Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chickenfoot: Hear new single - Big Foot

Chickenfoot are finally back with “Big Foot,” the first single from the band upcoming album, “Chickenfoot III.”

The song will be on radio and iTunes on Monday, but it’s now making the rounds online…so you don’t have to wait for old media to catch up while you check it out.

“Chickenfoot III” hits stores September 27 and there’s talk of a tour starting in November. With drummer Chad Smith returning to the Red Hot Chili Peppers – who have their own album and tour to do – Chickenfoot is in the process of auditioning some players to see who can fill Smith’s shoes in his absence.

"That's the biggest disappointment about the whole thing," singer Sammy Hagar told Rolling Stone recently, adding the band has auditioned several drummers and have an audition with Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins). "He's going to spend a couple days with this and were just going to jam and if he fits. It's got to be the chemistry. Kenny can play that's for sure and we all like him. He's kind of like Chad – he's kind of crazy and he hits so f**king hard that he beats his drum set to the ground that after every show he needs a new drum set."

Chickenfoot
"Chickenfoot III"
Release date: September 27, 2011

01 - Last Temptation
02 - Alright, Alright
03 - Different Devil
04 - Up Next
05 - Lighten Up
06 - Come Closer
07 - Three and a Half Letters
08 - Big Foot
09 - Dubai Blues
10 - Something Going Wrong


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Chickenfoot – Big Foot (2011)

Big Foot by Chickenfoot
See also:

Sammy Hagar to receive hometown Milley Award
Sammy Hagar says Chickenfoot III is best record he’s ever made
Chickenfoot: Hear sample of first single from Chickenfoot III
Chickenfoot: Hear first audio tease from new album
Chickenfoot sign North American deal with eOne Music
Chickenfoot: New album due in September
Sammy Hagar announces 2011 Cabo Birthday Bash
Michael Anthony: Chickenfoot vs. Van Halen
Sammy Hagar: Limited Edition Signature Explorer guitar available
Chickenfoot completes mixing new album
Chickenfoot: second album almost finished
VIDEO: Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani perform anthem at San Francisco Giants game

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne film coming to US theatres for 2 nights in August


Ozzy on the big screen…nice.

The Ozzy Osbourne documentary, "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,"is coming to US theatres nationwide on Wednesday, August 24 and Monday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).

Directed by Ozzy’s son Jack Osbourne, the film – which debuted earlier this year at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival - is packed with never-before-seen Black Sabbath footage and recent solo tour clips.

Fellow musicians such as Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee and others will also share stories, while an exclusive interview with the Osbourne family explains why bringing Ozzy's storied history to life — through the eyes of his son Jack — was the perfect motivation to capture one of music’s greatest icons in candid splendor.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, August 1.

For details on early access to the film, click here.

For a list of all participating theaters, click here.

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Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
After Hours – Rochester, NY - April 28, 1981


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OzTV: Ozzy Osbourne hits Spain
OzTV: Ozzy Osbourne hits London
OzTV: Ozzy Osbourne hits France’s Hellfest
OzTV: Ozzy Osbourne hits Luxembourg
Ozzy Osbourne: Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy book due in October
OzTV: Ozzy Osbourne hits Munich
OzTV: Ozzy Osbourne hits Oberhausen
VIDEO: Randy Rhoads rocks with Ozzy Osbourne
VIDEO: Ozzy Osbourne reissues legendary first two solo albums
Ozzy Osbourne: Classic album reissues due in May
Ozzy reissues update
Ozzy to rerelease classic albums

VIDEO: Journey rock NBC’s Today Show

Journey appeared Friday on NBC’s Today Show and brought all kinds of music with them.

Currently on tour and promoting their new album, “Eclipse,” Journey played the first single (“City Of Hope”) from the album as well as three classics.

While on the show, host Matt Lauer presented the band with a plaque from Neilsen/Soundscan declaring “Don’t Stop Believin’” as the biggest selling classic rock digital track of the 20th Century…basically, the most downloaded song of the era.

Journey are touring North American this summer with Foreigner and Night Ranger.

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Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
NBC – Today Show – July 29, 2011


Journey – City Of Hope
NBC – Today Show – July 29, 2011


Journey – Faithfully
NBC – Today Show – July 29, 2011


Journey – Any Way You Want It
NBC – Today Show – July 29, 2011


See also:

VIDEO: Journey featured on CBS Sunday Morning
VIDEO: Journey – City Of Hope
VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Journey classic with Steel Panther
VIDEO: Journey’s ‘Eclipse’ promo package
Journey: Eclipse track listing announced
Journey announce US tour with Foreigner, Night Ranger
VIDEO: Journey debut 5 new songs from ‘Eclipse’
Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry working on new music
New Journey album due in May
Journey: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ biography due in May

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 29: Final day to bid on Metallica meet and greet for charity

Metallica are one of several artists supporting the current Grammy Charity Online Auction....which ends later TODAY.

The Auctions program brings music memorabilia and VIP experiences to the auction block throughout the year to benefit the valuable programs of Grammy charities – MusiCares and The Grammy Foundation.

The Back to School Charity Auction gives music fans a chance to support charity while snagging one of several goodies up for bids, including signed instruments, framed items and an in-person meet and greet.

Metallica have donated their time for a meet and greet with one winning bidder for their show at Yankee Stadium this September; check out the package here.

The Auction has been up and running since July 19, and TODAY (Friday, July 29) is the FINAL DAY…with most items available until late afternoon/early evening eastern time.

For more details click here.

Assisting those who have made music their life’s work, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical financial assistance and services for music people in times of need. For more information, visit http://www.musicares.com

The Grammy Foundation cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the impact of music on American culture through music education programs, scholarships and grants. For more information, visit http://www.grammyfoundation.com

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Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
Ullevi Stadium - Gothenburg, Sweden – July 3, 2011


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VIDEO: Metallica rocks Quebec City
VIDEO: Metallica rock Halifax
VIDEO: Metallica rock France
VIDEO: Metallica, Big 4 rock Sonisphere UK
Metallica: Lars Ulrich discusses St. Anger
VIDEO: Metallica rock Quebec City
VIDEO: Metallica rock Milan
VIDEO: Metallica rock Halifax
VIDEO: Metallica tuning room footage from Big 4 show in Sweden
VIDEO: Metallica warm up for Sonisphere UK in back of truck
VIDEO: Metallica – Big 4 jam at Sonisphere UK
VIDEO: Metallica - pro-shot footage of Big 4 jam in Germany
Metallica, Lou Reed to team with Anton Corbijn for album cover
VIDEO: Big 4 jam at Milan show
VIDEO: Big 4 - Watch full Metallica set from Sweden
VIDEO: Big 4 - Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax jam at Sweden show

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Def Leppard tour resumes in Cincinnati


Def Leppard are back on the road following the recent loss of singer Joe Elliott’s father (pictured above, 1993) after a lengthy illness.

The band postponed several shows as Joe left the tour to be at the hospital by his father’s side.

Leppard returned to action Wednesday night in Cincinnati, and Elliott has posted the following message for fans about his return:

“Thank You Cincinnati…(from Joe Elliott)”

By now most of you will know that my Father passed away after a long illness, on July 7th, aged 81. This is why some of our shows have been rescheduled, & quite frankly, why I might have been "off my game" recently, & for that I can only apologize.

Going into the rehearsals & tour, even with a sick Father's blessing, is a lot harder than I imagined it to be, & through all the jokes & smiles during interviews & indeed up on stage, there's an inherent sadness & worry you just can't shake...and as we like to say, you can't unscramble an egg....it IS hard to deal with, but you all know, we are the kings of getting on with it, so we shall prevail, ...which brings me back to the title of this piece ....

Last night was the first show back after the enforced break, the first show I've ever done without a Father, & can I say to the good people of Cincinnati Ohio, THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT THAT LITTLE BIT EASIER TO DEAL WITH BY BEEING "SO" GOOD !!!

I'll admit, I ran out of gas last night, by Photograph I had nothing left to give ... it WAS emotional, yes, but it was over 100 degrees on stage too, which didn't help either, but you guys carried me over the last part of the show on a wave of goodwill that I will never forget !!

I had to get the first show, wherever it might have been, out of the way, to help me move on as it were, & after experiencing a reception like we did last night I wouldn't have wanted it anywhere else !!! .... I hope the rest of the shows are as good, and I'm sure they will be, but for now, last night emotionally at least has helped me through the hardest few weeks of my life, & I thank you all for that.

Also, I thank everyone who has sent condolence messages to my Mum and me, mainly through the Planet Rock account, way too many to reply to, so please take this as a great big THANK YOU !! ... my old man would be well proud !!! ... as he was when I photographed him sat on Rick's Kit at the Don Valley Stadium gig back in 1993, the photograph (above) is something I thought I'd like to share with you all .....

Once again, thank you all so very much for your support over these last few very difficult weeks ...

Love & peace,
Joe Elliott

Leppard and tour mates Heart continue their North American summer tour with shows in the US northeast.

Def Leppard – Photograph
02 Arena – Dublin, IE – June 8, 2011


See also:

VIDEO: Def Leppard rock Download Festival
Def Leppard tour manager pays tribute to Joe Elliott’s father
Def Leppard: Joe Elliott’s father dies
Def Leppard announce Japanese shows
VIDEO: Def Leppard rock Animal during Mirrorball tour rehearsals
Def Leppard: Mirrorball available for streaming
VIDEO: Def Leppard tour rehearsals - part 2
VIDEO: Def Leppard tour rehearsals - part 1
Def Leppard tops the hennemusic Hot 10
VIDEO: Def Leppard rock The Tonight Show

Sammy Hagar to receive hometown Milley Award

Sammy Hagar: Hometown Hero.

That’s how the sign outside Sammy’s place could read after he is honored by his hometown this fall.

The Mill Valley Patch reports Hagar is one of 7 residents of Mill Valley, California – a part of Marin County – to receive a 2011 Milley Award.

The Milleys were created by Abby Wasserman in 1988 to honor one local person a year for their creative achievements. By 1995, the Art Commission realized that Mill Valley suffered from an overwhelming abundance of great artists, and expanded the event to include five recipients.

The 2011 Milley Awards ceremony will take place on October 23.

Hagar and his latest band, Chickenfoot, unveil their new album, “Chickenfoot III” on September 27; the first single, “Big Foot,” will be released August 2.

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Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55
Farm Aid 1
Memorial Stadium - Champaign, Illinois - September 22, 1985


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Sammy Hagar says Chickenfoot III is best record he’s ever made
Chickenfoot: Hear sample of first single from Chickenfoot III
Chickenfoot: Hear first audio tease from new album
Chickenfoot sign North American deal with eOne Music
Chickenfoot: New album due in September
Sammy Hagar announces 2011 Cabo Birthday Bash
Michael Anthony: Chickenfoot vs. Van Halen
Sammy Hagar: Limited Edition Signature Explorer guitar available
Chickenfoot completes mixing new album
Chickenfoot: second album almost finished
VIDEO: Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani perform anthem at San Francisco Giants game

Hear new ZZ Top - Flyin’ High

Last month, new music from ZZ Top was circling the globe in the hands of Astronaut Michael Fossum on his way to the International Space Station via a Russian spacecraft.

The opportunity to debut the song “Flyin’ High” in space was too good to miss. “We figured it’d be the perfect song to pass along to the astronauts,” guitarist Billy Gibbons tells Mojo.

The new project was produced by Rick Rubin and will be released before the end of the year.

“It sounds and feels like ‘Tres Hombres,’ with a few elements of the ‘Eliminator’ period thrown in,” says Gibbons. “A pretty wide range, from basic blues to slightly more fancy stuff.”

ZZ Top just completed a European tour and kicks off a series of North American dates this weekend in New York state.

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ZZ Top - Flyin’ High (2011)


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ZZ Top debuts new song in space
ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons named Texas State Musician
ZZ Top: new album due in 2011
ZZ Top to receive Texas Medal Of Arts
ZZ Top, Extreme guitarists help launch new Pushking album
Steven Tyler to appear on new ZZ Top tribute album
ZZ Top to record with Rick Rubin

Eddie Van Halen a little nervous about new album

The thought of competing with one’s own history must be a rough bridge to cross.

Just ask Eddie Van Halen.

Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt did.

The guitar wizard is facing his own ghosts on the upcoming Van Halen release, the band’s first with original lead singer David Lee Roth in more than 25 years.

The new VH also represents a few milestones:

• First new VH music since 2004
• First new VH album since 1998’s “Van Halen III”
• First new VH music with Roth since 1996
• First recordings with bassist Wolfgang Van Halen

Back in January, Bettencourt was in L.A.’s Henson Studios for a songwriting session when he had a chance encounter with his guitar hero.

“As I was about to enter the room, my ears demanded that my feet stop in their tracks,” writes Nuno in the upcoming Neil Zlozower book, “Eddie Van Halen,” due this fall. “What caused me to stop was a familiar sound from the room across the hall. This sound was desperately trying to break through the double-thick walls of the studio. It was faint, but even so, there was no mistaking the power of the sound that was seeping through those walls, because there can only be one Edward.”

“I looked around to make sure no one was around, and then walked over and put my ear to the wall,”
continues Bettencourt. “I closed my eyes and listened intensely, and between the vibration and what I actually heard—poof!—I was transformed from forty-four to fourteen years old. Then, for the next three minutes, like a burst of electricity running through me, I saw and heard the soundtrack of my life flash before me. Back to the minute I walked into my brother’s room and heard “Running with the Devil” for the first time and I froze, staring at the record player with my mouth open like I was seeing porn for the first time, trying to comprehend what I was hearing. If that wasn’t scary enough, my brother then played another track, which opened with the thunder of the greatest, most individual and under-celebrated drummer in the world, King Alex Van Halen: PaDaLaBum PaDaLaBum . . . “Eruption!” At that point I looked at my brother and asked if we were being invaded by aliens, and what planet Edward Van Halen was from.”

“I ran into Edward an hour later in the hallway,”
Nuno writes, “and after receiving a hello and a warm hug from the man who changed the world, I asked, ‘How’s it coming along in there?’ And Ed said, ‘It’s cool. . . . I’m a little nervous, though.’ I said, ‘Nervous? You!? Eddie Van? The Master? Do you have any idea what you have done? The gifts you have given us for over thirty years? You single-handedly changed the history of how we play guitar!’”

“And with that grin that we have been seeing on Eddie’s face for as long as we can remember, he looked me in the eye and said, ‘I know . . . why do you think I’m nervous?’ Then he walked off like John Wayne, straight back into the studio.”


Check out Nuno’s full story from Zlozower’s book as published by the Van Halen News Desk here.

No title or release date has been confirmed for the VH album; the band plays the Soundwave Revolution festival for dates across Australia starting in late in September.

Van Van Halen

Van Halen – Runnin’ With The Devil (1978)


See also:

Sammy Hagar says Chickenfoot III is best record he’s ever made

Van Halen: Sevendust drummer raves about new album
Van Halen: World Tour rumored to start in November
Van Halen producer says band is ‘on fire’ with new album
Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen named Top American Rock Bands of All Time by Gibson
Van Halen: New music update
Michael Anthony: Chickenfoot vs. Van Halen
Alter Bridge guitarist hears new Van Halen album
Eddie Van Halen interviewed by Smithsonian magazine
Van Halen mixing new album, says Slash
Eddie Van Halen photo book due in October
PHOTO: Eddie Van Halen with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam
Van Halen: first 2011 concerts announced

Metallica announce 30th Anniversary shows

Metallica couldn’t let their 30th Anniversary slip by without a sound – A VERY LOUD SOUND, that is.

The band has announced a week-long run of shows at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco this December to mark the occasion.

Here’s the word from Metallica:

Thirty years of Metallica... can you believe it? We think it's cause for a major celebration! You've been asking for a while now "just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?" closely followed by "why don't we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?"

We've heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica...fun for the entire family!

Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness.

Participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). If you can't join us for the full week, we'll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we're going back to early '80's ticket pricing (but not the hair!)... single show tickets will be just $6.00 each.

Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah. Clubbers can log in for all the details... we're taking reservations through August 8.

Hope to see you for a week of madness in December!

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Metallica – Master Of Puppets
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction – April 4, 2009


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VIDEO: Metallica rocks Quebec City
VIDEO: Metallica rock Halifax
VIDEO: Metallica rock France
VIDEO: Metallica, Big 4 rock Sonisphere UK
Metallica: Lars Ulrich discusses St. Anger
VIDEO: Metallica rock Quebec City
VIDEO: Metallica rock Milan
VIDEO: Metallica rock Halifax
VIDEO: Metallica tuning room footage from Big 4 show in Sweden
VIDEO: Metallica warm up for Sonisphere UK in back of truck
VIDEO: Metallica – Big 4 jam at Sonisphere UK
VIDEO: Metallica - pro-shot footage of Big 4 jam in Germany
Metallica, Lou Reed to team with Anton Corbijn for album cover
VIDEO: Big 4 jam at Milan show
VIDEO: Big 4 - Watch full Metallica set from Sweden
VIDEO: Big 4 - Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax jam at Sweden show

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Former Deep Purple keyboardist made Honorary Doctor Of Music


Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord has received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester.

“Jon Lord is one of British music’s most eclectic and talented instrumentalists. There are no signs of his creative talents abating.”

These words rounded off a detailed account of Jon Lord’s musical life that preceded Jon being presented with the Honorary Degree on July 15 at the University’s De Montfort Hall.

- "It is humbling to hear your life retold with such accuracy," he said in his acceptance speech, where he also spoke fondly of his musical childhood in Leicester.

His first concert was experience was in the same hall where the presentation ceremony was being held.

- "I was 6 or 7 years old and heard cutting edge classical stuff performed by the Hallé Orchestra; the William Tell Overture, Grieg’s Piano Concerto and the New World Symphony."

- "It thrilled me and possibly changed things right there," he explains.

Years later in the same hall, he saw Buddy Holly.

- "He spun my head around. The love of what Buddy Holly represented and the love of what the Hallé Orchestra represented has defined my musical life."

- "This town was and still is deep inside my bones, and it’s a huge, huge privilege and an honour to come back here and accept this honorary degree. My parents – were they alive – would be dancing in the street. I suspect and hope they’re dancing somewhere far more pleasant than Averill Road [Jon's childhood home]. Thank you and God bless!"

The last time Jon Lord visited the University of Leicester was 41 years ago when Deep Purple played at the Students’ Union on February 7, 1970.

Jon Lord – Honorary Doctor Of Music Degree presentation
University of Leicester – July 15, 2011


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Deep Purple – Child In Time
BBC – February 19, 1970


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Deep Purple: Glenn Hughes launches autobiography in London
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Deep Purple: Glenn Hughes bio due next week
Deep Purple: North American tour to feature 30-piece orchestra
New solo album from Deep Purple bassist due in June

VIDEO: Metallica rocks Quebec City

Metallica has released some pro-shot footage of their recent Quebec City show.

The July 16 performance, before more than 100,00 fans on the Plains Of Abraham, was the second of two Canadian dates that week – following Metallica’s gig in Halifax two days earlier.

Metallica Quebec show was part of the 44th annual Festival d'été de Québec, which ran July 7-17 and featured 300 shows spanning 11 days, making it Canada's biggest outdoor artistic event.

“We’ve been told about this festival for a long time,” singer James Hetfield told the crowd, “and to finally be here…there’s not many words to describe the feeling of seeing all these beautiful people who love and need music in their lives. It’s so beautiful to see, Quebec. We’re glad to be here.”

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Metallica – The Memory Remains
Festival d'été de Québec – Quebec City, PQ – July 16, 2011


Metallica – tuning room
Festival d'été de Québec – Quebec City, PQ – July 16, 2011


Metallica – fans rushing in to concert area
Festival d'été de Québec – Quebec City, PQ – July 16, 2011


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VIDEO: Metallica rock France
VIDEO: Metallica, Big 4 rock Sonisphere UK
Metallica: Lars Ulrich discusses St. Anger
VIDEO: Metallica rock Quebec City
VIDEO: Metallica rock Milan
VIDEO: Metallica rock Halifax
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VIDEO: Metallica warm up for Sonisphere UK in back of truck
VIDEO: Metallica – Big 4 jam at Sonisphere UK
VIDEO: Metallica - pro-shot footage of Big 4 jam in Germany
Metallica, Lou Reed to team with Anton Corbijn for album cover
VIDEO: Big 4 jam at Milan show
VIDEO: Big 4 - Watch full Metallica set from Sweden
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INXS: Michael Hutchence-inspired film receives funding in Australia

A film inspired by the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence may be headed to the big screen.

Screen Australia, the government’s key funding body for the film industry in that country, has approved financing aid for several new projects, including one billed as “a fictional account of rock stars like” Hutchence.

Writer/director Richard Lowenstein is producing “Michael” alongside Sue Murray; Domenico Procacci is executive producer and Scott Meek is script editing.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

“At the height of his internationally renowned career, a sudden blow to the head robs the famously sensual rock star of two of his most cherished senses. A series of personal battles follows, ending tragically with his death at the age of 37 the night before embarking on a world tour.”

Hutchence’s death in a Sydney hotel room in November, 1997 was deemed a suicide by the coroner; he was just 37.

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INXS – New Sensation (1987)



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Duff McKagan remembers Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse’s passing over the weekend has launched an outpouring of thoughts from friends, fans and family, as well as other musicians.

The troubled singer’s cause of death remains unknown as Monday’s initial autopsy proved inconclusive; further toxicology tests are in motion, with results expected in a few weeks.

Fellow musician Duff McKagan has written a stirring piece about Winehouse in his Seattle Weekly column, one he titled “Nobody Chooses Addiction; Not Even Amy Winehouse.” McKagan’s own experiences with substances, etc. and his turnaround may make him one of the more credible voices in the post-Winehouse world.

Here’s an excerpt:

“In my head I yelled at her, "C'mon, girl! It seemed as if you were pulling OUT of that drug s**t! It seemed as if you were on your way back! It seemed as if maybe, just maybe, you'd be putting that troubling time behind you..." But no. It wasn't to be after all. Alas, the Winehouses do not have their daughter Amy anymore.

In the late '80s into the '90s, there was a mess of drug-addled youth in their 20s in and around rock and roll music--buying into the "Live Fast, Die Young" mantra and all of that stupid and ignorant rot--that I found myself and my circle of friends a part of. I lost two of my very best friends to overdoses. And for a while it seemed that I'd most certainly go that same route.

But I had good people around me, a network of friends and family that some of my peers didn't have. It was those people, who when I saw a chance to get better, and get sober, it was they who called and stopped by, and showed me how to stay away from the bad stuff--taught me how to stay alive.

Amy lived her life for the last eight years in a fishbowl. We all peered in when she had her great and worldwide success. We all gawked at that same fishbowl as we watched her stumble again and again. Our view into the fishbowl changed as her life's trials changed. But her view OUT of the fishbowl never changed. I'm sure it was claustrophobic and terrifying in there. For those of you who may say "Yeah, but she had EVERYTHING! Why would she waste her time on drugs; she should have JUST GOTTEN SOBER!", let me just say a few things:

-- No one loves to be addicted.
-- No singer or musician I have ever known has dreamed of one day being successful AND strung out.
-- Do you think Amy's success changed HER more, or do you think it is possible that her success changed how other people treated her more?

The "specialists" and talking heads on cable news are criticizing Amy Winehouse's inner circle of "advisors." I know Amy's manager and accountant, and I also know that both of them are VERY stand-up people. It is a shame that people like this, people who have tried their best to help Ms. Winehouse in the past few years, get their names dragged through the mud. But in the end, it is just so sad to have lost this young woman to what will most likely be discovered to be, drugs. She was a talent. She was different. She railed against the norm. She was a musical trailblazer.

In the end, I cannot compare what I went through or experienced with what Amy Winehouse went through. I only know that addiction is a lonely and terrifying place to be. It's not glamorous, and addiction does not care if you are well-known and rich, or a loner-hermit with no dough.”

Check out Duff’s complete column here.

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Velvet Revolver top the hennemusic Hot 10
Velvet Revolver: Duff McKagan confirms Corey Taylor rumors
Velvet Revolver: Slash confirms Corey Taylor rumors
Velvet Revolver: more Corey Taylor rumors
Stone Sour's Corey Taylor addresses Velvet Revolver rumors
Velvet Revolver: Matt Sorum discusses plans for 2011
Velvet Revolver record demos with new singer
Matt Sorum: Velvet Revolver “real close” to finding new singer

KISS: Ace Frehley autobiography due in November


Great news for KISS fans: Ace Frehley’s autobiography, “No Regrets,” is confirmed to be published on November 1.

Co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden, “No Regrets: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir” is being billed as “a funny, truthful, candid memoir about a hard-drinking, drug-addicted, music-loving guitar player who lived life as a rock star and survived to tell the tale.”

For Ace, it all started in January of 1973, when the self-taught musician and Bronx native spotted an advertisement in the Village Voice posted by Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Gene Simmons: “Guitarist wanted with flash and balls.” Frehley, figuring he had both, answered the ad, and the rest was history/KISStory.

Within a few years, KISS was playing spectacular live shows to sold-out stadiums all over the world, decked out in their iconic costumes and makeup. The band was raking in millions of dollars on tours, albums, and merchandise, and the rabid KISS Army numbered in the six figures. Frehley, known as “The Spaceman,” had transformed from a scrappy, music-obsessed kid to one of the most famous and revered guitarists of his era, hailed by critics and adored by fans.

“No Regrets” goes behind the make-up, the money, the women, and the partying. Frehley recounts his battles with drug addiction and his brushes with death, sets the record straight about his complicated relationships with Simmons and Stanley, and describes his evolution as a musician.

Frehley performed with KISS from its inception in 1973 until his first departure in 1982, before rejoining KISS in 1996 for a very successful reunion tour. Frehley's second stint lasted until 2002 as Ace returned to his solo career.

According to publishers Simon & Schuster, Ace will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in New York City (555 5th Avenue at 46th Street) for a book signing on November 3 at noon.

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KISS – New York Groove

Brooklyn Bride – New York, NY – September 4, 1996


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AC/DC: Bon Scott film receives funding in Australia

We could be seeing a Bon Scott film in the future.

Screen Australia, the government’s key funding body for the film industry in that country, has approved financing aid for several new projects, including one about the late AC/DC frontman.

“Bon Scott” will be directed by Eddie Martin and produced by Lizzette Atkins, who worked together on another biopic, the feature-length documentary "Lionel," about a boxer. Stephen Cleary is script editing.

There remains a great deal of interest in Bon’s story, at least certainly in Australia, where musician/actor Nick Barker is currently playing the AC/DC legend in the Melbourne theatre production of "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be - The Story Of Bon Scott."

The play documents Bon’s story through his various bands - including the Spektors, the Valentines and Fraternity - before he went on to become the second singer for AC/DC.

Scott died on February 19, 1980 following a night of heavy drinking.

AC/DC – Problem Child
BBC2 - Rock Goes To College
The Underground – University of Essex – Colchester, UK – October 28, 1978


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U2 documentary to open Toronto International Film Festival

U2 will be bringing some major glamour to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this fall.

Twenty years after the release of “Achtung Baby,” director Davis Guggenheim's documentary “From The Sky Down” about the U2 album and era will open the Film Festival in September.

Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud) charts this groundbreaking album with new interviews, stories and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin.

Now a key chapter in their career, “Achtung Baby” was, in Bono’s words, “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree.”

“In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable,” explains Guggenheim. “U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction, this band has endured and thrived. The movie From The Sky Down asks the question why.”

TIFF opens September 8 with the world premiere Gala Presentation of “From The Sky Down,” marking the first time in 36 years that the Festival has opened with a documentary.

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U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing (1991)


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

VIDEO: Gene Simmons proposes to Shannon Tweed

Looks like the Demon has finally been tamed.

On Tuesday night’s season finale of his reality series, Gene Simmons finally pops the question and proposes to longtime companion Shannon Tweed.

The episode featured a scheme by Gene to take Tweed to Belize for a holiday, while jewelers in Los Angeles are working on creating a custom diamond ring for the occasion. Daughter Sophie helps ensure the ring is sent to Gene via courier before the vacation comes to an end.

After a couple of failed attempts to propose – including once in a plane and once atop a Mayan ruin, Simmons sets up a romantic seaside dinner for their final night in the country.

"I come with so much baggage, but you're the only friend I've got,” says Simmons, as he begins to state his case. “You're the only one I've ever loved. You're the only one I love and you're the only one I ever will love; I’ve never said those words to anybody."

The rocker then drops to his knees, when Tweed bursts into tears and holds her hands over her mouth as he asks her, "Please marry me."

The KISS bassist and the former model are parents to 22-year-old son Nicholas and 18-year-old daughter Sophie, and have lived together since 1985.


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KISS – I Was Made For Lovin’ You
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA - October 31, 1998


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VIDEO: Ray Davies rocks Live! With Regis & Kelly

Ray Davies of The Kinks is in New York this week doing press for his latest release, “See My Friends.”

The projects is a collaborative tribute with other artists to the Davies brothers’ legendary band, The Kinks. Joining Ray are Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Metallica, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, among others.

Following an appearance Monday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Ray stopped by Live! With Regis & Kelly Tuesday morning to play a Kinks classic with The 88s.

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Ray Davies with The 88 – Lola

Live! with Regis & Kelly – July 26, 2011


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VIDEO: Ray Davies rocks Jimmy Fallon

Ray Davies made a rare US tv appearance Monday night, playing live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Ray was on hand to promote his fall 2010 release, “See My Friends,” a collaborative tribute with other artists to the Davies brothers’ legendary band, The Kinks.

Upon the disc’s release last fall, Davies was forced to cancel a short US tour due to an undisclosed “medical condition,” as doctors advised him not to travel until things had stabilized.

On Fallon, Ray performed the Kinks classic “Till The End Of The Day” with The 88, just as it appears on the album; the pairing also recorded The Kinks’ “David Watts” as a web exclusive.

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Ray Davies with The 88 – Till The End Of The Day
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – July 25, 2011


Ray Davies with The 88 – David Watts
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – July 25, 2011
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Pearl Jam documentary to open at Toronto International Film Festival


Pearl Jam will debut “Pearl Jam Twenty,” a definitive portrait of the band as told by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and music journalist, Cameron Crowe, at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday September 10.

"Pearl Jam Twenty" chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. The film celebrates the freedom that allows the band to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers they’d always been.

“We put so much into the film – moments, pieces of footage shot by band members, audio snippets, visual bursts, new and old interviews – many different formats, all meant to present an emotional scrapbook of what it felt like to be a member of the band on this twenty-year journey,” said Crowe. “The richness of the footage made our path very clear – just tell the story of the band and let the music guide us. It was a joy to make this film, and we’re thrilled share it with the fans.”

The documentary gives fans and audiences an intimate first glimpse into Pearl Jam’s journey culled from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, over 24 hours of recent interviews with the band, as well as live footage.

Here’s some key dates for PJ fans on this project:

Sep 10 – Film debuts at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Ticket info can be found at the TIFF website here.

Sep 20 – Film goes worldwide in select theaters for one night only.

Sep 20 – Film soundtrack released.

Sep 23 – Film starts a full week run in key markets. For the latest update of theaters and cities, click here.

Oct 21 – Film has its U.S. television premiere at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), as part of the prestigious PBS “American Masters” series, airing during the first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Oct 25 - DVD of the film released worldwide; it will also be available on Movies On Demand timed to the theatrical release.

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Pearl Jam – Do The Evolution
Live At The Garden DVD
Madison Square Garden – NYC - July 8, 2003


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Velvet Revolver drummer says album with Corey Taylor is ready to go

There hasn’t been much talk about Velvet Revolver in a few months, given that Slash continues to tour his 2010 solo record.

But the subject has reared its head again as part of a recent interview with VR drummer Matt Sorum.

In South America to perform with Brazilian band Kiara Rocks on July 13 at naMATAcafé in São Paulo, Brazil, the Revolver situation came up during an interview with Lokaos Rock Show.

"It was funny, because when we did [the debut album] Velvet Revolver, we had our relationships with certain singers, but we wanted to make a modern rock album, and we had to figure out a way to make that work,” explains Matt. “We didn't wanna be like Guns N’ Roses. We knew we had that in us anyway, especially the Slash and Duff sound was the initial sound of “Appetite For Destruction,” the way they played together and everything. Part of that chemistry was there, and when we added Scott [Weiland], it brought it into a more modern rock element. He came more from grunge — the Seattle [sound like] Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and bands like that. So it took it sort of forward. We became more of a modern rock band and we were on modern rock radio. Guns N’ Roses wasn't even being played on those radio stations in America.”

"When we asked Corey Taylor [Slipknot, Stone Sour] to join, that was my idea,”
continued Sorum. “I said, 'Why don't we get Corey Taylor from Slipknot?' And he's a great guy, number one - he's an absolute sweetheart - and he rocks. Slash just didn't see it like the rest of us did. We liked it. We had ten songs. [We] could put the album out tomorrow. It's done. I said, 'Let's go.' But Slash wasn't feeling it. If we're not all feeling it together, we can't do it."

Sorum explained further that Slash’s tour isn’t the only reason Revolver continue to be on hiatus.

"Slash has been on tour almost two years now, [but] it's not the reason [VR is inactive]. I think the reason is that is hasn't fallen into place yet,” says the drummer. “After [we parted ways with singer] Scott Weiland [in 2008]…We had such a great first record, especially. The second album is still a good album, but… It's hard to replace Scott for that particular band, I think. It's a bit of a gray era.”

"Velvet Revolver, we really felt that we were… Especially Slash, Duff and myself, we were the three main guys that started Velvet. 'Cause Scott came in much later. So to replace Scott, we felt, could be possible. And we tried a couple of guys and it didn't work out. [But] I don't wanna say it's over. It's just on a hiatus. We'll make music again together at some point."

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Velvet Revolver – Big Machine / It’s So Easy

Download Festival – Castle Donington, UK - June 11, 2005


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