Those of you unable to attend the Rocklahoma music festival, now have another chance to catch some of the great acts from this festival at another setting.
VINCE NEIL, WARRANT, WINGER, WHITE LION, SEVEN MARY THREE, FASTER PUSSYCAT, COLD FILTERED and GEAR DOWN have been confirmed for Waterstock 2007, set to take place June 30 at Water Works Park in Des Moines, IA. Tickets are currently on sale through Iowa Tix for only $27.50. This price is for a limited time only, so buy early and save. Also available are 500 Part Pit Passes. Party Pit Pass tickets are $40 and get you side stage access. For more info, go to the following link.
Drummer Wild Mick Brown – “I Am In DOKKEN And Have No Intention Of Leaving That”
DOKKEN crazy man, Wild Mick Brown, has been spending his last few summer vacations on the road with TED NUGENT. This summer, however, both Dokken and Ted will be touring at the same time. That fact has led to many internet rumours about Mick’s status within Dokken. BW&BK sat down with Mick last week to set the record straight.
Mitch Lafon: What is your status with Dokken and Ted Nugent?
Wild Mick Brown: “I am in Dokken and have no intention of leaving that. We’re rushing to get my drum tracks done on a new record (that should be out in September). The problem is that we still have some writing to do before I leave for Ted Nugent in May. The reason I did the Ted Nugent thing is because Dokken had slowed up a bit and playing with Ted is just something else… a real shot in the arm. He’s the Original King of The Wild ‘70s – he’s everything and Superman. This will be my third summer tour with Ted and Dokken is really trying to get busy with touring as well. I wish I could balance them both out and I’m sure it gets frustrating for Don (Dokken) because I’m not going to make some shows. They’ve hired Vic Foxx and they say he’s really good and he fits in well, but I want to be there, you know. And they want me there because I’m the motivator of the band – I’m the engine.”
ML: How does Don react to you being with Ted?
WMB: “It’s a bitter sweet thing. He’s glad I had Ted to be financially secure…and sometimes it’s good to step out. I’ve been in Dokken for 25 years and I’ve never played with anybody else, so this was a good way to gauge where I was as a musician, a person and how you present yourself to a boss rather than being one, so this is really a kick for me. So, Don is really happy for me, but he doesn’t like thinking half of Don’s band is in Ted’s band. Ted’s tour ends in September then Dokken and KINGDOM COME have a package in Europe and once the record is out – Don will get knocking on some doors and get a tour going and remain busy.”
ML: What can you tell me about Dokken’s new album, Lightning Strikes?
WMB: “The band is playing better than it ever has – it’s just kicking butt. Now, Don had been writing some very modern songs and submitted the tapes to the record company and they said ‘we don’t want this. We don’t want your new stuff. We want you to be Dokken. Cheerios are Cheerios – you put raisins in them and it becomes Cheerios Raisin Bran and we want you to be Cheerios’. They want an ‘80s record and I’m looking at my wall right now and the only Gold and Platinum records on there are from the ‘80s. I never put one up after ’89 at all. So, the new songs sound like – pick any number from the ‘80s and that’s what we do. We’re going to give them what they want. There’s a lot of melody and lots of strumming – total Dokken. These songs could have been on any one of our ‘80s records. The songs could be on Back For The Attack, Under Lock & Key, Tooth And Nail. They sound like they came right off those records. It’s amazing how spooky that is.”
ML: I think that’s what the fans want.
WMB: “Well, they do. A lot of people don’t know we have any records after 1989. They think Back For The Attack is our last record. Some of our best work is later. We did a great record with Reb Beach and John Norum did a record with us, but people just don’t know because MTV dictated all that and everybody knew. So when we play, we play the songs that people know and we throw in some new stuff we like to play and you see the big question marks over their face – ‘what record is that from?’ We tried to move ahead and we made some great records after our heyday, but as soon as we were off MTV and our audience grew up and had kids of their own – it was over. We tried to write modern stuff, but it was a very funny time because we didn’t have a big record label or anybody pushing us. It was very awkward and now we just gave in to it. If they (fans) want us for something, then we’ll give them what they want. If people are happy hearing that and it’ll get us some work – I’m all for it.”
ML: You re-recorded your Greatest Hits with Jon and Barry. When will that album be out?
WMB: “Right, we basically did our set list that we’ve been playing for years ‘Breaking The Chains’, ‘It’s Not Love’, ‘Alone Again’, ‘Into The Fire’. We did it in studio, but it came off with a real live feel and it has a new more modern sound unlike those old DEF LEPPARD snare drums sounds. Barry said ‘it sounds aggressive’, but I guess we ran out of money and it just stopped. We were deep into it, but just couldn’t finish it. Don said he’ll hang onto it until we get the money to finish it.”
ML: So, it’s not coming out?
WMB: “I’m hoping so, but right now we’re focused on the new album.”
ML: There’s also the new Live From Conception 1981 album…
WMB: “It sounds great. We were such an aggressive band, but you could tell the song-writing wasn’t all there yet. I remember those shows. We were so excited to be a band and we were giving it everything we had. The energy level was up there and we were just stomping it out. We really did our best and I really got a kick out of that album.”
ML: Any last words?
WMB: “The Dokken band – it’s so wonderful to play with the people that are in it now because the tension is gone. I’ve never played in Dokken without it. It was always so intense. I mean – we had fun, but you had to walk on eggshells. Now, it’s a lot of fun. Also Ted is going to make a new record and I just want to be a part of that.”
SYMPHONY X – Sample All Tracks From New Album, Paradise Lost, Now
Samples for all ten tracks featured on the new SYMPHONY X album, can now be downloaded at this location.
The band are scheduled to release their new album, Paradise Lost, on June 26th via Inside Out Music.
Paradise Lost was produced by the band and the mix was completed by Jens Bogren (OPETH). The final tracklisting for the album (artwork pictured): ‘Oculus Ex Inferni’, ‘Set The World On Fire (The Lie Of Lies)’, ‘Domination’, ‘The Serpent’s Kiss’, ‘Paradise Lost’, ‘Eve Of Seduction’, ‘The Walls Of Babylon’, ‘Seven’, ‘The Sacrifice’, ‘Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia)’.
“At my age, I don’t know how many more of these tours I have left in me,” Osbourne tells Guitar World magazine. “This could be the last one.”
Osbourne founded the annual summer metal festival in 1996, and it has since grown to become one of the largest and most popular tours.
Although the singer stated in 2006 that he would no longer make regular appearances at Ozzfest, he announced in February 2007 that he would headline this year’s tour. “I owe my audience something,” he says. “I owe them everything.”
But he admits the pressures of the festival are taking a toll on him. “It’s a hell of a lot of responsibility for me. If I get sick or if my voice gets blown out or whatever the fuck happens, and I can’t make a show, the audience gets pretty fucking mad.”
According to a posting on the AC/DC fan site AC/DC Highway to Hell, it is rumored that AC/DC has completed editing video footage for a brand new double DVD set to be released September, which will contain one Bon Scott DVD and one Brian Johnson DVD of AC/DC live in concert. The band has also supposedly completed a new album which is scheduled for release January 2008, with a world tour to follow.
Back in December 2006, Albert Music boss Fifa Riccobono shot down reports that AC/DC had a new record titled “Strap It On” coming in 2007.
“I ran that past Mal (Young) some time ago and he said it was the first he’d heard of it, so I guess the answer no,” she told Undercover News. “Also, there definitely is no release date scheduled as the album hasn’t been recorded yet.”
AC/DC leaders Malcolm and Angus Young have been writing material for a few years. In early 2005, singer Brian Johnson told Launch there was a lot of stuff to work with. “I think, and I might be speaking out of turn, but I think they’re doing a double, with the amount of songs — I’ve been over a couple of times with the boys and added ideas on 46 tunes we had, and they’ve been working since then!” he said.
Out of all of the bands playin in the Rocklahoma Music Festival in 2007, W.A.S.P. is one of the few bands that has new music to play for the fans. (Warrant, Quiet Riot, and Bang Tango are the others.)
Dominator starts off with two great heavy tracks Mercy and Long, Long Way to Go. Blackie seems to sing in a little lower register on Mercy, and I like it a lot. This is a great new song.
The rhythm section takes over on Long, Long Way to Go. This fast and heavy drum beats of Mike Dupke really drives this track. Doug Blair cuts loose and provides some great solos, and Blackie sounds great as always!
Take Me Up is a varying tempo number that Blackie Lawless shines on. Great!!
The chugging guitars of Burning Man is very cool. Doug Blair’s outstanding guitar work makes this track shine. This is another excellent track on Dominator.
Heaven’s Hung in Black is a lengthy (over 7 minutes) powerful track that needs to be listened to multiple times to truly discover how great it is. It starts as a slow brooding number but breaks into something much heavier. Blackie’s voice is amazing and Doug Blair’s guitar noodling is superb.
Heaven’s Blessed cranks up the tempo once more, and is another great heavy tune on Dominator.
Teacher feels like a potential Rock Radio hit. I can see this one getting added to the playlists at some of the hard rock stations and XM radio’s Boneyard.
The revisit of Heaven’s Hung in Black (Reprise) was not really needed on this disc, and seems like a wasted track. If you need a shorter version of the song above, this one is the way to go, but you will miss out on Blair’s guitar work on the longer version.
Deal with the Devil is a heavy, upbeat rocker and a great album closer.
Dominator is another solid effort by W.A.S.P. and another great disc worth picking up in 2007. Currently, it seems the distribution of this disc has not brought into most U.S. retailers (unless you import it.)
Rocklahoma fans have some great new W.A.S.P. tunes to look forward to on the last night of the festival!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Long, Long Way to Go
3. Take Me Up
4. Burning Man
5. Heaven’s Hung in Black
6. Heaven’s Blessed
8. Heaven’s Hung in Black (Reprise)
9. Deal with the Devil
Blackie Lawless – vocals, rhythm guitar
Doug Blair – lead guitar
Mike Duda – bass
Mike Dupke – drums
VINCE NEIL’s Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar Outfits Sicken Local Nurses
Palm Beach Post has issued the following report from Jose Lambiet:
It’s a storm in a syringe.
Area nurses are up in arms over a yet-to-open WPB bar fronted by wild rock star VINCE NEIL. Neil and his Clematis group plan to outfit barmaids and waitresses in sexy nurse’s outfits.
That has some real angels of mercy suggesting pickets and a boycott once the joint, Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar, opens downtown in late summer — possibly with a free concert by the MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman.
“This concept is showing serious disrespect toward professional people,” said 30-year nursing veteran and former Good Sam supervisor Deborah Copeland. “This is everything that nursing is against. Portraying us as servers in an establishment that doesn’t benefit anyone’s health is outrageous.”
Adds Palm Beach Community College nursing Associate Professor Rebecca Pleasant: “Anytime someone smuts the image of the profession, it’s demoralizing. There is a huge nursing shortage in the county, and being looked at as mindless sex objects won’t help us recruit students.”
Copeland and Pleasant are among several nurses who have asked WPB Mayor Lois Frankel and Downtown Development Authority boss Melissa Wohlust to run interference against the bar’s owners through the permitting process.
“The ladies seem to be organizing,” Wohlust said. “But there’s nothing we can do. What Dr. Feelgood’s is doing is legal and within code. We told the owners that some folks were offended by the concept, but that’s their marketing decision.”
Dr. Feelgood’s refers to a well-known Mötley Crüe song. The large Clematis bar will feature rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, motorcycles and loud music in addition to a phony pharmacy counter stacked with oversized pill containers.
The owners, restaurant developers Cleve Mash and Rodney Mayo, also have received calls from ticked-off Florence Nightingales.
“They need to relax,” Mash said. “What about Halloween? All I know is the young nurses I know don’t mind being looked at as sexy.”
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The Heroin Diaries is the upcoming book by Nikki Sixx. It offers an unflinching and utterly gripping look at Sixx’s descent into drug addiction with a soundtrack, featuring James Michael and DJ Ashba.
In this candid memoir, Nikki recounts Mötley’s heyday. The Heroin Diaries takes readers along on a breathless and harrowing roller coaster ride. At its heart lies the author’s nightmare come true: a punishing heroin addiction that brought him and the band to the edge of losing much more than just their spot on the charts. Serving up snapshots of rock culture at its most manic, this insider’s look at triumph and tragedy is every bit as explosive as the musical odyssey it chronicles.
Give the new single a listen…. it is actually pretty good!
For those of you that prefer to download your new tunes…….
Apple‘s iTunes Store is offering a special “pre-order” version of OZZY OSBOURNE‘s new album, “Black Rain”, featuring the bonus track “Love to Hate”. Furthermore, the album now appears to have been expanded to include 11 tracks (not including the iTunes pre-order bonus cut), the latest addition being the song “Nightmare”.
“Black Rain” iTunes Store pre-order version track listing:
01. Not Going Away
02. I Don’t Wanna Stop
03. Black Rain
04. Lay Your World On Me
05. The Almighty Dollar
06. 11 Silver
07. Civilize the Universe
08. Here for You
09. Countdown’s Begun
10. Trap Door
12. Love to Hate (iTunes pre-order only)
According to Hits Daily Double, RUSH’s “Snakes & Arrows” is poised to sell around 110,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land at No. 3 on next week’s The Billboard 200 chart. Def Jam Urban star NE-YO is on target to hit No. 1 with sales of around 250,000, while Reprise crooner MICHAEL BUBLE is on track to sell just under 200,000 copies of his latest CD, enough to make it No. 2 next week.
“Snakes & Arrows” is the Canadian band’s first new collection of original material in nearly five years. RUSH — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart — will trumpet the release of “Snakes & Arrows” with a full-scale 48-city North American amphitheater tour, the renowned trio’s first since 2004′s “An Evening With Rush: 30th Anniversary Tour”. The tour begins mid-June and is slated to traverse the continent through the summer.
Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin‘s official web site, ChopAway.com, has been updated with the following message:
“Izzy Stradlin would like to inform all fans that a new album is on the way. Expect to see ‘Miami’ cropping up on iTunes sometime between May and June 2007.
“The album, featuring 11 tracks recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, is described by guitarist Rick Richards as being ‘a bit of a departure from ‘Like A Dog’ but still quite a rocker!’
“Izzy will be trying his best to keep the fans informed of the pending release, stating ‘I’ve just finished sending new CD ‘Miami’ to iTunes.’ Izzy has also offered to share one song with the fans directly through ChopAway.com adding: ‘…to share with the fans until it is actually up on iTunes, there is a ragga song. It’s called ‘fso ragga’.’
“The album is an exclusive ‘iTunes-only’ release, which will be available in USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe simultaneously. As no physical CD release is planned, that we know of anyway, we are strongly suggesting that all fans download a copy of iTunes in order to get the album. ‘Miami’ features the regular lineup of Izzy Stradlin on vocals and guitar, Rick Richards taking lead guitar, and Taz Bentley on drums. JT Longoria, who appeared on several ‘Like A Dog’ tracks returns to cover bass duties on the album, and friend Joey Huffman takes keyboards.
“Taz Bentley, who appears on all of Izzy‘s solo albums dating from 1998 – 2007 recalled the recording sessions for ‘Miami’: ‘We had such a good time recording this one. We did it before Christmas and when we got back home decided it was so much fun that we should go back and do some more.’ Describing the sound of the forthcoming album Taz added: ‘This recording is more loose. We spent time jamming the songs out a pinch more than normal. I was in a great place mentally so I think that carried over into the recordings. Izzy, Rick and I found a hole in the wall cuban restaurant that we would walk to every day for lunch. The vibe was relaxed and the songs are as strong and diverse as always.’
“To keep the fans happy before the album is officially released, Izzy sent along the following message: ‘In a few days I’ll be sending more clips. Probably from the songs ‘Buildings In The Sky’, and ‘Let Go’.’ Izzy has also included the album artwork, for fans to take a look at, whilst he also mentioned the origin of the artwork, with Izzy saying: ‘Picture with no print….cool!…I shot it in an abandoned steelmill in Ajo, Arizona last week…’
“‘Miami’ continues Izzy‘s prolific run of album releases. Starting in 1998 with the scorchin’ ’117°’ on Geffen Records, he followed up with ‘Ride On’ in 1999, ‘River’ in 2001, On ‘Down The Road’ in 2002, and finally ‘Like A Dog’ in 2005.”
You can listen to the track Bomb from Izzy’s last disc Like A Dog below:
Evanescence has released a new video for their track Sweet Sacrifice. Check it out! It is a cool video!
The performance has come and gone. Jon Bon Jovi announced last night that their world tour will start in January 2008, but they will be doing select dates here and there including 10 dates in New Jersey.
As far as the new song goes, I found it a little boring. You can check it out below:
The new song is called Make a Memory!
Drummer “Wild” Mick Brown has revealed that DOKKEN will be utilizing the services of Vik Foxx (ex-ENUFF Z’NUFF) as replacement drummer this summer, for the handful of shows that he can’t do.
Alabama Thunderpussy has posted their
cover of Whitesnake’s Still of the Night on their myspace page here. This track is available on the Japanese version of their disc, Open Fire.
Open Fire was released in U.S. on March 6th, 2007, and is available at Amazon.com.
Blackie Lawless Rushed to Hospital!
W.A.S.P. had to abort their concert in Karlskrona, Sweden on Saturday, April 28th, after 50 minutes when frontman Blackie Lawless had pain in his chest.
The band came back on stage after about 10 minutes and did a final song, ‘Blind In Texas’, but after that Blackie was immediately taken to the hospital. He was released from the hospital after a few hours of observation and stood on stage in Lund, Sweden the following day.
The 51-year old frontman had problems with his heart as recently as last year.
W.A.S.P. released their new album, Dominator, in the UK on April 16th, Scandinavia on April 20th, and the rest of mainland Europe on April 27th via Demolition Records. The CD will arrive in South America and Russia in early May.
Says Lawless: “The title is from a quote from American President Abraham Lincoln when he saw the casualty reports from the battle of Gettysburg, and after reading that he said: ‘Tonight the Heaven’s are hung in black.’ So I took that idea and I wrote it from a point of view of a US soldier in Iraq who’s on the verge of dying and he’s standing at the Gates of Heaven but St. Peter tells him that because of all the fighting that has been taking place, they have no more room in Heaven, and that he must come back some other time. So based on that understand that the verses are St. Peter talking, and the chorus is the soldier.”
San Francisco-based ’80s rockers DIRTY LOOKS have resurfaced, 11 years after calling it a day. According to an update, “Danish-born vocalist/guitarist Henrik Ostergaard is back in the studio working on tracks for an upcoming Dirty Looks release. Over the last month, Henrik has been in the studio preparing new tunes and although no details yet on personnel involved or a release date, sources are saying the new material is ‘killer’.” For more info visit Dirtylooksmusic.com.
Set your vcr tonight rock fans. Bon Jovi is going to perform on American Idol tonight at 9:00 P.M. For those of you that didn’t catch it last night, it was rock night on American Idol, and the contestants all performed songs by the mentor of the week, Bon Jovi. It will be interesting to see which song Bon Jovi peforms live on TV. Will it be rock or …………country?!
Here is a video of beatboxer Blake Lewis doing his rendition of You Give Love A Bad Name.
Bon Jovi admitted that Blake was taking the biggest risk by changing a song that most fans don’t want to see changed.
(Hey Jon, take your own advice, remember This Left Feels Right? )
Shock rocker, Alice Cooper is going to make an appearance late tonight on the Carson Daly show in support of his book, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock ‘n’ Roller’s 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict (Hardcover) that went on sale on May 1st.
This is on NBC tonight at 1:30 A.M.
“I’m still on for an album and a tour with them, but we have no (new material written),” Ozzy tells MTV.com. “It would be so easy for us to get in and out of a studio and make an album. But if it’s not up to the par of when I left, why do it? It will destroy the fucking legacy of Black Sabbath, and the legend of Black Sabbath. I haven’t dropped the idea, because Tony (Iommi) and I are talking alright about it. I haven’t abandoned the idea — like, ‘If my album does well, fuck Black Sabbath.’ It’s what I want to do. We have repaired some of the damage between each other, and now, I’d like to do a really good fuckin’ Black Sabbath album.”
According to MTV.com, HINDER, PAPA ROACH and BUCKCHERRY are teaming up for this summer’s Badboys of Rock Tour, which will kick off July 13 in Lansing, Michigan, and run through mid-September. Only a handful of dates have been confirmed, including stops in Dubuque, Iowa (July 18); Lima, Ohio (August 19); and York, Pennsylvania (September 12)
Metal God Entertainment and ROB HALFORD are pleased to announce the European Union release of Halford Metal God Essentials – Volume 1 on June 8th, 2007 through licence with Frontiers Records of Naples, Italy.
Halford Metal God Essentials – Volume 1 features thirteen (13) dynamic tracks from Rob Halford’s FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases. The Halford band’s first new songs in more than four years ‘Forgotten Generation’ and ‘Drop Out’ are also featured; as is an exclusive 2007 remix from producer Attie Bauw ‘Redemption European Mix.’
Frontiers Records European Release of Halford Metal God Essentials – Volume 1 includes a full-color twenty (20) page expanded booklet and Bonus DVD featuring eight (8) Halford promotional videos in an enhanced digi-pack.
The Metal God’s US (Essentials Release July 2007); Japan (Essentials Release July 2007); Australia (Essentials Release August 2007); Canada (Essentials Release July 2007) and Brazil (Essentials Release June 2007) licensees and release configurations will be announced late May 2007.
Metal God Entertainment will also produce three (3) new Box Sets for its licensees in the European Union, U.S. and Canada for fall 2007 / early 2008 release.
The Fight and Halford Box Sets will feature a 5.1 DVD documentary and live concert performance, remastered audio releases, expanded booklet, rare and unreleased photos and liner notes.
The Box Sets are tentatively titled:
1) FIGHT – War Of Words The Film – Box Set
2) HALFORD – Live at Rock In Rio III – Box Set
3) HALFORD – Live Crucible World Tour – Box Set
Special configurations for all other territories are in production and will be announced – summer 2007. Halford IV licensees will be announced – summer 2007.
iTunes.com – keyword: Halford
iTunes.com – keyword: Fight
Check out the video for the new Halford track Forgotten Generation below!
New W.A.S.P. disc Dominator is hitting the shelves tomorrow, May 1st, 2007!
W.A.S.P. – Exclusive Dominator Clips, Selected By Blackie Lawless, Available
Exclusive sound clips from W.A.S.P.’s new album, Dominator, selected by frontman Blackie Lawless, are currently available at this location.
W.A.S.P.’s new studio CD, Dominator, will be released in the UK on April 16th, Scandinavia on April 20th, and the rest of mainland Europe on April 27th via Demolition Records. The CD will arrive in South America and Russia in early May.
The final tracklisting for the album is as follows: ‘Mercy’, ‘Long, Long Way To Go’, ‘Take Me Up’, ‘The Burning Man’, ‘Heaven’s Hung In Black’, ‘Heaven’s Blessed’, ‘Teacher’, ‘Heaven’s Hung In Black’ (Reprise), ‘Deal With The Devil’.
Dominator will be available on standard CD, limited edition digi-pack CD and limited edition LP.
Tesla announces the Details on Real to Reel
TESLA has always been revered as a bluesy, no-frills, ’70s-style hard rock band, concentrating on solid musicianship more than the trends of modern music. Now, after selling over 16 million albums worldwide since bursting onto the scene in 1986, they’re paying homage to their hard rock heroes on their sixth studio album, “Real To Reel”, due out June 5 on their own independent label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
The first single, LED ZEPPELIN’s “Thank You” (listen to the track at this location) is currently being serviced to radio on May 1, but it has been receiving early airplay for the past few weeks on such stations as KRXQ in Sacramento, The Bone in San Francisco, WHOG in Milwaukee, KZRR in Albuquerque and KDKP in Phoenix and KISW in Seattle. A video for the track is forthcoming.
“Real To Reel” — produced by TESLA and Tom Zutaut and recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX — is a two-disc 25-song collection of classic rockers from the ’60s and ’70s, recorded through a vintage Neve console directly to Ampex 456 analog tape to capture the purity of these timeless and legendary songs. Songs include “Space Truckin’”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “Ball of Confusion”, “All The Young Dudes” and “Street Fighting Man”.
The first 13 tracks will be available on June 5 at retail outlets, while the second disc containing the remaining 12 songs will be available this summer along the band’s tour route with the purchase of a concert ticket. Details are forthcoming.
TESLA first tested out some of their favorite rock classics with their fans in the summer of 2006 during the “Electric Summer Jam” tour (the first tour with guitarist Dave Rude, who replaced original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). While UFO’s “Rock Bottom” went down like a storm to a standing, cheering, grandstand crowd of 10,000 in Milwaukee, BLACK SABBATH’s “War Pigs” engaged 6,000 people in Lansing, Michigan so much that they refused to leave during a torrential rainstorm which lasted throughout the entire two-hour show. After getting such a positive reaction from their fans, the band knew making “Real To Reel” was a logical next step for them.
“‘Real To Reel’ is a collection of songs that inspired us back in the day when we first heard them in the ’70s,” says singer Jeff Keith. “We originally had a large list of songs in mind for the record, and we had a lot of fun picking out the ones that ultimately made it onto the album. Making music is all about feeding off of your inspirations and putting your own touches to it. We feel we’ve accomplished this to the highest extent.”
In talking about the first single, “Thank You”, Keith explains, “That’s my favorite song on the album, and it’s funny because we never discussed covering that particular song. We went back and forth about a lot of LED ZEPPELIN songs. We had planned on doing ‘The Song Remains The Same’, and it was Frank who thought we should do ‘Thank You’ instead. The guys actually recorded it while I was at my casita feeding the abandoned pups and their mom that I found in a vacant lot. When I returned to the studio and heard what they did, I was so blown away that it inspired me to sing what I think is my best vocal performance on the record. When I finished recording in one take, it was just mind-blowing. Everyone in the studio was in tears. Sometimes that’s how it works and that’s the beauty of making music. We all felt it was the perfect choice for the first single. If you think about TESLA, the lyrical message of the lyrics throughout the years, they’re very similar to ‘Thank You’. It’s that same positive message that we try to get across in every TESLA song. It’s a sacrilegious song to cover and we didn’t think we’d do it justice, but we were up for the challenge.
“Jimmy Page once told Brian that he had bought the ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ record and thought it was a really great album. That was a huge thrill for us to hear because we’ve always had a love of LED ZEPPELIN and they were so important to all of us growing up. There’s always been this reverence for ZEPPELIN. So hearing Jimmy Page say he loved TESLA too, we were honored and it enlightened our spirits. LED ZEPPELIN inspired us to be a band in the first place.”
On the touring front, TESLA will launch a summer U.S. headlining tour starting June 7 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. They’ll make a stop in Las Vegas at the House of Blues on Thursday, June 14. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, April 27. The band will perform three more House of Blues shows in Anaheim (Friday, June 8), West Hollywood (Saturday, June 9), in San Diego (Monday, June 11), which go on sale this Saturday, April 28. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can stay plugged into all things “Real To Real” and purchase VIP ticket packages at the band’s new web site, http://www.teslarealtoreel.com.
Here’s the complete track listing of “Reel One” (sold at retail):
01. Space Truckin’ (DEEP PURPLE)
02. Walk Away (JAMES GANG)
03. Hand Me Down World (GUESS WHO)
04. Bad Reputation (THIN LIZZY)
05. Thank You (LED ZEPPELIN)
06. I’ve Got A Feeling (BEATLES)
07. Day Of The Eagle (ROBIN TROWER)
08. Ball Of Confusion (TEMPTATIONS)
09. Rock Bottom (UFO)
10. Stealin’ (URIAH HEEP)
11. Bell Bottom Blues (ERIC CLAPTON)
12. Honky Tonk Women (ROLLING STONES)
13. Dear Mr. Fantasy (TRAFFIC)
Here’s the complete track listing of “Reel Two” (available with concert ticket purchase only):
01. All The Young Dudes (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
02. Make It Last (MONTROSE)
03. Shooting Star (BAD COMPANY)
04. Not Fragile (BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE)
05. Street Fighting Man (ROLLING STONES)
06. Is It My Body (ALICE COOPER)
07. I Want To Take You Higher (SLY & THE FAMILY STONE)
08. Do You Feel Like We Do (PETER FRAMPTON)
09. Beer Drinkers And Hellraisers (ZZ TOP)
10. Seasons Of Wither (AEROSMITH)
11. Saturday Night Special (LYNYRD SKYNYRD)
12. War Pigs (BLACK SABBATH)
RATT / POISON /WHITE LION TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!!!
POISON and RATT (featuring singer Stephen Pearcy) will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping in early September.
The tour, which brings RATT and POISON onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, said Troy Blakely, who books POISON with the Agency for the Performing Arts.
“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely told Billboard.com. “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”
Jun. 13 – BI-LO Center Greenville, South Carolina
Jun. 15 – The Ampitheatre at The Wharf – Orange Beach, Alabama
Jun. 16 – City Stages/ Miller Light Stage – Birmingham, Alabama
Jun. 17 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Charlotte, North Carolina
Jun. 19 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnatti, Ohio
Jun. 20 – Post Gazette Pavillion – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jun. 22 – Bay City River Roar – Bay City, Michigan
Jun. 23 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, Ohio
Jun. 24 – Germain Ampitheatre – Columbus, Ohio
Jun. 26 – Chevrolet Theatre – Oakdale, Connecticut
Jun. 27 – Sovereign Center – Reading, Pennsylvania
Jun. 29 – The Summer Stage at TAGS – Big Flats, New York
Jun. 30 – Tweeter Center Boston – Boston, Massachusetts
Jul. 01 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Virgina Beach, Virginia
Jul. 03 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Jul. 04 – House of Blues – Orlando, Florida
Jul. 06 – Grand Casino – Kinder, Louisiana
Jul. 07 – Sam Houston Race Park – Houston, Texas
Jul. 08 – Nokia Live Theatre – Grand Pairie, Texas
Jul. 12 – Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel and Casino – Biloxi, Mississippi
Jul. 13 – Pryor Creek Music Festival – Pryor, Oklahoma
Jul. 14 – Oklahoma City Zoo Ampitheatre – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jul. 15 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Kansas City, Kansas
Jul. 17 – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre – Chicago, Illinois
Jul. 18 – The Myth – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul. 20 – Waukesha County Fair – Waukesha, Wisconsin
Jul. 21 – Fond Du Lac County Fair – Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Jul. 22 – Heritage Landing Muskegon, Michigan
Jul. 24 – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, New York
Jul. 26 – Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center – Gilford, New Hampshire
Jul. 27 – Etess Arena @ Trump Casino – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jul. 28 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey
Jul. 29 – Nissan Pavillion Stone Ridge – Washington DC
Jul. 31 – DTE Music Theatre – Detroit, Michigan
Aug. 03 – Mississippi Valley Fair – Davenport, Iowa
Aug. 05 – The Legendary Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, South Dakota
Aug. 08 – Oregon Gardens – Silverton, Oregon
Aug. 09 – uglas County Fair – Roseburg, Oregon
Aug. 10 – Salinas Sports Center – Salinas, California
Aug. 11 – Hyundai Pavillion – San Bernardino, California
Aug. 12 – Gibson Ampitheatre – Los Angeles, California
Aug. 14 – Coors Ampitheatre – San Diego, California
Aug. 15 – Dodge Theatre – Pheonix, Arizona
Aug. 17 – The Pearl Concert Theatre @ The Palms – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug. 18 – USANA Amph. – Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug. 19 – Coors Ampitheatre – Denver, Colorado
Aug. 21 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug. 22 – Darien Lake PAC – Buffalo, New York
Aug. 25 – Toyota Pavillion – Scranton, Pennsylvania
Aug. 26 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga, New York
Aug. 31 – Ford Ampitheatre – Tampa, Florida
Sep. 01 – Sound Advice Ampitheatre – West Palm Beach, Florida
On the way home, I stopped in the local Rock shop, and picked up Def Leppard X, Masterplan Aeronautics, and Rob Rock, Holy Hell for the grand tune of 7.99, TOTAL!
Then I came home and got the following announcement in email:
Poison at Riverbend Music Center on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Poison with Ratt and White Lion
Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Riverbend Music Center
On Sale Friday, Apr 27 at 10:00 am!
This rock fan could not be happier! Ratt and Poison have not released all of their dates yet, but I am guessing by this email the announcement will be happening any day now!
Ratt released this press release this evening:
After much speculation and anticipation following the airing of their Behind The Music episode on VH1 last spring, multiplatinum hard rock act RATT with vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer will grace the stage together for the first time since 1999. Plans for not only a U.S. summer tour but a full-fledged comeback are being mapped out now as the band prepares to hit the road with POISON. The band’s own tour dates will extend into the fall and may also include shows in Canada, Europe, Japan, South America and Australia. Joining the band onstage will be bassist Robbie Crane and guitarist John Corabi.
A full itinerary is still being finalized, but Poison and Ratt will join forces for a summer trek that is scheduled to begin June 13th at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wind around the country through the end of August.
The tour, which brings the two bands onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit major U.S. cities such as Boston, Detroit, New York, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
The band has recently aligned with Carl Stubner, CEO of Sanctuary Artist Management (ZZ Top, Mick Fleetwood/co-manager of Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Lee/Supernova, Paulina Rubio, Jack’s Mannequin) and is booked by Jay Frey at Paradise Artists.
RATT made their mark in the early ’80s going ‘Round And Round’ with a string of hit songs, videos and four consecutive multiplatinum albums (over 16 million albums sold worldwide). Their arena-filling live shows set the standard for all bands to follow. Creating anthems for the youth of that era, their music and performances maintain a timeless quality to this day.
A new Ratt best of CD and DVD are due this summer from Rhino Records.
GUNS N’ ROSES havee announced that their 2007 World Tour will begin on June 2 in Monterrey Mexico. The tour had been delayed due to an injury to bassist Tommy Stinson‘s left wrist. Fortunately, the sprain is healing nicely and soon the band will be ready to rock like only they can.
June will see GN’R perform three concerts in Mexico before heading to Australia and New Zealand. It’s been fifteen years since GN’R last performed in Mexico, Australia, or New Zealand and the anticipation is beyond belief. July has GN’R traveling to Japan for a series of rescheduled concerts. Fans attending can expect to hear GN’R classics like “Welcome To the Jungle”, “November Rain”, “Patience” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” along with blistering new songs from the band’s forthcoming “Chinese Democracy” album like “Madagascar”, “IRS” and “Better”.
GUNS N’ ROSES tour dates:
June 02 – Monterrey Mexico Arena Monterrey
June 03 – Guadalajara Mexico VFG Arena
June 05 – Mexico City Mexico City Sports Palace
June 10 – Perth Australia Burswood
June 13 – Adelaide Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre
June 15 – Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
June 20 – Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
June 23 – Sydney Australia Acer Arena
June 29 – Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
July 14 – Tokyo Japan Makuhari Messe
July 15 – Tokyo Japan Makuhari Messe
July 17 – Tokyo Japan Budokan Hall
July 18 – Nagoya Japan Rainbow Hall
July 21 – Osaka Japan Osaka Jo-Hall
More dates will be announced.
2006 saw GUNS N’ ROSES perform over 70 concerts all over the world to rave reviews. With the release of the highly anticipated and long-awaited “Chinese Democracy” album imminent, 2007 promises to be the time that GUNS N’ ROSES reclaim their throne as the world’s most dangerous band. Lead vocalist W. Axl Rose, guitarists Robin Finck, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman, and drummer Frank Ferrer are a rock n’ roll spectacular that have to be experienced to be believed.
In other news, Robin Finck has posted an open letter on his official web site regarding the band’s cancelled shows and its postponed tour:
“I’m writing now in the wake of the recently postponed and cancelled GNR commitments in Japan and in South Africa,” he wrote. “I guess I’m writing because I too am disappointed, have a conscience, a website, and I am not on the Bullet Train to Osaka this evening.
“I purely want to share with those whom were avid for seeing GNR at these concerts that I too was looking forward to seeing you all. The band was primed and pumped, production packed and shipped. Then, much to our distress, unforeseen circumstance walked in, dropped its surly case and announced with certainty, ‘I’m here!’ What can we do.
“I have received innumerable emails from real people who where hooking up with friends or family, flying to faraway cities, booking hotels or friends’ couches, docking the USS Kitty Hawk, and otherwise scheduling their time and enthusiasm around these events. In short, these peeps wuz straight stung adrenalized and lettin’ me square have it! I too was psyched about the shows, planning to meet friends and family, watch the cherry blossom blossom etc. It is my wish that your bounce forward from here be one of a willful arc and opportunity. Believe me, I’m swallowing that very pill by your side.”
“It is with deep regret that I must inform you that there will not be a full reunion of the surviving RATT members.
“Considering the original band broke up fifteen years ago and there have been several questionable incarnations of it since then, my hope was maybe this time we could give the RATT fans what they have wanted all along; the original band. I made an exceptional and painstaking effort to work things out with the others, only to reach an impasse.
“There has not been a sincere attempt at redemption by my former band mates, for their insidious and sometimes malicious wrongdoings in the past, toward me. Even when they withdrew critical conditions to help facilitate a long-term reunion, I continued to hope, trying to stay focused on a positive outcome for everyone, especially the fans. I told them, in no uncertain terms, that if we could reach a point of reasonable compromise, in good faith, I would return to the band. To my dismay, near the end of negotiations, ulterior motives prevailed and I was eventually simply stonewalled. Therefore, since nothing has changed, I am left no other choice but to abstain from a reunion. I also made it clear that I was not doing this for the money. My attempt was motivated by my desire to instill credibility back into the name RATT, settle unfinished business and to give the RATT fans what I believe they would truly enjoy seeing and hearing the most. However, their ignorant and unscrupulous habits came into focus once again; a stark reminder of our tumultuous and dysfunctional past.
“Unfortunately, the biggest losers in this equation are the RATT fans, and for that I am truly very sorry. It was my sincere hope throughout several months of negotiations that many of the people that never got to see the original band could at least finally see the surviving members, delivering the bombastic assault of what has come to be known as Ratt N Roll.
“The band that will be opening for POISON this summer will be basically the same partially reformed band with Stephen [Pearcy] coming back to do vocals. I will be recording a follow-up to my LIQUID SUNDAY solo record and playing shows with my band.”
Who’s a Faster Pussycat? Taime Down’s Record Label Responds To Brent Muskat’s Open Letter, with an Open Letter
Recently KNAC.COM posted an open letter from Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muskat in which he extended an offer to Taime Down and Greg Steele to reunite for a 20 year anniversary tour. The letter ends with a post script that reads like a cannon blast across the bow (Read it below).
Tonight, KNAC.COM was asked to publish this response to Muskat’s letter, penned by the President of Taime Down’s current record label.
The letter reads as follows:
“In Brent Muscat’s “open letter” to Taime and Greg, he alleges the following:
“P.S.: Faster Pussycat is a Trademark in accordance with the requirements of U.S. Trademark, Patent & Copyright Law. Additionally, Faster Pussycat is a Federally Registered Trademark as certified by the USPTO. Any use of the name Faster Pussycat without the express written consent of Brent Muscat shall result in severe civil and criminal prosecution.”
Is that trademark you flaunt all bark and no bite? The executives at http://www.fulleffectrecords.com will take great pride in tossing you your Milk Bone to gnaw on. Taime and Greg are waiting by their mail boxes for their royalty checks for all the merchandise you’ve been pimping for how many years? Additionally, each time you perform the songs Taime and Greg wrote, (see examples below), we will be counting . . .
As far as your continued criticism regarding Taime’s musical validity, I believe they are selling the new Faster Pussycat album which rocks, by the way, at http://www.fulleffectrecords.com. Why do you not comprehend MUSICAL GROWTH? We don’t believe the album is industrial at all.
Wikipedia describes “Industrial music” as: “a loose term for a number of different styles of electronic and experimental music. First used in the mid-1970′s to describe the then-unique sound of Industrial Records artists, a wide variety of labels and artists have since come to be called “Industrial”. This definition may include avant-garde performance artists such as Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten, Coil and Laibach; noise projects like Merzbow or Sutcliffe Jugend or writers like William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard.”
I see no mention of Taime Downe in this definition. Just because he expanded his horizons, normally described as “growth,” and didn’t remain stagnant, is a tribute to his talent, not a basis for ridicule, or is it jealousy and envy?
The new Pussycat record is just as sleazy, with songs like “Sex, Drugs Rock and Roll,” “Number One With a Bullet,” and “Porn Star.” Additionally, Monster Magnets guitarist’s contributions to the CD were brilliant.
True Pussycat fans know the truth, the lawyers know the truth, and the truth shall set US free.
Just keep posting and running your mouth, because each time you do, you’re just digging a deeper hole for yourself.
The public is welcome to check the copyright and publishing forms to see who wrote the songs:
Complete Faster Pussycat Copyright link found here.
Title Code: 320332967
Writers: Downe Taime, Steele Greg
Performers: Faster Pussycat
GYPSY FETISH MUSIC
% GREG STEELE
13659 VICTORY BLVD
VAN NUYS , CA, 91401
Tel. (818) 780-7757
Song: Bathroom Wall
Title Code: 320328696
Writers: Downe Taime
Performers: Faster Pussycat
GYPSY FETISH MUSIC
% GREG STEELE
13659 VICTORY BLVD
VAN NUYS , CA, 91401
Tel. (818) 780-7757
Song: House of Pain
Title Code: 380301217
Writers: Downe Taime, Steele Greg
Performers: Faster Pussycat
GYPSY FETISH MUSIC
% GREG STEELE
13659 VICTORY BLVD
VAN NUYS , CA, 91401
Tel. (818) 780-7757
Unfortunately, we do not view your letter as a sincere attempt to resolve issues, but rather as a manipulative, self-serving, thinly veiled threat, as well as an attempt to elicit sympathy for your position.
Finally, in answer to your question, Taime feels it is irrelevant to engage in a conversation regarding “joining” HIS OWN band.
Anthony Srock, President
Full Effect Records
cc: Taime Downe”
Faster Pussycat – Brent Muscat Issues Open Letter To Taime Downe and Greg Steele
Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat issued the following “open letter” to his former FP bandmates – vocalist Taime Downe and guitarist Greg Steele:
“Dear Taime and Greg,
I will try to keep this letter brief.
I have sent both of you email and messages through MySpace inviting you both to join original members (bassist) Eric Stacy, (drummer) Brett Bradshaw and myself as Faster Pussycat to do a 20th anivesary tour one last time.
I have not received a response from either of you so I will ask you both to consider joining us. Will you??
You have an open invitation to join with us. I want to add that yes I was very upset and hurt that neither of you contacted me when I was going through a really rough time in my life with cancer. If either of you guys had any kind of life threatening illness, I would be there for you.
I believe that both of you were a very important part of Faster Pussycat and it would be nice if someday we could all play together. I’m sure most of the fans would love it as well.
That being said Todd (Kerns, guitarist) and Kurt (Frohlich, vocals) are huge fans of both of you and are thrilled to being filling very large shoes!
If you decide that you don’t won’t to rejoin you are both invited to come up and jam anytime you want.
I’m sure you will be impressed with both Todd and Kurt as I am.
They are some of the best and most talented musicians I have ever played with.
I love you and wish good health to you both.
Faster Pussycat is a Trademark in accordance with the requirements of U.S. Trademark, Patent & Copyright Law.
Additionally, Faster Pussycat is a Federally Registered Trademark as certified by the USPTO. Any use of the name Fater Pussycat without the express written consent of Brent Muscat shall result in severe civil and criminal prosecution.”
POISON has posted four songs from its upcoming album of cover songs, featuring many of their favorite rock classics. “Poison’d”, the band’s first new studio album since 2002, will be released June 5 on CD and digitally by EMI America Records/Capitol.
Go to POISON’s official MySpace page to hear the groups’ versions of THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, SWEET’s “Little Willy” and THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See”.
Featuring POISON’s original members, Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C. DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass), “Poison’d” presents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002′s “Hollyweird”. Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, “Poison’d” packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, THE CARS’ “You’re Just What I Needed”, THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, SWEET’s “Little Willy”, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See” and THE ROLLING STONES’ “Dead Flowers”. Some of POISON’s best previously recorded covers are also featured on “Poison’d”, including KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite”, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s “We’re An American Band” and LOGGINS AND MESSINA’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.
“POISON is one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands in the world and, after 20 years, they can slam better than ever,” says “Poison’d” producer Don Was. “They’re powerful musicians and very cool guys. We had a lot of fun making this album and I think you can hear it in the grooves — it’s got the jive and is truly alive! I urge everyone to listen to it!”
Following the release of “Poison’d”, POISON will hit the road again on June 12 for a major North American summer concert tour. Tour dates and details will be announced and posted to the band’s official website as they are confirmed.
In July, VH1 will premiere a new reality show, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”. VH1′s description of the show has “the hard-rockin’ POISON front man looking for a woman who can truly keep up with his rock-n-roll lifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion — performing, which has been the reason for and destruction of most of his relationships.”
“Poison’d” (CD and Digital Album) (not final sequence) track listing:
01. Little Willy (SWEET)
02. Suffragette City (DAVID BOWIE)
03. I Never Cry (ALICE COOPER)
04. I Need to Know (TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS)
05. Can’t You See (THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND)
06. What I Like About You (THE ROMANTICS)
07. Dead Flowers (THE ROLLING STONES)
08. Just What I Needed (THE CARS)
09. Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS)
10. Squeeze Box (THE WHO)
11. Your Mama Don’t Dance (LOGGINS AND MESSINA)
12. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (JIM CROCE)
13. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
TWISTED SISTER TO HEADLINE ROCKLAHOMA!!
Today heavy metal fans across the nation heard the news they’ve been hoping for from “House of Hair” nationally syndicated radio host and TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider.
“It is my distinct pleasure to announce that TWISTED SISTER will once again be involved with a show that will go down in history. On July 15th, TWISTED has just been confirmed as the headliner for the Rocklahoma festival,” Snider said during his weekly radio show. “Rocklahoma will go down as one of the most momentous concerts of all time.”
TWISTED SISTER‘s Rocklahoma appearance is the band’s only announced North American show for 2007.
TWISTED SISTER, full on with costume, make-up and all five original members — Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, Eddie “Fingers” Ojedaand AJ Pero — along with 22 bands from that era will appear at Rocklahoma, the largest rock festival of its kind to ever be organized. To date, Rocklahoma‘s three-day line-up includes:
Friday, July 13:
Saturday, July 14:
Sunday, July 15:
Snider added: “When I tell you that this will be the most incredible lineup ever, you have to believe me. Check it out. Over three days, you’ll have the chance to see so many bands that your head might explode — like that dude in the JUDAS PRIEST  video for ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin.’]”
Although rumors have been circulating about whether or not band members might retire TWISTED SISTER, Snider recently put an end to those rumors by discussing Rocklahoma.
“On the TWISTED SISTER retirement front: Ain’t happening,” he said. “We’re strappin’ on the spandex one more time.”
Rocklahoma, an official Oklahoma Centennial event presented by Rock Fever and Miller Lite, will be held July 13-15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor, OK just off highway 69.
Tickets to Rocklahoma are currently on sale and available by calling toll free (866) 310-2288 or online at http://www.rockfeverfest.com.
Another Big Hair Fest Coming to Des Moines, IA
DesMoinesRegister.com reports that MÖTLEY CRÜE lead singer Vince Neil will headline Waterstock Rock on June 30 at Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa.
The lineup also includes WINGER, WARRANT, SEVEN MARY THREE, FASTER PUSSYCAT and WHITE LION. The all-day concert festival will also host a variety of activities and vendors at Water Works Park.
Tickets go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. The price will be $27.50 for the first 1,000 tickets sold, after which, the price increases to $35. Tickets will be $45 as of May 28, and will cost $55 at the gate.
New this year, Waterstock Rock will feature a “party pit,” where concert goers have access to the front and side of the stage. Tickets for that area are $40, and limited to 500. All tickets are available through Iowa Tix, (515) 277-3727 or at http://www.iowatix.com.
TED NUGENT – “Gun-Free Zones are a Recipe for Disaster
By Ted Nugent Special to CNN
WACO, Texas (CNN) — Zero tolerance, huh? Gun-free zones, huh? Try this on for size: Columbine gun-free zone, New York City pizza shop gun-free zone, Luby’s Cafeteria gun-free zone, Amish school in Pennsylvania gun-free zone and now Virginia Tech gun-free zone.
Anybody see what the evil Brady Campaign and other anti-gun cults have created? I personally have zero tolerance for evil and denial. And America had best wake up real fast that the brain-dead celebration of unarmed helplessness will get you killed every time, and I’ve about had enough of it.
Nearly a decade ago, a Springfield, Oregon, high schooler, a hunter familiar with firearms, was able to bring an unfolding rampage to an abrupt end when he identified a gunman attempting to reload his .22-caliber rifle, made the tactical decision to make a move and tackled the shooter.
A few years back, an assistant principal at Pearl High School in Mississippi, which was a gun-free zone, retrieved his legally owned Colt .45 from his car and stopped a Columbine wannabe from continuing his massacre at another school after he had killed two and wounded more at Pearl.
At an eighth-grade school dance in Pennsylvania, a boy fatally shot a teacher and wounded two students before the owner of the dance hall brought the killing to a halt with his own gun.
More recently, just a few miles up the road from Virginia Tech, two law school students ran to fetch their legally owned firearm to stop a madman from slaughtering anybody and everybody he pleased. These brave, average, armed citizens neutralized him pronto.
My hero, Dr. Suzanne Gratia Hupp, was not allowed by Texas law to carry her handgun into Luby’s Cafeteria that fateful day in 1991, when due to bureaucrat-forced unarmed helplessness she could do nothing to stop satanic George Hennard from killing 23 people and wounding more than 20 others before he shot himself. Hupp was unarmed for no other reason than denial-ridden “feel good” politics.
She has since led the charge for concealed weapon upgrade in Texas, where we can now stop evil. Yet, there are still the mindless puppets of the Brady Campaign and other anti-gun organizations insisting on continuing the gun-free zone insanity by which innocents are forced into unarmed helplessness. Shame on them. Shame on America. Shame on the anti-gunners all.
No one was foolish enough to debate Ryder truck regulations or ammonia nitrate restrictions or a “cult of agriculture fertilizer” following the unabashed evil of Timothy McVeigh’s heinous crime against America on that fateful day in Oklahoma City. No one faulted kitchen utensils or other hardware of choice after Jeffrey Dahmer was caught drugging, mutilating, raping, murdering and cannibalizing his victims. Nobody wanted “steak knife control” as they autopsied the dead nurses in Chicago, Illinois, as Richard Speck went on trial for mass murder.
Evil is as evil does, and laws disarming guaranteed victims make evil people very, very happy. Shame on us.
Already spineless gun control advocates are squawking like chickens with their tiny-brained heads chopped off, making political hay over this most recent, devastating Virginia Tech massacre, when in fact it is their own forced gun-free zone policy that enabled the unchallenged methodical murder of 32 people.
Thirty-two people dead on a U.S. college campus pursuing their American Dream, mowed-down over an extended period of time by a lone, non-American gunman in possession of a firearm on campus in defiance of a zero-tolerance gun ban. Feel better yet? Didn’t think so.
Who doesn’t get this? Who has the audacity to demand unarmed helplessness? Who likes dead good guys?
I’ll tell you who. People who tramp on the Second Amendment, that’s who. People who refuse to accept the self-evident truth that free people have the God-given right to keep and bear arms, to defend themselves and their loved ones. People who are so desperate in their drive to control others, so mindless in their denial that they pretend access to gas causes arson, Ryder trucks and fertilizer cause terrorism, water causes drowning, forks and spoons cause obesity, dialing 911 will somehow save your life, and that their greedy clamoring to “feel good” is more important than admitting that armed citizens are much better equipped to stop evil than unarmed, helpless ones.
Pray for the families of victims everywhere, America. Study the methodology of evil. It has a profile, a system, a preferred environment where victims cannot fight back. Embrace the facts, demand upgrade and be certain that your children’s school has a better plan than Virginia Tech or Columbine. Eliminate the insanity of gun-free zones, which will never, ever be gun-free zones. They will only be good guy gun-free zones, and that is a recipe for disaster written in blood on the altar of denial. I, for one, refuse to genuflect there.
Those of you who were upset that the Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell Tour missed your town on the tour’s first U.S. leg, may have a reason to smile now.
QUEENSRŸCHE will join HEAVEN AND HELL tour in the fall.
Although the U.S. leg of the HEAVEN AND HELL tour begins this Sunday, April 22, in Phoenix, Arizona, QUEENSRŸCHE will join the quartet of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice in September after a few solo dates (including dates in Japan in late May/early June) scattered amongst rehearsals this summer.
Could this mean that you will see Ronnie James Dio performing The Chase live with Queensryche?! Time will tell……..
“Black Rain” track listing:
01. Not Going Away
02. I Don’t Wanna Stop
03. Black Rain
04. Lay Your World on Me
05. The Almighty Dollar
06. 11 Silver
07. Civilize the Universe
08. Here For You
09. Countdown’s Begun
10. Trap Door
You can tell by looking at many of the song titles on “Black Rain” — Ozzy Osbourne‘s first album with new studio material in six years — that the rock legend took a good look at his own life and the world around him. He also salutes his fans—among the most devoted in the world — with such songs as “Here For You” and “Lay Your World On Me”.
“Black Rain” finds the two-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as vital, creative and evocative as ever. You also get the clear sense that he’s operating at the peak of powers, as a singer and songwriter.
Ozzy co-produced the album with Kevin Churko and recorded it with his touring band: Zakk Wylde (guitar), Mike Bordin (drums) and Blasko (bass). Ozzy says that he felt a new freedom while recording the album at his home studio in Los Angeles. The result: songs that are not only hard-hitting but adventurously arranged and sonically fresh. Explains Ozzy, “It’s a well-put together album. I think it’s evident that it hasn’t been just slapped out and put down. I took my time on the album and Zakk plays some amazing stuff as always”. Ozzy feels “Black Rain” is the true follow-up to his classic “No More Tears”, the 1991 album that also challenged the expectations of what an Ozzy Osbourne album should sound like.
Some of the songs on “Black Rain” are ominous in their emotional tone — they examine a world teeming with greed, war, deception, bad drugs (“11 Silver”, about crystal meth) and environmental havoc. Ozzy also zooms in on the overriding sense of fear and dread that define our times — perpetrated, he feels, by news programs that make “entertainment” out of terrible news events.
Says Ozzy: “I just thought there’s so much fucking bad news, the only way I can release it is to put it in a song”. On the other hand, the new track “Civilize The Universe” offers a sense of hope, as Ozzy sings: “I’m alive/Watching better turn to worse/One more time/Try to civilize the universe”.
Ozzy will support “Black Rain” with a world tour beginning in Moscow on May 27 which continues through July 6. Then starting July 12 in Seattle, he’ll headline the 12th annual Ozzfest tour throughout America.
The pioneer and trendsetter has pulled the plug on ticket prices in America and given the power back to the fans, calling this summer’s Ozzfest “FreeFest”. That’s right, this year’s Ozzfest is entirely free for fans, an unprecedented move for an artist and tour of this stature.
Ozzy is being honored in May on VH1‘s “Rock Honors” telecast. He will perform three songs on the broadcast including a track from “Black Rain”. Premiering on Thursday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, “VH1 Rock Honors” will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 12.
New video available for Megadeth’s “A Tout Le Monde“
MEGADETH‘s video for the new version of the song “A Tout Le Monde”, now retitled “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)”, is available for viewing at Underground Video Television (Windows Media).
“A Tout Le Monde”, which originally appeared on the 1994 CD “Youthanasia”, has created controversy because the song was cited in an online post by Dawson College killer Kimveer Gill as one of his favorites before his Montreal shooting spree last September. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine contends that he wanted to give the song a second shot at success, as the original video for it had been banned by MTV, and most radio stations followed suit. The track ended up featuring Cristina Scabbia from Italian alt-metal act LACUNA COIL. “The first singer didn’t work out,” Mustaine told Straight.com, “the second one didn’t work, and the third one was Lisa Marie Presley. She was on the way to the airport, and we had to call and say, ‘Sorry, we changed our minds.’ I would have loved to have heard what Lisa Marie Presley would have done, but because of the demographics of the LACUNA COIL fan base, and Cristina‘s reign in the heavy-metal business, it was the right thing to do.”
A video clip of Cristina Scabbia talking about the video shoot for “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)”, which took place March 8-9 in Los Angeles, has been posted online at this location.
Commented Cristina: “[Dave Mustaine] actually asked me to be part of this duet, and I was really surprised about it because ‘A Tout Le Monde’ is a song that I’ve always loved, even if it’s not like the new [version] because [the original song] [was released on] the album ‘Youthanasia’. It was a big surprise for me to get this invitation — I was really honored to be part of it. And seriously, when I heard the final result, I was awesomely surprised ’cause I think that the two voices are fitting incredibly [well together]. I think that the version of ‘A Tout le Monde’ 2007 has a stronger attitude. If the original version was for the mellow mood, this one is way more rock, way more powerful. I totally love it. I was surprised myself, and I think that a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised.
“It was recorded, like an hour from Birgmingham [England]. So I flew in and recorded my parts with Andy Sneap [producer]. He’s [Andy] an amazing guy — super professional — and the atmosphere in the studio was so relaxed. It was like a family vibe, and I think that’s the most amazing thing when you have to work. You can work and still smile, you know, and be relaxed.
“I tracked the entire song because we weren’t really sure what we had to do, so we just wanted to be totally sure, so we recorded all the parts that Dave sung with some improvisation with it, double vocals. We basically made anything possible, so they could pick up whatever they wanted to.”
“A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)” will appear on MEGADETH‘s new album, “United Abominations”, due on May 15 via Roadrunner Records.
According to the official RATT MySpace page, the group’s current lineup is as follows:
Stephen Pearcy – Vocals
John Corabi – Guitar
Warren DeMartini – Guitar
Bobby Blotzer – Drums
Robbie Crane – Bass
Ratt’s main website at Ratt Pack.com has been under construction for a few weeks now. This could be part of the design of the official reunion/tour announcement.
RATT and POISON will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping Aug. 19 at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver.
The tour, which brings RATT and POISON onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, said Troy Blakely, who books POISON with the Agency for the Performing Arts.
“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely told Billboard.com. “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”
Confirmed festivals thus far include Birmingham, Ala.’s City Stages (June 16), Bay City, Mich.’s Bay City River Roar (June 22), Pryor, Okla.’s Rocklahoma (July 13) and Sturgis, S.D.’s Buffalo Chip (Aug. 5).
VELVET REVOLVER To Perform Nissan Live Set; Show To Be Broadcast On Yahoo!
VELVET REVOLVER will perform on April 27th in West Los Angeles, CA for Nissan Live Sets. The first 200 people who email Invites@YahooLiveSets.com will get in the doors for this exclusive taping. Plus they get to bring a friend.
Please email them your name, your location, and tell them how much you love Velvet Revolver. This will be broadcasted on Yahoo! with exclusive pictures.
Billboard.com’s Jonathan Cohen recently confirmed that on July 3rd Velvet Revolver will unveil it’s second RCA album, Libertad. Impacting in mid-May, the first single from the set will be ‘She Builds Quick Machines’, one of the four new tracks the group has been playing of late during shows in South America.
ALLEN/LANDE Guitarist/Producer Magnus Karlsson Runs Through The Revenge, Track By Track
Magnus Karlsson – songwriter, guitarist and producer of the forthcoming second album from ALLEN/LANDE, The Revenge due out on Frontiers Records on May 11th – has issued the following track by track comments on the songs featured on the album:
‘The Revenge’: “This is the first song I wrote for this album. I wanted to write something that invites the listener to an album that continues were The Battle ended but at the same time take it to another level. It’s not only in the song writing you can hear the difference, both Jörn and Russell shows a more powerful and rougher side this time.”
‘Obsessed’: “My favourite at the moment. A heavy one with Russell on the vocals. The singers got to choose what solo songs they wanted to do and I must say this was a perfect pick for Russell. He sounds greater than ever : ) .”
‘Victory’: “I didn’t think much of this song in the beginning but it came out as one of the best songs in the end (it happens quite often). A duet that starts with a little beep rhythm that the whole song is built around.”
‘Master Of Sorrow’: “This is simply the best ballad I ever written and Jörn does an outstanding job on the vocals. I was sure Jörn was going to choose this one and he did : ) It is made for his voice.”
‘Will You Follow’: “I wanted to do something like ‘Hunters Night’ from The Battle and this is it. A up tempo song with Russell.”
‘Just A Dream’: “A duet with a progressive touch. This is not meant to be a progressive album at all but sometimes I can’t help myself. I love to mix in acoustic instruments in a heavy song and this is a good example of that.”
‘Her Spell’: “A up tempo solo song with Jörn that almost has a power metal sound in the chorus. I prefer to not talk to much about my lyrics but I must mention that this one have to do with marriage… and I wouldn’t let my wife hear it : ) .”
‘Gone Too Far’: “Also a real favourite with Russell. This is far away from the style we are used to hear Russell in but he does this style fantastic as well.”
‘Wake Up Call’: “This duet came out great. I love it when the singers sound this angry. You can hear some Celtic influences here. If you don’t wake up to this one I don’t know what to do : ) .”
‘Under The Waves’: “A heavy song with Jörn. A great example of mixing soft piano with heavy guitars that I like so much.”
‘Who Can You Trust’: “I have listened a lot to Within Temptation lately and got inspiration to do a really heavy song with a lot of choirs and strings like they have. It didn’t end up sounding like them but that’s how I got started.”
‘When Time Doesn’t Heal’: “The second ballad on this album that is a duet. Once more Jörn and Russell shows that they can sing what style they want and it always sounds fantastic. I wanted to have a lot of acoustic guitars on this album but I’m afraid that the most of them ended up on this song.”
Streaming of four songs from the album can be heard at this location.
GUNS N’ ROSES-Influenced “Mr. Brownstone” Among Titles Of “Poison Plays” Penned By Virginia Tech Assassin
New York Post has issued the following report from Leela de Krester and Kate Sheehy:
He penned venomous plays featuring a sicko stepdad and “satanic” teacher he wanted to kill – prompting spooked students to dub him a potential “school shooter” last fall.
“I was even thinking of scenarios of what I would do in case he did come in with a gun, I was that freaked out,” said former student Ian MacFarlane, who took a playwriting class with Virginia Tech assassin Cho Seung-Hui.
“When we read Cho’s plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn’t have even thought of.”
One of the killer’s plays was titled “Mr. Brownstone”, after a druggie GUNS N’ ROSES song sung by Axl Rose on the heavy-metal group’s album Appetite for Destruction. The play centers on three kids’ hatred for an “old, evil” teacher who they say “rapes” students.
Another of Cho’s plays is named “Richard McBeef,” after one of its main characters: a 40-year-old man accused by his stepson, “John,” of murdering the boy’s father to marry his mother – and who then tries to sexually abuse the kid.
“What are you, a Catholic priest? I will not be molested by an aging, balding, overweight pedophilic stepdad named Dick!” John rages.
“Damn you, you Catholic priest. Just stop it, Michael Jackson. Let me guess, you have a pet named Dick in Neverland Ranch and you want me to go with you to pet him, right?”
John’s mother, “Sue,” is portrayed as a pathetic, dimwitted housewife who immediately takes the side of her son and rails at her new husband.
“Are you a bisexual psycho rapist murderer . . . Don’t kill me!” she screams.
Toward the end, John, “in his room, smiles and throws darts on the target that is the face of Richard.”
“I hate him. Must kill Dick. Must kill Dick. Dick must die,” John furiously mutters. “You don’t think I can kill you, Dick? You don’t think I can kill you? Gotcha. Got one eye . . . Got the other eye.”
See the full story here.
HELLYEAH‘s self-titled debut album has sold just under 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, Long Island post-hardcore act FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES shifted almost 11,000 copies of “Holding a Wolf by the Ears” to land at No. 73.
A three-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH‘s “You Wouldn’t Know” video has been posted at YouTube. The clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Dallas, Texas stripclub owned by former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The finished “You Wouldn’t Know” video is available for viewing at this location.
HELLYEAH is the new band featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. The group will hit the road beginning around May 20 with dates in the U.S. before heading over to Australia and making its way to England for an appearance at this year’s Download festival.
White Lion Added to Rocklahoma Schedule!
WHITE LION has been confirmed for Rocklahoma, a three-day outdoor ’80s hard rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, in Pryor, OK at the Pryor Festival Grounds. Also rumored to be appearing is TWISTED SISTER, although the band’s participation has not yet been officially confirmed by the event organizers. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Friday, July 13:
12:45 – 01:15 ZENDOZER
01:45 – 02:30 THE GREG LEON INVASION
04:15 – 05:00 WHITE LION
05:30 – 06:30 Y&T
07:00 – 08:00 SLAUGHTER
08:30 – 09:30 QUIET RIOT
10:00 – 11:00 RATT
11:30 – 01:00 POISON
Saturday, July 14:
10:00 – 10:45 36 INCHES
11:55 – 12:40 BANG TANGO
01:00 – 01:45 BULLET BOYS
02:05 – 02:50 FASTER PUSSYCAT
03:10 – 03:55 ENUFF Z’NUFF
04:15 – 05:00 FIREHOUSE
05:30 – 06:30 WARRANT
07:00 – 08:00 SKID ROW
08:30 – 09:30 WINGER
10:00 – 11:00 DOKKEN
11:30 – 01:00 VINCE NEIL
Sunday, July 15:
10:30 – 11:00 PEDAL POINT
12:20 – 01:10 TBA
01:30 – 02:15 BRITNY FOX
02:45 – 03:45 L.A. GUNS
04:15 – 05:15 GREAT WHITE
05:45 – 06:45 JACKYL
07:15 – 08:30 W.A.S.P.
09:00 – 10:30 TBA
WHITE LION is rumored to have been added to the POISON/RATT summer tour, which is tentatively scheduled to kick off June 12. This information, however, has not yet been confirmed by an official source.
The current touring version of WHITE LION (a.k.a. TRAMP’S WHITE LION) features original member Mike Tramp (vocals) alongside Claus Longwood (bass), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Jamie Law (guitar), and Henning Wanner (keyboards).
WHITE LION is planning a small European tour starting with an appearance at Italy’s Gods of Metal festival on June 2 and including dates in Turkey, Italy and Sweden (where the group will perform at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8). The band is also working on releasing a new WHITE LION album late summer.
Tramp recently made an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM to respond to an interview with ex-WHITE LION guitarist Vito Bratta in which Vito expressed interest in reuniting with his former band. While Tramp didn’t rule out the possibility of a collaboration with Vito, he made it clear during his appearance on “Friday Night Rocks” that he wanted Bratta to take the first step and stop making excuses for why he has remained musically inactive for the past 15 years.
WHITE LION’s “The Definitive Rock Collection”, a two-disc compilation featuring the band’s hit 1987 single “Wait”, plus “When Children Cry”, “Tell Me”, and several rare rehearsal recordings, came out on January 23 via Rhino.
For more information, visit http://www.whitelion2.com.
Regardless of the band he is singing for, one thing is always constant, his awesome vocals. The great fall out of 80′s hard rock probably prevented any chance of Robert Mason being a household name among music fans, and it is a true shame, because this is one talented hard rock singer.
Silent Witness is one of the lesser known bands that Robert has sung for, and this self titled CD was a great find for me on Ebay recently. Silent Witness features Robert Mason on vocals, John Bushnell on guitar, Hal B. Selzer on bass and Lance Hyland Stark on drums. This is a damn good melodic hard rock CD that very few people ever got to know.
John Bushnell has a guitar sound that reminds me more of Neal Schon than George Lynch. This disc is a little lighter than Lynch Mob, and kind of reminds me of Neal Schon’s former band, Hardline, and another band that I like, Cry Wolf.
I would give a track by track break down, but all of the tracks are worth listening to. This is an all killer, no filler disc that will appeal to the majority of the 80′s hard rock fans out there.
I could gripe over the fact that the music lacks originality, and yes, the song writing could be a little better. Quite frankly, I love to find CD’s like this one that still have that great 80′s hard rock sound. This is still a solid effort from Silent Witness, and is a disc that fits in well with a lot of those classic hard rock CD’s from the late 80′s and early 90′s.
You can still find this disc for reasonable prices on Ebay from time to time. I would recommend grabbing this lost classic, if you see it.
Rating:Out of 10
- Can’t Keep From Falling
- Living In A Lie
- Pouring Rain
- I’ll Wait
- Tell Me
- Take Me Back
- Don’t Let A Good Thing Slip Away
- Get Right Back Up
- Wrapped Around Your Finger
- Make This Night Last Forever
Silent Witness is:
Robert Mason – vocals
John Bushnell – guitar
Hal B. Selzer – bass
Lance Hyland Stark – drums
Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber has announced that rock superstar Eddie Van Halen will serve as an Honorary Race Official for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at PIR on Saturday, April 21. As an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will be part of pre-race activities and will join Sperber on the pre-race stage greeting drivers as they are introduced prior to the start of the race.
In addition to his duties as an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will help to unveil a limited edition Fender Stratocaster Guitar as well as a limited edition EVH brand Frankenstein replica guitar at PIR on Friday, April 20. The Fender guitar, with its unique designs, will be presented to the winner of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21. The one-of-a-kind PIR Fender Stratocaster Guitar was built by Chris Fleming, Senior Master Builder, in Fender‘s Custom Shop.
“I’m personally delighted that Eddie Van Halen has accepted our invitation to join us as our Honorary Race Official for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500,” said Sperber. “There is no one who has had the kind of impact on music that he and his band — VAN HALEN — have had. I know it will be a thrill for the drivers and fans to have Eddie at Phoenix International Raceway for the NASCAR weekend.”
A 2007 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eddie Van Halen is the backbone of one of the most well-known rock and roll bands of all time — VAN HALEN. A legendary rock guitarist, Van Halen and EVH brand guitars, amps and musical products has partnered with the organization for this unique unveiling.
“I am honored on behalf of EVH brand guitars, amps and musical products to be invited to such an exciting and fun event. I feel privileged to be working with such amazing organizations like Phoenix International Raceway, their NASCAR event and Fender,” said Van Halen.
“Rock and roll, fast cars and guitars, I can’t think of a better combination. Fender is proud to partner with our friends, Eddie Van Halen and PIR, for this great occasion.” said Matt Janopaul, President & COO of Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
20 Years ago today, three 80′s Hard Rock Discs were in the Top Ten on The Billboard Charts.
Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet was # 3, Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In was # 6 and Europe’s The Final Countdown was # 10.
Here is the video for Bon Jovi’s big hit off of Slippery When Wet, You Give Love A Bad Name.
Check out one of the new Velvet Revolver track, “Let it Roll” from the up and coming disc, Libertad in the video below!
This one may not be as awesome as Rocklahoma, but it is newsworthy!
According to the St. Cloud Times, TED NUGENT will headline the fourth-annual Half-Way Jam July 26-28 in Royalton, Minnesota along with a classic rock line-up featuring QUIET RIOT, STARSHIP, THE GUESS WHO and NIGHT RANGER.
Jeff Vee of Rockhouse Productions is producing the event. He said he hopes Nugent will bring the festival to the next level.
“We really want to get the festival on the map,” he said.
Vee called Nugent an icon who’s in a category by himself.
“You say his name and it gets some sort of response out of everybody,” he said.
Half-Way Jam is a weekend-long camping and music event that will include volleyball, Texas Hold’em and “Jammin’ Idol”, a contest that gives singers an opportunity to sing and compete for free tickets, prizes and a chance to perform on the main stage.
Three-day concert passes are $95-$295, $125-$325 after June 26. Single-day passes are $25 for July 26, $30 after June 26, and $45 for July 27-28, $55 after June 26. Tickets are on sale at all Westside Liquors locations and online at http://www.halfwayjam.com.
Three-day camping passes are $50 per person with one vehicle pass per site.
Now on the Hard Rock Hideout Myspace page, there is a live feed for Stickman Radio.
If you never listened to Stickman Radio before, all you need to do is click on the link above to listen. Stickman is a killer internet radio station with a huge hard rock playlist, and is home for great radio shows like the Hairball John Radio Show.
Click on the Hard Rock Hideout myspace page, or visit Stickman Radio.com. You will be glad you did!
DREAM THEATER – Release Date Of Forthcoming Album Confirmed; Cover Art And Details Of Special Edition Revealed
DREAM THEATER’s new album, Systematic Chaos, will be released on Tuesday, June 5th via Roadrunner Records. The release date may vary slightly in different countries. The album will be available as a regular jewel case edition and a Special Edition DVD version. The artwork for the Special Edition can be viewed on the left.
The tracklist for both editions is as follows: ‘In The Presence Of Enemies Pt. 1′ (9:00), ‘Forsaken’ (5:36), ‘Constant Motion’ (6:55), ‘The Dark Eternal Night’ (8:51), ‘Repentance’ (10:43), ‘Prophets Of War’ (6:01), ‘The Ministry Of Lost Souls’ (14:57), ‘In The Presence Of Enemies Pt. 2′ (16:38).
The Special Edition DVD version will also include the entire album mixed in 5.1 surround sound and Chaos In Progress – The Making Of Systematic Chaos, a 90-minute documentary directed by drummer Mike Portnoy).
The band will shoot a video for the first single off the album, ‘Constant Motion’, next week.
As previously reported, Dream Theater’s tour schedule is currently as follows, with more dates due to be announced for North America soon:
3 – Gods Of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
6 – Petofi Open Air – Budapest, Hungary
7 – Jarun – Zagreb, Croatia
9 – Newcastle City Hall – Newcastle, England
10 – Download Festival – Donington Park, England
12 – Spodek Club – Katowice, Poland *
13 – Zitadelle Spandau – Berlin, Germany *
15 – Rockhal – Luxembourg *
16 – Museumsufer – Bonn, Germany *
17 – Fields Of Rock Festival – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
20 – Porto Coliseum – Porto, Portugal *
22 – Plaza de Toros – Granada, Spain *
23 – Monsters Of Rock Festival – Zaragoza, Spain
24 – Hellfest – Clisson, France
26 – La Cooperative de Mai – Clermont-Ferrand, France *
27 – Volkshaus – Zurich, Switzerland
29 – Refresh The Venue – Istanbul, Turkey
1 – Rockwave Festival – Athens, Greece
27 – Gibson Amphitheater – Los Angeles, CA
30 – E Center – Salt Lake City, UT
31 – Paramount Theater – Denver, CO
7 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
9 – State Theater – Minneapolis, MN
10 – Rosemont Theater – Chicago, IL
11 – Tower City Amphitheater – Cleveland, OH
21 – Bank Of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
In February, OZZY OSBOURNE made the ground-breaking announcement that OZZFEST will be free for all this summer. In continuing to give back to his fans, a limited number of specially marked copies of BLACK RAIN (Epic Records) — OSBOURNE’s first studio album of all new material in six years — will contain a unique code which can be redeemed for reserved seats to the Ozzfest show of your choice.
If you pre-order the Black Rain from SonyMusicStore, you will receive the specially marked copy of the album on or around the May 22nd release date. The CD will contain a unique code that you can redeem for two reserved seats beginning June 8th at 9PM ET — four days before tickets become available to the general public. While supplies last.
Get your Ozzfest tickets before anyone else!
Reserved seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the limited capacity of the tour, we cannot guarantee that each customer will receive tickets in the market of their choice. The tickets reserved for the presale at some or all venues may sell out during the presale period.
The 24-city earth-pounding 12th annual OZZFEST will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Full list of tour dates available at Ozzfest.com. Dates, cities, and venues are subject to change.
Stay tuned to http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.LiveNation.com for the most up to date information on this summer’s extravaganza.
HOW TO REDEEM TICKETS:
Beginning June 8 at 9PM EST, go to http://www.livenation/ozzfest and enter your code to redeem tickets. If you do not have access to the internet, you may redeem your code by mail by following the instructions included below. Mail and internet orders will be handled while supplies last.
Ozzy’s new single,”I Don’t Want to Stop” can now be heard on Ozzy.com. Move your crucifix over to the book case and give the new track a listen. It is pretty good!
BW&BK sources have confirmed that MIKE TRAMP’s WHITE LION will be part of this summer’s POISON/RATT North American tour. However, it will not be the original band, only Mike and some hired hands.
As previously reported, GREAT WHITE is “in talks” to join this tour. Furthermore, DOKKEN has been confirmed for selected shows.
A full itinerary is still being confirmed, but the trek starts June 13th at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, SC, and wraps August 19th at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver, CO.
Former Home To DEF LEPPARD, KISS, RUSH – Mercury Records Resurrected
According to Reuters/Billboard, Island Def Jam is reviving the legendary Mercury Records imprint in the United States, eight years after it was mothballed in the wake of a corporate merger.
The label continues to operate overseas, serving as the home for many Island Def Jam acts, such as BON JOVI, ELTON JOHN and LIONEL RICHIE.
The resurrected Mercury will be headed in New York by David Massey, a former executive at Sony Music, where he worked with the likes of SHAKIRA, OASIS, FRANZ FERDINAND and TRAVIS.
Mercury – which over the years has served as the U.S. home to such acts as JOHN MELLENCAMP, DEF LEPPARD, KISS, RUSH, ROD STEWART, CINDERELLA, FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS and TEARS FOR FEARS — ceased operating as a frontline label in North America in 1999 in the wake of Seagram Co.’s purchase of Mercury’s PolyGram parent. The deal led to the formation of Universal Music Group, which is now controlled by Vivendi Universal.
Mercury was founded in Chicago in 1945, and found success with such acts as SARAH VAUGHAN, DINAH WASHINGTON, THE PLATTERS and LOUIS ARMSTRONG.
Just how many releases come out this year under the Mercury banner remains to be seen, but the number figures to be a handful. Massey said the plan is to build the imprint slowly.
ADLER’S APPETITE: Previously Unreleased Song Posted Online
A previously unreleased song by ADLER’S APPETITE, featuring former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler doing “what he does best — kicking ass on the drums”, has been posted online at this location. The music for “Sadder Days” — which was recorded in April 2005 — was composed by the “wickedly talented” Keri Kelli (ALICE COOPER), who also engineered and produced the venture. The vocals and lyrics for “Sadder Days” were performed and written by Sheldon Tarsha, whose own band TARSHA is currently promoting its single “Dirty”. This exclusive recording also includes the bass talents of Robbie Crane (ex-RATT, VINCE NEIL).
Former EXTREME/VAN HALEN frontman Gary Cherone has resurfaced with a new band, HURTSMILE.
The band’s lineup also includes Gary’s brother, Markus Cherone, Joe Pessia (DRAMAGODS) and Dana Spellman.
Although little information on the newly formed band is currently available, you can listen and download the band’s tracks ‘Stillborn’, ‘Set Me Free’ and ‘Just War Theory’ at this location.
Velvet Revolver Cover Art Revealed
Here is a copy of the cover art off the new Velvet Revolver disc, Libertad which will be released in June.
Black Sabbath: The Dio Years hits the Billboard Chart
BLACK SABBATH – “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” Sold 21,000 copies in its debut week to hit #54 on the Billboard charts.
OZZFest – Ticketing Details Announced For This Summer’s Ground-Breaking Extravaganza
You’ve heard about how OZZFest is boldly redefining the concert industry this year by making all the tickets to the summer’s premiere touring concert festival entirely free for fans.
Well, OZZFest fans have a number of ways to score a pair of tickets to “FreeFest” – which will rock mightily with festival’s namesake OZZY OSBOURNE and LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, LORDI, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, NILE, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, THE SHOWDOWN, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, DAATH, CHTHONIC and IN THIS MOMENT.
Ticket codes will be distributed through sponsor websites beginning May 12th. Details on these programs are available on ozzfest.com, livenation.com, monsterenergy.com, jagermusic.com and fye.com. In the meantime, various sponsors will have offline initiatives, details of which will also be available via their respective websites.
These codes can be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12th – exactly one month before the first OZZFest 2007 show in Seattle. Fans will return to the site where they registered or http://www.livenation.com/ozzfest, enter their code and download two tickets to the show of their choice. Note: To ensure that everyone gets the chance for free tickets, there is a limit of two tickets per customer.
LIZZY BORDEN Shoot Cover For New Album; Enlist JACK FROST For New England Metal And Hardcore Festival
“Lizzy Borden has shot the cover of the as yet unnamed new recording, due out the end of summer.
Lizzy is working with special effects wizard and make-up artist Ralis Kahn (www.ralisfx.com). Although no details have been revealed, Ralis has designed the set and the look of the band based on the characters in the storyline of the new recording.
Famed ‘Metal’ photographer Alex Solca took well over 1,000 shots in a two-day marathon, involving extras as well as the band (Lizzy, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson and Ira Black). At the end of the two-day shoot the set was literally set a blaze!, with flames shooting 30 feet into the air! And all captured on film.
“Because a lot of music is going straight to itunes, we thought we would pay special attention to both the cover and the back cover and fill the inside of the CD booklet with tons of fun shots from this specialized photo shoot. As we all know, very soon there will no longer be an actual CD to have a cool booklet for. Everything will go straight from the studio to your ipod, so we thought we would really do this one up right!”, commented Lizzy.
Fifteen hours worth of video footage was also filmed during the two day shoot. Stay tuned to http://www.Lizzyborden.com for the ‘Making of’ as well as the cover to be posted soon.
In other news, Lizzy Borden has enlisted the ‘metal guitar’ services of Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, ex-SAVATAGE). Jack is coming on board to play the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival (April 28th) with us as the second guitarist with Ira black. Jack is also one of the ‘special guest’ guitarists playing on the new record due out the end of summer.”
Eddie Trunk interviewed Stephen Pearcy on the Eddie Trunk show last night. Stephen was holding his cards very close to his chest, and would not leak any details about the pending RATT reunion, but did say further details would be breaking within the next week or so.
Also, Eddie debuted one of the new tracks off of the upcoming covers disc by Tesla, Real to Reel, the old Tempations track, Ball of Confusion. Anthrax has covered this tune before, but the Tesla version, was done very well. This has me excited over a covers disc for this first time ever. I found some interesting info online regarding this disc. See below!
Tesla’s Real to Reel CD to be Released June 5, 2007
Tesla’s new CD Real to Reel is a covers
CD that is gonna BLOW YOU AWAY!! There are 23 tracks in all so this will be
released as a “volume 1 & 2″ but there will be a catch. If you ask me, the
marketing strategy that they are using is brilliant. Here’s the deal.
Volume 1 of Real to Reel will be available in stores on June 5 so make sure you
go and buy it. Tesla will be out on tour this summer…possibly late spring in
support of this CD and they will be performing what they are calling “Two Night
Stands”. Each city will have two back to back performances of Tesla, one night
electric…one night acoustic. Make SURE that you buy tickets to BOTH shows
because your ticket to the FIRST show is also buying you Real to Reel Vol.2!!
That’s right…..Real to Reel Vol.2 will be included in the price of your ticket
and will be handed out as you enter the show. Is that COOL or WHAT?? Now here’s
the kicker…..on the SECOND night of this adventure there will be a BONUS CD
handed out!! That’s right….your ticket for the SECOND night will include a
BONUS CD of acoustic material. These songs were taken from 5 Man Jam and
recorded in the studio so they won’t have the sound of the live audience behind
them. They will have favorites from 5 Man (Signs, Paradise) as well as selected
acoustic versions of songs from the 2005 Five Man Acoustic Jam Revisited Tour (Hang
Tough, etc.) Now, I must report that this is NOT an official press release so
this info is still subject to change but this announcement was made by Mr. Brian
Wheat himself during a radio interview with Rock 94 in Albuquerque, NM last
The track listing for Real to Reel is as follows:
Bad Reputation (Thin Lizzy)
Ball Of Confusion (Temptations)
Beer Drinkers, Hell Raisers (ZZ Top)
Bell Bottom Blues (Eric Clapton/Derek And The Dominoes)
Day Of The Eagle (Robin Trower)
Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic)
Do You (Feel Like We Do) (Peter Frampton)
Honky Tonk Woman (Rolling Stones)
I Want To Take You Higher (Sly & The Family Stone)
Is It My Body (Alice Cooper)
I’ve Got A Feeling (Beatles)
Make It Last (Montrose)
Not Fragile (Bachmann Turner Overdrive)
Rock Bottom (UFO)
Saturday Night Special (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Seasons Of Wither (Aerosmith)
Shooting Star (Bad Company)
Stealin’ (Uriah Heep)
Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin)**FIRST SINGLE
Walk Away (James Gang)
War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
Courtesy of http://www.one-stop-rock.com.
“I wish to express my sympathy to Mark St. John’s family and friends. Though Mark was the guitarist I replaced, I respected his talent and contribution to Kiss. May he rest in peace.”
Mark St. John died early Thursday morning from a cerebral hemorrage. He was 51. St. John performed on the 1984 Kiss album Animalize.
Great White Members Ask To Be Dismissed From Station Fire Civil Suits
According to ww2.wpri.com, Great White band members, whose pyrotechnics ignited a deadly fire at The Station nightclub are asking to be dismissed from lawsuits stemming from the blaze.
The band members say they weren’t involved in the decision to use pyrotechnics and had no role in setting them off the night of the 2003 fire.
The blaze at the West Warwick club killed 100 people and began when the band’s pyrotechnics ignited flammable soundproofing foam.
The band was sued in federal court by fire survivors and victims’ relatives.
Mark Kendall (guitar), David Filice (bass) and Eric Powers (drums) filed court papers yesterday seeking to be removed from the case. Lead singer Jack Russell is among the defendants but did not join in the request.
The band’s tour manager is in prison after pleading guilty to igniting the pyrotechnics.
RUSH – Classic DVDs To Be Reissued As Individual Releases
Coinciding with the release of RUSH’s Snakes & Arrows album(due out May 1st via Anthem/Atlantic), Mercury/UME is releasing individual DVD’s of Exit…Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure and A Show Of Hands. Originally released on DVD in the Replay X 3 boxed set, while Replay X 3 is the only source for the Grace Under Pressure CD soundtrack, there are rumors that the individual DVD’s may include bonus videos not included in the boxed set versions.
MÖTLEY CRÜE – VINCE NEIL’s “Mötley Cruise 2008″ On Sale Now The official MÖTLEY CRÜE website has been updated with the following:
January 24th – 28th, 2008
The Carnival Imagination
4 Days of Rock & Roll On The High Seas
Miami to Key West, FL and Calica, Mexico
VINCE NEIL and Carnival Cruise Lines invite you to embrace your Wild Side and board the newly renovated Carnival Imagination for a 4-day rock & roll vacation filled with music, fun and sun – and of course, plenty of Girls Girls Girls! Departing from Miami on January 24th, 2008, we’ll set sail for the Mayan Riviera, stopping by Key West, before making our way to Calica, Mexico!
Vince Neil’s Mötley Cruise in 2008 will feature an up-close and personal concert by Vince and his band, in addition to live performances by several other hot musical acts, being announced soon! We’ll have an array of exclusive events, including meet and greets with the artists, our wet and wild shore excursions in Key West and Cozumel, and our no-limit Texas Hold’Em charity poker tournament (with big cash prizes) and a one-of-a-kind live charity auction benefitting Vince’s Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation, just to name a few!
All of this takes place on board a world-class Carnival cruise with fine dining and 24-hour room service, full-service casino, beautiful swimming pools, spa, gym and other great amenities. Add a special Motley Cruise Survial Kit and the comfort of our nightly private lounge, and we’re sure you won’t go away mad!
Prices start at only $479 per person* with convenient payment plans available!
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If you have been wondering whatever happened to Kix, look no further than the band Funny Money. Funny Money features former Kix members, Steve Whiteman on vocals, and Jimmy Chalfant on drums. The band has gone through some line up changes over the years, but Funny Money has formed a solid four piece lineup with former Centerfold bassist, Mark Schenker and Rob Galpin on lead guitar.
Stick It, is the third studio album by Funny Money, and may be the best one yet. Legendary producer Beau Hill, mixed this disc, and all of the songs flow well as a result of it. Stick It should give Kix fans everything they have been wanting. This is a very strong offering full of AC/DC style, blues infested hard rock.
Check out a couple of tracks below:
About Women is a live video performance by Funny Money.
Slow to Blow is a great track that will give you an idea of what you will hear on Stick It.
If you like either of the tracks above, you need to pick this up. This is a disc that will appeal to 80′s Hard Rock fans, Kix fans, and probably quite a few AC/DC fans as well. It is solid all the way through, and well worth checking out.
Buy It! You will be glad you did!
Rating: Out of 10
- By The Balls
- Hot On Your Heels
- Big Bang Boom
- All Tied Up
- Fool’s Confession
- Slow To Blow
- Nowhere At All
- Play Me Like A Rhythm
- Thousand Thank Yous
- Weeds And Roses
- About Women
Funny Money is:
Steve Whiteman – Vocals
Jimmy Chalfant – Drums
Mark Schenker – Bass
Rob Galpin – Lead Guitar
According to Rolling Stone magazine, OZZY OSBOURNE’s new record will be called Black Rain and will be released by Epic Records in June.
As reported earlier today, a number of audio clips from the album have been posted online at his official website (the images/photos on the coincide with a new sample). Says Ozzy about the record: “My new album kicks fuckin’ ass man!”
The first single, ‘I Don’t Want To Stop’, will premiere next Friday, April 13. You can hear a clip here.
RUSH Walmart Exclusive for Snakes and Arrows
“While while the CD release of Snakes & Arrows is still set for May 1st, the much anticipated DVD Album Limited Edition has been delayed yet again. The new L.E. release date is now June 5th. No details have been given at to why, but there have been rumors of production delays with the DVD Album. in addition to the CD and Limited Edition offered elsewhere, Walmart is offering a CD version ‘with Exclusive Video Download’. According to their website, ‘this package will include a video clip from the upcoming VH-1 Special on Rush.’ This upcoming VH-1 Special is obviously news in itself, but it has been confirmed that the ‘exclusive video’ is a video of Geddy (Lee) and Alex’s (Lifeson) appearance on XM’s ‘Artist Confidential’ from 2004. The video is obtained via a special code which is included either in the Walmart packaging or embedded in the CD itself, which allows the purchaser to download the video. Note, this video will NOT include the acoustic performances of ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ and ‘Resist’, which were a part of the original audio broadcast which aired on XM Radio in October 2004.”Rush fans needing a quick fix can buy the first single, Far Cry, from ITunes today for 99 cents.
Lordi is postponing North American Concert Dates
Finnish metal monsters LORDI have postponed their previously announced North American tour dates to coincide with the band’s appearance at this summer’s Ozzfest. However, the group is still expected to go through with its two-night stint at the Bamboozle music festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5 and 6.
The affected dates are as follows:
Apr. 20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 21 – Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
Apr. 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Apr. 24 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Apr. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Apr. 28 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 01 – Montreal, QUE @ Le Spectrum
May 02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 – Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
Since winning Eurovision (the song contest that previously was a springboard for mainstream artists such as ABBA and CELINE DION) by its highest score ever, LORDI‘s popularity has grown to gargantuan heights, with the band conquering numerous European charts and a six-week sold out tour of Europe. The band’s latest album, “The Arockalypse” has been certified triple platinum in Finland and is now also among the Top 60 best-selling Finnish albums ever. In addition to gracing the cover of dozens of Finnish publications, news features on LORDI‘s groundbreaking Eurovision win appeared outside of Finland in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Spin.