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That's right legends, IRON MAIDEN lead singer BRUCE DICKINSON, has announced a special one-man speaking tour of Australia this October in support of his autobiography, What Does This Button Do? See full tour dates below.
An Australian first, and a must for heavy music lovers, Dickinson will be delivering compelling excerpts from the book, slides and a Q&A. Fans will finally get the chance to ask questions of the heavy metal icon in truly intimate venues. Ticket purchasers will also receive a signed copy of the New York Times Best-Selling autobiography!
WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? BY BRUCE DICKINSON AVAILABLE HERE:
BRUCE DICKINSON WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? TOUR 2018 DATES:
SYDNEY - THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER ENMORE THEATRE (All Ages)
MELBOURNE - FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER PALAIS THEATRE (All Ages)
CANBERRA - SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER LLEWELLYN HALL (All Ages)
NEWCASTLE - TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER CIVIC THEATRE (All Ages)
BRISBANE - WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER EATONS HILL HOTEL (All Ages)
METAL QUEEN DORO JOINS GENE SIMMONS FOR PERFORMANCE OF KISS' "WAR MACHINE" AT MASTERS OF ROCK 2018; VIDEO
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Dimebag Darrell's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney has broken her silence on Vinnie Paul's death with an official statement on Instagram. She begins by apologizing for her absence, saying, "It has taken me a while to reach out and thank everyone for all of their love and support, for just thinking of me, [it] means the world."
She continues, "I wish I could put into words what Dime and Vinnie mean to me, but the emotions are so much more powerful than anything that I could ever say. I love you two so differently, but yet both so dearly. You both carried me through your lives and gave me your all. I will always love you both and I will always fly your flag strong and proud." You can read her message in full below:
"It has taken me a while to reach out and thank everyone for all of their love and support.. for just thinking of me.. means the world.. my apologies for being so tardy.. Thank you all
I wish I could put into words what Dime and Vinnie mean to me.. but the emotions are so much more powerful than anything that I could ever say... I love you two so differently but yet both so dearly.. you both carried me through your lives and gave me your all.. I will always love you both and I will always fly your flag strong and proud.. Darrell has always been my heart through thick and thin even when I didn’t know, even when I made mistakes, he forgave me 100%.. Vinnie has always been my “big bro Riggs” for 43 yrs. through thick and thin even when I wasn’t sure.. and to know in the end here in this world, that Riggs still felt the same.. The last time we saw each other in Tampa, back in April, I told you that I knew you loved me because Darrell loved me, but that sometimes you just loved me” You gave me a big ol’ Vinnie Paul style hug and said “your right.. I do love you” We hugged again.. I can never thank you two enough for the beautiful life you both have given me.. and still made sure to give me.. I miss you so.. My Abbott brothers.. Always Stronger Than All"
Paul died on Friday, June 22, at his residence in Las Vegas, Nev. at the age of 54. In addition to his star-making turn in Pantera and his most recent band Hellyeah, Paul also performed with his brother Dimebag Darrell in the band Damageplan and he also collaborated with outlaw country veteran David Allan Coe in the Rebel Meets Rebel project.
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Aaron comments, "We were excited to work again with Dan Zachary (who shot ‘Diamond Baby') because he had a great sensibility about capturing the vibe of the band. The song 'American High' on the surface seems like a great American party tune but it's actually about the polarization of values and beliefs that is occurring everywhere in North America right now under the new administration. We love our USA neighbors and wanted to celebrate the things we treasure about America, so we incorporated iconic characters into the video like Elvis, Lady Liberty, Lincoln and Amelia Earhart. We thought there was a comic irony in actually inviting those characters to a decadent limousine party where everyone could blow off some steam and get wrecked. Serious, but funny as heck."
Guitarist Sean Kelly adds: "“My favourite part of the American High video is that it shows the genuinely fun interaction and love of rock n roll that we all share...it is a testament to Lee’s artistic vision that she is able to take the vibe of a song and perfectly manifest it visually. I really treasure my writing relationship with Lee, and American High totally captures so many of our influences while still retaining all the hallmarks of the Lee Aaron sound...big guitars and drums, and world class melodies and vocals!”
Singer, songwriter, producer, performer, mother, teacher, rock ‘n’ roll legend… Lee Aaron is wearing a lot of hats these days. With a career spanning over 35 years and still going strong, Aaron is one of Canada's most diverse artists. She proves it yet again on her new album Diamond Baby Blues, out now.
Aaron delivers a world-class vocal performance on the new album that may very well be the finest in her career. Diamond Baby Blues is a fiery collection of blues-based rockers, rock ‘n’ roll and hard-rock that pays homage to the giants of the late ’60s and ’70s music scene.
Set to perform at Wacken, Germany's biggest open air festival this summer, Sweden's, Skogsrojet Fest and a string of Canadian shows, this multi-talented songstress shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. A Canadian original and a national treasure - Lee Aaron.
"Diamond Baby Blues"
"I'm A Woman"
"The Best Thing"
"In The Bedroom"
"Cut Way Back"
"You're No Good"
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Don Dokken has confirmed that DOKKEN has received an offer to play with former guitarist George Lynch at a concert in September.
DOKKEN's classic lineup reunited for a short Japanese tour in the fall of 2016. The trek marked the first time in 21 years the four musicians had hit the road together.
Since completing the reunion dates, DOKKEN has continued to perform with the group's current lineup — featuring Don, drummer Mick Brown, guitarist Jon Levin and bassist Chris McCarvill — save for a handful of shows in late 2017 that saw guitarist Ira Black (LIZZY BORDEN, VICIOUS RUMORS) fill in for Levin. The group has scattered tour dates scheduled through the summer, including a performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival.
Asked by SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk about George's recent claim that there was "talk" about the classic lineup of DOKKEN playing "at least one big show" next year, Don said: "We have an offer on the table coming up in September. Mick and I talked about it yesterday; we haven't made up our mind yet, 'cause we have to think about it."
He continued: "I have to protect the franchise — of the [current band, featuring] Mick Brown, Don Dokken, Jon Levin, [our guitarist of] over 20 years, [and] Chris McCarvill [who has] been in the band a long time. I have to protect the franchise, and [George's] got LYNCH MOB. But, you know when these, we call 'em, 'honeypot' shows come up, and they say, 'Would you mind if George played, and we'll give you a crazy amount of money?'…
"We did the Japanese tour, but we now have maybe a gig coming up on September 7 in Minneapolis at a big casino festival — a huge festival — and I haven't talked to Jon about it yet," Don added. "But I have to keep my respect for Jon Levin; I don't wanna step on Jon Levin's toes, 'cause he's my brother, and he's one of my best friends.
"So they made an offer," he said. "And I said, 'I'll play with George. We don't mind playing with George. But it's gonna have to be George and Jon [playing together at the same time].' … We're DOKKEN," referring to the lineup featuring Don, Mick, Jon and Chris. "He can come on our stage. It'll be an Internet, Facebook, YouTube sensation, video-wise, 'cause he's gonna do six to eight songs. And if you're listening, George, I'm not bagging on you, but he'd have to remember them."
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A new documentary movie, set to be released next year, will explore David Bowie’s early career, fan site David Bowie News reported.
Titled The First Five Years, it’s to be a companion film to Five Years, which arrived in 2013, and David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which appeared in 2017. All three productions come from the BBC.
While no production details were made available, it’s likely the subject matter will be the era from 1962-67, for much of which Bowie was still known as Davie Jones. During that period, he left school after telling his parents he decided to be a pop star, worked as an electrician and proceeded through early bands the Konrads, the King Bees, the Manish Boys, the Lower Third and the Buzz.
In 1967, his first solo single, “The Laughing Gnome,” failed to chart, as did his debut album, David Bowie. At one point he declared his intention to quit music and become a mime artist. That interest led to his enrollment in a dance class, which fired his interest in image.
The first two documentaries were made by Francis Whateley, who, during a long career at the BBC, met Bowie a number of times but didn’t feel a strong connection until after he had made the ‘70s-themed Five Years.
“Near the end of his life, he wrote to see how I was doing" with the second film," Whateley told Rolling Stone in 2015. "He said to me, ‘I’m very happy with my lot in life and the new album. What more can any man ask for?’ It really showed the dignity of the man.”
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Alice Cooper has released a live stream of his classic 1989 track Poison. Check it out below:
The song, which originally appeared on the shock rocker’s 18th album Trash, features on Cooper’s upcoming live album A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris, which is set for release on August 31 via earMUSIC.
The show was recorded in the French capital on December 7 last year – the final night of Cooper’s tour in support of his latest studio album Paranormal.
Cooper is joined on the record by “the best band he has ever had” which features guitarists Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.
A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris will launch as a 2CD digipak, 2LP gatefold on white and red vinyl and via digital platforms.
Find further details below.
Alice Cooper - A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris
1. Brutal Planet
2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
3. Under My Wheels
4. Department Of Youth
6. Billion Dollar Babies
7. The World Needs Guts
8. Woman Of Mass Distraction
10. Halo Of Flies
1. Feed My Frankenstein
2. Cold Ethyl
3. Only Women Bleed
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Ballad Of Dwight Fry
6. Killer / I Love The Dead themes
7. I'm Eighteen
8. School's Out
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Dynamite Entertainment is bringing a Deluxe-Premiere trading card set to specialty retailers this fall, featuring a select group of KISS’s fan-favorite photos and artists portraying the world-renown rock band in all their glory, plus Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley signed cards.
“KISS trading cards are some of the most collectible memorabilia out there, they’ve been around since the early days of the band,” said KISS co-founder Gene Simmons. “These new cards add to the tradition and the lore of KISS and I can’t wait for fans to get their hands on them.”
In 1978, Donruss released the first set of KISS trading cards and Dynamite Entertainment continues the tradition 40 years later with the KISS Deluxe Ultra-Premium Trading Card Set from America’s #1 Gold Record Award-winning group of all time.
“KISS continues to be one of the greatest bands of the century, their logo, makeup and songs are instantly recognizable and after 40 years, fans are collecting their memorabilia more than ever,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “We’ve been publishing KISS comics, but the fans wanted more so now we give you the hottest trading card set on shelves this fall!”
Dynamite’s KISS Deluxe Ultra-Premium Trading Card Set includes an 18-card base set, plus Dynamite chase cards that include: 6 autographed cards, 3 B&W art cards, 9-card puzzle cards, 2-box-topper special cards, and hand-drawn original art signed sketch cards. Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!
Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 B&W Art Card, 1 Puzzle Card, and 1 Autographed Card. Additionally, every specially designed, 4-color box includes 12 foil packs.
The KISS Deluxe Ultra-Premium Trading Card Set will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October.
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Guns N' Roses have become the biggest musical act on YouTube for both the 1980s and '90s according to a new report. Helping the band achieve this feat was the clip for the smash power ballad "November Rain," which recently surpassed a staggering one billion views on the video-sharing website.
As reported by Forbes, "November Rain" - which can be viewed below - is the first video from the '90s to reach this milestone. It it also the first video that was created before the YouTube era to hit this mark. The song, which came out 26 years ago, saw nearly 560,000 views every day in 2017 and appears to be gaining views as time goes on. The track originally appeared on the band's Use Your Illusion I LP which came out in 1991. It was released as a single in February of 1992 and has since gone on to become one of the group's signature songs.
GNR's hold on YouTube is further strengthened as they also have the most views of any video from the 1980s in "Sweet Child O' Mine," which has 692 million looks. The only clips close to "November Rain" in the '90s are The Cranberries' “Zombie” with 739 million views and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with 727 million.
Late last month saw Guns N' Roses release a previously unreleased, stripped-down piano version of "November Rain" that was recorded in 1986. The Sound City Session take of track comes from the band's new Appetite for Destruction reissue.
Check out the video clip here:
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Rock & Brews restaurants have teamed up with DEF LEPPARD and Seattle-based Elysian Brewing company to introduce Def Leppard Pale to their customers and are offering fans a chance to win tickets to see DEF LEPPARD on tour this year.
Known for handcrafted American food, a mix of more than 100 craft and classic styles of beer on tap and in bottles, and their authentic rock-inspired, family-friendly atmosphere, Rock & Brews restaurants throughout the United States will be the first restaurant brand to offer Def Leppard Pale. In celebration, Rock & Brews restaurants have a variety of promotions planned, including an opportunity for fans to win tickets to see DEF LEPPARD on tour in many Rock & Brews' markets, as well as a chance to win a trip for two to see the band in Los Angeles on October 7, 2018.
"Rock & Brews celebrates everything that is rock and roll and is the perfect place for fans to indulge themselves with a cold Def Leppard Pale," said Joe Elliott, lead singer of DEF LEPPARD.
Def Leppard Pale was brewed by Elysian Brewing in partnership with DEF LEPPARD to fuse the infamous malt bodies of British ales with the mysteria of Pacific Northwest hops. The launch of the beer was timed to coincide with the DEF LEPPARD 2018 tour.
For details about beer and concert ticket promotions, visit rockandbrews.com or contact your local Rock & Brews restaurant.
ALICE COOPER GUITARIST NITA STRAUSS HELPS YOU TIGHTEN UP YOUR RHYTHM CHOPS; NEW LIKE A HURRICANE EPISODE STREAMING (VIDEO)
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Alex James, bassist with ‘90s Britpop band Blur, slammed Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones for their age, accusing the veteran groups of pretending to be teenagers.
Along with his musical career, James is a newspaper columnist and an award-winning cheesemaker.
“There are rumors of Led Zeppelin getting back together, and nobody really wants to hear their fucking new record, do they?” he told the Mirror in a new interview. “They want to listen to ‘Stairway to Heaven.' How old were they when they did ‘Stairway to Heaven’? Like 20 or something? And how old are they now,? They are fucking 70.”
James insisted he’d “rather be on a cheese counter than pretending to be a teenager." “At least people want to come in and try my cheese as well as listen to [Blur track] ‘Parklife,’" he said. "That is really important. I think it’s really good that I’ve got something else to talk about. You have to do it, otherwise you become this weird, grotesque caricature of yourself by the time you get old like Mick Jagger.”
At that point he turned his ire on the Stones, saying he’d been listening to them recently, but “wouldn’t fucking go and listen to them live.” “You can’t be Jumping Jack when you are seventy-fucking-eight,” he added.
In the same interview, James appeared to perform an about-turn by criticizing R&B and pop star Kelis for refusing to perform her 2003 hit “Milkshake” at his Big Feastival event at his farm in England. "She’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t do that any more.' It’s like, ‘For fuck’s sake, it’s not like you’ve got loads of hits, darling, you need to do that one.' So I wouldn’t have her back.”
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"Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest" will be released on September 18 via Da Capo Press. The book was co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include "Official Truth, 101 Proof" with Rex Brown of PANTERA and "Confessions Of A Heretic" with BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski.
The pulled quote from Downing on the back of the book reads as follows: "I don't remember exactly when the thought first entered my head, but I can remember thinking on more than a few occasions, 'You know, I'm really not sure about our image…' On reflection, I think JUDAS PRIEST had a bit of an identity crisis from the beginning. There was always a bit of a question mark about the band's look. To me, it never seemed to say anything — and in the earliest days of our career, I suppose I actually saw that as a good thing."
In a message posted to his official Facebook page, Downing said: "My life story is something that I am very proud of — even though I suspect that some of the details will surprise you just as they did me as I lived through them.
"Recollecting my life as I have done in this book has often brought me to close to tears, but has also made me laugh with the fondest memories. It is true that I have made many friends along the way but it is also true that I have made some enemies. But one thing is for sure: the music that has been everything to me has not only been my salvation, but has also brought me closer to the people of so many nations — and I can honestly say that I consider all of you to be my very dear friends.
"'Heavy Duty' is now destined to come your way in September, and it is my proudest moment to be able to share it with you."
"Heavy Duty" official book synopsis: "JUDAS PRIEST formed in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, in 1968. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, JUDAS PRIEST became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like 'Breaking The Law', 'Living After Midnight' and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming' helped the band achieve extraordinary success, but no one from the band has stepped out to tell their or the band's story until now.
"As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution. In 'Heavy Duty', guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN, as well as how JUDAS PRIEST found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the '80s. He also describes his role in cementing the band's trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2010 concert and thought, 'This is the last show.' Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, K.K. doesn't hold back.
"With the band at the beginning through his retirement in 2010 (and even still as a member of the band's board of directors), Downing has seen it all and is now finally at a place in his life where he can also let it all go. Even if you're a lifelong fan, if you think you know the full story of JUDAS PRIEST, well, you've got another thing coming."
Earlier in the year, Downing released a statement in which he said that he was "shocked and stunned" that he wasn't approached to rejoin JUDAS PRIEST following Glenn Tipton's announcement that he would no longer be touring with the band.
K.K. announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner, who was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.
In his statement, Downing said that he knows "now more clearly than ever" that he did the right thing by leaving the band when he did "as it seems that my time spent in the band, and my value in terms of crafting its huge legacy, was and is unappreciated by more than one member."
During a 2015 interview with Guitar International, Downing elaborated on his reasons for leaving PRIEST. He said: "I had lots and lots of reasons for not continuing, as I wasn't content with things as they were. I wasn't happy with the band's live performance. I thought it could have been better; not that the fans would notice. To me, PRIEST was always a stealth machine and that's what I liked about it. Even though you get older, you still need to be able to deliver the goods. People came a long way and paid a lot of money to see us, so you've got to make sure you still give 110 percent. I thought that should be inherent and what it should always be."
K.K. also said that he didn't think his return to PRIEST would "ever, ever happen." He explained: "Obviously I'm quite happy for Richie Faulkner to be in the band. But I really wasn't expecting to have someone who had so many familiarities as me, the looks and everything. At a glance, nothing too much has changed for the fans."
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Imagine living on an island and an alert goes off on your phone warning you of an incoming missile attack — what do you do? If you're Kirk Hammett, you look out your window to assess the situation for yourself then finish your yoga routine.
The incident happened on Jan. 13 earlier this year. "My phone went off, you know, [like] one of those Amber [Alerts]," Hammett said in a round-table interview for Metallica's "So What!" fan club. "I was doing yoga. I was on my back, upside down or something, and my son said, 'Hey, Dad, your phone just made one of those funny sounds, like there's a tsunami coming or something,'" the guitarist continued.
Upon seeing the message, which read, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill," Hammet looked out his living room window which has a view of the airport and Pearl Harbor. "There's no action there — no action whatsoever. In fact, it was so quiet everywhere," he recalled, noting the early detection system at Pearl Harbor. "It's this huge thing that looks like a golf ball, it's like four stories high and it's the early detection system for all the Americans in the entire Pacific," he described.
"Nothing was happening. There was no jet scrambling, no boats leaving Pearl Harbor. There were no sirens or anything, you know, no air raid sirens. So I thought, 'This has got to be a mistake.' And I just continued doing my yoga," Hammett said. "Fifteen minutes later, I went online and it said, 'Yeah, mistake,' and I was, like, 'It's okay, boys.'"
An employee at Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency had selected the wrong message template when pushing out an alert, which was then sent to the public rather than as an internal message. "A friend of a friend had a heart attack," adds Hammett, who also mentioned that a friend who was hiking received the message and contemplated jumping off a cliff.
It was 38 minutes before the confusing and alarming error was retracted and the employee responsible has since been fired.
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The Sammy Hagar-led supergroup The Circle have completed recording their debut studio album. The band - which features Hagar alongside bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson - formed in 2014 to present the Red Rocker's musical history and Bonham's legacy by performing tunes by Hagar, Van Halen, Montrose and Led Zeppelin.
The group, who issued their first live DVD, "At Your Service", in 2015, has just wrapped up sessions for its first album of all-original material, according to Bonham.
"On Father's Day, I was on tour and I went into the studio, 'cause [Sammy] sent me a new song that he wanted to add to the album," Bonhem tells Sonic Perspectives. "So I went in on Father's Day and recorded drums in upstate New York. But it was great, 'cause I found a great new studio which I'd love to go back to. So it was fun to go do. So I had a day off [from my North American tour with Foreigner and Whitesnake], did that. And literally I got the mix back from [Sammy] yesterday."
The drummer describes the record is a "concept kind of album" that needs to be listened to "in a specific order, which kind of tells the story", adding that Hagar has "been really inspired as of late, and I think it's gonna be some of his best stuff. It's definitely diverse. As I said, when you listen to it in the order… It's gonna be an incredible.
"What he wanted to do was do something very different than he's ever done, which is send you on a journey, like the old days when you put on an album, you listened to it from start to finish instead of just a song - where the placement of each [song] is vital for it to make sense."
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The Rolling Stones have released a video of their performance of Honky Tonk Women from 1999. You can watch the video below:
The clip has been selected from the band’s latest From The Vault release titled No Security: San Jose ’99. The DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD and 3LP launched on Friday and captures the Stones as they toured the US on the back of their Bridges To Babylon album.
A statement reads: “No Security captures a stand-out Stones show, with the band on searing form during the closing leg of their American tour in San Jose.
“The setlist spans from the mid-60s hit singles to the Bridges To Babylon album, including a bluesy, dramatic version of Midnight Rambler, a dark and swaggering Out Of Control and the rarely performed live Some Girls and Saint Of Me.
“The show was an electrifying, anthem-packed, cross generational hot ticket, concluding yet another chapter from the band that wrote the book on rock‘n’roll.”
No Security: San Jose ’99 is now available to buy.
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Last month, Gene Simmons revealed that a three-year long KISS tour is set to launch in January. Now, in a recent interview, he addressed whether any former members of the band would be taking part in the shows, saying that the subject has been discussed, though no plans have been set in stone.
"We talked about it. But we have not decided anything," Simmons tells Imperiumi. "The problem is if you bring out a special guest, they come on without makeup. They do. We have not really gotten that far. You can not put on the makeup. You've been out of the band 20 years. It's not going to happen. And it's a difficult question because if we did bring anybody who was in the band, they could not put on the makeup."
Simmons has been on the road as part of the celebration of his 50 years in rock and roll where he does meet and greets and delivers his 150 track box set The Vault to fans who have purchased the collection. At designated locations, buyers of the set receive a pre-pack and join a small group of other fans for “Songs and Stories” from The Vault and a Q&A with Simmons.
Original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have taken part in recent Vault events; even long estranged guitarist Vinnie Vincent has joined the Demon in the intimate setting. Simmons has also co-written two songs for the next Frehley solo album.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the band had filed for a trademark to the title "End of the Road," which led many to speculate there would be a pending announcement of a KISS farewell tour. Last month however, guitarist Paul Stanley said that wasn't the case, and that it was simply a preemptive move.
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In a recent interview with Über Röck TV, Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO) was asked what it feels like to be considered to be the one of the best rock drummers in the world by so many people. "I prefer the word 'favorite,'" he responded (see video below). "I don't think there's such a thing as a 'best' drummer.
"Anytime I see these polls or whatever, it's flattering to be winning them and everything, but music isn't a sport or competition," he continued. "So I prefer the word 'favorite.' It's nice when somebody says that you're their 'favorite' drummer. Okay, that's okay, 'cause it's subjective. In any case, it's flattering. I don't think I'm the 'best' — I know I'm not the best — but it's nice to be a favorite."
Pressed to name his favorite drummer, Mike said: "I don't have one; I have several. I mean, some of my heroes are John Bonham, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Ringo Starr, Terry Bozzio, Bill Bruford… The list goes on and on and on."
Mike is currently touring Europe with SONS OF APOLLO in which he is joined by former DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian, as well as guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., TALISMAN).
SONS OF APOLLO's debut album, "Psychotic Symphony", was released last October by InsideOut Music.
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MyNewsLA.com is reporting that a judge has ordered that Scott Weiland’s estate pay $4,000 a month to the children of the late rock star, who died in 2015.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Juarez on Monday granted a petition for a family allowance filed by Mary Weiland, the singer’s first wife and the mother of their boy, now 17 years old, and their girl, who is currently 15. Each child will received the allowance until he or she turns 18. They each also will no longer receive payments if they die, become legally “emancipated” or the estate is terminated.
Court documents filed by Mary Weiland’s attorney state that the Weiland estate has a value of about $1.6 million with an average annual royalties income of almost $265,000.
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KID ROCK, Tesla, Bret Michaels, Kansas, Joan Jett, Fuel and More Set for July 19-21 at MOONDANCE JAM
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Moondance Jam is gearing up for its annual rock and classic festival at the Moondance Fairgrounds near Walker, MN next week. This year’s Jam will be highlighted by rock, rap and country superstar, Kid Rock. The Detroit native will be going on early at 9 p.m. on Friday night for an extended show that promises to maximize the Moondance Jam main stage with a full set of lights, effects and stage props. Nineties rockers Fuel, seventies glam band The Sweet and the more modern rock band, Saliva, round out the night. Thursday and Saturday nights hit heavy on the seventies and eighties with Poison front man, Bret Michaels, Tesla, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kansas, Ace Frehley, Jackyl, Lita Ford, and KIX along with Minneapolis bands GB Leighton and Crow.
Moondance owner and promoter Kathy Bieloh said that she is expecting a huge turnout this year, “Ticket sales have been very steady. It’s looking like it will be our biggest three-day turnout in the last five years. All of our reserved and electrical camping is sold out, VIP and Rockstar tickets are sold out. But we still have plenty of general admission and general camping available. And Jammers know that if you get out into the concert area early, you can always get up front for the shows you want to see.”
For fans that purchase three-day festival tickets, there is a free Pre Jam Party on Wednesday night that has become a concert experience on its own with four shows in the Saloon, three mainstage shows and fans encouraged to dress up retro style celebrating their favorite era of rock ‘n’ roll. This year’s Pre Jam will kick off with Moondance house band Mountain Ash, followed by Def Leggend: The World’s Greatest Tribute to Def Leppard and then capped off by the band that brought the Pre Jam Party to the main stage, Hairball. Festival goers who purchased three-day camping can upgrade to four-day camping at the gate if they want take part in the Pre Jam Party.
Kathy noted that there’s always more traffic when the gates open Thursday, “Plus with Kid Rock, we know Friday will be busy this year, so Wednesday’s early camping is perfect for jammers that want to get setup early and really take in the whole Moondance experience. Wednesday night is just a blast with everyone excited for the start of the Jam. I love seeing everyone dressed up and hearing all of the jammers greeting each other with a big ‘Happy Moondance!’ in the campgrounds and concert area.”
Tickets and camping can still be purchased in advance through Monday, July 16 at $15-$20 off of the gate price either online at www.moondancejam.com or by calling 218-836-1055. General Admission tickets, general camping and four-day camping upgrades will be available at the gate.
Tickets, Camping and Concert Gate Times
Concert gates open at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and at noon on Thursday through Saturday. The VIP tent will open Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. for early check-in and the Pre Jam Party with free beer, pop/water and discount cash bar. VIP check-in starts at noon Thursday through Saturday.
Early camping check-in on Wednesday runs from Noon until 9:00 p.m. Even if campers didn't originally purchase 4-day camping, they can show up a day early and upgrade at the gate. Check-in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday runs from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Campers should not show up at the gates before the check-in time – they will not be allowed to wait on the highway. If campers are checking in late, they must be at the gates (#1, #5 & #6) no later than 9:00 p.m.
Location, Parking, Moondance Shuttles
Moondance Jam is held on the 300 acre Moondance Fairgrounds 6 ½ miles southeast of Walker, MN on HWY 200. There is $15/day parking available at the Moondance Fairgrounds parking lot just off of HWY 200 and $5/day motorcycle parking near the East concert gate (accessible through gate #1). Northern Lights Casino offers paid parking in their lot 2.5 miles west of Moondance. Moondance Jam provides a free shuttle service that runs to and from 2:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Special needs accessible parking is available on the south side of the concert area.
Private Party Buses, Limos and Private Shuttles
Private party buses, limos and private shuttles need to contact Moondance in advance at [email protected] for special loading and unloading instructions and times.
Festival Seating for General Admission and Organized Lawn Chair Seating
Moondance Jam began as classic rock festival with open festival seating for all general admission ticket holders and continues that tradition today over two decades later. All ticket holders at Moondance have equal opportunity to get up to the front of the stage or sit back on the lawn seating area. Concert goers who wish to "reserve" a spot on the lawn by bringing in a lawn chair need to purchase a chair tag. Lawn chair seating spots are taken on a daily first-come-first-served basis allowing lawn chair tag holders a reserved spot as well as access to the pit in front of the stage for their favorite shows. Accessible seating is available in the concert area with gate personnel and security available for on-hand assistance.
Side Stages, Bars and Other Events at Moondance Jam in 2018
Moondance has four different bars with various specials throughout the Jam. The Lazy Moon Bar & Grill features a full food and bar menu, a breakfast buffet and bloody mary bar in the morning, off sale beer and liquor throughout the festival and acoustic entertainment all day. The Lazy Moon will be the starting point for a Yahtzee Pub Crawl on Wednesday from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. and again on Thursday from noon - 5 p.m. with prizes for the top finishers.
Billy B's bar on the hill is open daily and has a ton of fun events for fans at noon before the shows like Redneck Olympics on Friday, Bean Bag Toss tourneys on Friday and Saturday, and a huge Beer Pong tourney on Saturday with prizes for winners. Plus, there will be free beer & wine tasting by Harvest Moon Festival on Friday and Traveling Art Pub in the Saloon nearby on Friday and Saturday. Billy B’s bar was built in memory of Moondance founder Bill Bieloh.
The MDJ Saloon and outdoor Tiki Bar (just outside the Lazy Moon Bar & Grill) will feature some of the biggest regional and tribute bands from the upper Midwest. Listen to tribute bands covering The Beatles, Bad Company, Chicago, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, along with bands covering even more fan favorites throughout each afternoon and evening between main stage shows.
The annual camping contest takes place on Thursday and Friday in the campgrounds. The 2018 theme is “Nothin’ but a Good Time” with pre-registration required online.
Details for all of these fan events can be found at moondancejam.com or on the Moondance Jam Facebook events page. Winners of the fan events can win backstage passes, ticket for Moondance Jam next year along with other fun prizes.
Main Stage Schedule
Wednesday, July 18 Pre Jam Party (free for all 3-day ticket holders)
10:30 p.m. – Hairball: A Bombastic Celebration of Arena Rock
9:00 p.m. – Def Leggend: The World’s Greatest Tribute to Def Leppard
7:30 p.m. - Mountain Ash
Thursday, July 19
11:00 p.m. – Bret Michaels
9:00 p.m. – Kansas
7:00 p.m. – Ace Frehley
5:00 p.m. – Lita Ford
3:00 p.m. – Crow
Friday, July 20
9:00 p.m. – Kid Rock
7:00 p.m. – Fuel
5:00 p.m. – The Sweet
3:00 p.m. – Saliva
Saturday, July 22
11:00 p.m. – Tesla
9:00 p.m. – Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers
7:00 p.m. – Jackyl
5:00 p.m. – KIX
3:00 p.m. – GB Leighton
*Schedule and lineup are subject to change without notice.
Side stage schedules and additional information can be found online at www.moondancejam.com.