ADDITIONAL U.S. AND CANADIAN SHOWS ADDED TO THE CONCERT EVENT OF THE SUMMER
The hottest rock tour of the summer has just gotten hotter. Fifteen additional concerts, including seven in Canada, have been added to the critically hailed tour of the summer starring British rock legends Def Leppard, special guests Cheap Trick and Man Raze. Tickets in select markets go on sale beginning September 25th at LiveNation.com. Additional dates to be announced soon.
“We are really amazed by how well the tour has been received,” said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. “Our fans have been absolutely fantastic. There’s really no greater compliment than to be asked to keep on doing it so that’s what we’re going to do.”
The tour’s third leg will kick off in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, October 22nd. It highlights three decades of music from one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest bands. With combined sales of 80 Million albums worldwide, 65 million from Leppard alone, fans will be treated to hits like “Photograph,” “Rock Of Ages,” “C’mon C’mon,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak,” “Nine Lives,” as well as Cheap Trick classics “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender.”
The tour has played to massive crowds throughout the summer. Celebrity guests, some of which include Taylor Swift, Larry Mullen, Jr. Of U2, and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, along with a wide range of fans of all ages have come to see the mega hit-filled show. Def Leppard also launched the first interactive tour in history via Rockzimity, a Bluetooth and Wifi exclusive.
Def Leppard (Joe Elliott/vocals, Vivian Campbell/guitar, Phil Collen/guitar, Rick “Sav” Savage/bass and Rick Allen/drums) sits at the top of an iconic class of rock ‘n’ roll bands. In fact, they are one of a handful of select groups, including the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and The Eagles, who have been awarded the R.I.A.A.’s prestigious Diamond Award more than once (Pyromania and Hysteria). The band’s most recent album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge debuted last year at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. They’ve also sold out the 02 in Dublin AND headlined Britain’s Download Festival 2009 to more then 80,000. Over the course of their career, Def Leppard has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name and are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum-recording awards, Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable.
Cheap Trick’s acclaimed new album, The Latest, continues their reign as power-pop progenitors as they celebrate their 35th anniversary together. Since forming in the city of Rockford, IL in 1974, they have sold over 20 million albums and had numerous hits including “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me” and “Dream Police.” Cheap Trick features the original line-up of Robin Zander – vocals and guitar, Rick Nielsen – guitar and backing vocals, Bun E. Carlos – drums and backing vocals & Tom Petersson - bass and backing vocals.
Live Nation will produce the tour nationally. Additional ticket and tour information is available at LiveNation.com.
Def Leppard has teamed up with I Love All Access to offer the ultimate fan experience for the tour featuring a variety of packages. For more details go to http://www.iloveallaccess.com
For more Def Leppard tour news and information go to www.defleppard.com.
October 22 Reno, NV Events Center October 24 Boise, ID Idaho Center October 25 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena October 27 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum October 31 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place November 2 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome November 4 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre November 6 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Center November 9 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena November 10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena November 12 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place November 13 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum November 14 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena November 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre November 24 Nashville, TN Sommet Center* *Nashville is a rescheduled date with tickets currently on sale.
Jacob Lynam of the Birmingham-based hard rock band Lynam will be the special guest on this week’s edition of Hard Rock Nights (September 25-October 1). Jacob will join JT to talk about the band’s latest release, ‘Tragic City Symphony,’ working with the legendary Beau Hill, and touring with bands such as Hinder. Jacob will also explain the Battle Creek incident in which Lynam was kicked out of the club.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program heard on several rock and metal stations, including 93.9 MAXX in New Hampshire. Click http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a complete list of stations and airtimes.
ROCK SOLDIERS!!!……From the bottom of my heart thank you for your support of Anomaly….
I just got the 1st week chart numbers….And we should all be proud of ourselves!!!……..I couldn’t have done it without you………..
#1 Amazon Hard Rock
#1 iTunes Hard Rock
#2 Indie Album Chart
#8 Rock Album Chart
#15 Internet Albums Chart……..&……
#27 Billboard Top 200 Chart (my 1978 solo album debuted at #26 on Billboard)
….but we can’t slow down now……we’ve gone into a second printing of the double-disc Vinyl copy of Anomaly which hits stores this week…….& more Anomaly Tour dates will be posted here at AceFrehley.com in the next few days……..and by the way, I hear the four original members of KISS have been nominated for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame……not bad.”
Special thanks to Slash and Geroge Lopez for showing up at the Viper Room and making it an extra special night!!
We have some great pics from the show, come check them out here:
The ‘Greatest Renegade Gypsy Flamenco Sleaze Glam Rock n Roll’ group GYPSY PISTOLEROS, issue new U.S./Canada/Asia release via CHAVIS RECORDS.
U.K. rockers GYPSY PISTOLEROS has inked a deal with U.S. based label CHAVIS RECORDS for the new release of Hotel de la Muerte. Tentatively slated for a November 30th release, Hotel de la Muerte will feature a total of 18 tracks; 5 new tracks plus 13 tracks from ‘Para Siempre’ all remixed and re mastered at Alpine Sound.
Lead singer Lee Pistolero states, “We are thrilled to sign with Chavis Records, one of the only record labels in the U.S that still has a real passion and drive for pushing real Rock music in the States! It was a massive decision for us and we can’t wait for our first U.S release.”
GYPSY PISTOLEROS are also featured in the new Bethesda release WET-Zenimax video game which includes the track The Crazy Loco Loquito, Kiss Come Close, Un Hombre sin nostro es Bandido, and Chicas Peligrosa. The game is sanctioned for XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 . GYPSY PISTOLEROS are also on tour in Europe during the month of October with tentative plans to head to the U.S. thereafter.
As the worlds greatest ‘Renegade Flamenco Glam Punk Rock n Roll Kings’, GYPSY PISTOLEROS, have toured with the likes of Poison, L.A Guns, Vince Neil, Faster Pussycat, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Skid Row,Tesla, Bulletboys, Love/Hate, Bang Tango, Warrant, Dokken and more.
Bay area heavyweights Skinlab and San Diego based Mower have joined forces for the “Sons of a Sik World Tour” presented by Sik World Clothing. The tour is slated to kick off September 23rd in Denver, CO running throughout October featuring tons of giveaways from Sik World Clothing throughout the tour.
“’The ‘Sons of a Sik World’ tour is going to be great because we get to play for a metal audience. Skinlab is fucking heavy and we’re going to have to bring that same energy each night. Mower began in the San Diego metal and hardcore scene and now we’ll have a chance to step back into that groove for this run,” says Mower’s Brian Sheerin. “These shows are going to be fun and we’re happy that Skinlab invited us to join them. They’ve made a brutal new record and I know there are a lot of Skinlab fans that are excited to see them perform live and so are we.”
Skinlab have recently released their new album “The Scars Between Us” via Stand And Deliver Records. The band’s video for the song “In for the Kill” can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNRXuDMuLmA&feature=player_embedded. The clip, which features appearances by UFC fighter Nate Quarry and Greg Thompson, has been receiving airplay on Headbangers Ball. The group’s new album debuted at #3 most added on the FMQB METAL Charts and has been already been receiving critical and fan acclaim.
Mower is currently touring in support of their third album, “Make It A Double”, which was produced by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, 36 Crazyfists). The album is comprised of nine hard hitting Mower songs and six tracks from the group’s new jazz lounge alter – ego, Slower. The album also features guest appearances by Rob Caggiano (Anthrax), Mikey Doling (Snot), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) and Fernando Apodaca (Mad Juana).
SIK WORLD is one of the World’s premiere lifestyle brands, with their self-proclaimed “funny and offensive shirts ” being worn by artists including Aerosmith, Cypress Hill, Shadow’s Fall, Slayer, Ministry, Emimen, Children of Bodom, Avenged Sevenfold, All That Remains, Skinlab, Chimaira, and more.
SKINLAB & MOWER ‘SONS OF SIK WORLD’ TOUR:
Sep 23 – Denver, CO @ CASSELMAN’S
Sep 24 – Salina, KS @ THE BLUE GO
Sep 25 – Fargo, ND @ THE NESTOR TAVERN
Sep 26 – Saint Paul, MN @ THE ROCK
Sep 27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ WHISKEY LOUNGE
Sep 29 – Detroit, MI @ HAYLOFT
Sep 30 – Cleveland, OH @ PEABODY’S CONCERT CLUB
Oct 01 – Allentown, PA @STARLIN HOTEL
Oct 03 – Herkimer, NY @ THE RIDES
Oct 04 – Clifton, NJ @ DINGBS
Oct 07 – Richmond, VA @ ALLEY KZ
Oct 08 – Spartanburg, SC@ GROUND ZERO
Oct 09 – Murfreesboro, NC@ ZAKK’S COFFEEHOUSE
Oct 10 – Marietta, GA @ THE LOCAL CONCERT VENUE
Oct 14 – San Antonio, TX @ ZOMBIES
Oct 15 – El Paso, TX @ UNCLE PAULIE’S
Oct 16 – Farmington, NM GORS BAR & GRILL
Oct 17 – Mesa, AZ @UB’S
Oct 23 – Oakland, CA @ THE UPTOWN
Oct 24 – Orangevale, CA @ THE BOARDWALK
GLOBAL MUSIC are pleased to announce the release of CRAZY, the first single from the new W.A.S.P album, BABYLON. The single will be available for download from September 28th 2009.
Front-man, Blackie Lawless, commented on the track: “Although like it may sound like a man talking to a woman, ‘Crazy’ is about a performer talking to an audience; the dangers of idol worship and elevating Musicians and Politicians to a level that’s dangerous!”
The full album, BABYLON, is available in the UK & Europe from October 12th and in Germany from October 16th 2009.
Blackie and his crew will also be hitting the road for a full European tour to celebrate the release.
The scheduled UK shows are as follows:
27 Nov JBs, Dudley, UK
28 Nov Rock City, Nottingham, UK
29 Nov Club Academy, Manchester, UK
30 Nov O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
01 Dec The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
02 Dec Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
03 Dec The Vice, Swansea, South Wales
04 Dec The Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
05 Dec Hard Rock Hell Festival III, Prestatyn, North Wales
06 Dec The Garage, Glasgow, Scotland
Moonstone Project is the brainchild of Italian guitarist Matt Filipini and features guest appearances by Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), James Christian (House of Lords) and Tony Franklin (The Firm and Blue Murder). Blistering Records offers “Sinner Sinner” from Moonstone Project’s new release titled Rebel On The Run.
“Sinner Sinner” features James Christian from House of Lords on vocals.
You can download the song, at this link.
GLOBAL MUSIC are pleased to welcome Leeds-rockers, THE GLITTERATI, to DR2 RECORDS.
THE GLITTERATI first burst onto the scene back in 2003 when they released their debut single Do You Love Yourself?, which roused a huge amount of interest from the British music press, including a nomination for Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards.
Their 2005 self-titled debut, produced by Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica), received rave reviews and secured the band a loyal fan-base with energetic live performances supporting acts such as Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Jet, Evanescence, David Lee Roth, The Wildhearts, The Datsuns and Simple Plan.
THE GLITTERATI commented on their latest move to DR2: “After meeting the team at Global Music, DR2 we knew it was the right label for us. Their work ethic, passion and commitment to their artist roster is second to none and we are very excited to be working with them.”
Armed with a wealth of new material, THE GLITTERATI are a band full of swagger, attitude and more importantly, full of great songs! News on their second album coming soon .
Danko Jones album, Never Too Loud was released in the United States on September 8th, 2009. Check out the the album’s first single and video “Code of the Road” below.
To celebrate the release of Black Gives Way To Blue, Alice In Chains and Hard Rock Hideout are giving one lucky fan a chance to rock out with a brand new guitar. Enter now for your chance to win a G&L Rampage Jerry Cantrell Signature model signed by the band.
Black Gives Way To Blue features the No. 1, riff-driven single “Check My Brain” which has been hailed by Spin as “one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains’ history.”
Black Gives Way To Blue is in stores 9/29.
Most people know Howard Leese from his days with Heart, but what a lot of fans don’t realize is that he has a deep and rich career that extends beyond that. This summer, Leese released his first solo album, Secret Weapon on Frontiers Records. With guest stars galore, this album showed promise for fans of rock music.
Secret Weapon opens with the strong “Alive Again”, an acoustic/electric blend with Joe Lynn Turner (Yngwie Malsteen, Rainbow) handling the vocals. A slow build up starts the song off with the anticipation that something magical is about to happen. “Alive Again” has a great southern rock feel to it that seems to capture the essence of the Deep South in the form of music.
“Heal The Broken Hearted” comes up next with guest vocals from Paul Rodgers. This is the best Bad Company song I’ve heard in years. I realize that Howard was not in Bad Company, but he did play live with Paul Rodgers, and this song reminds me so much of Bad Company that it had me yearning for a reunion with Howard on lead guitar. With a classic Bad Company sound and groove, “Heal The Broken Hearted” is a great track and is in contention for best on the album.
“Hot To Cold” has a strong, mesmerizing blues beat to it and feels like it would be right at home on the Chicago strip of blues clubs. With guest vocals from Deanna Johnston and Joe Lynn Turner leading the way, “Hot To Cold” is a nice blues song with solid rhythm and a steady beat. Leese shows off his guitar skills with strong leads and a great solo in the middle of the track. A longer solo would have made this the best song on the disc, which is a testament to Leese’s ability with the axe in his hand.
“Rada’s Theme” is a mellow acoustic/electric instrumental that has a relaxing motif to it. This song shows a new direction for Leese, with a beautiful saxophone harmony washing over the acoustic and electric guitar strings. Blending synthesizer, saxophone, and guitar seamlessly, Rada’s Theme would fit nicely on any movie score, especially a romance film.
The instrumentals (and there are several) on the disc are a different style than expected from a rock guitarist. While touching on jazz and blues influences, there is a strong classical style on all of the instrumental melodies. Leese combined his guitar work with strings, piano, wind instruments, and light percussion to create the classical sound that was a nice surprise, but may turn off some fans. If you’re seeking a hard rock record from top to bottom, Secret Weapon does not deliver that. It does provide a nice blend of different styles that make for a decent album.
The biggest problem with Secret Weapon is how all of the songs (especially the instrumentals) sound eerily similar to one another. At certain points in the disc, it was hard to know where one song ended and the next began. While the compositions are pretty, there is a lack of definition in most tracks. It appears as if the instrumentals are still trying to find their voice (no pun intended).
Overall Secret Weapon is a decent solo album from a great guitarist. While not the rip roaring rock record that was expected, one should applaud Howard Leese for trying new styles and showing off his different tastes in music. Blending classical, blues, jazz, and rock, Secret Weapon is a solid disc for fans looking to move beyond just rock and roll. For those that are seeking just the rock, download “Alive Again” and “Heal The Broken Hearted”.
Rating: Out of 10
- Alive Again (w/ guest vocals from Joe Lynn Turner)
- Heal The Broken Hearted (w/ guest vocals from Paul Rodgers)
- Hot To Cold (w/ guest vocals from Deanna Johnston and Joe Lynn Turner)
- French Quarter (Instrumental)
- 33 West Street (Instrumental)
- The South Summit (w/ guest vocals from Duke Fame)
- Rada’s Theme
- The Vine (w/ guest vocals from Jimi Jamison)
- In These Eyes (w/ guest vocals from Keith St. John)
- Vermilion Border
- I’ve Been Leavin’ You (w/ guest vocals from Andrew Black)
- Somewhere (Theme from West Side Story)
Check out the brand new video from Alice in Chains, “Check My Brain”.
Rob Zombie has released the cover art for his up and coming CD, Hellbilly Deluxe 2. Check it out below.
Twisted Sister has released a new promo video for “Twisted Christmas”. Check it out below!
Psychostick is a national touring comedy/metal/hardcore act that formed in 2000 to bring the ridiculous ideas and antics of a few computer nerds and lovers of music. Psychostick has released 3 records nationwide and just finished touring for their latest album, Sandwich.
Click below to get a free download of the Psychostick song, “Girl Directions”. You can buy Sandwich at this link.
You can also check out Psychostick on line, at the band’s website here.
Blackberry Smoke will be releasing their album, Little Piece of Dixie, through BamaJam Records on September 29, 2009. Little Piece of Dixie is true to Blackberry Smoke style and is a great mix of southern rock, bluegrass and country. Acclaimed producer Dann Huff (Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) agreed to produce Blackberry Smoke’s second album after coming to see the band live. “We were excited because we knew what a great musician Dann is,” says Charlie Starr. “He said, ‘I love what you guys do and it’ll be great when we go into the studio that I don’t have to bring in studio musicians to play on it.”
True to his word, Huff encouraged the band to bring their road show into the studio. “We did not use any gear that we don’t have on our trailer, except for a 12-string acoustic,” remembers Charlie.
“Dann’s impressive in every aspect,” Charlie says of Huff. “He’s such a great musician and producer, with great ideas and great ears, and he has such a love for music. If we were arguing with one another, he would always help us find a middle ground.”
The result is Little Piece Of Dixie, a fresh yet familiar collection that fuses Blackberry Smoke’s diverse influences with its road-honed musicianship. The band, which pens most of its own songs, is also astute enough to realize that a great tune can come from outside its four walls. “Everybody should tip their hat to Hank Williams as the greatest songwriter that ever was,” Charlie says.
To that end, the album is a complementary mix of songs written by the band and some of Nashville’s top songwriters, including Lee Roy Parnell, David Lee Murphy, Gary Nicholson, Craig Wiseman, Randy Houser and Rob Hatch.
Over the years, the band has been known for sharing the stage with acts like ZZ Top, Montromgery Gentry, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
For more information, visit http://www.blackberrysmoke.com
Click here to check out the song, “Good One Comin’ On”!
1. Good One Comin’ On
2. Like I Am
3. Bottom Of This
4. Up In Smoke
5. Sanctified Woman
6. Who Invented The Wheel
7. I’d Be Lyin’
8. Prayer For The Little Man
10. Shake Your Magnolia
11. Freedom Song
VAI was Keynote Speaker For The Graduating Class 2009
Musicians Institute awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree to legendary rock guitarist, recording artist, producer, and composer Steve Vai. The award was officially conferred during MI’s summer graduation ceremony held on September 18 at LA’s Wiltern Theatre.
After first achieving prominence as guitarist for the late Frank Zappa, Vai has gone on to win multiple Grammys, repeatedly top critics’ and readers’ polls, and earn gold and platinum records while becoming the personification of contemporary guitar virtuosity. His latest concert DVD, Where the Wild Things Are, is set for release September 29th on Favored Nations.
Describing why MI selected Vai for the honor (only the second awarded in the school’s history), Vice President of Education Beth Marlis said, “Steve Vai has not only inspired countless musicians around the world and played a major role in the evolution of modern rock guitar, he also embodies MI’s ideal of the artist-educator who combines relentless pursuit of his creative vision with a sense of responsibility for mentoring the next generation.”
It has been six long years since the Bulletboys last release “Sophie”. There is only one original member of this band left, with singer and guitarist Marq Torien. With that being said, you can expect some changes to the Bulletboys sound.
I first heard the track “Road To Nowhere” in an Eddie Trunk Interview in 2008, so I knew this would be a different sounding record, but I wasn’t sure how much. I wasn’t initially impressed with this song, and didn’t expect much from 10c Billionaire. I have been a long time fan of the band, so I bought the CD any way.
The opening cut “Asteroid” is a heavy cut that has a very modern hard rock feel. This is a completely different sound for the Bulletboys. This song would not be out of place on FM rock radio at all. Once the surprise wore off with how different this was, I have grown to like this song a lot.
“Born To Breed” has some monster guitar riffs that sound like the band stole a page out of Slash’s handbook. This song has this rocking sleazy feel that is not unlike Guns N’ Roses. If Marq Torien ever wanted a new job, he should take a look at the singerless Velvet Relvolver. This song should makes that type of statement. Color me impressed!
“Bringing Home The Gun” sounds a lot like a Shinedown track, and I am ok with that. I love Shinedown, and the Bulletboys bring it on this tune!
Wow! Another song with a familiar feel is “Jenna Star”. The funny thing is, this sounds like a Foo Fighters song with different vocals.
I am guessing that the version of “Road To Nowhere” on 10c Billionaire is a little more polished than the one that I heard over a year ago. I like this version a lot more.
The hair metal era of the Bulletboys is gone. I loved the early hits by this band, and surprisingly I like this new album a lot. It took a few listens before I completely appreciated what is happening on this disc. Marq Torien and company have delivered a surprisingly relevant album for today’s rock audience. Old fans of the band might be shocked by their new sound, but I think if you give 10c Billionaire a chance, you will be pleasantly surprised. Not all of the songs work, but there are some solid tunes worth exploring on 10c Billionaire.
Rating: Out of 10
02. Blessed By Your Touch
03. Born To Breed
04. Bringing Home The Gun
05. Girls Kissin’ Girls
06. Jenna Star
07. Road To Nowhere
08. Save The World
11. Road To Nowhere (Radio Edit)
The Bulletboys are:
Marq Torien – Vocals & Guitar
Ryche Green – Drums
Tory Stoffregen – Guitars
Rob Lane – Bass
Jason McMaster from Dangerous Toys and Broken Teeth has take over as vocalist for the Austin, Texas metal band Ignitor. Check out the clip, “Construct of Deconstruction” below. Their new album, The Spider Queen, will be in stores October 13th. Check them out on myspace, at this link.
It has already been over a year and a half since Airbourne released their awesome debut record, Runnin’ Wild. The boys are hard at work in Chicago, Illinois recording disc #2. I would guess with the lack of news that it will be slated for a 2010 release.
The following clips were released in support of Runnin’ Wild. There also a couple of live clips from their show at Wacken Open Air Festival in 2008. If you haven’t purchased this CD, you can grab a copy here! It is worth the money spent!
If you would like to own these videos, you can buy the special edition of Runnin’ Wild from the Hard Rock Hideout Music Store here. The DVD is in PAL format, so you will need a DVD player that can handle this format, but it will work in most computer drives.
A standalone disc of 20 metal tracks is headed for retailers on October 13!
It’s been rumored for a while now, but Harmonix officially announced that another Rock Band Track Pack will be coming to retailers this year — this time around, it’ll be focused on the metal genre. For a suggested price of $29.99, the Rock Band Metal Track Pack will feature a total of 20 songs that can either be played on the standalone disc or imported into your other RockBand games.
You’ll find the full list of 20 tracks — six of which being temporarily exclusive to this Track Pack below.
Complete Track List:
1. All That Remains – Two Weeks
2. At the Gates – Blinded By Fear
3. Black Tide – ShockWave
4. Blue Öyster Cult – Transmaniacon MC*
5. Bullet For My Valentine -Waking the Demon
6. Children of Bodom – Are You Dead Yet
7. Evile -Thrasher
8. Godsmack – I Stand Alone
9. The Haunted – D.O.A.
10. Hawkwind – Master Of The Universe*
11. I Mother Earth – Levitate*
12. In This Moment – Forever
13. Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
14. Lacuna Coil – Closer
15. Lamb of God – Laid to Rest
16. Motörhead – Killed by Death*
17. Nazareth – Hair of the Dog*
18. Queens of the Stone Age – 3’s & 7’s
19. Rage Against The Machine – Bulls On Parade*
20. Yngwie Malmsteen -Red Devil
Doro Pesch will make a rare appearance at the KNAC.COM studios Sat Sept 19th @ 12 Noon(PST)The day before she performs Sunday night @ The Key Club in Hollywood the final date on her US tour in support of “Fear No Evil” the latest release.
Blistering Records Recording Artist LILLIAN AXE has been added as the support act for Alice Cooper’s “Theater Of Death Tour.” LILLIAN AXE last toured and supported Alice Cooper during their “Waters Rising” tour in 2007. After being handpicked to support Alice Cooper in 2007, as fate would have it, LILLIAN AXE played with Alice Cooper in 2008 at the Rock The Bayou Festival in Houston, Texas and now the Axe is ready to unleash their Blistering Records masterpiece “Sad Day on Planet Earth” to the fans on the latest part of their world tour, taking the stage with shock rock legend, Alice Cooper.
Confirmed dates are:
02.10.09 Clearwater, FL
03.10.09 Pompano Beach, FL
04.10.09 Fort Meyers, FL
11.10.09 Houston, TX
12.10.09 Dallas, TX
What do you get when you take four hot, wild, crazy ladies, thrown in some influences of Kiss, AC/DC, Motorhead, and Judas Priest, mix it up with some great songwriting and playing? Your answer would be L.A.’s Cockpit. If you think Cockpit is just another girl band you really need to pull your head out of the sand because these ladies are on a “Mission To Rock”, kicking ass and taking names along the way.
Skin basher Rachael Rine recently took the time to talk with Hard Rock Hideout about all things Cockpit.
HRH: For the readers that may not be familiar with Cockpit, who makes up the band?
Rachael Rine: Rachael Rine here and I beat the hell out of the drums for you. Alicia Blu is our shredding lead guitarist. Linda Lou is on pipes and rhythm guitar. Terrii Kiing is our wicked bass player holding down the low end.
HRH: Cockpit has been together since late 2003, how did the band get started?
Rachael Rine: I wasn’t finding any projects in Hollywood that I could really sink my teeth into. So I started rolling through girls as a cover band to see who fit. Linda moved here from Philly to join me and we immediately started writing songs. Shortly there after we found Terry on Craigslist. Over the next few years we went through a dozen lead guitarists who weren’t a perfect fit until we met our match…Alicia Blu. It was like playing with a kick ass muscle car in your garage for a few years and finally finding the ignition key. Time to let the machine out of its cage!
HRH: Judas Priest, Motorhead, Kiss, AC/DC are all influences of Cockpit, what are some other influences of the band?
Rachael Rine: We are highly influenced by fists pounding in the air in unison, screaming fans, and cruising down the freeway with the pedal to the metal. While at top speed you might catch us listening to Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Slade or the Stones. We just like good rock n’roll all eras all speeds.
HRH: You have a kick ass E.P. available right now called “Mission To Rock” , but for the people that are hard up for Cockpit when might we see a full album?
Rachael Rine: We are currently stowed away at a secret location writing and getting ready to record some new tunes. I’m not sure when it will be done. There might be some touring in between recording sessions. Once we have an idea as to when it will be released you will definitely hear from us!
HRH: Four ladies in a band…Do you have a hard time with people taking Cockpit seriously, especially being in a hard rock band?
Rachael Rine: It’s really not a problem for us. We are a far cry from a lot of the all girl novelty acts that are out there. Sometimes people are skeptical, but once they hear the tunes and see us play it’s pretty obvious we are a real rock band. Just like the boys, but we smell better on tour. People come out of curiosity and go home singing our songs, wearing our T-shirt, and telling all their friends about their new favorite band.
HRH: How long does it usually take to make people believers?
Rachael Rine: I’m not really sure, I’d guess one chorus? I do know that every show we play, we pick up a ton of new fans. The bottom line is that Cockpit fans are the best in the land! We love you all to pieces!
HRH: Every time I get a tweet or a message from you four, it seems like you’re in Hollywood raising hell on Sunset Strip. Everyone has heard the stories of Sunset back in the 80’s, but what is the music scene like there now?
Rachael Rine: We were wee babies in the ‘80s so we can’t really compare our experience to that. The strip definitely still has its moments. Wherever we are whether it’s Hollywood or Mankato, we make sure we are having a blast. Everyone around us is always invited to join in. If you’re going to buy the ticket, you may as well enjoy the ride!
HRH: What are some bands from L.A. you think we should be keeping our ears open for?
Rachael Rine: Cockpit haha! No one immediately comes to mind that you already don’t know about from LA. However, you should check out The Last Vegas from Chicago. We toured with them recently and let me tell you, those boys put on one hell of a rock ‘n’ roll show night after night.
HRH: Cockpit has the chance to open for any band active today, but only one. Who would the four of you pick?
Rachael Rine: That’s a tough one. There are so many bands we all love and would sound great with. We’ve also been lucky enough to play with a lot of our idols already. If forced to choose, and if they keep it together, I’d have to say Aerosmith. It’s kind of a rite of passage thing. So many great bands learned the ropes from Aerosmith or Ozzy.
HRH: So you got to tell us where we can find Cockpit online?
Bonus Question: Do you think Cockpit would make a good house band at Fangtasia?
Rachael Rine: Funny you should ask, we’ve headlined there a couple times! It’s filmed at a bar here in California that we have blown the roof off of. However, “Cockpit- The house band at Fangtasia” has a nice ring to it. I hope the Vamps could handle us!! They’d have their hands full! So, when do we start?
Skindred has released a new video in support of their brand new album, Shark Bites and Dog Fights. Check out the clip, “Stand For Something” below.
Attention Metal fans! Make sure to tune in tonight as Megadeth will be performing on NBC-TV‘s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. It’s a late one so set your tivo’s. The show airs on NBC at 12:35 AM EST/11:35C. Tonight’s guests: Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, Megadeth. Also don’t forget to pick up your copy of “Endgame”, Megadeth‘s twelfth studio album, in stores now!
Alice in Chains are preparing to release Black Gives Way To Blue on September 29th, and are now giving fans a sneak peek at each track from the album below.
Black Gives Way To Blue has been praised by Revolver for its “dense tapestry of heavy guitars and soaring melodies” and Reuters wrote “the heavy guitars, submerged vocals and thunderous rhythm section assures fans that the band has lost none of its menace.”
After a string of sold out shows in the U.S. Alice in Chains will embark on a UK/European tour starting in November.
Nov 12 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Nov 13 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
Nov 14 – Manchester, UK – Academy
Nov 16 – London, UK – Forum
Nov 17 – London, UK – Forum
Nov 19 – Tilburg, HOL – 013
Nov 20 – Antwerp, BEL – Trix Zaal
Nov 21 – Weisbaden, GER – Schlachthof
Nov 23 – Dortmund, GER – FZW
Nov 24 – Prague, CZE – Lucerna
Nov 25 – Warsaw, POL – Stodola
Nov 27 – Budapest, HUN – Petofi Csarnok
Nov 29 – Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
Nov 30 – Munich, GER – Thearterfabrik
Dec 2 – Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
Dec 3 – Fribourg, SWI – Fri-son
Dec 4 – Paris, FRA – Bataclan
Sad Day on Planet Earth is the brand new release from perennial American hard rock giants Lillian Axe. Since the early 1990’s Lillian Axe have been rocking the Great Plains here in the States and abroad. They have criss-crossed the country relentlessly both as headliners and in support slots for rock legends such as Alice Cooper. Blistering Records offers Ignite from Lillian Axe’s upcoming release titled Sad Day On Planet Earth. Direct Download Link.
You can purchase “Sad Day on Planet Earth” at this location.
Today The Poodles have announced the band Dynazty as support for the upcoming Clash Of The Elements Tour of Europe.
Check below for dates!
Oct 24 – FireFest-Nottingham (GB)
Oct 30 – Norrköping (S)
Oct 31 – Munich (D)
Nov 2 – Mannheim (D)
Nov 3 – Hamburg (D)
Nov 4 – Ludwigsburg (D)
Nov 6 – Bilbao (ES)
Nov 7 – Barcelona (ES)
Nov 8 – Madrid (ES)
Nov 11 – Bruchsal (D)
Nov 12 – Essen (D)
Nov 13 – Offenburg (D)
Nov 15 – Bergamo (IT)
Nov 16 – Rome (IT)
Nov 18 – Ingolstadt (D)
Nov 19 – Bern (CH)
Nov 20 – Kerkrade (NL)