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Posted on March 22, 2018 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Gene Simmons says that he supports #MeToo and #TimesUp, but the "collateral damage is heinous" from the movements and the accused don't have their day in court. He also thinks the music industry will not see any change in the longterm from either of the campaigns to shed light on harassment in the workplace.

“Let me put it bluntly. I think the s–-tstorm is going to be here for a while and the pendulum will finally get to reality after,” Simmons said during a press event this week, according to the Toronto Sun. “Right now it’s in the extreme. But I’m the last guy to understand any of this stuff.”

“I think it’s wonderful for women to be engaged in the conversation and the positive side is there have been a lot of bad guys who have gotten away with it (and aren’t anymore) - that’s a good thing," the KISS co-founder says. He added, “The collateral damage is heinous because anybody can say anything and there’s no presumption of innocence. That’s the problem; the problem is you don’t have your day in court.”

Simmons said that women who are accusing men of harassment should eschew the headline grabbing press conferences and go straight to court. "You’ll make more money," he says. "You’ll embarrass him everyday. Instead of in a news conference which gets you no money. I’m totally in support of anything and everything that follows the rule of law. Get a lawyer. Do it legitimately.”


Simmons was in Toronto to discuss his role as the as the spokesman for the Canadian recreational marijuana company Invictus. The bassist will raise awareness of the company and eventually assist in brand strategy in the market.


Late last year, Simmons was banned for life by Fox News headquarters following an appearance which staffers considered to be full of crude behavior. The bassist later apologized but subsequently claimed he did nothing to warrant the ban. Then in December, he was sued for sexual battery by a television broadcaster, charges which he vehemently denied.


Posted on March 22, 2018 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are in the process of recording their third album. According to a press release we received, there is neither a title yet nor do we have an exact release date other than the knowledge that it is expected in the fall.

He shared the above photo with him and the band in the studio with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who also helmed Slash's last effort, 2014's World on Fire. In addition to Kennedy as vocalist, the Conspirators consist of guitarist Frank Sidoris, bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz.


“I'm excited about the new stuff we put together for this next record; it's got some cool songs and it's got a great live feel.” Slash said. "I've been working with Myles, Brent and Todd for about eight years now. It's been an amazing ride so far; as a band we continue to get better which is great. With the addition of Frank since the World on Fire tour, I feel we have hit a great, creative stride which I definitely think shows on this next record.”


They plan to announce a full North American tour to coincide with the new record, but Slash acknowledged that he remains committed to his work in Guns N' Roses. “Guns N’ Roses will be headlining European festivals this summer," he continued, "it’s going to be a 110% performance and a huge blast. I love doing European fests and this is the first time we’ve done any proper festivals over there on the ‘Not in This Lifetime Tour.' It’s indescribable to explain these shows. I’m looking over and seeing Axl [Rose], Duff [McKagan] and Dizzy [Reed] whom I’ve known forever, but it also feels like an entirely new experience with Richard [Fortes], Frank [Ferrer] and Melissa [Reese]. It’s like being in a new band, except there’s a chemistry that is established from days of old, so it’s a natural thing that’s always been there.”

GLENN TIPTON On His Future Role With JUDAS PRIEST: 'It's A Question That I Can't Really Answer'

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton says that he doesn't really know what his role in the band will be now that he has stepped back from performing after being diagnosed with the later stages of Parkinson's disease.


Tipton found out he had Parkinson's four years ago — after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of PRIEST's latest album, "Firepower". The guitarist, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST LP since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. He is being replaced on tour by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.


Asked how he sees his role in PRIEST going forward, Tipton told SiriusXM Volume host David Fricke (see video below): "It's a question that I can't really answer. I'm gonna see how things go. Medication is improving. Each day is different for me — some days, it's worse; some days, it's better. But I didn't wanna compromise the best heavy metal band in the world. So, to be on the safe side, Andy is in there now, and what will be will be. And that's all I can say. But I love this band; it's been my life. And maybe I'll do some more writing and recording — maybe even some more touring. It's an unanswerable queston, really. It's in the lap of the metal gods."



PRIEST singer Rob Halford takes a pragmatic approach to how Tipton's diagnosis has changed the guitarist's life, including the way it has affected the band's touring activities. "You've gotta be a fighter," Rob said. "It takes me forever to get out of bed. My fucking back! But you do. You do whatever you've got to do. It's like anything in life. When you have the thrill and the pleasure to do something that means so much, you'll do whatever you've gotta do to get to that next gig and play that next song. You don't really think about it. And Glenn was humble enough to say, with the challenges that he's going through, he says there are people that are in a much more difficult place than where Glenn is. And that's just the right philosophy to have. There's always someone that's dealing with a bigger challenge than you are. You've gotta have perspective. You've gotta find the balance and the harmony."


Added PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner: "And what a beacon of hope. If anyone's going through anything, if you look at people like Glenn, like Tony [Iommi, BLACK SABBATH guitarist, who was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011], if you're thinking, 'I don't wanna get in a van,' or, 'It's too cold,' and you look at these guys, 50 years later, doing what they're doing with the challenges they're facing, it separates the men from the boys. So hats off to 'em — they're heroes."


Rob concurred, telling Fricke: "We were with Lemmy [MOTÖRHEAD] just a few weeks before he passed. Ronnie [James Dio] was singing almost till the end. It's just a beautiful thing that it makes you think about. Again, it puts things into perspective."


"Firepower" was released on March 9 via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian artist Claudio Bergamin.


The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.


Photo credit: SiriusXM's staff photographer, Maro Hagopian


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/glenn-tipton-on-his-future-role-with-judas-priest-its-a-question-that-i-cant-really-answer/


Posted on March 22, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In this new episode of the Guitar World series Like A Hurricane, Nita Strauss shows how she plays the solo for "I'm Eighteen" when performing with Alice Cooper. Originally released as a single in November 1970, "I'm Eighteen" was featured on the Love It To Death album in 1971.

Speaking of Alice Cooper, from executive producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron comes NBC's next live musical spectacular, the groundbreaking rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, starring Alice, John Legend, and Sara Bareilles. A video trailer, as well as a chat with the cast, can be found below.

Set during the final week of Jesus' life, the story is told from the perspective of infamous betrayer Judas Iscariot. As more and more followers flock to Jesus, Judas grows concerned that Jesus is becoming arrogant and losing sight of his principles. So when Jesus attacks the money changers in a temple, Judas finally turns on his teacher, setting both on a path to tragedy. Originally conceived as a concept album that hit #1 on the Billboard charts, the show eventually made its way to the stage in 1971 and garnered five Tony nominations in addition to winning a Drama Desk Award for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now this globally celebrated classic comes to NBC in 2018 for a one-of-a-kind live staging on Easter Sunday that's sure to amaze with jaw-dropping spectacle and an all-star cast of beloved recording artists.


The 3-hour live event airs on NBC on Easter Sunday, April 1st.


Posted on March 22, 2018 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Four decades after proving he could keep a big secret for his friends in Kiss, Bob Kulick is riding a new wave of popularity thanks to his first-ever solo album, four co-writing credits on Gene Simmons’ Vault Experience box set, and a show-stealing turn alongside his brother Bruce Kulick at last year’s Kiss Kruise.

The sibling duo helped both 2018’s upcoming Kruise and this May's Indy Kiss fan expo sell out in record time by announcing they would again be sharing the stage at the two events. Kulick is keeping busy with his producing career, while also overseeing a reissue campaign focused on his '80s and ’90s bands.


Kulick, who auditioned for the lead guitar spot in Kiss in 1973 literally just before Ace Frehley got his turn (and ultimately the job), stayed friends with the group and got the call when Frehley was unable or unwilling to record new material for the studio side of the band’s 1977 Alive II album. Kulick's stellar performance led to him working on three more Kiss albums, including Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album, 1980's Unmasked and 1982's Killers.

But other than Stanley's album, Kulick's involvement was kept hidden from the public by the band, who wanted to maintain the illusion that Frehley was still a full-time contributing member of the group.


How did he manage to keep his mouth shut? "It was simple. I equated it in my own way to the Beatles and Eric Clapton. The Beatles recorded ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and wound up with Clapton actually playing the solo. It was un-credited, and everybody originally thought that was George Harrison – ‘Wow, Harrison’s chops really are something these days' – when the reality was that it wasn’t him.

"In this circumstance, being friends with Gene and Paul, it was important to me that when they said ‘this has to be between us and us only,' that I’m going to keep my word. It’s all about integrity, and that’s how I’m able to keep going," Kulick said. "I make great music; I don’t settle. I never went for the easy way: 'Oh, just take the money.' I never did that; it’s just not me. I never recorded an artist and took their money if I thought they were below the bar line, like ‘this is going to be embarrassing.” It wouldn’t help them, it wouldn’t help me."

Of course, he strongly suspected that making the most of the Alive II opportunity would pay off in the future. "The most important thing," Kulick added, "was they would now have recordings of what they sounded like with me, and I would finally have recordings of what I sounded like with them."

At some point years down the road – Kulick can't remember exactly when – Simmons let the cat out of the bag, revealing the guitarist's secret contributions to Kiss' studio work over the years. "I remember when Gene went out there, and said, ‘It’s actually Bob Kulick on those songs,' I thought it was really something great that he actually owned up to it," Kulick said. "I have people come up to me all the time saying, 'excuse me, I’m a guitar player and I just wanted to tell you the reason I learned to play guitar was because of your solo on "Larger Than Life."' You can just imagine what kind of response and responsibility that engenders in me."


Performing as lead guitarist on Stanley's 1989 solo tour – five years after successfully recommending that his younger brother Bruce join Kiss full-time – further raised Kulick's profile among Kiss fans: "That played a huge role, there was finally 'oh, there he is, the bald guy with the mustache!' 'You all know the Kulick brothers; this is the one with the mustache,' that was how Paul would introduce me on stage."


Sometime after that – and while still serving as an in-demand studio musician, assembling his own bands and spearheading a popular series of all-star tribute albums to some of rock's biggest bands – Kulick began appearing at Kiss conventions. "That wasn’t until way later," he remembered. "It’s blossomed from what was a boutique idea. It’s a convention now; its an expo. It’s taken all these twists and turns – which of course is an outgrowth of [Kiss'] popularity, just like the cruise. There’s no question that this is an amazing thing, to have an audience that’s now able to come and meet you. They go home with a photo with you and that’s huge, because it makes it personal. I think there is something inherently good in that part. It attaches the fan to the artist."

Kulick recently had the chance to help Simmons get closer with his fans as well, appearing at the Las Vegas event where "the Demon" personally handed over copies of his massive new career-spanning box set to fans: "He takes the time to try to meet the people and have a meaningful connection."

As for how those Vault tracks came about? "It was from back in the day, getting together, writing and doing demos," Kulick remembered. "He'd say, 'You got something to play me that we might start up on?' He wanted whoever he was writing with to bring him an idea, something he would not have thought of himself. That would then spur his reaction. He got his lyric book out immediately, and say 'play that again.’ He, like Desmond Child and a few other prolific writers I know, have notebooks full of lyrics."

So, Simmons played the Bernie Taupin role? "Yes, but then he was Elton John as well, because he also set it to a melody. I remember we were working on this one song, 'Now That You’re Gone.' It was more of an ELO / Beatles song than it was a Kiss song. He wrote other stuff, not just stuff that was for Kiss. That showed me something about his talent. A couple of the other songs – 'Seeing is Believing,' 'Too Young' – they were more headed for Kiss territory from the start. 'Naked City' was obviously going to be on a Kiss album. People don't give him or the band enough credit, thinking that they’re just a band who plays this style of music and nothing else. The reality is that these guys do know other styles of music. Paul and Gene are huge fans of other styles of music."


"Naked City" appeared on Unmasked, Kiss' most pop-influenced album. If Kulick had his way, it would have sounded very different. "'Naked City' hit [Simmons] immediately," Kulick added. "'I hear this; I have this. Hang on,' he said. I conceived it as something way heavier than what it wound up being – but you have to understand, if somebody else is doing your song, they’re going to do what they want with it."

Kulick recently made the somewhat surprising decision to release his first-ever solo album – last fall's Skeletons in the Closet – five decades after starting his music career. "It was something I had thought about, but then cowered away from," Kulick said. "I thought, if I’m going to do a solo record it should be an instrumental one because I’m a guitar player. But then I realized, ‘Well, that’s not really you or what you’re about; you’re more into songs.' So, how do you do that? You need singers, songs and the whole thing. One of the last things that I did in my studio in L.A. [before moving to Las Vegas] was came up with these four songs. I contacted my old Balance bandmate Doug Katsaros. We’d been working together with Dee Snider and a whole bunch of different projects. I sent him the first song, he said 'I’d love to write a melody and lyrics to this,' and he did. I said, 'Wow, this is really good. So, before long, we had concocted these four songs. Now we had something to shop, something to fool with."

It was Kulick's girlfriend Julie Bergonz (also the photographer for Skeletons in the Closet and the pictures in this article) who finally convinced him to get more serious about the project. "Julie said, 'You know what? You need to do a solo record. You’ve spent all this time and all this effort working with other people, as a support player, a co-writer, a producer but I don’t see a piece of product with your name on it,'" Kulick remembered. "All of these bands I started or helped put together were basically my projects – Skull and Murderer’s Row. Of course, there were other people involved, and they were really important, but those were sort of bands. But she was right: It didn’t have my name on it and, in the end, my arguments fell on deaf ears, with her pointing out that I had a huge amount of musician friends who might want to participate – and did, when they were asked, all of the 23 guests on my solo record."

Kulick is now in the midst of combing through his own vaults, collecting material for expanded versions of albums from earlier bands, including Skull, Murderer's Row and Blackthorne. "I’ve been working with Jimmy Waldo, Graham Bonnet and Dave Eisley. We’ve been putting together some of the outtakes and rough mixes and demos of some of the songs that we did for some of those records," Kulick said. "Cherry Red, the English label, is going to be releasing some of these projects over the next six or nine months. These songs haven’t been heard in this configuration. After all these years, to see that this stuff is finally actually going to come out, makes me realize the old saying ‘everything old is new again,’ is really true."


Meanwhile, Kulick is keeping busy with production work, most recently with a young guitar prodigy named Jacob Reese Thorton. "We’re just remixing a few of his songs now. He’s 15 years old, but his talent is not a 15-year-old's talent. He’s way beyond his years," Kulick said. "So, we were able to help put this together and I’m really proud of it. It’s really really good." Kulick is also keeping his eye out for new projects: "If someone feels that they have good material, and is looking for a real circumstance, I can be reached on social media. I’m always looking for new talent."


He's also excited about performing with his brother again at the Indy Expo and Fall 2018 Kiss Kruise – once again shining a light on their respective eras in Kiss, this time with a guest spot from none other than Ace Frehley.


"It’s been very gratifying that the fans do seem genuinely excited about it," Kulick said. "What Bruce and I have, has not been overexposed. It's great to be able to give the audience what they want in terms of this material, especially with Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns – two amazing, amazing musicians. Todd is just an incredible singer. It’s a really great lineup, and I think it’s going to be a real treat for people. [Last year], people were crying in the crowd, saying ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe they’re doing this song!'"

From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bob-kulick-interview-2018/

STRYPER Frontman On 'God Damn Evil' Album Title: 'It's A Prayer Request'

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has denied naming the band's new album "God Damn Evil" "just to shake things up," insisting that it's actually meant as "a prayer request."


After the openly Christian group announced it was calling its new disc "God Damn Evil", a number of people within the Christian rock and metal community went up in arms, accusing STRYPER of having gone too far.


Asked by All That Shreds what made STRYPER choose such a seemingly provocative title for its follow-up to 2015's "Fallen", Sweet said: "We didn't do it just to shake things up. We have a point to prove in a statement. A few years back we thought about using this title. We didn't go with it because we felt it was a little too much at that time. Now in 2018, with everything that we've seen on the news, the evil we're faced with on a daily basis to new levels and new degrees, it made perfect sense for us to have an album called 'God Damn Evil'. It's a prayer request. It is what it is. It's not a swear, it's not just the shock statement, it's a prayer request, and we're asking God to damn the evil that we see. It should be a prayer for everybody. Some people are freaking out thinking you're taking the Lord's name in vain, and it's not that at all."


In a press release announcing the release of "God Damn Evil", Sweet explained that he and his bandmates "thought long and hard about this title. It was actually considered quite a few years ago and it just didn't feel like the right time. Now, with all the evil in the world that we see around us on a daily basis, it made perfect sense. It's a very bold statement yet a prayer asking God to damn/condemn evil. Nothing more, nothing less.


"We all see and hear the darkness that surrounds us in our society, but with faith and love, we'll always have hope," he continues. "That's what STRYPER is all about: powerful music and a message that builds foundations, not walls. We couldn't be more excited about 'God Damn Evil', as it showcases our undying love for what we do and why we do it."


"God Damn Evil" will be released on April 20 via Frontiers Music Srl. The CD marks the band's first effort since the addition of former FIREHOUSE bassist Perry Richardson. Perry joined the group as the replacement for STRYPER's longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the band last year.


Perry did not play bass on STRYPER's new album due to scheduling constraints. The bass tracks on "God Damn Evil" were laid down by John O'Boyle, who played bass on Sweet's last two solo albums.


STRYPER will return to the road this year, kicking off the "God Damn Evil" world tour in Milan, Italy on April 28 at the Frontiers Rock Festival.


Posted on March 22, 2018 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum recently announced the creation of Artbit — a revolutionary distributed-ledger platform that allows both artists and fans to share and monetize artistic talent from anywhere across the globe. He spoke with Forbes.com about the venture; an excerpt from the interview is available below.


Q: Can you give me an example of how this would play out for Artbit users?


Sorum: "If there’s a busker on the street and he’s playing a guitar, and all those people around are filming, but they’re doing it on Artbit, they’re gonna launch all their content on Artbit, and they’re gonna be automatically linked to that performer. And the way that will work will be, they’ll see him, his information will come up on hashgraph, and then everyone — depending on who puts branding, filters, like a Snapchat-type filter, but you can augment it with augmented reality — you’ll be paid that way. So people will earn for the amount of content they put up. Coins will automatically enter your wallet. Why? Because you’ve already signed the smart contract, telling everybody on the hashgraph ledger what you’re doing. I know it sounds complicated, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds."


Q: So fans get rewarded for interacting with artists, and artists get rewarded for engaging those fans?


Sorum: "That’s right. I’ve always thought, artists are the ones that get the accolades, but what about the fans? For me, I always say thank you to the fans. If it wasn’t for the fans, I wouldn’t have a career, I wouldn’t have a house, I wouldn’t have a car, none of it. So why shouldn’t they have an opportunity to come and be part of the process? We’re gonna have a layer to Artbit where you can actually invest in that artist. You can be a part of that company, so to speak. You’re not gonna be a partner, because the beauty about crypto is that you aren’t an equity owner. You’re only a coin owner. It’s a different thing, you understand? You don’t say, 'I own a piece of him.' You don’t own a piece. You don’t own anything. No one owns anybody. But you have a coin piece of that artist. So your coin is your currency that is gonna retain part of that.


There’s already a solution with this kind of stuff to solve every middleman aspect of the music business. For instance, publishing. You know how publishing works, right? Someone writes the song, there’s five songwriters. At some point down the line, we’ll have a library of music. I’m not saying when that’s gonna be. It’ll be probably an update on the app. Update now and you’ll get the new thing. So we’re gonna have to do layers of updates."


Read the complete articicle here:


Founded by Sorum, Pablo Martins, Renan Monjon, Saulo Monjon and Jean-Philippe Innocent, Artbit was created on the premise that the unsigned, unrepresented artists of today — musicians, street artists, dancers, magicians, and every street performer in between — are enhancing their communities and broadcasting their soul to the world with little or no monetary return. Artbit addresses this problem by providing exposure and capital to independent artists, while protecting their intellectual property and equipping them with the tools they need to manage the business side of their craft.


"Before I had any recognition as a musician, I was roaming back alleys in Hollywood, playing any gig I could get, sleeping on couches and surviving off Top Ramen," says Sorum. "Today, getting recognition is easier, but getting paid is even harder. With Artbit, we're giving power back to the fans to tell the world who deserves attention, and we're giving a platform to artists to turn their dreams into a paying reality."


By creating "virtual stages" using renowned artist hubs around the world, Artbit will allow up-and-coming creators to fund their passions through a crypto-economy powered by hashgraph.


"We believe in a more equitable, trusted, and secure online world," said Mance Harmon, CEO of Hedera hashgraph, the distributed-ledger platform upon which Artbit will be built. "We believe in a multiverse where you can carve out your own piece of cyberspace, be confident when interacting with others, control how you collaborate, and decide who benefits from your work and how. We are pleased to be working with Artbit to bring that vision to the artist community, a community that thrives and grows on collaboration and support of one another."


Artbit users will be able to produce live shows and performances through the platform, linking artists' performance locations to any of Artbit's virtual stages. Fans from around the world can then watch these live performances, conducting interactions (liking, sharing, and attaching AR filters) while generating micro-income for both the artist and curatorial public. Through the use of augmented reality and gamification, both fans and performers will have the opportunity to be part of the show.


From: http://bravewords.com/news/former-guns-n-roses-drummer-matt-sorum-explains-artbit-s-process-to-help-pay-starving-artists-it-s-not-as-complicated-as-it-sounds

Monster Magnet share lyric video for epic new track I'm God

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Monster Magnet have released a lyric video for their new track titled I’m God. Watch it below:



It’ll feature on the American outfit’s upcoming album Mindfucker which is out tomorrow (March 23) via Napalm Records.


The band previously revealed the title track, with frontman Dave Wyndorf saying that the follow-up to 2013’s Last Patrol was “a fuzzed out, headbangin’ celebration of hard rock and 21st century paranoia.”


He added: “It’s also an album that gets right to the point – the world is out of its fucking mind and I’m livin’ it… for better or worse. It’s simple, really. In these crazy times I’ve been wanting to just drive my car at 100 miles per hour and howl.


“So I wrote songs I can do that with. And with lyrics that don’t deny the times we’re living in. Feels good, feels right. Rock is alive, baby!”


Monster Magnet will embark on European tour from May. Find a full list of their live shows below, along with the Mindfucker cover art and tracklist.


Mindfucker is now available for pre-order.

Monster Magnet Mindfucker tracklist:

Rocket Freak



I'm God



Want Some


All Day Midnight

When The Hammer Comes Down

Monster Magnet 2018 UK and European tour dates:

May 03: Wiesbaden Schlachthof, Germany

May 04: Berlin Desertfest, Germany

May 05: Nijmeden Doornroosje

May 06: London Desertfest, UK

May 08: Cologne Live Music Hall, Germany

May 09: Saarbrucken Garage, Germany

May 11: Bilbao Santana 27, Spain

May 12: Madrid Sala Riviera, Spain

May 14: Pratteln Z7, Czech Republic

May 15: Milan Alcatraz Club, Italy

May 16: Bochum Zeche, Germany

May 18: Nuremburg Hirsch, Germany

May 19: Groningen Vera, Netherlands

May 21: Copenhagen Pumpehuset, Denmark

May 22: Stockholm Debaser Strand, Sweden

May 23: Oslo Blâ, Norway

May 24: Malmo Kulturbolaget, Sweden

May 26: Bremen Schlachthof, Germany

May 28: Leuven Het Depot, Belgium

May 29: Ghent Vooriut, Belgium

May 31: Manchester Gorilla, UK

Jun 01: Glasgow The Garage, UK

Jun 02: Belfast Limelight, UK

Jun 04: Dublin The Tivoli, Ireland


From: http://teamrock.com/news/2018-03-22/monster-magnet-share-lyric-video-for-epic-new-track-im-god


Posted on March 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

With the spring festival lineup pretty much locked in, it's time to turn our attention to some of the bigger events of the summer. And just getting in right under the "summer" cut-off, the SoCal-based Kaaboo Festival has announced its lineup.


The festival returns to Del Mar, Calif. the weekend of Sept. 14-16 for its fourth consecutive year with a top line of headliners that includes Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Imagine Dragons and Katy Perry.

Though it is an eclectic festival with acts across a variety of genres, rock fans should be satiated with Incubus, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Alice in Chains, Billy Idol, Stone Temple Pilots, Candlebox and Vista Kicks all included in the bill.


Other top name performers for the event include Halsey, Post Malone, Wiz Khalifa, N*E*R*D*, Earth, Wind and Fire, Gucci Mane, Jewel, Blondie, Jimmy Eat World, Cake, Big Boi, Melissa Etheridge, TLC, All-American Rejects, Bebe Rexha and more. Plus, there will be a comedy area with Craig Ferguson, Iliza Schlesinger, Nick Offerman, Craig Robinson, Chris Hardwick, Whitney Cummings, Kevin Nealon, Pete Holmes, Nikki Glaser, Pauly Shore, Aparna Nanchcherla and Orny Adams all participating.


All passes for Kaaboo Del Mar go on sale at 9AM PT this morning (March 22). Check out the festival website for ticketing details:


From: http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-robert-plant-lead-rock-performers-at-2018-kaaboo-festival/


Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

KISS singer bassist Gene Simmons, and American rock legends Montrose will be featured on upcoming episodes of Rhino Records' The Rhino Podcast.


All Access Music Group reports: Warner Music Group's catalog label Rhino Records is joining the podcast world with the debut of The Rhino Podcast, a series being launched in conjunction with Rhino's 40th Anniversary celebration.


The show, hosted by Dennis Scheyer and Rich Mahan, will post bi-weekly, with the debut taking a look at The Ramones and a talk with Ed Stasium about his producing their album Rocket To Russia. Future episodes will feature The Smiths, Gene Simmons, The Cars, The Monkees, and Montrose.


“Rhino has set the standard in music curation for 40 years, so it is a natural progression for us to offer our unique perspective and expertise to music fans in The Rhino Podcast” said Rhino President Mark Pinkus. “Drawing from the unparalleled Warner Music catalog gives us an endless list of legendary artists to spotlight, offering listeners a deeper experience with some of the greatest music of all time.”

“We’ve seen time and again how good, carefully curated content drives fans to discover and in this case, hopefully re-discover classic music,” said Rhino VP/Fan Engagement John Hughes. “As a music fan, this is the kind of podcast I would want to listen to, with the artists, producers, and even hardcore fans taking part.”


Listen to Episode #1 below:

JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER: Playing With GLENN TIPTON Again Was 'A Goosebump Moment'

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Richie Faulkner says that Glenn Tipton's first performance with JUDAS PRIEST since he stepped down from the band due to his battle with Parkinson's disease was a "goosebump moment."


Last night, during PRIEST's show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the band welcomed Tipton for its three-song encore, playing blistering versions of "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", much to the delight of the thousands of fans in attendance.


During an interview earlier today with Jonathan Clarke of Q104.3's "Out Of The Box", Faulkner praised his bandmate as a "hero" and described the experience of playing with Glenn again as "phenomenal."


The guitarist said (see video below): "We always said that, obviously, due to Glenn's situation, he will be stepping down slightly from touring, but he will be back at some stage. And in true Glenn Tipton hero form, there he was at the Prudential in front of all the metal maniacs, and they went absolutely ballistic. I mean, you can imagine — it was like a goosebump moment; it was phenomenal. And we went straight into 'Metal Gods', which is pretty fitting. It was a 'metal god' right there, and it's just a testament to how much of a hero Glenn Tipton is."


PRIEST singer Rob Halford was also full of admiration for his longtime bandmate, describing Tipton's guitar-playing style as "remarkable. His heritage really comes from the blues. And the blues started everything — the blues was there before even rock and roll came into existence," Rob said. "So Glenn's bones in metal are really embedded in the blues, and that's how he grew from that experience as a guitar player. And that's his style, that's the Glenn Tipton sound. And the Glenn Tipton way of playing guitar is very special and very unique."


Although Tipton played on PRIEST's new studio album, "Firepower", he is being replaced on tour by the LP's producer, Andy Sneap.


Glenn recently told Guitar World that his decision to step down from the "Firepower" tour was not one that he took lightly. "I decided that it was really going to be too much for me," he said. "With the medication and the time zone changes and everything else, I realized it was time to retire — from touring at least."


"I don't ever want to compromise JUDAS PRIEST. It's too big a part of my life," he added.


Tipton said that "even up to the rehearsal stage," he was capable of playing 99 percent of all the PRIEST material, "but you can have good days and bad days with Parkinson's, and I didn't want to go onstage with that possibility looming," he explained. "I wanted to go onstage with total confidence if I was going to do it."


Asked if he has hand tremors, muscle stiffness or balance issues, all of which are symptoms of Parkinson's, Tipton said: "I don't suffer too much from tremors. It's more coordination and getting up to speed. It's almost like you've got a governor sitting at the speed you can go to and you can't go through the barrier. And if you've seen PRIEST onstage, with the adrenaline rushes, you can see why that might be a problem."


Glenn also didn't close the door on the possibility of contributing material to another PRIEST studio album once the group is done with the "Firepower" cycle. "I'll see how the band feels when they finish the tour," he said. "With regards to writing, I sincerely hope I maintain a contribution to the band in terms of songs and composition."


JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the "Firepower" world tour on March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


"Firepower" was released on March 9 via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian artist Claudio Bergamin.


The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

Check out the interview here:

Check out the live performance here:


Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The documentary Steven Tyler: Out On A Limb has been selected as the opening night film of the Nashville Film Festival on May 10th, reports Variety.


The date has also been proclaimed "Steven Tyler Day” by Nashville Mayor David Briley. In addition, Tyler will perform with Nashville-based The Loving Mary Band at The Woods at Fontanel on May 12th.


“Nashville is a key part of my musical journey and has had an influential place in my career, so this recognition from the city is a tremendous honor,” said Tyler. “I’m also so touched that the Nashville Film Festival selected Steven Tyler: Out On A Limb to kick off opening night of this year’s event with our world premiere.”


Momentum Pictures will release the film on VOD and digital HD on May 15th. Read more at Variety.com.


Tyler, along with Nashville's Loving Mary Band, have announced dates for North America and Europe this summer. The tour is set to launch on June 12th at Artwork Amphitheater in Lewiston, NY, and will conclude on August 7th at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, England. Tickets on sale now.

Tour dates:



12 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheater

18 - New York, NY - SummerStage in Central Park

21 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap

24 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center

27 - Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel

30 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live



7 - Naperville, IL - Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest

11 - Calgary, AB - Cowboys Stampede Tent

15 - Sion, Switzerland - Sion Sous Les Etoiles Festival

18 - Trieste, Italy - Trieste Piazza Unita D’Italia

24 - Barolo, Italy - Collisioni Festival, Piazza Colbert

27 - Rome, Italy - Rome Cavea

30 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Real



2 - Marbella, Spain - Starlite Festival

7 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town


From: http://bravewords.com/news/aerosmith-frontman-s-steven-tyler-out-on-a-limb-documentary-selected-as-opening-night-film-of-nashville-film-festival


Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gibson company's public struggle to find a way forward through potentially catastrophic financial woes could reach a definitive turning point over the next few months.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the company will need to pay down as much as $560 million in debt by summer, further undermining embattled Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz's attempts to stave off efforts to end his leadership. As the Times notes, Juszkiewicz bet heavily on moving Gibson into other sectors with a series of major investments that didn't pan out, and although he signaled a willingness to change direction, it may not be enough.

"My dream was to be the Nike of music lifestyle," Juszkiewicz's quoted as saying. "At this point, I have to cut back on that ambition, frankly."


As previously reported, Gibson execs have been working against the clock to avert outright ruin for the venerable guitar manufacturer, recently laying off workers and attempting to work out favorable terms with creditors who've been calling for a change in leadership at the company. It remains to be seen how those efforts will pan out, but the staggering amount of debt that's set to mature makes it clear that the odds are stacked against them, despite Juszkiewicz's assurances that he can decrease Gibson's financial burdens while blending its consumer electronics acquisitions more seamlessly into the business.

"Their hope is that the capital structure is refinanceable if they can reduce leverage," observed Moody's Investors Service senior analyst Kevin Cassidy. "We think the likelihood of a default or some type of financial restructuring is pretty high."

Listen to Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song from How The West Was Won reissue

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A live stream of Led Zeppelin’s classic 1970 track Immigrant Song has been released. Check it out below:



It’s been taken from the upcoming reissue of How The West Was Won, which will launch on CD, LP, Blu-ray Audio, streaming services and in a Super Deluxe Box Set on Friday (March 23) via Atlantic/Swan Song.


The album was originally released in 2003 and captured the band’s performances at the LA Forum and Long Beach Arena – part of Zep's 1972 US tour.


The box set contains the remastered audio across three CDs and four 180g heavyweight LPs, a DVD of the album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, photo gallery, a hi-def audio download and a book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concerts along with memorabilia.


A print of the original cover art will also be included, with first 30,000 individually numbered.


An unboxing video for the live package has now been released and can be watched below.


How The West Was Won forms part of the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations, which also includes a 368-page illustrated book and a 7-inch single for Record Store Day.


Last month, guitarist Jimmy Page hinted at a new Led Zeppelin live release, saying: “It's so different to all the other things that are out there. It's another view compared to How The West Was Won or The Song Remains The Same. I’m looking forward to people hearing that.”


Further details will be revealed in due course. How The West Was Won is available for pre-order.

OZZY OSBOURNE Sues Concert Promoter Over Booking Policy

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

According to TMZ, Ozzy Osbourne has filed a lawsuit against AEG, claiming concert agency is "blackmailing" him. The BLACK SABBATH singer has alleged that AEG is using a practice called "block-booking" to force him to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against his wishes.


Ozzy had tentatively agreed to perform at London's O2 Arena on February 11, 2019 as part of his "No More Tours 2" farewell run, but he claims that AEG added a provision stating that if Osbourne played an indoor arena within 25 miles of Los Angeles that was promoted by competitor Live Nation during the tour, he would have to play the AEG-owned Staples Center as well.


Ozzy feels this is effectively a violation of the antitrust laws, which prohibit businesses from gaining a stranglehold on customers.


"Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and business manager, publicly complained about having to sign the Staples Center Commitment, but AEG would not relent," the complaint reads. "Ozzy commences this action (on his own behalf and for all similarly situated artists) to prohibit AEG from enforcing the Staples Center Commitment, an unlawful tying arrangement that unfairly leverages AEG's dominance in greater London to distort and deter competition in greater Los Angeles."


Osbourne wants a judge to invalidate the provision in his contract that forces him to perform at Staples.


Last month, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon shared a a fiery letter she sent to AEG in which she condemned the act that would force the rock icon to perform at the Los Angeles venue as part of a deal for a scheduled concert at the O2 Arena.


She wrote: "Shame on AEG for bringing artists into a power struggle you're having with your competitor, Live Nation. I can assure you that Live Nation would never strong-arm an artist into playing a venue they're not comfortable performing in."


AEG Live chairman/CEO Jay Maricano responded, "Dear Sharon, Thank you for your note. Please understand this dispute is between The Forum and Staples Center and we couldn't agree with you more — it should always be the artist's choice. We long for the days when artists and fans came first. PS — The other guys started this first!"


Sharon responded a day later, saying: "This is a staggering attempt to blackmail Ozzy into playing your venue in Los Angeles. It is also a complete abuse of bargaining power and not conducive to a free market."


Sharon threatened legal action against AEG if Ozzy's London date was not confirmed, adding: "I find the way you're conducting yourself and your company to be no more than childish playground tactics. I cannot be involved in a squabble between two venue owning promoters as my interests only lie 100 percent with Ozzy."


Variety reported that AEG's O2/Staples requirement came about in response to a challenge from MSG that found the company refusing to book acts into Madison Square Garden if they played at AEG's Staples Center in Los Angeles instead of the MSG-operated Forum. In response, AEG informed agents and promoters that acts who perform at The Forum instead of Staples will not be booked at London's O2 Arena.


Ozzy's final world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It's slated to last until 2020.


Posted on March 21, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

With so many aging rockers retiring, one legend who has no intent of stopping anytime soon is Alice Cooper. During an exclusive chat with the shock rock icon, he explained how he feels better than ever, praised guitarist Nita Strauss and called Hollywood Vampires the world’s most expensive bar band.

Black Sabbath are finished, Slayer’s calling it quits in 2018… even young bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan have gone the way of the dodo. At 70 years old, the same age Glenn Tipton was forced off tour with Judas Priest due to Parkinson’s, Alice Cooper laughs in the face of retirement.

“I have absolutely not thought of retirement at all,” Cooper proudly states. “I’ve never been in better shape in my life, probably because there’s no stress. There’s very little stress in my life … Everybody [in the band] is just best friends. There’s no backbiting, there’s no ego, everybody can’t wait to do the show, there’s no financial stress. It’s just go do the show and have fun.”

 Cooper also told us about the internal dynamics of Hollywood Vampires, which famously features Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp. “You’ve got three alpha males,” Cooper says. “When I first got into rehearsal, I said, ‘This is going to be a circus. I’m going to back off.’ Johnny said, ‘I’m gonna back off,’ Joe says, ‘I’m gonna back off.’ We’ve never had one argument.”

Check out our chat with Alice Cooper in the clip below and be sure to catch the band on their Paranormal tour right now.



Posted on March 21, 2018 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The producers of the Broadway concert Rocktopia have announced that multi-platinum Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Robin Zander, lead singer of Cheap Trick, will make his Broadway debut as a special guest vocalist in the show for the final week of its limited engagement, April 23th - 29th.


An explosive concert event that fuses the most iconic 20th-century rock with world-renowned classical masterpieces, Rocktopia features the works of musical innovators across centuries - including Journey, Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Aerosmith, Handel, Led Zeppelin, Tchaikovsky, U2, Copland, Heart, Puccini, The Who and more - performed by an elite lineup of vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a forty-person choir, and a twenty-piece orchestra. Rocktopia celebrates its opening night at the Broadway Theatre on Tuesday, March 27th. Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com.

Zander and Cheap Trick first hit the music scene in 1974 with their unique blend of punk, pop and metal - a sound which catapulted the band to international stardom with such hits as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “Dream Police.” Forty years and twenty-five albums later, Zander is still widely considered one of the greatest rock voices of all time, and in 2016 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Zander joins Rocktopia’s diverse lineup of celebrated rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists: Co-creator Rob Evan (Broadway: Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde; Trans-Siberian Orchestra); Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Chris Botti, Yanni’sVoices); Tony Vincent (American Idiot, We Will Rock You, Rent); Kimberly Nichole (NBC’s The Voice,); and Alyson Cambridge (The Merry Widow at the Met Opera, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Show Boat). As previously announced, Grammy Award winner Pat Monahan, lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling band Train, will make his Broadway debut as the featured guest vocalist for the first three weeks of the concert’s run, March 20th - April 8th.


The world-class musicians featured in the Rocktopia band include Grammy and Emmy Award nominated violinist Máiréad Nesbitt (Celtic Woman, Lord of the Dance); acclaimed guitarist Tony Bruno (MD & guitar for Enrique Iglesias & Rihanna, America’s Got Talent); pianist Henry Aronson (Rock of Ages, The Who’s Tommy); bass player Mat Fieldes (The Gorillaz, Book of Mormon); and drummer Alex Alexander (David Bowie, Jimmy Cliff, Ritchie Blackmore), under the baton of Rocktopia co-creator Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer (San Francisco Symphony).


An inaugural performance of the show, Rocktopia: Live From Budapest produced by Two Hands Entertainment/Jeff Rowland, was recorded in front of a live audience in June 2016 at the 19th century Hungarian State Opera House for PBS. It was performed with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra with six vocalists, a five-piece rock band, the Hungarian State Opera Chorus, and the Jazz and More Choir. Rocktopia has since toured over twenty cities in the United States, featuring local symphonies and choirs across the country.


Rocktopia is produced by Rocktopia Broadway LLC (William Franzblau, Executive Producer and Maggie Seidel-Laws, Associate Producer) in association with Hughes Wall LLC.


Tickets are on sale via Telecharge.com. A limited number of $35 General Rush Tickets will be available for that day’s performance when the Broadway Theatre Box Office (1681 Broadway) opens each day (10 AM Monday-Saturday and 12 PM Sunday). Tickets are subject to availability. Special student pricing, beginning at $39, is available for the duration of the run.


The performance schedule is Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 & 8 PM, Sunday at 2 & 7 PM. There is no performance on Monday, March 26th or Tuesday, April 3rd. Performances have been added on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30 PM; Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30 PM; and Wednesday, April 4th at 7:30 PM. Pat Monahan will perform in all shows between March 20th - April 8th, with the exception of March 21st.


(Photo - Danny McClister)

From: http://bravewords.com/news/cheap-trick-frontman-robin-zander-to-make-broadway-debut-in-epic-concert-event-rocktopia


Posted on March 21, 2018 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

AC/DC have been through an incredibly tumultuous period over the past few years, weathering the death of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, as well as the departures of drummer Phil Rudd, singer Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams. But guitarist Angus Young is still standing — and according to Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson, Young's still planning on putting out another AC/DC album.

The plan, as Anderson revealed during a recent interview with the Rockpit, is for Young to carry the AC/DC banner forward with vocals from Axl Rose, who stepped in behind the mic after Johnson was forced to leave the lineup due to chronic hearing loss. Though Rose's participation was technically only to help the band get through what looked likely to be its final tour, Anderson said Young told him he's working on new material with Rose in mind.

"I said to him 'What are you going to do?' and he said 'Mate, I’m writing a new album,'" said Anderson. "I asked him who was in the band and he said 'Axl.' Brian’s not there, Phil’s not there, Cliff’s not there, sadly, Malcolm’s not there."


It's a state of affairs that will obviously make more than a few AC/DC fans unhappy, but as Anderson went on to point out, there are arguments for and against Young moving forward with a decidedly different AC/DC. "Yes, it’s sad that the original lineup aren’t there anymore, but it’s the songs," he added. "People who have supported them all the way through their career, they want to hear the songs."


Anderson's comments aren't the first to suggest that Young might be planning a new AC/DC LP with Rose — those rumors started last year — but fans shouldn't look for a definitive answer either way anytime soon. Rose is still touring with Guns N' Roses, and Young isn't the type to say much to the press; if another AC/DC album is really in the cards, he won't reveal it to the world until he's good and ready.

Watch Dokken's classic lineup play their first new track in more than 20 years

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dokken’s classic lineup have released a video for their brand new studio track It’s Just Another Day. Check it out below:



Vocalist Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Mick Brown reunited in 2016 for a run of six shows in Japan – performances which have been documented in upcoming package Return To The East Live.


It’ll be released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray on April 20 via Frontiers – and along with the live material, it’ll also feature the new track, along with bonus acoustic studio songs.


Pilson, who co-wrote the music with Lynch, tells UCR that the studio sessions were “magical” and adds: “Don came in and sang it in a very quick session. It was a couple of hours.


“He had most of the lyrics in his head and he didn’t even write them down. Most of the melodies were kind of prepared, but it just flowed, and we just bounced off of one another and it happened very quickly. I threw the harmonies on and we were done. It was that quick.”


Return To The East Live 2016 is now available for pre-order. Find the cover art above and tracklist below.

Return To The East Live 2016 tracklist:


It’s Another Day (New Studio Track)

Kiss Of Death

The Hunter

Unchain The Night

When Heaven Comes Down

Breakin’ The Chains

Into The Fire

Dream Warriors

Tooth And Nail

Alone Again (Intro)

Alone Again

It’s Not Love

In My Dreams

Heaven Sent (Acoustic Studio Bonus Track)

Will The Sun Rise (Acoustic Studio Bonus Track)


Tooth And Nail

Unchain The Night

When Heaven Comes Down

Breakin’ The Chains

Into The Fire

Alone Again

It’s Not Love

Paris Is Burning

Kiss Of Death

The Hunter

Dream Warriors

In My Dreams

Behind the Scenes

From: http://teamrock.com/news/2018-03-21/watch-dokkens-classic-lineup-play-their-first-new-track-in-more-than-20-years


Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Kansas will mark the 40th anniversary of their hit 1977 Point of Know Return album with a run of tour dates featuring complete performances of the track listing in addition to hits and fan favorites.

The group's Point of Know Return anniversary dates follow an anniversary tour in honor of that album's predecessor, 1976's Leftoverture; together, this period in Kansas' live history honors one of the more commercially and critically successful eras in the band's long career. As guitarist Rich Williams pointed out in a press release, it's all one long opportunity to celebrate with fans.

"After the success of the album Leftoverture, it was hard to imagine when we released Point of Know Return that this album would be even bigger, but it was," said Williams. "From the album artwork to the song ‘Dust in the Wind,’ the album Point of Know Return is really ingrained in rock 'n' roll history and even in popular culture. The past two years we have done around 80 select shows performing the album Leftoverture in its entirety. We have been blown away by the positive fan response. Our hope is that fans will enjoy this Point of Know Return Tour just as much, and hopefully even more!"

For singer Ronnie Platt, who entered the lineup in 2014 after the departure of original vocalist Steve Walsh, the tour offers a chance to perform some of his personal favorites — as well as lead the band through some pretty deep cuts.

"I often joke that I cannot be in charge of putting together a set list, because there are too many songs that I really want to perform. These shows, though, will be about as close as it gets," added Platt. "Of course, there will be hits like ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ but to know we will be performing songs that Kansas has not performed live for twenty or thirty years, or even ever, that is just really exciting. It is going to be a lot of fun."


Look over the complete list of currently confirmed dates below, and visit Kansas' official site for further details and ticketing information.

Kansas Point of Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour:

09/28 — Cobb Energy PAC — Atlanta, GA

09/29 — Ryman Auditorium — Nashville, TN

10/05 — Keswick Theatre — Glenside, PA

10/06 — Heinz Hall — Pittsburgh, PA

10/12 — Pabst Theater — Milwaukee, WI

10/13 — Chicago Theater — Chicago, IL

10/19 — Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland — Kansas City, MO

10/20 — Fabulous Fox Theater — St. Louis, MO

10/26 — The State Theatre — Kalamazoo, MI

10/27 — Fox Theater — Detroit, MI

11/02 — The Tobin Center for Performing Arts — San Antonio, TX

11/03 — Majestic Theater — Dallas, TX

11/09 — Taft Theatre — Cincinnati, OH

11/10 — Murat Theatre at Old National Centre — Indianapolis, IN

11/16 — The Paramount — Huntington, NY

11/17 — Hanover Theatre — Worcester, MA

11/23 — The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts — Wilkes-Barre, PA

11/24 — Modell PAC at the Lyric — Baltimore, MD

11/30 — Thomas Wolfe Auditorium — Asheville, NC

12/01 — The Township Auditorium — Columbia, SC

12/06 — Saenger Theatre — Mobile, AL

12/08 — Ruth Eckerd Hall — Clearwater, FL

12/14 — Peabody Auditorium — Daytona Beach, FL

12/15 — Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center — Fort Lauderdale, FL