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Stevie Ray Vaughan Career Spanning Box Set Coming This Fall
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Stevie Ray Vaughan's career will be celebrated this fall with the release of "Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection", a 12-disc box set due October 28.

The set brings together, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's official studio and live album catalogue, including the inaugural commercial release of "A Legend In The Making", a highly collectible (formerly) promotional only recording of SRV & DT's incendiary performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in 1983. In addition, "The Complete Epic Recordings Collection" features two discs compiling rare and hard-to-find archival tracks.

Vaughan was already making a name for himself in Texas with live performances before releasing his debut album, "Texas Flood", in 1983. The record introduced the guitar slinger to the world and opened the gates for a flow of gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, an unprecedented achievement for any blues act.

Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, following an awe-inspiring performance with Double Trouble and Eric Clapton at the Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin.

ROCK NEWS FOR 08/28/14

SAXON’s Biff Byford Fronts Film Concept Group, THE SCINTILLA PROJECT - New Album ‘The Hybrid’ Coming Next Week!
Music Inspired by the Movie ‘Scintilla’
Select Tracks Co-Produced by World-Famous Producer Andy Sneap
Hitting Stores September 2, 2014 via UDR Music

“Scintilla”, a science fiction thriller, is set deep underground in the wilds of a former Soviet state where strange genetic experiments are taking place. A war weary mercenary is hired to lead a company scientist to the secret underground laboratory and with his team of mercenaries to steal the research in the laboratory. Along the way the good people face dangerous militia involved in a bloodthirsty civil war, strange monsters lurking in the abandoned tunnels of the old Soviet bunker and finally they meet the scientist running the genetic experiments and her terrifying secret.

The film has inspired a newly formed super-group THE SCINTILLA PROJECT, fronted by SAXON’s own BIFF BYFORD, who will be releasing their album The Hybrid in the U.S., featuring songs inspired by the film, on September 2, 2014 via UDR Music. Select tracks on the record are co-produced by world-famous heavy metal producer Andy Sneap, who also plays guitar on these tracks.

Biff Byford states, “I was introduced to Lionel Hicks by Toby Jepson while recording ‘Call To Arms’. This was leading SAXON to write a song for the Lionel Hicks produced film ‘Scintilla’. As the film developed through production, our minds began working – maybe we could put together a concept album based on and inspired by the film. While I was having a break from writing with SAXON, Lionel Hicks, Anthony Ritchie (both ‘Balance Of Power’), and I decided that I would produce and also sing on the album. I brought in Andy Sneap to co-produce and play guitar on some tracks.”

Tracklisting:
1.      Scintilla (One Black Heart)
2.      Beware The Children
3.      Permanence
4.      Some Nightmare
5.      Angels
6.      Pariah
7.      The Damned And Divine
8.      Life In Vain
9.      No Rest for The Wicked (SAXON recording as featured in the film – taken from ‘Call To Arms’)

THE SCINTILLA PROJECT:
Biff Byford (vocals)
Lionel Hicks (drums)

Anthony Ritchie (bass)
Andy Sneap (guitar)

For more information on THE SCINTILLA PROJECT, please visit http://udr-music.com/index.php/thescintillaproject-band.

HELLION ANNOUNCES COMPLETE TOURING LINE-UP FOR THEIR ‘KARMA’S A BITCH’ NORTH AMERICAN DATES

HELLION announces a stellar line-up for their Karma’s A Bitch tour including vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, DIO, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with DIO and Heaven & Hell), bassist Greg Smith (formerly with Alice Cooper, Rainbow, and Blue Oyster Cult), up-and-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, and special guest rhythm guitarist Georg Dolivo of Rhino Bucket. This will be the first time HELLION has ever toured as a six-piece band.

Members of HELLION recently were interviewed by Allie Jorgen of L.A. Metal Media about their upcoming tour and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37eot14eH_s&feature=youtu.be

As a thank you to all the HELLION fans for their overwhelming support, between now and the start of HELLION's Karma's A Bitch tour, HELLION is giving away a FREE DOWNLOAD of a different HELLION song every day! To get your free download, click here: http://www.hellion.us/download-of-the-day-free

Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, HELLION’s new mini-album will be released on CD on October 7, 2014, through New Renaissance Records in the U.S., and HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the U.K. A special, limited edition fan pack is also available for pre-order through HELLION’s official website at http://www.hellion.us.

HELLION’s new song ‘Hell Has No Fury’ is available for streaming here.

HELLION‘s North American dates are as follows:
October 2 - Whiskey a Go Go (Los Angeles, CA)
October 3 – Count’s Vamp'd (Las Vegas, NV)
October 4 – Cactus Moon (Mesa, AZ
October 7 – Lasalles Bar (Chico, CA
October 9 – The Hop (Spokane, WA
October 10 - El Corazon (Seattle, WA)
October 11- The Bouquet (Boise, ID)
October 15 – Red Line Tap (Chicago, IL)
October 16 – Dead Horse Saloon (Pittsburgh, PA)
October 17 – Rock Pile West (Toronto, ON)
October 18 - Obsession Live (Ottawa, ON)
October 19 - Legendary Dobbs (Philadelphia, PA)
October 20 – Fish Head Cantina (Baltimore, MD)
October 22 – Devils Tail (Junction City, KS)
October 23 –The Vanguard (Tulsa, OK)
October 24 --The Chameleon Room (Oklahoma City, OK)
October 25 -- Concert Pub North Metal Fest (Houston, TX)
October 26 – Fitzgeralds (San Antonio, TX)
October 27 – TBA (McAllen, TX)
October 30 – Brick By Brick (San Diego)
October 31 – End of Tour Party (Secret Location)

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Joe Lynn Turner Calls Rainbow Reunion A Very Big Possibility
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Joe Lynn Turner has suggested plans are being made for a Rainbow reunion - even though he's admitted he's not allowed to talk about it. The vocalist says "it's a very big possibility" that he could be working with Ritchie Blackmore again soon.

The former Deep Purple guitarist split the band in 1997 after a three-year stint featuring Doogie White on vocals. Turner was a member between 1980 and 1984, taking the mic after Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet.

Asked about the chances of a reunion, Turner tells Rock Overdose: "I'm going to be honest with you right now - yes, possibly. It's very possible. Last year I wouldn't say it, but this year I say it. It's a very big possibility that something might happen. I heard talk of it, and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it.

"But I'm talking to you now and all I want to do is say 'yes.' We may have a reunion, and it would be phenomenal."

Sixx A.M. Release Cover Of The Cars' Drive
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Sixx A.M. have made their cover of The Cars' track Drive available to stream. The song is taken from the group's third album Modern Vintage, which will be released in October.

Drive was a hit for The Cars in 1985. Sixx AM singer James Michael says: "It took us three records to do a cover song, but I'm so glad that we waited. And I'm so glad we chose to do the one we did."

Bassist Nikki Sixx says they toyed with doing a cover of Elvin Bishop's Fooled Around And Fell In Love before settling on Drive. Sixx adds: "One day I called Michael up and just sang the opening line to Drive, and he said, 'That's a Sixx AM song.' I think it was an opportunity to cover a song that is so defined that you have to be very careful not to wreck it. That song is so loved by so many people, including us, that we really wanted to pay a real tribute to it, and I believe we have."

Check out the cover here.

Vinnie Paul Says Calls For Pantera Reunion Are Selfish
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Vinnie Paul has slammed fans who want a Pantera reunion as selfish. Speculation has circulated for some time that the band could regroup with Zakk Wylde in place of murdered guitarist Dimebag Abbott - providing frontman Phil Anselmo and Dime's brother Paul can settle their differences.

But the drummer tells EMP Rock Invasion: "People are selfish. They want what they want; they don't care what you want. People go, 'Oh wow, they can get Zakk to jump up there on stage and it's Pantera again.'

"No it's not. It's not that simple. If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, Zakk, go play for Van Halen - just call it Van Halen.'

"It's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all."

Phil Rudd Excited About Sound Of AC/DC's New Album
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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd reckons the band's first album without Malcolm Young is better than 2008's Black Ice. The mainman took no part in recording sessions during May as a result of long-standing health issues - which may mean he'll never return to the band he's led since 1973.

Describing the Aussie giants' 15th studio work as "stellar," Rudd tells Triple M: "It was done in 10 days and I've never played better. I hope it's as good as I remember when I came away from the studio. It's pretty damn good."

He says mastering work has been completed, but he believes the production process could be faster: "Usually you master something and wait a couple of weeks and you go and have a listen to it. They do things a certain way - I think they're taking too long."

Badlands Members Reunite In Red Dragon Cartel
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Jake E. Lee has welcomed his former Badlands bandmate Greg Chaisson into Red Dragon Cartel. The bassist has been brought in to replace Ron Mancuso, who quit the band to concentrate on his production career.

And this will not be the first time that Chaisson performs with the band as he had previously filled in for Mancuso at a concert in Arizona in March this year.

The band say in a statement: "We would like to welcome Greg Chaisson to RDC. The band is excited to have Greg on board and can't wait to share the stage with him."

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FRONTIERS MUSIC SET TO RELEASE DENNIS DeYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX LIVE IN LOS ANGELES
Deluxe CD/ DVD combination will feature the greatest songs DeYoung originally recorded with STYX
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Powerful. Majestic. Compelling.

These are some of the words that have described the unforgettable live performances given by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. Now in 2014, the nearly five decade musical legacy of DeYoung has come full circle. Frontiers Music Srl will release on October 17th in Europe and 21st in North America Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, encompassing the greatest hits of STYX sung once again by the voice who made them famous.

Recorded and filmed for this special CD/DVD release and for an October US 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. The 2CD/DVD version is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com here: http://geni.us/DDYLiveAMZ Preorders

of the Blu-Ray and digital versions will be made available soon.

“If you are a STYX fan this DVD CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience,” says deYoung, who wrote and sang nearly all of that legendary band’s radio hits, as well as a number of solo hits. “The intimate setting

of the historic El Rey theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin’ these tunes.”

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. In addition to his success with STYX, DeYoung wrote and recorded several solo projects and did an album of Broadway standards, after touring as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.

 “To have this band and these songs on a Blu-Ray, DVD and two CD set is a dream come true,” says DeYoung. “I have to thank AXS Tv in the US and Frontiers in Italy for this special opportunity.”

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.

Preorder the 2CD/DVD version of Dennis DeYoung And The Music of STYX Live In Los Angeles at: http://geni.us/DDYLiveAMZ
For all things Dennis DeYoung, please visit: www.dennisdeyoung.com
Follow Dennis DeYoung on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dennis-DeYoung/303904839630509

BILLY IDOL WILL RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND’ ON OCTOBER 21
FIRST SINGLE “CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN” IS AVAILABLE NOW WITH iTUNES PRE-ORDER--AND IS STREAMING ON THE NEW BILLYIDOL.NET

Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND, his first new album in almost a decade, on October 21. The album will be released on IDOL's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. The track list for the new album is listed below.       

KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as a producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, “Can’t Break Me Down.”  The single is now streaming at the new BillyIdol.net and will be delivered instantly to fans that pre-order the new album beginning today on iTunes.  The iTunes edition of the album will also exclusively include “Hollywood Promises,” a new song recorded during the album sessions. Fans can also pre-order the CD on Amazon.com beginning today.

The artwork for KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND (seen above) was designed by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey.

The album will arrive close to the release of BILLY IDOL’s highly anticipated self-written autobiography, DANCING WITH MYSELF, which as previously announced will be released worldwide the week of October 7.

IDOL and his band, including longtime collaborator and guitarist Steve Stevens, will launch a European Tour in November, the first of several legs of a World Tour that will continue into 2015.

Link to iTunes Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album: http://smarturl.it/billyidolitunes

Link to Amazon Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album: http://smarturl.it/billyidolamz

KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND TRACK LIST
Bitter Pill
Can’t Break Me Down (listen at BillyIdol.net)
Save Me Now
One Breath Away
Postcards From The Past
Kings & Queens Of The Underground
Eyes Wide Shut
Ghosts In My Guitar
Nothing To Fear
Love And Glory
Whiskey And Pills

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QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE TO AUCTION OFF QUEENSRYCHE STAGE BACKDROP FEATURED ON SEVERAL TOURS WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO DEVOUT FAN, BRYAN STOW

GEOFF TATE TO ALSO DONATE PROCEEDS OF SONG, "FACING MY DEMONS," TO STOW, WHO CONTINUES TO MAKE PROGRESS AFTER BEATING AT DODGER STADIUM IN 2011

On opening day of the baseball season in 2011, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium by two individuals, who are currently serving a sentence for their actions.

Stow, a proud father of two and a paramedic, sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed into a medically-induced coma after the incident.

It would be months before he would go outside and, ultimately, more than two years before he would go home.

Shortly after the occurrance, while Stow was in the hospital, Queensryche became aware that he was one of their biggest fans, sporting a sizeable tattoo of the Queensryche logo on his left arm.

At the request of a friend, the band made a surprise visit to Bryan in the hospital that September, which ended up being an experience that both will never forget.

"We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music," states original Queensryche lead singer, Geoff Tate.

With a week remaining in their Farewell tour, Geoff's version of Queensryche (which will continue on as Operation: Mindcrime after the tour ends) will be auctioning off the Queensryche stage backdrop that has been featured on several tours. "It's truly a special part of our musical history and we'd like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress."

The auction will begin at 3:00pm PDT on Sunday, August 31, the day after the very last performance of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour, and will end at 3:00pm PDT the following Sunday, September 7, 2014. "We're honored and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a check just prior to Thanksgiving. Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road."

Come Sunday, fans desiring to bid can enter "Queenryche Stage Backdrop" on eBay or go to the direct link at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261574477081.

In addition to the money raised from the auction of the backdrop, Geoff will, personally, be donating his proceeds from a song titled, "Facing My Demons," that he sings with The Voodoos, who are currently out on tour with him. The song can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/facing-my-demons-single/id788709857.

Earlier this month, Bryan came out for the Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate performance in Morgan Hill, California and, more recently, made a clubhouse visit with his son to the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Sunday, August 17, where he was guided by longtime third base coach Tim Flannery and Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.

Flannery, a musician himself, has performed a series of Northern California concerts over the past three years to raise money for Bryan, and plans to continue his efforts as well.

To all music fans... to all sports fans... to all those who just want to do some good...

Get out there and bid!

ADDITIONAL ONBOARD ACTIVITES ANNOUNCED FOR MOTÖRHEAD’S MOTÖRBOAT ‘THE LOUDEST BOAT IN THE WORLD’ SAILS FROM MIAMI TO KEY WEST AND COZUMEL SEPTEMBER 22-26 ONBOARD CARNIVAL ECSTASY WITH PERFORMANCES FROM MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD,

ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DOWN & MORE

The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat, featuring three of the greatest heavy metal bands in the world--Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax--will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature Testament, Down, High On Fire, plus Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at www.MotorheadCruise.com.

Additional onboard performances and activities have been announced for Motörhead’s Motörboat, including a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian.

Scott’s spoken word performances in support of his upcoming Swearing Words In Glasgow CD (out November 13 via Megaforce Records) are an honest look at the insane life that he has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. 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 certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.

Those onboard Motörhead’s Motörboat will also be treated to a screening of the 2010 documentary film Lemmy, directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski.

In addition, theme nights for Motörhead’s Motörboat are as follows:

Monday, September 22 -- Löud and Hometown Pröud

Motörhead’s Motörboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride.

Tuesday, September 23 -- Pajamarama

“Rock on out in your jammies!” It’s the biggest slumber party on the open seas. We know some people like to sleep in the buff, so remember that you have to wear something, even if it’s minimal. And who knows, there might even be the biggest pillow fight of all time?

Wednesday, September 24 -- Fiesta En Barco

Motörboat is going to Mexico and back. It’s siesta and fiesta day! In the morning – sleep late. We don’t get off the boat in Cozumel until 1pm. (There will be activities a'plenty in the morning – info on those will come later). When we get back, it’s FIESTA all night – bring something from home, or pick up something new in Mexico – show off how you spent your day: sombreros, Mexican wrestling masks, donkeys, your tequila face, anything...

Traditionally, theme nights start after dinner and go late into the night. While guests are not required to dress up, the sea's the limit with the amount of fun one can have. Find others to join you and dress up in groups. Go stag and stand out in the crowd. Enjoy yourselves...be creative and push the envelope.

Thursday, September 25 -- Go To Heaven, Raise Hell

This is our full day at sea! It’s Heaven & Hell, Leather & Lace. It’s the best of both worlds. Show us your good side or your naughty side. As we pay homage to those rock gods that have passed, come to our all star jam dressed as your favorite rocker, groupie, devil, or angel. The sky and the sea are the limit!

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Highway To Hell  35th Anniversary Bittersweet for AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young InTheStudio 

Dallas, TX - August 26, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Highway to Hell, the breakthrough album and bittersweet end of the Bon Scott era for AC/DC. 

In August 1979 a lot of North American rock music fans had no idea that Highway to Hell  was the Australian-based AC/DC’s fifth studio album, and that their long-suffering U.S. record label was getting frustrated by the band’s lack of sales. 

Short on money but with a full tank of steely determination, armed with a demo tape containing Highway to Hell , the band found and secured a young South African producer named “Mutt” Lange. Lead guitarist Angus Young recounts to InTheStudio host Redbeard:                                      

“We actually had written most of the songs in a weekend for Highway to Hell... We snuck in the rehearsal studio...we put a tape together and sent it to Mutt Lange and he said, ‘Look, I hear what you’re trying to do. I’m sure I can do you a great job’.”

The result was a rock masterpiece complete with the title track “Highway to Hell”, “Girl’s Got Rhythm”, “Shot Down In Flames”, “If You Want Blood”  which all to quickly became rock classics. But as rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young recalls, tragically, colorful lead singer Bon Scott would only get to enjoy the worldwide success of Highway to Hell  (certified seven million sold in the US) for another eight short months. 

“Bon was unlucky, he just happened to fall asleep with his head in the wrong position from a big night of drinking... Bon wasn’t a rockstar like Jim Morrison. Bon was a rock and roller. He lived that lifestyle, he didn’t act that lifestyle.”

AC/DC Highway to Hell 35th /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/acdc-highway-hell-35th-anniversary-angus-young-malcolm-young/
Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations
Direct Link to AC/DC website: HYPERLINK  “http://www.acdc.com
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: HYPERLINK “http://www.inthestudio.net

ACE FREHLEY BREAKS RECORDS WITH NEW ALBUM SPACE INVADER
TOP 10 DEBUT MARKS HIGHEST DEBUT FOR ANY KISS SOLO RECORD EVER

NEW YORK, NY) - 2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has made history with his new album Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart this week.  The LP scores the highest charting position of ANY Kiss solo album ever, and marks Frehley's first return to the Top 10 since KISS's 1998 Pyscho Circus reunion album.   The album has also sold better in first week sales than Kiss' recently released Kiss 40 album. Internationally, Space Invader has debuted #1 on the Independent Chart and #16 on the Top 200 Chart in Canada, Top 40 in Switzerland and Sweden, and hit a historic benchmark for the first time ever as a solo artist in Germany.

Space Invader, Frehley's first studio album in five years, has also received praise from critics.  Rolling Stone wrote, "Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn't deserve to wear Kiss' Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman's first solo LP in five years says otherwise," while Associated Press hailed, "...the original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978."   Paste also confirmed, "Space Invader is a good rock album, and it’s an even better guitar record."

Frehley stopped by The Tonight Show prior to his album release to sit in with legendary house band The Roots to perform his classic hit "New York Groove." Watch here.

Space Invader features nine brand new original songs, including the first single, “Gimme a Feelin'," as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic rock staple “The Joker." Frehley also tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album art for Space Invader. Kelly created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977).

Widely known as the original “Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member.  In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley (1978), went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums. The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  Ace also released an autobiography titled "No Regrets," which debuted at #10 on the NY Times Hardcover Non-Fiction best seller list in November 2011.  

GARY NUMAN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES THIS FALL

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27, 2014 - Industrial and Electro music pioneer Gary Numan today announced North American tour dates this fall. The 10-city run will kick off on October 23rd at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA and will bring the Splinter Tour to California, Oregon, Washington and Canada ahead of his performance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival on November 8th. Tickets for all U.S. dates will go on sale this Friday, August 29th. Tickets for shows in Canada are on sale now. For a full list of upcoming dates see below or click HERE

Following Sold Out shows in the UK, a main stage appearance at Sonisphere Festival and a tour of Australia and New Zealand, Numan is touring in support of his latest critically acclaimed album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), which was released on his own label, Machine Music, in October 2013 and marked the artist's return to the Billboard 200 for the first time in over 31 years. The album was recorded in England and completed at Numan's home studio in Los Angeles, California, following his permanent move to the US at the end of 2012. Featuring some sublime guitar work from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck, Mojo called the album "Numan's finest hour."

The I Am Dust special edition digital EP was released earlier this summer and includes the album version of the track "I Am Dust", the original demo, and remixed by thenewno2 and Roman Remains. The EP is currently available for purchase at iTunes and Amazon.

Numan's influence has been recognized by a diverse array of the world's greatest artists, including Prince, Lady Gaga, Jack White, Kanye West, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, The Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, and more. "While Numan's unique, pioneering style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of Indie-Rock, Alternative, Electronic, and Industrial, he remains as focused as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. Utilizing many new sounds and ideas whilst retaining the feel of his classic sound, the softly spoken artist possesses one of the most distinctive voices in music.

Fall 2014 North American Dates

Thurs 23 Oct -Glasshouse, Pomona, CA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Fri 24 Oct - Mcnears Mystic, Petaluma, CA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Sun 26 Oct - Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Tues 28 Oct - Neptune Ballroom, Seattle, WA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Weds 29 Oct - Rickshaw, Vancouver, Canada (On Sale Nowhttp://ticketf.ly/1tBvj2b)
Thurs 30 Oct -Flames, Calgary, Canada (On Sale Now http://ticketf.ly/VO5YFN)
Fri 31 Oct -Union Hall, Edmonton, Canada (On Sale Now http://ticketf.ly/1mIlsTl)
Sat 1 Nov - O'Brians, Saskatoon, Canada (On Sale Now http://ticketf.ly/1pY7NfB)
Mon 3 Nov -Garrick, Winnipeg, Canada (On Sale Now http://ticketf.ly/1mIlCdh)
Weds 5 Nov -Blue Moose, Iowa City, IA (On Sale Friday 8/29 @ 9:00 AM EDT)
Sat 8 Nov - Fun Fun Fun Festival, Austin, TX (http://funfunfunfest.com)

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ADDITIONAL ONBOARD ACTIVITES ANNOUNCED FOR MOTÖRHEAD’S MOTÖRBOAT ‘THE LOUDEST BOAT IN THE WORLD’ SAILS FROM MIAMI TO KEY WEST AND COZUMEL SEPTEMBER 22-26 ONBOARD CARNIVAL ECSTASY WITH PERFORMANCES FROM MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD,

ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DOWN & MORE
The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat, featuring three of the greatest heavy metal bands in the world--Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax--will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature Testament, Down, High On Fire, plus Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at www.MotorheadCruise.com.

Additional onboard performances and activities have been announced for Motörhead’s Motörboat, including a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian.

Scott’s spoken word performances in support of his upcoming Swearing Words In Glasgow CD (out November 13 via Megaforce Records) are an honest look at the insane life that he has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. 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 certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.

Those onboard Motörhead’s Motörboat will also be treated to a screening of the 2010 documentary film Lemmy, directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski.

In addition, theme nights for Motörhead’s Motörboat are as follows:

Monday, September 22 -- Löud and Hometown Pröud

Motörhead’s Motörboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride.

Tuesday, September 23 -- Pajamarama

“Rock on out in your jammies!” It’s the biggest slumber party on the open seas. We know some people like to sleep in the buff, so remember that you have to wear something, even if it’s minimal. And who knows, there might even be the biggest pillow fight of all time?

Wednesday, September 24 -- Fiesta En Barco

Motörboat is going to Mexico and back. It’s siesta and fiesta day! In the morning – sleep late. We don’t get off the boat in Cozumel until 1pm. (There will be activities a'plenty in the morning – info on those will come later). When we get back, it’s FIESTA all night – bring something from home, or pick up something new in Mexico – show off how you spent your day: sombreros, Mexican wrestling masks, donkeys, your tequila face, anything...

Traditionally, theme nights start after dinner and go late into the night. While guests are not required to dress up, the sea's the limit with the amount of fun one can have. Find others to join you and dress up in groups. Go stag and stand out in the crowd. Enjoy yourselves...be creative and push the envelope.

Thursday, September 25 -- Go To Heaven, Raise Hell

This is our full day at sea! It’s Heaven & Hell, Leather & Lace. It’s the best of both worlds. Show us your good side or your naughty side. As we pay homage to those rock gods that have passed, come to our all star jam dressed as your favorite rocker, groupie, devil, or angel. The sky and the sea are the limit!

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Robert Plant May End Career With New Album
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Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has hinted in a new interview that his upcoming solo album, 'lullaby … And the Ceaseless Roar' maybe be his final release and mark the end of his career.

Plant surprised The Independent's James McNair when he made the following proclamation at the end of their conversation, "And maybe this new album is the end now for me."

McNair followed up and asked "Really? The end of what?" and Plant responded, "Of this musical wanderlust and the wonderful carousel that I've been on.

"It's like a kaleidoscope: you hold it up to the light, rotate it, and the pieces fall beautifully in different ways, but this record feels different. It's a consummation of all those bits from Son House to Roni Size to the Gambia and it seems to have some sort of finality."

The new album is set to be released on September 9th and Plant has lined up a handful of dates to support the trek including a show in London and four North American dates.

Read the Independent's full interview with Plant including a comical run-in with a fan here.

Ray Davies Denies Kinks Reunion Report
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Kinks fans have hoped-for years-that the iconic British band would reunite. On Tuesday (Aug. 26), the UK music magazine MOJO may have prematurely caused some excitement among those fans, when they reported that a reunion is imminent, in their story titled "Kinks Reunion Confirmed For 2015 - With Or Without Dave Davies."

The magazine quotes the band's leader Ray Davies as saying of his bandmate and brother: "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway. He's very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him."

When asked if the Kinks would still be the Kinks without Dave, Ray is quoted as saying, "Yes, it would. I think it's all down to the music. If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it," referring to founding drummer Mick Avory.

However, now Ray Davies claims he never said any such thing. The Kinks' official Facebook page posted a message today that reads: "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

Def Leppard To Rock NFL Game
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Def Leppard will perform the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium.

"Having most recently visited Wembley in May to watch Sheffield United in the FA Cup semifinal," said singer Joe Elliott, "I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like for 'our' football, so I'm really looking forward to performing there before the NFL game , of course, soaking up the excitement of the actual match. I can't wait!"

The Raiders-Dolphins game will kick off at 6:00 p.m. U.K. time (1:00p.m. ET) and will be aired live in the U.K. on Channel 4 and Sky Sports and in the U.S. on CBS.

Iron Maiden Reissuing Classic Albums On Vinyl
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Iron Maiden have announced a vinyl reissues series that will see the band's classic 1980's catalogue re-released on heavyweight 180g black vinyl this fall.

The records will be released chronologically across a two month period starting October 13th (Oct 14th in North America) with the first three albums: "Iron Maiden", "Killers" and "The Number Of The Beast."

The albums will also be cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases. As a bonus, the first batch of album releases will also be made available in a Collector's Box sized to house all 8 albums; this package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.

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.

Bob Dylan and The Band's 138-Track Basement Tapes Complete Coming
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Sony Legacy has revealed that they'll be releasing the next installment of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series. Titled The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, the collection is credited to Bob Dylan and the Band.

The six-disc set, including 138 tracks, is available for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes. The collection draws from Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions with the musicians who would later name themselves "The Band."

But for those who are unfamiliar with that era in Dylan history, here's some context: After a few years as one of pop's most significant voices in the '60s, Dylan took a break in July of 1966, when he was reported to have been injured in a motorcycle accident (Dylanologists have long debated whether or not that was just a ruse).

What is agreed upon is that Dylan retreated to upstate New York, where he recorded lots of new music (reportedly over a hundred songs) with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed "Big Pink" by the group, in West Saugerties. Their recordings included traditional covers as well as dozens of newly written Bob Dylan songs, including "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."

Slash's Band Upped Their Game Because Of Aerosmith Tour
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Slash has credited Aerosmith with turning his band into a better outfit during their summer US tour together. The axeman has been on the road with the veteran rockers on their Let Rock Rule tour - and he insists he'll sound superior when he hits the UK in November as a result of their influence.

Slash tells UltimateGuitar: "It's been an amazing experience. Those guys have been heroes of mine ever since I was a teenager - and also because they're just such a great f***ing band.

"I think it's really upped our game playing with those guys. Our tour in November will be that much better as a result of having played with Aerosmith."

Joe Bonamassa Discusses Making Of New Album
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Joe Bonamassa has released a second video feature taking a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his upcoming album. Bonamassa will release Different Shades of Blue next month.

In his latest video blog, Bonamassa says: "The recording session in Vegas was great. It's a very creative place for us because there isn't any distractions, we're not at home and all we have to do is go from the hotel room to the studio and back to the hotel room. It's a very focused session. I'm very excited about hearing more finished versions of the songs."

It wasn't all plain sailing though. The guitarist previously admitted the writing process for the album wasn't the easiest he has ever experienced. Watch the video update here.

Classic Genesis Concert Film Getting DVD and Blu-Ray Reissue
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Genesis concert film Three Sides Live is set to be released on Blu-ray for the first time. Three Sides Live is released on the format on November 3rd in the UK.

Filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America, it was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007.

Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind the scenes footage and interviews with band members. More here.

Suzi Quatro Releasing Box Set
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Suzi Quatro will release an 82-track box set to celebrate her 50-year career in the music business. The Girl From Detroit City spans her entire career across four discs and features album and poster artwork, photographs and up-to-date liner notes.

Along with her hits, the collection features three songs from her days in the Pleasure Seekers - the band Quatro formed with sister Patti in the 60s.

The anthology will launch on October 20 via Cherry Red Records, who will also release 2013 track The Girl From Detroit City on digital formats on September 29 - a track exclusive to the box set. Find out what else Quatro has planned here.

Led Zeppelin Scores Greatest Guitar Riff Of All Time
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Led Zeppelin's 1969 classic, "Whole Lotta Love", has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2. The BBC reports the track topped the list of songs ahead of tunes by Guns N' Roses, AC/DC , Deep Purple and others.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" by winning the vote. "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive," he said. "There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing."

"Whole Lotta Love" was the opening track on Led Zeppelin's 1969 sophomore release, "Led Zepplin II." The single peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on its way to selling a million copies Stateside and becoming the group's only US Top 10 single.

Check out the full list here.

GUITAR VIRTUOSO JOHN 5 CHARTS #50 ON THE BILLBOARD “HEARSEEKER” CHART WITH HIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SOLO ALBUM: CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE

Out Now On iTunes and Other Fine Digital Download Sites – Digital Only

The word just came in – John 5’s new release, CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE on 60 Cycle Hum Records – Just charted #50 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. Released digitally on August 12, "Careful With That Axe" is John 5's eighth solo album and features drummer Rodger Carter and bassist Matt Bissonette.

Recorded at The Doghouse Studios in Los Angeles in between tour legs, "Careful With That Axe" was produced by John 5, along with drummer, Rodger Carter, and illustrates his musical growth and talents as a guitar player and composer. Carter and Bissonette are in perfect sync, masterfully laying down the musical dreamscape with technical precision. Packed with rapid-fire, machine-gun riffs and musical crescendos, all intertwined with blistering-fast six-string assaults and an eerie sense of melody, John 5 leads you on a macabre journey through the twisted minds of a different brand of axe wielders. With compositions such as "Portrait Of Sidney Sloan", "The Dream Slayer" and "Flight Of The Vulcan Kelly", drawing you in with lightning-fast leads, completely redefining the term "shredding."

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CELEBRATING JON LORD the magical night in memory of the great man and musician featuring DEEP PURPLE BRUCE DICKINSON, GLENN HUGHES, PAUL WELLER, RICK WAKEMAN and many others

To be released as DVD, Blu-Ray and CD by earMUSIC on 26th September 2014

It was in 2006 when, once a year, a group of stellar musicians and stars of rock started meeting up in London for a night of live music. The main intent was to raise money for a charity called The Sunflower Jam.

At first the rumours about these sessions with Deep Purple, Robert Plant, Brian May and Alice Cooper were too good to be true, to the point that a few thought that they were nothing else than an urban legend.

"The Jam" as it soon started to be called quickly became a cult night.

A real must first of all for the artists themselves, finally free and happy to leave their commercial thoughts outside the venue and able to enjoy playing music together with colleagues, friends and maybe even secret rivals and for the audience, who often could simply not believe their eyes.

The Sunflower Jam started as an idea from Jacky Paice, who very often could count on the drumming of her husband Ian. Who would turn down playing with him?

The first editions were mainly open to guests and music business professionals that would contribute to the charity. Later "The Jam" became too good not to be available for the public.

It is in one of the earlier SFJs that Jon Lord played for the last time with his friends with Deep Purple, duetting in a peaceful "war of hammonds" with Don Airey, who had replaced Lord in Deep Purple when he decided it was enough with a life spent on the road, and after a lifetime dedicated to rock and roll, Lord left to concentrate to his first love: classical music and the combination of rock elements in it.

2014: "The Sunflower Jam" is a now a regular sold out event. The fourth one at the Royal Albert Hall. A night of great music but also an explosion of joy and will to live.

Jon Lord sadly passed away in 2012. Just a few weeks before the release of the just finished remake of what is universally known as the first ever meeting of classical music and rock. The "Concerto For Group and Orchestra". The same composition that Purple played live in 1969 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Considering the amount of respect, friendship and love expressed on any occasion by anybody who had worked, played or simply met Jon Lord, it is not a surprise that the 2014 Jam would be dedicated totally to his music. The night turned out to be an historical moment in rock music: A full orchestra, a director - Paul Mann - crazy enough to give wonderful arrangements to a repertoire going back and forth through fifty years of music, many old friends for an unforgettable night.

The Albert Hall sold out to the last seat...

Jon’s big musical loves were in the room, once again: same venue, many years later, many of the same people involved, a million times more the amount of emotions.

For four hours Jon’s music was shining. Commotion, jokes, laughs and a lot of music came together by magic.

The result is the show you can now hear and watch.

All the wonderful musicians who played at the "Celebrating Jon Lord" Sunflower Jam have left a precious mark but how not to mention the 45 minutes finale by Deep Purple, the Purple Mk III songs played by Paice with the old friend Glenn Hughes, together with Iron Maiden´s Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman’s of Yes fame, Steve Balsamo (who sang in the late Jon Lord band and in his last studio album "Concerto"), members of The Temperance Movement, ex members of Whitesnake, Marsden and Moody, the "modfather" Paul Weller...

Ian Paice remembers the “Celebrating Jon Lord” night with vivid memory considering the time all the artists had to rehearse the music for the concert, (in Deep Purple’s case two hours the day before the show!) the resulting performance were nothing less than miraculous. A testament to the quality of the players and love for Jon and his works.

“It was like no concert I have ever played. To a person everyone in the Hall was there for a common purpose to honour a wonderful man and a great musician. The Royal Albert Hall is fairly large venue and can be intimidating, but that evening it was more like a gathering of friends at their local,(if slightly oversized) pub than a regular show.

I believe all the artists, the people in the audience and even the crew helping to make the show work, felt the difference that night.”

Everybody attending the show left the venue with an expression that clearly said "one day I will be able to say I was there"...

Now everybody will be able to see why.

Jon Lord, Deep Purple & Friends - "Celebrating Jon Lord - The Composer" Release date: Friday, September 26th 2014

Scott Weiland Imposter Fronts Stone Temple Pilots Cover Band?
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Last week, a strange story emerged in which many were duped (including the police) into thinking former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland had been arrested for methamphetamine possession and burglary. Quickly, the news was revised that the man accused was actually not Weiland, but Jason Hurley, just a dude that bared a striking resemblance to Weiland.

It turns out, Hurley's preoccupation with the "Plush" and "Interstate Love Song" singer goes deeper than just impersonating him on arrest. Hurley has claimed to be in a Stone Temple Pilots cover band, named Stone Tempered Pilots. Alternative Nation notes that on Hurley's Facebook page, he posted several months ago about a scheduled gig for the tribute act at Hollywood's Roxy Theatre.

Maybe equally as weird, is Hurley's claims to be in with a host of A-list musicians. In a separate post, Hurley refers to Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro as "my buddy," speaks of being at "Ozzies House with Sharon b--g in the background," (great friends, but he can't spell his name right?), and recalls being "attacked" by Juliette Lewis. He also likes soccer. For fun, check out the full, error-ridden Facebook post (via Alternative Nation) here.

Rush Working On Clockwork Angels Novel Sequel
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Rush's Neil Peart is working with author Kevin J Anderson on a sequel to their Clockwork Angels novel, it's been confirmed. Titled Clockwork Lives, the book will feature characters from the band's award-winning 2012 album and story.

The plans were announced by Anderson at the annual Rushcon in Toronto - and he also used the opportunity to announce a second literature project based on the Canadian icons' work.

Anderson reports: "For those of you not lucky enough to be at Rushcon, I made an announcement about an anthology of Rush-based stories I'll be co-editing with John McFetridge for ECW." More here.

Alice Cooper's Raise The Dead Live Release Coming
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Alice Cooper will release a new concert package, "Raise The Dead - Live From Wacken", this fall. Due October 21 in North America, (Oct 17 in Germany and October 20 in UK), the set features the rock legend recorded in concert at Wacken Open Air, an annual summer open air heavy metal festival that takes place in the small village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany.

Recorded live on August 3, 2013, "Raise The Dead" will be available as DVD + CD digipack. The DVD contains 22 songs plus an interview with Alice, while the double CD contains the complete concert.

With "Raise The Dead - Live From Wacken", the German label UDR is starting a new live series of legendary Wacken performances. When Alice learned about the purpose behind it, he was very happy to be one of the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation. Check out the trailer for the DVD here.

L.A. Guns, Poison, Cinderella Supergroup Release New Song
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Devil City Angels, featuring former LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and Cheap Thrill singer Brandon Gibbs, have released a stream of No Angels - the fourth release from the US band.

They came together earlier this year, with Guns revealing the band want to focus on a no-nonsense rock sound. Guns had this to say about the project, "It's basic and it's simple.

"We might groove out a little more on some things and we might have a ballad or two, but other than that, we're going to keep it pretty straightforward 1977 rock." More here.

Rob Zombie Leads 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute
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Rockers were out in force on Sunday for the 10th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and fan-filmed video from the event has surfaced.

Presented by Johnny's wife, Linda Ramone, and hosted by Rob Zombie, the tribute featured live music, exhibits and a special outdoor screening under the stars of Zombie's classic film, "The Devil's Rejects."

For the all-star live jam, Zombie was joined by punk legend Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Duff McKagan, plus very special surprise guests - like Billy Idol - for some Ramones hits and punk rock classics.

Check out video from the show here.

Billy Duffy Discusses Direction Of The Cult's Next Album
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The Cult's Billy Duffy says the band are putting the pieces in place for their next album. Work on the follow-up to 2012's Choice Of Weapon has just begun, but the guitarist wants it to be heavier than 2007's Born Into This.

Duffy tells Vanyaland: "I don't think it will be like Born Into This - I think it'll be more guitar heavy. That was a 'guitar light' album for a lot of reasons I won't get into. It seemed a little guitar shy for a Cult album for my ears, but I'm biased."

While the guitarist says he and frontman Ian Astbury have some songs ready, it's still early days. He continues: "We've got completed songs, but there isn't really enough of a cross section of material to figure out what it's going to be like yet.

"I don't see it being a quantum departure - I don't think it's going to be too bonkers. For all I know, Ian wants to make an electro dub dance album." More from Duffy here.

Former Dio Guitarist Recruits MSG Star For New Band
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Former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy's new supergroup is taking shape with the announcement of the addition of Michael Schenker Group member Wayne Findlay.

Goldy and ex-Quiet Riot frontman Mark Huff revealed earlier this year they were putting together a new group and they have now revealed guitarist/keyboard player Findlay as the latest addition.

Goldy says: "I wanted to put the 'holy sh*t' factor back into the hard rock/heavy metal genre by getting virtuosos in their own right together in one band that not only look the part, but are also unusually and vastly talented and who are good human beings - and we can all agree on producing high-quality music together." More here.

The Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet: 3 Music Festival This Weekend
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Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs, Poison, Mr. Big), Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, David Lee Roth) lead the lineup for The Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet: 3 Music Festival.

The benefit concert, organized by the Friends of Jason Becker for the famed guitarist who is battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's Disease), will take place this Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 8 pm at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

The show will also feature appearances from Michael Lee Frikins, Spiral Arms and Ben Woods, along with special guests. Proceeds will support the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust.

Becker is best known as one half of the Cacophony guitar duo with former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman and as the replacement for Steve Vai in David Lee Roth's band. His time in Roth's band was cut short when he was diagnosed with ALS.

Most people have seen the various ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos across the web over the past few weeks. Becker himself took the challenge this weekend and issued a challenge to Edward Van Halen, David Lee Roth and John Mayer to do the same. Check out the video here.

BRYAN ADAMS REVISITS HIS MUSICAL ROOTS ON NEW ALBUM, TRACKS OF MY YEARS, FEATURING A COLLECTION OF COVER SONGS AND NEW TRACK “SHE KNOWS ME”

Los Angeles, CA (August 25, 2014) – Iconic multi-platinum recording-artist Bryan Adams is set to release his first studio album in more than six years with Tracks Of My Years (Verve Records), a diverse collection of time honoured classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, announced today.  Releasing September 30, 2014 in the US and Canada (October 6 in Europe and other territories), Tracks Of My Years is co-produced by Adams, David Foster and Bob Rock, and includes ten cover songs featuring a wide range of influential musical styles, from Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music," Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" to the Beatles' "Any Time At All." The collection also includes a brand new track, “She Knows Me” co-written with his long-time writing partner Jim Vallance. The Adams/Vallance partnership was responsible for many of Adams’ classic hits including “Heaven,” “Summer of ‘69” and “Run To You.” The 11-track release and 16-track deluxe version will be available digitally and at retailers nationwide.  Presale is live today, link: http://smarturl.it/TracksMyYearsDlx.

"Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time" noted Adams.  "We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals.  We did about 3 months of recording, spread out over the course of 2 years.  Radio was king when I was a teenager," Adams reflected, "you'd hear McCarney's ‘Admiral Halsey’ straight into ‘Kiss and Say Goodbye’ by the Manhattans. Radio didn't discriminate back then."

The critics have issued early praise for Adams’ first album of covers, “…the high is heavenly.  With God Only Knows,…he takes words, tune, a piano goes a deal slower than the original, and sings the plain beauty of it from the intimacy of the heart rather than the aesthetics Brian Wilson’s glorious art.  Track of the year contender right there.” – Mojo

Tracks Of My Years, the first studio release from Adams since Eleven in 2008, is an eclectic mix of songs reflective of the time when rock was played alongside pop, country and R&B, and follows Adams’ critically-acclaimed acoustic album, 2010’s "Bare Bones" a release that resulted in sold out shows across Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.

Tracklisting for Standard Version
1)  Any Time At All
2)  She Knows Me
3)  I Can't Stop Loving You
4)  Kiss And Say Goodbye
5)  Lay Lady Lay
6)  Rock And Roll Music
7)  Down On The Corner
8)  Never My Love
9)  Sunny
10) The Tracks Of My Tears
11)  God Only Knows

Tracklisting for Deluxe
1)  Any Time At All
2)  She Knows Me
3)  I Can't Stop Loving You
4)  Kiss And Say Goodbye
5)  Lay Lady Lay
6)  Rock And Roll Music
7)  Down On The Corner
8)  Never My Love
9)  Sunny
10) The Tracks Of My Tears
11)  God Only Knows
Bonus 
12)  You've Been A Friend To Me
13)  Many Rivers To Cross
14) C'mon Everybody
15)  Help Me Make It Through The Night
16)  You Shook Me

About Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is one of the world's most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters.  In a career that has spanned more than four decades, the Grammy-winning singer has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, garnered 21 top ten hits, earned nominations for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, received 18 Juno Awards, an American Music Award and five ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture.

Adams is the recipient of the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada; he has received an award for "Artist of the Decade" and has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame.  He has a star on Canada's Walkway of Fame,  a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  and his handprint has been  added to the Wembley Square of Fame in celebration of his 25th show at the famed stadium. 

Bryan Adams' live performances have benefited His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Prince's Trust, Live Aid,  Live 8, The Concert for Freedom for Nelson Mandela, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Net Aid, The Canadian Avalanche Foundation and Breast Cancer to mention a very few.  Through his namesake foundation he has helped build schools and supported organizations that have helped disadvantaged people around the world.

Adams is also an acclaimed photographer.  His work has also been on display with Hear the World presents "Hear the World Ambassadors" – featuring exclusive portraits of renowned personalities from the film, music, and fashion industries.  His critically acclaimed exhibit, “Modern Muses,” was on display in 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.  Amongst the books he has released (his most recent through the prestigious German publisher Steidl) are "Exposed" a collection of portraits and fashion work chronicling his photographic work to date, and "Wounded - The Legacy of War", a collection of intimate photographs documenting the personal sacrifice of war.

Adam's outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world's best rock singers of our time, performing over 120 concerts a year for audiences around the globe.

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Rock vocalist Joe Cerisano joins prog-rockers The Wizards of Winter for upcoming tour

The Wizards of Winter are excited to announce that acclaimed singer Joe Cerisano will bejoining the group as a special guest vocalist for their upcoming tour. Cerisano, a former vocalist with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, joins fellow TSO alum Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor as the group's special guests in concert.Joe Cerisano is often referred to as The most famous anonymous singer in America because of his many years as a successful session vocalist and working in television and radio commercials. 

In addition to those countless sessions, Cerisano sang lead on two Billboard hits from the 1980s: The 1986 theme for the mega-event Hands Across America; and the Top 40 smash You Could Take My Heart Away by his band with guitarist Earl Slick, Silver Condor. 

Over the years, Cerisano has also sung lead for Blue Oyster Cult and back-up for artists as diverse as Michael Bolton and Korn. In 2000, as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra began their second year of live concerts by splitting into two touring companies, Joe got the call to be one of their featured lead vocalists, performing on their first four tours and recording Dream Child; for their Christmas Attic album. Says Cerisano, “I am thrilled to be heading out on tour with The Wizards of Winter this fall. I enjoyed my years of touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and I am happy to be singing some of the songs I did with them originally. Performing with TSO was a wonderful experience but it got to the point where I missed being home during the holidays with my wife and our two little boys. The Wizards are a great band and wonderful people as well.  Though they include some of TSO’s classics in their concerrts, their original material stands on its own and their whole experience takes me back to the more intimate days of touring with TSO in packed theaters.”

The Wizards of Winter, led by musical director and keyboardist Scott Kelly, will be touring eastern United States this fall in support of their forthcoming new studio album. The self-titled album features artwork by legendary cover artist Ioannis and includes the first single from this album, the instrumental hit March Of The Metal Soldiers, which was released in May. Says Kelly, “The Wizards are very excited that Joe accepted our offer to tour this year. He brings an enormous breadth of experience to the role. In addition to being an all around nice guy, his performance of the music is both powerful and uplifting. Personally, I can;t  wait to share the stage with him.”

For more information, visit http://www.thewizardsofwinter.com or http://www.cerisano.com

John Lennon's Killer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole
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Mark David Chapman, that man who shot and killed John Lennon in 1980, has been denied parole for the eighth time. Chapman may apply again in two years' time.

The killer, now 59, gunned down the ex-Beatle outside his New York apartment as he and wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session. He was later handed a sentence of 20 years to life.

The three-man parole board noted that Ono had once again sent a letter asking that Chapman was not released - but that, along with others letters supporting her position, they'd also received notes from those who believed he should be granted freedom.

Courtney Love Goes Off After Beer Can Thrown At Her
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Courtney Love lost it at a recent show in Australia when a fan threw a beer can at her. She didn't go Artest and leap into the crowd fists ablaze, but she had some stern words for the concert-code violator.

"In 20 years, no one's thrown a beer can at me except for you, f--r," Love said to the beer thrower, which was captured on video. "Your weenie must be this f--g big."

"You wanna go back? You wanna f***ing f-k me up? Do not do that again," she said to applause, before adding, "the rest of you are excused." Watch video of the incident here.

Black Star Riders Name Joe Elliott Replacement
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Thin Lizzy offshoot Black Star Riders have revealed that they have recruited Nick Raskulinecz to produce their new studio album after Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott was forced to pull out of the project.

Joe Elliott explains why he had to pull out of the project, "It is with great reluctance that I have had to pull out of the production job for the BSR second album. When I agreed to do it after a great meeting with the boys, it was at was at a time when Def Leppard weren't exceptionally busy. Things changed and I found myself in a situation where the amount of time I could allocate to the album would not have done justice to the record or the band.

"They deserve someone who can do the job without rushing it or having to bail out half way through due to other commitments. I KNOW they're are going to make a great second album and maybe sometime down the road, we can revisit the idea of working together again.

"Myself, Ricky [Warwick], and Scott [Gorham] have a very long-standing & firm friendship which goes back decades!! I wish them nothing but the best & much success with the new album."

Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick adds, "Joe is like a member of the family. I was very excited by the prospects of Joe working with us on the new record, but sometimes things happen that we cannot control. I know we will work with Joe in the future."

The band has announced that they will now be entering the studio in September with Nick Raskulinecz to begin recording the new album. They are expecting to release the new effort next spring.

Raskulinecz, who had previously worked with The Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, and Mastodon, had this to say about taking on production duties for the album, "I was a fan of the first album, and I'm really excited about the songs they've written for their new record. I'm really looking forward to getting into the studio with them to help bring those songs to life."

Warwick explains how they picked Raskulinecz for the album, "I have been a fan of Nick's work for some time. So when it became apparent that Nick wanted to work with us, we were all very excited! He has done some amazing work with other artists in the past and I can't wait to hear what we manage to create together in the studio."

Guitarist Damon Johnson adds: "Nick is an amazing talent and I know he is going to help take Black Star Riders to the next level. His résumé is staggering, his reputation is stellar, and his enthusiasm for our band and our songs is incredibly exciting."

Robert Plant Releases New Short Film
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Robert Plant has released the second part of "Returning To The Borders", which is a short film about his forthcoming solo album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."

The footage sees the legendary Led Zeppelin frontman and some members of his band, The Sensational Space Shifters, sharing insights into the making of the record.

Due September 5 in Europe, September 8 in the UK and September 9 in North America, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar" was recorded at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, UK.

Watch the short film here.

AC/DC Will Never Stop
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Despite the health problems that have forced AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young out of the band's lineup, the band will not break up anytime soon, according to Phil Rudd.

In an interview with Australia's Today Show (via The Daily Mail), drummer Phil Rudd said it will take more than the loss of another band member to put an end to AC/DC, saying "we'll all have to be dead before it stops."

And this quote doesn't just apply to him. Rudd notes that leader Angus Young has a dedication to AC/DC that only mortality could squelch. "You'll never stop [lead guitarist Angus Young]," Rudd says. "There'll be another tour, and I'll be on it. And when there's another record, I'll be on that."

Bigelf Recruit John Wesley For Upcoming Tour
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John Wesley has confirmed he'll join Bigelf as guest guitarist during their winter European tour - following a run of solo band support slots with Flying Colors.

The Bigelf dates begin on October 25 and end with five British stops in November, including an appearance at Hard Rock Hell VII. Before that, Wesley and co will promote acclaimed recent album Disconnect with Flying Colors, who play London's Islington Assembly Hall on October 13 towards the end of a brief European run.

He says: "I 'm really excited to finally be able to bring the band to Europe. I'm looking forward to seeing and meeting all the fans and friends, and getting back into some of my favourite cities. Hopefully this tour will open the door to many more shows in many more cities in the future."

Whitesnake Announce Aldrich's Replacement
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Whitesnake leader David Coverdale has named Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra as the new addition to the band's lineup following the departure of axeman Doug Aldrich earlier this year.

"One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band, was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona," posted Coverdale.

"Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also, his very agreeable personality & he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug's replacement in Whitesnake.

"We jammed together & were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014," he continued. "Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with Night Ranger."

Michael Stanley - The Solo Years 1995-2014 - A complete insight into the last two decades of Michael Stanley - Available on November 4, 2014 

Michael Stanley started out as a bass player with the folk-rock group Silk in the late '60s, and according to Michael, "We weren't very good." Destiny demanded a solo career which in 1972 began with the self-titled first album on Tumbleweed Records which was produced by Bill Szymczyk (The Eagles, The Who) and featured "Rosewood Bitters," the song that would launch the 40 plus year journey that culminates in the release of The Solo Years 1995-2014. One more solo effort came in 1973 entitled "Friends & Legends" which is aptly titled since it, like the first album, included the efforts of Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren and David Sanborn with Bill Szymczyk at the helm again. It produced the legendary classic, "Let's Get The Show On The Road" which, to this day, commands thunderous applause in concert performances.

In 1974, Michael's friend Jonah Koslen was added to the list of friends and legends along with Daniel Pecchio from Glass Harp, and Tommy Dobeck and The Michael Stanley Band came into being. For more than a decade MSB worked wonders with fans and the singles charts as they took control of the Mid-West Rock scene. 12 albums and 12 years later, Michael saw the end of MSB and thought his rock star status had come to an end. But in the words of Michael, "Making music is a powerful drug; one that, despite the travails of the profession, can help keep you sane...or maybe just a little bit less insane...but anyway you look at it, it's still a hell of a lot cheaper than therapy!"

And thus, in 1995 he picked up where he left off in '74, feeding the addiction of writing songs and performing. Michael says, "It was a second act that I had never envisioned but one that I am eternally grateful for because it led to the twelve solo albums from which The Solo Years was pulled. I have been blessed to be able to continue to make music with people I love and respect and they always, always make the tunes better. And to rekindle a working relationship with my dear friend and mentor Bill Szymczyk on this anthology was the perfect icing on the cake."

This 3 disc set is structured as - Disc One: The Rousers, Disc Two: The Weepies and Disc Three: Crispy's Critters. The Rousers are tunes that have always excited his fans. The Weepies are powerful and emotional ballads. Crispy' Critters (referring to Bill Szymczyk's nick-name of "Crispy") was selected and sequenced by Bill himself and includes Bill's faves from Michael's solo material. Bill was driven to write liner notes for this release as well.

The Solo Years - 1995-2014 also includes two previously unreleased tracks that are sure to make Stanley fans very, very happy. Twenty years down and at least twenty more to go. Michael Stanley never stops!

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Peter Wolf Throws House Party InTheStudio  For Two J. Geils Band Classics: Bloodshot, Nightmares...

Dallas, TX - April 21, 2014.  InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands throws down two consecutive Seventies albums, Bloodshot and Nightmares... from Boston’s beloved J Geils Band.  

Formed in 1967, the J Geils Band made a name for themselves as an incredible jump blues band. Music writers loved the Boston-based band for several reasons, not least of which was the unabashed authenticity that the all-white sextet brought to indigenous American black blues and R&B songs without the homogenization which usually diluted similar British attempts. And then there was the J. Geils Band’s live show, which quickly became legendary.

Their first live album, Full House got significant national FM airplay which set up their next studio album in 1973, Bloodshot, exhibiting improved fuller sound courtesy of James Gang (later Eagles) producer Bill Szymczyk, and delivering their first Top 10 album and Top 40 single, “Give It To Me”

Forty years ago next month, J.Geils Band released Nightmares ... and other tales from the vinyl jungle building off their rise in popularity and delivering the rock radio fave “Detroit Breakdown” and their first big hit “Must of Got Lost”

Peter Wolf, in conversation with InTheStudio host Redbeard, remembers the key to the appeal of the J. Geils Band.  

“To really understand Geils records, you had to have seen the show... Our shows were like house parties. You come and get crazy, were going to get TWICE as crazy.”  

J Geils Band /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/geils-band-bloodshot-nightmares-peter-wolf/

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Fake Scott Weiland Arrested
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News broke on Thursday that former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was arrested on July 26th, but as the story developed it was established that the person arrested was an imposter.

The original story broke on gossip website, and then several news outlets reached out to police, who confirmed that Weiland was arrested. But later in the day it was discovered that police had booked another individual under Weiland's name.

Weiland was quick to react to the original report, which stated that he was still in police custody. The singer posted a video on Facebook under the heading "Scott Weiland LOCKED UP . . . in the studio TMZ!" which showed him and his band in a recording studio.

Weiland said in the video, "I just got finished reading something very interesting, a nice piece of fiction from TMZ saying that I was in jail and had been for four months." (The report actually stated he was in custody for four weeks, not months.)

He continued, "I've actually been touring, writing and recording my new album." One of his bandmate then points out that they are in the studio and Weiland adds, "yeah, we are. This is the studio we are in right now. A Los Angeles studio.

"So all I have to say to our fans is, whether you find it funny or interesting or whether you're sad, don't worry, don't fret, it's a lie. TMZ, you'll be hearing from my attorneys."

Following the release of Weiland's video, the agency that made the arrest, Beverly Hills Police Department, issued the following statement, "Beverly Hills Police discovered through an FBI Fingerprint Return that the subject arrested was not Scott Weiland.

"The fingerprint return positively identified the individual as Jason Michael Hurley (44 years of age). Beverly Hills Police will be requesting an additional criminal filing on Hurley for 148.9 (a) P.C. - Furnishing False Information to a Peace Officer. Records will be updated to properly reflect this information."

AC/DC Member Confirms Band Will Tour
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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has confirmed that the Australian rockers will tour again despite a shakeup in their lineup earlier this year when Malcolm Young stepped away from the group for health reasons.

"There will be another tour and I will be on that," Rudd told the Nine Network while promoting his new solo record, "Head Job." "We will probably all have to be dead before it stops," he added.

AC/DC recently completed recording a new album in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues; his nephew, Stevie, handled rhythm guitar during the sessions in Malcolm's absence.

Slash Calls Says Media Causing Guns N' Roses Conflict
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Slash says he blames the media for creating tension between him and his former Guns N' Roses bandmates. The guitarist has not spoken to Axl Rose since leaving the band in 1996. Slash later said it became impossible to work with the frontman, who he described as a "dictator."

Rose famously went on to describe Slash as "a cancer" during a 2009 interview. Now Slash says he is sick of the press trying to stir up conflict between himself and Rose.

He tells the Irish Examiner: "I'm not bored with the fascination with Guns N' Roses. What I'm bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about - the causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It's just a lot of drama and sensationalism. Everyone is trying to capitalize on that. I'm sick of it."

Band Offers To Pay To Play Super Bowl Halftime Show
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It was reported this week that the NFL reached out to Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry and offered them the coveted Super Bowl halftime show if they were willing to pay the sports league for the gig. Now one band has issued a counter offer to the NFL.

British rockers You Me at Six, who topped the UK album chart and the Billboard Heatseaker chart with their latest effort "Cavalier Youth," issued a public offer to the NFL.

The band writes, "Dear NFL: We're sorry to hear that you're in such dire financial straits. While Coldplay and Rihanna mull your offer, we're here to help with a multi-tiered proposal:

"1. For $2 Million: We get to play the upcoming halftime show. 2. For $10 Million, one of us gets to quarterback a set of downs for the team of our choosing. 3. For $40 Million, the Super Bowl will be played with English football rules, where you must use your feet, and an actual ball.

"We look forward to hearing your thoughts once you've had a chance to review. We welcome any of the Super Bowl committee to attend one of our upcoming American concerts. Our tour kicks off September 15th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA."

Genesis 3-Disc Retrospect Set For Release
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Genesis have revealed details of a 3-disc set entitled R-Kive, which will include classic tracks alongside solo material by Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett.

The 37-song collection spans a time period of 42 years, and it's set for launch on September 29 via UMC. The label say: "Genesis and their associated solo projects have accumulated a remarkable series of accomplishments over the years.

They've collectively amassed an incredible 14 chart-topping albums, as well as over two dozen more that reached the top 10. In total, Genesis and the members' related solo projects have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide."

More including track details here.

Peter Gabriel To Receive 2014 Prog God Award
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Prog Magazine's Progressive Music Awards have announced that Peter Gabriel will be the recipient of the 2014 Prog God Award at this year's ceremony.

The ceremony takes place at the prestigious Underglobe, beneath Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, on Thursday September 11, and the Prog God Award recognizes the innovators of the past 40 years. Those, without whom, the world of music would be a much poorer place - and no one is more deserving of that accolade than Peter Gabriel. Previous winners are Rick Wakeman and Ian Anderson.

Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine, says: "Few people in the music world really do fulfill the criteria for a Progressive Music Award better than Peter Gabriel. From a groundbreaking eight years with Genesis to a solo career that has now stretched almost 40 years, few artists have striven to push back the creative boundaries, generating a body of work that in its very nature progresses ever onwards. From massive worldwide hits through startling experimentation and pioneering work with world music, as well as his fantastic work outside of music and an astute grasp of technology, it really is an honour to pay tribute to Peter in this way."

Classic Frank Zappa Album Getting Anniversary Reissue
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Frank Zappa's 1974 album Apostrophe (') is to get a vinyl reissue to mark its 40th anniversary. The album has been fully remastered and cut directly from the original quarter-inch stereo analogue master tapes and will be presented on 180-gram vinyl. It was remastered by Chris Bellman and Bernie Grundman.

The album features Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, a track that would become Zappa's first chart single in the US, while the album itself would peak at number 10 on the Billboard chart - Zappa's highest charting position.

The 40th anniversary edition of Apostrophe (') is the latest album to be restored by the Zappa Family Trust, and Joe Travers, the Zappa Archives Vaultmaster, is working alongside Bellman on future album releases.

Glen Drover Switches Queensryche Camps

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Former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover has completed a swing from one side of the Queensryche split to the other - by confirming a tie-up with Todd La Torre.

Drover was announced as a member of Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche after the original frontman was dramatically fired in 2012. But he left without playing a note weeks later, saying: "I've learned that it's in my best interest not to do this." In March 2013 he made a guest appearance with the original band, fronted by La Torre, and described his excitement at working with "the REAL Queensryche."

Now it's been confirmed Drover and La Torre will release a track named Discordia later this week. The guitarist says: "We're both very happy and proud of how the song turned out. And believe me, I'm extremely picky of anything I do."

THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION WILL BE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE AT MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM -- PRE-ORDER BEGINS AUGUST 12; RETAIL RELEASES DROP SEPTEMBER 9

“Every kid, every 20 year old and every 30 year old was watching” -- Alice Cooper

“It was before MTV, it was before music video, so it gave us our first opportunity to play on TV, play live for our fans on television.”

-- Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon

Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me, Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me…--Traditional Lyric

Fairfax, VA -- In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, sev­eral shows tried to bring rock ’n’ roll to television.  In the wake of Elvis Presley and the Beatles’ debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, ’60s series like Hullabaloo, Shindig and The Music Scene featured rock and pop performers.  But it wasn’t until The Midnight Special premiered on August 19, 1972, that rock ’n’ roll found its own home on the air. 

This September, the TV DVD archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life will bring consumers back to the ‘70s for the seminal, groundbreaking live music TV show on DVD, featuring extensive bonus features!  THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION, available exclusively online at MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM beginning August 12, 2014 will be released in a beautifully-packaged 11-disc set, featuring nearly 5 hours of specially-produced bonus features and a 32-page collector’s book.  There will also be two retail configurations, available September 9: a 6-disc set and a single DVD.

 “It’s one of the definitive documents of what was really going on in music then.” -- Steve Miller

Back in the early ‘70s, the only ways for fans to see their favorite rock stars were in concert or in the pages of magazines like Rolling Stone or Creem.  So the idea for The Midnight Special, which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1981, came to creator Burt Sugarman in a light-bulb moment.  A veteran of producing Grammy Awards telecasts, Sugarman was frustrated by the network’s lack of programming after the The Tonight Show -- the screen reverting to test patterns at 1:00 a.m.   A next-door neighbor to Johnny Carson, Sugarman recognized this TV wasteland for what it was: a place where he could cater to an audience that craved seeing its latest rock ’n’ roll heroes brought into their living rooms every Friday night.  And, with the pilot, which premiered at 1:00 a.m. on August 19, 1972 with Johnny Rivers rendition of “The Midnight Special,” Leadbelly’s classic gospel song, he did just that.

“The Midnight Special was one of the greatest music television shows that was ever done.”  -- Barry White

The Midnight Special’s eclectic lineup reflected the show’s commitment not only to rock,  but also to mirroring the Top 40 melting pot of the 70s, including genres such as folk, blues, R&B, soul, country and pop.  For much of the run, the show was presided over by the legendary, gravelly-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack (Brooklyn-born Bob Smith), who was recruited as a perma­nent announcer and made his debut in Episode 2; he would go on to become the living symbol of the show and a powerful draw for perform­ers who were more than happy to share the stage with him.  A variety of guest hosts appeared along with Wolfman Jack over the years including such ‘70s music icons as the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Loggins and Messina, Richard Pryor, The O’Jays, Electric Light Orchestra, KC & the Sunshine Band, plus frequent host Helen Reddy.  Viewers and members of the studio audience were treated to one-of-a-kind concert events direct from The Midnight Special stages featuring anyone from Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire to Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jim Croce or John Denver, performing their biggest hits live.  Additionally, The Midnight Special featured the day’s top comedic talents, such as Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Freddie Prinze, among many others.

A “must-have” for fans of ‘70s music and ‘70s pop culture, THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION, priced to add to every music lover’s home entertainment collection  at $99.95, features eight discs of 130 incredible live performances from the era’s greatest stars (carefully selected from 423 complete shows), one disc of comedy performances and two discs of specially-produced, exclusive bonus programming, including interviews with Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Loggins & Messina, Eddie Money, George Benson, Charlie Daniels, Todd Rundgren, Helen Reddy, Neil Sedaka, creator Burt Sugarman and many more; as well as 12 featurettes, including “The History of The Midnight Special,” “Wolfman at Midnight,” “Star-Studded Stage Fashion,” “No Safety Net: Live on TV,” “I Am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host,” “Benson & Frampton Talk Shop,” “The Making of The Midnight Special”  “The Legacy of The Midnight Special”, a Burt Sugarman featurette and more.  Additionally, the collector’s set includes a 32-page, full-color booklet with an intro from Burt Sugarman, artist photos, liner notes and more.

With nearly 10 hours of live performances, THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION features a roster of “who’s who” in ‘70s music, including:

Aerosmith/ “Dream On”
Alice Cooper/ Medley: “Eighteen/Only Women/Billion Dollar Babies”
Bee Gees/ “Nights on roadway”
Earth, Wind & Fire/ “Shining Star”
Electric Light Orchestra/ “Evil Woman”
Fleetwood Mac/ “Over My Head”
Gordon Lightfoot/ “Sundown”
Heart/ “Crazy on You”
Helen Reddy/ “I Am Woman”
Jim Croce/ “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
John Denver/ “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
KC and the Sunshine Band/ “That’s the Way (I Like It)”
LaBelle/ “Lady Marmalade”
Linda Ronstadt/ “When Will I Be Loved”
Marvin Gaye/ “Let‘s Get It On”
Neil Sedaka/Captain & Tenille/ “Love Will Keep Us Together”
Peter Frampton/ “Show Me the Way”
REO Speedwagon/ “Keep on Loving You”
The Doobie Brothers/ “Listen to the Music”
Tom Petty and  the Heartbreakers/ “American Girl”

The 6-disc retail set ($59.95srp) and the single ($12.95srp), will include 96 and 16 live performances, respectively, and a host of bonus features.

“It was so electric in the studio. We knew we were blazing new trails.” -- Creator Burt Sugarman

A musical micro­cosm of its era with highlights offering some of the most indelible moments of the ‘70s airwaves, The Midnight Special has, at long last, been preserved for music lovers everywhere.  And with in-depth featurettes and interviews, home audiences can truly visit the ‘70s anytime, courtesy of StarVista Entertainment/Time Life.

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION (11 DISCS)

Pre-order Begins: August 12, 2014
Price: $99.95
Run time: Approx. 16 hours

Online Exclusive Collection includes:

11 DVDs in deluxe collector’s edition packaging.

32-page collector’s booklet with an intro by creator Burt Sugarman, liner notes from The Hollywood Reporter’s Contributing Editor Roy Trakin and archival photos

Almost 5 hours of hours of specially-created featurettes, in-depth interviews and more.

Twelve featurettes including: “Benson & Frampton Talk Shop,” “Burt Sugarman,” “George Benson: Early Influences,” “I Am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host,” “No Safety Net: Live on TV,” “Songwriting” Featurette, “Star-Studded Stage Fashion,” “The Musical Diversity of The Midnight Special,” “The History of The Midnight Special,” “The Legacy of The Midnight Special,” “Behind the Scenes of The Midnight Special,” and “Wolfman at Midnight”

Interviews with: Alice Cooper,  Burt Sugarman, Charlie Daniels, Christopher Cross, David Steinberg, Eddie Money, Frankie Valli, George Benson, Harry Wayne Casey, Helen Reddy, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Loggins & Messina, Mark Goodman (MTV), Melissa Manchester, Neil Sedaka, O’Jays, Peter Frampton, Robert Bell, Thelma Houston, Todd Rundgren

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTION (6 DISCS)

Street Date: September 9
Price: $59.95 srp
Run time: 8 hrs., 27 mins.

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (SINGLE)

Street Date: September 9
Price: $12.95 srp

Ace Frehley's Surprising Admission About KISS Drama
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Ace Frehley discussed the current state of his relationship with the original members of KISS during an interview for a special episode of the Talking Metal podcast and he made a surprising admission.

He was asked if he had spoken to Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley since the drama filled Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and Ace said, "I spoke with Gene.

"I called him up and we were reminiscing about old times. The press makes it out like we all hate each other and that is utter nonsense. We all get along and we all have respect for each other.

"We all take cheap shots at each other in the press because that is what the press want to hear but when push comes to shove we are brothers in Rock n Roll and we have achieved something very few people do."

You can check out the full interview in the latest episode  here.

Two Jimi Hendrix Reissues Announced

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Jimi Hendrix's first two posthumous albums are set for reissue next month. The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats on September 16. Both have been remastered by Bernie Grundman and are available now on pre-order.

Originally released in 1971, The Cry Of Love was compiled and mixed by Hendrix's longtime engineer Eddie Kramer and Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The bulk of the tracks were recorded between December 1969 and the summer of 1970 at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and were intended to be part of a double LP tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

Rainbow Bridge was also compiled and mixed by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell in 1971, with the help of Electric Lady Studios engineer John Jansen. Most of the tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970, during the same sessions that spawned The Cry Of Love.

More including track details here.

Adrenaline Mob Reveal John Moyer's Replacement
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Adrenaline Mob have announced bassist Erik Leonhardt as their latest member, following the "surprise" departure of John Moyer. The supergroup earlier this month said they'd been "totally shocked" by Disturbed man Moyer's Twitter announcement that he wouldn't take part in their upcoming US tour, in support of second album Men Of Honor.

He responded by saying the backlash had confused him, as he insisted his colleagues had known about his plans for some time. And he admitted the public argument meant it would be difficult for him to return in the future.

Now Russell Allen and co say in a brief statement: "We'd like to welcome Erik Leonhardt, formerly of Tantric, to the Adrenaline Mob family. We hope to see you all out on tour in September."

Check out the tour promo here.

Lillian Axe Replace A Member
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Lillian Axe have announced the departure of bassist Eric Morris, who's bowed out "with a heavy heart." He insists the relationship with his former colleagues remains as strong as ever, as they begin work with his replacement, Chris Brown, who'll make his debut appearance in New Orleans this weekend.

Morris says: "I had such a great time and will always cherish the experiences, from touring with Alice Cooper to actually getting on that plane to Europe and everything in between.

"This was a very difficult decision for me. I've recently had some life-changing events that have made me rethink some of my personal priorities. I have to get my own house in order, and I felt it wouldn't be fair to limit the growth of Lillian Axe due to my restricted availability."

Motley Crue Discover A Lot Of Rock In Country Music
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When Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records, was presented with the idea of a country tribute to rock band Motley Crue, he didn't hesitate. "He just goes, 'Done,'" Crüe bassist, cofounder and songwriter Nikki Sixx told Radio.com. "And we [the members of Mötley Crüe] sat down and talked about it and said, 'Wow, OK!'"

Sixx said the bandmates "got it" right away, because "a lot of '80s rock fans are now new country music fans, and vice-versa. And the more we started talking to Scott, talking about the artists and how they love the band, it became really organic."

Radio.com sat down in Nashville recently with Sixx and lead vocalist Vince Neil. Both spoke enthusiastically about the project, which features new versions of Crüe classics recorded by such country artists as Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Gretchen Wilson. Titled Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, the album hits stores and digital outlets Aug. 19.

Neil and Sixx both admitted they hadn't paid much attention to country before they were presented with the tribute idea. But once they did, they realized that rock and country (especially in its current incarnation) have quite a bit in common.

"Seeing some of the bands [such as] Florida Georgia Line…they're a rock 'n' roll band!" said Neil. "Even Rascal Flatts [have] a lot of rock 'n' roll in 'em."

Ace Frehley's Surprising Admission About KISS Drama
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Ace Frehley discussed the current state of his relationship with the original members of KISS during an interview for a special episode of the Talking Metal podcast and he made a surprising admission.

He was asked if he had spoken to Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley since the drama filled Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and Ace said, "I spoke with Gene.

"I called him up and we were reminiscing about old times. The press makes it out like we all hate each other and that is utter nonsense. We all get along and we all have respect for each other.

"We all take cheap shots at each other in the press because that is what the press want to hear but when push comes to shove we are brothers in Rock n Roll and we have achieved something very few people do."

You can check out the full interview in the latest episode  here.

Two Jimi Hendrix Reissues Announced

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Jimi Hendrix's first two posthumous albums are set for reissue next month. The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats on September 16. Both have been remastered by Bernie Grundman and are available now on pre-order.

Originally released in 1971, The Cry Of Love was compiled and mixed by Hendrix's longtime engineer Eddie Kramer and Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The bulk of the tracks were recorded between December 1969 and the summer of 1970 at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and were intended to be part of a double LP tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

Rainbow Bridge was also compiled and mixed by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell in 1971, with the help of Electric Lady Studios engineer John Jansen. Most of the tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970, during the same sessions that spawned The Cry Of Love.

More including track details here.

Adrenaline Mob Reveal John Moyer's Replacement
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Adrenaline Mob have announced bassist Erik Leonhardt as their latest member, following the "surprise" departure of John Moyer. The supergroup earlier this month said they'd been "totally shocked" by Disturbed man Moyer's Twitter announcement that he wouldn't take part in their upcoming US tour, in support of second album Men Of Honor.

He responded by saying the backlash had confused him, as he insisted his colleagues had known about his plans for some time. And he admitted the public argument meant it would be difficult for him to return in the future.

Now Russell Allen and co say in a brief statement: "We'd like to welcome Erik Leonhardt, formerly of Tantric, to the Adrenaline Mob family. We hope to see you all out on tour in September."

Check out the tour promo here.

Lillian Axe Replace A Member
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Lillian Axe have announced the departure of bassist Eric Morris, who's bowed out "with a heavy heart." He insists the relationship with his former colleagues remains as strong as ever, as they begin work with his replacement, Chris Brown, who'll make his debut appearance in New Orleans this weekend.

Morris says: "I had such a great time and will always cherish the experiences, from touring with Alice Cooper to actually getting on that plane to Europe and everything in between.

"This was a very difficult decision for me. I've recently had some life-changing events that have made me rethink some of my personal priorities. I have to get my own house in order, and I felt it wouldn't be fair to limit the growth of Lillian Axe due to my restricted availability."

Motley Crue Discover A Lot Of Rock In Country Music
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When Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records, was presented with the idea of a country tribute to rock band Motley Crue, he didn't hesitate. "He just goes, 'Done,'" Crüe bassist, cofounder and songwriter Nikki Sixx told Radio.com. "And we [the members of Mötley Crüe] sat down and talked about it and said, 'Wow, OK!'"

Sixx said the bandmates "got it" right away, because "a lot of '80s rock fans are now new country music fans, and vice-versa. And the more we started talking to Scott, talking about the artists and how they love the band, it became really organic."

Radio.com sat down in Nashville recently with Sixx and lead vocalist Vince Neil. Both spoke enthusiastically about the project, which features new versions of Crüe classics recorded by such country artists as Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Gretchen Wilson. Titled Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, the album hits stores and digital outlets Aug. 19.

Neil and Sixx both admitted they hadn't paid much attention to country before they were presented with the tribute idea. But once they did, they realized that rock and country (especially in its current incarnation) have quite a bit in common.

"Seeing some of the bands [such as] Florida Georgia Line…they're a rock 'n' roll band!" said Neil. "Even Rascal Flatts [have] a lot of rock 'n' roll in 'em."

The T.J. Martell Foundation Announces Celebrity ROCK ‘N’ BOWL Tournament

A Charity Bowling Tournament of Chart-Topping Proportions Pinz Bowling Center – Los Angeles – October 9, 2014

The T.J.  Martell Foundation has announced The Celebrity ROCK ‘N’ BOWL, a fundraiser that combines the competitive sport of bowling with high energy entertainment and celebrity appearances to raise funds for cancer research. The event is chaired by Wendy Dio, President and Co-Founder of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, who serves on The T.J. Martell Foundation Board and whose organization has raised and donated funds to the T.J. Martell’s continuing efforts in cancer research. The event will take place at the Pinz Bowling Center on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 from 7:30pm-11pm, with a VIP Pre-Party from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  Pinz Bowling Center is located at 12655 Ventura Blvd in Studio City. The T.J. Martell Foundation aims to combine music and entertainment with an event that will drive competition to raise funds for its core mission of finding a cure for leukemia, cancer and AIDs.

The T.J. Martell Foundation ROCK ‘N’ BOWL event is a return to the foundation’s famous bowling tournaments of the 80’s and 90’s that included participation by such legendary artists as the Go-Gos, John Cougar Mellencamp, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Ronnie James Dio and the Dio band.  In fact, Wendy Dio will have the trophy won by Niji Management in 1989 on display.

Celebrity bowlers and guests will be greeted with music, food and drink. A special auction featuring signed collectible Bowling Pins autographed by some of the music world’s most iconic artists including Aerosmith and others, will take place on site and post-event at www.charitybuzz.com. Trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams will be awarded that evening and guests will have the opportunity to rub elbows with famous faces of the music world. Celebrity bowlers to date include producer Bob Kulick, Gonzo Sandoval and Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Jimmy Bain (Rainbow), Marc Ferrari (Rough Cutt & Keel), Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Mark Boals, Christian Martucci, Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) and others.  More celebrities will be announced throughout the month. The T.J. Martell Foundation will be sponsoring families from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

To purchase a ticket, register a team/sponsor a lane, or other sponsorship opportunities for ROCK ‘N’ BOWL go to support the foundation can also buy tickets to attend at the websites noted. More information is also available at www.tjmartell.org.

“We have been strong supporters of the T.J. Martell Foundation for many years helping to fund cutting-edge gastric and prostate cancer research and raising in excess of $400,000 for the cause,” said Wendy Dio.  “Tony Martell and the Foundation were very helpful to find specialized treatment for Ronnie when he was diagnosed. We are all working together to find a cure.”

Participants are encouraged to gather friends, family and co-workers for the ultimate bowling team. Guests who do not participate in bowling can also attend and take their chance at winning exciting silent auction and raffle items provided by music and entertainment industry friends and partners of the foundation.

WHO:  The T.J. Martell Foundation and The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
WHAT: ROCK ‘N’ BOWL Celebrity Charity Bowling Tournament
WHERE: Pinz Bowling Center, 12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California
WHEN: Thursday, October, 9, 2014 – 7:30-11pm / VIP Pre-Party 7:00-8:30pm
WHY: To raise funds for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

To purchase tickets and lanes for corporate teams or for general information go to:   http://rocknbowl.splashthat.com/?preview

ABOUT THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION:

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.  The Foundation, headquartered in New York, is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $260 million dollars for research that supports top hospitals in the United States. For more information click on the T.J. Martell Foundation go to www.tjmartell.org, www.facebook.com/tjmartellfoundation, www.twitter.com/tjmartell, www.pinterest.com/tjmartellfndn

ABOUT THE RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND:

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support cancer prevention research,  raise awareness and education the public with the focus that early detection and prevention is of vital importance when dealing with the deadly disease.  Formed by Wendy Dio in honor of her late husband, rock legend Ronnie James Dio, its mission and philosophy stems from allowing people to effectively plan strategies to deal with the disease early on which affords a better chance to overcome it. For more information go to www.diocancerfund.org.

THE GRAMMY MUSEUM® AND AMERICAN EXPRESS® PRESENTS: “AN EVENING WITH DAVE MASON” TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 AT 8:00PM
THIS SPECIAL EVENT WILL RECOGNIZE THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AND TRAFFIC CO-FOUNDING MEMBER AND FEATURE A BRIEF ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE
TICKETS ON SALE NOW:
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DAVE MASON--Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and TRAFFIC co-founding member--will make a special appearance at The GRAMMY Museum® in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 16. Presented by American Express®, “An Evening With Dave Mason” will feature MASON discussing his musical journey which spans over 37 years encompassing producing, performing, songwriting and being considered one of rock's great guitar players, along with a brief acoustic performance. Tickets are on sale now at www.AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or 888-929-7849.

GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater will play host to 200 lucky fans as they join MASON and host Scott Goldman, Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, to discuss MASON’s songwriting process, beginnings in the band TRAFFIC, acclaimed solo career, current touring project “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam,” his latest release, FUTURE’S PAST (released May 13, 2014) and much more.

The GRAMMY Museum® event will kick off a string of tour dates in California for MASON’s current “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam” tour including: 9/17 at the Smothers Theatre in Malibu, CA, 9/18 at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA, 9/20 at Richard & Karen Carpenter PAC in Long Beach, CA, 9/24 at the Sunset Center Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, 9/26 at the Theatre Deville in Vacaville, CA, 9/27 at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA, 9/30 and 10/1 & 10/2 at the Carriage House Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. MASON is earning accolades on the road for the Traffic Jam tour which kicked off January 3 in Atlantic City, NJ and will continue through the rest of the year (see below for full list of dates). 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 tickets, please visit: davemasonmusic.com/tour.

MASON’s Future’s Past (Something Music/MRI)--features new versions of his classic songs plus new material that was written and performed on tour over the last few years. The first track off the album, “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” premiered on USATODAY.com (4/11); listen here: http://tinyurl.com/nl3entb. Fans can purchase Future’s Past at davemasonmusic.com/albums/futures-past.

For more information on DAVE MASON, visit:
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TED NUGENT WRAPS UP SUMMER “SHUTUP&JAM!” TOUR --WHICH INCLUDED REACHING THE 6,500TH LIVE SHOW MARK-- WITH AN INSPIRING SOLD-OUT CONCERT BENEFITTING THE ‘SHOW OF SUPPORT MEMORIAL’ FOR OUR TROOPS

Midland, TX – Multi-platinum guitar icon TED NUGENT rocked the house this past weekend (8/17) with a bombastic set in Midland, Texas, wrapping up his summer SHUTUP&JAM! Tour, named after his latest full-length album SHUTUP&JAM! on Frontiers Records. NUGENT was in top form for the sold-out gig, benefitting the Show of Support Memorial for our troops.
“Show of Support was honored to have Ted and his band help us kick off our campaign to construct a memorial to honor those who have fought in this Global War on Terror and also to memorialize the four heroes we lost on 11-15-12,” stated show organizer Terry Johnson. “Ted brought a message of support for all who serve, and a call out to everyone in our sold out, packed audience to stand up for America.”
Throughout the summer, NUGENT’s 35-date SHUTUP&JAM! tour has garnered glowing reviews for live performances at venues across the country and on July 19in Detroit, Nugent performed his 6,500th gig.

NUGENT’s album, SHUTUP&JAM! marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. The album features an epic lead vocal duet between Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar for the lead single “She’s Gone,which peaked at #2 on “Classic Rock” radio chart. "She's Gone" premiered on ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM (6/9), listen here: http://bit.ly/1o5E7y1. SHUTUP&JAM! is available on Amazon and iTunes. In the U.S., fans can pick up a special edition of SHUTUP&JAM!--featuring the exclusive bonus track "Johnny B. Goode Forever"--only at Best Buy (or order it online: http://bit.ly/1mUdiKF).

About TED NUGENT:
NUGENT
has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.

Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, NUGENT’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).

NUGENT was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, TED delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A TED NUGENT show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!

For additional information on TED NUGENT, visit:
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Bon Jovi Reunion Door Opened By Ice Bucket Challenge?
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The Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage these days. Aside from providing amusement from seeing one of your friends or perhaps a celebrity being doused in ice water, the purpose of the stunt is to promote awareness and raise money for ALS research.

Now the challenge might actually produce a welcome side effect - helping to restore the working relationship between two of rock's biggest icons - Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Jon recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge. The participant in the challenge is called to nominate three new participants, and Jon decided to challenge Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres, David Bryan, and also estranged guitarist Sambora.

The challenge might be the crucial first step towards repairing Jon and Richie's working relationship, and bring the guitarist back to the band. Sambora left the group abruptly early last year at the start of the band's latest world tour in support of the album What About Now.

On Tuesday, Sambora accepted the challenged and posted a video on YouTube. "He got word of the challenge while in Japan so after a show day, a travel day and once back at home in his own time zone, he let the water hit him," says the caption accompanying the video. He in turn issued his own challenge. Watch the video and find out who he challenged here

Superjoint Ritual Reuniting
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Philip Anselmo has confirmed a reunion of Superjoint Ritual - they'll play at his Housecors Horror Film Festival in Texas in October. But they'll be billed simply as Superjoint due to an unidentified legal issue with their original name.

The announcement comes after he spent years saying it would never happen following their split in 2004, due to a disagreement between the frontman and drummer Joe Fazzio.

Anselmo had the following to say about the group's reunion: "If people want to hear Superjoint jam a badass set, then we're all for giving the people what they want."

Ace Frehley Reacts To Gene Simmons Controversy
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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has offered his thoughts on the controversy created by former bandmate Gene Simmons' comments about people suffering from depression (he has since apologized).

"I don't think he makes any sense," Ace tells Artisan News Service. "He prides himself on being such an intellectual, he brags about being able to speak 7 languages, but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition…y'know, depression is a very serious disease - I've suffered from it in my lifetime, I know my daughter suffers from it.

"Alcoholism is a disease; so is drug addiction - it's the disease of addiction. Many people are born that way and Gene just seems ignorant of that whole fact. I think it's time for Gene to go back to school and get educated in the health field."

Roger Waters: The Wall Live Tour Film Coming
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"Roger Waters: The Wall", a documentary shot during the former Pink Floyd member's three-year solo tour, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue.

"Roger Waters: The Wall" was shot in three cities across two continents by co-directors Waters and Sean Evans. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th.

Gregg Allman Biopic Producer Pleads Not Guilty To Manslaughter Charges
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Jay Sedrish, the executive producer/unit production manager of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider", waived his right for an arraignment on Monday and entered a not guilty plea to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old assistant camera assistant Sarah Jones.

Seven other crew members were injured in the incident, which took place on the first day of filming in February, and is reported to have taken place while filming a dream sequence that involved a bed being placed on railway tracks.

Production on the film was shut down following the tragic incident, and has yet to resume. Last month, Sedrish, co-producer Jody Savin and director Randall Miller were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in the February incident.

Johnny Winter's Collaboration With Ben Harper Released
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Megaforce Records have released the late Johnny Winter's collaboration with Ben Harper on Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby). It's taken from the icon's posthumous album Step Back, due in September - and the first taster seems to support Winter's assertion that he'd made a record of "aggressive vintage blues."

Speaking months before his death on tour in July, Winter said: "Step Back is to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music. It's better than anything they'll hear today. If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it."

Harper says: "I play the way I play because I couldn't play like Johnny Winter. He was one of the ordained architects who went on to define the blues - not only for generations, but for an entire genre. Johnny was the gospel truth."

Check out the song here. here.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Launching Book Signing Tour
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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has announced the first dates of a fall book signing tour to promote the October 7th release of his memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith."

Four dates have been revealed so far for the signing tour, including a stop at Barnes & Noble's Union Square location in New York City on the day the book is published.

Perry describes the books as "the loner's story, the band's story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, the post-destructive rebirth story."

The guitarist worked on the project with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette.

Peter Frampton Addresses Phone-Throwing Incident
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Peter Frampton has spoken with USA Today regarding his highly controversial "phone-throwing incident." "I am so tech," Frampton explains. "I love tech. I love social networking. I love Twitter and Facebook and this and that and the ones that you snap and they disappear. I love them all. I've always been very techy, but I think this is something that we have to deal with and I think the audience is ready to deal with it."

"It" refers to fans using their cell phones to take pictures and video of concerts. "Deal with it" at a recent show in Carmel, Ind., meant grabbing an attendee's phone and lofting it to the rafters.

"It was personal property," Frampton says, "I shouldn't have done it, all that rubbish, but the guy got his phone back, it wasn't broken. He just didn't get the photos back."

 

 

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott Pulls Out Of BSR Album
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Joe Elliott has called off plans to produce Black Star Riders' second album after his Def Leppard schedule went "insane." BSR frontman Ricky Warwick says the change is unfortunate - but he'd have done the same thing in his friend's position.

Elliott was confirmed for the hot seat in January, after a long history with the Thin Lizzy offshoot including remixed the band's catalogue alongside guitarist Scott Gorham.

But Warwick tells Rock N'Load: "We haven't got Joe producing it. We did have Joe, but he's not doing it any more. He's unfortunately had to pull out of the doing the album, just due to the fact that Leppard have gone insane.

"They're out with Kiss and there's loads of stuff going on. Both of us are very sorry."

GILBY CLARKE (GnR) & ELLIOTT EASTON (The Cars) JOIN THE LINEUP
TONY SCOTT OF 95.5 KLOS TO M/C THE NIGHTS FESTIVITIES
KENNY ARONOFF, BRUCE KULICK and JAMES LOMENZO JOINS RICK SPRINGFIELD - ALONG WITH JOHN 5 TO ROCK FOR CANCER AT:

THE HOUSE OF BLUES, SUNSET STRIP - WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20TH

HUGE SILENT AUCTION OF ROCK MEMORABILIA

Special Benefit Concert for Ricks Springfield’s Good Friend and Guitar Tech Ruben Velasco

Rick Springfield is hosting a once in a lifetime benefit concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” in benefit for his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco. Joining Springfield is Kenny Aronoff (Drum God), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Gilby Clarke (GnR) and James Lomenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth), to perform an all-star set of Rubens favorite band in the world KISS

Rick Springfield and band will perform a full concert along with John 5 (Rob Zombie) joining Springfield on stage for some serious shredding on some classic Van Halen tunes! Elliott Easton (the Cars) will slide in and give you just what you needed to rock out! More special guests to be announced in the following weeks to come. This is not a usual Springfield concert –Expect the unexpected – This night will close with a HUGE surprise!

The concert’s goal is to raise money to help pay for medical expenses associated with Ruben’s battle against cancer. “Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life,” says Springfield. “He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed.”

This special benefit concert for Ruben will be held on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities such as a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests. For further details on the "Rock for Ruben" benefit concert, please visit: http://rickspringfield.com/rock-for-ruben.

Ruben's favorite animal charity organization, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, is also accepting individual donations on his behalf and will channel 100% of your donation directly to Ruben.  Donations can be made at:  www.youcaring.com/rubenscancerfund.

Looking For Johnny - The Legend of Johnny Thunders Available October 14th via Digital Formats / DVD and Soundtrack on CD and Limited Edition Red Vinyl (2 LP)
A documentary on the life of the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist

Chip Baker Films in association with Jungle Records and MVD Entertainment Group presents a Danny Garcia film.

Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock'n'roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general. Looking For Johnny is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991.

When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery. Though MTV and international broadsheets reported the guitarist's demise, for many in the mainstream, Thunders was perceived as an enigmatic outlaw. He was adored by a legion of devotees and cited as an influence by at least three successive generations of musicians. Thunders refused to play the corporate game and was both elevated and damned for it.

Looking for Johnny is the creation of the documentary maker, Danny Garcia (The Rise & Fall of The Clash). The young Spanish filmmaker was seized by a question that wouldn't let go - "just who was Johnny Thunders?" He spent 18 months travelling across the USA and Europe, filming interviews with fifty of the people who were closest to Johnny, building a compelling narrative drawn from first hand testimonies.

The film examines Johnny Thunders' career from the early 70's as a founding member of the influential New York Dolls, the birth of the punk scene with The Heartbreakers in both New York City and London, and later incarnations including Gang War and The Oddballs. It also explores Johnny's unique musical style, his personal battle with drugs and theories on the circumstances of his death in a New Orleans hotel in 1991 at age 38.

Interviewees include Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, Walter Lure, Billy Rath, Bob Gruen, Terry Chimes, Alan Vega, Peter Perrett, Sami Yaffa, three of his late managers (Marty Thau, Leee Black Childers and Malcolm McLaren), and many others.

The film includes forty songs (including Born To Lose and You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory) and historic film of Johnny with live performances from all periods, including unseen New York Dolls and Heartbreakers footage and photos. Cult filmmakers Bob Gruen, Don Letts, Patrick Grandperret, Rachael Amadeo and others contribute classic archive footage, helping illustrate the charisma, chaos and heartbreak inherent to the guitarist.

Premiere showings took place in May and June 2014 across USA and Europe, including New York City, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Stockholm, New Orleans, Dallas, Toronto, Boston, Washington DC, Gloucester MA, San Francisco, Madrid, Barcelona and elsewhere, with more events to follow.

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LATE NIGHT’S ORIGINAL ROCK N’ ROLL SHOW IS BACK! THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Burt Sugarman’s Groundbreaking Late Night Variety Show, Featuring Live Performances from the Biggest Stars of the Time Will Be Available from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life in Three Configurations: the 11-Disc COLLECTOR’S EDITION ($99.95), Containing almost Ten Hours of Live Music  -- Nearly Five Hours of Bonus Features and a 32-page Collector’s Book, a 6-Disc Retail Set with 96 Complete Performances ($59.95srp) and a single-DVD ($12.95srp)

Artists Featured include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Gordon Lightfoot, Heart, Helen Reddy, Jim Croce, John Denver, KC and the Sunshine Band, LaBelle, Linda Ronstadt, Marvin Gaye, Captain & Tennille, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Village People and Many More

THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION WILL BE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE AT MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM -- PRE-ORDER BEGINS AUGUST 12; RETAIL RELEASES DROP SEPTEMBER 9

“Every kid, every 20 year old and every 30 year old was watching” -- Alice Cooper

“It was before MTV, it was before music video, so it gave us our first opportunity to play on TV, play live for our fans on television.”

-- Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon

Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me, Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me…--Traditional Lyric

Fairfax, VA -- In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, sev­eral shows tried to bring rock ’n’ roll to television.  In the wake of Elvis Presley and the Beatles’ debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, ’60s series like Hullabaloo, Shindig and The Music Scene featured rock and pop performers.  But it wasn’t until The Midnight Special premiered on August 19, 1972, that rock ’n’ roll found its own home on the air. 

This September, the TV DVD archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life will bring consumers back to the ‘70s for the seminal, groundbreaking live music TV show on DVD, featuring extensive bonus features!  THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION, available exclusively online at MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM beginning August 12, 2014 will be released in a beautifully-packaged 11-disc set, featuring nearly 5 hours of specially-produced bonus features and a 32-page collector’s book.  There will also be two retail configurations, available September 9: a 6-disc set and a single DVD.

 “It’s one of the definitive documents of what was really going on in music then.” -- Steve Miller

Back in the early ‘70s, the only ways for fans to see their favorite rock stars were in concert or in the pages of magazines like Rolling Stone or Creem.  So the idea for The Midnight Special, which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1981, came to creator Burt Sugarman in a light-bulb moment.  A veteran of producing Grammy Awards telecasts, Sugarman was frustrated by the network’s lack of programming after the The Tonight Show -- the screen reverting to test patterns at 1:00 a.m.   A next-door neighbor to Johnny Carson, Sugarman recognized this TV wasteland for what it was: a place where he could cater to an audience that craved seeing its latest rock ’n’ roll heroes brought into their living rooms every Friday night.  And, with the pilot, which premiered at 1:00 a.m. on August 19, 1972 with Johnny Rivers rendition of “The Midnight Special,” Leadbelly’s classic gospel song, he did just that.

“The Midnight Special was one of the greatest music television shows that was ever done.”  -- Barry White

The Midnight Special’s eclectic lineup reflected the show’s commitment not only to rock,  but also to mirroring the Top 40 melting pot of the 70s, including genres such as folk, blues, R&B, soul, country and pop.  For much of the run, the show was presided over by the legendary, gravelly-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack (Brooklyn-born Bob Smith), who was recruited as a perma­nent announcer and made his debut in Episode 2; he would go on to become the living symbol of the show and a powerful draw for perform­ers who were more than happy to share the stage with him.  A variety of guest hosts appeared along with Wolfman Jack over the years including such ‘70s music icons as the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Loggins and Messina, Richard Pryor, The O’Jays, Electric Light Orchestra, KC & the Sunshine Band, plus frequent host Helen Reddy.  Viewers and members of the studio audience were treated to one-of-a-kind concert events direct from The Midnight Special stages featuring anyone from Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire to Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jim Croce or John Denver, performing their biggest hits live.  Additionally, The Midnight Special featured the day’s top comedic talents, such as Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Freddie Prinze, among many others.

A “must-have” for fans of ‘70s music and ‘70s pop culture, THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION, priced to add to every music lover’s home entertainment collection  at $99.95, features eight discs of 130 incredible live performances from the era’s greatest stars (carefully selected from 423 complete shows), one disc of comedy performances and two discs of specially-produced, exclusive bonus programming, including interviews with Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Loggins & Messina, Eddie Money, George Benson, Charlie Daniels, Todd Rundgren, Helen Reddy, Neil Sedaka, creator Burt Sugarman and many more; as well as 12 featurettes, including “The History of The Midnight Special,” “Wolfman at Midnight,” “Star-Studded Stage Fashion,” “No Safety Net: Live on TV,” “I Am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host,” “Benson & Frampton Talk Shop,” “The Making of The Midnight Special”  “The Legacy of The Midnight Special”, a Burt Sugarman featurette and more.  Additionally, the collector’s set includes a 32-page, full-color booklet with an intro from Burt Sugarman, artist photos, liner notes and more.

With nearly 10 hours of live performances, THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION features a roster of “who’s who” in ‘70s music, including:

Aerosmith/ “Dream On”
Alice Cooper/ Medley: “Eighteen/Only Women/Billion Dollar Babies”
Bee Gees/ “Nights on roadway”
Earth, Wind & Fire/ “Shining Star”
Electric Light Orchestra/ “Evil Woman”
Fleetwood Mac/ “Over My Head”
Gordon Lightfoot/ “Sundown”
Heart/ “Crazy on You”
Helen Reddy/ “I Am Woman”
Jim Croce/ “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
John Denver/ “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
KC and the Sunshine Band/ “That’s the Way (I Like It)”
LaBelle/ “Lady Marmalade”
Linda Ronstadt/ “When Will I Be Loved”
Marvin Gaye/ “Let‘s Get It On”
Neil Sedaka/Captain & Tenille/ “Love Will Keep Us Together”
Peter Frampton/ “Show Me the Way”
REO Speedwagon/ “Keep on Loving You”
The Doobie Brothers/ “Listen to the Music”
Tom Petty and  the Heartbreakers/ “American Girl”

The 6-disc retail set ($59.95srp) and the single ($12.95srp), will include 96 and 16 live performances, respectively, and a host of bonus features.

“It was so electric in the studio. We knew we were blazing new trails.” -- Creator Burt Sugarman

A musical micro­cosm of its era with highlights offering some of the most indelible moments of the ‘70s airwaves, The Midnight Special has, at long last, been preserved for music lovers everywhere.  And with in-depth featurettes and interviews, home audiences can truly visit the ‘70s anytime, courtesy of StarVista Entertainment/Time Life.

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION (11 DISCS)

Pre-order Begins: August 12, 2014
Price: $99.95
Run time: Approx. 16 hours

Online Exclusive Collection includes:

11 DVDs in deluxe collector’s edition packaging.

32-page collector’s booklet with an intro by creator Burt Sugarman, liner notes from The Hollywood Reporter’s Contributing Editor Roy Trakin and archival photos

Almost 5 hours of hours of specially-created featurettes, in-depth interviews and more.

Twelve featurettes including: “Benson & Frampton Talk Shop,” “Burt Sugarman,” “George Benson: Early Influences,” “I Am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host,” “No Safety Net: Live on TV,” “Songwriting” Featurette, “Star-Studded Stage Fashion,” “The Musical Diversity of The Midnight Special,” “The History of The Midnight Special,” “The Legacy of The Midnight Special,” “Behind the Scenes of The Midnight Special,” and “Wolfman at Midnight”

Interviews with: Alice Cooper,  Burt Sugarman, Charlie Daniels, Christopher Cross, David Steinberg, Eddie Money, Frankie Valli, George Benson, Harry Wayne Casey, Helen Reddy, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Loggins & Messina, Mark Goodman (MTV), Melissa Manchester, Neil Sedaka, O’Jays, Peter Frampton, Robert Bell, Thelma Houston, Todd Rundgren

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTION (6 DISCS)

Street Date: September 9
Price: $59.95 srp
Run time: 8 hrs., 27 mins.

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (SINGLE)

Street Date: September 9
Price: $12.95 srp

Duff McKagan Joining Pearl Jam's McCready For Symphony Performance
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Legendary Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan has revealed that he will join friend and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready when he performs as a special guest with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall on January 30th.

McCready's appearance as part of the Sonic Evolution series will see the Symphony celebrates Seattle's musical legacy of innovation with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and others.

The pairing will perform under conductor Ludovic Morlot. McCready and Pearl Jam recently completed a European tour in support of their latest album, "Lightning Bolt." 

Gwar's Dave Brockie Gets Flaming Send Off
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The life of former Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, has been celebrated in a Viking-style ceremony in his hometown. The band used their annual Gwar-B-Q festival at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Virginia to remember the singer, who died in March of an accidental heroin overdose.

And to mark the event, Brockie's stage costume was set ablaze in a Viking funeral pyre on the water. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, who was a close friend of the singer, said: "Watching my friend Dave's costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me that the private memorial for friends and family we had on April Fool's Day.

"I spoke at both of them and both times were sad. But watching his alter ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial. Maybe because there was Dave, the human and my friend who just left us; and then there was Oderus, who was something else entirely. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life go up in flames."

More including video here.

Iron Maiden Plan To Expand Trooper Beer Line
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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson says he is planning to expand the band's Trooper Beer line following the successful launch of the brand last year.

"We may develop some more beers in the future and I've got a couple in mind, but we're quite away from making any decisions yet," the singer told the Morning Advertiser. "The key thing is that they will be under the umbrella of Trooper and not Iron Maiden. Trooper has taken on a life if its own. People drink it because they like the beer, not because they are Maiden fans."

Dickinson and the band launched their own ale, Trooper Beer, in the spring of 2013. Named after one of Iron Maiden's most popular songs, the beverage was personally designed and developed as a top quality Premium British Beer by the singer in tandem with Robinsons Brewery Head Brewer Martyn Weeks.

Sixx A.M. Tease New Song 'Stars'
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Sixx A.M. have released a teaser for Stars, the first track on their forthcoming album Modern Vintage. And frontman James Michael says the track came together "perfectly."

"As far as a quintessential Sixx A.M. song, I think Stars might be one of the best songs we've ever written," he says. "It does everything Sixx AM does on a heightened level. It's one of the most aggressive rock songs we have - the tempo is a lot faster than we usually write.

"It's one of those moments you always hope for as a songwriter, where the melody line, lyric and the track all marry. That chorus explodes - it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, and I've heard it thousands of times."

The band released the first taster from the album earlier this month, featuring Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters, saying they'd aimed to create a record that "confounds both expectation and categorisation."

Check out the Stars tease here.

Flotsam And Jetsam Revamping 80s Tracks For New Album
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Flotsam And Jetsam plan to revamp material written in the 1980s for their upcoming 12th original studio album. The follow-up to No Place For Disgrace 2014, a re-recording of the thrash icons' second title, is due next year - and singer AK Knutson reports they'll continue looking to their past.

He tells GetYourRockOut: "We have some songs that were actually written for Doomsday For The Deceiver and No Place For Disgrace, that never made it. We're pulling those out of the vault and we're going to kind of revamp them, and see if we can turn them into something cool."

Knutson says there have been big changes in the band in recent years, spearheaded by the arrival of guitarist Steve Conley and bassist Michael Spencer, who replaced Edward Carlson and Jason Ward.

More including a stream of the full interview here.

Previously Unreleased Photos of Elvis Presley In New Book
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From the catalog of early Elvis Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer come two previously unreleased photos of The King, taken between 1956 and 1959.

The photographer, working in conjunction with online gallery for iconic photography Rock Paper Photo, has published several images of Elvis from this period for inclusion in his book Alfred Wertheimer: Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll.

The book is a collector's edition with limited copies - in total, only 1,706 were produced, all numbered and signed by Wertheimer. The photographer first came in contact with Presley when he was assigned by RCA Records in 1956 to photograph Elvis. He worked with the then much lesser known singer, following him for 10 days over the following two years and shooting thousands of photographs.

More including some of the photos here.

Phil Varone Fires Back At Skid Row's Sabo
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Ex-Skid Row drummer Phil Varone has lashed out at his former bandmates after guitarist Dave Sabo criticized the way he lived his life. Varone took to Facebook to respond to comments made by Skid Row's Sabo, who called the drummer's 2007 documentary Waking Up Dead "gross".

In a furious post, the sticksman writes: "I'm normally not one to acknowledge clueless, jealous dummies, but in this case it's just too good to pass up and I'm sick and tired of these douchebags running their mouths.

"I always find it funny when the pot calls the kettle black and judging from the piece of sh*t records this sad cover band put out after I left, they are still clueless and still very much jealous. The good part about the recent Skid Row record is you can buy four of them and have a set of drink coasters."

John Mellencamp Debuts New Song Troubled Man
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John Mellencamp has launched the online streaming premiere of the song "Troubled Man", the lead single from his forthcoming new album, "Plain Spoken."

Due September 23, the project is the Indiana rocker's first release under a newly-signed and unprecedented lifetime recording contract with Republic Records.

Produced by Mellencamp, it's also the singer's first release of new material since 2010's "No Better Than This." The rocker recently wrapped up a summer tour of North America; next, he'll perform at Farm Aid 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 13.

Check out the new song here.

Anthrax Announce Chile On Hell Movie Theater Screenings
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Anthrax have announced a pair of premiere screenings of their forthcoming concert DVD, "Chile On Hell." The day before its release, Anthrax will debut "Chile On Hell" at screenings in both New York and Los Angeles.

The New York premiere takes place September 15 at 9 PM at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street. The Los Angeles premiere happens at the Downtown Independent Theater on September 15 at 9PM.

Due September 16, the thrash masters were filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10th, 2013, where they performed an extended set that featured songs from Anthrax's entire catalogue.

More details on the screenings and the trailer here.

Opeth's New Album Pale Communion Streaming Online
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Opeth have launched an exclusive stream of their highly-anticipated 11th album Pale Communion. All eight tracks are streaming on Prog's website, ahead of its official release next week.

Mainman Mikael Akerfeldt recently told how he'd first thought of calling the record Nux Vomica after a herbal remedy used to treat those suffering from light and sound sensitivity.

He said: "It comes from the same tree that produces the poison strychnine. I liked how it looked and everything. But then somebody read about the side effects, and it was erection problems and constipation.

"I figured, 'That's going be the first question in interviews,' - and I thought it was maybe not a good title after all." Check out the album stream here.

BOB SEGER RETURNS WITH NEW STUDIO ALBUM RIDE OUT ON OCTOBER 14
FIRST SINGLE “DETROIT MADE” HITS RADIO AIRWAVES

LOS ANGELES, CA — Bob Seger has emerged from the studio equipped with a new album, Ride Out, set to be released October 14 on Capitol Records. The first single, “Detroit Made,” pays homage to America’s love affair with the automobile. The uptempo song hit radio airwaves this past weekend serving as the perfect backdrop to the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest one day celebration of classic car culture.

“I feel really good about this record,” says Seger.  “This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world – from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news.  It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects.”    

Produced by Seger, the new collection stays true to his legendary sound as he effortlessly marries rock, blues and country, yielding an album with all the hallmarks of the rocker’s deep catalog of hits. Seger began teasing tracks from the album during his 2013 tour, including “Detroit Made,” “All of The Roads” and “California Stars.”

Ride Out is Seger’s first studio album since his 2006 platinum-certified Face The Promise and follows his 2011 platinum-certified release, Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets.

Bob Seger has sold more than 51 million albums and has racked up 13 platinum and 7 multi-platinum RIAA-certified album sales awards in the U.S. alone. He is both a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and his Greatest Hits, Against The Wind, Night Moves, Stranger In Town, Nine Tonight, and Live Bullet have been RIAA-certified for more than five million U.S. album sales each. The 1994 Greatest Hits collection was the #1 best-selling catalog album in the U.S. during the past decade (2001-2009), as reported by Billboard/SoundScan. With his many successes, Seger’s music is permanently etched in the American musical landscape.

The Scorpions Plan New Album and Tour For 50th Anniversary
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The Scorpions will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a new album and tour. The German rockers posted an image with the news on their Facebook page on Saturday, with more details to be announced at a later date.

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

As for the new record, singer Klaus Meine revealed in a 2013 interview that it feature leftovers from the early 1980s. "We started that over a year ago," Meine confirmed at the time. "It will be material that was never finished; songs with pure Scorpions DNA from a very exciting time. Once we close the book on the crazy touring schedule that's something we'll pick up again."

AEROSMITH ‘LET ROCK RULE’ TOUR TO RESUME SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 AT THE GORGE IN GEORGE, WA

AEROSMITH will resume their in-progress “Let Rock Rule” tour Saturday, August 16 at the Gorge in George, WA.  Earlier this week. (Wednesday, August 13), AEROSMITH cancelled their concert at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA so that JOEY KRAMER could undergo a minor medical procedure.  The AEROSMITH drummer, who has no history of a heart condition, said, “I'm feeling better than ever and I’ll be back sitting in the best seat in the house, hitting it harder than ever for our amazing fans. My gratitude and thanks for all the love and support showered on me during this time.  #LetRockRule.”

AEROSMITH’s remaining North American “LET ROCK RULE” tour dates with SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are as follows:

 

DATE

 

CITY

VENUE

Sat

8/16

George, WA

The Gorge Amphitheatre

Tue

8/19

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

Fri

8/22

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

Mon

8/25

The Woodlands, TX

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Thu

8/28

Atlanta, GA

Phillips Arena

Sun

8/31

Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall

Wed

9/3

Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

Sat

9/6

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

Tue

9/9

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Fri

9/12

Sydney, NS, Canada

Open Hearth Park


THE SUNSET STRIP & GIBSON FOUNDATION TO UNVEIL FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF GIBSON GUITARTOWN 10-FOOT ART PIECES AUGUST 19
2014 EDITION INCLUDES WORKS BY NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AND EMERGING LOS ANGELES ARTISTS

THE SUNSET STRIP and GIBSON FOUNDATION are excited to unveil their next installment of 10-foot, one-of-a-kind guitars Tuesday, August 19 at Hornburg Jaguar on the famed Sunset Strip. This is the fourth series of guitars since the GIBSON GUITARTOWN ON THE SUNSET STRIP public art project launched in 2010. The guitars, which were created by Los Angeles artists and nationally acclaimed artists to celebrate musicians who have influenced The Sunset Strip, will be auctioned for charity early next year. 

The 2014 Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip collection celebrates the music of Otis Redding, Jerry Garcia, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Elton John, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Jane's Addiction, Bob Marley, Frank Zappa, Rage Against The Machine, David Bowie and Marc Bolan as well as the Viper Room's 21st anniversary. 

The guitars showcase a wide array of motifs and styles and include work by RISK, Gail Zappa and musician Raphael Saadiq. Other works include an exclusive guitar series by Willard Snow and a memorial to the artists of The Sunset Strip by Kevin Llewellyn. GuitarTown supports the work of L.A.'s emerging artists and will be welcoming several emerging artists including Gino Burman-Loffredo, TJ Roe and GuitarTown's youngest ever artist, Forrest Holt (18).

Visual artists were selected after an open call for submissions. The project was curated by creative producer Mark Cramer whose clients include the City of West Hollywood, Christopher Street West/L.A. Pride, The Gay Men's Chorus of L.A., Halloweenie and Level Ground. Additionally, Cramer owns INSTALL, a public art consulting group that specializes in the development and management of unique art programming in the greater Los Angeles community and works with emerging LGBTQ artists, creating opportunities for interactive exhibitions and public showcases.

"The launch of new guitars is a highlight each year," says Sunset Strip Business Association Executive Director/CEO Todd Steadman. "Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is a great project for everyone involved. Some of our favorite musicians are celebrated through art, and The Sunset Strip serves as a unique art gallery, with thousands of people walking the famed boulevard and enjoying the works of art each day. We are also happy to work with Mark this year to showcase dynamic works by emerging and acclaimed artists in such a public setting."

Works being unveiled August 19 include:

Artist                           Title                                       Honoring the music of: 

Risk                              "Sweet Emotion"                      Joe Perry
Gail Zappa                    "Frank Zappa Audio Tombstone"   Frank Zappa
Stacey Wells                 "Janie's Got a Gun"                 Steven Tyler
Sarah's INCOGNITO    "Golden Nostalgia"                  Elton John
Lori Antoinette                "Cyndi Lauper"                       Cyndi Lauper
Ruben Esparza              "Freddie Mercury Icon"           Freddie Mercury
Joshua Burks                "Double Booked"                  Jane's Addiction/Empire of the Sun
FOREMOST                  "Minneaolitan"                          Prince
Demetra Karras             "Wake Up"                               Rage Against The Machine
TJ Roe                           "Serpent Sirena"                     The Viper Room
Kevin Llewellyn               "Live Fast, Never Die"        
Gino Burman-Loffredo     "The Man Who Sold the World"    David Bowie
Forrest Holt                      "Nothing's Shocking 25th Anniv." Jane's Addiction
Willard Snow                    "Reggae Legend"                   Bob Marley
Willard Snow                     "China Cat"                            Jerry Garcia
Willard Snow                     "The English Rocker"             Marc Bolan
Willard Snow                     "Acid Queen"                         Janis Joplin
Updendo & Raphael Saadiq                                            Otis Redding

Music fans can view the visually striking 10-foot guitars in person at the upcoming Sunset Strip Music Festival on September 20 and 21. Following the festival they will be installed along the 1.6 mile Sunset Strip outside of landmarks including the Rainbow, The Roxy, Whisky A Go-Go, Andaz West Hollywood hotel (former "Riot Hyatt"), House of Blues Sunset Strip and The Comedy Store, among others.

The guitars will be publicly displayed through the end of the year before being auctioned for charity during the first quarter of 2015. Since the project's initial launch in 2010, the guitars have raised more than $150,000 for charity. Past beneficiaries include Music For Relief, which was founded by members of Linkin Park to support disaster relief efforts; Los Angeles Fund for Public Education's "Arts Matter" campaign, supporting art and music education in L.A. public schools; Los Angeles Youth Network, which provides resources for homeless youth in Los Angeles; West Hollywood Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission to support public art efforts; and the West Hollywood Library. Stay tuned for exciting announcements regarding the 2014 GuitarTown charity recipient. 

Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is supported by the Sunset Strip Business Association, Hornburg Land Rover on The Sunset Strip, City of West Hollywood and Visit West Hollywood. GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is administered by the Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic division of Gibson Brands Inc. 

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Motley Crue Tour Truck In Fatal Accident
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A truck carrying equipment for Motley Crue's farewell tour was involved in a fatal collision on Friday in Jefferson County, Alabama, the band's show at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre went on as scheduled.

One person was killed in a wreck with an 18-wheeler on I-65 around 4:15 a.m. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene; he has been identified as 47-year-old Michael Wayne Marsh of Hayden, according to here.

They report that the condition of the driver of the 18-wheeler carrying Motley Crue's equipment was unknown but they confirmed that he was transported to a hospital.

Aerosmith Address Joey Kramer Heart Trouble Reports
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Aerosmith's Joey Kramer and his wife have both spoken out publicly denying a tabloid report that the legendary rocker has suffered from a history of heart problems and speculation that he was going to undergo open heart surgery.

The rumor was sparked after the band canceled their concert last Wednesday (August 13th) in Concord, Ca due to an illness within the band. Gossip site TMZ reported that an anonymous "source close to the band" informed them that Kramer has suffered heart issues in the past and an unnamed "member of the crew" told them that Kramer will be undergoing heart surgery. But they stipulated that they were unable to confirm the surgery rumor.

Kramer addressed the rumor on Friday. He issued the following statement, "I'm feeling better than ever and I'll be back sitting in the best seat in the house, hitting it harder than ever for our amazing fans. My gratitude and thanks for all the love and support showered on me during this time. #LetRockRule."

The drummer's wife Linda took things a little bit further on Twitter, confirming that Joey was in the hospital for a heart related procedure but called out the report for blowing things "out of proportion".

She tweeted, "Despite whats being reported n media my husband @joeykramer is NOT undergoing emergency open heart surgery he has NOT had prior heart issues". And she also tweeted, "Media blowing out of proportion The truth is Yes my husband @joeykramer is in the hospital having a procedure related to his heart."

On Saturday, the band resumed their North American Let Rock Rule Tour that features support from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators which runs until September 9th.

8/19 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
8/22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
8/25 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/28 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
8/31 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
9/3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
9/6 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
9/9 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/12 Sydney, NS, Canada Open Hearth Park

Gene Simmons Apologizes For Depression Comments
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KISS star Gene Simmons has issued two apologies for his comments in a recent interview about drug addiction and depression, following a backlash that included a KISS ban by a radio group in Australia.

The controversy started when Simmons was asked if he still gets along with the original members of KISS (Ace Frehley and Peter Criss), and he responded, "No, I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim.

"Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place.' My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear f*** all about 'the world as a harsh place.' She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' F*** you, then kill yourself.

"I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump.' Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f*** up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd."

After the comments made headlines, the Australian radio group Triple M announced that they have banned the playing of KISS music on their five radio stations in the major markets across Australia.

Simmons issued a statement on his personal Facebook page addressing his controversial comments. He wrote, "Depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones.

"I have not commented on various allegations made in the media, but I want to make this statement for the record and to clarify. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.

"I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically-incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression.

"Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. And I do not intend to defend myself here and now by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with.

"This is not about me. This is about clearing up misconceptions and being clear. My heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression."

Simmons followed up that statement but posting the following message on the official KISS Facebook page: "I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks.

"To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.

"I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise."

Pearl Jam, Nickelback Producer Rick Parashar Dead at 50
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Rick Parashar, who is best known as the producer of several hit albums including Pearl Jam's "Ten" and Nickelback's "Silver Side Up," died late last week at the age of 50.

Parashar died last Thursday afternoon (August 14th) at his home in Queen Ann, Seattle, after a blood clot moved from his leg to his heart, according to the King County Medical Examiner, reports Northwest Music Scene.

In 1985, Parashar and his brother Raj founded the famed London Bridge Studio in Seattle, WA, which went on to play a significant role in the grunge explosion in the early 1990s.

Apart from being a studio owner, Parashar was also known for his record production, have worked on the previously mentioned smash hit albums from Pearl Jam and Nickelback, he also produced the Temple of the Dog album, Alice in Chains' "Sap" EP, Blind Melon's self-titled album, 3 Doors Down's "Away from the Sun," Unwritten Law's self-titled effort and also worked on Bon Jovi's "Have a Nice Day" album.

Unwritten Law posted the following tribute on their Facebook page, "A good friend and producer of the Unwritten Law self titled record died and instead of giving his bio I would like to say a few awesome things about him and his importance of Unwritten laws legacy. Personally he was my favorite producer and teacher of things of occult nature in my life. His love for Shannon hoon was big and I remember having long talks with him about life death and rebirth

"These things I will always keep private. But thank you rick I love you. So much a lot of things come to mind about him left and right write now. I know this he was definitely a member of unwritten law at that time. You can hear his voice after California sky if you listen close. I'm leaving this pic that was taken in the house we lived in during the recording. Rick and I decorated it and eventually used the magic board on 418. Rick is also responsible for our 7 pointed star logo. Later rick you are FOREVER alive"

Alice in Chains posted a photo of Parasher on their Facebook with the message, "Remembering Rick Parasher Today. Another good soul gone too soon. Our thoughts are with Raj and the rest of Rick's family..."

Pearl Jam wrote on their Facebook page on Saturday, "RIP to Rick Parashar who worked on both Ten and Temple of the Dog. Our condolences go out to Rick's friends and family."

Blind Mellon's Facebook page had this tribute, "We are deeply saddened to say goodbye to our friend and partner Rick Parashar. Rick was a gentle soul who was loved by all. We had A LOT of fun with Rick. He was instrumental to our early sound and a big part of our success."

Nickelback wrote on Sunday, "Very sad to hear about the passing of Rick Parashar. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. RIP Rick"

Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers' Billy Rath Dead at 66
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Billy Rath, bassist with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, has died at the age of 66 after a long illness. He replaced Richard Hell in the New York punk outfit in 1976 and appeared on the band's iconic album LAMF in 1977. They were lined up to appear alongside the Sex Pistols on the British band's doomed Anarchy In The UK tour, then split up later the same year.

The Heartbreakers continued to reform for occasional shows, but Rath bowed out in 1985 and did not return. After a short stint as a member of Iggy Pop's band he retrained as a psychologist and began working as an addiction counsellor. He'd been working with his own band, Billy Rath's Street Pirates, until his illness forced him to move into a care home. He left the facility to be with his family in his final days.

Commenting on the Heartbreakers' notoriety, the bassist said in a 2012 interview: "We didn't make trouble - we made and played NYC rock 'n' roll. The Heartbreakers were a rock 'n' roll band, not a punk band that pushed anarchy. We wrote love songs, not fight songs."

Ratt Really Ended With Robbin Crosby's Death Says Pearcy
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Former Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy says he walked out on the band for the last time because he felt three decades of "volatile" living was enough. He believes the notoriously unstable band changed for the worse when guitarist Robbin Crosby died in 2002 - but his offer of returning for a final album remains open.

Pearcy, who quit in April, tells Inappropriate Earl: "30 years is enough time to be in something that's so volatile. Things weren't proper." He reports he's enjoying life more with his solo band, although he's not planning to stage any large-scale tours: "There's less drama and there's less overall business structure," he says. "It's more back to basics. I just like getting out there once in a while."

The singer describes Crosby's death after a heroin overdose as "the end of the Ratt tale, so to speak," adding: "I knew it would never be the same. No disrespect to whoever else stepped in. It's just not the same - and hence all the catastrophe that followed."

But he is open to recording another album with the four original members.

Eric Clapton & Friends: JJ Cale Appreciation Album

Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today's artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ's legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale scheduled to be released July 29, 2014. With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze." The album is available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00K0X1PYM.

"I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did – that's the point. I'm just the messenger; I've always felt that that's my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from," said Clapton.

After years admiring JJ Cale's work and covering several of his songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine", Clapton finally collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album Road to Escondido. At the time, Clapton said "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."

JJ Cale's music consistently defied being labeled into any one category, but instead found influences across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk -- a hybrid sound that has influenced a long list of artists. He was known for being reclusive. He let his music speak for itself and by his own choice never became famous in the conventional terms of the word. Instead, he preferred to shun the spotlight for a more simple existence based on his musical creations. Ironically, doing just that, and focusing on music, turned him into a guitar legend.

Cale grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and cited Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Chuck Berry as some of his earliest influences. He was often quoted as saying, "In trying to imitate them, I missed it. And I came up with my own kinda thing." And so, Cale began playing the local Tulsa club scene in the early 1950's surrounded by other natives such as David Gates (Bread) and Leon Russell. After moving to Los Angeles in the mid-60's, he recorded the song "After Midnight."

Already an accomplished guitarist with bands such as the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton ventured to a solo career with the release of his 1970 self-titled Eric Clapton album. Mutual friend Delaney Bramlett had given Clapton a copy of Cale's song "After Midnight." Clapton decided to cover the song and it was the first single from the album. The song became a chart-topping success. Clapton was quick to offer praise for Cale's work while promoting the album. Cale had been told of the cover but said that he didn't pay much attention until the song came on the radio in Tulsa.

Years later, in April 1976, Cale was performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon in support of his Troubadour album release. Clapton sat in on the performance and later during that trip surprised Cale in the studio with a version of "Cocaine" that would appear on his 1977 Slowhand release, again becoming a chart-topping success.

In 2004 Clapton organized a guitar festival called Crossroads that was a 3-day event featuring the world's most elite guitarists. Clapton invited Cale to perform at the first Crossroads Guitar Festival and Cale agreed to attend the event, where Clapton proudly sat in as a member of his band.

Cale's entire 40-plus year career produced only 15 albums. Lauded by his peers and completely unfazed by musical fads, JJ Cale is an American icon, a craftsman like no other.

Clapton's career, also spanning more than 50 years, has resulted in 18 Grammy Awards and the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Breeze will be available JULY 29, 2014

ALBUM TRACK LISTING 1. Call Me The Breeze (Vocals Eric Clapton) 2. Rock And Roll Records (Vocals Eric Clapton & Tom Petty) 3. Someday (Vocals Mark Knopfler) 4. Lies (Vocals John Mayer & Eric Clapton) 5. Sensitive Kind (Vocals Don White) 6. Cajun Moon (Vocals Eric Clapton) 7. Magnolia (Vocals John Mayer) 8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Vocals Tom Petty & Eric Clapton) 9. Songbird (Vocals Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton) 10. Since You Said Goodbye (Vocals Eric Clapton) 11. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Vocals Don White & Eric Clapton) 12. The Old Man And Me (Vocals Tom Petty) 13. Train To Nowhere (Vocals Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton) 14. Starbound (Vocals Willie Nelson) 15. Don't Wait (Vocals Eric Clapton & John Mayer) 16. Crying Eyes (Vocals Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)

MUSICIAN CREDITS: Keys - Hammond Organ, Piano & Wurlitzer Walt Richmond & Simon Climie Drum Programming & Percussion Simon Climie Bass Nathan East Drums Jim Keltner Guitars Eric Clapton (All tracks) Mark Knopfler (Tracks 3 & 13) John Mayer (Tracks 4, 7 & 15) Willie Nelson (Tracks 9 & 14) Don White (Tracks 3, 5 & 13) Reggie Young (Tracks 2, 6 & 8) Derek Trucks (Tracks 14 & 16) Albert Lee (Tracks 1 & 11) David Lindley (Tracks 9 & 16) Don Preston (Track 3 & 13) Christine Lakeland (Track 3) Doyle Bramhall II (Track 10) Pedal Steel Guitar Greg Leisz (Track 12 & 14) Dobro Eric Clapton (Track 11) Harmonica Jimmy Markham (Track 13) Mickey Raphael (Tracks 3, 9 & 14) Backing Vocals Michelle John (Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 13) Sharon White(Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 13) Christine Lakeland (Tracks 13 & 15) Simon Climie (Track 9) Additional Drums James Cruce Jim Karstein Jamie Oldaker David Teegarden Satnam Ramgotra (Tablas) ALBUM CREDITS: Produced by: Eric Clapton Simon Climie

Grammy Award Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist SLASH Strikes a Chord at Universal Studios Hollywood, Composing First-Ever Original Score for Theme Park’s Gripping New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH”

Universal City, CA, August 14, 2014 – Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician, SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.

While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of “Halloween Horror Nights,” this collaboration with prolific guitarist, SLASH, marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event.  This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for SLASH, whose new album World on Fire debuts on September 16, 2014, on the heels of his “Let Rock Rule” World Tour performing with Aerosmith.

Infused with the rocker’s hell-raising electric guitar riffs, the ominous new “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” haunted attraction is no laughing matter as it unmasks the psychological disorder known as Coulrophobia, a disturbing condition affecting those with an extreme and irrational fear of clowns.  

The psychedelic 3D maze will horrify guests, taunting and tempting them with terror and treats as they parade through “Sweet Licks Frozen Clown Pops Family Amusement Center,” a dilapidated roadside attraction and one-time thriving ice cream factory run by deranged siblings and their mad clown father, Sweet Licks. As this demented trio schemes to restore the family business by luring visitors with free ice cream, guests will soon find themselves on the menu as the key ingredient of a sick new high-protein ice cream concoction. 

“I’m a HUGE fan of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror,” said SLASH.  “I’ve been composing music for as long as I can remember and jumped at the chance to be an integral part of this year’s event and create the original score for this creepy clown maze.  I can’t wait to see the fans’ reactions and will be first in line to experience the maze myself.”

“It’s an honor to collaborate with one of the most iconic rock legends around,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “From the moment I heard SLASH’s original composition for the maze, I immediately knew he got it, as the vibe and feel of his score are so right on. He captured the exact tone we were looking to convey to our guests, and it’s great having SLASH be a part of this incredible event.”

SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet RevolverSLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16, 2014www.slashonline.com.

 “Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “More Dead Than Ever,” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This year’s event will feature a slate of all-new unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including, “The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning television series; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV series; “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP:  Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; “An American Werewolf in London,” based Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning and genre-defining film, written and directed by John Landis; “Face Off:  In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s hit TV series, and “The Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.

To learn more about this all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, click here:  “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH.”

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Universal Studios HollywoodSM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” family adventure ride, the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “The Simpsons Ride™,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

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SANTANA TO RELEASE “CORAZON, LIVE FROM MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT” DVD CONCERT, PLUS DOCUMENTARY FILM, AND LIVE CD PACKAGE

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 9TH ON RCA/SONY LATIN IBERIA

GUITAR LEGEND SANTANA COLLABORATED WITH THE BIGGEST NAMES IN LATIN MUSIC FOR THIS ALBUM, CONCERT AND DOCUMENTARY SHOT IN MEXICO CELEBRATING HIS LATIN HERITAGE

CORAZÓN, SANTANA’S FIRST EVER LATIN ALBUM OF HIS CAREER CERTIFIED US LATIN DOUBLE-PLATINUM

Superstar performances at this concert event include Elan Atias, Chocquibtown,  Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Miguel, Fher Olvera (of Mana), Niña Pastori, Samuel Rosa (of Skank), Cindy Blackman Santana,  Salvador Santana, Romeo Santos,  Soledad, and Diego Torres

(August 14, 2014-- New York, NY) Ten time GRAMMY®-Award winning rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Carlos Santana and his band SANTANA will be releasing a special concert event package entitled “CORAZÓN, LIVE FROM MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT,”  which includes the concert film, a “making of the concert” 30 minute documentary film shot in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Guadalajara, entitled “Live It To Believe It,” along with a live CD, also available as a downloadable CD on September 9th, available in three different physical package configurations -  as a DVD stand alone, DVD/CD, and as a Blu-Ray/CD package. Find complete DVD/Blu-Ray & CD track listing information below. The Live CD will also be available as a digital download.

Combined with 40 years of hits, Santana performed many of the songs from his double-platinum US Latin-certified and critically-acclaimed album CORAZÓN at a once in a lifetime concert event in December 2013, accompanied by many of his album special guests, all celebrating their Latin music heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico (in his native state of Jalisco) at Arena VFG in Guadalajara in conjunction with the Mexico Tourism Board. 

Guadalajara, Mexico was selected by Carlos Santana and Sony Music as the location for the concert and DVD to celebrate Santana’s Mexican roots and for Carlos to honor Mexico's people, its culture and its history. The concert was a homecoming for Carlos and a festive kickoff event to mark his critically- album CORAZÓN, a project close to his heart. CORAZÓN, the concert and album project brought Carlos back to his birthplace and celebrates Carlos’ love of his musical heritage, as well as showcases Carlos’ own personal influence on Latin music and on today’s generation of Latin superstars.

The concert documentary entitled “CORAZÓN, LIVE FROM MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT,” originally aired in the U.S. on HBO Latino on May 3rd, and was simulcast in Latin America and the Caribbean. This was the first time ever that HBO Latino and HBO Latin America have joined forces to premiere a concert event in the US and Latin American regions.

Superstar guest performers who joined Santana at the concert  event captured on this DVD/CD include Elan Atias, ChocquibtownLila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Miguel, Fher Olvera  (of Maña),Niña Pastori, Samuel Rosa (of Skank), Cindy Blackman SantanaSalvador Santana, Romeo SantosSoledad, and Diego Torres.

Click here to watch a live performance of “Amor Correspondido” feat. Diego Torres featured on the Blu-Ray and DVD.

CORAZÓN, LIVE FROM MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT,” was directed by Nick Wickham, and produced by Emer Patten and Paul “Skip” Rickert. The DVD and album were executive produced by Clive Davis, Santana’s longtime collaborator and Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment,, Carlos Santana, Afo Verde Chairman and CEO for Sony's Latin Region, Spain and Portugal, Michael Vrionis, President, Universal Tone Management, and Tom Corson, President and COO, RCA Records.

About SANTANA: For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY ® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY ® Awards.  He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), and received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009).  Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Celebrating the chart debut of Guitar Heaven (Arista) in 2010, Santana joined the ranks of the Rolling Stones as the only musical act in chart history to score at least one Top 10 album in every decade beginning with the 1960s. On December 8th, 2013 Carlos Santana was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award. He is also currently headlining at a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Santana recently kicked off an 18 show US tour with Rod Stewart along with stand alone dates for ‘The Corazón Tour.’

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Link to "Saideira" video featuring Samuel Rosa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ2R-cj12zY
Link to hear “La Flaca” featuring Juanes: Santana – La Flaca

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THE CLASSIC ROCK ROLL OF HONOUR 2014--ROCK’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS NIGHT--ANNOUNCES: ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE SAMMY HAGAR NAMED AS HOST SHORTLIST OF NOMINEES FOR LISTENER AND FAN-VOTED CATEGORIES

VOTING OPEN NOW
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ONE OF MUSIC’S MOST RESPECTED AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EVENTS BEING HELD IN AMERICA FOR THE FIRST TIME TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AVALON IN HOLLYWOOD, CA

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of the most highly respected music award ceremonies of the year, attracting the biggest names in the world of rock. Hosted by UK based Classic Rock Magazine, the tenth annual Classic Rock Awards - the ‘Classic Rock Roll Of Honour’ - has announced multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar as this year’s master of ceremonies, along with the list of nominees for the listener and fan-voted categories.

Traditionally held in the iconic Roundhouse in Camden, London, this prestigious rock‘n’roll awards ceremony is coming to America for the first time on Tuesday, November 4. A celebration of some of the world’s most influential and respected musicians in rock, is set to take place at the Avalon, Hollywood’s historic night club and music venue.

To kick things off for 2014, Sammy Hagar will serve as this year’s host. Globally known as the “Red Rocker”, Hagar is a Grammy award-winning vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician, a #1 New York Times Best Selling author, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throughout his prolific 40-year-career as a solo artist and as a member of the groups Montrose, Van Halen and Chickenfoot, Hagar has sold more than 60 million records.  In addition to his musical endeavors, Hagar is also an auspicious entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder of world-renowned Cabo Wabo tequila, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum (an official sponsor of the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour), eight restaurants, the “Acoustic For A Cure” benefit concert and supports several children’s charities and food relief organizations. Along with hosting the 2014 Classic Rock AwardsHagar is currently on his “A Journey Through The History Of Rock” tour, working on a new Chickenfoot album, as well as a new solo acoustic album. Previous hosts have included Alice CooperGene Simmons and Duff Mckagan.

"The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events in the U.K. so I’m really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the U.S.,” said Sammy Hagar. “My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs and other awards ceremonies.”

Today, Classic Rock Magazine announced the nominees for this year’s awards including the listener and fan-voted categories:

Best New Band - Awarded to the best new rock band
BlackWolf
Blues Pills
Deaf Havana
Massive
No Sinner
Purson
Royal Blood
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
The Strypes
Band Of The Year - Awarded to the most exciting rock band
Black Sabbath
The Black Keys
Guns N’ Roses
Iron Maiden
Metallica
Queen + Adam Lambert
Film Of The Year 
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution
Album Of The Year
Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home
Reissue Of The Year Awarded to the best-embellished reissue
The Beatles – The US Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th Anniversary Kissteria Vinyl Boxset
Led Zeppelin – I, II & III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System Boxset
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe Box Set
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Major Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Medium Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Small Market)

The all-important listener and fan votes can be cast now at www.classicrockmagazine.com/awards.

Additionally, U.S. radio listeners will be able to vote on their Classic Rock radio stations’ websites, via a sponsored digital banner which will be made available by Krantz Media Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) and digital partners TUNEGENIE and Classics Du Jour. AdLarge Media will be exclusively responsible for radio advertising sponsorship sales. Fans also can vote for their favourite Classic Rock radio station. Radio station winners will be recognized in the Major Market, Medium Market, and Small Market categories. More details on U.S. listener voting will be provided shortly. 

Voting will close on Wednesday, October 22.

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. The evening’s main award, The Living Legend, will be announced soon and has previously been won by Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top and Iggy Pop.

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.

Further illustrating the brand’s growth, TeamRock Games will be launching the official Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Trivia Game on September 1, giving players the chance to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles with flights and hotel accommodations included, along with tickets to the awards and after show party.

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 is broadcast on TeamRock Radio. Check out highlights from past Classic Rock Awards here: http://bit.ly/1qVqXoT.

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 Hotel . Restaurant . Spa, Universal Music Group and Sammy's Beach Bar Rum.

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Motley Crue Fans Rushed To Hospital After Concert Attack
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An Ohio man and his girlfriend were allegedly attacked by a group of people at the Cleveland stop of Motley Crue's farewell tour on Tuesday night and the man is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his alleged attackers.

Jeff Stone says in a Facebook posting that he and his girlfriend, Kristine Scheetz, were rushed to the hospital by ambulance following the attack at the concert.

Stone posted photos of himself in the hospital and wrote, "Kristine & I were up at Blossom enjoying our first concert of the year. We were down by the Pavillion having a beer and a girl came by and slammed into Kristine, spilling her entire beer all over her. Kristine was soaked and said 'excuse me'. The girl and Several of her friends, plus two men came out of nowhere and viciously attacked us. It was a nasty fight and one of the scariest moments I've ever experienced.

"I won't even show pictures of Kristine as she is completely traumatized. My shoulder was dislocated and Kristine's eye was messed up pretty badly. We were rushed to the hospital by ambulance and I had to be put under to have my shoulder put back in place. We both had X Rays And Kristine had to get a Catscan.

"I am offering a $5,000 REWARD FOR ANY INFORMATION leading to the arrest and conviction of the low rent cowards that jumped and beat on an innocent couple just trying to unwind and enjoy their evening."

Nikki Sixx Slams Gene Simmons Over Recent Comments
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Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx criticized Gene Simmons for recent comments that the KISS star made about people with substance abuse problems and people with depression.

Simmons made headlines over comments he made in a recent interview with Songfacts.com. When he was asked if he still gets along with the original members of KISS (Ace Frehley and Peter Criss), Simmons responded, "No, I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim.

"Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place.' My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear f*** all about 'the world as a harsh place.' She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' F*** you, then kill yourself.

"I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump.' Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f*** up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd."

Nikki Sixx offered his reaction to Simmons' comments this week on his syndicated radio show Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx. He said, "…It's pretty moronic because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don't like Gene, I don't like Gene's words, because…there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a KISS fan and reads this and goes, 'You know what? He's right. I should just kill myself'…"

Sixx added: "…For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don't want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who's telling you the only way out is out, when I'm telling you, and I wrote it in The Heroin Diaries, you can get out of this. ...One in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point in their life, so this is another thing to think about.

"At one point in your life, meaning it will come and it will go…they say all bad things must pass, all bad things will pass, so keep that in the back of your mind if you're feeling depression, and don't listen to people who don' t know what they're talking about."

Journey, Whitesnake, Night Ranger Supergroup Launched
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Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich and Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades have revealed they're working on an album together.

The trio revealed that they are recording with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio on the studio project, which is scheduled for release next year via Frontiers Records.

Asides from the Facebook image showing the three musicians together in a studio, no details have yet been released about the project, which sees Castronovo delivering lead vocals along with drum tracks.

Ace Frehley Wants Gene Simmons To Guest On Next Album
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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will release his new solo album, "Space Invader", on August 19th in North America (Aug 29 in Europe), but the rocker is already working on his next project and he says he may ask former bandmate Gene Simmons to appear on the record.

"I was thinking of asking Gene to play bass on one track, and I'm not going to say which one. That'll be a surprise," Ace told VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner.

Frehley isn't sure if Simmons would be up to the challenge or if he'd be allowed to appear on the album. "I think he'd consider it," said Ace. "I don't know if he'd do it. Maybe Paul [Stanley] won't let him. Who knows?"

The guitarist recently revealed that his next album, which will feature covers and remixes, will be an all-star affair. "I will get guest stars like Lita Ford, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, Slash," he explained.

Accept Premiere New Song Final Journey
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Accept have released a lyric video for their new track Final Journey. The song is taken from the band's upcoming 14th album Blind Rage, released on August 19th in North America and August 18th in Europe.

Frontman Mark Tornillo tells NPR: "Final Journey is certainly not about Accept, but about all of us. Eventually, we all take that final journey and when we do, we will most surely travel alone. Where to is the question."

Accept launch a world tour next month, with a London date set for The Forum on November 27. Until then check out the new lyric video for Final Journey.

Halford Predicts New Judas Priest Album Will Be Revered
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Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has predicted that latest album Redeemer Of Souls will eventually be seen as "one of the greatest metal records ever made."

He believes their 17th studio outing demonstrates a strong sense of purpose, and that means it'll stand the test of time. It gave Priest the third-best UK chart position of their career on release last month, leading the singer to confirm it wouldn't be their last record.

Halford made his prediction in an interview with Rock Cellar: "I think, 10 years from now, this will be revered. I don't say that lightly. Knowing how everything works, it feels that good."

Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock Working On New Album

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Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock are hard at work on a new album. The group led by Scorpions and UFO guitar icon Schenker hope to release Spirit On A Mission late this year or early 2015.

Their last album was 2013's Bridge The Gap, which featured Schenker's fellow ex-Scorpions members Francis Buchholz on bass and Herman Rarebell on drums. Vocals were handled by Doogie White while Wayne Findlay was on keyboard and guitar.

Despite his illustrious past with various bands, Schenker admits he prefers working as a solo artist with the help of his Temple Of Rock colleagues or the Michael Schenker Group (MSG).

Status Quo Recall Onstage Nightmares
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Status Quo say recovering from a fall onstage is easily the most embarrassing thing that can happen to a musician. Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi recall their onstage nightmares and both agree it's the getting up, rather than the falling down, that hurts the most.

Parfitt tells Total Guitar: "I was up on a riser - and that was in the days where we used to really jump up and down and flit about like ballet dancers - and I was due to do the lead vocal.

"I sprang down from the riser and fell flat on my face. It's not falling onstage that's the embarrassing thing, it's getting up. You see the whole front 15 rows laughing their f***ing heads off at you. I clambered up the microphone and tried to do the lead vocal but I realised I had cracked the neck of the guitar.

"It was a black Gibson and I loved it. It was a complete disaster. God forbid it ever happens again because it's so f***ing embarrassing." Stream the interview here.

ACE FREHLEY DEBUTS "THE JOKER"
GUITAR LEGEND TO SIT IN WITH THE ROOTS ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON TONIGHT

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM SPACE INVADER OUT AUGUST 19

NYC BEST BUY IN-STORE ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK - 2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has debuted "The Joker," the second single from his highly anticipated solo LP Spacer Invader due out next week. The debut comes exclusively through ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK.  http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ace-frehley-the-joker-steve-miller-premiere/

Frehley will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Space Invader signed by the space man himself.

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin'
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

ACE FREHLEY will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on August 19th. The album features nine brand new original songs, including the first single, “Gimme a Feelin'," as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic rock staple “The Joker.” Frehley also tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album art for Space Invader. Kelly created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977).

Widely known as the original “Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member.  In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley (1978), went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums. The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics.

Pre-order here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/space-invader-deluxe-edition/id900286294

Smokey Robinson’s New Duets Album "Smokey & Friends" Premieres Exclusively via “First Play" on iTunes Radio
“Smokey & Friends” Set for Release on Verve Records on August 19
Album Features Duets with Contemporary and Classic Artists such as Elton John, James Taylor, Mary J. Blige, Aloe Blacc, Jessie J, Miguel, CeeLo and more

“Smokey & Friends,” the new duets album from legendary Motown icon and Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter, Smokey Robinson, premieres today exclusively via “First Play” on iTunes Radio (iTunesRadio.com/SmokeyRobinson). The album will be available to stream in its entirety from today through August 18 and is also available now for pre-order (iTunes.com/SmokeyRobinson) ahead of its official August 19 release on Verve Records.

The track listing for “Smokey & Friends” features Robinson alongside a celebrated roster of contemporary and classic artists who revisit the best loved songs from Robinson's unmatched catalog of hits including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.

On the Randy Jackson-produced set, Robinson is joined by old friends like James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Mary J. Blige, as well as with some of today’s hottest new artists including John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, JC Chasez, CeeLo, and Jessie J.

Robinson and his guests pay homage to the timeless originals, while creating new versions that feel instantaneously contemporary and classic.  Robinson and John turn “The Tracks of My Tears” into an organ-drenched call and response; while Legend’s graceful piano playing adds a new elegance to “Quiet Storm.”  On “My Girl,” Miguel, Aloe Blacc, and ’N Sync’s JC Chasez match The Temptation’s unforgettable harmonies, as John Mayer recreates the song’s instantly recognizable opening guitar riffs.  The album’s 11 tracks will delight longtime Robinson fans, as well as introduce these ageless songs to younger listeners not necessarily familiar with the enduring melodies and lyrics.

ABOUT SMOKEY ROBINSON

Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson's career spans over four decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including two Grammy's, the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy's first vocal group. Their single of Robinson's "Shop Around" became Motown's first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960's and early 70's. In addition to writing hits for The Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown

"Smokey & Friends" Track Listing:
1. The Tracks Of My Tears – Elton John
2. You Really Got A  Hold On Me – Steven Tyler
3. My Girl – Miguel, Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez
4. Cruisin' - Jesse J
5. Quiet Storm – John Legend
6. The Way You Do (The Things You Do) - CeeLo Green
7. Being With You – Mary J. Blige
8. Ain't The Peculiar – James Taylor
9. The Tears Of A Clown - Sheryl Crow
10. Ooh Baby Baby – Ledisi
11. Get Ready – Gary Barlow

BRIAN SETZER RELEASES NEW ALBUM  ‘ROCKABILLY RIOT!: ALL ORIGINAL’ (8/12)

LYRIC VIDEO FOR “LEMME SLIDE” PREMIERES TODAY ON ‘BILLBOARD.COM’ WATCH HERE: http://bit.ly/1q6JbgF

Today (8/12), the iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist BRIAN SETZER releases his much-anticipated new album ROCKABILLY RIOT!: ALL ORIGINAL (Surfdog Records), a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish with 12 new songs featuring SETZER’s trademark twang and fretboard fire. To coincide with today’s release, SETZER has partnered with BILLBOARD.COM to premiere the lyric video for lead single “Lemme Slide.” Check out the lyric video here: http://bit.ly/1q6JbgF and purchase a copy of ROCKABILLY RIOT!: ALL ORIGINAL in all formats here: http://bit.ly/X00NEd.

ROCKABILLY RIOT!: ALL ORIGINAL was recorded in Nashville and produced by Peter Collins with SETZER backed by three musicians he says “are the best in their craft”: Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums). NEWSDAY raves, “He's at his best in ‘The Girl With the Blues in Her Eyes,’ where he channels Gene Vincent filtered through Paul McCartney for a should-be classic (8/11).” Elsewhere, Sam Gnerre of LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS (8/8) praises the album as “a state-of-the-art modern rockabilly album that’s a total blast,” while VINTAGE GUITAR (October 2014) says: “Three decades, umpteen records, and several stellar bands into his career, and Brian Setzer still makes rockabilly sound fresh and exciting...Setzer’s playing is much more complex…his fretwork has grown to include numerous other, more far-reaching influences, particularly from vintage jazz…his mature creativity and fretwork brilliance will make you a believer.”

Speaking with ESQUIRE.COM’s Dan Hyman about the new album, SETZER notes that "this one just spoke to me," adding, "Once you get that idea of what you wanna write, you get excited about it. And once you move in that direction they do come hot and heavy. It really is a gift from somewhere. The songbird comes." (August 11, 2014)

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IAN ANDERSON'S "HOMO ERRATICUS" TO BE AVAILABLE AS A SPECIAL CD/DVD TOUR EDITION ON SEPTEMBER 30

(Special CD/DVD Tour Edition of Acclaimed Hit Album from Jethro Tull Frontman)

To coincide with Ian Anderson's BEST OF JETHRO TULL & HOMO ERRATICUS North American tour (commencing September 12th), Kscope is pleased to announce a new tour edition of Ian's acclaimed new studio album, HOMO ERRATICUS. This 2 disc (CD DVD) package features the exclusive videos to each album track, as seen at the shows, set to hi resolution 24 bit stereo audio. The DVD features a live performance of album favorite "Enter the Uninvited" and new interview footage with Ian discussing the live visuals.

"Rock Cellar" says HOMO ERRATICUS offer songs that "address those same modern realities that give rise to my impertinent Why?, and in an honest, thought-provoking, entertaining manner.  Compared to whatever else is out there right now, that’s definitely an improvement."  "The strongest Ian Anderson album ever," writes Music Street Journal. Rolling Stone online states, "Ian Anderson—unlike many, many, many of his contemporaries—hasn’t really shown the signs of aging that most of us have taken for granted in our ‘60s-era pop stars."

In 2012 Ian Anderson released THICK AS A BRICK-2, the follow-up to Jethro Tull's legendary concept album, THICK AS A BRICK. TAAB-2 was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. In April 2014 he returned with the hit album HOMO ERRATICUS which--according to BILLBOARD MAGAZINE--entered the UK album charts at number 14.

The original THICK AS A BRICK album, released in 1972, was based around the poem of disgraced child prodigy Gerald Bostock. For HOMO ERRATICUS Anderson is reunited with Bostock, using lyrics written by Gerald based on an old historical manuscript. The manuscript examines key events from throughout British history before going on to offer a number of prophecies for the future. Ian says the album deals with migration as a theme.

Suitably dramatized and exaggerated by Bostock as metaphors for modern life, he presented Anderson with ideas for 14 songs, which have now been set to music. The result is HOMO ERRATICUS. The CD / DVD tour edition of the album will be released on Anderson's own Calliandra Records label in conjunction with Kscope on September 30th.

CD Tracklist
1 Doggerland
2 Heavy Metals
3 Enter The Uninvited
4 Puer Ferox Adventus
5 Meliora Sequamur
6 The Turnpike Inn
7 The Engineer
8 The Pax Britannica
9 Tripudium Ad Bellum
10 After These Wars
11 New Blood, Old Veins
12 In For A Pound
13 The Browning of the Green
14 Per Errationes Ad Astra
15 Cold Dead Reckoning

DISC 2 - ADDITIONAL BONUS DVD MATERIAL
Enter the Uninvited (live at Swan Theatre UK - 2014)
New Ian Anderson 'Homo Erraticus' tour visuals interview

Fans can check out a clip from a UK show and see all the tour dates at http://jethrotull.com

Reward Offered In AC/DC Murder Case
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Police in Australian's New South Wales have announced a reward in their murder investigation of long-time AC/DC manager Crispin Dye, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

The paper reports that investigators are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect(s) in the 20-year-old murder of Dye, who also worked with the Easybeats and celebrated Aussie hard rockers Rose Tattoo.

Dye died in St George Hospital in Sydney on Christmas Day 1993, two days after he was attracted, robbed and left unconscious and the case has remained unsolved but officials have now announced the reward for information that lead to an arrest and conviction.

Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, had this to say, "There are people out there who know those responsible for Mr Dye's death and we're hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police.

"By all accounts, Crispin Dye was a fun-loving, friendly and decent man, who was robbed of his life far too soon. We are absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this case and bringing those responsible for an innocent man's violent death to justice, but we won't be able to do it without assistance from the public."

Read the Morning Herald report for more details here.

Safely Concerns Over Beatles Landmark
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The zebra road crossing made famous by the Beatles could have safety staff assigned to run it after authorities became concerned about the number of tourist visits.

Westminster City Council fears that so many people stop to take photos on the Abbey Road landmark that they could be at risk of being hit by traffic. A review has been commissioned after residents in the St Johns Wood area of London reported that the crossing - featured on the Fab Four's 1969 album cover - has become increasingly busy in recent years, with buses double-parking and tourists stopping in forbidden areas.

A spokeswoman tells the BBC: "Councillors raised residents' concerns about the number of tourists spilling into the road and traffic near the crossing at the height of the summer season."

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Collaborates With David Guetta
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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons has collaborated with dance producer David Guetta on new material. Gibbons expects the recordings to surface in the future, although it's not clear whether it will be a ZZ Top or Guetta release.

The guitarist met Guetta in Ibiza recently to share ideas and the pair ended up working on new music together. Gibbons tells Billboard: "I wanted to know how they did certain things, and of course they were badgering me to bring the guitar to the forefront. They said, 'You know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player.' I said, 'Let's see if we can bring the two together and make it shake.'"

Gibbons says around 10 songs were recorded in the sessions. He adds: "It's a far cry from what people might expect. But a lot of people have overlooked the fact that one of the things that made Eliminator so interesting was the opportunity to go into that experimental side of things".

Alice Cooper Reveals Raise the Dead Headline Tour Dates
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Alice Cooper has announced a handful of Raise the Dead headline tour dates in addition to his current stops supporting Motley Crue's North American farewell tour.

Cooper has announced two Raise the Dead tour dates in Canada in Rama, ON on October 30th at Casino Rama and also on Halloween night in Kitchener, ON at Centre in the Square.

He will also be playing two U.S. dates beginning on November 2nd in Hammond, IN at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino and on November 29th in Las Vegas at The Pearl Theatre @ The Palms.

Rush Park Plans Gets Approved
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Rush frontman Geddy Lee says that he and his bandmate Alex Lifeson are "humbly honored" after plans were approved to name a neighborhood park after them.

North York Community Council in Toronto yesterday rubber-stamped the change of title from Willowdale Park to the Lee Lifeson Art Park, with the intention of acknowledging the musicians' contributions to culture and the community where they grew up.

Early designs for the development include sculptural installations, a performance space and a small bandstand for acoustic concerts. Lee tells the Toronto Star: "We met with the architects and were really impressed with the thought and plans they have for it."

Heart Launching Mini-Residency In Las Vegas
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Heart will be the latest classic rock band to go Vegas with the announcement that they will be launching a mini-residency at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

hennemusic reports that the band has announced plans to play three shows on December 5, 6 and 7 at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The Heart Monger Fan Club pre-sale will be held on Tuesday, August 12 at 10am PDT and will end on Wednesday, August 13 at 10pm PDT and can be accessed through Ticketmaster.

Gilby Clarke Reveals Canadian Tour Dates
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Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke has announced dates for a Canadian tour this fall. The 3-week, 12-show trek starts September 3rd in Windsor, Ontario.

Clarke recently released a new video for his 1994 track, "Tijuana Jail", to mark the song's 20th anniversary. The video for the tune, which originally appeared on Clarke's solo debut album, "Pawnshop Guitars", was directed by Rocco Guarino.

The original album features the distinction of having all of the then-current members of Guns N' Roses appearing on the project; Clarke was a member of GNR from 1991 - 1994 before moving on to play with Slash's Snakepit and Rock Star Supernova, as well as issuing a series of solo records.

Celebrating Jon Lord Hitting Movie Theaters In Germany
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"Celebrating Jon Lord - At The Royal Albert Hall", the forthcoming DVD, Blu-ray and CD due this fall, will premiere at all German UCI cinemas on August 25th.

Due September 26th, the original event was a tribute concert to honor the late Deep Purple keyboardist's life and work. Lord passed away July 16, 2012 at the age of 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The tribute featured rock legends including Deep Purple members Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey and Steve Morse, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes, Rick Wakeman, Micky Moody, Joe Brown and Alfie Boe.

Check out the trailer here.

Joe Elliott's Down N Outz Recruit Vixen Member
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Down N Outz, the Mott The Hoople-inspired side project of Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott, have announced the addition of bassist Share Ross to the band.

Ross was previously a member of Vixen and the short-lived supergroup Contraband. The bassist will be on hand for Down N Outz' fall UK tour in support of their latest album, "The Further Adventures Of...."

The 2-week, 10-date run start December 5 in Bristol. Down N Out recently released a video for their latest single, "One Of The Boys." The song originally appeared on Mott The Hoople's fifth studio album, 1972's "All The Young Dudes." The tune was also featured as the b-side to the title track when it was released as a single.

Check out the video here.

IOANNIS  ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND SPECIAL EDITION  SET.

This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of WHERE IT ALL BEGINS, by the band and the last appearance of Dickie Betts and the late great Allen Woody in a studio album. The album was released in May of 1994. This year also marks the 45th anniversary of the band and their swan song farewell tour scheduled to end this October at the Beacon Theater in NY. I am making plans to hopefully do an exhibition in NY of my artwork for ABB at that time. I am releasing a VERY LIMITED PORTFOLIO collection only 50 sets that will include the following, 

1. Hand embellished high end print and pencil signed on museum paper of the WIAB cover.
2. hand embellished high end print signed in pencil on museum paper of the 1994 tour shirt art MEDUSSA JAM
3. 1995 tour art shirt entitled AZTEC MUSHROOM .
4. A original pencil drawing by me on velum paper of the cover art signed, your chance to own a ioannis one of a kind original.
5. Artists proof of the 2007 ABB/RATDOG tour art
6. A signed DEREK TRUCKS print.

Everything comes in a black portfolio numbered with a COA. 

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MR. BIG RETURN WITH THEIR EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM IN 25 YEAR CAREER …THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

Latest Album Slated for Release on September 23rd  via Frontiers Music SRL 

Amazon Pre-Order Available at http://geni.us/MrBigStoriesAMZ 

Hard rock’s original supergroup, Mr. Big, are back with a vengeance with their new album …The Stories We Could Tell. The band’s eighth studio album is slated for release on September 23rd via Frontiers Music SRL. The original lineup comprised of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums, returns with some oftheir strongest material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release What If, an album that marked the band’s return to their signature hard rock sound.

Mr. Big got together this past June to begin recording and laid down the 13 new tracks in just a month.

"This new album rocks!” exclaims Paul Gilbert. “I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I'm proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional."

“We wrote songs individually and collectively on this new record. To me this is the album that we’ve threatened to make decades ago.  A classic, groovin', blues-rock record with the spirit and spark of our Rock & Soul idols from the 70’s. Hells to the yeah it’s a Mr. Big album complete with all the trimmings," says Eric Martin. "I think whether you've been with us from the beginning or just starting, you’re going to dig where we are coming from and where we’ve been."

…Stories We Could Tell was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with the likes of Deep Purple, Warrant and Keel. The album is currently available for pre-order via Amazon at http://geni.us/MrBigStoriesAMZ.

The track listing for ...The Stories We Could Tell is:
1)     Gotta Love The Ride                                                                            
2)     I Forget To Breathe
3)     Fragile
4)     Satisfied
5)     The Man Who Has Everything
6)     The Monster In Me
7)     What If We Were New?
8)     East/West
9)     The Light Of Day
10)   Just Let Your Heart Decide
11)   It’s Always About That Girl
12)   Cinderella Smile
13)   The Stories We Could Tell
14)   Addicted To That Rush (Live – Exclusive Bonus Track)

Mr. Big recently announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour. Mr. Big intends to announce a drummer in the near future who will handle most of MRBIG’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the group’s acoustic set.

Mr. Big formed in 1988 and immediately began to solidify their place in music history. By combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies, Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included “Alive and Kicking,” "Just Take My Heart" and the chart-topping ballad "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and multi-platinum record sales). Mr. Big continues to be a touring force with sold-out shows around the globe and with more dates to be announced in the near future.

CHARLIE DANIELS SET FOR ESPN FILMS DOCUMENTARY "THE STARS ARE ALIGNED" AIRING AUGUST 14TH

Charlie Daniels, Darius Rucker, Ashley Judd, Melissa Joan Hart, Emmitt Smith, among others to be part of four SEC Storied documentaries that will help kick off the new SEC Network, a 24/7 sports network launching August 14 and operated by ESPN.  In “The Stars Are Aligned,” 14 famous figures—each representing a different college in the Southeastern Conference—spill their emotions and explain why they'll never forget where they came from. “The Stars Are Aligned,” directed by Andy Billman will air Thursday, Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

The SEC Storied franchise, from the creators of the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series, focuses on the people, teams, moments and events that tell the ongoing story of the Southeastern Conference.

Celebrities/athletes interviewed for the film (one for each school in the SEC):

1 - Darius Rucker - South Carolina
2 - Jason Dufner -  Auburn
3 - James Carville -  LSU
4 - Ashley Judd – Kentucky
5 - Shepard Smith - Ole Miss
6 - Charlie Daniels – Tennessee
7 - Amy Robach – Georgia
8 - Willie Geist – Vanderbilt
9 - Melissa Joan Hart –Alabama
10 - Rick Perry - Texas A&M
11 – Ralphie May – Arkansas
12 – Emmitt Smith - Florida
13 – Carl Edwards -  Missouri
14 – Jonathan Papelbon – Mississippi State
 

HELLION ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF NEW  ‘KARMA’S A BITCH’ MINI ALBUM AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Iconic, female-fronted metal act HELLION, announce details of their first new album and tour in over a decade.  Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, HELLION’s new mini-album will be released on CD through New Renaissance Records on October 7 in the U.S., and HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the U.K. Featuring cover artwork designed by British artist Wolven Claws of The Crystallomantic Art, pre-orders for Karma’s A Bitch are now available here through Amazon.com. A limited edition fan pack will also be released and is available through HELLION’s official website at http://www.hellion.us.

With a stellar line-up featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, DIO, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with DIO and Heaven & Hell), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with Yngwie Malmsteen), and up-an-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, this is easily HELLION’s strongest line-up ever. 

HELLION’s new tracks were produced by Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn alongside legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pinups.

A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for The Beatles and has engineered countless classic works, including George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Elton John's Madman Across The Water, Honky Chateau and Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player.  Other credits include gold and platinum albums by Supertramp, Missing Persons, Kansas, and more.

Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: "Working with Bowie or working with Ann of HELLION, you've got sheer talent.”

Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: "Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it's new musicians. The one constant thing about HELLION is Ann, and her incredible voice."

“Starting off with a mysterious and ethereal ghostly introduction, Betrayer quickly blasts into overdrive with a scream from Hell and the raw power the likes of which can only come from Ann Boleyn,” commented Rob DiMartini of Metal Scream Radio.  “The title track, ‘Karma's A Bitch,’ is a tough sounding rocker destined to be one of the strongest songs on metal radio this year.”

Di Martini continued, ”’Hell Has No Fury’ delivers full-tilt metal with a sublime orchestral section by Scott Warren and the blistering guitar work of Maxwell Carlisle. ‘Watch The City Burn’ takes listeners on an in-depth journey into the anger and chaos of a full-blown riot. The final piece, ‘Til The End,’ begins with the hammering double-bass power grove of Simon Wright at his finest. With an anthem-like melody, this is a song that fans will be singing along with when HELLION hits the road.”

Track-listing for Karma’s A Bitch is as follows:

1)   Betrayer
2)   Karma’s A Bitch
3)   Hell Has No Fury
4)   Watch The City Burn
5)   Til The End

HELLION’s new song ‘Hell Has No Fury’ is available for streaming on SoundCloud here.
HELLION is also set to kick off their North American tour in October (see below).
October 2 - Whiskey a Go Go (Los Angeles, CA)
October 3 – Count’s Vamp'd (Las Vegas, NV)
October 4 – Cactus Moon (Mesa, AZ)
October 7 – Lasalles Bar (Chico, CA)
October 9 – The Hop (Spokane, WA)
October 10 - El Corazon (Seattle, WA)
October 11- The Bouquet (Boise, ID)
October 15 – Red Line Tap (Chicago, IL)
October 16 – Dead Horse Saloon (Pittsburgh, PA)
October 17 – Rock Pile West (Toronto, ON)
October 18 - Obsession Live (Ottawa, ON)
October 19 - Legendary Dobbs (Philadelphia, PA)
October 20 – Fish Head Cantina (Baltimore, MD)October 22 – Devils Tail (Junction City, KS)
October 23 –The Vanguard (Tulsa, OK)
October 24 --The Chameleon Room (Oklahoma City, OK)
October 25 -- Concert Pub North Metal Fest (Houston, TX)
October 26 – Fitzgeralds (San Antonio, TX)
October 27 – TBA (McAllen, TX)
October 30 – Brick By Brick (San Diego)
Otober 31 – End of Tour Party (Secret Location)
 

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Scott Weiland Slams Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington
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Scott Weiland has slammed his former band Stone Temple Pilots' collaboration with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, saying it "didn't work."

The Linkin Park singer was drafted in last year after STP announced they'd "terminated" their relationship with Weiland, later describing it as "toxic." They launched an EP entitled High Rise and more work is planned - but Weiland insists the project was a flop.

He tells iChill: "It sold 35,000 units. That's kind of unbelievable considering STP sold over 40million, and I'm sure Linkin Park has sold pretty much the same amount. It didn't work - people weren't buying into it."

Gregg Allman, Trace Adkins, Lead Lynyrd Skynyrd Celebration Concert
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Lynyrd Skynyrd have been around not only long enough to tragically lose members in a plane crash, but also accumulate a host of famous friends that they've worked with or consorted with over the years.

This fall, the legendary band will be honored with a full night of music at Atlanta's Fox Theatre titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" on Nov. 12, Billboard reports.

Among the featured guests : Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Govt Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant.

Courtney Love Has Spent All Of Kurt Cobain's Nirvana Money
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What would you do with $27 million? Retire? Buy your parents a house? 27 houses? Buy a minor league baseball team? Courtney Love had to take quite a different path.

Settling lawsuits isn't the most exciting way go through a chunk of cast that large, but that's just what Courtney Love did with the money she received after Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.

"I know that's a lifetime of money to most people," she said to Sunday Style last weekend. "But I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n' roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go."

Ace Frehley Recruits Slash, Mike McCready For Covers Album
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Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has started work on making a covers album - and he's invited Slash, Lita Ford and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready to make guest appearances.

The news comes before the launch of his sixth solo album, Space Invader, later this month. That project has been several years in the making, but Frehley believes the follow-up will be easy to make.

He tells Arena.com: "I get suggestions, I come up with ideas, and I ask friends and associated about which songs to do. They're already written so it's faster and easier. I don't have much to do - the big stress is coming up with new guitar solos, vocal lines and melodies on new songs."

RICHIE SAMBORA WEATHERS THE STORM TO THRILL OVER 25,000 FANS IN SOUTH KOREA

Seoul, South Korea (August 11, 2014) – Celebrated American rock icon Richie Sambora, best known throughout his remarkable 30-year career for his raw vocals, indelible songwriting and world-class guitar playing, braved the heavy rain and lightning to take the Citybreak Festival stage in Seoul, South Korea, tonight.

“I traveled thousands of miles across the globe to perform for these fans and I wasn't going to let them down,” says Sambora.  “With over 2 hours of rain and everyone wanting to cancel the show, we found that right time to take the stage and rocked it out making sure nobody left disappointed.”

With the venue under strict city curfew, Sambora shortened his set to include fan favorites “Lay Your Hands On Me,” “Every Road Leads Home To You,” “Nowadays,” “Living On A Prayer” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive.”

As both an acclaimed solo artist and a founding member of multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band Bon Jovi, Richie has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has co-written over 20 Top 40 hits and 11 Top 10 hits, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009 and has collected over 68 gold and platinum albums.

In addition to his work with Bon Jovi, he has released three acclaimed solo albums that have highlighted a more personal and intimate side to Richie’s songwriting: 1991’s Stranger in This Town, 1998’s Undiscovered Soul and 2012’s Aftermath of the Lowdown, which spawned the powerful single “Every Road Leads Home To You.”

Sambora was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and raised in Woodbridge. He got his first guitar in 1971 when he was 12, and started playing in bands three years later. A diversified music listener, Sambora comes from a background of The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin and "a lot of blues stuff". Sambora had the opportunity to explore all of his musical avenues when he was afforded the making of his first solo album, "Stranger In This Town". "Mr. Bluesman", a single from the album, was inspired by Clapton, and when he agreed to play lead guitar on the track, a longtime dream of Sambora's was filled. He is a self-taught musician and plays many instruments such as all guitars, piano, bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone and accordion. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New Jersey with his daughter Ava Elizabeth, who was born on October 4, 1997.

Cleopatra Records To Release Guitars For Wounded Warriors CD Featuring Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Hal Lindes, Bumblefoot and Others

“...incredible and innovative guitar playing” - Hal Lindes of Dire Straits

Los Angeles, CA - From veteran multi-Emmy Award winning producer/composer Brian Tarquin comes this very special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their hearts out for America’s fallen soldiers! Tarquin produced, engineered and composed 'Guitars For Wounded Warriors', which showcases Tarquin's guitar prowess on every song along side such world-class shredders as Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Gun n Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb. The album features exclusively released tracks inspired by those military soldiers who have fought for country.

The Multi Emmy Award winning composer/guitarist Brian Tarquin has established himself as a top rate TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won an “Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin first graced the Top 20 Billboard Charts back in 1997 with the commercial release; 'This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2' on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary Jazz Radio in the late 90's. From 1996 to 2001, Brian recorded four solo albums, 'Ghost Dance', 'Last Kiss Goodbye', 'Soft Touch' and 'High Life' and has appeared in over 32 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career.

“What an honor to be part of this album, to play alongside many of the best players out there! Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!! And best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors. Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support.” - Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal of Guns N Roses

“Absolute perfection!!” - Reb Beach of Whitesnake & Winger

“It is an honor to be a part of this cause. I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't  always treated with the greatest respect. For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude. They don't set the policy, but they set the standards.” - Steve Morse

“I had a blast playing bass on Black Hawk! It's a cool riff that pushes the song into a slick overdrive. Nice! Also, and more importantly, the cause it supports is supremely important to me and I'm honored to contribute to our brave soldiers in any way possible. Glad to be involved in this wonderful project!” - Billy Sheehan

“It's challenging, but always fun working with Brian. I feel we both have similar taste in music and in our approach to creating it. We are both searching for that elusive tone or phrase.” - Chris Poland of Megadeth

“I had a lot of fun playing on it, The Band killed....!” - Chuck Loeb

“When Brian Tarquin sent me the song 'Baghdad' to play on I instantly loved it, very Black Sabbath feel. Brian killed it! 5 Licks To Hell by Brian Tarquin is a very riff driven song ala Dio/Sabbath we do some crazy trade off leads Brian is the real deal!” - Gary Hoey

“I'm honored and proud to be part of this!” - Alex De Rosso of Dokken

“A huge credit to Brian for giving us…and the other artists appearing here…the ability to practice their craft freely.  That vibe resonates deeply with the concept behind this release: recognizing those who’ve fought and were wounded defending our freedom. Here’s to all the freedom fighters that enrich our lives…and our art.” - The Flyin' Ryan Brothers

“ 'Freedom' is freaking awesome...Love the tone from Brian Tarquin & Steve Morse. Thank you for giving Floyd Rose guitars that kind of exposure.” - Mike Plunkett from Floyd Rose

Tracks:
1. Black Hawk feat. Billy Sheehan
2. Taliban Terror feat. Bumblefoot & Rob Beach
3. Charlie Surfs feat. Chris Poland
4. 5 Klicks To Hell feat. Gary Hoey
5. Surgical Strike feat. The Flyin’ Ryan Brothers
6. Hunting feat. Chris Poland
7. Baghdad feat. Gary Hoey
8. Broken Arrow feat. Alex De Rosso
9. Sand & Blood feat. Hal Lindes
10. Escape Kabul feat. Chuck Loeb
11. Freedom feat. Steve Morse
iTunes pre-order link: http://geni.us/2qkS
Amazon pre-order link: http://geni.us/97c

Brian Tarquin: www.bohemianproductions.net

Phil Collins Confirms Live Performance
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Phil Collins has confirmed another stage appearance after ending his retirement in May. The former Genesis frontman and drummer will take part in a fundraising event for his Little Dreams Foundation on December 6 in Miami.

It follows his short appearance with students at Miami Country Day School, where he led them through In The Air Tonight and Land Of Confusion. Collins' announcement will fuel speculation that he's planning a fully-fledged comeback.

He retired after releasing a covers album in 2010, but last year admitted he wanted to go back into action. In June his bassist Lee Sklar revealed his boss had arranged three weeks of "exploratory rehearsals" although no further plans had been made.

Paul McCartney Scores Video Game Destine
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Paul McCartney has announced that he'll be providing the score to a new video game, the upcoming Destiny from Bungie and Activision, according to Consequence of Sound.

A first-person shooter, no less: picture yourself looking down the barrel of a futuristic assault rifle and going absolutely nuts with the headshots while listening to the soothing voice - or, perhaps, at least the bass - of the man who once sang, "take these broken wings and learn to fly."

McCartney has reportedly been working on the score since 2010. He also wrote the game's theme song, recorded by 120-strong orchestra, which will be released as a single on Sept. 9.

Snippets of the score can be found in the beta video for the game's gameplay here.

Devo Crowdfunding New Live Release
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Devo have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the of release a live recording from their first concerts without Bob Casale. The founding guitarist, known as Bob 2, passed away in February without life insurance or a will, prompting the Ohio outfit to perform a 10-date tour to raise money for his family.

The shows took place in June and featured material recorded between 1974 and 1977, marking the first time they'd played them in almost 40 years. The live package is titled Devo Hardcore Live! and it was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Oakland this summer.

Those who preorder through Devo's PledgeMusic page will receive exclusive access to photos, video and audio tracks, plus the chance to buy shirts, signed prints, autographed vinyl pressings and more.

Mike Portnoy Will Be Touring With Bigelf
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Bigelf have confirmed that Mike Portnoy will be appearing with them on their European tour despite having previously said his schedule wouldn't allow it.

But the Winery Dogs, Transatlantic and Flying Colors drummer won't appear on the UK leg of their trek in mid-November. Bigelf mainman Damon Fox last year credited Portnoy with keeping the band alive after it had suffered internal crisis in 2010.

He said: "I had been keeping in touch with Mike after his difficult departure from Dream Theater. My musical future seemed bleak and I was very vocal to him about not being able to sustain the band any longer.

"He implored me to carry on. I asked him if he would help fight the good fight, and he readily agreed."  

Grab the dates here.

Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica Lead Cancer Auction
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The biggest names in rock and metal have joined forces for a massive charity fundraiser. Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Status Quo, Alice In Chains, Slash and many more have donated memorabilia for an auction to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

Organised by Heavy Metal Truants in association with TeamRock.com, the auction offers the largest-ever assembling of rock and metal bands memorabilia and exclusive signed merchandise for a charity event.

Featuring more than 80 items representing the biggest names in metal, alongside some wonderful donations from the likes of Peter Gabriel and comedian Bill Bailey, and donated by both bands and a wide array of music industry professionals, the auction launches at exactly 11.58pm tonight - Thursday, August 7 - and runs for two weeks on eBay.

More including listings for some of the biggest items on the block here.

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PROUDLY RELEASES ERIC CLAPTON PLANES, TRAINS AND ERIC ~DVD,  BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL FORMATS OUT NOVEMBER 4, 2014~

On November 4, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Planes, Trains and Eric by Eric Clapton on DVD and Blu-ray [Pre-book Order Date October 10, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD].  This is an intimate film documenting life on the road during part of his 2014 tour intercut with superb full-length performances.  The film features many classic tracks including: “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Cocaine,” “Tears In Heaven,” “I Shot The Sherriff,” “Crossroads” and more.

Planes, Trains and Eric follows Eric Clapton and his band on the Far and Middle Eastern leg of his 2014 World Tour. The film features 13 full-length performances blended with interviews with Eric Clapton and the band members, rehearsal and soundcheck footage, travel by trains and planes, presentations and “fly on the wall” filming of all the many aspects of being on the road with Eric Clapton.

Eric Clapton is one of the most revered and influential guitarists of all time. From his early days with the Yardbirds, through John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos and on to his solo career he has had consistent critical and commercial success.

The line up of the band featured on the film is Eric Clapton (guitar & vocals); Steve Gadd (drums); Paul Carrack (Hammond & vocals); Nathan East (bass & vocals); Chris Stainton (keyboards); Michelle John (backing vocals); Shar White (backing vocals).

Planes, Trains and Eric offers an unrivalled peek into the world of one of today’s greatest performers; and of course plenty of fantastic music.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagleworks directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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

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TRACK LISTING:
1) Tell The Truth  
2) Pretending  
3) Crossroads  
4) Driftin’  
5) I Shot The Sherriff  
6) Little Queen Of Spades  
7) Layla  
8) Wonderful Tonight  
9) Key To The Highway  
10) Before You Accuse Me  
11) Tears In Heaven  
12) Cocaine  
13) Hoochie Coochie Man  
14) High Time (Credits – Audio Only)

NEW MEDICINE BREAKING THE MODEL WITH SOPHOMORE ALBUM SLATED FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 25th via IMAGEN RECORDS

Latest Album Available for Pre-Order with Debut Single “One Too Many” Impacting Radio Now

The cure for the generic cold that has hit rock music wasn’t born in a laboratory, but in Minneapolis. Alternative rock quartet New Medicine is gearing up to release their sophomore album, Breaking The Model, on August 25th via Imagen Records. From the intro piano and strings melody of album opener “Breaking the Model” to the final chords of album closer “Boy Like Me,” it is clear that frontman and songwriter Jake Scherer wanted to create something different than the band’s previous work. Grabbing elements from various musical influences from all genres of music, Breaking The Model shows a definite progression in the sound that the band showcased on their debut, Race You To The Bottom.

"I hope people appreciate that we pushed the envelope and didn't make the samerecord twice," singer/songwriter Jake Scherer explains. "We tried some new things, but we never lost our attitude or lost sight of where we came from. We want to make rock 'n' roll cool, young, dangerous, and exciting again."

The album is available in various pre-order bundles at http://www.imagenrecords.com/merch/. Fans who order the album will receive various instant gratification tracks leading up to the album release date with the single available instantly upon pre-order. The album can also be pre-ordered digitally at iTunes at http://tinyurl.com/BTMiTunes and at Amazon athttp://tinyurl.com/BTMAmazonBreaking The Model was produced by Kevin Kaddish, known for his work with O.A.R., Skillet, Meat Loaf and MileyCyrus to name a few. The first single from Breaking The Model is “One Too Many,” an upbeat rocker that every person who has ever had an alcoholic drink can relate to. The song was mixed by Chris Lorde Alge and a lyric video for the track can be seen at http://youtu.be/mdZ3dYsJhAU.

The track listing for Breaking The Model is:
1)   Breaking The Model                                                 
2)   Desire Into Gold
3)   One Too Many
4)   Broken Girl
5)   All About Me
6)   World Class Fuck Up
7)   Dead Love Song
8)   Like A Rose
9)   Heart With Your Name On It
10) Fire Up The Night
11) Boy Like Me

Formed in 2009, New Medicine burst on the scene with their 2010 debut, Race To The Bottom. That album went on to sell over 30,000 copies based on the strength of the music, radio support and a hectic tour schedule. The band also foundsuccess on satellite radio with Sirius/XM’s Octane Channel embracing three
songs from their debut and had a Top 20 Mainstream Rock hit with the single“Race You To The Bottom.” The band has toured alongside the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Halestorm, Adelita’s Way, Hollywood Undead and Stone Sour to name a few.

New Medicine is Jake Scherer on vocals, Dan Garland on guitars, Kyle LeBlanc on bass and Dylan Wood on drums.

SCOTT IAN’s “Swearing Words in Glasgow” Tour DVD – Get Your Copy on November 13, 2014 via Megaforce Records

Watch SCOTT IAN’s Hilarious One-Man Storytelling Experience at Home!

Order it Here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/scottian

 “I always knew Scott was a pioneering musician, who knew he was also such a great storyteller? His observational, self-deprecating humor is like Henry Rollins crossed with George Carlin.” – John Wiederhorn, co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

"Geek, author, guitarist, icon: when it comes to recounting the history of metal, SCOTT IAN is the man - catch him while you can." - Alex Milas, Editor, Metal Hammer

Legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality SCOTT IAN had a lot to say on the European and United States legs of his groundbreaking Speaking “Swearing Words” Tour. 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.

“Swearing Words” 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. Now, you can experience Scott’s “Swearing Words” Tour by way of Swearing Words in Glasgow, available via Megaforce Records on November 13, 2014.

The Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD is a full performance recording, filmed towards the end of the tour run in Glasgow, Scotland, and is being funded by a wildly popular PledgeMusic campaign, which surpassed its goal with the help of gracious and dedicated fans!

To pre-order the DVD or for more information, visit the PledgeMusic campaign page here here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/scottian

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT’s KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM ‘SPEED OF LIFE’ TUESDAY, AUGUST 19
MUSICIAN AND LONGTIME HOMEBREWER’s YEARLY KYLE’S BREW FEST RETURNS TO BOULDER THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
FIRST SINGLE “HAPPENING NOW” PREMIERE AT RELIX.COM AND JAMBANDS.COM AND CURRENTLY BEING ADDED AT RADIO

THREE FREE “HOP TRACKS” NOW AVAILABLE TO COINCIDE WITH NEW NATIONAL BEER COLLABORATIONS

Keyboardist for the acclaimed group The String Cheese Incident, KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH is gearing up for the release of his new solo album SPEED OF LIFE, out Tuesday, August 19 via SCI Fidelity Records. To celebrate the release of the record, the musician and longtime homebrewer is combining his two passions--music and craft beer.

After five years and seven consecutive sell-outs, his flagship event KYLE’s Brew Fest returns to his hometown of Boulder, CO this Saturday, August 9. The charity beer festival and concert takes place from 3-7pm at Liquor Mart and all proceeds will benefit the non-profit Conscious Alliance, which has successfully collected and distributed enough food to provide over 1.6 million meals to people in need.

The event will feature a performance from KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH Band and other special friends, plus a selection of more than 60 craft beers from more than 30 breweries, including KYLE’s exclusive national beer collaborations: Collective Distortion IPA (Stone Brewing Co.), Hoopla Pale Ale (Boulder Beer Co.) and Happening Now Session IPA (Cigar City Brewing & Rock Brothers Brewing). Fans will also get an opportunity to purchase SPEED OF LIFE before its official release. Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/KBFB2014tix and at the Boulder Theater box office (2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302).

Leading up to the album’s release, Relix.com and Jambands.com have exclusively premiered the first single, “Happening Now.” Listen to the song here. SPEED OF LIFE was inspired by all facets of the musician’s life--from beer to babies to music to mayhem--and ranges stylistically from ‘60s funk to modern electronica, featuring both instrumental and lyrical tracks. As Relix.com noted, “The album finds Hollingsworth delving into some familiar sounds and also branching out to new territory. ‘Happening Now’ is a fantastic example of the latter, as the keyboardist explores a synth-filled, electro-pop style that's most associated with acts like LCD Soundsystem or Cut Copy.” (7/28/14) “Happening Now” is also currently being added at radio nationally.

“With this new album, I was trying to explore some traditional funk elements as well as pop sensibilities,” KYLE explains. “I reached back to my earlier influences and mixed in some newer sounds and sonic flavors. The end result is an amalgamation of old school ‘Kyle’ with a modern sound. The songs speak to my life as a father, musician, brewer and producer. It speaks to my ‘speed of life.’”

KYLE is currently offering fans three free “Hop Tracks” from the upcoming album, each to coincide with the limited edition release of a nationally distributed craft beer by three different renowned breweries from across the country. Just as each beer was designed and handcrafted by KYLE and the respective brewery, each track has been hand-selected to pair with its respectively released brew.

  • Collective Distortion IPA, a collaboration with Stone Brewing Co.: KYLE teamed up with Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele and hard rock guitarist Keri Kelli to create Collective Distortion IPA, available now via limited 22-ounce bottles and draft. Collective Distortion IPA offers a complex blend of floral, citrus and lemon flavors that balance well with a strong malt backbone, suitable enough to please any extreme hophead's palate. From using Vic's Secret, a new Australian hop varietal, for dry-hopping, distinct citrusy, pineapple and earthy-pine qualities are present in the flavor and aroma. Coriander and elderberries were combined to enhance the hop bitterness while still infusing fruit, earth and berry notes. In addition to offering a free download of THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT’s “Let’s Go Outside,” off their new album Song In My Head out now, KYLE is also giving away a free copy of his new song “Racer X.” For more information on Collective Distortion IPA and to download the two free tracks, visit: http://www.stonebrewing.com/collab/collectivedistortion/.
  • Hoopla Pale Ale, a collaboration with Boulder Beer Company: In search of the perfect festival beer, Boulder Beer Company’s brewers and KYLE joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely, and Hoopla was born. Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing. It is available now in outdoor-friendly and convenient 6-pack 12 oz cans and on draft. Each can has a QR code linking to a free download of “Here We Go,” also off the new album. For more information on Hoopa Pale Ale, visit: http://www.boulderbeer.com/beers/hoopla-pale-ale.
  • Happening Now Session IPA, a collaboration with Cigar City Brewing & Rock Brothers Brewing: KYLE has also partnered with Cigar City Brewing in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing & Rock Brothers Brewing: KYLE has also partnered with Cigar City Brewing in collaboration with Rock Brothers Brewing in Tampa, FL, concluding his quest for beer collaborations stretching from coast-to-coast. Happening Now Session IPA is an easy-drinking take on an IPA at 4.5% ABV, brewed with copious amounts of experimental hops selected by CCB brewmaster Wayne Wambles. Available now in stores and at CCB’s tasting room, the beer pairs perfectly with the song “Happening Now.” For more information on Cigar City Brewing and the free download, visit: http://cigarcitybrewing.com/happeningnow/.

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    About KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH:
    Thirty years ago, with a wealth of desire and incredible ability, Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. Today, as a versatile member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres.

IN THE STUDIO CELEBRATES WOODSTOCK

InTheStudio is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival with a two-week, two-part radio program containing great interviews with many of the performers including: Carlos Santana, David Crosby, Pete Townshend, Alvin Lee, Paul Kantner, Graham Nash, Robbie Robertson and many more.

Woodstock @ 45 PART 1

http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/woodstock-45th-anniversary-pt1-carlos-santanapete-townshendgraham-nashpaul-kantner/

KENNY ARONOFF, BRUCE KULICK and JAMES LOMENZO JOINS RICK SPRINGFIELD - ALONG WITH JOHN 5 TO ROCK FOR CANCER AT: THE HOUSE OF BLUES, SUNSET STRIP - WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20TH

HUGE SILENT AUCTION OF ROCK MEMORABILIA
Special Benefit Concert for Ricks Springfield’s Good Friend and Guitar Tech Ruben Velasco

Rick Springfield is hosting a once in a lifetime benefit concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” in benefit for his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco. Joining Springfield is Kenny Aronoff (Drum God), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and James Lomenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth), to perform an all-star set of Rubens favorite band in the world KISS!

Rick Springfield and band will perform a full concert along with John 5 (Rob Zombie) joining Springfield on stage for some serious shredding on some classic songs! More special guests to be announced in the following weeks to come. This is not a usual Springfield concert –Expect the unexpected – This night will close with a HUGE surprise!

The concert’s goal is to raise money to help pay for medical expenses associated with Ruben’s battle against cancer. “Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life,” says Springfield. “He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed.”

This special benefit concert for Ruben will be held on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities including a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests. For further details on the "Rock for Ruben" benefit concert, please visit: http://rickspringfield.com/rock-for-ruben.

Ruben's favorite animal charity organization, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, is also accepting individual donations on his behalf and will channel 100% of your donation directly to Ruben.  Donations can be made at:  www.youcaring.com/rubenscancerfund.

Robert Plant Announces North American Tour
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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters have announced a 7-date theater tour of North America to promote his new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."

The Led Zeppelin singer will play three shows in New York, starting September 25th, before hitting Toronto, Chicago and Denver, wrapping the run up in Los Angeles on October 7th.

All tickets will include a copy of the new album when it's released on Sept 5th (Europe) / Sept 8th (UK) / Sept 9th (North America), except the September shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which are already on sale.

Making Of David Bowie's Hunky Dory Book Released
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New York Times Best-selling author Ken Sharp has released a new David Bowie book entitled, "Kooks, Queen Bitches And Andy Warhol: The Making Of David Bowie's Hunky Dory."

The book is in paperback format, runs for 112-pages and it chronicles the back story behind David Bowie's 1971 album, 'Hunky Dory.' To write the book Sharp spoke to members of Bowie's band, producer Ken Scott, RCA Records personnel and also used archival commentary from David Bowie and the late Mick Ronson, according to the synopsis.

Trevor Bolder, bassist on 'Hunky Dory' had this to say, "Hunky Dory is still one of my all time favorite albums - it's my favorite of all the records I did with David Bowie. I have many fond memories of the making of it as this was the first recording I ever played on. Hunky Dory is unique, has wonderful songs of great warmth and feel and is beautifully recorded. Ken has really captured much of this sentiment and detail in his book, which I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend."

'Hunky Dory' drummer Woody Woodmansey adds, "I'm impressed with Ken's approach to this project. It was a nice change to have intelligent questions and to be able to recount the making of this album. It will make a good read for any fan."

Check out the video trailer for the book here and Sharp is selling the new book exclusively on his website here.

Ace Frehley To Sit In With The Roots On Jimmy Fallon
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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, August 12. Frehley will sit in with the house band The Roots for the program's entirety; Kings Of Leon are scheduled as the musical guest.

The guitarist will be making the appearance in support of the release his first new solo album in five years, "Space Invader", on August 19th in North America and August 29th in Europe.

Ace's first project since 2009's "Anomaly" features new music plus a cover of "The Joker" by The Steve Miller Band. Frehley recently issued "Gimme A Feelin'" as the lead single from the project. Check it out here.

Primal Fear Release Alive and On Fire Video
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Primal Fear have released a new performance video that includes footage captured by drummer Randy Black during the band's most recent tours in Europe, North America and Japan.

The new music video is for the song "Alive And On Fire" which is the latest track released from the band's most recent studio album "Delivering The Black". The clip also features founding member Tom Naumann, who has been filling in for the band's regular guitarist Magnus Karlsson.

The band also recently announced that they will be taking part in next year's installment of the 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise where they will be performing two shows onboard the metal cruise during it's run from Jan 22 to Jan 26, 2015. Watch the new video here.

Jimi Hendrix Park Under Construction
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Following three years of planning and a successful fundraising campaign, Jimi Hendrix is to have a park created in his honor in his hometown of Seattle.

The decision to transform the 2.5-acre site in the city's central district into a community focused music park has officially been given the green light, and work will now begin to create an area which will celebrate Hendrix's life and music.

Hendrix was born in the city in 1942 and his sister Janie, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, says the new park has special significance for the Hendrix family.

"Every project endorsed by our family bearing Jimi's name is meaningful to us, but this park holds special significance as Seattle will always be Jimi's home," she says. "This very area is where he grew up, where his dreams were cultivated and his creative energy awakened, so to see this amazing place of beauty dedicated to Jimi and his artistry blossom into reality is indescribably fulfilling."

AC/DC Author Says Malcolm Is Not Returning
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The author of a book about AC/DC's Young brothers says mainman Malcolm won't return to the band due to his health problems. Jesse Fink insists fans who have been hoping the 61-year-old's absence was temporary will have to get used to the fact that it's permanent, and that his nephew Stevie, who appears on their upcoming album, is the man they'll see on the road in his place.

The Aussie giants have remained tight-lipped about Young's condition in order to protect his privacy. The only official statement announced he'd be "taking a break" while his colleagues worked on the follow-up to 2008's Black Ice. No one has commented on speculation that he's suffered a stroke, has cancer or is fighting Alzheimer's disease.

Fink also refuses to discuss specifics - but he tells WZLX: "I'm not expecting to see Malcolm return. The important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. We should all expect that Stevie is in the band now."

He tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "Fans seem to think his illness is going to go away, and he's going to be on stage when they announce their tour. If what I've heard from numerous sources is true, I expect Stevie will be touring with the band, and not Malcolm. That's not a seditious viewpoint - it's realistic."

Classic Rock Heroes Enuff Z’nuff Mark Their 30th Anniversary With The Release Of Their First Ever Covers Album!

Los Angeles, CA - Celebrating an amazing 30 years as one of the hardest working bands in show business, Enuff Z’nuff proudly present this exciting new project, a heartfelt salute to the music and artists who have inspired them over the course of their 3 decade career! Covered In Gold, a collection of 12 brand new studio recordings, features an eclectic assortment of cover tunes including Bowie’s “The Jean Genie,” Nirvana’s “All Apologies,” Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of A Clown” and lots more, all of which showcase this group’s incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. The album also includes 2 rare bonus tracks, a live unplugged version of the group’s 1989 hit single “New Thing” plus another cover, of The Beatles’ “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” performed live on the Howard Stern show.

Founder, bassist, singer and namesake of the group, Chip Z’nuff, has led the band through its highest highs as well as its most turbulent times. The band scored two major successes in 1989 with hit singles off of their self-titled debut album, the aforementioned “New Thing” as well as the powerful ballad “Fly High Michelle,” both spent 46 weeks in the Top Ten on MTV and earned them a gold record. on MTV. In 1991, the band released their second album Strength, which had Rolling Stone magazine calling them “The Hot Band Of The Year” as well as earning them numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. The mid-late ‘90s brought difficult changes, but Chip kept the Enuff Z’nuff torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums.

Now an esteemed statesman of the music world, Chip continues to grow the EZ fanbase performing shows worldwide. He has also found a new passion in broadcasing, first as a frequent guest on Howard Stern’s radio program and more recently as co-host of the TV show “Mancow TV.” Covered In Gold, like Enuff Z’nuff, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, and Paul Stanley. As David Letterman says of the group, “When it comes to Rock N’ Roll, you don’t need anybody else.”

These guys deserve Rock Superstar status!” - Howard Stern

This band writes great songs!” - Paul Stanley

One of the most exciting and gifted bands on the scene today!” - Rolling Stone magazine

Enuff Z’nuff is one of the most underrated bands in the world!” - Steven Van Zandt

1. Everything Works If You Let It (Cheap Trick cover)
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
3. She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult cover)
4. All Apologies (Nirvana cover)
5. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme)
6. The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
7. Run For Your Life (The Beatles cover)
8. When Doves Cry (Prince cover)
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles cover)
10. The Stroke (Billy Squier cover)
11. Yankee Rose (David Lee Roth cover)
12. Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)

BONUS TRACKS
13. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Live on Howard Stern)
14. New Thing (Live Unplugged In London)

To order the CD on Amazon: http://geni.us/3j3v
To order the digital version on iTunes: http://geni.us/2lfp

Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album
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It took nearly 37 years but Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have finally scored their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, and it also happens to be Petty's strongest debut sales week in over 20 years.

Petty and the Heartbreakers first charted on the Billboard 200 when they released their self-titled album, featuring their seminal hits "American Girl" and "Breakdown," way back in 1977.

Incredibly, 37 years isn't the longest time an artist has had to wait to make the No. 1 album. Tony Bennett holds that bragging right after he waited 54 years. He finally earned the top slot with his 2011 album Duets II decades after he first appeared on the Billboard 200 in 1957 for Tony.

Megadeth's Mustaine Explains Satanic Band Controversy
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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has cleared up the reasons for him refusing to share a stage with openly Satanic metal band Dissection at a festival in Israel.

It comes as Megadeth pulled out of a planned show in Israel over fears about the current security situation in the region. In an interview with Met Al Metal - recorded before the band cancelled the Tel Aviv gig which was due to take place yesterday - Mustaine says he refused to play on the same bill as Dissected in 2005 as he was trying to steer clear of Satanism, as well as drugs.

He says: "Well, the truth of the matter is when I first had gotten my life back in order back in 2002, I had made some changes. I figured, just for now, because I don't really know a lot about what I'm doing, I wanna make sure that I don't play with any bands that have junkies with them, because I can't be around guys that are doing heroin because of the temptation, and because I'm trying to have something in my life that is a power greater than myself so that I'll get myself back in shape.

"I don't wanna be hanging around guys that are gonna be dangerous for me spiritually, because I had just decided that I was gonna start following a spiritual path. Because I was into witchcraft and black magic and everything like that, so I know about that stuff. And I figured I'm just gonna try and avoid that stuff. I never said that I hated anybody. I just didn't wanna play with them."

Sixx A.M. Release First Song From Forthcoming Album
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Just days after announcing details of Modern Vintage, Sixx A.M. have released the first single from the forthcoming album. The band featuring Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, say they wanted to create an album "which confounds both expectation and categorization" and the release of Gotta Get It Right is an indication of what to expect from Modern Vintage.

Speaking about the band's new material, which also features drummer Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, Ashba says: "Gotta Get It Right is a great example of how Sixx A.M. has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years. We truly feel we've made a genre-defying album with Modern Vintage."

In a statement on their Facebook page, Sixx A.M. say: "It's been great seeing how people are connecting the dots to what influenced this album and first single. We've had lots of comments with comparisons to Queen, T-Rex, Mott The Hoople etc. Those are some of the bands we love and have influenced us greatly, but we also feel there is a deep rebirth from the past into 2014."

Check out the song here.

Iron Maiden Frontman Appears In New Knock Out Kaine Video

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Knock Out Kaine have released a promo for the track Set The Night On Fire, in which Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson makes a cameo appearance.

The promo was shot last year at The Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster and along with Dickinson, features the iconic Avro Vulcan XH558. The band have long admired the aircraft, which was created to carry the first British-built atomic bomb, and they praised the work of the trust in charge of maintaining the bomber for future generations, saying: "The Vulcan has been a status symbol for Britain and something close to our hearts in terms of iconic national identity. We've always heard about XH558 and the great work the Vulcan To The Sky Trust is doing."

The Midlands quartet, vocalist Dean Foxx, guitarist Jimmy Bohemian, bassist Lee Byrne and drummer Danny Krash, released debut album House Of Sins in 2012 and have toured extensively around the UK, including support slots with Status Quo and Love/Hate.

Watch the video here.

8 Previously-Unreleased Grateful Dead Shows Set For Release
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Eight previously-unreleased Grateful Dead shows from 1990 are to be released in a 23-disc box set next month. Spring 1990 (The Other One) is a companion to their sold-out Spring 1990 box set and contains their highly-regarded appearance at the Nassau Coliseum with Branford Marsalis.

The tour saw Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir delivering standard tracks, Bob Dylan and Beatels covers and rare renditions of older material, along with pieces from the previous year's album Built To Last - their final studio outing.

Archivist David Lemieux says: "When we produced the first box in 2012 there were a lot of tough choices to make - however, we knew we'd do this second box some day. Now we're able to complete the picture with music that's every bit as good.

Anvil Reveal Lineup Change
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Anvil have announced that they have parted ways with bassist Sal Italiano. The band have brought in road crew member Chris Robertson as his replacement.

The band's newest member has prompted Anvil frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow to say that he is thrilled that the band is 100% Canadian once again. Lips tells M.E.A.T that being Canadian is "the heart of Anvil."

Robertson - the fifth person to hold the bass playing role in Anvil - regularly filled in as the band's rehearsal bassist as well as a member rod the road crew, so the transition has been an easy one, the band say.

ZZ TOP & JEFF BECK TO KICK OFF EXTENSIVE U.S. TOUR THIS WEEK
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and mutual admirers ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have almost a century’s worth of combined touring experience under their collective belts are less than one week away from embarking on their first ever tour together. The tour is formatted to offer a free-standing set from Jeff Beck, a free-standing set from ZZ Top and a joint performance wherein Beck joins the ZZ Top for a rocking finale.

On the heels of releasing Live At Montreux 2013 DVD/Blu-ray through Eagle Rock Entertainment and The Baddest of ZZ Top CD/2CD retrospective from Warner Bros, “that little ol’ band from Texas” will be cranking out classics such as “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs” and “Tush.” The lineup of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard has been holding steady for over 44 years - an unprecedented feat in the rock. 

Jeff Beck’s touring band will consist of Grammy nominee and Flash-era vocalist Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph, and guitarist Nicolas Meier.  

21-year-old Texas guitar prodigy Tyler Bryant had recently been announced as the opening act for the vast majority of the tour dates. Bryant already has experience as an opener for Jeff Beck, and also cut his teeth on bills with  Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, BB King, Heart, Vince Gill, and many others.

While ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have never toured together before, this is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Billy Gibbons joined Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at Madison Square Garden, where they performed the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy” together. The following year Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.”

The excitement is brewing between the musicians. Jeff Beck proclaimed, “Ever since Eliminator I thought it would be great to play with ZZ Top.”

Likewise, Billy Gibbons, who has long viewed the English fret master as a musical role model going back to his days in the Yardbirds, has declared his admiration for the man behind the platinum selling albums Blow By Blow and Wired. “We could never figure out what Beck was doing on his instrument to get those sounds, and it was that mystery that inspired us to push our own sound to the next level.” Gibbons continues, “It is an honor to be sharing the stage with the curator of crunch.”

ZZ Top with Jeff Beck Tour Itinerary:

August 8              Ogren Park                                               Missoula, MT
August 9              Chateau Ste. Michelle                              Woodinville, WA
August 10            Cuthbert Amphitheatre                             Eugene, OR
August 12            The Mountain Winery                               Saratoga, CA
August 13            Greek Amphitheatre                                 Los Angeles, CA
August 15            Ironstone Amphitheatre                            Murphys, CA
August 16            The Joint                                                   Las Vegas, NV
August 17            AVA Amphitheatre                                    Tucson, AZ
August 19            Sandia Casino                                          Albuquerque, NM
August 20            Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre                   Englewood, CO
August 22            Zoo Amphitheatre                                    Oklahoma City, OK
August 23            Starlight Theater                                       Kansas City, MO
August 24            Verizon Wireless Amphitheater                Maryland Heights, MO
August 27            DTE Energy Music Theatre                      Clarkston, MI
August 28            Ravinia  Festival                                       Highland Park, IL
August 29            Seneca Allegany Casino                          Salamanca, NY
August 30            Concert Venue @Harrah’s                       Atlantic City, NJ
August 31            MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods          Mashantucket, CT
September 2        Blue Hills Bank Pavilion                             Boston, MA
September 3        Merriweather Post Pavilion                        Columbia, MD *
September 4        Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater                 Wantagh, NY
September 6        Verizon Wireless Amphitheater                 Alpharetta, GA
September 7        St. Augustine Amphitheater                      St. Augustine, FL
September 9        Cruzan Amphitheater                                West Palm Beach, FL
September 10     Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater        Tampa, FL
September 12     Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion                The Woodlands, TX
September 13     Winstar Casino                                           Thackerville, OK **
 

*Tyler Bryant and Gary Clark Jr. open
**ZZ Top and Jeff Beck only

BRIAN SETZER PREMIERES NEW ALBUM ‘ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL’ EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE AT WALL STREET JOURNAL TODAY (8/6)

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM  --OUT TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 ON SURFDOG RECORDS-- BY THE THREE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER HERE: http://on.wsj.com/XDQLc4

 “Setzer has stayed true to the rockabilly tradition without straitjacketing himself into the era that created it.”
--
USATODAY.COM, July 31, 2014

“The new album…features 12 original tracks of pure retro-rock — all jangly guitars, toe-tapping rhythms and the unstoppable energy that are the hallmarks of Setzer’s twist on the ’50s genre.’
--TIME.COM, June 24, 2014

Today (8/6), the iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist BRIAN SETZER has partnered exclusively with WALL STREET JOURNAL (online) to premiere his new album ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL (out Tuesday, August 12 via Surfdog Records). Listen to the new album from the three-time Grammy winner here: http://on.wsj.com/XDQLc4.

“There's no overdubs, there's no splicing, there's no auto tuning…what you hear is what you get; it's pretty much us making live music," says SETZER.

ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL is a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish with 12 new songs featuring SETZER’s trademark twang and fretboard fire, backed by three musicians that he says “are the best in their craft”: Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums). USATODAY.COM premiered the music video for lead single, “Let’s Shake” (7/31), which can be viewed here: http://usat.ly/1s7pCbH. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Peter Collins (who’s handled the same honors for SETZER albums Vavoom! and The Dirty Boogie), ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL received high praise from VINTAGE GUITAR (October 2014): “Three decades, umpteen records, and several stellar bands into his career, and Brian Setzer still makes rockabilly sound fresh and exciting...Setzer’s playing is much more complex…his fretwork has grown to include numerous other, more far-reaching influences, particularly from vintage jazz…his mature creativity and fretwork brilliance will make you a believer.” Pre-order ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL in all formats here: http://bit.ly/X00NEd.

The track listing for ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL:
1.      Let’s Shake
2.      Rockabilly Blues
3.      Vinyl Records
4.      Lemme Slide
5.      Nothing Is A Sure Thing
6.      What’s Her Name
7.      Calamity Jane
8.      The Girl With The Blues In Her Eyes
9.      Stiletto Cool
10.    I Should'a Had A V-8
11.    Blue Lights, Big City
12.    Cock-a-doodle Don’t

For more information on BRIAN SETZER, visit:
briansetzer.com
facebook.com/briansetzerofficial
youtube.com/user/BrianSetzerOfficial
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About Brian:
3-time Grammy-award-winner, Brian Setzer is a "Musician's Musician" credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80's and swing in the '90's).  Along the way he has scored chart-topping hits throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba (the biographical film written following the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens), portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the distinct honor of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” an episode which also featured rock 'n' roll legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

THE WHO “WHO HITS 50” 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS THE WHO WANTS YOU!

There is no more significant a milestone in Rock Music than the 50th Anniversary. Alongside The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, THE WHO complete the holy trinity of British Rock bands that have the honor of celebrating that landmark.

WHO HITS 50 will be celebrated with a year-long series of releases, promotions and events designed to capture the imagination of existing fans and the younger generation of fans that are only coming to realize the enormity of THE WHO’s influence not only musically, but through music, art, film and fashion.

All launched in June with the announcement of a string of UK Arena shows and a Greatest Hits collection to be released on October 28, 2014.

In anticipation of the celebrations, THE WHO are reaching out to fans and collectors around the world, looking for rare and lost recordings to complete a thorough trawl of their archives.

The band is looking for rare radio and TV performances, home movies from gigs, extraordinary bootleg material, demos, unusual photos and memorabilia for their 50th anniversary releases. If you think it’s rare, we’d like to see it!

In 2002 the legendary film “The High Numbers at the Railway Hotel" from 1964 was found in a loft in the Netherlands. This priceless snapshot of the band in their formative years shows that there is always undiscovered material somewhere.

Any item that is used will be fully credited on any release and the person with the most outstanding find will receive 2 VIP tickets for a show on the next Who tour.

The contact for any fan wanting to get in touch is thewho@umusic.com

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Winery Dog Richie Kotzen To Release The Essential Richie Kotzen on Loud and Proud Records

KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  “I’ve really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,” he says.  “I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.”

With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan.  In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars.  His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand.  In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date.  He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.  He currently plays guitar and fronts the band The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart).   

With his 20th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, RICHIE KOTZEN’s legacy is only continuing to expand.  “When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,” he concludes.  “It’s another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics.  That’s the ultimate reward.”

Here’s the complete track listing of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN:


CD1:

1. War Paint *
2. Walk With Me *
3. Love Is Blind
4. Go Faster
5. Fooled Again
6. OMG (What’s Your Name?)
7. Help Me
8. Bad Situation
9. Lie To Me *
10. Fear
11. You Can’t Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (Reprise)
* never before released *

CD2:
1. What Is (2014)
2. High (2014)
3. Change (2014)
4. Special (2014)
5. Paint It On (Acoustic Version)
6. Holding On (Acoustic Version)
7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) - (Acoustic Version)
8. The Road (Acoustic Version)
9. Regret (Original Demo Version)
10. Damaged (Original Demo Version)
 

STATUS QUO: The Frantic Four's Final Fling – Live At The Dublin 02 Arena Out September 30 on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment

When the last notes rang out in the Dublin o2 on Saturday, April 12, 2014, the 9000 fans packing the venue knew that they were witnessing the end of something special.  The reunion that nobody thought would ever be possible had happened, but now the itch was scratched and that particular book was closed. 

On September 30, 2014, Status Quo will commemorate one very special night with the North American release of The Frantic Four’s Final Fling – Live At The Dublin 02 Arena on 2CD, double vinyl, and digital audio through earMUSIC / Edel / Eagle Rock Entertainment.

When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a 9-date UK tour in March 2013 the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans was incredible. Public demand made the final tour of 2014 mandatory and it was just as emotional. Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coghlan received a rapturous response; the band clicked straight back into their groove, the chemistry obvious, the music stunning and the volume almost overpowering.  It all led to Dublin; the final show of the final tour. Ever.

The Frantic Four tours were highlights in a career that has seen Quo achieve more than anyone dreamed possible.  The Times (UK) said, “It sounded fantastic.  And they, like us, were clearly getting a tremendous kick out of revisiting these long-neglected songs.”  Classic Rock said, quite simply, “F*ck me, dreams can come true!” Dublin was a genuine milestone on the incredible road that Quo have traveled, and it’s captured in all its glory here: The Frantic Four´s Final Fling – Live At The Dublin 02 Arena.

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1.) Junior’s Wailing
2.) Backwater
3.) Just Take Me
4.) Is There A Better Way
5.) Blue Eyed Lady
6.) In My Chair
7.) Little Lady
8.) Most Of The Time
9.) Rain
10.) (April) Spring, Summer and Wednesdays
11.) Railroad
12.) Oh Baby
13.) Forty-Five Hundred Times
14.) Gotta Go Home
15.) Big Fat Mama
16.) Down Down
17.) Roadhouse Blues
18.) Caroline
19.) Bye Bye Johnny
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Kid Rock Blasts Lawyers In ICP Sexual Harassment Case
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Kid Rock has had a strong response to being dragged into a sexual harassment lawsuit against Insane Clown Posse. Rock was reportedly asked to produce a glass sex toy that he was alleged to have received from a former ICP employee and now Rock has published the letters that he sent to the attorney's involved in the lawsuit.

In one letter he writes, "Dear Jim Rasor and Jon Marko, I'm told that you have issued a subpoena for a 'glass dildo' that was supposedly given to me. No idea what you're talking about, and I definitely don't have it. I've never heard of, seen, or met any people involved in this case. But I'm pretty sure you already know that. What I do know is that you've been dragging my name around in the media to gain attention for your sad a** excuse for a law firm. I don't care what you do when you finally catch up to the ambulances you chase, but I do care when you bring my name into it for no reason at all."

Rock writes in the second later, "Dear Brian E. Koncius, I'm told that your client has testified under oath in a deposition that he presented a former employee of Psychopathic Records with a glass dildo, who then allegedly gave the dildo to me? There are only two possible explanations for what your client said..." Find out what Kid Rock thinks those might be and read the full letters where he shares some strong feelings about the lawyers involved here.

Jim Morrison Was Murdered Claims Marianne Faithfull
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Marianne Faithfull has reignited the controversy over Doors frontman Jim Morrison's death in 1971 - insisted he was murdered by her then drug-dealer boyfriend.

Morrison passed away of a suspected drug overdose in Paris at the age of 27, but French law required no autopsy since foul play wasn't suspected by the authorities. That's led to years of speculation, with accusations falling on his girlfriend Pamela Courson, among others.

But Faithfull, who rose to fame for her relationship with Mick Jagger, blames "heroin dealer to the stars" Jean de Breiteuil. She refused to accompany him to Morrison's flat on the night he died, saying she could "intuitively feel trouble."

Faithfull tells Mojo. "I thought, I'll take a few Tuinal and I won't be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I'm sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died."

Paul McCartney Has Mountain Renamed After Him
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Something significant happened for Paul McCartney yesterday. Montana temporarily renamed their Mount Sentinel to be Mount McCartney in honor of the former Beatles legend's concert on Tuesday night at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.

The mountain features a giant white "M" that will stand for McCartney until the morning of August 6. This is Macca's first stop ever in Montana, and the state is pleased to have him on his "Out There" tour.

They have even produced a survival guide for the concert, which we can only assume is part of their tradition for producing necessary survival guides for most Montana activities.

See a photo of Mount McCartney here.

Deep Purple Frontman Reacts To Rock Hall Snubbing
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Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan shares his thoughts on the legendary band's snub by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, despite being eligible for induction since 1993.

Asked if he was upset that the group hadn't been chosen by Rock Hall voters to date - despite nominations in 2013 and 2014 - Gillan tells Rolling Stone, "Whatever you say to a question like that, you sound supercilious or dismissive or disgruntled or sour grapes. I spent all my younger life trying to avoid institutionalization as much as I could and then I realized that these sorts of things are for your family and fans. So I don't mind what happens. We're grateful for anything that comes along our way."

Gillan says he senses confusion about the inner-workings of the induction process in regards to the band's status. "I've heard quotes of somebody on the [Rock Hall voting] committee saying, 'Well, Deep Purple can't be in it, because they were a one-hit wonder'," explains the singer. "I don't know if they were referring to 'Hush' or 'Smoke On The Water' or 'Child In Time' or 'Highway Star' or 'Perfect Strangers,' any of those one hit wonders that we were.

"I think it would be undignified for us to enter the fray and stamp our feet and say, 'Yeah, we don't need it anyway.' It's really an American thing. We don't really understand it, but if I treat it with respect, we'll see what happens. That's all I can say."

Stevie Nicks Releases New Song The Dealer
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Stevie Nicks is premiering a new single, "The Dealer", as the lead track from her upcoming solo album, "24 Karat Gold - Songs From the Vault." Nicks initially wrote and recorded "The Dealer" with Fleetwood Mac in the late 70s when the band was working on their 1979 album, "Tusk."

Due October 7th, "24 Karat Gold - Songs From the Vault" features a collection of lost and stray songs that Nicks has written and recorded through the years, but never made it onto an album.

"I used to make cassettes of my songs and hand them out," Stevie explains. "But to know that these songs have finally been recorded with the same love they were originally created is joyous for me. I picked 12 songs from about 40 demos made from '69 - '87 and one each from 94 and 95. These songs are all about love and heartbreak -- how to pick up the pieces -- how to keep moving... I'm really chronicling love from the very beginning."

"When you write a song and it doesn't go on a record, it floats around in your life for years," she added. "I took myself back to the time when these songs were written... Sometimes I can't remember what happened yesterday but I remember so well what happened through the whole period of time that I wrote these songs. You think about them and go over them and they live inside of you until they becomes part of your world. These songs are now 24 Karat Gold."

Check out the song here.

Foreigner Releasing 7-Disc Box Set
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Foreigner will release a 7-disc box set, "The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991", on October 14. The package includes all the albums from the band's original classic run with Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm - along with the band's final Atlantic album featuring Johnny Edwards on vocals.

Included are "Foreigner" (1977), "Double Vision" (1978), "Head Games" (1979), "4" (1981), "Agent Provocateur" (1984), "Inside Information" (1987), and "Unusual Heat" (1991), along with all the bonus tracks included on the 2002 remasters.

To date, Foreigner have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, and the number of instantly recognizable Top 40 hits included in this set is a reminder of why they've enjoyed such success: "Feels Like the First Time" and "Cold As Ice" from the band s 5x-platinum self-titled debut; "Hot Blooded" from the 6x-platinum "Double Vision"; "Dirty White Boy" from the 5x-platinum "Head Games"; "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and "Urgent" from the 6x-platinum "4"; "I Want To Know What Love Is" from the 3x-platinum "Agent Provocateur"; and "Say You Will" and "I Don't Want To Live Without You" from the platinum "Inside Information."

Details about the bonus tracks here.

Dr John Addresses Health Concerns Following Canceled Shows
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Dr John has issued a brief statement to fans as a move to calm fan concerns over his health after he was rushed to hospital ahead of a show this past weekend.

Dr John cancelled his planned appearance in New York's Central Park on Saturday (Aug 2nd) and missed the Newport Jazz Festival the following evening (Aug 3rd).

But the 73-year-old has tweeted: "Wuz bitten by a flu bug & doc wouldn't let me play. Thanx to all the fans for their love & I'll be out jammin' for you all again soon."

Former Megadeth Members Cover Another Metallica Classic
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The new project led by former Megadeth members Nick Menza and James LoMenzo has recorded a cover of Metallica's Creeping Death. Drummer Menza and bassist LoMenzo announced last month that they are working together on an as yet unnamed band.

The pair never worked together in Megadeth. Menza joined Dave Mustaine for 1990 album Rust In Peace and rejoined in 2004 before being fired and replaced by Shawn Drover.

LoMenzo joined in 2006 before being replaced with the band's original bassist David Ellefson in 2010. Menza and LoMenzo's first rehearsal took place in June at Menza's Disintegrator Studios in California where they played through some Megadeth, Metallica and Led Zeppelin tracks.

Listen to a demo teaser of their version of Creeping Death, which features vocals from Davor Garasic of Croatian thrash metal band Sufosia,  here.

Tracii Guns Returns With The Second Record
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Former LA Guns and Brides Of Destruction guitarist Tracii Guns has announced that he will release his latest album The Second Record on August 19.

Tracii Guns' League Of Gentlemen go back to their psychedelic roots for the album, featuring covers of tracks originally recorded by artists including The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane, The Sonics, Big Star and The Frost and is the follow up to 2013's The First Record.

Guns is joined by vocalist Scott Foster Harris, drummer Doni Gray, bassist Craig McCloskey and keyboardist John Bird, who have reproduced vintage sounds from the 60s to keep the vibe as authentic as possible.

Rush's Neil Peart Releasing New Book
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Rush drummer Neil Peart will publish his latest book, "Far And Near: On Days Like These", on October 14th. Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Peart has stories to tell.

His first volume in this series, "Far and Away: A Prize Every Time", combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.

Now "Far And Near: On Days Like These" brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music.

Aerosmith Star Blames Fans For Not Liking Last Album
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Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has criticized fans following a lukewarm response to 2012's Music From Another Dimension. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hamilton feels the record, the follow up to 2004's Honkin' On Bobo, didn't get its fair due from fans, which resulted in the album falling short of commercial expectations.

"I feel like the fans didn't do their homework on it," he says. "They didn't let it grow on them. C'est la vie - we'll try harder next time." The 62-year-old also revealed he wasn't entirely happy about band member Joe Perry laying down tracks for his 6th studio album, saying it would have been better to work on fresh Aerosmith material instead.

"It would make a lot more sense if we're building up material, to consider an Aerosmith album first," he says. "I think an Aerosmith album has much more potential of making an impact than a solo album. But, if somebody wants to put out a solo album, there's no way to be bitter about it and hold them back."

Jon Bon Jovi Addresses Buffalo Bills Controversy
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Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi has publicly addressed the controversy surrounding the speculation that a Toronto-based investment group that he is a part of plans to move the Buffalo Bills if they purchase the NFL team.

Rumors have been swirling that Bon Jovi's investment group planned to move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto. The team is for sale following the death the Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson. But Bon Jovi reassures fans that there are no plans to move the team.

Bon Jovi wrote a letter for the Buffalo News addressing the rumors. He writes, "Recently, there has been a lot of speculation about the future of the Buffalo Bills and questions surrounding the ownership group of which I am a part. Until now, we have not said anything publicly out of respect for Mr. Wilson, his family and the process they are undertaking to identify the right group to carry the franchise forward.

"However, there has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo. Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo.

"We are committed to working with the State, City, County and business community to identify the best possible site in the Buffalo area for a new stadium and to then develop and implement a plan to finance and build a state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans.

"Being part of the NFL is something I have been working toward for a long time. Ten years ago, I started by taking an expansion Arena Football team, the Philadelphia Soul, from its inception to winning a championship in five years. I wanted to learn what it takes to build a successful football organization. I was involved in every aspect of that team from its beginning and I lived for and loved every moment.

"My family and I are prepared to make this life-changing commitment to be part of the Bills. This is not a hobby or an acquisition. Building a winner on and off the field will be job one and I intend to spend as much time on the ground in Buffalo as needed to accomplish that goal.

"I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."

Tool's Maynard James Keenan On Flaming Lips Beatles Tribute
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As we come closer to the Oct. 28 release date for With A Little Help From My Fwends, the Flaming Lips' tribute album to the Beatles' Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, frontman Wayne Coyne has released some new information about who exactly will make up the "fwends."

Via his Instagram, Coyne posted a hand-written track list that reveals the album will include collaborations with Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, MGMT, Tegan & Sara, Phantogram, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Foxygen, and Grace Potter.

Those are in addition to previously announced collaborations with Miley Cyrus and Moby, as well as Electric Wurms, a new Lips side project. The track "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," a collab with Cyrus and Moby, is available to any fans pre-ordering the album.

Queen's Unreleased Freddie Mercury Album Producer Revealed
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William Orbit has revealed that he will produce a new Queen album that will include unreleased songs featuring the late Freddie Mercury. Known for his work with Madonna, Blur, Pink and Britney Spears, Orbit broke the news via Twitter, writing, "Am definitely working with Queen. Amazing songs. That's all I'm sayin 4 now. Watch this space."

The project, tentatively titled "Queen Forever", sees guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor recording new backing tracks to the Mercury material, just as they did for 1995's "Made In Heaven" album.

"Roger and I have both been working on tracks in our spare time," explained May last December. "A couple of them have Michael Jackson on as well, which adds another layer of interest. Freddie and Michael singing together and experimenting in the Eighties."

"He and Freddie worked mainly at Michael's studio," he added. "That's the tapes we have. Some of the tapes they worked on had us on them as well. But I never actually worked in the studio with Michael personally. Sometimes you come across a spare reel of tape and think, 'Well, what's on that?' And lo and behold, here's a tape of Freddie singing something we'd forgotten about.”

Rolling Stones Tour Helped Mick Jagger With Girlfriend's Death
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Mick Jagger found solace in the aftermath of girlfriend L'Wren Scott's suicide in his work, he's said. The Rolling Stones postponed a string of tour dates to give their frontman time to recover after she took her own live in March.

He said at the time: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way." But he threw himself into his responsibilities as producer of James Brown biopic Get On Up - and when his band return to the road in October, he has no plans to come off again soon.

Jagger tells the Telegraph: "I've been touring in the summer, I'll be touring in the autumn. I'm still touring and I don't know when I'm going to stop - but I'm still going now.

"It's a very energising thing. It's very irresponsible because you don't have to worry: you get to one place and you know you're not going to stay there more than a couple of days. Good, bad or indifferent, you're on to the next place."

Savatage To Reunite For Music Festival Appearance
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Savatage will reunite for a set at next year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, guitarist Chris Caffery has confirmed - and it'll immediately follow a performance by offshoot band Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

It's the first Savatage show since they split in 2002 after deciding their career had stagnated, leaving mainman Jon Oliva to create TSO alongside producer Paul O'Neill and Al Pitrelli.

Wacken bosses say: "Paul and Jon are coming to WOA with their most important projects - TSO will be performing live on stage, followed immediately by a Savatage reunion gig, marking their first live performance in over a decade. These will be the only live appearances of both bands in Europe in 2015."

Soundgarden To Perform At Seattle Seahawks' Home Opener
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Soundgarden will perform at the Seattle Seahawks' home opener at CenturyLink Field on Thursday, September 4 to help kick off the NFL's 95th season.

Singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer Pharrell Williams will also play live outside the stadium as part of a celebration to mark the 10th ceremony honoring the defending Super Bowl champions with the League's opening game in primetime.

Doors to CenturyLink Field's North Plaza open at 2:30 p.m. PT with the performance to take place prior to the matchup between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

Fans will also be able to watch the pregame show on TV. Details here.

Duran Duran Bassist Beats Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Cliff Burton In Poll
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Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Cliff Burton and Flea have been named in a poll of the best bassists ever. Duran Duran's John Taylor was named in top spot, taking an overwhelming 30% of the vote in MusicRadar's poll of the 60 best bass players of all time.

Rush hero Lee came in second, with Flea reaching seventh and Primus virtuoso Claypool in 12th place. On Lee, MusicRadar says: "The Rush man has inspired thousands to pick up the bass guitar, and many of the other bassists in this rundown cite him as an influence. A leading frontman, songwriter and a remarkable bass talent, it's no surprise he remains perennially popular with you guys."

Late Metallica star Burton was 13th, while Iron Maiden's Steve Harris was 16th and Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler 21st. On Burton, the website adds: "His influence can be felt all over Metallica's first three genre-defining LPs."

Other rock heroes to make the list include Thin Lizzy's late frontman Phil Lynott at number 25, Motorhead's Lemmy at 27 and Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan at number 32.

More including the list here.

Gary Moore Live Album Being Released Next Month
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Gary Moore's "Live At Bush Hall 2007" will be released on September 23rd. Recorded in London on May 17, 2007, the concert was originally aired by Planet Rock radio. This is the first time that the audio of the complete show has been made available outside of the original broadcast.

The concert features a number of tracks from Gary's then newly-released "Close As You Get" album, such as "Eyesight To The Blind" and "I Had A Dream", many of which he rarely played live after this, alongside classics from his extensive back catalogue, such as "Don't Believe A Word", "Walking By Myself", "Still Got The Blues" and many more.

The first-ever release of this show contains several tracks that are not available in live versions anywhere else. Moore died February 6, 2011 at the age of 58 from a heart attack following a night of heavy drinking while on vacation in Spain.

Big Country Expand Classic Albums For Reissue
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Big Country have released remastered and expanded versions of The Seer, No Place Like Home and Peace In Our Time this week. The band, who were fronted by the late Stuart Adamson until his death in 2001, reissued the three recordings on August 3rd in the UK.

Each album has been remastered and expanded to include B-sides, remixes, demos and previously unreleased tracks. Adamson committed suicide in 2001 aged 43 but the band have continued, with their most recent release being 2013's The Journey, featuring The Alarm's Mike Peters on vocal duties.

Peters has since left the band, with English singer Simon Hough now in place as permanent frontman. The band take to the road this month to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 2nd album, Steeltown.

Jason Bonham Leaves California Breed
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Jason Bonham has bowed out of California Breed, the band he formed with Glenn Hughes, ahead of their debut UK tour. And although it's not confirmed the move is permanent, the drummer has suggested he won't be back.

Former Queens Of The Stone Age sticksman Joey Castillo has been named as his replacement "for all upcoming dates." The three-piece, which also includes young guitarist Andrew Watt, add in a statement: "It became clear that Jason's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band."

Bonham is currently touring the US with Sammy Hagar and he's been involved in tentative rehearsals with Phil Collins. The son of Led Zeppelin icon John Bonham says via Facebook: "I love those guys - but it wasn't going to work out for me. I will support them as I love the band I helped create, and Joey is great. Good luck, guys."

Slash Recalls Fateful Decision
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Legendary former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash says he had designs on playing bass rather than guitar when he was a teenager - until he heard a music teacher play Cream licks.

The guitarist visited the Guitar Center, Hollywood where he spoke about his formative years, influences and his forthcoming album, World On Fire. "The thing that really inspired me to play guitar was Steven Adler," says Slash. "He had an electric guitar when we were about 13 years old and he used to bang on it to Kiss records at full blast. That was very exciting, so I opted to play bass since he was playing guitar.

"I went to a local music school and talked to the teacher and said, 'I want to learn how to play bass.' He asked me a few questions to figure out what I wanted to achieve. While he was talking to me, he was playing Eric Clapton's Cream licks on electric guitar.

"I said, 'That's what I want to do', because I really didn't know that much about guitars. So that was it - I switched over to guitar.”

Def Leppard and KISS Jam Goes Online
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Def Leppard's Phil Collen joined their current coheadlining tour partners KISS on stage at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City this weekend to play Deuce with the US rockers and video of the jam has been published online.

Leppard and Kiss are in the middle of a 42-date US summer tour and Collen was delighted to join the band on stage in a pair of classic Kiss boots, saying: "Tonight in Atlantic City was pretty special. I guest guitared with Kiss on Deuce. The guys were great and we had a good time."

Collen recently praised Kiss, saying they fully deserved their place in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but revealed he's not bothered if Def Leppard are never inducted.

"I've got two diamond albums sitting on my mantlepiece - that's 10 times platinum," he says. "The fans bought them, so that means a lot more to me." Watch video of the jam here.

Rory Gallagher's Bandmate Rod de'Ath Dead at 64
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Rod de'Ath, the drummer who was an integral part of Rory Gallagher's band in the 70s, has died at the age of 64, it has been reported. Gallagher brought the Welshman into the band in 1972 following the departure of Wilgar Campbell, and appeared on five albums with the Irish bluesman: Blueprint, Tattoo, Irish Tour '74, Against The Grain and Calling Card.

In a statement on his Facebook page, drummer Ted Mckenna, who took over from de'Ath in Gallagher's band in 1978, says: "I got the sad news earlier today that Rod de'Ath had passed away.

"I only met him a couple of times when I worked with Rory, but was delighted to meet him again in 2012 when, for the first time, Rod, Brendan O'Neil and I, three of Rory's drummers, had all been together.

"Unfortunately, it was for another sad occasion when we gathered to pay our respects to Lou Martin. My thoughts are with his family, friends and those who knew him well."


Guitar Virtuoso Stéphan Forté to Release New Solo Album “Enigma Opera Black” on October 28

Neo-Classical maven advances the genre with stunning new work

Los Angeles, CA:  French guitar virtuoso Stéphan Fortéannounces today his brand new solo albumEnigma Opera Black (Zeta Nemesis)to be released October 28, 2014. This is Forté’s first studio album in three years and the first released on his brand new label Zeta Nemesis. Without the constraint of outside pressure and forces, the guitarist was able to swing for the fences in a way he hadn’t in the past. The result is a fresh neo-classical, metal masterpiece that incorporates a number of different thematic elements to explore the darker side of the human condition.

Listen to the first song “Zeta Nemesis” featuring Marty Friedman here:

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“I’ve been listening to a lot more modern kinds of stuff, whether it’s metal or classical, and I wanted to do an instrumental album, but not the kind of cliché Neo-Classical 80’s kind of thing,” Forté said. “Even though my first album is not really like that, it can have that kind of feeling. It’s still dark and metal and heavy, but I really wanted to move to something more modern.”

Pre-orderEnigma Opera Black here: http://www.stephanforte.org

Though his roots and his inspiration have always come from speed-metal players like Jason Becker, Marty Friedman and the inimitable Yngwie Malmsteen, Forté was keen to incorporate new trends into his music. “I’ve been influenced by Meshuggah a lot,” he said. “I’ve taken a lot of that stuff and mixed it with my own sensibilities and my vision for arrangement.”  

With that in mind, Forté incorporated an array of lower end instruments to bring metal music into a contemporary mind frame. “Even though I’m not a big fan of the word ‘djent’ because I think nowadays it means just about anything, I kind of like the thought of using lower range instruments,” he said. “The fact that we’ve been using seven or eight string basses makes everything sound a bit more modern.”

Recorded at X Fade Studios in Nanterre, France, Enigma Opera Black was co-produced by Forté’s Adagio bandmate and keyboard player Kevin Codfert who he has worked with for the past thirteen years. The duo spent a whole year writing, recording and mixing the new material, honing down the songs, then adding layer upon layer of lush instrumentation to create a sonic landscape that is both breathtaking in its sonic beauty and staggering in its technical acumen.

“I took my time,” Forté said. “I really wanted to take my time and to be happy with every note, and even though I’m not happy with every note now, at least I’m close and created something that I enjoy listening to.”

For Enigma Opera Black Forté is taking more matters into his own hands in the quest for greater freedom both creatively and financially. “I’ve been working with labels since the beginning with my band Adagio in 2001,” he noted. “Of course, since then the market has quickly changed and nowadays, for an indie musician, you don’t need the label anymore. I didn’t see the point of giving a big share of my royalties to someone just to give me an advance and distribute the album physically, especially in a day when no one goes into the stores to buy physical CDs.”

Of his new label Zeta Nemesis Forté said, “It’s kind of an experiment. It’s an expensive experiment for me, but I wanted to try it. The goal is to not distribute physically into the stores and make it available in only two spots physically, Amazon and my own website. That way the customer doesn’t have to look too hard for it.”

More than anything, Enigma Opera Black is a record that reflects Forté’s intense interest in finding beauty through darkness. “I like my music to be dark. That’s the main idea behind the concept.” Adding, “I'm on the good side of things, but I'm just seeing it through a darker veil.”


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GARY MOORE LIVE AT BUSH HALL 2007 CD ~First Ever CD / Digital Audio Release Of This Show~~September 23, 2014~

Eagle Records is delighted to announce the release of the Live At Bush Hall 2007 album from the late great Gary Moore on September 23, 2014.  This is the first ever release of this incredible show which contains several tracks that are not available in live versions anywhere else.

Gary Moore was one of the finest and most respected guitarists of his generation, with a rich musical career both in bands and as a solo artist. He had a vibrant love affair with rock and the blues, which is proudly and loudly heard on Live At Bush Hall 2007.

This show, recorded at London’s Bush Hall on May 17th, 2007, was originally broadcast by Planet Rock radio. This is the first time the complete show has been made available outside of this original broadcast. The concert features a number of tracks from Gary’s then newly released Close As You Get album (Eagle Rock Entertainment), such as “Eyesight To The Blind,” and “I Had A Dream” many of which he rarely played live after this, alongside classics from his extensive back catalogue, such as “Don’t Believe A Word,” “Walking By Myself,” “Still Got The Blues,” and many more.

Gary Moore was an unmatched live performer, a virtuoso who also made a visceral connection with any audience, and Live At Bush Hall 2007 is a perfect representation of his masterwork onstage.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

 

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TRACK LISTING
1) If The Devil Made Whiskey 
2) Thirty Days 
3) Trouble At Home 
4) Hard Times 
5) Eyesight To The Blind 
6) I Had A Dream 
7) Too Tired 
8) Gary’s Blues 1 
9) Don’t Believe A Word 
10) Still Got The Blues 
11) Walking By Myself 
12) The Blues Is Alright 
13) Sundown

Doobie Brothers Reveal All-Star Guests For Tribute Album
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The Doobie Brothers are calling on many of their country friends for their tribute album Southbound, which is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2014.

New acts confirmed for Southbound include Blake Shelton, Charlie Worsham, Jerrod Niemann as well as Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Dann Huff on guitar. Previously announced guests include Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Toby Keith, Love and Theft and Amanda Sudano of JohnnySwim.

In an interview with Lagniappe Mobile, Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston talked about the album's guests. "It's quite the lineup," he said. "We were kinda blown away that these folks would be interested in jumping on board with us, but they were eager to do it."

In an interview earlier this year with Radio.com, Sara Evans expressed her excitement to be a part of the album. "They're singing all their hits with different artists and they let me choose which song I wanted to sing," she told Radio.com. "Sometimes I'll think things through before I answer questions or requests like that, but I immediately wrote back, 'Yes of course! I love the Doobie Brothers!'"

BRIAN SETZER PREMIERES VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE “LET’S SHAKE” EXCLUSIVELY ON USATODAY.COM
WATCH HERE: http://tiny.cc/ambvjx  NEW ALBUM ‘ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL’ OUT TUESDAY, AUGUST 12

BRIAN SETZER has partnered with USATODAY.COM to exclusively premiere the music video for “Let’s Shake,” the lead single from his soon-to-be released album ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL (out Tuesday, August 12 via Surfdog Records). You can watch all the irresistible rockin' fun here

ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL is a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish with 12 new songs set for release Tuesday, August 12. SETZER brings his trademark twang and fretboard fire, and he’s backed by three musicians that he says “are the best in their craft”: Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums). Recorded in Nashville, the album was produced by Peter Collins (who’s handled the same honors for SETZER albums Vavoom! and The Dirty Boogie). ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL is currently available for pre-order in all formats (including vinyl). You can pre-order the album here and on vinyl here.

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STEVEN TYLER AND JOE PERRY’S POWERFUL NEW VERSION OF AEROSMITH’S CLASSIC “DREAM ON,” --AS HEARD ON ESPN’S BOSTON MARATHON SPECIAL--AVAILABLE ON ITUNES  JULY 31, 2014

The world heard a new version of the AEROSMITH classic “Dream On” during the Spring 2014 premiere of ESPN’s award-winning news magazine show, E:60. Recorded in Los Angeles in early April, the song features Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, who are joined by the Southern California Children’s Chorus on this arrangement of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).” The track will be released today as a single via iTunes. In a powerful moment at last night’s AEROSMITH concert at The Forum, in Inglewood, CA the band surprised the audience by bringing the Southern California Children’s Chorus on stage to perform this special rendition of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).”

"The tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon was unfathomable, but Boston is incredibly resilient and became even stronger. I am so honored to release this version of “Dream On” and to be able to have had the Southern California Children's Chorus perform with us last night was a beautiful moment, a true gift from up above," says Steven Tyler.

“The heinous act that took place during the Boston Marathon which shook not only the city but the world and touched us all demanded a positive response,” Joe Perry said.  “Boston Strong was that response and gave an example of our city’s inner strength. I would like to think that the strength of our performance on ‘Dream On’ last night with the Southern California Children’s Chorus in LA at the Forum was another rallying point for the goodness in all of us.”

“Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)” debuted Tuesday, April 15 on “E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest,” a special hour dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.  The show presented five stories of survivors, narrated by celebrity voices of Boston At 2:49 PM, on April 15, 2013, as scores of spectators cheered on the Boston Marathon runners approaching the finish line, two hand-made bombs exploded.  In a split second, the lives of hundreds of people were forever changed. E:60 presented a special program remembering the lives lost and paying tribute to those who survived, their journeys of perseverance, courage, strength and love in the past twelve months.

In July, AEROSMITH embarked on this summer’s definitive rock experience, the LET ROCK RULE tour across North America with Slash. The tour kicked off Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY making stops in Boston, MA. (Xfinity Center), Los Angeles, CA (The Forum) and San Francisco, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion) among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park). These dates follow the band’s overseas trek, which kicked off May 17 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and hit numerous countries including stops in Russia, France, and Germany before ending on June 28 in the U.K.

AEROSMITH’s U.S. summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE          CITY                              VENUE
Sat     8/2    Las Vegas, NV                 MGM Grand Garden Arena
Fri      8/8    Stateline, NV                  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
Wed   8/13  Concord, CA                    Sleep Train Pavilion
Sat     8/16  George, WA                    The Gorge Amphitheatre
Tue    8/19  Denver, CO                     Pepsi Center
Fri      8/22  Dallas, TX                       American Airlines Center
Mon   8/25  The Woodlands, TX         The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu    8/28  Atlanta, GA                     Phillips Arena
Sun    8/31  Atlantic City, NJ              Boardwalk Hall
Wed   9/3    Newark, NJ                      Prudential Center
Sat     9/6    Bristow, VA                     Jiffy Lube Live
Tue    9/9    Clarkston, MI                  DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri      9/12  Sydney, NS, Canada       Open Hearth Park

Here are some clips from the special:
E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest – Preview
“Dream On” Video – Sneak Peek
E:60′s Chris Connelly interviews Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
All funds received by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in connection with this track will be donated to charities helping those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Prog Icon Neal Morse To Release Eagerly Anticipated New Solo Album 'Songs From November'

Cross Plains, TN – Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, Neal Morse will be releasing his eagerly anticipated new solo album 'Songs From November' on Aug. 19, 2014! Even a style as broad and accepting as Progressive Rock has its boundaries. Prog icon Neal Morse decided to break that mold and create a challenging new album. 'Songs From November' may be his bravest outing to date. Musically, creatively, and production-wise, it’s like nothing he’s ever done. Can you handle it?! It’s an album of “normal” songs! Songs even your friends might like!

Says Neal, “I listen to a lot of different kinds of music for various occasions…prog albums when I really want to focus on intricate music…sometimes jazz and classical. But many times I find myself attracted to 'feel good' singer-songwriter albums like a Jackson Browne or Graham Nash record. So one day I thought to myself…I'd like to make an album like that! 'Songs From November' is that album.”

Morse wrote most of the songs during a flood of ideas in November, 2013. He recalls, “They just kept pouring out that month…I don't really know why…but it was great!” After the epic Transatlantic world tour was completed in March 2014, Morse set out to make 'November' a reality. And he would craft it differently than anything before.

Says Neal, “I could've gotten together with a bunch of studio musicians in Nashville and banged this thing out, but I felt like the thing to do was to get together with this young drummer named Gabe Klein and work on it as a team. He is only 18 years old and amazing! We had a great time recording these songs and many more. We actually recorded twice as many songs as we needed and picked the best ones. It was the first time I've ever done that and it was very fruitful. I sent out 21 songs to a bunch of different people that I trust and chose from their lists. So that was also a totally new approach for me.”

The final 11 songs are among the best that Neal has ever composed – and the most surprising you will hear. In reinventing himself, he was ready to explore uncharted territory. Are you?

'Songs From November' is Produced by Neal Morse and Engineered and Mastered by Rich Mouser.

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Supertramp co-founder and singer-songwriter Roger Hodgson set for fall mini-tour
Legendary Roger Hodgson, vocalist and original singer-songwriter from Supertramp, is heading back to North America for a series of fall dates. Hodgson is recognized as one of the most gifted composers and lyricists of our time. He helped define a generation of progressive rock and wrote and sang Supertramp's globally successful and enduring anthems such as Breakfast in America, Give a Little Bit, Take the Long Way Home, The Logical Song, DreamerIt's Raining Again, SchoolFool's Overture -- songs that helped the band sell well over 60 million albums to date.

Hodgson co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969 and was with them for 14 years. He wrote and sang most of the classic hits that brought Supertramp worldwide acclaim. Roger recently received 2 awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for his songs being in the top played songs in their repertory, proving that they have indeed stood the test of time. Roger continues to perform his classics he recorded with Supertramp and other fan favorites live on tour around the globe.

Uniting generations at his concerts, Hodgson transports baby boomers back to their youth and gives younger generations a taste of why his heartfelt songs have endured. Audiences are once again experiencing the magic and spirit that Hodgson created with Supertramp.
His upcoming dates follow an extended Europe and South American trek, and kicks off on November 4th in Wabash, Indiana and wrap over two night -- November 14th and 15th in Rama, Ontario.

Roger Hodgson next performs on August 28th in Aurich, Germany.

Roger Hodgson North American Tour Dates:
November 4 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
November 6 - Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel
November 7 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
November 8 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
November 9 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 11 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
November 14, 15 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre

Enjoy this tour montage featuring all of the classic hits Roger will be performing on his worldwide tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMLNeSbtVN0

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SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS ANNOUNCE SEPTEMBER TAKEOVER OF ICONIC HOLLYWOOD CLUBS THE TROUBADOUR (9/23),  THE ROXY (9/25)  AND THE WHISKY A GO GO (9/26)

BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘WORLD ON FIRE’ OUT SEPT. 16 FIRST SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK “World On Fire” MARKS SLASH’s FASTEST RISING SONG AT RADIO EVER

“LIVE FROM THE ROXY” FULL CONCERT FILM TO BROADCAST NATIONAL TELEVISION VIA DIRECTV NOVEMBER 9th AT 8pm (ET/PT)

Although it’s said you can never go home again, SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have today (July 31) announced they’ll celebrate the release of their new album WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three one-night-only club shows: September 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, September 25 (The Roxy) and September 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).

These gigs will amp up the excitement around WORLD ON FIRE--out September 16 SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline--and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. Tickets for all shows go on-sale August 1 at www.SlashOnline.com.

“We’re excited to unleash ‘World On Fire’ in a big way and be a part of Guitar Center’s 50th celebration,” says SLASH. "They’ve been really supportive of me since the very beginning on the Sunset Strip.”

Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win.

“World On Fire” marks SLASH’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s hell-raising first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.

The WORLD ON FIRE disc marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently on their summer tour with Aerosmith in addition to select solo dates, see full itinerary below. The group rocked a packed house at The Forum in Los Angeles last night (July 30). For all dates and tour ticket packages, visit: http://slashonline.com/tour. Check out the set list from The Forum show below:

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Set List from The Forum in Los Angeles
7.30.14 
 “You're a Lie”
“Nighttrain”
 “Standing In The Sun”
“Back From Cali”
“You Could Be Mine”
“World On Fire”
“Anastasia”
“By The Sword”
“Sweet Child Of Mine”
“Slither”
“Paradise City”
About SLASH:
SLASH
has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet RevolverSLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16, 2014www.slashonline.com.


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Mustaine For Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax Big 4 Reunion
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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he is open to the idea of playing more live shows with the Big 4: Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax in the future.

The four bands last came together at Yankee Stadium, New York in 2011 and in an interview with Kaaos TV, the metal veteran says while it would be good to hook up again, it shouldn't become a regular event as there has to be "something special" about the occasion.

"I'm open to playing and I don't really care who I play with," he says. "We had fun and it's important the fans have a good time. It would be great to do it some more, but there's also the beauty of it being something special and not doing it everywhere.

"There's something special about it being very rare, so I would do it again, but it also has to work out for everybody."

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Shares Big Cancer News
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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is sharing an update on his ongoing battle with cancer. The rocker was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and immediately began chemotherapy and other treatments.

"For those of you that give a toss, here's the latest and greatest on my cancer situation," posted Campbell on his Facebook page. "I'm currently in Boston and I did a scan on Tuesday morning.

"The scan shows that the cancer is in remission. Great news, but I'm trying not to get too excited about it as I heard that same phrase late last year only to be disappointed again a few months after when it returned."

"The plan is to do a stem cell transplant as soon as the tour is finished," he added. "However, to keep me in remission my doctors have recommended that I do another, 3rd, round of the chemo (I.C.E.), so I'm back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock n' roll drugs. Keef would be most proud!"

David Lee Roth's Legendary Uncle Manny Roth Dead At 95
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Manny Roth, who is best known as the founder of the New York City club Cafe Wha? and uncle to Van Halen singer David Lee Roth, has died at the age of 95.

Roth opened the original Cafe Wha? in 1959 at the corner of MacDougal Street and Minetta Lane; the legendary venue saw artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and others perform in its 1960s/1970s heyday.

"It is with great sadness that we report that Manny Roth, founder of Cafe Wha?, has passed away," posted the club on its Facebook page. "He was a legend in discovering talent, and he will be dearly missed by us all. Thanks for everything, Manny, and we hope to continue your legacy long into the future."

David Lee Roth posted a personal tribute on his website, writing, "Uncle Manny has passed away. He was 95 years old. He was happy, laughing and smiling right up 'til the end. His presence already missed, his contributions with us forever."

Alice Cooper Pays Tribute To Dick Wagner
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Alice Cooper has paid tribute to former Alice Cooper band guitarist Dick Wagner, who died earlier this week from respiratory failure. Wagner co-wrote some of the band's biggest hits including "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "Only Woman Bleed".

"Even though we know it's inevitable, we never expect to suddenly lose close friends and collaborators," Cooper told Billboard. "Dick Wagner and I shared as many laughs as we did hit records. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable. His brand of playing and writing is not seen anymore, and there are very few people that I enjoyed working with as much as I enjoyed working with Dick Wagner.

"A lot of my radio success in my solo career had to do with my relationship with Dick Wagner," he continued. "Not just on stage, but in the studio and writing. Some of my biggest singles were ballads what I wrote with Dick Wagner. Most of Welcome to My Nightmare was written with Dick.

"There was just a magic in the way we wrote together. He was always able to find exactly the right chord to match perfectly with what I was doing. I think that we always think our friends will be around as long as we are, so to hear of Dick's passing comes as a sudden shock and an enormous loss for me, rock 'n' roll and to his family."

Geoff Tate Happy To End His Queensryche Story
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Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate says he's looking forward to ending his use of the band name with a certain amount of relief - because it no longer stands for what it once did.

And he admits the "terrible negative things" said by both parties has robbed him of some of his pride in what the band achieved while he was a member. Tate and his former colleagues settled out of court earlier this year, following their acrimonious split in 2012 and an interim legal judgment that allowed both to work under the title.

Once he completes his "farewell" tour he'll start being billed mainly with his own name, while the band now fronted by Todd La Torre will continue as the only Queensryche.

"It's kind of an end to the story. I'm very happy about that; very glad that we finally reached a settlement," Tate tells One On One With Mitch Lafon. But he adds: "There's a lot of mixed emotions. I'm glad I'm moving on. I wish things were different - I wish it hadn't gone to the level it went to with the lawsuits and all that stuff, and all the horrible negative stuff that's been said."

"That never was what I thought Queensryche was about. When I wrote Operation: Mindcrime people started saying, 'This is a thinking man's band' and I was very pleased with that monicker. That's what Queensryche meant to me - thinking music."

Zakk Wylde Leading Metal All Stars Supergroup One Night Event
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Black Label Society mainman Zakk Wylde will lead supergroup Metal All Stars in a one-off London show in December, set to feature more than a dozen of the biggest names in rock history.

The lineup - who'll have completed a European tour by the time they visit the UK - includes Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Chuck Billy (Testament), Ross The Boss (Manowar), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Cronos (Venom), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice. Many more are to be announced in due course.

The show takes place on December 16 at the O2 Academy Brixton and tickets, priced £27.50, go on presale via O2 on Friday, August 1, then general sale via Ticketmaster on Monday, August 4.

Check out the trailer and comments from some of the artists here.

Paul Di'Anno's New DVD To Include Iron Maiden Classics
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Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno has revealed details of his upcoming live DVD. The Beast Arises will include 17 tracks recorded in Poland this year, among them a number of Iron Maiden hits. Also included as part of the package is an interview with Di'Anno, photo gallery, discography and desktop images.

The artwork for the DVD features a close-up image of a shackled Di'Anno. It will also be available in CD, double LP and digital formats. It will be released in October.

Di'Anno has had an eventful career since he was sacked by Maiden in 1981 after appearing on the band's first two albums. Last year he announced he was "pulling the plug" on his career, but later changed his mind, saying he'd keep going once he underwent a knee operation. He's currently working on a studio album with German band Architect To Chaos.

Check out the tracklisting here.

Alice Cooper Band Legend Dick Wagner Dead at 71
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Dick Wagner, celebrated guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper, KISS and Lou Reed, has died. He was 71. According to the Detroit Free Press, Wagner succumbed to respiratory failure following two weeks in intensive care after undergoing a cardiac procedure.

Wagner's website posted the following on his passing: "It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life.

"His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die.

"He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn't keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, 'Love is in the air. Breathe deep.' Take Dick's advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair."

QUEENSRYCHE WITH ORIGINAL LEAD SINGER GEOFF TATE TO CHANGE ITS NAME TO “OPERATION: MINDCRIME” AFTER CURRENT FAREWELL TOUR ENDS

“OPERATION: MINDCRIME” FEATURING GEOFF TATE, RUDY SARZO, SIMON WRIGHT, RANDY GANE AND KELLY GRAY TO ENTER STUDIO SHORTLY AFTER TOUR TO BEGIN RECORDING TRILOGY PROJECT

On the very day his “Farewell Tour” as Queensryche begins, Geoff Tate – one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits since the inception of the band – has announced that his current version of Queensryche will be forging ahead as OPERATION: MINDCRIME after the tour ends.

Named after Queensryche’s epic concept album from 1988, OPERATION: MINDCRIME -- a band consisting of Geoff Tate, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), Randy Gane (Myth) and Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001, 2012 – present) -- will be entering the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff’s been working on for the past two years.

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

“I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” comments Geoff. “I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It’s an exciting project and one we’d like to release the first part of sometime next spring.”

With the evolution of his band, Geoff would like to concentrate on concept and story albums in the years to come. Fans like to call it, “Thinking Man’s Metal” and Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago when I first brought the Mindcrime story to the band… they were, initially, against it. Chris DeGarmo was the first one to get on board and, once he did, we were able to move forward with what became one of our greatest achievements as a band.”

With the release Operation: Mindcrime – which won critical and popular acclaim and comparisons to the Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s The Wall – Queensryche went on to bring their progressive music to sold-out audiences the world over.

With Geoff at the helm, Queensryche sold over 20 million albums worldwide and performed in over 46 countries.

That was then, this is now and Geoff Tate is looking forward to what lies ahead with his trilogy project.

“It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions,” states Tate, further adding, “With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us.”

Beginning July 30, Geoff Tate and his band mates will be spanning the states for a 22-date trek of what will be Geoff’s remaining performances as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour.

While the name has changed, the distinctive rock vocals of Geoff Tate remain the same.

Turn it up.

Come on out.

It’s time to enjoy what is now known as the band, OPERATION: MINDCRIME.

Stay tuned.

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QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE / 2014 FAREWELL TOUR
Wednesday, July 30 - Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 - The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 - Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 - House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 - The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 - Strummer's in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 - Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 - Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 - Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 - Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 - The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 - Ziggy's by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 - Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 - Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 - Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 - Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 - Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 - Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 - Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 - The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 - The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 - Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois

LEADING MUSIC RETAILER JON HABER’S DEC3 PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “RED LINE” AUGUST 6, WITH NEW ALBUM TO FOLLOW SEPT. 30

Owner of N.Y.-based Alto Music instrument and high-end studio equipment chain accomplishes lifelong dream with a debut album that showcases his skills as a musician, songwriter and producer

It’s been a long time coming, but Jon Haber has  finally managed to achieve a goal he’s had since he was six years old, when he first picked up a guitar, releasing his debut album, DEC3 through his own Raddist label, on Sept. 30.

 The man who owns the successful New York-based Alto Music instrument retail chain has now come full circle and is back on the other side of the counter, as a musician, songwriter and producer, a lifelong dream come true.

“I was in bands when I was younger, but I never stopped writing songs,” says the 49-year-old entrepreneur, who opened his first store when he was 24, temporarily putting an end to his playing career. “I didn’t want to look back when I was 70 and regret I hadn’t done it. I never had the opportunity to prove what I could do on this level.”

 Haber, who played virtually every instrument on the album, as well as wrote and produced all of the songs, is joined by two longtime collaborators Chris Saulpaugh (singer) and Mike Kalajian (drummer), whose births in three different decades give the band its name. Veteran keyboard wizard Shane Keister (Paul McCartney, Five for Fighting) and Coheed and Cambria’s Zach Cooper also make cameos on the album.

 With influences that range from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Boston, Radiohead and Foreigner to the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel and The Police, DEC3 is music for people who grew up on rock ‘n’ roll and the diversity of AM/FM radio, with indelible melodies, superb playing and memorable choruses. The album’s dozen songs range from tuneful ballads like “In Front of You,” a love song that could well serve as a metaphor for Haber’s own long-delayed ambitions, to anthems like “Where Should I Go Tonight,” which feature Saulpaugh’s yearning Bono-esque vocals. The crunchy “We’re All Friends” has an AC/DC feel and a classic sing-along rock chorus in its story of a renewed high school relationship through Facebook, while the crystal-clear harmonies and cascading guitar riffs of “Simple Mess” reflect Haber’s primary inspiration in the Fab Four. Both “4 Small Black and White Pictures of You” and the sing-song acoustic “Black Kid on a Pink Bike” capture the past with the unerring narrative alacrity of Bruce Springsteen.

The first single, “Red Line,” a song telling the story of the Syrian civil war from the viewpoint of a citizen caught up in the massacre, in which hundreds of thousands have been killed, and rapidly losing hope, will be released with an accompanying video on August 6. The song, with a sound byte of President Obama, includes the lyrics: “The leader of the whole free world/Said that he’d help rescue me/But he ain’t trying/He’s just coloring lines.”

“This is not about politics,” says Haber. “It’s more of a humanitarian theme. We should have done something, but we did nothing.”

 As a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Haber has been an activist, who has lobbied Washington for more music education programs in school. He also appeared in a national American Express Plum Card commercial for his Alto Music stores that stresses “putting instruments in the hands of more people.” His business eventually mushroomed into a musical instrument distribution company and an international manufacturing company.

DEC3 is the culmination of a lifelong devotion to music.

 “I’m doing this because I love it,” Haber continues. “This is a passion project.”

Metallica's Ulrich Predicts AC/DC Will Headline Music Festival
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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that he thinks AC/DC will headline the 2015 edition of the Glastonbury Festival. The speculation comes as AC/DC complete work on a new studio album.

"Can I throw in my first bid for who I think [promoter] Michael Eavis has booked for next year?," Ulrich tells Q magazine. "I have heard it might be a band whose lead singer is British, but none of the rest of the band are. Yeah… AC/DC. Come on! Can you imagine that?"

AC/DC recently completed recording a new album in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues.

On April 16, AC/DC issued a statement regarding the band's status and future in the wake of rumors surrounding Malcolm's health and their possible retirement.

Ace Frehley Fires Back At Former KISS Bandmates
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Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has hit back at Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley following a string of insults directed his way in recent months, saying: "If Gene and Paul had half a brain, they would realise what's going on and start saying good things about Ace."

In an interview with Guitar World, Frehley says he's fed-up with the pair's disparaging remarks and also boasted he could blow current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer off the stage.

"When I was f***ed up, Gene used to say I was a drunk and a drug addict and that I was unemployable," he says. "Kick a guy when he's down, right? But they can't do that anymore, so it's like they're scratching their heads trying to come up with new ways to insult me."

Speaking about Stanley's comments that he was anti-Semitic, Frehley hit back: "That's just below the belt. Next I'll be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. My fiancee is Jewish and my whole life I've worked with Jewish people. I can't believe the stuff that comes out of their mouths.

"Paul has been so goddamn cranky lately. I mean, what's wrong, Paul? Aren't you happy? I know they must be frustrated because people are always writing about how Ace was the real deal. It's got to rub them the wrong way. They would like nothing more than for me to start drinking and taking drugs again and end up as a bum on skid row - but that's not going to happen."

Former Iron Maiden Singer Previews New Live DVD
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Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno has issued a preview of his forthcoming live DVD, "The Beast Arises." The rocker was filmed in concert on April 9 at the Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival.

Due October 6 in Europe and October 7 in North America, "The Beast Arises" includes tracks from the first two Iron Maiden albums, as well as Killers and Di'Anno solo tracks. The DVD will also contain bonus features such as an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more.

The project will also be made available on CD, digital and vinyl. Di'Anno was the voice and frontman for Maiden in their formative years; he appeared on the band's first two albums, 1980's "Iron Maiden" and 1981's "Killers", as well as 1981's "Maiden Japan" live EP.

Watch the preview here.

Slash Nominates Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi For Birmingham Honor
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Slash has nominated Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi for the Pride Of Birmingham Award, reports the Birmingham Mail. Iommi has been confirmed as one of the presenters at the awards event, set for September 26 at the city's historic Town Hall.

"Tony is one of those guys who inspires everyone," said Slash, 49, who was born Saul Hudson in Stoke-on-Trent but now lives in Los Angeles. "I was brought up on Black Sabbath and he is one of the best rock and roll guitarists out there. As a fellow player, I can really appreciate all the nuances of his technique - he is one hell of a guitar player."

"This is the man who invented heavy metal in Birmingham and created Sabbath, a brand nobody can touch," he added. "Everyone you meet in rock circles will tell you that they were inspired by Black Sabbath and the band's influence is immeasurable.

"Besides which, Tony is a great guy and we've met on a number of occasions. There's just no stopping him. He comes down with lymphoma and what does he do? Reform Sabbath and do a world tour. He really is the Pride of Birmingham and he deserves a f******g medal."

CELEBRATING JON LORD the magical night in memory of the great man and musician featuring DEEP PURPLE, BRUCE DICKINSON, GLENN HUGHES, PAUL WELLER, RICK WAKEMAN and many others
To be released on CD, 2CD, and Digital Formats by earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment on
September 30, 2014

On September 30, 2014, earMusic and Eagle Rock Entertainment will proudly release Jon Lord, Deep Purple & Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord on CD, 2CD, and via digital formats in North America.

It was in 2006 when, once a year, a group of stellar musicians and stars of rock started meeting up in London for a night of live music. The main intent was to raise money for a charity called The Sunflower Jam.

At first the rumors about these sessions with Deep Purple, Robert Plant, Brian May and Alice Cooper were too good to be true, to the point that a few thought that they were nothing less than an urban legend.

"The Jam," as it soon started to be called, quickly became a cult night. A real must -- first for the artists themselves, free and happy to leave their commercial thoughts outside the venue and be able to enjoy playing music together with colleagues, friends and maybe even secret rivals, and for the audience, who often could simply not believe their eyes.
The Sunflower Jam started as an idea from Jacky Paice, who very often could count on the drumming of her husband Ian. Who would turn down playing with him?

The first editions were mainly open to guests and music business professionals that would contribute to the charity. Later "The Jam" became too good not to be available to the public.
It is in one of the earlier Sunflower Jams that Jon Lord played for the last time with his friends in Deep Purple, duetting on a peaceful "war of hammonds" with Don Airey, who had replaced Lord in Deep Purple when he decided he had enough of a life spent on the road, and after a lifetime dedicated to rock and roll, Lord left to concentrate on his first love: classical music and the combination of rock elements in it.

2014: "The Sunflower Jam" is a now a regular sold out event, with this fourth one taking place at the Royal Albert Hall.

Jon Lord sadly passed away in 2012, a few weeks prior to the release of the just finished remake of what is universally known as the first ever meeting of classical music and rock: the Concerto For Group and Orchestra. The same composition that Purple played live in 1969 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Considering the amount of respect, friendship and love expressed by anybody who had worked, played or simply met Jon Lord, it is not a surprise that the 2014 Jam would be completely dedicated to his music. The night turned out to be a historical moment in rock music: A full orchestra, led by director Paul Mann, gave wonderful arrangements to this repertoire going back and forth through fifty years of music, performed by many old friends. It was truly an unforgettable night.

The Albert Hall sold out to the last seat...

For four hours Jon’s music was shining. Commotion, jokes, laughs and a lot of music came together by magic.

All the wonderful musicians who played at the "Celebrating Jon Lord" Sunflower Jam have left an indelible mark. The set culminatied in a 45-minute finale by Deep Purple (the Purple Mk III songs played by Paice with old friend Glenn Hughes), who are eventually joined by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman of Yes fame, Steve Balsamo (who sang in the Jon Lord band and on his last studio album Concerto), members of The Temperance Movement, ex-members of Whitesnake Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, and the "modfather" Paul Weller.

The concert was divided into two acts: “Jon Lord – The Composer,” which focused on his classical music, and “Jon Lord - The Rock Legend,” which focused on his remarkable and revolutionary rock sound. “Jon Lord – The Composer” is featured on the single disc version of Celebrating Jon Lord, while the “Jon Lord – The Rock Legend” segment is featured on the 2CD.

Ian Paice remembers the Celebrating Jon Lord night with vivid memory.  Considering the time all the artists had to rehearse the music for the concert, (in Deep Purple’s case two hours the day before the show!), the resulting performance were nothing less than miraculous. A testament to the quality of the players and love for Jon and his works.

“It was like no concert I have ever played. Everyone in the Hall was there for a common purpose, to honour a wonderful man and a great musician. The Royal Albert Hall is a fairly large venue and can be intimidating, but that evening, it was more like a gathering of friends at their local, (if slightly oversized) pub than a regular show. I believe all the artists, the people in the audience and even the crew helping to make the show work, felt the difference that night.”

Everybody attending the show left the venue with an expression that clearly said "one day I will be able to say I was there"...

Now everybody will be able to see why.

Click the following link for the first images of the evening: http://youtu.be/jzV7lcx7nRs.

About The Jon Lord Fellowship

Since 2012, The Sunflower Jam have been working closely with the College of Medicine to support the amazing research that they are doing into non-toxic treatments for cancer. Following the sad death of Jon Lord from pancreatic cancer in July 2012, the College of Medicine have set up the Pancreatic Cancer Project sponsored by The Sunflower Jam which includes the development of The Jon Lord Fellowship. The Jon Lord Fellowship will be awarded each year to fund projects that display exciting and innovative approaches to fighting pancreatic cancer. The money will also fund smaller research projects that will make a difference in this field.

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JUSTIN HAYWARD SPIRITS…LIVE – LIVE AT THE BUCKHEAD THEATRE, ATLANTA ~BLU-RAY, DVD, CD AND DIGITAL FORMATS OUT AUGUST 19, 2014~

New York, NY (June 23, 2014)—On August 19, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Justin Hayward’s Spirits…Live – Live At the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and Digital Formats. [Pre-book Order Date July 25, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $13.98 CD]

Recorded at The Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on August 17, 2013, Spirits…Live was captured during Justin Hayward’s tour in support of his recently released solo album Spirits Of The Western Sky – his first since 1996’s The View From The Hill. The legendary Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist, joined by acoustic guitarist Mike Dawes and keyboardists/background vocalists Alan Hewitt and Julie Ragins, presented a set of 15 songs, selected from the new album and some Moodys favorites. New tracks like “One Day, Someday,” “In Your Blue Eyes,” and “The Western Sky,” nestle comfortably between classics such as “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” and “Question,” encapsulating Hayward’s rich career as a songwriter.

Justin previously stated about the tour: “This tour will be something completely new for me. I'm bringing my 'song writing' guitars from home on the road for the first time. So this tour will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs.”

In addition to the full concert, the DVD and Blu-ray will also feature a Behind-The-Scenes featurette, allowing fans “backstage access” with Justin and his band.

For more than 40 years, Justin Hayward has performed and recorded with The Moody Blues, during which the group sold more than 70 million albums. Penning such timeless tunes as “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “The Voice,” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” Hayward’s songwriting was a driving force in the band’s success. He continues to thrill fans worldwide, and is recently completed a tour of the US.

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TRACK LISTING:
1.) Tuesday Afternoon
2.) It’s Up To You / Lovely To See You
3.) In Your Blue Eyes
4.) The Western Sky
5.) Land Of Make Believe
6.) New Horizons
7.) In The Beginning
8.) One Day, Someday
9.) The Eastern Sun
10.) It’s Cold Outside Of Your Heart
11.) Your Wildest Dreams
12.) Forever Autumn
13.) Question
14.) Nights In White Satin
15.) I Know You’re Out There Somewhere

FLYING COLORS TO RELEASE SECOND NATURE VIA MUSIC THEORIES / MASCOT LABEL GROUP ON SEPTEMBER 29 IN EUROPE / UK AND THE 30TH IN NORTH AMERICA

Morse, Portnoy, LaRue, McPherson and Morse Announce Tour To Commence October 2 in Los Angeles with Shows Planned For Chicago, Philadelphia, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, The U.K. and France

GuitarWorld.com Premieres Album Teaser: http://www.guitarworld.com/flying-colors-return

Rotterdam, Netherlands --- Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.  The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most fascinating releases of 2012. Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting. Or, as the quintet’s modus operandi was once memorably defined by founder Bill Evans, ‘crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way’.  GuitarWorld.com has premiered an album teaser featuring all five band members here: http://www.guitarworld.com/flying-colors-return

Evans’ mission was to team a pool of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer—to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group Alpha Rev, whose 2010 album called ‘New Morning’ that dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks. After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the ‘x factor’ that elevated Flying Colors above the norm.  As Portnoy told Prog magazine: “The idea of having an actual singer – as opposed to a musician that also sang – really opened up a whole other world.”

The UK’s Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as “fearless”, praising its “Journey-sized choruses” and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse and even Frank Sinatra.  In late 2012, the band toured the United States and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members. The chemistry can be heard on ‘Live In Europe’, a Number #1-charting Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl package recorded and shot in Tilburg, Holland.

Schedules allowing, the protagonists had always viewed Flying Colors as a genuine band as opposed to a mere side project, and quietly yet purposefully they began writing a second studio album. From the first writing session to final delivery of the masters in July 2014, the process took almost a year and half, albeit in four distinct stages: writing sessions via Skype in January/February 2013, another burst of writing and recording at Neal Morse’s house in Nashville, a trip to Portnoy’s home that spawned five additional songs, and finally individual recording/arrangement over the internet throughout the spring of 2014. This time the band opted to self-produce, with Evans, the man responsible for the concept of Flying Colors, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band.  “There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins,” clarifies Evans, “but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different.”

“The first album was very much a blind date,” Mike Portnoy explains. “Although we already had ‘Team Dregs’ of Steve/Dave and ‘Team Transatlantic’ of myself/Neal, it was the first time that the five of us – seven if you include Bill Evans and Peter Collins – had collaborated together as a group. This time there was an existing chemistry, we had not only the prior experiences of making the debut album but also the 2012 tour as well.” 

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RHINO BUCKET FRONTMAN TO JOIN HELLION AS RHYTHM GUITARIST AND BACKING VOCALIST ON UPCOMING TOUR
L.A. based metal act HELLION have announced that RHINO BUCKET front man, Georg Dolivo, will be joining Hellion as their rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist on Hellion’s upcoming North American “Karma’s A Bitch” tour in October.
“I am excited to be a part of what the new Hellion is doing, I've always been a fan of Ann and her incredible voice.” said Georg Dolivo in a recent interview.  “It’s especially great to be back working again with Simon Wright. And having Scott Warren and Maxxxwell Carlisle in the band as well is an added bonus!”  
“We rehearsed over the weekend and the band sounded heavy and tight. It was massive!” continued Georg Dolivo.  “I'm really looking forward to being involved in Hellion as I think the band rocks.”
RHINO BUCKET released two albums through Warner Brothers in the 1990s, followed by four more on Acetate Records.   Georg Dolivo will continue to write and record with RHINO BUCKET.
HELLION release their new five-song mini-LP October 7th in the USA on New Renaissance Records and October 8th in the UK and Europe on HNE/Cherry Red Records.  Pre-orders for Hellion’s new CD can me made through Amazon.com at this link:  http://www.amazon.com/Karmas-Bitch-Hellion/dp/B00LZI3WVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1406339010&sr=1-1 .  HELLION is also offering a special pre-order deal on HELLION’s “Karma’s A Bitch” fan-pack (which will be delivered before the tour starts) at:  www.hellion.us/store 
HELLION’s North American tour kicks off October 2nd in Los Angeles with the band’s first show and record release party.  While shows continue to be added, Hellion’s current North American Tour Dates are:
October
2 - Whiskey a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
3 - Count Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV
4 - Cactus Moon - Mesa, AZ
7 - Lasalle’s - Chico, CA
9 - The Hop - Spokane, WA
10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11- The Bouquet - Boise, ID
15 - Red Line Tap - Chicago, IL
16 – Dead Horse – Pittsburgh, PA
17 - Rock Pile West - Toronto, ON
18 - Obsession Live - Ottawa, ON
19 - Legendary Dobbs - Philadelphia, PA
20 – Dead Fish Cantina – Baltimore, MD
22 - Devils Tail - Junction City, KS
23 -The Vanguard - Tulsa, OK
24 -The Chameleon Room - Oklahoma City, OK
25 - Concert Pub North Metal Fest - Houston, TX
30 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
More HELLION shows will be added to the acts tour.  For booking information contact Jan Davis from ATI at:  jmd0127@yahoo.com

Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts Share Stories Of Famed Allman Brothers Band 1971 Fillmore East Performances

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  gets a front row seat to one of Rock’s legendary concert stands, The Allman Brothers Band 1971 live at the Fillmore East shows. 
By 1971 the Allman Brothers Band were on a roll with their second album, Idlewild South, breaching the Top 40 sales plateau for the first time, and bandleader Duane Allman had by then recorded the now legendary Layla album with Eric Clapton as Derek and the Dominos, resulting in Duane’s quick ascension to a premiere slide guitar player. 

In March of that year the Allmans would perform four shows over two nights at New York’s Fillmore East, as well as the venue’s closing night in late June. All of these shows were recorded and select tracks were released as the band’s third album in July 1971, becoming the Allman Brothers Band’s first Top 10 album.

Singer, songwriter and organist Gregg Allman and former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts sat down with InTheStudio program host Redbeard to recall the magic of those original band shows on the release of The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings. Gregg Allman shares with host Redbeard the mindset that permeated the band’s live performances and created some of the most legendary extended musical jams ever recorded.  

“There were no boundaries back then in the early ‘70s. There was no, ‘We better shut this tune off at a certain time’. It was never even thought of.”

The Allman Bros./ InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: 

http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/allman-brothers-band-1971-fillmore-east-recordings-gregg-allman-dickey-betts/

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Adrian Galysh 'Stripped' Release Concert with Tony MacAlpine

Guitarist, composer, and session musician, Adrian Galysh, will be celebrating the release of Stripped on August 13, 2014 at Saint Rocke (142 PCH, Hermosa, CA 90254) sharing the bill with shred-legend Tony MacAlpine. Save on tickets and get a FREE download of Galysh's recent studio album, Tone Poet here: http://adriangalysh.com/deal3.html

Stripped digital pre-sale begins August 12th, and includes 15 play-along tracks pulled from his last three solo releases. Taking the best parts of his albums King Friday, Earth Tones, and Tone Poet, this album strips away Galysh’s own lead guitar parts, leaving guitarists room to play their own leads over some of the most exciting tracks available.

“Being a guitar teacher for over 20 years, I know the benefit of wood shedding over play-along tracks. While jamming with other musicians is the best way to develop your musical vocabulary, sometimes that isn't always possible, and play along tracks are a great substitute.” Galysh continues, “Luckily with every album I've done, I’ve asked the engineer to mix a play along track version of select songs for me. These mixes would usually be used for solo performances and clinic situations, and are now available to everyone”.

Stripped gives guitarists the opportunity to improve their lead playing by letting the player practice and experiment with new techniques, scales, and arpeggios, wherever and when ever they want, making the most out of their practice time.

Track List:

    Black Coffee
    Green Eyed Lady
    Lady Alaine
    Just For Today
    Earth Tones
    Terrestrial Races
    True Happiness
    Defiance, Ohio
    Ave Maria No Morro
    Interstellar Café
    La Dolce Vita
    Tone Poet
    Echoes of El Greco
    Ur of the Chaldees
    Spring (The Return)

Stripped will be available September 2nd, 2014 via www.AdrianGalysh.com as well as all major online music resources (iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon).

LED ZEPPELIN REISSUES CONTINUE WITH DELUXE EDITIONS OF LED ZEPPELIN IV AND HOUSES OF THE HOLY

Produced And Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, Each With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available October 27/28

The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV, and continues with 1973's chart-topping Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous Deluxe Editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

SUPER DELUXE EDITION BOX
Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve
Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit
Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia
High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered

DELUXE EDITION 2 CD
Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio

DELUXE EDITION VINYL 2 LP
Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl

SINGLE CD
Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet

ORIGINAL ALBUM VINYL
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Remastered album and companion audio will both be available

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Pete Way Receives Good News In Cancer Fight
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Pete Way has this week been given the all-clear after a battle with prostate cancer and he says his experience has left him more ashamed than ever of his drug-addled past.

The former UFO, Ozzy Osbourne and Waysted bassist was diagnosed last year after he went to the doctor complaining of blood in his urine. It was that early decision to seek medical help that Way credits with saving his life.

But support group sessions left him thinking again about the fabled drug-fuelled antics of his past. Way tells TeamRock: "I met some amazing people during my treatment. I had radiotherapy and all that stuff, and I'll never be able to listen to an addict again tell me how hard it is to stop using. I'd say, 'You're f***ing mad - just come down to the cancer club to put it all into perspective.' I'm ashamed when I think of the things I did, testing every drug you can imagine."

Sixx A.M. Releasing New Album This Fall
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With Motley Crue on their farewell tour, Nikki Sixx is already looking ahead and has just announced the released of a new studio album from his other band Sixx A.M.

This weekend, the band updated fans via their official Facebook page with the following message, "We got the official release date for our single to go to radio and the street date for the album…Photo sessions and video are done. The cd packaging is almost done…Here we go……."

Now Classic Rock reports that the new album is scheduled to be released on October 6th, which is a Monday, the usual release date in the U.K. and North America releases typically follow on the next day.

Sixx says of the album, "I think fans are going to love this record, and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it. Our first two records don't sound the same, but there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue that tradition."

Primus Going Willy Wonka For New Album and Tour
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A small issue like a drummer's heart attack isn't going to hold Primus back from their lofty plans. The trio's frontman Les Claypool told Rolling Stone that, despite the fact that drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander recently went under the knife for open heart surgery in the wake of his heart attack, he's expected to be behind the kit for their next tour, which starts in October.

What that kit will look like is another story: Claypool describes his percussion setup for the band's upcoming album, Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, wasn't a drum set, strictly speaking, but more like "A giant circle, or a pile of things to bang on."

"He's so musical at what he does, and he can be very orchestral when he wants to be, and taking him off a traditional kit just brought forth these sounds that we've just never gotten from him before," Claypool said. "If you saw this kit, you'd laugh your ass off. He couldn't get in and out of it. We'd open up a portion of it and shove him in there and then lock him in with other pieces of things."

The album itself is a tribute to the classic 1971 musical film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder (and not, he points out, the 2005 remake directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp: both artists are talented, he said, but "But like all human beings, every now and then, we crap in our pants").

The album is due on Oct. 21, with the band kicking off a tour the following night at the Tower Theater in Pennsylvania. Perhaps equally as exciting will be the return of the Primus candy bars made by Pennsylvania's Asher's Chocolates - which were originally created for a New Year's Eve concert - including Mr. Krinkle (crisped rice), Professor Nutbutter (peanuts) and Bastard Bar (dark chocolate).

Scorpions Demands Force Festival To Raise Ticket Prices?
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The organizer of a Finnish rock festival claims that the "diva-esque" demands in the Scorpions' 38-page rider reportedly forced them to almost double ticket prices.

The German outfit are said to have asked bosses at Lahti for five chauffeur-driven limos, porcelain toilets for each member's exclusive use and a larger stage than anything previously built at the site.

In order to fulfill the band's requirements, single-day tickets were hiked to almost double their usual price, causing a fan backlash. Allu Koskinen, boss of the Rockcock Festival, refused to release the full rider document but said: "We don't want to raise prices, even though the pressure is on due to those extra expense. We just have to hope for a great turnout."

J.J. Cale Being Inducted Into Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame
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Singer/Songwriter J.J. Cale will be posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame this fall. Cale, who passed away from a heart attack last year at the age of 74, will be honored in an event at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa on November 1.

The ceremony will feature performances from many of Cale's friends and past collaborators. Other Oklahoma music greats to be inducted this year include Elvin Bishop, Jim Keltner (a close friend of Cale's who also plays on Eric Clapton's tribute album - The Breeze, as well as many of the greatest records in rock and roll history), Chuck Blackwell and Lowell Fulson.

Cale was one of the originators of what became known as the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Some of his most recognized songs were hits for others, including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton and "Call Me The Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

FLYLEAF  PREMIERE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE “SET ME ON FIRE” TODAY, TUESDAY JULY 29 ON BILLBOARD HERE

NEW ALBUM ‘BETWEEN THE STARS’ SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 16 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS

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FLYLEAF--the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band--have premiered their brand new video for “Set Me On Fire” today, Tuesday, July 29. Watch the clip and read the Q&A with FLYLEAF on Billboard.com HERE. “Set Me On Fire” marks the first single from their fourth studio album, BETWEEN THE STARS, set for release September 16 on Loud & Proud Records. Starting today, BETWEEN THE STARS is available for pre-order on iTunes HERE.

The video for “Set Me On Fire” was directed by Noel Maitland (Speechless, Kings of Summer) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.

FLYLEAF--KRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS (bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)--recorded BETWEEN THE STARS in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). The band will announce a fall U.S. tour soon.

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FLYLEAF has consistently dominated the Active, Alternative and Mainstream rock charts throughout their career. They released the eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005 which went platinum and spawned the singles "I'm So Sick," "Fully Alive," and the smash "All Around Me," which sold over one million digital downloads, was a Top 20 hit at Top 40 radio and won the BMI Pop Award. Their second album Memento Mori was released in late 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard charts, featuring the singles "Again" and "Missing.”  Their third album New Horizons was released in late 2012. After months of touring the world with the new line-up addition of KRISTEN MAY on vocals, FLYLEAF released a new EP Who We Are in 2013 which featured the song “Something Better” with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval on vocals. They've shared the stage with Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Evanescence and many more. Conscious of constantly giving back, they played special shows for American troops stationed in Afghanistan as well as Okinawa, Japan.

Robert Plant Offers Fans Chance To Make Video
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Robert Plant has teamed up with Genero to hold a contest for a fan to create the official video "Rainbow", the lead single from his forthcoming new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."

The creative direction is being left completely open, so entrants are advised to listen to the song, be inspired, and create something that reflects their vision for the tune.

The official selection and finalist group will be chosen by Plant and Genero. The selected video will receive $3,000 and have their video used as the official music clip for "Rainbow."

THE BIG BOOK OF HAIR METAL - THE ILLISTRATED ORAL HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL’S DEBAUCHED DECADE BY MARTIN POPOFF
ON-SALE/AVAILABLE AUGUST 15

In this ultimate guide to the subgenre, acclaimed heavy-metal journalist Martin Popoff examines hair metal in an all-encompassing oral history jacked up by a kaleidoscope of outrageous and previously unpublished quotes, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia. The Big Book of Hair Metal features the observations of dozens of musicians, producers, promoters, label execs, and hanger-ons in examining hair metal's rise and fall as well as all the bands that kept Aqua Net in business through the Reagan recession: Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Poison, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Warrant, Great White, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Vixen, Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses, and dozens more. I

n crafting a narrative of hair metal, Popoff also examines the factors that contributed to the movement's rise (including MTV, Reagan's "morning in America," and a general move toward prudish morals); the bands that inspired it (the Sweet, New York Dolls, Alice Cooper, and KISS, for a start); and the scenes that nurtured it (the Sunset Strip, anyone?). The ride finally ended circa 1991, when hair metal was replaced by grunge, but what a ride it was. Here it is in all of its primped-up glory.

THE BIG BOOK OF HAIR METAL features more than the obvious and usual suspects.. The superstars and also-rans are included, and with 580 (!) photos, the depth and the number of bands and musicians featured is staggering.  Nothing is left out—its big, bold and loud like the music, telling the complete history of the music you know you STILL love.

About the author:  Martin Popoff has been described as the world's most famous heavy-metal journalist. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press' Rush: The Illustrated History. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and VH1's Metal Evolution. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.  www.martinpopoff.com

RECKLESS – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF BRYAN ADAMS BY NEIL DANIELS, PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE, WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: JULY 28, 2014
A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is one of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time. He rose to fame with his third album, 1983’s Cuts Like A Knife, before the release of his global breakthrough opus Reckless, which Adams celebrated in 2014 with the sold out 30th Anniversary Reckless Tour. His best known song remains ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ which was the lead song for the 1991 hit movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. It also happens to be one of the best-selling singles in popular music history.

This book is about the music, from his self-titled debut album right up to recent studio releases, Room Service and 11.

From the author of the acclaimed Don’t Stop Believin’ – The Untold Story Of Journey and Electric World – A Casual Guide To The Music Of Journey’s Neal Schon, Reckless is the first book to exclusively explore the music of one of popular music’s great unsung heroes and Canada’s most famous rock export. The book explores his musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his various non-music projects but mostly this handy fans book is about the music of Bryan Adams.

Reckless is essential reading for Bryan Adams fans. 

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

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SURVIVOR/IDES OF MARCH FOUNDER JIM PETERIK’S THROUGH THE EYE OF THE TIGER OFFERS AN OVERVIEW OF A MOST UNLIKELY ROCK STAR - COMING SEPTEMBER 23

 The writer/performer of such classic hits as “Eye of the Tiger” and “Vehicle” reveals his life both on-stage and off, including having a chart hit as a 15-year-old, penning one of the great inspirational anthems of all time and touring with Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead

You may not recognize the name Jim Peterik, but the songs he’s written have made an indelible mark on pop music history, an incredible first-person tale he relates in his biography, Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Survivor’s Founding Member, published by BenBella Books on September 23.

It’s all here, from his beginnings as a 15-year-old in the Ides of March, which the Illinois native playfully dubs “The Beatles of Berwyn,” scoring a #2 Billboard hit in 1970 with the horn-laden “Vehicle,” to being personally asked by Sylvester Stallone to write a song for Rocky III, which turned out to be “Eye of the Tiger,” the triple-platinum, Grammy-winning inspirational anthem that gives the book its name.

“This is my chance to connect the dots and put a face behind those songs,” says Peterik about writing the book. “I love the past, but I don’t live there. And I’m not ashamed of it, either. I’ll be playing ‘Vehicle’ until the day I die, but I would feel unfulfilled if I wasn’t paying it forward, discovering new talent and writing with my heroes.”

Through the Eye of the Tiger offers a close-up view of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – its pitfalls and triumphs along the way, as Peterik’s anecdotes include The Ides of March touring with Led Zeppelin (opening for them in Winnipeg), Janis Joplin (“I had to walk her home because she was too inebriated to get to her hotel”), the Grateful Dead (“I shared a deli tray with Jerry Garcia without getting dosed”) and the Allman Joys (the predecessor to the Allman Brothers).

It’s also a cautionary tale about the dangers of drugs and groupies, which Peterik carefully avoided during a 42-year (and counting marriage) to his wife Karen, whom he met when he was 17 and she was 15 during a Turtles concert at their high school. The two have a 24-year-old son, Colin, who is a musician himself, which makes Jim one proud father.

“I don’t think I could have written this book 10 years ago,” says Peterik. “I’ve finally reached a point where I see a very bright future for all the things I’m doing, but I can also appreciate what I’ve done. I thought the time was right to tell my story.”

That story includes a personal invitation from Sly Stallone, who left a message on his answering machine to call him, then asked if he’d write a song for Rocky III, which turned into “Eye of the Tiger,” a huge hit still ubiquitous at sporting stadiums and arenas everywhere. “I got the title from what Burgess Meredith tells Rocky in the movie,” says Peterik about the song he co-wrote with Survivor bandmate, guitarist Frank Sullivan, revealing it was the demo that made it into the final movie. “It had the mojo,” he said simply.

A world class tunesmith, Peterik’s songs have sold 30 million around the world, with 18 Top 10 hits, including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “Rocking Into the Night,” “Fantasy Girl,” collaborating most recently with Brian Wilson on the title track to the Beach Boys’ acclaimed album, That’s Why God Made the Radio. The artists Peterik has worked with over the years include .38 Special, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, Buddy Guy, the Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Night Ranger, Dennis DeYoung, Reba McEntire, David Hasselhoff, Johnny Rivers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“I always lived in a creative bubble removed from the business,” he says. “For me the song is the ‘vehicle’… pun intended.  I did everything in the service of the song. It didn’t matter what happened on the bus or in the dressing room. I wanted my message of positivity to survive.”

To that end, Peterik’s first book, Songwriting for Dummies, is a best-seller about his own creative methods, and he travels around the world giving seminars on the subject.

As for his survival, he credits it to never losing his focus. “I’m a late bloomer,” says the 64-year-old. “I’m now the guy with the purple hair, red leather suit and striped guitar. It’s a delayed response to the fact I took a back seat all those years. I’m having the time of my life.

“I do this for the love of music, to hear my God-given voice echo across a filled auditorium.”

Later this year, Peterik will mark the 50th anniversary of his still-active The Ides of March with a deluxe, 70-song, three-disc reissue of the seminal band’s catalog, including a DVD featuring a live concert from Chicago’s House of Blues, Rare footage, interviews with the band and videos of “Vehicle” and “Last Band Standing.”

“Writing this book tore me apart,” he admits. “Going through the good times – those early idyllic years as a teenager with The Ides of March, and then with Survivor, surviving some rough times. It was very painful dredging all that up… the separation from my wife for months at a time, when the loneliness would just grip me, with music my only drug.”

Peterik captures it all in Through the Eye of the Tiger, the memoirs of a true rock ‘n’ roll Survivor.

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Scott Weiland Says Drug Issues Are In The Past
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Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has insisted his drug problems are 14 years in his past. And he says the upcoming album from his band the Wildabouts marks a new beginning for an older version of himself.

His addiction issues were cited in his departure from VR in 2008, which has left the band in limbo ever since, and his dismissal from STP last year, which saw them hiring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as his replacement.

Just two weeks ago Weiland discussed the chance of a, "easy money" reunion with Slash, Duff McKagan and co in VR, while the interviewer described the singer as "slurring all the time" and saying it wasn't clear whether he was "joking or just in a daze."

But now the frontman tells News1130: "Past demons are past demons. That's stuff with I dealt with, like, 14 years ago. I guess Keith Richards gets asked about it, so why shouldn't I? But it's not something I think about ever - those days of my dope abuse and use are long since by me."

He also discussed his new album.

Paul McCartney Reveals Classic Wings Albums Reissue Plans
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It's almost time to revisit "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Silly Love Songs." Paul McCartney's legendary band Wings will reissue expanded editions of the albums Venus and Mars (1975) and At the Speed of Sound on Sept. 23 in the U.S. The reissues will hit U.K. retailers a day earlier on Sept. 22.

The reissues will be available in a variety of formats. The standard edition is a two-CD set that will feature remastered editions of the original albums and a second disc of bonus material, such as demo versions and unreleased tracks. Meanwhile, the deluxe edition will boast a slew of extras, including a hardback book with never-before published photos, new interviews with McCartney, "material" from the McCartney archives and additional track information.

It will also come with a bonus DVD filled with archival footage from the era, including some that's yet to see the light of day until these reissues. The new editions will also be released in gatefold vinyl and digital formats.

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Added To New City
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Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare has announced a second engagement for 2014. The newly announced event will hit the Chicago metropolitan area on select nights from September 26 to November 1 at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Illinois.

Opening night will also feature a special one-night-only concert with Rob Zombie. "I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year," said Zombie. "My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year."

As previously announced, Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will also make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Arizona for select nights from September 19 to November 1.

Motley Crue Want Farewell To Be Happy Funeral
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Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee wants every show on their final tour to be like a "happy funeral." The band kicked off their run of global farewell performances at the beginning of this month, backed on the US dates by Alice Cooper.

Lee's feelings have been inspired by attending the wakes of friends and family. He tells the Reno Gazette Journal: "I find it so odd that after somebody's funeral, everybody gets together and has drinks and celebrates and parties.

"You're like, 'This is f***ing weird.' But there's something real cool about it because everybody's celebrating a life and death simultaneously - the beginning of something new and the end of something old. So I think we've figured out that's how we want this to play out: much like a happy funeral, a celebration."

Tom Petty To Rock Jimmy Kimmel
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will help launch their new album, "Hypnotic Eye", when they perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live this Thursday, July 31.

Due in stores Tuesday, the follow-up to 2010's is the band's first new studio album in four years. "Hypnotic Eye" will be available in CD, digital, high resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats.

The vinyl will be available as 1-LP or as 2-LPs inclusive of an additional track not available in any other format. A North American tour with Steve Winwood begins August 3rd in San Diego, California.

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson To Race At Event This Weekend
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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson will drive a mini in a race this coming weekend in his native UK. Johnson is set to take part in the Nostalgia Weekend at the Croft motor racing circuit near Darlington, a venue he used to visit in the 1960s to watch MG racing, according to The Journal.

He will be racing in a mini at the fifth Croft nostalgia event. "I was 17-and-a-half when I got my first car - a Ford Popular, sit-up-and-beg style and with only three gears," says the rocker. "That August, I was in my home village of Dunston near Gateshead with not much to do, when somebody said there was racing on at Croft - so on a rainy day and with just one windscreen wiper on this Popular, myself and two friends headed down there. We drove straight past the lady on the gate because we couldn't afford to buy tickets."

"Having got my initial taste of live motor racing at Croft, I jumped at the chance to race at the Nostalgia Weekend," Johnson continued. "I was recently one of the drivers in a Porsche 911 that finished first-in-class and 20th overall at the Le Mans Classic, but it'll be quite a departure from that car's big fat tires and rear wing to the little Mini I'll be driving this weekend!"

Accept Discuss New Album In Online Trailer
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In the first of three trailers to promote Accept's new album, Blind Rage, co-founding member Wolf Hoffmann says the band decided on the album title after seeing Dan Goldsworthy's cover artwork.

Hoffmann says: "This album was different from the last as we had the cover artwork very early on. When we saw it, everybody knew right away this was it. It felt like Accept and it felt right for us.

"None of the song titles we had worked with the cover so we figured we'd come up with something that symbolises what Accept and our music stand for and Blind Rage just seemed to be fitting. It says it all - it's about aggression. Metal has never been about love and peace, it's always been in your face and Blind Rage seemed to be totally fitting. If you look around the world, there's a lot of blind rage going on, so it seems to be very relevant.

Speaking on Accept's official website, Goldsworthy says it was an "honour" to work on the cover and reveals he's looking forward to hearing the album. Read about that and watch the trailer here.

Gary Numan Release 'I Am Dust' Video
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Gary Numan has launched a video for his single I Am Dust ahead of two live appearances in the UK. He'll headline the inaugural Alt-Fest in Northamptonshire next month, then play London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on November 28. He's just confirmed Gang Of Four as special guests for the London show.

The video was made with audio-visual artist Chris Corner, bets known for his IAMX project. Numan says: "was a very exciting promo to film. The wealth of creative ideas pouring from Chris was very impressive - he knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it. Plus he was able to translate those ideas into clear instructions for me to follow. It was hard work, to be honest, but very enjoyable."

I Am Dust is taken from an EP of the same name, available now via Mortal Records, as is Numan's latest album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). Watch the video here.

Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen Charity Album Fraudster Facing Jail
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A fraudster who conned investors out of nearly $600,000 by vowing to release a charity album featuring Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen faces up to four years behind bars.

Kasey Anderson from Portland, USA, also said he would host a concert in aid of the West Memphis Three - three men convicted of murdering three young boys in Arkansas that many believe were wrongly accused because of their love of heavy metal and their case was the subject of the "Paradise Lost" documentaries.

Anderson, 34, was caught defrauding 30 investors for the non-existent album and later also conned more money by claiming he was to host a live show featuring some of the album's apparent stars.

However, he was actually using the money to bankroll his own musical career. He says mental illness and drug abuse led him to lie to friends.

Mick Jagger Reflects On Meeting James Brown
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Mick Jagger says he wasn't interested in talking business with James Brown when the pair met in the 1960s. The Rolling Stone's financial abilities are regarded by many as one of the reasons his band make so much money.

But the frontman, whose production company will release Brown biopic Get On Up on Friday, suggests it wasn't always so - while admitted he learned many lessons from the Godfather of Soul.

"James was always very nice, very generous; but he talked about business a lot and I wasn't that interested," Jagger tells USA Today. "I'd listened to Live At The Apollo intently - you can hear he's a great performer, and I was picturing how he would dance. Then I went to see him at the Apollo and I was blown away. I was impressed by how hard he worked, and how he had the audience in the palm of his hand. That was a learning experience for me."

Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson Release Muddy Waters Cover
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Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson have released their version of Just To Be With You, recorded by Morganfield's father Muddy Waters in 1956. It's taken from For Pops, the pair's 14-track tribute to the late blues icon, set for launch on August 19 via Severn Records in the year of what would have been his 100th birthday.

Label boss and producer David Earl says the project came about after the launch of Morganfield's album Son Of The 7th Son and the Fabulous Thunderbirds' On The Verge. "The phone was ringing off the hook," Earl recalls. "The subject was always the same - 'You have to get Mud and Kim to do an album together.'"

The pair are joined on For Pops by Chicago blues guitarists Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck, bassist Steve Gomes and drummer Robb Stupka.

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Jon Bon Jovi Controversy Over Buffalo Bills Rumors
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An investment group that includes Jon Bon Jovi is looking to buy the NFL team the Buffalo Bills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. One of Bon Jovi's partners is Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is the former co-owner of the Arena Football League team the Philadelphia Soul.

The Hollywood Reporter's article also notes that the group is looking to build a new stadium in the Toronto area, which, if true, would likely be met with its share of controversy.

That's because under terms of the team's lease with the state and county, the Bills are not allowed to negotiate with anyone who, to their knowledge, has an intention of relocating the team before the end of the 2022 season, when the lease ends.

The team is being sold following the death of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in March. Although the Bon Jovi-led group has not said that the change in ownership would move the team from Buffalo, many believe that it is their intent to do so.

Kickstarter Campaign for film about the life of Chicago guitarist Terry Kath

During the formative years of rock and CHICAGO, Terry Kath was the heart and soul of the band and was considered one of the genre's greatest guitarists. Hendrix said Kath was better than him. However, Kath's life ended in early 1978 from a self-inflicted (but accidental) gunshot wound. His daughter, Michelle, was only 2 years old at the time. Now 38, she is producing a documentary about his life that will premier in 2015. Please visit terrykath.com to find out much more. Michelle Kath Sinclair lives in L.A. where she is a DJ. (As a side note, she also is Kiefer Sutherland's step daughter since her mother was married to him after Kath's death. She's also the wife of actor Adam Sinclair.). If you click on the kickstarter link below, you can view a snippet of the film that includes brief excerpts of interviews with current band members Walt Parazaider, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane and Jimmy Pankow, as well as former member Danny Seraphine, and another great guitarist - Joe Walsh. ELO's Jeff Lynne also is a supporter of this project. This documentary will touch on many aspects of Kath's life, including the circumstances surrounding his death - as you can tell from the preview on kickstarter.com.

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Black Stone Cherry Robbed
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Black Stone Cherry have appealed to fans to help find stolen equipment after their storage space was broken into. The band lost eight guitars, a set of cymbals a bass amp and more when thieves raided their shed in Glasgow, Kentucky.

BSC, who are currently touring in support of fourth album Magic Mountain, have posted pictures of the missing instruments. The band had the following to say in a statement:

"We normally wouldn't post about stuff like this, but these items mean a lot to us and we want to find them. If anyone knows the whereabouts, sees them anywhere or has any information, please contact the police."

Mike Portnoy Calls Out Dream Theater Fan Over T-Shirt
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Mike Portnoy has asked fans to show some sensitivity after being offended when a man appeared at a meet-and-greet wearing a Dream Theater shirt promoting the first album they made without him.

The drummer sensationally quit the band in 2010, leading to a chain of emotional claims and counter-claims from both parties - and although he tried to rejoin months later, they refused his approach because Mike Mangini had already been given his role. They went on to release eleventh studio album A Dramatic Turn Of Events in 2011, inspired by the lineup change and the adjustment of dynamic within the band.

Portnoy, who's currently touring with latest project the Winery Dogs, told of his unhappiness after a fan met him at a signing session in New York last week.

He wrote on Facebook: "Somebody came to my signing wearing a Dramatic Turn Of Events shirt. Really? Couldn't find a DT shirt from 1985-2010? Please try to use some sensibility/sensitivity when choosing a shirt for an MP event."

Iron Maiden Fans Launch Online Petition
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A group of Iron Maiden fans have launched an online petition to have Derek Riggs brought back on board as the band's artist. Riggs, who's credited with inventing the band's Eddie mascot, created every album cover from 1980's self-titled debut until 1990's No Prayer For The Dying, before his contribution was reduced.

There's been a flurry of online petition activity recently, with haters of Ghost launching a campaign to have the band split, and supporters lashing back with a counter-campaign.

Now Maiden fan Derek Tigner from the USA has joined the movement, and he's secured nearly 400 signatures on his petition. He says: "Derek Riggs' artwork and visual direction is second to none. Many fans view his artwork to be as influential as the music Maiden produces."