|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Ozzy Osbourne says that he has made the "greatest album" he has ever done and it has helped him recover from the injury that sidelined his No More Tours 2.
The former Black Sabbath frontman sat down with The Sun and revealed the new album news during the interview. He said, "I've made a new album and it's helped get me back on track. I was just lying in my own self-pity for months. It's the greatest album I've done."
Ozzy also revealed that he inspired to make the record after be approached to make a guest appearance on Post Malone's recently released track "Take What You Want". He said, "I'd never even heard of this kid.
"He wanted me to sing on his song 'Take What You Want', so I did and then one thing led to another. I started recording a new album with Post Malone's producer Andrew Watt. It's only nine tracks but it was a catalyst to get me to where I am today."
He continued, "If it wasn't for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, 'I'm going to be lying here for ever'. I've missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying. But that got me off my a**e."
Ozzy also reflected on the change in the music scene since his last album, "This is my first recording in a studio for ten years, so I do feel a bit out of touch. Music goes straight online these days and that's quicker than it takes me to write a text. It's all about downloads and streaming now. What the f*** does that mean? What's Spotify? I thought it was a skin problem where you woke up spotified.
"The album was all finished in four weeks. I said to Sharon that I didn't feel like I'd made an album because we haven't ended up screaming at each other."
|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
Dave Mustaine has addressed his battle with throat cancer, issuing an update on his health as Megadeth's festival cruise, Megacruise, nears.
Reassuring fans and thanking them for their support, Mustaine expressed that doctors are feeling "very positive" as he draws closer to the finish line during his last round of treatment.
In the statement, the Megadeth legend explained that doctors will be evaluating his condition throughout the next few weeks, vowing to provide further updates as more news comes. He finished off by looking forward to the Megacruise, which launches on Oct. 13.
Read the full statement from Mustaine below.
"I wanted to take a moment to give you all an update on the current status of my health. I’m almost through the last round of treatment and my doctors are feeling very positive regarding my progress. I want to thank all of you for the support and well wishes these last few months. I can’t express enough gratitude as it has made this hard road easier knowing you are in my corner fighting with me!
Over the next few weeks my condition will be evaluated, and I will keep you posted on my progress as we get closer to the sailing date of the first Megacruise! We can’t wait to see you, and I know all of the other wonderful artists feel the same way. Let’s make this event one for the record books. Less than 30 days till we are Thrashing through the Pacific!
See you all very soon.
Since revealing his diagnosis in June, Mustaine and the rest of Megadeth have been working on material for their next album, the follow-up to 2016's Dystopia.
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According to the music industry trade publication Pollstar, METALLICA has sold more than 22 million concert tickets since 1982, grossing more than $1.4 billion in the process. That puts the thrash legends "just behind" U2 in tickets sold, but ahead of rock peers such as AC/DC, GUNS N' ROSES and OZZY OSBOURNE.
"When accounting for the reach of METALLICA's business... while playing 48 countries and every single continent (including Antarctica) over the course of their career; fervent and rabid merch consumption totaling $125 million in North America since the "Black Album" and into the high teens per-head on its latest touring [cycle]; and the band's road touring with no gimmick reunion or farewell announcement[s] necessary to drum up extra business... METALLICA may just be the biggest band in the world," wrote Ryan Borba.
Drummer Lars Ulrich believes the band's continued success can be attributed to not looking backwards. "I keep thinking and forcing myself to think all our best years are still ahead of us," he said. "That's the M.O. It's always, 'What's your favorite record?' It's the next one, the one we haven't recorded yet. It's always about the possibilities, always about what can be, what's coming. That, to me, is what this is all about, and I think that attitude is a big part of why METALLICA still connects to so many people around the world."
Manager Cliff Burnstein — whose Q Prime artist management agency has represented the group since 1984 — agrees. "We could tour off the first five albums forever," he told Pollstar. "But would we have the same staying power? Would there be an erosion of interest if we didn't have new things to put in front of people from time to time? Would the band be as engaged if they didn't have the goal of putting out new material to play? I don't think so.... Albums may come at great intervals, but they're always thinking about new material."
Including the band's two recent "S&M2" concerts in San Francisco, Pollstar reports that METALLICA's ongoing "WorldWired" tour has sold 4.1 million tickets and grossed $430 million. If those figures are accurate, it would make the trek the eighth-highest-grossing tour of all time — and once the group plays Australia and New Zealand this fall and South America in the spring, METALLICA will likely move into sixth place on the all-time list.
"What's happening in Latin America over the last five years is crazy," Ulrich said. "What's happening in places like Southeast Asia is crazy. What's happening in Eastern Europe — it's unbelievable we can go into a place like Estonia and play to 60,000 people... As long as that keeps happening, we'll keep doing it."
One of the group's North American booking agents, Dennis Arfa of Artists Group International, says he believes METALLICA may well be "the biggest band in the world." "The two biggest apparel pieces in the world are a Yankees hat and a METALLICA T-shirt," he said.
As a result, Ulrich believes the group's image as rebellious heavy metal outsiders no longer applies. "METALLICA belongs to everyone," he says. "METALLICA is more like a state of mind or ethereal position or situation. Nobody owns METALLICA. It's a place we go and a place we escape to and a place where we can feel better about who we are and connect to other people and to the fucking universe."
Read more at Pollstar.com:
UFO GUITAR LEGEND VINNIE MOORE TO RELEASE SOUL SHIFTER ALBUM IN OCTOBER; GUESTS INCLUDE RUDY SARZO, JORDAN RUDESS
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The follow-up to Vinnie Moore’s 2015 release, Aerial Visions, will be released on October 9, via his label Mind's Eye Music. Titled Soul Shifter, Vinnie's ninth solo album features guest appearances by legendary artists Rudy Sarzo and Jordan Rudess, with Richie Monica on drums, Michael Bean (bassist from Vinnie’s Time Odyssey album), John Cassidy (keyboards), and John Pessoni (drums).
Vinnie is considered one of the originators of shred guitar, and has released eight influential solo albums, and six albums and a live DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO. He’s made countless album guest appearances, and has even recorded the soundtrack for a Pepsi TV commercial. He’s been a member of Alice Cooper’s band and was opening act for Rush on their Roll The Bones tour with his own band. His solo and UFO recordings as well as live performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, catapulting him into guitar icon distinction! He has been an inspiration for fans and guitarists worldwide.
Say’s Vinnie, “I have been touring all over the world extensively with UFO and my solo band for the past 16 years. I started this album a couple years back and have been working on it religiously between tours. It’s quite different than any of my others. It has elements of things I’ve done in the past, but has gone much deeper into certain areas. There is an overall sort of contrast between energetic upbeat songs, versus ballad-like soulful ones which has always been a big part of my style. There are some Jam elements in places too. This is likely the most emotional and soulful thing I have ever done. Very moody, with lots of feel. I wrote a song as a tribute to Carlos Santana, called 'Brother Carlos', and another called 'Gainesville Station', which is a tip of the hat to Steve Gaines. Both players were huge influences on me when I was learning to play, and continue to be now.
“When something moves me, what I am feeling flows directly into music. That’s how I deal with reality. I woke up one morning to the news that Chris Cornell had passed and it really hit me hard. I went into my studio, picked up a guitar and immediately wrote and recorded 'Mystified'. Without intending to do so, and because of what was going on around me at the time, this album in a way became a tribute to people who meant something to me. The Allman Brothers were always one of my favorite bands and I was working on a song called 'Soul Rider' that was inspired by them. While writing it, unfortunately Greg Allman left us. A lot of heart went into recording that song. Also, I wrote a song called 'Heard You Were Gone' for my friend and band mate Elliott (Dean Guitars) who left us unexpectedly a couple years back.
“There are definitely some downhearted cathartic moments on this album, but they’re balanced out with songs like 'Kung Fu Grip' and 'Funk Bone Jame' that represent the opposite side of my personality, which is my constant joking and quirky sense of humor.”
Vinnie has done hundreds of shows all over the planet, including Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Brazil, US, as well as India, S. Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, and Canada. The UFO Last Orders tour began in England in March, and will continue in the US on October 9.
“Ancient astronaut theorists suggest that Vinnie may have been spawned from alien DNA! Or at least his left index finger anyway.” - Giorgio Thessaloniki, Ancient Aliens
“Solo records are a great vehicle because the canvas is totally open and I can paint whatever and wherever I want. There’s total freedom in not having boundaries. All of my influences are on the canvas, from Rock to Blues to Be-Bop to Funk, even R&B and beyond. I have always felt music deeply even before I played guitar. After I began playing, it became my vehicle to express and release what I feel inside. I love channeling my soul into melodies and songs.”
Pre-order the new album via iTunes, or Apple Music.
"Funk Bone Jam"
"Same Sun Shines"
"Kung Fu Grip"
"Heard You Were Gone"
"Across The Ages"
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A lost performance from Van Halen’s first-ever world tour was recently posted on YouTube, 41 years after the event took place.
Clips from the band’s 25-minute set at the Sellend Arena in Fresno, Calif., from Sept. 22, 1978, had previously appeared, but the entire show had never previously been available.
You can watch the video below:
The road trip, during which Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath, took place after the release of their debut album. “David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Eddie and Alex Van Halen – unleashed upon the world at an average age of just 24 – were already rock gods, as this footage proves,” Van Halen News Desk noted. “The amazing video shows what an unstoppable force the band was in the early years. You can see that no rock band was ever as fierce, energetic and as entertaining as these four boys from Pasadena. There’s precious little footage that proves this, making these clips a real treat!”
The recording isn’t quite complete, however – it was shot on an 8mm film camera that used reels that lasted for only around three minutes, meaning that gaps appear while they’re changed.
The success of the album and tour meant that, the following year, the band was able to hit the road as a headline act, securing its future.
“The only thing that sells us is our live show," Eddie Van Halen said in 1980. "Actually, everything we do is the complete reverse of other people. We applied all we ever knew, which was our live show. We never knew much about recording [and] overdubbing.”
|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
In retrospect, the much revered "classic" lineup of Guns N' Roses was together a relatively short time, with the first significant changes in the band coming in the early '90s, but even with the initial alterations to the group, it was still one helluva ride the band was enjoying after monstrous success of their debut album Appetite for Destruction and the follow-up compilation Lies. While it could have been easy to capitalize on the early successes and churn out another album quickly, the band instead chose to double down on their work and release an ambitious two-volume collection on Sept. 17, 1991 called Use Your Illusion.
Frontman Axl Rose told Rolling Stone in 1991 that the project was well thought-out and a calculated career move, choosing to challenge themselves to do something special rather than taking the easy road. "People want something, and they want it as soon as they can get it," Rose says. "Needy people. And I'm the same way, but I want it to be right — I don't want it to be half-assed. Since we put out Appetite for Destruction, I've watched a lot of bands put out two to four albums, and who cares? They went out, they did a big tour, they were big rock stars for that period of time. That's what everybody's used to now -- the record companies push that. But I want no part of that. We weren't just throwing something together to be rock stars. We wanted to put something together that meant everything to us."
But getting there was no easy task. The band had a tumultuous split with drummer Steven Adler after his hard-partying ways became too much for the band to ignore. Adler would later file suit against the group. Guns N' Roses also bid adieu to manager Alan Niven amongst other key members of their crew. Rose stated, "There's a lot of desire to keep what we have together. I mean, we already lost one guy. Actually, we lost a lot of people. It would've been nice to stay with Alan [Niven]. It would've been nice to work with certain photographers, certain security, road crew, stagehands.... Whether you're glad you're in a situation or not, there's always a part of you that goes, 'I wish I could've been happy there, just stayed happy somehow.'"
But as one chapter closed, another began. In 1990, keyboardist Dizzy Reed was invited to join the group. And with Adler on the way out, the group needed a new drummer and found their man in Matt Sorum, whom the band had seen drumming with The Cult. "Having a keyboard player in the band was something they talked to me about a long time ago," Reed stated. "I never really thought it would happen." But Reed got the call at just the right time as he was about to be thrown out of his apartment right as he got the invite. As for Sorum, he took over behind the kit for a majority of the songs, though Adler still received credit on the song "Civil War."
With the new lineup intact, Guns N' Roses started putting together the disc in 1990, spending nearly a year on the recording. The band made use of numerous studios, including A&M, Record Plant, Studio 56, Image Recording, Conway Studios and Metalworks Recording Studios. Ever the perfectionists, the band also mixed 21 tracks with engineer/producer Bob Clearmountain, but later scrapped the mixes, starting from scratch with Bill Price handling the mixing. But when it came down to it, Guns N' Roses had set the bar high with their previous work and were intent of maintaining that push for excellence.
"I've had a good understanding of where I wanted Guns N' Roses to go and the things I wanted Guns N' Roses to achieve musically," says Rose, "And I can't say that everybody's had a grip on that. We're competing with rock legends, and we're trying to do the best we can to possibly be honored with a position like that. We want to define ourselves. Appetite was a cornerstone, a place to start. That was like 'Here's our land, and we just put a stake in the ground. Now we're going to build something.'"
Released on Sept. 17, 1991, Use Your Illusion I and II arrived with much fanfare. The second volume opened at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart, with the first volume finishing second. As for the separation of the tracks, Rose told Here Today Gone To Hell, "We didn't actually take into consideration that people knew more songs on II than I. We thought that 'Civil War' and 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' would be old news, rather than people wanting to get them in their hands. We looked at it like the first half of Use Your Illusion I was more similar to the energy on Appetite for Destruction, and would be a lot more fun to skateboard to. We thought of it that way. We thought it would be more successful in the beginning and we'd have to work on II, but actually II took off harder so it gave us the time to work on I and also drive wide and push it."
He added, "I'd say 'Civil War,' 'Heaven's Door,' 'Breakdown,' 'Estranged,' 'Locomotive,' and the second version of 'Don't Cry' are a bit deeper and more mature than some of the songs on the first side of Illusion I. Those are just as important to us, but were more fun and more raw expressions of emotions."
The first song to arrive came from the Use Your Illusion II album. The propulsive rocker "You Could Be Mine" was used for their soundtrack of the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day after Arnold Schwarzenegger personally invited the band to dinner at his home to negotiate a deal. The song actually had a long history with Guns N' Roses, with guitarist Slash revealing that the earliest origins of the song dated back to the first pre-production session for Appetite for Destruction.
Other Use Your Illusion II songs to hit included the band's cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," the power ballad "Yesterdays," the protest song "Civil War" and the powerful "Estranged." While most of the Use Your Illusion II songs would not become major radio hits, they did become classics within the Guns N' Roses catalog. Of "Civil War," bassist Duff McKagan told Rockline, "Basically, it was a riff that we would do at sound-checks. Axl came up with a couple of lines at the beginning. And... I went in a peace march, when I was a little kid, with my mom. I was like four years old. For Martin Luther King. And that's when: "Did you wear the black arm band when they shot the man who said: 'Peace could last forever'? It's just true-life experiences, really."
As for "Estranged," Rose would become particularly attached to the emotion evoked by the track. He told Here Today Gone to Hell, "There's something really wild, for me, in performing 'Estranged' 'cause all of a sudden I realized I don't want to be sitting at the piano playing this song to keep the energy of the song moving live. I need to be moving around and there's something about being able to be up there moving around during it that's actually a present, a gift or something. Being able to dance and rejoice in a song. That came from situations and emotions that were killing me. You know, we pretty much mean everything we say. We don't put anything down that we're not willing to stand behind or attempt to stand by for the duration. "Estranged" also has a video that's part of a key trilogy for the band that also included clips for Use Your Illusion I songs "Don't Cry" and "November Rain."
Speaking of Use Your Illusion I, it had more success at radio, with the tracks "Don't Cry," "November Rain" and a cover of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" all commanding the airwaves. Fans also latched on to such favorites as "Garden of Eden" and "Right Next Door to Hell."
"Don't Cry" proved to be one of the band's biggest hits and a key track in linking the two albums together as different versions of the song appeared on both discs. The Use Your Illusion I track became the hit, with the Use Your Illusion II version offering alternate lyric and a slightly different melody. Also of note on "Don't Cry" is a backing vocalist who appeared on a number of Use Your Illusion tracks -- Shannon Hoon -- who would later rise to fame as the vocalist for Blind Melon. Hoon and Rose both hailed from Indiana and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue music and found a common bond in their journey. Hoon also appeared in the video for the song.
"November Rain," an epic power ballad, climbed all the way to No. 3 on the Billboard 100. It too was a long-in-the-works track, with Tracii Guns revealing that Axl had been working on it as early as 1983. Guns stated that Rose started the track on piano, adding, "It was the only thing he knew how to play, but it was his. He'd go, 'Someday this song is gonna be really cool.' And I'd go, 'It's cool now.' 'But it's not done, you know,' he used to say. And, like, anytime we'd be at a hotel or anywhere, there'd be a piano; he'd just kinda play that music. And I'd go, 'When are you gonna finish that already, you know?' And he'd go, 'I don't know what to do with it.'" With a killer guitar solo from Slash, orchestral backing and several shifts in tempo, the track would become a classic, well fleshed out from its earliest incarnation.
As for the touring cycle, it took it's toll on the band. There was the incident in St. Louis when Rose was cited with inciting a riot after going into the crowd after a photographer. There was the ill-fated 1992 tour with Metallica where riots erupted. And during the run, Izzy Stradlin tired of life in the band and eventually exited, with Gilby Clarke eventually joining the group.
Amidst the fame and drive for success, it was a tough road to haul. But as Slash stated in an almost eerie Rolling Stone interview given what was to come, "You know, I love the band f--king with all my heart. I mean, there will be a point when this will all finish, the tour will end, the album will die and I'll keep jamming with cats that I dig playing with. But then we'll just go do another record. I don't think anything's really gonna break us up. The only thing that ever made it look that way was just our own f--king insecurity. We just flip out, because everything seems to be so much."
He added, "Sometimes you go, 'What the f--k is it for?' Then you try to look where to escape to, and there's nowhere to go. We've been doing it for so long that we really would all feel sort of lost and lonely if it fell apart and we had to go out and do solo records. Because it wouldn't be Guns. None of us could reproduce that. Axl's got so much charisma -- he's one of the best singers around. It's his personality. He can go out and do something. What freaks me out is, if the band falls apart, I'll never be able to shake the fact that I'm the ex-Guns N' Roses guitar player. And that's almost like selling your soul."
Sadly, Guns N' Roses would record one more album, the covers disc The Spaghetti Incident, with much of their "classic" core intact. Slash would exit in 1996, McKagan a year later, leaving Rose as the sole original member and a decade-plus process in putting together the Chinese Democracy album amidst numerous lineup changes took the band out of the spotlight for a good part of the latter '90s and early 2000s.
But during the early '90s, there weren't many acts that could touch Guns N' Roses and the Use Your Illusion albums were an example of a band on top of their game pursuing something special. Both albums would go on to be certified seven times platinum by the RIAA and the wealth of singles from the two discs remain staples in the band's catalog to this day.
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Status Quo have announced a 2020 winter UK and European tour.
They’ll play a total of 20 dates, kicking off at Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena on November 5 and wrapping things up with a performance at Bournemouth’s International Centre on December 6.
The Quo have lined up the live dates in support of their latest album Backbone, which was released earlier this month through earMUSIC/Edel.
Tickets will go on sale from 10am local time this coming Friday (September 20).
Backbone is Status Quo’s first without Rick Parfitt, who died on December 24, 2016, with all the songs recorded at Francis Rossi’s studio in late 2018/early 2019.
Speaking about the album, Rossi said: “This new material had to be seriously good. Quo have achieved so much and meant so much to too many people for the quality to slip now.
“Also, let’s face it, things have changed and we’re an easier target than ever. Losing Rick was hard to bear but, through Richie Malone, who was inspired to pick up a guitar by him, we can not only keep going but actually pick up the pace.
“The energy that he and drummer Leon Cave bring to Quo can’t be underestimated. I wasn’t sure I had another album in me but I couldn’t be more proud of Backbone.
“I hope the fans love it, but you can’t please everyone and I’m not going to start trying to now.”
Status Quo 2020 Backbone tour:
Nov 05: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, germany
Nov 06: Strasbourg La Laiterie, France
Nov 08: Paris L'Olympia, France
Nov 09: Lyon Le Transbordeur, France
Nov 11: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Nov 12: Vienna Gasometer, Austria
Nov 15: Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany
Nov 17: Leipzig Haus Auensee, Germany
Nov 18: Hanover Swiss Life Hall, Germany
Nov 20: Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Hall, Germany
Nov 21: Berlin Max-Schmelling-Halle, Germany
Nov 23: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Nov 25: Amsterdam AFAS Live, Netherlands
Nov 27: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK
Nov 28: Leicester De Montford Hall, UK
Nov 30: Cardiff St David’s Hall, UK
Dec 01: Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK
Dec 03: Brighton Centre, UK
Dec 05: London Eventim Apollo, UK
Dec 06: Bournemouth International Centre, UK
|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
The official lyric video for the song "Ten" from STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet can be seen below:
The track, which features a guest appearance by Rich Ward of FOZZY, is the title cut Sweet's tenth solo album, which will be released on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe.
The follow-up to 2016's "One Sided War", "Ten" features an all-star guest lineup that also includes Jeff Loomis of ARCH ENEMY, Todd La Torre of QUEENSRŸCHE, Andy James, Tracii Guns of L.A. GUNS, Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE, Gus G. of FIREWIND, Howie Simon, Ethan Brosh, Marzi Montazeri of EXHORDER, Will Hunt of EVANESCENCE , John O'Boyle, Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa of FIRSTBOURNE and more.
On the subject of guest musicians, Michael comments: "There is a different player appearing on every song. It started out where I was just going to have a couple of guest appearances on it, then I decided that it would be really interesting to bring in different players for every song. I started putting names out there and reaching out to people, and they started agreeing to do it. And then I had guys reaching out to me."
"Ten" is available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records web site in various bundle configurations, including translucent green and black splatter vinyl, cassette and hand-autographed CD packages. The album also has two bonus tracks that appear on all configurations.
Produced by Michael Sweet, "Ten" was recorded and mixed by Danny Bernini at the Spirithouse Recording Studio in North Hampton and was mastered by Alex Saltz.
Regarding the musical direction of the album, Michael states: "I'm very excited about this release. There are old-school, straight-ahead metal ideas in the vein of JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and IRON MAIDEN — all the stuff I love listening to!"
As for the "Ten" album title, Sweet recently stated: "It's called 'Ten' cause it's my tenth album, and because there is a title track on there about the Ten Commandments — a really powerful song. There's real heavy stuff. It starts kind of smacking you in the face and it ends kicking you in the gut."
"Ten" track listing:
01. Better Part Of Me (featuring Jeff Loomis of ARCH ENEMY)
02. Lay It Down (featuring Marzi Montazeri)
03. Forget, Forgive (featuring Howie Simon)
04. Now Or Never (featuring Gus G of FIREWIND)
05. Ten (featuring Rich Ward of FOZZY)
06. Shine (featuring Ethan Brosh)
07. Let It Be Love
08. Never Alone (featuring Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE)
09. When Love Is Hated (featuring Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE)
10. Ricochet (featuring Tracii Guns of L.A. GUNS)
11. With You Till The End (featuring Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa from FIRSTBOURNE)
12. Son Of Man (featuring Todd La Torre of QUEENSRŸCHE and Andy James)
"One Sided War" was released in August 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record were Hoekstra, Hunt, O'Boyle and Brosh.
In a 2016 interview with The Aquarian Weekly, Sweet said that he enjoyed making solo albums "because it's an opportunity to free myself up a little bit more, experiment a little bit more, and try some things that STRYPER may not be able to try."
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Bryan Adams, REO Speedwagon, Kid Rock and Loverboy covered songs by Eddie Money in concert this past weekend. Money died on Sept. 13 after a battle with esophageal cancer.
While three of the videos were captured by fans, REO Speedwagon's take on "Two Tickets to Paradise," performed at the KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, Calif., was shot professionally and uploaded to their YouTube channel.
"We just lost a best friend and music icon," reads the description. "Eddie Money was one of the most positive, loving, caring people you will ever meet! We miss him dearly and promised his wife Laurie we would play this in his honor."
In introducing the song, REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin added that his friend was a "funny motherfucker," and joked that the band didn't know how to play the song as the crowd chanted Money's first name.
Watch REO Speedwagon Pay Tribute to Eddie Money:
Adams' take on "Baby Hold On," Money's debut single, took place at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, Calif., and was performed with Adams accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Kid Rock took the full-band approach, singing the controversial "Shakin'" at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich.
"I'm sure you've heard that Eddie Money passed away today," Rock said midway through the song as a photo of Money appeared on the video screen above him. "And not only was Detroit like a second home -- I'm sure that many of you know that Pine Knob [the ski resort adjacent to the venue] was absolutely his house. He opened this place every summer for decades. So, we wanted to come sing one tonight, pay tribute to him. So rock on, Eddie."
Watch Bryan Adams Pay Tribute to Eddie Money:
Loverboy also went with "Two Tickets to Paradise" during the encore of their show at the the Big E Arena in West Springfield, Mass. "That's for our buddy Eddie," singer Mike Reno said after they performed the song. "It's getting pretty good, that band up there in rock 'n' roll heaven. We wanted to do something to honor him a little bit on our next few shows. We're glad you sang along with us. It's gonna be quite a sad week for us, 'cause we miss him dearly. But this is what's happening. We gotta start preparing for that kind of stuff."
In addition to these performances, many rockers, including Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley and Slash, shared their thoughts on Money's death on social media over the past few days.
Watch Loverboy Pay Tribute to Eddie Money:
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March 2020 Las Vegas dates have been announced! SiriusXM presents Billy Idol at the Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas on March 6, 7, 11, 13 & 14.
Ticket and VIP Meet & Greet option pre-sales begin Tuesday, September 17 at 10am Pacific time via TicketMaster. A limited amount of VIP options will be available during the ticket checkout process while they last. Use the pre-sale passcode: whiplashsmile. The public on-sale date is Friday, September 20 at 10am Pacific time.
Much closer in nature, Billy Idol rocks the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas at Palms Casino Resort on October 4, 5, 9, 11 & 12.
For further details, visit BillyIdol.net.
|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Soto have released a music video for their song "Torn". The track comes from the Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Sons Of Apollo) fronted band's latest album "Origami".
"While we were about to start the EU tour, we asked our video director in Brazil, Thiago Kiss, to whip us up a treatment for another single from 'Origami' called Torn," shared Soto. "This is an emotional song co-written with drummer Edu Cominato, myself and the same writer as our 1st video single HyperMani", Luiz Portinari.
"We chose this track as the deep lyric and theme of the song is a double entendre that could be taken from the crumbling of a relationship between 2 people or the crumbling of society and humanity.
"In our videos, we try to also portray triple entendres as will be evident in this new clip. Once again, Thiago paints visually stunning lush and cinematic landscapes along with story lines that make you 'feel' more than just watch!"
Check out the video here:
|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Guns N’ Roses have announced that they’ll play at the Hollywood Palladium this coming weekend - four days before the official start of the latest leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour.
Axl, Slash, Duff and co had originally scheduled the start of the tour for Charlotte’s Spectrum Centre on September 25.
However, the party has been brought forward to Saturday, September 21, when Guns N’ Roses will play the Citi Sound Vault at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
The show is being billed as a “once in a lifetime performance” with Citi card members able to exclusively register for tickets through LiveNation. Registration will close at 10pm PT on Wednesday (September 18).
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has told The Morning Call in a new interview that the band has been writing new music. He said he is collaborating for the first time in years with bassist Juan Croucier, and even with new guitarist Jordan Ziff.
The vocalist describes the new material as something between the band's 1983 self-titled debut EP and the triple-platinum "Out Of The Cellar".
"A little tougher, you know?" Pearcy said. "We had a tendency [at the band's peak] to be too melodical or something. And we're going to probably see even more straight-forward" music.
This past January, Pearcy underwent knee surgery. The operation came three months after two disastrous RATT shows that saw the now-63-year-old singer incapacitated to the point where he had trouble remembering the words to some of the band's biggest hits.
"My one knee was totally blown out and I couldn't deal with it," he told The Morning Call. "That got all better a year and a half ago, and then my left knee blew out, which happens. And I was in so much pain out there, and I just got a little too tweaked one night or two nights. And then I went, 'I’m going in to get this done. I can't be out here beating myself up and having shitty shows.' And what all I had to do, I'm gonna need knee surgery. But it's so difficult. People don't understand."
Pearcy also talked about RATT's current lineup, which also includes Croucier, along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Ziff and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY). "[Holmes is] just thunderous," Pearcy said. "Crazy. So we're happy with the lineup right now."
Earlier in the month, Pearcy told Atlantic City Weekly that RATT was planning to make new music available in 2020. "We're deciding now how we want to go about releasing it, whether it will be a full record or just a bunch of singles," he said. "I think we will probably go that route though — release a few singles, see how people take to it and the rest is easy."
RATT hasn't released any new music since 2010's "Infestation" album.
Photo credit: Joe Schaeffer
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Former Cinderella singer Tom Keifer has released a video for the new song “Rise,” the title track from his current group #keiferband's album, which is out now.
The song was co-written with Keifer's wife, Savannah, and country artists Thompson Square. The singer called the track an “uplifting, spiritual” piece.
You can watch the video below:
“I’ve never had such a strong reaction to an unreleased song before,” he told Billboard in a new interview. “I think it’s because people hear the lyric and connect with it. ... People can relate to it. Life is never going to be without challenges, whether small daily ones or long-term ones that last months or years, and we hope this song inspires people to be able to ride that roller coaster and overcome the lows and enjoy the highs.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Keifer discussed the rigorous training regime he undertook to deal with partial vocal-cord paralysis that began in the ‘90s.
“I was told I’d never sing again,” he recalled. “There’s no medical treatment for it. The only prayer of regaining my voice was to train it and strengthen the weak side. It was an opera technique that got me back on track, and now my voice is really strong again. The vocal styling [now] is as intense as the early days of Cinderella.”
He also explained why his solo band continued to play Cinderella material. "The stamp of my voice and guitar style is pretty much on anything I perform as an artist," he said. "It’s just there. [The songs are] a part of me. I love those songs. I was in Cinderella for 30 years, so it’s very important to me.”
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
A representative for Eddie Money has confirmed to People that the legendary rocker died on Friday of complications from a recent heart valve replacement surgery. He was 70 years old.
The musician's family announced his passing in a statement. "The Money family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," the statement reads. "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music."
Money revealed his stage 4 esophageal cancer diagnosis last month. He received the diagnosis last fall while taping the second season of his popular reality series "Real Money", which he and his wife, Laurie, executive produced.
"I thought I was going in to get a checkup, and he told me that, uh, I got cancer," Money said in a clip from the show. Laurie then explained: "It's in his esophagus, the top of his stomach… it's also spread to his liver."
"It hit me really, really hard," Money continued. "I don't want to keep the fact that I have cancer from everybody. It's not honest. I want to be honest with everybody." He added that cancer treatment has come "a long way" and that "not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the '50s and the '60s. Am I going to live a long time? Who knows. It's in God's hands. But you know what? I'll take every day I can get. Every day above ground is a good day."
At the time of his death, Money was still recuperating from health issues resulting from his heart valve procedure in June. The heart issue was a condition unrelated to his cancer.
With a career spanning over 40 years, the 70-year-old Money has long established himself as one of rock's most beloved entertainers. After leaving his native Brooklyn for the Berkeley music scene in the 1970s, Money quickly rose to fame on the strength of a slew of successful albums and Top 40 hits, including "Two Tickets To Paradise", "Take Me Home Tonight", "Shakin'", "Think I'm In Love", "Baby Hold On" and many more.
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
In January this year, The Who revealed their plans to release a new studio album this year – their first since 2006’s Endless Wire.
They showcased the track Hero Ground Zero at London’s Wembley Stadium in July – and now the band have revealed details of their new record titled Who, officially launched the first single Ball And Chain, and announced a 2020 UK and Ireland tour. You can check out the new song below:
Who will be released on November 22, with frontman Roger Daltrey saying: “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973. Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter and he’s still got that cutting edge”.
Guitarist Townshend adds: “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I – and my brother Simon – wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice.
“Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today."
He continues: “I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and finished in late August just in time to make some vinyl – maybe even some cassettes – ready for release in November.”
The Who will tour across the UK and Ireland throughout March and April next year, where they’ll be joined once again by a full orchestra.
Tickets will go on general sale next Friday (September 20) from 10am GMT. Find details below.
The Who: Who Tracklisting:
1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball And Chain
3. I Don't Wanna Get Wise
5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero
7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back
9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Rage
11. She Rocked My World
The Who UK and Ireland 2020 tour:
Mar 16: Manchester Arena, UK
Mar 18: Dublin 3Arena, Ireland
Mar 21: Newcastle Utilita Arena, UK
Mar 23: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
Mar 25: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK
Mar 30: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK
Apr 01: Birmingham Resorts World Arena, UK
Apr 03: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK
Apr 06: Liverpool M&S Bank Arena, UK
Apr 07: London SSE Wembley Arena, UK
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is no stranger to the horror genre.
Not only does he have a large collection of memorabilia including posters, toys, artwork and books, which he previously said have all combined to influence his career, but his It’s Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art exhibition recently ran at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
He even has his own brand of Ghoul Screamer coffee, which he brought to the market back in 2017.
And, given his love of horror, Hammett was asked by Cosmo Music in a new video interview if he could ever see himself in the director’s chair or in the role of executive producer on a film.
Hammett responds: “Yes, absolutely. I’ve just got to get my shit together. I have to prioritise and at this time, music means so much to me and is an obvious strength for me.
“But I think I could make a really incredible horror film."
He adds: “One, I need to find the time. Two, I need to find someone else's money. I already have the soundtrack, so part of the work is already done!
“Scoring it would be a huge pleasure for me. I've just got to get it together and find a script and start doing all the groundwork. That's a lot of work. Ask Slash or Rob Zombie.
“It would be a horror film and if I decided to remake a film, I wouldn’t water it down like so many other people do these days. The new Pet Sematary and Evil Dead remakes were so watered down.”
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
In a recent interview with Antihero magazine, legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) spoke about the impact that the 2017 passing of his mother had on him. He responded: "Well, I'm an only child and my father had passed a year before my mum. My father passed as I was getting the award at the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame in New York. I'd spoken to mother the day before and she called me the day of the show. My dad was in the hospital with dementia and they didn't know when he was going to pass, but he passed when I was on stage with DEEP PURPLE getting the award, so that was really difficult for me to deal with.
"When mum was passing, I flew to England in early January and made a visit to see her. She hung in there and we started our tour of the U.K. in mid-January. I'd come back to see mum a few times — we were in Cambridge and she was in hospital in Wolverhampton — and then I got a call from the head nurse, who said, 'Can you come to see your mum?' She didn't say, 'This is the end. She's going to die' — they don't do that — but you just know. So I got my bus driver to drive me up there and I got to the hospital at around 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. My cousins were in there and my assistant was with me. I was kissing my mother and physically she wasn't aware that I was there, but consciously, I knew that she knew I was there and that she was holding me.
"I've never told anyone this story before but the head nurse that night told me that after 12 hours of being on a morphine drip, they'd noticed my mum's legs were turning a dark shade of blue, and she said, 'Can you talk to her in your local accent rather than your California accent?' And I said, 'Why?' And she said, 'Because your mum is going through a phase where she needs to feel the comfort of the younger voice of Glenn, or the voice that you had years ago.' And I took direction from this lady and I saw some wonderful things happen to my mother's soul when she was about to pass. That, for me, being a clean and sober man for over 25 years, was a difficult day.
"I was playing in Leeds that night at a venue called The Church — it's a real church turned into a venue — and about half an hour before I'm due to go on stage, I get a call from a friend of mine who was taking care of me back then, telling me that my mother had passed. The news about my mum's passing spread really quickly — the audience were all waiting for me and I was dressed in black.
"When I arrived from L.A. in January, my mum had said to me, 'Glenn, you must promise me not to cancel a show.' I said, 'I won't, mum.' So, I had the option that night to cancel the show or be brave enough to walk out onto that stage and give it my all, and I did give it my all. [See video below.] I've seen footage of the show — I felt very close to my mother on stage; I welcome her spirit and my father's spirit, along with other people I know.
"It takes a lot of courage to sit in a room knowing your parents are going to die and you'll never physically see them again. I couldn't have done that a long time ago when I was drinking, that's for sure.
"Her funeral was a month after she passed and I was now at the end of my European tour and I'd promised her I wouldn't cancel a show, so the day of her funeral, I cried my heart out before the show in Germany and I had my own little ceremony in my dressing room and I had a healer with me. Five days later, I went back to London and drove to Cannock and had my own ceremony for my mother with my family and close friends, and my wife flew over, of course. So to say that 'a man doesn't become a man until he loses his mum' is a very bold statement, but people reading this will probably know what I'm talking about because I was very, very close to my mother."
Hughes spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of DEEP PURPLE, appearing on the classic albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band". More recently, he has been playing various hits and deep cuts from the DEEP PURPLE catalog, including "Burn", "Stormbringer", "Sail Away" and "Smoke On The Water", as part of his "Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live" tour, which was launched in 2017.
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
David Lee Roth said he’s “paid a price” for Van Halen’s continuing lack of activity, adding that it had felt “paralyzing” to remain inactive for so long.
He just announced a 2020 Las Vegas residency that will put him back into action, after suggesting that there’s no end in sight to the band’s current hiatus.
“Four summers have gone by,” Roth told Van Halen News Desk. “And for a singer, that’s paralyzing. Like a boxer, or a tap dancer, I am dependent upon my whole rig. My whole body. Perhaps playing a guitar, or piano, for example, with your hands, is a bit more forgiving over the years.” He joked: “If you come watch me now, I’m 65 going on 23. If you saw my X-rays, I’m 65 going on 80!”
He continued: “I’ve paid a price for the time off, frankly. Enough said there. I hope the best for the fellas, but I don’t know what’s coming up with Van Halen.” Discussing his residency, he said: “It’s time for me to use whatever talents and skills that I have. I’m bettin’ the rent on it. You’re going to have a ball. This is the smile that launched a thousand hips.”
Van Halen’s most recent tour, a 39-date North American run, ended in October 2015. It had been timed to support the release of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, the band’s first live album to feature Roth. In 2016 the singer said: “It's not like my career path is gonna be altered. I sort of know what the next 10 summers are going to bring… I don't know when we're going to tour but I have a sense that we will. I don't know that we're going to record again – when that'll happen – but I get the sense that it's gonna happen."