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  • Special Event Planned to Commorate the 10th Anniversary of Layne Staley's Death

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the untimely death of Alice In Chains lead singer Layne Staley, and to mark this anniversary and honor his life, supporters are calling on all fans, new and old, to join them on the eve of April 5th to sing back to the man who gave us so much great music.

    Alice In Chains and Mad Season singer Layne Staley's voice cut through the soul of a generation. He affected all who heard him, and a decade after he left us, his impact has not lessened. What better way to express our appreciation for what he gave us, and what he continues to give us, then to sing his own words back to him?

    For more information on how you can participate: www.singforlayne.com, facebook.com/singforlayne or follow on twitter.com/singforlayne.

    Layne Thomas Staley was born on August 22nd in Kirkland, Washington and died on April 5th, 2002 in Seattle, Washington at the age 34.

    RIP Layne!

  • Aerosmith & Cheap Trick Announce Summer Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Aerosmith and Cheap Trick have just announced their 2012 summer tour dates, labeling their sizzling pair-up the 'Global Warming Tour.' After a successful tour in South America and Japan, Boston's finest, along with the pride of Rockford, Illinois, will return to the USA and kick the tour off in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 16th and includes a date at the Palace of Auburn Hills on July 5th.

    Only the first round of dates have been announced at this time (see below) but additional dates for a second leg will be announced shortly. If you're a Cheap Trick fan club member you'll have even earlier access (Tuesday, March 27) with an opportunity to purchase VIP presale packages prior to the general public.

    The 2012 summer concert calendar is starting to heat up in a major way with Def Leppard/Poison/Lita Ford and KISS/Motley Crue teaming up for tours, as well as this partnership of two legendary American bands which promises to be exciting

    Aerosmith/Cheap Trick 2012 Tour Dates:

    • 6/16 — Minneapolis, Minn.
    • 6/19 — Cleveland, Ohio
    • 6/22 — Chicago, Ill.
    • 6/27 — Toronto, Ontario
    • 7/1 — Uniondale, N.Y.
    • 7/3 — Bristow, Va.
    • 7/5 — Detroit, Mich.
    • 7/7 — Milwaukee, Wis.
    • 7/10 — Laval, Canada
    • 7/12 — Quebec City, Canada
    • 7/14 — Grand Falls, Newfoundland
    • 7/17 — Boston, Mass.
    • 7/19 — TBA
    • 7/21 — Philadelphia, Pa
    • 7/24 — East Rutherford, N.J.
    • 7/26 — Atlanta, Ga.
    • 7/28 — Dallas, Texas
    • 7/30 — Houston, Texas
    • 8/1 — Denver, Colo.
    • 8/4 — Oakland, Calif.
    • 8/6 — Los Angeles, Calif.
    • 8/8 — Tacoma, Wash.
  • Heart To Release 50-Track Box Set in June

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    'Strange Euphoria,' the forthcoming box set from Heart is set for release on June 5, just in time for the band's summer touring season.

    The box set will contain 50 tracks featuring a mixture of previously unreleased demos and rarities (including hopefully, the long-desired original versions of the 'Magazine' album tracks), live tracks and of course, their chart-topping hits.

    The four disc set will also include a DVD of the rare 1976 television performance, plus new track-by-track commentary from Ann and Nancy Wilson.

    Heart's summer tour schedule kicks off officially on June 29 in St. Paul, Minnesota and will roll through September with additional dates likely in conjunction with the new record.

  • Great White's 'Elation' Due to Drop in May

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Great White's new record titled 'Elation' - their first with new singer Terry Ilous (XYZ) will include 12 new original songs and will be released in all of Europe, Japan and the US on May 18th.

    The band will also be recording a live album at the Hollywood Key Club on March 22nd (30th anniversary show) for future release. The show will be filmed for a DVD that will also become available at a future date.

    Great White 2012 also features bassist Scott Snyder, drummer Audie Desbrow, and guitarist/keyboardist Michael Lardie.

  • Bret Michaels "Get Your Rock On"

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Bret Michaels is fast becoming the 80's version of Gene Simmons...anything for a buck!

    Bret Michaels new solo record, 'Get Your Rock On', is due this summer and features a number of guests including Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffet and Loretta Lynn.

    Michaels and Collen collaborated on the first single 'Get Your Rock On', which has since been reworked into 'Get Your Ride On' for use by the AMA Supercross theme and the Speed channel's opining sequence. Michaels and Buffet rework the latter's classic summer tune 'Margaritaville'. Michaels and Lynne tackle an updated version of the Poison monster hit 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' and the pair also wrote two other songs together recently which may be included on the album.

     

  • Ratt Working on New Record and Plan iTunes Compilation Release

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Ratt continues to write songs for their new studio record, the follow-up to their 2010 comeback album 'Infestation' and will be releasing a compilation record on their own via iTunes, music from their vaults of un-released and live tracks from 1983-1991.

    Vocalist Stephen 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.

    Stephen Pearcy has recently locked in a publisher for the new book (no title yet), which should be finished later this year for an early 2013 release. Look for Pearcy on a new episode of VH-1's Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which filmed in February 2012.

    Selling more than 14 million albums in the US alone and establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands of the 1980's, Ratt returned in 2010 with 'Infestation' and new guitarist Carlos Cavazo (of Quiet Riot fame).

  • Lita Ford's "Living Like A Runaway" Set for June Release

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    After working with producer Gary Hoey and song writing partner Michael Dan Ehming for more than a year, legendary female metal icon Lita Ford will release her new record 'Living Like A Runaway' on June 19th. The album will be available in four configurations -- a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.

    Coinciding with the record's release, Lita is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the 'Rock of Ages Tour' which will include a stop at DTE Energy Music Theater on July 7th.

     

     

  • Triumph Working on "Live at Sweden Rock Festival"

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The fans demanded it, and the fans finally got it. After 20 years apart, the long-awaited Triumph reunion (vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore) took place at Sweden Rock Festival, on June 7, 2008.

    Now, truly one of the most underrated bands of the 80's, Triumph is putting the finishing touches on the DVD of that historic performance.

    The tentatively titled 'Live at Sweden Rock Festival' set will consist of a DVD and CD, with a release date targeted for later this spring.

  • Original KISS Drummer Peter Criss Set to Publish Autobiography

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The rock n' roll library just keeps expanding! The latest to add his life to the ever-increasing stack of life stories is none other than Peter Criss. The once (and forever) KISS drummer will issue 'Makeup To Breakup' on Rocktober 23.  'Makeup To Breakup' is expected to be Peter Criss' unvarnished and eye-opening life story, from sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll to multiple brushes with death.

    Speaking of the book, Criss said, "It's about my life. Of course, it's about drugs, sex and rock and roll, but it's about my parents, my growing up, getting through Brooklyn, going through gangs, getting into drugs, getting out of them, getting through cancer. I'm four years free of cancer now. I'm doing great. The best of all is I get to share my true feelings of my love for God, family, friends and fame. It's been a wonderful life."

    Criss, who is also working on a new record, is getting some help putting the book together from noted author Larry 'Ratso' Sloman, who has previously worked on books by Howard Stern and Anthony Kiedis, as well as penning his own books on Bob Dylan and Abbie Hoffman among others.

     

  • Jimmy Page to Release "Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks" On March 20th

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Jimmy Page is scheduled to release the Spring Equinox 2012, the title music for 'Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Track's' on March 20.

    The title music along with other musical pieces recorded at Pages's home studio in the early Seventies, has been revisited, remixed and released for the first time.  This is a musical diary of avant-garde compositions and experiments, one of which was to appear on the film 'Lucifer Rising'.

    There will be a standard release on heavyweight vinyl as well as a special run of 418 numbered copies. The first 93 copies will be signed and numbered.  The record will include liner notes and commentary to each track.

    The collection has been exhumed and is now ready for public release and will be available exclusively @ http://www.jimmypage.com/.

    Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Track listing is as follows:

    Side One:

    1. Lucifer Rising – Main Track

    Side Two:

    1. Incubus
    2. Damask
    3. Unharmonics
    4. Damask – Ambient
    5. Lucifer Rising – Percussive Return

     

  • Motley Crue & KISS Set to Announce Co-Headling Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    As first reported here several months ago Motley Crue will be back on tour twice this year -- first in Europe in June and then co-headlining with KISS from July through September on a massive U.S. tour. Expect the official announcement from Los Angeles next week.

    Both bands are expected to be bringing their entire stage show and playing full sets, making it without doubt one of the biggest tours of the summer, if not the biggest.

    Motley's solo tour begins in Moscow and KISS have a new record due to drop this Spring called "Monster".

  • Quiet Riot Hire New Lead Singer

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo
    Ever Since Kevin Dubrow's untimely death in 2007, Quiet Riot has been searching for his permanent replacement.  San Diego native Mark Huff (Van Halen tribute band 5150) was tapped in 2010 and replaced in January 2012 by Keith St. John (Montrose) who stepped in to help Quiet Riot fullfill live contractional gigs in February. This month, the band has hired their third lead singer in a year and a half, unknown vocalist Scott Vokoun.
     
    Upcoming Quiet Riot tour dates:

    March:

    28 - Scottsdale, AZ - Westworld Scottsdale

    April:

    14 - Lyons, TX - Carts Bikers And Babes
    15 - Chicago, IL - Mayne Stage
    20 - Boca Raton, FL - Sunset Cove Amphitheater
    21 - Cape Coral, FL - Legends Of Rock

    May:

    11 - Peterburg, VA - Old Towne Civic Center
    12 - Columbia, MD - M3 Festival

    June:

    23 - Idaho Falls, ID - Sandy Downes Race Track

    September:

    8 - Las Vegas, NV - Sunset Station Casino

    *More dates to be announced soon*