TOMMY SHAW AND THE CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA 'SING FOR THE DAY!' DEBUTS AT #5 ON BILLBOARD'S 'CLASSICAL ALBUMS' CHART
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SING FOR THE DAY!, TOMMY SHAW’s solo 2016 concert performance with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra made a grand debut on four of Billboard’s charts last week, including #5 on the “Classical Albums” chart. It also debuted at #5 on the “Classical Crossover Albums” chart, #6 on the “Top DVD Music Videos” chart, #8 on the “Music Video Sales” chart, and #49 on the “Rock Albums” chart. SING FOR THE DAY! was released June 29 via Eagle Rock Entertainment on Blu-ray, CD, and Digital Audio / Video. It jumped to #2 in its second week on the “Top DVD Music Videos” chart.
“I’ve gotten used to being part of the Classic Rock family of bands,” explains SHAW , “but the news of debuting at #5 on the ‘Classical Albums’ chart is something I never anticipated! It was a magical evening of music I’ll never forget.”
Filmed before an enthusiastic audience at the intimate Waetjen Auditorium in Cleveland, SING FOR THE DAY! presents unique versions of such classics as “Blue Collar Man,” “Girls With Guns,” and “Too Much Time On My Hands.” Under the direction of principal conductor / founder Liza Grossman, with accompaniment by guitarist/musical director Will Evankovich, the Cleveland-based Contemporary Youth Orchestra blended seamlessly with Shaw to create a one-of-a-kind experience. The songs of STYX / TOMMY SHAW / Damn Yankees are infused with the energy of the finest high-school-aged musicians in Ohio, as evidenced by such performances as the epic duel between SHAW’s guitar licks and a prodigious young violinist / CYO alum Lavinia Pavlish on “Renegade.”
Additionally, the set includes a special version of the STYX classic “Crystal Ball” featuring the debut of a lost verse that was never recorded.
As TOMMY SHAW says, “SING FOR THE DAY!, a retrospective look at some of my favorite songs I’ve written and co-written, performed with Contemporary Youth Orchestra, now remixed in glorious 5.1, takes them all to a higher place I’d never imagined."
This show also marked the 10-year anniversary of STYX’s original 2006 performance with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra -- One With Everything (previously released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on multiple formats).
It was truly a night to remember, as SHAW notes: "It was so much bigger and more everlasting than any of us imagined it would be."
In addition to the full 13-song set, the SING FOR THE DAY! Blu-ray includes 96K stereo audio of four songs with TOMMY SHAW and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra not included in the program -- “Down That Highway,” “The Great Divide,” “I’ll Be Coming Home,” and “The Night Goes On” -- soundtracking a slideshow of photos from the show, rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes.
In touring news, STYX wrapped up their co-headlining trek with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla in Holmdel, NJ Sunday night at the PNC Bank Arts Center in front of a sold-out crowd. They’ll now head back out on their own headlining dates throughout the rest of the year. New shows are already in the works for 2019 and will be announced in the coming months.
Check out STYX at any of the following stops :
Wed 8/1 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre
Thu 8/2 Sylvania, OH Centennial Terrace
Fri 8/3 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest 2018
Sat 8/4 Columbus, OH Ohio State Fair
Sat 8/18 Lancaster, CA Antelope Valley Fair – Grandstand
Sun 8/19 Redding, CA Redding Civic Auditorium
Tue 8/21 Kennewick, WA Benton Franklin Fair
Wed 8/22 Boise, ID Western Idaho Fair
Thu 8/23 Tulalip, WA Tulalip Amphitheatre
Fr 8/24 Salem, OR Oregon State Fair
Sat 8/25 Shelton, WA Little Creek Casino
Fri 9/28 Rancho Mirage, CA The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
Sun 9/30 Escondido, CA California Center for the Arts Escondido
Tue 10/2 San Jose, CA City National Civic
Fri 10/5 Stateline, NV Harrah’s
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Celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band in 2018, Nazareth is marking the occasion with a hard rocking new album, Tattooed On My Brain. Scheduled for release on October 12th, the album will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Tattooed On My Brain is their 24th full length album and the first to feature new vocalist Carl Sentance (ex-Persian Risk, Don Airey).
Listen to the first track to be released from the album, "Pole To Pole", below. "Pole To Pole" is available as an instant download with all digital pre-orders and on all streaming services.
Pre-order Tattooed On My Brain on CD/LP/Digital here:
Exclusive 2xLP Red Splatter Color Vinyl is available here:
Founding member, bassist Pete Agnew says about the new album: "What I know and expect is that this record, because of our new line up, will come under the highest scrutiny of any record in Nazareth'sh istory and after that, hopefully be judged as one of the best of Nazareth's career. While there is always going to be hints of the classic Nazareth sound on our albums, when you consider that all the musicians have been playing classic Nazareth songs for most of their lives, what is fresh, and inspired the new songs and new approach, is the fact that we have a new singer: Carl Sentance. You can change band members and still keep pretty much on the same road, but there is nothing that changes a band's approach so definitively as the sound, style and performance of a new frontman. It also influences the way the other guys write songs because mostly when you write a song for the band you have in mind whether it will suit your singer's style and how he'll sound singing it. And of course, with Carl we have not only a new singer but a great new songwriter as well, so the whole project was always going to be fresher than a new laid egg, given all these ingredients we had to work with. Tastes fantastic, by the way."
While it is difficult to sum up in few words the history and the influence on the history of rock that an act like Nazareth has had, there is no doubt that they have left an indelible mark. The band originally formed in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1968, releasing their eponymous debut album in 1971. The band broke through to a larger audience when, after supporting Deep Purple on tour, they released the Roger Glover-produced Razamanaz album in early 1973. A string of hit records including Loud 'N' Proud, Rampant, and their biggest success Hair Of The Dog (featuring the smash hits "Hair Of The Dog" and "Love Hurts") followed, cementing the band's legacy in the history of hard rock. Nazareth continued on throughout the '80s and '90s, making new studio albums and touring the world.
In 2014, original singer Dan McCafferty had to leave the band for health reasons and with his blessing, Carl Sentance is now fronting the legendary band. Rejuvenated and as energetic as ever, Nazareth is back with an album that firmly shows their roots, but also sees the band progressing forward and seeing the future. These songs are infectious, hooky and instantly memorable... just as you'd expect from Nazareth.
"Never Dance With The Devil"
"Tattooed On My Brain"
"State Of Emergency"
"Pole To Pole"
"The Secret Is Out"
"Don't Throw Your Love Away"
"What Goes Around"
"You Call Me"
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The sale titled Marvels Of Modern Music has been organised by RR Auction, with those interested in the items up for grabs having until tomorrow (July 19) to get their bids in.
In addition, CJ Ramone has put a number of Ramones-related items up for sale, including CJ and Dee Dee Ramone’s tour-used Ampeg Bass Amplifier Head and road case, CJ’s stage-used signature Mosrite bass, rare demos, backstage passes and posters.
The family of Boston’s Brad Delp are also sharing a range of memorabilia, including Brad’s gold RIAA award for Boston’s debut album and a 14-page notebook featuring handwritten notes and lyrics for his project with former Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau.
Other highlights include Bob Dylan’s handwritten letter to his friend, musician Debbie Green, around the time he recorded Desire, a gold and diamond ring once owned by Elvis Presley, a handwritten poem by Jim Morrison, Slash’s 1992 AMA for Favourite Heavy Metal Artist and a rare ticket stub from the Beatles rehearsal ahead of their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
There are also more than a dozen items relating to the Rolling Stones, including signed posters, photos, album covers and instruments.
For further details, visit the auction website:
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Red Dragon Cartel, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee, is set to release their second album, Patina, on Nov. 9.
It's the follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut.
Artwork and track listing have been unveiled (via Blabbermouth), along with word that the album was recorded at Obscenic Arts Studio in Dillsburg, Penn., which is owned by bassist Anthony Esposito, and reportedly mixed by veteran metal producer Max Norman. Esposito and drummer Phil Varone are making their recorded debut with the group, which also includes Darren James Smith on vocals.
Lee rose to fame when he joined Osbourne's band after the death of Randy Rhoads, playing on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin, before forming Badlands in 1988. In 2013, Lee told us about the negative reactions he got when he first got the job.
"I got a lot of support, but I also had a lot of 'Randy Rhoads rules. You suck,'" he said. "I mean, I got a lot of that -- and [it was] undeserved, I thought. That option is gone, you know? Randy’s gone and it’s not like he’s gone to go play in some other band -- he’s just gone. So either you guys want Ozzy to hang up his coat and call it quits, or cut me a little slack. ... I would be in my room, and the phone would ring and I’d pick it up. There’d be some guy on the other end of it -- this happened for about a month -- some guy on the other end of it would find out what room I was in and go, 'You suck! I should have gotten the gig,' and then start playing guitar over the phone to me! It was funny, but after a while it got annoying."
Red Dragon Cartel made headlines three years ago when the limo they were riding in to a gig in San Jose caught on fire due to an electrical short. The six people in the car -- including the driver, members of the band and its road crew -- were unharmed.
You can see the track listing for the new album below.
Red Dragon Cartel, 'Patina' Track Listing:
3. "Crooked Man"
4. "The Luxury of Breathing"
6. "Chasing Ghosts"
7. "A Painted Heart"
8. "Punchclown" (bonus track)
9. "My Beautiful Mess"
10. "Ink & Water"
GUNS N' ROSES DEBUT NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK "MOVE TO THE CITY" (1988 ACOUSTIC VERSION)
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SCORPIONS' RESCHEDULED U.S. "CRAZY WORLD" TOUR DATES WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST QUEENSRYCHE KICK OFF IN AUGUST
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Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, will return to America on August 31 to kick off rescheduled tour dates in Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, Tampa, and Hollywood, FL, as well as adding two new stops in Lake Tahoe, NV and Irvine, CA.
Joining the Scorpions on these U.S. dates will be Queensryche.
The full schedule is listed below. General tickets and VIP packages are on sale here:
"I am extremely happy to announce that the SCORPIONS have rescheduled all the remaining American dates that we were forced to cancel last fall due to my severe laryngitis. I was so overwhelmed with all the love and well wishes from our fans when we had to cancel, that the band and I were determined to get back to the U.S. to make these dates up to our loyal and dedicated fans. I am also happy to say that Queensryche will join us as well for these Crazy World shows! We look very much forward to seeing you out there and get ready to ROCK!," said singer Klaus Meine.
Last fall, the band released the ballad compilation Born to Touch Your Feelings (Best of the Rock Ballads) via Sony Music. The release included two new songs: "Melrose Avenue" and "Always Be With You," as well as an acoustic version of "Send Me an Angel." Stream and download the album across all digital platforms here:
With over 100 million records sold around the world, the band will play fan favorites from their incredible catalogue including "Wind of Change," "Still Loving You," "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Send Me an Angel," and many more.
Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer, and Animal Magnetism. In the '80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "No One Like You," as well a string of successful singles such as "Send Me an Angel," "Still Loving You," and "Wind of Change."
The band was also ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" also landed at #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.
In 2015, Scorpions released their 19th studio album, Return to Forever, the same year the band celebrated its 50th anniversary. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and has received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, a Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, and Echo honors. Most recently, they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.
SCORPIONS ON TOUR:
8/31 — Lake Tahoe, NV — Harvey's Lake Tahoe
9/2 — Irvine, CA — Five Point Amphitheatre
9/5 — Phoenix, AZ — Comerica Theatre
9/7 — San Antonio, TX — Freeman Coliseum
9/9 – Dallas, TX — Pavilion at the Music Factory
9/12 — Hollywood, FL — Hard Rock Event Center
9/14 — Tampa, FL — Amalie Arena
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According to WSLS 10 News, Ted Nugent refused to let fans bring guns into his July 17 performance in Roanoke, Va. Though Nugent is an outspoken supporter of the second amendment and actually encourages concealed carry at his shows, the Detroit rocker allegedly had a change of heart five minutes before doors opened.
Ted Nugent’s performance contracts actually request that fans be able to carry guns at his shows, and since Roanoke’s Berglund Performing Arts Theater is city-owned, the venue is not legally allowed to deny gun possession inside. According to WSLS, only performers can request that guns be banned from their shows, which is reportedly what Nugent asked for in a sub-contract with his promoter.
However, at the Berglund Center's guest guidelines page, the venue writes that it does not allow concealed weapons: "Anyone with a concealed weapon will be asked to return it to their vehicle."
"It happened about five minutes before we opened doors, we had a security meeting before we opened doors and the subject came up and we said, 'Yes people will be bringing firearms,'" Berglund Center General Manager Robyn Schon said. “Nugent's people said, ‘Uh, no, our agreement says no.'"
Two fans had their guns turned away from the show and Roanoke police added to their presence in case a situation escalated following the sudden change in concert policy.
"I don't have a problem with that at all," Nugent fan Tom Miller said to reporters. “I think you can look around and see this is an orderly crowd and I didn't anticipate anything else.”
Fellow fan Donna Belcher added, ”I think it's probably pretty safe because some people get in there and get pretty crazy, and I came to see the show. I don't want to get shot.”
Ted Nugent denied the report that he barred firearms from his show in a Facebook post:
"Dear God in heaven & damn the fakenews lying bastards! I gave the direct order tonight that guns were absolutely welcome to my concert. The media cannot be trusted. They are consumed with hate and dishonesty. We had a phenomenal concert tonight as I offered prayers for the soulless crazed hateful protesters. America be aware that the media is infested with America haters and liars. Meanwhile thank you Roanoke for a wonderful #6703 ultimate rockout! God bless you all. To hell with the lying punks."
Ex-JOURNEY Drummer DEEN CASTRONOVO On Feud Between NEAL SCHON And JONATHAN CAIN: 'I Was Grateful Not To Be There'
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Former JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo has commented on the war of words between Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain over a White House visit by several members of the band.
Schon and Cain feuded publicly on social media last summer after the keyboardist, singer Arnel Pineda and bassist Ross Valory were photographed with President Donald Trump. Cain is married to Trump's spiritual advisor, Pastor Paula White, one of the religious leaders who participated in Trump's January 2017 inauguration.
Castronovo, whose 17-year tenure with JOURNEY ended three years ago when the band fired him after his arrest for a variety of charges involving a former fiancée (including physical abuse, coercion, and unlawful use of a weapon), explained to All That Shreds in a new interview why he chose to stay quiet about Schon's issues with the other members of JOURNEY.
"I am extremely loyal to Neal and [Shrapnel Records founder] Mike Varney," he said. "They're the ones that discovered me. I owe both of those guys all of the loyalty in the world.
"When that stuff went down, I stayed out of it," he continued. "I have my own views and opinions, but I keep them to myself and make them public.
"I love all of the guys in JOURNEY. There are certain things that need to be separated from music, in my opinion, unless you're a band that makes a political statement.
"I was grateful not to be there, because I'm not good with drama," Deen added. "I just hit my three-year mark of being clean and sober, so drama has no place in my world."
Neal is the only remaining original member of JOURNEY who has appeared on all the band's albums.
Drummer Steve Smith returned to JOURNEY in 2015, filling a hole left by the departure of Castronovo.
JOURNEY's 58-city tour with DEF LEPPARD kicked off on May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut and will run through October 6 in Los Angeles.
Last year, Castronovo joined the rock 'n' roll collective known as THE DEAD DAISIES.
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Queen have released a second trailer for the long-awaited Freddy Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which will be released on Nov. 2.
As with the first trailer that came out in May, the tag line "The only thing more extraordinary than their music is his story" is prominently featured along with a new line: "This fall, fearless lives forever."
In the trailer, Mercury (Rami Malek) approaches his future bandmates after a gig and lobbies to be their singer. Mercury's longtime companion, Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), is also featured, as is Queen's uphill climb to stardom. The music includes a mash-up of "We Will Rock You," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Another One Bites the Dust," "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions"
There are also recreations of live performances as well as the recording of "Bohemian Rhapsody," which was the focus of the initial trailer. Upset with Mercury's perfectionism, drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) shouts at one point, "How many more 'Galileos' do you want?" To which Mercury replies, "Roger, there's only room in this band for one hysterical queen."
That line and a few other intimations of Mercury's sexual orientation in the trailer may have been included to deflect claims of "hetwashing" -- the changing of a gay character to a straight one -- that arrived with the initial trailer and the synopsis, which doesn't mention that Mercury specifically died of AIDS.
Writer and producer Bryan Fuller, who is gay, took the film's creative team to task. "I feel what the trailer is doing is queer-erasure," he said. "If they were out and proud with his bisexuality, they would have indicated he was bisexual. Showing him romantic with a woman, but not a man (three frames don’t count) is not a celebration of bisexual identity. It’s hiding it."
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VNUE, Inc. will be recording shows from the upcoming Stars Align tour with legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers - and making the recordings available for download within minutes after the last note each night via VNUE's set.fm mobile content delivery app and website. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit Willows Animal Sanctuary, a charity supported by Paul and his wife Cynthia Rodgers.
The shows being recorded begin July 24th in Houston, Texas, and continue through August 26th in Tampa, Florida.
Paul is joining forces with fellow rocker Jeff Beck, co-headlining the Stars Align tour, with Ann Wilson of Heart also appearing. Opening the shows will be Deborah Bonham.
"I had the pleasure to work with Paul and Bad Company on their 40th Anniversary tour a few years ago with my DiscLive team," said Zach Bair, CEO of VNUE. "Paul's performance is nothing less than amazing and his voice and his swagger are just as amazing as it was back in the "Free" days. We are completely stoked to be once again capturing the emotion of his performances and allowing fans to take home their experience with them."
"VNUE's set.fm gives my fans the opportunity to relive the concert they attended again and again, and relive their special night with me forever," said Rodgers. "I'm very glad that by working with VNUE I'm able to offer this innovative way for my fans to take my show home with them!"
Fans may pre-purchase the shows now by downloading the set.fm app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting bit.ly/PaulRodgersLive. Also, a limited-edition collector's item "VIP Live Club" laminate with any two free show recordings will be available for pre-sale by clicking through the link above.
Stars Align tour dates:
18 - West Valley City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
20 - Los Angeles, CA - Five Point Amphitheatre
22 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
24 - Houston, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
25 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
28 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
29 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
31 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
3 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
4 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
8 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
10 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
12 - Holmdel, NJ - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
14 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
17 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium
19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
25 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
26 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
ALICE COOPER AND DENNIS DUNAWAY HELP UNVEIL NEW ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT, "PART OF THE MACHINE: ROCK & PINBALL" - "YOUR PARENTS ARE GONNA HATE THIS MACHINE," SAYS ALICE; VIDEO
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The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's Part Of The Machine: Rock & Pinball is an interactive exhibit showcasing rock-themed, playable pinball machines combined with historic merchandise and artifacts to explore the artistic portrayal of artists and bands.
Alice Cooper and bassist Dennis Dunaway were in town to christen their pinball machine at the exhibit. Alice told FOX8's Gabe Spiegel how his pinball machine is extra loud and animated, but added that parents should still love it.
"If you're 75 now, you were a Beatles fan or hard rock fan. At 75, you used to be a Sinatra fan. Now rock has grown up. So parents shouldn't hate this."
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HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale has told Radio.com that she has been performing intimate cover versions of songs by some of her favorite pop divas during the band's recent concerts. "I started playing Adele's 'Someone Like You', amongst other things, in the middle of our set," she said (see video below). "We have a small section where we'll roll out my piano and I'll do our song 'Dear Daughter', and then I'll throw in some other things; for a while, it was Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always You'."
She continued: "It's fun to throw those things out there, because I think that no matter what walk of life you come from, or even the fact that it's at a rock show, we can all agree that Adele's awesome, and so is Whitney Houston. And I love looking at, like, the poster child for metal and masculinity staring at me in the front row and just seeing them sing every word."
HALESTORM will release its fourth album, "Vicious", on July 27 via Atlantic. Recorded last year at Nashville, Tennesse's Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz, the disc is available for pre-order at all DSPs and streaming services.
Deluxe album packages are available for pre-order exclusively at the band's official webstore, including the new album on standard vinyl, plus a limited-edition opaque purple colored double vinyl with enhanced cover art and bonus tracks, limited to 1500 units worldwide. Also exclusively available at the webstore are a limited edition t-shirt, dog tag necklace, autographed poster, and a free album cover magnet with physical album purchase while supplies last.
Raskulinecz is an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RUSH, KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES, in addition to having produced HALESTORM's third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", which came out in January 2017.
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Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS) spoke to Metal Wani about the recent passing of Vinnie Paul Abbott, saying that "PANTERA was the only band to really carry metal through the '90s." The PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer died on June 22 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54.
Portnoy said (hear audio below): "Vinnie was a friend of mine for a long time. We became friends right around when [PANTERA] put out 'Cowboys From Hell' and [DREAM THEATER] put out 'Images And Words'. We were both signed to Atco at the same time, so we were dealing with a lot of the same people. And I became good friends with not only Vinnie, but all four of the guys in the band, and, to this day, remain good friends with all of 'em.
"When Vinnie came on the scene, in terms of his drumming, I think [PANTERA] were the perfect band that was needed in the metal world around '91, '92, because pretty much the 'Big Four' were kind of knocked out of style by grunge," he continued. "SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, METALLICA and then also TESTAMENT and EXODUS and OVERKILL, all those bands around the early '90s got killed by grunge. So PANTERA was the only band to really carry metal through the '90s. I'd say PANTERA, MACHINE HEAD and SEPULTURA — to me, those were the three that were carrying it through. But PANTERA were the top of those.
"And getting back to Vinnie specifically, when I heard 'Cowboys From Hell' and 'Vulgar Display [Of Power]', it was, like, 'Okay, this is fuckin' great metal drumming,'" Portnoy added. "I already was listening to Charlie Benante [ANTHRAX], Dave Lombardo [SLAYER] and Lars Ulrich [METALLICA], but by the early '90s, Vinnie was kind of the next guy in line to carry the torch for the thrash or groove metal movement."
During an appearance on Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM show, Portnoy said that "Vinnie was a big part of the production" of the early PANTERA albums. "Him and Dime [PANTERA guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott] co-produced with Terry [Date]. So he was very into that stuff — they were done at his studios. And he was very into that — it was another thing that he was really good at that you forget about. You just think about the drumming and the partying, but he was also really behind the PANTERA production."
Vinnie Paul was buried on June 30 next to his brother and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas.
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Pollstar, a trade publication for the concert industry, has published their annual mid-year report of the top 100 worldwide tours based on gross tickets. While superstar pop acts such as Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift populate the top of the chart, there are numerous hard rock and metal acts that made the final cut.
The Foo Fighters came in at No. 12 with $53.6 million, while Metallica followed close behind at No. 19 with $40.6 million. Additionally, Iron Maiden came in at No. 52, garnering $17.3 million. Pollstar also compiled the top 100 North American tours, which saw Judas Priest making an appearance at No. 89.
We recently reported on Iron Maiden's box office numbers so far in 2018. It is worth noting that some of the tours tallied on Pollstar's reports have only just begun, such as Iron Maiden's current trek, so the totals don't reflect every band's full potential of a headlining run in 2018. Nonetheless, check out the current tallies of notable hard rock and metal groups below.
Have you seen any of these bands so far this year? If so, was it at a tour stop or a festival? Leave us a comment with your thoughts and be sure to share with a friend!
12. Foo Fighters ($53.6 million)
19. Metallica ($40.6 million)
52. Iron Maiden ($17.3 million)
53. Kid Rock ($17.1 million)
83. Avenged Sevenfold ($10.5 million)
91. Scorpions ($10.1 million)
29. Kid Rock ($17.1 million)
49. Foo Fighters ($10.3 million)
55. Avenged Sevenfold ($9.5 million)
83. Queens of the Stone Age ($5.7 million)
89. Judas Priest ($5 million)
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Journey's Neal Schon has expressed his interest in working with former legendary frontman Steve Perry again but he wants to do something with the singer outside of Journey.
Schon appearance on a recent episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and revealed that he believes "there's only one Steve Perry, even though I haven't heard him sing in years."
The guitarist went on to say, "I'm dying for him to put out his own record And I'd love to correlate with him on something that's different than Journey; something more R&B, because I love playing soul and R&B and blues and that's something that a lot of people don't really know, because I've been doing all these rock records." Stream the full interview here:
CRAZY LIXX TO REISSUE LOUD MINORITY, NEW RELIGION, RIOT AVENUE ALBUMS WITH BONUS TRACKS; "LIGHTS OUT" B-SIDE STREAMING
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Swedish hard rock outfit Crazy Lixx will reissue their long out-of-print 2007 debut album Loud Minority on October 12th. In addition to the original 11 tracks found on the album, the reissue will also feature seven bonus tracks, including Japanese bonus tracks and early demo versions of track.
Along with the reissue of Loud Minority, reissues of the follow-up albums New Religion (2010) and Riot Avenue (2012) will also be available on October 12th, each with added bonus material.
All three albums will be available on CD, Digital, and, for the first time, LP. The vinyl versions will all be special, limited edition color versions.
The bonus track "Lights Out" from New Religion can be heard below. Also available on all streaming services, as well as being available as an instant download with digital pre-orders of New Religion.
Crazy Lixx vocalist and original member, Danny Rexon on the reissue of Loud Minority: "The original pressing of 5000 albums was the only one ever made. We were on a small independent label at the time and even though the album was quite successful, peaking at #2 on the Swedish Rock charts, there was never any second pressing. The label ceased to be and we managed to buy out the rights for the album which we've now handed over to Frontiers. We're very pleased to be able to re-release this album a decade after it was originally out and after being unavailable for so long. Of all the requests we get from fans, this album has to be one of the most asked for."
"When we started out in the early 2000's I never thought vinyl would ever be a thing again, but since it has risen in popularity it's become something of a bucket-list thing to get our debut album (and the other ones of course) out on vinyl, so naturally we're very happy to be able to reissue these on vinyl," Rexon concludes.
Loud Minority Tracklisting:
"Hell Or High Water"
"Love On The Run"
"Make Ends Meet"
"Heroes Are Forever"
"Do Or Die"
"Bad In A Good Way" (Bonus Track)
"No Guts, No Glory" (Bonus Track)
"Do Or Die" (Bonus Track - 2005 Single Version)
"Dr. Hollywood" (Bonus Track - 2013 'Country' Version)
"Death Row" (Bonus Track - Demo Version)
"Bad In A Good Way" (Bonus Track - Demo Version)
"Love On The Run" (Bonus Track - Demo Version)
New Religion Tracklisting:
"Rock And A Hard Place"
"My Medicine (R.O.C.K)"
"21 'Til I Die"
"Blame It On Love"
"Road To Babylon"
"Children Of The Cross"
"The Witching Hour"
"Lock Up Your Daughter"
"What Of Our Love"
"Lights Out!" (Bonus Track)
Riot Avenue Tracklisting:
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"
"Fire It Up"
"In The Night"
"Church Of Rock"
"Sweet, Bad & Beautiful"
"Only The Dead Know"
"Red Hot, Red Blooded" (Bonus Track)
"Riot Avenue" (Bonus Track - Acoustic Version)
"Fire It Up" (Bonus Track - Acoustic Version)
"Sympathy" (Bonus Track)
|Posted on July 17, 2018 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather announced his memoir, The Gospel According to Luke, will be published in the fall.
The book, which includes a foreword by Steve Vai, will arrive on Sept. 18.
A statement describes the book as the “outrageous and often hilarious autobiography of [the] legendary session musician and lead guitarist and singer of Toto.” “No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto," the publishers said. "The dominant sound of the late ‘70s and ‘80s was not punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B first staked out on Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session crew in L.A., and further developed on the band’s self-titled multi-platinum debut. A string of massive hits followed for Toto while Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro also served as creative linchpins on some of the most successful and influential records of the era, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller."
The statement notes that Lukather "tells the complete Toto story. He also lifts the lid on what went on behind the closed studio doors, shedding light on the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Roger Waters and Aretha Franklin. Lukather’s extraordinary tale also encompasses the dark side of stardom and the American Dream.”
“How many bands collectively (all members past to present) can say that they have played on 5,000 albums, had around 225 Grammy nominations and were pretty much the house band on the biggest album in history?” Lukather said in a separate statement.
|Posted on July 17, 2018 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Greta Van Fleet have released a stream of their brand new single titled When The Curtain Falls. Check out the audio here:
The song is expected to feature on the US outfit’s highly anticipated and as-yet-untitled debut album, with the Michigan natives previously launching the EPs Black Smoke Rising and From The Fires.
Speaking about the album, frontman Josh Kiszka tells MLive: “We're reshaping it and then get into mastering and hopefully release it soon. It's looking like late summer.”
Further album details will be revealed in due course.
Greta Van Fleet are currently on tour across the US and have further dates planned for later this year, which will include more shows in North America, Japan, Europe and the UK.
Greta Van Fleet 2018 tour dates:
Jul 18: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Jul 20: Washington 9:30 Club, DC
Jul 21: Washington The Anthem, DC
Jul 23: Boston House Of Blues, MA
Jul 24: Boston House Of Blues, MA
Jul 27: Floyd Floydfest, VA
Jul 29: New York Panorama Music And Arts Festival, NY
Jul 31: Cleveland The Agora Theatre, OH
Aug 01: St Louis The Pageant, MO
Aug 03: Chicago Lollapalooza, IL
Aug 04: Chicago Lollapalooza Aftershow, IL
Aug 18: Osaka Summer Sonic Festival, Japan
Aug 19: Tokyo Summer Sonic Festival, Japan
Aug 23: Kahului Maui Arts & Cultural Center, HI
Aug 24: Honolulu The Republik, HI
Sep 07: Seattle The Paramount Theatre, WA
Sep 08: Seattle The Paramount Theatre, WA
Sep 09: Vancouver Skookum Festival, BC
Sep 11: Edmonton Shaw Conference Centre, AB
Sep 12: Calgary BMO Centre, AB
Sep 14: Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, OR
Sep 17: Oakland Fox Theater, CA
Sep 18: San Jose City National Civic, CA
Sep 19: San Francisco The Masonic, CA
Sep 22: Las Vegas iHeart Radio Festival, NV
Sep 23: San Diego The Observatory North Park, CA
Sep 25: Tempe The Marquee, AZ
Sep 26: Tempe The Marquee, AZ
Sep 28: Salt Lake City The Union Event Centre, UT
Sep 29: Denver Fillmore Auditorium, CO
Oct 01: Denver Fillmore Auditorium, CO
Oct 03: Dallas South Side Ballroom, TX
Oct 05: Austin City Limits, TX
Oct 06: San Bernardino Cal Jam, CA
Oct 11: Madison The Sylvee, WI
Oct 26: Paris Elysee Montmarte, France
Oct 27: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Oct 29: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
Oct 30: Hamburg Mehr! Theatre, Germany
Nov 01: Cologne Palladium, Germany
Nov 04: Stockholm Berns Salonger, Sweden
Nov 05: Copenhagen Vega, Denmark
Nov 07: Berlin Columbiahalle, Germany
Nov 09: London O2 Kentish Town Forum, UK
Nov 11: London O2 Kentish Town Forum, UK
Nov 14: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Nov 15: Manchester Academy, UK
|Posted on July 16, 2018 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
That's right legends, IRON MAIDEN lead singer BRUCE DICKINSON, has announced a special one-man speaking tour of Australia this October in support of his autobiography, What Does This Button Do? See full tour dates below.
An Australian first, and a must for heavy music lovers, Dickinson will be delivering compelling excerpts from the book, slides and a Q&A. Fans will finally get the chance to ask questions of the heavy metal icon in truly intimate venues. Ticket purchasers will also receive a signed copy of the New York Times Best-Selling autobiography!
WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? BY BRUCE DICKINSON AVAILABLE HERE:
BRUCE DICKINSON WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? TOUR 2018 DATES:
SYDNEY - THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER ENMORE THEATRE (All Ages)
MELBOURNE - FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER PALAIS THEATRE (All Ages)
CANBERRA - SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER LLEWELLYN HALL (All Ages)
NEWCASTLE - TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER CIVIC THEATRE (All Ages)
BRISBANE - WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER EATONS HILL HOTEL (All Ages)