TREMONTI TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM CAUTERIZE ON JUNE 9TH VIA FRET 12 RECORDS

Tremonti - Portraits Tremonti is back with their sophomore release Cauterize that is slated for release on June 9th via Fret 12 Records. The album features Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. The album showcases that Tremonti is back to pick up where they left off with their successful 2012 debut, All I Was. Cauterize was produced long-time friend and collaborator, Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

“We are extremely excited for the fans to hear this album,” states front man Mark Tremonti. “We feel it is our best work to date.”

From the first riffs of album opener Radical Change to the final notes of the epic closer Providence, it is apparent that Mark Tremonti is at a whole new level with his songwriting. His hard rock/heavy metal influences shine throughout the album on songs like Flying Monkeys, Arm Yourself and Sympathy. The debut single from Cauterize is the up-tempo track Another Heart. The song was recently released on iTunes where it shot to the Top 5 of the iTunes Rock Singles Chart and is available here.

A lyric video was also recently released and can be heard below.

The track listing for Cauterize is:

1. Radical Change
2. Flying Monkeys
3. Cauterize
4. Arm Yourself
5. Dark Trip
6. Another Heart
7. Fall Again
8. Tie The Noose
9. Sympathy
10. Providence

Tremonti will be hitting the road in support of the new album. The band will be touring around the globe without bassist Wolfgang Van Halen due to the recently announced Van Halen tour.

“I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of Cauterize, but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming tour dates, both in the States and overseas due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the upcoming summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album,” states bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. “Look forward to seeing all of the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!”

The upcoming tour kicks off in the United States in April before heading over to Europe in June. The band will be making stops at some of the largest festivals in the world including Welcome To Rockville, Rock On The Range and Download Festival. Tremonti will be opening some dates for Seether while simultaneously headlining shows in the United States.

Tremonti Cauterize tour dates:

Apr 25th Orlando, FL Earth Day Birthday Festival
Apr 26th Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
Apr 28th Richmond, VA The National
Apr 29th Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Apr 30th Cincinnati, OH Bogarts

May 3rd Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion
May 5th Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theater
May 6th Huntington, NY The Paramount
May 7th Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
May 9th Bangor, ME Rise Above Fest
May 11th New York, NY Highline Ballroom
May 12th Cleveland, OH House of Blues
May 13th Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
May 15th Chicago, IL Thallia Hall
May 16th Columbus, OH Rock On The Range
May 17th Pontiac, IL Freaksters Roadhouse
May 19th Nashville, TN Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
May 21st Birmingham, AL Iron Coty
May 22nd Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
May 23rd Destin, FL Club L.A.

For more information, please visit marktremonti.com and tremontiproject.com.

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BASSIST GREG CHAISSON LEAVES JAKE E. LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL

jakeeleeband2013600 On the heels of singer Darren Smith announcing that he was leaving the band, Red Dragon Cartel bassist, and Lee’s former Badlands bandmate, Greg Chaisson has announced that he has decided to depart the group as well.

Chaisson said, “I’m afraid to say real life just jumped right up and got in the way of my good time. I can no longer take any more time away from my regular job. I want to thank everyone in the Red Dragon Cartek organization, and most of all, my best friend Jake E. Lee. And a very special thanks to all of you who have treated me so great! They will continue on without me and it will be fantastic as always.”

Chaisson’s replacement will be Anthony Esposito, who has previously played with Ace Frehley and Lynch Mob. In addition, it has been revealed that singer Smith’s replacement will be Michael Beck who is the owner, engineer, and producer at SoundVision Recording Studio in Mesa, Arizona.

Red Dragon Cartel’s self titled debut album was released on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America.

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KISS’ GENE SIMMONS SIGNS DEAL WITH WWE STUDIOS TO MAKE HORROR MOVIES

genesimmons640 WWE Studios has formed a partnership with Gene Simmons of KISS to launch label Erebus Pictures to finance and produce movies. The alliance is launching with a three-picture co-production deal starting with Temple, originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios, reports Dave McNary of Variety.

“The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” said Simmons.

Temple, written by Matt Savelloni, follows a team of trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down – and then begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena.

Further details available at Variety.

source: variety.com

OZZY OSBOURNE TO UNDERGO SURGERY, CANCELS MEXICO’S “OZZFIESTA” IN MAY

OzzyOsbourne400 Ozzy Osbourne‘s Ozzfiesta event, previously planned for May 27-31 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, has been canceled for medical reasons.

Ozzfiesta promoter Cool Breeze Concerts broke the bad news on the event’s website, publishing an update that begins, “Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel.”

Cool Breeze is offering refunds to those who want to opt out of a visit, but the announcement adds, “If you decide that you would still enjoy an all inclusive vacation at the Hard Rock, Riviera Maya, Mexico, please send us an email, and we can make the arrangements. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you understand the circumstances surrounding the cancellation.”

The lack of specific information is worrisome for Osbourne’s fans, who are left hoping he isn’t facing any serious health woes — or that the timing of his surgery isn’t a cover for poor ticket sales. In the meantime, Osbourne is still scheduled to travel to South America in April as part of this year’s Monsters of Rock festival, and will join Black Sabbath for some fall Japanese dates that have been referred to as the band’s [possible] farewell [show]. The group is also at work on its follow-up to 2013′s 13 album, which it’s said will be the last.

source: ultimateclassicrock.com

GENE SIMMONS SLAMS BANDS WHO USE BACKING TAPES AFTER ADMITTING KISS USES THEM AS WELL

Gene-Simmons400 Gene Simmons has criticized bands who use backing tapes – just weeks after KISS admitted using them.

In February they confirmed they’d used some non-live elements during a tour of Japan, saying, “To reproduce production here, we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide.”

Simmons recently told AdelaideNow, “There’s nobody with a synthesizer on our stage. There’s no samples on the drums, there’s nothing. AC/DC, Metallica, us – there’s very few bands who don’t use tracks.”

But he says his argument is more about honesty than about the use of additional elements, adding, “I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks. It’s like the ingredients in food – the first ingredient on the label is sugar. That’s at least honest.

It should be on every ticket: ’30 to 50 per cent of the show is backing tracks. They’ll sing sometimes, sometimes they’ll lip-synch.’ At least be honest.”

Discussing Madonna’s onstage fall during last months’ Brit Awards ceremony, Simmons stated, “That was unfortunate, but she got up, on with the show. It’ll happen. That’s not embarrassing – it’s embarrassing when the backing track dies.”

Watch KISS performing a stripped down, acoustic set for fans in Japan, here.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

MARK TREMONTI RETURNS AND TAYLOR MOMSEN DEBUTS ON THE LATEST EPISODE OF VH1 CLASSIC’S “THAT METAL SHOW”

Thatmetalshowlogo Officially reaching the halfway point of filming all new episodes of the latest season of That Metal Show, VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns this week with Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge/Tremonti returning to the show and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless making her TMS debut. In lieu of a TMS Top 5 and the Take It Or Leave It segment, the hosts open the episode by bringing out Twisted Sister members Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, and Mark Mendoza to pay tribute to their drummer, AJ Pero. Each member recounts a story about AJ and talks about the future of Twisted Sister in light of his recent passing.

The episode also features the return of Frank Hannon from Tesla as the guest musician who continues to showcase the talents that have made him a favorite on That Metal Show. Hannon plays a memorable version of Amazing Grace in tribute to the recently deceased AJ Pero.

The Put It On The Table segment offers insight into Mark and Taylor, Eddie regains his dominance during Stump The Trunk, and the Throwdown creates a Seattle civil war pitting Soundgarden against Pearl Jam. The hosts offer up their newest favorite reissues in the Pick Of The Week and Jim walks off with Eddie’s pick. This week’s That After Show talks about injuries while performing and the wear and tear of constantly performing live.

Fans can watch all previous episodes, exclusive bonus clips and the new That After Show segment at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

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ROB HALFORD SIGNS WORLD WIDE RIGHTS DEAL FOR CATALOG RELEASES WITH SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND LEGACY RECORDINGS

robhalford-theessential,640 Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, SME’s catalog division, have signed a worldwide rights deal to with the Metal God, Rob Halford. Frontman of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, Rob Halford brought his iconic charisma and influential vocal style to a variety of side projects since 1992, notably his bands Fight, 2wo and Halford. The new Sony/Legacy agreement with Rob Halford will include individual album catalog titles and audio-visual releases. Upcoming Rob Halford anthology titles will include an Essential and Playlist collection with plans for a definitive Complete Albums Box.

Born Robert John Arthur Halford on August 25th, 1951, Rob Halford rocketed to fame as the lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. One of the genre’s most powerful, distinctive and influential vocalists, Halford set the standard for generations of metal singers. After leaving Judas Priest in 1992, Halford formed the band Fight and, between 1993 and 1995, recorded two albums, War of Words and A Small Deadly Space, and an EP, Mutations, with the band. Following Fight, Halford moved into the realm of industrial metal with his Two project. In 2000, he launched the straight-ahead no-nonsense pure metal ensemble Halford. The Sony/Legacy release agreement includes virtually all of Rob Halford’s work with Fight, Two and Halford from 1992 onward. Coming on March 31st, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release The Essential Rob Halford (2 CD-30 tracks).

Rob Halford Catalog includes:

Fight albums:

War of Words
Mutations
A Small Deadly Space
K5 – The War of Words Demos

Audio/Visual:

War of Words: The Film
Live in Phoenix

Two:

Voyeurs

Halford:

Metal God Essentials: Volume 1
Resurrection
Live Insurrection
Crucible
Live at Rock in Rio 3 (album and audio/visual)
Live in Anaheim (album and audio/visual)
Winter Songs
Made of Metal
Live at Saitama Super Arena (album and audio/visual)
Live in London
Live 2010 North & South America Tour (album and audio/visual)
Metal God Essentials: Volume 2

RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE SONG “THE ENEMY”

richiekotzen400 Richie Kozten has a released a video for the song The Enemy from his latest solo album Cannnibals, which was released on January 8th. Watch it below.

Watch videos for the songs: You, Cannibals and In An Instant, here and here. Also, to watch a teaser for Kozten’s forthcoming live DVD, please click here.

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METALLICA TO CO-HEADLINE THIS YEAR’S LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL IN CHICAGO

Metallica Metallica will be headlining this year’s Lollapalooza along with Paul McCartney and Florence + the Machine. The event is set to take place from July 31st to August 2nd in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Metallica will be performing on August 1st and are pumped for the upcoming gig. “It’s been nearly 20 years since we’ve been lucky enough to take the stage at Lollapalooza, so we are over the top that we’ve been asked to play this year at the now annual extravaganza held at Grant Park in Chicago. We’ll be hitting the stage on Saturday, August 1st,” the band writes.

Tickets are still available. They go on-sale at Lollapalooza.com, starting at 10 A.M. local time today (March 25th). Check out a full list the bands performing below.

Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup

Friday, July 31st: Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, the War on Drugs, Father John Misty, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, Broods, MisterWives, What So Not, Sxa, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, Destructo, Borns, Badbadnotgood, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Bully, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips.

Saturday, August 1st: Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Easy, Walk the Moon, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, Caked Up, Hermitude, Wet, Holychild, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mr. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Snbrn, Ellie King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, Coin, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock Allstars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets.

Sunday, August 2nd: Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, Nero, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Kygo, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, Odesza, Logic, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, Moon Taxi, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMAs, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, the Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vérité, Jacklndn, Zebra Katz, the Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In the Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock Allstars

additional source: loudwire.com

VAN HALEN ANNOUCE NORTH AMERICA SUMMER/FALL TOUR DATES, BAND TO PERFORM MARCH 30TH ON ON “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE”

vanhalenlogo640 In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, Van Halen will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30th on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30th and March 31st, on the late night talk show and marks Van Halen’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.

Van Halen is touring North America beginning July 5th in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheater, with concerts scheduled through October 2nd in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4th at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21st, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order Tokyo Dome Live In Concert before its March 31st release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of Panama, Runnin’ With The Devil, Jump and Hot For Teacher.

Also being released beginning March 31st are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA. These albums are being released beginning March 31st with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes now.

Van Halen 2015 North American Tour:

All dates, cities and venues subject to change.

July:

5 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
7 Portland, OR Amphitheater Northwest
9 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
11 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
16 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
18 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
22 Bonner Springs, MO Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
26 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
28 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
30 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

August:

1 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
3 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
5 London, ON Western Fair District
7 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
11 Hartford, CT Xfinity Center
13 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
23 Hershey, PA Hershey Park
25 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
27 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
29 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

September:

2 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
4 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
11 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
13 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
15 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
17 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
21 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
23 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
25 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
28 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
30 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

October:

2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

For more information, please visit van-halen.com/.