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  • Sixx: A.M. Eyeing New Record for 2013

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    While many may have speculated that 2013 would be when we’d see new Motley Crue music, it turns out that Nikki Sixx also has plans for his other band as well, the group is looking to release a new record next year.
     
    Motley Crue was Sixx’s primary priority for most of 2012, with the band playing a major summer tour with KISS and releasing the new song ‘Sex.’ The track was served up specifically so the band would have something fresh to promote while on the road, but was also meant to bridge the time between records. Earlier this month, Sixx was quoted as saying that Motley Crue were working on their “best album yet.”
     
    With Motley Crue and Sixx’s Broadway production of ‘The Heroin Diaries’ already on the calendar, the addition of a full Sixx: A.M. record comes as a welcome surprise.

     

  • Deep Purple To Reissue "Live in Paris 1975" in 2013

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Deep Purple, who have also recently announced a new studio record due in April 2013, will be digging through their past, reissuing 10 classic albums over the course of the new year.

    The reissues will be begin January 29th, when Live In Paris 1975 will be released as a double CD. The record has been digitally remixed and re-mastered from the original multi-track recordings.

    The show, recorded April 17th, 1975, at the Palais des Sports in Paris, was the band’s last live show with Ritchie Blackmore, who was leaving Deep Purple to form Rainbow. Blackmore would eventually return to the band, several years later, to record Perfect Strangers. However, the guitarist eventually left the band for good in 1993.

    Blackmore, vocalist David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice roared on classics like Burn, Stormbringer, Highway Star, Space Truckin’ and Smoke On The Water.

  • Bon Jovi's New Record Will Be a Musical "Evolution" for The Band

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Bon Jovi's forthcoming What About Now? will mark a musical "evolution" for the band, but not to the point that might be off-putting to group's worldwide legion of fans.

    Guitarist Richie Sambora tells Billboard that "Jon (Bon Jovi) and I, when we get together it sounds like Bon Jovi. It sounds like us. That's basically the way it is and what comes out comes out." But for What About Now?, due out this spring, he says the band and co-producer John Shanks focused on dynamics, and "just basically pushing the production a bit more or lessening the production so you're a bit more naked. It goes both ways on this particular record. We've stripped it down, taken some away and added some different elements."

    Meanwhile, Sambora says the record's first single, Because We Can, which will be released on January 7th, is indicative of the album's upbeat tone. "The lyrics are very positive -- obviously Because We Can, What About Now?, it's all empowering and that's what we were trying to get to. We were trying to get some positive lyrics. That's kind of where we landed."

    Bon Jovi begins a world tour on February 9th in Uncasville, Connecticut with dates booked into late July that include two South African dates in May, a headlining slot June 16th at England's Isle of Wight Festival and a two-night home state run at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Thin Lizzy Morph Into Black Star Riders

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    In Rocktober 2012 Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy moniker. The last incarnation of the band -- Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza -- would be looking to form a new project. Step forward Black Star Riders...

    December 2012 sees the announcement of the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), and Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies). The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn't want to commit to the touring cycle a new record would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on Dare and other music and film projects.

    Black Star Riders is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut record with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.

    The new, as yet untitled, record will be released in May 2013 through Nuclear Blast. Black Star Riders are one of the first bands signed by Monte Conner -- the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has signed acts such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura and Rush.

    The band are looking to support their May album release with European festivals shows in the summer of 2013 and follow this up with worldwide touring. The set list will consist of material from the new record and classic Thin Lizzy material.

  • Dee Snider Focus of Next Rock & Roll Roast

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    From his '80s image to his politics to his love of reality television shows, next month's roast of rocker Dee Snider is a comedic Golden Corral. The Twisted Sister frontman will be the focus of the second annual Rock & Roll Roast on January 24 in Anaheim, California.

    "Roasters remember: P.A.M.F. Payback's A Mutha F***er!" Snider said in a statement. Anthrax's Scott Ian, Lita Ford, Penn Jillette and comedian Craig Glass are a few expected to take aim at Snider. Also in attendance will be Zakk Wylde, the subject of the 2012 Rock & Roll Roast. Revolver and Guitar World will be working together to produce the event, which will raise money for MusiCares, a nonprofit that provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to music people in need.

    Jillette will serve as roastmaster, a role that went to Sharon Osbourne in 2012. Once again a singular collection of musicians, comedians and professional wrestlers will be in attendance. Mick Foley will be on hand for Snider, as Chris Jericho and Stone Cold Steve Austin were for Wylde.

    In addition to fronting Twisted Sister, Snider's multi-faceted career has included roles as radio host (the long-running 'House of Hair'- Sunday's 8-10 PM), film work, Broadway star and reality television star. He's appeared on 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' MTV's 'Rock the Cradle' and A&E's 'Growing Up Twisted.'

    In 2012 Snider released 'Shut Up and Give Me the Mic,' one of the more interesting autobiographies in recent rock history. In 2013 he'll be back on TV in the 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.'

  • Metallica's Orion Festival to Hit Detroit in 2013

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Metallica's Orion Music + More festival is heading to Detroit this summer. Details are scant at the moment, but they will stage the festival somewhere in the Motor City on June 8th and 9th, 2013. The band promises to announce the exact location, the lineup and ticket information in February.

    As reported here yesterday, Metallica are in the early stages of recording a new record, but they don't expect it'll be out until 2014. They have a handful of overseas dates booked for next year, including the five-date Soundwave Festival in Australia, two shows in South Africa and the Rock in Rio festival in September. As of now, the Orion festival is their only confirmed American appearance.

  • Metallica's Orion Festival to Hit Detroit in 2013

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Metallica's Orion Music + More festival is heading to Detroit next year. Details are scant at the moment, but they will stage the festival somewhere in the Motor City on June 8th and 9th, 2013. The group promises to announce the exact location, the lineup and ticket information in February.

    Metallica are in the early stages of recording a new record, but they don't expect it'll be out until 2014. They have a handful of overseas dates booked for next year, including the five-date Soundwave Festival in Australia, two shows in South Africa and the Rock in Rio festival in September. As of now, the Orion festival is their only confirmed American appearance.

     



     



     

  • Metallica Working on 'Energetic' New Record

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Metallica are just starting in on their follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic' and drummer Lars Ulrich says that the early sessions are revealing a "heavy, energetic" vibe for the forthcoming release.

    Ulrich says, "The stuff that we were banging out yesterday, it felt heavy. It felt energetic. It was loud, it was fast, it was rocking, it was crazy. The snare drum was on there and there were guitar solos, in case anybody was wondering." He went on to add, "What we're doing now certainly sounds like a continuation of where we left off four years ago."

    As for whether they would reunite with 'Death Magnetic' producer Rick Rubin, Ulrich was non-committal, adding, "I love Rick, we all love Rick. We're in touch with Rick constantly. We'll see where it goes." The band's next record will be their first full studio release from their self-run Blackened Recordings label.

    In other Metallica related news, former bassist Jason Newsted recently announced the formation of his self-titled band Newsted and is finalizing the release details of his group's first EP. The four-song set, titled 'Metal,' is due on iTunes Jan. 8th.

     

  • Anthrax & Exodus to Headline Metal Alliance Tour 2013

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Anthrax have been announced as the headliners for the Metal Alliance Tour 2013. The band is planning to perform their classic 1987 record Among the Living in its entirety.

    Joining Anthrax for the festival’s third incarnation will be fellow thrash legends Exodus, along with Virginia’s Municipal Waste and California’s Holy Grail.

    General-admission tickets will go on sale on January 11th. For more information, visit MetalAllianceTour.com.

  • New Krokus Record Dirty Dynamite Due in February

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The new Krokus record, Dirty Dynamite, is slated to be released February 22nd worldwide.

    Dynamite tracklisting is as follows:

    Hallelujah Rock'n'Roll
    Go Baby Go
    Rattlesnake Rumble
    Dirty Dynamite
    Let The Good Times Roll
    Help
    Better Than S*x
    Dog Song
    Yellow Mary
    Bailout Blues
    Live Ma Life
    Hardrocking Man

    Sony Music is offering the title track as a free download. It was the last song that was recorded at Abbey Road Studios at 5 o'clock in the morning. Bassist Chris von Rohr added some honky tonk piano licks on the original 'Lady Madonna' piano at the studio. Click here and scroll down at to download. Dirty Dynamite features the return of guitarist Mandy Meyer after 30 years. Meyer replaced original guitarist Tommy Kiefer (RIP) for the remainder of 1980's Metal Rendez-Vous tour and 1981's Hardware tour. And witnessed the growing popularity of Krokus worldwide including the band's first US tour.

    About Dirty Dynamite Chris Von Rohr promises: "The new songs sound like dirty dynamite: pure, dirty, in your face hard rock with a touch of blues." Adds Marc Storace: "We've been taking the time it needs writing for our next rock album and we guarantee that it definitely will contain no fillers!"

  • New KISS Mini Series Coming in March

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Echoing their famous series of 1978 solo records, this March legendary rockers KISS take to solo adventures in a new miniseries. 'Further exploring the deep mythology that's made the Kings of Rock hold dual citizenship as Kings of Comics, this year, The-Four-Who-Are-One must take up arms alone against a slew of dynamic enemies and evil forces. Spread out across four dimension-shattering issues, this face-melting slew of hard-rocking comics tectonics kicks off with KISS Solo: The Demon, a tale starring Gene Simmons' classic alter ego, The Demon!

    Veteran KISS writer Chris Ryalland fan-favorite Kiss artist Angel Medina, rejoining the band for the first time since KISS: Psycho Circus, weave another tale of epic bombast and explosive rock and paving the way for the accompanying tales of the Starchild, the Celestial, and the Catman!' "We've turned KISS into gangsters, barbarians and teenage girls so far in our KISS comics," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer, "but now it's time to give everyone the unfettered KISS over these four issues. Issue one sees the Demon taking on none other than the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and no one draws widescreen apocalyptic action better than Angel Medina. It's a thrill to have Angel back in the KISS fold."