NEW YORK – In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, hard rock band Drowning Pool, non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and 15 year-old YouTube video producer Lizzie Palmer are teaming up to encourage young people to support expanded health care for veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. They are launching a campaign called ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ and asking Americans to support legislation currently before congress which addresses the urgent need to get better mental health care for veterans. The campaign includes a website (www.thisisforthesoldiers.org) which hosts a petition urging congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video created by Palmer.
While ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ officially kicks off the week of July 4th, supporting the troops is nothing new for anyone involved. Rockers Drowning Pool toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. “We have had the opportunity to meet the troops overseas, come back to the states and get invited to different bases in difference cities. We have spent countless time with soldiers who do what they do without question and you can’t help being touched by that,” said Drowning Pool lead singer Ryan McCombs. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Bassist Stevie Benton remarks, “After returning from Baghdad, our priority was writing a song about our troops, for our troops. I hope they will accept the song as a show of our respect and thanks for all they do for our country.” Drowning Pool named their upcoming concert tour after the campaign and plans to donate fifty cents from each ticket sale to IAVA and fifty cents to the USO. IAVA, founded by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff, has been advocating since 2004 on behalf of returning servicemembers. It is the first and largest group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even Ohio teen Lizzie Palmer has taken action before. “Remember Me,” her previous music video honoring U.S. troops, has gotten over 12 million hits on YouTube. Her latest video, for Drowning Pool’s “Soldiers”, will be released on July 4th.
Now it’s time to get other people involved.
“Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director. “Our alliance with Drowning Pool and Lizzie provides a great platform for raising awareness among young people about the challenges veterans face. At least one in three Iraq veterans will cope with a serious mental health issue, like depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s crucial that we put systems in place now to help them.” The trio is encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military. A letter written by the band has already been sent to members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and was recently read before the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. “This Is For the Soldiers’ gives young people a chance to make a real difference in the lives of our country’s newest generation of veterans,” said Rieckhoff.
Against Me! will release their new album, New Wave, on July 10th. The follow-up to 2005′s Searching For A Former Clarity was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins).
New Wave will be available on CD, a Special Edition CD/DVD, 180 gram yellow vinyl and digital download.
To celebrate the release, Hard Rock Hideout is giving one lucky winner an Against Me! autographed Gibson guitar.
5 runners-up will score an autographed copy of the vinyl 7″ for “White People For Peace.”
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“White People For Peace” http://www.againstme.net/am.php/video/index
At the end of summer, Trapt will be releasing the album Trapt Live! which will feature the new single “Stay Alive”. Check out “Stay Alive” here! .
Trapt will head into the studio in July to start work on their next studio album with producer GGGarth Richardson, who co-produced the bands debut album. The band is also putting together a new tour and will hit the road in October. For more info on Trapt and their new live album, check out their Myspace page at this location.
The Answer are big in Japan but can they become just as popular closer to home?
“Things are easy when you’re big in Japan,” sang the synth-pop act Alphaville in 1984. Some 23 years on it’s a sentiment not lost on the young hard-rock outfit The Answer, whose stirring Free and Led-Zeppelin-influenced album Rise shifted 14,000 copies there in its first week of release.
In Britain, Kerrang! had already dubbed them “the new kings of rock” but, in February 2007, when Rise reached No27 in the Japanese chart, a trip to the Orient beckoned. If The Answer’s debut album could chart in Japan without them playing there, what would happen when they actually showed up?
Two months later, I’ve joined the band in the futuristic, neon-lit surrounds of Shibuya, Tokyo to find out. Their first promotional engagement is a sold-out show at the AX Club that also happens to be the County Down quartet’s first performance in Asia. With an 11-strong camera-crew in attendance to film the concert for Japanese television, the group is understandably nervous. “I’ll be fine when I start hitting things,” laughs the drummer James Heatley as he paces a backstage dressing room.
Like Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), and Micky Waters (bass), Heatley is still nursing a saki-and-Sapporo-beer-induced hangover. Still, the astronaut-style vitamin-drink packs and hand-rolled sushi that the Japanese have provided are helping, as are the gifts of custom-built electric guitars and “welcome to Tokyo” bouquets. “They’ve thought of everything,” attests the red-haired, spectacularly side-burned singer Neeson, holding up a glow-in-the-dark set list. The Japanese show comes hot on the tail of a tour of Australia supporting Queens of the Stone Age, and Neeson and his cohorts are in buoyant mood.
Impressively, The AX club also boasts a state-of-the-art sound-desk and a stage-set that has been especially designed for the Irish visitors. “We asked for a backdrop and we got Star Trek!” beams James Cassidy, the UK head of Albert Productions, the independent label to which The Answer are signed.
Cassidy is clearly delighted to see such attention being lavished upon his band. “You have to remember that hard rock not being cool is a very British problem,” he says. “It’s just not like that over here.”
Events while exploring the chic Shibuya district with The Answer the previous evening had certainly borne this out. Various fashionable young fans had approached the no-frills, Seventies-style rockers; the boys wanted things signed, and the girls wanted photos with the band that they took it in turns to snap on dazzlingly hi-tech phones. “Three months ago we were unheard of here,” Cormac Neeson had remarked, obviously flattered by all the attention. “Funny old world, eh?”
“We did a licensing deal with the Japanese independent label WHD Entertainment late last November,” explains James Cassidy when quizzed further about The Answer’s success in Asia. “They were very passionate, but I don’t think either side anticipated things would move as fast as they did. As a label ourselves, we expected they’d need a few months to build the band’s profile and that the album would come out in March or April. They said, ‘No, 24 January – it’s all going to be fine.’
“I knew they’d serviced to print and radio but I was still pretty surprised when I got this e-mail saying Rise had exploded onto the Japanese market. I was like: ‘Exploded, you say? What does that mean exactly?’ They told me they hadn’t seen a new band impact like this since Bon Jovi, and that they were going to ship another 15,000 units immediately. At one point only Norah Jones and Bloc Party were higher in the international chart. You think it can’t be right and there’s something fishy going on, but no.”
In Britain, The Answer can count Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and the former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale among their fans. Joe Elliott, the frontman with the hugely successful pop-metal act Def Leppard, also rates them highly. When AOL interviewed Elliott recently about his own band’s forthcoming new album he cited “…this young Irish band called The Answer” as a possible influence. “They’re amazing – they could be the new Free,” he added.
Such “peer accolades”, as Cassidy calls them, have helped push the total sales of Rise close to 100,000 units – remarkable given that airplay for the band in Europe has been virtually non-existent. “It’s very frustrating,” says Cassidy. “With some Radio 1 support I firmly believe we’d be doing at least 300,000 albums worldwide.”
A fixture of the County Down live circuit as early as 2000, The Answer are not the overnight success that they might at first appear. Mahon and Waters worked with several other frontmen before recruiting the mighty-lunged Neeson, and it wasn’t until he returned from a working holiday in New York and Heatley finished studying at Belfast’s Queens University that the definitive line-up of The Answer arrived. “From there, we spent four years just plugging away,” says Neeson. “We sent demos to umpteen different record labels, journalists and DJs.” “Once a month we’d drive over to London from Belfast to play showcases at places like The Dublin Castle in Camden,” adds Waters, “then we’d pack up our gear and drive straight to Holyhead to get the ferry home. We did that trip 14 times.” Not for nothing did The Answer call their debut EP Keep Believin’, the group having secured a deal with Australian independent label Albert Productions in 2005.
Established in the 1960s and home to such hard-rock royalty as AC/DC, Albert Productions clearly has the financial clout and knowledge of the hard rock market to steer The Answer effectively. “We’re a top priority there and we know they’re going to bust their balls as much as we are,” says Neeson. “We’re going to build things up over three or four albums.”
The band were thrilled to be able to record parts of Rise at Olympic studios in Barnes, a complex that has played host to Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Having lunch alongside Eric Clapton was certainly fun, they tell me, but sessions for Rise at Monnow Valley studios in Wales were to prove memorable for less pleasant reasons.
“Basically, we got a serious haunting!” says Waters. “James and I were sharing this room that had three female ghosts. You’d feel this pressure on your chest, or they’d slap your face and you’d hear them laughing.” Heatley adds: “It was terrifying! I couldn’t sleep except on the couch downstairs.” The Answer eventually emerged with an album that Classic Rock magazine called “The best British rock debut of the decade.”
On its release in Britain in June 2006, gloriously unreconstructed riff-fests such as “Under The Sky” and “Come Follow Me” won the band legions of new fans – and a Royal Albert Hall support slot with Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free. The ultimate stamp of approval, though, came when Philomena Lynott, mother of late Thin Lizzy legend Phil Lynott, allowed The Answer’s Micky Waters a go on the black, mirror-scratch-plated Fender bass that her son is pictured with on the cover of Lizzy’s seminal 1978 album, Live and Dangerous.
“It was incredible – too much, almost,” says The Answer’s bass guitarist. “Philomena had it locked in her basement and, because Phil wrote on it, you could feel all that history, all those songs. We played a gig to help raise funds for the bronze statue of Phil that went up in Dublin, and that was Philomena’s way of saying thanks. She’s a lovely woman. We call her the queen of Ireland.”
The Answer and Albert Productions also seem mindful of the fate of The Darkness, the last British hard-rock act to make it big. A poppier, much more flamboyantly packaged act than The Answer, Justin Hawkins’s band topped the UK album charts with Permission to Land, then nose-dived with the appalling follow-up. Hawkins subsequently went solo and had a failed stab at Eurovision Song Contest success earlier this year. Ouch.
Neeson says: “It was a shame to see it, because The Darkness guys were good to us whenever we played together. Our music is very different, though – we avoid the novelty aspect.” This, coupled with the fact that The Answer were smart enough to record far more material than they needed for Rise, means that they already have plenty of ammunition for that difficult second album. “There’s a monster ballad with strings already in the can,” says James Cassidy. “It’s going to blow people away.”
Back at Shibuya AX, The Answer are wrapping up a taut and muscular set. Two things have distinguished the concert from its British equivalent: the superior quality of the live sound, and the quiet, almost devotional reverence of the audience. “Arigatou!” roars the sweat soaked Neeson, thanking locals, but the slogan on the T-shirt of the Japanese fan nearest me suggests he needn’t have worried about things being lost in translation. “Everything louder than everything else!” it reads.
Courtesy of Belfast Telegraph
Dave Evans, Awards Nomination!
Dave Evans, the former singer of AC/DC, has been nominated for the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards to take place on November 29th in LA! The Nomination is for Rock Group with Vocal for the Song, Sold My Soul To Rock and Roll.
The Los Angeles Music Awards is the largest and longest running Hollywood red carpet event for Independent Artists in the world!
More information is available at the L.A. Music Awards website.
You can also check out at the Hard Rock Hideout, Dave Evans Podcast here!
New Jetboy, The Glam Years Movie And CD out this summer 2007
The complete CD/Dvd release will be available late this summer on Cleopatra records with the audio portion available on itunes next month. The audio disc will include 21 songs In a chronological order of old demos from the bands 8 year run plus the re-recording of their hit single ‘Feel The Shake’ along with their rocked up version of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ !!
The DVD side will include a show from 1986 at the Whisky a Go Go along with a slide show photo movie of rare & personal photos through the years plus interviews & footage from the re-recording of ‘Feel The Shake’ & their cover version of ‘Folsom Proison Blues’.
The packaging will be loaded with old photos along with a complete story on the bands history with quotes from each member and more.
STARBREAKER II – Featuring Tony Harnell – Due Out Next Year
It is with great pride we announce the continuum of the Starbreaker saga. There has been much speculation as to what Tony Harnell’s next move would be after leaving TNT in April 2006; we can now reveal that Tony will be teaming up with the STARBREAKER gang for the creation of Starbreaker II.
The line up has gone through a change and on this new release we introduce Swedish bass player Tomas Johansson (SCAAR). Together with the rest of the band: vocals – Tony Harnell (TNT, WESTWORLD, MORNING WOOD), guitar -Magnus Karlsson (LAST TRIBE, ALLEN/LANDE, BOB CATLEY), drums – John Macaluso (UNION RADIO, ARK, TNT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), an album will be ready for release early 2008.
The album will be written and co-produced by Tony Harnell and Magnus Karlsson and both are excited to take Starbreaker to the next level. Tony comments: “After having taken some valuable time off with my family I am ready and excited to jump into this project. As I really enjoyed the first Starbreaker album, it felt only natural to do a second one. In addition to Starbreaker, the song writing for my first solo album is well under way and I have some killer tracks I am absolutely thrilled with!”
Courtesy of Bravewords
Comment: Magnus Karlsson is the guitarist on the last two Allen Lande releases, The Battle and The Revenge. This one will be a must own release.
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Bon Jovi topped the U.S. album charts for the first time since 1988 on Wednesday, while rock duo the White Stripes scored a personal best with a No. 2 debut for their latest release.
Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” sold 292,000 copies in the week ended June 24, the rock troupe’s biggest one-week sum since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. The Island/Mercury Nashville set is Bon Jovi’s third No. 1 album, joining 1988′s “New Jersey” and 1987′s “Slippery When Wet.”
Sales were fueled in part by the group’s new country fanbase, wrangled in with the Grammy-winning 2006 hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” featuring Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.
The White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” sold 223,000 copies. Jack and Meg White have enjoyed increasing success with each new album: 2005′s “Get Behind Me Satan,” started at No. 3 with 189,000, 2003′s “Elephant” peaked at No. 6, and 2002′s “White Blood Cells” topped out at No. 61. “Icky Thump” also opened at No. 1 in Britain, their second chart-topper after “Elephant.”
Brad Paisley’s fifth studio album, “5th Gear,” bowed at No. 3 with 197,000 units, the country singer’s best sales week ever. Last week’s champ, Toby Keith’s “Big Dog Daddy” slid to No. 4 with 73,000, suffering a 64% sales hit.
Paul McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full” fell two to No. 5 in its third week with 64,000, while Linkin Park’s former chart-topper “Minutes to Midnight” sat tight at No. 6 with 63,000.
Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” rose three places to No. 7 with 62,000, Maroon 5′s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” dropped four to No. 8 also with 62,000, and Fabolous’ “From Nothin’ to Somthin’” tumbled seven to No. 9 with 59,000 in its second week. T-Pain’s “Epiphany” fell five to No. 10 with 56,000.
Powered by the hit single “Party Like a Rockstar,” rap combo Shop Boyz’ debut album “Rockstar Mentality” opened at No. 11 with 52,000. Other big debuts included Lifehouse’s fourth album “Who We Are” at No. 14 with 49,000, rapper Huey’s “Notebook Paper” at No. 26 with 29,000, Chrisette Michele’s “I Am” at No. 29 with 26,000, and Mandy Moore’s “Wild Hope” at No. 30 with 25,000.
Album sales were down 7.1% from last week’s total at 8.9 million units and down 5.2% compared to the same week last year. Overall album sales for the year are down 15% compared to last year at 221 million units.
Courtesy of Billboard
Comment: Almost 300,000 people foolishly spent their money on this pointless drivel. Amazon has 70 used copies now.
Sorry Warner Brothers has cracked down on Youtube….the trailer is no longer available.
Fans lucky enough to score tickets to HEAVEN AND HELL’s Radio City Music Hall performance on March 30 — the concert sold out in a matter of minutes — were fortunate witnesses to the glorious return of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Onstage in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years, the group let loose an onslaught of iconic metal spotlighting Dio’s memorable tenure with BLACK SABBATH.
Rhino relives every bone-crushing riff and thunderous howl from the evening with a trio of releases available August 28. HEAVEN AND HELL “Live From Radio City Music Hall” will be available at regular retail outlets both as a two-disc CD set and as a DVD for a suggested list price of $19.98 and $19.99 respectively.
Available exclusively from http://www.rhino.com, the concert will also be released as a deluxe three-disc set (2CD/DVD) for a suggested list price of $49.98. The special set features tour memorabilia including a tour program, backstage laminate, glossy photos of the band and other tour items.
“Live From Radio City Music Hall” captures the band bashing its way through some of the Dio era’s best including “Mob Rules”, “Die Young”, “Neon Knights”, “Children Of The Sea” and an epic 15-minute-plus version of “Heaven And Hell”. The quartet also performed a pair of new songs — the hit single “The Devil Cried” and “Shadow Of The Wind”. Both songs debuted earlier this year on “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” (Rhino/Warner Bros. Records), the first comprehensive introduction to the Dio era’s legacy. The DVD will include the entire show shot in breathtaking HD as well as a tour documentary and other bonus footage.
Following this spring’s successful U.S. tour, HEAVEN AND HELL is scheduled to spend the summer playing concerts and festivals around the world. In early September, the group will return to the U.S. for another round of shows.
Together for a short but memorable time — a trio of studio albums, a classic live album and a couple of tours — the second coming of BLACK SABBATH began in 1979 when founding members Iommi and Butler were joined by Dio. The former singer of ELF (and later RAINBOW and DIO) added his fiery, demonic howl to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s unmistakable sound.
The Dio-led lineup disbanded in 1983 and reunited in 1992 to record “Dehumanizer” and tour before again going on hiatus.
“Live From Radio City Music Hall” CD and DVD track listing:
01. E5150/After All (The Dead)
02. The Mob Rules
03. Children Of The Sea
04. Lady Evil
06. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
08. The Devil Cried
09. Computer God
10. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
11. Shadow Of The Wind
12. Die Young
13. Heaven And Hell
14. Lonely Is The Word
15. Neon Knights
Comment: Someone sign me up for the Deluxe Edition!
The secret is out! SHADOWS FALL will be performing a Myspace Secret Show, presented by Chilis, with The Probates, The Uncomfortables and Hot Black in Northampton, Massachussetts on June 28.
Doors @ 6:00 PM
THURSDAY : FREE! All Ages!
June 28th, 2007
10 Pearl St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Entry is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Operator is a new band that is about to break out big time.
Check out the new video for their song Soulcrusher!
The new CD Soulcrusher arrives in stores on July10th
It is 56 days until the new release of the Nikki Sixx Soundtrack for his book, the Heroin Diaries.
Nikki Sixx has released the following video for the song, Life is Beautiful, in support of the up and coming soundtrack and book. His band Sixx A.M. features James Michael and DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures) as well, Check it out!
Sixx A.M. – Life is Beautiful
You can also check out this Ecard with an excerpt from the first Chapter of the book, the Heroin Diaries!
This week at the Hard Rock Hideout, I have added a couple of new features.
- You can now search music reviews by the Country that band is from. Just click on the flag of nationality and voila.
- I also added Flickr photos to the site today. I loaded a few Vince Neil Concert Photos. I plan to add more as time permits.
- In case you didn’t know, the Hard Rock Hideout has a forum/message board. Click on Dee Snider’s Head over to the right to enter the board.
The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!).
To protest these rates and encourage you to take action and contact your Congressional representatives, Stickman Radio is taking part in the Day of Silence, by silencing their programming for today.
We ask that you excuse the interruption of our normal programming, and ask that you take action to help ensure this silence is not permanent. Please call your Congressional Representatives today. Click the link below:
Great Stations like the Stickman Radio, The Pirate and KNAC are in immediate danger. All of these stations play great hard rock music, with deep cuts that you will not hear anywhere else.
They also carry great programs like the Hairball John Radio Show. Without these great online radio stations, great 80′s hard rock music will be much harder to listen to online.
Please get involved today!
Whilst the rest of the world were revelling in the Glastonbury mud Aerosmith and Run DMC made waves in London, with a triumphant reunion at Hyde Park Calling.
A rainy day with performances from Aussie rockers Jet, Soundgarden‘s Chirs Cornell and The Answer amongst others was capped off last night (June 24) by an awesome set from rock legends Aerosmith – returning to the UK stage for the first time in nine years.
With a wet audience refusing to let their spirits be dampened by the weather Steve Tyler and Joe Perry joined their fans in the rain, running up and down the runway stage which extended deep into the crowds.
In a week which has seen old school rockers Iggy Pop, Pete Townsend and Ozzy Osbourne show the youngsters how its really done Steve Tyler and co. once again proved that age is no obstacle to an explosive performance.
Despite the glaring ommissions of ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Pink’ the set – which kicked off with ‘Love In An Elevator‘ – was utterly incendiary with highlights including ‘Livin’ On The Edge’, ‘Cryin’ and more recent hit ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’.
But the piece de resistance had to be Run DMC‘s appearance on stage for their 20 year old reunion with Aerosmith for the encore, with a blistering rendition of their joint 1986 classic ‘Walk This Way’ sending the crowds wild with excitement and drawing the Hyde Park Calling weekend’s festivities to a suitable close.
Comment: Here is a reunion that I never thought I would hear about again!
For over 25 years, Axel Rudi Pell has counted as one of Germany’s most versatile guitarists. With over a dozen studio albums, he has a record of brilliant productions, loved by his fans and greeted with respect and praise by the press. Alongside numerous original compositions, cover versions of his favourite songs have always taken a special place in his work. The musician from Wattenscheid, Germany, has not only covered the work of his own idols, such as DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, but also numbers by acts such as ALPHAVILLE, FREE, JIMI HENDRIX and URIAH HEEP. Now Pell is scheduled to release “Diamonds Unlocked” on October 1, 2007 (Germany: September 28; USA: to be announced), his first album consisting exclusively of compositions by other musicians, proving his expertise when it comes to the history of rock and pop music. Axel Rudi Pell has recorded ten cover songs, among them surprising new versions of real classics. “I have always stressed that I don’t have a hard rock and metal fixation,” he points out. “I don’t think in terms of pigeonholes. If I like a track for whatever reason, I don’t care about its stylistic direction. Every song on this album made me want to cover it at some stage when I heard the original.”
Pell is referring to tracks such as the PHIL COLLINS megahit “In The Air Tonight”, his own version sounding tailor-made for the ARP band. “Of course we rearranged some of the songs to suit our style 100%,” the maestro explains. “‘In The Air Tonight’ features an extra drums and percussions part, plus added speed towards the end. And I don’t suppose I have to mention that the guitar solo is longer than on the original.” Equally surprising, although certainly logical in this context, is the extremely catchy U2 number “Beautiful Day” (“a timeless classic, absolutely wicked, an ingenious melody and a great chorus”), and the CHRIS REA song “Stone”, which Pell discovered in a rather roundabout way. “It wasn’t Chris Rea’s original that convinced me but the cover version by THE LAW, a project initiated by FREE/BAD COMPANY/QUEEN vocalist Paul Rodgers and ex-THE WHO drummer Kenny Jones, from their 1991 debut album.” Talking of FREE and THE WHO: the ARP version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” sounds extremely classy and fast-paced, and “Heartbreaker” sees Pell present a classic by a band that has had a lasting influence on him. “FREE inspired me to learn to play the guitar,” he said. “Their guitarist Paul Kossoff had this extremely singing, melancholy blues sound that set him apart from thousands of other guitarists.”
“Diamonds Unlocked” was recorded by the tried-and-tested lineup consisting of Axel Rudi Pell, vocalist Johnny Gioeli, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Mike Terrana. Pell produced the album single-handedly, and Charlie Bauerfeind took care of the mix.
“Diamonds Unlocked” track listing:
01. The Diamond Overture
02. Warrior (RIOT)
03. Beautiful Day (U2)
04. Stone (CHRIS REA/THE LAW)
05. Love Gun (KISS)
06. Fools Game (MICHAEL BOLTON)
07. Heartbreaker (FREE)
08. Rock The Nation (MONTROSE)
09. In The Air Tonight (PHIL COLLINS)
10. Like A Child Again (THE MISSION)
11. Won’t Get Fooled Again (THE WHO)
Iced Earth Releases Cover Art Image
Jeff Duncan, the guitar player from Armored Saint, has another kick ass band called DC4.
DC4 is made up of Jeff on lead vocals and guitar, alongside his brothers Matt on bass and Shawn on drums WITH former Dio shredder Rowan Robertson on guitar. Over the last few months the guys have been writing and recording new music with Saint bass player Joey Vera producing the music. The new album will be titled Explode and features some fantastic hard rock with the kind of shredding you would expect from two seasoned metal guitarists like Jeff & Rowan.
Last week Jeff laid down the final vocals for the album and the band expects to have things rolled out in July or August. Of the final touches being put on the new music, Jeff had this to say, “I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! Joey has done a fantastic job producing it and the band sounds amazing!”
Check out DC4 at their myspage page here.
GUNS N’ ROSES frontman AXL ROSE was left fuming at a Brisbane, Australia concert when a fan unhappy with the band’s late arrival onstage threw a drink at him.
Rose and his bandmates took the Brisbane Entertainment Center stage at 11.45pm on Wednesday (20Jun07), angering fans who had paid up to AUS$175 ($150/£75) to attend.
Seconds into opening song Welcome To The Jungle, a can of drink narrowly missed Rose, although its contents still managed to splatter the singer.
He told the crowd, “Is that what you want? You want a battle. If you’re going to act like that, then you know I don’t have to be here.” Rose proceeded to walk offstage throughout the set, forcing his bandmates to improvise extended solos to cover his absence, reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Courtesy of World Entertainment News Network
“Just in Time for Independence Day, Velvet Revolver is bringing you some new tunes to crank up at your 4th of July Celebrations!”
‘The feel, the energy of Libertad is about the eternal struggle for freedom — personal and social freedoms.”
So says Velvet Revolver’s frontman Scott Weiland in describing the band’s forthcoming album Libertad, scheduled for release July 3 on RCA Records. It will be preceded by the track “She Builds Quick Machines.”
“Libertad has soul,” Weiland continued. “What we’re trying to say on a musical and lyrical level is clearer this time. The songs may have started out being very personal but they took on a more universal truth as they were nurtured by the five-headed beast that is Velvet Revolver.”
The band is Scott Weiland (lead vocals), Slash (guitars), Dave Kushner (guitars), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). The members each bring a wealth of rock history to the band: Weiland fronted Stone Temple Pilots and Slash, McKagan and Sorum were the heart of Guns N’ Roses. Kushner, formerly of Wasted Youth, was in McKagan’s band Loaded.
The songs took on a life of their own in pursuit of groove. When it was nearly done, we realized the idea of freedom kept coming up. Serendipity hit when Duff came to a session wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with ‘Libertad’ and Slash found a coin struck with ‘Libertad’. It all added up to naming the album Libertad—which is Spanish for freedom.”
Produced by Brendan O’Brien, Libertad is the follow-up to Contraband, VR’s debut album, released in June 2004, which earned three million in sales worldwide, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #1 and was awarded a Grammy for the lead track, “Slither.”
“O’Brien really helped us challenge ourselves on a musical level. Libertad definitely rocks, but there are a lot more textures and everyone really raised the bar on their skills. It just goes places the first album didn’t go.”
Between Contraband and Libertad, Velvet Revolver toured the world and supported each other through personal struggles, becoming even more tightly bonded as brothers-in-arms. “We toured for two years and got really close in the making of this album.”
The road warriors will spend June on tour in Europe with an emphasis on festival appearances, followed by a Canadian swing, and a big American tour at the end of the summer.
Check the band’s website for the latest tour updates: www.velvetrevolver.com.
08.05.07 Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, MD
08.06.07 Turning Stone Casino Verona, NY
08.08.07 Buffalo Chip Campground Sturgis, SD
08.11.07 Bell Centre Montreal, QC
08.12.07 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, ON
08.14.07 Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA
08.16.07 Darien Lake Perf Arts Center Darien, NY
08.17.07 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
08.18.07 Nikon at Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
08.20.07 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Camden, NJ
08.21.07 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
08.23.07 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
08.24.07 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA
08.27.07 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
08.28.07 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL
08.29.07 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
Following the six-times-platinum success of “Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977″, KISS has announced that “Kissology Volume 2″ will be released on August 14, 2007!
The “Kissology Volume 2″ DVD set will encompass 1978 – 1992, and include seven hours of live KISS on three DVDs. A bonus fourth DVD will be made available via exclusive distribution outlets.
The DVD track listings are as follows:
* Land Of Hype And Glory with Edwin Newman – (1/10/78)
* The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder – (10/31/79)
Additional material pending
* “Shandi” (music video) – (1980)
* CNN Interview with Peter Criss – (9/24/80)
* Countdown – (9/21/80)
* Rockpop – (9/13/80)
“She’s So European”
“Talk To Me”
* KISS Invades Australia – (11/80) Documentary
* Sydney Showground: Sydney, Australia – (11/22/80)
“Detroit Rock City”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Talk To Me”
“Is That You”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“New York Groove”
“God Of Thunder”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“King Of The Night Time World”
* Fridays – (1/15/82)
“A World Without Heroes”
* Top Pop – (11/82)
“I Love It Loud”
* Maracana Stadium: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil -(6/18/83)
“Creatures Of The Night”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“I Love It Loud”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
* MTV Special: KISS Unmasking -(9/18/83)
* Cascais Hall: Lisbon, Portugal – (10/11/83)
“Creatures Of The Night”
“Detroit Rock City”
* The Spectrum: Philadelphia, PA – (12/18/87)
“Bang Bang You”
“No, No, No”
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Reason To Live”
* The Palace At Auburn Hills: Detroit, MI – (10/14/90)
“I Stole Your Love”
“Heaven’s On Fire”
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“Fits Like A Glove”
“Hide Your Heart”
“Lick It Up”
“God Of Thunder”
“Tears Are Falling”
“I Love It Loud”
“Detroit Rock City”
“I Want You”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
* Music Video- (1991):
“God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II”
* Day In Rock – (11/25/91): MTV News excerpt
Bonus Fourth Disc:
“The Crazy Nights Tour” (4/21/88) – Tokyo, Japan – Budokan Hall
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Heaven’s On Fire”
“I Love It Loud”
“Lick It Up”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“Detroit Rock City”
PRYOR, OK — The powerful, dramatic, diverse and electrifying Queensryche has joined Rocklahoma’s already historic line-up. Queensryche joined the Rocklahoma’s line-up following unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances that prevented W.A.S.P. from appearing on Sunday, July 15 at the four-day festival, explained Mark Nuessle, General Manager of Catch the Fever Music Festivals.
“We are so fortunate to have a band of such high-quality and popularity of Queensryche to step in to the vacancy left by W.A.S.P.,” said Nuessle. “Queensryche is an awesome band to add to this line-up — especially just prior to their Fall tour with Alice Cooper and Heaven and Hell.”
Queensryche, out of Seattle, is considered by many critics to be the original band that began the “Seattle Sound” that produced such groups as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. More than two decades after Queensryche’s inception, they have sold over 20 million albums, numerous hits and have consistently toured in over 22 countries world wide. Nominated for four Grammy Awards, their music has been featured in three films.
“When you look at their history and realize they’ve toured with groups such as Motley Crue, Metallica, KISS, and Bon Jovi — that they’ve had numerous Billboard hits that have remained on the charts for long periods of time worldwide — it just makes it that much more exciting that they have decided to join Rocklahoma,” said Nuessle.
The announcement of Queensryche joining Rocklahoma’s line-up will only push already-record ticket sales higher. Fans can save up to 25% on their tickets by purchasing them before Tuesday, June 26th.
“This is the last chance for fans of 80′s rock to see the largest gathering of this kind to get their discount tickets,” said Nuessle. “If they want to be a part of rock history, this is their chance.”
Tickets have sold worldwide for Rocklahoma and have been sold across six continents and throughout the United States, making Rocklahoma one of the most successful music festivals across the United States and is a part of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration as 80′s rock fans will converge on the state from locations as far away as Japan, Australia and South Africa.
With VH-1 Classic Host, Eddie Trunk, as Master of Ceremonies, Rocklahoma’s now four-day line-up is:
Thursday (July 12, 2007)
Tiger Tailz, Gypsy Pistoleros, Hollywood Roses, KISS Army, an 80′s Jam from special guests
Friday (July 13, 2007)
Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Y&T, and White Lion
Saturday (July 14, 2007)
Vince Neil, Dokken, Winger, Skid Row, Warrant, Firehouse, Enuff Z Nuff, Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys and Bang Tango
Sunday (July 15, 2007)
Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Jackyl, Great White, LA Guns, Steelheart and Britny Fox
ROCKLAHOMA, an official Oklahoma Centennial event presented by Rock Fever and Miller Lite, will be held July 12-15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor, OK just off highway 69.
Tickets prices will increase on Tuesday, June 26th, so fans are encouraged to get their tickets now to ROCKLAHOMA! Tickets are on sale and available by calling toll free (866) 310-2288 or online at http://www.rockfeverfest.com. Tickets through June 25th are as follows:
One Day General Admission
$40.00 plus handling fees and tax
Four Day General Admission
$ 90.00 plus handling fees and tax
$ 125.00 plus handling fees and tax
(Good for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. VIP seating featuring free beer and food.)
$ 275.00 plus handling fees and tax
Rocklahoma has gone Mobile! If you want your information before anyone else, text Rock to 46786 or go online at http://www.rockfeverfest.com to receive special offers, promotions, news and updates directly to your mobile phone..
Uriah Heep keyboard player, Ken Hensley has released a new CD called Blood on the Highway. Several guest stars join Ken on this disc including Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes and Eve Gallagher.
The Special Limited Edition of Blood On The Highway will feature:
*** The “Blood On The Highway” Digipack CD
*** 2 DVD pack: “Live Fire” + “Making of Blood On The Highway”
*** The “When Too Many Dreams Come True” Book
*** Personal letter & Autograph card
“Blood On The Highway”
Ken Hensley – lead (*) and harmony vocals, Hammond B3 organ, synthesizers, electric, slide & acoustic guitars, dobro
• (This Is) Just The Beginning **
The new TIGERTAILZ album THRILL PISTOL is now fully mixed and complete. Pepsi has also completed all artwork and a snapshot of the new album cover is shown above. THRILL PISTOL will be released in August/September 2007 on SANCTUARY RECORDS.
The final track listing (in no particular order) is as follows:
- Brain The Sucker
- Long Live The New Flesh
- Thrill Pistol
- Miles Away
- She’z So Wild
- Only You
- Hanging By The Heels
- Serpent Queen
THRILL PISTOL will be a double CD pack that will also include a ‘bonus’ disc of the original WAZBONES album which was originally recorded in 1991 but never officially released.
MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars flew into Stockholm, Sweden earlier this week to help Swedish/Finnish “glam rockers” CRASHDIET write some songs for their upcoming album. No less than three songs were cut for the as-yet-untitled CD, which is scheduled for release in September via Universal Records.
CRASHDIET recently entered a studio in Sundsvall, Sweden to begin recording its second album, tentatively due later in the year.
Upcoming CRASHDIET tour dates:
Jun. 28 – Peace And Love Festival – Borlänge, SWE
Jul. 13 – Helsingborgs Rock & Metal Festival – Helsingborg, SWE
Aug. 25 – Skogsröjet – Rejmyre, SWE
CRASHDIET’s debut live appearance with their new singer, H. Olliver Twisted (of the Finnish hard rock act RECKLESS LOVE) took place on January 21 at the Rest in Sleaze festival at Debaser in Stockholm, Sweden.
H. Olliver Twisted joined CRASHDIET as the replacement for David Hellman (a.k.a. Dave Lepard), who committed suicide in January 2006.
Hellman was found dead on January 20, 2006 at his apartment in the Swedish city of Uppsala, north of Stockholm. It was reported in several places that he hanged himself, although this was never officially confirmed.
CRASHDIET is a Stockholm, Sweden-based Eighties hard rock-style band whose debut album, “Rest in Sleaze”, entered the Swedish national album chart at position No. 12.
CRASHDIET is reportedly the first “sleaze rock” band in over 10 years to be signed directly to a major company — Universal Music.
Comment: This is very cool news! Crash Diet is a great band, and Mick Mars will only help them make a better CD. Yea!
Gypsy Pistoleros to open Rocklahoma
Due to popular demand, Gypsy Pistoleros (the fastest rising rock group in the UK) will now open Rocklahoma, the biggest ever Glam Festival in the World, on Thursday 12 July.
Because of the overwhelming response from the music community, a fourth day has been added to Rocklahoma.
“The evening of Thursday, July 12th was simply added because the fans and the bands demanded it” said Dave Giencke, director of operations of the Pryor Creek Music Festival. Tiger Tailz, one of Great Britain’s greatest glam rock bands along with Great Britain’s Gypsy Pistoleros were added.
“It’s exciting to see bands from all over the globe excited to be playing at Rocklahoma” said Giencke.
Also playing on Thursday is KISS Army, the only KISS tribute band personally endorsed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and Hollywood Roses, a Los Angeles, CA based band that pays tribute to one of the eighties top bands, Guns and Roses. In addition there will be a special jam performance by some of the ’80′s greatest musicians.
Rocklahoma is the largest ’80′s rock festival of its kind ever to be organized and Festival goers who purchased three-day tickets will also be able to attend Thursday evening’s performance. While the VIP amenities are good for only Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thursday’s party is one that no one will want to miss.
“We’re totally enthusiastic about offering an opportunity – an appetizer, if you will – to Rocklahoma fans on Thursday night,” said Mark Nuessle, General Manager of Catch the Fever Music Festivals. “Thursday evening will set the stage for a weekend filled with phenomenal 80′s bands and the greatest reunion of this era’s bands ever organized.”
Twenty-nine bands are scheduled to play during the now-four-day festival.
Tickets have sold worldwide for Rocklahoma and have been sold across six continents and throughout the United States, making Rocklahoma one of the most successful music festivals across the United States and is a part of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration as ’80′s rock fans will converge on the state from locations as far away as Japan, Australia and South Africa.
With VH-1 Classic Host, Eddie Trunk, as Master of Ceremonies, Rocklahoma’s now four-day line-up is:
Thursday – July 12, 2007
Gypsy Pistoleros, Tiger Tailz, Hollywood Roses, KISS Army, an 80′s Jam from special guests
Friday – July 13, 2007
Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Slaughter,Y&T, and White Lion
Saturday – July 14, 2007
Vince Neil, Dokken, Winger, Skid Row, Warrant, Firehouse, Enuff Z Nuff, Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys and Bang Tango
Sunday – July 15, 2007
Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., Jackyl, Great White, LA Guns, Steelheart and Britny Fox
Rocklahoma, an official Oklahoma Centennial event presented by Rock Fever and Miller Lite, will be held July 12 to 15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma, just off highway 69.
Tickets prices will increase on Monday, June 25th, so fans are encouraged to get their tickets now. Tickets are available from Rockfeverfest.com.
Tickets through June 25th are as follows:
- One Day General Admission $ 40.00 plus handling fees and tax
- Four Day General Admission $ 90.00 plus handling fees and tax
- Reserved Seating $ 125.00 plus handling fees and tax
- VIP Tickets: Good for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. VIP seating featuring free beer and food. $ 275.00 plus handling fees and tax
There are still thousands of hotel rooms within thirty five minutes of the festival site in Tulsa and surrounding areas. For a nominal fee, people are encouraged to camp just a short walk from the festival site.
Courtesy of Easier.com
According to The Def Leppard Satellite Of Love, DEF LEPPARD will reunite with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange after the tour is over to write a few songs for the new album, “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge”, it was revealed on the June 20 edition of “Rockline”.
“He’s very enthusiastic actually,” bassist Rick Savage told the listeners of “Rockline”. “He’s just heard a few ideas that we had knocking around and he really wants to do a couple things with us, which is great after all this time that we’ve known him for him to still dig what we’re doing and there still that chemistry there for future songs.”
The collaboration would be the first between the band and Mutt Lange since 1999′s “Euphoria” album.
According to Billboard.com, DEF LEPPARD is “about 85, 90 percent finished” with its next CD, which frontman Joe Elliott describes as “a very rock album.”
“I’m not gonna say it’s radically different to anything we’ve ever done,” Elliott told Billboard.com. “There’s classic DEF LEPPARD. There’s stuff that sounds like it’s going back to the middle, late-’70s AC/DC and new wave-type sounding stuff. There’s definitely some moments on it where anybody that’s familiar with our music will go, ‘Whoa! I wasn’t expecting that!’ We’ve just been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers.”
Elliott said the “Sparkle Lounge” album title refers to a room the group maintained backstage during its 2006 tour dates, where the musicians would congregate with co-producer and live sound technician Ronan McHugh to work up and record ideas.
Further solidifying its place as one the world’s leading rock acts, LINKIN PARK’s third studio release, “Minutes to Midnight”, has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales exceeding 1 million copies in the U.S. in just 4 weeks. “Minutes to Midnight” debuted at #1 and sold 623,996 copies in its first week alone, making it the highest debut of the year. “It’s not a stretch to say that they could be the biggest act on the planet,” says James Montgomery of MTV.
“Minutes To Midnight” has already shipped over 3.3 million worldwide. The album has reached #1 in 32 countries and is certified platinum in 16 countries.
LINKIN PARK will kick off its Projekt Revolution tour on July 25 in Auburn, WA, zigzagging the nation with a final stop in Englewood, CO. This year’s lineup includes LINKIN PARK, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, H.I.M., PLACEBO and JULIEN-K on the Main Stage and MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE, SAOSIN, THE BLED, STYLES OF BEYOND and MADINA LAKE on the Revolution Stage.
In addition to Projekt Revolution, LINKIN PARK will also headline the Tokyo portion of this summer’s Live Earth concert series. This 24-hour, 7-continenent, worldwide event taking place on July 7, 2007 will raise awareness of the global climate crisis. Over 100 artists, including SNOOP DOGG, CHRIS CORNELL, SMASHING PUMPKINS, FALL OUT BOY and SHERYL CROW, will perform in the concert series which is expected to reach over 2 million people worldwide.
Evans Blue have launched a series of video clips giving their fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their new album. With the second installment, Evans Blue talk about their favorite tours so far and what life on the road is like. Evans Blue will release their second record, The Pursuit Begins When This portrayal Of Life Ends, on July 24th.
Check out the new episode:
Windows – http://mfile.akamai.com/13482/wmv/dol.download.akamai.com/13175/hollywoodrecords/evansblue/evans_blue-unplugged_melody_002_300.asx
Real – http://mfile.akamai.com/13482/rm/dol.download.akamai.com/13175/hollywoodrecords/evansblue/evans_blue-unplugged_melody_002_300.ram
Quicktime – http://mfile.akamai.com/13482/mov/dol.download.akamai.com/13175/hollywoodrecords/evansblue/evans_blue-unplugged_melody_002_320x240.mov
A quote from Bret Michaels from the Observer Reporter states” Poison will probably release another album of new material, but it probably won’t arrive until 2009, according to Michaels. In the meantime, Michaels, a 44-year-old Butler native, has been busy with his own solo career. So far, he’s released two albums of country, rock and Americana, and has a third one, already titled “Custom Built,” in the works. An occasional film director and producer, he also is planning “Between a Rose and a Thorn,” a movie based on his life.”
Ratt’s Bobby Blotzer called KNAC.COM’s Diana Deville from Birmingham, AL on Saturday 6/16 from the Poison tour, where Vains of Jenna had not yet joined, but would be jumping on the tour in North Carolina. That night they were playing a festival on the City Stages with several bands, including Lynam.
Here’s Diana’s recap from this past week’s conversation with Blotzer on her show, The Wild Side:
“Blotzer said the band had had about 4-5 live shows under their belt now and that everything was going well. They had some monitor problems, and he was really impressed with how they handled the technical difficulties and did the show.
They’re doing some deep cuts in the set, such as “Closer to My Heart”, which is one of Bobby’s favorites that he’s been trying to get into the set for a while. When asked about how to pick the setlist, he said, “That is an excellent question, because you have 5 guys who have completely different ideas about what should get into the set. Of course you have to play the hits, and then we vote on it and our management breaks the tie, if there is one.”
When asked about touring with Poison and the two bands being two of 80′s rock mainstays, he said, “We always have a great time with those guys. I’ve stayed in touch with them…I live about 4 miles from Rikki [Rockett} and I always see him at the grocery store…We took Poison out in 1987 when they were first breaking out, and we’ve had a blast with them ever since. We love touring with them, and we get along great.”
On Stephen Pearcy’s return to the band, replacing Jizzy Pearl, who was in the band for 7 years, he said, “Jizzy was great, and we had a lot of fun with him, but it was just time to come full circle. We’re very happy to have Stephen back in the band, and things are going great. He’s stepping up to the plate, singing great, and we’re very happy with the way the shows are going.”
He also admitted that he and Warren DeMartini had been talking to Stephen for quite a while before the reunion was announced. There were many things that needed to be worked out, and Bobby said, “This isn’t just a matter of going out, doing the tour, grabbing the money and then walking away. We are in this for the long haul.”
I knew there had been a LOT of bad blood between them, so I asked, “what did it take to bring the three of you back together again?”. Bobby laughed and said, “I don’t want to touch too deeply on that, but it took a LOT, and many time, our new management (Sanctuary) acted as a buffer between us. There was a lot of clearing the air, and clearing up misunderstandings to make it work.”
Juan Crocier was also involved in the initial reunion talks, and when asked about his non-participation in the reunion, Bobby said, “We talked and talked and we really wanted it to happen, but Juan was on a different page and it didn’t work out. We’ve had Robbie (Crane, current bassist) in the band for over ten years now, and we love playing with him as well.”
Bobby said that after the Poison tour wraps in September, there were plans to go to Japan for some shows, and then to do a headline tour in the US in September/October. Also, Ratt plans to start writing for an album of new material to be released sometime in 2008, and there is also a Greatest Hits CD and a DVD of Ratt videos to be released later this year as well. Bobby moved to Houston about two years ago, and opened his own recording studio, Diamond Recording Studios (http://www.diamondrecordingstudio.com) , with his partner Gregg Gill, and has started producing some of his own acts, such as up and comers FlickStick, and Mercury Down, as well as a side project Blotzer performs on, Saints of the Underground, with Jani Lane (ex-Warrant) and Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper).
He also mentioned the Tawn Mastrey (Former KNAC FM Air Personality) benefit drive, and urged people to get involved to donate money. I mentioned that we had updates on the news section, and that we were planning to be involved in the movement.
Official website is www.therattpack.com.
Ratt are touring with Poison through September 1 and we have tickets up for grabs on the contest page.”
Courtesy of KNAC
An Interview with Frank Hannon at Blasting-Zone.com revealed the following:
Blasting-Zone.com: Can your fans expect a new TESLA studio album in 2008?
Frank: “You can definitely expect one by summertime or the end of 2008. I’ve got about twenty five new riffs, ideas and arrangements that I’m working on. I know we all have a bunch…it’s just a matter of finding the time when we’re not out of tour to get together and spend two weeks recording demos. Then we’ll take time away from that, let Jeff chew on ‘em and write lyrics, then, two weeks after that, we’ll take another two weeks and put everything together, ya know? We work in like two week increments.”
W.A.S.P. has cancelled its previously announced appearance at the Rocklahoma festival, set to take place July 12-15, at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma, just off highway 69. A replacement act has not yet been announced.
W.A.S.P. recently called off its U.S. tour (which included ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY on many of the dates) “due to its North American label losing its distribution,” according to a posting on the band’s web site. The tour will be rescheduled to a later undisclosed date.
W.A.S.P.‘s latest album, “Dominator” (Demolition Records), recently entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 72.
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee’s attorney Barbara Berkowitz has issued the following statement in regard to the lawsuit filed by the band against Lee’s manager Carl Stubner and companies he is associated with:
“I am general counsel for Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee is not an individual participant in the lawsuit filed Monday by the corporation, Motley Crue, Inc. against Lee’s personal manager, Carl Stubner and Sanctuary Management. Mr. Stubner and Sanctuary do not manage MÖTLEY CRÜE, however they continue to represent Tommy Lee personally.
“Mr. Lee was neither consulted regarding this matter nor authorized the lawsuit. Mr. Lee has not made any allegations against his current personal manager. Mr. Lee feels fortunate to have been part of the MÖTLEY reunion tour, as well as other opportunities outside of MÖTLEY CRÜE over the past several years. It is unfortunate that others believe that they all could have made more money had Mr. Lee exclusively participated in the band that he co-founded in 1980. However, Mr. Lee is a versatile artist, and is grateful that he participated in other projects as well.”
In the lawsuit, filed Monday (June 18) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, members of the band through Motley Crue Inc., claim Stubner forced Tommy Lee to “to become engaged in ‘reality’ projects that were bad career moves for Lee, harming [Sixx, Mars, Neil and Lee], the MÖTLEY CRÜE brand and Lee’s own image.” According to TMZ.com, the suit calls the low-rated NBC show “Tommy Lee Goes to College” a “critical disappointment and a ratings disaster,” adding it painted Lee as “incoherent, lazy and incompetent” and made him “look like a laughing stock who could not carry a drum beat.” The suit also claims Lee’s participation on “Rock Star: Supernova” “diminished the public’s interest in Lee and their overall perception of his musical talents.”
Because Lee was so busy doing reality TV, the band says he was unavailable to tour with the CRÜE, thus causing the cancellation of several key concert dates. The band claims that they lost $8 million in ticket and merchandise revenue because of Lee’s scheduling conflicts. The band claims these conflicts were “both real and concocted” by Stubner to “leverage his control over Lee to his financial advantage and to MÖTLEY CRÜE and Lee’s detriment.”
Trapt launched the world premiere of their new song, “Stay Alive,” today exclusively on Ultimate-Guitar.com. The track is the first single off the band’s upcoming live album that will hit stores on August 21st. Ultimate-Guitar.com was able to secure an exclusive interview with the band to discuss the live album and plans for Trapt to hit the studio later this year to record a new album. Also, in the coming months the band will release 9 live videos that fans can download for free.
“Bastards”, the new single from Swedish sleaze rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, has been certified gold in Sweden, according to the band’s label, Gain Music Entertainment. You can listen to the track on the group’s MySpace page.
The “Bastards” single was released in Sweden on June 6 via Gain. A demo version of another new song, entitled “Sophisticated Ladies”, is also available on the band’s MySpace page. The track comes off the group’s recently recorded 14-song demo of material that will appear on the band’s upcoming studio album. Other new songtitles include “Lesson in Violence”, “Sensitive to the Light” and “Dreamin’ in a Casket”. The new full-length CD is expected to surface in the fall.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR released a live DVD, entitled “Live Zone”, in June 2006 via Pan Vision. The disc features a recording of the band’s live performance on March 25, 2006 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR’s latest, self-titled effort was released in Sweden in early November 2005 on the Gain label.
*UPDATE….more dates were announced today!
White Lion has some tour dates posted on their website, and now have a logo which features the number II in the logo.
The new website address is http://whitelion2.com.
Does anyone else think this sounds like a bad sequel?
Jun. 30 – Waterstock Festival – Des Moines, Iowa (w/ VINCE NEIL, WINGER, SEVEN MARY THREE, WARRANT, FASTER PUSSYCAT)
Jul. 02 – Ball Breakers Billiards – Mason City, Iowa
Jul. 03 – Myth Nightclub – Minneapolis, Minnesota (w/ WARRANT, FIREHOUSE)
Jul. 04 – Lost Isle – Carlton, Minnesota (w/ FIREHOUSE)
Jul. 06 – The Arena At Pier 10 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jul. 09 – The Static Bar – Topeka, Kansas
Jul. 11 – Dos Amigos – Odessa, Texas
Jul. 12 – Red Jelly – Lawton, Oklahoma
Jul. 13 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, Oklahoma (w/ Y&T, QUIET RIOT, RATT, POISON)
Jul. 16 – Mainline Bar & Event Ctr. – Downer, Minnesota
Jul. 19 – Salida Depot – Big Lake Minnesota
Jul. 20 – Badger Theater – Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Jul. 21 – Zabbie’s – Clinton, Iowa
Aug. 16 – House Of Blues – San Diego, California *
Aug. 17 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, California *
Aug. 18 – House Of Blues – Los Angeles, California *
Aug. 24 – Mandalay Bay Beach – Las Vegas, Nevada *
Sep. 22 – Kapono’s At The Pier – Honolulu, Hawaii *
* Lost 80s Live with GENE LOVES JEZEBEL