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TICKETMASTER GEARING UP TO UNVEIL REFUND PLAN FOR THOUSANDS OF POSTPONED SHOWS CAUSED BY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Posted on April 19, 2020 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Billboard is reporting that Ticketmaster is finalizing a plan to begin offering refunds for concerts by artists performing in more than 18,000 concerts and events that had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Starting May 1, once postponed shows set new dates, fans will begin receiving emails from Ticketmaster to initiate a full refund. Fans will then have 30 days to request a refund, otherwise their ticket will be good for the rescheduled date.

 

Live Nation will also offer fans an option to receive credit for cancelled and postponed shows through the Rock When You Are Ready program, or they can donate their tickets to health care workers through the Hero Nation program.

 

"For cancelled shows, refunds will be automatically processed within 30 days, unless fans voluntarily opt into other programs," a statement from the company reads. "Live Nation venues will offer fans an option to receive a 150% credit for the value of their tickets to be used for a future Live Nation show. Fans will also be able to donate the proceeds of their refund to a charity to give concert tickets to health care workers, with Live Nation matching ticket donations."

 

The refund plan comes after a month of negotiations with five major talent agencies -- WME, Paradigm, CAA, ICM and UTA -- scheduling meetings with the professional sports leagues looking to reschedule games in the buildings were the shows are set to take place and coordination with AEG who is going to offer refunds to its customers under the same terms and method as Live Nation. In total, Ticketmaster has already cancelled or postponed 30,000 events representing $2 billion in ticket sales and another 25,000 events that are still scheduled to take place through the end of year. Ticketmaster is expecting some of those events will be postponed or canceled throughout the year and will begin offering refunds on a rolling basis.

 

Read the complete report here:

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/touring/9360740/ticketmaster-preparing-refund-plan-for-thousands-of-postponed-shows


From: http://bravewords.com/news/ticketmaster-gearing-up-to-unveil-refund-plan-for-thousands-of-postponed-shows-caused-by-coronavirus-pandemic

45 Years Ago: Bad Company Roars Back With 'Straight Shooter'

Posted on April 19, 2020 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Bad Company ensconced themselves in an old castle. They weren't hiding out, despite the immense pressure to follow up the band's chart-topping debut album. In fact, their sophomore release was falling together with the greatest of ease.

 

"I rented [Clearwell Castle] on the Welsh border near London in the west of England," producer Ron Nevison told Songfacts in 2018. "It was a gothic castle that was opened in the summer for tourists, but in the wintertime, it was closed up and they just rented it out to rock bands to rehearse in. But where you can rehearse, you can record. So, I went up to have a look at it, and I said, 'Yeah, this would be great.' That's where we did the Straight Shooter album."

 

They began with an held-over half-finished song, and completed seven more in a matter of weeks.

 

"We had come off a very heavy tour, and we needed material," Paul Rodgers said on In the Studio. "So, I started to play ['Feel Like Makin' Love'] and I said to [guitarist Mick Ralphs], 'It needs a chorus, something to come in heavy here.' So, he says, ‘How about this?’ [hums guitar part]. Weird isn't it? It came together like almost by accident. It might still have been floating around in my head today if we hadn't, like, needed a song desperately, you know."

 

Long before Straight Shooter hit store shelves in April 1975, Bad Company already had their third Top 40 hit. "We had no idea that that would become this song with so much attached to it – memories, so much atmosphere and a lot of love, really," Rodgers told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.

 

Straight Shooter matched their debut with a No. 3 finish in the U.K., and hit the same mark on the Billboard charts, as well. That was without the benefit of an official release for "Shooting Star," one of Bad Company's best-loved songs.

 

"The thought process behind writing that song was that I looked around and thought, 'Wow, there's a lot of people dying at that time in the music business,'" Rodgers told Rock Cellar in 2012. "But even now, when you think about it, they're still dying — Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Whitney Houston. They're dying way too young, and I think to myself, 'The entertainment business is not a war zone — why are all these brilliant musicians dying?' And that's what triggered the idea behind 'Shooting Star,' all those years ago."

 

Rodgers collaborated with Ralphs on the bulk of the songs, just as he had on 1974's Bad Company. But this time, they opened up the process more to drummer Simon Kirke, who got his first stand-alone writing credits on "Anna" and "Weep No More." Straight Shooter was more varied for it.

 

"'Weep No More' was the first song I ever put forward to the guys in Bad Company," Kirke told Songfacts in 2017, "and I was so nervous because Paul is such an amazing singer and he wrote such amazing songs. He still does and he still is an amazing singer. But I was very nervous about putting this song forward, because it was a little complex – it wasn't particularly bluesy. And he really liked it. The whole band liked it, and they actually got a full orchestra to play on it. 'Weep No More' really makes my heart sing whenever I hear it."

 

Bad Company stayed on a roll, reeling off another Top 5 album with 1976's Run With the Pack before their creative engine began to slow. Burning Sky, the band's fourth studio effort, finished on the lower end of the Top 20 before Bad Company staged a brief turnaround on 1979's Desolation Angels then began to fade.

 

At this point, however, they played and created with an almost unconscious effort. That was perhaps all the more surprising since supergroups like this one, which combined former members of Free, Mott the Hoople and King Crimson, so very seldom succeed.

 

"We're all at the same stage," bassist Boz Burrell told Circus in 1974. "We're all enthusiastic and not jaded yet; this is really like our very first band."

 

Cut live, just months after their first album began to surge in popularity, Straight Shooter is the sound of a band still feeling its oats. There may have been bumps ahead, but for now they remained over the next horizon.

 

"I was amazed when the first incarnation was as successful as it was," Ralphs told the Associated Press in 1995. "It was an incredible time for us."

 

From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/bad-company-straight-shooter/

WHITESNAKE'S DAVID COVERDALE HINTS AT POTENTIAL RETIREMENT

Posted on April 19, 2020 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Whitesnake's touring plans in 2020 took a hit just before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, with singer David Coverdale having to bow out of a summer trek with Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger in order to undergo surgery on a bilateral inguinal hernia. In a recent conversation with Detroit's WRIF, Coverdale revealed that his touring career may have an end in sight.

 

When asked about the current pandemic, Coverdale stated, "I have a feeling it's gonna take a little while to get things back to any semblance of what we knew before. So what we have to do is think outside the box. I have to get this surgery and get up and running. And what better age for the Whitesnake lead singer to go out and retire on — 69. [Laughs]"


Though initially said with a laugh, Coverdale admitted that he actually has thought of retirement from touring, stating, "I've always written songs that challenge me as a vocalist, and I'm 68 now. So I think 69 would be appropriate for Whitesnake's lead singer [to retire], wouldn't you?"


Hear more of the chat here:

 

https://wrif.com/episodes/talkin-rock-with-david-coverdale-and-rival-sons-singer-jay-buchanan/


Even though in the latter stages of his career, Coverdale has continued to issue quality material under the Whitesnake banner. The group's latest album, Flesh & Blood, was saluted as one the 50 Best Rock Albums of 2019 here at Loudwire, while the single "Shut Up & Kiss Me" also took honors in our 66 Best Rock Songs of 2019.

 

From: https://loudwire.com/whitesnake-david-coverdale-hints-retirement-2021/

GENE SIMMONS ADDRESSES "WELL-MEANING RELIGIOUS PEOPLE" ABOUT QUARANTINE - "YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO THE SAME GOD I AM, GOD IS SAYING 'STAY HOME'!"

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)


KISS singer/bassist, Gene Simmons, has issued another message in regards to the fight against the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Simmons spoke to TMZ, who shared the video below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAOMjb7xCs4

 

KISS singer/guitarist, Paul Stanley, released the video below, in which he performs the KISS classics "Makin' Love", "Hotter Than Hell", and "Got To Choose" from home quarantine.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_33LCN4zWc4


From: http://bravewords.com/news/gene-simmons-addresses-well-meaning-religious-people-about-quarantine-you-re-not-listening-to-the-same-god-i-am-god-is-saying-stay-home-video

Metallica Stream Complete 2009 Copenhagen Concert

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Metallica are streaming video of a complete 2009 concert in Copenhagen, Denmark as the latest edition of their special series "Metallica Mondays."

 

The band were filmed at the city's Forum Kobenhavn on July 22, 2009 during the second of a five-night stand at the venue as part of the group's World Magnetic tour in support of 2008's "Death Magnetic."

 

The newly-launched weekly series - which debuted with a 2019 show at Ireland's Slane Castleand continued with a 2017 concert in Paris, France - sees the band premiere full concert footage every Monday at 8 p.m. ET on their YouTube and Facebook feeds.

 

Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation recently donated $350,000 to assist in coronavirus pandemic relief efforts. The group are providing four grants to four organizations dedicated to assisting those hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, including Feeding America, Direct Relief, Crew Nation, and The USBG National Charity Foundation.


Watch the concert here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m05Y0yqvyUc


From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/20/April/07Metallica_Stream_Complete_2009_Copenhagen_Concert.shtml

SAMMY HAGAR Says He Is Not To Blame For VAN HALEN's Increased Reliance On Keyboards

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Sammy Hagar has shot down the widespread belief that he was responsible for the increased reliance on keyboards during his time with VAN HALEN.

 

Even though Hagar's years with VAN HALEN were the band's most successful in terms of chart success, MTV exposure and Grammy Awards, the group's music became a little more commercial while still maintaining that classic VAN HALEN sound thanks to Eddie Van Halen's guitar work and the blazing Michael Anthony/Alex Van Halen rhythm section.

 

During an appearance earlier today (Tuesday, April 7) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", Hagar and Anthony both denied that Sammy was to blame for VAN HALEN pursuing a more keyboard-heavy sound that incorporated emerging pop trends at the expense of the rawer, more muscular sound that the band was previously known for.

 

"Finally I get my soapbox here," Hagar said (hear audio below). "Everyone blamed me for the freakin' keyboard playing on the 'Van Hagar' era, starting with [1986's] '5150'. On [1988's] 'OU812', we went very keyboard-oriented. I didn't do any of that. That's what Eddie did. Eddie wanted to do that. He liked playing keyboards, and he was freakin' good at it. He wrote these beautiful songs like 'When It's Love' and 'Why Can't This Be Love', it's such a cool lick…"

 

"One Ed really got into the keyboard thing, he [didn't] pick up his guitar for a long time, I remember," Anthony interjected. "He was just playing keyboards all the time."

 

"So it wasn't like I was sitting here saying, 'Hey, man. Let's do some more keyboards,'" Hagar continued. "I'm sitting here saying, 'What have you got, Ed?' And he goes, 'I've got this.' And I'm going, 'Wow, that's great. I could sing to it,' 'cause I could sing to any damn thing. So I'd start singing. Ed would go, 'Oh, man, this is so cool.' And, of course, Valerie [Bertinelli, Eddie's then-wife] would come in and validate it. When she heard 'Love Walks In', she just [said], 'Oh my God.' And Eddie's going, 'Oh, man. My wife's happy, so I'm happy.' And I'm going, 'Well, I'm happy.' And we had success and all that.

 

"I kind of always got blamed for the keyboard songs and it was not me whatsoever. I'm a damn guitar player. Every time I would pick up — like for 'Finish What Ya Started' or something like that — when I would instigate a song, it was a guitar song, 'cause I don't play keyboards. So it wasn't me. I just went along with what we had, and if it wouldn't have been good, I wouldn't have went along with it. I would have said, 'This sucks.' But it didn't.

 

"The part that's most impressive to me is what a good keyboard player Eddie Van Halen is. He's got a left hand on the freakin' keyboard that's as good as freakin' Bootsy Collins on the bass, man. He's funky with that left hand. Listen to 'When It's Love', man."

 

Hagar replaced David Lee Roth in VAN HALEN in 1985 and recorded four studio albums with the band — "5150", "OU812", "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" and "Balance" — all of which topped the U.S. chart. The highest-charting Roth-led VAN HALEN album was a No. 2, and it took until "1984" to achieve that. (2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth" also landed at No. 2.)

 

You can check out the interview here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_q_ddJ3oOE


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sammy-hagar-says-he-is-not-to-blame-for-van-halens-increased-reliance-on-keyboards/

The Question Alice Cooper Wants to Ask Bob Dylan

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (1)


Alice Cooper revealed the question he’d most like to ask Bob Dylan if he ever managed to arrange an interview.

 

The shock-rock icon has been recording conversations for broadcast with other artists for years, but hasn’t been able to speak to his notoriously reclusive hero.

 

“Somebody told me that he doesn't use a teleprompter,” Cooper told Forbes in a new interview. “That's 400 songs, okay? Everybody in that band has to know every song because he does an audible [instruction] - he doesn't just give them a set list. He'll get done with a song and say, ‘Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.’ And they have to know that. If he's not using a teleprompter, it's one of the most amazing memories of all time.”

 

Cooper noted that he "would ask him if he does use a teleprompter … because as a singer I would be lost without my teleprompter. And I know those songs. I still like to have it on. So I would ask him, ’Is it just whatever song you want to play right at that moment? It is just an audible?’”

 

The singer explained that he always tries to ensure that his interviews result in recordings that come across like private chats. “When you get two rock stars talking, they're gonna go off in a million different directions,” Cooper said. “I think people would much rather feel like they're voyeurs and they're listening to a private conversation that they shouldn't be listening to between two guys. I think that's a more interesting interview.

 

“But if it is something where they're really trying to sell something I'd say, ‘Okay, let's get that out of the way so we can just riff from then on.’ And I think that makes it a more comfortable interview for everybody and a more unique interview, because you kind of feel like you're getting away with something. You're listening to Alice talk to this guy about this city and that person.”

 

From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/alice-cooper-bob-dylan-question/

New NICKELBACK Documentary Is 'Very Close To Being Released'

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Canadian rockers NICKELBACK are preparing to release a new documentary.

 

The news of the set's arrival was broken by NICKELBACK guitarist Ryan Peake, who stated in a video message earlier today: "We teased a documentary on our tour a year and a half ago. And I won't bore you with all the details — it is very close to being released. So please stay tuned. I would say in the next month or two, we may have something for everybody who wants to see everything NICKELBACK. Even if you don't wanna see everything NICKELBACK, we will have it all for you. So, stay tuned. We hope you guys enjoy it."

 

NICKELBACK was scheduled to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its diamond-certified No. 1 album "All The Right Reasons" on a U.S. tour this summer.

 

"All The Right Reasons" was released in October 2005 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It spent 110 weeks in the Top 30 and has sold over 19 million copies worldwide, including more than eight million in North America alone.

 

Chad Kroeger told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he doesn't know the formula for that kind of success. "I used to think I knew how to help another band achieve success, and I don't think I know how to do that anymore," he said. "I mean, that's what every record company is looking for, aren't they? How do we get a band to be as successful as we possibly can. There's just something there about four guys that get together, make music, and they get onstage and they play their hearts out for their fans... sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

 

Since forming in Alberta, Canada in 1995, globally celebrated NICKELBACK have cemented themselves as one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past three decades. NICKELBACK's success includes worldwide sales of more than 50 million units, solidifying their status as one of the top-selling acts of all time.

 

Their inescapable and irresistible smash "How You Remind Me" was named Billboard's "Top Rock Song Of The Decade" and was No. 4 on the Top 10 songs of the 2000s list. "All The Right Reasons" was diamond certified (10 million+ copies sold) by the RIAA, in 2018, putting them on an elite shortlist of artists to ever accomplish this. Amongst all these accolades, they've also been named Billboard's "Top Rock Group of the Decade." And, along the way, they have received a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, a People's Choice Award, twelve JUNO Awards, seven MuchMusic Video Awards, and have been inducted into Canada's Walk Of Fame (2007).

 

With more than 23 chart-topping singles and fans spanning the globe, NICKELBACK boasts twelve consecutive sold-out world tours, playing to well over eight million diehard and adoring fans.


Judas Priest;s Rob Halford thanks NHS staff: "You are angels"

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has sent a message of thanks to NHS staff who are on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The whole of the UK is currently in lockdown in a bid to save lives and protect the NHS – and Halford has voiced his admiration for the work that's being done in hospitals up and down the country.

 

He says: “All of us in Judas Priest want to send out big, massive love to our brilliant NHS. You guys are angels. Thank you so much for looking after us through this COVID-19 crisis – and thank you for helping so many of us recover and do all the brilliant work that is associated with this pandemic.


“It's terrible, isn't it? But it's such a relief to know that we have you beautiful people doing the wonderful things you do for us and helping the UK get back on its feet. So, thank you. Oh, yeah… keep listening to heavy metal!”

 

Over the past two weeks, people across the UK have taken to their doorsteps and windows to clap and show their support for NHS staff and other key workers, who are keeping the country going amid the national lockdown.

 

Judas Priest recently announced plans for a 50th anniversary tour and had previously reported that work on a new studio album was under way.

 

The band will also head out on the road with Ozzy Osbourne on his No More Tours 2 run of shows later in the year. Priest will also headline the UK’s Bloodstock festival in August.


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/judas-priests-rob-halford-thanks-nhs-staff-you-are-angels

MOTORHEAD, MOTLEY CRUE - OFFICIAL PET COLLARS, LEASHES, LANYARDS AND KEYCHAINS AVAILABLE FROM CANINUS COLLARS

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Caninus Collars has launched a new collection of unique pet accessories, featuring Slayer, Motörhead and Mötley Crüe designs.

 

Says Caninus Collars: "During this time of social distancing and isolation, we at Caninus understand that our furry companions are more important than ever. Please be safe and stay healthy!"

 

Check out the designs and descriptions below:

 

"There's one good thing about being stuck at home. We get to spend more time with our best friends. Check out our new official Mötley Crüe pet collars, leashes, lanyards and keychains! Treat your pet like the rock star that they are!"

 

"This is for any dog or cat that lives their life on their own terms and does things their own way. Long live Lemmy! Official Motörhead pet collars, leashes, lanyards and key chains!"

 

"Last but not least... we’ve had a lot of requests for these over last couple of years and we finally made it happen. Official Slayer pet collars, leashes, lanyards and key chains are here!!"

 

More information and ordering options at CaninusCollars.com.

 

From :http://bravewords.com/news/slayer-motorhead-motley-crue-official-pet-collars-leashes-lanyards-and-keychains-available-from-caninus-collars

KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Celebrate Father's 100th Birthday

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)


KISS frontman and cofounder Paul Stanley shared a post on Twitter on Tuesday (April 7th) to celebrate the 100th birthday of his father William Eisen.

 

Stanley posted a photo with his father and wrote, "MY DAD IS ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD TODAY! He is an awesome man and I am so proud to be his son.

 

"We can't be together since it's not safe. I love him dearly and am asking everyone please wish him Happy Birthday on this milestone. Thank you."


Jimi Hendrix Engineer Eddie Kramer Is Subject of New Movie

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Acclaimed studio engineer Eddie Kramer will be the subject of a documentary movie titled From the Other Side of the Glass, Variety reported.

 

Kramer, 77, is known for his lifelong connection to the music of Jimi Hendrix, having worked with the guitarist during his life and on posthumous archive releases. He also shared studios with Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Kiss and others, and engineered the three-LP Woodstock album from 1969.


“Kramer is one of those names that everyone who ever scoured liner notes during rock’s golden age knows, but few know much about,” Variety noted. “The film is expected to focus on Kramer as a witness to rock history … while also exploring his own psyche and personal development. In recent years, Kramer has focused more of his efforts on developing studio technology and signature gear for musicians, including helping design software plugins and guitar effects pedals.”

 

In 2018, South African-born Kramer reflected on his early days, telling FYI Music News, that "moving to England in 1960 was a critical moment because you can imagine the scene there was just bursting. … And then by 1962, I was in the studio as a young punk engineer. I just said, ‘Yeah, that's it, this is what I have to do.’”

 

He recalled he was "at Pye Studios, and one day we're doing the Kinks, the next day we're at Town Hall recording a 90-piece symphony orchestra with three microphones, so I got this fantastic classical training as well as this rock thing. It was crazy. There were no schools for engineering. You just learned by making mistakes.”

 

The movie’s producers include Joe Berlinger and Spencer Proffer; Rolling Stone magazine is also “taking a key role in the project.” Documentary maker John Dorsey has signed up to direct. Side projects include plans to publish a book of Kramer’s photography, and to film “top contemporary artists performing acoustic re-imaginations of select classic songs he engineered.”

 

More details, including a release date, will be revealed later.

 

From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/eddie-kramer-movie/

TESLA's JEFF KEITH: 'The World Will Learn To Work Together' As A Result Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


TESLA singer Jeff Keith spoke to Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio about how the coronavirus has affected almost every business in the world and especially the music industry. He said (hear audio below): "It's impacting everything — every congregation, from birthday parties to, my Gosh, even funerals, church. Every function that people gather is out. So all livelihoods are being hit — everything. The whole world is having to deal with this, so, if anything, what good, I think, will come from it is that the world will, and has to, learn to work together — the entire world. Not just this country and that country — the entire world.

 

"They say that good things come from even better things, and that would be my take," he continued. "As bad as this thing is, and it's terrible, and it's horrible, but at least, if anything, we have no choice. And hopefully we will catch on to that and we'll all work together as the world with the environment — on everything.

 

"It's great to be from a country and to stand up for the country you're from, but to work together as an entire world is the most incredible thing."

 

Keith also talked about how he is personally dealing with the stresses of the pandemic. He said: "We're a week or two behind some other countries, and we're starting to get the big hit like some countries that were doing things two weeks earlier — their numbers are starting to come down, and our numbers are starting to go up. The numbers are gonna start going up — they're going up in all different kinds of places — and we've just gotta get a handle on this thing. What it takes is the hardest thing to do, is for everybody just to stay put.

 

"Myself, I drive out — I'm looking at Folsom Lake right now; it's five miles from my house, and I’m still in my own controlled environment inside my truck, looking out at the lake, talking to you," he added. "It's still keeping to myself. You have to be careful shopping. A lot of people are freaking out. I saw a thing on the world news yesterday where people that really need the medicine can't get it, 'cause people are getting' it just to stockpile it. The toilet paper thing — I don't get it. [People] can't even get toilet paper and Kleenex and paper towels, because everybody went and just kind of hoarded it out."

 

TESLA released "Five Man London Jam" on March 27 on Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD and digital via Ume. The recording celebrates the 30th anniversary of TESLA's landmark "Five Man Acoustical Jam" album.


You can check out the interview here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0AEXhpTYpc


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/teslas-jeff-keith-the-world-will-learn-to-work-together-as-a-result-of-coronavirus-pandemic/

Rocklahoma won't take place in 2020

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)


Organisers of the Rocklahoma festival have announced that this year’s event is off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Rocklahoma 2020 was due to take place at the Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, on May 22-24, with bands including Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Anthrax, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Motionless In White, Body Count, Hollywood Undead, and Hellyeah due to play.

 

Organisers say in a statement: “This is tough. For 13 straight years Rocklahoma has been America’s biggest Memorial Day party. Not being able to bring it to you for year 14 breaks our hearts, but it is the right thing to do.

“At the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so fucking bummed to announce that Rocklahoma will be postponed to 2021.

 

“We raise our glasses to you, our fans. Every single damn year you show up. You rock out in Pryor. You build a community of die-hard rock fans and open your doors to your neighbours in the campgrounds. We can’t wait to get to work on 2021 and deliver the best weekend possible to you.”

 

Organisers add that those who purchased tickets through their official ticket partner Elevate will be able to transfer their passes to 2021.

 

Ticket holders will also receive an email tomorrow (April 8th) outlining the refund and transfer process.


From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/rocklahoma-wont-take-place-in-2020

STEVE VAI LOOKS BACK AT WHITESNAKE'S SLIP OF THE TONGUE - "I THINK IT STANDS UP AS A GREAT SOUNDING RECORD"

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Guitar World caught up with guitarist Steve Vai to discuss his time with Whitesnake and 1989’s Slip Of The Tongue album.

 

Vai summarized the experience stating: “It ticked all the right boxes for me because I didn’t have to front the band, I had the greatest lead singer in the world at the time, and I was treated like a king. The guys in the band were just fantastic and they were gentlemen. Rudy Sarzo is the nicest guy in the world. Tommy Aldridge is hilarious and gifted. Adrian Vandenberg was fantastic; very cultured, liked good things, killer player with good tone! And they all tolerated my attitude and pretension brilliantly.

 

"To this day I remain very happy with the record itself and I think it stands up as a great sounding record, even if it may be a little different from the rest of the Whitesnake albums."

 

Discussing his skills as a player back then, he reflects: "It’s interesting because a couple years ago I saw a clip of one of the shows we did at Donington and I couldn’t believe it! I said, 'Is that what I played like back then?!' It was pretty fierce and there was a real aggression to it. And a lot of control. I just remember thinking it was never good enough back then.

 

There was a part of me back then that always went, 'Why are all these people reacting this way to the way I play? It’s not that great.'

 

"I think that’s a common thing in some people: knowing that what you’re playing is the right thing and that it feels right, but always feeling like you could do better or do more. And then you get older and you look back and realize you were completely blind to how good you were.

 

"There was a part of me back then that always went, 'Why are all these people reacting this way to the way I play? It’s not that great,' because I always felt like there was another level! You don’t know that you can’t see the forest for the trees."


From: http://bravewords.com/news/steve-vai-looks-back-at-whitesnakes-slip-of-the-tongue-i-think-it-stands-up-as-a-great-sounding-record

Iron Maiden Tour Canceled Over Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Iron Maiden have announced that their upcoming Japanese tour this spring has been officially cancelled by local promoters due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

"We have been informed by our Japanese Promoter, Creativeman Productions, that they are cancelling all their International Artists' shows in Japan up to May 31," says the band. "The Iron Maiden shows will therefore not be taking place in Tokyo on May 19 & 20, and in Osaka on May 22. We send our best wishes to the people of Japan and to all our fans there."

 

"Amid COVID-19 outbreak, all international artists' shows scheduled up until May 31st 2020 will be either cancelled or postponed," says Creativeman productions in a statement. "Some of the tours during April through May period that have not been officially announced the status yet, will still not happen during the said period. And for those without status, we will soon be able to announce whether it it's cancelled or postponed.

 

"We are in discussions right now, and we apologize for the inconvenience caused. In any case, please hold on to your tickets, as you will need them for refund.

 

"Our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families," they added. "Please be safe and stay alert."

 

The latest update follows last month's news that Iron Maiden's upcoming Legacy Of The Beast Tour dates in Australia and New Zealand were postponed until further notice "due to the ongoing coronavirus situation and recent government instruction."


From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/20/April/07Iron_Maiden_Tour_Canceled_Over_Covid-19_Pandemic.shtml

TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER Finishing Final Draft Of His First Fiction Novel

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Dee Snider has offered more information about his upcoming book. The TWISTED SISTER singer took to his Twitter on Saturday (April 4) to write: "I am finishing the final draft of my first fiction novel. It' a period piece/coming of age story set on Long Island, NY in 1972/73 inspired by true event. No it's not my story. Next stop: book publishers"

 

Last September, Snider said that he was stepping back from performing live and was planning to pursue other projects for the foreseeable future. He added that he was working on the aforementioned book, as well as some TV and film projects. "And I've got some family situations to take care of," he explained. "Everything's cool, but you gotta take care of the home fires every now and then, you know? So, not sure when I'll be back on the concert stage. If I'll be back. We'll see — but I'm taking a break for a while."

 

The TWISTED SISTER frontman spent about a year playing sporadic shows in support of his latest solo LP, "For The Love Of Metal", which came out in July 2018. He also previously announced that he was already thinking about making a follow-up record, also to be produced by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta.

 

In January 2019, Snider said he was working on an updated version of his 1987 book "Dee Snider's Teenage Survival Guide: Or How To Be A Legend In Your Own Lunch Time".

 

Snider wrote "Teenage Survival Guide" more than three decades ago when he was approached by Doubleday to produce a sequel to a popular book from the '50s called "'Twixt Twelve And Twenty" by American music icon Pat Boone. At the time, the editors at Doubleday saw Dee as a modern-day pop figure whom kids would listen to and assigned a rock journalist, Philip Bashe, to work with the singer.

 

TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.

 

From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/twisted-sisters-dee-snider-finishing-final-draft-of-his-first-fiction-novel/

ALICE COOPER - "IF YOU STARVE, GET HIGH, GET ARRESTED TOGETHER, IF SOMEBODY DIED AND YOU CRIED TOGETHER, YOU GO THROUGH A LOT OF STUFF WHEN YOU'RE IN A BAND EARLY ON"

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)


In a new interview with Steve Batlin from Forbes, Alice Cooper talks about his new podcast, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Jimmy Page and hanging with Pink Floyd in 1968. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:

 

Forbes: Was the podcast always intended to come out during this time frame or was the release sped up to come out during the quarantine?

 

Cooper: “We had planned the podcast before. We've been doing the radio show for 16 years and the podcast came up four or five months ago. I said, ‘What is it?’ And they said, ‘The idea is to take old interviews and for you to go into that interview and either explain it or be the narrator, the voice over top of these. Because every single interview, even if it's not your interview is somebody you know or have interviewed. So it's not like this is somebody you've never talked to before.’ So I kind of go in and do insight into that person or before they're talking. What it does is bring up all these great interviews that were kind of lost. You hear them once and they're gone. And I said, ‘Wait a minute, they're like records. What if we want to hear what Jimmy Page has to say about this? What if we want to hear what Slash says about that or whoever?’ So it's taking these interviews and turning them into something new all over again.”

 

Forbes: At times it becomes overwhelming to think of the interviews you have done. Like it took me years to appreciate interviewing James Brown. Do you have that experience?

 

Cooper: “Yeah, I forgot a lot of these interviews. I totally forgot that I interviewed Jimmy Page. I've known Jimmy since 1968. We did the Whisky A Go Go together, but I totally forgot that interview. And in that interview there was never any mention of him going back in to all the Led Zeppelin albums and remixing them. And I think at the time they were still up in the air about Zeppelin getting back together. Of course that never happened and everybody in the whole world went, ‘Why? Everybody's still viable except the drummer and they've got his son who plays just like his dad.’ So I think it is a bit of a game to listen to what was supposed to happen, what didn't happen, what wasn't supposed to happen that did happen and it's a little bit shocking to see we don't have any control over what is going to happen.”

 

Forbes: This is an obvious question but is there one person you'd like to interview you never have?

 

Cooper: “Oh yeah, who wouldn't want to interview Bob Dylan? I've never interviewed Bob Dylan. And the easiest one in the world would be Paul McCartney. He's the nicest person you've ever met in your life. I did a really good interview with Jeff Beck one time. In fact I said I look at it this way: Jimmy Page best rock and roll guitar player; Jimi Hendrix, most inventive guitar player; Eric Clapton best blues player; Jeff Beck, best guitar player. And he went, ‘Yeah, that's right.’”

 

Forbes: Even listening to the Slash one that was true as I was surprised at how open he was with you about the friction in Guns 'N' Roses at the time. I don't think he would have been that open with a journalist.

 

Cooper: “It was so obvious that there was such a tumor going on with Guns 'N' Roses. I took them on their first tour and a band cannot be as good as they are without being best friends. If you starve together, get high together, get arrested together, if somebody died and you cried together, you go through a lot of stuff when you're in a band early on. You really do become brothers. So those guys knowing that I've gone through the exact same thing as they have they can open up cause they know you know what they mean. As a fellow musician I totally get what he's talking about. I've been there. I know exactly what that is.”

 

Read more at Forbes:

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2020/04/05/qa-alice-cooper-on-his-new-podcast-guns-n-roses-jimmy-page-and-hanging-with-pink-floyd-in-1968/#7ccb02fa789a


From: http://bravewords.com/news/alice-cooper-if-you-starve-get-high-get-arrested-together-if-somebody-died-and-you-cried-together-you-go-through-a-lot-of-stuff-when-you-re-in-a-band-early-on

METALLICA SOUNDTRACKS UNDERTAKER'S CINEMATIC WRESTLEMANIA FIGHT

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


The Undertaker and AJ Styles had one of the most unique matches in Wrestlemania history last night, and Metallica provided the soundtrack.

 

"Now That We're Dead," from the band's 2016 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct album, served as the Undertaker's entrance and drive-off music for the highly cinematic fight.

 

With mass gatherings banned as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, pro wrestling's biggest annual event was forced to move from a sold-out Tampa Bay football stadium to the WWE's much smaller performance center. While the rest of last night's matches took place in a ring inside that otherwise empty facility, The Undertaker and Styles' "boneyard match" was filmed at a spooky looking farmhouse, in a style reminiscent of Matt Hardy's recent "broken universe" segments.

 

Picture Clint Eastwood directing a new CBS action-drama starting Chuck Norris as a retired lawman fighting off mouthy young punks at a small-town cemetery and you're got the basic idea of the story and production values.

 

Instead of taking his usual extended, pyrotechnics-filled walk to the ring, Undertaker dusted off his former "American Bad Ass" biker persona, riding to the scene of the battle in a flame-painted chopper as Metallica blasted away.

 

After rather handily dispatching Styles, his two bad-guy wrestling buddies and a half-dozen or so of their faceless minions, Undertaker enjoyed the satisfaction of burying the guy who talked shit about his wife in an actual grave. Then he got back on his bike and drove off into the night, with Metallica once again accompanying him on the journey.

 

From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/metallica-undertaker-wrestlemania/

Ozzy Osbourne's Treatment Delayed, Not Canceled

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon says that Ozzy's specialized treatment for Parkinson's disease has only been delayed by the restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic, not canceled.

 

The metal legend was scheduled to travel to Switzerland this month for the treatment but was forced to call it off due to the travel restrictions that were imposed by the pandemic.

 

Sharon spoke to the Today Show in the UK about Ozzy's plans to eventually received the treatment. She said, "We waited for months to get in to see this professor. But it is what it is. Everybody's life is turned upside down. So, we'll get there, we will. We'll get there, just later."

 

She also spoke about how things have changed from the early days of the pandemic to now with more understanding of the dangers. She said, "I just think that everybody until, really, the last week, has been going out living a normal life. And you just can't, because you can be a carrier and not have any symptoms and just pass it on to hundreds of people, and I think that's what's been going on.

 

"And it's nobody's fault; it's just that everybody's trying to, with their stats and all the data that's coming in from around the world, it's like a jigsaw puzzle, they're trying to make this thing fit. And so every day it's changing."

 

"It's terrible for so many people , so many people who're even recovering from cancer or have diabetes, who have a heart condition. You can be any age, and it will affect you.

 

"In fact, the first two people, friends of mine, that actually got the virus, one was 20 and one was 29. So, it's just, like, are you that ignorant? I say to these kids, are you that ignorant that you think that you can't be a carrier but not have symptoms? They don't understand anything. Everybody thinks they're invincible when they're 20."



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