs ever written. Add a considerable dollop of authentic documentary footage of the Second World War telling the story of that epic encounter...and what do you have?

“The Beatles and WWII”!!!

Sound crazy? It is. But enormously entertaining, and occasionally very chilling. A unique blend of music and film like no other. Of that much we can be absolutely certain.

 “The best collection of Beatles covers in a film EVER” 

In an article written by Ronnie Dannelley editor of Ear Candy Magazine: “The old 1976 film was the strangest mix of cinema and rock 'n' roll, combining World War II images (newsreels and Hollywood films made at that time) with the music of The Beatles (not The Beatles original recordings, but by various artists). The old movie combined a pastiche of World War II-themed film segments (both period films and post-war action films) with the backdrop of the music of The Beatles (NOT the original songs, but cover versions by various artists). Strange concept huh? A long story, but the end result was disastrous. The original distributor junked the film so completely that no copies survived, and the film took on its iconic status.”

Says legendary director Tony Palmer of his new film, “Although the original 1976 film had disappeared, thanks to the indifference and stupidity of the original distributor, instinctively I felt the central idea, and the material, and of course the music, were just too good to be lost forever.

“So for those fans who have had to rely on a few very poor quality extracts on YouTube, the 2016 film is a completely new experience, much of it in HD. Yes, we have used some of the original tracks, but added a lot of new archive footage, some never seen before. In addition, I have often used totally different music. The film starts with Vaughan Williams, and ends with Shostakovich, taking in Rachmaninoff en route and including many of the famous 2nd World War speeches by Roosevelt, Churchill, Montgomery, Chamberlain, Joe Kennedy and Hitler.  And the film makes reference to war-torn Syria and the massive problem of immigration along the way.

“It is a far more complex film than the original, and I hope will give everyone pause for thought about the troubled world in which we live.”

Produced by Sandy Lieberson
Directed & Edited by Tony Palmer
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Vinyl, Limited Edition Signed Memorabilia, Bundled Merchandising Packages Available Via Pledge Music Now
Digital On-Sale Set For September 30 With All Global Retailers
Extensive Tour Commences Late-July

Chicago, IL --- Davy Knowles has announced the release of a new studio album Three Miles From Avalon on October 14.  Hot on the heels of the 2014's The Outsider, the full-length documentary Island Bound, and an extensive tour schedule, Isle of Man-born Knowles looks forwards with a collection of new songs marking a return to his roots and the sounds that first ignited his passion for music.  Recorded exclusively in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the capital of electric blues provided Knowles with a landscape steeped in legend, inspiring him to creatively explore the genre of music he’s always loved - energetic, guitar driven blues-rock. The pre-order for vinyl, plus limited edition signed memorabilia, alongside bundled merchandising packages is live on Pledge Music here:  A digital pre-order campaign will be available globally two weeks prior to release on September 30 via all retailers and at

Knowles began the recording process for Three Miles From Avalon with a fresh approach, one that has resulted in a dynamic, gutsy sound.  He offers, "I wanted to go back to the basics. The band and myself have racked up a lot of playing time together, and we have really started to gel. I wanted to capture that ‘live’ feel in the studio”.  This led naturally to a back-to-basics approach, and a search for authenticity when it came to recording the new materialKnowles reveals, “My favorite sounding records are certainly older ones, recorded to tape, with minimal fuss or overdubs. I wanted that lovely warm, vintage sound that only tape and glowing tubes can do.”

A raw, vintage sound is evident in the album’s opening two tracks, the hard-driving "Ain’t Much Of Nothing" and the live favourite, "What You’re Made Of", a homage to one of Davy’s musical heroes Rory Gallagher.  He offers, "Rory has been a huge influence for me, his energy and drive was so mesmerising. I wanted to get back to that high energy, big guitar riff style of writing.”

The album's third track "Falling Apart" adds dark drama to the record’s driving pace with its smoky verses and heavy, snarling, blues riff. Knowles reflects, "I’ve had this song kicking around for a long time, but it wasn’t until I had found this guitar pedal called ‘The Octron’ (one of only two pedals used by Knowles on the entire album) that the song and the riff really came to life, it’s got this wonderful menacing sound.” 

Storytelling has always been a vital ingredient in Knowles’ work, and the repertoire introduced on Three Miles From Avalon continues this legacy of introducing indelible characters to the listener's mind.  Weaving a moment of pathos into the track list is "Oxford MS" – a fictional account of shady dealing and violence.  Knowles offers, "Songs with characters and stories have always grabbed me, and I wanted to write one in the blues and gospel vein.  This one specifically is a story of blackmail, gambling and regret, though certainly not an autobiographical one!”  The title track itself brings forth a personal reflection through songs which the artist states, "is really all about being slightly further away than where you want to be, and the frustration that comes with that. Avalon is this Arthurian legend, the Island that could never be found. It became my metaphor for things just out of my grasp.”  The song also reveals the musical influences close to Davy’s heart, showcasing his love of blues and classic rock with affection.

The album closes on a hat tip to one of the all-time greats, Willie Dixon, with a re-working of his blues classic "What In The World." Performed with a live, ‘after hours’ feel, the track showcases Knowles’ confident and distinctive guitar playing, but also a powerful solo on the Hammond B3 by Andrew Toombs – demonstrating that Knowles and his tight-knit band all possess not only stunning technical ability, but soul too.  There is no question that this long road Knowles has travelled finds the artist passing through a crossroads with clarity focused on the destination he strives to reach.  Perhaps not as unattainable to reach as this fictional, mythical place he metaphorically alludes to in title.

Guns N' Roses Fan Has 'Where's Izzy' Sign Taken Away At Concert

A fan claims Guns N' Roses security ripped up her 'Where's Izzy' sign at Nashville's Nissan Stadium even though it made frontman Axl Rose laugh and respond with "that's a good question".

Caroline Campos made the sign similar to one which can be seen in the Don't Cry music video - and is also a reference to the band's former guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who is not involved in the reunion tour.

She held it up as former GNR drummer Steven Adler joined the band on stage to play My Michelle and Out Ta Get the weekend. She claims Axl Rose saw the sign and started laughing - but the security team and stage crew later "swarmed" the area to find and destroy it.

Campos says: "When the original drummer Steven Adler came out to play his set, I held up my sign with cheers from most of the people in my section. Axl looked at my sign and started laughing and said, 'That's a good question!' He seemed to appreciate the sign.

"I put the sign away during actual performances so I wouldn't block the people behind me, only held it up between songs when the lights came on. But about 10 to 15 minutes later, while GNR were playing November Rain, our section got swarmed by security and stage crew with headsets on."

She continues: "They went row by row asking 'Who has the sign? Who has the Where's Izzy sign?' Eventually they made it to the row behind me and saw the sign tucked under my chair.

"A guy in jeans and a black shirt tapped my shoulder and said 'Is that your sign? You need to give it to me.' I said 'Why? Who are you?'

"He showed a badge and said 'I'm with the band and they've asked for the sign to be removed.' I said, 'We aren't allowed to have signs? But I read that..' and he cut me off and said 'You can't have that sign. Give it to me.' " Read more here.

AC/DC Most Successful Rock Band This Year

AC/DC have topped business magazine Forbes' annual earning list for rock acts, after making an estimated $67.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016.

The Aussie giants racked up the equivalent of $185,000 every day in music, ticket and merchandise sales - despite enduring the losses of mainman Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and vocalist Brian Johnson, along with the impeding retirement of bassist Cliff Williams.

Their total is greater than the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, Muse, Foo Fighters and the Dave Matthews Band's individual incomes, although all of them brought in more than $30m over the 12-month period.

Forbes say: "The nearly half-century-old Scottish-Australian band hit a bump in the road when lead singer Brian Johnson had to drop out of their world tour due to a medical condition. But AC/DC found an incredible replacement - Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, and so far, fan demand is undeterred.

"It's a long way to the top, but the group is right up there once again." See the top 8 list and read more here.

David Bowie Rejected Red Hot Chili Peppers Gig

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recalled being rejected by David Bowie when they asked him to produce two of their albums. The band wanted Bowie - who died this year - to produce 2002's By The Way and 2006 effort Stadium Arcadium, but both times he turned them down.

Frontman Anthony Kiedis tells Classic Rock: "He wrote us extremely thoughtful, kind letters explaining why he couldn't - whether he was busy or just into something else at the moment.

"But a true gentleman, not a guy who just blows you off without an explanation." The Chili Peppers feature in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, which hits the street on July 13 (Wednesday) and is available to TeamRock+ members now. Read more here.

Pantera Can't Fill Dimebag's Shoes With Zakk Wylde Says Anselmo

Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has explained his concerns over staging a reunion with former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in place of the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott.

The move has been discussed for several years, with Wylde having said he'd take the role if it was offered to him. Speaking at a fan question-and-answer session last month, Anselmo said: "Zakk is such a badass f***ing player, but I think he's just a different player. Different style.

"Tonality comes into it. He has a different tone than Dime. So there would be so many things to tweak, not to fill Dimebag's shoes, but actually play Pantera parts. There ain't no filling them f***ing shoes." Read more here.

 Triumph Reunite On Rik Emmett's New Album

Canadian rockers Triumph will reunite on record for the first time in three decades on the forthcoming solo album by guitarist Rik Emmett. The trio of Emmett, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore last worked together in the studio on 1987's "Surveillance" before the guitarist exited the lineup in 1988.

"Mike and Gil joined Rik in the studio for his new album!" posted the band on Facebook. Due late this year, Emmett's latest project was recorded at Moore's Metalworks Studios near Toronto, ON and will be released under the banner RES9 (Rik Emmett Resolution 9).

The album will reportedly also include guest appearances by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie. Formed in Toronto in 1975, Triumph released ten studio albums - including "Rock & Roll Machine", "Just A Game", "Allied Forces", "Never Surrender" and "Thunder Seven" - before disbanding in 1993. Read more here.

Def Leppard Celebrate High 'N' Dry 35th Anniversary

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has reflected on recording the band's second album High 'N' Dry. It was released in 1981 and this week celebrated its 35th anniversary. And Elliott says it was the album that helped forge their path to the top - and credits longtime producer Mutt Lange for his guidance through the studio sessions.

Elliott says: "35 years since the album was released - it doesn't seem that long because our career is constantly evolving. It's not like we split up for 10 years and then got back together. It's one part of our story - it's a building block in the whole process of what Def Leppard has become in 2016.

"When you look back at it now, there are bits of it that hit and bits of it that missed. But generally speaking, as the second album, it was the start of where we were going to go.

"We were open-minded and so happy to be working with a producer like Mutt Lange. He was like a teacher and we wanted to learn from him. He was this rock guru and we were prepared to get in the pit with him and wrestle it out."

Elliott reports that recording High 'N' Dry was "an enormous learning curve" and adds: "By the time we started doing Pyromania a year later, what we'd gone through recording High 'N' Dry, it had sunk in and we'd realised it was worth all the effort." Watch the video here.

Hollywood Vampires Resume Tour Without Joe Perry

The Hollywood Vampires resumed their summer tour in Kettering, OH Tuesday night without guitarist Joe Perry, who reportedly remains hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Coney Island, NY on Sunday.

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and the band performed at the Fraze Pavilion, where fans were offered refunds before show time due to the Aerosmith legend's absence.

"While the Hollywood Vampires tour continues tonight at Fraze, Joe Perry will not be on stage," posted the venue on their social media sites. "Refunds will be made available to the original purchaser via the corresponding method of payment at the original point of purchase today, July 12, before the concert start time of 7:30pm EDT."

Perry remains in Coney Island Hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition following Sunday's incident, which saw the rocker stumble offstage and, according to sources, soon lose consciousness and go into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

While Perry's current condition remains unknown, USA Today reports band publicist Sujata Murthy issued a statement Monday evening, saying "Joe Perry will rejoin his fellow Vampires on stage again soon." Read more and watch video from the show here.

Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Announce North American Tour

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band have announced a North American tour starting in September. Drummer Fleetwood has just one commitment with Fleetwood Mac during 2016 - at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on July 28.

Later in the year he'll deliver set based around his main band's early years, with assistance from frontman Rick Vito, keyboardist Mark Johnstone and bassist Lenny Casellanos.

Fleetwood says: "Over my career I've been called a pop star and a rock star - yet in my inner heart I'll always be part bluesman. I've always remembered where I started.

"A lot of guys can play the licks, but Rick Vito has the tone and that's so important in real blues. And any bassist who plays with me has big shoes to fill." See the dates here.

David Gilmour Won't Play Pink Floyd's Echoes Without Richard Wright

David Gilmour says he won't play Pink Floyd track Echoes without late keyboardist and composer Richard Wright, who died of lung cancer, aged 65, in 2008.

Founding member, keyboardist and composer Wright played a major role in the rise of Pink Floyd during the 60s and 70s. He drew back from songwriting in the late 70s, eventually becoming a session musician with the group until he went back full-time in 1994.

As singer and guitarist Gilmour prepared to play the first-ever rock show for an audience in Pompeii's amphitheatre in Italy since Pink Floyd's 1971 recorded show at the site, his lyricist wife Polly Sampson admits they felt Wright's absence keenly as "one of the ghosts" among the ancient runes.

Gilmour tells Rolling Stone: "It would be lovely to play Echoes here, but I wouldn't do that without Rick. There's something that's specifically so individual about the way that Rick and I play in that, that you can't get someone to learn it and do it just like that. That's not what music's about." Read more here.

John Corabi Talks Motley Crue's Mick Mars Solo Album

John Corabi says he and former Motley Crue bandmate Mick Mars are still trying to find time to work together on the guitarist's debut solo album. Corabi - who was on vocals for Motley Crue's self-titled 1994 album - joined Mars in the studio earlier this year, with snippets for two tracks being shared later.

But the vocalist admits he's currently unable to devote as much time to the collaboration as he'd like because he's so busy with The Dead Daisies. He previously suggested someone close to Motley Crue was being "a little bit pissy" about his work with Mars.

Now Corabi tells UCR: "We're just honestly really trying to figure out what the deal is as far as the schedule. Because I don't want to hold Mick up and I also don't want to, without being cocky, I don't want to do it for the money. It's not about money.

"I want to be able to sit in a room with Mick. It's his first solo record that he's ever done outside of Motley Crue. So I want to be able to, when I sit in a room with him, I want to be able to sit there and it's going to take a little bit, I'm going to have to sit there for a little time and we're going to have to put material together.

"I want to be able to give him 100%. Right now, between his schedule and my schedule, I'm struggling to find chunks of time where I can go in and do it." Read more here.

Eagles' Joe Walsh Added To Classic Rock Awards Lineup

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is the latest star to be confirmed as a guest at this year's Classic Rock Awards ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. It was previously announced that Jeff Beck's career will be celebrated at the event on November 11 at the 13,000-capacity Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena, while Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora and Orianthi will also perform on the night.

Now Classic Rock bosses have revealed that Walsh will also be present at the event sponsored by KLab Entertainment, along with Thailand rock heroes Slot Machine.

TeamRock's Executive Director Alexander Milas says: "Joe Walsh is nothing less than a living legend responsible for some of the greatest songs of our age." Read more here.

Twisted Sister Release Live 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Video

Twisted Sister perform their signature song, "We're Not Gonna Take It", in the latest preview video the band has released from their forthcoming live package, "Metal Meltdown."

The lead single from their third album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 while becoming the group's only Top 40 single. The performance is captured on "Metal Meltdown - Featuring Twisted Sister Live At The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas", which presents the group's May 30, 2015 concert at the venue where they topped a bill alongside Extreme, Great White and Skid Row.

Due July 22, the package delivers the live debut of drummer Mike Portnoy with the band following the passing of A.J. Pero from a heart attack two months earlier while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. Read more and watch the video here.


The band KANSAS is giving its most loyal fans an exclusive limited sneak preview of its first new song in 16 years, 'With This Heart.'  This sneak preview will only be available until 11:59 PM on Thursday, July 14.  Click Here to stream 'With This Heart' via Sound Cloud.

With This Heart is the first single off KANSAS's new album, The Prelude Implicit, available September 23
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Eric Singer On KISS Fans' Emotional Connection To Various Lineups

KISS drummer Eric Singer has suggested some fans get too emotionally attached to the band's previous lineups. The sticksman has had three stints with the veteran outfit since the death of Eric Carr in 1991. Singer then came on board permanently to replace Peter Criss in 2003 at the end of the 'Farewell' reunion tour.

Singer tells CRR: "I have many friends that will say their version of Kiss was Animalize or Hot In The Shade or it was another era. How can they say that? But I respect what they are saying.

"For that person, that is when they discovered Kiss and that was the time of their life when it really affected them and they had a connection to them. Everybody has a different timeline of the band when it emotionally connected with them.

He continues: "I'm not saying this to take away from Kiss at all, but Kiss was really about the show. What attracted you to them was that image and that show. If Kiss just stood on stage and played songs without the show then I doubt they would have held your attention.

"I understand that you can't try to take the emotional factor out of the equation. To fans that is impossible. It is not going to happen. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and they look at it from an emotional point of view. I get that and I respect it. You're not going to get me to think that way. I have a unique perspective in Kiss." Read more here.

Joe Perry Doing 'Better Than Feared' Following Collapse At Concert

Joe Perry is doing "better than feared" after collapsing during a Hollywood Vampires show on Sunday night (July 10), his Aerosmith bandmate Tom Hamilton has reported.

Perry was stretchered to hospital from the stage at Coney Island, New York City, after being seen to struggle during the concert, then staggering off before collapsing behind the scenes.

His health status has not been reported, although unconfirmed reports suggest the 65-year-old suffered a heart attack. Hamilton tweeted last night: "Thankfully, Joe seems to be better than we all first feared. Here's hoping he's back on stage soon, doing what he loves to do!" Read more here.

AC/DC Singing Gig Not For Cinderella's Tom Keifer

Cinderella singer Tom Keifer says he'd have been "humbled and honored" if he'd been asked fill in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC - but he doesn't think he'd have taken on the job.

Before the job was given to Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, Keifer's was one of the names linked with the job once AC/DC revealed Johnson had been ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf and that they'd be continuing with a guest singer.

Keifer tells Zoiks! Online: "I've seen my name brought up online, and I just wanna say - I guess this is the first time I'm publicly saying this - if I were asked, I'd be very humbled and honored, but I would not leave my solo band. I love my band, and we're having a good time out here. This is my home.

"I just don't know that anyone can fill those shoes. Or if it's somebody who's known, it's kind of weird - then it's not AC/DC. It was so cool when they found Brian, because he wasn't really known. And then he became known and then he became the voice of AC/DC. They're one of the few bands who have been able to pull that off. I don't wanna even touch those shoes." Read more here.

Mike Portnoy Invites Dream Theater To 50th Birthday Bash

Mike Portnoy has extended "an open invitation" to his former Dream Theater bandmates to join him for his planned performance of his 12 Step Suite at his 50th birthday bash next year.

The drummer recently revealed that he'll perform all five tracks of the 12 Step Suite in their entirety and in sequence on the Cruise To The Edge floating festival, which sets sail from Tampa, Florida, on February 7 and runs until February 11.

The 12-Step Suite is made up of five tracks, each of which featured on separate Dream Theater albums and Portnoy said he alway intended to play it live.

Now he adds that he'd love his former bandmates to join, but he says he doubts that will happen. Portnoy tells The National Student: "I would love nothing more than to perform it with them. But they've made it clear that they have no intention in reuniting at any point. So, life is short, this is going to be my 50th birthday and it just felt like the right time and place to finally play this music." Read more here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Mistaken For Metallica By Customs Officials

Red Hot Chili Peppers were mistaken for Metallica by customs officials at Belarus Airport in Eastern Europe. The band were called into an office by airport staff and asked to autograph CDs and photos - but to their surprise, the items were Metallica-related.

Chili's bassist Flea says: "We were called into a custom officials' office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica CDs and photos.

"We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica, but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power. Well I did play Fight Fire With Fire with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways, but I'm no Robert Trujillo." See the photo here.

Meat Loaf Gives Health Update Following On Stage Collapse

Meat Loaf has been placed on a strict health regime after he collapsed on stage in Edmonton last month. The singer said the incident was down to severe dehydration and tells Classic Rock he is now seeing a physical therapist four days a week in a bid to lose weight.

Asked how he is feeling since the collapse, Meat Loaf says: "I'm okay. Weak. I've gotta go to physical therapy. I had back surgery and knee surgery within the last two years, and the knee surgery failed, so I haven't been able to work out on tour.

"So I'm going to acupuncture, physical therapy, and a trainer, starting Monday for four days a week, an hour and a half each session." A number of shows were postponed in the wake of Meat Loaf's onstage collapse, but he says they will go ahead eventually and that he won't step back from future touring commitments. Read more here.

Hollywood Vampires To Continue Tour Despite Joe Perry's Health

Alice Cooper has confirmed that The Hollywood Vampires will move forward with their summer tour as guitarist Joe Perry remains hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Coney Island, NY on Sunday.

"Vampires!," tweeted the supergroup's frontman Alice Cooper on Monday. "Confirmed - We WILL see you in Ohio tomorrow night & for the rest of our dates! Thanks for supporting Joe!"

The group are scheduled to perform at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH on July 12. During the second song of The Hollywood Vampires show at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Perry stumbled offstage and, according to sources, soon lost consciousness and apparently went into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

The guitarist was taken to Coney Island hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Read more here.

David Bowie Was The Gateway Drug For Your Favorite Rockstar Released

Former REM singer Michael Stipe, producer Tony Visconti, The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell feature in the short film, David Bowie Was The Gateway Drug For Your Favorite Rockstar.

The video, which was filmed backstage at The Music Of David Bowie show in New York earlier this year, also features Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson, Ann Wilson, Cat Power, Esperanza Spalding, John Darnielle, Rickie Lee Jones, Eugene Hutz, Bilal and Robyn Hitchcock.

Longtime Bowie producer Visconti says of the late rock icon: "The first time I saw him with Ziggy in person, he had all the regalia and and his hair was orange. I only recognised his voice and after two seconds, it's like, 'Well, it's David.'

"That's what I really got from him, that he never limited himself. This could be a lesson to everyone, that you aren't your style. You have a true self, but you can make things up and make them real and express them.

"You're not your hair, clothes - you can do this. He was the person that showed the world how to do that." Watch the film here.

Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour 'An Unqualified Success' Says Live Nation

he promoter of the Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour says the shows have been "an unqualified success" despite apparently poor ticket sales on some dates.

Frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan announced their reunion earlier this year and made their comeback with gigs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and at Coachella. They later announced a full run of dates under the banner of the Not In This Lifetime tour.

But some of the stadium shows have not sold well, according to fans and some media outlets. The Wall Street Journal reported that the GNR gig at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, saw 27,000 people attend the 70,000 capacity venue.

However, promoter Live Nation pointed out to Fortune that the venue's capacity had been reduced to 35,380 for the gig. And fans on social media claimed that the second of two nights at Soldier Field in Chicago had not sold well, with the first night selling out.

Live Nation says: "Guns N Roses' Not In This Lifetime tour is an unqualified success. Not only is it the no.1 rock tour of the summer, it will be one of the top grossing tours of 2016 and one of the most successful reunion tours of all time." Read more here.

Doug Aldrich Would Love To Play With David Coverdale Again

The Dead Daisies' Doug Aldrich says he "would love" to work with David Coverdale again in the future. Guitarist Aldrich was a member of Coverdale's Whitesnake from 2002 to 2014 before leaving to spend more time with his family.

And while he has his hands full with his new role in The Dead Daisies, Aldrich says he and Coverdale share a mutual love and respect and that he will always be open to working with the vocalist again.

In an episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon, due to be released later this week, Aldrich says: "I'm there for David if he ever needed anything, whatever I could do.

"I'm part of the family and I know David well enough to know that he feels the same and it would be no problem. But he also likes the challenge of exploring new ground with new people.

"We had some amazing creative times. If he needed me, I would absolutely be there if I was available and I would love to collaborate on something with him again in the future." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

Joe Perry Collapses During Hollywood Vampires Concert

Joe Perry collapsed offstage and was rushed to hospital during a Hollywood Vampires show at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York on Sunday.

Page Six reports the 65-year-old Aerosmith guitarist was performing with the supergroup on their summer tour of North America when he stumbled offstage and, according to sources, soon lost consciousness and apparently went into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

A clip posted by Instagram user @leeniepics shows Perry wobbling offstage before being treated by emergency officials. "#JoePerry collapsed on stage just now!," she wrote. "He had to sit on drum kit and then went behind a small wall and passed out. FDNY and NYPD carried him off quickly."

Perry was taken to Coney Island hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. At around 10:00 p.m., Cooper stopped the concert and informed fans that Perry had not been feeling well.

"If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before the show'," Cooper reportedly told the crowd. "Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @JoePerry," tweeted Cooper after the show. "He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care." Read more and see the video here.



At the personal invitation of Quincy Jones and legendary Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to perform at the famed Swiss festival, Toto couldn’t resist the opportunity, resulting in Toto: Live At Montreux 1991. “From the perspective of the members of Toto," states guitarist Steve Lukather, “the Montreux Jazz Festival is amongst the most revered events staged in the world. Our association, as a band, and individuals, is something we are deeply proud of. So much fun, and so much history has graced the ground in and around the lake.”

On September 16, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present this very special concert film from Toto’s storied history. Toto: Live At Montreux 1991 -- the last tour with Jeff and Mike Porcaro, alongside original members Steve Lukather and David Paich  -- will be available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and Digital Video in North America [MSRP TBA].

In 1991, Toto was in the midst of a run of headline dates and European summer festivals, while finishing their new album Kingdom Of Desire. It was a time of rebirth for the band, and the Montreux stage proved the perfect opportunity to test drive the new songs.  Fans could feel the electricity in the air as Lukather, Paich, and the late brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro took the stage.

“Yes! Time to take a trip in the ol’ Toto Hot Tub Time Machine! Back to 1991, yes ‘91! Where pure live music was performed on hallowed ground under the paternal wings of Quincy Jones and Claude Nobs,” states keyboardist David Paich. “When I first listened back, the thought omnipresent in my mind was simply, ‘That's that raw, sizzling energy we had in high school!’  Here we are - four valley dudes from Los Angeles with some assorted musical friends, bringing it once again.”

Sadly, this was Jeff Porcaro’s final tour with the band, before his passing in 1992. Lukather, who personally mixed Live At Montreux 1991 with legendary engineer Niko Bolas, expresses the real emotions that this concert channels, and how poignant it was to the band’s history:

“The most important thing is you can see and hear the love we have for each other and watching this in 2016 with Niko…well bittersweet is a term that has been so overused but in this case…there were tears and a lot of laughter as the memories of this night and this final tour with Jeff were captured.  You guys get to see a version of the band that will never and COULD never be again!”

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. With over 38 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world.

As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations. Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They ARE pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles and enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Last summer, they released their first new studio album in ten years –TOTO XIV – that debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK.  This August / September, the band will stage a headline tour of North America. Details are available via

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Video Of Guns N' Roses 2nd Steve Adler Reunion Jam Goes Online

Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler performed with the band in Nashville, TN on Saturday night and video from the reunion jam has surfaced online.

Adler's second appearance with the reunited group in 26 years follows a surprise July 6 guest slot at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH for "Out Ta Get Me" and "My Michelle" from 1987's "Appetite For Destruction."

Adler stepped in for the same pair of songs again in Nashville while longtime drummer Frank Ferrer took a short break mid-way through the concert.

After being fired for excessive drug use in 1990, Adler has long lobbied for a reunion of the band's classic lineup, with guitarist Izzy Stradlin the lone holdout these days.

While Axl Rose sat out the group's 2012 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Alder and some of the other band members were on hand and performed at the ceremony.

Nashville marked the seventh stop on the group's Not In This Lifetime summer tour; Guns N' Roses will next perform at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA on July 12. Check out the videos here.

Led Zeppelin's Publisher Seeks Over $600K For Stairway Trail

Publishing company Warner/Chappell Music are seeking $613,000 in legal fees for the recent Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven copyright trial. The jury in the six-day trial ruled that Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize the opening chords of Stairway To Heaven from Spirit track Taurus.

Warner/Chappell asked for the money for defending Led Zep against plagiarism claims and accused the attorney who filed the case of "gross misconduct," according to Courthouse News.

Now Warner/Chappell wants to claim back the $613,000 in legal fees it says it spent defending the claim, which was led by solicitor Francis Malofiy. Malofiy - who was representing Michael Skidmore, the trustee for late Spirit guitarist Randy California - has since been been suspended for three months over his conduct in an earlier rights trial.

Warner/Chappell says: "Plaintiff's Philadelphia counsel's misconduct in this case is a continuation of the misconduct that earned him a substantial monetary sanction as well as a three-months-and-a-day suspension in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania." Read more here.

Sharon Osbourne Not Sure If She Can Trust Ozzy Again

Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon doesn't know if she'll ever trust him again after their recent split. The Black Sabbath frontman is alleged to have had an affair with a hairstylist, leading to Sharon's departure from their marital home in May.

But she remains hopeful that Ozzy can resolve his problems, and they're attending individual and couples' therapy to that end. Sharon tells the Sun: "Can I ever trust him again? I don't know. I'm now questioning every statement, every move. The lies and intrigue still hurt.

"I don't want to hurt him - I admire and respect him. And that's what I expect back: respect. I didn't get that. It's very hurtful when you don't get that respect and consideration from your partner." Read more here.

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Expected To Make Full Recovery

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt is expected to make a "full recovery" following an "extremely life-threatening situation" after the band's show in Turkey last month.

The guitarist reportedly had a defibrillator fitted into his chest to monitor his heart following the incident - and he won't rush his return to the band until he has a clean bill of health, Status Quo manager Simon Porter says.

The son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards will fill in for Parfitt on the band's summer tour, with Irish guitarist Richie Malone stepping in for the Leuven, Belgium and Edinburgh dates.

Porter says: "Rick is now making an excellent and steady recovery from an extremely serious life threatening situation following a Quo show in Turkey last month.

"He has now had a defibrillator fitted into his chest in order to regulate any future heart issues and has left hospital in order to recuperate with family and friends." Read more here.

David Gilmour Makes Triumphant Return To Pompeii

How do you play a show in a city obliterated by molten lava and fiery ash just under 2,000 years ago? If you're David Gilmour, you ring the ancient amphitheater with pyrotechnics and light it up.

Gilmour kicked off a two night tour stop in the ancient Roman city Pompeii on Thursday night (July 7), 1,937 years after it was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption, and some 45 years after Pink Floyd used the same backdrop for their 1972 concert documentary film, Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.

While Live at Pompeii had no audience in the amphitheater four decades ago, the first show of Gilmour's two-night stop was packed with spectators, making history as the first rock concert to be held in front of a crowd there.

"Tonight will be the first time since 79 A.D. that there's been an audience watching something here," Gilmour told Rolling Stone in an interview before the show. Check out some fan footage here.

KISS Star Gene Simmons Speaks Out On Blocking iPhones At Concerts

KISS star Gene Simmons says he backs Apple's plans to use infrared signals to prevent fans taking pictures or videos at gigs - but only if venues make it clear the technology will be in use.

The normally outspoken KISS bassist took an unusually balanced view on the news that Apple were granted a patent that could see them develop technology to disable iPhone cameras inside concert venues or cinemas by using infrared signals.

Simmons tells Do You Know Jack?: "Do I think they should have the technology to shut off your stuff? Well, maybe with your 'okay.' You know, at least beforehand, they say, 'Okay, you're about to enter a no-cellphone area.' That's fine. As long as you know going in."

Simmons says today's gig audiences are very different to those of the past and that he doesn't understand why anyone would want to spend a show looking at their phone.

"When we first started out, this was before cellphones or technology and even voice mail," he says. "There was no cable, there was no nothing, so at the concerts, they took away your cameras - they didn't allow you to do that."

He adds: "So, in a lot of ways, the concert experience, especially with Kiss, was real - it was emotional, it was deep. People would pass out and cry.

"Technology has made everything less emotional. When you get back home and look at your cellphone and the video there, and you go, 'Oh, I don't remember that from the concert.' Well, of course you don't, because you were too busy texting or looking at your cellphone." Read more here.

The Dead Daisies' John Corabi Frustrated With Motley Crue Feud Coverage

The Dead Daisies and former Motley Crue singer John Corabi has moved to put his feud with Nikki Sixx to bed. The former bandmates have been involved in a war of words over Corabi's role with the band after he replaced Vince Neil in 1992. Bassist Sixx said in April that the 1994 self-titled album recorded while Corabi was with the band had been a "painful" experience, and added that he hadn't been impressed by the vocalist's creative contribution.

Corabi initially stated that he "didn't give a sh*t" about his ex-colleague's quotes. But when asked again, he replied: "I have no idea why Nikki feels that I'm the biggest piece of sh*t to roam the Earth."

Now Corabi tells Music Mania: "Honestly, I've just been a little frustrated. I've done a few interviews in the last week or so where people ask me some question about my time in Motley or some of the recordings I've done with Mick Mars or whatever, and it's just, like, I'll sit there and talk for 10 or 15 minutes and there's no mention of The Dead Daisies.

"Obviously, I can't talk about Motley Crue, because they don't talk about the good things that I have to say about the guys or any of that - it's just always focused on one thing, the negative, and I'm just tired of it. I'm not that guy." Stream the interview here.

AC/DC's Cliff Williams Reflects On His Beginnings With The Band

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams recalls joining the legendary Australian band while on a break from the group's Rock Or Bust world tour. After years playing the UK circuit and releasing three albums as a founding member of the progressive rock group Home, the band split, with Williams and most of the group going on to back folk singer Al Stewart on a US tour in 1974.

The bassist joined UK rockers Bandit for their self-titled 1976 release before landing an audition with AC/DC a year later following the firing of Mark Evans shortly after recording 1977's "Let There Be Rock." Williams debuted with AC/DC on the tour in support of the album as he settled into a new life in Australia.

"My first album with the band was 'Powerage', and that was 1978," explains Williams. "It was all new and fresh, and these people, I didn't know them, and Australia and I'm from London, and there was the whole fitting in thing. They were great, very accepting."

"They were very famous in Australia when I joined them," he continues. "They'd pretty much gotten to the top of the heap there very quickly. And they'd been to Europe once or twice at that point, too.

"But we were still touring on a modest basis. We were playing small venues with little equipment, with a little van, and we were all driving together in a station wagon and stuff. And that, over the years, has changed. Not to say it wasn't fun; it was a lot of fun." Watch the full interview here.

Sebastian Bach's '18 And Life On Skid Row' Release Pushed Back

The release of former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach's autobiography 18 And Life On Skid Row has been delayed. Publishers HarperCollins say the book will arrive on September 27.

The book was scheduled to be released in June, but Bach explains to The Katt: "It's been delayed because it's a very big project - 600 pages with lots of pictures.

"They asked me for 30 pictures; I gave them 116. And I'm, like, 'It's my book, dude.' It's got a lot of stories of crazy sh*t that I did. But there is a beginning and an end to it, like a story arc, because my life was very weird." Read more here.

Dream Theater Release 'Moment Of Betrayal' Tour Visuals Video

Dream Theater have shared a video showcasing the visuals they use when performing the track Moment Of Betrayal onstage. The song is lifted from their latest album The Astonishing and the promo follows the release of their visuals video for track Hymn Of A Thousand Voices last month.

Keyboardist Jordan Rudess said of the record: "I think this is a particular creative adventure for us, to write a concept album very much like a musical or a rock opera.

"I think that whatever we decide to do next - which we haven't really decided - will be something very different." He added: "It's not going to be another concept album. I don't think that would be the best thing to do. But it will be some creative adventure that we'll feel like we want to put our energies behind." Watch the video here.

Motley Crue Release Video Of Farewell 'Girls, Girls, Girls' Performance

Motley Crue are streaming a video for their performance of the 1987 classic, "Girls, Girls, Girls", from their farewell concert film The End. The video arrives ahead of a Canadian screening of The End in select theaters on July 11.

The song was the title track and lead single from the band's fourth album; the tune reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

Directed by Christian Lamb, the project presents the Crue's final live performance at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA this past New Year's Eve; the material is rounded with interviews and behind the scenes material shot by Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine. Watch the video here.

New Rainbow Frontman Won't Try To Sing Like Dio

Ronnie Romero says that "it's not a good idea" to sing in the style of previous Rainbow singers. The Chilean-born Lords Of Black vocalist, who was personally chosen for the role by guitar icon Ritchie Blackmore last year, thinks fans appreciate him more for being true to himself onstage - rather than copying former frontmen such as Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner.

He tells Metal Shock Finland: "I feel really good with my job. I tried to make justice, not just to the songs, but all the singers. I just try to sing the songs in my own way and my own style and I think the people appreciate that. I'm not just a copy of the other singers, I prefer to sing like Ronnie Romero singing those songs.

"I think the people prefer that - I think they don't like seeing a guy or pay for a ticket to hear a guy try to sing like Ronnie James Dio. It's not a good idea." Read more here.

Elton John Makes His Return To Music Video With 'A Good Heart'

Elton John has released a new music video for the track "A Good Heart" and the clip, directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, marks the first time the John has appeared in his own music video in eleven years.

Elton had this to say, "At this time in all our lives, when the world is changing so rapidly and we're all trying to make sense of everything, I think it's important to remember that it's not politicians, it's not money and it's not fame which make the world go round - it's love. It's something that is so easy to forget. I wanted to reflect that in this song and video."

The video features footage of Elton performing the song in a studio in London and the song comes from his latest studio album 'Wonderful Crazy Night'. Watch the video here.

Jon Bon Jovi Does A Surprise Wedding Performance

Jon Bon Jovi thrilled guests at a wedding reception in Miami recently when he agreed to get up from his table and step up to the mic to sing "Livin' on a Prayer." The performer for the wedding of a couple only known as Charlie and Jennifer, was jazz singer Lourdes Valentin, and since Valentin knew Bon Jovi was coming she added the song to her setlist in advance.

When Valentin invited him to the stage, he tried to pass, mouthing to the singer, 'You got this." Then, the gracious rocker stood up from his table and finished the song as a duet with Valentin.

"It was great filming this wedding for Jennifer and Charlie, and it was amazing that Jon made such a surprise by coming onto the stage and singing 'Livin' On A Prayer' together with the local Jazz singer Lourdes. Everyone is really happy we got this on video," read a statement from Cool Coconut Studio, which filmed the wedding.

Bon Jovi confirmed earlier this year that they'd completed work on their 14th album This House Is Not For Sale, which is due for release this year via Island/Universal Music Group following the band's split with Mercury after more than 30 years. Watch Bon Jovi tear it up at the Miami wedding here.


Back in the ‘70s, Foghat was a regular presence on the Billboard charts - on the strength of such hit albums as ‘Fool for the City’, ‘LIVE’, ‘Stone Blue’ and many others. 

And now, the veteran classic rock act is back where they belong - for the first time since 1983, Foghat is back on Billboard with ‘Under the Influence’ (debuting at #17 on “Hard Rock Albums,” and at #40 on “Independent Albums”). 

Released on June 24th, ‘Under the Influence’, produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, draws from Foghat’s collective musical influences, as the band not only brought in some special guests from their past,  who helped launch and inspire the Foghat story, but also invited some new friends into the mix to continue the journey of this never idle band. 

And the album has already received rave reviews from the music press:

"…  Foghat's current lineup makes for one, damn good rock and roll band.  In today's awful musical landscape, where "rock and roll" has been replaced by "cut and paste" it seems like a good, blue-blooded rock and roll album can be hard to
find, especially if you're looking for new stuff from the bands we grew up on.” Mark Cartwright, Q957

“….It’s therefore loaded with up-tempo guitar rock that fizzes out of the speakers …. The whole thing is stuffed full of potential radio hits and I can imagine this album will be a staple of American radio for years to come.” Bernard Baker, Maximum Volume Music

 “Foghat has delivered a huge slab of bluesy, boogie rock that rivals any of their previous releases. This is an album of music, each song standing on its own merits with no filler. There is passion, honesty and most of all, a bunch of kick-ass, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll.”  Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited

And to celebrate this welcome chart positioning and critical success of ‘Under the Influence,’ the band will be doing what they’ve done best for decades - hitting the road hard, and bringing their unmistakable rock to a concert venue near you.  

‘Under the Influence’ track listing:
Under The Influence 
Knock It Off 
She’s Got A Ring In His Nose 
Upside of Lonely 
Heard It Through The Grapevine 
Made Up My Mind 
Hot Mama 
Heart Gone Cold 
Honey Do List 
All Because Of You 
Slow Ride 

Tour Dates:     
SAT   7/16/2016          ALBANY OR                        LINN COUNTY FAIR    
WED 7/20/2016          OMAHA NE                         BAXTER ARENA 
FRI   7/22/2016          WALKER MN                       MOONDANCE JAM 25 
SAT   7/23/2016          SAN BERNADINO CA           2016 LOST HIGHWAY FESTIVAL
FRI   7/29/2016          PASO ROBLES, CA               MID CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR       
WED 8/3/2016            COLUMBUS OH                   OHIO EXPO CENTER & STATE FAIR 
THU  8/4/2016            KITCHENER ONT CN           VICTORIA PARK 
SAT   8/6/2016            ST. OKOBOJI IA                  ARNOLDS PARK 
MON 8/8/2016            STURGIS SD                      FULL THROTTLE SALOON    
TUE  8/9/2016            RIDGEFIELD WA                 CLARK COUNTY FAIR 2016 
THU  8/11/2016          SOLANA BEACH CA             BELLY UP TAVERN      
FRI   8/12/2016          SANTA CRUZ CA                 SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK 
SAT   8/13/2016          SEDALIA MO                      MISSOURI STATE FAIR       
FRI   8/19/2016          WENDOVER NV                  PEPPERMILL CASINO 
SAT   8/20/2016          SALAMANCA NY                    SENECA ALLEGHENY CASINO       
MON 8/22/2016          AIRWAY HEIGHTS WA         NORTHERN QUEST CASINO        
SUN 8/28/2016           UNCASVILLE CT                  MOHEGAN SUN CASINO     
FRI   9/2/2016            WOODWARD OK                 OKLAHOMA ANNUAL H.O.G. RALLY      
SAT   9/3/2016            WALLA WALLA WA              WALL WALLA FRONTIER DAYS 
SUN 9/4/2016             HURON SD                         SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FAIR        
FRI  9/9/2016             LAS CRUCES NM                   RED HAWK GOLF CLUB
SAT   9/17/2016          COTTONWOOD AZ              THUNDER VALLEY RALLY 2016 
MON  9/19/2016         ELKHART IN                           PRIVATE SHOW
WED 9/21/2016          NEW YORK CITY NY            B.B. KINGS BLUES CLUB & GRILL       
FRI   9/23/2016          YAKIMA WA                       CENTRAL WA STATE FAIR 2016 
FRI      10/7/2016       GRETNA LA                        GRETNA HERITAGE FESTIVAL                                         
SAT   10/8/2016          COLONIAL BEACH VA           COLONIAL BEACH BIKE FEST        
FRI   10/14/2016 LAS VEGAS NV                   GOLDEN NUGGET CASINO & HOTEL        
SAT   10/15/2016 TYLER TX                           T.B. BUTLER SQUARE        
THU    11/10/2016      TAMPA FL                                THE CUBAN CLUB
SAT   11/12/2016 MIAMI FL                            MAGIC CITY CASINO


Lou Gramm, Mick Jones Recall
1981 Album of the Year, Foreigner 4 

Dallas, TX - July 7, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  visits with Lou Gramm and Mick Jones for the 35th anniversary of Foreigner’s most significant album, Foreigner 4.  The Album of the Year in 1981, it was # 1 seller on the American charts for ten weeks, producing the hits “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Urgent”, the rocker “Night Life” , and the classic “Jukebox Hero”

In the late1970s the band Foreigner seemed destined to become a classic case of too much, too soon. The band’s first, 1977’s Foreigner and then Double Vision in 1978, were multi-platinum hits of unprecedented proportions and Foreigner entered the Rock and Roll arena as a full blown star. It was heady stuff, to be sure, but that kind of rapid success is often a recipe for quick decline as well. 

For Foreigner the critical point came after their third album Head Games which was released in 1979. Head Games didn’t do as well as the first two albums, and the six Foreigner band members started to blame each other, resulting in departure of two of Foreigner’s original members. There were serious questions as to whether the remaining four should continue as the band Foreigner. In the end Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Rick Wills and Dennis Elliott decided to forge ahead, making their most successful album ever. Mick Jones, Foreigner’s founder and lead guitarist, and former singer, songwriter Lou Gramm reflect with InTheStudio host Redbeard, on the crisis and eventual vindication that marked Foreigner 4.  

“We started to rehearse for the 4 album. I was so frustrated because I felt that the direction of the band was getting so diverse, with everybody wanting to express themselves... I wasn’t hogging the writing. I was ready to be challenged by anybody else’s ideas, and as far as I was concerned the objective was to achieve a great album...and I was pretty strong minded about it.”  -  Mick Jones

“It was only after a week in the studio that the kind of undercurrent and dissatisfaction came to a head and the changes were made, or I think the band would have fallen apart right in the studio.” - Lou Gramm

FOREIGNER 4 @ 35 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
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Album Celebrates Trout's Resurgence Following The Guitarist and Blues Singer-Songwriter's Hard-Won, Life-Or-Death Struggle Waiting For, And Receiving, A Life-Saving Transplant 

New York, NY --- Walter Trout hits the highways of the U.S. and Canada this August for appearances to support his recently released live album ALIVE In Amsterdam.  The tour begins on August 13 at the Cincinnati Blues Festival, and will wrap on the 30th in Denver, CO at the Oriental Theater.  Following a return to Europe, Trout will be back in the U.S for appearances in December.  Provogue / Mascot Label Group has shared a gratis download of "Say Goodbye To The Blues" with fans globally, which  is available here:  The Alive In Amsterdam album trailer can be screened here:

ALIVE in Amsterdam celebrates Trout's rebirth following a successful transplant in May 2014.  His prior release, 2015's Battle Scars channeled his near-death experience into raw autobiographical songs.  The live album captures Trout's performance November 28th, 2015 at Amsterdam's opulent Royal Theatre Carré.  Trout shares, "We were rocking.  If people are expecting a laid-back show, that's not what they'll get. This is potent stuff.  That whole tour was kinda triumphant for me.  Just to be back, after what I went through. But also to be playing with a renewed energy and commitment." 

With songs pulled from every era of his five-decade career, the ALIVE In Amsterdam set presents the Luther Allison cover "I'm Back," to the plaintive B.B. King tribute "Say Goodbye To The Blues," which builds from neck-tingling guitar swells to a stunning virtuoso climax. Battle Scars  is well-represented by the harmony-bolstered rocker "Almost Gone" and the raucous "Tomorrow Seems So Far Away," while Trout is joined by his son Jon for "Rock Me Baby," and even finds time for a fistful of fan favorites, including "The Love That We Once Knew" and "Marie's Mood." Trout recalls, "You can hear that a guy yells out for 'Marie's Mood.'  I actually hadn't planned on doing that one..."

Confirmed appearances include:
8/13     Cincinnati, OH                                                Cincinnati Blues Festival
814      Cleveland, OH                                                Beachland Ballroom
8/16     New York, NY                                               City Winery
8/18     Barrie, Ontario                                                Violet's
8/19     Barrie, Ontario                                                Violet's
8/20     Niagara Falls, NY                                           Seneca Casino
8/21     Syracuse, NY                                                  Funk 'n' Waffles
8/24     Bloomington, IL                                             Castle Theatre
8/25     Davenport, IA                                     Redstone Room
8/26     Paola, KS                                                        Paola Roots Fest
8/27     Omaha, NE                                                     Playing With Fire Concert Series
8/28     Des Moines, IA                                               Lefty's Live Music
8/30     Denver, CO                                                     Oriental Theater
12/03   San Pedro, CA                                                Warner Grand Theater




Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends HEART will release BEAUTIFUL BROKEN--their first new album in four years and first for Concord Records--this Friday, July 8.

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN--HEART's sixteenth album in a career with over 35 million albums sold--finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, but taking some of their favorite "cherry picks" from their catalog and rerecording and rethinking them. The title track and first single--the hard-hitting "Beautiful Broken"--features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica's James Hetfield with Ann Wilson.

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN was co-produced by Nancy Wilson with Heart's bassist Dan Rothchild. Rothchild had previously produced Better Than Ezra's platinum-selling Deluxe, but he also comes from rock royalty: his father was legendary Doors producer Paul Rothchild. BEAUTIFUL BROKEN was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the same studio the Doors cut their best work. 

Starting next week--Thursday, July 14--HEART will launch their summer headlining run with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick (which kicks off Thursday, July 14), to be followed by HEART solo shows in October.

AC/DC Icon Reveals Retirement Plans

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams says he plans to retire following the band's Rock Or Bust world tour. Florida's Gulfshore Life reports Williams plans are, in part, due to the changes the group have faced over the past few years, including the 2014 retirement of founder Malcolm Young due to dementia, a series of legal issues faced by drummer Phil Rudd, and the spring 2016 departure of singer Brian Johnson due to hearing loss issues.

"It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I'm backing off of touring and recording," says Williams. "Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal. I feel in my gut it's the right thing."

All three longtime members have seen their roles filled by others: guitarist and nephew Stevie Young stepped in for Malcolm; Chris Slade returned to handle drums after Rudd recorded "Rock Or Bust"; and, the band accepted an offer from Axl Rose to help them fulfill their remaining 2016 tour dates in place of Johnson.

Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 following the firing of Mark Evans shortly after the group completed the recording of the "Let There Be Rock" album. Williams performed with AC/DC on the tour in support of the record before making his studio debut with them on 1978's "Powerage." Read more here.

Ex-Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di'Anno Recovering From Lung Surgery

Paul Di'Anno says a "rugby ball-sized abscess" on his lungs turned out not to be cancer. The former Iron Maiden frontman, 58, is living in a care home in his home town of Salisbury, England, as he recovers from an operation to remove the non-malignant abscess.

He expects to be in care for up to eight weeks and says that he could have to wait six months for an urgent knee replacement operation. After an interview with his friend and fellow former Maiden singer Blaze Bayley was reported on this week, fans were worried that Di'Anno was battling cancer. But he insists that is not the case.

Di'Anno tells Classic Rock: "I collapsed at home after coming back from Argentina and a scan found a massive big black shadow on my lungs. I thought I was on my way out, but it turned out to be non-malignant.

"It was an abscess that was all infected and the size of a rugby ball. It turns out I've been living with this thing in me for the last few years. The doctors said it was an airborne thing that caused the infection and I could have picked it up anywhere.

"I had to go into recovery after the operation and rather than go back to my home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I stayed here in England and I'm now in a care home." Read more here.

Metallica's Lars Compares New Album To 'Master of Puppets'

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered a comparison between iconic 1985 album Master Of Puppets and their next release. And he's admitted his biggest regret with their third title is the amount of reverb used in the mix.

Speaking the US Library Of Congress on the occasion of Master Of Puppets being added to its permanent registry, Ulrich says: "Obviously the album has resonated with not only the Library, but with fans and critics. I'm not sure I can sit down and listen to it, though, and not yell, 'Will someone turn the reverb down!'"

He adds: "I guess there's a cohesiveness in the songwriting and the production. It works really well as a cohesive landscape, a musical territory. I'm happy it all lined up."

He recalls being "infatuated with the overdubbing opportunities and with all we could do in the studio" as they worked. Ideologies change - they go through arcs," he reflects. "At that time there was an evolution happening and people took it seriously.

"The record we're now working on is more about capturing a mood, making it sound raw and not overproduced. But it was a different vibe then and we were comfortable with it - we were excited about multi-tracks and all the gadgets." Read more here.