For those of you who didn’t have the Black Sabbath (or Heaven and Hell if you prefer) tour roll through your town during its first leg with Megadeth, You now have a reason to rejoice! Black Sabbath is announcing new dates with Queensryche and shock rocker, Alice Cooper!!
Following the group’s successful spring tour, HEAVEN AND HELL will again wow American audiences with its bewitching stage set and truly timeless, classic metal as Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice return for the second U.S. leg of the quartet’s continuing world tour. Set to launch on September 5, HEAVEN AND HELL’s tour will stop in many cities not included on the previous leg and will feature opening sets from ALICE COOPER and QUEENSRŸCHE. Tickets for the first 12 dates will go on sale the weekend of June 22 with more dates to be announced soon. There will also be a special fan presale for the first dates beginning Wednesday, June 20 at 12 Noon EDT at heavenandhell.frontgatetickets.com.
Last year, the iconic quartet reconvened to record a trio of songs for “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”, a compilation that features essential songs by the short-lived, but beloved incarnation of BLACK SABBATH fronted by Dio. Dubbing the group HEAVEN AND HELL after one of its signature hits, the band launched a much-anticipated world tour earlier this year. The group celebrated its first U.S. concert in 15 years with a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall. Recorded and filmed in its entirety, Rhino captured the historic concert for a CD and DVD release, “Heaven And Hell Live From Radio City Music Hall”, set for an August 28 release.
ALICE COOPER and QUEENSRŸCHE will join HEAVEN AND HELL on the road this fall creating one of the year’s hardest-hitting triple bills. In addition to his duties as a rock ‘n’ roll icon, Cooper is the host of the syndicated “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show. Cooper’s autobiography, “Alice Cooper, Golf Monster”, was released last month. QUEENSRŸCHE is riding high on the success of last year’s “Operation: Mindcrime II” album and tour, which brought the group’s complete “Mindcrime” saga to the stage in its entirety. On July 3, Rhino will release CD and DVD versions of “Mindcrime At The Moore”, which feature QUEENSRŸCHE’s performance in front of its hometown crowd at Moore Theatre in Seattle.
HEAVEN AND HELL, ALICE COOPER and QUEENSRŸCHE tour dates:
Sep. 05 – Binghampton, NY – Broom County Arena
Sep. 07 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep. 08 – Long Island, NY – Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Sep. 09 – Mansfield, CT – Tweeter Center
Sep. 14 – Tampa, FL – St. Petersburg Times Forum
Sep. 15 – Sunrise, FL – Bank Atlantic Center
Sep. 16 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
Sep. 25 – Denver, CO – Coors Amphitheatre
Sep. 28 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
Sep. 29 – Kelseyville, CA – Konocti Harbor
Sep. 30 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Oct. 02 – Fresno, CA – Selland Arena
More dates will be announced soon.
The 34-year-old South African singer and songwriter has signed a “worldwide, long term, co-publishing agreement” with Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company Inc. and is currently in a Los Angeles studio working with Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars on material for an upcoming album.
“I am ecstatic about being adopted by Cherry Lane,” said Robichaux. “I believe their vision for my career and success in this tough business mirrors my own. They love me and believe in me – that’s always a perfect recipe for inspiration! My future looks bright with my new family!”
Rock Star: Supernova fans immediately took a liking to Robichaux when the CBS reality competition series premiered last June, as her multi-colored hair and vocal abilities helped her stand-out and become the only female featured during the show’s finale. While ex-Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bass player Jason Newsted and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke chose Lukas Rossi to front their new band Rock Star: Supernova, Robichaux didn’t go away empty handed — she was invited to perform with the house band on the new group’s upcoming world tour, which she did before opening for Aerosmith in Las Vegas this past April.
“Anyone who has heard Dilana sing knows she is a rock star in the purest sense,” said Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane’s senior vice president of Creative Services and Marketing. “She blew the doors off of the CBS Rock Star: Supernova competition and was the star of the subsequent tour. In our efforts to sign the best of the best, Dilana is right at home in the Cherry Lane family. We are currently working with Dilana on her album and can’t wait for her fans to listen to the amazing music she is creating.”
Robichaux’s upcoming album will be released on her newly created Rusty Harp record label, with Cherry Lane handling a portion of its copyrights for use in both America and abroad, the website CMJ.com recently reported.
“Cherry Lane has been an utter joy to work with,” said Robichaux’s manager Jimmy Stewart. “They are great people with an excellent understanding of today’s publishing world. The care and attention they’ve shown to Dilana has been quite astounding by traditional industry standards!”
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XYZ singer Terry Ilous has just released “Here And Gone”, a new compilation containing 18 rare tracks from his solo years and with XYZ, featuring current or former members of OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, STING, XYZ, DOKKEN, SCORPIONS, AC/DC, DAVID BOWIE, STEVE MILLER BAND, and many more.
Comented Ilous: “I was fortunate enough to record these tracks with some exceptional players, engineers, and producers throughout the years. Several of these tracks were originally recorded long ago for CD releases that never saw the light of the day, while others, recorded more recently as soundtracks for movies and TV.
“The translation behind the Japanese writing on the CD is ‘Bushido’, meaning ‘The way of the Samurai.’ I chose this to represent my musical path so far, which has been a tough road filled with many challenges, sacrifices, and its share of disappointments and sadness, yet so full of joy. Truly, an unbelievable journey that took one outcast foreigner all the way to Hollywood for the real American rock and roll dream!
“I just wanted to share some of those moments in time with my friends and fans from all over the world that I have been lucky enough to touch and connect with in some way through my music.”
To order or listen to clips from the CD, go to this location.
Atreyu have announced that their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, will hit stores August 28th. Lead Sails Paper Anchor is the bands fourth album and major label debut on Hollywood Records. Recently the band posted a game on their website featuring the first single off the album, “Becoming the Bull.” The game challenges their fans to put “Becoming the Bull” back together, with the fastest time winning a prize package that includes an autographed guitar and a copy of the album before it hits the streets. Atreyu will hit the road this summer with Korn and Evanescence on the Family Values tour.
Put “Becoming The Bull’ back together: http://www.atreyugame.com
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POISON front man Bret Michaels will be Alice Cooper’s special guest on Cooper’s
radio show ‘Nights with Alice Cooper’ airing Thursday, June 21. The program is a
classic-rock format and is nationally syndicated on the United Stations Radio
Networks. Air times differ, so make sure to check local listings.
Go to WWW.NIGHTSWITHALICECOOPER.COM for more information
On the show,Michaels talks candidly about his band Poison.
One of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Poison returned to Billboard’s Top
200 Albums chart last week with the #32 debut of their new EMI America
Records/Capitol release, POISON’D!, selling more than 22 thousand units it’s
first week alone.
Poison will hit more than 50 U.S. cities this summer on their “POISON’D! 2007″
tour including stops in and around New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston,
Detroit, Washington, DC and other major tour markets across the country.
Juggling Bret’s tour and new release, this tireless superstar front man will
star in a 10-part reality series “Rock of Love With Bret Michaels” which starts
airing on VH-1 on July 1st.
For more information on Bret Michaels, please contact:
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Rudy Sarzo joins BLUE ÖYSTER CULT as bassist for the balance of 2007. Former bassist with QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE and longtime friend of the band, Rudy will play until Ronnie James Dio returns from touring with HEAVEN AND HELL (Rudy is the current bassist in Ronnie’s band DIO).
Rudy and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT singer Eric Bloom have been friends since meeting up at “Hear ‘N Aid” in 1985. Eric says that “Buck and I are really happy to have Rudy playing bass with us. He’s a great fit and a great guy.”
Richie Castellano will continue handling the left side of the stage on keyboards, guitar and vocals.
A video clip of Sarzo handling bass guitar duties for BLUE ÖYSTER CULT’s April 28, 2007 concert at the Hawgs of Texas motorcycle rally in Lake Somerville, TX has been posted at “Burnin’ for You” at YouTube.
Upcoming BLUE ÖYSTER CULT shows:
Jun. 16 – Uniontown, PA – State Theatre
Jun. 20 – Jackson, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino
Jun. 23 – Rothbury, MI – 19th Annual Corley Memorial Bike Run
Jun. 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Jun. 30 – Mt. Clemen, MI – Stars and Stripes Festival
Jul. 01 – Naperville, IL – Ribfest
Jul. 02 – Chandler, AZ – Gila River Casino (with STEPPENWOLF)
Jul. 03 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues (with THE SMITHEREENS)
Jul. 04 – Frederick, MD – Baker Park
Jul. 05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Neptune’s Park
Jul. 07 – Park City, UT – Forum at the Canyons (with FOGHAT)
Jul. 13 – Beloit, WI – Riverfest with Cheap Trick
Jul. 14 – Chippewa Falls, WI – North Wisconsin State Fair
Jul. 27 – Superior, WI – Head of the Lakes Fair
Jul. 28 – Morgantown, WV – Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally
Jul. 31 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion (with DEEP PURPLE)
Aug. 02 – Wallingford, CT – Chevrolet Theatre (with DEEP PURPLE)
Aug. 03 – Kalamazoo, MI – Ribfest
Aug. 04 – LaJunta, CO – Music at the Junction Festival
Aug. 09 – Sturgis, SD – Boneyard Saloon Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair (with ALICE COOPER)
Aug. 11 – Sedalia, MO – Missouri State Fair
Aug. 16 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Ctr. (with FOGHAT)
Aug. 18 – El Paso, TX – Custom Car & Chopper Festival
Aug. 24 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Aug. 25 – San Antonio, TX – Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre
Aug. 26 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Sep. 01 – Essex Junction, VT – Champlain Valley Expo (with JOAN JETT, FOGHAT)
Sep. 17 – Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico State Fair
A 4TH DAY ADDED TO KICK OFF ROCKLAHOMA
PRYOR, OK — A fourth day has been added to Rocklahoma to kick off the largest ’80′s rock festival of its kind ever to be organized. The evening of Thursday, July 12, has been added and includes Tiger Tailz, one of Great Britain ‘s greatest glam rock bands, Hollywood Roses, a tribute band to Guns & Roses, KISS Army, the only KISS tribute band personally endorsed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. In addition there will be a special jam performance by some of the ’80′s greatest musicians.
Three-day ticket holders will now include Thursday evening’s performance.
“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 those 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)
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 12-15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor , OK just off highway 69.
Tickets prices will increase on Monday, June 25th, 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 www.rockfeverfest.com. Tickets through June 25th are as follows:
One Day General AdmissionOne Day General Admission
$ 40.00 plus handling fees and tax
Four Days General Admission
$ 90.00 plus handling fees and tax
$ 125.00 plus handling fees and tax
VIP Tickets (Good all four days, 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 surrouinding areas.For a nominal fee, people are encouraged to camp just a short walk from the festival site.
Rocklahoma has gone Mobile!
If you want your information before anyone else, text Rock to 46786 or go online atwww.rockfeverfest.com to receive special offers, promotions, news and updates directly to your mobile phone.
With the release of the Evans Blue’s new album, The Pursuit Begins When This portrayal Of Life Ends, due out on July 24th, the band has released the first clip from the making of the album series. The clip features lead singer Matisyn in the studio recording vocals and commenting on the darker tone of the record. The first single off the new album, “The Pursuit,” is currently climbing the charts at Active Rock radio.
Check out the behind-the-scenes clip:
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Listen to “The Pursuit”
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More than 428,000 Ozzfest tickets given away so far!
When Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and the world’s largest live music company, Live Nation, announced in February their plans to stage the 2007 Ozzfest as a free show, some industry people said it would never work.
Today Ozzfest yet again has made history, as the fans clearly have spoken.
Over the past four days, tickets for all 24 shows were distributed to a frenzy of music fans. More than 428,000 tickets in all were given away through LiveNation.com, marking the largest number of free tickets distributed in the United States in the history of the concert business. In a staged release and via various sponsor sites, including Monster Energy, Jagermeister, FYE, Pilgrim Films, Hustler Lingerie and WWE, LiveNation.com enabled fans to enter exclusive codes to obtain tickets beginning Friday, June 8. More than 228,000 tickets were distributed yesterday alone, with the last ticket given away just after midnight. The tickets were completely free without surcharges of any kind.
For this year’s historic “Freefest” — which will give fans the rock experience of their lives at a price that’s hard to beat — headliner OZZY OSBOURNE will be joined by LAMB OF GOD, STATIC-X, LORDI, HATEBREED, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, NILE, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, THE SHOWDOWN, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, DAATH, CHTHONIC and IN THIS MOMENT.
Sharon Osbourne said, “Ozzy is the first to take an entire tour and make it free to his fans and the fans of Ozzfest. More than 428,000 tickets were distributed free to fans. How amazing is that?”
“Together we have pulled off the ultimate gift for music fans this summer, a free Ozzfest,” said Bryan Perez, President of Global Digital for Live Nation. “Through LiveNation.com we connected Ozzfest with nearly half a million music fans to create an exciting moment for the live music business and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Since 1996, Ozzfest has been a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has been instrumental in igniting the careers of platinum-selling artists like SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DISTURBED, LINKIN PARK, INCUBUS, SLIPKNOT, GODSMACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MUDVAYNE, LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and LACUNA COIL, among others. It was cited as “one of rock’s biggest juggernauts” in the cover feature of Sunday’s New York Times’ “Arts and Leisure” section (6/25/06). This year marks the 12th anniversary of the hard rock spectacular.
The 24-city earth-pounding 12th annual Ozzfest will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Ozzfest will also hit George, WA, Sacramento, CA, Mountain View, CA, Devore, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Denver, CO, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO, Columbus, OH, Tinley Park, IL, East Troy, WI, Indianapolis, IN, Holmdel, NJ, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Charlotte, NC and West Palm Beach, FL.
Dallas Barber of Mount Lookout knows how to play every note of the 1983 Metallica song “The Four Horsemen,” and he’s hardly even practiced. Not even on a real guitar.
But then, instruments aren’t necessary – or even allowed – in the fifth annual U.S. Air Guitar Championships, in which Barber is competing Thursday night in Columbus.
As “Diesel Blastington,” the name the 36-year-old Environmental Protection Agency contractor has adopted for his air guitar-playing alter ego, Barber hopes to shred his way to a win at Thursday’s regional competition.
The best guitarists from Columbus and 13 other cities, plus three winners from an online competition, will compete in the finals Aug. 16 in New York City. The national winner will fly to the world championships in Oulu, Finland in September to compete for a $1,000 prize and international bragging rights.
It might sound like a joke, but the competition – the subject of the 2006 documentary “Air Guitar Nation” – is as real as the rock-paper-scissors world championships that have been held in Canada for the past five years.
In the air guitar competition, contestants must play one minute of a song of their choice plus one minute of a surprise compulsory song. Judges rate contestants on technical merit, stage presence and “airness,” described in the official rules as “the extent to which a performance transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself.”
“I can’t play a lick of real guitar, but I’ve played air guitar since I was little kid,” Barber says. “I play a mean air guitar.”
Barber’s rendition of AC/DC’s “Walk All Over You” won him fourth place in Columbus last year. This year, he’s hoping family members and friends who are making the trip to cheer him on will improve his odds.
Plus, he’s putting a little more thought into his costume. Modeling himself after Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, he’ll wear a black T-shirt, jeans and, over his shaved head, a black wig from Cappel’s that was described as “90s rocker.”
“In my mind, I’m already the champion,” he says.
Courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer
I haven’t posted this for a while, but I was checking my playlist on Last FM, and found some interesting numbers as far as who my top artists are.
- Black Sabbath 401 Plays
- Motley Crue 389 Plays
- Jorn 328 Plays
- Megadeth 282 Plays
- Masterplan 269 Plays
- Def Leppard 259 Plays
- Riot 248 Plays
- Pink Cream 69 246 Plays
- Gotthard 238 Plays
- Tesla 234 Plays
Who are the Top 10 Artists on Your Playlist?
“I’m not gonna say it’s radically different to anything we’ve ever done,” Elliott tells 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 says 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.
“It was a mini (drum) kit, mini amps, a tape recorder and sparkly lights,” Elliott recalls. “It had to be on call, like a doctor, so if somebody went, ‘I’ve got this idea, you just run it, plug up, turn on and bang it out, and then you could work on it over the next few days. We’ve never, ever written on the road before, so this definitely came from a different head space.”
Elliott says Def Leppard has finished 11 songs during month-long stints in January and April in Dublin. He expects the group to work on at least two more songs before settling on a final track list and release date. It will be Def Leppard’s first set of new material since 2002′s “X” and follows the 2006 covers collection “Yeah!”
But Elliott says the group won’t be previewing any of the new songs on the road this summer, where it’s touring mostly with Styx and Foreigner. “Nowadays, you play one song and it’s gonna be on YouTube two minutes later and everyone will know it six months before the thing comes out,” Elliott says. “That’s just a sad indictment of the way things are.”
Courtesy of Billboard.com
JOURNEY has parted ways with their recently named lead singer JEFF SCOTT SOTO (TALISMAN). Jeff’s first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff’s last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.
According to guitarist Neal Schon, “We appreciate all of Jeff’s hard work and we can’t thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We’ve just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We’re plotting our next move now.”
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues: “We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment’s notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction.”
Journey – Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums) – are taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.
LOS ANGELES, JUNE 12TH, 2007 — Drowning Pool, platinum and award-winning hard rock band from Dallas, Texas, have been gathering a prolific buzz about them recently throughout the online community in the political areas of the internet, and from those who are concerned with issues that surround the American troops currently abroad. The band recently completed the USO tour and came back with sincere concerns surrounding the return of the soldiers upon their return home from the middle-east.
“Once home in the United States, we connected with Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans who have returned home,” said Stevie Benton, Bassist and Founding Member of Drowning Pool. “Though back on safe shores, these individuals are facing a steep uphill battle to reclaim their health after facing the trauma of war.”
Recently, the office of the public liaison at The White House received a letter written by Drowning Pool addressing the issues of healthcare and concerns for the troops on their return home, which was placed in the President’s personal reading file. Several interior cabinets of The White House have been opened to the team of Drowning Pool. One of which contacted Congress directly and are now awaiting a Congressional hearing date, where Drowning Pool will testify to the majority and minority parties of the U.S. Congress, addressing the facts of treatment of the American soldiers upon their return home from the Middle East. The band hopes to accomplish a shift of political and national attention toward the problems at hand concerning the well-being of those who fight and give their lives for the United States. Drowning Pool is preparing for their meeting with Congress by asking their fans, friends, and families to sign their online petition regarding the issue (the link is at the bottom of this article).
The White House is not the only government outlet that has given attention to the letter written by the band. Several of the 2008 Presidential candidates have accepted the letter and issue with open arms from Drowning Pool.
“We are seeking an opportunity to testify before Congress on behalf of these troops and veterans who need mental, emotional and medical support services,” said Benton. That goal will be accomplished with the return of Congress from over the weekend as the calendars and agendas in Washington are being marked to welcome Drowning Pool during the course of the next 6 months.
Drowning Pool are currently touring and preparing for the release of their new record, Full Circle, which features the single “Soldiers” that they wrote for the troops after being inspired by them on the USO tour. If you would like to support Drowning Pool’s efforts for the American troops over seas, regardless of your political denomination, please follow the link and sign the petition online.
Help Drowning Pool Support the Troops
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Musicians mass in Kansas City to play Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of a song that was the first many of them ever learned.
The pickers, ranging from kindergartners to folks who were playing music long before a Cleveland disc jockey coined term “rock and roll” in 1951, played Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” a little after noon Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Some came from as far away as California and Germany to take part in a Kansas City radio station’s effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing a song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.
HELLOWEEN drummer Dani Löble has re-entered singer Andi Deris’ Mi Sueno Studios in Tenerife, Spain to resume the recording sessions for the band’s new album with longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON). Tentatively titled “Gambling with the Devil”, HELLOWEEN’s 12th studio LP is scheduled for release on Halloween (October 31). A world tour in support of the CD will start mid-November in Europe, to be followed by visits to Southeast Asia, North and South America in the first half of 2008.
TWISTED SISTER Guitarist To Take Part In ‘Vampires Rock’ Tour
TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda will take part in Steve Steinman’s “Vampires Rock” tour in Europe during September-December 2007.
Commented Ojeda: “It’s a great show for me to be a part of and three months of touring with them will be great!”
“Vampires Rock” is a musical stage show which premiered in 2004. It is performed by the group headed by Steve Steinman, who had appeared on “Stars in Their Eyes” as Meat Loaf. The group has toured for several years with “The Meat Loaf Story”.
Set in the year 2030 in New York populated by The Undead, Baron Von Rockula, owner of the Live and Let Die club, is in search of a bride, and must eventually convince her to agree to eternal immortality.
The show features a number of notable rock anthems, including songs from MEAT LOAF, RAINBOW, AC/DC, ALICE COOPER, THE ROLLING STONES, BON JOVI, QUEEN, WHITESNAKE, BONNIE TYLER and CHER.
The concept is based on “Tanz der Vampire”.
Eddie also plans on staying in Europe following the “Vampires Rock” tour to do dates with his solo band.
As previously reported, TWISTED SISTER will headline the three-day Hard Rock Hell Festival, which will be held November 9-11, 2007 at Butlins in Minehead, U.K. (Somerset). TWISTED SISTER will perform on November 10.
TWISTED SISTER’s next appearance will take place on Sunday, July 15 as one of the headliners of the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
SKID ROW, SLAUGHTER Added To VINCE NEIL’S MOTLEY CRUISE
SKID ROW and SLAUGHTER have joined the musical lineup of Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise. Vince himself will perform, as will several more artists to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Departing from Miami on January 24, 2008, Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise will set sail for the Mayan Riviera, stopping by Key West, before making its way to Calica, Mexico! An array of exclusive events, including meet-and-greets with the artists, wet and wild shore excursions in Key West and Cozumel, and the 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, will also be held. 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. Prices start at only $479 per person (based on double occupancy, subject to availability) with convenient payment plans available!
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Big moment for Journey at ‘Sopranos’ end
By DAVID BAUDER
AP TELEVISION WRITER
NEW YORK — The songwriters of Journey’s power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin’” were “jumping up and down” when they learned a few weeks ago it had been licensed for use in the final episode of “The Sopranos.”
But even they couldn’t believe how it would prove so integral to one of the most memorable final scenes in television history.
“It was better than anything I would have ever hoped for,” said Jonathan Cain, Journey keyboard player, who watched at home with his wife and family.
Tony Soprano chose the song after flipping through a jukebox at a New Jersey restaurant where he dined with his family. The song played in the background as ominous characters flitted about and, right as Steve Perry was singing “don’t stop,” the HBO series did exactly that, for good. The ending infuriated some fans, amused others and intrigued all.
Cain, who wrote the song with Perry and Neal Schon, didn’t know how it would be used when they agreed to the licensing. Cain kept the fact that it was going to be in at all a secret, then watched the episode with his family.
“I didn’t want to blow it,” he told The Associated Press on Monday. “Even my wife didn’t know. She looked at me and said, `You knew that and you didn’t tell me?’”
Journey released the song in 1981, and it reached No. 9 on the singles chart. It has taken a life of its own since then, often reflecting the attitude people had toward Journey itself. “Don’t Stop Believin’” brings back fond memories for many, is unbearably cheesy for others.
It’s easy to imagine Tony Soprano, back in the day, taking a young Carmella to a Journey concert.
David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” has an eclectic musical taste. He’s curated two songtrack albums for his series, and made music a key part of the stories, particularly as the ending credits rolled. It’s possible “Don’t Stop Believin’” was part of the elaborate inside joke he made of the final episode.
It’s also possible he found the end of the last verse too hard to resist: “Some will win, some will lose,” Perry sings. “Some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on and on and on and on … “
“Don’t Stop Believin’” has been featured in a several television and movie scenes. It crept onto an iTunes top-10 list when, during the same week, it was on Fox’s “Family Guy” and in a romantic scene on MTV’s “Laguna Beach.”
Sports teams have adopted it, too. After the Chicago White Sox used it in 2005, Perry sang it at the parade to celebrate the team’s World Series victory.
Cain, who has a 13-year-old and twins aged 11, said the songwriters are careful about how they license the song, and have resisted several advertising campaigns. They debated its use in the film “Monster” with Charlize Theron but, in the end, “she’s too cute to say no to,” he said.
He was a little nervous Sunday when, as he watched with his children, the mob boss Phil was shot and viewers heard his head crunched as it was run over by an SUV. But he loved the final scene.
“It was very smart writing,” he said. “I always love movies where you don’t see the guy whacked. You wonder whether he’s going to get whacked.”
It could help Journey’s visibility, too, as it did for singer Nick Lowe when his song “The Beast in Me” was used over the closing credits for “The Sopranos” very first episode. There had been some speculation that Chase would return to it for the finale.
“A lot more people knew Johnny Cash’s version (of `The Beast in Me’) and this put Nick’s version on the map,” said Jake Guralnick, Lowe’s American manager. “Nick’s version is a lot more vulnerable.”
Cain said it indicated that a wish he and Perry had – that their songs would have a long life – was coming true.
“It puts our feet in the cement,” he said. “We’re a staple in the American music culture. Like us or not, we’re here to stay.”
Legendary ’80s hard rockers RATT return to stores with new DVD and CD releases on July 31: the first-ever DVD release from the band, “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years”, and the audio collection “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt”, which features the hard rockers at their studio and live performance peak and includes an unreleased track.
Both of RATT’s previously released video collections will be combined and expanded for the DVD release “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years”. Featuring singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer, RATT released four consecutive platinum records in the mid-’80s. In addition to compiling some of RATT’s most popular videos — “Round And Round”, “Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job” and “Lay It Down” — the DVD also contains several bonus features, including highlights from the band’s triumphant tour of Japan, exclusive new commentary and never before released videos.
The CD “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” features standout songs from all seven of the group’s albums, including such classics as “Wanted Man”, “Back For More”, and “Round And Round” from the band’s triple platinum-selling Atlantic debut “Out Of The Cellar”. “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” will also include an unreleased song from the “Reach For The Sky” sessions in addition to tracks from the Sony Portrait release “Ratt” and the independently released “Collage”.
Both “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years” and “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” were produced in cooperation with RATT and will be available at all retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for suggested list prices of $19.99 for the DVD and $18.98 for the CD, respectively.
“Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years” DVD track listing:
01. Wanted Man
02. You Think You’re Tough
03. Back For More
04. Round And Round
05. Lay It Down
06. Shame Shame Shame
07. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job
08. I Want A Woman
09. Way Cool Jr.
10. You’re In Love*
12. Body Talk*
13. Slip Of The Lip*
DVD extras include commentary with Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer.
*Never before released on DVD or VHS.
“Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” CD track listing:
01. Dangerous But Worth The Risk
02. Back For More
03. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job
04. Nobody Rides For Free
05. Heads I Win, Tales You Lose
06. You’re In Love
07. City To City
08. Body Talk
09. Way Cool Jr.
10. Round And Round
11. Lay It Down
12. I Want A Woman
14. Wanted Man
15. Slip Of The Lip
16. Shame Shame Shame
17. Lack Of Communication
18. Over The Edge
19. Steel River
20. No One Can Stop You Now*
GUITAR HERO: Rocks the 80′s just got better….
ANTHRAX’s “Caught in a Mosh”, IRON MAIDEN’s “Wrathchild”, WHITE LION’s “Radar Love” and SCORPIONS’ “No One Like You” are among the latest songs that have been announced for Activision’s special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The last game in the series to be developed by now-MTV-owned Harmonix will ship for the PlayStation 2 in July.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks so far:
.38 SPECIAL – “Hold on Loosely”
ACCEPT – “Balls to the Wall”
ANTHRAX – “Caught In A Mosh”
ASIA – “Heat Of The Moment”
BILLY SQUIER – “Lonely Is The Night”
BOW WOW WOW – “I Want Candy”
DIO – “Holy Diver”
EDDIE MONEY – “Shaken”
EXTREME – “Play With Me”
FASTER PUSSYCAT – “Bathroom Wall”
FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – “I Ran” (original recording)
IRON MAIDEN – “Wrathchild”
OINGO BOINGO – “Only a Lad”
POISON – “Nothing But A Good Time”
QUIET RIOT – “Metal Health”
RATT – “Round And Round”
SCANDAL – “The Warrior”
SCORPIONS – “No One Like You”
SKID ROW – “18 And Life”
THE POLICE – “Synchronicity II”
THE VAPORS – “Turning Japanese”
TWISTED SISTER – “I Wanna Rock” (original recording)
WHITE LION – “Radar Love”
WINGER – “Seventeen”
Bruce Dickinson Interview
Check out this interview with Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden. This is priceless!
Sammy Hagar will bring his Cabo San Lucas-themed summer tour indoors to theaters this winter, Billboard.com has learned.
“We`re bringing the Cobo spirit to Christmas,” Hagar`s booking agent, Jonny Podell with the Podell Talent Agency tells Billboard.com. “The additional thrills normally associated with Hagar`s Cabo Wabo tour will include bikini girls in the lobby, Waborita bars, mariachi bands and many more surprises.”
An official itinerary is still in the works, but Podell says the outing, billed as “Cabo Wabo Presents the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos,” will visit approximately 3,000-capacity venues in such cities as Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit. “These are some of his strongest markets, and instead of playing big [venues], we`re going to play multiple nights in theaters,” the agent says.
The tour is scheduled to begin in October and will run through May 5, 2008, when Hagar will perform at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Special guests on the tour will include Mad Anthony`s Express, Los Tres Gusanos and the Other Half, according to Podell.
A summer tour is expected to follow the theater dates. “He`s probably going to be on tour all year,” Podell says.
Hagar`s summer shed trek in 2006 grossed $3.4 million from 26 concerts, according to Billboard Boxscore. Nearly 184,000 fans attended the shows.
Craig Goldy on the Eddie Trunk Show Monday
DIO/HYDROGYN guitarist Craig Goldy will be a guest on Eddie Trunk’s show on XM Satellite Radio Channel 41, The Boneyard, on June 11 betweeen 6:00 p.m. and 9;00 p.m. EST. Goldy will talk about DIO, HYDROGYN and his Destiny Bridge project for up-and-coming artists.
Goldy recently stated regarding his decision to join West Virginia’s HYDROGYN, “While Ronnie [James Dio] is touring and recording with HEAVEN AND HELL I am proud to announce my journey with HYDROGYN. I am looking forward to writing, recording and touring with them during the all too often well known ‘hiatus’ of the band DIO.
“It’s quickly become much more than a one-off situation with HYDROGYN. During the negotiation process involved in our mutual desire to work together, we forged a strong bond that I believe will continue well into the future in all aspects of an endeavor such as this one has become.
“Upon Ronnie’s return I will be anxiously awaiting the writing, recording and touring that will follow and highly anticipating an awesome [DIO] CD release alongside my family Ronnie, Rudy, Simon and Scott. Until then I will be operating at my fullest potential with HYDROGYN with whom I’ve also been honored to form a long-term friendship with and build an alliance with DA Records and my program Destiny Bridge. It is my sincere hope and desire to continue in this capacity long into the future.”
No More Motley Crue shows until 2009?
NME.COM has posted part one of MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx’s press conference from this year’s Download festival, which is taking place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England, Watch it at YouTube. On the topic of the group’s current touring schedule, Sixx said, “We love to play live. There’s only two more shows for us and we won’t be playing again until sometime next year, maybe ’09, depending on how it goes on making a record.”
According to Sound Generator, MÖTLEY CRÜE rocked the Dimebag Darrell Stage at Download on Saturday (June 9) in its own imitable style.
Crashing though a hits-led set, which opened with “Dr Feelgood” and closed with a cover of the SEX PISTOLS’ “Anarchy in the UK” sandwiched between “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Kickstart My Heart”, the band was enjoying all the delights the festival had to offer.
“It has been a long time since we last played here and hot fuck we just keep coming back,” said singer Vince Neil, before Nixxi Sixx added: “England has made a lot progress on the groupie front since we were last here. I’ve just had two groupies backstage sucking my dick and they just happened to be sisters.”
Rumors of a rift in the BON JOVI camp between frontman Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora have been floating around for a year or so. News to light today will only add fuel to the flames I think. Sounds like the upcoming Unplugged broadcast may not see all of the band at their best. Over to the press articles online today:
“Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora entered an undisclosed treatment facility on Wednesday, a rep for the band tells People exclusively. “Richie Sambora has entered an undisclosed treatment facility in Los Angeles,” the rep said in a statement. “He asks that you respect he and his family’s privacy at this time.” The specific nature of Sambora’s problem was not disclosed. It has been a difficult year for Sambora, 47. He and actress Denise Richards broke up several months ago after dating for about a year. In April, his divorce from Heather Locklear was finalized. And that same month, his father died of lung cancer. (Richards accompanied Sambora to the funeral as a show of support, though they had ended their relationship by that point.) “Richie has had a terrible year,” a close friend of the musician tells People. “I think this was a culmination of all these things and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself. He’d put off everything for so long taking care of everyone else it was just time to stop and deal with his issues.” It is not clear how Sambora’s treatment will affect his role in Bon Jovi. The band’s new album, Lost Highway, is due out June 19. The group is scheduled to play some tour dates this summer, beginning June 24 in London, but it is a relatively light schedule. A much larger tour is being planned for 2008. The band is also set to appear on an upcoming episode of MTV’s Unplugged, which was taped in New York on Tuesday. MTV was inspired to created the Unplugged series in part by Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi playing acoustic at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.”
New Sammy Hagar DVD ‘Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis’ Live DVD
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20, 2007, Sammy Hagar will spend two days in St. Louis rockin’ the town for the launch of his live DVD, “Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis”. Hagar will be a special guest at the St. Louis Cardinals home game at Busch Stadium on the day of the release. The following night (June 20), Hagar will host a rockin’ red-carpet fiesta and DVD screening at the Pageant Night Club in St. Louis where fans will have the opportunity to view his newly released live DVD and enjoy a very special performance of SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS unplugged. The red-carpet event will have the trademark Cabo Wabo-style that Hagar is known for with Mariachi bands aplenty, tasty Mexican food and the Cabo Wabo tequila flowing. The performance will be simulcast to St.Louis’ KSHE radio and XM radio will broadcast the show the week of June 25 four separate times on its “Boneyard” program.
On “Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis” SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS bring down the house on their sold-out tour in 2006 with songs from their new album, “Livin’ It Up!”, as well as some of Sammy’s famed solo work. Joined on stage for the second half of the show by legendary VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, the band rips through some of rock radio’s classic tunes.
There’s Only One Way to Rock
Rainy Day Women (#12/#35)
The Girl Gets Around
I’ll Fall in Love Again
I’ll Take You There
Sam I Am
Little White Lie
I Can’t Drive 55
Finish What You Started
Best of Both Worlds
Fight for Your Right
The DVD’s special features include interviews with Sammy Hagar, as well as each of THE WABOS — Vic Johnson, Mona Gnader, and David Lauser — in addition to Michael Anthony. Also included is the “Sam I Am” music video, the making of “Sam I Am”, the “Tropic of Capricorn” music video, a “Got Cabo?” video tour of Cabo San Lucas and a “Tequila Made Me Do It” tour video.
Typically, I do not like cover albums at all. When I first read that Jorn Lande was releasing an album full of covers, my initial reaction was, “Oh Hell, here we go again.” One look at the material that Jorn is covering on Unlocking the Past, and it has to whet the appetite of any fan of late 70′s classic Rock.
It took about 30 seconds of the MSG track On and On for me to know that this was going to be one killer disc. This track is easily as good, if not better than the original.
Two of the tracks here (Burn and The Day the Earth Caught Fire) were carried over from Jorn’s debut solo disc, Starfire. Both of those tracks were awesome the first time I heard them so their inclusion here is great, especially for those that do not already own the Starfire disc.
For those of you that still think Lande doesn’t sound like David Coverdale. Take one listen to the track Fool For your Loving. Jorn stays true to the original song, and sounds as good as Coverdale ever has.
Cold Sweat is one hell of a cool cover. Metalhead’s can rejoice that this track, while true to its original, is even heavier than than the Thin Lizzy version.
After the excellent double shot Lonely is the Word / Letters from Earth, Jorn Lande gets my vote if Black Sabbath decide to look for another new singer.
Feel Like Making Love is a nice cover with a solid vocal by Jorn.
Kill the King is damn near jaw dropping. This is great stuff, even for a cover!
Perfect Strangers is one of my favorite Deep Purple tracks, so it was important to me that this song if any was done properly. Not only was this well done, Jorn knocked this one out of the park with his spot on vocals!
I must admit that I wasn’t familar with the KISS song, Naked City. This is such a different sounding track, it almost didn’t fit in with all of the hard rock classics above, but Jorn is such an amazing vocalist, he made it work here.
Unlocking the Past is undoubtedly one of the best cover albums you will ever hear. This well produced disc handles the classic rock tracks with care, all featuring the superb vocals by Jorn Lande that we have all come to love. This is one of the best discs released in 2007 so far! You have to get this!
Enjoy the track Cold Sweat below!
Rating:Out of 10
- On And On (MSG)
- Fool For Your Loving (Whitesnake
- Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy)
- Lonely is the Word/Letters From Earth (Black Sabbath)
- Burn (Deep Purple)
- Feel Like Making Love (Bad Company)
- Kill the King (Rainbow)
- Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple)
- Naked City (KISS)
- The Day the Earth Caught Fire (City Boy)
Ok, first off, I am an old school Def Leppard fan. I will take Pyromania and Hysteria over anything else that this band has done. I just don’t think they have done better than those two discs.
With that being said, I wanted to hate this disc. I am pretty tired of cover song albums. I prefer new material over rehashed songs any day. Strangely enough, this disc doesn’t suck.
I honestly think this is most guitar playing I have heard out of Vivian Campbell since he joined the band. Joe Elliott and the rest of the guys sound great.
I must admit some of the songs covered here, I am not familiar with. It is almost like hearing a new track for the first time. That is pretty cool.
Of the tracks I am familiar with, I really like the version of 20th Century Boy on here. I swear I have heard another band cover this tune once before but I can’t recall which band it was. This version is great!
20th Century Boy
I have never liked Rock On when it was on the radio back in the 80′s. Def Leppard’s version is definitely better than the original. No Matter What sounds almost exactly like the original Badfinger tune. Stay With Me is a killer track with Phil Collen on vocals.
Stay With Me
For all the tragedies this band has been through, its nice to see them still putting out quality music. It would be a bigger tragedy to not get another original rock CD from this great band!
Yeah! probably wont set your speakers on fire, but I am sure the Def Leppard fans out there will eat it up.
Its a good CD, and a one of the better ones that I have listened to this week.
Rating: Out of 10
- 20th Century Boy (T.Rex)
- Rock On (David Essex)
- Hangin’ On the Telephone (The Nerves)
- Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
- Hellraiser (Sweet)
- 10538 Overture (ELO)
- Street Life (Roxy Music)
- Drive-In Saturday (David Bowie)
- Little Bit of Love (Free)
- The Golden Age of Rock’N’ Roll ( Moot the Hopple)
- No Matter What (Badfinger)
- He’s Gonna Step On You Again (John Kongos)
- Don’t Believe A Word (Thin Lizzy)
- Stay With Me (Faces)
Mike Tramp Comments On Band’s Withdrawal From POISON/RATT Tour
In response to the recent rumors surrounding WHITE LION and the POISON/RATT summer tour, WHITE LION frontman Mike Tramp has issued the following statement:
“On behalf of myself and WHITE LION, I would like to clear up the many misperceptions and rumors that have been created by Live Nation’s decision to withdraw WHITE LION as the opening act of the summer 2007 POISON tour. While we are limited in what we can say about the issue because of pending litigation, we can inform everyone that Live Nation’s decision was not based on any controversy over whether Mike Tramp has the legal right to perform as WHITE LION. Our information is that Live Nation’s decision was based upon a threatened lawsuit by former WHITE LION guitarist Vito Bratta. Even though Live Nation believed Vito’s lawsuit to be frivolous and had confirmed that Mike Tramp has the legal right to perform as WHITE LION, they did not want to spend ‘one dollar’ on litigation. Faced with the cancellation of a tour that was to begin within weeks, our attorneys went the extra mile to work out a deal with Vito Bratta to drop his threatened lawsuit but even with the threat of litigation eliminated, Live Nation continued on their ill-informed course of dropping WHITE LION from the POISON tour. Like myself, I know that there are many fans across the United States who are extremely disappointed by Live Nation’s decision and we intend to use all options to fight this arbitrary and misinformed decision. Hopefully, there will be a day when decisions about staging a rock n’ roll tour will be more about pleasing the fans and less about conservative and baseless corporate decisions. Unfortunately, as has been the case far too many times, instead of playing rock n’ roll as planned, we are going to end up in court.”
Despite the band’s removal from the POISON/RATT tour, WHITE LION will continue touring and fulfill their many headline shows in the U.S. that were scheduled between the POISON shows, including the Rocklahoma festival. Tramp has also confirmed to MelodicRock.com that the band has just finished recording its new studio album, to be released later this year. The CD will be mixed by Dennis Ward and will be titled “Return of the Pride”.
Said Mike: “WHITE LION just finished a killer show at Gods of Metal festival in Milan/Italy, and will appear on Sweden Rock June 8….It’s only just begun.”
VAINS OF JENNA will take over WHITE LION’s spot on the POISON/RATT summer tour.
A&E Gives Green Light To Third Season Of ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels
According to Variety, the decision was an easy one: “Jewels” is A&E‘s second-highest-rated series ever in the 18-to-49 and 25-to-54 adult demographics, behind only “Dog the Bounty Hunter”. “Jewels” did even better in its second season than in its first, leaping by 15 percent in total viewers to a 1.5 million average and climbing by 11 percent in adults 18 to 49 and by 8 percent in adults 25 to 54.
A&E‘s relationship with Mr. Simmons started with a one-shot “Biography” hour of the rock legend and KISS bassist/vocalist. That “Biography” episode scored so well in the Nielsens that A&E negotiated with Mr. Simmons and “Jewels” executive producer Leslie Grief to create a 13-episode weekly half-hour series that would delve into the rock star’s life with his common-law partner, former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, and their teenage son and daughter.
Ex-KISS Drummer PETER CRISS: ‘One For All’ Cover Artwork Revealed
“One for All” is scheduled for release on July 24 on Silvercat Records, distributed by Sony/RED. The CD will be distributed day-and-date to fans across the globe.
An autobiographical collection of songs that Criss produced and recorded over the course of two years, “One for All” also includes several cover tunes that reflect his outlook on life at this point in his long-standing career.
The lead vocalist and co-writer of what to this day remains KISS‘ biggest Billboard hit, “Beth”, which also went on to win a People’s Choice Award, Criss goes back to his songwriting roots with this new CD. Says Criss: “The most important thing is that my fans and other people will get a whole new outlook on me with this CD. I’m reinventing myself at my own pace, and for me, it’s now, more than ever, about being true.”
“One for All” is the first fully self-produced CD that Criss has recorded — in addition to arranging and writing the lyrics and melodies for most of the material on the CD.
Joined by longtime friends and acclaimed musicians — Grammy award-winning bandleader Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee, as well as guitarist Mike McLaughlin — “One for All” is a variously styled project, profoundly rich in ballads that touches on all aspects of Criss‘ life, and draws on his love of rock and R&B. The title track, recorded with the Church of Transfiguration Boys Choir, was written in the wake of 9/11 and sets the tone for the CD. Other songs include: “Doesn’t Get Better Than This”, “Last Night”, “Faces in the Crowd”, “Heart Behind the Hands”, “Send in The Clowns”, and even a tribute song to his longtime bandmate and friend Ace Frehley, titled “Space Ace”.
The opening track, He’s a Woman – She’s a Man is a high speed rocking affair. It is a track that demands several replays. Roland Grapow and Michael Weikath tear it up on the guitar on this song.
The version of Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath is far heavier than the original. Helloween has nearly turned this into a thrash song. Very cool!
One of the strangest groups for a metal band to cover would have to be Abba. The progressive metal elements that Helloween adds to the track, Lay All of Your Love on Me, makes this one of the coolest sounding covers in a long time.
He’s a Woman, She’s A Man
Lay All of Your Love on Me
The cover of Space Oddity remains pretty true to the original, and doesn’t really add anything new. It sounds ok, and I do like the original. It would have been cool to see Helloween do something different with it, but they didn’t.
It is interesting to hear Helloween’s version of Faith No More’s From Out of Nowhere. I thought it was strange that Helloween would cover a newer track like this, considering the age of the other songs on this record. Quite frankly, I like the Faith No More version of this song better.
The super fast bass licks on the Beatles, All My Loving turn this into an interesting sounding track. It is very short, and is over in the blink of an eye.
I am sure that you have heard Hocus Pocus a thousand times on mainstream rock radio. Helloween’s version is a little bit heavier than the original. I like this version a lot.
I have not heard the original version of Faith Healer, so I do not know how it compares to the original. It takes far too long for this song to get going, and it doesn’t hold my interest.
Juggernaut is much better than the track preceding. Once again, I am not familiar with Frank Marino’s music. If it sounds anywhere near as good as this Helloween cover, then I need to be finding some of his stuff.
Helloween’s cover of the Cream song White Room, has a much heavier edge than the original version. It is an above average remake of this song. This sound of this song reminds me a bunch of older Leatherwolf tunes. It has that same kind of feel.
The final two tracks, Mexican and Rat Bat Blue didn’t really do anything for me. They are just ok.
Much like the Overkill release, Helloween’s Metal Jukebox is a solid cover disc, but not exciting enough for most fans to pick up. This is a disc that will be essential to Helloween fans only.
Rating:Out of 10
1. He’s a Woman – She’s a Man (Scorpions)
2. Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull)
3. Lay All of Your Love on Me (Abba)
4. Space Oddity (David Bowie)
5. From Out of Nowhere (Faith No More)
6. All My Loving (The Beatles)
7. Hocus Pocus (Focus)
8. Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)
9. Juggernaut (Frank Marino)
10. White Room (Cream)
11. Mexican (Babe Ruth)
12. Rat Bat Blue*(Deep Purple, Bonus Track)
Foreigner is eyeing “either the end of this year or early next year” to release a new album, according to group founder Mick Jones. And it’s likely to contain a mix of both brand new and familiar material.
Jones and the reconstituted band — which features Led Zeppelin progeny Jason Bonham on drums, former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and Kelly Hansen on vocals — were recently in an Atlanta studio recording new versions of some of its older material, including a “stripped down” take of the 1987 hit “Say You Will.” On top of that, Jones tells Billboard.com there are “about four or five (new) songs that we have pretty much ready to go,” though he’s not yet ready to reveal titles or final recording plans.
“During the fall we’ll take a couple months off to focus in on the writing and get some new product,” Jones says. “Gradually it’s been coming. It’s just been a question of feeling out where I want to go with the music. I want it to flow naturally. I don’t want to sort of do anything consciously to go in a certain direction. I want to be guided by my inner intuitions.”
Jones has other ideas for Foreigner as well. The group is considering filming a concert DVD this year, and he says there are plans to “do a specific concert playing the whole of the ’4′ album in sequence, with a live audience. We wouldn’t play it exactly like the record, but we’d play it in the sequence and change the arrangements a little.”
There are, however, no plans to celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary of the release of Foreigner’s self-titled debut album, which sold more than four million copies and launched the hits “Feel Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice.”
“Everybody’s conscious of” the anniversary, Jones says, “but I guess I just haven’t been dwelling on it much. I don’t think we’re even talking about it. These days, at a lot of the concerts, the front rows are tons of kids, like 18- to 25-year olds, maybe even younger, and they’re pretty much doing the same kinds of things that kids did 25, 30 years ago … a lot of underwear coming on stage!”
“I think it’s sort of incredible. It’s such a gift to look out and see that the songs have somehow survived and they’ve got almost kind of a rebirth here,” he continues.
Courtesy of Billboard Magazine
Poison Webcast Today!!
New Video by Operator!
Their debut CD, Soulcrusher, hits the stores on June 26th.
Check out the new video, for the track Soulcrusher! (Warning! There is explicit content in this video. It is not work safe!)
WHITE LION To Be Part Of POISON US Tour After All?
According to BW&BK sources, WHITE LION might be on POISON’s US tour this summer after all. An official press release confirming the tour line-up is expected Monday morning (June 4th) at 9am PST. As we reported yesterday (June 2nd), VAINS OF JENNA had been officially tapped as their replacement for the tour. Rumour has it that White Lion’s apparent removal from the bill was the direct result of a cease and desist order, issued by former guitarist Vito Bratta, in regard to the use of the White Lion name.
Ronnie James Dio sells house!
Ronnie James Dio has sold a three-bedroom, 1,981-square-foot house in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills for $1,110,000.
Buckcherry announced they are teaming up with Hinder and Papa Roach for the “Bad Boys of Rock” summer tour, starting July 13 in Lansing, Michigan at the Adado Riverfront Park (complete itinerary below). Having traversed the globe for the past year in support of their current release 15 (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records), Buckcherry are ready to fill stadiums luring fans with smash hits “Crazy Bitch,” “Everything” and crowd favorite “Lit Up.” The tour was secured when Buckcherry were recently honored by Hinder and Papa Roach for their 200th show and one-year anniversary of “15″ in April at Buzzfest in Houston, TX. “Guaranteed to be slammin’ — the rock tour of the summer!” said Josh Todd.
The track just passed 2200 spins at radio and is ranked #7 at active rock and #7 at mainstream and going to Top 40 now. “15″ has remained in the Top 200 since its debut in April 2006
“Bad Boys of Rock” Itinerary
- July 13 Lansing, MI Adado Riverfront Park
- July 14 Chesaning, MI Chesaning Showboat Amphitheatre
- July 15 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
- July 17 Louisville, KY Louisville Gardens
- July 18 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
- July 20 St. Paul, MN MYTH
- **July 21 Council Bluffs, IA WestFair Amphitheatre **(KIWR radio show)
- July 24 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
- July 26 Valley Center, KS Kansas Coliseum
- July 27 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
- July 28 Dubuque, IA Dubuque County Fair
- July 31 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
- Aug 1 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre
- Aug 3 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa – Field
- Aug 4 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Theater at Palms Casino
- Aug 19 Lima, OH Allen County Fair
- Aug 21 Chicago, IL Northerly Island – Charter One Pavilion
- Aug 22 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
- Aug 24 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City
- Aug 25 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
- Aug 26 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Exposition
- Aug 28 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
- Aug 29 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair
- Aug 30 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair Grandstand
- Sept 7 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
- Sept 8 Allegan, MI Allegan County Fair
- Sept 9 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Arena
- Sept 12 York, PA York Fair Grandstand
Heaven And Hell Sets Date For Live CD/DVD
As tipped here this spring, Heaven And Hell’s March 30 concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall is headed to DVD Aug. 28 via Rhino. The aptly named “Heaven And Hell Live From Radio City” marks former Black Sabbath cohorts Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice’s first U.S. show in 15 years.
The project will be available as a two-CD set, a single-disc DVD and a deluxe three-disc edition with both the CDs and the DVD. The latter incarnation, which includes a tour program, a backstage laminate and photos, will only be available via Rhino’s Web site.
At Radio City, the group played fan favorites such as “Neon Knights, “The Mob Rules,” a 15-minute “Heaven and Hell” and two new songs, “The Devil Cried” and “Shadow of the Wind.”
“By calling it Heaven And Hell, you know exactly what you’re getting and it doesn’t interfere with anything,” Iommi told Billboard.com in March. “There’s no, ‘Is it really Black Sabbath?’ and all that rubbish. Of course, we have been out as Black Sabbath with this lineup, so we could do it. But I think it’s best to go as Heaven And Hell
The band is playing summer festivals internationally in the coming weeks, and will return to North America for more shows in early September.
Here is the track list for “Heaven And Hell Live From Radio City”:
“E5150/After All (The Dead)”
“The Mob Rules”
“Children of the Sea”
“The Sign of the Southern Cross”
“The Devil Cried”
“Falling Off the Edge of the World”
“Shadow of the Wind”
“Heaven and Hell”
“Lonely Is the Word”
Join POISON live on Tuesday, June 5 at 12:00 noon PST as they perform songs from their new album, “Poison’d”, as well as classic tunes. The band will also answer fan questions live on the air.
Submit your questions now by sending them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Log onto PoisonWeb.com on the above-listed date and time to view the webcast live, hosted by Wicked Pictures’ Kirsten Price.
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 will hit more than 50 U.S. cities this summer on their “Poison’d!” nationwide tour with RATT and special guest WHITE LION joining POISON for most of the dates.
MTV Unplugged returns with the Police and Bon Jovi
EW YORK (Billboard) – MTV’s on-again, off-again “Unplugged” program will return in a big way this summer, with new episodes featuring the Police, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Mary J. Blige and John Mayer.
This time around, however, the show will be rolled out on a variety of related channels and platforms, including VH1, CMT and MTV.com.
Bon Jovi will usher in the 2007 edition of the series beginning June 22 on MTV. The next two evenings, VH1 and CMT will air a version of “Unplugged” specifically tailored to those channels’ audiences.
Bon Jovi is credited with inspiring the “Unplugged” format after its stripped-down performance on the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. The group’s appearance coincides with its new country-tinged album, “Lost Highway,” due in stores June 19.
No information has yet been unveiled about the other tapings, although the Police will reportedly hold their “Unplugged” show in mid-July in Miami.
Kirk Hammett: New CD is the best we have done in 15 Years!
METALLICA’s KIRK HAMMETT: New CD Is ‘Best Album We’ve Done In Fifteen Years’
Austria’s Krone.at recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. A rough English-language translation of the interview (which was published in German on the Krone.at web site) follows:
Krone.at: We are looking forward to METALLICA‘s “Sick Of The Studio ’07″ tour. Has the itching in your fingers started, yet?
Kirk Hammett: Oh yeah, summer time is always a good time to get out and do some shows. It’s the time of the festivals and the weater is nice and warm, everyone’s in a good mood. It’s really fun for us and really convenient to go out and do some shows in the summer. It isn’t so much that we’re sick of the studio as it is, we just wanna go out and play and have some fun. And not lose touch of what we are, being a live band. It seems we were in the studio for the last two years. Although we did play some shows last year, but it still seems like we’ve been in the studio forever.
Krone.at: So it’s kind of a withdrawal symptom…
Kirk Hammett: Yes, exactly. We need treatment!
Krone.at: I got the pleasure to see the show of yours on last year’s Novarock festival. The one were you had Lemmy Kilmister and that guy from ALICE IN CHAINS on stage…
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, I remember. That was fun…
Krone.at: You know, people still talk about that concert here. Was is that terrific from your point of view as well?
Kirk Hammett: Well, whenever we can get Lemmy on stage and play a couple of songs with him, that’s always a terrific thing. ‘Cause Lemmy, he’s the guy, one of the grandfathers of heavy metal.
Krone.at: Do you remember some other things about Austria or from that day?
Kirk Hammett: Let’s see. Well, we played a series of songs from the “Masters of Puppets” album, we played with Lemmy and then we left. (laugh) But Austria is just a beautiful place, Vienna’s a beautiful city with a lot of history and beautiful museums I must say. I always love coming here for sure…
Krone.at: I can hardly imagine you strolling through a Viennese museum…
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, I’ve been to a couple of them. I am the museum kind of guy, believe it or not!
Krone.at: Okay, got me convinced. Why “Sick Of The Studio” anyway? Would you say that you’re addicted to cheering crowds?
Kirk Hammett: Totally! If I played my guitar and I looked up, do I wanna see the other three guys of the band or do I wanna see 30,000 cheering people? (laugh) It depends on what mood I am in. If I am in the mood to do some creative things, write some songs, record an album, then I’d rather look into the rest of the band. But if I’m in the mood to just rock out and really have fun and play our best material, I’d rather look up and see a 30,000 fans out there.
Krone.at: You’re taking a lot of bands on you tour, most of them are American but all the concerts take place in Europe. So, is our continent a better place to rock your ass off?
Kirk Hammett: Absolutely! You know, Europe in general is a lot more appreciative of heavy metal than other regions. Heavy metal never really went away in Europe, it took kind’a step aside though. Whereas heavy metal in America was popular fifteen years ago, then it ran out of popularity and now it’s just popular again. I mean, you go where people appreciate your music. I don’t wanna say there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate the music in the states — I’d just say that there are more people in Europa appreciating our music and heavy metal itself.
Krone.at: Is there a difference in the temper of the people as well?
Kirk Hammett: When we come over to Europe the audiences usually go nuts! (laughs) They are very passionate about our music. We can tell — it’s very obvious to us, when we play songs how the audience reacts to our music — the Europeans just go nuts! They are a lot more informed about the band, they know more about the band and its history. Also about the music and the lyrics. It’s more than just popularity, in Europe they really go out and try to get to know the band.
Krone.at: Can you tell me some things about the new album you’re working on?
Kirk Hammett: I think it’s the best album we’ve put out in, say, fifteen years.
Krone.at: Oh, but that rules out quite a lot of work you’ve done in the past!
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, it’s our eleventh studio album, but it feels like our sixth. It’s just a really spectacular range of songs. This time we’re not afraid to refer to our past music in order to create future music. People will see that we’ve kind of embraced our old vocabulary again and are using that vocabulary to express new things. I’m super excited to make this album, finish it and release it — ’cause then we can go out and play it to the people. We might have stretched our cores a little too much in the last fifteen years, but we’ve always came back to what we originally are and have been. I think with this album we’re definitely going a little more back into our roots.
Krone.at: Does this mean, you’re heading from “St. Anger” as a start further into, let’s say, the raw meat!?
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, it’s super raw! There are some songs on that album that are so fast, that James and I kinda look at each other and go, “Ouch! Our wrist are gonna fall off.” There are a lot of really, really fast songs, a whole lot of really heavy stuff. We changed our approach to writing the songs, all of us were working on the material this time. We also changed our tuning. With “St. Anger” we had the guitars really low. This time, we tuned the guitars back up to what they originally were for the first five albums. Because we’ve done that, James‘ voice sounds more like it did in the ’80s than it did in the ’90s. There’s a lot of changes that we’ve made, but I believe that they are all for the better.
Krone.at: Was there a need to go back to the roots and avoid melodies and slow stuff because of the rise of bands like 30 SECONDS TO MARS, for example, or some other emo, nu metal, whatever you may call it band?
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, you know. I don’t really understand what emo, the description means…
Krone.at: Well, me neither…
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, every time when I ask my friends about those things, they give me answer that simply doesn’t explain anything. (laugh) I’ll tell you, there are some melodic songs that we’ve written, that do have a lot of melody. I myself would like to see this songs go on the album. But wheter they do or not remains to be seen. We do have a lot of songs, but only nine or ten will make it on the actual album. But there definitely are some songs that are in some ways slower and melodic — but they do get heavy at some point during the song.
Krone.at: Your music often deals with anger, rage and feelings — regarding the emotional side, it probably does more often than a classic opera. Do you think, especially yours, is a good way to express rage, deal with anger and just lose it?
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, right. I totally agree. I know that when I am just really mad, really pissed of and I wanna take it out on something, I know that playing this music just makes me feel so much better, because I can just listen to music and scream and yell an thrash around — and afterwards I feel much better. I feel much better than going to Wal-Mart, picking up a gun and going to a high school shooting thirdy people. You know what I mean? The thereapeutic side of music is so tremendous and valuable, because it keeps people from doing drastic things and drawing measures. You know, if all people would go to a heavy metal concert from time to time, there would be a lot off less crime in the world. People will always have to get rid of their anger, and there will always be heavy metal living with them.
Krone.at: We’re looking forward to you eleventh studio album, like you said. METALLICA turns 26 this year; what is it that still drives you to take on the challenge of pushing the limits, your career and the heavy metal genre itself? What’s the competition?
Kirk Hammett: I think the comepetition is trying to compete with what you’ve done in the past. Competing with yourself. We’ve been doing this for so long, like you said, twenty-five, twenty-six years — I lost count. But I can’t fix a toilet, Lars can’t fix a vehicle — James probably can. (laugh) We make music and we wanna make the best music out there. We wanna make music that holds on his own and is creativly stimulating. To me that’s the challenge, coming up with something new and creative. Creating great music and then go out there and have fun with. To me, that’s the real competition to see if we can do it better than we did last time. In the past, I’ll be the first one to admit, we haven’t done a few times not as good as we used to. At least, we hadn’t done it as good as the previous time. But the fact that we still wanna do it is really important. We still wanna be able to go on tour and make albums and just do the best that we possibly can.
Krone.at: But from this point of view, it’s a neverending story, isn’t it? Can you imagine, just imagine, putting an end to it at some time in the future?
Kirk Hammett: Well, that’s a good question and I don’t know if I can answer that!? THE ROLLING STONES — Keith Richards is sixty years old and is still doing it, and I can tell that he loves doing it. Mick Jagger, Ron Wood — those guys are still having a lot of fund. As long as they can do it — they are pushing the age-limit to do this sort of things. If Keith Richards is sixty years old and still doing it — why can’t I just do when I am sixty years old? It might be kind of funny playing “Seek and Destroy” when you’re sixty. But if people still wanna see us playing “Seek and Destroy” when we’re sixty years old — I’ll do it in a heartbeat!
Krone.at: When was the last day you can think of, when you didn’t touch any guitar?
Kirk Hammett: Mmh… probably last week. And the reason for that was, my baby-son. I was doing baby stuff all day…
Krone.at: At least it’s a good excuse…
Kirk Hammett: Yeah! (laugh) I still try to play as much guitar as I possibly as much as I can. Now that we’re in the studio, I try even harder.
Krone.at: I was standing right in the middle of the crowd during that concert of yours last year on Novarock festival. What I noticed was, that people began to ball up their fist, as soon as you conquered the stage. Before, with all the other acts, people just did this yeah-thing with the two fingers stretched away. Do you have an explanation for this?
Kirk Hammett: They believe in us. That’s the only explanation I can give. They believe in the power of the music, in the fact that we can deliver it. They believe in what he have to say musically and lyrically. I think that’s it. Either that, or they were really mad at us. (laugh) No, I’m joking. They really believe in us and what we have to say. And that’s good, because we’re working really hard and it’s good, seeing other people recognizing what we believe in and at the same time taking on this believe. It’s like the most beautiful and — not only is it beautiful, it has such integritiy. It’s a great and powerful thing. I feel very fortunate to be in a space were complete strangers show you their belief in what you’re doing.
Krone.at: Heavy metal associated or combined with a distinctive style of clothing, of behaviour and appearance. You know, the leather trousers, the band-t-shirts, and so on; what do you think is most fascinating about the genre, the music and the people in heavy metal?
Kirk Hammett: Again, people believe in it. It’s because people are outcasts. There are lot of outcasts, a lot of disaffected people, a lot of people who don’t really fit in for whatever reason or another. You know, becoming a part of a movement or a musical movement like heavy metal gives people who never really fitted in a tense to fit in. Heavy metal provides a look, an attitude, a way of thinking and a way of drinking (laughs) for people who don’t fit into the normal patterns of life. That’s why heavy metal attracts so many different kinds of people. That’s why I think heavy metal is truly understood all over the world. Unlike Latin music, for example, which can hardly be understood if you don’t belong to that culture or at least know it very well. Heavy metal is not attached to any sort of ethnic idea or some sort of tradition; although it is a tradition in itself, but it’s not traditional. You can come from anywhere, Africa, Australia or Argentina and hear heavy metal and unterstand it. Again, that’s the most powerful thing about heavy metal. It’s just an incredible thing for me to watch, to go travel the world and see all these different kinds of people, rushing into one kind of music and one kind of attitude. It’s amazing. Heavy metal is a very human type of music. Human! I just love it!
Krone.at: Since we talked about looks and feel… Last question: How long are you having that haircut of yours? Fifteen years, twenty years?
Kirk Hammett: Are you saying, when am I gonna cut it? No, you mean, if I wanna maintain this look, is that what you’re saying?
Krone.at: Yeah, basically…
Kirk Hammett: Well, I’m wearing long hair since the first day I can think of. No, I’m not gonna cut it! But it starts to fall out…
Krone.at: So, with sixty, you’re gonna play bald — but loud…
Kirk Hammett: Yes, (laugh) bald and loud, loud and bald….
Krone.at: Thank you for the interview, Kirk.
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, see you in Austria!
According to MelodicRock.com, former ACCEPT/BANGALORE CHOIR singer David Reece has joined the Swedish hard rock band GYPSY ROSE. David will fly to Gothenburg, Sweden on Thursday, May 31 to begin laying down vocals for the band’s new album, due later in the year. He will also join GYPSY ROSE on stage for their appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10.
Nuno Bettencourt writing new songs with Steve Perry!
Former EXTREME and current SATELLITE PARTY guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has told The Boston Herald that he is writing material with legendary JOURNEY frontman Steve Perry. No further information is currently available.
In other news, the original lineup of EXTREME — Gary Cherone (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Paul Geary (drums), and Pat Badger (bass) — reunited for a benefit concert and auction in New York City in honor of music manager Steven Hoffman. Hoffman, who worked with RUSH, VAN HALEN and EXTREME, died of lung cancer in 2003. The event took place on May 18 at the 450-capacity Canal. A live and silent auction was also held to raise money for lung cancer research. Some of the items to be auctioned off included an autographed Nuno Bettencourt Washburn guitar, an autographed Geddy Lee bass and other great and rare rock n’ roll memorabilia.
EXTREME surprised members of the audience at the METAL SKOOL concert on April 9, 2007 when they climbed up on stage and performed a cover of LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Communication Breakdown” in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from WENN.
Black Rain hits the top 3!
OZZY OSBOURNE‘s “Black Rain” sold 152,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to debut at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number is in line with the 153,000 first-week tally registered by 2001′s “Down to Earth”, which entered the Billboard chart at No. 4.
As previously reported, “Black Rain” has entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 2. View the chart at this location.
New Steelheart on the way!
The official STEELHEART website has been updated with the following:
“Hello everyone. We are happy to announce the album has been completed and it is exactly as Mili (leader Miljenko Matijevic) said it would be. A piece of the past, present and the future. This is truly an incredible album.
At the moment we are working on the release date. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more information.
The band will be performing in Lincoln, Nebraska at Coyote Willys on July 13th and at the Rocklahoma Festival on July 15th.
We are also happy to welcome Rev Jones as the new bass thumper to the lineup. Rev has been performing with acts such as MICHAEL SCHENKER, FUEL, BLACK SYMPHONY to name a few.
We are also working on a full US tour for the summer and fall.
We appreciate your support please keep checking the site for more info to come.”
Rocklahoma Becomes Worldwide Phenomena
According to Easier.com, ticket sales around the world are making the Rocklahoma music festival one of the most successful events 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.
“The eyes of the world are on Rocklahoma,” said Mark Nuessle, General Manager of Catch the Fever Music Festivals. “Rocklahoma has struck a chord that has reverberated around the globe. We have sold tickets to ‘80’s rock fans in all 50 states and across six continents. Rocklahoma has literally become one of the largest music festivals in the world.”
Twenty-three bands are scheduled to play during the three-day festival, making Rocklahoma the largest ‘80’s rock festival of its kind to be organized. Two weeks ago, when Twisted Sister was announced as Rocklahoma’s headliner, word spread like wildfire via satellite radio and the World Wide Web. Rocklahoma’s draw is most likely a combination of the bands’ talents and the sheer number of bands playing at the event, said Dave Giencke, Director of Operations for Catch the Fever Music Festivals.
“The worldwide ticket sales we are seeing with Rocklahoma show the power these bands have held on to over all these years. One of these bands would sell-out an arena in the ‘80’s. They left their fans wanting more. Now those fans are lining up to be a part of history when, for the first time, all these bands are coming together to play in one setting,” Giencke said.
Rocklahoma’s three-day line-up includes:
Friday, July 13: POISON, RATT (NOT full reunion), QUIET RIOT, SLAUGHTER,Y&T, WHITE LION
Saturday, July 14,: VINCE NEIL, DOKKEN, WINGER, SKID ROW, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE, ENUFF Z NUFF, FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS, BANG TANGO
Sunday, July 15: TWISTED SISTER, W.A.S.P., JACKYL, GREAT WHITE, LA GUNS, BRITNY FOX
Rocklahoma will be held July 13-15, 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. Tickets are:
One Day General Admission: $ 40.00 plus handling fees and tax
Three Days General Admission: $90.00 plus handling fees and tax
VIP Tickets: $275.00 plus handling fees and tax (good all three days, reserved seating, and all the beer and food you can eat).
Ozzy’s new CD, Black Rain on track to sell 125K copies in the first week.
According to Hits Daily Double, OZZY OSBOURNE’s “Black Rain” is poised to sell around 125,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to debut in the Top 3 of next week’s The Billboard 200 chart. This number is slightly lower than the 153,000 first-week tally registered by 2001′s “Down to Earth”, which entered the Billboard chart at No. 4.
First RATT 2007 reunion picture posted online!
Free Goodies from Best Buy when you preorder Tesla’s Real to Reel
If you pre-order TESLA’s upcoming covers album, “Real to Reel”, from Best Buy now, you will get a bonus disc with four exclusive tracks plus free shipping, all for just $11.99. The exclusive bonus disc contains “War Pigs” (BLACK SABBATH cover) from the “Real to Reel” sessions and three studio unplugged tracks — “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Paradise” and “Shine Away” — all from the upcoming box set (and from the last sessions with original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). This is a limited offer, so pre-order now and make sure you don’t miss out.
To pre-order, go to this location.
TESLA will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” airing Wednesday, June 6. The band will perform a live set during the program. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out http://www.rocklineradio.com.
TESLA has posted online some of the songs on its upcoming covers album, “Real to Reel”. In addition to LED ZEPPELIN’s “Thank You”, which TESLA chose as the first single, the band has now posted online full versions of their covers of the JAMES GANG’s “Walk Away”, “Ball of Confusion” by THE TEMPTATIONS, and “Rock Bottom” by UFO. The tracks can be accessed at the new web site TeslaRealToReel.com. The band has also posted three songs at its MySpace page. “Thank You”, DEEP PURPLE’s “Space Truckin’”, TRAFFIC’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy”, and THE BEATLES’ “I’ve Got a Feeling” can be listened to at http://www.myspace.com/teslatheband.
“Real to Reel”, which also includes songs originally made famous by the GUESS WHO, THIN LIZZY, ROBIN TROWER, URIAH HEEP, DEREK & THE DOMINOS, and THE ROLLING STONES, comes out June 5.
TESLA has recorded a second covers album, with the title “Reel Two”, which will be given to fans at their North American tour stops beginning June 7 in Santa Rosa, California. That collection features tracks originally recorded by MOTT THE HOOPLE, MONTROSE, BAD COMPANY, BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE, THE ROLLING STONES, ALICE COOPER, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, PETER FRAMPTON, ZZ TOP, AEROSMITH, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, and BLACK SABBATH.
The third chapter of the Guitar Hero game, is going to included a bunch of great songs to play along with. Check out this band list: Extreme, Skid Row, DIO, Eddie Money, The Police, Faster Pussycat, Billy Squier, Accept, RATT, Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot.
I own the first two editions of this game and it is addictive as hell. With a playlist this cool, this game is going to be a top seller for sure!