|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.
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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
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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:
|Posted on January 8, 2020 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Metallica have announced that they are pledging $750,000 via their All Within My Hands founding to aid in the relief efforts for the devasting wildfires in Australia.
The metal legends had this to say, "We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria. The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking.
"Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our foundation All Within My Hands, are pledging A$750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria to aid in the relief efforts.
"NSW RFS is the world's largest volunteer firefighting organization and all funds donated during this State of Emergency are directed toward services related to and victims of these particularly destructive Australian bushfires.
"CFA (Country Fire Authority) is a volunteer and community based fire and emergency services organization which helps to protect 3.3 million Victorians, and works together with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies."
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According to the Forces Network, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson has been officially attested into the Royal Air Force, the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. The British singer has been awarded the role of Honorary Group Captain.
Dickinson will attend the Royal Air Force Fencing Open in June and could compete in the competition, as well as this year's RAF Championships.
Bruce started out fencing at the age of 13 in school, but only after being convinced by a teacher to try it. When he got into fencing, he discovered that it not only was about physical training, but giving the brain some exercise as well.
Five years ago, Dickinson was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer after doctors discovered a golf ball-size tumor on his tongue and another in the lymph node on the right side of his neck.
The singer got the all-clear in May 2015 after radiation and nine weeks of chemotherapy and later covered his cancer battle in his 2017 autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?"
Dickinson joined IRON MAIDEN in 1981, replacing Paul Di'Anno, and made his recording debut with the band on the 1982 album "The Number Of The Beast". He quit the band in 1993, pursuing several solo projects, and rejoined in 1999.
Dickinson, who turned 61 in August, has several other interests beyond music. He is a licensed commercial pilot and owns an aviation company. He has also done some acting and brewed beer.
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The Recording Academy has confirmed its first slate of performers for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Set to take the stage on "Music's Biggest Night" are 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year Aerosmith, who will perform a medley of some of their legendary hits; first-time nominee breakout stars Billie Eilish and Lizzo will each make their Grammy stage debuts; and powerhouse duo Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will perform together live on an awards show for the first time. Live from Staples Center, and hosted by Alicia Keys, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, January 26 at 8 PM, ET/5 PM, PT.
Four-time Grammy-winning band Aerosmith first performed on the Grammy stage on the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991. This year, they are appearing as the MusiCares Person Of The Year, being recognized for their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history.
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On the morning of Jan. 8, 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen received a phone call from his manager Cliff Burnstein, bearing news he had been dreading for close to five years. His best friend, co-guitarist Steve Clark, had died while sleeping on a couch. He was 30 years old.
An autopsy revealed the Clark died from an unintentional overdose of alcohol, Valium and Codeine. “He had been drinking and he cracked a rib earlier on,” Collen wrote in his biography Adrenalized. “The doctor told him not to drink while taking his pain medication. He drank anyway. The coroner’s report, I believe, read that it was due to a swelling of the brain.”
Clark joined Def Leppard in 1978, a year after their formation, and was a key songwriter on the band’s biggest albums -- 1983’s Pyromania and 1987’s Hysteria. Like his bandmates, Clark celebrated the band’s success and the perks that came with it, especially free alcohol. During the time Pyromania was blowing up, Clark and Collen became known as “the terror twins,” because of their drunken antics and the pranks they pulled on other musicians. In addition to relishing their drinking adventures, the two guitarists bonded on a deeper level.
“We quickly became best friends,” Collen wrote. “It wasn’t just the guitar playing or extreme boozing. We both found that we were soaking up all that we could and learning more on the road than we had ever learned at school, with a healthy appetite for new and exciting cultural discoveries. We also found that we loved each other’s company. We could get into deep conversations that would last for hours.”
When Collen quit drinking in the late ‘80s he realized Clark was spinning out of control. For years he had been a functioning alcoholic, but he had developed a serious problem and his behavior had become erratic and unpredictable. Every morning he woke up shaking and had to go to a bar and drink until he stopped trembling. At one point, he went on a bender in Paris and wound up in a hospital with alcohol poisoning. Then, in the winter of 1989, several members of the band were in a studio when their co-manager Peter Mensch called to tell them that Clark was found unconscious at a bar in Minneapolis and had been rushed to a nearby hospital, Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center.
The band flew to Minneapolis and a doctor at the hospital urged them to admit Clark to rehab. At the time of the Minneapolis incident, Clark’s blood alcohol level was 0.59, considerably higher than the 0.41 level that John Bonham registered when he died.
Clark checked into a rehab center in Tucson, Arizona. He was given a leave of absence from Def Leppard for six months, and was promised that his slot in the group would be waiting for him when he was healthy. While Clark was in rehab, Def Leppard continued working on new songs. In treatment Clark met another patient, Janie Dean, who was trying to kick heroin. When they both got finished the program the two agreed to hang out and help one another with their addictions. Their intentions may have been good and their relationship was strong. They quickly fell in love and got engaged. But just as quickly, they started enabling each other. Janie began using again and Clark’s drinking escalated.
From that point until the time Clark died, Collen said in his book that it was “almost impossible” to find out where Clark was and try to keep him out of trouble. Considering his unwillingness to get sober and the ease with which he could get drugs and alcohol, perhaps Clark’s death was inevitable, as tragic as it was. Shortly after he died, Clark was buried at Wisewood Cemetery in Loxley, Sheffield, near his family’s estate.
Losing Clark was devastating for Def Leppard. They had already overcome the tragic car accident, in which drummer Rick Allen lost an arm, and now Clark was no longer with them. Grieved and angered, Collen quit the band, but vocalist Joe Elliott convinced him that Clark, who was ashamed about his severe alcoholism, wouldn’t have wanted Def Leppard to break up because of him. So Collen threw himself back into writing and playing, focusing intently on the band so he didn’t have to think about Clark’s death. Meanwhile, Clark's slot was filled in 1992 by former Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell, who remains in the band to this day.
“In a way Steve didn’t have much choice in the matter,” wrote Collen. “He was surrounded by drink most of his life. Steve’s dad was a taxi driver and I think Steve was always trying to prove he was worthy of his rock star status … Steve had to prove his manhood to his dad all the time, that he had the values of a Sheffield steelworker underneath his golden splendor.”
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Foreigner have shared the good news that they have added some additional headline tour dates this summer following their trek with Whitesnake and Europe.
The veteran band had previously announced a run of arena dates in the UK this summer with Whitesnake and opener Europe, but will continue on the European mainland after that trek wraps up.
The tour will Whitesnake is set to launch on May 31st in London at the O2 Arena and will be running until June 8th in Manchester, UK at the Manchester Arena.
Foreigner will then launch their solo headline dates beginning on June 10th in Utrecht, Holland at the Tivolivredenburg Ronda, with stops scheduled in the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. See all of the dates below:
Foreigner, Whitesnake, Europe:
Sun 31 May London, UK - O2 Arena
Mon 01 June Cardiff, UK - Motorpoint Arena
Wed 03 June Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Arena
Thu 04 June Glasgow, UK - SSE Hydro
Sat 06 June Newcastle, UK - Utilita Arena
Mon 08 June Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
Wed 10 June Utrecht, Holland - Tivolivredenburg Ronda
Fri 12 June Prague, Czech Republic - Prague Summer Festival
Sat 13 June Stuggart, Germany - Freilichtbuhne Killesberg
Sun 14 June Halle, Germany - Peissnitzinsel
Tue 16 June Katowice, Poland - Spodek
Thu 18 June Zurich, Switzerland - Rock The Ring
Sat 20 June Dessel, Belgium - Graspop
Sun 21 June Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
Tue 23 June Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
Sat 27 June Madrid, Spain - Rock The Coast
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Queen have announced the release of a new best-of collection, Greatest Hits In Japan. The album will be released on January 15, available as a CD exclusive to the Japanese market and digitally worldwide.
The final tracklist was voted for by Japanese fans, who whittled down a choice of 172 Queen tracks to come up with a final list of 12.
“To our Japanese fans, we always appreciate your passionate support,” says Brian May. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. After seeing the poll results and the final tracklist, I realised again how much you have loved us since early times. I guess this is a unique amazing selection that probably only Japanese fans could make.”
“To all Japanese Queen followers, we can never thank you enough for your undying support through all these years,” adds Roger Taylor. “We have grown up and older together, and I think the final tracklisting for the fan-vote album is the proof of our long-standing bond.
"Some of your choices of our songs were a bit of a pleasant surprise, and made me grin as well, for this seems to be a very Japanese selection you can find nowhere else, which I love! Look forward to seeing you all at the concerts and having a great time together!”
The album includes old favourites such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Somebody To Love alongside Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together), which was originally written in Japan and features a section of lyrics sung in Japanese. Full tracklist below.
In December, Queen + Adam Lambert announced five more London shows on the the European leg of the band's Rhapsody tour, which was announced in September.
Queen: Greatest Hits In Japan tracklist:
1. Somebody To Love – official video
2. Dont Stop Me Now – official video
3. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) – video recorded live at the Seibu Stadium, Tokyo, Japan 3 November 1982
4. Spread Your Wings – official video
5. Killer Queen – video from Top Of The Pops, 1974
6. The Show Must Go On – official video
7. Bohemian Rhapsody – official video
8. 39 – official video
9. The March of the Black Queen – video recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 24 December 1975
10. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy – video form Top Of The Pops, 1977
11. Keep Yourself Alive – official video
12. Radio Ga Ga – official video
Queen + Adam Lambert Rhapsody European Tour:
May 24: Bologna Unipol Arena, Italy
May 26: Paris AccorHotels Arena, France
May 27: Antwerp Sportspalais, Belgium
May 29: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
May 30: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Jun 02: London O2, UK
Jun 03: London O2, UK
Jun 05: London O2, UK
Jun 06: London O2, UK
Jun 08: London O2, UK
Jun 09: London O2, UK
Jun 17: London O2, UK
Jun 18: London O2, UK
Jun 20: London O2, UK
Jun 21: London O2, UK
Jun 11: Manchester Arena, UK
Jun 24: Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
Jun 26: Cologne Lanxess Arena, Germany
Jun 28: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Jun 29: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Jul 01: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
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Paul Stanley has once again slammed American mainstream media outlets for only reporting one political side of the story with bias."
Earlier today, the KISS frontman, who recently completed the Japanese leg of KISS's "End Of The Road" farewell trek, posted the following message on social media: "The divisive and dangerous climate in America is in large part the result of 24 HOUR 'NEWS' CHANNELS WHICH ARE IN FACT SKEWED AND BIASED POLITICAL OUTLETS . Any point of view can be backed up with some sort of documentation and 'expert' analysis and that is the key problem. News?!? No. We are watching slick entertainment channels pushing their own agenda and a reality which then becomes yours."
This is not the first time Stanley has spoken out against the American press. Last June, he tweeted out the BBC News logo along with the following message: "If You're Ready For News With Far Less Of The Game Show Slickness And Bias Of Our 24 News Networks You Might Try One Of The BBC Outlets. Less Exciting? YES! But Filling 24 Hours Is An Unnecessary Challenge That Has Turned Outlets Into Biased Fast Food Providers."
In 2018, a Gallup poll found that 62% of U.S. adults believe that the news they see in newspapers, on television or hear on the radio is biased and that 44% say it's inaccurate. In addition, more than 80% said they were angered or bothered by seeing biased information, and slightly more felt similarly about seeing inaccurate information.
Presented with a host of major news outlets, respondents ranked PBS News and The Associated Press as the least biased outlets, while Fox News and Breitbart News tied for being perceived as most biased, according to Business Insider.
In August 2018, Stanley said that he does not believe the press is the enemy of the American people, presumably in response to President Donald Trump, who has regularly derided the media as such.
Stanley offered his opinion in two separate tweets, writing: "JOURNALISTS And The Media Are NOT The Enemy Of The People. Without the opportunity to hear all points of view we can't find the truth. Those who want to silence opposition and questions or turn the public against them ARE The Enemy Of The People And Of Freedom.@CNN @FoxNews"
He added: "Because ALL media coverage of politics is clearly biased now, we should accept that EVERYONE is participating and NOBODY is innocent. THAT is all the more reason we need to hear it all."
Trump has frequently taken issue with outlets like CNN and The New York Times for publishing critical stories about his administration and has continued to call journalists "the enemy of the people," despite criticism and fear that he is stoking tension and violence.