Neal Schön fans can check out the new video for “What You Want” below. The smoking new track/video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U, and includes vocals by bassist Marco Mendoza and Schön, as well as drummer Deen Castronovo. SO U features Schön along with Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.
Of the new album, Ultimate Classic Rock raved, “”SO U stands tall as one of the finest albums that Neal Schön has released to date. The combination of Schön with Deen Castronovo and Marco Mendoza is a potent triple threat which delivers on every level. With nine tracks spread over 51 minutes, SO U never overstays its welcome and the typically diverse blend of material will strongly resonate with fans of Schön’s previous work, most notably Santana and Journey. I’ll be standing by and waiting for a sequel.” SO U will be available on May 19th in North America via Frontiers Records. The album can be pre-ordered now via iTunes, Amazon and via the Journey online store; those who purchase SO U now via iTunes will receive “Exotica” as an instant gratification track.
Best known as the founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career 45 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into his native state’s Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. Along with Journey band members Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain, Schön is responsible for co-writing “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the 20th century’s most downloaded song. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.
In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on – and then some…The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.” In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schönalso worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition “Neal Schön Signature Model Custom Les Paul” guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
As you have surely heard by now, KISS is going on tour this summer with Def Leppard. And while this is bound to be a nostalgic concert full of bombs, rock screams, and plenty of guitar solos, I find myself wondering once again what setlist will KISS trot out? Recently, the band has gone out of their way to belabor the fact that Ace and Peter were not the only guitarist and drummer the band had and that their legacy expands beyond the four original members. If Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley want to be true to that statement, this 40th anniversary tour is the perfect time for them to drive that point home.
Every time KISS goes on tour, they bring out a very similar, if not identical, setlist to the previous tour. Even when they release a new album, only one song from the album gets performed while the band is in America. Once they head overseas, they take a few more risks and play additional songs from the new record, but it never seems to happen in the states. Now they are celebrating 40 years as a band, without a record to promote. This is their prime opportunity to really tap into their catalog and dust off some hits that haven’t been played in years.
I suspect that the band will have between 80 and 90 minutes of stage time and I realize that there are some hits they have to play. A couple of years ago, KISS did bring back “Crazy, Crazy Nights,” and I thought that was a high point to their show. But why stop there? Why not really mix it up and play some tracks that people almost forgot existed. I get that deep cuts like “Almost Human” and “Sweet Pain” probably aren’t going to be played, but how about pulling out “Shandi” in the USA? What if they were to skip “I Was Made For Loving You” and decided that “Hard Luck Woman” was a better fit? I can’t speak for all fans, but I know that this KISS fan would be in all his glory. I know that “Rock And Roll All Nite” is getting performed. I am sure that “Love Gun,” “Lick It Up,” and “Firehouse” will be performed. And all of those songs are great. All I ask is that the band takes a chance and mixes in some other great songs from their catalog.
I would love to hear “I” off of Music From The Elder, or “Mr. Speed” from Rock And Roll Over. “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em,” or “Uh! All Night” would be a dream come true. Hell even “Outta This World,” or “Never Enough” would be welcomed treats at this point. I’ve been seeing this band live since the 90s and I know what they are capable of. During the period of time when the makeup was off, Kiss performed songs from their entire catalog. But once the makeup went back on, they stuck to the safe hits. Now, it’s time to celebrate 40 years of Kiss. They even have a (yet another) greatest hits album coming out that includes one song from each record they’ve ever recorded. Why not structure the setlist in a similar fashion? For longtime/diehard fans, it would be a spectacular experience. And there could still be plenty of hits to keep the casual fan satisfied.
I will be seeing the band this summer, and I truly hope that they will go out of their way to mix it up, but I won’t hold my breath waiting to see anything out of the ordinary. Perhaps KISS will surprise me this year, and that would be lovely, but I expect to get the same 15 or 16 hits they’ve played for the last decade. And for a band that has a history as deep and long as theirs, that’s a real shame. If I had a say (and boy, I wish I did) this would be my setlist for the 40th anniversary tour:
I Just Wanna
I Love It Loud
Outta This World
Uh! All Night
I Still Love You
Nothing To Lose
Detroit Rock City
Heaven’s On Fire
Rock And Roll All Nite
What about you? Are you tired of the same setlist? Do you wish that KISS would mix it up, or are you just happy that they are still touring? Drop a line in the comments and let us know your thoughts!
ROCK LEGEND ACE FREHLEY SIGNS
WORLDWIDE MULTI ALBUM DEAL WITH
ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC
“SPACE INVADER,” FIRST NEW ALBUM
IN FIVE YEARS, AVAILABLE ON 6/24/14
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE INVADER, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on June 24th, 2014. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” This album is the first release under Frehley’s new universal deal on eOne Music.
Frehley has released an official statement surrounding the exciting news:
Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show “Entourage” and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics. “’Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence,” said Rolling Stone.ACE FREHLEY will participate in the 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS show by presenting the Dimebag Darrell “Best Guitarist” Award alongside label-mate Zakk Wylde. The awards show will take place on April 23, 2014 at the CLUB NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now!
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“SONGS FROM THE BASEMENT” WILL NOT BE DENIED!
3 DOORS DOWN ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOURING PLANS
Band Has Been “In The Basement” Digging Up Additional Repertoire
For Run Set To Commence May 30th In Friant, CA
3DD REVEAL THEY ARE WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM FOR RELEASE IN 2015
3 Doors Down has announced Summer plans that feature additional “3 Doors Down Acoustic – Songs From The Basement” dates fueled by public demand alongside select plugged in electric dates at festivals in select markets. Fans have embraced and celebrated the band’s acoustic touring since they first began staging these performances in January featuring deep cuts and hits from their catalog of songs. Over the last few months, they have been “in the basement” digging up more gems to perform on these upcoming shows alongside their biggest hits. Limited VIP tickets featuring on stage seating will be made available offering the rare chance to “sit in the basement with the band” in this intimate, live setting. Singer Brad Arnold shares, “The acoustic shows are a blast, and we have an amazing connection with our fans during the performances. We are excited to get back out on the road and play these songs for the rest of America!” Arnold has posted a video coinciding with this announcement: http://bit.ly/1qoLnCK
Brad Arnold, Chris Henderson, and the members of 3 Doors Down have assembled in a Nashville studio to begin writing songs for their sixth studio album to be released in 2015. Alongside the founding members, the new repertoire is a collective effort with all members participating in the writing process.
On June 28 & 29, 3 Doors Down will appear at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan for Freedom Fest. They will also perform on the 4th of July at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickman in Oahu, HI. The band has repeatedly committed their energies to supporting the troops across the globe. This marks the 3 Doors Down’s return to the Islands, having performed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii on July 5, 2008 in Honolulu. The Okinawa visit marks their first show in Japan.
Confirmed appearances include:
5/30 Friant, CA Table Mountain Casino *
5/31 Temecula, CA Lake Skinner Regional Park*
Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
6/03 Coquitlam, BC Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
6/04 Prince George, BC CN Centre
6/06 Calgary, AB Cowboys
6/07 Bonnyville, AB C2 Flint Field House
6/09 Regina, SK Casino Regina Show Lounge
6/10 Winnipeg, MB Club Regent Casino – Event Center
6/11 Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheater
6/14 Las Vegas, NV “Rock Of Vegas” – Fremont Street Experience*
6/28 Okinawa, Japan Kadena Air Base*
6/29 Okinawa, Japan Kadena Air Base*
7/04 Oahu, HI Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickman*
7/12 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theater
7/13 Cedar Rapids, IA The Paramount Theatre
7/15 Chicago, IL House of Blues
7/18 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA*
7/19 Goshen, IN Elkhart County Fair*
7/20 Norfolk, NE MusicFest 2014 – DeVent Center*
7/23 Lewiston, NY Artpark – Outdoor Amphitheater*
7/24 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
7/26 Readington, NJ Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning*
7/27 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
7/29 Westbury, NY The Space at Westbury
7/30 Cohasset, MA South Shore Music Circus
8/01 Newport, RI Newport Yachting Center
8/02 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/03 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
8/05 Hershey, PA The Hershey Theatre
8/07 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
8/08 Washington, MO Washington Town & Country Fair*
8/17 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
8/19 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
8/20 Norfolk, VA The Norva
8/23 Durant, OK Choctaw Event Center*
8/24 Midland, TX Wagner Noël Performing
8/26 Corpus Christi, TX Selena Auditorium
8/27 Pharr, TX Pharr Entertainment Center
8/29 Charenton, LA Pavilion at Cypress Bayou Casino
8/30 Beaumont, TX Jefferson Theater
8/31 Abilene, TX Paramount Theatre
9/03 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
9/05 Tampa, FL Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/06 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
9/07 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
9/10 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
9/11 Louisville, KY Palace Theatre
9/13 Hutchinson, KS Kansas State Fair*
* Cites Electric Performance
KYNG’s Sophomore effort, Burn The Serum is in stores now! Check out the audio clip for the band’s new song “Electric Halo” below! This is awesome stuff!
1. Burn The Serum
2. Lost One
3. Electric Halo
4. Sewn Shut
6. Self Medicated Man
7. The Ode
8. In the Land of Pigs
9. Sunday Smile
10. Big Ugly Me
11. Paper Heart Rose
Check out Kyng on Tour on one of the select dates below.
Upcoming Tour Dates
Tickets & Info at KyngBand.com
With LACUNA COIL, EVE TO ADAM, NOTHING MORE
Apr 16 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Apr 17 – Libertyville, IL – Austin’s
Apr 18 – Spring Lake Park, MN – POV’s
Apr 19 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Apr 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
Apr 22 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
Apr 23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
Apr 26 – Ft. Meyers, FL – Fort Rock *
Apr 27 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville *
With KILL DEVIL HILL, CROBOT
Apr 28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Apr 29 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggys By The Sea
May 02 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live *
May 03 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion *
May 04 – Huntington, WV – V Club
May 06 – New York, NY – Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
May 07 – West Springfield, VA – Empire
May 08 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
May 09 – Syracuse, NY – The Chance
May 10 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above This Fest
May 11 – Worcester, MA – Upstairs @ The Palladium
May 13 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
May 15 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
May 16 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range *
May 17 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
May 20 – Joliet – Mojoes
May 21 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
May 23 – Pyor, OK – Rocklahoma *
May 24 – San Antonio, TX – River City Rockfest *
Catch Slash Jamming a Few Tracks with MOTÖRHEAD this Friday, April 11th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA & at Coachella on 4/13 & 4/20
New Single ‘Crying Shame’ – At Radio Now + Watch the Lyric Video HERE
Legendary MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister was busy last weekend making a very unique local appearance at the home opener for the LA KISS AFL football team at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA – taking part in the official coin toss! There were over 14,000 fans in attendance to see the LA KISS take on the Portland Thunder. Steel Panther played the halftime show with Nita Strauss of the Iron Maidens as the guest guitarist! See above for a shot of Lemmy as he prepared for the coin toss with a referee and several AFL players.
MOTÖRHEAD have confirmed select performances this spring, including two stops at Coachella on April 13th and April 20th. Other stops include Los Angeles, CA, Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA.
**This just in – the one and only Slash will jam on a few tracks with MOTÖRHEAD at their Los Angeles date this Friday, as well as both Coachella dates!
MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates:
4/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
4/13 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/15 Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
4/20 Indio, CA @ Coachella
MOTÖRHEAD is taking part in Record Store Day 2014 in a big way – offering a must-have collectible item! The band is releasing a limited and numbered special edition Aftershock picture disc vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19th. The 180-gram picture discs are limited to 4,500 units worldwide and are individually numbered. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find a participating Record Store Day store near you.
Catch MOTÖRHEAD performing with Megadeth and Anthrax on the first annual MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson,and some big surprises. More bands are set to be announced soon. Tickets for MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat, as well as full details and cabin pricing, are on sale now at www.MotorheadCruise.com.
MOTÖRHEAD’s Aftershock did not only act as another stellar addition to the band’s legendary catalog, but is widely regarded as one of the best musical releases of 2013. Aftershock marked MOTÖRHEAD’s biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date.You can order Aftershock now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP).
Learn more about MOTÖRHEAD at these websites:
Official Lemmy Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialLemmy
Official MOTÖRHEAD Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Twitter: @MyMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Website: www.imotorhead.com
SINNER SINNERS Blends Punk-Inspired Anthems with Classic Rock Influences on “XI”
“SINNER SINNERS play loud, powerful and unapologetic rock and roll with a calm humility that belies the crazed power that lies beneath.” – TwoGuysMetalReviews.com
Ah, the days of pure, raucous, outspoken, and aggressive rock n’ roll often seem to have passed. But while this sound has almost entirely evaded the mainstream, at least one up and coming band in Los Angeles is poised to bring it back, while proving that truly honest and outstanding rock music isn’t always fuelled by animosity or anger, but often by a pure passion for music and the one you’re making it with.
Happily married couple Steve and Sam Thill met in a small town in the center of France at the age of 15 and fell fast in love. Eight years later in 2009, the couple started SINNER SINNERS out of their mutual love of rock music and desire to be at each other’s sides throughout all aspects of their musical careers. Since their inception and relocation to Los Angeles, SINNER SINNERS have pushed their forceful punk-influenced rock n’ roll out to the controlled masses, but see 2014 as a figurative launching pad designed to hit the big time.
“Being in a band with my wife – working on songs and performing shows – is a very different concept than any other band I’ve seen or been in before,” states Steve Thill. “There’s a chemistry that can’t be matched, plus we’ve been together since we’re teens and grew up together. We know each other very well and it translates well into our songwriting.”
SINNER SINNERS offers a brand new full-length album XI, which will hit digital stores via independent release on the band’s Cadavra Records on April 21, 2014. Take a listen to two new tracks, ‘Riot’ (http://youtu.be/Ndz6GpOXvd0) and ‘Reckless’ (http://youtu.be/Juhp6zLIRdk), via YouTube now.
As with their 2011 release Cardinal Sins, the band enlisted producer Nic Jodoin (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Amusement Park On Fire, The Morlocks), and recorded at the Glory Hole in Hollywood, CA (the previous album also featured production duties from Pascal Mondaz). Interesting fact, SINNER SINNERS recorded with Nic at the same time as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, actually trading places in the studio throughout the course of the process.
SINNER SINNERS do not want fans to confuse producer loyalty with a desire to do the same old thing, however. “We wanted something completely different from the first record, something more aggressive and straight forward, louder and faster,” states Steve Thill. “Strangely enough, The Doors and the Rolling Stones are probably our biggest influences and the only bands we would listen to during the writing and recording process.”
Thill adds, “We love Nic, we’re good friends. It gives a different dynamic, there’s no filter or holding back even when it comes scream at each other. He’s a great producer and knows how to push us beyond our limits.”
SINNER SINNERS keeps busy outside of the studio as well, boasting recent performances with Black Flag, The Sonics, The Lords of Altamont, The Morlocks, The Creepshow and many more.
This is just the beginning for SINNER SINNERS! To learn more about the band, please visit these websites:
Twitter and Instagram: @sinnersinners
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
TO JOIN AEROSMITH FOR
“LET ROCK RULE”
NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
LAUNCHES JULY 10 IN NEW YORK
SLASH ANNOUNCES THIRD SOLO STUDIO ALBUM OUT THIS
Today (Tuesday, April 8), SLASH joined Aerosmith for a roof-raising set in front of a packed crowd at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in celebration of their forthcoming headlining North American tour this summer. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the LET ROCK RULE tour kicks off on Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see full itinerary below). SLASH and Aerosmith–longtime friends who’ve performed together throughout the years–will also take over Los Angeles, Cali. (The Forum), San Francisco, Cali. (Sleep Train Pavilion) and Boston, Mass. (Xfinity Center), among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park). Expect SLASH and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators to announce additional solo dates in between the arena shows.
“Aerosmith is one of my all time favorite bands, and one of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time,” says SLASH. “It’s an honor for me to go out & tour with them and keep the rock & roll banner flying high.”
The SLASH pre-sale begins on Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 AM local time on: http://slashonline.com/tour. The ticket package includes: amazing seats (Level 1 tickets), an exclusive autographed SLASH lithograph, a Digital Download of the NEW SLASH album (due in Sept 2014) and a merchandise voucher worth $50, redeemable in the SLASH Exclusive Online Store. For all packages, visit: http://slashonline.com/tour.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. Citi® cardmembers will also have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. This summer’s hottest ticket will go on sale to the general public starting on Monday, April 14 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com. The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly.
SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators—MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums), TODD KERNS (bass) and FRANK SIDORIS (guitar)–will return this September with their third studio album, title TBA and second album with this line-up. The group is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which is being helmed by producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus).The group is recording a total of 17 songs–including one instrumental. “It’s very rock. It’s more up-tempo than the last record was,” states vocalist KENNEDY. “Slash has got some really great riffs on this record. Killer stuff…” “The material on this album is more serious and more fun at the same time, which is a tough balance,” adds bassist TODD KERNS. “The songs are sleazier, tougher and more dangerous. We’re all very excited to unleash the monster upon you as soon as we can.”
SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others. SLASH explains, “We’ve worked really well together from the start. I never thought about how it’s progressed. It’s real natural and like any sort of close relationship, we established it early on and now we’re just sort of doing our thing, it’s just a really cool kind of synergy that we’ve got.” Apocalyptic Love earned SLASH two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” The album’s third single, “Anastasia,” cracked the Top 10 at Modern and Active Rock and Top Five at Mainstream Rock.
Watch SLASH’s “Real To Reel” webisodes happening now in the studio at: www.slashonline.com. The innovative online series is documenting the entire in-studio recording process from the first day of recording to the last, the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series follows Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record the new album from start to finish.
Following the summer run with Aerosmith, the group will return to the U.K. and Europe. Expect more shows to be announced shortly.
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators tour datesare as follows:
|Thu||7/10||Wantagh, NY||Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre|
|Sun||7/13||Kitchener, ON, Canada||McLennan Park|
|Wed||7/16||Mansfield, MA||Xfinity Center|
|Sat||7/19||Cadott, WI||Rock Fest|
|Tue||7/22||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|Fri||7/25||Tinley Park, IL||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre|
|Wed||7/30||Inglewood, CA||The Forum|
|Sat||8/2||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|Fri||8/8||Stateline, NV||Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys|
|Wed||8/13||Concord, CA||Sleep Train Pavilion|
|Sat||8/16||George, WA||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|Tue||8/19||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|Fri||8/22||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|Mon||8/25||The Woodlands, TX||The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|Thu||8/28||Atlanta, GA||Phillips Arena|
|Sun||8/31||Atlantic City, NJ||Boardwalk Hall|
|Wed||9/3||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center|
|Sat||9/6||Bristow, VA||Jiffy Lube Live|
|Tue||9/9||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|Fri||9/12||Sydney, NS, Canada||Open Hearth Park|
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band are currently in the studio at work on a new album set for release September 2014. www.slashonline.com.
AEROSMITH–Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums)–are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. Their latest honors include the 2013 ASCAP Founders Award and induction into the Songwriter Hall of Fame at the 44thannual SHOF ceremony also in 2013. MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION! (Columbia), the band’s latest album, was released in late 2012. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators:
When Josey Scott left Saliva in 2011, the band had two options, (a). break up or (b) start over by finding a new front man. Thankfully, the band chose plan b, and found a new singer, Bobby Amaru (Amaru, Burn Season).
Starting over is always a daunting task for any band, especially one with a huge fan base like Saliva. Luckily, Amaru was a great find, and his voice works perfectly for Saliva. I expect a lot of great things for this new era of Saliva, and I really like the direction the band has moved in with their latest album Rise Up.
Rise Up is a heavier album for Saliva, but not so heavy that it will disappoint the band’s fans. This album is packed with radio friendly rockers, and many songs that could easily be hits for Saliva.
The album cover fits the title track “Rise Up” perfectly. When you hear this song you will definitely want to throw your fist in the air! As much as I like “Rise Up”, it does not even compare to “She Can Sure Hide Crazy”. Easily my favorite track on “Rise Up”, this catchy rocker is going to be a huge song for Saliva!
“Lost” is a mid-tempo number that I expect to be another hit for Saliva. It is great to hear Wayne Swinny cutting lose with some big, clean guitar riffs on this song.
“Redneck Freakshow” sounds like classic Saliva. This is another heavy rocker with a killer beat! I love Paul Crosby’s drumming on this song. This is another one of my new Saliva favorites.
I find myself headbanging every time the song “Army” comes up. This is another cool rocker with a great beat courtesy of Mr. Crosby. Love the vocals too!
“In It To Win It” is one of the heaviest Saliva songs ever, and this fist pumping rocker should be a real crowd pleaser in Saliva’s live set.
Saliva’s new album Rise Up will definitely put the band back on the road to success. I have been enjoying this album, and I think you will to.
Rise Up will be released April 29th to a store near you, and on iTunes and Amazon.com. Don’t miss this!
Wayne Swinny – guitars
Dave Novotny – bass
Paul Crosby – drums, percussion
Bobby Amaru – vocals
Lets face it, if you haven’t anally followed the latest sexploits of the legendary and almighty Steel Panther than you either have a good day job or you spend far too much time loitering in the boys locker room at school. Do you like Boobs? The four biggest boobs rockin’ the East Side of West Hollywood have just released a colossal new CD, epically titled “All You Can Eat,” and one good serving leaves you with nothing to be desired.
When Steel Panther released 2009’s “Feel The Steel,” fans clamored for a closer look at real men donning real spandex in front of real Marshall Stacks; and the result was an overwhelming display of debauchery. Critics called it a joke and said it wouldn’t last! What does a critic know anyway?
When the band’s demanding tour schedule finally slowed down to just 8 shows a week, the band let their “Balls Out” in 2011 to an album that nearly cleared through 13,000 copies sold in it’s first week of independent release and instantly became the highest illegally downloaded display of sexual disorientation since someone digitized that VHS tape of Traci Lords and her tennis racket. As YouTube videos arose, a sudden demand for AquaNet developed around the world and a new generation of teens found hope in the depressing world of post-grunge anti-metal; there was something greater that they could aspire to be – Steel ‘Fan’thers. After all, if you can’t make a living being who and what they are … and YOU can’t! … then at least you can get on the bandwagon and support the positive side of having a wang and flailing it in public for the good of rock and roll!
On Thursday, April 3rd, Hustler Hollywood, the premier destination for all things that make a body feel good, opened its Sunset Strip doors to just 100 “invite only” die-hard fanatics that patiently lined the boulevard. A host of news reporters with cameras in tow and eager magazine writers gathered; looking to celebrate the long awaited release of Steel Panther’s 2014 CD titled “All You Can Eat.”
When the band arrived, somewhat disheveled and grinning ear to ear, they were escorted onto the stage area by a bevy of Hustler Models in fishnet tights and bejeweled mini-shorts, with tousled hair and dazed looks. Some even appeared to be weak in the knees, which meant only one thing; the boys were back in town! Kevin Chiaramonte, the band’s management representative, fielded questions from the audience as national magazine editors begged for answers to the real dirt fans want to hear about. “How does one cure herpes?” “Why does it burn when I pee?” and a long list of other less introspective questions were asked and answered. You’ll have to visit www.SteelPanther.tv for a broadcast of the day’s event to see if the band answered a question you may have.
Poised for action with an acoustic guitar and a pink polka dot bass (and hand held mirror), guitarist Satchel, bassist Lexxi Foxx, drummer Stix Zadinia and front man Michael Starr performed an all-hits set of song selections from their three CD’s. During the set, one high school fan got the treat of a lifetime. After begging Starr to take her to the prom, he responded by bringing her on stage for a personal rendition of the Steel Panther song “Girl From Oklahoma.”
The after-party took place at the world famous Rainbow Bar & Grill where the band supplied fans with an unending supply of pizza along with two special drinks they personally added to the bar selections – “The Glory Hole” (A Jack Daniels and Pepsi concoction) and “The Pussy Whipped” (which blended Cranberry Juice, Vodka and a spurt of what might have been soda). Attendees spent the evening getting up close and personal with the band. Each “Fanther” got a chance to take a photo or have their boobs signed with no regrets. Raging on until well after midnight, Steel Panther bid farewell with thanks, boarding their Panther mobile and leaving fans to continue the party without them.
During the meet and greet session, members of the band shared that with National Tour Dates starting in May of 2014, their Hollywood House of Blues Monday Night Residency will have just three dates scheduled before coming to an end. Complete details, news updates, social media links and the forthcoming tour dates can be found on the Steel Panther’s official website at www.SteelPanther.tv .
Article and photos courtesy of Joe Dolan.
I have been listening to Alter Bridge’s fourth album Fortress for a few months now, and I have to say I am disappointed….. disappointed that more people aren’t talking about this album, and that it isn’t getting more praise.
Fortress may be Alter Bridge’s most complex album yet, and quite possibly their best. Mark Tremonti shows his metal roots, by crafting one of the heaviest Alter Bridge albums yet. His guitar work seems to get better and better with every album. On Fortress, Tremtonti’s riffs are heavy enough to please metal heads, but not so heavy to scare off Alter Bridge’s constantly growing fan base.
Myles Kennedy probably gets more press while signing with Slash, but he should get a lot more attention for his performance on Fortress. One word describes his vocals on this album, brilliant! Kennedy’s vocals are constantly soaring to new heights, and no matter how heavy the music becomes, his voice complements Tremonti’s playing perfectly. There are times when Kennedy’s range gives me goose bumps. In example the song “Calm the Fire” starts off with a brief acoustic in which Kennedy pushes his voice at high octave but at a slower tempo. The song transforms into a fantastic rocker that to my ears is simply amazing! This is easily my favorite track on the album, but Fortress is full of great stuff like this.
If you miss songs like “Addicted to Pain”, “Cry of Achilles”, “Bleed it Dry”, or “Waters Rising” you are really missing out on some of the best heavy tracks of 2013 and of Alter Bridge’s career. Check this one out!!
01. Cry of Achilles
02. Addicted to Pain
03. Bleed It Dry
05. The Uninvited
06. Peace Is Broken
07. Calm The Fire
08. Waters Rising
09. Farther Than The Sun
10. Cry A River
11. All Ends Well
Alter Bridge is:
Myles Kennedy – Vocals, Guitar
Mark Tremonti – Guitars, Vocals
Brian Marshall – Drums
Scott Phillips – Bass
Man oh mercy, I have always been a fan of German metal, and I always anticipate new material from Gammy Ray.. I can always expect quality releases from this band, and Gamma Ray’s latest opus Empire of the Undead is no exception.
Heavy Metal can not be stopped, and Empire of the Undead is living proof. The home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for Gamma ray, and many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving much of its contents in ruins. The Empire Of The Undead masters managed to make it through unscathed.
Thank God it dead, as the band’s 11th album, Empire of the Undead is packed full of amazing solos, great vocals, and excellent metal tracks clocking in at over an hour in length. While Gamma Ray hasn’t completely abandoned the Power metal format, to my ears, Empire of the Unead is more of a pure heavy metal album with hints of influence of Judas Priest in the music. The songs are heavy and fast, but at a pace that you will find yourself singing along. Kai Hansen delivers fantastic metal riffs that need to be played at high volume to fully appreciate it. (If you play this in a car beware, it may be detrimental to your driving record.)
My favorites on this album are “Hellbent”, “Pale Rider”, “Master of Confusion”, the title track “Empire of the Undead”, and the (possibly) Queen influenced “Time for Deliverance”.
Empire of the Undead will be released April 15th in the United States. Every metal fan ought to give this album a listen. It is easily one of Gamma Ray’s best albums yet and it gets better with every listen. Don’t miss this!
Get it at Amazon.com here!
03. Pale Rider
04. Born To Fly
05. Master of Confusion
06. Empire of the Undead
07. Time for Deliverance
10. I Will Return
Gamma Ray is:
Kai Hansen – rhythm & lead guitar, lead vocals
Henjo Richter – lead & rhythm guitar, keyboards
Dirk Schlächter – bass
Michael Ehré – drums
VOLBEAT TO BEGIN NEAR SOLD-OUT SPRING RUN OF U.S. APRIL 3 AT DENVER’S FILLMORE AUDITORIUM
Band Wins “Best International Alternative Act” Echo Award In Germany Selected Over 30 Seconds To Mars, Placebo, Imagine Dragons and Black Sabbath
Denmark — Volbeat returns to North America this week on a tour that takes the band coast-to-coast. The run begins at The Fillmore in Denver, CO on April 3, and will wrap on May 10 at the Susquehanna Bank Center Arena in Camden, NJ. Sold-out appearances include Denver, CO (4/03 – Fillmore), Mescalero, NM (4/04 – Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort), Anaheim, CA (4/06 – The Grove), Spokane, WA (4/11 – Knitting Factory ), Missoula, MT (4/15 – Wilma Theatre), Fargo, ND (4/17 – The Venue), Niagara Falls, NY (5/05 – Rapids Theatre) and Hampton Beach, NH (5/09 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom). The majority of the dates on the band’s itinerary are close being sold-out as well. Trivium and Digital Summer will support Volbeat on this excursion.
This past week, Volbeat won Germany’s Echo Award for “Best International Alternative Act” (pictured above). The quartet was selected over other contenders in the category 30 Seconds To Mars, Placebo, Imagine Dragons, and Black Sabbath.
Since the release of the band’s latest album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies via Republic in the U.S., the title has sold more than 300,000 copies according to Soundscan, alongside hundreds of thousands of digital singles. Volbeat received their first Grammy Nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for “Room 24″ (Volbeat Featuring King Diamond). The band’s repertoire has become a staple at Active Rock radio, cementing the band’s relevance with five consecutive #1 singles at the format. Their latest “Dead But Rising” climbs to #3 this week at Active Rock. Overseas, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, alongside Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland.
Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, Volbeat has released five studio albums, and two live offerings that have turned the band into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards making them one of the most talked about bands around the world. Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, debuted at No. 1 in the band’s home country of Denmark alongside Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The new release saw a debut at No. 2 in Finland, No. 4 in the Netherlands and Sweden, and No. 9 in The United States. Volbeat is Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums), joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the new album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen.
The upcoming tour marks Volbeat’s fourth visit to North American this album cycle, and follows an excursion as headliners of the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour in August and September, 2013. This past year, the band has been one of the largest touring draws on the European continent headlining both festivals and a arena tour, and they appeared at the major Japanese festival Summer Sonic 2013 in both Tokyo and Osaka. Cumulatively, Volbeat has performed for over a million fans since the current album was released. Confirmed appearances for Spring, 2014 include:
4/03 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
4/04 Mescalero, NM Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort
4/05 Tucson, AZ Pima County Fairgrounds
4/06 Anaheim, CA The Grove
4/08 Modesto, CA Modesto Centre Plaza
4/09 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre
4/10 Medford, OR Medford Armory
4/11 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
4/13 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
4/14 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
4/15 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
4/17 Fargo, ND The Venue
4/18 LaCrosse, WI LaCrosse Center
4/19 Clive, IA 7 Flags Event Center
4/21 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
4/22 Cleveland, OH The Agora
4/23 Louisville, KY Palace Theatre
4/25 Tampa, FL T.B. Times Forum – WXTB
4/26 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
4/27 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
4/28 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
4/30 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
5/01 Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center
5/02 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live / Lunatic Luau
5/03 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
5/05 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
5/06 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid Hudson Civic Center
5/08 Huntington, NY Paramount Theatre
5/09 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center / WMMR
You can now check a short interview with Marco Mendoza where he discusses the project. It’s available on Metal Mind Productions’ YouTube channel in THIS location.
One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to come out of the 80’s is returning with their first new album in 5 years. Winger is releasing Better Days Comin’ on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records. The notorious band comprised of members Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, John Roth on guitar and Rod Morgenstein on drums, are back with their latest album. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon.com in a standard (http://smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzCD) and deluxe configuration (http://smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzDLX). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a Making of the Album documentary as well as videos for the first single “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin’.” An iTunes pre-order will be available soon. The band has always been known for their incredible musicianship and the trend continues on Better Days Comin’.
“On Better Days Comin’ we drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record,” explains front man Kip Winger. “We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way.“
From the opening riff of album opener “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine” to the final outro lick of “Out Of This World,” it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like “Queen Babylon,” progressive rock movements like “Tin Soldier,” and touching ballads like “Ever Wonder” show the band’s diversity while always centering on great songs. The debut single from Better Days Comin’ is the adrenaline fueled rocker “Rat Race” that showcases some of the band’s best work of their 25 year career.
The track listing for Better Days Comin’ is:
1) Midnight Driver of a Love Machine
2) Queen Babylon
3) Rat Race
4) Better Days Comin’
5) Tin Soldier
6) Ever Wonder
7) So Long China
8) Storm In Me
9) Be Who You Are, Now
10) Another Beautiful Day (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
11) Out Of This World
Winger formed in the late 1980’s and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, In The Heart Of The Young, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away.” The change in musical climate of the mid-90’s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.
Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals
Reb Beach – guitars
Rod Morgenstein – drums
John Roth – guitars
Check out the latest clips “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine”, “Rat Race” and the classic clip “Down Incognito” below.
This August will see long time music legends and mutual admirers, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on tour together for the first time. The tour launches in Missoula, MT on August 8 and will run for five weeks with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Detroit, Boston and NYC . . . (more dates TBA).
Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring routewill offer fans a full Jeff Beck set, followed by a full ZZ Top set, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers for a collaboration each night of the tour.
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, speaking on behalf of band mates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, noted that Beck has long been a source of musical inspiration from the time when Beck played in the Yardbirds, the seminal hard blues-based Britrock band. Gibbons commented, “Ever since experiencing ‘Jeff’s Boogie,’ the prospect of performance with Jeff Beck on the deck brings us into focus with the curator of crunch.”
Likewise, Beck has been an enduring fan of ZZ Top, from even before their ascendance in popularity in the 70s and 80s. He remarked, “Ever since Eliminator I thought it would be great to play with ZZ Top,” and went on to declare Billy Gibbons, “The Professor of Grunge.”
This tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where they performed The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy” together. The following year Jeff Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.” This, however, marks the first time Jeff Beck and ZZ Top will have done any sort of extensive touring together.
ZZ Top, formed in the Houston area of Texas in 1969, became a huge national touring act in the 70s and darlings of MTV in the 80s, going on to sell tens of millions of records. Their unique hybrid of dirty blues, hard rock, incorporating new sounds and technology, earned them induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones doing the honors.
Jeff Beck, a native of London and two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Famer (with The Yardbirds in 1992, and on his own in 2009), helped set the template in the 60s for the solo-heavy, feedback-laden, rock guitar hero archetype. He formed the Jeff Beck Group by the end of that decade with then-unknown vocalist Rod Stewart, eventually going solo, with forays into fusion and beyond in the mid-70s. Beck, like ZZ Top, has continually incorporated new sounds and technologies into his work throughout his half-century long career. Lately, Beck has been working on a new studio album, his first since the 2010 release of the critically acclaimed Emotion & Commotion, which earned him two Grammy Awards and the highest charting debut in his career.
Jeff Beck with ZZ Top Tour Itinerary:
August 8 Ogren Park Missoula, MT
August 9 Chateau Ste. Michelle Woodinville, WA
August 10 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, OR
August 12 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
August 13 Greek Amphitheatre Los Angeles, CA
August 15 Ironstone Amphitheatre Murphys, CA
August 16 The Joint Las Vegas, NV
August 20 Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre Englewood, CO
August 22 Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK
August 23 Starlight Theater Kansas City, MO
August 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO
August 27 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
August 28 Ravinia Highland Park, IL
August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT
September 2 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
September 3 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
September 4 Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
September 6 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Alpharetta, GA
September 7 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL
September 12 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
More dates TBA
FOZZY To Release New Single “LIGHTS GO OUT” April 29;
New Studio Album Coming This Summer
Band Announces Spring Tour Including Dates With
BUCKCHERRY, KYNG, REV THEORY, GEMINI SYNDROME And More
Festival Appearances Include ROCK ON THE RANGE,
WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE, CAROLINA REBELLION & 98 ROCKFEST
New CHRIS JERICHO Autobiography Set For October 13 Release;
‘TALK IS JERICHO’ Podcast Reaches No. 1 In Seven Countries
FOZZY – frontman CHRIS JERICHO, guitarists RICH WARD and BILLY GREY, bassist PAUL DILEO and drummer FRANK FONTSERE – will release their new single “LIGHTS GO OUT” April 29 across all digital platforms. The release will coincide with the track’s impact at Active Rock radio, and will be the first single from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, set to hit stores this summer.
“‘LIGHTS GO OUT’ represents a brand new color in the FOZZY spectrum,” says CHRIS JERICHO of the new single. “Dark, sexy, sleek, dirty, heavy and catchy as f*ck, this song turns a whole new page in hard rock history – it doesn’t matter if you dance to it in a club or mosh to it in a pit, ‘LIGHTS GO OUT’ will make you move!”
The band return to the North American tour circuit in late April, where they will be making crowds move on America’s biggest festivals, including appearances alongside AVENGED SEVENFOLD, VOLBEAT, ROB ZOMBIE, SLAYER and more at 98 ROCKFEST, WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE, CAROLINA REBELLION and ROCK ON THE RANGE. FOZZY will also be playing dates between festivals in support of BUCKCHERRY, co-headlining with KYNG, and sharing their stage with GEMINI SYNDROME, REV THEORY, HEAVEN’S BASEMENT and Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL. See the band’s current itinerary below.
Also recently annouced is the October 13, 2014 release of ‘THE BEST IN THE WORLD: AT WHAT I HAVE NO IDEA,’ CHRIS JERICHO’s third autobiography and the sequel to his New York Times bestsellers ‘A LION’S TALE’ and ‘UNDISPUTED’. You can pre-order the new book by clicking here, or on the image of the book cover below.
Still can’t get enough JERICHO? Check out the ‘TALK IS JERICHO’ podcast, which features the multi-faceted superstar interviewing guests from the all over the world of pop-culture and entertainment twice weekly, every Wednesday and Friday. The podcast has already reached No. 1 in seven countries and is one of the marquee programs on the PodcastOne network, featuring guests as diverse as comedian and TV host HOWIE MANDEL, ghosthunter JEFF BELANGER, professional athletes and wrestling superstars, and fellow musicians such as DAVE MUSTAINE, M. SHADOWS and ACE FREHLEY. Click here or on the image below to listen to and download episodes, as well as subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes.
FOZZY – 2014 SPRING TOUR
98 ROCKFEST (with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, VOLBEAT, LACUNA COIL and more)
25: Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE (with A7X, THE CULT, VOLBEAT and more)
26: Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park
CAROLINA REBELLION (with A7X, ROB ZOMBIE, VOLBEAT, SEETHER and more)
03: Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway
05: Springfield, VA – Empire
06: Pittsburgh, PA – Altar *
07: Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club **
08: Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory *
09: Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft at the Chance ***
10: Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino *
15: Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar ****
16: Pontiac, IL – Freakster’s Roadhouse
* with BUCKCHERRY
** with REV THEORY, GEMINI SYNDROME & EYES SET TO KILL
*** with KYNG
**** with HEAVEN’S BASEMENT
ROCK ON THE RANGE (with A7X, SLAYER, CHEVELLE, FUEL and more)
17: Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium
More dates to be announced soon…
Sebastian Bach fans can check out the brand new video for “Temptation” below!
The sinful, hard-hitting video, directed by Patrick Fogarty (Black Veil Brides, Picture Me Broken, The Burning Of Rome), is the first from Bach‘s forthcoming studio album, GIVE ‘EM HELL, and features quintessential rock bassist Duff McKagan on bass. GIVE ‘EM HELL is due out in North America on April 22nd via Frontiers Records. Fans who pre-order the album now from iTunes will receive instant gratification tracks of “Temptation” as well as “Hell Inside My Head.” The album may also be pre-ordered at Amazon here.
Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), GIVE ‘EM HELL features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
Bach on the web:
Asking Alexandria, Trivium,
Cannibal Corpse, Body Count Featuring Ice T
Suicide Silence, Emmure, Miss May I, Mushroomhead
and Many, Many More!
Tickets Go on Sale Friday April 4, 2014 at 10:00AM
The Festival Features the Most National Bands Ever Presented with Four Full Stages and 20 Bands
Watch the Exclusive Lineup Announcement Trailer via Rolling Stone:
The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in its seventh annual sojourn, is pleased to announce the official 2014 artist line-up with the boldest, largest, loudest and most diverse lineup to date! Not only will this year’s festival include the massive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE, but will also present two additional stages- the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE, and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINKMAIN STAGEwill boast a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music-including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.
“We are very excited that in the seventh year of the festival we can bring our biggest lineup ever to heavy music fans across North America. With such a diverse lineup of great bands and festival attractions, 2014 will give fans an awesome day of Metal and Mayhem.” – John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Festival Producers
Check out a special lineup announcement trailer exclusively via RollingStone.com here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/mayhem-fest-2014-avenged-sevenfold-korn-to-headline-20140331
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE:
COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE:
Miss May I
Texas Hippie Coalition
THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE:
Body Count featuring Ice-T
Upon A Burning Body*
Veil of Maya*
Headbang Local Winner
THE VICTORY RECORDS STAGE:
*bands rotating slots
Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL go on sale on April 4th at 10:00AM local time. This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.
The festival will kick off on July 5th at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA and will hit a total of 26 cities, ending at The Woodlands, TX (Houston) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10th.
2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre
7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheater
7/14 – CO – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)
7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
7/18 – WI – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center
7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center
7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre
7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/30 – NY – Wantagh – Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)
8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park
8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Main Stage and Second Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T and Emmure, no King 810)
* Lineups in each city may vary. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for full lineup details.
About Avenged Sevenfold:
Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with a string of best-selling albums – including two consecutive No 1′s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, Nightmare (2010) and their latest Hail To The King (2013) – achieving Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries. The band, which hails from Huntington Beach, CA, have become known for their spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals. This summer they are scheduled to perform five shows at the Soundwave Festival in Australia, as well as Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop Festival in Holland, Donington Park in the U.K., and two nights at Summersonic in Japan, along with several others. In November 2012, they made an unprecedented appearance as characters in Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – the biggest-selling video game of all time, which featured the band’s performance of “Carry On,” written specifically for the game.
About Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is the World’s Premier Heavy Music Touring Festival. The Festival is entering its seventh year in 2014 and has performed more than 160 Shows throughout North America to over 1.7 Million fans. The festival was founded by John Reese and Kevin Lyman and is booked by Darryl Eaton at Creative Artists Agency. Rockstar Energy Drink is the title sponsor and has maintained that role since the festival’s inception.
About Rockstar Energy Drink:
Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com
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Based on the number of concert announcements that were made over the last couple of weeks, you can tell that summer is right around the corner. Sure, here in the Northeast, we’re due to get one last round of snowfall before winter finally retreats for another year, but the scent of summer is still close. Hearing that bands like Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Kiss, and Motley Crue are gearing up for their summer tours makes me feel all warm inside. I’m giddy with the anticipation of a hot summer night and my favorite bands. This summer is shaping up to be a great one for concerts, as some exceptional bands are teaming up for double bills across the country. The only problem with all of these great shows is that no one can attend them all…unless they win the lottery.
I checked out some ticket prices for the upcoming shows this summer and I was shocked by what I saw. I mean, I get that a ticket isn’t going to cost $30, $40, or even $50 anymore, but some prices were astounding. Take Kiss with Def Leppard for instance. Here are two aging bands that have cashed in on their fans multiple times over, limping into retirement, and barely put on the live show that they did years ago. The asking price to sit in an actual seat at one of the outdoor venues this summer is $200. I find that ridiculous if not insulting. $200? And the lawn wasn’t much of a better deal at $50. Yes, it’s cheaper, but there’s a lot lacking on the lawn, not to mention a lot of drunks bumping into you and possibly vomiting where you need to walk. Yes, I love my hard partying, metal buddies.
Nine Inch Nails with Soundgarden isn’t a cheap show either. They are looking to get $100 for a seat and $40 for the lawn. Boston wants $100 and $70. Chicago with REO Speedwagon was looking for $125 but their lawn seats were a bargain at $20. And then there was the band that had me throw my hands up in despair. Journey is going on tour with the Steve Miller Band and they are expecting fans to shell out $225 for an actual seat. I have a feeling those shows will not be selling out.
Sure, you can call me a crusty old fan, a hostile curmudgeon, or someone stuck in a time warp, but I still believe that when tickets get over $100 for a seat, it’s ridiculous. The median income for a full time worker in America is $19 per hour. To see Kiss and sit in an actual seat, that fan would need to work more than 12 hours (don’t forget to subtract taxes taken out) to pay for that concert. Almost two days of work to see 3 hours of entertainment and the same tired set list. If any of these bands are wondering why their shows aren’t selling, they need only to look at their ticket prices. Face reality, gang. You’re performances are not worth the price you are charging. But what’s a head banging fan to do? He wants to see his favorite bands. She wants to have a rocking good time this summer.
Unfortunately, fans are forced to pick and choose which shows they can see. Using the above examples, I have to choose between Kiss and Def Leppard or Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden. Pick either my favorite band in all the land versus a band that I have never seen live (Soundgarden) but have always wanted to. It sucks that I have to choose at all, but unfortunately, like most hard working Americans, I am on a budget. And yes, I am making that choice for lawn seats. There’s no way I can afford the real seats.
What happened to the good old days of affordable tickets? In the 90s, I could see up to 12 shows a summer and spend less than the cost of 2 shows these days. It’s a shame the way bands just continue to rake their fans over the coals. And then they wonder why those same fans are stealing their music online. I mean, at the price they are asking for tickets, Def Leppard and Kiss could at least throw in their latest live and greatest hits albums respectively. Sweeten the deal, somehow!
In the end, I suppose it’s inevitable. If fans continue to pay the asking price, bands will continue to charge high. I know that no one is going to boycott a concert in protest of the ticket prices, but I still feel that most of these shows will not sell out. And maybe when these artists perform to a half empty house, they’ll get the message. Or maybe they’ll just count their money and move on.
What about you? Are you fed up with ticket prices? Have you had to cut out shows that you really want to see due to the high price of attendance? Drop a line in the comments and let us know.
SEVENDUST has announced the second leg of their “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic U.S. tour, which kicks off April 1 in Athens, GA at the Georgia Theatre. They’re hitting the road to promote their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, which will be released April 15 on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.
GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHÖN TEAMS UP WITH MARCO
MENDOZA AND DEEN CASTRONOVO FOR SMOKING NEW
FUSION AND BLUES-INSPIRED HARD ROCK ALBUM
Guitar legend Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U. The new album features Schön, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. Of SO U, Neal Schön commented, “This is a great new record that features all three of us – Deen, Marco and myself – sharing lead vocals. Enjoy!”
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schönhas enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schönmoved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schöncontinues with the band today in its latest incarnation.
In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schönstill has it going on – and then some…The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.” In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schönalso worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition “Neal SchönSignature Model Custom Les Paul” guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
SO U track listing:
1. Take A Ride
2. So U
4. What You Want
5. Love Finds A Way
6. On My Way
9. Big Ocean
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Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails will be touring together this summer. Pre-sale tickets will be available Monday beginning at 12 PM local time using the password ‘MYWAVE’. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public Friday, March 21.
SG/NIN Tour Dates
* – Death Grips Supporting