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The Spaceman cometh! Get ready Los Angeles, as Ace Frehley will sit down for a live conversation with moderator Ryan J. Downey at the MI Concert Hall in L.A. on Sept. 25. The chat, which will run from 7:30-9:30PM, comes right as Frehley is set to release his latest album, Spaceman, which is due Oct. 19.
Ace recently released the new song "Rockin' With the Boys," a track that has a lengthy history as he wrote it back in the '70s, and it follows on his previous single from the album, "Bronx Boy." The set consists primarily of original material, though Frehley did cover Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back" for the set.
The album also features a guest turn from Frehley's onetime KISS bandmate Gene Simmons, who shows up on the songs "Your Wish Is My Command" and "Without You I'm Nothing." Simmons also reportedly suggested the Spaceman album title for Frehley's new disc. Though Frehley is no longer a member of KISS, he remains friendly with both Simmons and Paul Stanley, as Stanley made a guest turn on his previous covers album, Origins, Vol. 1.
Look for Downey and Frehley to dig into the guitar great's past, present and future during the chat. It should be a lively conversation for all KISS and Ace Frehley fans.
Our sister site Ultimate Classic Rock is co-promoting this chat. "A Live Conversation With Ace Frehley" will be a free event, but you'll need to RSVP to Eventbrite using the code SPACEMAN in order to attend. The MI Concert Hall is located at 1655 N. McCadden Place in Los Angeles.
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JUDAS PRIEST will headline the first-ever Colombian edition of Knotfest, the music festival launched by the American metal band SLIPKNOT, on October 26 at Hipódromo de los Andes in Bogotá.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
For more information, visit KnotfestColombia.com.
Knotfest began in 2012 as a two-city fest in the Midwest before moving to Southern California and eventually merging with Ozzfest.
SLIPKNOT has headlined every festival except last year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest event, which was topped by OZZY OSBOURNE on Saturday and ROB ZOMBIE on Sunday.
GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION: MINDCRIME CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATION: MINDCRIME ALBUM IN SACRAMENTO
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Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of original Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate and his band, Operation: Mindcrime, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime on August 15th in Sacramento, CA.
Watch the band perform the songs "Revolution Calling", "Operation: Mindcrime", "Speak", and "I Don't Believe In Love" in 4K below:
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Aerosmith has officially announced details for a spring 2019 Las Vegas residency during their August 15th appearance on NBC-TV's The Today Show.
"We decided to do Vegas," said Steven Tyler on the morning broadcast from New York's Rockefeller Center. "Viva La Aerosmith." Guitarist Joe Peery - who broke the news of the series during a recent interview on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel - added, "We wanted to bring in there that we really can't do on the road on a regular tour. So we want to bring a show that still has Aerosmith and all the guts of Aerosmith but has a whole other element to it that we've never been able to do before."
Following the Today Show announcement, Aerosmith rocked a pair of classic hits on the program: 1989's "Love In An Elevator" and 1975's "Sweet Emotion."
"Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild" will see the Boston band perform at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in Las Vegas; the 18-date series will begin Saturday, April 6, 2019.
The group have teamed up with producer Giles Martin - known for creating the soundscape for "The Beatles Love" by Cirque du Soleil show - for what is being billed as "one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas," while the show will feature never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions.
In addition, the group promises "the world's first THX Certified live performance presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound" due to a partnership with THX and L-Acoustics for their first-ever residency. Watch video from the TV appearance here:
KISS DRUMMER ERIC SINGER TO JOIN AUTHOR DAVID FRANGIONI AT BOOK RELEASE EVENT TO CELEBRATE RELEASE OF CRASH: THE WORLD'S GREATEST DRUM KITS
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Take a step behind the curtain on Tuesday, August 21st at Mr Musichead on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Join author David Frangioni, KISS drummer Eric Singer, and other legendary drummers for a night of conversation.
To start the night, David Frangioni, Eric Singer, and other special guests will have a sit down and chat with guests about music, life, and their fascinating (inspirational?) careers. During this sit down, attendees will have the opportunity to ask any questions, and by the end of the evening will have learned all about the ins and outs of the music industry.
Mr. Musichead Gallery will feature photography from David Frangioni’s latest book Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits, and after the sit down, attendees will have the chance to purchase a copy of the book signed by David Frangioni, Eric Singer, and all of the special guests.
Who: Noted author David Frangioni and Eric Singer of KISS.
What: A gathering of drum aficionados / book release event to celebrate Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits From Appice To Peart To Van Halen, as well as the author’s previous work - Clint Eastwood: Icon.
When: August 21st from 6 - 10 PM.
Where: Mr Musichead - 7420 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
Why: Come discuss Crash and Clint Eastwood: Icon with the mastermind behind them. Beginning with a sit down and chat with Eric Singer, David Frangioni, and other prominent names from the industry, the evening will wrap up with a book signing.
For more on the book, head here:
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News of Steve Perry’s return to active duty — not to mention the release of “No Erasin’,” his first new music since the '90s — has made many people very happy, perhaps none more so than his old Journey bandmate Neal Schon.
Since the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, Schon has made a point of praising Perry in interviews, social media posts and from the stage at Journey shows. He has been busy
this week responding to a lot of people on social media, including fans and Perry himself.
When Perry dropped his first hint that something big was coming — a five-second video that read “I know it’s been a long time comin’ …” — radio personality Mitch Lafon tweeted at Schon, “He’s back … How cool is that?” Schon responded, “Very cool.”
Schon himself checked out Perry’s tweet, re-tweeted it and responded to him, “So now hopefully we can have the coffee,” a reference to his stated desire around the time of the induction to just hang out with his old singer again.
When the cover to Perry’s upcoming album Traces was leaked, Schon posted a picture of the cover, zoomed in to a segment of it in which a dove carrying an olive branch is perched upon an electric guitar. Schon tweeted, “Very interesting deep cover. It says a lot and now I get it completely. Time for coffee.”
Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn responded to Schon’s retweet, noting, “I think it's a beautiful thing to rediscover good vibes with an old friend.” Schon tweeted back, “Absolutely and I believe it all started heading in the right direction prior the [Hall of Fame] induction. I know we both sensed the sincerity of mutual love and respect for one another. It was more than evident.”
And then there are the interactions with fans.One such fan put up an Instagram post containing photos of Schon and Perry embracing the night of the Hall of Fame induction, which Schon re-tweeted.
He also got into a bit of a tiff with another fan. Schon had tweeted the message, “The one thing for sure. I believe that there has never ever been the same Amazing melodic Sense and Combination of a Voice and Guitar as Steve and I had naturally from the beginning. We were connected musically as 1.”
The fan responded, “Bring Steve back to Journey and it would be the best thing to ever happen to Journey. The impact would be massively huge. I guarantee it would completely change Journey for the better.” Schon, perhaps a bit testily, replied, “Give it a rest plz. He has no aspersions [sic] of going back. Forward is what it’s about. We are selling out stadiums right now.”
Perhaps, though, Perry has the last word, at least for this particular moment (until Schon tweets again). When interviewed by a Rhode Island radio station about his former bandmates, Perry deflected the question, saying that he was chiefly interested in his own new music, though he added, “It isn’t that I don’t love these cats. I especially love Neal. Neal is still in my heart. I’ve never heard a guitar player to this day play like [him].”
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Forever Warriors, Forever United, Doro's upcoming 25-track double album will be released on August 17th via Nuclear Blast. An unpacking video for the box set edition can be seen below:
"There are some big anthems on the album, countless heavy songs, as well as heart-warming melodies! The album is supposed to give you power and thus contains a lot of energy!", says the metal queen.
The album cover artwork was once again created by Doro's favourite artist, Geoffrey Gillespie. It portrays Doro in the middle of a swarm of wild metal heads exuding attitude, power and positive vibes. "The cover and the title form a perfect unit," Doro explains, "Just as it should be. It all fits perfectly in line with the songs, which also deal with some political themes."
Doro continues: "On Forever Warriors, Forever United, there will be a lot of big rock heroes. Fans might be curious about the many awesome guest musicians involved. There are some big anthems on both albums, countless heavy songs, as well as heart-warming melodies! The records are supposed to give you power and thus contain a lot of energy."
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Disturbed have announced that they’ll release their new album titled Evolution later this year.
The follow-up to 2015’s Immortalized is set to arrive on October 19 via Reprise Records, with the news coming after the band teased an announcement earlier this week.
Disturbed say in a statement: “It is with tremendous pride, joy, and anticipation that we look forward to sharing the next chapter in the creative life of Disturbed with the world. This record is truly unique, and very special to us, and we can only hope that upon listening to it, that the world will feel the same.
“The record showcases the most adventurous and eclectic combination of musical styles and moods that we’ve ever attempted in our careers. Each song truly has its own identity, feel, and power.
“The writing and recording sessions that fostered this album were truly an emotional and magical experience for us, creating without boundaries or limitations, and simply going where each day’s musical inspiration led us.
“Influenced by some of the great classic rock records of our youth, it is an experience unlike anything we’ve previously created. Its time is drawing near for the world to finally hear what is undoubtedly the most daring record of our lives.
“Evolution is coming. Are you ready?”
To mark the album announcement, Disturbed have released a video for the lead single Are You Ready which can be watched below:
Evolution will be released as a standard version and as a deluxe package – the latter featuring a live cover of The Sound Of Silence featuring Myles Kennedy.
It's now available for pre-order.
Disturbed - Evolution:
1. Are You Ready
2. No More
3. A Reason to Fight
4. In Another Time
5. Stronger On Your Own
6. Hold On To Memories
7. Savior of Nothing
8. Watch You Burn
9. The Best Ones Lie
10. Already Gone
Deluxe bonus tracks:
11. The Sound of Silence [Live] (Featuring Myles Kennedy)
12. This Venom
13. Are You Ready (Sam de Jong Remix)
14. Uninvited Guest
|Posted on August 16, 2018 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has paid tribute to her THE STARBREAKERS bandmate Jill Janus, calling the singer "passionate, generous" and "supportive to a fault."
Janus, who was also the frontwoman for the California heavy metal band HUNTRESS, passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A longtime sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon.
Earlier today, Nita took to her Facebook page to write: "The first time I met Jill Janus was in 2009. HUNTRESS had just released their first record. On the first day of the tour, Jill bounced into every dressing room in the building, wearing an undecipherable black metal logo shirt and chirping, 'Hi! I'm Jill from HUNTRESS. This is our dog, Party Time' while thrusting this tiny chihuaua with a spiked collar in everyone's face. I remember thinking... this girl is WAY different from any musician I've ever met. I didn't realize then HOW different, or that I would share the stage with Jill so many times. From belting out [IRON] MAIDEN songs at my birthday party to our cover band, THE STARBREAKERS, Jill brought that same level of enthusiasm to everything she did.
"Jill got sober shortly after I did. I remember when she finally got sober, the next time I saw her at rehearsal, she brought me an amethyst pendant she had made herself with the AA symbol attached. 'This will keep you safe, and strong,' she told me. 'Just keep it near you.' It HAS kept me strong, more so than she probably knew. I told her not too long ago about the many times I had escaped to bathrooms at events or bars and taken her little charm out of my purse to hold it and remind myself not to drink. She loved it. She made me take the pendant out of my purse to show her. I still have it with me now.
"Jill struggled with depression and mental illness for most of her life. I wouldn't have known it unless she spoke about it so publicly. As a friend, she was kind, passionate, and generous, supportive to a fault, and ALWAYS willing to go the extra mile. Her vocal range was like no one I ever heard (she covered five octaves during our shows) and her dynamic performance style made everyone who saw her an instant convert.
"Thinking of my friend alone somewhere in a dark enough place to take her own life is more than I can fathom.
"Sending all the strength and love in the world to her HUNTRESS band mates and loving boyfriend Blake... it was an honor to know your girl.
"Miss you, love you, and hope you have found the peace you needed."
|Posted on August 16, 2018 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
Wednesday, August 15th, marked the 33rd anniversary of the third Dio album, Sacred Heart, released in 1985. Original Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell (Last In Line, Def Leppard) shared his memories.
"I can't believe it's been 33 years since Sacred Heart was released," says Campbell. "To be honest, I don't have many happy memories from the making of this record. On both Holy Diver and Last In Line, there was a real sense of camaraderie in the band and everyone would hang out at the studio, even when we were done with our own parts, just because we were excited to hear every new development - we were all invested.
"On the first two albums I felt like we belonged to a team, but by the time we got to Sacred Heart things were different. Ronnie's mood had darkened considerably following his breakup with Wendy. Furthermore, it had become increasingly clear to me that Wendy (as Ronnie's manager) was determined to separate Ronnie from the band. She didn't see Dio as one creative unit. Ronnie knew better, but I suspect that in an effort to win back Wendy's love he was willing to bend to her whims. Thus began the beginning of the end for the original Dio band.
"When I separate my emotions from it and listen to the album solely on it's musical merit, there are many significant highlights, the title track being perhaps the most impressive. However, listening now after so many years, I can also hear the emergence of more keyboards in the songs and a more polished production - further steps away from the kinetic energy of the original band and the raw appeal of the earlier two albums."
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Greta Van Fleet have released a video for their new single When The Curtain Falls.
The video, directed by visual effects artist Benjamin Kutsko (the man responsible for effects on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Iron Man), takes its inspiration from "psychedelic aesthetics" and takes place in an abandoned desert scene.
It's thought that single When The Curtain Calls will feature on the US band's highly anticipated and as-yet-untitled debut album – though no further details have been made available at this point.
The single comes as Greta Van Fleet head out on a series of live dates across the US, Japan and Europe – check full tour dates at the bottom of the page.
Watch the video for When The Curtain Falls below:
Greta Van Fleet tour dates:
Aug 18: Osaka Summer Sonic Festival, Japan
Aug 19: Tokyo Summer Sonic Festival, Japan
Aug 23: Kahului Maui Arts & Cultural Center, HI
Aug 24: Honolulu The Republik, HI
Sep 07: Seattle The Paramount Theatre, WA
Sep 08: Seattle The Paramount Theatre, WA
Sep 09: Vancouver Skookum Festival, BC
Sep 11: Edmonton Shaw Conference Centre, AB
Sep 12: Calgary BMO Centre, AB
Sep 14: Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, OR
Sep 17: Oakland Fox Theater, CA
Sep 18: San Jose City National Civic, CA
Sep 19: San Francisco The Masonic, CA
Sep 22: Las Vegas iHeart Radio Festival, NV
Sep 23: San Diego The Observatory North Park, CA
Sep 25: Tempe The Marquee, AZ
Sep 26: Tempe The Marquee, AZ
Sep 28: Salt Lake City The Union Event Centre, UT
Sep 29: Denver Fillmore Auditorium, CO
Oct 01: Denver Fillmore Auditorium, CO
Oct 03: Dallas South Side Ballroom, TX
Oct 05: Austin City Limits, TX
Oct 06: San Bernardino Cal Jam, CA
Oct 11: Madison The Sylvee, WI
Oct 26: Paris Elysee Montmarte, France
Oct 27: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Oct 29: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
Oct 30: Hamburg Mehr! Theatre, Germany
Nov 01: Cologne Palladium, Germany
Nov 04: Stockholm Berns Salonger, Sweden
Nov 05: Copenhagen Vega, Denmark
Nov 07: Berlin Columbiahalle, Germany
Nov 09: London O2 Kentish Town Forum, UK
Nov 11: London O2 Kentish Town Forum, UK
Nov 14: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Nov 15: Manchester Academy, UK
|Posted on August 16, 2018 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Without question, AC/DC is one of the greatest rock bands in history. Their mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the '70s and is synonymous to rock culture to this day. It continues to be one of the defining sounds of rock and metal, and combined with the larynx-shredding vocals of Bon Scott (1974 - 1980) and Brian Johnson(1980+), the band enjoyed commercial success well into the 2000s, even up until 2016 selling out stadium shows across the globe.
"Let There Be Rock – Orchestrated" is a world first and brings to light a unique production scale that brings the thunderstruck sounds of AC/DC in to a world all of its own, featuring a line-up of some of the world's best rockers coming together to form a super group and backed by a 30-piece symphony orchestra to power out the biggest sound ever created! As previously announced, this unique concert event will hit four stages in Australia this year in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Thirroul.
The team behind "Let There Be Rock" is pleased to announce that next year, on January 19, 2019, "Let There Be Rock – Orchestrated" will bring down the house at the one and only currently scheduled U.S.
event, taking place at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles (just before the 2019 NAMM show).
A VIP meet-and-greet is also available to attendees and can be purchased via the Eventbritelink above. The meet-and-greet will take place post-show and will include a photo op with the entire all-star band, plus early entry into the theater for prime viewing position selection!
At "Let There Be Rock" attendees will hear the full orchestrated rock arrangements of many AC/DC classics, including "Highway To Hell", "You Shook Me All Night", "T.N.T.", "Whole Lotta Rosie" and so many more in this two-hour concert production. Imagine "Back in Black", the seminal anthem of generations, with the power of the 30-piece symphony orchestra conducted by Australia's most celebrated conductor — George Ellis, behind one of the most rocking super bands assembled!
Titled in recognition of AC/DC's fourth Australian album released in 1977, "Let There Be Rock – Orchestrated" will feature all the hits from AC/DC's career from both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras. With a second-to-none lineup featuring AC/DC and DIO's own Simon Wright, ex-JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus, CHEAP TRICK drummer Daxx Nielsen, former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke, WHITESNAKE bassist Michael Devin, THE EDGAR WINTER GROUP guitarist Doug Rappoport, UGLY KID JOE vocalist Whitfield Crane, YouTube guitar phenomenon Fillipo "Solo Dallas" Olivieri, guitar legend Joel McDonald, former bassist for ARIA Hall Of Famers THE ANGELS James Morley, and buzzworthy powerhouse rock vocalist Cynthia Gallie on lead vocals, this show will prove to be one of the most exciting rock 'n' roll events to hit Los Angeles next year.
For more information, visit www.letthereberockorchestrated.com.
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Journey fans who never stopped believing are in luck because lead frontman Steve Perry is back with his first song since 1998.
Perry begins “No Erasin’,” the first single off his forthcoming album Traces, by singing, “I know it’s been a long time comin’,” and although the song is about seeing an old love again, it is a fitting line for the return of one of rock’s most beloved voices.
In a statement shared on his website, Perry admitted that for many years he thought he was done with music. “Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons, but mainly my love for music had suddenly left me. I knew that simply stopping, was what I had to do. If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do. If not… so be it, for I had already lived the dream of dreams.”
Check out the video here:
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Phil Collins said he’d take part in a Genesis reunion as long as Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks agreed to have his son, Nic Collins, become their drummer.
Nic has been touring as part of his dad’s band since he returned to performing last year – a move that increased speculation that Genesis could also return after an 11-year hiatus.
“I wouldn’t say there isn’t not a possibility,” Collins told Rolling Stone in a new interview. “Me, Mike and Tony are pretty close still. I can’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t play the drums, but anything is possible.”
He recalled that both of his colleagues had been “raving about Nic” after seeing the Collins band in London last year. “Mike made the appropriate comment of, ‘He just gets it. He just gets what is needed and what is required and why you’re doing this for that song.’ I thought that was a wonderful thing to say. He was 16 at that point," Collins said.
"I think that, yeah, if we did anything I think it would have to be with Nic on drums, because I don’t think I’m capable of it. I think their opinion of Nic is high enough for them to take him on board as part of the band.”
Collins pointed out that an actual conversation hadn’t taken place yet. “I did mention to Tony very quietly if we did anything again, it would be with Nic on drums," he explained. "He kind of didn’t say no. But I’m not sure if he heard me or not.”
Nic said last year that he’d be “ecstatic” if he was invited to become involved. “That Genesis stuff, drumwise, is something else, absolutely unbelievable,” he reflected. “But to be honest, I don’t think there will be another Genesis reunion tour. They did it in 2007 and I doubt it’ll happen again.”
MIKE TRAMP - FORMER WHITE LION SINGER ANNOUNCES 20TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF CAPRICORN ALBUM - TWO INTIMATE SHOWS CONFIRMED
|Posted on August 16, 2018 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Former White Lion singer Mike Tramp's debut album as a solo artist, Capricorn, saw the light of day 20 years ago back in 1998. Now the right time has come make a proper reissue of the album.
Mike Tramp says: "22 years ago, I walked into a recording studio in Reno, Nevada to record my first solo album. I was both curious and nervous. Did I have style, did I have a sound. Now looking back after 10 solo albums.
Capricorn is the foundation of every album I have done ever since, it is Mike Tramp, it makes me proud."
The 2018 anniversary issue of Capricorn will be released on November 2nd via Target Records in the following formats: white ltd edition LP (500 copies only), CD and digital. The album has been remastered at Medley Studios in Copenhagen and the artwork carefully restored and refreshed.
In connection with the release of Capricorn, Mike Tramp will be performing two exclusive Capricorn shows at Zeppelin Rock Bar in Copenhagen on October 31st and November 1st. Only 50 tickets available each day (contact [email protected] to purchase tickets).
The Capricorn 2018 anniversary edition can be pre-ordered now on ltd. white LP, CD (signed personally by Tramp) and also a new Capricorn t-shirt design is available at the official Mike Tramp webshop.
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For those helping to connect the dots, we salute you. AC/DC fans have had reason to be excited of late with photos snapped of Angus and Stevie Young as well as estranged vocalist Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd outside Vancouver's Warehouse Studio. Many have made the leap to assume that the band is recording, with the studio being the home to AC/DC's most recent studio albums. Now another piece of the puzzle has been added thanks to the Ear of Newt website, who tweeted a photo of Johnson and Rudd with engineer and producer Mike Fraser outside the studio.
Fraser is a well known Vancouver producer, engineer and mixer, and in the photo, the ponytailed knob turner is seen on his phone while Johnson and Rudd look on clutching coffee mugs. According to Canadian journalist Steve Newton, the photos have been taken by Crystal Lambert, who has a nearby apartment and has been keeping watch on the activity going on with the AC/DC members. Fraser's credits are plentiful, but he was the engineer on AC/DC's Stiff Upper Lip, Black Ice and Rock or Bust albums.
It should also be noted that Chris Slade, who filled in during Rudd's absence on the last run, and Axl Rose, who stepped up when Johnson's hearing issues necessitated his exit, have not been spotted either.
While no official announcements have come concerning Rudd or Johnson's return to the band, the presence of Fraser makes it reasonable to assume that the group's time at the Vancouver studio is likely album related rather than the possibility of rehearsing for a tour. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out.
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HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus has died by suicide. She was only 43 years old.
Jill's family and bandmates have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Jill Janus — frontwoman for the California heavy metal band HUNTRESS — passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A longtime sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.
"Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands THE STARBREAKERS and CHELSEA GIRLS. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.
"Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.
"If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress."
Janus has been open over the years about her battles with not only mental illness, in the form of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder and alcoholism, but also physical illness in the form of cancer.
Jill told Psychology Today in a 2015 interview that she attempted suicide for the first time at the age of 16 "with a pair of scissors. I was getting mandatory counseling at school but didn't see a psychiatrist until I was 20," she said. "I was then diagnosed manic-depressive and participated in a medical study at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan."
Janus was eventually diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, telling Psychology Today: "I've always seen and heard things others couldn't.
Many visions or dreams would manifest into reality, which my family and friends described as my 'psychic ability.' This caused more drama at school, being called a 'freak' and getting beaten up. When I was 17, the visions and encounters with 'other-worldly creatures' was almost a daily occurrence."
In a Revolver interview, Janus described how the schizoaffective disorder evolved into full schizophrenia, which affected her in her 20s and continued until her death. She said: I was suicidal constantly. I was very suicidal early on in my life. Then in my mid-20s, it shifted to full-blown mania, where I can't really remember much of my 20s. I can't remember anybody from high school, either. I lost my long-term memory and can't remember names, faces, or even places. We'll be at a venue on tour and [HUNTRESS guitarist] Blake [Meahl] will be, like, 'We've played here two times before,' but I'll have no recollection."
Janus was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2015 while HUNTRESS was working on its third album, "Static". She was eventually declared cancer-free after undergoing a hysterectomy.
"Static" was released in 2015 via Napalm Records.
According to PopCulture.com, a number of her musical peers have taken to social media to share their shock and sadness over Janus's death, with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bass player Chris Kael saying she had "SUCH a powerful voice matched with an equally beautiful personality," and former PRONG guitarist Monte Pittman writing that the news has left him, "speechless" and "shattered."
|Posted on August 15, 2018 at 12:35 AM||comments (1)|
Gioeli Castrnovo – Set The World On Fire
Written by Juliano Mallon
One of the most anticipated albums of the year, "Set The World On Fire" reunites Johnny Gioeli and Deen Castronovo for the first time in 26 years, since Hardline's absurdly obligatory "Double Eclipse". Since then, much has happened to both of them: Gioeli moved on with Hardline, but lent his vocals to Axel Rudi Pell and Crush 40, as well as participating in numerous projects. While Castronovo played with Ozzy Osbourne and hit a brilliant run with Journey, as well as being a founding member of Revolution Saints and currently integrating The Dead Daisies lineup. Although their schedules are quite busy, the duo met in Italy to record an album that undoubtedly should appeal to fans of traditional melodic rock, where weight and melody go together under a thin but well-defined line.
The title track opens the album bringing that traditional balance between weight and melody packaged in a frenetic arrangement that favors the vocal power of Gioeli and Castronovo, as expected. Both deliver precise and lean performances, with no room for anything else. Some would say that this sounds artificial, others would say it's talent, but be as it may, the fact is that the song is incendiary. "Through" is an evolving, friendly radio mid-pacer that grows like a wave, gaining volume and consistency as the song moves to the explosive, highly contagious chorus, where the melodic aspect overlaps with any other element. With a similar footprint, "Who I Am" is another first-rate mid-pacer, with more conventional tempo driven by bass and basic drums, while the guitars have more space and fill the spaces perfectly. "Fall Like An Angel" picks up the rocker path with property, where the keyboards have more space, being closely monitored by the guitars in one of the most radio friendly moments of the album. These four songs point to the musical direction of the album, despite the obvious differences between them and, believe me, it's impossible to be physically indifferent to either.
"It's All About You" is an excellent power ballad, with neat arrangements and space for piano, acoustic guitars and strings, plus that traditionally exciting chorus, a key detail that is present in the thrill-seeking "Need You Now" , an anabolized version of hit country track originally recorded - and composed - by Lady Antebellum in 2010 and now played by Giorgia Colleluori. But on an album by Gioeli Castronovo I’d expected at least one of the two in the vocals. The outcome is somewhat okay, but it becomes obvious that it would be a lot more interesting to have another song by Gioeli and Castronovo, who ended up opening the spot on their debut album to resuscitate a country song almost a decade ago using a third-party vocalist. And why? Who knows. But in "Ride Of Your Life" the duo retake their way and parade talent and energy in an exciting, simple, direct rocker and all played by Castronovo, but "Mother" has both vocalists in action in a more personal content range to Gioeli, who dedicated the song to his mother.
And in the last quarter of the album we have the beautiful power ballad "Walk With Me" followed by the rockers "Run For Your Life" and "Remember Me" (and their introduction with way beyond boring keyboards), while "Let Me Out" - a beautiful semi acoustic track closes the album in an amazing way and is very, very cool.
In short, there is no doubt that the work of the duo Gioeli Castronovo should please the lovers of good sounds. The recurring mementos of Hardline and Journey are in charge of entertaining the listener in a pleasant memory game. Their vocal talents are unquestionable and there is no way to pinpoint who does the best (if either can do it), and with a number of well-crafted songs the album sounds cohesive and very consistent, even with that cover still unexplained the one who writes to you. Anyway, "Set The World On Fire" is coming and, right now, is a strong candidate for "album of the year" ...
“Set The World On Fire” is out now, on Frontiers Records.
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The fourth annual Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, will take place on Thursday, October 25th at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California. The event will be hosted by television and radio personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM's Volume channel and whose new TV series TrunkFest airs on AXS-TV. The Bowl For Ronnie will feature a celebrity bowling tournament and a raffle drawing for prizes and memorabilia. Last year's event brought in $49,000 for the cancer charity, which is now in its ninth year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research.
Bowl For Ronnie participants can anticipate an evening of fun, food, and, of course, bowling with rockers and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Dio Cancer Fund. Among the raffle prizes will be a specially-designed bowling ball and pin featuring the Bowl For Ronnie artwork.
The event kicks off at 6:30 PM with open bowling and a VIP pre-party for lane sponsors, celebrities and their guests. Previous Bowl For Ronnie events have brought together entertainers and artists such as Tom Morello (Prophets Of Rage, Rage Against The Machine), Sebastian Bach, Richie Sambora, John 5, Ahmet Zappa, Machine Head's Phil Demmel, Grammy Award winning duo Tenacious D featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Steven Adler, Lita Ford, members of Tool, Mastodon, Black Star Riders, Stone Sour, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples, and many more. This year's celebrity bowlers will be announced shortly.
Last year's first place-winning celebrity team was sponsored by Round Hill Music Publishing and captained by rocker Marc Ferrari (Keel/Cold Sweat), comprising musicians Rock Feinstein, Fred Coury and Jeff Scott Soto as well as music attorney Mark Abbatista and Tami Lester of Round Hill. The celebrity team capturing second place comprising musicians Chris Latham, Calico Cooper, Chris Hager, Phil Demmel, Bob Kulick and Roy Z.
Host Eddie Trunk plans to once again captain his-own bowling team at the event. His team came in third place last year after taking first place in 2016. There will be an eBay auction to win a place on the Eddie Trunk bowling team.
100% of the net proceeds from the Bowl For Ronnie will go to the Dio Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). Individual tickets and lane sponsorships are now on sale, and participants are encouraged to gather friends, family and co-workers for the ultimate bowling team. The Pinz Bowling Center is located at 12655 Ventura Blvd in Studio City, California.
For more information, visit diocancerfund.org/events/. Tickets are now on sale at bowlforronnie2018.eventbrite.com.
Individual Spectator: $50 per person (includes pizza and general admission)
- Individual Bowler: $75 (Join other rock 'n bowlers for open bowling from 6:30-9PM on first come, first served basis, includes pizza, shoe rental and bowling)
- Team/Corporate Lane Sponsorship: $1995 package for private lane for 6 bowlers (includes team or corporate logo displayed on lane and throughout event on flat screens, 6 VIP party passes for access to Artist/VIP lounge, 2 drink tickets per team member, 6 "Bowl For Ronnie" t-shirts, pizza and shoe rental)
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010. A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has already raised over $2 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. The Dio Cancer Fund has committed funds to support the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in developing a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer, which is in keeping with the Fund's mission of cancer prevention, research and education.
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STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox will undergo a brain biopsy after he reportedly fell down during a concert last weekend.
Fox suffered a seizure while performing with SIN CITY SINNERS Saturday night (August 11) at Harrah's in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was immediately transported to a local hospital, where medical personnel ran extensive tests to determine the cause of the seizure.
Earlier today, Oz's wife, Annie Lobért, revealed that a spinal tap found "no infection," but that "Oz needs a procedure for biopsies on his brain."
Despite the troubling news, Lobért assured fans: "We trust God no matter what. This is how we fight our battles — it may look like we’re surrounded but God is surrounding us.
"Oz says he just wants to get home and play his guitar — get better and get back on stage."
Formed 35 years ago, STRYPER is the first overtly Christian metal band to go mainstream. The group's name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
STRYPER's albums include "To Hell With The Devil", "Second Coming", "No More Hell To Pay", "Fallen" and the band's latest effort, "God Damn Evil".