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  • Dio's Sacred Heart 1986 Show Coming in May

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Dio’s legendary Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 DVD will be released on May 28th.

    Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 was filmed at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on June 17th, 1986 during the second half of the Sacred Heart tour, which featured new guitarist Craig Goldy. The show was issued in an edited form first on VHS and then DVD. Now for the first time the full concert is being released in the original running order, restored from the original 16mm film and with remastered sound. It’s an extraordinary live show with a giant animatronic dragon towering over the stage and spectacular lasers and pyrotechnics. Ronnie James Dio is in fine voice as ever and the band deliver a blistering live performance featuring tracks from their first three records alongside Black Sabbath and Rainbow classics.

    Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 will also be released on Blu-ray, CD and vinyl.

    Track listing:

    1. Draco Ignis
    2. King Of Rock And Roll
    3. Like The Beat Of A Heart
    4. Don’t Talk To Strangers
    5. Hungry For Heaven
    6. Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)
    7. Drum Solo
    8. Heaven And Hell
    9. Keyboard Solo
    10. Guitar Solo
    11. Sacred Heart
    12. Medley: Rock N’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘N Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock N’ Roll Children (reprise)
    13. Time To Burn
    14. Stand Up And Shout
    15. Rainbow In The Dark
    16. We Rock

    Bonus features include:

    * Sacred Heart Tour Featurette
    * Interview ’86
    * Interview with Ronnie & Craig
    * “Rock N’ Roll Children” music video
    * Behind The Scenes

    Dio’s lineup on the DVD:

    Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
    Jimmy Bain – Bass
    Vinny Appice – Drums
    Craig Goldy – Guitar
    Claude Schnell – Keyboards

  • Duff McKagen and Mike McCready Form New Band

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready have formed a new supergroup with former Screaming Trees’ drummer Barrett Martin. The new group is currently unnamed, and the band is looking for multiple vocalists to help flesh out ideas new and old.

    “Duff and Barrett and I got together. We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second Disinformation record, so we are trying to find something to do with those,” McCready told Billboard. “We’re talking to Jaz [Coleman] from Killing Joke and I’ve been trying to find some singers to work on some of that stuff.”

    The new band hasn’t decided on any release dates for their music, but according to Martin, that depends on the vocalists. “As the different singers finish their songs and turn them in, that will determine when they get put out,” he said.

  • Yngwie Malmsteen North American Tour Dates Announced

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen has announced the following North American tour dates:

    Apr. 25 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
    Apr. 26 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
    Apr. 27 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
    Apr. 28 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
    Apr. 30 – New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
    May 3 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Festival
    May 4 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
    May 5 – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
    May 7 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
    May 9 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
    May 10 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
    May 12 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
    May 14 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
    May 18 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live (outdoors)

    Yngwie will release his autobiography, Relentless: The Memoir, on May 21st. Malmsteen’s revolutionary guitar style—combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal—made him a staple of the 80's rock scene. Decades later, he’s still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million rrcords and influenced generations of rockers since.  The book’s foreword is written by singer Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), who previously played with Malmsteen.

  • Check out the New Rob Zombie Song

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Rob Zombie’s new record, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor will be released on April 22nd, and the album’s first single Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town is streaming online. Check it out for yourself

    Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor Tracklist:

    1. Teenage Nosferatu Pu***
    2. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
    3. Revelation Revolution
    4. Theme For The Rat Vendor
    5. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
    6. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
    7. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
    8. White Trash Freaks
    9. We’re An American Band (Grand Funk Railroad cover)
    10. Lucifer Rising
    11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters


  • Metallica Announce Lineup for 2013 Orion Music + More Festival

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Metallica, have announced the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in the Motor City on June 8th-9th. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar. The full lineup is listed below.

    Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across five live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica’s band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield’s Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett’s Crypt, Lars Ulrich’s Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo’s Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

    The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold. The two-day festival was met with praise from both fans and critics alike.

    The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts February 26th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets with a couple of options to choose from:

    A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day Pass OR The Met Club Ultra 2-Day Pass, which includes Front of Stage Viewing for Metallica’s set, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!  Orion Music + More E-list members will get a chance to purchase $150 2-Day Passes before they go on-sale to the public. This presale starts February 27 at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern).

    Tickets will go on-sale to the public on March 1 at 10am (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Punch up to buy tickets.

    Orion Music + More 2013 Lineup:

    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Rise Against
    Dropkick Murphys
    Gogol Bordello
    Silversun Pickups
    Destroid (Excision + KJ Sawka + Downlink)
    The Joy Formidable
    Dillon Francis
    Adventure Club
    12th Planet
    Death Grips
    The Dillinger Escape Plan
    The Dirtbombs
    Fu Manchu
    The Bronx
    All Shall Perish
    The Orwells


  • Steven Tyler & Joe Perry to be inducted into the song writers HOF

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, alongside Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tony Hatch. The ceremony is set to take place June 13th in New York.

    Tyler and Perry have been responsible for many classic rock songs including Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion and Dream On. The band released their 15th studio record, Music From Another Dimension, last year, after Tyler’s two-season stint as a judge on American Idol.

    Jones and Gramm wrote Foreigner’s biggest hits, including rockers like Jukebox Hero and ballads such as I Wanna Know What Love Is.

    Knight is best known for Pat Benatar’s anthemic hits Love Is a Battlefield and Invincible. Her other credits include Tina Turner classics The Best and Better Be Good to Me, as well as Patty Smyth’s The Warrior.

    Souther keeps busy these days with his recurring role as Watty White on Nashville, though he’s also been a longtime songwriting partner of the Eagles, scoring credits on some of their biggest tunes, including Heartache Tonight, Victim of Love and New Kid in Town.

    A crucial producer and songwriter during the British invasion, Hatch was as a staff producer at Pye Records and worked with bands like the Searchers and even helped on a few early singles by David Bowie; he also teamed with Petula Clark on her hits Downtown and My Love.

  • New Skid Row EP Drops in April

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Skid Row's new EP, United World Rebellion – Chapter One, will be released in North America on April 16th, with an international release date to be announced shortly.

    United World RebellionChapter One is the first of three EP's scheduled to be made available over the next 12-18 months.

    Bassist Rachel Bolan explains, “We wanted to do something different. Living in an age of information overload, it seemed like the perfect time to try something new. We came up with the idea to release three consecutive EPs over the course of the next year or so. This way we have new music out there on a consistent basis. And who better to do that with than Megaforce records? They practically invented the EP! United World Rebellion – Chapter One ROCKS!”

  • Adler 2013 Tour Dates Announced

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Adler, the new band led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, have announced the first part of their Back From The Dead tour. The first string of shows kicks off March 2nd at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California and continues through late July. The band are currently finalizing the European leg of the tour, which is slated to start in mid-September. The European tour will include dates in Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom with dates and venues to be determined.

    Adler’s debut record Back From The Dead was released on November 26th. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers to arena-rock anthems to powerful, heartfelt ballads. The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash and Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5.

    Adler is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite), and bassist Johnny Martin (Chelsea Smiles).

    2013 Tour Dates:

    3/2 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
    3/7 Tokyo Duo – Tokyo, Japan (with Duff McKagan’s Loaded)
    3/8 Tokyo Duo – Tokyo, Japan (with Duff McKagan’s Loaded)

    5/16 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
    5/17 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
    5/18 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
    5/30 St. Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
    5/31 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA

    6/19 Backstage Bar – Tacoma, WA
    6/20 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
    6/21 Diamondz – Jerome, ID
    6/22 Rock The Falls Festival – Idaho Falls, ID
    6/23 Jammin Joe’s – Arvada, CO
    6/26 TBA – Bismarck, ND
    6/27 Legacy Ballroom – Fargo, ND
    6/28 The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
    6/29 The Grove – Lincoln, NE
    6/30 Busters – Mankato, MN

    7/3 The Summit Summer Concert Series – Whitesburg, KY
    7/4 The Back Bar – Janesville, WI
    7/5 Diesel Concert Theatre – Detroit, MI
    7/6 Montage Theater – Rochester, NY
    7/7 Shipwrecked Music Hall – Dennisport, MA
    7/8 Legendary Dobbs Concert Hall – Philladelphia, PA
    7/9 House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
    7/10 Dead Horse Cantina – Mckees Rocks, PA
    7/11 Changes Niteclub – New Castle, PA
    7/12 Revolution Music Hall – Amityville, NY
    7/13 The Rock Junction – West Greenwich, RI
    7/14 TBA – New Jersey
    7/15 TBA – New York, NY
    7/16 Empire – West Sprinfield, VA
    7/17 Tink’s Rock House – Marion, OH
    7/18 The Tap House – Akron, OH
    7/19 TBA – Cleveland, OH
    7/20 Tailgators – Bolingbrook, IL
    7/21 TBA – St. Louis, MO
    7/24 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
    7/26 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
    7/27 TBA – San Antonio, TX
    7/28 TBA – El Paso, TX

  • Forthcoming Twisted Sister Documentary Will Focus on Band's Formative Years

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Within the next year, a documentary about the history of the first 10 years of Twisted Sister will be exhibited from the film maker Andy Horn. Andy has been working on this documentary for the last 4 years. The idea came to him after an interview with guitarist Jay Jay French concerning another artist named Klaus Nomi who opened Twisted Sister at the Soap Factory around 1981. At that time Andy really knew very little about the band and became fascinated by the story of their long and winding road to a record deal.

    While most of the world thinks that Twisted Sister started in 1984, there are those who know a much different story. The band's die hard fans in the UK thought the story began a couple of years earlier when Secret Records signed them in England. There does exist, however, a subset of fans who know the real story. Those fans are from the Tri State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Those fans spent years supporting them.

    The lessons learned over those first two years formed the basis of the future of Twisted Sister, without having gone through it, the band, as it exists in the hearts of millions of fans around the world, would never had existed.

    Per French "I will say this however about the very early days of Twisted Sister: Our agent worked us to death, playing 5-6 nights a week 4-5 shows per night. Some shows ended as late as 6 AM! In those days you played in one club for 3-6 night in a row. In the case of the Mad Hatter in East Quouge, we played 78 nights between May and September."


  • Rush Coming to Van Andel Arena in June

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    2013 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush are coming to Van Andel Arena on Sunday June 30th. Tickets go on sale Monday February 25th, keep in locked on Q106 for your chance to win tickets.


  • Led Zeppelin Reunion? Robert Plant has time in 2014

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Robert Plant has teased fans by implying that he might be open to a Led Zeppelin reunion and he also said that the band were over several years before the death of John Bonham brought their career to an end in 1980.

    Followers believed more tours and even new music might be on the cards when the band played a one-off show featuring Jason Bonham in 2007, released last year as Celebration Day. But the singer refused to take part, leaving Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to return to their own musical careers.

    However, Plant insists he is not entirely responsible for the band’s lack of activity. He tells Australia’s 60 Minutes, “The two other guys are Capricorns. They don’t say a word. They’re quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me… I’m not the bad guy. You need to see the Capricorns – I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”

    Plant lost five-year-old son Karac in 1977 while the band were on tour and the tragedy led him to plan a career beyond the band until Bonham coerced him into coming back. “I was very skeptical about thinking about whether I had the right to be a parent and go back into that world,” says the singer. “When I lost our boy I applied to see if I could get a role as a teacher. I wanted to be around, a way to enjoy children at the peak of the time before they’re spoilt by the ways of our world. I always thought, ‘There’s another thing I can do.’ I was detached. I’d left it. But it’s a terrible drug being a good singer. John Bonham came round in a six-door limousine that he could barely get down the country lane. He had a chauffeur’s hat. He’d sit in the front and I’d be three doors back. He’d talk to me through the intercom – and we were only going to the pub. He’d say, ‘Come on, Percy, you know you can do it, you know you’ll have a great time,’ And so, back I went.”

    But even back in 1977 Plant believed Led Zep had had their day. “We explored lot of music in those days,” he reflects. “But by the time Bonzo drew me back in, it was over anyway. We’d done what we had to do. The world had changed. Other people had arrived and it was the beginning of a whole new movement. It was like we’d lost the keys to the kingdom.”