AC/DC Streaming New Album Rock Or Bust Online

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

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

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

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

ROCK NEWS FOR 11/25/14

Pink Floyd Set Another Record

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

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

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

Read more here.

Robert Plant Almost Rejected John Bonham

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

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

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

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

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

Satriani Wants Chickenfoot To Fly Again

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

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

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

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

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

AC/DC Get Their Own Radio Station For Album Launch

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

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

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

Movie Starring Def Leppard, Pixies Members Being Crowdfunded

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

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

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

L.A. Guns Releasing 1980s Era Live Album

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

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

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

The Answer Rebooting With New Album and tour

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

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

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

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


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

DVD/CD Package Coming March 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Jimmy Page Addresses Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumor

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

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

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

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

Watch the appearance here.

Black Star Riders Reveal New Album Details

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

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

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

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

Steven Adler Plans To Return Next Year

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

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

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

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

Def Leppard Plan European Tour Next Spring

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

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

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

Check out the announced dates here.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information log on to or visit the Facebook fan page (

Focus Members Release Double Instrumental Album Under the Name Swung!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The album is available from the below links:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Morrison Hotel® Gallery

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

About Dream Hotels

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

About D'Angelico Guitars

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

About Rational Animal

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


Looking for a rock & roll escape next year?

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

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

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

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

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

OZZFIESTA will take place at an all-inclusive five-star resort with all high-level amenities.  The resort boasts Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a “resort within the resort” exclusive to adult guests, which features three adults-only pools and a private beach on the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by the natural sea cove.  The luxurious location also offers two family pools and a private white sand beach nestled along the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, a world-class 18-hole Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, nine on-site restaurants (ranging from casual to international gourmet selections) and 24-hour room service, top-shelf alcoholic beverages in six bars, a teen “backstage” lounge, the Little Big Club™ Experience children’s area with interactive play rooms and activities and playrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the resort property, unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S. and Canada.  In addition, each room booked includes a $750 resort credit (which can be used for spa treatments, massages, golf and much more). 

More information about tickets, the resort and travel options can be found at WWW.OZZFIESTA.COM.



OZZY OSBOURNE is a multi-platinum recording artist, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter, who has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.  OSBOURNE's career has spanned more than four decades (as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath) and his music is as relevant today as ever, still being heard daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events.


Earlier this year, Cool Breeze Concerts successfully staged Zac Brown Band’s “Sun, Sand and Southern Ground” in the Dominican Republic.

 Metallica and Nickelback Singers Share Hate?

Metallica frontman James Hetfield believes he's hated on the same level as Nickelback, says Chad Kroeger. The Canadian band are well used to dealing with negative reaction from the internet, such as a recent attempt to have them blocked from playing the UK, and they tend to respond with good humour.

But Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger, Chad's brother, is friends with Hetfield - and says the pair feel as if they face the same amount of online anger.

Chad tells Radio Nova: "Mike hangs out with James a lot in Maui. The two of them are hanging out a lot together. And right when you think that you're the only one who gets it - the backlash - Mike's like, 'Oh no. James pretty much thinks the entire world hates him.'

"I'm like, 'Really?' Suddenly I don't feel so bad any more." Read more and watch the full interview here.

Courts Will Decide Rudd's Future In AC/DC

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson believes drummer Phil Rudd's future with the band will be decided in court. And he's emphasised that the band will hit the road next year with or without him.

Rudd, 60, is under house arrest at his New Zealand home after being accused of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. The charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men was dropped for lack of evidence - but he could still face up to seven years in jail.

The band have reported that he'd been behaving erratically in the run-up to his legal woes. Guitarist Angus Young has said it was difficult to keep him at work while they recorded upcoming album Rock Or Bust, and that he failed to appear for a London video shoot without warning.

Now Johnson tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I don't think we have to do anything - fire him or anything like that. I think the situation is going to take care of itself.

"He's got himself into a pickle and there's nothing we can do about it. We're talking about criminal courts, judges and juries. But we are going to go on tour, and nothing's going to stop us." Read more and listen to a stream of the interview here.

Nikki Sixx Exposes Music's 'Dirty Little Secret'

Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M. star Nikki Sixx brought a new issue into the current controversy and debate over Spotify and what other online streaming services pay to artists. The issue is called "breakage" and Sixx calls it the "pink elephant in the room" and the "dirty little secret" of the music business.

Sixx also stressed that more needs to be done to help new artist gain exposure. The veteran bass player and band leader posted the following message on his Facebook account on Thursday night, "I'd like to talk about the pink elephant in the room for a minute.

"A lot of artist's are talking about Spotify right now and some might say its because they have new albums out. It could also be considered a good marketing tool because to be honest with you, it gets picked up a lot in the press. Just to be clear I too have a new album out and a new video for Sixx:A.M Any smart artist should know how to use the internet just like Bono, Taylor Swift and Dave Grohl are right now but that being said the pink elephant in the room is that YouTube is playing all of their music and they aren't getting paid for it. They are making even less money from YouTube than Spotify so let's not just target Spotify here.

"A big unaddressed issue (and more important in my opinion) is that artists aren't getting paid because of a term called 'BREAKAGE'. That's where the record companies have equity or take advances from the different streaming companies and never recoup them. Thus, never paying the Bono's, Taylor's, Dave's and many, many, more. These artists should really be talking about that. But I think they may not know or are afraid that their labels (or distribution companies) won't promote them if the tell that 'dirty little secret.'

"Also what are we doing to help new artists? We were all new artists once too. We've been around long enough that we should be addressing these issues to help new artists; exposing the things that are more than just roadblocks, the things that are actually sinkholes.

"I don't understand why the press never writes about it but hopefully they will start talking about breakage and how new artists can get more exposure. We have the power as the artists to raise awareness and change the future of the music business. Let's use our brains to not only promote our music but to address the pink elephant in the room…"

Billy Corgan Calls Out Today's Pop Porn Stars

Billy Corgan has hit out at modern pop stars who "do porn" in their music videos. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman - who yesterday revealed the band's touring lineup will include Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer - says he believes the public have "had it" with overtly sexual pop stars.

Corgan tells the London Evening Standard: "I have a strange sense that people have had it with pop. I can't compete with somebody who's doing porn.

The person who does porn for their video is going to sell more records than me. So how did we compete back in the day and how do we compete now? It's the same. You have to be truer than false, realer than fake, and you have to bring something that only you can bring." Billy is not alone, see what other veteran rocker called out this trend here.

Stone Sour A Sinking Ships Says Jim Root

Jim Root has compared his firing from Stone Sour to escaping a sinking ship. The guitarist was dismissed last year, although it was only made public in May. He's still working with Corey Taylor in Slipknot and co-wrote much of the material on latest album .5: The Gray Chapter.

But he's still guessing as to why Stone Sour decided to get rid of him. Root tells The Pulse on TeamRock Radio: "I spent 12 years helping that band, writing songs for that band and doing things for them. When people conspire and turn their back on you because you have a bigger obligation to get to, it's a little bit like, 'Well, I guess that's that.'

"But when people don't give you any reasons then all you can do is speculate. If people are going to make decisions like that for their career, I honestly would rather get on the life raft and get away from that sinking ship." He explains here.

Jorn Lande and Trond Holter Releasing Dracula Concept Album

Norwegian metal heroes Jorn Lande and Trond Holter are set to release a concept album based on the story of Dracula. Dracula Swing Of Death is released on January 27 via Frontiers Music. It's inspired by the life of Count Vlad III, Prince Of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad The Impaler - or Dracula.

His back story formed the basis of countless vampire tales. Lande impersonates Dracula on the record, while the female parts are sung by Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen.

According to those behind the project, "The drama of the story reveals Dracula's inner battle, where he still remembers what true love was, and as he wandered the Earth for centuries with a thirst for blood, his loneliness and desire to be able to love again has led him to the brink of insanity.

"In the original Bram Stoker version, he leaves Transylvania by ship and when he meets Lucy's best friend, she reminds him so much of his first love Mina, that he becomes obsessed. His mission is to take her as his bride, and make her queen of the dark."

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page To Appear On Ellen Today

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be a featured guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, November 21. Page will be on the daytime talk show to promote the band's latest reissues, "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy."

Released in November 1971, the band's fourth album - which is officially untitled but is generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV" - features anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999 and has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.

Released in March of 1973, "Houses Of The Holy" features "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.

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DAVE STEWART--best known as the founder of Eurythmics with Annie Lennox and for his collaborations with Mick Jagger and Stevie Nicks--has signed on as executive producer for The Blues House, a feature length documentary about the searches that went on in the 1960’s for legendary blues singers who had recorded during the Depression before being driven into retirement. Now in post-production, the film is expected to be completed in early 2015. The film is being directed by Sam Pollard and produced by Benjamin Hedin. Stewart, an expert bluesman himself, also appears as an interviewee in the film, which will feature original music scored by recording artist and guitarist Gary Clark Jr.  Dave Stewart Entertainment is assisting in the final stages of production, financing, and distribution of the film and will be overseen by David Jacobson on behalf of the company.

The Blues House fascinatingly explores the stories behind the searches for Skip James and Son House. It was not known if they were dead or alive, if alive, where they resided, or even what they looked like. And the searches for them were more than chancy: they were dangerous, since they were carried out in Mississippi during a climactic and violent stretch of the civil rights movement.

With previous experience as the Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroad, Dave Stewart adds his expertise to THE BLUES HOUSE along with producer Benjamin Hedin who began researching the story of THE BLUES HOUSE in 2009. The film’s director Sam Pollard has produced and edited dozens of movies, including the Spike Lee documentaries When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, and Four Little Girls--all for HBO--as well as the feature films Inside Man, Girl 6, Clockers, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues. THE BLUES HOUSE will feature original music scored by Warner Bros. artist, Gary Clark Jr., whose roots in blues music are well documented on his album Blak and Blu (2012) which peaked in the top 10 in the United States.

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About Sam Pollard (Director): Sam Pollard has produced and edited dozens of movies, including the Spike Lee documentaries When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, and Four Little Girls--all for HBO--as well as the feature films Inside Man, Girl 6, Clockers, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues. Pollard also edited the documentaries Joe Papp in 5 Acts, shown at the Tribeca Festival, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, and Feel Like Going Home, part of The Blues series presented by Martin Scorsese. Pollard directed the widely acclaimed documentary Slavery by Another Name, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently aired on PBS. He has directed four episodes of American Masters for PBS as well as two installments of the groundbreaking series Eyes on the Prize. Since 1994 Pollard has served on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About Benjamin Hedin (Producer, Writer): Benjamin Hedin has written for a number of publications, including The New Yorker, Slate, The Nation, and the Chicago Tribune. His nonfiction chronicle, In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now, will be published by City Lights Books in 2015. He has taught at New York University and The New School and is also the editor of Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader (W.W. Norton), widely regarded as one of the finest collections of music writing. Hedin began researching the story of The Blues House in 2009. He has compiled hours of interview testimony and a large collection of unpublished documents and photographs that will be used in the film.

About Gary Clark Jr. (Composer): With his debut album Blak And Blu he has just become the first artist ever recognized by the Recording Academy with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance”--“Please Come Home” (from the album Blak And Blu). And the day after claiming those honors he provided one of the highlights of the highlights-filled “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” with sparks flying as he dueled with Joe Walsh on an incendiary “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Dave Grohl behind them pounding the drums.  But that barely scratches the surface. The album’s a rocket ride from the Mississippi Delta of a century ago to multiple points still out beyond the horizon. Rock and R&B sure, but blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop are also in Clark’s expansive musical embrace and insatiable hunger for inspiration, which he’s internalized into music all his own. And his two acoustic blues performances on the soundtrack album for the acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave show the distinct talent and personality he brings to his music.

About            DAVE STEWART (Executive Producer):
Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?”). Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. Stewart has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for “Alfie,” starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

“An explosive musician, deft guitar player, innately recognizes the genius in other people and puts it into play without being manipulative.”--Bob Dylan

Jack of All Trades Master of All of Them”--The Sunday Times

He’s the musician’s musician.”--Rolling Stone

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Bret Michaels Details Recent Emergency Room Visits

Poison singer Bret Michaels has reassured fans that he doesn't have a death wish after attempting to keep working through his latest spate of health issues.

He only made small adjustments to his current solo tour after experiencing kidney problems that required surgery. Guitarist Pete Evick hailed his boss's commitment to staying on the road - but admitted: "as a friend it's hard to encourage or agree."

Now lifelong diabetic Michaels says: "I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone for their concern, prayers and well wishes. I also want to thank the several emergency rooms and their staff for the immediate attention. This has been going on for several weeks and was extremely painful.

"I thought I was well enough after the first operation - however I got a blood clot, as well as an infection, which complicated the matter. I am fortunate that I work hard to keep my diabetes under control; however there's no doubt after 45 years my healing process is a little slower than a non diabetic."

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AC/DC Members Surprise Fans At Listening Party

 AC/DC members Angus Young and Brian Johnson surprised fans with an appearance at the "Rock Or Bust" world album premiere listening party at Webster Hall in New York Tuesday night.

The pair were joined on stage by the project's producer, Brendan O'Brien, and they shared a few words with the crowd before debuting the video for the album's title track and second single.

"I hope you enjoy the album," said Johnson. "We had such a fun time making it. Malcolm wasn't in. Stevie [Young] stepped up to the plate. Malcolm is in a happy place, I want you to know that. And we love him, and he was with us right through the album."

"Everyone who is into AC/DC and is a fan; you're the guys that make it," added Young. "We keep going for you." AC/DC guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young retired from the band earlier this year as he deals with health issues related to dementia. The group brought in nephew Stevie to handle rhythm guitar on "Rock Or Bust", which will be released December 2.

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Gregg Allman Biopic Death Suit Settlement Reached

Earlier in the year, Sarah Jones was killed while working as a camera assistant on the film Midnight Rider, a biopic based on the life of Gregg Allman, after being struck by a train.

The incident saw a lawsuit filed by the parents of Jones, as well as a suit from Allman himself, asking for the film to be stopped altogether. While Allman dropped his suit months ago, Jones' parents did not, but have now reached a confidential settlement with many of the defendants.

According to Billboard, director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin, executive producers Jay Sedrish and Don Mandrik, location manager Charles Baxter, Miller's production company Unclaimed Freight, first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, director of photography Mike Ozier, Epozier Films, Inc., and Rayonier Performance Fibers have all settled with the family.

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Sammy Hagar Announces Free New Year's Eve Show

Some lucky Sammy Hagar fans will have the chance to ring in the New Year with the Red Rocker for free at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hagar has announced a free New Year's Eve show at the venue where he will be performing with the house band Cabo Uno. "Cabo's battling back, baby - and that's the best reason in the world to celebrate and support the community." said Hagar

He was forced to cancel his annual birthday bash celebration at the venue earlier this year due to Hurricane Odile and he is using this free show as a way to encourage fans to make donations to Los Cabos Children's Foundation via donation boxes in the venue.

According to the announcement, the free admission will be "on a first come, first serve basis. Fans can also make dinner reservations at the Cantina and stay for the show. "

Faith No More Return With First New Song In 17 Years

Pioneering alt-metallers Faith No More have released new song Motherf***er - the first official single from their upcoming eighth album and their first new music in 17 years.

Since the band disbanded in 1998, anticipation has been high for new Faith No More material and now they've debuted it over on the Rolling Stone website.

In an interview with Rolling Stone it was also revealed that the new studio album will be released on Faith No More's own label Reclamation Records. Read more here.

AC/DC's Angus Young Shares His Reaction To Phil Rudd Arrest

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and singer Brian Johnson were guests on Wednesday morning's edition of The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM satellite radio.

The pair were on hand to promote the band's forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust", due December 2. Among the topics discussed with the recent headlines made by drummer Phil Rudd, who was charged on November 6 with attempting to procure a murder by New Zealand police after he allegedly tried to have two men killed, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Authorities dropped the charge of attempting to procure a murder the next day due to lack of evidence. "I fell out of bed, actually," said Angus when he heard the news. "My wife woke me up and they said, 'Hey, Phil's been up to no good.'"

"I just got up and I was getting ready to fly home to the States," added Johnson. "I had a cup of coffee in my hand and I said, 'I'm gonna watch the news in the morning.' And the first thing I saw was this guy getting led out of a car with no shoes on."

As for Rudd's status with the band, "We've got to resolve that," said Johnson. "The thing is, I don't think we have to do anything… fire him, or anything like that. I think the situation is gonna take care of itself. I mean, he's got himself into a pickle, and there's nothing we can do about it. I mean, we're talking about criminal courts here and we're talking about judges and we're talking about juries. But we are gonna go on tour. And nothing's gonna stop us."

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(New York, NY) - Rockers Steel Panther have just announced a series of "Threesomes."  The glamorous rock n' rollers will be playing two three-night residencies, one in their hometown of Los Angeles and the other in nearby Las Vegas, at the cities' respective House Of Blues venues.  The shows will be spread out through the month of February.  Tickets for the shows can be purchased hereSteel Panther holds the record for a Los Angeles residency, playing for more than ten years.  Please see below for the most up-to-date list of 2014/2015 North American tour dates, including a two-night stint in Vancouver in January, 2015.

Steel Panther is currently bringing their raucous show to North American audiences on tour as main support for iconic metallers Judas Priest.  The band's opening set has been winning praise from critics and fans alike with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette declaring Steel Panther, "a contender for the world's funniest band, not just for the songs but what happens in between.  Steel Panther...totally rocks while also spoofing the genre of Poison, Van Halen and Motley Crue", while the Broward Palm Beach New Times avowed, "Steel Panther is an '80s-inspired glam metal band that is equal parts metal music and glam metal cabaret...the best of the band comes in the form of the in-between song banter and the self-aggrandizing, overtly-macho lyricism of the songs themselves..." 

Immediately following the Judas Priest tour, Steel Panther will make a quick jaunt to Japan for two shows and will then return to the United States to begin their December headlining run, rounding off a very hectic, successful year.  Check out their latest video for "Pussywhipped" here.

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

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

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

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 Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed  45th Anniversary

Former Stones Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman Recount Album, Tour, Altamont

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands revisits the Rolling Stones circa 1969 with former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and bassist Bill Wyman on the 45th anniversary of the landmark album Let It Bleed

The Let It Bleed album title was the last indication of the self-conscious rivalry which the Stones had with the Beatles, whose Let It Be album had been released just six weeks prior. The Beatles would call it a decade while the Rolling Stones would, over the next few albums, seize the title of “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”. 

For the Stones 1969 was a pivotal year. Drug convictions had sidelined the group from touring for nearly three years and mismanagement had all but bankrupted them. The Stones replaced founder/guitarist Brian Jones with twenty-one year old blues prodigy Mick Taylor. On July 3rd, only a month after his departure, Jones would die of accidental drowning. Two days later the band would perform with Taylor in tow, playing to over 200K people in London’s Hyde Park, the first UK outdoor concert of its kind. 

Creatively speaking, the Stones were on a roll working with American producer Jimmy Miller who would guide their talents on Let It Bleed, helping the band realize such hit songs as  “Gimme Shelter”, “Midnight Rambler, “Let It Bleed”, and the epic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

Unfortunately, an Autumn U.S. tour would end tragically with four deaths including a murder in front of the stage while the band performed at an unscheduled free concert at Altamont Speedway outside San Francisco. Mick Taylor recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard the atmosphere surrounding the events as the Stones arrived there

“We had no idea how it was being promoted or publicized. It was a terribly disorganized chaotic event that not only ended in tragedy, but it was kinda a very violent atmosphere... I remember even when we got out of the helicopter... a couple people tried to punch Mick in the face.”

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AC/DC's Malcolm Young Fought To Keep Making Music

Malcolm Young fought to keep making music as long as he could, says brother and bandmate Angus. The AC/DC mainman was finally forced to retire earlier this year as a result of dementia, which he'd begun struggling with before the band started 2008 album Black Ice.

"He was still writing until he couldn't do it any more. You were hoping that he'd get better," Angus Young says of his brother in a new interview with Pulse Of Radio.

"The physical side, he got great treatment for that, so he's good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated. He himself said, you know, 'I won't be able to do it any more.'" Read more here.

U2 Frontman Bono Underwent 5 Hours Of Surgery

U2 frontman Bono underwent five hours of surgery after being seriously injured in a cycle crash in New York. The band had originally reported that damage to his arm had forced them to cancel a US TV residency.

Now it's been confirmed the singer suffered fractures to the eye orbit in his skull, his left shoulder blade and and his upper left arm. Trauma surgeon Dean Lorich of New York's Weill Cornell Medical Centre tells Rolling Stone:

"He was taken to the operating room where the elbow was washed out, a nerve trapped in the break was moved, and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws."

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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Giving Away 20 Song Solo Set

Pearl Jam have long been letting fans download shows they attend, and even before this process, tape trading of Pearl Jam bootlegs was a practiced endeavor for diehards.

So what makes a new, free live set that PJ frontman Eddie Vedder played for 90 fans at a Microsoft event at their Seattle headquarters so special? Well, the setlist, mainly. The 20-song solo performance is filled with rare covers, everything from lead track "Trouble" (originally by Cat Stevens) to classics like John Lennon's "Imagine" and Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done." (via CoS)

Also in the set are plenty of Pearl Jam and Vedder originals, like "Just Breathe," "Better Man," and "Porch." This is a must download concert for both Pearl Jam faithful fans and classic rock lovers alike. Check out the setlist and grab the download links here.

ulk Hogan Wanted To Join Metallica and Rolling Stones

Wrestler Hulk Hogan has revealed he appealed to Metallica and The Rolling Stones to give him a shot at vacant bass posts. And he says despite his best efforts, neither band got back to him to offer an audition.

He tells Noisey: "I had wrestled so long and it got to the point where, with no Stone Cold, Rock or HHH around, I was the only guy for a long time so I had to be everywhere. I didn't really get tired but I was like, 'Man, I'm killing myself.'

"I always loved music and was in the UK for some award show, and Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger's old lady, was walking out with me to present this award. I heard her talking on the phone to Mick about, 'Oh, you got to find a bass player and you've only got two different choices.'

"She had already told me her kids were big fans and she wanted merchandise. I said, 'Look, I used to play bass. I know all The Rolling Stones songs. Tell Mick if you guys need a bass player, I swear to god I could show up.' I got home, sent her all the merchandise - and never heard a word back."

But the lack of response from Jagger didn't deter him and when he discovered Metallica were looking for a bassist, he decided to record a demo and send it to the thrash legends. Read more here.

Rush Anxious To Write New Music

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says he and Geddy Lee are desperate to start writing new material. The band haven't decided on what form their 2015 return to action will take - but the guitarist hopes it'll involve recording fresh tracks.

The Canadian giants recently began considering how to end the hiatus they took after three years of constant work, and aim to settle firm plans in the coming weeks.

Guitarist Lifeson tells "Some days I feel like being back out on the road and taking advantage of the fact that it's our 40th anniversary. On other days I sit around messing with musical ideas and think, 'We've got to start writing.'

"I was over at Ged's the other day, in fact. We were both chomping at the bit to get together. He wants to try out his millions of new bass guitars that he's got now. So we'll do some writing, and we'll see where that goes." Read more here.

KISS and Motley Crue To Close The Download Festival

KISS are the final headline act to be confirmed for next year's Download festival. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers will close the main stage at Donington on Sunday, June 14, following headline sets from Slipknot on June 12 and Muse on June 13.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and co will play immediately after Motley Crue, who'll end their touring career later in 2015, making their Download set their last ever UK festival appearance. Also confirmed in the third batch of acts are Slash and Enter Shikari.

Paul Stanley, who fronted Kiss at Monsters Of Rock in 1988 and 1996 before headlining Download in 2008, says: "Download has become a tradition of stature that separates the pretenders from the contenders and the champs from the chimps. It will be an honor to take our turf and leave no doubt why we wear the crown." Read more here.

Volbeat's Rob Caggiano Explains The Downside To Producing

Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano says his work behind the production desk temporarily "ruined music" for him. The former Anthrax axeman was behind the desk on their albums We've Come for You All and Worship Music and he's also produced records by Cradle Of Filth, Ill Nino, Machine Head and his current employers Volbeat.

And pouring all his energy into producing meant he was unable to enjoy music as he spent too much time "picking apart" the songs. Caggiano tells TeamRock Radio's AOR Magazine Show: "When I'm working on music, I think about the whole picture. I think about what the kick drum's doing, what the bass player's doing.

"I got heavily into producing a long time ago and I was aways in that mode. It actually ruined music for me to a certain extent because when I was trying to just sit down with a CD and listen to it and enjoy it, I couldn't even do it. I was always picking things out and hearing all these different things.

"It took me a while to get away from that and turn that part of my brain off and chill out and listen to it for what it is." Read more here.

Slash Worked Out Deal With Tremonti Over Myles

Slash says he and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti have worked out a system that will allow them both to continue working with singer Myles Kennedy.

Kennedy fronts Alter Bridge as well as Slash's backing band The Conspirators. And with both acts having massive profiles to go with their recording and touring commitments, it might be expected that something will eventually have to give in regards to Kennedy's availability.

But Slash is confident that won't be the case. He tells VH1: "We've built up such a good system for making it work. I don't have any intention of disrupting what Alter Bridge is doing and I don't think Mark has any intention of disrupting what we're doing." Read more here.

Malcolm Young Hasn't Heard AC/DC's New Album

Retired AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young hasn't heard the band's upcoming album Rock Or Bust, says brother Angus. And the health issues that caused his retirement began appearing before they'd made 2008 record Black Ice, reveals the only remaining original member.

Malcolm's family confirmed in September that his dementia had advanced to a stage that meant his career was over. Rock Or Bust was recorded with nephew Stevie Young in his place.

Angus tells Rolling Stone: "It's something that had been happening for a long time. The symptoms had surfaced even before the last project. He was still capable of knowing what he wanted to do.

"I said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah.' He liked to finish what he started." Read more here.

Allman Brothers Band Release Classic Concert Online

The Allman Brothers Band have released a video of their 1970 Fillmore East, New York performance on YouTube channel Music Vault. It was originally filmed as part of a TV special titled Welcome To Fillmore East which featured short sets by the Allman Brothers Band, the Byrds, Van Morrison, the Elvin Bishop Group and Sha-N-Na.

The band played four tracks on the night: Don't Keep Me Wonderin', Dreams, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed and Whipping Post and came six months before their Live At Fillmore East double album.

The performance features the original lineup of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jai Johanny Johanson and Tom Doucette. Read more and watch the concert here.

Bruce Springsteen Launches Archival Concert Series

Bruce Springsteen is launching a new archival concert series with the release of a 2012 live set from New York's Apollo Theater. The March 9, 2012 show was the opening night of Springsteen's tour in support of "Wrecking Ball."

The event also marked the singer's first show without saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away June 18, 2011 at the age of 69 following complications from a massive stroke.

The Apollo concert was originally broadcast live on SiruiusXM's Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio channel. Springsteen is making archival concerts available as high-resolution 24-bit downloads, MP3s, or lossless CD-Quality downloads. Read more here.

Dokken Made 'Crazy Money' For Chicken Commercial

Don Dokken says his band were paid "crazy money" for their appearance in a Norton Internet Security commerical. Dokken were filmed in a huge warehouse and portrayed as a computer virus which was attacking a PC - represented by a chicken.

The bizarre advert was only ever shown online, but Dokken says the band were paid a small fortune for it. He tells Inside Metal: "A friend of mine, Ryan Ebner, was actually staying in my Beverly Hills house, and I had a guest house. And he says, 'I'm doing this commercial and one of my bands pulled out. Do you wanna do a commercial?'

"I said, 'Yeah, I'll do a commercial.' He's, like, 'It'll be you and the chicken.' And I went, 'No, no, no, no, no, no. I'm not gonna punk myself.' And then he told me how much he'd pay me. And I went, 'Really?' He goes, 'Dude, it's Norton Antivirus.' I said, 'For that kind of money, I'll wear a chicken suit. I will be the chicken. I will flap my wings and I will cluck.'" Read more and watch the funny ad here.

Prog Pioneers Lucifer's Friend Return After 20 Years

German prog rock pioneers Lucifer's Friend have announced their comeback - which will be launched with a career-spanning compilation. Awakening will include some of their biggest hits as well as new material.

The band released their debut, self-titled album in 1970 but suffered a blow when singer John Lawton left to join Uriah Heep. After splitting in 1982, they briefly reformed in 1994 and released ninth album Sumo Grip.

Twenty years on, they are back, with Awakening due out in March 2015 and available now for pre-order via Cherry Red Records. They have been lined up to appear at Sweden Rock Festival in June next year. Read more here.

Dan Lilker Considered Joining Metallica After Cliff's Death

Former Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker has revealed he considered the possibility of joining Metallica when Cliff Burton died. The bassists had been friends until the tour bus tragedy that killed Burton in 1986 - and other contacts and colleagues had noticed a similarity in their musical styles when Metallica began looking for a replacement.

Lilker tells Songfacts: "People came up to me, saying with a wink, 'Dan, you joining Metallica?' But I never got a call about it." And he's not sure if he'd have enjoyed working with James Hetfield and co because of the way the band is set up.

"Who knows if I would have lasted?" he says. "That's a band where two dudes make all the money and they pretty much dictate exactly what they want to do. Most of the bands I've been in, I'm one of the main songwriters and direct the nature of the music.

"And that first Metallica album that came out after Cliff died, that had Jason Newsted on it - there's no bass on it at all." Read more here.

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Vs. Gene Simmons

Corey Taylor has urged Gene Simmons to "get out more" while once again hailing the current rock scene as alive and very much kicking. The Slipknot frontman says he's thrilled with the success of his band's latest album .5: The Gray Chapter, but insists he doesn't always believe success relates directly to sales.

Taylor points to the success of the recent Knotfest festival as a true indicator of the thriving rock and metal scene. He was responding to Kiss star Gene Simmons' controversial comment that "rock is dead," which sparked a string of musicians to defend the genre.

Taylor tells KLAQ: "I think people put too much on sales, because that doesn't relate to how many people hear it. In this day and age it's more about getting people to hear the music.

"I love the fact that we had the highest sales in the first week for a metal band the whole year, in a long time. I'm proud of that. But at the same time that doesn't relate to how many people have heard it and bought specific songs.

"We had three million views for the Knotfest live streams and you don't get awards for that. We had so many million views of The Negative One video and The Devil In I video, and you don't get awards for that.

"Just the fact that we had almost 70,000 people over the Knotfest weekend proves something. You don't always need a platinum album to relate that to success so, with all due respect to Mr Simmons, he needs to get out more." Check out the full interview here

Goo Goo Dolls Sued By Former Member

Former Goo Goo Dolls drummer Michael Malinin has filed a lawsuit against his two former bandmates over money he believes he's entitled to, according to reports.

He took over from original drummer George Tutuska in 1995 and left the band in 2013 after 19 years with founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac.

At the time he said on Twitter: "Got some news today. Just wanted to say thank you to the fans who've supported me for 19 years. Best of luck and happy travels to the band."

The following day he issued the message: "Thanks for the kind words and support. To clarify, it was not my decision to leave the band. But no grudges held. I wish them all the best."

But he's now issued his former bandmates with a lawsuit, claiming he was fired mid-tour when he took time off to see his wife Krista who was in labor with twins. Read more here.

Dropkick Murphys Involved In Fatal Traffic Incident

The Dropkick Murphys were involved in a fatal traffic incident on Sunday night in Texas, when a person ran in front of their tour bus in a suspected suicide.

They've thanked fans for understanding after being forced to cancel their show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while they deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. The Celtic punks say in a statement: "We were en route to Dallas airport to drop off singer Al Barr, who's flying home for the funeral of a lifelong friend.

"Just north of Austin a pedestrian suddenly ran onto the highway in front of our tour bus. Police suspect a suicide. We were left with a driver who's been severely shaken up, and a bus too damaged to continue." Read more here.

AC/DC's Angus Young Discusses Malcolm's Dementia

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is sharing details regarding his brother Malcolm's history with dementia, revealing that his symptoms had existed for a number of years before being made public months ago.

"It's something that had actually been happening for a long time," Angus tells Rolling Stone as promotes the band's new album "Rock Or Bust." Malcolm's symptoms - lapses in memory and concentration - "had surfaced even before the last project," AC/DC's 2008 album, "Black Ice."

But Angus says Malcolm was "still capable of knowing what he wanted to do. I had said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah.' " Malcolm, Angus points out, "liked to finish what he started."

Angus also reveals that Malcolm was already in treatment during his last tour with AC/DC, from 2008 to 2010. "He got good help, good medical care," Angus says. Malcolm had to "relearn a lot of things."

Read more here.

Todd Rundgren At The BBC Four-Disc Collection To Be Released By Esoteric Recordings – October 27, 2014

An extensive 4 disc clamshell boxed set featuring 3CDs & a DVD (NTSC Region Free) featuring all of Todd Rundgren’s BBC radio & television performances between 1972 & 1982!

London, UK – Todd Rundgren fans rejoice! Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever official release of TODD RUNDGREN AT THE BBC. This four-disc collection comprises three CDs and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring all of the surviving radio and television broadcasts in the BBC archive transmitted on radio and television in the UK between 1972 and 1982. The set features on CD Todd’s solo 1972 BBC Radio One “In Concert” performance, recorded soon after the release of his seminal album “Something Anything”, the classic 1975 performance by Todd Rundgren and Utopia at Hammersmith Odeon, London, (including a previously unreleased track “Something’s Coming”) – on the first ever UK concert tour of Todd Rundgren and Utopia, a 1977 performance at the Oxford Polytechnic by Todd Rundgren and Utopia (promoting the “Ra” album), and a DVD featuring three different performances for the classic “Old Grey Whistle Test” series; the 1975 Todd Rundgren and Utopia session, a film of Todd Rundgren & Utopia at the Bearsville Picnic in 1977 (performing “Singring and the Glass Guitar”) and the entire recordings made for a 1982 solo Todd Rundgren Whistle Test special (including two songs not featured on the original TV broadcast).

This set is sure to delight the legions of Todd Rundgren fans and is a superb document of Todd’s continuing development as both a solo artist and with his band Utopia between 1972 and 1982.

“Todd Rundgren at the BBC” has been remastered and authored from the original BBC masters and is presented in a clamshell box with a booklet featuring a new essay.

*An extensive 4 disc clamshell boxed set featuring 3CDs & a DVD (NTSC Region Free)

*Featuring all of Todd Rundgren’s BBC radio & television performances between 1972 & 1982

*With 30 previously unreleased tracks on CD & DVD including two never broadcast songs from Todd's 1982 Old Grey Whistle Test special

*Remastered from the original BBC master tapes

*Includes illustrated booklet

CD Disc 1

Todd Rundgren:
1. I Saw the Light
2. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
3. Piss Aaron
4. Hello It’s Me
5. Be Nice to Me
6. Black Maria

BBC Radio One “In Concert”
Recorded at the Paris Theatre, London 6th July 1972
First broadcast 15th July 1972

Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
7. Real Man
8. The Seven Rays

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 14th October 1975

CD Disc 2
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
1. Freedom Fighters
2. Mister Triskets
3. Something’s Coming
4. The Last Ride
5. Sunset Boulevard / Le Feel Internacionale
6. Heavy Metal Kids
7. The Wheel
8. Open My Eyes
9. Sons of 1984
10. Do Ya
11. Couldn’t I Just Tell You

Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, 9th October 1975

First broadcast on BBC Radio One on 1st January 1976

CD Disc 3
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
1. Communion with the Sun
2. Love of the Common Man
3. Sunburst Finish
4. Jealousy
5. Windows
6. Singring and the Glass Guitar
7. Utopia Theme

Recorded at Oxford Polytechnic, 25th January 1977 for BBC Radio One

DVD Disc 4 - NTSC /Region Free
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
1. Real Man
2. The Seven Rays

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 14th October 1975

Todd Rundgren & Utopia:
3. Bearsville Picnic Featuring “Singring and the Glass Guitar”
The Old Grey Whistle Test – 2nd May 1978

Todd Rundgren:
4. Love of the Common Man
5. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
6. Too Far Gone
7. Can We Still Be Friends
8. The Song of the Viking
9. Compassion
10. Lysistrata
11. Tiny Demons
12. Time Heals (promotional video)
13. One World
14. A Dream Goes on Forever

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 3rd June 1982

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GREAT WHITE is pleased to announce its involvement in this year’s VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine awards.  The rock star-studded event takes place at the Pearl – Palms Concert Theater, November 23, 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at, via phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Pearl Box Office. The Rock N’ Roll Red Carpet begins at 6 p.m.  Visit for more information.

This year’s theme is ‘Rock N’ Roll History Part 5.’ Magazine publisher, Sally Steele, spearheads the awards event that will also showcase Michael Anthony, Stephen Pearcy, Ron Jeremy, The Sin City Sinners and many more.

Early Guns N' Roses Biopic In The Works

The 2008 biography, "Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction", is in talks to become a movie. Co-author Marc Canter shared the news in the unofficial Guns N' Roses website,, telling fans, "It's been on the works for about 4 months."

An amateur photographer and the owner and general manager of the legendary rock 'n' roll hangout Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, California, Canter frequently crossed paths with Guns N' Roses in its formative years.

His close ties to the band give Canter the personal history and credibility to assist with helping guide his biography onto the big screen. "If I'm involved in a Guns N' Roses project, then you know I have their backs," writes Canter. "There is a great story about the birth of the band which I was very much involved in. This has nothing to do with where the band is today. The history is very important and that's why Axl was the one who was most supportive of me documenting what they were doing when they first started out."

"The people I'm working with are the best ones to do this project," he continued. "There is so much detail in the way it all came together that tells the killer rock n' roll story of the best band around. Why hide it? I have all the resources to help make it right."

"I'm not making the movie," he clarifies. "The book Reckless Road is being made into a movie by people that will do it right. No short cuts, it will be very detailed. I do have a big say so on the script which is still being put together now but so far looking cool. I am going to see that everyone in the cast is doing their job and doing justice to the band. Since I was there, I know what the dialogue was between the band for many of the events that took place."

"When you find out who is making the movie, you will then understand that it will be very cool," adds the author. Read more here.

Jon Bon Jovi Says Richie Sambora Quit Band

Jon Bon Jovi says he has no hard feelings towards Richie Sambora but hints he won't be returning to the line-up. The guitarist disappeared from the band last year fuelling rumors of a feud between him and the Bon Jovi frontman.

Sambora then broke the silence, revealing he was told he could either tour or quit when he asked for time off from group. It was a choice which left Sambora hurt but he remained hopeful he could rejoin the band in the future.

And while Bon Jovi has no bitterness towards the axeman, a reunion doesn't seem to be on the cards. He tells Showbiz 411: "He quit. He's gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn't a life sentence." Read more here.

AC/DC Rock Or Bust Album Listening Party Event Announced

AC/DC will be launching their new studio album, "Rock Or Bust", with a special listening party for fans at Webster Hall in New York City on November 18.

The event will see fans get an exclusive preview of the band's new CD, with special cocktails and rare prizeswhile previewing the new album two weeks before its North American release on December 2.

All attendants will receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt, as well as a chance to win prize packages including a signed Angus Young guitar. Read more here.

Pink Floyd's New Album Tops UK Chart

Pink Floyd have landed their first UK No.1 album in almost 20 years with "The Endless River." The band last topped the list in 1995 with the live double album, "Pulse."

The Official Charts Company reports the project sold 139,000 copies in its opening week to debut atop the chart. With the feat, Pink Floyd achieved two other milestones: "The Endless River" is the group's sixth UK No. 1 while also becoming the third fastest-selling album of the year.

A spokesperson for the band tells, "Pink Floyd is both thrilled and surprised at the level of international interest in this their final album." Read more here.

KISS Team With Japanese Pop Band For New Release

KISS and Japanese idol pop band Momoiro Clover Z will release a collaboration single on January 28. Each group will issue their own versions of the to-be-announced song.

The KISS edition of the release will present three newly recorded tracks including a lead track and each off vocal version in a package totaling six tunes.

The Momoiro Clover Z edition will feature two newly recorded tracks including a lead track and each off vocal version, plus a music video of the lead track.

The two groups teamed up recently in Las Vegas to shoot a music video and take part in a photo shoot for the single's cover. Read more here.

Peter Criss To Be Honored By Cancer Fund

Cancer survivor Peter Criss is to be honored by the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund. Founding Kiss drummer Criss was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 after noticing a lump on his chest. He had the tumour successfully removed through surgery.

He will be inducted into the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame as this year's Cancer Survivor Honoree. The ceremony takes place at New York's JW Marriot Essex House on November 18.

Criss urges men not to be held back by their "macho" personalities if they expect something is wrong. He says: "Don't sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don't say, 'It's going to go away.' It might not and you might not see life anymore and how beautiful that is." Read more here.

Dave Grohl On Spotify Controversy: Just Listen To The Music

If you ask an elder statesman of rock a question, be prepared for their bite. At least, that's been the takeaway from this year's interviews with Gene Simmons, Billy Corgan and now Dave Grohl, to name a few.

Grohl, who's developed a reputation as one of rock's nice guys, has been on somewhat of a grumpy roll as of late, taking down one-album anniversary tours and, now, anyone who's complaining about Spotify.

When asked by Digital Spy about Taylor Swift's recent decision to remove her catalog from Spotify-which she explained thoroughly in her TIME cover story-Grohl made it known that he doesn't share her thoughts.

"Me personally?" he said. "I don't f**king care. That's just me, because I'm playing two nights at Wembley next summer. I want people to hear our music, I don't care if you pay $1 or f**king $20 for it, just listen to the f**king song. But I can understand how other people would object to that."

Ace Frehley Kicks Off Space Invader Tour

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley launched his Space Invader tour on November 13 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey and video of several songs from the show have been posted online.

Frehley's 21-song set featured a mix of material from his new album, "Space Invader", solo tracks and 8 KISS classics. The guitarist's first US shows in four years sees him working with guitarist Richie Scarlett, bassist Chris Wyse and drummer Scot Coogan.

The rhythm section took turns handling lead vocals on a few KISS tracks, with Coogan performing "Love Gun", "King Of The Night Time World" and "Strutter", and Wyse featured on "Strange Ways."

Read more and watch the video here.


Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the release of a new exciting album written and performed by the two Norwegian Rock Stars Jorn Lande and Trond Holter entitled DRACULA “Swing of Death on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th in North America.

This exciting concept album was inspired by the life of Count Vlad the III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a). The whole story explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th Century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire mythos.

Jorn Lande – who impersonates Dracula, is the main character of the album and the female parts are sung by Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen (representing Mina/Lucy from the Bram Stoker book). The drama of the story reveals Dracula’s inner battle, where he still remembers what true love was, and as he wandered the Earth for centuries with a thirst for blood, his loneliness and desire to be able to love again has led him to the brink of insanity.  In the original Bram Stoker version, he leaves Transylvania by ship and when he meets Lucy's best friend, she reminds him so much of his first love Mina, that he becomes obsessed. His mission is to take her as his bride, and make her Queen of the dark.

Musically, “Swing of Death” is not like a typical rock opera or musical, since it has no storyteller or too many long instrumental parts and intros. It is an album that gets to the point with no detours and even if it exposes some diverse musical landscapes, it does include catchy and melodic songs with commercial radio potential. Vocally this release gives you everything from Jorn Lande’s past extensive catalogue all in one album. Jorn’s ability to be innovative and original while at the same time showing where his roots came from, is truly unique. Jorn and Trond’s musical influence when creating this epic masterpiece came mostly from 70’s era Meat Loaf, Queen, Alice Cooper, plus some other Classic and more contemporary Hard Rock elements. All mixed together with their own modern musical heavy rock style, Dracula “Swing of death” is something extraordinary. The lyrics are not limited to the old days of Bram Stoker’s era and could easily be a Dracula story of today. 

A trailer for DRACULA is available here:

Track listing: Hands of Your God; Walking On Water; Swing of Death; Masquerade Ball; Save Me; River Of Tears; Queen of the Dead; Into the Dark; True Love Through Blood (Instr.); Under The Gun

Pre-order the album NOW via this link:

DRACULA “Swing of Death” features performances from:

Jorn Lande: Lead Vocals
Trond Holter: Guitars, Piano
Bernt Jansen: Bass
Per Morten Bergseth: Drums
Lena Fløitmoen: Lead and Background Vocals on “Save Me”; “River of Tears”, “Into the Dark”, “Under the Gun”, plus background vocals on “Swing of Death”

AC/DC Reveal Phil Rudd's Behavior Prior To Arrest

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams are commenting on the status of drummer Phil Rudd following his recent arrest in New Zealand.

On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to procure a murder by New Zealand police after he allegedly tried to have two men killed, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Authorities dropped the charge of attempting to procure a murder the next day due to lack of evidence. "Phil created his own situation," Young tells USA Today. "It's a hard thing to say about the guy. He's a great drummer, and he's done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He's not the Phil we've known from the past."

Young speculates that drugs could be involved - "when you get into that land, it's very hard" - but adds, "I don't know the exact situation. ... I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out."

AC/DC experienced issues with Rudd in Vancouver earlier this year when they hit the studio to record their latest album, "Rock Or Bust", which will be released December 2. "It was tough to get (Rudd) there in the first place," said Williams. Read more here.




SUE (OR IN A SEASON OF CRIME) is the new single from David Bowie taken from the forthcoming definitive collection of Bowie’s music NOTHING HAS CHANGED; both are released on Columbia/Legacy on November 17th.

The video for SUE was filmed in New York and London and directed by Tom Hingston and Jimmy King. The track was recorded earlier this year with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti.

Earlier this week Bowie revealed the demo track ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE which is also featured on the limited edition 10’ single and digital bundle of SUE (OR IN A SEASON OF CRIME).

NOTHING HAS CHANGED collects together for the first time the definitive collection of Bowie’s music from 1964 to 2014 and features some previously unreleased material as well as tracks making their debut on CD.

David Bowie is, a film of the blockbuster exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on November 18th. Distributed by Omniverse Vision, the documentary was filmed on the closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA-winning Director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. For the trailer, participating cinemas and tickets please visit



CD 1:
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
Shadow Man (4.48)
Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21)

CD 2:
Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Blue Jean (3.11)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58) 

CD 3:
Fame (4.14)
Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)  (3.13)
Diamond Dogs (5.56)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Sorrow (2.53)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Changes (3.33)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Space Oddity (5.12)
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
Liza Jane (2.18)

CD 1:
Space Oddity (5.12)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Changes (3.33)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Life On Mars? (3.49)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
Sorrow (2.53)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Young Americans (original single edit) (3.13)
Fame (4.14)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)

CD 2:
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Blue Jean (3.11)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Absolute Beginners (edit) (4.46) 
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
I’m Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit) (4.30)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
Everyone Says 'Hi' (3.29)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24) 

Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)”
“Heroes’’ (single version) (3.35)
Changes (3.33)
Life On Mars? (3.49) 

Space Oddity (UK single edit) (4.38)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)

Golden Years (single version) (3.27) 
Fame (4.14)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Under Pressure (3.56)  - Queen & David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)

Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys (4.23)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)

Audio Fidelity To Release Eric Clapton's "Rainbow Concert" on 180gm Vinyl LP & "Time Pieces" on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD!

Camarillo, CA - Adding to the series of Eric Clapton reissues, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert on 180gm limited edition Vinyl LP & Time Pieces on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD!

"Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert"

Alive and Kickin' Clapton Makes a Comeback!

Other than one appearance in August 1971 at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, Eric Clapton had not been heard from until Pete Townshend coaxed him to headline a concert appearance. The show was scheduled for January 13, 1973 at London's Rainbow Theatre. An all-star band was assembled for the show and in addition to Townshend the other English rock luminaries included Clapton's old Blind Faith pals, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech, Winwood's Traffic mate Jim Capaldi, Ron Wood, Jimmy Karstein and Rebop Kwaku Baah. It was an ensemble effort but the show demonstrated that the reclusive Clapton, nursing a heroin addiction, could still play, and that was welcome news. 

If the classic Derek and the Dominos' "In Concert" album shows Clapton on the upswing, then "Rainbow Concert" explores the lower reaches of his psyche. The Rainbow performance was his attempt at starting all over again and coming out of isolation to return to his music. Upon listening to Rainbow Concert it becomes clear just how much the concert helped to re-energize him. The concert at London's Rainbow Theatre stands as the beginning of Eric Clapton's return to the stage. 

"Rainbow Concert" is a recording of monolithic melancholy, the music is rich in its make-up and sad in tone. Townshend's and Wood's guitars and Winwood's organ surround Clapton in a protective aural capsule, but he cuts loose as much as his setting allows in "Badge," and he's solid for most of the show.  The album's excitement comes from the layered instrumental textures, the solemn measured movement into climaxes that are majestic if not explosive, and the nuances of Clapton's restrained playing and singing in a suitably course and bluesy voice.

In addition to "Badge," written by Clapton and George Harrison and covers such as J.J. Cale's "After Midnight" and a very soulful rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," Steve Winwood steps back as lead vocalist in Eric Clapton's favor for Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord" and Traffic's "Pearly Queen." 

A historic live appearance...all gritty rock n' roll and smouldering blues

TRACKS: Original 1973 release
Side One
Badge (Eric Clapton, George Harrison) – 3:32
Roll It Over (Clapton, Bobby Whitlock) – 6:43
Presence of the Lord (Clapton) – 5:37

Side Two
Pearly Queen (Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood) – 7:00
After Midnight (J. J. Cale) – 5:12
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix) – 6:32

Producer Bob Pridden

Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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"Time Pieces - The Best Of Eric Clapton"

An indispensable collection for any Clapton fan!

"Time Pieces" is a collection of Eric Clapton's greatest hits. Eleven tracks of his best hits from 1970 to 1980, including his #1 Billboard chart record, 1974's "I Shot The Sheriff" and the classic "Layla," the 7:10 LP version from the Derek & The Dominos album which peaked at # 10 in July 1972.

The songs on the album were all released as singles, with only one song,"Knockin' on Heaven's Door," having never been released on album. A large number of songs on the release were either from 461 Ocean Boulevard or Slowhand including "Cocaine," "Wonderful Tonight," "After Midnight," "Promises" "Lay Down Sally" and Clapton's version of the old spiritual "Swing Low Sweet Chariot. "The songs are all universally loved and recognized hits making "Time Pieces" a great way to get into the Eric Clapton catalog for old and new fans alike.

The songs here are like gems!

1. I Shot the Sheriff
2. After Midnight
3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
4. Wonderful Tonight
5. Layla
6. Cocaine
7. Lay Down Sally
8. Willie And The Hand Jive
9. Promises
10. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
11. Let It Grow

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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U2 Singer Bono's Private Jet Loses Door Mid-Flight

The rear door of Bono's private jet fell off his private leer jet plane mid-flight earlier this week, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail. No one was injured, but Bono's luggage may be somewhere in a field in Germany.

The mid-air incident occurred during a two-hour flight from Dublin to Berlin, where U2 were set to accept an award at the Bambi International awards, a German media award ceremony. The other members of the band weren't on the plane; Bono flew out early to attend a diplomatic function with the German minister of economic cooperation and development, Gerd Mueller.

A source close to the singer told the Daily Mail: "He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down. About an hour into the journey they heard a big thud coming from the rear of the plane…The entire door along with Bono and his companions' luggage had fallen out mid-air.

"They don't know if the door and the contents landed over water or land but they were extremely lucky. They were at an altitude where anything could have happened and they are all feeling very lucky to be alive."

Read more here.

Sammy Hagar To Appear On The Simpsons

Sammy Hagar will appear on FOX-TV's The Simpsons on Sunday, November 23. Hagar will guest star in the season 26 episode "Covercraft", which sees Homer have a mid-life crisis, take up bass guitar and form a cover band with some of the other dads in town.

While this is the first time that the rocker will be providing his voice to his character on The Simpsons, his likeness appeared in a season 11 episode called "Behind The Laughter."

The 2000 broadcast saw Willie Nelson put on a phony awards show in order to reconcile the family … and also attempt to patch things up between Hagar and Van Halen.

Read more here.

Pink Floyd On Track For No. 1 Album In The UK

Pink Floyd are on track to land their first UK number one album in nearly 20 years. The Endless River is on top of the midweek chart, according to figures from The Official Charts Company. It has already won the accolade of being Amazon's most pre-ordered album of all time.

Floyd's first album since 1994 chart topper The Division Bell has sold 92,000 copies at the midway point of the week and is on course to become one of the fastest-selling records of 2014.

It's based on unreleased material from The Division Bell recording sessions and includes the playing of late keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008.

Mike Tramp Happy With His Spotify Deal

Former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp says he's happy for his music to be streamed on Spotify because it helps him reach more fans. Despite the relatively small amount of money to be made by artists who make they music available via online streaming services, the former White Lion frontman says he'd rather be on Spotify than not.

Tramp says on Facebook: "I get asked quite a lot about how I feel about Spotify and streaming of my music. I want people to be able to find my music but I also want to get paid.

"I was skeptical at first but my recent publishing statement confirmed the fact that streaming now accounts for 75% of my digital publishing income and that the total has actually gone up for the first time in years.

"Piracy has never paid me a penny. How about that?"

The Band That Morphed Into Yes Reunites

Mabel Greer's Toyshop, the band which morphed into Yes in 1968, have reunited and will release an album in March of next year, they have announced.

The group was founded in 1966 by guitarist and vocalist Clive Bayley, drummer Bob Hagger and bassist Paul Rutledge. Over the course of the next two years, Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Jon Anderson and Tony Kaye joined their ranks. Bill Bruford then replaced Bob Hagger and Mabel Greer's Toyshop became Yes. Their last gig under the old name took place in London in May 1968.

Now, 46 years after that show, Bayley has teamed up once again with Hagger and Kaye to release A New Way Of Life on March 9 - their first album under the Mabel Greer's Toyshop banner. Joining the trio are former Yes man Billy Sherwood and bassist Hugo Barre.

Bayley says: "We hope that Yes followers everywhere enjoy this offering. It's a piece of history brought to life by the technology of today. The album includes new versions of old classics like Beyond & Before and a whole lot of new music too."

Read more here.

Marillion Release Christmas Compilation Album

Marillion have issued a Christmas compilation album titled A Collection Of Recycled Gifts. The band release festive tracks for fan club members - now they've compiled all previous releases and issued them on a single disc.

They say: "As you know, it has been our tradition to knock out a goofy cover of something festive and give it away to the fans at Christmas. These have been of varying taste and quality over the years, but we have always had a laugh making them.

"This year, we thought we'd bundle all the past Christmas ditties together and release a compilation CD so we, and you, have them all in one place on Christmas morning."

Read more details here.

Volbeat Have 10 Songs In The Works

Volbeat have ideas for 10 new songs, according to singer Michael Poulsen. The band previously said they aim to hit the studio around August next year to begin work on the follow-up to 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. They hope to release the new record before the end of 2015.

Now Poulsen has revealed he already has 10 tracks on the go, three of which the band have played together so far. He tells The Jasta Show: "Right now I have ideas for 10 songs. Three of them we're capable of playing right now. I haven't written any lyrics yet. Right now it's more music and melodies."

Poulsen admits he finds it difficult to stop writing new material. He keeps a notebook and records ideas on his phone or his basic home studio - although a lot of them are scrapped when he goes back to listen to them.

He adds: "I buy a notebook every year when we have to sit down and write a new album. I have a notebook where I write down ideas and I have tonnes of stuff on my mobile where I just sit with an acoustic guitar and sing."

Read more and stream the full interview here.

Drugs Involved In Survivor's Jimi Jamison Death

Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison died of a stroke partly caused by drug use, says the medical report on his autopsy. He passed away at home in Memphis, Tennessee, in September. He was 63.

It had been believed he'd died of a heart attack, and the Shelby Country medical examiner confirms he was suffering from cardiovascular disease and narrowing of the arteries.

But the report cites the cause of death as a hemorrhagic brain stroke, with "acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing." His passing was ruled to be an accident.


Line Up Includes Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner; Drummer Carmine Appice; Bassist Tony Franklin and Guitarist Karl Cochran.

Frontiers Music Srl, the label known for embracing new music from legendary Rockartists, returns with yet another impactful band: RATED X. The self-titled debut album features songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge. The album can be purchased via Amazon: or iTunes:

The band has shot and released its 2nd official music video, this time for the song “Fire and Ice”, one of the album’s most powerful tracks.  A straight performance clip, the edgy black and white video focuses on the band’s musicianship and Turner’s soaring vocals. View the video for “ Fire and Ice” here:

RATED X was formed at the suggestion of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino, who mentioned to singer Joe Lynn Turner that a band of the highest caliber musicians should be assembled to create an album of classic Hard Rock music.  Turner, the former lead vocalist for both Rainbow and Deep Purple and a solo artist in his own right, agreed, and the search for the right players was on. Carmine Appice, who already had a relationship with Frontiers, was on board immediately.  A true percussion icon, Appice’s resume is one that Rock legends are made of: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others.

Appice’s former Blue Murder bandmate and bassist, Tony Franklin (also known for his work with The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, and Whitesnake), signed up next. After a lengthy search for the right guitarist, they settled on long-time Turner collaborator Karl Cochran, who has also worked with Ace Frehley, and worked in the past with Joe Lynn Turner on his solo albums.        

The self-titled debut album is remarkable in that it sounds like a band that has worked together as a unit for years. The songs are powerful and the performances are tight and innovative.  Frontiers in-house producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.

Critics are already heaping praise on the release, including Powerplay, who said “Rated X are a real treat; seen through the prism of history, we are bound to add all sorts of references, but this doesn’t wallow in them, it exults. The petition for a continuation starts here…”. Hard Rock Haven proclaims “If you’re a Rainbow staunch aficionado or an avid Blue Murder fan, you know you can’t miss Rated X anyway, but if you’re just into the contemporary melodic hard rock that has its back-to-roots moments too – be sure to include it on your list of must-haves.” Melodic Rock declares “Joe Lynn Turner is in devastating form, ripping through 12 energized classic rock tracks drenched in organ and driven by some tough riffing from Karl Cochran. Drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tony Franklin reunite for the first time since Blue Murder, delivering the precise ear drum shattering rhythm section expected of both journeymen.” 

“This Is Who I Am” official music video:
“Stranger In Us All” lyric video:

 Track listing:
1.    Get Back My Crown
2.    This Is Who I Am
3.    Fire And Ice
4.    I Don't Cry No More
5.    Lhasa
6.    Devil In Disguise
7.    You Are The Music
8.    Peace Of Mind
9.    Maybe Tonight
10.  On The Way To Paradise
11.  Our Love Is Not Over
12.  Stranger In Us All

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Queen’s Brian May, Roger Taylor Channel Freddie Mercury Forever 

Dallas, TX - November 12, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands rules the airwaves with rock royalty, Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, on the release of a new impressive compilation that explains why fans will love Queen forever. 

Queen celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2011 with a hit musical We Will Rock You, a highly successful international tour pairing Queen with Bad Company and Free singer Paul Rodgers, and a renewed sense of more to come.  Much to their surprise, Queen would find themselves on the popular TV program American Idol performing with a young flamboyant contestant, singer Adam Lambert, who would join Queen this year to tour America, Australia and New Zealand with the band selling out arenas everywhere.

Meanwhile Brian May and Roger Taylor embarked on a new project, Queen Forever, a unique undertaking that would bring the iconic Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, who passed away late in 1991, into the 21st century with classic Queen songs plus three never-released Freddie Mercury discoveries with Queen, the spectacular power ballad “Love Kills”, Brian May’s “Let Me in Your Heart Again”, even a Freddie Mercury duet with Michael Jackson, all previously unreleased. 

Brian May shares with InTheStudio program host Redbeard the concept behind Queen Forever.

“It’s an unusual compilation album really, this collection of songs which are not the most obvious ones, but that we feel crystallize certain moments for us. And the icing on the cake is these extra tracks which really no one has ever heard.” 

QUEEN Forever/InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:
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After Taylor Swift reigned the Top 10 slots on the Play MPE Download chart with her 1989 album last week, music fans--this week--are diggin’ on DEC3!

The band is topping the Play MPE Adult Contemporary Top 10 Downloads chart this week with not one, but TWO singles. The down ‘n’ dirty “Put Some South In Your Mouth” holds down the #1 spot, while their smoother thought-provoking track “Simple Mess” resides at #2. Following these two songs on the Downloads chart are tracks by Spandau Ballet, OK Go, Mr. Probz, and LeAnn Rimes.

Check out the link here:

DEC3’s recently released “Put Some South In Your Mouth” video, has been generating buzz on YouTube (click here to view:, as well as a lyric video for “Simple Mess” (view here:

DEC3’s self-titled debut album was released on September 30 via Raddist.

With influences that include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Foreigner, DEC3’s debut is an inspired blend of tasty playing, catchy melodies and memorable choruses. -Guitar World


Detroit, MI - Kid Rock announces today that his new album "First Kiss" will be released on February 24th.  The album, his first on Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Kid Rock (with the exception of two songs which were co-produced by Dann Huff) and was recorded at his studio in Michigan.  

Following the success of 2012's "Rebel Soul" and the accompanying "$20 Best Night Ever Tour," Kid Rock wasted no time getting back to work in the studio.  The massive touring on the last album cycle allowed Kid Rock to play in front of over 550,000 people in one summer, and left him energized to write and record new material without taking much of a break. Plans for an even more ambitious Summer 2015 tour with his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will be announced shortly.  "First Kiss" signals the continued evolution of one of music's most versatile performers, but we're not going to tell you what it sounds like - we just couldn't do it justice and we're confident the music will speak for itself.  If you do the math though, every record Kid Rock has released through WMG has gone platinum or multi-platinum (with the exception of Live Trucker and Rebel Soul which are both certified Gold), so it's safe to bet the legions of fans Kid Rock has cultivated over his 25 year career are going to enjoy this one too.

Richard Branson Denies Making Led Zeppelin Reunion Offer

Robert Plant and Sir Richard Branson are both denying a recently published report that the Virgin head offered Led Zeppelin $800 million to perform a reunion tour.

A publicist for Plant denied the story earlier this week, calling the report "rubbish." and Branson wrote on his blog, "I've been left dazed and confused by a story doing the rounds this week about us apparently offering Led Zeppelin £500 million to reform and carry out a tour. As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story."

"There were even claims that Virgin Atlantic was about to rename one of our planes and include a stairway to heaven in honour of the band However nice an idea, this is also completely untrue.

"After a week of seeing worryingly inaccurate reports in various publications regarding Virgin, it was sad but not particularly surprising to see yet another fabricated story."

He also wrote, "I spoke to Robert Plant about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too. Robert told me he is very proud of his history and the band's past, and has always had great respect and love for his work throughout his career. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today."

Read more of his statement and find out what happened to the original report here.

More Unreleased Pink Floyd Music May See Light Of Day

This week saw the release of Pink Floyd's The Endless River, which has been billed as the band's final statement. The album, as previously reported, is taken from outtakes from the band's most recent studio album, 1994's The Division Bell, which featured the lineup of guitarist/singer David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals (but not Roger Waters, as Waters recently reminded the world).

Gilmour and Mason (Wright succumbed to cancer in 2008) made the album by taking the unfinished material from the '90s and adding new parts to it. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Gilmour - the band's ad hoc leader - said that the thought of doing another Floyd project "makes me break out in a cold sweat," and that there's "no room for Pink Floyd."

But in an interview with Billboard, the band's other member - Mason - said that there may still be unreleased music in Floyd's vaults that may see the light of day at some point, although he admitted that if that happens, it would be a record label driven project. Read more here.

Geddy Lee, Eddie Vedder, Joe Elliott Honor The Who

When a band turns 50, they could take the usual route and release a bunch of box sets, or they could gather all of their famous musician friends in one room for a swinging birthday party. The Who basically did both.

On the heels of last month The Who Hits 50 collection, the band celebrated their 50th anniversary with a big show at the O2 in London Tuesday night, Nov. 11. As might be expected, the stars came out in droves.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Oasis' Liam Gallagher, Rush's Geddy Lee, and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, among others, celebrated the legendary British rock band by performing their own renditions of Who classics. Only this wasn't just a party for a party's sake, as proceeds from the concert went toward the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Vedder took on "Naked Eye" and "Won't Get Fooled Again," before expanding his band with most of the performers from the night and ending with a star-studded rendition of "Listening to You."

Meanwhile Gallagher covered the band's 1965 iconic, highest-charting hit "My Generation." More including video here.

AC/DC Frontman Discusses Newest Member

AC/DC have seen plenty of drama lately, thanks to their longtime drummer Phil Rudd being arrested and charged with threatening to kill, possession of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine and murder-for-hire, the latter charge which was ultimately dropped. But, the guys are forging forward and promise the Rudd situation won't get in the way of their plans to release a new album, Rock or Bust, next month.

Eager to get back to talking about music, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has some kind words to say about the group's new guitarist, Stevie Young, who stepped up to replace his sick cousin, Malcolm Young. In a video posted on VEVO, the singer says Stevie "is just doing a brilliant job to stand in Malcolm's place."

Johnson added that AC/DC are "just going on and (doing) it, fulfill(ing) Mal's wishes of making music." During the video, Johnson also revealed that he "never thought we'd be doing this again but here we are -- a new album, getting all the boys together again. It's fantastic." Read more here.

Iron Maiden Go Behind The Scenes of 1980s Vinyl Reissues

Iron Maiden are sharing a behind the scenes video look at the production of their vinyl reissues series that sees the band's 1980's catalogue re-released on heavyweight 180g black vinyl this fall.

Last month, the group reissued their first six albums, and two more - 1986's "Somewhere In Time" and 1988's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" are due November 24.

The reissues have been cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases. In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7" singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original analogue master tapes and released in replica artwork packaging.

Check out the preview videos here.

Anthrax's Scott Ian Plays Zombie In The Walking Dead

Scott Ian says appearing as a zombie in an upcoming episode of The Walking Dead is a dream come true. The Anthrax mainman appears as a 'walker' on the second half of the current fifth season of the smash hit TV series. He previously appeared as a zombie on a web-exclusive mini episode of the show.

Ian has been a fan of the series from day one, and was an avid reader of the original comic books on which the TV program is based. In the latest episode of his Bloodworks series, Ian is filmed in make-up and on the set of the show.

He says: "I'm a massive fan of the show. I just felt like, from the start, 'God damn it would be the coolest f***ing thing if I could get to be a walker.' Just to see Andrew Lincoln standing there, it's surreal to watch him kill walkers...and I'm gonna be one of them. I'm just so f***ing excited to be part of it."

More including a video segment with Ian here.

Son Of AC/DC's Phil Rudd Speaks Out Following Recent Arrest

The son of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has defended his father against the charge of threatening to kill. Rudd, 60, was arrested last week and originally accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder two men.

The charge was dropped the following day - but he still faces up to seven years in jail if found guilty of the remaining charges. He remains under house arrest in Tauranga, New Zealand, until his next court appearance on November 27.

Son Thomas tells the Daily Mail: "All I will say is that my dad is good guy. He's not perfect - but he wouldn't hurt anyone." Neighbour Prue Calwell tells the paper: "He's a pretty nice guy, very chatty and friendly. But he's pretty private - we don't see or hear anything." Read more here.



DAVE MASON--Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and TRAFFIC co-founding member--is working to bring awareness to his nonprofit, charitable organization that he co-founded and is a board member of: Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV). To coincide with Veteran’s Day, MASON has premiered the video for a new song--titled “Thank You”--on his website today (11/11), giving thanks for our veterans. Click here to watch the video and to download the track for free.

MASON plays over 200 shows a year around the country and takes the time to talk about WVFV’s mission--to provide the “vessel” that can start a career or enhance a life for our returning service men and women--along with dedicating concerts to raise funds and often being on hand to present Vets with laptops, donated vehicles, machinery and working farms.

Says Dave Mason: “We are pretty much under the radar, as an organization. We’re an all-volunteer group of people and there isn’t any money spent on advertising, only a minimal amount of money goes to administrative stuff. All the money that we do get that passes through the charity actually goes where it’s supposed to go. We are the only charity out there for Veterans that actually specifically helps them start their own businesses. Our motto is that ‘We are not giving hand outs, we are giving a hand up.’”

Founded in 2008, Work Vessels for Veterans began when longtime friends DAVE MASON, New England lobsterman John Niekrash and IT Specialist Ted Knapp got together during a break in MASON’s touring schedule and decided that they wanted to do something to help Vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan put their lives back on track in a manner that offered them a “hand up, not a hand out.” What they envisioned was an all-volunteer organization where nearly all of the funds (now operating at 96%) would go to the Vets; not to cover exorbitant administration fees associated with most charities. With a single boat donation to a returning veteran embarking upon a commercial fishing career, the dream the three friends had, became a reality. In the past six years, their 501-C-3 charity dream--Work Vessels For Veterans--has assisted over 1,000 veterans in 47 states with the “vessels” to begin or expand their businesses while enriching their lives and those of other Vets. These “vessels” include laptops, trucks, cars, boats, equipment, tools and land. If you would like to donate to WVFV, visit: Fueled by the passion and drive of some veteran requests, WVFV has also branched into the business development area, providing start-up materials and funds to qualified veteran-lead companies working to employ other veterans.

MASON--renowned for such Traffic hits as “Feelin’ Alright” (covered by Joe Cocker) and “Hole In My Shoe” plus his solo signature tracks “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know and I Know”--released his latest album Future’s Past on May 13, 2014. Future’s Past--available on new versions of his classic songs plus new material that MASON has written and performed on tour over the last few years. MASON’s acclaimed solo career continues to flourish as he tours the U.S. with his new project billed as “DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM.” DAVE is earning accolades on the road for the TRAFFIC JAM tour which kicked off January 3, 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ and will continue through 2015. MASON has been touring and recording regularly since he co-founded Traffic in 1966, after which he went on to a successful and acclaimed solo career as well as recording and/or touring with artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Fleetwood Mac and more. For the most updated list of tour dates and ticket info, please visit:

Here are quotes from Veterans that have received their “vessel” from Work Vessels For Veterans:

"I'm unable to put into words my gratefulness to Work Vessels For Vets for the donated tractor. My combat injuries have hindered my capabilities... This asset is a vital instrument to our success. With it, I will be able to feed my family, give back to my community, and begin re-serving our great nation. This tractor will ‘pay it forward’ for years to come. Thank you so very much."
          --Matthew Burke from Newberry, FL, a Master Sergeant of the U.S Air Force, who was seriously injured in combat with enemy forces in Afghanistan in September, 2011

"Work Vessels For Vets made a dream become reality for five disabled veterans now entering the world of Bee Keeping."
          --James McCormick, a highly decorated Army Veteran from West Virginia

"I would like to personally thank WVFV for your selfless donation...It's people like you and other true patriots who ensure our veterans will not be forgotten"
          --Eric Grandson from West Virginia, who served six tours with the U.S. Army

“After the war, my wife, three children, and myself have really been struggling to get by.  P.T.S.D. has taken its toll on all of us. I found WVFV and submitted an application explaining  a little about myself, my military service, and my situation, and they replied. Now when I say they replied, they donated my family a car! A really nice car too. I’m crying right now.  They donated a car to my family and thanked me for my service.  They genuinely are a true passionate group of people who really helped me in a time of need. This program has made me see that there are people out there who really care about veterans…I’ve just felt so alone in the world since I came back from the war and have had such difficulties but you guys really made me feel special, and I haven’t felt that way in a long time…Four years later, I can finally say that things are looking better…It has been a significant change for all of us. I have enrolled in college, I have a steady job and my children are in a great school system. Thank you so much guys and everyone at Work Vessels For Veterans this is truly a miracle.”
          --Mario Cruz, Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran

About Work Vessels For Veterans:

Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV) is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to provide the “vessel” that can start a career or enhance a life for our returning service men and women. Founded with the single boat donation to a returning veteran embarking upon a commercial fishing career, in the six years since, over 1,000 veterans in 47 states have received a transitional tool. From vessels to vehicles, laptops to tools, tractors to trailers, and land, WVFV has sought to fulfill as many requests as possible. Fueled by the passion and drive of some veteran requests, WVFV has also branched into the business development area, providing start-up materials and funds to qualified veteran-lead companies working to employ other veterans. Most notably, the land purchase for Veteran’s Farm in Jacksonville, FL and providing start‐up material and funds to Patriot Cleaning, LLC in St. Louis, MO. WVFV matches corporate and individual donations of equipment, electronics, vehicles, vessels, tools and materials with returning vets ready to start their own business. And the commitment to this mission is unwavering as WVFV continues to operate by volunteers with minimal staff support enabling 96% of all donated proceeds to provide direct services to returning veterans. For more information, please call (860) 536-0199 or visit:

For more information on DAVE MASON, visit:


The String Cheese Incident announced their Winter Carnival headline tour today.  They will play several Incidents in 2015 including Seattle, Eugene, Boise, Reno and Chicago as well as Sin City Incidents in Las Vegas.   Fan Club members can buy tickets on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:00am MST; the public on sale date iFriday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, 2014 through the band’s website:

The String Cheese Incident is currently on the road on their East Coast headline tour and will return to Broomfield, Colorado and the 1stBank Center for the third year in a row to play a series of New Year’s Eve headline Incidents – December 29, 30 and 31. The Incidents will be presented by AEG Live and KBCO.  Tickets are on sale now through the band’s website:

The String Cheese Incident had a big 2014 headlining several major festivals including Electric Forest in Michigan, Lockn’ Music Festival in Virginia and Wakarusa in Arkansas.  They also headlined their three-night Halloween extravaganza Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida October 31 - November 2.

Song In My Head, The String Cheese Incident’s first studio album in nine years, was released on April 29, 2014 through SCI Fidelity Records/Loud & Proud Records.  The album was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and includes 10 new songs written collaboratively by the group over the past few years.  The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

The String Cheese Incident formed in Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado in 1993.  Over the years, the band, Bill Nershi (guitars and vocals), Michael Kang (mandolin, violin, guitar and vocals), Keith Moseley (bass and vocals), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Kyle Hollingsworth (keyboards and vocals) and Jason Hann (percussion), has played over 1,500 Incidents, including their own festivals and Incidents across the country and they have been hailed for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, community spirit, philanthropic endeavors and their innovative approach to the business of music. 

Tour Dates:
11/11/14 - Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY    
11/12/14 - Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY    
11/13/14 - State Theatre  - Portland, ME
11/14/14 - State Theatre  - Portland, ME 
|11/15/14 - Memorial Auditorium - Burlington, VT 
2/29/14 – 12/31/14 - 1stBank Center - Broomfield, CO 
1/16/15 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
1/17/15 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
1/18/15 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR
1/19/15 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR
1/21/15 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID
1/22/15 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID
1/23/15 - Grand Theater Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, NV
1/24/15 - Grand Theater Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, NV
1/29/15 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
1/30/15 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
1/31/15 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
2/13/15 - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
2/14/15 - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
2/15/15 - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV 


 Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour & Nick Mason Navigate The Endless River  With InThe Studio’s Redbeard

Dallas, TX - November 11, 2014.  InTheStudio.Net the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio program InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  wades into the deep end with David Gilmour and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd to sail through their surprising new album, The Endless River.

The initial notice was innocuous enough, a single tweet among millions sent that day last Summer, washed up on the shore like some electronic message in a bottle: Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most popular rock bands ever, would be delivering their first album in 20 years containing studio recordings by guitarist/singer David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, but also the late Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008.  For hardcore fans this was the music that had been rumored to exist, but never officially released until now. The questions rushed like river rapids: after telling InTheStudio host Redbeard during two previous interviews that he was “out of Pink Floyd, and I will stay out”, what had changed David Gilmour’s mind?

In an in-depth interview Gilmour and Mason reveal the inspiration, motivation, and lengthy timeline for The Endless River ; how it came to be, why it was shelved initially and what inspired the two to finish what they started so many years ago with fellow bandmate the late Richard Wright.

“We could not have made this record 20 years ago. It would have been impossible. I’m very happy to be releasing this material now. It would have seemed very incomplete to me if we didn’t put something out.”  -  David Gilmour

“I think on this record, there’s an element of homage and a recognition of Rick. It’s perhaps making up for lack of recognition prior to this. He’s always perhaps been the unsung hero.”   -  Nick Mason

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Rare Recordings By Guitar Legend Peter Banks 'The Mars Tapes' Now Available!

London, UK – Much to the excitement of prog fans worldwide, rare recordings of guitar legend Peter Banks, best known for his work with YES and FLASH, is now available on GONZO Multimedia! Peter Banks Empire 'The Mars Tapes' (2-CD set) represents Empire lll in rehearsal at Mars Studios in Los Angeles in 1979. The band had set up camp at Mars Studios for six months rehearsing and showcasing their music, much of which has been unheard until this release. The band basically recorded every thing they did off the board, tape hiss and all.

Peter Banks (RIP 2013) and Sidonie Jordan, who not only co-wrote, but fronted the band with her powerful vocals, founded Empire in the early to mid-seventies after Peter’s FLASH endeavors and attracted artists such as Phil Collins. Peter and Phil had joined forces in a band called 'Zok And The Radar Boys' which was pre-Empire for Peter, and pre-Brand X for Phil. “Sky At Night” (bonus track) features Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals and Jon Giblin on bass and is testimony of their collaboration.

Sidonie Jordan, who has an extensive list of music credentials to her name, including a diversified solo career as a staff writer/recording artist for A&M Records, and has recorded for other labels such as Capital Records, Electra Records and Trojan Records. (Her song and recording of ‘All God’s Mornings’ was produced by Peter Townshend and featured on his ‘With Love’ album. Sidonie is currently producing and writing with Lez Larder owner of Skyline Studios in Sunbury- On-Thames UK, and Empire lll drummer, Mark Murdock, more recently known for his 'Cymbalic Encounters’ release featuring members from Brand X, agreed to release these recordings as a dedication to the memory of Peter Banks and his great contribution to progressive rock music.

Says Sidonie, “ 'The Mars Tapes' were recorded live at Mars Studios in Los Angles during the summer of 1979! And include a few tracks that never appeared on any Empire albums. As with all the Empire incarnations this album features the amazing talent and skill of Peter Banks, who has been called the Architect of Progressive Rock.”

Drummer Mark Murdock explains, “The Peter Banks Empire ship set sail against the ever-changing music world, and was uncompromising in producing a range of material with Peter Banks' 'Signature Guitar Sound and Style,' while incorporating themes of the time period in which the band existed and also reliving the past by playing songs from the early Empire catalog and even a YES version of  ‘Something’s Coming.’ There are various tracks on ‘The Mars Tapes’ that also represented a ‘Work In Progress,’ which were both instrumental and vocal orientated. Empire was anticipating to make some big waves in the music scene, but the waves never reached the shore- until now!”

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Megadeth's First Five Major Label Albums Now Available On Picture Disc!

Universal Enterprises (UMe) has issued the first five platinum-selling Capitol Records Megadeth albums on limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S.

Titles include "Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?", "So Far, So Good…So What!", "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction" and "Youthanasia". Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and features the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings.

When Megadeth signed to Capitol Records they were already well established in the underground metal scene. A blistering 3-song demo, which led to their debut independent studio album, "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!", and a string of now legendary west coast live shows cemented their reputation.

Their groundbreaking 1986 major label debut "Peace Sells…But Who's Buying?" featuring classics such as "Wake Up Dead", "Devil's Island" and "Peace Sells", reached No. 76 on The Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, going platinum in the U.S. and Canada.

1988’s "So Far, So Good…So What!" reached No. 28 on The Billboard Top 200 and features "In My Darkest Hour", Dave Mustaine's dark and heavy ode to the late Cliff Burton, the fast-paced "Hook In The Mouth" and a cover of "Anarchy In The U.K.", further bridging the gap between punk and metal and featuring original Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones.

1990's critically acclaimed, platinum selling "Rust In Peace" features live staples "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars…The Punishment Due". Upon its release, "Rust In Peace" reached No. 23 on The Billboard Top 200, was Kerrang!'s Album of the Year, and is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Metal Hammer's 50 Hottest Thrash Albums Of All Time and Revolver Magazine's The 69 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time.

1992 saw the release of the Grammy nominated, double platinum release "Countdown To Extinction". It debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and features the singles "Sweating Bullets", "Foreclosure Of A Dream" and "Symphony Of Destruction", all of which went Top 30 on the Mainstream Rock charts, with the latter making The Billboard Hot 100.

Megadeth’s sixth studio release was the platinum selling Youthanasia. The album was released in 1994 and reached No. 4 on The Billboard 200 with the singles "Train Of Consequence" and "A Tout Le Monde" both reaching Top 30 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.

Megadeth has created metal masterpieces for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy® nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums including 1992's two-million-selling "Countdown To Extinction".

The band continued to break new ground and earn new accolades with their 2013 release, "Super Collider", reaching No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

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Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Stem Cell Transplant Complete

There was good news from the Def Leppard camp on Tuesday as guitarist Vivian Campbell announced that he is home and recuperating from stem cell transplant treatment that he underwent in his cancer fight.

Campbell wrote to fans on Tuesday via his Facebook page, "Home... So glad that's over. Time to recover/recuperate and grow some hair. Thanks for all the love you've sent - much appreciated! Normal service will be resumed shortly."

Prior to the treatment, Vivian wrote the following message to fans on September 29th on his Facebook page, "As many of you know, I've been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I'll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I'm headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car-porn."

He continued, "While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome. Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down! See you all (with hair!) in 2015."

Fans can wish him well on his Facebook page here.

Rolling Stones In Multi-Million Dollar Battle Over Canceled Shows

The Rolling Stones are locked in a legal battle over a multi-million dollar insurance claim over postponed concerts. The band were forced to change plans to tour Australia and New Zealand in March after Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott committed suicide. Jagger was reported to be "diagnosed as suffering from acute traumatic stress disorder."

An insurance agreement was in place to cover commercial issues on the road - but underwriters say the tragedy falls outside the terms of their agreement. It's argued that Scott was suffering a pre-existing mental illness, which means they're not liable to pay.

Now a federal judge in Utah - where she was born and raised - has given the insurers permission to investigate her background, including gathering evidence and testimony from Scott's brother Randall Bambrough. Read more here.

Dokken Announce Lineup Change

Dokken have split with bassist Sean McNabb and replaced him with Mark Boals. And mainman Dan Dokken says one of the reasons for the change was that McNabb didn't play with a plectrum. Boals, known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, does use a pick and, according to Dokken, gives the band a more aggressive sound - similar to that which they had with former bassist Jeff Pilson.

Dokken tells The Classic Metal Show: "It's hard to replace Jeff Pilson. He plays with a pick, which I like. I don't like people that play with their fingers. It's not the same. I like Peter Baltes-type bass players who play with a pick, and Sean doesn't.

"And so it didn't have a lot of 'attack.' And I needed a really killer singer that was as accomplished as Jeff Pilson. And he was sorely missed, you know. So I meet Mark Boals, who's played with Ted Nugent. He did four albums with Yngwie Malmsteen and he's a great lead singer."

Dokken also says that McNabb was not as dedicated to the band as he would have liked. Read his comments here.

Johnny Winter's Widow Had Hard Time Listening To Final Album

Johnny Winter's widow admits it was difficult to listen to her late husband's final album - but she believes it's one of his best works. And she says the last years of his life were better and happier than many of those that preceded them.

Step Back was released back in September, just a few short weeks after Winter's death on tour aged 70. Susan Warford Winter tells the Fresno Bee:

"It was hard for me. I'd listen to a couple of songs then stop, come back and listen to a couple more. This is the man I had with me for 42 years." Read more here.


An International All-Star Metal Line Up including Vocalist Russell Allen; Bassist Mat Sinner; Guitarist Roland Grapow and Alex Beyrodt, Drummer Randy Black and Keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio

Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce another impactful release to kick 2015 off with a (heavy metal) bang: LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One”. Set for release in the EU on January 23rd and in North America on January 27th, the album features 12 songs performed in a true Metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge.

LEVEL 10 was born out of a collaboration between American powerhouse singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB, ALLEN LANDE) and the iconic German producer/bassist Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER). The pair met a few times during the years and swore to each other to find the time to work together. That occasion finally came about when Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino managed to connect with the two and get them committed to the creation of a new Metal album which could meld the more contemporary and aggro sound of Adrenaline Mob with the more traditional European Power Metal assault of Primal Fear.

Sinner quickly put together a killer lineup for the album, including his Primal Fear cohorts Randy Black (on drums) and Alex Beyrodt (on guitar) and called Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Voodoo Circle) to complete the lineup on lead guitar and keyboards respectively. On the songwriting side – besides the band members – the album also sees contributions from Magnus Karlsson, Carsten Schulz, Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville.

While the actual recording took a long time due to the “day job” commitments from the various musicians involved in this release, the result is an outstanding and super heavy – yet infectiously melodic - album! With Allen’s over-the-top vocals and a powerful lineup second to none, the resulting album is – from start to finish a true delight for all heavy metal fans!

“The target was to write and record a traditional and powerful heavy rock album with some of the best players in this genre” says Sinner. “The result is just amazing. Russell’s voice is in a fantastic shape, kick ass songs and I’m really proud of the album!”.

Russell Allen concludes: “When Mat and I met many moons ago we became fast friends. He's a great talent and a great guy. We had talked about working together in some way and it took shape in the form of level 10. I'm very excited for the world to finally hear this great record!” 

A trailer for LEVEL 10 is available here:

Track listing: Cry No More; Soul Of A Warrior; When The Nighttime Comes; One Way Street; Blasphemy; Last Man On Earth; In For The Kill; Voice Of The Wilderness; All Hope Is Gone; Demonized; The Soul Is Eternal; Forevermore.


The J. GEILS BAND--known since the early seventies as one of rock’s greatest live acts—will return to the road for a series of dates that will take the band into the new year.  Their energetic and exciting performances are legendary--from their early Fillmore days through their touring throughout the world with the Rolling Stones--right up to the present.

For this four-week run of shows, the J. GEILS BAND will give their fans another dose of hard-driving rock ‘n’ roll as the multi-platinum sellers once again unite for a series of late fall/winter concerts.  Beyond headlining shows, The J. GEILS BAND will support rock and roll icon Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band for 15 shows (including a December 19 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City).   The joining together of these two artists should prove to be an unforgettable evening of great rock and roll.

The band is hitting the road with original members Peter Wolf (lead vocals), Seth Justman (keyboards), Danny Klein (bass) and Magic Dick (harmonica), and will be joined by longtime associates Duke Levine (guitar), Kevin Barry (guitar) and Tom Arey (drums).

Peter Wolf says, “The J. Geils Band tour allows me to revisit an extensive body of work that we created together. To regroup once again and play these shows means a lot to us, as I hope they will to our old and new fans.” Wolf also has acclaimed success as a solo artist in his own write, garnering such praise from Rolling Stone as “recording one of the top 100 greatest recordings of all time.”  Wolf is also touring this year as a solo artist and will be releasing his latest solo effort in 2015.

These Boston-based rockers, who’ve been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, are known for their special blend of blues, rock and rhythm n’ blues. They’ve toured with blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and John Lee Hooker and headlined with the Allman Brothers Band, Tom Petty and U2. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1970, the band received immediate airplay with the singles "First I Look at the Purse," "Looking for a Love," "Give it to Me," "(Ain’t Nothin' But A) Houseparty" and "Musta Got Lost.” The group garnered further commercial success in the early 1980s with their EMI albums Sanctuary, Love Stinks and Freeze Frame, which included the smash hits “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and  "Centerfold" (#1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

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DATE                    CITY                     VENUE

Headlining Shows:
Fri      11/14                   Detroit, MI             The Fillmore
Sat     11/15                   Detroit, MI             The Fillmore
Wed   11/19                   Bethlehem, PA       Sands Event Center
Thu    11/20                   Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino 

w/ Bob Seger
Sat     11/22                  Bangor, ME           Cross Insurance Center
Sat     11/29                  Boston, MA            TD Garden
Tue    12/2                    Albany, NY             Times Union Center
Thu    12/4                    Cleveland, OH       Quicken Loans Arena
Sat     12/6                   Uncasville, CT        Mohegan Sun Arena
Tue    12/9                    Grand Rapids, MI   Van Andel Arena
Thu    12/11                   Chicago, IL            United Center
Sat     12/13                  St. Louis, MO         Scottrade Center

Headlining Show:
Tue    12/16                   Westbury, NY        Theatre at Westbury 

w/ Bob Seger
Wed   12/17                   Buffalo, NY            First Niagara Center
Fri      12/19                   New York, NY        Madison Square Garden
Tue    1/20                    Toledo, OH            Huntington Center
Thu    1/22                    Pittsburgh, PA       CONSOL Energy Center
Sat     1/24                  Toronto, ON           Air Canada Centre
Tue    1/27                  Charleston, WV       Charleston Civic Center
Thu    1/29                  Columbus, OH         Nationwide Arena
Sat     1/31                 Duluth, GA             Gwinnett Center


Debut Album Only To Rise Slated for Release in January via Frontiers Music SRL

Exclusive Pre-Order Available via PledgeMusic at

Two of hard rock’s most notable figures have partnered up for a new project. Iconic vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet of Stryper and legendary guitarist George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken have teamed up to form a new supergroup Sweet & Lynch. Joining them on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy. The band will be releasing their debut album Only To Rise on January 23rd 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Sweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at:

"When I was approached to help put together an all-star lineup, instantly I thought of George Lynch,” explains Michael Sweet. “George is one of the most talented guitarists out there and a ‘bucket list’ player for me. George wrote riffs/basic ideas and I wrote melodies, lyrics and arranged and completed the songs. I knew that we would compliment each other's style. When you add the amazing rhythm section of Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo, you just can't go wrong with this line-up. It really is a special project and I'm honored to be a part of it!"

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

The track listing for Only To Rise is:                                           
The Wish                                              

Dying Rose
Love Stays
Time Will Tell
Rescue Me
Me Without You
Strength In Numbers
Only To Rise

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

Jack Bruce "Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts" with Ginger Baker, Bernie Worrell, Gary Moore, Clem Clempson, Mary Reilley, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Simon Phillips, Gary Husband and more
Available on Special Edition DVD/CD, CD/DVD Digipack, DVD, and Digital Formats on December 2nd

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 It was a late 50th birthday present. Born on May 14th 1943, John Symon Asher (aka Jack Bruce) greeted his notable friends on stage on November 2nd and 3rd 1993 at the E-Werk in Cologne. The Scottish bassist from Bishopbriggs had invited long time companions such as drummer Ginger Baker, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and guitarist Clem Clempson. The enthusiastic audience had the opportunity to congratulate him with an extraordinary celebration.

In a unique session, Bruce and guests drummer Simon Phillips and pianist Bernie Worrell celebrated jazz, rock, and blues highlights from the holy Cream days as well as songs which Jack had released on his solo records. From Willie Dixon's classic "Spoonful" to the magical ballad "Ships in the Night" with singer Maggie Reilly, the interpretations are distinguished by a rare talent for improvisation and intensity. No one had ever experienced "Sunshine of Your Love" in such an opulent arrangement before: brass instruments, percussions and keyboards. In contrast to this was the intimate "Running Thru Our Hands" with pianist Gary Husband.

In this spectrum the extraordinary talent of the multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer Jack Bruce, who brought his bass to the front row as a solo instrument, can be seen. This ability had made him stand out when he played in other bands with Alexis Korner, John Mayall, and Manfred Mann at the beginning of the 60s, before forming Cream in 1966. He advanced to become the most important writer in this trio with songs like "I feel Free," "Politician," and "White Room," which originated from the collaboration with lyricist Pete Brown. This is the first time "White Room" has been released in this version.

The late guitarist Gary Moore also performed on one night, stepping in for Eric Clapton he was truly more than a substitute. The performance at the "Rocklife" concert with Ginger Baker resulted in the 1994 studio album "Around The Next Dream". Other highlights from the birthday bash include the epic "Bird Alone" and "Theme For An Imaginary Western" from Jack Bruce's first 1969 solo album "Songs for a Tailor." This Cologne performance shows an impressive width of a remarkable career. The fantastic lineup underlines the meaning and the value of the two November 1993 evenings Jack Bruce presented.

This box set includes songs which until now have been lying dormant in the WDR archive, adding alternative versions of some songs performed at the concerts. The exuberant "Blues You Can't Lose" as well as the acoustic "Rope Ladder to the Moon" are also to be seen here for the first time. This recording is a legacy of an extraordinary musician, who effortlessly transformed the world by not conforming to one genre and switching between jazz, rock, blues and classical music. He worked with elements of all genres in his music, performed with pianist Carla Bley, conductor Eberhard Schoener and with rock guitarist Leslie West.

"The bass made my life easier; I love it," said Bruce in a Rocklife interview. But now his instrument has fallen silent and another Cream reunion like that in 2005 is no longer possible. The composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer passed away on October 25, 2014 of cancer. His "Life on Earth" ended too soon, but for his fans the charismatic soloist will forever remain a phenomenon in the popular music scene.

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Madison Gate Records & Legacy Recordings Releasing Highly Anticipated Record Store Day Exclusive 12" Blue & Red 2LP 150 Gram Vinyl Edition of American Hustle - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Features 6 Songs Not Included on CD Release  

American Hustle - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 12" Vinyl Gatefold Limited Edition Includes Tracks by Steely Dan, Wings, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and a previously unreleased track by Jeff Lynne

American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusive Available for Record Store Day’s Annual Black Friday Event (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014)

 Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing American Hustle - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a collection of music from the critically-acclaimed box office hit with ten Oscar-nominations, in a two 12" LP gatefold blue and red colored 150 gram vinyl edition featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version. The 12” Vinyl will be available exclusively at independent retailers, as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event on November 28th, 2014.

 American Hustle - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack premieres "Stream Of Stars," a previously-unreleased song from the legendary Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys) alongside ELO's "Long Black Road," an ultra-rare track previously available only on the Japanese release of Zoom, ELO's final studio album.

 The soundtrack album showcases an array of evocative 70s classics--including Wings' "Live And Let Die," Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", the Bee Gees' “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" and more--while introducing provocative new tracks like Lebanese-American singer Mayssa Karaa's Arabic cover rendition of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," produced by multiple Grammy nominee Mark Batson (Eminem, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews Band).  Susan Jacobs served as Music Supervisor for the film's soundtrack.

 The new 12" 2LP gatefold vinyl release of the album features six songs used in the film, which were not included on the CD.  The exciting new additions to the American Hustle - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album are songs by Steely Dan ("Dirty Work"), The Temptations (“Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”), Todd Rundgren ("I Saw The Light"), David Bowie ("The Jean Genie"), Frank Sinatra ("The Coffee Song [They've Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil]") and Ella Fitzgerald ("It's De-Lovely").

 Director David O. Russell meticulously supervised the creation of this exclusive vinyl edition of the soundtrack, supplying hand-written excerpts from the scrip, unique imagery from the film and artwork to enhance the look and feel of the album’s gatefold and sleeve. 

 Originally released on CD in December 2013, the American Hustle - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album has sold more than 85K units in the US alone. American Hustle - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available on iTunes now.

 Director David O. Russell deploys the music in American Hustle to drive and develop action and emotion, illuminating the interior of his characters and intensifying the 70s cultural milieu of the movie.  Many film and music critics have praised the film’s music as an essential component in a thrill-packed cinematic adventure.  "The movie's exhilaration is in how Russell's filmmaking fever lights up everything it touches," wrote Owen Gleiberman in his "A" review of American Hustle in Entertainment Weekly (January 15, 2014).

 A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most extraordinary scandals of the 1970s, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting.  Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre to tell a story of love, reinvention, and survival. The film is directed by David O. Russell, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon.  American Hustle won three Golden Globes including Best Picture, three BAFTA wins including Best Original Screenplay, was named ‘Best Film Of The Year’ by The New Yorker magazine, and several critics’ awards including the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Picture and a SAG Ensemble nomination. 

American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2LP Colored Vinyl

Side One
1. Jeep’s Blues | Duke Ellington
2. Dirty Work | Steely Dan *
3. A Horse With No Name | America
4. 10538 Overture | Electric Light Orchestra
5. I’ve Got Your Number | Jack Jones

Side Two
1. White Rabbit | Mayssa Karaa
2. I Feel Love | Donna Summer
3. Don’t Leave Me This Way | Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
4. Delilah | Tom Jones

Side Three
1. Live And Let Die | Wings
2. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart | Bee Gees
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | Elton John 
4. Papa Was A RollinStone | The Temptations*

Side Four
1. I Saw The Light | Todd Rundgren *
2. Long Black Road | Electric Light Orchestra
3. The Jean Genie | David Bowie *
4. Stream Of Stars | Jeff Lynne 
5. The Coffee Song (Theyve Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil) | Frank Sinatra *
6. Its De-Lovely | Ella Fitzgerald *
7. Irving Montage | Danny Elfman

* Songs not on CD release

WHITESNAKE’s LIVE IN 84 - BACK TO THE BONE, New CD/DVD With Classic And Rare Performances Available For The First Time! Already Number One On The Japanese Charts And Creating A Truly Unexpected Buzz Beyond Anything Anticipated Prior To The Release!

Classic WHITESNAKE Fans Worldwide Have Something To Be Truly Excited About!!!

To celebrate and commemorate the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE’s multi-platinum ‘SLIDE IT IN’ album, Frontiers Music Srl has released “LIVE IN ‘84 - BACK TO THE BONE”, a complete celebration of the group’s awe inspiring touring lineup during what many feel was the beginning of what COVERDALE called his desire to make WHITESNAKE more ‘electrifying’ on record and on stage.

Released on Deluxe CD/DVD and stand-alone DVD editions, fans can order the release from here: (CD/DVD) and here: (DVD)

The ‘LIVE IN 84’ CD and DVD release features audio and video recordings, unheard demos and unseen photos from the private collection of WHITESNAKE leader and vocalist, DAVID COVERDALE. This release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band’s acclaimed 83-84 line-ups. Featured on the record are the awesome COZY POWELL on drums (ex- Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath, among others), unique virtuoso guitarist JOHN SYKES, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the WHITESNAKE ’87’ album, and Bassist Extraordinaire NEIL MURRAY. 

Also includes heart-stopping bonus content featuring legendary keyboardist JON LORD (Deep Purple) performing his very last show with WHITESNAKE on video and also on the bonus CD.

“It’s still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half of the incredible band who originally recorded the ‘SLIDE IT IN’ album with me have passed away,” says COVERDALE. “It’s incredibly difficult to articulate: COZY POWELL...MEL GALLEY...JON LORD…All amazing people and exceptional musicians performing at their best. Their memories live on in our hearts & in the music they made. I miss them beyond words… Wait until you see and hear them playing as only they can and add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted JOHN SYKES, plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of NEIL MURRAY...”

To put this together, COVERDALE and Co-Producer MICHAEL McINTYRE launched a worldwide search for the best quality video footage and audio tracks from the 1984 tour. Among the gems found was a set from: ‘Super-Rock’, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo and an invaluable video of JON LORD’s final appearance with WHITESNAKE recorded live in Sweden. “All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly & respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound & picture quality,” says COVERDALE, who personally oversaw all elements of this release.

Concludes COVERDALE, “These are memories I treasure and delight in sharing with you as we continue our celebration of the 30th ANNIVERSARY of WHITESNAKE’s  multi-platinum album ‘SLIDE IT IN.”

Purchase LIVE IN ’84 – BACK TO THE BONE via Amazon: (CD/DVD) (DVD)

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Bret Michaels Undergoes Kidney Surgery

Bret Michaels underwent kidney surgery this past week, reports his guitarist Pete Evick. The guitarist shared the story with fans via Michaels' social media sites on Monday, revealing that the Poison rocker has been in pain for a few weeks but pressed on, determine not to miss any shows if possible.

Micheals had two stents put in his body in an attempt to relieve the pain, but things came to a head in Knoxville, Tennessee. "This time it went real bad," writes Evick. "During the show he gave 100 percent, but he hurt himself.

"Jumping around with two stents was a bad idea. I can't explain the amount of blood or where it came from, but it was horrifying on his bus after the show. Bret looked at me and said, 'Just head to Champaign, we have to make Thursday's show up.'"

"Over the last two weeks, Bret was in and out of 6 hospitals throughout the Midwest," Evick continued. "Including the incredible Mercy Hospital of Northwest Arkansas. The staff and doctors were unbelievable and took incredible care of Bret.

"The fans and venues have been amazing and their support unprecedented. Bret continues to be steadfast in his dedication to bring the music to the people. He truly has to be held down to not perform."

Read more here.

Pink Floyd Celebrate Album Release With New Video

The Endless River, purportedly Pink Floyd's final album, was released yesterday (Nov. 10), and to commemorate its release, the band shared a music video for the album's final track, "Louder Than Words," which was debuted earlier this year.

It's a tribute to Richard Wright, founding Pink Floyd member whose wheelhouse was mostly the keyboards - though he sang lead from time to time. The elegy was penned by David Gilmour's wife Polly Sampson.

The video, shot by Po Powell, is a surreal look the world below from a higher plane, possibly heaven. In it, an otherworldly shot of a man canoeing across the clouds (taken directly from the album's cover artwork) is juxtaposed with footage from the band in the studio and sweeping views of the remains of the Aral Sea, on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"A surreal image if ever I saw one," Powell told Rolling Stone, "and a shocking example of human mismanagement and one of the planet's worst environmental disasters… The river has shrunk to 10 percent of its original size, destroying the fishing industry and whole townships."

Check out the video and grab a listen to a full album stream here.

New Bat Frog Species Named After Ozzy Osbourne

A new species of frog that sounds like a bat has been named after Ozzy Osbourne. Scientists discovered the tiny creature in the Brazilian Amazon and noticed its unusual, bat-like call - which led them to name it after the Black Sabbath frontman who famously bit the head off a bat in 1982.

The frog was named Dendropsophus ozzyi by the scientists who discovered it. One of them, Pedro Peloso, tells National Geographic: "As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it.

"We kept talking about the 'bat frog,' which led to us talking about being fans of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath." Peloso and colleagues found the 0.75-inch amphibian in 2009 as part of a survey of Floresta Nacional de Pau-Rosa.

Robert Plant Says Led Zeppelin Reunion Offer Story Is Rubbish

Robert Plant's spokesman has slammed a newspaper claim that the singer tore up a $800 million Led Zeppelin reunion tour contract, calling the story "rubbish".

The Mirror reported that he'd asked for 48 hours to consider an offer from Virgin billionaire Richard Branson after Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham had all signed up.

The deal was said to include 35 concerts with an option on more, a Virgin plane renamed The Starship in memory of Led Zep's 1970s aircraft, plus £190m payouts to each of the three original members and £70m of merch income. It would have been their first shows since 2007's one-off London concert. Read more here.

David Bowie Premieres New Song

Following the release of his 10-inch A-side "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," David Bowie has premiered the single's B-side with BBC 6 Music. The track, "Tis a Pity She Was a Whore," got its own confusing introduction from the UK radio station.

As noted on Bowie's Facebook page, one of the show's presenters, Matt Everitt, misquoted Bowie on the song: "If Vorticists wrote Roxy Music it might have sounded like this" - except Bowie actually said "rock music" instead of "Roxy." Bowie's team, seemingly amused, referred to to gaffe as "creating a new possibility."

Vorticism, for those not brushed up on their 20th century art terms, was a movement in British art and literature that ran briefly, from 1912-15. It turned away from emotion in favor of extolling machines and machine-made products. The art was abstract, influenced by Cubism and Futurism.

Read more and check out the song here.

AC/DC Go Behind The Scenes Of Play Ball Video

AC/DC are sharing behind the scenes footage from the video shoot for their new single, "Play Ball", ahead of its release this week. Directed by David Mallett, the clip for the lead single from the band's forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust", was shot in London in early October, along with the album's title track.

"The spirit of 'Play Ball' is sort of a mélange, ie mess up, of all sorts of outrageous videos of people playing ball," says Mallett, "plus a relative performance from the band."

Due December 2, "Rock Or Bust" is the first AC/DC album in 6 years and first without founding member Malcolm Young, who retired from the group to deal with ongoing health issues related to dementia.

Watch the behind the scenes clip here.

Geddy Lee Didn't Remember Unearthed Early Rush Song

Rush have released a video of the original lineup performing The Loser - a track Geddy Lee had forgotten about. It was filmed at a high school in 1974 before they'd replaced drummer John Rutsey with Neil Peart.

The show, which also includes a track called I've Been Running, takes pride of place on the bonus disc in the band's upcoming R40 box set. Lee tells

"I honestly don't remember that song. I didn't remember it until I actually saw the footage of us playing it. And I didn't remember it was called The Loser. So much for my memory!"

Read more here.

Gus G Releases Video Featuring Eyes Set To Kill Frontwoman

Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind guitarist Gus G has released a new video and announced that he will be playing in London next month, followed by four UK dates in February next year.

The gigs have been lined up to promote the launch of a new version of his solo album I Am The Fire. The original recording featuring guest appearances from artists including Mats Leven, Jeff Scott Soto, David Ellefson and Billy Sheehan launched in March.

To mark the announcement, he's released a promo for the track Long Way Down, which features Eyes Set To Kill frontwoman Alexia Rodriguez. Gus G says: "I worked on this track with producer Kevin Churko, his son Kane and Alexia Rodriguez.

"Once we finished it, we knew we had a special song in our hands. The Long Way Down's lyrics were inspired by a scene I witnessed many years ago when I briefly lived in Sweden. What I saw is the exact storyline with the girl in this video." Read more and watch the video and grab the tour dates here.

Dweezil Zappa Working On First New Album In A Decade

It's been a long time between albums for Dweezil Zappa - ten years, in fact - but he's hitting the studio with engineer and co-producer Joe Baressi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) to begin work on a new album.

The album will also feature his Zappa Plays Zappa band members Scheila Gonzales, Kurt Morgan, Ryan Brown, Ben Thomas and Chris Norton. And Dweezil has launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the record and let backers be a fly on the wall of the recording process, with an unprecedented look inside the creative process, what instruments are being used and many other studio details of note.

"For the last decade I have been working on developing new guitar skills and blazing a new trail for myself," Dweezil says. "Along the way I have worked hard to fuse unusual musical influences within my playing. I've always been fascinated by the sound of Arabic and Indian music as well as Balkan rhythms and melodies."

Read more here.

Slash Says Rock Scene Needs Someone To Shake Things Up

Slash reckons some rock bands are playing it too safe as they don't want to anger their record companies. He previously countered Gene Simmons' "rock is dead" comments, saying the genre is producing great music. But he now thinks it's time someone who's not after commercial success came along to shake things up.

He tells the Manchester Evening News: "I do think rock and roll bands have become really conformist and they are worried about pissing off their record companies and being played on the radio.

"Rock and roll definitely needs a movement. It's become the music industry's bothersome stepchild and what it needs is someone really committed to come and shake things up who doesn't give a sh*t if they make it."

He continues: "I never got into music for all of this. I just learned guitar and started a band. I think if you're planning for the fame and fortune, if it's pre-meditated, you lose your musical integrity." Read more here.

Robert Plant Rejected $800 Million Led Zeppelin Reunion?

Robert Plant turned down an $800 million offer from Virgin head Sir Richard Branson for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, according to a report based on an unnamed source.

The Mirror reports Plant reportedly ripped up Branson's contract for 35 dates in three cities - London, Berlin and in New Jersey - in front of promoters after the other members of the band had signed on to green light the project.

The group were also promised £70million of the profit from merchandise and there was an option to do 45 additional shows in five venues. The offer was to be split three ways between Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, while Jason Bonham - son of late drummer John - would have been paid a wage to perform.

"Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately," said a source. "It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock. There is no way they can go ahead without him."

Stoner Rock Band From Sweden Siena Root Set To Conquer The States With Their New Album Pioneers!

Los Angeles, CA - Get on the bus with Siena Root, Sweden’s finest rock band, as they set out on a virtual musical trip along the dusty highways of American shores. Pioneers, the band’s first album to be released in the U.S., will allow American audiences to catch the contact high that Siena Root fans in the group’s native Stockholm have been riding for years. A heady, heavy blend of Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly, Pioneers will be blowing minds starting November 18 courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

An experimental project with roots in analogue, old school ‘70s rock, Siena Root was founded in Stockholm in the late ‘90s. The quintet quickly honed a sound that is classic yet original, based on heavy organ, howling guitars, gigantic bass riffs, even bigger drums and bluesy soulful vocals. The lead off single from Pioneers, “The Way You Turn,” perfectly captures the group’s dynamic beginning with a virtuoso organ solo followed by rolling drums and a blazing guitar riff that both scorches and grooves. The band filmed a concept video for the song that dramatizes these retro rockers’ ability to turn all that is modern (from cars to guitars to phones and clothes) into vintage treasures with just the touch of their hands.

Watch the video here:

The band has already earned high praise from some of their musical forebears. Mick Box of Uriah Heep exclaims, “It’s nice to hear a band like Siena Root playing it for real in this overly-processed world that we live in. Power to them, and I wish them all the success in the world!” Likewise, drum legend Carmine Appice of classic rock bands Vanilla Fudge and Cactus, had a chance to watch the video for “The Way You Turn” and exclaimed “Very cool song and video!” The album also features a special bonus track, a smokin’ cover of Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love,” not available anywhere else!

1. Between The Lines
2. 7 Years
3. Spiral Trip
4. Root Rock Pioneers
5. The Way You Turn
6. Keep On Climbing
7. Going Down
8. In My Kitchen

9. Whole Lotta Love

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The Osbournes Returning To TV With New Episodes

Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager, Sharon, has announced that the reality series, "The Osbournes", will be returning to TV. The Osbournes originally aired on MTV from 2002 to 2005, becoming the highest rated original program in MTV's history.

"Ozzy has decided that he wants to do another few episodes, not a whole season, about eight episodes, of 'The Osbournes'," she revealed on the UK show, "Loose Women", reports The Mirror. "He said that for the whole three years that we did it he was drunk the whole time. But he would like to do one where he's completely sober, as he is now."

"Hopefully [we'll start filming] in January," added Sharon, "but, as I say, it's not forever, no more than eight episodes. Because it's been 13 years and our lives have changed so much than it's a kind of catch-up, like, 'What are they doing now?'"

Read more here.

Sammy Hagar Predicts Original Van Halen Reunion

Sammy Hagar predicts bassist Michael Anthony will rejoin Van Halen for a reunion of the band's original lineup. Anthony was famously removed from the Van Halen lineup by guitarist Eddie Van Halen sometime in 2002 because he remained friendly with Hagar after his stint in the band. The guitarist brought in his son, Wolfgang, to handle bass duties in 2006 as the group prepared for a reunion tour with David Lee Roth.

"I don't know what's going on," Hagar told VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner when asked about reports of a new Van Halen album. "I couldn't even tell you. I could speculate all day long but I always get in trouble for doing that, so I'd rather just say I would love to hear some new music from those guys - and I don't care if I'm in the band or not, that doesn't mean anything to me. Right now, I'm really happy. I can play any song I want and I can sing it and I can rock it and I've got musicians that can do it and me and Mikey are having the time of our life."

"My guess is, if you want me to make one prediction," Hagar continued, "I think that Michael Anthony will be back in that band because they really need to do that. If they're going to serve the fans and ever do what the fans really want right now, if it's going to be Dave, then it's gotta be Mike, too."

"It's gotta be the original band, and that's the way it should be," he added. "Nothing against Wolfie - I love the guy; he was a sweet kid, grew up, I saw him when he was born for God's sake - but they need to do that and my prediction is they will." Read more here.

Beatles, Rolling Stones Turned Down Bob Dylan's Album Idea

Glyn Johns has one of the more amazing careers in rock history. He worked huge albums for some of the biggest names in the rock canon, including the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Band - to name only a few. From the '60s until today (he's also worked on recent releases from Ryan Adams and Band of Horses), Johns is one of the men who has seen it all.

In his forthcoming memoir, Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces…, he drops a big reveal, recounting the time Bob Dylan told him he wanted to record an album with both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

In an excerpt on Rolling Stone, Johns recounted running into Dylan circa 1969 in a New York Airport. "He said he had this idea to make a record with the Beatles and the Stones," Johns recalled. "And he asked me if I would find out whether the others would be interested. I was completely bowled over. Can you imagine the three greatest influences on popular music in the previous decade making an album together?"

Johns delved into getting the parties together and immediately faced conflicting opinions, he writes. "Keith [Richards] and George [Harrison] thought it was fantastic," John said. "But they would since they were both huge Dylan fans. Ringo, Charlie [Watts] and Bill [Wyman] were amicable to the idea as long as everyone else was interested. John [Lennon] didn't say a flat no, but he wasn't that interested. Paul [McCartney] and Mick [Jagger] both said absolutely not."

Read more here.

Slash Tributes Ozzy Osbourne At MTV EMAs

Slash paid tribute to Ozzy Osbourne by closing the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) Sunday night with a live performance of his 1980 classic, "Crazy Train."

Slash was joined by Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro for the tune at the annual event, which saw Slash present Ozzy with the MTV Global Icon Award earlier in the evening.

"I don't know where they got this icon sh*t from!," said Ozzy. "Good to be here tonight. Want to thank MTV and all you people in town tonight. God bless you all and thanks for coming." Read more here.

Mick Jagger Addresses Rolling Stones Concert Cancelation

Mick Jagger has issued an apology over the cancellation of Saturday's scheduled Rolling Stones concert at Hanging Rock - near Melbourne, Australia - after he developed a throat infection this past week.

"I am very sorry we had to cancel the show at Hanging Rock and disappoint so many of you that had planned to come," posted Jagger. "Thank you for all your supportive messages over the last few days, I really appreciate it."

The band announced Thursday that Jagger was under strict doctor's orders to rest his vocal chords for a few days in order to recuperate for the remainder of the tour. Read more here.

Neil Young Bassist Rick Rosas Dead At 65

Longtime Neil Young bassist Rick Rosas has died at the age of 65. Young fan site Thrashers Wheat reports Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina broke the news on Facebook Thursday evening.

"This I truly hate to say," wrote Molina. "Another brother, friend, gentleman … has passed … lord… RIP … Rick Rosas…god bless and keep you my brother…"

More details, including a cause of death, had not been revealed at press time. Rosas' lengthy career includes work with Joe Walsh, Ron Wood, Johnny Rivers and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others. Read more here.

Jeff Lynne Working On New ELO Album

Jeff Lynne has revealed he's working on new ELO material. And he says he's planning more live dates following his appearance at London's Hyde Park earlier this year - an event he feared could have been a disaster.

Lynne picked up the Outstanding Contribution award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour event in LA this week and had previously hinted at bringing ELO back. Now he's confirmed future plans are in place.

He tells Billboard: "I had so much fun in Hyde Park with 50,000 people. First time I've played in 28 years and it was fantastic and I loved every minute, so I'm going to come here and play.

"I'm working on a new album and that'll be involved in the new times when we play." Read more here.

King Crimson Working On New Songs

Robert Fripp has confirmed King Crimson are working on three new tracks in the studio. Pictures on the band's Facebook page show Fripp and colleague Jakko Jakszyk collaborating on recording work, and the mainman says they're "mapping out ideas for three new pieces."

Last week he revealed plans to bring the latest incarnation of the band to the UK in 2015. Now he says the prospective run of shows might not include London, because he wants to avoid insulting the rest of Britain.

Fripp tells TeamRock: "We're looking actively at possible venues in the UK and maybe just a few in Europe - but very limited.

"What we're not looking at doing is one or two shows in London, which is the conventional approach. It's always struck me that to do a tour of England that only takes place in London is an insult. It's an insult to the country, if you like. So my idea of an English tour would be to actually avoid London."

Read more here.


AC/DC Phil Rudd: Murder For Hire Charge Dropped

An attorney for AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that the charges for attempting to procure the murder of two men has been dropped by authorities in New Zealand, but the rocker still faces other charges.

Rudd attorney, Paul Mabey QC, issued a press release that said, 'I was advised by the (Tauranga) Crown Solicitor, (Greg) Hollister-Jones, that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge.'

The drummer was taken into custody after a raid at his Tauranga area home and was later released on bail. Rudd will still face charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

A spokesperson for Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones confirmed to Sky News Australia that the attempted procurement of murder charge has been dropped.

Mabey told that Rudd will fight the threatening to kill charge and he also said that the drug possession charges were "minor".

Mabey also told the news outlet that that "the decision to charge Mr Rudd was made by the New Zealand Police without consultation with the Tauranga Crown solicitor."

The attorney added, "Mr Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified."

Before this dramatic change in events, AC/DC issued a statement Thursday addressing Rudd's arrest and assuring fans that it would not disrupt their upcoming album release and tour plans.

The band wrote on their Facebook page, "We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year."



THE DOORS were honored this week in Los Angeles with the "Inspiration Award" from England's Classic Rock Magazine. Presented to JOHN DENSMORE by longtime DOORS fan Henry Rollins, the honor celebrates artists who have influenced others and left a lasting legacy on the world of rock and beyond. Next up for the group, which also included ROBBY KRIEGER and the late JIM MORRISON and RAY MANZAREK: the Tuesday, November 11 release of Feast of Friends, a film shot in 1968 that was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never fully completed before now.

In presenting the award to DENSMORE, Rollins proclaimed his love for the group, and his personal relationships with the band members. Accepting the award, DENSMORE said, "When we started, I was hoping to pay the rent for 10 years. I got a touch of grey, and it's alright. Thank you!" The Classic Rock Awards were hosted by Sammy Hagar and featured appearances by Gregg Allman, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Lynne, Billy Gibbons, Brian May, Eric Burdon, Joe Elliott, Dave Mustaine, Zack Wylde and more.

Feast of Friends--out November 11 via Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC--offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer '68 tour. Whilst never truly completed, as the production funding was abruptly cut due to the band's political problems stemming from Jim's arrest in Miami, the film provides a stylistic approach in true 60's cinéma vérité style.  The film is comprised of concert performances which are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat - playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching. Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, this is the first official release. Completely restored from the original negative, as supervised by Jim Morrison, the film has been color-corrected and mastered in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors co-producer/engineer Bruce Botnick. 

DAVE ELLEFSON Teams with for JOHNNY WORE BLACK “Firefly” Bass Playthrough Video
“Walking Underwater Pt. 2” Coming November 26, 2014 via Dead Cherry – Featuring MEGADETH’s Dave Ellefson and Soul Singer Loretta Heywood
JOHNNY WORE BLACK Architect Jay Balances Hollywood Stuntman Career with Music

“Sometimes one album is so good, it has to be split into two! This is certainly the case with UK artist JOHNNY WORE BLACK…” Hellhound Music

JOHNNY WORE BLACK, the up-and-coming dark rock project featuring frontman / Hollywood-stuntman-by-day Jay and guest musician / co-writer Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), will release a brand new full-length, Walking Underwater Pt. 2, on November 26, 2014 via Dead Cherry. Today, is hosting a brand new playthrough video featuring Dave Ellefson showcasing a bass riff from the new JWB track ‘Firefly’. Check out the video here, (which happens to include a special feline cameo):

Walking Underwater Pt. 2 will be available for pre-order soon! Walking Underwater Pt. 2 is produced by Jay himself, with several tracks mixed by Grammy-award winning producer David Bottrill (Tool, Stone Sour).

Pulling inspiration from his work on the silver screen (having worked as a stuntman in films like Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, Fast and Furious 6 and most recently, Fury with Brad Pitt), JOHNNY WORE BLACK ‘the artist’ has created his own brand of dark, atmospheric musical intrigue.

As mentioned above, Walking Underwater Pt. 2 features the one and only Dave Ellefson of “Big 4” heavy metal titans Megadeth, as well as a few additional guest appearances from Croatian singer Sara Renar, and renowned soul singer Loretta Heywood. Both esteemed artists bring a new level of undeniable credibility and brooding, haunting sounds that Jay bases JOHNNY WORE BLACK on.

Walking Underwater Pt. 2 tracklisting:
1.      Firefly (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
2.      A Cut Above (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
3.      Comfy Slippers (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
4.      Fallen Angel (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
5.      Gift of Desperation (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
6.      I Do Dissolve (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
7.      Noise
8.      Shine On – (feat. Croatian singer Sara Renar)
9.      Whose Children (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
10.  Winter in July – (Cover feat. vocals by Loretta Heywood + Loretta Heywood/Bomb The Bass collaboration)


Walking Underwater Pt. 1 was released earlier this year and received excellent reviews.’s Chris Gonda calls the album an “intensely passionate collection of songs”, while Screamer Magazine stated, “If you wish to purchase an album that doesn’t conform, yet provides a top quality set of textures and shades, then prepare yourself to be quietly impressed.”

This follows the praise of previously released singles ‘All The Rage’ (2011), ‘Up In Flames’ (2012), ‘Noise’ (2012) and ‘Gift of Desperation’ (2013). September 2014 marked the release of the new JOHNNY WORE BLACK single ‘A Cut Above’.

Johnny Wore Black – vocals
Pete Mathers – guitar
Simon Hutchby – drums
David Ellefson – bass
James Coppolaro – guitar
Loretta Heywood – vocals (Winter in July)
Sara Renar – vocals (Shine On)

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Planning Tour

Now that he's completed work on the Led Zeppelin deluxe reissues, Jimmy Page says he's preparing to hit the road in 2015. Speaking to the Toronto Sun, the veteran rocker said he's already begun the process of bringing his guitar chops up to speed.

"If you asked me a year ago, I wasn't playing the guitar so much as I ought to," he said, "because I was spending so much time listening and completing the projects we're on now. But I am playing the guitar … because I am starting to get myself ready for the idea of doing something next year. In the same way that I approached the O2 [show], you get yourself up to speed…."

Page declined to specify who he has in mind as backing musicians. "I have to finish all the stuff I'm doing at the moment, all the promo and all of that, and then I'll do some serious rehearsing …," he said. "[I'll] reveal my hand at a later date … [form a band) next year."

The veteran guitarist did hint that his set list would combine old and new material. "I've got a lot of music that I'm known for," he said. "It goes back to still being a teenager. So I've got a lot. And I've got new material, that's the key to it, which will bring new surprises."

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Rush Premiere Another Long Lost Song

Last week, premiered "I've Been Runnin'," an extremely rare Rush track from their early pre-Neil Peart era. That song and "The Loser" are two songs that they band performed at a televised concert from the Laura Secord Secondary School in Ontario in 1974, which featured their original drummer, the late John Rutsey.

The entire set is included as bonus material on R40, a six-BluRay disc compendium compiling of all of their live concert films from the past few years. There's 2003's Rush In Rio, 2005's R30, 2008's Snakes and Arrows Live, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland and last year's Clockwork Angels Tour. This week, is proud to host the premiere of "The Loser."

We spoke with bassist/singer Geddy Lee about the performance, the band's early days, and how he developed his on-stage banter. What went through your mind when you watched the footage of you guys performing in 1974?

Well, watching that is like an out-of-body experience for me. Because I remember it, and at the same time, it was so long ago, it's hard to know if it's a real memory, or a dream state memory. It's hard to feel like that same guy who was screeching on the stage back then in unusual clothing.

Alex Lifeson told us that the thing that stuck out in his mind is that the audience were seated the entire time, no one got up! That was a very Canadian response back then. Canadians, especially back then, were an almost self-conscious audience. Even if they were loving it, most of the crowd was quite quiet. That's changed, of course, over the years. Back then, you would play a small town in Canada or across the country, and you wouldn't be sure that they were loving it. When they actually were loving it, but they weren't very demonstrative about it. So, we'd come back from the U.S. and American crowds were famously exuberant, and then you'd cross the border and do some small town in Saskatchewan or something, the crowd would be not so exuberant. You'd feel like you were bombing, but afterwards people would come up and say, "Man, I loved your show!"

Was it bittersweet, watching the footage with John Rutsey? Yeah, it is sad in one sense, but it's also quite a nice thing that this footage is available, so people can see what we were like with him, and what he was like. I think in a way, it helps keep his memory alive. He's part of our history.

Back then, John was the guy in the band who talked to the audience from the stage. Did you prefer that you didn't have to take on that role? I was always the reluctant… everything. I was originally a guitarist, and the bass player in my old garage band quit, and they voted and I became the bass player. I was the only one that could sing, so I became the singer. I didn't really want to write lyrics, so in the early days of Rush, John wrote the lyrics. I was a very shy kid, I didn't really feel comfortable talking to the audience, so John did that. So I really kind of backed into my entire career.

Read the rest of the interview and watch the video featuring the lost song here.

KISS Rock Hall Reunion Would Have Been Disservice Says Stanley

Paul Stanley says he feared the original Kiss lineup wouldn't have cut it if they had performed live at this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were finally inducted in April and organizers wanted the foursome to perform at the ceremony. But Stanley and Simmons wanted to play with the current band, which includes Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. In the end, neither lineup played live.

Stanley tells KNPR News: "They wanted to have the original guys play in the band, and all of us in makeup, and, quite honestly, I think it would have done the band a disservice. That lineup has not been together for 14 years, and physically, perhaps, wouldn't have looked that great, and musically, undoubtedly, probably, would have sounded a bit suspect.

"So, to have people watch it on television and identify that as Kiss because there's four guys in makeup would not send a great signal to the people who are not following the band in its current permutation, or what it is today." Read more here.

Rolling Stones Cancel Show Due To Jagger Illness

The Rolling Stones announced on Thursday that they have been forced to cancel this upcoming Saturday's concert on their 14 On Fire Australian tour due to an illness.

Stones frontman Mick Jagger has developed a throat infection and a doctor has ordered him to rest his throat for a few days forcing the band to cancel the November 8th show in Hanging Rock.

The band expects to resume the tour on Wednesday November 12th when they perform in Sydney. A band spokesperson released this message, "The Rolling Stones are incredibly disappointed to cancel the Hanging Rock gig and to disappoint their fans but were left with no other option."

Find refund information on the band's official site here.

Ozzy Osbourne Looks Back At Randy Rhoads' Audition

Ozzy Osbourne shares the story of auditioning guitarist Randy Rhoads with his son, Jack, in the third and final episode of a three-part series for Noisey entitled Back & Forth.

Rhoads entered Ozzy's life as he was trying to build a band following his dismissal from Black Sabbath in April of 1979. Bassist Dana Strum - who later went on to form Slaughter - was working with Ozzy to audition players when he brought Rhoads in to the studio.

"This little guy comes in with blonde hair and I thought, 'Is that a chick?'," Ozzy explains. "He spoke and suddenly my ears perked up. He says, "Well, what do you want me to play?' I said, 'Play anything.' So he starts playing and I'm like - even in my drunken, stoned-out stupor - I go, 'Either this is f***ing one of the best things I've ever heard in my life or these drugs are really good'"

Rhoads joined Ozzy's new band, Blizzard Of Ozz, and went on to record the group's explosive 1980 debut and 1981's "Diary Of A Madman" before being killed in a plane accident at the age of 25 on March 19, 1982 while on tour with Osbourne. "I truly believe if hadn't got killed when he did he would be up there with the big guys," says Ozzy. "He was f***ing phenomenal."

Check out the video of the interview here.

KISS Kick Off Las Vegas Residency

 KISS kicked off their first Las Vegas residency, "KISS Rocks Vegas", at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday and fan-filmed video from opening night has surfaced.

The band's 17-song set opened with the title track to 1982's "Creatures Of The Night" before running through tracks from their 40-year career, including 9 tunes from the classic 1970s catalogue.

KISS will perform 9 shows at The Joint between November 5th and 23rd. The group's first extended stay in Las Vegas sees KISS following in the footsteps of several other rockers who paved the way, including Carlos Santana, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf, among others.

Watch the video here.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Won't Read Joe Perry's Memoir

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says he has no plans to read guitarist Joe Perry's newly-released memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith."

"Hell no!" he told TMZ in Nashville on Wednesday. "I have to go onstage with him next year. I wanna love the son of a bitch." Asked if he would consider reading it after the 2015 tour, Tyler replied, "I might. He hasn't read mine either."

Tyler is in Nashville to tape a performance with Brad Paisley for ABC-TV's CMA Country Christmas special this fall, which is being taped this Friday at the Bridgestone Arena.

Airing Monday, December 1st at 8 PM, ET and hosted by Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles, the two-hour program celebrates the holidays with some of the biggest names in music performing holiday classics.

Watch video of the Tyler encounter here.

Astronaut's Bowie Space Oddity Cover Goes Back Online

Commander Chris Hadfield's cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity is back on YouTube following months of contract negotiations. The Canadian astronaut recorded the classic track last year on the International Space Station as he prepared to return to Earth after five months in orbit.

It launched on YouTube under a one-year agreement with Bowie's publisher and racked up close to 24 million views. It was removed in May this year after the deal expired.

Now, following months of talks, a new two-year agreement is in place enabling the track and video to be re-released. And Hadfield doesn't blame anyone for the situation.

He says on his blog: "David Bowie and his publisher had been very gracious - they had allowed his work, his intellectual property, to be made freely available to everyone for a year and had worked with us and the Canadian Space Agency to make it happen.

"There was no rancour and we removed it from YouTube to honour the agreement. This sequence wasn't anyone's fault. The day we took the video down, we started to work again to get permission to get it re-posted. But the legal process is careful and exacting and takes time."

Read more and watch the video here.

Stevie Nicks Won't Be Judge On The Voice Or Tell All

Stevie Nicks says she plans to stay busy over the next 10 years - but she won't be appearing as a judge on any TV talent shows. The Fleetwood Mac singer hints she could release a second part to her current album 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault. But she doesn't have the time to be a judge on The Voice - or the heart to pen a tell-all book on the fraught relationships that exist within Fleetwood Mac.

In a Facebook Q&A with fans, Nicks says: "I probably wouldn't be a judge on The Voice. It takes a lot of time, and there are so many things I want to do over the next 10 years.

"If you work on one of those shows, you are invested in it, and they spend a lot of time - half a year - of solid work, and you really can't be taking off on tour. Most people can't give up that time, for anything."

She adds: "I will probably never write a tell-all book. All the people I would talk about are still alive, and probably wouldn't be happy about it, so I wouldn't do that to them. Some day, when we're all very old, I will write the story in a very kind, calm, fun and romantic way. But not for a long time."

Read more for details about a possible 24 Karat Gold follow-up here.

Corgan Blames Byrne's Smashing Pumpkins Exit On Boredom

Billy Corgan says Mike Byrne's split from The Smashing Pumpkins was down to the drummer's boredom. The Pumpkins mainman hints that the age gap between himself and 24-year-old Byrne was also to blame for his departure from the group. Motley Crue's Tommy Lee plays drums on one of the Pumpkins' upcoming albums, Monuments To An Elegy.

In a post on his website, Corgan says: "Mike Byrne has taught me a lot about his generation. And watching the twitch up close, the ADD of it all, I'm starting to understand what he found boring about The Mighty SP. He wasn't wrong. But he also wasn't right.

"Because the way to replace something is to best it, not join its shallow-pool ranks. And great musicians like MB are capable - if they are willing to stop looking into the shiny sun and wonder, quite rightly, what lies on the dark side of the moon."

Read more here.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Arrested For Murder For Hire Plot

Updated: Big news in New Zealand as AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested for attempting to procure the murder of two men and drug charges, according to

The police launched an early morning raid of Rudd's home in Tauranga and was taken into custody. In addition to charge for attempting to procure the murder of two men, he was also reportedly charged with threatening to kill, as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis after the police found the substances during the raid.

The 60-year-old drummer entered no plea when he made an appearance in the Tauranga District Court and was later released on bail. He is scheduled to be back in court in three weeks. Classic Rock reports that the alleged offensives reportedly took place back on September 25th and 26th.

The name of the two targets of the suspected murder for hire plot and the alleged hit man were reportedly named by police investigators but Judge Louis Bidois suppressed their identities.

This news comes as Rudd was noticeably absent from AC/DC's recent video shoot and from a publicity photo. The band was filming promotional clips for songs from their forthcoming album "Rock or Bust," the group's first album without founding member Malcolm Young who retired from the group after being diagnosed with dementia.

Read the report for more details about the arrest here.





Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards--the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour presented by Orange Amplification--celebrated some of the most influential and respected musicians in rock at The Avalon in Hollywood last night (11/4). A plethora of icons, innovators and straight-up legends attended the event and were honored with one of the most prestigious awards of the genre. The CLASSIC ROCK ROLL OF HONOUR awards show will officially premiere Sunday, December 28 at 9pm ET on AXS TV as the crowning jewel of the Best Of Classic Rock Weekend.

A full list of winners is below with photos from the event: Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral.

The milestone event marked the 10th anniversary of the awards and the first time they’ve been hosted outside of London. As part of their ongoing international expansion, Classic Rock’s parent company, TeamRock, launched their exclusive TeamRock+ subscription service, the night of the show (11/4).  TeamRock+ will give their ever-expanding international audience, which has seen growth both digitally and in print throughout the world, instant access to the rich editorial content of Classic Rock as well as its sister publications, Metal Hammer and Prog. Available via, it will cost from $6.38 a month and and will be launched with a 30-day free trial.

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour once again exceeded all expectations. The ceremony was hosted by multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar. He was joined by a multitude of illustrious guest presenters including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), musician, writer and actor Henry Rollins, Eric Idle (Monty Python) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) who presented awards to some of rock’s biggest stars including The Doors, Queen + Adam Lambert, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Wilco & Roger Daltrey, Joe Perry and Jeff Lynne among others. The night was capped off by Gregg Allman, one of rock's most acclaimed and beloved icons, receiving this year’s Living Legend Award. Previous winners of the Living Legend Award include: Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and ZZ Top. The night was also highlighted by a stellar line-up of live performances from some of the most exciting and respected artists in rock: Kings Of Chaos, California Breed, Rival Sons and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.

Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn says: “What a night! I’d heard rumours that Hollywood was one of the best places for a party, and this evening proved those rumours true. The past, present and future of high-voltage rock’n’roll came out to celebrate the music that has soundtracked all of our lives. Only at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour could you glance around and see the likes of Gregg Allman, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Lynne, Queen and The Doors, to name but a handful. Roll on next year…”  

Winners for the listener and reader-voted categories--announced throughout the evening--included: The Cadillac Three winning Best New Band; Queen + Adam Lambert winning Band Of The Year; Metallica’s 'Through The Never' winning Film Of The Year; Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey’s ‘Going Back Home' winning Album Of The Year; Led Zeppelin 'I, II & III' Deluxe Editions winning Reissue Of The Year; Los Angeles’ 100.3 The Sound winning Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Major Market); Baltimore’s 100.7 The Bay winning Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Medium Market) and Dayton’s 104.7 WTUE­-FM winning Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Small Market).

The Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2014 presented by Orange Amplification winners:

Living Legend (Sponsored by Orange Amplification)  ̶  Gregg Allman
Inspiration (Sponsored by Global Merchandise)  ̶ The Doors
Band Of The Year (Sponsored by Universal Records)  ̶  Queen + Adam Lambert
Film Of The Year (Sponsored by AXS.TV)  ̶  Metallica 'Through The Never'
Album Of The Year (Sponsored by MixRadio)  ̶  Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey 'Going Back Home'
Classic Album (Sponsored by Eagle Rock)  ̶  Ozzy Osbourne 'Blizzard Of Ozz'
Outstanding Contribution (Sponsored by CitiBank)  ̶  Jeff Lynne
Reissue Of The Year (Sponsored by The Great Frog)  ̶  Led Zeppelin 'I, II & III' Deluxe Editions
Maestro  ̶  Joe Perry
Metal Guru  ̶  Dave Mustaine
The Bluesman (Sponsored by Blues Magazine)  ̶  Eric Burdon
The V.I.P. (Sponsored by Sunset Marquis Hotel • Restaurant • Spa)  ̶  Sharon Osbourne
Best New Band   ̶  The Cadillac Three
CR Radio station of Year (Large Market)  ̶  KSWD (100.3 The Sound)/Los Angeles, CA
CR Radio station of Year (Medium Market)  ̶  WZBA (100.7 The Bay)/Baltimore, MD
CR Radio station of Year (Small Market)  ̶  WTUE (104.7 WTUE­-FM)/Dayton, OH

The rock ‘n’ roll awards show was broadcast in the U.S. on radio exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, its national programming partner VH1 Radio, producer of On Tap with Nik Carter, VH1 Classic Rock Prep and VH1 Rock Prep, and KMG's advertising sales partner Adlarge Media. In the U.K. they were broadcast on Radio. The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards will air on AXS TV on Sunday, December 28 at 9pm ET.

Led Zeppelin Score Top 10 Debut On U.S. Album Chart

The expanded reissue of 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" has debuted at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. Billboard reports the album sold 35,000 copies in its opening week to land a Top 10 spot.

The project is joined by the reissue of 1973's "Houses Of The Holy", which opens at No. 12 in its first week with sales of 29,000. Led Zeppelin had similar chart debuts in their native UK, with "IV" debuting at No. 6 and "Houses" at No. 14.

The band's fourth album - which is officially untitled but is generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV" - features anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks".

Read more here.

Sammy Hagar Clarifies Comments About Chickenfoot's Future

 Sammy Hagar is clarifying recent comments he made regarding the status of supergroup Chickenfoot. Last week, Hagar told Rolling Stone that fans shouldn't expect a third album by the band.

He said, "I don't see any reason to make a new record. Going through the whole experience with a record label, and then going out and doing 150 interviews, a big tour and waking up at 4:00 a.m. to go on Howard Stern all to sell 35,000 CDs…It starts to feel like, 'Hmmmm. Is this pay for play?'"

Hagar was asked to clarify his comments on the red carpet prior to hosting the 2014 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards show in Hollywood on Tuesday.

"I would [make another Chickenfoot album], but it's just too much work right now," Hagar tells Vintage Rock. "I mean, I love Chickenfoot - it's my favorite band, but I just don't see us getting together and making a record right now. Everybody's got so much to do. Joe is in freakin' Australia right now."

Hagar recently released his first acoustic album, "Lite Roast", and was asked if he will continue to record solo albums moving forward. "Yeah, but I make kind of fun, easy things," he explains. "Chickenfoot records are difficult, 'cause we've gotta get together, we write, and we work, and we write, and we work, and it's really, really tough."

Read more here.

Jason Bonham Is No Longer In California Breed

Glenn Hughes has confirmed Jason Bonham will not be returning to California Breed. Bonham opted out of a tour in support of the band's self-titled debut based on other commitments in his schedule; the group brought in former Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo for the trek.

"No, Jason won't be returning," Hughes tells The Rocktologist. "His other commitments were getting in the way of his California Breed schedule. I have no disrespect or Jason, only tons of love. You know, I've known him every since he was a little boy. It's just that he chose to work with other people when in fact he should be working with California Breed."

"And, you know," he added, "I'm a workaholic. When I'm working on an album or doing tours I give it all, heart and soul. For some reason Jason didn't want to be part of that. And it's OK, we've moved on."

Read more here.

Pink Floyd Include 1968 Rick Wright Recording On New Album

David Gilmour is delighted that Pink Floyd managed to include a 1968 recording of late keyboardist Rick Wright in upcoming album The Endless River.

Released on November 10, it's likely to be their final record, and it's designed as a tribute to Wright. The 46-year-old tape was made as the band prepared for an appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall. Gilmour says on the full-length promotional video below: "On the afternoon before we did it, during the set-up, Rick asked could he have a go on this great big pipe organ that was built in.

"So we set him up, set up a couple of mics up and recorded him playing, just jamming away on his own. We've got a piece of that tape from 1968 on the third side of the record."

Read more including more information about the reference to the third side here.

Eric Clapton Leads Tribute At Funeral Of Cream Bandmate Jack Bruce

Cream bassist Jack Bruce was laid to rest on Wednesday (Nov. 5) with a rendition of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever," among others - led by former Cream bandmate Eric Clapton.

Western Morning News reports that the gathered, which also included former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, Vernon Reid of Living Colour and more, held a vigil that included breaking into the Beatles classic, plus Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" and Bruce's own solo track "Theme from an Imaginary Western."

Additionally, "For Jack," a track Clapton wrote for his fallen bandmate after his death, was reportedly played on the speakers at the funeral. One of his bass guitars flanked the ceremony as remembrances came from Cream lyricist Pete Brown and from his wife and children, including a poem from son Corin.

Read more here.

Jeff Lynne Admits Fear About Electric Light Orchestra Comeback Show

Electric Light Orchestra masterind Jeff Lynne admits he feared the audience for his first show in 28 years would get up and leave before the end. He won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour gala event in Los Angeles last night, following ELO's performance at London's Hyde Park in September.

But Lynne tells the Guardian: "I was really worried before the show; I was thinking, 'What the hell is it going to be like after all these years?' I thought the crowd would all disperse and go their own sweet way - but they all loved it."

The one-off appearance came after a full month of rehearsals. "I started off on my own, practicing in my studio," he says. "I ran through the whole set twice a day just to get the feel again. You really have to get yourself back into it. Standing up playing guitar is the hardest thing - for the last 20 years I've been sitting down in the studio playing, so you have to learn all over again."

Read more here.

Peter Frampton Recalls Personal Connection To Lynyrd Skynyrd Disaster

Peter Frampton says he found out via TV that the stage crew he shared with Lynyrd Skynyrd were involved in the band's devastating plane crash in 1977.

The disaster claimed the lives of Skynyrd's lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gains, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the plane's pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. Other band members suffered serious injuries, including the band's stage crew.

Frampton tells Access Atlanta: "We are virtually joined at the hip in many ways. We used to play stadiums together. But I think what many people don't know is that we shared road crews.

"I was in LA when I turned on the TV and saw that the plane had gone down and that half of my crew were on it. Luckily, they survived but when you go through that, it's like you're blood brothers."

Read more here.

Pink Floyd Star Accuses U2 Of Devaluing Music

 In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason opens up on the band, new release The Endless River and his thoughts - since just about everyone seems to have them - on U2's much talked about album Songs of Innocence.

While talking about Pink Floyd's new album with Rolling Stone, Mason said that the band has been slightly aided by U2 with their release of Songs of Innocence, which was automatically available to every iTunes customer for free.

"They did it the wrong way around and I'm fond of saying that what we did is a very old fashioned musical concept," Mason told Rolling Stone. "We're hoping people might actually buy this record."

He went on to explain how U2 giving away their album for free was a surprise to everyone. "It was so unexpected, I thought, and interesting that people took such umbrage at being given something. That does devalue things," he said. "Music has been horribly devalued by being given away. It's funny they didn't sense some of that. It's been the big story of the 21st century, music being devalued."

Read more here.


+LIVE+ celebrated the October 27 release of their new album THE TURN with a packed show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles (10-28) which was streamed live via YahooScreen. The 16-song performance–which featured a mix of the band’s classic songs, along with a selection of tracks from THE TURN (Think Loud Music)—was streamed live and was available for 24 hours via Yahoo.  Fans can still enjoy highlights of the set via Yahoo On Demand ( for 30 days. 

THE TURN marks the band’s ninth studio album, for which the group enlisted the help of their early producer Jerry Harrison to co-produce the album.  In the studio, the quartet--original members Chad Taylor (Guitar & Backing Vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (Bass and Percussion) and Chad Gracey (Drums and Percussion), who are joined by Chris Shinn (Lead Vocals & Guitar)--have re-invigorated its sound with effusive energy and massive hooks. 

“I think this +LIVE+ record has been nearly two decades in the making,” Chad Taylor says about the making of THE TURN.  “We desperately needed to shake things up. The band had just become, in my opinion, completely and utterly safe, and I just fucking despise safe music. I want to put on a record and have no idea what's going to come next. I want to have no idea what's around the corner, and just somehow we had...I don't know--maybe gravitated towards or had become sort of a cliché even of ourselves. We had to break that mold. In order to break that mold, it meant going back to the beginning, back to the basics.”

Up next for +LIVE+, the November 3 European release of THE TURN, which the band will support with live performances.

Megadeth To Auction Decades Of Tour Memorabilia

The historical online auction event will feature 100s of pieces of Megadeth tour memorabilia, including 20 tour and studio guitars belonging to Dave Mustaine

Backstage Auctions presents a one of kind, rock to the core, online auction event featuring decades of Megadeth tour memorabilia. "It simply doesn’t get any more real and authentic than this – especially with the collection coming directly from Megadeth" explains Backstage Auctions founder Jacques van Gool. The event, aptly titled "Megadeth – The Countdown To Extinction Auction", is a not to miss opportunity for fans and collectors around the world to own an authentic piece of memorabilia from one of most highly successful and significant heavy metal bands in music history.

The auction will feature flight and wardrobe cases, amps, cabinets, gear, guitars, picks and strings, apparel, set lists, lyrics, tour programs, ephemera, signed items and a whole lot more. There is definitely a wide range of collectibles featured in the auction that will appeal to not only collectors but also to fans around the world who want to own a piece of Megadeth history. There is even a pair of tour used Vic Rattlehead combat boots, for hardcore fans it doesn’t get any more unique than owning those boots.

Definitely a highlight of the auction are the guitars, they are simply amazing – each one having its own history and story to tell. "The selection of guitars in this auction is what Dave Mustaine and Megadeth fans could have only hoped for and dreamed of", comments van Gool. "Dave has been very generous with the instruments that he has decided to make available to the fans and collectors. He wants to make sure that his personal items end up with his fans, who will treasure them as he has".  In addition to two breathtaking double-neck 12 & 6-string V guitars, there is a host of highly recognizable signature model guitars, including the "Angel Of Deth",  "Fear" and "Gears Of War", as well as the equally infamous black and silver V guitars. And to add even more prestige to these weapons of mass destruction, some of the guitars are truly the first ever build models.

Equally impressive are the original stage back drops from Megadeth tours dating back to the 90s, tons of guitar strings – packed with not only the guitar pick but also the date and location of the show is noted on each package, "Big Four" t-shirts from various countries and custom made Megadeth road cases – complete with the Megadeth stamp, custom plaque and most have been personally signed by Mustaine.

The online auction starts December 1 and will run through December 7. A special VIP All Access preview of the entire auction catalog will be available online beginning Saturday, November 22 and is open to fans and collectors worldwide. "This auction has no boundaries – everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of where they live. Our only recommendation is to register early, bid hard, bid to win and have fun", says van Gool. For more information and to register for a VIP All Access Pass for the Megadeth auction event visit

BACKSTAGE AUCTIONS is a boutique online auction house specializing in authentic rock memorabilia and exclusively representing legendary musicians and entertainment professionals directly. Every auction event is unique, reflecting the artist's legacy and chronicles their legendary career. Backstage Auctions has represented dozens of notable and very talented musicians, producers and managers in the music industry.

MEGADETH has created metal masterpieces for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy® nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums including 1992's two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.

The band continued to break new ground and earn new accolades with their 2013 release, Super Collider, reaching No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

On November 11, 2014, Universal Enterprises (UMe) will issue the first five platinum-selling Capitol Records MEGADETH albums on limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S. Titles include 1986's Peace Sells…But Who's Buying?, 1988's So Far, So Good…So What! and 1990's Rust In Peace, as well as 1992's Countdown To Extinction  and 1994's Youthanasia, both making their debut on picture disc. Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and will feature the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings.

Rising UK Prog Metal Band HeKz To Release Eagerly Awaited Second Album CAERUS

London, UK - Prog Metal is alive and well in the UK with HeKz's exciting new second release titled CAERUS! Drawing influences in equal parts from heavy metal legends and prog rock luminaries, HeKz seek to take the original progressive metal blueprint and rewrite it for themselves. As ever, the song is king, a trait which sets them apart from many of their peers.

HeKz's debut album TABULA RASA laid a firm foundation, and now follow up effort CAERUS sees the band striving to fuse the two contrasting elements of their sound to produce something truly unique. The familiar cornerstones of the band's style are still present; the commanding vocal delivery of Matt Young and the characteristic twin guitars of Al Beveridge and Tom Smith are this time augmented by the addition of James Messenger's swirling synths and chunky Hammond, all kept in line by the tasteful and precise drumming of Kirk Brandham.

CAERUS is an album of firsts for the band, most notably it marks their debut as a five-piece, alongside a supporting cast of guest musicians including renowned cellist Audrey Riley. This sophomore album is also the first from HeKz to receive a label release, as it will be coming out on the band's own BMH Audio label via Cherry Red Records. Featuring 9 new original tracks, CAERUS will be supported with widespread touring by the band.

Watch the promotional video here:

Here's what the press have been raving about HeKz:

“HeKz aren't your usual progressive metallers … TABULA RASA is akin to classic rock a la Maiden and Priest, but has the bombastic grandiosity of progressive metal titans Dream Theater.” - PROG Magazine

“HeKz have produced a confident & expansive progressive metal album that should set them up well for a bright future. The songs are accessible & immediate. A splendid debut indeed.” - ROCK SOCIETY magazine

“Mature themes, musically & lyrically … It is clear that HeKz take their music very seriously indeed.” - FIREWORKS Magazine

“Imagine Yes and The Darkness writing Tolkien-esque fantasy together over some well-matured ales and you'd have HeKz's brand of confidence-slathered, riff-driven prog metal bombast … Absolutely guaranteed to be the most fun you'll have in weeks!” - TERRORIZER Magazine

“Prog metal with a refreshing edge – none of the mainland Euro metal cliches you get on many albums – and it bodes very well indeed for this band’s future.” - Get Ready To Rock

“There was a good reason that HeKz made it onto my 'best of 2012'. Simply the music shows great maturity and should stand the test of time.” - Dave De La Haye - Breakfast In America, Phoenix Radio

“It's refreshing that a band so young are not frightened to attempt to create material of such complexity.” -

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Band Offering Fans Various Unique Experiences In Conjunction With Pre-Order Including An Opportunity For Accredited Investors To Purchase A Stake In Queensrÿche Corporation

Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton to Release New Album via Century Media in Spring 2015

A newly revitalized Queensrÿche have partnered with for a new album pre-order campaign entitled Building The Empire. Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton will offer fans various unique experiences to bring them closer to the band than ever before. The band is offering everything from limited edition vinyl and merchandise to the actual instruments played on the upcoming album and a chance to hang with the band in their hometown of Seattle. The album pre-order as well as all of these other items and experiences can be found at

“For the first time in the history of Queensrÿche, we are doing something we have never done before,” states bassist Eddie Jackson. In conjunction with the pre-order, Queensrÿche has created an opportunity for accredited investors to purchase a stake in Queensrÿche Holdings, LLC. This stake will allow select investors that meet certain financial requirements to share in all of the profits the band makes moving forward. This opportunity is being offered on a limited basis; interested parties should go for more information and to begin the investor accreditation process.

Queensrÿche has recently begun writing music for their new album that is slated for release in Spring 2015. This release marks the band’s second album with Century Media as well as the second album with new vocalist Todd LaTorre. This release will be the follow up to their self-titled 2013 release which debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart landing at #23 and selling 13,659 copies its first week. That album received critical acclaim including Billboard magazine’s review stating: “From the moment Rockenfield's drums and Wilton and Parker Lundgren's guitars go on the attack in "Where Dreams Go to Die," the traditional Queensrÿche sound is back. The hooks are arresting, and the rhythm section packs unmitigated fire power.” Sites such as Metal Underground proclaimed: “The band has brought back much of the direction that made it one of the most revered in progressive/power metal history,” and exclaims: “This self-titled slab of faith-restoring metal boasts the return of the almighty riff, twin guitar leads, and brazen in-your-face melodies.”

Queensrÿche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album "The Warning" in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of "Rage For Order", Queensrÿche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80's. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album "Operation: Mindcrime", which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful "Empire" in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV "viewer’s choice" award for the #1 chart topping hit "Silent Lucidity". During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. Queensrÿche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.

Queensrÿche is Todd La Torre (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Parker Lundgren (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums).

SCOTT IAN Meets Tony Iommi – Billboard Premieres Third “Swearing Words in Glasgow” DVD Clip “Swearing Words in Glasgow” Coming November 13, 2014 via Megaforce Records
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Billboard has the exclusive third clip cut from legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality SCOTT IAN’s upcoming live comedy DVD, Swearing Words in Glasgow. The clip features Scott telling the story about the first time he met one of his heroes, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Watch the clip exclusively via Billboard here:

Swearing Words in Glasgow, Scott’s upcoming “Speaking Words” full performance DVD, hits stores via Megaforce Records on November 13, 2014. Filmed during the first leg of his tour in Glasgow, Scotland, Swearing Words in Glasgow is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide.

To pre-order the DVD or for more information, visit the PledgeMusic campaign page here here:

After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences— SCOTT IAN certainly had some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share. Watch Scott recount them all on the Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD.

 King Crimson “Courts” Reign Of Progressive Rock, 45 Years Ago
Greg Lake Shares Story Of Monumental Debut

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  lands on the “Plymouth Rock of Progressive Rock” to explore King Crimson’s debut album In The Court of the Crimson King

Original singer and bassist Greg Lake sits down with InTheStudio host Redbeard to discuss the formation of King Crimson, the recording of its ground-breaking debut album in Fall 1969, their first tour of America and the story behind the iconic album cover for In The Court Of The Crimson King.

Led by guitarist/electronic keyboardist/composer Robert Fripp, King Crimson has been a launching pad for talent including Bill Buford of Yes, John Wetton of Asia, Ian McDonald of Foreigner, Boz Burrell of Bad Company, Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer,  Tony Levin with Peter Gabriel band, and Adrian Belew. Greg remarked to InTheStudio host Redbeard:

“The principle of the band started off with more or less free form music, where people would never play the same thing twice. On many occasions there wasn’t even a key established...This particular approach to music led up to a very unusual blend of musical anarchy, with myself and Ian McDonald providing the melody and emotion to the situation.”

Former Yes singer Jon Anderson and Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford give their thoughts and impressions about King Crimson’s debut, the progressive rock Rosetta Stone that ushered in the progressive rock era and which topped the charts for the next six years.  

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The jam-packed two-day schedule of Bass Player LIVE! clinics and panels at S.I.R. Studios in Los Angeles pauses on Saturday evening, November 8, as BPL honors session legend Abraham Laboriel with a Lifetime Achievement Award--as well as recognizing Dirty Loops bassist Henrik Linder as this year’s Young Gun.

Abraham Laboriel has spent a recording career now in its fifth decade in service to one thing: the song.

"Honesty in music has to do with recognizing that the best you have to offer has already been offered. If there's somebody else who can do something better than you, don't get in the way,” Abraham told Bass Player Magazine in 1995. “Don't try to further your own career by hiding somebody who can make people feel good."

Nearly 20 years later, not much has changed: Abraham is not so much a household name for casual music fans as a go-to name for dozens of iconic artists. His thousands of recording credits range from work with jazz giants including Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald, to torch singers like Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler, pop superstars Madonna and Michael Jackson, country legends Dolly Parton and Clint Black, and even all-star athletes Dwight Howard and Bernie Williams. Add to that Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Henry Mancini…the list simply goes on.

Abraham Laboriel is a bright light in the bass stratosphere,” says Bass Player Magazine Editor Chris Jisi. “He ushered in the modern era of session bass playing with his world music-informed grooves and innovative techniques, while anchoring some of the most well-known and important recordings of our time. More importantly, his beautiful spirit of support and encouragement has helped countless artists and aspiring musicians. Bass Player is honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Abraham in recognition of his many contributions to the art of bass playing and to the planet as a whole.”

The Saturday evening session featuring the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Abraham Laboriel will run from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM and will also include a performance from Abraham’s group Open Hands, with keyboardist Greg Mathieson, saxophonist Justo Almario and drummer Bill Maxwell. In addition, Young Gun Award recipient Henrik Linder will perform with Tribal Tech’s bassist Gary Willis, keyboardist Scott Kinsey and drummer Kirk Covington.

As another special bonus for Bass Player LIVE! attendees, Warwick is offering a commemorative Jack Bruce poster at the November 8 & 9 event in honor of the legendary Cream bassist/vocalist who recently passed away.

In addition, on Saturday night from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Warwick will host a tribute to Jack Bruce, featuring renowned bassists Lee Sklar and Steve Bailey, with Marc Bonilla on vocals and guitar.

Tickets for Bass Player LIVE! are on sale now at:

Both single day and weekend packages for the Bass Player LIVE! clinics and exhibits are available.

The Bass Player LIVE! clinics and exhibitors will be located at S.I.R. Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA on Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 AM-9:00 PM and Sunday, November 9 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Bass players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to attend.

Among the participating manufacturers at Bass Player LIVE! 2014 are Warwick, Aguilar, Sadowsky Guitars, Tech 21, Kala, Ashdown, D’Addario, Ampeg, Paul Reed Smith, Dunlop, Eden, GHS, Ibanez, Lakin Basses, N.S Design, Spector, TC Electronic, EBS, Carvin, and Mayones Basses.

 Visit for the latest information on tickets and participating artists and manufacturers.

Queen May Record With Adam Lambert

Queen could take their association with Adam Lambert further and record music with him, says drummer Roger Taylor. Lambert, Taylor and May picked up the Band Of The Year Award at last night's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour gala event in Los Angeles.

The singer came second in US TV gameshow American Idol in 2009, and tied up with the remaining members of Queen two years later. They'll play seven shows in the UK in January.

"I think it would be great to do something, yeah," Queen's Roger Taylor tells Ultimate Classic Rock. "Not an album, probably. He's got his own stuff to do, and that's very much a priority for him.

"I think it would be very interesting, because his voice is so extraordinary and I think we could really do something great with it." Read more here.

Roxy Music Most Likely Over

Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera says the group's "job is done" and doesn't think they'll ever tour again. They split in 1983 and reformed in 2001 to celebrate their 30th anniversary, playing an extensive run of shows. They last hit the road in 2011 and Manzanera says those dates are probably the last they'll ever do together.

He tells Rolling Stone: "I don't think we're going to do any more shows - I think our job is done. When we stopped touring in 2011, saxophonist Andy Mackay and I looked at each other and said, 'Our job is done here.'

"Musicians like to do new things. It's unfortunate for the fans because they would like you to play the same old stuff forever. They go see it and they feel like, 'Man, they aren't as good as they used to be.' I'm very happy doing new things - I've got a couple of albums coming in the next year."

Sharon Osbourne Reveals Depression Battle

Sharon Osbourne has revealed she's been struggling with depression for 16 years. The wife and manager of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was last night named VIP Of The Year at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour gala event in Los Angeles. Ozzy's debut solo release Blizzard Of Ozz won the Classic Album Award.

Sharon said during an edition of her TV chat show The Talk: "16 years I've been on medication. Some days are better than others. Some days you feel like you just want to pull the sheets over your head and not do a damn thing - except rot."

Meanwhile, husband Ozzy will also pick up the Global Icon gong at the MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow this weekend. He recently revealed Black Sabbath's next album and tour would be their last, and later added that drummer Bill Ward's potential return to the band would be down to Sharon.

Watch the video segment with Sharon here.

AC/DC Album Launch Event Announced

AC/DC will launch their new album, "Rock Or Bust", with a listening party for fans at The Rock in Sydney, Australia on November 23. "Rock Or Bust" will be issued in North American on December 2.

The Daily Advertiser reports Sony Music and Alberts will host the worldwide launch of AC\DC's 16th studio album at The Rock's market day at noon on the 23rd.

While the band will not be in attendance at the launch, the event provides those in attendance the chance to be the first in the world to listen to the new album ahead of its release in Australia on November 28.

Read more here.

U2 Plan Week-Long Residency On The Tonight Show

U2 will perform a week-long residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. "U2 is coming back Monday, November 17, for an entire week," Fallon told viewers Monday night.

The band were last featured on Fallon's debut episode of The Tonight Show on February 17.The group will be on hand to promote their latest album, "Songs Of Innocence."

The project was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and was produced by Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

Check out videos from Feb 17 Fallon Tonight Show debut - (1) Invisible (2) Ordinary Love acoustic- here.

Pink Floyd Set Preorder Record

Pink Floyd's upcoming album The Endless River has become the most pre-ordered title in Amazon UK history. The retailer has received more advance sales for what David Gilmour has said will be their last work than previous record-holders One Direction.

Senior Amazon exec Steve Bernstein says: "It's an outstanding achievement for Pink Floyd, and it proves they remain one of the most popular groups to grace the UK music scene."

Gilmour recently explained The Endless River was a tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright, saying: "With Rick gone - and with him, the chance of ever doing it again - it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

Read more here.

Bill Ward's Black Sabbath Return Up To Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne says Bill Ward's potential return to Black Sabbath will be down to his wife Sharon. in September the singer revealed plans for the band's final album and tour, expected next year - and added that he hoped original sticksman Ward would take part in the project.

He bowed out of the 2012 reunion that led to last year's album 13, saying he hadn't been offered a contract he regarded as "signable." Now Ozzy tells Billboard: "I would absolutely love that; we all would. We were all sad he didn't come the last time.

"But I don't deal with the dough and the business side. That's my wife's job. The thing is, when you've got four guys with four different agendas and managers, it gets pretty crazy. I just go, 'You do what you've got to do, Sharon. I'll do what I've got to do.'"

Read more here.



Esteemed singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer DAVE STEWART and his DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT continue to stay busy in all aspects of the musical and cultural landscape. The Eurythmics co-founder has been busy growing the management and production divisions of DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT with new artists KAYA, HOLLIE STEPHENSON, THE LAKE POETS and STEWART & LINDSEY. Showcasing this talent, DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT will present HOLLIE STEPHENSON at The Hotel Café in Hollywood on Tuesday, November 11. Tickets are available HERE.

November brings the expansion of DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT with a new office in Nashville located inside the legendary BLACKBIRD STUDIO and managed by Delaney McBride. In tandem with the company’s existing Los Angeles headquarters, the Nashville office will be coordinating a SXSW showcase featuring all DAVE STEWART ENTERTAINMENT artists.

Meanwhile, DAVE STEWART continues his musical outings with a DAVE STEWART & FRIENDS performance December 8 at The Roxy in West Hollywood which will feature selections from his expansive and revered catalog along with specials guests. Opening the night will be HOLLIE STEPHENSON. Tickets are available HERE.

Among the blossoming new talents, DAVE STEWART is spearheading production and management roles with:

  • KAYA: a Los Angeles–based, London-born soulful female singer/songwriter who recently signed her first record deal with Warner Brothers Records at the age of 14. Combining the classic songwriting and singing of the soul greats with synthesizers and beats of modern production, Kaya has developed a unique sound and visual which showcases her remarkable voice and melodic writing. You can find out more about Kaya here:
  • HOLLIE STEPHENSON: a London-based soul singer/songwriter initially inspired by Jazz who later discovered Motown, Soul and Blues that sparked her passion for songwriting and singing reminiscent of Billie Holiday, Ray Charles Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Whitehouse. Dave Stewart says, “Hollie’s songs, without a doubt, are going to be stuck in your head for a long time as the world gets to know her and the radio waves become filled with the sound of this amazing new talented singer/songwriter.” You can find more on Hollie here:

 STEWART & LINDSEY: Dave Stewart’s new personal project partners Stewart with a one-of-a-kind young male singer from Louisiana. The duo’s album was recorded between Los Angeles and Louisiana, completely isolated from one another, never recording together in the same room--or state--by using the power of the internet to collaborate on the project. Lindsey says the songs “have so many different influences and sounds…it’s an eclectic mix of everything.” With a woven soundscape of Gospel, Blues, Country and Rock, Stewart says Lindsey is “one of the freshest new vocal discoveries in the last twenty years.” Project release is TBD. You can listen to four tracks from the upcoming album here:

  • THE LAKE POETS: Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Sunderland, England creates heart-in-the-mouth music. Beautiful and quietly devastating. Inspired by artists such as Feist, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Villagers, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful. More information for The Lake Poets can be found here:

--“Beautifully melodic, honest and emotional tunes about life, love and loss. Martin Longstaff is a new and super exciting talent” BBC Radio 1

--"For decades the sound of the acoustic guitar has pulled at the heartstrings of so many. Now The Lake Poets aka Martin Longstaff is carrying on that tradition with his beautiful, thought provoking, honest acoustic music. When I first heard The Lake Poets I was blown away” The Guardian


Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?”). Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more, garnering numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. Stewart has scored films for several directors, including Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for “Alfie,” starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

“An explosive musician, deft guitar player, innately recognizes the genius in other people and puts it into play without being manipulative.”--Bob Dylan

Jack of All Trades Master of All of Them”--The Sunday Times

He’s the musician’s musician.”--Rolling Stone

For a full bio on STEWART, click here



Frontiers Music Srl – in cooperation with Radio Lombardia – is pleased to inform that the line-up of the highly anticipated second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival will be revealed LIVE on the Radio and Web TV during the Linea Rock program starting at 8:00 PM (Italian time / CET) on Tuesday, November 11th.

The program – hosted as usual by Marco Garavelli and Barbara Caserta – will see the participation in the studio from Primo Bonali (Festival manager), Alessandro Del Vecchio (producer and keyboard player) who will play with two bands at the next Festival. Mario de Riso (Frontiers Records Label Manager) will also be participating via phone, along with some artists who will be taking part to the Festival.

It will be possible for EVERYONE interested to stream the program online via web/TV following this link: or going to the website and clicking on the right on the red script LIVE.

While waiting for the Festival Lineup , Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce that the Festival will be presented on stage by the Dj AngelDevil Rock, together with Mario Iob.

After the storming success of the first edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival (held last May 1, 2 and 3 - 2014), the second edition will be held on April 11 / 12 2015, once again in the magnificent boutique-venue of the Live Music Club in Trezzo Sull’Adda (Milano). It is going to be 2 days where the cream of the crop of the Hard e Melodic Rock artists and fans from all over the World will gather!

Frontiers thanks again all the sponsors supporting the event:, Radio Lombardia/Linea Rock, Classixx, SpazioRock plus the new entry Rock Rebel Magazine.

Tickets are on sale NOW via these links:


 VIP-tickets purchase info (including an exclusive acoustic show!) and everything else is available now on:

Queen Streaming Unreleased Freddie Mercury Song

Queen are premiering an unreleased song, "Let Me In Your Heart Again (William Orbit Mix)" featuring the late Freddie Mercury, as part of a new AIDS awareness campaign spearheaded by Coca-Cola and (RED).

Starting November 3rd through World AIDS Day on December 1st, Coca-Cola, in partnership with (RED) - the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver - is focused on a global campaign called "Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation."

An array of artists including Queen, Bono, Aloe Blacc, OneRepublic, Avicii and Wyclef Jean are lending their voices, offering special experiences and unreleased songs that will help rally and engage the world to take action and donate to (RED).

"It's been 23 years since the world lost our beloved Freddie Mercury," says Queen guitarist Brian May. "We've made extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS in that time. But we cannot simply rest on the fact that the treatment is available. We must ensure that it is provided. Roger and I are proud to lend this rediscovered song to the (Coca-Cola) RED campaign, in the hope that Freddie's powerful voice can inspire the world yet again."

Stream the song here.

Pink Floyd Streaming New Song

Pink Floyd are premiering "Allons-y (1)", a new song from the band's forthcoming final album, "The Endless River." The 2-minute instrumental is the latest preview from the project, due November 10 (Nov 11 in North America).

"The Endless River" features material recorded by David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason during sessions for 1994's "The Division Bell", and serves as the band's tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

The album is billed as a four-sided instrumental release with the lead single, "Louder Than Words", featuring new lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson.

Stream the new song here.

Gregg Allman Launching Solo Tour

On the heels of the Allman Brothers Band's final gig, the group's leader and namesake, Gregg Allman has just announced his next solo tour. Kicking off on New Year's Eve at Atlanta's Symphony Hall, the tour will last through Jan. 17.

And there may be a lot more to come from Allman in 2015; in a recent interview, he told that he is mulling two new albums. The first would be a follow-up to 2011's Low Country Blues, which was produced by T Bone Burnett and featured mostly blues covers. He also mentioned that he's planning to cut an album called All Compositions By Gregg Allman with Don Was, where he'll re-record some of his favorite songs that he's written through his career.

His backing group includes Allman Brothers Band percussionist Marc Quinones, but the band itself is rather different than the ABB, with just one guitarist (instead of two), one drummer (instead of two) and a three piece horn section.

Check out the dates here.

Funeral For Cream's Jack Bruce To Held Tomorrow

The family of late Cream icon Jack Bruce have invited fans to attend the start of his funeral tomorrow (November 5). He died last month at the age of 71 and he'll be laid to rest after a ceremony at Golders Green crematorium in London.

A statement reads: "Jack Bruce's family would like to thank everyone for the kind words and messages from around the world, with friends and fans sharing in their grief.

"Jack's private funeral will be held on Wednesday 5th November at 10am, Golders Green Crematorium, London. He always liked a good audience, so fans are welcome to cheer his arrival at the final 'gig.'"

Read more here.

Ozzy Osbourne Laments The High Cost Of Videos

Ozzy Osbourne says the cost of making music videos is out of control. And the Black Sabbath legend reveals he prefers going with the cheaper option as spending hundreds of thousands on a shoot is a waste of time.

He tells the Cleveland Scene: "You think these f***ing directors were making War And Peace - they were only three-minute videos. "When I was making the video for Mama, I'm Coming Home, I went to this sky blue room and had to get a side of pork and walk across the room. I thought, 'What the f*** does this mean? This is going to cost $900,000.'

"I used the cameraman who did the Nirvana video for Smells Like Teen Spirit. He just did a video with me in the car. That cost about $10,000. I prefer the one I did because it was cheap and there was no elaborate f***ing trickery. MTV played them both. Read more here.

Creed's Mark Tremonti Has Harsh Words For Gene Simmons

Mark Tremonti believes Gene Simmons has only said rock is dead because the Kiss star is falling out of the limelight himself. The Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist - who is currently working on his solo project's second album - is the latest star to dismiss Simmons' claim that the genre was "murdered" by the internet and falling record company support.

Tremonti says: "I think people's waning interest in Gene Simmons as a person is what's making him say that. I would say that maybe a portion of his career is dead - but the rest of us are still out there and loving it and doing it.

"Just because his career is coming to a close it's kind of selfish for him to say that it's dead. Maybe that's his world, but not the rest of our worlds." Read more here.

Led Zeppelin Debut Did Not Impress Mick Jagger and George Harrison

Producer Glyn Johns says when he played Led Zeppelin's debut album to Mick Jagger and George Harrison in the late 60s, neither of them were interested.

The veteran music man has worked with a host of bands including Zeppelin, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, the Eagles, Eric Clapton and the Small Faces.

And in his upcoming memoir Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, and The Faces… he also reveals he hasn't come down from the high of hearing Zep in the studio for the first time, saying he was "completely blown away."

He tells Music Radar: "We were putting the Stones' Rock And Roll Circus together around the same time and I took an acetate of the album into a production meeting. I told them, 'This is going to be huge,' but Mick Jagger wasn't interested in hearing it. I dragged George Harrison into Olympic Studios to listen to it. He didn't get it, strangely. I still think that album is their best - it shook everything from the roots.

"They were an example of the kind of band that didn't need much input from me. I kept my jaw on the floor throughout those sessions, just floored by their natural talents." Read more here.

Geoff Tate Releases Remixed Frequency Unknown Queensryche Album

The only album recorded by Geoff Tate's post-sacking version of Queensryche has been reissued as a deluxe edition. Frequency Unknown was recorded by Tate's Queensryche after his sacking from the band, which resulted in the bizarre situation where two groups using the same name existed at the one time.

Frequency Unknown was released in 2013 but was criticized for the quality of its mix. Record label Cleopatra Records hired producer Billy Sherwood, of Yes fame, to remix the record but he never got round to completing the task until now.

The album has been re-released as a 2CD digipak today (November 4), with the bonus disc featuring Sherwood's mix. The new edition also features some bonus tracks. Details here.

DeYOUNG SCORES #1 IN CANADA: DENNIS DeYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX LIVE IN LOS ANGELES  featuring the greatest songs DeYoung originally recorded with STYX soars to #1 spot on Nielsen Soundscan Canada’s Top Music Video  Chart.

 Canada music fans know how to rock.

 Just days after its release on October 21st by Frontiers Music Srl, the Blu-Ray release of Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles, Canada has taken the former lead singer of that legendary band to the #1 position on Nielsen Soundscan’s Music Video chart.  The chart topping position marks the first time DeYoung has reached the #1 position in Canada since he launched his solo career in earnest in 1999.

 “Merci beaucoup and thanks so much to my Canadian fans for their on going support,” says DeYoung, who has been touring in support of the new release since last summer. “In my solo career they have given me a triple platinum DVD, a platinum cd, a gold album, a number one single at 60 years of age and now this, a number one Blu-Ray! As we speak, I am having a giant fleur de lys and maple leaf tattooed on my forehead! You Canucks are the best. Cheers…”

 The release is available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital (audio only) formats.  Recorded and filmed for an October AXS-TV live concert special, these classic STYX songs were captured before an enthusiastic audience at the intimate El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 18th, 2014. 

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 Captured with 8 cameras in Hi Def, the show features DeYoung performing the band’s catalog of classic rock hits that became a staple on radio during the 1970s and 80s. Among them: “Lady,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Show Me The Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Babe,” “Best Of Times ,” “Come Sail Away” and many others. DeYoung, who began playing with the members of STYX in the early 1960s as a band called The Tradewinds, changed its name, wrote and sang the band’s breakthrough single, “Lady” in 1972. The group would go on to have over a dozen gold and platinum albums over the next twenty years. DeYoung left STYX in 1999.  

 Track listing:

CD1: The Message / Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands. CD2: Rockin The Paradise/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Foolin Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.

DVD: Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Fooling Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.

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Hundreds of Entertainers Partner with For Massive Election Day Social Media Push Urging Fans to #GoVote

Dave Matthews, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman, Linkin Park, George Lopez, Fergie, Russell Simmons, T.I., “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jason Mraz, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter to Tweet and Post Photos in Effort to Drive Millennials to the Polls

NEW YORK --  On Election Day, more than 300 entertainers will partner with in a massive get-out-the-vote push, posting photos of themselves to social media urging their fans to “#GoVote.” The campaign specifically aims to combat the trend of “drop-off” voters, where half of young voters only cast ballots in Presidential races and then skip the Midterm Elections.

A diverse group of musicians, comics and actors - including Stephen Colbert, Dave Matthews, Linkin Park, Sarah Silverman, Fergie, George Lopez, Jason Mraz, T.I., Lewis Black, Chaka Khan, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ms. Lauryn Hill, all the living members of The Grateful Dead,  Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien - have taken photos while holding artwork that says “#GoVote.” Each will Tweet and post their photos on Tuesday, saturating social media with a get-out-the-vote message.

The 303 entertainers involved average over one million social media followers each across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, totalling more than 350 million. The number of participants and their popularity makes #GoVote one of the largest Election Day social media efforts ever.


Each post on Twitter, Facebook, Instragram and Tumblr will include a link to, where voters can find the most comprehensive election information hub on the internet - including a polling place finder, ID requirements, and what’s on each ballot.

“The incumbent Congress is the least popular in history, so we can't leave it to the candidates alone to inspire people,” said Marc Brownstein, HeadCount’s co-founder and bass player in The Disco Biscuits. “We're trying to get the message across that being dissatisfied is a bad reason not to vote – it's the exact reason why participation is so important."

The campaign is part of a broader #GoVote effort that includes multiple organizations and hundreds of works by visual artists, featured on the partner website HeadCount curated art from several top rock poster artists for the musicians and entertainers to pose with.

Some of the more compelling photos include: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, appearing with comic Nick Offerman and Tweedy’s son Spencer (who just turned 18 and is eligible to vote for the first time); Jack Johnson standing in front of an ocean, holding artwork that says “#GoVote - Eat Local. Shop Local. Vote Local,” and media mogul Russell Simmons, with art from tattoo artist Luke Wessman.


This campaign follows HeadCount’s highly successful social media push on National Voter Registration Day in September, involving many of the same entertainers. Through that effort and by setting up voter registration drives at 705 live music events, HeadCount registered more than 25,000 voters for this election. is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.  For more information, please check out

Static-X Frontman Wayne Static Dead at 48

Static-X frontman Wayne Static, real name Wayne Richard Wells, died in his sleep at his home this weekend, according to a spokesperson. He was 48 year-old.

A cause of death has not been revealed but the spokesperson, Nancy B. Sayle of VQPR, said in a statement that his death was "not a drug related incident or an O. D."

She provided these details in the statement, "[Static and his wife Tera Wray were] getting ready to leave for a Fall/Winter tour [Saturday] morning. They were to have left the night before on Halloween, but decided they would head out early in the morning November 1st.

"The couple, known for partying heavy, had left hard drugs in 2009 and had not touched them since. Static's first solo album - Pighammer - was a tribute to his new non-drug life and hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs."

Wayne's former Static-X bandmate Brent Ashley posted the following message online, "Yes it's true, Wayne Static has passed away. I can't tell you how upsetting this is to everyone that's ever known him, worked with him or even just met him as a fan of his music. Wayne had a great heart and was a pretty easy guy to get along, not to mention extremely talented!

"This is a total loss and it rendered me speechless the last few hours. I'm honored to have shared the stage with him for a few years and gotten to know him on a personal level. You will be missed old friend... RIP"

Several other members of the metal community have paid their respects to Static via online postings. Ozzy Osbourne wrote, "I'm very sad to hear of Wayne Static's passing. We spent a lot of time together on several Ozzfest tours. His passing is a tragic loss. My love to his family and friends."

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor wrote, "I am absolutely devastated to hear about Wayne Static's death. A good man and a good friend. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Kill Devil Hill and Pantera's Rex Brown wrote, "I'm so sorry to hear the news of Wayne Static's passing. Static-X opened for PANTERA several times back in the day & Wayne was always very to himself & a kind soul !! RIP Wayne !"

Fear Factory's Dino Cazares posted, "Wayne was a great guy and songwriter. It sucks to lose a friend to something that you wish you could've helped him for."

Kill Devil Hill and Type O Negative's Johnny Kelly said, "Very Sad to hear about Wayne's passing. I've had the opportunity to tour with Static X a couple times throughout the years and he was always a nice guy. My heart goes out to his family, bandmates and crew."

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis posted, "Rest in peace, Wayne. I'm speechless right now. I'm losing too many of my friends. I'll see you on the other side, brother."

Gregg Allman Dropped From Biopic Death Lawsuit

regg Allman has been dropped from a civil lawsuit stemming from the death of Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant who died on the set of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The incident took place on Feb. 20 of this year, while the crew was shooting a sequence on railroad tracks. Seven others were also injured in the accident. Production of the film shut down shortly afterward.

Allman, executive producer Michael Lehman and the film's distributor Open Road Films were also dropped from the civil lawsuit, according to an announcement by the Jones' attorney, Jeff Harris.

"This firm was hired by Richard and Elizabeth Jones to find out exactly what happened to their daughter, what decisions were made that led to that fateful day and to determine, and ultimately hold accountable, those who were involved," Harris wrote in a statement. "After reviewing the many thousands of pages of documents, and other information we have obtained through the legal discovery process, it is clear that Mr. Allman and Mr. Lehman had no involvement in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah's death.

"Our investigation has also shown that, in this case, Open Road Films was not directly involved in the poor decisions that led to this horrific event and the tragic loss of Sarah's life. As a result, we are dismissing all claims against the three parties."

Sammy Hagar Shares Bad News About Chickenfoot Plans

Sammy Hagar is telling fans not to expect any more albums by his supergroup Chickenfoot. The project - which includes guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith - released their self-titled debut in 2009 and their second album, "Chickenfoot III", in 2011.

Hagar now tells Rolling Stone, "Joe is my favorite writer to work with since Eddie [Van Halen]. I'd rather write a record with him than anyone else, but I don't see any reason to make a new record.

"Going through the whole experience with a record label, and then going out and doing 150 interviews, a big tour and waking up at 4:00 a.m. to go on Howard Stern all to sell 35,000 CDs…It starts to feel like, 'Hmmmm. Is this pay for play?'"

"I mean, I love making music," he adds. "But doing it on Chickenfoot's level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records. It's disappointing. I don't like being disappointed. I like winning."

Lemmy From Motorhead Was Close To Death

Motorhead mainman Lemmy has admitted he was "close to death" during his last round of surgery - and it was the only moment he doubted he'd survive his 2013 health issues.

He describes his life as "undeniably less pleasurable" since he was forced to clean up his lifestyle. And he's recalled how he faced his final cigarette after 57 years of smoking.

The 68-year-old spent much of last year recuperating from a series of health setbacks which included several weeks in hospital after he suffered internal bleeding. He'd earlier been fitted with a defibrillator to deal with heart problems.

Lemmy tells Lust For Life: "During my last surgery I was close to death. It was the only moment I was stalked by the devil called doubt. I wondered if I'd make it.

"I'm not afraid of death - I often sing about it. So I wasn't shaking in my bed, but I did have the feeling I wasn't done yet. I still wanted to do shows and make records. That feeling pulled me through all this." Read more here.

Ozzy Explains The End Of Black Sabbath

Ozzy Osbourne shared some of the details of what he calls the "last hurrah" for Black Sabbath which he says will be the end of the legendary band and also expressed his hope that Bill Ward will return to the group for the farewell.

Ozzy tells Billboard that Black Sabbath are planning their "last hurrah...Then it's no more Sabbath at all. We're disbanding the name and everything. They don't want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I'm gonna continue my solo thing."

He was also asked about the possibility of original drummer Bill Ward taking part and he said, "I would absolutely love that. We all would. "We were all sad he didn't come the last time. But I don't deal with the dough and the business side; that's my wife's job. The thing is, when you've got four guys with four different agendas and managers, it gets pretty crazy. I just go, 'You do what you've got to do, Sharon. I'll do what I've got to do.' "

Ozzy also discussed the reasoning for the release of his new "Memoirs Of A Madman" He told Billboard, "I've been not doing my solo stuff for quite a while now - I've been touring with Sabbath, so I just wanted to let everybody know I haven't stopped doing my solo stuff.

"I'm going to do one more Black Sabbath tour, one more album with Black Sabbath, and it'll take about two or three years before I release solo stuff again. So Memoirs Of A Madman is just to say to the fans that I haven't stopped."

Read the Billboard report for news on his next solo album progress here.

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell May Be Released Early From Hospital

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott is sharing an update on Vivian Campbell's health status as the guitarist undergoes a stem cell transplant this fall in his ongoing battle with cancer.

"The latest that I'm aware of with Viv," Elliott tells Billboard, "they were harvesting stem cells from him and do whatever they do in a Petry dish with them, and then they were gonna carpet bomb him with chemo for a week and he was gonna be kept in the hospital...Then they're gonna put the stem cells back in and do whatever they do, wave the magic wand and say 'Abracadabra.'"

"Hopefully by the middle of November they're gonna let him out," he added. "We were under the impression he would be in the hospital until Christmas, but the last email he sent me, which was about two weeks ago, said, 'It looks like I may be able to get out of here by mid-November.'"

Elliott says that he and band members "don't bombard him with emails and phone calls every day going 'How are you doing? How are you doing?' 'cause it's like saying, 'Has your hair grown any longer since yesterday?' It's a slow process, so you're best waiting." Read more here.

Chris Poland Reunites With Former Megadeth Bandmates

Former Megadeth men Nick Mezna and James Lomenzo have added Chris Poland to the lineup of their latest project. The drummer and bassist started working together earlier this year.

Now they've confirmed guitarist Poland began rehearsals with them this weekend on the new not-yet-named project. Nick Menza's website offered the following update:

"Chris, best known for his work on Megadeth's first two albums, has been confirmed as lead axeman for the as-yet unnamed project. Poland already has six heavy original songs in the can that we can start working on."

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Bob Dylan Releasing New Album 'Shadows In The Night'

There will not be a shortage of newly released Bob Dylan music for the next year or so. As the living legend readies for the release of his massive The Basement Tapes Complete set, which includes 138 songs, among which 30 had been completely unknown and unreleased prior, he has announced a new studio album, Shadows in the Night, for 2015.

If you ordered the The Basement Tapes Complete, out next Tuesday, inside of it you'll find a tip off that Dylan has new music planned. According to Stereogum, the box set includes a note that holds the title of Dylan's next album.

Shadows in the Night will follow up 2012's the Tempest. It might include Dylan's cover of Frank Sinatra's "Full Moon and Empty Arms," which he posted on his website earlier this year. Back then, a spokesperson for the artist told Rolling Stone "This track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year."

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Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert Announced

Former Montrose singer Keith St. John has organized a tribute concert this week for bandmate and late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who passed away in 2012.

Set for Thursday, November 6 at the Saddle Rack in Fremont, California, "Rock The Nation: Friends of Ronnie Montrose" will see St. John team up with Sammy Hagar guitarist Vic Johnson, Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta, former Quiet Riot/House Of Lords bassist Chuck Wright and special guests to perform tunes by the late rock legend.

St. John first connected with Montrose in the late 1990s as a songwriting partner before becoming lead singer in 2002. "This is definitely not a tribute band," St. John tells

"This is nobody trying to be like anyone from the original Montrose lineup, just four guys with strong connections to music and personally to Ronnie, who want to play the music we love to play. Every time I sing any of these songs live I can still feel Ronnie in the room. It is not a spooky or a spiritual thing but something that is inspired within me."

Read more here.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page To Appear On Letterman

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be a featured guest on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night's episode (November 6) on the CBS network.

The rocker will be on hand to promote the latest Zeppelin reissues, "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy", as well as the re-release of his photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page."

The book sold-out of its limited-edition run of 2,500 copies upon its initial release in 2010, becoming the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.

Page will participate in a pair of events in New York ahead of his Late Show appearance. Details here.

Stone Sour Reveal Covers Album Title

Stone Sour's upcoming covers album will be called Meanwhile In Burbank, frontman Corey Taylor has confirmed. And its completion marks a longtime ambition for the singer and his band.

He hasn't revealed any more details about the project, which was finally started earlier this month. But Taylor tells The Jasta Show: "We've been talking about it for ever, since the first album came out. We always wanted this - it's something we've always come back to. We never had the opportunity to do it and we just kind of said, 'Well, screw it.'"

The title was inspired by drummer Roy Margoya's studio in Burbank, where recording session have taken place. Taylor says: "There's no pressure; you're just having fun. You're going back to these songs you just love to listen to, not only sing."

More including a stream of the episode here.

Sammy Hagar Open To Van Halen Reunion Including David Lee Roth

Sammy Hagar says that he is open to the idea of a Van Halen reunion tour that would also feature David Lee Roth but he would only do it for the fans and the situation would have to be right.

"You mean that [2002] Sam and Dave tour with Van Halen as the backup band? Yeah, that would be a dream scenario for me too, but it would be the same old thing," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "On the [2004] reunion tour, we traveled on separate planes. You check into the hotel at different times so you don't even see them [the Van Halen brothers] in the lobby. You don't really see them until the gig. I could deal with Dave on that level. [Huge laugh.] But he'd have to be cool."

In the summer of 2002, Hagar and Roth teamed up in the "Song For Song, The Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll" tour, also known by fans as the 'Sans-Halen' or 'Sam & Dave' Tour. The shows featured the singer's swapping headline status at each date on the run, while maintaining their distance from each other.

"A tour like that [with Van Halen] would be the coolest thing for the fans ever," continued Hagar. "I would do it for the fans. I wouldn't do it just for the money. Everybody would have to be cool and have their hearts in it. I hate to give out bad news, but I just doubt it'll ever happen. I would like to just see [bassist] Mike [Anthony] back in the band with Dave. If that works, all right, I'll come in next."

Asked if their might a scenario where Hagar would regroup with Van Halen only, the rocker says "I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love. That would include Van Halen, but the love's not there right now. I do love those guys. We really bumped heads on the last tour [in 2004.] Anyone that saw that last tour or read my book knows that I'm not gonna take any blame 'cause there's no blame to give me. I went out and did my job probably better than anyone else in that band. Anyone that saw the show, I think, would agree with me."

"That tour was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again," he added. Read more here.


Rob Halford is a heavy metal icon and his influence on the genre is immeasurable. Bands such as Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer and Metallica have cited Rob Halford and Judas Priest as a major inspiration on their own music. This book isn’t about Judas Priest as such, though it inevitably touches on the subject, but rather Halford’s varied solo music.

Made Of Metal explores the solo music of one of the greatest singers of all time. From Halford’s first post-Judas Priest project Fight through to his controversial collaboration with Trent Reznor with the album Voyeurs right up to his metal rebirth with his self-titled band, Halford, this handy guide celebrates Halford’s creativity and love of all things heavy metal.

From the author of the acclaimed The Story Of Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith, Rock Landmarks – Judas Priest’s British Steel and Dawn Of The Metal Gods – My Life In Judas Priest And Heavy Metal (with Al Atkins), Made Of Metal is the first book to exclusively explore the solo music of the Metal God himself, Mr. Rob Halford. Made Of Metal celebrates Halford’s musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his career as well as a biography, discographies, a timeline, reviews and tributes from leading musicians and music writers. There are also many previously unpublished live photographs of the heavy metal icon.

Made Of Metal is essential reading for Rob Halford fans. 

Neil Daniels is the author of respected biographies of Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

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Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards--the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour presented by Orange Amplification--announced today a stellar line-up of live performances from some of the most exciting and respected artists in rock: Kings Of Chaos, California Breed, Rival Sons and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.

This star-studded list of performers will be joining an already announced list of rock icons to be on-hand at the all-star event on November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA including: Sammy Hagar (this year’s host), Gregg Allman (this year’s Living Legend Award recipient) and guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore of The Doors (this year’s Inspiration Award recipient), and many more.

Kings Of Chaos, the part-time, all-star rock’n’roll collective, are one of the most exciting live bands in rock for two distinct reasons: 1. The a-list revolving door of guest performers; and 2. The bands core line-up of Guns N' Roses’ Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke alongside guitar aficionado, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt. It's a combination that brings anticipation and killer live performances in abundance.

For this intimate live performance, Kings of Chaos will be joined on stage by Sammy Hagar, the evening's host and frontman of Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot; former Deep Purple and current California Breed frontman Glenn Hughes; and more rock royalty, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen; and one of the most recognizable and important figures in rock, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top).

As well as performing with the aforementioned Kings of Chaos, Glenn Hughes will also be playing a stripped-back set with his current band California Breed, with 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt.

Rival Sons have seen a meteoric rise in international recognition since their inception in 2009. Playing to thousands in sell-out shows around the world, this will be a unique performance in front of hundreds of their peers.

Scott Weiland, notorious frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, brings his new band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, to perform their acclaimed live show to this star-studded audience.

Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn says: "Playing live is the lifeblood of rock'n'roll and there are few things as thrilling as watching a rock show. On November 4th we'll be privileged to witness four unique performances from some of the very best in the business."

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards will air on AXS TV in December (exact date TBA).

Voting for the listener and fan-voted categories just closed and winners will be announced at the awards. For the full list of nominees for this year’s listener and fan-voted categories, click here.

For one night only, Classic Rock magazine plays host to some of the world’s most renowned rock legends. This exclusive evening welcomes some 400 artists, industry figureheads and VIPs with a champagne reception and a three-course dinner, followed by the presentation of the awards themselves. The evening culminates with a live performance.

Reflecting the explosive growth of the Classic Rock brand, the event has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the rare ‘must-dos’ on the rock calendar. It has consistently attracted A-List guests, including Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Slash, Rush, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Brian May, The Who, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Rob Halford and Paul Stanley, among many others, as well as live performances from Jeff Beck with special guests, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rival Sons and Zakk Wylde.

This really is the ultimate in rock‘n’roll awards, and as such will be broadcast in the U.S. on radio exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, it’s national programming partner VH1 Radio, producer of On Tap with Nik Carter, VH1 Classic Rock Prep and VH1 Rock Prep, and KMG's advertising sales partner Adlarge Media. In the U.K. it will be broadcast on TeamRock Radio. Check out highlights from past Classic Rock Awards here:

Orange Amplification returns for a fifth year as a major partner in presenting the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Joining them are new sponsors MixRadio, official hotel partners the Sunset Marquis HotelRestaurant • Spa, Universal Music Group and Sammy's Beach Bar Rum.

About Classic Rock magazine
The world’s most revered and respected hard rock media brand. Every month Classic Rock magazine goes behind the scenes to bring the real stories of the rock legends from Led Zeppelin to Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd and from those who follow in their footsteps, from Alter Bridge to Rival Sons to the bands you’ve yet to discover. Written by the world's leading rock experts and featuring rock's most renowned photographers, Classic Rock unearths the reality from the myths. Every issue is packed with exclusive interviews and features on rock’s biggest names and tomorrow’s superstars, and includes the heftiest and most trustworthy rock reviews section on the planet. Classic Rock: the world’s only high-voltage rock’n’roll brand, available in print at all good retailers, on and the recently relaunched new and improved digital edition available on Apple Newsstand. For more information on Classic Rock magazine visit

About Team Rock Limited
Team Rock Limited (TeamRock) is a new company founded by Billy Anderson and chaired by John Myers. John is the former Chief Executive of GMG Radio, and Billy Anderson was Regional Director of GMG Radio. TeamRock is a new content, creation and distribution business for rock fans around the world. TeamRock content is powered by, the global home of the biggest and most exclusive stories in rock and metal.Chris Ingham, the Managing Director of, launched the Classic Rock Awards in 2005 at the Café de Paris in London. Chris previously conceived and launched the Golden Gods awards for Metal Hammer magazine in 2003, which has gone on to international recognition. Chris currently oversees the International Development of and the music brands Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and The Blues Magazine. For more information on TeamRock visit

About Orange Amplification
Orange Amplification have been a pioneering force in guitar and bass amplification since 1968. They have built a reputation of delivering innovative technology, always built with uncompromising attention to detail and quality. Known as the best British guitar amplifier manufacturer for both design and build, they dominate the world’s stages and studios. Orange are rightfully proud of their heritage, a story that began in the late 1960s. The world’s greatest rock icons, including Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Madonna, Jim Root and Geddy Lee are proud to stand in front of the unmistakable iconic brand and rely upon its unique tone. For more information on Orange Amplification visit

About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the global music leader with strong market positions in recorded music, music publishing and merchandising. Representing some of the most influential and legendary recording artists of the past 100 years, UMG has the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, including past Classic Rock Roll Of Honour winners Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Rush, and The Who.

About Sunset Marquis Hotel • Restaurant • Spa
The iconic Sunset Marquis Hotel • Restaurant • Spa in West Hollywood, CA, mere steps from the famed Sunset Strip, home to so many legendary musicians and so much musical history, is proud to be supporting the 2014 Classic Rock Awards as this year’s host hotel. The Sunset Marquis Hotel • Restaurant • Spa is 152 boutique-style suites and villas intertwined within a 3.5 acre oasis of gardens and private retreats, and features alfresco dining at Cavatina, two heated pools, iconic “BAR 1200” and “SPA”. For more information on the Sunset Marquis Hotel . Restaurant . Spa, visit:

About MixRadio
MixRadio, the world’s most simple personalised music service, is supporting the 2014 Classic Rock Awards. From its catalogue of more than 30 million tracks, MixRadio is curating playlists inspired by each and every category of the awards. With a presence in 31 countries worldwide, MixRadio is also helping to take the awards to a global audience. For more information on MixRadio visit

About Krantz Media Group/KMG Networks
An internationally recognised business strategist operating at the intersection of the media, advertising and entertainment industries, Gary Krantz is President and chief executive officer of Krantz Media Group LLC, a leading New York City-based advisory business development and content syndication firm that provides critical direction on issues of content syndication, marketing, advertising, media, entertainment and digital technology. KMG ( provides strategic marketing and brand development, implementation roadmaps, technology solutions for media, media sales and revenue generation, business development, organisational planning and competitive analysis many for many brands and companies such as Viacom Networks, Clear Channel/Premiere Radio Networks, Studio Center Total Production, My Damn Channel, TuneGenie Networks, and the UK-based TeamRock. In 2012 KMG launched KMG Networks, an independent, multi-platform content and services syndication company. Its services and products include On Tap, presented by VH1 Classic, The VH1 Rock and Classic Rock Radio Network, The Studio Center Network, TeamRock’s Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, kand a suite of broadcast products created by respected news broadcaster Lee Harris (mornings on CBS’s 1010 WINS). For more information on Krantz Media Group/KMG Networks visit

About AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website,; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on InstagramTumblr  and YouTube.

About AdLarge Media
AdLarge Media is the fastest-growing independent audio advertising sales company in the US, representing radio, digital and mobile content providers. AdLarge Media stands at the intersection of content, ad technology and advertising, representing both broadcast and digital properties. The company serves a large portfolio of agencies and brands, delivering a demonstrated return on investment in an ever-changing media landscape. Founded in 2010 by industry leaders Gary Schonfeld and Cathy Csukas, AdLarge Media is widely recognised for its collaborative partnerships and customised advertising sales solutions. For more information on AdLarge Media visit

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