SINGER RALPH MORMAN PASSES AT AGE 66

ralphmorman Singer Ralph Morman died peacefully on Sunday, August 17th, following an extended illness in Ashland, Kentucky.

He is best known as lead vocalist for the Joe Perry Project from 1979 through 1980. The Project was formed shortly before Joe Perry left Aerosmith. They immediately signed a record deal with CBS Records and released their debut album Let The Music Do The Talking, produced by legendary producer Jack Douglas. The group toured extensively in the USA and the album peaked at #47 on Billboard selling over 250,000 copies. After the Joe Perry Project, he joined the English Blues Rock band Savoy Brown featuring guitarist Kim Simmonds. He recorded two albums with them. The first was 1981′s Rock ‘N Roll Warriors which included the single Run To Me and became the band’s highest-charting single in the USA. The band performed several major arena shows in the USA alongside Judas Priest. The second album was Greatest Hits-Live In Concert released in 1982.

Between 1972-1974 Ralph was in the band Bux which included future Angel members Punky Meadows and Mickie Jones as well as drummer Rocky Isaac (ex-Jimi Hendrix). Their album We Come To Play was released in 1976 (two years after they disbanded) on Capitol Records and was produced by Jack Douglas. His first “professional band” was The Outcasts who released the single Loving You Sometimes on Plato Records.

Ralph Morman went on hiatus from the music industry for almost 25 years, but announced he was working on a solo project in 2011. Some recordings were made and may be released in the future. He leaves behind his wife, 4 sons, 1 daughter, and 5 grand-children.

ANTHRAX’S “CHILE ON HELL” LIVE DVD TO BE PREMIERED AT L.A. AND N.Y. THEATRES ON SEPTEMBER 15TH

Anthrax - 2011 Before you get down to moshing in the privacy of your own home, do some serious partying in either Los Angeles or New York when Anthrax’s Chile On Hell live DVD is premieres on Monday, September 15th, the day before its general release. And, not only will attendees be among the first to see the thrash-masters performing an extended set that features all the fan-favorites in front of a sold-out, rabid crowd in Santiago, Chile, but each event will feature a special Q&A – Scott Ian and Chile On Hell‘s producer Jay Rustin at the L.A. screening, and Anthrax’s Frank Bello at New York’s.

The premiere is free to fans who pre-order the Chile On Hell Blu-ray or DVD from either Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ, Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY, or Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, CA. Each pre-order comes with one wristband that entitles the holder to attend the premiere. Wristbands are limited, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

The New York premiere will take place at 9:00PM ET at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th Street; go to ltcds.com or vvinyl.com for all details.

..and the L.A. premiere is set for 9:00PM PT at the Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 S. Main Street; more details are available here.

Chile On Hell will be released on Tuesday, September 16th (Megaforce), and features Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/guitar, Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass and Jon Donais/lead guitar performing at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013. The band performed an extended set that featured songs from Anthrax’s entire catalog including I Am The Law, Indians, Madhouse, Caught In A Mosh, The Devil You Know, and I’m Alive. Chile On Hell was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound, and will retail for $16.98.

“Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room. But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap. I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop. One time Scott and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense. Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?”

THE METAL GOD, ROB HALFORD, LISTS THE TEN ALBUMS THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE

robhalfordleathersuit When asked by MusicRadar which ten albums changed his life, his list included Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and the Beatles.

His top pick was Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Halford said, “Listening to this music at the time it was being made is something I’ll never forget. Simply because of the sheer audacity of this extraordinary guitar player and artist. He made the room light up so vividly. To listen to the sounds that he made with the electric guitar was unbelievably special.

Things were changing at this time. The music in general was getting louder. Marshall amps were being made, speaker cabinets were being used – everything was getting bigger, louder, more impactful. I think Jimi had something to do with that.”

He also praised Led Zeppelin II, describing it as the “roots of heavy metal.” Halford explained, “When I heard the riffs that Jimmy was doing, I got a real sense of where things were going. Even though Led Zeppelin never expressed, ‘We’ve got some heavy metal in us,’ it’s quite apparent that it was there all along.

The riffage and the way they played live – they were a bit like Cream on steroids. John Bonham smashed those drums, and along with the powerful musicianship of Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, they made a sound that was simply incredible. And then you’ve got Robert Plant, screaming and wailing in a way we’d never heard before. Led Zeppelin were such an important band.”

He continued, “The music that touches you in your youth is magnified as you get older. Each record can be a virtual time machine – all you need is to hear a second or two and you go back to that place and time when you first heard it. It’s a brilliant feeling when music touches you so profoundly and stays with you through time.”

The 10 records that changed Rob Halford’s life:

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
2. Cream – Disraeli Gears
3. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
4. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
5. David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
6. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
7. The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out
8. John Mayall – Blues From Laurel Canyon
9. Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
10. Queen – Queen

Also, Happy Birthday to the Metal God who celebrates his 63rd year today (August 25th). Judas Priest’s Redeemer of Souls was released on July 8th through Epic Records.

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

GUITARIST TONY MACALPINE ADDS ADDITIONAL DATES TO HIS FALL U.S. TOUR

tonymacapline600px As previously reported, guitarist Tony MacAlpine has announced tour dates. MacAlpine has added a few more shows in the U.S. dates. MacAlpine will be playing his album Maximum Security in full as part of the set, along with a preview of his upcoming solo album Concrete Gardens. For more information about MacAlpine’s tour, please click here.

Skype Lessons August/September

MacAlpine has also announced that he will be giving private one-on-one webcam guitar lessons through Skype between now and our US Tour in October. I accept any level of student, and lessons are tailored to fit the things you’d like to work on with your playing. Lessons are $120 for 45 minutes. Payment via Paypal is accepted. Discounts available if you buy a block of 2 lessons or more. Spaces are limited. Please email tmaclessons@gmail.com to book lessons.

Tony MacAlpine tour dates, a * denotes added dates:

August:

1 Studio City, CA – The Baked Potato (2 shows: 9:30 and 11:30)
2 Studio City, CA – The Baked Potato (2 shows: 9:30 and 11:30)
8 San Francisco, CA – Biscuits & Blues (2 shows: 7:30 and 10:00)
9 Lebanon, OR – Guitars Under The Stars Festival
13 Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
15 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage

October:

6 Denver, CO – Quixote’s True Blue
8 Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club
10 Chicago, IL – Reggies
11 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
12 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
13 Pittsburgh, PA – The Hard Rock Cafe
14 Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
16 New York, NY – The Iridium (2 shows: 8:30 and 10:30)
18 Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s Place
19 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
20 Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music
21 Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
22 Nashville, TN – The High Watt
*24 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
*25 Houston, TX – CPN Metal Fest @ Concert Pub North
*26 Austin, TX – To Be Announced
*29 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live

HOOKERS & BLOW RECRUIT EX TYPE O NEGATIVE/ DANZIG DRUMMER JOHNNY KELLY FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR, DATES ANNOUNCED

hookers&blow400 Hookers & Blow – Announce ex Type O Negative and Current Danzig Drummer Johnny Kelly as for it 10th Anniversary East Coast Tour.

The band featuring Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi will be celebrating the band’s 10th Anniversary starting on September 5th at The Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood and September 6th at Count’s Vamped in Las Vegas, NV.

The band is also excited to add longtime friend and world renowned stand-up comic Don Jamison (VH1′s That Metal Show) as the “Master of Ceremonies” for their upcoming East Coast dates in October. Rounding out the HN’B line-up will be W.A.S.P. & Hotel Diablo bassist Mike Duda, Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr and an array of special guest players.

“This band has always been mostly a Joke” says Grossi “We figured after doing this for 10 years it would be cool to celebrate by adding our buddy Don into the mix who actually tells Jokes for a living….”

Hookers & Blow hosted two residencies at the landmark Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood in 2013 with guest musicians that included members of Marilyn Manson, The Cult, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., Ignite, Alice Cooper, T.S.O.L, Ace Frehley and more. For more info, please visit facebook.com/HNBM.

Hookers & Blow tour dates:

9/5 The Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA (Matt Starr on drums)
9/6 Count’s Vamped Las Vegas, NV (Matt Starr on drums)

10/10 Obsessinn’s Ottawa, Canada (Alex & Dizzy only)
10/11 The Rockpile Toronto, Canada (Alex & Dizzy Reed only)
10/14 The Bowery Electric New York, NY w/ Don Jamieson
10/15 TBA Worcester, MA w/ Don Jamieson
10/16 1150 Oak Bar and Grill Cranston, RI w/ Don Jamieson
10/17 The Legendary Dobbs Concert Hall Philadelphia, PA w/ Don Jamieson
10/18 Thw Fish Head Cantina Halethorpe, MD w/ Don Jamieson
10/19 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ w/ Don Jamieson

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY WISHES

Happy-birthday-cupcake-photography-8-400x400 I just wanted to personally thank all the posters who wished me a “Happy Birthday” in the back end of the site. Also, since I don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account, I had no choice but to post it here.

Your comments and thoughts are always greatly appreciated and mean a lot to me (unless they are abusive and rude-LOL!)

Cheers,
Dana from EddieTrunk.com :)

DRUMMER PHIL RUDD ON AC/DC’S FUTURE: ‘WE’LL PROBABLY ALL HAVE TO BE DEAD BEFORE IT STOPS”

ac:dc400 Although original AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has taken leave from the band while fighting illness, AC/DC have recorded a new album and plan to tour. In a new interview with Australia’s Today Show, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd not only confirmed his desire to keep going, but declared that “we’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops.”

Earlier this year, rumors of Malcolm Young’s ill health began to circulate. A stroke, cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s have all been blamed for Malcolm’s break from the band, but the Young family has chosen to keep the guitarist’s health issues private.

While speaking to Australia’s Today Show, Rudd professed himself as “the best live rock drummer who has ever walked the planet” and AC/DC as “the best band in the world.” In addition to Rudd’s claims, the drummer spoke about AC/DC’s future. “There will be another tour, and I’ll be on it. And when there’s another one, I’ll be on that. And another record, I’ll be on that. It’ll go until it dies. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops, you know what I’m saying? You’ll never stop Angus [Young], mate.”

Phil Rudd will release his first will release his first solo album, Head Job, on August 29th. The lyric video for the song Repo Man can be heard here.

additional source: Lowudwire via noisecreep.com

WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NIGHT RANGER’S JOEL HOEKSTRA AS THEIR NEW GUITARIST

davidcoverdale andjoelhoekstra600 Whitesnake has officially announced their new guitar player, New York’s own, Joel Hoekstra.

Whitesnake frontman, David Coverdale has posted the following message:

“Ladies & Gentlemen…Boys & Girls…Your Attention, Please…:)

One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band, was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona.

Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also, his very agreeable personality & he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug’s replacement in Whitesnake.

We jammed together & were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014.

Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with Night Ranger.

We sincerely thank you all for your patience & understanding…& so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new Snake Brother…

JOEL HOEKSTRA…Guitarist Extraordinaire

~David Coverdale’

Hoekstra is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the band, is looking forward to rocking with you all soon. To read about all the band’s he has worked with, please click here.

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ORIGINAL KISS GUITARIST ON HIS FORMER BANDMATE GENE SIMMONS: “I DON’T THINK HE MAKES ANY SENSE”

Acefrehley400 Ace Frehley believes Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has “alienated just about everybody on the planet” with his recent comments on depression, addiction and poverty. And the guitarist has predicted his former colleague could next turn on gay people – all because he doesn’t understand the human condition.

His comments stem from Simmons’ incendiary comments about depression, when he claimed his message to anyone preparing to take their own lives was, “Fuck you, then kill yourself.” He later apologized for his statements.

Now Frehley tells Artisan News Service, “First he attacks immigrants, then he belittles poor people by saying, ‘Be nice to the rich people because we’re the ones that give you jobs.’ Then he attacks people with depression, alcoholics, drug addicts. The only thing left for him to do is to attack the whole gay movement. I’ve heard him do that in private, so that’s probably still yet to come.”

The guitarist argues Simmons isn’t as clever as he likes to think. “I don’t think he makes any sense,” he reflects. “He prides himself on being such an intellectual, he brags about being able to speak seven languages, but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition – depression is a very serious disease.

I’ve suffered from it, I know my daughter suffers from it. Alcoholism is a disease, so is drug addiction; it’s the disease of addiction. Many people are born that way – and Gene just seems ignorant of that whole fact. I think it’s time for Gene to go back to school and get educated in the health field.”

source: classicrockmagazine.com

ANTHRAX’S CHARLIE BENANTE TAKES THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Anthrax - 2011 When Anthrax headlined the Rock Al Parquet 2014 Festival in Bogota, Colombia, the band’s drummer Charlie Benate took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – in front of more than 140,000 screaming fans.

Mike Portnoy had challenged Charlie, and he accepted, in large part because Mike Wright, the father of his friend Brandon Wright, has had ALS for 10 years – so this was personal.

Bandmates Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello did the dousing, and afterwards Benante nominated Philip H. Anselmo, Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser and music producer Jay Ruston, who produced Anthrax’ Worship Music, to do the challenge.

Anthrax’s live DVD, Chile On Hell, will be released on September 16th through Megaforce.