Judas Priest have collaborated with Parliament Tattoo Studio in London to bring together an exhibition of hand painted leather biker jackets, inspired by the band’s albums and song titles.
The artwork is by some of the world’s greatest Tattoo artists, and Rob Halford is taking time out from recording in the studio with the band to open the exclusive showcase on April 27th 2017. After the public exhibition, the jackets will be moving to Brighton, to be shown at the Brighton Tattoo Convention on May 13th and 14th.
Following the events, the jackets will be auctioned off online along with a signed certificate of authenticity from Judas Priest to benefit both The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund – both extremely worthy causes close to the hearts of Judas Priest – the exhibition hopes to raise as much money as possible for the two charities.
Megadeth have announced some North American tour dates, see the itinerary below. Special guests, on the tour, will be Meshuggah, Tesseract and Lillake.
The dates are as follows:
Jun. 23 – Big Flats, NY @ Tags Summer Stage
Jun. 25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Jun. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Jun. 28 – Portsmouth, VA @ Portsmouth Pavilion
Jun. 29 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Jun. 30 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
Jul. 5 – Windsor, ON @ Colosseum at Caesar’s Windsor (Megadeth and Meshuggah only)
Jul. 7 – Saint Charles, MO @ Family Arena
Jul. 8 – Oklahma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheater
Jul. 9 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Jul. 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
The band recently completed a month-long U.S. tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Butcher Babies.
Ritchie Blackmore has recorded two tracks with new Rainbow vocalist Ronnie Romero, according to reports.
Blackmore reactivated Rainbow with the Lords Of Black singer in 2015, also bringing in Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau.
They played three shows together last year and have further dates planned this summer in the UK – and although he’s been in the studio with the singer, Blackmore says there are no plans for an album.
Blackmore tells Japan’s Burrn! magazine (via The Highway Star), “We were recording until yesterday in the studio at our home. We recorded some songs for Blackmore’s Night and two songs with the new singer for Rainbow.”
He continues, “I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones. Ronnie, who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back. Rather than make an album, we may release as singles.”
His wife and Blackmore’s Night vocalist Candice Night adds: “It first started as a 20th anniversary thing for Blackmore’s Night, re-recording some old material, but we came up with new songs. We have no plans for release right now, we were just having fun, but we may release when the right time comes – but not right now.”
Blackmore surprised the rock world when he introduced Romero in the new-look lineup, with the guitarist explaining why he chose the singer rather than a vocalist from the band’s past.
He says, “When I heard him, he seemed like the right guy to sing the Dio era songs of Rainbow. He is versatile, he can sing like Freddie Mercury or Ronnie James Dio or Graham Bonnet. The reason I did not ask Joe Lynn Turner is because I thought European fans wanted to hear the Dio lineup of Rainbow. I was very surprised that tickets sold out in 15 minutes. It was nice to know so many people wanted to hear Rainbow at this time.”
Terry Ilous, lead singer for the band Great White, and founder of 80’s metal band XYZ is premiering his third solo venture, Gypsy Dreams, on Friday, April 28th, 2017. A video trailer for the album can be viewed below.
Gypsy Dreams, is a covers album of classic rock and hard rock favorites with a Latin and flamenco edge. The album features an amazing cast of L.A. based artists including, Luis Villegas [Grammy nominated artist ] on Guitar, Jose Garcia [vocalist, renowned flamenco guitarist] on Guitar, Chris Trujillo [former percussionist for Toto, Black Crows] Drums/Percussion, Al Velasquez [Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Michael McDonald, Albert Lee] on Drums / Percussion, Mike Paganini – [renowned session player, Bassist] on Bass, Ben Woods – [renowned flamenco guitarist w/ Benise, Heavy Mellow] on Guitar, Mike Bennett [Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Ritchie Kotzen] on Drums / Percussion, Jesse Stern [George Clinton, Chad Smith] on Bass & Natalie Gelman [singer/songwriter] on Background Vocals.
Terry States, “This album is just the start in a series of different projects I have in mind for the future. I decided to start with covers of familiar & rock favorites to introduce the Latin/Flamenco Rock sound to my audience, and I plan to start up a series of intimate club shows reminiscent of close-knit Latin & Gypsy gatherings.”
Terry on recording Long Train Running, “In the late 80’s I would warm up with Long Train Running while on the road with XYZ; and for years I wanted to record the song with more of a Latin edge.”
Terry Ilous on recording Heaven & Hell, “Dio was arguably one of the biggest inspirations in music. And this is one of the songs that really influenced my decision in making this album.”
He adds, “This has been a long road, but the final tracks sound truly amazing, and are definitely worth the wait. I thank all my fans & band for being a part of this journey and for all your support along the way, I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.”
Gypsy Dreams Track listing.
1. Whole Lotta Love – (Led Zeppelin)
2. Boys Of Summer – (Don Henley)
3. In Your Eyes – (Peter Gabriel)
4. Long Train Running – (The Doobie Brothers)
5. Wicked Game – (Chris Isaak)
6. Heaven And Hell – (Black Sabbath)
7. Ride Like The Wind – (Christopher Cross)
8. Love Bites – (Def Leppard)
9. Kill The King – (Rainbow)
Terry Ilous – Vocals
Luis Villegas– Guitar
Jose Garcia– Guitar
Mike Paganini – Bass
Mike Bennett – Bass
Ben Woods – Guitar
Jesse Stern – Drums / Percussion
Chris Trujillo – Drums / Percussion
Al Velasquez – Drums / Percussion
Natalie Gelman – Background Vocals
Terry Ilous relocated to Hollywood, California from Lyon, France in 1986 forming the metal band XYZ along with friend and bassist Pat Fontaine. Ilous quickly became a favorite on Sunset Strip scene in the late 80’s before getting signed to Enigma/ Capitol Records. After selling over 1.5 million records worldwide and touring with artists such as Foreigner and Alice Cooper; Ilous has continued to release albums well into the 2000’s along with film, song-writing, and television work.
In 2009 Terry was contacted to play a handful of dates with multi-platinum recording artists Great White; who are one of the few bands of that era to still be consistently touring to sold out shows. In 2011 the line-up was made official and Great White immediately headed out on an extensive year long tour followed by a new album in 2012 that was highly praised by the media & fans alike. With the song Hard To say Goodbye reaching #8 in the Billboard Radio Chart.
Ruben Mosqueda of Metal Titans spoke with singer John Corabi. Excerpts from the interview appear below.
MetalTitans: Live and Louder is the first live album from The [Dead] Daisies. Was this record the next next logical progression for you guys?
John Corabi: We were on the Make Some Noise Tour last year  and it came down to a combination of things. We have people come up to us after the show and say stuff like; “The record is good but you’re so much better live!” I think people were writing into the record label and giving them positive reviews. The label was watching and listening to all of this banter.
The other thing is since I joined the band in February of 2015; we recorded Revolucion in March through April. Revolucion came out in June and we were right back in the studio in January of 2016 working on Make Some Noise. We made two records in a span of 12 months and a world tour.
I think between the banter from the fans and all the positive reviews; the label probably felt that it would be good to give us time to work on new songs [for the next album]. It’s good opportunity to continue to gain momentum. It’s a chance for people that haven’t seen the band an opportunity to hear our energetic performance. There was a lot of energy with KISS in the beginning; they weren’t able to capture it on those first three records until Alive. They released a live record to show everyone at how energetic they were as a live band. I can relate to that.
MetalTitans: There’s so many great landmark live records; Alive among them. Years later, we find out they weren’t so live. How much “sweetening” did you guys do on Live and Louder?
John Corabi: None. I can honestly tell you that there was no overdubbing on this live record. We recorded 4-5 shows and gave them to Anthony Focx he mixed them. I’m not a big fan of that. As you know, I have a solo band and we recorded some of the Motley ‘94 shows that I did. I have a live record coming out in June or July. I have been sitting on this record for a year and half.
MetalTitans: When I spoke with you last June you mentioned that live album. At that point you were hoping to have that out by October .
John Corabi: I assure you, it’s coming out. I just didn’t want it to interfere with what was happening with The Daisies. I spoke to my label and said The Daisies comes out in May and in June or July we can get my [live] solo album out. So when we go to make the next Daisies record they can release my record. One of my favorite live records is Aerosmith’s Live Bootleg. It is what it is; there’s mistakes left on there. That’s what I wanted on my solo album. I did one show; it’s called ‘94 Live One Night in Nashville. And that’s the truth; it’s one show with no overdubs, nothing. I gave that to Michael Wagener, he mixed it and it’s ready to go…
MetalTitans: With the vinyl version there’s a covers E.P. included. What is that exactly?
John Corabi: I believe that’s an acoustic show we did for a radio station and a bunch of contest winners. We recorded it and took all the cover songs from the set and mixed that.
MetalTitans: What’s the worst job that you’ve ever had?
John Corabi: Wow. [long pause] Worst job I’ve ever had…man, I haven’t had many jobs. I’ve always been a musician. I did have a few; I think the worst is when I was living in Philly and I worked for a shoe distributor. It was family owned, I worked there with my brother in law at the time. I just hated that job! It was owned by two older gentlemen; one of them had a son. I was in my early 20s at that point in time; he must have been 6-7 years older than me. Man, what an asshole! I can’t stand when people talk down to me. The guy knew he was ‘the boss’ and that he was the owner and he constantly let you know it. I was like I know I work for you, I get it. Things finally blew up; I used a few adjectives and a few verbs. [laughs] I just couldn’t do it anymore. That may be the worst job I’ve ever had.
Kelly Keagy, the drummer, co-lead vocalist and co-founder of the acclaimed, multi-platinum and long-running band Night Ranger, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the band during April and May, as he recovers from a successful heart procedure, Night Ranger announced today. Veteran drummers Deen Castronovo (formerly of Journey/Bad English) and Fred Coury (Cinderella) will sit in for Keagy for the next 6 weeks during the “35th Anniversary World Tour”, which coincides with the release of the band’s 11th studio album, Don’t Let Up.
Keagy issued the following statement:
“I’ve dealt with a heart abnormality my entire life. At the recommendation of my doctors, I decided to undergo a procedure that will allow me to come back even stronger. I’ve asked the guys in the band to go ahead with the tour, and I’m looking forward to rejoining them on the road as soon as I can. I’m grateful for the support and prayers of my family, my bandmates, and our fans, which have meant everything to me as I’ve gone through this process.”
Keagy is now at home continuing his recovery, which is expected to take six weeks.
Night Ranger’s Jack Blades (lead vocals, bass), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars), and Eric Levy (keyboards) issued the following statement:
“We support and applaud Kelly’s decision to put his health first and undergo this treatment now so he can be back at full strength as quickly as possible. While it will be strange being out on the road without our brother Kelly for the first time in the band’s history, we take comfort in knowing it’s a temporary situation, and he’ll be back soon even stronger to continue the 35th Anniversary World Tour.”
We’re grateful to our buddies Deen and Fred, for agreeing to step in as guest drummers for Night Ranger during Kelly’s short hiatus (Deen will perform at the May shows and Fred will perform at the April shows). They’ve both been good friends of the band for years, and it’ll be great to be rockin’ America with them while Kelly recuperates.”
We know our fans join us in sending their thoughts and prayers to Kelly and his family as he recovers from his procedure, and we look forward to reuniting with him on the road very soon as we celebrate the release of Don’t Let Up and the 35th Anniversary World Tour rolls on.”
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