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  • Dave Grohl Releases New Collaboration with Corey Taylor and Others...

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Dave Grohl has released a new song, “From Can To Can’t,” featuring Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Scott Reeder (Kyuss).

    The song comes from the upcoming soundtrack to the film Sound City, a documentary Dave has produced and directed about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, CA. Told through interviews with many of the artist’s who have recorded there, the film will tell the story of the incredible history of the studio, focusing on the legendary albums created there – including records by Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Santana, Cheap Trick, Dio, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica. Grohl, Taylor, Nielsen and Reeder have all recorded at Sound City and also appear in the film.

    Dave has a long history with Sound City, having first recorded there in 1991 while making Nirvana’sNevermind,” an album that arguably changed the musical landscape forever. He had the idea to make the film after he purchased the studio’s Neve 8028 console last year. Built in 1972, the console is widely considered to be the crown jewel of recording equipment, and is the very console used to record many of these legendary records.

    The film comes out on February 1, 2013 and the soundtrack will follow on March 12. For the soundtrack, Dave wanted to capture the human element of creating music, so he enlisted many of the diverse musicians who have recorded at Sound City and convinced them to team up and write/record brand new original songs on the spot. Included on the soundtrack is “Cut Me Some Slack,” the collaboration between the surviving members of Nirvana and Paul McCartney – first heard when they performed it together live at the 12.12.12. Concert for Sandy Relief. The record is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

    Check out the trailer for Sound City!

  • Sevendust News and Tour Dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Hot on the heels of last week’s premiere of the first single, “Decay,” from their forthcoming ninth studio record, Black Out In The Sun (Due March 26th), Sevendust has added a slew of new tour dates to their previously-announced headlining trek with Lacuna Coil that starts February 2 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s.
    Co-Headlining shows with Lacuna Coil:
    Sat 2/2 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
    Sat 2/3 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
    Tue 2/5 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
    Wed 2/6 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
    Thu 2/7 Portland, ME The Asylum
    Fri 2/8 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
    Sat 2/9 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2
    Sun 2/10 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
    Tue 2/12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
    Thu 2/14 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    Fri 2/15 Broussard, LA The Station
    Sat 2/16 Beaumont, TX Dixie Dance Hall
    Sun 2/17 Little Rock, AR Revolution! Music Room
    Tue 2/19 Springfield, IL Boondocks
    Thu 2/21 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
    Fri 2/22 South Bend, IN Club Fever
    Sat 2/23 Cedar Rapids, IA Pepsi Pavilion
    With Candlelight Red:
    Fri 3/15 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
    Sat 3/16 Broussard, LA The Station
    With Lacuna Coil and Candlelight Red:
    Sun 3/17 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule
    Tue 3/19 Farmington, NM Top Deck
    Thu 3/21 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
    Fri 3/22 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
    Sat 3/23 Las Vegas, NV The Railhead @ Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
    Wed 3/27 El Cajon, CA Sycuan Casino
    With Lacuna Coil, Coal Chamber and Candlelight Red:
    Thu 3/28 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
    Fri 3/29 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
    Sat 3/30 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
    Sun 3/31 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
    Tue 4/2 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
    Wed 4/3 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
    Thu 4/4 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
    Fri 4/5 Sauget, IL Pop’s
    Sat 4/6 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
    Mon 4/8 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
    Tue 4/9 Joliet, IL Mojoes
    Thu 4/11 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
    Fri 4/12 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
    Sat 4/13 Toronto, ONT Sound Academy
    Sun 4/14 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
    Tue 4/16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
    Wed 4/17 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
    Thu 4/18 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
    Fri 4/19 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
    Sat 4/20 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
    Mon 4/22 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
    Tue 4/23 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
    Wed 4/24 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
    Fri 4/26 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
    Sat 4/27 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater

  • New Stryper Record Due in March

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Christian hard rockers Stryper have signed a deal with Frontiers Records.

    Their first release will be a new re-recorded collection called, Second Coming, featuring classic Stryper songs like Free, Soldiers Under Command and Calling on You, and will be released on March 26th. Aside from the older songs, Second Coming will also feature two new tracks.

    Stryper formed in 1984, and after a sabbatical for much of the 1990′s, the group returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.

    Track listing:

    1. Loud N’ Clear
    2. Loving You
    3. Soldiers Under Command
    4. Makes Me Wanna Sing
    5. First Love
    6. The Rock That Makes Me Roll
    7. Reach Out
    8. Surrender
    9. To Hell With The Devil
    10. Calling On You
    11. Free
    12. The Way
    13. Sing Along Song
    14. More Than A Man
    15. Bleeding From Inside Out (new song)
    16. Blackened (new song)


  • Black Sabbath: New Record Title & Drummer Revealed

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Black Sabbath has set “13″ as the title of its new record. The group’s first LP with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 will be released in June. The drum tracks on the record were laid down by Rage Against The Machine sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to bow out of the reunion.

    Osbourne, Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

    In advance of the album's release, Black Sabbath will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances. Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.

    Ward in May 2012 announced again that he was declining to join his former bandmates for its scheduled 2012 dates, as well as the recording of a new album, due to a contractual dispute.

    He also allegedly had his lawyers direct Sabbath to remove him from photos of the band posted at the official Black Sabbath web site “so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup,” according to a statement issued by the band’s publicist.

    Butler issued a lengthy retort at his own web site, writing that Ward “hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us, let alone in public.”

    Black Sabbath took part in a photo shoot on November 30, 2012 with famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor-Wood.

  • Great White Celebrates 30th Anniversary with New Live Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    To mark its 30th Anniversary live on March 22nd, 2012, Great White celebrated the only logical way-on stage. In a nod to its early days, Great White returned to the infamous Sunset Strip, where a storied past of music’s biggest fans are fused into the walls of the Key Club. Great White delivered its entire repertoire to a packed house, pining for the band’s raw energy and cheering its illustrious history track after track.

    The Southern California blues hard rock band debuted with a Don Dokken/Michael Wagener produced EP in 1983 and later on were signed by EMI for 1984’s self-titled debut record. Since then Great White has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song Once Bitten, Twice Shy and earned a double platinum certification for the album …Twice Shy.

    It’s the soulful, blues-based signature sound that turned songs like Face The Day, Rock Me and Save Your Love into international hits. The late 80′s were boom years for the band, marked by non-stop touring with some of the biggest bands of the era including stints in Europe and Japan. Great Whte recorded two more records: Hooked, which was certified gold and Psycho City.

    With a line up featuring Co- Founder Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow, Michael Lardie Scott Snyder and new singer Terry Ilous (former XYZ), a natural frontman blessed with bluesy-heritage rock tone, Ilous fits the band like a glove. Great White’s biting guitar riffs, contagious rhythm section and newfound energy is ready to honor its past and create the next chapter.


    Desert Moon
    Lady Red Light
    Face The Day
    House Of Broken Love
    Save Your Love
    Mista Bone
    The Big Goodbye
    Back To The Rhythm
    Rock Me
    Can’t Shake It
    Once Bitten Twice Shy

    Great White is:

    Terry Ilous – vocals
    Mark Kendall – lead guitar
    Michael Lardie – guitar, keyboards
    Scott Snyder – bass
    Audie Desbrow – drums


  • Randy Rhodes Family Drops Legal Bomb On Documentary Producers

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    In late 2012 Randy Rhoads mother, Delores Rhoads, siblings Kathryn Rhoads D’Argenzio and Kelle Rhoads, learned that a coffee table book titled Randy Rhoads had been released, co-authored by Andrew Klein and rock writer Steven Rosen with the assistance of Peter Margolis and Denny Anderson. The family obtained a copy of the book. They were both astonished and horrified to see that Klein and Margolis are holding themselves out as “experts” on the life of Randy Rhoads, implying that they had the approval and cooperation of the Rhoads family, which they did not.

    On April 1st, 2007, Margolis entered into an agreement with the Rhoads family to produce a single documentary film on the life of Randy Rhoads. Margolis assured the family that the film would be completed within three years. From that point on, however, Margolis himself did not own any of the ideas and materials obtained or created in the production of the documentary, or any of the photos, videos or sound recordings collected for use in it, having assigned all of that to Dakota Films, the company financing and producing the documentary. Over the next several years, Margolis, Klein and others, working for Dakota Films, went forward with the project. Although Margolis reportedly claimed, as of early 2012, that the documentary was completed – “in the can”—it has never been released. Individuals who saw portions of it during production have reported that it was “edited poorly and unprofessionally,” and that the quality of the film was “abysmal.” The Rhoads family was frustrated by what they considered the mediocre quality of Margolis’s film, and by the fact that the “official documentary” they had so long hoped for had never come to fruition. This has been especially painful for Randy’s mother, Delores Rhoads, who is now in her nineties, and has spent the last three decades carefully preserving and advancing the legacy of her son.

    The family contends that Margolis and Klein have stolen the materials; they have no rights or ownership of, from the failed documentary. They used them in the book, in order to try to exploit Randy and the family for their own profit, while trying to establish themselves as “authorities” on Randy Rhoads. They have falsely implied that they have the Rhoads family’s support and cooperation for the unauthorized book. The family emphasizes that in no way did they authorize or participate in publication of the book, nor have they had anything more to do with either Margolis or Klein since the production of the unreleased documentary ended.

    Moreover, according to the family’s complaint, the book contained more than fifty instances in which Klein and Margolis had used without permission photos, excerpts from interviews and other personal information that had been provided to them by the Rhoads family solely and exclusively for use in the authorized documentary film and for no other purpose.

    The Randy Rhoads Estate and family have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the filmmakers and now authors Peter Margolis and Andrew Klein, the publishing company Velocity Publishing Group, Inc., and co-author Steven Rosen. The suit arises out of a failed documentary film project on the life of Randy Rhoads, and the defendants’ recent publication of a book arising out of their involvement in that film project. The defendants are alleged to having made extensive and, unauthorized use of personal information and photos from that documentary project, and are accused of fraud, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of rights of publicity.

    Randy Rhoads had a relatively short career as a rock guitarist and songwriter, but like James Dean had in the movies, Rhoads blazed like a comet across the music world, particularly in his short time as lead guitarist, first with Quiet Riot and then, most famously, with Ozzy Osbourne in the early Eighties. Rhoads’s guitar work and songwriting are featured on such legendary songs as Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley. While he was alive Rhoads was voted Best New Talent and Best Heavy Metal Guitarist by various music magazines. In March 1982, Rhoads tragically died in a plane crash, at the age of 25, while on tour with Osbourne.


  • Lars Ulrich Reveals Parallel Universe Storyline for 3D Film and More

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Metallica fans have been drooling for the band’s upcoming 3D concert film ever since the band filmed footage for the movie over the summer of 2012. Small details have been revealed by band members, but this latest revelation put forth by drummer Lars Ulrich may be the most captivating piece of the puzzle yet.
    In a recent interview, Lars Ulrich revealed that the 1976 Led Zeppelin concert film ‘The Song Remains the Same’ has been a major influence for Metallica’s 3D movie, especially when it comes to its more avant-garde qualities. “There are four members in Led Zeppelin, four members in Metallica, it’s a full-length movie, and there’s a lot in this film that does not take place onstage,” begins Ulrich. “The major difference is that the stuff that takes place offstage in the Metallica movie does not feature any members of Metallica. It’s two separate worlds – a Metallica show and a story that unfolds in a parallel universe – and at some point they intertwine.”
    The live footage featured in Metallica’s upcoming 3D flick was recorded in Vancouver, Canada during the band’s August 2012 performance. The film is expected for a Summer 2013 release.
    Ulrich also commented on the possibility of prolific producer Rick Rubin working on Metallica’s next record, which appears to be set for a 2014 release. “I love Rick. We all love Rick,” Ulrich assures. “We’re in touch with Rick constantly. We’ll see where it goes. It would stun me if the record came out in 2013. We’ve got to finish this 3D movie, which is what we’re doing right now.”
    Ulrich goes on to explain that the new record will pick up where ‘Death Magnetic’ left off, in terms of its sound.

  • Tom Keifer's Solo Record Drops in April, Michigan Tour Dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based Blues-Rock band Cinderella, Tom Keifer is making his debut as a solo artist with the release of his long-awaited solo record, The Way Life Goes, on April 30th.

    The collection of 14 new songs 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.

    The Way Life Goes is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer’s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

    In touring news, Keifer will launch his first-ever solo tour on February 9th in Winston-Salem, NC 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 some Cinderella classics. Dates beyond February 28th are currently in the works.

    Tom Keifer tour dates:


    9 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s

    11 New York, NY Highline Ballroom

    13 Philadelphia, PA JC Dobbs

    15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

    16 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean

    17 Portland, ME Asylum

    19 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s

    22 Chicago, IL Viper Alley

    23 Lexington, KY Buster’s

    24 Detroit, MI Magic Bag

    26 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection

    27 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century

    28 White Marsh, MD House of Rock




  • Metallica, Van Halen among Pollstar’s Top 50 Worldwide Tours

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Concert industry magazine Pollstar have released their list of the Top 50 worldwide tours for 2012.

    Madonna topped the list with $296.1 million in ticket sales over 67 of 88 shows reported.

    Rockers made up 20% of the list, led by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at #2
    ($210.2 million over 66 shows), Roger Waters at #3 ($186.4 million over 48 dates), and Metallica at #8 ($86.1 million over 21 concerts).

    The Top 50 Worldwide Tours did a combined gross of $3 billion, which was down about 2 percent from $3.07 billion in 2011.

    Total tickets sold was 34.9 million, which continued the decline from 35.48 million the previous year, and is well off the pace from 2009 when the Top 50 sold 45.3 million. The average global ticket price was $85.93, which was down 60 cents from last year but still well above the $73.83 charged in the more robust year of 2009.

    Rockers in the Top 50:

    02 – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
    03 – Roger Waters
    08 – Metallica
    10 – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    15 – Van Halen
    18 – Nickelback
    27 – The Black Keys
    33 – The Rolling Stones
    38 – The Scorpions
    44 – Aerosmith

    Check out the full list at Pollstar here


  • Update on New Pearl Jam Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Pearl Jam have been working on new music, on and off, over the past 15 months.

    The Seattle rockers have purposely not set a timetable for a new record, as the band members continue to work on solo projects and tours.

    Now, in a new Rolling Stone interview - centered around his involvement with the West Memphis Three – frontman Eddie Vedder provided the following update on Pearl Jam’s latest recording project.

    “Um, maybe halfway there,” explains Vedder. “We're taking our time. I was talking to Jeff [Ament] today, we were texting, he's got his group up there. He's heading to the West Coast, I'm heading east. And we're out here like, you know, like Johnny Appleseed. He's covering part of the country. I'm doing the
    other. And at some point we'll join forces again for sure, but the band is as
    healthy as ever and I'm sure it's good to get a little break from each other,
    but it's nice to – we'll be ready to go when we're ready to go.”

    As for a “sound” or direction to the tracks completed so far, Eddie says, “It
    just comes out. It sounds like it sounds like. We really work together as a unit
    these days. It's really the compilation of all the parts. It's not like one guy
    trying to tell everybody, ‘These are my songs. This is what it should sound
    like.’ We've figured out after all these years that if everybody just puts their
    stamp on it, then it sounds how we want it to. Then it sounds new, 'cause
    everyone is growing, you know. Everyone is growing after all these years.”

  • Motorhead to unveil Motorheadphones

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Motorhead will unveil the official US launch of Motorheadphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013.

    In the video below, drummer Mikkey Dee promotes the headphones and upcoming event:

  • Former GN'R Guitarist Izzy Stradlin Releases New Single

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Izzy Stradlin was recently at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood to record and mix a new single, Baby Rann, which can be viewed below.

    Released in December and available on iTunes, Baby Rann was recorded and mixed (and videotaped) in Ocean Way's renowned Studio B. Joining Stradlin on
    guitar and vocals in the studio were Rick Richards on lead guitar, J.T. Longoria
    on bass, Joey Huffman on Hammond organ, and Taz Bentley on drums and backing vocals.

    Stradlin is well known as the co-founder and former rhythm guitarist of Guns N' Roses, which he left in 1991. Following his departure, he led his own band, Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, for one record and tour. Since the late 1990s, Stradlin has released 10 solo albums, the last six independently. In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N' Roses.