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In a recent interview with "Another FN Podcast", FIREHOUSE singer CJ Snare was asked if there are any plans for the band to release new music. "That's a good question," he replied (hear audio below). "It comes up often. I think that the inkling is there. We're together a lot, 'cause FIREHOUSE never stops touring, and we talk about this all the time.
"I think if we can find the right riff, the right hook," he continued. "Because we have kind of a sound, we have a bit of a legacy and some sterling songs that are indelibly stamped in time, and we don't wanna diminish that in any way, shape or form. Of course, as an artist, you have to also have the testicular fortitude to put your head out there on the chopping block; you've just gotta go for it. So we have entertained the idea of possibly doing a single."
Snare went on to say that releasing new music is "not what it used to be. I don't know that it sells any more concert tickets.
"Do you like hearing new music from older bands? Do you really wanna hear them play that in their set at a show, or would you prefer to hear the old classic standards? And that's part of the discussion when FIREHOUSE is entertaining the idea of doing new music.
"Has Frontiers Records approached us? Of course they have," Snare admitted. "Have we entertained the idea? Of course we have. But we think about it, and it's, like, we have such a large catalog of songs to draw on right now that we can bring out something from a more obscure album and people will think of it as a new song. 'I never heard that before. That was great.'
"I've gotta tell you, sometimes when [I see other older artists releasing new music], I'm going, 'Jeez, do I wanna take all that time and effort and energy and put it into that? And there's that artistic side of me that's, like, 'Absolutely! Hell yeah! Fuck yeah!' And then there's that other side of me, which is, like, 'And how will that fit into the set of the nuts and bolts and the day to day of what we're doing out here on the road?'"
FIREHOUSE hasn't released a studio album since 2011's "Full Circle", which featured re-recorded versions of some of the band's older songs. The group's last collection of new material, "Prime Time", came out in 2003.
FIREHOUSE reached stardom during the early '90s with hits like "Reach For The Sky", "Don't Treat Me Bad" and "All She Wrote", as well as its signature power ballads "I Live My Life for You", "Love Of A Lifetime" and "When I Look Into Your Eyes".
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Earlier this week, Glenn Hughes was forced to postpone his Deep Purple Live UK tour.
The eights shows were due to get under way this week, but were called off due to an illness affecting the vocalist and bassist.
But he’s wasted no time in announcing the rescheduled dates, which will now take place in November – although the tour has been cut to just four dates.
The shows in Edinburgh, St Albans, Liverpool and Nottingham have been cancelled, while the performances in Salisbury, Holmfirth and Birmingham will go ahead. The Norwich show, which was originally scheduled to take place at the UEA, has now been moved to the city’s Waterfront.
The new dates are:
Nov 17: Salisbury City Hall
Nov 20: Norwich Waterfront
Nov 23: Holmfirth Picturedrome
Nov 29: Birmingham O2 Institute
Fans looking for refunds will have until May 27 to contact the point of sale.
The postponement was accompanied by a statement which read: “Glenn sends his regrets that he is unable to perform his UK tour which was due to start May 14 through May 24.
“He needs to be treated for an illness that, while not life threatening, must be dealt with immediately in order for it to not become a serious problem.
“He is expected to make a full recovery and be back on the road in June.”
Hughes’ next scheduled show will take place in Ballyshannon on June 1, which will be followed by further shows across Europe this summer.
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The Hollywood Vampires were joined by a pair of special guests during their show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on May 11th and video of the jams have been shared online.
The second date of the supergroup's west coast spring run saw, as Rolling Stone notes, Steven Tyler join his Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry for the vintage 1951 track, "Train Kept A-Rollin'," while Manson delivered a rendition of Alice Cooper's 1970 hit, "I'm Eighteen."
Led by Cooper, Perry and Johnny Depp, The Hollywood Vampires will release their second album, "Rise", on June 21. "Rise is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I've ever been a part of," explains Cooper. "I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album. Each of us; Joe, Johnny, Tommy and myself have written songs on this album. What is different though is that I didn't try to change any songs to be more 'Alice-like.'"
The group will wrap up their seven-date spring series in Indio, CA on May 18.
Watch the videos here:
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Robert Plant admitted he sometimes “missed the mark” with the material he wrote with Led Zeppelin, noting that he was moving in a different direction from other writers of the era.
He also revealed that his thinking about the band’s one-off 2007 reunion was inspired in part by Pink Floyd’s final gathering two years earlier.
“My peer group were writing substantial pieces of social commentary, and I was willowing along the Welsh borders thinking about Gollum,” Plant told Planet Rock magazine in a new interview. “I liked what I did, but now I look at it and go, ‘Wooh, that was a bit iffy.’ But I do like ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ I can look at it objectively. I can’t always get my head around it, but it does do something substantial.”
Led Zeppelin staged their return to mark the achievements of late Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun. Even though his colleagues hoped to perform more shows, Plant insisted he was never interested in the idea. “I liked what Floyd did at Live 8 [in 2005],” he said. “[A] quick one-off and let’s leave it at that. They did it for a good cause."
He noted that "it was the same when Zeppelin did the charity show for Ahmet. We had a prolonged affinity with Ahmet, so if there was ever a reason for [a reunion] to happen, that was it. But the idea of doing it next summer and summer after that and so on is enough to break me out in hives.”
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In a brand new interview with "Arroe: View From The Writing Instrument", JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner was asked for his views on music-streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. He said (hear audio below): "Like everything these in the connected age that we live in, there's pros and cons everywhere. I've seen younger people… When things go away, like vinyl, when vinyl comes back again, they haven't seen it, so it's something new, and they're not interested in on-demand music — they want something tangible; they want something they can hold and look at.
"It's great to have music that accessible — where if you wanted to go and get it, you just go and get it," he continued. "But at the same time, I understand how it's changed the industry.
"I think there's always a way to get your music out there, and people are finding ways of doing that," he added. "No one's figured it out completely, I don't think, but everyone's tried to make it work. Again, there's pros and cons everywhere, man."
Faulkner joined PRIEST in 2011 as the replacement for original guitarist K.K. Downing.
Richie was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.
JUDAS PRIEST has just returned to the United States for a run with fellow classic heavy rockers URIAH HEEP. The 32-date trek kicked off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and will wrap on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
JUDAS PRIEST is touring in support of its latest album, "Firepower", which was released in March 2018 via Epic. The disc entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it the band's highest-charting album ever.
The "Firepower" chart position was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band's spring 2018 North American tour.
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Last month, the first part of a video series charting the history of Led Zeppelin was released.
It concentrated on the recording of the band’s self-titled debut album in September 1968 at London’s Olympic Studios and featured live footage of the band and facts and figures behind the album, which would see the light of day in 1969.
You can watch Part 1 here:
The second part has now been launched and examines how The New Yardbirds became Lead Zeppelin, to eventually becoming Led Zeppelin.
Watch the clip below:
The video series has been released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Led Zep, which will also include a forthcoming documentary about the band.
The project is being helmed by Bernard MacMahon and will focus on their early days through to 1970, when Led Zeppelin II ousted the Beatles’ Abbey Road from the top of the US charts.
The film has been written by MacMahon and Allison McGourty, who will also handle production duties alongside Duke Erikson and Ged Doherty. Dan Gitlin will be the project’s editor, while Nicholas Bergh is on sound supervision.
TRIUMPH BASSIST MIKE LEVINE ON BAND'S SUCCESS - "IF THE DOOR WAS CLOSED, WE SAID 'FUCK IT, LET'S OPEN THAT'"
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Rik Emmett, Mike Levine, and Gil Moore - best known as Canadian hard rock trio Triumph - were named Legends Of Live at the 2019 Live Music Industry Awards at Canadian Music Week on Friday night (May 10, 2019), reports FYI Music News.
Levine spoke with Rudy Blair Entertainment Media about the honour, saying "we were the three musketeers. We never met a door that we couldn't drive a semi through. If the door was closed, we said, 'Fuck it! Let's open that.' People said, 'You can't do that,' and we went, 'Yes, we can....' (laughs). 'No, you can't do that. It's not done...' and we said, 'Oh, yes, we will.' (laughs). But I think we survived because of our sense of humour. Not only the music and the show and all that, but I think, as a band, the laughter that we had and the fun we had together, as well as the hard work."
Responsible for such hits as "Magic Power", "Lay It On The Line", "Move On", "Fight The Good Fight", and a heavy rendition of the Joe Walsh classic "Rocky Mountain Way", Triumph became an indie trailblazer during its 1975 - 1988 heyday as a popular arena and stadium act in North America and Europe, earning millions of dollars through touring as they quickly became a headlining act.
Earning 18 gold albums and 9 platinum albums from the two territories separated by a border, "Canada's Rock 'N Roll Machine" set the standards for other rockers with their elaborate sound system and lighting.
Speaking on behalf of co-presenter and fellow agent, Ralph James, Vinny Cinquemani - Triumph's agent, "since the day their first album (Triumph, on Attic Records) came out - said he was proud to "present Mike Levine, Gil Moore and Rik Emmett - Triumph, Canada's Rock 'N Roll Machine - with the Legends of Live Award."
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Iron Maiden have released a live video showcasing their classic Piece Of Mind track Flight Of Icarus.
The performance was filmed during the European leg of their Legacy Of The Beast tour and features frontman Bruce Dickinson armed with two arm-mounted flame throwers.
Check out the video below:
Maiden are currently preparing to take The Legacy Of The Beast spectacle to the US, Canada and South America, with the first show set to take place at the Sunrise BB&T Center in Florida on July 18.
They’ll play a total of 44 shows, wrapping up at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile, on October 15. Iron Maiden added a second date in Chile after their initial show sold out six and a half months in advance.
Dickinson said: “We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe earlier this year.
“The production is based on our mobile game The Legacy Of The Beast which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs.”
Raven Age will support, with Fozzy joining the tour for the show in Los Angeles on September 14.
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Three-quarters of the original Black Sabbath lineup reunited to receive their Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award during the "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" awards ceremony and live tribute concert at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on May 11.
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward represented the groundbreaking metal outfit, while frontman Ozzy Osbourne missed the event as he continues to recover from surgery following an injury at his L.A. home.
Reports indicate California rockers Rival Sons performed a medley as part of a Black Sabbath tribute that included a trio of classic tracks: "War Pigs", "Changes" and "Paranoid."
"Another Grammy!," tweeted Iommi. "Great performance from Rival Sons yesterday, thanks guys", while adding in a follow-up message: "It was so great to see Bill and Geezer over the weekend and it brought back some wonderful memories - just brilliant!! Get well soon Oz we missed you."
Butler tweeted an image of the three bandmates at the Grammy evening, while Rival Sons drummer Mike Miley shared his thoughts via Instagram.
"What an experience," Miley writes. "We @rivalsons got to present a @recordingacademy Lifetime Achievement Award to @blacksabbath last night, AND perform a medley of their songs, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM, and a vast array of other stars and legends, at the @dolbytheatre In Hollywood.
"I got to sit down with @billwarddrummer for a few precious moments; talking about jazz, feel, and rhythm, and other life stuff. What a treat. What a legend and what a sweetheart 'Wardy' is."
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After 43 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, KISS wrapped the first leg of the End Of The Road World Tour on April 13th in Birmingham, AL. The final seven reports of the farewell run impact the Hot Tours recap dated May 18th, 2019, with combined grosses of $10 million, according to figures reported to Billboard.
In total, the band’s North American leg grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets. They have been remarkably consistent since launching on January 31st at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. All but five dates have grossed at least $1 million and all but seven sold at least 10,000 tickets. The tour’s biggest showing was at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 27th, where they grossed $1.947 million and sold 13,359 tickets. The same venue still holds the record for the band’s highest-grossing engagement ever, when they earned $3.3 million over four shows from July 25th-28th, 1996 during the Alive/Worldwide Tour (this was the band’s first tour since 1979’s Dynasty Tour with original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley).
Their 2019 grosses lift KISS’ career total past the $300 million mark. Their entire headline touring ($297.4 million) plus co-headline runs with Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Def Leppard total to $333.2 million and 6.3 million tickets sold.
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Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has released a music video for her single "Mariana Trench", featuring footage from her recent headline tour, including her packed hometown show at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, Calfornia.
Check it out below:
As well as wowing fans all over the world as Cooper's touring guitarist, gracing the covers of Guitar World and Guitar Player, performing for millions upon millions of WWE fans worldwide at "Wrestlemania" and "Evolution", becoming the first female to have a signature Ibanez guitar (which now hangs in the entrance to the legendary Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd ), breaking attendance records at guitar clinics across the country, playing "America The Beautiful" at the the Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams NFL game last year and being interviewed about her strict fitness regime in the likes of Muscle & Fitness Hers, Nita also found time to write, produce, engineer and record all guitar and bass parts on her debut solo album, "Controlled Chaos".
Having launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of the record, which reached its goal in two hours and ended up being over 800% funded , Nita signed a deal with world renowned independent record label, Sumerian Records, which released the album worldwide in November. "Controlled Chaos" is a complete expression of who Nita is as an artist and yet another example of the truly unstoppable force she is.
Speaking about her solo debut, Nita says: "From bright and fun to aggressive and dark, from peaceful to chaotic, this album is a way for me to give the listener a glimpse into my personality and what goes on inside my mind."
Through obsession, dedication and sheer hard work, Nita has not only been firmly established as one of the best guitarists in the world, she is also a role model, a trail blazer, a fitness fanatic, a phenomenal performer and a total badass. She was honored at this year's She Rocks Awards as the recipient of the "Inspire" award that was presented to her by her lifelong hero Steve Vai.
As well as performing with Cooper, she has also played with R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings FEMME FATALE, video game supergroup CRITICAL HIT and popular tribute band THE IRON MAIDENS. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things guitar have seen Nita become a truly unstoppable, limitless force, blazing a previously untrodden trail.
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The "March of the Peaceful Army Tour" will keep going through the fall as Greta Van Fleet have just announced a three-week U.S. run later this year.
The 11-date tour starts Sept. 21 in Missouri and and will mostly hit the Midwest and West Coast before finishing up in Pennsylvania on Oct. 15. Greta Van Fleet have personally selected Shannon and The Clams as the lone supporting act.
Peace Army Fan Club members will get the first shot at tickets with an exclusive pre-sale that starts Wednesday (May 15) at 10 a.m. local time. The general on-sale will follow on Friday (May 17) at 10 a.m. local time.
Head here for tickets and more info:
There's a chance we may get a new Greta Van Fleet album before the year is over. In January, bassist Sam Kiszka said of the follow-up to last year's Anthem of the Peaceful Army debut full length, "We were talking, and I think we all decided earlier this month that we need to do a record as soon as possible. So the one thing I can say right now is that you can definitely expect album [two] in 2019...We're gonna make the music that we want to hear, and we're going to grow musically."
Greta Van Fleet Fall 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:
Sept. 21 — Kansas City, Mo. @ The Starlight Theatre
Sept. 23 — Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept. 27 — Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Sept. 29 — San Diego, Calif. @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Sept. 30 — Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
Oct. 02 — San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct. 05 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 09 — Sugar Land, Texas @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Oct. 11 — New Orleans, La. @ UNO Lakefront Arena
Oct. 13 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 15 — Philadelphia, Penn. @ The Met Philadelphia
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Kansas have announced a special show at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Dec. 14 that will find the group, for the first time, performing its classic albums Leftoverture and Point of Know Return back to back for one night only.
“The Beacon, as I think any of my peers will tell you, that’s a very special show,” drummer Phil Ehart, a founding member of the group, tells UCR. “We’ve all played there, but we’ve played there at different times or with other bands. Going in with Kansas by ourselves and doing Leftoverture and Point of Know Return in their entirety back to back is kind of throwing the dice. It really is. Nothing’s ever guaranteed. But we knew when the offer came to do the show that we had to make it special.”
After opening with an acoustic set of fan favorites from other albums in the Kansas catalog, the group will launch into performing the two classic '70s albums. “It’s going to run a couple of hours,” Ehart says. "So it’s going to be a lengthy show.” Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday. You can find ticket information and VIP packages at the band’s website.
Kansas first began playing the Leftoverture album in its entirety in the fall of 2016, not long after they released The Prelude Implicit, their first studio album in more than 15 years. At the time, what was planned to be about a dozen shows in selected markets quickly swelled to more than 80 dates. They followed those shows with a lengthy trek celebrating the 40th anniversary of Point of Know Return, playing that album in full.
Ehart says that performing both albums over the past few years added some new perspective. “I guess one thing that we had forgotten about, and our fans reminded us, is how big those albums were and how popular those albums were,” he says. “We never take ‘em for granted, but when you just kind of pick three or four songs off of each album and play those over and over and over again, over the years, you kind of forget about the rest of the songs that were on there and really, how much impact both of those albums had on the band, as well as our fans at that particular time. Those two albums really shot us into a headlining situation we hadn’t experienced before.”
More than 40 years on, band members, both past and present, have demonstrated an uncanny ability to navigate the complexities of the music on Leftoverture and Point of Know Return. Ehart admits the material presents challenges.
“There were a lot of songs that were chores, believe me. That was the kind of band that we were,” Ehart laughs. “We had some long songs and some shorter songs and some songs in between. The songs on Point of Know Return, they’re daunting at times. But to work them up was even more daunting, because it was just kind of, Okay, how is this going to go together and how are we going to do this?”
A track like “The Spider,” from Point, was an “oddity,” he says now. “Because it’s just so upside down time signature-wise and drum beats and everything," he explains. "But once it all worked itself out, it makes sense and it makes sense now. All of the songs were all kinds of head-scratchers, trying to figure out what they meant and what the lyrics were about and who it was about and what this meant or what this meant and why are we dust in the wind?”
The two albums delivered a huge dosage of much-needed success at a time when label head Don Kirshner had been warning the band that if things didn’t change, it would be dropped. Monster hits like “Carry on Wayward Son,” a late entry during the Leftoverture songwriting process, and "Dust in the Wind,” alongside future fan favorites like “Point of Know Return,” “Portrait (He Knew),” “The Wall,” “Magnum Opus” and others, helped to secure the band’s future. Both albums have sold a combined total of more than 12 million copies.
The group will be on tour this summer with a steady schedule of shows. But first they’ll enter the studio next month to start recording the follow-up to The Prelude Implicit.
“The material is fantastic and we’re very excited about it -- we’re much more of a band this time,” Ehart says. The group’s lineup now includes singer and keyboardist Ronnie Platt, who joined in 2014, and guitarist Zak Rizvi. Both made their recorded debut with Kansas on The Prelude Implicit. Also on board are original founding guitarist Richard Williams, bassist and singer Billy Greer, violinist and guitarist David Ragsdale and keyboardist Tom Brislin, who joined in 2018.
“Before, we were just kind of getting together and [asking], 'Can we even sound like Kansas'?" Ehart recalls. "'What is it going to sound like?' We were very happy with the last album and we think that this one will even be better.”
Ehart says he'll oversee the sessions, sharing the production duties with Williams and Rizvi, who's been writing the majority of the material, along with contributions from the rest of the band. “We’ve got at least a couple of epic tracks, and in a way, they’re all pretty epic, listening to what has been written so far,” he says. “So, not letting the cat out of the bag, there’s definitely some longer, more epic tracks coming.”
He says after some dates in July, the band will head back into the studio in August to complete work on the LP. "It won’t come out for another year, once it’s done," he notes. "Because we still have to mix it and everything. We’ll probably be done near the end of this year and then it will come out in 2020, probably in the summertime of 2020."
All this activity may open the door to Kansas performing other albums in full in the future. "We don’t know what yet, but it seems to be a good idea," Ehart explains.
"It needs to make sense. You don’t want the albums to be too obscure, Because after the next couple of albums, it gets a little obscure as to sales and people being aware of which album is which. These two albums were both our biggest albums ever, other than our best-of album. Our best-of album has sold just as much as these albums have. So maybe that’s a possibility: The Best of Kansas in its entirety. I don’t know. We’ll see. That’s been knocked around. As I've said before, it’s a good problem to have.”
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Sammy Hagar has announced plans for his second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show. Set for September 28 and 29 on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, CA, the two-day event will see performances by Sammy Hagar & The Circle with special guest Richie Sambora, The Beach Boys, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Blue Oyster Cult, Extreme, Steel Panther, Tony Lewis from The Outfield, Patty Smyth and Scandal, and more.
The Car Show will feature a collection of luxury, exotic, European, custom, classic, movie and hyper cars; among the vehicles on display will be Hagar's personal Ferrari BB512i from his "I Can't Drive 55" music video, Viciousstang - the twin-charged "Million Dollar Mustang," as well as one of the legendary "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Chargers used in the original filming of "The Dukes Of Hazzard" TV series.
The event will also present speccially curated food and drink offerings including a beachside outpost of Sammy's legendary Cabo Wabo Cantina: the Cabo Wabo grill will serve authentic handmade tacos, and bars will be located throughout the party.
Among the beach activities offered will be games, specialty photo ops, as well Polynesian, Tahitian and line dancing instruction at the Red Rocker Party Bar.
The weekend will begin with High Tide Beach Party Kick-off Party Sunset Cruise on Friday, September 27 hosted by Eddie Trunk onboard the Endless Dreams yacht for 200 guests, while a High Tide Hangover Brunch Cruise will be available on both event days.
"We knew we were on to something special when we started planning the High Tide Beach Party with Sammy Hagar last year," says event producer John Oakes of Freeze Management. "But we were blown away when it sold out in advance the first year. We learned a lot and this year we're coming back to make the party bigger and better, aimed at enhancing the attendees' experience."
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James Kottak says that fans will have to wait at least another year for new music from KINGDOM COME.
Singer Lenny Wolf is not involved with KINGDOM COME's current reunion tour, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album.
The trek, which kicked off last September, features Kottak alongside guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank and vocalist Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB).
During an interview with "Talking Metal" at this month's M3 Rock Festival, the drummer was asked about KINGDOM COME's future plans as it relates to touring and recording. He responded (see video below): "2020 is shaping up to be a really busy year for us. We're gonna play, basically, every weekend. And of course, we wanna do new music. Contractually, we have to wait two years. And it's the nature of the beast and the way it is. But, again, we respect Lenny and what he's decided to do.
"Rick has enough music — I'm not kidding — riffs and stuff for, like, 10 albums; he's a songwriting machine," he continued. "And we're gonna see what happens. We're just taking it month to month, day by day — one day at a time."
During the same chat, Steier talked about KINGDOM COME's decision to play without Lenny, saying: "Lenny retired. It's something that he wanted to do. He wasn't into going and performing anymore. So God bless him, and we wish him all the best. But we still have some rocking blood in us. So we wanna get out there.
"We did a couple of months run [last fall], and then [now] we're doing weekend warrior stuff, getting the name back out, making sure people remember us playing and showing people we still can play," he said. "'Cause a lot of bands get worse as they get older."
Last fall, Kottak admitted that he and his bandmates were initially concerned about whether people would accept KINGDOM COME without Wolf.
"When we first put the word out to promoters and buyers, at first they were going, 'Oh yeah! KINGDOM COME!'" the drummer recalled to Eonmusic. "Then we had to go back a few weeks later and say, 'Sorry. Unfortunately, there will be no Lenny Wolf.' So, out of the 20 or so offers we had from different buyers, only three actually pulled out. I was surprised; I thought we'd get a little more backlash. But so many bands, especially bands with longevity, they change members; look at THIN LIZZY, how they changed, or name any band that's been around for 25, 30years, and there's very few that have all the original members."
After its early run of success in the '80s, KINGDOM COME released several albums, with Wolf remaining the only constant member of the band. The group's most recent effort was 2013's "Outlier".
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When Roger Daltrey sang "Hey you smoking mother nature / This is a bust" in "We're Not Gonna Take It," he wasn't kidding around. For the second time in recent memory, he chastised fans who were smoking marijuana near the stage during a Who concert.
The incident took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. As you can see in the video below, Daltrey said, “All the ones smoking grass down in the front there, I’m totally allergic to it,” Daltrey addresses the crowd in a fan-shot video. “I’m not kidding, whoever it is down there, you fucked my night and you made me really…I’m allergic to that shit and my voice just goes [makes noise] It sucks up. So fuck you!”
Check out the video here:
Four years ago (almost to the day and also in the New York area), Daltrey took issue with a fan who had sparked up and threatened to walk offstage if it continued. The local newspaper report's review of the show noted that "the smoke’s impact was almost immediate on his voice, which went from crystal clear and potent for the opening ‘I Can’t Explain’ to something rougher and more limited during ‘I Can See for Miles.'” Although, they said, as soon as it stopped, Daltrey's voice was back to normal.
The Who's Moving On! Tour began last week in Grand Rapids. For the first time in their career, they've brought an orchestra out on the road with them, and their set has borrowed heavily from Tommy and Quadrophenia. The first leg will run through June 1, and they'll do another set of dates in North America between Sept. 6 and Oct. 23.
You can check out all the dates here.
The Who 'Moving On!' 2019 North American Tour:
May 16 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 18 -- Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 21 -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre @ Chicago, IL
May 23 -- Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis
May 25 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
May 28 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
May 30 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
June 1 -- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Sept. 6 -- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 8 -- Alpine Valley, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sept. 10 --Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Sept. 13 -- Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Sept. 15 -- Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 18 -- Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Sept. 20 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Sept. 22 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Sept. 25 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Sept. 27 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Sept. 29 -- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 16 -- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
Oct. 19 -- Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners
Oct. 21 -- Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Oct. 23 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
BAD COMPANY - 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM CELEBRATED ON INTHESTUDIO; AUDIO INTERVIEW
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Says host Redbeard: "To this day I clearly remember the anticipation leading up to the day that the British band Bad Company released that much-touted debut in May 1974, precisely because of the pedigrees of the young but, by then, veteran rockers Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke ex- of Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott The Hoople, and Boz Burrell from a stint with King Crimson. Eventually Bad Company would occupy the #1 sales slot in the US, making Bad Company one of the most successful debuts in rock history because of “Can’t Get Enough”, ”Rock Steady”, ”Movin’ On”, ”Ready for Love”, “Seagull”, and the title song. Here is the real story from Rodgers, Kirke, and Ralphs. But what’s the story on Bad Company’s twenty year ban from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame???"
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Ahead of the summer release of More Life With Deth — Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's upcoming sequel autobiography — and its accompanying album of music from throughout the musician's career, Sleeping Giants, Ellefson has announced a run of tour dates and book signings billed as "Basstory – More Life With Deth."
The scheduled shows will feature a Q&A session with Ellefson and co-author Thom Hazaert about the bassist's new memoir, and limited VIP dinner experiences are available for each stop of the tour. A book signing in North Branford, Connecticut, is set for Monday, July 8. (Ellefson's previous tome, 2013's My Life With Deth, was written with Joel McIver and contained a foreword from fellow rocker Alice Cooper.)
"The first book was life from birth until 2011 or 2012, this one really picks up, obviously, from there until current day," previously stated Ellefson, who added that the book was helped along by his friend in Korn, Brian "Head" Welch.
"Brian's got like three books," he said. "I've got to get on my game here. This guy's got books left and right. Honestly, Brian inspired me. There's so much stuff in life to write about. … Keep putting the pen down to paper."
Sleeping Giants — essentially Ellefson's first solo album — features several new tracks from the bassist and Hazaert plus unreleased material from Ellefson's other projects, such as F5, Blabbermouth reported. Featured guests include Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti and Sacred Reich's Dave McClain, among many more.
More Life With Deth is out July 16 via Jawbone Press. The collection Sleeping Giants is due July 5 from Combat, the early label home of Megadeth that's now run by Ellefson. See the musician's upcoming solo dates below.
"Basstory – More Life With Deth" 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:
July 6 - Providence, R.I. @ Fete Music Hall
July 7 - Long Branch, N.J. @ Brighton Bar
July 8 - N. Branford, Ct. @ Strangeland (book signing)
July 10 - New Bedford, Mass. @ Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck
July 11 - Waterbury, Ct. @ Shamrock Pub and Grill
July 14 - Long Island, N.Y. @ Revolution
July 18 - Pekin, Ill. @ Twisted Spoke Saloon
July 19 - Lombard, Ill @ Brauerhouse
July 22 - Rockford, Ill. @ Whiskey's Roadhouse
Sept. 7 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Joe's Grotto
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The next Evanescence album could be out in 2020, according to vocalist Amy Lee.
She describes this year as a “creation year” with the band formulating ideas, with an eye to return to the studio in time for a release next year.
Speaking with SiriusXM, Lee says: “This is a creation year for us. We’re playing a few festivals and headlining shows and, in the time between, getting together and starting the writing process for a new album.”
Asked if she could put a timeframe on when the new material could be released, Lee responds: “Hopefully next year. We’re just going to get together and see what happens this month and start doing that more regularly until we feel like we’re ready to do it.”
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Evanescence are currently on the road across North America on a ‘return to rock’ tour after their Synthesis Live concerts.
The band will return to Europe and Russia for further shows later this year.
Find a full list of dates below.
Evanescence 2019 tour dates:
May 14: Bethlehem Sands Bethlehem Event Center, PA
May 15: Washington The Anthem, DC
May 18: Camden MMRBQ Festival, NJ
May 19: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
Jul 18: Cadott Rock Fest, WI
Jul 27: Montreal Heavy Montreal, QC
Jul 28: Bangor Impact Music Festival, ME
Sep 01: Aarburg Riverside Open Air, Switzerland
Sep 02: Verona Arena, Italy
Sep 04: Plzen Depo2015, Czech Republic
Sep 05: Brno Mestka Hala Vodova, Czech Republic
Sep 07: Trnava Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Slovakia
Sep 08: Budapest Arena, Hungary
Sep 11: Sofia Arena, Bulgaria
Sep 13: Sariyer Volkswagen Arena, Turkey
Sep 15: Bucharest Arenele Romane, Romania
Sep 18: Minsk Sport Palace, Belarus
Sep 20: Kiev Stero Plaza, Ukraine
Sep 22: Voronez Grad, Russia
Sep 24: Krasnogorsk Crocus City Hall, Russia
Sep 26: Cno Yubileynyy, Russia
ZAKK WYLDE: I'll Put OZZY's Vocal Performance On First BLACK SABBATH Album Up Against Any Of His Peers
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Zakk Wylde says that he would put Ozzy Osbourne's vocal performance on BLACK SABBATH's 1970 self-titled debut up against any other singers within the rock genre. While not considered the most technically proficient of vocalists, Osbourne's distinctive wail and phrasing helped define early heavy metal, subsequently blazing a trail for similar singer — especially within doom metal — to follow.
In a recent interview with television and radio personality Jenny McCarthy (video below), Wylde — Ozzy's on-and-off guitarist since 1987 — was asked whether the 70-year-old Osbourne is capable of remembering the numerous albums he's recorded. "Actually, he does," he said. "You know what? Whenever he talks about all the albums he's done, he always says, whether what album had more success than the other one, he goes, 'I always remember each album whether I had a good time making that record or I was miserable.' I'll say 'Oz, I thought this record was really great.' He goes 'Yeah, I couldn't stand that record just because I was miserable when we were making that record.' Or with the first two [Ozzy solo albums] or SABBATH records, he was, like, 'Dude, that album was so much fun when we made that one. This was going on and that.' Between the drugs, the booze… Oz, when he made the BLACK SABBATH [self-titled debut], his vocal performance on that record, I'll put it up against any of his peers or anybody for that matter, in the rock genre. I said, 'Oz, were you, like, taking vocal lessons with Pavarotti and eating your Wheaties every day?' He goes, 'No. Just lots of drugs, Zakk. Lots of drugs.' I go, 'Let's not forget the booze.' He goes 'Oh, never. Never forget that.'"
Wylde is currently promoting the "reimagined" version of "Sonic Brew", the 1999 debut from his band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. In conjunction with the new release, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is headlining the "20 Years Of Sonic Brewtality Tour". The group is playing two shows in each market — the first night features "Sonic Brew" played in its entirety, while the second night sees the Zakk and his bandmates playing a set of greatest hits.
In early April, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery.
Check out the interview here: