GLENN HUGHES SAYS HE'S PERFORMING DEEP PURPLE MATERIAL TO HONOUR JON LORD AND TOMMY BOLIN - "I'M GRACEFULLY SAYING GOODBYE TO THOSE GUYS"
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Glenn Hughes says Deep Purple will soon cease touring completely, leaving him “the last man standing” who can play the band’s songs with authenticity.
Speaking on the White Line Fever podcast, Hughes discussed his current tour featuring Deep Purple songs, which will include the Steelhouse Festival in Wales in July. Check out the interview below:
Hughes believes Deep Purple will soon cease touring completely. “I’m saying this out of respect but Deep Purple are on a tour called The Final Goodbye or whatever it’s called (The Long Goodbye),” he said. “It would appear the band are stopping touring. That’s what I’ve been told from inside the office.
“All I can say to you is I’m doing the respectful thing by playing these songs. I may be the last man standing to do this, who can actually carry this off, and I’m going to embrace it and give it some love and bring it back to the fans.
“I just figured it was time to carry the torch, if you will, and play the songs I recorded and wrote whilst I was in the band - three albums and two live albums - and play a couple of the songs they did with David in Mk III and a couple of Mk II hits which I will carry in the same arrangement that I did back in the seventies. And I think it will be an incredible thing for me to embrace the songs and for the songs to be very believable from somebody’s who’s spiritually inclined to do that.”
Hughes said his motivations surrounded the honouring of fallen bandmates. “You know why I’m doing it? I lost two members in Jon Lord and Tommy Bolin. I’m basically gracefully saying goodbye to those guys. I’m also saying goodbye… I’m going to be doing some touring behind this and it’s very therapeutic for me, it’s very cathartic to do this and to do it with love because, you know, I almost didn’t make it.
“At the end of the seventies, I was almost a statistic so I stepped out of the fast lane and got well. All these years later, I’m spiritually in a good place and I’m trying to bring the love back to the fans and the followers. There’s two generations of Deep Purple, the fans that are my age and their children.”
Hughes recounted the story of an attempt by himself, singer Coverdale and keyboardist Lord to reunite with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. “Jon Lord, David Coverdale and I had a meeting about seven or eight years ago, before Jon got sick, about reforming with Ritchie but Ritchie wouldn’t take our phone call so after about six months of trying to get hold of him, we said ‘you know we tried let’s move on’. We did and then Jon got sick and passed away, I did a memorial show for him in London, at the Albert Hall.”
For the first time in 40 years fans in South America will witness Glenn Hughes perform a full concert of Deep Purple classics live. Hughes played his last concert with Deep Purple on March 15th, 1976 at Liverpool's Empire Theatre. That night, the British bassist and vocalist walked away from one of history's truly game-changing rock phenomena and never looked back... until now.
He arrives in South America during April 2018 for his special tour "Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple" for 11 powerful shows encompassing Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
Hughes comments: "I'm incredibly excited to go out and play songs like 'Burn', 'Mistreated', 'Stormbringer' and 'Getting Tighter', as well as some of those older songs that helped define the genre. I can assure you a concert that will blow your mind."
12 - Teatro Municipal - Valparaiso, Chile
14 - Club Chocolate - Santiago, Chile
15 - Teatro Flores - Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 - Centro de Convencoes, Sala Planalto - Brasilia, Brazil
19 - Cine Theatro Brasil - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
21 - Tropical Butanta - Sao Paulo, Brazil
22 - Studio Mirage - Limeira, Brazil
24 - Opera de Arame - Curitiba, Brazil
26 - Porao do Alemao - Manaus, Brazil
28 - Bar Opiniao - Porto Alegre, Brazil
29 - Circo Voador - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Organisers of Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering have announced a list of some of the artists who’ll appear at this year’s UK event.
It’ll be held at Catton Hall, Derbyshire, between May 24-27 – and it’s been confirmed that Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters will headline the festival’s Saturday night.
The Spring Gathering will take place across nine stages, covering a wide variety of musical genres, and will also feature a comedy stage.
Tickets are available directly through the festival’s website:
Plant released his latest studio album Carry Fire last year and will launch a DVD,filmed at David Lynch’s 2016 Festival Of Disruption, on February 9 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
|Posted on January 14, 2018 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan has checked in with the following update:
"'A brother has left the building.'
As a new year shines a light so do new beginnings. Some that make the heart flutter and some that just have to happen. I've been the original vocalist for Lynch Mob on and off for many years, I've played a lot of great shows and traveled a lot of miles with this band, I'm very proud to have been a part of the recordings and the brotherhood. I'd like to say thanks to the fans who have continued to come to our shows over the years and for all your interest in what we had to say in our new recordings.
Very excited for 2018! I'll be putting together a new recording and touring project. Writing and recording has always been the most satisfying aspect in being a musician, I'll be looking forward to writing with other artist and bands, 2018 is wide open and I'm feeling a sense of new beginnings coming on...
Best to all in 2018."
Lynch Mob’s new album, The Brotherhood, was released on Friday, September 8th via Rat Pak Records. Check out a video for “Miles Away” below, and order the album at this location:
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Neal Schon says that fans can expect a JOURNEY/DEF LEPPARD tour announcement "soon."
The JOURNEY guitarist made the comment while revealing on Instagram that he would appear as a guest at tonight's (Sunday, January 14) "G3" concert at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The "G3" tour features Joe Satriani, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen and DREAM THEATER axeman John Petrucci.
"Going to be guesting at G3 this Sunday with Joe, John and Phil," he wrote. "See you there. #guitar @nealschon @journeymusicofficial @defleppard @joesatriani @jpetimages @therealphilcollen Journey and Def Leppard comin' soon!"
Last week, JOURNEY drummer Steve Smith apparently confirmed to the Marin Independent Journal that his band will embark on a six-month tour with DEF LEPPARD in May. The trek, which is expected to include around 60 dates, will likely be announced at the end of this coming week, possibly on Thursday, January 18, when Schon and DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott are scheduled to promote the tour with media outlets in New York City.
DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen shot down speculation about a 2018 tour with JOURNEY in an interview with the Rock Titan web site conducted a few days ago, saying: "I don't think that tour is gonna happen. It's something that's been talked about, but I'm not sure anything has ever really been finalized. But I hope that, you know, we'll get to hear something in the not-too-distant future."
DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell hinted at the upcoming tour announcement during a January 10 appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Busy, busy year for DEF LEPPARD this year," Campbell said. "A big announcement coming in about a week or so about that."
DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY previously toured together in 2006. The trek was reportedly one of LEPPARD's most successful U.S. runs since the 1992-1993 "Adrenalize" tour. The DEF LEPPARD-JOURNEY package launched in June 2006 and consisted of three legs, taking the two bands up to November of that year.
At the time, DEF LEPPARD was supporting its covers album called "Yeah!"
DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen has said in past interviews that he would love to tour with JOURNEY again.
Schon and JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain feuded publicly on social media last summer after Cain and some of his other bandmates visited the White House in July, where they were photographed with President Donald Trump. (Cain's wife, Paula White, delivered the invocation at Trump's presidential inauguration.)
"I was not informed by anyone about the White House visit," Schon told Rolling Stone last month. "They have said many times that I wasn't invited. That being said, I wouldn't have wanted to be. We've up to that point never been involved with anything political or anything evangelical or any one religion. Being the founding member... I felt I should have been informed as they went as JOURNEY, not individually."
Video: GEOFF TATE Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of QUEENSRYCHE's 'Operation: Mindcrime' Album In Belfast
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Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate has just kicked off a European tour on which he is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his former band's "Operation: Mindcrime" album.
Fan-filmed video footage of the January 12 concert at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast, United Kingdom can be seen below:
Last month, Tate told Metal Wani said that he was thrilled at the prospect of playing the LP in its entirety once again. "We're going to perform the 'Mindcrime' album in its entirety, and the last part of the show will be a journey into the newer material from the [OPERATION: MINDCRIME] trilogy and some of the fan favorites from past albums as well. I'm actually really looking forward to playing the 'Operation: Mindcrime' album in its entirety again. I love playing that thing, and it's actually quite enjoyable to present, although it's a really violent record. It's going to be kind of a challenge for me to put myself in that head space for that length of time and then snap out of it."
"Operation: Mindcrime" is the third studio album of eleven that Geoff recorded with QUEENSRŸCHE. The concept album and rock opera is a story following Nikki, a recovering drug addict, who becomes disillusioned with the corrupt society of his time and becomes involved in a revolutionary group, acting as an assassin of political leaders. The certified platinum album was rated by Kerrang! as one of heavy metal's top 100 albums of all time.
QUEENSRŸCHE played "Operation: Mindcrime" in its entirety during the band's 1990 tour to promote the "Empire" album. The performance featured video, animation and guest singer Pamela Moore as the character Sister Mary.
Tate was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in 2012. A two-year legal battle followed where Tate sued for the QUEENSRŸCHE name, only for his former bandmates Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) to respond with a countersuit. They eventually settled the dispute, with Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson continuing as QUEENSRŸCHE, and Tate now having the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live.
Tate recently recorded a brand-new song in support of charity. All proceeds from the track, which is titled "The Way The Wind Blows", will benefit MercyWatch, a nonprofit focused on outreach to the homeless community in Snohomish County, located in the U.S. state of Washington, where Tate lives with his family.
"A New Reality", the third and final of a concept album trilogy from Geoff's OPERATION: MINDCRIME project, was made available in December.
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Sainted Sinners, fronted by former Accept vocalist David Reece, will release their sophomore album, Back With A Vengeance, on February 16th via El Puerto Records. A video for the track "Burnin The Candle" below.
“We were aiming for a more guitar heavy approach this time and also a warmer, more ballsy sound”, explains guitarist Frank Pané. “This time we already knew where to go. You definitely can hear my huge Van Halen and Randy Rhoads influences more than on the previous one. But it also has that Deep Purple touch, even with less keyboards this time. In other songs you definitely hear a Rainbow & Dio influence... and it goes on and on. These influences are totally natural and are not planned. So we just go with the flow and that's "the essence of rock 'n roll" for us."
The keyboards on Back With A Vengeance were handled by two guest members, Angel Vafeiadis and Los Angeles based Eric Ragno, who is known for his work with Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley (KISS) and Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP).
"I'm really happy and satisfied with the end result," summarizes Frank Pané. "Being a new band, it's hard to be recognized nowadays with all the hundreds of releases every month, so we wanted to make a statement that Sainted Sinners is a band you should look out for."
"Rise Like A Phoenix"
"Burnin The Candle"
"Back With A Vengeance"
"Tell Me I Was Wrong"
"Nothin Left To Lose"
"Waitin Til The Countdown Begins"
"Let It Go"
"When The Hammer Falls"
"Pretty Little Lies"
"Gone But Not Forgotten"
Sainted Sinners lineup:
David Reece - Vocals
Frank Pané - Guitar
Malte Frederik Burkert - Bass
Berci Hirleman - Drums
|Posted on January 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Joe Perry is taking the stage in support of his new solo album — and he's rounded up a bunch of his famous friends.
As previously reported, Perry is prepping Sweetzerland Manifesto, his first non-holiday solo studio effort in nearly a decade. Due Jan. 19, the new album finds the Aerosmith co-founder working with an array of well-known collaborators that includes Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander, Terry Reid and David "Buster Poindexter" Johansen.
Perry was joined by Zander — as well as Extreme singer Gary Cherone and Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo — for his set at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. Dubbed "The Sound of Rock," Perry's performance spanned 17 songs, touching on covers and new material, as well as Aerosmith classics; you can check out fan-shot footage from the show below.
All four of those special guests will be on hand at Perry's pre-release show for Sweetzerland Manifesto at the Roxy in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, along with Johansen and Reid. Billed as a "Joe Perry and Friends" performance, the sold-out date could be just the start of Perry's concert calendar this year — as he told Best Classic Bands recently, he expects to be back on the road with Aerosmith later in 2018, launching the next leg of a tour he expects to last into 2020.
In the meantime, Perry has plenty of his own projects to keep him busy, including a new boom box he's releasing in conjunction with Monster. Promising to "deliver the sound of classic rock the way it was intended," the new "Monster Blaster Classic Rock Edition" actually comes with a classic rock setting — reportedly tuned by Perry himself — that "pumps up the bass" while still accentuating mid- and high-range frequencies in order to deliver "the full emotional impact of the music."
Fans can expect to see the new unit in stores this summer, with the first 200 set to be personally autographed by the guitarist himself. "The Monster Blaster is the last boom box you will ever need," enthuses Perry in a press release. "It's an instant party that will Rock Your World!"
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With their latest album Vale, Black Veil Brides have revisited the "Wild Ones," the central characters from their 2013 Wretched and Divine concept album. As revealed in their new Robby Starbuck-directed video for "Wake Up," the Black Veil Brides members find themselves jailed with "The Prophet" (aka Andy Biersack), ready to face execution.
"Diversity of thought will not be tolerated," explains a demonic presidential figure, pronouncing that her truth is the only truth in a seemingly brainwashed world. Things don't look good for "The Prophet," as he's led to the electric chair in a publicly broadcast event, but there may still be one trick up his sleeve. Watch the video below.
Black Veil Brides' latest effort, Vale, was released on Friday (Jan. 12), reuniting the band with producer John Feldmann. This marks the band's first release since their self-titled 2014 effort, but singer Andy Biersack has filled a portion of that time with his more melodic leaning solo project under the moniker Andy Black.
After the time away, Black Veil Brides are enjoying a welcome return to the concert stage. They're taking part in one of early 2018's most anticipated tours, paired up with Asking Alexandria. See all of their scheduled dates here:
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In a feature by music writer Joel Gausten last year, Gardner discusses her new self-titled debut solo album, Vixen’s plans for the future and how she is able to rise above the loneliness and depression that impact so many musicians on the road. An excerpt from the piece appears below:
In addition to taking her solo material on the road, Gardner remains committed to fronting the current incarnation of Vixen, which features fellow classic-era members Share Ross (bass) and Roxy Petrucci (drums) alongside new guitarist Britt Lightning and keyboardist Tyson Leslie. While the band has experienced a host of breakups and reformations of the years (and not always on the greatest of terms), Gardner still feels at home participating the band that earned her international fame.
“It’s kind of a sisterhood. We have disagreements, and people go their own way for a while. Then, we’ll start talking again and get back together. There’s a lot of respect and love there, and I think that’s why we keep being able to work through a lot of disagreements about what to do and how to do it – things that are natural for bands to go through. I think it’s mainly the respect thing that keeps us glued together.”
Unlike many of her original contemporaries, Gardner remains active and creative in a profession not commonly known for ensuring longevity. For her, the key to maintaining artistic integrity – as well as her sanity – in an ever-challenging business is knowing when to give it her all and when to step aside. When not on stage or in the studio, she works part time as a dental hygienist in New England. This duel identity has allowed her the rare and much-needed opportunity to gain strength and perspective when the music world gets tough.
“I’ve had periods of inactivity where I was focusing on other things in life. I think having those other things solid in life is really important because the music business is not super-friendly. It can be really harsh and very much a rollercoaster ride. If you don’t have your personal life somewhat together – and you don’t have a good, solid family, friends and people who love you and are there for you no matter what – it can be brutal. People say, ‘Why do these people end up in rehab? They seem to have it all. Why do these people kill themselves when they have all of this?’ It’s hard to explain, but sometimes it’s a very lonely feeling. You’re out there playing for a bunch of people, you go back to your room and all you pretty much have is you when you’re out there. It’s a very strange feeling. But I just always made sure to reach out to family and keep people I love close. I hang out with my dogs; simple things are really important and help you get through it. But for me, I went back to college; I got a real job that keeps me very grounded, too. It’s something that I like doing, and I have a lot of friends there; that’s like another family. They’re very supportive of me in my music, too. They say, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to take the week [off] to go do your music. Working here will be here when you get back. The roof won’t fall in when you’re not here.’ I’m very fortunate to have that, because that gives me a lot of peace of mind that I’m not at the mercy of such a fickle business.”
The complete feature is available at this location:
|Posted on January 14, 2018 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
The CEO of the company behind the hologram of Ronnie James Dio says that the first leg of the "Dio Returns" tour was a resounding success, with "thousands" of fans coming out every night to take part in "an unforgettable experience."
Dio died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram was created by a company called Eyeillusion and made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.
The production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO band playing live, consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and LYNCH MOB's Oni Logan.
Last week, Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti posted a message on the company's official web site thanking fans for their support and underlining the project's goal of sharing the gift of Ronnie's music with future generations.
"Last month, we had the privilege of reuniting the late Ronnie James Dio's fans in celebration of the timeless music he left behind," Jeff wrote. "The incredible DIO band and our Ronnie James Dio hologram played seven countries and ten dates in 18 days! As the 'Dio Returns' shows went on and word spread about this special experience, the crowds kept growing. By the final dates of the tour, thousands were coming out for an unforgettable experience.
"It's not easy to be the first to do something in an industry that doesn't change all that often. But we're fans first. We had a vision that the music that has helped form the foundation of rock and roll should be passed down for generations and generations to enjoy. In the current business climate, that means live tours. After all, there's nothing quite like leaving everything behind for just a night to join fellow fans for an unforgettable experience. It's about the sound, the lights, the memories — just getting lost in the moment.
"A huge thank you to the extended DIO family for their unflinching support as we set out together to make history. None of this would have been possible without Wendy Dio, the band (Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim 'Ripper' Owens and Oni Logan), the crew and everyone else who believed in us. With a successful tour leg under our belt, we head to Pollstar Live! next month to meet again with the industry and start plotting the rest of the dates that will feature even more songs and a bigger stage show. Yes, we're truly just getting started!"
Owens said in a recent interview that Ronnie James Dio's widow/manager Wendy, who is also a member of the Eyellusion team, "spent a fortune" creating the Ronnie James Dio hologram and ultimately just "wants to please the fans." Goldy also disputed the assertion that he was doing the "Dio Returns" tour as a way of "cashing in," explaining that he is "always out of pocket on these things."
Craig added that while he is aware some of Dio's fans have an issue with the hologram tour, "many people understand the simplicity of this. It's not anything other than a grand gesture with the lights from the same gifted man who was the lighting director on the 'Sacred Heart' and 'Dream Evil' tours, the images on the two screens on each side of the stage, and only a handful of songs done with the hologram," he said.
In 2018, "Dio Returns: The World Tour" will make stops throughout Scandinavia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States, Venezuela and other countries, with many more dates to be announced.
|Posted on January 14, 2018 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Deep Purple, Mark II, is generally agreed to be the ultimate version of the hard rockers. The lineup of singer Ian Gillan, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice is responsible for many of the British group’s most beloved albums (In Rock, Machine Head) and songs (“Smoke on the Water,” “Highway Star”;). This might have also been the busiest lineup in Deep Purple’s history.
Between 1970 and 1973, this quintet recorded and released four studio albums, put out a double-live classic (Made in Japan) and released a couple of non-album singles (“Black Night” and “Strange King of Woman") – all while relentlessly touring Europe, North America and Asia. As the fall of 1972 approached, Deep Purple were burned out, and yet their punishing schedule had made the rockers as popular as ever. The band’s managers, Tony Edwards and John Coletta, wanted the group to continue to feed that popularity.
Using the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording truck – the same one Deep Purple had employed to record Machine Head in Switzerland – the band had begun work on a new album in July in Rome, between touring commitments. These sessions produced “Woman From Tokyo,” inspired by Deep Purple’s anticipation of their first tour of Japan in August. But, otherwise, this was kind of a bust. In terms of creativity, the band was running on fumes.
“We had just come off 18 months of touring, and we’d all had major illnesses at one time or another,” Gillan recalled more than a decade later. “Looking back, if they’d have been decent managers, they would have said, ‘All right, stop. I want you to all go on three months’ holiday. I don’t even want you to pick up an instrument.’ But instead, they pushed us to complete the album on time.”
Instead of taking a much-needed break, Deep Purple took the Stones’ mobile equipment to Walldorf, Germany, near Frankfurt, in October 1972. Blackmore felt that the sessions provided an opportunity for the band to rediscover its blues roots, after deciding that recent releases had “grown too ‘poppy’.” His guitar took on a bluesier sound throughout the sessions, the band encountered a blues workout on “Place in Line” and Gillan even did some scat singing on “Rat Bat Blue.”
But apparently there wasn’t much in the way of a creative discussion between Deep Purple’s guitarist and singer. Apparently, in 1972, they weren’t discussing anything.
“The last year of the band’s life, before ’73, I don’t think Ritchie or Ian Gillan spoke one word to each other,” Glover revealed in a BBC documentary. “They became two poles, because the more one would do it, the more the other would do it. And the more one got away with it, the more the other one was determined he was going to get away with it.”
With such friction in the band, Deep Purple often recorded their parts separately, cobbling together the follow-up to the massive hit Machine Head by overdubbing the different pieces. That method might have gotten the job done, but it lacked for the band’s chemistry, so evident on the live Made in Japan, released in the U.K. in December 1972 (and the next year in the U.S.).
Who Do We Think We Are, the seventh LP credited to Deep Purple, arrived in January 1973. The title was a reference to a Melody Maker interview with Paice (reproduced in the album artwork), in which the drummer discussed the hate mail that came to the group: “The angry ones usually start off. ‘Who do Deep Purple think they are … '” With a prominent riff, the album’s sole single “Woman From Tokyo,” became another radio hit for the band and coaxed the LP to No. 4 on the U.K. charts and No. 15 (with gold status) in the U.S. But the initially robust sales were also a carryover from the blockbuster success of “Smoke on the Water” and Machine Head. Save for “Woman From Tokyo,” Who Do We Think We Are is not one of Deep Purple’s most popular LPs with fans or critics, who comment on the effects of the band’s discord in their recordings.
Not long after the album’s release, during yet another tour, Gillan announced in a letter to the band that he would be leaving at the end of Deep Purple’s second Japan tour in the summer of 1973. Perhaps sensing an opportunity to radically shift the group’s sound, Blackmore suggested to Lord and Paice that they should replace Glover on bass. Before they could do so, Glover decided to leave the band with Gillan. Deep Purple, Mark II’s last show of their original run came in June 1973 in Osaka, Japan.
“It was the biggest shame in rock ’n’ roll,” Lord said with the benefit of hindsight. “God knows what we would have become over the next three or four years.”
As such, Deep Purple brought on singer David Coverdale and bassist/singer Glenn Hughes and maintained much of their success before splitting in 1976. The Mark II lineup got a second shot when the five members reunited for more albums and more touring in 1984, though nothing on the scale of the band’s early ’70s pace.
|Posted on January 14, 2018 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
One of the more combed over stories in rock and metal history concerns the early ousting of Dave Mustaine from Metallica and Mustaine's eventual formation of Megadeth and taking that band to great heights. For many years, there were some hard feelings, but Mustaine and the members of Metallica have since reconciled and have a better relationship these days. But as one of rock's more outspoken and frank musicians, Mustaine offered an honest assessment of where his life was in the early Megadeth days when questioned by one of his Twitter followers.
"What was your measure of success when starting Megadeth? What was your vision," asked a fan in a question to the rocker. He responded, "My measure of success was if I ate that day or not, and my vision was destroy @Metallica and stop living in a van. Good thing I got over my animosity for leaving the band. I’m glad we reconciled... where’s the Big 4 shows???"
Mustaine and Megadeth joined Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax on the highly publicized "Big 4" shows back in 2011. He revealed in a recent interview that he nearly pulled out of the Yankee Stadium show while suffering through neck and spine injuries, but that hearing a taunt from Metallica's co-manager Peter Mensch irked him to the point of deciding to play through the pain.
While the relationship is better these days, Mustaine recently revealed a credit dispute led to the hold-up of a Metallica No Life Till Leather reissue. But when that tweet stirred up some anti-Metallica sentiment, Mustaine was quick to squash the Metallica bashing amongst those chiming in on the discussion. After urging fans to move off the topic, he concluded, "I don't care if they like me or not, I still have to be respectful of them and their accomplishments for my own self-respect."
|Posted on January 14, 2018 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Joe Satriani has released a stream of his brand new track titled Catbot.
It’s the latest material to come from Satch’s album What Happens Next, which launched today (January 12) via Sony/Legacy Recordings.
Satch is joined on the record by his Chickenfoot bandmate and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, along with Black Country Communion mainman and bassist Glenn Hughes.
Speaking previously about the new record, Satriani told Guitar World: “The last two records really showed that I was enjoying playing with progressive elements, and when I reached the end of Shockwave Supernova, I said, ‘I think I’ve done it. For some reason, I don’t feel like going back over that any more.’”
Satriani has just started his North American tour in support of What Happens Now. He’s joined on the road by Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.
Satch will then play a handful of shows in the UK in April with Petrucci and former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth.
Find details below.
Joe Satriani What Happens Next tracklist:
Thunder High On The Mountain
What Happens Next
Super Funky Badass
Forever And Ever
2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen:
Jan 12: Salem Historic Elsinore Theatre, OR
Jan 13: Reno Grand Sierra Theatre, NV
Jan 14: Oakland Fox Theater, CA
Jan 16: Salt Lake City Delta Hall at Eccles Theater, UT
Jan 17: Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl, NV
Jan 18: Mesa Arts Center , AZ
Jan 19: Los Angeles Orpheum Theatre, CA
Jan 20: San Diego Balboa Theatre, CA
Jan 21: Tucson Fox Tucson Theatre, AZ
Jan 24: Denver Historic Paramount Theatre, CO
Jan 25: Kansas City Uptown Theater, MO
Jan 26: Irving The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory, TX
Jan 27: Austin City Limits Moody Theater, TX
Jan 28: Houston Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, TX
Jan 30: Orlando Hard Rock Live, FL
Jan 31: Jacksonville Florida Theatre, FL
Feb 01: Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, FL
Feb 02: Fort Myers Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, FL
Feb 03: St. Petersburg Mahaffey Theater, FL
Feb 06: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, NC
Feb 08: Wallingford Toyota Presents Oakdale, CT
Feb 09: Syracuse Landmark Theatre, NY
Feb 10: Albany Palace Theatre, NY
Feb 11: Greensburg The Palace Theatre , PA
Feb 14: Washington Warner Theatre, DC
Feb 15: Boston Orpheum Theatre , MA
Feb 16: New York Beacon Theatre , NY
Feb 17: Philadelphia Merriam Theater , PA
Feb 18: Newark New Jersey Performing Arts Center, NJ
Feb 20: Rochester Auditorium Theatre, NY
Feb 21: Toronto Massey Hall, ON
Feb 22: Northfield Hard Rock Live, OH
Feb 23: Chicago Theatre , IL
Feb 24: Minneapolis State Theatre, MN
Feb 25: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI
Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth 2018 UK tour dates:
Apr 24: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Apr 25: London Eventim Apollo
Apr 26: Bristol Colston Hall
Apr 27: Manchester Apollo
Apr 29: Portsmouth Guildhall
Apr 30: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Check out the audio of "Catbot" here:
BON JOVI ANNOUNCE SPRING LEG OF THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE TOUR; ALBUM TO BE RE-RELEASED WITH TWO NEW SONGS
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Global rock icons and newly announced Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 inductees Bon Jovi have announced the spring leg of their This House Is Not for Sale Tour, presented by Live Nation. The run will kick off in Denver, CO on March 14th and conclude May 14th at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. The Grammy-winning band will also celebrate their return to the road with the re-release of This House Is Not For Sale as a new version, containing two brand new songs, “When We Were US” and “Walls,” available via all download and streaming partners on February 23rd.
“Backstage With Jon Bon Jovi” Fan Club tickets and VIP Experience Packages go on pre-sale beginning January 16th at 10 AM, local time. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning January 16th at 10 AM, local time (12 PM in Canada) through January 18th at 10 PM, local time (except St. Paul, which will be February 13th to 15th, and from January 12th to 14th, ticket holders to Bon Jovi’s cancelled spring 2017 Denver concert will have access to an exclusive “Previous Purchasers” pre-sale to buy tickets to the March 14th Pepsi Center concert for 50% off [while supplies last]). Live Nation pre-sales will begin January 18th at 10 AM, local time and end at 10 PM (except St. Paul, which will be February 15th). General public tickets will be available for purchase starting January 19th at 10 AM, local time (except St. Paul, which will be February 16th) at Ticketmaster.com and through participating venue Box Offices. Each online ticket purchased will include a CD of the original This House Is Not For Sale. Visit bonjovi.com for updated tour and ticketing information.
14 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
17 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
20 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
22 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
23 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
25 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
26 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
2 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
4 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
7 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
8 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
18 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
20 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
21 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
24 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
26 - Chicago, IL - United Center
28 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
29 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
2 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
3 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
5 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
7 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
12 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
14 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT Shares Video Footage From Recent Recording Session With CINDERELLA's FRED COURY
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POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has uploaded the first episode of his video blog, featuring footage from a recent recording session produced by CINDERELLA drummer Fred Coury. You can watch it below.
POISON's reunited original lineup — Rockett, Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille — completed a North American tour with DEF LEPPARD last summer.
The band is scheduled to perform at this year's Rocklahoma festival, set for Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa.
Rockett was declared cancer free two years ago after undergoing an experimental treatment. He was diagnosed with oral cancer back in 2015.
Rikki last summer finalized his divorce from singer/songwriter Melanie Martel. The 56-year-old rocker and his ex-wife, who had a prenuptial agreement, share joint custody of their two kids — 8-year-old son Jude Aaron Rockett and 4-year-old daughter Lucy Sky Rockett.
|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Heart’s Ann Wilson has revealed she’s working on a tribute album to her fallen music heroes, with the working title of “Project Dead Guys,” on which she’ll honor her influences, including David Bowie, Tom Petty and Chris Cornell.
The announcement appears to suggest there’s no end in sight for the family disagreement that forced Heart onto hiatus last year.
In a short statement, Wilson explained that she was working with longtime Heart producer Mike Flicker on an LP that had only recently got underway. “It's a project very dear to me – a collection of songs by artists who have departed in the last several years: Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty and Chris Cornell to name a few,” she said. “To honor these great artists is my deepest pleasure, and Mike Flicker is working with me on this new record. It is thrilling work and I can't wait for you to hear what we are doing.”
In the meantime, the latest Ann Wilson of Heart tour dates start on Jan. 12. “We're excited to be back, performing intimate shows for y'all,” she said. “We hope you can join us for this unique experience again this year.”
Ann and sister Nancy Wilson spent the closing weeks of Heart’s last tour in separate dressing rooms for the first time in their career after an incident that involved Ann’s husband in 2016. Dean Wetter was arrested for physically attacking Nancy’s children when an argument got out of hand. Since the dispute, Ann began touring solo as Ann Wilson of Heart while Nancy and several other members of the band formed Roadcase Royale.
Ann confirmed last year that the duo had found themselves in disagreement over the future of the band even before the fight. “[Nancy] has a vision of playing the same old meat-and-potatoes set in Europe," she noted. "It can just go on for ever.” Meanwhile, Ann wanted to avoid becoming “a static thing that’s going to ride into obscurity without at least trying to evolve.” “I don’t mean to say she’s wrong," she explained. "We just differ, that’s all.”
Wilson added that she could see the feud coming to an end at some point after they’d allowed time to heal and received counseling.
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On March 23, THUNDER will release the brand new live album, "Stage", through earMUSIC.
"Stage" features hits from right across the band's career and includes fan-favorite classics, like "Backstreet Symphony", "Low Life In High Places" and "Love Walked In", and brings things right up to date with tracks from the 2017-released, Top 3 U.K. chart album "Rip It Up", like the storming title track and "She Likes The Cocaine".
"Stage" was captured at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on March 24, 2017 during the U.K. tour; the band also played the rest of Europe, North America, and Asia, across Germany with Alice Cooper, at Planet Rock's Rockstock, and is preparing to fly to Japan for some January 2018 dates.
Frontman Danny Bowes says: "The 'Rip It Up' album was so well-received — it was no surprise the tour was brilliant, too. We decided to include a Cardiff Motorpoint Arena show on the tour, purely because it was so good when we played there with JOURNEY and WHITESNAKE in 2013. Capturing it as well turned out to be one of our better decisions, because the resulting film and album are a shining example of an organic 'coming together' of fans and a band. We've released a few live recordings over the years, but this is most definitely up there with the best of them. We're extremely pleased with it."
"Stage" will be available as a 2-CD + Blu-ray, 3-LP, DVD, Blu-ray and a limited-edition box set.
The audio-visual formats will feature a host of bonus and interview material, whilst the limited-edition box set will include also boast the full "Live At The 100 Club" set, the "29 Minutes Later" acoustic set (only previously available as a Record Store Day release), and the documentary film "A Difficult Day In January: Thunder In London".
Since forming in 1989, THUNDER has established itself at the top table of U.K. rock, notching up some 20 Top 50 singles and two gold albums. The band's sound is a timeless marriage of unforgettable melodies and sheer rock power.
"Stage" track listing:
01. No One Gets Out Alive
02. The Enemy Inside
03. River of Pain
04. Resurrection Day
05. Right From the Start
06. Backstreet Symphony
07. Higher Ground
08. In Another Life
01. The Thing I Want
02. Don't Wait For Me
03. Rip It Up
04. Love Walked In
05. I Love You More Than Rock 'n' Roll
06. Wonder Days
07. She Likes the Cocaine
08. Dirty Love
|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Tributes have begun to come in for former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke who has died at the age of 67.
A post on Motorhead’s Facebook page confirmed the news earlier this morning, with Phil Campbell leading the tributes to the musician.
Campbell says: “Very sorry to hear today the sad news about Eddie Clarke. His iconic riffs inspired many and will remain dear in our hearts. RIP “Fast” Eddie Clarke.”
On Twitter, Saxon say: "We've just heard our good friend Fast Eddie Clarke has died. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones and family. He will be greatly missed, but he's gone to join Phil and Lemmy. We have great memories of our times with him. RIP Eddie.”
They later posted a picture of Clarke onstage with them in 2016.
Girlschool bassist Enid Williams posted a picture of her and Clarke and tweeted: “Goodbye Eddie and thank you for the memories. No words can do justice. Great guitarist, great man.”
Clarke was also the founding member of Fastway, with their Twitter feed saying: “All of us at Fastway HQ are absolutely heartbroken to have to post this – we have lost a legend.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. RIP Fast Eddie.”
Other artists to pay tribute to Clarke include Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, Doro Pesch and Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett.
See their tributes below.
Duff McKagan: RIP Fast Eddie.
|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
American singer David Reece (Sainted Sinners, ex-Accept, ex-Bonfire) has signed a multiple album deal with Mighty Music.
“I was searching for a record company that would see my vision as a solo artist so I reached out to Mike Tramp and he suggested I speak with Michael H. Andersen at Mighty Music," says Reece. "Michael teamed me up with the Danish producer and song writing team Marco Angioni and Martin Jepsen Andersen, both from the band Meridian. The collaboration we’re working on is exactly where I want to go musically - and Michael H. Andersen and Mighty Music have given me a home to release my new record and given me 100% support and belief in this new record! The album will be recorded at Death Island Studio in Denmark with Marco Angioni as producer, and is expected to be released in late 2018. Touring for the album will follow."
Michael H. Andersen, Mighty Music states: "I know David Reece is so much more, but the Eat The Heat record is one of those albums from the late 80s I still play a lot. Listening to that album on my walkman made life a lot easier being a teenager in suburbia, Denmark in the late 80s. Having said that, it is amazing to witness how much on fire David still is today. His vocal skills are still in another league and this man definitely has the energy to make a great new album. Proud to be welcoming you to my home, David.”
In February, David Reece will release the new Sainted Sinners album, Back With A Vengeance.
|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Gene Simmons’ trademarking rampage has become stuff of rock legend, but do you actually know what terms he’s attempted to own? During the KISS demon’s recent visit to our studio, we got an official short-list from Simmons himself.
One of 2017’s big stories was Simmons’ attempt to trademark the “I love you” hand sign. That gesture, along with the more malevolent “devil horns” has been universally associated with rock music for decades, so Simmons’ effort to “own” the symbol wasn’t well received by music fans. Gene eventually withdrew his application, but the stir allowed for a list of 182 alleged trademark endeavors from Simmons to be published via Noisey.
We asked Simmons about the trademarks, some of which he claims to have never filed for. However, many of them are true, including the term “Trophy wife.” “Trophy Wife was a show I created that Lion’s Gate and I were doing,” Simmons says. “Lion’s Gate said they wanted to change the title because it’s demeaning to women. I said, well, I appreciate that, but I didn’t create the term. It’s what it’s called when you have a beautiful woman and she has no other abilities … I’ve gotta do it my way or the highway, so I took the project back.”
Another successful trademark from the KISS legend was “?enis”. The slight twist on “Penis” was actually supposed to be the title of a book “about women’s and men’s fascination with that thing — the staff of righteousness.”
Finally, Simmons dismissed the famous claim by Ronnie James Dio that Gene had attempted to trademark “OJ” for orange juice. “That is an urban myth,” Simmons claims. Watch for yourself in our exclusive video below:
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