blackstarriders2015-640 Black Stars Riders have released a lyric video for Soldierstown. Taken from their album The Killer Instinct, released in February. Watch it below.

Soldierstown is a song with a dark and poignant lyric tempered with a huge Celtic guitar riff,” says singer Ricky Warwick. “Sometimes pulling the covers over your head is not enough!”

To view more video’s from this release, click here, here and here.

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DavidLeeRoth-EatEmAndSmile640 Did a fire code violation just keep a whole lot of Los Angeles fans from witnessing a full-blown reunion of David Lee Roth‘s Eat ‘Em and Smile band, complete with an appearance from Diamond Dave himself? It sure seems possible.

As previously reported three-fourths of the group – guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette – were scheduled to play November 25th at Lucky Strike Live Hollywood/Highland in Los Angeles, with Steel Panther’s Ralph Saenz on lead vocals. The show was part of former Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright’s Ultimate Jam Night series, and was intended to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roth’s first solo album.

Only problem is, apparently entirely too many people thought this would be the perfect way to spend the night before Thanksgiving. As you can tell by reading Sheehan’s Facebook posts, the line outside the venue quickly grew too long to control, with the situation descending into “utter chaos.” Eventually, the Fire Marshall was forced to shut down the show before the band ever got the chance to take the stage.

Sheehan lamented the cancellation on his Faceboo before revealing, “Well well well. The fire department shut down the whole show before we got on stage. And did we ever have a surprise for you! Such is life.”

Also, there was a video of David Lee Roth leaving the venue, telling fans, “It looks like we were too popular.” That’s “we,” not “they.” Is it possible he was going to join his former bandmates for some portion of the show?

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Mike Mettler of Fox News spoke with Europe frontman Joey Tempest. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

FOX411: First, I have to say, I absolutely love War of Kings. You guys were able to capture that essence of recording live together in the same room. Do you feel that approach lends itself to a more honest performance?

Joey Tempest: Yeah, it’s much better. There’s something special when you do it live, and you don’t think too much. Obviously, you do four or five takes, and you find the one you really like. You listen to it, and you add bits. But we could not have handled doing it this way 10 or 15 years ago. It comes after doing many live shows, where you get the confidence to keep doing it. I think we’re beginning to get a handle on it. (chuckles)

FOX411: Where did you get the band name Europe from?

Tempest: After Deep Purple did Made in Japan (1973), they did Made in Europe (1976), which is maybe not as good as Made in Japan, but we listened to both of them. And that’s where I got the name Europe from. It was really funny when I told the guys, [bassist] John Leven and [guitarist] John Norum, about my idea of the name for the band that night [in 1982]. I had to get a few beers in them! (both laugh)

At first [in 1979], we were called Force. I think we had gotten that name from a UFO album, but there was also a band called Rising Force with Yngwie Malmsteen. And then I thought, “We should move up. We should do something else.” That night, I was so nervous telling them I thought it should be Europe. They got so quiet after I told them. But as the night progressed, they started liking it more and more.

FOX411: I get that. What was the very first record that you got into as a kid, growing up in Sweden?

Tempest: I’m pretty sure it was Space Oddity by David Bowie, the single [released in 1969]. We had to travel 20-30 minutes on a train just to get to a good record store. I remember my friends talking about it, and when I heard it, I thought, “I have to get that.”

FOX411: That song had a lot of impact on you, because it also inspired one of your biggest songs, The Final Countdown.

Tempest: Yeah, it’s true. He was really fascinated with space, which fascinated me. David Bowie, talking about “floating in a tin can” — I was very taken by that. That was in my mind when I started working on the lyrics for The Final Countdown. I had the music first, and I played it over and over and over again, in my basement. I sang different things until I got to “the final countdown,” which fitted it really well. My thought was, the world is expanding and we’re leaving; we’re going up there in space. So the Space Oddity lyric really sparked that idea.

FOX411: It’s great seeing new generations get into it too. That opening Olympic-style keyboard riff makes it a call-to-arms kind of song. It puts us into that vibe. The Final Countdown has also become a huge sports anthem, something else you probably weren’t expecting either.

Tempest: (chuckles) We didn’t have a clue about that! It’s kind of a goosebumps situation, though I suppose I shouldn’t say that myself. It’s uplifting. People come together, and it makes them feel a certain way. It feels bombastic. I suppose it lends itself to those things. But we didn’t know that in the beginning. We would hear they used it in Formula 1 and other sports like baseball and basketball, in other countries. That was a new slam to it, really.

FOX411: And now we’re seeing you all over TV in America in that Geico commercial. Tell me about how that came about. People just love it.

Tempest: We were approached, and we said, “If we’re going to do this, let’s do a reworking of it and a remix of it.” So we gave Geico a new version. We recorded it in Germany in either 2013 or 2014 at a live show, but we took out the audience. It’s mixed by [noted hard rock/metal producer] Kevin Shirley, who’s been a monster of mixing for us.

That was our criteria. We didn’t want to do the Geico thing with the original because to my mind, that would be too much of a throwback. We said to the ad people, “It has to be fresh. We like what you do. You do good ads, but let’s work together. We want to look the way we want and sound the way we want, so let’s dance!”

FOX411: The Final Countdown is actually about going into space. You read about these billionaires who want to go into space — does that appeal to you? Would you go?

Tempest: It’s funny you say that, because that’s been weighing on my mind for a while now. I’d like to get in contact with people who are seriously doing some projects to go out there. It could work out, you know. We’ll see.

FOX411: Does it matter to you which way people listen to Europe music? Are you cool with Spotify?

Tempest: My personal view is slightly different. I buy music on iTunes, and I do listen to vinyl too. Streaming is a double-edged sword for me. We should be organized in the future so everybody, from the engineers to the producers, can benefit. The streaming thing is up in the air at the moment. But it is important, and a lot of people are streaming, so we can’t ignore it. We can work it out.

Read Joey Tempest’s entire interview with Fox News, here.



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Whitesnake have released a live video for their take on Deep Purple classic The Gypsy. Watch it below.

It appears the band’s latest release, The Purple Album, designed as a tribute to his former band after an attempted reunion with Ritchie Blackmore failed to take place.

Forntman David Coverdale recently said, “Everyone did their homework, and every performance is done respectfully in honor of Deep Purple’s musicians. There were respectful nods to the original musicians throughout the album, and it has come out delightfully. It’s a tribute to Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore, who gave me my break in the first place.”

The Purple Album was released in May 18th.


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jimmypage400 Now that Led Zeppelin’s studio albums have been remastered and reissued, Jimmy Page is moving on to something he hasn’t done in nearly 30 years: making a solo album.

Page Bang Showbiz (courtesy Blabbermouth), “Next year I’m just going to work on the guitar. It’s time for me to go out there and do a solo album. My last solo album was 1988. I haven’t really milked the situation. It’s time to do another one. I’m known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to revisit all the different styles I can play…I’m not thinking about singers, I’m thinking of an instrumental thing. I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I’m ready, I’ll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music.”

Page’s proper solo album, 1988’s Outrider, featured several guest singers performing over his songs, including Robert Plant. Page also recorded an album with Whitesnake singer David Coverdale in 1993 and one with Plant in 1998.

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Print Tickets are on sale now or The Benefit Concert for Tony MacAlpine on December 12th at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, featuring performances from John 5 and The Creatures; Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

Ton Morello is the first special guest we are announcing who will take part in the all-star jam. More special guests to come. Proceeds from the show will help with Tony’s medical costs in his fight against colon cancer.

For those who live outside Los Angeles and can’t make it to the show, you can still help by donating to the official GoFundMe campaign.

As part of this extraordinary musical event we will be auctioning an amazing selection of guitars donated by:

– Steve Vai
– Joe Satriani
– Paul Gilbert
– Steve Stevens
– Steve Lukather
– Joe Bonamassa
John Petrucci/Ernie Ball
– John 5
Richie Kotzen
– KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer)
– Jeff Loomis

Signature snares from:

– Simon Phillips
Gregg Bissonette
– Mike Portnoy
– Eric Singer


– Bass Lessons from Rudy Sarzo

From Axes & Anchors Cruise (Feb 20-24, 2016):
– A Balcony Stateroom and 2 Gold VIP packages

Gear Raffle

Tony’s gear manufacturers: Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG, Ernie Ball, Source Audio, Voodoo Lab and Xotic Effects have also generously donated equipment to be raffled at the show including:

Ibanez Guitars
– Ibanez 7-string RG Iron Label with EMG 707 pickups installed

Hughes & Kettner Amps
– GrandMeiser 36 amp plus matching Floorboard, FSM432MK3

EMG Pickups
– Ibanez Prestige loaded with an EMG 57/66 set in black chrome with case
– Nobels ODR-1 classic overdrive pedal
– EMG’s new high-end instrument cable designed by Vovox

Voodoo Lab Prize pack:
– Giggity Pedal
– Sparkle Drive MOD Pedal
– Pedal Power 4×4
– t-shirt, hat, stickers

Source Audio prizes:
– 2 x Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion Pedals

Xotic Effects prize pack:
– EP Booster
– SP Compressor
– SL Drive Chrome bundle set
– AC Booster
– RC Booster
– Wah Pedal
– BB Preamp

More information about the auctions coming soon.

For the latest updates on the benefit show and raffles, please follow Benefit for Tony FB Event Page.


AxlRose Country singer Carrie Underwood was recently interviewed by E!Online, and when asked if there was anyone she still want to sing with?, she replied:

“I really want to sing with Axl Rose at some point in my life. I’ve covered enough Guns N’ Roses stuff and it was people like him who taught me how to sing. They were so different. I look at people like him and Freddie Mercury, those people who were doing all these crazy runs. It was so different.”

Watch Carrie singing Sweet Child O Mine, Paradise City and Patience

As previously reported, rumors are running rampant that the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup will reuniting for a tour. Time will tell if those rumblings turn out to be true.


The Van Halen News Desk has released a never heard before instrumental of Van Halen’s Big Fat Money. Listen to it below.

According to the Van Halen News Desk, the solo was recorded on a Gibson ES-335 through Eddie’s Marshall amp. Van Halen was reportedly fooling around with some suggestions Bruce Fairbairn, while unbeknownst to him, Fairbairn was taping his first attempt, and liked what he heard.

A lot of thought went into the coin sound at the end of the song. Everyone crowded around the recording console where they dropped quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies until they got the perfect sound.



Bumblefoo640 Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has premiered his video for Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore at Loudwire. Watch it below.

“This song speaks for those that feel lost, betrayed, disillusioned, when we question all we believe in,” says Bumblefoot. “When we start to lash out, and punish ourselves. This is a song about being in this place, in our own personal purgatory. We know we need to heal, but we’re not ready to let go.”

“This video needed to be filmed in locations that have a deep historic and spiritual presence,” adds Bumblefoot.

Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore is on Bumblefoot’s latest solo album, Little Brother Is Watching, which was released on February 24th, 2015. To watch the video for the title track, please click here

Little Brother Is Watching track listing:

1. Clots
2. Little Brother Is Watching
3. Argentina
4. Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore
5. Livin’ The Dream
6. Cuterebra
7. Higher
8. Women Rule The World
9. Sleepwalking
10. Eternity
11. Never Again

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anthraxliveshot640 In 2016, Anthrax will celebrate its 35th anniversary as a band, and will release its much-anticipated new album, the aggressive and super-thrashy For All Kings, on February 26 (Megaforce). But just before that, the band will join Lamb of God for a four-week U.S. trek that starts on Friday, January 15, 2016 in Pittsburgh and wraps up at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on February 12. Tour dates are below.

Anthrax recently released, Evil Twin the first new track from For All Kings. The song’s lyrics were inspired by the terrorist attacks that took place at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris in January, 2015, and the song is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously and is completely uncontrollable. The track’s accompanying video is a compelling barrage of places, victims, actions and some of the infamous zealots and others who have perpetrated violent extremism on innocents around the world, aptly exemplifying the song’s powerful message.

For the new release, Anthrax went into the studio with more songs than they ever had in their career and ended up recording twenty. This wealth of material was largely due to drummer Charlie Benante’s surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome that caused him to miss quite a number of the band’s 2011-2014 Worship Music tour dates. Benante put the down-time to good use and came up with a slew of foundation riffs and ideas for new songs that he took into writing sessions with fellow main songwriters Frank Bello and Scott Ian.

The unique chemistry of this dynamic trio is, in part, what sets Anthrax’s music apart from other bands’ in the same genre. Scott Ian has a very particular way of incorporating his intense lyrical ideas into the band’s music, while Bello, who writes the bulk of Anthrax’s melodies, crafts specifically for Joey Belladonna’s breathtaking voice. Add to that the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, and it’s no wonder the band is so excited for fans to hear what will be their 11th studio album.

Anthrax’s tour dates with Lamb of God are as follows:


15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
19 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
22 Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, VA
23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
24 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
28 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
29 Egyptian Room at Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN
30 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
31 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI


2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO
4 Revention Music Center, Houston, TX
5 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
6 Concrete Street Pavilion, Corpus Christi, TX
8 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
9 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
11 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
12 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

For more information about Anthrax, visit the band’s official website.