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KISS FRONTMAN PAUL STANLEY - "I THINK WE'VE CREATED A RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR AUDIENCE THAT IS SECOND TO NONE"

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KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently guested on the Triple M Adelaide radio station to discuss the band's End Of The Road farewell tour.

 

Stanley: "All we ever wanted to be was the band we never saw, so that was the premise that started things 45 years ago. But in the meantime, I think we've created a relationship with our audience that is second to none."´Here's a chance for us all to celebrate together what we've created and really to run a victory lap and re-enforce what we've done, and our evening with an audience this time around is really filled with incredible memories. And for our longtime fans, it's great for them to see a show and a stage production that really ups what we've done to a completely different level."


You can check out the interview here:


Ozzy Osbourne Announces Another Rescheduled Farewell Tour Date

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Ozzy Osbourne has revealed the rescheduled date for his show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, which will be part of the revised leg of his No More Tours 2 tour.

 

The metal legend was forced to push back the tour following a hospitalization and had previously revealed other rescheduled dates but now says that the concert at the famed Los Angeles venue will take place on July 27th.

 

Ozzy will be returning to the road for a European tour leg on January 31st of next year in Nottingham, UK and will kick off the North American leg on May 27, 2020 in Atlanta, GA at State Farm Arena. See all of the dates below:

 

European dates:


1/31 Nottingham, UK Motorpoint Arena

2/2 Dublin, IE Arena

2/5 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena

2/7 Newcastle, UK Utilita Arena

2/10 London, UK 02 Arena

2/12 Glasgow, UK SSE Hydro

2/14 Birmingham, UK Resorts World Arena

2/17 Dortmund, DE Westfalenhalle

2/20 Helsinki, FI Hartwell Arena

2/22 Stockholm, SE Friends Arena

2/24 Berlin, DE Mercedes-Benz Arena

2/26 Vienna, AT Stadhalle

2/29 Prague, CZ 02 Arena

3/3 Hamburg, DE Barclaycard Arena

3/5 Munich, DE Olympianhalle

3/7 Mannheim, DE SAP Arena

3/10 Bologna, ITL Unpol Arena

3/13 Madrid, ES Wiznik Arena

3/16 Zurich, CH Hallenstadion

 

North American dates:


5/27 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena

5/29 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center

5/31 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

6/2 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion

6/4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

6/6 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium

6/11 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion

6/13 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

6/16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

6/18 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre

6/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

6/22 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena

6/24 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

6/26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

6/28 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena

7/1 Milwaukee, WI Amer. Family Ins. Amp--Summerfest

7/3 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

7/7 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place

7/9 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

7/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

7/15 Portland, OR Moda Center

7/17 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center

7/23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

7/25 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/27 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

7/29 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/31 Las Vegas, CA MGM Grand Garden Arena


Watch JUDAS PRIEST's Entire Washington, D.C. Concert From Spring 2019 'Firepower' Tour

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Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's entire May 12 concert at the Anthem in Washington, D.C. can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user Dennis Justus).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPLPUu3XK3I


The band's setlist was as follows:

 

01. Necromancer

02. Heading Out To The Highway

03. The Sentinel

04. Spectre

05. (Take These) Chains

06. Judas Rising

07. Out In The Cold

08. Traitors Gate

09. Starbreaker

10. Steeler

11. Halls Of Valhalla

12. Killing Machine

13. No Surrender

14. Victim Of Changes

15. All Guns Blazing

16. Hell Bent For Leather

17. Breaking The Law

18. Living After Midnight

 

JUDAS PRIEST kicked off its North American tour with URIAH HEEP on May 3 at Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood, Florida.

 

Several tracks were aired for the very first time, including three songs from PRIEST's latest album, 2018's "Firepower": "Necromancer", "Spectre" and "Traitors Gate". Also making its live debut was "(Take These) Chains", from 1982's "Screaming For Vengeance". "All Guns Blazing", from 1990's "Painkiller", was performed live for the first time in nearly 18 years. Elsewhere, "Out In The Cold", from 1986's "Turbo", was dusted off after 33 years.

 

Singer Rob Halford recently told the St. Louis radio station Real Rock 99.3 that PRIEST was rehearsing "close to 15" new songs for the current trek, including "Rapid Fire" (from 1980's "British Steel").

 

Back in January, JUDAS PRIEST performed "Killing Machine" live for the first time since 1978 during a concert at Zénith de Paris in Paris, France.

 

During last year's "Firepower" U.S. tour, JUDAS PRIEST's set included rarities like "Running Wild", "Bloodstone" and "Tyrant", plus "Saints In Hell", which had never been performed live before.

 

Bassist Ian Hill is the sole remaining original member of PRIEST, which formed in 1969. Halford joined the group in 1973 and guitarist Glenn Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST in the early 1990s to form his own band, then came back to PRIEST in 2003.

 

"Firepower" was released in March 2018 via Epic.


'PRESIDENT TRUMP' SINGS QUEEN'S 'DON'T STOP ME NOW' ON 'SNL'

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Saturday Night Live kicked off their final show of the season last night by having Alec Baldwin's "President Trump" and his political friends sing Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" while preparing for summer vacation. You can see the full video below.

 

https://youtu.be/ejAjdcRC28Y


After playing the first verse straight, the cast starts changing the lyrics to parody Trump's various legal issues and controversial actions: "He's a billionaire, unless you take a look at his tax returns / He's gonna hide, hide, hide / Oh, there's no showing you."


"Don't Stop Me Now" was released in January 1979 as the second single from Queen's 1978 album Jazz. It was a Top 10 hit in England, and later appeared during key scenes in movies such as 2004's Shaun of the Dead and 2019's Shazam.

Donald Trump has been highly critical of Saturday Night Live's portrayal of him and his administration, tweeting that Baldwin's performance "stinks" and that it was "time to retire the boring and unfunny show" in October 2016. Earlier this year, he asked: "How do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!"

 

Four minutes later, he followed up with an all-caps declaration that "the rigged and corrupt media is the enemy of the people," prompting Baldwin to openly wonder if the President's actions constituted "a threat to my safety and that of my family."


Watch The Who play Won't Get Fooled Again on kids' instruments

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The Who have hooked up with The Roots and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to perform the band's 1971 single Won’t Get Fooled Again... on classroom instruments.

 

In the clip, Roger Daltrey plays tambourine and sings while Who guitarist Pete Townshend joins in in toy guitar. The the line-up is completed by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, who accompanies the action on Casio keyboard and wood block, while the rest of the instrumentation is provided by house band The Roots.


You can watch the clip here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks8s1hC9y7c


Previously, Fallon has ben joined in the classroom by Aerosmith – for a version of Walk This Way – while Metallica played the classic Enter Sandman, and Lyndsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks performed Fleetwood Mac's 1977 hit Don't Stop.

 

The Who’s next stop on their Moving On! tour will take place on this evening at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

 

The band will then return to England on June 6 for a special show at London’s Wembley Stadium where they’ll be joined by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and The Kaiser Chiefs.

 

Last week, it was confirmed that Daltrey would release the Tommy Orchestral album to mark the record’s 50th anniversary.


45 YEARS AGO: RUSH'S FIRST U.S. SHOW BECOMES A COMPLETE DISASTER

Posted on May 19, 2019 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Rush's first show in America ran a promoter out of the business and infuriated local officials to the point that they established new legislation. There were as many as four overdoses, too.

 

Promo ads promised a 12-hour music festival, headlined by Dr. John and set for May 18, 1974 at Northside Drive-In near Lansing, Mich. The thought was this could be a kind of mini-Woodstock, with some 30,000 people expected to attend. There was talk of an accompanying motion picture.

 

So, Rush was set to arrive with a very big bang. Then the rains came. Then several members of the muddy, drug-addled crowd were taken away by ambulance. Then Dr. John never showed.


"He had all these ridiculous rules in place," Dennis Demeter, brother of the late original promoter Tom Demeter, told the Lansing State Journal in 2010. "He requested to be flown in by helicopter and stuff like that. We obviously couldn't meet those demands, and it became apparent he wasn't coming."

 

That left a bill featuring the still up-and-coming New York Dolls, a Beatles tribute band known as Liverpool, the Cosmic Beam Experience light show, and a trio of then-unknown future prog-rock stars called Rush. Soon, Demeter said beer bottles were being thrown toward the stage. "The crowd didn't get it," concert-goer Mark Mondol told the State Journal. "It was more of a working-class crowd, more Mitch Ryder."

 

A contemporary news account focused on an underage overdose victim who was listed in serious condition the next day at a local heath-care facility: "The youth ingested what a hospital official described as PCP, a tranquilizer used in treating horses."

 

At this point, Rush still featured original drummer John Rutsey. A Cleveland disc jockey hadn't yet sparked American interest by playing one of their songs, so they had never ventured south of the Canadian border. They'd been together for years, but remained unsigned.

 

"Canadian companies are only interested in immediate money and hits," frontman Geddy Lee lamented in the March 21, 1974 edition of Eye. "They try to mold you into a commercial band, and they're afraid to invest in a band for the long run."

 

Hopes that the Northside Drive-In could provide a breakthrough moment were quickly dashed. "I heard the announcer talking to the crowd about this amazing new band from Canada and how they were a great bunch of guys," Mondol added, "and I thought, 'Yeah, yeah.'"

 

Even Rush's actual performance is lost to history. One attendee could only remember that it was loud; Mondol said all he recalled was "a lot of hair." There is apparently no surviving setlist.


Rush needed to reset. That finally happened with the imminent departure of Rutsey, who proceeded to miss a string of dates in 1974. "We knew early on that John had problems with his health," guitarist Alex Lifeson told Louder Sound in 2016. "He had diabetes, and he was very concerned about whether it would be manageable for him on the road. We used another drummer, Jerry Fielding, and then John came back for a month of club shows. But that was it for John. We had to fire him."

 

Neil Peart would make his debut as Rutsey's replacement in August, setting the stage for Rush's multi-platinum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career. But all of that must have seemed particularly unattainable as Rush battled both the elements and a sparse, apparently high and quite hostile crowd a few miles north of the Lansing city limits in DeWitt Township.

 

History was made in other ways. As an earlier headline noted, DeWitt residents were angry about the show before it ever happened. Some 70 of them peppered officials for hours at a pre-concert town meeting that covered everything from noise and parking to public safety at the sprawling site.

 

Bruce Angell, a former police chief who was handling security for Demeter, tried to quell their worries: "I don't think this is going to be like the Huns coming in," he said in a Clinton County News report just days before Rush's appearance.

 

Both the DeWitt and Meridian townships immediately began considering a new ordinance that would more closely regulate this kind of outdoor event. The statute was aimed at "but not limited to music festivals, rock festivals, peace festivals and similar gatherings," the Lansing State Journal reported on June 6, 1974.

 

The irony? Angell was utterly correct: The event flopped. Mondol, who had been asked to film the proceedings for a public-access program sponsored by Michigan State University, estimated that no more than 2,000 attended. Others put the crowd at 1,300.

 

"My brother lost his butt on that deal," Dennis Dementer said. "He had to file bankruptcy. He decided it wasn't his calling." In the next day's news coverage, Tom Dementer lamented: "Rock concerts are dying out."

 

That didn't happen, of course. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for the Northside Drive-In, which closed for good in 1993 – but not before police staged a huge drug raid.


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/rush-first-american-concert/

SCORPIONS START WRITING FOR POTENTIAL NEW ALBUM IN 2020

Posted on May 19, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Scorpions are making the most of catching their second wind and singer Klaus Meine has revealed in a new interview that the band is back writing new music. Speaking with Scorpions Brazil (heard in the player below), Meine revealed that the band had been in the studio together, with the potential for new music next year.

 

The vocalist revealed that after their touring earlier this year, the band discussed the idea of taking a breather but hitting the studio for a stint before their next round of dates this year.


Meine stated, "When Rudolf [Schenker] came back from Thailand and we all came back together, just a couple of weeks ago, actually, we went straight into the studio, and it was fantastic. We had such a good time, and there were plenty of ideas. It was a really good vibe to work without big pressure or anything — just come back together, write a couple of songs, enjoy some time in the studio, and it really turned out really good and in a very positive way."

 

The vocalist added he was keen to continue writing and enjoyed being back in the creative space. "It's really amazing that I guess all of us really enjoy this part of creativity and coming back together without really expecting too much — just to let it flow," said the singer. "Tt was really great, and I would have loved if we could keep going, because we just have a great flow. But knowing that we go back on the road soon — in June — there's just limited time right now."

 

He continued, "If somebody would ask me the question, 'Is there a chance for a new album?', the chance is much bigger now than it was just a couple of weeks ago. But we will be back on the road soon. And I guess we don't have a chance to go back working on new songs really before the end of the year or early next year. But there's a good feeling in the Scorpions camp there might be a new album out in 2020."

 

The band's last release, 2017's Born to Touch Your Feelings - Best of Rock Ballads, offered a mix of original and classic material. It was their last album to include drummer James Kottak. Former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has filled the void and is expected to appear on the new material.


You can check out the interview here:

 

https://soundcloud.com/scorpions-brazil-227482286/scorpions-brazil-entrevista-klaus-meine


From: https://loudwire.com/scorpions-new-album-2020/

VIXEN TALKS RECORDING NEW ALBUM WITH FEMME FATALE VOCALIST LORRAINE LEWIS (VIDEO)

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On May 5th, Vixen performed at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland with new vocalist Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale). Mark Strigl of Talking Metal spoke with the band about their new lineup, new music, KISS, Femme Fatale, their desire to work with Paul Stanley, Madam X and more.

Check out the interview here:


Fan-filmed from the M3 Rock Festival is available below:



Listen to Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow power through new single The Storm

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have released a stream of their new single.

 

It’s titled The Storm, and it follows Black Sheep Of The Family, which appeared last month.

 

The Storm originally appeared on Blackmore’s Night album Fires At Midnight – which was released back in 2001, although the new version, as you might expect, has a much harder and rockier edge.

 

Check out both versions below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9s_7G1DIH8

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IzVUOtMHa4


Blackmore is joined in the current Rainbow lineup by vocalist Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau.

 

In 2017, the band released their first new recordings in over two decades: a re-working of the band’s 1981 hit I Surrender – originally sung by Joe Lynn Turner – and a cover of Edward Elgar’s Land Of Hope And Glory.


Black Star Riders Streaming 'Another State Of Grace'

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Black Star Riders are streaming audio of the title track to their forthcoming fourth album, "Another State Of Grace." Due September 6 and produced by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax), the project marks the follow-up to 2017's "Heavy Fire" and introduces new lead guitarist Christian Martucci and drummer Chad Szeliga following the departure of original members Damon Johnson and Jimmy DeGrasso.

 

"It was great to be back in Los Angeles and recording with Jay Ruston was an absolute pleasure," says guitarist Scott Gorham. "I am excited to see everyone's reactions to this amazing record and I can't wait to get back on the road and play you these new songs!"

 

"This has probably been the most enjoyable experience in the studio I have had making a record," adds singer Ricky Warwick. "The vibe and commitment the boys brought into this was stellar. Our most anthemic and soulful album to date. I'm very proud and excited for people to hear Another State Of Grace'."

 

The album will be available in multiple formats, including CD, digital, vinyl, limited-edition green vinyl, vinyl picture disc and limited-edition boxset.


Listen to the song here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmReKsf2nKc


From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/May/19Black_Star_Riders_Streaming_Another_State_Of_Grace.shtml

BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH On OVERKILL's 'Realism': 'There's A Purity To What We Do'

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Prior to OVERKILL's April 30 performance in Detroit, Michigan, vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth spoke with Chuck Marshall of Metal Wani. The full conversation can be seen below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdEl1lq_9fo


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

 

On how American and European metal crowds differ:

 

Bobby: "There's obviously differences in culture, but the world's become much smaller through Internet and commerce. You're in contact overseas instantaneously since email and now through a variety of different apps. The Europeans dress like the Americans, and the Americans dress like the Europeans. There's less difference now than what I saw when we had originally started. But even if there are differences in culture, food, religion, whatever it may be, as soon as the first note's played, the commonality comes out in the people... This specific music is a language understood by all, and all speak it back the same way to the band."

 

On the health of the modern thrash scene:

 

Bobby: "As far as excitement goes, the excitement is still there. I run into some of the old timers sometimes — they go, 'Oh, it's not like the good old days.' I'm like, 'You're missing out, bro. Fucking pay attention'... I think the main difference is that in the '80s, [thrash] was being created from day to day. I think that that was kind of the cool vibe about the entire scene. There was no template to go by — it was really taking the energy of punk and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the [BLACK] SABBATHs and the [JUDAS] PRIESTs, and kind of mixing it up into a bag in different parts of the world and different parts of the U.S., and all coming up with kind of similar results that turned into what thrash metal is, whether it be KREATOR in Germany or the EXODUS guys out on the West Coast or OVERKILL in New York. The cool thing was the template was being created simultaneously, and we were getting similar results. I think the biggest difference is that the excitement back then was because who knew what was next. Now, we kind of know what's next, but we're still enjoying it."

 

On new drummer Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM):

 

Bobby: "We call him 'Smash.' [Laughs]... First and foremost, we are very comfortable with him on a personal level. You tour as long as I have, you don't want to be surrounded by douchebags. It's the first rule I have — I like doing this because for most of my career, I've been able to tour with people I like, and Jason is one of those people. We knew he was a ball-buster; we knew what his talents were; we knew we liked his personality... I think by playing with him for a year before we even recorded a note with him gave us the opportunity to make that change of chemistry seamless, which is really the key. You don't want to force it — you want it to seem natural. I think that what he's brought to us is a higher level of abilities. I think his consistency is unmatched of any drummer that's ever been in this band. He plays every song exactly the same night after night, but can go off on tangents [and] do things differently and bring the back in, just to make it more interesting for himself, the band and the audience. I think Jason gets all thumbs-up."

 

On the band's enduring appeal:

 

Bobby: "I think it's realism. We like doing this. In as much as I say Jason's a ball-buster, in my book, it gets a thumbs-up, because I like that my day is not filled with anxiety. It's calm. I like being here. It's like a middle-aged boys' party... There's a purity in what we do. That excitement, from having a good day and no anxiety, that excitement is let go on the stage. From a personal level, I've always thought my most important show is the next one, not what happened a week ago or the biggest one I ever did or will ever do. My most important show [is] tonight. I think people pick that up."

 

On whether he ever feels nervous before performing:

 

Bobby: "Sure. The whole thing about the live theater is that we have plenty of experience, but there's still the possibility of failure, and the possibility of failure is what gives it the edge."

 

On performing live:

 

Bobby: "We like to think of ourselves as being relevant in the current day — that it's not about what we were, but what we are. That becomes, I think, the motivation for doing these live shows: 'Can we still do it?' When you're picking the songs, we're going to pick three or four new ones to throw in there. It's not all about 'The Years Of Decay' and 'Horrorscope' for us — it's about 'The Wings Of War'. There's some classic ones that should always be in there, because they're crowd favorites. The rest of it is selfish shit, where we just go, 'Okay, the second half of the set, let's do what we want.'"

 

On touring less aggressively nowadays:

 

Bobby: "One of the things about the energy that the band has is appearing like a well-oiled machine... We do old-guy metal tours now. We do 17 shows so nobody has to go home and get on a fuckin' IV to rehydrate themselves, but we can give all the energy in those 17 shows. I think that that's the real important thing — to be that well-oiled machine."

 

OVERKILL's nineteenth studio album, "The Wings Of War", was released on February 22 via Nuclear Blast.


KISS' GENE SIMMONS SAYS POP MUSIC IS 'HANDCUFFED BY THE INDUSTRY'

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It's not just rock music that may be "finally dead," KISS magnate Gene Simmons theorized during a rundown of his favorite songs for MusicRadar last week, but pop as well. The musician asserted Friday (May 10) that the more mainstream side of music is governed by an industry that "sets the rules" and dictates how songs should sound, effectively rendering artists "handcuffed" to such restrictions.

 

While identifying the Beatles and Little Richard as some of the artists that "blew [his] mind" in his formative years, the KISS bassist and vocalist defended today's top pop artists while snubbing their business environs.


"These days we have the talent — [Lady] Gaga, Bruno Mars, Adele, all great artists," Simmons said. "But they're handcuffed by the industry. The industry sets the rules and says rap has to sound like this; soul has to sound like this; EDM has to sound like this. Fucking pathetic!"

 

He continued, "I don’t want to sound like one of those miserable, moany guys that says, 'Man, everything was better back then.' But when it comes to music… shit, it was so much better! When I heard it, it changed my life forever!"

 

The recent comments follow Simmons' frequently dissected take on the "death of rock". As he told Esquire in 2014, "Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won't, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it."

 

Looking back on his musical beginnings, however, the KISS figurehead now lovingly recalls the ten iconic tracks that helped shape his early understanding of rock music. Most of them — including tunes by Led Zeppelin and King Crimson — hail from a markedly different time, the musician said.

 

"You asked me to pick 10 tracks that blew my mind. I could have picked a hundred… a thousand," Simmons stated last week. "That was what it was like to be a music fan in the 50s and 60s. … You had the Beatles next to Diana Ross next to Zeppelin next to Hendrix next to Yes next to James Brown next to the Kinks. … Every week, there seemed to be another 20 new songs that just stopped you dead in your tracks."


From: https://loudwire.com/kiss-gene-simmons-music-industry-handcuffed/

Experience Hendrix Tour Fall Leg Announced

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Organizers have announced the initial details for the leg of the 219 Experience Hendrix Tour that is set to return the U.S. this October to play tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

 

18 dates have been announced for the trek that will be kicking off on October 1st in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre and wrapping up on October 22nd at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX.

 

The artist lineup for the tour will include Buddy Guy, Billy Cox, Joe Satriani, Taj Mahal, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson, Dug Pinnick, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji, Todd Park Mohr, Anna Popovic, Kenny Aronoff, Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Henri Brown, and Kevin McCormick, with special guests to be announced.


See the dates below:

 

October


1 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA

2 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR

3 - Hult Center for the Performing Arts - Eugene, OR

4 - Paramount Theatre of the Arts - Oakland, CA

5 - The Expo at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino - Reno, NV

7 - Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts - Davis, CA

8 - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Santa Rosa, CA

9 - City National Grove of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA

11 - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Event Center - Indio, CA

12 - The Events Center at Harrah's Resort SoCal - Funner, CA

13 - Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center - Mesa, AZ

15 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO

16 - Pikes Peak Center - Colorado Springs, CO

18 - First Council Casino Hotel - Newkirk, OK

19 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tulsa, OK

20 - Revention Music Center - Houston, TX

21 - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater - Austin, TX

22 - Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - San Antonio, TX


JUDAS PRIEST FRONTMAN ROB HALFORD - "I'M A RELIC ON THE METAL ALTAR"

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Ahead of Judas Priest's back-to-back nights at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY on May 18 and 19, Albany Times Union has released a new interview conducted with frontman Rob Halford. Read an excerpt below:

 

Playing two nights in a row does have its perils for Halford as a vocalist. He has to perform carefully so he can maintain the ability to hit the piercing high notes and offer up the operatic vocal style that's made him one of the greatest and most beloved lead singers in heavy metal history.

 

"On this tour, we're doing lots of songs I haven't done in a long time," he noted. "I have to find a way of finding a comfort zone, otherwise things can get really difficult and it's very easy to blow your voice out.

 

"It's all about technique, I have to really think through the set," Halford added. "I'm lurching toward 68, most people this age would be in retirement. I'm a relic on the metal altar. I laugh about it because I love it so much."

 

Read the complete interview at Albany Times Union:

 

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Judas-Priest-determined-to-stay-creatively-vital-13847566.php


Judas Priest's current tour itinerary, with special guests Uriah Heep opening, can be seen below.


May


15 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater

16 - Uncastville, CT - Mohegan Sun

18 - Albany, NY - The Palace

19 - Albany, NY - The Palace

20 - Sellersville, PA - ST94 *

22 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater

23 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater

25 - Chicago, IL - Rosemount

28 - Austin, TX - Moody Theater

29 - Austin, TX - Moody Theater

31 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory

 

June


1 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Ampitheatre

3 - St. Louis, MO - Stifel Theatre

4 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads *

5 - Colorado Springs, CO - Broadmoor World Arena

8 - Saskatoon, SK - Sasktel Centre

10 - Lethbridge, AB - Enmax Centre

11 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place

13 - Dawson Creek, BC - Encana Events Centre

14 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre

16 - Kelowna, BC - Propera Place

17 - Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Centre

19 - Spokane, WA - Northern Quest Casino

21 - Seattle, WA - Showare Center

22 - Portland, OR - Moda Center

24 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield

25 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield

27 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater

28 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena

29 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint

 

* Uriah Heep only


From: http://bravewords.com/news/judas-priest-frontman-rob-halford-i-m-a-relic-on-the-metal-altar

Guns N' Roses Wanted Izzy Stradlin For Reunion

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan has confirmed that the group invited former bandmate Izzy Stradlin to join them on the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour.

 

Launched in the spring of 2016 and wrapped up last December in Hawaii, the trek saw McKagan reteam with Axl Rose and Slash for the multi-year series, which went on to become one of the most successful in music history.

 

Now, McKagan says Stradlin was offered a chance to perform alongside the trio. "That is something that we tried to make happen at the beginning," the bassist tells 92.9 The Bear in Loveland, CO while promoting the May 31 release of his new album, "Tenderness." "It just didn't work out."

 

Stradlin - who co-founded Guns N' Roses with childhood friend Rose in 1985 - first shot down rumors of his involvement in the tour in 2016, before the singer commented on the rocker's status in a fall 2016 interview with Brazilian TV, explaining: "I don't really know what to say about Izzy. It's, like, you could have a conversation and think it's one way and the next day it's another way. And I'm not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It's just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is."

 

Rose's comments earned a prompt online reply from Stradlin in a tweet (since deleted), saying his absence from the reunion was about money: "They didn't want to split the loot equally. Simple as that."

 

Last year, former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven revealed that Stradlin bailed on a guest appearance with the band in 2017.

 

"[Izzy] did get as far as flying out and doing a soundcheck, and he left after a soundcheck, he didn't want to have anything to do with it," Niven told the Appetite For Distortion podcast. "It was last year, it was somewhere out in the midwest, when they were doing stadiums. Obviously had it gone well and everybody had been happy, and there had been a little bit of brotherhood, I'm sure he would have stayed with it. But something must have really upset him, because he left after the soundcheck, and never turned up for another one or an appearance. I would think right now he is probably a little pissed off."


Read more and listen to Duff's full interview here:

 

http://www.hennemusic.com/2019/05/guns-n-roses-invited-izzy-stradlin-to.html


From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/May/15Guns_N_Roses_Wanted_Izzy_Stradlin_For_Reunion.shtml

TWISTED SISTER's EDDIE OJEDA Is Moving To Nashville: 'It's Just An Easier Way Of Life Down There'

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)


During a recent appearance on the "22 Now" show, TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda revealed that he is relocating from New York to Nashville.

 

"There's a lot of people that have moved to Nashville — rock musicians," Eddie told "22 Now" host and TWISTED SISTER bandmate Mark Mendoza (see video below). "I mean, a lot. The list is endless. Every time I go down, I find out somebody else is living there. And it's just an easy place to get around. There's no tolls… It's just an easier way of life down there. And the music scene there is awesome. How many places do you get off a plane and see a Les Paul [guitar]? There's guitars everywhere. Every bar or restaurant you go to, there's some kind of tribute to the guitars. They call it Music City for a reason. It's starting to become one of the major places. I think Warner has a place down there… has a main office. Some of the big music companies are down there as well, like ASCAP and BMI. They used to just be based out of New York and Los Angeles."

 

Asked if he is planning to make any new music once he gets down to Nashville, Eddie — who recently became a grandfather — said: "Once I get settled in, I'll see what's happening. I'll see what comes across… Even just the few times I've been down there, people I've bumped into, everybody's into doing stuff together. It's a lot harder to do that here for some reason. And also, New York is getting pretty pricey, man… Manhattan is out of reach. Somebody who's a janitor is gonna have to make six figures to live in Manhattan… There's a lot of traffic and it's busy in Nashville too, but not like here."

 

TWISTED SISTER retired from the road three years ago after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour. The band's last-ever concert took place in November 2016 — 20 months after the passing of TWISTED's longtime drummer A.J. Pero.

 

Ojeda released a solo album in 2006, "Axes 2 Axes", featuring guest appearances by such acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal vocalists as Ronnie James Dio (DIO, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), and Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) played bass on two tracks, with Chris McCarvill handling the rest. Drummer Joe Franco (TWISTED SISTER, VINNIE MOORE, JACK BRUCE) played on the entire record. The cover artwork for "Axes 2 Axes" was conceived by German artist Timo Wuerz.


Check out the interview here:


Kiss team up with Crocs for new range of footwear

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)


When it comes to branded merchandise, Kiss are hard to beat.

 

The band’s name can be see on a whole host of items, from pinball tables and mugs, to the famous Kiss Kasket, bottle openers, Funko figures and more.

 

But their latest collaboration walks all over all the others – as Kiss have teamed up with Crocs for four new pairs of footwear.

 

The Bayaband Clog features the band’s faces along the sides of the shoe, while the top sports a flame and the famous Kiss logo. Meanwhile, the Bayaband II Clog is a much more colourful affair, showing a multi-coloured logo and has a patterned side.

 

The standard Clog is all black, with the logo presented in classic yellow and black on the top, while the Platform Clog does exactly what it says – with a black and silver finish.

 

All four pairs are now available to purchase, with the announcement coming just as Kiss are about to kick off the European leg of their End Of The Road tour.


Kiss End Of The Road 2019 UK, European & Russian tour dates:


May 27: Leipzig Messe, Germany

May 29: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria

May 31: Munich Konigsplatz, Germany


Jun 02: Essen Georg-Melches Stadium, Germany

Jun 04: Berlin Waldbuehne, Germany

Jun 05: Hannover Expo-Plaza, Germany

Jun 07: Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden

Jun 11: St Petersburg Ice Arena, Russia

Jun 13: Moscow Dynamo Stadium, Russia

Jun 16: Kiev NSA Olympic Stadium, Ukraine

Jun 18: Krakov Tauron Arena, Poland

Jun 25: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands

Jun 27: Oslo Tons Of Rock Festival, Norway

Jun 28: Trondheim Rocks Festival, Norway


Jul 02: Milan Ippodromo San Siro, Italy

Jul 04: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland

Jul 06: Iffezheim Rennbahn, Germany

Jul 09: Birmingham Resorts World Arena, UK

Jul 11: London The O2, UK

Jul 12: Manchester Arena, UK

Jul 14: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, UK

Jul 16: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/kiss-team-up-with-crocs-for-new-range-of-footwear

COULD MOTLEY CRUE GET IN THE HALL OF FAME AFTER ALL?

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Motley Crue may have more chance of entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than the band members themselves believe, a new poll suggests.

 

Visitors to the hall’s museum in Cleveland, who have the opportunity to vote in the Voice Your Choice campaign, have put the band in the No. 1 spot ahead of Blink-182, Iron Maiden, the Dave Matthews Band and Weezer.

 

Citing the Crue biopic The Dirt as the source of their surge in popularity, Cleveland.com reported that Stevie Nicks’ induction as a solo artist earlier this year came after she topped the Voice Your Choice poll – even though Rock Hall executives denied a connection between the two events. “Though, it does seem like a strange coincidence since she’d never been nominated before as a solo artist,” the report noted.

 

Drummer Tommy Lee shared the article on Twitter, commenting, “Let’s go kids!” Only those who visit the museum can submit in the Voice Your Choice poll. It’s not directly associated with the Rock Hall fan vote, which is open globally in the run-up to each year’s awards.

 

Earlier this year, bassist Nikki Sixx claimed his band had been blackballed by the Rock Hall. “I was actually doing an interview with Tommy a couple of weeks ago, and we were asked if we would ever play together again,” he recalled.

 

“Tommy said, ‘I don’t know. Maybe if we got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or something, we could dust off a couple of our old classics.’ I was, like, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Why not?’ But we don’t have any plans because we were told by the Hall of Fame that we would never get in, because of how we’ve acted, so that’s kind of it.”

 

While providing the Top 10 as it currently stands, the new report also suggested that Blink-182 could retake the lead position when “a ton of pop-punk fans flock to the museum this summer for the Warped 25th anniversary concert on June 8.”

 

You can see the current standings below.

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Voice Your Choice Poll:


1. Motley Crue

2. Blink-182

3. Iron Maiden

4. Dave Matthews Band

5. Weezer

6. Freddie Mercury (Solo)

7. Cher

8. Phil Collins (Solo)

9. Rage Against the Machine

10. Boston

 

From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/motley-crue-rock-hall-of-fame/

WATCH: EVANESCENCE JOINED BY NITA STRAUSS ONSTAGE AT EPICENTER FESTIVAL

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Guitarist Nita Strauss joined Evanescence onstage at the 2019 Epicenter Festival in North Carolina last week for a rousing performance of "Disappear." The song — receiving a live boost from the Alice Cooper band member and solo artist on Friday (May 10) — was first released as a bonus track on the Amy Lee-led group's eponymous 2011 album.

 

During Evanescence's headlining Epicenter slot, the two artists launched the unexpected concert collaboration in front of an enthusiastic festival audience, some of whom captured the action in real time. Watch the videos down toward the bottom of this post.


The gig from Evanescence could signal the start of a new era for the band. Epicenter was the fifth appearance from the act since they got back to rocking full-force after an intimate orchestral tour last year. Not only that, but a new album could be on the way next year, as Lee further detailed during an interview ahead of the group's fest performance.

 

"This is sort of a creation year for us," she told Sirius XM. "We're playing a few festivals and some headlining shows. … And in the time in between getting together and starting the writing process for a new album."

 

Both Strauss and Evanescence are out on respective U.S. tours throughout the summer, the former performing a pair of shows alongside Fozzy Wednesday (May 15) and Thursday (May 16). View all the dates after the clips.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zb-trSNUu8

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55KT0fuEU-o

 

Evanescence 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:

 

May 18 – Camden, N.J. @ MMRBQ Festival

May 19 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena

July 18 – Cadott, Wis. @ Rock Fest

July 28 – Bangor, Maine @ Impact Festival

 

Nita Strauss 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:

 

May 16 – Greensboro, N.C. @ The Cone Denim Center (with Fozzy)

May 17 – Virgina Beach, Va. @ Lunatic Luau

May 19 – New York, N.Y. @ Iridium

May 21 – Teaneck, N.J. @ Debonair Music Hall

May 22 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Hard Rock Café

May 24 – Detroit, Mich. @ Token Lounge

May 25 – Ft Wayne, Ind. @ The Club at The Clyde

May 26 – Evanston, Ill. @ Evanston Rocks

May 29 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Shank Hall

May 31 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzibar

June 1 – Cleveland, Ohio @ The Winchester

June 2 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Ironworks

June 4 – New Bedford, Ma. @ Vault at Greasy Luck

June 5 – Stafford, Ct. @ Palace Theater

June 6 – Ardmore, Pa. @ The Ardmore Music Hall (with Paul Gilbert)

June 8 – Poughkeepsie, N.Y. @ The Chance (with Paul Gilbert)

 

From: https://loudwire.com/evanescence-nita-strauss-epicenter-fest/

STRYPER ANNOUNCE NEW POP-UP "EAT & GREET" FAN EVENTS

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Stryper have announced all new exclusive Pop-Up "Eat & Greet" Fan Events for their fans in the Franklin, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

VIP "Eat & Greet" package includes:

 

• Exclusive One-on-One hang time with your favorite band

• Meet & Greet and individual photo op with the band

• Q&A Session

• One of a kind tote bag: Commemorative Laminate and Lanyard, Exclusive Band Photo, 18 Month Stryper History Tour Calendar

• On site VIP host

• Hassle / Crowd free merchandise shopping with items not yet available through our online store

 

For more details, and to buy tickets, visit the following links:

 

- May 27 - Franklin, TN

 

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8015103/exclusive-stryper-popup-eat-greetfan-event-franklintn--stryper-vip-meet-greet


Don't miss out on this unique opportunity as they perform their greatest hits and covers that influenced a generation.