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Longtime guitarist and drummer Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee are not among the individual members listed in Motorhead's newly announced nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Campbell joined Motorhead in 1984 and appeared on 16 of their 22 studio albums, beginning with 1986's acclaimed Orgasmatron and continuing through Bad Magic, the last record they released prior to mainstay bassist / vocalist Lemmy Kilmister's death in 2015. He became the group's sole guitarist following the 1995 departure of Michael "Wurzel" Burston.
Dee replaced original drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor in 1992, making his first full-time album appearance on 1993's Bastards, and ultimately playing on 12 of Motorhead's studio albums.
"That is pure wrong, I would say, and I know Phil will be very disappointed, too," Dee tells Billboard about the duo's exclusion. "We've been carrying the flag for 25 years together, and actually brought Motorhead to what it was. We did 25 years out of the 40. The original band lasted just a few years. They started it off, but as Lemmy said himself they wouldn't have lasted another six months doing that lineup. I don't think we would've been where we are today without the 25 years we spent touring."
While he has yet to comment on the Hall of Fame exclusion specifically, Campbell recently expressed frustration at having his sizable songwriting contributions to Motorhead's catalog overlooked. "Some people, they don't even bother to read the writing credits of the Motorhead stuff. They just think it's Lemmy's thing," he declared on the Scars and Guitars podcast. "That kind of pisses me off. A lot of people seem to think that way. A few times I've said to people, 'Read the writing credits.' ... It was a proper band effort, we all worked hard with that band."
Only three members – Lemmy, Taylor and guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke – are cited in Motorhead's Rock Hall nomination. The trio played on the band's first five albums, starting with Motorhead's 1977 self-titled debut and ending with 1982's Iron Fist.
If Motorhead are inducted into the Rock Hall, none of the selected members will be there to accept the honor. Taylor died in November 2015, Kilmister passed away the following month, and Clarke followed in January 2018.
Campbell currently performs with his three kids in the group Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, and is preparing his first-ever solo album, Old Lions, for release later this year. Dee joined the Scorpions in 2016.
Despite his displeasure over being personally excluded, Dee says that if Motorhead are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he would be happy to attend the ceremony. "I think that's a must," he said. "Phil and me have to attend – and play there, of course. It would be a real honor."
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Congrats to Guns N' Roses — "Sweet Child O' Mine" is the first '80s music video to reach a billion views on YouTube.
Guns N' Roses made their debut on MTV in 1987 with "Welcome to the Jungle," but it was "Sweet Child O' Mine" that really made the band explode in popularity. The video, which there are two versions of — a black and white version and a combined black and white-color version — shows the band performing the track in front of their bullet logo, with cutscenes of the members' girlfriends. It's also the onscreen debut of Axl Rose's signature snake dance.
"Sweet Child" was written by Rose about his ex-wife Erin Everly — model and daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers.
GN'R are no strangers to breaking video records. "November Rain" was the oldest music video on YouTube to reach a billion views up until recently, when Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" took the throne. It's still the only video from the '90s to have hit the billion views benchmark, which makes Guns N' Roses the band with the top viewed video from the '80s and '90s. The runner-up for the '80s is a-ha with "Take on Me," and the second place for the '90s is Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Watch the video below, for nostalgia's sake.
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Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired worldwide rights to "The Rainbow", directed by Zak Knutson. The documentary features interviews with rock and roll legends Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Gene Simmons, Lita Ford and the late Lemmy Kilmister. The documentary will be available on demand October 29.
"The Rainbow" explores the vast history of Hollywood's famed Rainbow Bar & Grill and Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. Both iconic venues were founded by the late Mario Maglieri. The Rainbow, which opened in 1972, is filled with rich rock and roll history. Mario's Italian heritage inspired the delicious food that is served there, especially the pizza, which is known as the best in the city.
Truly a lover of music and the arts, Mario — known as the King of the Sunset Strip — helped hundreds of artists get their start in Los Angeles. Hopefuls from all over the world came to the The Rainbow with the desire of being discovered. He frequently came across talented musicians who went on to become platinum sellers. Their pictures line the walls of The Rainbow.
The documentary gives viewers an inside look at the Maglieri family who has owned the venue and dedicated their lives to preserving rock history.
"Telling the story of the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Whisky A Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock n' roll in America," says producer Matthew Perniciaro of Bow And Arrow Entertainment. Perniciaro and Michael Sherman of Bow And Arrow produced the film, with Todd Singerman, Erik Kritzer of Link Entertainment, Mikeal Maglieri and Mike Maglieri Jr. serving as executive producers.
"We are excited to release 'The Rainbow' documentary as it is a true testament to rock and roll history. The iconic Rainbow Bar and Grill has been the home to many legends over the years and this is a must-see documentary for any music and sunset strip lover," said Nolan Gallagher, founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures.
Gallagher negotiated the deal with Matt Perniciaro of Bow And Arrow Entertainment.
"The Rainbow" can be preordered on iTunes now.
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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant recounts his 2013 collaboration with Patty Griffin, "Ohio", on the latest episode of the rocker's podcast series Digging Deep.
Originally featured on Griffin's seventh album, "American Kid", the duet followed her involvement with the Led Zeppelin singer on his 2010 record, "Band Of Joy", and companion concert tour, with the pair becoming a couple for a few years before parting ways.
Plant will celebrate the Digging Deep series with the release of a very special limited-edition seven-inch singles box set of the same name on December 13.
The package will include 16 A-sides and rare B-sides as featured in the first two seasons of podcasts, with material spanning three decades of Plant's extensive solo career.
Packaged in a bespoke hardback book, the eight-disc collection also features restored artwork from the original seven-inch releases.
Listen to the podcast here:
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Frontiers Music Srl recently announced the release of Tyketto’s new live album, Strength In Numbers Live, out on November 8 and available for pre-order here:
Listen to the title track below:
Consisting of lead vocalist Danny Vaughn, drummer Michael Clayton, keyboardist Ged Rylands, guitarist Chris Green, and bassist Greg Smith, Tyketto perform all the songs originally included on the Strength In Numbers album, plus an unreleased song "Wait Forever", a song that was written and recorded with the rest of the album, but only appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese release of the album.
The album come as a celebration of the 25th year anniversary of the release of the band's second studio album, Strength In Numbers. The band finished the writing sessions of their sophomore album by mid-1992, but anyone who lived through the grunge revolution knows just how quickly it swept through the world of rock music and forever changed the landscape of the industry. While the wheels of that machine gained momentum in those early years, an unknowing Tyketto continued to do what they did best: skillfully write, arrange, and record memorable and meaningful melodic hard rock songs. When the album saw the light of day in 1994, a time when grunge and alternative were dominating the charts and radio, Tyketto soldiered on and came out with arguable the best melodic hard rock record of the year. The band’s European and U.K. fanbase welcomed the album with open arms, which resulted in the band enjoying successful touring abroad to those very audiences. Every Tyketto fan knows the story from there and, thankfully, of the rebirth we have been blessed with these past few years.
Tyketto embarked on the Strength In Numbers 25th Anniversary Tour in March 2019 and it was a slam dunk, with both the band and audience in prime form. All the shows had an intense, yet personable energy about them and the entire March tour was recorded for this new live release. A beautiful release to complement the recent Live in Milan release where Tyketto performed their debut album, Don't Come Easy from start to finish.
"Inherit The Wind"
"Meet Me In The Night"
"All Over Me"
"Catch My Fall"
"The End Of The Summer Days"
"Ain’t That Love"
"Write Your Name In The Sky"
"Why Do You Cry"
"The Last Sunset"
"Strength In Numbers"
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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is recovering from spinal surgery. He's not expected to miss any concerts.
"It's gonna be difficult for me to do these next couple of weeks' worth of shows," he admitted, in a interview on SiriusXM's Trunk Nation (via Bravewords). "I'm gonna be moving very slowly. But I know that I can get on stage and I can play guitar and I can sing, and so that's all I need to do."
In fact, for Campbell, the moments in between those stage appearances can be the hardest. "It'll be the travel in between that's gonna be extremely uncomfortable," he added.
Campbell's side band, the Dio-focused Last in Line, has a string of dates scheduled through Nov. 7. That includes an opening gig with Def Leppard at the Nov. 1 grand opening of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento. Don Felder is also part of this double-duty bill in Sacramento.
Campbell, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, is still undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. He declared himself officially in remission later that same year.
"As far as the cancer, I'm just doing these infusions," said Campbell, who is a patient at the California-based City of Hope Cancer Center. "And that'll keep me right for another three to four weeks. It's just maintenance. It's all good as far as I'm concerned."
There was no confirmation on the exact nature of his back problem. Campbell never stopped touring during his earlier cancer scare, either.
SCOTT GORHAM On THIN LIZZY Being Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: 'If It Ever Happens, That Would Be Great'
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THIN LIZZY is among the nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2020. It is the first nomination for THIN LIZZY, which will be represented by Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Eric Bell, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson.
To be eligible for this year's ballot, each nominee's first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier. THIN LIZZY has been eligible since 1996.
In an interview conducted last week, Jeff Gaudiosi of MisplacedStraws.com asked Gorham if he ever thinks about THIN LIZZY's place in the Rock Hall. The guitarist responded: "Well, I don't. I don't even know what it takes to get into the Hall Of Fame, so I don't even kind of go there. I don't even know how it's done. I mean, do you get voted in or something? I have no idea. So, no, I don't go there at all. If it ever happens, that would be great. But, no, I don't think in those lines."
Since his untimely death in 1986, Lynott has left a musical legacy that continues to influence and inspire musicians around the globe. Even the legendary Bob Dylan has been quoted singing LIZZY's praises. Over the years, Lynott's songs have been covered by an array of such diverse performers as Henry Rollins, THE CORRS, SMASHING PUMPKINS, Randy Bachman, Huey Lewis, METALLICA and THE CURE.
In 1994, Gorham launched a new touring version of THIN LIZZY with latter-day LIZZY guitarist John Sykes. The group underwent several lineup changes before the arrival of singer Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson.
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Rob Halford says he’s thrilled that Judas Priest have been nominated once again for entry into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The band were left disappointed when they failed to reach the Rock Hall in 2018 – but earlier today, it was revealed they’ll be in with a shout to make the Class Of 2020 after receiving their second nomination.
The Metal God tells Billboard: “It's just another thrill, again, to be nominated and so quickly because I know sometimes the nominations can get stretched out for quite a long period of time.
“So to get another one so quickly is wonderful and another great moment for the Priest and for our fans.”
Priest were named alongside Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Soundgarden, T-Rex, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren, Depeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Kraftwerk, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – and Halford is happy that rock has been well represented in the list of 2020 nominations.
He adds: “There's always a tinge of controversy about the Hall, but the fact that Priest is here again speaks volumes about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame respecting heavy metal music – especially British heavy metal music.
“I’m so thrilled to be in esteemed company. We're very big friends of Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy and equally with Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee from Motorhead.
“It's just an extra feeling to know that we're surrounded by our great friends in the music world."
Halford also says that if Judas Priest were to get the nod it would be “extra special” as 2020 marks the band’s 50th anniversary.
Fans can once again cast their vote in the annual fan ballot. For the first time, you can search Google for “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or “Vote” with any of the nominees name to cast your choice immediately.
Fans will be able to vote once a day through January 10, 2020, and pick up to five nominees per ballot.
The 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 2, with the final selection set to be announced early next year.
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Alice Cooper's "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" show will extend into 2020. A new headlining tour has just been announced and will feature Lita Ford as the lone special guest.
The all-new stage production debuted earlier this year and has been brought to dozens of North American locations, but the soon-to-be 72-year-old shock rocker doesn't do anything casually and will be hitting the road next April, making 14 more stops in total.
See the complete list of new tour dates below:
Alice Cooper + Lita Ford 2020 North American Tour Dates:
April 01 — Peterbrorough, Ontario @ Memorial Centre
April 03 — Grand Rapids, Mich. @ DeVos Music Hall
April 05 — Appleton, Wis. @ Fox Performing Arts Center
April 07 — Omaha, Neb. @ Orpheum Theatre
April 08 — Davenport, Iowa @ Adler Theatre
April 10 — Grand Forks, N.D. @ Alerus Center
April 11 — Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Centennial Concert Hall
April 13 — Regina, Saskatchewan @ Conexus Arts Centre
April 15 — Edmonton, Alberta @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
April 16 — Prince George, British Columbia @ CN Centre
April 18 — Abbotsford, British Columbia @ Abbotsford Centre
April 19 — Penticton, British Columbia @ South Okanagan Events Centre
April 20 — Seattle, Wash. @ McCaw Hall
April 22 — Portland, Ore. @ Keller Auditorium
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Judas Priest, Motorhead, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are among the list of nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame next spring.
They are up against other rock related artists MC5, T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, and Todd Rundgren.
The artists that fall outside a rock genre who have been nominated include Whitney Houston, Kraftwerk, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
The official nominees will be announced in January and will be inducted during a ceremony on May 2nd at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
The three reported top 3 fan favorites Motley Crue, Blink-182 and Iron Maiden were not nominated despite receiving the most votes from those that have visited the Rock Hall.
The only band within the Top 8 on that list to be nominated was the Dave Matthews Band, while Styx, Boston and Weezer were left off this year.
KISS's PAUL STANLEY Has An Idea Of When And Where Final Show Of 'End Of The Road' Tour Will Take Place
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Although the final date of KISS's "End Of The Road" tour has yet to be announced, Paul Stanley has an idea of when and where it will be.
"We can't be running around for that much longer in 40 pounds of gear," he tells Rolling Stone. "There's nothing maudlin about it. It's a celebration with our fans around the world.
"We wanted to raise the bar again as to what a band can do live," he adds. "That's really what we've always done: we've always wanted to be the band we never saw. There are a lot of shows out there that have KISS DNA in them because they really weren't shows of any magnitude before us."
This past spring, Stanley told Australia's "Sunday Night" that "Rock And Roll All Nite" "has to be" the song that KISS performs as the last encore at the final concert of the "End Of The Road" tour. "That is the rock anthem that connects the world," he explained. "It was the start of other people coming up with anthems. They really didn't exist, per se. So, 'Rock And Roll All Nite And Party Every Day', that's a song that just connects with people on all different levels."
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons concurred, telling BUILD Series: "How do you not end with 'Rock And Roll All Nite'? We will have played that song, probably without exception, more than any other song we've ever been involved with. You might say, 'Aren't you sick and tired of hearing that?' But I will tell you the roar of the crowd, the smell of the grease paint, there ain't nothing like it. When you hear everybody getting jazzed about that and you get off the stage... [it's] like the fire in the belly. You're dog-tired; you've just done a big show; and you get up on that stage, when you see the joy in everybody's face... We've seen it all. We've been around for generations, but when you see a little 5-year-old kid in KISS makeup on his dad's shoulders who's wearing KISS makeup, next to his father... we're badass kind of guys — nothing affects us much — but that stuff will put a lump in your throat. You have to turn around for a second. It gets me. Yes, it's music, but it's generational, and it brings families together instead of separates [sic] them."
"End Of The Road" kicked off on January 31 in Vancouver and will resume on November 16 in Perth, Australia.
KISS's current lineup consists of original members Simmons and Stanley, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).
Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.
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Eddie Van Halen has been flying to Germany in recent years to receive radiation treatments for throat cancer, according to a new report by TMZ.
First diagnosed with the health issue in 2000 - when it eventually drifted into his esophagus - the guitarist underwent surgery to remove a third of his tongue and he was declared cancer-free in 2002.
Despite the fact that he was heavy smoker for most of his life, the rocker has always stated his belief that the source of the issue was a series of metal guitar picks he had made in the late 1990s.
"I used metal picks - they're brass and copper - which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer," Eddie told Billboard in 2015. "Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that's filled with electromagnetic energy. So that's one theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it's possible."
While Eddie has switched from smoking to vaping, sources tell TMZ that Van Halen has flown to Germany for the past five years to get treatments that included doctors scraping cancer cells directly out of his throat and, that for the most part, it's worked to keep the disease in check.
As rumors circulate that health issues are keeping Van Halen off the road four years after the band's last performance, David Lee Roth has hinted that that is the case, recently telling WRIF Detroit that he thinks "Van Halen's finished" and that "Eddie's got his own story to tell."
"Eddie changed the planet. Him and Alex are sitting there laying back and they're waiting to see what happens next," Steve Lukather of Toto told Eddie Trunk recently. "I think they're on a hiatus. There's been some health issues that they're dealing with and stuff like that. We're older guys now, and to go on the road, and stuff like that, it requires a lot of extra effort in terms of as a human being.
"All I'm gonna say is I don't think there's any drama issues that are keeping them from working right now. I'm not the guy to say anything. I love those brothers so much and we've always had a great relationship. I'm a big fan and also adore them as human beings."
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Saxon vocalist Biff Byford recently checked in to update fans on his health after his recent heart surgery.
He reported he was getting better every day since he the operation at the end of September – and also revealed that work had begun on what will be Saxon’s 23rd studio album.
During the video clip, Byford said he had “some solo album news coming soon” – and he’s now revealed further details and says that two singles from the record will launch before the end of the year.
Biff says: “My solo album is coming out at the beginning of 2020. I’ve got two singles coming out this year, the first is called Welcome To The Show, and the second is the title track to the album – School Of Hard Knocks.
“The first single comes out on October 25 and that’s a digital release.”
Biff also reports that the second single will launch on December 13.
Saxon were forced to postpone the remaining dates on their Castles & Eagles tour as a result of Byford’s heart surgery, with the shows rescheduled to take place throughout March next year.
The Glasgow date, which was originally planned to be held at the Braehead Arena, has been moved to the city’s Barrowland Ballroom.
Girlschool will join Saxon as special guests on the new dates which can be found below.
Saxon rescheduled 2020 tour dates:
Mar 07: Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Germany,
Mar 27: Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom, UK
Mar 28: London Eventim Apollo, UK
Mar 29: Manchester O2 Apollo, UK
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Former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell remembered how he was terrified the first time he met future bandmate Lemmy Kilmister.
The moment took place in Cardiff, Wales, around 1973, when Campbell was 12 years old. He only recently attended his first rock show, where he’d seen Deep Purple.
“Shortly after that I went to the same place in Cardiff to see Hawkwind, with Lemmy playing,” Campbell says in the exclusive video below. “With the light show and the weird talking, it scared the shit out of me – I still have nightmares about it! It was a full-blown show and they were at the top of their game then. It was very memorable.
“I asked him for his autograph that night. I’ve still got it on the program. … He’s the only one who came into the foyer afterwards. He was looking for some fun and games, or whatever – the local casino, probably.”
Campbell says he reminded Lemmy of the incident during their time together in Motorhead: “I told him lots of times, like, ‘Yeah, you’ve told me that one, Phil. Shut the fuck up!’ ... If somebody had said to me that night that I’d be in a band with him for, like, 32 years, you’d get them locked up.”
Campbell releases his new solo album Old Lions Still Roar on Oct. 25. It features guest appearances by Alice Cooper, Rob Halford, Dee Snider, Joe Satriani, Mick Mars and others. It’s available for pre-order now.
Phil Campbell, 'Old Lions Still Roar' Track Listing:
1. “Rocking Chair” feat. Leon Stanford
2. “Straight Up” feat. Rob Halford
3. “Faith In Fire” feat. Ben Ward
4. “Swing It” feat. Alice Cooper
5. “Left For Dead” feat. Nev MacDonald
6. “Walk The Talk” feat. Danko Jones & Nick Oliveri
7. “These Old Boots” feat. Dee Snider, Mick Mars & Chris Fehn
8. “Dancing Dogs (Love Survives)” feat. Whitfield Crane
9. “Dead Roses” feat. Benji Webbe
10. “Tears From A Glass Eye” feat. Joe Satriani
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Fan-filmed video footage of Sebastian Bach performing SKID ROW's entire "Slave To The Grind" album on October 12 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below:
The setlist for the concert was as follows:
01. Slave To The Grind
02. The Threat
03. Quicksand Jesus
04. Psycho Love
05. Beggar's Day
06. Livin' On A Chain Gang
08. In A Darkened Room
09. Riot Act
11. Wasted Time
12. Monkey Business
13. 18 And Life
14. Youth Gone Wild
15. I Remember You
16. Get The Fuck Out
The night before (Friday, October 11), Bach performed SKID ROW's first album from top to bottom at the same venue (Whisky A Go Go).
Bach kicked off his tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's self-titled debut album on August 29 at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee.
In June, Bach issued an "open invitation" to the other members of SKID ROW's classic lineup to "get onstage and jam" during the vocalist's current tour. A few days later, during an interview with Finland's Kaaos TV, guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo confirmed that he would not accept Bach's latest overture. "I'm working with my band," he said. "This is SKID ROW, and this is what I do."
Drummer Rob Affuso — who left SKID ROW in 1998 and claims to be "the only former member that keeps in contact with all former SKID ROW bandmates and is still good friends with them all" — subsequently joined Bach on September 25 at Sony Hall in New York City to play the band's classic song "Makin' A Mess".
Asked by Rolling Stone if he thinks his former bandmates are offended that he put his invitation out there publicly, Bach said: "No. I think it's an ego thing. They don't like when I get attention, and they don't get attention. It's always been like that. I can already see them getting mad, because I'm selling out shows, and they're not part of the show, and blah, blah, blah."
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Everyone's been patiently waiting to see what's in store for Metallica once James Hetfield returns from rehab. Their tours in Australia and New Zealand were postponed so the frontman could take care of himself, but drummer Lars Ulrich has briefly touched on the subject in a new interview with USA Today.
"He's doing what he needs to, he's in the process of healing himself," Ulrich explained. "I feel bad for everybody down in Australia and New Zealand, but we're excited to get back to full force and come back stronger and healthier than ever. Along the way, there's obviously an occasional bump in the road. But it's been an incredible ride, and we're looking forward to getting back down there, hopefully next year."
The drummer reflected on how supportive the rock and metal community have been since the band released the news. "I think the biggest surprise is just how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike. It's very heartwarming, and it's just blown our minds how much love and appreciation and support we've gotten in the last week since we had to postpone this."
While we don't have a timeline for Hetfield's return, Metallica were just announced as the headliner for all five of Danny Wimmer Presents' festivals next year — where they will headline two nights at each, playing different sets each night.
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The band have just rolled out a second song for fans to wrap their (metal)heads around. Check out "Firesoul Fly" below:
"I think the new album is a kind of continuation of what we’ve done the past ten years,” says singer Ronnie Atkins. "I’m really happy about the way it turned out 'cause there’s a lot of good songs on it in my humble opinion and it’s probably even more melodic than our previous efforts.”
The production, as always, is absolutely stellar thanks to Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Kobara And The Lotus), who has given the band a sound that not only reinvigorates them, but also incorporates the beloved soundscapes of the past. Modern and classic at the same time, if you will.
"It’s just a match made in heaven I think. There’s a great chemistry between us, we share the same humor and thoughts about what a good song is, so there’s a lot in common,” continues Ronnie. "Quite simply the most gentle and easy going guy I've ever worked with.”
What can then be said about Ronnie Atkins and Ken Hammer? One of the best songwriting teams in the genre, hands down. Atkins' voice just gets better and better as the years go by. Menacing and vicious one minute, melodic and soothing the next. Likewise, Hammer is on fire here and lays down some of his heaviest riffs in recent memory. Rene Shades' bass playing is as thunderous as ever, propelling the incredible rhythms of the songs along with the superb drumming of Allan Sørensen, who's playing matches perfectly with what each song calls for. Chris Laney's keyboards add a wonderful texture and nuance to these brilliant compositions, tying everything together in the perfect package.
Every track on this beauty is worthy of your attention, whether it is an in-your-face barn burner such as the storming opener “Serpentine,” the title track, and “Black Thunder” or timeless melodic metal anthems such as “Firesoul Fly" and “Will You Still Kiss Me (If I See You In Heaven)”, or even a superb power ballad like “Shadowlands”.
“The album was written in a very short period of time,” tells Ronnie Atkins. “Basically it was written in January, just prior to recording it in February this year. So everything was very fresh when we entered the studio, in fact, so fresh that some of the songs were hardly finished when we started, but it all fell into place as we preceded with the recordings.”
The final result is Undress Your Madness, a record that has everything that Pretty Maids fans could possibly ask for.
"Undress Your Madness"
"Will You Still Kiss Me (If I See You In Heaven)"
"If You Want Peace (Prepare For War)"
"Strength Of A Rose"
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(Image credit: Central Bank Of Ireland)
The Central Bank Of Ireland have announced that they’ll release a limited edition €15 silver proof coin next month in honour of Thin Lizzy great Phil Lynott.
The vocalist and bassist would have celebrated his 70th birthday this year, with the bank set to release 3000 coins on November 27.
It’ll be the second in a three coin series titled Modern Irish Musicians, which began with Rory Gallagher in 2018 and will continue with The Dubliners’ co-founder Luke Kelly in 2020.
The first Lynott coin will be presented to President Michael D Higgins at St. Kevin’s College in Crumlin – Lynott’s old secondary school.
The coin, which will be priced at €65, will be available to purchase through collectorscoins.ie.
Earlier this month, two €1 stamps – one featuring a portrait of Lynott and the other showing the cover of Thin Lizzy’s Black Rose album, went on sale in Ireland. The pair of stamps were launched to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.
It was revealed back in January that a film about Lynott’s life was being planned. Titled Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, it’ll be directed by Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds, who’ll be joined by producers Alan Maher and John Wallace of Cowtown Pictures, while Peter Worsley of Eagle Rock Films is also involved.
It’ll feature contributions from Thin Lizzy’s Scott Gorham, Eric Bell and Darren Wharton, Metallica’s James Hetfield, U2’s Adam Clayton, Huey Lewis, Suzi Quatro and more.
Lynott died on January 4, 1986, at the age of 36, while his mother Philomena died earlier this year aged 88.
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A newly sober Motley Crue kicked off their Dr. Feelgood tour with the unlikely goal of not just continuing but improving upon their '80s run of chart and tour successes.
They managed to pull it off but paid substantial personal and combined costs as a result. By the end of the grueling nearly yearlong campaign, several band members had fallen off the wagon and into old bad habits. The group's original lineup wasn't willing or able to function together as a full-scale recording and touring unit again for more than half a decade.
Realizing soon after the conclusion of a tour in support of 1987's Girls, Girls, Girls that they were all in various stages of substance abuse, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars each entered rehab. After collectively getting clean, the group holed up in Vancouver for six months with producer Bob Rock, who tough-loved them into making their most refined and hit-packed album to date, 1989's Dr. Feelgood.
After a special one-night return to the tiny Whisky a Go Go stage on Oct. 5 -- which was filmed for the "Kickstart My Heart" video -- Motley Crue kicked off the full-scale Dr. Feelgood tour on Oct. 14 in Essen, Germany. They'd go on to play 153 more shows over the next 10 months, with support from groups including Warrant and Tesla.
"We didn't hang out, we didn't party, we didn't stick our dicks where they didn't belong," Lee explained in the band's 2001 autobiography, The Dirt. "We just flew into a city, played our asses off and got the fuck out of there. For the first time, we were operating like a machine instead of four untamed animals."
That mindset would turn out to be the start of a new kind of problem. Eager to capitalize on the success of the band's first No. 1 album, Motley Crue's label and management released five singles from Dr. Feelgood between August 1989 and July 1990, and kept the band on the road that entire time. "We were a money machine, and they were going to keep working us until we broke," Lee declared. "And, dude, break we did."
A scary onstage accident that could have been interpreted as the first sign the band was being stretched too far occurred on Aug. 7, 1990, when Lee fell while performing his latest high-flying drum solo stunt. "We ended up canceling a show or two while I recovered from my concussion," he recalled. "The rest of the band was thankful for the extra days off, but afterward it was back to the never-ending road show."
Increasingly exhausted, and with their newly stable domestic and romantic lives suffering as a result of their prolonged time away from home, Lee, Sixx and Neil eventually fell back into bad habits. "We were all sneaking alcohol, buying drugs and reverting to our old self-destructive habits," Lee confessed. "With the possible exception of Mick, whose fiancee happened to be on the road with us as a backup singer."
The band entertained itself in healthy ways onstage -- with Lemmy Kilmister, Poison's Bret Michaels and Black Oak Arkansas frontman Jim Dandy joining in on the group's cover of Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" at various shows -- and more unhealthy ways backstage, as detailed extensively in chapter eight of The Dirt. "What began as a clean and wholesome tour had, near the end, turned into a sick sexual circus," Lee summarized.
"It was like these girls were standing in line for the toilet, but they were standing in line for us," Neil recalled in his 2010 book Tattoos & Tequila. "There didn't seem to be any limit to what we could achieve."
The tour was certainly profitable for the band. "We each walked with a payday of over $8 million," Neil stated. "Not bad for a quartet of high school dropouts." But this time the foursome seemed to realize that this time the sex, drugs and money weren't enough to keep them going. After breaking into a profanity-laced tirade while recording what was supposed to be a thank-you message for retailers across the U.S., Lee said the group "collapsed on the floor and full-on sobbed. We couldn't even speak. We were so exhausted, so depleted, so devoid of all thought and emotion."
At that point, he said manager Doug Thaler took mercy on the group: "[He] looked at us, shook his head and said, 'Maybe it's time we took you guys off the road for a little while.' Dude, you've never seen four motherfuckers split up and go their own way faster than we did."
The end of the Dr. Feelgood tour all but marked the end of Motley Crue's golden era. After recording a few new songs -- including the sublime "Primal Scream" -- for a decade-summarizing best-of album, the band was unable to successfully rally together to record a full-length follow-up. Singer Vince Neil quit or was fired from the group, depending on whom you believe, and it would be seven years before the reunited original lineup mounted a headlining tour again.
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Queen have struck back against Donald Trump once again, pulling a video the President posted featuring “We Will Rock You” in the song’s entirety. This is the second time a dispute between Queen and Trump has taken place, the first being in 2016 when then-candidate Trump used “We Are the Champions” at his Republican National Convention speech.
Trump used “We Will Rock You” on Oct. 9 while tweeting a clip from one of his rallies. Once Queen got wind of the 45th President’s unauthorized use of the song, Queen filed a copyright complaint with Twitter, leading to Trump’s video being removed from the social media site.
According to Buzzfeed, Queen’s management has entered into a legal process to disallow further use of the band’s music by the Trump campaign.
This is reminiscent of the recent Nickelback fiasco, where Trump tweeted a meme mocking Joe Biden using footage from the Canadian band’s “Photograph” video. Nickelback also succeeded in removing their music from Trump’s Twitter.
"I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue,” Brian May said back in 2016. “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump's platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool … I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump's unsavoury campaign." [via Blabbermouth]