Friday, February 27, 2015

Queen and Adam Lambert to headline Rock In Rio

Queen and Adam Lambert will headline the opening night of Rock In Rio’s 30th anniversary series on Friday, September 18.

The event marks the band’s return after opening the inaugural event in 1985 with original lead singer Freddie Mercury.

“30 years ago, Queen performed in front of 250,000 people who fell in love with the band, and it became one of the most iconic moments of Rock in Rio,” says Rock in Rio President and Founder Roberto Medina. “I am positive that the moments from 30 years ago will be rejuvenated and rejoiced with Queen + Adam Lambert, making it again a moment no one will ever forget."

Queen’s opening night January 11, 1985 at Rio’s custom built City of Rock exploded the record books, drawing an audience of over 250,000. The band’s second appearance on January 18, brought their total Rock in Rio audience beyond 500,000. Televised to over 60 countries across the world, Queen’s shows were watched by nearly 200 million people. Queen albums occupied all top ten places in the Brazilian album chart and “Love of My Life” became a new Brazilian anthem.

“We’re Back! Rockin’ in Rio!,” says guitarist Brian May. “Can’t wait! See ya there, guys!!”

"How great to be coming back to Rio to rock you even harder than before,” adds drummer Roger Taylor.

"I'm so excited to be joining Queen at Rock in Rio!” says Lambert. “This will be a triumphant return for them, and my first time in South America!"

The full Rock in Rio 30 Years festival runs for seven nights over two weekends - September 18,19 and 20 and September 24, 25, 26 and 27. Other artists already announced to appear include Katy Perry, System of a Down, Slipknot, A-Ha, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith No More, Hollywood Vampires, Metallica and John Legend.

Queen were named the No. 8 Rock News Artist Of The Year and Queen and Adam Lambert delivered the No. 9 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards.

See also:

VIDEO: Stars join Jimmy Fallon for Queen classic following Super Bowl
VIDEO: Queen and Adam Lambert backstage tour
VIDEO: Queen and Adam Lambert launch European tour
Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 8: QUEEN
Rock News Story Of The Year No. 9: QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Journey to open Hollywood Bowl 2015 season

Journey will perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on the opening night of the prestigious venue’s 2015 season on June 20.

The band will play a full set with the Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins, marking the group's first-ever performance with an orchestra.

The event will also feature performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), with the evening finishing with a spectacular fireworks show.

Proceeds from the season-opening event benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its education and community programs, which reach more than 120,000 children, teachers and adults every year.

Opening Night Concert patron packages may be purchased through the LA Phil's Special Events office.
Tickets for the concert only (in packages of 5 or more) will go on sale March 17, with single tickets available starting May 3 online at, at the Hollywood Bowl box office, through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000, and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000.

Journey recently announced their first Las Vegas residency, which will see the band perform 9 shows at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino between April 29 and May 16.

The band were named the No. 3 Rock News Artist Of The Year and delivered both the No. 5 Rock News Story Of The Year and No. 7 Rock News Story of The Year as part of the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards.

See also:

Journey announce Canadian tour
Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 3: JOURNEY
Journey announce Las Vegas residency
VIDEO: Steve Perry joins fans for Don’t Stop Believin’ at MLB playoff game
Search Journey at hennemusic

Kid Rock adds two Detroit shows to summer tour with Foreigner

Kid Rock has adding two Detroit shows to his summer tour with Foreigner, bringing his total of hometown dates to eight as he hits the road to support his newly-released album, “First Kiss.”

Due to the overwhelming demand, Rock will play the DTE Energy Music Theatre on August 18 and 19.

Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, February 28 at 10 AM.

The Rock/Foreigner double-bill starts June 24 in Hartford, CT with dates running to early September.

Tickets for all dates will be $20, as they were the last time Rock toured, with every effort made to keep fees down and scalpers at bay. Tickets from the 2nd row to the lawn will be $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total ticket price at about $30 or under.

Rock performed the title track to “First Kiss” on The Tonight Show this week on the eve of the release of his latest album.

Kid Rock / Foreigner
2015 US tour

6/24 — Hartford, CT — The Xfinity Theatre
6/25 — Mansfield, MA. — Xfinity Center
6/27 — Scranton, PA — The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA. — First Niagara Pavilion
6/30 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Banks Arts Center
7/02 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/03 — Bethel, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/07 — Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center
7/08 — Bristow, VA. — Jiffy Lube Live
7/10 — Virginia Beach, VA. — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/11 — Raleigh, NC — Walnut Creek Amphitheater
7/14 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
7/16 — West Palm Beach, FL — Coral Sky Amphitheater
7/18 — Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/19 — Atlanta, GA — Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/22 — Woodlands, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/23 — Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/25 — Maryland Heights, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
7/26 — Tinley Park, IL — First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/30 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
8/01 — Noblesville, IN — Klipsch Music Center
8/02 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
8/04 — Darien, NY — Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/07 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater
8/08 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater
8/11 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater
8/12 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater
8/14 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater
8/15 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater
8/18 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater **new add
8/19 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theater ** new add
8/26 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/27 — Irvine, CA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/29 — San Bernardino, CA — San Manuel Amphitheater
8/30 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheater
9/02 — Marysville, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheater
9/04 — Ridgefield, WA — Amphitheater Northwest
9/05 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheater

See also:

VIDEO: Kid Rock performs on The Tonight Show
Kid Rock announces US tour with Foreigner
Kid Rock releases First Kiss video
Kid Rock announces new album First Kiss
Search Kid Rock at hennemusic

Former Megadeth duo resurface as Act Of Defiance

Former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have announced their new band – featuring includes former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand – is named Act Of Defiance.

Signed to Metal Blade Records, the group are also previewing their debut album with a sample of the punishing lead track, “Throwback.”

Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November – just hours apart – that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests.

Act Of Defiance are currently recording their debut with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) with a release expected this summer.

"I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world,” says Broderick. “Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Chris Harris.

"I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to Metal! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it."

"Having our new band sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me,” adds Drover. “I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn't be happier about that.

"What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% Pure Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best Heavy Metal music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically."

As for Megadeth, bassist David Ellefson recently confirmed the band are moving forward with plans to hit the studio this year to record and release the follow-up to 2013’s “Super Collider”, with as-yet-to-be-announced new members in place of Broderick and Drover.

See also:

VIDEO: Megadeth classic covered by the Harp Twins
Megadeth bassist to release Peavey Artist Bundle
Former Megadeth duo add bassist to new band
Megadeth plan to release album with new lineup this year
Search Megadeth at hennemusic

Pink Floyd: David Gilmour album update

Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera is sharing an update on the latest solo album by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

“It’s going very well,” Manzanera tells Uncut. “I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy.”

Manzanera co-produced Gilmour’s last album, 2006’s “On An Island”, with Gilmour and Chris Thomas, and also contributed guitar and vocals to the record.

Gilmour confirmed the project last fall in an interview with Rolling Stone and also revealed plans to head out on tour in support of the record.

“It's coming along very well," said Gilmour. "There are some sketches that aren't finished, and some of them will be started again. There's a few months' work in it yet. I'm hoping to get it out this following year. Then I'm hoping to do an old man's tour, not a 200-date sort of thing."

Gilmour says he plans to play smaller venues, as he did in 2006.

"There haven't been many discussions about the tour," he says. "But places like Radio City Music Hall sound like the right sort of vibe for me."

The guitarist performed the Pink Floyd classic, “Wish You Were Here”, during a surprise appearance with the Bombay Bicycle Club at London’s Earls Court on December 13.

Last November, Pink Floyd released their final album, “The Endless River.”

The project features material recorded by Gilmour, keyboardist Rick Wright and drummer Nick Mason during sessions for 1994’s “The Division Bell.”

The album serves as the band’s tribute to Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

Pink Floyd were named the No. 10 Rock News Artist of The Year as part of the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards.

See also:

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 10: PINK FLOYD
VIDEO: David Gilmour performs Pink Floyd classic in London
Pink Floyd drummer participates in UK fundraiser The Paddington Trail
AUDIO: Pink Floyd preview Surfacing from The Endless River
Search Pink Floyd at hennemusic

Ace Frehley announces European tour

Ace Frehley has announded dates for a summer tour of Europe in support of “Space Invader.”

The 2-week, 9-show run includes a mix of festival dates and headline shows, starting June 6 with an appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival.

The European trek follows an April/May tour of Australia and New Zealand by the original KISS guitarist, marking his first Australian shows since 2010 and his first-ever New Zealand solo dates.

Frehley is touring with guitarist Richie Scarlett, bassist Chris Wyse and drummer Scot Coogan.

The guitarist released his first new album in five years, “Space Invader”, in August; the project scored him a US Top 10 debut, entering the Billboard 200 at No. 9 with opening-week sales of 19,000.

Last year, Frehley and the original lineup of KISS were inducted into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York, alongside Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band.

Ace Frehley
European tour 2015

Jun 06 – Sölvesborg, SE - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun 07 – Oslo, NO - Rockefeller
Jun 10 – Hamburg, DE - Grünspan
Jun 11 – Zoetermeer, NL - Bordereij
Jun 13 – Donington, UK - Download Festival
Jun 14 – Vaureal, FR - Le Forum
Jun 15 – Bochum, DE - Zeche
Jun 17 – Stockholm, SE - Gröna Lund
Jun 20 – Clisson, FR - Hellfest

See also:

VIDEO: KISS preview Japanese special edition of KISS 40
Ace Frehley announces Australia and New Zealand tour
VIDEO: Ace Frehley says KISS will regret not playing Rock Hall induction
Original 1970s KISS road crew release memoir
Search KISS at hennemusic

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Def Leppard guitarist to host live Twitter Q&A

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen will host a live Twitter Q&A on Thursday, February 26 at 6pm EST.

Collen will be taking questions with the hashtag #AskPhil on the band’s Twitter page.

Collen and Def Leppard are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2008’s “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge”; they recently revealed that their 2015 tour plans will see the band step away from the studio and return to complete the project in the fall.

The band return to the road to launch a spring tour of Canada on April 15 before heading to Europe for shows this summer; an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla begins on June 23 in Tampa, FL.

See also:

VIDEO: Def Leppard issue North American tour promo
Def Leppard would turn down Rock Hall induction
Def Leppard announce North American tour
Def Leppard announce first US shows of 2015
Search Def Leppard at hennemusic

VIDEO: Black Star Riders unplug with track from The Killer Instinct

Black Star Riders vocalist Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson teamed up to deliver an acoustic performance of the track “Charlie I Gotta Go” from the band’s newly-released second album, “The Killer Instinct.”

The duo dropped by The Orchard to play the tune as they make the rounds to promote the new record.

“The Killer Instinct” was recorded in Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon).

The project is available in multiple formats: CD, Limited 2 CDs Digibook with a bonus disc that features 2 extra songs and acoustic versions of 4 tracks from the album, Limited Gatefold Black Vinyl and Limited Gatefold Clear Vinyl (available for mail orders only).

Watch acoustic performances of “The Killer Instinct” and “Finest Hour” from the same session at The Orchard here.

See also:

VIDEO: Black Star Riders unplug for The Killer Instinct
VIDEO: Black Star Riders premiere The Finest Hour
VIDEO: Black Star Riders premiere title track to The Killer Instinct
Black Star Riders unveil The Killer Instinct album details
Search Black Star Riders at hennemusic

Former Pearl Jam drummer wanted by Texas police

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is currently being sought by Texas police following his September 2014 arrest on possession of a controlled substance.

According to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website, the drummer was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams and the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Abruzzese joined Pearl Jam in 1991 after drummer Dave Krusen checked himself into rehab following the completion of the group’s debut album, “Ten.” He appeared on 1993’s “Vs.” and was fired from the band over "political differences" after recording 1994’s “Vitalogy.”

Abbruzzese married his childhood sweetheart, Laura Whisman, in 2006 and reportedly lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.

See also:

VIDEO: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden members perform Mad Season tribute
Chris Cornell to perform with Mad Season and the Seattle Symphony
Pearl Jam release No Code album performance show
VIDEO: Pearl Jam guitarist performs anthem at MLS game in Seattle
Search Pearl Jam at hennemusic

Scorpions welcome drummer’s return following rehab

Drummer James Kottack (far right) with The Scorpions

The Scorpions have welcomed drummer James Kottack back into their lineup following his 2014 arrest and jail time in Dubai and a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse.

“It was like a disaster,” frontman Klaus Meine tells TV Rock Live. “He did make a mistake – he crossed the red line, definitely. This was not rock'n'roll and it was not funny. We said to James that he was pretty much out of the band. We told him, 'You have to go to rehab. You've got to take care of yourself and take it seriously.'We've set the doors wide open but it's really up to you.'"

Kottack returned to live duties late in 2014 and was on hand to record the group’s new album, “Return To Forever.”

"He recorded the album in Stockholm at the end of last year, and we played two shows with him,” adds Meine. “It was fantastic – it's great he's back in the family.”

Kottack spent a month in a Dubai jail last spring after being convicted of alleged misconduct at the United Arab Emirates capital’s airport.

On April 29, the drummer was sentenced to one month in jail and was fined 2,000 dirhams (approximately US $545) for drinking alcohol without a license after authorities claimed he insulted Islam.

Following his release in early May, Kottack connected with the MusiCares organization, which provides musicians with help for mental health and addiction issues.

The Scorpions have announced dates for a fall trek across North America as part of their 50th anniversary tour.

See also:

Scorpions announce North American tour
AUDIO: Scorpions preview Return To Forever
Scorpions announce extensive Russian tour
AUDIO: Scorpions premiere new single We Built This House
Search The Scorpions at hennemusic

Whitesnake announce North American tour

Whitesnake have announced the first series of dates for a North American tour in support of their forthcoming release, “The Purple Album.”

Due May 19, the group’s 12th album features the lead single, “Stormbringer”, with frontman David Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on: “Burn” (1974), “Stormbringer” (1974) and “Come Taste The Band” (1975).

Shows begin May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington; ticket details and more dates will be announced soon.

The 2015 tour will feature Whitesnake’s current lineup of Coverdale, guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin and drummer Tommy Aldridge.

2015 North American tour

May 28 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
May 29 - Tacoma, WA - Emerald Queen Casino
Jun 04 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
Jun 05 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick Pool Amp
Jun 06 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
Jun 09 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
Jun 11 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Jun 17 - Shawnee, OK - Grand Events Center
Jun 19 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock
Jun 22 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater
Jun 23 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theater
Jun 25 - El Paso, TX - Socorro Event Center
Jun 27 - Greeley, CO - Greeley Independence Stampede
Jun 30 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul 02 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama
Jul 03 - Sterling Heights, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Jul 05 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock
Jul 10 - Mahnomen, MN - Shoot Star Casino
Jul 16 - Oshkosk, WI - Rock USA
Jul 18 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza

See also:

Whitesnake singer revisits Deep Purple with The Purple Album
VIDEO: Whitesnake tease upcoming announcement
VIDEO: Whitesnake preview 1984 live package
Whitesnake to release 1984 live package
Search Whitesnake at hennemusic

Pete Townshend launches solo album reissues series

Pete Townshend of The Who has released 11 albums from his solo catalog digitally as part of a extensive reissues program.

The 11 releases cover 1972’s “Who Came First”, his collaboration with The Faces’ Ronnie Lane “Rough Mix”, his musical version of Ted Hughes’s “The Iron Man”, his collections of demos “Scoop”, “Another Scoop” and “Scoop 3”, as well as the albums “Empty Glass”, “All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes”, “White City”, “Psychoderelict” and the live album “Deep End Live!” featuring David Gilmour.

All 11 records will be remastered and reissued on CD later this year as part of an extensive reissue program for Townshend’s solo material that will run into 2016.

Townshend and The Who recently played the first run of UK dates for their 50 anniversary farewell tour, “The Who Hits 50!”; the band will launch a North American leg in Tampa, Florida on April 15.

Pete Townshend
Digital reissues
Release date: February 25

(1972) Who Came First
(1977) Rough Mix
(1980) Empty Glass
(1982) All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
(1983) Scoop
(1985) White City
(1986) Deep End Live
(1987) Another Scoop
(1989) Iron Man: The Musical
(1993) Psychoderelict
(1994) Scoop 3

See also:

VIDEO: Who classic remixed for new Cablevision commercial
The Who to perform at New Orleans Jazz Festival
The Who postpone London shows due to illness
VIDEO: Roger Daltrey crashes wedding to sing Who classic
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Metallica to headline Rock In Rio

Metallica will headline the Rock In Rio 30th anniversary celebrations this fall in Brazil.

“One Rock In Rio in a year is just not enough!,” says the band. “We’re very excited that we have been invited to be a part of the original Rock In Rio 30-year celebration by headlining one night during the festivities taking place September 18th - 27th, 2015 at the City of Rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“This will mark our eighth (!) Rock In Rio appearance including the upcoming May show in Las Vegas. It promises to be quite the party as we join a stellar festival line up including Faith No More, System Of A Down, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slipknot and many others. Tickets will go on sale in April, so keep watching for more info.”

The Brazil show follows the band’s May 9 date at the inaugural Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas.

On February 9, Metallica performed at a corporate gig in San Francisco for cloud computing company

The band are currently in studio working on the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic.”

See also:

VIDEO: Metallica perform Master Of Puppets classic in San Francisco
VIDEO: Metallica play corporate gig in San Francisco
Fan petitions NFL to book Metallica for Super Bowl 50
VIDEO: NHL’s San Jose Sharks host Metallica Night
Search Metallica at hennemusic

Whitesnake singer revisits Deep Purple with The Purple Album

Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale is revisiting his time with Deep Purple on the band’s upcoming release, “The Purple Album.”

Due May 19, the group’s 12th album features the lead single, “Stormbringer”, with Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on: “Burn” (1974), “Stormbringer” (1974) and “Come Taste The Band” (1975).

“It’s a tribute. An homage,” explains Coverdale. “It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago. As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers.”

“The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”

Coverdale was with Deep Purple from August 1973 to March of 1976, following which the group disbanded; the Mark 2 lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice reunited in 1984 and the group has continued – through lineup changes – to this day.

In addition to Coverdale, Whitesnake’s current lineup includes Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

“The Purple Album” will be available as a deluxe edition featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes documentary on the recording of the album.

A standard edition and a double LP vinyl format will be available in the near future; plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All product details will be announced soon.

“The Purple Album”

Release date: May 19

01. Burn
02. You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
03. Love Child
04. Sail Away
05. The Gypsy
06. Lady Double Dealer
07. Mistreated
08. Holy Man
09. Might Just Take Your Life
10. You Keep On Moving
11. Soldier Of Fortune
12. Lay Down Stay Down
13. Stormbringer

Deluxe edition bonus tracks

14. Lady Luck
15. Comin' Home

DVD content

* "Lady Double Dealer" - Music Video
* "Sail Away" - Mix Music Video
* "Stormbringer" - Music Video
* "Soldier Of Fortune" - Music Video
* "The Purple Album" Behind The Scenes
* "The Purple Album" EPK

See also:

VIDEO: Whitesnake tease upcoming announcement
VIDEO: Whitesnake preview 1984 live package
Whitesnake to release 1984 live package
Whitesnake names new guitarist
Search Whitesnake at hennemusic

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bad Company to reissue expanded versions of first two albums

Bad Company will release expanded versions of their first two classic albums, “Bad Company” and “Straight Shooter”, as digital and Deluxe CD Editions featuring rare and previously unreleased recordings on April 7.

The release follows 2014’s reissue of both projects on 180-gram vinyl.

The band’s self-titled debut album, 1974’s “Bad Company”, reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Top 200 and has since been certified five times platinum for US sales of 5 million copies. The set contains some of the most well known rock songs of all time, including “Can’t Get Enough”, “Rock Steady”, “Ready For Love”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Bad Company”, “The Way I Choose”, “Movin’ On” and “Seagull.”

The album produced two US top-20 singles: “Can’t Get Enough” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Movin’ On’” reached No. 19.

The second disc of the Deluxe Edition features 12 tracks, including eight previously unreleased recordings such as the demo for the ballad “The Way I Choose”, a take of “Bad Company” recorded right before the album version, and an unedited version of “Superstar Woman”, a song that frontman Paul Rodgers later recorded in 1983 for his solo album “Cut Loose.” Also featured is the single edit of “Can’t Get Enough”, and the b-sides “Little Miss Fortune” and “Easy On My Soul.”

The band’s follow-up album, 1975’s “Straight Shooter”, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and featured the hits “Feel Like Making Love” (No. 10) and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” (No. 36) along with “Shooting Star”, “Deal With The Preacher”, “Weep No More”, “Wild Fire Woman”, “Anna” and “Call On Me.”

Of the 14 bonus tracks, all are previously unreleased except the b-side “Whiskey Bottle.” Among the standouts is a stripped-down version of “Shooting Star,” a remix of “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” with alternative guitar and vocals tracks, as well as two lost gems, never released before: “See The Sunlight” and “All Night Long.”

Bad Company
“Bad Company” Deluxe Edition

Disc One

1. “Can’t Get Enough”
2. “Rock Steady”
3. “Ready for Love”
4. “Don’t Let Me Down”
5. “Bad Company”
6. “The Way I Choose”
7. “Movin’ On”
8. “Seagull”

Disc Two

1. “Can’t Get Enough” (Take 1)
2. “Little Miss Fortune” (Demo Reel 1)
3. “The Way I Choose” (Demo Reel 1)
4. “Bad Company” (LMS Studio Reel 2-73 Session)
5. “The Way I Choose” (Version 1 Inc. F/S)
6. “Easy on My Soul” (Long Version)
7. “Bad Company” (LMS Studio Reel 8-73 Session)
8. Studio Chat/Dialogue
9. “Superstar Woman” (Long Version)
10. “Can’t Get Enough” (Single Edit)
11. “Little Miss Fortune” (B-side of “Can’t Get Enough”)
12. “Easy on My Soul” (B-side of “Movin’ On”)

Bad Company
“Straight Shooter” Deluxe Edition

Disc One

1. “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”
2. “Feel Like Makin’ Love”
3. “Weep No More”
4. “Shooting Star”
5. “Deal With the Preacher”
6. “Wild Fire Woman”
7. “Anna”
8. “Call on Me”

Disc Two

1. “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)
2. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (Take Before Master)
3. “Weep No More” (Early Slow Version)
4. “Shooting Star” (Alternate Take)
5. “Deal With the Preacher” (Early Version)
6. “Anna” (Alternate Vocal)*
7. “Call on Me” (Alternate Take)
8. “Easy on My Soul” (Slow Version)
9. “Whiskey Bottle” (Early Slow Version)
10. “See the Sunlight”
11. “All Night Long”
12. “Wild Fire Woman” (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)
13. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (Harmonica Version)
14. “Whiskey Bottle” (B-side of “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”)

See also:

Bad Company to reissue first two albums on 180-gram vinyl
Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd team up for summer tour dates
Paul Rodgers once piloted Led Zeppelin’s plane
Search Bad Company at hennemusic
Search Paul Rodgers at hennemusic

VIDEO: Aerosmith premiere Mama Kin from Donington live DVD

Aerosmith are premiering a performance of “Mama Kin” from “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014”, a new live DVD that will premiere in US cinemas on February 26.

The package features Aerosmith’s headline performance on June 15, 2014 as they closed the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park.

"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”

“We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” said Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”

For details and locations for the US cinema premiere on February 26, visit

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Scorpions announce North American tour

The Scorpions have announced dates for a fall tour of North America in support of their newly-released album, “Return To Forever.”

As part of their 50th anniversary tour, shows will begin September 10 in Boston, with the group hitting 11 cities by the time they wrap up in Los Angeles on October 2.

Ticket details are to be announced.

Preview samples of “Return To Forever” via the player on the group’s Facebook page.

The German rockers will launch their 50th anniversary tour in the Czech Republic on May 8.

2015 North American tour

Sep 10 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Sep 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclay's Arena
Sep 13 - Gilford, NH - Meadwobrook
Sep 18 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep 19 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Sep 22 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
Sep 23 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sep 25 - Windsor, ON - Caesar's Windsor
Sep 26 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Oct 01 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
Oct 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

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Slash expands US tour

Slash has expanded his spring US tour with the addition of four new shows.

The guitarist has added stops in New Orleans (Apr 28), Sioux City (May 19), Austin (May 21) and Dallas (May 24) to the trek, which begins April 25 in Orlando, Florida.

"The World On Fire tour has been nothing short of awesome,” says Slash, “so I can't wait to jump on these US festivals in May. As well as mix in our headlining show for a bunch of dates along the way."

Fan club tickets for the new shows will go on sale starting Wednesday, February 25 at with general public seats on sale Friday, February 28.

Slash is currently playing Australia’s Soundwave Festival series of shows before heading to South America next month.

2015 US Tour

Apr 25 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds - WJRR Earthday Birthday
Apr 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome To Rockville (Festival)
Apr 28 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues (** new add)
May 03 - Concord, NC - Rock City Campgrounds - Carolina Rebellion
May 05 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
May 07 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
May 08 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 09 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion - Rise About Fest 2015
May 12 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 13 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
May 15 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Stadium-Rock on the Range (Festival)
May 18 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
May 19 - Sioux City, IA - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (** new add)
May 21 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor (** new add)

May 23 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
May 24 – Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom (** new add)

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VIDEO: Kid Rock performs on The Tonight Show

Kid Rock performed the title track to “First Kiss” on The Tonight Show Monday on the eve of the release of his latest album.

Rock will support the project on a summer US tour with Foreigner that starts June 24 in Hartford, CT with dates running to early September.

The trek includes 6 nights in Rock’s hometown of Detroit in August.

Tickets for all dates will be $20, as they were the last time Rock toured, with every effort made to keep fees down and scalpers at bay. Tickets from the 2nd row to the lawn will be $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total ticket price at about $30 or under.

Tickets for the tour went on sale today via

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AUDIO: Randy Bachman premieres Little Girl Lost with Neil Young

Randy Bachman is premiering his collaboration with Neil Young on the track “Little Girl Lost” from his upcoming album, “Heavy Blues.”

Due April 13 (April 14 in North America), the guitarist is joined on the project by guests including Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey.

Bachman recently premiered the album’s title track, which sees him team up with Peter Frampton, and “Bad Child” featuring Joe Bonamassa.

Bachman is joined on the project by new band members Anna Ruddick on bass and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.

The guitarist will launch a North American tour in support of “Heavy Blues” on April 2 in St. Charles, IL.

Randy Bachman
“Heavy Blues”
Release date: April 13 (April 14 in North America)

01. The Edge
02. A Ton Of Bricks (feat Scott Holiday)
03. Bad Child (feat Joe Bonamassa)
04. Little Girl Lost (feat Neil Young)
05. Learn To Fly
06. Oh My Lord (feat Robert Randolph)
07. Confessing To The Devil (feat Jeff Healey)
08. Heavy Blues (feat Peter Frampton)
09. The Devil Lied
10. Wild Texas Ride
11. Please Come To Paris (feat Luke Doucet)
12. We Need To Talk

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Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti featured on In The Studio

Part 1 of the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 classic, “Physical Graffiti”, is featured on the latest edition of North American rock radio series In The Studio.

Jimmy Page joins host Redbeard to talk about the double-album, which hit No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 8 million copies in the States alone, while topping their native UK album charts and acheieving double platinum for sales of 600,000.

This week, Led Zeppelin released an expanded version of “Physical Graffiti” as part of their ongoing reissues series.

The 3-disc set includes a bonus disc of material featuring alternate mixes of songs featured on the group’s sixth studio album.

The band recently premiered unreleased versions of the tracks “Houses Of The Holy” and “Trampled Under Foot” from the project.

Led Zeppelin launched their reissue series last year with the group’s first five albums re-released as expanded editions with bonus material.

Hear Part 1 of the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti” on In The Studio here.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

VIDEO: Scott Weiland premieres Modzilla from Blaster

Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts are sharing a preview of their debut album, “Blaster”, with the release of a video for the project’s third track, “Modzilla.”

The tune follows “Way She Moves” and “White Lightning” from the album, which is due on March 31.

The 12-track set was produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and recorded at Weiland's Lavish Studios and the Sandbox in Los Angeles.

Joining Weiland in The Wildabouts are guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black and drummer Danny Thompson.

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Geddy Lee addresses Rush farewell tour question

Geddy Lee addressed the question of whether the band’s upcoming R40 40th Anniversary tour will be their farewell trek during a guest appearance on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” over the weekend.

Rush have recently announced North American dates that will see the band hit 34 cities across the continent this summer, with shows beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK.

"It's very hard to answer that question for a lot of reasons,” Lee explains. “The three guys in this band have different opinions on this point – everyone's in a different space right now.

"Neil has a young child at home and he's said numerous times that it's very hard for him to leave his daughter. She needs him.

"It's clear that we are at a point in our career that we have to slow down – and slow down dramatically,”
Lee continues. “So, I'm not a guy who's in love with the farewell tour idea, but it's clear that this is going to be the last big tour that we're going to do for a while, anyway.

"In terms of 'are we still a band?' Yeah, of course we're still a band. Do we talk about writing? Yes, we talk about writing. Will we do gigs in the future? I don't see why not. But, when you are talking about a tour that's 35 shows, 40 shows, 50 shows, at our age at this point in our lives, I don't know how many of those are still left in us."

The tour is named after Rush’s 40th anniversary box set, “R40.”

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Motley Crue add third Los Angeles farewell concert

Motley Crue have added a third farewell show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 28.

The concert will be the first of three at the group’s hometown venue, followed by a December 30 show and the band’s final farewell date on New Year’s Eve.

Fan Club and VIP pre-sale begins Tuesday, February 24 at 10AM PST, with general public tickets going on sale Saturday, February 28 at 10 AM PST.

Motley Crue just completed a 5-date tour of Japan this month and announced a series of Australian concert dates in May as part of The Final Tour.

Motley Crue were named the No. 4 Rock News Artist Of The Year and delivered the No. 6 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards.

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Soundgarden plan to release album in 2016

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has revealed that the Seattle band plan to release a new album in 2016.

The rocker shared the news while in Australia to play dates across the country as part of the annual Soundwave festival.

"No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet," Thayil tells the Sydney Morning Herald. "When we finish these shows in Australia we'll spend a month or more working on it. It's definitely going to happen.

"We worked with producer Adam Kasper on our last album [2012’s “King Animal”] and I wouldn't be surprised if we hook up with him again,"
he added.

Soundgarden issued the collection, “Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path”, last November.

The package is a 3-disc, 50-track rarities compilation of original B-sides, unreleased tracks, instrumentals, covers and demos curated by Thayil.

Last month, frontman Chris Cornell revealed that he had begun work on his fifth solo album.

On January 30, Cornell performed with Mad Season featuring Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Duff McKagan plus the Seattle Symphony orchestra at a special 'Sonic Evolution' concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

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VIDEO: Jimmy Page shares Led Zeppelin masterplan

Jimmy Page reveals some of his masterplan when he first put together Led Zeppelin in 1968, in part three of his recent interview with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in Los Angeles.

“I knew at that time there was a big focus on guitar, so I wanted to make it a tour de force for the guitar,” explains Page. “So for my playing, it was going to be everything from acoustic throught to electric, there’s pedal steel on it – there’s everything – I’m throwing everything on it to get all these guitar textures. So it goes from really rude bottleneck through to very sensitive acoustic.

“It was going to be a guitar tour de force but not at the expense of the other members – this was they key to it. Everyone needed to be really heard.”

The guitarist joined Cornell for “An Evening With Jimmy Page” at the Ace Hotel Theater in November to discuss his photographic autobiography, “Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page”, and his own history as a musician.

In part 1, Page discussed his early years and musical upbringing with host Cornell in front of a live audience, and in part 2 he spoke about how he came to join The Yardbirds.

The event followed the re-release of Page’s book, which sold-out of its limited-edition run of 2,500 copies upon its initial release in 2010 on its way to becoming the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.

Page and Led Zeppelin continue their extensive reissues series on Febuary 23 (Feb. 24 in North America) with an expanded reissue of their 1975 release, “Physical Graffiti.”

The band recently premiered unreleased versions of the tracks “Houses Of The Holy” and “Trampled Under Foot” from the project.

On March 6, Page will release “Sound Tracks”, a box set featuring the guitarist’s work on films “Lucifer Rising” and “Death Wish II”, along with additional archive material for the first time.

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The Darkness to release Last Of Our Kind

UK rockers The Darkness will issue their 4th album, “Last Of Our Kind”, on June 1.

Produced by guitarist Dan Hawkins, the follow-up to 2012’s “Hot Cakes” is preceded by the newly-released lead single, “Barbarian.”

According to vocalist Justin Hawkins, the song has “not one but two dramatic monologues, a guitar solo that has been declared 'irresponsible', a riff that weakens lady-knees and a chorus that makes grown men shit directly into their pants."

"The lyrics describe the Viking invasion of East Anglia which culminated in the decapitation of Edmund the Martyr,” he adds. “So yeah, classic Darkness.”

The album sees the debut of new drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaces original drummer Ed Graham after a split last year.

Davies will make her live debut with The Darkness at an intimate "secret" show March 4 on Ireland’s Valentia Island as part of a 10-show run across the country to road test their new material next month.

“Last Of Our Kind” will be released on limited edition color vinyl, CD digital download.

The Darkness
“Last Of Our Kind”

Release date: June 1

01. Barbarian
02. Open Fire
03. Last of Our Kind
04. Roaring Waters
05. Wheels of the Machine
06. Mighty Wings
07. Mudslide
08. Sarah O’Sarah
09. Hammer & Tongs
10. Conquerors

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Stone Temple Pilots share new music update

Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz are sharing an update on the band’s first full album with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

The band are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their 2013 EP, “High Rise.”

DeLeo explains the sound of the new music in a new interview with WAAF Boston.

"Although we've been trying for many, many years to get away from ourselves, we always keep coming back to our same spot — that person in front of the mirror,” says the guitarist. “It kind of sounds like us. I'd like to think it's not anything we've done before; we definitely don't wanna repeat ourselves. It's just about kind of stumbling and writing some new musical terrain we haven't really explored before. But it's definitely R-A-W-K-I-N. Rawkin'."

"When we were writing these songs, it was just, like, 'Man, what gets us off on stage live?',” adds Kretz. “We wanna make sure that it has those elements where we're excited not just to present a good song, but something that has great performances on all our parts and something that the audience can just really enjoy."

DeLeo maintains the band’s approach to songwriting and studio work has remained the same since the February 2013 firing of original frontman Scott Weiland.

“It's really remained the same,” he says. “We come into a session with lots of material on our hands, and it's just a matter of sifting through it. Sometimes a song will stand on its own, sometimes I'll walk in with maybe one or two parts to a song, and [bassist] Robert [DeLeo] will say, 'I've got another part for that,' and there'll be a musical marriage there.

“The greatest thing about it is there's no rules. It's just, like, whatever the final product does… If it's putting that little tingle in your knickers, you know you've got something."

Stone Temple Pilots have announced dates for a spring US tour; the month-long, 13-show trek starts April 8 in Seattle, Washington.

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