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Ron Keel Band, fronted by million-selling vocalist Ron Keel, has signed with HVM Entertainment & HighVolMusic, partnering longtime friends Ron Keel & HVM chief Bill Chavis in an arrangement that includes multiple album releases on HighVolMusic as well as booking and management through HVM Entertainment.
Both parties are coming off successful 2019 campaigns; Ron Keel Band’s acclaimed release Fight Like A Band amassed rave reviews, worldwide airplay and a string of high-profile concert dates. Chavis launched HVM Entertainment to provide a comprehensive platform for artists signed to the label such as EMN (Every Mother’s Nightmare), Asphalt Valentine, Native Sons, Snake Eyes Seven, DC4 and now Ron Keel Band.
The first release from this new team will be South X South Dakota, the band’s tribute to the icons of southern rock which features new covers of classics by the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker Band and more. A release date is set for late April, as Ron Keel Band prepares for a busy summer touring season while writing and recording a new all-original album to be released on HighVolMusic in early 2021.
“This is a win-win for everybody,” Chavis proclaims. “Ron Keel brings a lot to the table and a lot to the label. We’ve been friends for almost twenty years, and I’ve been a fan of Ron’s work much longer than that. Together we’re going to release and promote some great music and make a lot of noise in this business.”
Ron Keel, whose 2020 performances will include multiple appearances on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise as well as his first-ever tour of Australia, echoes that enthusiasm. “It’s a perfect fit from every angle. Bill, Lori [Lori Chavis, who handles marketing & publicity for the HighVolMusic empire] and I all have a deep respect and appreciation for past accomplishments, while sharing a relentless commitment to move forward and tackle new challenges.”
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Mike Portnoy has spoken about his friendship with Neil Peart in a new interview recorded since the death of the Rush drummer.
Peart died on Tuesday last week, with the news becoming public on Friday after Rush issued a statement on social media to say that the 67-year-old had passed away following a three and a half year battle with brain cancer.
Yesterday, broadcaster Eddie Trunk held a special edition of his Trunk Nation show on SiriusXM dedicated to Peart. Portnoy was one of the guests and he spoke about his relationship with Peart down the years, calling his death “shocking” even though he was aware of the drummer's cancer battle.
Portnoy said (via Blabbermouth): “Yeah, I've known for about two years now and was held to secrecy. It was something that he and everybody in his camp went to great lengths to keep private and keep secret. And that was Neil – he was a very private guy.
“Even though I've known for this amount of time and I’ve had time to psychologically prepare knowing that it was inevitably coming, it didn't make it any less shocking. It just took the wind out of me when I heard it on Friday.
"For the whole rest of the world that didn't know about this, this must have come completely out of nowhere. I can't imagine how shocking it must be.”
Portnoy was asked when he last had contact with Peart, to which he replied: “I saved all of the emails he sent me and last night I read through a whole bunch of them and I broke down crying. It really hit me hard last night.
“You've read his books, you’ve read his tour programmes, you've read his blogs – that's the way he wrote his emails. Whenever I would get an email from him, it was very lengthy and went into a lot of details of whatever he was going through.
“The last email I got from him was a little over a year ago. He sent me a holiday email with a photo of him in a Santa Claus hat, and some photos with his daughter, Olivia. He would always send me photos of them dressed up for the holidays or reading books together and things like that.”
Portnoy added: “I feel so much gratitude and I was just so lucky and fortunate to have had that kind of relationship with him, because I know how few people did. So it's such an honour for me to have had that relationship with him the last 15 years or so.”
Trunk Nation also featured an interview with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who worked with Rush on their final two albums Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels.
Trunk posted a snippet of the interview on Twitter, where Raskulinecz reflects of working with Peart for the very first time.
Listen to the audio clip below:
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In a new feature by music writer Joel Gausten, legendary drummer Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P.) discusses the new QUIET RIOT album ("Hollywood Cowboys"), the band's massive early 1980s success and keeping the group alive as he battles stage four pancreatic cancer. An excerpt from the piece appears below.
Of course, no QUIET RIOT gig would be complete without their legendary cover of SLADE's 1973 classic "Cum On Feel the Noize". Those four minutes and 51 seconds helped 1983's "Metal Health" become the first heavy metal album to ever top the Billboard chart, famously knocking THE POLICE's iconic "Synchronicity" off the throne and kickstarting the commercial hair metal boom that flooded MTV and record stores for the remainder of the decade. Nearly 40 years after "Metal Health"'s monumental success, Banali remains honored to have been part of the historic ride.
"We were really, really fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time, having written the right songs and having had the opportunity to have a SLADE song become a worldwide hit for QUIET RIOT," he said. "It was a combination of being at the right place, being at the right time, having the right lineup, having a great record and having MTV be a huge part of promoting us. All of those stars aligned themselves to make it possible for us not only to be a different sound, but to be able to have a Number One album on Billboard, which was unheard of. I still love the fact that we were able to do that and were afforded that opportunity."
Through Banali's determination and guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright's unwavering presence, QUIET RIOT has been afforded a new opportunity to succeed in the present tense. After keeping the fire burning a full decade without late singer Kevin DuBrow, Banali insists that the band still has much more to do.
"What I would like to accomplish is have QUIET RIOT continue to record and create new music, even though the music industry is not what it was and most of the recordings are stolen," he said. "Streams mean nothing to me; what means a lot to me is the fans' support for the new material as much as they supported the previous records that have come out. When you write and record new music and release it, it's like getting a shot in the arm. I'm incredibly proud of QUIET RIOT's history and the music we've created, but a musician is not a musician if all they do is just play the same thing they've always played. I understand that the fans want to hear those songs, and I'm more than happy to play them because I love all the QUIET RIOT songs. But it's important to me as a musician to continue to write new music regardless of whether the critics like it or not.”
The complete feature is available at www.joelgausten.com:
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Bad Wolves have released a music video for their latest single "Sober." The track comes from the band's sophomore studio album, "N.A.T.I.O.N"
Frontman Tommy Vext had this to say about the concept of the track, "This song was a unique opportunity to talk about addiction not only from the perspective of the addict but also from the perspective of their loved ones.
"The message is very different from traditional songs that seem to always perpetuate a mentality of self victimization which is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that perpetuates the mental obsessive side of alcoholism & addiction.
"In the end the moral of the story is about holding on to not giving up on ourselves or the people who are trying - who are really, really trying to make and better themselves."
Watch the video here:
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For this edition of Gear Factor, the Music Experience's Squiggy sits down with Lzzy Hale to discuss her five favorite songs to perform live, but also gets an interesting tale in which Hale reveals that Halestorm almost didn't realize they won a Grammy.
The group won in 2013 for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance for their song "Love Bites (So Do I)" in a year in which Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Lamb of God and Marilyn Manson were the other nominees. "Everyone’s like, ‘That must be a big deal.’ We had no clue. We didn’t have anything prepared for that because we’re not going to win. We’re gonna go and get dressed up and we’re going to go to parties and it’s going to be awesome," recalls Hale. "So when they said the name of the song, we didn’t get up at first. They said ‘Love Bites’ instead of Halestorm. So we were all like, ‘Who’s Love Bites? Oh my God, it’s us!’"
The song remains a favorite for Hale in the live setting, with Lzzy latching onto its punky riffage.
Other current Lzzy Hale live favorites? She digs back into the early days for "I Get Off," but also picks out a pair of more current choices -- "Black Vultures" and "Chemicals." Of the latter, she remarks, "It wasn’t even on a normal album release and these kids are coming up to me and talking about how it’s just helped with their depression and it spoke to them in a certain way."
She continues, "I was writing that one at home and I was going through kind of a hard time myself, so I was kind of writing that for me. It never made it on the record, but then we decided to record it and release it and here I’m thinking, ‘It’s just an extra song, nobody’s gonna care.’”
So what is Lzzy's overall favorite live song? Check out the Gear Factor episode above to find out.
Though Halestorm are currently working toward a new project, you can find them back out on the road later this year. See their tour dates here:
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Marshall Amplification hung out with Joel O'Keeffe and Harri Harrison of Airbourne before their show at Rock City to talk music, inspirations and their Marshall rigs. You can check out the videow below:
Australian rockers, Airbourne, will embark on the first North American tour in support of their riff-roaring new album (and fifth overall), Boneshaker, out now via Spinefarm Records. The spring tour kicks off April 20 in New York City and concludes on May 23 in Montreal. The trek includes appearances at several major rock festivals, such as Sonic Temple and Epicenter. All dates are below.
"We're mega pumped up to the max to bring the Boneshaker World Tour to the USA," says frontman and guitarist Joel O'Keeffe. "We’ve been blazing non-stop across Europe and Australasia and now we're coming your way USA to kick your ass!”
30 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
1 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
2 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
3 - Concord, NC - Epicenter Festival *
6 - Houston, TX - Bronze Peacock/House of Blues
7 - Dallas, TX - Three Links Deep Ellum
9 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
10 - Daytona Beach, FL - Welcome To Rockville *
11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
12 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
16 - Columbus, OH - Sonic Temple *
18 - Buffalo, NY - Rec Room
19 - London, ON - London Music Hall
20 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
22 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell
23 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
* Festival Date
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British rockers THE DARKNESS will spread their "Easter Is Cancelled" message across North America on a headlining tour kicking off on April 13 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at Union Hall and wrapping on May 23 in Chicago, Illinois at Park West. THE DARKNESS will play its latest album, "Easter Is Cancelled", in full, followed by a set of their greatest hits and fan favorites. The shows promise to reflect the grand scope and vision of the new album alongside the band’s spectacular canon. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. local time.
Frontman Justin Hawkins states: "North America! We come to you again, humble in our mission but resolute in our purpose. Join with us in the benediction of ROCK, as we bring our 'Easter Is Cancelled' world tour to your spume-flecked shores. We cancelled Easter and now we are going to cancel your souls — let's reboot together in the epiphany that only 150% pure adrenalin can bring. You are me, I am you, and music is the river that will carry us to our destiny. P.S. concert tickets available at extremely reasonable prices from all usual outlets."
Artist pre-sale: Get early access to tickets with password "LOSTINROCK" from Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. (your local time) to Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 p.m. (your local time).
Apr. 13 - Edmonton, AB @Union Hall
Apr. 14 - Calgary, AB @The Palace Theater
Apr. 15 - Vancouver, BC @Vogue Theatre
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR @Wonder Ballroom
Apr. 18 - Seattle, WA @Showbox
Apr. 21 - San Francisco, CA @Regency Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @The Novo
Apr. 24 - San Diego, CA @The Observatory – North Park
Apr. 25 - Tempe, AZ @Marquee Theatre
Apr. 28 - Houston, TX @The Studio at Warehouse Live
Apr. 29 - Dallas, TX @Granada Theater
May 01 - Concord, SC @Epicenter Festival*
May 02 - Atlanta, GA @Shaky Knees Festival*
May 03 - Birmingham, AL @Saturn
May 05 - Nashville, TN @Cannery Ballroom
May 06 - New Orleans, LA @Republic NOLA
May 08 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @Culture Room
May 09 - Daytona Beach, FL @Welcome To Rockville*
May 11 - Boston, MA @Royale
May 12 - Philadelphia, PA @Union Transfer
May 13 - New York, NY @Webster Hall
May 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @Rex Theater
May 16 - Columbus, OH @Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival*
May 17 - Detroit, MI @Majestic Theater
May 19 - Minneapolis, MN @Skyway Theatre
May 20 - Kansas City, MO @Truman
May 22 - St. Louis, MO @The Ready Room
May 23 - Chicago, IL @Park West
* Festival dates; not headlining shows
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
The lineup for Kiss’s tenth annual Kiss Kruise is starting to take shape, with Ratt and Fozzy getting added to a bill that already includes Queensryche.
Ratt is best-known for their ‘80s glam metal hits including “Round and Round” and “Lay it Down.” The multi-platinum selling group broke up in the early ‘90s but has enjoyed several reunions in the years since. Only vocalist Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier remain from the band’s classic lineup.
Fozzy, meanwhile, is the heavy metal outfit fronted by professional wrestler Chris Jericho. The group has released seven studio albums since its formation in 1999, with the most recent, Judas, arriving in 2017.
Both bands took to social media to announce their involvement in the cruise, with Fozzy adding that they’re “so stoked” to be joining Kiss on the high seas.
Kiss Kruise X will take place Oct. 30 through Nov. 4, departing from Miami and featuring stops in Harvest Caye, Belize and Roatan, Honduras. The five-day event is a celebration of all things Kiss, with multiple performances, autograph sessions, question and answer discussions, special guests and more. Ticketing information -- including pre-sale sign-up -- can be found here.
Notable moments from the 2019 Kiss Kruise included an appearance by former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, the revelation that a Kiss biopic is in the works and an announcement regarding the date and location of Kiss’ final performance, the culmination of their End of the Road tour.
Speaking of touring, the band will be busy throughout 2020 with ongoing performances all over the globe. Kiss' worldwide trek begins Feb. 1 and includes David Lee Roth as opening act for the North American dates.
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Chad Smith has explained how Ozzy Osbourne recruited Elton John to make a guest appearance on his new song "Ordinary Man", which is the title track to Ozzy's forthcoming album.
Ozzy shared the new track last week as he announced that the long awaited new studio album will be hitting stores on February 21st. The song features Elton John, as well as Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, who plays drums on the record, recently spoke to SiriusXM and explained how Elton became involved in the track. Chad said, "We decided, 'Well, [the track] has a piano. Who is a really good piano player? I don't know.... Let's get the Rocket Man. And so Andrew [Watt, producer] and I went down to Atlanta, where Elton John lives when he's on the East Coast. I think he kind of lives all over the place. And we recorded him. And he played the piano on the song, and he plays it beautifully, of course. And then we're, like, 'Why don't we have him sing a verse?'"
Smith continued, "These two iconic legendary English f***ing rockers that have been through it all are singing about the end of their lives. 'I don't wanna die an ordinary man.' And it's f***ing great. Me and Andrew are pinching ourselves. And Elton was so great, so gracious. 'I'll do anything for Ozzy. I love Ozzy.'
"And so on this 'Ordinary Man' song, you've got Duff McKagan, Slash, Andrew Watt, wonderboy producer, writer, hot-sh*t guy of the moment, great musician.
"You've got the Prince Of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. You've got Sir Elton John, and a drummer from some other band. You've got the f***ing Avengers of rock and roll. It's so f***ing good.
"And at the end of this song, every time I hear it, there's this string thing at the end. We went to Abbey Road, and it's strings and a choir. It's f***ing epic, and every time I hear it, I'm, like, 'And the Grammy goes to...'"
Hear the song for yourself here:
SEBASTIAN BACH PAYS TRIBUTE TO NEIL PEART - "THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF ALL OUR LIVES"
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has posted a video from the Record Parlour in Hollywood, CA, listening to Rush in celebration of Neil Peart and talking music. The accompanying message to the video, found below, is Bach's tribute to Peart, who passed away on January 7th after losing his battle with brain cancer.
Bach: "I'll never understand how hard it hits us all when a hero dies even though I never really knew the person. I was fortunate enough to meet Neil Peart twice in my life and will treasure those memories forever. When I got the news yesterday that he was no longer with us, I put on Permanent Waves and wept for about two hours straight. A physical response, not of my control. I did not know what to do with the rest of the day I was so sad. So I got in the car and went to the Record Parlour and we cranked Rush all night long.
The Record Parlour knows exactly what a record store should be. Turns out this was the absolute perfect place for me last night in my mourning of the greatest drummer the world will ever know. Was going to go get dinner after the record store but there was no need. Chad and Chris ordered pizza into the store and we hung out for hours talking about rock and roll. Nowhere else I would have rather been last night. Thank you to all of you at the record Parlour for being so cool and getting me home safe. Neil Peart.... thank you for making the impossible seem easy. Thank you, Neil, for showing us all the ultimate possibilities of what music can be. Thank you for being such an important part of all our lives. It truly feels like you were a member of the family. Your music will never die in our hearts."
Rush shared the following message when news of Peart's passing was made public:
"It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma).
"We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart's name.
"Rest in peace brother."
Neil Peart September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020
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Rush drummer Neil Peart died last week, aged 67, after a quiet battle with brain cancer. But although the Canadian rock legends last performed in 2015, an offer was still on the table that year for them to mount a concert residency in Las Vegas. It's a request the band reportedly refused multiple times.
That's according to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes. Shortly after Peart's Jan. 7 death, Katsilometes recalled a conversation with Bobby Reynolds, senior vice president for AEG Live in Las Vegas.
"That would be my dream residency," the journalist told Reynolds of the proposed string of concerts for late 2015 or early 2016, shortly after what would be Rush's last world tour with Peart. "I would be there every night."
Answered Reynolds, "Las Vegas would have been the only place you could see Rush, and I think it would have been incredible. I know their popularity, and their fans are all over North America and Canada. You look at that opportunity now — we'll never know what it would have meant."
However, although the AEG Live executive "put every kind of damn offer you can put in front of Rush" around that time, the group never took him up on the proposal. (Obviously, both Reynolds and Katsilometes are big Rush fans, with Reynolds revealing that Rush was his first-ever concert experience.)
The residency would've had Rush "playing T-Mobile Arena maybe four or six weekends a year," mirroring a similar residency from country icon George Strait, who had also quit touring. These days, concert residencies in Las Vegas are growing in popularity among rock's elite. Aerosmith, Def Leppard and David Lee Roth are a few who have recently booked them.
Alas, Rush's last Vegas concert was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2015 during the band's "R40 Live" 40th-anniversary tour. They would go on to play three more shows over July and August 2015 before Peart's death nearly five years later.
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Judas Priest and Soundgarden have made it on to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s fan ballot.
They’re on the final shortlist of five along with the Dave Matthews Band, Pat Benatar and The Doobie Brothers, with the ballot representing one vote for each artist, which will be tallied alongside the the remaining votes from within the music industry.
Judas Priest have issued a statement to thank fans for casting their vote, with the Class Of 2020 set to be announced on January 15.
Priest say: “A huge metal thank you to our Priest family for voting diligently and defending Judas Priest in the fan vote for The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020.
“We made and stayed in the top five fan votes through your love and support. Whatever the outcome we are blessed having the best metal fans in the world of heavy metal!”
The Dave Matthews Band topped fan voting, gathering 1,005,657 votes, with Benatar (882,207), The Doobie Brothers (784,729), Soundgarden (722,931) and Judas Priest (675,434) rounding out the top five.
Fans cast a total of 8,251,235 votes, with the full results available below.
The 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 2, 2020.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 fan ballot: Final standings:
1. Dave Matthews Band: 1,005,657 votes
2. Pat Benatar: 882,207 votes
3. The Doobie Brothers: 784,729 votes
4. Soundgarden: 722,931 votes
5. Judas Priest: 675,434 votes
6. Whitney Houston: 593,374 votes
7. Depeche Mode: 563612 votes
8. Thin Lizzy: 556,476 votes
9. Motorhead: 512,918 votes
10. Todd Rundgren: 440,898 votes
11. Nine Inch Nails: 380,869 votes
12. T.Rex: 365,290 votes
13. The Notorious B.I.G.: 275,892 votes
14. Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan: 166,596 votes
15. Ktaftwerk: 163,667 votes
16. MC5: 160,685 votes
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Danish/American rock band VOLBEAT has announced 15 U.S. headlining dates as part of its "Rewind, Replay, Rebound" world tour, bringing the trek to cities including Las Vegas, Nashville, Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York. Special guests CLUTCH will be direct support on all dates, with the exception of the May 2 Hershey, Pennsylvania show, which will feature direct support from GOJIRA. THE PICTUREBOOKS will open each night on this tour. Ticket pre-sales begin Tuesday, January 14 and general on-sales begin Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. local time. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase and include meet-and-greet and photo opps, exclusive merch items and priority check in with early entry to the show and early access to merch.
"We can't wait to get back to the States and bring a full, headline-length VOLBEAT show to our U.S. fans,” said the band, "and we're beyond ecstatic to have our great friends in CLUTCH and our new friends in THE PICTUREBOOKS joining us for the ride. We will see you very, very soon!"
Additionally, VOLBEAT will be headlining 98 KUPD's UFEST 2020 on April 4 at Big Surf in Tempe, Arizona and will appear at FM99 WNOR's Lunatic Luau alongside DISTURBED on May 1 at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach. Tickets for both shows go on sale on Friday, January 17.
VOLBEAT tour dates:
April 04 - Tempe, AZ - Big Surf%
April 05 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort^
April 07 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom^
April 08 - Independence, MO - Silverstein Eye Centers Arena^
April 10 - Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^
April 11 - Beaumont, TX - Ford Arena^
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium^
April 14 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Coliseum^
April 15 - Atlanta, GA - Coca-Cola Roxy^
May 01 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*
May 02 - Hershey, PA - GIANT Center#
May 03 - Charlotte, NC - Epicenter Festival
May 05 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre^
May 06 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center^
May 08 - Minneapolis, MN - 93X Twin City Takeover
May 09 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom^
May 10 - Grand Rapids, MI - The DeltaPlex Arena^
May 12 - Baltimore, MD - UMBC Event Center^
May 13 - New York, NY - The Rooftop at Pier 17^
^ with special guests CLUTCH and THE PICTUREBOOKS
% KUPD UFest 2020
* WNOR Lunatic Luau with DISTURBED
# with special guest THE PICTUREBOOKS
STRYPER FRONTMAN MICHAEL SWEET IN PRAISE OF DAVID LEE ROTH AFTER VIDEO OF SECOND LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY SHOW SURFACES - "APPLAUD HIM INSTEAD OF CONSTANT NASTY COMMENTS"
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As video from David Lee Roth's newly launched Las Vegas residency makes the rounds, many fans have been busy carving the Van Halen singer for his performance. Stryper frontman Michael Sweet posted the following message after footage from Roth's second show (January 10th) at the House of Blues went online.
Sweet: "Is it me or are you tired of people baggin’ on singers of the past? Don’t get me wrong, I’m an opinionated guy myself and I’ve had my share to say about other musicians and vocalists but it’s a whole other story when you read people just bashing DLR and being flat out rude and insulting.
That’s the age we live in. Everyone has a voice and an opinion and often its given and or used in a negative way. The thing is, who really gives a crap about your opinion? You! The guy is a legend, he’s still doing what he loves to do and it’s his right and choice. Applaud him for that instead of constant nasty comments about how bad you think he/it is. He’s smiling and laughing all the way to the bank.
DLR has never really been a guy to stick to the books regarding melodies and lyrics live. He’s a spontaneous performer and always has been. It’s always been more about entertaining than performing. At least that’s the way I see it. That’s also what makes him who he is. A legend. One of the greatest frontmen/performers of all time. And that’s the way it is........"
Check out Roth's entire January 10th set below:
"You Really Got Me"
"Just Like Paradise"
"Dance The Night Away"
"Ice Cream Man"
"Everybody Wants Some!"
"Ain't Talkin' About Love"
"Just A Gigolo" / "I Ain't Got Nobody"
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Foreigner's Juke Box Heroes tour this summer will feature opening slots by Kansas and Europe.
“We can’t wait to hit the road with our good friends Kansas and Europe and bring all our biggest hits to cities across the country,” Foreigner leader Mick Jones said in a statement. “We always have such a good time together, and combined we share some of the greatest songs in rock 'n' roll. We are so excited to see our fans from coast to coast and plan to make this summer our most epic tour yet!”
The North American tour will begin in Albuquerque on July 9 and play outdoor venues across the continent before wrapping up on Sept. 13 in Austin. Tickets go on sale Jan. 17 at 10AM local time via Live Nation.
“We look forward to touring with Foreigner," Kansas said in a joint statement. "It has been nearly 10 years since both bands have done a full tour together. That run was a blast, and we are excited to get started this summer. The bands and the crews get along great, and we’ll all be working tougher to perform an exceptional show for the fans.”
Europe singer Joey Tempest added that "the band is super-thrilled that this summer we’ll be back in the U.S.A. … the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. It’s been four long years, and we are honored to be on the road with Foreigner and Kansas for this extensive tour across North America. Strap yourself in! Europe in America once again!”
Foreigner, Kansas and Europe 'Juke Box Heroes' 2020 Tour:
July 9 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
July 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 11 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 13 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
July 14 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 15 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
July 17 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
July 18 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
July 22 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 24 – Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 31 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 1 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park
Aug. 4 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Aug. 5 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Aug. 7 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Aug. 8 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 9 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 21 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 22 – Holmdel, NY @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 23 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 25 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug. 28 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Aug. 29 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 30 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sept.1 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Sept. 4 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
Sept. 5 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 6 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sept. 8 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Sept. 9 – Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
Sept. 11 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Sept. 12 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 13 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT and Alice Cooper are among the artists who will perform at the "Fire Fight Australia" bushfire relief concert next month.
The February 16 event at ANZ Stadium in Sydney will raise money for communities across Australia reeling from the devastating bushfires in recent months.
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT are scheduled to play a sold-out show at the same venue on February 15 and have agreed to donate their stage set to the bushfire concert. Cooper will be in the middle of an Australian tour next month.
Also scheduled to appear are K.D. Lang, Olivia Newton-John and Pete Murray, among others. The event will be hosted by writer, actor and comedian Celeste Barber.
All concert ticket profits will go towards rural and regional fire services, the Red Cross and the RSPCA.
Tickets, which range in price from $70 to $100 AUD, are on sale now.
QUEEN guitarist Brian May recently posted a heartfelt message about the situation in Australia on his Instagram.
May wrote: "Can't stop thinking about the tragic Australian fires. And feel so helpless.
"I have many family members in Australia, all of whom I'm hoping to see in a month's time on our planned Australian tour. The young generation are involved in fighting the fires on Kangaroo Island. Respects.
"Thousands of good people lost their homes. 24 good folks lost their lives. And … HALF A BILLION WILD ANIMALS burned to death in NSW alone? Can it be true? Almost unthinkable. And no end in sight?"
May added: "What can we do? We can pray. And we can put pressure on our leaders to prioritize the health of our planet rather than 'The Economy.'
"It's already too late for these creatures. We can only pray it's not too late for the rest of our world. To all our Australian friends — we send love — and our prayers."
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns and singer Phil Lewis have filed a legal complaint against former drummer Steve Riley over usage of the band's name amid confusion arising from both camps performing as L.A. Guns.
Currently, competing versions of the veteran Los Angeles glam metal band are doing business under the L.A. Guns moniker. One led by Guns and Lewis, the other featuring Riley along with classic-era L.A. Guns bassist Kelly Nickels, guitarist Scotty Griffin and vocalist Kurt Frohlich.
Nickels, Griffin and Frohlich are listed as co-defendants alongside Riley in the complaint filed last week (Jan. 9) in California District Court, as Blabbermouth reported. The complaint requests a trial by jury and alleges that Riley's version of L.A. Guns (called "the infringing L.A. Guns" in the case docket) are creating "unfair competition" via unauthorized usage of the band name.
According to the report, Riley based his version of the band on a claim of partial ownership of the name. However, Guns and Lewis assert that this is not the case. The two also maintain that Riley embezzled much of the group's publishing profits over the past two decades. Riley's version of L.A. Guns recently signed a record deal with Australia's Golden Robot Records.
In the complaint, Guns states that he "is the owner of the common law trademark rights" for the L.A. Guns name and logo, even though he was absent from the group for several years after leaving in 2002. Guns founded the band in 1983. Lewis and Riley both joined in 1987. The complaint also mentions that Riley was fired from L.A. Guns in 1992 for "assaulting" Lewis. He rejoined in 1996 after Lewis left the band temporarily.
Three years ago, similar confusion reared its head when Lewis announced he was leaving the then-current version of L.A. Guns. At the time, the singer revealed that he would still be working with Tracii Guns on future projects.
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Richard Fortus says he hopes Guns N’ Roses will have new material out later this year.
The guitarist was speaking with Forbes when he was asked if he had any new information about fresh material, and if some of those songs could eventually be incorporated into their live set.
Fortus replied: “We love bringing new songs in. We always rehearse stuff up. It's just a matter of everyone sort of feeling comfortable to integrate it into the show. I hope that we have new music out this coming year.”
Speaking about songs from the band’s current catalogue that have yet to be played live, Fortus says there’s one track in particular he’s like to add to the set.
He explains: “Over my tenure in the band, which is now stretching to 18 years, there have been a bunch of songs we've rehearsed that we haven't done live.
“One I wish that we would, I really love the song, is Perfect Crime. I've played that with this band for years and we've just never played it live for whatever reason.
“This last tour we did Locomotive a few times and that was really cool. I love that song. And it was fun to finally do that.”
Fortus has spoken previously about the possibility of new Guns N’ Roses music, while Slash and Duff McKagan have also given their thoughts in the past.
Guns N’ Roses will return to the UK and Europe later this year on the latest leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour.
Guns N' Roses 2020 UK and European tour:
May 20: Lisbon Passeio Martim De Alges, Portugal
May 23: Seville Estadio Benito Villamarin, Spain
May 26: Munich Olympiastadion, Germany
May 29: London Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, UK
May 30: London Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, UK
Jun 02: Hamburg Volksparkstadion, Germany
Jun 06: Stockholm Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jun 09: Vienna Ernst Happel Stadium, Austria
Jun 12: Florence Firenze Rocks, Italy
Jun 14: Berne Stade De Suisse, Switzerland
Jun 17: Warsaw PGE Narodowy, Poland
Jun 19: Prague Letnany Airport, Czech Republic
Jun 21: Landgraaf Pinkpop, Netherlands
Jun 27: Dublin Marlay Park, Ireland
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
The music word is mourning the loss of Rush legend Neil Peart, who passed away this past Tuesday (January 7th) after a three year battle with brain cancer.
Peart rose to fame as the gifted drummer and lyricist for Rush, credited as one of the best drummers in rock history and many of his fellow rock stars have gone online to pay tribute.
KISS toured with Rush in both band's early days and frontman Paul Stanley wrote, "Absolutely Horrible News. Neal Peart has died after fighting brain cancer for years. His later life was filled with so much family tragedy. So, so sad. I'm just shocked."
Paul's KISS cofounder Gene Simmons wrote, "My prayers and condolences to the Peart Family, Fans and Friends. Neil was a kind soul. R.I.P....... Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead at 67"
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss wrote, "It is so devastating to say these words... I am so deeply saddened by the death of one of my brother drummers and dear friend. Neil was a hero to all of us drummers. He was a great man and a great musician. My heart goes out to Alex and Geddy for their loss and all the family, friends, and fans . May he rest in peace and be met by the lord in heaven. God Bless, Peter Criss"
Former Dream Theater drummer, and the man who was rumored last year as possibly touring with Rush in Neil's place, Mike Portnoy wrote, "It absolutely breaks my heart to pieces to get the news of the passing of one of my greatest heroes of all time. #RIPNeilPeart My deepest condolences to the band, crew & family. Rest In Peace my friend. You will always be my hero."
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, who inducted Rush into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, shared, ""Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.
"I still vividly remember my first listen of '2112' when I was young. It was the first time I really listened to a drummer. And since that day, music has never been the same. His power, precision, and composition was incomparable. He was called 'The Professor' for a reason: We all learned from him.
"Thank you, Neil, for making our lives a better place with your music. You will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all of us. And my heartfelt condolences to the RUSH family. God bless Neil Peart."
Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton shared, "Really sorry to hear about Neil Peart's passing. He was an amazing drummer and made a huge contribution to Rock music. All my best to Alex and Geddy."
Megadeth cofounder David Ellefson wrote, "What an incredibly sad moment. Neil, Geddy & Alex changed my life as a young aspiring musician. Condolences to the family and @rushtheband organization."
Judas Priest wrote, "Judas Priest send out love and condolences for Neil Peart, his family, band mates, friends and fans around the world -
Neil's legendary drum work and inimitable style will always resound in rock n roll"
King Diamond wrote, "It is unbelievably sad to hear that my favorite drummer of all time, Neil Peart, has left us. Very hard to find words to properly express the level of inspiration & influence he had on so so many musicians. He will forever remain at the top of my list. Farewell to a true king."
Former Motley Crue frontman John Corabi wrote, "R.I.P. To the drum legend/ lyricist extraordinaire known as Neal Peart!!!! Another rock icon/legend gone much too soon!!! Now he's in the arms of his wife and daughter again!!!! Godspeed..."
Acclaimed drummer Kenny Aronoff shared, "Sadly Neil Peart passed away earlier this week. One the greatest drummers of all time. One of the founding members of one of the greatest Rock n Roll bands of all time. Rush "
Longtime Rush producer Terry Brown shared this tribute, "It is with a heavy heart that I have to acknowledge the passing of Neil on this 10th day of January 2020. I have so many fond memories of good times spent listening to him compose some of the greatest percussive moments on record and working with his lyrics which he took so much care to write for us all to cherish.
"It seems unfathomable that a man could use so much of his brain to enrich our lives and then leave us so abruptly.
"Thank you Neil for all you gave us, I have added a shot of you and me at my 60th birthday - a wonderful memory, thanks for being there and being such a huge part of my life.
"My heartfelt thoughts go out to all the RUSH families, friends and fans on this sad occasion. Broon"
|Posted on January 8, 2020 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Megadeth have officially christened their return to touring following frontman Dave Mustaine's cancer diagnosis last June. A celebratory update from the group proclaiming their comeback emerged this week, just days away from the start of the band's European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves.
When Mustaine first revealed his battle with throat cancer last year, the "Big Four" thrash metal outfit canceled all adjacent concert plans. Mustaine continued work on an upcoming Megadeth album, and by September, the rocker's doctors were "very positive" regarding a successful outcome to his treatment. The following month, bassist David Ellefson discussed the band's impending upturn. Now, the group is ready to get back on the road.
"Megadeth is back!" the band shared via their various social media outlets Tuesday (Jan. 7) alongside a photo of Mustaine and fellow guitarist Kiko Loureiro performing in concert. "We can't wait to see and play for you all on the Killing Road in 2020! What songs do you want to hear?" See the update down toward the bottom of this post.
Last November, Mustaine opened up about his health. The musician told Rolling Stone he "never settle[s] for anything but complete success, or, in this case, victory." He also thanked Megadeth fans and looked to the future.
"I'm on the other side of the majority of the treatment, and I feel really strong," Mustaine explained. "After the radiation, the guy said all of my test results looked amazing. 'You look like you’re in a stage 1 and you're supposed to be in stage 3 right now.' And then the oncologist said the same thing: 'You look really strong.'"
Megadeth's first show back is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, as part of "MegaDeathPunch." The concert takes place at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Get more info and Megadeth concert tickets here: