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  • Metallica's Original Lineup Reunites Onstage in San Francisco @ 30th Aniversary Show

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The original Metallica line-up featuring James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney took the stage on December 10th for the final two songs at the band's 30th aniversary show held at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. It was the first time that particular lineup played together since 1982.

    Mustaine played on the final five songs, all of which were drawn from his brief time with the band. The Megadeth frontman had reunited with Metallica at numerous Big Four concerts over the past couple of years, but that was always during a chaotic jam on a Diamond Head song. He hadn't played a Metallica song with them since his extremely bitter departure in 1983.

    Checkout the current Metallica line-up joined by Mustaine, McGovney and Lloyd
    Grant, performing Hit The Lights, by clicking here.

  • Jani Lane died with no will

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Former Warrant singer Jani Lane died without dividing up his financial empire which could be a big problem, considering he was worth about $600,000 at the time of his untimely death.

    According to court documents filed in connection with Lane's estate, the singer left behind no will when he died of alcohol poisoning in August and now, his oldest daughter has asked the court to approve an estate administrator to start figuring things out.

    According to the papers, the 47-year-old's estate is valued at $600,000 though it's unclear exactly what it's made up of.

    As for who's in contention for the goods Jani is survived by his wife and his two daughters, but the mother of his second daughter could also make out with a share.

    Lane was found dead on August 11th in a Woodland Hills area Comfort Inn. Alcohol and prescription drugs were found in his motel room.

  • Motley Crue takes up residency in Sin City

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Motley Crue will become the first hard rock band to play a short-term stint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. 

    The band will play a three-week series of three-and four-night shows a week at the HRH beginning February 3 and run through February 19, 2012.

  • Second Leg of Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Following what can only be described as the Rock'n'Roll comeback story of 2011, thrash legends Anthrax will kick off 2012 with round two of a U.S. co-headline tour with fellow thrash titans, Testament. The dozen-plus dates that come on the heels of the bands' five-week Fall trek that packed venues from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, will kick off in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 22nd and will take in some fifteen cities over a three-week period (dates listed below). Anthrax will close all shows and Death Angel will again be main support on all dates.

    Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th at 10AM.  For all details or to purchase tickets, log onto Anthrax.com, testamentlegions.com or Deathangel.us. Can't wait until this weekend to grab tickets? Prior to the official on-sale dates in each city, Anthrax fans can head over to AnthraxArmy.com and Anthrax.com beginning today at 3:00PM ET, to purchase a special pre-sale ticket bundle featuring a Worship Music sticker, an official Anthrax Army sticker, and a limited edition collectible band-member fan laminate. These bundles are available for a limited time only. Additional details online.

    Tour Dates are as follows:

    January:

    22 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
    23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
    24 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
    27 Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, IN
    28 Piere's Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, IN
    29 Expo Five, Louisville, KY
    30 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

    February:

    2 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
    3 Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, OH
    6 Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
    7 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
    8 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY

     

  • You may be entitled to a refund from Ticketmaster

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Ticket buyers who used Ticketmaster between Rocktober 21st, 1999 and Rocktober, 19th, 2011, can expect a refund next year.

    In a proposed class action settlement, the ticket website is being asked to refund $1.50 for each ticket order (up to 17 orders) to customers because Ticketmaster profited off the dubious "processing fees".

    This won't stop the website from profiting off the ticket orders; all Ticketmaster has to do is indicate on its website that they are doing so.

    The original claim, filed Oct. 21st, 2003, also says UPS' price for expedited delivery of tickets is not truthful. Customers who fall under the UPS part of the lawsuit will also receive a $5.00 credit for each ticket.

    The settlement could cost Ticketmaster a large amount. If less than $11.25 million is redeemed by customers, Ticketmaster will give the rest to charity.

    Additionally, lawyers plan to request up to $16.5 million in attorneys' fees and expenses and $20,000 to the two plaintiffs who originally brought on the class action suit.

    Credits will not be given before April 15th, 2012 and should take place within 30 days of the settlement approval, which is set to take place May 29, 2012.

  • Tool recording new music

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Great news for Tool fans...over the Thanksgiving break, the band entered the studio with producer Joe Barresi (ISIS, Coheed & Cambria, Puscifier & Tomahawk) to begin recording a new record.  The band members are tracking all songs to tape using a Studer A827 analog tape recorder at their own home studio instead of going the digital route.

    Tool has not issued a new record since 2006's "10,000 Days".

  • Van Halen is a no show at Grammy Nomination Concert

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo
    So much for Van Halen’s much-anticipated appearance at the Grammy Nominations Concert.

    Despite all the hints and reports that the band would turn up to announce details of their new record and tour, none of the four were present.

    So what happened? According to Neil Portnow, chairman of The Recording
    Academy, who run the Grammys, waffled:  “In the world of creativity, everything is fluid. In the process of discussions that we had been having with an expectation that perhaps we would be at a point tonight where the artist involved and we, moving forward, would be ready to announce [a reunion], they weren’t quite at that point. So it’s live television, we go on to the next act. It’s rock and roll and so on. That being said, we were genuine about the intention and we are genuine about the discussion.”

    It now appears that Van Halen will make their big announcement in January, but I wouldn't hold your breath.

    To their credit, the Van Halen News Desk (which is not directly associated with the band) was skeptical about the projected Grammys appearance from the start.  Below the headline "Duped By The Grammys?," the website issued the following update while speculation mounted yesterday:

    "Rampant rumors have Van Halen making an appearance at the Grammy Nominations tonight to announce their forthcoming album and tour. It was the Grammy’s themselves who started the rumor. Yet some of our sources have been telling us that they can’t confirm the rumoured appearance, and others have flat out told us that it was never anything but a rumour in the first place, started by the Grammys. Whatever the case, other than the original rumor, we haven’t heard anything that would lead us to believe that the band is involved in the show tonight. Put it this way…if the band does actually make an appearance they are much better at keeping secrets than we’ve ever imagined!"

    In other Grammy news, The nominees in the Best Hard Rock/Metal
    Performance category are:

    Dream Theater "On The Backs Of Angels"
    Foo Fighters "White Limo"
    Mastodon "Curl Of The Burl"
    Megadeth "Public Enemy No. 1"

  • New Cult record due early 2012

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The Cult are in the studio with producer Bob Rock, putting the finishing touches on material for their new record.

    The band’s ninth release is tentatively due in early 2012 via Cooking Vinyl records.

    It's interesting to hear The Cult are working with Rock again, who produced the band’s 1989 effort, Sonic Temple,” and their 1994 self-titled release. 

    Something has obviously changed in the band’s plan since spring, when they announced that they were in the studio with producer Chris Goss (Queens Of The Stone Age, Masters Of Reality) at the controls, with an early fall 2011 release expected.

    Could it be the new deal with Cooking Vinyl?

    Pictured below is guitarist Billy Duffy in studio with Bob Rock.


  • Soundgarden Tour Dates...

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    It's been 15 years since Soundgarden last performed in Australia and the first time since 1997 that Soundgarden will perform outside North America. Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd have chosen the Big Day Out to mark their triumphant return to the international stage. These new headline dates in Sydney January 25th and Melbourne February 1st are the only Australian Soundgarden shows outside of the Big Day Out 2012 dates.  Pre-sale tickets to both headline shows go on sale December 2nd.

    Soundgarden's tour schedule is as follows:

    January 20, Auckland, NZ

    January 22, Gold Coast, AUS

    January  25 & 26, Sydney, AUS

    January 29 & Febuary 1, Melbourne, AUS

    February 3, Adelaide, AUS

    February 5, Perth, AUS


     

  • Rokken with new Dokken record Spring 2012

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Legendary 80’s metal band Dokken inks new deal with Frontiers Records.

    The worldwide release of the band's forthcoming 11th studio record is expected in the spring of 2012.

    Dokken plans to finish their new record by the end of February and go out on the road in June. They hope to release the new album before the summer and play festivals in Europe, then jump on a package tour in the US.

    Dokken currently consists of Don Dokken (lead vocals), Jon Levin (guitar), Sean McNabb (bass) and “Wild” Mick Brown (drums).

    Formed in 1978, Dokken is one of the major influences which help define the American Hard Rock trademark sound of the 80's. They were nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989 and have sold more than 13 million albums worldwide.

     

  • Creed is back...

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    90's powerhouse Creed have some very special shows planned for fans.

    The band has announced that they will perform their first two records "My Own Prison" and "Human Clay" in their entirety, at back-to-back shows in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York next spring.  Select songs from "Weathered" and "Full Circle" will also make up the setlist at these events.

    2012 marks the 15-year anniversary of Creed's debut blockbuster album, "My Own Prison," which has sold over 6 million copies to date. The follow-up, 1999's massive global hit "Human Clay," has sold over 11 million copies to date and features the rock radio mainstays "With Arms Wide Open" and "Higher."

    Creed 2012 tour dates (so far):

    04/13 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL ("My Own Prison")
    04/14 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL ("Human Clay")
    04/16 - Tower Theatre - Philadelphia, PA ("My Own Prison")
    04/17 - Tower Theatre - Philadelphia, PA ("Human Clay")
    04/19 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY ("My Own Prison")
    04/20 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY ("Human Clay")

     

  • Black Sabbath World Reunion Tour to Begin in Europe

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Black Sabbath will kick off their world reunion tour next year by headlining a number of Europe's premier Music Festivals.

    The tour kicks off on Friday May 18th in Moscow at Olimpski, followed by performances at Download Festival (UK), Azkena Rock Festival (Spain), Hellfest (France), Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) and Gods of Metal (Italy).

    Sabbath's global tour which will take the band around the world including countries the band has never played before and others they have not visited in more than three decades.

    The four original members of Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) are currently recording their first studio album in 33 years with legendary producer Rick Rubin for release worldwide on Vertigo Records, and Vertigo/Universal Republic Records in the U.S. in the fall 2012.

    Black Sabbath's confirmed European tour dates:

    5/18 Moscow, Russia Olimpiski

    5/20 St. Petersburg, Russia New Arena

    5/23 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena

    5/25 Stockholm, Sweden Stadium

    5/29 Bergen, Norway Bergen Calling Festival

    5/31 Oslo, Norway Spektrum

    6/2 Malmo, Sweden Malmo Stadium

    6/4 Dortmund, Germany Westfalenhalle

    6/10 Donnington, UK Download Festival

    6/12 Rotterdam, Holland Ahoy

    6/15 Bilbao, Spain Azkena Rock Festival

    6/17 Nantes, France Hellfest

    6/19 Paris, France Bercy

    6/22 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting

    6/24 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal