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DEEP PURPLE AND JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE SUMMER CO-HEADLINE TOUR

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Legends will collide late this summer when Deep Purple and Judas Priest embark on a co-headlining North American tour.

 

Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California.

 

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

 

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour.

 

As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10am local time until Thursday, April 26 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program.

 

For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

 

Deep Purple’s latest studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), InFinite featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information, please visit www.deep-purple.com. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album One of a Kind on May 25.


Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, was released March 9, 2018, via Epic Records. Co-produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap, the 14-track album has become one of the most successful of the band’s entire career - landing in the "top-5" of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S.), and scoring their highest charting commercial rock radio single in decades with “Lightning Strike.” Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their near 50-year career, and with a line-up featuring Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill, and Scott Travis, Judas Priest will be scorching across North America with some heavy metal Firepower again this summer and fall on tour with Deep Purple! For more information, please visit judaspriest.com.

 

DEEP PURPLE AND JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:


8/21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center

8/22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

8/25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort

8/27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre

8/29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre

8/30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron


9/1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

9/2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

9/5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater

9/6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center

9/8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

9/9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion

9/11 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion

9/12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily's Place

9/14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Amphitheatre

9/16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum

9/18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre

9/20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino

9/21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah's Council Bluffs

9/23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center

9/26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

9/27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre

9/29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre

9/30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre


KISS FRONTMAN PAUL STANLEY REFLECTS ON BAND'S GROUPIE DAYS - "I SAVOURED EVERY MOMENT"

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KISS frontman Paul Stanley doesn’t regret his bacchanalian days with groupies in the ’70s one bit.

 

“It was an amazing, amazing part of my life and I enjoyed every moment,” he tells New York Daily News' Confidential. “I savoured every moment and I remember most of those moments. Nobody got hurt and everybody was happy. It was interestingly, I have to say, all fairly innocent. What was so great was the lack of possessiveness and that everybody was having a good time.”

 

Read more at nydailynews.com.


ROBIN ZANDER LOOKS BACK AT CHEAP TRICK'S ROCK HALL INDUCTION: 'I WAS NERVOUS AS HELL'

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Cheap Trick certainly waited a long time for recognition from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When they finally made the roster of inductees in 2016, however, vocalist Robin Zander said the moment was over in a flash.

 

“Playing with Bun E. [Carlos] again, that was cool,” Zander says now. “To have Kid Rock give such a wonderful speech about us – I’d never really met him before, and he said some really good stuff. You know, for me, it went by too fast and I want to be inducted again, because I kind of forget what happened!"

 

Luckily for Zander, he can relive the evening’s events on demand with the pending release of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert, a new box set out this week on DVD and Blu-ray that collects a cornucopia of highlights from the induction ceremonies for the past four years. Some 53 live performances are spotlighted, including Cheap Trick’s celebrated reunion with Carlos, the first time the drummer had shared the stage with his former bandmates in six years.

 

Looking back on the night, Zander remembers being “nervous as hell” – and that says a lot, when you consider that his main job requires holding a microphone and being the center of attention. “I was trying to think about, 'what the heck am I going to say up there,' more than anything else,” he says, with a laugh. “I probably rewrote my speech 10 times, and then forgot it on my way up there."

 

Zander found that being inducted into the Rock Hall was something that meant a lot to him personally, “just because it sort of gives you that feeling that what you’ve done has touched people’s lives,” he explains. “That’s the best feeling that there is, as far as what I do for a living.”

 

But Zander also freely admits that Cheap Trick had been eligible for so many years that they had each gone through a range of emotions, something that guitarist Rick Nielsen confirmed during a 2014 interview: "I'm an insomniac, so I don't sleep that much anyhow," Nielsen said back then, laughing. "What can I say? It's like, if we get in, great and if we don't get in, great, whatever. We're still playing, so that's more important to me. No offense to Cleveland."

 

By the time these power-pop legends got their moment in the rock and roll sun, however, they found that all of those feelings fell away.

 

“You know, after 25 years, you’re eligible. Then five years goes by and you’re thinking, ‘We’re going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame sometime soon!’ And then 10 years goes by and you’re thinking, ‘Well, maybe not, but there’s still a chance,’" Zander tells us. "And then 15 years go by and you’re thinking, ‘Well, this ain’t gonna happen. These guys don’t know what they’re talking about anyway. Look at all of the people that aren’t inducted and they don’t know what’s going on!’ But then you get the phone call and everything is forgiven, and it becomes this exciting event that you go to. Some people think you’re treated like crap and some people think you’re treated like a king. For myself, I couldn’t even tell you, because it went by too quickly.”

 

Zander also discussed sharing the stage again with Carlos, who stopped touring with the band in 2010. “I thought it was easy. Bun E. deserved to be up there as much as I did,” he says. “I mean, 35 years is a long time to be in a rock band. He’s still a member of Cheap Trick; he just doesn’t tour with us. It was pretty simple. We were happy to see him and he was happy to be there. His management used to be Cheap Trick’s management and they were all there. So, it was just an exciting kind of time. Everybody was cordial and nice to each other.”

 

Cheap Trick rehearsed only one moment: the closing all-star jam of “Ain’t That a Shame,” which featured members of the other bands who had been inducted that night. Beyond that, the foursome simply got on stage and knocked it out, sharing another stage and another night in the life of Cheap Trick. “We’ve rehearsed three times in our career,” Zander insists, “and that was in Rick’s basement before the band even went out and started touring.”

 

Not bad for a bunch of guys from a tiny Illinois town. To hear Zander tell the story, things came together pretty easily in their early days.

 

“We were all in separate bands in Rockford, Ill. Bun E. and Tom [Petersson] and Rick were in different bands, too. Bun E. was in a band called the Pagans, Tom was in a band called the Boll Weevils and Rick was in a band called the Grim Reapers,” Zander remembers. “I had a band called Butterscotch Sundae. So, the thing was, they were competitive. There used to be a place called Sherwood Lodge, there was this battle of the bands every weekend and people would throw their ballots in a box and bet on who their favorite band was out of that night. It was nice that we put everybody, the best of Rockford, all in one band. And it just jelled immediately. I thought, ‘This is it, this is the way it should sound. This is the band that we’re going to keep for a while.’ We didn’t know how long it was going to last, but look how long it’s lasted.”

 

However unlikely it might have seemed for Cheap Trick to break out of Rockford, he didn't view their location as an obstacle to success.

 

“Well, you’ve got to remember that Rockford is pretty well-placed. It’s not very far to go to Detroit, Milwaukee, Madison, Champaign, Dubuque, Des Moines,” Zander says. “You know, you can jump in your car and within five or six hours be in six different states. So, it wasn’t like we were isolated. Being from Rockford wasn’t detrimental to us. Rockford’s a small town, but you’ve got to remember that back in the ‘70s, there were lots of rock venues to play at all over those states. We would drive up to Ypsilanti, Mich., and all of these college towns. We made a pretty decent living back in 1974 through 1976 before we even had a record out. We had our own van and our own truck, and we had our own car that we could drive around in. It was a great time. During those traveling periods is where all of that music was written.”

 

They found kindred spirits in their early touring days with the members of AC/DC. “They were just great. Bon Scott was this great guy. At that time, they were struggling to make a dent in the U.S. market too,” Zander says.

 

“We’d go back and forth and we played mostly universities and stuff like that that were half-full. We would headline half of the shows and they would headline half of the shows," he adds. "I think that period is where we really struck a chord, so to speak – both bands – with the public. It was the very next year that the [At] Budokan album broke. The album broke in Japan and then it came to the U.K. on kamikaze yellow vinyl. We played Zeppelinfield [in Nuremberg, Germany in September of ‘79] with the Who and AC/DC. It just kept rolling from there. And all of the sudden, we paid off our debts – we were a million dollars in debt. We had made three records and didn’t make enough money on those three records to even pay for the recording of the records themselves. So, we were way in debt and Budokan really paid that debt off, pretty much."

 

The experience of recording the Budokan set – which was celebrated several years ago with a lavish reissue that added previously unreleased video and live recordings – took the members of Cheap Trick by surprise.

 

“When we got to the airport – I mean, you’ve got to remember, we came from Joliet, Ill., in some club with three people standing on their heads, to the airport in Japan and there was thousands of people standing on the roof of the airport itself and we’re looking at each other, thinking, ‘Well, gosh, the president must be here. Something’s going on,'" Zander remembers. “These people were there to greet us. It freaked us out. They threw us in the back of a mail truck and closed the windows off, and taxi cabs followed us all of the way to the hotel. People are trying to climb up the staircases, and it was pandemonium everywhere that we went. It was unbelievable. All of the sudden, you became the Beatles for a day. It wasn’t a very pleasant experience, but at the same time, we were awe-struck.”

 

Nearly 40 years past their Budokan moment, another busy year is on tap for Cheap Trick: They’ll be sharing the stage with Poison this summer, and additional dates with Def Leppard and Journey are also planned. They’ve cranked out three new albums of studio material in the past two years, including a Christmas-themed project, and will add an additional record of new songs to that stack later this year.

 

“We’ve already got a couple of songs mixed and ready to go,” Zander says. “In the last two years, we’ve been real productive and inspired, and it shows.”

 

From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/robin-zander-rock-hall-interview/

Who Played Drums On QUEENSRYCHE's Upcoming Album? TODD LA TORRE Responds

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QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre has refused to reveal the identity of the person who laid down the drums tracks on the band's upcoming album.

 

For the past year, QUEENSRŸCHE's founding drummer Scott Rockenfield has been taking time off from the band's touring activities to spend time with his young son, who was born in February 2017. Filling in for him is former KAMELOT drummer Casey Grillo.

 

Earlier this year, QUEENSRŸCHE entered the studio with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris to begin recording the follow-up to 2015's "Condition Hüman" LP, but has not indicated if Rockenfield was involved with the making of the disc. However, the band did confirm that Grillo did not play on the record, which will mark QUEENSRŸCHE's third full-length release with La Torre, following the departure of Geoff Tate in 2012.

 

Asked in a brand new interview with "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" who recorded the drums on QUEENSRŸCHE's next CD, Todd said: "That's the 25-thousand-dollar question everyone keeps asking. My short answer is I'm not gonna tell you right now. [Laughs]

 

"Some people say, 'Well, if Scott played on it, why wouldn't you just say that? Because you're not saying it, maybe he didn't.' And then some people have said, 'Well, maybe they're just not saying to create hype around the album,' and blah blah blah. So the only thing I can tell you is that Scott had a baby and he took paternity leave, took time off. That was April of last year. I remember that Casey… we called him to do a couple of fill-in dates, and then it turned into more time and more time. And then it [became] a few months. And then [Scott told us], 'Well, I wanna take the rest of the year off.' 'Oh, okay.' And then, 'Well, what about January?' 'Well, I don't know yet.' And so the end of the year was approaching and then the beginning of 2018 would be starting, and we hadn't gotten any real answer. And so to make sure that we could still play our shows and have QUEENSRŸCHE continue on and book things and do what we do, Casey has decided to keep filling in.

 

"There's no new update that I'm aware of from Scott," Todd continued. "He hasn't quit the band, he hasn't said, 'I'm never coming back,' or yada yada. All that we know, really, is he's just enjoying spending time with his son, who's a little over one year old; I think he was born in February [of 2017]. I mean, the guy gave almost 37 years of his life to QUEENSRŸCHE and to the fans and whatnot and he wants time for himself and his family. So how can you argue a guy wanting to just be a dad, just that? So that's kind of the deal."

 

The 44-year-old St Petersburg, Florida resident, who originally started out as a drummer, continued: "As far as the album goes, we didn't have outside writers and outside hired guns to play drums on the record. The band QUEENSRŸCHE wrote and recorded the album, and it's certainly true to form. I think everyone will… hopefully they'll agree with that when they hear it; we hope they like it. You never know — when you're creating something and then you put it out, it's kind of not yours anymore once you release it."

 

Circling back to the drummer-identity question, Todd said: "I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but I'm not going to."

 

As for the progress of the recording sessions for QUEENSRŸCHE's next album, Todd said: "I'm gonna be getting some updated mixes this evening. I flew out to [Zeuss's] place in Massachusetts with Eddie [Jackson, bass] and did another about four songs on vocals, just to address some things and tighten up some things. And I think there's maybe just about two songs left for me to sing — somewhere in there. I know that Michael [Wilton, guitar] and Parker [Lundgren, guitar] have been writing and crafting guitar solos and sending those to him. I think he may… I'm not sure if he's gonna go to Seattle or maybe they'll do one more trip to his place to kind of finalize those things. But out of all the songs, there's only a couple left for me to sing. They're sung in the demo form, but we'll go back and that's where he'll kind of more 'produce' me and go over all the nuances. And we might experiment and try some various approaches to something to see if it can be improved, if it needs it — things like that. But the bulk of the record is done, minus some guitar solos and still a couple of songs on vocals."

 

Torre was equally cagey about a possible release date for QUEENSRŸCHE's next LP, saying: "That's a good question. I know that we were shooting for a September or October release, and then there was some discussion with the label about them potentially or likely wanting some bonus material. So there are some things that Michael has been recording and if in fact that's the definitive case, then we're still gonna shoot for that. But worst-case scenario, maybe it comes out February [of 2019] or whatever. But certainly we will be doing video shooting this year and start kind of priming the pump to really start promoting the album prior to the release. So I'm sure that we'll release a video, I'm thinking, prior to the release. Don't hold me to that, but I'm pretty sure we'll throw a video out before the album release and put together some kind of teaser, collage of some sort, and do it that way. But we're still going over artwork for the album cover and then anything inside. And so that's a whole another process, of just dealing with artwork and concepts and different mock-up renderings and moving forward with that. We've seen a tentative album cover concept, and, actually, I'll be having a meeting with the artist tonight to go over some changes that the band, we all, talked about, and kind of go from there… So I can't give you a definitive answer. It could be late this year. Worst case, it would be very early next year."

 

Back in December, La Torre spoke to KNAC.COM about where he is getting his lyrical inspirations from for the new QUEENSRŸCHE material. "A lot of the stuff on this, I think, just has to do with, again, the political spectrum and just what's going on in the world," he said. "And QUEENSRŸCHE always injected those kinds of topics in their content. And so a lot of it has to do with just what's going on socially and politically, and globally and these subjects are timeless. So, if you listen to songs from the '60s that have to do with social discourse and stuff like that, it still applies today."


Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons to tour the UK and Germany

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons have announced a UK and German tour.

 

The run of dates will see the former Motorhead guitarist and his band play a total of 24 dates, kicking off with a set at Hard Rock Hell on November 8, with the tour concluding with a set at Weinheim’s Cafe Central on December 8.


The shows have been lined up in support of their debut album The Age Of Absurdity, which launched in January via Nuclear Blast.

 

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons say: “We are thrilled to announce The Age Of Absurdity UK and Germany headline tour for November and December.

 

“It’ll be great to play full headline shows again in the UK and return to Germany to play some cities we missed out earlier this year, showcasing tracks from our new album as well as playing some Motorhead classics!”

 

In the UK, the band will be supported by Leader Of Down, of which late Motorhead guitarist Würzel was a member before he died in 2011.

 

Tickets will go on sale from 10am GMT on Wednesday (April 25).


Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons UK and German 2018 tour:

 

Nov 08: Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli Hard Rock Hell Festival, UK

Nov 09: Blackpool Waterloo Music Venue, UK

Nov 10: Stoke Sugarmill, UK

Nov 11: Glasgow G2, UK

Nov 13: inverness Ironworks, UK

Nov 14: Newcastle University, UK

Nov 15: York Fibbers, UK

Nov 16: Manchester Rebellion, UK

Nov 17: London Boston Music Room, UK

Nov 19: Norwich Waterfront Studios, UK

Nov 20: Birmingham Asylum, UK

Nov 22: Cardiff The Globe, UK

Nov 23: Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms, UK

Nov 24: Plymouth The Junction, UK

Nov 27: Cologne Luxor, Germany

Nov 28: Bochum Rockpalast, Germany

Nov 29: Leipzig Hellraiser, Germany

Nov 30: Annaberg-Buchholz Alte Brauerei, Germany


Dec 01: Stuttgart clubCANN, Germany

Dec 03: Nuremberg Hirsch, Germany

Dec 04: Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal, Germany

Dec 05: Augsburg Spectrum, Germany

Dec 07: Dresden Beatpol, Germany

Dec 08: Weinheim Cafe Central, Germany


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/phil-campbell-and-the-bastard-sons-to-tour-the-uk-and-germany

25 YEARS AGO: THE WHO'S 'TOMMY' COMES TO BROADWAY

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That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure could play a mean pinball, but how would he do as the main attraction on the cover of a Broadway playbill?

 

The rock 'n' roll and theater worlds would find out when the two cultures collided as the Who's rock opera Tommy landed as a production on the famed district in New York City at the St. James Theatre on April 22, 1993.

 

Rock musicals on Broadway were nothing new; look no further than Jesus Christ Superstar or Godspell in the early '70s. But to have a bona fide, loud and proud, guitar-smashing, microphone-twirling outfit have their composition land on the Great White Way? Leave it to the Who to take a shot at breaking down those barriers.

 

"What we're trying to do is create a new kind of rock event," Who guitarist and Tommy mastermind Pete Townshend said the summer before when the rock opera did a test drive at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. "A lot of people that loved rock all their lives have had it with rock 'n' roll in live performance. Because they grew up on rock and now happen to like opera as well, they feel they've outgrown it. Maybe this will help bring them back."


The seeds for Tommy's long-awaited arrival onstage were sown when the Who reconvened in 1989 for the Kids Are Alright world tour. The jaunt included four performances of Tommy, the 1969 concept album about the "deaf, dumb and blind kid," as detailed in the LP's hit single "Pinball Wizard," who ultimately takes on a messianic role.

 

Des McAnuff, the artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse, worked with Townshend on bringing it to the stage, giving it a more clear narrative and retooling certain aspects of the story, some major and some minor.

 

A new song, "I Believe My Own Eyes," was written to bridge the gap between "Tommy Can You Hear Me?" and "Smash the Mirror." Calling it "a conventional music-theater number in many respects," Townshend acknowledged it wasn't as popular as he would've liked, but considered it vital to show how difficult the process was to raise Tommy. Later, when Tommy goes to visit the Acid Queen, his father intervenes and pulls him away before he can be dosed. Most glaringly, the original ending, where Tommy instructs his followers to completely dull their own senses of sight, hearing and speech to become better enlightened is flipped; he now says to be their own persons and not mimic him. The results are the same, though, as his flock still rejects him, but rather than retreating inward again, he turns to his parents, a tweak that had many fans of the original bemoaning the more family-friendly outcome.

 

"That's the typical self-destructive side of the intellectual left," McAnuff said in response to the criticism. "Often, we've allowed the right wing to abscond with basic notions like family or patriotism. We just sit back and allow them to do it, accepting that it must be correct. I've never met anybody who didn't consider families important. Just on that level alone I reject it."

 

He went on to note that "we were well aware there would be audience members who felt that they kind of own this piece." The big question would be if Townshend's arguably best-known work would translate to the stage. It left him extremely concerned about the effect it might have not just on his career in general but life as a whole.

 

"I was very worried that if Broadway failed, it would halt Tommy as a property for probably another 10, 15 years," he said. "And that would have been a shame, because my instincts told me this is the right time. One of the things that was very disturbing is that I knew that if it was successful, it would change my life. I was excited that if the show did well, it could feed my future creative life, but I was also frightened that maybe I should be retiring, you know? Maybe I should be just taking the money I already have and slowing down, getting out of show business. I was worried that I would get drawn into a kind of ecstasy from the success of the show. It wasn't that I didn't want the show to be a success, but I would argue with Des. He'd say, 'Don't worry, it's going to be really successful.' And I'd say, 'But, Des, that's what I'm worried about.'"

 

Following 899 performances over a period of more than two years, a litany of Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and even a Grammy bestowed upon legendary producer George Martin for Best Musical Show Album, Tommy was regarded as an unquestionable financial and artistic achievement, quelling some of Townshend's fears. Not all members of the Who were happy about it though, as singer Roger Daltrey aligned with those who felt too many modifications had been made.

 

"I have to be very careful what I say about Tommy on Broadway because I hate hurting people’s feelings in the press, because I know what it’s like to read things about yourself in the press that hurt -- it’s not nice," he told Goldmine in 1994. "I don’t like Tommy on Broadway at all. I like the music, I’m pleased with Pete’s success, but I don’t like what they’ve done to it. Why they couldn’t have adapted more of Broadway for Tommy than Tommy for Broadway. But who am I to knock it? It’s a huge success."

 

Watch Footage From the 1993 Broadway Premiere of the Who's 'Tommy' below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdOs7veTMRk


From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/who-tommy-broadway/

MIKE PORTNOY: It 'Would Be Amazing' To Collaborate With Members Of RUSH

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Mike Portnoy says that it would be "amazing" if he got an opportunity to collaborate with any member of RUSH.

 

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson recently said that his band has no plans to tour or record again in the future. His comments came two years after chronic tendinitis-suffering drummer Neil Peart described himself as "retired" following the completion of RUSH's North American tour.

 

Asked by Andy Burns of Biff Bam Pop! if he has had any contact with any member of RUSH about playing music together at any point in the future, the former DREAM THEATER drummer said: "I don't think they ever will [play together as RUSH without all three of them]; I honestly don't think they will. I think RUSH will only ever be the three of them.

 

"Look, I get asked this a lot, and I, of course, would work with any of them in any capacity should they ever want to," he continued. "And yeah, it would be an amazing thing. I've never collaborated with any of them.

 

"Neil and I have become very good friends through the years; that's a relationship that I'm so grateful for," he said. "And I've also gotten to know Alex really well. So, yeah, god, I mean, yeah, that would be amazing. I've collaborated with so many people, but I hadn't with any of those guys, so that would be amazing. But I wouldn't hold [my] breath — honestly, I really wouldn't. But they know where to find me."

 

RUSH frontman Geddy Lee said in a 2016 interview that he had "accepted" that the band's last batch of live shows was "probably the last one as a tour."

 

Lifeson and Lee confirmed that RUSH will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part.

 

Portnoy previously told "The Chainsaw Symphony" radio show that he understood why Lifeson, Peart and Lee would want to call it quits while they were still at the peak of their playing ability.

 

"I grew up with [RUSH] and I went through a huge RUSH phase in the mid-'80s, early '80s when I was a teenager," he said. "Neil was always my hero back then, and since then I'm honored that we've become good friends and I cherish that relationship. And I've stayed a RUSH fan through all these years.

 

"It's sad to see it end, but you've gotta respect that, because if they can't deliver, and if they are in physical pain and they can't deliver what fans wanna see, I respect that they would go out on top," Mike said. "I don't like when I see bands that are just a memory of what they used to be, and there's a few out there that I've seen recently that are still touring… I'm not gonna name them, but some of the members can barely play their parts, and then they have a lot of other members that weren't even originally in the band. So I don't know. I would rather see a band like RUSH go out on top and have all the good memories of what they're capable of."


TWISTED SISTER SINGER DEE SNIDER ON AGEING IN MUSIC - "EVENTUALLY GRAVITY TAKES EVERYBODY OUT AND WE'RE ALL PULLED INTO THE GROUND"; VIDEO

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Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider made an appearance on Volume, SiriusXM's first-ever all-talk radio station dedicated to the topic of music. Two videos from the appearance can be seen below.

 

Talking about the longevity of rock and roll, Snider talks about his thoughts on when you should call it quits on performing:



In the clip below, Snider talks about the weird places Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" has been played:


In a recent appearance on on The Metal Teddy Bear Experience on 90.3 WMSC FM, Dee discussed his forthcoming solo album, saying, "This is a really exciting album I did not expect to make; especially at this point in my life. Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed challenged me to make a contemporary rock record. I was like, who's producing? He said, 'I am.' So, we went in the studio, no record deal, and people started flocking: Lamb Of God, Disturbed, Howard Jones, Alissa White-Gluz. It amazed me, the enthusiasm and excitement. The album turned out phenomenal! We had a bidding war from all the major metal labels, and we signed with Napalm. The album's called For The Love Of Metal, and it's coming out in July."

 

Listen below:



BILLY GIBBONS HOPES TO RELEASE TWO ALBUMS THIS YEAR

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ZZ Top fans can look forward to possibly two new albums from Billy Gibbons in the coming months.

 

The first is a follow-up to his 2015 solo album Perfectamundo, and the second is newly recorded music by the Moving Sidewalks, the late-'60s psychedelic garage-rock band Gibbons was in before forming ZZ Top.

 

Gibbons recorded the solo record with the BFG's, the same group that backed him on Perfectamundo. As he told ABC News Radio, it will be a little closer to what's expected from him. "Following the success of Perfectamundo, which was our stab at taking a piece from the Cuban influences … they've said, 'Okay, we've done this Cuban thing, can you go back to your bluesier roots?'" he said. "And we've decided to do just that. So, hopefully summertime we'll see something BFG and blue coming out." 


The Moving Sidewalks reunited in 2013 for a couple of shows to promote a two-disc compilation consisting of 1968's Flash and a disc's worth of outtakes. Two years ago, Gibbons said the reunion went so well that he was returning to the studio with the band. He's now offered an update, noting that "hopefully that'll see the light of day. Probably this year."

 

But first, ZZ Top have three dates left to their residency at Las Vegas' Venetian. Then they'll team up with John Fogerty for the month-long Blues and Bayous Tour that starts on May 25 at the Borgata Spa and Resort in Atlantic City. When Fogerty and Gibbons met to discuss details about the tour, they wound up jamming on each other's tunes and even wrote a song together.


Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Documentary Coming To DVD

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"Scream For Me Sarajevo", a documentary about a 1994 concert in war-torn Bosnia by Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, will be released via DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on June 29.

 

Billed as "a story of hope in a time of war", the project tells the tale of a concert by Dickinson and his band Skunkworks at a time when the Bosnian War was raging and Sarajevo itself was under siege.

 

Featuring footage from the historic gig, the film also meets those that made it to the show and made the show happen; determined to keep living their lives despite the atrocities going on around them. Interviews with the band, crew and security bring home the reality of the situation that was not only dangerous, it was barbaric.

 

"We weren't protected, there was no plan and the bullets were real, but f**k it, we went anyway," said Bruce in his recent best-selling autobiography 'What Does This Button Do?' "The gig was immense, intense and probably the biggest show in the world at that moment for the audience and for us. That the world didn't really know didn't matter. It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings."

 

In addition to the film's June 29 release, a soundtrack album will be issued on CD/2LP on the same day. Read more here:

 

http://www.hennemusic.com/2018/04/iron-maiden-bruce-dickinson-documentary_20.html


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WENDY DIO GIFTS ROB HALFORD RONNIE JAMES DIO RING

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Here is your "awwww-some" moment of the day.

Wendy Dio reconnected with Rob Halford and the pair posed together with a ring. "This was a ring I first bought Ronnie when he first joined Black Sabbath. It has a cross on it," said Dio.

"Rob was such a good friend of Ronnie's I thought he should have it. We had a great time at the show."

DEF LEPPARD BASSIST RICK SAVAGE - "MAKING ROCK MUSIC IS JUST OUR INSTINCT"

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“Making rock music is just our instinct,” bassist Rick Savage tells MusicRadar when asked about the magic behind Def Leppard's chart-conquering rock epics.

 

“But it was coming up with songs and arrangements that transcended the rock attitude, without straying from the format, that made Def Leppard. We got into a mind space of not writing verses that went straight to the chorus, which bands still do today. I’d say we almost pioneered the idea of tricking people into thinking they were hearing a chorus before it would actually come.

 

“We’d have a bucket full of great eight-bar ideas and someone like (producer) Mutt (Lange), with the mental proficiency and bigger picture, would know which of them to glue together - sometimes creating progressions or key changes you never would have naturally written. These different ideas on offer created something above the norm. Quite often it didn’t work, it would sound bloody stupid…”

 

Read the full interview at MusicRadar.com.

 

https://www.musicradar.com/news/def-leppards-rick-savage-as-a-bassist-you-should-be-the-perfect-bridge-between-the-rhythm-and-the-colour


MICHAEL SWEET Says SWEET & LYNCH Collaboration With GEORGE LYNCH May Have 'Run Its Course'

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Michael Sweet says that his SWEET & LYNCH collaboration with George Lynch may have "run its course."

 

Launched earlier this decade, SWEET & LYNCH has yet to play a single live show despite issuing two acclaimed studio albums, 2015's "Only To Rise" and 2017's "Unified", through the Frontiers Music Srl label.

 

Speaking to the "Focus On Metal" podcast, the STRYPER frontman said that it's likely that there will be no future releases from SWEET & LYNCH.

 

"I've gotten to the point with SWEET & LYNCH where I'm almost sensing and feeling like maybe it's run its course," he said. "We did two albums. I talked about doing a third and a fourth and a fifth, but there is kind of no point to it if we don't tour. We really should be touring and playing those songs live. It's kind of pointless, after a while, if you're not doing that."

 

According to Sweet, another reason SWEET & LYNCH hasn't played any gigs is the fact that the LYNCH MOB leader and former DOKKEN guitarist "has his hands in so many different things. When the first album came out and the second album came out, I promoted the snot out of 'em and was really pushing, pushing, pushing, pushing," he said. "George didn't do a lot of promoting and a lot of pushing with those albums. It gets to be exhausting for me when I feel like I'm the only guy really pushing it. And that's not to take anything away from George — it's just a fact. It's a simple fact that I'm stating in saying that that becomes an issue.

 

"I'm one of those guys where I want everybody in the band pushing and promoting equally as much, as they should be," he continued. "Or why are you doing it? So I'm at that stage right now where I'm just kind of feeling like the fire is kind of dwindling. I don't want it to — I wanna pour some gasoline on the fire and ignite it again. Maybe that'll happen, but it's quite possible that it won't."

 

Lynch said earlier in the year that the third SWEET & LYNCH would be "a concept record" about Christianity, with George "advocating for one side of the argument" and Michael "advocating for another."

 

In addition to Sweet and Lynch, SWEET & LYNCH features bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE).


GUITAR CENTER REPORTEDLY FACING 'IMMINENT BANKRUPCTY'

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Guitar Center, the largest chain of music equipment stores in the U.S., is reportedly facing “imminent bankruptcy." Digital Music News said that financial service firm Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded the business to CCC– status, indicating that a default event is expected in the near future.


With 269 stores across the nation, Guitar Center has a history stretching back to 1959, when it began as Organ Center then The Vox Center before a final name change in the ‘70s. Despite dismissing 180 employees in 2015, it’s carrying a debt of over $1 billion and narrowly avoided defaulting on repayments this month, which led to the downgrade. Another financial service company, Moody’s, warned investors: “The rating outlook remains negative.”

 

The crisis follows similar problems at Gibson Brands, Inc, the manufacturer of Gibson guitars. Earlier this year it emerged that urgent reconstruction was required to avoid its collapse. Last month it was reported that $560 million was needed to cover debt repayments by the summer, following a round of staff layoffs, and investors were pressuring CEO Henry Juszkiewicz to step aside in favor of a new management structure.


In an earlier interview, Juszkiewicz had argued that guitar businesses had struggled to recover from the 2008 financial crash, and said he’d been trying to persuade guitar stores to modernize their offerings. “I’ve been arguing with retailers for a long time that you have to be a place where [customers] can sit and take in the store, and be a destination that is friendly. If you walk into most music stores, there's nowhere to sit. Give me a break! Most stores aren't comfortable places. … [I]t’s all about making the customer feel welcome, and helping them out by being knowledgeable. That's what the industry needs, because it doesn't have it. We have to get people involved in music, and offer them a helping hand.”


JUDAS PRIEST FRONTMAN ROB HALFORD CREDITS BAND'S LONGEVITY TO "DISCIPLINE, COMMITMENT, AND NEVER FORGETTING OUR FANBASE"

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British journalist and broadcaster Alan Ovington recently caught up with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and guitarit Richie Faulkner to discuss the band's new album, Firepower, and their long career. Check out the complete inteview using the audio player below:

 

https://soundcloud.com/aovington/rob-halford-ritchie-faulkner-judas-priest-mar-2018


On Judas Priest's longevity:

 

Rob: "When you start in any band, I don't think you have any idea as to how long your particular journey is going to last. You really don't have a clue. I think that when you come together as musicians, that's the furthest thing from your mind. You're working as a band to put your original material together with the hopes of connecting to a fanbase, and then if things are going well, to make a connection to a record company. From that point on, it's very much in the lap of the gods. I've always felt that where Priest has been able to get to, it's been down to discipline, our real love and commitment to making the best music that we can make, and never forgetting our fanbase."


SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR WITH QUEENSRYCHE

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After canceling four shows last year, Scorpions are bringing their Crazy World tour back to the U.S. They've announced five dates for this summer, with Queensryche serving as the opening act.


They'll begin at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in Stateline, Nev., on Aug. 31 and conclude at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sept. 14. You can see the tour itinerary below and get full details on tickets and VIP packages at the band's website.


In October 2017, following a show at the Forum in Los Angeles, Scorpions were forced off the road due to their singer suffering from a case of severe laryngitis. "Klaus Meine has been advised by top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice," read a statement. "If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage. We truly hate to disappoint our fans, and hope to come back to America soon, but this time we have no choice but to cancel.”


The band chose to name its latest tour after its hit '90s album in light of the times in which we live, they said. “When our album Crazy World was released back in ’91, right at the end of the Cold War, we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future," Meine said. "Now, 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day. After all these years, 'Crazy World' is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you out there."


Scorpions 2018 U.S. Tour Dates:


Aug. 31 -- Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena

Sept. 2 -- Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheatre

Sept. 7 -- San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum

Sept. 12 -- Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel

Sept. 14 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena


POISON - 30TH ANNIVERSARY RED VINYL EDITION OF OPEN UP AND SAY... AHH! ALBUM AVAILABLE

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Capitol/UMe is poised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Poison's best-selling album, 1988's five-times-platinum Open Up And Say… Ahh!, with a sensationally reproduced 180-gram reissue. The LP was pressed in two collectible color variants: red vinyl (available at select retailers) and a limited edition of 1,000 in green vinyl (available exclusively at The Sound Of Vinyl). Order Poison's Open Up And Say… Ahh! here:

 

https://ume.lnk.to/OpenUpAndSayAhhVinylPR


This exciting LP reissue also restores the album's original full-frame cover art, which initially featured a glammed-up cat person's elongated tongue extending fully down the middle of the cover image, ultimately protruding between the last two words of the album title that had been scrawled across the bottom. Yet back in the day, Open Up And Say… Ahh! was instead issued with a tighter, widescreen, mostly green-eyes-only view amidst a black background.

 

Originally released on May 3rd, 1988, Open Up And Say… Ahh! cemented Poison's status as one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, in turn garnering four Top 20 hits and including their first No. 1 single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". Produced by Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister), engineered by Duane Baron, and recorded at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Open Up And Say… Ahh! sealed Poison's standing in the rock pantheon with ten tracks chock-full of instantly singable choruses mixed with fist-pumping riffs, courtesy of the four-man-band chemistry between vocalist/rhythm guitarist Bret Michaels, lead guitarist C.C. DeVille, bassist Bobby Dall, and drummer Rikki Rockett.

 

The acoustic-driven universal lover's lament "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" reached No. 1 in December 1988, and fans of the cult-favorite 1991 film Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey will recall the power ballad's ubiquitous chorus as being the answer to the eternal question, "What is the meaning of life?" The album's other big singles include the ever-anthemic and always energetic "Nothin' But A Good Time", the wide-eyed dreamer's warning of "Fallen Angel", and a raucous cover of the 1972 Loggins and Messina hit, "Your Mama Don't Dance".

 

These days, Poison remains a consistently powerful concert draw, as this summer sees them heading out on their Nothin' But A Good Time Tour 2018, with special guests Cheap Trick and Pop Evil. And just like every cowboy, you can join in and sing along with the undeniably catchy energy of Open Up And Say… Ahh!


ZAKK WYLDE Says It Took 20 Days To Write New BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Album: 'We Don't Do Pre-Production Or Anything Crazy Like That'

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La Grosse Télé conducted an interview with guitarist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) prior to BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's March 8 concert at The Bataclan in Paris, France. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

 

On BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's new "Grimmest Hits" studio album:

 

Zakk: "We recorded it at the Black Vatican, my home studio. I was on the road doing ZAKK SABBATH and then we were getting ready to go do the new album. I said, 'How much time do I have to write when I get home?' They said, 'You have about 20 days before the guys get out here.' I said, 'Okay, I have 20 days to write a record.' I start chipping away at the stone and start writing riffs every day. That's about it."

 

On the writing process for "Grimmest Hits":

 

Zakk: "Like I said, I wrote it in 20 days, then the guys came out, we just, if there was anything for the two weeks that the fellas were out and we were tracking everything, JD [John DeServio, bass] and Jeff [Fabb, drums], if I came up with 'Free Bird' or 'Stairway To Heaven' or 'White Christmas', we'd record it when the guys are there. That's about it. We don't do the pre-production or anything or crazy like that. It's a rock record we're writing, you know what I mean?"

 

On whether there were any disagreements while recording:

 

Zakk: "Just like every other record, we always have a good time. You're doing what you love. But no, like I said, we just went in there and just knocked it out [pretty quick]. People were, like, 'Did you do anything different on this album than you did on any other record?' I'm, like, 'No. Nothing.' Like every other BLACK LABEL album, you go in with nothing and you see what you got. Let's see what we can come up with. That's the fun of it."

 

On the meaning behind the "Grimmest Hits" album title:

 

Zakk: "Like it says, 'Grimmest Hits'. Obviously, we don't have any hit songs, so you just keep it that way. We prefer to have no hit songs, because this way, we never sell out. No one will ever think we'll have lost any of our integrity. We don't have any hit songs, so that's what we do."

 

On whether he's working on any additional projects outside of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY:

 

Zakk: "No, it's just going to be BLACK LABEL and then I wouldn't change my situation for anything, then rolling with 'The Boss' [Ozzy Osbourne] now, we're going to be doing that until 2020. Then, ZAKK SABBATH, then I do the EXPERIENCE HENDRIX thing and the 'Generation Axe' thing with the fellas. I love doing all of it. I love staying busy and I love touring. I'm blessed. I wouldn't change my situation for anything."

 

On whether he has a favorite album that he's played on:

 

Zakk: "It depends. As far as the records go and everything, even from down and starting with 'The Boss', starting with Ozzy with 'Miracle Man' [from 1988's 'No Rest For The Wicked'] to now, obviously there's cool memories from every album I've done. Just really cool memories. I don't know…I love all of them because you cherish [all the memories]. It took all of that to get where I'm at right now, just sitting in this chair. As far as songs go, when they ask certain people, 'What's your favorite?' It's the next one you write because music is limitless. Like I said, I'm truly blessed with everything I have. I wouldn't change it for anything."

 

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will embark on the second leg of its North American tour with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and EYEHATEGOD this summer. Set to commence July 14 in Cadott, Wisconsin, the trek will make its way through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close on August 11 in Sayreville, New Jersey.

 

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's tenth full-length album, "Grimmest Hits", was released on January 19 via Entertainment One (eOne).


Check out the full interview here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3uUO_KKXNI


Stryper return with video for The Valley

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Stryper have released a video for their new single titled The Valley. Watch it below:

 

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


It’s been taken from the band’s 12th studio album God Damn Evil, which was released April 20 via Frontiers Music srl.

 

Speaking about the album title, frontman Michael Sweet tells All That Shreds: “We didn’t do it just to shake things up. We have a point to prove in a statement.

 

"A few years back we thought about using this title. We didn’t go with it because we felt it was a little too much at that time.

 

“Now, in 2018, with everything that we’ve seen on the news, the evil we’re faced with on a daily basis to new levels and new degrees, it made perfect sense for us to have an album called God Damn Evil.

 

“It’s a prayer request. It is what it is. It’s not a swear, it’s not just the shock statement, it’s a prayer request, and we’re asking God to damn the evil that we see.”

 

He adds: “It should be a prayer for everybody. Some people are freaking out thinking you’re taking the Lord’s name in vain, and it’s not that at all.”

 

Stryper will head out on tour later this month.


Stryper 2018 tour dates:

 

Apr 28: Trezzo Sull’adda Frontiers Rock Festival, Italy


May 04: Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion, MD

May 05: Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion, MD

May 06: Cleveland The Agora Ballroom, OH

May 08: New York Gramercy Theatre, NY

May 09: Asbury Park The Stone Pony, NJ

May 10: Warrendale Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, PA

May 12: Malden Mixx 360 Nightlife, MA

May 13: Halethorpe Fish Head Cantina, MD

May 14: Sellersville Theatre 1894, PA

May 16: Chesterfield Diesel Concert Lounge, MI

May 17: Grand Rapids The Intersection, MI

May 18: Ashwaubenon Green Bay Distillery, WI

May 19: Minneapolis Route 47 Pub N Grub, MN

May 23: Des Moines Val Air Ballroom, IA

May 25: Kansas City Ameristar Casino And Hotel, MO

May 26: Versailles BMI Speedway, OH

May 27: Madison Brat Fest, WI

May 30: Tulsa IDL Ballroom, OK

May 31: Houston Proof Bar Rooftop Lounge, TX


Jun 01: Dallas Gas Monkey Live!, TX

Jun 03: Pharr Events Center, TX

Jun 05: San Antonio Sam’s Burger Joint, TX

Jun 07: Atlanta Center Stage Theater, GA

Jun 08: Spindle The Foundation Performing Arts Centre, NC

Jun 09: Nashville Cannery Ballroom, TN


Jul 07: Barcelona Rock Fest, Spain


Sep 07: Hinckley Grand Casino Amphitheatre, MN

Sep 08: Saint Charles Arcada Theatre, IL

Sep 13: Orlando House Of Blues, FL

Sep 15: Carolina Vivo beach Club, PR


Oct 19: Denver The Venue, CO

Oct 20: Draper Letterheads Sports Bar, UT

Oct 25: Tempe Marquee Theatre, AZ

Oct 26: Tucson The Rialto Theatre, AZ

Oct 31: Hollywood Whisky A Go Go, CA


Nov 04: Sacramento Ace Of Spades, CA


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/stryper-return-with-video-for-the-valley

TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH Says JUDAS PRIEST And FOREIGNER Have Turned Into 'Cover Bands'

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TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French took part in a question-and-answer session at this month's Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida. 

 

Speaking about bands which have continued performing well past their prime, French said: "[JUDAS] PRIEST is 65 years, 70 years old, SAXON's 80 fucking years old. THE ROLLING STONES are 90 years old. Watching Keith [Richards] and [Ronnie Wood] trying to play guitar is like being driven in a tour bus by José Feliciano and Ray Charles without GPS — it's a terrifying fucking experience. If THE STONES were smart, they'd hire two 25-year-old guys from Nashville who know how to play their song parts and let these two cadavers walk around on stage and fucking act like Johnny Depp in fucking 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'. They can't fucking play. And it bothers me they charge eight hundred dollars [for a ticket]. At least when you go to see THE EAGLES, there's 45 guys on stage, 'cause you want the [band] to sound like THE EAGLES. And when you see go see Roger Waters, there's 45 guys on stage, 'cause you wanna hear what 'The Wall' sounds like. But THE STONES insist that you watch them decompose in front of your eyes for a high ticket price. And they suck so bad.

 

"I get annoyed only because we work so hard to be perfect every night," he continued. "And I watched them. I've been a STONES fan, by the way, all my life and saw them at the peak of their fucking life — in '69, '70, '71, '72. They were arguably the greatest rock band on the planet earth. And there's a DVD, 'Ladies And Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones', which you can watch. Why are they happy sounding so bad when you've got this?

 

"Now, PRIEST. Look what you've got with PRIEST. K.K.'s [Downing, guitar] gone — he went to golf. And now Glenn's [Tipton, guitar] left. And it's wonderful. And now it's a cover band, essentially."

 

After an audible reaction from the crowd, Jay Jay attempted to clarify his comment. "No, no, no… Wait, wait, wait… Hold on… I don't say this… I come from a world of cover bands," he said. "When TWISTED SISTER started in the bars, the cover bands that played the bars were better than the bands they covered. The reason why we were so big, the reason why RAT RACE CHOIR and the STANTON ANDERSON [BAND] — these are the bands that existed as bar bands back when we were playing in the bars — the reason why they were so good was 'cause they were better than the bands they were copying.

 

"You guys don't even know that [LED] ZEPPELIN was deteriorating so badly that by 1975, you couldn't go to a ZEP concert without throwing up," he said. "They were so bad! You couldn't give tickets away to ZEP concerts, but if you came to see ZEBRA playing ZEPPELIN on Long Island, you heard perfect ZEPPELIN — perfect LED ZEPPELIN. If you saw RAT RACE CHOIR, you saw perfect PINK FLOYD, you saw perfect EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER. It really mattered. I get that. I do understand it. It's a cover band. And that's what a lot of these bands are. FOREIGNER is a complete cover band; there's nobody left in FOREIGNER."

 

According to Jay Jay, TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 because the members of the band wanted to go out while they could still deliver the kind of performances that earned them the reputation as one of the strongest live acts around.

 

"TWISTED SISTER has a credibility thing," he said. "It's called we like to play with a band called TWISTED SISTER with the guys from TWISTED SISTER playing TWISTED SISTER music for TWISTED SISTER fans. And if we can't do that, we're not gonna do it. That's a personal choice that we made. And if we do it again, it'll be because we all decided we wanted to do it. That's a credibility issue that we have.

 

"TWISTED SISTER is a perfectionist band," he continued. "We've played thousands of show. Every show is perfect. Every show is the last show of our life. Every show is done with the sincerity and the heartfelt desire to make sure you walk out thinking that's the best thing you're ever gonna see. We may not be the best band in the world, but damn it, when you see us live, playing with [IRON] MAIDEN or any of these other bands, you're gonna walk out thinking we're the best band in the world, because that's what we do. And we all say this to every band we play with: 'Blow us away. Take us out. Knock us on our ass. Because if you do that, you've made the fans happy. You've made the fans really happy, giving them their money's worth.' Nobody ever does — ever comes even close."

 

TWISTED SISTER retired from the road less than two years ago after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour. The band's last-ever concert took place in November 2016 — 20 months after the passing of TWISTED's longtime drummer A.J. Pero.

 

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider recently said that he had no regrets about putting the group to rest, explaining that he wanted to "step away gracefully" before it was too late.

 

"Honestly, I can't do today what I did at the last TWISTED SISTER show — physically," he said. "I'm not getting any younger, and stuff is deteriorating, things are deteriorating, and there's things that I knew… I was thrashing like a lunatic, throwing my body on the ground, and I said, 'I can't go much longer.'

 

"Nobody gets to beat gravity," Snider continued. "When somebody defeats gravity, when somebody beats gravity, let me know. Because eventually it takes everybody out and we're all pulled into the ground. So I said, 'I've got to draw a line somewhere so that I can at least step away gracefully in some way.' It's what I had to do. And I love the [other] guys [in TWISTED SISTER] — I just couldn't continue on like that."

 

From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/twisted-sisters-jay-jay-french-says-judas-priest-and-foreigner-have-turned-into-cover-bands/