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The Darkness Reveal 'Pinewood Smile' Album Details, Unleash 'All the Pretty Girls' Song

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)


The Darkness are back and ready to blow up your speakers again. The band has titled their fifth full-length album Pinewood Smile and they’ve provided fans with some new music to check out in the form or a track called “All the Pretty Girls.”

 

With a high pitched distortion followed by Justin Hawkins‘ wail and the addition of drums and guitars, the track sets off through an upbeat and catchy journey. There’s a few muscular licks in there, with Hawkins occasionally showing off his falsetto and throwing in a few barks for good measure. Check out the song in the player.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_QqAb47tYQ

 

As for Pinewood Smile, the album now carries an Oct. 6 street date through Cooking Vinyl. Speaking about why music fans should care about the Darkness, Hawkins says, “Because if you don’t, we’re f–ked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns.’ We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a s–t about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE… give a s–t about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons… Oh wait!”


The album also features such choice tracks as “Buccaneers of Hispaniola,” the expletive-laden “Southern Trains,” the emotional “Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry?,” the anthemic “Japanese Prisoner of Love” and the raucous “Solid Gold.” See the full track listing below.


If you dig what you hear on “All the Pretty Girls” and want to go all in on the album, you can pre-order the disc via the platform of your choosing here. The song “All the Pretty Girls” will be made available as an instant-grat download for those who do pre-order.


The group also has a new documentary on their comeback in progress. To learn more about the film, which is due in 2018, and learn how you can help fund it, head to the band’s Indiegogo campaign page. Look for The Darkness returning to the road in late fall, with dates in October, November and December taking place in Europe. See all their scheduled shows listed here.

 

The Darkness, Pinewood Smile Track Listing:


All the Pretty Girls

Buccaneers of Hispaniola

Solid Gold

Southern Trains

Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry?

Japanese Prisoner of Love

Lay Down With Me, Barbara

I Wish I Was in Heaven

Happiness

Stampede of Love


From: http://loudwire.com/the-darkness-pinewood-smile-album-details-all-the-pretty-girls-song/?trackback=tsmclip

RICHARD FORTUS Says 'Everyone Is Excited' About Possibility Of New Album From Reunited GUNS N' ROSES

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)


GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a new interview that he is looking forward to recording a studio album with the partially reunited classic lineup of the band. "Everyone is excited about it," he said. "There's a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined, and it's the most fun for me. There's so much excitement around it."

 

Since it began in April 2016, the tour has grossed $230 million and counting.

 

"It's bigger than anything I've ever experienced," Fortus said. "Doing multiple nights at a stadium is a mindfuck. It's hard to get your head around that level of craziness. Fans are just so rabid for it."

 

Fortus said in another interview that the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES — which features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Rose backed by Fortus, Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese — has begun "assembling ideas" for a new studio album.

 

Fortus, who joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2001 and became the band's longest-serving post-Slash guitarist, spoke about the possibility of new music from GN'R during an interview with the new "StageLeft" podcast.

 

He said: "We haven't started recording anything. I mean, when I say that, as far as in the studio, doing an album… We've been recording a lot of stuff, just ideas, sort of assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually tracking a new record."

 

Asked if he thinks a new GN'R album will happen, Fortus said: "Yeah, I do. It's sort of too good not to happen at this point — that's how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we're all sort of counting on it, and we're also planning on it."

 

Fortus was also full of praise for GUNS singer Axl Rose, saying that "the genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs from different parts and make them feel cohesive as a song. And I've never seen anybody able to do that in the same way."

 

A St. Louis native, Fortus got his big break when his band PALE DIVINE opened for THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS. This led to Fortus forming the band LOVE SPIT LOVE with PSYCHEDELIC FURS frontman Richard Butler and future GN'R drummer Frank Ferrer. In 2000, Fortus and Ferrer became touring members of the reformed PSYCHEDELIC FURS before Fortus hooked up with GUNS N' ROSES. Ferrer himself joined GN'R in 2006.

 

GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival.

 

From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/richard-fortus-says-everyone-is-excited-about-possibility-of-new-album-from-reunited-guns-n-roses.html#5vvB7Apum8X6Lp2Y.99

Foreigner Reunite With Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for the First Time Since 1980

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


The much-anticipated reunion of four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner took place at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, N.Y., tonight. Singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined Mick Jones and the band’s current lineup for a three-song encore.


The reunited former bandmates performed “Long, Long Way From Home,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Hot Blooded,” which is below. This marked the first time Jones, Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald had shared a stage since 1980.


“It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories,” Jones declared in a press statement, before dropping a not-so-subtle hint: “All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations.”

 

With the exception of two years in the early ’90s, Gramm had fronted the group from 1976 until 2003. The only other time he and Jones had performed together since then was when they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013 (although the duo reportedly resumed writing together a year later.)


Earlier this year, Gramm and Jones confirmed that a live reunion would happen at an undetermined date (or possibly more than one show) on their 40th anniversary tour.


McDonald and Greenwood were fired in 1980 after the release of the album Head Games. Original drummer Dennis Elliott, who did not participate in tonight’s reunion, left in 1991 following Unusual Heat. Bassist Ed Gagliardi, who left the lineup before Head Games, died in 2014.


Foreigner’s 40th-anniversary tour, which sees them sharing the stage with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, began last week in Syracuse, N.Y., and will continue through Sept. 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Wash. Interestingly enough, Bonham served as Foreigner’s drummer from 2004-08.

 

Current Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson tells Ultimate Classic Rock that the tour is going well so far. “One of the greatest things about touring, besides playing great music in front of enthusiastic crowds, is touring with fellow bands that inspire you and even better when they are friends,” he says. “That’s just what Foreigner found in our tour this year — great bands who also happen to be friends. Pulling up to the gig and seeing Jason Bonham soundchecking was like being in a time machine! It’s been nine years since Jason was in Foreigner, but suddenly it felt like a week at most! It was so great to see him.


“There’s something very special and indescribable about the bond that develops when you’re in a band with someone — and it was nice to see it’s all still there. And Jason’s band is incredible. They’ve taken the time and care to perform Zeppelin at a level where Zep was in their peak days. Plus, their bass player, Michael Devin, is a dear friend who joined the tour last minute. Then there’s Cheap Trick. They are, undoubtedly, one of the greatest live bands of all time. What a thrill and honor to have them on the bill with us. And of course it’s so ironic as they toured with Foreigner just around 40 years ago, so who better for us to share the stage with than someone who was also there in the beginning. Full circle, baby!”


Check out "Hot Blooded" here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NETd4ZQujUc


Check out "Long, Long Way From Home" and " I Want To Know What Love Is" here:

 

https://www.facebook.com/Foreigner/videos/10159183283040595/


From:http://ultimateclassicrock.com/foreigner-lou-gramm-2017-reunion/?trackback=tsmclip

KISS - SENECA NIAGARA RESORT & CASINO LAUNCHES SPECIALLY DESIGNED BAND POKER CHIPS

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


According to a report by Niagara This Week, the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino has launched a line of specially designed chips inanticipation of the KISS outdoor show there later this summer. There are five chips in total, one for each individual member of the band plus one featuring the entire group.

 

A new chip will be released each and will cost. The band chip will cost $25. One chip will be released each Friday leading up to KISS’ outdoor concert on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. The fifth and final chip will feature the entire band and sell for $25 There is a limit of 10 chips per customer.

 

The first in the series, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (The Spaceman) went on sale on July 21st.

 

“KISS and Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino both personify energy and excitement,” casino general manager Patrick Bassney said. “We know how much everyone is looking forward to KISS’ outdoor show next month. This collectible casino chip collection is a way for fans to celebrate what is sure to be a legendary performance.”


KOBRA AND THE LOTUS DEBUT "LIGHT ME UP" MUSIC VIDEO

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Canadian bashers Kobra And The Lotus have released a video for “Light Me Up”, featured on their new album, Prevail I. Watch the clip below.


Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, and featuring the soon to be classic songs “You Don’t Know” and “Light Me Up” that will undoubtedly usher the band to much deserved elevated hard rock status. Evolution is inevitable and Kobra And The Lotus have delivered their most powerful album to date, Prevail I, with Prevail II to complete the story in the not too distant future.

 

Tracklisting:

 

“Gotham”

“TriggerPulse”

“You Don’t Know”

“Specimen X (Mortal Chamber)”

“Light Me Up”

“Manifest Destiny”

“Victim”

“Check The Phyrg”

“Hell On Earth”

“Prevail”


KIX Guitarist RONNIE YOUNKINS Opens Up About His Drug Addiction: 'My Disease Has Gotten Worse'

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)


KIX guitarist Ronnie Younkins has opened up about his drug addiction, saying that his "disease had gotten worse" after he relapsed several years ago following two decades of sobriety.

 

Younkins missed a KIX concert in Pennsylvania in March when the rest of the group was unable to reach him. He was eventually found "not in great condition and very upset," according to TMZ. A month later, his bandmates revealed that he was "headed to a rehab facility" and promised that his spot in KIX would be "waiting for him" once he was ready to resume playing with the group.

 

While Younkins was in rehab, he took time out to join his KIX bandmates for a performance in early June at the Sweden Rock Festival, where he gave a wide-ranging interview to Metal Rules that also touched upon his continued battle against substance abuse.

 

Speaking about his current status, Ronnie said: "I'm living at a rehab now. I miss my daughter, and my son, and my home, but I've been there for almost two months now, and I'm going to move into a recovery home soon and stay there for a while."

 

Regarding the circumstances that led him to check himself back in to rehab, Ronnie said: "My disease has gotten worse. I had 21 years of sobriety at one point. Got sober and cleaned up in 1989, but I'd get on… A long story short, what led me back out was complacency in my program. I wasn't doing enough of my work for the AA program like I did in the early years. Then,I went on Hepatitis C treatment, or they should call it punishment, the old one that has many side effects, in 2010. One of them being insomnia, and the doctor put me on Ambien, and it fucked me up. It's a sleep drug, and I got hooked on it, and then I wasn't working the program, like with my mom's death — I worked through that at ten years sober. I worked through that with my sponsor. [My] dad died, like, in 2012. Some other shit had happened, and I worked through [it], and some serious things happened.

 

"We all have issues," he continued. "We all have shit happen in our lives and, you know, I worked through them in the program, but my when my father died, and I was complacent in the program, and I was already high on this fucking Ambien. I said, 'Fuck it.' And, I went out, and I started doing heroin and cocaine again within a month after my dad's death, and it's been nothing but downhill since. I've been through two rehabs, [in] 2014 [and] 2015."

 

Drug and alcohol rehab statistics show that the percentage of people who will relapse after rehab and even a period of some recovery ranges from 50% to 90%.

 

Most people do not manage to quit their addiction with their first attempt. They may try and fail a number of times before they manage to secure lasting sobriety.


"My disease… The disease of alcoholism and drug addiction keeps progressing even while you're sober and clean," Ronnie said. "So, now it's even… It got even worse than it was back when I was 31. I went to a great rehabilitation when I was 32, and I only spent 30 days there, and I got it. Well, I didn't get it, you never get this, but I understood what I had to do. Let me clarify that. I took all suggestions, and I applied them in my life on a daily basis for 21 years, but once I started putting other things in front of that program and when I was on this Hep C treatment, I had all these side effects, crazy side effects. My teeth rotted out, I got freaking rashes all over my face, cramps, and it fucking made me feel like I had the flu for 11 months, my fucking hair fell out, all kinds of crazy shit, but I couldn't sleep. That was the worst part. So, they put me on this Ambien. I don't think they knew how dangerous that drug is, and it lit me up. I mean, I knew I was high. I was going to meetings. I used to [sit] in the back going, 'Fuck, I relapsed.' So, then I… This is the disease talking to me going, 'Hey man, you can't go back and say you relapsed on Ambien. Let's do this right and go get some heroin, some cocaine, and some marijuana and fucking go off to the races.' And, then when my wife found out and I went to rehab… She had a little bit of money we had left, and then I hadn't been drinking, and I'm not minimizing or maximizing, that's just a fact that once she gave me $30, $20 a week, I was off to the liquor store and I became fall-down drunk within six months. That's how I noticed the disease had gotten worse — blackouts, shakes, DTs [delirium tremens], all kinds of craziness."

 

For addicts that fall back into drug use, there is no guarantee that they will ever be able to stop again; their relapse may turn out to be a death sentence.

 

Over time, the life of the addict tends to deteriorate. This means that when people relapse, they may be going back to a life that is even worse than before.

 

"I can see the progress on of the drug use, how bad it got," Ronnie said. "I honestly can tell you that it got bad. It was nightmarish. So, I'm grateful to be sober and clean, and I've got… I'm not even counting the days, but I've been in the rehab, but it will be about like two months in a couple of weeks or something. So, I've just been there since the middle of April, and now in a couple of weeks, I'm going to go to a recovery house."

 

Younkins added that he was "grateful" to his bandmates for standing by him through all his problems. "I thought about it when I was playing [at Sweden Rock] today, like, 'Fuck! I mean, I'm here playing with this band, and I'm not dead, and I'm not high, and I'm not drunk, and these guys let me come over here to play.'

 

"I love those guys in the band," he said. "They've been my brothers, all of them, and [KIX guitarist [Brian's [Forsythe] been a big help, because he's in the program as well, and yeah… So, I just want to get my shit together once and for all on a daily basis."

 

Last October, KIX released the "Can't Stop The Show: The Return Of Kix" two-disc DVD/CD set via Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film was an in-depth look into KIX's decision to record their first new album, 2014's "Rock Your Face Off", in almost twenty years.


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kix-guitarist-ronnie-younkins-opens-up-about-his-drug-addiction-my-disease-has-gotten-worse.html#LCAPlzx6k83khvEu.99

Guns N' Roses A&R Man Tom Zutaut Looks Back on the Making of 'Appetite for Destruction'

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Before they became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, Guns N’ Roses were just another struggling act — until Geffen A&R exec Tom Zutaut heard something special, fought to sign them and kept on fighting until their debut Appetite for Destruction LP became a hit.


As hardcore GNR fans are aware, Zutaut doesn’t give many interviews, but he made an exception for LA Weekly in a new wide-ranging discussion that looks back on Appetite for its 30th anniversary. And while the general outline of Zutaut’s role in the band’s rags-to-riches story is well known, his perspective all these years later makes for a fascinating read.


For those who aren’t well versed in GNR history — or simply don’t know how much time and money can go into a recording act long before its first album is released — Zutaut’s LA Weekly interview offers no shortage of insights, from his recollections of the 18 months spent working with the group on songwriting before they entered the studio to the very deliberate way they chose and arranged the Appetite for Destruction track listing so the group could “start off punk, to counter hair metal.”


None of it would have been possible without the credibility Zutaut had with label boss David Geffen, who granted his request to spend $75,000 signing the group even though he didn’t believe Zutaut’s prediction that GNR would be “bigger than Led Zeppelin.” So firm was Geffen’s belief that, as Zutaut tells it now, “he never heard the band until the record was released in July ’87, and even then, I don’t think he listened to a track until it went gold.”


That didn’t mean Guns N’ Roses were off Geffen’s radar — particularly after the album finally took off. “After it hit around 10 million in sales,” recalled Zutaut, “he called me and told me: ‘I thought you were out of your mind when you said they’d be the biggest rock band in the world … but you were right.'”


From stories like that to Zutaut’s account of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite tracking sessions and the battle to get the video for “Welcome to the Jungle” aired on MTV, the feature is never less than an interesting read. And although things ultimately ended badly between Zutaut and frontman Axl Rose, he’s still able to appreciate the career-launching hit he helped shepherd to completion. “This was the last great hard-rock record made entirely by hand,” he argued. “No computer assistance or automated faders. It’s a piece of imperfect art that will stand the test of time because it was made manually on a console. It captured lightning in a bottle.”

 

From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-zutaut-appetite-for-destruction/?trackback=tsmclip

DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE COMPREHENSIVE NEW ANTHOLOGY, A FIRE IN THE SKY, IN SEPTEMBER; CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH ALICE COOPER LAUNCHES ON AUGUST 12TH

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Deep Purple stands alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as part of the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. The list of the band's classic songs is legion, and the influence it's had on successive generations of musicians is both enduring and remarkable. Rhino will celebrate Deep Purple's history with three definitive collections.

 

A Fire In The Sky will be available as a single CD and a three-CD set on September 8th in North America with an international release following later in the year. A three-LP version will also be available on November 3rd. Each version includes a selection of songs chosen from the 19 studio albums that Deep Purple recorded between 1968 and 2013.

 

The single-disc version of A Fire In The Sky features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band's singles. The heavy hitters are here of course - "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" - but so are gems like "Perfect Strangers," the title track from the band's platinum-certified album from 1984, as well as "Hell To Pay," from 2013's Now What?!.

 

The three-disc version of A Fire In The Sky dives even deeper into Purple's past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through Now What?!. It also provides the ultimate showcase for the group's various incarnations through the years. To date, more than a dozen musicians have appeared on a Deep Purple album.

 

Among the set's many highlights are: the title track from 2005's Rapture Of The Deep; "King Of Dreams" from 1990's Slaves And Masters; "Bad Attitude" from 1987's The House Of Blue Light; "You Keep Me Moving" from 1975's Come Taste The Band; and "Hush" from the group's 1968 debut, Shades Of Deep Purple. This expanded version also features Kevin Shirley's 2010 remix of "Dealer," and the 2012 stereo mix for an early version of "The Bird Has Flown."

 

A Fire In The Sky will also be available as a three-LP set that includes 27 songs. Among the highlights are the single edit version of "Woman From Tokyo," the US single edit for "Burn," and the radio edit of "Bad Attitude."

 

Earlier this year, Deep Purple released their 20th studio album Infinite and as announced a co-headlining North American tour with Alice Cooper. The trek kicks off on August 12th in Las Vegas and the full itinerary can be found below.

 

In 2016, past and present members of Purple (being Blackmore, Coverdale, Evans, Gillan, Glover, Hughes, Lord and Paice) were finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame; it was long-overdue recognition of all they’d achieved in a near half-century career. But in truth this was merely affirmation for what millions already knew. Deep Purple have sold over 100 million records, were once acknowledged by the Guinness Book Of Records as the loudest band on the planet (for a show at the Rainbow in London during 1972).

 

A Fire In The Sky - Single Disc tracklisting:

 

"Hell To Pay" (Radio Edit)

"Rapture Of The Deep"

"Sun Goes Down"

"Any Fule Kno That"

"Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" (Edit)

"Bad Attitude" (Radio Edit)

"Knocking At Your Back Door" (Single Edit)

"Perfect Strangers" (Single Edit)

"You Keep On Moving" (Single Edit)

"Soldier Of Fortune"

"Burn" (US Single Edit)

"Woman From Tokyo" (Single Edit)

"Highway Star" (US Single Edit)

"Smoke On The Water" (US Single Edit)

"Fireball"

"Strange Kind Of Woman"

"Child In Time (Part 1)"

"Speed King" (US Album Edit)

"Black Night"

"Hush"

 

A Fire In The Sky - Three Disc tracklisting:

 

Disc One


"Hell To Pay"

"Vincent Price"

"Wrong Man"

"Rapture Of The Deep"

"Sun Goes Down"

"Any Fule Kno That"

"Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming"

"Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic"

"The Battle Rages On"

"King Of Dreams"

"Call Of The Wild"

"Bad Attitude"

"Knocking At Your Back Door"

"Perfect Strangers"

 

Disc Two


"You Keep On Moving"

"Dealer" (2010 Kevin Shirley Remix)

"Stormbringer"

"Soldier Of Fortune"

"Mistreated"

"Might Just Take Your Life"

"Burn"

"Rat Bat Blue"

"Woman From Tokyo"

"Space Truckin'"

"Smoke On The Water"

"When A Blind Man Cries"

 

Disc Three


"Highway Star"

"Demon's Eye"

"Fireball"

"Strange Kind Of Woman"

"Child In Time"

"Speed King" (US Album Edit)

"Black Night"

"Hallelujah"

"Emmaretta" (2012 Stereo Mix)

"The Bird Has Flown" (Early Version - 2012 Stereo Mix)

"Wring That Neck" (aka "Hard Road")

"Kentucky Woman"

"Mandrake Root"

"Hush"

 

A Fire In The Sky - Three LP tracklisting:

 

Side One


"Hell To Pay" (Radio Edit)

"Vincent Price"

"Rapture Of The Deep"

"Sun Goes Down"

"Any Fule Kno That"

 

Side Two


"Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming"

"The Battle Rages On"

"Bad Attitude" (Radio Edit)

"Perfect Strangers"

 

Side Three


"You Keep On Moving" (Single Edit)

"Soldier Of Fortune"

"Stormbringer"

"Burn" (US Single Edit)

"Might Just Take Your Life"

"Woman From Tokyo" (Single Edit)

 

Side Four


"Highway Star"

"Smoke On The Water"

"Demon's Eye"

"Fireball"

 

Side Five


"Strange Kind Of Woman"

"Speed King" (US Album Edit)

"Child In Time"

"Black Night"

 

Side Six


"Kentucky Woman"

"Wring That Neck" (aka "Hard Road")

"Mandrake Root"

"Hush"

 

Tour dates with Alice Cooper:

 

August


12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

15 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion

16 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater

18 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

19 - Dallas, TX - Starplex Pavilion

21 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre

23 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live

24 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion

26 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Theater

27 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center

28 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

30 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center

 

September


1 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion

2 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage

3 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

6 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

8 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

9 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center

10 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center


Why Donald Trump's Newest White House Hire Has Everybody Googling Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Yesterday, President Donald Trump appointed hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House director of communications. The similarity of his surname to the word “scaramouch” resulted in a massive spike in people trying to decipher the middle section of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”


As USA Today reported, Merriam-Webster noticed that searches for a definition of “scaramouch” rose 8,185 percent in the aftermath of the White House announcing Scaramucci’s hire. The dictionary defined the word as “a stock character in the Italian commedia dell’arte that burlesques the Spanish don and is characterized by boastfulness and cowardliness” and acknowledged that the scaramouch’s role is to beaten by the Harlequin. They also acknowledged that the word has evolved to refer to “a cowardly buffoon” or “rascal.”


They continued with a nod to Queen’s hit, saying, “Despite the energetic physical nature of the comedy of Harlequin and Scaramouch, there is no evidence that they performed the Spanish dance known as the fandango.”

 

Coincidentally, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been in the news recently for a different reason. It’s expected that it will serve as the title for the long-awaited biopic about the life of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. It was recently announced that Bryan Singer, famous for the X-Men franchise, will direct and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) will star in the lead role.

 

From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/anthony-scaramucci-bohemian-rhapsody/?trackback=tsmclip

FORMER VAN HALEN MANAGER NOEL MONK TALKS RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL BOOK - "YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE A BEATING SOMETIMES TO GET YOUR MONEY"

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Noel Monk, the manager who shepherded Van Halen from obscurity to rock stardom goes behind the scenes to tell the complete, unadulterated story of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and the legendary band that changed rock music in his book Runnin' With The Devil: A Backstage Pass To The Wild Times, Loud Rock, And The Down And Dirty Truth Behind The Making Of Van Halen. Monk is featured in a new story published by Forbes.com. An excerpt is available below:

 

If a book about the world's most hard-partying band can have a truly heartbreaking moment, Runnin' With The Devil's takes place in the middle of their 1984 tour. Van Halen is at the height of it success, with a monster album (also called 1984) and the singles "Jump" and "Panama" receiving enormous airplay on radio and MTV. Years ago as kids, playing in those Pasadena backyards, they agreed to be true partners, sharing all the income equally. Now playing to sold out stadiums, that arrangement no longer suited everyone. David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen wrote the band's songs, and drummer Alex Van Halen had the protection of his brother Eddie — which left bass player Michael Anthony to take the blow. He was asked to give up his royalties, not just moving forward, but pre-dated to before the release of the current album. "In all my years in the business, it was the most disgusting thing I ever saw," says Monk, still filled with revulsion, as though it happened yesterday. "They didn't just cut him out, they did it in the middle of one of their biggest records. He was the nicest guy in the world and they didn't even let him get the benefit of that album. He lost millions. MILLIONS. My stomach turned flips."

 

After that tour, Monk's own time with Van Halen came to a close. For all his hard work in making the band money, the one person he had neglected to protect was himself — for 7 years he had managed the band on a month-to-month contract. "They got greedy. 'Let's get rid of Noel and we'll get 20% more,'" says Monk. "They even did a line audit for all 7 years, and to rub my nose in it they made me pay for my share of that. Not a penny was out of place." Soon after, David Lee Roth left the band and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, but for Monk, the original lineup remains the one true band. "If you take away Eddie, Dave is not Van Halen. If you take away Dave, Eddie is not Van Halen." Monk hasn't spoken to any of the group members since leaving, but is now able to enjoy the music and remember the good times. "We drove on buses for thousands of miles, you can't do that and not get along. I loved Eddie. He was my closest relationship in the band. He was incredibly naive, but he was brilliant." I reminded Monk that an intoxicated Eddie had once shoved him across a slippery dressing room floor into a door knob, which required a hospital visit. "So I got some stitches, big deal," says Monk. "I've been shot at by bootleggers. So Eddie pushed me and I slid. You've got to take a beating sometimes to get your money."

 

Go to this location for the complete story.


JOE LYNN TURNER Finally Has 'True Love' In His Life

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Chris's Juicebar recently conducted an interview with legendary hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excepts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

 

On his motto in life:

 

Joe: "You put me on the spot with that one. I used to think I had a motto. You caught me with that one. I guess it would… just try to be yourself. Try to open up. Try to love everyone and love yourself, because I think most hatred in the world comes from people not loving themselves. And my father, thank God, he always told me, he said: 'Know where you come from, know where you're going.' He goes, 'Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds and be yourself.' And if I said, 'Well, I don't know who I am,' [he'd say], 'You'll find out, my son, so be yourself, no matter what they say.'

 

"I don't know. It's difficult to have one motto, because the mantra changes, and at time you need a different mantra, and then you must operate under that mantra as well. So I wouldn't tell anybody that you can only have one thing. You must find the love. It's all about love; it's what it is. If you can just open yourself, become vulnerable to people and not be afraid, you'll find that not only will they love you, but you might love you too, you might love yourself. And I think that can change the world."

 

On his most valuable personal experience and memory:

 

Joe: "What a great question. I think finding true love. I think that was it. It just completely gave me a second chance on life. I mean, I can think of… all the fame and fortune and all the things… Nah! None of it means anything without this. So I think it's true love — finally having true love in my life, and knowing it, the beauty of it and all. Because I had never really known it. I'd write about it, I'd sing about it, I'd scream about, but having it…. Oh! How blessed. Incredible. I think that's it. That's gotta be it."

 

Turner is reportedly married to Maya Kozyreva, a lawyer from Minsk, the capital of Belarus. "She is my greatest asset in life. She's my angel," he told Guitar World in 2012.

 

Joe was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album "Difficult To Cure", which featured the band's most successful U.K. single, "I Surrender".

 

During Turner's time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.

 

1990 saw reunited Turner with RAINBOW leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DEEP PURPLE for the "Slaves And Masters" album.


Check out the interview here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05L27JpKPM


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/joe-lynn-turner-finally-has-true-love-in-his-life.html#WtFfhoVTCFcQfAJ6.99

GLENN HUGHES Says BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Is 'Hoping To Do Some Shows' In Support Of New Album

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Glenn Hughes spoke to Promoportal-Germany about BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's much-anticipated fourth album, which is tentatively due this fall.

 

The supergroup, which features Hughes alongside drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, recorded the follow-up to 2012's "Afterglow" at a Hollywood, California studio after a near-four-year split that was caused by tensions between Bonamassa and Hughes.

 

Speaking about how he reconnected with his BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION bandmates, Hughes said: "The beautiful thing is when we kind of separated four years ago, we knew we were coming back, we knew we would have a reunion. So, a year ago, I was getting inducted into the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame with DEEP PURPLE, and Joe called me to congratulate me and ask when I would be coming back to Los Angeles, where I live. And I said I'd be home on Wednesday, and we had dinner on Thursday, and we talked about getting the band back together to do another album."

 

Asked if BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION is planning on hitting the road in support of the upcoming disc, Hughes said: "We're gonna announce something soon. I'm not sure what's going on right now, because it's impossible to talk about it until it's planned. But we're hoping to do some shows. I would hope so. We really wanna play."

 

Hughes also talked about the chemistry between the BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION members, especially since all the musicians have had successful careers prior to launching the group.

 

"This band was meant to be," Glenn said. "It was formed out of a friendship with Joe and I. We got the [other] guys to come in, and it's always been a strong brotherhood. And we're just very lucky and fortunate to have met. I've known Jason since he was [a kid]. I just think that these four guys in this band are the right guys to play in the band."

 

Helming the new BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION album once again is Kevin Shirley, a man known for his production work with artists such as IRON MAIDEN, JOURNEY and Bonamassa. Shirley has worked closely with Joe on every album that the guitarist has recorded since 2006's "You & Me", a period of time that has seen the artist's success and popularity grow massively.

 

Hughes previously told Icon Vs. Icon that the the new BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION material would sound like "a combination of [the first] three albums. It will sound like BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION. When you hear the first few bars of the song, you will know it's us! We are not making any severe left turns or opening up any new doors of trying to do something that is different from the way we started. We are very focused on what we should do. We are making a rock album for rock fans. We're not making anything different than pure rock music in the tradition of what BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION set out to do in 2010."


Check out the interview here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Dn_hOhjNg


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/glenn-hughes-says-black-country-communion-is-hoping-to-do-some-shows-in-support-of-new-album.html#WCT9UhWDZugyxEus.99

Iron Maiden Write Brooklyn Chapter of 'The Book of Souls' With Sold Out Show

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


In early 2015, Iron Maiden fans learned that Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with two cancerous tumors on his tongue and many had feared that his performing days were in jeopardy. Fast forward one brilliant double album and 116 shows into the tour behind The Book of Souls and not only are the singer and the rest of Maiden doing fine, they’re still bringing the same youthful intensity and electric performances that built their reputation as one of the world’s top live acts back in metal’s ’80s heyday.


Their sold out Friday night show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was supposed to mark the final night of their world tour, which once again saw them jetting around the globe in a custom-rigged jumbo jet adorned with Maiden iconography and the menacing new Eddie visage. With an overwhelming demand for tickets, a second show was added the following night due with the back-to-back gigs being one giant celebration in the New York hotbed. Add in the masked Swedish Satanic clergymen of Ghost and it’s easily one of the most sought after tickets this year.


Kicking off the weekend on Friday, fans filed in from the streets and emerged from the subterranean sweat dungeons of the subway, decked out in various Iron Maiden shirts. It’s the one show you’re allowed to forego the cardinal sin of wearing a shirt of the band you’re going to see and hundreds were sporting shirts they had already snagged on previous dates on the tour. As Dickinson would point out later in the night, those in attendance ranged from South America to Norway and Sweden, flying in from every pocket of the world to see Eddie and the Boys tear through a 15 song set.


Before the rush of elation washed over the crowd as Maiden’s perennial intro tape of UFO’s “Doctor Doctor” resonated through the speaker stacks, Ghost stepped under the lights, onto the stage and in front of a highly-decorated triptych backdrop which bore visual representations of their iconoclastic themes. Opening with the ever-catchy “Square Hammer,” the Nameless Ghouls of the Swedish troupe prowled the stage, leaping off mounts, instantly winning over any in attendance who had doubted the band or were unfamiliar with their music.


Opening for Iron Maiden is often double-edged as it is a dream to share the stage with the British legends, but poses many challenges as bands have often attested to. Simply put, the fans are there for one band. Ghost managed to overcome this, having experienced tremendous success on their rise to international stardom, thanks to more subversive offerings like “Ritual,” the Grammy-winning “Cirice” and the crowd-contributing set closer, “Monstrance Clock,” and were received with an overwhelming applause. They’d even get a nod from Dickinson, who later encouraged the crowd to give it up for the group.


The familiar notes of “Doctor Doctor” finally rang out and the crowd erupted, singing along with raised fists and horns. After two LED screens bookending the stage played a video clip of Eddie running through the Mayan jungle, Dickinson appeared behind a smoking cauldron, belting out “Here is the soul of a man,” the opening line from “If Eternity Should Fail.” The black curtain cleared, revealing a Mayan temple backdrop and the sold out venue nearly drowned out the singer as they passionately shouted every word.


Janick Gers was seen twirling his guitar, doing near splits to plant his leg on top of an angled speaker on the corner of the stage, Steve Harris gunned down the fans in the front with his signature stage move, Adrian Smith‘s power stance kept things grounded, Dave Murray’s guitar was pointed in the air and Dickinson leapt across the stage, spinning his mic stand, tossing it around with precision and seasoned perfection. After “Speed of Light,” Maiden dipped back to ’81 for the quick-strike of “Wrathchild” and Bruce tipped the mic stand over ever so gently, waving his hand, motioning for the stand to fall toward him at his command.


After a lengthy spiel about parental sex, Dickinson asked the crowd if they had been born in 1983 or ’84, raising the prospect that they could have been conceived to the opening moments of a The Number of the Beast fan favorite, calling them all “Children of the Damned.” While he’ll be 59 in August, Dickinson challenged his 23-year-old self on the song, opening up the high end of his voice with an impressive closing note.


The set mostly alternated two new tracks with two classic ones and it was time to open more chapters from The Book of Souls. Dickinson donned a monkey mask for the hard-charging “Death or Glory,” adoringly embracing the “climb like a monkey” lyric and even draped his black hoodie (which he was somehow still wearing this far into the set) over Janick’s head during the Harris-penned, melody-driven “The Red and the Black.”


Dickinson only took a couple breaks to address the crowd and noted that this was just the second time Maiden had played in Brooklyn, the first being at L’Amour back in their club days. Commenting on how much he enjoyed the vibe of the Barclays Center, he did attribute part of the otherworldly energy of the show to the crowd, who, for once, seemed to rival the standard ferocity of European fans.


The backdrop once again switched out, now revealing the next song: “The Trooper.” As always, Dickinson came out waving a British flag in his battlefield jacket, mirror Eddie on the backdrop behind him. It was more wardrobe changes as he then appeared in a Lucha Libre mask for the Powerslave title track, catching some fans by surprise as they had thought the band shelved the song following the ‘Somewhere Back in Time’ tour in 2008 and ’09.


Maiden tested fans by drawing out the intro and outro of “The Great Unknown,” which was one of the more challenging songs in the set for the veteran singer and also one of the band’s heaviest. Dickinson then explained it was time for the reason they brought everything seen onstage, which had tattered cloth hanging down from the rafters on the side of the stage and temple walls and platforms, which were etched with various cryptic designs.


Yes, “The Book of Souls” was up next, walloping the sold out venue with its delightfully clunky, “Mother Russia”-esque riff, sliding into a roaring sheen of epic melody. During the lengthy instrumental break, a massive Mayan Eddie walked onstage with an axe, doing battle with Janick, who was avenged by Dickinson. Taunting Eddie, the singer lured him over to stage right, ripped his heart out and then sacrificed it to the smoking cauldron seen at the beginning of the show. With the ritual now complete, he wrung the heart dry of any remaining blood and tossed it into a sea of outstretched hands up front.


No Maiden set is complete without the haunting “Fear of the Dark,” which gathered the voice of every person in attendance as they followed the guitar line with the iconic “Whoa-oh-ohoh-oh-oh-ohoh…” chant. Following Harris’ lead during key points of the song, the standing room floor exploded, jumping in unison with the prized bassist. While this is typically the loudest the crowd gets, this audience was relentless and deafening for the duration of Maiden’s set, a far cry from the New Jersey fans we had witnessed around the opening of the North American leg in early June.


The iconic twin lead of “Iron Maiden” followed up and a hulking Mayan Eddie bust inflated behind Nicko McBrain‘s kit. Despite Eddie appearing at the set closer for decade upon decade, the trick is always fresh and one of the most anticipated moments of the set.


When the baphomet on stage left took its post, nearly 20,000 fans instantly put it together that “The Number of the Beast” would serve as the first song of the encore as they chanted “Maiden! Maiden!” instead of the dreadful “one more song” bit. Bruce unleashed the track’s signature high scream while Murray and Smith traded those memorable solos with hair-singing effect, and that’s not just because of the flames shooting out from the floor.


Speaking with the crowd one last time for the night, Dickinson addressed a bit of the current socio-political climate around the world as the divide seems to widen. Pointing out fans up front who had flown from various parts of the world, he condemned hating one another based upon skin color, creed, or anything else, stating that Maiden have never cared about any of that and are here to bring people together to have a good time and listen to music.


Exclaiming, “We are all blood brothers,” Maiden launched into the Brave New World song Harris had penned in honor of his late father. The Mayan Eddie head was positioned inside a hoop that was lined with lights that was suspended from the rafters with a starry sky background setting the stage for the song.


Ending on a lighthearted note, “Wasted Years” summoned the last bit of energy left at the Barclays Center and illuminated smiles were seen from the stage to the back of the venue. With another Maiden show in the books, Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” played out as fans emptied back out onto the streets, some anxiously awaiting to return the next night for round two… or five or ten depending on who you ask!


Iron Maiden got us all, no matter how far.


Iron Maiden Set List – July 20, 2017


01. “If Eternity Should Fail”

02. “Speed of Light”

03. “Wrathchild”

04. “Children of the Damned”

05. “Death or Glory”

06. “The Red and the Black”

07. “The Trooper”

08. “Powerslave”

09. “The Great Unknown”

10. “The Book of Souls”

11. “Fear of the Dark”

12. “Iron Maiden”


Encore


13. “The Number of the Beast”

14. “Blood Brothers”

15. “Wasted Years”

 

From: http://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-brooklyn-book-of-souls-show-photos-review/?trackback=tsmclip

Keith Richards Says 'It Wouldn't Take a Twist of the Arm' for the Rolling Stones to Make Another Blues Album

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones are about to head back into the studio to start recording their long-promised new album.


The band has been hinting at this new LP, its first record of original studio material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, for a while now. Plans were put on hold last year when the Stones released a covers album consisting of blues songs, Blue & Lonesome, that spontaneously came together during sessions for the next studio record.


Richards sat down for an installment of “Ask Keith Richards,” which you can watch below, and was asked: “Are you inspired to get back in the studio with the Stones and do some more recording?”


“Yes, we are — very, very shortly,” he replied. “Cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next. Blue & Lonesome caught us a little bit by surprise in that we figured it was something we had to do, but we didn’t expect the response.”


Richards pointed out that the positive response to the album leads to the question of the “inevitable volume two.” “I don’t think we’re going to sucker into that straight away,” he said. “But it wouldn’t take a twist of the arm to do some more of that. It’s such fun to record, and there’s plenty more where that came from.”


Blue & Lonesome, the Stones’ best-reviewed album since the ’80s, has revived the band, Richards added. He explained that they’re using it as a “boost to their energy” and that it’s encouraged their “viability” as they move forward.


In the meantime, the group is set to release a new book and companion DVD in September that collects its radio and TV performances from the ’60s. Rolling Stones on Air in the Sixties charts their rise from a letter sent to the BBC in 1963 to a decade-capping television special broadcast by the network in 1969.


Check out the video fro "Ask Keith Richards" here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwmxQcDopGw


From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/keith-richards-rolling-stones-another-blues-album/?trackback=tsmclip

Rockers React: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Dead at 41

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The music world has suffered yet another tragic loss as Linkin Park co-vocalist Chester Bennington was reported dead by suicide at the age of 41 Thursday afternoon (July 20).


It’s been reported that Bennington was discovered at a private residence in a Palos Verdes estate in Los Angeles County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9AM.


The news comes on what would have been Chris Cornell‘s 53rd birthday. Bennington was close with the Soundgarden singer who died after hanging himself earlier this year and also sang at Cornell’s funeral. It’s been reported that Bennington committed suicide by hanging as well.


Linkin Park just released a new album, One More Light, earlier this year, featuring the single “Heavy” which paired Bennington with pop vocalist Kiiara. Back in May, the band delivered a moving performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live shortly after Cornell’s passing.


As expected, the news has sent shockwaves through the music and entertainment world and a number of rockers have begun to express their sorrow and grief over the loss of another talented musician, a friend, a brother and a peer. Below is a sampling of the some of the social media outpouring and we’ll continue to update this post throughout the day.

 

Tom Morello: Rest in peace, Chester. So tragic. Bless you and your family.


Slash: An avalanche of emotions & feelings; sadness; anger; confusion; loss; heartbreak. I could go on.…

Lzzy Hale: I hope you find peace in the next life Chester @ChesterBe Life is hard,everyone battles demons.I want everyone here to know you are not alone RIP Chester. We lost another voice of a generation today. I'd like to remind everyone that…

Shinedown:  ... @TheBrentSmith On what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd Birthday... This is so unbelievably sad.  ....sending our thoughts , prayers and love .. To the Bennington and Linkin Park family ....

Nickelback: Depression doesn't care about age, race, gender or status. It doesn't discriminate. Let those you care for know that you're there for them. "When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind." - Chester Bennington. Rest easy sir.

Zakk Wylde: GOD BLESS CHESTER BENNINGTON / 1976-2O17 - Condolences & PRAYERS of STRENGTH & LIGHT To HIM & HIS FAMILY - tBLSt SDMF

Geezer Butler: Chester Bennington - gone too soon #RIP. So sad. 

Jeff Scott Soto:  Aww come on....

Disturbed: WE ARE DEVASTATED TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF ONE OF OUR DEAR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, Chester Charles Bennington of Linkin Park. WE WILL REMEMBER THE MANY TOURS, GOOD TIMES, AND GREAT MOMENTS WE SHARED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY, BAND MATES, FANS, AND EVERYONE THAT LOVED HIM....

Winger: Sad to hear the news...RIP Chester Bennington..

KISS: 1977 - 1980 PHOTO BOOK DUE IN OCTOBER

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


On October 10th, photographer Lynn Goldsmith - in collaboration with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley - will release a 336 page hardcover coffee table book via Rizzoli Publishing entitled KISS: 1977 - 1980. The cover art and official description are as follows:

 

Chances are you've seen numerous iconic pictures by award-winning photographer Lynn Goldsmith, who has photographed every important rock musician and band of the late twentieth century: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, and Patti Smith, among many others. Published in conjunction with the band, KISS: 1977 - 1980 is the definitive photographic chronicle of KISS at the height of their popularity, showcasing the band on and off stage, in the photo studio, and in unguarded candid moments. From her archive, Goldsmith has compiled fan favorites as well as many never-before-seen photographs, all which perfectly capture the enduring phenomenon that is KISS.


KISS rose to meteoric prominence with their extravagant live performances featuring fire-breathing, blood spitting, guitars bursting into flames, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnic showpieces. With makeup and costumes, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley created characters and origin stories similar to comic book characters: the Starchild, the Demon, the Space Ace, and the Catman. When put all together, it wasn’t just a stadium rock concert, it was dynamic performance art that is still on the road today!


Goldsmith, Stanley, and Simmons have created this book as a thanks to the KISS Army, many of whom have been devoted to the band for more than 40 years and have brought their children and grandchildren into appreciating the music, as well as the spectacle of the band’s live performances. With a simple matte white laminated padded cover that highlights the KISS logo and edged with gilding, the end result could be compared to a kind of bible, holding the relics that their supporters cherish.

 

Pre-order your copy of KISS: 1977 - 1980 now via Amazon.


THE QUIREBOYS To Release 'White Trash Blues' Album In September

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


THE QUIREBOYS will release a new album, "White Trash Blues", on September 5 via Off Yer Rocka. An EP, "Leaving Trunk", will precede the full-length effort on August 1.

 

Says THE QUIREBOYS keyboardist Keith Weir: "Ever since I was a kid I've loved the blues. I used to buy The Blues Collection magazine back in the '90s — I've still got all of those CDs. It's a genre that I've always loved and doing this album was a dream come true."

 

There's a genuine buzz in THE QUIREBOYS' camp as the veteran rock and rollers ready their most ambitious album to date. "It's never been black and white where THE QUIREBOYS are concerned," said frontman Spike. "There have always been shades of the blues. And now we've got the perfect chance to put a new twist on some old classics."

 

But why now? After a successful foray into the world of Americana and the release of their most raucous album to date (2016's "Twisted Love"), the decision to record a raft of iconic blues tunes might seem like a surprise — almost sideways — move. Far from it.

 

"When Spike and I met Chris Ingham from Ramblin' Man Fair, he floated the idea of doing a blues set at this year's festival and we loved the idea," said guitarist Guy Griffin. "Why not do something different to the norm? And at that point, we sensed an opportunity to make a blues record. All of the guys are great musicians — as a band we can play anything. I suppose the trick was giving these blues classics a unique twist and that's what we've tried to do."

 

And on "White Trash Blues", the genre's legends come thick and fast. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry and Billy Boy Arnold are all afforded a unique QUIREBOYS makeover. Never has Spike sounded so authentic and the band so audibly confident.

 

"The album came together very organically but they are songs everyone has played at different times over the years and they feel like they're part of our history," said guitarist Paul Guerin. "There are a few leftfield choices and we love that but it's always great to give the classics a go. We're naturally suited to playing the blues, but let's be honest — once Spike starts singing, they all sound like they could be QUIREBOYS songs. And they can be!"

 

Featuring special guest Lee Vernon, from PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER, on harmonica, "White Trash Blues" is the perfect companion to what promises to be a set to remember at Ramblin' Man Fair.

 

"We didn't just want to do carbon copies of these great old songs but at the same time we wanted to pay due respect to the people behind the songs," said Weir. "I think we've managed to strike the right balance."

 

"White Trash Blues" track listing:

 

01. Cross Eyed Cat

02. Boom Boom

03. I Wish You Would

04. Take Out Some Insurance

05. Going Down

06. Help Me

07. Shame Shame Shame

08. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

09. Leaving Trunk

10. I'm a King Bee

11. Walking The Dog

12. Little Queenie

 

"Leaving Trunk" EP track listing:

 

01. Leaving Trunk

02. Champagne And Reefer

03. Rollin And Tumblin

 

THE QUIREBOYS are:

 

Spike (vocals)

Guy Griffin (guitar)

Paul Guerin (guitar)

Keith Weir (keyboards)

Nick Mailing (bass)

Dave McCluskey (drums)

 

From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/the-quireboys-to-release-white-trash-blues-album-in-september.html#33Z2mGfWJE0juPcY.99

AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST: THE OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR BOOK SHIPPING IN OCTOBER; PRE-ORDER LAUNCHED

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Pre-sales have begun for the upcoming AC/DC book from Rufus Publications, entitled Rock Or Bust: The Official Photographic Tour Book.

 

The first official AC/DC book with an introduction by Angus Young, the book covers the full extent of AC/DC’s groundbreaking 2015 world tour supporting the multi-million selling Rock Or Bust album released in 2014.

 

Starting in Coachella, the Rock Or Bust tour has played to millions of fans around the world, setting records for attendance and sell out times. It is also the last tour to feature legendary vocalist Brian Johnson.

 

Renowned music photographer Ralph Larmann has captured AC/DC throughout this incredible tour, creating an amazing photographic documentary of the band and fans in action.

 

This 300mm square coffee table book has been produced in conjunction with the band and features an introduction by Angus Young. Printed on 170gsm art paper and with 264 pages in full colour, this coffee table book features hundreds of behind the scenes images and live action shots of key dates on the 2015 tour tour, finishing in Australia in December.

 

If you pre-order now you can get your name in the back of the book.

 

When you place your order you will see an area to add your name on the main order page. Please make sure your name is spelt correctly. All names will appear at the back of the book in alphabetical order. If you do not wish your name to appear please put “No Thanks” in the name box.

 

After August 18th it will not be possible to have your name in the book (they need to start printing) and the offer price will be revised. The book will also go on public pre-sale at this point.

 

The Official Leather and Metal Edition:

 

Bound in recycled, black leather with a pewter embossed logo and supplied in a red metal, die cut slipcase together with 300mm square art prints of AC/DC album covers. Individually numbered and limited to 500 copies.

 

- A unique AC/DC collectible weighing 6 kilos!

- Normal price £295 plus shipping.

- Pre-order price £275 inc FREE worldwide shipping.

 

Click here to pre-order now.


The Official Standard Edition:

 

A large format, softcover book with matt lamination and spot UV supplied in a presentation black buckram slipcase with foil embossed logo. Printed in colour on 170gsm art paper.

 

- Normal price £95 plus shipping.

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The Bundle Editions:

 

Both versions of the book bundled together at a special price for pre-orders.

 

- Normal price £390 plus shipping.

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Final Shipping Date: October 16th, 2017

 

Why are they shipping in October? It takes 6 weeks to print, bind and put together each edition and they have to allow a month to get people's names in for the subscriber section of the book. It then takes a while to assemble and pack each edition for sending to customers via their courier service.

 

From: http://bravewords.com/news/ac-dc-rock-or-bust-the-official-photographic-tour-book-shipping-in-october-pre-order-launched

VIXEN VOCALIST JANET GARDNER ANNOUNCES US TOUR DATES IN SEPTEMBER

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner partners up with Justin James of Staind, Collective Soul, and Tyketto to bring rock fans everywhere her first full-length debut solo album.

 

The self-titled Janet Gardner album hits shelves on August 18th, released through Pavement Entertainment (North America) and Eternal Sounds Records (Europe). The album will be available both digitally and in retail stores.

 

As a special treat to everyone who pre-orders the album, Pavement Entertainment is offering an exclusive bundle deal. The bundle features the debut CD (hand signed) and a limited edition Planet Janet t-shirt for $30. Pre-order your bundle here.

 

Don't miss the chance to see Janet and Justin live in September. The tour features songs from the debut solo album and hits from Vixen. The dynamic duo will perform in Midwest and on the East Coast. Tickets are available now.

 

Tour dates:

 

September


1 - Battle Creek, MI - The Music Factory

2 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge

8 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance

9 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater 1894

12 - New York City, NY - Iridium

14 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz

15 - Baltimore, MD - Fish Head Cantina


BILLY SHEEHAN 'Hasn't Heard Anything At All' About Proposed Reunion Of DAVID LEE ROTH's 'Eat 'Em And Smile' Lineup

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Bass legend Billy Sheehan says that he "hasn't heard anything at all" about a proposed reunion of VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth's solo band following the cancelation of their November 2015 performance at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood.

 

Roth's "Eat 'Em And Smile" reunion at the Lucky Strike Live was called off at the last minute by the fire marshal. The show would have marked the first time in thirty years that Roth joined Sheehan, guitarist Stve Vai, drummer Greg Bissonette (RINGO STARR & HIS ALL-STARR BAND) and keyboardist Brett Tuggle to perform some of the hits from the classic LP. Also scheduled to join the band on stage was STEEL PANTHER vocalist Ralph Saenz (a.k.a. Michael Starr).

 

Asked in a new interview with Greg Prato of Songfacts if there are any updates about the possibility of a "Eat 'Em And Smile"-era band reunion, Sheehan said: "Unfortunately, no. We haven't heard from Dave in a while. I hope he's doing well. If he changes his mind and decides to do some shows, I'm ready to go, and I think Steve and Gregg feel exactly the same way.

 

"We have a great respect and love for Dave and what he did for us," he continued. "And if he wants us to play, I'm ready to go. But I haven't heard anything at all, so we'll see what happens with that. There's no secret undercurrent thing going on that I'm not talking about. The fact of the matter is it's Dave's call. If he chooses to do so, I couldn't be happier."

 

Regarding how much rehearsal he, Steve, Gregg and Brett did for the aborted show at Lucky Strike Live, Billy said: "No rehearsal, no soundcheck, no nothing. That was the whole idea: We were just going to walk up and play without anything. So we didn't rehearse.

 

"That particular jam was no pedals allowed, no nothing," he explained. "That's why the jam is so great: You walk in, you get up on stage, you play, you get off, and the next band is up. There's no dicking around with pedals or adjusting the drum kit or setting stuff up, so the audience actually hears band after band after band, and it's fun and exciting.

 

"We thought that was a proper challenge for the 'Eat 'Em And Smile' band — to just step up on stage and play it like men, and do the real thing without having to fool around with gear and soundcheck," he added. "Unfortunately, the fire department shut us down. Me and Steve were on stage, behind the curtain, ready to go when the fire department came in. No rehearsal, no practice, no nothing."

 

Asked if he knew beforehand that Dave was going to show up, Billy said: "Originally, we asked and we didn't hear from him, but about three days before the thing, Dave called back and said, 'Yeah, let's do it!'

 

"We had to keep it a secret, but people started to put two and two together and figured it out. The club holds about... legally it's 600, but they'll allow 700-725 and the fire department will look the other way. But there were about 1,200 people in there and a line all the way down the street and around the corner on Hollywood Boulevard. So probably a total of about 3,000 people had showed up, and 1,200 got in the club.

 

"Somebody got wise to it, because it was dangerous. People were jammed in there, so the fire department came in and said, 'Nope. Shut the whole thing down and everybody out.' In retrospect, they probably did the right thing. If something would have happened, it could have been one of the worst catastrophes in the history of show business.

 

"The club I don't believe did the right thing by allowing so many people in. Everybody had a friend of a friend and they all wanted to get in. I know people that were there, and they said they couldn't even put their arms out — they were jammed in like sardines. It was dangerous. So in the end, it was probably — sad as it is — wise to shut it down."

 

"Eat 'Em And Smile" was the first of two Roth albums to feature the duo of Vai and Sheehan on guitar and bass.

 

From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/billy-sheehan-hasnt-heard-anything-at-all-about-proposed-reunion-of-david-lee-roths-eat-em-and-smile-lineup.html#VKkKhDbTvPmKzpl6.99