The title of Alice in Chains upcoming album is BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE and will be released in stores and online SEPTEMBER 29TH.
In touring news, the band has added a handful of very select and intimate headline shows throughout Europe following Sonisphere. This marks the band’s first appearance overseas since the Summer of ’06.
August 6 – Cologne, GR – Essigfabrik
August 8 – Berlin, GR – Columbia Club
August 10 – Hamburg, GR – Grunspan
August 11 – Amsterdam, NE – Melkweg
Tickets for all shows are available now. Tickets for Essigfabrik, Columbia Club, and Grunspan can be purchased online at www.mlk.com, or via the nationwide ticket hotline: +49 (0)1805 – 570 000 (0,14 EUR/min). Tickets for the Melkweg show can be purchased at www.melkweg.nl.
FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS, BANG TANGO, SISTER SIN and SWIRL will team up for the “Summer Rock Fest” tour in July/August. So far the following dates have been confirmed:
Jul. 31 – Glendale Heights, IL @ Shark City
Aug. 01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverstar Entertainment Complex
Aug. 06 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug. 07/08 – Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
Aug. 08 – New Bedford, MA @ New Wave Café
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX @ Scoutbar
Aug. 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Scoutbar
Aug. 21 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Aug. 22 – Austin, TX @ Red Eyed Fly
Aug. 27 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
More shows will be announced soon!!!
TMZ has posted image of Bret Michaels after his near beheading at the Tony Awards. Check out the pictures below.
Bret posted the following at his website today:
BRET MICHAELS OFFICIAL STATEMENT AFTER THE TONYS INCIDENT
I am trying to remain very positive and somewhat humorous about the whole situation. I apologize that I did not make a statement earlier as I have been feeling pretty beat up over the last few days. The fact is I was honored to be asked to perform at the event. The entire “Rock of Ages” production were awesome and even though I was completely out of my element I was really enjoying myself prior to my injury. In fact all involved at the awards show treated me good.
I had a great time at the Tonys right up until I got blindsided, I must admit it was a little blurry after that. In hindsight, there is no doubt I got my bell rung, unfortunately it has been posted and perhaps funny to watch, but I can assure you it has been painful to experience. In all honesty I had absolutely no idea what struck my head. Upon impact I thought a piece of the lighting rig had fallen out of the ceiling and as I fell back it seemed like my head struck the stage and I blacked out for a second. When I opened my eyes I noticed a large set prop coming down straight for me. I immediately pushed myself out of the way and amidst the chaos I laid on the floor and asked “what the hell just happened?”
My nose, mouth and the back of my head felt numb. I vaguely remember asking Big John, “do I have any teeth left in my mouth?” I knew I could move my arms and legs and that was an instant relief. Somebody handed me a towel to wipe the blood from my face and in my dazed state I recall staring at what seemed to be Shrek, a talking goat head and several monkey like creatures.
Over the last few days a lot of speculation as to what happened and who is to blame have surfaced. I need to make clear at no point since the incident occurred do I feel like the accident was malicious in any way and I feel this will all work itself out. However I must state I found it a little strange that the only statement released by the Tony organization was that I missed my mark and that I was completely fine. First, I thought, “what mark?” as there was no official mark, just a retracting drum riser and an overhead prop being rapidly lowered which was out of my view. Second, I think it was slightly irresponsible for them to report that I was fine without full knowledge of my condition, when a doctor hadn’t even looked at me yet and I surely don’t remember any X-Ray machines backstage. I am not looking for an apology, I only hoped that on a human level that the Tony organizations’ representative would have expressed some concern for injury in their statement or at the very least claim they would be looking into the matter.
Whether it was a miscommunication, missed cue or missed mark no matter what the situation was the prop should have been stopped or at least slowed for a few more seconds until I cleared the stage. I apparently had less than two seconds to avoid being hit. It was evident I was backing up and moving in the direction to exit the stage for at least 30 to 40 feet and it is plain to see I had no clue this prop was descending. For God sake, they have at least a five second delay to prevent the airing of unapproved expletives and nudity!
For the record never at any point during my Sunday morning rehearsal was I ever instructed that the piece was coming down and that I had very little time to get off the stage, otherwise believe me I would have stopped or at least ducked so as not to be knocked out at the Tonys. Trust me I never wanted any of this to happen. I was simply doing as I was told which was to exit the stage as Poison’s song “Nothin’ but a Good Time” came to a close.
I feel for the actors and actresses who put in so much time and hard work on or off Broadway to get to the Tonys. This is their moment and I am sorry that some of it may have gotten overshadowed by my thick rocker cranium being struck by a stage prop. On a high note I hear it was the highest rated Tonys they have had in years. However, I was bummed that I did not get to see any of the acts perform during the Tonys as I have never seen a play on Broadway before, probably would have enjoyed it, and even more bummed that I did not get to attend the after parties, cuz rumor has it Anne Hathaway was going to be there and she is hot.
I would like to personally thank Bobby and C.C., Mark Hogue, Larry Morand and my crew along with Liza Minnelli, Mark Indelicato and Carole Propp for rushing to my dressing room to check on my condition. In closing I truly appreciate everyone’s concern. I thank the Good Lord I have a thick skull and I have a feeling this may have been my first and final curtain call at the Tonys.
Broadway Bret Michaels
The decadent autobiography of HANOI ROCKS co-founder Andy McCoy, “Sheriff McCoy: Legend of Hanoi Rocks”, will soon be available in English for the first time in a deluxe hardcover edition through North American publisher Bazillion Points. Pre-orders are being taken now for books shipping on July 31.
Touted as “the last great rock ‘n’ roll memoir,” McCoy’s autobiography covers the legendary guitarist’s life and exploits from childhood through the early 2000s rekindling of HANOI ROCKS. Growing up in Sweden and Finland, McCoy helped introduce punk to Finland with his teenaged band Briard before befriending glamorous Michael Monroe and forming HANOI ROCKS. Based in a Stockholm subway station, the band embarked on wild life-changing and death-defying thrill ride around the world, touring not just Europe, London, and America, but also Israel, Brazil, Thailand, and Japan. After HANOI ROCKS dissolved following the death of drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley in Hollywood in December 1984, McCoy carried on with SUICIDE TWINS, CHERRY BOMBZ, a successful solo career, and a stint as a sideman to IGGY POP.
A national icon in his native Finland, McCoy has been called the Finnish Keith Richards — except Richards only fell out of a coconut tree; Andy McCoy fell from a fourth-story balcony and lived to tell the tale. His over-the-top image and streetwise bending of punk, glam, and old-fashioned rock n’ roll inspired a generation of platinum-selling bands—rock authors Slash of GUNS N’ ROSES and Nikki Sixx of MOTLEY CRUE have already admitted their musical and stylistic debts. Now the real McCoy speaks from the heart on subjects including rock stardom, true love, his arsenal of vintage guitars, and surviving every imaginable variety of intoxication.
According to McCoy: “This book is entertainment for entertainment’s sake, for lovers of rock ‘n’ roll history and people who have a taste for the macabre.”
The 204pp hardcover English edition of “Sheriff McCoy: Legend of Hanoi Rocks” by Andy McCoy from Bazillion Points includes dozens of rare candid photos, a deluxe embossed cover, a lengthy select discography spanning three decades of rarities, and a new 2009 preface written by McCoy after the final breakup of HANOI ROCKS.
As the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal celebrates its 30th Anniversary Saxon has reissued six of their CD’s with a host of bonus tracks.
Saxon, Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of The Law, Denim & Leather, Crusader and Power And The Glory are all available now. Each album is remastered and features a ton of bonus material.
Among the extra tracks are live cuts, BBC Sessions, alternate mixes, B-Sides and demos.
Here’s the track listings for the albums:
1. Rainbow Theme
2. Frozen Rainbow
3. Big Teaser
4. Judgement Day
5. Stallions Of The Highway
6. Backs To The Wall
7. Still Fit To Boogie
8. Militia Guard
9. Big Teaser (1978 Demo)
10. Stallions Of The Highway (1978 Demo)
11. Backs To The Wall (1978 Demo)
12. Rainbow Theme (Demo)
13. Frozen Rainbow (Demo)
14. Backs to the Wall (BBC Session)
15. Stallions of the Highway (BBC Session)
16. Motorcycle Man (BBC Session)
17. Still Fit to Boogie (BBC Session)
18. 747 (Strangers in the Night) (BBC Session)
19. Judgement Day (Live B-Side)
20. Still Fit To Boogie (Live at Donington 1980)
21. Backs To The Wall (Live at Donington 1980)
22. Stallions Of The Highway (Live at Donington 1980)
WHEELS OF STEEL
1. Motorcycle Man
2. Stand Up And Be Counted
3. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
4. Wheels Of Steel
5. Freeway Mad
6. See The Light Shining
7. Street Fighting Gang
8. Suzie Hold On
9. Machine Gun
10. Suzie Hold On (1980 Demo)
11. Wheels Of Steel (1980 Demo)
12. Stallions Of The Highway (Live B-Side)
13. Motorcycle Man (Live at Donington 1980)
14. Freeway Mad (Live at Donington 1980)
15. Wheels Of (Live at Donington 1980)
16. 747 (Strangers In The Night) (Live at Donington 1980)
17. Machine Gun (Live at Donington 1980)
STRONG ARM OF THE LAW
1. Heavy Metal Thunder
2. To Hell And Back Again
3. Strong Arm Of The Law
4. Taking Your Chances
5. 20,000 Feet
6. Hungry Years
7. Sixth Form Girls
8. Dallas 1 PM
9. 20,000 Feet (BBC Session 1982)
10. Dallas 1 PM ¬(BBC Session 1982)
11. The Eagle Has Landed ¬(BBC Session 1982)
12. 747 (Strangers In The Night) (BBC Session 1982)
13. To Hell And Back Again (Abbey Road mix 2008)
14. 20,000 Feet (Abbey Road mix 2008)
15. Mandy (Abbey Road mix 2008)
16. Heavy Metal Thunder (Abbey Road mix 2008)
DENIM & LEATHER
1. Princess Of The Night
2. Never Surrender
3. Out Of Control
4. Rough And Ready
5. Play It Loud
6. And The Bands Played On
7. Midnight Rider
8. Fire In The Sky
9. Denim And Leather
10. 20,000 Ft (Remix)
11. Bap Shoo Ap (Live At Castle Donnington)
12. Intro / And The Bands Played On (Live)
13. Princess Of The Night (Live At The Rainbow 16/12/81)
14. Midnight Rider (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 25/10/81)
15. Never Surrender (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 25/10/81)
16. Fire In The Sky (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 25/10/81)
17. Machine Gun (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 25/10/81)
18. Play It Loud (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 17/12/81)
1. The Crusader Prelude (2009 Digital Remaster)
2. Crusader (2009 Digital Remaster)
3. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy (2009 Digital Remaster)
4. Sailing To America (2009 Digital Remaster)
5. Set Me Free (2009 Digital Remaster)
6. Just Let Me Rock (2009 Digital Remaster)
7. Bad Boys (Like To Rock ‘N’ Roll) (2009 Digital Remaster)
8. Do It All For You (2009 Digital Remaster)
9. Rock City (2009 Digital Remaster)
10. Run For Your Lives (2009 Digital Remaster)
11. Borderline (Kaley Studios Demo)
12. Helter Skelter (Kaley Studios Demo)
13. Crusader (Kaley Studios Demo)
14. Do It All For You (Kaley Studios Demo) *
15. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy (Kaley Studios Demo) *
16. Sailing To America (Kaley Studios Demo)
17. Set Me Free (Kaley Studios Demo)
18. Just Let Me Rock (Kaley Studios Demo)
19. Do It All For You (Intro) / Run For Your Lives (Kaley Studios Demo)
POWER AND THE GLORY
1. Power And The Glory
5. This Town Rocks
6. Watching The Sky
7. Midas Touch
8. The Eagle Has Landed
9. Denim And Leather (Live)
10. Suzie Hold On (Jeff Glixman Version)
11. Turn Out The Lights (Kaley Studios Demo)
12. Stand Up And Rock (Kaley Studios Demo)
13. Power And The Glory (Kaley Studios Demo)
14. Saturday Night (Kaley Studios Demo)
15. Midas Touch (Kaley Studios Demo)
16. Nightmare (Kaley Studios Demo)
17. Redline (Kaley Studios Demo)
Just as they start wrapping up their month long Spring tour, Seventh Void have signed up for The American Spellbound tour with Italy’s Lacuna Coil starting on the 4th of July. The guys will be supported by Kill Hannah and Dommin.
Earlier this year, Seventh Void released their debut album Heaven is Gone to critical praise via Vinnie Paul Abbott’s Big Vin Records.
Seventh Void is Johnny Kelly, Kenny Hickey, Hank Hell, and Matt Brown.
The tour dates are as follows:
July 4 – El Paso, TX – Street Festival, (THE CULT headlines)
July 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
July 7 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
July 8 – Waterloo, IA – Electric Park Ballroom
July 10 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
July 12 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
July 14 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
July 15 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
July 17 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
July 18 – Portland, OR – Roseland
July 19 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
July 21 – Santa Rosa, CA – Last Day Saloon
July 22 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
July 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
July 25 – Sparks, NV – The New Oasis
July 26 – Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
July 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Little Steven Van Zandt adds another imprint to his rock and roll adventures with the launch of Lost Cathedral. The new label will focus on hard rock releases and will debut with the latest offering from internationally acclaimed rock band Crown of Thorns titled Faith in stores June 9. The disc marks Crown of Thorns’ first domestic release in the United States ever in the band’s career.
“Wicked Cool was formed as a Garage Rock label – traditional Rock and Roll – so when people see Wicked Cool they know what kind of music to expect,” explains Little Steven Van Zandt. “Hard Rock is Garage Rock’s first cousin having come directly from the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, and the Who and we’ve been getting a lot of harder stuff sent to us lately, a lot of it quite good. With the opportunity to release the legendary Crown of Thorns new record, we decided it’s time for a new label.”
Lost Cathedral takes music fans out of the garage and into the arena where musicianship and bigger production is king. Lost Cathedral will be run by the same executive team responsible for sister label Wicked Cool Records led by Chairman and Founder Steven Van Zandt of HBO’s “The Sopranos” and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band fame; Jean Beauvoir, CEO, Renegade Nation; John Luongo, Label Manager; and Scott Hueston, VP Sales & Marketing.
Beauvoir does double duty not only as a label executive but as a creative force as singer/songwriter/producer of Crown of Thorns’ new release Faith. The disc brings back the trademark Crown of Thorns sound that established the band as a rock powerhouse, still keeping intact all the elements of infectious guitar riffs, soaring hooklines, and great melodies. Beauvoir collaborated with Bob Clearmountain (Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band) in the recording sessions for Faith as well as Mark Plati (David Bowie) for the mix — resulting in the best sounding Crown of Thorns album yet.
Download the song “Rock Ready” here: http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=dJozdUOhDYR4H157havvnKX2ajcsfcVz&UserName=Unknown
June 17th NYC Show info
Stevie Van Zandt celebrates the launch of his new imprint Lost Cathedral and the label’s first release from internationally acclaimed rock band Crown of Thorns with a special NYC event on Wednesday, June 17 at St. Paul The Apostle Church. “Stevie Van Zandt’s Lost Cathedral Presents Crown of Thorns Live” features the band performing songs from their album FAITH out June 9.
Fans can only win tickets to the VIP event via the Crown of Thorns Facebook fan page, myspace.com/crownofthorns, or by entering to win at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crown of Thorns FAITH is a solid collection of rock tunes that brings back the trademark sound that established the band as a global force to be reckoned with and keeps intact all the elements of infectious guitar riffs, soaring hooklines, and great melodies. All songs on FAITH were written and produced by frontman Jean Beauvoir except “Rock Ready” which he co-wrote with bassist Michael Paige, “Living In The Shadows” co-written with guitarist Tommy Lafferty, and “Motorcycle Loretta,” a featured bonus track co-written with Steven Van Zandt. The CD’s mystical undertones are culled from Beauvoir’s voodoo heritage. His Uncle is internationally renowned Voodoo Priest Max Beauvoir, the inspiration behind the film and subject of the book “The Serpent and The Rainbow.” (Wade Davis and Wes Craven).
“Over the years I’ve incorporated elements of Voodoo spirituality in my music. With FAITH I tapped into my heritage and brought the symbolism and meaning behind Voodoo into the forefront both in image and feeling. I wanted fans to experience the energy and electricity through the music,” explains Jean.
Adds Stevie Van Zandt: “This event will showcase the band’s rockin’ live show. Crown of Thorns’ style comes out of the ’70’s and ’80’s Classic Melodic Hard Rock genre but Jean’s voice is more versatile than most and has to be because his songwriting covers a wider range than the genre can hold. From his most intimate whispered vignettes filled with personal torment, to his vast epic sci-fi post apocalyptic movie vistas, his songs capture you and transport you to another time and place. And the band is great enough to communicate the magic and majesty of every emotional nuance.”
Former Accept front man, Udo Dirkschneider is back with a brand new 5 song EP, for metal heads to feast their ears on. And if you want to become infected with the metal goodness, you have to act fast as this EP will be limited to 2222 pieces worldwide.
How does this EP sound? Imagine the classic metal of Accept performed today! If you are a fan of classic Accept, you are going to love this. This EP is full of heavy guitars, and awesome screaming vocals that Udo Dirkschneider has been known for. “Infected” works as a great appetizer for U.D.O’s new CD, “Dominator” which is scheduled for an August release.
The two songs “Platchet Soldat” and Poezd Po Rossii” are both in German and sound like they came right out of a German bier hall. Some may frown upon this, but I think it sounds really good. I don’t mind hearing Udo sing in his native language.
My only complaint is that I have wait two more months to hear the new disc. “Infected” will definitely hold me over until then.
For more information on U.D.O., check out the band’s website at this link.
Rating: Out of 1o
02. Systematic Madness
04. Platchet Soldat (Remix)
05. Poezd Po Rossii (live)
Udo Dirkschneider – vocals
Stefan Kaufmann – guitars
Igor Gianola – guitars
Fitty Wienhold – bass
Francesco Jovino – drums