VINNIE VINCENT RELEASES NEW CONCERT PROMO AND ANNOUNCES BAND

In preparation for his two big comeback shows on February 8th and 9th, 2019 at the Rocketown Entertainment Complex in Nashville, TN, Vinnie Vincent has released a new promo promising a “kick ass” night of “Vinnie Vincent classics, KISS classics, shredding and jamming.”

Backed by an all-star band featuring legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne, Vanilla Fudge, Blue Murder), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page) and singer Jim Crean (Frank Dimino, Rudy Sarzo, Phil Lewis), the band is in rehearsals and working on a set list that will also include some surprises.

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QUEENRYCHE CONFIRM THAT SINGER TODD LA TORRE PLAYED THE DRUMS ON “THE VERDICT”

Queensryche has confirmed that all drum tracks, on their forthcoming new album, The Verdict, were played by singer, Todd La Torre.

Asked by a fan on Facebook if [drummer Scott] Rockenfield’s lack of involvement with the album means that [Kamelot drummer Casey] Grillo  will handle the drumming duties for the band in the studio going forward, the band responded, “We’re just taking it one day at a time and trying not to look too far ahead. Things are always changing and we can’t predict what the future will bring. Right now, we’re just concentrating on getting this album in the hands of our Rychers and touring.”

For the past two years, Rockenfield has been taking time off from the group’s touring activities to spend time with his young son, who was born in early 2017.

The Verdict will be released on March 1st through Century Media Records. Listen to songs Man The Machine, here and Dark Reverie, here.


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“ROCKLAHOMA” 2019 LINE-UP REVEALED: OZZY OSBOURNE, DISTURBED, SHINEDOWN, BUSH, SEETHER, IN THIS MOMENT, STEEL PANTHER, JACKYL & MANY MORE

Rocklahoma is set to take place on May 24th,, 25th and 26th at Catch The Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Now in its 13th year, America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature performances from some of today’s top rock artists, including: Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandriaand many more. The event will also be hosted by Radio/TV personality, Eddie Trunk.
Produced by AEG Presents, the three-day camping festival features the best new rock artists and classic bands performing on three stages, to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of  “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.”
The music lineup for Rocklahoma 2019 is as follows (subject to change): Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandria, Tech N9NE, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, Beartooth, Sevendust, Black Stone Cherry, Avatar, Fever 333, Lita Ford, Palaye Royale, Ace Frehley, Wheeler Walker Jr, New Years Day, Bad Wolves, The Glorious Sons, Light The Torch, Alien Weaponry, Hyro The Hero, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Dirty Honey, Strutter, Beasto Blanco, Mudd Flux, Firstryke, Ratchet Dolls, The Midnight Devils, Dead Metal Society, Rocket Science, Preacher Stone, Dryvr, Charlie Bonnet III and the Folkin Gasholes, Down For Five, The Normandys, Poster Child, Blackout, Solidify, Doxy, Zen Hipsterand The Grind.
Here’s what Rocklahoma artists have to say about this year’s festival: 

“Believe it or not, I’ve been doing shows in Oklahoma since 1971, so I know that they have some of the best audiences in the world there, says Ozzy Osbourne.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing everyone at this year’s Rocklahoma our 100% A-GAME. Get Up and Get Ready, declares Brent Smith of Shinedown
Rocklahoma producer Mike DuCharme of AEG Presents says, “Rocklahoma festival IS Pride, Culture and Community! Our fans grew up coming here and now their kids are following suit.  We share their  same enthusiasm and vision and worked hard to make sure there was something for everyone. We are excited to have the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, surrounded by several fan favorites returning like Shinedown, Disturbed and Bush, plus a few that helped build the history of this event like Jackyl, Lita Ford and Ace Frehley. Fans can expect improvements to the site and experience in 2019. Get ready to rock as this year promises to be another weekend long party!”
Early bird weekend Festival Passes, as well as weekend VIP Packages, will be available for purchase starting on January 17th at 10:00 AM CT at www.Rocklahoma.com. Early bird pricing will last through January 24th at 12:00 PM CT, when prices will increase. A Payment Plan option will be available which allows purchasers to split the cost into four monthly payments. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save.
Limited quantities of Groupie and Roadie VIP Packages and the Rockstar Hotel Package are also available. Please visit http://rocklahoma.com/tickets.html for details. General Admission and VIP camping is also available at checkout.
Current ticket pricing is as follows, while supplies last: 

Weekend General Admission: $129.00 plus fees
Weekend Military GA: $99.00 plus fees
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $436.00 plus fees
Weekend VIP Reserved (comes with food & soft drinks): $379.00 plus fees 

River Spirit Casino VIP Packages:

Groupie Package: $675 per person
Roadie Package: $1,100 per person
Rockstar Package $3,200 per pair 

Note: All Weekend tickets are for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock. The Rocklahoma campgrounds will be open from Sunday, May 19 at Noon CT through May 28th at Noon CT. Festival doors open at 2:00 PM daily on May 24th, 25th and 26th.

Note: Camping is only available with weekend ticket purchases.
New Experiences for 2019:

The Roadhouse: 

The party starts early with this brand-new Rocklahoma experience opening every day at 11:00 AM. The Roadhouse will feature the D&B Processing Stage where fans can rock out with local Oklahoma favorites, top tribute acts, and will be headlined each day with national legends like Lita Ford and Ace Frehley. The Roadhouse will also feature food trucks, a full-service bar, and a great place to hang with your friends throughout Rocklahoma.

Burgers, Brews, & Barbecue:

A new destination at Rocklahoma, Burgers, Brews & Barbecue will be a place to sit down, relax, and enjoy some great local food from the best burger and barbecue joints from around the Southwest. And what better way to wash down that great food than with a cold craft beer?

The ROCK 66 Market:

The ROCK 66 Market will be a new destination for fans to connect with friends, shop for unique one-of-a-kind items, charge your phone, or grab a cold beverage. The ROCK 66 Market will feature quirky items, artists, jewelry makers, and other unique vendors from the local are and from around the country.
Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The Catch the Fever Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
For more information on Rocklahoma, visit:

Website: www.Rocklahoma.com
Facebook: @Rocklahoma
Twitter: @Rocklahoma
Instagram: @Rocklahoma
#ROCKLAHOMA
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THE END MACHINE, FEATURING G.LYNCH, M.BROWN, J.PILSON AND R.MASON, RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ALIVE TODAY”

The End Machine, featuring members of Dokken, and Lynch Mob, have released a video for a new song called, Alive Today, listen to it, below.

The End Machine track listing:

1. Leap Of Faith 
2. Hold Me Down 
3. No Game 
4. Bulletproof 
5. Ride It
6. Burn The Truth
7. Hard Road
8. Alive Today
9. Line Of Division
10. Sleeping Voices
11. Life Is Love Is Music

The End Machine will play its first set of shows in April. Brown will be unable to make the dates and will be temporarily replaced by Evanescence’s Will Hunt.
The dates are as follows:

April 4 – Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
April 5 – Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
April 6 – Encore – Tucson, AZ

Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 21st.

To read more about the band, please click here.

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DAVE MUSTAINE AND SCOTT IAN DISCUSS THE CURRENT ROCK SCENE, WITH DAVE SAYING, “THERE ARE NO MORE ROCKSTARS”

Merlin Alderslade of Metal Hammer spoke with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustiane and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. Highlights from the interview appear below.

Metal Hammer: What do you think of where metal is right now?

Scott: “Well, it’s good! We’re still out, we’re making records, we’re selling tickets, we’re having fun in so many ways. In some ways, nothing has changed from 30-something years ago because we’re still doing the same thing and playing a lot of the same songs. The only thing that’s changed is that the audience has got a lot younger!”

Dave: “I agree with Scott that the audience is younger, perception-wise, but for me, the spirit in our bands is still very young. We love playing this music, because we love that interaction with the fans.”

Metal Hammer: Out of all metal’s subgenres, thrash has survived in its purest form. Why?

Dave: “I think that a lot of times, when you look at most thrash stuff, it depends on who the person is that’s listening. If I’m listening to it now, it’s a completely different paradigm shift to someone who’s considerably younger than I am.”

Scott: “What we started back then with all these other bands, I just think the reason why it’s lasted so long, generation after generation, is because we created something great. We really left a mark. It didn’t just disappear. It wasn’t a trend. It wasn’t a fad. It’s music. It’s a branch on the tree of metal that just keeps growing. I mean, we did something really good back then, you know?”

Dave: “Yes, we did!”

Scott: “That initial foundation that we built in the 80s, it’s still really strong.”

Metal Hammer: Do you think it’s harder or easier to be a young metal band nowadays?

Scott: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask the younger bands, I guess…”

Dave: “It’s a double-edged sword. It’s so much easier for new bands to get their music out, but it’d be safe to bet one of my balls on the fact that Scott used to go into the same record store I did in San Francisco called The Record Well. And the fact that back then you could find a record store that’s strictly metal, and you walk in there and the person behind the counter will know you, and you can walk in and they can tell you what’s new. ‘The new Tank record’s out!’ or ‘The new Raven album’s out!’ or, ‘Dude, what do you think of the new Witchfinder General?’ And we were in there, like, ‘God damn, these are my people!’ It just feels great when you used to go into one of those stores, and you see people there that are like you. There’s not a lot of stores out there like that any more.”

Metal Hammer: So you think it’s a mixed bag for metalheads right now? What do you think of the general vibe around the scene at the moment? 

Dave: “There are no more rockstars. You know what you got? You got a lot of snot-nosed kids that work at music magazines – no offense.”

Metal Hammer: What advice would you give someone if they walked in here and said they were starting a metal band?

Dave: “Don’t.”

Scott: “I’d tell security to throw them out. Ha ha! Actually, you know what? So I would tell a new band, ‘Go watch Code Orange.’ They remind me of us in 1981 when all we wanted to do was bang our heads and make people listen to our music.”

Dave: “That’s what’s missing. That is exactly what’s f–king missing. These f–king new bands, these spoilt motherf–kers whose parents are attorneys or doctors, and they take every penny they’ve got and invest it in their productions, so they’ve got the big screens and the explosions and the dancing girls and the inflatables and the f–king ego ramps. They don’t know what paying their f–king dues is.”

Read more at Metal Hammer.

source: Metal Hammer via loudersound.com

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