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  • Megadeth Going Country?

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Could country legend Willie Nelson wind up playing on the new Megadeth record?

    Dave Mustaine was recently in Austin,Texas house-hunting and posted a photo of the two (see below).

    Later, Mustaine re-posted the image, writing, “I'm talking to Willie about a guest appearance on ‘The Blackest Crow’” … a track from the forthcoming album, Super Collider.”

    The project will be released June 4 via Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft.


  • Portnoy, Sheehan, and Kotzen Become The Winery Dogs

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Talas) and guitarist Richie Kotzen (ex-Poison, ex-Mr. Big) have chosen the name The Winery Dogs for their new band.

    An official debut record release for Japan via Victor Entertainment has been confirmed for May, with other territories due to be announced soon.

    Here's a video of Mike Portnoy interviewing Richie Kotzen:

  • NIN & The Cure to Headline Lollapalooza?

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Will Nine Inch Nails and The Cure be at this year's Lollapalooza? A leaked photo of this year’s poster indicates they will be (see below).

    The lineup listed on the poster for the three-day Chicago festival, taking place from August 2-4, lists The Cure and Nine Inch Nails as two of the headliners.

    Nine Inch Nails have already announced six tour dates and on the band’s site they note that “more dates are coming soon.” With no shows scheduled during Lolla, it wouldn’t be that surprising if they made an appearance at the festival.

    As for The Cure, well, they are planning to return to South America in April, along with two festival dates in Asia. And in 2011 while playing their nine “Reflections” concerts, which made stops in Los Angeles and New York City, Robert Smith assured fans in the States that they would see the band again next year. Maybe Lollapalooza is the start of another U.S. tour for the band?

    The official line-up for Lollapalooza was supposed to be announced on April 9, but a festival spokesperson said the line-up will now be announced sometime next week. Single-day tickets are still slated to go on sale April for $95. Three-day early bird tickets, which went on-sale last week, have already sold out.

  • Track Listing for New Alice In Chains Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    We have the song list for the forthcoming Alice In Chains record, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which will be released on May 27th.

    Track list:

    Pretty Done
    The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
    Lab Monkey
    Low Ceiling
    Breath On A Window
    Phantom Limb
    Hung On A Hook

    The record will serve as the follow-up to 2009′s, Black Gives Way To Blue, which was their first album without Layne Stayley and the first to feature William DuVall.

    Check out the video for Hollow:


  • Van Halen Box Set Cancelled

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The Van Halen Studio Albums 1978-1984 box set which was originally scheduled for release on March 26, 2013 has been cancelled.

    The Studio Albums 1978-1984 was described this way:

    This Limited Edition six-CD box set documents the band’s indelible history from their self-titled 1978 debut until the 1984 album, which was to be singer David Lee Roth’s last record with the band until 2012. Included in this box are many of the band’s best-known songs - ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’, ‘ Runnin’ With The Devil’, ‘Jump’, ‘Dance The Night Away’, ‘Unchained’, ‘Everybody Wants Some’, ‘Hot For Teacher’ and ‘Panama’.

    The Studio Albums 1978-1984 is a no-frills package of VH’s incredible era with original vocalist David Lee Roth at the helm, remastered and neatly packaged in clamshell box. Featuring the now-immortal six-string styles of Eddie Van Halen, the devastating rhythm section of bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen and the clean production of Ted Templeman, this box is a crash course in Big Rock.

  • ZZ Top Return to US for Summer Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    ZZ Top just finished up a hand-full of Australian tour dates with Guns N' Roses and are heading back to the US for another round of shows in support of their new record La Futura.

    After the US dates, The "Top" will do a a short summer European tour, before heading back to the US for a pair of summer festivals, including Bonnaroo, and the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    On top of that, guitarist Billy Gibbons will reunite with the Moving Sidewalks, his band from the mid 1960's, for two shows — March 30 in New York City, and April 28 for the Austin Psych Fest in Austin, Texas.

    Tour Dates:

    5/2 — Newkirk, Okla.
    5/3 — Concho, Okla.
    5/4 — Memphis, Tenn.
    5/8 — Wallingford, Ct.
    5/9 — Morristown, N.J.
    5/10 — Crewe, Va.
    5/11 — Atlantic City, N.J.
    5/13 — Lancaster, Penn.
    5/14 — Englewood, N.J.
    5/15 — Westbury, N.Y.
    5/17 — Hampton Beach, N.H.
    5/18 — Lynn, Mass.
    5/19 — Baltimore, Md.
    5/21 — Knoxville, Tenn.
    5/25 — Biloxi, Miss.
    6/13 — Manchester, Tenn. (Bonaroo)
    8/1 — Costa Mesa, Calif.
    8/4 — Sturgis, S.D. (Motorcycle Rally)

  • Newsted North American Tour Dates Includes Two Michigan Shows

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s new band, Newsted will head out on the road next month and will include two stops in Michigan.

    Tour dates:

    Apr. 19 – Red House – Walnut Creek, CA
    Apr. 23 – San Jose Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
    Apr. 24 – The Starline – Fresno, CA
    Apr. 26 – The Alley – Sparks, NV
    Apr. 27 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
    May 1 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
    May 3 – Vinyl – Las Vegas, NV
    May 4 – KUPD Ufiesta – Mesa, AZ
    May 15 – Planet Rock – Battle Creek, MI
    May 17 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
    May 18 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
    May 21 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
    May 22 – The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
    May 23 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ

    Last week Newsted announced that Staind guitarist Mike Mushok had joined the band.


  • Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson teaming up for the Masters of Madness Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    It’s always a big event when like-minded rockers of different generations get their acts together and take them on the road. Last year saw KISS tour with their similarly hormonal kindred spirits, Motley Crue, this year fellow shock rockers Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson are teaming up for the Masters Of Madness Tour Shock Therapy Tour 2013.

    That’s right, the man with the woman’s name who was blamed for the decline of civilization circa 1975 will meet the man with the woman’s name who was blamed for the decline of civilization circa 1996.

    Tour Dates:

    June 3 - Morrisson, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater

    June 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre

    June 6 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre

    June 7 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater

    June 8 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center

    June 10 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

    June 13 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

    June 15 - Montebello, QC - Montebello Marina

    June 17 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion

    June 18 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Performing Arts Center

    June 20 - Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook

    June 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

    June 25 - St. Charles, MO - Family Arena

    June 28 - Rockford, IL - BMO Harris Bank Center

    Alice Cooper Marilyn Manson

  • Slash working on follow-up to Apocalyptic Love

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Slash is in the process of working on his third solo record.

    “Started the demo process for the next S/M & the Conspirators record last night,”. “Lots of material to work up. It's going 2 be good.” - Slash

    The new project follows 2012’s Apocalyptic Love,” which delivered You’re A Lie,” “Standing In The Sun,” and “Anastasiaand peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

    Like the last effort, Slash’s third solo record will feature his touring band, Myles Kenndy & the Conspirators, featuring Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz.

  • "Maiden England "88 Drops Next Week

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    As initially reported here, Iron Maiden will release Maiden England 88, a new, remastered, bonus-filled edition of their classic 1989 VHS, next Tuesday (March 25th).

    Check out a clip of the band performing Wasted Years:

    Filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour, disc one contains the concert itself, which has been upgraded and extended from the existing and now includes three previously unreleased encores: Running Free, Run To The Hills and Sanctuary. Disc two features a bonus documentary that includes interviews with Maiden and their manager, Rod Smallwood, as well as a bonus bonus documentary,Twelve Wasted Years and five promo videos.

    Disc one – Maiden England ’88:

    The Evil That Men Do
    The Prisoner
    Still Life
    Die With Your Boots On
    Infinite Dreams
    Can I Play With Madness
    Heaven Can Wait
    Wasted Years
    The Clairvoyant
    Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    The Number Of The Beast
    Hallowed Be Thy Name
    Iron Maiden
    Run To The Hills*
    Running Free*
    *previously unreleased.

    Disc Two – The History of Iron Maiden Part 3:

    12 Wasted Years documentary
    Wasted Years promo video
    Stranger In A Strange Land promo video
    Can I Play With Madness promo video
    The Evil That Men Do promo video
    The Clairvoyant promo video


  • Details For Whitesnake's Forthcoming “Made In Japan” CD/DVD

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Check out the Fool For Your Loving video, taken from Whitesnake's forthcoming CD/DVD package Made In Japan:

    The new DVD/live CD package will be release on April 23rd in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the Loud Park festival on October 11th, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their Forevermore World Tour. The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public.

    Made In Japan contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio record, Forevermore, as well as classic hits such as Is This Love, Still Of The Night and Here I Go Again. The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award-winning ‘Forevermore’ album that were recorded during soundchecks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos.



  • All Pantera Members Were Potential Targets of Dimebag's Shooter

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Phil Anselmo recently stated that police revealed that all the members of Pantera were potential targets of the crazed shooter who took guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s life while he was performing onstage in November of 2004.

    Anselmo said, “I’ve spoken to the police officers who were there and handled the situation when Dimebag was murdered. And they told me clearly, that after an investigation and going back to the murderer’s apartment and digging through his notes that he had taken and threats and death threats that he had written down that any one of us were targets. I had a police officer tell me that on that particular night, had Superjoint [Ritual] been playing, or Down, or any of my other bands at the time, that I most certainly would have been the target. Not that it made me feel any better – it did not, it did not make me feel better at all.

    It did clarify in my mind that all of the negative vibe that I had received either from, I guess, media but also, in today’s world, where people can leave comments and this and that, I found it very, very insulting and also interesting that people could chime in on a subject that they knew nothing about, really. All they knew is what the media fed them. And you know the media – they’re dying to, I guess, in the past sell tangible magazines or get hits on their web site. So anything to stir the pot was… they most certainly did that.”

    Here is a clip of Anselmo discussing the topic: