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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Duff McKagan´s Loaded: "Dead Skin" Video Premiere

"Dead Skin", the new video from Duff McKagan´s Loaded can be viewed below (courtesy of CraveOnline.com). The song comes off the group's new album, "The Taking", which will be released on April 19th.

The CD was recorded at a Seattle-area studio with veteran rock producer Terry Date (Soundgarden). Two tracks from "The Taking", were previously made available digitally. ; "We Win" (streaming below) and "Fight On".

"This record really sort of took a life of its own, and the songs really revealed themselves to us as we went along," says
Duff.

"
Terry Date came into the picture at a time when his genius ear helped to capture a sonic theme for the record. You can't underestimate what a guy like Terry brings to the table."

"
'The Taking' is the closest thing to a 'concept' record that I have ever been involved with. Pain, loss, triumph, and redemption. Life. Bring it."




Duff McKagan's Loaded - We Win by Eagle Rock Entertainment

Van Halen To Tour With Ozzy?

Here´s the latest rumours on Van Halen penned by Timmy Abrigg Jr.

"Due to the usual lack of information flowing, Van Halen fans went all kinds of crazy this week at the mere sight of a tweet from Eddie Trunk regarding Van Halen's progress in the studio. When in reality, it pretty much just confirmed the already stated - that the album talked about since last year will appear later this year.... Van Halen's PR department is once again sadly lacking, but there is always hope I guess!

Producer
John Shanks' tweets have been sadly useless. He rarely says anything and when he does it is only cryptic, and looking back, there wasn't anything about his work with VH. Another opportunity missed.

Here's what I can add to the current rumours...
Yes, the album is all but done and it appears mixing is underway, but once again, my source (who has been with me all through this) is sticking with the story that the majority of the album was recorded in 2010 with producer
Ross Hogarth. John Shanks was called in to help David Lee Roth arrange and record the vocals and put the whole thing together.
I'm told that Eddie has played most of the bass parts, but will likely not be credited on the album for that.

My source also tells me that one of his contacts heard one track with the working title of
Lift. It was described as having "a Van Hagar flavor to it" and that "Dave's vocals were done in a very low baritone key."

Lastly, I heard from a venue in Europe that they were offered a mid-year date for a
Van Halen with Ozzy Osbourne tour package. I can't confirm that in any way, but take it as yet another rumour to consider.
That's all until next time..."

U.D.O.: "Leatherhead" Video Premiere


The video for "Leatherhead" and the "making of" clip is premiering now at this location.

U.D.O. will release its new album, "Rev-Raptor", on May 20 release via AFM Records. The effort will be available in the following formats:

* CD (Jewel Case)
* CD (Digipak)
* CD (Japan)
* Vinyl black
* Vinyl green
* Limited Box

The digipak contains the two bonus tracks
"Time Dilator" and "Heavy Metal W:O:A" plus the videos for "Leatherhead" and the second single,"I Give As Good As I Get".

The Japanese version of
"Rev-Raptor" includes the bonus tracks"Stormbreaker" and "Bodyworld".

The green-vinyl edition of
"Rev-Raptor" is limited to 200 copies and available exclusively via Nuclear Blast mailorder. More information on U.D.O.



AC/DC: "Let There Be Rock" - New "Live At River Plate" Teaser


Let there be light, sound, drums, and guitar! Enjoy another exclusive look at AC/DC "Live At River Plate", coming soon to DVD and Blu-ray.

AC/DC "Live At River Plate" track listing is as follows:
1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
7. Thunderstruck
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. T.N.T.
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)


AC/DC Live At River Plate: Let There Be Rock from Columbia Records on Vimeo.

Sammy Hagar: "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Video Interview

Sammy Hagar was interviewed on last night's (Wednesday, March 30) edition of NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno". You can now watch video footage of his appearance in two parts below.

Hagar's autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock", debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover best sellers list, appearing on the chart dated April 3, 2011. Hagar promoted the book's publication with major press interviews in New York City, as well as a two-week signing tour on both the East and West Coasts. The former Van Halen vocalist has been making news thanks to the book's outspoken commentary on both Eddie Van Halen and original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, as well as Hagar's claims that he's met with alien beings.




Whitesnake: David Coverdale Talks "Forevermore" In New Video Interview

A four-minute video clip of Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale talking to the Artisan News Service about the band's new album,"Forevermore", can be viewed below. The effort, which came out in North America on Tuesday (March 29) via Frontiers Records, was made available in four different configurations.

"Forevermore" finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n' roll roots. The CD was recorded, produced and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos(Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre).


Yes: New Album "Fly From Here" Out In July


UPDATE: Find tracklisting and cover artwork on this location.


UPDATE 2: Watch the "Fly From Here" EPK here.


Quintessential prog-rockers Yes have announced that they have reunited with legendary producer Trevor Horn for their highly anticipated new album, "Fly From Here". The album marks the band's first studio album in ten years.

The album originated from a conversation between Horn and Yes bassist Chris Squire, who re-discovered the song 'Fly From Here' and realized that it had never been recorded in a studio. "Chris and I were talking one evening about the song 'Fly From Here' that we never recorded," explains Horn. "I said I was prepared to spend two weeks with Yes recording that song. When I arrived in America to record it, I was taken prisoner by the band and only allowed my freedom again in return for producing the whole album. It was an offer I couldn't refuse!"


"Fly From Here" retains Yes' signature brand of mysticism and large-scale compositions. The record contains plenty of the complex arrangements, beautiful harmonies, and heavy riffs the band is known for. "The new album represents the best of Yes from the '70s and the '80s with a current twist," said Squire.


Keyboardist Geoff Downes, who originally joined the band for 1980's "Drama,", has also re-joined the band for the new album. Yes now consists of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Downes, and lead singer Benoit David.


With total sales of over 30 million albums, Yes are widely considered to be the pioneers of the prog-rock movement.


The group is also known for radio classics such as "Roundabout", a seminal hit that consistently appears on 'the best songs of all time' lists, and the Horn-produced hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart". The latter song reached the top of both the UK and US singles charts simultaneously.


'Fly From Here' will be released on Frontiers Records in July 2011.Read an interview with Chris Squire on this location.

Aerosmith: Tom Hamilton "damned if we don’t have a finished record by the end of September"


Aerosmith is itching to record its long-delayed Big Ten Inch Record, and the band hopes that lead singer — and “American Idol” star — Steven Tyler is finally ready to Let The Music Do The Talking.

“Steven has been really good at selling the idea among his bandmates that the band is No. 1 and this is where his heart is,” bassist Tom Hamilton told the Track. “I look forward to him demonstrating that.”

Tyler, as you know, has been rather busy with non-Aerosmith-related activities ever since he signed on to judge TV’s top-rated talent show this season — a move that had caused some dissension in the ranks, because the band has been promising fans a new disc for more than three years.

“I am bursting at the seams to do this and have been for a long time,’’ Hamilton said. “Everybody’s head is into it, and once Steven is done with his TV gig, we get to work and damned if we don’t have a finished record by the end of September.”

Read the full story on Boston Herald.

Scorpions: Perform At Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th Birthday Bash; Video Available


According to Thenewage.co.za, a host of stars from the world of politics, music and film including German hard rock icons Scorpions gathered to celebrate former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday at a charity gala event in London on Wednesday.

The event was aimed at raising millions of dollars for cancer charities, including The Raisa Foundation, named in honour of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner's late wife.


Check out the Scorpions' massive hit 'Wind Of Change' below. The Scorpions were inspired to write the song on a visit to Moscow in 1989 and the song peaked at #1 in seven countries in 1991.

Tom Hamilton: "Banned In Boston"

Tom Hamilton checks in with AeroForceOne, Mix 104.1 and KISS 108 FM to talk about his upcoming performance in "Banned in Boston" to benefit Urban Improv this Friday, April 1, 2011 at the House of Blues Boston.

Get much more on this location.

Aspiring superstars who attend the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club’s Music Clubhouse had a special treat Tuesday evening: a jam session with Grammy winners Tom Hamilton, bassist for Aerosmith, and Berklee alumnus, drummer and producer, Swiss Chris.

The visit was part of the Music and Youth Initiative, which aims to fund after-school music enrichment programs. The initiative opened all of the citywide Music Clubhouses – including the one on Dorchester Avenue, in partnership with the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club. The Club also collaborated with Berklee School of Music’s community service group, Movement@Berklee.

The clinic and jam session, called “Backbone of the Band: The Rhythm Section,” started at 5 p.m. and was attended by about 50 citywide Clubhouse members. During the three-hour session, Hamilton gave a 45-minute workshop, and Swiss Chris performed a glow-in-the-dark lightstix show, followed with a musical performance by the duo and a meet-and-greet.


Deep Purple: "Phoenix Rising" CD/DVD Out In May

***UPDATE: ALBUM STREAMING + "RISES OVER JAPAN" AVAILABLE ON THIS LOCATION.***


The Mk 4 DVD is now being scheduled for late May 2011. It is now retitled "Phoenix Rising", and is a DVD packaged with a live audio CD. The DVD has a documentary (titled "Gettin' Tighter"); this was originally a sort of 'making of' "Come Taste The Band", with studio knob twiddling, interviews, and footage of Deep Purple Mk 4, but is now extended to tell the story of the Mk 4 tour. More live material has been unearthed but we still do not know exactly what will be included beyond the 30 minute "Rises Over Japan" film.
There are three editions planned, a CD/DVD pack in a CD sized case. A DVD/CD pack which will include a small book and be a limited edition. A blu-ray edition with both video and audio elements on one disc.
The DVD will offer surround sound on the "Rises" footage.
It is likely that the audio CD will include a couple of unreleased Springfield performances as well as tracks from Tokyo 75 and Long Beach 76 from the Purple Records releases.
The title can be pre-ordered at the DPAS online store.
Watch the "Gettin` Tighter" trailer below:

Jane`s Addiction: New Song "End Of The Lies" Premiered On Air

Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell premiered the band's brand new song "End Of The Lies" during an appearance earlier today (Wednesday, March 30) on the program "La Ley Del Rock" on the Chilean radio station Radio Futuro.

During an an-hour-long interview with host Hernán Rojas, Farrell talked about his influences as a musician, his role as founder and main organizer for Lollapalooza, the festival that is celebrating its 20th anniversary and what Chileans can expect to see this weekend at Parque O'Higgins at the country's first-ever installment of Lollapalooza. You can now watch video footage of Farrell's appearance on the show below.

Due out this summer, Jane's Addiction's new album, "The Great Escape Artist", will be the band's first collection of all-new material since 2003's "Strays".






Lemmy Is "Delighted" To Be One Of Metallica's Influences

MetalInsider.net recently conducted an interview with Motörhead frontman and rock icon Lemmy Kilmister. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

MetalInsider.net: It's just been announced that Motörhead will be playing a few dates with the Foo Fighters. You and Dave Grohl have been long time friends and admirers of each other, but how did a tour with both bands finally come to fruition?

Lemmy: Well, the Foo Fighters/Dave asked us to do the shows. So we said "yeah!" I'm hoping there be some sort of collaboration because I really like playing with Dave. He's like me, he's fast and he's good, and that's always fun. I hate these people that take three hours to do a fucking solo, let alone three weeks sometimes.

MetalInsider.net: After all these years, do you still get a kick when well known and popular musicians, like Dave Grohl and even Metallica, cite you and Motörhead as a major influence on them?

Lemmy: Well, Metallica's starting to feel the old age bite now, aren't they? (laughing) They've been around a long time now. I mean, you can't top Metallica. They're really a fucking excellent band. I'm delighted that they said that I was one of their influences. Like, they have all of their influences, and you can't hear the influences in them, which is great. They've become their own people, and that's great. I like them a lot. I've spent a lot of time with those boys. There's a clip of me jamming with them in Nashville, Tennessee in the ("Lemmy") movie.


Aerosmith: "Tough Love: Best Of The Ballads" Collection Out In May


Aerosmith will release "Tough Love: Best Of The Ballads" on May 10 via Geffen Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Angel
02. Amazing
03. Love In An Elevator
04. Cryin'
05. What It Takes
06. Rag Doll
07. Crazy
08. Deuces Are Wild
09. Livin' On The Edge
10. Blind Man
11. Janie's Got A Gun
12. Dream On

The Hollywood Reporter reported in early February that sales of Aerosmith's greatest-hits collections had increased more than 250 percent as a result of Steven Tyler's appearance on "American Idol" as a judge for the show's tenth season. The band's 1994 compilation "Big Ones", saw increased sales of 260 percent after the show's January 19 premiere. Meanwhile, 2004's "Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith", got a 146 percent boost after week 2 of "Idol". Two more greatest-hits collections registered surges of 137 percent and 147 percent. Likewise, Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" single was downloaded 34,000 times for the week ending January 30, an increase of 363 percent. The band's 1973 hit "Dream On" saw 26,000 downloads, which represented a 318 percent spike over the week before.

Bret Michaels: Interviewed On "On Air With Ryan Seacrest"; Audio Available

Poison singer Bret Michaels was interviewed on this past Tuesday's edition of "On Air With Ryan Seacrest", the American syndicated radio program hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

When asked about reports that he engaged in a romantic relationship with Miley Cyrus' mom Tish, Bret said, "I laughed about this before. If there were some truth to it, it'd be much more scary."

The reports or a Bret-Tish affair first started to surface in November of 2010 following Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus announcing their divorce after 17 years of marriage. Bret had become close to the family at the beginning of 2010 when he recorded a duet with Miley and the family had attended a number of his shows.

"First it started out with me and Miley and we ended that right away," Bret said. "We sang a song together and that's it."

Bret also talked about Miley's cover version of POISON's classic song "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" which features a guest appearance by Michaels.

"When they had asked about doing it, it was great," Bret said. "It's her sort of version of how they wanted to produce the song and I think they did a really good job of it."

Listen to the full "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" interview with Bret below.


"Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal" Trailer Available

Abrams has set an April 1, 2011 release date for "Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal", a new 240-page book from Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's hit television program "That Metal Show". Featuring a foreword by Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, the book covers Trunk's favorite bands with a brief overview of their career highlights, the albums and songs that Eddie considers important and why, and many personal recollections of his experiences with these bands over the course of his career.

Known as a "leading expert" on all things hard rock and heavy metal, Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of "That Metal Show" with his passion for music. Trunk is also heard on two weekly radio shows: "Eddie Trunk Live" on XM satellite radio, and "Friday Night Rocks", live in New York City. He lives in New Jersey.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

KISS: Clip From Pentagon Channel Performance


US Pentagon SGT John Mann went to interview KISS for Command Performance. KISS invited him on stage. You can vow watch the clip below.

During their show at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, KISS took a moment to honor brave servicemen and women by inviting Sgt. John Mann from the United States Army on stage. Sgt. Mann was in the audience with David Silverstein from The Pentagon Channel, who were shooting a special segment on KISS to broadcast to troops worldwide.

Are Van Halen Finishing A New Album?


Although many consider the possibility of a new Van Halen album as something right out of science fiction, the fan site Van Halen News Desk (VHND.com) reports that a "trusted source" says the band is making smooth headway on an upcoming CD, stating that the process is "going great and the band is starting to mix the new tracks."

According to the site, Van Halen are looking to release the John Shanks-produced disc in the fall, and then will tour US together with Scorpions in support of the record.

None of these claims have been confirmed by anyone in the actual Van Halen organization.

When (and if) the album materializes, it would be the first full-length studio release from the band since 1998's Van Halen III. It would also mark the recorded debut of Eddie Van Halen's son, Wolfgang, who replaced original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony during 2007's "reunion" tour.

According to Blabbermouth.net, Michael Anthony told ABC News Radio, "I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll do." He went on to say that he held no ill will toward his former bandmates for replacing him with Wolfgang.

There are doubters, however, chief among them Sammy Hagar. During a recent interview with MusicRadar, the singer said that didn't see a new Van Halen record happening.

Read the full story on Music Radar.

Metallica: James Hetfield Discusses His Role In "Absent"; Video

Metallica frontman James Hetfield and filmmaker Justin Hunt were interviewed on this morning's (Wednesday, March 30) edition of "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News channel about the new documentary "Absent". You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

Hetfield discussed his involvement with "Absent" in an interview with
Rockville Music Magazine on March 3, just before the film screened at the San Rafael California Film Institute in San Rafael, California. In the film, which deals with the issue of absent or disengaged fathers, Hetfieldrecounts his own experience of having his father abandon his family when the future rock legend was 13 years old.


Queen: "New Book Out Now "Is This The Real Life?"

Last week saw the U.S. release of a new Queen bio, titled "Is This The Real Life?" (yep, the opening line from "Bohemian Rhapsody"), via Da Capo Press. Penned by author Mark Blake, the book tells the complete story of the British band that perfected and popularized "arena rock" during the 1970's and 1980's.

The 410 page book is priced at $25.00, and includes such tales about a chance encounter between the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious and Freddie, the writing of such Queen classics as "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," the preparation of the group's show-stopping performance at Live Aid, and Freddie's final reclusive years, before dying from an AIDS related illness in 1991.

"Is This The Real Life?" also contains a 16-page black and white photo section, which includes such rarely seen shots as the band members during their school days, Freddie preparing for a performance with the Royal Ballet Company in 1979, and a shot of arguably the most over-the-top/gaudy costume ever (from the set of the best-forgotten video for "It's A Hard Life").

Megadeth: Drummer Shawn Drover Video Interview From Paris

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover was interviewed prior to the band's March 26, 2011 performance at Zenith in Paris, France as part of the "European Carnage" tour with Slayer. You can now watch the chat below.

Megadeth's "Rust In Peace Live" DVD — which captures the final night of the band's historic month-long "Rust In Peace" 20th anniversary tour — has sold 19,000 copies in the United States.

The group is currently working on the follow-up to 2009's "Endgame" for a late 2011 release via Roadrunner Records.


Les Paul Guitar Autographed By Slash Being Auctioned For Children's Music Charity

The non-profit organization Guitars Not Guns will be auctioning via eBay a Gibson Epiphone Les Paul guitar autographed by Slash. The guitar was signed this past February 3rd at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Included in the auction package is a certificate of authenticity, photos and video of Slash during signing, plus a new Mono M80 hybrid case.

The eBay auction begins April 21st and ends May 1st. $99 US opening bid and no reserve.

Video footage of Slash signing the guitar can be viewed below:


Sixx:A.M.: "This Is Gonna Hurt: The Documentaries" Video Premiere

On Tuesday, March 29, "This Is Gonna Hurt: The Documentaries" from Nikki Sixx and Sixx: A.M. will debut on Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service at 12:01 a.m. EST and are then on demand for the week until next Tuesday, when Episode 3 premieres at this location. The documentaries introduce the upcoming "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx", a follow-up to Sixx's New York Times bestseller, "The Heroin Diaries" and the CD of the same name by Sixx: A.M. "This is Gonna Hurt" the book will be released April 12 via William Morrow and "This Is Gonna Hurt" the CD will be released May 3 via Eleven Seven Music.

The documentaries premiering on Hulu spotlight Sixx's genesis and inspiration of creating the photos, book and album and how they're all connected. Showcasing Sixx: A.M.'s music and book imagery, Sixx and his Sixx: A.M. bandmates James Michael and DJ Ashba introduce featured subjects from the photographs and inspiration for the project. "This is Gonna Hurt" as a book and CD soundtrack are a commentary on beauty and how we as a society view it, and features character studies highlighted in the documentaries on those who society has labeled and alienated for their physical attributes — a woman who can't grow, a man over seven feet tall, an obese woman showing herself naked to Nikki's lens to underscore real beauty. The book, part photo chronicle and part journal, will be accompanied by the release of an original soundtrack from Sixx: A.M., an 11-track companion piece to the book, which will hit stores May 3. This premiere represents a new distributor/syndicator relationship with Hulu for the Eleven Seven Music Group, and Sixx: A.M.'s record label and management company, Tenth Street Entertainment.




DIO: "Dio Live - We Rock" Audio Samples Available


Victor Entertainment last month released a live DIO album entitled "Dio Live - We Rock". It features the band's performances at Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California in October 1983 and at Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 1984.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Straight Through The Heart
03. Shame On The Night
04. Children Of The Sea
05. Holy Diver
06. Stargazer
07. Heaven And Hell
08. Rainbow In The Dark
09. Man On The Silver Mountain
10. Dont Talk To Strangers
11. One Night In The City
12. We Rock

Check out audio samples at this location.

KISS: "The Elder" 30th Anniversary Podcast

KISS celebrates the 30th anniversary for the release of "The Elder". PodKISSt has issued a two part podcast.

PodKISSt #42: Under the Rose! Is now available in two-parts at this location.

A description of the show reads as follows: "When you think of KISS, naturally the first thing that comes to mind is a big oak table in a dimply-lit room, right? Isn’t it? OK, not so much. But for many members of the KISS Army, the subdued imagery of 1981 represent a departure from the classic KISS recipe in which there are as many treasures as there are missteps. For three decades, Music From The Elder has generated lively debate within the fan base, so it’s no surprise that it yielded hours of discussion here at PodKISSt. In this two-part installment we’re joined once again by writer Joe Casey (Dark Horse’s KISS comics, Ben 10, Generator Rex) and KISStorian Julian Gill (author of many KISS books and host of KISSfaq) for an in-depth look at this intriguing record. So take the oath and set out an odyssey back to 1981 with PodKISSt… the KISS fanzine for your ears!"


PodKISSt is produced by the KISS Army for the KISS Army. It can be found at the link above and on iTunes.


Sammy Hagar: "Red" Debuts At No. 1; Video Interview

Sammy Hagar signed copies of his autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock", last Friday (March 25) at Books Inc. in San Francisco, California. A seven-minute interview with Hagar conducted at the event can be viewed below.

"Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock" has debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover best sellers list, appearing on the chart dated April 3, 2011.

Hagar compared Eddie Van Halen to Charlie Sheen in an interview last week with ABC-TV's "Good Morning America", saying, "There's a similarity in the way they look and everything. I don't know how you get like that."

Hagar has been in the studio himself recently to record the second album from Chickenfoot, his supergroup with ex-VH bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.


Slash: Video Interviews From Mexico

Slash took part in a press conference prior to his March 28, 2011 performance at José Cuervo Salón in Mexico City, Mexico. You can now watch video footage (20 min) from the question-and-answer session below.

In a recent interview with The Pulse Of Radio, Kennedy said about the fact that Slash would like him to handle the lead vocals on the guitarist's next CD, "It's very flattering. I think there's kind of a cool thing we got going. We really enjoy working with each other. I know they're auditioning singers now for Velvet Revolver, so I don't know if they find the right guy if that'll affect things timing-wise. I'm not really sure. But the plan right now is that yeah, we'll do a record together down the road."




Rush: "Moving Pictures - Deluxe Edition" Trailer Posted Online


Rush's "Moving Pictures" celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a spectacular "Moving Pictures - Deluxe Edition" via Mercury/UMe. The reissue of this seminal album on April 5, will be available in two formats: (1) a digitally remastered CD plus DVD and (2) a digitally remastered CD plus Blu-ray. For this Deluxe Edition, the DVD and Blu-ray discs will feature the album and three bonus music videos, "Tom Sawyer", "Limelight" and the previously unreleased clip "Vital Signs", in both a stunning 5.1 Surround Sound mix supervised by the band's Alex Lifeson using the original multi-tracks and in newly remastered stereo from the original analog master tapes.

Both DVD and Blu-ray formats will boast the 5.1 Surround Sound and stereo audio in 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audiophile playback which offers 256 times more resolution than CD audio, providing the listener with the closest experience you can have to what the artists hear in the studio. The DVD is playable on both DVD-Audio and DVD-Video players, the latter players will include Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and PCM stereo playback. Blu-ray discs will also feature DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound in addition to 96kHz/24-bit PCM 5.1 Surround Sound and stereo.


Thin Lizzy: New Ricky Warwick Interview (Audio)


Thin Lizzy/ex-The Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick was interviewed on the March 21, 2011 edition of "The Big Rock Show" with host Tina Peek. You can now listen to the entire 24-minute chat using the audio player below (scroll down). Almost 25 years after the death of legendary Irish rocker Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy recently hit the road again — this time with Warwick at the helm. Warwick, 44, replaces Lynott in the latest reincarnation, joining Thin Lizzy alumni Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton. Also on board are Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and former Whitesnake bassist Marco Mendoza.


Warrant: New Interview And Live Footage

Jason Woodbury of the Phoenix New Times' "Up On The Sun" blog recently conducted an interview with Warrant/ex-Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Up On The Sun: Have you guys (Warrant) been working on new material at all or have you been focusing mostly on going out and playing the hits?

Mason: Funny you should ask. There's a record that's just done now, (there's) a brand new Warrant record (called "Rockaholic") due out in May. We really took our time, and, through a couple years of doing "fly" dates, we kinda said, well, the band works, we're all doing it for the right reasons, we're all really happy on stage. It's great playing this legacy of music, and the fans love it, so why not [write some new songs] — but we were careful about it. We didn't just throw a record together. We test-marketed a couple of these songs live last summer, just springing them on the audiences. "Hey this is something you've never heard before," and by the end of the song, everyone is singing along, or buying into it. So we figured we should put the record out.

Up On The Sun: Did you feel a lot of pressure with the new material? To live up to the hit songs the band had scored?

Mason: We're just musicians. I'm just a songwriter/singer in a rock band. I was writing songs for this record, and personally, did I feel like they had to fit into an old-school Warrant mode? To a degree, but I don't really think you write songs like that. The fact that we are all from the same headspace, it kind of worked out that way. Some of these songs sound like a bit of a departure, but there are tracks on this new CD that we played live in the rehearsal room, and they came together through pre-production and shit, for the year prior or so to this record, and they sound like Warrant songs to us. It's just me singing. My voice is a little different than the original singer, but it's just a thing were you go on, and you write songs. I turned over things I had written, and say, do your thing, play it the Warrant way, and they could do nothing else, and I would ask nothing else. So, is that the long way of answering yes? (laughs) I didn't feel pressure, or intimidation, but there was a certain responsibility.

Fan-filmed video footage of Warrant performing a brand new song, "Sex Ain't Love", on June 17, 2010 at the "Market Block Party" in Syracuse, New York can be viewed below (courtesy of Rokken Randy).


Ozzy Osbourne: New OzTV Clip From Argentina


The latest OzTV webisode featuring behind-the-scenes footage from Ozzy Osbourne's March 26, 2011 concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina can be viewed below.








Ozzy's setlist was as follows:

01. Bark At The Moon
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Mr. Crowley
04. I Don't Know
05. Fairies Wear Boots
06. Suicide Solution
07. Road To Nowhere
08. War Pigs
09. Shot In The Dark
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. I Don't Want To Change the World
13. Crazy Train

Encore:

14. Mama, I'm Coming Home
15. Paranoid


Eric Singer Project: Video Interview And Live Footage Available

U.S. embassy press officer David McGuire conducted an interview with Eric Singer Project during their visit to Finland recently.

ESP's setlist consists mainly of KISS hits and obscure KISS songs that have never before been played live, along with selections from Mötley Crüe, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper and other classic rock bands.
Project— the band featuring Bruce Kulick (KISS), Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt) and Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper, DIO) — on March 27, 2011 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is performance footage from the Helsinki concert.

Interview:








Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Queensrÿche: More "Dedicated To Chaos" Details

Queensrÿche announced earlier that their new album will be called "Dedicated to Chaos" and it will be released this summer. It’s the band’s first effort for its new label, Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud. The band – featuring Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren — is currently planning a tour in support of the new opus, which wa recorded in its native Seattle. Tour dates and information will be released when available.


“Modern life moves fast,” commented frontman Geoff Tate about the album. “Plug into the rhythm of the now with our 12th studio album, "Dedicated to Chaos". It’s a clash and slash of musical experimentation anchored by the pulse of digital code.” He did issue one suggestion to listeners as well, saying: “Enjoy – headphones are a must.”

Queensrÿche’s 1988-issued album "Operation: Mindcrime" is universally respected as a classic concept release about rock, revenge and redemption, which is ultimately regarded as one of the most important and essential hard rock records in the genre’s expansive canon.

In 2006, the band released "Operation: Mindcrime II", a scorching sequel to their original. The band then hit the road performing both albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" back-to-back in their entirety in an incredible theatrical presentation throughout the year.

The band is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and "Dedicated to Chaos" marks a new and riveting chapter in Queensrÿche’s already impressive history that fans will not want to miss.

Queensrÿche will tour UK with Judas Priest this summer.


Megadeth: Video Interview With Bassist David Ellefson

SIT Strings recently conducted an interview with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. You can now watch the chat below.

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine said in a recent interview that the band's new album is shaping up to be "more like (2009's) 'Endgame', maybe sticking in that vein and going a little forward toward what I like."

Speaking to Australia's FasterLouder, Mustaine said he preferred "Endgame"'s more aggressive moments. "We were forced, in a way, to have to do certain things and it's really easy for me to blame somebody, but at the end of the day it was my fault, I could have said no, but I didn't," he said. "I was nervous that we were going to end up getting kicked off the label. I figured I would rather go underground and play what I like, and not sell as many
records, but still be able to look myself in the face in the morning."