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DAVE MUSTAINE's Daughter On Her Father: 'I Would Do And Give Anything For This Man'

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Dave Mustaine's daughter has credited her father with teaching her "reliability, perseverance, commitment" and "strength."


The 21-year-old Electra Mustaine made her comments on the same day that the MEGADETH leader publicly revealed that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.


Electra tweeted out two photos of Dave, including one of her as a little kid being held in her father's arms. She wrote in an accompanying message: "I would do and give anything for this man. Dad... I love you so so much. You've taught me what love should look like, taught me reliability, perseverance, commitment....and mostly, strength. On days when you can't, I will give you mine. #FathersDay @davemustaine"


Mustaine and his family moved to Nashville in October 2014 after living in Fallbrook, California for a couple of years. Dave later said that he relocated to Nashville because he wanted Electra to pursue her country music dreams. "I can do my job anywhere, really," he explained. "It's good for me, because my daughter is happy, and I think, if you love your children, you'll always want to protect and provide for them. And, like I said, I can pretty much do my job anywhere."


In a 2016 interview with Fox News, Electra stated about her dad: "I was very fortunate to have grown up with him as my father and in the household. He's done a lot. He's had a lot of platinum records and awards, et cetera, et cetera. But, yeah, he's offered invaluable advice about how the business works and things to look out for, things to make sure you pay attention with."


Three years ago, Electra released a country cover of the MEGADETH song "I Thought I Knew It All", which originally appeared on the band's 1994 album "Youthanasia".


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Bon Jovi have released a third tour diary video from their 2019 This House Is Not For Sale European tour. Watch below:

In another video, the band performs "This House Is Not For Sale" live from Moscow, Russia on May 31:

Bon Jovi's next tour stop is June 19, at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, UK. Find the band's live itinerary here:

Skid Row announce UK winter tour

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Skid Row have announced a UK tour which will take place later this year.


The band have lined up a total of eight shows, kicking off at Ayrshire’s Winterstorm Fest on November 29 and wrapping up at The Mill in Birmingham on December 8.


Skid Row will be joined on the road by special guest The Quireboys, Crashdiet, Hollowstar and Matt Mitchell & The Cold Hearts on select dates.


Guitarist Dave ‘The Snake’ Sabo has reflected on the band’s longevity, saying: “I will always be that 16-year-old kid in front of the mirror, pretending to be Ace Frehley or Michael Schenker.


“It’s still about writing a great song with your friends, praying it connects with someone. That has never left me. That willfulness will always exist, and there’s so much left to say!”


Tickets for the tour will go on general sale from 9am on Wednesday (June 19).


Last month, Skid Row signed a deal with Golden Robot Records for the final instalment of their United World Rebellion trilogy which will be released later this year on a date still to be confirmed.


Skid Row 2019 winter UK tour:

Nov 29: Winterstorm Fest

Nov 30: Wakefield Warehouse (w/ Quireboys, Hollowstar, Matt Mitchell)

Dec 01: Nottingham Rock City (w/ Quireboys, Crashdiet, Hollowstar)

Dec 03: Southampton Engine Rooms (w/ Quireboys, Crashdiet, Hollowstar)

Dec 04: Cardiff Tramshed (w/ Quireboys, Crashdiet, Hollowstar)

Dec 06: Trecco Bay Planet Rock Stock

Dec 07: Sheffield Winter Rocks (w/ Quireboys, Crashdiet, Hollowstar)

Dec 08: Birmingham The Mill (w/ Quireboys, Crashdiet, Matt Mitchell)


Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

KINGS OF CHAOS headlined the Republic Of Texas (ROT) Rally this past Saturday (June 15) in Austin, Texas. The supergroup's lineup for the show included three lead vocalists: Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and Lou Gramm (FOREIGNER). They were joined by guitarists Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES) and Warren DeMartini (RATT), bassist James LoMenzo (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MEGADETH) and drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty).


Fan-filmed video footage of KINGS OF CHAOS performing the RATT classic "Wanted Man", with Snider on vocals and DeMartini on lead guitar, can be seen below:




Originally formed in 2012 as ROCK 'N' ROLL ALL STARS, KINGS OF CHAOS features a core lineup of members as well as a rotating cast of guest musicians.


KINGS OF CHAOS has recorded just one song so far: a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Never Before" for the 2012 tribute album "Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple's 'Machine Head'".


During an appearance on the "2 Hours With Matt Pinfield" podcast, drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, THE CULT, VELVET REVOLVER), who founded KINGS OF CHAOS, talked about the project's formation. He said: "The music business is more difficult to navigate than ever, especially for a guy that's been around a while," he said. "I've had an illustrious career, but it's always been, like, super-high, super-low, like riding the wildest roller coaster ever known to man. [Laughs] Emotionally, it's been challenging. When VELVET REVOLVER broke up, for me, it was like, 'Oh my god, I can't believe I pulled off another band.' So it kind of knocked the wind out of me, and I didn't really want to jump back into doing another band or project right away.


"When I started doing KINGS OF CHAOS, it became strictly about fun," he continued. "I decided, 'I'm going to pull a bucket list, [and] I'm going to call guys that I never had the balls to call, and have no fear. There's one or two answers that you can get — yes or no. And you've got to be able to accept no. Don't take it personal. I called Keith Richards. I called Jimmy Page. I called [Robert] Plant. I didn't care. I was just, like, finding them and calling them. And some of them said yes — not Robert Plant, dammit [laughs] — but Steven Tyler, Robin Zander, Billy Gibbons, Joe Elliott, Slash, the DeLeo brothers. I go and play with my friends, and it's a blast."


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Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime tour seems to be never-ending at this point, as they've just announced eight new 2019 tour dates in addition to their fall festival performances.

The new tour leg kicks off Sept. 25 in Charlotte, N.C. GN'R will also be bringing the jungle to Jacksonville, Fla., Wichita, Kan., Lincoln, Neb., Oklahoma City, Okla., Salt Lake City, Utah and Las Vegas, Nev. Tickets go on sale June 21 and can be purchased here.

The Not in this Lifetime tour is considered the second-highest grossing tour of all time, bringing in roughly $563 million from 2016 to the end of 2018. Earlier this year, the band announced several headlining performances at festivals like Louder than Life, Voodoo Music Experience and more.

In addition to touring, the band has apparently started working on new music as well, confirmed by Slash at the end of May. Though Guns N' Roses released Chinese Democracy in 2008, this will be the first new music Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will have worked on together since the mid-'90s.


Guns N' Roses 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:


Sept. 25 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Spectrum Center

Sept. 28 - Louisville, Ky. @ Louder Than Life Festival

Oct. 1 - Jacksonville, Fla. @ VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

Oct. 4 - Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits

Oct. 7 - Wichita, Kan. @ INTRUST Bank Arena

Oct. 11 - Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits

Oct. 15 - Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

Oct. 13 - Manchester, Tenn. @ Exit 111 Festival

Oct. 23 - Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena

Oct. 25 - New Orleans, La. @ Voodoo Festival

Oct. 29 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

Nov. 1 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Nov. 2 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Status Quo announce new studio album Backbone

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Status Quo have announced they’ll release their 33rd studio album later this year.


It’s titled Backbone and it’ll launch on September 6 through earMUSIC/Edel.


The 11-track record will be the band’s first without Rick Parfitt, who died on December 24, 2016, with all the songs recorded at Francis Rossi’s studio in late 2018/early 2019.


Rossi says: “This new material had to be seriously good. Quo have achieved so much and meant so much to too many people for the quality to slip now.


“Also, let’s face it, things have changed and we’re an easier target than ever. Losing Rick was hard to bear but, through Richie Malone, who was inspired to pick up a guitar by him, we can not only keep going but actually pick up the pace.


“The energy that he and drummer Leon Cave bring to Quo can’t be underestimated. I wasn’t sure I had another album in me but I couldn’t be more proud of Backbone.


“I hope the fans love it, but you can’t please everyone and I’m not going to start trying to now.”


In addition to the album news, it’s also been announced that Status Quo will play at BBC Radio 2’s Festival In A Day show, which will take place at London’s Hyde Park on September 15.


Backbone is now available to pre-order.

Status Quo: Backbone:

1. Waiting For A Woman

2. Cut Me Some Slack

3. Liberty Lane

4. See You’re in Some Trouble

5. Backing Off

6. Wanna Run Away With You

7. Backbone

8. Better Take Care

9. Falling Off The World

10. Get Out Of My Head

11. Running Out Of Time

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/status-quo-announce-new-studio-album-backbone

CARMINE APPICE On RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram Tour: 'It Keeps The Music Alive'

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In a recent interview with "Rock Hard With Jay Conroy", legendary drummer Carmine Appice was asked for his opinion on the current Ronnie James Dio hologram tour. He said (hear audio below): "I don't know until I see it. I really only saw it on my phone. I can't really tell… I think the idea is interesting. It keeps the music alive. And if it works… I heard they're working on other ones too already. If it works, you can QUEEN with Freddie Mercury, you can have Elvis [Presley], Michael Jackson… That'd be Gene Simmons's dream. He can sit home and four holograms on the stage. [Laughs]"


He continued: "It's easy to do it like a singer. It's very difficult to do with guitar players, unless you have guitar players actually doing the parts or a drummer actually playing the part exactly what's being filmed. A singer, it's a little easier, 'cause it's moving around and singing. They're not following their fingers."


The Dio hologram production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO DISCIPLES band playing live, consisting of Simon Wright on drums, Craig Goldy on guitar, and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are singers Tim "Ripper" Owens and Oni Logan.


The 90-minute concert includes all of the DIO fan favorites — such as "Holy Diver", "King Of Rock And Roll" and "We Rock" — plus select tracks from RAINBOW and BLACK SABBATH.


The legendary heavy metal singer died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.


After the tour's initial seven-date run was completed in December 2017, Ronnie's hologram underwent "some changes" before the launch of the 2019 leg of the "Dio Returns" world tour.

Check out the interview here:


Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Before a sold out show in his hometown, Bochum, Germany, Axel Rudi Pell and the band received a special 30th Anniversary award from their record company SPV/Steamhammer.


This year marks his 30th year as a solo artist, the new live album XXX Anniversary Live is his 30th release and he is now for 30 years at SPV/Steamhammer. In these years he sold over 1,000,000 records and reached now nearly 40,000,000 streams.


Pictured above, from left to right: Volker Krawczak (bass), Axel Rudi Pell (guitars), Bobby Rondinelli (drums), Johnny Gioeli (vocals), Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards), Olly Hahn (Label Manager Steamhammer), Björn von Oettingen (Head of Promotion Steamhammer), Frank Uhle (Managing Director SPV).


XXX Anniversary Live is available in the following configurations:


- 2 CD DigiPak

- 3LP gatefold, 180 g, black vinyl, printed inner sleeves, 2CDs in paper sleeves

- Download

- Streaming





"The Medieval Overture" (Intro)

"The Wild And The Young"

"Wildest Dreams"

"Fool Fool"

"Oceans Of Time"

"Only The Strong Will Survive"

"Mystica" (incl. Drum Solo)

"Long Live Rock"



"Game Of Sins" / "Tower Of Babylon" (incl. Keyboard Solo)

"The Line"


"Edge Of The World" (incl. Band Introduction)

"Truth And Lies"


"The Masquerade Ball" / "Casbah"

"Rock The Nation"

From: http://bravewords.com/news/axel-rudi-pell-receives-30th-anniversary-award-from-record-label

Heart Expand North American Comeback Tour

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Heart have expanded their upcoming North American tour with the addition of new dates this fall with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts joining as very special guests and Lucie Silvas opening.


Set to begin in St. Louis, MO on July 9, the four-month, 48-city series now includes additional stops in Newark, Little Rock, Memphis, Kansas City, St. Paul.


The "Love Alive" tour marks the first time in three years that Heart have regrouped for live dates, following an extended hiatus after an August 2016 incident that saw Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, involved in altercation with Nancy Wilson's children backstage during a hometown show in Seattle, WA; Wetter eventually plead guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault and was put on two years of probation with no contact with his nephews.


Ahead of the tour, the Wilson sisters delivered their first performance together since the hiatus when they appeared at the Love Rocks NYC event at New York's Beacon Theatre on March 7.

See the dates and ticket details here:



From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/June/17Heart_Expand_North_American_Comeback_Tour.shtml


Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In this new video, Def Leppard takes you behind the scenes at their performance at Download Festival on June 14:

Find Def Leppard's tour itinerary here:



The band will release a limited edition box set, Def Leppard - Volume Two, on June 21. You can pre-order the set here:



From: http://bravewords.com/news/def-leppard-rocks-85000-people-at-download-festival-behind-the-scenes-tour-video-streaming

KIP WINGER And Acclaimed Writer/Director DAMIEN GRAY To Release 'Get Jack' Concept Album

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Grammy Award-nominated classical composer and rock icon Kip Winger (WINGER, ALICE COOPER, ALAN PARSONS), in his theatrical composing debut, and acclaimed writer/director Damien Gray ("Atomic The Musical", "Animagique", "Steps In Time", "Biohazard" and "Sing On Tour") will release tahe concept album of their new musical thriller, "Get Jack", on Friday, July 19. Pre-order will be available on Friday, June 21 on iTunes and will instantly unlock the "Get Jack" track. Pre-orders are also eligible to win the "Get Jack" electric guitar, as well as a special bonus track for WINGER fans. Details at www.getjack.com with proof of pre-order purchase. The album will be available digitally and in a limited number of CDs.


The "Get Jack" concept album, featuring an all-star cast of singers and musicians, takes the listener on a symphonic journey through one of the most murderously debated, debunked, and devoured tales of all time: Jack The Ripper. Here, the story gets "ripped" to guitar shreds as the musical focuses on the five female victims of Jack The Ripper rising from the dead to track down their bastard killer and take their glorious revenge. Brought to spine-tingling life with music by genre-defying rock icon Kip Winger, "Get Jack" combines Winger's mastery of classical compositions and rock glory in one bloodtastic musical. Through the dark streets of the Whitechapel Slum, headlong into the mind of a serial killer, acclaimed and innovative book writer, lyricist and director Damien Gray gives voice to the vindicated victims.


The killer concept album cast features The Canonical Five: Eden Espinosa ("Wicked", "Rags") as Catherine Eddows, Charissa Hogeland ("BAZ", "Heathers: The Musical") as Mary Jane Kelly, Katie Thompson ("Gypsy", "Pump Boys And Dinettes") as Annie Chapman, Carrie Manolakos ("Wicked") as Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols, and Shannon Conley ("Hedwig And The Angry Inch") as Elizabeth Stride; as well as Tony Award winner Levi Kreis ("Million Dollar Quartet"'s Jerry Lee Lewis) as The Player, PJ Griffith ("Rock Of Ages", "We Will Rock You", "Mamma Mia!") as The Keeper, and Michael Falzon (Australia's "Rock of Ages" and "Hedwig And The Angry Inch") as BitPart.


The stage production has received three successful concert presentations in New York City and will be produced by Anita Waxman and Alexis Productions and directed by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine ("Rock Of Ages", "Come From Away", "Rocky"). General managers for the stage production will be Live Wire theatrical management — Robert Ahrens/Chris Aniello.


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With the success of the rock biopics Bohemian Rhapsody, The Dirt and Rocketman, everyone seems to be curious which legendary rock band will receive the big screen spotlight next. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford recently spoke with CBS San Francisco regarding the possibility of a Priest biopic, since the group is in the fifth decade of their career, and he admits that a lot of the band's story hasn't been told.


"There’s been loads of unauthorized [Judas Priest] documentaries floating around for a while, but not to the level of Bohemian Rhapsody," Halford begins. The singer hasn't seen The Dirt yet, but claims he will because he is a Motley Crue fan and is friends with the band members. "Priest has had a very interesting life. We’re one of the longest surviving working heavy metal bands and a lot of our life story has been documented, but a lot of it hasn’t," he continues.

"I think you have to have a strong storyline to really push, otherwise it kind of falls flat in today’s sensationalist TMZ world. You’ve got to have some stuff going on there," the frontman explains, stating that Priest have always tried to to keep their offstage lives private. "But having said that, there’s no doubt the story that we’ve told musically, the way we came from where we came from and our place in this style of music called heavy metal, there’s a lot to focus on there that would be really interesting."


As far as whether the band plans to make a movie documenting their career, Halford says, "We'll have to wait and see."

From: https://loudwire.com/rob-halford-judas-priest-biopic/

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine diagnosed with throat cancer

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Megadeth vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer.


He revealed the news on Facebook and reports he’s already begun treatment.


Mustaine says: “I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before.


“I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.


“Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be on megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.”


Mustaine adds: “Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.


“I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. I’ll keep everyone posted. See you soon.”


Messages of support have started to flood in for Mustaine on social media, with Anthrax’s Scott Ian one of the first to wish his friend well.


He says: “Please join me in sending all of our most powerful positive mind bullets to my brother Dave. You got this my friend, you can beat it – like you beat me in arm-wrestling! Kick its ass and get healthy!”


Mustaine’s Megadeth bandmate David Ellefson says: “Praying for my friend Dave Mustaine for a full and speedy recovery!”


Chris Jericho posted a picture of himself and Mustaine on Instagram, saying: "Sending out love and prayers to my bro Dave Mustaine as he gets ready to battle throat cancer. Dave is a fighter and he’s at his best when he’s pissed off... so look out cancer! The metal community is with you Dave.”


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/megadeths-dave-mustaine-diagnosed-with-throat-cancer


Posted on June 17, 2019 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Robert Plant discussed how his band the Sensational Space Shifters helped create an environment of “vitality” and said that was the reason why he’s spent most of the past two decades working with them.


He cited the example of their song “Bones of Saints,” from his 2017 album Carry Fire, in the second episode of his Digging Deep podcast.


You can listen to it here:




“It’s about vitality,” Plant said. “I can’t hold back the hands of time or anything like that, but I can only be in environments where people really, really mean it, musically. Really mean it. In the last 18 years I must have spent 14 of them in the company of these guys. … We have an inherent capacity to start a new project and know that we have business to do. And so there’s drama, there’s emotion, there’s what I’d like to think is a very, very broad landscape of varied music within what we do, woven together with lyric and melody which has to be appropriate for somebody at my time in the game.”

Asked what he meant by that statement, he replied that he's "been around long enough, I can’t sing about people in the back of a barroom. … What am I thinking about things? How’s it all working out?” He noted that artists like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were examples of those who were “pretty observant” and that others were “standing up and saying what they have to say about their world.”


“Bones of Saints” was the result of guitarist Skin Tyson, bassist Billy Fuller and drummer Dave Smith visiting the “Misty Mountains” of Wales – a place where Plant and Jimmy Page had found inspiration for Led Zeppelin material decades earlier.


“They cut these little tracks, three or four of them, which were just so powerful and so totally nothing to do with what we were laboring over,” Plant said. “They were really, really fresh, and demanding a powerful vocal approach … an indicator of what we’re seeing around us.”


Plant pointed out that his lyrics are “a reflection of the amount of damage and desecration that can be leveled on any particular part of our planet indiscriminately. So, what is hallowed ground for one era or period of group of people can be almost the reason why it must be destroyed by another group. … The world loses more and more of its joy of treasure.” He also noted that he "was always pleased to give songs a title which had very little to do, at least figuratively, with the content of the song.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/robert-plant-sensational-space-shifters/

The Hollywood Vampires To Rock Jimmy Kimmel Live

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The Hollywood Vampires will perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live this Wednesday, June 19th. The appearance comes just two days ahead of the June 21 release of the band's second album, "Rise."


Co-produced by Tommy Henriksen and the group, the project mixes new original songs from the lineup led by Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp, and presents select covers, including the late Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died", and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory."


The band just released their version of the 1977 David Bowie classic, "Heroes", as the latest single from the record. The Hollywood Vampires previewed tracks from "Rise" during a series of spring US West coast concert dates.

Watch the video for "Heroes" here:





NITA STRAUSS On 'Beauty' Of Instrumental Music: 'The Songs Can Mean Whatever You Need Them To Mean'

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ALICE COOPER guitarist Nita Strauss recently spoke with Sara of the Philadelphia radio station 93.3 WMMR. The full conversation can be streamed below:



A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the origins of her "Hurricane" nickname:


Nita: "It actually came from the first write-up of my first band ever. There was a little rock magazine in L.A., and the write-up came out, and the last line was, 'Get ready, Los Angeles — Hurricane Nita is in town and here to stay,' or something like that. I was a teenager, and I was like, 'That is awesome,' so I just adopted it. I completely commandeered it, and I think it kind of speaks for itself [in terms of] my stage performance and my style."


On her debut solo album, "Controlled Chaos":


Nita: "I wanted to make an instrumental record that non-musicians could listen to and understand — not just something that's a lot of fast notes played in sequence, but something that tells a real story. The great thing about instrumental music is [that] it's subjective. The songs can mean whatever you need them to mean. A sad song isn't necessarily about a death or a loss — it can be whatever you need it to be in that moment. I think that's the beauty of instrumental music — it transcends lyrics, and it transcends language and any kind of cultural barrier... I know what I want to say with the song, but I don't want to tell anybody else what they should take from the song. Pick a song, any song, and you kind of know what it's about. 'This song is about a break-up.' 'This song's about being in love.' 'This song's about playing a rock show.' My songs can be about anything... whatever it is that you need, these songs can be that, and I love that about them."


On the album's musical diversity:


Nita: "I wanted to make an album that's sort of a cross-section of who I am as a musician. Of course, it was going to be an aggressive album because I'm kind of an aggressive guitar player, but I'm not aggressive all the time. Nobody can maintain that kind of aggressiveness all the time. There are happy songs; there are sad songs; there are songs about hopes and dreams — things that I still dream of achieving in my life; songs that are about joy — happy moments in my life; and, of course, songs that are taking out aggression and feeling pressure and all that kind of stuff. It almost listens and reads like a cross-section, like if you cut a tree in half and you see all the rings in a tree, that's what I wanted to create with this album."


On whether she considered using any guest vocalists:


Nita: "I think definitely in the future, I would definitely think about working with some vocalists, but all my heroes are instrumental guitar players — Steve Vai, [Joe] Satriani, Paul Gilbert... I just wanted to make one album that followed in that footstep and went on that path. There aren't a lot of girls doing it — there are a few, but vastly fewer than there are men doing it, so I wanted to kind of take that step down that trail and follow in the path of the few, the proud that have done it."


On her rapid ascent as a solo artist:


Nita: "It's so surreal to get to be out here headlining and playing these shows. It's really an honor. As a solo artist, you never really know – especially because I was so well-known for playing other people's songs – and to step out into a genre of music that a lot of people were not expecting and a lot of people said wouldn't work, saying, 'You're on this great upswing with ALICE COOPER and everything else you have going on. Make a band. Get a singer, and create songs that can be played on the radio'... When you stick to your guns and you create something as an artist that you're truly proud of, and you put real time and effort into it, it's amazing how the public will respond."


On playing with ALICE COOPER:


Nita: "The whole ALICE COOPER camp is so welcoming, and so kind and generous to anybody coming in. It's an amazing, amazing group to be a part of. It will be five years this month that I've been with them, and it's just been an incredible experience... It's still as surreal as the first day. As a young guitar player, you work your whole life to have an opportunity like this. That's what I told him during my auditions, and that's still how I feel today."


On breaking barriers as a prominent female rock guitarist:


Nita: "It has been such an honor to be a part of this front-wave of female guitar players. I just hope that this wave and the momentum that we're building – me and Orianthi and everybody that [is] out there building it up, I just hope the momentum keeps up. From the looks of it, from my guitar clinics, how many young girls are coming with guitars and learning, and parents are telling me that they brought to see us on the ALICE COOPER tour and now their daughter wants a guitar for her birthday... I think the future's in very good hands. I feel good about it."


Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker's former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.


"Controlled Chaos" was released last November. Nita will spend the next several months touring with Cooper.


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/nita-strauss-on-beauty-of-instrumental-music-the-songs-can-mean-whatever-you-need-them-to-mean/


Posted on June 16, 2019 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Last December, the rock world was pleasantly shocked to see Gun N' Roses frontman Axl Rose appear in an episode of The New Looney Tunes. Axl not only had dialogue, but sang "Rock the Rock," his first new song since Chinese Democracy.


Writers / actors Rob Janas and Kevin Fleming co-wrote the episode in question, with Janas writing the song for Axl. In the interview below, they give the exclusive behind-the-scenes of how this all came together.

"Rock The Rock", the first new music in 10 years from Guns N' Roses singer, Axl Rose, can be heard in the video below: 


The hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny you love is back! Follow Bugs as he stars in a new series consisting of slapstick comedic shorts that find the iconic, carrot-loving rabbit matching his wits against classic characters, such as Theodore "Tasmanian" Devil, Wile E. Coyote and Yosemite Sam. Along the way, Bugs will encounter brand-new foes but he’ll have some help from new friends like Bigfoot and Squeaks the Squirrel!


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EUROPE Performs At Wedding Of Real Madrid Footballer And Model Girlfriend

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Swedish hard rockers EUROPE performed at the wedding of Sergio Ramos and Pilar Rubio on Saturday, June 15 in Seville, Spain. The band reportedly arrived on stage in a red dragon that was held by a crane, and played a 40-minute set of its classic songs, including the timeless hit "The Final Countdown".


It was originally reported that either AC/DC or AEROSMITH would perform at the the reception, which took place on Ramos's farm, with some reports suggesting that AC/DC was offered a million euros for the gig. In the end, the rumors proved to be false, and the Australian hard rock legends were nowhere to be seen at the event.

The Real Madrid defender and his model girlfriend reportedly also hired Italian electronic artist Gianluca Vacchi to play a set last night.


EUROPE is continuing to play shows in support of its critically acclaimed eleventh studio album, "Walk The Earth", which was released in October 2017 via Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music). It was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (RIVAL SONS, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).

Michael Schenker Fest Release 'Rock Steady' Video

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Michael Schenker Fest have released a music video for their new single "Rock Steady". The track comes from their forthcoming sophomore album "Revelation", which is set to be released on September 20th.


Schenker had the following to say about the track, "This song almost did not make it on the album. It developed from a 'maybe' into a definite, after we swapped things around like an added solo, psychedelic pieces, the lyrics, the slide plus all the other goodies and sprinkles. It turned out to be a party song telling my story, capturing many aspects of music.


"It was originally a song for guest musicians to be featured on the album, the ones I had in mind were Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger; it had that kind of feel. Ronnie actually introduced his family to me in my dressing room in Hammersmith back in the '80s and I've heard he's a fan!


So, I had asked my son Taro to knock on Ronnie's door, since they both live in Barcelona, and tell Ronnie to bring Mick with him. The Beatles and The Stones were two of the first bands I got into.


"I had the pleasure to jam with Paul McCartney on an MSG album. Ronnie and Mick would have closed the cycle, but when Ted [McKenna, drums] passed away we had to focus on other things instead. We ended up scrapping the whole guest idea!"

Watch the video here:



From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/June/16Michael_Schenker_Fest_Release_Rock_Steady_Video.shtml


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Rock and roll has always been about rebellion and going against the norm, and each decade acted as a revolution against its predecessor. Hair metal was the king of the rock scene in the 1980s, but something was brewing in the Pacific Northwest toward the end of the decade that no one quite saw coming.


Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam were the first four bands to explode into the flannel-wearing, messy hair-flaunting Seattle rock scene. Everything that grunge was about was the opposite of what hair metal had come to be. In all honesty, Aqua Net probably would have run out of resources to keep making hairspray if grunge hadn't come in to save the day.

This new wave of angsty, emotional and socially aware rock music scared the heck out of the big '80s rockers. Members of Twisted Sister, Van Halen and Warrant were even vocal about their fears that they were losing their place in the rock 'n' roll dynasty.


Grunge came in like a limo wreck and ended with a shotgun blast. In April of 1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead at absolute peak of his career. The other big grunge bands slowly started to fade away as well, and post-grunge and nu-metal took over the second half of the '90s. We're still not sure whether that was a good thing or not.


To hear more about grunge's takeover and how it was truly the last major revolution in rock music, watch the video below: 



From: https://loudwire.com/grunge-killed-ended-hair-metal/