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  • Queen Update

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The Queen Extravaganza, a tribute show conceived by Roger Taylor and cast via a reality show talent competition, begins its first 25 date North American run on May 26th in Quebec and includes a show @ The Fox Theater in Detroit on May 31st. 

    More info:

    Taylor and guitarist Brian May plan to introduce the nine-member Extravaganza cast whose four vocalists include Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen and Trans-Siberia Orchestra alumnus Jeff Scott Soto on the April 25th and 26th episodes of American Idol before moving rehearsals from Los Angeles to Canada.

    In addition to The Queen Extravaganza, Queen will play four planned shows with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, who they performed with on the show during the 2009 finals and at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. Queen and Lambert will also play on a bill with Elton John in Kiev as well as do two early July shows at the Hammersmith Apollo.



  • Kill Devil Hill and Adrenaline Mob Tour Includes Michigan Show

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Kill Devil Hill and Adrenaline Mob are teaming up to hit the road for a North American tour next month.

    The run, which will be comprised of current and former members of Black Sabbath, Pantera, Dream Theater, Symphony X and Disturbed, kicks off on May 10th in Cleveland and is followed by a show at The Machine Shop in Flint on May 11th.

    More info:

    The shows will feature Kill Devil Hill followed by Adrenaline Mob and then end in all out jam between the two bands.

    Kill Devil Hill is bassist Rex Brown, (Pantera, Down) drummer Vinny Appice (former drummer with Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven And Hell), guitarist Mark Zavon and vocalist Dewey Bragg.

    Adrenaline Mob is vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), bassist John Moyer (Disturbed) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Ex Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold). Adrenaline Mob will be touring in support of their debut record Omertá.


  • KISS to Appear on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars"

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    KISS will perform tomorrow Monday April 9th (8PM) and Tuesday April 10th (9PM) on ABC-TV's Dancing With The Stars.

    KISS has reportedly completed recording it's new record, Monster, slated for a summer release. Songs included: It's A Long Way Down, Back To The Stone Age, Shout Mercy, Out Of This World, Wall Of Sound and Hell Or Hallelujah.

    KISS and Motley Crue will launch a co-headlining tour this summer beginning July 20th in Virginia and include 2 Michigan shows on September 5th @ DTE and September 11 @ The Allegan County Fairgrounds.

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  • Rock of Ages Movie Trailer

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Rock of Ages the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway jukebox musical that celebrates the '80s heyday of power ballads and glam metal, with Tom Cruise transforming into Stacee Jaxx, a superstar devotee of hair-band excess will be released on June 14th.

    The movie features an all-star cast including: Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige, and Julianne Hough.  Directed by Adam Shankman "Rock of Ages" is a story of two young dreamers adults, in Los Angeles, in 1988  highlighting the music of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Warrant, Journey, Poison & Twister Sister.

    Check out the trailer:




  • The Cult Announces North American Tour Dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The Cult will hit the road this summer with the first leg of its 2012 North American tour. The 20 date trek is set to begin on Friday, May 25th in San Diego, California bringing the band's incendiary rock energy to major and secondary markets across the continent.

    For most of the dates, The Cult will be supported by Against Me! and The Icarus Line. Ticket sales begin later this week, log onto for all the details and ways to purchase tickets.

    The Cult - Astbury, Billy Duffy, called one of the post-punk era's greatest guitarists, Chris Wyse on bass, drummer John Tempesta, and touring member Mike Dimkich on rhythm guitar is touring in support of Choice of Weapon, the band's first new record in five years, due out May 22nd.  Featuring The Cult's signature sounds of Astbury's vocals and Duffy's guitar, the album was produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E. Masters of Reality) and Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush, The Cult's Sonic Temple), recorded between July and December 2011, and written by Astbury and Duffy.

    On these North American dates, The Cult will play many of their classics as well as introduce fans to some of their new songs, including Lucifer - not a song about the devil, but a reference to the morning star, the idea of a journey through darkness and decadence to find the road to wisdom - Honey From a Knife - based on the Buddhist teaching about the seductiveness of addiction - and For The Animals, the first official single from the new record - asserts the rising tensions, the rage and hostility of the growing group of disenfranchised youth in our society.

    Confirmed dates for The Cult's 2012 North American tour are as follows:


    25 San Diego, CA - Humphreys By the Bay
    26 Las Vegas, NV - M Resort
    27 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
    30 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre


    1 Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
    2 Windsor, ON - Great Canadian Beaverfest, Riverfront Festival Plaza
    3 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE - Indoor Stage
    5 Boston, MA - House of Blues
    7 Buffalo, NY - Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf
    8 New York, NY - Terminal 5
    9 Hampton Beach, NH - Ballroom
    10 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    12 Washington, D.C. - The Fillmore
    13 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
    15 Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
    16 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
    17 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
    19 Houston, TX - House of Blues
    20 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
    22 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre



  • Ozzy to Release Vintage Recordings for Record Store Day

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Ozzy Osbourne will release 7” and 12” records for Record Store Day 2012 on April 21st.

    The recordings include:

    *Live - a 12-inch 180-gram audiophile vinyl LPs (two-disc set): A limited, numbered collector's edition recorded live on the 1981 'Blizzard Of Ozz' tour with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads.

    *Believer - a live seven-inch single which comes in a limited, numbered collector's edition on polka-dot vinyl featuring Believer (live) and Goodbye to Romance(2010 guitar and vocal mix).

    Each year, Record Store Day finds a high-profile musician to serve as the official ambassador for the day, and this year, it is Iggy Pop. Now in its fifth year, the annual day-long event strives to bring together independently-owned record stores to celebrate the art of music via special vinyl and CD releases plus various promotional products made exclusively for the day at local, brick and mortar record shops. Find more information on Record Store Day on the event’s official site.


  • "That Metal Show" Season 10 Lineup Revealed

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo
    VH1 Classic's That Metal Show guests scheduled to appear for Season 10: 


    31: Lars Ulrich, Robb Flynn, Mike Portnoy


    7: Alice Cooper, Jack Russell, Brian Tichy
    14: T&N (George Lynch, Mick Brown, Jeff Pilson), Slash, Brian Tichy
    21: Adrian Smith, Michael Schenker
    28: Lemmy Kilmister, Robert Mason and Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Michael Schenker


    5: Michael Schenker, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Frank Hannon
    12: Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury (The Cult), Doro, Frank Hannon
    19: Vinnie Paul, Tommy Shaw & JY (Styx), Steve Stevens

    While ten all new shows were shot, VH1 Classic has decided to only air eight episodes for this run. Therefore the episodes with David Draiman/Adrenaline Mob and Bobby Blotzer/L.A. Guns will air, but they will now be included with the forthcoming season 11 and should debut sometime this Summer.

    Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted canceled his appearance at the last minute and has yet to re-schedule.

  • New Tool Record in May?

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Tool appears to have announced that they will release their as-yet-untitled fifth studio record in May of 2012. This would be the first new material from the band since 2006's '10,000 Days'.

    In typical Tool fashion, the band made the semi-announcement via a cryptic newsletter posting on their site, which also covered such topics as the Rapture and Taco Bell. You can read the full thing here.

    An except from the newsletter reads as follows: "No matter how many new Tool tunes are currently complete, I will personally guarantee that the new CD will be released on May 22, 2012 (or May 15, 2012)."


  • ZZ Top Almost Finished with New Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The new ZZ Top studio record will stay true to the sound the band has been laying down for over 40 years. The still untitled Rick Rubin-produced project is expected to be released sometime this year.

    It's not clear whether the record will be done when ZZ Top opens the 'Gang of Outlaws' tour with 3 Doors Down on May 25, however it's likely fans will get their first taste of the new music on television, as the song '25 Lighters' is being used in a marketing campaign for Jeremiah Weed whiskey.

    Don't miss ZZ Top & 3 Doors Down @ DTE Energy Music Theater on June 27:



  • New Rob Zombie Record Planned for Late 2012

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Rob Zombie plans to begin recording the next chapter in the Zombie musical legacy with his band John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish on June 1st.  This new, as yet untitled record is set for a late 2012 release and will be the band's fifth studio album.

    Before Rob Zombie begins recording, they will hit the highway on a co-headline tour with metal legends Megadeth, marking the first time the two bands have toured together since the early 90's.

    The tour includes a stop in Grand Rapids @ The Deltaplex on May 18th. 

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  • KISS Seeks Veteran Roadie for Summer Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Talk about a killer gig...

    KISS needs a roadie and they want to hire a veteran to help out.

    The band, who are touring with Motley Crue this summer (including 2 Michigan shows in September @ DTE & the Allegan County Fairgrounds) have been long-time supporters of the US military...donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project. They're now participating in Hiring Our Heroes to give a job to a touring set carpenter who will travel with the band from July 14th through September 25th. The lucky veteran who gets the gig will be part of the team that assembles the KISS stage set, helps run effects during the show and takes down the set afterwards.

    Applicants do not need to be a trained carpenter, but will be required to work long hours. 

    To apply for this job, send an email to with your resume and contact details.

    Best of luck!

  • Bassist Robbie Crane Quits Ratt to Join Lynch Mob?

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    After 15 years with the band, bassist Robbie Crane has left Ratt.

    Crane is rumored to already have touring commitments with Lynch Mob. A Lynch Mob mega-reunion occurred this past weekend when original drummer (fellow Dokken alumni) Wild Mick Brown and the band’s second vocalist, Robert Mason (now in Warrant), joined the current Lynch Mob lineup of George Lynch, Robbie Crane, vocalist Oni Logan and drummer Scot Coogan on stage in Arizona.

    Meanwhile Ratt continues to write songs for their new studio record, the follow-up to their 2010 comeback album 'Infestation', and also plan on releasing a compilation collection through iTunes.

    Pearcy and guitarist Warren DeMartini have been demoing songs for the currently untitled record as well as working with the Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl on a separate project.

    Vocalist Stephen Pearcy has recently inked a deal for a new book (no title yet), which should be finished later this year for an early 2013 release.