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Saturday, June 23, 2012

KISS: "Hell Or Hallelujah" Single Artwork Unveiled; Sample Available



The artwork for the new KISS single, "Hell Or Hallelujah", can be seen right here. The track, which is expected to be released next week, was previously described by Paul Stanley as "uptempo" and "very definitive." Hear a sample of the song on Amazon.

"Hell Or Hallelujah" comes off KISS' new album, "Monster", which is scheduled for a fall release. The CD was again produced by the Stanley and is, in Gene Simmons' hunble words, "either the best or one of the top three records we've ever done. It's like 'Revenge' meets'Destroyer' - just guitar and drums, nothing else. No keyboards, no little boys' choir, no strings, no nothing. Band-written; literally we'd get in and strum guitars like the old days."

The album "was written very fast," according to Simmons and includes one track, "Are You Ready?", that he describes as, "an old song that was torn apart and re-written."

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi: WhoCares Album Samples Available




Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi took everybody by surprise in 2011 by releasing a charity single, "Out Of My Mind", renewing the collaboration that led the pair to record an album in 1984, "Born Again", under the Black Sabbath moniker.

For the occasion, the two rock legends called a few friends and were soon joined byJason Newsted, Jon Lord  and Nicko McBrain. Not only jamming together for the sheer fun of things, this new project has united for a cause - rebuilding and helping the music school in Gyumari, Armenia. The single was a joyful and inspired moment. Iommi and Gillan have now decided to make WhoCares an album for their devoted fans. Classic songs and a lot of rarities and unreleased material in two CDs of fantastic rare music.

The album is set for release on July 13 via earMUSIC..

CD1

-WhoCares "Out Of My Mind" Featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
-Black Sabbath "Zero The Hero"
-Ian Gillan feat. Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover "Trashed"
-M. Rakintzis feat. Ian Gillan "Get Away" (fi rst release on a Gillan album, only released in Greece before)
-Tony Iommi feat. Glenn Hughes "Slip Away" (fi rst time on CD)
-Gillan "Don’t Hold Me Back"
-Ian Gillan "She Thinks It’s A Crime" (vinyl single B-side, fi rst time on CD)
-Repo Depo feat. Ian Gillan "Easy Come, Easy Go" (previously unreleased)
-Deep Purple feat. Ronnie James Dio "Smoke On The Water" (live with the Royal Philaarmonic Orchestra)

CD2

-WhoCares "Holy Water" Featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
-Black Sabbath "Anno Mundi"
-Tony Iommi feat. Glenn Hughes "Let it Down Easy" (fi rst time on CD)
-Ian Gillan "Hole in My Vest" (7" vinyl single B-side, fi rst time on CD)
-Gillan & Glover feat. Dr. John "Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave me"
-Ian Gillan & The Javelins "Can I Get A Witness"
-Garth Rockett & The Moonshiners aka IG "No Laughing in Heaven" (rare track)
-Ian Gillan "When A Blind Man Cries" (Live at Absolute Radio, previously unreleased)
-Deep Purple "Dick Pimple"

Audio samples of the tracks that appear on both discs can be streamed below.


Iron Maiden: Kicks Off 'Maiden England World Tour' In Charlotte



Iron Maiden kicked off the "Maiden England World Tour" onThursday, June 21, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina. The trek closely mirrors, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour". This opening section of the world tour is the band's most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of cities the band have not played in a very long time, such as Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Moonchild
02. Can I Play With Madness
03. The Prisoner (performed for first time since September 21, 1991)
04. 2 Minutes To Midnight
05. Afraid To Shoot Strangers (performed for first time since December 12, 1998)
06. The Trooper
07. The Number Of The Beast
08. Phantom Of The Opera
09. Run To The Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (performed for first time since December 12, 1988)
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear Of The Dark
14. Iron Maiden

Encore:

15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Aerosmith Rocks Cleveland!



Aerosmith are back in the saddle and keep the rocks alive. Below you can watch the encore from the Cleveland show:

Iron Maiden: No Plans For New Studio Album According To Adrian Smith; New Interview Posted Online



Giorgio Mustica of The Aquarian Weekly recently conducted an interview with guitarist Adrian Smith of British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Aquarian Weekly: Some of the songs you're planning on playing on your upcoming tour include "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son", "Can I Play With Madness", "Aces High", etc. What was the reason behind choosing a setlist like that of the famous 1988 excursion, 7th Tour Of A 7th Tour?

Adrian: Well, we just thought it'd be fun to revisit that period in time - there were some good songs there. It's just great revisiting some of the songs we haven't played for a long while. It keeps us fresh and it's just, you know, we got a lot of new fans coming on board now, a lot of younger fans who probably never saw or were around when we did that tour. That's one factor of it for us revisiting that time and I think there's some good songs from that period, so it's fun to do.

The Aquarian Weekly: Iron Maiden has been together for more than 35 years and yet "The Final Frontier" hit the No. 1 spot in almost 30 countries. What are your thoughts about this and how does it feel to still be on top of the game?

Adrian: Well, I think that we've always toured our music and brought our music to people - we've never relied on media and radio play. I think in that way, we've built up a really strong following. And like I said, we've got new fans on board that are rediscovering all the old stuff as well, so I mean, I don't know if there's any secret, I just think the band does it for the right reasons and we're in it because we love the music and I think people get that and they come along for the ride, so that's great.

The Aquarian Weekly: I saw a little while back that Nicko said that he wasn't sure when there will be a new album. Is the band working on anything new at the moment or are you just focusing on touring right now?

Adrian: No, we're just focusing on this tour. We tend to put all our energy in what we're doing at the time. We don't really get together and rehearse songs or anything on the road. We tend to take a bit of time off it and see. Maybe next year. We haven't got any plans at the moment, but more than likely we'll be doing something.

The Aquarian Weekly: How do you think the upcoming U.S. tour is going to differ from in years past?

Adrian: Well, this is a new set; we haven't taken the stage set out, for example, so it's a new stage set. We got new effects. I think it's going to be actually more spectacular than the original tour and probably, technically, you got more stuff now to put into a live show in terms of lighting and that, which will make it quite spectacular, so I think this is going to be pretty special, this tour. What with the songs, we love playing these songs, and with the stage set and effects and of course we got Eddie, he's back, so it should be fun.

Read the entire interview from The Aquarian Weekly.

Iron Maiden: `Maiden England World Tour` Rehearsals Footage


A new three-minute video clip featuring footage from Iron Maiden's rehearsal sessions for the "Maiden England World Tour" can be seen below.

"Maiden England" marks the third chapter in the history of Iron Maiden , a journey which began in 2004 with "The Early Days" DVD and subsequent 2005 "Early Days Tour". Part two followed in 2008 with the"Live After Death" DVD - the seminal 1984 concert recorded at Long Beach Arena in California during the "World Slavery Tour" - and the band embarking on their groundbreaking "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008/9", which saw them play to over two million fans in almost 40 countries.

Comments vocalist Bruce Dickinson: "We have great fun playing the history of Maiden tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It's always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original'Seventh Son Tour' revisited — with many other surprises! Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of 'Maiden England', including some songs we have not played live in a very,very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly! We can't wait to get started in Charlotte."


There are no plans for a new studio album yet, according to Adrian Smith. New interview available.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

KISS: "Monster" Book Ready For Pre-Order; Promo Video Posted



The KISS Monster book features all the different eras of KISS live, from the early years to the present day. Includes photographs that have never been seen before. Only 1,000 books in this limited edition run will ever be printed. This is a true collectors item!

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Three feet tall and two and half feet wide! As tall as a guitar!

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Each book is carefully handmade in Italy, choose from one of 10 country flags, the sleek and stylish KISS Monster logo edition or the classic KISS Army cover.

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Every signature page is signed by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

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Signature page has a personal message from KISS to their fans.
This book is like nothing you have ever experienced!

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KISS have limited the number of books to just 1,000 copies.
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Each book individually numbered and signed by the band.
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Limited edition flag designs – choose yours now!
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An essential addition to any KISS fan’s collection.

More information on KISSonline.


Ozzy Osbourne & Friends: Hellfest Festival Footage Posted



Video footage of Ozzy Osbourne & Friends - featuring Geezer Butler and  Slash - performing on June 17 at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France can be seen below.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lee Aaron: To Release "Live In Sweden" DVD On June 20


Lee Aaron will release a DVD of her performance at the 2011 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, which was held June 8-11, 2011 in Sölvesborg.

Due on June 20, "Live In Sweden" features the following track listing:

Powerline
Concrete And Ice
Hands On
Baby Go Round
Handcuffed To A Fence In Mississippi
Sweet Talk
Some Girls Do
Odds Of Love
Barely Holdin' On
Whatcha Do To My Body
Metal Queen
Do I Move You
Bad Boyfriend

Bonus features include press conference, backstage interview, Lee Aaron's special message to Sweden Rock fans and tons of pictures.

For more information, go to this location.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

KISS: Gene Simmons Talks "Monster" Album And Book, KISSology 4, "Destroyer" Reissue In New Interview


Matt Wardlaw of Ultimate Classic Rock recently conducted an interview with Gene Simmons - and talked about all things "Monster", "Destroyer" reissue and other stuff, Read excerpts below:
You definitely have a lot of things going on and one of those things is a new KISS album. How would you describe ‘Monster’ from your perspective and when can we expect to hear the album?
Paul produced it, because he’s got a clear mind and time to think in those terms. I don’t have the ability and the attention span anymore to do that. We’ve both produced outside the band and both [have] produced KISS albums before, but this was the right decision. [The material is] all band-written. We sat together in the same room for the first time in decades and came up with some pretty classic stuff. It could be one of our top two or three records ever.
It’s going to be the year of the ‘Monster’ when the album comes out. You’ll hear everybody in the band singing lead. Everybody co-wrote the songs – that includes Eric [Singer], our drummer. It really is a band record. My favorite records are band records where nobody is trying to take over and push their weight around.
There’s also going to be a 10-hour DVD called ‘Monster’ coming out, which is going to be ‘Kissology’ number four, the fourth one in our series. The first three sold 20-times platinum – they’re monsters. There’s going to be a four-foot book – literally – called ‘Monster.’ It’s so heavy that it has its own legs, because you physically cannot pick it up. It weighs, get ready for this, 45 pounds.
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Is there a release date attached to the record yet?
We’re pushing the record back, because we start the American tour with Mötley Crüe joining us. We’ll do about 40 shows and then ‘Monster’ will come out and then the DVD and the books and all of that. [The record] will hopefully [come out] in probably September or October.
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What’s the latest word on the deluxe ‘Destroyer’ reissue ?

That is also coming out shortly, this summer, remixed by Bob Ezrin with some outtakes and some stuff. Because it was a very pivotal record for us. Bob Ezrin came along and basically decided, “Okay, we’re going back to our roots.” We’re going to learn how to tune our guitars and talk about song structure. Because when we first started out, you know, we basically dove into the deep end of the pool and [said], “Let’s see if we can swim?”
And then once you stay in the water long enough, you want to start to get some style and do the breaststroke and the backstroke and all of that stuff, because you become a better swimmer. It’s not just enough to not sink. So the sink-or-swim thing became, “Hey, let’s be really good swimmers.”

What sort of stuff will be part of this new deluxe edition? There’s the remix…

There are remixes of the entire album – there’s some different elements that are going to be featured. So you’ll hear the DNA of what it’s all about [with] a big booklet that shows the making of [the album] and what everybody was going through.
Because there was a lot of turmoil in the band at that point. That was the first record where the future troubles with Ace and Peter surfaced. Peter started screaming at Bob Ezrin, “Don’t tell me how to play drums,” and Ezrin kind of going, “Well, first you have to learn how to play drums then you can say don’t tell me how to play drums. You’re playing it wrong, here’s what you gotta be doing right.”
So they were butting heads all of the time. Ace literally wouldn’t show up because he’d be in a drunken stupor at his home. It got so bad we literally used outside players to play solos.

Read the full story here.

Aerosmith Rocks Minneapolis On Global Warming Tour Kick Off; Videos Available; Backstage Footage Posted



Aerosmith kicked off their Global Warming tour at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday June 16. They performed two songs from "Music From Another Dimension"; "Legendary Child" and "Oh Yeah" (lower video).

According to Twin Cities the show kicked ass: "While it's doubtful Aerosmith will recapture the attention of pop radio with their impending new album `Music from Another Dimension,` Saturday night's raucous, entertaining show proved the guys still have some fire left in them. Maybe writing and recording the fresh tunes gave the guys a boost, or perhaps it was Tyler's two seasons of time spent watching other people sing on "Idol." Whatever the case, Aerosmith felt both comfortable and revitalized back in front of a screaming crowd of fans."

Setlist:
Draw the Line 
Love in an Elevator 
Oh Yeah (NEW SONG)
Walkin' the Dog
Livin' on the Edge 
Cryin' 
Rag Doll 
Last Child 
S.O.S. (Too Bad) 
Boogieman
Combination 
What It Takes 
Legendary Child (NEW SONG)
I Don't Want To Miss a Thing 
Mama Kin 
Sweet Emotion 
Walk This Way 

Encore:
Dream On 
Train Kept A-Rollin' 


Friday, June 15, 2012

Slash: New Video Interview From Holland`s Face Culture Posted



Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with guitarist Slash. You can now watch the 20 minute chat in four parts below.

Unlike Slash's solo debut, which featured different vocalists on each track and a number of guest musicians, Slash has recorded all of the new CD with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators.

Slash and his band have embarked to Europe for a month-long tour before starting a new North American run on July 12 in Portland, Oregon.


Black Sabbath: Audio Of Entire Download Show Posted


Black Sabbath closed this year's edition of the Download festival on Sunday, June 10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Black Sabbath
02. The Wizard
03. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
04. N.I.B.
05. Into The Void
06. Under The Sun
07. Snowblind
08. War Pigs
09. Sweet Leaf
10. Drum Solo
11. Iron Man
12. Fairies Wear Boots
13. Tomorrow's Dream
14. Dirty Women
15. Children Of The Grave

Encore:

16. Paranoid

An audio recording of Sabbath's entire performance is available below.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Zakk Wylde Talks, Ozzy, BLC And "Bringing Metal To The Children" In New Video Interview


Amit of Metal Hammer TV conducted an interview with Zakk Wylde at this year's edition of the Download festival, which was held June 8-10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

Wylde's handbook to all things heavy metal - "Bringing Metal To The Children" - was released on April 10 via William Morrow, an imprint ofHarperCollins Publishers.

In "Bringing Metal To The Children", Zakk Wylde, the man who turned heavy metal touring into a journey of fantastical excess, shares what really goes on behind tour bus windows and backstage doors. The twenty-five year music veteran of the Ozzy Osbourne band and Black Label Society details his survival techniques for maintaining a life on the road, managing a band of raging vikings, and somehow making it on stage and blowing the crowd away night after night. "Bringing Metal To The Children" also features Wylde's roadmap for success in the music business, tour planning and exclusive tips for the aspiring "metal musician," as well as the best methods for surviving a mosh pit and plans for how to set up a shooting range on the tour bus.


KISS: Single Out On July 2; "Monster" Coming In October; New Gene Simmons Audio Interview; Paul Stanley Video Interview (CNN) Available



** The hottest band in the world…are back in the UK! **
** With their new album "Monster" out in October **
** New single to be released July 2nd **
** "Monster" Book to be launched July 2nd **
** Special show at The Forum in London for Help for Heroes on Independence Day, Wednesday 4th July **

Rock Legends KISS are rolling out into London in July and taking over the UK with not just a single release, but also a book release and an intimate show at London’s Forum on July 4th.

Gene, Paul, Tommy and Eric will be performing to their KISS Army of fans at the celebrated London venue for one night only as a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity. The band has always supported the US troops at their gigs over the years but this year, on Independence Day, the US rockers will be backing British wounded, sick and injured servicemen and women by raising money with this unique concert. All proceeds from the concert will go to the charity.

Ahead of the new KISS album "Monster" (due out in the Autumn), the band will also be releasing a single on 2nd July. Also, KISS are happy to announce that they will further be raising funds for our wounded, sick and injured troops as all proceeds from the single will be donated to Help for Heroes.

Paul Stanley states "The greatest national treasure of any free country is the army that defends it at all cost. Bringing attention to the obligation we all share to those returning heroes has been our mission in the US and now the UK. We pay tribute to those brave men and women and urge everyone to show their thanks with donations."



Listen to a brand new interview with Gene Simmons below. In the lower video you can watch an interview with Paul Stanley (from CNN):

Van Halen To Tour Japan In November



Bruce Henne at Hennemusic has posted the following update on Van Halen:

“We’re gonna take a break because this tour is gonna take us about two years,” added Roth.
The singer’s message is now being echoed by Eddie Van Halen, who spoke with USA Today last week about the tour during an interview session with son and bassist, Wolfgang, in San Francisco last week.



"We bit off more than we could chew," explained Eddie. "This record took a lot out of us. And we went on tour earlier than we wanted to so we could play Madison Square Garden (in March, before a renovation), and that threw the schedule out of whack."


Read the full story here.


Read the full VH session at USA Today here.

(Thanks to Henne Music)

Aerosmith: "A Year Ago, Nobody Wanted To Do An Album," Says Steven Tyler



Edna Gunderson at USA Today recently caught up with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Read excerpts below:


"A year ago, nobody wanted to do an album," says Tyler, 64. "Now we're all on the same page and we've been burning the candle at both ends. It all comes together when the band gets on stage. It's nothing but beautiful and all the crap melts away. That's when the band is a band, no matter what else is going on."


While tempers have cooled, sparring "is business as usual," says Perry, 61. "We don't agree on everything. But the machine is bigger than the parts. We all know that. We sorted out what we had to sort out.

"Some personal things got overblown and a few things got misconstrued. We've been working together on the record for the last four months. Hey, if we didn't have disagreements, something would be wrong and the record wouldn't be what it is."
So what is it? Dimension, a true team effort "hammered out with everyone in the room," recalls 1976's landmark `Rocks`, Perry says.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

KISS: The "Monster" Remains Caged Until Autumn According To Gene Simmons; Monster Book Preview Posted



"Monster", the long-gestating new studio album from KISS, will come out slightly later than anticipated, having recently been bumped back to a still unspecified fall release date.

Kiss mastermind Gene Simmons told Ultimate Classic Rock the news on June 11, revealing the band’s 20th studio album will come out “in probably September or October.”

Read the full story here.

In other news "L'ARENA" Verona's newspaper published an exclusive in depth article on the Moonster Book being printed at EBS Editoriale Bortolazzi Stei next to Verona.

The book will be 70x100 cm, 202 pages and more then kg35 of weight!Everything is wrapped into secrect, the Company managers signed an agreement with KISS in which is clearly stated every piece of unused paper, photo, ect must be returned to KISS, no exceptions! Only KISS have the rights to all the materials used and unused for the publication. Read the full story(in Italian) here. Thanks to DeuceNews for providing the news.



Led Zeppelin:"Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World"; New Book Out In November



"Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World" is a new book written by author Denny Somach, due November 6th via Sterling Publishing. The 256 page hardcover is described as follows:
Get the Led Out is the ultimate book for the ultimate fan of the ultimate band-Led Zeppelin. This lushly illustrated volume begins with a unique day-by-day timeline based on Carol Miller's radio show of the same name, and it provides a behind-the-scenes view, revealing quirky details, achievements, and adventures big and small. Twenty-seven rare, unguarded interviews feature the band members themselves, as well as other musicians and insiders who witnessed it all, including Jason Bonham, Chris Squire (Yes), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Alice Cooper, and music industry legends Danny Goldberg and Ron Nevinson. The book ends with a comprehensive discography. 

Rush: "This Little Group Of Experimenters, " Says Geddy Lee On Rush In New Video Interview


"The National" show, which airs on the Canadian national televisision network Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), broadcasted an exclusive interview with Rush frontman Geddy Lee on tonight's (Monday, June 11) program. The interview was conducted by Peter Mansbridge and can now be seen below.

"What does Rush mean to me? To me, it's this little group of experimenters. We're this group of guys who want to see what we can do. It's the simplest way I can put it," Lee told CBC.


Also watch Geddy Lee explain "Clockwork Angels" in the lower video.
 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mötley Crüe: Sweden Rock Festival 2012 Footage Posted; Setlist



Fan-filmed video footage of Mötley Crüe's June 9 performance at this year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, which took place June 7-9 in Sölvesborg, Sweden, can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Wild Side
02. Live Wire
03. Too Fast For Love
04. Saints Of Los Angeles
05. Shout At The Devil
06. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
07. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
08. Looks That Kill
09. Piece Of Your Action
10. Primal Scream
11. Smokin' In The Boys' Room
12. Drum Solo
13. Dr. Feelgood
14. Girls, Girls, Girls
15. Home Sweet Home
16. Kickstart My Heart 


Aerosmith: New Tom Hamilton Audio Interview Posted


Shark of Colorado's classic rock radio station 103.5 The Fox recently conducted an interview with Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton. You can now listen to the chat below.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Black Sabbath: UK Download Festival June 10, 2012; Videos, Setlist Available



Black Sabbath closed the 10th Download Festival on Sunday June 10.


Set list: 
01. Black Sabbath
02. The Wizard
03. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
04. N.I.B.
05. Into The Void
06. Under The Sun
07. Snowblind
08. War Pigs
09. Sweet Leaf
10. Drum Solo
11. Iron Man
12. Fairies Wear Boots
13. Tomorrow's Dream
14. Dirty Women
15. Children Of The Grave

Encore:
16. Paranoid


Watch videos from the show below:


AC/DC: Live In Oakland, California, 1979; Complete Show



AC/DC live in Oakland, California on July 21st, 1979! They were supporting Aerosmith and Ted Nugent on this tour.

Live Wire
Problem Child
Sin City
Highway To Hell
Bad Boy Boogie
The Jack
Rocker
Dog Eat Dog


Steve Vai Announces North American Tour Dates To Support "The Story of Light"; "Gravity Storm" Audio Available


Steve Vai has announced 49 tour dates to support his upcoming album of solo material called "The Story of Light". The tour will begin one day after the album’s release, on Aug. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida., and end on October 13 in Agoura Hills, California.

"The Story of Light" will feature 10 melodic instrumentals and two songs featuring female vocalists Aimee Mann and Beverly McClellan. The project is the second part of a operatic trilogy, which will include lyrics and narration. The album is ready for pre-order at the official Steve Vai website.

Steve Vai will begin a tour of Europe on July 20.
Steve Vai Tour Dates:

August
8/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
8/16 – St. Petersburg, Fla.
8/17 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
8/18 – Jacksonville, Fla.
8/20 – Charlotte, N.C.
8/21 – Nashville, Tenn.
8/22 – Asheville, N.C.
8/23 – Atlanta, Ga.
8/24 – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8/25 – Durham, N.C.
8/26 – Richmond, Va.
8/28 – Washington D.C.
8/29 – Stroudsberg, Penn.
8/30 – Glenside, Penn
8/31 – Westbury, N.Y.

September
9/2 – Lancaster, Penn.
9/4 – Ridgefield, Conn.
9/5 – Wilmington, Del.
9/6 – Greensburg, Penn.
9/7 – New Brunswick, N.J.
9/8 – Morristown, N.J.
9/9 – Albany, N.Y.
9/11 – New York, N.Y.
9/13 – Boston, Mass.
9/14 – Northampton, Mass.
9/15 – Concord, N.H.
9/16 – Lebanon, N.H.
9/17 – Quebec, Que.
9/18 – Montreal, Que.
9/20 – Toronto, Ont.
9/21 – Royal Oak, Mich.
9/22 – Buffalo, N.Y.
9/24 – Cleveland, Ohio
9/26 – Minneapolis, Minn.
9/27 – Milwaukee, Wisc.
9/28 – Chicago, Ill.
9/29 – St. Louis, Mo.
9/30 – Salina, Kan.

October
10/1 – Denver, Colo.
10/3 – Boise, Idaho
10/4 – Seattle, Wash.
10/5 – Vancouver, B.C.
10/6 – Portland, Ore.
10/7 – Napa, Calif.
10/9 – San Francisco, Calif.
10/10 – Sacramento, Calif.
10/11 – Anaheim, Calif.
10/12 – Los Angeles, Calif.
10/13 – Agoura Hills, Calif.

King Diamond: Joined By Mercyful Fate Members, Mickey Dee At Sweden Rock Festival 2012; Videos Available


On June 9th King Diamond made his return to the live stage (after recovering from open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010) at the Sweden Rock Festival 2012 being held this weekend in Sölvesborg. His career-encompassing set-list featured guest appearances from Mercyful Fate's Hank Shermann and Michael Denner, Motöthead's Mikkey Dee and Volbeat's Michael Poulsen.






Set-list:
The Candle
Welcome Home
Matt Thompson drum solo
Voodoo
At The Graves
Up From The Grave
Let It Be Done
Dreams
Sleepless Nights
La Rocque plus Mike Wead solo
Shapes Of Black
Come To The Sabbath

(with Mercyful Fate's Hank Shermann and Volbeat's Michael Poulsen)
Eye Of The Witch

Encores:
The Family Ghost
Halloween 

(with Mercyful Fate's Michael Denner and Motörhead's Mikkey Dee)
Black Horsemen 


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ozzy Osbourne: "Live At Budokan" 2002; Complete Show



This show was recorded on February 15, 2002 at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Japan. It was also released on CD. 


Band:
Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
Zakk Wylde - guitar
Robert Trujillo - bass
Mike Borodin - drums
John Sinclair - keys


Songs:
I Don`t Know
That I Never Had
Believer
Junkie
Mr. Crowley
Gets Me Through
Sicide Solution
No More Tears
I Don`t Wanna Change The World
Road To Nowhere
Crazy Train
Mama I`m Coming Home
Bark At The Moon
Paranoid

Friday, June 8, 2012

Black Country Communion To Start Recording Of New Studio Album




The members of Black Country Communion will gather this coming Sunday, June 10 to begin work on their third album. Hughes states on Twitter, "I'm excited to play my songs to the guys and hear what the lads have been workin' on."
 

"With this next album, I've had the luxury of being able to write for six months," Hughes recently told GuitarWorld.com. "With the first album I had six weeks, and the second one was about four months. But I've had a lot more time to write this one. If you look at Joe's schedule, he doesn't even have time to wipe his nose. I've been left as the keeper of the keys to write these albums."

In a recent interview with Artisan News, Hughes stated about  Black Country Communion 's musical evolution, "We just did two albums back to back, both successful records. And our live DVD is out now.

"We're really, really happy with the progress of where we're going musically. So we're sort of on course now."

Regarding the sound of the forthcoming  Black Country Communion CD, Hughes said, "It's kind of a continuation… There's gonna be some darker stuff on there, because the lyrics I'm writing are kind of dark. There may be some moments of drama in there - I like drama in the music. So the songs I have ready are definitely a continuation of [the first and the second albums]." 

Black Sabbath Honoured At The Kerrang! Awards 2012; Video Posted



Black Sabbath were named the most inspirational band in rock on Thursday, June 7, at The Kerrang! Awards 2012 Fuelled By Relentless Energy Drink.

The reformed band - consisting of vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler - picked up the Inspiration Award at Kerrang! magazine's annual awards show at The Brewery in Barbican, London. 

A short video interview with Osbourne, Iommi and Butler conducted by Kerrang! right after tonight's awards show can be seen below.

Tony Iommi has revealed that he was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer during the recording sessions for the band's new album.

Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma late last year, told Kerrang! magazine, "It was good for me to do that. I did feel tired and sick - and it does make you sick, you start throwing up. But on the days when I felt I could do it, we were all there working."

Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler added, "[Tony] was going to the hospital one day, and we'd go into the studio the next depending on how the chemo was affecting him."




Thursday, June 7, 2012

Magnum: Bob Catley Talks "On The 13th Day" In New Video Podcast



Magnum are about to finish their new album "On The 13th Day" which is set for a September 21st release in Germany, on September 24th in the rest of Europe and  on September 25th in the US/Canada. A single named "So Let It Rain" is scheduled for an end of August release.

It will be available as a limited DigiPack edition with a bonus CD feat. unreleased, acoustic and live tracks from the Magnum vaults, as double gatefold LP version with coloured vinyl, standard edition and download. The cover will be created once more by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy).

Singer Bob Catley reveals some facts about the new album and more in a brand-new video podcast. You can watch the video podcast below:


Rush: "Clockwork Angels", "Seven Cities of Gold", "Halo effect", "The Wreckers", "The Anarchist"; Full Songs Leaked On YouTube


"Seven Cities of Gold", the title track, "Halo Effect", "The Wreckers" and "The Anarchist" from Rush`s brand new studio album is streaming below. Find even more clips here.

Y&T: New Live Album Out Soon



California rockers Y&T will release a two-disc live album recorded in November 2011 at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California. The effort will mark the very first release with bassist Brad Lang, who joined the band in April 2011 following the passing of the band's Y&T original member Phil Kennemore.

Commented Y&T: "This massive project will truly give the vibe of a current Y&T live show with the inclusion of 21 songs on two discs, including many songs never before released on any other live Y&T CD. [It will be made] available exclusively on the Y&T website."

November 18, 2011 setlist was as follows:

01. On With The Show
02. Black Tiger
03. Dirty Girl
04. Meanstreak
05. Girl Crazy
06. Shine On
07. If You Want Me
08. Blind Patriot
09. Winds Of Change
10. Straight Through The Heart
11. Until The Next Time (from Meniketti's "On The Blue Side")
12. Hungry For Rock
13. Gonna Go Blind
14. Don't Bring Me Down
15. I Believe In You
16. Hurricane
17. Mike Vanderhule Drum Solo
18. Rescue Me
19. Squeeze
20. I'm Coming Home

Encore:

21. Open Fire
22. Don't Wanna Lose
23. Surrender
24. Looks Like Trouble
25. Forever

November 19, 2011 setlist was as follows:

01. On With The Show
02. Black Tiger
03. Dirty Girl
04. Meanstreak
05. Girl Crazy
06. Shine On
07. If You Want Me
08. Blind Patriot
09. Winds Of Change
10. Eyes Of A Stranger
11. Until The Next Time (from Meniketti's "On The Blue Side")
12. Hungry For Rock
13. Gonna Go Blind
14. Don't Bring Me Down
15. I Believe In You
16. Hurricane
17. Mike Vanderhule Drum Solo
18. Rescue Me
19. Squeeze
20. I'm Coming Home

Encore:

21. Don't Wanna Lose
22. Hell Or High Water
23. Forever

Y&T's current lineup is rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti, guitarist John Nymann and longtime drummer Mike Vanderhule.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Rush: New Video Interview With Geddy Lee; Audio Samples Available


Austria's Stormbringer.at recently conducted an interview with Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee in Cologne, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

Audio samples from "Clockwork Angels" is streaming in the lower clip.