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Posted on January 13, 2019 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has checked in with the following update:


"It’s hard to believe that I’m recording my 10th studio solo album! Time flies when you’re having fun. I’m beyond excited to be able to release yet another solo album. Stay tuned as I track, prep and produce what will certainly be my best."


Sweet previously gave an overview of what fans can expect of his next solo record:


"Writing songs has always been part of my DNA. Once I get into that mode the floodgates open. I spent the past few days working on some ideas and so far I have 11 that I like. Now I need to weed through them and arrange them and program drum grooves to make em’ feel right. Joel Hoekstra and I are co-writing 2 songs together so I’m waiting to hear what he comes up with and that will make 13 tracks total (12 for US, one bonus track for overseas).


So far there are old school, straight ahead metal ideas à la Priest and Dio, as well as a few up tempo riffs à la Maiden. There’s also a few ballads with a bit of a Zeppelin vibe. I’m sure there will be a few other ideas to come over the next few weeks as well.


Between now and the first week of January I’ll arrange and fine tune everything as well as compose the lyrics. So far I’m really excited about the musical direction and I’m sure you will be too. I’m bringing back a few of those classic hooks and melodies that some of you have asked for. Ask and you shall receive.


It’s going to be a killer album, friends! We start tracking on 1/14 and it should be turned in by mid April at the latest (it would be sooner but Stryper is going to Japan in early February and rehearsing so I’ll be taking a few weeks off from recording).


The album will of course be released in 2019 via RatPak Records. Thank you all for believing in me and for your undying support. I couldn’t do this without you and I’m blessed to be able to encourage and inspire all of you through music.


God Bless and stay tuned."


Posted on January 13, 2019 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Robbie Williams may have triumphed over neighbor Jimmy Page in his long-running bid to build an underground swimming pool in his house, but if a new story is to be believed, Williams is taking quite a victory lap. He's reportedly been trolling Page by loudly playing other '70s rock legends and dressing up as Robert Plant.


According to the Telegraph, another neighbor, going only by the name of Johnny, wrote to the Kensington and Chelsea Council Planning Committee to inform them of Williams' actions. "The committee may not have been aware that Robbie Williams has been playing loud 70's rock music on outside speakers when he views Jimmy Page outside his home,” he wrote. "What's been most annoying is that Mr. Williams has played rock arch rival bands Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple. He obviously knows this upsets Mr. Jimmy Page. There have also been some reports that Robbie Williams has dressed up to imitate iconic Led Zeppelin frontman and lead singer Robert Plant.”

Last month, Williams, after having tried for five years, was granted permission to build the pool after Page had long objected on the grounds that the construction could potentially damage the foundations of Tower House, the historic 1875 mansion where Page has lived since 1972. However, the committee is requiring Williams to assure them that vibration levels and ground movement will be carefully checks. They also suggested that Page and Williams meet face-to-face to come to some sort of agreement, which Page's publicist told the Telegraph has not yet happened.


Through a spokesperson, Williams has denied the claims, calling them "a complete fabrication and nonsense."

From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/robbie-williams-jimmy-page-robert-plant/

The Who say they'll release a new studio album this year

Posted on January 13, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Who have announced that they’ll release a new studio album later this year.

The as-yet-untitled record will be the band’s first since 2006’s Endless Wire – and it’ll be backed by a symphonic tour across the US and Canada.


Rolling Stone report that Pete Townshend’s management team approached him with an offer from Live Nation for the Who to play shows throughout 2019 – but the guitarist had one condition.


Townshend reports: “I said I was not going to sign any contracts unless we have new material. This has nothing to do with wanting a hit album. It has nothing to do with the fact that the Who need a new album.


“It’s purely personal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer.”


The album has still to be pulled together from 15 demos that Townshend recorded last year, with frontman Roger Daltrey planning on laying down his vocal parts soon for a 2019 release.

Townshend describes the new music as “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and cliched Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang.”


The tour dates have still to be revealed, but the Who will play 31 dates across and bring in a local orchestra each night.

Daltrey says: “I’ll be 75 in March and this feels like a dignified way to go and do music. That’s all we’re really left with. We’re old men now. We’ve lost the looks. We’ve lost the glamour.


“What we’re left with is the music and we’re going to present it in a way which is as fresh and powerful as ever.”


The band are also planning festivals in the UK this summer, according to Rolling Stone, with details still to be confirmed.


The Who have also ruled out the possibility of playing the recently announced Woodstock festival which will take place in August to mark the 50th anniversary of the original event.


Daltrey explains: “What would be the point? I can’t work outside in the heat anymore like that in August. It’ll kill me. I got really big problems with heat now due to my meningitis. But I think they should do it with young bands. I don’t see why they should have us there.”


Further details will be announced in due course.


Posted on December 20, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Speaking with Q1043 New York's Jim Kerr Rock And Roll Morning Show (video below) in support of his newly released Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, Rush frontman Geddy Lee reveals that he's still not sure what his next project will be, but thinks his Rush bandmate and lifelong friend Alex Lifeson will probably be involved. Rush drummer Neil Peart is "retired", he maintains.


"The idea of seeing Neil, Alex and myself on stage or on record together is not realistic," Lee says. "We're still good friends and we talk all the time. We've all been together quite recently having a good dinner together, but that part of our life, we've moved on from that."

SIXX:A.M. Films New Video

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

SIXX:A.M. filmed a new video on Wednesday, December 19.


A new photo of bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba, singer James Michael and drummer Dustin Steinke was posted on the band's Instagram page last night, along with the caption: "Did ya miss us? Shooting a new video"


SIXX:A.M. hasn't released any new music in two years and has been on hiatus since 2017. Ashba and Michael have since formed a new band, PYROMANTIC.


Sixx recently hinted at fresh material from SIXX:AM.. Asked by a fan earlier this month if he has written any new songs for SIXX:AM. or if he has closed that door, Sixx responded: "We have a lot of cool new music coming next year."


SIXX:A.M. embarked on its first North American headlining tour in support of the band's third album, "Modern Vintage", in 2015.


The 10th-anniversary editions of SIXX:A.M.'s "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" was made available in October 2017.


SIXX:A.M.'s latest album, "Vol. 2, Prayers For The Blessed", was released in November 2016 via Eleven Seven Music. The disc was written and recorded at the same time as "Vol. 1, Prayers For The Damned", released earlier that same year, and it acted as a companion piece to the first chapter.


Back in October 2017, Sixx said that there were "no tour plans for SIXX:A.M." He explained: "James and DJ and me talked at the beginning of [2017], and I think that the idea of SIXX:A.M. being a side project has been just the way it's been, and we went out and started focusing on it being a main project. And I think DJ has a bunch of stuff he wants to do musically, and he has this media company that he focuses on that he does really good at. And James is a producer and a songwriter."


Posted on December 20, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A new study has revealed which acts toured the hardest over the past year. According to the findings, Foreigner, Def Leppard and Judas Priest were among the hardest-working bands of 2018.


Norman Records looked at the 1,000 most popular artists on Songkick and created a formula that factored in the number of gigs played and how many miles they traveled. They then broke down the artists into six "loosely defined" categories -- rock, metal, dance, electronic, hip-hop and singer-songwriters -- and published the Top 10 for each.

Foreigner finished fourth in the rock category, playing 105 concerts across 60,949 miles, while Def Leppard (86 shows, 50,500 miles), Judas Priest (86 shows, 38,814 miles) and Marilyn Manson (86 shows, 38,333 miles) took the last three spots on the metal list. Bob Dylan (68 concerts, 61,226 miles) finished in ninth place in the singer-songwriters category.


Shinedown topped the list in terms of the number of gigs (136), but didn't travel comparatively long distances to play them (47,470 miles). Dutch DJ R3hab, on the flip side, traveled the farthest -- 287,550 miles -- but for only 118 dates.


Noting that all 60 acts on the lists toured enough in 2018 to circumnavigate the globe at least once, Norman Records concluded, "It’s a golden age for live music, with artists hitting the road more often and for longer stretches. Getting sweaty with a bunch of like-minded fans provides the tangible experience lacking in an age where algorithms dominate listening habits. ... Whether you love them, loathe them, have never heard of them, or are just plain indifferent towards their existence, you've got to respect the work ethic."

From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/2018-hardest-touring-list/

David Lee Roth launches skincare range for people with tattoos

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

David Lee Roth has launched a skincare range titled Ink The Original which protects and brightens tattoos and helps keep them from fading.


The company offers a range of products made with organic ingredients, and are committed to being environmentally conscious and cruelty-free.


Speaking about the range with Vogue, Roth says: “The product that we’re dealing with now goes hand-in-hand with what I think is the true Esperanto: It’s a language – ink –that everybody shares, especially if you don’t speak the same language.


“With ink, we read each other’s signs and icons. In that way, it’s much like music.


“I started this project with three of us sitting around an upended plastic bucket for a table at my house in Los Angeles. Now, there’s 34 of us and we have offices in New York as well as LA.


“It’s taken three years and close to $7 million, and I’m involved in every single element of every part of it.”


Roth adds: “Surprisingly, there’s almost no competition. And what we have built is absolutely specialised to our community.


“My business partner, Ami James, is the curator and one of the three owners of Tattoodo, which has more than 500,000 artists curated on their site. They get 2 billion views a month and have 20 million social media followers.”


For further details, visit the Ink The Original website: 



Van Halen have been inactive since touring in 2015, with Roth recently hinting to Vulture that they could play shows in the US next summer – although nothing has been officially confirmed.


Posted on December 20, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Aerosmith are among the acts confirmed for the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, taking place at Atlanta, GA’s State Farm Arena from January 31st - February 2nd. Other acts performing throughout the event include Ludacris, Migos, Post Malone, Bruno Mars, and Cardi B.

Says Aerosmith: "This is going to be one hell of a party, Atlanta... Post Malone will be joining us at the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest on Friday, February 1st! Let’s kick off Super Bowl weekend with a bang."


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Posted on December 20, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a HUGE day for Volbeat back in 2017. The band took over Denmark's Telia Parken on Aug. 17, becoming the first band ever to headline and sell out their hometown venue. Over 48,000 people flocked to join in the celebration of the band's career, as did a number of their countrymen and fellow musical peers who made guest appearances during their set making the evening all the more special. Lars Ulrich, Danko Jones, Mille Petrozza, Mark "Barney" Greenway, Johan Olsen, boxer Mikkel Kessler and more joined in the celebration, and now that special show is available as the group just released the live album/concert film, Let's Boogie! Live From Telia Parken.


We recently had a chance to speak with Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano, the lone American in the group, to get his reaction to being part of this special show for his Danish bandmates. Caggiano reflects on not only the highlights of this massive performance, but also speaks about what impressed him from the Seal the Deal and Let's Boogie album cycle. We also got some info from Rob on the progress of the band's next studio album and he speaks about playing dates with Godsmack in the new year. Check out the chat below.

Being the lone American in the group and not having been there from the start, I wanted to get your viewpoint on how big a deal this was for your bandmates to do this show in Denmark. What reaction did you get from the guys before and after this show?


Well obviously it was a huge deal. I mean, If I'm correct, I don't think a Danish artist has ever sold out that venue. So we were kind of making history right there, basically, and it was a lot of energy, a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation, and a lot of adrenaline, obviously. Everyone was just super excited. I mean obviously, it's their hometown and it was a really huge deal for the whole country.


This show is not only a celebration of the band's career to this point, you guys did a great job of representing Danish music as well. I wanted to get your take on what it meant to have someone like Lars Ulrich there or having boxer Mikkel Kessler come out and participate.


For us it was more of a celebration. I just think that anyone that's really been involved in some way with Volbeat -- you mentioned Mikkel Kessler; the song "A Warrior's Call" was written for him. So that was a huge thing, you know. So, having him come out for the audience was big. Everyone that was there either guested on a record or were a part of the Volbeat family.


Lars Ulrich is very much a part of our world. We're huge Metallica fans. Obviously, we did a bunch of touring with those guys. Someone like Lars definitely had a huge impact on each one of us in the band. So, having him there was a huge honor. And I'm still not actually -- I can't believe that that happened. [laugh]


I've seen you guys play a club show and amphitheater-type venues. But the first thing that struck me was that the light show was amazing. The production with the boxing right, the pyro, this is the type of show that bands dream of putting on. What discussions did you have concerning how you wanted this to look?


It kind of just seems like our productions are getting bigger and bigger. I'm curious to see what happens next. [laughs] Yeah, like you already said, we really wanted to make this show special and totally over the top. The boxing ring idea, that was an idea that manager Peter Mensch had, Peter over at Q Prime. I think it's absolutely brilliant. It worked great. It totally goes. You saw the DVD when Kessler walks out and goes down on the ring, it's super cool. It totally fits the music and also our album cover for the last record, Seal the Deal and Let's Boogie with the fighter on the front, it totally works. As far as that goes, we really wanted to make something special happen and also the lights, the look of the stage and show, our lighting guy Miller is great. I think he did a phenomenal job. It just looked big. [laughs]


There are moments in this concert where I get those pure rock 'n' roll moment chills. The crowd sing along to "Lola Montez," the lighting of the cell phones. I love the moment in the end, bringing the next generation metalhead kids onstage. As a performer when you're in a situation like this, are you able to appreciate the moment?


Oh yeah. Obviously, we're all very lost in the moment when it's happening. But, we're one of those bands we kind of do our thing. It doesn't matter how many people are there, you're gonna get a Volbeat show. It's just kind of what happens with us. We were just doing our thing and it was an amazing feeling to have all those people there celebrating with us. It was an awesome night.


The guest spots throughout are nice, but for you as a performer and especially getting a chance to look back at this event, do you have a favorite moment from the show?


Hands down, for me, was when we played "Enter Sandman" with Lars. That was amazing. [laughs] Again, I still can't even believe that happened. That was a lot of fun. We played two songs with Lars. It was a blast. So cool. That's definitely a huge highlight and it's definitely something I'm never going to forget.


This was a massively huge show and it's great that you were able to pull it off. Do you see yourself as being a band that can be a "stadium" band? Would you like to see that type of show for Volbeat more frequently in the future?


Absolutely. We did a stadium tour last year, a little stadium run - which is kind of crazy. We're doing our thing and we're making the best music we can possibly make. The crowd embracing it, the fans digging it, everything seems to be building and growing. It's a great feeling. We're definitely up for more stadiums, for sure.


Seal the Deal and Let's Boogie was definitely a successful album for you guys. Besides this show on this tour, which has to be the highlight, do you have favorite moments from that touring cycle? What impressed you the most about that cycle?


One of the coolest things I think we all started to see and realize is that the crowds that were showing up to those shows were really, really into the new material. I wouldn't say more so, but it just seemed like there were a lot of newer fans at these show. That was a cool thing to see and, its just - I don’t know what it means exactly but it's definitely cool. We put a lot of hard work into our last record, all the records really. It's just good to see the new tunes being embraced like that and connecting with people.


Does that give you a jumping off point for the new record? Or do you kind of start fresh with each record?


Well, we're actually in the studio right now working on a new record. It's definitely not going to be the same thing as the last record or the record before it. It'll be slightly different. Obviously we're right smack in the middle of it right now, so it's hard to say but definitely has a big rock feel to it, which I think is a cool thing. We'll see how we end up [laughs].


How far along are you in terms of putting out a new album. Is it getting close?


We still have tons of stuff to do. We're right in the middle of it right now.


Getting into the new year you're going to get the chance to play shows with Godsmack. The tour was just announced. What's your relationship with that band? Are you looking forward to seeing Sully and the guys for the upcoming run?


Yeah, Godsmack is one of those bands where I don’t really know the guys in the band. I've obviously met them, but I don't know them. Being in the music scene, it's a very small circle. For some reason, those guys, I don’t know them. Hopefully we get a chance to hang and connect on that level. But yeah, we're very much looking forward to that tour.


It's a great pairing. Looking back on the year that was, do you have any favorite albums or bands to look out for? Anybody you'd like to promote and say hey, they did an awesome job in 2018?


Yeah, there's one band in particular that Michael and I just got super into [laughs], but they've been around forever. I don’t think they have such a huge presence in the States, but this band called Suede from the U.K. They put out a new album called The Blue Hour that's absolutely phenomenal -- totally mind blowing. We just caught one of the shows here in Copenhagen, Michael and I. Completely blown away. Absolutely phenomenal band.


You're wrapping up the year and working on the new album. Anything else on the horizon?


Ah, that's pretty much it right now. We have our hands full with the new record and this new music. We're just working really hard right now trying to get the music out there. Obviously, you know about the Godsmack tour, so yeah, as soon as this record is done we're going to take it as far as we can and take it and play as much as possible.

From: http://loudwire.com/volbeat-rob-caggiano-lars-ulrich-join-band-special-live-show/

RUDY SARZO Wanted To Share RANDY RHOADS's Story With His Book 'Off The Rails'

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, DIO, THE GUESS WHO) was recently interviewed on "The Right To Rock" pocast. You can now listen to the chat below:   



Speaking about his 2006 book "Off The Rails: Aboard The Crazy Train In The Blizzard Of Ozz", a first-hand account of Sarzo's friendship on and off the road with Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne, Rudy said: "The only reason why I spent a year and a half out of my life writing that book was for my friend Randy Rhoads. He's responsible for my career and he's the one who told Ozzy and Sharon [Osbourne] about me and trusted me to bring me in [to play with them]. There's a chapter about the plane crash [in which Randy was killed], and I feel that he was responsible for keeping the plane from crashing completely, totally into the bus [carrying the other members of Ozzy's band]. 'Cause it clipped the bus, but it didn't crash into the bus, and it saved our lives. So the least I could do is write a book and explain how, why and everything — when it happened and the series of events that led to it."


He continued: "The greatest gift I've gotten from writing the book is… not necessarily a closure, because you never forget what an incredible experience it was being with Randy. But it was a finality to it — something that I was able to get off my shoulders for 20 years that I had been carrying by the time I wrote the book. So there was a certain peace-of-mind element — now it's on paper and I can share this with the world, Randy's story… It was incredibly emotional even to think about it. But I'm just glad that I was able to share it with everybody."


A collector's edition of "Off The Rails", was made available in August 2008 via TooSmart! Publishing.


The book was originally due in 2005 but was delayed after Sharon allegedly applied pressure to have it pulled.


Sarzo — who began playing bass for Osbourne in 1981 (the same year he toured with MOTÖRHEAD) — joined THE GUESS WHO in 2016. His first album with the group, "The Future IS What It Used To Be", was released in September via Cleopatra Records.

Metallica Perform 1983 Classic In Rare Portland Concert

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Metallica are streaming an official video clip of a performance the 1983 classic, "No Remorse", from their recent and rare concert in Portland, OR.


As part of an extended WorldWired tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", the December 5 event at the city's Moda Center marked the first Metallica show in the city in a decade.


"No Remorse" appeared on the group's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", which didn't arrive on the US Billboard 200 chart until three years later, where it peaked at No. 66 on its way to eventually selling 3 million copies Stateside.

Watch the video here: 



From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/18/December/18Metallica


Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Christmas / Holiday episode of the exclusive 53:5 -The Official Stryper Podcast with Matt (Matman) Herring is now available for streaming here: 



Following is an overview of the episode:


"In this action packed episode we take a look at recent news and the final bunch of shows in support of God Damn Evil. In Going To Church we look at the crazy fast paced world we live in and what God expects us to do to slooowwww dowwwn. Matt shares his (and others) story about his introduction to the world of Stryper. And finally... this episode contains holiday cheer from Stryper and some of their fans! Enjoy!"


Stryper frontman Michael Sweet recently checked in with the following update:


"Writing songs has always been part of my DNA. Once I get into that mode the floodgates open. I spent the past few days working on some ideas and so far I have 11 that I like. Now I need to weed through them and arrange them and program drum grooves to make em’ feel right. Joel Hoekstra and I are co-writing 2 songs together so I’m waiting to hear what he comes up with and that will make 13 tracks total (12 for US, one bonus track for overseas).


So far there are old school, straight ahead metal ideas à la Priest and Dio, as well as a few up tempo riffs à la Maiden. There’s also a few ballads with a bit of a Zeppelin vibe. I’m sure there will be a few other ideas to come over the next few weeks as well.


Between now and the first week of January I’ll arrange and fine tune everything as well as compose the lyrics. So far I’m really excited about the musical direction and I’m sure you will be too. I’m bringing back a few of those classic hooks and melodies that some of you have asked for. Ask and you shall receive.


It’s going to be a killer album, friends! We start tracking on 1/14 and it should be turned in by mid April at the latest (it would be sooner but Stryper is going to Japan in early February and rehearsing so I’ll be taking a few weeks off from recording).


The album will of course be released in 2019 via RatPak Records. Thank you all for believing in me and for your undying support. I couldn’t do this without you and I’m blessed to be able to encourage and inspire all of you through music.


God Bless and stay tuned."

If Ace Frehley is asked to join Kiss on the road, he has one request...

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Ace Frehley says he’s still not been asked to join Kiss on their End Of The Road tour.


The guitarist previously said he was “hoping” to get the call, while Paul Stanley said he wouldn’t rule out the possibility. Then, last month, Ace said that if he was asked back, he’d only do it to take his “throne back.”


And in a new interview with Rolling Stone, he says: “I haven’t been asked. When Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons call me up and say, ‘Do you wanna do a reunion tour?’ and write me a big cheque, you know, I’ll probably be there.


“If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. What are you gonna do?”


As for his request, Ace says: “The last thing I heard is that Paul has his own dressing room, and that completely shocked me, because we always used to put on our make-up together, like four girls in a beauty parlour.


“We’d be talking while putting make-up on. It was a ritual. If I was to be asked to come back to the band, I’d want everybody to put on make-up together, like we used to.”


Frehley launched his new studio album Spaceman back in October, which features a guest appearance from Simmons.


Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Queen guitarist Brian May announced the release of his first solo song in more than two decades.


Titled “New Horizons,” the track will be launched from the NASA mission control center in Greenbelt, Md., on New Year’s Day.


May, a doctor of astrophysics, is officially affiliated with NASA’s New Horizons probe, which took off in 2006 and will perform the most distant flypast in history when it encounters the space object Ultima Thule on the edge of the Solar System on Jan. 1.

“This project has energized me in a new way,” May said in a statement. “For me, it’s been an exciting challenge to bring two sides of my life together – astronomy and music. It was Alan Stern, the Project Instigator of this amazing NASA mission, who threw down the glove last May. He asked if I could come up with a theme for Ultima Thule which could be played as the probe reached this new destination.”


May noted he was "inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the hand of man has ever reached. … To me, it epitomizes the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the universe we inhabit. Everyone who has devoted so much energy to this mission since its launch in January 2006 will be feeling they are actually inside that small but intrepid vehicle – only about the size of a grand piano – as it pulls off another spectacular close encounter.”


“New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix)” is May’s first solo release since the single “Why Don’t We Try Again,” taken from his 1998 album Another World. The new song, co-written with Don Black, includes a recording of the late Professor Stephen Hawking.


You can watch a teaser trailer below: 


From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/brian-may-new-horizons/

Why SLASH's Original Song Idea Was Rejected By 'The Walking Dead'

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash was interviewed by the "Basel Meets" podcast when the band performed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at the end of November. You can now listen to the chat below: 


Speaking about the song "The One You Loved Is Gone", which is featured on "Living The Dream", the latest album from his SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS project, Slash said: "We never really discussed [the lyrical approach prior to writing it] … Whenever we write music or write anything, I'll just come up with a very simple arrangement of ideas for one song, and [Myles Kennedy will] start coming up with melodies. And we'll work up the whole song, the whole arrangement together with Brent [Fitz, drums] and Todd [Kerns, bass] and get it so that we have all the arrangements together. And then, when we're in the studio is when the ideas for his lyrics really crystalize. So where his ideas for lyrics come from could be a completely different place from where the music idea came from.


"Initially, that song was inspired — believe it or not… I wrote the intro for [AMC zombie drama] 'The Walking Dead'. Because at that time, 'The Walking Dead' didn't really have any other music outside of its score music, and so I was trying to push them to play an original song on there. But they wouldn't go for it. 'Cause it's me, and they don't wanna have any recognizable existing names as part of 'The Walking Dead' world. And so it never happened, but it was always a good musical idea. And I introduced it to Myles to see if would come up with something so we could create a song for 'The Walking Dead'. So he had some melodies and whatnot, but the lyrics became something completely different by the time we recorded it in 2018."


Slash previously said that his original musical idea for "The One You Loved Is Gone" was played on an electric guitar that wasn't even plugged in, recorded on to his phone and sent to somebody at "The Walking Dead"'s music department. "And, you know, when I listened back to the recording, I couldn't even believe that I had the balls to send it in — it was just this scratchy, unplugged electric guitar, like, 'Hey! I've got an idea!'" he said. 'There was no way anybody else would have been able to understand what I was hearing in it. But anyway, it was one of these ideas I stuck with because I thought that musically it was pretty cool. I remember working on it with Myles here and there, and by the time the band started playing it at rehearsals earlier this year, it had evolved into something a little different than what it was initially. Then Myles came up with this great verse and chorus and it shaped up to be a really pretty song."


Added Myles: "When Slash reintroduced it at rehearsals, I think that's where it really started to come together for me. I was sitting in a hotel in L.A. and the first line, 'And I wonder even now whatever came of you…' just popped into my head. I said, 'That's a really strong hook. Now we're getting somewhere.' And I chased it down from there. And what's interesting is that it sounds like I'm singing about a longing for a lost romance, or some sort of human relationship. But the lyrics are actually about missing a dog that I had to leave behind at my parents' house when I started touring years ago — a chow chow/golden retriever mix named Cinnamon. [Laughs] He was already a little older by that point, and eventually he passed away. But he was such a great dog. So, yeah — the song's essentially about Cinnamon!"


"Living The Dream" is Slash's fourth solo album, and third with Slash and his bandmates Kennedy, Fitz, Kerns and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals). The disc was released on September 21 via Slash's own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.


Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sammy Hagar has uploaded a new video, in which he reflects on 2018, and offers a taste of what's in store for 2019, including a new album from supergroup Sammy Hagar & The Circle (also featuring bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson), Season 4 of his program Rock & Roll Road Trip, and a new tequila. Watch below:


The Desert Classic PGA Tour golf event recently announced that rock bands Sammy Hagar & The Circle and Bad Company will headline the 2019 Concert Series after golf on Friday and Saturday evenings on the driving range at PGA West following the golf tournament.


The Desert Classic PGA TOUR golf event and the Desert Classic Concert Series will again provide fans with a week-long, festival-style entertainment event, bringing together amazing music, great local food and the world’s best golfers - all on one stage.


The Desert Classic will be played at the iconic PGA West Stadium, PGA West Nicklaus and La Quinta Country Club courses, January 17th - 20th. Phil Mickelson, the 43-time PGA Tour winner and World Golf Hall of Famer, will once again serve as tournament ambassador, competing against 155 of the best golfers in the world including defending champion Jon Rahm.


Kicking off the concert series on Friday night will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar and his supergroup The Circle. The band takes fans on a musical journey through rock history with a set list spanning hits from Montrose, Sammy’s solo career, Van Halen and with Bonham on board, even a few Led Zeppelin classics.


Rock supergroup Bad Company with legendary singer/songwriter, Paul Rodgers, will take the stage on Saturday night performing their chart-topping hits Bad Company, Can’t Get Enough, Feel Like Makin’ Love, Shooting Star and many more. The band includes original drummer Simon Kirke, guitarist Howard Leese and Todd Ronning on bass.


“We are excited to bring back our popular golf festival model again this year featuring exciting high energy music, great food, wine, beer, spirits, and world class PGA TOUR golf,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of the Desert Classic and President of the Golf Event Division of Lagardère Sports, the global company that promotes and operates the event. “We are bringing back two nights of music for all to enjoy. The best way to have fun and cap off a great day at the Desert Classic is to rock’ to the hits performed by the legendary Sammy Hagar & The Circle on Friday and Bad Company on Saturday nights after golf.”


Daily tickets to the 60th Anniversary Desert Classic are only $30 and on sale now. All tickets include admission to the PGA TOUR golf tournament, Concert on the range after golf, the Vons Fan Pavilion on the 18th green, Casamigos Tequila Club 17 and Michelob Ultra Beers fore Birdies on the 16th green. There are no cover charges or upgraded tickets needed again this year for admission to the on-course hospitality venues or to attend the concerts.


For more event information and to buy tickets, visit Desert-Classic.com:   



From: http://bravewords.com/news/sammy-hagar-the-circle-to-perform-upcoming-new-album-in-it-s-entirety-on-tour-sammy-reveals-first-details-for-rock-roll-road-trip-season-4-video

Jimmy Page loses pool plan battle with Robbie Williams

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The long-running dispute between neighbours Jimmy Page and pop star Robbie Williams appears to be over.


The pair have been at loggerheads since 2015 over Williams’ plans to build a swimming pool in his basement. Page has long argued that if that went ahead, it could have “catastrophic consequences” for the integrity of his home – a Grade 1 listed building which is situated 13 meters away.


Kensington and Chelsea Council deferred a decision on the matter back in May, but Williams’ plans were given the green light by the council yesterday, with chairman councillor Quentin Marshall urging the pair to put their differences aside and talk.


Work cannot begin until the council receives assurances about ground movement and vibration levels and there will be a further meeting to discuss asking Williams for a bond which could be forfeited if any damage occurs to Page’s property.


It’s also reported that planning permission for the swimming pool is subject to a legal agreement, with a planning applications committee convening in 2019 to discuss the issue.


Following yesterday’s meeting, a spokesman for Page said that the guitarist would be happy to meet Williams, adding: “From Jimmy's point of view, he will be reassured that the committee of councillors are taking the protection of the house seriously.


“He wants Robbie to come back with proposals that eliminate all risk to the Tower House.”


In September 2016, Williams reignited the feud between him and Page when he performed Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love at at the Apple Music Festival and changed the lyrics, singing: “I’m gonna dig a big hole and fill it full of shit,” before segueing into his own track Kids.


Posted on December 19, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Mark "The Animal" Mendoza, famed bassist from TWISTED SISTER, BLACKFOOT and THE DICTATORS, has released "Deck The Halls", a holiday cheer music video with his new band, ANIMAL TACTIX. You can check it out below:



ANIMAL TACTIX is Mendoza on bass, Jared Cannata on lead guitar and Jordan Cannata on drums. An impressive list of singers will contribute their vocals to upcoming tracks consisting of original hard rock music.

"Never forget your fans," stated Mendoza in an interview on his Area 22 Productions project.

"The Cannata brothers and myself were scheduled to launch ANIMAL TACTIX early 2019. We decided to move up the date to give our fans a holiday cheer and a taste of what's to come."


TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour. The band's last-ever concert took place in November of that year — 20 months after the passing of TWISTED's longtime drummer A.J. Pero.


Asked by The Front Row Report, what stands out to him about TWISTED SISTER's four-decade career, Mark said: "We were broken up for about 13 years in the middle of it all. You know that. What stands out? I have to say, and I'll put it in different terms instead of music and rock and roll, what I want to say about this. I would say Dee [Snider, vocals] is the best quarterback in the business. Hands down, he is the best quarterback, and he has the best linemen in the business; [I] don't want to forget them. And I'll be egotistical about it, and I'm not egotistical; I'm not that type of person. We take apart every audience and we take apart every band that we play with. It's the combination of those people and that name, and the fact that we're a well-oiled machine that has been doing this for a long time. No circumstances, no anything, even A.J. passing, can stop us from doing what we love to do and getting the job done. And we get it done, obviously, every single night that we play."


He continued: "You can't be liked or loved by everybody, every music fan. It's whatever floats your boat. I mean, it's whatever you like, and there's people that don't like rock music who want to hear jazz or they want to hear country, you know, [or] they want to hear rap. You know, music is very subjective. It's whatever floats your boat. It's whatever makes your heart beat. Whatever kind of music it is, so can you claim to be the best band in the world? Well, you can if you're in the band, but does it really mean you're the best? We go by what all the reviews around the world say, and what every promoter and what every other band says on the bill with us. At the end of the show, we get, 'Holy crap! You guys turned this audience into fanatics.' So there isn't a single night that we don't conquer whatever situation we're in as a band."


Posted on December 19, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Metal Express Radio recently caught up with Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell to discuss the band's current popularity, their upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, covering Depeche Mode, and new music. Following is an excerpt from the interview.


Q: Your take on Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus". Why did you pick that song to cover?


Campbell: "I actually have to take credit for that. That was my idea. We were doing a Spotify session and they asked us to do two songs one of which was Hysteria and they also asked for a cover that was outside of our usual genre. 'Personal Jesus' was actually my second choice. My first choice, and I still think that we would have rocked the shit out of it, was 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' by ABBA. It has a really nice melody motif and we could have done an interesting version of that with me and Phil playing the harmony parts. Having said that, it was going to take a lot more work to tackle that than 'Personal Jesus' which is basically a Blues song. Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson have covered it in the past so we thought we`d do our own version and I knew we`d do a good version of it."


Q: It`s been three years or so since your last album, Def Leppard. Have you started work on the follow up?


Campbell: "Some songs have been exchanged already. Our touring schedule next year is not as intense as this year`s so we will get into the studio at some point next year. I wouldn`t go as far as saying we`ll get an album out in 2019 but we might. You never know. We`ll certainly be working on new songs, though."


Read the complete interview here:  



Check out the video for "Personal Jesus" here:



From: http://bravewords.com/news/def-leppard-guitarist-vivian-campbell-we-will-get-into-the-studio-at-some-point-next-year


Posted on December 19, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As further investigations into Facebook continue, it’s now being reported that the social networking giant allegedly gave Spotify and Netflix access to users’ private messages.


A New York Times investigation yielded hundreds of pages of documents showing exactly how Facebook shares its users’ information and how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age.


“Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages,” the NYT reports. “Facebook also allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write and delete users’ private messages, and to see all participants on a thread — privileges that appeared to go beyond what the companies needed to integrate Facebook into their systems, the records show.”

Spotify could reportedly view the messages of more than 70 million users each month.


When contacted for a comment by the Times, spokespeople for Spotify said those companies were unaware of the broad powers Facebook had granted them. Netflix offered this comment to Loudwire:

"Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social. One example of this was a feature we launched in 2014 that enabled members to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Messenger or Netflix. It was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015. At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so."

Beyond Spotify and Netflix, Facebook reportedly gave user information to Pandora, Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, Sony, Microsoft, the Royal Bank of Canada and Rotten Tomatoes.


The New York Times interviewed more than 60 people, including former Facebook employees, former government officials and privacy advocates to break the story.

From: http://loudwire.com/facebook-spotify-read-private-messages/