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43 Years Ago: KISS Crank It Up With 'Rock And Roll Over'

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The commercial breakthrough for megastars KISS was 1976’s Destroyer, a slick polished hard rock album that contained the ballad “Beth,” the band’s most successful single. After its release the band faced a critical fork in the road. Either they could continue down path of mainstream success and seek to continue to appeal to their ever-growing fanbase or they could shake up the formula and return to some of the grit and urgency of their first three studio albums and the groundbreaking concert record Alive. After carefully weighing their options KISS returned to their roots and wrote Rock and Roll Over, which was released on Nov. 11, 1976, less than eight months after Destroyer hit the shelves.


From the blues sleaze rock of the opening track “I Want You” to the gruff, melodic pop of “Hard Luck Woman" — with vocals by drummer Peter Criss — Rock and Roll Over is an everyman’s journey through the band’s two most valued elements: girls and kicking ass. To give the album the spirit and echo of a live show, producer Eddie Kramer recorded Criss’ drums in a bathroom, with the artist connected to his band mates via a video conference link. The rest of the group tracked from the stage of the Star Theatre in Nanuet, New York.


With a more immediate sound, KISS were able to present infectious rock songs, including “Take Me” and “Ladies Room” without sacrificing the raw power the band strived for. To perpetuate their superhero image, KISS hired artist Michael Doret to create the iconic cover, which featured cartoon heads of the four band members in face makeup inside a round ring of lightning. Each musician appears like a deity. Gene Simmons’ hair is ablaze and his serpentine tongue uncurls lasciviously. Criss has a forcefield around his head; Ace Frehley shoots laser beams from his eyes and Paul Stanley sports what appear to be orange wings. KISS hired Doret again to design the cover art for 2009’s Sonic Boom.


Like many of their early albums, KISS recorded Rock And Roll Over in less than two months. Released at the peak of the band’s popularity, the album entered the Billboard album chart at No. 11, thanks in part to the singles “Hard Luck Woman” and “Calling Dr. Love.” Stanley originally wrote the former with the intention of giving it to Rod Stewart, who no doubt would have turned it into a top-charting hit. But Simmons convinced Stanley to keep the song for KISS, so Stanley gave it to Criss and the number became a Top 20 song on the Singles chart. “Calling Dr. Love” fared even better, peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard chart. Simmons wrote the song at a Holiday Inn in Evansville, Indiana and the title was inspired by a hospital intercom announcement in the Three Stooges film Men in Black.


Rock and Roll Over went platinum Jan. 5, 1977, just over three months after its release. The album was released at the peak of KISS’ popularity and the members were able to capitalize with a line of merchandise, their loyal fanclub the KISS Army and pyrotechnic concerts that upped the ante on what the band was capable of onstage.


From: https://loudwire.com/kiss-rock-and-roll-over-anniversary/

STEVE VAI's Artwork And Custom-Painted Guitars To Be Displayed At FATHOM GALLERY

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Fathom Gallery will host an exhibition of the artwork and custom-painted guitars by Grammy Award-winning guitar virtuoso Steve Vai.


Vai is well known the world over as a formidable sonic artist — both with his own solo work, and his contributions to some of rock's biggest names such as Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, PIL and WHITESNAKE; but in recent years Vai has also been exercising artistic chops of another kind: with paint, pen, ink pencil, and even nail polish.


"Steve Vai: An Earth Dweller's Return" showcases the musician's artwork, created on tour and his own home studio.


Says Vai: "A few years ago, I was sitting in my hotel room in China and just started doodling on a notepad. I really enjoyed doing it and watching the pieces evolve. I've always loved art but never tried to create my own (perhaps my hands were always busy doing something else!). But while on that tour I started to really enjoy drawing while on planes, hotels after a gig, backstage, on the bus, etc.


"When I got home, I built an art studio and continued to evolve the work using various mediums. I only had two rules when painting: no thinking and no criticizing the work. I found this to be tremendously liberating. It's like automatic writing and there is no such thing as a mistake. It's what it is."


Taking this artistic exploration further, Vai began painting and drawing on some of his guitars. The show includes Steve's personal hand-painted guitars, and three exclusive custom-built Ibanez Jem guitars featuring his art, which are available for sale.


Fathom founder Francis Coiro says: "An artist's creative process has always played a key role how we choose artists for exhibition. The final image that is created is based on how the artist works and why they approach it from that particular angle. What attracted us to Steve's work is his dual philosophy of no pressure and no judgement. He allows his unconscious to guide the process and because of this, he is able to create unique compositions, informed by his unique life experiences and the visual information he's been absorbing since childhood. Some of the work is freeform with an almost psychedelic residue and others, have a more hieroglyphic vibe that feels connected to the layout and mathematics of music charts.


"Steve Vai's work has an unmistakable rhythm that comes from a creative process born in the recording studio and applied to the visual arts."


The exhibition is on view from December 7 and runs through January 4, with an Artist's Reception on December 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. The Artist's Reception is open to the public, but RSVP is required.*


*Please note: Steve will not be signing autographs at this event. Bags, instruments and outside merchandise including vinyl and CDs will not be permitted.


Email info@fathom.gallery with the title VAI RSVP and include your name plus the number of guests coming with you.


Fathom Gallery

12227 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90025


Phone: 424-293-8555

Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and by appointment


Posted on November 11, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

UFO just wrapped the initial North American leg of the Last Orders tour, but fear not, the tour is not over yet and the band is pleased to announce new North American Tour dates for 2020.


These shows kick off February 13th in Medina, MN and run through March 2. Included in this run is a co-headline gig with Blue Öyster Cult and an appearance on the Rock Legends Cruise.





13 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center

14 - Waukegen, IL - Genese Theater

16 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater

18 - New Bedford, MA - The Vault - Greasy Luck

19 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater

20 - Annapolis, MD - Ram’s Head Live

21 - Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho

23 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Theater (with Blue Öyster Cult)

25 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

26 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theater

27-March 2 - Rock Legends Cruise


From: http://bravewords.com/news/ufo-to-continue-last-orders-tour-in-2020-north-american-dates-confirmed-for-february

Ozzy Osbourne Announces Rescheduled Farewell Tour Dates

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Ozzy Osbourne surprised fans last week with he release of the first track from his forthcoming album and he began this week by revealing the rescheduled dates of the UK and Europe leg of his No More Tours 2.


Judas Priest will be supporting Ozzy on the new dates that are set to launch on October 23rd of next year in Newcastle, UK at the Utilita Arena and will conclude on December 7th in Helsinki, Finland at the Hartwall Arena.


Ozzy had this to say, "I can't wait to get off my ass and get going again, but you're just going to have to be a bit more patient. I want to be 100% ready to come out and knock your f***ing socks off."


The metal legend was forced to postpone the trek earlier this year after suffering an injury that has required a long recovery, but also opened the opportunity for Ozzy to make a new studio album.


Fans got their first taste of the new album last week with the release of the first single "Under The Graveyard", which can be streamed here:



The album will be entitled "Ordinary Man" and is set to hit stores early in 2020 and features Guns N' Roses Duff McKagan on bass, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith on drum, and producer Andrew Watt on guitar. See the tour dates below:


23/10 - Newcastle, UK - Utilita Arena

25/10 - Glasgow, UK - SSE Hydro

28/10 - London, UK - The O2

31/10 - Birmingham, UK - Resorts World Arena

02/11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena

05/11 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena

08/11 - Nottingham, UK - Motorpoint Arena

11/11 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle

13/11 - Prague, CZ - O2 Arena

16/11 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle

19/11 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena

22/11 - Madrid, Spain - WiZink Arena

24/11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion

26/11 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle

28/11 - Mannheim, Germany - SAP Arena

30/11 - Berlin, Germany - Mercedes-Benz Arena

03/12 - Hamburg, Germany - Barclaycard Arena

05/12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena

07/12 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena

RONNIE JAMES DIO: February 2020 'Gala' In Los Angeles To Feature Hologram, Other Bands And A Comedian

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At last week's "Bowl For Ronnie" event in Studio City, California, Wendy Dio, widow and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, spoke to "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" about the "big gala" which is being planned for early next year to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the legendary singer's passing.


She said (see video below): "On 2/20/20, which is February 20th, 2020, we'll be doing the 10th memorial anniversary gala, and we'll be going through a lot of people that were in Ronnie's life and giving them an award. We'll also have the [Ronnie James Dio] hologram. We'll have other bands playing. We'll have a comedian. It's gonna be a fun night at the Wiltern, off of Wilshire in Los Angeles. And we've got a lot of treats going on. In fact, tomorrow we get the first invitation out for the award show."


Wendy also offered an update on the upcoming documentary that will cover Dio's career from his early days with ELF to his final project, HEAVEN & HELL. She said: "Just signed the papers last week with BMG. So it will be coming. We've started working on it. It's gonna probably take over a year to get through, but it's gonna be fun and interesting."


Regarding some of the previously unseen material that will make an appearance in the documentary, Wendy said: "I found just recently a bunch of Super 8s from 1976 when Ronnie was in RAINBOW, in Japan and in Australia. I haven't seen 'em yet; I'm just having 'em redone. We've got photos of all of us when he was in [BLACK] SABBATH, when we were in Hawaii together. Because Geezer [Butler, SABBATH bassist] and Ronnie were best friends, and we were best friends. So we all hung out together all the time. There's photos of Ronnie with his trumpet that he learned when he was five years old. There's a whole bunch of stuff I have — a whole bunch of stuff."


Earlier this year, Wendy told The Metal Voice that she was hoping that the documentary would receive a theatrical release before being made available on various streaming platforms.


Best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and DIO, Ronnie James Dio passed away of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. A few months after his death, MTV Books announced plans to release his memoir, which at the time was going to be called "Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio".


Wendy is currently working with legendary rock journalist Mick Wall on the long-awaited autobiography of the heavy metal master, which was three-quarters written before the singer's death.


Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with BLACK SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

Check out the video here:


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ronnie-james-dio-february-2020-gala-in-los-angeles-to-feature-hologram-other-bands-and-a-comedian/

Alter Bridge Unveil 2020 Tour Dates With Clint Lowery

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Alter Bridge have announced new 2020 dates for their "Walk The Sky" tour. The outing will kick off in Lake Charles, La. on Jan. 31 and wraps in Spokane, Wash. on Feb. 27. See all the tour dates listed below.


The group will be joined by Clint Lowery and Deepfall on all the dates. Fan club pre-sale begins tomorrow (Nov. 12) and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (Nov. 15) at 10AM local time. For more ticketing info click here.


Last month, Alter Bridge released their sixth album, Walk the Sky, which topped a number of charts around the globe. The band has already released five songs off the effort, including “Wouldn’t You Rather,” “Pay No Mind,” “In The Deep” and the latest track “Dying Light.”


Alter Bridge are currently on tour in Europe and will take the stage tomorrow night (Nov. 12) in Frederiksberg, Denmark. 


Alter Bridge / Clint Lowery 2020 Tour:


Jan. 31 – Lake Charles, La. @ Golden Nugget Casino *

Feb. 1 – 2-6 – Shiprocked Cruise

Feb. 8 – Nashville, Tenn. @ War Memorial Auditorium

Feb. 9 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Center

Feb. 11 – Huntsville, Ala. @ Mars Music Hall

Feb. 12 – Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Clyde Theatre

Feb. 14 – Belvidere, Ill. @ The Apollo Theatre AC

Feb. 15 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave

Feb. 17 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre

Feb. 18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot

Feb. 20 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues

Feb. 21 – Lake Tahoe, Nev. @ Montbleu Resort

Feb. 23 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Regency Ballroom

Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern

Feb. 26 – Seattle, Wash. @ Moore Theatre

Feb. 27 – Spokane, Wash. @ Knitting Factory


From: https://loudwire.com/alter-bridge-2020-tour-clint-lowery/


Posted on November 11, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says he once overdosed after taking drugs with Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott.


Townshend led a relatively clean life, but the 1978 death of Who drummer Keith Moon left him in a disturbed state of mind. He’s now been sober for over 30 years.


“Phil Lynott was a good friend, but he was a heroin addict when I knew him,” Townshend told the Irish Times in a recent interview. “He reminded me a lot of Jimi Hendrix – who, in the flesh, had no light. But as soon as he started to play music, light would happen, like a shaman. Phil was like that. He’d work at my studio in Isleworth, and when he played, he kind of caught fire.”


Townshend went on to recall a night in a London club “with people like Paul Weller and Chrissy Wood, Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife.” He continued: “I woke up with a needle in my arm and Phil standing there, looking at me passed out. Do you know what my big disappointment was? That I wasn’t on the front page of the newspaper the next day. I was in a club with Paul Weller and Phil Lynott, and it was the only time in my life I was ever going to overdose, and nobody knew!”


Townshend reflected on the background to his substance abuse, saying: “I didn’t like being in a rock band, and I didn’t like the rock business, and I don’t think I would have stayed in there had I not been a drinker. It was what it enabled me to stay, because I didn’t use drugs for a long, long time. I wasn’t quite as pure as Roger Daltrey claims to be, but I stopped smoking marijuana in 1967, so I was 22. I didn’t start using any kind of drugs again until briefly in about 1979, just after Keith Moon died.”


He said the biggest “shock” was that everyone around Moon was certain it was going to happen, but didn’t know what to do about it. “I worry that we still do that in our business,” Townshend added, although he said that the backroom staff for late artists like Amy Winehouse and Avicii had no “cause to be ashamed because we certainly didn’t know what to do [about Moon].


“We couldn’t moderate Keith. He was living in a fantasy, but he was also medicating himself into inaction. We couldn’t work out what the hell was going on. His sister, for example, is still alive and perfectly normal. She had the same parents; she’s a year older than him. Why isn’t she a nutter? His mum just died last week. Lovely lady, very normal. And I know his aunts. They’re lovely and normal, and you look at Keith and wonder what was it that made him so strange. His self-destruction was poetic and creative.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/pete-townshend-phil-lynott-overdose/


Posted on November 11, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Originally released 30 years ago, Triumph’s Classics celebrated the legendary Canadian power trio’s greatest hits. And now, on December 13, the 13-track collection will once again hit the racks (via Round Hill/Triumph Catalog), and all of the expected gems are included - “Lay It On The Line”, “Magic Power", “A World Of Fantasy”, “Fight The Good Fight” and “Hold On”.


Also featured are two special live recordings that close the set - “Never Surrender” (live at the US Festival) and “Blinding Light Show/Moon Child" (live at Sweden Rock). Pre-order the album here:




“We are excited to showcase our career on the Classics reissue,” says the band. “It’s a beautiful package and sounds awesome!”


Comprised of drummer/vocalist Gil Moore, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett, Triumph formed in 1975 (hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). With their unique blend of progressive rock, heavy metal and soaring melodies, the band enjoyed a string of rock radio and MTV hits, in the process scoring a string of gold and platinum-certified albums and selling out arenas, thrilling fans with their award-winning live shows.


And in December, rock fans will be reminded once again about the power that Triumph possessed - deep in the grooves of Classics.



"Tears In The Rain"

"Lay It On The Line"

"I Live For The Weekend"

"Magic Power"

"Somebody’s Out There"


"A World Of Fantasy"

"Follow Your Heart"

"Fight The Good Fight"

"Rock & Roll Machine"

"Hold On"

"Never Surrender" (Live At The Us Festival)

"Blinding Light Show/Moon Child" (Live At Sweden Rock)

From: http://bravewords.com/news/triumph-s-classics-album-to-be-reissued-on-double-lp-pressed-on-180-gram-silver-vinyl


Posted on November 10, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We were due to leave the U.S. tomorrow to kick off their eagerly awaited ‘End Of The Road’ tour in Perth this Saturday November 16.


Due to a bad case of Influenza, doctors have advised Paul Stanley to rest for the next few days and not to undertake the long trip from Los Angeles to Perth. With the expectation of Australian audiences high, KISS don’t want to not give 100% and so have made changes to the Australian and New Zealand dates.


The Perth RAC Arena concert on November 16 has been rescheduled from the beginning to the end of the Australian tour and will now take place on Tuesday December 3.


All tickets to the November 16 concert are valid for the December 3 show and no exchange is necessary. Simply present your existing ticket(s) at RAC Arena on the new date. For patrons unable to attend on December 3, a refund is available until November 25. Please contact Ticketek on 132 849.


After the Australian dates end on December 3, KISS depart immediately for a Japanese tour. Therefore, the show originally on December 3 at Spark Arena, Auckland New Zealand cannot be rescheduled and will unfortunately be cancelled.


We sincerely apologises to fans. The Auckland date will be re-planned for a later stage of the ‘End Of The Road’ World Tour. All tickets to the Spark Arena concert will be refunded from the point of purchase. Please contact Ticketmaster.co.nz | 0800 111 999


The remainder of the tour remains unchanged and will now kick off at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on November 19.


The spectacular ‘End Of The Road’ tour is undoubtedly the biggest and best KISS show ever, receiving amazing reviews from diehard KISS fans and the media. After sell-out shows through Europe and the US this year, the band are ready to thrill the KISS Army across Australia one last time.


To cater for the overwhelming demand, side view tickets have been released for all shows and are available from Ticketek.






Support: The Superjesus




Support: Dallas Crane




Support: Rival Fire


Saturday November 23 SUPERCARS NEWCASTLE 500, NSW


Support: The Screaming Jets




Support: Palace Of The Kings




Support: The Poor




Support: Dead City Ruins




Tuesday December 3 RAC ARENA, PERTH WA


Support: Legs Electric


Dio: The Studio Album Collection set for 2020 release

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Newly remastered deluxe editions of a selection of Dio’s studio albums will be released in 2020.


The Studio Collection: 1996-2004 brings together 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing The Dragon and 2004’s Master Of The Moon, with all four featuring previously unreleased material.


Longtime Dio collaborator Wyn Davis has remastered all four releases, with each featuring updated artwork by designer Marc Sasso. All will launch on February 21 through BMG.


To mark the announcement, four Dio tracks have been released on streaming platforms: Man On The Silver Mountain which was recorded on the Angry Machines tour, Lord Of The Last Day which was captured on the road as Dio toured in support of Magica, Holy Diver from the Killing The Dragon tour, and Heaven And Hell which was recorded live on the Master Of The Moon tour.


Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy says: “I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music. They will be making the complete Dio catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”

Dio: Angry Machines (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. Institutional Man

2. Don’t Tell The Kids

3. Black

4. Hunter Of The Heart

5. Stay Out Of My Mind

6. Big Sister

7. Double Monday

8. Golden Rules

9. Dying In America

10. This Is Your Life


Disc 2: Bonus/Live on Angry Machines Tour 1997

1. Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost – Straight Through The Heart

2. Don’t Talk To Strangers

3. Double Monday

4. Hunter Of The Heart

5. Holy Diver

6. Heaven and Hell

7. Long Live Rock and Roll

8. Man On The Silver Mountain

9. Rainbow In The Dark

10. The Last In Line

11. The Mob Rules

12. We Rock


Dio: Magica (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. Discovery

2. Magica Theme

3. Lord Of The Last Day

4. Fever Dreams

5. Turn To Stone

6. Feed My Head

7. Eriel

8. Chalis

9. As Long As It’s Not About Love

10. Losing My Insanity

11. Otherworld

12. Magica (Reprise)

13. Lord Of the Last Day (Reprise)


Disc 2: Bonus / Live on Magica Tour 2001

1. Discovery

2. Magica

3. Lord Of The Last Day

4. Fever Dreams

5. Eriel

6. Chalis

7. Losing My Insanity

8. Otherworld

9. Electra – Studio Track

10. Magica Story – Studio/Spoken Word


Dio: Killing The Dragon (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. Killing The Dragon

2. Along Comes A Spider

3. Scream

4. Better In The Dark

5. Rock and Roll

6. Push

7. Guilty

8. Throw Away Children

9. Before The Fall

10. Cold Feet


Disc 2: Bonus/Live on Killing The Dragon Tour 2002/2003

1. Holy Diver

2. Heaven and Hell

3. Rock and Roll

4. I Speed At Night

5. Killing The Dragon

6. Stand Up And Shout


Dio: Master Of The Moon (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. One More For The Road

2. Master Of The Moon

3. The End Of The World

4. Shivers

5. The Man Who Would Be King

6. The Eyes

7. Living The Lie

8. I Am

9. Death By Love

10. In Dreams


Disc 2: Bonus / Live on Master Of The Moon Tour 2004/2005

1. Heaven and Hell

2. Rainbow In The Dark

3. Rock and Roll Children

4. The Eyes

5. Prisoner Of Paradise – Studio Track

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/dio-the-studio-album-collection-set-for-2020-release

Roger Taylor Talked Taylor Hawkins Out of Joining Guns N' Roses

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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins recalled how he asked Queen counterpart Roger Taylor for advice when he got a call from Guns N’ Roses.


The moment took place while the Dave Grohl’s band were touring in support of their 1999 album There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Hawkins’ mom called to tell him that a member of Axl Rose’s management team had made contact.


“Axl was trying to get together a new version of Guns N’ Roses, and I think he was checking around for people,” Hawkins told Classic Rock in a new interview. “They wanted to know if I would come in and try out or whatever. It was kind of otherworldly.”

He decided to call Taylor for advice, who recounted his own similar experience from the early ‘70s. When former Mott the Hoople members Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson were forming their own band, they asked Taylor to join them; but he chose to remain with Queen even though they hadn’t broken through yet. “He couldn’t imagine being onstage and looking up and not seeing Freddie Mercury or Brian May in front of him,” Classic Rock reported.


Hawkins continued: “[H]e said, ‘I see you and Dave onstage and there’s something you can’t buy there. There’s something between you guys that might not be there with Axl Rose.’ And he was right.”


Speaking of Grohl, he noted: “For all our trials and tribulations, Dave is like a brother. When we walk out onstage… we nod and look at each other and go, ‘Alright, here we go.’ We’re getting in the ring together.”


Hawkins recently released a new solo album, Get the Money, and confirmed that work was underway on a new Foo Fighters LP. “It’s still a fetus at this point,” he said. “But things can move quickly with Dave Grohl.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/taylor-hawkins-guns-n-roses/

Richie Kotzen Plots 50-Song 2020 50th Birthday Release

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The 5th Annual Bowl for Ronnie event brought out a number of musicians to roll for a good cause, but it also gave them a chance to chat up their currently projects as well. We spoke with Richie Kotzen who gave us the scoop on his latest solo efforts, with a special album coming next year to mark a landmark year in his life.


"I just finished my next solo record and the record is going to be released on my 50th birthday which is Feb. 3, 2020. The record is called 50 for 50 because it's 50 songs I wrote that no one's heard before. These are not b-sides or re-releases. It's 50 songs, a three-disc set and I just finished it. The albums are being shipped as we speak, so I'm very excited about that."


Kotzen elaborated, "I had about 14 songs that were finished and ready for an album and while I was on the road, I was going through the archives of incomplete songs and there were way more than 50 and I thought, 'I wonder how many of these I can finish.' I came home, started working one at a time, and when I got to 50, I was like, 'Alright you did it.' I could make the b-sides maybe come out in the summer and give another 25."


Speaking about one of his favorite tracks, Kotzen shared the story of one of his "fun" songs, a cut called "Nickel Hustler." "It came out of my wife wanting to call someone a gold digger, and she didn't know the terminology because English is her second language," laughed Kotzen. "Instead of saying, 'This gold digging bitch,' she said, 'This nickel hustler,' and I said, 'Did you just say Nickel Hustler?' We were at a Chinese restaurant, and she said, 'Yeah, and where's my lucky cracker?' She wanted to say, 'Where's my fortune cookie?' So I thought, 'Oh my god, there's a song in here, so I've got a song called 'Nickel Hustler' inspired by my wife's misuse of the English language."


Keep an eye out for Kotzen's 50 for 50 album coming Feb. 3.


From: https://loudwire.com/richie-kotzen-50-for-50-birthday-release/

BILLY SHEEHAN On MR. BIG's Future: 'We Haven't Made Any Decisions Yet On Anything'

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MR. BIG bassist Billy Sheehan says that no decisions have yet been made regarding the band's future following last year's passing of Pat Torpey. The drummer died in February 2018 at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson's disease.


Speaking to Brazil's Lokaos Rock Show, Sheehan stated about the possibility of more MR. BIG live shows and studio recordings: "Well, we haven't made any decisions yet. But myself, Eric [Martin, vocals] and Paul [Gilbert, guitar], we're very good friends, and we really wanted to take a while to stop MR. BIG because Pat was such an important part of the band. We did some shows with another drummer — Matt Starr; he's a great drummer and sang really good. So we'll wait a little while and then maybe make some decisions later. But we haven't made any decisions yet on anything."


Asked if he is still grieving the loss of his bandmate, Sheehan said: "Well, not so much grieving, but we just wanna let life settle out a little bit. Pat was my best friend in music, and we were the closest in MR. BIG — me and Pat were. We were very, very close. So it was a big loss for me and a big loss for the band and a big loss for the fans, and, of course, his family as well. But we wanna honor his legacy. If we do anything, we wanna do something great. We don't know yet what that would be, but we wanna make sure we honor his legacy with going out there. If we do something, it will have to be fabulous."


Last fall, Martin told the "Friday NI Rocks" show that the band was planning to make a new studio record in 2019. But he added that once MR. BIG was done with its touring commitments, it would time for the group to call it quits. "Yeah, that's the last hurrah — that's it," he said. "It feels a little uncomfortable to keep going without Pat Torpey."


MR. BIG's latest album, "Defying Gravity", was released in July 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.


After announcing his Parkinson's diagnosis in 2014, Torpey continued to write, record and perform with MR. BIG, who also recruited Starr to share drum duties.


MR. BIG, formed in 1988, produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres — be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits include "Alive And Kicking", "Just Take My Heart" and the chart-topping ballad "To Be With You".

You can watch the interview here:


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/billy-sheehan-on-mr-bigs-future-we-havent-made-any-decisions-yet-on-anything/

Van Halen Was A Culture Shock For Sammy

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sammy Hagar suffered a bit of a culture shock the first time he teamed up with Van Halen, seeing the members of the group truly embrace the rock and roll lifestyle.


The former frontman was asked about what the first day with the band back in 1985 was like during a recent interview with Classic Rock. He responded, "Oh, I can tell you exactly what it was like. At that stage I had a good career going, I was wealthy, I was eating in the finest restaurants and wearing the finest f***ing clothes, I was driving Ferraris. I was becoming a little too sophisticated - it was killing my music. Whereas those guys were living a completely different lifestyle.


"Long story short, I walked in that room and these guys had cigarette butts and empty beer cans and whiskey bottles everywhere, multi-thousand-dollar guitars lying upside-down on the ground. And it stunk like sh*t because of the smoke.


"Eddie comes walking out with a pair of sunglasses, jeans with holes in them, just outta bed, cracking a beer and smoking a cigarette. Alex was still drunk. Mike hadn't even been home.


"They'd been up all night waiting for me. I'm looking at these guys, then I'm looking at myself in a suit, and I go: 'I look like a f***ing idiot. This is a real rock'n'roll band.'"


From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/November/10Van_Halen_Was_A_Culture_Shock_For_Sammy.shtml

Bob Kulick Accuses Brother Bruce Kulick of 'Back Stabbing'

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Kiss collaborator Bob Kulick has accused his brother Bruce Kulick of “back stabbing” in a dispute over merchandise.


Bob claims that Bruce, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and band manager Doc McGhee behaved in a “dishonorable and dishonest” manner over Kulick Brothers items they’d put on sale. He further claimed that Bruce has taken out a restraining order against him.


Bruce Kulick is unable to respond publicly, because of the protective order.


“The photos below are merchandise items currently being sold by Kiss Army Merchandise with permission from my brother Bruce Kulick only,” Bob wrote in an Instagram post. “I have not given my permission for this and have not been accounted to or paid for merchandise sole bearing my name, and photos with my likeness.


“This is called copyright infringement and an indication to all of you as to where my back stabbing brother Bruce is in all this! Disgraceful, uncalled for and a situation that will be answered in time!”

You can check out his original post here:




Saying he’d taken the issue public with a “heavy heart,” he went on to describe Bruce, Stanley, Simmons and McGhee as the “culprits” and stated that Bruce “now has a restraining order against me.” He continued: “Please be advised that these ‘people’ are dishonorable and dishonest. … Shame on all of you! … These people are so pathetic that I had to give them $750 to start the merchandise operation and now they refuse to pay or acknowledge me.”

Bob Kulick played guitar and / or co-wrote songs on several Kiss albums, including the studio side of 1977's Alive II, 1980's Unmasked, and 1982's Killers. His younger brother Bruce joined the band full-time in 1984, serving as the lead guitar player on every studio album between 1985's Asylum and 1997's Carnival of Souls.


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/bob-kulick-bruce-kulick-back-stabbing/

38 Years Ago: Motley Crue Self-Release Their Debut Album 'Too Fast For Love'

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Motley Crue made themselves known with their debut record, Too Fast for Love, less than one year after the band's conception. With 900 copies pressed, the self-produced album was released on Nov. 10, 1981, via the band's own Leathur Records and proudly boasted 10 tracks of raw aggression, attitude and sleaze, which matched the hype of the band's already growing reputation.


As a must-see act in clubs, Motley Crue carried over their badass demeanor seen onstage to after-parties at the band's house, which was hardly furnished and saw the group living under harsh conditions. While they may have not had much money for food or anything else, booze and drugs were never in short supply. Already living and loving the rock star life, Crue set themselves up for one of the most legendary careers with Too Fast For Love.

The album had mostly been written before the band even fully came to fruition. Nikki Sixx was previously in a group called London (where seemingly every member went on to find success after leaving) and he was writing music on his own, but felt it wasn't right for his current group. He kept the songs in his back pocket and had them ready to go after forming his new band.


Rounding out the Motley Crue lineup was drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil. However, Neil almost missed his chance. The band originally planned to try him for the vacant spot, but the singer had missed the audition, forcing the Crue to opt for a frontman named O'Dean. When it didn't pan out, Neil was given a call back and made sure he showed up this time. Nikki Sixx spoke about Neil's audition in 1982 on a local radio program, saying, "It was just magic, his voice fit perfect with our sound and it just came together."


Hitting the studio, Neil had only been in the band for a couple days and had to read off of a lyric sheet while laying down his tracks on the band's Leathur demo. With the urging of band manager Alan Coffman, the quartet decided to release their first album entirely on their own since label interest had not yet mounted, partially because of the band's image, which can be seen on the album's cover, an homage to the Rolling Stones artwork for their album Sticky Fingers.


Coffman helped finance the record in addition to finding equipment and gear for the guys to use. (He later ran off with the advance for the band's second album, inspiring the song "Bastard.") The result was 38 minutes and and 49 seconds of pure energy by a band with no stylistic limitations or pressures from a label. The unadulterated process spawned seminal cuts like "Live Wire," "Take Me to the Top" and the title track, along with the moody "Merry-Go-Round."


When asked about the subject matter of "Merry-Go-Round," Sixx revealed the inspiration behind the song, saying, “When I was living in Seattle where I was raised there was a guy who was about 22-23 years old and had about four kids and had all these pressures — it was too much on his mind." Explaining more, he added, "There was an actual merry-go-round by right where the houses and little apartment buildings were. And one day he just wound up sitting out there and he had lost his mind and they took him away in a straightjacket. He regressed to being a little kid; he was out there playing on the merry-go-round and he just lost it — too many pressures.”


Producer Michael Wagener mixed the record in four days, having previously worked with Mick Mars. After the band signed with Elektra in 1982, the album saw a worldwide release with a remixed version and different tracklisting that struck "Stick to Your Guns" and the original opening of "Too Fast For Love." The only Elektra pressing with the original Leathur Records mix were the first copies in Canada, which did not have any omissions like the later releases, since the band was readying a tour of the country and the label wanted copies of the album available in stores to coincide with the trek.


Prior to label support, the band had been booking their own shows and doing all of their own promotion, renting out 350-600 capacity venues and packing places from Northern California to Nevada. The spandex, leather and makeup had been getting the group a lot of attention in addition to the music. When asked if she felt the band was tapping into something special, then consultant manager Vicky Hamilton reflected, "Oh totally. When Motley busted out it was all punk rock and European new wave stuff like Duran Duran or Psychedelic Furs. So they just stood out with their duct tape, spandex and hair. Nikki lit himself on fire and just everything about them was like “What is THIS???!!"


This statement echoed the thoughts of Sixx at the time when he talked about Motley Crue's image with local radio and foreshadowed what would become hair metal. The bassist said, “A lot of people in L.A. — it’s picking up like in England when the punk bands started, the Sex Pistols and stuff, everyone went to that extreme. I’m wondering what’s going to happen in the future with us because it’s starting to happen just in L.A.; what’s gonna happen when the album gets distributed internationally if it’ll pick up to that extreme?”


Nikki Sixx got his answer in the coming years. Too Fast for Love was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1986, one of five of the band's albums to eclipse that mark. The glam metal image that Motley Crue adopted so early went on to see global dominance in the mid to late '80s and helped bring fame to countless other bands who would lean heavily on Crue's style.


From: https://loudwire.com/motley-crue-too-fast-for-love-anniversary/


Posted on November 10, 2019 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sebastian Bach is front and center in a new Forbes.com feature, where he discusses his recently wrapped North American tour - which celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the self-titled Skid Row debut - and his longevity as an artist and performer. Following is an excerpt from the interview.


Q: Is there one song in particular that you've had the most fun digging up for this tour?


Sebastian: "Yes. That would be the song 'Forever', which is a bonus track on Skid Row’s greatest hits record. But that was the song that we opened up all of our shows with before we had a record deal, which was only like a month. … It brings back a lot of great feelings of when we were great friends, which, despite what those guys say, we were great friends, despite the bullsh**t that I read. And the lyrics go, 'Remember when we were young? Just two kids on the run with a fistful of dreams. Drinking wine—which I love—playing cool, stay out late, cutting school, smoke cigarettes like James Dean.' To me, those are great lyrics, right? I don't see how that's bad. I think that paints an incredible picture of being a teenager, cutting loose, having fun, exploring your dreams."


Q: There’s definitely been a renewed interest in heavier music lately, especially artists from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Do you find this is a better atmosphere to release new solo music?


Sebastian: "The first thing I would tell you is, I lived in Studio City (in Los Angeles) for two years recently. And I've moved since then, but my next-door neighbor was Adam Jones from Tool. And we became super f***ing close friends, nothing to do with music. His kids come over to my house to play. He comes to our birthday parties. He came to my 50th birthday party, brought Danny from Tool, and I'm really good friends with Adam. We bond over comic books. And believe it or not, I just recently had to turn down the opening slot for Tool. Adam wanted Sebastian Bach to open two weeks of shows in arenas. But I was already booked! So that's mind-blowing to me. … I think the success of bands like Tool is just undeniable that people want to hear heavy f***ing rock, and how can you deny that? It's right in your face.


You also can't deny that what I do for a living is a completely dying art. There's not kids coming up, locking themselves in their room, doing vocal histrionics. I don't even know if that's a word. But the way I learned how to sing, I don't think kids even could ever—I don't know, maybe I'm wrong, maybe kids on American Idol or something. But it just seems like so much of the vocal sound that I hear today is so over-processed and fake. That's why somebody like Adele comes out and people are like, 'Oh my God.' And it's like, she's just singing with her voice (laughs). Nobody else is. That's why she's so good."


Read the complete interview here:


From: http://bravewords.com/news/sebastian-bach-what-i-do-for-a-living-is-a-completely-dying-art

Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody: "This album has not been f****** easy to make"

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has been speaking exclusively with Metal Hammer magazine about the band’s upcoming studio album.


He and his bandmates Zoltan Bathory, Jason Hook, Chris Kael and Charlie Engen are the cover stars of the new issue of Metal Hammer magazine, with the Las Vegas outfit giving us a look at the creation of the as-yet-untitled record, which will be the follow-up to 2018’s And Justice For None.


Moody says: “This album has not been fucking easy to make. There was always somebody fucking quitting. Somebody wants to fire another guy, somebody’s unhappy with someone’s lifestyle. These things happen on a daily basis."


He adds: “If there weren’t bumps in the road, it would have been a shit record because that’s complacency and that’s settling.”


Back in September, Five Finger Death Punch teased their new single Inside Out, with Moody also telling Metal Hammer that the track “pretty much encompasses everything” since his much-publicised addiction struggles.


He adds: “This is the first piece of music I’ve written since all this happened. So all these emotions, I finally get to put them out in a therapeutic way. It’s about alcoholism. It’s about my family leaving. It’s about my bandmates. It’s about looking at myself in the fucking face and saying, ‘Dude, you’re going to have to do this because nobody else is coming.’”

Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth & Bad Wolves 2020 tour:

Jan 14: Kiev Palace Of Sports, Ukraine **

Jan 16: Moscow Adrenaline Stadium, Russia **

Jan 18: St. Petersburg A2, Russia **

Jan 20: Helsinki Hartwell Arena, Finland

Jan 22: Stockholm Hovet, Sweden

Jan 23: Oslo Spektrum, Norway

Jan 24: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark

Jan 26: Amsterdam AFAS Live, Netherlands

Jan 28: Paris Zenith, France

Jan 30: Cardiff Arena, UK

Jan 31: London Wembley Arena, UK

Feb 03: Berlin Max-Schmeling Halle, Germany

Feb 04: Hamburg Sporthalle, Germany

Feb 06: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany

Feb 08: Oberhausen Koenig-Pilsener Arena, Germany

Feb 09: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany

Feb 10: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany

Feb 12: Warsaw Torwar, Poland

Feb 14: Prague Tipsport Arena, Czech Republic

Feb 16: Milan Alcatrazz, Italy

Feb 17: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland

Feb 19: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria

Feb 20: Budapest Sportarena, Hungary


** 5FDP headline show without Megadeth and Bad Wolves

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/five-finger-death-punchs-ivan-moody-this-album-has-not-been-f-easy-to-make

DREAM THEATER's JAMES LABRIE Says Success Of 'Pull Me Under' Was 'Pretty Surreal'

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie recently spoke with Two Doods Reviews. The full conversation can be streamed below:



A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).


On whether he plays any instruments:


James: "I grabbed a guitar two years ago, so I'm slowly learning the dexterity that's involved in guitar playing, and I've gotta tell you, that's intimidating. Drums, I played from the age of 5 until I was 17. I thank God that I did that, because the rhythmic sensibility and especially being able to infuse myself in a band like DREAM THEATER naturally, it came from that fundamental background. I always thank my lucky stars that I did that. It just seems all natural. I'm not one of these guys — I don't want to count out all the crazy time signatures when I'm singing in between. It needs to feel natural — it needs to feel real."


On auditioning for DREAM THEATER:


James: "I saw myself as a frontman when I was 12. I always knew that the drums was secondary, because I started singing around the same age. The first couple bands that I formed, I was the lead vocalist and drummer. I was doing the whole Don Henley, Phil Collins thing. When I went down to do the audition, I was completely oblivious to any of the other singers that they had had [try out], which was probably a good thing. I know they told me — they go, 'We've been auditioning singers for the last two and a half years. We've worked with some for six months, eight months. [We've] recorded a ton of demos.' My [WINTER ROSE] CD happened to cross their laps, and they listened to it in [drummer] Mike Portnoy's van one night... When they brought me down, we basically went to the rehearsal hall. We jammed for about an hour or so, and we went through a lot of the songs from the first album and jammed on 'Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'' by JOURNEY. They just kind of looked at me at the end. I didn't know their lingo, and at the time, [guitarist] John Petrucci looks over at me and goes, 'Dude, you're sick!' I said, 'Actually, you know what? I feel great.' He goes, 'No, no, no. I mean that in a great way.' The very next way, we went to [bassist] John Myung's condo and recorded three or four songs in his bedroom on an 8-track recorder. I was there for, like, five days doing stuff, and then I flew back home. They asked me before I left — they said, 'Dude, you've got to be in the band. Are you into it?' I said, 'Absolutely, but I'm going to tell you one thing — I'm staying in Canada. I don't want to move down here. I love it down here, but [it's not happening].' I'm in Toronto, so back in the day, that was, like, a 50-minute flight. It was no big deal."


On what he can do on his solo albums that he can't do in DREAM THEATER:


James: "I guess [on] the peripheral edge, there are progressive moments throughout some of the solo material, but for the most part, Matt Guillory and I, we've been a team — we've been doing this since 1998. Matt is a phenomenally talented piano player [and] writer. When we've been putting the songs together, our focus is really first and foremost on the songs having a bit more of a hard rock, very palatable... it's something that you can sink your teeth into as far as hooks. A lot of the hooks are coming from the guitar and especially the melody... Matt and I split the lyrics. He does half; I do half. We just want to create our own sound by incorporating some very heavy and aggressive moments, and there's even minimal — we use it sparingly, but I think it still has a purpose — grunt vocals. Peter Wildoer, the drummer, does that. He does a phenomenal job, but it's used more as a tool, and it's not necessarily, 'Oh, listen to this voice.' That's what I think maintains that equilibrium throughout. By doing these things, it kind of creates that separation between DREAM THEATER, because it wouldn't make any sense for me to do it [otherwise]... We just want to be more straightforward, but put some interesting moments into it that are a little more in the musicianship realm, so to speak."


On the success of "Pull Me Under":


James: "It was pretty surreal, especially at that point. We came out with an album that was so left [of center] — it's like, 'Wait a minute, what are the guys doing? They're releasing a progressive heavy metal album?' Everyone was, like, 'What are you going to do with this? What's going to happen?' Fortunately for us, and I have to be honest, if 'Pull Me Under' hadn't exploded like it did and made the album extremely successful, I don't know if you and I would be talking today. The reality is, before 'Pull Me Under' hit, I think they released 10,000 albums for the States, and then trickles in Canada and the international [market]. What do you do with that? If there was nothing to really grasp on to, where do you go with that? Fortunately for us, 'Pull Me Under' became something that was not only North America, where it was kicking, but all of a sudden, it made its way internationally. Europe was on it immediately, and then all of Asia, and then it just mushroomed from there. It allowed us to be able to go in with the follow-up and feel confident."


On the fact that the band doesn't always perform the track live despite it being their best-known song:


James: "We just kept thinking, 'Are we going to keep incorporating this into every leg, every tour? I think even the fans would appreciate it if we didn't play it.' I would say that that's definitely the one that we know we're kind of committed to because it was our big hit, and I can only imagine what some of these bands like THE EAGLES, AEROSMITH, Billy Joel [feel about having to play their hits]."


On current DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini:


James: "He is, first of all, an incredible drummer. That goes without saying. I think over the years, he's at a point — especially with 'Distance Over Time' — he was fully integrated [and] fully involved with everything; the whole process, the writing. He's an incredibly talented musician. He's played stuff for us that he's written and wants to eventually release, and it's great stuff — it's really cool stuff. His whole dynamic with the band, I would have to say, it's probably been in the last few years that we have seen the full Mangini on board. I think everything up to that point was him gracefully coming into the fold — still playing phenomenal each and every night and on the albums, but I think it's been since maybe the self-titled or 'The Astonishing' that you kind of felt that whole click. Definitely, I think he shined like a diamond on the last album, and I think that's because he was fully involved. He's a great guy — he's crazy, like most drummers. He's a really funny guy [with] a crazy sense of humor. But that's good — we need the balance."


On the overall state of DREAM THEATER:


James: "I think we're extremely fortunate. We never take any of this for granted... Where we are at this point, we're in a really healthy place, and we're really taking it for all its worth."


DREAM THEATER continues to tour in support of its latest album, "Distance Over Time", which was released on February 22 via InsideOut. The record was produced by Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.


During the tour, the group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory" by performing the landmark concept album in its entirety for the first time since 2000.


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/dream-theaters-james-labrie-says-success-of-pull-me-under-was-pretty-surreal/

Iron Maiden Confirms A Return To Australia On Their Spectacular Legacy Of The Beast Tour

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

IRON MAIDEN will return to Australia in May 2020 to perform 5 massive arena shows on their Legacy of the Beast World Tour with special guests Killswitch Engage.

Tickets go on-sale on Thursday 14 November at 12noon from www.ticketek.com.au


As always there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN FAN CLUB members, go to www.ironmaiden.com for all ticketing details.


Telstra Plus member presale starts Monday 11 November at 1pm and is open until 1pm on Wednesday 13 November. Go to Telstra.com/music for further details.


The Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast tour dates are:


Friday 1st May – Perth – RAC Arena

Sunday 3rd May – Adelaide – Entertainment Centre

Tuesday 5th May – Brisbane – Entertainment Centre

Thursday 7th May – Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena

Monday 11th May – Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena


The Legacy Of The Beast Tour is being hailed by fans and media as the most extravagant and visually spectacular live show of the band’s touring to date. The decades-spanning set-list of fan favourites and hits has garnered career best reviews around the world. The legacy of Iron Maiden continues to grow with some of their fastest ever selling tour tickets and sell out headline stadium, arena and festival shows across Europe and North, South and Central America. The band has visited 39 countries around the globe since the tour opened last year, playing to close to two million fans, including headlining a capacity crowd of 100,000 at the legendary Rock in Rio festival in Brazil.

President and CEO of TEG DAINTY Paul Dainty said “We can’t wait to bring Maiden back to Australia for this tour, the reviews from overseas are absolutely phenomenal. This band is hotter than ever and this pinnacle of new production is next level spectacular!”


Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson comments, “It’ll be four years since we were last in Australia, so we’re delighted to be making a return visit to present the Legacy Of The Beast Tour to all our fans there! We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe, North America, Mexico and South America. The production for Australia is exactly the same as the other shows on this tour so far and is based on our mobile game THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs. It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during ‘Aces High,’ tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course, we have Eddie, as you’ve never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you!”


Steve Harris, bassist and founder member adds, “We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this Tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show. We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like ‘Flight Of Icarus,’ ‘Sign Of The Cross’ and ‘The Clansman’ with songs we know the fans want to hear like ‘The Trooper,’ ‘2 Minutes To Midnight,’ ‘The Number Of The Beast,’ ‘Fear Of The Dark,’ ‘Run To The Hills,’ ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show. We’re excited to be bringing this tour to Australia as much of the set list comprises songs which our fans will know well but which haven’t been performed live there for over ten years, some of them even longer than that. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!”


The Legacy Of The Beast Tour production and set list is inspired by Maiden’s free to play mobile game of the same name which is available on iOS and Android platforms at www.ironmaiden.com/play .


Maiden’s last album The Book Of Souls reached Number 1 in an astonishing 43 countries. Iron Maiden are one of the most influential and revered rock bands of all time, and The Legacy Of The Beast Tour is their most spectacular and biggest production to date.


Joining the Legacy Of The Beast Tour is the multiple GRAMMY® Award nominated Killswitch Engage who first shook the structure of heavy music upon climbing out of snowy industrialized Western Massachusetts in 2000. A musical outlier, the band pioneered a union of thrashed-out European guitar pyrotechnics, East Coast hardcore spirit, on-stage hijinks, and enlightened lyricism that set the pace for what the turn-of-the-century deemed heavy. The group has garnered three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, and their total streams have exceeded half-a-billion to date.


Fans in Australia will be able to purchase a special Trooper VIP package which allows them access to the exclusive pre-show function to meet with other fans, a pile of TROOPER goodies, TROOPER beers, complimentary food and the opportunity to win some great prizes.


Australia get ready, the best metal tour of 2020 is coming your way, the Legacy Of The Beast Tour lands in Perth on May 1 before traveling around Australia for 5 massive arena shows. Don’t miss it!


Check www.ironmaiden.com and www.tegdainty.com for more tour information.


From: http://maytherockbewithyou.com/mtrbwy/2019/11/iron-maiden-confirms-a-return-to-australia-on-their-spectacular-legacy-of-the-beast-tour/