|Posted on July 15, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Sammy Hagar laid out the "dysfunction" within Van Halen that led to the demise of his very successful run with the band, saying that other members of the band began changing.
Hagar joined the band in 1985 to replace original frontman David Lee Roth and the band had a string of hit albums, "5150," "OU812," "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" and "Balance", before leaving the group in 1996.
He then returned for an ill-fated reunion in 2003. Sammy discussed the downfall of his original time in the band in a recent feature Planet Rock. He reflected, "We had eight years of (huge success), and then suddenly people in the band started changing... and it wasn't me and it wasn't Mike (Anthony.
"The Balance record was like pulling teeth, things got very dysfunctional by then. Drugs and alcohol and insecurity and bad management killed that band."
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Vivian Campbell has confirmed to the "Thunder Underground" podcast that LAST IN LINE will begin the songwriting process for the band's third album this summer. Asked if producer Jeff Pilson, who worked with LAST IN LINE on both 2016's "Heavy Crown" and this year's "II", will once again helm the upcoming disc, Vivian said (hear audio below): "I love working with Jeff; it's a dynamic that really works for me. The problem has always been scheduling. Jeff is a very, very busy guy, as a producer and as a member of FOREIGNER."
He continued: "When we did the 'Heavy Crown' album with Jeff — back in 2015, we were recording that one — it was very difficult trying to find the time when everyone's schedule lined up — Jeff's and mine and the other guys' — to where we could go in the studio and record. And we had to do it kind of piecemeal, where we would get three or four days at a time with Jeff, and then a couple of weeks would pass, and then we'd have another three or four days. And it was even more stretched on the 'II' album. So that would be the only reason why we wouldn't wanna work with Jeff; we kind of align our schedules. But other than that, I think he's an incredible talent and he's got the right kind of personality to work with in the studio. He's got great energy, and the pace that he works at is great — it's really high tempo, and we kind of tend to record that way. And, obviously, we're on a very limited budget. [Laughs] It's not the 1980s where you go into a studio for nine weeks and cut a couple of drum tracks. We really kind of have to do it guerilla style — you go in, you set up, you get some sounds and you cut the track. Like, 'Okay, that's good. Let's move on.' But we are gonna try to start to write the record this August when I'm in Las Vegas with DEF LEPPARD; we're doing a residency there at Planet Hollywood. So on the days when I'm not doing DEF LEPPARD shows, we're gonna go in and start writing in a rehearsal room for the next LAST IN LINE record. I don't know when we'll actually get around to starting to record it, but it will be a great opportunity for us to get a head start on the writing. Besides, the other advantage of it means I don't have any downtime in Las Vegas, 'cause that's not the kind of city where I wanna not be working."
Asked if fans can expect to see the third LAST IN LINE album released in 2020, Vivian said: "I would hope so. But I wouldn't wanna say it would be early in the year. Like I say, it really depends a lot on the schedules for both myself with DEF LEPPARD and whatever Jeff might have going with FOREIGNER and producing other records. We'd have to kind of see how it pans out in 2020. But certainly, yeah, we'll be getting the majority of it done sometime next year, and hopefully enough to get it released."
LAST IN LINE was formed in 2012, when Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice and bassist Jimmy Bain — Ronnie James Dio's co-conspirators and co-writers on the "Holy Diver", "Last In Line" and "Sacred Heart" albums — teamed up with singer Andrew Freeman. "Heavy Crown" was released in February 2016, landing at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Initially, the release had been preceded by tragedy when Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. LAST IN LINE, honoring what they knew would be Bain's wish to keep the band moving, brought in Phil Soussan and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, hitting festivals, headlining clubs, and sharing the stage with metal luminaries such as SAXON and MEGADETH.
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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will release Living the Dream Tour, a live DVD + CD, in September.
The concert was filmed in London at the famed Hammersmith during the group’s 2019 sold-out tour. It features two hours of live music including tracks from all four of Slash’s solo albums with live versions of “Call of the Wild” “Driving Rain,” “By the Sword,” “Back From Cali,” “Starlight,” “World on Fire” and an incredible rendition of “Anastasia,” which you watch below.
Living the Dream Tour will be released in a variety of packages including a DVD + 2 CD set, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3 LP Black Vinyl, a limited edition 3 LP Red Vinyl, digital video and audio on Sept. 20.
A very limited amount of signed copies will also be available, while supplies last at this location:
The DVD and Blu-ray features a bonus ‘Live in London’ mini-documentary, including interviews with Slash and Myles Kennedy, with behind-the-scenes footage of the tour.
Fans can pre-order the set here:
Earlier this year Slash told us about the London concert filmed for the live release. “Whenever you do a live recording, all you can do is just wing it. You can hope that, that particular show is not going to be the worst one on the tour. You know?" He continued, "Very rarely do you plan to do a live record, and it’s the most magic show of the whole tour. That’s a kind of luck that just doesn’t really happen all that often.”
Slash added, “It was one of the best London crowds that I played in front of with the Conspirators for sure. It was a really great, great, great live [experience], the whole vibe of the thing was great, and it was great that it was at Hammersmith, which is just one of those historical venues. It was a good, energetic show, and I listened to the live recording, or at least some of it, and it’s totally raw, and all the mistakes are in there. We don’t really doctor any of it, so it’s a pretty honest representation of what happened that night.”
QUEEN GUITARIST BRIAN MAY IN PRAISE OF ADAM LAMBERT - "HE IS THE REASON THAT WE ARE STILL ALIVE AS A FUNCTIONING ROCK BAND... FREDDIE MERCURY WOULD APPROVE, BIG TIME"
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Queen guitarist Brian May took to Instagram in praise of the band's current vocalist, Adam Lambert.
Says May: "And here is the Modern Marvel without whom, for sure, Queen would not be out here delivering at the top level. Adam Lambert is only now beginning to be recognized by the greater public as the true phenomenon that he is. Gifted with a voice in a billion, for himself he is a passionate and unyielding perfectionist. Gifted to us, he is the reason that we are still alive as a functioning rock band. And still able to take on new challenges. Plus... he’s nice. That’s a big deal when you’re a touring family. Freddie would approve, big time."
He continued: "Also, and I will say this only once, for the benefit of just a few people who haven’t stopped to think clearly. Just imagine how awful it would have been for Roger and myself to tour with a Freddie impersonator. Anyone who suggests such a thing doesn’t belong here. To the vast majority of you lovely people out there - BIG THANKS for being respectful to Adam. In supporting him, you are supporting the life blood of the live Queen legacy. Nothing is forever. This is a precious moment. We never pass this way again."
Queen + Adam Lambert's epic 23-date arena and stadium Rhapsody tour runs through late August with an all new concert experience. The six-week tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production.
16 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
23 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
24 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
27 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
28 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
30 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
31 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
3 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center
6 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
9 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
13 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
15 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
20 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
22 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena
23 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
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Steven Adler returned to the stage over the weekend following his reported stay in hospital for a self-inflicted stab wound.
The former Guns N’ Roses drummer was seen by medical staff in Los Angeles at the end of last month after allegedly stabbing himself in the stomach, with celebrity news site TMZ saying at the time that he was treated for "non life-threatening injuries", and that no one else was involved in the incident.
Adler’s representative later told the website that the incident was not a suicide attempt and he had suffered “a very minor, superficial wound.”
The drummer later issued a statement saying we was “alive and well” and blamed “media confusion” for reports that he had tried to kill himself.
And he appeared to be back on top form at his band’s show at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on Friday night, with fan-filmed footage showing Adler and co playing tracks including Sweet Child ‘O Mine, Mr Brownstone and Nightrain.
Check out the footage below:
Adler hooked up with Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan for two shows with Guns N’ Roses in summer of 2016, but back problems prohibited him from having a bigger role in the band’s reunion shows.
He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Guns N' Roses in 2012.
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Alice Cooper brought his new Ol' Black Eyes Is Back tour to Cleveland last night, delivering thrills and chills to a packed crowd, despite performing most of his set in full daylight.
Along with a completely redesigned stage featuring a mutli-level stone castle adorned with skulls and iron chandeliers, Cooper also gave his set list a big overhaul for this tour. In addition to "must-have" hits like "Billion Dollar Babies" and "I'm Eighteen," he performed songs that haven't been performed live in years, including "Raped and Freezin'," "Muscle of Love" and a big dose of 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare.
Cooper's voice and theatrical skills were in fine form all night, and his band (bassist Chuck Garric, drummer Glen Sobel and the guitar trio of Tommy Henriksen, Nita Strauss and Ryan Roxie) were tight, energetic and seemed to be having a blast the entire time.
In a nod to the past, original Alice Cooper band bassist Dennis Dunaway joined in for the show-closing "School's Out," a song he co-wrote.
Cooper's Ol' Black Eyes Is Back tour continues July 17 in Allentown, Penn. You can get complete show and ticket information at his official website.
Alice Cooper, Cleveland, July 14, 2019
1. "Feed My Frankenstein" (from 1991's Hey Stoopid)
2. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (from 1973's Billion Dollar Babies)
3. "Bed of Nails" (from 1989's Trash)
4. "Raped and Freezin'" (from 1973's Billion Dollar Babies)
5. "Fallen in Love" (from 2017's Paranormal)
6. "Muscle of Love" (from 1973's Muscle of Love)
7. "I'm Eighteen" (from 1971's Love It to Death)
8. "Billion Dollar Babies" (from 1973's Billion Dollar Babies)
9. "Poison" (from 1989's Trash)
10. Nita Strauss guitar solo
11. "Roses on White Lace" (from 1987's Raise Your Fist and Yell)
12. "My Stars" (from 1972's School's Out)
13. "Devil's Food" (from 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare)
14. "Black Widow Jam" (from 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare)
15. "Steven" (from 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare)
16. "Dead Babies" (from 1971's Killer)
17. "I Love the Dead" (from 1973's Billion Dollar Babies)
18. "Escape" (from 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare)
19. "Teenage Frankenstein" (from 1986's Constrictor)
20. "Under My Wheels" (from 1971's Killer)
21. "School's Out" (from 1972's School's Out)
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Heavy metal STILL rules, and to make sure that’s still the case, Steel Panther are going to invade venues across North America this fall. The band has announced two tour legs for their “Heavy Metal Rules” run, kicking off with their Sept. 26 record release party at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.
The first leg really kicks into action on Oct. 8 in Mobile, Alabama, a little over a week after their Record Release show, with dates running along the East Coast through an Oct. 20 conclusion in Portland, Maine. After a few weeks off, it’s back to the road for the boys starting Nov. 24 in Boston and continuing through a Dec. 22 finale in Suquamish, Washington.
There are 27 dates in all, with the public on sale for all shows starting July 19. See all of the dates listed below and get ticketing info here:
The tour comes in support of the band’s fifth studio album, Heavy Metal Rules, which is due Sept. 27. The new album features the current singles “All I Wanna Do Is Fuck (Myself Tonight),” which has a video that includes a number of celebrity cameos.
Watch that here:
You can pre-order the Heavy Metal Rules album at this location:
Steel Panther Fall 2019 Tour
Sept. 26 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Whisky A Go Go (Album Release Show)
Oct. 8 - Mobile, Ala. @ Soul Kitchen
Oct. 9 - St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live
Oct. 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ Culture Room
Oct. 12 - Orlando, Fla. @ The Plaza Live
Oct. 13 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Buckhead Theatre
Oct. 15 - Richmond, Va. @ The National
Oct. 16 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ TLA
Oct. 18 - Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
Oct. 19 - Poughkeepsie, N.Y. @ The Chance Theater
Oct. 20 - Portland, Maine @ State Theatre
Nov. 24 - Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
Nov. 26 - New York, N.Y. @ Gramercy Theatre
Nov. 27 - New York, N.Y. @ Gramercy Theatre
Nov. 29 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Nov. 30 - Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live
Dec. 2 - Toronto, Ontario @ REBEL
Dec. 3 - Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues
Dec. 4 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart's
Dec. 6 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave
Dec. 7 - Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
Dec. 8 - Chicago, Ill. @ House of Blues
Dec. 10 - Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
Dec. 11 - St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
Dec. 13 - Wichita, Kan. @ The Cotillion
Dec. 14 - Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom
Dec. 15 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Dec. 22 - Suquamish, Wash. @ Clearwater Casino
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In a brand new interview with Denim And Blether, BLACK STONE CHERRY guitarist Ben Wells was asked how he and his bandmates find the opportunity to write new material when they spend so much time on the road. He responded (see video below): "It is hard sometimes. A lot of [2018's] 'Family Tree' [album] was written while we were on tour. We got to the back of the tour bus and we had a guitar and set up a computer and just recorded ideas. And that's fun, because it helps some of those days on the road — if you have days off where you're kind of just sitting around doing nothing, it keeps us going. So we're always being creative. It is hard, though, to be fully focused on writing new material while we're on tour, because you're in show mode. We're thinking about the show and the setlist and what songs we're gonna be doing, and we wanna get out and walk around and do stuff. So it's hard to dedicate enough time. But you've just gotta do it."
He added: "Yesterday at soundcheck, we came up with a new riff and I got my phone and recorded it and then we stored it. So when it does come time to actually write a new album, we've already got a lot of ideas that we've kind of been saving up. That's the good part about it."
BLACK STONE CHERRY will embark on a U.S. co-headline tour with THE LACS in the fall.
"Family Tree" came out in April 2018. As was the case on 2106's "Kentucky", the BLACK STONE CHERRY members opted to produce and track "Family Tree" at David Barrick's Barrick Recording in Glasgow, Kentucky, the same studio where the four-piece recorded its eponymous debut.
BLACK STONE CHERRY recently completed a 27-date U.S. tour in support of "Family Tree". The trek included festival stops at Rocklahoma, Thunder Mountain Music Park and the Tail Winds Music Festival.
HALESTORM VOCALIST LZZY HALE - "WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON PLUGGING IN AND PLAYING; THERE'S NO TRACKS, NO TRICKERY"
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Halestorm recently announced a month-long North American tour with Godsmack, following their summer run with rock icon Alice Cooper. The dates kick off September 20thin Green Bay, WI and run through October 18th in Tulsa, OK.
Halestorm tour dates:
July (with Alice Cooper)
17 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
19 - Burgettstown, PA - Keybank Pavilion
20 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Music Energy Theatre
21 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
25 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
26 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
28 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Zoo Amphitheatre
29 - Cedar Park, TX - H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
31 - Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
August (with Alice Cooper)
1 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
3 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena, University of Tennessee
4 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry House
7 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC: CMAC
8 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
10 - Westbrook, ME - Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
11 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
13 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
15 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
16 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
30 - Pueblo, CO - Colorado State Fair Events Center
September (with Godsmack, except *)
20 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
21 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
22 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center
24 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
25 - Wichita, KS - In-Trust Arena
27 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center
28 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life Festival 2019*<
29 - Alpharetta, GA - Alpharetta Amphitheatre
October (with Godsmack, except *)
1 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds
2 - Estero, FL - Hertz Arena
4 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
5 - Southaven, MS - Landers Center
6 - Rogers, AR - Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
8 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Arena<
9 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Pavilion
11 - Sacramento, CA - Discovery Park*
12 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena
13 - Ontario, CA - Citizen’s Bank Arena
15 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
16 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Pavilion
18 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
13 - Paris, France - Salle Pleyel
14 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium
16 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle – Kultfabrik
18 - Offenbach, Germany - Capitol Offenbach
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freheit
20 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - AFAS Live
24 - Glasgow, UK - The SSE Hydro
25 - Nottingham, UK - Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
27 - Cardiff, UK - Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
28 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace
2 - Tokyo, Japan - Tsutaya O-East
3 - Osaka, Japan - Umeda Club Quattro
6 - Sydney, NSW, Australia - Enmore Theatre
7 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia - The Tivoli
9 - Adelaide, SA, Australia - The Gov
10 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia - Forum Melbourne
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Former Creed frontman is streaming his brand new track "Good Too Soon". The song comes from his forthcoming album "The Space Between The Shadows".
The album is set to hit stores this Friday, July 19th and "Good Too Soon" reflects on the tragedy of loss and Stapp explained the inspiration of the song to Billboard.
He said, "Somewhere around the time Chester passed, and we had already been reeling from Cornell's passing, I was flipping through the news and saw the suicide rate for (U.S. military) vets was skyrocketing, and all these people are OD-ing from heroin, drug addictions, opioids. The school shootings.
"It was just a collection of things that all hit me at once. So it was inspired by a series of events that just came together to impact me as a human being, all at once."
Listen to it here:
|Posted on July 15, 2019 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Greta Van Fleet’s Jake and Sam Kiszka have said that their second studio album will be “something quite different” from their debut Anthem Of The Peaceful Army.
The guitarist and bassist were speaking with NME over the weekend, when they hinted at what fans could expect from the record, which they revealed they had started working on last October.
Jake says: “There's a little evolution, I suppose, with everything. We're working on something quite different. It's interesting, because we never know exactly what an album is going to look like – it can only be so premeditated.
“But as it sort of unfolds now, it's an example of where we are musically right now. It's definitely much different than Anthem Of The Peaceful Army would have been.”
Sam adds: “I think it's really the next step in the evolution of what we want to do.”
Jake then says: "Yeah, because now we have a little bit more leniency on the more outlandish stuff that we want to do.”
As for the musical direction, Sam says: “I think as far as the intent goes, it’s just incorporating more sounds, more tones, more styles of music, perhaps, and taking a step in the cinematic direction.”
Jake also says they’re looking to break rules on the record, which is expected to be released before the end of 2019, "because that’s when you really start creating something unique.”
While the band have come under fire from some in the rock community, one musician who is impressed with what they’ve achieved so far in their career is Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson.
Speaking at a recent fan day to celebrate Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, Lifeson revealed: “I’ve been listening to Greta Van Fleet lately. At first I thought obviously about the influence of Led Zeppelin, but it’s a new time for them so many decades later, so they’re developing their own audience.
“But what really struck me about them is their musicianship, their desire to become better players and their arrangements. There’s a great future for them as they develop their own sound.”
He pointed to Led Zeppelin’s influence on early Rush and added: “But once we got out and had a chance to play and develop our own stuff and start writing our own material, that’s history.
“I see that with them too. They’re young enough that they can carry that banner for a rock band into the future.”
Greta Van Fleet will head back out on the road in Australia in September and have more shows planned throughout the year in the US, UK and Europe.
Check out the interview here:
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Fan-filmed video footage of WHITESNAKE's July 13 performance at the Sauna Open Air festival in Tampere, Finland can be seen below.
WHITESNAKE is touring in support of its latest album, "Flesh & Blood", which was released on May 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album "Forevermore" and 2015's "The Purple Album", a reimagining of DEEP PURPLE classics from WHITESNAKE mastermind's David Coverdale's time in that band.
Joining Coverdale on "Flesh & Blood" is the powerhouse band comprised of Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppi on keyboards.
Since joining the band four years ago, and just in time for 2015's "The Purple Album", Chicago native Joel Hoekstra has really come into his own, not only as a highly impressive axe-slinger, but also as a very accomplished songwriter too, co-writing six of the songs for "Flesh & Blood" with Coverdale.
Guitarist Reb Beach, who originally joined WHITESNAKE in 2002, has stepped up to become the group's bandleader and guides the band to implement Coverdale's musical vision. As well as bringing his impressive musical chops to the band, Reb has co-written five songs on the new album, the fourth studio album he has appeared on, commencing with 2008's highly acclaimed "Good To Be Bad".
It was the "Good To Be Bad" follow-up, "Forevermore" (2011), that saw the debut of bassist Michael Devin. The New Englander's four-string-depth-charge-bass-bombs definitively underpin and drive the sound of WHITESNAKE in the 21st century.
Rounding out the rhythm section is David's longest serving 'Snake, the renowned drummer and unstoppable percussionist Tommy Aldridge, who has been with WHITESNAKE in some capacity for 30 years. Tommy made his debut with WHITESNAKE way back in 1987 in the "Still Of The Night" video, becoming a mainstay behind the kit for successive albums and tours.
Last, but certainly not least, the band is completed by the inventive keyboards and vocals of Italian maestro Michele Luppi, who made his live debut in 2015, as documented on "The Purple Tour" live CD/DVD (2018).
The current incarnation of the band carries on the long and unwavering tradition of mainman David Coverdale being surrounded by cream of the crop players who go all in to bring fans the best hard rock humanly possible.
WHITESNAKE's "Flesh & Blood" world tour features songs from the new studio record alongside the band's biggest hits and songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock 'n' roll history, spanning over 40 years.
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Geezer Butler recalled the moment a Black Sabbath fan threw a large metal cross onto the stage and nearly blinded him.
The bassist couldn’t remember when the incident took place, but revealed that he’d kept the cross as a memento as he discussed the band’s legacy as presented in a new exhibition in their home city of Birmingham, England.
“I’ll never forget that,” Butler told Uncut (via Music-News.com). “I think it was in San Francisco. Somebody threw this massive bloody brass cross at us, about 18 inches. It hit me in the eye. Nearly blinded me. But I kept it.”
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Metallica are streaming video of a performance of their 1999 track, "No Leaf Clover", from a June 13 concert at RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany.
The tune first surfaced as one of two new songs featured on the band's "S&M" live release, which captured Metallica in concert with The San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Kamen.
The rarely-performed "No Leaf Clover" has returned to the group's setlist this spring after a seven-year absence from the live lineup. The Cologne stop is part of Metallica's 25-date spring/summer European concert series, which started in May and has dates scheduled into late August.
Watch the video here:
AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY ON BAND'S UPCOMING 50TH ANNIVERSARY - "ANY GIGS WE DO NEXT YEAR WILL BE CELEBRATED AS 50 YEARS; BY NO MEANS WILL IT BE A FAREWELL TOUR"
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The Star Tribune recently spoke with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, who discussed rge band's residency performances in Las Vegas, working with frontman Steven Tyler, the Hollywood Vampires, the possibility of a new Aerosmith record, and his health. Following is an excerpt from the interview.
On a new Aerosmith album
Perry: "There’s a chance we’re up for it. We’re just getting settled into this (Vegas) thing, and I’m hoping the continuity of playing together like this is going to point the way for us to get back to the studio. I’d like to see another album or at least a couple more songs. I know it’s there."
On Steven Tyler
Perry: "We’re getting along good. We both want the same thing. We just go at it in different ways. That’s one of the things we’ve learned. We don’t let it get personal. We hang out together. We still have our issues but it’s only about music. With Steven and I, it’s been tumultuous over the years but we don’t want to waste any time on that. We definitely have a good time together.”
On Aerosmith’s 50th Anniversary
Perry: "Any gigs we do next year will be celebrated as 50 years. By no means will it be a farewell tour. Maybe we’ll go to 75. We’ll see."
Read the complete interview here:
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For many thrash metal fans, the apex of Megadeth’s career came with the release of 1990’s Rust in Peace, a monumentally heavy album full of corkscrew rhythms, pyrotechnic solos and enduring vocal and guitar hooks. The album earned multiple accolades from metal mags in the U.S. and abroad and landed Megadeth their first Top 25 album on the Billboard album chart (No. 23) and their first platinum record.
But Rust in Peace, the band’s fourth album of complex thrash, came at a time when alt-rock was on the rise and metal was become stagnant; Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine had the foresight to see what was on the horizon. While he had no intention of writing an alternative album, he knew that following Rust in Peace with another disc of technical thrash wouldn’t have been a good career move.
So he adapted to his surroundings, revamped the band’s sound and struck a middle ground between commercial metal and thrash with Countdown to Extinction, which was simpler, more direct and more radio-friendly than anything Megadeth had previously released. When Countdown to Extinction came out on July 14, 1992, it revealed the band’s new musical approach. The songs were heavy and barbed enough to please fans of the band’s earlier material while providing Megadeth a toe-dip into more commercial waters.
“In 1991 when we were writing songs for Countdown to Extinction, we saw the writing on the wall that an era was ending, which is an era we helped create with the earliest thrash and speed metal music,” Mustaine told me in 1999. “And that’s why we just dove straight head-first into what became Countdown.”
In addition to wanting to write music for a new generation of metal fans, Mustaine consciously strived to evolve from what he had done before. So he decided expose fans to another side of the band and focused more intently on melody than ever.
“We knew we couldn’t make Rust In Peace again. It was just too heavy,” Mustaine said. “And one of the smart things I think about myself and this band is that we know when we’ve done our best in any particular field. Trying to make another ‘Five Magics’ would be horses--t. It would just sound like Krokus or any of those other bands that sound like somebody else. There’s a lot of bands that have made the same record over and over and over again, and they need to really take a look at what they’re doing because they’re gypping the fans.”
For Mustaine, writing listener-friendly melodies wasn’t enough. The songs still had to be heavy. Megadeth achieved the marriage of intensity and infectiousness by crafting eerie intros, moody riffs and minor-key rhythms, and he and guitarist Marty Friedman kept the music crisp and chunky.
“Countdown was a turning point for us,” Mustaine said. “We kept a lot of our credibility with songs that were really heavy and others that were evil sounding and slower. Then there are just things on there that are real heavy rock songs. Some of it is reminiscent of the Mercyful Fate days, back when I was listening to that stuff with Lars and James when we would get drunk every night.”
Another factor for Mustaine in his decision to break free from the bonds of pure thrash regarded reconciling what he enjoyed playing with what he was just used to doing. “I think there comes a time and place where you have a reckoning with yourself, and I got to that point when we worked on that record,” he said. “It’s like, am I making music that’s controlled by the past, and letting the past control my future or am I making music because it makes me feel good?”
Countdown to Extinction features some of Megadeth’s most popular songs, including “Symphony of Destruction,” the album’s first single, “Sweating Bullets” and “Skin O’ My Teeth.” And unlike prior releases, which were mostly written by Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza significantly contributed to the creation of the songs.
Megadeth wrote Countdown in two separate sessions. The first took place in the summer of 1991 after the conclusion of the North American leg of the Clash of the Titans tour. Then, with about half the songs written, the band took a month off before returning to the studio in fall 1991. Megadeth tracked the album at The Enterprise in Burbank, Calif. between Jan. 6 and April 28. As opposed to past recording sessions, where finished demos were converted pretty directly into final tracks Megadeth experimented with various passages before laying down final takes.
“We really wanted to get it as good as we could so we tried a lot of different things,” Mustaine said. “Sometimes we’d have something that sounded cool, then at the last second we’d go, ‘Wait a minute. Let’s see if we can come up with something else that’s even better.’”
Megadeth recorded Countdown to Extinction with producer Max Norman, who also worked with the band on its next album Youthanasia in 1994. Countdown debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, scoring the band its highest chart position. Its first week out, the album sold over 128,000 copies. On Sept. 9, 1992, the album received both gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA. Two years later, Countdown went double platinum.
“The crazy thing is, I told Dave [Ellefson] and the guys,'If Countdown goes double platinum, I’ll skydive.’” Mustaine said. “I figured this record will never go double. It went right up the charts, and I’m like, holy s--t, now I gotta jump out of plane and I did it, which is something I thought I’d never do. And man, It was totally fun. It was like an acid trip, but once you survive it you’re like, ‘I’m never gonna do something that stupid again.’”
In 2004, Countdown to Extinction was reissued and remastered with four bonus tracks, then issued again as 20th anniversary edition in 2012. That version featured the original remastered album on the first disc and a 1992 live show from San Francisco’s Cow Palace on disc two. To celebrate Countdown to Extinction’s 20th anniversary, Megadeth played the album front to back at during tours of North America and South America. On Sept. 24, 2013, the band released a live recording of the album from a December show at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, Calif. That album, which debuted at No. 119 on Billboard, also featured songs from Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, Rust in Piece, Cryptic Writings and Thirteen.
In addition to being the gateway that gave Megadeth the freedom and flexibility to try whatever it wanted within the realm of metal, Countdown to Extinction gave Mustaine more faith in his vocal abilities. “Even back when I screamed most of the time, I always wanted to sing much more and be more melodic,” he said. “But I didn’t have the confidence to do it. After Countdown I started to have some real confidence in myself.”
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"Bods Mayhem Hour" recently conducted an interview with vocalist Biff Byford of British metal legends SAXON. You can listen to the entire chat below:
A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On what SAXON's expectations were upon the release of the band's 1979 self-titled debut album:
Biff: "[When] the first album came out, we were all pretty excited. It was our first album. There's nothing quite like the feeling of your first album. We expected great things. It sold okay. We're fairly big around where we used to play in the north of England and the Midlands. We sold all right, but obviously didn't sell enough to make the [laughs] charts, and the record company was a little bit disappointed. They told us to go away and write another album, which we did, which was 'Wheels Of Steel', our second album. We sort of went very big indeed. We came up with a good one when we had to, if you know what I mean. It was a bit touch-and-go at the time."
On what impresses him the most about SAXON's forthcoming "The Eagle Has Landed (Live)" box set that celebrates the band's 40th anniversary:
Biff: "I listened to hundreds of recordings, me and the engineer, [and] we just kind of picked great performances on the night. The recordings are taken from 2007 up to the JUDAS PRIEST tour of America. There's a lot of classic stuff on there and it goes from the '90s into the millennium albums. [We ended up] picking the songs we thought people liked live. There's quite a lot of album titles in there. But I didn't want just to release the old classics. I wanted it to be a cross-section of all the years we've been writing songs. There's quite a lot of classics on there, but they're a little bit different sometimes when there's a guest playing on them. There's a couple of them from Wacken with violin girls playing for us. It's a little bit different with the classic stuff. It was a good thing to do. It took me a long time. Sometimes I wanted a song but the performance wasn't up to where I thought it should be, or a microphone went, or the bass player was too busy headbanging and the guitar went off. If I wanted a specific song, I had to find it from all the different recordings. It was quite time-consuming and difficult, but we managed it."
On what he hopes fans will get out of "The Eagle Has Landed (Live)":
Biff: "It's the legacy of SAXON, from '79 right to present-day. When people buy this box set, they're buying into a legacy. There's a booklet with it, 40 pages of pictures from the early days right through to now. So, it's a big package, this. Obviously, we're only doing it once. Funnily enough, it's selling the best in America at the moment. There you go."
On being an influence on thrash bands such as MEGADETH and METALLICA:
Biff: "We were releasing albums that were cutting edge. We were creating something new back then. We were like the link between the early '70s music and the newer, sort of aggressive punkish stuff. Our music went straight down the middle. We blasted through from England with a new style and a new movement. It went 'round the world. A lot of American kids really bought into it. They liked it."
On what he hopes people get from listening to SAXON:
Biff: "I think it's a great piece of British history. We came to America in the '80s. We toured a lot there, culminating maybe in one of the biggest headline tours we did, the 'Crusader' tour. We toured on the album before, 'Power And The Glory' with [IRON] MAIDEN. All the people remember that. I hope when they listen to the album, it takes them back to the early days, and they can listen to what we've been doing in the middle years. I think it's good. There's basically four hours of music, nearly, three and a half hours of music, so it takes a bit of wading through."
On taking advantage of seeing legends of music while they are still alive:
Biff: "That's right. You never know with health. You have to keep your health. You've got to keep healthy. If you get sick, there's not much you can do about it. You just have to hope it's nothing too serious. We're all out there still smashing it away. If I was going to suggest to go see, if you're into metal, go and see bands who aren't as young as they used to be, and just get a flavor of what we are, really, and what we've been over the years. That said, we created a movement back in 1980 that still is around today and is still sort of relevant. We're still making great metal albums."
"The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)" will be released on August 2 via Militia Guard/Silver Lining Music.
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Earlier this year, Black Sabbath were among the acts chosen for recognition by the Recording Academy for a Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and estranged drummer Bill Ward all showed for the ceremony, but Ozzy Osbourne was conspicuously absent. In a new interview with Celebrity Access, Osbourne’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne explains why.
When the subject of the band’s legacy came up, Osbourne spoke about being “pissed off” over the Grammy Lifetime Achievement honor.
“I was just so pissed off at the Grammys this year because they gave them a Lifetime Achievement Award, but wouldn’t give it to them on the TV show that we all know as the Grammy Awards,” said Sharon of the annual CBS-televised event. “They did it at a separate ceremony which goes out on another network later on. I wouldn’t let Ozzy go because I just thought it was shocking what they did to them. So I wouldn’t let Ozzy go.”
She continued, “They wanted to give it to them in some pissy fucking ceremony that they had. Listen there were artists there that got awards that deserved it too. But I just thought because Sabbath -- their career spanned 50 years and they are still selling records today, their catalog still sells and their last record that was out six years ago was No. 1 in many countries worldwide -- so the other artists they were honoring had great careers and deserved to be honored but they still didn’t have the careers that Sabbath had. So not to put them on the proper show, it was like, ‘How dare you?’ I was so angry. I just thought, ‘Fuck you. I am not going to give you the honor of having Ozzy at your shitty ceremony.’”
That said, Sharon is incredibly proud of what Black Sabbath accomplished and their legacy. “You tell me albums that were made 50 years ago that still sell,” she stated. “There are a handful of artists that are blessed with that. It’s an incredible feat for any artist whose album still sells 50 years later. It’s a gift. It should be celebrated.”
The May ceremony, titled Grammy Salute To Music Legends, aired on PBS. Rival Sons, who supported Black Sabbath during their final tour, performed a medley of Sabbath tracks for the event.
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KISS cofounder Gene Simmons says that original drummer Peter Criss and founding guitarist Ace Frehley have both been invited to make guest appearance on their End of the Road farewell tour, but that is as far as they are willing to reunite with the former members.
Simmons spoke The Evening Standard recently and the topic of reuniting with Ace and Peter came up. He told the paper, "They were as important as any one of us in the early days of the band and they've both been invited to come on stage at some point in the tour. But we couldn't do the whole thing with them. They're completely undependable."
Gene then expressed how happy he is with the current members Eric Singer (drums) and Tommy Thayer (guitar), "Eric's played with everybody: Brian May, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, you name it. He and Tommy have a love of labor.
"They show up on time, do the work and are thrilled to meet the fans. Other members, without naming names, have been miserable."
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In the fourth episode of the podcast Digging Deep, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant discusses, “Like I’ve Never Been Gone”, a deep track found on Plant’s 1982 solo album Pictures At Eleven.
About the album Plant says: “I needed a drummer that could kick ass. Phil Collins, his solo career had just taken it off … I think it was Face Value. Phil said that everything I do I've built on the influence of John Bonham, and I wanna play on your record. I said 'you can’t play on this track because Cozy Powell is playing on it.' Cozy we new very from those days around the Midlands. Like John, you could hear him yelling as he was playing.”
Check out the podcast below: