BROKEN TEETH, the Austin-based hard rock quintet featuring former DANGEROUS TOYS/WATCHTOWER vocalist Jason McMaster, has set the tentative track listing for its upcoming CD, “Electric”, a collection of new and re-recorded tracks from their self-released albums “Broken Teeth” and “Guilty Pleasures”. The CD is set to hit stores in August via Corporate Punishment/Navarre. The track listing is as follows:
01. Hell For Sale
03. Blood On The Radio
05. She’s Gonna Blow
06. El Diablo
07. Stick It In
08. Burns Like Love
09. Roll Over
10. Hangin’ By The Skin
11. Devil Money
May wil also see the national re-release of “Guilty Pleasures” and “Blood on the Radio: LIVE”, which will be made available in a special CD DVD combo package.
Commented CPR President Thom Hazaert, “Jason McMaster is, without a doubt, one of the true godfathers of the modern Texas metal/hard rock sound. As a huge fan of his for over two decades, in both WATCHTOWER and DANGEROUS TOYS, we’re extremely proud of these releases and of being able to finally get the chance to bring BROKEN TEETH to a national audience.”
BROKEN TEETH has lined up the following tour dates:
April 10 – Nashville, TN @ The End
April 11 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
April 12 – Huntington, WV @ Marley’s Doghouse
April 13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Sudsy Malone’s
April 14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
April 16 – Fayetteville, AR @ Tony C’s
April 20 – Austin, TX @ Red Eyed Fly
April 21 – Houston, TX @ Acadia
April 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Ten High Club
April 28 – Lake Somerville, TX @ Hawgs of Texas (w/ BLUE ÖYSTER CULT)
May 09 – Kansas City, MO @ The Hurricane
May 10 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
May 11 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
May 12 – Waukesha, WI @ Waukesha Expo Center Milwaukee Metalfest XiX
May 14 – Omaha, NE @ Shea Riley’s
May 15 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
May 17 – Denver, CO @ 15th St. Tavern
May 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Downtown Albuquerque
June 01 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
June 02 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
June 12 – Parma, OH @ Jigsaw Saloon
Reunited EXTREME to play at New York Benefit Concert.
The original lineup of EXTREME will reunite 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 will take place on May 18 at the 450-capacity Canal Room, 285 West Broadway, NYC from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. Other bands scheduled to play at the event include EVOLUTION (the ultimate JOURNEY tribute band), VALENTINE and “All-Star Rock Jam” (featuring BLACK LABEL SOCIETY bassist John “J.D.” DeServio, among others). A live and silent auction will also be held to raise money for lung cancer research. Some of the items to be auctioned off include an autographed Nuno Bettencourt Washburn guitar, an autographed Geddy Lee bass and other great and rare rock n’ roll memorabilia.
To purchase tickets or for further information about this event, visit www.stevenhoffmanfund.org.
Vince Neil to open DR. FEELGOOD bar in Palm Beach, Florida
According to Florida’s Palm Beach Post, MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil, former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Todd Wade and former Florida Gator southpaw quarterback Bob Hewko just signed a partnership with M&M to open a rock ‘n’ roll themed bar-restaurant in West Palm Beach named Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar, after the 1989 album by Neil‘s band. The joint, in the space currently occupied by MonkeyClub, will be stuffed with Neil memorabilia and his Harley collection. The bar area will be designed to look like a pharmacy, the liquor bottles will be displayed between oversized pharmaceuticals and the bartenders will wear sexy nurses’ uniforms.
“Vince has a condo in Miami Beach and we met through a mutual friend,” Mash said. “We’ve been talking to him about this for a while. He wants to give a free concert for the grand opening. He loves the location.”
Next door, former Bravo cable network “Top Chef” star Stephen Asprinio, 24, is scheduled to open Forte Di Asprinio, an Italian joint, with his uncle, Palm Beach moneybags Bob Cuillo. He is founder of the nearby Cuillo Centre for the Arts.
“They’re both putting money into that project,” Mash said. “People go to dinner there, then go for a drink at Dr. Feelgood.”
A third new place with the feel of an NYC-style club, Rebar, and a fourth, Lost Weekend, are also planned at the complex.
Mitchell Peters of Billboard.com reports: A full itinerary is still being confirmed, but POISON and RATT will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping Aug. 19 at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver.
The tour, which brings POISON and RATT onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, says Troy Blakely, who books POISON with the Agency for the Performing Arts.
“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely tells Billboard.com. “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”
Confirmed festivals thus far include Birmingham, Ala.’s City Stages (June 16), Bay City, Mich.’s Bay City River Roar (June 22), Pryor, Okla.’s Rocklahoma (July 13) and Sturgis, S.D.’s Buffalo Chip (Aug. 5).
Together for a short but memorable time—a trio of studio albums, a couple of tours, and countless thundering riffs—the second coming of Black Sabbath began in 1979 when founding members Tony Iommi and Terry “Geezer” Butler were joined by Ronnie James 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 crushing mix of iconic riffs, gloomy grooves and doom-soaked imagery.
In late 2006 Dio, Iommi and Butler, joined by drummer Vinny Appice, reunited to record three new songs for Rhino Records’ era-spanning collection The Dio Years. These recording sessions went so well that the quartet—billed as Heaven And Hell—launched a highly anticipated world tour in the spring of 2007.
Released just weeks after The Dio Years, this single-disc Rhino Handmade edition of the original double LP, Live At Hammersmith Odeon, features Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice getting hot one December night in London during Sabbath’s 1981 tour for Mob Rules. Previously unreleased, the concert spotlights Sabbath as they storm through 14 of the Dio-era’s best, including “Neon Knights,” “Heaven And Hell,” “Children Of The Sea” and “Country Girl.” The band also performs several pre-Dio classics including “Paranoid,” “Children Of The Grave” and a white-hot version of “War Pigs.”
Live At Hammersmith Odeon is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies.
NEON KNIGHTS (4:37)
CHILDREN OF THE SEA (6:07)
COUNTRY GIRL (3:53)
BLACK SABBATH (8:24)
WAR PIGS (7:40)
SLIPPING AWAY (3:18)
IRON MAN (7:05)
THE MOB RULES (3:33)
HEAVEN AND HELL (14:24)
CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE (5:03)
Live At Hammersmith Odeon is available for $19.98 as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies. Get it now at the following
POISON, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, has recorded a new album of cover songs, featuring many of their favorite rock classics. “Poison’d”, the band’s first new studio album since 2002, will be released June 5 on CD and digitally by EMI America Records/Capitol.
Featuring POISON’s original members, Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C. DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass), “Poison’d” presents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002′s “Hollyweird”. Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, “Poison’d” packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, THE CARS’ “You’re Just What I Needed”, THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, SWEET’s “Little Willy”, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See” and THE ROLLING STONES’ “Dead Flowers”. Some of POISON’s best previously recorded covers are also featured on “Poison’d”, including KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite”, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s “We’re An American Band” and LOGGINS AND MESSINA’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.
“POISON is one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands in the world and, after 20 years, they can slam better than ever,” says “Poison’d” producer Don Was. “They’re powerful musicians and very cool guys. We had a lot of fun making this album and I think you can hear it in the grooves — it’s got the jive and is truly alive! I urge everyone to listen to it!”
Following the release of “Poison’d”, POISON will hit the road again on June 12 for a major North American summer concert tour. Tour dates and details will be announced and posted to the band’s official website as they are confirmed.
In July, VH1 will premiere a new reality show, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”. VH1′s description of the show has “the hard-rockin’ POISON front man looking for a woman who can truly keep up with his rock-n-roll lifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion — performing, which has been the reason for and destruction of most of his relationships.”
“Poison’d” (CD and Digital Album) (not final sequence) track listing:
01. Little Willy (SWEET)
02. Suffragette City (DAVID BOWIE)
03. I Never Cry (ALICE COOPER)
04. I Need to Know (TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS)
05. Can’t You See (THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND)
06. What I Like About You (THE ROMANTICS)
07. Dead Flowers (THE ROLLING STONES)
08. Just What I Needed (THE CARS)
09. Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS)
10. Squeeze Box (THE WHO)
11. Your Mama Don’t Dance (LOGGINS AND MESSINA)
12. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (JIM CROCE)
13. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
Personally, I do not like cover albums, but I question Poison’s need to re-release covers that they have had on past discs. So if you buy the new disc, you are getting covers of covers that have been covered. What the Hell! I think I may have to pass this one up.
Mick Mars giving Dilana a hand
According to ChartAttack.com, Dilana Robichaux — known to most as the runner-up to Lukas Rossi in the “Rock Star: Supernova” television series — is collaborating with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars on a song called “Time is a Wound”, to be included on Dilana‘s debut album.
“I immediately ‘fell in love’ with my new adopted Dad, Mick,” Robichaux wrote in a recent post on her MySpace page. “We instantly had a chemistry and a connection so special that I’m still totally dumb-founded by it!
“I’ve never met someone so beautiful, funny, giving, caring and talented and I’m sooo excited to work with him some more!”
The pair, who got together in mid-March to jam, recently got “pact” tattoos — Mars on his hand and Robichaux on her chest — of the African voodoo symbol for Mars at Sunset Strip Tattoo in Los Angeles. Mars also gave the singer one of his guitars, an ’80s white and gold Gretsch with a penguin on it.
Robichaux made a guest appearance on the recent self-titled album by ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA and former GUNS N’ ROSES member Gilby Clarke.
New Queensryche CD and DVD on the way
QUEENSRŸCHE brought the group‘s acclaimed “Operation: Mindcrime” albums to the stage last year performing the original and its 2006 sequel in their entirety during the group’s successful North American tour. The marathon shows included a full theatrical production complete with Surround Sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums’ characters onstage with the band. Rhino captures QUEENSRŸCHE‘s epic performance in front of the quintet’s hometown crowd at the Moore Theater in Seattle with “Mindcrime at the Moore” . The double CD ($24.98) and double DVD ($29.99) versions will both be available June 26 at all physical retail outlets and http://www.rhino.com. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $14.99. An iTunes exclusive version featuring a video of “The Chase” with Ronnie James Dio will be available for $15.99.
The CD includes singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate along with guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield performing all 32 mindcrime tracks plus a two-song encore featuring their signature hits — “Jet City Woman” and “Walk In The Shadows”. The DVD features the same performance expanded with bonus material including a tour documentary, a featurette on the band’s “Rock & Ride Across America” charity motorcycle ride for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, and a live performance of “The Chase” from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, featuring Ronnie James Dio‘s only public appearance as Dr. X.
“This concert is the realization of an idea that began nearly two decades ago,” says Tate. “The story and music of ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ is very dear to the band. We are thrilled with this performance and proud to share it with our audience.”
QUEENSRŸCHE released “Operation: Mindcrime” in 1988. Praised by critics and certified platinum, the album was an acclaimed success remaining on Billboard‘s Top 200 for more than a year. In 2006 the band released a long-awaited sequel to their magnum opus to critical and commercial success. The album debuted at #14 on the Top 200, their highest debut in over a decade.
The concept albums follow an intriguing and complex plot that revolves around Dr. X, a political puppet master who brainwashes Nikki — the story’s main character — to assassinate corrupt public figures. The story also includes Nikki‘s lover, Sister Mary. A former teenage prostitute who becomes a nun, Sister Mary is murdered mysteriously, leaving the cliffhanger “Who Killed Sister Mary?” Set 20 years after the original, “Operation: Mindcrime II” explores Nikki‘s fate after being released from prison and reveals the identity of Mary‘s killer. The album centers on revenge and what it does to people, their emotions and the choices they make.
“Mindcrime at the Moore” track listing:
01. I Remember Now
03. Revolution Calling
04. Operation: Mindcrime
06. Spreading The Disease
07. The Mission
08. Suite Sister Mary
09. The Needle Lies
10. Electric Requiem
11. Breaking The Silence
12. I Don’t Believe In Love
13. Waiting For 22
14. My Empty Room
15. Eyes Of A Stranger
01. Freiheit Ouvertüre
03. I’m American
04. One Foot In Hell
06. The Hands
07. Speed Of Light
08. Signs Say Go
09. Re-Arrange You
10. The Chase
13. If I Could Change It All
14. An Intentional Confrontation
15. A Junkie’s Blues
16. Fear City Slide
17. All The Promises
18. Walk In The Shadows
19. Jet City Woman
Bonus DVD Content
* Tour Documentary
* “The Chase” performed live with Ronnie James Dio in Los Angeles
* QUEENSRŸCHE Rock & Ride featurette
Frontiers Records reports:
“Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of GREAT WHITE for the release of the band’s forthcoming “25th Anniversary / Reunion” all-original studio album in August, 2007!
The Southern California blues-rock band first took a bite out of the rock scene in 1984 and since then has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the song ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ and earned a double platinum certification for the album …Twice Shy.
The soulful, blues-based signature sound that turned songs like ‘Face The Day’, ‘Rock Me’ and ‘Save Your Love’ into international hits, can also be found on the new songs which are currently being mixed by the band’s keyboard player Michael Lardie.
“I don’t feel it’s a record where we have tried to reinvent ourselves”, says guitar player Mark Kendall, “It’s like everything you have liked or disliked over our entire career rolled into 1 record and then some. But everyone has grown musically and I think that will show through”.
The – still untitled – new album, is the first all original in 8 years and was recorded in just three weeks during March, ’07. The process was very spontaneous. According to drummer Audie Desbrow, “The recording experience was a blast. We had a lot of fun doing this one”, while Michael Lardie adds: “The one thing I wanted to make sure of, was that FUN was the signpost for every bit of recording we did, no stress, loose, upbeat, mission accomplished! Egos have been checked at the door and decisions are made as to what is best for each song.”
Bassist Sean McNabb comments, “I think we had creative control on this one and everyone got to give ideas, that made it a band thing,”
Michael Lardie concludes, “The new songs sound fresh to me, very Great White but with an approach of what we sound like in a live performance situation. Kendall and I are having fun channeling our Stones roots and playing off each other in the Richards/Woods tradition.”
Great White has been churning out memorable songs since the early 80′s, when singer Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall joined forces and adopted a blues-based sound that went against the era’s glam rock grain. Their independently released EP Out Of The Night sold 20,000 copies and brought Great White to sign a deal with EMI America, which issued the eponymous Great White in 1984.
Shot In The Dark, their follow-up independent release, marked the arrival of drummer Audie Desbrow. By the time Capitol Records signed the band and reissued Shot In The Dark, keyboardist-guitarist Michael Lardie had come aboard. Great White then hit the road with DOKKEN and was on the verge of even bigger success. The 1987 follow-up Once Bitten…, which featured the hit tracks ‘Rock Me’, ‘Lady Red Light’, and ‘Save Your Love’, went platinum. Their next album …Twice Shy, which featured the Top 5 hit ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’, more than doubled that tally.
The late 80′s were boom years for the band, marked by non-stop touring with some of the biggest bands of the era and playing also in Europe and Japan. Great White recorded two more albums for Capitol – Hooked, which was certified gold and Psycho City.
Although Capitol issued a Best Of compilation in 1993, Great White had already departed the label to begin work on their next studio release, Sail Away, released on Zoo Records in 1994 supporting it with relentless touring. Their next release, Let It Rock in 1996.
Great White then signed with Portrait Records, an imprint founded by A&R guru John Kalodner that featured fellow hard rock acts such as RATT. Can’t Get There From Here was released in 1999 and is the band’s last studio opus thus far.
Frontiers Records plans to release the newest album at the end of August, 2007. More details will be released at a later stage.
HEAVEN AND HELL On “Eddie Trunk Live” This Evening!
The following update from legendary DJ Eddie Trunk, in regards to today’s “Eddie Trunk Live” program:
“HEAVEN AND HELL Live in the studio for “Eddie Trunk Live” on XM Satellite Radio! Tune in to channel 41 from 6 -10 PM (EST) and call in and talk to the band, live, commercial free and uncensored nationwide, only on XM!”
Bo Bice has a new song on the Blades of Glory soundtrack, and has released the following video:
Big Cock has released a video for their track Ride on Me.
Universal states that Chinese Democracy will be remembered for a long time, because, It is THAT good!
Further details are forthcoming on a North American tour by Guns N’ Roses in the summer of 2007 in support of the new record.
Keep visiting Hard Rock Hideout for further details. More news will be posted as it breaks! Until then, enjoy the video for the new G N R track, There Was A Time!
The 2007 version of WHITE LION (a.k.a. TRAMP’S WHITE LION), featuring original member Mike Tramp (vocals) alongside Claus Longwood (bass), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Jamie Law (guitar), and Henning Wanner (keyboards), has inked a North American management agreement with with the California-based Jeff Keller Management LLC (management home for STEPHEN PEARCY, HERMAN RAREBELL, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, and OMEN, among others).
“Having been a longtime fan of WHITE LION, I am extremely pleased to be working with the band,” stated Keller. “Mike Tramp’s passion for the band is inspiring, and I look forward to working closely with him to build something strong in North America.”
WHITE LION is planning a small European tour starting with an appearance at Italy’s Gods of Metal festival on June 2 and including dates in Turkey, Italy and Sweden (where the group will perform at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8). The band is also planning on releasing a new WHITE LION album late summer with a possible U.S. tour to take place mid-summer.
Tramp recently made an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM to respond to an interview with ex-WHITE LION guitarist Vito Bratta in which Vito expressed interest in reuniting with his former band. While Tramp didn’t rule out the possibility of a collaboration with Vito, he made it clear during his appearance on “Friday Night Rocks” that he wanted Bratta to take the first step and stop making excuses for why he has remained musically inactive for the past 15 years.
WHITE LION’s “The Definitive Rock Collection”, a two-disc compilation featuring the band’s hit 1987 single “Wait”, plus “When Children Cry”, “Tell Me”, and several rare rehearsal recordings, came out on January 23 via Rhino.
Tramp recently stated: “After much thought and consideration, I have decided to give TRAMP’S WHITE LION a second shot and make it a good one. I never felt good about giving up after our last agent messed up our plans for 2006 and we were left with nothing. So together with [the fans'] many requests and the band wanting to do it, we’re already off and running and this time will be taking it one step further!”
The cover artwork of the forthcoming U.D.O. album, “Mastercutor”, has been posted online at the A Tribute to U.D.O web site.
Due on May 18 via AFM Records, “Mastercutor” will feature the following track listing:
02. The Wrong Side Of Midnight
03. The Instigator
04. One Lone Voice
05. We Do – For You
06. Walker Of The Dark
07. Master Of Disaster
08. Tears Of A Clown
10. The Devil Walks Alone
11. Dead Man’s Eyes
12. Crash Bang Crash
As previously reported, U.D.O. will release a new EP, entitled “The Wrong Side of Midnight” (cover), on April 27. The EP will include two versions of the title track as well as three non-album tracks.
U.D.O. supported LORDI on September 28, 2006 at the Live Music Hall in Cologne. Dirkschneider makes an appearance on the song “They Only Come Out At Night” on LORDI‘s latest album, “The Arockalypse”.
U.D.O.‘s last album, “Mission No. X”, was issued in September 2005 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004′s “Thunderball” marked the recording debut with the group of new drummer Francesco Jovino. Jovino joined the band in 2005 as the permanent replacement for Lorenzo Milani, who left the group for “personal reasons.”
NEW HELL YEAH VIDEO – You Wouldn’t Know
You can check out the new video by former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul’s new band, Hell Yeah at this location.
ROCKLAHOMA Lineup Confirmed
POISON, RATT (featuring original lead singer Stephen Pearcy), VINCE NEIL, WARRANT, SLAUGHTER and QUIET RIOT are among the confirmed acts for Rocklahoma, a three-day outdoor ’80s hard rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, in Pryor, OK at the Pryor Festival Grounds. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Rocklahoma will be hosted by radio personality and VH1 Classic VJ Eddie Trunk, who officially announced the lineup for the festival today (Tuesday, March 27) during a press conference at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
For more information, visit www.rockfeverfest.com.
SCORPIONS reveal track listing for Humanity Hour 1.
Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have finalized the track listing for their new album, “Humanity – Hour 1″, due at the end of May.
The CD, which is due at the end of May, was produced by James Michael and co-produced by songwriter/producer Desmond Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER.
“Humanity – Hour 1″ track listing:
01. Hour I
02. The Game Of Life
03. We Were Born To Fly
04. The Future Never Dies
05. You’re Lovin’ Me To Death
07. Love Will Keep Us Alive
08. Your Last Song
09. Love Is War
10. Rise Again
11. The Cross
SCORPIONS performed their new single, entitled “Humanity”, last Saturday (March 24) at a special concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of signing the Roman treaty, which became the basis for foundation of the European Union. Watch a video clip of SCORPIONS’ performance at this link.
SCORPIONS’ last album, “Unbreakable”, was released in the U.S. in June 2004 through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at Wisseloord studios in Hilversum, Holland.
New Megadeth tracks from United Abominations available for streaming
Australia’s “Full Metal Racket” radio show, which airs Tueday nights at 10:00 p.m. on Triple J, has premiered two more tracks from the forthcoming MEGADETH album, “United Abominations”. Check out the songs “Never Walk Alone” and “Play for Blood” in streaming audio at this location (“Never Walk Alone” starts at the one-hour, nine-minute mark; “Play for Blood” can be heard at the two-hour, 56-minute mark).
Due on May 15 via Roadrunner Records, “United Abominations” was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE). Check out the cover artwork at this location.
MEGADETH‘s new version of the song “A Tout Le Monde”, now retitled “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)”, is available for streaming in its entirety at this location (Windows Media). The track “Sleepwalker” is available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page. A professionally shot video clip of MEGADETH performing another new song, entitled “Washington is Next!”, on October 14, 2006 at the Loud Park ’06 festival in Tokyo, Japan has been posted online at YouTube.com. A rough-mix version of “Gears of War”, is available for download at this location.
POISON, RATT (featuring original lead singer Stephen Pearcy), VINCE NEIL and Y&T are among the acts that are expected to appear at Rocklahoma, a three-day outdoor ’80s hard rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, in Pryor, OK at the Pryor Festival Grounds. The following is a partial list of bands that are **rumored*** to be taking part in the event:
FASTER PUSSYCAT (feat. Brent Muscat)
L.A. GUNS (feat. Tracii Guns)
Rocklahoma will be hosted by radio personality and VH1 Classic VJ Eddie Trunk, who will officially announce the lineup for the festival today (Tuesday, March 27) during a press conference at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Gene Simmons does not want the original KISS lineup to reunite again.
A new Gene Simmons interview appears in the April issue of England’s Classic Rock magazine. Gene discusses his reality series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and “Gene Simmons Rock School”, (non-)marriage, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley. On the topic of Ace, Gene says, “I love him dearly, he’s a sweetheart, but he’s his own worst enemy. He’s great with lots of people around but when he’s alone he doesn’t like himself. And he numbs himself. He’s been numbing himself for 34 years that I know of. I don’t know how often I’ve seen him straight, but it’s almost never.”
As for Paul, there happened to be a spelling mistake in the advertisement for Paul’s solo album “Live to Win” in Classic Rock a few issues ago that some readers found very amusing. Instead of “Bulletproof”, one of the the album tracks was misspelled “Bulletpoof”. Says Gene, “That’s okay. Are you saying Paul pitches for the other side? It happens not to be the case, but I don’t hink there’d be any problems if he did. Some of your biggest heroes are on the other side. Halford and Freddie and Elton, for example. You English make more of that than any country in the world. In fact, the preconceived notion of the English male is gay. You know that. It’s based on the public schoolboy system. Sir Richard Branson told me all about it. The bullying often turns sexual. It’s rampant.”
Gene also talks about the possibility of the original band getting back together again. ‘I personally don’t want to,” he says. “I love Ace and Peter, always have, and because of my tough love thing I’ve never been shy about saying they’ve been drug addicts and alcoholics, and they’ve destroyed themselves.”
Is KISS now more of a heritage center than an actual band? “You can ask the STONES or Elton or anybody who’s been around for 30 years or more the same question,” Gene replies. “It’s valid to say it is; it’s valid to say it isn’t. You want to know when we’re going to do a new KISS record? The answer is: when we feel like it. And by the way, no matter what I said earlier, I reserve the right to change my mind about Ace and Peter any time I choose. ‘Never say never’ is true. How much did you say you want to pay is to get back together? How many hundreds of millions? People say you can’t be bought. Fucking-A right you can. Even God passes the hat around at the end of the sermon.”
100% of the net proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
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Monday will have the 4th and final installment of March Metal Madness.
Tuesday will bring a new feature called Fore and Aft.
Wednesday will have part 2 of Fore and Aft.
Thursday will have a new review of Pink Cream 69′s In10sity plus more Hard Rock News, and a couple more reviews if time permits.
Stop by and check it out!
VELVET REVOLVER has lined up the following tour dates during the coming months:
South American tour:
April 10 – Pista Atlética Del Estadio Nacional – Santiago, Chile
April 12 – Estádio do Morumbi – São Paulo, Brazil
April 13 – Citibank Hall – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 15 – Quilmes Rock 2007 @ Estadio River Plate – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 16 – Estadio Pepsi Music – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 18 – Poliedro de Caracas – Caracas, Venezuela
April 20 – Parque Simón Bolívar – Bogotá, Colombia
North American tour:
May 04 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
May 05 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA
May 07 – Showbox Music Club – Seattle, WA
May 10 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL
May 12 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
May 13 – Kool Haus – Toronto, ONT
May 15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 18 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
May 19 – Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, OH
May 20 – Tweeter Center – Camden, NJ
May 22 – Nokia Theatre – New York, NY
June 01 – Nürburgring / Rock Am Ring – Eifel, Germany
June 02 – Idroscalo / Gods Of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
June 03 – Zeppelinfeld / Rock Im Park – Nürnberg, Germany
June 05 – Hammersmith Apollo – London, England
June 07 – International Arena – Cardiff, England
June 08 – Donington Park / Download Festival – Donington, England
June 10 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland
June 11 – Empress Ballroom @ Winter Gardens – Blackpool, England
June 14-16 – Hultsfred 2007 – Hultsfred, Sweden
June 16 – ProvinssiRock – Seinäjoki, Finland
June 17 – Walibi World / Fields Of Rock – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
June 20 – Coliseu dos Recreios – Lisbon, Portugal
June 22-23 – Feria de Zaragoza / Monsters Of Rock – Zaragoza, Spain
June 24 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
June 25 – Le Zenith – Paris, France
June 26 – Volkshaus – Zürich, Switzerland
June 29 – Marlay Park (supporting The Who) – Dublin, Ireland
July 02 – Odderøya Park / Quart07 – Kristiansand, Norway
More dates will be announced soon.
January brought us 2 quality discs by JORN – The Gathering and Unlocking the Past, and Mask of Sanity from Sinner.
February was a brutally slow release month. The only thing I have picked up from February so far is Cornerstone – Two Tales Of One Tomorrow. I plan to check out the new discs from Rhino Bucket – Pain and Suffering and No Song Left Behind.
March on the other hand is bringing new discs from Masterplan – MKII, Pink Cream 69 – In10sity – I am anxiously awaiting both of those discs.
Shaw/Blades – Influence is also one I plan to check out, as well as the new Dokken – From Conception: Live 1981 ( with new unreleased studio tracks from George Lynch era Dokken and the Winger – Demo Anthology.
April is going to be a big release month. A new disc by Saxon called Inner Sanctum is on the way, as well as the debut by former Pantera Vinnie Paul’s new band Hell Yeah, a new disc by Gotthard called Domino Effect, and the new Night Ranger disc Hole in the Sun. W.A.S.P will release their latest effort, Dominator. The Black Sabbath – The Dio Years will also be released in April. This collection has 3 new tracks with Dio on vocals. You can hear one of these tracks now, by making a trip to the Hard Rock Hideout Forum. Black ‘N Blue will release their Rarities disc on April 24th.
May is going to bring a bunch of new tunes! Yea!!
Tesla’s cover disc Real to Reel, Megadeth’s highly anticipated United Abominations, Ozzy’s yet untitled disc and the new Rush disc, Snakes and Arrows. Scorpions is also releasing their new disc Humanity, Hour 1. A new Michael Bormann, ex-Jaded Heart led metal band named Bloodbound, will release Book of the Dead at the end of May. One release I am quite anxious for that the release date was recently annouced for is the new Russel Allen/ Jorn Lande disc called the Revenge! This is now coming in May!
June should bring a new disc by Velvet Revolver – Libertad. I have been hearing some great stuff about this one. It may turn out ot be one of the biggest discs of 2007, but time will tell. Dokken is also planning on releasing their new studio disc, Lightning Strikes Again. TNT will be releasing The New Territory with their new singer, former Shy vocalist, Tony Mills.
In the second half of 2007, we should see a new covers disc by Poison, a brand new disc from Lillian Axe and quite possibly some disc called Chinese Democracy (holding breath now) from Guns ‘N Roses. A new disc from the band that opened up for the Poison/Cinderella tour last year, Endeverafter, should be hitting around summer time. Lizzy Borden is promising a new disc by summer time
Sebastian Bach has a new solo effort called Angel Down that is supposed to be coming out in 2007. Baz has been silent as far as talking about the release date, but I am guessing that it wont be too much longer down the road.
Whitesnake’s new effort, tenatively titled Good to be Bad should hit around October.
Def Leppard is promising that their new disc, tentative titled Sparkle Lounge (does this title scare anyone else?) will hit before the end of the year.
Great White is expected to release their new studio album later this year.
Judas Priest will return with their monster release Nostrodamus!
I am sure their will be more to come, but these are the top discs on the way so far. Hard Rock is far from dead in 2007!
ALLEN/LANDE – The Revenge Due Out In May
Frontiers Records has announced the release of The Revenge the greatly anticipated second charter of the Allen / Lande musical alliance on May 11. The first result of Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN) and Russell Allen’s (SYMPHONY X) collaboration, The Battle was unleashed in September 2005.
Once again songs were written by guitar sensation Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, LAST TRIBE), the second chapter aptly titled The Revenge is ready to be unleashed, with cover art specifically designed for this project by Rodney Matthews (DIAMOND HEAD, MAGNUM, ASIA) and heavier and with a tighter production, thanks to the involvement of Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, ANGRA, PLACE VENDOME) at the mix.
The Revenge will include the following songs: ‘The Revenge’ (vocals: Jorn and Russell), ‘Obsessed’ (Russell), ‘Victory’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘Master Of Sorrow’ (Jorn), ‘Will You Follow’ (Russell), ‘Just A Dream’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘Her Spell’ (Jorn), ‘Gone Too Far’ (Russell), ‘Wake Up Call’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘Under The Waves’ (Jorn), ‘Who Can You Trust’ (Jorn and Russell), ‘When Time Doesn’t Heal’ (Jorn and Russell).
The Revenge will be out in Europe on Frontiers Records on May 11, with release in Japan scheduled on King Records.
Sebastian Bach opens an EBAY store
Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted the following message on his official web site:
“Anyone who has seen my MTV ‘Cribs’ episode knows that I have a lot of rock stuff. In fact, I have so much stuff that it is literally now overtaking my whole house. I just don’t have room for all of it! So my company Get Off My Bach Productions has opened the official Sebastian Bach eBay store. Here you can get one-of-a-kind, vintage rock items I have collected over the past 20 years of touring. Here is where you can find items that are official or are personally owned by me. There are a lot of fake autographs and merch on eBay, but if you get stuff from Get Off My Bach Productions you will know it’s the real thing and authentic in every way.”
Visit the official Sebastian Bach eBay store at this location.
Due later in the year via an as-yet-undetermined label, Sebastian Bach‘s new album, “Angel Down”, will be Bach‘s first solo CD since 1999′s “Bring ‘Em Bach Alive”, and first release since 2004′s “Forever Wild” DVD. Bach‘s band consists of guitarist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (PAINMUSEUM, HALFORD), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, ex-ICED EARTH), guitarist Johnny Chromatic and bassist Rob DeLuca (SPREAD EAGLE).
Check out video footage of Bach performing several new songs live:
In a recent interview with Rock My Monkey, Bach stated about the upcoming CD, “There’s been a lot of stuff on the record about… kind of the war was on my mind, having the country at war, and also having a nineteen-year-old son. It’s kind of what the youth of America have in the back of their mind. Are they going to get drafted? It very well could happen. It’s a scary thing. So that was kind of on my mind when I was writing the lyrics for this record.”
Gene Simmons finds a new way to get KISS in the record book. No its not his toungue…
According to KissOnline.com, KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (chairman of Platinum Studios) were presented with a Guinness World Records certificate for “World’s Largest Comic Book” in connection with Kiss Comics Group’s “Kiss 4k Destroyer Edition” — unveiled last weekend at Wizard World Los Angeles. Check out a photo at this location.
KISS recently partnered with comic-book production company Platinum Studios to create a new comic-book entertainment company called the Kiss Comics Group.
The co-venture aims to be more than a publisher; it plans to expand the comic-book characters’ images onto multimedia platforms including print, mobile, online, film, television and licensed merchandise.
First up from the KCG is “Kiss 4K”, the story of Simmons, Stanley and other bandmembers’ transformation from rock stars to world-protecting warrior spirits. “4K” is being released as a three-foot comic priced at $50, with an intent to make it the largest comic book ever published. It will be followed by merchandise including apparel, video games and comic strips for cell phones.
BAND LINEUP FOR OZZFEST!
“Come join us”, said OZZY and Sharon OSBOURNE February 6th at the Los Angeles press conference to unveil the bombshell: this year’s 12th annual OZZFest will be known as “FreeFest.” Ozzy and Sharon’s statement – with tour producer Live Nation – was an invitation for other artists to join Ozzy by performing for free, thus making the tickets to the summer’s premiere touring concert festival entirely free for fans.
This bold invitation to perform in front of tens of thousands of frenzied rock kids has already been accepted by such artists as LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED and cutting-edge Finnish act LORDI, who will lead the charge with Ozzy in this historic move that redefines a concert industry marred by rising ticket prices. Lamb Of God and Lordi will perform on the main stage with Ozzy, while Hatebreed will headline OZZFest’s reliably down and dirty second stage with MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, NILE and THE SHOWDOWN. These are only the first artists who have stepped forward to be part of this ground-breaking touring extravaganza, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks for the main and second stages.
The 24-city earth-pounding OZZFest will now launch July 12th in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. The tour was originally announced to start July 7th in Southern California but had to be moved to accommodate the extension of Ozzy’s European tour. OZZFest will also hit Seattle, WA, 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.
As OZZFest’s founder and namesake, Ozzy will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year’s mainstage after surprising fans last year by performing on the second stage at a handful of dates. Audiences can expect the Prince of Darkness to unveil new songs from his forthcoming studio album (release date TBA), Ozzy’s first disc of new material since 2001.
To gain entry into this year’s OZZFest, fans will go to www.ozzfest.com or www.livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. Select sponsors will have a unique opportunity to engage fans one-on-one utilizing one of music’s best known brands. Tickets will be available for download on June 12. Stay tuned to www.ozzfest.com and www.livenation.com in the coming weeks for more ticketing information.
D. Randall, vocalist, Lamb Of God: “OZZFest! OZZFest!” When we left OZZFest three years ago, that was a mantra that burned itself into our collective subconscious, one that we repeat to this day in an almost autistic manner. To know once the power, the glory, the sheer brutality of the parking lot circus stupidity that is OzzFest is to be destined to repeat it. The fangs are out- our souls (and livers) needed three years to recover from the last run, but we are back and couldn’t be more excited! BUHWHUUURHHH! OZZFest? Bring it on! This time we have age and wis(dumb) on our side- be warned. It will be OVER this summer.”
Jamey Jasta, lead singer of Hatebreed: “We are absolutely honored and beyond excited to be the sole headliner of the OZZFest 2007 Second Stage. We had a great time on the Main Stage last year but it was obvious that our fans wanted to see us in the setting that they know and love. Having co-headlined the second stage twice in the past, once with Down in 2002 and again with Slipknot in 2004, it’s a great achievement for us to now be able to close the show on the second stage and truly make OZZFest history with our fifth appearance on the world’s best tour. We can’t wait to demolish the US once again, spending another crazy summer with Ozzy and his traveling circus of metal mayhem!!!! See you on the road!”
Mr. Lordi, Lordi: “It is a great honour for us to be on OZZFest and obviously it’s gonna be a great opportunity for us to show the people in the U.S. what we can do…or what they think we can do. [laughs] My best friend is a huge Ozzy fan he’s really jealous of the whole thing. I’m gonna try and remember to pick him up an OZZFest t-shirt when we return to Finland. For us the idea of playing OZZFest is still hard to believe. I’ll believe it when we’re there.”
Stay tuned for further information about ticket distribution.
13 – Atlanta, GA – HiFi Amphitheatre
15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre
16 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
19 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Amphitheatre
23 – Bristow, VA at Nissan Pavilion
25 – Pittsburgh, PA at Post Gazette Pavilion
27 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center
29 – Scranton, PA – Montage Mountain
30 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
2 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Amphitheatre
4 – Darien Lake, NY Six Flags
8 – Homdel, NJ – PNC Arts Center
9 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
27 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
28 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Amphitheatre
4 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10 – Dallas, TX – Smirnoff Music Center
30 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
1 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
2 – Columbus, OH – Germain Amphitheatre
12 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre
15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center
3 – Glasgow, UK – SECC Arena
5 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Metro Arena
16 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Ahoy Rotterdam
17 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Ahoy Rotterdam
19 – Oberhausen, Germany – tba
21 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP-Arena
WHITESNAKE – New Studio Album Due In October
WHITESNAKE mainman David Coverdale has issued the following update:
“Just a quickie to let you know that all is ship shape and moving along wonderfully. I am thrilled, erect nipples an’ all, with the new songs and very excited to be presenting them to you later this year. SPV’s wish-list is for an October release, so, we’re not having to pressure ourselves with too extreme a deadline. God Willing, those days be gone. As far as touring, it appears this will also be late summer, as the entire world is out there on the road through the summer, doing their very best to seduce y’all. My US agent told me that every single amphitheater in every major city in the States has a ‘name’ act headlining every night of the week this season…so, unless any significant touring opportunity presents itself I think we’ll concentrate on making a cracking record that will make us all proud. I see some of you were curious if I had ever met Mr. Brad Delp, who sadly, recently passed away. No… I didn’t have the pleasure, I’m sorry to say. I only crossed paths with Tom Scholz when we played the Texas Jam together way back when – a tale I will share at a later date. My sincere condolences to Brad’s Family – a tragic loss.. It’s interesting you should ask about GLENN (HUGHES). I was talking with Doug (Aldrich – guitar) recently that I was thinking that some of the new songs could use some of Glenn’s extraordinary singing, but, just a thought at this time. I haven’t discussed anything with him. We shall have to see how that goes, so please don’t be holding me to anything. Glenn and I were in touch recently, with him telling me about his tour in Russia. He tells me there is great interest in a DP Mark 3 reunion over there.”
DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Vivian Campbell – We Will “Deliver A New Album This Year”
“Just a brief update from life in the trenches. Contrary to what I’m sure most of you believed when previously told, we are actually well ensconced in working on the new Leppard album and have been for some time. What’s more, the work is progressing at an unusually (for us!) healthy pace, so much so that we will, in fact, make our self-imposed deadline and deliver a new album this year.
I think it might have been mentioned before that we started writing and making demos for the record in our make-shift ‘sparkle lounge’ (Sparkle Lounge is the tentative album title) while on tour last summer. There’s nothing altogether unusual about that – for most bands, that is. For us, however, it was a major step towards upping our productivity and one which is now fully paying dividends. For not only are the songs coming together quickly, but they’re also sounding very energetic and natural, which might be as much to do with the pace of progress as with anything else.
By now you’ve likely noticed that we’re headlining the Sarnia Bayfest in Ontario, on July 21st. Talks are well under way for a full tour this summer to support the new record, and we should be able to make a formal announcement about the dates soon. 2007 is going to be yet another exciting year for us and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing your smiling faces again.
See you out there!”
POISON, RATT And GREAT WHITE To Tour Together This Summer
BW&BK has learned that POISON will once again be embarking on a North American Summer Tour. This year, they will co-headline with a reunited RATT and special guests GREAT WHITE, in addition to one other band yet to be named.
Ratt’s lineup is expected to feature vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer. Bassist Juan Croucier is still discussing the possibility of joining the festivities.
Great White will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band.
Currently, only one date has been confirmed – August 12th at The Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. The full routing will be announced shortly.
As previously reported, Poison is currently working on a record of classic rock cover songs due to be released later this year.
MEGADETH – New eBay Auctions Up And Running
MEGADETH’s official eBay store is open for business again. This week, frontman/founder Dave Mustaine is auctioning signed promo sheets, collectable backstage sticky passes and laminates, posters, and other items. Go to this location to check out all the items up for sale.
As previously reported, Megadeth’s new single from their forthcoming United Abominations album, ‘Set Me Free (A Tout Le Monde)’, has gone to radio in the U.S. The song is an updated version of ‘A Tour Le Monde’ from Megadeth’s Youthanasia album and features guest vocals from LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia.
United Abominations will be released on May 15th through Roadrunner Records.
It is as follows:
Jul. 12 – White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 – Gorge, George, WA
Jul. 17 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
Jul. 19 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Jul. 21 – Hyundai Pavilion, Devore, CA
Jul. 24 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Jul. 26 – Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Jul. 28 – Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Jul. 30 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, MO
Aug. 02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 04 – Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX
Aug. 06 – UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis, MO
Aug. 08 – Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH
Aug. 10 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Aug. 12 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
Aug. 14 – Verizon Wireless Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 16 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 18 – New England Dodge Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
Aug. 20 – Tweeter Center, Boston, MA
Aug. 22 – Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 24 – Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 26 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
Aug. 30 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
The traveling extravaganza will once again be headlined by OZZY OSBOURNE, with the rest of the lineup yet to be announced. Ozzfest co-founder Sharon Osbourne said during a press conference last month that doing the tour like this was unprecedented: “We’re doing 25 shows across America, and it’s the first time that actually a summer festival tour has gone out free. There’s been millions of free one-off shows, but this is gonna be a 25-city tour. And we’re having our second stage, as usual, and everything goes as normal, except it’s free.”
Viacom sues Google, YouTube for $1 billion
Media conglomerate claims massive intentional copyright infringement
NEW YORK – MTV owner Viacom Inc. said Tuesday it has sued YouTube and its corporate parent Google Inc. in federal court for alleged copyright infringement and is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
Viacom claims that the more than 160,000 unauthorized video clips from its cable networks, which also include Comedy Central, VH1 and Nickelodeon, have been available on the popular video-sharing Web site.
The lawsuit marks a sharp escalation of long-simmering tensions between Viacom and YouTube. Last month Viacom demanded that YouTube remove more than 100,000 unauthorized clips after several months of talks between the companies broke down.
In a statement, Viacom lashed out at YouTube’s business practices, saying it has “built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others’ creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google.”
Viacom said YouTube’s business model, “which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws.”
A representative for Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other media companies have also clashed with YouTube over copyrights, but some, including CBS Corp. and General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal, have reached deals with the video-sharing site to license their material.
New Rush Track – Far Cry
If you visit Rush’s website, you can listen to their new track, Far Cry, off of their new upcoming disc Snakes and Arrows. Click Here to listen! It sounds pretty good to me!!
Here is the track listing off of the Snakes and Arrows disc that is due on May 1st:
01. Far Cry
02. Armor and Sword
03. Workin’ Them Angels
04. The Larger Bowl
06. The Main Monkey Business
07. The Way The Wind Blows
10. Bravest Face
11. Good News First
12. Malignant Narcissism
13. We Hold On
From Launch Radio Networks:
When Triumph is inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame tomorrow (March 10th) in Toronto, it will mark the first time that singer-guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist Mike Levine, and singer-drummer Gil Moore will appear together in almost 20 years. There was a fair amount of bad feelings on both sides when Emmett left the group to start a solo career back in 1988, but that’s all in the past now.
In fact, Moore told us that he and Emmett have become fast friends again: “I felt badly that it went off the rails, you know, when it did a long time ago, and I, you know, I’ve always wanted to try to get back to talking, and this provoked it, and it’s been great, you know? I spent four hours last Sunday (March 4th) with Rik Emmett, just sitting (and) drinking coffee (laughs), talking, and it was like, ‘Where’s this been for the last 15 years? ‘It was great.”
Now that everything’s OK between them, people have started to wonder about the chances for a Triumph reunion tour. Emmett’s got a full plate with his career, and Moore is deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of his Metalworks recording studio complex in Mississauga, Ontario, so it would take a lot to get the band on the road. But Moore told us that promoters call regularly, and he expects to get more pressure at the ceremony tomorrow from a band insider: “We’ve been getting them (calls), you know, every year, and, you know, of course, it’s always the same thing: ‘You know, we’re at odds with Rik, so there’s no chance of that.’But now that we’ve reconciled with Rik, I think the prospect of playing is just something that we’d have to see how it works out in the future. Our, our agent’s flying up from L.A., so he’s gonna be here for the ceremony. I’m sure he’ll be twisting all three of our arms really hard.”
Triumph, along with songwriter and producer David Foster, will be honored during the Canadian Radio Music Awards at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which is part of the annual Canadian Music Week.
Boston Vocalist Brad Delp Dead At 55
Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Delp dead. Police Lt. William Baldwin said in a statement the death was “untimely” and that there was no indication of foul play.
Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death, Baldwin said.
The cause of his death remained under investigation by the Atkinson police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office. Police said an incident report would not be available until Monday.
Delp sang vocals on Boston’s 1976 hits “More than a Feeling” and “Longtime.” He also sang on Boston’s most recent album, Corporate America, released in 2002.
He joined the band in the early 1970s after meeting Tom Scholz, an MIT student interested in experimental methods of recording music, according to the group’s official Web site. The band enjoyed its greatest success and influence during its first decade.
The band’s last appearance was in November 2006 at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
On Friday night, the Web site was taken down and replaced with the statement: “We just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll.”
A call to the Swampscott, Mass., home of Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau was not immediately returned Friday night.
Set List from the March 11th Megadeth Heaven and Hell Show:
MEGADETH Set List (45 min):
2. Wake Up Dead
3. Kick The Chair
4. Washington Is Next
5. A Tout Le Monde
6. Symphony Of Destruction
8. Peace Sells
9. Holy Wars
Black Sabbath Setlist (110 Min.)
- After All (The Dead)
- The Mob Rules
- Children of The Sea
- Lady Evil
- Ear In The Wall
- The Sign of The Southern Cross
- The Devil Cried
- Vinny Appice Solo
- Computer God
- Falling Off The Edge of The World
- Shadow of The Wind
- Die Young
- Heaven & Hell~ENCORE~
- Lonely Is The Word (**dropped due to time)
- Neon Knights
Tigertailz signs with Sanctuary Records
Reunited U.K. rockers TIGERTAILZ have inked a deal with Sanctuary Records for the release of their new album, “Thrill Pistol”. “This new TAILZ album 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,” reads a posting on the band’s web site. “In many people’s opinion, the ‘Wazbones’ record was the best album the ‘TAILZ ever made. The later released version was re-recorded with new songs. [The CD will] feature all the original songs which were recorded in 1991 at Monnow Valley Studios [in] Monmouth, Rockfield Studios [in] Monmouth and Front Page Recorders [in] Costa Mesa, CA, USA. The album featured a ‘Clockwork Orange’ theme with all the band members decked out in the same clothes as the characters in film.”
TIGERTAILZ will enter the studio in April to record the new CD for a tentative August/September release.
TIGERTAILZ bassist Pepsi Tate recently spent time working on what will be the ‘TAILZ’ first official DVD release. The new DVD (provisionally entitled “Blast”) will contain footage from last year’s European live shows as well as lots of outtakes, interviews and also the recent promo video “Falling Down”.
HEAVEN AND HELL STAGE SET IMAGES
A nice little news brief that fits right in with DIO week is the release of pictures of the stage for the upcoming Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) tour.
The lighting designer for the HEAVEN AND HELL tour, Paul Dexter, has posted several computer-generated, photo-realistic images of the band’s stage set for the current North American trek, which is scheduled to kick off this Sunday, March 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Check them out at this location (click on “Next” for more images).
HEAVEN AND HELL‘s North American tour will launch with 11 Canadian dates, wrapping up March 28 in Ottawa, featuring opening acts MEGADETH and DOWN. A U.S. tour with support from MEGADETH and MACHINE HEAD will launch April 22 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The shows are expected to only feature material from Dio‘s era with BLACK SABBATH, including three new songs that were recorded for the upcoming anthology “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” that’s due April 3.
As previously reported, HEAVEN AND HELL will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” airing Wednesday, April 11. 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 www.rocklineradio.com.
MEGA CONCERT Coming to Columbus, Ohio 5/19/2007.
This is a pretty awesome bill for this show. Check out this lineup:
Black Stone Cherry
Puddle Of Mudd
Three Days Grace
Presale went on sale yesterday. Tickets on sale Saturday March 10th. Show starts at 12 P.M. on Saturday May 19th.
Go to the official site,
Rock on the Range for more info.
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Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will reunite for the first time in 15 years as HEAVEN AND HELL to cast a dark spell over spring as the quartet tours the U.S. Tickets will go on sale the weekend of March 9 for all 20 stops of the American leg (except Houston, on sale March 17), which is set to launch in Phoenix on April 22. There will also be a special fan presale for all dates beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 12 Noon EST. The tour will follow in the wake of the band’s highly anticipated Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on March 30, which sold out in a matter of minutes.
Last year, the hard-rocking quartet convened to record three new songs for Rhino Records’ era-spanning collection, “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”, due out April 3 on Rhino/Warner Bros. Records. One of the newly recorded tracks — “The Devil Cried” — is the first single. Bristling with the trademark SABBATH sound, the song is being well received by fans and critics alike.
The sessions for “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” went so well that the band agreed to satisfy longstanding demands for a reunion tour. Set to launch in Canada on March 11, the HEAVEN AND HELL world tour will spotlight Dio’s tenure with SABBATH and will feature selections from all three of the group’s the studio albums, “Heaven And Hell” (1980), “Mob Rules” (1981) and “Dehumanizer” (1992), as well as the newly recorded tracks.
Multi-platinum recording artist MEGADETH will join the tour and preview never before heard material from the group’s new CD, “United Abominations”, due out May 8 on Roadrunner Records. All dates will also feature Roadrunner labelmates MACHINE HEAD who are supporting their latest album, “The Blackening”, set for release on March 27.
HEAVEN AND HELL, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD tour dates:
Apr. 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
Apr. 24 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Apr. 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Apr. 26 – San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
Apr. 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
Apr. 29 – Denver, CO @ Broomfield Events Center
May 01 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 02 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavillion
May 03 – Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
May 05 – Chicago, IL @ All State Arena
May 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Theatre @ Target Center
May 08 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Arena
May 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
May 12 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
May 14 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
May 15 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 17 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
May 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
May 19 – Holmdell, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
VAN HALEN REUNION LIVE on VH1
For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Music fans will get to see and hear VAN HALEN, R.E.M., PATTI SMITH, THE RONETTES, and GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.
For the first time, this year’s induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET. In addition, a special two-hour highlight edition will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The week leading up to the live special, VH1 Classic will air special programming to salute previous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including FLEETWOOD MAC, STEVIE WONDER, U2, BONNIE RAITT and more.
On Tuesday, March 6 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET VH1 Classic will air a “Classic Albums” marathon focusing on the work of former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including FLEETWOOD MAC, QUEEN, THE WHO, STEVIE WONDER, U2, THE SEX PISTOLS and PINK FLOYD. Each “Classic Albums” episode tells the story behind the making of one of rock music’s most seminal albums.
VH1 Classic will also present a special “BBC Crown Jewels” marathon premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET. These rare performances from the BBC archives feature past Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as AC/DC, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, TOM PETTY, STEVIE WONDER, THE POLICE, ROD STEWART and BONNIE RAITT.
Select “Decades Rock Live” concerts featuring performances by LYNYRD SKYNYRD, ELVIS COSTELLO and THE PRETENDERS will air back-to-back on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. “Decades Rock Live” is a critically-acclaimed original concert series that pairs celebrated artists from rock to soul who have influenced popular music over the last 50 years with some of today’s hottest recording acts who have been inspired by these legends.
Additional Rock Hall-themed programming to run throughout the week includes “Prince: Prince of Paisley Park” airing on Sunday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the “Rock and Roll Picture Show” featuring LED ZEPPELIN’s “The Song Remains The Same” premiering on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
DEF LEPPARD TO TOUR WITH FORIEGNER AND STYX in 2007!
DEF LEPPARD’s official web site has been updated with the following message:
“So, if DEF LEPPARD is not hitting the road with KISS this year (as previously rumored), then who will they go out with? Although there is no official word that it will be the case for ALL dates on the 2007 tour, we can spill that the band is currently in the process of booking shows in the U.S. and Canada with rock veterans FOREIGNER and STYX. That’s all we can tell for the time being, but stay tuned: more details and show dates will be announced on DefLeppard.com as soon as they are confirmed!”
DEF LEPPARD was scheduled to begin recording its next studio album in January at frontman Joe Elliott’s house in Dublin. Basic ideas were hashed out on the road during the band’s extensive tour in support of last year’s covers album “Yeah!”, a first for DEF LEPPARD.
“We’ve got about five or six songs on the go, and there’ll be 11 or 12 on the final version,” guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard.com in December. “We’re trying to get it out for next summer, which for us would be amazing. But we’ve never been this far along. We come off tour, wait six months, then we start writing. We’ve already got that sorted out.
Collen said the songs thus far have “absolutely” been influenced by the process of making “Yeah!”, which featured DEF LEPPARD’s spin on songs popularized by THIN LIZZY, THE FACES and MOTT THE HOOPLE. “We did that so quick,” he said. “It was raw, and it didn’t demand we sit around for months or years. That really inspired us.”
New Release Date For W.A.S.P’s Dominator
W.A.S.P. will release its new studio CD, “Dominator”, in the U.K. on April 16, Scandinavia on April 20, and the rest of mainland Europe on April 27 via Demolition Records. The CD will arrive in South America and Russia in early May.
“Dominator” (view cover here) track listing:
02. Long, Long Way To Go
03. Take Me Up
04. The Burning Man
05. Heaven’s Hung In Black
06. Heaven’s Blessed
08. Heaven’s Hung In Black (Reprise)
09. Deal With The Devil
The LP will be released in three versions: a standard single CD package, a limited-edition digipack, and limited-edition vinyl.
Regarding the album title, Blackie Lawless said in a recent interview, “It is based on the idea of Western imperialism and about what’s wrong with Washington D.C. It’s important that people understand this is not about the American people and it is not a critique on the American people — it is a critique on the government in the United States. If someone looks at the lyrics of ‘Dominator’, they’ll think it’s a man talking to a woman. And I like the interesting concept of that because that’s what bigger countries do to smaller countries — they toss them like they’re their bitch.”
Jack Blades is a guest /Jorn Lande tune on Hairball John this week.
The Hairball John Radio Show features Jack Blades from Night Ranger. Hairball John will also be spinning a cut off of the new Jorn Lande disc, Unlocking the Past, and a new track from Private Line’s new disc Evel Knievel Factor Check it out!! This show can be heard on several different Internet Radio stations everyday. You can check out the daily schedule at Hairball John Broadcast Schedule. Just remember, THE PAST IS BACK TO KICK YOUR ASS!!
ACE FREHLEY: ‘Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated’
Contrary to published reports, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is alive and well and working on his highly anticipated solo album.
It has been erroneously reported on various web sites and wire services that the legendary guitarist had committed suicide.
“I don’t know how this ridiculous rumor got started,” smiles Ace, as he eats his daily allotment of wheat germ, preparing to jump back on his treadmill.
In a January 2006 interview with Guitar World magazine, Frehley had the following to say regarding his current projects: “I’ve been working on a solo album and a few film projects. I’d love to do an instructional video, but I want it to be comedic. [Laughs] I don’t want it to be just another boring how-to-play video. I may not be the world’s greatest guitarist, but at least I’m never boring.”
Eddie Trunk Interviews Former White Lion Guitarist Vito Bratta
In what was being billed as his first interview in over 15 years, Bratta discussed what he has been doing since the band’s breakup and spoke about the possibility of reforming WHITE LION with singer Mike Tramp.
When asked about the possibility of a WHITE LION reunion, Bratta said, “As far as working with Mike Tramp again and doing the WHITE LION thing, I’ve never said ‘No’ to anything. I’ve said ‘No’ for certain reasons. Things have happened in my life where I’ve had to say ‘No’ to people. ‘Listen, I just can’t do this right now.’ And there were reasons behind it. . . My father had a five-year illness, and it was just a nightmare. And there was no one who was gonna take care of him except for me and my mom, and that’s what we did to the very end. Unfortunately, you can’t just walk away. Now, in the WHITE LION days, it’s not just you that’s young — you’re in your 20s — but your parents are young, too. There’s really no medical stuff going on. I remember the tour bus pulling up… ‘Oh, there’s a two-year tour? Fine. Make it a three-year tour.’ None of this stuff [with the parents getting ill] happened. But as you get older, there’s responsibilities and things…. And there’s… you know, financial [responsibilities], too. When you’re young… I remember when WHITE LION went out — me, Mike, Greg and James — we never spoke about… I don’t think anybody ever said, ‘How much are we making tonight?’ No one said a word about money, because we were so used to not having any that nobody cared. But then it gets to a point in your life where you’ve got bills to pay, and it’s not just you that’s gonna suffer — there’s other people that are gonna suffer. ‘Oh, I’m gonna go out and do this WHITE LION reunion tour, and I’m not really gonna make much, but I’m gonna have a blast.’ Well, there’s bills to be paid, and you can’t tell the electric guy, ‘Well, I’m just out having a blast’ — you’ve gotta pay the bills. That, and like I said, the family illness… There just always seemed to be something. I never said ‘No,’ but the problem is… now I’m gonna use one of these stupid analogies I always do… When you’ve got a girlfriend and you break up, and she’s basically cheating on you in front of you, saying, ‘Well, if you don’t get back together with me, this is what I’m gonna keep doing. And the more she cheats, the more you’re not gonna get back with her. And the problem is that I have to keep watching Mike do these TRAMP’S WHITE LION [tours, featuring an all-new band playing WHITE LION songs] and all that stuff. I’ve always wished the guy luck, but the more he does these things, the more it makes me not wanna be part of anything. I don’t know how much I can do to stop it, I just wish I could… I wish that didn’t exist, I wish that part of it didn’t exist. I understand what he’s doing and all that stuff, I don’t like it… I wish he wouldn’t do it, but I understand why he’s doing it. I wish him luck, but I’m not gonna sit here and tell anybody I’m not gonna do the WHITE LION thing ever again. I did kind of lie to you a little bit, Eddie, when you had asked me one time if the rumors of a hand injury were true. I said, ‘No, they’re false.’ I mean, they actually were true. I did injure… I snapped something in my wrist about 1997, I think it was, that just prevented me from playing all day. It wasn’t a hand injury that… In other words, I didn’t know if I was making up my own excuses. This is gonna be ‘Dr. Phil’ now on Eddie’s show. But I did have a hand injury, and the thing is that I was the type that played 14 hours a day. I mean, it was ridiculous what I was doing. I used to get home at four o’clock in the morning from club shows and play another two hours. I just was always playing. Guitar players will understand — to get to a certain level, you have to maintain it. It’s like an athlete. And basically I was like a marathon runner who couldn’t run more than 10 feet. So how was I gonna keep it up? So these are things I’m hoping to get over.”
Former Britny Fox Singer releases solo disc
Dizzy Dean Davidson, the former lead singer for ’80s hard rock band BRITNY FOX, has released, a n new CD, Drive My Karma. This is more of a melodic rock effort than it is a hard rock or metal disc. You can listen to some of the new tracks at Dean’s myspace page here.
New LA Times article sheds very little light on the current Van Halen Debacle
For Van Halen, the stars seemed aligned for a triumphant 2007. Next month, the group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the plan was to follow that with a summer reunion tour that would feature David Lee Roth back at the mike for the first time since the Reagan years.
But, once again, the backstage soap opera of Van Halen is the story of the day.
The Van Halen tour has been “shut down,” according to a top official at Live Nation, the huge concert promoter that finally surrendered in the face of the chaos surrounding guitar hero Eddie Van Halen. Roth, meanwhile, says he is unsure whether the mercurial guitarist will even travel to New York for the Hall of Fame induction on March 12.
“We have fragile politics in Van Halen; please accept that as a partial answer,” Roth said. “But I don’t know if the Van Halens are going to go….I hope they do, but right now, I just don’t know. Hope springs eternal.”
Eddie Van Halen declined interviews through his publicist and girlfriend, Janie Liszewski. Conversations with the business team behind the tour paint a picture of a rock star who is somewhere between Axl Rose and Michael Jackson on the music industry scale of eccentric recluses. The result is that the Van Halen venture imploded before takeoff, even as the Police, the Eagles and Genesis have efficiently geared up for lucrative reunion tours.
“I cannot tell you how frustrating and completely nuts this has been,” one key business figure in the reunion effort said while asking not to be identified on the outside chance that the reunion might be salvaged. “Right now, I have to say, I don’t see that happening.”
It’s a disheartening situation for the fans who pine for a Roth-led lineup of the iconic metal band. Among those devoted is Wolfgang Van Halen, the 15-year-old son of Eddie and, according to Roth, a key force behind the reunion.
Wolfgang, a precocious musician, was “the maestro” at the reconstituted band’s lone rehearsal, picking the set list and using his iPod to remind his father of the nuances of his solos on the old albums. Wolfgang was tapped by his father to play bass on the tour too, replacing founding member Michael Anthony, a jolting choice considering the child’s age and Anthony’s status as one of rock’s best backup singers and most relentlessly cheerful presences.
Eddie Van Halen remains, by all accounts, a gifted guitarist and rock auteur, but the decision to jettison Anthony in favor of a teenager may have been the first sign that the new enterprise was guided by creaky logic. Now all eyes will be on the Hall of Fame banquet to see who shows up, who performs and how Roth interacts with old rival Sammy Hagar, the man who replaced him as lead singer in 1985 and who will be inducted as an equal.
On Valentine’s Day, when the tour still looked viable, Roth was all smiles as he sat down for an interview in a bungalow at Chateau Marmont. The 52-year-old was wearing a snappy black suit and the short haircut that has recently replaced his old pro-wrestler cut. He still flashes a karate smile, but the singer seems calmer and more focused than in years past. The reason, he said, is that he’s fresh from working as an emergency medical technician in New York. It’s a longtime dream of his to be a paramedic, and the unglamorous gurney and rubber-glove duty humbled him, he said.
“I was working in neighborhoods that were almost exclusively black and Spanish-speaking, so only maybe twice out of 200 clients was I recognized…. I was joking about this in the truck on New Year’s Eve, which was my last shift — I was working in Brooklyn, down in Coney Island — I said that I’ve been in more project apartments than Jay-Z and Diddy combined.”
Roth was the rock frontman on top of the world when he went solo, but — as Mick Jagger and Robert Plant also learned — fans treasured him more when he was side-by-side with an equal on guitar. Roth seemed like a vainglorious sex panther in Van Halen, but on his own he often came off as a relentless jive salesman whose only product was his own past. Roth is still “on” all the time — he calls it his “incandescent personality” — but lately he comes off as the voice of reason, a pretty stunning change.
That, and the financial prospects, made him jump at the chance to work with Eddie Van Halen again. Of the old days, he says: “There was a lot of sparks and a lot of tension, like your favorite movies, especially those underground ones…. There was a lot of anxiety too, but it was about ambition, not ego.”
Roth was optimistic that the band would follow up the tour with new music; he also pointed to the cache of 1996 recordings that he did with Van Halen during an earlier reunion flirtation. Now it appears the entire output of this new reunion was a single rehearsal in January and a photo shoot with Roth and Eddie, Wolfgang and Alex Van Halen. Alex is Eddie’s older brother and the band’s drummer.
“Hearing it again, that’s an elixir…. What we sell is that we make all the guys feel young and invincible and all the girls feel young and desirable,” Roth said. “I watched it happen to everybody that was listening in the studio.”
Van Halen was a monster of rock and, for a time, arguably the biggest band in the world. According to the Recording Industry Assn. of America, Van Halen albums have shipped more than 56.5 million copies, which is more than the career totals of U2, Celine Dion, Shania Twain or Prince.
Roth said that he and Anthony will be in New York for the Hall of Fame, as will Hagar, the affable “red rocker.”
Last month, Hagar publicly chided Eddie Van Halen for taking his son on tour. He also added that “the guy is a genius, but he’s just out there and it’s hard for people around him.”
In 2004 and 2005, Van Halen toured with Hagar and, according to Pollstar, grossed $55 million playing arenas. But Hagar said that Eddie Van Halen was drinking heavily and, on some nights, it showed. In Chicago, Eddie stumbled throughout the set and, at one point, quit playing and sacked out, telling the crowd: “I done run outta gas.”
There were tender scenes too. With the tour winding down in Los Angeles, for instance, Wolfgang came on stage at the Staples Center to play. The body language of father and son made it clear that they reveled in the shared spotlight. Roth said that that affection led to the hopes for the Van Halen reunion.
“I’m going to put some words in Ed’s mouth,” Roth said. “Whatever explanation he may give about having his son in the band, I’m going to superimpose: He wants to play with his kid while he’s still at the top of his game and able to … and that’s also the same reason I’m in the band in its current configuration. No questions asked. He said, ‘Hey, c’mon up the hill and make some music.’ I said, ‘Great. I’d love to play with you while you’re still on the top of your game.’ “
Roth smiled, but a moment later, when he was asked about what he feared most about the reunion, he didn’t hesitate with his answer: “The two worst words in the English lexicon are ‘band meeting.’ “
New Tesla Cover Album Real to Reel Due in May
The new Tesla Cover album called Real to Reel is due to be released on May 22nd, 2007.
Here is the track listing for the new disc:
Ball of Confusion
Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers
Bell Bottom Blues
Day of the Eagle
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Do You Feel (Like I Do)?
Honky Tonk Woman
I Want To Take You Highter
Is It My Body?
I’ve Got A Feeling
Make It Last
Saturday Night Special
Season’s of Wither
Street Fighting Man
New Black Sabbath Track will be available on March 13th, 2007.
According to Black-Sabbath.com, the new BLACK SABBATH track “The Devil Cried” will be released in digital form to the public via all digital retailers on Tuesday, March 13. The song was written and produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ronnie James Dio and was recorded with bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice in November 2006 in the U.K. The cut was engineered and mixed by Mike Exeter, who worked on Iommi’s “Fused” and “The 1996 DEP Sessions”.
“The Devil Cried” is the first single off the group’s forthcoming “best-of” collection, “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”. The first comprehensive introduction to the band’s legacy features a dozen classic studio recordings, plus one live track — “Children Of The Sea” from 1982′s “Live Evil”. The collection also contains the three brand-new tracks — the aforementioned “The Devil Cried”, plus “Shadow Of The Wind”, and “Ear In The Wall”. The disc will be available April 3 at all physical retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $18.98. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $11.99. Check out the cover artwork at this location.
Arranged chronologically, the compilation spotlights singer Ronnie James Dio’s time with BLACK SABBATH and draws heavily from the lineup’s 1980 debut and 1981 follow-up, “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” respectively. Recognized as back-to-back metal classics, the albums feature such signature songs as the title tracks, “Neon Knights”, “Die Young”, “Turn Up The Night” and “Voodoo”. “The Dio Years” also features “After All (The Dead)”, “TV Crimes” and “I” from the singer’s brief reunion with SABBATH for the “Dehumanizer” album and tour.
“Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” track listing:
01. Neon Knights
02. Lady Evil
03. Heaven And Hell
04. Die Young
05. Lonely Is The Word
06. The Mob Rules
07. Turn Up The Night
09. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
10. After All (The Dead)
11. TV Crimes
13. Children Of The Sea – Live
14. The Devil Cried*
15. Shadow Of The Wind*
16. Ear In The Wall*
* Newly recorded tracks
Bone Nation? Hair Yard? XM Radio and Sirius to merge
NY Post: XM, Sirius Merger Deal Near
By Ed Oswald, BetaNews
February 19, 2007, 12:30 PM
Rumors of a marriage between satellite radio companies XM and Sirius again are at the forefront thanks to an article in the New York Post that claims the two sides are close to announcing a merger.
Both sides were meeting in Washington, DC to finalize an agreement, with an announcement coming as soon as Monday, the Post claims. Neither company could be immediately reached for comment.
Antitrust concerns way heavy on the negotiations, thus lawyers on both sides were working to address them in the final agreement. The companies were expected to take an equity stake in any combined entity.
The Post says that Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin would retain his position in the combined company, as would XM Chairman Gary Parsons. It appears that XM CEO Hugh Panero may not have a high-ranking position, as it was unknown if he would have a role.
As much as $7 billion could be saved annually with a combined company that would have approximately 12 million subscribers. The combination would also merge Sirius’ premier content such as Howard Stern and Martha Stewart with XM’s, which includes Major League Baseball and Oprah Winfrey.
Judas Priest’s Nostradamus is going to be an 18 track, 90 minute monster!
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 15:41:24 EST
In an EXCLUSIVE chat with BW&BK this afternoon (February 17th), JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing took some time to discuss the band’s upcoming concept album about the life and predictions of 16th-century French prophet Nostradamus.
“Myself and Glenn (Tipton – guitar) have been in the studio for the last month and a half non-stop, laying and formatting the tracks,” Downing reveals before heading off to the pub! “Basically we’re doing a lot of the groundwork. Roy (Z – guitarist/producer; also HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON) hasn’t been involved in the new record as yet. He has really been quite busy with Rob (Halford – vocals) in his band as well. We’ll have to see what happens on that front. Rob’s already put vocals down on some of these tracks, but they’ve only been kind of roughed out. So, he’s been refining the lyrics for the album. But the thing with this one is that the music is running an a hour and 39 minutes at the moment. So it’s literally almost twice as long as what we’ve done previously. This concept is going to be that way, pretty intense, in-depth and length – and hopefully a masterpiece.”
Will it stay that length?
Well, were were hoping we’d get it onto one CD, but knowing that a CD holds only 80 minutes, it’s looking that we’ll have two CDs I guess.”
Is the material taking shape to the point that you can’t edit it down?
“I think there is one idea that we can afford to leave off, but the rest is still going to run about an hour and a half.”
Describe the material?
“It’s tough and we are ready for anything. The only thing I know is that it sounds like music,” he laughs! “Hopefully songs that sound like music – that’s all I can say.”
How many songs are there in the can?
“I think there are 18, but there are a lot of links between songs. There are lots of instrumental parts, so it’s a full-on musical really.”
What about orchestration?
“Yes, there’s going to be orchestration. It’s all myself and Glenn putting it together. We dabbled with Midi Guitars back in the ’80s, with the Turbo (1986) album. Now things have moved on a lot and now we’ve got some pretty high tech gear. The tracking is very good, so we can put the orchestrations together ourselves. Also, we’ve always dabbled with keyboards as well. Godin, the guitar company from Quebec, I’ve been using those for about a year and that’s working out really well. They are the best people in the world if you want Midi converters on an instrument. So we can actually play their guitars and go through a Roland or Axiom interface. It can sound like anything you know. We’re getting all these really heavy, orchestral sounds and stuff.”
Are any outside orchestrations being considered or will it strictly be all Priest?
“We’re taking about that. We don’t really know. What we do know is what we’re putting together sounds really, really good you know. Obviously we want to go out and play and perform this concept in it’s entirety. Hopefully this will be the first ever metal opera in a sense. We’re talking staging now as well. We’re look forward to putting on a great show with this music. Who knows what’s going to happen yet. We’ll release the record and maybe go out on tour. Maybe play a couple of songs off the new record. It would be nice to tour with this record, once we establish with the people whether they like it or not.”
Have you encountered any problems with this massive undertaking considering you announced the project last April?
“No, actually. We’re pretty confident … quietly confident. The only question is the level of acceptance, because everybody, probably just want another Priest record you know! All of those ingredients will be in the record anyway.”
Is this coming together at the pace you expected?
“We’re belting along now. All the songs are down and formatted … were just getting ready to get Rob over now and looking forward to hearing his lyrics on this new record and us putting it all together.”
What’s your timeline? Will Nostradamus be out by the summer time?
“Yes, definitely. We may be back on the road in the summer, maybe late summer. There’s always somewhere in the world Priest can tour, so we’ll be looking to get out there and play some shows.”
Are you getting cabin fever?
“You do don’t you? When you finish a world tour like we did – we did almost 18 months of touring. I think we did the Ozzfest and the European festivals before we even released our last record (Angel Of Retribution). And then we did a world tour with that. It’s amazing, time goes by and you look forward to getting out there and cranking it up you know.”
RATT reunion talks heating up!
Could today’s reported RATT reunion be without bassist Juan Croucier? Initial info suggests that original bassist Juan Croucier will sit out yet another RATT reunion, thus making this trip much like the 1999 reunion with Stephen Pearcy on vocals that also saw the band co-headline with POISON (with GREAT WHITE and L.A. GUNS) on a summer tour. The 2007 Ratt reunion will also feature guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer. An official announcement from the RATT camp is expected soon.
Stephen Pearcy Update
Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy‘s official web site has been updated with the following message:
“Stephen to tour March-April 2007 doing a short run with his RAT BASTARDS. Stephen‘s also working on his third solo release with talk of former RATT producer Beau Hill to finish out the production before summer. Release date [to be announced]. Also ready for release 2007 (not one, but two) Stephen Pearcy ‘History in Muzik’ DVD compilations projects featuring MICKEY RATT, VICIOUS DELITE, ARCADE, VERTEX, RATT personal footage and his solo career. On stage, backstage footage spanning (25) years through his platinum-plus career in muzik. Pearcy [is] also putting final touches on a history in muzik ‘box set’ for release 2007. Release dates [to be announced].
“Rhino Records to release a RATT video history compilation DVD early 2007. The DVD will include both longform videos, certified platinum and gold respectively. RATT ‘The Video’ (1986) and RATT ‘Video Action’ (1991) collectively. Including possible new interviews and other videos not released by Atlantic Records. Release date [to be announced].
“Stephen hit the first drag race of the 2007 season at Pamona, CA hanging with four-time top fuel dragster world champ Tony Schumacher, driver of the Army car, qualifying #1 on the second day of qualifying.
“Top Fuel World is preparing to sponsor a top fuel car possibly by summer with associate sponsors [to be announced]. Keep your ears and eyes open for this 320 mph plus adventure! It’s been along time in the works.
“RATT’s ‘Back in the Cellar’ 2007? Keep the traps open for that one!”
Scorpions New CD and Artwork
According to a posting on the web site of the official SCORPIONS French fan club Crazyscorps, the German hard rock veterans have set “Humanity – Hour 1″ as the title of their new album, due in Europe on May 14 via BMG.
SCORPIONS arrived in Los Angeles in October to begin recording their new album with songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER, recently worked with Michael Beinhorn, Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman as co-producer on MEAT LOAF’s “Bat Out Of Hell 3: The Monster Is Loose” CD, and has also been mentioned as MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil’s likely collaborator on Neil’s upcoming solo album.
SCORPIONS’ latest album, “Unbreakable”, was released in the U.S. in June 2004 through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at Wisseloord studios in Hilversum, Holland.
New Black Sabbath track
The first single from the upcoming Black Sabbath release (April 3 on Rhino Records), Black Sabbath: The Dio Years is a track called The Devil Cried. It’s one of three new tracks recorded last fall.