|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
The iconic rock band The Sweet is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new multi-media presentation integrating their high-energy stage show with original footage of the band’s early performances and audio interludes which brings the audience back in time. This monumental new rock production is a must see show for 2018. Sweet will kick off their 2018 anniversary tour with a show at The Whiskey on the famed Sunset Strip on December 22nd, 2017.
One of the most influential British rock bands of all time, The Sweet rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as the premier glam rock act. The band achieved a rocket ride to success with numerous hits including: “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox On The Run,” “Love Is Like Oxygen,” “Little Willy,” “Action,” “Teenage Rampage,” “ACDC,” Blockbuster” and “Hell Raiser, to name just a few. Around the world the group has sold over 55 million records.
Sweet’s lineup is founding member Steve Priest on bass and vocals, the show’s producer and drummer Richie Onori, Stevie Stewart on keyboards and guitar virtuoso Mitch Perry. Musician, actor and artist Paulie Z, known for work with his band ZO2 and starring in the hit IFC series, Z Rock, brings his theatrical and enthralling lead singing talents as a new addition to Sweet.
Sweet are experiencing a resurgence with the use of two of their biggest hits featured in two blockbuster movies and the 2017 World Series. “Fox On The Run” was featured on both the soundtrack and trailers of the 3rd top grossing movie of 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy 2. This exposure catapulted the song and group to #1 on the iTunes chart for 3 weeks last spring. “Fox” was also played during the 2017 World Series on the Fox Television Network. Sweet’s hit, “Ballroom Blitz” was in the international trailer for “Suicide Squad” and received 13 million downloads.
The Sweet reformed in 2008 and during the ten years of this lineup has played hundreds of shows including a South American tour with Journey as well as Boston, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, Peter Frampton and Steve Winwood, to name just a few. Don’t be surprised who might join the band on stage for this 50th anniversary tour; everyone will want to be part of the “Blitz” for this once in a lifetime major event.
22 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
28 – Scottsdale, AZ – Blk Live
30 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
31 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
26 – New York City, NY – Gramercy Theater
27 – New Hope, PA – Havana
28 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theatre
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
A video trailer for HAMMERFALL's upcoming "Glory To The Brave - 20 Year Anniversary Edition" can be seen below.
The gold and black vinyl, as well as the digital version of the album, will be released on December 1 — with the extensive fan box set dropping on December 15.
When HAMMERFALL released its debut album, "Glory To The Brave", twenty years ago, the five Swedes launched a true heavy metal revival overnight. While the mainstream still concentrated on grunge and the metal scene was dominated by especially black and gothic acts, this traditional metal record was like a godsend and heralded a new era. "For us, the immense success was a real shock in the beginning," singer Joacim Cans remembers, because suddenly, HAMMERFALL were considered to be the saviors of true metal. They received countless rave reviews from magazines, Wacken Open Air booked the band at prime time on the main stage, Kai Hansen invited the band personally to join as support on the GAMMA RAY tour and the CD entered the German album chart at the amazing position of No. 38 — an unbelievable achievement during this time.
"Our advantage was that no one has expected us and our album. We only did what we wanted and felt compelled to do," Cans says.
This passion was not least influenced by German metal acts like ACCEPT, HELLOWEEN and STORMWITCH but also by other underdogs like WARLORD and PICTURE.
"I'm still very proud of this album; it has turned our lives upside down," the vocalist sums up, and is equally proud of the extensive re-release of the cult album. The re-release includes the completely remastered version of "Glory To The Brave", a radio edit of the legendary title track as well as the great cover version of the STORMWITCH classic "Ravenlord". The bonus CD will include six live versions of "The Metal Age", "Steel Meets Steel", "Stone Cold", "Glory To The Brave", "Hammerfall" and "The Dragon Lies Bleeding", as well as a medley from numerous tracks off of their first-class debut album, which was recorded live this year at a show in Berlin.
In addition to this, the double CD will also be enhanced by a bonus DVD containing the first chapters of their "The First Crusade" documentary, which was originally published on VHS, as well as four new, historically edited interview chapters plus a live recording of their Dynamo Open Air show at Eindhoven in 1998. It will be available as a digipak in an attractive box set, including a booklet containing detailed liner notes, many photos from the private archives of the musicians as well as magazine reports, flyers, posters and much more. Besides the 2-CD/DVD, you can also purchase the audio part separately, which includes bonus tracks as a double-vinyl in various colors.
There has been no other album that was quite as important for the development of heavy metal in the nineties and now, the milestone will be published in a comprehensive deluxe edition that leaves no wish unfulfilled!
"Glory To The Brave - 20 Year Anniversary Edition" will be released with brand-new cover artwork and is now available for pre-order.
"Glory To The Brave - 20 Year Anniversary Edition" track listing:
Digi, Album Tracks Remastered
01. The Dragon Lies Bleeding
02. The Metal Age
04. I Believe
05. Child Of The Damned
06. Steel Meets Steel
07. Stone Cold
09. Glory To The Brave
11. Glory To The Brave (radio edit)
CD2 (bonus) – Live
01. The Metal Age (1998)
02. Steel Meets Steel (1998)
03. Stone Cold (1998)
04. Glory To The Brave (2012)
05. Hammerfall (2012)
06. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (2012)
07. Glory To The Brave Medley (2017)
The First Crusade:
02. Steel Meets Steel - First Live Show
03. Glory To The Brave - Clip 1
05. Steel Meets Steel - Live
06. Glory To The Brave - Clip 2
07. The Making Of "Glory To The Brave"
08. Ravenlord - Live (STORMWITCH cover)
09. The Metal Age - Live
10. Nominated For The Swedish Grammis Award
11. Stone Cold - Live
13. Chapter I: The Early Days
14. Chapter II: The Rockslaget Festival
15. Chapter III: The Album
16. Chapter IV: New Members, Wacken & Touring
Live: Dynamo Festival 1998
17. Child Of The Damned
18. The Metal Age
19. Steel Meets Steel
20. Eternal Dark
21. The Dragon Lies Bleeding
22. Stone Cold
2LP (140g, 33 RPM) Album Tracks Remastered
01. The Dragon Lies Bleeding
02. The Metal Age
04. I Believe
05. Child Of The Damned
01. Steel Meets Steel
02. Stone Cold
04. Glory To The Brave
Side C (Bonus)
02. The Metal Age (live 1998)
03. Steel Meets Steel (live 1998)
04. Stone Cold (live 1998)
Side D (Bonus)
01. Glory To The Brave (live 2012)
02. Hammerfall (live 2012)
03. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (live 2012)
04. Glory To The Brave - Medley (live 2017)
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Singer Brian Johnson hasn't said much about AC/DC since leaving the band last year. But he paid tribute to the band's rhythm guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young after his death on Nov. 18, and now he's opened up to Rolling Stone about his former bandmate.
"Malcolm never missed a trick," he told the magazine in his first interview in two years. "He paid attention to everything. Onstage he was always watching, taking in things and making sure it wouldn't happen again if he didn't like the look of some lights or something. ... Malcolm gave rock 'n' roll a fist. He'd give it a kick in the ass."
Young died following a lengthy battle with a number of illnesses, including dementia, lung cancer and a heart condition. Johnson himself has had medical issues lately too, including one involving his hearing that contributed to his exit from AC/DC and has involved surgeries. "You got to take it like a man, but when it hurts, you know that's it – you're done, pal," he said. "But Malcolm had it way worse – another invisible thing. I call it the invisible disease that nobody can see or touch."
The singer referred to Young as "a catalyst. It was Malcolm that got a hold of Angus and said, 'Just go f---ing crazy [on guitar].' Malcolm taught everybody in the band how to be in a band."
Johnson recalled auditioning for AC/DC in 1980, following the death of Bon Scott, and how Malcolm Young made him feel welcome. "They had asked singers to come in and do a couple of songs," he recalled. "The smallest guy in the room stood up and walked towards me. Pulled out a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale, because that is where I am from, and said, 'There you go, mate, just make yourself at home.' It was Malcolm."
Expecting nothing to come of the audition, Johnson was surprised to get a call from Young a month later asking him if he'd "like to come down." Dumbfounded, he asked why. "You know, we got to do an album." Still not quite getting it, Johnson asked if that meant he was in. "Oh, f--- yeah!"
"When I first joined them and went to Australia, he took me to meet his mother and father," Johnson said. "Then he came up to Newcastle to meet me mom and dad, just to say, 'Hey, I am Malcolm and this is the band.' He was just such a thoughtful man."
Even as both of their careers were winding down, the two remained close. Johnson was in the hospital in Australia for surgery a couple years ago when he learned Young was in another wing of the same hospital. "I said, 'I would love to see him,' and they said, 'No, you can't see him. He is in a bad way now,'" Johnson said. "He had just had a pacemaker put in and was pretty weak so the doctors didn't want to excite him. I was lying there and couldn't move, and there was me pal next door. It was f---ed up. That was a toughie. Maybe it is good I didn't see him, because that would have broke me heart."
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Queen will issue a limited edition 2017 gold plated double sided sixpence featuring a "Brian May" heads and "News Of The World" tails. Very limited quantities available - only 1 per household.
The coin is Cupro Nickel with gold plating and comes displayed in small plastic coin container with black sponge mount then outer packaged into a beautiful red simulated leather presentation box.
Click here to pre-order.
A special box set of Queen‘s landmark 1977 album, News Of The World, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release, is available now. This lavish new package can be ordered here.
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Bennett, 63 has donated the instruments in honour of his late mother Nora who was a volunteer at the hospice – and they’ll go under the hammer at Wilsons Auctions on November 30.
Some of the guitars have been signed by artists including Guns N’ Roses axeman Slash, Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell and ex Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.
A 2002 US Custom Shop-made seafoam green Strat boasts the signatures of Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke, fellow Bad Company member Mick Ralphs, Cream’s Jack Bruce and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.
Bennett says: “I was able to amass the collection over a number of years thanks to musicians and music shops in Northern Ireland, and I would get signatures from Rock Camps I attended in London, at the Abbey Road studios, and at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.
“I’ve had the pleasure of jamming with some of the world’s most famous musicians and I am glad I was able to get guitars signed by them. Hopefully this will benefit Northern Ireland Hospice.”
Bennett adds: “It was always my intention to collect as many Fender Stratocasters as possible to one day donate to the hospice in honour of my mother and her support for the organisation.”
CEO of Northern Ireland Hospice Heather Weir adds: “The goodwill shown to Northern Ireland Hospice over the years has reached far and wide and has brought many quirky donations to our attention.
“This guitar collection is unique. Not only will it bring vital funds to support our care services, it will also raise awareness of Northern Ireland Hospice’s work.”
Visit the Wilsons Auctions website for further information:
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young will be memorialized in Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Nov. 28, according to News.com.au. He will be remembered by his friends and family, after passing Saturday, Nov. 18.
The funeral is set for 11 AM local time, and also happens to fall on the same day of one of Australia's biggest days for music, the Aria Awards. The funeral is speculated to be attended by the entire Young family, as well as members of his former bands.
The day of Young's passing, AC/DC released the following statement, "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young. Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment, he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary, he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."
Young has been honored by numerous musicians over the past week. Longtime vocalist Brian Johnson spoke about his love for Young, commenting, "I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young, I can’t believe he’s gone. We had such great times on the road. I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he. I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated…. as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match."
Read the full story at News.com.au.
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has slammed the “enablers” who surround musicians and make it more difficult for those with drug issues to deal with them because it might affect financial returns.
Sixx has been vocal in recent months about the U.S. opiate crisis, particularly its effect in the artistic industries. Last month he dismissed the idea that taking drugs enhanced creativity, and in September he marked International Overdose Awareness Day by recounting his own worst experience while under the influence of heroin.
In a new interview on the syndicated talk show The Doctors, Sixx was asked if the “rock 'n' roll lifestyle” encourages drug abuse. “Yes and no,” he replied. “It depends on the artist. Like when Whitney Houston passed away, I think it was a good time to look at enablers. There’s a lot of people around the artist – there’s managers, there’s agents, there’s road managers, there’s crew, there’s family members. So when you see a person heading towards that addiction, a lot of people don’t want to stop the money train, and that’s where you hear about a lot of the tragedies in rock 'n' roll, and other kinds of music as well.”
You can watch the clip below.
Describing himself as a “survivor or heroin addiction and alcoholism,” Sixx recounted the infamous story of how he wound up close to death after an overdose. “I was a heroin addict for exactly one year, and my heart stopped for two minutes and I came back," he said. "I went home and I shot up again and overdosed again. And I woke up the next day and I kind of had a spiritual awakening – that’s the only way I can explain it. .… It was the first time I didn’t want to do drugs."
Sixx said the experience changed his perspective. "At that time I said, ‘I want to turn my life around and do something good with this horrible information,'" he recalled.
WHITESNAKE SINGER DAVID COVERDALE ON 1987 ALBUM - "MAYBE WE WILL DO THIS TOUR FEATURING THE WHOLE ALBUM"; VIDEO
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Stryper singer Michael Sweet is set to release a new DVD, entitled Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music. The footage on the DVD was filmed on June 2nd at the Narrows Center For The Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts.
The DVD will be available at the "A Michael Sweet Christmas" event on December 14th at the Spire Center For The Performing Arts in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and soon at MichaelSweet.com.
|Posted on November 22, 2017 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Celebrate some of the hardest and heaviest metal songs of all time as Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp announces its upcoming camp featuring Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH and Zakk Wylde of OZZY OSBOURNE and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, set to take place April 19-22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Says Mustaine: "Attention! Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp has been seized by myself and Zakk Wylde and is now the Metal Fantasy Camp April 19-22, 2018. Prepare to shred songs with me like 'Holy Wars' and 'Dystopia', and metal anthems like 'Symphony Of Destruction'. You've been warned!"
Join Mustaine and Wylde plus 15 incredible touring rock star counselors, including bass players, guitar players, vocalists and drummers as you live the ultimate metal dream! You'll be jamming with Mustaine and Wylde at the private Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp facility and then performing live on stage with Wylde at the infamous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California on Sunday April 22, 2018.
Spend four days immersed in metal as you jam such hits as "Symphony Of Destruction", "Peace Sells", "Crazy Train" and "I Don't Know" with these two metal legends at Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp .
Over the course of four music-filled days, campers will be placed into bands led by rock star counselors including Lita Ford, Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER), James Kottak (SCORPIONS) and many more. Musicians will hone their stage presence, learn to play some of rock music's greatest anthems, get tips on playing as a band and hear stories of life on the road from their rock star counselors. Attendees will also attend master classes and jams rooms with these renowned musicians and then perform live with their band in front of a packed house at the Whisky A Go Go with Zakk.
Also available is The Ultimate Backstage Pass fan package-for the non-musician man or woman who always wanted to come to Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp! Attendees will participate in the question-and-answer sessions and watch the amazing jams and performances with all the amazing headliners along with the incredible rock star counselors. Attend master classes; attend the opening night party and all-star counselor jam as well as the live performances at Lucky Strike and the Whisky A Go Go on the legendary Sunset Strip plus much more!
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp is a non-competitive atmosphere designed for all levels of musicians and music enthusiasts. Participants are placed in bands with like-minded people and skill level to make for an off-the-charts experience.
Some of the campers play well and even gave up careers as musicians to become CEOs and lawyers. Some campers can't play at all. What they all have in common is passion for rock music. At Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp, they all get to pursue their passion — and meet, and play with the artists who became the soundtrack of their lives.
David Fishof is the founder and creator of the famed Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp where rock dreams become reality. The idea came to him after years of producing rock tours throughout the word. He's been honored to work with veteran rockers Roger Daltrey, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Todd Rundgren, Gene Simmons, Dr. John, Randy Bachman, and so many more. He feels fortunate to have seen their talent first hand. David's desire to share this experience with you, gave him the inspiration to produce the one-of-a-kind Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp.
For more information, visit www.rockcamp.com.
|Posted on November 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Last week it was reported that KISS' Gene Simmons had received a lifetime ban from Fox News after crashing a staff meeting and allegedly indulging in some bizarre behavior. Now the musician has issued a statement of apology for his actions.
According to the Daily Beast, Simmons statement read, "I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there. While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit."
Simmons was at Fox News to appear on the Fox & Friends show, speaking about his new book On Power. During his interview, he was asked about Harvey Weinstein and the rash of sexual harassment claims in Hollywood. He later reportedly burst into a staff meeting and is alleged to have shouted "Hey chicks, sue me" while baring his chest, told some pedophilia jokes and bopped two employees in the meeting on the head with his book.
It has not been revealed if Simmons' apology has had any effect on his current lifetime ban from the Fox News headquarters.
|Posted on November 21, 2017 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
ANTHRAX's "We've Come For You All" and "The Greater Of Two Evils" albums will be reissued on December 22 via Nuclear Blast.
The two LPs will be available for purchase via CD in one package, and also available via limited-edition gatefold vinyl as separate pieces.
"We've Come For You All" was originally released in 2003 and was ANTHRAX's ninth studio album. It was the last studio LP featuring vocalist John Bush and the first to feature Rob Caggiano on lead guitar. Produced by Rob Caggiano, it's a heavy and dynamic record that speaks to die-hard metal fans as much as rock and alternative audiences. THE WHO vocalist Roger Daltrey and PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott made guest appearances on the album. The cover art was designed by comic book artist Alex Ross.
"The Greater Of Two Evils" is a compilation record originally released in 2004. The album is made up of fourteen songs from the early era of ANTHRAX that were first released between 1984 and 1990, originally sung by Neil Turbin and Joey Belladonna. The tracks were re-recorded with John Bush on vocals. The tracks were originally selected via a fan vote which was held on the ANTHRAX web site — the band received thousands of votes from all around the world. The artwork for "The Greater Of Two Evils" was created by the infamous Shepard Fairey.
CD1 - "We've Come For You All"
02. What Doesn't Die
04. Refuse To Be Denied
05. Safe Home
06. Any Place But Here
07. Nobody Knows Anything
08. Strap It On
09. Black Dahlia
10. Cadillac Rock Box
11. Taking The Music Back
13. Think About An End
14. We've Come For You All
15. Safe Home (Acoustic Version)
16. We're A Happy Family (Acoustic Version)
CD 2 - "The Greater Of Two Evils"
02. Metal Thrashing Mad
03. Caught In A Mosh
05. Among The Living
06. Keep It In The Family
10. I Am The Law
11. Belly Of The Beast
12. N.F.L. (Nice Fucking Life – Efilgnikcufecin)
13. Be All End All
14. Gung Ho
"We've Come For You All"
Limited-Edition Gatefold Double Vinyl:
02. What Doesn't Die
04. Refuse To Be Denied
01. Safe Home
02. Any Place But Here
03. Nobody Knows Anything
01. Strap It On
02. Black Dahlia
03. Cadillac Rock Box
04. Taking The Music Back
02. Think About An End
03. We've Come For You All
04. Safe Home (Acoustic Version)
05. We're A Happy Family (Acoustic Version)
"The Greater Of Two Evils"
02. Metal Thrashing Mad
03. Caught In A Mosh
05. Among The Living
01. Keep It In The Family
01. I Am The Law
02. Belly Of The Beast
03. N.F.L. (Nice Fucking Life - Efilgnikcufecin)
04. Be All End All
01. Gung Ho
03. Lone Justice
04. In My World
Bush fronted ANTHRAX between 1992 and 2005 but was sidelined when ANTHRAX reunited with Joey Belladonna for a twentieth-anniversary tour. When that collapsed, and relationships disintegrated with next frontman Dan Nelson, Bush returned for a time before Belladonna took the job back in 2010.
Bush temporarily rejoined ANTHRAX for a number of shows in late 2009 and early 2010 but stepped aside in May 2010 in order to make room for the permanent return of Belladonna.
Although Joey did perform the John Bush-era song "Only" live with ANTHRAX on a couple of occasions, the track has since been dropped from the band's set. "We've got enough songs [that were originally recorded with me on vocals]," Joey explained in a 2016 interview. "We've got enough material; I don't need to go back. I'd just as soon leave that alone. I mean, once in a while I get people complaining, and then after a while, it got really old too. I hate that whole thing, 'cause we're not even the same… We happened to be in the same band, but it's a completely different thing."
|Posted on November 21, 2017 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Organisers of the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced the first wave of artists for next year’s event.
It will once again be located at Mote Park, Kent – and in 2018 will feature Halestorm, Sons Of Apollo, Blackberry Smoke along with Steve Earle And The Dukes. The festival of classic rock, prog, country, southern rock and blues will take place between June 30-July 1.
Halestorm guitarist and vocalist Lzzy Hale says: “We are so excited to be performing at the Ramblin’ Man Fair for the first time!
“We love playing for our fans in the UK and look forward to making some new friends too. We are ready to melt faces!”
Blackberry Smoke Charlie Starr adds: “We can’t wait to bring some southern music to the Ramblin’ Man Fair. It’s refreshing to play festivals with such diverse lineups.”
Organisers say: “Ramblin’ Man Fair is the must see event for discerning festival goers. A quality musical line up with a number of UK exclusive performances. The event is a unique experience fast becoming a staple of the UK festival calendar.
“The festival will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – the garden of England. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake, with multiple travel links via train and road.
“The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford International and Channel ferries to and from mainland Europe.”
Further artists will be announced in due course, while tickets – including camping passes – are now available.
|Posted on November 21, 2017 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Jackyl singer Jesse James Dupree is among many in the rock world mourning the loss of AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, who died on Nov. 18 at the age of 64.
A collaboration with singer Brian Johnson in the ‘90s opened the door for Dupree to spend time with the group — a big thrill for the lifelong AC/DC fan. “I was fortunate enough to be allowed inside of that AC/DC circle because of my relationship with Brian,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock during a conversation the day Young died. “It doesn’t go past me lightly that I was afforded that opportunity, because they’re such a mega-legendary band.”
Calling from the road, Dupree shared some of his favorite memories of being around Young and the band — including his memories of being in the studio with the group as it was working on the music for what would become 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip album. “After all of these years, he was just very appreciative of being able to do what he did,” said Dupree. “I’m fortunate enough to have been around them, and they definitely carved out the path that I’ve been able to walk down right after them.”
You got a chance to go into the studio with AC/DC and watch everybody work. What are your memories of Malcolm?
Malcolm was not just the guitarist in the band and the brother of Angus, I mean, he drove so much of that ship, business-wise, decision-wise, creatively and everything else. He was just a force to reckon with. I just always picture him standing there with his cup of tea and his cigarette in his hand when I was around him. If it wasn’t his guitar, it was that.
I don’t want to not mention the fact that within the last couple of weeks we’ve lost George Young as well as Malcolm. You know, George was the older brother that played in the Easybeats back in the ‘60s and laid the pathway out for Malcolm and Angus and then he produced a lot of their stuff. When they were doing the Stiff Upper Lip album, George was producing that, and there was just such a level of respect that the guys had for their older brother. And for guys that were very opinionated and knew what they wanted to do, to have somebody that they respected in there, it was really cool to see it.
Growing up, I always thought there must be some kind of magic formula for how they record these records, to get that AC/DC sound. You just think it’s got to be an incredibly complex process with how they go about capturing it. But you go into the studio with them and Malcolm and Angus have got their 4x12 cabinets and their Marshall heads on top of the cabinets, and the cabinets are back to back and they’re out in the hallway, right outside of the control room with an SM57 just stuck out there in the speakers — I mean, it’s just that pure. It’s just an example of how strong those guys were with their art and what they did.
Malcolm is so much the core of AC/DC. He was a big stability for Angus, from my observation, and you know it’s absolutely killing Angus to lose his brother. It’s a big wake-up call for all of us, because, I mean, we’ll never see those guys onstage again [together].
I remember one night that they did this industry thing for Atlantic Records when they were still on the label. There were all of these mega-artists that had played at this convention for the entire company. Big names. They had all played up on the stage, and when the last one got through performing, the crowd thought it was over with. The stage was cleared off and then the curtain behind the stage opened up and there was an even bigger setup and AC/DC came out and jammed about five tunes for everybody and just really put it in perspective. Especially after such a great lineup of bands and artists before them. They just came out and just delivered as if they were at the Stade de France in front of 90,000 people. It was amazing to experience that.
The one thing that I remember about that night and about Malcolm was that after that convention, they shuttled us back to the kitchen and down the service elevator, and we were going to go out the back of the hotel. Word had leaked out and there was a bunch of fans out the back door waiting. Malcolm and Angus were going to get into a bus, because they were going to roll to the next town and then Brian and Cliff were going to fly to the next gig. Brian and Cliff and I, we were going to get into some vans and go back to the hotel, and Malcolm and Angus were going to get on their bus. We walked out the back doors of this hotel, and when we walked out, we walked right out into that crowd. The vans were there for Brian and I, but the bus was not there! I’ll never forget how Malcolm and Angus and everybody were. They just started taking pictures with everybody and hanging out and laughing and talking. Malcolm, being so much of the business and driving factor, he could have probably been the first to lose his mind about it, but he didn’t. They stood there and satisfied everybody with pictures and autographs and they included me in everything. They were just such humble guys.
The bus finally did pull up and we all ended up stepping up on the bus for a second. There really wasn’t anything said about the bus being late pulling up or anything. They just got up there and were just still in a good mood laughing about some of the things that had been said with all of the people. To me, that defined the whole band and it defined Malcolm, watching them in that situation. Because there’s a lot of other mega-artists that would have just run back in real quick or security would have kept everybody away. They live in a bubble. But these guys in AC/DC, they just didn’t do that. Malcolm really defined himself for me that night, the way he handled the fans. After all of these years, he was just very appreciative of being able to do what he did. I’m fortunate enough to have been around them and they definitely carved out the path that I’ve been able to walk down right after them.
Malcolm and Angus going on the bus together like that, how much did that speak to their brotherly connection? What was that about?
They had a day or two off, and I think it was just a thing that Brian and Cliff just wanted to stay, because there was some family and stuff there. I think they just wanted to be able stay an extra day and then they were going to meet up with Malcolm and Angus. There wasn’t any major reason why. It just happened to be the schedule and what was happening. But Malcolm and Angus were extremely tight. You could tell that. They fed off of each other. Being in the studio with them when they were doing Stiff Upper Lip, although I talk about how simple the recording process was and how pure it was, at the same time, you could tell there’s just such a seriousness. They took everything they did, as you would imagine, so seriously, so dead on. Malcolm, you would have thought he was conducting brain surgery or something. It meant everything to them to get it right. And they definitely got it right.
You’ve seen that thing of brothers in rock 'n' roll. How important do you think that whole brotherly thing was with those two and AC/DC?
They grew up with their older brother, George, having success with the Easybeats. I think he influenced them [a lot]. I know he did. I could just tell. After all those years, they still hung on his advice and direction. They grew up really respecting him and the success that he had. Coming out of Australia and being able to dominate the world like they did, they know what they did and it wasn’t like they didn’t realize what they did or how significant they were to music around the world. The fact that they were self-aware of that, they were humbled that they were appreciated and it just made them always work. You could just tell that from being around them.
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In the video below, Sixx:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx unboxes the limited edition deluxe vinyl version of the 10th Anniversary of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. Get yours now via Pledge Music.
Sixx:A.M. have released a lyric video for “Accidents Can Happen 2017”, celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Heroin Diaries soundtrack. Watch below:
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Kiss vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley has slammed Marilyn Manson after the shock rocker responded to the death of murderous cult leader Charles Manson on Twitter.
Charles Manson, who was behind a string of killings in California in the late 60s, died earlier this week after spending almost half a century behind bars.
Upon hearing the news, Marilyn Manson posted a Twitter link to his cover of Sick City which originally featured on Charles Manson's 1970 album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult.
That drew a response from Stanley, who tweeted: “Pathetic when somebody whose career never really took off is desperate enough to try for publicity by connecting himself to the news of a murdering scumbag’s death.”
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JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was interviewed on the October 22 edition of "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. A few excerpts follow.
On how he found out about JUDAS PRIEST being nominated for a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction:
Halford: "Yeah, we found out a little bit before the news broke, which I think is generally the case in terms of nominations. It's just to give you maybe a little bit of a 'heads up,' [but] I don't know. When we heard, especially from my perspective, spending most of my life here in America these days and being so aware of all of these great moments that can happen to you for the first time ever… I mean, I was walking on air; it was just absolutely fantastic. So, yeah, what a thrill, what a buzz. And then, of course, when the news broke and went public, everything just exploded for the band and for the heavy metal community, the fans, everyone at our management and the label, and family and friends. It was just a really exciting 24-, 48-hour initial burst of metal, power and energy."
On what JUDAS PRIEST being nominated for a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction for the first time means to him:
Halford: "Well, again, just because I think everything that PRIEST has done in the four decades that we've been together, we've always taken this perspective that whatever we've done in metal obviously begins within the band itself and that's obviously vital to everything. But running alongside that is this fantastic, really truly established loving relationship we have not only with PRIEST fans but, I'm sure, with metal fans around the globe. So, we've kind of run side by side in terms of looking out for each other and supporting each other through everything related to the metal scene. And in this respect towards some metal coming into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for the first time, I don't think it should be looked at too lightly. It is important for lots of reasons, but primarily to have the opportunity… Firstly, to be nominated is a thrill, but just simply seeing metal being talked about globally, because the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, even though it's an American institution, it has global reach. So it's a great kind of ceremony celebrating those two words — heavy metal. It was fantastic when the announcement was made. And it made everybody kind of lift their heads up and think about not only PRIEST but metal in the broadest sense of the word."
On the most important reason, to him, why JUDAS PRIEST should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:
Halford: "Well, I think if you really understand what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame stands for, it really is the quality of your work, the substance of what makes you a band. And so, as I know now, and I must admit it wasn't until just recently that I really got to grasp what this represents, which is that your music, your body of work is really scrutinized — everything is scrutinized. It's not just the one song or one album or one tour or whatever; they look at absolutely everything. They really investigate everything about you as a band or solo artist, whatever. So that, again, makes it more of a deeper and more of a meaningful moment for that reason alone. They look at all of your music for 25 years plus, and so with PRIEST, that's from, say, 'Rocka Rolla' up to wherever we were 25 years later. And it's easy to get lost, you know, when you've written so many songs and you've done so many things. You lose track yourself as a musician, being in a band that's been… that had a great, long life in metal. I mean, I put on 'Rocka Rolla' a few days ago and I was listening to tracks like 'Dying To Meet You' and 'Run Of The Mill' and I'm going, 'Yeah, these are good songs.' So it is quite… they do go really deep, and so that adds another dimension to, I think, the whole Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction."
PRIEST was nominated for induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as part of a list of nineteen potential candidates.
Inductees into the 2018 Rock Hall will be voted on by a group of more than nine hundred artists, historians and music-industry professionals.
The 2018 inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018.
"Whiplash" airs every Sunday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS. The show can be heard on the KLOS web site at 955klos.com or you can listen in on the KLOS channel on iHeartRadio.
SAMMY HAGAR - "I WANNA BE THE OLDEST LIVING ROCK STAR ON EARTH SOMEDAY"; 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW VIDEO STREAMING
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Here is Sammy Hagar's 2017 Year In Review taking a look at all things Sammy from Santo Mezquila, to Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, the new Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill in Honolulu, The Circle, Chickenfoot, the 70th Birthday Bash, and so much more.
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Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been hospitalized after suffering unspecified heart problems, and as a result has been forced to cancel an upcoming United States tour with his new group Day of Errors.
Happily, Ward reports that he is "OK and in good recovery at this time." However, the seven December west coast dates he had planned with his new group have understandably been called off.
Ward explained the situation with a post on his Facebook page: "It’s with great, great sadness that I must tell you I have to cancel the Day Of Errors tour dates scheduled in December. I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am OK and in good recovery at this time. However, I’ve never experienced this particular type of heart problem before, and due to its nature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates. I want to send my sincere apologies to everyone who was planning to come out to the shows. I’m so sorry we won’t be making it – I was looking forward to seeing you all and sharing this music with you. I’ll be in touch soon."
Ward drummed with Black Sabbath from their formation in 1968 until 1980, and then reunited with the pioneering metal band several times in the '80s and '90s. A mild heart attack in the spring of 1998 forced him to miss Black Sabbath dates in Europe. He was initially set to participate in their 2012 reunion tour, but soon opted out after claiming he wasn't offered a "signable" contract.
A war of words between Ward and his former bandmates quickly erupted. Among other things, singer Ozzy Osbourne claimed that Ward wasn't in shape for the tour: "He looked like an old guy. I don't think he had the stamina to play for an hour or so onstage." In an interview with the New York Daily News, Osbourne added: "He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life."
Ward continually contested these health claims, most recently in a Facebook post this past August. "What they believe is quite opposite from my experience," Ward said, "especially in 2011 when no one spoke to me of being alarmed by my playing or my health."
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From a band member’s point of view, how were Queen doing in 1975?
Business-wise, we were in crisis. We’d had a lot of success but we were in a management situation that seemed to have no light at the end of the tunnel. We weren’t getting any of our royalties and although money isn’t everything, it’s not good to feel you’re in what you perceive to be a slave-labour situation. So A Night At The Opera really was make or break in that sense. John Reid, who’d just taken over our management, said that he’d take over the business side and that we should go away and make the best album we’ve ever made! But there was that feeling that if it didn’t succeed we’d always be in the red, so we were fortunate that we did make the album of our lives… and I think it is, really.
A Night At The Opera was definitely a very bold and adventurous album.
It was certainly quite a leap. I don’t think we realised at the time, though; it was all a natural progression. Stylistically I think it’s closer to Queen II than Sheer Heart Attack as we deliberately made the latter album compressed and very slick, while A Night At The Opera was really going back to: ‘This is our canvas, we will paint on it at our leisure’. Which was the philosophy behind Queen II.
You used many different studios during the recording process. Why?
It was really needs must. We had so much complexity to finish off and time was marching on. A lot of it was done separately. All those little pieces of guitars playing trumpets, clarinets and trombones on Good Company, I just had to just do it. Freddie would be off doing his multi-tracked harmonies by himself and on this album for the first time there was a whole period when we each went off and developed our own little areas. We were doing things that really hadn’t been done before, so there was a degree of experimentation. Not everything you played got on to the tape; you had to use a selective process.
Tell us about Bohemian Rhapsody. Did you perceive it becoming as huge a song as it developed into?
There was always a big discussion about what would be the first single to an album. It’s such a crucial decision. Whether it’s a hit or not affects the whole perception and sales of the album as well as the fortunes of the group that made it for the next couple of years. I think we always knew that Bohemian Rhapsody was, in a sense, a long shot: it would either get received extremely well or be dismissed immediately as being too complex and too long. Kenny [Everett] picked up on it, as did a few of our staff, and it just became a favourite that seemed to work.
Do you actually still like the album?
I like all the Queen albums but A Night At The Opera has a certain glittering quality. Not perfection as such but… something.