|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Sweet will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018, having formed in 1968 in Hayes, Middlesex, England. The iconic rockers are drawing a new generation of young fans who are being exposed to their music with the use of two of their biggest hits being featured in conjunction with two blockbuster movies, Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 and Suicide Squad.
Sweet’s hit, “Ballroom Blitz”, was in the international trailer for Suicide Squad and received 13 million downloads. “Fox On The Run” is featured in both Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack and the trailer for the film. Steve Priest, who co-wrote and co-produced the gold top-5 single, “Fox On The Run”, has announced additional Southern California tour dates in August and September.
The soundtrack for the film Guardians Of The Galaxy 2: Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 reached #4 on the Billboard pop charts as the movie scored big at the box office with worldwide sales for the Disney-Marvel title exceeding $834.40 million. Sweet’s “Fox On The Run” was the song that played over the movies’ trailer and the 1974 tune quickly became the top downloaded rock song on iTunes.
Sweet is also featured in Season 2 of Under The Influence: Glam Rock series that can be viewed below:
Sweet rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glam rock act. Their musical style followed a marked progression from their pop hits to the Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by the striking use of high pitched vocals. The band achieved notable success with 39 #1 singles around the globe including “Love Is Like Oxygen,” “Little Willy,” “Blockbuster,” “Hell Raiser,” “Ballroom Blitz,” “Action,” “Teenage Rampage,” “AC/DC,” “Fox On the Run” and “Set Me Free,” among others. A series of gold albums resulted in vinyl and CD worldwide sales of over 55 million copies.
Sweet left an indelible mark on the ‘70s - not only by way of a string of worldwide hit singles and innovative albums, but also via their unforgettable visual image, whether it be as a glittering, sequined glam band or the leather adorned rockers that pre-dated a host of similarly attire metal bands later in the decade. Joe Elliot from Def Leppard, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Gene Simmons of KISS have all credited Sweet as their inspiration.
Sweet’s current lineup is founding member Steve Priest on bass and vocals, Joe Retta on lead vocals, Richie Onori on drums, Stevie Stewart on keyboards and Mitch Perry on lead guitar.
The following Southern California shows have been added to the 2017 Sweet US tour:
11 - The Rose - Pasadena, CA
12 - The Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
18 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
30 - Morongo Casino - Cabazon, CA
More dates to be announced.
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
San Francisco-based designer toy and apparel company Super7 have announced a collaboration with Iron Maiden, and fans will have an opportunity to see what the union will produce at a pop-up shop for the band in the Bay Area the first week of July.
“Super7 is honored to announce a special collaborative event with heavy metal legends Iron Maiden and renowned entertainment print company Acme Archives Limited,” the company says in a statement. “The Iron Maiden pop-up shop will be at our San Francisco store for one week beginning on Saturday, July 1 through Saturday, July 8.”
“The event coincides with the band’s Bay Area concert in Oakland at Oracle Arena on July 5. The Iron Maiden pop-up shop will feature official limited edition silkscreen prints from Acme Archives and exclusive Super7 items for sale. There will also be a sneak peek on display of what’s coming from Super7 and Iron Maiden later this year,” continues the announcement.
Figures.com says one of the upcoming projects is Iron Maiden ReAction figures, which were shown as concept art at Toy Fair. They indicate Eddie the Trooper and Eddie from Killers as being two of the brand new pieces.
In 2001, Super7 started as a magazine about vintage Japanese toys. They took their collective backgrounds in punk and skate ‘zines, design, and production and made the first issue about everything they wished they could find elsewhere. Included in each magazine were mail-in coupons for exclusive recolored toys, allowing the company to create new toys, and both the magazine and toys were eagerly accepted by fans who were missing the same content and product. Last year, Super7 launched new ReAction Figures with characters from Masters of the Universe and Street Fighter. In addition, their existing M.U.S.C.L.E. line was expanded with Alien figures.
Maiden are currently in the midst of “The Book of Souls” world tour, featuring Ghost as openers, with the next show of the trek tomorrow (June 23) in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center. The rest of their dates can be found here.
DREAM THEATER - JAPAN AND SINGAPORE DATES FOR IMAGES, WORDS & BEYOND 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR CONFIRMED
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Dream Theater has announced the next leg of their Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour, which sees the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone RIAA gold-certified album, Images & Words. The Asian headline dates kick off September 9th in Nagoya, Japan at Toyota City Cultural Hall. The run includes three additional nights in Japan and a stop in Singapore. The show will feature a live set of Images & Words in its entirety, along with fan favorites from the band's catalogue.
The tour schedule is as follows:
9 - Toyota City Cultural Hall - Nagoya, Japan
10 - Bunka Gakuen HBG Hall - Hiroshima, Japan
11 - Tokyo Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
13 - Grand Cube - Osaka, Japan
3 - Zepp Big Box - Singapore
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich will dedicate this weekend's episode of his Apple Music Beats 1 radio show "It's Electric" to his fifteen favorite heavy metal and hard rock records of all time.
The list, which he initially prepared for Rolling Stone magazine, covers a wide spectrum of styles, from the Satanic lyricism of MERCYFUL FATE's "Melissa" to the politically charged rap-metal sounds of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "The Battle Of Los Angeles".
"For each artist that's part of my ultimate metal or hard-rock albums, I went for what you would call the definitive moment in their catalogue," Ulrich told Rolling Stone. "And for a lot of these bands, they went through a kind of evolution, a kind of a growth and a lot of them have a lot of great records. So what I picked is a combination of what that album represents from the artist and what impact it had on me."
Lars Ulrich's Top 15 metal and hard rock albums, presented in alphabetical order.
* AC/DC - "Let There Be Rock" (1977)
* ALICE IN CHAINS - "Dirt" (1992)
* BLACK SABBATH - "Sabotage" (1975)
* BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - "On Your Feet Or On Your Knees" (1975)
* DEEP PURPLE - "Made in Japan" (1972)
* DIAMOND HEAD - "Lightning To The Nations" (1980)
* GUNS N' ROSES - "aPPETITE FOR dESTRUCTION" (1987)
* IRON MAIDEN - "The Number Of The Beast" (1982)
* JUDAS PRIEST - "Unleashed In The East" (1979)
* MERCYFUL FATE - "Melissa" (1983)
* MOTÖRHEAD - "Overkill" (1979)
* RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - "The Battle Of Los Angeles" (1999)
* SYSTEM OF A DOWN - "Toxicity" (2001)
* UFO - "Strangers In The Night" (1979)
* WARRIOR SOUL - "The Space Age Playboys" (1994)
You can read Ulrich's commentary on each of his fifteen picks at RollingStone.com.
METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", came out last November, eight years after "Death Magnetic".
METALLICA is currently on a short break from its first North American tour in more than seven years, which resumes on July 5 in Orlando, Florida.
This tour marks the first time that METALLICA has offered "enhanced" or "VIP" experiences for fans, with some willing to cough up as much as $2,500 for personal meetings, photos and autographs from the group.
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
The ’80s started out strong for Black Sabbath, with a pair of hit records fronted by new singer Ronnie James Dio, but Dio’s 1982 exit presaged a bumpy period for the group — one they hoped to end by bringing him back into the fold a decade later.
While Sabbath’s mid-to-late ’80s run found the group continuing to enjoy relatively strong sales in the U.K., their commercial fortunes cratered in the United States, where a string of releases failed to crack the Top 40 — and in the case of 1990’s Tyr, didn’t even chart. After recording a single album each with former Deep Purple vocalists Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes, Sabbath settled into something of a creative groove with singer Tony Martin; although the sales were a steep comedown from their glory years, the group at least seemed to rediscover its identity.
Unfortunately for Martin, it wasn’t enough. Dio’s early ’80s departure had been acrimonious, but time heals all wounds, and after Tyr tanked, the prospect of a reunion may have started to look a lot more appealing; Dio, meanwhile, had seen his own sales recede since the mid-’80s, and was lured back by the promise of a more successful second act. Martin, through no real fault of his own, ended up being the odd man out.
“I must admit, I did feel bad that we had to let him go,” said guitarist Tony Iommi. “But the truth is, he wanted to get out. He was getting more into writing for other people instead of performing Sabbath material. He understood the situation with Ronnie, so it really wasn’t a problem.”
“I was never formally fired, the phone just stopped ringing,” Martin countered. Recalling a conversation with Gillan, he quipped, “Ian asked me once if I had actually been fired and I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Neither have I.’ We should just turn up one day and walk onstage.”
Dio, while intrigued by the idea of making new music with his former bandmates, harbored no illusions about the potential pitfalls — and there were complications almost immediately, as Dio’s efforts to bring in drummer Simon Wright were thwarted by Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler; instead, they opted to re-enlist Vinny Appice, who’d been at the kit during the bulk of Dio’s first Sabbath stint. Even after getting back into the studio, they toyed with the idea of rehiring Martin, bringing him in to take a brief pass at the new material before finally settling in with Dio.
Whatever turbulence they had to work through, the reunion was productive — at least at first. “We both kind of reached a medium ground, and we were presented with each other as equals as opposed to the first time when they were Black Sabbath and I had just come out of Rainbow, and Vinny was an unknown,” said Dio. “Yeah, there was some tension there. We made the best of it. We had intended for it to not be anything but a lot of albums to come, a lot of touring, and perhaps end our careers that way.”
Fans heard the results when Dehumanizer, the 16th Sabbath studio album, arrived in stores on June 22, 1992 — and the response was generally positive, with the record peaking closer to the Top 40 than Sabbath had been in close to a decade and critics delivering some of the best reviews the group had earned in years. Harder and heavier than its immediate predecessors, Dehumanizer dovetailed nicely with the rock trends of the early ’90s, proving the band could recapture elements of an earlier era while still sounding modern and relevant; the set’s single, “TV Crimes,” even delivered a medium-sized U.K. hit.
“It’s a cross between the first album and Heaven and Hell. It’s got more guts than a lot of our recent stuff,” said Iommi. “I really felt I lost it for the last few years as we went into a slightly different field. But having Geezer and Ronnie back has brought it all back again. It feels good.”
Sadly for fans of Dio-led Sabbath, those good feelings were not to last — in fact, even by the standards of a band that had more than once fallen victim to rapid-fire lineup changes, the singer’s second tour of duty ended surprisingly quickly. Confronted with a plan to open for original Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne at what were being billed as his retirement shows, Dio balked, ultimately refusing to perform and quitting outright in protest. Forced to improvise on short notice, Sabbath enlisted then-former Judas Priest singer Rob Halford for the gigs; when the dust settled, Dio was back to fronting his own band and Sabbath quickly reunited with Martin.
“That’s not why I rejoined the band, I rejoined the band so the band could be true to itself,” Dio pointed out. “It all became this big Black Sabbath reunion circus. … It wasn’t meant personally to Ozzy, it was nothing personal between the guys in the band, it was just my belief in the pride you should have in yourself.”
It proved yet another in a series of frustrating setbacks for Black Sabbath during the period, but Dio would eventually prove he meant what he said about it being nothing personal. Years after saying goodbye to the band for what seemed like the final time, he’d reunite with Iommi, Butler and Appice yet again, recording the well-received The Devil You Know LP as Heaven & Hell in 2009. It looked like it might finally be the start of something long-lasting for their turbulent partnership, but tragically, it’d all come to a sudden halt with the death of Dio, who succumbed to stomach cancer the following year.
“I can honestly say it’s truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. His music will live on forever,” said Iommi in the days after Dio’s death. “I’ll miss you so much, my dear friend.”
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
The days of Diamond-certified album sales for 10 million copies sold may be coming to an end as the music industry struggles to reach the sales plateaus they did in the pre-downloading era. So when an album does hit Diamond status, it’s all the more impressive, and Nickelback‘s All the Right Reasons disc was the latest addition to the lofty sales club.
Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez spoke to Nickelback about the accomplishment and how the Internet has changed things for musicians. When asked about their thoughts on reaching Diamond status and being in the rare company of acts like Nirvana, AC/DC and Michael Jackson, guitarist Ryan Peake stated, “It’s kind of like sneaking into a club when you feel like you’re going to get kicked out.”
Singer Chad Kroeger went into further detail discussing what memento they received for the accomplishment and added, “We were ecstatic and very humbled.”
From there, the discussion turned to the continued problem of declining record sales across the music industry and whether at this point it’s better to sell out stadiums or rely on album sales for your income. Chad Kroeger astutely pointed out that it depends on where a band is in their career, while recalling a rather prophetic and telling conversation with Jon Bon Jovi earlier in the band’s career when they were opening for the rock vets.
Peake, meanwhile, expressed his concern on how the declining sales affects songwriters. “When you see a lot of these new songwriters coming out, honestly, there’s not a lot of incentive unless you’re in a band and playing live,” explains the guitarist. “If you get in the music business to make money, it’s a terrible idea. Do it because you want to do it.”
Finally, Chad Kroeger says it’s the band’s hope that they can “sustain and maintain” over time rather than rely on sales numbers these days. See more of Toni Gonzalez’s discussion with Nickelback in the video below, and pick up the band’s new album, Feed the Machine, at iTunes.
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM||comments (0)|
On April 25, Warren DeMartini of RATT took part in a special event at The Music Zoo in Roslyn, New York. Hosted by Andy Aledort of Guitar World, the night featured a conversation segment with Warren talking about his Charvel series, along with guitar demonstrations and a question-and-answer session. Check out video footage below.
The reunited RATT, featuring three members of the band's classic lineup — DeMartini, singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier — has played several shows so far this year after reforming in 2016 in the midst of a highly publiced legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name. They were joined at the gigs by former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.
Last November, a California judge ruled against Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015. The judge furthermore decided that the corporation WBS, Inc. — of which Blotzer and DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders — did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement.
In addition to claiming to have expelled Blotzer from the partnership following the latest court ruling, DeMartini, Croucier and singer Stephen Pearcy said that Blotzer could now only refer to himself as a "former member of RATT," as per the partnership agreement.
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
Sebastian Bach has uploaded footage performing the track “American Metalhead” live from Portland, OR on Halloween 2016. “American Metalhead” is a track taken from Bach’s 2007 debut solo album, Angel Down.
Guitar: Brent Woods
Bass: Rob DeLuca
Drums: Bobby Jarzombek
Sound: Dave Hart
Monitors: Brian Laffin
Techs: Richard Diaz De Leon / Randy Figerova
Camera: Suzanne Le Bach
Bach's tour schedule is as follows:
21 - Reverb - Reading, PA
23 - Taylor Sumer Festival - Taylor, MI
24 - 20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI
25 - The City Center - Champaign, IL
VAN HALEN BASSIST MICHAEL ANTHONY IS DONE WITH "REUNION" DRAMA - "I WANT TO GO OUT, PLAY MUSIC AND HAVE A GOOD TIME... I WANT TO GO TO MY GRAVE A HAPPY GUY"
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
In a recent appearance on Eddie Trunk's Trunk Nation show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony said the time was right for a Van Halen reunion that would include singers Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth taking turns on stage.
Durning a new interview with News-Herald.com, Michael was asked to explain why he thinks the time is right.
“Well, I mean, partly because you obviously see all of these other bands doing it these days,” he says. “And also for Van Halen’s fans. Maybe some kind of proper closure or something. I’m not sure. Everybody in the band is still relatively healthy and alive. So there’s one thing right there. And Sammy has brought it up quite a few times in interviews he’s done. He’d be open to doing a tour with him and Dave (Lee Roth) singing.”
When it’s pointed out that Hagar and Roth already toured together more than a decade ago, Anthony states: “Yeah, that tour started kind of harmoniously, but didn’t finish up that way. I went out and guested with Sammy on a handful of those shows and things got maybe a little strained. But at this point, I personally am through with all of the drama that comes with everything. I want to go out, play music and have a good time. I want to go to my grave a happy guy.”
Read the new interview at a News-Herald.com.
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Gene Simmons has apparently thought better of his widely ridiculed efforts to trademark the universally recognized hand gesture for rocking out.
As previously reported, Simmons recently explored the possibility of registering the so-called “devil horns” gesture commonly made by countless rock stars over the past several decades, filing paperwork that claimed he’d first made it in 1974. Given its widespread usage, its close identification with Ronnie James Dio and the fact that it holds a variety of meanings in different cultural and/or linguistic contexts, the Kiss co-founder’s efforts to secure any type of ownership over the hand sign prompted immediate public scorn.
Dio’s widow Wendy was among the chorus of disapproval, calling the idea of the trademark “disgusting,” arguing Simmons had “made a complete fool of himself,” and insisting, “It belongs to everyone; it doesn’t belong to anyone. … It’s a public domain; it shouldn’t be trademarked.” Former Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx reacted to the news by joking that he was thinking about trademarking the raised middle finger.
Now, for whatever reason, Simmons has reportedly withdrawn his petition. Forbes says the application has been “expressly abandoned,” and although no public comment or reason for the change was provided, the report notes that “Hand gestures in and of themselves cannot function as trademarks. And, even if they could, there would be no practical way to enforce the trademark against others.”
Given how successful Simmons has been in terms of leveraging various aspects of his brand and public persona into commercial ventures, it’s somewhat surprising that he’d invest in an idea that seemed like such an obvious mistake — but even without the devil horns in his stable of intellectual property, he still has plenty of other revenue streams to fall back on. Let us all raise a pair of devil horns in relieved solidarity.
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
The peace and love flower children of the ’60s were in for a rude awakening as the ’70s dawned, ushered in by the ominous sounds of four guys from Birmingham, England going by the sinister moniker Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler created heavy metal with their self-titled 1970 debut, beginning The Ten Year War, which will be celebrated in a limited edition vinyl box set, scheduled for release Sept. 29 via BMG.
The band’s eight Ozzy-fronted albums will be packaged with a host of rarities, including a crucifix shaped USB stick, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.
Despite Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling albums and rabid fan base throughout the ’70s, this adulation wasn’t always mirrored by the music press at the time. The band received more than their fair share of criticism, prompting them to publish “The Ten Year War” brochure; a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.”
That brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items held within that also includes eight vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, re-mastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-colored vinyl. Each LP will be unique in its individual coloring.
Below is the full list of what will be inside the individually numbered set, which will go for about $247.00 and can be ordered here.
• Black Sabbath
• Master of Reality [including original fold-out color poster]
• Vol. 4
• Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
• Technical Ecstasy
• Never Say Die!
*Two rare 7” singles, reproduced in their original sleeves — Japanese version of “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)”/”Black Sabbath” and the Chilean version of “Paranoid”/”The Wizard” [only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed].
*Crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.
*The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.
*Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.
*’Tenth Anniversary World Tour’ 1978 official program, impeccably reproduced.
*Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Center Arena show.
|Posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
Tim Virgin of 97.9 The Loop conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich before the band's June 18 concert at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what inspires METALLICA to keep making new records even though they could have easily spent the last couple of decades touring on the back of the "Black Album," Ulrich said: "Without giving you too much of the 'we're artists' and all that crap, it's a lot of fun to write songs, it's a lot of fun to create songs, it's a lot of fun to record them, it's a lot of fun to make records. And you've gotta allow yourself both sides of that coin.
"Being out on the road is obviously beyond incredible, but playing five or six new songs that we do every night and having new material, that's really cool," he continued. "We do a lot of meet-and-greets and meet all different kinds of folks.
"I've gotta tell you: Three or four days ago in Texas, there was a kid in one of the meet-and-greets; he couldn't have been more than six or eight," Lars said. "And I said, 'Blah blah blah. How're you doing? What's your favorite song?', expecting him to say 'Enter Sandman' or whatever. And he goes 'Atlas, Rise!' I'm not making that up. Six or seven years old. I said, 'What's your favorite METALLICA song?' He didn't skip a beat — [he] just [said], 'Atlas, Rise!' So that's the reason we make records still. That's amazing — that that still happens."
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which features the current single "Now That We're Dead".
The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" trek will hit stadiums in fifteen more cities before ending in mid-August.
The next stop on the tour is Orlando, Florida on July 5.
Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 is coming mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.
MOTLEY CRUE - INTHESTUDIO CELEBRATES TRIPLE X ANNIVERSARY OF GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS WITH VINCE NEIL AND NIKKI SIXX; AUDIO
|Posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
North American syndicated rock radio show, InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands, goes one on one with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx for the sometimes hilarious, sometimes shocking story behind Mötley Crüe’s four million-seller, Girls, Girls, Girls.
A product of the ‘80s Hollywood Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe were the quintessential LA hair metal band. Their string of hit albums and crossover songs on radio and MTV was only matched by their over the top live show, mounting legal bills and alarming drug use. By 1987 the band was dancing on a fine line between real life or death. Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil share their stories with producer and host Redbeard.
“We were a mess. I know we didn’t go overseas (on Girls, Girls, Girls tour), because the management said, ‘You guys go, and somebody’s not coming back. Or if they do, they’re coming back in a body bag... We were operating like a punk band! We were completely out of control.” - Nikki Sixx
"I remember my first gig. It was at my parents' house. First time I ever sang in front of anybody. I was in a band called Rock Candy. I thought my parents were going out of town for the night. So I had a small party of like 500 people (laughs). We're just jamming away, the place is packed, people jumping off the roof into the pool... It was a good time, but then my parents came home." - Vince Neil
|Posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Peter Criss says he’s retiring from live performance this year, and on June 17, he delivered what was billed as his final U.S. concert.
The show, which took place at the Cutting Room in New York City, found Criss running through a varied set list of Kiss songs, solo material and covers with his band, and culminated a brief run of farewell dates that included appearances at the Kiss Konvention in Australia last month. Fan-shot footage from the show, which you can watch below, captures the night’s rendition of Criss’ signature Kiss hit, “Beth.”
As Criss told Billboard before the show, he used his last few dates to say goodbye on his own terms — and find a measure of peace with the way his years with Kiss ended in acrimony. “I didn’t get to end my career the way I wanted to end it,” he admitted. “So now I’m doing it my way, kind of like Sinatra.”
Discussing his retirement plans earlier this year, Criss said that at age 71, he’s ready to call it quits — and despite some lingering sadness over the bad blood that tainted his years with Kiss, he insisted he had no regrets. “I’ve had an amazing career in music; I was around in the ’60s and ’70s, which was about the best time to be a musician,” he recalled. “I’ve seen the greatest of the greats perform; I grew up at a time when music was so cool. … I’m in the best health I’ve been in for a while and I thought if I’m gonna do it, I gotta do it now.”
Fans in other countries can still look forward to the possibility that Criss may visit to say farewell in person. Telling Billboard that he’s entertaining the idea of traveling for a few more final dates, he outlined a handful of upcoming projects that include a children’s book, a pair of new albums and the screenplay for a comedy he’s developing with Ben Stiller in mind.
“I want to leave the stage happy,” he explained. “I got onto the stage not thinking about making a buck. It was just pure: Play drums, have a good time, meet girls, travel and get out of Brooklyn.”
Check out the footage here:
|Posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Lemmy Kilmister filmed scenes for an upcoming movie called Sunset Society more than two years ago. He died in December 2015, and the film is now inching closer to a release date.
You can see a preview of the upcoming horror movie in the four-minute music video for Jyrki 69’s “Bloodlust,” which includes scenes from the film. The late Motorhead frontman appears in the first few seconds, looking quite at home in a bar nursing a drink.
The movie is about Sunset Strip vampires, and it doesn’t take long for Lemmy to sink his teeth into a helpless woman. The video, and movie, also features appearances by L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, porn star Ron Jeremy and Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed.
Director Phoebe Dollar’s movie is set to open in spring 2018. The video by Jyrki 69, who fronts the band 69 Eyes, features some of the first scenes unveiled from the film. “The Lost Boys movie taken into modern day to the Sunset Strip,” is how Jyrki described the movie to Rolling Stone.
“Aren’t we all so glad to see that Lemmy’s doing all right? He lives forever!” he said. “Mötorhead has naturally always been more than just inspiration musically – it’s a whole lifestyle which Lemmy symbolizes,” he said. “Life suddenly has become harder without a new Mötorhead album or tour behind the corner. I met the man over decades many times all over the world. Never bothered him at the Rainbow Bar & Grill! … I’m proud to have the General still onboard! I actually showed the video to Ron Jeremy at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, and he loved it!”
There will be more Lemmy to look forward to in the coming months, in addition to his role in Sunset Society. His first solo album is due by the end of the year. He started work on it years ago and worked on it sporadically over the last decade of his life. No release date has been scheduled, but one of his collaborators said it should be ready for release “toward the end of this year.”
Check out the video here:
|Posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
It’s not often one gets to see a massive rock band in a smaller venue setting, but Guns N’ Roses really want to surprise people for their “Not In This Lifetime” tour. Today, it was announced that the band will be playing an intimate concert at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City on July 20. The show is a private invite only event presented by SiriusXM as a part of their upcoming launch for a limited-run Guns N’ Roses Radio station on the network.
Attendance of the event is limited only to lucky SiriusXM subscribers who have been members of the network since June 7, 2017. The Guns N’ Roses station will run from July 13-22, and will cover songs throughout the band’s discography, as well as artists who have influenced them, and a handful of live tracks and rarities.
Guns N’ Roses taking their giant stage show to a small venue like the Apollo should be an interesting transition. The theater has a capacity of 1,506, a sharp decrease in size over their usual arena venues. While attendees of the larger leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour will see some pretty cool openers like Deftones, Royal Blood, and Live, you really can’t beat getting the chance to see the band play in an incredibly close proximity. It’s not the first time they’ve played a small room during this classic lineup reunion, as last year saw them open up with a performance in West Hollywood’s legendary Troubadour.
The Apollo Theater has been a staple of New York City concerts for decades now, earning its fame by helping to promote some of the greatest swing artists in the 1930s. The venue has been around since the 1910s, and still puts on concerts to this day. Today, it’s become an honor to get the chance to play at the venue, as evidenced by Metallica, who completely crushed their set at the Apollo in 2013.
For those unable to attend the Apollo Theater show, you can still catch the band on the new leg of their “Not In This Lifetime” tour. Dates are listed below, with ticketing info on Guns N’ Roses website.
Guns N’ Roses 2017 North American Tour Dates:
7/20 — New York, N.Y. @ Apollo Theater (SiriusXM show)
7/27 — St. Louis, Mo. @ The Dome at America’s Center
7/30 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ U.S. Bank Stadium
8/2 — Denver, Colo. @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
8/8 — Miami, Fla. @ Marlins Park
8/11 — Winston-Salem, N.C. @ BBT Field
8/13 — Hershey, Pa. @ Hersheypark Stadium
8/16 — Orchard Park, N.Y. @ Buffalo
8/19 — Montreal, Quebec @ Parc Jean Drapeau
8/21 — Ottawa, Ontario @ TD Place Stadium
8/24 — Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Investors Group Field
8/27 — Regina, Saskatchewan @ Mosaic Stadium
8/30 — Edmonton, Ontario @ Commonwealth Stadium
9/1 — Vancouver, British Columbia @ BC Place
9/3 — George, Wash. @ Gorge Amphitheatre
9/6 — El Paso, Texas @ Sun Bowl Stadium
9/8 — San Antonio, Texas @ Alamodome
10/8 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
10/11 — New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
10/15 — New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
10/22 — Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden
10/26 — Cleveland, Ohio @ Quicken Loans Arena
10/29 — Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
11/2 — Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesers Arena
11/6 — Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
11/10 — Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
11/14 — Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
11/17 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena
11/21 — Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena
11/24 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Staples Center
11/25 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI On Possible New Collaboration With TONY MARTIN: 'There's Nothing Set In Stone'
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In a brand new interview with EonMusic conducted at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods event, Tony Iommi was asked about the possibility of a renewed collaboration with former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin. "Yeah, Tony Martin said that," Iommi confirmed. "Is there a possibility that that might happen? There's a possibility to anything, really. There's nothing set in stone. I just spoke to him about maybe one day doing a couple of things, but I've spoke to a lot of people about that."
Iommi also said that he would like to see SABBATH's Tony Martin-era albums re-released. "Yes, absolutely," he said. "I'd like to get them reissued again, absolutely. I think they were good stuff that some people never even heard."
BLACK SABBATH released six albums with Tony Martin on vocals: "The Eternal Idol" (1987), "Headless Cross" (1989), "Tyr" (1990), "Cross Purposes" (1994), "Cross Purposes Live" (1995) and "Forbidden" (1995).
Martin told Metal Jacket Magazine last month that he would also be in favor of reissuing the albums from his era of BLACK SABBATH, featuring bonus material, including some new music. "It is definitely possible," he said. "I spoke to [Iommi] just a few weeks ago. He's bought a new house and he's building a new studio. He said he needs to set that up and get that all ready. But when he's ready, I'm happy to do it, and I know he wants to do it. And just the fact that he wants to do it, it's, like, 'Oh, yeah. That's cool.' [Laughs] 'That's cool.' 'Cause those albums have been deleted for a long time, and I think they could sound better. Especially 'Forbidden' — oooohhhh… I hate that. It was the end of my time with BLACK SABBATH, so it's so… When I listen to it now, I think how I could make it better. So if he gives me the chance, I would love to do that again. Yeah, the possibility is definitely there. If he doesn't die… [Laughs] But, yes, I'm happy to think that it will be sometime soon."
SABBATH finished its year-long "The End" farewell tour on February 4 in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England, closing out the quartet's groundbreaking 49-year career with an emotional 15-song set.
The band decided to make this tour its last because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time.
COULD DEEP PURPLE EVER REUNITE WITH RITCHIE BLACKMORE? - "I DON'T THINK IT WILL EVER HAPPEN," SAYS DON AIREY
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In a new interview with Greece’s RockPages, Deep Purple keyboard legend Don Airey is asked if he thinks there’s a chance that the band could bury the hatchet with Ritchie Blackmore, and perform again with the Deep Purple founding member.
“No! I doubt it,” says Airey. “I don’t think it will ever happen. Not because of any ranker… it’s just the practicalities of it. I mean we’ve got a band here that’s called Deep Purple and that’s the band. It takes enough to put all that together and having to deal with getting other guys involved, having a lot of musicians on stage. I mean there is nothing worst! It’s awful! Hahaha! When you do it… it just becomes an ordeal. Think that being in a band is the band. It takes a lot of hard work to make a band sounding good and that’s what you wanna do. We had a wonderful tour with an orchestra and the band four years ago. It really was ground breaking. The orchestra was great, the show was great, everybody had a great time, but at the end of it they were all so glad to get back to the band, just to hear how the band played. And other people coming in, no matter what connection or history they have it tends not to work. It tends to become… something you do for the wrong reasons.”
Read the full interview at a href="http://rockpages.gr/en/interviews/item/6642-deep-purple" target="_blank">RockPages.gr.
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After all these years — and all these compilations — it’d be easy to assume the Queen vault has long since been purged of interesting artifacts. But according to guitarist Brian May, some particularly interesting previously unreleased recordings could be on the way.
May, making the rounds to promote his new Queen in 3-D book, recently told Mojo (via Radio X) that the sessions for the band’s hit 1981 collaboration with David Bowie, “Under Pressure,” didn’t stop with that one song.
“It wasn’t easy,” May admitted of their time together in the studio. Describing Bowie and the members of Queen as “all precocious boys” and Bowie as particularly “forceful,” he recalled that Bowie and Queen singer Freddie Mercury “locked horns, without a doubt.” All that being said, May not only remembers the sessions as fruitful, but enjoyable.
“Those are the things that happen in a studio,” said May. That’s when the sparks fly and that’s why it turned out so great. “[They locked horns] in subtle ways, like who would arrive last at the studio. So it was sort of wonderful and terrible. But in my mind, I remember the wonderful now, more than the terrible.”
At some point, fans may get to hear more of that work. Much the same way the band released long-vaulted tapes of Mercury singing with Michael Jackson, May seemed to entertain the idea of putting out more from their Bowie collaboration. “Not all of what we did in those sessions has ever come to light,” he added. “So there’s a thought…”