Monday, February 28, 2011

Judas Priest announce UK tour dates with Queensryche

Judas Priest have announced the UK dates for their final “Epitaph” world tour.

Priest will have Queensryche and Rival Sons as opening acts.

Judas Priest
Epitaph – UK Tour 2011


Jul 15 - Newport, UK @ Centre
Jul 16 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
Jul 17 - Doncaster, UK @ The Dome
Jul 19 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC
Jul 20 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Arena
Jul 21 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
Jul 23 - London, UK @ High Voltage Festival
Jul 24 - Bournemouth, UK @ BIC

Tickets For Judas Priest's Manchester and Wolverhampton shows go on sale at 9 a.m. local time on March 1.

Priest announced in December that they will head out on their farewell world tour beginning this year; the band intends to hit all major cities across the globe as they sign off on a career that has lasted for nearly 40 years.

The "Epitaph" tour launches June 7 in Holland.

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Judas Priest – Rocka Rolla
BBC - Old Grey Whistle Test – May 24, 1975


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Judas Priest announce farewell tour

NPR launches Jack White interview series

NPR Radio have launched a new weekly series of interviews with Jack White.

While he made headlines with the recent announcement that The White Stripes were officially done, Jack’s also been very busy with his Third Man Records label.

Jack recently oversaw, and played on, “The Party Ain’t Over,” the new album from the Queen Of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. White is still an active member of both The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, as well.

NPR goes one-on-one with White in its new series called The Flipside.

In this week’s debut episode, along with the mention that he’d be restarting his Third Man Upholstery business he ran before he was famous, White talks about his recent 45 with auctioneer Jerry King.

Check out The Flipside with Jack White at NPR here.

See also:

Rare, signed Jack White guitar stolen
Jack White: “I won’t join another band”
The White Stripes officially call it quits
VIDEO: Jack White, Wanda Jackson rock Conan
VIDEO: Jack White, Wanda Jackson rock Letterman

Poison and Motley Crue announce summer tour

“Mötley will listen to the fans,
not to guys trying to book a tour through the media."

- Eric Sherman, Motley Crue’s manager (Nov 2010)


Last fall, Bret Michaels was telling audiences on his solo tour that Poison would be touring with Motley Crue this summer.

Crue members Tommy Lee and Vince Neil screamed an emphatic “NO!” about the rumors.

At the time, Eric Sherman, President of 10th Street Entertainment, Mötley Crüe's management, told People that Michaels knows there is no tour and that "he's trying to will it," adding that fans can vote on Motley's website for who they would like to see on the bill.

Michaels later admitted it was ‘wishful thinking,’ but that’s now turned out to be reality. And, even if it may have all been chest-puffing, pro wrestling-style hype, Poison will be touring with Motley Crue this summer, after all.

Both bands are celebrating big anniversaries this year: 30 for the Crue and 25 for Poison.

Poison’s tour is tentatively titled "Glam–A–Gedon 25," as Michaels reunites with his Poison bandmates. Michaels will continue solo dates through the summer, as well, alternating between shows with Poison, and those with Poison/Motley Crue.

The Crue package also includes the New York Dolls, for what is being called a select date summer tour.

Tickets for the Motley Crue / Poison tour will go on sale March 18.

When reporters recently asked Michaels if there was any bad blood between the bands, Michaels laughs "there may be some friendly competition, but there is no bad blood at all on my part. Nikki and I have spoken several times on the phone recently and the conversations went great."

"Music is a universal language,” continued Michaels, “and I am extremely excited that this tour has come together, as are the fans, they are truly going to see a great show. Honestly, I could care less about all the mudslinging, it gets nobody nowhere, and after all I have been through health-wise in the last year, I am going to try to focus on what does matter - which is the show, the fans, fun and personally throwing a hell of a backstage party."

Michaels will be the featured guest on this Wednesday’s Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN.

Bret Michaels – interview (clip)
CNN – Piers Morgan Tonight - to air March 2, 2011



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Poison – Nothin’ But A Good Time (1988)


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Motley Crue: Vince Neil outta jail, must have McDonald’s
Motley Crue: Vince Neil gets early release from jail
Motley Crue to receive Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award
Bret Michaels has health scare following surgery

Hear Bob Seger – Downtown Train

As I mentioned yesterday, the new Bob Seger single arrived at radio this morning.

Seger covers Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train,” the first song released from an upcoming work-in-progress album by Bob, his first in 5 years.

The back story on this is that Seger mentioned the song to Rod Stewart back in the summer of ’89, after Bob had recorded it himself earlier that year

"The next thing I knew,”
Seger told Billboard, “a month later he recorded "Downtown Train" in London, and two months later, he recorded it in the same studio I recorded it in Los Angeles."

Rod’s version, one of four new songs recorded for his 1989 “Storyteller” box set, went on to become a smash hit, and Bob put his version in storage.

Rod’s team denies they stole the idea but, c’mon, that’s clearly what happened. Stealing ideas in music, and business, happens often, and rarely do the people who do it ever pay the price.

Sure, it took twenty years, but Rod’s been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Bob Seger – Downtown Train (2011)


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Bob Seger: tickets for first 4 concerts on sale this week
Bob Seger tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Bob Seger announces 2011 North American tour

KISS: Ace Frehley autobiography delayed to 2013

Looks like things are on hold in Space Ace-land.

According to its listing on Amazon.com, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s autobiography, “No Regrets,” has been pushed back to April of 2013.

Co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden, "No Regrets" is to be published by Gallery Books under the VH1 Books imprint, and was originally scheduled for publication in Summer 2011.

No explanation was posted about the delay.

In his memoir, Frehley will delve into his life as a kid growing up in the Bronx, his ups-and-downs and influences which catapulted him into a life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, and reveal what is was like to be one of the founding members of one of the most influential bands in the world.

When the original announcement about the book was made last year, Ace Frehley said, "I think Sinatra said it best...'regrets I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.'"

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KISS – Shock Me
MSG – NYC – July, 1996


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Velvet Revolver top the hennemusic Hot 10

The Velvet Revolver Mystery Singer Contest continues.

And it continues to be of interest to music fans, who made the issue the most-viewed rock story of the week, landing it in the top spot on the hennemusic Hot 10.

Without a singer now for almost 3 years, and having auditioned a bunch of people, VR news heated up in December when it appeared the band was close to nailing someone down for the gig.

Slash confirmed that Stone Sour/Slipknot’s Corey Taylor is the man being considered, but now things have stalled because of Slash’s tour obligations for his solo record.

Duff McKagan recently confirmed Slash’s comments, adding "There's no big rush with the VR thing, because Slash is on tour.”

"I'll go with Corey Taylor's line that was genius, like, a week ago or whatever. I can neither confirm nor deny that Corey Taylor is in Velvet Revolver,” said Duff, adding, “That guy is the real deal, in my view. It's just my view. No, I think millions of other people think the same thing — that he's the real deal."

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

hennemusic Hot 10
week ending February 27, 2011

01 – Velvet Revolver: Duff McKagan confirms Corey Taylor rumors
02 – VIDEO: Gary Moore documentary trailer surfaces
03 – Van Halen: new album due for summer release?
04 – Gary Moore laid to rest Wednesday
05 – KISS eBay showdown: Ace vs. Paul – who won?
06 – Jack White: “I won’t join another band”
07 – Soundgarden rocks Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show
08 – Jack White launches Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show
09 – Rare, signed Jack White guitar stolen
10 – Rush: Gibson launches Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess guitar


Gary Moore is still on the minds of music fans, following his passing from a heart attack on February 6 in Spain. Footage from a documentary on Moore, completed prior to his passing, surfaced this week, and news of his funeral were two of the top 5 spots on the HH10.

The Van Halen studio/album/tour rumors, posted a few weeks ago, remain a hot item, as fans look for news they won’t get from the band themselves.

A KISS “showdown” of sorts happened on eBay recently, with cars owned (or previously owned) by Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley went up for auction on the site. Check the story to see which KISS member fared the best with their sale.

Other big rock news this past week included Jack White’s declaration that he has no plans to join another band (he’s already in The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather), as well as one of his rare, signed guitars was stolen from its owner in London.

And, a couple of old stories returned to the surface, as fans dig back through the hennemusic vault to check out past items on their favorites. November’s launch of Conan O’Brien’s new TBS show has regained interest here, with videos of both Soundgarden’s and Jack White’s appearances on opening week returning to the HH10.

Velvet Revolver – Patience
Stripped (2007)


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Sebastian Bach tells Skid Row: “Kiss my ass!”

Sebastian Bach was on hand last week at the press conference to announce the details of the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods awards show.

Billed as America’s only hard rock and heavy metal awards, the 3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards will take place Wednesday, April 20, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will be televised on VH1 Classic on May 28.

Bach will host the red carpet pre-show, which should prove to be interesting, not to mention the amount of editing that footage is going to require before it airs on VH1.

At the press conference, Sebastian was asked if he would ever consider a Skid Row reunion.

And that’s when the sparks started flying…

"No, because I don't base my life in 2011 on, like, 30 years ago,” said Bach. “And I also... I was kicked out of that band. Like, if you worked at Pizza Hut and you got fired, would you be knocking on the door of the Pizza Hut, 'Please let me back in.' You'd be, like, 'F**k Pizza Hut! F**k you!' I'd be, like, 'F**k you! You wanna f**king kick me out? Go f**k yourself!' [Laughs] I'm always perplexed by that. You don't want me to sing in your band? Kiss my f**king ass! Don't hurt yourself finding someone that can. [Laughs]"

Bach is currently in the studio with guitarist Nick Sterling and producer Bob Marlette working on his new album, tentatively due this summer via Italian label Frontiers Records.

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Skid Row – I Remember You (1990)



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New album: Sebastian Bach to enter studio on Monday
New Sebastian Bach album due this summer

New Bob Seger single due Monday morning

Sometimes it’s better to keep good ideas to yourself.

That’s probably one of the lessons Bob Seger learned when he shared his love of a Tom Waits song with Rod Stewart, back in the summer of 1989.

Seger recorded “Downtown Train” in early ’89, and mentioned it to Stewart during a visit to London that summer.

"The next thing I knew,” Seger told Billboard, “a month later he recorded 'Downtown Train' in London, and two months later, he recorded it in the same studio I recorded it in Los Angeles."

Once Stewart’s version was released and became a hit, Seger was pretty much forced to bury his version, for the time being; more than 20 years have passed since then.

Seger's current version of "Downtown Train," freshly recorded for an upcoming new album, will be released to radio Monday morning.

Billboard reports that Stewart and his representatives have long denied that he stole the idea to record "Downtown Train," and any hard feelings have settled over the years. Stewart offered an olive branch, of sorts, by recording Seger's "Still the Same" as the title track of his 2006 covers album "Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time."

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are currently rehearsing for a US tour, which kicks off March 26 in Toledo.

Here’s the original version of the song Rod burned Bob on:

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Tom Waits – Downtown Train (1985)


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Bob Seger tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Bob Seger announces 2011 North American tour

VIDEO: Foo Fighters play secret UK club show

Those sneaky Foo Fighters are up to their new tricks.

They’ve spent much of the last week in London, appearing – and playing – at various events.

On Wednesday, the Foos were at the NME Awards, where Dave Grohl received the “Godlike Genius” Award, and the band played a full 2-hour set.

Thursday, the band joined Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor at the opening night event for “Stormtroopers in Stilettos: Queen, The Early Years,” a new exhibition in East London.

The Foos played their first big show of the year on Friday, at the NME Awards Big Gig at London’s Wembley Arena.

By Saturday, the Foos were itching to perform again, so they did just that - playing a secret club show Camden's Dingwalls.

The NME reports the band played the 500 capacity venue as a special fan show under the alias White Limo.

When the Foos hit the stage, Grohl had a welcome message for fans at Dingwalls. "You remember me? This is not a f**king stadium rock show, just so ya know. This is not the arena rock setlist tonight, just so ya know. We're gonna be here a long f**king time, so get comfortable.”

Close to 3 hours later, Grohl was proven right.

Foo Fighters – intro / Bridge Burning
Dingwalls – Camden, UK – February 26, 2011


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KISS: NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning play the wrong Ace

Ace Frehley will be playing a post-NHL game concert following the Tampa Bay Lightning home game against the Ottawa Senators on March 11.

At least, we’re pretty sure it’s Ace that’s playing, but we’re not sure the Lightning promo department knows.

You see, the team has posted a banner outside the arena to promote the performance, but it’s not Ace – it’s an image of Tommy Thayer, who plays Ace in KISS these days.


No word, yet, on whether the Lightning will be correcting their error – or if they’ve decided to book Thayer for the event, instead.

Someone is scheduled to play a concert outdoors on the West Plaza stage immediately following the game…

Guess we’ll see which “Ace” shows up.

Stay tuned.

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KISS – New York Groove
Continental Airlines Arena – East Rutherford, NJ – December 31, 1996


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VIDEO: Sammy Hagar talks about autobiography

Sammy Hagar is gearing up for the release of his autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock.”

The book is due on March 15 via It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

As part of Canadian Music Week, Hagar will be making the rounds in Toronto next month.

On Friday, March 11, Sammy’s new film, “Go There Once, Be There Twice,” will screen in Toronto at The TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of CMW’s Film Festival. Hagar will be present to introduce the documentary to fans in attendance.

The following day – Saturday, March 12 - Hagar will be featured in an exclusive interview at CMW at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Sammy worked on the project with Joel Selvin, longtime pop music writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

In a new video, Sammy and Joel talk about writing the book together as well as their shared history.

Sammy Hagar with Joel Selvin – Red preview (2011)


The Marin Independent Journal recently published a couple of short excerpts from the book; here’s a taste:

On reconnecting with Eddie Van Halen just before the 2004 VH reunion tour:
"I hadn't seen him in 10 years. He looked like he hadn't bathed in a week. He certainly hadn't changed his clothes in at least that long. He wasn't wearing a shirt. He had on a giant overcoat and army pants, tattered and ripped at the cuffs, held up with a piece of rope. I'd never seen him so skinny in my life. He was missing a number of teeth and the ones he had left were black. His boots were so worn out he had gaffer's tape wrapped around them and his big toe still stuck out."

On original VH singer David Lee Roth:
"I hated Dave. The guy rubbed me wrong. I'm sure I rub all kinds of people wrong, so it's not like I'm putting him down. The guy was a great front man, great attitude in rock, and had an image from hell, but I just couldn't stand the guy. He was the opposite of what I believed in and what I am. First of all, the guy's not a great singer and he acts like he's the coolest, hottest guy in the world when, to me, he looks gay."

There’s more to read about “Red” at the Marin Independent Journal here.

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – 5150
Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, JP – February 1, 1989


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VIDEO: The Ramones receive Lifetime Grammy Award

The Ramones were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammy Awards earlier this month.

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss it during the exhaustingly-long TV broadcast; it was one of the pre-show awards that were handed out the day before.

A few members of the band’s extended family were on hand to pick up the honor.

The late Johnny Ramone’s wife, Linda, accepted on his behalf; Osaka Popstar vocalist John Cafiero spoke for the late Dee Dee Ramone; Joey Ramone’s brother, Mickey Leigh, accepted on his behalf; and, lastly, the band's original drummer and sole survivor, Tommy Ramone, was on hand to accept the award presented on behalf of himself and his bandmates.

Everyone spoke about the honor itself, and the influence of the legendary punk pioneers, but Joey’s brother, Mickey, gets the quote of the night:

“First of all, I have to say that, personally, I think this is a tremendous honor,” said Mickey, “but in response to the thousands of emails I’ve gotten from my brother Joey Ramone’s fans, who are compelling me to alert the Academy that this should be televised tomorrow night and you should bump Justin Bieber.”

The Ramones – Acceptance speeches
Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award
Pre-awards ceremony - Grammy Awards – February 12, 2011


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The Ramones – Blitzkreig Bop/Sheena Is A Punk Rocker/Beat On The Brat
CBGB’s – NYC – June 11, 1977


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Motley Crue: Vince Neil outta jail, must have McDonald’s

It’s all about priorities.

And the little things.

Vince Neil's first request on Friday after serving 10 days in jail?

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Motley Crue frontman wanted fast food, really fast: Two McDonald's quarter pounders with cheese and french fries, reported his girlfriend Alicia Jacobs, entertainment reporter at KSNV-TV, Channel 3.

Vince was sentenced last month to two weeks in the Clark County Detention Center and two weeks of house arrest for a June DUI charge.

Neil, 50, was given early jail release after volunteering for kitchen duties, including 3:30 a.m. wakeup calls to help serve 4 a.m. breakfasts to the 4,000 inmates.

Jacobs said Neil was accompanied to his home by three officers who explained the rules of house arrest.

For some reason, Vince’s girlfriend has been given the task of interviewing him for a series of reports to air on KSNV-TV early next week.

Um, isn’t that a little too close to present an objective report?

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Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
Carnival Of Sins DVD


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Motley Crue to receive Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award
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Motley Crue: Girlfriend worried about Vince Neil’s health in jail
Motley Crue: Vince Neil working two jobs in jail

Queen exhibition opens in London

As we mentioned the other day, a major Queen exhibition has opened in London.

“Stormtroopers in Stilettos: Queen, The Early Years,” is a major retrospective exhibition celebrating the formation, and first five albums, of one of the most exciting, glamorous and influential bands in global musical history.

The BBC reports Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May were on hand for the opening, which kicks off the band's 40th anniversary celebrations.

"There are things I have forgotten," said Taylor at the launch. "It's quite shocking for us to suddenly bring back what happened, all those years ago, in such vivid detail”

Themed rooms in the exhibition space - documenting Queen's journey to fame - are dedicated to the band's first albums and feature artwork, costumes made by British designer Zandra Rhodes, and the band's instruments, plus a recreation of the studio in which "Bohemian Rhapsody" was recorded. The exhibition also features video footage, interviews and photographs.

Brian May hopes it will be an inspiration to visitors, especially if they are musicians starting out as Queen once did. "Once you come into this exhibition, you realize that we were just boys and we got together with a dream. We worked night and day for many years and we were very lucky," said the veteran guitarist.

The 40th anniversary of the band is also marked this weekend with the release of a two-track single, also entitled “Stormtroopers In Stilettos.“

It features previously unreleased versions of early Queen tracks "Keep Yourself Alive" (Long Lost Retake) and "Stone Cold Crazy" (2011 Remaster).

"These are tracks recorded before we even had a recording deal, just the four of us and an engineer at De Lane Lea studios," said May. "A lot of people are already saying they sound better than the first album because they're more organic, more natural and have a better feel. People will have a real chance to hear us for the first time before we signed the first deal."

“Stormtroopers in Stilettos” is FREE and runs until March 12 at the Old Truman Brewery in east London.

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Queen – Keep Yourself Alive
Hammersmith Odeon – London, UK – December 24, 1975


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Major Queen exhibition opens this weekend in London
Queen: Deep Cuts Vol. 1 (1973-76) due next month
Queen: first 5 albums to be reissued in March
Queen to celebrate 40th Anniversary in 2011

KISS: Paul Stanley and wife expecting baby girl

The KISS Army is about to add a new member.

People reports that KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley and wife Erin are expecting a new addition to their household this summer: a baby girl.

This will be the third child for the couple, and fourth in the Stanley house, as the new baby will join Sarah (2), Colin (4), and Evan (16), Stanley’s son from a previous relationship.

The new one is expected sometime in August.

“There is nothing greater in life than family, and my accomplishments as a father rank at the top of my successes,” Paul told People. “Erin and I are blessed with our expectation of the addition of another princess to our family, and a new member of the KISS Army.”

“I may be 59,”
added Stanley, “but the only rocking chair this rocker is getting ready for, is the one for my new baby.”

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KISS – Love Gun
Rock AM Ring - Nürburg, Germany - June 3, 2010


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New KISS Burial Caskets available
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Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry working on new music

A lot of music fans have been wondering what former Journey singer Steve Perry has been up to these days.

A few months ago, there was a false rumor - reported by a British tabloid – that Perry had asked his former bandmates if he could rejoin Journey. Never happened, according to reps for everyone involved.

However, Perry did give an extensive interview to Classic Rock magazine in December, in a profile about the classic Journey album, “Escape.”

In the same session, Perry spoke about some new music he’s been working on. "A little over a year-and-a-half ago,” said Perry, “I felt I could maybe come back to it. I have been writing. I have about 50 songs, in a little over a year. I never thought I'd do it again, but I decided to open up that room and see what I could find."

"Some of it sounds familiar,”
he added, “some of it sounds contemporary, some of it you can't put a label on — and I've never been big on labels anyway."

A timeline for the project, and its release, just isn’t in the cards at this time. "I'll be honest,” said Perry, “I don't really know how to do that. But I can definitely smell a solo project on the horizon. I will be recording some music."

If it sees the light of day, the project will mark Perry’s first new album since 1994's "For The Love Of A Strange Medicine."

Journey Journey

Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (1983)


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Motorhead: Lemmy movie tops US chart

I’m not sure who wants to be the one to tell him, but Motorhead’s Lemmy is hot these days.

The Lemmy documentary film, "Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch," sold around 3,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on Billboard's "Top Music Videos" chart.

In addition, both the DVD and Blu-ray disc were among the top 10 best-selling documentaries on Amazon.com. The New York City theatrical release was also extended into its sixth straight week due to popular demand.

Fans and critics alike are devouring the DVD and Blu-ray extras, which stretch to a staggering 4.5 hours of bonus content. Leading the list of extras (the full list is below), is Lemmy and Metallica's full intimate backstage rehearsal and riveting performance of the Motorhead classics "Damage Case" and "Too Late Too Late" — all in 5.1 Surround Sound. (Only "Damage Case" appears in the film.)

Also included is 40 minutes of live Motorhead, interview outtakes, extended and deleted scenes, Lemmy's full, uncut conversations with Dave Grohl and Billy Bob Thornton, featurettes on Lemmy's longtime Motorhead bandmates Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, a special featurette on Lemmy's 50th birthday featuring never-before-released footage of Metallica dressed as Kilmister and performing as "The Lemmys," and much, much more.

"Lemmy" U.S. bonus features:

* The Making of Lemmy
* Motörhead Live
* Lemmy & Metallica in Nashville
* (We Are) The Roadcrew
* Lemmy Interview Outtakes
* The Sweet Side of Lemmy
* Funny Stories
* Lemmy's 50th Birthday Featuring Metallica
* Marshall Stack Prototype Test
* Phil Campbell Featurette
* Mikkey Dee Featurette
* Full Dave Grohl & Lemmy Conversation
* Clarke/Kilmister/Taylor - The Early Days of Motörhead
* Meet the Superfans
* Matt Sorum Joins Motörhead
* The Making of "Motörizer"
* Triple H Interview Outtakes
* Everything Louder Than Everything Else
* Lemmy's Bass Playing Style
* Fans Around the World
* Full Billy Bob Thornton & Lemmy Conversation
* The Rocking Vickers (Extended Scene)
* Hawkwind (Extended Scene)
* Who Would Play Lemmy in a Movie?
* Lemmy World Premieres at South by Southwest 2010

"Lemmy" directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski create an intimate portrait of a man revered by his longtime fans, as well as musicians spanning the musical spectrum. Lemmy has more than a few stories, often littered with drugs and alcohol, to share about his electrifying career with Motorhead. He's paved the way for countless metal bands, and from his favorite barstool at the Rainbow to his cluttered apartment filled with memorabilia, Lemmy continues to inspire a new generation of metalheads.

Filmed over the course of three years, "Lemmy" made its world premiere at the 2010 South By Southwest Film and Music Festival, and has since collected rave reviews at film festivals around the globe.

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Lemmy – The Making Of...


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Rush: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of ‘Moving Pictures’ due April 5

We’ve known this for some time, but now it’s official: Rush have announced details for the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their 1981 classic, “Moving Pictures.”

The deluxe treatment means audiophile surround sound mix, music videos, rare photos, liner notes & more; the package will be available April 5.

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, 2011, 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 & 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 & 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.

The “Moving Pictures” experience has never sounded better or been more moving. Also included in the package is an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by renowned music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme.

At quadruple platinum in the U.S., “Moving Pictures” was the band's eighth studio album and remains its biggest selling release to date, highlighted by the group’s best-known track, "Tom Sawyer," as well as the hit "Limelight," radio favorite "Red Barchetta" and Grammy-nominated instrumental "YYZ."

Rush continues to garner new fans through new recordings and touring, and are a mainstay at Mainstream Rock radio. Last year, Rush had 100 different tracks get radio airplay, one of only 6 rock artists--including AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones — to have that deep a catalog. They also are one of only 16 artists to have remained in the top 40 in radio airplay for the last 10 years at Mainstream Rock.

As singer-bassist-keyboardist Geddy Lee, lead guitarist Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart record their 20th studio album "Clockwork Angels" and continue their "Time Machine" tour in America and Europe this year--during which they will perform the entire album--Rush continues to stay true to the spirit that made “Moving Pictures” a classic.

Rush
Moving Pictures
30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition


FORMAT 1 (CD + DVD):

CD:

Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta


YYZ


Limelight
The Camera Eye
Witch Hunt


Vital Signs

DVD-AUDIO/VIDEO:


Tom Sawyer (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Red Barchetta (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
YYZ (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)


Limelight (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
The Camera Eye (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)


Witch Hunt (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Vital Signs (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)

Tom Sawyer (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Limelight (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Vital Signs (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo – Previously Unreleased)

FORMAT 2 (CD + BLU-RAY):

CD:


Tom Sawyer


Red Barchetta
YYZ
Limelight
The Camera Eye


Witch Hunt


Vital Signs

BLU-RAY:


Tom Sawyer (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Red Barchetta (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)


YYZ (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Limelight (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
The Camera Eye (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Witch Hunt (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)
Vital Signs (Audiophile 5.1 Surround and Stereo)

Tom Sawyer (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)
Limelight (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo)


Vital Signs (Music Video – 5.1 & Stereo – Previously Unreleased)

Rush Rush

Rush – The Camera Eye
Starlight Theater – Kansas City, MO – July 1, 2010


See also:

Rush: Gibson launches Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess guitar
Rush documentary wins Golden Reel Award
Rush: Moving Pictures 5.1 surround package details
Rush: Moving Pictures 5.1 surround due April 5?
Rush producer confirms plans for Vapor Trails remix
Rush working on 5.1 surround sound mix of Moving Pictures

Motley Crue: Vince Neil gets early release from jail

I guess 15 days in jail for a DUI was too much for a repeat offender.

At least in soft-on-crime Las Vegas.

TMZ reports that Vince Neil was released today from the Clark County Detention Center in Vegas, after serving just 10 of 15 days for a guilty plea deal on a DUI charge from last June.

The guilty plea helped Neil avoid a possible maximum sentence of six months in jail if he had been convicted at trial.

I guess if you’re going to re-offend, soft Las Vegas is the one of the places to do it, because it appears the Vegas authorities don’t take these matters very seriously.

At the time the Motley Crue rocker’s plea deal was originally announced, Tess Driver, an assistant to the Clark County district attorney, said she felt that 15 days is more than enough for a repeat offender who had previously killed someone while drunk behind the wheel.

"He's getting a pretty solid sentence," Driver said.

I still haven’t seen/heard any references to Neil actually losing his license, or having it suspended, so what’s up with that, Ms. Driver?

As part of the plea deal, Neil also must pay a $585 fine, attend DUI school and take part in an online victim impact panel.

Vince now returns home to begin a scheduled 15 days of house arrest, but maybe the authorities will shave some time off of that, too.

It won’t be long before Neil rejoins the Crue to kick off their 2011 tour at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 29.

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Motley Crue – Wild Side
Carnival Of Sins DVD


See also:

Motley Crue to receive Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award
Motley Crue: Vince Neil says DUI sentence was ‘a little harsh’
Motley Crue: Girlfriend worried about Vince Neil’s health in jail
Motley Crue: Vince Neil working two jobs in jail
Motley Crue: Vince Neil claims no IRS lien on his house

Def Leppard: more US dates with Heart announced

Just a day after announcing their summer US tour with Heart, Def Leppard have announced more dates for the two veteran rock acts.

About a half-dozen shows have been added to the lineup...so far.

Def Leppard released the following statement:

“Yesterday, we announced a number of dates for Def Leppard's 2011 summer tour with Heart (please note that we just updated the list and that a few more dates have been added). Of course, these are not ALL dates that make up the tour! More dates will be announced along the way, so don't be upset if your area is not included -- it may very well be soon enough!”

Def Leppard
2011 Summer US Tour
With special guests Heart


Jun 15 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jun 17 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Jun 19 - Orange Beach, AL - Amphitheater at the Wharf
Jun 22 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun 24 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Jun 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
Jun 29 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
Jul 02 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul 03 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
Jul 05 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul 12 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul 13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul 15 - Chicago , IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 17 - Cadott, WI - Rockfest
Jul 20 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul 24 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Aug 08 - Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip
Aug 10 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 13 - Des Moines,IA - Iowa State Fair
Aug 21 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug 26 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
Aug 27 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Aug 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Sep 14 - Portland, OR - Sleep Country Amphitheater

Def Leppard – Hysteria
Download 2009
Donington Park, UK – June 14, 2009


See also:

Def Leppard announces US Tour with Heart
Def Leppard release live album details
Def Leppard to headline Download Festival
Def Leppard: major announcement coming soon
Def Leppard: live album due in May

3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards: Nominees announced

America’s only hard rock and heavy metal awards return in 2011, as the 3rd Annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show announced details about its April 20 event.

This year, hosting duties for the Golden Gods will be handled by WWE pro-wrestling legend and FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho.

The 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Award Show will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations onsite that honor both the past and future of heavy music.

The Golden God Award - which is given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal - will go to shock-rock godfather Alice Cooper, who is celebrating the reunion of the original ALICE COOPER GROUP and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This year’s recipient of the first-ever Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award - renamed in honor of the late, great 2010 Best Vocalist Award winner - is none other than the Sunset Strip’s most iconic band, MÖTLEY CRÜE.

Presenters and attendees include Rob Zombie, Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of ALICE IN CHAINS, Vinnie Paul of PANTERA and HELLYEAH, Jamey Jasta of HATEBREED, former DREAM THEATER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Mike Portnoy, Robb Flynn of MACHINE HEAD, Taylor Momsen of THE PRETTY RECKLESS, Brendon Small of DETHKLOK, master shredder Yngwie Malmsteen, and action sports stars Mike Vallely, Chris Cole, Jason Ellis, and Carey Hart, as well as members of MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. Expect more announcements soon.

Adding to the celebration, the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show will include hard-rocking musical performances by the reunited original ALICE COOPER GROUP (in their first L.A. appearance in nearly 40 years), LOADED (featuring Duff McKagan of GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER fame), DEVILDRIVER (who will lead an all-star BLACK FLAG tribute set featuring Jamey Jasta and many others), Danish “Elvis metal” group VOLBEAT, Chris Jericho’s band FOZZY and fast-rising metalcore outfit ASKING ALEXANDRIA who will be joined by Sebastian Bach for a rousing rendition of the Skid Row favorite “Youth Gone Wild.” More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards will take place Wednesday, April 20, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will be televised on VH1 Classic on May 28.

Event tickets went on sale February 24, via Ticketmaster.

Beginning today, fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for Epiphone Best Guitarist, Drum Workshop Best Drummer, Best Vocalist, Affliction Album of the Year, Samson/Zoom Best Live Band, Most Metal Athlete, Best New Band and Eagle Rock Comeback of the Year.

Voting has just started at Revolvermag.com and ends on April 1. The complete list of nominees in each category is listed below.

The nominees for the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Epiphone are:

Epiphone Best Guitarist(s)

John 5 (for his work with ROB ZOMBIE)
Dan Donegan (DISTURBED)
Gus G. (for his work with OZZY OSBOURNE)
Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Janick Gers, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith (IRON MAIDEN)
Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)

Drum Workshop Best Drummer

Tommy Clufetos (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Abe Cunningham (DEFTONES)
Joey Jordison (for his work with ROB ZOMBIE)
Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR)
Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN)
Mike Portnoy (for his work with AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Best Vocalist

Glenn Danzig (DANZIG)
Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN)
Chino Moreno (DEFTONES)
Ozzy Osbourne (OZZY OSBOURNE)
M. Shadows (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Corey Taylor (for his work with Stone Sour)

Affliction Album of the Year

AVENGED SEVENFOLD - Nightmare
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Order of the Black
DEFTONES - Diamond Eyes
OZZY OSBOURNE - Scream
STONE SOUR - Audio Secrecy
VOLBEAT - Beyond Hell/Above Heaven

Samson/Zoom Best Live Band

AVENGED SEVENFOLD
GWAR
IRON MAIDEN
MEGADETH
RAMMSTEIN
SEVENDUST


Most Metal Athlete

Chris Cole (pro skateboarding)
Dan Hardy (MMA fighting)
Toni Lydman (NHL hockey)
The Miz (WWE wrestling)
Jeremy Shockey (NFL football)
Mike Vallely (pro skateboarding)

Best New Band

ASKING ALEXANDRIA
BLACK VEIL BRIDES
THE DAMNED THINGS
THE PRETTY RECKLESS
TIMES OF GRACE
WE ARE THE FALLEN


Eagle Rock Comeback of the Year

ACCEPT
FAITH NO MORE
MURDERDOLLS
A PERFECT CIRCLE
SOUNDGARDEN
SYSTEM OF A DOWN

Motley Crue to receive Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award

Vince Neil is currently in jail, Nikki Sixx is busy expanding his radio business and releasing a new album/companion book, Tommy Lee is out on a DJ tour, and who knows how Mick Mars spends his time away from the stage.

Either way, when the four come together as Motley Crue, there’s some serious power at the ready, as the famed Sunset Strip band marks its 30th Anniversary this year.

With the Crue set to regroup soon for a 2011 tour, they have also made headlines this week as honorees at the 3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards.

Billed as America’s only hard rock and heavy metal awards, the organizers are honoring the career of Motley Crue by giving them the first-ever Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award - renamed in honor of the late, great 2010 Best Vocalist Award winner.

The 3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards will take place Wednesday, April 20, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will be televised on VH1 Classic on May 28.

The Crue are set to kick off their 2011 tour at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 29.

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Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil
US Festival
Glen Helen Regional Park - Devore, CA – May 29, 1983


See also:

Motley Crue: Vince Neil says DUI sentence was ‘a little harsh’
Motley Crue: Girlfriend worried about Vince Neil’s health in jail
Motley Crue: Vince Neil working two jobs in jail
Motley Crue: Vince Neil claims no IRS lien on his house
Motley Crue: Vince Neil admits DUI was a mistake

Alice Cooper to receive Golden God Award

Alice Cooper is certainly on an honor roll these days.

Fans have known about Alice’s greatness forever but, for some reason, the music industry has chosen 2011 to collectively bestow more ‘official’ honors on the legendary shock rocker.

The Alice Cooper Group will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next month as part of the Class of 2011. Rob Zombie will perform the induction at the event, set for March 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

And now, news this week of another honor for Alice: he’ll receive the Golden God Award at the 3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards in L.A. on April 20.

The Revolver event bills itself as America’s only hard rock and heavy metal awards; the Golden God Award is given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, and this year it goes to Alice Cooper.

A bonus for fans attending the Golden God Awards is the first L.A. appearance in nearly 40 years of the reunited original Alice Cooper Group: Alice, guitarist Michael Bruce, bass player Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith (guitarist Glen Buxton passed away in 1997) – the lineup that pioneered the dark spectacle of heavy metal with their huge blues-rock sound and extravagant stage show.

Cooper is expected to release his 25th album this year: “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” – a thematic continuation of his 1975 classic of the same name.

Alice has already announced some 2011 tour dates, including the Download Festival and some Sonisphere Festival appearances.

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Alice Cooper – Is It My Body
Tubeworks – Detroit, MI – January 16, 1971


See also:

Alice Cooper rocks NHL Nashville Predators game
2011 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame presenters announced
Alice Cooper: baffled by Robert Plant turning down Led Zeppelin reunion
Alice Cooper jams with members of Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers
2011 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Alice Cooper Band

Major Queen exhibition opens this weekend in London

“Stormtroopers in Stilettos” is a major Queen exhibition in London’s East End, and the event kicks off the legendary band’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Opening Friday, February 25, “Stormtroopers in Stilettos: Queen, The Early Years,” is a major retrospective exhibition celebrating the formation, and first five albums, of one of the most exciting, glamorous and influential bands in global musical history.

“I am very excited to see the Stormtroopers In Stilettos exhibition that Island Records have created for us,” said drummer Roger Taylor. “I’ll be able to relive all those precious moments that I have, of course, forgotten! In fact, large parts of our convoluted history are a bit of a blur for me. It will be like living it all again…let’s hope that’s a good thing and a wild ride.”

“Stormtroopers in Stilettos” takes place in a huge warehouse space in the heart of London’s East End at Old Truman Brewery, opening on February 25th, closing on March 12th. The entrance is on Hanbury Street, just off Brick Lane.

The FREE exhibition takes a comprehensive look at the early part of Queen’s career, from before the band’s formation in 1971, when various band members were dreaming of success, while studying astrophysics or running stalls next to Biba in Kensington Market, right up to their spectacular free gig for over 250,000 fans in Hyde Park in 1976.

This Friday, BBC’s ‘The One Show’ is doing a feature on Queen, including the exhibition.

Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell guitarist Tony Iommi will be making an appearance on the program to talk about Queen and their music.

For details on "Stormtroopers In Stilettos," click here.

Queen – Stormtroopers In Stilettos – trailer (2011)


See also:

Queen: Deep Cuts Vol. 1 (1973-76) due next month
Queen: first 5 albums to be reissued in March
Queen to celebrate 40th Anniversary in 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

VIDEO: Gary Moore documentary trailer surfaces

The loss of guitarist Gary Moore is still fresh in the minds of fans and fellow musicians.

Moore passed away in his sleep on February 6 at the age of 58, from a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.

A planned documentary on the late Irish blues-rock guitar legend has been in the works for some time, and was due for release this year.

With Gary’s recent passing, the film’s release has reportedly been pushed back to sometime later in 2011.

“Gary Moore: White Knuckles And Blue Moods” is produced by Jörgen and Stefan Mossberg.

The hour-long documentary features Don Airey, Jon Hiseman, John Sykes, Brian Downey, Eric Bell, Brian Robertson and Moore himself.

A trailer for the film has surfaced this week.

Gary Moore - White Knuckles And Blue Moods – trailer (2011)


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Gary Moore – Over The Hills And Far Away (1987)


See also:

Gary Moore laid to rest Wednesday
Gary Moore tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Gary Moore funeral set for this weekend
Gary Moore died of suspected heart attack
Gary Moore: possible cause of death linked to night of heavy drinking
BREAKING NEWS: Gary Moore found dead