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  • Rush & Yngwie Malmsteen Forthcoming Book Details

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Martin Popoff is releasing a new hardcover about Rush titled The Unauthorized Illustrated History, which will be released on May 15th. A description reads: Formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1968 under the heavy influence of British blues, Rush solidified its lineup in 1974 and has gone on to record 18 studio albums (and counting). Notable for bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee's high register, Neil Peart's virtuosic drumming and inventive lyrics, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson, the multiplatinum band melds a diverse range of influences and along the way has amassed a large, notably loyal following worldwide. Rush is bigger than ever before with the hit 2011 documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage and 2012's, Clockwork Angels, and tour.

    Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen's official biography entitled Relentless: The Memoir will be released on May 21st. According to the press release: "Yngwie Malmsteen's revolutionary guitar style-combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal-made him a staple of the 80s rock scene. Decades later, he's still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since. In Relentless, Malmsteen shares his personal story, from the moment he burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere in the early 80's to become a household name in the annals of heavy metal. Along the way, he talks about his first bands, going solo, his song writing and recording process, and the seedy side of the rock business...should be an interesting read!

  • AC/DC Rumored for Cameo in Super Bowl Ad

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    There's really nothing like the visceral thrill of listening to a good, loud AC/DC song. It makes you want to pump your fist, stomp your feet, and...get behind the wheel of a sensible four-cylinder economy car that gets great gas mileage?

    Well, maybe not. But Hyundai is still reportedly interested in using the Australian rock legends to help add an extra splash to their Super Bowl ads — and even if it doesn't seem like the most natural fit, the automaker could use all the extra dazzle it can get: The 150 seconds of ad time they've purchased during the game will cost them something like $9.5 million. (To put things in perspective, that's enough to buy 565 Hyundai Elantras at MSRP.)

    Their few seconds as car shills should give the guys in AC/DC a nice added cash infusion — not that they really need it these days, what with the impressive sales figures generated by their recent decision to put their catalog up for digital download on the iTunes store. Either way, rock fans should savor this glimpse of the band; according to guitarist Malcolm Young, their next record is still "a year or two away".

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  • Metallica to Headline 5th Annual Golden Gods Awards

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards will take place Thursday, May 2nd, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live on national television through AXS TV and broadcast in the US and key international markets through Xbox LIVE and Facebook. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

    Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for Best Guitarist Best Drummer, Best Vocalist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Live Band, Best New Talent, Most Metal Athlete, Comeback of the Year, Paul Gray Best Bassist at and ends April 15th.

    The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, will go to hard-rock and metal icons Metallica, who will release the 3D movie Through the Never in August. (Previous honorees include Rush, Motley Crue, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Ozzy)

    The Riff Lord Award is given each year to a legendary guitarist in the field of hard rock & heavy metal. This year it’s going to Black Sabbath axeman, Tony Iommi. Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver won the award last year.

    Adding to the celebration, the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards show will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Dillinger Escape Plan and Halestorm, with more performers to be announced in the coming weeks.

    The nominees for the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards:

    Best Guitarist:

    • John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
    • Stephen Carpenter (Deftones)
    • Alex Lifeson (Rush)
    • Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
    • Brendon Small (Dethklok)
    • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

    Best Drummer:

    • Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
    • Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
    • Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
    • Gene Hoglan (Dethklok & Testament)
    • Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
    • Neil Peart (Rush)

    Best Bassist:

    • Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
    • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden & solo)
    • Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
    • Geddy Lee (Rush)
    • Jason Newsted (Newsted)
    • Sergio Vega (Deftones)

    Best Vocalist:

    • Phil Anselmo (Down & solo)
    • Maria Brink (In This Moment)
    • Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
    • Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
    • Chino Moreno (Deftones)
    • Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)

    Best New Talent:

    • Device
    • Ghost
    • Kvelertak
    • Miss May I
    • Of Mice & Men
    • Young Guns

    Most Metal Athlete:

    • Tom Crabtree (Green Bay Packers, NFL)
    • Tanner Faust (Rally and drifting car racing)
    • Clay Guida (Mixed Martial Arts fighting, UFC)
    • Triple H (WWE wrestling)
    • Geoff Rowley (Skateboarding)
    • CJ Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB)

    Best Live Band:

    • Anthrax
    • Five Finger Death Punch
    • Hatebreed
    • Lamb of God
    • Slipknot
    • Volbeat

    Comeback Of The Year:

    • Aerosmith
    • The Darkness
    • Quicksand
    • Refused
    • Soundgarden
    • Tenacious D

    Song Of The Year:

    • Asking Alexandria, Run Free
    • Avenged Sevenfold, Carry On
    • Black Veil Brides, In The End
    • Dethklok, I Ejaculate Fire
    • Halestorm, Love Bites (So Do I)
    • In This Moment, Blood

    Most Dedicated Fans:

    • Black Label Society
    • Black Veil Brides
    • A Day To Remember
    • HIM
    • Rammstein
    • Slipknot

    Album Of The Year:

    • Deftones, Koi No Yokan
    • Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage
    • Halestorm, The Strange Case of…
    • Marilyn Manson, Born Villain
    • Soundgarden, King Animal
    • Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 1

  • Premiere of Tom Keifer's New Song, Plus Record & Tour Details

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    For fans of Cinderella front man Tom Keifer the 10-year wait for his solo record is over...The Flower Song premiered on USA Today’s website yesterday, which “has the feel of a vintage Faces cut–Maggie May, meets Ooh La La–with Keifer’s gritty vocals front and center.” It’s the first single from his long-awaited, highly anticipated solo record, The Way Life Goes, due out April 30th.

    “To me, that song is about how unbelievable it is that you’re able to find that one person that’s perfect for you,” says Tom Keifer. “Obviously, it’s told from the perspective of a guy, but I think it’s true for both men and women: When you find that one person, it’s a miracle.”

    The Way Life Goes ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella.

    In touring news, Keifer will launch his first-ever solo tour on February 9th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at Ziggy’s. The 14-city trek of small, intimate rooms is an up-close and personal preview of songs from The Way Life Goes along with Cinderella classics. Dates beyond February 28th are currently in the works.

    Tour dates:

    Sat 2/9 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
    Mon 2/11 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
    Wed 2/13 Philadelphia, PA JC Dobbs
    Fri 2/15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
    Sat 2/16 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean
    Sun 2/17 Portland, ME Asylum
    Tue 2/19 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
    Wed 2/20 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
    Fri 2/22 Chicago, IL Viper Alley
    Sat 2/23 Lexington, KY Buster’s
    Sun 2/24 Detroit, MI Magic Bag
    Tue 2/26 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
    Wed 2/27 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century
    Thu 2/28 White Marsh, MD House of Rock

    More info:


  • Tommy Aldridge Returns to Whitesnake

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Whitesnake welcome back Mr. Thinder & Lightning…The Strombringer! That’s right, Tommy Aldridge is once again Whitesnake’s drummer, replacing the recently departed Brian Tichy.

    Per frontman David Coverdale, “When I asked all the band members to put together their wish-list of potential drummers for us… every one, without exception, had Tommy Aldridge the top of the list. Also, most of the fans who communicated their suggestions on wanted Tommy back in the band. So, without further ado, we are delighted to welcome him back with us. It seems it is our destiny to work together. This is going to be so much fun. Welcome back, TA!”

     “I can’t express how honored and grateful I am to be back in the Snake fold,” states Aldridge. “Working with David Coverdale and Co. has always been a labor of love. SO stoked to be back and finish what we started!”

    Two weeks ago Brian Tichy announced his departure from Whitesnake to concentrate on his new Sass Jordan fronted project S.U.N. At the time Tichy said, ” I’d like to think we (S.U.N.) made a record that is a solid piece of rock that will hold its own next to anything. How will I know if I am right or wrong if I just “talk talk talk” about it? I’ve got live it and let this band have a fair shot, or else I might as well just call it “a cute little project I do if I have free time.” That is boring and goofy. We’ve worked hard and we will work hard. “I can’t give it its fair shot if I am giving Whitesnake 100%.”

    Tommy Aldridge orginally joined Whitesnake back in 1987 and appeared on the Slip Of The Tongue record and continued drumming for the band until their break-up in 1991. Aldridge rejoined Whitesnake in 2002 for their 25th Anniversary tour before departing again in 2007.




  • Def Leppard Plan to Write New Material During Vegas Stint

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Def Leppard's forthcoming nine-date Viva Hysteria! residency at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel will give the band members a chance to write together for a follow-up to 2008′s Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.

    “This will be the first time in at least 10 years where we’re all actually in one room banging out songs from scratch,” Joe Elliot explains. “We don’t all live on the same continent, so it’s increasingly more difficult for us to just do what people expect a band to do — wander into a dusty old rehearsal room and go, ‘What you got?’ Getting together to write an album is an event. So the whole point of this Vegas thing when we’re not on stage is to attack pieces of work we have that aren’t finished songs — ‘I’ve got this riff.’ ‘Great, let’s play around with it.’ I’m sure everybody’s got some individual ideas, and we’ll go from there.”

    As for the band’s Las Vegas residency which begins on March 22nd, Def Leppard expects to film and record Viva Hysteria! for some sort of future release.


  • Sebastian Bach's “ABachalypse Now” Drops in March

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Former Skid Row front-man Sebastian Bach’s brand new CD/DVD, ABachalypse Now, will be released on March 26th.

    ABachalypse Now includes never-before-seen footage from the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos.

    Track listing:


    * Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012 * Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012 * Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012 * Bonus music videos: Kicking & Screaming, TunnelVision, I’m Alive

    CD1 – Live At Hellfest in Clisson, France, 2012

    CD2 – Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California 2012


    Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012

    1. Slave To The Grind 2. Kicking & Screaming 3. Here I Am 4. Big Guns 5. Piece Of Me 6. 18 & Life 7. American Metalhead 8. Monkey Business 9. I Remember You 10. Youth Gone Wild

    Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012:

    1. Big Guns 2. (Love Is) A Bitchslap 3. Piece Of Me 4. 18 & Life 5. American Metalhead 6. Monkey Business 7. I Remember You 8. TunnelVision 9. Youth Gone Wild

    Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012:

    1. Kicking & Screaming 2. Dirty Power 3. Here I Am 4. Big Guns 5. 18 & Life 6. American Metalhead 7. Monkey Business 8. I Remember You 9. TunnelVision



  • ZZ Top & Queensryche Scheduled to Perform at 2013 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Festival

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    ZZ Top and Queensryche are among the acts confirmed to appear at this year's Sturgis Rally Buffalo Chip Music Festival. Billed as the "largest music festival in motorcycling," the annual event features a mix of rock and country acts. This year's rally takes place August 2-11 in South Dakota.

    Queensryche have been touring and breaking in their new lead singer, former Crimson Glory front man Todd LaTorre, after firing founding member and longtime front man Geoff Tate last year (Tate will launch a tour with his own newly-announced lineup of Queensryche this fall). ZZ Top are a perennial live favorite, and they are touring to promote their most recent record La Futura.

    Fans can expect a rockin' and diverse lineup this year, as other acts to appear in 2013 include country artists Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert — both of whom tend to put on shows that have as much in common with classic rock as Hank Williams.

    Classic rockers are always welcome in Sturgis — past performers at the enormously popular festival include Journey, Loverboy, Boston, Slash, Jackyl and (of course) Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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  • 2013 M3 Festival Lineup Announced

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The Baltimore area festival has become one of the country’s premiere concert series. The two day event will be featuring headliners W.A.S.P. on May 3rd and Twisted Sister and Bret Michaels Band on May 4th.

    Other bands scheduled to play include Kix, Danger Danger, Jackyl, Firehouse, Kings X, Great White featuring Jack Russell, Trixter, Steel Panther, Loudness among others.

    Photo: Our lineup for M3 2013! ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?

  • Guns N' Roses’ “Appetite For Democracy" 3D Show Details

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo


    A clip of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Democracy 3D concert film can be seen below.

    The footage was shot on November 21st at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada during the band’s residency, Appetite For Democracy.

    The setlist for the show:

    Chinese Democracy
    Welcome To The Jungle
    It’s So Easy
    Mr. Brownstone
    Rocket Queen
    Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
    Live And Let Die (Wings cover)
    This I Love
    Motivation (Tommy Stinson song)
    Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
    Catcher In The Rye
    Street Of Dreams
    You Could Be Mine
    DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
    Sweet Child O’Mine
    Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd cover)
    November Rain
    Objectify (Bumblefoot song)
    Don’t Cry
    Civil War
    The Seeker (The Who cover)
    Knockin’ On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan cover)


    Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young cover)
    Used To Love Her
    Paradise City

  • Premiere of New Anthrax Cover Song "Athem"

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Anthrax has just made available a taste of the band’s upcoming EP Anthems, due out March 19. ”Anthem,” the band’s cover of the classic Rush song, can be heard here.

    In addition to the EP’s cover art, each of the cover songs will have its own special artwork, each one based on the tracks’ original album cover art, but subtly “reimagined” by Anthrax’s Charlie Benante and artist Stephen Thompson.

    The eight-track Anthems EP pays tribute to the classic songs by some of Anthrax’s favorite bands from the 1970s. In addition to Rush’sAnthem,” the track listing includes Thin Lizzy’sJailbreak,” “TNT” by AC/DC, Boston’s “Smokin’,” “Big Eyes” by Cheap Trick, Journey’sKeep on Runnin,” as well as the album version and a special remix of Anthrax’s “Crawl” from the band’s critically-acclaimed 2011 record Worship Music.

    Anthems was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston and Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 literally all over the world: at Benante’s home studio, in Ruston’s New York studio, on the band’s tour bus while on last summer’s Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.



  • Guns N' Roses & ZZ Top 2013 Australian Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    From pretty much any point on the planet, Australia is far away, which has the unfortunate effect of making touring there an extremely occasional event for even the biggest rock stars. This spring, however, it'll be Guns N' Roses' turn to head down under — for a series of dates that will see them playing five of the continent's biggest cities with ZZ Top as a supporting act, along with Australian rock legends the Angels.

    The shows are scheduled to take place in March, with the bands going to Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne and Brisbane. It marks Gun's first Australian tour since 2010 — and the first time they've played Melbourne since 2007. ZZ Top last visited in 2011, breaking a 10-year hiatus; their Australian jaunt will be part of a broader series of dates that will see them devoting a substantial portion of the year performing outside the U.S.

    Tickets are set to go on sale January 25.

    These are the scheduled dates:

    3/09 — Perth, Perth Arena
    3/12 — Sydney, All Phones Arena
    3/13 — Newcastle, March Hunter Venues
    3/16 — Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
    3/20 — Brisbane, March Brisbane Entertainment Centre