The Backyard Babies have checked in with a big news update including the announcement that the band will be supporting Danko Jones – who, ironically, opened for the band on their own UK tour some seven years ago.
The band said “We are now happy to announce that the Backyard Babies will be supporting Danko Jones on their tour in central Europe which starts on March 20. Check below for Tour Dates!
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Drummer Munetaka Higuchi of veteran Japanese metallers Loudness passed away today (Sunday, November 30) around 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) at a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49 years old.
Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) in April 2008. He had reportedly undergone two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove part of his liver.
In an October 18, 2008 statement released via the band’s official web site, Munetaka wrote about his condition (translated from Japanese), “It has been half a year since I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am really sorry that the fans are worried. The cancer has become worse despite the fact that I have been taking care of my health, and I will need more time for my treatment. [Even after undergoing the] big operation to remove half of my liver, I still need more treatment. There are various risks and dangers involved with my condition, but I’ll do my best to keep my spirits up and maintain my physical strength to fight this illness. I know it is still the middle of my treatment, but I just wanted inform you about my progress since the operation. Thank you very much for all the support.”
Rest In Peace Munetaka, you will be missed!
German hard rockers KINGDOM COME have completed work on their new album. According to an online posting by KINGDOM COME‘s webmaster Marko Wolf (brother of KINGDOM COME mainman Lenny Wolf), “It looks like that all label and distribution issues are sorted out soon, so that the release time can be set to February 2009. Didn’t think I would live long enough to see it happening, but Lenny actually sung a duet with a woman! Even I don’t know who that is. All I know is that he’s still single.”
KINGDOM COME‘s latest studio album, “Ain’t Crying for the Moon”, was released in Europe on October 20, 2006 via Frontiers Records.
The full 60 minute film has only been shown once on Japanese television in 1978 and has never been released on DVD.
But just in case you don’t get the chance to check it out at the cinema, there is still good news! The album will be reissued on DVD with three CDs as well as a 180gsm vinyl pressing.
The four disc set includes, aside from the original full length concert film, a CD that replicates the audio of the DVD, produced by Jack Douglas and Jay Messina and the original double disc Live LP on the remaining two discs that have been newly remastered.
On December 4, you can see the movie at the following cinemas:
THUR, DEC 4th:
Ultrastar Surprise Pointe Cinema, Phoenix, AZ
Oceanside Ultrastar Mission Marketplace, San Diego, CA
Apple Valley Ultrastar, San Diego, CA
Ultrastar Hazard at Mission Valley, San Diego, CA
Chula Vista on Broadway, Chula Vista, CA
The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Niles ShowPlace, Chicago, IL
Skokie Kerasotes Village Crossing, Chicago, IL
Naperville ShowPlace, Chicago, IL
Chicago City North, Chicago, IL
Evansville Stadium, Chicago, IL
Succasunna, NJ (no more information available)
Santa Fe Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Clearview Cinema, New York, NY
Anthony Wayne Cinema, Philadelphia, PA
Roxy Cinema, Burlington, VT
Big Picture Theater, Redmond, WA
“Monster Philosophy”, the 10th studio album from Danish rockers D-A-D, will be released on vinyl on December 1, featuring a double gatefold cover with heavyweight vinyl. The LP will be available in all good vinyl shops in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
D-A-D recently inked a deal with 3R Entertainment for the release of“Monster Philosophy”, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Released on November 21, the 3R version of the CD contains one exclusive bonus track,“House Of Fun”.
“Monster Philosophy” was produced by Jon “Joshua” Schumann, who has previously worked with MEW, KENT, KASHMIR and CARPARK NORTH, among others. The basic tracks were laid down in April in Long Branch, New Jersey and work continued at Mansion Studiet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
D-A-D were the featured musical guests on October 31, 2008 on the“Nyhetsmorgon” program on Sweden’s TV4. Watch footage of their two-song performance by following the links below:
“True Believer”, the documentary about D-A-D filmed and directed over a 25-year-period by Torleif Hoppe — the band’s so-called fifth member — was released on DVD on November 25. The film, which opened in Danish theaters on October 10, contains English subtitles.
George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG,POISON) and Paul Gilbert (MR. BIG, RACER X) are tentatively scheduled to join forces for a tour dubbed “Guitar Generation”. The two-month trek is expected to launch around February 25 in Los Angeles. No further details are currently available.
LYNCH MOB is currently working on a new album, tentatively entitled“Smoke And Mirrors”, for an early summer release.
Kotzen will release his first-ever live DVD, “Bootlegged In Brazil”, inEurope on December 5 via Frontiers Records. A perfect complement to the recent CD-only release “Live In Sao Paulo”, “Bootlegged In Brazil”is the first official live performance to be made available by the acclaimed guitarist/vocalist.
Gilbert recently released a new studio album in collaboration with Freddie Nelson. The CD, entitled “United States”, contains ten tracks of high-energy hard rock, described as a cross between QUEEN and MR. BIG.
Occasionally, rarely, things do not work out as planned. This is one of those times. Feeling we were completely set with a well known A-List guest for our next show, communication suddenly stopped and the long holiday weekend was upon us. With no assurances of the outcome, we have decided to present one of the all-time great, most requested Rocklines. We are pleased to offer an incredible show we feel you will enjoy immensely. Here is more detail:
Monday July 19, 1999 was a very special evening on ROCKLINE as we presented an evening with Alice In Chains featuring guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney and at the time a very special unanticipated guest. Jerry and Mike were in our ROCKLINE Los Angeles studio, while Sean was “somewhere in upstate New York”. We can’t remember why there was secrecy as to where Sean was located, but there was. We think he was in Buffalo, but ultimately it really doesn’t matter. We were honored to have three members of AIC join us to discuss the June 29, 1999 album” Nothing Safe: The Best of the Box”, the single CD release which was the precursor to the mammoth 3 CD set “Music Bank”, which dropped on October 26, 1999. We were told there was absolutely no way that legendary AIC vocalist Layne Staley would take part in the show. That was fine with us as the prospect of three members of Alice In Chains joining us to take your calls was enticing, to say the least.
Introductions were made and the show began. Before long, we received a call from someone claiming to be Layne Staley listening in Seattle. The call was not on some special “in house” line; in fact it was our toll free number provided for public use. So whoever it was waded through the incredibly heavy volume of calls to get in touch with us. After much hand wringing and off the air, “can you answer this question about Alice In Chains”, moments we realized it truly was Layne. As you might imagine we had a little help from Jerry, Mike and Sean who served up some questions that only Layne could possibly answer. We now had all four members of the band on the show to discuss their entire career, as this was essentially a Greatest Hits package. What resulted was a magical evening to say the least. When we lost Layne in April of 2002 we were informed this was his final radio appearance with all three of his band mates. We received numerous requests from newspapers, magazines and other media for a copy of the show. With the exception of The Seattle Times with whom the band had a solid relationship, we declined. Now, just shy of a decade later it is our distinct pleasure to present a truly Special Encore ROCKLINE with all four members of one of Rock’s most influential bands, Alice In Chains. No calls for this one, obviously. We think you’ll agree this is a really special treat to hear Layne’s voice again and his interaction with his friends and co-creators of some truly spectacular and innovative music. It’s an incredible evening with all four members of Alice In Chains on the next ROCKLINE!
Things are back to normal tonight after our GNR celebration last week, but we never settle down on Hard Rock Nights! We’ll get things started off at 9 p.m. eastern with some classic AC/DC and Krokus, we’ll run through some deep cuts with David Lee Roth and Poison, and we even have a couple of requests lined up for Guns N’ Roses and Izzy Stradlin. As Rob mentioned recently, it was just over a year ago when Kevin Dubrow passed. We’ll pay tribute to him as well with a seldom-heard Quiet Riot classic as well as a track from QR’s last record. Be sure to tune in to Hard Rock Nights tonight, 9-11 p.m. eastern, at classxradio.com!
According to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine, industry insiders suggest that hugely infuential ’90s alt-metal band FAITH NO MORE is planning to return next year. Kerrang! understands that a number of U.K. venues have been placed on hold for shows from the band next spring, while U.K. festival appearances are rumored to follow in the summer. Founding bassist Bill Gould played down the speculation, telling Kerrang! “If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven’t spoken with any of them in over a year. So as far as I know, there isn’t anything to talk about, and I’m pretty sure that if you were to contact [Mike] Patton [vocals], he would tell you the same thing.”
Despite several years of vigorously denying claims the band would reform, Mike Patton seems to have softened in recent months. In an interview with the Artisan News Service in January, he said “I wouldn’t rule it out. I don’t think we need to reform the band, but maybe there’s other things we could do together.”
Watch video footage of Mike Patton talking about FAITH NO MORE and “The Real Thing” at Artisan News Service.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY STARTS ON CAPRI FILMS’ ROCK’N’ROLL VAMPIRE COMEDY
STARRING ROB STEFANIUK, JESSICA PARE, MALCOLM McDOWELL, and DAVE FOLEY with Rockers ALICE COOPER, IGGY POP, MOBY, HENRY ROLLINS, ALEX LIFESON, DIMITRI COATES,
CALICO COOPER and CAROL POPE
Capri Films’ rock’n’roll vampire comedy Suck has started principal photography. The film stars Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Paré, Malcolm McDowell, Dave Foley, with Rockers Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Moby, Henry Rollins, Alex Lifeson, Dimitri Coates and Carol Pope. Calico Cooper joins her father in the cast.
Additional cast members include Paul Anthony, Mike Lobel, Chris Ratz, Barbara Mamabolo and Nicole DeBoer.
Written and directed by Rob Stefaniuk, Suck is a rock’n’roll vampire comedy about a group of musical wannabees in search of immortality and a record deal. The rock band The Winners have sunk so low, they will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom only to discover that fame and fortune are not all they’re cracked up to be.
Stefaniuk (Phil the Alien) stars as the lead singer of The Winners, Paré (The Trotsky, Wicker Park) plays bass and is the first bandmember to succumb to blood lust, McDowell (Heroes, Cockwork Orange) plays a vampire hunter who is afraid of the dark with Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) as the band’s manager. Coates plays the vampire who converts the band, Pope, a club manager, Rollins, a radio show host, and Moby, the lead singer in the rock band—Secretaries of Steak. Iggy Pop plays a music producer and Calico Cooper, a bar maid alongside Alice Cooper who plays a sinister bartender who haunts the lead singer.
The film features 11 original songs. Stefaniuk collaborated with John Kastner (The Doughboys, Asexual, Phil the Alien) on seven tracks, described as 70’s Glam Rock with a gothic edge, recorded in Los Angeles and Montreal prior to filming. Other contributions came from Ivan Doroshuk (Men Without Hats) and Dimitri Coates (Burning Brides).
Suck is being produced by Capri Vision Inc. a division of Capri Films, whose mandate is to produce commercially viable films aimed at a demographic of teens and young adults. It is part of a mentorship program where experienced professionals work side by side with talented, emerging filmmakers.
The producing team is Robin Crumley, Jeff Rogers and Victoria Hirst. Executive Producers are Gabriella Martinelli (Capri), Brad Peyton, Terry Markus, and Jeff Sackman.
Suck will be distributed in Canada by Equinoxe Films. International sales are being handled by Insight Film Releasing.
Cameron Edney from Inside Out Australia spoke to LYNCH MOB’s George Lynch (guitar; ex-DOKKEN) and singer Oni Logan about a number of topics including their new album. An excerpt from the chat is below:
Inside Out: You recently went back into the studio to begin work on the next Lynch Mob album; after so many years of recording what are you hoping to achieve in the studio this time around?
Oni Logan: “We hope to deliver a solid recording, one that will be up to snuff with the first album so to speak.
George Lynch: “Revisiting the wonderful chemistry that Oni and I shared…and building upon the legacy of that first record Wicked Sensation and doing it without the drugs and egos.”
Inside Out: What can you tell us about the new tracks you are currently working on… can you share any working titles with us?
George Lynch: “The album is tentatively entitled Smoke And Mirrors, and some of the track titles are ‘The Phasist’, ‘Mansions In The Sky’ and ‘Hollywood Heroes’. It’s got a nice old-skool four on the floor vibe to it… very honest, bare and raw!”
Oni Logan: “So far the songs that have been written are all different from each other, in some ways it’s been a bit of an adventure, it’s really too early to tell what will end up on the recording.”
Inside Out: Although you are still in the early stages with Smoke And Mirrors, has there been a release date set?
George Lynch: “We’re hoping for early summer 2009.”
Inside Out: When it comes to writing for the new album, have you approached it in the same way as you have done albums in the past or are you guys looking at this from various different angles?
Oni Logan: “The writing process is the same as ever… George comes up with a few riffs we arrange it together then I take it home and write the lyrics and melodies for it.”
Inside Out: George, I have heard that next year you are planning on doing various secret shows and releasing some limited edition albums to commemorate your 30th anniversary, can you shed any light to what it is exactly that you have planned?
George Lynch: “There’s a company called Scenefour that been working on a year and half campaign to commemorate the roughly 30th anniversary. First up is a limited edition art piece that’s really amazing, only two hundred pieces and they’re all unique. One hundred of them will be on display at art shows and the other hundred will be for sale through some retail outlets and the website.”
Courtesy of Bravewords.
I must admit that I haven’t been much of a Papa Roach fan over the years. After seeing their high energy set in Cruefest this summer, I decided to check out some of the Papa Roach’s back catalog, starting off with the bands’ 2004 CD, “Getting Away With Murder“. If it wasn’t for that live performance, I may not have picked this CD up. Much to my chagrin, I should have picked this disc up much sooner than I did.
I always considered Papa Roach to be more of a nu-metal or rap metal act, but as I quickly discovered, Papa Roach’s sound has been changing quite a bit over the years. Their current sound is more of a modern hard rock approach that blends in bits of pop, rock, and maybe even a dash of hardcore.
Jacoby Shaddix can go from a regular singing voice to a metal/hardcore like scream in a blink of an eye. Luckily their isn’t too many cookie monsterisms in his singing, which makes this disc a little more palatable to my tastes. If this CD has any faults, it is the lack of guitar solos, but the music style is quite common for rock artists today.
Not every song on this disc are instant classics, but there are quite a few good ones. Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are “Getting Away With Murder”, “Be Free”, and “Scars”.
“Getting Away With Murder” is Papa Roach’s 2nd CD to achieve a platinum selling status. (The first was the multi-platinum selling CD, “Infest”). If you are into today’s modern rock artists, you ought to give Papa Roach a chance. I was surprised to find that I liked the majority of the songs on this disc, and I think many of you will too. You can check out Papa Roach on the web at this link.
1. Blood (Empty Promises)
2. Not Listening
3. Stop Looking/Start Seeing
4. Take Me
5. Getting Away with Murder
6. Be Free
7. Done with You
10. Blanket of Fear
11. Tyranny Normality
12. Do or Die
Papa Roach is:
Jacoby Shaddix – vocals
Jerry Horton – guitar / vocals
Tobin Esperance – bass / guitar / vocals
Dave Buckner – drums / vocals
Monster Circus (featuring Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, John Corabi, Tony Montana and Bobby Rock, with special guest Dee Snider), will be appearing Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at The Masquerade Showroom At The Rio Suite Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
Doors open at 5:00 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be collected by the National Guard as part of the Toys For Tots campaign. If you would like to bring canned goods those will also be donated to families in need with the support of the National Guard.
Update: According to john-corabi.net due to production needs and a bigger stage this show has been moved to the Las Vegas Hilton.
Fender`s Custom Shop has come out with a master built exact replica of Yngwie Malmsteen’s infamous `Play Loud` guitar.
The original guitar was the one he brought with him when on his first trip to America and has been a stalwart of his live and recorded performances ever since.
Master builder John Cruz has put meticulous detail into replicating each scratch that Malmsteen has given it since he bought it in Sweden in 1979.
For the guitar-nerds amongst you, the guitar features “DiMarzio® HS-3 pickups in the bridge and neck positions and a standard Fender ’70s-era middle pickup, with a standard fender bridge, a large headstock and a battered Olympic White finish expertly treated to mirror each of the original guitar’s many battle scars—the nicks, dings, scratches, burns and worn finish spots from decades of heavy use and abuse in Malmsteen’s masterful hands.”
Check it out at your local Fender dealer, but beware, being a master built strat, expect to be coughing up the big bucks… and if you can afford it, remember what Malmsteen said: “The louder it is, the better it’s going to sound.”
The guitar will be available from Friday, November 28.
Kiss bassist and entrepreneur Gene Simmons is relaunching his label Simmons Records with Universal Music Canada and auto-parts baroness Belinda Stronach with the goal to sign, develop and merchandise three Canadian acts per year.
“This is going to be about career songs that define who and what a band is,” says Simmons, who was in Toronto to kick start the label and investigate potential acts.
Simmons has been almost omnipresent in recent years, with the reality show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” playing in more than 80 countries, and a myriad of other ventures, from marketing to comic books. Simmons Records last acted as an imprint of Sanctuary Records, releasing a Simmons’ solo album and a Canadian artist before folding.
He says his intent is to sign three Canadian acts a year and develop their songwriting, image and live skills before making any release. Universal will put the records out “when they are ready,” says Randy Lennox, president of Universal Music Canada.
Though they have not been signed, Simmons says he is particularly interested in Toronto hip-hop/funk act Down With Webster.
“I would blow Down With Webster in front of their moms,” Simmons says. No deal with the band has been inked, he adds.
Stronach’s involvement is unusual given her family’s focus on auto parts and horse racing. Lennox says Stronach is a music fan and is investing her own money in the venture. Simmons previously had a relationship with the Stronach family through his marketing company, Simmons Abramson Marketing, which ran a campaign for an energy drink created by Frank Stronach.
Simmons is not making a financial commitment to the label, instead investing what he characterized as “sweat equity.”
“I’m not doing this because of the money,” he says. “I’m like Linda Blair in ‘The Exorcist’ – I’m possessed.”
Simmons’ connection with Stronach, the daughter of auto parts magnate Frank Stronach who recently had a successful foray into Canadian federal politics with both the Conservative and Liberal parties, comes through the promotion of Frank’s Energy Drink, a beverage Simmons’ marketing company promoted.
Simmons says the goal of the imprint is to refine the songs in order to keep recording costs down. Once the record is ready, he intends to cross-promote it through a variety of ventures, including a reality television program with an as-yet unnamed Canadian network.
“This is about having all the platforms covered,” he says. “Having the record come out with a reality show at the same time the media is writing about the album. It will engulf you.”
Courtesy of www.billboard.biz
According to Bring Back Glam!, TESLA has been added to the list of performers at ShipRocked, an unparalleled five-day rock and roll music cruise. Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 15, 2009,ShipRocked will sail to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, before returning on November 20.
In addition to TESLA, ShipRocked will feature live performances on multiple stages by QUEENSRŸCHE, SKID ROW, ENDEVERAFTER, LYNAM, StoneRider, and several other major artists being announced soon. Throughout the cruise,ShipRocked passengers will be treated to an array of on-board events and activities, including meet and greets with the artists, theme nights, heavy metal karaoke, contests, charity auctions, and maybe even a few all-star jam sessions!
Everyone onboard will feel like a rock star, as they bask in both sun and luxury on MSC’s Poesia. The Poesia is the third spectacular vessel in the MSC Cruise Line’s “Musica” family of ships. This amazing super-liner features MSC Cruise Line’s signature Italian inspired decor, impeccable service, sumptuous cuisine in multiple restaurants, beautiful swimming pools, hot tubs, a full-service spa and fitness center. Nearly two-thirds of the ship’s staterooms include private balconies!
ShipRocked will truly be the ultimate rock and roll vacation and backstage pass!
Pricing for ShipRocked begins at only $599 per passenger, with early booking discounts and exclusive passenger packages available.
POISON frontman Bret Michaels‘ video for the single “Driven”, off his“Rock My World” album, has been released exclusively on BretMichaels.com. The clip contains footage from the singer’s VH1 show “Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels” — the first time it has been made available to the public before the program airs in January. The video will air on VH1 next week.
“Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels” premieres January 4, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. CST on VH1.
They said the song, Something In Your Mouth, contains lyrics that “prudish” Brits would find far to rude, and as a result, their record label Roadrunner, have pulled it from the airwaves in the UK.
The three-minute song, which appears on their new album, Dark Horse, includes the chorus: “You’re ripping up the dance floor honey, you shake your ass around for everyone.
“I love the way you dance with anybody and tease them all by sucking on your thumb. You’re so much cooler when you never pull it out, cuz you look so much cuter with something in your mouth!”
But outraged presenters on rock station Kerrang! Radio yesterday launched a campaign to get the track, which is allowed to be played on US radio stations, on Britain’s airwaves.
Evening presenters Christian Stevenson and Loz reckon Brits are should demand the right to listen to smut as they are made of sterner stuff.
Loz said “The message that Kerrang! Radio is sending to Nickelback is bring it on! We think it’s a great track and it doesn’t offend me.”
Christian, who hails from America, added “Yes the lyrics are suggestive, but the great thing about suggestive is that stuff is only as dirty as the mind of the listener.
“This track can only offend someone who is dirty minded!”
Listeners agreed and called in to their show in their droves to back the campaign.
One fan said: “A little too racy for British radio? Sorry, but the lyrics in this song probably aren’t even as ‘racy’ as songs by bands such as the Sugababes or Girls Aloud who sing about not only sex, but promote promiscuity to a much younger audience.”
rushonrock: Will you ever be really big outside mainland Europe?
TS: It’s getting better for us in the UK. Slowly but surely we’re starting to make an impression on British audiences. If you want to be big in the USA you have to go there and stay there. I wouldn’t want to live in the USA in a million years! It’s a different planet and I don’t want to go there. That means we’re never going to be a big, big act over there but that’s OK. I just don’t want to make the sacrifices we’d have to make to break that market in a big way.
rushonrock: With new album Tinnitus Sanctus up your sleeves you must have a chance?
TS: Every musician says it but TS is the best album we’ve made for sure. It’s a combination of what we’ve done in the past and new elements without sounding too ridiculous. In a heavy metal band you have to be ridiculous to a certain extent but it’s important not to cross the line.
rushonrock: Are you worried about coming over all Spinal Tap in your old age?
TS: There are lot of Spinal Tap moments in every band’s history and we’re no different. But we’ve made a classic melodic metal album which has managed not to sound too ridiculous. That’s an achievement when you play our style of rock. Take Dragonforce. They’re at the extreme end of what we do but they’re ridiculous on purpose. We’re more mid-paced than those guys – they just like to push everything to the limit. They say look at the clothes that I’m wearing and listen to the stupid things that I’m saying and they love it.
The complete interview can found and read at http://rushonrock.com/2008/11/21/exclusive-edguy-interview/
On August 16th of 2008, Poison brought their Live, Raw and Uncut Tour to Cincinnati. The band usually brings their tour here each summer, and usually plays to near sell out crowds.
I have gone to their concert for the last couple of years, and while the band was excellent last year, this time around I was a little disappointed. Big John from Rock of Love was the emcee for this show, which for me added nothing to the concert. Personally, I don’t think Bret Michaels should be mixing his Poison and Rock of Love thing together, but that is just me. The band also seemed to play a shorter set, so Bret could leave and attend an after party at a local club, the Blue Note in Cincinnati.
The set list for the show this year was something like this:
“Look What the Cat Dragged In”, ” I Want Action”, “Ride The Wind”, “I Won’t Forget You”, “What I Like About You”, “Something To Believe In”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, “Unskinny Bop”, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”, “Fallen Angel”, and the set closer “Nothin’ But A Good Time”.
Luckily Poison doesn’t overcharge their fans for their tickets, which is a good thing, but the lack of new material (no surprise there), and Bret Michael’s voice being a little off was somewhat of a disappointment to me. This was my stepdaughter’s first Poison experience, and she enjoyed it. I guess that is all that matters in the long run.
Hopefully Bret Michaels will walk away from his Rock of Love thing, and start writing some new music with Poison.
The clips below are from the show. Enjoy!
Nothin’ But A Good Time
In a recent interview with the Winnipeg Sun Kiss fire-breather Gene Simmons talked about a variety of subjects including a new Kiss album. Here is what the article has to say:
As for his day job with KISS, Simmons confirms the veteran glam-rockers are writing songs for a new album that he expects they will record next year and release next summer. KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley will produce the disc. The band will follow the album’s release with a limited tour.
“We’ll do a handful of shows just to keep in the game (next) summer, maybe 10 (dates), some Canadian shows. I know Halifax is one, but before you get out there and start the baseball season, they hold exhibition games, that’s what we’re doing. ‘Cause once we go out, it’s going to be for a year and a half.”
As for rumblings of a co-headlining tour with Queen, Simmons said, “Oh, I’ve heard that, but we don’t know until it’s real. I would be happy to step up on that stage. I’d (also) love to step up on a stage with the Stones.”
Collective Soul announces the re-release of their 8th studio album, Afterwords, on December 9th to all retail and digital outlets. The album was originally released in August 2007 via exclusive deals with Target and iTunes. This brand new edition includes for the very first time three solo songs by songwriter and singer Ed Roland; “An Evening With,” “Ain’t That Enough” and “Give.” The physical album also included a year’s membership to the band’s fan club, The Collective Souls. The digital album includes a Deluxe Edition with a 7 minute video diary from the band’s trip to Peru in early 2008.
Afterwords debuted in the Top 25 of Billboard’s Album Chart and on the iTunes Top 10 when it was originally released last year. At the same time, the disc’s first single, “Hollywood,” was used in commercials by American Idol throughout their lengthy audition process. By sheer coincidence winner David Cook was a big fan, performing Collective Soul’s classic hit, “The World I Know,” on the show’s finale, causing Entertainment Weekly to note that Cook “staked his entire Idol career on a Collective Soul cover,” and won. Songs from Afterwords have also been featured in television shows The Hills, 90210, Celebrity Apprentice, Womens Murder Club, Brothers and Sisters and Shark.
Currently, Collective Soul has a song featured in the new blockbuster film Twilight as well as the accompanying chart topping soundtrack. The soundtrack held the #1 positions on both iTunes and the Billboard charts the week it was released.
Collective Soul have released a total of 8 studio albums in their 14 year career, with nineteen singles landing in the Billboard charts, seven of those reaching the #1 spot on the magazine’s radio charts.
Hits Daily Double are reporting that GUNS N’ ROSES’ Chinese Democracy will land at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling approximately 300,000 copies in it’s first week out. The album will be topped by KANYE WEST’s 808s And Heartbreak.
Chinese Democracy scored a record 8.4 million streams when the album debuted on MySpace beginning midnight on Thursday, November 20th through midnight Sunday, November 23rd. The premiere of Chinese Democracy was the biggest promotion in MySpace’s five year history, with every MySpace territory signing on to participate.
Chinese Democracy (Black Frog/Geffen Records) is available on CD and vinyl (accompanied by a free digital download of the tracks) at Best Buy and Best Buy.com in the US, and digitally through iTunes.