FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS “SOLDIER APPRECIATION AWARD” FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY

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Five Finger Death Punch recently received the prestigious “Soldier Appreciation Award” From The Association of the United States Army. The award was founded in 1950 by the then newly founded AUSA. This was based on having Germany and Europe stationed US troops that had a hard standing in the public. The soldiers had been under hard pressure and so the AUSA founded the Award to honor the organizations and/or people who supported the troops to make their daily life more easy and comfortable.

Zoltan Bathory (guitars) states, “The Soldiers Appreciation Award is something very special. The only musician ever to receive this was Elvis Presley. Clearly what we have to say resonates with a lot of veterans and a lot of service members. To know that we are reaching people and touching their lives with our music is very rewarding, and to me this really is the sole purpose of being a musician — to be able to make a positive impact in somebody’s life.”

The band will be touring with Shinedown starting in April.

FFDP/Shinedown tour dates:

April 30th – Ft. Myers, FL – Fort Rock Festival
May 1st – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
May 3rd – Evansville, IN – Ford Center (co-headlining w/Shinedown)
May 4th – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena (co-headlining w/Shinedown)
May 6th- Virginia Beach, VA– WNOR Lunatic Luau Festival
May 7th – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion Festival
May 9th – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Arena (co-headlining w/Shinedown)
May 20th to May 22nd – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
May 20th to May 22nd – Schaghticoke, NY – Rock’N Derby
May 27th to May 29th – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma Festival

Tickets go on-sale February 4th at 10 AM Eastern. For more info & VIP offerings (beginning Tuesday, February 2) go to Fivefingerdeathpunch.com.

BASSIST JIMMY BAIN’S OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH WAS LUNG CANCER

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Drummer Vinny Appice has released a statement on Last In Line’s Facebook page that explains the cause of bassist Jimmy Bain’s death. Read his explanation below.

“Jimmy Bain – friend, brother and band mate passed away on Saturday January 23rd, 2016.

The Medical Examiner report states the official cause of death was lung cancer.

Jimmy didn’t know he had lung cancer, but he did know he had pneumonia and was receiving treatment for it. This didn’t stop him or slow him down, we had four rehearsals 4 hours a day, then a flight to Miami for The Def Leppard Rock Cruise. A pre-sail gig and sound check was scheduled for the following day. At the gig Jimmy played great and even sang that night while holding a heavy bass guitar on his back, never complaining or asking for help.

Next day we preceded to board the cruise ship for a 5 day voyage of which we were scheduled to play Sunday the 4th day.
That gig never happened as Jimmy passed away in his cabin the night before, we were devastated.

Jimmy was a trooper, he gave his all to the band he loved, the music he loved and the fans.He didn’t want to let anyone down.
I don’t know anyone that would have attempted this schedule while being this sick and not feeling well, a trooper.

He was so happy and proud of the new album we recorded, it so unfortunate and sad he didn’t live to see it released.
We were all looking forward to being on the road and playing together again, there was such a magic between us.

Our prayers go out to his family and so many friends and fans who will miss the amazing person that was Jimmy Bain.

Vinny”

Last In Line recently posted a tribute to Bain, it can be viewed here.

BLACK SABBATH POSTPONE TWO SHOWS DUE TO SINGER OZZY OSBOURNE’S SINUSITIS

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Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne’s health issues have temporarily forced Black Sabbath off the road. The band had to cancel their show in Edmonton, Alberta and Calgary, Alberta.

“Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed,” they wrote on Facebook. “Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available.”

Black Sabbath are currently on their The End tour, which they launched kicked two weeks ago in Omaha, Nebraska.

The band is expected to resume their tour on February 3rd at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com

ACE FREHLEY ANNOUNCES TOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES

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Ace Frehley will be back on the road in late February, when he starts a new round of tour dates that will keep him in front of crowds through mid-April.

Frehley’s latest tour comes in the midst of preparation for his next studio release, which will be a covers collection. “The album’s going to be about my influences,” he said last year. “I’m probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I’d redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley’s Comet track.”

While he puts the finishing touches on that album — which will also feature a guest appearance from Slash — Frehley’s also looking ahead to his next set of new originals, which, as he told the Aquarian, could be assembled using a few vintage parts. “I’ve … been going over a lot of old tapes that I found, that were in storage for about 25 or 30 years,” said Frehley. “I found old Kiss stuff, but I also found stuff that was pre-Kiss, so it’s exciting. … There’s definitely several song ideas that I might use in the next studio record of original music.”

Further information about Ace’s tour can be found at his official site, along with details regarding several VIP packages available for the shows — including one that includes a meet-and-greet, personal photo with Frehley and an autographed guitar (guitar not included).

Ace Frehley 2016 Tour Dates

2/26 – Houston, Texas
2/27 – San Antonio, Texas
2/28 – Dallas, Texas

3/5 – Beverly Hills, Calif.
3/6 – Las Vegas, Nev.

4/1 – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
4/3 – Sunrise, Fla.
4/5 – Atlanta, Ga.
4/7 – Danville, Va.
4/11 – New York, N.Y.
4/12 – New York, N.Y.

additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com

KISS’ GENE SIMMONS GRANTS DYING FAN’S LAST WISH

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KISS bassist Gene Simmons granted a dying teenager’s wish by visiting him in his hospital bed.

The bassist and singer spent time with 17-year-old Dilan Kohn at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Children’s Hospital of Nevada in Las Vegas last week. Dilan died a few days after Simmons’ visit, but staff have thanked him for making the youngster’s dream come true.

A statement from staff at University Medical Center, where the Children’s Hospital is based, says: “Last week, one of our patients, Dilan Kohn, got his final wish. The critically ill 17-year-old desperately wanted to meet and hang out with the rock’n’roll musician, Gene Simmons, from the band Kiss.

“Mr Simmons had not only been Dilan’s idol, but also his inspiration growing up. Mr Simmons was sent an email request last Thursday afternoon and flew into Vegas the next morning. He showed up with a big bag full of signed memorabilia just for Dilan.

“The two hung out, shared stories and laughed together for well over an hour while staff looked on with tears in their eyes. Thank you Mr Simmons for making this wish come true just in time.

“Unfortunately Dilan passed away peacefully a couple days later.”

Simmons shared the hospital’s statement on his own Facebook page.

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additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

LAST IN LINE RELEASE TRIBUTE TO JIMMY BAIN

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Last In Line have released a tribute video to Jimmy Bain, who died at the weekend.

The seven-minute clip features interviews with the bassist filmed while the band were working on debut album Heavy Crown, to be released next month. Watch it below.

Bain died while Last In Line were taking part in Def Leppard’s cruising festival in the Bahamas. He’d been unwell, but was determined to keep working.

Last in Line previously released two music clips to honor Bain, click here to view the videos.

SAXON TO RELEASE “EAGLES AND DRAGONS” NINE ALBUM BOX SET ON MARCH 18TH

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Saxon have released a video trailer for their upcoming Eagles And Dragons nine album box set, watch it below.

The package will be released on March 18th through Demon Records and features nine albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. It marks the first time the albums have been made available on vinyl outside Germany, Italy and the UK.

The LPs are pressed on luxury 180-gram vinyl and include inner sleeves with lyrics, presented in a hand-numbered outer slipcase box with a specially commissioned cover painting by artist Paul Gregory.

In addition, 500 copies with a print of the cover, suitable for framing, signed by frontman Biff Byford will also be available exclusively through Demon’s online store.

Byford says, “From 1991’s Solid Ball Of Rock to 2009’s Into The Labyrinth, this is the first time we have ever had a vinyl box set of nine albums in one package – never to be done again – with exclusive cover art work from Paul Raymond Gregory. I can’t wait to get my hands on one.”

Saxon’s Eagles And Dragons Box Set includes:

Solid Ball Of Rock (1991)
Forever Free (1992)
Dogs Of War (1995)
Unleash The Beast (1997)
Metalhead (1999)
Killing Ground (2001)
Lionheart (2004)
The Inner Sanctum (2007)
Into The Labyrinth (2009)

Saxon’s latest release was 2015’s, Battering Ram.

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additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

GUNS N’ ROSES “THANK” SINGER STEVEN TYLER FOR HIS “NON-EXISTENT” ROLE IN THEIR REUNION SHOWS

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As previously reported, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler told Howard Stern on his Sirius/XM radio show, that he was one, of several people, who convinced Guns N’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose, to reunite with his original bandmates. In response, Guns N’ Roses has posted a sarcastic thank-you note to Tyler.

A tweet posted on the band’s page seems to be a reaction to Tyler’s story. It reads, “Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between. Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent, role. We and the fans thank you!”

Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan will perform together for the first time since 1993 at four concerts in April. It’s not yet known who else will take part – although guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed have just quit the Dead Daisies, saying they’ll be taking part in “a momentous project” this year.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

BLACK SABBATH BASSIST GEEZER BUTLER APOLOGIZES TO BILL WARD

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Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has apologized in public to Bill Ward for saying the ex-drummer had been invited to take part in the band’s final show.

Earlier this week, Butler stated in an interview that Sabbath had offered Ward the chance to appear with them just before they took their last bow on The End tour.

The bassist reported, “It’s been mentioned to him – but he doesn’t want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing.”

That led Ward to accuse his former colleague of making “inaccurate statements,” adding, “My management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest.”

Now Butler has tweeted, “It appears Bill Ward was never invited to do a last show – my mistake. Sorry @billwarddrums.”

His message has been applauded by some fans for its honesty, while others have reacted by encouraging the band members to discuss their differences face-to-face with no one else present.

Black Sabbath’s The End tour began on January 20th in Omaha, Nebraska. See the remaining dates below.

January:

30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Centre

February:
1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
6 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
9 San Jose, CA SAP Pavilion
11 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
13 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
19 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
21 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
23 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Australia/New Zealand:

April:

15 Perth, AU Perth Arena
17 Adelaide, AU Entertainment Centre
19 Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena
23 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena
25 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre
28 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena
30 Dunedin, NZ Forsyth Barr Stadium

Europe:

June:

1 Budapest,Hungary Groupama Arena
8 Berlin, Germany Waldebuhne
11 Donington, UK Download**
13 Verona, IT Arena Di Verona
15 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadon
17 Dessel, Belgium Grasspop**
23 Halden, Norway Tons of Rock**
25 Copenhagen, DE Copenhell**
28 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
30 Prague, Czech Rep. 02 Arena

July:

2 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
5 Riga, Latvia Riga Arena
7 Helsinki, Finland Monsters of Rock**
9 Stockholm, Sweden Monsters of Rock**
12 Moscow, Russia Olympisky Arena

**Denotes festival appearance

North America:

August:

17 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
19 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
21 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
25 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
29 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
31 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater

September:

2 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
4 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Ampitheater
11 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Ampitheater
13 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Arena
15 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
19 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
21 Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

GUITARIST RICHARD FORTUS AND KEYBOARDIST DIZZY REED DEPART DEAD DAISIES, GUITARIST DOUG ALDRICH JOINS THE BAND

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Guitarist Richard Fortus and Keyboardist Dizzy Reed have left their roles in the Dead Daisies – strongly suggesting they will be part of the reunited Guns N’ Roses lineup.

Fortus and Reed have stepped down to be part of “a momentous project in 2016,” the Dead Daisies have confirmed.

Former Whitesnake and Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich has joined the Dead Daisies as they get to work on a new album with producer Marti Fredericksen in Nashville for SPV Records.

Aldrich joins bassist Marco Mendoza, guitarist David Lowy, singer John Corabi and drummer Brian Tichy in the supergroup.

Aldrich says, “I’m very, very happy to join my friends Marco, Brian, John and David in the next chapter of the Dead Daisies. I love the band and I’m looking forward to getting busy on the new record. This band is bringing back a raw, back to the bones sound that a lot of groups go for but the Dead Daisies are looking to nail. At this point in time, we are looking to have a kick-ass rock’n’roll album in the can by spring 2016.”

Fortus adds, “When we started speaking about finding someone to replace me, the first suggestion I had was Doug Aldrich. It doesn’t get any better than Doug in my book. I am so happy that he is able and willing to step in and take over. I think that it will elevate the band to the next level. Thanks to everyone that has supported the Daisies over the last couple of years. Stay tuned to see what they come up with next. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.”

Lowy says that, while they will miss Reed and Fortus, the band are excited about the future.

He adds, “It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to write, record and perform with such talented world-class musicians and all-around great guys. I’ve personally learned so much from both of them. We’re very excited to announce Doug Aldrich will be joining The Dead Daisies in the lead guitar role. Doug was Richard’s first pick to replace him. He’s a highly accomplished musician, performer and songwriter and we’re really looking forward to Doug joining us as the Dead Daisies adventure rolls on.”

Slash and Axl Rose will reunite for the first time since 1993 when they perform two Las Vegas shows and at Coachella this year.

The Dead Daisies released their second album Revolucion last year.

source: classicrock.teamrock.com