ACE FREHLEY AND PETER CRISS HAVE BOTH "BEEN TALKED TO" ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE END OF THE ROAD TOUR FINALE - "THEY'RE VERY MUCH A PART OF THE HERITAGE OF KISS," SAYS MANAGER DOC MCGHEE
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KISS recently announced that their End Of The Road tour will conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City. The band will soon add 90 additional dates to their tour schedule.
In the video below from Rock And Roll Experience With Mike Brunn, shot on the recent KISS Kruise, the band's manager Doc McGhee reveals that original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, as well as Vinnie Vincent and anyone else who has played with KISS, are welcome to take part.
Says McGhee: "We want to include everybody that played with KISS and celebrate the 45 years of KISS. And everybody, from Vinnie Vincent to everybody else that they've performed with, and that have passed away and have played with, is part of this whole celebration of 45 years. So, we're still looking at what we're gonna do on the final show of KISS."
Hear more from Doc McGhee below:
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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant says in a new radio interview that he no longer relates to lyrics of the band's classic hit "Stairway To Heaven".
Plant was asked about the song during an interview with radio legend Joe Benson for the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show and Robert responded, "Of course, it was a good song.
"The construction of the song, the actual musical construction is very, very good. It's one of those moments that really can stand without a vocal, and, in fact, it will stand again without a vocal, I'm sure, because it's a fine, fine piece of music."
But Plant had this to say about the words to the song, "lyrically, now, I can't relate to it, because it was so long ago. ... I would have no intention ever to write along those abstract lines anymore.
"I look at it and I tip my hat to it, and I think there are parts of it that are incredible. The way that Jimmy [Page] took the music through, and the way that the drums reached almost climaxed and then continued. ...
"It's a very beautiful piece. But lyrically, now, and even vocally, I go, 'I'm not sure about that.'"
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W.A.S.P. will embark on the "1984 To Headless" world tour in 2020. The trek will be a celebration of hits from the band's first four albums.
W.A.S.P. said in a statement: "The first self-titled album, that in some countries was called 'Winged Assassins', featuring songs from that now classic record, 'I Wanna Be Somebody' and 'L.O.V.E. Machine', to the second album, 'The Last Command', along with 'Inside The Electric Circus', to the iconic masterpiece 'The Headless Children'. These hits from the first four albums have never been performed together, 'Live', as they will be in this most special show, and will NEVER BE REPEATED EVER AGAIN!! So join us, as we take you back… to where it all started."
The fall 2020 European leg of the "1984 To Headless" tour will kick off on September 4, 2020 in Malmö, Sweden and conclude on November 4, 2020 in Pratteln, Switzerland.
For exact cities and dates, visit W.A.S.P.'s official web site.
Two years ago, W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless dismissed persistent calls from fans for a reunion with classic-era guitarist Chris Holmes, saying in a press conference: "People get divorced for certain reasons, and there's times when the kids want the parents to get back together, but sometimes it never happens. And this is one of those [times]. Sorry."
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, the guitarist rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Chris has not played with W.A.S.P. since.
In a 2015 interview with The Metal Voice, Holmes accused Lawless of not wanting to work with other people. "Blackie had his means of controlling everything… It's all about him, him, him," Chris said.
According to Holmes, he added his unique style of playing to the W.A.S.P. sound. "The way that I grew up playing guitar is the way I play," he said. "And you can hear on the latest W.A.S.P. albums, it's not there. I don't know what it is; it's just the way you hit the strings. Everybody's different. [Tony] Iommi, Michael Scheknker, Peter Townshend… Everybody that plays is just different, the way they hit the guitar. And I hit a certain way. And Blackie always… I never heard one note in my life in W.A.S.P. 'Hey, Chris, you did a good job.' I never heard that once. I always heard how terrible I played and this and that.' I was always put down all the time. And Blackie says, 'The manager wants to use my image to sell the band.' Well, the band was a band in the first place; it was a whole unit. But he always wanted to be the main guy."
In February 2018, Napalm Records released "ReIdolized (The Soundtrack To 'The Crimson Idol')", the 25th-anniversary version of W.A.S.P.'s iconic hit album.
STEPHEN PEARCY WOULD LIKE TO GET "A LITTLE MORE MELODICALLY AGGRESSIVE" ON NEW RATT MUSIC - "OF COURSE THE MUSICAL STYLE IS GOING TO BE THE NORM"
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Ratt singer/songwriter, Stephen Pearcy, talked about new music from the band, and the musical direction, in a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice. You can check out the interview here:
"I always release solo records pretty much every year just because I like to write and try different things," says Pearcy. "With Ratt, we're going to probably release a couple singles first and see what happens, if it fires up we'll go into a record, that's the easy part. It's been quite a while since the last album was released 2010-11. Of course the musical style is going be in the Ratt norm. When we get into the Ratt music writing mode we know what is Ratt's music and what isn't. I would like to get a little more melodically aggressive on the next album, say something like in between the EP, Out Of The Cellar and Invasion Of Your Privacy. We are shooting for some more harder Ratt 'n Roll. Also I have been mentioning to Juan Croucier we should do a similar vocal trade off part like we did on 'Lack Of Communication' off of Out Of The Cellar on a new song."
Stephen Pearcy will be inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall Fame, at its annual non-profit charity gala, The Hall Of Heavy Metal History. The gala will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA.
Stephen Pearcy will join 2020 gala Inductees Don Dokken, Joe Satriani, and Geoff Tate, amongst other iconic hard rock and heavy metal artist-inductees who will soon be announced. Pearcy is best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the iconic rock band Ratt, which has sold millions of gold and platinum albums. He has recorded five solo records, and is also a producer, composer, and television program creator.
The 2020 gala will be hosted by iconic television and radio personality Eddie Trunk, and will feature additional Inductions and performances by numerous hard rock and heavy metal legends of all time, an All-Star Jam, and other surprises.
Proceeds from the event go to bring free music programs and therapy services to disabled children in various hospitals and community centers throughout the United States.
Tickets for the 2020 Annual Hall Of Heavy Metal History Gala are $35.00 ($45.00 day of gala). Order here:
Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall of Fame Founder/CEO, says, “The 2020 Hall Of Heavy Metal History Gala is going to be amazing! Our entire Board of Directors want to thank metal fans all over the world who vote for our inductees, and attend our events. With their support, they are helping us keep hard rock and heavy metal alive for generations to come. At the same time, the gala helps our non profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), to provide free therapy services for disabled children and their families, in hospitals and community centers throughout the United States."
For more information, please visit thehallofheavymetalhistory.org, or call 973-725-5150.
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The writing was on the wall. After experiencing the thrill of fronting Van Halen, a band he'd idolized, Gary Cherone knew the ride was coming to an end. Across from him sat Alex Van Halen, the group’s drummer, who began the conversation by saying, “We sense that you’re unhappy and a little bit frustrated ... ”
Three years earlier, everything had started in a strangely surreal fashion. Cherone had found success as the frontmanof Extreme, the glam-metal outfit whose acoustic ballad “More Than Words” became an international hit. When Extreme went on hiatus in 1996, the singer found himself looking for a new musical project. “That summer, my manager Ray Danniels – who also managed Van Halen at the time – calls me up,” Cherone recalled in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone. “He goes, ‘What do you think about auditioning for Van Halen?’”
By this point, Van Halen had already endured the highs and lows of two previous singers. Original frontman David Lee Roth delivered his distinctive brand of showmanship, earning a reputation as one of the rock's greatest singers, while helping Van Halen become one of the biggest bands on the planet. Following his departure, Sammy Hagar led the group for a successful tenure from 1986-96 that saw Van Halen continue their chart-topping dominance. Now the role was once again vacant, and Cherone’s manager saw his client as the next in line.
“I said, ‘Yeah, sure. I’ll go out for the weekend, sing ‘Jump,’ come back and have a good story to tell,’” Cherone explained of his expectations. “And that was truly, truly how much I thought about it.”
Soon afterward, he was on a flight to Los Angeles. As reality started settling in, Cherone began to feel nervous. “I got off the plane in the afternoon and I remember Mike Anthony came out," he recalled. "I’d met him over the years at some Extreme shows. I said, ‘Mike, hey, man, you’re my only ally here.’” Despite initial concerns that he'd be viewed as an outsider, Cherone was welcomed by the band. “Alex and Eddie came out and shook my hand. I’m holding my suitcase, my overnight bag – and Ed goes, ‘You ready to sing?’ I go, ‘Yeah. Can I go to the bathroom first?’ Then we literally went into ‘5150,’ three other songs from the Hagar catalog and ‘Jump’ and ‘Panama’ from the Dave era.”
The chemistry in that first session was obvious, as Cherone quickly found a comfort level with the rest of Van Halen. The group quickly began working on new material. “Right from the get-go we were writing songs,” Cherone noted, adding that he did his best to quell his own excitement. “Even though Eddie was real enthusiastic and he embraced me and the band embraced me, I was skeptical. I was thinking, ‘I’ll take it day to day, week to week, let’s write another song, let’s write another song.’ I remember calling back home and everyone saying, ‘Are you in the band? You’re in the band, right?’ And I would go, ‘Yeah, I guess.’"
The new songs would make up Van Halen III, the group’s 11th album. The band launched a worldwide tour to coincide with its release. Despite excitement for the new material, fans and industry types seemed skeptical of the new singer.
"We’d go into a town and the radio station, there would be some mocking, you know, 'Gary Cherone, the ["More Than Words"] ballad guy, what’s he doing in Van Halen?'” the singer noted during a 2014 interview with UCR. “But those same radio people saw the show and then after that, we’d see them and they were apologizing. Maybe those guys didn’t know who Extreme was.”
Van Halen III was met with a collective yawn. It peaked at No. 4, with sales significantly lower than the group's previous albums (the most recent four had all reached No. 1). "Without You" was the LP's only significant radio hit. Billboard called the album “lackluster,” while Entertainment Weekly said the lyrics fell “somewhere between less than profound and not quite abysmal.”
The ensuing tour, while promising, was also met with lukewarm ticket sales despite the fact that the band delved deep into its catalog of songs. "It’s funny, it was kinda pre-YouTube, but there were rumors going around, 'Oh, they’re playing ‘Mean Street’ for the first time in 20 years,' so that worked in my favor," Cherone recalled.
As for the stress that came with fronting one of the biggest bands on Earth, the singer took it in stride. “I remember being stressed out, but I felt comfortable," Cherone admitted. "For me, all during the making of the record I couldn’t wait to go on tour because that was my comfort zone. I was dying to get out there and play some new songs, play some old songs. Of course you’re going to get the die-hard fans who are never going to like you no matter what you do. But most of the time, 90 percent of the audience was thrilled that I was singing the old shit. Two-thirds of the set, if not more, were songs Van Halen fans hadn’t heard in a very long time.”
The tour cycle came to a close at the end of 1998. Even with lower-than-expected profits, the band seemed energized by the trek. “I think, maybe, me having some young legs – I was a little younger than those guys. I’m not saying I pushed them, but I think they embraced it,” Cherone opined. “Because it’s my nature to run around and have fun like a carnival monkey, so Eddie was running around [during performances]. Everybody seemed to be happy.”
At the start of 1999, the members of Van Halen assembled to work on new music. Even as they penned new tunes and recorded demos, Cherone sensed the band had “started to get a little dysfunctional.” “I think Eddie started drinking a bit. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t going in the right direction," the singer confessed. "Also, I wasn’t in a great place mentally. I had some things going on in my personal life that affected me.”
And so Cherone found himself having a heart-to-heart with Alex, the drummer acting as the band’s figurehead, tasked with excusing the singer from his duties. “I knew the end was near,” he admitted, adding that he only wished they could have completed that second album together.
Unlike the drama-laced departures of Roth and Hagar, Cherone left amicably. He’d later describe the parting as “mutual,” and maintains a friendship with bassist Anthony to this day.
Extreme reformed in 2004, touring and occasionally releasing new material over the next decade-plus. Meanwhile, Van Halen would take a break for several years before reuniting with both Roth and Hagar at various points.
For his part, Cherone reflected happily on his tenure with the rock giants, even if it was short-lived. “At the end of the day, I’m gonna say, ‘Hey, I was one of the three singers in the mighty Van Halen,’" he said. "You can’t take that away from me.”
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Nobody's spontaneously combusting, but there is a certain amount of exuberance for the members of Spinal Tap after resolving a lengthy dispute with Universal Music Group over the their soundtrack recordings.
According to Billboard, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner -- the creators behind the groundbreaking '80s mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap -- have settled their legal issues over the 1984 film and the recordings from the movie will continue to be distributed through UMG. Under the new agreement, the rights will eventually be given to the creators and "the parties look forward to making these beloved recordings available to existing and new Spinal Tap fans for years to come."
Shearer stated, "I must admit, from the moment we first began mediation with them to now, I've been impressed by UMG's respect for creatives and their distinctive desire to seek a prompt and equitable solution to the issues."
Guest added, "It was refreshing to be treated so constructively and with such courtesy by UMG and I'm pleased we have been able to resolve this."
The trio of Shearer, Guest and McKean starred in the movie as Derek Smalls, Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins respectively, with their story being told by documentarian Marty Di Bergi, who was played by Reiner. In the years since the film, the three actors have resumed their Spinal Tap personas on multiple occasions, recording 1992's Break Like the Wind and 2009's Back From the Dead. Shearer, as Derek Smalls, also released a solo album titled Smalls Change: Meditations Upon Ageing in 2018.
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Ozzy Osbourne says he wouldn’t be alive now if it wasn’t for his wife and manager Sharon.
Ozzy was speaking to in a new Q&A provided by his US PR about his upcoming solo box set See You On The Other Side when he was asked if he ever thought he would be where he is today when first starting out in the music business.
Ozzy replies: “Absolutely! I knew, I thought, 'Oh, this will do!' When the first Black Sabbath album got in the charts, it was the first time I ever got success.
“I figured it would end, but we were picked up by various magazines and I thought, 'This will be good for a few years. Partying every night, women, and wine and rock'n'roll.'
“Here we are, 50 years up the road. I know that without a shadow of a doubt though, if it wasn't for my wife Sharon, I wouldn't be here now. I wouldn't be alive.
“She pushed me when I needed it. She yelled at me when I needed it. At the time I didn't think I wanted to be yelled at, but in the long run, you got to get off your butt and you got to get to what you're here to do. And I believe that's what I'm here to do!”
Reflecting on his early days with Sharon, Ozzy adds: “When we started off, I can remember, we were both broke, no credit cards, nothing. We'd have all the cash from the gig in a briefcase and we'd have to stay in these really cheap hotels."
Ozzy adds: “The briefcase with cash in it was handcuffed to my wrist because if we got ripped off, we were done. But it was fun because we had nothing to lose, and everything to gain! We'd beg, borrow, and steal.”
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Metallica have announced that their All Within My Hands Foundation has donated $100,000 towards wildfire relief efforts in California. Last fall, Metallica also donated $100,000 to assist wildfire relief efforts in their home state.
"Sadly, for the third year in a row, communities we have called home throughout the state of California are again experiencing the tragedy left in the wake of wildfires," says the band. "All Within My Hands would like to lend support to those affected in both Northern and Southern California by donating $100,000 to assist in relief, $50,000 to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund - created by the Community Foundation Sonoma County - and $50,000 to the Wildfire Relief Fund - created by the California Community Foundation.
"Both organizations are dedicated to long-term recovery efforts, helping residents resume normal lives as they get back on their feet after the devastation of these firestorms. "
"We would also like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need as well as the first responders who have been working tirelessly to keep Californians safe," Metallica adds. "Whether you are able to contribute money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies, or your time by volunteering or providing temporary housing, every bit helps."
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Lita Ford has confirmed to Rockin' Metal Revival in a new interview that she is putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited new solo album. "Well, I don't even wanna talk about it yet," she said (hear audio below). "Because it's almost done, it's almost ready to find a home — we need to find a home for it. But I really just wanna wait, because I want the record company to do a video and I wanna make a big announcement on it, because it's just so cool. And I'm so excited about it. But I don't wanna give it away yet."
Earlier this year, Lita told The Metal Voice that the follow-up to 2012's "Living Like A Runaway" album was once again being helmed by guitarist/producer Gary Hoey, who contributes some guitar playing to the disc, alongside the rest of Ford's backing band, which continues to consist of guitarist Patrick Kennison, drummer Bobby Rock and bassist Marty O'Brien.
"It's a concept album," Lita said. "We have to keep the songs consistent so they all work together."
Although Ford declined to reveal the specifics of the concept, she confirmed that the LP will include a song called "Monsters", which was inspired by infamous cult leaders like Charles Manson and David Koresh. "It's just really dark and nasty stuff — brainwashing people and all the stuff [Koresh] did, and got all those people to drink Kool-Aid," she said. "But then again, it could be someone like your attorney, or it could be someone like your mom who is the monster in your life. It could be your manager. You never know who the monster in your life is gonna turn out to be."
Last year, Ford told KBACK Radio that she "was going through a real hard time in my life" during the making of "Living Like A Runaway", "and music was my outlet. I dumped everything into my music, because I didn't wanna start drinking or doing drugs or hurting myself in any other way, so I just rocked out — I put everything into my music, and it really shows in the songs and the lyrics of that album," she said. "They are true — it's a true story, that entire album. But the next album that we're doing is something that I've had in the can for quite a while and it's resurfaced in my life and I'm carrying on with it and I'm making it come to life, and it's really awesome. I don't wanna give it away yet, but I think people are going to be happy with it. It's very riffy, very memorable choruses — stuff that sticks in your head with the riffs and the choruses, the melodies. A real cocky attitude. I love it. I'm very happy with it."
Ford's last release was 2016's "Time Capsule", a collection of songs that were recorded by Lita in the past, but never before made available.
Three years ago, Lita released an autobiography, "Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir", via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
You can listen to the interview here:
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Sons Of Apollo have announced the release of their second album, MMXX. The album (pronounced '20/20') is the follow-up to debut Psychotic Symphony, and will be released on January 17.
The album will be released as a standard CD package, as a limited edition 2 CD set – including instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts – and as a double vinyl plus CD package, and on all digital formats.
The band, in which drummer Mike Portnoy and keyboardist Derek Sherinian are joined by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Billy Sheehan and Jeff Scott Soto, have also announced a European tour for March, in addition to the already-announced run of North American dates in January. New dates below.
"Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut, says drummer Portnoy. "But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better.
"Psychotic Symphony was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”
He continues: "It took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along."
"Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity," adds Sherinian. "We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album's come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything."
Sons Of Apollo MMXX Tracklist:
1. Goodbye Divinity
2. Wither To Black
4. Desolate July
5. King Of Delusion
6. Fall To Ascend
7. Resurrection Day
8. New World Today
Sons Of Apollo European Tour:
Mar 02: Drammen Union Scene, Norway
Mar 03: Gothenburg Traedgarn, Sweden
Mar 05: Kyiv N.A.U Theatre, Ukraine
Mar 07: Moscow RED, Russia
Mar 09: St Petersburg Aurora, Russia
Mar 10: Pratteln Z7, Switzerland
Mar 11: Milan Live Club, Italy
Mar 13: Bilbao Santana 27, Spain
Mar 14: Barcelona Razzmatazz 2, Spain
Mar 15: Madrid La Riviera, Spain
Mar 19: London Islington Assembly Hall, U.K.
Mar 20: Eindhoven Prognosis Festival, Netherlands
Mar 22: Show Brno Sono, Czech Republic
Mar 24: Kosice Colosseum, Slovakia
Mar 25: Budapest Barba Negra, Hungary
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Over the weekend, RadarOnline reported that Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil and Tommy Lee are locked in a war of words, as they bicker over who should go to rehab first.
Said RadarOnline: "According to sources, the ’80s hair band is set to cash in with a $150 million Live Nation tour - if heavyweight front man Neil drops 40 pounds and gets treatment. But insiders say the 58-year-old singer was infuriated by the promoters’ slim-down demands - and insisted boozehound Lee needs is the one that needs to clean up his act! And that’s not sitting well with Lee."
Vince Neil has since taken to Twitter to quash the report. Says Vince: "People these rumours are false. I haven’t spoken to any band members since movie premiere. I had to cancel shows due to back problems which I am getting treatment now. There is no tension between me and Tommy. Don’t believe anything from these so-called gossip sites. Keep Rocking."
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Every couple of years, Poison return for a summer tour and some recent remarks from singer Bret Michaels have indicated that a 2020 run is in the works.
"I'm working real hard right now to put together something incredible with some other bands for next summer," Michaels told Billboard after expressing that "2020 is really the dream."
If the tour comes to fruition, it will be Poison's first live dates since July of 2018, when they toured with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil. The singer, however, has been gigging almost nonstop since Poison got off the road, maintaining his solo career and he last released the single "Unbroken," which he co-wrote with his daughter, Jorja.
The frontman insisted that new music from Poison "would be amazing," but had doubts that they would write and record an entire album. "At least one song," he said, "I'd love to do that. It's definitely on the wish list."
These words echo what Michaels told Loudwire last year as Poison were winding down their tour. "We’ve already written one song on the road that we’ve been jamming at soundcheck," he disclosed, noting, "It really sounds good — it’s a very modern song with a great feel and great hook."
"There’s a second one we’re working on too," the singer later revealed.
"I think we’ll have one for the next tour," Michaels told us, looking ahead when stating, "Poison will take  off and I’ll be out solo and then Poison [will hit the road] in 2020 with the new single."
Poison last released the Poison'd covers collection in 2007 with their most recent single being "SexyBack," which was their take on the Justin Timberlake hit.
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Revolution Saints -- the supergroup featuring Deen Castronovo, Doug Aldrich and Jack Blades -- have released a new song titled “When the Heartache Has Gone.”
The track, which features ex-Journey drummer Castronovo on lead vocals, will appear on their third album, though details have yet to be revealed on that release.
You can listen to "When the Heartache Has Gone" below:
Revolution Saints released their self-titled debut album in 2015 and followed it with Light in the Dark in 2016. Earlier this year, former Whitesnake guitarist Aldrich told All That Shreds that a tour was unlikely and “it sticks in my side a little bit." “Deen and I have the [Dead] Daisies, Jack’s got Night Ranger and now Deen has Journey Through Time, so it makes it really difficult for Revolution Saints to do anything,” he said.
“I told them on the second record, I said, ‘Guys, I’m not doing a second record because we never toured on the first one. So why do another record?’ The record company said, ‘Well, we really would like you to do it because people really like the music. We don’t care that you didn’t tour. At first, they cared, but now they don’t care. They just want to hear more music.’ I was like, ‘Okay, that’s fair enough.’ So we made the second record and I thought, Well, that’s it, and then they said we want to make a third record. So we’re probably going to do that with the understanding that we aren’t going to tour.”
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The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame made headlines recently when their original nomination for Motorhead did not include longtime members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee. They later corrected their error, but the snubbing was nothing new for the veteran members of the legendary band.
Guitarist Phil Campbell released his debut solo album "Old Lions Still Roar" last month and prior to the Rock Hall snubbing, he was asked by the Scars And Guitars podcast and he addressed how he is angered by not being recognized for his contribution to Motorhead for over three decades.
He told the show, "Some people, they don't even bother to read the writing credits of the Motorhead stuff. They just think it's Lemmy's thing. That kind of pisses me off. A lot of people seem to think that way... A few times I've said to people, 'Read the writing credits.'
"You can only take so much sometimes. [laughs] It depends on what mood you get in, but I know what all the other bandmembers have contributed. It was a proper band effort... We all worked hard with that band. Everyone was working their asses off."
Listen to the full interview below:
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The clip below features Warner Music's look inside Black Sabbath's new box set, The Vinyl Collection 1970 - 1978.
The limited edition, 9LP set brings together the band's first eight suit albums, plus a new mono singles collection. Available here, the set was produced in a limited, numbered edition of 3,000 copies.
When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward formed Black Sabbath in 1969, the quartet conjured a primal sound that was heavier, louder and more menacing than anything that had come before. The band recorded a series of metal masterpieces in the ’70s that became the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations of headbangers for years to come.
Rhino’s new collection spans the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first eight years with a nine-LP boxed set that includes 180-gram vinyl pressings of the band’s eight studio albums from the era, along with a new mono singles collection. The set also comes with a 7” single featuring “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)” and “Wicked World,” a single that wasn’t originally released in North America. Also included in the set are reproductions of the original tour books from this era.
The collection brings together some of the most powerful metal albums ever recorded, including the band’s eponymous debut (1970); the multi-platinum landmark Paranoid (1970); the platinum albums Master Of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973); the gold-certified Sabotage (1975); plus Technical Ecstasy (1976) and Never Say Die! (1978)
These albums contain a long list of metal classics, like “Black Sabbath,” “War Pigs,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “Sweet Leaf,” “Children Of The Grave,” “Into The Void,” “Changes,” “Supernaut,” “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” “Never Say Die,” and “Dirty Woman.”
The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978 also comes with Monomania, a new compilation of mono versions for several key songs from the Black Sabbath canon, including edited versions of “Iron Man,” “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and a previously unreleased edit of “Into The Void.” In addition to mono versions of studio tracks, Monomania also features a radio ad released in 1970 to promote Black Sabbath.
HAMMERFALL Guitarist: 'I Think Individuality Is What Separates Swedish Bands From The Rest Of The World'
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Clint Switzer of the "Music Mania" podcast conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL prior to the band's October 25 concert at Riot Room in Kansas City, Missouri in support of SABATON. You can listen to the entire chat below:
A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether he feels American audiences have been slow to embrace HAMMERFALL:
Oscar: "We've been around for 22 years and heavy metal, the way we play it, the melodic stuff, at the end of the '90s and for a large part of the 2000s as well was…I don't know, it wasn't regarded [laughs] nicely. If you had a band that was singing with clean vocals, it was not worth a lot over here, unfortunately. That has changed now, for sure — in the last ten years or so, it's been a big change. When we do these tours, we are coming back again next year as well. It will be four tours in four years. That is because it's finally working over here for us."
On HAMMERFALL's formation in 1997 at a time when melodic metal was considered to be unhip:
Oscar: "The climate over here was much worse for much longer, but it was pretty bad first in Sweden as well in the early, mid-'90s for this type of music. I mean, it took actually the turn of the millennia where it started getting more recognition in Sweden as well. The reason I started HAMMERFALL is simple: I wanted to play the music that I love the most. That's what it was. I didn't have any aspirations. I didn't have any goals or anything, I just wanted to make great music that I enjoy with my friends who also enjoy the same type of music. That was the whole thing with HAMMERFALL."
On the reception to the band's new studio album, "Dominion":
Oscar: "It's been really good. This is our 11th album, so you'd think we'd get used to it somehow. It's always that way — you write songs, you invest time and effort and passion and everything you have into them, recordings and everything, and when that's done, you can't change anything, but you still don't know how other people are going to react to it when they hear it. I always think that we've done a good job, but I never know what other people are going to think. Once the album actually does come out, there's a couple of singles before and videos and stuff, you can sort of tell where we were headed. People have been very receptive to this album for sure. The great thing is that when we finish, I have certain feelings about it. Like, this, I think is good for that reason, and it seems like people have heard the same things I've heard in the album."
On why Sweden produces so many quality hard rock and heavy metal bands:
Oscar: "I don't really know why this is. I just know the facts and there are so many bands out of Sweden, and what I think is the most important thing about all these bands is their individuality. Because you can continue with the bands you mention, you can continue going with SABATON, or IN FLAMES, and DARK TRANQULLITY, AT THE GATES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, EVERGREY. It's a bunch of bands from different genres but they all sound unique in their own way. They don't sound like other bands coming from Sweden. I think individuality is what separates Swedish bands from the rest of the world."
On vocalist Joacim Cans:
Oscar: "The thing with Joacim is he's 49 now, and the last five years, his voice has only gotten better and better with every release. It's usually the other way around. They start really high and scream their lungs out for their whole career, and when they can't scream anymore, they're more or less done. Like I said, I'm the biggest JUDAS PRIEST fan in the whole world, but Rob Halford can't do what he could do 20 years ago or whatever. The thing is, with Joacim, he does take care of his voice a lot. He's been doing this since way before I met him. He went to MI, the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles in '93 or something like that, so he learned proper techniques, breathing, and all these warm-ups and cool-downs. He's doing that before every show, like taking care of his voice, making sure it's ready and also, he doesn't overexert. He doesn't do these screams that take a toll on his vocal cords. He had some problems with his vocal cords about 13 years ago, maybe, something like that, so he had to have an operation. It was fifty-fifty for him to be able to do the tour after that. But he pulled through and since then, he's only been taking more and more care of his voice. That was sort of a thing: If this could have gone the other way, he may not have had a lot of voice left. He got through on the other side and decided to take even better care of his voice. I think that's really nice. It's great because that means…like we said, how many bands have a singer that's closing in on 50 and it's getting better and better with each release? I don't think that's very common. For HAMMERFALL, Joacim has the perfect voice. There's no question about it."
"Dominion" was released in August via Napalm Records.
HAMMERFALL recently announced a fall 2020 North American headline tour. The tour starts September 14, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Florida and runs through October 19, 2020 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Support will come from BEAST IN BLACK and EDGE OF PARADISE.
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Eagle Rock Entertainment have released a trailer for the documentary film Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me. You can wath the video here:
It’ll launch in UK cinemas on November 26, with the Mike Figgis-directed film exploring the life and career of the Rolling Stones guitarist, including his music, art and personal life.
In the new clip, Ronnie Wood says: “I was in the hands of destiny all my life and in the right place at the right time. I wouldn’t change anything, except I would do it with my eyes open a bit more.”
The trailer also features interview snippets with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and with his friend and former Faces bandmate Rod Stewart.
The synopsis for the film reads: “A man still at the cutting edge in his seventies, the film tells the story from his humble beginnings in north London, where his older brothers shaped the musical powerhouse he would become, to his unique career that has not only spanned over 50 years – so far – but also traversed some of the most influential musicians the world has ever known.
“Ronnie guides us on a journey through his life – painting and performing, accompanied by the friends, musicians and artists who have been part of that life over the years."
Later this month, on November 15, the guitarist will release Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five – Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry through BMG.
The performance was recorded at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre in 2018 – a night that saw guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters.
Mad Lad will include Wood’s track Tribute To Chuck Berry and Worried Life Blues, which was written by Maceo Merriweather, with the album artwork hand-painted by Wood himself.
Wood will also play with his band at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 21.
|Posted on November 3, 2019 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Bon Jovi have released a new song entitled "Unbroken" that will be featured in the forthcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder focused documentary To Be of Service.
The track was written by Jon Bon Jovi and produced along with John Shanks, and is billed as an anthem that shines a spotlight on the thousands of veterans living with PTSD that takes the point of view of the veteran military service member.
"This song is meant to honor America's veterans and their service, but I also wanted to take an unflinching look at the reality of their daily lives and struggles," said Bon Jovi.
Bon Jovi and Island Records have also announced that during the next 12 months, they will donate 100% of net proceeds from the download of the song to the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation.
Check it out here:
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Mark it on your calendar, start saving your money and book your travel arrangements. KISS have announced that their final show will take place July 17, 2021 in New York City.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the band clued fans into the news during their KISS Kruise performance over the weekend.
"We've been on the 'End of the Road' tour, and people have said, 'When is the last show?'" frontman Paul Stanley said. "So, we're here to tell you that the end of the road comes to an end on July 17, 2021 in New York City." As Stanley revealed the news, a giant countdown clock appeared behind the band, reading 622 days, 23 hours and 51 minutes.
The group has yet to reveal the venue of the final show or give specific ticketing information, but during their performance it was announced that 90 more tour dates would be confirmed shortly.
Discussion of KISS' farewell began in February of 2018 when the group filed a trademark for the moniker "End of the Road."
"It's not the first trademark that's been filed," said Stanley at the time. "I thought it was a terrific name, and I was surprised nobody had used it before. I wanted to make sure that when we used it, and there will be a time that we do, I imagine — I wanted to be sure that we own it and it's ours. When we wanted to go out and do the 'Hottest Show On Earth' tour, Ringling Bros. came to us and said, 'You can't do that.' It set off a light and bell for me. We've always had slogans or sayings that are synonymous with us, and this was another. Everything does end, in one form or another. When it's my time, I want to go out in style, and I want to go out guns blazing. So, when I came up with this idea, I thought let's make sure we tie this up."
By April of 2018, Stanley began teasing a "major KISS tour" for 2019, and eventually dates were announced in October of 2018. The "End of the Road" tour launched on Jan. 31 in Vancouver.
KISS will finish out the year with dates in Australia and New Zealand, before jetting off to Japan in December. They'll get a solid break before resuming the "End of the Road" tour in the U.S., with a March 4 Los Angeles start set for next year.
Update: Ultimate Classic Rock have revealed the cities and dates for 75 of their upcoming shows. In addition, they revealed that the tenth KISS Kruise will venture from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize and Roatan, Honduras Oct. 30-Nov. 4 next year. See all the newly listed dates below and stay tuned for ticketing info:
2/01 – Manchester, NH
2/04 – Allentown, PA
2/05 – Buffalo, NY
2/07 – Charlottesville, VA
2/08 – Greensboro, NC
2/11 – Columbia, SC
2/13 – Lexington, KY
2/15 – Peoria, IL
2/16 – Fort Wayne, IN
2/18 – Springfield, MO
2/19 – Wichita, KS
2/21 – Sioux City, IA
2/22 – Grand Forks, ND
2/24 – St. Paul, MN
2/25 – Lincoln, NE
2/29 – Laughlin, NV
3/02 – Bakersfield, CA
3/04 – Los Angeles, CA (makeup date for postponed 9/20/19 show)
3/06 – Oakland, CA (makeup date for postponed 9/16/19 show)
3/09 – El Paso, TX
3/10 – Lubbock, TX
3/12 – Tulsa, OK
3/14 – Lafayette, LA
3/15 – Biloxi, MS
4/24 – San Salvador, El Salvador
4/28 – San Jose, Costa Rica
4/30 – Bogata, Columbia
5/02 – Lima, Peru
5/05 – Santiago, Chile
5/07 – Asuncion, Paraguay
5/09 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
5/12 – Porto Alegro, Brazil
5/14 – Curitiba, Brazil
5/16 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
5/19 – Uberlandia, Brazil
6/09 – Paris, France
6/12 – Derby, U.K. (previously announced, Download Festival)
6/14 – Dortmund, Germany
6/15 – Hamburg, Germany
6/18 – Copenhagen, Denmark
6/20 – Sandnes, Norway
6/23 – Gothenburg, Sweden
6/25 – Stockholm, Sweden
6/27 – Helsinki, Finland
6/29 – Kaunas, Lithuania
7/01 – Prague, Czech Republic
7/04 – Barcelona, Spain
7/05 – Madrid, Spain
7/07 – Lisbon, Portugal
7/10 – Frankfurt, Germany
7/11 – Stuttgart, Germany
7/13 – Verona, Italy
7/15 – Gilwice, Poland
7/16 – Budapest, Hungary
7/18 – Sofia, Bulgaria
7/21 – Geneva, Switzerland
7/25 – Johannesburg, South Africa
8/28 – Mansfield, MA
8/29 – Hartford, CT
8/31 – Canandaigua, NY
9/01 – Bangor, ME
9/04 – Atlantic City, NJ
9/05 – Burgettstown, PA
9/08 – Atlanta, GA
9/09 – Raleigh, NC
9/11 – Clarkston, MI
9/13 – Tinley Park, IL
9/14 – Dayton, OH
9/15 – Milwaukee, WI
9/19 – George, WA
9/20 – Ridgefield, WA
9/22 – Boise, ID
9/24 – Salt Lake City, UT
9/26 – San Bernardino, CA
9/27 – Chula Vista, CA
9/29 – Phoenix, AZ
10/01 – Austin. TX
10/03 – Ft. Worth. TX
10/30-11/04: Kiss Kruise X
7/17/21 – New York, NY
|Posted on November 3, 2019 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
In a recent interview with Antoine de Montremy of France's Duke TV, Michael Monroe discussed the 2002 reformation and eventual dissolution of famed Finnish rockers HANOI ROCKS.
The band originally broke on to the hard rock scene in the first half of the 1980s, becoming one of the first Finnish bands to make an international impact. HANOI ROCKS's career was subsequently derailed after the 1984 death of drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, who was killed in a car accident caused by MÖTLEY CRÜE's Vince Neil. Internal tensions and the commercial disappointment that was 1985's "Rock & Roll Divorce" led to Monroe leaving the band that year, thus putting an early end to HANOI ROCKS.
"The rebirth of HANOI ROCKS happened in 2002," he said (see video below). "It was not planned. It just happened. I would never do a reunion to cash in on the reunion, so to speak, to cash in on the old name. It was interesting for me to see what we could accomplish with Andy [McCoy, guitar] because he had learned to respect my songwriting abilities, which he didn't in the past. It was cool to see what we could do. We had some old ideas, like from 1984, that we had leftover, that I remembered, that we reworked and made into songs. Then it started slipping into the same old 'you'd be nothing without me' and all that shit. I was, like, 'Are you sure you want to start this? Let's do some farewell tours.' I was ready to commit to that for the rest of my life if it had continued being fun, but it came to a point where it wasn't fun anymore, so I called Andy and said 'Let's put this thing to bed.'
"After that, I haven't seen him," he continued. "We haven't had much to do with him, unless it was business with HANOI or something that has to be taking care of, our name in the paper — fine; we'll deal with that. Obviously, we're not the best of friend-friends, not like with Sami [Yaffa, bass]. Sami, Nasty [Suicide, guitar] and me had this bond that was created in the first half of a year of HANOI ROCKS when we started living in the streets of Stockholm homeless. That made us had this street gang kind of vibe. Us against the world, looking out for each other."
Monroe released his new album, "One Man Gang", on October 18 via Silver Lining Music. Recorded and mixed by Petri Majuri at E-Studio in Sipoo, Finland over three weeks in March 2018, the 12-song record was mixed that following autumn with Monroe and bandmates Rich Jones and Steve Conte on production duties.
The Monroe band's all-star lineup features former HANOI ROCKS and NEW YORK DOLLS bass player Sami Yaffa, who has played with Michael since the '80s, and drummer Karl Rockfist (who has played with notable acts such as DANZIG). On guitar are Rich Jones (formerly of the Ginger Wildheart band) and Steve Conte (best known as the guitarist who filled the void left by Johnny Thunders in the NEW YORK DOLLS, as well as playing guitar with many other name acts such as Suzi Quatro, Eric Burden and many more).