The recently reformed Quiet Riot have announced the following tour dates:
January 28 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
3 – Redondo Beach, CA – The Brixton
4 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
5 – Santa Ana, CA – The Galaxy Theater
4 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
12 – Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House Of Rock
17 – Sioux City, IA – Awesome Biker Nights
After the tragic passing of co-founding Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007, many figured that the band was over. But while going through the vaults of vintage video material for an upcoming documentary of the band’s history, the spark was reignited once more for drummer Frankie Banali to kick QR back in gear. The easy part was filling the guitar and bass slots – as former members Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar) promptly signed on. However, having to fill DuBrow’s large shoes was no small task.
A longtime fan of heavy metal, singer Mark Huff came to Banali’s attention while fronting a California-based VAN HALEN tribute band (that focused on the “Sammy Hagar era”). A true Cinderella story, Huff auditioned via a cattle call audition, promptly blew Banali away, and got the gig. After getting the blessing from DuBrow’s mother to carry on with Quiet Riot (and to celebrate her son’s music), the group was ready to rock once more.
In addition to the aforementioned concerts, Quiet Riot will be guests on US syndicated radio show Rockline on Wednesday, January 19th. The program airs at 8:30 PM (PT) / 11:30 PM (ET). The show will feature drummer Frankie Banali, exclusive live Rockline performances with the late Kevin DuBrow and recordings with new vocalist Mark Huff. Fans are encouraged to speak with Quiet Riot by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the internet for the broadcast go toRocklineRadio.com.
You can also catch Frankie Banali’s Interview on That Metal Show, at this link!
It seems like only yesterday that Ace Frehley released his last solo album, “Trouble Walkin’”. OK, maybe in Jupiter days. It’s actually about 7,300 earth years, almost twenty years ago exactly since Ace graced us with some new tunes. Was it worth the wait? Depends on what standards are employed obviously, but “Anomaly” is a really cool listen with great guitar work including a sprinkling of instrumentals and an obligatory cover, which he likes to include in his releases. This time it’s a spirited interpretation of the Sweet classic “Fox On The Run”. Sweet, indeed. Meatloaf’s daughter, Pearl Aday adds her considerable talents to the festivities. Frehley offers several songs rhyming with his first name. You’ve got your Animal Planet Ace with “Space Bear”, the pick him out of a crowd Ace with “Too Many Faces” and the celestial Ace with the album’s first single, “Outer Space”. Also included on the CD is the third piece of a trilogy started long ago beginning with “Fractured Mirror”, followed by “Fractured Too” and now completed with “Fractured Quantum”, the epic final track on “Anomoly”.
Good news for long time Frehley followers, most will not only cite his album “Ace Frehley” as their favorite of the four albums released simultaneously by each member of Kiss back in 1978, but as their favorite of his solo albums and of those with Frehley’s Comet as well. It’s a welcome development because before recording “Anomaly” he listened to that eponymous album as inspiration. You can hear it too, certainly nothing sounds the same, but the driving spirit is absolutely unmistakable. The vibe, the attitude and the musicianship are all on regal display. No tour plans have been revealed at this point, but you can follow the information stream at AceFrehley.com While Frehley has no plans to serve leftovers to any of us, there were several songs that didn’t properly fit the mood of “Anomaly” and will serve as the springboard for a follow up album, but he promises it won’t be another seventy-three hundred day wait this time around. Frehley has plenty to celebrate these days, a new album, three years away from the life-force draining effect of alcohol and drugs and his first foray into the world of Pro-Tools, all landmark events for the storied guitarist. How many players today wanted to be like Ace many years ago? Rhetorical for sure, but perhaps it’s the beginning of another wave of players who want to emulate the stylish guitar slinger.
Bring it on. And we will as we welcome Ace Frehley to Rockline for his first ever visit. How can that be? Dunno, but we promise to make up for lost time as Ace Frehley joins us for our next ROCKLINE!
Five Finger Death Punch will be featured on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn tonight, at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. You are encourage to speak with the guys by calling 1-344-ROCK (7625).
For a station near you, or for information on the live broadcast, go to www.RocklineRadio.com
Uriah Heep will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Wednesday night February 18, 2009 at 8:30pm Pacific Time / 11:30pm Eastern Time.
Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Mick Box and Bernie Show from the band at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com This show will be streamed for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the afternoon after broadcast.
David Draiman of Disturbed will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday January 12, 2009 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. If you have a question or want to speak with David call toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding listening online go to www. RocklineRadio. com
Occasionally, rarely, things do not work out as planned. This is one of those times. Feeling we were completely set with a well known A-List guest for our next show, communication suddenly stopped and the long holiday weekend was upon us. With no assurances of the outcome, we have decided to present one of the all-time great, most requested Rocklines. We are pleased to offer an incredible show we feel you will enjoy immensely. Here is more detail:
Monday July 19, 1999 was a very special evening on ROCKLINE as we presented an evening with Alice In Chains featuring guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney and at the time a very special unanticipated guest. Jerry and Mike were in our ROCKLINE Los Angeles studio, while Sean was “somewhere in upstate New York”. We can’t remember why there was secrecy as to where Sean was located, but there was. We think he was in Buffalo, but ultimately it really doesn’t matter. We were honored to have three members of AIC join us to discuss the June 29, 1999 album” Nothing Safe: The Best of the Box”, the single CD release which was the precursor to the mammoth 3 CD set “Music Bank”, which dropped on October 26, 1999. We were told there was absolutely no way that legendary AIC vocalist Layne Staley would take part in the show. That was fine with us as the prospect of three members of Alice In Chains joining us to take your calls was enticing, to say the least.
Introductions were made and the show began. Before long, we received a call from someone claiming to be Layne Staley listening in Seattle. The call was not on some special “in house” line; in fact it was our toll free number provided for public use. So whoever it was waded through the incredibly heavy volume of calls to get in touch with us. After much hand wringing and off the air, “can you answer this question about Alice In Chains”, moments we realized it truly was Layne. As you might imagine we had a little help from Jerry, Mike and Sean who served up some questions that only Layne could possibly answer. We now had all four members of the band on the show to discuss their entire career, as this was essentially a Greatest Hits package. What resulted was a magical evening to say the least. When we lost Layne in April of 2002 we were informed this was his final radio appearance with all three of his band mates. We received numerous requests from newspapers, magazines and other media for a copy of the show. With the exception of The Seattle Times with whom the band had a solid relationship, we declined. Now, just shy of a decade later it is our distinct pleasure to present a truly Special Encore ROCKLINE with all four members of one of Rock’s most influential bands, Alice In Chains. No calls for this one, obviously. We think you’ll agree this is a really special treat to hear Layne’s voice again and his interaction with his friends and co-creators of some truly spectacular and innovative music. It’s an incredible evening with all four members of Alice In Chains on the next ROCKLINE!
Twenty-seven years into this interactive experiment we call ROCKLINE we continue to learn something almost every day and redefine what we once thought to be true, but now realize may no longer be. We were interactive long before computers and were at the forefront of the satellite technology we now take for granted to deliver information, light up our GPS’s and i-Phones and zap television signals and technological wonders right to our fingertips. Our current stance on booking guests can be better understood by taking a quick peek into the past. Originally, ROCKLINE was broadcast one night a week as we made rockstars interactively available to their fans. Simple enough. This continued until 1997 when, because of the changing face of radio, we splintered into two nights a week featuring Active (newer) artists and Classic (established) guests. This worked extremely well until recently when we realized that guests whom we eagerly welcomed to the show in the 1980’s no longer fit neatly into our two categories. Bands that were once mainstays of the program were inadvertently being excluded. Something had to change and it had to be our mindset. Looking back at our guest list for this year tells the story succinctly. We opened the parameters and welcomed both Billy Joel and Iron Maiden, two artists about as different as one could imagine. REM joined us for the first time in years. We opened the door to guests who were regulars twenty-five years ago, but hadn’t joined us in over a decade. We felt we needed a selling point to justify our repositioning, so we began asking for more live performances…long ones…electric ones…good ones. This opened the door for Queensryche, RATT, Warrant, Great White, Dokken, Tesla and Kip Winger to join us to mention a few. The response has been far beyond expectations. Zero complaints and amazingly positive feedback. We also decided that occasionally, rather than not welcome a guest at all, that we would include a show or two without phone calls, but only when necessary. The result has been a year of wonderful diversity, far more live performances and the best line up in our history. ROCKLINE has evolved by remembering our past.
Our next show employs two of the aforementioned elements. Kip Winger, solo artist and leader of the band bearing his name, joins us for our next show. This wouldn’t have happened last year, because the night this show will be broadcast, Kip will be performing in England. Check out his itinerary at MySpace.com/KipWingerMusic We invited him to join us a few weeks ago in the middle of a beautiful Southern California afternoon to discuss his brilliant new album “From the Moon to the Sun” and to perform a live acoustic set to share with you. The result is a sometimes haunting and personal musical foray that is also at times explosive and jaw-dropping. Winger’s prowess, his breadth and scope is on full display as he takes on brand new songs and blends in stirring renditions of Winger songs such as an incendiary reading of “Blind Revolution Mad”. An album title has never been more apropos either as he serves up music from the moon to the sun…and back again. Kip also took on all of our questions without restriction or limitation. You won’t believe how Beavis and Butthead’s absolutely disrespectful trashing of him served as a powerful motivational tool and helped him reach a level previously unimagined and surprising recognition from a whole new audience. He’s moved from New York to LA to Santa Fe and now Nashville and his music reflects the diversity of his chosen hometowns.
Nothing was off limits, everything was on display and are we ever glad we reexamined our stance on who we invite to join us. Trust us; you do not want to miss this special evening with Kip Winger, candid in conversation and explosive in concert, only on the next ROCKLINE!
Ok, we’ll admit it. We’re already on record hailing Tesla. Just check out the back of their recent DVD “Comin’ Atcha Live! 2008” and you’ll see what we mean. Tesla’s blistering live, plugged-in performance recently on ROCKLINE was one of the best we’ve ever had in the twenty-seven year history of our show. This year has been the busiest in the eighteen year history of the Sacramento based band. It’s hard to believe they disbanded for six years at the end of the 90’s to the beginning of this millennium; because with the release on October 7th of their brand new album it is very apparent this is absolutely the best music they’ve even created. Maybe that layoff was just what the doctor ordered. Every single song is outstanding and worthy of airplay. But broadcast need not concern you as all that is needed is to load “Forever More” into your MP3 or CD player and let it rip. What’s really astonishing about this new collection of songs is the fact that you want to hear every single one again the moment it ends. That’s the hallmark of a really good album and there’s absolutely no drop off from one song to the next. It will be our absolute pleasure to welcome Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat to our next show, to play as many songs as we possibly can and to have them tell you all about them. It’s as if their whole career has been pointing to this album, an album to enjoy forever more. They began writing in January and the results are about to be made public.
The band is currently on tour (we know, what a surprise) and you can locate all the dates at TeslaTheBand.com We’re not sure how many of the new songs they have incorporated into their set, but we’d be happy to hear them play the entire new album live. Not only is it a great experience as a fan to hear music of this quality, but imagine what a jolt of electricity this must be for the band to have songs like this become part of their arsenal. If any band knows what to do with a jolt of electricity, it’s Tesla. Jeff has never sung better, Frank absolutely shreds on guitar, Brian and Troy are locked into a wicked sounding rhythm section and Dave’s contribution surely must be part of why this is working so well.
We’ve raved enough, now it’s time to deliver and let you decide for yourself. Our money is on Tesla knocking your socks off on the next ROCKLINE!
We like to invite certain guests to join us a couple of times for each album, if it’s warranted, of course. Having a successful album will go a long way toward making that happen. Hey, we’ll even go three deep if there’s a live performance involved. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s hard to believe it was last March when Theory of a Deadman joined us for the national radio debut of “Scars and Souvenirs”. We must have been having fun because the time has certainly flown.
During that time, Theory has enjoyed the most successful period of their rapidly growing career. It took a band the caliber of Metallica to recently knock “Bad Girlfriend” out of the number one slot on the rock radio charts. It now occupies the number two hole (behind some heavyweight company) and has charted for 20 consecutive weeks. All this comes on the heels of “So Happy”, which enjoyed similar success and a top two chart posting. But chart numbers are only a tiny measure of what an album is all about and “Scars and Souvenirs” shows the depth and breadth that are the hallmarks of good old Rock & Roll.
The album is perfectly balanced with a range of emotions: anger, humor, betrayal, turmoil, resolution and resolve, just to log a few. And if there’s anything Theory has gotten better at with each release it’s making sure their music sticks in your head. On this third album, they’re making the creation of good songs seem like anyone could do it, because their music feels natural and just right. But if anyone could we’d all be doing it, right?
Theory is in the midst of a full blown tour right now…they’re full fledged headliners now. You can find all of the dates at TheoryofADeadman.com and on their My Space site as well. We will catch up with the Vancouver, BC based band in the Midwest, Michigan specifically, and see if there have been any major changes since they joined us half of a year ago. We’re expecting the entire band to join us to talk about their music, take your calls and play some songs on the radio for you. We’ve welcomed Canadian bands to ROCKLINE for as long as we can remember and there seems to be a common trait, they’re all polite and tend to be stand up guys. (They must hate hearing that but it’s true.) We had one of the most legendary “north of the border” bands of all time join us and they were asked about exactly that and simply replied, “We’re nice Canadian lads, we’re taught to be that way”. They apparently learn well, but just because the guys in Theory are decent folks doesn’t mean they’re boring or uninteresting. It just means it’s highly unlikely you’ll be seeing them on the police blotter or on the next TMZ, which means we can talk about their music. That’s why we’ve invited them back, they make good music and that’s reason enough.
Join us for Theory of A Deadman, the whole band, exclusively on the next ROCKLINE! Click below for your local schedule!
Buckcherry will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night September 8 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Buckcherry at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go toww.RocklineRadio.com
Buckcherry will also perform a plugged-in live set!
Fans are encouraged to call to speak with David by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to
If you missed the recent interviews on Rockline from Candlebox, The Scorpions, Trapt or Judas Priest, you can listen to the archive interviews at the link below.
One of the most difficult things to do in Rock and Roll is to come back after a prolonged layoff. The time frame that usually sets the limit is four to five years. At that point, it is about 40/60 as to whether a band can regroup and regain an audience and usually the band, or artist, has to be of huge stature. As a fan, think of where your taste in music was almost a half of a decade ago. No doubt you have made many changes in what you enjoy, leaving some music behind and embracing different bands and styles in which you had no prior interest. This makes what Candlebox, the Seattle based and former Grunge scene band has done even more impressive and unlikely. Never really Grunge, just from Seattle during that period, their heyday was in the mid-1990’s and they haven’t released an album of new material since 1998. This begs the question, “Have they kept a fan base for a decade even while being dormant, or have they started from scratch?” The answer is probably a bit of both, but regardless, a comeback such as this is extremely rare and definitely impressive. Their last official release was “Happy Pills” in 1998. On July 22nd Candlebox released “Into the Sun” and it is one of ROCKLINE’S favorite albums of the year. “Into the Sun” comes storming out of the gate with one outstanding song after another and the passion is punctuated with profanity, not mindless profanity, but the kind that makes a point stronger instead of just not being able to find different words. Maybe it was that decade long layoff, but there’s unbridled energy that the band has tapped into that comes across like a collective catharsis.
Candlebox, long renowned for explosive live sets, has opted to take this show on the road as a headlining act in smaller venues rather than play a shortened set and compromise the fury. Our feeling is to try to see them now before those venues grow in size and a perfect opportunity for an intimate set by the band falls by the wayside. The band has just launched a new and up to date website CandleboxRocks.com and their itinerary is listed along with new and updated information regarding the band. The first single, “Stand”, which takes on materialism in our consumer based society, is slowly climbing up the radio charts with steady, weekly progress and we’ve learned that the songs that do that tend to stay on those charts for prolonged periods. Plus, there’s a whole lot more where that came from as the new album is loaded with outstanding songs. Obviously, there is plenty to discuss here and we’re curious as to the band’s theory about their fan base in 2008, why they decided to have another go at it and why they called it quits after only three albums to begin with. They totally scrapped a large collection of songs and went back to the drawing board for “Into the Sun” and the result is their first album in ten years and one day. What are the odds on that?
What’s the story? Find out when Candlebox joins us from Boise, ID on our next ROCKLINE!
Tonight from 8:30 – 10:30 P.M. Check this link for your local station’s schedule.
The band Five Finger Death Punch, has been electrifying crowds while opening up for Disturbed, and will soon be joining Disturbed on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, along with Black Tide, Airbourne, Mastodon and more! Check the guys out on this week’s edition of Rockline, and hear some new music off of the band’s CD, The Way of The Fist. You can watch the video, for the the 5FDP song, The Bleeding below:
10 Years will be the featured guests on the national radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Fans are encouraged to call to speak with the band toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and more info go to www.RockRadio.com
10 Years new album, Division, hits stores next Tuesday
Blackbird has landed! Fans of Alter Bridge can tune in to Rockline on Monday, October 15th, at 8:30p to hear the band talk about their new album, Blackbird.
Fans can click on this link to find their local stations airing the show.