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  • Pastor Has Opened A Tattoo Parlor

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor


    A Michigan pastor has opened a tattoo parlor inside his church.


    Rev. Steve Bentley says he's doing everything he can to reach out to people who have never felt comfortable at a traditional house of worship.

    Bentley's church, The Bridge, occupies 3,000 square feet inside a Flint Township shopping center. Serenity Tattoo is located not far from his office - as well as a galvanized watering trough that he uses for baptisms.

    Two tattoo artists work at the county-licensed shop that is open every day except Sunday.

    Bentley rejects criticism that a church is the wrong place for a tattoo parlor, calling it a "morally neutral" practice akin to having your ears pierced.

    He has two tattoos.


  • Iron Maiden’s Summer Assault

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Iron Maiden’s Summer Assault

    Iron Maiden unleashes its three-month summer plan for North America, featuring special guests Alice Cooper on several dates, Coheed And Cambria on others.

    Iron Maiden

    Iron Maiden-The O2, London, UK, August 6, 2011
    (John McMurtrie)

    If you liked Iron Maiden’s 1988 outing you’ll love 2012’s “Maiden England World Tour.” The band says the upcoming adventure will “closely mirror, in terms of production and content,” the band’s concert video shot on the “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour.”

    The band calls the “Maiden England World Tour” the third chapter in “The History Of Iron Maiden.” Chapter one began in 2004 with the release of “The Early Days” DVD followed by the 2005 tour of the same name. Chapter two began in 2008 with the “Live After Death” DVD release and the “Somewhere Back In Time World Tour.”

    “Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of ‘Maiden England,’ including songs we have not played live in a very, very long time, plus other favorites we just know the fans are going to want to hear,” vocalist Bruce Dickinson said. “We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly! We can’t wait to get started in Charlotte.”

    Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden

    Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden-Sziget Festival, Shipyard Island, Budapest, Hungary, August 14, 2010  (AP Photo / MTI)

    Dickinson, a licensed airline pilot, will fly the band into Charlotte, N.C., for the tour opener at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre June 21. Other stops include Mansfield, Mass., at the Comcast Center June 26; Tinley Park, Ill. (Chicago), at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre July 5; Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre July 13; Clarkston, Mich. (Detroit) at DTE Music Theatre July 18; Calgary, Alberta, at Scotiabank Saddledome July 26; Auburn., Wash., at White River Amphitheatre July 30; Denver at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre Aug. 13 and The Woodlands, Texas, at The Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion Aug. 18.

    Expect more dates to be announced. Special guest Alice Cooper appears June 21 through July 21; Coheed And Cambria after July 21 through the end of the tour.

    Many venues will launch onsales March 2 and 3. In an effort to thwart scalpers, Iron Maiden is using paperless tickets whenever possible, if not for the entire venue, at least for the front sections. Ticket presales will be offered through the band’s fan club. Check out for more info.

    --Jay Smith for Pollstar

  • All Guns N’ Roses Original Members To Attend Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Cermony

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Guns N Roses

    Marc. S Canter, Getty Images

    Of all of this year’s inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the highest drama factor circles around, who else, Guns N’ Roses! While the big question of “will they or won’t they” reunite to perform at the event remains, we now have confirmation that all five original members of the fractured group will be in attendance.

    In an interview with Billboard, Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed says, “I know that all the original band is going to be there, I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down.” adding, “It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart.”

    Reed, the longest running member of the band aside from inimitable frontman W. Axl Rose, went on to say “Honestly, we haven’t spoken about it, I don’t know when or why or how to bring it up. It’s not an every day sort of thing. So we haven’t really talked about it, but I’m sure we’ll have to at some point.”

    Original drummer Steven Adler told Rolling Stone late last year “I don’t foresee it. You figure that time could heal all wounds, but some people just REALLY hold a crazy grudge.” Slash has also been aloof in committing to attend, angrily denying a previous report from December that he had RSVP’d for the ceremony.

    The Los Angeles-bred rock legends are being inducted in their first year of eligibility. On the topic of their entrance into those hallowed halls, Reed called it “pretty cool, especially when you think about all the people who are already in and helped make rock ‘n’ roll what it is. It’s a real who’s who of great musicians.” He went on to salute the band’s diehard fans as well saying “It’s really cool for them more than anyone else. To me, that’s the most important thing.”

    The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame will welcome G-N-R along with Donovan, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro and The Red Hot Chili Peppers when the ceremony takes place on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.


    by: Dave Swanson for

    Ultimate Classic Rock

  • Slash Reveals Spring Dates

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    The guitarist puts on his travelin’ shoes in May, playing a series of dates ranging from Maryland to New Mexico.


    Slash-Veteran's Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.
    February 22, 2011  (John Davisson)

    Slash will have some new music to play along with classics from his vast GNR/Snakepit/Velvet Revolver past. His new, still untitled solo album featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators drops May 22.

    Coming up a bit sooner, Slash will join Stevie Wonder, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chris Cornell, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Common, Snoop Dogg, Former President Bill Clinton and others to celebrate boxing great Mohammad Ali’s 70th birthday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena Feb. 18. Called the “Power Of Love Gala,” the event’s goal is to raise awareness for several diseases including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Ali has been battling Parkinson’s since 1984.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. ABC will broadcast the show Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. EST.

    The tour begins in Baltimore at Rams Head Live May 3 with stops in Biloxi, Miss., at the Hard Rock Live May 10; Minneapolis at The Brick May 14; Grand Rapids, Mich., at Orbit Room May 17 and Camden, N.J., at Susquehanna Bank Center May 20. Last stop on the routing is Albuquerque, N.M., at Route 66 Casino May 26.

    Slash will also hit a few festivals along the way – Carolina Rebellion in Rockingham, N.C., at the Rockingham Speedway May 5; Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio, at Crew May 19 and Rocklahoma in Pryor, Okla., May 25.

    Miles & Slash

    Myles Kennedy and Slash-American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
    January 20, 2011-(Joseph Dowling /

    Although Slash has played with some of rock’s biggest bands, in 2011 the guitarist told Pollstar about a time when he auditioned for a group. “I auditioned for Poison way back in the day,” Slash said. “When Matt (Smith) left the band, he suggested I audition. I was fooling around then, trying to figure out what I would do next. Poison was never my cup of tea, but at the same time, being sort of an opportunist, I thought maybe I should check it out. Another step on the rung, you know? “Anyway, I went down there and it was an interesting kind of affair. I played the shit out of the stuff, but I wouldn’t conform to the fashion standards. And C.C. [DeVille] came in when I was walking out one day, and I said, “That’s the guy for that band.”

    A fan presale begins Feb. 15 and general onsales launch Feb. 17. Visit for more information.

  • Kid Rock's Clothing Line

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Letter Blasts Column On Kid Rock’s Clothing Line

    Kid Rock has posted an expletive-laced letter criticizing a columnist who reported that some of the musician’s “Made in Detroit” T-shirts are not made in the city or the U.S.

    Kid Rock Comerica Park August 13, 2011
    Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich., August 13, 2011
    (Scott Legato /

    Detroit Free Press Columnist Susan Tompor wrote Monday that some “Made in Detroit” T-shirts are manufactured overseas, while some adult-sized T-shirts were missing labels.

    Kid Rock’s letter (follow link to view) on the “Made in Detroit” website says the column misses the company’s goals of re-instilling “a sense of Detroit pride.” The letter also says the company “NEVER laid claim” to items “actually being made in Detroit.”

    The letter is signed by the popular rocker-rapper, who was born Robert Ritchie.
    Kid Rock bought the clothing line several years ago.

    Free Press senior managing editor Jeff Taylor says “the column was fair, balanced and accurate.”

    --Associated Press

  • Bret Michaels Celebrates Music At Grammy Concert

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Bret Michaels isn’t above stealing a Grammy. After crooning “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” the Poison frontman – who has never attained Grammy gold – jokingly announced onstage at a Grammy Foundation event Thursday that he was on the prowl to nab a trophy.

    Brett Michaels

    (AP photo)

    The rocker was among more than a dozen performers at “One Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience,” the 14th annual Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project.
    “This is as close as I’ve ever got to a Grammy,” said Michaels while standing next to a mammoth Grammy statue. “I’m the Susan Lucci of rock and roll.”

    This year’s event paid tribute to the forms of live music, including concerts, festivals and venues ranging from The Troubadour in Los Angeles to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Other performers included Mavis Staples, Ledisi, Dave Koz and Trombone Shorty, who teamed up at one point during the show for a jazzy rendition of “I’ll Take You There.”

    Mavis Staples & Dave Koz

    (AP Photo)

    “Tonight’s event enables us to highlight the Grammy Foundation’s efforts to keep our rich musical heritage alive for future generations – part of the Recording Academy’s ongoing educational mission,” Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, told the diverse crowd of Grammy winners, nominees and music lovers inside the Saban Theatre.

    The event began with selections from Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony by the student musicians from the Colburn Orchestra. Other performers included Grammy winners Shelby Lynne, Robert Cray and Jonny Lang, who dueted with “The Voice” finalist Beverly McClellan.

    “The vibe of a live performance, there is nothing like it in the world,” said Ozzfest co-founder and “America’s Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne, who co-hosted the event. “It doesn’t matter if it’s for 100 people or 100,000 people. It gives me goosebumps. As we get ready for the Grammys, which honor the year’s best recordings, we should remember that all music begins as live music.”
    Clips about live music performances from the foundation’s archives, including a tribute to the iconic Greenwich Village folk music coffeehouse Caffe Lena in New York City, were showcased between performances.

    Laura “LP” Pergolizzi wowed the crowd with her ukulele skills, whistling prowess and soaring voice on her song “Into the Wild” before launching into a glassy cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” which prompted fans in the audience to lavish the curly-haired singer with a standing ovation.
    “Artists can break on YouTube or Facebook, but no matter what, you still need to get in front of a crowd of real live humans,” said Grammy-winning guitarist and event co-host Steve Vai. “When we get together and we’re watching, we’re communicating with the band by feeling them, and it creates this atmosphere, which is the live music experience that we just love so much.”

    --Associated Press


    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    by: Jeff Giles 4 hours ago

    Scott Gries, Getty Images

    Black Sabbath sounds determined to keep recording its next album without drummer Bill Ward — in fact, they may have already lined up his replacement. But disappointed fans who had been looking forward to a full reunion of the band’s original lineup aren’t taking the news lying down.

    As of this writing, more than 8,000 people have joined the Facebook group ‘1,000,000 Black Sabbath Fans Say Yes To Bill Ward,’ lending public support to the drummer following his ouster over complaints regarding his reunion contract. As one Facebook post put it, “Bill Ward is not able to be substituted for… It is like a Zep record without (John) Bonham.”

    Of course, Ward has left the band on multiple occasions in the past — and Sabbath has a long tradition of replacing almost all of its members at various points, including Ozzy Osbourne. But now that they’ve effectively been denied the reunion they were promised, a number of fans are understandably frustrated.

    That hasn’t stopped the remaining Sabbath members from moving on without Ward; in fact, they’ve reportedly found his replacement in Osbourne’s drummer, Tommy Clufetos. This is just a rumor for now — and as the band put it in their announcement following Ward’s ouster, “our door is always open” — but it doesn’t look like either side is willing to back down in this argument.

    What do you think? Will Ward’s removal keep you from seeing Sabbath on their 2012 tour, or buying the new album once it’s released?

  • GNR added a new concert date

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Guns N' Roses
    Tue, Feb 21
    The Fillmore Detroit
    2115 Woodward (Next To the Fox), Detroit, MI 48201

    Onsale to General Public
    Start: Wed, 02/08/12 10:00 AM EST

    Prices (bullshit fees included)

    US $49.50 Ticket + US $13.00 Fees = US $62.50

    US $125.00 Ticket + US $18.00 Fees = US $143.00


  • Puddle of Mudd Singer ARRESTED AT 3AM Powder and Pills

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor



    More problems for Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin ... TMZ has learned the rock star was arrested at 3:00 AM last month ... after cops discovered pills and some suspicious looking powder.

    Law enforcement tells TMZ ... the 39-year-old was pulled over in the wee hours of January 12 in Culver City, CA for an unknown traffic violation.

    According to our sources, Scantlin showed signs of being intoxicated and a search revealed Scantln to be in possession of a controlled substance -- which we're told was some kind of powder and pills.

    Scantlin was booked for felony possession and released a few hours later after posting $10,000 bail. Attempts to contact Scantlin for comment were unsuccessful.

    It's been a rough couple of months for the singer ... he's divorcing his hot wife ... and Uncle Sam is on his ass for falling wayyy behind on his taxes.

    His mug shot can be seen at:

  • Kip Winger: When Hair Metal Grows Up

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    You might remember Kip Winger as the guy who sang about banging 17-year-old girls as frontman for the late-’80s metal band Winger.

    While most of his hair-metal pals can be found these days whining about how hard it is to get stripper girlfriends once you’re fat and broke, 50-year-old Winger has aged with amazing grace.

    For nearly two decades, he’s been studying composition and writing classical music, including pieces for the San Francisco Ballet. That’s what brought him to Oberlin College last week, where he spent three days rehearsing and recording his latest piece for the ballet Conversations With Nijinsky, which scholars confirm is not at all about nailing chicks. Helping Winger was an orchestra of 60 students from the college’s music conservatory.

    “I’ve worked with professional orchestras before, and they really had an edge on the energy,” Winger says of the Oberlin students. “They were eager to do it well, and it sounded very fresh.”

    Winger found the students receptive to his project, possibly because they had not even been born by the time his band was the punch line of daily jokes on Beavis and Butt-head. “The tone is that this is a cool place to be and study,” he says. “And judging by the level of musicianship, I’d have to say whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it right.”

    Sleep well, gentle Oberlin: Kip Winger approves of you.


    Originally POSTED BY ANASTASIA PANTSIOS ON THU, FEB 2, 2012 AT 10:40 AM on


    To see a video on his work with the Oberlin College Go to


    Let not forget Kip Winger as a judge on the "Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp from VH1"




  • Metallica Announcement February 7th

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Metallica are tantalizing fans with a new video clip that promises a big announcement from the band this coming Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11AM PT. What can it be? Another collaborative album with Lou Reed? We don’t think so! Whatever it is, it seems to be geared toward a big concert announcement.

    The 34-second ‘Save the Date’ video clip shows a crowd cheering at a rock concert followed by the words “You’ve seen them at festivals across the world.” We then see the names of just about every big music festival around, followed by the cryptic phrase “But you’ve never seen them…”

    It should be noted that at the end of Metallica’s fourth and final 30th anniversary gig in San Francisco in December, drummer Lars Ulrich took the mic and made the following announcement: “Put a big f—in’ pair of red ‘X’s’ in the calendar for June 23 and 24 on the East Coast of America, because you know what where gonna do, baby, we’re gonna take this thing f—in’ into a big ass f—in’ place.’

    Looks like it could be a Metallica-headlined monster rock festival! What do you think? Stay tuned for the big announcement on Feb. 7. In the meantime, watch the teaser clip below.




    Article by: Spencer Kaufman