AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM NEXT MONTH, POSTS FIRST LYRIC VIDEO ONLINE

philruddsoloband400 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will release a solo album called Head Job which will be released on August 29th through Universal Music Australia.

Rudd had released a lyric video for the song Repo Man. Watch it below.

Over the past 20 years or so amidst spending time drumming for Australia’s favorite rock export AC/DC, running a studio and a restaurant, racing cars, flying helicopters and a bit of farming in the land of the long white cloud; Melbourne-born drummer Phil Rudd has been quietly writing an album worth of songs which will see the light of day next month.

From the rollicking first single Repo Man, a gentle reminder about karma; to the rocking title track Head Job, which does not have intimate connotations but is a play on words about going to the pub to commiserate with your mates about someone doing your head in… from the upbeat dirgy groove of Bad Move to the relationship-driven Crazy; Rudd has delivered a very personal album “about the shit that goes on,” as the great man himself said.

Perhaps with the exception of 40 Days & 40 Nights, these songs were more inspired by everyday personal experiences in life rather than being about touring the globe with the world’s biggest rock band.

Citing influences ranging from Ringo Starr and Free/Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, to Moutain’s Leslie West and AC/DC bandmates Malcolm and Angus Young, these songs and lyrics are all very special to Rudd and when talking about the release of this album which has had such a long gestation, he said, “I’m very happy for it to finally make its way out there and for people to hear it!”

The songs were penned primarily by Rudd with the assistance of Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin — musicians Phil met on the local scene, which he says “turned out to be a great musical partnership.” “Badge” and Martin also perform vocals, guitars and bass on the album, with Rudd sitting in the producer’s seat. The tracks came together over a period of time recorded at several locations including the studio that Rudd built himself not far from his restaurant Phil’s Place in Tauranga, New Zealand.

“I hope everyone thinks this is a great album from start to finish because that’s the idea,” Rudd told Triple M (hear audio below). “We didn’t put anything on there that we didn’t like. There’s no filler. There’s plenty of Phil, but no filler.”

Rudd also commented on the new AC/DC album which the band recently finished recording at Bryan Adams’ studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“We’re happy to have it done and it’s all very good, by the way,” he said. “There’s no comparisons between the two [the new AC/DC album and Head Job], but they’re both very good.”

Rudd joined AC/DC in 1974. He had previously played with Angry Anderson in Buster Brown and left that band to join the Coloured Balls with Lobby Loyde.

When AC/DC bassist Mark Evans left the band in 1977, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of AC/DC.

Rudd exited AC/DC in 1983 and was replaced by Simon Wright, then Chris Slade. When Slade left in 1993, Rudd rejoined the band.

KISS’ GENE SIMMONS SAYS THE BAND WOULD NEVER REUNITE WITH FORMER BAND MEMBERS ACE FREHLEY AND PETER CRISS

Gene-Simmons400 KISS’ singing bassist Gene Simmons says that although the band have reunited with former members Ace Frehley (guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) in the past, that fans should not expect that to happen in the future.

Speaking with The Tampa Tribute, Simmons was asked if the band would ever consider reuniting if their two estranged members “cleaned up their act.” The bassist stated, “Not a chance. We’ve already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn’t be fair to [current members] Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. It wouldn’t be right.”

Simmons also addressed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Criss and Frehley, adding, “We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the fact that they didn’t acknowledge Tommy Thayer and Eric. They’ve been in the band longer than Ace and Peter. If the Grateful Dead can have 10 members in and out of the band and a lyricist who was never in the band in the Hall, how can you explain that?”

KISS are currently on tour with Def Leppard.

additional source: loudwire.com

DORO PESCH ANNOUNCES 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR FOR NORTH AMERICA

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Having celebrated the 30th year anniversary of the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K. and in Latin America, multi-decade recording artist and legendary metal maven Doro Pesch will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this fall.

“The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to,” shares vocalist and
songwriter Doro. “I’m always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again. See you soon… Raise Your Fist!”

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via Doro’s official Facebook page.

Confirmed 30 Years – Strong & Proud North American tour dates are:

10/10 Route 20 Outhouse – Sturtevant, WI
10/11 Pov’s 65 – Spring Lake Park, MN
10/12/ Mojoes – Joliet, IL
10/14 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/15 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/16 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON – Canada
10/18/ Salle Multi – Quebec City, QC – Canada
10/19 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – Canada
10/20 The Gramercy Theatre – New York City, NY

There are plans for an additional, second leg of the tour in the U.S. for Spring 2015.

Raise Your Fist – which features musical guests Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G. – debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart in November 2012 and can be purchased here.

Doro on the web:

doro.de
facebook.com/DoroOfficial
twitter.com/DoroOfficial
youtube.com/user/DoroOfficial

JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST GLENN TIPTON ON “EPITAPH” BEING THE BAND’S FAREWELL TOUR: ” WE LIED”

judaspriest640 Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and guitarist Glenn Tipton discuss why they are still touring despite claiming in the past that they were going to stop.

According to blabbermouth.net, Tipton explained on last week’s Rockline: “We, uh, lied. [laughs] The statement we made was we’re gonna do no more world tours. As we said before, it takes a massive chunk out of your life. It’s pretty arduous out there — almost two years, the last one, playing two and a half hours every night, four or five shows a week. But we enjoyed every second of it. And we said that at the end of it, we weren’t gonna do any more world tours, but we didn’t’ rule out any dates. And we just got so enthused with the new album and everything that we put some dates in and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

When asked by Rockline host Bob Coburn if it’s fair to say retirement didn’t work out for the band at all, Tipton replied, “We lied. We lied. We didn’t mean to.” Halford added, “Actually, it’s Richie Faulkner’s fault; let’s blame Richie. We can’t overemphasize the importance of having Richie with us at this point in our career.”

He continued, “When Richie joined us for the Epitaph tour, extraordinary things were happening night after night after night. And that, accompanied with some of the things that Richie was doing backstage before the show, laying down licks with his little portable recording gear, it was just this energy that was just out of control. So, naturally, when you come off a tour like that and you digest everything, you’re just raring to go and we couldn’t wait to get into the writing mode and start making music for Redeemer Of Souls together.”

As previously reported, Redeemer Of Souls is number six on The Billboard 200 chart. The band has also added some additional tour dates to their North American tour, click here to see the itinerary.

BUCKCHERRY TO RELEASE “F@&K” EP NEXT MONTH

buckcherryfyou640 Buckcherry are to release the radio unfriendly Fuck EP on Monday, August 18th – with each of the six tracks featuring the four-letter word in the title.

It includes a cover version of Icona Pop’s I Love It, which Buckcherry have renamed Say Fuck It.

The EP is the band’s first release since 2013′s album Confessions.

Singer Josh Todd says:”I’m a huge fan of EPs and I had a lot of them when I was a kid, so it’s going to be fun to put this one out. It’s nasty and it’s raw and it’s quintessential Buckcherry.

It was a lot of fun writing it and it was great to do this EP for me after doing Confessions, because Confessions was so heavy and deep and this EP is just reckless and fun. It’s probably one of my most fun little projects to do.”

Fuck tracklist:

1. Somebody Fucked With Me
2. Say Fuck It
3. Motherfucker
4. I Don’t Give A Fuck
5. It’s A Fucking Disaster
6. Fist Fuck

source: classicrockmagazine.com

JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES AS “REDEEMER OF SOULS” CRACKS THE TOP TEN OF THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART

judaspriest640 Judas Priest have announced that they have added a some additional dates to their tour. They are listed below and indicated with an asterisk.

In related news, since its release on July 8th, Redeemer Of Souls has sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week landing it at the number six position on The Billboard 200 chart, making this the band’s first album to ever land in the top ten.

Redeemer of Souls 2014 dates:

*** new date announced

Oct-1 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Oct-3 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Oct-4 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Fest
Oct-6 Montreal, Quebec Canada Bell Centre
Oct-07 Rama, Ontario Canada Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Oct-09 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct-10 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s
Oct-11 Mashantucket, CT Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Oct-14 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center at UMass
Oct-15 Allentown, PA PPL Center
Oct-17 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Oct-18 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center ***
Oct-19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct-21 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre ***
Oct-22 Evansville, IN Ford Center ***
Oct-24 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Oct-25 Portsmouth, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion ***
Oct-26 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheatre ***
Oct-28 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Oct-30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live Arena
Nov- 2 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater ***
Nov- 4 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena ***
Nov- 6 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Nov- 7 Austin , TX FunFunFun Fest
Nov- 8 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center ***
Nov-10 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE ***
Nov-12 Phoenix, AZ Theater at Jobing Arena
Nov-13 Highland, CA San Manuel Casino
Nov-14 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
Nov-16 San Jose, CA City National Civic ***
Nov-18 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
Nov-19 Denver, CO 1STBANK Center ***
Nov-21 Boise, ID CenturyLink Arena ***
Nov-22 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome ***

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GUITARIST TED NUGENT SAYS HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE HATE HIM

Ted-Nugent400 Polarizing musician Ted Nugent says he doesn’t understand why people hate him and that believes that his “”beliefs are so positive and so uplifting that they would work for everybody.”

According to blabbermout.net, Nugent, who is a supporter of gun rights and anti President Barack Obama, was critized this past weekend by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum for his love of hunting, after he found a photo of Nugent with a small game kill.

Nugent, who is a board member of the National Rifle Association and the owner of a large hunting ranch in Jackson, Michigan, tells Metal Assault, “People that hate me, I don’t understand them. I mean, I understand that hate comes from ignorance and a negative life, but you know what I do, I pray for my haters.”

He continues, “What a terrible thing. Why would you hate someone who has done benefits for children’s and military charity? I do this every day. You’ve really got to have a dark, dark heart and sad, dilapidated soul to live to hate like that. So I wish them well and godspeed, and I hope they come out of that terrible dark place they’re living in, because I’m a happy, fulfilled man and do everything for my fellow man. I’ve done more for clean air, soil and water than all my haters combined. I’ve made mistakes in life but I don’t make them twice in a row, I promise you that.

I feel honored and humbled. I don’t have all the answers but I got most of them, and the manifestation of my policies and beliefs are so positive and so uplifting that they would work for everybody.”

Nugent apologized in February for referring to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” calling that word grouping “street-fighter terminology” and saying he wished he used “more understandable language,” such as “violator of his oath to the Constitution.”

Ted Nugent’s new album SHUTUP&JAM! was released on July 8th on Frontiers Records. Nugent has streamed two songs from the album online. One featuring singer Sammy Hagar called She’s Gone and the other, about his love of grilling, called I Love My BBQ.

Nugent began his North American tour on July 3rd in Wichita Falls, Texas where it will wind down on August 16th in Fort Worth, Texas. See tour dates below.

Ted Nugent’s SHUTUP&JAM! tour dates:

17 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center*
18 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
21 Huntington, NY The Paramount
22 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
23 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
24 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
25 Morgantown, WV MountainFest at Mylan Park
26 Oshkosh, WI Leach Amphitheater at Riverside Park
27 Medina, MN Medina Entertainment Center
29 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
30 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
31 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot

August:

1 Sheridan, WY Trails End Concert Park
2 Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
3 Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
6 Sturgis, SD Full Throttle Saloon
8 Maumee, OH NW Ohio Rib-Off at Lucas County Fairgrounds
9 Oxford, OH Indian Creek Amphitheatre
11 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
12 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
14 Houston, TX House of Blues
15 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live
16 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob’s Texas

*denotes opening for Hank Williams Jr.

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RICHIE KOTZEN SET TO RELEASE “THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN” 2 CD/1 DVD COLLECTION ON SEPTEMBER 2ND

richiekotzen400 When Richie Kotzen plays his guitar, you know it’s him. The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that’s both instantly recognizable and immediately striking. This unique style courses through The Essential Richie Kotzen, a career retrospective collection set for release on September 2nd through Loud & Proud Records. It encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs (War Paint and Walk With Me), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material. A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with Lie To Me, is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month. Fans can pre-order the album at here.

Kotzen personally curated The Essential Richie Kotzen from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work. “I’ve really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,” he says. “I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.”

War Paint builds from an opening bluesy riff into a bombastic chorus punctuated by Kotzen’s gravelly delivery and impeccable lead playing. He explains, “It was a challenge to make a studio recording sound like a live band with only one musician playing all the instruments. I think I accomplished that on this track.” At the same time, Walk With Me sees Kotzen evolving once more and incorporating a Theremin, an antique electronic instrument, into an emotive and engaging anthem. “There was a specific sound I was hearing in the song,” he reveals. “I realized it was a Theremin, so I bought one. I spent a couple of weeks learning it. I used that where the lead guitar would normally go. It was a really rewarding departure for me.”

With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, Richie Kotzen has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. During that span, Kotzen toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan. In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars. His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand. In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date. He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. He currently plays guitar and fronts the band The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart).

With his 20th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, Richie Kotzen’s legacy is only continuing to expand. “When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,” he concludes. “It’s another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics. That’s the ultimate reward.”

Stay tuned for solo touring news, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here’s the complete track listing of The Essential Richie Kotzen:

CD1:

1. War Paint *
2. Walk With Me *
3. Love Is Blind
4. Go Faster
5. Fooled Again
6. OMG (What’s Your Name?)
7. Help Me
8. Bad Situation
9. Lie To Me *
10. Fear
11. You Can’t Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (Reprise)
* never before released *

CD2:

1. What Is (2014)
2. High (2014)
3. Change (2014)
4. Special (2014)
5. Paint It On (Acoustic Version)
6. Holding On (Acoustic Version)
7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) – (Acoustic Version)
8. The Road (Acoustic Version)
9. Regret (Original Demo Version)
10. Damaged (Original Demo Version)

DVD:

1. Walk With Me (2014)
2. Paying Dues (2009)
3. 24 Hours (2011)
4. Larger Than Life (2009)
5. Losing My Mind (2005)
6. Help Me (2012)
7. Chase It (2008)
8. Player (2011)
9. The Shadow (2011)
10. My Angel (2011)
11. I Would (2008)

Richie Kotzen on the web:

richiekotzen.com
facebook.com/richiekotzenmusic
twitter.com/Richie_Kotzen
youtube.com/user/Headroominc

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METALLICA FILM A SPOT FOR ESPN’S SPORTCENTER, WATCH IT HERE

Metallica Metallica have joined the ranks of other celebrities to film a This Is Sports Center commercial for ESPN. The band’s new spot will air during Monday’s night’s (July 14th) ESPN broadcast of the All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby. Watch the commerical below.

Speaking more about the commerical, drummer Lars Ulrich explains, “Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others. ESPN’s commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, ‘That sounds like a good time.’ The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it.”

Ulrich revealed that the band shot a number of different set-ups in addition to the ones seen in the spot, so it’s possible that there may be more Metallica in future ESPN spots.

additional source: noisecreep.com

KISS ANNOUNCE “KISS ROCKS VEGAS” LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY STARTING NOVEMBER 5TH

KISS400 Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas starting Wednesday, November 5th through Sunday, November 23rd. Show time is 8 p.m.

Concert Club presale: Mon July 14th at 10am PST to Thurs July 17th at 10pm.

“What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it. We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said Gene Simmons, founding member of KISS.

Four decades after beginning its exemplary journey as one of the leading rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world, KISS continues to make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties at The Joint. Designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live, the chart-topping band will unleash its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more for nine of the biggest shows in KISS performance history.

“KISS Army, get ready! America’s most iconic band is coming to America’s most exciting city. Rock and Rock Hall of Famers KISS are bringing their show to Las Vegas for their first-ever residency. For 40 years, KISS has been putting on some of the most exciting shows in music and we finally got them where they should be – Las Vegas – at The Joint. We couldn’t be more excited to see what they’re gearing up for!” exclaimed Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live Las Vegas.

KISS Rocks Vegas dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Friday, Nov. 7
Saturday, Nov. 8
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Friday, Nov. 14
Saturday, Nov. 15
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Saturday, Nov. 22
Sunday, Nov. 23
*show time is 8 p.m.

Ticket prices for KISS Rocks Vegas start at $49.50 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale on Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Hotel box office, charge-by-phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. VIP ticket and room and show packages are available at .

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source: kissonline.com