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Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's entire June 10 show at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below:
Joining the band on stage to perform the concert's three-song encore — "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight" — was guitarist Glenn Tipton.
The full setlist for the Copenhagen show was as follows:
04. The Ripper
05. Lightning Strike
07. Saints In Hell
08. Turbo Lover
10. Night Comes Down
11. Freewheel Burning
12. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
13. Hell Bent For Leather
15. Rising From Ruins
16. Metal Gods (with Glenn Tipton)
17. Breaking The Law (with Glenn Tipton)
18. Living After Midnight (with Glenn Tipton)
Tipton — who revealed in February that he has Parkinson's disease — previously played the same three songs with JUDAS PRIEST at several stops on the band's recent U.S. tour, including in Newark, New Jersey; Uncasville, Connecticut; Worcester, Massachusetts; Kent, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. It marked his first public performances since announcing his retirement from touring. He told BUILD Series about the experience of once again sharing the stage with his bandmates: "It's just amazing to get, first of all, support from the band. The texts and e-mails from all over world, and to hear the audience was very emotional. You don't like to see a grown man cry, but we did."
Asked if he is planning on making more live appearances with the group, Glenn told 105.7 WAPL: "I think so, yeah. As long as I'm capable of going on stage and doing my parts and doing it well. I love it — I love to be on stage with PRIEST, and I'll do it for as long as I can."
Tipton found out he had Parkinson's four years ago — after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of PRIEST's latest album, "Firepower". The guitarist, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST LP since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. He is being replaced on tour by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.
JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the "Firepower" world tour on March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
"Firepower" was released on March 9 via Epic.
The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour wrapped on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.
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Finesse, poise and experience are hallmarks of great drummers and none of those traits are typically embodied by 10-year-old boys. Johannes Rørvik Grov of Norway, however, does, as exhibited in his 12-minute video where he works his way through segments of every Metallica song from behind his kit.
The young headbanger confidently smashes his way through each Metallica album, track-by-track, not content just to take the most relaxed portions of the material. Grov demonstrates he is capable of executing rapid double kicks as well as the nuances of the complex songs on ...And Justice for All.
While the drummer doesn't perform this feat in a single take, it doesn't slight how impressive this is. The video's description states that this clip was recorded in two one hour sessions.
Check out the video below:
Metallica recently wrapped up a European leg of their "WorldWired" tour, which included a performance in Grov's home country where the band paid tribute to Norway's A-ha with a brief cover of "Take on Me." The thrash legends will return to North America in September with a scattered list of dates spilling into March of 2019.
GEOFF TATE Jokes That He Should Form QUEENSRYCHE 'Tribute' Band With SCOTT ROCKENFIELD And CHRIS DEGARMO
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Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate was interviewed on the latest episode of the "Shockwaves/HardRadio" podcast, hosted by Bob Nalbandian. You can now listen to the entire chat at this location:
A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the decline of the music industry as consumers value access over ownership and experiences over assets:
Geoff: "If the situation that happens to the record industry happens to the auto industry, the scenario would be that the government would step in and subsidize the industry until it got itself on its feet. But that didn't happen with the record-company situation.
"When people in the '90s started downloading music for free and filesharing, it took the money and the economy out of the record industry. And instead of fighting back, the record industry just shrugged their shoulders and said, 'Sorry. Nothing we can do. Well, maybe somebody will come up with a good idea.' And so we all sat around and waited for somebody with an idea that would save our income. But, honestly, as artists, we lost 85 percent of our income — 85 percent! That's pretty tragic. Now, of course, you have the imbeciles on the one side of the argument who say, 'Oh, well, those spoiled rock stars, they make too much money anyway.' And well, that's true — people that are successful make money. It's the American way. Let's not forget why we're here — it's capitalism at play. People have the right to make money, and you shouldn't persecute them or crucify them because they're successful; that's just asinine. But the whole thing just unraveled, and now it's a laugh.
"The record industry is a real joke, because they can't do anything — they really cannot do anything, 'cause they don't have any money. They don't make any money, so they can't spend any money. We used to be signed to EMI Records, one of the biggest record companies in the world. They had thousands and thousands of employees making money, having pension plans, providing food for their families, and it's all gone — all gone! That part of the industry — gone! And it's like that everywhere. So… c'est la vie! Those were good old days. [Laughs]"
On the importance of branding for artists:
"Well, that's a really interesting subject. It's really interesting for me, because it's definitely something that I had never thought about before — until the situation with QUEENSRŸCHE came about, when we were trying to establish who was QUEENSRŸCHE or what the name was worth and all that kind of thing. And it was evident to all of us that the name was everything — the name was the only value that we had.
"I remember when I was trying to go out and do what I do live [as a solo artist], the promoters, who I had worked with for years, were saying, 'I'm having a really hard time selling you, letting people know that you're out playing, because nobody knows your name. They just know QUEENSRŸCHE; they don't know your name, Geoff Tate.' So it was really strange to think about that.
"Like I said earlier, I had spent 30 years signing everything I did 'QUEENSRŸCHE'; I didn't sign it 'Geoff Tate'; I didn't make my name known — even though I did so much of the interview kind of things and I guess I was sort of the face of the band for a long period of time. But people really recognize the name [of the band] rather than [individual] artists [within the group] — unless you're a solo artist and you've always done that. So I'm kind of, in a sense, having to reinvent myself, at my age now, letting people know that I'm me [laughs], and I'm gonna be playing at a theater near you. And it's funny, when I say, 'Okay, I'm gonna be on tour.' And they go, 'Oh, really? Well, what music are you gonna play?' [I go], 'I'm gonna play my music.' 'You're gonna play QUEENSRŸCHE music?' I go, 'Well… yeah!' It's strange. I can't understand how they even see it any different, but they do.
"You're talking about branding and things like that being so important nowadays… We've seen the rise of the tribute band right now, and it's staggering to me that these tribute bands go out and they tour around the country — around the world in some cases — and they're doing multiple nights at venues, and they're doing great, while the original band doesn't. [Laughs] And that just seems bizarre to me — that a tribute band can have more success than the original band. And I was thinking to myself, well, now that Scott Rockenfield isn't playing in QUEENSRŸCHE and I'm not in QUEENSRŸCHE and Chris DeGarmo is not in QUEENSRŸCHE anymore, that just leaves two original players [in the current band]. So I thought, hey, why don't we all get together as a tribute to QUEENSRŸCHE? [Laughs] And maybe we'd sell more tickets. [Laughs]"
In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where the singer sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live.
Tate has since been replaced in QUEENSRŸCHE by former CRIMSON GLORY singer Todd La Torre.
Rockenfield hasn't performed with QUEENSRŸCHE for more than a year but has not officially left the band.
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Guns N’ Roses is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the European run of their Not In This Lifetime Tour. The video shows at breakneck speed how Axl, Slash, Duff, and the rest of the crew prepare before hitting the stage at performances including Download Festival in the UK.
The band is currently on the road playing 27 dates through the end of the year, and will close 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 29th. To view the band's complete tour schedule, click here:
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It's hard to believe that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards would have trouble offloading a home, but that's exactly what's been happening.
For two years, Richards and his wife, Patti Hansen, couldn't get no satisfaction, as they attempted to part with the New York City home they purchased in 2014 for $10.5 million. But it looks like the Greenwich Village coop is about to go for $9.9 million, following a makeover and a couple of price cuts.
In 2016, the musician and his model wife first offered up the three-bedroom Fifth Avenue penthouse for $12.2 million. With no takers, the property was yanked from the market before reappearing in October 2017 with a makeover by celebrity stager Cheryl Eisen for an even $12 million. The following month, the list price was reduced again to $11 million, and is now finally in contract after another $1.1 million reduction.
The building was erected in 1929 as a luxury hotel before eventually being converted into a coop. The duplex penthouse is situated at Washington Square Park and has three terraces to help owners enjoy the location.
The main level features an expansive and open 47-foot living, dining and entertainment space. A kitchen and dining area with a breakfast counter and walk-in pantry sits at one end of this level, while a flexible room with an ensuite bath can be used as a fourth bedroom at the other end.
It's hard to say whether it was Richards' idea, or Eisen's, but the room currently features twin beds, above which stenciled lettering reads "You're never too young to rock and roll." An open staircase with bronze, leather-wrapped railing leads to the second level, where the bedrooms are situated on either side of another entertaining area. The master bedroom is completed with two walk-in closets and a spa-like bath.
Richards recently promised that the Rolling Stones will deliver another new album in due time, but until then they're offering up The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016. The box set will be available Friday.
Also out Friday is Buddy Guy's new record, The Blues Is Alive and Well, on which Richards, along with Jeff Beck and Richards' musical partner Mick Jagger, contributed.
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Foreigner – Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Written by The Rock Man
Being a fan of English-American rockers Foreigner over the years has at times been challenging and somewhat frustrating. The market is overflowing with band compilations and re-recorded versions of the same classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s and it seems like every couple of years we get another of these cash grab offerings. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, as fans, we’d like some fresh new studio material from Foreigner; but alas, once again the band have elected to go down the tried and true road of releasing yet another reworked compilation record... but this one has peaked my interest and here is why.
Someone, either at the record company or within the band, had the brilliant idea to put this multi-platinum album selling band in a room with the renowned 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Choir from Europe. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter whose idea it was, the fact is it was a master stroke of pure genius. Musicians of hard driving heavy rock are a dedicated and passionate bunch; the same can be said for craftsmen of classical music, who are equally and possibly more devoted. When the two forces come together something truly magical and intangible takes shape, just look to Metallica’s S&M offering with the San Francisco Symphony or Scorpions Moment of Glory album with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as examples of what is achievable.
So in May of 2017 Foreigner partnered with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Choir for two sold out shows in Lucerne, Switzerland and the pay-off is dazzling to say the least. The event kicked off with the orchestra and choir, masterfully conducted by Ludwig Wicki performing a three-and-a-half-minute piece titled Overture which is gate crashed by the gritty guitar sounds for Mick Jones, Thom Gimbel and Bruce Watson as the open riff to Blue Morning, Blue Day bellows out of Marshall amps. As the rest of the band, accompanied by vocalist Kelly Hansen chimes in, it becomes clear very quickly this is going to be a once in a generational occasion.
From here it’s a string of hits, Cold As Ice, Waiting For A Girl Like You and Say You Will. All of which are taken to a new level, especially Waiting For a Girl Like You. I’ve never really been a big fan of the track, but this arrangement and the inclusion of the orchestra is simply marvellous. They should have recorded it like this in the studio for the album 4. As we work our way through the track list, we are treated to more classics like That Was Yesterday and Feels Like The First Time, but the standout moments of the record comes with this next block of tunes.
To fully understand the sheer power of rock music coupled with stirring orchestral majesty look no further than Double Vision. I’ll admit this song is one of my all-time favourite Foreigner tracks but this cut is off the page and worth the price of admission alone. The atmosphere is built on a bed of violins and the angelic choir, as this reaches its crescendo the drums and crunching melodic guitars kick in backed by further spellbinding violins and the result is unforgettable. In fact, unforgettable can also be used best to describe the fresh and slightly modified versions of hits Urgent, Jukebox Hero and I Want To know What Love Is.
By the time the CD (or DVD) has come to its conclusion, what fans of this iconic rock act are left with is a feeling of pure delight. Here is a collection of songs most of us have grown up with over the decades presented in a new light and backed by one of the best orchestra/choir combinations the world over. Even if you’re not a fan of Foreigner but just a fan of rock music, I would strongly urge you to consider checking this package out, if only, to bear witness to what is musically possible when two seemingly opposite genres collide.
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MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine says that he never releases records to take advantage of the band's fans.
Mustaine made his comments while promoting the 2018 deluxe reissue of MEGADETH's classic debut album, "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!"
Released on June 8 via Century Media and Legacy Recordings, "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill" features the original album remixed by veteran metal mixer Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL) and remastered by Ted Jensen.
In addition to the full album, the new package includes seven live audio tracks from VHS tapes found in Mustaine's own attic, as well as MEGADETH's 1984 three-track demo and the once-removed cover of Lee Hazlewood's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" that has been added back to the record with recut vocals intended to maintain the integrity of both the original song and MEGADETH's own rendition. The package is further enhanced by a new album cover featuring a fully executed sculpture of the iconic skull that has been lost over the many years since the album's initial release. The packaging also includes classic flyers and band photos pulled from their archive of metal moments from MEGADETH's 35-year history.
When Sakis Fragos, publisher/chief editor of Greece's Rock Hard magazine, suggested during a recent interview that reissuing "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" four times is "kind of unfair" for the MEGADETH fans who bought the previous versions of the album, Mustaine said: "I wasn't the one who decided [to re-release it once again]. These are things that come from the record company, and when a record company wants to do a release, there are a lot of things involved with it that the public doesn't know. Sometimes in order to enter into a new record deal with a new record company, they'll say, 'We wanna sign a record deal with you. We'll take your new music and we wanna put this one out; we wanna re-release it. That ain't up to me. And you know what? I've gotta tell you — I'm offended that you said that you think it's unfair that we did that. I never release records to take advantage of the fans. If you know me, you know I don't do that."
Mustaine went on to say that part of the reason he wanted to see "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" re-released is to bring the album's production up to date.
"When I was in the studio [making the original album], two guys walked in that were responsible for burning up half of our recording budget," he explained. "And David Ellefson [MEGADETH bassist] and I were left looking at each other, like, 'Can you believe that this just happened?' So for us to get an opportunity to go back in today and to do the record again with the technology today, for new fans that listen to bands like SLIPKNOT and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH — that's what they believe thrash and speed metal and hardcore and all that stuff kind of sounds like; not the songs, but the tone of it. So for us to get a chance to go back in and make this record sound good, who wouldn't wanna do that?"
Mustaine added that he understands why some people would think it was "unfair" of MEGADETH to re-release an album that has already been made available three other times in different versions. "You saw the way I reacted [to you saying that] — I was hurt, 'cause I don't want anybody to think that," Mustane told Fragos. "And that's exactly what happens when record companies do that. So that's why we put so many extra songs on there, so that the fans wouldn't think what you said. So we put numerous live versions on there, from one lineup and from another lineup and from another lineup — just versions and versions and versions — so that people wont' go, 'Fuck! I bought three of these, and now I have to buy four.'
"If it was my way, I think that the record companies have gone through so many different changes, they've made the fans so angry with changing formats, going from vinyl to cassette to DAT to CD," he continued. "And now I hear that the CD is gonna be going away. What about the guy that can't afford a fucking stereo and just buys a CD player and then we find out that CDs are gonna be gone? Great. So I have my own problems with putting out records and stuff. I joined The Recording Academy for the Grammys out here in Nashville, so that I can join… 'Cause I don't like the fact that they only have one category for heavy metal. And one of the things that we're doing is a group of us went up to Capitol Hill to fight so that musicians will get paid right. Because all the streaming stuff, the artists aren't getting paid right. So that's kind of where my head's at. It certainly isn't to take advantage of you, brother — I promise you that."
"Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill" track listing:
01. Last Rites / Loved To Deth (Remastered)
02. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Remastered)
03. The Skull Beneath The Skin (Remastered)
04. Rattlehead (Remastered)
05. Chosen Ones (Remastered)
06. Looking Down The Cross (Remastered)
07. Mechanix (Remastered)
08. These Boots (Remastered)
09. Last Rites / Loved To Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)
10. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
11. The Skull Beneath The Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)
12. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
13. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
14. Looking Down The Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
15. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
16. Last Rites / Loved To Deth (demo) (Remastered)
17. The Skull Beneath The Skin (demo) (Remastered)
18. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)
METALLICA ON RECEIVING POLAR MUSIC PRIZE THIS THURSDAY - "WE ARE TRULY HUMBLED AND INSPIRED TO BE RECOGNIZED IN THIS MANNER"
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On June 14th, Metallica will be presented with the prestigious Polar Music Prize at Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden. The band has checked in with the following update on the event:
"How to watch: if you live in Sweden, you can tune in to TV4 or stream the ceremony on TV4 Play beginning at 18.00 CEST. If you live or are stationed in Afghanistan, you can catch the ceremony broadcast on TOLOnews.
For fans outside of the Polar Music Prize broadcast regions, follow along with us throughout the week on Metallica’s socials as we explore Stockholm on Tuesday, Lars participates in the Meet the Laureates Polar Talk on Wednesday, and for the ceremony itself on Thursday!
We are truly humbled and inspired to be recognized in this manner and hope you will follow along with us throughout the whole experience! For more information about the Polar Music Prize visit polarmusicprize.org."
The prize, created in 1989 by ABBA manager and co-writer Stig Anderson will be presented to Metallica's drummer and bassist, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo, by the king of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, reports Tim Peacock of udiscovermusic.com.
“Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing,” Ulrich said in February when the award was announced. “It puts us in very distinguished company (including: Elton John, Sting, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen to name a few). It’s a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us.”
Members of Ghost and Candlemass will perform a Metallica song at the ceremony. Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple will read the citation, while former Motörhead and current Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee will perform a piece written for the occasion along with Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzen. Metallica will donate the $125,000 cash element of the prize to their All Within My Hands foundation.
Learn more at PolarMusicPrize.org.
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Yoyoka Soma is 8 years old, and she is an absolute monster on drums. A video of her covering Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” for the drum competition "Hit Like A Girl" has surfaced online and has garnered over 363,000 views in just two months.
In its description, Soma cites her favorite drummers as John Bonham, Chris Coleman and Benny Greb. “As a drummer, I enjoy being groove, tones and try to support vocalists carefully. My dream is to be the best drummer in the world.”
She explains that her first experiences with drums took place when she was only 2 years old, and by age 4 she started “started performing at concerts.” Soma also plays keyboards and is able to perform as a vocalist a well.
"Hit Like A Girl" is an annual global drumming contest for female percussionists. “Its purpose is to spotlight female drummers/percussionists and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age or playing level.” Participants are evaluated on performance (60 percent), presentation, (30 percent) and story (10 percent). We certainly think Soma checks all of those boxes!
Check out the footage below:
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Grammy-nominated band DAUGHTRY has released a new single, "Deep End". The anthemic track will be featured on the band's forthcoming fifth studio album, "Cage To Rattle", which is set for release on July 27 via 19 Recordings/RCA Records and is available for pre-order now. Fans who pre-order the album will receive "Deep End" as well as "Backbone" as an instant download.
"Deep End" was produced by Jacquire King (Niall Horan, KINGS OF LEON, James Bay) and co-written by Chris Daughtry.
"'Cage To Rattle' has been the most fun yet most challenging album we've ever made," says Chris. "It's a musical stew we've been cooking up for more than two years and we can't wait to satisfy the appetites of our amazing fans who've been patiently waiting for this record!"
Jaquire King states: "The thought of working with Chris really intrigued me. Undoubtedly, he's truly a great singer and we took the opportunity to go on a creative journey with his band to find something new for them. The outcome will showcase new dimension and inspiration that hopefully shows new and old fans the evolution of an artist."
DAUGHTRY has released four studio albums, scored four No. 1 hits and garnered four Grammy nominations. Additionally, the band has sold over eight million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. At radio, the band has also earned four No. 1 singles, including the multi-format hit No. 1 song "It's Not Over". DAUGHTRY's self-titled album was the fastest-selling rock debut in SoundScan history, and its follow up, "Leave This Town", marked the quintet's second consecutive No. 1 album. The band's third album, "Break The Spell", was certified gold within four weeks of its release, and the group's last studio effort, "Baptized", produced a gold-certified single, "Waiting For Superman".
DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN DISCUSSES HIS FIRST CONCERT EXPERIENCE, DEEP PURPLE - "IT BLEW MY MIND"; VIDEO
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Def Leppard and Journey have teamed up for a massive co-headlining North American tour. The trek is composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with half of the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour features complete sets and all-new production from both bands.
Def Leppard / Journey dates:
13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
16 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
1 - Atlanta, GA - SunTrust Park
3 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
4 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
6 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum
7 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
9 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
11 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
13 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
14 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
16 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
19 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
21 - Denver, CO - Coors Field
23 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
25 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field
28 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome
11 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
15 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
17 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
20 - Birmingham, AL - Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
22 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
24 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
27 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
31 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
1 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
5 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
7 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
8 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
21 - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park
23 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
26 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center Arena
28 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
29 - Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
1 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
4 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
6 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
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Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan was seen attending a steam power display hours before the band headlined the U.K.’s Download festival over the weekend.
The local charity Stapleford Railway posted pictures of McKagan alongside a firetruck speaking to its crew, and reported that he’d intended to travel on their miniature steam train.
The BBC said that GNR had been staying at Stapleford Park before their show, and that McKagan took the opportunity to visit the steam festival after buying a ticket for the train. “It’s a shame Duff didn’t get the chance to ride,” event organizer Nigel Spencer said. “He’s obviously quite keen on fire engines too.” The railway later said they had to temporarily stop offering rides due to a helicopter arriving to fly the band to the nearby Download site.
In related news, GNR guitarist Slash submitted a bid to end his marriage with estranged wife Perla Ferrar, offering her a deal worth $6.6 million plus $100,000 per month maintenance and $39,000 per month for each of their two children. The paperwork he submitted to a court, reported by The Blast, listed his monthly income at $345,000.
“Perla has been slow responding, or has deliberately drawn out responding, throughout this matter," Slash said in the submission. "I want to move on with my life.” The couple married in 2001 and first filed for divorce in 2010, before reconciling and then filing again in 2014.
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Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has confirmed to "The Metal Command" radio show that he is putting together material for the follow-up to 2014's "Give 'Em Hell" album. "I am working on a new record — yes, I am — but I'm doing so many shows that it's just not gonna be possible for me to make it anytime soon, I'm sorry to tell you," he said (hear audio below). "But I am working on it, and I have some tunes from John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE guitarist], a really heavy tune from Steve Stevens [BILLY IDOL guitarist], and another one from [guitarist] Devin [Bronson] from 'Give 'Em Hell'."
According to Bach, it's difficult to include new material in his live shows because so many people want to hear him sing the SKID ROW classics that made the band famous. "It is very hard to compete with those [early SKID ROW] records, 'cause everybody grew up with them," the singer explained. "So you're actually competing with more than just those records; you're competing with people's memories of their lives and what they were doing when they had the first SKID ROW record. And that's a challenge to compete with, because people hold on to their memories with such passion that they can never imagine that something could be better than that. But if you really try hard, and you really go for it, the cream does rise to the top. And I can give you just one very real example of that, and that's the song 'American Metalhead', which is off [Bach's 2007 solo album] 'Angel Down'. When we do that song, it kicks ass just as hard as 'Monkey Business'. Every show we do it at, that tune stands up to the other huge hit songs. Even though it's not a hit song, it is a hit song in our live show. So there's one tune that we always do pretty much every show, 'cause the crowd loves it. And I don't know whether it's 'cause of the heavy beat of it or because they're into being an 'American metalhead,' but that tune is a song that stands up to the other ones."
Despite the audience's reluctance to embrace brand new music from classic artists, Bach says that he hasn't given up wanting to be creative.
"I've always made records that I love — my whole career," he said. "From the first SKID ROW record up to 'Give 'Em Hell', I love 'em all, or I wouldn't put 'em out. And that's all you can do as a musician — you make something you love and hope other people will dig it too."
Bach recently began "cutting demos" for one of the tunes for his next studio album. According to the singer, the song was written by John 5, "and it rips."
Sebastian previously stated that "the mission" of his next record "is to capture a cool vibe, and I think that really involves live drummers playing — not just a drum machine, which seems to be too pervasive today in music." He added that the album would "be more uplifting and fun."
"Give 'Em Hell" was criticized by some for sounding "too modern" and a departure from Bach's '80s hard rock past.
Sebastian's autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", came out in December 2016 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Check out the interview here:
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We have the rare privilege of listening in on a conversation between Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale, as they chat over British high tea about the era in which both bands came up, and look forward to their Juke Box Heroes summer tour with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.
The tour kicks off June 15, in Bangor, Maine.
Ever the quick wit, Coverdale jokes immediately about the quality of the tea and the fakeness of the sandwiches the pair have been served; Jones examines the food and disagrees, noting “There’s something in there,” which earns a ribald retort from Coverdale.
You can watch the video, an exclusive UCR premiere, below:
They then get down to talking about 40th anniversaries (Whitesnake celebrate theirs this year; Foreigner’s was last year) and how much time has gone by so quickly. Jones mentions the headwinds both bands faced as they emerged in the late ‘70s.
“At the time, we were running smack against punk, New Wave; disco was huge,” he says. “We had to fight to maintain our identity.”
Coverdale concurs, remembering his latter years with Deep Purple. “At 26,” he recalled, “I was a dinosaur.” Still, he noted, some really good music came out of England at that time, like the Police, Elvis Costello and the Clash.
The pair also chats about hearing one another’s music and appreciating each other’s songwriting, before reminiscing about some of the perks they enjoyed in “the old days,” including having their dressing rooms lined with Dom Perignon. It’s all good fun, and you can listen in above, and check out their tour dates below.
Foreigner/Whitesnake/Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening 2018 Juke Box Heroes Tour:
6/15 — Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/16 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/19 — Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/20 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/22 — Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach
6/23 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/26 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/27 — Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/29 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/30 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/03 — Raleigh, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/04 — Charlotte, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/06 — Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
7/07 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
7/08 — Simpsonville, SC, Heritage Park Amphitheatre
7/10 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/11 — Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/13 — Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/15 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/17 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
7/18 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/20 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/21 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/24 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/25 — West Valley City, UT, Usana Amphitheater
7/27 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
7/28 — Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
7/31 — Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
8/01 — Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheater
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What was the riff that stopped you in your tracks and made you want to pick up an instrument? Gear Factor host Squiggy posed this question to the members of Halestorm at the recent Welcome to Rockville festival, and their answers gave insight into why they are one of hard rock's best bands: they were inspired by the masters.
When asked what got her to pick up a guitar, frontwoman Lzzy Hale says, "The one for me was 'Heaven and Hell' by Black Sabbath," referring to the title track of their 1980 album, which was their first after Ronnie James Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne. (Halestorm would later repay the debt to RJD, opening for the Dio-era Black Sabbath -- who were called Heaven and Hell -- and by covering Dio's "Straight Through the Heart" for the Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life tribute album).
"It made everything seem possible," she says of the "Heaven and Hell" riff. "'It sounds like something I could do!' That was the first for me. I was in Bethel, Pennsylvania on a twenty-acre farm, listening to it with my dad." She adds that that was also the first song that she learned to play on guitar, followed by Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n Roll." Jett was another crucial artist in Lzzy's life. Coincidentally, today both women have Gibson custom signature guitars.
The other members of Halestorm shared their first riffs with Squiggy as well. Drummer Arejay Hale recalled, "I've been playing drums since I was two or three, but when I was five or six or seven, I was in the car with my dad, and 'Rock and Roll' by Led Zeppelin came on the radio, and I heard that [drum] intro and then at the end, that drum solo, and I was like, 'Oh man! This is so cool!' And that was when I threw everything that I previously learned away and became a massive John Bonham fan, and wanted to take playing drums seriously."
He adds that "Rock and Roll" was probably the first song that he learned to play, and his sister points out that "We 'learned' them, but they were attempts to play them!"
Guitarist Joe Hottinger says, "I remember being on the way home in like 5th or 6th grade going by Millpond in Hartford, Wisconsin, we were listening to the radio... [it was] probably a Nirvana song. It was the mid-'90s. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' or 'Come As You Are.' 'I get it! I need it! Now!'"
As for bassist Josh Smith: "'Smoke on the Water' by Deep Purple. I remember being upstairs in my bedroom in Philadelphia, [sings riff] 'Dah! Dah! Dah!' 'I can play this! I can do this!' Yeah, 'Smoke on the Water' was it for me."
Halestorm's upcoming album, Vicious, will be available on July 27 and they'll be on tour through the summer.
Check out their tour dates here:
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Guns N' Roses headlined the second day of Download 2018 from the U.K.'s Donington Park this past weekend.
Axl Rose has been working with Appetite for Destruction-era members Slash and Duff McKagan against since 2016, after a layoff dating back to the early '90s. This was their first U.K. festival appearance together since the reunion, and Rose seized the opportunity. He changed up the line from "Welcome to the Jungle" in honor of their appearance: "Do you know where the fuck you are?" Rose asked. "You're in Donington, baby!" He also noted that Slash was a "fellow Englishman."
As always, Guns N' Roses peppered the set with choice covers from across musical genres, including Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman," the Who's "The Seeker" (which Rose dubbed "an old English folk song"), Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" and others. They also did songs from 2008’s Chinese Democracy, despite the fact that neither Slash nor McKagan appeared on that album.
Afterward, McKagan and Slash both sent out messages of thanks to the fans. "I am utterly speechless," McKagan said on Twitter. "Thank you, guys. You've been there from the very beginning." Slash, meanwhile, hailed the Download show as "such an awesome fucking experience! Thank you so much -- you guys were beautiful!"
The current Guns N' Roses lineup is rounded out by Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese.
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GUS G. On Being Replaced By ZAKK WYLDE In OZZY OSBOURNE's Band: 'I Think Some People Were More Upset About It Than I Was'
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Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G. has reiterated his claim that he was okay with being replaced by the returning Zakk Wylde in Ozzy Osbourne's solo band. It was announced in April 2016 April that Wylde would be rejoining Ozzy's backing group for all his upcoming solo show dates. Osbourne's touring lineup also includes Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.
Gus, whose real name is Kostantinos Karamitroudis, joined Osbourne's band in 2009 after building a name for himself as one of metal/hard rock's most exciting new shredders in his own melodic metal act, FIREWIND. The guitarist would go on to play on Osbourne's most recent studio album, 2010's "Scream" and managed to start a solo career while Ozzy was touring and recording with BLACK SABBATH.
In a recent interview with "The Right To Rock" podcast, Gus shared his thoughts and feelings when he got the word last year that Wylde would be stepping back into his role as Osbourne's guitar player: "I think some people were more upset about it than I was," he said. "I'm not saying I was really happy about it or anything, but given the circumstances, I had a really good run. Now he's retiring and he's 70 years old this year, I think, and he's bringing back his classic guitar player and there's a lot of history between them. It's something I totally understand. Obviously, he's a solo artist and he can play with whoever he wants. I can't say I didn't see that one coming at some point. Yeah, sure, I would have loved to do some more gigs with him and all that. In all honesty, there wasn't a lot of shows happening. He was busy with SABBATH and we would do scattered dates here and there. I don't know, it's great that he and Zakk are back together and also gives me the opportunity to focus on my own thing and basically just make a more long-term commitment plan into my own career. It was a gig that did a lot of good for me. It opened a lot of doors. It was only good times."
Gus was then asked if he saw any similarities between his situation in joining up with Ozzy in 2009 and ANGRA lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro getting the call to join MEGADETH in 2015. Like G., Loureiro was a recognizable figure in guitar shred circles and in the European metal scene because of ANGRA but was a largely unknown commodity in America before joining MEGADETH. "Kiko's a friend of mine," said Gus. "Our bands toured together 11 years ago, ANGRA and FIREWIND. It's a great thing, it's a wonderful thing that a guy like that, a great musician like him, he joined an iconic band like MEGADETH. A lot of people are hearing about him in America now. The guy has had a great career in Asia, Europe and South America for many years. Yeah, it's been a great opportunity for him and I was very happy to see him in MEGADETH. It was kind of a similar situation when I joined Ozzy eight, nine years ago."
G.'s latest studio album, "Fearless", was released April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Brand New Revolution" marks Gus's first release since exiting Osbourne's band in 2017. On "Fearless", Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) and drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE).
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Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently conducted an interview with POISON drummer Rikki Rockett. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Icon Vs. Icon: I'm sure POISON experienced trials and tribulations through the years. What are some lessons learned early on that impacted your career?
Rikki: "I think being honest with our fans was one of the most important things, literally. This kind of answers the last question a little bit too. Being an artist really is about coming from a personal place and in everything you do. It's not about trying to second-guess what the market wants and all that kind of stuff. That stuff is very fragile, and it doesn't work in the long run. I think that's why a lot of artists don't last now. Someone will come out and they are the shit for a while and you can't get away from it. Then, all of a sudden, a few years later, you are, like, 'What happened to them?' I think a lot of that comes from people getting in their heads and saying, 'Oh, I need you to do this for social media… ' or whatever. It's stuff that they didn't want to do. You can see that it's frail; you can see right through it. You go, 'That person isn't doing what they set out to do in the first place.' All this is unspoken, of course, and, eventually you just see it for what it is. We just always done what we've done. We didn't care that there was grunge or hip-hop. All that is fantastic, it's great, but this is what we do."
Icon Vs. Icon: I know you get asked all the time about a new POISON record. What I haven't seen much of is people asking what you envision a new album to be if and when the time comes. Have you given it much thought?
Rikki: "No. Well, I have as an individual, but as a band, we really haven't. I think one thing that we can all agree on is that it would be a fun, kick-ass rock 'n' roll record, because that is, at the end of the day, what we do. We're not suddenly going to do the PINK FLOYD thing and write 'The Wall'. Maybe we should! Maybe we should go out with an opus at the end! I mean, we have to do a rock opera before we bow out, right?"
Icon Vs. Icon: Very true! It does seem like everything ends up on Broadway these days!
Rikki: "Oh yeah! I think it would be amazing! [Laughs] I don't know the next release would be an album. It might just be a few songs here and there. How do you package and album these days? It's not the same as it used to be, and you don't do that anymore. You can for the sake of nostalgia, but, at the end of the day, I don't know if it really sells that way. Music these days is delivered electronically."
Icon Vs. Icon: That's a good point. It's interesting because there are bands who were peers of POISON who still put out amazing music, but it doesn't necessarily get the attention it deserves.
Rikki: "I agree. Look, not long ago they did a thing with younger adults and asked the question, 'Would you rather give up Snapchat or iTunes?' Sixty-five percent said they'd rather give up their iTunes. So, what's that tell you about music in general? That's scary and people have trouble wrapping their head around that, but music isn't as important in this culture as it once was in its own right. Meaning that it's an ancillary product to video games, a TV show or something else. To guys like us, we can't imagine that, because music is everything to us. That is our life and who we are at the end of the day but a lot of people who might be 15 years old don't see it that way. It's not everybody — don't get me wrong. There is some writing on the wall with some of these new acts coming out — they're rock bands! That's awesome and hopefully that trend will continue."
Read the entire interview at Icon Vs. Icon: