|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Dragonforce have released a studio video for their track Midnight Madness.
The song has been lifted from the band’s latest album Reaching Into Infinity, which arrived in May this year via earMUSIC.
Guitarist Herman Li says: “Many fans have asked us over the years what’s it like working in the studio on an album. The music video from the latest song to be released from the Reaching Into Infinity album Midnight Madness has the perfect vibe to take the fans behind the scenes and see what we get up to!”
Speaking previously about the new album, bassist Frederic Leclercq said: “I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music.
“It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc Hudson’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality.”
The band have released the video to coincide with the start of their UK and European tour which kicks off in Glasgow on October 4. Find full details below.
Dragonforce 2017 tour dates:
Oct 04: Glasgow The Garage
Oct 05: Newcastle Riverside
Oct 06: York Fibbers
Oct 07: Sheffield Corporation
Oct 08: Manchester Sound Control
Oct 11: Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Oct 12: Cardiff Globe
Oct 13: London Electric Ballroom
Oct 14: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Oct 15: Tunbridge Wells Forum
Oct 16: Dover The Booking Hall
Oct 18: Eindhoven De Effenaar Kleine Zaal, Netherlands
Oct 19: Vosselaar Biebob, Belgium
Oct 20: Strasbourg La Laiterie, France
Oct 21: Paris La Maroquinerie, France
Oct 23: Cologne Essigfabrik, Germany
Oct 24: Stuttgart LKA Longhorn, Germany
Oct 25: Munich Backstage Werk, Germany
Oct 26: Pratteln Z7 Konzertfabrik, Switzerland
Oct 28: Milan Serraglio, Italy
Oct 29: Bologna Zona Roveri, Italy
Oct 31: Vienna Simm City Festival, Austria
Nov 01: Zlin Masters Of Rock Cafe, Czech Republic
Nov 02: Berlin Columbia Theatre, Germany
Nov 04: Bremen Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Germany
Nov 05: Copenhagen Pumpelhuset, Denmark
Nov 06: Gothenburg Sticky Fingers, Sweden
Nov 07: Oslo Vulkan Arena, Norway
Nov 09: Stockholm Rock The Boat, Sweden
Nov 10: Helsinki On The Rocks, Finland
Nov 11: St Petersburg Clubzal, Russia
Nov 12: Moscow Volta, Russia
Ex-WHITE LION Singer MIKE TRAMP: 'I Would Not Wanna Play With VITO BRATTA For Anything In The World'
|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Ex-WHITE LION singer Mike Tramp says that he has no interest in reuniting with guitarist Vito Bratta.
The Danish-born singer hasn't played with his former songwriting partner and bandmate since WHITE LION performed its last concert in Boston in September 1991.
In the twenty-six years since WHITE LION broke up, Bratta's public profile has been virtually nonexistent, while Tramp has remained active, recording and touring as a solo artist and with the bands FREAK OF NATURE, THE ROCK 'N' ROLL CIRCUZ and, more recently, BAND OF BROTHERS. Tramp also attempted to revive WHITE LION with the 2008 album "Return Of The Pride", featuring new members. Two years later, Tramp ceded ownership of the name WHITE LION to Bratta in an out-of-court settlement.
Although Tramp continues to be asked about a possible WHITE LION reunion in almost every interview, he says that he would not want to resurrect the band that made him famous.
"The thing is that I would not wanna play with Vito Bratta for anything in the world, I wouldn't wanna spend any time with him," Mike told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon". "We have not talked for many, many years. There's nothing to talk about. He has nothing to add to the table, and I will let him rest in peace. Because I don't need him and I will not go back and do that."
He continued: "I'm performing a major amount of WHITE LION songs with the BAND OF BROTHERS in a modern version, and the fans are embracing it because they feel it's real and they understand that this is Mike Tramp up on stage — fifty percent of the WHITE LION songwriting [team] — performing the songs in 2017 his way. And that makes sense. It's not Mike Tramp up there being WHITE LION and stuff like that.
"I have finally gotten to that moment where I really cherish and enjoy playing those songs — it just feels like it's real and it's natural in where we are today," he added. "This is not a rehashed version of a band featuring the bass player and the logo."
Tramp, who is currently promoting a solo box set, "This & That (But A Whole Lot More)", believes that the reason so many people felt a personal connection with WHITE LION's music had to do with the quality of group's songwriting.
"I don't know what was so special [about the musical chemistry between Vito and me], except for when you listen to the songs, of all the bands we were competing against in the '80s, if you can call it that, when you now go back to the catalog and you listen… And the fans will do this, and they will say, 'WHITE LION has its own place,'" he said. "I don't think you can compare WHITE LION to WARRANT or RATT. They have their own place, except for maybe the look and the hair and how we all got boxed together.
"Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp had no friendship together except for [the fact that] we played in the same band," he continued. "We had nothing that we shared except for the songwriting we accomplished when we sat down and looked at each other, like almost two chess players or something like that. But when that song was written, Vito went home and I went out into the real world and shared my life with people — [whether] it was riding my Harley, playing baseball… whatever it was. So we had nothing, absolutely nothing in common except for we knew when we had written a great song."
Mainly active in the 1980s and early 1990s, WHITE LION released its debut album, "Fight To Survive", in 1985. The band had its breakthrough with the double-platinum-selling "Pride" album, which produced two Top 10 hits: "Wait" and "When The Children Cry". The band continued its success with the third album, "Big Game", which achieved gold status.
By the time WHITE LION released its final album, 1991's "Mane Attraction", alternative rock was in the ascendancy, leading to a swift decline of the so-called "hair metal" scene in terms of sales, popularity, radio play, and most importantly, relevance.
|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Kiss star Gene Simmons reunited with former bandmate Ace Frehley last night at a benefit show in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The concert at CHS Field Stadium in St Paul, Minnesota marked the first time that Simmons and Frehley had played together in public since 2001 – and they ripped through classic Kiss tracks Parasite, Cold Gin and Shock Me.
The concert was organised to raise funds for the charity MATTER, who work in partnership with on-ground relief organisations to source and ship the items needed most in the affected areas devastated by the recent hurricane.
Don Felder and Cheap Trick also performed, while the Gene Simmons Band headlined the event.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Simmons had co-written two new tracks for Frehley’s next solo album.
Frehley later told Eddie Trunk: "I just shot him an e-mail and said, 'C'mon, let's write some songs together for my new record. Next thing you know, he's down here and within three hours we had written two songs together, which was, like, a record, for me and him.
"We had a fantastic time. He came down. We ate in the backyard while I was watering my palm trees. He was going to my fiancée Rachel, 'This is something new I've never seen before.' He's eating a sandwich and I'm watering a palm tree in my backyard. But it was a lot of fun."
Check out the live footage of "Shock Me" here:
Check out the live footage of 'Parasite" here:
Check out the live footage of "Cold Gin" here:
Third Annual Ronnie James Dio Cancer Charity Event Adds Classic Rockers to Celebrity Bowling Tournament
|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
A growing roster of classic rockers is lining up to take to the lanes in tribute to Ronnie James Dio at this year’s Bowl for Ronnie charity event.
The bowling tournament, set to take place Oct. 6 at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, Calif., marks the third annual edition of the fundraiser, which benefits the Ronnie JamesDio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The organization, entering its eighth year, is “dedicated to support research and education that furthers early detection, prevention and treatment of prostate, colon and stomach cancers,” helping raise awareness of — and fund treatment for — the disease that claimed the singer’s life in 2010.
According to a press release, returning champions Tom Morello, Jeff Scott Soto, John 5 and Rock Feinstein are expected to return for the celebrity bowling tournament; alongside those appearances, this year’s Bowl for Ronnie will also feature involvement from a number of musicians, including ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, Whitesnake vet Brian Tichy and a number of former Dio members.
Hoping to exceed last year’s fundraising total of $36,500, organizers will be opening eBay auctions next week for spots on the two bowling teams; one side will be captained by KLOS on-air personality Gary Moore, with the other headed up by reigning Bowl for Ronnie team captain Eddie Trunk. In addition to a spot on a team, auction winners can expect red carpet entry to the event and access to a VIP party.
Bowl for Ronnie tickets, on sale now, start at $50 for an individual spectator pass, which includes pizza; those who wish to bowl in non-tournament lanes can pick up a pass for an additional $25, which includes shoe rental and two and a half hours of bowling. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund’s event page.
SCORPIONS GUITARIST MATTHIAS JABS ON ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME - "WE'VE DONE ENOUGH OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS TO DESERVE A SPOT"
|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs recently spoke with Tigman at Q103 in Albany, New York and discussed the possibilty of the band being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They have been eligible for the honour since 1997. Check out the interview below:
To kick-off their North American Crazy World Tour, the Scorpions were invited to SiriusXM Radio for a Town Hall event in New York City. Watch the full session below:
22 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON
23 - Allstate Arena - Rosemont, IL
25 - 1stBANK Center - Broomfield, CO
26 - USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT
29 - Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA
30 - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA
3 - Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Reno, NV
4 - Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
7 - The Forum - Inglewood, CA
8 - Talking Stick Resort Arena - Phoenix, AZ
11 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX
12 - Pavilion at the Music Factory - Irving, TX
14 - BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
15 - Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL, US
|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:30 PM||comments (0)|
LYNYRD SKYNYRD, CHEAP TRICK and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will headline the second annual RockFest 80's, set to take place Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
A total of sixteen bands will grace the RockFest stage at this fan-favorite festival event.
This year's spectacular lineup also features Sebastian Bach, DOKKEN, FOGHAT, Lita Ford, THE OUTLAWS, LITTLE RIVER BAND, STEELHEART, JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE and QUIET RIOT.
RockFest Concerts LLC is an innovative company with more than a hundred years of entertainment experience behind the second annual RockFest 80's.
The two-day musical festival celebrating '80s music and pop culture will bring a true rock festival back to South Florida annually, with this multiple artist event catering to '80s rock music fans.
There are many sponsorship opportunities for brands and businesses to partner in on, including VIP Experience hospitality tent sponsorship, a Muscle Car Alley, a Street Art Exhibition, A "Rock UR Locks" hair styling tent, a merchandise midway, a DJ Village, Battle of the Bands, Storage Lockers and Charging Station area with sponsorship available for locker wrapped billboards and much more.
To purchase tickets or more information about RockFest 80's, visit RockFest80s.com.
|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
A little more than three years after drummer Keith Moon died, the Who were feeling out of sorts with each other, musically and onstage.
That, along with Pete Townshend’s desire to focus more on his solo career, was the impetus for the band’s 1982 farewell tour, which kicked off its North American leg on Sept. 21, 1982, with the first of two shows at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.
“While I loved the new sound of the Who with Kenney [Jones] on drums and [John Bundrick] on keyboards, I knew in my heart that the Who had lost contact with our fan base,” Townshend wrote in his 2012 memoir, Who I Am. “This was not so much to do with the sound we produced; but more to do with who we were, what we had become. I’m not sure that we knew exactly who we were playing for anymore.”
The two albums the Who made with Jones after Moon’s death – Face Dances (1981) and It’s Hard (1982) – had been met with some of the most mixed, and occasionally negative, reviews of the band’s career. Singer Roger Daltrey has made no secret of his disdain for having Jones behind the kit, though to be fair, stepping into the shoes of one of rock’s greatest drummers wasn’t the most enviable task in the world.
Still, they soldiered on with him as long as possible before deciding to call it a day with the 1982 tour, balancing arena and stadium dates. Townshend, while happy to a degree with the gigs themselves, knew the end was near – at least for him it was – and intended to turn the Who into a studio-only act.
“The Who played pretty well on this tour, but it was being billed as our ‘farewell tour,’ and I wasn’t about to argue,” he said. “The tour was highly lucrative, achieving one of the highest grosses of our career. Long before it was over, everyone in our circle knew that I would announce that I was leaving the band. It also became clear that a peculiar crime had been perpetrated. The Who had gone down, but not in flames.”
The songs played at the Landover show was indicative of the tour’s set list — opening with “Substitute” and covering most of the Who’s most popular songs in the career-spanning show, from new songs like “Eminence Front” to “Sister Disco” from their last album with Moon, Who Are You. Epics like “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Love Reign O’er Me” were there, too. But as well as the band was playing and being received, would it really be the final run?
“I’m pretty sure that I won’t change my mind,” Townshend said in an interview before the two-night stand at Shea Stadium in October. “I don’t want to go downhill,” Daltrey said. “I think it’s great to end on top.” Bassist John Entwistle though, wasn’t happy about the proceedings, and was vocal about wanting to continue touring. “I get most of my satisfaction from playing onstage,” he pointed out.
The Who’s 1982 “farewell tour” was the most high-profile goodbye run at the time by any group. Since then, it’s become somewhat of a joke, since it wasn’t really a farewell at all. The band regrouped for two one-off performances afterward, at Live Aid in 1985 and then at the 1988 Brit Awards, where they were recipients of a lifetime-achievement award. Yet even when they returned for The Kids Are Alright 25th-anniversary tour in 1989, Townshend was adamant that the Who had not gotten back together.
“We did our farewell tour,” a straight-faced Townshend said at the press conference to announce the 1989 shows, much to the laughter of the press. “We said goodbye. We haven’t been on the road; we haven’t worked together in almost seven years. We’re not a group as such anymore. We’ve actually come together, especially, for a 25th birthday party. That’s what this tour represents.”
He was true to his word – for a while anyway. The Who would reform for good in 1996, and continue on even after Entwistle’s death in 2002. During their 2017 shows, Daltrey has said this will be the band’s final tour. But no one seems to be buying it 35 years after they said the same thing.
WILL LED ZEPPELIN LEGEND ROBERT PLANT EVER WRITE A MEMOIR? - "NEVER... WHAT I KNOW BETWEEN MY EARS HERE IS PRICELESS"
|Posted on September 21, 2017 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant’s upcoming album, Carry Fire, will be released on October 13th via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, he says Carry Fire is “a little wild, a little bit crazy in concept”.
During the interview, Plant is asked if he’ll ever write a memoir: “Never. What I know between my ears here is priceless. It's magnificent, sometimes tearful, but mostly cheerful. There have been highs and lows and a lot of adventure, and I keep it hid.”
Read the full interview at RollingStone.com.
Carry Fire is now available for pre-order. Plant’s eleventh solo album and first full-length release since 2014’s lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, was produced by the singer in the west of England and Wales, at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios.
As with “lullaby”, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.
Plant and the Space Shifters are also joined on Carry Fire by a number of special guests. Chrissie Hynde joins Plant on the duet “Bluebirds Over The Mountain” (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys). Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performs on three tracks, as does the celebrated Seth Lakeman on viola and fiddle.
Plant, who lived in Texas for a time before returning to his native England three years ago, together with his friends, present the songs Carry Fire, melding unusual rhythms with naturalism and smoldering power.
“It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”
“The May Queen”
“Dance With You Tonight”
“Carving Up The World Again…A Wall And Not A Fence”
“A Way With Words”
“Bones Of Saints”
“Keep It Hid”
“Bluebirds Over The Mountain”
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Iron Maiden’s latest limited-edition beer, Hallowed, goes on sale in October for four months only. To mark the arrival of the latest extension of their Trooper ale, here’s everything you need to know about “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” the Maiden track that gives the new beverage its name.
“Hallowed Be Thy Name” was written by bassist Steve Harris for Iron Maiden’s third album, The Number of the Beast, which was released in 1982. The title comes from the Christian Lord’s Prayer, better known as “Our Father,” while the song itself is a first-person account of a condemned man who’s about to be executed. He can’t understand why he’s scared, because he’s certain his soul is immortal and will carry on after his death.
It was one of the first songs the band recorded with new singer Bruce Dickinson, who’d already identified that its epic nature was something he wanted to pursue with Maiden. “’Hallowed Be Thy Name’ was a precursor to ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner,’” he told TeamRock. “That song, and the whole album, took Maiden to a different level.”
The song didn’t have the easiest of births. While Harris had stockpiled material for the band’s first two albums, he had nothing prepared for its third. As a result, The Number of the Beast was recorded during the last five weeks of a four-month studio stint. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” was placed as the last track on the album.
The band started performing it live during the Beast on the Road world tour that followed the album’s release. Since then, it’s been removed from the set list on only two occasions: first, during the 2012-2014 Maiden England world tour, and then during the second stint of the Book of Souls world tour this year, a result of legal action spurred by the British prog band Beckett, claiming that Maiden lifted words and music from their 1974 song “Life’s Shadow.” An agreement had been reached with one of the original song’s writers, Bob Barton, but not with the other, Brian Quinn, who’s now suing Maiden.
A live version of “Hallowed Be Thy Name” was released as a single in 1993, taken from that year’s A Real Dead One album, recorded at Moscow’s Olympic Arena on June 4, 1993. It was expected to be the last Maiden single to feature Dickinson’s vocals after he decided to leave the band, but he returned a few years later and appeared on “The Wicker Man,” the first single from 2000’s Brave New World.
Maiden have recorded an alternate take of the song in 2005, when they performed it for BBC Radio 1 and released it as the B-side of “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg.” Two years later, they delivered a version on Live from Abbey Road, a TV series on the U.K.’s Channel Four. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” also been covered by Dream Theater, Cradle of Filth, Iced Earth and Machine Head.
In 2012, The Number of the Beast was voted the best British album of the past 60 years in an HMV poll. In 2017, it was voted Iron Maiden’s best song by Metal Hammer readers. “If someone who’d never heard Maiden before – someone from another planet or something – asked you about Maiden, what would you play them?” Harris once asked. “I think ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ is the one.”
Check out a live version of the track here:
GLENN HUGHES REFLECTS ON HIS TIME IN DEEP PURPLE - "WHAT KILLED THE BAND WAS SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK AND ROLL"
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
New Zealand’s Stuff.co caught up with Glenn Hughes and during the chat, they discussed his time with Deep Purple.
"I'll make a bold statement for you," Hughes says. "What killed the band was sex, drugs and rock and roll. There was some wife swapping going on, there was some drug behavior, there was some lying, there was some cheating.
"There was all kinds of cavorting. When you have these kinds of things happening, there's no way the band could survive."
Though Deep Purple later picked itself back up, Hughes' time in the band was over. He still didn't slow up, continuing to snort and rock his way through the rest of the '70s and into the '80s. A brief stint with Black Sabbath ensued in 1986 - "I wasn't really the man for the job," he admits - and the 1980s are now little more than a blur.
More footage has surfaced from Glenn Hughes’ performance at Hungary’s Fezen 2017 festival. In the clip below, Hughes performs the Deep Purple track “You Keep On Moving”, from the 1975 album, Come Taste The Band.
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
Swedish melodic rockers H.e.a.t have released a video for their new single Eye Of The Storm. The video comes just two days before the release of the band's fifth album, Into The Great Unknown, the follow-up to 2014's Tearing Down The Walls.
"In a hurricane there is a treacherous place, after the initial big wind," say the band. "As the centre of the storm passes over, where it is seemingly calm and still and safe. This is always temporary, and what happens next is the strongest and most dangerous part of the storm. That is often the same scenario in relationships. That calm in the eye of the storm tricks people into taking their breaths and letting down their guard. Then the winds of emotion hit again, and even harder."
Into The Great Unknown will be released this Friday via EarMusic, and is available to pre-order now. H.e.a.t will tour Europe in December (dates below).
Oct 25: Trädgår'n, Göteborg, SE
Oct 26: Kulturbolaget, Malmö, SE
Oct 27: Annexet/Stockholm Live, SE
Oct 31: Logo, Hamburg, DE
Nov 01: Frannz Club, Berlin, DE
Nov 02: Backstage Halle , Munchen, DE
Nov 03: Kufstein Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, AT
Nov 05: Legend Club, Milan, IT
Nov 11: Nouveau Casino Paris, FR
Nov 12: Z7 Konzertfabrik, Pratteln, CH
Nov 13: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, DE
Nov 14: Biebob, Vosselaar, BE
Nov 15: De Pul, Uden, NL
Nov 17: The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
Nov 18: Cathouse Glasgow, UK
Nov 19: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Nov 21: O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
Check out the video here;
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
"Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General" will be released on October 26 via Gain Production. The book features over 750 never-before-seen photos as well as several unpublished interviews with American rock icons KISS.
The story is centered around Johan Kihlberg, who was the president of Kiss Army Sweden for ten years. He hung out in the studio with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, got drunk with Eric Carr, performed with Vinnie Vincent and was tour manager for Bruce Kulick. And he scolded Ace Frehley. Johan Kihlberg did it all. And he lived to tell the tale.
It all started in the early eighties when Johan began stalking the members every time they were in Stockholm. Together with principal photographer Mats Vassfjord, he continued to follow and document KISS around the world. This is his own incomparable Kisstory told to Sweden Rock Magazine's prominent journalist Carl Linnaeus.
Said Simmons: "Johan Kihlberg is great. I'm a fan of creative people and anytime someone does something from the heart, it's real. It's the biggest honor that somebody would even say hello to you, much less devote a lot of time to do something like this book."
Linnaeus is perhaps best known for the acclaimed KISS biography "Den Osminkade Sanningen". His latest book, "Jag Sålde Min Själ Till Hårdrocken", is based on his most notable interviews done for Sweden Rock Magazine, where he's been one of the most prolific writers for the last ten years.
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
While Nikki Sixx is known best as the bassist of Motley Crue and frontman for Sixx: AM, his talents range far beyond music. Sixx has a love for photography, and has announced his upcoming first-ever photo exhibit, Conversations with Angels to take place at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, running from Oct. 4 through Nov. 5.
Sixx’s street-style photography is concerned with telling stories both in regards to himself and the people he meets. He looks to capture stories of hope and perseverance through his photos. His method includes having a conversation with his subject, and getting to know the person and their story as best possible, before ever thinking to pull the camera out. It helps him to create a bond of trust, and then capture them in a real moment. His love for Leica starts from his process, using the Leica SL, Leica M and his Leica Q.
“I never leave home without my camera,” Sixx says. “I want it nearby in case I see something that compels me to pull my car over, or walk down an alleyway for inspiration. I love the Q because it’s incredibly durable and has stuck with me through everything – a lot of wear and tear, but it always delivers sharp and poignant images.”
Of the project, he says, “I’ve been a storyteller all my life – as a lyricist, an author and especially as a photographer. When I’m shooting my subjects, I’m looking to capture more than just an image. I want to tell their stories.”
In addition to the photography show, Sixx will also be releasing his own custom model of the Leica Q, featuring a black snakeskin finish on leatherette with a laser-engraved Nikki Sixx signature. It also comes with a black Leica leather wrist strap, an autographed copy of the 10th anniversary edition of Sixx’s memoir, The Heroin Diaries and a black DSPTCH braided shoulder strap. The camera will retail at $5250, be limited to only 28 units. Customers can pre-order at Leica boutiques in the US.
It’ll be exciting to see, and isn’t his only artistic endeavor for the year. Sixx is also set to re-release The Heroin Diaries as a graphic novel.
For more information, check out Leica’s website.
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Though one of the biggest acts in the world now, there was a time when Metallica was still somewhat new to some audiences and making a name for themselves. And thanks to the band, you can revisit a classic live performance that’s been included on their upcoming Master of Puppets deluxe box set. The band has unleashed a live version of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” taken from their touring in 1986 in support of the Master of Puppets disc.
“I don’t know if you’ve seen Metallica before,” says Metallica’s James Hetfield with a sheepish laugh, before explaining, “This really sucks, but I usually have a guitar in my hand at this point, and I got a cast on instead. I jumped off a skateboard at 50mph and that’s not too happening.” As such, Metallica performed the song with roadie John Marshall (aka John Stack) helping to recreate Hetfield’s rhythm guitar parts live.
The performance came at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va. on Aug. 3, 1986 and the band still had Cliff Burton with them playing bass before his death just over a month later. The show was the last for the band on that particular leg of Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Ultimate Sin Tour.”
The group has since remastered the track as part of their upcoming deluxe box set for the Master of Puppets album. Take a listen in the player above and get your pre-orders in here ahead of the Nov. 10 street date.
Check out th live audio here:
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
German metal queen Doro Pesch is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of WARLOCK's "Triumph And Agony" album by performing the LP in its entirety at select shows around the globe.
Fan-filmed video footage of her September 16 concert at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below:
"Triumph And Agony" was WARLOCK's fourth and final album. By the late 1980s, Pesch was the only original member remaining in the group, and under legal threats from former management, decided to carry on under the DORO banner rather than put her career on hold fighting over the WARLOCK name. (Pesch has since won back the right to use the WARLOCK moniker.)
Asked why now was the right time to go out and play the "Triumph And Agony" songs again, Doro said: "Well, because we have our thirtieth anniversary of this big record. It was called 'Triumph And Agony', and it was the biggest record. I think it was one of the best records. And I thought, 'Man, we have to play one time the whole album in its entirety,' and we never did before. And then I called my old guitar player, Tommy Bolan, and he played on the whole record, he played all the solos. And I asked him if he was into that idea, doing a couple of shows with just the 'Triumph And Agony' album and then some encores. And he said, 'Oh, let's do it. I'm ready.'"
In a 2000 interview with Metal Rules, Doro stated about WARLOCK: "I loved that so much and my heart and soul was so much into it. I was totally devastated when it broke up and it broke up not because of the band but because of all the bullshit around it. It was the record companies, the management, everything. The band had no control anymore — everybody else had, and the band did not. It was really tough and there were a lot of problems and I was totally heartbroken about it. But those times were awesome, man, it was awesome! I will always treasure them. I love to think about the great times."
Doro told Get Ready To Rock! that "everything fell into place" for WARLOCK after "Triumph And Agony" was released. "The record company was totally behind it, MTV put our song 'All We Are' on heavy rotation, which was a big plus, I must say, the fans were there and metal was at its peak between 1987 and 1988. Sometimes you do wish for everything to fall into place, but it's very rare that this happens as things need to work like a watch."
Doro's long-awaited follow-up to 2012's "Raise Your Fist" album will arrive in August 2018 and will be the German singer's first release since last year's "Love's Gone To Hell" single.
Doro's last release was a package titled "Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal", which came out in June 2016 via Nuclear Blast. It contained three decades of Doro — three unforgettable nights — forever captured on three DVDs and two Blu-rays, including a two-hour-plus music movie.
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
A lyric video for “Inside/Outside”, a track from Jeff Scott Soto’s upcoming Retribution album, is available for streaming below:
It has been 15 years since Frontiers first partnered up with Jeff Scott Soto on a release and in celebration of that anniversary, Frontiers Music Srl will release another new album from Jeff on November 10th. Co-written and produced together with JSS alumni Howie Simon, fans of the storied vocalist can expect a hard rockin’ melodic album in a style that they’ve come to know and love from Jeff Scott Soto over the years.
Jeff Scott Soto’s career spans over thirty years. He was first introduced to the public as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen’s iconic first two solo albums before going on to front esteemed hard rock band Talisman. He is also one of the vocalists for the wildly popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the lead vocalist for super group W.E.T. (featuring JSS alongside members of Eclipse and Work Of Art), and creative visionary for the more metal leaning Soto, among many other musical activities he has been involved in. He also held a stint fronting Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Journey and was one of the vocalists for the officially sanctioned Queen tribute, Queen Extravaganza. His incredible voice has led to many an artist inviting him to do guest lead vocals or background vocals on their albums, including, but not limited to, Stryper, Joel Hoekstra, Saigon Kick, Fergie Frederiksen, Lita Ford, Steelheart, and more.
In 1994, he released his first solo outing Love Parade, followed by the acclaimed Prism (2002), Lost In The Translation (2005), Beautiful Mess (2009), and Damage Control (2012). Retribution, due on November 10th, is his sixth proper solo studio album.
“Rage Of The Year”
“Feels Like Forever”
“Bullet For My Baby”
“Song For Joey”
“Dedicate To You”
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Iron Maiden will release a live album, Book of Souls: Live Chapter, on Nov. 17.
As the name implies, the 15-track, double-CD or triple-vinyl set is drawn from performances all over the world from the band’s 2016-2017 Book of Souls tour. The tour included 39 countries in six continents during its run and was seen by more than two million people.
The album’s track listing comes close to matching the band’s set list from the performances. In addition to six tracks from the band’s most recent album, 2015’s The Book of Souls, Book of Souls: Live Chapter features songs from throughout Iron Maiden’s career, like “Powerslave” and “Number of the Beast.”
You can see the full track listing below.
“We spent a huge amount of time working on this, as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world,” Maiden bassist and the live album’s co-producer Steve Harris said. “This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favorites as Donington or Wacken.”
In a distinct twist, the album’s accompanying concert film will apparently not be made available in physical DVD or Blu-ray form, but will instead be available to stream free online or as a digital download.
Iron Maiden ‘Book of Souls: Live Chapter’ Track Listing:
1. “If Eternity Should Fail” – Sydney, Australia
2. “Speed of Light” – Cape Town, South Africa
3. “Wrathchild” – Dublin, Ireland
4. “Children of the Damned” – Montreal, Canada
5. “Death or Glory” – Wroclaw, Poland
6. “The Red and the Black” – Tokyo, Japan
7. “The Trooper” – San Salvador, El Salvador
8. “Powerslave” – Trieste, Italy
9. “The Great Unknown” – Newcastle, UK
10. “The Book of Souls” – Donington, UK
11. “Fear of the Dark” – Fortaleza, Brazil
12. “Iron Maiden” – Buenos Aires, Argentina
13. “Number of the Beast” – Wacken, Germany
14. “Blood Brothers” – Donington, UK
15. “Wasted Years” – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
There are a number of reasons why Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut, Blizzard of Ozz, which was released on Sept. 20, 1980, is one of the greatest albums in the history of metal. First, it was a stunning comeback from an artist who seemed completely stricken down and burned out.
In late 1978, after recording, eight albums with Black Sabbath, Osbourne was coming apart at the seams. Incapacitated by drugs and alcohol and dealing with debilitating writer’s block, he went AWOL and missed six weeks of rehearsal with the band. Ultimately, the other members of Sabbath – who had severe alcohol and drug problems of their own – decided they couldn’t move forward anymore with Osbourne.
“At that point, Ozzy didn’t want to do anything apart from go out and get drunk,” Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi told me for the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. “So it came to the point where the other guys said, ‘Well, look, if we don’t do anything we’re gonna break up. We’re not gonna stand it. We’re gonna leave.’ So that was the decision between the three of us. We said, ‘We’re gonna have to replace Ozzy.’”
At that point, Osbourne was living in a run-down hotel he could barely afford since he had spent so much money on cocaine and booze. He had lost his wife, his band, his self-esteem and, he thought, his charisma. But Sharon Arden, the daughter of Black Sabbath’s manager, Don Arden, felt that Osbourne had been the star of the show when he was onstage with Sabbath and could still be a part of something exceptional. So she took him under her wing, first as a friend and then as a manager and restored his confidence as a performer. Then she worked with him to put together a new lineup of musicians. Initially, they wanted to recruit guitarist Gary Moore, but he wasn’t interested, so, at the suggestion of Ozzy’s friend Dana Strum, they tracked down a young, virtuosic guitar player named Randy Rhoads.
“We drove to a studio somewhere so I could hear him play,” Osbourne wrote in his memoir I Am Ozzy. “I remember him plugging his Gibson Les Paul into a little practice amp and saying to me, ‘Do you mind if I warm up?’ ‘Knock yourself out,’ I said. Then he started doing these finger exercises. I had to say to him, ‘Stop, Randy, just stop right there.’ ‘What’s wrong?” he said. ‘You’re hired.’ You should have heard him play, man.”
From that point until March 19, 1982, Rhoads was Ozzy’s not-so-secret weapon.
To complete the lineup, Ozzy wanted Strum to play bass, but that didn’t work out so he added ex-Uriah Heep bassist Bob Daisley and one of Ozzy’s friends, Barry Screnage, as their temporary drummer.
With new blood, strong musicianship and excellent chemistry, Rhoads, Daisley and Osbourne started writing at a live-in studio in Monmouth, Wales. In early 1980 the band demoed three of their strongest and most popular songs, “Crazy Train,” “I Don’t Know” and “Goodbye to Romance” with drummer Dixie Lee. Realizing they needed someone who could keep a more powerful and consistent beat, they auditioned and hired drummer Lee Kerslake, who had previously played with Daisley in Uriah Heep. It was slight compromise since Ozzy was gunning for Tommy Aldridge who was busy at the time. But Kerslake served the band’s needs, though he and Daisley would both later get ensnared in a legal battle for unpaid royalties.
The Blizzard of Ozz band, as it was called at the time, flew to Ridge Farm Studio in Rusper, England to start recording the album with producer Chris Tsangarides. Max Norman was his engineer. The first song they tracked was “Goodbye to Romance,” a tune that would establish Osbourne’s reputation for balancing high-energy anthems with heart-on-sleeve ballads. They repeated the formula on the haunting “Revelation (Mother Earth).”
Other standouts on the album were the storming “Steal Away the Night,” the occult-themed “Mr. Crowley” the classical guitar instrumental “Dee” and the controversial “Suicide Solution.” Some thought the song advocated suicide, but it was actually a warning about the dangers of drowning in alcohol.
Nonetheless, in 1984 after teenage fan, John McCollum, shot himself in the head, possibly after listening to the song, the boy’s parents sued the Prince of Darkness and CBS Records for encouraging vulnerable individuals to commit suicide. The case was dismissed by a court, which determined that Osbourne’s freedom of expression was protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Ironically, Ozzy and his bandmates were initially disappointed with the sound of Blizzard of Ozz. They blamed Tsangarides, who they fired, and promoted Norman to the producer’s chair. Though he’s not credited on the release, Norman strengthened the sound of the record and worked as Ozzy’s producer until 1986’s The Ultimate Sin.
When the Blizzard of Ozz band finished the album, CBS Records created artwork that featured Ozzy’s name in large print and Blizzard of Ozz in much smaller font. Immediately – mistake or not – the album was considered Osbourne’s first solo album. In all likelihood, when the label realized how strong the record was, they figured it would be easier to market as the solo album from Black Sabbath’s former singer than as a totally new band.
“By the time we got Blizzard in the can, I knew we had a cracking album,” Ozzy wrote. “We had a couple cracking albums, actually, because we had a lot of material left over when we were done.”
Some of that material was used on the follow-up to Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, which was written quickly and recorded between February and March 1981. By then, Osbourne was still partying heavily, but he was back at full strength, able to record and perform exceptionally using muscle memory. All it took was a major injection of success.
“Even if you think something’s brilliant, you never know what the general public’s going to pick up on,” wrote Osbourne in I Am Ozzy. “But as soon as the radio stations got hold of ‘Crazy Train,’ it was a done deal. The thing just exploded.”
Blizzard of Ozz entered the Billboard album chart at No. 21 and it was No. 7 in the U.K. The album was certified gold July 31, 1981, and platinum June 18, 1982. To date, it has sold over four million copies in the U.S.
In 2002 Osbourne reissued Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, but since he had been sued by Daisley and Kerslake, their parts were re-recorded for the release by bassist Robert Trujillo and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin, who was playing in Osbourne’s band at the time. Some fans were outraged by the move, which Sharon said was Ozzy’s decision, while the Prince of Darkness claimed he didn’t even know the albums were revised until after their release. A later reissue of the Blizzard of Ozz, which came out in 2011 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the record, featured Daisley and Kerslake’s original bass and drum parts. The reissue also included the B-side, “You Looking at Me, Looking at You,” a previously unreleased version of “Goodbye to Romance” and “RR,” a Rhoads solo outtake from the original album session.
To date, Blizzard of Ozz isn’t just one of the most successful metal albums of all time, it’s also one of the most influential. “The first album I got knowing full well that it was heavy metal was Blizzard of Ozz,” says Testament lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. “I wasn’t familiar with Sabbath yet. But that was a great discovery for me. And hearing Randy Rhoads playing was completely mind-blowing and pretty much reinvented the way I thought of the electric guitar and what you could do with it, which was pretty amazing.”
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience have announced a string of winter tour dates. The trek will launch on November 24th at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA, and will wrap up on December 13th at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Find a list of dates below.
A lot of talented children have probably been asked by a parent to entertain family and friends, maybe in the living room, maybe sing a little, play an instrument. No big deal and a good way to get used to performing for others. But when Jason Bonham was a small child and got called in to entertain, the family friends he played his drums for could be anyone from Jimmy Page to some of the guys from the group Bad Company. That's what happens when your father is drummer John Bonham, one of the original members of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. At the age of only five, Jason could play the drums, at least a scaled down set of them, with skill. When he was 17 he was a member of the band Air Race. The group signed a record contract with Atlantic Records, recorded one album, and opened for big names like Queen, Meat Loaf, Ted Nugent, and AC/DC. John Bonham died in 1980, but Jason, who has marked a few places in music history himself, has stepped in from time to time to help keep his father's memory alive.
In 1988, Jason took his father's spot in the televised, first-ever Led Zeppelin reunion at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert, which included Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones. Later than year. he went on to tour with Page and re corded the album Outrider with him. By 1989, he completed the album The Disregard Of Timekeeping, in his new band called Bonham. One of the tracks from this first effort, "Wait For You," earned him a gold record. By 1992, with partners like Canadian vocalist Daniel MacMaster, guitarist Ian Hatton, and bassist and keyboardist John Smithson, Bonham finished another album: Mad Hatter. Jason teamed up with greats like Paul Rodgers, Slash, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and others in 1993 to work on a Tribute to Muddy Waters album. The record's success brought a nomination for a Grammy Award. A year later, Jason, along with Rodgers and Slash, appeared at the memorable Woodstock II. That same year, he recorded a new album, Peace 4 Me, in his group now known as Motherland with Marti Frederksen on vocals.
In May 1990, Jason married Jan Charteris, in Stone, Kidderminster in a wedding reception that included a jam with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones.
Jason represented his father when Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in January 1995, with his sister Zoe by his side. He soon put together another solo project which culminated in In The Name Of My Father - The Zepset CD, which featured the songs of Led Zeppelin. Proceeds from the album went to charity. The album followed up with When You See the Sun. The Healing Sixes soon caught his attention and decided to tour and record them the Indiana based band, from 1999-2003. In 2001, Jason appeared in the film Rock Star which starred Mark Wahlberg. The band in the movie, Steel Dragon recorded the songs featured in the movie and the soundtrack. Following an album with Debbie Bonham, the younger sister of John Bonham, Jason was invited to drum for hard rock group UFO. In 2006, he also recorded with Joe Bonamassa.
Jason starred with Ted Nugent, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard), Sebastian Bach (SkidRow) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) on the VH1 reality tv show, SuperGroup, in May 2006. The musicians formed a band called Damnocracy for the show, during which they lived in a mansion in Las Vegas for twelve days and created music. Most recently, Jason has performed and recorded with Foreigner. On December 10th, 2007, Jason played drums in the most anticipated concert of all time - the Led Zeppelin reunion at London's O2 arena with surviving members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant.
24 - Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA
25 - Hershey Theatre - Hershey, PA
26 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
28 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
29 - Aura - Portland, ME
1 - Casino New Brunswick - Moncton, Canada
2 - Metropolis - Montreal, Canada
3 - Rebel - Toronto, Canada
5 - Centre In The Square - Kitchener, Canada
6 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI
8 - Hollywood Casino - Lawrenceburg, IN
9 - Four Winds Casino Resort - New Buffalo, MI
10 - Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH
12 - The Louisville Palace - Louisville, KY
13 - War Memorial Auditorium - Nashville, TN
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Nickelback have launched a new lyric video for their track After The Rain.
It’s been taken from the band’s with studio album Feed The Machine which launched in June this year via BMG.
Frontman Chad Kroeger says of the track: “Oftentimes in life I think we lose sight that our most challenging trials and tribulations can also be our most teachable moments.
“Those very hardships that we encounter aren’t really obstacles at all. Rather, they are seeds that if planted properly will bear fruit that we can learn, grow and benefit from to be the very best versions of ourselves that we can be. That is the message I wanted to get across in After the Rain.”
The band have also announced that a limited edition red and black marble vinyl of Feed The Machine, which will include a download code, will be released on November 10.
Nickelback previously released videos for Song On Fire and Feed The Machine.