Pop Evil has posted a teaser of their new video, “100 In A 55” online. Check it out below!
Steve Vai is set to release his famed Naked Tracks on CD for the first time. Previously only
sold on www.vai.com and iTunes as downloads only, Vai wanted to give his fans and players of all ages something special – An excellent practice tool for any guitarist. “Through the years, whenever I would mix my records I would usually do a mix of specific songs without the lead guitar. This allowed me to play along with the track or make loops to jam to, and because I figured perhaps someday maybe others would like to do the same,” explains Vai. “Voila! We have arrived at someday!”
Naked Tracks is housed in a special limited edition digi-pack box set. This series of play-along CDs is designed to help create an atmosphere of focus so you can shred yourself into a personally-induced inspirational nirvana. Included in the set are 5 CD’s featuring backing tracks from the following albums:
• Passion And Warfare
• Sex & Religion
• Alien Love Secrets
• Fire Garden
• The Ultra Zone
• Alive In An Ultra World
• Real Illusions: Reflections
You can download the liner notes, transcripts, tab, lead sheet and scores all available soon at www.vai.com/nakedtracks. Here Vai will give the various parameters regarding the key, scale, time signature and more of each track as well as guitar solo transcripts and tabs.
Steve Vai is one of the most influential guitarists of our time. The Naked Tracks box-set is a testament to his vanguard approach and creative mind-set. This box set is a must-have for the aspiring guitarist, the seasoned guitarist and for all Steve Vai collectors.
For more information click on www.vai.com or call the Guitar Center nearest you and find out your stores date of arrival for the Naked Tracks box-set! For outside of the USA go to your nearest retail store or if you want it NOW download the full version from www.vai.com or iTunes~
“Roc Doc: Iron Maiden: Flight 666,” “100 Concerts in 100 Days,” “Roc Doc: Lords of the Revolution,” “Rock Across America,” “Download Festival,” and “Hard Rock Calling Festival”
VH1 Classic and Live Nation Invite Fans on Tour for the “I’m With the Band” Sweepstakes
This Summer VH1 Classic is bringing its viewers more of their favorite classic artists with all-new exclusive series and specials. The new slate of programming begins on June 6th with “Roc Doc: Iron Maiden: Flight 666.” The network’s summer lineup also includes premieres of “Rock Across America,” “VH1 Classic’s 100 Concerts in 100 Days,” “Roc Doc: Lords of the Revolution,” “Roc Doc: Woodstock 40 Years Later,” “Download Festival,” and “Hard Rock Calling Festival.”
“Roc Doc: Iron Maiden: Flight 666” simulcast on VH1 and VH1 Classic Saturday June 6, at 9PM*
VH1 Classic is celebrating British heavy rock legends Iron Maiden in a big way for the premiere of “Roc Doc: Iron Maiden: Flight 666” on Saturday, June 6 at 9PM*.” Iron Maiden: Flight 666″ is an inspirational account of the chaotic and often humorous world of a band touring the four corners of the world, giving a behind-the-scenes look at what happens on and off stage. For the first time ever the band gave full access to a film crew to document their journey for their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour and this resulted in the critically acclaimed, full-length documentary film. Delivering some of the most spectacular live footage ever seen of the band, the film takes viewers from Mumbai to Santiago, L.A. to Sydney, Tokyo to Sao Paolo and many major cities between. Through drama, excitement and fan pandemonium, the film is an honest and revealing portrait of one of the world’s most successful rock bands.
VH1 Classic kicks off Fourth of July Weekend with “Rock Across America” on Thursday, July 2 thru Monday, July 6
VH1 Classic is celebrating some of America’s most influential music icons from each region of the United States over July 4th weekend. Beginning on Thursday, July 2nd through Monday, July 6 the network will “Rock Across America” and dedicate one day to each region of the country including the East, Midwest, South and West. The 4-day marathon, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson from “That Metal Show” will include some of the greatest concerts known to the rock ‘n’ roll world and will give an all-access look into the lives of these American music greats that helped shape the classic rock culture. “Rock Across America” caps off with two amazing premieres, “VH1 Storytellers: ZZ Top” on Saturday, July 4th at 9PM* and “VH1 Classic in Concert: Creedence Clearwater Revival Live at Royal Albert Hall” on Sunday, July 5th at 8PM*.
VH1 Classic’s “100 Concerts in 100 Days” kicks off Monday, July 6
Hold on to your seats as VH1 Classic takes you behind the scenes and gives you VIP access to some of the most legendary, classic concerts with “100 Concerts in 100 Days” kicking off on Monday, July 6th. VH1 is taking you through rock history with “Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same,” “Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in NYC,” “Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon,” “Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back in Time,” and “Live Aid: The Day the Music Changed the World.”
VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” hosts bring you the “Download Festival” on Friday, July 17 at 8PM*.
VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson head to Donnington, England to give you an exclusive behind the scenes of the Download Festival. The two-day festival features some of the hottest metal acts out now including, Faith No More, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, and ZZ Top to name a few. The “Download Festival” will be aired in two parts on Friday, July 17th at 8PM*. The first part will feature a special edition of “That Metal Show” where Jim, Don, and Eddie will deliver exclusive backstage interviews and the second show will feature performances by some of the top headliners of the festival.
“Roc Doc: Lords of the Revolution” simulcast on VH1 and VH1 Classic on Monday, August 10th – Friday, August 14 at 8PM*
Beginning on Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14 at 8PM*, VH1 Classic will air the five-part one-hour series “Lords of the Revolution,” a new documentary series from VH1 Rock Docs. The series celebrates the counterculture icons of the ’60s and ’70s – the legends who defied the social, political and cultural mores of their time. From political heavyweights like the Black Panthers to cutting-edge cultural trendsetters like Andy Warhol. This documentary series profiles the nonconformist heroes – and anti-heroes – of the 60s and 70s, telling the dangerous, subversive stories of a cultural revolution. Edgy, colorful, visually dynamic, the docs will feature new first-hand interviews, plenty of archive photos and footage, an unconventional graphic treatment, and a hip rock soundtrack.
“Roc Doc: Woodstock: 40 Years Later” simulcast on VH1 and VH1 Classic on Friday, August 14 at 9PM*
In the summer of 1969, on a farm about 90 miles north of New York City, more than 500,000 people gathered for a three day music festival that in an instant, defined a generation and changed popular culture forever…Woodstock. Now, 40 years after that historic moment, VH1 Rock Docs and History have joined forces for a unique television collaboration: the definitive two-hour documentary, “Roc Doc: Woodstock: 40 Years Later,” which will premiere on VH1 Classic on Friday, August 14 at 9PM*. Directed by two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple and Executive Produced by Michael Lang, the original festival organizer, the film examines Woodstock from the perspectives of not only the musicians who graced the stage, but the fans who gathered in mass, the concert promoters who risked everything and countless others whose unique experiences help paint a tapestry of Woodstock that hasn’t been seen in recent years.
VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” hosts bring you the “Hard Rock Calling Festival” simulcast on VH1 and VH1 Classic on Friday, August 21 at 9PM*
The hosts of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” are taking you back stage and giving you true VIP treatment to one of the hottest festivals in England during the summer. Join Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, and Eddie Trunk for an unforgettable behind the scenes look at the “Hard Rock Calling Festival” on Friday, August 21 at 9PM*. The two-day festival which was filmed live on June 12-14th in London’s legendary Hyde Park features headliners Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Neil Young, and The Killers along with Dave Matthews Band, The Kooks, and Ben Harper and the Relentless 7.
VH1 Classic is also teaming up with Live Nation to invite fans on tour with some of the most legendary artists of all time with the “I’m With the Band” sweepstakes. Fans who sign up to receive the VH1 Classic Newsletter at VH1Classic.com through August 2009 will be entered to receive specific details for each giveaway and instructions on how to enter to win 2 tickets to classic tours including: Def Leppard with Poison and Cheap Trick, Aerosmith & ZZ Top and Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynrd.
Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Madonna and many more. Learn more at VH1Classic.com.
The holy grail of music CD’s turned up on Ebay once again. One lucky, or unlucky bidder depending on how you look at it, won a copy of Airbourne’s debut EP for a mere $335.94. That is $41.99 per song!
I love Airbourne, but that price is far too steep for me! Insanity!!
The anticipation is growing as the release date for Chickenfoot’s eponymous debut grows nearer, several rock magazines are hailing the band as a breath of fresh air. Chickenfoot, which consists of drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani and vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen) will release their debut, which will be packaged in exclusive “heat sensitive” artwork, www.chickenfoot.us/album on earMUSIC in Europe on Friday June 5th followed by the North American release on Tuesday June 9th. It will also be available online at iTunes and Napster. The band has also scheduled an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”, Friday June 5th.
With the album currently at No. 6 in the Amazon.co.uk pre-order chart, the album will coincide with a European tour in June and July that will take in a number of outdoor festivals and intimate indoor dates, including a rare concert at the London 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday June 25th.
The band has also posted on their website a video serial titled “12 Days of the Foot”, where Joe, Chad, Mike, Sammy share some background on each song of the new album. Also included are clips of each song so you can get a listen in advance of the release date. One episode, one song per day. You can check it out by visiting www.chickenfoot.us/12days
Full “Chickenfoot” Track Listing:
- Avenida Revolution
- Soap On A Rope
- Sexy Little Thing
- Oh Yeah
- Runnin’ Out
- Get It Up
- Down The Drain
- My Kinda Girl
- Learning To Fall
- Turnin’ Left
- Future In The Past
The other day I received an email from Motley Crue, or whoever runs the Crue website. The email told me that my Membership in the Motley Crue fan club was about to expire and that I needed to do nothing. It would automatically be renewed, and the credit card I used the first time around would be charged $40.00. I immediately said HELL NO, and canceled what was left of my fan club membership. It made me ask the question, are fan club memberships really worth it? What did I get for my $40.00 that I spent in 2008 for the Motley Crue S.I.N. club? I was able to get really good seats for Cruefest 2008, and that was about it. I got a pre-sale password for tickets and was able to order my tickets before most folks….was that worth the money? Probably not. When I ordered tickets for Cruefest 2009, it didn’t really help at all. My seats this year are far worse than they wore in 2008. That is pretty disappointing in my opinion. I won’t even mention the lineup for Cruefest 2009, that is a subject for another discussion.
Ok, so I could get access to their password protected forum. Big Deal! No meet & greet, or any other benefits except a discount to purchase the bands’ overpriced merchandise online. Oh, if I were to renew, I would get a the following:
This year's member gift is an EXCLUSIVE, S.I.N. Club only Live EP from Cruefest 2008, and a S.I.N. patch!
An EP and patch? Seriously?! I am not seeing a whole lot of bang for my buck, at least not with Motley Crue anyway. If it gave me the ability to get a backstage pass, meet the band or some other cool benefits, then I could totally see the value.
Fan Club Memberships are nothing new of course. AC/DC has one, so does Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Tesla, Buckcherry, Nickelback and a slew of other rock bands. The average fan club rate is typically $40.00, some are less but that is about the normal price. I probably wont be joining any more of these clubs anytime in the near future, however it does make me wonder which band is taking care of their fans the best.
Do you have a good experience with your fan club membership? Do you have a bad experience? Tell us about it!
Drowning Pool returns home today after playing a private show for the troops at Guantanamo Bay on Memorial Day, May 25th. The invitation from the U.S. Navy comes two-years after the start of the “Soldiers” campaign. Through commitment and perseverance, the band have played over 300 shows and are geared up to release the 4th single from their CD, Full Circle.
“Anytime we get the chance to play in front of the troops, it is a great honor and they’re always the best crowds. When we got the call we were like – hell yeah, let’s go rock Guantanamo Bay. It’s a once in a lifetime chance and I don’t know of many artists that get an invitation like this,” says Drowning Pool frontman Ryan McCombs.
Drowning Pool are set to release the follow-up to the biggest hit of their career, “37 Stitches” — which reached #4 at Active Rock — with their next single “Shame” off of their triumphant album, Full Circle. The band recently finished the high-energy video for “Shame,” giving fans yet another look at the depth and consistency Drowning Pool has shown throughout their impressive career.
After two years on the road in support of their album Full Circle, Drowning Pool will be bringing their brand of Texas rock and roll to the highly anticipated Crüe Fest 2 Tour which stars Mötley Crüe and features support from Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and introduces Charm City Devils. The sequel to last summer’s most successful touring festival begins its North American trek in Camden, NJ on July 19th and comes to an end on September 5th in Darien Lake, NY.
Legendary band KISS made headlines last month when they announced their U.S. and Canadian tour will be the world’s first to put fans in charge of where a tour is routed. Now, KISS is adding even more excitement to their tour as they announce the selection of Buckcherry as opening act. This is destined to be the most explosive show of the year; and by partnering with Web site Eventful, fans will “Demand” exactly where KISS will perform in (top-voted) North American markets beginning this September.
Buckcherry fans can now join the hundreds of thousands of KISS fans that have voted to date at www.eventful.com/KISS. They have just six more weeks—until voting ends on June 30th— to “Demand” what cities they want to see the tour hit. No matter where the fans say—“from stadiums to cornfields”–if there are enough votes, the KISS tour will be there! And in order to keep the competition fair for smaller cities, final site selection will weigh population size versus total votes. More than 8,000 cities and towns are already represented on the fan-submitted list.
Just for voting for their town, all KISS and now Buckcherry fans will have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets prior to the general on-sale and will also receive KISS merchandise discounts and more. In addition to joining in on the major campaigns launched by rock radio in each city, fans are also incentivized to create their own viral videos online, motivating their fellow residents to participate in casting votes for a KISS show in their city. City-specific “best-of” compilation reels of these videos will be shown on jumbo screens at venues before each concert.
KISS just wrapped up an astonishing trek through South America, where fans hailed the band at sold-out stadium shows across the continent. From the Hipodroma la Rinconada in Caracas, Venezuela to the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, KISS treated fans to a set of some of rock’s greatest hits, including “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Detroit Rock City,” “God Gave Rock & Roll to You” and “Shout It Out Loud,” and more. The group’s 2009 South American tour also included sold-out dates in Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogota, Columbia and Lima, Peru.
An official video announcement by the band’s Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons (see video at www.KISSonline.com), shot in front of a capacity crowd in Santiago, kicked off this first-ever tour promotion. With tens of thousands of their Chilean counterparts cheering in the background, North American fans were astonished to learn that they were being put in charge of routing their favorite band’s upcoming tour.
KISS, which has garnered more than 30 gold and platinum records and sold in excess of 90 million albums worldwide, is currently recording its first new studio album in 11 years. The band will release exciting news about the album (produced by Paul Stanley) at www.KISSonline.com in June.