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SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band KISS will perform an intimate invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers and VIPs on Monday, February 11 at Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS's exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.
The special concert for SiriusXM will feature KISS performing songs from the band's 45-year career. This marks the first time KISS has played a club in over twenty years and will be their first performance at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go, the venerable rock club on the Sunset Strip that has played host to rock 'n' roll's most important bands and artists, from THE DOORS, to Janis Joplin, to LED ZEPPELIN, as well as today’s emerging new artists.
KISS's performance at Whisky a Go Go will launch SiriusXM's "The Party Continues", a new live series that will feature music's top artists performing in an intimate venue for SiriusXM subscribers following music's biggest night at the Grammy Awards. KISS, in the midst of its "End Of The Road" world tour, kicks off the series at the historic Whisky a Go Go. "The Party Continues" joins a series of concerts established by SiriusXM at special and iconic venues across the country, including at the Apollo Theater in New York City, The Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons, the Faena Theater in Miami Beach and more.
The performance will air on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET on KISS Army Radio, channel 30, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. The concert will air on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel on Friday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
KISS Army Radio, the band's exclusive limited-run SiriusXM channel, will showcase music from KISS's 45-year career, including stadium anthems, rarities and live tracks. The band's channel will also feature exclusive stories and insights from Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Additionally, listeners will hear music from other artists who opened for KISS throughout their career, including AC/DC, GUNS N' ROSES, ALICE IN CHAINS, CHEAP TRICK and more.
KISS Army Radio will launch on Monday, February 4 at 5:00 p.m. ET via satellite on channel 30 and will run through Sunday, February 17.
|Posted on January 17, 2019 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
“It wasn’t easy to walk away from them,” ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted told me almost nine months after he left one of the biggest band in metal on Jan. 17, 2001. “The first couple months were real fucked, and then I slowly came out of my depression and got back on the horse with my new band Echobrain.”
At the time of his departure, Newsted said he left Metallica because it was impossible for him to play a more creative role in the band and that Metallica was spending too much time fighting Napster and not enough time working on new music. But most significantly, he said he needed time to recover from neck and back injuries he sustained from headbanging.
“Watch a couple videos from 1990 and it’s not hard to figure out how I damaged myself,” he said. “I mean, 200 days a year I would give myself full-on whiplash. In 1990, the doctor told me to stop doing that. Well, I did 10 more years of it after that and now I’m kind of in this spot. I can’t perform as the performer people know me as, like a complete psycho. Doing that kind of touring is not in the cards for me right now.”
In a 2013 interview with Scuzz TV, Newsted revised his position, stating that his departure from Metallica stemmed mostly from his dedication to Echobrain and the band’s management’s interest in the side project -- an interest that wasn’t shared by Metallica frontman James Hetfield.
“Management wanted me to do Echobrain also, with Metallica,” Newsted said. “They felt Echobrain was that good. The singer was that good, and it didn’t affect Metallica because it was a totally different kind of thing, and I was in Metallica; that would give it its pedigree already.”
Newsted said Hetfield became defensive and territorial when he learned that management was interested in Echobrain. For Hetfield, Metallica was the be all and end all for any of its members. No one was to step outside of the circle and tour with any major side projects.
“He was, I think, pretty much out to put the kibosh on the whole thing because it would somehow affect Metallica in his eyes,” Newsted told Scuzz TV. “…I have no idea what [Hetfield] was thinking, other than just protecting what he valued, just like he does; that’s his thing. He protects what he loves, squeezes it too hard, like he said himself. Squeeze it too hard, protecting it too much. That’s where I was coming from. The people that I had counted on for 15 years to help me with my career, help Metallica, take care of my money, do all of those things, told me, ‘Your new project is fantastic, we’d like to help you with it.’ James heard about it, the manager calls me back a couple of days later — ‘Sorry we’re not going to be able to help you with that Echobrain thing.'”
In a statement issued after his departure, Newsted, exhibiting the fine art of diplomacy, said, “This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James, [drummer] Lars [Ulrich], and [guitarist] Kirk [Hammett] and the rest of the Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so unforgettable.”
Behind the scenes, Newsted was more defensive. “It was like having two of my children taken away from me,” he said. “They went about it all wrong. It just wasn’t right.”
In response to Newsted’s decision to quit, Metallica issued their own statements. “James, Kirk and I look forward to embracing the next chapter of Metallica with both a huge amount of appreciation for the last 14 years with Jason and the excitement of rising to the challenges that lay ahead to make Metallica shine brighter than ever,” said Ulrich. “We part ways with Jason with more love, more mutual respect, and more understanding of each other than at any other point in the past.”
“Jason is our brother,” added Hammett. “He will be missed.”
Newsted joined Metallica in the fall of 1986 after the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton. He came from the Metal Blade band Flotsam And Jetsam and was recommended to Metallica by Metal Blade president and CEO Brian Slagel. Metallica also wanted Joey Vera to audition, but he decided to remain in Armored Saint, the band he grew up playing with. Metallica’s A&R man suggested Phil Caivano, who went on to play with Monster Magnet, and also plugged Newsted.
“It bothered me for a moment because I knew it was going to upset the apple cart with the boys in Flotsam," Alago told Louder Than Hell: the Definitive Oral History of Metal. “But Jason had the same kind of charm and integrity [as Burton did]. And his bass playing was wild and animated. I knew he would be the perfect fit for the guys.”
In truth, Newsted helped save Metallica in a moment of great crisis. They were shaken by the death of Burton and needed a tight, professional player that would help them jump right back into the driver’s seat. Problematically, Metallica never took any time off the road to grieve for the loss of their friend and they remained angry and hurting while they were on the road. They didn’t blame Newsted for Burton’s death, but he was an easy target to gang up on, and they hazed him mercilessly. Newsted was resilient and thick-skinned, and he played great onstage; he was soon embraced by fans and critics who never imagined anyone could replace Burton. Newsted played on six Metallica albums, …And Justice For All, Metallica, Load, Re-Load, Garage Inc. and S&M. During his 14 years in the band, he performed over 1,000 gigs and toured around the world multiple times.
“Playing with someone who has such unbridled passion for music will forever be a huge inspiration,” said Hetfield in Metallica’s statement. “On stage every night, he was a driving force to us all, fans and band alike. His connection will never be broken.”
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Pete Townshend recalled feeling “really quite unhappy” as the Who began to experience success, and hoping it wouldn’t last for long.
The guitarist teamed up with colleagues Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle at an early age – but, as he told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, it wasn’t a priority for him.
“I’m a bit of a disappointment in this area, really, because I didn’t really want to be in a band at all,” Townshend said. “I joined the band with Roger and John when I was at school and then I went to art college and the band continued a little bit … but I treated it as a bit of a joke.”
“I was in my third year at art school and the band got a break,” Townshend said of “I Can’t Explain." "I wrote a song and we got a hit, and I was off in the world of rock 'n’ roll.” That didn’t mean he was satisfied, however: “The first few years of the Who’s career, I was really quite unhappy – I wanted to be an artist, and I was really quite eager for the band to finish. I thought we wouldn’t last very long.”
Be sure to listen to Ultimate Classic Rock Nights on more than 50 stations across the U.S. from 7PM until midnight, Monday through Friday.
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Poison fans have waited since 2002 to hear new original material from the group but frontman Bret Michaels said in a recent interview that may change next year.
The singer was interviewed by Newsday and revealed that he is still with the band for the long haul and also let drop that they should be returning with new music next year.
He said, "There's never going to be a day when I say, 'I'm done with Poison. The band is looking forward to returning in 2020 with some new songs. We are still having the time of our lives on stage."
The band's last original studio album was "Hollyweird" which they released in 2002. They followed that five years later with a covers album called "Poison'd".
|Posted on January 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Steven Tyler is one of several artists who were interviewed by GQ magazine about their approach to sobriety.
The AEROSMITH singer, alt stars Jason Isbell and Julien Baker and EAGLES guitarist Joe Walsh were quizzed about how they quit drink and drugs and the effect it had on their music.
Tyler — whose vast consumption of cocaine, heroin and alcohol in the 1970s earned him and bandmate Joe Perry the nickname "The Toxic Twins" — said that he had a lot of fun drinking and using drugs.
"You have a shot of Jack Daniel's and you play Madison Square Garden and you get offstage and you go clubbing with Jimmy Page — come on!" he said. "After two encores in Madison Square Garden, you don't go and play shuffleboard. Or Yahtzee, you know? You go and rock the fuck out. You've done something that you never thought you could, and you actually think that you are a super-being."
Tyler, who once said he "snorted half of Peru" (meaning cocaine, of course), said that his drug use got to a point where nothing mattered more.
"We would do cocaine to go up, quaaludes to come down," he said. "We would drink and then snort some coke until we thought we were straight. But that's not true — you're just drunk and coked out. It was more or less the thing to do, back then as well."
"I don't think there were any bands that even knew what sober was," he added.
"I was the kind of guy who would hate to be the guy who never came down because he never went up, if you can understand that. So I played with everything."
Tyler said that his drug use enhanced his performance at first but eventually took its toll. Over time, he noticed that he required more alcohol or drugs to get the same relief.
"It absolutely works for a while," he said. "But then things go wrong. You become addicted, it's something you do all the time, and suddenly it starts influencing your greatness. What happens with using is: It works in the beginning, but it doesn't work in the end. It takes you down. There's nothing but jail, insanity or death."
Asked if he missed anything about how he used to be, Tyler said: "I got a band that's still together, the guys are still alive, everyone's healthy. We play better than we did 50 years ago. I mean, there was a certain rawness when we played clubs and we were all fucked up. Sure, I get it. But the band is still together and still sought-after. People still want us for a million-plus dollars a night. And that's what's at risk if I use again. And my kids. My cats. My dogs. My beautiful fucking house in Maui. My girlfriend. Everything is at risk."
AEROSMITH is among the artists who will perform at the three-night Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, set to take place January 31 through February 2 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Hellbent for success, Nikki Sixx's life took some wild twists and turns on the road that led him to start Motley Crue on Jan. 17, 1981. With stars in his eyes, the young bassist carried a heavy emotional burden from his childhood, using it as fuel to spit at the world, and to eventually lead one of the world's most notorious rock bands.
The reputation Motley Crue gained for their penchant for "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" was no accident. Already heavily immersed in the world of substance abuse, Sixx was working dead end jobs and jamming with musicians trying to find the right group of musicians to make the band of his dreams.
After leaving London (his glam rock outfit, not the city) — which would later include W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless and Guns N' Roses' Izzy Stradlin, both in their pre-fame days — the 22-year-old four-stringer decided to head up his own band, mainly so he didn't have to abide by someone else's rules. He teamed up with the 18-year-old drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Greg Leon; the duo played together in Suite 19.
Leon soon quit the band, leaving Sixx and Lee to find another guitarist for a group which they had yet to name. The search found the pair looking through ads in The Recycler, where they happened upon a one line statement from a guitarist. The ad now famously read "Loud, rude, aggressive guitar player available." After seeing the ad, Mick Mars was asked to audition and immediately joined.
Mars and Sixx had met prior to the audition, though neither of them had realized it at the time. The axeman previously played in a band called White Horse and after deciding $2 tequila shots at the Stone Pony, where White Horse were playing, was too expensive, he made a trip down the road to Magnolia Liquors. Behind the counter was an even younger Nikki Sixx, who had been using speed and drinking when the two had their first encounter. Mars looked at Sixx's appearance —undoubtedly a rocker — and asked what music he liked. When Sixx responded with a list of bands including KISS, the guitarist wrote him off because he was not a fan of the face-painted four-piece. Regardless, he invited the kid behind the counter to check out his band at the Stone Pony.
When Sixx clocked out, he got drunk and walked in on Mick Mars playing a solo using a microphone stand as a slide and was mesmerized by the guitar player he had met just hours beforehand. The two drunkenly talked after the show and Mars gave Sixx his number, but nothing came of it afterwards until their happenstance meeting later on.
With bass, guitar and drums locked down, the group invited a singer simply named O'Dean to front the band. After cutting one demo with the vocalist, he was sacked in exchange for a singer Lee knew and had played with in high school. The platinum blonde Vince Neil was singing in a band called Rockandi and after watching him perform, the three knew they had found their lead singer. Neil brought a charismatic energy to the stage. He also happened to pack the venue full of women -- all qualities Sixx, Lee and Mars knew they needed for success.
Vince Neil initially turned down the offer, but a persistent Tommy Lee persuaded the singer to audition. When he got in contact with Neil, the frontman mentioned his band had screwed him over, so he agreed to the audition. He showed up April 1, 1981 with a girl that the rest of the guys dubbed "Lovey," and she proceeded to see if the band was the right fit. Though she didn't agree, Neil joined the group anyway and just minutes into the rehearsal Nikki was rewriting lyrics to suit his new singer's voice. The first song that came together, "Live Wire," went on to be the opening track off their debut record, Too Fast For Love.
The quartet eventually landed on the name Motley Crue, a suggestion by Mars. The spacey guitarist had scribbled down the words "Mottley Cru" in his days with White Horse when one of the members said they were a "a motley looking crew." With a couple adjustments, adding an "e" to the end, remove a "t" and a couple well-placed umlauts with inspiration from Lowenbrau beer, Mötley Crüe were officially underway.
Over the course of the next three plus decades, Motley Crue became one of the biggest bands in the world, selling in excess of 100 million records with five studio albums going platinum, some of them several times over. Their reputation was a tour manager's literal worst nightmare as they unseated any band before them who had previously laid claim to being the baddest group in rock 'n' roll.
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Spitfire Music has teamed up with BlackBoxTV to develop a new horror anthology series, "Welcome To Daisyland". Australian-American musical collective THE DEAD DAISIES will provide the soundtrack for the series, which is scheduled to premiere this Valentine's Day (February 14).
"Welcome To Daisyland" was directed by award-winning filmmaker Tony E. Valenzuela ("Silverwood", "Harper's Globe") and stars Pepi Sonuga ("Ash Vs The Evil Dead").
"In 2018, content is king," states the band's manager and series executive producer David Edwards ("Rock Star INXS"). "I'm tired of hearing the same Top 40 music in the background of every film and kept thinking, 'This scene would be so much better with a heavy rock track', so we made it happen." On deciding to go with a horror series, Edwards added: "Horror and rock go hand in hand. Alice Cooper started combining the two back in the 70's with his crazy theatrics and it's a genre we love."
The "Welcome To Daisyland" soundtrack features music from THE DEAD DAISIES' latest album, released via Spitfire Music in April 2018, and includes the tracks "Dead And Gone", "Judgement Day" and title track, "Burn It Down".
In conjunction with the premiere of "Welcome To Daisyland", THE DEAD DAISIES will release a special acoustic version of the show's theme song "Dead And Gone" on February 14 across all digital platforms.
"Burn It Down" is a muscular tour-de-force, a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals.
THE DEAD DAISIES are: Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE SCREAM), Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY), Deen Castronovo (BAD ENGLISH, JOURNEY) and David Lowy (RED PHOENIX, MINK).
|Posted on January 17, 2019 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Billy Idol has announced dates for an unplugged spring tour of North America with longtime guitarist Steve Stevens. The "Turned On, Tuned In And Unplugged" series will see the duo perform stripped-down versions of Idol's hits, deeper album cuts and songs that influenced them both in a new and intimate setting.
The month-long theater run will open March 3 in Vancouver, BC, with shows wrapping up in Red Bank, NJ on April 4. Ticket and VIP Meet & Greet presales begin Wednesday, January 16 at 10am local times (passcode: unplugged), while general public seats will go on sale Friday, January 18 at 10am local time.
Idol is previewing the spring tour with video of a live performance of his 1986 US Top 10 hit, "To Be A Lover", captured last September at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN.
Watch the video here:
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Journey guitarist Neal Schon has announced the first dates for his Neal Schon's Journey Through Time tour, on February 22nd at the Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson, California (tickets), and February 23rd at Fox Theater Oakland, in Oakland, California (tickets).
Journey Through Time will hit the road in February 2019 for the first time, celebrating Journey's legendary catalog and rich history. Returning to their roots, the band will showcase songs from the very beginning - plus pay tribute to your favourite classic hits.
Joining Schon and singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana) will be former Journey member Deen Castronovo on vocals and drums, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) on bass and vocals, super-producer Marti Frederiksen (multi-instrumentalist, vocals) and Chris Collins on guitar and keys.
Schon has now taken things one step further by inviting former Journey vocalist Steve Perry to take part:
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Bryan Adams is set to release his 14th studio album, Shine a Light. The record, his first since 2015's Get Up, will arrive on March 1.
Shine a Light's 12 tracks include the title track, which is available now, and a duet with Jennifer Lopez called "That's How Strong Our Love Is." You can see the track listing below.
The album can be pre-ordered at MusicVaultz, where fans can choose between the CD version, which has an exclusive song called "The Last Night on Earth," and vinyl, which substitutes it with "I Hear You Knockin'."
The four-year gap between records for Adams was filled with work on the score to a Broadway musical version of the smash hit 1990 movie Pretty Woman, which he created with longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance.
After premiering in Chicago last March, the show opened up at the Nederlander Theatre in New York in August. Adams joined the cast two weeks ago during the curtain call and performed two songs from the show, "You and I" and "Together Forever."
Adams will start a nine-show tour of Canada next week and then play a month's worth of shows in Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand beginning Feb. 25.
Bryan Adams, 'Shine a Light' Track Listing:
1. Shine A Light
2. "That's How Strong Our Love Is" ft. Jennifer Lopez
3. "Part Friday Night, Part Sunday Morning"
4. "Driving Under the Influence Of Love"
5. "All or Nothing"
6. "No Time for Love"
7. "I Could Get Used to This"
8. "Talk to Me"
9. "The Last Night on Earth" (CD/cassette/digital) / "I Hear You Knockin'" (vinyl)
10. "Nobody's Girl"
11. "Don't Look Back"
12. "Whiskey in the Jar"
You can hear "Shine a Light" below.
|Posted on January 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Keith Richards' debut solo album from 1988 is to be reissued later this year.
The guitarist wrote and recorded Talk Is Cheap amid a feud between himself and his Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger, with the record featuring the core group of Richards, Steve Jordan, Sarah Dash, Ivan Neville, Bobby Keys, Charley Drayton and Waddy Wachtel.
They were joined on the album by a host of other guest musicians, including Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell.
The remastered edition will launch on March 29 on CD, vinyl and on digital platforms, while a deluxe box set and a limited edition super deluxe box set will feature six previously unreleased tracks – including his cover of Willie Dixon's classic My Babe, which can be listened to below.
While the CD and vinyl version of Talk Is Cheap are available via Amazon, the £467.99 limited edition Deluxe Box Set is only available through Richards’ website.
It’s presented in a wooden case which has been created by Fender at their custom shop “using the same materials as Keith’s iconic vintage Telecaster, Micawber.”
Also contained in the package are a host of items, including 7-inch singles, an 80-page hardback book, lyric sheets, a guitar pick, two posters and more.
Keith Richards: Talk Is Cheap:
1. Big Enough
2. Take It So Hard
4. I Could Have Stood You Up
5. Make No Mistake
6. You Don’t Move Me
7. How I Wish
9. Whip It Up
10. Locked Away
11. It Means A Lot
1. Blues Jam
2. My Babe
4. Big Town Playboy
5. Mark On Me
6. Brute Force
Keith Richards: Talk Is Cheap Super Deluxe Box Set contents:
• 250 signed available only on the Keith Richards Official Store / 750 non-signed available
• Super Deluxe’s real-wood case is hand-built and aged by Fender at their Custom Shop, using the same materials as Keith’s iconic vintage Telecaster, Micawber. Also included is a steel guitar pick, exclusive to this box
• Contents are cased in an exquisite deluxe folio pack
• Remastered 180g LP album
• 180g LP of bonus material – Features 6 never before released tracks
• 7-inch single Take It So Hard / I Could Have Stood You Up
• 7-inch single Make No Mistake / It Means A Lot
• Remastered CD album
• CD containing bonus material – Features six never before released tracks featuring Mick Taylor, Bootsy Collins, and Johnnie Johnson
• Extensive 80 page hardback book with Anthony DeCurtis written essay featuring a new interview with Keith, including extensive rare and unseen photos from personal archives.
• Tour laminate
• 2X lyric sheets
• Reproduction Talk is Cheap playback invite
• Talk is Cheap tour guitar pick
• 2x posters
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Janet Gardner has announced her departure from VIXEN.
The singer, who released her debut self-titled solo album in 2017, broke the news of her exit from the group earlier today.
"After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it's time for me to step aside and let [drummer] Roxy [Petrucci] and [bassist] Share [Ross] pursue their vision for the future of VIXEN," she wrote.
"VIXEN will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it," she continued.
"I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of VIXEN alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated."
Gardner, Petrucci and Ross are considered to be part of VIXEN's classic lineup, along with founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who died of cancer in October 2013.
Gardner contributed lead vocals to VIXEN's most commercially successful studio albums — "Vixen" (1988), "Rev It Up" (1990) and "Tangerine" (1998) — as well as the group's latest release, last year's live album "Live Fire".
A year ago, Gardner underwent surgery to remove blood clots in her brain, a condition known as a subdural hematoma. At the time, she was touring in support of her solo album, which came out in August 2017 via Pavement Entertainment. The disc was a collaboration between the singer, who works days as a part-time dental hygienist, and her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.
While Gardner was recovering from her surgery, VIXEN played a show in Durant, Oklahoma in March 2018 with a fill-in singer, Lorraine Lewis of FEMME FATALE. Fan-filmed video footage of that concert can be seen below:
VIXEN's next live appearance is scheduled for the Monsters Of Rock cruise, which will set sail at the end of February.
|Posted on January 16, 2019 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
It's official – Metal Hammer readers have voted Metallica's 1986 song Master Of Puppets the best song the band have ever written.
In a poll that attracted just shy of 36,000 votes where users could pick their favourites from Metallica's 150+ song back catalogue, Master Of Puppets scooped the top spot with almost 10% of the final vote. ...And Justice For All mega-single One took second place, with Ride The Lightning single Fade To Black coming in third.
The full list of Metallica's 50 best songs is available to read now:
Metallica recently announced the third leg of the WorldWired tour, which will take place in 2019.
They’ve lined up a total of 25 stadium shows which will get under way in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 1, and conclude with a performance in Mannheim, Germany, on August 25. Ghost and Bokassa will have been named as special guests. You can see full dates at the bottom of the below.
Metallica WorldWired UK and European stadium tour:
May 01: Lisbon Estádio do Restelo, Portugal
May 03: Madrid Valdebebas, Spain
May 05: Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Spain
May 08: Milan San Siro Hippodrome, Italy
May 10: Zürich Letzigrund, Switzerland
May 12: Paris Stade De France, France
Jun 08: Dublin Slane Castle, Ireland
Jun 11: Amsterdam Johan Cruijff Arena, Netherlands
Jun 13: Cologne RheinEnergieStadion, Germany
Jun 16: Brussels Koning Boudewijnstadion, Belgium
Jun 18: Manchester Etihad Stadium, UK
Jun 20: London Twickenham Stadium, UK
Jul 06: Berlin Olympiastadion, Germany
Jul 09: Gothenburg Ullevi, Sweden
Jul 11: Copenhagen Telia Parken, Denmark
Jul 13: Trondheim Granåsen, Norway
Jul 16: Hameenlinna Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto, Finland
Jul 18: Tartu, Raadi Airport, Estonia
Jul 21: Moscow Luzhniki Stadium, Russia
Aug 14: Bucharestv Arena Națională, Romania
Aug 16: Vienna Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Austria
Aug 18: Prague Airport Letnany, Czech Republic
Aug 21: Warsaw PGE Narodowy, Poland
Aug 23: Munich Olympiastadion, Germany
Aug 25: Mannheim Maimarktgelande, Germany
|Posted on January 16, 2019 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
Black Sabbath will be honored with a new tribute in their hometown of Birmingham, UK next month. According to Your West Side Story, a heavy metal steel bench that incorporates images of the band's original four members will be unveiled during a February 9 event in the city.
The steel bench will eventually be placed on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge across the canal on Birmingham's Broad Street. "We're so excited to be arranging this spectacular event," says Westside Business Improvement District Manager Mike Olley, "when we expect Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward to accept the bench, honoring what's arguably Birmingham's most famous band."
The VIP ceremony will also see drummer Bill Ward awarded his own star on the city's Walk Of Stars, which honors famous people from Birmingham; stars for each of the four members - and a fifth one for the band - will be realigned in the shape of a cross in front of the heavy metal bench on Black Sabbath Bridge.
Black Sabbath fans are invited to apply for a limited supply of 350 tickets to attend the heavy metal bench presentation ceremony at 11am on Saturday, February 9 at St Luke's Church on Gas Street.
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What better way to learn than going straight to the source? That’s what The Music Experience‘s Squiggy did, grabbing a few minutes with Nita Strauss aboard her tour bus for this edition of Gear Factor powered by Sweetwater to discuss her favorite riffs, including one in particular in her recent song “Mariana Trench.”
First up, Squiggy and Nita talk about her close association with the WWE and why she feels it’s been such a fruitful experience. “The thing about the WWE fans and the WWE Universe is that they recognize one of their own. I’m such a big fan and I think that’s a big part of why I’ve been able to integrate myself so well into the WWE world. The fans see me and go, ‘That’s one of us,'” says Nita. “And it’s my dream to go up there and have a Wrestlemania moment just like everyone else.”
Strauss realized another dream last year when wrestling legend Triple H picked up her song “Mariana Trench” as an NXT Takeover theme. “Triple H actually chose the song himself, which was such an honor. Once again, just as a fan, the fact that he even knows about my music was absolutely mind blowing,” says the guitarist.
Strauss says in general she’s a fan of high octane tracks, adding, “I write songs that teenage boys can play race car video games to, shoot em’ up games or whatever. I like to write fast-paced, high octane, big breakdowns, big choruses — that’s what I like to do. For me that translates well to a lot of different avenues.”
Getting down to business, Squiggy helps set things straight for the YouTuber tribute performers out there, asking Nita to showcase some of her playing. Strauss picks her favorite riffing part from “Mariana Trench” and showcases how it’s done. Watch the video below for the demonstration and her whole chat with Squiggy.
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According to Us Weekly, bassist Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M.) and wife Courtney Sixx are expecting their first child together.
“We are over the moon excited to be having a baby! Nikki is going to be the most amazing dad in the world because he already is,” the 33-year-old Hollywood DIY expert tells Us.
While this will be Courtney’s first child, the rocker, 60, is already a father to four children from previous marriages. He shares three kids - Gunner, 27, Storm, 24, and Decker, 23 - with his first wife and a daughter, Frankie-Jean, 17, with his second wife.
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In May 1982, Van Halen released their cover version of “Dancing in the Street,” which would become a Top 40 hit and help steer their fifth album, Diver Down, to more than 4 million sales and No. 3 on the chart.
It was certainly a different take than the many other covers of the ‘60s track that was co-written by Marvin Gaye. While singer David Lee Roth delivered the lyrics in his trademark larger-than-life rock-star style, the most notable element of the music was an insistent synthesizer riff created by Eddie Van Halen. The song was an impressive but strange marriage – and, it seems, was to be the catalyst for an equally strange divorce three years later.
Tensions had been rising for some time between the band's leading men. The singer wanted to become even larger than life and even rockier, while the guitarist wanted his band to become as eclectic as possible. Van Halen had written the synth riff with an original song in mind, and the compromise of using it as part of a cover version was not a happy one.
Even on its release the parties differed. “It sounds like more than four people are playing, when in actuality there are almost zero overdubs,” Roth said. “That’s why it takes us such a short amount of time [to record].” But, Van Halen argued, “It takes almost as much time to make a cover song sound original as it does writing a song. I spent a lot of time arranging an playing synthesizer on ‘Dancing in the Street.’”
“I didn’t want to be halfway there with someone else’s stuff,” Van Halen said in 2016. “Diver Down was a turning point for me, because half of it was cover tunes. I was working on a great song with this Minimoog riff that ended up being used on ‘Dancing in the Street.' It was going to be a completely different song. I envisioned it being more like a Peter Gabriel song instead of what it turned out to be, but when [producer] Ted Templeman heard it, he decided it would be great for ‘Dancing in the Street.'”
The story behind the album was one of compromise, as well. The band wanted to slow down after its Fair Warning tour in 1981, and the idea of releasing a standalone single to plug the gap was suggested. The result was “(Oh) Pretty Woman,” which did so well that the band’s label immediately required an album, and so Diver Down was recorded and a tour booked, instead of the hoped-for escape from that very cycle.
With no time to recharge, the tensions inevitably increased. By the end of the Diver Down experience, Eddie Van Halen was determined to avoid the kind of compromises he’d previously endured. He wasn’t just fighting with Roth, but also Templeman, and an us-and-them situation developed with Van Halen and engineer Donn Landee on one side, Roth and Templeman on the other.
“The bottom line is that I wanted more control,” Van Halen said later. "I was always butting heads with Ted Templeman about what makes a good record. My philosophy has always been that I would rather bomb with my own music than make it with other people’s music. Ted felt that if you redo a proven hit, you’re already halfway there.”
Van Halen and Landee hit on the idea of building their own studio – not with the original intention of creating finished works, but to “show Ted that we could make a great record without any cover tunes and do it our way.” However, the project grew arms and legs to the point that, when 5150 Studios was completed, it became the location of every Van Halen recording since.
“I certainly didn’t know how to build a studio,” the guitarist recalled. “It was all Donn’s magic. … We had grown really close and had a common vision. Everybody was afraid that Donn and I were taking control. Well … yes! That’s exactly what we did, and the results proved that we weren’t idiots. When you’re making a record, you never know if the public is going to accept it, but we lucked out and succeeded at exactly what my goal was. I just didn’t want to do things the way Ted wanted us to do them. I’m not knocking Diver Down. It’s a good record, but it wasn’t the record I wanted to do at the time.”
He described the band’s next album, 1984, as “me showing Ted how you really make a Van Halen record.” The first track recorded at 5150 was “Jump,” which Van Halen forced through on the strength of his personal vision, supported by Landee. Its synth-heavy approach was to dominate the entire groundbreaking LP, and the single gave the band its only No.1 hit -- apparently proving the guitarist correct. “Once Ted heard that song, he was full-hog in,” Van Halen recalled. “When I first played ‘Jump’ for the band, nobody wanted to have anything to do with it. Dave said that I was a guitar hero and I shouldn’t be playing keyboards. My response was if I want to play a tuba or Bavarian cheese whistle, I will do it.
“As soon as Ted was on board with ‘Jump’ and said that it was a stone-cold hit, everyone started to like it more. But Ted really only cared about ‘Jump.’ He didn’t care much about the rest of the record. He just wanted that one hit.”
With the music seeming to be going further away from what Roth wanted, he instead tried to enforce his personality on the band's videos. His intention for the “Jump” clip was to have him seen in a wide range of rock-star moments, which producer Robert Lombard felt worked against the intimacy of the performance scenes that went on to inspire an entire generation of copycat videos. After trying to have his concerns taken into consideration, Lombard found himself fired. “‘You don’t go behind Dave’s back’,” he remembered being told. “‘Here’s your check, never want to see you again.’ That video won the award for best performance video at the first VMAs. And I still don’t have my award.”
The success of 1984 put Eddie Van Halen in the driving seat, and left Roth less convinced that he wanted to sit alongside. In response, he began developing a solo career, and, along with the Crazy From the Heat EP, he developed a movie script with the same title in which he planned to star.
“Since my very first days in with the band 11 years ago, I have always had the feeling that one day I would wake up in a cold hotel, all the rooms would be empty and I would be stuck by a phone with a busy signal,” the singer said ominously in an interview. “From the first day. Nothing has changed.”
In a later interview he predicted the band would "be going back in the studio and start arguing again and we all look forward to that. ... We have a lot of respect for each other and get along quite well, actually.” That wasn’t to be. In March 1985, he and Eddie Van Halen staged something of a summit meeting, where it became clear their ambitions for the band were some distance apart. The guitarist later said the conversation ended in an attempt to discuss Roth’s movie. “I can’t work with you guys anymore,” Van Halen quoted Roth as having said. “I want to do my movie. Maybe when I’m done, we'll get back together.”
Several months later, the truth came out. “The band as you know it is over,” Van Halen reported. “Dave left to be a movie star. … He even had the balls to ask if I’d write the score for him. I’m looking for a new lead singer ... it’s weird that it’s over. Twelve years of my life putting up with his bullshit.”
But it wasn’t over, and perhaps it’s still not – but there were to be many more twists and turns in the Van Halen story. Perhaps there would have been fewer without that fateful cover of “Dancing in the Street.”
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Original FOREIGNER singer Lou Gramm spoke to WXXI's Beth Adams about his recent announcement that he was retiring from performing as a solo artist.
Gramm broke the news of his decision to stop touring at the conclusion of his concert on December 29 in Schenectady, New York.
Asked what he meant when he said that he was putting an end to his solo career, Gramm told WXXI: "When I left FOREIGNER in 2003, I put together my own band and I've been playing with various versions of that band, on and off, [until] last [month]. And I decided that I've been doing this for over 45 years, and we have a little one at home, and I wanted to spend time at home with Robyn [Grammatico, Gramm's wife] and my baby girl's name is Luciana. [She's] a year and three months. She's a little redhead and she's feisty and sweet and so much fun to be around."
Pressed about whether it was a difficult decision for him to step away from the road, Lou said: "You know what? I thought it would be. But I've talked to some professionals in sports, and they tell me that they knew when it was time. And it wasn't because their skills were diminished; they just knew it was time to change courses."
Gramm made it clear that he wasn't completely retiring from performing live. "I'm still gonna be doing occasional shows with FOREIGNER," he said. "And there's other configurations. I do a show as a guest vocalist with ASIA. And there's a few other things that pop up every now and then. There's these things where there's orchestras and a rock band that play your hits and you sing with an orchestra as a background. I've done 'em over in Europe — they've been doing 'em over in Europe for about 20 years — and it's stunning how interesting it sounds. That kind of thing sounds real interesting on 'Juke Box Hero' and things like 'Cold As Ice' and stuff. Even the heavy songs sound good with strings behind them."
Gramm also confirmed that he was planning to release new music in the not-too-distant future. "I have a few little tidbits that I'm working on, massaging them into a song," he said. "But I'll tell you what I am doing. Back in the days when I did my solo albums, I put 10 songs on the album. There were probably 13 songs, and the other three weren't finished. And so those songs would be not put on the album. So between my two solo albums and SHADOW KING, there's about another album's worth of songs that were never finished. And what I'm doing is finishing them three at a time and putting them where they can be downloaded."
SHADOW KING was a collaboration between Gramm and current DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell. The group released a self-titled album in 1991 and performed live only once, at the Astoria Theatre in London, England on December 13, 1991.
By the time Gramm left FOREIGNER for the first time in 1990, he had already released two successful solo albums: 1987's "Ready Or Not" and 1989's "Long Hard Look". He went on to launch LOU GRAMM BAND, which released an all-Christian rock album in 2009. He followed it up with "My Baby" in 2015.
The 68-year-old Gramm left FOREIGNER for good in 2002 and has battled health issues in recent years, including the removal of a non-cancerous tumor. He told the Democrat & Chronicle last year that he was planning to retire, but still reunited with FOREIGNER for several shows in 2018 to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.
Gramm was the voice on FOREIGNER's biggest hits, including "Feels Like The First Time" and "Cold as Ice" from the band's eponymous debut in 1977, and later songs like "Hot Blooded" and "I Want to Know What Love Is".
FOREIGNER replaced Gramm with Kelly Hansen in 2005. Guitarist Mick Jones, the only remaining original member, suffered from some health issues beginning in 2011, eventually resulting in heart surgery in 2012.
|Posted on January 16, 2019 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
Brian May has shared a video showing him on the set of Bohemian Rhapsody.
The clip shows the Queen guitarist playing the solo to the iconic 1975 track in front of actor Gwilym Lee who plays May in the film.
As May rips through the solo, some of the other cast members and crew can be seen in the studio looking on.
May says: “This clip is stolen from Bryan Singer who was evidently filming it on his iPhone. When the Bohemian Rhapsody team were shooting this scene, I happened to be around, so Gwil invited me to have a go! How did I do, folks? Well, obviously not quite as good as Gwil! He’s a trained artist!
“We had too much fun! I’d like to see the rest of what happened, captured by the film cameras which were still rolling… some day."
May adds: “In case you’re wondering why this solo doesn’t sound like the ‘out-take’ solo in the film, I only had the idea to make that happen later when we were polishing the soundtrack. In any case, we wouldn’t have had the facilities to do that on the day of the shoot.
“In the film, you hear a variant take on the Bo Rhap solo which just might have been the one previous to the final one which made it on to the record! Might! That’s if it hadn’t been a genius first-take keeper. Honestly don’t remember! A million thanks to Gwilym Lee.”
Bohemian Rhapsody has been a huge success since it went on general release in November. It recently picked up two Golden Globes and has been nominated for seven BAFTA awards.