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STEPHEN PEARCY Says New RATT Music Sounds Like Early Albums But 'A Little Tougher'

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has told The Morning Call in a new interview that the band has been writing new music. He said he is collaborating for the first time in years with bassist Juan Croucier, and even with new guitarist Jordan Ziff.


The vocalist describes the new material as something between the band's 1983 self-titled debut EP and the triple-platinum "Out Of The Cellar".


"A little tougher, you know?" Pearcy said. "We had a tendency [at the band's peak] to be too melodical or something. And we're going to probably see even more straight-forward" music.


This past January, Pearcy underwent knee surgery. The operation came three months after two disastrous RATT shows that saw the now-63-year-old singer incapacitated to the point where he had trouble remembering the words to some of the band's biggest hits.


"My one knee was totally blown out and I couldn't deal with it," he told The Morning Call. "That got all better a year and a half ago, and then my left knee blew out, which happens. And I was in so much pain out there, and I just got a little too tweaked one night or two nights. And then I went, 'I’m going in to get this done. I can't be out here beating myself up and having shitty shows.' And what all I had to do, I'm gonna need knee surgery. But it's so difficult. People don't understand."

Pearcy also talked about RATT's current lineup, which also includes Croucier, along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Ziff and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY). "[Holmes is] just thunderous," Pearcy said. "Crazy. So we're happy with the lineup right now."


Earlier in the month, Pearcy told Atlantic City Weekly that RATT was planning to make new music available in 2020. "We're deciding now how we want to go about releasing it, whether it will be a full record or just a bunch of singles," he said. "I think we will probably go that route though — release a few singles, see how people take to it and the rest is easy."


RATT hasn't released any new music since 2010's "Infestation" album.


Photo credit: Joe Schaeffer

Watch Tom Keifer's Video for New Song 'Rise'

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Former Cinderella singer Tom Keifer has released a video for the new song “Rise,” the title track from his current group #keiferband's album, which is out now. 


The song was co-written with Keifer's wife, Savannah, and country artists Thompson Square. The singer called the track an “uplifting, spiritual” piece.


You can watch the video below:




“I’ve never had such a strong reaction to an unreleased song before,” he told Billboard in a new interview. “I think it’s because people hear the lyric and connect with it. ... People can relate to it. Life is never going to be without challenges, whether small daily ones or long-term ones that last months or years, and we hope this song inspires people to be able to ride that roller coaster and overcome the lows and enjoy the highs.”


Elsewhere in the interview, Keifer discussed the rigorous training regime he undertook to deal with partial vocal-cord paralysis that began in the ‘90s.


“I was told I’d never sing again,” he recalled. “There’s no medical treatment for it. The only prayer of regaining my voice was to train it and strengthen the weak side. It was an opera technique that got me back on track, and now my voice is really strong again. The vocal styling [now] is as intense as the early days of Cinderella.”


He also explained why his solo band continued to play Cinderella material. "The stamp of my voice and guitar style is pretty much on anything I perform as an artist," he said. "It’s just there. [The songs are] a part of me. I love those songs. I was in Cinderella for 30 years, so it’s very important to me.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-keifer-rise/

EDDIE MONEY Died Of Complications From Heart Valve Replacement

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A representative for Eddie Money has confirmed to People that the legendary rocker died on Friday of complications from a recent heart valve replacement surgery. He was 70 years old.


The musician's family announced his passing in a statement. "The Money family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," the statement reads. "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music."


Money revealed his stage 4 esophageal cancer diagnosis last month. He received the diagnosis last fall while taping the second season of his popular reality series "Real Money", which he and his wife, Laurie, executive produced.


"I thought I was going in to get a checkup, and he told me that, uh, I got cancer," Money said in a clip from the show. Laurie then explained: "It's in his esophagus, the top of his stomach… it's also spread to his liver."


"It hit me really, really hard," Money continued. "I don't want to keep the fact that I have cancer from everybody. It's not honest. I want to be honest with everybody." He added that cancer treatment has come "a long way" and that "not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the '50s and the '60s. Am I going to live a long time? Who knows. It's in God's hands. But you know what? I'll take every day I can get. Every day above ground is a good day."


At the time of his death, Money was still recuperating from health issues resulting from his heart valve procedure in June. The heart issue was a condition unrelated to his cancer.


With a career spanning over 40 years, the 70-year-old Money has long established himself as one of rock's most beloved entertainers. After leaving his native Brooklyn for the Berkeley music scene in the 1970s, Money quickly rose to fame on the strength of a slew of successful albums and Top 40 hits, including "Two Tickets To Paradise", "Take Me Home Tonight", "Shakin'", "Think I'm In Love", "Baby Hold On" and many more.

The Who detail new album, launch single and announce UK and Ireland tour

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In January this year, The Who revealed their plans to release a new studio album this year – their first since 2006’s Endless Wire.


They showcased the track Hero Ground Zero at London’s Wembley Stadium in July – and now the band have revealed details of their new record titled Who, officially launched the first single Ball And Chain, and announced a 2020 UK and Ireland tour. You can check out the new song below:



Who will be released on November 22, with frontman Roger Daltrey saying: “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973. Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter and he’s still got that cutting edge”.


Guitarist Townshend adds: “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I – and my brother Simon – wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice.


“Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today."


He continues: “I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and finished in late August just in time to make some vinyl – maybe even some cassettes – ready for release in November.”


The Who will tour across the UK and Ireland throughout March and April next year, where they’ll be joined once again by a full orchestra.


Tickets will go on general sale next Friday (September 20) from 10am GMT. Find details below.

The Who: Who Tracklisting:

1. All This Music Must Fade

2. Ball And Chain

3. I Don't Wanna Get Wise

4. Detour

5. Beads On One String

6. Hero Ground Zero

7. Street Song

8. I’ll Be Back

9. Break The News

10. Rockin’ In Rage

11. She Rocked My World

The Who UK and Ireland 2020 tour:

Mar 16: Manchester Arena, UK

Mar 18: Dublin 3Arena, Ireland

Mar 21: Newcastle Utilita Arena, UK

Mar 23: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK

Mar 25: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK

Mar 30: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK

Apr 01: Birmingham Resorts World Arena, UK

Apr 03: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK

Apr 06: Liverpool M&S Bank Arena, UK

Apr 07: London SSE Wembley Arena, UK

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/the-who-detail-new-album-launch-single-and-announce-uk-and-ireland-tour


Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Cook Islands - who are citizens of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean - have released new silver coins honouring two classic AC/DC albums: a two dollar coin commemorating AC/DC’s landmark 1981 album, For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) and a ten dollar coin celebrating AC/DC’s 1990 album, The Razors Edge. The obverse side features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. These are the third ad fourth in a series released by Liechtenstein’s CIT Coin Invest AG. The first two were Highway To Hell, For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) and Black Ice (which is sold out).

Descriptions read as follows:


For Those About To Rock 2 Dollar coin:


“The latest release of this successful collection is dedicated to another million selling album (No 1 in US) from these hard rock icons. With the release of this hit record the band went on tour for more than one year. Still today, the title song is always the last song of an AC/DC concert with firing cannons on stage. For those about to rock is also a variation of the phrase “We who are about to die, salute you”, which is how ancient gladiators greeted their emperor when entering the arena. Angus Young got the idea for the title of the song after reading a book about the ancient gladiator games. This ½ oz silver coin showcases a historic cannon and has a diameter of 38.61 mm with a striking proof finish.”


Country: Cook Islands.

Year: 2019

Face Value: 2 Dollars

Metal: Silver .999

Weight: 1/2 oz

Size: 38.61 mm.

Quality: Black Proof

Mintage: 5000

The Razors Edge 10 Dollar coin:


"Everybody knows the beginning guitar riff of Thunderstruck which is probably the most successful song of this 1990 released album. With Razors Edge, AC/DC celebrated a phenomenal comeback with 5 million sold units just in US alone! Just like the album, the latest piece of the series is a huge hit! Why?


Check out the proof finish that is expertly colored in just the right spots and a mind blowing high relief based on our smartminting© technology is a modern 3D version of the original album cover. This 2 oz Razors Edge coin is on the cutting edge of minting technology!"


Country: Cook Islands.

Year: 2019

Face Value: 10 Dollars

Metal: Silver .999

Weight: 2 oz

Size: 38.61 mm.

Quality: Black Proof

Mintage: 999

From: http://bravewords.com/news/ac-dc-commemorative-coins-celebrating-for-those-about-to-rock-and-the-razors-edge-released

Metallica's Kirk Hammett is sure he could make a "really incredible horror film"

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is no stranger to the horror genre.


Not only does he have a large collection of memorabilia including posters, toys, artwork and books, which he previously said have all combined to influence his career, but his It’s Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art exhibition recently ran at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.


He even has his own brand of Ghoul Screamer coffee, which he brought to the market back in 2017.


And, given his love of horror, Hammett was asked by Cosmo Music in a new video interview if he could ever see himself in the director’s chair or in the role of executive producer on a film.


Hammett responds: “Yes, absolutely. I’ve just got to get my shit together. I have to prioritise and at this time, music means so much to me and is an obvious strength for me.


“But I think I could make a really incredible horror film."


He adds: “One, I need to find the time. Two, I need to find someone else's money. I already have the soundtrack, so part of the work is already done!

“Scoring it would be a huge pleasure for me. I've just got to get it together and find a script and start doing all the groundwork. That's a lot of work. Ask Slash or Rob Zombie.


“It would be a horror film and if I decided to remake a film, I wouldn’t water it down like so many other people do these days. The new Pet Sematary and Evil Dead remakes were so watered down.”


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/metallicas-kirk-hammett-is-sure-he-could-make-a-really-incredible-horror-film

GLENN HUGHES Says He Gave It His 'All' When He Performed The Night Of His Mother's Passing

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In a recent interview with Antihero magazine, legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) spoke about the impact that the 2017 passing of his mother had on him. He responded: "Well, I'm an only child and my father had passed a year before my mum. My father passed as I was getting the award at the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame in New York. I'd spoken to mother the day before and she called me the day of the show. My dad was in the hospital with dementia and they didn't know when he was going to pass, but he passed when I was on stage with DEEP PURPLE getting the award, so that was really difficult for me to deal with.


"When mum was passing, I flew to England in early January and made a visit to see her. She hung in there and we started our tour of the U.K. in mid-January. I'd come back to see mum a few times — we were in Cambridge and she was in hospital in Wolverhampton — and then I got a call from the head nurse, who said, 'Can you come to see your mum?' She didn't say, 'This is the end. She's going to die' — they don't do that — but you just know. So I got my bus driver to drive me up there and I got to the hospital at around 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. My cousins were in there and my assistant was with me. I was kissing my mother and physically she wasn't aware that I was there, but consciously, I knew that she knew I was there and that she was holding me.


"I've never told anyone this story before but the head nurse that night told me that after 12 hours of being on a morphine drip, they'd noticed my mum's legs were turning a dark shade of blue, and she said, 'Can you talk to her in your local accent rather than your California accent?' And I said, 'Why?' And she said, 'Because your mum is going through a phase where she needs to feel the comfort of the younger voice of Glenn, or the voice that you had years ago.' And I took direction from this lady and I saw some wonderful things happen to my mother's soul when she was about to pass. That, for me, being a clean and sober man for over 25 years, was a difficult day.


"I was playing in Leeds that night at a venue called The Church — it's a real church turned into a venue — and about half an hour before I'm due to go on stage, I get a call from a friend of mine who was taking care of me back then, telling me that my mother had passed. The news about my mum's passing spread really quickly — the audience were all waiting for me and I was dressed in black.


"When I arrived from L.A. in January, my mum had said to me, 'Glenn, you must promise me not to cancel a show.' I said, 'I won't, mum.' So, I had the option that night to cancel the show or be brave enough to walk out onto that stage and give it my all, and I did give it my all. [See video below.] I've seen footage of the show — I felt very close to my mother on stage; I welcome her spirit and my father's spirit, along with other people I know.


"It takes a lot of courage to sit in a room knowing your parents are going to die and you'll never physically see them again. I couldn't have done that a long time ago when I was drinking, that's for sure.


"Her funeral was a month after she passed and I was now at the end of my European tour and I'd promised her I wouldn't cancel a show, so the day of her funeral, I cried my heart out before the show in Germany and I had my own little ceremony in my dressing room and I had a healer with me. Five days later, I went back to London and drove to Cannock and had my own ceremony for my mother with my family and close friends, and my wife flew over, of course. So to say that 'a man doesn't become a man until he loses his mum' is a very bold statement, but people reading this will probably know what I'm talking about because I was very, very close to my mother."


Hughes spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of DEEP PURPLE, appearing on the classic albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band". More recently, he has been playing various hits and deep cuts from the DEEP PURPLE catalog, including "Burn", "Stormbringer", "Sail Away" and "Smoke On The Water", as part of his "Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live" tour, which was launched in 2017.


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/glenn-hughes-says-he-gave-it-his-all-when-he-performed-the-night-of-his-mothers-passing/

David Lee Roth Says He's 'Paid a Price' for Van Halen Hiatus

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

David Lee Roth said he’s “paid a price” for Van Halen’s continuing lack of activity, adding that it had felt “paralyzing” to remain inactive for so long.


He just announced a 2020 Las Vegas residency that will put him back into action, after suggesting that there’s no end in sight to the band’s current hiatus.


“Four summers have gone by,” Roth told Van Halen News Desk. “And for a singer, that’s paralyzing. Like a boxer, or a tap dancer, I am dependent upon my whole rig. My whole body. Perhaps playing a guitar, or piano, for example, with your hands, is a bit more forgiving over the years.” He joked: “If you come watch me now, I’m 65 going on 23. If you saw my X-rays, I’m 65 going on 80!”


He continued: “I’ve paid a price for the time off, frankly. Enough said there. I hope the best for the fellas, but I don’t know what’s coming up with Van Halen.” Discussing his residency, he said: “It’s time for me to use whatever talents and skills that I have. I’m bettin’ the rent on it. You’re going to have a ball. This is the smile that launched a thousand hips.”


Van Halen’s most recent tour, a 39-date North American run, ended in October 2015. It had been timed to support the release of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, the band’s first live album to feature Roth. In 2016 the singer said: “It's not like my career path is gonna be altered. I sort of know what the next 10 summers are going to bring… I don't know when we're going to tour but I have a sense that we will. I don't know that we're going to record again – when that'll happen – but I get the sense that it's gonna happen."


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/david-lee-roth-van-halen-hiatus/


Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Canadian rock icon Lee Aaron has checked in with the following message:

"This weekend marks the 30 year anniversary of the BodyRock album. Wow. Where does the time go? Here we are, 30 years later, having lived through the trials, tribulations and joys of our crazy lives and we are still standing and still loving the music that is dear to our souls. When I listen to this CD it brings back such great memories of being 20-something and feeling like I could transform and uplift hearts and minds with the power of music. 'Tough Girls Don't Cry', 'Yesterday' and 'How Deep'... not 'singles,' but some of the deeper cuts, folks still tell me are their favorites. This is what inspires me to keep making new music today - knowing that THAT music was meaningful to people.


We have another new, all-original album coming your way in 2020, a handful of super cool tunes we got together in a room and wrote in 2 days. Yup. 2 days...and I couldn't be more excited about it. Our vision: put on our 18 year old hats (that part was easy!) and woodshed a bunch of material with no rules or parameters, like we would have done in our parent's basement years ago. Just a bunch of nasty, sloppy rock that made us excited...and if we got excited by it, chances are you guys will too. And you know what? Magic happened.


Stay tuned for more magic!"

From: http://bravewords.com/news/lee-aaron-celebrates-30th-anniversary-of-bodyrock-album-it-brings-back-such-great-memories

KISS Postpone Show, Gene Simmons Undergoing Medical Procedure

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

KISS have postponed their upcoming concert in Salt Lake City, Utah as Gene Simmons has revealed he will be undergoing a medical procedure that "must be taken care of now," assuring fans they needn't worry.


The Sept. 14 gig is the band's last scheduled performance until November, as they continue to bid farewell to their fans around the globe. In a tweet, Simmons lamented not being able to play for the KISS fans in Utah, thanking them for their support.


"Apologies to the fans in Salt Lake City. We will come back and do the show at a later date," said the "Demon," who went on, "The truth is, I have to fly to LA to do a medical procedure. Nothing serious. But it must be taken care of now. Thank you for your good wishes. All is well."


Prior to the start of KISS' "The End of the Road" tour, Simmons promised that the band would stay on the road for three years before taking their final bow. Since the trek launched in January, they've played nearly 100 shows, with more to come in Australia and Japan before the year's end.


The end of touring also has fans wondering if it will mean the end of KISS completely or if they will continue to release new music. They haven't released a new record since 2012's Monster with both Paul Stanley and Simmons expressing apprehension given the current climate of album sales.


From: https://loudwire.com/kiss-postpone-show-gene-simmons-medical-procedure/

Ozzy Osbourne Hopes To Resume Tour Early Next Year

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon says they are hoping to resume his No More Tours 2 trek early next year after a difficult recovering from the injury that forced him off the road.


Sharon was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show on Wednesday (Sept 11) and she reported that Ozzy is "getting a lot better, but it's been a very, very hard road."


She went on to say that he plans to do the make-up dates for the concerts that he had to postpone and that "hopefully it'll be starting in February."


Kimmel and Sharon also discussed the medical issues that Ozzy suffered. She said, "He did one year of a two-year tour, and then he got the flu, which led to pneumonia. And he was home. This thing happens to so many people, but he gets up in the night, goes to the bathroom, comes back, falls on the rug and bashed his head on the side table, then he went this way and bashed his head on the post of our bed, and down he went. He didn't put his hands down and he went face down and his neck went back. And he had to have spinal surgery. He'd had a motorbike accident a few years ago and he had metal rods in his body. And the fall pushed the rods through his bones. So he had to have three major operations.


"Ozzy, the other day, put together an X-ray of his upper chest and his neck, and no wonder they call him 'Iron Man,' 'cause I tell you, he's got bolts, he's got so much metal in his body, it's frightening."

Watch the full interview below:


From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/September/Ozzy_Hopes_To_Resume_Tour_Early_Next_Year.shtml


Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Alice Cooper has released a lyric video for "Detroit City 2020", the opening song of his new Breadcrumbs EP. Check it out below:



The Breadcrumbs EP is Alice Cooper's tribute to the garage rock heroes from his hometown, Detroit. The EP features six brand new recordings and is available on digital and as limited & numbered 10” Vinyl - with only 20,000 copies worldwide - sold at very special price.


Appearing alongside Alice Cooper on The Breadcrumbs EP are: Wayne Kramer (MC5), Paul Randolph, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (Detroit Wheels) and Mick Collins. 

Order your copy here:






"Detroit City 2020"

"Go Man Go"

"East Side Story"

"Your Mama Won't Like Me"

"Devil With A Blue Dress / Chains Of Love"

"Sister Anne"

From: http://bravewords.com/news/alice-cooper-premiers-official-lyric-video-for-detroit-city-2020

Tommy Lee Has Finished Recording Another Solo Album

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is planning to end a 15-year gap between solo albums. Today (Sept. 12), he disclosed plans to have a new record out early next year.


"Hey kids!" he tweeted. "Finally ...my new record is done and getting mastered now ..... lookin like a March release! Y’all gonna LOVE this! Been working on this for 2 years! Making sure everything is amazing for you! This is gonna be a flip! 2 sides 2 genres I’ll explain more later"


Lee's last effort credited entirely to him was 2005's Tommyland: The Ride, although he put out A Public Disservice Announcement with his Methods of Mayhem rap-rock side project in 2010, and he and the Methods of Mayhem's DJ Aero released #MSND in 2013.


More recently, Lee regrouped with Motley Crue to record four songs for the soundtrack to The Dirt, the film adaptation of their memoir that premiered on Netflix in in March, three originals -- the title track, "Ride With the Devil" and "Crash and Burn" -- and a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin." Prior to that, the only work they'd put out since 2008's Saints of Los Angeles was "All Bad Things," a single used to promote the last leg of their farewell tour.


In the film, Lee was played by rapper-actor Machine Gun Kelly, who said that working on the movie gave him an understanding of what has made the drummer such a fascinating figure.


"Tommy is like the puppy dog of the group," he said. "He makes mistakes, but you kind of love him more when he’s making mistakes."


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/tommy-lee-2020-solo-album/

Sony Reveal New Walkman for Cassette Player's 40th Anniversary

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’re looking for new technology with a kick of nostalgia, Sony has your back. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Walkman, Sony is releasing a modern day version based on the classic cassette player.


The way we listen to music has advanced greatly since 1979, evolving from vinyl and cassettes to CDs, then to Minidiscs, iPods, iPhones, streaming and wonderfully back to vinyl again. Cassette tapes saw a slight resurgence, but the new Walkman NW-A105 will be fully digital.


With a specially designed logo and case to pay tribute to the original Walkman, the 40th anniversary version will include a S-Master HX digital amplifier to deliver high-resolution audio and reduce distortion, a DSEE HX processor to upscale compressed audio and even a vinyl processor to give digital tracks the character of vinyl.


The new Walkman will even provide 26 hours of battery life, which is more than the majority of smartphones. It will come with 16GB of internal storage and microSD support, so users can expand on its storage power.


The Walkman NW-A105 price hasn’t been announced yet, but a release in time for Christmas is expected.


Check out tthe video here:


From: https://loudwire.com/sony-new-walkman/

DAVID LEE ROTH On EDDIE VAN HALEN's Health: 'I Hear All The Same Rumors That You Do'

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

During an interview earlier today (Thursday, September 12) with the Phoenix radio station KSLX to promote his upcoming Las Vegas residency, David Lee Roth touched upon the current status of VAN HALEN. He said: "I'm the face of VAN HALEN from this point on, most likely. I'm not sure what's happening with Ed [VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen], but he's probably not gonna answer the bell this time. And it's not my place to guess. But we've been in touch. The fellows who I'm working with in terms of my road crew and the amps come from VAN HALEN."


Asked if he is implying that Eddie Van Halen has been dealing with some health issues as of late, Roth replied: "I hear all the same rumors that you do and it's not my place to guess."


Earlier this year, rumors were rampant that the classic-era lineup of VAN HALEN would reunite for the first time since 1984. It's unclear why the tour didn't happen, though there has been online chatter that a health setback involving Eddie Van Halen might have been responsible.


The guitarist was treated for tongue cancer in 2000, resulting in surgery which removed a third of his tongue. He was declared cancer-free in 2002.


In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Van Halen revealed that he had given up smoking cigarettes but blamed guitar picks for his cancer diagnosis.


"I used metal picks — they’re brass and copper — which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer," Van Halen said. "Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that's one theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it's possible."


In 2012, Eddie Van Halen underwent emergency surgery, having been suffering from a severe case of diverticulitis. The disease is a digestive disorder which involves an inflammation and infection of the colon.


Roth reunited with VAN HALEN in 2007 after 23 years apart and released a comeback album, "A Different Kind Of Truth", in 2012.


VAN HALEN has been inactive since it completed its U.S. tour in October 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


The trek was VAN HALEN's first since an aborted North American run three years earlier in support of "A Different Kind Of Truth".

Kiss drummer Eric Singer is made an honorary cop... in full stage gear

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As Kiss prepare to wrap up their career following the conclusion of the End Of The Road tour, drummer Eric Singer might well have another career waiting in the wings.


Not only can he beat a rhythm behind the kit, but he could soon be out on the beat after the Wharton Police Department in Texas made him an Honorary Corporal in the division.


The department posted the news on Facebook ahead of the the Kiss show in Houston, which shows Singer being sworn in by Chief Terry David Lynch, complete with full stage gear and make-up.


A statement reads: “Before the start of yesterday’s End Of the Road concert in Houston, Chief Terry David Lynch swore in Singer, who accepted the lifetime position, a formal letter from the Chief, and a custom shadow box bearing the department’s insignia for presentation purposes.”


The letter read in part: “On behalf of Chief Terry David Lynch, and the men and women of the Wharton Police Department, we appoint you to the rank of Honorary Corporal with our department, in grateful acknowledgement of the honour and respect you show all of America’s dedicated law enforcement heroes and their families.


‘The Corporal badge presented to you today has been selflessly worn by many within our department and today, it begins a new chapter with you.


"We ask that you display it proudly as it represents our commitment to protect those who call on us in times of danger, and in remembrance of the nearly 24,000 officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice since 1791.”


“As a profession, we are grateful, and as a department, we are humbled to have Eric Singer as a member of our family in blue.


“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

Metallica's Lars Amazed At The Power Of Music

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich reflected on realizing the size of the audience for the band's recent European WorldWired Tour leg and is amazed at music's unifying nature.


Ulrich told the San Francisco Chronicle in a recent interview, "It's definitely nuts. As you get older and more aware of your own mortality and issues and so on, every day I stand up there and try to really open my eyes to it and take it in.


"Obviously, this is not the first time we're playing stadiums in Europe, but I don't remember the last time we played stadiums in Europe, sitting there going, 'Holy sh*t! Look at all those people!'


"It's amazing that music can still be this transformative and still have this power to bring people together - not just for the people up onstage but for everybody in the audience. I never used to think about any of that stuff. Now it's such a big part of the day-to-day out here, just being appreciative and grateful for how this thing has morphed.


"I understand that has something to do with growing and maturing and whatever other words you want to attach to that process."


Check out the full interview here:

TONY IOMMI Doesn't Rule Out One-Off BLACK SABBATH Reunion: If We Do Anything, It Will Be Very Short

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Tony Iommi has once again said that he isn't ruling out a BLACK SABBATH reunion. "We may — I don't know — do a one-off or something, but [we're] never touring again," he said during a question-and-answer session at the Kipinä Kokkola business conference in Kokkola, Finland on September 5 (see video below). "'Cause we're at the age now — we retired, but I'm still gonna play. But to tour the world like we were — we did an 18-month tour, the last one was. It's a long time to be out and away from home and your friends and family. So if we do do anything, it would be very short."


In February 2017, SABBATH finished "The End" tour in Birmingham, closing out the quartet's groundbreaking 49-year career.


"The End" was SABBATH's last tour because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time.


SABBATH wrote and recorded its 2013 reunion album, "13", and toured it all over the world while Iommi was going through treatment for his illness, with the guitarist having to fly back to England every six weeks.


The original lineup of SABBATH came together in 1969 with Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the '90s and 2000s for live work.


They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after a few months over financial issues. SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on "13", which came out in June 2013.


This past June, Butler told Classic Rock magazine that he wasn't opposed to a a one-off BLACK SABBATH reunion. "If it came up, I wouldn't say never," the bassist said. "I can't imagine it ever happening, but then I said that about the SABBATH tour, and it happened, so who am I to know?"


Butler went on to say that he is still in contact with Iommi, but he has not spoken to Osbourne.


"I haven't seen Ozzy at all," Geezer said. "I've seen Tony and Bill at a couple of awards things we've done, and me and Tony stay in touch through e-mails, but that's about it. But it's good between us. It's like having brothers. You don't have to be in touch."

Check out the interview here:

The Cult's Sonic Temple: Celebrating 30 years of the perfect rock record

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The Cult’s Sonic Temple album is 30 years old. The Cult, who are a bit older than 30 – but not that much, really – are touring to celebrate the fact, playing most of the album in its entirety (Soldier Blue die-hards, stay home). They also released a deluxe reissue that will cost you half your rent this month.


It’s the same kinda shit lots of bands do these days. But The Cult is not just some group of once-weres, and Sonic Temple is no mere album.


It is a futile gesture to even question the veracity, fortitude, or continued relevance of Sonic Temple. It's far from the greatest rock'n'roll record ever made, but it is most certainly one of the greatest rock records ever made. It may, in fact, be the perfect rock record. It is so rock that it will crack your fucking skull open, much in the way an Iron Cross-shaped belt buckle on a studded leather belt, swung wildly by a drug-soaked outlaw biker would, which is essentially what it is. It comes from a different time; a time when we had long hair, smoked cigarettes, got tattoos of screaming eagles with bloody claws on our backs, and threw bottles at bands if they didn’t rock hard enough.


And hardly any of them did. But The Cult sure did. After stripping their flowing dark-psych sound into an anvil-smacking, AC/DC-inspired ripped n'raw thunderboogie for 1987’s Electric album, the band spent the next year upping the ante, crafting an album that would define its time better, perhaps, than any other.

Sonic Temple hit the airwaves and exploded. In a time when Guns N’ Roses were the biggest band on Earth, Sonic Temple sounded even bigger. The band toured the world. It almost killed them. They lost their bass player along the way. They were never as big afterwards. None of it matters. All that matters is that Sonic Temple, as befitting its audacious title, still sounds like a holy document: the New Testament of rock'n'roll.


At that point in their career – and from there on in – The Cult essentially became a two-man gang. Ian Astbury was the shamanistic frontman, Billy Duffy was the icy-cool guitar hero. There had always been a push and pull between them, and there had been many radical stylistic shifts in sound since the band formed as weirdo goth-punks in 1983. But Sonic Temple was not about experimentation, or even art. It was about conquest.


“I was very focused, personally, bound and determined, that The Cult should have a platinum album in America,” Billy Duffy tells Louder, whilst zooming around the British countryside in what we can only assume is some zippy, high-end sportscar.


“From the get-go, that was my goal. So it was a little careerist, for sure. I don’t think Ian resisted that, but I don’t think he viewed it from the same perspective, either. I think he saw it as being more psychedelic. I think he saw it as having more of Cream, Disraeli Gears sorta vibe, more than my sort of ultimate school-boy rock album idea. You know, no-holds-barred, punk is finally over, I just want to have a full-fledged rock album while I’m at the prime of my powers kinda thing. So maybe I took the lead on this one. I also found Bob Rock.”


Bob Rock. It’s all in the name, really. The famed and fabled sonic architect of Dr Feelgood and The 'Black' Album was still an up n’coming producer when Duffy crossed paths with him – but he believed in The Cult, and he had a vision. And that vision was good, noble and true.


“Being Canadian, Bob was quite an Anglophile, and I think that’s why he really ‘got’ The Cult. You know, there’s rock'n'roll elements to the band, but he also got the ‘Britishness’ of it. He’d cut his teeth playing guitar in a new wave band, but he grew up listening to the same sort of rock as we all did – AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin. So he got it. In essence, he thought we left something behind when we did Electric. He thought we should bring back some of the uniqueness from the Love album. It was to be a blend of both, he said that from the beginning.”

And so it was, but it was so much more. Tracks like Sun King, Fire Woman and Wake Up Time For Freedom are not mere songs, they are towering, epic, life-altering anthems, as big as the sky, louder than a bomb; all-engulfing monsters of pure leather-bound rock'n'roll excess. On Sonic Temple, The Cult – who you would swear were frilly, jangly goth-hippies five minutes ago – now sounded like red-eyed, fang-toothed, bicep-flexing werewolves on wheels. Whatever the hell Bob Rock did in there, he turned men into gods.


“You gotta remember the context in which that album was recorded in, in 1988,” says Duffy. "The hair metal thing was raging in Los Angeles, Guns N’ Roses was finally blowing up with Appetite For Destruction, ‘big’ rock was happening, and Bob Rock was at the centre of that. So it was an album of its time, for sure. I mean it was 1988, everybody was wearing a headband. But listen, a good song is a good song, no matter what decade it is. And that’s why it holds up.”


Of course, no band becomes legend without bringing the rock to the people, no matter how good their album is. And so it went with The Cult. “We were a bit leery about hitting the road again to be honest,” says Duffy. “I mean things got pretty wild on the Electric tour. We were pretty much living like pirates. We spent most of 1988 writing and recording Sonic Temple, so we were somewhat refreshed. Still, that was a long tour.”


The formula back then was a simple one. Release a single, release an album, open for a bigger band, release some more singles, tour again as the headliner. The 70s/80s road to greatness or oblivion, whatever came first.


“That’s exactly what we did,” states Duffy. “The problem was at the time we only got offered two big tours. One was Ozzy Osbourne, one was Metallica. We thought Ozzy was a little too old school heavy metal for us, and we knew Metallica. So we went with them. But this was not the modern, post-Black Album Metallica. In 1989, their fans were still pretty hardcore. I mean it was great, we went everywhere, but it was a very male-dominated audience. We used to joke that if there were any girls at the show, they must be there for us. But compared to a lot of bands that opened for them, we did alright. I mean, nobody bottled us.”


The band followed up with a headlining tour while the album climbed the charts. It hit top ten in the UK and the US. The album’s power ballad, Edie (Ciao Baby) began scraping the underside of the Billboard top 100 in the US, but never quite reached the heights Duffy hoped for. They got gold, but they did not get their platinum.


“I dunno what happened with that song,” says Duffy. “I really thought it would do more. A lot of bands like Whitesnake and Def Leppard were turning down their guitars and turning up their keyboards and getting poppier around then though, and that’s just not what that was.”


Still, under any measure, the album was a hit. And 1989 was a very good year for The Cult. And for all of us, really.


“That album was about one thing, being loud and proud. We were unapologetic about it. We still are.”

From: https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-cults-sonic-temple-celebrating-30-years-of-the-perfect-rock-record


Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It appears that Nickelback are in no hurry to start work on their 10th album. Bassist Mike Kroeger recently shared that the group has no immediate plans to enter the studio to record new music.


In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Kroeger says, “There’s no timeline right now. We’re kind of taking things easy and taking things day by day. We’re not on any kind of deadline, timeline there’s no business or financial consideration, we don’t have a drop dead date where someone is standing there, tapping there foot saying give us a record by this time.”


It appears that Nickelback are in no hurry to start work on their 10th album. Bassist Mike Kroeger recently shared that the group has no immediate plans to enter the studio to record new music.


In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Kroeger says, “There’s no timeline right now. We’re kind of taking things easy and taking things day by day. We’re not on any kind of deadline, timeline there’s no business or financial consideration, we don’t have a drop dead date where someone is standing there, tapping there foot saying give us a record by this time.”


From: https://loudwire.com/nickelback-no-timeline-next-album/