THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK BANDS ON ONE STAGE
Rock ‘n Roll doesn’t get any bigger than this! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE… On the same stage… On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles announced today, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are uniting to launch THE TOUR of 2012. The summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour will level 40+ cities nationwide starting July 20th. The Live Nation promoted tour will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23rd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The KISS Army Fan Club pre-sales begin Wednesday, March 21st at 10am.
With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are more than just iconic; they remain today as the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics. This is the first time KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will share a stage since 1982.
These veterans of the music business are still at the height of their popularity. KISS is the juggernaut of them all, with 3,000 licensed merchandise products, including the KISS golf course in Las Vegas and a new album. KISS has broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis. MÖTLEY CRÜE is the first rock band in history to have just completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band is best known for continuing to reinvent not only their live show (with mind blowing elements such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster) and music (brand new song due out this spring), but remain on the cutting edge via social media interaction. MÖTLEY CRÜE’s New York Times bestselling book The Dirt is currently being adapted into a major motion picture. Last month, the band was featured in one of the highest rated Super Bowl ads of all time for the KIA Optima.
|July 6, 2012||Sonisphere Festival||Knebworth||ENDED||BUY NOW|
|July 20, 2012||Jiffy Lube Live||Bristow||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 21, 2012||Farm Bureau Live||Virginia Beach||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 22, 2012||Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion||Raleigh||3/21/12||3/12/12||3/24/12|
|July 24, 2012||Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood||Atlanta||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|July 25, 2012||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||Charlotte||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|July 27, 2012||Cruzan Amphitheatre||West Palm Beach||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 28, 2012||1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater||Tampa||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|July 31, 2012||Oak Mountain Amphitheatre||Pelham||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 3, 2012||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion||Woodlands||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 4, 2012||Gexa Energy Paviliion||Dallas||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 7, 2012||Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion||Albuquerque||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 8, 2012||Comfort Dental Amphitheater||Englewood||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 10, 2012||Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion||Phoenix||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 11, 2012||Mandalay Bay Arena||Las Vegas||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 12, 2012||Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre||Chula Vista||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 14, 2012||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater||Irvine||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 16, 2012||Sleep Train Pavilion||Concord||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|August 18, 2012||White River Amphitheatre||Auburn||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 19, 2012||Sleep Country Amphitheater||Ridgefield||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 24, 2012||Rock Jam||Grand Junction||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 26, 2012||BOK Center||Tulsa||3/21/12||TBD||3/24/12|
|August 27, 2012||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||Maryland Heights||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 29, 2012||Minnesota State Fair||Minneapolis||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|August 31, 2012||Riverbend Music Center||Cincinnati||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 1, 2012||Klipsch Music Center||Noblesville||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 2, 2012||First Niagara Pavilion||Burgettstown||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 4, 2012||Bridgestone Arena||Nashville||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 5, 2012||DTE Energy Music Theatre||Clarkston||3/12/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 7, 2012||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre||Tinley Park||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 8, 2012||Alpine Valley Music Theater||East Troy||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 11, 2012||Allegan County Fair||Allegan||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 12, 2012||Blossom Music Center||Cuyahoga Falls||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 13, 2012||Molson Amphitheatre||Toronto||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 15, 2012||Darien Lake PAC||Darien Lake||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 16, 2012||Comcast Center||Mansfield||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 18, 2012||Toyota Pavilion||Scranton||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 19, 2012||Susquehanna Bank Center||Camden||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/24/12|
|September 21, 2012||PNC Bank Arts Center||Holmdel||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 22, 2012||Nikon at Jones Beach||Wantagh||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
|September 23, 2012||Comcast Theater||Hartford||3/21/12||3/21/12||3/23/12|
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On Tour This Summer With Def Leppard and Poison
Legendary female metal icon LITA FORD has confirmed the release date for her new album Living Like A Runaway. The album will be released June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
LITA gave an update on Living Like a Runaway:
“This CD is truly a dream come true. It took me one year to write this CD along with Producer Gary Hoey and song writing Partner Michael Dan Ehming. We have dumped out hearts and souls into this amazing CD. Along with a lot of tears, pain, heartache, laughter, ripping out hair, going hungry,losing sleep and a lot of frequent flyer miles. !!!
Living Like a Runaway, is like being able to walk through fire and coming out the other side unscathed.”
Coinciding with the album’s release, LITA is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the “Rock of Ages Tour”. The dates for the first leg of the tour have been announced and are listed below. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
LITA is looking forward to the tour and getting to play the new songs live:
“We are honored with this awesome tour and being able to play with these brilliant musicians. So strap in tight, it’s going to be one powerful journey.”
Best known for her work with The Runaways and her solo career, featuring hit singles “Kiss Me Deadly” and the Billboard charting duet “Close My Eyes Forever” with Ozzy Osbourne, LITA is ready to make a return to the throne as the queen of metal.
LITA FORD on Tour With Def Leppard and Poison:
6/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
6/22: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheater
6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
6/27: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
6/30: Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Time Forum
7/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/3: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/6: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
7/7: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
7/11: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
7/13: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
7/16: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
7/17: Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
7/19: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
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In the prologue to Duff McKagan’s autobiography, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies), Duff tells an anecdotal tale of his daughter’s thirteenth birthday party. It was going to be a huge, grand event, complete with a DJ, catered food and lots of his daughter’s friends. There was just one small issue. His daughter refused to let him, or his wife, step foot in the backyard. It just wasn’t cool to have your parents trolling around at your birthday party.
As an avid fan of Guns N Roses since the mid-eighties, I found this story hysterical. Here is one of the biggest rock icons of the day, who was mauled by devoted fans over the years, being told that he isn’t cool enough to hang out with his daughter’s friends. Duff would be an embarrassment to this growing teenage girl. This was the life of Duff McKagan circa 2011.
The opening introit leads to the kick start of the journey that was (and still is) the life of Duff McKagan, former bassist for one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the history of music. The modern day version of Mr. McKagan is quite a contrast to the early life of a young, hungry musician who moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, California, with a dream of putting together one of the most dedicated rock bands in the world.
The opening chapters of It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) are beautifully crafted and formatted in perfect harmony. The book starts with the early roots of Duff McKagan in Seattle and is intertwined with his early days in Los Angeles. Rather than giving us the linear path of his life, Duff decided that it would be more compelling to twist the early days of L.A. with flashbacks of his arrival on the Hollywood scene. The payoff is intense reading that can’t be put down. Even if you aren’t a fan of Guns N Roses (which I find hard to believe), It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) is still must read material.
Duff shows us the inner workings of Hollywood via the late 80s. Here, a young man came with no money, a dream, and a drive to form one of the greatest bands in the world. While a lot of young musicians at the time were pounding the streets of L.A. in search of leading the next great rock band, the difference with Duff was his determination. Nothing was going to come between him and his dream. In the early years, that held true, as Duff was more concerned with his music than anything else. That, and the fact that he could not afford anything more than cheap Nighttrain wine, helped keep him level headed enough to become a founding member of Guns N Roses along with Slash, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, and one Axl Rose.
Duff recreates the early days in vibrant detail, and for fans who have read Slash’s autobiography, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) is the perfect companion piece, as we are able to see familiar stories through the eyes of another band member. Reading the early stories made me yearn for a memoir from Axl, thus completing the views from all three of the biggest players in the band.
McKagan does not hold back throughout It’s So Easy (And Other Lies). He delves into the story and gives the readers all of the dirt. He retells classic moments of GNR history with the clear perspective of sobriety and even takes responsibility for his part in how the band fell apart. He is quick to point out not only the lows of living a life with Axl Rose as a bandmate, but also the highs. Duff holds no grudges and appears to have no regrets. His memories of Axl are painted both in anger (especially for Axl’s constant lateness) and in fondness (remembering how Axl was there for Duff during several times of need).
Through it all, McKagan gives us his life story in beautiful, crisp detail leaving out none of the good times, or the bad. We are able to journey with him to the darkest pits of drug and alcohol abuse. We writhe in pain as his pancreas burst and he begs for death. We rejoice in jubilation as Duff takes on the challenge for his life and comes back from the brink of death to become completely sober and dedicated to his music once again. And through it all, we secretly hope that one day, there will be a full band Guns N Roses reunion. While his other bands (Velvet Revolver and Loaded) are great, we always want the original back together.
If you are a fan of Guns N Roses, the Hollywood metal scene, or just rock and roll in general, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) is definitely worth picking up. McKagan’s story is one of redemption and overcoming personal demons to live life on a greater level. It is a story that will touch anyone who reads it and resonate with your inner champion.
It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) is now available in paperback from Touchstone Books, wherever books are sold and on the Amazon Kindle.
All female, teenage rock band Cherri Bomb are exploding on to the scene with their upcoming debut album, This Is Out of Control. The Los Angeles based group (managed by ex-Hole drummer Samantha Maloney) are now exclusively streaming album track, “Raw. Real.,” over at AltPress.com. The track is also available for free download on the band’s official site.
Cherri Bomb recently unveiled the track listing for the album (below), which will be available May 15th on Hollywood Records. In support of the release – and with many performances at major festivals across Europe and Australia already on their resume – the band will be heading to Asbury Park, New Jersey on May 19th to play The Bamboozle Festival alongside Foo Fighters, Blink 182, and Bon Jovi.
This Is Out of Control Track Listing:
1. Take This Now
2. Better This Way
3. Raw. Real.
4. Shake The Ground
5. Too Many Faces
6. Let It Go
7. Sacrificial Lamb
8. Act The Part
9. Drawing A Blank
10. Heart Is A Hole
11. Paper Doll
12. Hold On
CHARM CITY DEVILS has moved the release date of their second album, SINS, from April 1 to April 10. It will be released via iTunes and now CD Baby on April 10 via Fat Lady Music.
TRIXTER’S NEW SINGLE “TATTOOS & MISERY” AVAILABLE
ON iTUNES NOW; TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
“NEW AUDIO MACHINE” DUE OUT IN NORTH AMERICA
APRIL 24TH VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS
In advance of their first new album in 20 years, the new single from good time rock n’ rollers Trixter, “Tattoos & Misery” is now available on iTunes.
Click here to purchase. “Tattoos & Misery” was written by Steve Brown, PJ Farley, Mark “Gus” Scott and Xandy Barry (The Rolling Stones, Puddle Of Mudd, Backstreet Boys, Miley Cyrus), mixed by Corey Pensa and is featured on Trixter’s forthcoming album NEW AUDIO MACHINE, which will be released on April 24th in North America via Frontiers Records. Featuring the band’s original line-up, the album is produced by Steve Brown with extra production and engineering by Chuck Alkazian (Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Tesla) and includes songwriting contributions by Skid Row’s Snake Sabo and Rachel Bolan and Styx’s Glen Burtnik. Trixter will take to the road beginning in May to support the new offering; please see below for tour dates.
Northern New Jersey’s Trixter’s self-titled debut album (1990) spawned three monster hit singles/videos (See below) with “Give It To Me Good”, “One in a Million” and “Surrender”, as well as an RIAA-certified Gold album. Trixter has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan. They have performed in arenas and amphitheaters with crowds of up to 35,000 and have appeared live on numerous television and radio programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Pay-Per-View, VH-1, MTV, Z-Rock and MetalShop. Trixter has shared the stage with such rock heavyweights as Kiss, Boston, The Scorpions, Poison, Vince Neil, Cinderella, Warrant, Slaughter, Winger, Skid Row, Great White, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Stryper, Dokken and more. The band recently nabbed the #29 spot on VH-1’s “Top 40 Hair Bands of All Time” countdown. Trixter is Pete Loran (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Steve Brown (lead guitar/harmonica/backing vocals), P.J. Farley (bass/backing vocals) and Gus Scott (drums/percussion/backing vocals).
Trixter tour dates:
10 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
9 Fargo, ND Fargo Rib Fest
14 Chesaning, MI Showboat Music Festival
27 Lakeland, FL The Lakeland Center
6 Sturgis, SD Easyriders Saloon
20 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den At Mohegan Sun
21 Teaneck, NJ Mexicali Live
22 Standish, ME Memorylane Music Hall
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