Here’s the expanded KISSology/KISSmas programming that will run this Thursday December 25th – 16 1/2 Hours of KISSmass BLISS on VH1 Classic. All times Eastern & Pacific (check local listings to confirm):
9 AM – KISS at Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles ’98 (from Kissology Vol. 3)
11 AM – Hanging With KISS (with Eddie Trunk – The Kissology Volume 1 Special)
Noon – KISS at the Summit – Houston ’77 (from Kissology Vol. 1)
1 pm – The KISSology Volume 2 Special
2 PM – KISS Live From Sydney – Australia 1980 (from Kissology Vol. 2)
3 PM – Hanging With KISS (with Eddie Trunk – The Kissology Volume 1 Special)
4 PM – KISS at Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles ’98 (from Kissology Vol. 3)
6 – 6:30 PM – That Metal Show (with guest Ace Frehley)
7 PM – The KISSology Volume 2 Special
8 PM – KISS at the Summit – Houston ’77 (from Kissology Vol. 1)
9 PM – Hanging With KISS (with Eddie Trunk – The Kissology Volume 1 Special)
10 PM – KISS Live From Sydney – Australia 1980 (from Kissology Vol. 2)
11 PM – The KISSology Volume 2 Special
Midnight – KISS at Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles ’98 (from Kissology Vol. 3)
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May 7th, 2009 marks the 30th Blues Music Awards @ Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis
Walter Trout’s critically acclaimed 2008 release THE OUTSIDER [Mascot Records] is nominated by The Blues Foundation and the Blues Music Awards for Rock Blues Album of the Year.
THE OUTSIDER features 13 WalterTrout originals (the title track co-written with Trout’s bass player Rick Knapp). Trout’s backing band on THE OUTSIDER includes drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), bassist Hutch Hutchinson and pianist Jon Clearly (Bonnie Raitt), as well as Skip Edwards and Samuel Avila on the Hammond B3 and a special guest appearance by harmonica wiz Jason Ricci.
Stylistically hard to pigeonhole – - Is Trout’s music too blues for rock – or too rock for blues? — to label Walter Trout’s music is to limit it. With more than 35 years of touring and recording under his belt, this New Jersey native has been “loved and hated, accused and vindicated, packaged and presented for everyone to see,” as his brand new, autobiographical song ‘Welcome To The Human Race’ details.
Being in the studio with Trout approaches temporary insanity – the excitement, the unknown, the experimentation. Truly tantalizing sounds on par with those infamous Eric Clapton licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan riffs, are testament to Trout’s talent. His music speaks to your soul, warms your heart and has your foot tapping. Trout brings the blues to life and invigorates rock in a manner all too rare these days.
OB ZOMBIE back to Write & Direct “H2,” Sequel To 2007′s Hit Film “HALLOWEEN”
ZOMBIE NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY – BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE “LORDS OF SALEM”
2009 is the year of Zombie as Rob Zombie steps forward to write and direct H2, sequel his box office hit HALLOWEEN in 2007.
Once again, Rob Zombie has been tapped to write and direct “H2,” the sequel to Zombie’s 2007 reinvention of the horror classic “Halloween.” Malek Akkad of Trancas International Films, who also produced 2007′s Halloween with Dimension, will produce the sequel, along with Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, Zombie’s long time manager and producing partner. The announcement was made by Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company.
Dimension’s “Halloween” scored the highest Labor Day weekend opening ever with a record-breaking $30.6 million in its first four days of release and went on to gross nearly $60 million at the domestic box office in 2007.
Zombie’s “H2” will pick up at the exact moment the first movie stopped and follow the aftermath of Michael Myers murderous rampage through the eyes of heroine Laurie Strode.
“H2” will be Zombie’s fifth written and directed feature. Prior to the success of Halloween, Zombie released the critically-acclaimed film “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005), the follow-up to his cult classic “House of 1000 Corpses” (2004). Zombie just wrapped production on his animated feature film “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” due to be released in 2009. Zombie, also an accomplished recording artist, has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide, making him one of Geffen Records’ top selling and longest running artists.
Bob Weinstein stated: “Following the success of 2007’s ‘Halloween,’ we are thrilled to be back in business with Rob Zombie, bringing a sequel to theatres. The fans have made it clear – and we agree – that they feel the franchise is in great hands with Rob Zombie.”
”I am very excited to be working with Bob Weinstein again and returning to the world of ‘Halloween,’ states Zombie. “The remake laid the groundwork, now it’s time to really take Michael Myers to the next level. I believe we’ve just barely scratched the surface of where we can take this series.“
In the music arena, Zombie has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for Lords of Salem off the Educated Horses album [Geffen Records]. 2009 also brings a new studio album, still un-titled and the White Zombie box set [UMe Records] is out now. Zombie also finished his long time project “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” a full length cartoon feature whose release date is soon to be announced. For updates on ALL Zombie click to www.myspace.com/robzombie
The Darkness are considering reforming for a new album and tour, according to newspaper reports.
The band, who split in 2006, are apparently considering an offer made by the US entrepreneur behind the Dubai Desert Rocks festival to tour in 2009, reports The Sun.
However, bitter internal disputes between all four band members may put any possible reunion in jeopardy.
Relations between singer Justin Hawkins and brother/guitarist Dan Hawkins have apparently been strained since the band’s break-up, and the guitarist and drummer Ed Graham are also suing the band’s management over money they claim they are owed.
Bassist Frankie Poullain left the group in 2005, though it is not clear if a proposed reunion would include him.
As previously reported, Justin Hawkins’ new band Hot Leg made their live debut at London‘s Proud Galleries on August 6
The following YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ringtones are available for purchase via AT&T:
* Icarus Dream Suite
* Death Dealer
* Caprici Di Diablo
* Heavy Heart
* Miracle Of Life
* Prelude To April
“Perpetual Flame”, the new album from Malmsteen, sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Released on October 14, the CD is the first-ever Yngwie effort to be issued via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch) and it marks the debut ofMalmsteen‘s new singer, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens.
Peoria is trying to get one of the biggest rock bands in history to play at the Civic Center again. Regent Broadcasting is trying to get AC/DC to play in Peoria in the fall.
The Rock Band played a raucous concert at the newly opened civic center in 1982, and there’s an urban legend that they’ve been banned from playing in the River City ever since.
“No they are not banned. Yes, they are more than welcome to be here. But obviously, AC/DC is the biggest rock band in the world. They have the #1 album in 37 countries and it’s obviously been 25 years. It takes some work to get the band to find Peoria on the radar screen to come back and play here,” Matt Bahan with 105.7 The X Rocks Morning Show says.
That’s why on Saturday, January 10th at 1:30 in the afternoon there will be an AC/DC rally outside between the civic center and City Hall. Besides loud music, they’re hoping thousands of fans will come with their faces and bodies painted to petition the band to play in Peoria.
You can also sign a petition at the station’s website, which you can get to by clicking on the link to the side of this story.
About 9500 tickets would be available at $85 each for an AC/DC concert in the arena.
It’s that time of year again can you believe it? How the hell is it Christmas already?? I know I say that every year but damn, time really flies when you’re having fun.
I’ve been in the studio working on the new Anthrax album since November 4. The drums, bass and rhythm guitars are done (I just finished up 19 tracks of blistering rhythms a few nights ago) and the vocals started in NYC today. So far we are right on schedule and it’s sounding REALLY FUCKING GREAT. We should be mixing at the end of January and soon after that giving birth to a really pissed off, loud, fast and heavy child.
Being that it is the end of the year it’s time for my year end favorites in music, movies, TV, and of course food. 2008 was a strange year for me music-wise because I have spent all year writing and then going into the studio so I wasn’t as involved in “the scene” or staying up to date with the ever growing world of metal as I usually would be. I really have been living in a cave as they say.
I based my favorite album choices on what I listened to the most on my iPod and iTunes when driving or flying or working out or sitting around the house. It makes it really easy because it gives you the play counts so you know how many times you listened and when. I love technology.
OK, here are my lists:
Favorite Albums (in no specific order):
– Muse — HAARP
– Toxic Holocaust — An Overdose Of Death
– Metallica — Death Magnetic
– AC/DC — Black Ice
– Death Angel — Killing Season
– Testament¬ — The Formation Of Damnation
– Bloc Party — Intimacy
– Slipknot — All Hope Is Gone
- Source: http://www.suicidegirls.com
In celebration of the Fall cross-Canada tour, PAPA ROACH have released the ‘Hollywood Whore EP’ both on iTunes and on ‘Limited Edition’ CD! The Canada-only EP includes the brand new track ‘Hollywood Whore’, as well as live tracks and videos! The new EP is available now at your favorite Canadian record store.
The Track Listing is:
- Hollywood Whore
- Getting Away With Murder (Live In Chicago)
- Scars (Live In Chicago)
You can watch the video for “Hollywood Whore” below.
In an historic acknowledgement of the depth and breadth of British rock influence in the fabric of American culture, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has selected founding members of legendary British rock band The Who, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, to be among the distinguished honorees who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors of 2008.
On Sunday, December 7th, in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the remaining two members of one of rock’s most vital and influential musical forces will be joined by four other recipients to be honored at the 31st annual national celebration of the arts: actor Morgan Freeman, singer George Jones, director, actress, singer, writer, composer and producer Barbra Streisand, and choreographer Twyla Tharp.
The recognition of The Who will mark the first time a rock band has ever received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor. Previous British honorees include, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, among others. The 2008 honorees will be seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Bush, accepting the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.
“As the heart and soul of the seminal band The Who, songwriters and singers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey transformed the sights and sounds of rock and roll,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman.
“This is a great thrill,” stated Mr. Townshend. “Since the Who began in the early ’60s we have loved American music and audiences and have made deep and lasting friendships with everyone involved in the industry there. Roger and I both feel our work in the United States has been as important as our work at home. Because our medium rock music is quintessentially American music with broad and deep international and multicultural roots, this honour is especially meaningful to us Brits.”
Mr. Daltrey also commented: “As a teenager growing up in the austerity of post-war England, it was the music I heard emanating from America that gave me a dream to hang my life on. To make music and make it there. I am deeply touched at receiving this honour, the warmth and affection I feel from our US audience is humbling indeed. To be added to the list of past recipients of this award makes that dream come true.”
The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year, and its broadcast on CBS is a high point of the holiday television season. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 31st consecutive year as a two-hour prime time special on Tuesday, December 30 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Produced by George Stevens Jr., the 2008 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, Nashville, and the arts capitals of the world. The President and Mrs. Bush will receive the Honorees and members of the Artists Committee, who nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House prior to the gala performance. The 2008 Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a supper dance in the Grand Foyer.
Coinciding with this honor, The Who At Kilburn: 1977 is now available on DVD & Blu-Ray from Image Entertainment. One of the last filmed performances with all the band’s original members showcases them in top form performing many of their biggest hits.
See below for links to the trailer and the DVDs press release.
Warner Music Group said they will pull all of their music videos and related content off YouTube this weekend as negotiations between the label and the video site hit a stand still. WMG was one of the first of the majors to align itself with YouTube. “We are working actively to find a resolution with YouTube that would enable the return of our artists’ content to the site,” the label says in a statement. “Until then, we simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide.”
While WMG has withdrawn their videos from YouTube, the videos are still streaming at YouTube’s biggest challengers, MySpace Music and MTV Music. “Sometimes, if we can’t reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners,” YouTube responds in a statement. Despite the reports and threats to pull their catalogue from YouTube, pretty much every WMG video we looked up at YouTube is still streaming. Madonna, Van Halen, T.I., Led Zeppelin… all still there, their “official video channels” still intact.
HRH Comment: This seems like it would hurt the artists more than it would help them. What do you think?
THE ANSWER, a four-piece rock band from Northern Ireland now touring as the opening act on AC/DC‘s Black Ice World Tour, has inked a European deal (excluding the U.K.) with the German record labelSteamhammer/SPV. The group’s second album, “Everyday Demons”, will be released in Europe on March 2, 2009. The CD was produced byJohn Travis (KID ROCK, STATIC-X, etc.) and mixed by Tim Palmer andMike Fraser (who recently mixed AC/DC‘s “Black Ice”).
THE ANSWER will continue to tour America with AC/DC until the end of January, and starting on February 18, the band will visit Europe as special guests as part of the sold-out Black Ice tour.
“We’ve been on tour almost constantly for two years, have seen a lot of the world and made a lot of important experiences — a development that you can hear on ‘Everyday Demons’,” says guitarist Paul Mahon.
THE ANSWER‘s debut North American title “Never Too Late”, is a limited-edition two-disc set that bundles a four-song EP and a bonus DVDfeaturing previously unreleased footage.
Recently included on Rolling Stone‘s Hot List, THE ANSWER is made up ofCormac Neeson (lead vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Micky Waters(bass) and James Heatley (drums). In Europe and the U.K. — where their major awards include Best New UK Band at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards — they’ve opened shows for THE ROLLING STONES,THE WHO, AEROSMITH and other legendary acts. THE ANSWER has also headlined tours in the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia, where their first album “Rise” won significant critical and popular acclaim.
Twisted Sister seemingly opened the floodgates for a new batch of hard rockin’ Christmas tunes when they released their album, “Twisted Christmas” in 2006. “We Wish You A Metal Xmas, and a HeadBanging New Year” has more hard rock and metal stars than any other Christmas compilation in history (Yes, even more than Monster Ballads Christmas from 2007). With that being said, it has to be awesome right?!
For the most part it is, and I would go so far as saying they have one upped, “Twisted Christmas” with this compilation.
First and foremost, I am a Jeff Scott Soto fan and he can do little wrong in my eyes. He helps rock out this rocking version of “We Wish You A Merry (Metal) Xmas”. My step daughter likes this one too. I caught her singing “We Wish You A Metal Christmas”. :)
You either have to love or hate Lemmy Kilmister. His rendition of “Run Rudolph Run” is pretty fun for the most part, but you know what to expect from his vocals. I have officially started a new holiday tradition by singing “Run Rudolph Run” in my best Lemmy Kilmister voice. What a great way to annoy the spouse and siblings.! :)
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is a creepy and cool rendition of this tune. Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi make this sound like a lost Black Sabbath cut.
“Silver Bells” is one of the weaker moments on this disc. Geoff Tate’s lack of vocal fortitude really shows up badly on this song. He can’t hit the notes that this song requires, and that is a shame. He used to have an awesome voice, but it is severely lacking here.
Dug Pinnick from King’s X turns in a semi soulful version of the Little Drummer Boy. George Lynch adds some pretty tasty guitar licks to this version.
You have to love Ripper Owens. He may not be the best singer in the world, but he can really metalize Christmas songs like no one else. Steve Morse provides the tasty guitar licks on “Santa Claus is Back In Town”, and Ripper drives it home with his metal screams. I love it!
Chuck Billy destroys “Silent Night” with his death metal growl, but I think this is more tongue in cheek, than anything else. I can’t say I ever expected to hear a death/thrash metal version of “Silent Night”, but the unit of Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse and John Tempesta somehow manage to pull this off. The shredding on this tune is pretty awesome.
Every time I hear “Deck the Halls” I think it is Geoff Tate back for another dose. It is actually Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan. I don’t know if is just me, but his voice also sounds worse for wear here. I don’t remember him sounding anything like this in the 90′s.
RATT’s Stephen Pearcy pulls off a pretty good version of “Grandman Got Ran Over By A Reindeer”. As it turns out, Pearcy has a pretty good voice for this tune. Who would have thought that?
As a whole, I have enjoyed this CD, and have replayed this quite a bit . This is easily the best hard rock Christmas CD released in 2008. Buy it!!
- We Wish You A Merry Xmas – (Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Chris Wyse, Ray Luzier)
- Run Rudolph Run – (Lemmy Kilmister, Billy F. Gibbons, Dave Grohl)
- Santa Claws Is Coming To Town – (Alice Cooper, John 5, Billy Sheehan, Vinny Appice)
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – (Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright)
- Silver Bells (Geoff Tate, Carlos Cavazo, James Lomenzo, Ray Luzier)
- Little Drummer Boy – (Dug Pinnick, George Lynch, Billy Sheehan, Simon Phillips)
- Santa Claus Is Back In Town – (Tim Owens, Steve Morse, Juan Garcia, Marco Mendoza, Vinny Appice)
- Silent Night – (Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse, John Tempesta)
- Deck The Halls – (Oni Logan, Craig Goldy, Tony Franklin, John Tempesta)
- Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer – (Stephen Pearcy, Tracii Guns, Bob Kulick, Billy Sheehan, Greg Bissonette)
- Rockin’ Around The Xmas Tree – (Joe Lynn Turner, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright)
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – (Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Marco Mendoza, Kenny Aronoff)
Produced by: Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen
Want to hear clips off of the new Styper album, “Murder By Pride”? Click here to find out how!
Swedish female-fronted heavy rock band SISTER SIN is seeking a new bass player. All applicants should be:
* Between 22 and 32 years old.
* Experienced studio and live performers
* Prepared to tour A LOT!
* Live in Gothenburg, Sweden or be prepared to move there.
* Be familiar with SISTER SIN‘s musical style and be prepared to participate in the songwriting process
Send a short bio, pics and music link to: email@example.com.
“Switchblade Serenades”, the debut album from SISTER SIN, debuted at No. 107 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The first SISTER SIN video, “On Parole”, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in late July in Stockholm with director Bill Schacht, who has previously worked with AMON AMARTH, DIO, ALICE COOPER and KING DIAMOND. The track is the first single off “Switchblade Serenades”, which was released in North America through Victory Records.
Having grown apathetic towards the popular trends in heavy Swedish music,SISTER SIN arose from the gutters of Gothenburg in 2002. Settling on their moniker because it represented their “bound to absolutely nothing” lifestyles, the furious foursome entered the local scene as a hard-hitting, undeniable metal force.
Backed up with fresh lyrics and gritty riffs, SISTER SIN set out to inject some of what had been absent from the heavy metal scene since the glory days of MÖTLEY CRÜE, MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P. and ACCEPT.
“Switchblade Serenades” was produced by Tobias Lindell at Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden.
For more information, visit www.sistersin.com.
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has finally ruled out the band getting back together for a concert tour
Plant, 60, said he has moved on to other things and was getting too old for two-hour rock shows in giant arenas across the world.
But he said he was regularly in touch with guitarist Jimmy Page and they were still great friends.
Plant has been nominated for five Grammy awards for his Raising Sands album with American bluegrass singer Alsion Krauss.
He said: “I’m doing very well with Alison and I’m enjoying that.
“I still see Jimmy quite a lot and he’s very complimentary and supportive of what I’m doing.
“But we are in different places now and you have to go on to do different things.”
Plant was on stage yesterday being interviewed on BBC Radio Wales by actress Ruth Jones who plays Nessa in TV’s Gavin and Stacey.
The live show came from Barry, South Wales, where part of the cult comedy is set.
Plant agreed to do a rare live interview because he is such a huge fan of the show.
But when Ruth asked him about a Led Zep reunion Plant said: “Do you know how long it took me to climb up onto the stage here – and it’s only four steps!”
Plant delighted the crowd by praising Ruth Jones for her Nessa character.
He said: “I’d just like to say thanks for giving me so many laughs over the last couple of years.”
UK rockers THE WILDHEARTS have issued the following year-end update:
“As a Christmas thank-you to all of our fans, The Wildhearts will be giving away a brand new, unreleased track on their MySpace and Facebook pages to download for free.
The track ‘Borderline’ will be available late on Xmas Eve and throughout theholidays as a thank-you for all of your support in 2008.
Download, enjoy & share.
The band are currently busy writing and demoing tracks for their new studio album due out in 2009.
Have a peaceful and Happy Christmas and we’ll see you very soon.”
This year has been a great one not only for new hard music releases, but also for live music as well.
Each day I will present to you the 10 ten live videos from HRH in 2008. There are a few you would expect, and quite a few that you wouldn’t.
Coming in at # 10 is Airbourne’s Live Performance of “Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll” at the A1A Club in Lexington, KY. This video clocked in with 7, 050 views in 2008!
According to HardDrive Radio, PAPA ROACH is streaming what will probably be the band’s first “official” single from its forthcoming“Metamorphosis” album called “Lifeline”. Go to www.proachriot.com to sign up and check it out.
“Metamorphosis” will follow up 2006′s “The Paramour Sessions”. The disc will mark the recording debut with PAPA ROACH of ex-UNWRITTEN LAW drummer Tony Palermo, who replaced founding drummer Dave Buckner last year after Buckner went down with personal issues.
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Former KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY was the featured guest on Eddie Trunk’s Friday Night Rocks radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM as part of Eddie’s yearly tradition of The Original Merry Kissmas Special.
Frehley revealed that new album artwork will appear on his newly-launched website on January 5th. His long-awaited new album will be out next spring.
With respect to the songs on forthcoming album, Frehley told BW&BK recently: “There’s a heavy rocker called ‘Pain In The Neck’. And actually, I wrote this song called ‘A Little Below The Angels’. That’s a bit more of a commercial one, with a catchy hook. There’s another song called ‘Genghis Khan’, which is kind of like, if I had to categorize it, it’s maybe a little like ‘Kashmir’ from LED ZEPPELIN, a slower kind of grooving track with a good melody. There’s a slower track, which also has a kind of commercial… you know, the word commercial has changed. It’s called ‘Change The World’, which is an interesting kind of track, probably different from anything I’ve ever done. In fact it is different from anything I’ve ever done. You know, I think people are going to dig it. It’s slower, something you could imagine hearing on the radio. My bass player Anthony Esposito, he’s been helping me with the record from the beginning. He is playing bass on all the tracks so far. Anton Fig is playing drums on most of the tracks. I’ve got my touring drummer Scot Coogan; he’s going to be on a couple of tracks on the record. And I don’t think I mentioned Derrek Hawkins, the other guitar player.”
Twas the Hard Rock Nights before Christmas and all through the mansion…
Everyone was rockin’, even Sebastian.
He was listening to the radio close
To see if JT would play Guns N’ Roses.
But to begin the show, the disc jockey said, “Mister,
I’m gonna play some Twisted Sister!”
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights we’ll be celebrating the holiday season with select hard rockin’ Christmas tunes mixed in with your favorite classics from bands like Poison, Mötley Crüe, and Van Halen. Deep cuts from Dangerous Toys and Badlands are also on tap, as well as new stuff from Broken Teeth, Sixx:A.M., and Guns N’ Roses. Tune in to classxradio.com from 9-11 p.m. eastern time every Saturday night for the best hard rock radio show on the planet!
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is going to spend more time in rehab.
A court commissioner in Los Angeles agreed Friday to place Adler in a state-sanctioned drug rehabilitation program and keep Adler out of prison.
Adler’s court appearance came a day after TV audiences watched him graduate from a drug-treatment program that is the focus of VH1′s show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”
Adler missed a court appearance last week, but told the court on Friday that he had been in another rehab program that he completed just earlier in the day.
Los Angeles police arrested the rocker in July. He was charged with felony drug possession and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of drugs. Adler will remain on probation while he tries to complete the state program.
Bravewords.com correspondent Deb Rao recently spoke with RHINO BUCKET / KIX guitarist Brian Forsythe. The interview appears below
Q: Brian, Rhino Bucket have placed a track in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky feature, The Wrestler. The movie stars Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, both nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as Bruce Springsteen for Best Original Song, ‘The Wrestler’. How did this come into fruition?
Forsythe: “That’s news to me, I didn’t even know about this. Awesome!”
Q: Rhino Bucket is currently putting the finishing touches on your upcoming release, Taking The Fifth on Acetate Records. Tell us about the writing process for this album. Over how long a time period did it take to record the album?
Forsythe: “Taking The Fifth is just the working title. We’re still trying to come up with something better. We all contribute. Each individual song is someone’s initial idea, then we all put our own spin on it and it turns into a Rhino Bucket song. We wrote most of the songs during the fall of 2007 in a Winnebago driving around the country. This record took a lot longer to record than we had planned. One of the reasons is because we were still running off on the weekends to play gigs all around the country and then coming home to record during the week. The mixing is a whole other can of worms.”
Q: In your opinion, how does this compare to previous Rhino Bucket releases?
Forsythe: “It’s the best one yet!”
Q: What does the title, Taking The Fifth denote to you?
Forsythe: “That was George’s idea and we have since decided to change it to something else.”
You can read the rest of the interview at http://www.bravewords.com/news/103212
Nick Perri has posted the following update on his blog:
I’ll never forget the phone call between Brent Smith and myself last year. He offered me an incredible opportunity – one that I am grateful for, one that I have never taken for granted, and one that I will always cherish. The truth is however, after 10 months something inside of me just doesn’t feel right. This is a personal matter and has NOTHING to do with the band, our amazing crew, or inspiring team of In De Goot management, and Atlantic Records. They have ALL made me feel welcome, and for that I thank them. Truth be told, I gave this my BEST shot. I have never done anything half way, and SHINEDOWN is no exception. It is my belief that the band is on a path towards greatness and no one can change or stop that. It is one though, that I will not be traveling. I have decided to leave the band, and make my own path. Respectfully, I will bow out at the end of this year, and I wish them nothing but the best in their collective quest to make great music, and bring it to the world. I have loved these guys since the day we met 6 plus years ago, and I will love them till the end. I thank all of you, the fans – without whom NONE of our lives would be the same – for all of the love and support you showed me in joining last year. You made me feel welcome, and I appreciate that more than I could put into words. Please know how much you mean to everyone involved in SHINEDOWN, and how much you mean to me, personally. On a final note I wanted to thank my brothers – Brent, Barry, Zach, and Eric. You guys are the best musicians I’ve ever known, and are inspiring both onstage and off. I know your all heart, and that’s what makes the difference. My best wishes go out to you, and your families, and I thank you with all the love in my heart for the last year. It was unforgettable.
Two years ago, many folks around the Grand Strand were thrilled about Hard Rock Park. Now, no one seems to want it.
The theme park couldn’t find a qualified bidder at its bankruptcy auction Thursday. The question now – what happens next?
The sign in front of the property still says the park will reopen in 2009. Local officials said that’s highly unlikely.
A Florida company, PARC Management, is interested in running Hard Rock Park but not buying it.
When the company asked local governments if they might be interested in investing in the bankrupt park, the idea went down like a Led Zeppelin.
“Horry County government is not in the amusement park business,” said Horry County council chairman Liz Gilland.
Horry County Attorney John Weaver sees a couple of potential outcomes:
The Chapter 11 reorganization could revert to Chapter 7, which would mean selling off the park’s assets. But he says that’s unlikely because it would be expensive for a buyer to dismantle the rides and move them.
Or, the bankruptcy court could dismiss the case and it would end up in common pleas court. The mortgage holders would repossess the property and sell off what they could.
Or there’s still a chance a buyer could appear at the last minute, and reopen the park. They might be able to get government help through tax credits or job training programs.
“There are some statutory assistance that they should be eligible for,” said Hugh Owens of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp.
What no one wants is for the park to become an eyesore. Chamber of Commerce and government leaders said, what’s holding things back is how much it would take to turn the park around.
“Hard Rock Park is either going to become a positive or a negative and we’ve all got high hopes that it’s going to be a strong positive and it can, but it’s going to take a lot of money,” Gilland said.
The park declared bankruptcy in September, just five months after it opened.
Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY have lined up the following headline dates (support TBA):
29 – Firewater – Dallas, TX
1 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
2 – Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
4 – Scout Bar – Beaumont, TX
6 – The Bottling – Company Hattiesburg, MS
7 – Fire – Jackson, MS
9 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
12 – The Rock – Maplewood, MN
20 – Piere’s Entertainment Center – Ft. Wayne, IN
21 – Benton Civic Center – Benton, IL
The band, along with FAKTION, will support HINDER on January 31st at Wild West in Lubbock, Texas.
HRH: I haven’t posted too many of the Answer’s updates from their blog, but this one was too cool not to share!
After L.A. we got onboard the rock’n’roll train to phoenix, Arizona.It was agreat show and when we came off stage we were greeted by someone who looked familiar and said to us,”guys that was great but you’re just getting started you need to go out there and do another hr!I’ve got another gig across the street for you if your not done yet?’,it was Alice Cooper!We’re not worthy!we talked to Alice about rock’n’roll and golf,he’s playing off 4 but at this point in time is playing alittle better than that.After the show he invited us over to Cooperstown for a few drinks.It sure was fun hanging out with Alice and next time we are hitting the course!Thanks to Alice,Danny and Ralph for taking care of us!
The next show was in san Antonio and we got to meet up with our old friends the Gaults.When you go to sxsw festival in Austin texas most of the bands stay with a family in the area and the Gaults became our surrogate family during our stay!It was great to see them and hang out in Austin for a aday or 2.On our day off in Austin we did an interview and photo shoot for French magazine rockhard and spent some time on 6th street.Its quite a different atmosphere at this time of year compared to sxsw time,alittle more relaxed.After a day off we rolled out to Houston.I cant remember much about Houston other than watching “for those about to rock” from the side of the stage and the cannons not being as loud as I was expecting,I must be going deaf,they usually take your head off!Maybe my earplugs have started working.
We had a long drive to Athens Georgia ahead of us after Houston.Tiger woods golf and flight of the conchords helped us along the way.Athens is the home of rem,drivin’n’cryin and our tour manger trey.And who did we bump into in little italy but Michael stipe,he was sat in the corner……..well maybe not but mike mills came to the show a few days later.We had dinner in a great sushi bar,shots at the 40watt and few other bars.We had a dc show in Atlanta,agreat rock’n’roll town and a great audience to play to,looking forward to going back.The we had our 1st headlining show of the tour in Athens Georgia.We had hoped to do more but it didn’t work out with all the long drives we have been doing.We have only been doing 30mins a night with acdc so there were a lot of songs we hadn’t played in a while and some new ones we have yet to play to an audience.We went into a local rehearsal room,nuci’s space,in the morning to blow the dust off some songs.Then we loaded into the 40watt.It was more like the sort of gig we are used to back home.Our set was abit longer and we played come follow me,
Never too late,
On and on,
Under the sky,
Encore-Dead of the night
It was good to be playing alonger set and after playing arenas for a few months we had almost forgotten what it was like to play a show but after a few tunes we were tearing it up like usual!After the show we indulged in double shots of patron and thin lizzies!!Thanks to the dumps and pride parade for supporting and rocking out.Look forward to seeing you guys again.Big thanks to ,nuci’s space,Rick,barrie and all at the 4owatt for making it happen.And clay enough with that george jones stuff you better know the chords to sin city next time we’re back,that’s all im saying!!
When you live on a tour bus one thing I’ve noticed is that your perception of time goes right out the window and so it goes we played charlotte yesterday and I’ll be damned if I didn’t get up at 5pm and go onstage at 7.30pm,we still rocked though!!I guess you become conditioned to put everything into that 30mins everynight and the day revolves around that whether you realise it or not,I guess dave lee roth was right!
And today here we are in jackson,no sign of any gin-soaked barroom queens unfortunately.We are beside the beach and its as warm as an irish summer,I hope its snowing when I go home!!!!Anyway we have 2 more shows to go,1 in fort lauderdale and one in tampa,then we will fly home for xmas!!!I guess we are just about ready to go home for a few days though Im sure im gonna wake up in the middle of the night,grab my guitar and wonder what time we are onstage and think damn im at home!!But sure we will be back to do it all over again in january!!If I don’t put anymore blogs before I go home I would just like to say Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to everyone!Thanks for all your support and looking forward to seein all our friends old and new next year and playing everyday demons for y’all!
For you Van Halen fans that can’t get enough of “Diamond Dave”, check out the following link!