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Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Alice Cooper’s new album, Paranormal, will be released on July 28th via earMUSIC. Part 1 of a new video series, A Paranormal Interview, can be seen below:



Paranormal was produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original Alice Cooper band, fans will receive a bonus of 6 live tracks recorded at one of Cooper's 2016 shows in Columbus, OH.





"Dead Flies"


"Paranoiac Personality"

"Fallen In Love"

"Dynamite Road"

"Private Public Breakdown"

"Holy Water"


"The Sound Of A"


Studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band:


"Genuine American Girl"

"You And All Of Your Friends"


Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6th, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:


"No More Mr. Nice Guy"

"Under My Wheels"

"Billion Dollar Babies"

"Feed My Frankenstein"

"Only Women Bleed"

"School’s Out"

Siri Can Sing Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - Can You?

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Siri may not have Freddie Mercury‘s killer voice, but she recognizes a classic when she hears it. Read her a snippet of lyrics from Queen‘s behemoth hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and she’ll pick right up where you left off, as you can see in the video below.



A Journal of Musical Things made the discovery this week by feeding Siri – Apple’s voice-activated intelligent personal assistant – the brief line “I see a little silhouetto of a man” from the classic, densely layered A Night at the Opera track. In turn, Siri “sang,” or at least spoke in time, the rest of the song’s lyrics.

It’s yet another of the countless ways “Bohemian Rhapsody” has pervaded pop culture throughout the years, with its use in the head-banging Wayne’s World scene among the most well-known. Recently, the song has been used everywhere from the English National Ballet to the blockbuster movie The Suicide Squad. There’s no shortage of cute kids giving the song a whirl, and one guy made it into a four-minute crime film.

But it’s the White House’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci that has brought the song’s lyrics front of mind for many in recent days. The similarity between his surname and the word “scaramouch,” led to a huge spike in searches for the word’s definition and the song’s full lyrics last week, which led to a Twitter apology from Merriam-Webster for feeding the earworm.

Clearly, we’ll all be singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” for some time to come. Even Siri.


From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/siri-bohemian-rhapsody/?trackback=tsmclip

JAMES HETFIELD Slams KYLIE + KENDALL JENNER For Selling Unauthorized METALLICA T-Shirt: 'It's Disrespectful'

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has slammed Kylie and Kendall Jenner for selling "vintage" T-shirts with the pair's faces superimposed over some of rock and rock's biggest icons, including his band.


The T-shirts in question were unveiled on the sisters' Kendall + Kylie online shop late last month, and featured images of METALLICA, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, PINK FLOYD, THE DOORS, LED ZEPPELIN and the late Notorious B.I.G. overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings.


The merchandise — which was being sold for $125 apiece and featured the logo "Repurposed in the USA" — did not go over well, and especially not with Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Christopher Wallace, the real name of Notorious B.I.G. She slammed the girls on Instagram, calling the shirts "disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!"


The reality TV stars quickly withdrew the shirt from sale, explaining in a statement: "These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists."


Asked by ET Canada for his opinion on Kendall and Kylie Jenner's T-shirt featuring METALLICA's "Kill 'Em All" album cover with an Instagram image of Kylie placed on top, Hetfield said (see video below): "I guess what they were thinking is, 'We can do whatever we want.' To me, it's disrespectful. We've spent thirty-six years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something that we feel… Not that it's sacred or anything, but show some respect."


When the shirts launched on Kendall + Kylie, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon made it clear that the Jenners failed to reach out to the BLACK SABBATH singer to secure the legal rights to his image.


"Girls, you haven't earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss," she tweeted.


Earlier this month, Sharon slammed the sisters' business practices again on the CBS talk show "The Talk".


Osbourne, who is a co-host on the program, started the segment by reading her tweet aloud and then launched into a criticism of the Jenners, calling their T-shirt line a publicity stunt.


"They are doing this for press, like they do everything, and I fell right for it by responding," she said.


"They're getting their line up and running by using all these iconic performers to just state that they now have a line of merchandising," she said. "They know exactly what they're doing. They're not kids. They were brought up in this industry."

Check out the interview here:



From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/james-hetfield-slams-kylie-kendall-jenner-for-selling-unauthorized-metallica-t-shirt-its-disrespectful.html#wyHZjPMw2BTJBP5c.99


Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A music video for “Can’t Get Enough”, the opening track of Quiet Riot’s upcoming new album, Road Rage, is available for streaming below.



Led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin, the band continues to be an unstoppable force in the rock 'n roll world. Road Rage is set for release on August 4th.


Road Rage was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of American Idol alumni James Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album with the new and improved lineup. The results are everything Quiet Riot fans could have hoped for.


Musically, Road Rage offers exactly what you would expect from Quiet Riot. Arena ready hard rock with strong hooks and infectious riffs, along with maturity in the songwriting that only a band with such a history and pedigree can offer.


Road Rage tracklisting:


“Can't Get Enough”


“Roll This Joint”

“Freak Flag”


“Still Wild”

“Make A Way”


“The Road”


“Knock Em Down”

Motorhead to Issue 'Under Cover' Album Featuring Never-Before-Heard David Bowie Cover

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A new covers album is coming from Motorhead, comprised of the best cover songs from the legendary rock and roll band’s career. The upcoming record, Under Cöver, will also feature a never before heard version of David Bowie’s classic track “Heroes.”

Along with creating some of rock and metal’s greatest original tracks in their four-decade career, Motorhead also released some amazing cover songs. The most famous is probably “Hellraiser,” which was originally co-written by Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and Lemmy Kilmister for Ozzy’s 1991 No More Tears album. The following year, “Hellraiser” was the lead single of Motorhead’s 1992 March ör Die album, arguably becoming more popular than Ozzy’s version.

In total, 11 tracks will grace Motorhead’s Under Cöver album, which will also features covers of Metallica, Judas Priest, the Ramones and more. Motorhead’s David Bowie cover was recorded during the band’s Bad Magic sessions in 2015 and was one of the last songs Lemmy Kilmister tracked before his death later that year.

“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell, “Lemmy ended up loving our version.” “He was very, very proud of it,” adds drummer Mikkey Dee, “Not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!”

“We were happy with them at the time and we’re happy with them now,” Campbell says about Motorhead’s collection of covers. Mikkey Dee adds, ”We should remember that it’s about having some fun with songs that we all loved.”

Motorhead’s Under Cöver album will be released Sept. 1. See the full track listing below and to pre-order the record, click here.

Motorhead, Under Cöver Track Listing:

1. Breaking the Law (Judas Priest) 2008

2. God Save the Queen (The Sex Pistols) 2000

3. Heroes (David Bowie) 2015

4. Starstruck (Rainbow) 2014

5. Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent) 1992

6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones) 2001

7. Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones) 2015

8. Hellraiser (Ozzy Osbourne) 1992

9. Rockaway Beach (Ramones) 2002

10. Shoot ‘Em Down (Twisted Sister) 2001

11. Whiplash (Metallica) 2005


From: http://loudwire.com/motorhead-under-cover-album-david-bowie-cover/?trackback=tsmclip

40 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Their Last U.S. Concert

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When Robert Plant told the crowd “It feels great to be back” as Led Zeppelin played the second Oakland concert of their first U.S. tour in two years, he couldn’t have known it would also be their final show in America.

It was July 24, 1977, and there were just seven more concerts left on the schedule for the massive four-month tour, which kicked off on April 1 in Dallas. But when the singer’s 5-year old son died two days later, they were canceled.

On Sept. 11, 1980, the band announced plans for a return to the U.S. with a tour called the 1980s: Part One. But two weeks later, the day after the group’s first rehearsal for that trip, drummer John Bonham died after reportedly drinking “40 measures of vodka in 12 hours.” Two months later, Led Zeppelin said they wouldn’t carry on without him, meaning that the British icons delivered their American farewell without knowing it.

Their 11th visit to the States had already been mired in conflict, partly caused by the loss of momentum forced upon them by Plant’s 1975 car crash. The 1977 tour was originally scheduled to start in February, but was postponed when the singer suffered an attack of laryngitis.

Tour logistics meant that their equipment had been shipped before the month’s worth of shows were called off, leaving guitarist Jimmy Page in a state of fear. In Led Zeppelin: Celebration II: The ‘Tight but Loose’ Files he said, “We didn’t have any instruments for a month. I didn’t play a guitar for a month. I was terrified at the prospect of the first few shows.”

Page – along with many others in the band’s entourage – was enduring a heroin addiction at the time, leaving some fans disappointed with his performances. Two shows had been overshadowed by riots, and longstanding band staff spoke of “darkness” behind the scenes, caused in part by drugs and in part by the hiring of London heavy John Bindon as security chief. The night before what was to be their final U.S. gig, Bindon, Bonham, manager Peter Grant and tour manager Richard Cole had been arrested after one of promoter Bill Graham’s crew was assaulted. Their second appearance at the Day on the Green festival at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum had come close to never happening. Only Graham’s legal wrangling allowed the event to move forward.

As Led Zeppelin shows go, it’s reported to have been a good one, with the Oakland Tribune noting, “The musical highlight came during the extended jams – Page coaxing eerie sounds out of his axe using an array of electronic devices, and at one point using a violin bow on his strings; John Bonham rifling popgun drum rolls; bassist John Paul Jones looking unperturbed and confident behind the overt sexuality of Plant’s pelvic thrusts.”

Band members were less convinced. “That wild energy that was there in the beginning had come to the point where we were showboating a bit,” Plant told Uncut in 2003. “We became victims of our own success. The whole deal about the goldfish bowl and living in it, that kicked in.”

After the show, Plant received news that his son Karac had died of a stomach virus. The tragedy pulled the plug on what had been a profitable but unbalanced tour – and came close to ending the devastated father’s musical career. He later told Rolling Stone, “I lost my boy. I didn’t want to be in Led Zeppelin. I wanted to be with my family.” In another interview, he told Rock’s Back Pages that he “wanted to just get out of it – to go away and forget it.”

Although Led Zeppelin eventually regrouped, the 1977 tour was a disappointing end to their American dream. While it was entirely normal for British bands that had joined the rock revolution early to be fascinated with the U.S., it would be safe to describe Zep’s interest as obsession.

“I wanted to find America in all its different colors and horizons – that’s been my trip,” Plant told The Telegraph in 2013. “I never inhaled a chemical after 1977, but I’m still inhaling America. Robert Johnson stole my heart when I was 14.”

Raving about the blues music that fueled Zeppelin’s output and his later solo work, Plant noted that “it’s ridiculous that British musicians should have been able to get anywhere near it, because it’s based in African scales that don’t have any grounding on these islands. We were just moved by the color of the music. The sound was so evocative and poignant, something we were probably needing in our composite makeup – filling up a hole, an emotional outlet.”

Check out live footage from 1977 here:



From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/led-zeppelin-last-us-show/?trackback=tsmclip

Watch Official Trailer For BLACK SABBATH's 'The End Of The End' Film

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The official trailer for BLACK SABBATH's upcoming film, "The End Of The End", can be seen below.



"The End Of The End" chronicles the final tour from the band that spawned the metal genre — BLACK SABBATH. On February 4, 2017, SABBATH stormed the stage in their hometown of Birmingham, to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of "The End" tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.


The sold-out performance marked the culmination of a global tour that saw the band play to over one and a half million fans. With their inception in 1968, BLACK SABBATH pioneered a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, and to this day continues to influence bands the world over.


The film brings fans the up close and personal story of the final, emotionally charged concert, as the band perform hits, including "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "War Pigs" and many more. Join SABBATH in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band's world; the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes.


The band said: "To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf."


"The End Of The End" offers you the chance to witness for yourself BLACK SABBATH's incredible swansong. As Ozzy Osbourne says: "What a journey we've all had. It's fucking amazing." This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time.


Marc Allenby from Trafalgar Releasing said: "Trafalgar Releasing are excited to be expanding our music events with the legendary band, BLACK SABBATH, and their final ever historic show. We look forward to collaborating with Eagle Rock and BLACK SABBATH's management on 'The End Of The End'."


For one night only on September 28 2017, over 1,500 cinemas worldwide will be showing a specially edited version of "Black Sabbath: The End Of The End".


The film will be distributed to cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing on September 28 and will include the incredible final gig as well as unprecedented behind the scenes access to the band, filmed by director Dick Carruthers ("Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day", "Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors Live"). "The End, Live In Birmingham" will be released in various formats later this year.


Tickets are now on sale worldwide with more cinemas to follow soon. If "Black Sabbath: The End of the End" is not screening in a specific area, fans can make a request for via "Demand It" it by filling out a form on the web site, and Trafalgar Releasing will do their best to bring the event to a cinema near them.


For details of cinemas taking part in this very special one-night-only event and ticket information, visit www.blacksabbathfilmtickets.com.


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/watch-official-trailer-for-black-sabbaths-the-end-of-the-end-film.html#lKxBEgXbjmcJgghY.99

Local Hero Plays Metallica's 'Seek and Destroy' on Front Lawn

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This young man is a credit to the community! Decked out in a bathing suit, hat and what looks like a red cape, this dude took to his lawn to give Free Metal to his neighbors and passersby.

Meet Steve Brown. According to his Facebook page, he gave up the good life as a former Customer Service Manager at Walmart and a former Sales Manager at Warren Auto Wreckers to deliver metal to the people of Bridgewater, N.J. free of charge. The lawn is Brown’s stage and the crowd is comprised of whoever is in listening distance, including the lucky people who drive by.

In this piece of what’s certainly a full set, Brown unleashed a cover of Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy.” No need for vocals, bass or drums — a single guitar is all he needs to entertain the masses. As of this posting, the Facebook video has amassed over four million views and has been shared over 94,000 times since July 16. Brown also posted the video on YouTube yesterday (July 23) and it’s racked up over 80,000 views.

Steve Brown is so selfless with his metal guitar playing that he doesn’t even throw his hat on the ground for tips. He does it for the good of the people and we salute him for it. Check out some Free Metal in the clip below!



From: http://loudwire.com/local-hero-metallica-seek-and-destroy-front-lawn/?trackback=tsmclip

Marty Friedman to Release New 'Wall of Sound' LP, Launch Solo Tour

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman is set to release his 13th solo album, titled Wall of Sound, later this summer.

Due on Aug. 4, Wall of Sound is available to pre-order through Friedman’s official website, where fans can also find ticketing details for his upcoming tour in support of the new LP. Promising the new set “expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music,” Friedman warns, “We’re coming to you direct from Tokyo, to make you smile or make you cry, or even drag you up onstage with us. What’s for sure is that we will definitely get your blood pumping.”

And while he’s known for his guitar prowess, Friedman insists he took a song-first approach to Wall of Sound, spending 18 months refining the compositions until he finally felt like they were good enough to share with his fans. “I could care less about the instrument, which sounds terrible,” he told Billboard. “It’s just the middleman in me getting my music across. I’m way into the music-making, creating, living and breathing the music. That’s all my life is about.”

Check out a pre-release stream of the Wall of Sound track “Self Pollution”, and read through the album’s complete track listing — as well as Friedman’s upcoming tour dates — below.

Check out the audio here:



Marty Friedman, ‘Wall of Sound’ Track Listing:

“Self Pollution”

“Sorrow and Madness”



“For a Friend”

“Pussy Ghost”

“The Blackest Rose”

“Something to Fight”

“The Soldier”


“Last Lament”

Marty Friedman 2017 Tour Dates:

8/02 – The Foundry at the Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA

8/03 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA

8/04 – Highline Ballroom, New York, NY

8/05 – Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

8/06 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD

8/08 – Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH

8/09 – Diesel, Chesterfield, MI

8/10 – Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, IL

8/11 – Studio B at the Skyway, Minneapolis, MN

8/12 – Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE

8/13 – Fubar, St, Louis, MO

8/16 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX

8/17 – The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX

8/18 – Trees, Dallas, TX

8/19 – Tower Theater, Oklahoma, OK

8/20 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO

8/23 – Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO

8/24 – Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM

8/25 – The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ

8/26 – Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA

8/27 – The Parish @ HOB, Anaheim, CA

8/28 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA


From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/marty-friedman-2017-album-tour/?trackback=tsmclip


Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In a new interview with MariskalRock (watch below), vocalist Ronnie Romero of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow reveals that fans can expect more new music from the band.



"As a matter of fact, we recorded some stuff back in January,” says Ronnie. “Actually, there is a new track scheduled to be released, though I don't know when. Ritchie is constantly trying new stuff just to see how it works out. That's why he released the new version of “I Surrender” and the instrumental version of “Land Of Hope And Glory”. Therefore, I guess more stuff will happen.”


Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was moved to release a special version of “Land Of Hope And Glory”, a reworking of “Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1”, written in 1902. The renowned British patriotic anthem is available now via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon (Minstrel Hall Music).


Expressing his pride for his homeland, Blackmore wanted to show his solidarity and support for the UK with this recording.


"Land Of Hope And Glory" and a re-recording of the Rainbow classic "I Surrender" are available for streaming below:






Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As the lead vocalist of the legendary female rock band Vixen, Janet Gardner's powerful vocals propelled Vixen to the top of the Billboard charts with crossover hits "Edge Of A Broken Heart" and "Cryin’'" and AOR rockers "How Much Love" and "Love Is A Killer”. Vixen toured extensively, grinding out 200 shows per year, opening for the likes of Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, KISS, and Bon Jovi.


In an era primarily dominated by male rock musicians, Vixen's all-female lineup didn't come without its struggles. But their undeniable musicianship, matched with Gardner's unique and powerful vocal style, propelled the band quickly to Gold Album status and earned the band critically acclaimed success that is still celebrated to this day on the likes of Sirius XM, MTV/VH-1 Classic, and nationally syndicated specialty radio shows. Vixen, along with their predecessors, helped pave the way for the current wave and success of female-fronted acts such as Halestorm, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, and many others.


Teaming up with guitarist/songwriter/producer Justin James (who has worked with members of Staind, Collective Soul, and Tyketto), Gardner ventured into the solo realm to unleash a new side of her musical creativity. Together, Janet and Justin have penned a collection of emotionally charged songs with gritty grooves, infectious hooks, and inspired lyrics that merge hard rock influences from the last four decades.


The result is a perfect blend of modern hard rock with a touch of old school flare that will turn the heads of generations of rock fans. The self-titled Janet Gardner album hits shelves on August 18th, released through Pavement Entertainment (North America) and Eternal Sounds Records (Europe). The album will be available both digitally and in retail stores.


Janet Gardner has once again proven herself as a leader in the female-fronted hard rock world.




“Rat Hole”


“If You Want Me”


“Your Problem Now”

“Let It Be Over”


“The Grind”

“Best Friend”

“The Good Or The Bye”


As a special treat to everyone who pre-orders the album, Pavement Entertainment is offering an exclusive bundle deal. The bundle features the debut CD (hand signed) and a limited edition Planet Janet t-shirt for $30. Pre-order your bundle here.


Don't miss the chance to see Janet and Justin live in September. The tour features songs from the debut solo album and hits from Vixen. The dynamic duo will perform in Midwest and on the East Coast. Tickets are available now.


Tour dates:



1 - Battle Creek, MI - The Music Factory

2 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge

8 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance

9 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater 1894

12 - New York City, NY - Iridium

14 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz

15 - Baltimore, MD - Fish Head Cantina

The Darkness Reveal 'Pinewood Smile' Album Details, Unleash 'All the Pretty Girls' Song

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Darkness are back and ready to blow up your speakers again. The band has titled their fifth full-length album Pinewood Smile and they’ve provided fans with some new music to check out in the form or a track called “All the Pretty Girls.”


With a high pitched distortion followed by Justin Hawkins‘ wail and the addition of drums and guitars, the track sets off through an upbeat and catchy journey. There’s a few muscular licks in there, with Hawkins occasionally showing off his falsetto and throwing in a few barks for good measure. Check out the song in the player.




As for Pinewood Smile, the album now carries an Oct. 6 street date through Cooking Vinyl. Speaking about why music fans should care about the Darkness, Hawkins says, “Because if you don’t, we’re f–ked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns.’ We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a s–t about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE… give a s–t about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons… Oh wait!”

The album also features such choice tracks as “Buccaneers of Hispaniola,” the expletive-laden “Southern Trains,” the emotional “Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry?,” the anthemic “Japanese Prisoner of Love” and the raucous “Solid Gold.” See the full track listing below.

If you dig what you hear on “All the Pretty Girls” and want to go all in on the album, you can pre-order the disc via the platform of your choosing here. The song “All the Pretty Girls” will be made available as an instant-grat download for those who do pre-order.

The group also has a new documentary on their comeback in progress. To learn more about the film, which is due in 2018, and learn how you can help fund it, head to the band’s Indiegogo campaign page. Look for The Darkness returning to the road in late fall, with dates in October, November and December taking place in Europe. See all their scheduled shows listed here.


The Darkness, Pinewood Smile Track Listing:

All the Pretty Girls

Buccaneers of Hispaniola

Solid Gold

Southern Trains

Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry?

Japanese Prisoner of Love

Lay Down With Me, Barbara

I Wish I Was in Heaven


Stampede of Love

From: http://loudwire.com/the-darkness-pinewood-smile-album-details-all-the-pretty-girls-song/?trackback=tsmclip

RICHARD FORTUS Says 'Everyone Is Excited' About Possibility Of New Album From Reunited GUNS N' ROSES

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a new interview that he is looking forward to recording a studio album with the partially reunited classic lineup of the band. "Everyone is excited about it," he said. "There's a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined, and it's the most fun for me. There's so much excitement around it."


Since it began in April 2016, the tour has grossed $230 million and counting.


"It's bigger than anything I've ever experienced," Fortus said. "Doing multiple nights at a stadium is a mindfuck. It's hard to get your head around that level of craziness. Fans are just so rabid for it."


Fortus said in another interview that the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES — which features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Rose backed by Fortus, Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese — has begun "assembling ideas" for a new studio album.


Fortus, who joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2001 and became the band's longest-serving post-Slash guitarist, spoke about the possibility of new music from GN'R during an interview with the new "StageLeft" podcast.


He said: "We haven't started recording anything. I mean, when I say that, as far as in the studio, doing an album… We've been recording a lot of stuff, just ideas, sort of assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually tracking a new record."


Asked if he thinks a new GN'R album will happen, Fortus said: "Yeah, I do. It's sort of too good not to happen at this point — that's how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we're all sort of counting on it, and we're also planning on it."


Fortus was also full of praise for GUNS singer Axl Rose, saying that "the genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs from different parts and make them feel cohesive as a song. And I've never seen anybody able to do that in the same way."


A St. Louis native, Fortus got his big break when his band PALE DIVINE opened for THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS. This led to Fortus forming the band LOVE SPIT LOVE with PSYCHEDELIC FURS frontman Richard Butler and future GN'R drummer Frank Ferrer. In 2000, Fortus and Ferrer became touring members of the reformed PSYCHEDELIC FURS before Fortus hooked up with GUNS N' ROSES. Ferrer himself joined GN'R in 2006.


GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival.


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/richard-fortus-says-everyone-is-excited-about-possibility-of-new-album-from-reunited-guns-n-roses.html#5vvB7Apum8X6Lp2Y.99

Foreigner Reunite With Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for the First Time Since 1980

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The much-anticipated reunion of four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner took place at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, N.Y., tonight. Singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined Mick Jones and the band’s current lineup for a three-song encore.

The reunited former bandmates performed “Long, Long Way From Home,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Hot Blooded,” which is below. This marked the first time Jones, Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald had shared a stage since 1980.

“It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories,” Jones declared in a press statement, before dropping a not-so-subtle hint: “All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations.”


With the exception of two years in the early ’90s, Gramm had fronted the group from 1976 until 2003. The only other time he and Jones had performed together since then was when they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013 (although the duo reportedly resumed writing together a year later.)

Earlier this year, Gramm and Jones confirmed that a live reunion would happen at an undetermined date (or possibly more than one show) on their 40th anniversary tour.

McDonald and Greenwood were fired in 1980 after the release of the album Head Games. Original drummer Dennis Elliott, who did not participate in tonight’s reunion, left in 1991 following Unusual Heat. Bassist Ed Gagliardi, who left the lineup before Head Games, died in 2014.

Foreigner’s 40th-anniversary tour, which sees them sharing the stage with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, began last week in Syracuse, N.Y., and will continue through Sept. 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Wash. Interestingly enough, Bonham served as Foreigner’s drummer from 2004-08.


Current Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson tells Ultimate Classic Rock that the tour is going well so far. “One of the greatest things about touring, besides playing great music in front of enthusiastic crowds, is touring with fellow bands that inspire you and even better when they are friends,” he says. “That’s just what Foreigner found in our tour this year — great bands who also happen to be friends. Pulling up to the gig and seeing Jason Bonham soundchecking was like being in a time machine! It’s been nine years since Jason was in Foreigner, but suddenly it felt like a week at most! It was so great to see him.

“There’s something very special and indescribable about the bond that develops when you’re in a band with someone — and it was nice to see it’s all still there. And Jason’s band is incredible. They’ve taken the time and care to perform Zeppelin at a level where Zep was in their peak days. Plus, their bass player, Michael Devin, is a dear friend who joined the tour last minute. Then there’s Cheap Trick. They are, undoubtedly, one of the greatest live bands of all time. What a thrill and honor to have them on the bill with us. And of course it’s so ironic as they toured with Foreigner just around 40 years ago, so who better for us to share the stage with than someone who was also there in the beginning. Full circle, baby!”

Check out "Hot Blooded" here:



Check out "Long, Long Way From Home" and " I Want To Know What Love Is" here:





Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

According to a report by Niagara This Week, the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino has launched a line of specially designed chips inanticipation of the KISS outdoor show there later this summer. There are five chips in total, one for each individual member of the band plus one featuring the entire group.


A new chip will be released each and will cost. The band chip will cost $25. One chip will be released each Friday leading up to KISS’ outdoor concert on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. The fifth and final chip will feature the entire band and sell for $25 There is a limit of 10 chips per customer.


The first in the series, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (The Spaceman) went on sale on July 21st.


“KISS and Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino both personify energy and excitement,” casino general manager Patrick Bassney said. “We know how much everyone is looking forward to KISS’ outdoor show next month. This collectible casino chip collection is a way for fans to celebrate what is sure to be a legendary performance.”


Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Canadian bashers Kobra And The Lotus have released a video for “Light Me Up”, featured on their new album, Prevail I. Watch the clip below.

Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, and featuring the soon to be classic songs “You Don’t Know” and “Light Me Up” that will undoubtedly usher the band to much deserved elevated hard rock status. Evolution is inevitable and Kobra And The Lotus have delivered their most powerful album to date, Prevail I, with Prevail II to complete the story in the not too distant future.






“You Don’t Know”

“Specimen X (Mortal Chamber)”

“Light Me Up”

“Manifest Destiny”


“Check The Phyrg”

“Hell On Earth”


KIX Guitarist RONNIE YOUNKINS Opens Up About His Drug Addiction: 'My Disease Has Gotten Worse'

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

KIX guitarist Ronnie Younkins has opened up about his drug addiction, saying that his "disease had gotten worse" after he relapsed several years ago following two decades of sobriety.


Younkins missed a KIX concert in Pennsylvania in March when the rest of the group was unable to reach him. He was eventually found "not in great condition and very upset," according to TMZ. A month later, his bandmates revealed that he was "headed to a rehab facility" and promised that his spot in KIX would be "waiting for him" once he was ready to resume playing with the group.


While Younkins was in rehab, he took time out to join his KIX bandmates for a performance in early June at the Sweden Rock Festival, where he gave a wide-ranging interview to Metal Rules that also touched upon his continued battle against substance abuse.


Speaking about his current status, Ronnie said: "I'm living at a rehab now. I miss my daughter, and my son, and my home, but I've been there for almost two months now, and I'm going to move into a recovery home soon and stay there for a while."


Regarding the circumstances that led him to check himself back in to rehab, Ronnie said: "My disease has gotten worse. I had 21 years of sobriety at one point. Got sober and cleaned up in 1989, but I'd get on… A long story short, what led me back out was complacency in my program. I wasn't doing enough of my work for the AA program like I did in the early years. Then,I went on Hepatitis C treatment, or they should call it punishment, the old one that has many side effects, in 2010. One of them being insomnia, and the doctor put me on Ambien, and it fucked me up. It's a sleep drug, and I got hooked on it, and then I wasn't working the program, like with my mom's death — I worked through that at ten years sober. I worked through that with my sponsor. [My] dad died, like, in 2012. Some other shit had happened, and I worked through [it], and some serious things happened.


"We all have issues," he continued. "We all have shit happen in our lives and, you know, I worked through them in the program, but my when my father died, and I was complacent in the program, and I was already high on this fucking Ambien. I said, 'Fuck it.' And, I went out, and I started doing heroin and cocaine again within a month after my dad's death, and it's been nothing but downhill since. I've been through two rehabs, [in] 2014 [and] 2015."


Drug and alcohol rehab statistics show that the percentage of people who will relapse after rehab and even a period of some recovery ranges from 50% to 90%.


Most people do not manage to quit their addiction with their first attempt. They may try and fail a number of times before they manage to secure lasting sobriety.

"My disease… The disease of alcoholism and drug addiction keeps progressing even while you're sober and clean," Ronnie said. "So, now it's even… It got even worse than it was back when I was 31. I went to a great rehabilitation when I was 32, and I only spent 30 days there, and I got it. Well, I didn't get it, you never get this, but I understood what I had to do. Let me clarify that. I took all suggestions, and I applied them in my life on a daily basis for 21 years, but once I started putting other things in front of that program and when I was on this Hep C treatment, I had all these side effects, crazy side effects. My teeth rotted out, I got freaking rashes all over my face, cramps, and it fucking made me feel like I had the flu for 11 months, my fucking hair fell out, all kinds of crazy shit, but I couldn't sleep. That was the worst part. So, they put me on this Ambien. I don't think they knew how dangerous that drug is, and it lit me up. I mean, I knew I was high. I was going to meetings. I used to [sit] in the back going, 'Fuck, I relapsed.' So, then I… This is the disease talking to me going, 'Hey man, you can't go back and say you relapsed on Ambien. Let's do this right and go get some heroin, some cocaine, and some marijuana and fucking go off to the races.' And, then when my wife found out and I went to rehab… She had a little bit of money we had left, and then I hadn't been drinking, and I'm not minimizing or maximizing, that's just a fact that once she gave me $30, $20 a week, I was off to the liquor store and I became fall-down drunk within six months. That's how I noticed the disease had gotten worse — blackouts, shakes, DTs [delirium tremens], all kinds of craziness."


For addicts that fall back into drug use, there is no guarantee that they will ever be able to stop again; their relapse may turn out to be a death sentence.


Over time, the life of the addict tends to deteriorate. This means that when people relapse, they may be going back to a life that is even worse than before.


"I can see the progress on of the drug use, how bad it got," Ronnie said. "I honestly can tell you that it got bad. It was nightmarish. So, I'm grateful to be sober and clean, and I've got… I'm not even counting the days, but I've been in the rehab, but it will be about like two months in a couple of weeks or something. So, I've just been there since the middle of April, and now in a couple of weeks, I'm going to go to a recovery house."


Younkins added that he was "grateful" to his bandmates for standing by him through all his problems. "I thought about it when I was playing [at Sweden Rock] today, like, 'Fuck! I mean, I'm here playing with this band, and I'm not dead, and I'm not high, and I'm not drunk, and these guys let me come over here to play.'


"I love those guys in the band," he said. "They've been my brothers, all of them, and [KIX guitarist [Brian's [Forsythe] been a big help, because he's in the program as well, and yeah… So, I just want to get my shit together once and for all on a daily basis."


Last October, KIX released the "Can't Stop The Show: The Return Of Kix" two-disc DVD/CD set via Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film was an in-depth look into KIX's decision to record their first new album, 2014's "Rock Your Face Off", in almost twenty years.

From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kix-guitarist-ronnie-younkins-opens-up-about-his-drug-addiction-my-disease-has-gotten-worse.html#LCAPlzx6k83khvEu.99

Guns N' Roses A&R Man Tom Zutaut Looks Back on the Making of 'Appetite for Destruction'

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Before they became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, Guns N’ Roses were just another struggling act — until Geffen A&R exec Tom Zutaut heard something special, fought to sign them and kept on fighting until their debut Appetite for Destruction LP became a hit.

As hardcore GNR fans are aware, Zutaut doesn’t give many interviews, but he made an exception for LA Weekly in a new wide-ranging discussion that looks back on Appetite for its 30th anniversary. And while the general outline of Zutaut’s role in the band’s rags-to-riches story is well known, his perspective all these years later makes for a fascinating read.

For those who aren’t well versed in GNR history — or simply don’t know how much time and money can go into a recording act long before its first album is released — Zutaut’s LA Weekly interview offers no shortage of insights, from his recollections of the 18 months spent working with the group on songwriting before they entered the studio to the very deliberate way they chose and arranged the Appetite for Destruction track listing so the group could “start off punk, to counter hair metal.”

None of it would have been possible without the credibility Zutaut had with label boss David Geffen, who granted his request to spend $75,000 signing the group even though he didn’t believe Zutaut’s prediction that GNR would be “bigger than Led Zeppelin.” So firm was Geffen’s belief that, as Zutaut tells it now, “he never heard the band until the record was released in July ’87, and even then, I don’t think he listened to a track until it went gold.”

That didn’t mean Guns N’ Roses were off Geffen’s radar — particularly after the album finally took off. “After it hit around 10 million in sales,” recalled Zutaut, “he called me and told me: ‘I thought you were out of your mind when you said they’d be the biggest rock band in the world … but you were right.'”

From stories like that to Zutaut’s account of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite tracking sessions and the battle to get the video for “Welcome to the Jungle” aired on MTV, the feature is never less than an interesting read. And although things ultimately ended badly between Zutaut and frontman Axl Rose, he’s still able to appreciate the career-launching hit he helped shepherd to completion. “This was the last great hard-rock record made entirely by hand,” he argued. “No computer assistance or automated faders. It’s a piece of imperfect art that will stand the test of time because it was made manually on a console. It captured lightning in a bottle.”


From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-zutaut-appetite-for-destruction/?trackback=tsmclip


Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Deep Purple stands alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as part of the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. The list of the band's classic songs is legion, and the influence it's had on successive generations of musicians is both enduring and remarkable. Rhino will celebrate Deep Purple's history with three definitive collections.


A Fire In The Sky will be available as a single CD and a three-CD set on September 8th in North America with an international release following later in the year. A three-LP version will also be available on November 3rd. Each version includes a selection of songs chosen from the 19 studio albums that Deep Purple recorded between 1968 and 2013.


The single-disc version of A Fire In The Sky features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band's singles. The heavy hitters are here of course - "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" - but so are gems like "Perfect Strangers," the title track from the band's platinum-certified album from 1984, as well as "Hell To Pay," from 2013's Now What?!.


The three-disc version of A Fire In The Sky dives even deeper into Purple's past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through Now What?!. It also provides the ultimate showcase for the group's various incarnations through the years. To date, more than a dozen musicians have appeared on a Deep Purple album.


Among the set's many highlights are: the title track from 2005's Rapture Of The Deep; "King Of Dreams" from 1990's Slaves And Masters; "Bad Attitude" from 1987's The House Of Blue Light; "You Keep Me Moving" from 1975's Come Taste The Band; and "Hush" from the group's 1968 debut, Shades Of Deep Purple. This expanded version also features Kevin Shirley's 2010 remix of "Dealer," and the 2012 stereo mix for an early version of "The Bird Has Flown."


A Fire In The Sky will also be available as a three-LP set that includes 27 songs. Among the highlights are the single edit version of "Woman From Tokyo," the US single edit for "Burn," and the radio edit of "Bad Attitude."


Earlier this year, Deep Purple released their 20th studio album Infinite and as announced a co-headlining North American tour with Alice Cooper. The trek kicks off on August 12th in Las Vegas and the full itinerary can be found below.


In 2016, past and present members of Purple (being Blackmore, Coverdale, Evans, Gillan, Glover, Hughes, Lord and Paice) were finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame; it was long-overdue recognition of all they’d achieved in a near half-century career. But in truth this was merely affirmation for what millions already knew. Deep Purple have sold over 100 million records, were once acknowledged by the Guinness Book Of Records as the loudest band on the planet (for a show at the Rainbow in London during 1972).


A Fire In The Sky - Single Disc tracklisting:


"Hell To Pay" (Radio Edit)

"Rapture Of The Deep"

"Sun Goes Down"

"Any Fule Kno That"

"Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" (Edit)

"Bad Attitude" (Radio Edit)

"Knocking At Your Back Door" (Single Edit)

"Perfect Strangers" (Single Edit)

"You Keep On Moving" (Single Edit)

"Soldier Of Fortune"

"Burn" (US Single Edit)

"Woman From Tokyo" (Single Edit)

"Highway Star" (US Single Edit)

"Smoke On The Water" (US Single Edit)


"Strange Kind Of Woman"

"Child In Time (Part 1)"

"Speed King" (US Album Edit)

"Black Night"



A Fire In The Sky - Three Disc tracklisting:


Disc One

"Hell To Pay"

"Vincent Price"

"Wrong Man"

"Rapture Of The Deep"

"Sun Goes Down"

"Any Fule Kno That"

"Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming"

"Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic"

"The Battle Rages On"

"King Of Dreams"

"Call Of The Wild"

"Bad Attitude"

"Knocking At Your Back Door"

"Perfect Strangers"


Disc Two

"You Keep On Moving"

"Dealer" (2010 Kevin Shirley Remix)


"Soldier Of Fortune"


"Might Just Take Your Life"


"Rat Bat Blue"

"Woman From Tokyo"

"Space Truckin'"

"Smoke On The Water"

"When A Blind Man Cries"


Disc Three

"Highway Star"

"Demon's Eye"


"Strange Kind Of Woman"

"Child In Time"

"Speed King" (US Album Edit)

"Black Night"


"Emmaretta" (2012 Stereo Mix)

"The Bird Has Flown" (Early Version - 2012 Stereo Mix)

"Wring That Neck" (aka "Hard Road")

"Kentucky Woman"

"Mandrake Root"



A Fire In The Sky - Three LP tracklisting:


Side One

"Hell To Pay" (Radio Edit)

"Vincent Price"

"Rapture Of The Deep"

"Sun Goes Down"

"Any Fule Kno That"


Side Two

"Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming"

"The Battle Rages On"

"Bad Attitude" (Radio Edit)

"Perfect Strangers"


Side Three

"You Keep On Moving" (Single Edit)

"Soldier Of Fortune"


"Burn" (US Single Edit)

"Might Just Take Your Life"

"Woman From Tokyo" (Single Edit)


Side Four

"Highway Star"

"Smoke On The Water"

"Demon's Eye"



Side Five

"Strange Kind Of Woman"

"Speed King" (US Album Edit)

"Child In Time"

"Black Night"


Side Six

"Kentucky Woman"

"Wring That Neck" (aka "Hard Road")

"Mandrake Root"



Tour dates with Alice Cooper:



12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

15 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion

16 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater

18 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

19 - Dallas, TX - Starplex Pavilion

21 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre

23 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live

24 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion

26 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Theater

27 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center

28 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

30 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center



1 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion

2 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage

3 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

6 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

8 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

9 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center

10 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

Why Donald Trump's Newest White House Hire Has Everybody Googling Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, President Donald Trump appointed hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House director of communications. The similarity of his surname to the word “scaramouch” resulted in a massive spike in people trying to decipher the middle section of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

As USA Today reported, Merriam-Webster noticed that searches for a definition of “scaramouch” rose 8,185 percent in the aftermath of the White House announcing Scaramucci’s hire. The dictionary defined the word as “a stock character in the Italian commedia dell’arte that burlesques the Spanish don and is characterized by boastfulness and cowardliness” and acknowledged that the scaramouch’s role is to beaten by the Harlequin. They also acknowledged that the word has evolved to refer to “a cowardly buffoon” or “rascal.”

They continued with a nod to Queen’s hit, saying, “Despite the energetic physical nature of the comedy of Harlequin and Scaramouch, there is no evidence that they performed the Spanish dance known as the fandango.”


Coincidentally, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been in the news recently for a different reason. It’s expected that it will serve as the title for the long-awaited biopic about the life of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. It was recently announced that Bryan Singer, famous for the X-Men franchise, will direct and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) will star in the lead role.


From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/anthony-scaramucci-bohemian-rhapsody/?trackback=tsmclip