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.