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  • Video Clip from Forthcoming Black Sabbath Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Black Sabbath have released another teaser clip for their upcoming record , the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s Never Say Die:

    In the video guitarist Tony Iommi discusses the band’s new material saying, “It’s different altogether now. We’ve got much more of a thing going than what it was in them days. The new material’s really good – we’ve got some good stuff going. Rick’s looking for a raw Sabbath and that’s what we’re looking for. We like what we’re doing.”

    The guitarist adds jokingly “We can’t leave it any longer – we’ll all be dead soon.”

  • Whitesnake to Release New DVD/Live Record in April

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Whitesnake’s new DVD/live CD package Made In Japan is set for 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 HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the “Loud Park” festival on Rocktober 11th, 2011 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's 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 Forevermore  that were recorded during soundchecks on the 2011 Japanese tour.. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos. 

    Musicians on Made in Japan include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

    Made In Japan track listing:


    Best Years
    Give Me All Your Love Tonight
    Love Ain’t No Stranger
    Is This Love
    Steal Your Heart Away
    Six String Showdown
    Love Will Set You Free
    Drum Solo
    Fool For Your Loving
    Here I Go Again
    Still Of The Night

    CD-2 – Soundcheck:

    Love Will Set You Free;
    Steal Your Heart Away
    Fare Thee Well (Acoustic Version)
    One Of These Days (Acoustic Version)
    Lay Down Your Love
    Evil Ways
    Good To Be Bad (Acoustic Version)
    Tell Me How (Acoustic Version)

  • Ratt's Stephen Pearcy's Memior Due in May

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Ratt frontman, Stephen Pearcy’s book, Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock, will be released on May 7th.

    The 288-page hardcover is described in a press release as “a jaw-dropping tell-all from the lead singer of the 1980s supergroup Ratt: the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms, the drugs — and just how much you can get away with when you’re one of the biggest hair metal stars of all time.”

    In the mid-1980s, Ratt, alongside Motely Crue, Poison, Quiet Riot and Dokken, were laying down the riffs and unleashing the scissor kicks that would herald the arrival of music’s most flamboyantly debauched era. Now with Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll, Ratt frontman and chief rabble-rouser Stephen Pearcy divulges all the dirty details of the era when big-haired bands ruled the world.

    Stephen was primed for a life of excess from an early age — his father died of a heroin overdose when he was twelve, and by the age of fifteen, Stephen was himself a drug addict. When Stephen met the thrill-seeking Robbin Crosby, he knew he’d found his perfect partner in crime — both in music and partying. Ratt’s 1984 debut single, Round And Round became one of the top-selling metal songs of all time, but it was the band’s off-stage escapades that were the stuff of legend.

    “Our tour bus is like our pirate ship, it’s where we rape and pillage,” said Pearcy in 1987. Now Pearcy’s memoir reveals all the rock star excess — the partying, the women, the $2,000-a-day drug habits — letting fans see into this harrowing hair-metal lifestyle and what it’s really like behind the scenes when you’re a rock star.

    Famed book editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss, editor at Gallery Books stated about what fans can expect from Stephen Pearcy’s forthcoming book, “There will be a ton of sex, mind-boggling amounts of drugs, and, of course, a whole lot of Ratt and roll. There’s also stuff about him breaking both legs as a kid and whatnot, but are you seriously not more intrigued by the sex and drugs?”

    In a 2011 interview, Pearcy stated about “Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock” — which has been in the works for more than three years: “[It will include] so many stories. The good, the bad (real bad) and the ugly.” He added, “It’s a big wakeup call to remember some things, but have to share. Some might learn something from my experiences and get something positive in the end. There are bright moments; it’s not all about Ratt ‘n’ Roll.”

  • 2013 Rocklahoma Lineup Includes Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains & Korn

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The 2013 Rocklahoma line up looks killer highlighted by scheduled appearances from Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, DokkenRatt, Papa Roach, Bush, Halestorm, Cheap Trick and many others.

    The festival is scheduled to take place in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 25th & May 26th (Memorial Day Weekend).

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  • Iron Maiden to Release “Maiden England 88″ In March

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    Iron Maiden will release Maiden England 88, a new, remastered, bonus-filled edition of their classic 1989 VHS, on March 25th.

    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. Check out the trailer:

    Maiden England 88 will also be made available on a two-CD record, as well as Limited Edition double vinyl picture disc and Digital Download formats.

    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


  • Rob Zombie to Release 5th Solo Record in April

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The eagerly anticipated new Rob Zombie record Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor will drop on April 23rd and is the first release on his new label, Zodiac Swan, through T-Boy Records/UMe.

    Zombie’s fifth solo record includes the first single, Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town, along with such tracks as Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga, Lucifer Rising, Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures and a heavy-duty cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re an American Band.

    As a musician, Rob Zombie has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide to date. His last studio album was the long-awaited Hellbilly Deluxe 2. The record came a decade after its predecessor, Hellbilly Deluxe, the album that established Zombie as a solo artist after the breakup of multi-platinum group White Zombie. That triple-platinum album also yielded a string of successful radio singles, namely Dragula, Superbeast and “Living Dead Girl,” which dominated the airwaves.

    The rocker-turned-film director is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of five feature films, with a worldwide gross totaling more than $100 million dollars. The week of his album release, Zombie will premiere his sixth motion picture, The Lords of Salem, that he wrote, directed and produced in tandem with the producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise, on April 26.

    Last year, in addition to working on his film, Zombie also dominated the touring world in 2012, on the road with Megadeth, then with Marilyn Manson for the “Twins of Evil Tour.” Zombie and his band of maniacs – John 5/guitar, Piggy D/bass and drummer Ginger Fish – brought their elaborate, multi-media production, complete with hair-raising theatrics, animatronic robots, oversized LED screens, a non-stop collage of psychotronic monster film clips, a spectacular light show, a gigantic robot with flames shooting out of its body, pyrotechnics, insane guitar riffs and vicious beats to audiences and festivals around the world.


  • KISS Mark 40th Anniversary

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    KISS have marked their 40th anniversary by thanking fans for their support through the decades – and frontman Paul Stanley has admitted he only wanted five years of success from the band.

    They played their first-ever show on January 30, 1973, in a New York club, after Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to move on from previous band Wicked Lester. They were paid $50 for the appearance in front of an audience of less than 10 people.

    The bassist says: "Wicked Lester had just finished its album. Though we had a real recording contract with a major label, and though we had finished an entire album, we were depressed – it just wasn't what we had envisioned.

    "We tried firing the other three guys but some wouldn't leave. So we quit. We started again with a vision: 'Let's put together the band we never saw on stage."

    He recalls their first manager, on hearing the "newborn baby" that was KISS, though it was "the worst crap he had ever heard." That left the band without representation; so Simmons created a press kit while Stanley had promotional material printed by a friend.

    "I made a phone call, cold, to a place called Popcorn in Queens, New York," the bassist says. "We got the gig: three nights, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, for the sum of $150. That was the beginning."

    In a personal message to the KISS Army he described Stanley as someone "without whom I would never have been able to achieve my dreams." He adds thanks to "the band, past and present, for continuing to treat the stage as holy ground and the fans as our bosses."

    Stanley comments: "My dream from the start was five years of glory with KISS. Every band member who has stood with me at some point during these decades has played an essential part in turning that five-year dream into a phenomenal 40-year reality. Humble thanks."



  • Sammy Hagar Planning New Solo Record for 2013

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    He's got his membership in Chickenfoot and a burgeoning booze empire to keep him busy, but that doesn't mean Sammy Hagar has forgotten about his solo career.

    The red rocker hasn't released a record on his own since 'Cosmic Universal Fashion' in 2008, and according to comments he made during a recent interview, it seems like he's starting to get the itch again. Celebrating the three-year anniversary of his rather awkwardly named Cabo Wabo Cantina in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, he talked about looking forward to "a big rum and tequila party" while reminding us that, hard-partying image aside, he's still one of the more consistently prolific rock artists of his generation.

    "I'm in the studio right now with my band, The Wabos, and we're rehearsing and writing songs," Hagar revealed when asked about his plans for 2013. "We're putting something out this year and we'll probably go out and do 25-30 shows."

    Of course, Sammy being Sammy, music isn't all he's up to — aside from launching his new Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, he'd also like to expand his cantina empire ("We're opening another Cabo Wabo in Los Angeles at Hollywood and Vine") as well as follow up his recent memoir with "a lifestyle cookbook with some of my chef friends."  

  • Bad News for Fans Expecting a New Motley Crue Record in 2013

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Contrary to previous reports, Motley Crue is planning to record some new music, but we should not expect an full record of material this year.

    “No, no new album, maybe two or three or four more songs might come out to go with that song we released this year “Sex”, but it will be something like an EP, not an album. Our schedule seems to have a lot of touring. If something did come out in the form of an EP, it would probably be in the beginning of 2014."

    Vince discussed the band's writing process.

    "It starts out with a guitar riff, and then we put it together with the other instruments and put a melody to it,” he explains. “After the melody and song structure are finished, we edit different parts in and out, and eventually, it all combines to become a song."

    The singer says that songwriting is not as difficult as some might think.

    "There aren’t really any hard songs to write,” says Vince. “It’s usually pretty easy, if it gets hard, it gets shuffled away and something else comes up, or it becomes something you can go back to it and use other parts with it to make it work better. Most of the hit songs have been easy to write, though!"

    Motley Crue will open an Australian tour for KISS, with shows starting February 28 in Perth; and will be joined by Thin Lizzy for the trek.


  • Hinder 2013 North American Tour Dates Announced

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Hinder will be hitting the road in support of their latest record, Welcome to the Freakshow, which arrived in December.

    The trek launches February 21 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and will last just over a month with the final date scheduled for March 24 in at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

    Austin Winkler revealed that Welcome to the Freakshow is reflecting of “a really, really dark drug binge.” He added, “I think you can definitely hear the turmoil in my voice. As soon as we got the record done I went into treatment to get help, and it’s interesting to go back and listen to it now. Coming back, I have a whole new look on all of them and they mean something completely different to me now, too, so it’s pretty cool. That’s the beauty of music.”

    Hinder 2013 North American Tour Dates:

    2/21 — Council Bluffs, Iowa — Horseshoe Council Bluffs / Whiskey Road
    2/23 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. — Rapids Theatre
    2/24 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Altar Bar
    2/26 — New Haven, Ct. — Toad’s Place
    2/27 — Salisbury, Mass. — Blue Ocean Hall
    3/1 — Providence, R.I. — Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
    3/2 — Portland, Maine — Asylum
    3/3 — Patchogue, N.Y. — The Emporium
    3/5 — Dayton, Ohio — McGuffy’s House of Rock
    3/7 — Youngstown, Ohio — Wedgewood Ent Center
    3/8 — Bethlehem, Pa. — Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    3/9 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Westcott Theater
    3/12 — Charlotte, N.C. — Amos’ Southend
    3/13 — Greenville, S.C. — The Handlebar
    3/15 — Baton Rouge, La. — Varsity Theatre
    3/16 — Destin, Fla. — Club L.A.
    3/17 — Atlanta, Ga. — The Masquerade Heaven Stage
    3/19 — Monroe, La. — Live Oaks Ballroom and Bar
    3/20 — Houston, Texas — Scout Bar
    3/21 — Little Rock, Ark. — Juanita’s
    3/23 — South Bend, Ind. — Club Fever
    3/24 — Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. — Kewadin Casino

    More info:


  • Deluxe Edition of Mad Season's “Above" to be Released in April

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    A newly expanded Deluxe Edition of Above, the first and only record to be completed by Seattle-based rock supergroup Mad Season will be released on April 2nd. 

    Formed in 1994, Mad Season is vocalist Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), drummer/percussionist Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) and bassist John Baker Saunders (The Walkabouts, Lamont Cranston Band).

    The Deluxe Edition of Mad Season’s Above is a three-disc set comprised of two CD's and one DVD. It includes the original studio record and a host of extras such as previously unreleased tracks from the band’s unfinished second album with new lyrics and vocals by Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), full audio plus the first official DVD release of Mad Season’s last show ever performed – Live At The Moore, an unreleased full concert video of the band’s New Year’s Eve performance from now-defunct Seattle club RKCNDY, a full-color collector’s booklet and more (full details below). In addition, there will be a 12″ 2LP expanded edition vinyl available on Record Store Day, April 20th 2013.

    Mad Season was essentially Seattle’s version of an extremely heavy blues band, anchored by the deep swinging rhythm section of Barrett’s drums and Baker’s bass lines, with Layne’s haunting melodies and Mike’s stadium-size guitar riffs soaring over the top. This unusual chemistry made the band absolutely unique in an era of post-grunge. In the almost 20 years since the original release of Above, new generations of music listeners have discovered the dark and lasting beauty of Mad Season.

    In 1996, work began on a second Mad Season record with Mike, Barrett and Baker writing and recording the basic tracks for 15 new songs. Unfortunately, because of declining health, Layne wasn’t able to make any of the recording sessions and the album was shelved. Fate subsequently took each musician in a different direction: Mike back to Pearl Jam and Barrett back to Screaming Trees. Tragically, both Baker (1999) and Layne (2002) passed away.

    In 2012, the two remaining band members, Mike and Barrett, along with Above’s original producer Brett Eliason, convened in Seattle to sift through the original magnetic tapes from that second album’s sessions to revisit the unfinished songs. They called on Mark Lanegan to pen lyrics and sing on 3 of the best of those songs, including one co-written by Peter Buck of REM, which will be featured on the forthcoming reissue honoring the legacy of Layne and Baker.

    Tracklisting for 3-disc Mad Season Above Deluxe Edition:


    - Wake Up
    - X-Ray Mind
    - River of Deceit
    - I’m Above
    - Artificial Red
    - Lifeless Dead
    - I Don’t Know Anything
    - Long Gone Day
    - November Hotel
    - All Alone

    bonus tracks:

    - Interlude (previously unreleased)
    - Locomotive (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
    - Black Book Of Fear (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
    - Slip Away (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
    - I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier (remix)

    CD2Live at The Moore:

    - Previously unreleased full audio set of Live at The Moore performance from Seattle, WA, April 29, 1995.
    - Includes Wake Up, Artificial Red, I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier, I’m Above (featuring Mark Lanegan).

    DVDLive at The Moore + Bonus Footage

    - Full video set of the Live at The Moore performance from Seattle, WA performance, April 29, 1995. Remixed and remastered for 5.1 sound, and newly edited by director Duncan Sharp.
    - Plus, more bonus footage, including a full concert of the band’s performance from New Years Eve 1995 at RKCNDY in Seattle, and both performances from the Seattle-based Self-Pollution Radio specials, one newly edited.


  • Adrenaline Mob “Coverta EP” & US Tour Dates Announced

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    In support of their record Omertà and debut single, Come Undone, Adrenaline Mob will be commencing a U.S. tour on March 12th.

    Additionally on that day, the band will be releasing Coverta, an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs. Long time fans of Mike Portnoy are aware of the multiple cover CD's he has released with Dream Theater and with Neal Morse. Coverta is the first CD of covers recorded by Adrenaline Mob.

    The tracks on Coverta:

    1. High Wire (Badlands)
    2. Stand Up and Shout (Dio)
    3. Break on Through (The Doors)
    4. Romeo Delight (Van Halen)
    5. Barracuda (Heart)
    6. Kill the King (Rainbow)
    7. The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin)
    8. The Mob Rules (Black Sabbath)

    The tour will consist of two legs this spring. Nothing More will be the support act on the first leg.

    The dates for the first leg:

    Tue 12 Mar – New Haven CT @ Toads Place
    Wed 13 Mar – New York NY @ Marlin @ Webster Hall
    Thu 14 Mar – Pittsburgh PA @ Altar Bar
    Fri 15 Mar – Allentown PA @ Crocodile Rock
    Sat 16 Mar – West Springfield VA @ Empire
    Mon 18 Mar – Jacksonville FL @ Brewster’s Roc Bar
    Tue 19 Mar – Tampa FL @ Orpheum
    Wed 20 Mar – Orlando FL @ The Haven
    Fri 22 Mar – Houston TX @ Scout Bar
    Sat 23 Mar – San Antonio TX @ Backstage Live
    Sun 24 Mar – Dallas TX @ Trees
    Tue 26 Mar – Albuquerque NM @ Launch Pad
    Wed 27 Mar – Phoenix AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
    Thu 28 Mar – San Diego CA @ Brick By Brick
    Fri 29 Mar – Las Vegas NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
    Sat 30 Mar – Los Angeles CA @ Roxy
    Mon 01 Apr – Colorado Springs CO @ Black Sheep
    Tue 02 Apr – Kansas City KS @ The Voodoo Lounge
    Thu 04 Apr – St Louis MO @ Fubar
    Fri 05 Apr – Nashville TN @ Exit IN
    Sat 06 Apr – Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
    Sun 07 Apr – Richmond VA @ Kingdom