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The Who May Make New Album
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The Who are reportedly in talks to make a new record. Roger Daltrey revealed that his bandmate Pete Townshend is already at work in the studio, in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

"I know that Pete wants to make another record," he said. "He's just talking about it. I've heard a couple of tracks, which are great." Daltrey isn't ruling it out, especially since he and Townshend have rekindled their friendship over the years, leading up to their recent 50th anniversary tour.

"After all the testosterone of youth, all of the problems and middle age and drugs and losing people we love, in the end you suddenly realize you deeply love each other," Daltrey said. 'We are like brothers. Family is like that, aren't they? One minute you love them, the next minute you can't stand them. But as soon as it looks like they're not going to be around, they're knocking on the door."

While Daltrey revealed that the band's anniversary tour will likely be their last string of shows on that level, he talked about the future of the band's live performance, saying that perhaps they'd embark on an acoustic tour. Read more here.


 

ROCK NEWS FOR 03/30/15

INTRODUCING THE NEW GUITAR YOUNG GUN: MATTHEW CURRY

FRAMPTON/MILLER-APPROVED THIS BEST-KEPT SECRET WITH A STRATOCASTER IS READY FOR THE NEXT LEVEL;

 HITTING THE ROAD WITH THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, DON FELDER, STEVE MILLER BAND IN APRIL AND MAY, HEADLINING GIGS AND MAJOR FESTIVALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

ONE OF 10 EMERGING ARTISTS FEATURED IN FENDER GUITARS’ “THE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM”

“I see a big future for Matthew.  Someone asked me in an interview if I thought there could be any more guitar heroes.  Well, hell yes, of course, and Matthew is one who will prove that to be true.”  -- Peter Frampton

“...in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.”  --Steve Miller

Who are these guitar legends talking about?  That would be none other than 19-year-old singer/songwriter/guitar young gun MATTHEW CURRY. Consider yourself in the know.

Seemingly out of nowhere, MATTHEW CURRY has been creating a serious buzz the past few years, especially 2014.  This rising star from the Heartland of Normal, IL has already seen rock star-like standing ovations at key festivals both in the U.S. and abroad, and the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners.  

His rare combination of youth and maturity have been taking audiences, and the music industry, by storm and surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals, and incendiary guitar work.  Now, having released two albums on his own--2011’s IF I DON’T GOT YOU and 2013’s ELECTRIC RELIGION, both available on iTunes—CURRY is poised to bring his thunderous guitar stylings to even more audiences courtesy of tours where he has the honor of opening for the Doobie Brothers, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, and the Steve Miller Band starting next month.

Not only did IF I DON’T GOT YOU get recognized by the International Blues Competition with high marks, the song “Blinded By the Darkness” won in the “Best Blues Song” of the International Songwriting Competition.  The same year the album was released, CURRY was one of five international finalists in Ampeg’s “Straight Up Tone” competition.  And the album’s title track was included in NPR’s “Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing” feature.

To say that CURRY is excited to tour with some of his idols again is an understatement.  He says, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be going back out on tour with the Doobie Brothers!  We had the honor of doing a 14 date tour with them last year and it was the time of my life.  I grew up listening to the Doobies, so when I got to get up and jam with them it was a dream come true!  It’s going to be such an honor to share the bill with Don Felder, too.  I’ve always loved the Eagles’ music, and as a guitar player, I’ve especially always loved Don's guitar playing!”

As he continues about touring with the Steve Miller Band once again, “I met Steve for the first time last year.  He’s one of my biggest inspirations!  We had the huge honor of doing a Canadian tour with them in 2014.  He really took a liking to us and asked me to jam with them every night on that tour!  I’ve learned so much from Steve, and I’m very proud to call him a friend!” 

To coincide with the upcoming tour dates, CURRY is one of only 10 artists that are part of The Fender Accelerator Tour, a new initiative that provides emerging musicians the support and resources they need to grow their fan base and promote their music.  As part of the program, CURRY will receive tour support including a customized 15-passenger touring van, promotional and marketing support, and Fender gear, including electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amps and accessories.  To keep the tour moving at full speed, Fender is also covering all fuel and vehicle maintenance needs.  Covering emerging artists across a wide array of musical genres from alternative and rock to country and singer/songwriters and beyond, the Fender Accelerator Tour will follow the musicians as they embark on whirlwind tours and share their experiences along the way.  Each van is equipped with GoPro cameras to capture real-time daily content on the stage and on the road.  From the trials and tribulations to the flashes of inspiration, key moments will be documented as they happen and shared by the artists themselves across their own social channels using #FENDERXLR8R.  This content will also be shared on all of Fender’s owned media channels that currently reach more than five million people each month, allowing artists to leverage the reach and voice of the Fender brand to generate new fans.

“I’m so glad to finally be working with Fender,” CURRY says about the Fender Accelerator Program.  “My go-to guitar has been a Fender Stratocaster ever since I can remember.  I’ve always dreamed of someday having a ‘Matthew Curry’ model Stratocaster in music stores all over the world!  Fender is the definition of Rock n Roll and they revolutionized music!  If you think of all the greatest guitar players in the world, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton to name a few, they all played Fender guitars.  And they played Fender guitars for a reason, because Fender is the BEST THERE IS!!!”

Other critical praise has been pouring in since he first hit the road in 2011:

“The Next Guitar God?  The Matthew Curry Band kaboomed the show off to strong start, keeping us between rock and a hard place. I could feel the thunderous bass rearranging my internal organs.”  – Appen Media Group (GA)

“Kid can shout like Joe Cocker, play guitar like a young Jeff Beck and rock like he’s still inside his first pair of shoes.” – Edmonton Sun

“To say I was impressed when I caught Curry at The Sapphire Room in Boise would be an understatement.  He has it all--unreal-wicked guitar chops and a soulful singing voice that belies his years...he commands a stage with the confidence of a seasoned frontman--and the voice to back up the guitar-note flurries, which reveal influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Buddy Guy and Albert Collins.” – Idaho Statesman

“Curry and his band are making a name for themselves quickly.  Combining mature songwriting and bluesy rock licks, the band made the most of their brief set by jamming through with style.  Curry’s voice was powerful and full of soul as he played like a veteran and shined bright on the big stage.  Turning everyone’s head, this incredibly talented musician is someone to watch out for.” -- CrypticRock.com

Check out MATTHEW CURRY at any of the following tour stops: 

DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Tue 4/21            Wichita Falls, TX           Memorial Auditorium (Doobie Brothers)

With The Doobie Brothers/Don Felder:
Wed 4/22          Midland, TX                  Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Fri 4/24             San Antonio , TX             Majestic Theatre
Sat 4/25            Grand Prairie , TX            Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sun 4/26           Woodlands, TX             Woodlands Pavilion
Mon 4/27          Austin, TX                     ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Headlining:
Thu 4/30            Columbia, MO               Rose Music Hall
Sat 5/2              Memphis, TN                 Beale Street Music Festival (festival show)
Sun 5/3             Atlanta , GA                    Smith’s Olde Bar
Tue 5/5             Philadelphia , PA             World Café Live – Upstairs
Wed 5/6            Somerville , MA               Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club
Thu 5/7             Uncasville , CT                Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort
Sat 5/9              New York , NY               Iridium Jazz Club
Mon 5/11          Pittsburgh , PA               Hard Rock Café
Tue 5/12            Cleveland , OH                House of Blues/Cambridge Room

With the Steve Miller Band:
Fri 5/15             Southaven, MS             BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
Sat 5/16            Rogers , AR                    Arkansas Music Pavilion
Sun 5/17           Kansas City , MO           Tank Room (headlining)
Tue 5/19            Bismarck , ND                 Bismarck Civic Center
Wed 5/20          Fargo , ND                      Scheels Arena
Thu 5/21            Sioux City , IA                 Tyson Events Center
Fri 5/22             Cedar Rapids , IA            U.S. Cellular Center
Sun 5/24           Chillicothe , IL                Summer Camp Music Festival (festival show)
Wed 5/27          Brookings , SD               Swiffel Center
Fri 5/29             Springfield , MO              O’Reilly Family Event Center
Sat 6/6              Ozark, AR                     Wakarusa Music Festival (festival show)
Fri 7/10             Highland Park , IL            Ravinia Festival Pavilion
Sun 7/12           Kitchener, ONT.             Big Music Fest (festival show)

www.matthewcurry.com
www.facebook.com/MatthewCurryOfficial
www.twitter.com/mattcurrymusic
www.instagram.com/matthewcurry_official
www.youtube.com/c/MatthewCurryOfficial
https://soundcloud.com/matthewcurrymusic

 

TUNE IN: VH1 ROCK ICONS - NIKKI SIXX

Nikki Sixx, on VH1 ROCK ICONS this Saturday, and on the road as of 4/8 with his band SIXX:A.M.  The trio, also including DJ Ashba (Guns N Roses) and acclaimed producer / vocalist James Michael, kick off their first-ever headline run with a bill featuring rock from all over the world!  Finland's APOCALYPTICA and Japan's VAMPS will join them on this MODERN VINTAGE tour.

Shows are selling out fast for this limited run - if people want to witness SIXX:A.M. live, they should pick up their tickets NOW!

SIXX:AM with APOCALYPTICA and VAMPS
*indicate shows that do not include VAMPS

SOLD OUT SHOWS IN RED

Wednesday, April 8, 2015         SAN FRANCISCO           CA        THE REGENCY BALLROOM
Friday, April 10, 2015   LAS VEGAS       NV        THE JOINT
Saturday, April 11, 2015           LOS ANGELES   CA        CLUB NOKIA
Monday, April 13, 2015            DENVER           CO        OGDEN THEATRE
Tuesday, April 14, 2015            KANSAS CITY    MO       ARVEST BANK THEATRE AT THE MIDLAND THEATRE
Thursday, April 16, 2015          HOUSTON        TX        WAREHOUSE LIVE
Friday, April 17, 2015   DALLAS            TX        BOMB FACTORY
Sunday, April 19, 2015 MINNEAPOLIS  MN       MILL CITY NIGHTS
Monday, April 20, 2015            CHICAGO          IL         THE VIC THEATER
Tuesday, April 21, 2015            DETROIT          MI        ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE
Thursday, April 23, 2015*        TORONTO        CANADA           PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE
Friday, April 24, 2015* SAYREVILLE     NJ        STARLAND BALLROOM
Saturday, April 25, 2015*         WORCESTER    MA       THE PALLADIUM
Monday, April 27, 2015*          NEW YORK       NY        BEST BUY THEATER
Tuesday, April 28, 2015            PHILADELPHIA PA        ELECTRIC FACTORY
Wednesday, April 29, 2015       SILVER SPRINGS          DC        THE FILLMORE

Gene Simmons Teams With WWE To Make Horror Movies
http://www.teamrock.com/

KISS star Gene Simmons has signed a deal with WWE Studios to co-produce three horror movies. And he's vowed the films will be "elevated" works - starting with Temple, which begins shooting later this year.

WWE Studios was launched in 2002 for WWE wrestlers and personnel. The company has produced more than 30 movies to date including The Scorpion King, Walking Tall and The Condemned. They'll work under the banner Erebus Pictures for the upcoming releases.

Simmons says: "The horror genre continues to fascinate me, as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences. I'm so thrilled to be working with the masterminds from WWE Studios in launching Erebus Pictures." Read more here.

Queen Manager's Freddie Mercury Movie Joke Taken Seriously
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/category/news/

Reports that Queen's Freddie Mercury biopic was back on track with Sacha Baron Cohen leading the production are the result of a joke, guitarist Brian May has reported.

The band's manager Jim Beach did say Cohen had returned to the project after departing in 2013. But his quotes at a manager's convention on Thursday were meant in jest.

May says via his website: "Jim said that, in response to enquiries about progress on the Freddie film, that Sacha Baron Cohen had been re-engaged to write, produce and direct - as well as starring in all four major roles!

"I'm afraid some folks might have taken it seriously." Read more here.

Van Halen Sitting Out Tremonti Tour
www.hennemusic.com

Tremonti bassist Wolfgang Van Halen will miss the band's upcoming tour in support of their forthcoming second album, "Cauterize", due to a scheduling conflict with Van Halen.

"I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of Cauterize," explains Wolfgang, "but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming dates due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album. Look forward to seeing all of the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!"

Tremonti - led by Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti - will hit the road for a spring US tour starting April 25 in Orlando, Florida, while "Cauterize" will be released on June 9. Read more here.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil To Sing Anthem At Las Vegas Outlaws Debut
www.hennemusic.com

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil will perform the National Anthem at the Las Vegas Outlaws first game on Monday, March 30 at the Thomas & Mack Center as the team host the San Jose SaberCats in Arena Football League action.

Neil and his company, Rockstar Sports Group, were awarded the new AFL franchise last September. The ownership group includes former Florida Gator and Tampa Bay Buccaneer's quarterback Bob Hewko, aviation businessman Mark Daniels and technology businessman Sohrob Farudi.

"I'm going to perform the National Anthem in honor of the Outlaws first game, for the fans and families in attendance, and for our veterans and service men and women everywhere," says Neil. "The players and coaches are ready to get this season rockin' and to make Las Vegas proud of its awesome Arena Football team." Read more here.

Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Black Star Riders Announce UK Tour
www.hennemusic.com

Def Leppard and Whitesnake have announced a co-headline UK tour this winter. The pair will be joined by openers Black Star Riders for a triple bill for a 10-show run in December.

"I am very excited to be working with Whitesnake again, we had such a wonderful time when we did it back in 2008," says Leppard frontman Joe Elliott. "It's a great experience for rock fans to be able to see two great live bands on the same stage on the same night."

"Ohh, have you got trouble…Brother Joe & The Lepps?…D.C. & The Snakes?... Them Black Star Riders?…On the same night???…I can't wait!!...SEE YOU THERE!!!" added Whitesnake's David Coverdale. See the dates here.

Van Halen Preview Eddie's Solo From New Live Album
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Van Halen have released an audio preview of guitarist Eddie Van Halen's solo as they approach the March 31 release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

One of the featured spotlights in the band's live set sees Eddie showcase a montage of riffs and signature solos from his career, including the groundbreaking 1978 track "Eruption", "Cathedral", "316", the opening to "Mean Street" and more.

Van Halen recently announced dates for an extensive North American tour in support of the album, which was recorded in Japan in 2013 on the group's "A Different Kind Of Truth" tour.

The band will launch the project with a special concert tonight, March 30 for ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Hollywood Boulevard. Check out the solo preview here.


Atkins May Project Feat. Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Release New Anthology With Unreleased Bonus Track

London, UK - The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May's new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.

This marriage of Metal Mayhem has earned them stunning reviews from the worlds' press and has seen them gain a steady momentum of fans globally since their initial release back in 2011. After the worldwide success of “Serpents Kiss”, “Valley Of Shadows” and “Empire Of Destruction” once again coming straight from the “Home of Metal,” out of the heart of the UK's “Black Country”, Atkins May Project return with “Anthology” (volume 1). This collection of Classic Rock and British Metal is an essential addition to all who love this genre that's no afraid to merge metal moments with progressive thought.

Al Atkins is known for being founder member and original vocalist with Judas Priest, notably writing such classics as “Victim Of Changes” & “Never Satisfied”, which the band still perform to this day. This laid the foundations for Priest to go on to sell over 40 millions albums! In 2010, Al teamed up once again with longtime friend, guitar virtuoso and producer Paul May to form AMP and record their critically acclaimed debut album “Serpents Kiss”.

Paul May was born to play guitar! Respected for his passionate, soulful guitar work and his explosive, exciting solos, Paul is a world class professional guitarist and songwriter playing and recording sessions across the globe, appearing on over 50 albums and featured in both the secular and Christian arenas.

“Anthology” marks their own territory in rock with this selection of excellent songs! This exciting compilation also features an unreleased bonus track – a cover of Phil Collin's “In The Air Tonight”!

Paul says, “It was quite a task to choose which songs would make it onto this compilation as there's such a diversity in the styles of tracks, but I hope this reflects the wider view of the rock and metal we love doing”

Al says, “The reviews from the first three albums were great and said it all, so it was difficult to select the songs for the album, but I think you'll agree that we made the right choices, and 'Anthology' for me ticks all the right boxes!”

Tracks:
Here Comes The Rain 
Bitter Waters
A World At War
Dream Maker
Whisper To The Wind
Harder They Fall
The Shallowing
Enslaved To Love
Theatre Of Fools
Valley Of Shadows
In the Air Tonight (unreleased bonus track)

Check out the sampler: https://youtu.be/bduKFcJd268

Atkins May Project – “Anthology” is available through Gonzo MultiMedia and can be purchased at: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15812

For more information:
www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk
www.atkinsmayproject.com ;
www.AlAtkins.com
www.PaulMayMusic.co.uk

WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT'S STUNNING NEW VIDEO "WOLFLIGHT"  HAS PREMIERE ON PLANET ROCK 

 NEW ALBUM "WOLFLIGHT" DUE OUT IN NORTH AMERICA APRIL 7TH

Fans of progressive rock around the globe can click here to check out the premiere of world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett's new video "Wolflight" on Planet Rock.  The stunning and epic video is for the title track of his forthcoming album of the same name, WOLFLIGHT.  Hackett commented, "This video for my new album title track "Wolflight" captures the atmosphere of the song beautifully. The story it presents is poignant, wild and powerful. It has a strong epic feel...I flew to Serbia to take part in the film and it was great to be involved. Enter the world of "Wolflight" and enjoy!"

On April 7th, world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will release his brand new solo album, WOLFLIGHT, in North America via InsideOut Music.  WOLFLIGHT is Steve Hackett's first original solo studio album since BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON in 2011.  The album will be available in North America in two physical configurations, as well as digitally.  Fans will have the option of purchasing WOLFLIGHT physically as a standard CD or as a deluxe version with a CD plus BluRay digipak, which will feature two bonus tracks.  To preorder the album, please click here and here.

The concept behind WOLFLIGHT is a new, unexplored chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire").

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

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

 For more information please visit:
www.hackettsongs.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589
https://twitter.com/HackettOfficial

 

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PROUDLY PRESENTS JEFF BECK LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTT’S – SPECIAL EDITION

FIRST EVER RELEASE OF FULL AUDIO FROM THESE LANDMARK SHOWS 

~JUNE 2, 2015~

On June 2, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Jeff Beck’s Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s – Special Edition on 2CD and Digital Audio [Pre-book Order Date May 8, MSRP $17.98]. A 3LP Edition will be released shortly thereafter.

Now released for the first time with the full audio from these incredible shows, Performing This Week… features classic tracks from across Jeff Beck’s career including: “Beck’s Bolero,” “Led Boots,” “Scatterbrain,” “Where Were You,” “Angels (Footsteps),” “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” and his now iconic version of “A Day In The Life.” This amazing show includes guest appearances by Joss Stone, Eric Clapton and Imogen Heap, in addition to a 7-track set with the Big Town Playboys.

This 2007 series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club in London became a must-have ticket of the year, with a packed audience every night consisting of the famous and the fans. The CD and DVD releases of these shows (released via Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2008, 2009 respectively) have become the definitive Jeff Beck live recordings. Now for the first time on LP and CD, all of the live tracks are available (including those with special guests plus the Big Town Playboys set, which has previously only been on the Blu-ray release).

From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career, Jeff Becks unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of peers and legions of fans worldwide. Performing This WeekLive At Ronnie Scotts Special Edition is a stunning representation of the unmatched live experience that only he can deliver. 

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KayosProductionsInc.

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Rock Supergroup Kings Of Chaos Announce May Shows
www.antimusic.com

Kings Of Chaos, the all-star Guns N' Roses, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple super jam band, has announced two shows in the United States that will taking place in May.

The current incarnation of the all-star group features former Guns N' Roses members Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, former Deep Purple star Glenn Hughes, Billy Idol's Steve Stevens and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander.

They will be performing in Hollywood, Florida at Hard Rock Live on May 16th and in Mashantucket, Connecticut at The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on May 16th.

Check out their Facebook page here.

NELSON SOARS WITH PEACE OUT
New Studio Album Returns Band To Classic Melodic Rock Format.  To Be Released By Frontiers Music Srl on May 19th in North America.

 In their 25 years as a musical duo, Gunnar & Matthew Nelson, collectively known simply as Nelson, have grown from Pop music idols to seasoned songwriters and performers. Now, as the brothers celebrate a quarter century at the forefront of the international music scene, they return with Peace Out, their most ambitious studio album to date.

 Released in Europe on May 15th and North America on May 19th by Frontiers Music Srl.  Peace Out  marks a return to the well crafted pop songs that put the band at the top of the Billboard charts in the 1990s. From the anthemic “Invincible” to the rollicking soon-to-be pop classic “Back in the Day,”  Peace Out is quintessential Nelson from start to finish.

 “We set a pretty high standard with our previous release with Frontiers – Lightning Strikes Twice. That record received by far the most critical acclaim of any Nelson record to date... Peace Out was expected to be even BETTER, The so the goal was to push ourselves to the very limit- past what we believed we could do,” says Gunnar Nelson. “We wanted to write and record the most exciting, authentic, uplifting, and rockin’ Nelson record ever made! The mission: to make a classic.”

 The brothers have always had their work cut out for themselves, being the third generation in one of America’s most celebrated entertainment families, who came into US households every week from 1952 through 1966 on the ABC sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Their grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, was a celebrated big band leader, whose orchestra featured their grandmother, Harriet; and their late father, Ricky, was one of Rock’n’roll’s earliest superstars, a member of The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, and generally credited with creating the country-rock format. 

When the Nelson twins burst onto the music scene with the Billboard #1 hit “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love & Affection,” in 1990, they set a Guinness World Record by being the only family to have three generations of #1 hits on the charts! Nelson went on to release a half dozen Rock albums selling nearly 7 million records, beginning with the multi-platinum After The Rain.

Peace Out marks their fourth release on Frontiers since 2010.  Look for Nelson to embark on a world tour upon the album’s release. “We're putting the live show together as we speak... And it will incorporate the very best live songs from our career... Focusing heavily on the PEACE OUT album,” tells Gunnar.


The Nelsons have worked in a number of musical styles including pop, hard rock and even country.  Now, Peace Out   takes them to the musical home they have known the best: harmony-driven pop Rock whose melodies are as infectious as they are lasting.

Peace Out tracklisting:
1.   Hello Everybody
2.   Back In The Day
3.   Invincible
4.   Let It Ride
5.   I Wanna Stay Home
6.   On The Bright Side
7.   Rockstar
8.   Autograph9.   What’s Not To Love?
10.  You And Me
11.  Bad For You
12. Leave The Light On For Me

PREVIEW NELSON’S PEACE OUT HERE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_d0YTF5fro

 PRE ORDER   NELSON’s PEACE, OUT at Amazon:  http://geni.us/PeaceOutAmazon

For all things NELSON, please visit: http://www.matthewandgunnarnelson.com

 

UDR Music Announces TOMMY BOLIN “TEASER” 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set – Out May 19, 2015 in North America 

TOMMY BOLIN (The James Gang, Deep Purple) – The Legend Lives On

 UDR Music celebrates the 40th anniversary of guitar god TOMMY BOLIN’s classic solo album Teaser with a deluxe triple-vinyl set - the TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set!

TOMMY BOLIN – recognized for his work with groups such as Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple – was a bright, young American guitar god who created a whirlwind with his loud, stylish, free-form fusion performances before his untimely death at the age of 25 in 1976. Released in 1975 during his time with Deep Purple, Teaser was the solo masterpiece and eventual cult-classic that Bolin never got the chance to properly promote.

Now, 40 years after the album was originally released and unfortunately buried with time, Teaser is finally getting its time to shine.

On May 19, 2015, UDR Music will release the official TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set, a three-album deluxe vinyl box-set supplemented with two live CDs, celebrating the 40th anniversary of this legendary release. Featuring long-lost outtakes and alternative mixes from the original Teaser studio sessions, plus two live CDs comprising performances from Ebbets Field, The Northern Lights, My Father’s Place and Albany, the TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set is set to satiate the appetites of Bolin fans worldwide.

TOMMY BOLIN was a shooting star, a fiercely bright, ferociously driven and a guitarist whose soul spoke through his fingers and fretboard. Bolin was an American axeman of the caliber rarely seen or heard before (or since) his untimely death at the age of 25 on December 4th 1976. Bolin allowed the power of funk and the fury of rock to find such finite expression through his inspiration. His expression never sounded more fluent than on his 1975 solo album debut Teaser. The album embraced a tour de force of styles from jazz to hard rock to Latin music, all of which were expressed in a glorious musical stew.

At the age of 17, Bolin formed Zephyr, whose blues rock was coated in psychedelic tendencies. Despite opening for the likes of Led Zeppelin and growing a strong fan-base, Bolin left the group in 1971 to form Energy (a jazz-rock project) before Joe Walsh recommended him to The James Gang, where he recorded the Bang! and Miami albums in 1973 and ’74 respectively. Bolin also appeared on legendary drummer Billy Cobham’s Spectrum solo album, and his ability to enjoy (and make the grade with!) such improvisational jamming style sounds left Bolin as that rare bird. A man who could be a rock star or a man who could be a musician’s musician at cafes across America.

Bolin moved to LA seeking confirmation of the stardom his enormous talents promised, and the foundations for the legendary Teaser album were laid. Featuring session musicians such as Glenn Hughes, David Sanborn, Jan Hammer, Stanley Sheldon and Phil Collins, Teaser represents the fulcrum point of Tommy’s solo-artist work. As he completed work on it, Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore quit the band, and Bolin was invited to join Purple by singer David Coverdale. Come Taste The Band came out towards the end of 1975, before Purple disbanded and left Bolin free to do his second album Private Eyes. Opening for Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck, Bolin was just starting to enjoy the sort of attention and recognition that would surly have seen him rise to the next level of revered guitar God. Sadly, Bolin’s addiction issues would not allow it, and in 1976, he died at the tragically young age of 25.

Bolin’s legacy is superbly reflected in TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set – get your copy while they last!

Learn more about TOMMY BOLIN via http://www.tbolin.com

Pre-Order Details Coming Soon

 

The IDES OF MARCH Keeping Marching On…

Last week, Baker & Taylor, the leading distributor of books, videos, and music products, presented the Ides of March on Monday, March 16 in Charleston, SC. The company, which recently distributed guitarist/vocalist Jim Peterik’s book Through The Eye Of The Tiger (BenBella Books), will release the Ides of March upcoming boxed set Last Band Standing - The Definitive 50-Year Anniversary Collection on April 18.

The Last Band Standing set will include four audio discs with material from across the Ides Of March history, kicking off with 1970’s Vehicle (of which the title track was a Billboard smash hit), and traversing through remastered rarities and unreleased material, culminating in a set of brand new tracks from the band. The set also boasts a live DVD of the Ides Of March performing 15 of their most iconic songs at the House Of Blues in their native Chicago on May 31, 2014. Complete with a slew of extras, such as new interviews, archival footage, behind-the-scenes material, and a music video for the new track “Last Band Standing,” this is a rich celebration of the Ides of March legacy.

Metallica and Paul McCartney Lead Lollapalooza Lineup
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Metallica, Paul McCartney, Florence and the Machine have been announced as the headliners for this year's Lollapalooza which will be taking place at Grant Park in Chicago on July 31st-August 2nd.

Metallica had this to say about their headlining slot, "It's been nearly 20 years since we've been lucky enough to take the stage at Lollapalooza, so we are over the top that we've been asked to play this year at the now annual extravaganza held at Grant Park in Chicago. We'll be hitting the stage on Saturday, August 1st."

This year's lineup also includes Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, Of Monsters and Men, Kid Cudi, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Tyler the Creator, Philip Selway, Death From Above 1979, Hot Chip, TV on the Radio, Brand New, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello, and more.

Find the lineup for each day below:

Friday Lineup: Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, the War on Drugs, Father John Misty, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, Broods, MisterWives, What So Not, Sxa, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, Destructo, Borns, Badbadnotgood, Mighty Oaks, Bear's Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Bully, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

Saturday Lineup: Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Easy, Walk the Moon, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, Caked Up, Hermitude, Wet, Holychild, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mr. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Snbrn, Ellie King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, Coin, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock Allstars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets

Sunday Lineup: Florence And The Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, Nero, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Kygo, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, Odesza, Logic, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, Moon Taxi, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMAs, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, the Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vérité, Jacklndn, Zebra Katz, the Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In the Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock Allstars

Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner Hospitalized For Suspected Heart Attack
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Jefferson Airplane and offshoot Jefferson Starship founding member Paul Kantner has been hospitalized after suffering a suspected heart attack. He celebrated his 71st birthday on March 17th.

Jefferson Starship broke the news to fans via their Facebook page and also revealed that they will be continuing their current North American tour without him.

The band wrote on Wednesday, "Hey everybody, Paul's health took a bad turn this week. He's in the hospital, stable and undergoing tests to find out exactly what's going on but doctors suspect he had a heart attack. He is in the best possible care and we are sending him all of our best wishes, good thoughts and healing vibes.

"We're continuing the tour without him, as most of the shows are sold out or close to it and we have to honor our contracts and our fans who bought tickets and put on the best show possible. We will dedicate every show to Paul until he is well enough to rejoin us onstage. Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time."

Deep Purple Announce Summer Tour Dates
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Hard rock legends Deep Purple have announced dates for a North American summer tour with some media outlets reporting that the band is expected to announce additional dates soon.

The announced dates kick off on July 14th in Lewiston, NJ at Art Park Amphitheatre and conclude on August 15th in Indio, Ca at the Fantasy Springs Casino.

The band has also previously revealed a spring tour of Mexico that will be launching on May 27th in Puebla at Centro Expositor and wrapping up on June 7th in Ciudad Juarez at Estadio Carta Blanca.

Deep Purple will also be launching a European tour this fall, kicking things off in Lodz, Poland on October 25th at Atlas Arena and concluding the tour on December 3rd in London at the O2.

In late August the group will make two European music festival appearances; the first in Arbon, Switzerland at the Summer Days Festival and the second at the Summer Nights festival in Singmaringen, Germany.

The current lineup of the band features vocalist Ian Gillan, bass player Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Steve Morse and organ and keyboard player Don Airey.

U.S. Summer Dates:
07/14 - Lewiston, NJ - Art Park Amphitheatre
07/22 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Pac
07/24 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditoriu
07/25 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theater
07/30 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort & Casino
08/02 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
08/04 - Sterling Heights, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
08/05 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State Fair
08/07 - Sioux City, IA - Hard Rock Casino
08/12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Orange County Fair
08/14 - Laughlin, NV - Edgewater Casino
08/15 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino

See the Mexican and European dates here.

Megadeth Release Video Featuring New Member
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Megadeth have posted a new online video featuring their new drummer recording in the studio as the group work on the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider."

The band have yet to confirm their replacement for Shawn Drover, who left in November on the same day as guitarist Chris Broderick announced his exit from the group.

A few weeks ago, former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza revealed the drummer's identity as Chris Adler from Lamb Of God. "Well since (Chris) Adler is playing on the new Megadeth album, do I get to play on Lamb of God new album?," posted Mena. "I'm down for it ....Chris you rock ! one of my favorite drummers. good luck bro ....." See the video here.


Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson 1st Post Cancer Photos Surface
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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has been pictured for the first time since his cancer treatment - with a moustache. He underwent seven weeks of medical attention after a tumor was discovered on his tongue, forcing the band to postpone plans to release their 16th album.

Dickinson returned to action this week when he attended a press event for his aircraft firm Cardiff Aviation Ltd. Pictures from the event were posted by Iron Maiden Spain.

He shot a video to promote their hybrid Airlander vehicle, sporting the facial hair. Maiden's plans remain on hold until the results of an upcoming MRI scan are known. The band said this week: "Typically, Bruce's reaction was to be as active as feasibly possible, taking in a couple of visits to the Maiden office, one to the Hybrid Air Vehicle hangar to see latest progress, and a brief trip to his local pub - much to the surprise and delight of all his friends there."

See the photos here.

Robben Ford Streaming New Album 'Into The Sun' In Full
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Robben Ford is streamed his new album "Into The Sun" in full via TeamRock. It's released via Mascot Label Group on March 30, complete with guest appearances by Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo', Robert Randolph, Sonny Landreth, ZZ Ward and Tyler Bryant.

Robben tells The Blues Magazine: "There's a broad range of music on this record - but if I were to put it in a nutshell, it's very uplifting, it's fun, and it's got great energy.

"The rhythm section is really strong. You really get to hear and feel the drums and bass, but then there is all this beautiful colour. And of course we have all our guests to enhance the record."

Check out the album stream here.

Twisted Sister May Not Continue Following AJ Pero's Death
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Twisted Sister could call an end to their career following the death of drummer AJ Pero, guitarist Jay Jay French has said. The sticksman died while on tour with Adrenaline Mob in the US last week. And despite frontman Dee Snider saying the band will play on in his memory, French reveals they were already thinking about bowing out before news of Pero's death reached them.

The guitarist will now sit down with Snider to discuss future plans - including whether 2016 will be the band's swan song. French says, "We're going to discuss the near term which is the concert in Vegas on May 30, then we'll discuss getting through the shows in Europe this year.

"And then we'll talk about the long term which is - Is 2016 going to be a statement year for us? It's the 40th anniversary of me, Dee and Eddie Ojeda getting together. It may be time. It may be."

He continues: "We are trying to confront the reality of it because I don't want to be in this forever. We could - some bands are forever in that ozone area and continue to play on.

"But we need to look at this and say to ourselves, as a live entity, on which our reputation rests, how do we honor that history? How do we honor AJ? And how do we honor the fans' loyalty?" Read more here.

Billy Corgan Says Smashing Pumpkins' Future Is 'Murky'
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With the touring now complete, Billy Corgan has expanded on quotes that the Smashing Pumpkins might be on the outs in his mind, noting that fans might be too fixated with the past.

"I've only committed to the idea of the Smashing Pumpkins through, pretty much, the end of this year," Corgan told Peru's Radio Oasis (via Rolling Stone). "After that, I'm gonna see how it goes…the future of the Smashing Pumpkins is kind of murky."

Corgan went on to clarify his comments, placing some blame on fair weather fans. "I feel like I really need to evaluate the musical purpose of the Pumpkins because more and more of the audience is fixated on the past," Corgan said. "I know a lot of the audience will say, 'Well, I like your music better from the Nineties, than, say, the music you're making today.'

"But I know they're not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music' I'm the type of artist that I don't wanna exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past." Read more here.

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND LEGACY RECORDINGS SIGN WORLDWIDE RIGHTS DEAL FOR ROB HALFORD CATALOG 

New Deal Covers Recordings and Videos by Fight, Two and Halford 


March 25, 2015 - New York, NY - SONY Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, SME's catalog division, have signed a worldwide rights deal to with the Metal God, Rob Halford. Frontman of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, Rob Halford brought his iconic charisma and influential vocal style to a variety of side projects since 1992, notably his bands Fight, 2wo and Halford. The new SONY/Legacy agreement with Rob Halford will include individual album catalog titles and audio-visual releases. Upcoming Rob Halford anthology titles will include an Essential and Playlist collection with plans for a definitive Complete Albums Box. 

Born Robert John Arthur Halford on August 25, 1951, Rob Halford rocketed to fame as the lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest.  One of the genre's most powerful, distinctive and influential vocalists, Halford set the standard for generations of metal singers. After leaving Judas Priest in 1992, Halford formed the band Fight and, between 1993 and 1995, recorded two albums, War of Words and A Small Deadly Space, and an EP, Mutations, with the band. Following Fight, Halford moved into the realm of industrial metal with his Two project.  In 2000, he launched the straight-ahead no-nonsense pure metal ensemble Halford. The SONY/Legacy release agreement includes virtually all of Rob Halford's work with Fight, Two and Halford from 1992 onward. Coming on March 31, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release The Essential Rob Halford (2 CD-30 tracks). 
Rob Halford Catalog includes: 

Fight

Albums
War of Words
Mutations
A Small Deadly Space
K5 – The “War of Words” Demos
 
Audio/Visual
War of Words: The Film
Live in Phoenix 

Two
Voyeurs 

Halford
Metal God Essentials: Volume 1
Resurrection
Live Insurrection
Crucible
Live at Rock in Rio 3 (album and audio/visual)
Live in Anaheim (album and audio/visual)
Winter Songs
Made of Metal
Live at Saitama Super Arena (album and audio/visual)Live in London
Live 2010 North & South America Tour (album and audio/visual)
Metal God Essentials: Volume 2

Iron Maiden Optimistic About Bruce Dickinson's Cancer Fight
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Iron Maiden has issued an update on singer Bruce Dickinson's health status as he recovers from recent cancer treatments. The band announced Dickinson's cancer diagnosis on February 19, saying a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue was discovered during a routine visit to the doctor just prior to Christmas; a seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed and the prognosis is for a full recovery by late May.

"Over the last few days, Bruce has been to see his specialists and following examinations, including visual, we're delighted to update everyone that the situation remains extremely optimistic for a full recovery," says the group.

"We will still not have final confirmation that the cancer has been completely eradicated until Bruce can have an MRI scan in May, as previously advised in manager Rod Smallwood's recent message to fans, and the period to full recovery will continue for a few months yet.

"Typically, Bruce's immediate reaction to the specialists' good news was to be as active as feasibly possible, taking in a couple of visits to the Maiden office, one to the Hybrid Air Vehicle hangar to see latest progress, and a brief trip to his local pub, much to the surprise and delight of all his friends there!" Read more here.

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT IS PROUD TO RELEASE LOST SONGS – THE BASEMENT TAPES CONTINUED - A UNIQUE TAKE ON PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN BOB DYLAN LYRICS STARRING T BONE BURNETT, ELVIS COSTELLO, RHIANNON GIDDENS, TAYLOR GOLDSMITH, JIM JAMES, AND MARCUS MUMFORD ON DVD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL FORMATS OUT MAY 26, 2015

On May 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release Lost Songs – The Basement Tapes Continued  on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date May 1, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD].  

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Jones (of the Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart), Lost Songs – The Basement Tapes Continued presents the development of a unique project bringing together an extraordinary group of artists to work on previously unknown Bob Dylan lyrics with Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett. The film is aimed to accompany the November 2014 Harvest Records album Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, and focuses on sixteen sets of lyrics written by Bob Dylan during the legendary The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967, which were only recently rediscovered. 

Under the auspices of producer T Bone Burnett and with the approval of Bob Dylan, an extraordinary collective of musicians were brought together to set the lyrics to music: Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. The film presents an exclusive and intimate look at the making of the Lost On The River album set against the important and historical cultural backdrop of Bob Dylan and The Band’s original The Basement Tapes.

As well as offering an unrivaled insight into these sessions, the film also comes bolstered with Bonus Tracks: “Diamond Ring,” “Down On The Bottom,” “Hidee Hidee Ho #16,” “Kansas City,” “Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street),” and “The Whistle Is Blowing.”

Lost Songs – The Basement Tapes Continued is a must for fans of Bob Dylan, Lost On The River, and anyone interested in the creative genesis and development of incredible music.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KayosProductionsInc.

 

JOE SATRIANI AND STEVE VAI TO HOST BENEFIT CONCERT  WITH SPECIAL GUESTS - ANIMALS AS LEADERS  SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 12TH AT THE WILTERN THEATRE – LOS ANGELES

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AUCTION ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN AND FRIEND - CLIFF CULTRERI

Legendary guitarists JOE SATRIANI and STEVE VAI announce plans for a third benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and good friend, Cliff Cultreri.

“A Benefit for Cliff III” will take place on Friday, June 12th at 8pm at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.  This event will feature performances by Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests, Animals As Leaders.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Satriani and Vai, along with other artists, have graciously donated various items to be auctioned at the event.  Among these items are autographed guitars as well as a chance to join Satriani’s “G4 Camp” taking place June 28 – July 2  in Cambria, CA and a package to attend Vai’s camp, “Vai Academy 2015 - All About The Guitar” in Vail, CO, August 2-6 as well.

Cliff Cultreri is the A&R executive who ‘discovered’ Satriani and Vai, as well as many other popular recording artists, while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of Auto-Immune and Connective-Tissue disorders that are simultaneously attacking his immune system, a 1 in 100 million occurrence that causes severe pain and physical debilitations.  During his years in the industry, Cultreri has served as A&R for a number of top names including Allan Holdsworth, Billy Sheehan & Talas, Peter Frampton, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Exodus, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Slash's Snakepit, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel, Fat Joe, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, 3-6 Mafia, KRS1, Beatnuts, C Murder, Kurupt, Soulja Slim, RZA, and many others in all genres of music.

In 2006, Satriani and Vai joined forces for the first Cultreri benefit show and in 2011, came together again for the second.  Through both benefits, the duo have raised money and brought attention to the devastation this disease takes on both the patient and their family.

Satriani and Vai hope to raise even more funds with this year’s benefit to help Cultreri and his family’s financial needs. "I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with my good friends Steve Vai and Animals as Leaders for a night of unforgettable music,” said Satriani.  With Vai adding, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Joe and Tosin (of Animals As Leaders) in support of our dear buddy Cliff.  It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza."

Reserved tickets start at $45 and are on sale now through ticketmaster.com/.  A limited number of VIP packages, including a meet and greet with Satriani and Vai, are also available.  Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm.

 

MASS, the hard rock band from Boston is Offering a chance to win a custom guitar to benefit Kidz B Kidz non-profit

Kidz B Kidz Helps teach children empathy while raising awareness for Usher syndrome and benefitting pediatric research.

Louis St. August, lead singer and humanitarian, has just announced a pretty cool chance to win a very special guitar. "MASS all agreed what better way to give back than to run an online drawing with all donations going to KidzbKidz.org " St. August explained. 

This opportunity begins Monday, March 30th and concludes Friday, May 1 at Midnight EST. MASS "Sea of Black" Electric Guitar Chance Drawing!

MASS is giving one lucky winner a chance to win this Sc-3 Peavey electric guitar customized with the MASS "Sea of Black" album cover autographed by the band! This brand new awesome guitar comes with a black hard shell case, MASS diecut decals, a few MASS CD's and a MASS T-shirt! Guitar was designed by the Brand O' Guitar Co. and presented to the band by MASS fan Aleic Grant.

Here’s how it works: Use this link http://www.kidzbkidz.org/flash_donate4.html (no Paypal account required) to Donate and be entered for a Chance to win the MASS "Sea of Black" guitar. Suggested minimum donation is $10.00.

The Drawing will be held on May 1st and the winner will be notified soon after.

Kidz B Kidz is a 501c3 non-profit organization. This promotion is a donation, no purchase necessary.  Valid only where legal. Free shipping within the landlocked United States.

About MASS

Is a 4 piece Rock quartet who can deliver a melodic ballad to a hard Rock anthem. They have been generous and active participants to charities that support their community. Please check the links below for tour dates and how you can purchase MASS music. www.massrocks.com     www.facebook.com/masstheband

About Kidz B Kidz

Kidz b Kidz (KbK) is a non-profit organization powered by kids. KbK teaches children about empathy and the importance of helping others simply by drawing a picture at KbK Art Parties. We start by telling our story about Usher Syndrome and create connections to other children so they can tell their personal stories. The artwork, with all its healing properties, becomes “KbK Products with Purpose”. These products are sold to support the KbK mission, Usher Syndrome research, and empower kids of all ages to learn that they can make a difference in the world. @KidzBKidzArt  www.Facebook.com/kidzbkidz www.kidzbkidz.org

Music Videos:
MASS "Sea of Black" (Hard Rock)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF1iS5Vphg0
MASS "Chance To Love" (Ballad) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZItHR05V90
MASS "Reach For The Sky" (Anthem) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS4YkNn7c3Y
MASS "Do You Love Me" (Pop Rock) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lDXJUhh0QU


Here is the premiere of "Burn" from the upcoming WHITESNAKE  album, “THE PURPLE ALBUM”

If you pre-order from iTunes, then both "Burn" and "Stormbringer" will download automatically! http://geni.us/WSPurpleDlxiTunes


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

http://www.youtube.com/embed/q7UxOrBb0Is

EVERCLEAR PREMIERES ‘AMERICAN MONSTER’ WITH GUITAR WORLD

NEW STUDIO ALBUM BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK OUT APRIL 28, FEATURING THE CURRENT SINGLE  'THE MAN WHO BROKE HIS OWN HEART'

ALBUM PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE WITH  2 INSTANT-GRAT TRACKS

SUMMERLAND 2015 DATES ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (March 24, 2015) – World-renowned, multi-platinum alternative rockers Everclear have premiered ‘American Monster,' the second release from their upcoming ninth studio album, Black Is The New Black, out April 28 (The End Records/ADA), as a follow-up to ‘The Man Who Broke His Own Heart.’ Both tracks are available on iTunes and offered as instant downloads with the full album pre-order. The vinyl will be released June 16. 

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

Listen to ‘American Monster’ on Guitar World!

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

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

Album pre-order available now!

Also available: Multiple CD, Cassette & LP album bundle configurations via The Omega Order

 

LISTEN TO SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS BLASTER NOW PREVIEWED ON PANDORA
SCOTT WEILAND &THE WILDABOUTS HEADLINE SCHOOL NIGHT AT BARDOT, MONDAY, MARCH 30

DIRECT LINK: http://pdora.co/19a39FM

Fresh from knock out appearances on tour, at Sundance and SXSW, Scott Weiland & The Wilabouts’ Blaster is set for release March 31. Let’ us know if you’d like a downloadable or streamable copy of the album for review.

"...a new album that is as strong and accessible as the best tracks he cut with STP and VR.”

Illinois Entertainer 

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Scott Weiland, who Spin named “rock’s most dynamic front man,” and his band the Wildabouts recorded Blaster at Lavish studios in Burbank and at the Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon. The Daily Beast calls Blaster a solid spin, combining garage and classic rock with some heavier riffs in a way that just plain works,” and Billboard wrote “the songs from the album Blaster are no-nonsense, straight-ahead rock tunes that owe debts to music of the 1980s and '90s inspired by late '60s garage rock.”

Weiland and the band wrote all 11 tracks except “20th Century Boy,” a T-Rex classic. Rolling Stone called the first single, “Way She Moves,” a “foot-stompin’ boogie.”

“The album has its own distinctive sound,” says Weiland, “but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me. Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth between art records and being in a band. This is a hybrid. What we’ve come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy. There’s a lot of fuzz. The best way to describe it is ‘Furry’.” I knew I wanted to make a rock record,” proclaims Weiland. “It all just came together.” 

Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts have been on a huge tour, playing major market shows, SXSW and Sundance.  Scott Weiland has cumulatively sold over 44 million records worldwide with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. He’s garnered two Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance”—in 2005 for “Slither” and in 1994 for “Plush.” Stone Temple Pilots’ Purple debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 a feat also accomplished by Velvet Revolver’s Contraband. Weiland’s voice has driven some of the most recognizable hits in rock n’ roll history including “Sex Type Thing,” “Wicked Garden,” “Creep,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Vasoline,” “The Big Empty,” “Sour Girl,” “Down” and more. He released his memoir Not Dead & Not for Sale in 2011 to critical applause. Still, his most powerful music is yet to come with the release of Blaster.

 

1980‘s Duke  Delivers Genesis First US Hits 35 Years Ago 
Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins InTheStudio For Part 2 R-Kive Anthology

Dallas, TX - March 25, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Duke by British Rock Hall of Famers Genesis.  

In March 1980 we were not even ninety days into a new decade when Genesis, now a trio with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks, released their Duke album and, although it was the veteran progressive rockers’ tenth studio album, it contained their first Top 15 US hits, “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again”, which took them to the top of the sales charts. 

Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins share the story of Genesis’ post-Peter Gabriel era in this InTheStudio syndicated radio episode. The band’s decision to continue after Gabriel left for a solo career in 1975 was a difficult one but, as Mike Rutherford shares with program host Redbeard, a worthy and in some ways courageous move.

“We did question ourselves as to whether it was time to stop. I have always had a fear of carrying something past its natural finishing date. Then we thought, ‘Well, there’s a good writing team here, let’s have a go’. And basically we never looked back.”   - Mike Rutherford  

GENESIS R-Kive part 2 (Duke 35th) /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/genesis-r-kive-pt-2-duke-35th-anniversary-mike-rutherford-phil-collins/
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations
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Audio Fidelity To Release '70s Hitmakers America's “Homecoming” Album on Limited Edition 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD

“A classic treasure...One of the best albums from the early 70s!”

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing '70s hitmakers America's “Homecoming” album on Limited Edition 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD in April 2015. America's 1972 “Homecoming” album includes one of their best known hits, “Ventura Highway” with it's creative acoustic guitar lines, smart vocal harmonies and spaced-out lyrics, it's a fan favorite and one of their best songs.

“Homecoming” was the band's second album and the trio were determined to avoid the “sophomore

jinx” so when work began on the new album America pulled out all the stops to reach their goal. Their production maintains the acoustic guitar underpinning heard on the successful debut album but builds on the sound of that first record by featuring more electric guitar and keyboards.

“Homecoming” is a melodic album full of catchy folk ballads and great harmonies and features two

other hits, “Don't Cross the River” and “Only in Your Heart.” Several other songs received heavy FM radio airplay. The album is a collection of thoughtful, well-written, and skillfully sung songs. It's one of America's better albums, possibly their best for “Homecoming” helped continue the band's popularity, reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

TRACKS:
Ventura Highway
To Each His Own
Don't Cross the River
Moon Song
Only in Your Heart
Till the Sun Comes Up Again
Cornwall Blank
Head and Heart
California Revisited
Saturn Nights

Produced by America
Mastered for this SACD by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

For more information: https://audiofidelity.net/product/america-homecoming

Scott Weiland Apologizes To Fans
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Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has issued a public apology to fans over his behavior toward VIP ticket holders at the final stop of his recent Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts tour.

Several fans recounted their unpleasant encounters with Weiland during a meet-and-greet session in Boston where the fans paid extra money to meet Weiland and take a photo with him.

One fan posted on the Stone Temple Pilots Below Empty forum that Weiland said "Let's get this s-t done with" when it came time to take a photo with the singer. Other fans posted about similar experiences.

Now Weiland has posted an apology on Facebook for his behavior. He writes, "I would like to make a sincere apology to the fans that were at the meet and greet in Boston.

"I'm embarrassed by my behavior and some of the things that I said. Fans don't deserve that. Without our fans and supporters, we would not be able to do what we're doing.

"I put my all into the show that night and honestly was just beyond exhausted…either way, I acted like a total a-hole and for that I'm truly sorry. - Scott".

You can read some of the fan accounts here.

Metallica Album Secret Revealed By Mixing Engineer
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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was responsible for turning down the sound of Jason Newsted's bass on 1988's ...And Justice For All, according to mixing engineer Steve Thompson.

Thompson was behind the desk at Bearsville Studios, New York overseeing the final stages of the album, which has often been criticized for its lack of audible bass.

And Thompson insists that while he was happy with the bass sound when mixing the record, it was Ulrich who wanted it reduced. He tells Ultimate Guitar: "What I wanted to do and what Lars wanted to do was totally different, which kind of upset me a little bit. I loved Metallica and was very familiar with them.

"I listened to the tracks and said to myself, 'These sound like ass.' I chased everybody out of the room and redesigned the drum sound and brought the guitars up. Jason Newsted killed it on bass. Perfect marriage with Hetfield's guitars.

"Lars comes walking in a couple of minutes later and listens to about a minute of it and goes, 'Turn that off. What happened to my drum sound?' We had to get the drum sound up the way he had it. I wasn't a fan of it. So now he goes, 'See the bass guitar?' and I said, 'Yeah, great part, man. He killed it.' Lars said, 'I want you to bring down the bass where you can barely, audibly hear it in the mix.' I said, 'You're kidding, right?'" Read more here.

Creed's Scott Stapp Completed Rehab Program
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Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti reveals in a new interview that his Creed bandmate Scott Stapp completed treatment in a rehab facility following his disturbing behavior last fall.

Stapp made headlines in November that began when posted a video online that claimed he was homeless and he was eventually placed on psychiatric hold after threatening to kill himself, leading many to believe he was no longer sober.

Tremonti now tells Loudwire that Stapp sought treatment. "Thank God he got through it all and his family got him into treatment. I think he went through a 90-day program. I know he went to get help and now he's out of the treatment, so hopefully he stays sober."

Whitesnake Stream New Version Of Deep Purple Classic 'Burn'
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Whitesnake have revealed an online audio stream of the classic Deep Purple track, "Burn", as a preview of their upcoming May 19 release, "The Purple Album."

The group's 12th album sees frontman David Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on: "Burn" (1974), "Stormbringer" (1974) and "Come Taste The Band" (1975).

"It's a tribute. A homage," explains Coverdale. "It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago. As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn't have asked for better teachers."

Whitesnake recently announced the first series of dates for a North American tour in support of the project, with shows set to begin May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington. Read more and stream the song here.

Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Makes Ritchie Blackmore Admission
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Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan has recalled how he used to go to the pub during bandmate Ritchie Blackmore's guitar solos. And the only thing that stopped him was the group's success as the 1960s and 1970s progressed, making it more difficult to pull off the sneaky feat.

Blackmore bowed out of Purple in 1993. Recent attempts by David Coverdale to reunite the MkIII lineup as a tribute to late keyboardist Jon Lord failed to work out.

Gillan tells Radio Rock: "I love extended solos. I used to like them in the old days a lot - because it used to give me time to go to the pub for a drink. I used to have to tell one of the roadies, 'When Ritchie looks like he's nearly finished, come to the pub and let me know.' Every night; I'm serious."

He describes Blackmore's solos as "his personal orgy" and adds: "In England there used to be pubs near the stage door. But when we started playing bigger places, of course, you can't leave the building." Read more here.

AC/DC Thought AC/DC Bandmates Were Boring?
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AC/DC icon Bon Scott asked to travel with Y&T in 1976 because he wanted to escape from his "boring" bandmates, Dave Meniketti has recalled. And the veteran mainman admits to regrets over laughing at Motley Crue when they played their debut show with his outfit in 1981.

Scott, pictured above in 1976, asked to share a basic van with Y&T that didn't have enough seating, meaning he had to sit on the floor. Meniketti tells 93.3 WMMR: "The very first day we did soundcheck together, Bon came back he was like, 'What are you guys travelling in?' We showed him, and he was like, 'Would you mind if I come with you?

"'These guys are really boring. They won't let me drink. They won't let any groupies on the bus.' He figured he was going to have more fun with us - and I'm absolutely certain he did." Read more here.

VAN HALEN TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA SUMMER/FALL 2015



VAN HALEN to Perform March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in Rare Television Concert Appearance
 

Song's From the Concert to be Aired March 30 and March 31
 

In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band's essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN's first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.  

VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheater, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
 
The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band's albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of "Panama," "Runnin' With The Devil,"  "Jump" and "Hot For Teacher."
 
Also being released beginning March 31 are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA. These albums are being released beginning March 31 with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes now.
 
Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award®-winning Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED)
 
Enjoy Jimmy Kimmel Live on the web at www.abc.com/JimmyKimmeLive and at www.youtube/JimmyKimmelLive. Artwork is available on www.abcmedianet.com and on Facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive; Twitter @JimmyKimmel #Kimmel
 
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band's record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
 
Go to http://van-halen.com/ for updates and more information.
 
VAN HALEN 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
 All dates, cities and venues subject to change.
 

Sunday, July 5

Seattle, WA

White River Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 7

Portland, OR

Amphitheater Northwest

Thursday, July 9

Concord, CA

Concord Pavilion

Saturday, July 11

San Bernardino, CA

San Manuel Amphitheater

Tuesday, July 14

Irvine, CA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Thursday, July 16

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 18

Salt Lake City, UT

USANA Amphitheatre

Monday, July 20

Morrison, CO

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 22

Bonner Springs, MO

Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Friday, July 24

Chicago, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sunday, July 26

St. Louis, MO

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 28

Burgettstown, PA

First Niagara Pavilion

Thursday, July 30

Bangor, ME

Darling's Waterfront Pavilion     

Saturday, August 1

Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center

Monday, August 3

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Blossom Music Center

Wednesday, August 5

London, ON

Western Fair District

Friday, August 7

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 9

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

Tuesday, August 11

Hartford, CT

Xfinity Center

Thursday, August 13

Wantagh, NY

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 23

Hershey, PA

Hershey Park

Tuesday, August 25

Darien Center, NY

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Thursday, August 27

Camden, NJ

Susquehanna Bank Center

Saturday, August 29

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

Monday, August 31

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Wednesday, September 2

Noblesville, IN

Klipsch Music Center

Friday, September 4

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sunday, September 6

Bethel, NY

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Wednesday, September 9

Raleigh, NC

Walnut Creek Amphitheater

Friday, September 11

Charlotte, NC

PNC Music Pavilion

Sunday, September 13

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tuesday, September 15

West Palm Beach, FL

Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Thursday, September 17

Birmingham, AL

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Monday, September 21

Austin, TX

Austin360 Amphitheater

Wednesday, September 23

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Friday, September 25

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Monday, September 28

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Wednesday, September 30

Chula Vista, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Friday, October 2

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Bowl

 

 

Iconic Rock Photography Mark Weiss writes in and shares video tribute to Twisted Sister’s A.J. Pero

 

Adrenaline Mob at the Starland Ballroom 3/21/15 - A TRIBUTE TO A.J.PERO

 It's hard to comprehend that A.J. is gone.  Check out this video from Saturday night's very special show honoring him.   Jay Jay from Twisted Sister finished the night telling his favorite joke of A.J's before performing "YOU CAN'T STOP ROCK N' ROLL.  Make sure you watch the end of the video--there's a short GoPro clip from  Bonzo Bash last year.  What an amazing drummer and person.  From the first time I shot him in 1984 for the STAY HUNGRY album cover to the Adrenaline Mob's photos for MEN OF HONOR, just last year, A.J. gave me attitude -- good, friendly rock n' roll attitude.  He will be sorely missed but never forgotten!  - Mark Weiss

Van Halen Preview Another Track From Forthcoming Album
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Van Halen have issued audio of their 1978 track "I'm The One" as a preview to the upcoming release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", their first-ever live album with original frontman David Lee Roth.

The tune follows "Runnin' With The Devil", "Panama" amd "Unchained" as the fourth song issued in advance of the album's release on March 31st. "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" will be available as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and digitally.

A deluxe collection featuring "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" and newly remastered versions of their groundbreaking 1978 debut, "Van Halen", and their 6th album, "1984", will also be available as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging.

Van Halen will launch the project with a performance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check out the new preview here.

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE LYNYRD SKYNYRD SWEET HOME ALABAMA - CLASSIC 1996 ROCKPALAST CONCERT NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 2CD, DIGITAL FORMATS on JUNE 2, 2015  

New York, NY (March 23, 2015)— On June 2, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd on 2CD and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date May 8, MSRP $17.98].  This classic 1996 Rockpalast concert  - released for the first time on CD - features the band performing all their classics: “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird,” “Working For MCA,” “Saturday Night Special,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “I Ain’t The One,” and many more. A 2LP release will follow.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is the ultimate Southern Rock band. Their signature three-guitar attack coupled with superb songwriting and onstage charisma has rightfully earned them a reputation as one of the greatest live bands of all time. The original band infamously had their career cut short by a disastrous plane crash in 1977, which took the lives of three band members (vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and vocalist Cassie Gaines) plus assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray, and seriously injured several others. In 1987, the surviving members reformed the band with Johnny Van Zant taking the place of his brother Ronnie. This concert from 1996 captures the band in top form at Rockpalast’s Loreley Festival on June 23, 1996. The band line-up for this show includes Johnny Van Zant (v), Gary Rossington (g), Rickey Medlocke (g, v), Hughie Thomasson (g), Billy Powell (k), Leon Wilkeson (b, v), Owen Hale (d), Dale Krantz-Rossington (bv), Carol Chase (bv).  

As a bonus, Sweet Home Alabama also includes extremely rare recordings of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd line-up. Captured at the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5 1974, Ronnie Van Zant (v), Gary Rossington (g), Allen Collins (g, v), Ed King (g), Billy Powell (k), Leon Wilkeson (b, v), and Bob Burns (d) deliver incredible versions of “Working For MCA,” “Free Bird,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Sweet Home Alabama proves that Lynyrd Skynyrd’s signature and sizzlin’ Southern-fried sound was able to enthrall fans the world over. It is a testament to the legendary band’s resilience to tragedy (which would have railroaded many other acts) and their ability to carry on and continue to rock stages with fervor and spirit. 

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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TRACK LISTING:
Disc 1:
 
Workin’ For MCA   
I Ain’t The One   
Down South Junkin’   
Double Trouble   
I Know A Little   
Saturday Night Special**   
Swamp Music   
What’s Your Name   
That Smell   
Simple Man***   
Gimme Three Steps   
Call Me The Breeze

Disc 2: 
Sweet Home Alabama****   
Free Bird  

CD Bonus Tracks From Hamburg 1974: 
Workin’ For MCA   
Free Bird   
Sweet Home Alabama

**Side B of 2LP format  
***Side B of 2LP format  
****Side D of 2LP format  

JAMPOL ARTIST MANAGEMENT, INC. CELEBRATING RECORD STORE DAY
The Doors, Otis Redding, the Ramones All To Issue Special Limited Edition Releases For Record Store Day

 Available Only At Participating Independent Record Stores On April 18

LOS ANGELES: Music icons The Doors, Otis Redding and the Ramones are all releasing special items for this year's Record Store Day April 18. Under the direction of Jampol Artist Management, Inc. (www.wemanagelegends.com), the artists' music will be available in record stores as part of the event that celebrates independent music retailers worldwide.

The Doors - Strange Days
180-gram virgin vinyl
Original mono
Individually numbered
Limited edition of 12,500 copies
$24.98
Reissue of short-lived mono version from 1967. Cut from the original masters by The Doors' co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick. Commercially released on vinyl in 1967 for a limited time, first vinyl reissue since then.

Otis Redding - Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
50th Anniversary Edition
2-LP (1 stereo, 1 mono)
180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 7,500 copies
$44.98
Plus bonus mono 45 on blue vinyl - "I've Been Loving You Too Long" b/w "I'm Depending On You."
This double mono/stereo version is being released for the first time on vinyl. The bonus 45 is a replica-like reissue of the original 1965 single.

Ramones Cruiser (Crosley) Record Store Day Turntable
The Ramones has a long history with independent record stores, and this makes the Crosley Ramones Cruiser a perfect fit for Record Store day.
Exclusive to RSD
3-Speed turntable

"Record Store Day is really important for our clients," says JAM President Jeff Jampol. "We all grew up digging through record stores to find the latest music and share with our friends, and we think it is crucial to keep that tradition alive."

Plus, we will have a very special surprise that will be announced the morning of Record Store Day.

Record Store Day is "a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally." Learn more at www.recordstoreday.com and www.wemanagelegends.com 

Did Metallica Take Too Big Of Gambles?
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Metallica could be in some dire times financially, at least according to their biographers. Metallica biographers Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood talk the band's financial standings in a new interview with literary website The Weeklings. While the band have sold over 100 million records worldwide their bank accounts may not show this fact.

"Since 2010 it's likely that Metallica have lost more money than they've made," the biographers write in the two-volume biography on the band, "Birth School Metallica Death" and "Into the Black". In their interview with The Weeklings, they continue to list previous ventures that are leaving the band in the red.

In particular, they mention the band's Orion festivals that are now defunct, plus their Through the Never concert film, which they claim will only make back a small portion of its $32 million budget.

"By their own admission, the two stagings of the Orion festival were disastrous financially, and the shambles that was the Through The Never movie cost $32 million and will only recoup a fraction of that amount," they say in the interview.

"Factor in HQ staff salaries, crew retainers and assorted running costs associated with maintaining an entertainment corporation and you can easily understand why the band - of necessity now rather than by choice - are driven to tour Europe every summer.

"No one is going to shed any tears upon hearing Metallica pleading poverty, but over the past decade their margins will undoubtedly have taken a hammering." Read more here.

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Reveals AJ Pero's Cause Of Death
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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider says he expects the band to continue to perform live following the death of drummer A.J. Pero in Poughkeepsie, NY on Friday at the age of 55.

"A.J. was out on tour with a band called Adrenaline Mob, and he had a massive heart attack in his sleep and we lost him," Snider told X17 on Saturday at Los Angeles airport, as he and his wife were returning from a vacation. "He was the first member of the band to die, and it's very sad."

Asked how the band would replace Pero, Snider replied: "You don't. I mean, will we continue to play? Probably, for his family. 'Cause his family will benefit from us playing, financially. It was all five original members of Twisted Sister, and he's the first one we lost. And the band is heartbroken."

Pero was a member of Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997 and from 2001 forward; the drummer joined Adrenaline Mob in 2013 following a split with Mike Portnoy. Read more and watch the interview video clip with Snider here.

Dave Mustaine Admits Megadeth Started As Metallica Revenge
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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says he and James Hetfield were like brothers when they played together in Metallica. And looking back on his time with the band in the early 80s, he reveals he thinks they had a special chemistry on stage.

Mustaine tells VH1 Classic Rock Icons (via Blabbermouth): "There was a feeling that James and I had when we would stand next to each other and play. I think people saw there was a real brotherhood there. We were a really great guitar duo."

He was fired from Metallica in 1983 before the release of Kill 'Em All and says his anger at that decision drove him to make Megadeth the most "ultra-furious metal band" in the world.

Mustaine continues: "Growing up and having all of the defence mechanisms I'd gotten over the years, I was pissed - I was going to fight. When you're scratching and clawing to have something to eat, someone takes away your livelihood, this means war.

"I don't really know that when Megadeth started that it was anything other than just pure revenge. It was all about, 'You know what? You're not going to make me that kid, the one that's picked last again.' Read more here.

Iron Maiden To Receive 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award
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Iron Maiden will be honored with the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award by UK music charity Nordoff Robbins at their 40th anniversary gala on July 3 in recognition of the band's "outstanding contribution to UK music."

The award also recognizes the group as one of the most globally successful and influential rock bands of all time, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide.

"Nordoff Robbins is an exceptional charity and their dedication to changing people's lives through music therapy is something we all very much support," says the group in a released statement. "We're extremely proud to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award and be part of the 40th anniversary event celebrating this wonderful achievement."

Last year's honoree was Jimmy Page; past winners include The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Genesis and Queen. Read more here.

Michael Schenker Excited To Work With Former Scorpions Bandmates
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Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker discussed the evolution of his Temple of Rock band and reuniting with his former Scorpions bandmates Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz on the group's new album "Spirit on a Mission" in a new interview with Classic Rock Revisited.

Schenker worked with Herman and Francis on the classic Scorpions album, "Lovedrive" and when asked what it was like working with them again, Schenker responded: "The chemistry is something you can't really explain; it just is. Francis and Herman are family. Doogie, too, and Wayne… you have the chemistry. The first two albums are very much based on my concept. It is like I knew what kind of songs I wanted them to be, energetic, fast and melodic, et cetera. The rest of the guys just had to add their thoughts to it, but the skeleton was basically structured. There are a lot of fast songs on there and Herman had to kick some… he had to go for it. Now he is getting healthier because of it."

During the follow-up question he added, "That is the whole thing with Herman and Francis, to be honest. It is a screen that I can paint on. It is very important to have. I have played with the best drummers and sometimes it is very hard to play with a great drummer because there is so much coming from the drummer himself. It is, like you said, it is solid. I can do a lot with it. If you have too many people doing too many things it just becomes a 'too many cooks' kind of a thing.

"The next album I already know what we will do. We will have an additional improvement…. not improvement… but an idea to involve Doogie more. In fact, on the next album, which is kind of exciting, as it means that something unpredictable can come out of that. I am looking forward to that too."

Schenker also shared his excitement about touring with them, "This is the first time we are coming over to the USA with Herman and Francis, the Rock You Like a Hurricane rhythm section. We have been trying since last spring and we've got it together and we are excited to play the States with this lineup and we are all looking for it. Keep on rocking and we will be there soon!"

When asked if they plan to only play Temple of Rock songs or if fans can expect to hear classics from UFO and Scorpions, Schenker responded: "Of course, that is what I mean by saying we're developing. The idea of Temple of Rock started off like, basically, all of my written music. That is my temple of rock. When I did live performances in the beginning it was the most popular of my involvements from the past and now. That is my temple of rock.

"Because we've developed step by step, every six months we understand what the next step needs to be. It is developing its own entity which means that after two, or three, albums you have enough material together to actually survive without getting into all of my other stuff. I can play my stuff in the future with Gary Barden, or with Robin McAuley, or whatever. Temple of Rock, sooner or later, will be ready and then we may only play our songs. Well, right now we must play past songs like 'Rock Bottom,' or things like that. They are not really for Temple of Rock, but they are at this stage. They are the tool for Temple of Rock to become self-sufficient. That is the goal. We have three albums that have a lot of good songs on there and we can easily put together a set.

"If people like what you do--in the beginning if you have only one album out then you don't have enough material to tour and stuff like that. That period was important to perform the most popular of the past because that's what that period was, but it won't be that forever. You go through stages and over the next cycle bits and pieces develop. I can't tell what is going to happen in the future because it is impossible. I can watch the steps. Once you've made one step, then you know what the next step should be."

Read the full interview here.

Bad Company Stream Previously Unreleased Early Track
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Bad Company have released the 'LMS Studio Reel 8-73 Session' version of the track Bad Company. Originally appearing on the band's self-titled debut album in 1974, the song features on the deluxe edition reissue of the album.

This is the fourth unreleased track to see the light of day, following the 'Early slow version' of Whiskey Bottle, the 'Take Before Master' of Feel Like Makin' Love and the 'Demo Reel 1' version of Little Miss Fortune.

Bad Company and the band's second album Straight Shooter have both been remastered from the original analogue tapes, with each set including the original album alongside with a number of rare and unreleased recordings discovered when the original multi-track analogue tapes were unearthed. Both albums are released on April 7. here.

Black Sabbath Announce 'Farewell' Concert
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"This will be Black Sabbath's farewell," proclaims Sharon Osbourne in the announcement video for Ozzfest Japan which will be taking place in Makuhari Messe on November 22nd.

The festival will feature Korn headlining on the first night and Black Sabbath taking the top spot on the second night. Sharon had this to say in the promo video, "Ozzfest will be back in Japan on Nov. 21 and 22 and this will be Black Sabbath's farewell. We're also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can't miss that."

While it sounds like Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager was announced that this would be the final show in the legendary heavy metal band's career, media outlet are speculating that this will be their final Japanese appearance and part of their overall retirement tour plans.

Ozzy addressed the band's retirement plans in an interview with Metal Hammer last September. Speaking about the band's relationship for their latest studio album, 13, he also explained their final plans as a band would involve another album and tour.

"The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great We all made friends, we didn't f- around," Ozzy said, "We all knew that we had a job to do and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album and a final tour."

The next month, Ozzy told Times-Picayune, "I'm doing one more Black Sabbath tour, one more Black Sabbath album, and then we're disbanding the name, I believe. And then after that, I'll be doing my solo stuff."

He also expressed his hope that the farewell plans would involve original drummer Bill Ward. "It would be great for him to get it together and sort all the problems out for the next tour," Ozzy said. "It would be a great way for the four of us to end such a wonderful experience of being Black Sabbath, and what we achieved."

Watch the Ozzfest Japan announcement video here.

JOHN FOGERTY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL “1969” U.S. TOUR DATES
AUTOBIOGRAPHY “FORTUNATE SON” SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 6 

1969 - The Year Fogerty Wrote & Recorded - For CCR - Three Seminal Albums

(Los Angeles)  Beginning May 2nd, JOHN FOGERTY’s highly-anticipated world-wide “1969” tour will launch its U.S. dates with a special appearance, May 2nd, at the Beale Street Music Festival.  Newly announced dates include stops in Hawaii, Baltimore, NY’s legendary Radio City Music Hall, Philly, Cleveland, Chicago, Seattle and Denver.  Previously announced dates include May shows in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and a July 15th stop in Los Angeles at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.  The U.S. portion of the “1969” tour is set to conclude on August 9th in Albuquerque.  A few additional dates will still be announced. 

And, coming October 6, 2015, from Little, Brown and Company, is the long-anticipated memoir by JOHN FOGERTY, titled FORTUNATE SON: My Life, My Music. With JOHN FOGERTY writing hit after hit, Creedence Clearwater Revival burst on the music scene with an energy so bright, his songs outsold The Beatles in 1969. Then, just as quickly, that CCR fire burned out in a series of internal band struggles that left the music world without the influence of one of its brightest stars for over two decades.

“I’m excited to share my story and my life with you,” said Fogerty.  “You’re going to hear where it all started, my passion to become the best musician I could be.  You’ll travel down some rough roads, but that road leads to something beautiful.  My book won’t be sugar coated!  It’s all in there.”

Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of Rock ‘n Roll, and the story that JOHN FOGERTY’s memoir tells will keep music lovers and avid readers captivated.  FOGERTY wrote, sang, and produced the iconic classics "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," and so many more. Now he reveals how he brought CCR to the top of the charts and how, one year later, CCR was falling apart. Their amazing talents and culturally-prophetic songs, however, have endured for decades despite the series of personal and legal issues. FORTUNATE SON takes readers from FOGERTY’s Northern California roots, through Creedence's success, his retreat from music and public life, to FOGERTY’s hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally, through it all, found love.

JOHN FOGERTY was songwriter, lead singer, and lead guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and is one of rock's most influential musicians and writers. FOGERTY has been named one of the 100 Greatest Singers and one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists by Rolling Stone and his most recent album was named one of RS's 10 Best Albums of 2013.

For more information on the book, visit: http://www.johnfogerty.com/fortunateson

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 “1969” World Tour Itinerary:
May 2                    Beale Street Music Festival – Tom Lee Park                   Memphis, TN
May 3                    Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater                          Whites Creek, TN
May 5                    The Red Hat Amphitheater                                             Raleigh, NC
May 6                    The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory              Charlotte, NC
May 8                    The Amphitheater at The Wharf                                      Orange Beach, AL
May 9                    The Arena at Gwinnett Center                                         Duluth, GA
May 10                  Tuscaloosa Amphitheater                                                Tuscaloosa, AL
May 12                  Bell Auditorium                                                               Augusta, GA
May 13                 Charter Amphitheater                                                       Simpsonville, SC
May 15                  St. Augustine Amphitheatre                                             St. Augustine, FL
May 16                 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre                                 Tampa, FL
May 17                 Coral Sky Amphitheatre                                                    W. Palm Beach, FL
June 5                   Blaisdell Arena                                                                Honolulu, HI
June 22                 Pier Six Pavillion                                                              Baltimore, MD
June 24                 Radio City Music Hall                                                       New York, NY
June 25                 Mohegan Sun Arena                                                          Uncasville, CT
June 27                 Mann Center for the Performing Arts                                   Philadelphia, PA
June 30                 Filene Center at Wolf Trap                                                 Vienna, VA
July 1                    Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica                                                Cleveland, OH
July 3                    Four Winds Casino Resort – Silver Creek Event Center      New Buffalo, MI
July 4                    City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration                     Dublin, OH
July 5                    Murat Theatre                                                                   Indianapolis, IN
July 7                    Fox Theatre                                                                     St. Louis, MO
July 8                    FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island                         Chicago, IL
July 15                  Hollywood Bowl                                                                Los Angeles, CA
July 24                  Chateau Ste. Michelle                                                       Woodinville, WA
August 8               Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre                                               Englewood, CO
August 9              Sandia Casino                                                                     Albuquerque, NM

More dates TBA

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HELLION SINGER REVEALS NEW FAN-FILMED VIDEO AND ADMITS DEPRESSION AFTER RONNIE JAMES DIO’S DEATH

Female-fronted metal act HELLION has released a new video featuring fan-filmed concert footage from their recent North American tour.  The new video can be found here: https://youtu.be/cBgAivt5QpY

Speaking to Eric Thompson recently in Sweden Rock Magazine, HELLION vocalist Ann Boleyn explained the reasons for her multi-year disappearance from the music industry as having to do with a combination of depression following the death of her mentor, Ronnie James Dio, and due to problems with stalkers.   

“My absence from the music industry was not voluntary,” said Ann Boleyn.  “I was forced to flee because of problems with three stalkers and due to depression following the death of.”

One of the stalkers, a former financial advisor for HELLION, pled guilty to felony charges in 2003, and served time in prison.

“The District Attorney issued restraining orders to keep them away from me.  The police could not protect me so I was forced to change my lifestyle and had to avoid places where I usually would go.  Even my friends were threatened by these stalkers.”    

Ann Boleyn re-emerged in DÉTENTE in 2007, replacing legendary thrash singer, Dawn Crosby, who died of liver failure.

Shortly after leaving DÉTENTE, Boleyn became depressed following the death Ronnie James Dio, in 2010.  Dio had produced HELLION

“I was approached by a Japanese promoter to front an all-star tribute.  They wanted me to record a tribute album to Ronnie and to tour in Japan and possibly South America.  I had never been offered so much money for any music project, but I could not agree to it because I felt like I would have been profiting from Ronnie’s death.”

In 2014, Boleyn enlisted drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, UFO, QUEENSRYCHE), keyboard player Scott Warren (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, TYPE-O NEGATIVE), bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TONY MCALPINE), and up and coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle to record and tour for the first time in nearly a decade.  Georg Dolivo (RHINO BUCKET) also appeared as a special guest rhythm guitarist on HELLION’S recent North American tour.  Bassist Greg Smith (ALICE COOPER, RAINBOW, TED NUGENT) filled in for Englen on the recent tour due to a schedule conflict.

In October HELLION released their first CD of new music in a decade.  Hellion’s new CD, Karma’s A Bitch, was produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups," along with Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn.

“Getting back to performing music has been my therapy,” Boleyn explained.     

HELLION’s first official lyric video from their new “Karma’s A Bitch” CD.  The new video may be found here: http://youtu.be/b2OnO7tyVmk

The official video for “Betrayer” may be found here:  http://youtu.be/qbRE4BC2YSU

Points North Announces New Release on Magna Carta Records

Eric Barnett – Guitars
Uriah Duffy – Bass
Kevin Aiello – Drums

“Points North” is the self-titled, second album by this primarily instrumental rock band. Spearheaded by guitarist Eric Barnett (a finalist in Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar competition), bassist Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake, Suicidal Tendencies) and drummer Kevin Aiello, Points North stands on the shoulders of iconic artists Rush, Cream, The Police and Dixie Dregs but, expand upon these influences and clearly cuts its own artistic path.
 
Their new album has Points North introducing vocals for the first time ("Colorblind") but their primary musical focus remains the same. Simply put, Points North is a leading light of modern instrumental guitar music, single-handedly helping to revitalize the genre through their technical prowess, superior musicality and compositional skills.
 
Building a following on the West Coast by playing higher profile shows over the last several years opening for Michael Schenker, Al Di Meola and Pat Travers, Points North has showed the determination that very few other bands would be capable of doing. They are talented and driven to succeed. Points North understands what a band of their style needs to do. They write great songs, deliver high energy, entertaining live shows and are willing to work hard to validate the respect and popularity that they so rightly deserve.  

 

Original Santana Singer Gregg Rolie Joins Carlos Santana On Tour
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Original Santana singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie has reunited with Carlos Santana on the legendary guitarist's current tour of Mexico which kicked off on Saturday (March 21st).

The tour began on Saturday at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and continues tonight in Veracruz, Mexico at the Cumbre Tajin Festival: Parque Takilhsukut.

Thursday and Friday will find Carlos and Rolie sharing the stage with their former Santana bandmate Neal Schon when they play co-headline shows with Journey in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Rolie and Schon left Santana to form Journey in 1973.

Carlos Santana's website had this to say about these special shows, "We are proud to announce that Gregg Rolie will be joining Carlos and the Band on stage for 4 very special shows in Mexico this month.

"He will perform with Carlos and the Band in Monterrey, MX, Cumbre Tajin Festival and at 2 special co-headline events with Journey in Guadalajara and Mexico City."

Remaining Dates:
3/23 - Cumbre Tajin Festival: Parque Takilhsukut, Veracruz, Mexico
3/26 - VFG Arena, Guadalajara, Mexico With Journey
3/27 - Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico With Journey

Late AC/DC Singer Bon Scott's Estate Refuse Story Rights For Biopic
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The production company behind a planned biopic about late AC/DC singer Bon Scott is moving forward with their plans for the film, despite the refusal of the legendary singer's estate to sell them story rights, according to BraveWords.

A representative of the U.S. based production company High Voltage Productions, LLC, tells BraveWords, "The Bon Scott Estate is simply refusing any financial offer at all to option the story rights or cooperate in any way with the development of the film.

"Our company even offered participation in the project both creatively and financially upon agreement. Our legal team has made it quite clear that we do not even need to secure or option story rights as Mr. Scott is deceased and the Estate cannot preclude us from making an unauthorized biopic or docudrama. It was vetted through two lawyers at Stanford Law School, as well as our own legal team.

"They are cutting off their nose to spite their face. We have had threats of lawsuits, joinders, cease and desist orders, and threats against our star for God's sake! All in the name of making a movie…" Read the report here.

Mike Portnoy Helps Adrenaline Mob Pay Tribute To AJ Pero
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Former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy rejoined his old bandmates to perform a show in New Jersey on Saturday following the sudden death of AJ Pero from an apparent heart attack on Friday.

Adrenaline Mob issued a statement announcing Pero's passing in Poughkeepsie, New York at the age of 55 while on tour on Friday. The band paid tribute to Pero with a performance close to the group's hometown of New York.

Ahead of the gig, Adrenaline Mob said: "Tonight we honor the passing of our beloved Adrenaline Mob brother AJ Pero by performing at Starland Ballroom in NJ. AJ put his heart and soul into Adrenaline Mob and would want nothing more than for the show to go on. Playing in memory of Anthony Jude Pero tonight will be Mike Portnoy and Chad Szeliga."

Portnoy added: "I will be sitting in this evening to help out my Adrenaline Mob brothers in their time of need to honour and pay tribute to our friend AJ Pero tonight at the Starland Ballroom in NJ." Read more here.

Def Leppard To Embark On 'Hysteria on the High Seas'
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Def Leppard is the latest band to launch their very own cruise. The veteran rock group announced on Friday that the inaugural "Hysteria on the High Seas" will be sailing from January 21-25 of next year.

The band revealed the following initial details, "You and Def Leppard will set sail from beautiful Miami, FL sailing 4 nights on the elegant MSC Divina. Your days and nights will be filled with music, theme nights, and special events.

"During your Caribbean adventure we will be stopping at Half Moon Cay (a private island), Freeport, Bahamas plus a full Day At Sea… Be prepared to get wet, wild and ready to rock!" See the full announcement here.

Zakk Wylde Plans Book Of Shadows Volume II
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Zakk Wylde will release his second solo album next year, his wife and manager has revealed. The follow-up to 1996's Book Of Shadows - to be entitled Book Of Shadows Volume II - will be recorded this year, once Wylde wraps up his Black Label Society Unblackened acoustic tour.

The 2016 release will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Book Of Shadows album and will be followed with a solo world tour, Barbaranne Wylde tells The Examiner.

She says: "We are excited to announce that Zakk is entering the studio after this Unblackened spring 2015 tour to record Book of Shadows Volume II, which will be released early 2016." Read more here.

Former Ratt Frontman Stephen Pearcy Releasing Rarities
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Former Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy has announced that will be releasing a career-spanning compilation featuring tracks from all of his various projects down the years.

Pearcy revealed that he plans to release "Before & Laughter Part III (1977-2015)" on his own Top Fuel Records label in "the next few weeks." Pearcy says:

"I have literally hundreds of cassettes, CD and every format of recordings over the last 30-plus years and decided to really get into it and find the charms. I was surprised to find some great music with my bands and projects that should be heard." Read more here.

Jeff Beck Expands Live At Ronnie Scott's For Reissue
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Jeff Beck is to release an expanded version of his 2007 live package recorded at Ronnie Scott's. The 2CD/3LP Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott's - Special Edition is issued on June 1 via Eagle Rock and delivers full audio from the London shows for the first time, adding a pair of tracks with guest Eric Clapton as well as the full seven-song set with the rhythm and blues revival outfit The Big Town Playboys - previously only available on the 2009 companion Blu-ray release.

Guest appearances by Joss Stone and Imogen Heap are also featured, as they were on the original package, which won Beck a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Rock performance for his version of The Beatles classic A Day In The Life.

Following the five-night run, Beck explained how he approached preparing a setlist for such an intimate venue. Beck said: "It was slightly modified from the big stage, in terms of length. We edited out some long-winded solos or extended them if they were too short, but mostly we just left out what we felt wasn't appropriate for Ronnie's." Read more including the tracklisting here.

Faces Determined To Reunite This Year
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Faces drummer Kenney Jones says his surviving colleagues are more determined than ever to reunite - and they want to do it this year. He insists their shows will feature the presence of a bartender on stage, harking back to their iconic performances of the 1970s.

And he believes the long-discussed move is more important than ever following the death of keyboardist Ian 'Mac' McLagan in December. Speculation has been circulating since 2008 that Rod Stewart would go back to work with Ronnie Wood, McLagan and Jones.

The closest a reunion has come was when Mick Hucknall fronted the band in 2010, then when Stewart bowed out of their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction at short notice in 2012.

Jones tells the Austin Chronicle: "Rod, Woody and me are still going to do the Faces this year. When we do we'll have the bartender on stage again - and a coffee machine for Woody." Read more here.

Van Halen To Do Rare TV Performance
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Van Halen will launch their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", with a rare TV performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, April 2nd and the show's promotion for the appearance hints at an upcoming tour.

"In a daytime exclusive, the California rockers will take over Ellen's stage to perform one of their favorite songs as they embark on their Greatest Hits Tour!," reads the listing on the program's website. "They're some of the most talented, wildest and most exciting musicians of all time.

"Nearly all of Van Halen's albums have gone triple platinum, featuring iconic records like 'You Really Got Me,' 'Runnin' With The Devil' and 'Dancing In The Street.' Ellen and her audience will be dancing through the aisles when Van Halen brings the heat to the room!"

The rare TV appearance comes just two days after the March 31 release of the group's first live album with David Lee Roth. Recorded live at the Japanese venue on June 21, 2013, the package features a 25-song set delivering material from the band's original, classic era and 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth", the group's first studio album with Roth in almost 30 years.

Van Halen have issued an audio stream of their 1981 classic "Unchained" as a preview to the new album. Check it out here.

NEW TRACK-BY-TRACK INTERVIEW REVEALED FOR WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT'S FORTHCOMING SOLO ALBUM "WOLFLIGHT" DUE OUT IN

NORTH AMERICA APRIL 7TH

On April 7th, world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will release his brand new solo album, WOLFLIGHT, in North America via InsideOut Music.  With a few weeks to go until the record's release, a new track-by-track interview with Hackett on the album's title track, taken from the special edition version of the album, has just been posted. To listen and find out more about the song and the ideas behind it, click here.  A lyric video for the track "The Wheel's Turning" was also recently released and can be viewed here.  Hackett had this to say about the song: "In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, "The Wheel's Turning" has a fun and nostalgic vibe. It recaptures my childhood memories of London's Battersea Funfair which gave me hours of joy and challenge in an otherwise grey world. Take that trip back in time with me, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride..."

WOLFLIGHT is Steve Hackett's first original solo studio album since BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON in 2011.  The album will be available in North America in two physical configurations, as well as digitally.  Fans will have the option of purchasing WOLFLIGHT physically as a standard CD or as a deluxe version with a CD plus BluRay digipak, which will feature two bonus tracks.

The concept behind WOLFLIGHT is a new, unexplored chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire").

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

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

Angel Air release Broke Heart Blues by Pete Haycock and Robin George

The superb new album "Broke Heart Blues" by Pete Haycock and Robin George's Climax Blues, produced by Robin and Pete, featuring world class masters of their art, and mixed by award winning engineer Klaus Bohlmann, is now released on Angel Air Records.

'This album is dedicated to the memory of Pete Haycock, my great friend and brother in guitar. This will be our only product with the 'Climax Blues' name. Without Pete, it´s pointless. These are his final recordings; his swansong and his legacy to the world. LovePower and Peace. Robin'

click here to buy or click here to download from Itunes

1. Blue Monday
2. Cruel
3. Gossip Is Gold
4. Miss You So
5. The Rubicon
6. Lonely Avenue
7. Gotta Get It Right
8. Bluesong
9. Broke Heart Blues
10. Miracle
11. I Feel so Blue
12. You Ain't Got the Right
13. Oxygen
14. Bluesongs Acoustic
 

Pete Haycock Vocals guitar (The Climax Blues Band/ELO)
Robin George Vocals guitar (Thin Lizzy/The Climax Blues Band)
Mel Collins Sax (King Crimson/The Rolling Stones)
Jacquie Williams Vocals (Sister Sledge/M People)
Charley Charlesworth Bass (Dangerous Music/Life)
Charlie Morgan Drums (The Elton John Band/Eric Clapton)

Metallica Offering Free Download
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Metallica are offering a free audio download of a corporate show that they played in San Francisco for cloud computing company Salesforce.com on February 9.

The band's career-spanning 14-song set is available at livemetallica.com. Metallica have previously shared video from the event, including a performance of their 1986 classic, "Master Of Puppets", and fan-filmed video from the show can be viewed here.

The group played the same event in 2011 when the company's chief executive officer, Marc Benioff, asked his neighbor - Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett - if they would perform. Read more here.

Rolling Stones Fans Don't Get What They Want On SatisfactionThursday
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Rolling Stones fans didn't get much satisfaction on Thursday as the band failed to announce a North American tour as many expected when the legendary group started teasing an announcement with the hashtag
#‎SatisfactionThursday late last week.

As we reported on Monday, the band began hinting at a big announcement via teases posted to their Facebook page with the hashtag #SatisfactionThursday, and a link to the website www.justakissaway.rocks which featured a video with footage of the band touring set to the their classic hit "Miss You" playing in the background. The site also featured the band's lips and tongue logo above the words "Get What You Need" and the #SatisfactionThursday hashtag, as well as a signup box for email alerts.

There was speculation that the band planned to announced the details to their rumored North American tour on Thursday, but instead the band removed the video and posted a contest sign up that said "Here's your chance to utter the immortal words, 'LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES!' Grand prize includes a TRIP FOR TWO to an undisclosed location and a COMMEMORATIVE VIDEO shot by the Stones' official videographer."

So it appears they are giving a fan the opportunity to announce the band at a live performance. To add fuel to the tour rumor fire, the small print for the contest includes tour promoters AEG Live, LLC.

As for the tour announcement, WKRN reports that "the nationwide promoter's ticketing is being blamed for the delay" and the mayor of Nashville was forced postponed a planned announcement of a local show on Thursday.

Mayor Dean hinted at what the announcement would be on Wednesday when questioned by WKRN. "Let's just say, don't start me up on that topic," he joked. "I can't give you any satisfaction today answering your questions. And if you're gonna bug me about it, I'm gonna tell you to get off my cloud." Watch the video and read their report

Motley Crue's Vince Neil In Legal Battle Over Social Media Accounts
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Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has found himself in a legal dispute over the control over his social media accounts and filed a lawsuit to get them back.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports Neil has filed a lawsuit against an Oregon woman, Kristy Sinsara, in an effort to have her relinquish control of his social media accounts.

An agreement between the two gave Sinsara administrative control of his accounts while Neil retained ownership; while the singer's complaint confirms Sinsara created content for Neil on his behalf for a period of time, he claims she is making unauthorized posts that the public and his fans believe are being made by him. Read more here.

Kurt Cobain Documentary To Hit Movie Theaters
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"Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" director Brett Morgen has revealed the new documentary about the late Nirvana frontman will debut in three US cities in advance of its premiere on cable channel HBO on May 4.

"4/24 Montage of Heck will open in Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City," tweeted Morgen, who oversaw the project with executive producer - and Cobain's daughter - Frances Bean.

Morgen has also announced a series of international cinema debuts, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland (April 9), the UK (April 10), Sweden (April 27), Italy, Australia and New Zealand (April 30).

A soundtrack album will feature unreleased material, including an epic, 12-minute acoustic song by the Nirvana frontman. Listen to the song, read more and see the trailer here.

Failed Deep Purple Reunion Attempt Inspired New Whitesnake Album
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David Coverdale has explained how plans for a reunion with Deep Purple colleague Ritchie Blackmore led to the creation of Whitesnake's upcoming Purple Album.

The tribute work is released on May 18, and it's the first Whitesnake album to feature guitarist Joel Hoekstra in place of Doug Aldrich. Coverdale exclusively told Classic Rock how late Purple keyboardist Jon Lord had wanted the Mark III version of the band to reunite, and discussions took place after his death.

Now he says in an EPK video: "A lot of the ideas weren't appealing to me, unfortunately. But I was already doing preparatory work on these songs, hoping Ritchie would be open to bringing them up to date and reappraising some of them."

When he told his wife it was a shame that his work had been wasted, she asked, "Why don't you do it under the Whitesnake banner?"

Coverdale continues: "I took a little time to think about it, I spoke to my musicians and everybody was incredibly positive, so it was all systems go." Read more and watch the video clip here.

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel Replace Lead Singer
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Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel have split with singer DJ Smith and replaced him with Michael Beck. Smith was part of the lineup put together by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Lee when he decided to come out of retirement in 2013.

The frontman's time with the band was overshadowed by negative reviews for their first-ever show, in which he appeared to be drunk and under-rehearsed. Lee later laughed off the incident.

Smith says: "It's true I left Red Dragon Cartel. It's kind of complicated, but I think it was the right thing to do. One day I'll comment more - for now, that's all, folks!" Read more here.

Paul Stanley Has 'Too Much Pride' For Original KISS Reunion
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Paul Stanley has likened playing live with former KISS members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to "spending a night with your ex wife." The frontman insists there was no way he was going to perform with the pair at last year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

Stanley tells News.com.au: "I enjoyed the Hall Of Fame in a twisted way. It was a terrific night but there was no way I was going to play with them. Frankly, I have too much pride in what I do than to create a moment of nostalgia for someone else. To get on stage with Ace and Peter was an interesting, surreal moment - but nothing I wanted to prolong.

"Someone asked me before the Hall Of Fame, 'Couldn't you just play with the original lineup for one night?' I said, 'How about spending a night with your ex wife? What's the point?'"

Stanley, 63, admits he's had to face the issue of his voice changing over the years, making it more difficult to perform tracks he first sang in the 1970s. Read what he had to say about that here.

Janis Joplin Biopic Hits Another Major Setback
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It's still going to be a while before anyone sees the Janis Joplin biopic, Get It While You Can, which has been in development for half a decade. The film, for which Amy Adams signed up back in 2010, was slated to start filming this year but now it's been hit with another setback.

This time, it's not finding a director--Dallas Buyers Club auteur Jean-Marc Vallee is still on board--the snag is instead a lawsuit, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

The film's producers LKL Productions and Silver Reel have filed suit against writer Ron Terry, his affiliate companies and his investment firm Chesterton Capital for breach of option agreement, unfair competition, interference with contract and prospective economic advantage.

LKL and Silver Reel apparently purchased the rights to the project for $117,000 last August but they claim that Terry and his affiliates have still been shopping around the script.

That's not the only problem. Read about it here.

Sammy Hagar and The Circle Announce North American Tour
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Hot on the heels of Sammy Hagar and The Circle, the former Van Halen frontman's new supergroup, announcing a new album release, they have now revealed North American tour plans.

The Circle features Hagar along with his former Van Halen and Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Hagar's longtime guitarist Vic Johnson.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on April 11th in Las Vegas, NV at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and will conclude on September 5th in Lake Tahoe, NV at the Lake Tahoe's Outdoor Arena at Harvey's.

The supergroup will be releasing their debut album, "At Your Service", on May 19th. The double live album was recording during the band's first North American tour last year.

"At Your Service" Tracklisting:
Disc One

There's Only One Way To Rock
Rock Candy
Good Times Bad Times
Poundcake
I Can't Drive 55
Mikey Bass Solo
When It's Love
Whole Lotta Love
Little White Lie
When the Levee Breaks

Disc Two
Moby Dick/Jason Drum Solo
Why Can't This Be Love
Finish What Ya Started
Heavy Metal
Vic Guitar Solo
Best of Both Worlds
Right Now
Rock and Roll
Dreams

Sammy Hagar And The Circle 2015 Tour Dates:
04/11 Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Las Vegas, NV
04/25 Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
04/27 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
04/29 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
04/30 Sunfest, West Palm Beach, FL
05/2 Rock City Campground @ Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
06/19 Steamboat Days / Miller Outdoor Main Stage, Burlington, IA
06/20 Music Center At The Heights, Huber Heights, OH
06/26 Oklahoma City Festival, Oklahoma City, OK
07/3 Ribfest, Naperville, IL
07/4 Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
08/12 Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, MI
08/14 Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL
08/15 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, IL
09/3 Tulalip Amphitheatre, Marysville, WA
09/5 Lake Tahoe's Outdoor Arena at Harvey's, Lake Tahoe, NV

MICHAEL DES BARRES GETS SURPRISE FROM STEVEN VAN ZANDT
NEW ALBUM ‘THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE’ APPROACHES APRIL 7 RELEASE

 As MICHAEL DES BARRES gears up for the April 7 release of his album THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE (FOD Records), the British, singer, songwriter and musician got quite the surprise while visiting with Steven Van Zandt in a Los Angeles studio last week. That’s where DES BARRES learned that his song “Painkiller” is one of the tunes that legendary singer Darlene Love interprets on her upcoming Van Zandt-produced album (see photos below).

 “When I arrived, he [Steven] sat me down at the mixing board and said, ‘Listen to this one,’” says DES BARRES. “Suddenly, I realized he had produced for Darlene a song I co-wrote with Paul Ill. My mind was blown. You might know the song from my last album Carnaby Street. To hear it reinterpreted by arguably the greatest female singer in R&B/soul was truly one of the happiest and proudest moments of my life.”

 As fans of Little Steven’s Underground Garage know, DES BARRES is a host on the SiriusXM radio Channel 21, weekdays 5-8am PT and 9pm - midnight PT.

DES BARRES describes THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE as “very loud, very raw and it’s gonna rock like f***.” Produced by Bob Rose (who’s worked on albums by Julian LennonSteve Jones of the Sex Pistols and DES BARRES 1986 album Somebody Up There Likes Me) and recorded at Forum Music Village in Rome, THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE features DES BARRES firing on all cylinders and lighting up the rock world as only he can. Here’s a sample of early praise for the album:

“…there’s been a void in the rock and roll landscape and thankfully Michael Des Barres is back with a sense of urgency and a desire to fill it up. Des Barres’ new album, The Key to the Universe (release date April 7) speaks volumes in terms of raw, rock power. Songs like ‘I Want Love To Punch Me In The Face’ and the Linda Perry penned, ‘Can’t Get You Off My Mind’ scream for multiple spins while tracks like ‘Room Full of Angels’ showcase just how far Des Barres voice has come in forty years…The Key to the Universe is a welcome rock record by one of the genre’s best front men and an album that’s driven by a heartbeat and by your hips.”
--James Wood, AXS.COM, 2/19/2015

“Michael Des Barres' The Key To The Universe is one of those increasingly rare records that makes you remember why we love rock 'n' roll - in fact, it forces you to remember why we love rock 'n' roll. Rock 'n' roll that reminds you that the best rock 'n' roll resides both in the head, and below the waist. This record is a blast… Michael Des Barres has unleashed an album that is the best of his long and storied career… the record marries Des Barres' velvety shards of broken glass vocals with a band that is absolutely smoldering on the verge of explosion..The intensity is palpable - this foursome provides an incredible amount of ear candy that well decorates the 'heart on the sleeve' stories that are being told. The music makes you feel like you're living the song, as all great rock should. The Key To The Universe is a stunningly brilliant piece of music. You have a voice that has lived to not just tell the tale, but to also serve as a spokesman for what should and can be. You have a band that sounds like it has absorbed the songs and the singer, and they are solidly set in making the soundtrack sound like the story, and they succeed magnificently.”

                --Tony Conley, ROCKGUITARDAILY.BLOGSPOT.COM, 2/24/2015

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