|Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
Steve Ford was 18 years old in 1974, when his father, President Gerald Ford, assumed the highest office in the land. After the Fords moved into the White House, the younger Ford did what many teenagers in his situation would do: He invited a friend over to check out his family’s new place.
The pair carted Ford’s stereo equipment up to the White House roof, chilled out and played some Led Zeppelin. Really loud. In an interview with MLive, Ford recalls playing “Stairway to Heaven” so loud it could be heard across the street.
"There was nobody up there,” Ford said. “Just us and the flag."
Ford has shared his “Stairway” incident in speeches and conferences for years. The story was revisited in an episode of the popular television series House of Cards, when Kevin Spacey’s character, President Frank Underwood, shows a White House visitor the staircase that leads to the building’s roof.
"Gerald Ford's son used to sneak up these stairs to play Led Zeppelin for his friends," Underwood tells his guest. (Ford claims he only did it once.)
These days, White House occupants are prohibited from such frivolity. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, there are snipers in position on the roof, and access for the purposes of blaring Led Zeppelin IV (or any music for that matter) has been curtailed. "I feel sorry for the Obama and the Bush girls,” Ford said. “They never got a chance to drag their stereos up to the roof."
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According to Amazon, Post Hill Press has set a December 11 release date for "Megalife: The Autobiography Of Nick Menza" by J. Marshall Craig.
Official book synopsis: "With Nick Menza behind the kit, MEGADETH transitioned from celebrated cult band to international superstars. 'Rust In Peace', the first album to feature Menza and Marty Friedman, was instantly considered a classic, sold over a million copies, got nominated for a Grammy Award, and established what many consider to be the definitive MEGADETH lineup. It was the beginning of a remarkable run in which the band would release three career-defining albums and tour the world many times over.
"Success was a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows: sobriety and addiction, peace and tension, laughter and anger. Until one day it all came crashing down. Despite his contributions to the band’s most iconic and enduring work, when Menza was forced to seek treatment for a debilitating tumor in his knee, he awoke from surgery to learn he was being fired from the band by the man he considered a brother and mentor, the ever-enigmatic Dave Mustaine. The devastating news sent him into a spiral of anger and frustration, followed by a dark period of self-medication that nearly killed him.
"'Megalife: The Autobiography Of Nick Menza' is an unflinching look at life inside of one of metal's most successful bands, from the back of the stage to the bunks on the bus, as well as a blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous, complicated relationship between Menza and Mustaine. It is also the singular story of a self-taught musician who achieved his dreams through sheer will and determination, watched it all disintegrate, and then rebuilt himself from scratch."
Last year, Menza's family, management and biographer promised some shattering public disclosures about Nick's final months — and the disgraceful treatment they've received since the musician's sudden death.
Late in the evening on May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino "Pag" Pagliari in their band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Little more than a year later, the Menza camp has its crosshairs on MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine, according to author J. Marshall Craig, manager Robert Bolger and Rose Menza, Nick's mother, who is now guarding and caring for the drummer's estate and legacy.
Shortly after Nick's passing, Rose expressed her "enormous gratitude for the outpouring of love and condolences from Nick's many friends and fans," adding that she was "so happy and excited" that "Dave Mustaine has chosen to help celebrate Nick's life and help the boys (Nick's two surviving sons)" with a benefit memorial concert that was proposed to feature all willing former members of MEGADETH.
In the days after Nick's death, Mustaine told Kerrang! magazine that, "The Nick that I know, at the end, I think that he… he went to heaven doing what he wanted to do: play drums. And I think that instead of us all mourning, we should celebrate his life, celebrate his legacy."
Mustaine insisted in interviews that he had a "very, very close" relationship with the drummer, despite Menza's public accusation that the MEGADETH frontman sent him a "ridiculous proposal" for a failed 2015 reunion of the band's classic "Rust In Peace"-era lineup. In interviews and public posts on his social media, Nick revealed that Mustaine refused to pay for him rehearsals or even recording the next record, and offered an insulting weekly touring rate. When Nick's attorney and management submitted a counter-proposal, Mustaine allegedly lost his temper and scuttled the reunion, changing his phone number and e-mail address. Nick and Mustaine never spoke again, which Craig says is explored fully in the upcoming book.
"Dave's betrayal was really a huge blow to Nick," Craig said. "But I can say that not long after, Nick was as sure as ever that he was better off and far more musically satisfied playing with Chris and Pag. He absolutely loved those guys. He was far more excited about the prospect of playing Europe with OHM: than he ever seemed to me when the subject of MEGADETH came up. He told me he wanted the reunion for what it could have and should have been — a celebration of a band at its zenith, regrouping one more time for the fans.
"Yeah, it would have been great. And who's to say it still can't be sometime in the future," Nick said in his final interview with Craig, at Rose Lane Studio in Carpinteria less than a month before his death. "It sure doesn't look good now but I'll never say never; it's all up to Dave. It always has been."
In the year since Menza's death, sadly, Mustaine has failed to not only stage a memorial concert featuring surviving MEGADETH alumni and for the benefit of Nick's sons — he has reportedly yet to call Menza's parents or even send a condolence letter.
"He never called," Rose said from the family home in Studio City. "I am really upset at him (Mustaine). They were NOT good friends, no matter what he says now that Nick's not here to answer what's being said about him."
Mustaine told the Q103 radio station a couple of days after Menza's death: "People think that we had this failed reunion attempt. There were several times that we tried to reconcile stuff, and it just didn't happen for whatever reason — I don't know why, but it didn't."
Said biographer Craig: "Dave knows exactly why there was no reunion, since he pulled the plug — again — as can be clearly seen in mail exchanges between him and Nick, which Nick gave me complete access to. I've put the conversations in the book, unabridged," Craig said. "Dave's at once friendly and encouraging and then, in an instant, childish and rude; Nick comes across like, well Nick: polite, agreeable and accommodating, trying his best to get along and make it work.
"I've been telling media before and after Nick's passing that he never sought to call out Dave for the things he did and said, which is completely true. Nick wanted to take the high road and, indeed, he always did, and we're honoring that legacy.
"Believe me — there is A LOT that Nick revealed to me that is not in the book … though what is most fans will find pretty shocking, but not a surprise.
"In consultation with Nick's mom and dad and sister and ex, his manager Rob and Nick's closest friends, we're unanimous in the decision to not censor anything now."
Craig, best known for his deeply behind-the-scenes books with THE ANIMALS frontman Eric Burdon and THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell, believes the most disgraceful incident so far is the MEGADETH frontman's treatment of Menza's surviving young boys.
As for repeated declarations from Mustaine that he "sang almost every single note of Marty Friedman's guitar solos, and I wrote the majority of Nick's drum parts, and I wrote almost every bass note that Ellefson played" and "I did it to [former guitarists] Jeff [Young], Chris [Poland] and Al [Pitrelli], too," Craig said that long before Nick's death, he held nothing back on discussing his time in MEGADETH and how the band's management treated him in years since. "I've been privy to it all," Craig said, "the e-mails, the attorneys' and managers' correspondence on both sides. I think it paints an ugly picture, but fans will be able to make that assessment for themselves when they see the book.
"Nick didn't want a tell-all, and nothing about this book can be considered salacious in the least," Craig concluded. "But that doesn't mean it's not going to be controversial and perhaps bruise a few feelings that deserve to have the wind knocked out of them: This book is the truth — Nick Menza's true MegaLife."
SLASH STAYS MUM IN REGARDS TO UPCOMING GUNS N' ROSES ACTIVITY - "I JUST DON'T THINK THAT THERE'S REALLY ANY INFORMATION THAT IS NECESSARILY IMPORTANT"
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In a lengthy new interview with Rolling Stone, in which Slash chats up his new album Living The Dream with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, the Guns N' Roses guitarist also fields a string of questions in regards to GN'R.
Says Rolling Stone scribe Brian Hiatt: "He doesn’t want to detail exactly how he and Rose mended their relationship after two decades of estrangement, and when I mention Guns N’ Roses’ unexpected punctuality on every night of the tour, he snaps. “All right,” Slash says, “I’m getting sick and tired of talking about this shit.” But he keeps talking."
An excerpt from the interview follows:
Rolling Stone: So are you in Guns N’ Roses, or are you just playing with Guns N’ Roses?
Slash: "Oh, that’s an interesting question. From the moment we started playing together and embarking on this journey, I would consider it being in Guns N’ Roses, not just being hired to play Guns N’ Roses songs."
R.S.: So technically, legally, is it a band again?
Slash: "I’m in the band - there is no contractual anything at this point. So however you want to look at it."
R.S.: Axl said you and Duff might play on new Guns material. True?
Slash: "I think probably the best way to look at is, if something happens, then it happens. There you go."
R.S.: Specifically, he said he was playing you songs, and that you might end up on it.
Slash: "Yeah. You know what? I’m not lighting that fuse."
R.S.: Can you clear up exactly how all of this happened? What were your first conversations with Axl like?
"Yeah, I know everybody wants to ask me stuff like that, but in the Guns N’ Roses world, I’ve found that... I’d just rather not even get into it. Because at this point, it’s like, Guns N’ Roses is, and that’s basically all that really needs to be said. I don’t like to get into the dynamics of how... ’cause it always gets misconstrued. And the superficial stuff that people want to look into, it always seems to rise to the surface; and it’s hard to get away from that after years and years and years of being that band that had, uh, that kind of media dynamic going on. So, I just sort of avoid it."
R.S.: I mean, obviously you don’t want to say anything to knock this all off course . . .
Slash: "I’m not worried about fucking it up. I just don’t think that there’s really any information that is necessarily important. The fun of this has just been playing, not talking to the press. And it’s been great! There’s really nothing... it’s been something that I definitely would have bet against. Having Axl and I get back together and sort of work out our differences and start moving forward, was sort of a shock. And it’s been really a wonderful experience, and I’ve been having really a great time with it, and everybody’s been getting along great. And the fuckin’ fans have been amazing. And it’s just sort of a blessing to have it go that way, you know, especially a band that’s been around – or not around, depending on, you know, all the different lineup changes and all that kind of stuff - for so long. So, it’s been really nice to be riding this wave."
Read the full interview at Rolling Stone:
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Steve Perry will return with a studio album titled Traces on Oct. 5, according to a since-removed new Amazon listing. This would be the former Journey singer's first new solo project since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.
Amazon also included a 10-song track listing, which you can check out below. Perry apparently hinted at this return yesterday, launching what appeared to be an official website and social media accounts. The initial postings included the message: "I know it's been a long time comin'."
This comeback was, indeed, a long time coming. His last album with Journey dates back to the late '90s. Perry essentially vanished professionally until 2014, when he sat in with the alternative band Eels three times over a few weeks. “I was just having fun,” Perry later said. “In a world where it's hard to keep a secret, it felt so much fun to walk out there to an unsuspecting crowd."
He talked about a new album, then another year went by. Fans remained optimistic; after all, he'd recently signed a new publishing deal. More time passed. He joined his old bandmates for their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, but declined to perform with them.
Last year, Perry was still promising a new album. Activity in the Perry camp didn't seem to really heat up, however, until this summer. This new social media presence followed reports that Perry was set to appear Oct. 7 on CBS Sunday Morning.
Perry has said this long-delayed project was influenced by the death of a girlfriend. "I met someone and I fell in love with this person, and I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago," Perry revealed in April. "In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording. ... And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs."
Amazon Track Listing for Steve Perry's 'Traces':
"We're Still Here"
"Most of All"
"No More Cryin'"
"In the Rain"
"Sun Shines Gray"
"You Belong to Me"
"Easy to Love"
"I Need You"
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AEROSMITH will perform on the Thursday, August 16 episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".
The legendary rockers' appearance on the program will come one day after they unveil the first details of their upcoming Las Vegas residency on the "Today" show.
The news of AEROSMITH's residency was broken by guitarist Joe Perry, who told SiriusXM's Beatles Channel that AEROSMITH will hit Sin City in 2019 leading up to the band's 50th anniversary. Perry said: "We're going to be doing a residency in Vegas starting next spring. What we want to do is something that I haven't seen before… just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We're in the middle of the production now. What we're talking about is having an experience that you wouldn't be able to see on a regular AEROSMITH tour."
He continued: "I feel like we've been out of the wind for a while and it seems like it would be a really cool thing to bring some of the history back, so the production is gonna look like that. But without losing what we are: a hardcore rock and roll band.
"We're having almost weekly conversations about the production and how we're gonna keep it true and honest to the heartbeat of the rock and roll that we play but still add an element that people will want to see. I haven't been this excited about a project with AEROSMITH in quite a while."
AEROSMITH officially formed in Boston in 1970 and last performed on May 5 at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.
In 2017, AEROSMITH announced a run of dates called "Aero-Vederci Baby!", but stopped short of calling it a final tour.
AEROSMITH hasn't released a new studio album since 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!"
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Led Zeppelin are streaming live audio of their 1973 classic, "The Ocean", as a preview to the September 7th release of multiple remastered editions of the soundtrack to the concert film, "The Song Remains The Same."
The song originally appeared on the group's fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy", which topped the charts in the UK, Canada, Australia and the US, where it went on to sell more than 11 million copies.
Due September 7, "The Song Remains The Same" features material recorded during the band's 1973 performances at New York's Madison Square Garden and was first released in 1976.
Featuring newly-remastered audio supervised by Jimmy Page, the soundtrack reissue will be available via Super Deluxe Boxed Set, CD, vinyl, digital versions, plus the full album's debut release in Hi-Res 5.1 surround sound on Blu-ray. Listen to the preview clip here:
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Sammy Hagar recently discussed the upcoming album by The Circle, the supergroup featuring his fellow ex-Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham. The LP is already finished, but the frontman says there isn't a title for it just yet, though there are some recurring themes throughout the songs.
"I don't have a name for it," he tells the The Mercury News. "Right now, I am calling it Hey Hey Hey, because I say that in two songs - the first song and the last song. It's about the world monetary system. It's about crooks and it's about good people and it's about the Devil and it's about God. It ends up it's about greed. Greed makes people do weird stuff — it makes you hurt other people, take advantage of someone, it makes a war. It almost all has to do with greed."
"Everyone thinks, 'Hmm, money is the root of all evil,'" Hagar adds. "But, really, without greed, money is a beautiful thing - you can change the world, you can buy happiness, you can heal the sick, feed the poor, you can stop a war."
Several months ago, Hagar discussed how intimidating it was to work on a record of all original material by The Circle as opposed to his other supergroup, Chickenfoot, given what the music of the former is up against in terms of what the band performs in a live setting.
"I'm just afraid that, how can you compare my catalog with something we might write today? Chickenfoot's got its own thing, but The Circle, we play Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Montrose, Chickenfoot … It's, like, to write songs that fit in that set, boy, they better be good, right? [Laughs] In between 'I Can't Drive 55' and 'Right Now,' let's say, what are you gonna … a brand new one you're gonna slip in there? Phew! You don't wanna put the people to sleep. So I'm a little nervous about doing a Circle record. But a Chickenfoot record … I'm gonna do a record — let's put it that way."
SCORPIONS GUITARIST RUDOLF SCHENKER ON CRAZY WORLD TOUR - "PEOPLE ARE IMPRESSED THAT WE CAN STILL DELIVER WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR"
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Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, will return to America on August 31st to kick off rescheduled tour dates in Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, Tampa, and Hollywood, FL, as well as adding two new stops in Lake Tahoe, NV and Irvine, CA. Joining the Scorpions on these US dates will be Queensrÿche.
Founding member/guitarist Rudolf Schenker spoke with Digital Journal about the tour. "We are looking forward to giving people good music, and reminding them about sticking together to put the world back in a positive way," Schenker said. "We are looking forward to coming back to the United States again."
Read more at Digital Journal:
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Consider the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” A timeless track, a revolutionary sentiment voiced with revolutionary music, the closing cut on a classic album (1971’s Who’s Next). That scream at the end.
Just don’t talk to singer Roger Daltrey about the song.
“That’s the only song I’m bloody bored shitless with,” he revealed to Rolling Stone. “I don’t know why, but I’m being honest. All the others I can approach like I’m singing for the first time. I don’t know what’s happening there psychologically. Maybe it’s the song, but I never seem to be in the same pocket where I’m singing it for the first time.”
Daltrey expressed warmer feelings for some other Who tracks in the interview. He noted that while at the time he thought 1982’s It’s Hard was “overproduced,” he digs the martial-tempo track “Cry If You Want.” He also noted that he’s been playing “How Many Friends” and “Dreaming From the Waist,” from 1975’s The Who by Numbers, with his solo band, singling out “How Many Friends” as “a great song, especially in these days of antisocial media.”
However, he noted a front-to-back performance of the band’s classic 1967 quasi-concept record The Who Sell Out is not going to happen. Though he’s certain he could perform songs like “I Can See For Miles,” “Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand” and “Tattoo,” he balked when reminded the record also contains the track “Rael.”
“I could probably do most of it, but I don’t want to ever sing 'Rael' onstage," he revealed. "That was done in the studio. I think it was New York, but I don’t remember. It was all tape-looped and double-tracked on two tape recorders. Bouncing across it was layers after layers of vocals. Just trying to bloody reinvent that would be a nightmare.”
Daltrey will publish his memoir, Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewight, in October. “It’s been kind of weird and a little like falling off a cliff and seeing your life go before your eyes,” he said of writing the book. “It can leave you a bit wishing you’d done more, but then equally when you look back at it all you think, ‘Fuck me. Didn’t I do a lot!’”
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Last weekend, hundreds of guitarists gathered in Sydney, Australia, to play AC/DC classic Highway To Hell in a bid to break a world record.
Reverb report that 457 musicians united at the city’s Guitar Festival in an effort to smash the record for the Largest Electric Guitar Ensemble – a record currently held by 368 Indian guitarists who ripped through Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door in 2013.
Guinness World Records have still to confirm if the attempt can be officially named the largest gathering, but word is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
Money raised on the day went to The Australian Children’s Music Foundation – a charity which provides weekly music education classes and instruments to disadvantaged children throughout the country.
Watch video footage of the performance below:
Speculation surrounding the current status of AC/DC has been mounting over the course of the past week after estranged members Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd were spotted together outside the studio in Vancouver where the band recorded their last three albums.
AC/DC guitarists Stevie and Angus Young were later snapped at the same location.
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Metallica are currently taking a break from the road. The band launch a North American arena tour on September 2nd at Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Find their live itinerary here:
Support Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation and you could win a Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket - the one ticket that will allow you floor access to as many shows as you want to attend on the 2018/2019 North American tour (festivals and special events excluded from promotion). That's up to 35 gigs! You pick the shows, register no less than 48 hours before the gig, and you're in.
Find complete details and enter now at this location:
AWMH is a non-profit philanthropic organization created by the members and management of Metallica dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. 100% of donations go to support the organizations that work with the Foundation. Please visit allwithinmyhands.org for more information.
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The Three Tenors need to shuffle aside, because they're about to be overtaken by The Three Tremors! Taking their cue - in name only - from the wildly successful operatic trio, T3 features three of metal's heaviest vocalists in Tim "Ripper" Owens, Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck. The band's self-titled debut will be released Sept. 20.
Owens most notably has sung for Judas Priest and Iced Earth, Conklin sings for power metal outfit Jag Panzer and Peck currently handles vocals for Cage as well as Death Dealer. The threesome have setup a PledgeMusic page for fans to order the album in a variety of configurations, along with a host of additional merchandise available. The full track listing for the LP, as well as the band teaser video, can be seen below:
"Never before has this much firepower been assembled on one stage," the band says in a statement. "This is not just some wild claim because once you hear the first song and see this live you will understand why even the legends of old that conceived this urban legend, failed to execute their plan. well we have and this 2018 version of The Three Tremors will leave no doubt that we harnessed this raw power and focused it into an amazing album filled with all time classic heavy metal songs."
The Three Tremors were initially a name bandied about by Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson and Geoff Tate for a collaborative project back in 2000, but it never got off the ground. Dickinson later said he wanted Ronnie James Dio for the third voice instead of Tate.
A world tour is slated to follow the release of the current Three Tremor's album, with a European tour already booked and kicking off in Tel-Aviv, Israel Sept. 27. The list of dates thus far can be found at this location:
The Three Tremors track listing:
01. Invaders From the Sky
02. Bullets for the Damned
03. When the Last Scream Fades
04. Wrath of Asgard
05. The Cause
06. King of the Monsters
07. The Pit Shows No Mercy
08. Sonic Suicide
09. Fly or Die
10. Lust of the Blade
11. Speed to Burn
12. The Three Tremors [Bonus Track]
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A small house in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles where Alice Cooper lived while working on the Hollywood Vampires project is for sale. He's asking $1.3 million for the house.
Billed as his "Los Angeles writer's retreat," the 2,027-square-foot Spanish-influenced duplex consists of a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house and a one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio that is attached, although there are no common walls. It's located steps from Sunset Boulevard, and, as a bonus for baseball fans, within walking distance of Dodger Stadium.
Cooper remodeled the house when he bought it for $700,000 in 2006 but, judging by the pictures below, didn't decorate it with any aspects of his macabre persona. That said, there are a few platinum albums and guitars on the walls. The listing is held by Randy Abrams of Podley Properties; you can take a virtual tour of the property at its website.
The Hollywood Vampires, which features Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, wrapped up a European tour last month. Cooper is hoping that they'll be able to get back into the studio soon to work on a new album. He it will be different from their 2015 debut, which was comprised mostly of covers.
“Everybody is writing right now," he said. "We probably won't get into the album until the summer, and then it'll go quickly because we've all got a lot of songs. Johnny did five movies last year so he could free himself up for this, and the band's really anxious to get together.”
STATUS QUO: 'Down Down & Dignified At The Royal Albert Hall' And 'Down Down & Dirty At Wacken' Audio Preview
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STATUS QUO will release a pair of "twin" live albums, "Down Down & Dignified At The Royal Albert Hall" and "Down Down & Dirty At Wacken", on August 17 through earMUSIC. These releases capture the legendary band delivering two sets, each full of hits, energy and passion, while each offering a radically different tone and style of delivery.
Audio samples of the tracks that will appear on "Down Down & Dignified At The Royal Albert Hall" and "Down Down & Dirty At Wacken", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below:
Francis Rossi said: "There's no other venue like the Royal Albert Hall; every artist wants to play there. So, to bring our 'Aquostic' show there was a dream come true. The QUO classics were stripped back and delivered by the band in a new fresh way that really allows the melodies to shine. Fully acoustic and featuring some fantastic extra musicians and vocalists, this is a show we'll always be proud of."
He continued: "Wacken is like no other festival. The energy, the crowd, the volume. Where better for QUO to get down and dirty and crank out all of the QUO classics as loud as possible? Naturally, this was a full electric set, delivered at full throttle. Nothing else would be acceptable at Wacken! It's full-blooded performances like this that QUO's reputation is built on."
STATUS QUO have sold more than 118 million records, received countless gold awards and top 10 singles, played over 6000 shows together and spent 23 years away from home on tour to rock around the world. The lineup for both these shows, recorded last year, features Francis Rossi, Andrew Bown, John "Rhino" Edwards, Leon Cave and Richie Malone.
"Down Down & Dignified At The Royal Albert Hall" and "Down Down & Dirty At Wacken" demonstrate both the evergreen quality of the timeless QUO catalogue, the sheer musicianship and stagecraft required to deliver those hits, and the versatility of the band.
Who else but QUO could deliver the stunning sets captured on these twin releases of such wildly differing style and be equally happy taking to the stage at the venerable Royal Albert Hall and in the midst of the Wacken wildness?
|Posted on August 13, 2018 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
New posts on several social media platforms suggest that Steve Perry is poised to make a major announcement.
If they are real, it could mean that the former Journey frontman is preparing to release his first album since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.
Newly created Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, all of which claim to be official even though they're not verified, posted the same thing: a video of the phrase "I know it's been a long time comin' ... " and a link to steveperry.com, which consists solely of that graphic.
Journey guitarist Neal Schon retweeted the post, but when we reached out to him for comment, he, too, was unsure if it was real.
Perry had hoped to put out a record last year, following the death of his girlfriend. "I met someone and I fell in love with this person," he said. "And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago. In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording."
He added that the process was "a real cathartic experience going back to that emotional place that I thought I would never go back to. And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs."
Three weeks ago, it was revealed that Perry was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning for a segment that will be broadcast on Oct. 7.
|Posted on August 13, 2018 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Ticketmaster has announced plans to close its resale sites Get Me In and Seatwave.
The company reports that it’s been listening to music fans who are priced out of attending live shows due to tickets being snapped up and resold for a profit on the secondary market.
Ticketmaster will replace both sites with a new fan-to-fan exchange programme and have shared a video to explain how it’ll work. You can watch the video here:
The company say in a statement: “We’re shutting down our sites Get Me In and Seatwave. That’s right, we’ve listened and we hear you: Secondary sites just don’t cut it any more and you’re tired of seeing others snap up tickets just to resell for a profit.
“All we want is you, the fan, to be able to safely buy tickets to the events you love.
“So, we’re launching a fan-to-fan ticket exchange on Ticketmaster, where you can easily buy tickets or sell tickets you can’t use through our website or app, at the price originally paid or less.”
The new website will launch in October in the UK and Ireland and across Europe in early 2019 on a date still to be finalised.
Ticketmaster add: “We’re excited about making ticketing simpler. All you need to think about are those incredible experiences you’ll never forget.”
Artists including Iron Maiden, have long campaigned against the secondary ticket market and ticket touts and in 2015, they joined Radiohead and Foo Fighters in an open letter to the UK government calling on them to crack down on secondary sales.
DORO REMEMBERS LATE MOTORHEAD FRONTMAN - "I STILL MISS HIM BIG TIME... LEMMY WAS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD"
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In a new interview with Metal-Rules.com, metal vocalist/songwriter Doro Pesch talks to Marko Syrjala about the upcoming Doro album Forever Warriors, Forever United, songwriting, the future of Warlock and much more. Read an excerpt below:
Metal-Rules.com: Speaking about the cover songs on the album, there’s a fantastic version of Motörhead's “Lost In Ozone”. You were close with Lemmy for decades, do you still miss him and how much his influence can be heard on this album?
Doro Pesch: I still miss him big time. Lemmy was one of my best friends in the world. And I was on the plane, and I was flying to his funeral, and then the song ‘Living Life To The Fullest', it just came out. The lyrics were done, the melody was done. And then I switched on my cell phone, of course, because I thought, 'I want to lay it down right now. It’s for Lemmy, to honor him'. And then I went to Hamburg, and I recorded it with Andreas Bruhn. And I said, 'Andreas, I have to record it right away.' And he said, ‘Yeah, come on over.’ And then we recorded the song. When Lemmy died, I was so heartbroken, but at the same time, when I went to his funeral, that was actually when I started to think that, I had to– oh, I want to write. Oh, not that I want to write, but they, the songs, just started to came out. It was a wake-up call. I didn’t know that time is flying, I mean, I understood that you never know what can happen. And I always thought, “Lemmy would never, ever die. Never, ever”. And when it happened, it was so shocking."
Read the full interview at Metal-Rules.com:
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Australian-born guitarist Orianthi rejoined her former bandmates in Alice Cooper's band Sunday night (August 12) during the legendary rocker's concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for a performance of the set closer "School's Out". Check out fan-filmed video footage below:
Orianthi left Cooper's band in 2014 and was replaced by Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder who made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS and FEMME FATALE.
In a 2015 interview with Guitar Player magazine's "No Guitar Is Safe" podcast, Nita admitted that not all Cooper fans were willing to embrace her when she first joined the band.
"Somebody was wearing an Orianthi t-shirt at [a] meet-and-greet and they said mean stuff to me, " she said. "People say mean stuff to me all the time, 'cause Orianthi fans hate me. She is lovely, and a great player, but we have such disparate styles that the fanbase doesn't cross over. A lot of it does, and a lot of it doesn't."
Orianthi, who was the first woman to ever play in Cooper's band, has also worked with Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood and BON JOVI guitarist Richie Sambora. In 2012, her song "According To You" became a platinum-selling single around the world.
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Ronnie James Dio's former guitarist Doug Aldrich talked about the hologram of the late legendary frontman that has been appearing on tour since 2016. He says that while he'd like to check out the virtual performance, he doesn't think Dio himself would approve of it.
“Everyone keeps asking me about the hologram thing ... I would like to see it myself, just to see it," Aldrich tells the White Line Fever podcast, which can be heard below, with his segment beginning around the hour and 10 minute mark. "I love hearing those songs, I love Ronnie, so that would be cool, but I think Ronnie would be pissed. I think so. Ronnie would be, like, 'C’mon, let me be dead in peace!’ Ronnie was a no-frills guy. He was not down for stuff like that.”
Aldrich, who currently plays guitar for The Dead Daisies, then talked about a chance conversation he had with Wendy Melvoin, who was a guitarist for The Revolution, the backing band for Prince. He asked her what she thought of the projection of Prince during Justin Timberlake's performance at this year's Super Bowl.
“At the Super Bowl, they had a halftime show with Prince," Aldrich says. "A big curtain came down and there was kind of a projection of Prince. It was, like, 300 feet tall. It was really cool, I thought. My neighbor is the old guitar player for Prince, Wendy. She had gotten her son a basketball hoop and was trying to assemble it by herself. I hadn’t met her yet. I went over and said 'You need a hand, I think’ and she’s like ‘Yeah, yeah. I don’t know how the hell...there’s all these parts’. We built this hoop for her together and said, ‘Oh, by the way, what do you think Prince would think about that?’ She goes, ‘He’d hate it - hate, hate it!’ But I thought it was great. So I’d love to see the hologram thing. I just hope they get it to be bigger than life because that’s how Ronnie was.”
The Dio hologram debuted at the Wacken Air Festival in 2016 and did some shows with Dio Disciples last fall. Ronnie's widow Wendy Dio said earlier this year that the three-dimensional performance needs some tweaking but that it will be back on the road as early as the beginning of next year.
"It was a good test, we did very well, but there's things I need to perfect on Ronnie. I'm really very critical," she said in an interview. "I need to perfect his face a little bit more - his eyes and his eyebrows are not quite right to me. So we're back on the drawing board right now. And we're hoping it will go out again probably the beginning of next year, and we will hit Canada and America. But it has to be right first."
Hear Doug Aldrich on the White Line Fever Podcast below:
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The Dead Daisies have announced a UK tour which will take place this winter.
The run of eight shows will kick off at Liverpool’s O2 Academy on November 13 and wrap up with a show at Birmingham’s O2 Institute on the 21st of the month.
Diamond Head, Massive Wagons, Tygers of Pan Tang, Chrome Molly and Oliver/Dawson Saxon will support on selected dates.
Each night of the tour will see The Dead Daisies perform a special Welcome To Daisyland acoustic set for the first 50 in line for the show and will perform 120-minute sets every evening.
In addition, those who missed the band at July's Steelhouse festival will be able to watch the acoustic set without having to queue at a pre-tour performance in Manchester on November 9 – with further details to be revealed in due course.
Fans attending will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the tour at discounted rates.
Meanwhile, those buying a two-night ticket for the London shows will receive a commemorative laminate.
Frontman John Corabi says: “Once again the UK fans did not disappoint. Our Holmfirth show was again sold out and insane with energy.
“Our rock and blues show was more of the same with a dose of the biker wildlife. We had a great time, and can’t thank you guys enough. See you in November for more English insanity. Love and peace.”
Guitarist Doug Aldrich adds: “The UK was representing hard when we got back from Europe. They were steamin’ just like the weather this summer.
“Cheers to all our friends in the UK and see you in the fall for another massive rock’n’roll party.”
In addition, it's also been confirmed that the band will play at Hard Rock Hell, Planet Rockstock, Winterstorm and Monstersfest.
Tickets for the main tour will go on general sale on Wednesday (August 15). Find a full list of the band’s UK tour dates below.
The Dead Daisies 2018 UK tour dates:
Nov 10: Rhyl Hard Rock Hell
Nov 11: Inverness Monsterfest
Nov 13: Liverpool O2 Academy (w/ Massive Wagons)
Nov 14: Sheffield O2 Academy (w/ Oliver/Dawson Saxon)
Nov 15: Newcastle O2 Academy (w/ Tygers Of Pan Tang)
Nov 16: Leicester O2 Academy (w/ Chrome Molly)
Nov 18: London O2 Academy Islington (w/ Massive Wagons)
Nov 19: London O2 Academy Islington (w/ Massive Wagons)
Nov 20: Oxford O2 Academy (w/ Massive Wagons)
Nov 21: Birmingham O2 Institute (w/ Diamond Head)
Nov 24: Troon Winterstorm
Dec 02: Porthcawl Planet Rockstock