According to Hits Daily Double, Ghost’s new album, Prequelle, will likely land at position Number three on this weekend’s Billboard 200 chart. The recording, which arrived on June 1st, is expected to shift between 49,000 and 54,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 7th. Of that sum, between 46,000 and 51,000 are projected to be in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the June 16-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s web sites on Sunday, June 10th.
In somewhat related news, the Metal God, Rob Halford, recently told the Phoenix New Times that he would be working with other bands in the future, including Ghost.
“Nergal [from Behemoth] and I are possibly doing a collaboration,” Halford said. “I was in the dressing room with Tobias [Forge] from Ghost, and we talked about collaborative opportunities too. It’s fun for musicians to step into each other’s world. It’s like different football teams — it’s the same game but a different play. I’m just very curious to see where my voice can fit in.”
[Thank you to Rattlehead for always insisting I post Ghost news-LOL!]
Enuff Z’nuff are the living, breathing example of what a rock ‘n roll group should be. Now centered around bass player and vocalist Chip Z’nuff, Enuff Z’nuff are still alive and kicking with a legion of loyal fans, who can’t get enough of the band’s power pop melded with hard rock stylings. They have proven this once again with the release of their upcoming album Diamond Boy which is set for an August 10th release through Frontiers Music Srl.
Today, the first single from the album entitled Metalheart has been released. It is available on all streaming services as well as an instant download with digital pre-orders.
“This song is about bullying, mentally-abusive relationships. The song provides the answer on how to overcome adversity and move forward from a bad situation,” says Z’nuff. Pre-order the album & stream the single here.
This record is the first Enuff Z’nuff release where Chip handles all of the vocal duties, which was quite a task, but one he was certainly up for, “[Singing on the entire album was] very challenging. I’m taking the place of my brother who I consider one of the greatest singers of our generation. The sings on this record are solid as a boulder,” says Chip.
He describes the album as “It’s a fresh new chapter that should have been written a long time ago. Picture David Bowie & The Beatles fighting and Cheap Trick comes in to break it up.”
In addition to Chip Z’nuff, the band features longtime guitarist Tory Stoffregen, ex-Ultravox singer/guitarist Tony Fennell, and Chicago native Daniel Benjamin Hill on drums. Enuff Z’nuff continues to tour and record relentlessly and this new record shows once again what a truly gifted hard / power pop act they are. With no shortage of hooks and awesome songs, “Diamond Boy” is another gem in Enuff Z’Nuff’s crown!
Diamond Boy Track Listing:
2. Diamond Boy
3. Where Did You Go
4. We’re All The Same
5. Fire & Ice
6. Down On Luck
8. Love Is On The Line
9. Faith, Hope & Luv
11. Imaginary Man
Chip Z’nuff: Singer/ Electric bass guitar
Tony Fennell: Guitar
Tory Stoffregen: Guitar
Dan Hill: Drums
Pre-sales are currently underway and the general on sale is set for Friday, June 8th. A complete list of dates can be found below.
+ SiriusXM Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=SIRIUSXM)
+ Ticketmaster Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=ROCKER)
+ Live Nation Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=GOODVIBES)
+ Live Nation App Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local(Password=COVERT)
+ Local/Venue Presale: Wednesday, June 6 @ 10am local
– All Presales End: Thursday, June 7 @10pm local
+ Public On Sale: Friday, June 8 @ 10am local
SiriusXM Hair Nation Tour Featuring Enuff Z’Nuff W/ Jack Russell’s Great White and Bulletboys:
9/12: San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
9/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
9/15: Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
9/18: Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
9/20: Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
9/21: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
10/5: Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
10/6: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
10/11: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
10/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/14: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/16: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
10/18: Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
10/19: Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
10/21: Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
10/22: Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
10/25: Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
10/26: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/27: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/2: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
11/3: Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Gene Simmons has revealed that KISS are planning a massive three year world tour beginning in 2019.
“It will be a three year long tour, starting in January 2019,” Simmons told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper. “We will go to all continents, though exactly where I can’t tell you now.”
In 2017, Simmons revealed that the band could bring the curtain down on their career with something that “rocks the planet.”
He told Glasgow Live: “We’re not going to be able to do this into our 70s – and I’m 67 now. But we’ll do it for a few more years, and when we think it’s time to go, we’ll go.
“We’ll do it the right way, with a big party. I’d like to think we’d do something that rocks the planet, something big and worldwide – and maybe free.”
Speaking to Expressen, Simmons also revealed that he wants to collaborate with members of Swedish pop superstars Abba.
“I want to write songs with [Abba pianist] Benny Andersson,” he said. “I am sure that in a few hours at a hotel in Stockholm we could begin to shape something. An hour is all you need to find a feel for a song to begin with. I’d be sitting with a guitar and Benny at a piano.”
additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com
Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, excerpts from the Q&A appear below.
Long Island Pulse: How is touring different today than from the 80s?
Rikki Rockett: It’s more comfortable. Period. I really enjoy it. Man, we were all crammed together; we didn’t have much money. We didn’t start making money until the late 80s, really. The first couple of records, you’re in debt. But the buses, the accommodations, how you roll…it’s better these days…We hit our 20th anniversary, and at 20 years, we said, “It’s time that we get separate buses. We’ve earned it.” And this way, we won’t kill each other and can keep doing this for a long time. [Laughs]
Long Island Pulse: How is the band getting along at this stage of your career?
Rikki Rockett: Well, we have separate buses, so we get along just fine. [Laughs] The fact of the matter is we’re doing this because we love the band Poison…It’s our baby, so we all take turns taking care of it in different ways. We want to get along. We want to make it work. That doesn’t mean that we have to go to each other’s houses every day. A lot of times, people say, “Oh, you guys are like brothers.” Well, let me tell you, I wouldn’t want to live with my sister. I love her to death, but I don’t want to live with her! And I don’t want to live with the band. Love them to death, but we get up there, we do our job, we relate in the best ways that we can, and you’ve got to take a break from each other a little bit. The secret to longevity in a band is knowing really how far you can extend yourself to somebody. To know when to back off a little bit and to pick your battles.
Long Island Pulse: Music videos played a major role in Poison’s success. Which one was your favorite?
Rikki Rockett: My favorite one is still Talk Dirty to Me because it broke the band. It’s the one video that really was a game-changer for us. And it was so offhand…It was a very low budget video and we didn’t have the money to do a lot of things. It just had to be very simple. We were like, “Let’s everybody know we’re shooting a video; let’s let people know we’re lip-synching. It’s a video for God’s sake. Let’s just have a good time with it. Oh, a crew member is in the shot? Put your arm around him!” It was just so much fun. When I met Michael Jackson, he told me how much of a fan he was of that video because it looked like we were having so much fun. And I said, “Well, we were.” And he said it translated. I was like, “How cool is that? The King of Pop loves Talk Dirty to Me.”
Long Island Pulse: When and where did you meet Michael Jackson?
Rikki Rockett: It was a wedding reception. We had the same attorney, our band and he. So he went to the wedding. And his monkey was with him that day, too, and a handler, and about four other guys that were armed. It was pretty interesting. I was getting the “hairy eyeball” from a guy with a glock, y’know? [Laughs]
Long Island Pulse: Any plans for Poison to record a new studio album?
Rikki Rockett: There is nothing for me to announce right now in that way. We have talked about doing new music, but nothing that I can tell you, “Yeah, we’re going to do this.”
Poison is currently on tour with Cheap Trick, see their remaining tour dates below.
6/5 Atlanta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre
6/7 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/8 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/9 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/10 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
6/12 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
6/13 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheatre
6/14 Hartford, CT The Xfinity Theatre
6/15 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
6/17 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
6/19 Toronto, ONT. The Budweiser Stage
6/21 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach
6/22 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/24 Allentown, PA PPL Center
SiriusXM announced today (June 4th) that SiriusXM and Live Nation will present The Hair Nation Tour featuring Jack Russell’s Great White, BulletBoys, and Enuff Z’Nuff. The 21 city U.S. tour will begin on September 12th at House of Blues San Diego. The tour offers listeners and music fans across the country the chance to see the bands who have been giving us decades of larger-than-life rock music.
The tour will be hosted by music industry veteran, author, and SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk, who will be appearing in person at some of the tour dates. One of the most respected personalities in all the worlds of rock music, Trunk has achieved widespread acclaim as a broadcaster and interviewer on radio and television. Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation show airs on Hair Nation (SiriusXM channel 39) as well as on VOLUME (SiriusXM channel 106).
SiriusXM listeners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on June 6th before they go on sale to the general public. For more information on the SiriusXM Presale, click here. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting June 8th at 10:00 AM local time at LiveNation.com.
Hair Nation Tour Featuring Jack Russell’s Great White, BulletBoys, Enuff Z’Nuff:
12 San Diego, CA House of Blues San Diego
14 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
15 Anaheim, CA House of Blues Anaheim
18 Phoenix, AZ Van Buren
20 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues Las Vegas
21 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
5 Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando
6 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
11 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
12 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
14 Huntington, NY The Paramount
16 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
18 Detroit, MI Saint Andrews Hall
19 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
21 Fort Wayne, IN Clyde Theatre
22 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland
25 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago
26 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
27 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
2 Houston, TX House of Blues Houston
3 Dallas, TX House of Blues Dallas
The new breed of Ratt, led by founding members vocalist Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier, will relaunch its well-storied hard rock brand this summer with a teaser of tour dates that foreshadow a schedule that will keep the band busy through the end of the year.
While Ratt has evolved over several decades and endured various incarnations, this “new breed” of Ratt promises to bring a renewed energy to the band.
“We have not had an all-original-member lineup since 1991, and sadly with the passing of Robbin Crosby, that chapter is over,” said Pearcy. “However, if you still want to see the original band, there are many videos on YouTube and other places for fans to enjoy. That was a great band, but I guarantee that the new breed of Ratt that we put on stage every night will be in your face, energized and fully engaged. Simply put, the band our fans deserve.”
The new Ratt promises to deliver a show heavy in the hits from the band’s biggest albums which have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Being one of the original Sunset Strip hard rock bands of the ’80s, RATT began its infestation with the quadruple-platinum debut Out of The Cellar. The band continues to grow its global fanbase to this day, as new fans discover Ratt through streaming services like Spotify, songs in movies and new youth-oriented TV shows. The band is planning new tracks for 2019, along with a worldwide tour in support of Out of The Cellar‘s 30th anniversary.
“Naturally, we are excited for the future of Ratt,” declared Croucier. “Our long-term goals are still the same: give the Ratt fans the highest-quality shows possible — period. The evolution of the band has had many twists and turns. We are looking to the future and to the many good times ahead. We are moving forward with — the new breed of Ratt!”
Jul. 7 – Mulvane, KS – Kanas Star Casino
Jul. 13 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amp @OC Fair
Jul. 21 – Detroit, MI – Chene Park Amp
Sep. 7 – Hinckley, MN – Grand Casino
Sep. 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont
Oct. 5 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
Oct. 6 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino
Oct. 12 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock
Oct. 13 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Oct. 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete St
Oct. 17 – Little Rock, AR – Arkansas State Fair
Oct. 25 – Worley, ID – Courdalene Casino