|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
The Twitterverse has come unglued after Hungarian ice skater Ivett Toth performed a routine to an AC/DC medley at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Not only did she rock her routine, but Toth skated in a leather outfit covered in metal studs. She even had an Angus Young back patch on her costume!
Rock and metal has been pretty well represented at the winter games, as French figure skating duo Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres hit the ice to Disturbed’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” The pair placed fifth, not taking home any medals, but Disturbed’s cover has gone double platinum, so who’s the real winner here?
As much as we respect the French team, they currently place second on our scorecards thanks to Toth’s AC/DC routine. She started off skating to “Back in Black,” while an NBC announcer remarked, “I think there’s some AC/DC fans in South Korea.”
After a short collection of impressive tricks, “Thunderstruck” hit the speakers. She even flashed the horns near the end! Unfortunately, the ice princess only got a 53.22. While it was her personal best score of the season, it wasn’t enough to put Toth in medal contention.
We may not be experts when it comes to figure skating, but we think Toth was magnificent. Pro-shot Olympics footage of her full run is currently harder to find than Bigfoot, so for now, see above to watch Toth perform to the same AC/DC medley at a competition earlier in 2018.
A short clip of her Olympics run can be seen below.
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Kiss have revealed the list of items they’ll auction to raise money for the Manchester Children’s Hospital in the UK.
The band were due to play at the city’s Arena last year, but were forced to cancel after a terror attack killed 22 people and injured dozens more as fans left an Ariana Grande show at the venue.
Last summer, it was revealed that they’d auction Paul Stanley’s Ibanez PS120 guitar that he was due to play at the show to raise cash for the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
It’s now been revealed that Gene Simmons’ axe-shaped bass, a Tommy Thayer guitar and a snare drum and drumsticks belonging to Eric Singer – all autographed – will also be auctioned, along with VIP tickets to any sold out Kiss show in the world, plus passes for the Kiss Kruise 2018 and a meet and greet with the band.
Stanley said: “We were devastated by the heinous attack in Manchester Arena and had to do something to support the city. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital's incredible work with children was never more evident than after this horrific event.
“We are humbled to be able to give something to support them in their ongoing efforts. Knowing that the money raised will go towards purchasing life-support ventilators, our prayers and wishes will continue to help both those affected directly by the attack, and beyond.
“This night will give everyone an opportunity to do their part in raising as much money as possible for an incredibly worthy cause.”
The items will be auctioned at the Red Sea Pedestrians 10th Anniversary Charity Ball in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on March 17 at the city's Lowry Hotel.
Chairman of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity’s fundraising board, Maurice Watkins CBE, adds: “We’re delighted that Kiss has donated this incredible prize to be auctioned and want to thank them for their tremendous generosity.
“In recent testing times staff at the hospital – just like the city of Manchester – pulled together to make sure the young victims from the attack got the best possible care, as quickly as possible.
“The new ventilators we are fundraising for will ensure that the medical teams in our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit can assess a patient’s condition faster and more accurately, resulting in more effective treatment and care at a time when rapid reaction to a patient’s condition is crucial.”
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Issa's brand new album, Run With The Pack, will be released on April 20th. Pre-order the album here, and watch a video for the album track "Come Back Again" below.
Run With The Pack is Issa's fifth studio album, another quality outing of classic melodic rock/AOR with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and massive guitars. Reminiscent of bands such as Heart and Saraya, with a 21st century production and great songwriting and arrangements, this time Issa goes in a heavier and more rocking direction. Run With The Pack also offers a special treat in the form of a duet with Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, The Dead Daisies, ex-Journey) on the beautiful song “Sacrifice Me”.
Issa says. “I really can't wait for everybody to hear this album, it's been a real labour of love. This album has taken me back to my roots. The feel of the songs are just what got me into music in the first place. The album has got it all - edgy, dark and full of attitude on one hand, but also the classic larger than life ballads which I love so much. I've been very privileged to sing a duet with Deen Castronovo and there are some really great songwriters who contributed to the record! When I get asked what my favourite song is I really don't know... you decide!!!!"
Helped by producer, and keyboard player, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Jorn) and some killer musicians such as Simone Mularoni (DGM) on guitar, Marco Di Salvia (Kee Of Hearts) on drums, Andrea “ToWer" Torricini (Vision Divine) on bass, Issa has crafted a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likeable hooklines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. This album is going to be a 2018 Melodic Rock Album of the Year contender!
Run With The Pack tracklisting:
"Am I Losin’ You"
"Run With The Pack"
"The Sound Of Yesterday"
"Come Back Again"
"Talk To Your Heart"
"Closer To You"
"Everything To Me"
Issa Oversveen - vocals
Simone Mularoni - guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards
Andrea “ToWer" Torricini - bass
Marco Di Salvia - drums
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Toto's 40th-anniversary celebration continues with the upcoming release of All In, a deluxe box collecting each of the albums released during the band's long association with CBS/Sony.
Due this fall and available to pre-order now through April 10, All In covers the majority of Toto's recording career, running from their 1978 debut through 1999's Mindfields — a span that saw the band putting out 11 studio albums in all, including the 1998 odds-and-ends collection Toto XX. They're collected here on 13 CDs and 17 LPs, all of which sport remastered sound courtesy of Toto and acclaimed producer, mixer and engineer Elliot Scheiner.
The box also includes the previously unreleased Live in Tokyo EP, culled from their 1980 tour, along with a new LP, Old Is New, which includes 10 tracks, seven of which are previously unreleased and the three new songs found on the upcoming hits collection 40 Trips Around the Sun.
According to the All In press release, the box will also include a 5.1 surround mix for 1982's landmark Toto IV LP, a Blu-ray and an 80-page book offering new essays and previously unpublished photos. Each box also comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the band.
For fans who may not have the $500 in extra cash it'll take to order All In, there's the more abbreviated compilation 40 Trips Around the Sun, which offers an overview of their CBS/Sony hits alongside a handful of deeper cuts and a trio of new recordings. The band can also be seen on the road this year during their 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour, which started Feb. 19 in Hamburg and will continue through the spring. Summer tour dates will be announced soon.
Visit Toto's official site for detailed ticketing information.
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott and JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon have released a hilarious video touting their massive upcoming co-headlining tour. The clip, titled "Mission Possible", shows the two plotting their 60-plus-city trek this summer in a hilarious behind-the-scenes fashion.
Promising to be one of the top tours of the year, the North American trek will be composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with half of the shows being closed by JOURNEY and half by DEF LEPPARD. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Lights", "Photograph", "Don't Stop Believin'", "Rock Of Ages" and "Faithfully".
The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums — Toronto's Rogers Centre; Atlanta's Sun Trust Park; Detroit's Comerica Park; Chicago's Wrigley Field; Denver's Coors Field; Minneapolis's Target Field; Boston's Fenway Park; St. Louis's Busch Stadium; San Francisco's AT&T Park; and San Diego's Petco Park — as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, California.
Schon said: "These co-headlining JOURNEY/DEF LEPPARD dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!"
Elliott said: "This tour is going to be a blast! We've toured together before and it was massive. This time it's going to be even bigger and better!"
JOURNEY's Jonathan Cain added: "We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with DEF LEPPARD, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy."
DEF LEPPARD's Rick Savage said: "12 years ago we embarked on a U.S. tour with JOURNEY and it was an absolute blast. Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular."
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Steel Panther has released a video for their song "Wrong Side Of The Tracks (Out In Beverly Hills)" and revealed additional dates on their Sunset Strip Live! tour. The animated clip was created by the Tipperary, Ireland based animation and film company Ntoonz and can be viewed below.
"Wrong Side Of The Tracks (Out In Beverly Hills)" is the latest single from last year's Lower the Bar LP. And even though the video is delivered as a cartoon in animated format, don't expect anything to ever be kid-friendly from the Los Angeles sleaze outfit, as it features a menagerie of transvestites, frontman Michael Starr needing propofol to fall asleep at night and a collection of dildos raining down on drummer Stix Zadinia. In other words, it's classic Steel Panther!
In addition to the video, the glam rock band has announced three additional East Coast dates on their Sunset Strip Live! tour this spring. The new shows are in Westbury, N.Y. (April 27), Portland, Maine (April 28) and Hartford, Conn. (April 29). Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday (Feb. 23), and a Steel Panther Fans pre-sale began earlier today. Click here for the full list of gigs the band will be playing on the run:
Steel Panther's Lower the Bar came out last through Kobalt Music Recordings. The band has previously released music videos for the songs "Poontang Boomerang," "I Got What You Want," "Wasted Too Much Time" as well as a cover of Cheap Trick's "She's Tight."
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
In a new revelation that will surprise few Metallica fans, and none of their harshest critics, drummer Lars Ulrich admitted that he's not "very interested in ability."
A recent interview conducted by the Polar Music Prize – which is referred to as the "Nobel prize for music" and which the band was named 2018 recipients of – finds Ulrich commenting on his "totally unique way of playing drums." "I've never been very interested in ability," he says in the video, which you can watch below. "'Oh, wow! This guy is so great!' Yeah, he's so great, but it doesn't mean that he can make it swing, or it doesn't mean that he can make it work within a group or a collective."
Ulrich explained that putting the pieces together always meant more to him than nailing awesome fills or doing something different or even keeping perfect time. (We're guessing on a couple of these.) "What's always the most interesting to me about drumming is how do you fit the drums into what else is going on?" he said. "How does it work [with] accents and special hits and kind of things that make it more rhythmic or more dynamic or just add a kind of a physicality to it?"
He also said that he's always "looked at drums as more of a group instrument. I've never been very interested in playing drums by myself — you know, sitting down in a basement, practicing drum solos for hours at a time, that's not my thing."
These admissions probably won't shock the many people who've pointed out Ulrich's shortcomings behind the kit over the years. There are dozens of videos out there highlighting his random tempo shifts, his incorrect beats and his missed entrances at Metallica shows.
Even though ability may not be his thing, Ulrich noted that he's a fan of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, "who obviously has a lot of ability." But he added that he saves his admiration for more workmanlike and less showy musicians like AC/DC's Phil Rudd and the Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts. They have a "certainly ability," he said, "but I think to a lot of purists, maybe not so much, because they're not as technical. But they have a different kind of ability that, to me, is as valuable and as precious and as important in that they make it swing. They make it move. It gives it that physicality that it needs."
Metallica will receive the Polar Music Prize in Sweden this spring. They plan to donate the money awarded with the honor – around $125,000 – to All Within My Hands, an organization the band founded that helps communities with local services like food-bank donations and workforce education.
Check out the interview here:
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Longtime GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed was recently interviewed by Guns N' Roses Central. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below:
Asked what the most rewarding thing has been about being in GUNS N' ROSES for more than 27 years, Dizzy said: "I think the most rewarding thing is, honestly, just… Axl [Rose, GUNS N' ROSES singer] gave me an opportunity early on, and he didn't have to do that. And so my dedication is to him and to that band. And I'm lucky to be able to squeeze this kind of thing [solo concerts] in here and there. And that within itself is rewarding — just being able to be a part of it and perform with them and to get the recognition from the fans. And to be able to use it as a vehicle to have met other great musicians and done other things, like this and like HOOKERS & BLOW and like THE DEAD DAISIES and stuff. So it's been fantastic — it really has."
Dizzy's new solo album, "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy", was released on February 16 by Golden Robot Records. The disc features guest appearances by musicians from W.A.S.P., QUIET RIOT, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, THIN LIZZY, NO DOUBT, THE REPLACEMENTS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, and more.
Reed is the longest-serving member of GN'R after Rose. He joined the band as a touring member in 1990, during the "Use Your Illusion" era, and has played with most of the original members as well as in all the later editions of the group and the current reunion lineup.
In 2012, Dizzy was inducted into the the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of GUNS N' ROSES.
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Sons Of Apollo have released a video for their uplifting Psychotic Symphony track Alive. Check it out below:
The band features former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, along with Mr Big and The Winery Dogs bassist Billy Sheehan, ex Journey frontman Jeff Scott Soto and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal.
Their debut album arrived in October last year via InsideOut Music.
In addition, the band have announced further live dates in the UK and in Europe for later this year.
Drummer Portnoy says: “Ever since this lineup assembled to make Psychotic Symphony, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage.
“We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe. We can’t wait!”
The band will play a special gig at the Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, in September. They’ll perform a ‘By Request’ covers set alongside the Plovdiv State Orchestra.
Find a list of the band’s 2018 tour dates below.
Sons Of Apollo 2018 tour dates:
Apr 05: Monterrey Escena, Mexico
Apr 08: Santiago Teatro Teleton, Chile
Apr 10: Buenos Aires Groove, Argentina
Apr 12: Porto Alegre Opinião Bar, Brazil
Apr 14: São Paulo Tropical Butanta, Brazil
Apr 15: Belo Horizonte Music Hall, Brazil
Apr 19: Montreal Corona Theatre, QC
Apr 20: Toronto The Opera House, ON
Apr 21: Grand Rapids The Intersection, MI
Apr 22: St. Louis Delmar Hall, MO
Apr 24: Lawrence Granada Theater, KS
Apr 25: Denver Summit Music Hall, CO
Apr 27: Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl, NV
Apr 28: Sacramento Ace Of Spades, CA
Apr 29: Portland Hawthorne Theatre, OR
Apr 30: Seattle The Showbox, WA
May 02: San Francisco The Regency Ballroom, CA
May 03: Los Angeles The Belasco Theatre, CA
May 04: Anaheim House Of Blues, CA
May 05: Tempe Marquee Theatre, AZ
May 07: San Antonio Alamo City Music Hall, TX
May 08: Dallas Canton Hall, TX
May 09: Houston Scout Bar, TX
May 11: Nashville 3rd & Lindsley, TN
May 12: St. Charles Arcada Theatre, IL
May 13: Minneapolis Varsity Theater, MN
May 15: Cleveland House Of Blues, OH
May 16: Philadelphia Theatre of Living Arts, PA
May 17: Washington The Howard Theatre, DC
May 18: New York Playstation Theater, NY
May 19: Worcester The Palladium, MA
Jun 22: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 23: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 24: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
Jun 27: Leipzig Hellraiser, Germany
Jun 30: Barcelona Be Prog! My Friend, Spain
Jul 01: Maidstone Ramblin Man Fair, UK
Jul 02: Motherwell Concert Hall, UK
Jul 03: Belfast Limelight, UK
Jul 04: Dublin Tivoli Variety Theatre, Ireland
Jul 14: Eindhoven Dynamo Metalfest, Netherlands
Aug 03: Wacken Open Air, Germany
Aug 18: Warsaw Prog In The Park 2018, Poland
Aug 19: Budapest Barba Negra Track, Hungary
Sep 19: Moscow Glavclub, Russia
Sep 24: Athens Fuzz Club, Greece
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Grammys come, Grammys go, but more often than not rock and metal fans find themselves feeling a bit shortchanged by the representation of the genre. And the same goes for those who play it as well. But during a chat on The Jasta Show, Zakk Wylde shared why he finds it amusing that there would be some upset.
Wylde told the host (as transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar), "Do you know what I think is so hysterical with the Grammys? That any of our friends who don't want the Grammys actually get upset about the Grammys!"
He continued, "Do you know what Grammys is? It's the equivalent of any of our friends, or me and you, with our Sabbath and Zeppelin records - we'll throw in some Allman Brothers in there too - we go to [iconic disco nightclub] Studio 54 and it's 1978 and we're like, 'Man, put on some Sabbath and Zeppelin!' And they're just like, 'You're at the wrong bar, guys. We don't play that in here. But down the road there's plenty of bars that play all the music that you want to listen to.'"
Wylde pointed to 1973 when Led Zeppelin was arguably the biggest thing going playing shows that sold more tickets than the Beatles, and seeing how rock was represented that year. "Put it this way, if the band wins anything - awesome! As for a footsie rub, I still don't get one and I've got a Grammy. It doesn't help things," he added.
Further making his point, Wylde stated, "With any of our friends that get upset about this... it's like any of our friends that get upset about Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga. And it's like, really? It's like 'Frank, name me one Lady Gaga song or Justin Bieber song.' And like, 'I don't know any.' And I go, 'Okay, name me a Joe Pass song.' You know, the legendary jazz guitarist. They go, 'Well, I don't listen to jazz.' I go, 'I know. So why would you get upset about it if Joe Pass did three nights in Madison Square Garden?' I mean, why do you even get pissed off about things you don't even listen to? I'm too busy listening to Zeppelin and Sabbath and Bad Company and bands I like. [Laughs] I don't even get it, man."
Listen to Zakk Wylde on The Jasta Show below:
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Vintage Vinyl News is reporting that the KISS fan community is in an uproar after word came out that KISS Catalog Ltd., the organization that owns the intellectual property rights for everything KISS, has filed a patent application for the phrase "The End of the Road". The application is specifically for a "Word Mark" for the use of the phrase in relation to "entertainment services, namely, live performances by a musical band." The general consensus is that the action was taken because KISS is ready to call it quits after one last tour which will use "The End of the Road" as the tour name or as a major part of their merchandise sales.
Read the complete article here:
In a recent interview with Billboard, KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley discusses his passion for painting, and the future of KISS.
Stanley, who also fronts a 13-piece R&B group called Soul Station, has more time for his visual art in what looks like a light year for KISS. The group has a handful of festival and headlining dates during July in Spain and Portugal but will be spending most of the year off the road.
And Stanley freely acknowledges that: "I don't want to go leave home. I have a family and I have children and, honestly, I think my primary responsibility is to be a dad and I don't want to miss out on that. And certainly as we got older we know that life is finite and I pick and choose what I want to do at this point."
That said, Stanley does expect that "there's a world tour down the pike," though he adds that he's not sure how many more of those he's up for.
"The thought of me not being involved certainly comes to mind," Stanley notes. "I'm not sure about the idea of KISS coming to an end. We've built something that's so iconic, and I think it transcends any of the members so I can certainly see me not being there, seriously. There was a time where people said it had to be the four of us (Stanley, Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) and those people are already 50 percent wrong. So I'm betting (another absence) could be overcome, too."
Read more at Billboard.com.
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen joined TESLA on stage at this year's Monsters Of Rock cruise to perform an acoustic version of the song "Little Suzi". Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Decibel Geek TV).
TESLA singer Jeff Keith told Pollstar in a 2016 interview that the members of DEF LEPPARD are "like our big brothers."
TESLA's ninth full-length album, "Shock", which is tentatively due in the fall, was helmed by DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. Collen previously co-wrote and produced the TESLA song "Save That Goodness", which was released in August 2016 and included on the "Mechanical Resonance Live!" album.
"Mechanical Resonance Live!" was made available in 2016 via Tesla Electric Company Recordings/Mailboat. The effort celebrated the 30th birthday of the original multi-platinum album and featured classic hits as well as the aforementioned "Save That Goodness" single.
TESLA will support STYX and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS on a summer U.S. tour that kicks off May 30 in Irvine, California at the FivePoint Amphitheatre
TESLA's current lineup includes four of the five original members: Keith, Hannon, Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums). Dave Rude (guitar) joined in 2006 as the replacement for Tommy Skeoch.
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Foreigner recast some of their biggest hits and fan favorites in a new musical light last year with a pair of orchestral shows, and soon fans all over the world will be able to hear the results.
Due in stores April 27 and available to pre-order now, the group's latest live release, Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, captures the May 2017 shows in Lucerne, Switzerland that saw the band working with the composing/arranging team of Dave Eggar & Chuck Palmer. Available as a CD/DVD package as well as a double vinyl LP, the collection commemorates a unique milestone for Foreigner leader Mick Jones.
"I could never have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner 40 years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later," said Jones prior to the shows. "Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer’s orchestral arrangements have shown us a new symphonic dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy."
Foreigner will be back on the road this summer as part of a package tour that includes Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening. Look over those dates here, and check out the complete Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus track listing below.
Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus:
"Blue Morning, Blue Day"
"Cold as Ice"
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
"Say You Will"
"When It Comes to Love"
"That Was Yesterday"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"Juke Box Hero"
"I Want to Know What Love Is"
"Blue Morning, Blue Day"
"Cold as Ice"
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
"When It Comes to Love"
"Say You Will"
"The Flame Still Burns"
"That Was Yesterday"
"Juke Box Hero"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"I Want to Know What Love Is"
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Vandenberg's Moonkings have released a lyric video for their new single, Reputation. It's taken from their recent MKII album, the follow-up to 2014's self-titled debut. Watch the video below:
Lead Moonking and former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg describes Reputation as "One of the MoonKings' live show favourites! Fast-paced, no-holds-barred, firing on all six, in your face, unpolished, rock'n'roll MoonKings style. A 'Reputation'? You bet, we don't hold back on this one!"
“We just got to know each other when we recorded out debut album," says Vandenberg. "I think we all exceeded each other’s expectations. But you really get to know each other while on the road. It was then that I really became impressed by the abundance of energy that this band has. We tried to capture this on our new album.
"At the same time, we all grew individually. I am really amazed by the way Jan Hoving has grown even more in his role as a singer and as a front man. I’ve played with the best bass players and drummers in my extensive career, but with all respect I dare to say that Sem Christoffel and drummer Mart Nijen Es form the best rhythm section I ever had the pleasure of working with."
The band released a video for Tightrope last September. MKII is available now.
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
According to SILive.com, Scott Stapp has been sued by the founders of ART OF ANARCHY for allegedly refusing to tour with the band and participate in promotional photo and video shoots and publicity events.
The $1.2-million lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court by Vice Inc. whose chief executive officer and principal executive officer are ART OF ANARCHY guitarist Jonathan Votta and drummer Vincent Votta.
Vice claims to have paid the CREED singer $200,000 for services to be rendered, which he asked to be treated as a loan, for tax purposes.
Stapp only performed at 18 concerts with ART OF ANARCHY last year and did not appear at scheduled a video shoot last October on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River in Manhattan.
"Despite Vice's repeated and specific directions to Stapp, and Vice's entreaties for his cooperation, Stapp repeatedly and continually shirked his contractual obligations," the complaint states.
Stapp's failure to live up to his contract led to the cancelation of the group's recording contact at the end of October, the complaint alleges.
"If Stapp had dedicated himself to ART OF ANARCHY with the same fervor that he dedicated to his solo career, ART OF ANARCHY would have had a successful concert tour and its record contract would not have been terminated," the complaint alleges.
This is not the first lawsuit that the founders of ART OF ANARCHY filed against a former singer. In July 2015, Vice sued ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland, alleging that he refused to help promote ART OF ANARCHY's debut album and take part in music videos after agreeing to write and perform the lyrics for 10 songs for the disc. According to The Blast, Vice said that it paid Weiland $230,000 upfront for his work.
Although he sang on the first ART OF ANARCHY album, Weiland never performed live with the group and distanced himself from the project before his death from an overdose of drugs and alcohol in December 2015 while on the road. The final straw, Vice claimed, was when Weiland said in an interview that ART OF ANARCHY was a "scam from the beginning."
Vice sued Weiland to recover its $230,000 and asked for an additional $20 million in damages. A month before the singer died, he counter-sued Vice, accusing the company of unlawfully using his name and image to promote ART OF ANARCHY.
Stapp, sober after a well-publicized meltdown over three years ago that was partially the result of heavy drug use, was recruited in 2016 to sing for ART OF ANARCHY.
The group, which also features DISTURBED bassist John Moyer, ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, issued its sophomore album, "The Madness", in March 2017.
Photo: Annie Atlasman
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
It isn't often that we get to see Gene Simmons impressed by someone else, but a guest vocal appearance by a fan during Simmons' Feb. 16 solo show in Lynn, MA left the Kiss co-founder marveling at the "remarkable young man" he'd just seen in action.
The young man in question, named Brian McCauley, was invited on stage to perform the Kiss cut "Calling Dr. Love" in Lynn — or rather, as Simmons told fans in a Facebook update, McCauley basically told Simmons he was showing up and wouldn't take no for an answer. Simmons, always one to encourage creating your own opportunities even where they don't necessarily seem to exist, couldn't help but be impressed by McCauley's moxie.
"We had never met Brian before. We did not rehearse with him," wrote Simmons. "All we knew was that he was relentless. He called and emailed everybody in the band, as well as the promoter, and then simply barged into my dressing room backstage, and told me he would be on stage to sing 'Dr. Love.' In G flat, no less."
What Simmons didn't initially realize — and insists he didn't intend to share with the audience until McCauley told the crowd himself — is that in addition to being a Kiss fan, McCauley is also a graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind, located in nearby Watertown. Asked by Simmons whether blindness had prevented him from "taking life by the scruff of the neck," McCauley told the crowd that "life has limitless possibilities" — and then, as Simmons put it, "proceeded to tear the roof off the concert hall, steal the show, and upstage the entire band."
McCauley's vocal cameo isn't the first time he's made the news. In 2012, he drew attention for starting a sports radio show at Perkins, an early step toward his dream of being a sports broadcaster. "People say I have an unforgettable voice," he was quoted as saying at the time. "I think I'd probably like to be a radio host by day and a rock star by night."
Posting fan-shot footage from the show — which you can watch below — Simmons added, "See for yourself what this remarkable young man did. When I grow up, I want to be just like him."
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
In a newly posted feature by music writer Joel Gausten, L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis discusses his reunion with guitarist/founding member Tracii Guns and shares his thoughts on the time when two separate versions of the band existed. An excerpt from the story appears below:
Far from an overnight success, L.A. Guns paid their dues in Los Angeles for five years before the release of their eponymous debut album in 1988. Before settling on what many fans consider to be the classic L.A. Guns lineup – Lewis, Guns, bassist Kelly Nickels, guitarist Mick Cripps and former W.A.S.P./Keel/Steppenwolf drummer Steve Riley – the band went through a conveyer belt of musicians including Weirdos/Germs drummer Nickey “Beat” Alexander, Mau-Mau’s/Joneses drummer-turned-singer Paul Mars Black, one-time Dog D’Amour member Robert Stoddard and – for a brief time – Axl Rose. With the addition of Lewis (formerly of the UK Glam Rock group Girl with future Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen), L.A. Guns soon hit the big leagues. The band’s 1989 sophomore release, Cocked & Loaded, reached the Billboard Top 40 and scored a massive hit with “The Ballad Of Jayne.” Then, everything began going very wrong.
With subsequent albums failing to match Cocked & Loaded’s success (an issue helped along by the rise of Grunge) and internal squabbles wearing the band down, the ensuing two decades saw L.A. Guns jump from label to label and lineup to lineup. The long list of members to pass through the group since the mid ’90s includes former 7% Solution singer Ralph Saenz (who later found notoriety as “Michael Starr” of the glam metal parody act Steel Panther), Love/Hate’s Jizzy Pearl, bassist/producer Mark “Muddy” Dutton (Burning Tree/Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Faster Pussycat’s Brent Muscat and female vocalist Dilana Robichaux (Rock Star: Supernova). To make matters even crazier, recent years saw two versions of L.A. Guns – one featuring Lewis and Riley, the other featuring Guns and a revolving door of players (including the brief returns of Black and Alexander) – playing on the road. This is only a brief taste of the insanity; it would take a full book to properly explain the twists and turns in the L.A. Guns story.
With Lewis and Guns rekindling their personal and professional connection, where does that leave the singer’s version of the band with Riley? Is there a chance of that incarnation of L.A. Guns also existing in 2018?
“I doubt it,” Lewis replies. “It’s nothing to do with me. When I was out of the band, Tracii and Riley registered the band’s name and split it 50-50 with no stipulations whatsoever. They’re both free to use it, but it was a terribly low time in the band’s history when there were two versions of the same band at the same time playing. It was very confusing, but we did get the dubious award for the highest band member turnover in Spinal Tap history. I think we’ve got 47 people out there saying that they were once members of L.A. Guns.
“Things had kind of gotten a bit stale (with Riley),” he adds. “We hadn’t put anything out for over five years since Hollywood Forever (2012), which I thought was a great record. I was always bugging Steve to get back in the studio, but he just wasn’t into it.”
The complete feature is available at this location:
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Glenn Hughes has announced that he’ll bring his Classic Deep Purple Live tour to the UK later this year.
The vocalist and bassist was a member of the Mk. III and IV Deep Purple lineups – and he’ll play a set consisting of just Purple material across the UK in October.
The tour will kick off on October 2 at Bristol’s Academy and wrap up at London’s Koko on the 15th of the month.
Hughes says: “I’m excited to be touring the Classic Deep Purple Live in the UK this October. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm.
“We’re also touring the show throughout South America in April, and festivals throughout the summer. By the time we tour the UK in October, we’ll be on fire.”
Tickets for the shows will go on sale of Friday, February 23, via The Gig Cartel.
Find a full list of tour dates below.
Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live 2018 tour dates:
Apr 07: Chauny Rock Aisne Festival, France
Apr 12: Valparaiso Teatro Municipal, Chile
Apr 14: Santiago Club Chocolate, Chile
Apr 15: Buenos Aires Teatro Flores, Argentina
Apr 17: Brasilia Centro de Convencoes, Brazil
Apr 19: Belo Horizonte Cine Theatro Brasil, Brazil
Apr 21: Sao Paulo Tropical Butanta, Brazil
Apr 22: Limeira Studio Mirage, Brazil
Apr 24: Curitiba Opera de Arame, Brazil
Apr 26: Manaus Porao do Alemao, Brazil
Apr 28: Porto Alegre Bar Opiniao, Brazil
Apr 29: Rio De Janeiro Circo Voador, Brazil
Jun 07: Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jul 28: Ebbw Vale Steelhouse Festival, UK
Oct 02: Bristol Academy, UK
Oct 03: Leamington Assembly, UK
Oct 05: Southampton Engine Rooms, UK
Oct 06: Cardiff Tramshed, UK
Oct 09: Leeds University Union, UK
Oct 10: Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
Oct 12: Glasgow ABC, UK
Oct 13: Manchester Academy 2, UK
Oct 15: London Koko, UK
|Posted on February 18, 2018 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
On February 8, Kiss Catalog Ltd., the owner of the intellectual property rights pertaining to the legendary rock group KISS, filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the word mark "The End Of The Road". If granted, the registration will protect the use of the standard character mark of "The End Of The Road" on entertainment services, specifically "live performances by a musical band."
Word of the application has led to speculation among KISS fans that the band could be preparing to embark on its final tour.
KISS had once before publicly announced its plans to call it quits nearly 20 years ago. Guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley later said that the band's tumultuous "Farewell Tour" in 2000 was nothing more than an attempt by the group to "put KISS out of its misery" after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band's original members.
"The 'Farewell Tour' was to get off the stage with our tails between our legs while we still had some self-respect left," bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons explained. "And it became very clear the fans didn't want us to go."
Simmons said in a 2017 interview that KISS had "a few more years" left before it would call it quits. He told Glasgow Live: "We're the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff.
He continued: "In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you're comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.
"So we're not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I'm 67 now. We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party. I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free."
Stanley has repeatedly said that the band could one day continue without him and Gene, explaining in an interview: "Once the original [KISS lineup] was no more, it just became clear to us that, in some ways, we're much more a sports team. We don't fall into the limitations of other bands, because we're not other bands. So, yeah, at some point, I'd love to see somebody in the band in my place, and it's because I love the band."
|Posted on February 18, 2018 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
Alice Cooper and Motley Crue will be the next rock stars to get their own figures in the popular Funko Pop! toy line.
Cooper will actually get two figures this May - one that finds him decked out in a white top hat and tails, and another (exclusive to Hot Topic stores) with everyone's favorite shock rocker safely tied up in a straitjacket.
The Crue, meanwhile, will be decked out in their best studs and leather for their May Funko Pop! debut, recreating their early '80s Shout at the Devil attire. Alice Cooper and Motley Crue will be joining a growing list of rock stars who have been immortalized with their own vinyl figures, including Kiss, the Beatles, Guns N' Roses and many more.
Coincidentally, Cooper opened for Motley Crue on their 2014-2015 farewell tour. He recently revealed that the Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup he shares with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, is currently writing for their second studio album which unlike their covers-heavy debut is slated to feature only original songs.
"Everybody is writing right now," Cooper told Billboard. "We probably won't get into the album until the summer, and then it'll go quickly because we've all got a lot of songs. Johnny did five movies last year so he could free himself up for this, and the band's really anxious to get together."