Thursday, March 31, 2011

VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Elton John on American Idol

James Durbin kept the rock alive on American Idol this week, during Wednesday night’s Elton John-themed show.

Durbin rocked out a version of “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” one of the heaviest tracks off of 1973’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” double album.

Following the departure of two contestants on Thursday night’s results show, the Santa Cruz Kid survives another week and moves on as part of the Top 9.

The American Idol finale is set for May 25.

American Idol American Idol

James Durbin - Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Original by Elton John
American Idol – March 30, 2011


See also:

VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Stevie Wonder on American Idol
VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Bon Jovi on American Idol
VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Paul McCartney classic on American Idol
James Durbin to bring AC/DC, Ozzy, Iron Maiden to American Idol
VIDEO: American Idol rocks with Judas Priest cover

NEW VIDEO: Duff McKagan’s Loaded – Dead Skin

A new video has surfaced from Duff McKagan’s Loaded.

“Dead Skin” comes off the group's new album, "The Taking," which will be released on April 19 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The CD was recorded at a Seattle-area studio with veteran rock producer Terry Date (Soundgarden, Pantera, Deftones).

Duff McKagan’s Loaded
"The Taking"

Released date: April 19, 2011

01. Lords Of Abaddon
02. Executioner's Song
03. Dead Skin
04. We Win
05. Easier Lying
06. She's An Anchor
07. Wrecking Ball
08. King Of The World
09. Cocaine
10. Your Name
11. Follow Me To Hell

The weekend before the new album is released, Duff McKagan’s Loaded will be playing live at Easy Street Records (Queen Anne Store) in Seattle, Washington on Record Store Day — April 16 — at 2 p.m.

Record Store Day celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.

The official Ambassador for this year’s event is Ozzy Osbourne. Full 2011 Record Store Day details can be found here.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will re-release Duff McKagan's Loaded's 2009 album "Sick," in May. This special reissue of the CD also packs a bonus DVD, featuring 11 tracks from a live set at The Garage in Glasgow filmed in December 2008.

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Duff McKagan’s Loaded – Dead Skin (2011)


See also:

Duff McKagan’s Loaded to play Seattle Record Store on Record Store Day
Duff McKagan: Writing a great song is no longer enough
Duff McKagan launches wealth management firm for musicians
VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses - Duff joins Steven Adler in London

VIDEO: Sammy Hagar rocks The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Sammy Hagar rocked The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Wednesday night with an interview and surprise performance.

Hagar was on hand to talk about his new autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock," which just debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover best sellers list.

Sammy spoke with Leno about various parts of his career, including the headline-grabbing Van Halen sections, as well as his first-hand experience with aliens.

Sammy Hagar – interview (part 1)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – March 30, 2011


Sammy Hagar – interview (part 2)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – March 30, 2011


See also:

TONIGHT: Sammy Hagar on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Sammy Hagar tops New York Times best-seller list
Sammy Hagar, Charlie Sheen & Eddie Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10
Sammy Hagar: Charlie Sheen reminds me of Eddie Van Halen
Sammy Hagar: “Eddie Van Halen turned into a monster”

Aerosmith: Best of Ballads due in May


The Aerosmith marketing machinery is in full gear these days, as everyone works on capitalizing on Steven Tyler’s role on American Idol.

Hey, strike while the iron is hot: which makes sense, especially given the news, in late January, that Aerosmith’s sales were up substantially thanks to Tyler’s increased profile on the reality show.

Idol’s finale should land in May, and Aerosmith are all over it: on May 3, Tyler’s autobiography, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?” gets released, and now comes word that yet another Aerosmith best-of collection will come out in May, as well.

The bad boys from Boston will release "Tough Love: Best Of The Ballads" on May 10.

The song selection is a little odd, though, as some of the songs aren’t even ballads (“Love In An Elevator,” “Livin’ On The Edge” “Rag Doll”), but that’s due to the fact that Geffen Records are putting out the compilation; more obvious songs like “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” and “Pink” aren’t included because they were recorded for Columbia Records.

Basically, it’s safe to assume this Best-of is targeted at the American Idol viewer who just discovered Aerosmith because of Tyler, and Geffen wants to put some radio-friendly hits on their radar while they've got the potential new fans attention.

Aerosmith
Tough Love: Best of The Ballads

Release date: May 10, 2011

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

Aerosmith Aerosmith

Aerosmith – Dream On
MTV Unplugged
Ed Sullivan Theatre, NYC – aired August 11, 1990


See also:

VIDEO: Stevie Wonder sings Happy Birthday to Steven Tyler on American Idol
Aerosmith on American Idol? That’s news to Joe Perry
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler says his 'music era is over'
Aerosmith will perform on American Idol
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry smoke peace pipe

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ted Nugent announces more US shows

Ted Nugent has added more new US dates to his upcoming live schedule.

The originally-announced April shows in Texas have now been filled out with summer dates across the Western and Midwestern States.

Uncle Ted recently promoted his own line of coffee: Nuge Java. The series includes flavors like The Misty Dusk, The Fred Bear blend, The Wackmaster Sunrize and Ted’s Hunt Blend.

Check out Nuge Java at its own website here.

Ted Nugent
2011 Tour


Apr 14 - Hog Creek Icehouse - Waco, TX
Apr 15 - Nutty Jerry's - Winnie, TX
Apr 16 - Lone Star Park - Grand Prairie, TX
Jun 25 - Flaming Gorge Days (Stratton Myer's Park) - Green River, WY
Jun 26 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 28 - Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
Jun 29 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Jul 01 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
Jul 02 - Sunset Station Casino - Henderson, NV
Jul 03 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA
Jul 11 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
Jul 15 - Firelake Grand Casino - Shawnee, OK
Jul 16 - Buffalo Bike Run (Buffalo Run Casino) - Miami, OK
Jul 21 - Waukesha County Fair - Waukesha, WI
Jul 29 - Mountainfest 2011 (Mylan Mark) - Morgantown, WV
Aug 14 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA
Aug 26 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Biloxi, MS
Sep 02 - The Central Wisconsin State Fair (Grandstand) - Marshfield, WI

* For a current list of tour dates and ticket info, check out Ted Nugent’s website here.

Ted Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent – Hey Baby
Rockpalast – WDR Studio - Koln, Germany – September 8, 1976


See also:

Ted Nugent coffee now available
Ted Nugent: FREE download available
Ted Nugent receives inaugural Lightning Rod Award

TONIGHT: Sammy Hagar on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Sammy Hagar will guest on tonight's (Wednesday, March 30) edition of NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

"The Tonight Show" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST. Check local listings for details.

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

Hagar promoted the book's publication with major press interviews in New York City, as well as a two-week signing tour on both the East and West Coasts.

Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar - I’ll Fall In Love Again
Livin’ It Up In St. Louis DVD (2006)


See also:

Sammy Hagar tops New York Times best-seller list
Sammy Hagar, Charlie Sheen & Eddie Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10
Sammy Hagar: Charlie Sheen reminds me of Eddie Van Halen
Sammy Hagar: “Eddie Van Halen turned into a monster”
Sammy Hagar says 90% chance he’ll play with Van Halen again

Ozzy Osbourne to appear on Disney Channel’s ‘Fish Hooks’


Ozzy Osbourne gets animated…again.

Following his turn earlier this year as “Fawn” in “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Ozzy has teamed up with Disney again for their regular series, “Fish Hooks.”

Ozzy guest stars as the Earth Troll on an all new episode of "Fish Hooks."

In the episode, "Legend of the Earth Troll," the legendary rocker plays an Earth Troll tasked with helping Milo to understand the importance of recycling. This magical troll is actually Milo's buddy Oscar in disguise!

The plan seems to work until Milo starts to take recycling too far and ends up endangering the quality of life for his teachers and friends.

You can check out the all-new episode of Disney Channel's "Fish Hooks" on Friday, April 8 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT).

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Ozzy Osbourne – Let Me Hear You Scream
Jimmy Kimmel live – June 15, 2010


See also:

Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Buenos Aires
Ozzy Osbourne rocks the NHL’s Washington Capitals
Sharon Osbourne discusses ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’
Ozzy Osbourne: Classic album reissues due in May
Metallica, Motorhead, Ozzy top Greatest Metal Songs poll

Motley Feud: Vince Neil displays bloody scratch marks


TMZ is reporting Motley Crue singer Vince Neil claims HE was the victim in an alleged assault last week between him and his ex-GF, insisting she left several bloody marks on his skin.

It all started last Thursday night, when Neil's ex-girlfriend Alicia Jacobs filed a battery report against him, claiming the ex-rocker went ballistic on her and a friend while they were watching a show at the Las Vegas Hilton and bruised up her shoulder.

But Neil is adamant he never laid a finger on Alicia -- claiming SHE was the aggressor, digging her nails into his skin and inflicting the bloody wounds in the picture above.

TMZ is told Neil -- who has already served 10 days in jail this year over a DUI case -- is considering pressing charges of his own.

Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe

Motley Crue – Looks That Kill
Carnival of Sins DVD


See also:

Motley Feud: Vince Neil denies physical altercation with ex
Motley Crue: Police called after Vince Neil incident in Las Vegas
Motley Crue bassist says fans demanded tour with Poison
Motley Crue: Vince Neil denies new drinking and driving rumors
Motley Crue: Tommy Lee to host new reality-TV show

VIDEO: Metallica frontman discusses Absent fathers film


Metallica frontman James Hetfield and filmmaker Justin Hunt were interviewed on the Wednesday, March 30 edition of "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News channel about the new documentary "Absent."

“Absent” traces the story and effects of Fathers who weren’t there to raise their children, for one reason or another, creating what Hunt calls “the father wound.”

Hetfield's father left his family when James was 13 and his mother died of cancer three years later. "My father left without saying goodbye," Hetfield says in the film. "He left a note, and it wasn't even to me."

Absent – James Hetfield & Justin Hunt interview
FoxNews – Fox & Friends - March 30, 2011


See also:

Metallica warns fans about 3D concert footage company
Metallica 3D concert footage in production
Metallica to relaunch website March 28
Metallica, Motorhead, Ozzy top Greatest Metal Songs poll
Metallica guitarist featured in absent fathers film

ZZ Top: new album due in 2011

Billboard reports ZZ Top is "in full production" on a new album, its long-awaited follow-up to 2003's "Mescalero," which guitarist Billy F. Gibbons predicts will be out "by the end of the year."

Gibbons tells Billboard.com that the Texas trio has been working on the set in both Houston and Los Angeles. "I've got a little studio at my house out in L.A.," he says, "and it kind of takes the load off to be able to leave Texas, go to California, stay there for awhile, and then you get to leave California and come back to Texas."

As for the sound, Gibbons notes that he, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard are "still just making a lot of loud noise. We still pose as interpreters of the blues. We can't invent it; It's already been invented. But we can do it our way." Gibbons adds that the album will be comprised primarily of originals but that the group "might cover a couple of things."

Speaking of covers, a ZZ Top tribute album is also on the way, with Foo Fighters, Steven Tyler, Nickelback and Kid Rock taking part, according to Gibbons. A representative from Universal South says the collection is still being recorded and compiled with no title, release date, or firm track list in place yet.

ZZ Top, meanwhile, hits the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Rebels & Bandoleros Tour that stars May 12 in Wichita, Kansas, and plays 11 dates over three weeks.

ZZ Top ZZ Top

ZZ Top – Tube Snake Boogie
Rockpalast – Berlin, Germany – April 1980

Autographed Slash guitar to be auctioned for children’s music charity

Guitars Not Guns, a non-profit organization, will be auctioning via eBay a Gibson Epiphone Les Paul guitar autographed by legendary axeman Slash.

The guitar was signed on February 3, 2011 backstage at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Included in the auction package is a certificate of authenticity, photos and video of Slash during signing and a new Mono M80 hybrid case.

The eBay auction begins April 21, 2011 and ends May 1, 2011.

$99 opening bid and no reserve.

Other eBay auctions beginning April 21, 2011, to benefit Guitars Not Guns include autographed guitar memorabilia from Yngwie Malmsteen, George Benson, Johnny Lang, Steve Vai, Ed Robertson and Kevin Hearn, Ronnie Montrose, Nuno Bettencourt, Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra.

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

100% of the auction proceeds will benefit the Guitars Not Guns non-profit music program. Guitars Not Guns, Inc., a federally exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides free guitars and lessons to foster kids, at risk youth and other deserving children in a classroom setting with qualified teachers. No child is turned away for lack of funds.

Visit guitarsnotguns.blogspot.com for details and auction links.

Guitars Not Guns - Slash guitar auction


See also:

Slash’s stash brings big cash for charity
Slash working on material for next solo album
VIDEO: Slash joined by Wolfmother singer in Brisbane
Slash is a fan of neighbor Charlie Sheen

AC/DC alumni involved in Bon Scott tribute shows

AC/DC’s founding bass player Mark Evans and one-time drummer Simon Wright will team up for a series of Bon Scott Tribute Shows to be announced soon, reports Australia’s Undercover.fm.

Evans was AC/DC’s bass player through the band’s early years with Bon Scott, from the first album up to, and including, 1977’s “Let There Be Rock.”

Wright joined the band in the 80s and played on "Fly On The Wall" (1985), "Who Made Who" (1986), and "Blow Up Your Video" (1988).

ACDCfans.net reports that Wright and Evans will perform with the band Raise The Flag at the Bon Scott Tribute Shows to be announced for Fremantle, Western Australia, the final resting place of Bon Scott, and on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
Rock Goes To College
University Of Essex – November 10, 1978


See also:

AC/DC singer ready to race
AC/DC: Black Ice Live CD/DVD due in May
AC/DC: Black Ice Live album, DVD due this spring
Bon Scott: pre-AC/DC collection due Feb 22

Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Buenos Aires

Ozzy kicked off his South American tour in support of “Scream,” this past Saturday, as the band arrived for the first of 6 shows on the continent.

OzTV was there to capture the action, including Ozzy and the guys having lunch in a very public café, causing a bit of commotion for those with cameras.

Live footage features “Let Me Hear You Scream,” as the band rocks Argentina Racing Stadium, before guitarist Gus G. shows off a new idea he’s working on to Ozzy.

OzTV – Buenos Aires, Argentina – March 26, 2011


See also:

Ozzy Osbourne rocks the NHL’s Washington Capitals
Sharon Osbourne discusses ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’
Ozzy Osbourne: Classic album reissues due in May
Metallica, Motorhead, Ozzy top Greatest Metal Songs poll
Kelly Osbourne defends Ozzy, calls John Lydon a ‘bitter old queen’

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

VIDEO: Rush - Moving Pictures Deluxe Edition

Rush are dressing up a 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their 1981 classic, “Moving Pictures.”

Rushisaband reports the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the album will release this coming Tuesday, April 5th, but the Blu-ray will only be sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd.

A new video promo for the set has been released; check it out below.

The reissue of this seminal album 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.

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."

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 - Moving Pictures Deluxe Edition (2011)


See also:

Rush win Juno Award for Music DVD Of The Year
Rush: Neil Peart featured in FREE digital magazine, iDrum
Rush: Caravan/B2UB vinyl single set for Record Store Day
Rush: Limited-edition Sabian cymbal pack signed by Neil Peart
Rush: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of ‘Moving Pictures’ due April 5

Vintage Whitesnake live DVD/2CD set due in June

On August 18, 1990, Whitesnake headlined the legendary Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington festival (now known as Download). The band’s performance at the festival was one of the most memorable events on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour" that saw Whitesnake play sold-out shows to over one million people.

The event was captured for posterity and, now, Whitesnake's "Live At Donington 1990" DVD/live double CD set will be available on June 3 in Europe and June 7 in North America via Frontiers Records.

Since the inception of Whitesnake.com more than ten years ago, this DVD has been the most requested product from fans of the 'Snake. The incredible, never-before-seen, visual footage captures one of the most musically intense Whitesnake lineups performing in front of more than 70,000 fans.

Whitesnake circa 1990 featured guitar greats Steve Vai and Adrian Vandenberg, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and, of course, incomparable frontman David Coverdale.

The "Live At Donington 1990" DVD also includes a substantial gallery of never before seen stills of the band on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour 1990", plus an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary of the making-of the "Slip Of The Tongue" album.

"Whitesnake: Live At Donington 1990" will be available in 2CD set, DVD coverpack, combo 2CD + DVD in digipak and digital edition.

"Live At Donington 1990" DVD track listing:

01. Slip Of The Tongue
02. Slide It In
03. Judgement Day
04. Slow An Easy
05. Kitten's Got Claws
06. Adagio For Strato
07. Flying Dutchman Boogie
08. Is This Love
09. Cheap An' Nasty
10. Crying In The Rain (featuring Tommy Aldridge drum solo)
11. Fool For Your Loving
12. For The Love Of God
13. The Audience Is Listening
14. Here I Go Again
15. Bad Boys
16. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
17. Still Of The Night
18. Bonus content: The Making of Slip of the Tongue; Slide Show

"Live At Donington 1990" CD 1 track listing:

01. Slip Of The Tongue
02. Slide It In
03. Judgement Day
04. Slow An Easy
05. Kitten's Got Claws
06. Adagio For Strato
07. Flying Dutchman Boogie
08. Is This Love
09. Cheap An' Nasty
10. Crying In The Rain (featuring Tommy Aldridge drum solo)

"Live At Donington 1990" CD 2 track listing:

01. Fool For Your Loving
02. For The Love Of God
03. The Audience Is Listening
04. Here I Go Again
05. Bad Boys
06. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
07. Still Of The Night

Whitesnake Whitesnake

Whitesnake – Slide It In
Monsters Of Rock
Castle Donington – Leicestershire, UK – August 18, 1990


See also:

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Whitesnake announce summer tour dates
Whitesnake reveal new album title
Whitesnake announce 2011 tour dates

Van Halen mixing new album?

The latest rumor regarding the Van Halen camp is that the band’s new album is nearing completion.

VH hit the studio in January with producer John Shanks; on Monday, That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk tweeted that he heard gossip from a “reliable source” that the “VH album is close to done and will come out this year. Label TBD”

The Van Halen News Desk reports that this timing matches up perfectly with what they’ve heard from a trusted source at the beginning of March – that the recording process is going great and the band is starting to mix the new tracks. Also, from another reliable VHND source comes word that this Fall is the most probable time that the album will be released and a tour will begin.

The recording will be VH’s first with David Lee Roth since 1984 (recorded in ’83), their first new music with Roth since ’96, and their first studio album since 1998’s “Van Halen III.”

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – Me Wise Magic (1996)


See also:


Sammy Hagar tops New York Times best-seller list
Sammy Hagar, Charlie Sheen & Eddie Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10
Eddie Van Halen: New Wolfgang guitars available
Sammy Hagar: Charlie Sheen reminds me of Eddie Van Halen
Sammy Hagar: “Eddie Van Halen turned into a monster”
Sammy Hagar says 90% chance he’ll play with Van Halen again

Dio: Live In Bulgaria due next month

This has been floating around the bootleg market for years, so it’s nice to see it finally getting a proper release.

On April 26th, IDS/Rock Tapes/Fontana North Canada is releasing Dio's “Live in Bulgaria.” The set was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria at Festivalna Hall in front of 7,000 people for TV on September 20th, 1998.

DIO
"Live In Bulgaria"

Release date: April 26, 2011

01 - 'Evilution'
02 - 'Straight Through The Heart'
03 - 'Don‘t Talk To Strangers'
04 - 'Holy Diver'
05 - 'Drum Solo'
06 - 'Heaven And Hell'
07 - 'Children Of The Sea'
08 - 'I Speed At Night'
09 - 'We Rock'
10 - 'Neon Knights'
11 - 'Stargazer'
12 - 'Mistreated'
13 - 'Catch The Rainbow'
14 - 'The Last In Line'
15 - 'Rainbow In The Dark'
16 - 'The Mob Rules'
17 - 'Man On The Silver Mountain'
18 - 'Long Live Rock And Roll'

The Dio line-up featured Ronnie James Dio (vocals ), Tracy G (guitars), Larry Dennison (bass), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Simon Wright (drums).

Dio Dio

Dio – Neon Knights
Festivalna Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria – September 20, 1998


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Heaven & Hell: Live From Radio City Music Hall on Blu-ray this May

Guns N’ Roses guitarist launches stage clothing line


Keeping busy doesn’t seem to be an issue for some members of Guns N’ Roses these days.

Since GNR aren’t touring at the moment, guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is now offering up private lessons via Skype, while DJ Ashba has kept busy by expanding his clothing line.

Ashba has teamed up with clothing guru Cody Varona, CEO of Forgotten Saints, to create one-of-a-kind custom-made clothing inspired by Ashba. All stage clothes are unique and handmade - NO two pair are alike.

"Cody has custom-made my stage clothes for about 10 years now. She is hands down the best!" said Ashba.

For more details, visit DJAshba.com.

Still no word on what GNR are up to for 2011, outside of the confirmed headlining slot on the closing night of Rock In Rio on October 2.

Guns Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses – Street of Dreams

Reading Festival – Reading, UK – August 27, 2010


See also:

Guns N’ Roses: guitar lessons from Bumblefoot available via Skype
Guns N’ Roses hits Best Buy bargain bin
Guns N’ Roses: Queen’s Brian May talks about his work on Chinese Democracy
Guns N’ Roses confirmed for Rock In Rio

William Shatner to receive Honorary Headbanger Award



“Short of receiving an Emmy for my superb voice,
the Honorary Headbanger Award is the next best thing.
Praise be you won’t hear me sing.”

- William Shatner


Legendary actor, recording artist and author William Shatner will be presented with the Honorary Headbanger Award at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show on Wednesday, April 20, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles.

Revered for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, Shatner will be on-hand to accept his award, an honor Revolver magazine bestows each year to someone who has made their name outside of the metal world but still embodies its spirit.

Later this year, Shatner will officially prove the latter with his new album, “Seeking Major Tom,” which features collaborations with hard-rock musicians including Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, and, on a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains.

William Shatner – Zakk Wylde session


See also:

3rd Annual Revolver Golden God Awards: Nominees announced
Alice Cooper to receive Golden God Award
Zakk Wylde and William Shatner to cover Black Sabbath classic

Heaven & Hell: Live From Radio City Music Hall on Blu-ray this May


Heaven & Hell’s "Live From Radio City Music Hall" 2007 concert will be released on Blu-ray disc on May 17 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The Blu-ray will contain lots of bonus features that were not on the original DVD.

The "Live From Radio City Music Hall" DVD has sold around 60,000 copies in the United States since its August 2007 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Live From Radio City Music Hall" captures Heaven & Hell bashing its way through some of the Ronnie James Dio-era's best including "Mob Rules," "Die Young," "Neon Knights," "Children Of The Sea" and an epic 15-minute-plus version of "Heaven And Hell."

The quartet also performed a pair of new songs — the hit single "The Devil Cried" and "Shadow Of The Wind" – both songs debuted in 2007 on "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" (Rhino/Warner Bros. Records), the first comprehensive introduction to the Dio-era's legacy. The disc includes the entire show shot in breathtaking HD as well as a tour documentary and other bonus footage.

"Live From Radio City Music Hall" Blu-ray track listing:

01. E5150/After All (The Dead)
02. The Mob Rules
03. Children Of The Sea
04. Lady Evil
05. I
06. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
07. Voodoo
08. The Devil Cried
09. Computer God
10. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
11. Shadow Of The Wind
12. Die Young
13. Heaven And Hell
14. Lonely Is The Word
15. Neon Knights

Bonus features:

* Road Movie
* Hail The Gods Of Metal
* Meet The Mob
* Radio City"
* The Wisdom Of Dio

"Live From Radio City Music Hall" is available at regular retail outlets both as a two-disc CD set and as a DVD for a suggested list price of $19.98 and $19.99, respectively.

Heaven Heaven & Hell

Heaven & Hell – Lady Evil
Live From Radio City Music Hall DVD

Monday, March 28, 2011

Slash’s stash brings big cash for charity


Slash has some serious stash, that’s for sure.

And Slash’s stash brought in some serious cash for charities supported by the legend, following his weekend auction of clothes, furniture, guitars and even a car owned by the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist.

Slash teamed up with Julien's Auctions, a Beverly Hills auction house, to sell a wide range of personal property in an effort to do some housecleaning while giving back to the community.

"This is all stuff that comes from my personal collection, I'm a pack rat," explains Slash. "I collect, not consciously, I just never get rid of stuff and so what happens is you get attached to stuff that you don't use and I finally had to face that fear of just letting stuff go. Hopefully it will have a second life for somebody."

Some of the items available for auction were the only leather jacket Slash owned before joining Guns N' Roses – the one he wore in the "Paradise City" video - which sold for $8750. His onstage clothing and guitar from his recent Super Bowl performance sold for over $100,000.

Also up for auction were various Leather Jackets, T-shirts, various guitars including a one of a kind Stravinsky Fender Stratocaster, belts, Aviator Sunglasses, a Velvet Revolver Nolde pottery skull, jewellery and the centre piece of the sales Slash's 1966 Corvette Stingray which he described as 'a monster,' that sold for over $110,000.

A portion of the proceeds raised from the auction, which featured over 300 items, will go to Slash's favorite charities, including the Los Angeles Young Network (LAYN).

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Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City (1987)



See also:

Slash working on material for next solo album
VIDEO: Slash joined by Wolfmother singer in Brisbane
Slash is a fan of neighbor Charlie Sheen

Deep Purple: North American tour to feature 30-piece orchestra

Deep Purple's first North American tour in four years — which is scheduled to kick off in early June — will feature classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion) along with Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards).

The trek, dubbed "A Night With Deep Purple And The Songs That Built Rock," will see the band performing in each city while backed by a 30-piece symphony orchestra.

For a list of currently confirmed dates, visit Deep-Purple.net.

When asked during a February 22, 2011 press conference in Mexico City if there are any plans for Purple to record a new studio album soon, vocalist Ian Gillan replied, "I guess it's about time, isn't it?! So we're gonna get together and have a writing session quite soon. And if we get excited, then we'll probably have another [album finished and ready for release] shortly after that. We'll see how it goes. But there's no plans. But I think we're getting poked by various connections who would like to see another Deep Purple record. So I think it's about time."

Deep Purple released a live album last year called "Space Truckin' Round the World Live 68-76." The two-disc set features rare live recordings from various concerts all over the world, including gigs in Tokyo, Paris and San Diego. The compilation, which features multiple band lineups, also features a detailed history of the group, individual concert details and photos. It was released as part of the 10th anniversary of Purple Records — the label that handles the band's music.

Purple’s 18th – and last - studio album, "Rapture of the Deep," was released in November 2005. It is the fourth studio record from Purple since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994, and it was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.

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Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
With guest Ronnie James Dio
In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra DVD
Royal Albert Hall – London, UK – September, 1999


See also:

New solo album from Deep Purple bassist due in June
Deep Purple singer says ‘it’s about time’ to make a new record
Black Country Communion cover Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple
Deep Purple update from Steve Morse

VIDEO: Iron Maiden cancels Rio gig following barricade collapse

Safety first.

That’s the idea behind Iron Maiden’s move to cancel a gig in Rio Sunday night when a barricade at the front of the stage collapsed due to a surging crowd of enthusiastic fans.

Terra reports the incident happened during the first song of the band's set at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Opening with "Satellite 15...The Final Frontier,” Maiden’s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, noticed the barrier separating the fans from the stage broke and the crowd had rushed forward towards the members of the group.

Dickinson urged the crowd to take it easy. "Hey guys, please calm down. Everyone, take a step backward. The fence broke and it's dangerous. We do not want anyone to get hurt," he announced.

A 10-minute delay to fix the barricade became 20, before Dickinson then returned to the stage to update fans. "The fence is completely broken. We do not want anyone to get hurt," he said, advising fans to pick up a bracelet before leaving the venue giving them access to tomorrow night's show. "We cannot play tonight, but tomorrow, at the same time, we'll be here," he added. "Everyone who has a ticket or bracelet will be able to enter. Those of you who cannot make tomorrow's concert will be given a refund."

A full makeup show at the HSBC Arena is confirmed for Monday, March 28. Here’s the statement from the promoters, Evenpro:

The Iron Maiden Concert at HSBC ARENA has been postponed to Monday, March, 28th due to technical problems with the barricade provided in front of the stage.

This decision was taken by HSBC ARENA in agreement with the band's staff, because it's their priority not to put fans' safety in risk.

Iron Maiden will stay in Rio de Janeiro one more day to be able to make the show and not leave Rio de Janeiro out of this leg of The Final Frontier Tour.

All the fans at tonight (Sunday) concert must bring their tickets stub tomorrow to be allowed entry the concert.

Check out the rest of the official statement on the Rio incident, make-up gig, and refund policy here.

Iron Maiden – Satellite 15…The Final Frontier
HSBC Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – March 27, 2011


See also:

Iron Maiden: T-shirt sales to raise funds for Japanese Red Cross
Iron Maiden: ‘From Fear To Eternity’ Best-Of compilation due in May
Iron Maiden cancel Japanese shows
Former Iron Maiden singer gets 9 months jail for benefit fraud

Sammy Hagar tops New York Times best-seller list

Sammy Hagar has another #1 on his hands.

Hagar’s new autobiography, "Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock," has debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-sellers list.

Sammy tops the Hardcover Nonfiction list on the chart dated April 3, 2011.

Hagar kicked off the book’s launch with an appearance in Toronto before hitting New York for some major press visits, all while doing a 2-week tour of book signings on the east and west coasts of the States.

Sammy’s been making headlines around the world for the new book, including many based on his thoughts on both David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen, that actor Charlie Sheen reminds him of Eddie circa 2004, and some regarding Hagar’s visitations by aliens from other dimensions.

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Sammy Hagar – Red



See also:

Sammy Hagar, Charlie Sheen & Eddie Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10
Sammy Hagar: Charlie Sheen reminds me of Eddie Van Halen
Sammy Hagar: “Eddie Van Halen turned into a monster”
Sammy Hagar says 90% chance he’ll play with Van Halen again

Sammy Hagar, Charlie Sheen & Eddie Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10

Sammy Hagar’s comments that Charlie Sheen reminds him of Eddie Van Halen were enough to turn a lot of people’s heads as it was the #1 rock news story of the week on the hennemusic Hot 10.

Hagar is making the rounds to promote his new book, "Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock," and let’s just say it wouldn’t be a good idea for Eddie Van Halen to be reading the headlines these days – he won’t like what he sees.

Sammy’s comments relate to his 2004 reunion with VH – as told in the book - and the alleged mess he found Eddie in…and living in; this isn’t a “current’ description of Ed, as the two haven’t spoken in years.

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

hennemusic Hot 10
week ending March 27, 2011

01 – Sammy Hagar: Charlie Sheen reminds me of Eddie Van Halen
02 – NEW VIDEO: Eddie Vedder – You’re True
03 – Motley Crue/Poison 2011 Tour dates
04 – Metallica 3D concert footage in production
05 – Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience announce North American dates
06 – Foo Fighters say F-U to Glee
07 – The Cars: new album cover design illusion
08 – VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Stevie Wonder on American Idol
09 – Van Halen: new album due for summer release?
10 – Ozzy Osbourne rocks the NHL’s Washington Capitals


In addition to celebrating Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary, Eddie Vedder has some plans this year: a solo tour has been announced, and a new album (“Ukelele Songs”) and concert film will be released this Spring. The first video from the film footage is “You’re True,” the second most-read story of the week.

Crue and Poison fans continue to keep the 2001 summer tour schedule on the HH10 (at #3), while Metallica fans learned of some concert footage getting the 3D treatment for future release – 24 hrs later, the band issued a statement warning fans that the material has not been authorized by Metallica and to avoid the products being promoted.

Other rock stories of the week included news that Zeppelin fans will see Jason Bonham again this spring, with a month-long US trek throughout May; the Foo Fighters were quoted at SXSW that they had no interest in being involved with Glee, James Durbin continued to rock American Idol and Ozzy is helping cheer on the Washington Capitals as they head into the upcoming NHL playoffs.

Van Halen – Best of Both Worlds
Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, JP – February 1, 1989


See also:

Mike Starr tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Motley Crue, Poison top the hennemusic Hot 10 for 2nd week
Motley Crue, Poison double-bill tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Velvet Revolver top the hennemusic Hot 10
Mick Jagger tops the hennemusic Hot 10

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rush win Juno Award for Music DVD Of The Year

Rush have picked up some awards hardware in their home country.

"Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage"
was honored in the "Music DVD Of The Year" category at the Juno Awards gala dinner and award ceremony held Saturday night in Toronto.

32 of the 40 Junos were handed out in advance of the live broadcast Sunday night; Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will appear as presenters on the show, happening at the Air Canada Centre.

This is Rush's first Juno since 2004 when they won Music DVD of the Year for “Rush In Rio.” However, this honor marks the second consecutive win in this Juno category for filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films, who received the same award last year for "Iron Maiden: Flight 666."

While The Grammy Awards recently passed over the documentary, the film picked up an honor last month at the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editing) Golden Reel Awards, which celebrate the work of sound and editing in motion pictures and television. “Beyond The Lighted Stage” won “Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue, ADR and Music in a Feature Documentary.”

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Rush – Beyond The Lighted Stage (trailer)


See also:

Rush: Neil Peart featured in FREE digital magazine, iDrum
Rush: Caravan/B2UB vinyl single set for Record Store Day
Rush: Limited-edition Sabian cymbal pack signed by Neil Peart
Rush: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of ‘Moving Pictures’ due April 5
Rush: Gibson launches Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess guitar

Bret Michaels vs. Tony Awards: court documents online

Bret Michaels made headlines this week with news that the Poison singer is proceeding with a lawsuit against the Tony Awards following his 2009 accident at the event.

Michaels was hit on the head when some staging came down at the end of a performance by Poison; the singer now believes the injury led to his 2010 brain hemorrhage.

Michaels’ lawsuit has four parts to it: negligence, negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, civil batter and negligent misrepresentation.

In very basic terms, Michaels is seeking damages for – what he believes – was a lack of information and specific direction from producers, which led directly to the accident; financial relief for missed public engagements following the event due his injuries; and, that organizers misled Michaels into ‘harm’s way’ by failing to provide proper directions regarding his exit from the stage.

Michaels is suing for unspecified damages.

The legal papers for Bret’s lawsuit can now be viewed online here.

Poison - Bret Michaels’ stage incident
Tony Awards – June 7, 2009


See also:

Bret Michaels sues Tony Awards over 2009 incident
Bret Michaels taught Charlie Sheen how to smash up hotel rooms
Motley Crue bassist says fans demanded tour with Poison
Poison: “A Double Dose” compilation due May 3

Guns N’ Roses: guitar lessons from Bumblefoot available via Skype


Ya gotta love technology.

Not only is it possible to connect virtually anywhere in the world, you can now order up some private, one-on-one guitar lessons from a Guns N’ Roses guitarist – without even having to leave your house.

GNR guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is now offering private lessons via Skype.

Here’s part of his offer:

"One-on-one lessons, any age is welcome, any skill level is welcome — if it's your first time picking up a guitar, that's OK. :) Lessons are about what you need, what you want, it's different for everyone.

Start by writing to me... Tell me about yourself — where you're from, how long you've been playing, the kind of music you like, if you've played with a band or just in the bedroom, what your strengths are, what you want to get better at, what you want to learn specifically. Things like that.

Lessons are $1.50/minute, choose however long you'd like to go. We'll set up a day and time, I'll send you a confirmation email, PayPal me and we'll get crackin'..."

Check out more details here.

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Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
Reading Festival – Reading, UK – August 27, 2010


See also:

Guns N’ Roses hits Best Buy bargain bin
Guns N’ Roses: Queen’s Brian May talks about his work on Chinese Democracy
Guns N’ Roses confirmed for Rock In Rio
Guns N’ Roses: $20 Million lawsuit against Activision goes to trial in January

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Songs For Japan features Foo Fighters, U2, Springsteen & more


As the world continues to search for ways to help Japan through their current crisis, the music industry has pulled together to offer some assistance.

Universal Music spearheaded an industry-wide effort to create “Songs for Japan," a CD to support disaster relief efforts in the country, which was devastated March 11 by an earthquake and tsunami.

More than 30 recording artists have contributed to "Songs for Japan," a compilation of 38 hits and classic tracks available on the iTunes Store for $9.99.

You can order "Songs For Japan" from the link below.

Proceeds from the album's sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The artists participating on “Songs for Japan,” the music labels, and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative.

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Songs For Japan
Released: March 25, 2011

• John Lennon, "Imagine" (Remastered)
• U2, "Walk On" (Radio Edit)
• Bob Dylan, "Shelter From the Storm"
• Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Around the World" (Live)
• Lady Gaga, "Born This Way" (Starsmith Remix)
• Beyonce, "Irreplaceable"
• Bruno Mars, "Talking to the Moon" (Acoustic Piano Version)
• Katy Perry, "Firework"
• Rihanna, "Only Girl (In the World)"
• Justin Timberlake, "Like I Love You"
• Madonna, "Miles Away" (Live)
• David Guetta, "When Love Takes Over" (feat. Kelly Rowland)
• Eminem, "Love the Way You Lie" (feat. Rihanna) [Clean Version}
• Bruce Springsteen, "Human Touch"
• Josh Groban, "Awake" (Live)
• Keith Urban, "Better Life"
• Black Eyed Peas, "One Tribe"
• Pink, "Sober"
• Cee Lo Green, "It's OK"
• Lady Antebellum, "I Run to You"
• Bon Jovi, "What Do You Got?"
• Foo Fighters, "My Hero"
• R.E.M., "Man on the Moon"
• Nicki Minaj, "Save Me" (Clean Version)
• Sade, "By Your Side"
• Michael Buble, "Hold On" (Radio Mix)
• Justin Bieber, "Pray" (Acoustic)
• Adele, "Make You Feel My Love"
• Enya, "If I Could Be Where You Are"
• Elton John, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
• John Mayer, "Waiting on the World to Change"
• Queen, "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" [Remastered]
• Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"
• Sting, "Fragile" (Live in Berlin)
• Leona Lewis, "Better in Time"
• Ne-Yo, "One in a Million"
• Shakira, "Whenever, Wherever"
• Norah Jones, "Sunrise"


Foo Fighters – My Hero (1997)