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  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class 2011...Guns/Buckcherry dates confirmed

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Guns N' Roses, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and The Cure are among the first-timers on a short list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011, joining noteable returning hopefuls the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys.

    Fifteen finalists are on the ballot that's been sent to the Rock Hall's more than 500 voters, who will in turn select five to be inducted into the Hall on April 14th, when the 27th annual ceremony returns to Cleveland for the third time.

    Acts are eligible at least 25 years after their first commercial recording release, meaning 1986 or before for this year's group. This marks the first year for Guns 'N Roses eligibility.

    Glaring Hall of Shame omissions this year again include: Rush, Kiss, Deep Purple, Yes, Journey and Motley Crue

     ** On a related note Buckcherry have been confirmed to be opening for Guns N' Roses on the following dates:

    10/28 - Orlando – Amway Center

    10/29 – Miami – American Airlines Arena

    10/31 – Greenville - Bi–Lo Center

    11/2 – Atlanta – Philips Arena

    11/4 – Houston – Toyota Center


  • Chickenfoot "Road Test Tour"

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo
    Chickenfoot To Kick Off "Road Test Tour" In November

    Chickenfoot – the supergroup featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff (filling in for Chad Smith), former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar have announced The 2011 Road Test Tour, the first live performance dates in support of the band's forthcoming Chickenfoot III which will be released on September 27th.

    Preliminary dates announced so far:


    1 - San Francisco, CA
    2 - Los Angeles, CA
    4 - St. Louis, MO
    5 - Chicago, IL
    8 - New York, NY

    Complete venue and ticket information will be announced October 3rd...stay tuned!


  • Addicted to the Rush

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    On November 8, Canada's legendary powerhouse trio Rush will simultaneously release a two-disc live record entitled “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland” as well as “Moving Pictures: Live 2011” on vinyl and digital formats.

    Captured in April at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena during the extensive Time Machine World Tour, “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland” marks the band’s first live album recorded at a U.S show, a deliberate nod of gratitude to the first city to support Rush on its radio airwaves. 

    The tour featured a set filled with classic's, fan favorites, and a glimpse into Rush’s forthcoming 20th studio album “Clockwork Angels.”  As a centerpiece for the shows, the band performed their landmark record “Moving Pictures” in its entirety – a first in the band’s long and illustrious career.  For your viewing pleasure, “Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland” will also be available via BluRay and DVD.

    “Moving Pictures: Live 2011” marks the first live recording of the band’s most successful album to date.  Originally released in 1981, this year marks the 30th anniversary of “Moving Pictures,” which features some of Rush’s most well-crafted songs including “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight,” and “Red Barchetta”.  VH1 will be airing a 2-hour show culled from the footage as part of their annual “Rushashana” program on Thursday September 29. 

    This fall, the band will be returning to the studio to resume work on their highly anticipated 20th studio album, “Clockwork Angels” due to drop in 2012.


  • Guns N' Roses US Tour Dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Great news for Guns N’ Roses fans, almost daily the band is adding dates to it's US tour...  

    So far, here are the confirmed dates:


    28th Orlando, Florida

    29th Miami, Florida

    31st Greenville, South Carolina


    2nd Atlanta, Georgia

    5th Dallas, Texas

    12th Kansas City, Missouri

    13th Minneapolis, Minnesota

    15th Rosemont, Illinois

    19th Hartford, Connecticut

    The band also has plans to stop by Houston, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Chicago; and East Rutherford, New Jersey. I am expecting a Detroit date to be announced in the near future…and as usual, we will have all of the details first...stay tuned!

  • Metallica & Lou Reed "Lulu" Preview

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The new Lou Reed and Metallica project titled, “Lulu,” will be released on November 8th. To help launch the release, "Loutallica" are scheduled to appear on the BBC's Later with Jools Holland on November 8 and 11.

    Here's the first preview, a 30-second snippet of the disc’s second track, titled “The

  • More Rock Autobiographies on the way and Chris Cornell does Letterman

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The year of the rock autobiography continues…

    Having already heard from the likes of Sammy Hagar, Steven Tyler, Scott Weiland and Rob Lowe amongst others this year, look for Duff McKagan’s "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)" to be released on Rocktober 4th.  This will be the third original Gun’s N’ Roses member to release a book, following the 2008 release of Slash's self titled autobiography and Steven Alder's 'My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N' Roses', which was released last year.

    Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's official autobiography, "Iron Man:My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath" drops on November 1st as well as a tell all autobiography from former Deep Purple and current Black County Communion front man Glenn Hughes. 

    2012 will bring more interesting reads with autobiographies expected from Billy Idol "Dancing with Myself", Bret Michaels “Roses & Thorns,” Pete Townshend (untitled) and the late Ronnie James Dio (untitled) who began work on his autobiography prior to his untimely death, his wife Wendy is working to complete the book.

    Must see TV this week:  Chris Cornell on the Late Show with David Letterman this Thursday, September 22nd.

  • Whitesnake Box Set and Classic Rainbow from 1976

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    New Whitesnake box set dubbed Box O'Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978 - 1982 available November 7th

    The release will contain eight CDs (including every studio and live record), one DVD (Washington show from 1980), the promo singles from 1978-1982 and BBC TV performances, a limited edition seven inch and a 90-page book featuring a new interview and never before seen photos.

    Rainbow - Live in Germany (1976)

    One of the finest live releases from Rainbow, Live in Germany in 1976 has just been re-released. Arguably, the most powerful of all of the Rainbow lineups, Live in Germany captures Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Bain, Cozy Powell and Tony Carey at their finest.  The 2-CD set contains eight songs including fifteen-minute versions of "Catch the Rainbow," 'Stargazer", "Still I'm Sad as well as a lengthly version of "Man on the Silver Mountain".  If you never got the chance to see Rainbow live (like myself), Live in Germany 1976 is well worth checking out. 

    Track Listing
    CD 1
    1. Kill The King (5:25)
    2. Mistreated (16:00)
    3. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves (7:50)
    4. Catch The Rainbow (14:50)

    CD 2
    1. Man On Silver Mountain (13:32)
    2. Stargazer (17:10)
    3. Still I’m Sad (15:00)
    4. Do You Close Your Eyes (9:45)

  • New Van Halen Photo Book and Ozzy Tribute Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Rock photographer Neil Zlozower's 2nd Van Halen hardcover coffee table photo book, Eddie Van Halen, is set to be released Rocktober 12th

    Legendary guitarists who contributed text include: Angus Young (AC/DC), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Les Paul, Steve Vai, George Lynch (Dokken), Joe Satriani, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Richie Blackmore, Gilby Clarke, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Peter Frampton, Paul Gilbert, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Ronnie Montrose, Gary Moore, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Dave Navarro, Ted Nugent, Paul Stanley (KISS), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy, Black Label Society), Dweezil Zappa, Lita Ford and many others.

    Neil Zlozower's rock photography spans more than 40 years and includes work with The Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Motorhead, Slipknot, and several others.  From 1978 to 1984, Zlozower was considered the "fifth member of Van Halen," touring with and capturing images of the band during the David Lee Roth era. The book is Hardcover, 176 pages, 8.5 x 11 and will feature over 200 color and black & white photographs.

    Versailles Records has announced plans for the spring 2012 release of No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne

    Featuring a collection of hits and fan favorites covering every era of Ozzy's solo and Black Sabbath catalog. This record will feature a killer lineup of metal greats including current/former members of Black Sabbath, Dokken, Motley Crue, KISS, Slaughter, Night Ranger, Alice Cooper, Badlands, The Cult, Warrant, L.A. Guns, Steve Vai, and a host of others to be announced.