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
A Small Deadly Space
K5 – The War of Words Demos


War of Words: The Film
Live in Phoenix




Metal God Essentials: Volume 1
Live Insurrection
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


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.



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, 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

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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 and 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.


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


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


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


2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

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brucedickinson400 Iron Maiden has posted the following update on singer Bruce Dickinson’s health:

“Over the last few days, Bruce has been to see his specialists and following examinations, including visual, we’re delighted to update everyone that the situation remains extremely optimistic for a full recovery. We will still not have final confirmation that the cancer has been completely eradicated until Bruce can have an MRI scan in May, as previously advised in Rod’s recent message to the fans on this site, and the period to full recovery will continue for a few months yet.

Typically Bruce’s immediate reaction to the specialists’ good news was to be as active as feasibly possible, taking in a couple of visits to the Maiden office, one to the Hybrid Air Vehicle hangar to see latest progress, and a brief trip to his local pub, much to the surprise and delight of all his friends there!

We just wanted to share this latest piece of good news with all Maiden’s fans and, as usual, we’ll continue to keep you all updated officially on Bruce’s progress, here on the Iron Maiden website.”

Just before Christmas, during a routine doctor’s check-up, a small cancerous tumor was discovered at back of Dickison’s tongue.


whitesnakeband2015-640 As previously reported, Whitesnake will be releasing The Purple Album will be released in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.

The band has now released Burn for download on iTunes. If you preorder the album through iTunes, both Burn and Stormbringer will download automatically. Listen to it below.

To find out more about the album, and to stream Stormbringer, please click here. To view an electronic press kit about the record, click here.



adreniline mob:jjfrench 640 On March 21st, Adrenaline Mob played a tribute to Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer, A.J.Pero at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey.

Jay Jay from Twisted Sister finished night with his favorite joke that A.J. told him and then performed the Sister classic, You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll.

Watch a video below from the show. AJ will be missed but not forgotten.

In related news, Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French called into Eddie’s Sirius/XM, Eddie Trunk Live, show yesterday (March 23rd) discussing Pero’s health and the future of Twisted Sister.

He said of Pero’s health, “You know, he would be in the dressing room… Drummers are like… They’re the most… ‘Oh, my arm. My shoulder.’ That kind of a thing,” French said. “Put the Bengay on and take the aspirin. But that’s stuff that you just figured were like battle scars — that kind of a thing. I didn’t know the extent… that he had heart problems; he never confided in me. In fact, here’s the ironic thing… On Thursday [March 19], I had to call him, because I had to bring him up to date on what was going with the band, ’cause so much stuff is happening. We’ve got a documentary coming out this year on the beginning of the band [and our] history; we’ve got, like, three CDs coming out with live stuff from back in the day. A.J.’s on one of them. The Donington concert’s coming out for the first time on CD. And I said to A.J., ‘You know, we’ve got to really sit down and plan what we’re gonna do, because we’ve got this DVD in Vegas that’s supposed to be filmed at the end of May. And the band’s thinking about, you know, maybe we should put a plan together to figure out… you know, maybe it’s time to bow out. There’s so many things in the works, there’s so many plans and things to discuss. And he said, ‘Listen, there’s one thing you have to know.’ He goes, ‘My shoulder’s been bothering me, and I’m leaving the ADRENALINE MOB tour, so when you hear through social media that I’m not on the tour, there’s no problem. It’s just my shoulder. I’ll get into rehab for the summer.’ This is what he says to me. Just like this. He goes, ‘Don’t worry about anything. All the dates are good. I’m good. Everything’s good,’ I said, ‘Okay.’ I said, ‘When are you home?’ He said, ‘I’m playing The Chance [in Poughkeepsie], and then I’m home Sunday.’ And I said, ‘Let’s get together Monday.’ He says, ‘You’ve got it, brother.’ That was it….Here’s what I think. That shoulder pain wasn’t the muscle strain. It was indicative of something far worse. But, you know, the problem in metal and rock and roll in general is that we always tend to think it’s the alcoholics who are gonna go. Those are the obvious ones. The stories you hear about John Bonham, Keith Moon… They tear up hotels, they’re drunk, they make real spectacles of themselves, [and then] they die. Those are the guys [where] you just go, ‘Okay, well, they lived that kind of life.’ Like the fact that Keith Richards is alive, I think, is kind of mind-boggling to me. But having said that, A.J. wasn’t one of those guys.”

On the future of Twisted Sister, French stated, “Dee [Snider, vocals] is flying in tomorrow, and we’re having a meeting on Wednesday. And we’re gonna discuss several things. We’re gonna discuss the near term, which is the concert in Vegas, which is May 30th. And we’re gonna discuss the middle term, which is getting through the shows in Europe this year. And then we’re gonna [talk about] the long term, which is: Is 2016 gonna be a statement year for us? Is it gonna be…? Are we gonna say…? ‘Cause 2016 is the 40th anniversary of me, Dee and Eddie [Ojeda, guitar] together. And it may be time. It may be.”


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Def Leppard are the latest band to confirm they’re hosting a cruise – they’ll hold a four-day Caribbean cruising event in January next year.

Hysteria On The High Seas takes place aboard the MSC Divina, leaving from Miami, Florida on January 21st and stopping at Half Moon Cay and Freeport in the Bahamas.

Def Leppard – who’ve just completed work on their 11th album and promised “something unique” last week – say, “Your days and nights will be filled with music, theme nights, and special events.

The Divina is pure luxury. Whether you choose a luxury suite in the private and exclusive MSC Yacht Club, or a beautiful Balcony Stateroom with luminous views, you’re sure to enjoy a voyage like no other.

Music, you ask? Our ship will have multiple stages from the Divina’s state of the art theatre, our festival stage on the pool deck, and more intimate performances in our atrium and black and white lounge.”

More details will be revealed in the near future.

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eddie-trunk400 Robert Cavuoto of Guitar International spoke with Eddie about his interviewing skills, what metal needs to make a comeback and his falling out with KISS bandmembers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Robert: Your interviewing technique is very fluid as you have more of a conversational approach when speaking with artists, how did you evolve that technique?

Eddie Trunk: Before I did any TV, I had over 20 years of radio experience, so that was a huge advantage. The other advantage is that I know 95% of the artists that we are going to sit down with. I’ve probably interviewed them more than a dozen times. Some of these guys are my close friends, which can sometimes work against you.

I want to be able to put artists in a comfort zone, but also not be afraid to ask the tough questions. At the end day the audience needs to be served. It’s a combination of finding that right balance.

A great example was on tonight’s [That Metal Show episode] with Dave Lombardo, before we shot the [show] I went to him and said I know you don’t want to talk about Slayer, but I have to ask you about it. I told him he can answer it any way he wants, but my audience will kill me if I don’t at least ask. He got it and respected it.

I thought it went fine. I don’t often give artists the heads up, but I recently had Dave on my podcast and felt it was a bit awkward for him when I brought it up.

Robert: How do you prepare for your interviews?

Eddie Trunk: Don and Jim do a lot of prep work because they are stand-up comics and this is relatively new to them. They’ve gotten quite good at it and seem more comfortable.

It’s been a running joke when we are in our dressing room and I see them with their heads in books writing stuff down, I’ll yell at them, “What are you doing, you’re making me nervous!” I’m sure the same would apply if I tried to do stand-up comedy.

I do virtually no prep for my radio, TV, or podcasts. I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but I don’t need to. This is all I know; I live it every day. The last 30 years of my life has been dedicated to music. Everyday I’m reading it, seeing it, and hearing about it. I have two radio shows a week were I’m probably talking about it just as much.

Outside of somebody who may be a little out of my wheelhouse in terms of music or being new artist, I may need to brush up on their history. Then I may prep, but I very rarely write questions in advance as I don’t want it to feel forced or preplanning. I want to get the feeling and vibe of the artist and see where they want to go with the interview.

Robert: For someone who has been flying the flag for hard rock and heavy metal for over 30 plus years, what do think needs to happen for that genre of music to make a comeback?

Eddie Trunk: I certainly don’t think it has gone away or that it’s underground. I also don’t think its anywhere where it was in the ’80s. I think it is somewhere in the middle where it most comfortably lives and existing. When it was huge in the ’80s, it was a bit of an anomaly driven by MTV.

In the ’90s it was beat to hell which was driven by the changes in musical taste. I think right now we are at a good mid-level spot. For it to become massive you would need a really new big young band that completely storms everybody and has enough mass appeal that it crosses over to even the casual fan.

There have been some new bands which have made a mark like Avenged Sevenfold and 5 Finger Death Punch. What I’m talking about is a band like Guns N’ Roses when they put out Appetite for Destruction, the world stopped and started talking about them.

We need a band like that to give it a big surge.

Robert: Can you pinpoint when your falling out with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS started?

Eddie Trunk: It would be tough to say. There is an incredible amount of misinformation out there about it. KISS fans, and I still consider myself a fan, are very passionate fans. They react to things and sometimes trump things up that aren’t true or don’t have the complete story.

The 98% of the positive things I have done for KISS over the past three decades are not talked about or acknowledged. The 1% or 2% of things is what gets amplified and people run with. It’s unfortunate and as a result I think they [KISS] got bad information.

The last time I spoke to Paul Stanley I looked him in the eye and said, “Dude, we need to sit down face-to-face for five minutes so you can tell me what is going on and clear the air?”

I’m at a loss as I don’t know what they read, what they think I said, or what I did say. If you don’t want to work with me, that is fine, but as a fan I need to know what the issue is.

I have seen many people over the years say they dislike things that they did. I’ve seen comedians impersonate them and really take a piss on them and for some reason that’s all good.

I think a big part of it is they erroneously view me as the “Ace Frehley and Peter Criss guy” which couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s ridiculous I love all the stuff in the ’80s, Eric Carr was one of my dear friends and even dedicated my first book to him.

Just because I’m friends with them doesn’t mean I’m going to play favorites. My door is always open and remains open to everybody including Gene and Paul! I would love to have them on to hear their side of it.

The only thing I said negatively about them, and I stand behind it, is I wish they would have given Tommy Thayer [guitar] and Eric Singer [drums] their own persona.

I can’t look at it that way and choose not to see them anymore. It doesn’t mean I’m not a fan and it doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to do that, but a ton of people feel the same, but very few will say anything.

Artists may not want to say anything, not to jeopardize getting an opening slot since it’s such a sensitive issue.

KISS is the only band you have to be like that with. You can still be a fan of a band without liking everything they have ever done. You would be hard pressed to find a fan of any band who would say that they like every song, every LP, every line-up change in the 30-40 years of their career.

I have found some things they have said and done in my history to me very distasteful, but I let it roll off my back. I would love to sit there and tell them what I think, but it’s not in a negative sense, just my opinion.

Read the entire interview at Guitar International.



Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath Black Sabbath will be playing a set at Ozzfest Japan on Nov. 22nd and the band are calling it their “farewell.”

The announcement was made by Sharon Osbourne in the video below.

“Ozzfest will be back in Japan on November 21st and 22nd,” she said. “And this will be Black Sabbath’s farewell. We’re also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can’t miss that.”

Back in September, Ozzy Osbourne said that the next Sabbath album, the follow-up to 2013′s successful 13, and tour was going to be their swan song. “So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour […] I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.”

Given the somewhat off-handed manner in which this was broken — a low-quality video from Sharon that gives equal time to the other Ozzfest headliner — Ultimate Classic Rock believes that this may be Black Sabbath’s farewell to Japan as opposed to their final performance anywhere as they feel news of this magnitude, it seems, would require a press conference from the band or, at the very least, a press release with a lot of information.

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