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KISS Stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Reunite On Stage
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Original KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunited for the first time in 16 years when the guitarist joined his former bandmate for four songs at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, and video from the event is streaming online.

"Before you were born - there he is - 1973, in New York City, this guy and I and two other guys put together a band we never saw onstage - let's hear it for Ace Frehley," Simmons told the crowd as he welcomed the rocker to the stage. "He still looks great, goddamn it, doesn't he?" as Frehley began the intro to "Parasite," from KISS' second album, 1974's "Hotter Than Hell."

Alongside Simmons solo touring lineup, the pair then delivered "Cold Gin" from the band's self-titled 1974 debut and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun", before inviting dozens of fans on stage for the finale of KISS' signature song, "Rock And Roll All Nite."

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life. Read more and watch video of the reunion jam here.

 

ROCK NEWS FOR 09/22/17

Stone Temple Pilots Stream Unreleased Song 'Only Dying'
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The Stone Temple Pilots are streaming a demo of "Only Dying", a previously unreleased song that will appear on the September 29 release of multiple 25th anniversary deluxe editions of their debut album, "Core."

Demoed early in their career, the band had considered contributing the tune to the soundtrack to 1994's "The Crow", but decided it would be in poor taste after the film's star, Brandon Lee, was accidentally shot dead on set during the final weeks of production. The Stone Temple Pilots track, "Big Empty", was included in the official soundtrack release.

"That song was a little bit of a different direction for us," bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone about 'Only Dying'. "It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions."

"I remember [singer] Scott [Weiland] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that ... I don't know what I was thinking," adds guitarist Dean DeLeo. "Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It's a song where I don't think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song."

"We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed," recalls drummer Eric Kretz. "It's cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott's voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It's a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions." Stream the song here.

Pete Townshend Reveals Secret Marriage and Sabbatical Plan
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There is a lot going on with The Who's Pete Townshend these days. The legendary guitarist made some rather major reveals on Facebook, including details regarding a secret marriage, and that he plans on stepping away from music for at least a year.

"At the end of this triumphant short tour of Classic Quadrophenia in the U.S., where Rachel showed off her incredible talent as an orchestral arranger, and I performed like a Broadway Ham…… it's time to make an announcement that she and I were married in December last year," Townshend shared on his official Facebook page.

"This is a very, very happy thing for both of us," he added about the marriage to his partner for more than 20 years. "We married nearly a year ago and did keep it as quiet as we could, telling only close family.

"Why did we keep it quiet? Really, we were being selfish," Townshend elaborated. "I have been away on tour so much in recent years, we just wanted to be together, and savour the moment."

In a separate post, the guitarist revealed that he's taking some time away from his career for a bit of personal time. "This has been a varied year for me. A lot of the usual things happening, and there are many new things a fairly long way in the future for me," he wrote. "I am preparing to take a one year 'sabbatical' from all the things I normally do in my career… I very doubt I will get paid as much as I do when I work with The Who, but this is really necessary for me. I so desperately need to do something new and different - and yet I don't really have a plan for what I might do. It will emerge I suppose." Read more here.

The Sex Pistols Expand Bollocks For 40th Anniversary
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The Sex Pistols will release an expanded 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their 1977 album debut, "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols", on October 27.

Originally issued in 2012, the 3CD/1DVD set - widely considered to be the definitive collection - has been out-of-print from some time. The 2017 budget-priced smaller-sized Deluxe Edition features the original studio album with b-sides from the era, a disc of outtakes and one disc of live material alongside a DVD featuring the band playing various venues, including the infamous 1977 boat party held on the River Thames in London that resulted in arrests, chaos and healines.

The package is accompanied by a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.

The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" arrives one day after the October 26 release of "1977: The Bollocks Diaries", a new book detailing "the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977" which saw the band record and release the album while making headlines throughout their native UK. Read more here.

Billy Joel In The Studio For The Stranger 40th Anniversary
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Billy Joel's 40th anniversary of his career-breaking album "The Stranger" is celebrated on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show
In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over these details:

Prior to the release of The Stranger in Fall 1977, Billy Joel had experienced his share of struggle, but his mental toughness, no doubt a product of his semi-professional boxing career, had prepared him to fight for his career. Joel tells

In The Studio host Redbeard about how he's battled through being typecast as simply a pop singles songwriter. Joel said, "If I was somebody out there who never knew Billy Joel's album work, but just knew me for my singles, I don't know if I'd be that crazy about me.... I was kinda laboring in obscurity to an extent, and when The Stranger album did hit, it became crystal clear to me what I wanted to do."

The Stranger album would be the first of a string of multi-platinum records for Joel. Songs like, "Just The Way You Are", "Movin' Out", "She's A Woman to Me" and "Only the Good Die Young" would catapult Joel into music's A-list and ultimately into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, becoming third only to The Beatles and Elvis Presley as the top-selling artist in U.S. history. Stream the episode here.


Guitar Legend Steve Hunter To Release New Album “Before The Lights Go Out”

The Deacon Of Rock Bites Back!

“Before The Lights Go Out” is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.

As with all Hunter's releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of “Mojo Man.”

Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on “Mojo Man,” Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On “Under The Bodhi Tree” is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the “Telling Stories” album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.

Says Steve, “This album was a real joy for me on many levels. A big part of the inspiration and motivation that kept me going; was from all the people out there who had faith in me and encouraged me through the entire process with their donations and comments. It was really a wonderful experience having you all be a part of it. It's my deepest hope and desire that you all enjoy the music on this album as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you and God bless!”

Watch the album sampler video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBYCZ_sPVVA  

Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.

From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper's “Billion Dollar Babies” album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel's “Solsbury Hill,” his “Intro” to Lou Reed's “Sweet Jane” and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith's version of “Train Kept A Rolling” Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper's 2017 album “Paranormal” making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.

Tracks:
1.   On The Edge Of Uncertainty
2.   Mojo Man
3.   Summer's Eve
4.   Cinderblock
5.   Softtail Deuce
6.   Tienes Mi Corazón (You Have My Heart)
7.   Ice Storm
8.   Under The Bodhi Tree
9.   The Other Side Of The Coin
10. Happy Trails  (vocal Karen Hunter)

Release date September 25, 2017

To pre-order Steve Hunter's “Before The Lights Go Out”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/before-the-lights-go-out/id1283875407

For more information:
http://www.stevehunter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/steve.hunter.54

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ROADCASE ROYALE, FEATURING NANCY WILSON (HEART) AND LIV WARFIELD (NEW POWER GENERATION) RELEASE FIRST THINGS FIRST THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

NANCY FEATURED ON NPR WEEKEND EDITION; BILLBOARD PREMIERES “THE DRAGON” TODAY, A SONG WRITTEN FOR THE LATE ALICE IN CHAINS FRONTMAN LAYNE STALEY

ON TOUR NOW

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase Royale.  The band will release their debut album, First Things First, this Friday, September 22, 2017.  The album was produced by fellow Roadcase Royale band member Dan Rothchild (Heart) along with the band.

Roadcase Royale has been busy doing press interviews and radio visits including NPR Weekend Edition, who recently interviewed Wilson - listen HERE, Billboard, who is premiering “The Dragon” today - Read/Listen HERE, a song written for the late Alice In Chains frontman, Layne Staley before his death. Other press such as Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Sirius XM, and Associated Press. BackStory Events recently live streamed a Q&A with Wilson & Warfield via Guitar World - watch it HERE.  Earlier this year, Rolling Stone premiered the live performance video of their debut single “Get Loud” saying, “…the band builds a funky, nimble groove, led by Warfield's soulful belting and the acoustic/electric guitar attack of Wilson and Prince protégé Ryan Waters.”  The video was shot by celebrated photographer, Neal Preston. Watch it HERE.  “Get Loud” with its laid-back groove, provides a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals – all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the group’s R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track.

Roadcase Royale’s version of the Heart song “These Dreams” is featured in the new Aaron Sorkin film, Molly’s Game, starring Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, and Kevin Costner. The film will make its official U.S. release nationwide on November 22, 2017.

“Roadcase Royale is a band I've always wanted to be in,” says Nancy Wilson. “We all write and create songs as a unit. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I'm amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That's why our first album is called First Things First.”

The name of the band, Roadcase Royale came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year.  Wilson said, “When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

In addition to Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals), Roadcase Royale features Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

The band will play several headline dates and Nancy is also the special guest on the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Silver Bullet Tour.  She’ll be playing with Roadcase Royale and performing songs off the new album as well as classic Heart favorites (see dates below).

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Roadcase Royale Headline Tour Dates:
Sept 24 @ The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
Sept 26 @ The State Theatre – State College, PA
Oct 1 @ Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
Oct 4 @ Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Oct 8 @ City Winery – Nashville, TN
Oct 15 @ Tower Theatre – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 17 @ Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
                     

Bob Seger Dates:
Thu 9/21/17 - Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
Sat 9/23/17 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Thu 9/28/17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Sat 9/30/17 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Thu 10/5/17 - Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Sat 10/7/17 - Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
Tue 10/10/17 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Thu 10/12/17 - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Sat 10/14/17 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Thu 10/19/17 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat 10/21/17 - Frisco, TX @ The Star
Tue 10/24/17 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Thu 10/26/17 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sat 10/28/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Thu 11/2/17 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Sat 11/4/17 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
Tue 11/7/17 — Boise, ID @ Ford Center
Thu 11/9/17 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Sat 11/11/17 — Seattle, WA @ KeyArena

EYELLUSION TO PRODUCE FRANK ZAPPA HOLOGRAM SHOWS

Company working with Zappa Family Trust on multiple groundbreaking productions that will feature former bandmates in celebration of late music legend's art, life and legacy.

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 - Eyellusion, live music's premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa, giving fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again. Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

"I'm thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material," said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. "We can't wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can't wait to give fans an unforgettable experience."

He continued, "Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing 'Valley Girl' onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank's legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn't enough Zappa coolness, we're also planning on staging Joe's Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer."

"Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums," said Diva Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. "He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality."

"We work closely with the Zappa family on their various projects, and look forward to sharing new Frank Zappa performances with his longtime fans, as well as expanding his audience to give new fans the opportunity to share in that experience" adds Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises.

"We are thrilled to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our lineup of planned live music hologram productions," said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion. "Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can't wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting."

In addition to working with Eyellusion on the creation of a Frank Zappa hologram, Ahmet Zappa will join the Eyellusion team leading global business development. Ahmet Zappa is an entrepreneur, a marketer, film and television screenwriter, producer and a New York Times best-selling author. His creative work spans engagements with Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures, The Jim Henson Company and Microsoft, on movies, graphic novels, the introduction of new characters and brands, breakthrough ad campaigns and more.

"I couldn't be more excited to join the Eyellusion family," said Ahmet Zappa. "There is a ton of untapped potential in this industry and I look forward to working with the team to build on the company's reputation as the premier holographic experience company, creating new original content and guiding the company into new markets, including family entertainment."

"Ahmet is a perfect fit for our growing team," Pezzuti continued. "He is tirelessly creative, can work seamlessly across music and visual productions and is highly respected throughout the industry. He will play an integral role in all that we do moving forward, bringing significant value to all of our future engagements."

Eyellusion launched publicly in 2016 at the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival in Germany with its hologram production of Ronnie James Dio performing "We Rock" with former members of the DIO Band. It was the first time a rock artist performed via hologram with a live band, sparking considerable buzz that ultimately drove interest in a full world tour. The "Dio Returns" tour will kick off in November 2017 with 80 to 100 performances throughout Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela, with more countries to be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit www.eyellusionlive.com and follow the company @eyellusionlive on Twitter and Instagram.

About Eyellusion

Eyellusion is a hologram entertainment company focused on the live music market. The company addresses full end-to-end hologram production needs, from live streaming to full digital recreation. As music industry business models evolve, Eyellusion is working with a fast-growing roster of artists to open up new revenue streams, expand touring capabilities and meet fan demand. The Eyellusion team brings decades of global music industry and live touring experience, combining deep expertise with cutting-edge production and hologram display capabilities. Eyellusion is based in Los Angeles with offices in New York. For more information, visit www.eyellusionlive.com.


New Book: "BOWIE: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY" - a Must for All Fans of David Bowie, publishing November 1, 2017

 Follow David Bowie’s career, from Ziggy Stardust to Tin Machine, from “Space Oddity” to Let’s Dance to Blackstar, in Bowie: The Illustrated Story (Voyageur Press / November 1, 2017 / US $40)

David Bowie released an incredible 27 studio albums, beginning with his eponymous 1967 debut and ending with Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January 2016. Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians and performers of the previous five decades, Bowie demolished what were thought to be the limitations of stagecraft in rock music, as well as proving it possible for an artist to constantly--and successfully--redefine himself. As a result, Bowie has been credited with inspiring genres as disparate as glam and punk rock.

This sharply written and gorgeously designed retrospective follows Bowie’s career from the folkie baroque rock of his debut, to his breakthrough single “Space Oddity,” and on to his flamboyant glam rock alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Author Pat Gilbert continues through Bowie’s soul phase, his electronic Berlin trilogy, his massive pop success in the 1980s, and his turn to electronica in the 1990s, as well as subsequent tours, notable performances, collaborations, and accolades. Nearly every page is illustrated with stunning concert and candid offstage photography, including gig posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, concert ticket stubs, and more. The result is a fitting tribute to one of the most influential and admired stars in rock history.  

Twenty-five years as a journalist, author, broadcaster, and one-time MOJO editor have taken Pat Gilbert on an oft-surreal journey, spiriting him from Paul McCartney's secret hideaway in Long Island to Island label boss Chris Blackwell's retreat at Golden Eye in Jamaica; from a spot on Sex Pistol Steve Jones' L.A. radio show to an animal rights protest with Chrissie Hynde in Central Park and a visit to Pentonville Prison in the company of Billy Bragg. He's been on tour with Oasis, and the Clash's Joe Strummer once gave him a lift home. He's shaken Smokey Robinson's hand. In 2006, he produced the BBC World Service documentary: Armies for Hire (presented by Peter Snow), about modern-day mercenaries, and in 2012 was nominated for a Sony Award for his BBC Radio 2 documentary Before I Get Old: The Story of Pete Townshend.


Invincible Space Rock God, NIK TURNER, co-founder of HAWKWIND, Returns With A Brand New Album & North American Tour!

Los Angeles, CA - The Return Of The Thunder Rider! Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner teleports back to Earth with a brand new album, Life In Space, to be released on September 29 via Purple Pyramid Records. The album features some of Nik’s most mature songs in years including the emotional opener “End Of The World” featuring a special guest performance by former Hawkwind/Pink Fairies member Paul Rudolph. Another Hawkwind alumnus, violinist Simon House, jumps on board for the space trippy “Why Are You?.” Turner also revisits one of the Hawkwind classics that he co-wrote, “Master Of The Universe,” giving the tune a modern twist. Life In Space will be available on both CD and colored vinyl (your choice of blue or white).

Frequently called “The Spirit Of Hawkwind,” Turner was a major creative force during that group’s most critically acclaimed and successful period, 1969-1976. His outlandish costumes, improvised sax and flute playing, and general wild man persona became iconic representations of the band, and we would go on to pen some of their most popular songs including “Brainstorm” and “Master of the Universe.” After leaving Hawkwind, Turner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in a fairly rural, isolated area. He has continued to release new music including 2013’s Space Gypsy, 2015’s Space Fusion Odyssey, and this year’s Life In Space.

Track List:
1. End Of The World
2. Why Are You?
3. Back To Earth
4. Secrets Of The Galaxy
5. Universal Mind
6. Approaching The Unknown
7. As You Were
8. Master Of The Universe

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/nik-turner-life-in-space-cd/
Buy the vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/nik-turner-life-in-space-limited-edition-colored-lp/
Buy the digital version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-in-space/id1280767092

 

STYX’s CHUCK PANOZZO: "FREE TO FACE THE LIFE THAT’S AHEAD OF ME"

(Watch video message from Chuck at http://bit.ly/2f8hh8i)

A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FOLLOWERS From Chuck Panozzo September 2017

Wilton Manors, FL

I am a gay man and a survivor of HIV.

I have lived with the struggle of being gay with HIV for quite some time. I was ashamed and stigmatized by my secrets.

It’s difficult enough to be different and even more challenging to live with big secrets. I have finally learned to enjoy my differences. Through the years, I struggled with my feelings about my diagnosis and found that the stigma of being HIV positive was actually worse than having the disease itself. I’ve wanted to release myself of this feeling for so long.  It became crippling.

I recently learned something while visiting the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center in Wilton Manors, Florida. With this, came a confrontation. I confronted my fear and found a tremendous freedom in doing so. Along with this came a learning experience and I became more aware of who I am and what I can do to change my feelings. I was so moved by the Museum’s mission that I have been able to experience a much greater personal power. I want to share my experience with you, so please watch the video which is part of this communication.  

WAM’s mission is to increase awareness and decrease the stigma of HIV/AIDS by Documenting, Remembering, Educating, Enlightening and Empowering.

I walked through this beautiful museum which tells the story of HIV and AIDS throughout the world and addresses the stigma that makes it so difficult for people to confront this disease. I realized that my story is shared by so many others. With 80 million infected people in the world, I wondered how could there be only one AIDS museum? The only answer is stigma. Every time I tell my story, I become a little freer, and a little more comfortable in my own skin. I want everyone who is confronted, either infected or affected by HIV, to have that opportunity to grow from the challenge.

The isolation of stigma is life-threatening. The light of education is life-saving. The fellowship of friends and family is health-giving. “What the band has taught me psychologically is that I need to go out and be with my band as they continue their legacy in the rock n’ roll world. How could that not help me in my growth process? I have a band that is willing to make sure that I stay healthy.”

I want you to know that this is something I don’t normally do. The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center helps to enlighten survivors and eliminate the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. Because this is such a life-changing place, I need to reach out to you and ask that you do two things.

Please “Like” the Museum’s Facebook Page and invite your friends to do the same. You can visit this informative page here.  You can also visit their website here.

If you’ve been touched by my story or know anyone who is going through the same thing, please donate $10.00, $20.00 or any amount you choose to the Museum today. I cannot stress enough how important this organization is to the world.

Please DONATE to make your donation of $10.00, $20.00, or any amount you choose.

Thank you for allowing me to share my personal story and taking the time to learn about the importance of The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. I promise that your donation will make a difference in many lives.

Video message from Chuck Panozzo (ok to post online): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubQHNBpuAmM&feature=youtu.be

World AIDS Museum donation page (ok to post online): http://www.worldaidsmuseum.org/styx-fan-donation-page/

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Cancels Fall Tour
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Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has announced that he has cancelled his fall solo tour of Europe. The tour was to be in support of Rudd's 2014 solo album debut, "Head Job."

"As you will know we had to very reluctantly cancel and/or postpone the Phil Rudd Band shows scheduled in the UK between 14th and 21st September 2017," announced Rudd on his social media sites. "It is now with deep regret the we are forced to cancel and/or postpone the remaining shows booked in from 22nd September and 6th November 2017.

"Unforeseen last-minute circumstances and key logistical and technical issues have resulted in having to take this much regrettable action that no one could foresee or want.

"Phil remains in good health and circumstances beyond his control have taken place for which we duly apologise for any & all inconvenience caused to promoters, agent and most of all the fans."

Rudd and his band are hoping to reschedule the fall dates in the spring of 2018, if possible. Read more here.

Bruce Springsteen Releases '78 Show for Hurricane Relief
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Classic Bruce Springsteen is coming down the pike, and it's for a good cause. The Boss is to set to release a 1978 concert in Houston, TX, with the E Street Band with proceeds earmarked for the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, which will help those affected by the hurricane devastation in Texas as well as in Florida.

Originally released as part of the Darkness on the Edge of Town box set from 2010, the recording captures the last leg of that album's tour, with the band rolling out "Streets of Fire," "Because the Night" and early version of songs that would end up on The River, including 'Point Blank" and 'The Ties That Bind."

Recorded in September of 1978, the show even finds Springsteen and company running through the holiday classic, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Read more here.

Bob Dylan Announces 'Gospel Years' Bootleg Box Set
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Bob Dylan is set to release a new box set that chronicles his "gospel years" of 1979-1981, when the legendary singer-songwriter came out as a born-again Christian and produced the albums Slow Train Coming, Saved, and Shot of Love.

The set, Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981, will be the latest in Dylan's ongoing bootleg series. It will be available as a two-CD or four-LP set, as well as a deluxe box version, featuring eight CDs and one DVD.

The deluxe edition will feature 100 previously unreleased live and studio recordings, including 14 songs never before included on an official Dylan release. Read more here.

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THE BOOK OF SOULS:  LIVE CHAPTER TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING IRON MAIDEN LIVE ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 17TH

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 20, 2017 - BMG will release IRON MAIDEN’s The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter on November 17th in the U.S. [through Warner Music rest of world] This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during The Book Of Souls World Tour, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download – full details below.

Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from The Book Of Souls, the band's most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favorites.

Steve comments, "We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favorites as Donington or Wacken.”

Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, "The Book Of Souls World Tour was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed-Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and U.K. tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to The Book of Souls release.

"On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”

More details on how to take part in this one-off event will be published on IronMaiden.com
 shortly.

The full tracklisting and the cities they were recorded in, is as follows:

If Eternity Should Fail – Sydney, Australia
Speed of Light - Cape Town, South Africa
Wrathchild – Dublin, Ireland
Children of the Damned – Montreal, Canada
Death or Glory – Wroclaw, Poland
The Red and the Black – Tokyo, Japan
The Trooper - San Salvador, El Salvador
Powerslave – Trieste, Italy
The Great Unknown – Newcastle, UK
The Book of Souls – Donington, UK
Fear of the Dark – Fortaleza, Brazil
Iron Maiden - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Number of the Beast – Wacken, Germany
Blood Brothers – Donington, UK
Wasted Years - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The album will replicate The Book Of Souls original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP, and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.

Deep Purple Singer Addresses Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Idea
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Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan says in a new interview that while there is "no great animosity" between him and original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, he says that a one off reunion will not be happening for the sake of the fans.

Gillan spoke with The Vinyl Guide podcast (via Ultimate Classic Rock) about the idea floated by Blackmore for the band to reunite for a special one night only show. Ian had this to say, "Ritchie was a difficult character - there's no denying that. Ritchie and the band got divorced. He walked out in the middle of a tour, and the rain stopped and the sun came out for the band. It was like that. Ian Paice came alive again; he was a happy guy. And Jon Lord regained his gravitas, and Roger [Glover] came out from under a rock. Everyone started being a normal person again."

Gillan then went on to talk about the experience with Blackmore's towards the end with Deep Purple as "a big cloud on the social, musical and professional scene. As Ian puts it best: Why would I go back to that misery again? It's like somebody saying, 'You're happily married now, but we want you to get back together with your divorced wife, with which there's been much bitterness over the years.' Just for the sake of the fans. It's not gonna happen."

Punk Band Accidentally Pressed Onto Beyonce Vinyl
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A new vinyl collectible has accidentally hit the market. Sony's German record pressing plant recently goofed and printed music from Canadian punk band Zex onto Beyonce's Lemonade LP.

"Some people have been writing to the band offering to sell their copy to us, at exorbitant prices," Zex guitarist Jo Galipeau told Slate. "A lot of them have said, 'Oh I like the surprise that I got on the other side, it's good music,' even though it's not what they paid for."

Lemonade only recently received a vinyl release — more than a year after the original album dropped. The German plant, Celebrate Records, blamed "human error" for the misprint. It's unclear how many copies of Zex's Uphill Battle were printed onto the yellow vinyl meant to contain Bey's Lemonade.

Zex announced the error in a video on their Facebook page. Beyonce's label Columbia Records has apologized for the mistake offered to send unhappy customers who bought the misprint free replacement copies. Read more here.

Marilyn Manson Says Trent Reznor Feud In History
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Marilyn Manson has revealed that his long-running feud with Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor is over. The revelation came during an interview with Zane Lowe, where Manson explained how the reconciliation was precipitated in large part by the HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones.

"I liked The Defiant Ones because it also made me think about Trent and made me reach out to him, because he's the one who actually sent me an e-mail and we had sort of mended ways after a long time," Manson explained.

"He emailed me and said, 'So, I'm just passing this along from Jimmy, so I can say I did it.' He goes, something along the lines of, 'Even if it p—– me off that music's not dangerous anymore, it reminds me of how great you were and I was and that era."

Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor have a long history together, with Reznor signing Manson to his Nothing label back in 1995 and producing or co-producing his first two studio albums. The two would go on to have a very public falling out, which now seems to be mended.

Manson added that he would "absolutely" like to collaborate with Reznor again in the future. Read more here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBY CLARKE EMBARKS ON A STRING OF SEVEN HEADLINE CANADIAN DATES

Special Guest Band THE ROAD HEAVY to Open

Special Appearance and Performance By Clarke at the

KISS CF GOODBYE in TORONTO for Cystic Fibrosis

HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 18, 2017) – Gilby Clarke embarks with his solo band on a Canadian micro tour - kicking off in Barrie, ON at Mavericks. The Gilby Clarke band is a well-oiled three-piece that comprises of Gilby Clarke (vocals/guitar), EJ Curse (bass) and Dustin Steinke (drums). Opening up the night is Ontario’s very own The Road Heavy!

Clarke will also circle back to Toronto on September 30th to The Opera House for the KISS CF Goodbye charity benefit concert. This special concert will raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis - the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure. CF is a multi-system disorder that mainly affects the digestive system and lungs.

Joining Clarke at this charity event will be: Rock And Roll Over (KISS Tribute), Ozone Baby (Led Zeppelin Tribute), Staring At The Sun (U2 Tribute).?

Best known for his tour of duty with Guns n’ Roses, Gilby Clarke was 17 when he traded Cleveland for Hollywood. A troubadour in the Ronnie Wood tradition: a barroom brawler with a Stones-y swagger, plus a catalog of well-written ditties. Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history - Clarke went solo & came out swinging with PawnShop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: Tijuana Jail, Cure Me… Or Kill Me… & The Stone’s Dead Flowers put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.

TOUR DATES:
9/21 - Mavericks -                 Barrie, ON
9/22 - Maxwells -                   Waterloo, ON
9/23 - Col Mustards -             Newmarket, ON
9/26 - This Ain't Hollywood - Hamilton, ON
9/27 - The Warehouse -        St. Catharines, ON
9/28 - The Rockpile -             Toronto, ON
9/29 - The Brass Monkey -    Ottawa, ON
9/30 – The Opera House –   Toronto, ON        Kiss CF Goodbye 3 - Special Appearance

For more information on Gilby Clarke, tour and new music go to: www.gilbyclarke.com or www.facebook.com/gilbyclarkefanpage


MADAME MAYHEM TO UNLEASH ‘READY FOR ME’ THIS FALL!

Madame Mayhem is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life - merging theatricality with hard-hitting, rocking tunes. And on October 20, 2017, she will be unveiling a brand new album, ‘Ready for Me’ (via Metalville label in the UK and Europe, and HeadBall Records in the US). The just-completed album features a powerhouse team of rock talent, including producer Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence), and both Bevan Davies and Ryan Bennett (Madame Mayhem) on drums. 

Youtube link for album teaser here: https://youtu.be/pGcS0y6Zris

“All the songs on this album are super personal to me,” explains Mayhem. “About my frustrations, trying to get through the rough times, my anxieties and insecurities, some messed up stuff that has happened to me along the way, relationship devastation, you name it. I noticed it only afterwards that audiences are really getting 'the dirt' on me through this album. I was super honest, vulnerable, and didn't hold back during the writing process of these songs. Corey Lowery and I are a great team because he makes me feel comfortable to spill my guts during writing sessions, and during recordings, to re live these situations I am writing about so whoever is listening gets all of what we wanted to give. 

And it turns out the album’s first single/video is the perfect intro to the album - a song titled “All Around the World.”

"All Around The World’ is really about feeling like it's you against the world, and racing against time. It's about the pressures to succeed in such a short amount of time, people thinking they know best, and are lost in their own worlds, only concerned about themselves. In this rat race we all live in today, it's getting harder and harder to break through, even if you work your ass off. The sound is upbeat, kind of a more pop punk ish vibe. Corey Lowery and I thought, though we usually are huge fans of incorporating harmonies in our arrangements, that since this song is really about feeling like it's just you against the world, so we tried to make it sound like just one melody line, one voice, against all this hard hitting music. The verses are also supposed to make you feel that anxiety and panic that I have on a daily basis, as I'm sure many of us do. But its a super fun song to rock out to when you are just listening to it without over analyzing it.” 

Other album standouts include "War You Started" (“Hard hitting high energy - first track off the album to get listeners pumped up definitely one of my favorites!!! Also one of our favorites to kick off our sets with!”) Also, “So Wrong (Lay You To Rest),” “It’s about some really dark messed up stuff I went through and the rage that was building inside me because of it - about laying to rest the stress I was having over the situation. This song is also hard hitting and the vibes from the verse-pre chorus-chorus, even the breakdown and solo take you through the different stages of the feelings one can go through when dealing with traumatic experiences; and the relief you have when you finally tell a loved one or anyone that thing that you tried to bury inside you that you didn’t know was holding you back.”). Plus, the album-closing title track. “’Ready for Me’ is the name of the album and the 13th/final track on the record. I thought it would be a strong album title because it's basically - Are you ready for me? I don't think you're ready for me; ready for me or not, here I am.”).

Physical CD pre order for North America here : http://madamemayhem.com/product/ready-for-me-cd/  
(Digital pre orders coming soon for North America) 

With hard rock roots and melodies that show off her vocal range, Madame Mayhem is excited to bring these new, unreleased songs to the masses this fall, as she will be hitting the road with Austin John Winkler (formerly the voice of Hinder) and Smile Empty Soul this fall on the Love Sick Radio Tour (presented by M7 Agency) in the U.S.A., before heading over to Europe and the U.K. for dates with Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar. 

“I am so excited to play this new music live! Really looking forward to touring Europe and The UK in October and November 2017!”

The singer has performed across the United States to packed rooms, including B.B.King Blues Club, The Roxy, The Viper Room, Bowery Ballroom, Knitting Factory, a residency at The Cutting Room, the Bluebird Café during Grammy nomination week, Shiprocked Cruise 2017, Sunfest 2017, Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2017, and has performed on national tours with renowned and respected artists such as Doro and Mushroomhead. 
 
Madame Mayhem has been covered in both fashion and rock music media worldwide, which includes feature coverage in Aquarian Weekly, Brave Words, Fashion Style, Gannett, Guitar World, KNAC, Loudwire (her music videos have been top 10 for multiple weeks), New Noise, Revolver, The Day In Rock, listed in ROCKwell UnScene Magazine’s top 5 Best Female Vocalists of 2016, and more. Additionally, she made most added on the CMJ Loud Radio Charts with over 60 stations nationally in the United States. 

With ‘Ready for Me’ and tour dates on the horizon, Madame Mayhem is setting the stage for what promises to be a big 2018 with this string of worldwide tour dates in 2017!

‘READY FOR ME’ TRACKLISTING:
01. War You Started
02. Wake Up (Enemy)
03. Hurt Me
04. Innocent
05. All Around The World
06. Number One
07. Stand Up
08. Say Go
09. Before You Burn
10. Original
11. Slow It Down
12. So Wrong (Lay You To Rest)
13. Ready For Me

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
www.MadameMayhem.com 
www.Facebook.com/MadameMayhem 
www.Twitter.com/MayhemOfficial 
www.youtube.com/MadameMayhemOfficial

STEVEN WILSON ANNOUNCES 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM TO THE BONE OUT NOW
VIDEO FOR "NOWHERE NOW" JUST LANDED — WATCH

Steven Wilson released his critically acclaimed new album To the Bone this past August, with international music critics lauding the artist for continuing to expand his musical boundaries. Wilson will return to North America for a Spring 2018 tour in support of the album.

Wilson, described by Planet Rock as "one of the most prolific and unrivalled artists of our time," will launch the trek on April 20 in Quebec. The tour runs through May 14 in Phoenix, Arizona and will stop in major cities along the way.

Wilson's live performances are often unforgettable, like the time he performed at New York City's The Beacon Theater without being able to use his voice. It was a show that Rolling Stone hailed as "stirring" and highlighted the "pop determination that runs through Wilson's dense layers of shadow and rhythmic restlessness."

All Steven Wilson North American tour dates are below. 

The video for "Nowhere Now" has arrived, as well. Watch it here.

"Nowhere Now" is a gloriously soaring paean to the joys of everyday escapism. The video for the track was shot on location at and around Atacama Large Millimeter Array (Alma) in Chile – the world famous, high altitude radio telescope array. The video was directed and edited by Wilson's long time visual collaborator Lasse Hoile. 

Upon release, To the Bone debuted at a career-high Top 3 on the Independent Albums chart, and Top 10 on the Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Albums Charts. It also landed at #3 on the UK charts, which was another career high, and at #1 on the Finnish Albums Chart.


STEVEN WILSON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
4/20 — Quebec City, QC — Palais Montcalm
4/21 — Montreal, QC — Olympia
4/22 — Toronto, ON — Danforth Music Hall    
4/24 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
4/25 — Philadelphia, PA — Keswick Theater
4/27 — Boston, MA — Berklee Performance Center
4/28 — New York, NY — Playstation Theater
4/29 — New York, NY — Playstation Theater        
5/1 — Chicago, IL — Vic Theater
5/2 — Chicago, IL — Vic Theater
5/3 — Milwaukee, WI — Pabst Theatre
5/5 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theater
5/6 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot      
5/8 — Seattle, WA — Showbox SoDo
5/9 — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom
5/11 — San Francisco, CA — Fillmore
5/12 — Los Angeles, CA — The Wiltern
5/13 — San Diego — House of Blues
5/14 — Phoenix, AZ — Celebrity Theater
 
ICYMI: 
 Listen to "Pariah" here and watch the video here.
Listen "The Same Asylum As Before" here.
Listen to "Song of I" and read an exclusive interview with Billboard here
Watch the video for "Permanating," a piano-driven, sun-soaked pop song that extols the virtues of nostalgia as escapism, here.
Check out "Refuge" here.

Linkin Park Announce Chester Bennington Tribute Concert
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Linkin Park will honor their late bandmate, Chester Bennington, with a tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27. Performing together for the first time since Bennington's July 20 suicide at the age of 41, the group's surviving members will be joined by a number of other artists while raising money for Music For Relief's One More Light Fund in his memory.

A Linkin Park Underground pre-sale starts Tuesday, September 19 at 12 pm Los Angeles time, with public tickets available Friday, September 22 at 10 am Los Angeles time via Ticketmaster.

In sync with the tribute concert news, the band also issued a video for the title track to their current album, "One More Light", directed by Joe Hahn and Mark Fiore.

"It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it," says Hahn of the clip, which features images of Bennington on and off stage. "I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it.

"As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection."

"One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone," adds Mike Shinoda. "We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can't wait to see you again." Watch the video here.

Metallica Release Live Video Of Rarity Performance
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Metallica performed the 1991 rarity, "Of Wolf And Man", at Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France on September 12, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The band delivered the first appearance of the "Black" album track in four years during the show, part of the group's European tour in support of their latest set, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

The two-disc set was produced by Greg Fidelman, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield. A Deluxe Edition of the package adds a bonus disc of rarities and covers, including takes on tracks by Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Rainbow, and the group's full set at Rasputin's in Berkeley, California on Record Store Day 2016 to celebrate the reissues of "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning."

The fall European run will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November, after which Metallica will release a series of 30th anniversary reissues of their 1986 album classic, "Master Of Puppets", on November 10. Watch the video here.

Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert Lineup Revealed
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It's been almost one year since Leonard Cohen passed away last November, and to commemorate the anniversary, Cohen's It's been almost one year since Leonard Cohen passed away last November, and to commemorate the anniversary, Cohen's has announced a star-studded tribute concert. Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen will feature Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Feist, Damien Rice, k.d. Lang, composer Philip Glass and more.

The concert will take place November 6 in Montreal, Quebec where Cohen was born and raised. Proceeds will benefit Canada Council--the government trust that helped fund Cohen's early writing career. The Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the Montreal Arts Council will also receive a share of the proceeds. Cohen's son Adam, one of the event's lead organizers, sat down with Billboard to discuss how the concert came together.

"There were so many groups of people expressing beautiful interest in commemorating and memorializing and paying tribute to my old man," he said. "Instead of having it be a whole bunch of candles burning in various places, we wanted to pull a bunch of disparate pieces together and make a big bonfire, a big sight on a hill." Read more here.

Paul McCartney And Bruce Springsteen Jam Beatles Classic
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Paul McCartney fans attending his concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday night (Sept. 15) got more than the paid for when Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt joined Sir Paul onstage.

After chants of "Bruce!" echoed through the arena, McCartney and Springsteen performed the Beatles' classic "I Saw Her Standing There" not once, but twice.

"Are you guys ready to rock?" McCartney asked the crowd as Springsteen and Van Zandt strapped on their guitars. The Boss was all smiles and he bowed down to McCartney before they started the song. They played the tune twice because, even though first go-through rocked, well, he wanted to do it again. And at his shows, he's the boss.

"Rockin' out with The Boss-Sounded so good we had to do it twice!" McCartney later posted on Instagram with a photo of him and Springsteen jamming together. Watch fan footage of the eight-minute performance of "I Saw Her Standing There" here.

STYX & DON FELDER: RENEGADES IN THE FAST LANE PRESENTED BY SIRIUSXM WILL BE BURNIN’ UP THE LAS VEGAS STRIP FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR EXCLUSIVELY AT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS JANUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 3, 2018

 Tickets On Sale Friday, September 22 At 10 a.m. PT

September 18, 2017 – “The jig is up, the news is out…”

STYX and DON FELDER will be burnin’ up the Las Vegas Strip with their “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane” show presented by SiriusXM with another unforgettable five-night limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas on January 26, 27, 31 and February 2, 3, 2018.

STYX’s and DON FELDER’s VIP packages and Artist pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 20 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com. Grazie loyalty members and Live Nation customers will receive access to a pre-sale beginning Thursday, September 21 at 10 a.m. PT. All presales will end Thursday, September 21 at 10 p.m. PT. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 22 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, which start at $59, $79, $99, $139, and $299 for the front row, plus applicable fees. They will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, venetian.com, any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, or by calling 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469. For all news and information about both artists visit their official websites, Styxworld.com and DonFelder.com.

The official trailer for “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane” can be seen here: http://bit.ly/StyxFelderVegas2.

For these special performances, STYX--Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—has created an exclusive set list and brand new stage production. DON FELDER is also working on some exciting plans of his own for the residency. The multi-show run will pay tribute to both STYX’s and DON FELDER’s combined 45-plus years as one of the most successful rock and roll bands in history and one of rock’s most illustrious guitar legends.

As STYX’s Tommy Shaw explains, “After our ‘Renegades In The Fast Lane’ residency earlier this year, we kept hearing the question, ‘Will there be more dates?’ Well the answer is, YES! We had such a great time trading stage time with Don Felder. First being his band playing a set from his former band, Eagles, and then having Don join us to play some STYX songs. Now we are returning for another round of shows!!!”

While STYX’s James “JY” Young is “Very excited to take the stage once again with our brother in arms, Don Felder, and be back at that amazing and beautiful theatre at The Venetian in Las Vegas. We had a blast last year and we are excited to go back. Viva Las Vegas!”

DON FELDER agrees, “I’m truly looking forward to returning to The Venetian with my buddies, STYX.  We had such a great time last year, and we’re coming back again to rock it in January 2018. Two of my favorite things are playing with STYX and rocking in Las Vegas. Doesn’t get much better than that! Can’t wait to see you there.”

As Mike Weatherford of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote about 2017’s “Renegades In The Fast Lane,” STYX is “...today’s perennial Vegas showmen...every tune is impeccably played and spot-on in its musicianship...Of all the classic rock groups, STYX maybe left the most bread crumbs to a Las Vegas future with the camp Broadway flair of 1981’s PARADISE THEATRE.”

STYX – The multi-Platinum rockers would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.  Over the course of their 40-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, and Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums. September 2, 2016 marked the long-awaited release date of STYX: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It captures the band performing in July 2014 such fan favorites as:  “Too Much Time On My Hands.” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and more. It also includes a special surprise visit from DON FELDER for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).” It was released on CD July 24, 2015. STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

After 14 years, STYX’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding album to date, THE MISSION, was finally released June 16, 2017 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. It debuted on various Billboard charts, including: #6 Top Rock Albums, #11 Physical Albums, #11 Vinyl Albums, #13 Current Albums, #14 Billboard Top Albums, #16 Retail, #17 Mass Merch/Non-Traditional, #29 Digital Albums, and #45 Billboard 200 (includes catalog and streaming).

DON FELDER – formerly of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), ROAD TO FOREVER, on October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since.  To coincide with the launch of “The Soundtrack of Summer,” the album was re-released with four additional songs, ROAD TO FOREVER: EXTENDED EDITION, via INGrooves Music Group.  FELDER’s ROAD TO FOREVER originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27.  "Girls In Black," the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by FELDER and Styx’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.  FELDER wrote or co-wrote all the songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the album, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers including:  David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto, Randy Jackson, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and others. It was produced by FELDER along with Robin DiMaggio (Posse 2.0 bandleader on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” United Nations’ Musical Director).

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REVOLUTION SAINTS RELEASE THIRD VIDEO, “I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING,” FROM HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND ALBUM, ‘LIGHT IN THE DARK,’ DUE OUT OCTOBER 13TH ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL

https://youtu.be/78OhGPNw9iI

 September 18, 2017 -- REVOLUTION SAINTS—Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO), Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)—released the third video, “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing,” from their highly anticipated second album, which premiered on UltimateClassicRock.com this morning and can now be seen here:

https://youtu.be/78OhGPNw9iI.

It was directed by Maurizio Del Piccolo of Moviedel, and it was shot at Villa Bossi in Bodio Lomnago, Varese, Italy.

“I Wouldn't Change A Thing" was originally written by Richard Page from Mr. Mister,” says Castronovo, “and Serafino wanted us to do it our way. The first time I heard it, I got a bit choked up. It’s a beautiful ballad that Doug got a hold of and put his stamp on it.”

"The song was filmed at magnificent historic home outside of Milano, Italy,” Aldrich continues. “It was a rainy day and really had a great vibe for the video. We spent most of the day going for the basic shots and the actors did the love scenes later. There was some steamy stuff going on in the script and I decided it was a bit too racy for me, so I decided to help the chef with his pesto sauce! It is a beautiful song and a nice video. I was very happy about how the solo guitar worked and Deen just shines!!"

LIGHT IN THE DARK is due out October 13 on Frontiers Music Srl, and will be available on CD, CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (includes live bonus tracks on the CD and on the DVD, footage from the band’s first-ever live performance captured at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan this past April, a “Making Of” mini-documentary, and music videos for “Light In The Dark” and “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing”), Vinyl, and as a special Limited Edition Box Set (includes the Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, 180g Vinyl, T-shirt (size L), poster, lithograph and sticker). Pre-orders for all formats can be made at the following locations:

Pre-orders: http://radi.al/LightInTheDark
• Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
• Amazon: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkAmazon  
• iTunes: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkiTunes
• Google Play: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkGooglePl

You can also listen to REVOLUTION SAINTS' newest music on Spotify here: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkSpotify

LIGHT IN THE DARK builds off the classic melodic rock style of the debut, but fans should prepare for a somehow even more inspired set and a few (pleasant) surprises. Inspiring, uplifting, emotionally powerful, and thoughtful, this album WILL be the soundtrack to many a moment in your life.

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JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ON JANUARY 12TH

G3 U.S. TOUR SET TO LAUNCH ON JANUARY 11TH

Tour features Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) & Phil Collen (Def Leppard)

“Beyond the Supernova” Documentary by ZZ Satriani to Premiere at Mill Valley Film Festival – October 14th

(San Francisco, CA) September 18, 2017 – World-renowned guitar virtuoso, JOE SATRIANI, announces the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release, January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings.  Just a day prior to the album release, SATRIANI revives his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him.  The G3 tour launches on January 11 in Seattle, WA and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee, WI.  There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages.  Visit  https://lnk.to/WHN for more information, pre-sale opportunities and specific market pre-sale and on-sale dates.

The new, instrumentally electrifying album features a power trio of legendary status; SATRIANI on guitar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), the latter reuniting with SATRIANI for the first time since their work in the supergroup Chickenfoot. SATRIANI is once again joined by producer/engineer/mixer Mike Fraser, his frequent collaborator over the last 20 years, on What Happens Next. Fraser is well-known for recording/mixing every AC/DC album since 1990’s The Razors Edge along with his classic works with SATRIANI going back to the release of Crystal Planet in 1998.

These new tracks literally vibrate the soul with an energy rarely found these days. From the dynamic opening track, “Energy”, to the majestic crunch of “Thunder High On The Mountain”, and the easy, sensual cords of “Smooth Soul”. This unparalleled rock-rhythm section gives What Happens Next a depth of groove that sets it apart from SATRIANI’s other work.

Since its debut in 1996, SATRIANI’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. “I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” SATRIANI says with a laugh, “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

In addition to this new album and exciting tour news, a new documentary “Beyond the Supernova” shot by SATRIANI’s filmmaker son, ZZ, makes its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival this October.  The tour documentary chronicles Joe, along with his band and crew, on their last “Shockwave Supernova” tour throughout Europe and Asia.

Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir first released in May 2014 will now be available in paperback.  Pre-orders are available now with the official release on November 7, 2017.  The paperback version includes a new chapter focusing on SATRIANI’s last album, Shockwave Supernova. Read an excerpt from the new chapter HERE.

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza.  SATRIANI’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT DELIVER CHRISTMAS WISHES WITH THE RELEASE OF WINTER CAROLS ~WITH THREE NEW RECORDED SONGS~

AVAILABLE VIA DIGITAL FORMATS ON SEPTEMBER 22  CD OUT OCTOBER 13
~Via Minstrel Hall Music~

New York, NY (September 18, 2017)—Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th Century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his “renaissance rock” project, Blackmore’s Night. Together, with award-winning vocalist / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, (often compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter), Blackmore’s Night is currently celebrating the band's 20th Anniversary.

Passionate about the musical melodies and styles of the past, combined with their love for the spirit of the holiday season, they recorded Winter Carols to share with their fans, friends and Blackmore's Night families. Winter Carols is holiday music at its best, performed and sung as it was hundreds of years ago, when the peasants and royalty alike shared the jovial spirit of the holidays. For this very special re-release of their holiday album (out on digital formats on September 22, on CD October 13), Blackmore’s Night included three brand new recordings of “Deck The Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “Oh Christmas Tree”. Each song, arranged by Ritchie Blackmore, is lovingly filtered through the Blackmore’s Night prism, given an eclectic Renaissance touch topped with Candice Night’s ethereal vocals.

It’s this love of Renaissance-based and classical melodies that endears Blackmore’s Night to hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Their unique genre is classified as "fantasy music for all ages."

“The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness,” says Candice. “We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round—so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in.”

“The origin of the word ‘carol’ means ‘dance’,’” adds Ritchie. “I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!”

Celebrate the holiday season with Blackmore’s Night!

For more information, please visit www.Blackmores-Night.com.

Track Listing

1) Deck The Halls
2) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3) Oh Christmas Tree
4) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful
5) I Saw Three Ships
6) Winter (Basse Dance)
7) Ding Dong Merrily On High
8) Ma-O-Tzur
9) Good King Wencesla
10) Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
11) We Three Kings
12) Wish You Were Here
13) Emmanuel
14) Christmas Eve
15) We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Ace Frehley Reunites With Frehley's Comet Members
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Ace Frehley reunited with a pair of his Frehley's Comet bandmates during his September 15 show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY, and video of the performance is streaming online.

Vocalist Tod Howarth and bassist John Regan joined Frehley to perform "Rock Soliders" from Frehley's Comet's 1987 self-titled debut, and the 1974 KISS classic, "Cold Gin", as the final two tunes in Frehley's main set before the guitarist returned for an encore.

The pair were members of Frehley's first solo project after leaving KISS in 1982, appearing on both the debut and 1988's "Second Sighting" leases. The reunion took place by chance as Howarth and Regan's current band, Four By Fate, were also performing at the Poughkeepsie venue on a three-band bill headlined by Frehley. Four By Fate - which also includes guitarist Pat Gasperini and ex-Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso - released their album debut, "Relentless", last year.

Frehley will have another reunion with a former bandmate on September 20 when he joins fellow original KISS member Gene Simmons for a performance at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey. Watch video of the reunion jam here.

U2 Cancel St. Louis Concert Over Security Concerns
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U2 cancelled their scheduled September 16 concert at the Dome At America's Center in St. Louis. MO over security concerns as protests in the Midwest city erupted following news that a white former police officer had been acquitted in the 2011 shooting of a black driver.

"We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size," said U2 and promoters Live Nation in a joint statement on Saturday. "We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

"In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."

Fans who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the credit card tickets were ordered on. Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available starting September 18 at 10am at point of purchase.

CNN reports protesters in St. Louis blocked highways and threw rocks at the mayor's house Friday after former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the 2011 shooting death of driver Anthony Lamar Smith. Read more here.

David Lee Roth Live Performance Streaming Online
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David Lee Roth performed at a benefit for The Brent Shapiro Foundation at a private estate in Beverly Hills, CA on September 9, and video from the event is streaming online

The Van Halen frontman delivered a four-song set that featured a pair of covers from his 1985 EP, "Crazy From The Heat" - "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" and "California Girls" - alongside Van Halen's 1978 cover of John Brim's "Ice Cream Man", and the band's only US No. 1 hit, "Jump."

Hosted by actor Mario Lopez, the "Summer Spectacular Under The Stars" event raised more than $1 million for drug awareness and prevention programs by The Brent Shapiro Foundation.

Launched by Robert and Linell Shapiro, the organization is named in honor of their late son, who battled with alcohol and drugs on and off throughout his short life before passing away after a night of substance abuse at the age of 24.

The foundation and its signature Brent's Club program works in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Club Of America to provide incentives for kids to abstain from drugs. Watch the full set here.

Rolling Stones Release Live 'Brown Sugar' Video
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The Rolling Stones are streaming video of their classic 1971 hit, "Brown Sugar", from the September 29 release of "Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015."

Part of the band's ongoing "From The Vault" series, the package presents the group performing their legendary 1971 album in its entirety - for the first and only time - at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20, 2015.

The rare theater event was a warm-up show just days before the Stones launched their Zip Code tour of North America, and the release of an expanded reissue of the classic 1971 set.

The intimate setting of the 1,200 capacity Fonda Theatre was in contrast to the huge stadiums in which the band would perform for the rest of the tour.

Launched with the lead single, "Brown Sugar", "Sticky Fingers" debuted at No. 1 and enjoyed a four-week stay atop the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 3 million copies.

"Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015"will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats. Read more and watch the video here. .

Neil Young Releases Animated 'Powderfinger' Video
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Neil Young has shared a music video for his song "Powderfinger." The recording comes from Young's long-lost Hitchhiker which has finally seen the light of day.

The solo acoustic album was originally recorded by Young in the summer of 1976, but wasn't officially released until earlier this month, over four decades later.

The track "Powderfinger" also appeared on Young's 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps, which found the singer backed by frequent collaborators Crazy Horse. Check out the new animated clip here.

Original Foreigner Lineup To Reunite For 40th Anniversary
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The original Foreigner lineup will reunite next month for the finale of the band's 40th anniversary US tour. The shows will be recorded for a forthcoming 2018 TV special, DVD and album release.

Original members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald, along with bassist Rick Wills, have previously appeared individually at various stops along the trek, and now they will all join the group's current lineup during a two-night special event at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, MI on October 6 and 7.

"Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories," says founder and guitarist Mick Jones, "and we decided it would be the ulti-mate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th Anniversary." Read more here.

PUNKY MEADOWS Releases New Video and Single Featuring Frank Dimino and Felix Robinson of ANGEL

Punky Meadows is from one of the most striking Hard Rock band of the 70's, ANGEL, and on September 18th, Punky Meadows will release the new single, "LOST AND LONELY.” 

The track features three members of Angel - guitarist Punky Meadows, vocalist Frank Dimino, and bassist Felix Robinson, as well as Punky's band members Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv and Bob Pantella, who all performed on the song. 

They also filmed a brand-new video at The Chance Theatre in New York for the song, in which it is the first time since 1980 that three members of Angel appear together in a music video.

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/BQfe-vUn9Jo

The video was shot by Jeffery Moore, who co-directed with Danny Farrow. 

The Track can be ordered at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-and-lonely-single/id1273422810

“Man, we had such a great time shooting our latest video with Frank, Felix and the guys,” says Punky. “Danny and I talked about doing this video for a while. We thought it would be something special for not only the fans of my band, but for the many Angel fans as well. Frank really delivered on this track, and the whole band kicked ass!!!” 

Also order the autographed limited special edition of Punky Meadows’ ‘Fallen Angel’ full CD with the Frank Dimino version of “Lost and Lonely” at www.mainmanrecords.com

Punky Meadows also just launched a new merch Store with many shirts, posters and other great items you can order at https://shop.bandwear.com/punkymeadows.

And more exciting news - Punky and the band just signed with The Artery Foundation Artist Management, and will be working on many new exciting things together, including a slew of shows for 2018.

Lastly, Punky and his band will be doing a special show November 10th at the Debonair Music Hall (Mexicali Live) in Teaneck, NJ. You can get tickets and meet and greet at link for Punky’s official site below.

For More Information Please Visit:
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www.facebook.com/groups/punkymeadowsofficial/
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www.twitter.com/punkymeadows001\

FRANK ZAPPA BAND’S IKE WILLIS TO TOUR WITH MICKI FREE

Guitarist Ike Willis appeared on countless albums and tours with the legendary Frank Zappa, and recently returned to the rock scene as the leader of the Ike Willis Project.
Joining Ike on the tour is another extraordinarily talented guitarist, Grammy winner Micki Free, who will be opening the shows for the Ike Wills Project at the beginning of October.
 
Both artists will be performing separate sets (and sharing the same backing band), with Ike performing the material from his 2 solo releases, along with doing some of the Zappa material he is most known for - with both artists uniting together at the end of the night for a finale. To check out recent music videos by each, follow these links:
 
Ike Willis-Venting The Krypton Gas: http://www.ikewillis.daw10.com/
 
Micki Free-Mojo Black Coffee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAl9xxzXzOw
 
First discovered by Gene Simmons, Free won a Grammy as a Prince protégé in the RNB/Soul/Funk band, Shalamar, and landed songs in Beverly Hills Cop and Footloose.
Free then became part of the great 80’s rock band Crown of Thorns (with Jean Beauvoir), who were a major hit on the European charts, before eventually reuniting under their names in 2015 as Beauvoir/Free.
 
Free’s latest solo blues release, ‘Tattoo Burn,’ was recently reissued as ‘Tattoo Burn Redux’ (via Mysterium Blues Records), and has been on the Blues Radio charts since May, usually never below 27 on the Top 50 Album charts and as high as 3, and has had between 3-5 songs on the top 50 songs charts.
 
Ike Willis was one of Frank Zappa's most dedicated sidemen - as both a vocalist and guitarist - and continues the tradition with reverent authenticity today.

In addition to his own progressive projects and solo material, Ike continues to carry the Zappa torch by contributing to Zappa tributes and appearing at the annual Zappanale Festival in Germany multiple times.
 
Ike is proud of the superstar lineup that comprises his band, including guitarist JP Cervoni (Buddy Miles and The Babys) along with two time Grammy nominee drummer, Duane Waider, keyboardist Shane Cotter (The Chambers Brothers and Bo Diddley), and Robert Byrnes on bass who recorded with Michael McDonald.
 
Don't miss a chance to see Ike and his band live as they play it all!
 
Confirmed dates:
W   10/4 Sellersville, PA                Sellersville Theater
Th  10/5 NYC, NY                         Iridium
F    10/6 NYC, NY                         Iridium
S    10/7 Stanhope, NJ                 SH House

 

 FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
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www.facebook.com/theikewillisproject
www.mickifree.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialMickiFree

Husker Du's Grant Hart Dead At 56
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Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for the pioneering rock band Husker Du, has passed away at the age of 56. Hart was battling cancer at the time of his death.

One of the most influential alt-melodic punk groups, Husker Du, were active from 1979 to 1987 and released six full-length studio albums; Grant wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, including 'Turn on the News" and 'The Girl Who Lives on a Hill."

Husker Du grew out of the same local rock scene as the Replacements and Soul Asylum. But their relationship was fraught with tension and they broke up in 1987 at the height of their popularity. Variety reports that Hart 'declined into a heroin addiction from which he never fully recovered." Read more here.

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Whitesnake Stream Unreleased Version Of 'Is This Love'
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Whitesnake are streaming audio of a previously unreleased version of "Is This Love" ahead of the October 6 release of multiple editions of an expanded 30th Anniversary reissue of their classic 1987 self-titled album.

An early draft of the single is featured on a disc entitled "Evolutions 87", which delivers a series of demos and rehearsal takes of every song from the record.

"Is This Love" hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the "Whitesnake" album went on to US sales of more than 8 million copies and Top 5 chart status in several countries around the world.

The 4CD/DVD "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, a 60-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with David Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by the rocker.

2CD and 2LP Deluxe Editions will present the newly-remastered album alongside a selection of unreleased bonus recordings, while a single-disc version of the project will also be available; all will be available via digital download and streaming services. Stream the song here.

Thin Lizzy Star To Play Special Live And Dangerous Show
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Original Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey will mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Irish band's 1978 release, "Live And Dangerous", with a rare concert performance at Nells Jazz & Blues in London, England on November 24, and the rocker has now announced a second show at the venue on November 25 "due to huge demand."

"Live And Dangerous" peaked at No. 2 on the UK album charts and enjoyed a 62-week run on its way to UK sales of more than 600,000 copies. The single, "Rosalie / Cowgirl's Song", reached No. 20 on the UK single charts.

Compiled from a 1976 show at London's Hammersmith Apollo and 1977 appearances in Philadelphia, PA and Toronto, ON, the double live album was the last to feature guitarist Brian Robertson, who left the band shortly after its release.

Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous - featuring guitarist Brian Grace, and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar) - will deliver the live record in its entirety at the fall gigs.

"After the Thin Lizzy reunion shows finished in 2013 I was asked to join, what turned out to be Black Star Riders, but it just didn't feel right for me," says Downey. "In January 2016, following an appearance at the Vibe For Philo in Dublin, I approached Brian Grace and that's when we discussed getting a band together. After a few rehearsals, Brian suggested that we rehearse with Matt Wilson and Phil Edgar, both of whom had been in a band called The Low Riders (their name was taken from a lyric from the Thin Lizzy song Johnny The Fox).

"In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous and make it a full time proposition." Read more here.

New Ronnie Montrose Song 'Heavy Traffic' Streaming
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The team behind Ronnie Montrose are streaming the track "Heavy Traffic" as the latest preview to the September 29 posthumous release of the late guitarist's final studio album, "10x10."

Before his March 2012 death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a five year battle with prostrate cancer, Montrose was working on the project as a power trio with bassist Ricky Phillips (Styx, Bad English) and drummer Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper).

"'Heavy Traffic' started off as our tip of the hat to the British band, Humble Pie," says Phillips of the song, which also features Y&T frontman and guitarist Dave Meniketti. "The singer, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, originally screamed 'Ronnie!' leading into the guitar solo, and one restless night it hit me. That's how the record should start - and then Ronnie crushes it."

The guitarist designed "10x10" as a project that would deliver ten songs with ten different singers, and the power trio recorded basic tracks for all the songs live in the studio in just a few days. Stream the song here.

Yes Legends In The Studio For Close To The Edge Anniversary
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The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands features a first hand account from Yes current and former members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe and Bill Bruford about perhaps the pinnacle moment for progressive rock with the 1972 release of Yes Close to the Edge. The show sent over these details:

Coming off the breakthrough success of the band's Fragile album just nine months earlier, YES had now gained a level of commercial capital that they intended to spend. It wouldn't come in the form of three and a half minute pop songs, instead appearing as an album of only three songs. Close to the Edge would debut at # 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and crown Yes as progressive rock royalty for decades to come. Jon Anderson tells In The Studio host Redbeard that the band did not intentionally aspire to create complex lengthy songs.

Jon Anderson: "We were making music and we'd stop when it was finished and look at each other and say, "Well that's great, what is it?" And (producer/engineer) Eddie Offord would say,' its twelve minutes long.' Wow, well, we'll just tighten that up a bit and it's ten minutes long. Wow, we were more surprised than anybody that it was long. We just made music until it was finished." Stream the episode here.

The Sex Pistols Announce The Bollocks Diaries
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The Sex Pistols will publish a new book, "1977: The Bollocks Diaries", in sync with the 40th anniversary of the release of their lone studio album, "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols."

Due October 26, the project is billed as "the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977," which saw the band record and release the album while making headlines throughout their native UK.

"1977: The Bollocks Diaries" will deliver first-hand stories of secret gigs, recording sessions, fights, record label meltdowns and the accompanying media storm that rocked the UK.

The book features photos and rare items from the Sex Pistols archives - from gig posters and early album art to master tapes and notes from recording sessions. Read more here.

SONS OF APOLLO FEATURING MIKE PORTNOY, DEREK SHERINIAN, RON “BUMBLEFOOT” THAL, BILLY SHEEHAN AND JEFF SCOTT SOTO

RELEASE VIDEO FOR “COMING HOME” FROM ‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’ ALBUM DUE OUT OCTOBER 20;

SONG AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL OUTLETS NOW

September 15, 2017 -- SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)—have just released the video for “Coming Home” from their highly anticipated debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY. Watch now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_1N8kVYfkE.

The song is now available on all digital outlets starting today. Set for release on October 20 via InsideOutMusic / Sony, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, is now available to pre-order on 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD, Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. Pre-order now here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.

"’Coming Home’ immediately felt like the SONS OF APOLLO 'grand entrance' as soon as we wrote the song,” says Portnoy. “Almost like a fighter entering the ring. I knew this had to be the first video and first time people see us playing together. The video was shot at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA, where we wrote and recorded the album. So you're essentially seeing the exact place and environment that SONS OF APOLLO was born.

"I assume most people's expectations of the band from its lineup is for SOA to be a self-indulgent 'wank-fest' (and granted, there are three 10-minute Prog epics on the album!), but ‘Coming Home’ is an example that we are just as much a rock band cut from the cloth of classic bands like Van Halen as well."

The full track-listing of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is as follows:

1. God of The Sun
2. Coming Home
3. Signs of the Time
4. Labyrinth
5. Alive
6. Lost In Oblivion
7. Figaro’s Whore
8. Divine Addiction
9. Opus Maximus

An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity-- a lethal combination!”

But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”

SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

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DELUXE EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM, ‘THE WAY LIFE GOES,’ SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 20 ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS

WITH NEWLY RECORDED BONUS TRACKS OF CLASSIC BEATLES COVER AND “NOBODY’S FOOL” DUET FEATURING HALESTORM’S LZZY HALE

TOM KEIFER once sang, "You're only going once around the ride." 

He's proving that theory wrong with the highly anticipated release of THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION, an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, chock full of bonus content and special artwork.

THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION is finally set for release October 20 on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and on Cleopatra’s website. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy® Award-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer, and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

"The reason that I picked up guitar, the reason that I sing the way I do, was all because of that guy,” said Hale of KEIFER’s influence on her at a young age. The two first performed “Nobody’s Fool” live together in Atlantic City, NJ in September 2013.

"I remember the first time seeing Lzzy perform live at the House of Blues show in Atlantic City and being absolutely floored by the power of her voice and performance,” KEIFER continues. “She's an amazing artist and has been a great inspiration to me as well."

There will also be a bonus DVD with music videos, tour clips, and “The Way Life’s Goin,’” a 30-minute documentary produced by Tammy Vega (KEIFER’s longtime official photographer) about the creation of the bonus tracks, exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions, and live footage.

THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song.

As KEIFER explains, "Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the DELUXE EDITION is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specifically chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be special collaborations that came about while touring for THE WAY LIFE GOES.”

New band members Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join the #keiferband lineup in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to THE WAY LIFE GOES with recording slated for Fall 2018.

Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:

“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.”

--Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone

“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”

--Ward Meeker, Vintage Guitar

“...the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest.  They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic.  Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice.  And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.”     

--Matt Blackett, Guitar Player

THE WAY LIFE GOES marks the first release of any kind by Keifer since Cinderella’s last record, 1994’s STILL CLIMBING. In many ways, it picks up right where the band left off. The first single, ‘The Flower Song,’ echoes ‘Maggie May,’ the familiar grit in Keifer’s voice approximating Faces-era Rod Stewart; but for the most part the album replicates the blend of pounding hard rock, soaring ballads and blues and country tinges that characterized Cinderella’s sound beginning with LONG COLD WINTER.”

--Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper,

“’The Flower Song,’ his premiere solo offering, smacks of the Black Crowes/the Faces.”

--Katherine Turman, Village Voice (NY)

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‘THE BIG INTERVIEW WITH DAN RATHER’ RETURNS FOR ITS FIFTH SEASON FALL CYCLE WITH NINE ALL-NEW EPISODES, PREMIERING WITH ‘THE X FACTOR UK’ JUDGE SHARON OSBOURNE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, AT 9 P.M. ET/6 P.M. PT

The Cycle also Features Discussions with Actor Kiefer Sutherland, Music Icons Peter Frampton, Steve Miller, Geddy Lee, Jewel, Steven Van Zandt, & The Doobie Brothers

'The Big Interview' Photos + Dan Rather Head Shots Are Available Here

Los Angeles, CA (September 14, 2017)The Big Interview With Dan Rather returns to AXS TV for a star-studded fifth season fall cycle, premiering Tuesday, October 10 at 9pE/6pP. Hosted by award-winning newsman Dan Rather, the series features exclusive, in-depth discussions with some of the biggest names in music entertainment, as the celebrated journalist gets his A-List guests to open up as only he can.

The upcoming fall cycle puts the spotlight on nine all-new episodes, kicking off with Rather’s lively sit-down with Sharon Osbourne, the outspoken judge of the hit AXS TV series The X Factor UK, as she discusses her time on the show, her eclectic career, and her marriage to “The Godfather Of Heavy Metal” Ozzy Osbourne. AXS TV airs The X Factor UK on Sunday and Monday nights at 9pE/6pP.

The season also includes GRAMMY®-winning soul rockers The Doobie Brothers, featuring Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee (Oct. 17); as well as influential prog rock icon and RUSH frontman Geddy Lee (Oct. 24); versatile folk songstress Jewel (Oct. 31); actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland, discussing his award-winning film and television career, and his journey into Country music (Nov. 7); versatile blues-rock renaissance man Steve Miller (Nov. 14); groundbreaking guitar virtuoso Peter Frampton (Nov. 21); acclaimed E Street Band axe-man and actor Steven Van Zandt (Dec. 5) and more.

“For five seasons, The Big Interview has delivered in-depth and insightful conversations with some of the most influential figures in entertainment,” said Evan Haiman, vice president of music programming and production. “The series’ upcoming fall cycle is a continuation of the acclaimed programming our viewers have become accustomed to, as Dan Rather sits down with a fresh roster of artists who have shaped pop culture for generations of fans—getting them to open up about their unique lives and storied careers as only he can, and offering viewers a rare chance to see their favorite stars in a whole new light.”

Schedule At-A-Glance
10/10    -           Sharon Osbourne
10/17    -           The Doobie Brothers
10/24    -           Geddy Lee
10/31    -           Jewel
11/7      -           Kiefer Sutherland
11/14    -           Steve Miller
11/21    -           Peter Frampton
11/28    -           TBA
12/5      -           Steven Van Zand

Yes Cancel Yestival Tour Following Tragedy
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Yes have cancelled the remaining dates of their Yestival tour of North America following the tragic, unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe's son, Virgil.

The band issued a statement on September 11 regarding the passing and cancellations, saying that they "want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time," while adding, "Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time."

Ticket refunds for the affected tour dates (in Moorhead, Cedar Rapids, London, Rochester, Boston and Huntington) will be available at point of purchase. Read more here.

INTRODUCING THE GENE SIMMONS VAULT EXPERIENCE

Gene Simmons here. You might think you know all about me, but believe it or not there's more... After years of being in the spotlight with KISS, I've decided it's time to share another side with you, a deeply personal one. With The Vault, I've created a 50-year time capsule (1966 to 2016) that serves as a soundtrack to my life, filled with songs I've written, but have never been released. Until now.

The Vault includes 150 recordings featuring notable rock and roll artists and of course, my bandmates from KISS. As an obsessive music fan and collector myself, I've packed The Vault with exclusive mementos created just for The Vault - a new Gene action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" oversized commemorative coin, a deluxe book containing over 50,000 words and 160-pages of unseen photos from my personal collection. As well as a track-by-track commentary on every song. And I've hand selected a personal gift from me to you direct from my very own archive.

The best part? I will hand deliver your Vault at an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime, event near you.

This is my personal invitation. Welcome to the Vault.

SPOCK’S BEARD FEATURING NEAL MORSE AND ALL MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT PERFORMANCE OF ‘SNOW’ IN ITS ENTIRETY

SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 10 ON RADIANT/METAL BLADE RECORDS;  ‘SNOW LIVE’ DVD PACKAGE SHOWCASES FIRST-EVER PERFORMANCE OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM AT MORSEFEST 2016

At last year’s annual Morsefest in Nashville, the dream of every Spock’s Beard fan in attendance came true. The band’s original lineup, and current members, performed the critically acclaimed double-disc concept album, SNOW, in its entirety. It was a moment in time fans never thought they’d ever get a chance to see. SNOW was the last album that Neal Morse recorded with the band before quitting in 2002.

2 DVD/2CD Digipack, 3 LP Vinyl (available in four different colors), 2 Disc Blu-ray and as a 2 DVD/2 CD/2 Blu-ray pack complete with a 48-page Artbook, Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY in multiple formats: will be released November 10 on SNOW LIVENow it’s time for fans worldwide of Spock’s Beard and Neal Morse to experience that night for themselves. website. A trailer can be seen here. poster and postcards. Pre-orders for each edition are now available on Radiant Records’

The first 200 Artbook Bundles ordered will be signed by Neal Morse. Between September 12-14,orders over $80 will automatically receive an additional 15% off from Radiant Records. A free MP3 download of Journey’s "Separate Ways" performed by Spock's Beard and sung by Ted Leonard at the Morsefest Inner Circle jam will come with all pre-orders of any version of SNOW LIVE, only at Radiant Records. 

Spock’s Beard features Neal Morse (lead vocals, piano, synths, electric and acoustic guitar), Alan Morse (electric guitars, vocals), Ted Leonard (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals), Jimmy Keegan (drums, percussion, vocals), Nick D'Virgilio (drums, percussion, vocals, acoustic guitars), Ryo Okumoto (keyboards--hammond organ, mellotron, jupiter 8, minimoog, vocoder), and Dave Meros (bass, vocals).

“It is difficult for me to know what to say about SNOW and Spock's Beard and this whole amazing event that happened in 2016,” says Neal Morse. “I guess what I would like to share from my perspective is that this is an album that meant a lot to many people. It touched the hearts and lives and had profound meaning to people all over the world and in a way, it was like the child that myself and the band bore and then put up for adoption. Since we never played it live and I quit the band right after the album was finished, we never got to experience what it meant to others. We never got to see how it lived out in the world. Until now. I think we always knew that we were going to get together and play it at some point. It just needed to happen. But, as you can imagine, there was a lot of pain associated with this album. So, while Nick (D'Virgilio) had brought it up several times over the years, there was always so much going on in our lives that we put it off and said we were too busy. It just never felt like the right time. Or that's the way it seemed anyway.”

Progreport.com called the Morsefest 2016, “...an event for the ages. For any Spock’s Beard and Neal Morse fan it was a wish come true but it also showed the power of this Prog community which continues to bring people from all corners of the world together to celebrate great music and make friends.   If you were there, it will be a memory for a lifetime, if you weren’t, don’t miss the next one!”

Upon the initial release of SNOW, AllMusic.com praised: , a double-CD concept album, they go for broke...Spock’s Beard SNOW“Spock’s Beard are the quintessential American progressive rock band. Their music has consistently been brave, restless, and often visionary. On  taken all of their strengths instrumentally, lyrically, and vocally, and concentrated them in this effort about an albino boy on a noble, if idiosyncratic, quest. While concept albums have been done on much loftier notions, they seem to falter under their own have weight , or the light of actual history. Here, Neal and Alan Morse, and their bandmates, use a much more subjective fantasy story, and create a spiritual, physical, ideological, and emotional set of circumstances that follow their protagonist through 26 songs. Musically, SNOW is a wonder...Spock’s Beard has been pushing at their own boundaries for a while now, and with SNOW, they shatter them and enter into the very promise of what progressive rock is always supposed to deliver: discovering some heretofore unknown sonic territory via the individual and collective focus of creating through the applied effort of one's best musical efforts.”

As Neal Morse concludes, “Obviously, the stars aligned and many prayers were answered as we gathered to play the SNOW album in its entirety for the first time at Morsefest 2016. Some brilliant person had the idea to enlist the extreme talents of both Jimmy (Keegan) and Ted (Leonard) which brought a dazzle and musicality that is off the chart. Between that and Rich Mouser's astounding mix, not to mention Thad Kesten's team of amazing video people, this is one of the finest live concert packages of which I have ever been involved.”

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Original KISS Members Reuniting For Hurricane Benefit
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Original KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will reunite for the first time in 16 years when the guitarist joins his former bandmate for a performance at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life.

Right now, there are over 10,000 children and families in Houston, TX still living in shelters, displaced from their homes and in need of food and basic daily necessities immediately.

In partnership with their on-ground Houston partners, Matter is sending and distributing Matterbox Meals Kits, sanitation supplies, contamination prevention supplies, and more.

Alongside the Gene Simmons Band and Frehley, The Children Matter Benefit Concert will also see performances by Don Felder, Cheap Trick, The Jayhawks, and Flipp. Read more here.

 

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE ANNOUNCE THE GLOBAL RELEASE OF  CALIFORNISOUL ON OCTOBER 20 VIA MASCOT LABEL GROUP / PROVOGUE

ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDES BILLY GIBBONS, STEVE LUKATHER, ERIC GALES, WALTER TROUT AND ROBBEN FORD

Los Angeles, CA – Supersonic Blues Machine, featuring Fabrizio Grossi (bass / producer), Lance Lopez (guitar / vocals) and Kenny Aronoff (drums) has announced the global release of CALIFORNISOUL! On October 20 via Mascot Label Group / Provogue Records.  The title, available on CD, double vinyl, download and streaming, presents the sound the band spent much of 2017 sharing with audiences from Texas to Holland and India to St. Petersburg, Russia, picking up right where the they left off on their well-received debut record, West of Flushing, South of Frisco. Grossi shares, ““CALIFORNISOUL! That’s exactly what it is. It’s the missing soundtrack to a summertime drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1971!”

Recorded at Fab’s Lab in North Hollywood, California, the repertoire is all about great songs.  “Cry” is a soul searching, simmering piece of poetry and Lance Lopez preaches it in the most righteous way. “I Am Done Missing You” is another number that reaches down deep with a message that will resonate with both spurned lovers and those who have left their bad habits and ways in the past. Californisoul is a study and celebration of the human condition, and “This Is Love” could be the lovechild of Bob Marley and War with some stinging guitar action spread on top. We’re living in times in which it’s hard to keep on keeping on, and it’s easy to fall prey to habits, vices, and distractions - “Elevate” takes a close look at the “high” life, and how one must raise above the temptations and tribulations if the music is to be made.

Fabrizio Grossi talks about a soundtrack for an imaginary road trip up the California coastline in the heady, halcyon days of the early 70s, and that really captures the vibe and mojo that is Californisoul. The songs Grossi has written for this album are as top notch as they are diverse. This machine covers a lot of ground. As the ever-tighter core of Lopez, Grossi, and Aronoff comes together with the elite of the modern-day blues rock community, this is much closer to Woodstock and Watkins Glen than it is to a cut and paste A-list vanity session. This is about friendship, the brotherhood of the blues, and bringing the blues up to this moment in time.

Lance Lopez is once again at the front and center.  His guitar work is as hot and gritty as anything ever cooked up down in Texas, and his singing evokes memories of the great soul, blues, and rock vocalists. You’ll hear the influence and heritage of Bobby “Blue” Bland, the funk of Sly Stone, and the world-weary rumination of the late, great Gregg Allman, but Lopez never really sounds like anything but himself. Kenny Aronoff is truly one of the most in-demand drummers on the planet, and his work on the album is one of the ingredients that make the record so special. Aronoff has also brought along his substantial arranging and compositional skills to great effect.   Whether performing with John Fogerty, BoDeans, Sir Paul McCartney, John Cougar Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins or Supersonic Blues Machine, he is simply one of the best players on the planet.

Guests on the album include Billy Gibbons, who returns with pen and guitar (“Broken Heart”), Steve Lukather (Toto / Ringo’s All-Starr Band) throws down some stunning licks (“Hard Times”), Eric Gales is back in the fold (“Elevate”), Robben Ford brings his bag of soulfully sophisticated chops (“Somebody’s Fool”), Walter Trout brings some silky slow blues (“What’s Wrong”), and the party is rounded out with Alessandro Alessandroni Jr. on keyboards, Serge Simic (co-writer and background vocals on “Love” and “Hard Times”), and Andrea and Francis Benitez Grossi (background vocals). You may come for the stars, but you’ll stay for the whole show.

Fabrizio Grossi adds, “Lots of people have been saying to me ‘why does Supersonic Blues Machine always bring guests around? You guys can stand your own ground’, and there are three answers to that – first, we’re all super friends and we're having a blast; second, most of them don't give lessons and for us it's only way to learn their secret "ways"; and thirdly, because the inspiration and the challenge they bring to the table!”  Supersonic Blues Machine is truly a family as well as a band, and these guests don’t mail it in, they stay for dinner. The community aspect is very real, and one of the band’s great treasures.

The complete track listing features: “I Am Done Missing You,” “Somebody’s Fool” (featuring Robben Ford). “Love,” “Broken Heart” (featuring Billy Gibbons), “Bad Boys,” “Elevate” (featuring Eric Gales), “The One,” “Hard Times” (featuring Steve Lukather), “Cry.” “The Stranger,” “What’s Wrong” (featuring Walter Trout), “Thank You,” “This Is Love.”

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Gregg Allman 'I Love The Life I Live' Video Released
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Gregg Allman's team have issued a video of the late singer's cover of the Willie Dixon classic, "I Love The Life I Live", from his just-released posthumous album, "Southern Blood."

Directed by Adam Jones, the clip presents the rocker in the studio alongside live footage from throughout Gregg's career, including rare video of the original Allman Brothers Band lineup in action.

The tune follows the lead single, "My Only True Friend", from the project, which delivers a collection of songs written by Allman's friends and favourite artists, including Jackson Browne, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn.

Allman, who passed away on May 27 from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69, was well aware that his time was short as he worked on the record with his touring group of musicians.

"As his producer, I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape," says Don Was. "He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me.

"Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell." Read more and watch the video here.

Rolling Stones Release Animated 'She's A Rainbow' Video
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The Rolling Stones are streaming a lyric video for the track "She's A Rainbow", as a preview to the September 22 release of a 50th anniversary reissue of the 1967 album, "Their Satanic Majesties Request", via ABKCO Music.

It's the second animated clip from the project by directors Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy at Yes Please Productions, following the recent release of a similar video for "2000 Light Years From Home."

Fetauring string arrangements by future Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones, "She's A Rainbow" was the band's first US Top 25 hit, while the album reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to Gold status Stateside for sales of 500,000 copies.

Originally released in December of 1967, "Their Satanic Majesties Request" is the first self-produced album in The Rolling Stones' catalog. The 50th anniversary reissue will be available as a special Deluxe Edition box set containing double vinyl/double hybrid Super Audio CD (compatible with all CD players) that delivers both the stereo and mono versions of the project newly-remastered by Bob Ludwig.

"Their Satanic Majesties Request" was originally mixed in both stereo and mono, as was standard practice in 1967. The limited edition 50th anniversary edition will include the entire album on 180 gram vinyl in stereo, another 180 gram vinyl record in mono, and two hybrid Super Audio CDs (one in stereo and one in mono). Each of these discs includes the entire musical content in both Super Audio CD (SACD) as well as standard CD, providing for complete backward and forward hardware compatibility; the discs will play on any SACD compatible or standard CD player.

Later this month, The Rolling Stones will also release a book and DVD of "The Rolling Stones On Air In The Sixties" on September 26 and "Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015" in multiple formats on September 29. Watch the video here.

Steely Dan Announce First Tour Following Walter Becker's Death
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Steely Dan have announced a series of fall dates in North America, marking the band's first official tour following the September 3 passing of co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker.

The two-week run will begin in Thackerville, OK on October 13, with shows wrapping up in National Harbor, MD on October 25. Tickets for most dates are on sale now, while an October 22 stop in Wallingford, CT will begin a presale on September 12 at noon EDT before general public seats are available on September 15 at 10 AM EDT.

Prior to his passing, Becker was noticeably absent from Steely Dan's appearances at the Classic West and Classic East music festivals in July. "I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band," said co-founder Donald Fagen in a heartfelt note following the loss of his longtime friend and bandmate.

No cause of death or further details regarding Becker's passing have been announced. See the dates here.

Eric Clapton Previews Life In 12 Bars Documentary
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Eric Clapton has released the trailer for "Life In 12 Bars", a Showtime documentary tracing the life of the guitarist that will premiere this month at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its US broadcast debut early next year.

Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), the project takes an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy winner while following his career through The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos, and his solo years.

Viewers will see Clapton share the stories behind hits like "For Your Love," "Layla," and "Tears In Heaven", alongside interviews with his grandmother Rose Clapp, George Harrison, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Ahmet Ertegun, Steve Winwood, and his former wife, Pattie Boyd.

Over a five-decade career, the guitar virtuoso has helped create an extensive catalog of rock music deeply influenced by the blues. The rocker's private life is "the emotional spine of the film," according to Zanuck. "Clapton's music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days.

"He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance."

"Life In 12 Bars" will see its broadcast premiere on Showtime on February 10, 2018 at 9 PM ET/PT. Watch the trailer here.

CLUTCH ANNOUNCE WINTER PSYCHIC WARFARE TOUR DATES WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & THE OBSESSED

September 12th, 2017 - Clutch has just announced Winter tour dates for the continuum of their Psychic Warfare tour. Supporting the tour will be Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed. Fan club pre-sale tickets will start at 2:00pm ET today, public stale starts 10am ET on Friday.  Exclusive fan club pre-sale tickets and show info available here: mt.cm/clutch.  The on sale date for the 4 Florida shows is TBD due to the hurricane in the region. Check the bands official website www.pro-rock.com for all upcoming ticket and show info.

Clutch will be entering the studio in early 2018 to begin work on their 12th studio album.

Psychic Warfare is the latest and eleventh studio effort from Clutch.  The disc debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Billboard Independent,  No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock and Billboard Rock charts.     Psychic Warfare was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die).                                                    

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Queen Preview News Of The World 40th Anniversary Box Set
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Queen are previewing the November 17 release of a 40th anniversary box set edition of their 1977 album classic, "News Of The World", with a new video trailer for the package.

The group's best-selling studio record peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to worldwide sales of 6 million copies, including 4 million in the States alone. The set featured classic Queen singles like "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions", "Spread Your Wings" and "It's Late."

The 40th anniversary reissue presents Bob Ludwig's 2011 remaster of the album alongside two discs of bonus tracks, a DVD of a new one-hour documentary, and a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes.

Queen performed a number of tracks from "News Of The World" on their recently-completed summer tour of North America with Adam Lambert. The pairing will begin a European tour in the fall in Prague, Czech Republic on November 1; the trek will include the band's first full British tour in almost three years. Watch the trailer here.

Mark Gus Scott “Will Not Forget!”  - 9/11   A Remembrance


 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 - NEW YORK:  On this somber day in American History, the latest pop-classical solo effort from Mark Gus Scott reinforces the mantra, “We Will Not Forget!”  His latest video shows Mark performing an emotional version of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" amongst numerous iconic New York City and Washington DC landmarks in a story-telling fashion that Mark, (a New York resident at the time of the 9/11 attacks), relays to his son, Brandon Michael Scott.  The video also marks Brandon’s directorial debut as a filmmaker.  “Ave Maria” is the first single from Mark’s forthcoming holiday album entitled "Christmas Miracle," to be released on Thanksgiving 2017. Please check out the video here: https://youtu.be/zEftNT8nMYs

All proceeds from "Ave Maria" will be donated to the Hope 4 Kids International (H4KI) charity for which Mark, an international spokesperson, is a contributor and partner of H4KI.
     
As the wild and charismatic member of the internationally renowned rock band Trixter, Mark Gus Scott has sold well over 3 Million Albums Worldwide: three #1 Videos on MTV (15 weeks at #1), four "Top 20" AOR Radio Hits as well as a "Top 40" Album on the Billboard Charts (#26). Mark has performed in front of millions of people around the world and now employs his classical training yet again to bring about a "Christmas Miracle".

A long-standing member of the philanthropic community, Mark Gus Scott continues his charitable crusade by joining forces with arguably the greatest charity to make an impact around the world, Hope 4 Kids International. Hope 4 Kids International is a 4-star rated non-profit (Charity Navigator) organization committed to helping children around the world that are suffering from extreme poverty through Dignity, Health, Joy & Love.  Mark Gus Scott’s support and partnership with H4KI is helping make dreams come true for some very special children all around the world. 
 
Through H4KI’s mission to help in the empowerment of children who suffer from extreme poverty, Mark has been inspired to sponsor nine-year-old Alowo Cathy. She could hardly contain her joy when learning that Mark had become her sponsor. Living in Uganda, life is extremely difficult for a child barely surviving in the margins of society. This gift of life has given her courage to dream. Singing in the church choir, hope resonates more gloriously than ever throughout her small village. A gift of love worth singing about!
 
Being appreciative of the life Mark has been afforded he shares the following. 

"As an individual who has been extremely fortunate to achieve a life-long dream, I truly recognize the value, importance and impact it can have on the life of a child. It is my passion, through the sales of “Ave Maria”, that deep hope will come to kids believing their dreams will never come true and that their lives are over. Together through Dignity, Health, Joy and Love, we can all give them life-changing support!
 
“I thank Hope 4 Kids International for their tireless work and efforts in making this world a better place. It is a privilege to join H4KI in their quest to enrich the well-being of children all around the world. This Christmas, I urge you to join me in a call to action to make a difference."

To learn more about Hope 4 Kids International and join the fight in making change all around the world, visit www.H4KI.org

Van Halen Rocks Eruption For 40th Anniversary Video
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Wolfgang Van Halen marked the 40th anniversary of his father's groundbreaking instrumental, "Eruption", by sharing new video footage of himself playing the iconic track.

"In honor of Eruption being recorded 40 years ago today," Wolfgang tweeted on September 9th along with the visual, "here's me playing it on the guitar it was recorded on."

The bassist can be seen performing the tune on Eddie Van Halen's original red, white and black-striped Frankenstein (aka "Frankenstrat") guitar, which was used to record the tune on September 8, 1977 for inclusion on Van Halen's 1978 self-titled debut album.

A regular staple of Eddie's live guitar solos dating back to his band's club days on the California circuit, "Eruption" introduced the rocker's use of "two-handed tapping" as a regular part of his sound while expanding the musical vocabulary of the instrument on a mainstream basis moving forward.

While the history of "tapping" on instruments dates back centuries in a variety of musical genres, Van Halen says he stumbled onto it when watching Led Zeppelin perform in Los Angeles in 1971.

"I was watching Jimmy Page going [sings hammering guitar lick], like that, with one hand, in 'Heartbreaker'," Eddie told Rolling Stone in 2008. "I thought, 'I can play like that, and you wouldn't know if I was using this finger [points to left hand] or this one' [points to right hand]. But you just kind of move it around, and it's like, 'You got one big hand there, buddy. That's a hell of a spread!'"

Eddie and Van Halen have been on an extended break following the end of a 2015 North American tour in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

Wolfgang recently shared a brief audio clip of music from his forthcoming debut solo album, although no timetable for the project's release has been revealed to date. Watch the video here.

Video Of Rolling Stones Playing Rarities At Tour Kick Off Goes Online
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The Rolling Stones delivered a series of rarities during the September 9 launch of their No Filter European tour at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany, and video from opening night is available online.

The 22-song set featured three tunes the band haven't played in years, including the first appearance of "Play With Fire" since 1990, the "Goats Head Soup" track "Dancing With Mr. D" was last performed in 1973, and "Under My Thumb" won the fan song vote after last being heard in 2006.

The Stones opened their first show in almost a year with 1968's "Sympathy For The Devil", and played "Just Your Fool" and "Ride 'Em On Down" from 2016's blues covers record, "Blue & Lonesome", early in the evening.

Keith Richards took his usual lead role mid-set by delivering "Slipping Away" and "Happy" before the show kicked into overdrive with a string of iconic tunes - "Midnight Rambler", "Miss You", "Street Fighting Man", "Start Me Up" and "Brown Sugar" - and the main set wrapped up with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

The group returned for an encore of "Gimme Shelter" before the finale of "Jumpin' Jack Flash." The No Filter trek will see the band play fourteen concerts across the continent over the month-long run, which includes stops in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Denmark and Sweden before it wraps up with the third of three shows at the U Arena in Paris, France on October 25 - which also marks the very first concerts at the new venue. Watch videos from the show here.

Stone Temple Pilots Star Remembers Chester Bennington
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During an interview detailing the Stone Temple Pilots' upcoming 25th anniversary reissue of debut album Core, bassist Robert DeLeo opened up about the tragic death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

Bennington took over as the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 through most of 2015 before leaving the band to refocus on Linkin Park. "It's sad, really sad. I lost a great friend," DeLeo told Billboard. "We're part of the same community here. We took our kids to school and took our kids to baseball, and he was a great human being. He was there for us when we needed it. It's hard to talk about him in the past tense, still. He was a really great person, and I miss him every day. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him and think about why he did what it did. Obviously it made sense to him, but I'm baffled by that. And always will be."

DeLeo also said that STP have been actively looking for a new singer, holding open call auditions that have yet to turn up the band's next frontman. Read more here.

U2 Rock Classic Song For Late Night TV Appearance
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U2 performed a "Joshua Tree" classic and their new single, "You're The Best Thing About Me", on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on September 7, and video from the program is streaming online.

The band delivered "Bullet The Blue Sky" from their 1987 album before Bono and The Edge joined the host to discuss the lead single from their forthcoming release, "Songs Of Experience", before playing it to close out the show.

"We call it a sort a punk-Motown," explains Bono. "It's like The Supremes, a punk Supremes. It's defiant joy, is what we call it. It's a love song to my Mrs., and in these difficult times it's important to tell your loved ones how you feel."

"I think," added The Edge, "maybe even more important than ever in these times, it's important to have that joy because that's the best response."

The companion release to 2014's "Songs Of Innocence", the group's new album will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download, with the release date and pre-order details to be announced soon. Read more and watch the TV performance here.

The Who Icon Pete Townshend's Late Night TV Performance Goes Online
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 Pete Townshend performed The Who classic, "Love Reign O'er Me", on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on September 8, and video from the program is streaming online.

The rocker was joined by singer Alfie Boe, house band The Roots and a small orchestra for the track from his 2015 CD, "Classic Quadrophenia", which delivered a new orchestral version of The Who's 1973 concept album based around lead character Jimmy's search for an identity amongst the mods and rockers in mid-60s Brighton.

Townshend, Boe and Billy Idol are currently bringing the project to fans on a five-show mini-tour of the US, with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder set to make a guest appearance during the Chicago, IL stop on September 13.

"Melding the contrasting sounds of Quadrophenia with a symphony has been a really unique and powerful way to reach a wide audience of classical and pop music lovers alike," says the guitarist. "I couldn't be more excited to see it continue in the U.S."

Townshend will regroup with Roger Daltrey as The Who to launch a series of South American dates later this month; the run includes an October 1 stop in Buenos Aries, Argentina opening for Guns N' Roses. Watch the TV performance here.

 

Rock Legends Supergroup Supersonic Blues Machine Announce Album
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Supersonic Blues Machine releases its new album Californisoul on October 20. The loose-lineup "supergroup" features Billy F. Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Eric Gales, Robben Ford and Walter Trout.

The core of the band is bassist/producer Fabrizio Grossi and Les Paul/Flying V/Firebird-toting guitarist/vocalist Lance Lopez, plus veteran drummer Kenny Aronoff. They are joined by the string of stellar guest guitarists. The new album was recorded at Fab's Lab in North Hollywood, California, and is the follow-up to 2016 debut West of Flushing, South of Frisco.

Fabrizio Grossi explains, "Lots of people have been saying to me 'why does Supersonic Blues Machine always bring guests around? You guys can stand your own ground?' And there are three answers to that: 1) we're all super friends and we're having a blast, 2) most of them don't give lessons and for us it's only way to learn their secret 'ways', and 3) because the inspiration and the challenge they bring to the table!"

Guests on Californisoul include Billy F. Gibbons, who returns with pen and guitar on "Broken Heart"; Steve Lukather plays on "Hard Times"; Eric Gales contributes to "Elevate"; Robben Ford brings his bag of sophisticated chops to "Somebody's Fool" and Walter Trout plays on the slow blues, "What's Wrong." The album is released via the Provogue/Mascot Label Group. here.

 

Gregg Allman's Album Artwork Features Portrait Painted in His Own Blood
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Select edition of Gregg Allman's upcoming posthumous album, Southern Blood, will come packaged with a very unique feature: cover art painted with Allman's own blood.

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, artist Vincent Castiglia used Allman's blood as well as blood from the singer's children for the portrait, based on a Neil Preston photograph. It will be included in deluxe editions and the initial vinyl run of the new release.

Castiglia explained that Allman approached him in 2015 to create the portrait, with the artist storing vials of the singer's blood for more than a year, beginning the work shortly after Allman's passing.

"This is the single most important work I've ever painted," Castiglia said in a press statement. "When Gregg shipped me the vials of his blood, no one could have foreseen what was to come -- that ultimately the painting wouldn't be created until his after his passing."Read more here.

 

IT’S MEAT LOAF’S BIRTHDAY AND AXS TV IS CELEBRATING WITH A SPECIAL SATURDAY STACK LINEUP LOADED WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS AND IN-DEPTH PROFILES ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 STARTING AT 6pE/3pP

Highlights Include Meat Loaf’s Sit-Down with Dan Rather on THE BIG INTERVIEW, ROCK LEGENDS: MEAT LOAF, and CLASSIC ALBUMS: BAT OUT OF HELL

LOS ANGELES – September 7, 2017 – “Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through” on AXS TV, in an epic Saturday Stack birthday block celebrating the iconic genre-defying showman Meat Loaf on Saturday, September 30 at 6pE/3pP. The lineup includes Meat Loaf’s exclusive interview with Dan Rather, as well as a pair of insightful profile specials highlighting the beloved vocalist’s legendary career and greatest works. Meat Loaf turns 70 years old on Wednesday, September 27.

The block kicks off at 6pE with an intimate look at Meat Loaf’s impressive career and unprecedented catalog, blending candid interviews with rare archive footage and classic performances to tell the story of one of rock’s greatest entertainers in ROCK LEGENDS: MEAT LOAF. Then, CLASSIC ALBUMS takes viewers behind the scenes and into the studio as Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Todd Rundgren, and others discuss the creative process and enduring influence of Meat Loaf’s seminal sophomore masterpiece BAT OUT OF HELL in the 1999 profile CLASSIC ALBUMS: MEAT LOAF – BAT OUT OF HELL at 7pE.

The block continues with Meat Loaf’s revealing 2016 sit-down with Dan Rather, as he opens up about his success as an actor and musician, reflects on his hit-making partnership with acclaimed songwriter Jim Steinman, discusses his most well-known songs, delves into his passion for collecting sports memorabilia, and explains why he hates his trademark track “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” on THE BIG INTERVIEW at 8pE.

The festivities come to a close at 9pE with the raucous 2002 crime comedy FORMULA 51, starring Meat Loaf as a ruthless drug lord on the trail of a gifted chemist (Samuel L. Jackson) whose potent new drug comes with a massive payday. The film is directed by Ronny Yu, and also stars Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Sean Pertwee, and Rhys Ifans.

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AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available nationally in the United States and can be seen in parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit axs.tv/subscribe.  For more information, see www.axs.tv and www.axs.tv/press. Follow AXS TV on Facebook,Twitter @axstvInstagram; Cyber Dust and YouTube.


KID ROCK RELEASES NEW SONG "TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN TOP"
Impacting at Country Radio 10/2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At one minute past midnight Kid Rock unveiled his latest song “Tennessee Mountain Top” on streaming and sales platforms. “Tennessee Mountain Top” is impacting at Country Radio October 2. The track brings out a Country infused southern rock spirit that has drawn Country fans to Kid Rock for almost two decades since he released the CMA, ACM nominated “Picture.” Both “Picture” and his massive summer anthem “All Summer Long” continue to be fan favorites at Country Radio.

A five time Grammy nominee with over 26 million albums sold to date, Kid Rock has consistently blazed his own trail. His career intersected early with Country audiences and created a connection that has continued to grow each year. He has been twice nominated for CMA Awards, “Picture” with Sheryl Crow (2003) and “Can’t You See” with Zac Brown Band (2010). This October 6th and 7th he will host Kid Rock’s Third Annual Fish Fry in Nashville, yet another sign of his close ties to Nashville and Country Music.

Since the spontaneous release of his two most recent tracks in July, “Po-Dunk” and “Greatest Show On Earth” and their accompanying videos, Kid Rock has been at the center of media coverage speculation as to his musical and personal ambitions.

While others speculate, the artist known for his slew of American anthems and his explosive live shows has been busy touring and preparing for an epic series of concerts opening Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena. Not only is he the maiden act for the venue, he recently announced that the venue will play host to his own Made in Detroit restaurant to open on the Woodward Avenue side of Little Caesars Arena.

Purchase/Stream “Tennessee Mountain Top” here.

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HEAVEN & EARTH SET TO RELEASE FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM ’HARD TO KILL’ OCTOBER 6 ON QUARTO VALLEY RECORDS

Los Angeles hard rockers HEAVEN & EARTH HARD TO KILL, October 6 on Quarto Valley Records. It’s available to pre-order via HEAVEN & EARTH’s PledgeMusic campaign. In addition to pre-ordering HARD TO KILL, fans can purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and special offerings from the band, including signed albums, guitars, posters and lyric sheets, Skype lessons with each band member, and even a Skype cooking lesson with singer Joe Retta. A lyric video for “The Game Has Changed” was recently released and can be seen on the band’s official YouTube page. It will be available on iTunes September 22. are set to release their highly anticipated fourth studio album,
HEAVEN & EARTH features Joe Retta (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass and vocals), keyboardist Ty Baillie (who has played with Katy Perry and Robbie Robertson), and essential to the album with his songwriting and drumming is Kenny Aronoff, who has been a sideman to countless bands both live and in-studio including Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and the Rolling Stones. His distinctive style and energy is one to behold on HARD TO KILL. While on tour, the band includes musicians Mike Mangan (Hammond organ and keyboards) and Steven Wilson (drums, percussion, vocals).

Taking HARD TO KILL as a whole, the 11 original songs ring true and the melodies unfold like you have known them your whole life. The title track serves as the band’s anthem, a testament to perseverance and the power of rock. “L.A. Blues” exposes the pitfalls of living in the City of Angels, while “The Game Has Changed” dramatically contrasts the past with the present. Meanwhile, “Til It’s Over” will earn the admiration of longtime rock listeners, just as the attitude in “Bleed Me Dry” and “Walk Away” will speak to any modern music fan.

With guidance from Ritchie Blackmore, Smith’s own performing career took him across Europe with various bands, through New York City, and ultimately to Los Angeles where he first formed HEAVEN & EARTH. The band released two previous albums before he met singer Joe Retta about a decade

HEAVEN & EARTH founder/guitarist Stuart Smith was born in Great Britain, the son of an RAF jet fighter pilot, and he was originally classically trained on the guitar from the age of 8. After seeing a Deep Purple concert in the early ‘70s, he got turned on to rock & roll. When he was 19 years old, he met guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and the two became fast friends. Blackmore instantly took Smith under his wing and mentored him.ago, when both men were touring with The Sweet, known for the classic hits “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox On The Run.” After developing a strong writing partnership, Retta and Smith joined forces to continue the HEAVEN & EARTH legacy.

A native of Rochester, NY, Retta established himself as one of the most versatile singers in Los Angeles. He has performed with The Sweet, Gregg Rolie, Dio Disciples, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With Retta out in front, his powerful vocals and world-class musicianship are integral to HEAVEN & EARTH’s epic sound.

Bassist Lynn Sorensen, a Seattle native, has performed all across the globe with Bad Company and in Paul Rodgers’ band. As a teen, Sorensen studied classical violin and viola; to this day, he maintains a passion for classical music.

“We feel that HARD TO KILL is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” says guitarist Stuart Smith. “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing selections from all four HEAVEN & EARTH albums, as well as a few surprises.”

“The reinvention of rock comes to you from HEAVEN & EARTH. A band that brings every riff you ever wanted into the 21st century"—Chris Lord-Alge, Multi Grammy® Award-winning mix engineer

"The new album from HEAVEN & EARTH is the real deal. Many great songs start out as a great riff, and this album is full of them. Intention, intensity, and emotion. All three are in play here. Well done, guys. Keep On Rocking!"—Edgar Winter
 

“On all fronts, HARD TO KILL is an album that demands your attention. I recommend a total surrender, because those who absorb its savage beauty will be rewarded with a transcendent musical experience.”-- Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine

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