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David Bowie has been immortalized in a new, limited-edition Barbie.
Designed to capture Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust alter-ego, the doll features Barbie donning the singer’s metallic red and blue space suit, along with over-sized platform boots. Additional details include makeup -- featuring Ziggy’s astral sphere forehead icon -- and a bright red hairstyle similar to that made famous by the singer.
Describing the release as “a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons,” toymaker Mattel referred to the late music legend as “the ultimate pop chameleon,” praising his “unique presence in contemporary culture.”
The announcement of Bowie Barbie coincides with the 50th anniversary of the rocker's breakthrough single, “Space Oddity.” Released in 1969, just days before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, the track peaked at No. 5 on the U.K. charts. Though it originally failed resonate in the U.S., a 1973 reissue climbed to No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Keen Bowie fans will note that the timelines of "Space Oddity" and the Ziggy Stardust character technically do not align. Stardust did not appear until the singer's fifth album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The LP was released in 1972, two years after Bowie's breakthrough celestial hit. The singer embodied Ziggy in concert before promptly retiring the character on July 3, 1973.
Bowie’s estate recently announced a special edition boxed set honoring the golden anniversary of “Space Oddity.”
|Posted on July 11, 2019 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
A few years ago, Aerosmith fans were surprised when Steven Tyler said the band would be going on a farewell tour. Combined with the fact that the rockers haven't released an album since 2012's Music From Another Dimension!, the future of new Aerosmith music seemed unclear. Joe Perry has now commented on the matter, stating that they eventually will make another record.
Perry's most recent release was Hollywood Vampires's sophomore album, Rise, in June. "I had just finished working on my last solo album," he told Heavy Consequence. "So I had been in the studio for the three or four months before we started on the Vampires record, so I was already rolling in the studio."
According to the guitarist, Aerosmith spent about as much time working on the stage setup and live performance for their Las Vegas Deuces Are Wild residency, which started in April of this year, as they would recording an album. The tour, which has two upcoming dates in Atlantic City, N.J. before kicking back up in Vegas, commemorates the band's 50 year anniversary.
The production features a half hour of video clips of interviews from throughout the band's career, in addition to background stories on each of the members to show how they formed. There are also props and people running around in costumes reflecting themes from their records like Just Push Play, Nine Lives and Toys in the Attic.
"It doesn’t take much to get me going, I love to record. So, when the time is right, Aerosmith will come around to do another record," Perry affirms.
Loudwire spoke to the veteran rocker about Rise last month, and he was unable to give a comparison for playing in Vampires and Aerosmith. "If you told me I was gonna be in two headlining bands at this point in my life, I would have to say that you're crazy," he laughs. "Aerosmith — it's so unique to be in a band for 50 years, and know those guys and growing up with them. It's almost impossible to compare it. It goes so deep, we're like a family."
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IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris has told the Miami New Times in a new interview that his band's 2011 "Best Metal Performance" Grammy win for "El Dorado" was less deserving than some other MAIDEN nominations, such as "Blood Brothers", "Fear Of The Dark" and "The Wicker Man".
"To be honest with you, I think we ended up getting it for a song which I thought was not one of our best ones," he said. "I didn't think we really deserved it for that one, but maybe one of the others. So it was a bit off, really."
During the same chat, Harris credited MAIDEN's longevity to "years and years on the road" and a diverse, international fan base that is particularly robust in Europe and South America.
"When we started off, we weren't even thinking of being a global band. We just ended up becoming that," he said. "That wasn't the goal to start with. You just try different things, and here we are."
"El Dorado" is the second track from MAIDEN's 2010 album "The Final Frontier". Singer Bruce Dickinson explained that the lyrics are a cynical critique of the financial crisis of 2007-08, comparing the bankers responsible with the people who sold the myth of El Dorado.
MAIDEN's "Legacy Of The Beast" tour will hit 33 cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning in July. Support on the trek comes from THE RAVEN AGE. Additionally, FOZZY will be guests for the Banc Of California Stadium show in Los Angeles.
MAIDEN's 2019 North, South and Central America trek comprises 44 shows in six countries, which, combined with the band's 2018 European dates, means that by the end of this tour, the group will have taken the "Legacy Of The Beast" show to over one and three quarter of a million fans around the globe.
ALICE COOPER - ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME TO HOLD "ALICE COOPER FAN DAY" THIS SUNDAY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DENNIS DUNAWAY & BLUE COUPE
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Alice Cooper Fan Day, in honour of Alice Cooper's concert at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Sunday, will take place from 10 AM - 5:30 PM on Sunday, July 14 at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
12 PM: Fans can hear from 2011 Inductee Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper and Joe and Albert Bouchard (Blue Öyster Cult) at noon in a special live interview on the Klipsch Audio Main Stage. All three musicians make up and tour together as Blue Coupe. The interview will be broadcast on SiriusXM at a later date.
2 PM: Joining School Of Rock performers, Dennis, Joe and Albert will sit in for a few songs on the outdoor PNC plaza stage. The performances are free and open to the public.
All Day: Museum visitors can see films Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper and Cold Cold Coffin in the Foster Theater on Level 4. Viewings are free with admission. We will also be airing special screenings of the 2011 Alice Cooper Induction ceremony footage in the Forest City Theater on Level 0. The raw footage features special performances and the induction speech given by Rob Zombie.
Additionally, fans can enjoy unlimited free play in the Part of The Machine: Rock & Pinball exhibit (featuring an Alice Cooper pinball machine) and check out Cooper artifacts including his electric chair stage prop and a rare Andy Warhol lithograph.
Alice Cooper music will be played in heavy rotation throughout the museum and all fans will receive 10% off Alice Cooper-related merchandise at the Rock Hall store.
Find a Facebook event page here:
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Scott Stapp’s struggles with mental illness have been well documented, but with his latest song “Gone Too Soon,” the musician is looking beyond himself, beyond those fellow peers lost in the last few years and turning the spotlight on what he sees as a growing issue for people in all walks of life.
Stapp has just released the visualizer video for the track via Billboard, and he tells them of how the song came together. First, as many in the industry, he felt a close connection to the deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. “Just as a human being my heart broke for their wives and for their children. I had that very human response of just sorrow, and then it went a step further into self-reflection. Man, that easily could've been my path, and on some occasions it almost was my path,” said the singer. “It reminded me of where my life would go if I went back and returned to the life I led before."
He continues, "Somewhere around the time Chester passed, and we had already been reeling from Cornell's passing, I was flipping through the news and saw the suicide rate for (U.S. military) vets was skyrocketing. And all these people are OD-ing from heroin, drug addictions, opioids. The school shootings. It was just a collection of things that all hit me at once. So it was inspired by a series of events that just came together to impact me as a human being, all at once, and then that song came to life."
“Gone Too Soon” is featured on Stapp’s upcoming album, The Space Between the Shadows. The record is due July 19, and you can currently pre-order the set here:
Stapp is also touring in support of the album, with dates and ticketing info being found at this location:
Check out the video for "Gone Too Soon" here:
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Sammy Hagar and AXS TV have released a preview of the next episode of Rock & Roll Road Trip featuring The Doors legend Robby Krieger and blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
In the episode, Sammy makes his wasy to Los Angeles for the America Salutes You: Guitar Legends II benefit concert to aid mental health and wellness of America's veterans and first-responders.
The preview clip shows Sammy, Krieger and Bonamassa rocking The Doors classic "Roadhouse Blues". In the interview segment Robbie discusses the politically charged music of the group. He told Hagar, "Jim used to say... to be a mirror of society. Don't try to preach what you think it should be, but just be a mirror."
Also despite Sammy's son being in a band with Bonamassa when they were teenagers, the former Van Halen frontman had never met the blues icon before their encounter included in the episode that will premiere this Sunday, July 14th at 8pm E on AXS TV.
Until then, check out the preview clip here:
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The one word you’ll never hear coming out of Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott’s mouth is retirement, reports Mark Daniell of The Montreal Gazette.
“I can’t see that happening anytime soon,” Elliott, age 59, says with a chuckle. “Health allowing, we can do this as long for as we want. That will be the plan.”
An excerpt from their Q&A follows:
How does it feel to have songs like "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Animal", and "Photograph" become iconic anthems transcending generations?
Joe Elliott: "It’s exactly what we wanted. We saw what we do as no different to what The Rolling Stones or The Beatles or The Who did. How did they get songs like 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash' or 'Love Me Do' or 'My Generation' to be around this long? They had the magic. So we wanted to trailblaze behind them… We were never interested in being a one-hit wonder band. We wanted a legacy. We wanted to put out a Greatest Hits record one day where every single song was a true hit."
Learn more at this location:
Def Leppard, with special guests Tesla, are about to embark upon a Canadian tour; confirmed shows are listed below:
12 - Scotiabank Centre - Halifax, NS
13 - Avenir Centre - Moncton, NB
15 - Centre Videotron - Quebec City, QC
17 - Bell Centre - Montréal, QC
19 - Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
20 - First Ontario Centre - Hamilton, ON
22 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON
25 - Bell MTS Place - Winnipeg, MB
27 - SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
29 - Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB
31 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
|Posted on July 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger has reneged on his previous claim that the Canadian rockers would "love to" make a heavy metal album.
In an interview published Wednesday (July 10), the musician told the New Hampshire Union Leader that his previous comments were taken out of context and turned into "clickbait." He also clarified his own personal love of metal before saying he "sincerely doubts[s]" such a project would emerge from his main act.
But how did the mixup occur? Reminded of the statements he made in February — when it was first reported the musician and his bandmates were toying with the idea of recording a Slayer covers album (or possibly some other type of metal collection) — Kroeger says his thoughts at that time were misconstrued.
"Yeah, this is a good one," the bassist replied. "As a journalist yourself, you realize the importance of context and how context can be manipulated. I can't remember who I was talking to, but I know this got somewhat distorted, and then it was put on a wire and then everybody got it."
Asserting that his talk of Nickelback's metal album plans were "regurgitated and switched around and then reformatted," the brother of lead singer Chad Kroger indicated his desires were more in line with recording his own covers album, or starting a wholly new project, rather than involving Nickelback in the ambition.
He continued, "What I said was, 'I would like to make a Slayer cover record or have a Slayer cover band or make a metal album.' I didn't say [it involved] Nickelback … Like, 'Hey, everybody, be outraged because Nickelback wants to make a heavy metal album.'"
Still, Kroeger upheld his stand that the band are mostly big metal fans, specifically pinpointing the fandom of drummer Daniel Adair. But he said his sibling frontman and guitarist Ryan Peak probably wouldn't be interested in recording a metal album, even though they're both fans.
"I’m a metal head, love metal music, love Slayer in particular; they’re one of my favorites," he added. "And I would love to play that music, but I couldn’t speak for Nickelback in saying that we want to do a Slayer cover band or make a death metal record. … I know that the drummer, Daniel, he’s a big fan of metal. I don't know if he wants to be in a metal band. He might. I know Chad and Ryan both like heavy metal, but I don't know if they wanna make a record of it or play in a band that plays Slayer covers. I sincerely doubt it."
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In a brand new interview with Tennessean, RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee was asked what he misses the most about the recording and touring process with his longtime friends. "I miss playing with my bandmates who I played with for over 40 years, that's for sure," Lee said. "I don't miss the gut-wrenching part of it and I don't miss the wear-and-tear on my body. But, of course, I had a very unique relationship in RUSH and these guys were my friends for over 40 years and to make music with your friends is a blessing of a different kind. It's a wonderful thing. I do miss that."
Geddy, who recently released a book called "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass", continued: "[Putting the book together] was a whole different kind of project. And that's why I was drawn to it. New projects are what expand your mind, expand your way of looking at the world and fill up your reserve of information that you use to make your way through life. ... When you're learning, you're living. I go by that as a way of making an interesting life."
RUSH has been completely inactive since completing the "R40 Live" tour nearly four years ago. Drummer Neil Peart was battling enormous physical pain through much of the trek, including a foot infection that made it agonizing for him to even walk.
A few years ago, guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone that he receives injections for psoriatic arthritis. He was previously hospitalized for anemia from bleeding ulcers and suffered breathing problems.
Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly said that RUSH will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven't performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.
For first six years of RUSH's existence, John Rutsey was behind the kit and he played on the band's self-titled debut LP.
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AC/DC will reportedly announced a world tour next week, according to a report from a Topeka, Kansas radio station, who claim that an unnamed source "close with the AC/DC camp" told them.
V100 made the claim on Thursday (July 11th), stating that the anonymous source told them "that the band is set to announce a 2019-2020 World Tour next week on Wednesday."
They further went on to say that frontman Brian Johnson is back in the band and the were "told" he was back in the band. The say that they believe their source is reliable. Fans will know for sure either way, next week.
Read the report here:
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With public interest particularly high due to the runaway success of last year's Academy Award-winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen, with Adam Lambert as the lead singer, began their Rhapsody tour at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver last night.
You can check out the set list and videos from the show below:
The set opened with “Now I’m Here” and sailed through as many hits as the band could squeeze in, ending with its signature song "Bohemian Rhapsody," with a total of 34 Queen tracks making an appearance in some form.
Once again, the late Freddie Mercury was present in video form for the playback of a handful of songs, including his famous “Ay-Oh” audience-participation routine and “You Take My Breath Away.”
Lambert continued his tradition of reassuring fans by addressing the “pink elephant in the room” and reminding them he was there to “carry the torch for Freddie Mercury and let Brian [May] and Roger [Taylor] continue to play these amazing songs.”
With a cover of the May solo song “New Horizons,” a guitar solo and a taped outro featuring “God Save the Queen” and David Bowie’s “Heroes,” the full show included 37 pieces of music.
Even though Lambert has been fronting the band since 2011, with this new trek being their third time in North America together, he doesn't think they'll make an album. “People always ask if we want to record together,” he said recently. “I’m not sure it makes total sense because it wouldn’t really be Queen, because to me Queen is Freddie."
He may not be recording with Queen, but Lambert nonetheless has his solo career, with an album called Velvet to be released on an as-yet unannounced date. He also finds working with Brian May and Roger Taylor on their stage show to be creatively fulfilling.
“My favorite thing is collaborating and putting these concerts together and creating onstage -- it’s super fulfilling and exciting," he noted. "To present these ideas to these two gentlemen -- especially when they like the idea!”
Queen + Adam Lambert, July 10, 2019, Vancouver:
1. “Now I’m Here”
2. “Seven Seas of Rhye”
3. “Keep Yourself Alive”
4. “Hammer to Fall”
5. “Killer Queen”
6. “Don’t Stop Me Now”
7. “In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited”
8. “Somebody to Love”
9. “The Show Must Go On”
10. “I’m in Love with My Car”
11. “Bicycle Race”
12. “Fat Bottomed Girls”
13. “One Vision”
15. “Radio Ga Ga”
16. Love of My Life”
18. “Doing All Right”
19. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
20. “Under Pressure”
21. “I Want to Break Free”
22. “Who Wants to Live Forever”
23. “New Horizons”
24. “Tie Your Mother Down” / “Death on Two Legs” / “The Invisible Man”
25. “Dragon Attack”
26. “Another One Bites the Dust”
27. “I Want It All”
28. “Bohemian Rhapsody”
29. “We Will Rock You”
30. “We Are the Champions”
|Posted on July 11, 2019 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Blue Oyster Cult have announced they’ve signed a new deal with Frontiers Music to release a new studio album in 2020.
A firm date has still to be announced, but when it does arrive, it’ll be the band’s first since 2001’s Curse Of The Hidden Mirror.
Vocalist Eric Bloom says: “It's been a long time since Blue Oyster Cult’s last studio album. Our biggest question from fans is, ‘When are we going to do some new music?’ So we are ready to take this journey again.
"Recording with bassist Danny Miranda, keyboardist Richie Castellano and drummer Jules Radino should be a great experience as we've been touring together for years – and guitarist Buck Dharma and I are looking forward to including them in the creative and recording process.”
Dharma adds: “The current band is great and has never been recorded other than the live concerts, so we feel now is the time for new songs to be written and recorded.
“About half of the songs for the new record exist and the rest will be finished during the process.”
The deal with Frontiers will also see much of the band’s back catalogue remastered and re-released – some with updated cover art.
Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino says: “We are delighted to be able to bring back the iconic Blue Oyster Cult with the release of a wealth of musical material that will certainly please all the fans.
“Hard rock music would not be what is now without Blue Oyster Cult and Frontiers is their natural home. We look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation!”
Further album details will be revealed in due course.
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Metallica have fans of all ages, but it’s always a good idea to reach out to the younger generation as soon as possible. With the new book “The ABCs of Metallica,” they may have just paved the way.
The band just announced their new book, which will hit shelves and online bookstores on Nov. 26. "We have a new book coming out and this time it rhymes,” stated the band in their press release announcing the page-turner. As the title suggests, the book will revisit the band’s history from A to Z, with each letter of the alphabet represented.
he book is co-authored by Howie Abrams, with illustrations by Michael “Kaves” McLeer, who participated in Metallica’s Obey Your Master exhibit back in 2012. Books are available to pre-order via the Met Store, and you can also get a bundle package with Young Metal Attack merchandise. A portion of the proceeds will go to Metallica’s All Within My Hands charitable organization.
Metallica still have plenty of history left to write. They continue to tour around the world as part of their “WorldWired” trek.
MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE To Sign Copies Of 'Death By Design' Graphic Novel At San Diego's COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL
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According to Bleeding Cool, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine will sign copies of the band's graphic novel, "Death By Design", at the Heavy Metal magazine booth #1529 at San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 on Sunday, July 21 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Only 400 copies of the book will beavailable. FYE will have exclusive signed copies at its pop-up shop in the Horton Plaza.
Mustaine's participation at the event will mark his first public appearance since he announced he was diagnosed with throat cancer.
The 57-year-old MEGADETH leader revealed his cancer diagnosis on June 17 on social media. He said that he has already begun treatment as part of a plan that his doctors feel has a "90% success rate."
"Death By Design" features stories written and illustrated by top talent from the comics, film, television and music world inspired by the songs on MEGADETH's 35th-anniversary greatest-hits compilation, "Warheads On Foreheads".
The 350-page graphic anthology, carefully curated by Mustaine and Heavy Metal, is a powerful book that gives both insight and understanding into the universe of MEGADETH and its harrowed mascot, Vic Rattlehead.
MEGADETH, working in close collaboration with Heavy Metal, has collected an unprecedented pool of talent for "Megadeth: Death By Design", making it any comic book or MEGADETH fan's dream. Brendan Small (creator of "Metalocalypse") teams with Belen Ortega ("Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") for "Hangar 18". Dan Fogler ("Fantastic Beasts And Where To find Them") writes an apocalyptic tale insanely drawn by Andy Belanger ("Southern Cross") for "Rattlehead". An A-list talent pool rounds out the roster featuring Tim Seeley ("Hack/Slash"), Ben Templesmith ("30 Days Of Night"), Brian Wood ("DMZ"), Justin Jordan and John Bivens ("Spread"), Leah Moore and John Reppion ("Judge Dredd"), Joe Keatingue ("Popgun"), Christine Larsen ("Holy Diver"), Frazier Irving ("Annihilator") and more than 50 other talented creators.
Said Mustaine: "I have always fantasized about MEGADETH doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you."
Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal, said: "Since I was old enough to buy records, MEGADETH has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two worlds together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans."
"Megadeth: Death By Design" comes in four different editions.
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In August last year, Aerosmith’s original tour bus was discovered abandoned in woods 110 miles west of Boston.
It was found by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the hosts of American Pickers, a reality TV series shown on The History Channel.
The pair and their team set about restorong the 1964 International Harvester Metro van to its original glory – and, with the project now complete, they've handed the keys back to Aerosmith in the latest episode of the show.
A trailer for Aerosmith Gets Back in the Saddle can be seen below, and shows Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford reminisce about their days cooped up in the vehicle as they travelled from town to town.
Drummer Kramer says: “We spent a lot of time and hours travelling in this box, and it looks and feels the same.”
Guitarist Perry adds: “I can’t remember a time when we were left stuck – it always ran. We all lived together and were doing our thing.”
As for their plans for the van, Aerosmith say they’d like to incorporate it into their Las Vegas residency and eventually park it for ever at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Aerosmith's next shows at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in Vegas will take place in September.
Aerosmith Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas Residency - remaining shows:
AC/DC SINGER'S ROCK-THEMED TALK SHOW "BRIAN JOHNSON: A LIFE ON THE ROAD" GETS US PREMIER IN SEPTEMBER VIA AXS TV; GUESTS INCLUDE MEMBERS OF METALLICA, THE WHO, DEF LEPPARD, PINK FLOYD, LED ZEPPELIN
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Variety is exclusively reporting that AC/DC frontman, Brian Johnson, is bringing his rock-themed talk show to the US.
Brian Johnson: A Life On The Road, which aired in the UK on Sky Arts, will premiere September 15 on AXS TV, following new music series Paul Shaffer Plus One, hosted by the musician and television personality.
AXS acquired two seasons of A Life On The Road from Eagle Rock Entertainment, totalling 12 episodes in which Johnson talks shop with musician “friends and heroes.” Said Johnson in making the announcement: “Filming ‘On The Road’ was ridiculous fun, and with no professional journalists around, you can feel the trust.”
Kicking off the series is Sting, whom Johnson visits in New York. The two venture towards downtown Manhattan to the former location of punk club CBGB, where The Police played their first US gig. Stunned by the gentrification of the area, Sting recalls CB’s being “kind of a spooky place… it was so full of history.”
Other guests on the program include The Who's Roger Daltrey, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Paul Rodgers, and more.
Watch a clip from the episode, and read more at Variety:
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In what may be the final blow to Michael Lang's attempt to stage Woodstock 50, the town of Vernon, N.Y., has denied the organizers and holders of the iconic 1969 festival's name a permit to hold an event on Aug. 16-18.
According to Variety, a town board meeting rejected the application to hold Woodstock 50 at Vernon Downs Racetrack, roughly 130 miles away from the original's Bethel Woods, N.Y., site, because they are not sure that the small town of 5,400 people (as of 2010) could handle a three-day crowd of an estimated 65,000 people.
his includes the possibility of damages to homes and business, safety issues and the strain on police and emergency services. One person called it a "recipe for disaster."
Lang can appeal the decision within five days, as well as put forth solutions to the questions raised by the board. However, unnamed experts say it's unlikely that the appeal will be overturned and that, with only five weeks before the festival is to begin, he won't have enough time. Vernon's sheriff has suggested that Lang try again next year.
Vernon Downs became an option last month after Lang's first choice, Watkins Glen International, terminated its contract with the festival. At roughly the same time, production company CID Entertainment, which stepped in with financial support when Dentsu Aegis Network pulled out, similarly withdrew.
Lang has accused Dentsu Aegis of deliberately trying to sabotage the event and stealing $17 million from the festival's account.
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A lot of very popular bands go on world tours that last several years long. But does that make them one of the highest-paid in the world? For Metallica and Guns N' Roses, apparently so - they've made Forbes 2019 World's Highest-Paid Celebrities list.
Both bands failed to make the list in 2018, but they've redeemed themselves this time around. Guns N' Roses came in at No. 71 with $44 million in earnings and Metallica at No. 30 with $68.5 million. They share the list with celebrities from all other areas, including famous athletes, actors and even Kylie Jenner. We're not exactly sure what category she belongs in, but she secured the second spot on the list.
Metallica were recently deemed one of the top earning touring artists for the November 2018 to May 2019 period by Pollstar, along with KISS and Disturbed. GN'R didn't make the list, most likely because they only played a handful of shows at the end of 2018. Their “Not in This Lifetime” tour is currently thought to be the second highest-grossing tour of all time, reeling in around $563 million.
Metallica are touring Europe right now with Ghost as part of their “WorldWired” tour. Guns N' Roses first performance of 2019 is this fall at Louder Than Life festival, followed by another brief U.S. leg.
Keep raking it in, boys.
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Gene Simmons revealed in an interview that KISS may do a Las Vegas show or possibly movies or cartoons after they conclude their End of the Road Farewell Tour.
The outspoken star made the revelation about the possibilities while explaining to The Northern Echo that KISS will not really end because of the legacy they will leave behind.
He said, "The good part is that KISS continues in other ways. Whether it's Tom Morello in Rage Against The Machine, Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica or any number of people. There is a reference point and that reference point is a band who dared to get up on stage and give you more.
"I'm not saying we're the best songwriters in the world, the best singers in the world or anything like that, but I think that our legacy is going to be that we raised the stakes. Once we came out, it was no longer enough to just get up on stage and strum an acoustic guitar. We give people more bang for their buck. You don't have to stick your tongue out or breathe fire, but at least give them a show and give them something for their eyes and ears.
"Our legacy is that we raised the stakes, and whether you're going to see Sir Paul on stage and there's fireballs and explosions going on or anybody else, that came from one place. A band that dared to break the rules. We were four knuckleheads from the streets of New York City who decided to put together the band that we never saw on stage.
"KISS will not be over. Our legacy will remain in all of those bands that follow, and what a legacy that is. KISS may well continue with Vegas shows, movies, cartoons and all kinds of stuff, so this will not be the end of KISS by any stretch of the imagination, but you'll have to wait until the tour is over to see what happens next."
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Sebastian Bach says that he "would do a better job" running the country than Donald Trump.
The former SKID ROW singer made his claim in a July 8 Twitter exchange with noted practical joker Captain Janks, who wrote: "2016 was truly the worst time for American voters. What choice did we have? Trump or Hillary [Clinton]. Two hacks without an ounce of integrity."
In response, Bach tweeted: "One is actually a politician for a living. The other hosted a reality TV show. The choice seems pretty clear to me"
After one of Sebastian's followers chimed in with "Sebastian, you could do a much better job", Bach came back with: "I'm actually not running for president I'm perfectly happy playing music for a living. An actual politician would do a much better job at running the country then somebody who has never been a politician before. Is this so hard to grasp for you?"
When the same person responded, "Sebastian, I was joking. I understood your tweet just fine." Bach wrote back: "Understood. actually, having said that, I would do a better job. After all my reality TV shows were better than his reality TV shows so that makes me automatically more qualified"
Sebastian's latest comments echo those he made last year, when he revealed to TheRecord.com that "voted for Hilary" in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "I don't understand how anybody would accept a reality-show host as president instead of a politician," he said. "It's insanity. It's like starting a band and your first show is at Toronto SkyDome. You gotta build up to it."
Almost two years ago, Bach told Music Injection that things had gotten particularly bleak in the months after Trump took office.
"Well, since Donald Trump became president, Facebook became not fun for me," he said. "Every headline sucks, everything sucks and I get to the point where I can't take it! All of that news, constantly, day after day, week after week, it gets me down and it gets me in a bad mood.
"I don't know about everybody else, but when I read about nuclear war, I find it hard to get on with my day," he added. "I thought we got rid of that nuclear war conversation in the '70s! It gets [me] very sad and angry at the same time. Climate change makes me angry. It makes me mad that people deny that when the world is fucked. It makes me furious."
Sebastian recently confirmed that he was preparing to make the follow-up to his 2014 album "Give 'Em Hell".