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EXCELLENT NEWS: 'BILL & TED 3' IS OFFICIALLY COMING

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Bill and Ted are returning to the screen for this first time since Bogus Journey debuted in 1991. To announce the sequel, both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter appeared at the Hollywood Bowl to address their fans.


Both Reeves and Winter have had busy careers since Bill & Ted. Reeves famously starred in the Matrix trilogy and John Wick films, while Winter had directed music videos, TV shows and successful documentary films.

 

The duo’s third film will be called Bill & Ted: Face the Music and in the new teaser, a summer 2020 release is scheduled. According to a Facebook post on the official Bill & Ted page, the exact target date is Aug. 21, 2020:



Though Wyld Stallyns may never play the Hollywood Bowl, the two-man band used the venue to announce the trilogy will be completed. “We want to say thank you, to you, the fans,” says Reeves.

 

“It looks like we might, actually, hopefully, make a movie this summer. Bill & Ted 3: Face the Music,” the duo announced together.

 

Both Bill & Ted movies have remained cult classics decades after they were successful at the box office, bringing in $40.5 million and $38 million during their respective cinematic runs.


DUFF MCKAGAN SAYS HE TOOK CONTROL OF PANIC ATTACKS

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Duff McKagan described how he learned to deal with the panic attacks that were once his “greatest weakness” and turned the situation to his favor.

 

The Guns N’ Roses bassist said he'd spent too many years trying to manage the problem using alcohol, but things changed when he learned the ukidokan form of karate in later years.

 

“Probably my greatest weakness – I don’t like to call it that anymore, that’s part of the way I’ve gotten over it – at 16 I started having panic disorder,” McKagan told Forbes in a new feature. “My first one happened out of nowhere. I was in the shower at my mom’s house. The floor just sunk down three feet and I thought there was an earthquake or something. It was actually a panic attack.”


As the condition persevered, McKagan “self-medicated those things in my 20s with a ton of alcohol,” he recalled, noting that it only made things worse because the amount of sugar consumed during drinking made the attacks more frequent.


“Through ukidokan and really measuring these things out and kind of tackling them and taking them face on and figuring out a way through them, it was a weakness I've turned into something that's a teachable moment,” he said.

 

The discipline helped him when things got worse in recent times. “I can understand a lot more about mental illness and panic disorder that has sides of depression to it that I never experienced until a couple of years ago," he said. "I had a depression attack, which was the worst thing you can ever have. But I've dealt with this thing through ukidokan, and I'm very fortunate to have a very positive force in my life that I can work on these things. ... So my weakness has kind of turned into a a strength. I can help others.”

 

Elsewhere in the same feature, which explored how more than 60 people in the music industry balance their personal strengths and weaknesses, Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson both cited “idealism” as their “biggest fault” and also their “greatest strength.”

 

“I will double down on Ann’s answer and further add that idealism led us to follow our original impossible dream against all odds," Nancy explained. "Also after achieving the impossible dream it is always that same idealism that hinders any artist who is expected to continue on a safe and predictable path.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/duff-mckagan-panic-attacks/

MICHAEL WILTON Says QUEENSRYCHE's Music Is 'Unique' And 'Timeless'

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)


QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton spoke to the "Cobras & Fire" podcast in a new interview about how the rise of grunge in the early 1990s forced most hard rock bands off the radio and MTV, with album and tour sales plummeting.

 

"The grunge thing happened pretty much in the mid-to-late '90s, so we had already gone through that whole early-'90s explosion of rock videos on MTV and lots of record companies selling tons of CDs and albums and everything," he said (hear audio below). "It was a glorious time.

 

"I remember, I think we were playing in '96 or '97, and that's kind of when it all hit, right? It just kind of goes in cycles. There's a new generation coming in, and they want their own thing. And for us, we never fit into any concrete genre and we weren't a band that was on any trends. We were kind of oblivious to it all, and we just kept doing what we were doing. And lo and behold, look at us today — we're still going strong. And I think it's just because QUEENSRŸCHE's music is unique and it has its place. And it obviously, for the most part, can be timeless."

 

Two years ago, former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate said that he was offended when his band started being compared to the so-called "hair metal" acts of the 1980s.

 

"When we started, genre wasn't really a thing in the business," the singer said. "Rock music was all encompassing. You had different bands doing different things and it was all totally fine.

 

"What happened was that the marketing mentality came into the business," he explained. "They started breaking everything down and putting music in boxes. At that point, writers began placing us in the same box as MÖTLEY CRÜE. It wasn't about the music — it was a selling technique.

 

"To be compared to MÖTLEY CRÜE… I took it as kind of an insult, frankly."

 

QUEENSRŸCHE's new album, "The Verdict", was released on March 1 via Century Media Records.

 

The band's spring U.S. headline tour with special guests FATES WARNING kicked off on March 2 in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on April 3 in Seattle.


Check out the full interview below:


METALLICA FANS FUMING AFTER BOTS CLEAR OUT 'S&M2' CONCERT TICKETS

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Metallica fans are fuming after two fan pre-sales for the recently announced show with the San Francisco Symphony sold out in minutes. It seems as if scalp bots are the culprit, as the tickets wound up on resale websites like StubHub almost instantly.

 

Fans have taken to Reddit pages and Twitter to voice their frustration, as tickets for the show are now going for up to thousands of dollars on third party sites.


"@Metallica WTH??? I have been trying to get tickets since the presale first second... IMPOSSIBLE"

"Pretty sad that this was my life for the last two hours. Watched as the legacy member tickets sold out. Then the fifth member tickets sell out. I had three other people trying to get tickets and we got 0! Maybe I can get super lucky in Friday!#fail #metallica"

"Can we talk about how insanely high the new Chase center tickets are going to be?! This is the PRESALE for Metallica. Face value. Cheapest tickets are 650 each, for the upper deck"

 

"@Metallica @Ticketmaster same thing different day. Was in queue right at start."

 

"How are we supposed to compete with Ticket Bots? @Metallica PreSale my arse!'

 

Neither Metallica or Ticketmaster have commented on the matter as of yet.


From: https://loudwire.com/metallica-bots-sm-concert-tickets-sold-out/

Gene Simmons is 'continually astonished' by how fans react at rainy English festivals

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Kiss are currently on their End Of The Road tour across North America – a run of shows which has already seen them say farewell to thousands of fans.

 

They’ll head back across to the UK and Europe later this year – and bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons is clearly looking forward to the trip.

 

He’s spoken with The Telegraph, where he’s reflected on 46 years of touring – and he's singled out audiences outside of their homeland for special praise

 

Under the headline: "Europeans go completely nuts at music festivals,” Simmons says: “We’ve headlined at Donington a few times.

 

“I’m continually astonished by the fact that, even when it’s raining cats and dogs, 70,000 or 80,000 people are getting drenched, covered in mud, but they’re still jumping up and down like locusts and having the time of their lives.


“At a Californian festival, rain would be a major disaster, but I guess the English are pretty used to it.”


Simmons also touches on the fact that incredible concerts don’t really depend on how good the audio is on the night.

 

He says: “They’re about the people. The Cavern Club in Liverpool is an iconic space, but if you see a bad band perform there, it will be horrible regardless.

 

“Ed Sheeran managed to rock Wembley Stadium with just an acoustic guitar – but stadiums aren’t the best places for intimate gigs.”

 

Simmons also recalls being served a plate of live bugs when he was in Japan – something he wasn’t overly keen on trying.

 

“Call me a philistine,” he says, “but if you’ve got eight legs, tentacles and little beady eyes, I can’t eat you. I can’t stomach the ‘eeeek’ sound of seafood being cooked alive, either.”

 

Kiss’ End Of The Road tour will continue in Uniondale on Friday evening.


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/gene-simmons-is-continually-astonished-by-how-fans-react-at-rainy-english-festivals

DON DOKKEN Has Recorded Cover Version Of CELINE DION's 'My Heart Will Go On'

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)


DOKKEN vocalist Don Dokken says that the upcoming re-release of his "Solitary" solo album will contain three bonus tracks, including a cover version of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", which was the theme to the most romantic scene in the movie "Titanic".

 

"We're gonna put out my solo record for the summer, 'Solitary', which never was [properly] released," Don told Focus On Metal. "I wrote that thing eight years ago. And I added three more songs to it to make it a 12-song CD. I did three new songs. They're not 'new' songs — they're covers — but they're really beautiful. I did the 'Titanic' song by Celine Dion. I redid it, which is, like… Everybody said nobody can do the 'Titanic' song, 'cause you can't compete with that [original] version; it's brilliant. But I Don Dokken-ized it. And I did a song called 'Jealous' by [English electronic musician] Labrinth; I redid that. And I played the piano on that and sang it, and that came out really beautiful. And 'All Love Can Be', also written by the same person [Oscar-winning composer James Horner] that wrote the 'Titanic' song. 'Cause he passed away — the writer — he was killed in a plane crash [in 2015], a famous composer. So it's kind of a tribute. He was a friend of mine. We were the same age; our birthdays were a month apart. So it's a bit of an homage to him, with the exception of the song 'Jealous'."

 

"Solitary" was originally only made available at select shows during a small run of acoustic gigs that Don Dokken did as the opening act for QUEENSRŸCHE in 2008. It was later released in digital format in 2014.

 

Joining Dokken on "Solitary" were THE FIRM and BLUE MURDER bassist Tony Franklin, guitarists Wyn Davis, Michael Thompson and Steve Ornest, drummers Frank Lentz, Gary Ferguson and Vinnie Colaiuta, and BATON ROUGE singer Kelly Keeling.

 

"Solitary" was Don's first solo release since 1990's "Up From The Ashes".

 

DOKKEN is currently working on material on a new studio album, tentatively due in 2020 via Silver Lining Music, the label owned by Thomas Jensen, one of the founders of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The group's first disc since 2012's "Broken Bones" will feature DOKKEN's current lineup — Dokken, drummer Mick Brown, bassist Chris McCarvill and guitarist Jon Levin.


NIKKI SIXX ON MOTLEY CRUE'S REPUTATION: 'EVERYBODY THINKS YOU'RE AN ANIMAL'

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Motley Crue's legendary depravity should not precede them, according to bassist Nikki Sixx.

 

The band made a name for itself with hits like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Shout at the Devil” and “Kickstart My Heart,” and during its peak, the only thing bigger than the songs was the band’s infamous lifestyle. While much of the new Netflix biopic The Dirt chronicles the group’s hard-partying ways, Sixx is quick to point out that there’s more to Motley Crue than debauchery.


Still, he confessed in a new interview with Rolling Stone, a lot of Motley Crue’s musical achievements get overshadowed by stories of the band’s excess. While the group has no regrets regarding its lifestyle, that often leads people to preconceived opinions.

 

“Everybody thinks you’re an animal," Sixx noted. "Sometimes when I’m working on stuff, I have conversations with people and they’re like, 'Yeah, dude. You’re in Motley Crue.' That doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I’m up for the conversation. I’m very liberal. I’m the definition of the fucking snowflake for Republicans.”

 

When “Girls, Girls, Girls” is one of your best known songs -- and you’ve admitted to “tagging” groupies -- it’s hard to convince people you believe in equal rights. Still, Sixx is adamant in his support for equality.

 

“I stand 100 percent behind the #MeToo movement,” the bassist asserted. “I think we’re in a very great time for equality and we’ve got room to grow. Even though we were fucking animals and the shit that we did was fucking crazy and the shit the girls did to us was crazy, there was never a moment ever that anybody in the band took that as an opportunity to wield power. I’m not saying we were angels, but it was all consensual.”

 

Sixx is now a father of four with another on the way. He believes being a dad has given him greater perspective, especially with his self-professed “feminist” daughter. “One of the greatest moments happened when we were talking about a friend of mine who’s gay," he recalled.

 

"He’s my friend. I don’t care. But I said something like, ‘You know my friend, Justin? He’s gay and his boyfriend is going to come over for Thanksgiving.’ She said, ‘If he was straight, would you say, ‘My friend Justin, who’s straight?’ I was like, no. Then I was like, ‘Wow, that’s really interesting.’ Then she broke down gender identification with me with a hand-drawn map. I was really grateful for that. It’s fascinating. I love it.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/nikki-sixx-motley-crue-reputation/

ROB HALFORD OFFERS ADVICE ON IDENTIFYING DEPRESSION + HOW TO HELP

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Judas Priest's Rob Halford discussed the importance of keeping the conversation of mental health open following the recent suicides of iconic rock musicians.

 

In a chat with Wall of Sound, the veteran vocalist got real about the situation, telling the interviewer that mental health is something we have to keep discussing in order to effect change. While he noted it's often difficult to identify someone in the throes of depression or other mental disorders, the best thing one can do is reach out.


"We have to keep talking about this," Halford said in the interview excerpt transcribed by Blabbermouth. "Because here's the thing with this type of situation... When we lose our dear friends, we always hear the story, 'Well, they were fine. They had a great show and said see you tomorrow on the bus,' and they're gone."

he Judas Priest frontman continued, "It's an incredibly difficult thing to try to focus in and try to figure out what's going on in somebody's head. The only thing you can do is love each other and support each other and just see if there are any kind of telltale signals. And there generally is something somewhere in the mix that's just gone by you in what happens in a day. But it's awful."

 

Singling out the succession of suicides that have haunted rock music of late, Halford suggests that major depression in the music scene "doesn't seem to go away." But he does commend forthrightness in addressing it.

 

"Rock 'n' roll, creative people, it's just this terrible, terrible thing that just doesn't seem to go away. But what is good is that these days now, it's being discussed more openly. It used to be, 'Oh, you're depressed. Pull your boots up and get out there.' You can't do that. You've gotta try and help the person," the singer said.

 

Still, the Judas Priest icon and "Metal God" put himself in the shoes of those experiencing it worst. He said that, in his own journey, getting clean and quitting drinking is what propelled him through mental health struggles.

 

"Each of us deals with it in our own way," Halford added of the constant struggle. "I will say for myself, when I stopped drinking and drugging 33 years ago, that was the best thing I could have done for myself."

 

Further, Halford gives what's probably the most important advice for a person experiencing mental issues or suicidal thoughts: Whether it's a friend or a support line, seeking help in the situation isn't something that needs a stigma.

 

"I know for a fact that there are outlets instantly where you can reach to. It's on the internet. Just sending a text to somebody, staying in touch, looking after each other, seeing how you mate is doing. 'You haven't called me for a couple of days. Is everything all right?' An e-mail. Anything. It's reaching out, it's staying with each other, having each other's backs, as the expression goes, and trying to do what you can."


A new Judas Priest album, the follow-up to last year's Firepower, is currently in the works. They'll be out on the road with Uriah Heep at the following stops:

 

May 03 - Hollywood, Fla. @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

May 06 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium

May 08 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Fox Theatre

May 09 - Biloxi, Miss. @ Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

May 12 - Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem

May 14 - Huntington, N.Y. @ The Paramount

May 15 - Huntington, N.Y. @ The Paramount

May 16 - Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena

May 18 - Albany, N.Y. @ Palace Theatre

May 19 - Albany, N.Y. @ Palace Theatre

May 22 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater

May 23 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater

May 25 - Rosemont, Ill. @ Rosemont Theatre

May 28 - Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater

May 29 - Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater

May 31 - Dallas, Texas @ The Bomb Factory


Jun. 01 - Little Rock, Ark. @ First Security Amphitheater

Jun. 03 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Stifel Theatre

Jun. 05 - Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Broadmoor World Arena

Jun. 08 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ SaskTel Centre

Jun. 10 - Lethbridge, Alberta @ ENMAX Centre

Jun. 11 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place

Jun. 13 - Dawson Creek, British Columbia @ Encana Events Centre

Jun. 14 - Prince George, British Columbia @ CN Centre

Jun. 16 - Kelowna, British Columbia @ Prospera Place

Jun. 17 - Abbotsford, British Columbia @ Abbotsford Centre

Jun. 19 - Airway Heights, Wash. @ Northern Quest Resort and Casino

Jun. 21 - Kent, Wash. @ Accesso Showare Center

Jun. 22 - Portland, Ore. @ Moda Theatre of the Clouds

Jun. 24 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Warfield Theatre

Jun. 25 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Warfield Theatre

Jun. 27 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Microsoft Theater

Jun. 29 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel


Check out the full interview below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAw6rGZUjpY


From: https://loudwire.com/judas-priest-rob-halford-how-to-help-depression/

METAL CHURCH TO TOUR AUSTRALIA IN AUGUST

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Music Feeds is reporting that Metal Church have announced their first ever Australian tour.

 

Pre-sale for shows begins tomorrow (Friday, March 22nd) at 9 AM, before general tickets go on sale next Monday. Dates are listed below. For ticket links, head to Music Feeds.

 

https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/metal-church-announce-first-ever-australian-tour/


August


29 - Northcote Social Club - Melbourne, Australia

30 - Crowbar - Sydney, Australia

31 - Crowbar - Brisbane, Australia

 

Halcyon Way will support Metal Church on their upcoming North American tour, which kicks off on April 23rd in Lubbock, Texas. The tour will run through May 15th, with Halcyon way playing as the opening act, and Images Of Eden as direct support.


April


23 - Lubbock, TX - Jake’s Backroom

24 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live

25 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar

26 - San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box

27 - Dallas, TX - Tree’s

28 - Oklahoma City, OK - O.C. Limits

30 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar

 

May


1 - Indianapolis, IN - Black Circle Brewery

12 - Baltimore, MD - Fish Head Cantina

13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Crafthouse

15 - Fridley, MN - Route 47 Pub N Grub


From: http://bravewords.com/news/metal-church-to-tour-australia-in-august

Suicidal Tendencies, Queensryche and more added to Megadeth's Megacruise

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Megadeth have added a further six artists to their inaugural Megacruise which will set sail later this year.


The music cruise will take place onboard the Norwegian Jewel between October 13-18. It’ll leave from Los Angeles and travel to San Diego and Ensenada.


It had been previously been revealed that Armored Saint, Anthrax, Devildriver, Corrosion Of Conformity, Testament, John 5, Doro, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi and Metal Church would join them on the high seas.


Now Megadeth have confirmed that Suicidal Tendencies, Queensryche, Death Angel, Sacred Reich and Toothgrinder have been added to the bill.

 

In October last year, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine told Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM that he’d like to book a Megadeth tribute act for the event, saying: “We're gonna try and find a cover band that does Megadeth songs and let people go out there and just sing them.”

 

And it appears that they’ve found one in the shape of MecaniX.

 

A statement reads: “Joining us all the way from Montreal will be MecaniX - Tribute To Megadeth. Not only will they be performing, but they will be part of an amazing event created by the Captain, Dave Mustaine!

 

“One lucky cruiser will join Megadeth on stage during the cruise. This will be an unbelievable contest – details coming soon.”

 

Find out more on the official Megacruise website.

 

Earlier this week, Mustaine revealed that the band had eight songs in play for their new studio album and would like to record at least another four tracks.

 

Megadeth will release their new compilation album Warheads On Foreheads on Friday and recently revealed they’d mark their 35th anniversary with a new graphic novel titled Death By Design.


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/suicidal-tendencies-queensryche-and-more-added-to-megadeths-megacruise

METALLICA TO OPEN SAN FRANCISCO'S CHASE CENTER WITH 20TH ANNIVERSARY 'S&M' SHOW

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)


t doesn't get much bigger than Metallica, especially in the Bay Area, so when it comes time to christen the new Chase Center in San Francisco, the band will be on hand to play the first show in the new venue. But Metallica aren't just playing the traditional show at the venue, as they'll reunite with the San Francisco Symphony to mark the 20th anniversary of their highly praised "S&M" live album.

 

The concert will take place Sept. 6 and is being dubbed "S&M2." It will be a one-night only event, with legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas overseeing the orchestra. The late Michael Kamen led the orchestra back on the 1999 original recording.


The show was announced during a press conference today with representatives from the Golden State Warriors, local radio announcers and San Francisco's mayor London Breed on hand, with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich representing Metallica.

 

"It's a beautiful opportunity and we're super proud that after 38 years, there's still cool things like this on the horizon for us," said Hetfield. "We're just able to explore and have some fun with some new friends."

 

“This is beyond exciting on so many fronts,” stated Ulrich. “The fact that San Francisco is finally getting a much needed world-class arena, the fact that Metallica get to be part of the opening celebration, the fact that we get to revisit S&M 20 years later, and the fact that we get to share the stage not only with the San Francisco Symphony once again, but with the legend himself, MTT, as he kicks off his final year as music director here in San Francisco. This is mind-blowingly awesome... bring it on ASAP!!!”

 

“The San Francisco Symphony is delighted to be a part of the Chase Center’s opening week, and to perform once again with Metallica to recreate the magic of the historic S&M concerts,” said San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. “I’m happy to join with my friends in Metallica to make this an extraordinary only-in-San Francisco music event.”


For more info head here:

 

https://www.metallica.com/login/?original=%2Fclub-news%2F2019-03-18-s-m-2-presale-info.html&scope=gated


From: https://loudwire.com/metallica-open-san-francisco-chase-center-20th-anniversary-sm-show/

DRUMMER VINNY APPICE LOOKS BACK ON HIS LAST SHOW WITH RONNIE JAMES DIO - "'NEON KNIGHTS' WAS THE FIRST SONG I EVER PLAYED WITH RONNIE, AND IT WAS THE LAST SONG"

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Speaking with the WSOU radio station, Last In Line and former Dio / Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice looked back on Ronnie James Dio's final show, which took place on August 29th, 2009 in Atlantic City, NJ.

 

Vinny: "It was the last time I ever played with Ronnie and it was the last performance of his life. I remember we came offstage, and everything was cool. We played 'Neon Knights' (Black Sabbath) as the encore. When I first joined Black Sabbath in 1980, I went down to audition with them and the first song I chose to play was 'Neon Knights'. 'cause I kind of knew it a little bit. So that was the first song I ever played with Ronnie, and it was the last song I played with Ronnie."

 

"Ronnie was really singing his ass off (at the last show). Meanwhile, he was sick. He was only gonna last another probably six or seven months after that. He was singing with actual stomach cancer. It didn't bother him. He just did what he loved. He sang great. He was a trooper."

 

Ronnie James Dio passed away in May 2010 due to stomach cancer. He was 67.


Check out the interview below:


Francis Rossi: Rick Parfitt had became a caricature of himself

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Francis Rossi has spoken about his former partner in Status Quo, the late Rick Parfitt, claiming that the rhythm guitarist had become a caricature of himself.

 

Speaking to The Big Issue, Rossi said, "I watched Rick, somebody I loved dearly, who was such a great friend, become a caricature of himself. He had this archetypal hard-rock look that people loved.


"But he wasn’t that person inside. Poor Rick, always trying to be the rock star his fans thought he was. The poor shit was in such a mess.

 

“If I could go back in time I’d like to be there more for Rick when his daughter died [Parfitt's daughter Heidi drowned in the family swimming pool in 1980]. He beat himself up about that, and probably justifiably so, because it needn’t have happened. But I’d like to have helped him. And he was my friend to the end. Right up until he was dying.

 

“The medical profession do some terrible things to us to keep us alive. When I got to his hospital room in Turkey [Parfitt was hospitalised after a heart attack in June 2016, after playing a set with Status Quo in Antalya], I saw they’d crossed his feet like Christ on the cross. So the first thing I did was uncross his feet.

 

"After that I didn’t get to talk to him again because he wasn’t really there, the guy I knew. But we’d been such great friends when we were young, we’d had such great times together. It had been us and them, us against the rest of the world."


In November, Rossi announced plans for an album, book and spoken word tour for this year. The album, We Talk Too Much, recorded with Hannah Rickard, was released on Friday.

 

Status Quo support Lynyrd Skynyrd on the UK leg of their farewell tour this June.

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd 2019 UK dates with Status Quo:


Jun 26: Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena, UK

Jun 27: Manchester Arena, UK

Jun 29: London Wembley Arena, UK

Jun 30: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/francis-rossi-rick-parfitt-had-became-a-caricature-of-himself

STRYPER ANNOUNCE 2019 HISTORY TOUR

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Chart-topping rock band Stryper will return to the road in May for the 2019 HISTORY Tour — Greatest Hits & Covers that influenced our generation. The all-new HISTORY Tour comes on the heels of the band’s yearlong God Damn Evil World Tour, which concluded in Japan in February.

 

“The music of our generation was and is timeless,” says Stryper frontman Michael Sweet. "It was all about the song and musicians who inspired you to want to play. We grew up on bands like Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Journey and Boston. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn't for the music of these legendary bands. We thought it would be an amazing experience to play some of these songs live and show you, the audience, exactly where our roots lie. We’ll also be incorporating our own hits and videos from 1984 to 2019, and something from Perry’s past as well (Firehouse). We’re excited to get back out on the road and we look forward to seeing you soon!”

 

Stryper consists of original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), as well as bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of the multi-platinum band Firehouse) who joined the group in 2018.

 

Exclusive meet & greet packages will be available in most cities. Fans will have the option of purchasing either a Standard Meet & Greet Package or VIP HISTORY Tour Meet & Greet Package. Both meet & greet packages include an opportunity to meet the band, get autographs, take photos with the guys and receive exclusive one-of-a-kind merchandise. However, the VIP HISTORY Meet & Greet Package (limited to 6 fans per city) offers additional merchandise options and a stage tour (hold Michael's guitar, photo in front of Robert's drum kit, overview of gear with Stryper crew member).

 

Stryper continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene with their critically-acclaimed tenth studio album, God Damn Evil - released in 2018 via Frontiers Music srl. Rocking since 1984, Stryper is responsible for such classic '80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.


Dates:

 

May


10 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament

11 – Annapolis, MD – Union Jack’s

13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

14 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge

15 – Toronto, ON – The Rockpile West

17 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

18 – Poughkeepsie, MY – The Chance

19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

21 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

22 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille

24 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

25 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

26 – Elkhart, IN – The Lerner Theatre

29 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

31 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

 

June


1 – Hot Springs, AR – Magic Springs Theme Water Park

2 – Memphis, TN – Graceland Sound Stage

5 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

8 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

13 – Kitty Hawk, NC – Paparazzi OBX

15 – Roanoke Rapids, NC – Roanoke Rapids Theater

 

July


17 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest 2019

18 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater

20 – Erie, PA – Roar on the Shore Bike Week

 

September


7 – La Paz, Bolivia – Teatro al Aire Libre

10 – Lima, Peru – CC. Festiva

12 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Caupolican

14 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Tropical Butanta

15 – Rio de Janiero, Brazil – Circo Voador

17 – Brasilia, Brazil – Toinha Brasil Show

19 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Mister Rock BH

21 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – El Teatro Flores


From: http://bravewords.com/news/stryper-announce-2019-history-tour

Poison's Bret Michaels Shares Song He Co-Wrote With His Daughter

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Poison may or may not record new music in the near future, but frontman Bret Michaels released a very special video for his new song-writing collaboration with his daughter called "Unbroken".

 

Along with the standard music video, Bret also provided an introduction to explains the special nature of the track. He said, "This is a song I co-wrote with my youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu. This song is about triumph over tragedy. This song is about being stronger than the storm.

 

"I've been a diabetic my whole life - five injections a day. I've been through a lot, and I hope this song will empower you and make you feel awesome."


Watch the video here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAq2hhRF048


From: http://www.antimusic.com

TED NUGENT ANNOUNCES 2019 SUMMER U.S. TOUR

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Ted Nugent has announced 13 new U.S. dates for his the Music Made Me Do It Again! tour, which runs from the end of July through the end of August.

 

The full list of dates can be seen below.

 

Nugent will be joined onstage by bassist Greg Smith and drummer Jason Hartless. The tour follows the release of his 15th solo studio album, 2018's The Music Made Me Do It.


“Celebrating the soundtrack to the American Dream in 2019 – 60 years later – is more fun, stimulating, exciting and gratifying now than ever before,” Nugent told UCR. “With master groovemonsters Greg Smith and Jason Hartless at my side, the music makes us do it like animals every night, every gig, every song, every lick. I got your BigFunDirtyGrooveNoize right here America!”

Pre-sales for most new dates stars at 10AM local time on March 22. Dangerzone V.I.P. packages will be on sale for every show they include a laminate, an autographed photo, a meet-and-greet and a chance to take a picture with Nugent. More details are available on his website.

 

Ted Nugent, The Music Made Me Do It Again! 2019 U.S. Tour:


7/19 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose

7/20 – Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon

7/21 – Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon

7/23 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House

7/24 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach Hous

7/27 – Big Bear Lake, CA @ The Cave Big Bear

7/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre


8/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino Hotel

8/04 – Sylvania, OH @ Centennial Terrace

8/06 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

8/12 – North Tonawanda, NY @ Riviera Theatre

8/14 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak

8/31 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre


Ozzy Osbourne leads tributes to Bernie Tormé

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Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to late guitarist Bernie Tormé.


Tormé died earlier this week after he had been on life support for the last four weeks following post-flu complications.

 

And Ozzy, who recruited Tormé for a handful of live shows in 1982 following the death of Randy Rhoads, was one of the first to pay his respects to the guitarist on social media.


Ozzy said: “What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in peace, Bernie.”

 

Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne also expressed her sadness upon hearing the news, saying: “I cannot believe that Bernie Tormé has passed.

 

“Bernie helped out Ozzy and I at a time of great need and we will never ever forget that. Love and condolences to his family.”

 

Other names from the music world to pay tribute to Tormé included Zakk Wylde, Sebastian Bach, Ginger Wildheart, Tracii Guns and Wayward Sons.

 

Before his stint with Ozzy, Tormé joined Gillan in 1979 and remained with the Deep Purple vocalist until 1981. Tormé also fronted Electric Gypsies and Tormé, which featured LA Guns’ Phil Lewis. He later hooked up with Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider in Desperado in 1988.

 

Tormé's most recent album was Shadowland, which was released in November 2018.


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/ozzy-osbourne-leads-tributes-to-bernie-torme

CHRIS JERICHO Defends PAUL STANLEY Over Lip-Sync Accusations: 'He's Singing His Ass Off As Much As He Possibly Can'

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FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho has defended Paul Stanley's vocal performance on KISS's "End Of The Road" tour, explaining that the "Star Child" "has nothing to prove to anybody."


Ever since KISS's "End Of The Road" trek launched in late January, there has been persistent online chatter about Paul allegedly singing to a backing tape. The speculation stemmed from the fact that Stanley had been struggling to hit the high notes in many of the band's classic songs for a number of years.

 

During an appearance on the latest episode of the "Three Sides Of The Coin" podcast, Chris discussed claims that KISS is using pre-recorded tracks during its farewell tour, saying that Stanley is "singing his ass off as much as he possibly can."

 

Jericho said: "Paul Stanley has nothing to prove to anybody. He's one of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time. I think that's something that anybody would say. I would much rather have him use the technology that's available to not sound like he's hurting himself, which then makes me not enjoy the show as much."

 

Addressing lip-sync accusations directly, Jericho said that KISS is most likely doing what many other artists have done, which is incorporate backing tracks and click tracks to their performances, thereby enhancing the live shows and at the same time maintaining discipline.

 

"Let me tell you how things work," Chris said. "More people do this than others. I'm sure of it, 'cause I've seen it happen. When you're a singer, and some bands will do this where there's tracks being run and the singer will sing… Remember we used to hear the rumors that Robert Mason would sing offstage for Ozzy [Osbourne]? What they would do is Robert Mason would sing, and Ozzy would sing as well, and then the sound mixer, if you've got a great sound guy, would just blend Ozzy down if he was having a rough night and push Robert up in the mix. So it's not like Ozzy was just sitting there going, like, [makes humming noise], and fucking 'Iron Man''s coming out. It's a combination of the two. And that's kind of how they were doing it, I'm sure, with KISS or with a lot of bands — DEF LEPPARD does it too; you could tell. VAN HALEN did it as well on the last tour when Michael Anthony wasn't there. They're just blending the vocals. So, Paul is singing — he's singing his ass off as much as he possibly can. But if it's a rough time, they're just sweetening it a bit, kind of giving it a little bit of extra love, so, once again, Paul doesn't have to rip himself apart and the vocal sounds good. I'm not saying that's what they're doing, 'cause I'm not the sound mixer, but that's my guess as to what's happening."

 

Despite the fact that KISS is probably running backing tracks to enhance Stanley's singing voice, Jericho says that the KISS frontman "always gives it his all. The only problem was, the last couple of tours, his voice had… I'm not gonna say it betrayed him, but his voice wasn't up to snuff, and you could hear him hurting himself. We don't want that. You don't have to prove anything to me. It's not about lip syncing or not lip syncing — this is show business. If you wanna hear the song exactly the way that it's on the record, listen to the record. 'Cause if you're going to a KISS [show] to bitch about the fact they've got some background tracks, you're missing the point of what KISS is. 'Cause guess what? Paul is playing guitar, Paul is dancing, Paul is jumping around, Paul is still the greatest frontman of all time. And when Paul doesn't think he can hit those choruses, he sits out and lets the band sing them — Eric [Singer], Gene [Simmons] — and then he vamps over top of it. He's still singing. He's just doing his typical Paul Stanley [shrieks], whatever it may be. That's okay, 'cause that's still a rock and roll show, and that's why I'm there. If I wanna see pitch-perfect, amazing vocals, I'll go see freaking Adele and watch her stand there and not move and sing her pitch-perfect vocals, because it's a different type of a show."

 

According to Jericho, the reason so many KISS fans seem to have an issue with Paul possibly singing along to a backing track is very simple.

 

"I always say this — 'Star Wars' fans and KISS fans are all the same," he explained. "They are loyal to the death, they will buy everything and they'll complain about every single thing. That's just how it is. And I really believe that there's a lot of people that are gonna complain just for the sake of complaining, instead of just going to the show and just enjoying the show and having a great time and reliving the fact that this is one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time still putting on one of the best productions you'll ever see."

 

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach recently defended KISS against claims that the band is using pre-recorded tracks during its farewell tour, saying that Stanley sang "his ass off LIVE" during a recent concert in California. "I have seen way more obvious use of backing tracks than with KISS," Sebastian wrote.

 

Bach's comments came just hours after MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx called out another band for using taped vocals during its live performances after it previously derided other groups for doing the same thing.

 

Sixx wrote on Twitter: "Certain band out on the road right now putting other bands DOWN and saying that they are a REAL rock band, no background singers,and other old people cranky comments except his lead vocals are on tape.People in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. #GetOffMyLawn #WizardOfOz"

 

Most fans assumed that Sixx was referring to KISS, especially since Simmons has previously slammed bands who used backing tapes for not being honest enough to include that fact on their concert tickets.

 

After KISS played on NBC's "America's Got Talent" last September, Stanley was asked by Rolling Stone if that was actually a live performance or if he and his bandmates tracked it earlier. "What you tend to do is record it live and that way you know that everything is as it should be," he responded. "It's not like going into the studio or anything like that. It's…with all its imperfections, it's live."

 

Check out the interview here:



SAMMY HAGAR - ROCK & ROLL ROAD TRIP WITH SAMMY HAGAR SEASON 4 TO PREMIER MAY 5TH; GUESTS INCLUDE JASON BONHAM, JOE BONAMASSA, REO SPEEDWAGON, WILLIE NELSON, RICK SPRINGFIELD AND MORE

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AXS TV has announced the return of Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar, presented By Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL , premiering Sunday, May 5 at 8 PM, ET.

 

Hosted by beloved rock showman Sammy Hagar, the upcoming series puts the spotlight on 12 all-new episodes as The Red Rocker (Hagar) talks and rocks with a roster of enduring icons. Additionally, the network is proud to welcome the world-famous Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL as the exclusive presenting sponsor of the popular series. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL serves as the backdrop for one of the season’s most unforgettable episodes when Hagar heads to the resort and casino to perform his biggest hits on the Hard Rock Event Center’s legendary stage.

 

The star-studded guest list includes Country legend Willie Nelson; as well as Rick Springfield in a special episode shot on location at his home; multi-platinum rockers REO Speedwagon; celebrity chef/TV Host Guy Fieri; renowned comedy duo Cheech & Chong; Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels; stock car superstar - and seven-time NASCAR champion - Jimmie Johnson; groundbreaking Doors guitarist Robby Krieger; blues rock revolutionary Joe Bonamassa; and a special drummers episode with prolific percussionists Kenny Aronoff, Sheila E. and Jason Bonham, who gives an exclusive insider’s look at the making of his new album.

 

As part of AXS TV’s partnership with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL, the network will present a series of weekly vignettes covering the latest in music news and information in the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Music Minute , covering everything from concert tour dates and artist announcements, to music festival news and profiles of up-and-coming artists. Additionally, the series will highlight events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL, while taking viewers behind the scenes on the venue’s storied grounds, which includes the renowned Rock Vault - the temporary home to Hagar’s trademark checkered suit worn during his performance with Van Halen at the 1992 VMAs. The iconic ensemble is now on display along the marble-floored concourse of the newly opened casino at the resort, right next to David Bowie’s Glass Spider red suit, which he wore during the 1987 tour.

 

“I am so proud to be able to host this wild and crazy show for a fourth season,” Hagar said. “This is pure fun for me, getting to go around just hanging out and playing music with some of my favorite people in the world. It’s humbling to see that our viewers dig it as much as I do. I’m excited to keep this party going!”

 

“Sammy Hagar is the quintessential rockstar - simultaneously larger-than-life and incredibly down-to-earth,” said Evan Haiman, AXS TV’s vice president of music programming and production. “He hasn’t just lived through rock history, he’s made rock history, and the deep passion he has for music resonates in every episode. AXS TV is proud to welcome the popular series back for a fourth season, packed with even more of the candid conversations and all-star jam sessions that our viewers love.”

 

“As one of the most iconic entertainment venues on the planet, it made perfect sense for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood to partner with Sammy Hagar and AXS TV as the presenting sponsor for the Rock & Roll Road Trip series. Our culture is built on music, having fun and being a little irreverent on occasion. Most of the celebrities that Sammy interviews on the show will most likely have visited or performed at one of our Hard Rock venues,” said Auggie Cipollini, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “This is going to be a great partnership and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to showcase Rock & Roll history and today’s most interesting celebrities to such a passionate and loyal audience.”

 

Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar, presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL is produced in-house by AXS TV. Tom Consolo, Evan Haiman, Kari Hagar, and Sammy Hagar all serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Stephen Stormer.

 

From: http://bravewords.com/news/sammy-hagar-rock-roll-road-trip-with-sammy-hagar-season-4-to-premier-may-5th-guests-include-jason-bonham-joe-bonamassa-reo-speedwagon-willie-nelson-rick-springfield-and-more

'HOLY S*** THIS IS HEAVY': WHEN MOTLEY CRUE FIRST SAW 'THE DIRT'

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Director Jeff Tremaine says he was nervous about showing The Dirt to Motley Crue for the first time, but the viewing ended with hugs and even some misty eyes.

 

"That's when it really hit me -- the responsibility I had for telling these guys' story, when I was bringing a cut out to Tommy Lee's house to show to him and Nikki [Sixx]," the Jackass co-creator tells UCR. "It hit me in the car: 'Holy shit, this is heavy. I hope I got this right.' So I watched them watch it. I was really just carefully watching them through each scene. Right at the beginning, Tommy was just super-stoked about seeing the old Motley house. And the Whiskey [A Go Go], he was cheering."


As the movie shifted from Motley Crue's joyful -- if chaotic and destructive -- early successes to the tragedies and struggles they endured in later years, the mood got more somber. "They both got quieter and quieter, and by the end I looked over and Nikki had a big tear running down his eye," Tremaine recalls. "And I got a big hug from both of them. It was a great feeling and a great relief, because it's a big responsibility to tell somebody's life story."

 

Sixx has already declared his satisfaction with the final version of The Dirt. "I am really fucking proud of him and the whole team," he said about Tremaine on Twitter, noting that "it's not as easy as you might think to let go and have someone else tell your life story."

 

Tremaine says he's extremely grateful for that trust. "They left me to do my thing," he explains. "Nikki and Tommy came out right before we were going to start shooting. They saw a lot of the props and a lot of the sets, and kinda signed off on a lot of the costumes and everything like that. They watched our actors do some of their rehearsals, but for the most part once we started rolling they left me alone and trusted me to get it right. God bless them for that."

 

The director also gained a higher regard for the band's music after repeated listens. "I didn't come into this as a super-fan, but I'm leaving it a super-fan of their music," he says. "As a filmmaker, I have to hear those songs so many goddamn times that I should be sick of them. But I'm not. I actually like them more than ever. Their music holds up."

 

So would Tremaine -- who also directed the ESPN documentaries Angry Sky and The Birth of Big Air -- consider making another rock 'n' roll movie? "I don't want that to be my next gig, I don't want to be the guy that just does rock biopics," he says. "But I do love music and love that world, so I'd do it again."

 

The Dirt premieres on Netflix March 22.


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/jeff-tremaine-motley-crue-dirt-movie/