Jon Bloggin' Rogo

  • No more compact disks?

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    More bad news for music fans and collectors alike...After it virtually killed off the cassette tape and the short lived mini-disc, the compact disc may be dead within two years according to industry insiders.

    The shelf life of the CD is set to expire before 2013.  Most major labels are planning to stop producing the little shiny discs that were all the rage in the 80′s, and replace them with streaming and digital download options. Most of these plans are set to take effect at some point in 2012, with the only CD’s still available being limited edition prints, which will only be made for major artists.

    The format’s popularity has decreased drastically since the rise of digital retailers such as iTunes and Amazon. Another contributing factor in the discontinuation being the drop in overall music sales due to the exponential increase of online piracy over the last decade. This move doesn’t really come as a surprise, but it is somewhat sad for those who grew up with and still utilize the format.

  • "Buried Alive" New Avenged Sevenfold Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    After wrapping up their fall dates on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar festival, Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road for their own headlining "Buried Alive" tour, which launches in Ft. Meyers, Florida on November 23. Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides (a band Sebastian Bach is high on) are also on the bill.

    In keeping with its fans-first ethos, Avenged Sevenfold has announced that it will perform a free show on December 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The concert is free to all fans, regardless of whether they were at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar festival or not.  However, Uproar ticket holders will be guaranteed free entrance and first pick of seats.

    The tour takes its name from "Buried Alive", the fourth single from the Huntington Beach, California rock band's record "Nightmare". All three previous singles from "Nightmare", "Welcome to the Family" and "So Far Away" have peaked at No. 1 on the Active Rock chart. Released worldwide in July 2010, "Nightmare" earned Avenged Sevenfold its highest-ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it bowed at No. 1 and topped Billboard's Rock, Hard Rock, and Digital charts. The title track was the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010.

  • Van Halen leaving Warner Music for Interscope Records...

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Van Halen are set to sign with Interscope Records, not Columbia as originally reported. An industry insider reports that the contract for the Sony deal was drawn up and approved, but hadn’t been signed when Universal Music stepped into the picture.

    The deal is expected to be finalized next week, making it the first time in 35 years that the band will not be releasing material through Warner Music, its longtime label.

    So what derailed the Columbia deal? The usual band complications, says an insider. While the group reunited with original lead singer David Lee Roth in 2006, the Sony label could not come to terms with Roth, who has a separate management, legal and accounting team than the other three members of Van Halen (Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie's son, Bassist Wolfgang Van Halen). The main issue for Roth? He was apparently adamant about being on a west coast label. Apparently he was never on board with Columbia. "It was as complicated as anyone would imagine, when one side says black, the other says white. The label was pretty skeptical that things would work out."

    It's expected that as the frontman, Roth will have to carry much of the marketing burden and it seems the band members ultimately want their singer to be happy with the deal which is why they went with Universal's west coast-based Interscope.

    A new album, their first studio effort since 1984, is believed to be nearly finished with the hope that it will be released in early 2012. The band is expected to make a “special announcement” on November 30th at the Grammy Awards nominations show, which will air live on CBS from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater.

  • Ultimate Twisted Sister Collection Drops

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Twisted Sister's "From The Bars To The Stars: Three Decades Live", a 5-DVD boxed set, was released yesterday (November 8th).

    The lavish package comes complete with curios such as a Twisted Sister Christmas ornament, an official New York Steel backstage pass, a classic two and a half-inch Twisted Sister pin and a reproduction of the first-ever SMF Fan Club letter.

    Over eight hours long, From The Bars To The Stars has to be considered the ultimate Twisted Sister boxed set. One of the five DVDs, Twisted Xmas: Live In Las Vegas, is a total exclusive, having never before been released in any format. This 2009 concert showcases the band performing such beloved holiday songs such as White Christmas and Come All Ye Faithful next to Burn In Hell and Deck The Halls as only Twisted Sister can. In fact, Jay Jay French, Dee Snider, Mark Mendoza, A.J. Perro, and Eddie Ojeda, have made this holiday merriment a metal tradition for the past few years.

    Live At Reading was filmed in 1982 at England's biggest rock festival. A bonus 2011 band interview is included.

    Double Live juxtaposes an early Long Island, New York show (North Stage '82), filmed just prior to the band breaking internationally, and NY Steel '01, the New York City 9/11 benefit they headlined.

    Live At Wacken documents the band's 2003 Wacken Open Air Festival reunion appearance in Germany. Complete with behind-the-scenes backstage footage and band interviews about their 1980s rise to world domination, break-up and reunion, it also contains their entire set on the big stage at this most prestigious of European Heavy Metal festivals.

  • Brian Johnson (AC/DC Singer) Cancels Solo Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson will have wrist surgery in February 2012, leading to the cancellation of his previously announced solo tour...

    The tour, which was scheduled to begin on February 7th in Knoxville, Tennessee and hit the Fillmore in Detroit on February 19th, was to feature the singer recounting stories from his recently released book, Rockers And Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir. Accompanying Brian on stage were to be his two good friends from Skid Row, Rachel Bolan
    (bass) and Scotti Hill (guitar).

    AC/DC has hinted that the band may hit the road in 2013 to celebrate their 40th anniversary, with Johnson saying that the group is scheduled to get together soon for a meeting to discuss the possibility of an anniversary tour and record.

  • Van Halen will reportedly perform at The 2012 Grammy Awards in February

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Van Halen has leaked some major and rather exciting news. The band will headline the 2012 Grammy Awards, set to take place in February 2012.

    The official announcement is expected to be revealed on November 30th at the Grammy Nominations Live! Concert -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, where nominees in major categories are revealed to fans. The special airs on CBS at 10:00PM EST.

    Unfortunately, no new news about Van Halen's new record, the first to feature David Lee Roth in 27 years...stay tuned!


  • Original Black Sabbath expected to announce reunion details on National Metal Day (11.11.11)

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    All four original members of Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) are scheduled to make a "special announcement" on 11.11.11, at 11:11 a.m. (National Metal Day), in Los Angeles. The private event will be hosted by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.

    Recently rumors have been swirling that the original Sabbath lineup were reuniting for a new record and/or tour...which is what I am expecting to be revealed at this press conference.

    Further information to follow as it becomes available.

  • Motley Crue set to re-release their catalogue, Hear N' Aid coming on CD/DVD for the first time

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Motley Crue are set to re-release a limited quantity of their catalogue, having regained the rights to all their songs. The following albums will be re-released as vinyl replica CDs with a 16 page booklet, a CD with a 5 page booklet and on 180g vinyl in a 4-colour gatefold sleeve: Too Fast For Love, Shout At The Devil, Theatre Of Pain, Girls Girls Girls and Dr. Feelgood. They will be available on November 14th. Also on that date, the rest of their catalogue: Motley Crue, Generation Swine, New Tattoo and Live: Entertainment Or Death will be re-released in standard CD format only. This will be followed by Motley Crue's Greatest Hits in CD, deluxe CD, 180g vinyl and DVD formats on December 5th.

    During the 1980s, charity singles like Do They Know It's Christmas and We Are the World topped the charts, but not in the metal world. So Dio members Vivian Campbell and Jimmy Bain decided to do something about what they felt was a slight of their genre, and spoke to lead singer Ronnie James Dio about putting together their own charity project.

    The result was the song Stars, featuring members of Dokken, Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, and Blue Öyster Cult.  The group which called itself Hear N' Aid put out an album called, Stars, featuring live songs from KISS, Rush, Dio and others.

    The song features killer vocal work from such metal greats as Dio, Rob Halford, Don Dokken, and Geoff Tate along with blazing guitar solo's from George Lynch, Neil Schon, Vivian Campbell, and Yngvie Malmsteen and should be a part of Eighties lore. However, due to contract differences with the labels, the song and album weren't released until New Year's Day, 1986, well after the success of its predecessors and has since been largely forgotten.

    But Ronnie's widow Wendy Dio wants to fix that. She is planning to rerelease "Stars" on DVD and CD because it only ever came out on vinyl and cassette and she has loads of never before seen outtakes which are expected to be included in the DVD.

  • Roger Waters bringing "The Wall' back to Michigan

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Roger Waters will build "The Wall" in Detroit and Grand Rapids next summer.

    The former Pink Floyd frontman, who last brought The Wall to the Palace of Auburn Hills in fall of 2010, will now bring a massive production of the classic rock record to Joe Louis Arena on June 5 and Van Andel Arena on June 6.

  • Brian Johnson (AC/DC) club dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson will embark on a short tour in February 2012 during which he will recount stories from his recently released book, Rockers
    And Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir.

    Joining Brian on stage will be his two good friends from Skid Row, Rachel Bolan (bass) and Scotti Hill (guitar). The lighting and multimedia presentations that will illustrate the stories will be designed by Cosmo Wilson, who worked with Johnson on the recent record-breaking AC/DC world tour.

    Brian Johnson's appearance dates are as follows:

    Feb. 7 - Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
    Feb. 8 - Atlanta. GA @ Center Stage Theatre
    Feb. 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
    Feb. 11 - Richmond, VA @ The National
    Feb. 13 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
    Feb. 15 - Millvale, PA @ Small’s Funhouse
    Feb. 16 - Covington, KY @ Small's Funhouse
    Feb. 18 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at ONC
    Feb. 21 - Madison, WI @ Overture Center
    Feb. 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater

    AC/DC has hinted that the band may tour in 2013 to celebrate their 40th anniversary, with Johnson saying that the band is scheduled to get together soon for a meeting to discuss the possibility of an anniversary tour and record.


  • Megadeth and Chickenfoot...MUST SEE TV

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Megadeth are set to release their thirteenth record aptly titled" TH1RT3EN" on Tuesday November 1st and will celebrate by appearing on Jimmy Kimmel on the Monday, October 31st episode (airing the morning of Tuesday, November 1st).

    Chickenfoot, who recently released "Chickenfoot III" will appear on Jimmy Kimmel on the Thursday, November 3rd episode (airing the morning of Friday, November 4th).

  • Poison accused of ripping-off music

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Poison have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn't over recently created work, but rather over old hits, including 'Talk Dirty To Me', 'I Won't Forget You', 'Fallen Angel' and 'Ride The Wind'. The era of 1980s hair metal might be over, but has the statute of limitations run out on song theft alleged to have happened more than 20 years ago? The plaintiffs in this new case are Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as Kid Rocker. This band was formerly signed to Atlantic Records and is said to have been a favorite on the Hollywood club scene in the early-1980s. During those years, they created a number of songs, including 'Hit and Run' and 'Wham Bam Slammin' Romance', which are said to have later been incorporated by Poison in their own work. How might that have happened? According to the plaintiffs, in 1984, before guitarist C.C. DeVille joined Poison, he auditioned for Kid Rocker.  During this time, he allegedly was shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes. Kid Rocker disbanded that year, but McCarthy purportedly presented songs for DeVille's use as a member of another band, Screamin; Mimis. Then DeVille joined Poison, and the rest is history.

    Poison became one of the stars of the glam era as their debut album, "Look What the Cat Dragged In", sold approximately 4 million copies. Now, 25 years later, McCarthy and Stonich are suing members of Poison plus Capitol Records and EMI Music for allegedly infringing the copyright on their songs. The plaintiffs are demanding disgorgement of all profits from the songs in question, statutory damages for willful infringement, and an injunction that prevents Poison and Michaels from performing this allegedly stolen material.