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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Peter Criss: New Video Interview Posted

BackstageAxxess has issued a new video interview with Peter Criss.

"In the midst of his current book tour, we at BackstageAxxess were grateful that we were able to sit down and talk to this legendary drummer. We talked about his unique relationship with his mom. We also chatted away about his love of his idol Gene Krupa. In addition, we talked about what took place when he signed his first record deal with KISS. Plus much more was discussed as well." 

Black Country Communion: "Afterglow" Streaming On Spotify

Like Black Country Communion's previous albums (2010's self-titled debut and 2011's "2"), "Afterglow" was produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, the Black Crowes), who formed the band after watching Bonamassa and Hughes perform together at a Guitar Center event in November 2009.

Afterwards, Shirley got in touch with Sherinian and Bonham to round out the group and they released their debut album in September 2010. Classic Rock Magazine called it "Possibly the best hard rock album of 2010." A mere nine months later, the group released their sophomore album "2"Guitar World named it #12 in their Top 50 Albums of 2011;Planet Rock Radio listeners crowned them Best New Band; in November, BCC scooped up the Breakthrough Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

Europe: UK Tour Starts In November reports that following Europe’s interview about the making of "The Final Countdown" of BBC 1 Television’s "The One Show", the band will start their "Bag Of Bones" UK tour at the Birmingham O2 Academy on Wednesday, November 21, with special guests Stonerider. 

If you missed Europe’s interview on "The One Show" last night, you can view it online via BBC iPlayer here
Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that 2009’s "Last Look At Eden" album was a significant turning point for the band. That album proved to be Europe’s most important record since "The Final Countdown". Now, with the release of their current album "Bag Of Bones", Tempest says, “Europe is ready to do some serious damage.” 

UK tour dates: 

21 - Birmingham, England - 02 Academy 
22 - Glasgow, Scotland - 02 ABC 
23 - Manchester, England - HMV Ritz 
25 - Newcastle, England - 02 Academy 
26 - Leeds, England - 02 Academy 
27 - Nottingham, England - Rock City 
29 - Bristol, England - 02 Academy 
30 - Cardiff, England - Coal Exchange 

1 - London, England - 02 Shepherds Bush Empire 

Tickets for the upcoming UK tour can be ordered from, and or call the 24-hour box office: 0844 477 2000. 

Black Sabbath: Australian 2013 Tour Dates Announced

Black Sabbath today announced their widely rumored and highly anticipated reunion for their first Australian shows in nearly 40 years. 


25: Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia
27: Allphones Arena - Sydney, Australia

1: Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
4: Perth Arena - Perth, Australia

My Live Nation members can access tickets first, during the exclusive member pre-sale starting at 9am tomorrow, Friday November 2. Sign up at Tickets for these once-in-a-lifetime shows will go on sale at midday, Thursday November 8. 

Here`s the press release from the official Black Sabbath website:

Australian Tour 2013
Original Band Members Reunite for First Aussie Shows in nearly 40 Years

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2012 – BLACK SABBATH – the band credited with creating heavy metal and one of the most influential bands of all time - today announced their widely rumored and highly anticipated reunion for their first Australian shows in nearly 40 years.

Original band members – the Prince of Darkness himself: Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi will make a thunderous return to Australia in April 2013 for arena shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, in their first Aussie shows since 1974.

Tickets for these once-in-a-lifetime shows will go on sale at midday, Thursday November 8.
My Live Nation members can access tickets first, during the exclusive member pre-sale starting at 9am tomorrow, Friday November 2. Sign up at

Hailing from Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album on February 13, 1970. Their follow up album, the seminal masterpiece, UK #1 album Paranoid, - featured the all-time rock anthems War Pigs and Iron Man as well as the title track, Paranoid.

Black Sabbath has sold in excess of 70 million records worldwide. More than 40 years on, this Iconic band continues to be held in the highest regard:

“Greatest Metal Band of All Time” – MTV

“Amongst the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time” – Rolling Stone

“Iron Man…One of the Greatest Metal Songs of All Time” – VH-1

“Paranoid is the birthplace of heavy metal” – Time Magazine

Black Sabbath was honoured with an induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, followed by the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, where they were inducted by Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

In June 2012 Black Sabbath memorably headlined the 10th Download Festival at Donington before a crowd of 100,000. They followed that show in August with a much talked about headlining set at 2012’s sold-out Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.

Black Sabbath is currently recording their first new studio album in more than 33 years, helmed by seven-time Grammy winning producer, Rick Rubin. The album is due for release in April 2013.
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Deep Purple: New Ian Gillan Audio Interview Posted; Australasian Tour Dates Announced

Ian Gillan did an interview for Michigan radio station WJRW. They have talked about the new album, the Ron’n'Roll Hall of Fame induction, the late Jon Lord, Jesus Christ Superstar, and some other things. You can listen to the interview online.

Deep Purple and Journey have announced more shows on their Australasian tour which commences at the Vector Arena in Auckland on Sunday February 24, 2013.

Complete dates include:

24 - Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand 
26 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia

1 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
2 - Sydney Entertainment Centre - Sydney, Australia
4 - Adelaide Entertainment Centre - Adelaide, Australia
7 - Perth Arena - Perth, Australia

Black Sabbath: Tour Announced Tonight?

According to Faster Louder, a Black Sabbath Australian tour announcement on Halloween seems imminent as a mysterious video posted by promoters Live Nation Wednesday morning (Australian time) suggests that the reunited band could be announcing a tour. The seven-second video (which has since been removed from YouTube) promises that "darkness descends" tonight at 10:00 p.m. (Australian time) before directing fans towards a collection of Sabbath clips. 

Black Sabbath Australian tour announcement on Halloween seems a little too perfect to be true, but a mysterious video posted by promoters Live Nation this morning suggests that Ozzy Osbourne and co. could be announcing an imminent tour.

The seven second video (watch below) shows a heaving crowd of punters in black. It promises that “darkness descends” tonight at 10pm before directing you towards a collection of Sabbath clips.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aerosmith: Track-By-Track Premiere Continues With "Lover Alot"

This driving rocker is an echo directly from Aerosmith's earliest hit-making years, and could arguably fit easily on any of their classic Seventies albums. A collision of guitars erupts behind an excited Steven Tyler, who rips through an avalanche of innuendo and explicit sexuality: "You get a thrill from the smell of her hair/You get a high from the taste of her wet/It's certified, bu-bu-bu-but chu ain't getting there yet!"

It begins with a false start and a groan from drummer Joey Kramer, then dives in without a break until it crashes to a shriek and a close. It's the kind of sound many fans have expected to come with the return of producer Jack Douglas, chief collaborator on Aerosmith's first decade of career-defining work. (Douglas also plays some percussion on "Lover Alot.")

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Saxon: "Sacriface Tour"; Dates Announced; New Album Out In February 2013

Never tired of the road, Saxon announce the UK leg of their Sacrifice World Tour in support of the upcoming album of the same name. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends will play 9 dates in April 2013 and they can’t wait to share their new material on stage.

Throughout the years, Saxon have been touring relentlessly and earning an excellent reputation for the quality and energy of their performances. This is documented in their "Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie", which is released on 7th December. As UK fans await "Sacrifice" with the same anticipation reserved for Saxon’s previous work, they know the spring shows will be - as always - a treat not to be missed.

Biff Byford says “People have been asking me if this is going to be our last album and tour - we don’t know yet we’ll see how it goes.”

Full details are:

18.04.2013 UK Leamington Spa - Assembly
19.04.2013 UK Nottingham - Rock City
20.04.2013 UK Newcastle - Academy
21.04.2013 UK Glasgow - ABC
23.04.2013 UK Manchester - Ritz
24.04.2013 UK Leeds - Academy
26.04.2013 UK Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
27.04.2013 UK London - Shepherd's Bush Empire
28.04.2013 UK Bristol - Academy

Tickets for all venues are priced at £18.50 except for London* where they are £20.00 (all subject to booking fee). Tickets available at Tel: 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets. Doors for all venues open at 7pm.

After more than 35 years and 13 million albums sold worldwide, Saxon are still relentless and passionate as they were back in the days of ‘Wheels of Steel’ and ‘Denim and Leather’. The influential heavy metal outfit has been an inspiration for the likes of Metallica and Megadeth and a front-runner for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sweeping the nation in the late 70s-early 80s. New Studio album "Sacrifice" out on February 25th, will be album number 20 in their stellar career, and fans are as excited as they were when Saxon first made their initial impact on the metal scene.

Bon Jovi: More Dates Added To The Because We Can Tour

More dates added to the "Because We Can Tour" 2013:

Feb 13: Montreal, Quebec,CA, Bell Centre
Feb 17: Toronto, Ontario, CA, Air Canada Centre
Feb 20: Ottawa, Ontario, CA, Scotiabank Place

Apr 2: Calgary, Alberta, CA, Scotiabandk Saddledome
Apr 3: Edmonton, Alberta, CA, Rexhall Place
Apr 5: Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA, MTS Centre

May 7: Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Town Stadium
May 11: Johannesburg, South Africa, FNB Stadium
May 14, Sofia, Bulgaria, Levski Stadium

May 21,Oslo, Norway, Valle Hovin
May 22, Bergen, Norway, Stadium of Light
May 24, Stockholm, Sweden, Olympic Stadium
May 26, Tampere, Finland, Ratina Stadium

June 6, Copenhagen, Denmark, Parken Stadium
Jun 8: Manchester, UK, Etihad Stadium
Jun 9: Birmingham, UK, Villa Park
Jun 12: Cardiff, UK, City Stadium
Jun 13: Sunderland, UK, Stadium Of Light
June 16, Dublin, Irland, Slane Castle
Jun 30: Berne, Switzerland, Stadt De Suisse

Jul 3: Glasgow, Scotland, Hampden Park

For more info visit the official website.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Led Zeppelin: Earls Court 1975

Led Zeppelin live at The Earls Court, London, England in May 1975.


Going To California
That's The Way
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
In My Time of Dying
Trampled Under Foot
Stairway To Heaven 

Aerosmith: "Can`t Stop Loving You" Feat Carrie Underwood Streaming Online

Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood performed a duet this year on a Country Music Television special and rocked Aerosmith's classic "Walk This Way" and her hit "Undo It" together at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards. Since graduating from Idol, Underwood has been awarded a pile of Grammys and platinum records as a country pop singer, but she's also become a true believer in brand Tyler, even performing a cover of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" on her current tour.

The two sings duet on "Can`t Stop Loving You" on the new Aerosmith album.

Find out what what Steven thinks and listen to the song here.

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page Remastering The Entire Zeppelin Catalog

Peter Mensch, the manager of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, told the U.K.'s Sunday Times that the legendary axeman is holed up in a west London studio "remastering every  Led Zeppelin  LP." It is believed that the new remasters, which are tentatively due next year, will possibly include alternate takes and unreleased material as well.

Page recently told Mojo magazine that there are plans to release each Zeppelin studio album as a box set with additional material from each LP. In addition, it was revealed in an article in The Australian that artistShepard Fairley has been tapped to re-design the artwork for the upcoming reissues.

Page recently told a British radio station that he is working on new music, which might be released before the end of the year. During a chat with BBC Radio, Page said, "I'm just looking forward to making some music and surprising people with it. It won't be just teaming up with lots of people who are [big] names. I've got an idea of something which I've had for a long time and now's the time to do it."

Page remained ambiguous when talking about the still-unnamed project, saying: "I have got other ideas that have been nagging at me for a long long time, I think the way to present music is same picture different frame, and sometimes this frame is quite radical."

Metallica: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Footage Posted; 11 Videos Available

Professionally filmed video footage of Metallica's October 27 performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park can be seen below. The band joined the festival billing as the replacement for Green Day, which canceled its Voodoo appearance two weeks ago, presumably due to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's onstage breakdown and subsequent rehab enrollment.

Metallica's setlist:

01. Hit The Lights
02. Master Of Puppets
03. Holier Than Thou
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
05. Of Wolf And Man
06. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
07. All Nightmare Long
08. Sad But True
09. Fade To Black
10. Orion
11. One
12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Creeping Death
17. Battery
18. Seek And Destroy

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ritchie Blackmore: Talks Blackmore's Night, Ronnie James Dio In New Audio Interview

On Saturday, October 27, Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, Candice Night, spoke to 103.9 WRCN-FM, Long Island's classic rock radio station, about Ritchie's distinguished career and their medieval/renaissance group, Blackmore's Night. You can now listen to the 36 minute chat in the YouTube clip below:

KISS: More "The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982" Details

In their early years, KISS released a total of 29 singles on seven-inch 45 RPM records for the Casablanca label. These were available for sale to the public, used for commercial radio airplay and to promote album sales. Many of these singles had entirely different mixes, edits and material that didn't appear on their vinyl albums. Now for the first time, these musical snapshots of KISS' formative years, which have never been available in a commemorative singles edition, entitled "The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982", on Mercury/Casablanca/UMe, will be available in December in two box set configurations: 

* 29 Seven-Inch Vinyl
* 29 CDs (available through all retail)

In typical KISS fashion, these are no ordinary boxes. The sets are housed in a beautiful die cut shadow box with a limited edition etched silver metal plate and ribbon pull magnetic closure custom KISS 45s box with 26 collectible picture sleeves from original single releases around the world, including Japan, Germany, Holland, Spain and Britain. The vinyl collection also features singles from all four solo albums in purple, blue, red and green vinyl with a mask picture sleeve representing each individual member as originally released in the U.K. Both sets include a booklet which tracks the genesis and chart history of each single represented in the package. 

"The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982" covers KISS' remarkable eight-year stay on Bogart's label, from their very first, "Nothin' to Lose" b/w "Love Theme from KISS", from their self-titled debut to their very first charted 45, "Kissin' Time". The band's subsequent string of hits included "Dressed to Kill"'s live version of "Rock and Roll All Nite" (#12 on Billboard's Hot 100), "Destroyer"'s "Shout It Out Loud" (#31) and the Top 10 ballad"Beth""Rock And Roll Over"'s "Hard Luck Woman" (#15) and "Calling Dr. Love" (#16), "Love Gun"'s "Christeen Sixteen" (#25), Ace Frehley's solo hit, "New York Groove" (#13) and "Dynasty"'s "I Was Made for Lovin' You" (#11). 

"Even I haven't heard some of this stuff, but this is all part of our master plan to celebrate KISS at this milestone in our careers," says Gene Simmons. "This box set represents us at the very beginning of our career, and documents the band's early success and subsequent growth."

Adds Paul Stanley: "This collection is meant for the true KISS aficionado. The packaging really captures the development of both our music and image at a very crucial period in the band's history." 

The special set comes out a month after the release of "Monster", their 20th studio album. Showing the band at the top of its game, "Monster"embodies all that is KISS and the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever with their new album to continue the legacy of the spectacular larger-than-life extravaganza, known as, KISS.

For more information, go this location.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rainbow: Deluxe Reissues Of "On Stage", "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" Out In November; Tracklisting Available

"On Stage" is a live album originally released in 1977. The album was recorded live over several German and Japanese dates in late 1976 during the "Rising" world tour. Producer Martin Birch spliced many of the tracks together from different dates.

"Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" is the third studio album released in 1978. This was the last Rainbow album to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals.

"On Stage"

Disc 1
Over The Rainbow
Kill The King
Medley: Man On The Silver Mountain
Catch The Rainbow
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
Still I'm Sad

Disc 2 (bonus tracks) – Live Osaka 9/12/1976
Kill The King
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
Catch The Rainbow
Medley: Man On The Silver Mountain
Still I'm Sad
Do You Close Your Eyes (Previously unreleased)
Long Live Rock N' Roll

"Long Live Rock 'n' Roll"

Disc 1
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Lady Of The Lake
LA Connection
Gates Of Babylon
Kill The King
The Shed (subtle)
Sensitive To Light
Rainbow Eyes

Disc 2: Rough Mix's 02/07/1977:
Lady Of The Lake
Sensitive To Light
LA Connection
Kill The King
The Shed (subtle)
Long Live Rock N Roll
Kill The King
Shepperton Studio Rehearsals:
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Rainbow Eyes Don

Don Kirschner Show with Alt Vocals:
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Kill The King
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
LA Connection
Gates Of Babylon

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Voivod: "Target Earth", Cover Artwork, Tracklist Revealed

Voivod will release their new album, "Target Earth", on January 22, 2013 (one day earlier internationally) via Voivod's own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media. The CD was recorded in January at Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studio in a small town called St-Zénon in Quebec, Canada and was mixed by Sanford Parker.

The follow-up to 2009's "Infini" will contain the band's first music to be written with new guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain (Martyr) following the passing of original axeman Denis "Piggy" D'Amourin 2005. The original art was once again drawn by Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin and features color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums. The effort will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set.

"Target Earth" track listing:

01. Target Earth
02. Kluskap O'Kom
03. Empathy for the Enemy
04. Mechanical Mind
05. Warchaic
06. Resistance
07. Kaleidos
08. Corps Étranger
09. Artefact
10. Defiance

Aerosmith: Steven Tyler On "Street Jesus"

The working title was "Sweet Jesus," but producer Jack Douglas suggested "Street Jesus." Tyler went with it, inspired by his frequent sightings of a man well over six feet tall who wanders the streets of Los Angeles dressed as Jesus Christ. In the song, a rushed Tyler sings, "Somebody stole my shoes/ Man, I could smell the booze... After that thief I ran/ Into another man who had no feet."

"I sat down, put pad to paper and, before you know it, I had a bunch of one-liners or 10-liners about a story like that – about the holes in my shoes and the holes in his hand," Tyler recalls, "teaching in church what you learn in the street."

The finished song is the new album's second-longest track. Tyler compares the tempo and feel to Aerosmith's "Jailbait" from 1982, but bassist Tom Hamilton looks back further: "Steven nailed the lyric on it. It reminds me of a classic British thing from the Sixties."

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Deep Purple: Kicks Off Russian Tour; Videos Posted

Deep Purple kicked off their Russian dates on October 24th in Ekaterinburg at DIVS Arena. The band hit St. Petersburg (27th), Moscow (28th) and Krasnodar (30th) on this tour. 

The first night set-list was as follows: 

'Into the Fire' 
'Hard Lovin' Man' 
'Maybe I'm a Leo' 
'Strange Kind of Woman' 
'The Battle Rages On' 
'Contact Lost' 
Guitar Solo (by Steve Morse) 
'Wasted Sunsets' 
'The Well-Dressed Guitar 
'The Mule' (with drum solo by Ian Paice) 
'No One Came' 
Keyboard Solo (by Don Airey) 
'Perfect Strangers' 
'Space Truckin'' 
'Smoke on the Water' 

'Highway Star' 
Bass Solo (by Roger Glover) 
'Black Night' 

Check out fan-filmed footage below:

Peter Criss: New Jersey Book Signing Footage Posted

Peter Criss signed copies of his newly released memoir, "Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss", on October 24 at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be seen below.

Led Zeppelin: Tight But Loose Issue 33 Out Now

The new issue of the long running Led Zeppelin Tight But Loose magazine is out now and once again it's an action packed affair with exclusive news, views and features, edited and compiled by Dave Lewis.

Here's the line up:

* A full overview of the Celebration Day announcements plus review of the Press Screening and an on-the-spot report of the London Press Conference.
* Mike Tremaglio's comprehensive 1972 USA Tour Log, which is guaranteed to have you searching out those amazing recordings from that esteemed Zep era.
* Part One of Nick Anderson's Guide to the Led Zeppelin UK singles pressings, which provides a fascinating insight in to how these pressings surfaced, complete with rare illustrations.
* Part Two of the exclusive Warren Grant interview, which focuses on the post Zep years
* An intensive interview with Barney Hoskyns that digs deep to reveal how he collated his new book Trampled Under Foot - The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin.
* Stephen Humphries offers a summary of recent Robert Plant activity from the release of the From The Artist Den DVD through to his Sensational Space Shifters activity.
* Latest John Paul Jones news with reports on the Sunflower Jam and Minibus Pimps appearances
* Add in Jimmy Page summer watch, Jeff Strawman's Instrument Watch, plus Gerard Sparaco's CD reviews and you have another packed TBL edition.

If you love Led Zeppelin - you will love this magazine.

In a word of websites and social media, the TBL magazine remains a true tangible Led Zeppelin artifact to be read, collected, stored and re-read time and time again. 

TBL issue 33 is written, compiled and produced to enhance your appreciation of what is yet another great time to be Led Zeppelin fan.

So click on the order link and indulge yourselves in some essential Zep reading ..the arrival of the TBL magazine on your doorstep will add yet more enjoyment to these exciting Celebration Days...

You can pre order the new issue 33 as a single issue here:

You can subscribe for the three 2012 issues here for which you will receive issues 32 and 33 now with issue 34 to follow: