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  • King's X Frontman Dug Pinnick's New Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    dUg Pinnick, frontman for legendary hard rock trio King’s X, released his latest solo record, Naked, today.

    Check it out here:

    Pinnick has been a pivotal figure in heavy music for over 30 years, most notably as the vocalist and bassist for the still-active King’s X, whose influence looms large over everything from the progressive metal movement (Dream Theater, et al) to the grunge scene – with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament famously stating that “heavy music didn’t start in Seattle, it started in Katy, Texas, with King’s X” – and who are also one of the few bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll to mark 25-plus years of playing together with the original lineup intact, with no signs of slowing down.

    Since 1998, Pinnick has released two solo record under the moniker Poundhound and three others (including a collection of home demos featuring more than a dozen fan-favorite King’s X songs) under his own name. Additionally, Pinnick has joined forces with a who’s-who of veteran rockers – including Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Eric Gales, Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, The Memorials), Bruce Fanklin (Trouble), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Timothy Drury (The Eagles, Stevie Nicks), Reb Beach (Winger, Dokken), Kip Winger (Winger), Living Colour (with whom he toured Europe as temporary vocalist in 2008), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, 24-7 Spyz, Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), Tribe After Tribe, Carmine Appice, and many more – and young hotshots, including the Austin-based metal band RAZR13 (whose album was produced by RockArmy Records owner Paul Soroski and featured a guest appearance by Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera) guitarist Marzi Montazeri.

  • Rob Zombie: 'Classic Album Collection' Drops This Month

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    On May 14th, Universal Music Group will release a classic album series of Rob Zombie featuring the records Hellbilly Deluxe (1998), The Sinister Urge (2001), Educated Horses (2006) and Past, Present, & Future (2003). Each record will come in a new slipcase with a placeholder card for the new album to allow fans to complete their full Rob Zombie studio album set.

    The "Classic Album Collection" is a series which brings together some of the best, most successful albums from an artist's catalogue, all together in one convinient and compact pack. Each record is packaged in the original artwork in a cardboard slipcase, making this a very affordable way to purchase an artist's back catalogue.

    Rob Zombie's fifth record, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on April 23.


  • Adler Postpones Summer Tour, Steven Heads to Rehab

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Adler, the new band led by former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has postponed its U.S. and European Summer tour due to Steven checking into an undisclosed rehabilitation center to continue working on his sobriety.

    U.S. dates are currently being rescheduled to early fall.

    Adler’s debut record Back From The Dead was released November 26th. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (Dokken), it consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers Back From The Dead, Own Worst Enemy, Another Version Of The Truth) to arena-rock anthems Good To Be Bad, Blown Away to powerful, heartfelt ballads Waterfall, Just Don’t Ask). The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash and Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5.

    Adler is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (Lyam, Mars Electric), guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite), and bassist Johnny Martin (Chelsea Smiles).


  • Megadeth's Gigantour To Feature Newsted and Hellyeah

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo
    Two former members of Metallica will be hitting the road together this year. Jason Newsted revealed that his new band Newsted will be taking part in Megadeth's Gigantour. Newsted will join the touring lineup which will feature Megadeth, Hellyeah, Disturbed frontman David Draiman's new band Device, and Death Division which features Hellyeah / Nothingface's Jerry Montano and Morbid Angel / Divine Heresy's Tim Yeung. While Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has dropped hints about the trek, the tour has not yet been officially announced but so far bands have mentioned it will be taking place this summer.
  • Todd La Torre Fronted Version of Queensryche To Release New Record in June

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Seattle rockers Queensrÿche are back with their new record simply titled Queensrÿche.

    The record will be released on June 25th and is the latest addition to the band’s multi-platinum musical catalog. From the opening sound of the intro of X2 to the final notes of the closer Open Road, it is apparent that the signature sound that captivated fans for over 30 years is alive and well. Fans were treated to a taste of the new record when the band released Redemption in March and have been garnering praise since it was released. The song has been listened to over 150,000 times on YouTube since it was released last month. The cover for the album was designed by Craig Howell who has worked on designs for Star Wars, Slipknot and American Idol to name a few. Queensrÿche was mixed and mastered by famed Queensrÿche producer James “Jimbo” Barton who is known for working on the band’s classics Operation: Mindcrime and Empire. Originally slated for June 11, Queensrÿche marks the debut from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (Vocals), Michael Wilton (Guitars), Parker Lundgren (Guitars), Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Scott Rockenfield (Drums).

    Track listing:

    1. X2
    2. Where Dreams Go To Die
    3. Spore
    4. In This Light
    5. Redemption
    6. Vindication
    7. Midnight Lullaby
    8. A World Without
    9. Don’t Look Back
    10. Fallout
    11. Open Road

  • Judas Priest Schedule Screenings of Epitaph

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists with the global cinema release of the live concert Epitaph. A unique live career retrospective, Epitaph will be shown at two very special cinema events — one in New York at the Clearview Chelsea on May 14th and the other at London’s Forum in Kentish Town on May 15th. It will then be released in cinemas on May 16th across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Central America, with many more to follow. Fans will have a limited opportunity to re-live the excitement of the final show of the band’s last-ever world tour, which was filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo London in May 2012.

    Cinema locations and ticket purchasing information can be found at

    A unique live career retrospective, Epitaph will be made available on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28th. This release precedes a new studio record  which the band are currently working on.

    Epitaph track listing:

    1. Battle Hymn (L)
    2. Rapid Fire (F)
    3. Metal Gods (F)
    4. Heading Out To The Highway (G)
    5. Judas Rising (M)
    6. Starbreaker (C)
    7. Victim Of Changes (B)
    8. Never Satisfied (A)
    9. Diamonds And Rust (C)
    10. Prophecy (N)
    11. Night Crawler (L)
    12. Turbo Lover (J)
    13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D)
    14. The Sentinel (I)
    15. Blood Red Skies (K)
    16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E)
    17. Breaking The Law (F)
    18. Painkiller (L)
    19. The Hellion (H)
    20. Electric Eye (H)
    21. Hell Bent For Leather (E)
    22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (H)
    23. Living After Midnight (F)

    Album index:

    A – from “Rocka Rolla” (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)
    B – from “Sad Wings Of Destiny” (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)
    C – from “Sin After Sin” (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)
    D – from “Stained Class” (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)
    E – from “Hell Bent For Leather” (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka Killing Machine in UK)
    F – from “British Steel” (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)
    G – from “Point Of Entry” (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)
    H – from “Screaming For Vengeance” (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)
    I – from “Defenders Of the Faith” (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)
    J – from “Turbo” (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)
    K – from “Ram It Down” (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)
    L – from “Painkiller” (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)
    M – from “Angel Of Retribution” (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)
    N – from “Nostradamus” (originally issued 2008, on Epic)

  • Black Sabbath Complete North American Tour Dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Following the overwhelming response to the initial announcement of just four tour dates, Black Sabbath have now confirmed a full 20-city North American tour. Beginning July 25th in Houston, Texas, the tour will include shows in Philadelphia, Boston, Tinley Park (Chicago), San Francisco and other major markets, along with the previously announced stops in Holmdel, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto, ON. Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale starting Friday, May 3rd at and

    A full list of cities and on sale dates for the dates is below. Beginning today, fans can go to to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Thursday, May 2nd. VIP Packages are also available at

    Black Sabbath launched their world tour on April 20th with two shows in Auckland, New Zealand. They are currently in Australia for performances in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, before heading to Tokyo for the first-ever Ozzfest in Japan on May 12th.

    Along the overseas tour, Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler–are previewing music from their forthcoming 13. On the new record, due out June 11th, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they left off with eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ trailblazing work in the ’70s. Songs such as End of the Beginning, Loner, Dear Father and Age of Reason reinforce 13’s testament to the enduring relevance of Black Sabbath’s long-running reign. Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year)

    Black Sabbath North American Tour Dates:

    Jul 25th Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    Jul 27th Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
    Jul 29th Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
    Jul 31st W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

    Aug 2nd Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
    Aug 4th Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
    Aug 6th Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    Aug 8th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
    Aug 10th Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
    Aug 12th Boston, MA Comcast Center
    Aug 14th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
    Aug 16th Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    Aug 18th Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
    Aug 22nd Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
    Aug 24th Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
    Aug 26th San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
    Aug 28th Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    Aug 30th Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center

    Sep 1st Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
    Sep 3rd Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena



  • Slash 'Speechless' at Video of 7 Year Old Guitarist

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    We have a new addition to the growing collection of 'Really Talented Little Kids Playing Classic Rock' videos. Check out a seven-year-old girl playing Slash's guitar part on the Guns N' Roses classic 'Sweet Child O' Mine.'

    Slash recieved the video from Leslie West (Mountain). "So cool. I'm speechless," the guitarist tweeted, while forwarding a link to an MSN piece about the girl. Her name is Zoe Thomson, and the clip was recorded three years ago, when she was only seven, but only posted on April 11. She is currently serving as the lead guitarist in a group called the Mini Band, which is comprised of similarly aged prodigies.

    Thomson, now 10, has already become a bit of a sensation in her native UK, where last year she was the subject of a news story that featured members of Metallica praising the Mini Band while watching them play.

    Check it out for yourself:

  • Black Sabbath's New Zealand Show Set List and Fan Footage

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Black Sabbath began their long anticipated tour on Saturday at The Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The band was joined onstage by Ozzy’s touring drummer, Tommy Clufetos, who has played with the band on previous occasions.


    1. War Pigs
    2. Into The Void
    3. Under The Sun
    4. Snowblind
    5. Electric Funeral
    6. Black Sabbath
    7. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
    8. N.I.B.
    9. End Of The Beginning (new song)
    10. Fairies Wear Boots
    11. Symptom Of The Universe (intro only)
    12. Drum Solo
    13. Iron Man
    14. God is Dead? (new song)
    15. Dirty Women
    16. Children Of The Grave


    17. Paranoid

    Audience filmed footage of the new song The End Of The Beginning - can be viewed here:

    Black Sabbath’s new record, 13 their first with Osbourne in 35 years, will be released on June 11th


  • Ted Nugent Calls For The Public Hanging of Boston Bomber

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Ted Nugent has taken to his column to call for the public hanging of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the now-charged Boston Marathon bombers.

    The column, called Time To Stretch Neck Of Jihadist Punk, was posted on the right wing website WND over the weekend.

    Using his usual colorful language, Nugent refers to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his now-killed brother Tamerlan using the term “voodoo” 13 times in his article, and calls for “stretching their necks” three times.

    In the piece, he laments that Tsarnaev will likely spent years in custody before being sentenced, “Justice is supposed to be swift. At least that’s how our Founding Fathers thought it should be,” speculating that, 150 years ago “he would have been swinging from an oak tree in Boston Common no longer than 60 days from the date of his arrest. That would be justice.”

    Nugent predicts, “He probably won’t go to trial for more than a year due to court-sanctioned delays. Once he’s found guilty, he will be afforded any number of appeals that will take more years, possibly more than a decade. The young voodoo nut has got a long life in front of him, thanks to America’s screwed-up justice system.”

    Nugent closes the article with, “My dream of real justice would be a July 4 celebration of stringing this son-of-a-b**** up in the Boston Common and letting the crows pick on his rotting flesh. There will be no swift justice for the Boston voodoo punk. He’s got a long life ahead of him. How pathetic.”


  • Ratt Frontman To Release Tell-All Autobiography in May

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy’s autobiography, Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock, which chronicles Pearcy’s life from childhood to the formation of Ratt in the 1970's and the band’s rise to prominence in the Sunset Strip hair metal scene of the ’80's will be released on May 7th.

    In Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll, Stephen shares how he was primed for a life of excess from a young age — his father died of a heroin overdose when he was 12, and by the age of 15, Stephen was himself a drug addict, a pill-popper and primary acid supplier to the city of San Diego. He also reveals:

    How Ratt formed in the ’70's, their early gigs among rock and roll giants on the Sunset Strip, and what Pearcy was willing to do in order to make it big (involving a certain booking agent).

    Over-the-top, surreal stories starring celeb friends Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee, and Drew Barrymore.

    Explicit details of his relationships with hundreds of groupies and the complete debauchery of the pre-AIDS Sunset strip. Pearcy’s friendship with Ratt’s thrill-seeking guitarist Robbin Crosby, who became his partner in crime in all of Ratt’s wild adventures. Blunt sincerity about twenty-something years’ worth of alcohol and drug abuse, culminating in a crippling heroin addiction and rehab.

    Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll contains all the tales of Pearcy’s seemingly ludicrous rock star excess — namely, the trashed hotel rooms, the hordes of groupies, and the flagrant drug abuse. In this tell-all, Stephen Pearcy finally lets music fans see behind the scenes into the lifestyle that was governed by rock stars of a certain era, and gives them a glimpse of just what you can get away with when you’re a hair metal star.

    Don't miss Ratt with Dokken, Warrant & L.A. Guns in @ Freedom Hill in August. More info:

  • New Black Sabbath Song & Tour Dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The eagerly awaited new Black Sabbath record, 13 will be released on June 11th, but fans are able to get a listen to one of the songs today as the band released the track “God Is Dead”.

    13 marks the first Sabbath studio album to feature Ozzy on vocals in 35 years.

    Black Sabbath 2013 Tour Dates:

    08/04 – Homdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    08/14 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    08/24 – George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
    09/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Sports Arena
    12/10 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    12/12 – Belfast, IR @ Odyssey Arena
    12/14 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
    12/16 – Glasgow, UK @ Hydro
    12/18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
    12/20 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena