Saturday, April 30, 2011

VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Carole King on American Idol

The Top 6 finalists performed material from the songbook of Carole King on this week’s edition of American Idol.

Rocker James Durbin took on “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,” which brought rave reviews from the judges.

“I really liked the beginning of that,” said Steven Tyler. “You had me sold on it right at the beginning – when you didn’t play along with it – it was so beautiful. [When] people download that tonight – they’re gonna save that piece, right there.”

“You are going to be the star of the night with that one,” commented Jennifer Lopez. “It was amazing. When I think back - of every single week since we started the Top 13 - James has had a strong week, every single week. He has not blown one week. We talk about consistency on this show, and that’s what’s gonna win it.”

“Tonight, you weren’t just a great rock singer,”
said Randy Jackson, “Tonight, you proved that you are a great singer. That was, I think, one of the performances of the last couple of months. Not only the performance of the night and, you know what I think, guys, this guy just might win the whole thing.”

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James Durbin – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
American Idol – April 27, 2011


See also:

James Durbin tops the hennemusic Hot 10
VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Muse on American Idol
How Zakk Wylde wound up on American Idol
VIDEO: James Durbin, Zakk Wylde rock Sammy Hagar on American Idol
VIDEO: James Durbin rocks The Beatles on American Idol
VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Elton John on American Idol
VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Stevie Wonder on American Idol

Metallica: Big 4 play Yankee Stadium this fall

The Big 4 hits the Big Apple this Fall.

As expected, Metal’s Big 4 - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – are headed to New York for a September 14 date at Yankee Stadium.

This announcement comes a week after the Big 4 played to more than 50,000 fans at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California – also the home of the Coachella Festival.

Here’s the official word from Metallica:

Big 4 - One Show Out West Was Not Enough

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the desert this past weekend . . . we felt the enormous love and support, so we just had to find a way to make one more Big 4 show in the States happen.

Enter New York . . . that's right, the Big 4 of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and 'Tallica will be in the new version of the famed Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011!

We can't wait for a night in the Bronx as our second American show and for those of you who love fun facts, this will also be the second live music event hosted at the new ballpark.

ALL seats are reserved for this show and tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10:00 AM via www.ticketmaster.com. Met Club members should log in for more information about a special pre-sale starting on Wednesday, May 4. Yankees season ticket holders will have their own pre-sale, also on May 4, starting at noon.


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Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria DVD


See also:

Metallica: Big 4 show being planned for U.S. East Coast
Metallica: audio of California Big 4 set available
VIDEO: Metallica present pro-shot footage of California Big 4 jam
Metallica: Lars Ulrich reflects on Big 4 US debut
Metallica: Big 4 go double-platinum
VIDEO: Metallica, Big 4 rock California
Metallica: Cliff Burton inspired title character in Hesher film
Metallica, Satriani confirmed for Quebec Festival

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Quito, Ecuador

Ozzy Osbourne’s tour in support of “Scream” continued this month with an April 14 stop in Quito, Ecuador.

Crew guy Big Dave from OzTV hosts the latest webisode, shot at the equator, or, as the locals say, “middle of the world.”

Guitarist Gus G. throws a traditional Ecuadorian song into his solo, which goes over big with the fans.

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OzTV – Quito, Ecuador – April 14, 2011


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Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Bogota, Columbia
Jack Osbourne planning Black Sabbath horror film
VIDEO: Q&A with Ozzy and Jack at God Bless Ozzy Osbourne premiere
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Lima, Peru
VIDEO: Jack Osbourne discusses ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ film
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Rio and Belo Horizonte

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aerosmith: Steven Tyler on cover of People magazine


Dueling covers this week for Steven Tyler, as he’s set to appear on both Rolling Stone and People magazine.

The May 9 issue of People – on newsstands this Friday – features an interview with Tyler, with a cover byline that reads “The Aerosmith wild man on his four kids, eight rehabs and stunning comeback on American Idol.”

Sober for a year-and-a-half, the Aerosmith frontman – whose memoir, “Does The Noise in My Head Bother You?,” will be out May 3 – says he is "grateful" that he's survived several health problems, as well as his hard-partying ways.

"Left up to my own devices," says the singer, "I probably would have been dead several times over."

While drugs are no longer a part of Tyler’s picture, the feeling has been replaced by something else.

"If you think going out in front of high-def cameras and millions of people I'm not high on adrenaline, you're crazy," Tyler says. "I'm stoned when that curtain drops. I just don't snort the curtain dropping. I don't snort J. Lo either, though I do breathe her in."

Tyler’s new single, “(It) Feels So Good,” is due out May 10; an audio sample is available at Amazon.com here.

More details on the song and its history are here.

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Steven Tyler w/Carrie Underwood – Undo It / Walk This Way
46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV – April 3, 2011


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Aerosmith: Steven Tyler grants dying man’s wish
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Aerosmith: Steven Tyler helps American Idol bounce back
Steven Tyler tops the hennemusic Hot 10

VIDEO: Pearl Jam present clip from PJ20 documentary

“The new name is Pearl Jam.”

And so it was – 20 years ago, when a Seattle-based band changed its name from Mookie Blaylock before taking on the world.

Pearl Jam have released a clip from the upcoming documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty," which will chronicle the band's entire two-decade career through interviews, rare footage, live performances and more.

"Pearl Jam Twenty" is due out in September from director Cameron Crowe. The film, an accompanying book, an upcoming two-day festival and recent reissues of PJ’s first three albums are all part of a 20th-anniversary celebration for the Seattle rockers.

Beyond the celebration of the band’s career in the rearview mirror, PJ are planning to begin work on a new album this year, Ament told Billboard.

"We did a whole bunch of demos and everybody's got a disc of 25 [songs] right now," Ament says of Pearl Jam's plans to hit the studio. "April will be the time where we get together and learn to play all these demos and figure out which 12-15 of them float to the top. Hopefully we can get something done this year."

"There's been so much focus on the past,”
added Ament, “that I think all of us are really excited to make a new record and have something to look forward to because we've been digging in the boxes in our basement a lot the last year or so."

Singer Eddie Vedder is doing a solo acoustic tour and releasing a concert film of it, as well, this Spring.

The band was recently named winners of a 2011 Planet Defender Award by Colorado-based environmental organization Rock the Earth as part of their national Rock the Earth Day celebration. The honor recognizes Pearl Jam, and its individuals, for their dedication to environmental activism.

Pearl Jam – PJ20 clip (2011)


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Pearl Jam – Alive
Pearl Jam’s 1st show
Off-Ramp – Seattle, WA – October 22, 1990


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Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder announces solo tour
Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder album, concert film due in May
NEW VIDEO: Eddie Vedder – You’re True
Pearl Jam: New album in the works

VIDEO: Jason Bonham, Nicole Scherzinger rock Led Zeppelin classic for NBA

Across North America, it’s playoffs time and sports fans couldn’t be happier - between the NHL and NBA, things are heating up large.

ESPN and ABC have produced a special opening video for 2011 NBA Playoff coverage airing across the networks featuring Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Jason Bonham performing the Led Zeppelin classic "Black Dog."

"Working with Nicole for the NBA Playoffs spot was amazing. She is the real deal," said Bonham. "Not only is she one of the most beautiful people I have ever met, but she has a fantastic and powerful voice. She has a great rock voice and it worked out fantastic for 'Black Dog'. I was so pleased to be able to bring this song to such a huge sporting event."

"It was an honor to join Jason Bonham on the iconic Led Zeppelin song 'Black Dog'," Nicole commented. "I am excited that fans will be able to see the video during the Playoffs."

Meanwhile, Bonham has some juggling to do this year: he’s touring the UK with Paul Rodgers this month, he’ll cover the US with the Led Zeppelin Experience in May, and then hit the US with Black Country Communion in June to support their new album, “2.”

Led Led Zeppelin

Jason Bonham & Nicole Scherzinger – Black Dog
2011 NBA Playoffs intro


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VIDEO: Glenn Hughes performs new Black Country Communion song
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience announce North American dates
Black Country Communion: New album due in June
Black Country Communion announce US dates

Metallica: Big 4 show being planned for U.S. East Coast

Following the success of the Big 4 show last weekend in California - where Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax rocked more than 50,000 fans at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio – there’s talk of at least one, maybe more, U.S. dates on the horizon.

"We are looking to book something on the East Coast because of the success of this — it should hopefully come together in a week or two," Metallica’s Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "Maybe we'll do somewhere in the Midwest and South, too. Still, I don't think it will turn into a 40-date arena tour; that would make it less special. I like the fact that there's an element of chaos to the whole thing. It shouldn't be sterile, streamlined and perfect: it needs an edgy underbelly to remain authentic."

A series of Big 4 shows in Europe last summer kicked off demand for more events from the four iconic acts; last weekend’s show was the first on U.S. soil.

Metallica, meanwhile, are set to bring the Big 4 tour to Europe in July; the band has also confirmed a gig at the 44th edition of Festival d'été de Québec in Quebec City, Canada on Saturday, July 16, as well as a headlining slot at Brazil's Rock In Rio festival this September.

Metallica Metallica

Metallica – Enter Sandman
The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria DVD


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VIDEO: Metallica present pro-shot footage of California Big 4 jam
Metallica: Lars Ulrich reflects on Big 4 US debut
Metallica: Big 4 go double-platinum
VIDEO: Metallica, Big 4 rock California
Metallica: Cliff Burton inspired title character in Hesher film
Metallica, Satriani confirmed for Quebec Festival

Guns N’ Roses planning U.S. dates

The things you can pick up on the Black Carpet.

For example: news that Guns N’ Roses are planning U.S. dates in 2011.

Metal Injection hooked up with guitarist DJ Ashba on the Black Carpet at last week’s third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles to get an update on things.

It’s been quiet in GNR-land the past few months, so Ashba was asked if fans can expect some more touring from the band.

"We just booked Rock In Rio [in Brazil] for October 2,” said Ashba, “but there's talk.... We're gonna be going out way sooner. And hopefully we're gonna be [doing some dates] here in the States this year. I'm hoping. That's the plan."

News of a GNR Stateside tour would be welcomed by Best Buy, who have placed “Chinese Democracy” in their bargain bin as a way of trying to unload more than 1 million copies of the album that have been collecting dust in their systems due to lack of public interest.

Best Buy is currently selling “Democracy” for just $1.99.

As the exclusive U.S. retailer for “Democracy,” Best Buy reportedly paid $14 million for 1.6 million copies of the album, according to Hits. To date, the album has sold just 614,000 copies in the U.S., based on Nielsen SoundScan reports.

Released in November of 2008, “Democracy” was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies.

DJ Ashba – interview
Revolver Golden God Awards – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2011


Guns Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Rock In Rio 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – January 14, 2001


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Guns N’ Roses: Axl Rose vs. Irving Azoff duelling lawsuits stall
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Thin Lizzy adds Guns N’ Roses guitarist
Guns N’ Roses: Axl Rose agrees to pay fine if late for Rock In Rio

Metallica: audio of California Big 4 set available

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax rocked more than 50,000 fans at the Empire Polo Grounds to its core last Saturday, just a week after the Coachella Festival took place on the same site in Indio.

This was the first Metallica show of 2011 and the first U.S. gig featuring The Big 4. It has been almost three years since the last large outdoor gig in the U.S. for the band; the last large outdoor concert was Ozzfest in August of 2008.

Fans were treated to rare, full version of “Orion” – the Cliff Burton-penned instrumental from “Master Of Puppets.” While the first half of the song was performed at two shows in 2005, this was the first time that the full version was performed in the U.S.

Metallica brought out members of Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax to perform a cover of Diamond Head’s "Am I Evil?." Dave Mustaine, Kerry King, Scott Ian, Rob Caggiano, Chris Broderick, David Ellefson, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Shawn Drover, Dave Lombardo and Joey Belladonna all participated in the jam.

The latest goodies for Metallica fans include audio of the band’s full set at Saturday’s Big 4 show.

Audio samples of Metallica’s set can be streamed at LiveMetallica.com.

Full-song downloads can be purchased for $0.99 each. Full shows can be downloaded for $9.95 and a high-quality FLAC version of the entire set can be purchased for $12.95.

Launched in March 2004, LiveMetallica.com initially sold downloads of nothing but full live sets of Metallica's concerts. In September 2009, the band responded to fan demands to purchase single tracks from the shows.

Fans can also visit "The Vault" section of the web site for free downloads of selected shows prior to 2004.

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Big 4 - Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011


01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom the Bell Tolls
03. Fuel
04. Ride the Lightning
05. Fade to Black
06. Cyanide
07. All Nightmare Long
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Orion
11. One
12. Master of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman

Encore:

16. Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover) (with all 4 bands)
17. Hit The Lights
18. Seek And Destroy

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Metallica – Orion
Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011


See also:

VIDEO: Metallica present pro-shot footage of California Big 4 jam
Metallica: Lars Ulrich reflects on Big 4 US debut
Metallica: Big 4 go double-platinum
VIDEO: Metallica, Big 4 rock California
Metallica: Cliff Burton inspired title character in Hesher film
Metallica, Satriani confirmed for Quebec Festival

William Shatner: Honorary Headbanger


Captain Kirk rocks?

Yup.

Last week, legendary actor, recording artist and author William Shatner was presented with the Honorary Headbanger Award at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show, held at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.

Revered for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, Shatner was 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.

“When Revolver asked me to come down,” said Shatner, “it seemed like a natural thing to do – to go from Zakk Wylde to this. I’m just thrilled to be among this enthusiastic group of people filled with heavy metal emotion.”

Later this year, Shatner will officially prove the latter with his new album, “Searching For Major Tom” (formerly “Seeking Major Tom’), which features collaborations with hard-rock musicians including Ritchie Blackmore and 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.

For a full song/artist list, click here.

Shatner gained a new appreciation for hard rock/heavy metal while making the album.

“It’s increased my awareness of the excitement of heavy metal music, the emotion behind it, and the expertise of the musicians. I like good music and this is what this is,” he added.

William Shatner – interview
Revolver Golden God Awards – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2011


William Shatner – Rocket Man
Science Fiction Film Awards (1978)


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William Shatner album to feature Zakk Wylde, Ritchie Blackmore, Peter Frampton & more
William Shatner to receive Honorary Headbanger Award
Zakk Wylde and William Shatner to cover Black Sabbath classic

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

VIDEO: Twisted Sister rock Jimmy Fallon

Twisted Sister were out in full force Tuesday night, as they rocked a couple of songs on Jimmy Fallon’s show.

The band played two tracks: their massive 1984 anthem, “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” as well as “I Am (I’m Me),” an album cut off of 1983’s “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” – a request by Fallon himself.

On Friday, April 29, Twisted Sister will perform at the Best Buy Theater in New York City to benefit The Pinkburst Project.

Created by Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, The Pinkburst Project is a collection of custom made guitars and amplifiers that have been built to both create awareness for The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation and be sold at auction to help raise funds for research, education and support for those affected by uveitis and other inflammatory eye diseases.

Uveitis is the leading cause of blindness among American girls; French’s daughter, Samantha, was diagnosed with it at age 6 during a routine eye exam. Thanks to early detection and treatment, Samantha stands a good chance of maintaining her normal sight for the rest of her life, even after going through 5 different cycles of chemo drugs in the past decade.

The Pinkburst Project one-of-a-kind collection includes custom made guitars from Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Epiphone, Gretsch & Martin and custom amps from Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa, Orange, Hartke and Diamond. All will be offered for sale at auction during the Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Auction previews will take place at Skinner Auctioneers at their Boston location (63 Park Plaza). The preview dates and times will take place as follows (all times EST):

April 29: 12 noon - 7 p.m.
April 30: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 1: 9-10:30 a.m.

"The Pinkburst Project was my way of calling attention to the virtually unknown disease called uveitis,” says French. “In a world of cookie-cutter fundraisers, I wanted to do something that was different and really exciting, something that would get lots of attention with collectors of musical instruments, something never done before (and probably never again) and something that could hopefully raise a lot of money."

French commissioned the custom shops of the world's top guitar electric makers to replicate the color and style of his pink sunburst Gibson Les Paul.

The entire collection can be viewed online at www.pinkburstproject.org and will appear in Skinner 's catalog and auction previews in April.

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Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – April 26, 2011


Twisted Sister – I Am (I’m Me)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – April 26, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Bogota, Columbia

Ozzy Osbourne’s South American tour in support of “Scream” continued this month with an April 16 show in Bogota, Colombia.

In the latest OzTV webisode, crew guy Big Dave takes us on a tour of Ozzy’s plane, guitarist Gus G. and keyboardist Adam Wakeman do some “Cocaine” backstage, and Ozzy brings a little friend by to show the guys.

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OzTV – Bogota, Columbia – April 16, 2011


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Jack Osbourne planning Black Sabbath horror film
VIDEO: Q&A with Ozzy and Jack at God Bless Ozzy Osbourne premiere
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Lima, Peru
VIDEO: Jack Osbourne discusses ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ film
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Rio and Belo Horizonte
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Brasilia

Steven Tyler: new solo single sample available


Lotsa Steven Tyler on the immediate horizon.

Available this Friday (29), the Aerosmith singer is on the cover of Rolling Stone; his new autobiography, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You,” is due May 3; and, there’s a brand new solo single to be released on May 10.

“(It) Feels So Good” will premiere on American Idol host’s Ryan Seacrest's radio show on May 9, before being available on iTunes the following day.

An audio sample of "(It) Feels So Good" is available at Amazon.com here.

"I can hear it coming out of people's cars this summer," says Tyler.

The bouncy, poppy tune – under the title “Oxygen (Feels So Good)” – was rejected by the Boston band back in 2002 when they were going through new songs to add to the “O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits” package.

Looks like Steven has resurrected the track, as all the leaked versions of the original song have been taken offline due to a copyright request by Tyler.

Tyler is teaming up with Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based director and photographer Ray Kay to direct the video. Kay has worked with everyone from Britney Spears to Lady Gaga to Beyonce; his video for Justin Bieber’s “Baby” is is currently the most viewed video ever, of any kind, on YouTube, with over 500 million views. All in all, Kay's videos have been watched over 1 billion times on YouTube.

This is the second solo single of Tyler’s career: last fall, he recorded the theme song to the live-action movie "Space Battleship Yamato." "Love Lives" was released in Japan last November...and for those who may have missed it, here's another spin...

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Steven Tyler – Love Lives (Acoustic version) (2010)


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Aerosmith: Steven Tyler grants dying man’s wish
Steven Tyler set for cover of Rolling Stone magazine
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler helps American Idol bounce back
Steven Tyler tops the hennemusic Hot 10

VIDEO: Whitesnake Live At Donington 1990 trailer


Vintage Whitesnake is on its way, as the band releases "Live At Donington 1990," a DVD/double CD set available on June 3 in Europe and June 7 in North America via Frontiers Records.

The August 18, 1990 show captured Whitesnake headlining the legendary Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington festival (now known as Download).

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, 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.

Meanwhile, Whitesnake’s new album “Forevermore,” is out now; the first single/video clip, “Love Will Set You Free,” sees Coverdale and the guys rocking out at the Crystal Bay Club in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Whitesnake begin their 2011 world tour with a headlining gig at the M3 Festival in Columbia, Maryland on May 14.

"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

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Whitesnake – Slip Of The Tongue

Monsters Of Rock
Castle Donington – Leicestershire, UK – August 18, 1990


See also:

Vintage Whitesnake live DVD/2CD set due in June
New video: Whitesnake “Love Will Set You Free”
Whitesnake announce summer tour dates
Whitesnake reveal new album title
Whitesnake announce 2011 tour dates

Jack Osbourne planning Black Sabbath horror film

New filmmaker Jack Osbourne is establishing himself in the field as producer of the God Bless Ozzy Osbourne documentary, which debuted Sunday at the 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Expected in theatres later this year, the Ozzy feature is the first venture for Osbourne’s Jacko Productions.

And now comes word that Jack’s second project will also be something with ties very close to home: a horror film called “Black Sabbath” that will feature music from the legendary band.

"Jack and I are about to do a horror movie called Black Sabbath, so there's some connective tissue there," God Bless Ozzy Osbourne co-producer Marc Weingarten told WENN following Sunday’s premiere. “Just the music of Black Sabbath is in the movie, but it’s not about the band.”

While he wouldn’t reveal any plot details, and admits that none of the cast has been assembled yet, Weingarten does have a schedule in mind. “We’ll start shooting by the end of the year,” he said.

The project may be linked to something Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was involved with in recent years.

In 2009, the Guardian reported that Iommi had teamed up with TV producer Mike Fleiss to conceive and write music for a series of films called "Black Sabbath."

The films "won't be about the group [Black Sabbath] but will use the title as a jumping-off point," said Iommi.

Fleiss had previously produced Hostel and Hostel 2, as well as 2006's Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.

Stay tuned.

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Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)



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VIDEO: Q&A with Ozzy and Jack at God Bless Ozzy Osbourne premiere
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Lima, Peru
VIDEO: Jack Osbourne discusses ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ film
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Rio and Belo Horizonte
Ozzy Osbourne: OzTV hits Brasilia

Dave Grohl talks about playing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ again

Oh, to be a fly on the wall, sometimes.

A few months back, Dave Grohl teamed up with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (and guitarist Pat Smear, currently a Foo Fighter himself) and the Foos, and ran through a jam on the Nirvana classic,

The Pulse Of Radio reports that, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Grohl says it was the first time in almost two decades since he had played the song.

"The day we finished the record [“Wasting Light”], we had this club gig to do,” explains Grohl. “It was in this little bar down the street, a surprise show. I invited Krist to come down and play a song. We wanted to play 'Marigold,' which was the B-side of the 'Heart-Shaped Box' single, and it was the only Nirvana song I sang."

"So, we go to the studio that day to practice,” continued Dave. “We run though the song once and then Krist says, 'Hey you guys want to do some moldy oldies?' Me and Pat look at each other and go, 'Okay, what do you want to do?' He says, 'Let's do 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' I hadn't played that song in 18 years . . .We ended the song and look at each other like, 'That was strange.' We walked out and (the studio manager) looked at us and said, 'Yeah, it sounded pretty good. You guys should keep that."“Smells Like Teen Spirit.”


Grohl, Novoselic and Smear last played together in 1994 on Nirvana's final tour, after which frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life, in April of that year.

"Wasting Light"
flew off store shelves last week, selling 235,000 copies Stateside, enough to give the Foo Fighters their very first #1 album on the Billboard chart.

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Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)


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VIDEO: Watch Foo Fighters Live From 606
VIDEO: Watch Foo Fighters Live On Letterman webcast
VIDEO: Foo Fighters rock Letterman
VIDEO: Foo Fighters rock Jon Stewart, play online concert tonight
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Hear new Foo Fighters album @ hennemusic

Aerosmith: Steven Tyler says he and Joe Perry did drugs in 2008


As part of the hype-building (aka promotion) for Steven Tyler’s new autobiography, “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”, the Aerosmith frontman will be gracing the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone.

Safe to say we’ll probably be flooded with a lot of juicy headlines about Tyler and his band in the next few weeks, as the book hits shelves on May 3.

So, for starters, there’s excerpts from the new Rolling Stone interview posted online, and we learn that all was not so rosy and sober in Aerosmith a couple of years ago.

During Aerosmith's ill-fated attempt to cut a new album with producer Brendan O'Brien a couple years back, Tyler says he did drugs with Joe Perry for the first time in years.

"It was just like 30 years before," Tyler says. "I whipped out mine, he whipped out his and we got high together again. I say to Joe, 'Wow, man, how you been, it's been, what, 17 years since we got high together? Joe, you've been fucking running away from me ever since.' "

Bonding aside, the album sessions didn't go well. "Joe was high and he couldn't play," says Tyler. "I couldn't sing, really, because I was snorting everything, and it f**ks up your throat. It was the wrong time." (Despite repeated requests, Perry declined to comment for the RS story.)

We also get a retelling of Tyler’s apparent “audition” for Led Zeppelin, back in 2008, when he flew to London to sing for Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, who were considering starting a new project with him.

"I decided, 'Well, I know that I'm mad at those [Aerosmith] guys, but I'm not that mad,'" Tyler says. "So I called Jimmy up after I left, two weeks later, and said, 'You're in a classic band, and so is mine, and I just can't do that to my guys, and I can't do it to Robert [Plant],' and I couldn't see finding a year to really put myself into it. So for whatever the band thought, never in a million years was I going to quit Aerosmith to start Zeppelin."

In the story, Tyler talks about his motivation for signing on as an American Idol judge – a move he made after his bandmates threatened to throw him out of Aerosmith.

"Did I take this job to show the band?"
he says. "F**k, yeah. Not to show them, but that I can't be held hostage anymore. I will be my own hostage. The band can't throw me out."

As for the book, Tyler is proud of his effort and the time he put into the project.

“It was grueling,”
said Tyler. “It took two years. I went back and researched stuff that happened 40 years ago that I’d forgotten about. By the time I was done, it truly lived up to its title. It’s one thing to blow out the candle and go to bed; it’s another thing to go back and look, and rehash, and try to think about what it was that evoked all the songs and us being on tour for 40 years. I think we did a really good job of it.”

Steven Tyler – Rolling Stone cover photo shoot



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Camp Freddy with Steven Tyler – Sweet Emotion
The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA – December 10, 2010


Camp Freddy with Steven Tyler – Whole Lotta Love
The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA – December 10, 2010


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VIDEO: Metallica present pro-shot footage of California Big 4 jam

Metallica know how to get a job done.

The metal icons continue to offer goodies to their fans: from pre-show meet & greets, to pro-shot footage of their shows, they understand and celebrate the artist/fan relationship.

Take the latest offering from Metallica: pro-shot footage of some of the band’s day at the first Big 4 show on U.S. soil, this past Saturday in California.

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax rocked more than 50,000 fans at the Empire Polo Grounds to its core, just a week after the Coachella Festival took place on the same site in Indio.

Official Metallica.com footage of Metallica's pre-show meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and performance at the show has now surfaced….check it out below.

Metallica
Big 4 - Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom the Bell Tolls
03. Fuel
04. Ride the Lightning
05. Fade to Black
06. Cyanide
07. All Nightmare Long
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Orion
11. One
12. Master of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman

Encore:

16. Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover) (with all 4 bands)
17. Hit The Lights
18. Seek And Destroy


Big 4 – Am I Evil?
Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011



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Metallica – Orion
Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011


Metallica – meet & greet
Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011


Metallica – tuning room
Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011


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Kasabian: new album due in October

Some details have leaked out on Kasabian’s plans for their new record.

Although the album is still being finished and is currently untitled, a Sony/BMG representative told This Is Leicestershire that plans to release it have now been put in place.

"They're still working on it, although it's nearly finished,” the record label rep said. “They're mixing it. I can't tell you who's producing it – it's secret – and I can't even give you a clue about what it sounds like because we haven't heard it."

The UK rockers have been recording in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Whatever happens in the studio, it will sound better live, says guitarist Serge Pizzorno. "I just want people to come away from it going 'Yep, great album. It's different, I love it. Let's go and see 'em live. Thank you'."

Check out more of Pizzorno’s thoughts at This Is Leicestershire here.

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Kasabian – Reason Is Treason
Rock AM Ring – Nürburg, Germany – June 4, 2010


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VIDEO: Alter Bridge rock Jimmy Kimmel Live!

You gotta hope that singer Myles Kennedy doesn’t get dizzy too often from the back and forth of juggling his gigs with both Alter Bridge and Slash.

With Slash’s solo tour on another extended break, Kennedy is back on the road with Alter Bridge, who are out supporting the band’s latest release, “ABIII.”

Alter Bridge’s US dates kicked off in Portland, Oregon on April 21 and will continue through to the end of May, at which point the band heads to Europe for a series of festivals throughout June.

Slash returns to Europe for dates starting July 9, so the double-duty schedule seems to be well-executed for Kennedy’s benefit.

Monday night, Alter Bridge stopped by Jimmy Kimmel’s show for a performance of their first #1 single, “Isolation.”

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Alter Bridge – Isolation
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – April 25, 2011


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VIDEO: Journey’s ‘Eclipse’ promo package

Journey fans won’t have to wait much longer for the band’s new album, “Eclipse.”

The disc is set for release in the US and Canada on May 24th, exclusively at Walmart, and beginning June 3rd in Europe on Frontiers Records.

The 12 tracks were written over the past 18 months by the core team of guitarist Neal Schon and keyboard player Jonathan Cain, with collaboration from singer Arnel Pineda.

“You know, I think it’s our new 'Escape' [1981], our new 'Frontiers' [1983] just brought up to date,” says Schon. “We travelled in some different places and we weren’t afraid of it. I think the result is great: it’s more of a mystical record than a pop record. There’s a lot of hooks, but there’s a lot of power, and there’s a lot of orchestration. It’s real cinematic-sounding; everything is real big, like the places we’re about to play.”

Journey kick off their tour on June 4 with a series of UK dates featuring Foreigner and Styx; following that, Journey hit North America with Foreigner and Night Ranger for at least the next three months, starting July 21 in Salt Lake City.

The band has released their EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for “Eclipse” – check out it:

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Journey – Eclipse ( EPK) (2011)


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

VIDEO: R.E.M. – Every Day Is Yours To Win

R.E.M.’s videos for songs from their newest release, “Collapse Into Now,” continue to surface.

Frontman Michael Stipe oversaw a plan to have noted filmmakers create videos for each of the disc’s 12 tracks.

“It was my idea to bring a very 20th Century idea – album - into the 21st Century,”
said Stipe, “by asking artists and filmmakers to create a film for each song on the new R.E.M. record.”

Tuesday, the band premiered a clip on YouTube for “Every Day Is Yours To Win,” directed by Jim McKay, Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch.

According to McKay, the video is comprised completely of YouTube clips, so it was fitting that, as an interesting addition to the launch, Stipe and McKay posted an introduction to the video itself on YouTube, as well, where they outlined the playlist of material used in the footage.

R.E.M. – Michael Stipe and Jim McKay
Introduce premiere of Every Day Is Yours To Win (April 26, 2011)



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R.E.M. – Every Day Is Yours To Win (2011)


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Motley Crue: Vince Neil completes DUI sentence

Vince Neil is three times lucky.

With the help of some crafty maneuvering by his lawyers, an oversight by the District Attorney, and a case of “revolving” Judges, Neil has fulfilled the requirements of his DUI sentence in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reports Neil’s attorney, David Schonfeld, was in a Vegas courtroom Tuesday for a hearing to check the status of Neil’s progress in regards to his sentencing.

Schonfeld told Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman that Neil had completed all of the requirements of his sentence, which ordered him to serve 15 days of jail time, 15 days of house arrest, pay a $585 fine, attend DUI school and attend a victim-impact panel online.

The prosecutor asked whether Neil had also stayed out of trouble, a question that appeared to be in reference to the recent charges Vince faces as a result of an March 24 confrontation he had involving his former girlfriend, Alicia Jacobs. Neil has been charged with battery domestic violence and disorderly conduct stemming from that incident at the Las Vegas Hilton.

"There was no stay out of trouble order, your honor," Schonfeld told the judge.

Schonfeld said the transcripts from the sentencing hearing show staying out of trouble for a probationary period of time wasn't part of the sentence package, the result of a plea agreement that had been reached between Neil's attorneys and District Attorney David Roger earlier this year.

Goodman, who appeared surprised, asked Schonfeld whether he had a copy of the transcript; Schonfeld brought a copy to the bench and directed him to the fourth page of the transcript.

"Mr. Schonfeld, you are correct. There is no stay out of trouble order. That closes it out today," Goodman said.

Although Goodman's department handled Neil's case, a different judge handled Neil's actual sentencing on Jan. 26. Neil came to court early that day and at the request of his attorneys, his case was moved up and was heard early by Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Gerry Zobrist.

Well played.

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Motley Crue – Wild Side
Carnival Of Sins DVD


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