Two-time Grammy-winning thrash/metal legends, Slayer, will make its 11:35PM late-night television debut on July 27th when the band performs its iconic Raining Blood on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The show airs at 11:35PM ET/PT and 10:35PM CT on NBC.

Immediately following Thursday’s taping of The Tonight Show, Slayer will head over to New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden where the band will headline as part of its summer U.S. tour. Remaining tour dates are below.


20 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
21 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
23 Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
25 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
27 Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
28 Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
30 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN


1 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
2 1stBank Center, Denver, CO
4 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
5 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
8 Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, CA
9 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
11 The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
12 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
14 Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC CANADA
15 SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB CANADA
17 KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
19 Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
20 Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ

For more information on Slayer, visit the band’s official website.

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Rock Scene Auctions will launch their second auction, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the release of Guns N’ Roses groundbreaking debut album, Appetite for Destruction. The lot features fifteen iconic band photos from Mark “Weissguy” Weiss and will go live this afternoon at

Steven Adler says, “He was able to make guys in the band that he shot really look good. He knew when to push the button and set the lights, He had that magic touch. Like Guns N’ Roses did, when the five of us were together we had that magic touch; we couldn’t do no wrong. And Mark had that same magic.”

Mark on his days with Guns N’ Roses, “I first shot Guns N’ Roses the fall of 1986, eight months prior to the release of Appetite for Destruction, they were still working on the album. The buzz was out and Hit Parader magazine wanted me to shoot them for the cover. When I first met them they were a bit guarded, they had their own photographer and the band didn’t want to shoot with anyone but him; as I was told by the publicist. The record company told them they had to shoot with me so I can get them in the magazines. I remember Axl not wanting to look in the camera. I gave them their space and shot a few rolls of film. I thought it was peculiar that they would be all glammed up and then on Axl’s pants it said ‘glam sucks.’ It was the beginning of many more memorable images to come that continues today.”

Guns N’ Roses played the Ritz, in New York City, on October 23rd, 1987. The following week, the band came by my studio for a quick shoot. They invited me to CBGB’s for their show on October 30th where they did an acoustic set along with an autograph signing. I shot a few Motley Crue shows in Florida at the end of November 1987, Guns N’ Roses were the opening band. I went to say hello to the guys before they went on and asked if they would do a few photos after the show. When I went back, Axl was in a towel with his boots on.

In the spring of ’88, I was back in LA, and heard Guns were off tour for a couple of weeks. I reached out to their publicist to see if they would be up for a shoot. We ended up shooting the Sunset Grill on Hollywood Blvd, everyone showed up except Axl – I shot individuals of the four of them and the next day I shot Axl. He drove up with his girlfriend Erin Everly, had a burger then posed for about 15 minutes. As he was leaving, he showed me his cell phone; which was huge. He was like “Look what I got Mark, wanna make a call?” it was the first time I used a cell phone.”

Proceeds from the auction of these photographs, go to WhyHunger.

Photo credit: Mark Weiss

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Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan. Portions of the interview appear below.

Greg Prato: How is the new album, Defying Gravity, similar or different to previous Mr. Big albums?

Billy Sheehan: It’s similar to the very early stuff, because we went back to our original producer, Kevin Elson – he did all the Journey stuff, he worked with Lynyrd Skynyrd. He’s a legendary guy in the biz. He was the guy who did our first four records. We were trying to get him in 2009 when we got back together, but our schedules never worked out. And this time, it did.

Kevin just has a way…that makes everyone comfortable and feel good, feel right…

Songfacts: What were your initial impressions of [your hit song] To Be With You [from 1991’s Lean Into It]?

Billy: Instantly loved it and insisted it had to be on the record. It’s funny, because [lead singer] Eric Martin wasn’t quite sure. I’m like, “Bro, come on. We’ve got to do this.” We didn’t think of it as a hit – we just loved the song. So when we did it, we put it last on the record, thinking, “The record’s over, the credits are running, this will be the final goodbye by the campfire at the end of the record. Everybody roast your marshmallows and sing along.”

We never thought of it as a hit. If we would have known it was a hit, we would have released it first. I think it was the fourth release from that record. But I instantly loved it and it instantly had an appeal to me right away. I’m forever grateful that that song did what it did.

Songfacts: Are there any updates about the possibility of a David Lee Roth Eat ‘Em and Smile-era band reunion?

Billy: Unfortunately, no. We haven’t heard from Dave in a while. I hope he’s doing well. If he changes his mind and decides to do some shows, I’m ready to go, and I think Steve and Gregg feel exactly the same way.

We have a great respect and love for Dave and what he did for us. And if he wants us to play, I’m ready to go. But I haven’t heard anything at all, so we’ll see what happens with that. There’s no secret undercurrent thing going on that I’m not talking about. The fact of the matter is it’s Dave’s call. If he chooses to do so, I couldn’t be happier.

Songfacts: How much rehearsal did you, Steve, Gregg, and Brett do for the aborted show at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood back in 2015?

Billy: No rehearsal, no soundcheck, no nothing. That was the whole idea: We were just going to walk up and play without anything. So we didn’t rehearse.

That particular jam was no pedals allowed, no nothing. That’s why the jam is so great…There’s no dicking around with pedals or adjusting the drum kit or setting stuff up,…and it’s fun and exciting.

We thought that was a proper challenge for the Eat ‘Em and Smile band – to just step up on stage and play it like men, and do the real thing without having to fool around with gear and soundcheck. Unfortunately, the fire department shut us down. Me and Steve were on stage, behind the curtain, ready to go when the fire department came in. No rehearsal, no practice, no nothing.

Songfacts: Did you know beforehand that Dave was going to show up?

Billy: Originally, we asked and we didn’t hear from him, but about three days before the thing, Dave called back and said, “Yeah, let’s do it!”

We had to keep it a secret, but people started to put two and two together and figured it out. The club holds about… legally it’s 600, but they’ll allow 700-725 and the fire department will look the other way. But there were about 1,200 people in there and a line all the way down the street and around the corner on Hollywood Boulevard. So probably a total of about 3,000 people had showed up, and 1,200 got in the club.

Somebody got wise to it, because it was dangerous. People were jammed in there, so the fire department came in and said, “Nope. Shut the whole thing down and everybody out.” In retrospect, they probably did the right thing. If something would have happened, it could have been one of the worst catastrophes in the history of show business.

The club I don’t believe did the right thing by allowing so many people in. Everybody had a friend of a friend and they all wanted to get in. I know people that were there, and they said they couldn’t even put their arms out – they were jammed in like sardines. It was dangerous. So in the end, it was probably – sad as it is – wise to shut it down.

Songfacts: Looking back throughout your career, which material was the most difficult to play?

Billy: To Be With You, a song like that is challenging because it’s sparse and you’re under the microscope. Every note counts. It’s a challenging piece of music to play right and do it consistently. Other than that, there’s been a lot of stuff that is tough to play and took me time to work it out.

Some of the stuff I did with Steve Vai on his Real Illusions record, there are some tough lines. And Steve insisted that I do that same fingering with my left hand that he did, so I had to go back and re-adjust. Some of the Niacin stuff was tough because there were keyboard lines I had to do on bass. I had to jump through some hoops of fire to figure out fingerings and finger patterns to get those lines to land and pop in the right place.

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Over the years, a whole new appreciation has developed for the “Blaze Bayley era” of Iron Maiden – which resulted in such classic albums as 1995’s X Factor and 1998’s Virtual XI (and the singles Man on the Edge, Lord of the Flies, The Angel and the Gambler, Futureal, and an all-new track on 1996’s Best of the Beast comp, Virus).

Recently, Bayley (who was also the singer for another highly-respected rock band, Wolfsbane) has released his latest solo effort (a second in a trilogy of release), entitled Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II).
Check out the video of the new song, Escape Velocity, below.

With the album’s release, comes the announcement of an extensive North American tour, which starts August 9th on the east coast, and will run to September 9th on the west coast.

“I’m so excited about coming to USA and Canada for the Endure and Survive part of my Infinite Entanglement tour,” explains Blaze. “I have great memories of touring there with Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden. I’ll be doing a few songs from those days and some songs from my new albums. As a thank you to my fans for waiting so long for this tour, I will be doing a free meet and greet after every show, signing any CDs and albums that I’m featured on. I’m fitting in as many towns and cities as I can on this tour and I’m hoping it will be possible to tour USA and Canada every year if fans want me to return.”

Soon, North American fans will be able to hear Iron Maiden classics and solo material performed on stage by one of the great rock singers of recent times, Blaze Bayley,

Tour Dates:


9 Sellersville, PA Sellersville, Theater
10 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
11 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
13 Baltimore, MD Fish Head Cantina
15 Syracuse, NY Sharkey’s
16 Montreal, Quebec Piranha Bar
17 Ottawa,Ontario Brass Monkey
18 Quebec City, Quebec L’Anti
19 Toronto, Ontario Rockpile
20 London,Ontario East Side Bar and Grill
21 Detroit, MI Token Lounge
23 Newport, KY Southgate House Revival
25 Janesville, WI Backbar
26 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgators
27 St. Louis, MO Fubar
30 Ft. Worth, TX Rail Club
31 Austin, TX Come and Get it Live


1 Houston, TX Concert Pub North
2 San Antonio, TX Rockbox
4 Hollywood, CA Whisky A Go Go
5 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
7 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s
8 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
9 Seattle, WA El Corazon

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Johny Martin, bass player for L.A. Guns joined the Monday August 17th edition of Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley along with Barry Pointer of The Anatomy. They were talking The Anatomy and Soundcheck Live, the new L.A. Guns single, Speed, their upcoming record, touring with this version of the band, Michael Grant and Tracii Guns complimenting either others playing, the Adrenaline Mob tragedy, and had a call in from Ace Von Johnson of Faster Pussycat who is currently out on the road.

Martin, who is close friends with Adrenaline Mob tour manager Janet Reigns said “One of my dear friends,” “she’s in critical condition. I heard that things are getting better, that they got the smoke out of her lungs, [as she] is also a singer. They said that she’d be able to sing again. I don’t know exactly what’s going on, I don’t know if she’s in a coma, or what, but things are getting progressively better within the past couple of days. So, we’re just praying for her and everyone involved.”

He continued, “It was very vauge, the info that I got. I know everybody’s gotta be clamering to get information from people closest to her but what I heard was from the neck up she’s not badly burned, but her chest and back I believe is…it got the worst of it. That’s what I’ve heard.”

L.A. Guns have just gotten off the road and are amping up for another run to take them into August before they take a break leading into the release of the brand new record on October 13th. There may be some things, here and there between then, but they are trying not to oversaturate until the album drops. \

The album started being recorded in late 2016/early 2017 and was a true group effort with everybody contributing.

“What had happened was, we had our first official show with Phil, at the Hair Nation Festival, that was September of last year. Everything went great. And then we waited, you know Tracii got some songs together, we all got songs together…everybody wrote something on this record, if not everything, together. And then Tracii and Shane, the drummer, Shane Fitzgibbon, they laid down the basic tracks probably, in I wanna say December/January, and then the rest of us went in and cut everything. We finished it, mid-March, I believe? You know, a few tweaks here and there, gave it to the label, see what they had to think…brought it back, we had a few things we wanted to change and yeah, it’s submitted to the label” Martin said.

Martin gave us a little preview of some other tracks (not on the show so don’t get all excited), but also played a couple tracks for Barry Pointer on the ride over.

“Johnny played a song for me in the car on the way over here and I totally hear this grinding punk thing underneath it, it’s cool”, Pointer commented.

“It’s a fresh thing”, Martin replied, “You have Phil and Tracii together, you’re gonna get that sound regardless. But, we have three new guys as kind of a fresh…we’re all songwriters.”

When asked how it is playing with Tracii and Phil together, Martin said ““Since our first show in September, that love is still as genuine as it was back then- now”.

They have a great chemistry together, it’s like a lot of people are like ‘I guess they’re doing it for the buck.’ Well yeah, we’ve gotta make a living, but Phil and Tracii, are genuinely happy together. You see that on stage…they look like Joe Perry and Steven Tyler…sharing the mic at times. [Also], with the chemistry of Mike and Tracii, it’s just phenomenal. You have two different types of guitar players, but two amazing guitar players and it works.”

Martin also commented on the feeling of doing it now compared to that 1st show in September, “It still kind of feels the same. I know what to expect out of it a little bit more, out of a show, but still the audience doesn’t ‘cause they’re seeing this for the first time in years. So that excitement, I’m still feeding off that from everywhere that we play.”

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The first-ever Loudwire Music Awards-the ultimate Rock ‘N Roll award ceremony and concert-announced today (July 19th) that the GRAMMY Award-winning Rob Halford of Judas Priest, one of rock and metal’s most acclaimed and beloved icons, will be this year’s recipient of the Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also today, the event announced a first wave of live performances from some of the most exciting artists in rock and metal, such as: Ice-T’s Body Count, Halestorm, Starset and Power Trip in addition to a special guest performance from Rob Halford as well as others to be announced. Tickets for the rock ‘n’ roll concert event on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles are on-sale starting today, July 19th at

The centerpiece of the night, the Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Each year, this award will go to an artist who embodies the spirit of Lemmy and pure Rock ‘N Roll. Halford will join Black Sabbath guitarist and fellow heavy metal icon, Tony Iommi-who it was announced last week-will be presented with the Courage Award, which recognizes not only his unparalleled musical output, but his absolute bravery in his battle with cancer. Going forward, these awards will be named the “Lemmy” and “Iommi” respectively and presented to future generations of deserving artists.

“At long last the metal stars are aligned and I’m stoked to attend this year’s Loudwire Awards show,” says Rob Halford of Judas Priest, the legendary singer famed for his powerful and wide-ranging voice. “I’m excited to shout hails with horns up for all of my friends at Loudwire and all the bands and the fans! It’s going to be a hell of a crazy night of good times and major surprises.”

Formed in The Midlands, England, in 1969, the GRAMMY Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest has sold close to 50 million albums to date. Frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, the band’s album British Steel (1980), helped shoot the group to rock superstar status. The group’s pioneering sound, with lead vocalist Rob Halford’s operatic vocal style and the twin guitar sound of Glenn Tipton and KK Downing as well as their legendary costuming (leather and studs), continues to be widely influential in defining the rock and heavy metal genres. The current line-up of Judas Priest consists of Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis.

Ice-T of Body Count states, “Body Count are excited about performing at this amazing event. Loudwire has always greatly supported us and we can’t wait to kick off the show to set the tone right off the bat. It’s metal and hard rock’s premiere award show and we are coming to tear the Novo up. We’ve also got some special surprises up our sleeve, so you don’t wanna miss out. Body Count’s in the house. Let’s do this.”

Fronted by Ice-T, gangster-metal collective Body Count formed in Los Angeles, in 1990. Co-founded by lead vocalist Ice-T and lead guitarist Ernie C out of their mutual interest in heavy metal, Body Count’s musical style derives from the dark, ominous tone of heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, as well as faster thrash metal bands such as Slayer, as well as hardcore punk. The band’s 1992’s landmark self-titled debut sent politicians, parents and law enforcement officials into a proverbial tailspin when it was released unto the world a quarter-century ago. In 2017, the group released their sixth studio album Bloodlust (Century Media Records) which Rolling Stone described as “one of the most over-the-top metal excursions to date.” The Loudwire Music Awards will mark Body Count’s first Los Angeles-area live performance in over four years.

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm adds, “I’m so looking forward to the Loudwire Awards this year, it’s a Rock N’ Roll family reunion with all our friends there representing the genres that drive both our horns and hearts.”

Grammy-winning hard rock band Halestorm recently released their third EP of cover songs, ReAniMate 3: The CoVeRs eP, produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Korn). Their most recent full-length album, Into The Wild Life, debuted in the Top 5 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its release last year while also entering Billboard’s “Top Hard Rock Albums” tally at #1–both marked the band’s highest chart placement to date. That album is highlighted by the singles, Apocalyptic and Amen, both of which ascended to #1 at rock radio outlets nationwide, as well as the Top 5 Active Rock favorite, I Am The Fire.

Starset is a multi-media, modern rock band that quickly became one of the most successful breakout bands of 2015 when their debut album Transmissions became a mainstay on the radio, sales and streaming charts. Along with multiple hit singles, over 300 million audio streams and nearly one billion YouTube views, their current album Vessels debuted at #11 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. The album’s first single Monster remained on the mainstream rock radio chart longer than any other song so far this year and is currently the #1 most played song on Sirius XM’s “Octane” in 2017. Look for the band’s new graphic novel being released by Marvel Comics in September.

Hailing from Dallas, Power Trip execute music with raw energy. They’ve trimmed the fat on every reference they pull from–whether that’s Hardcore, Metal or Punk–to make music that actually cuts in 2017. The band has toured the world relentlessly for years. Their musical proficiency, perfect song structure, rich tones, fierce riffs, delivery and collective attitude has seeded them as one of today’s most prolific acts in any astute or heavy genre. Nightmare Logic, Power Trip’s latest and most powerful effort yet was released earlier this year on Southern Lord. Highly anticipated, their sophomore release earned towering marks across the board including critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, The New Yorker and Pitchfork who described their “fist-pumping choruses, ricocheting grooves, and ample charm are so animated that they leave us with something addictive and, well, fun.”

As previously announced, WWE superstar Chris Jericho will serve as host for the event, and readers will be able to vote in several awards categories, including Album and Song of the Year, beginning on August 15th, 2017.

Rob Halford photo credit: Travis Shinn

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