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

THE SCORPIONS PUT THE KIBOSH ON RETIREMENT

scorpions640 The Scorpions say they have had too much fun on their three-year long ‘farewell tour’ to actually call it a day.

The band had planned to retire at the end of their global tour but singer Klaus Meine admits the temptation to keep going has been too strong.

He tells Deutsche Welle, “When you start a three-year farewell tour, you know you’ve got a long time ahead of you. But that long period went by much faster than we imagined. The closer we got to the goal – Munich in December 2012 – the stronger the feeling was that we hadn’t come to the end at all. There were so many images in our minds and so many emotions in our hearts. Everything we experienced between 2010 and 2012, the 200 concerts, it was all so powerful. You stand on stage, look down and see so many fans, including the younger generation, who are really getting into it and saying, ‘Guys, this is so cool. We’re seeing you for the first time. When will you be back?’ It’s so motivating and inspiring to play for three generations. We’re all having too much fun to put down the guitars.”

Lead guitarist Matthias Jabs explains the decision to keep going caused some internal bickering before they all agreed to keep on as an entity.

He explains, “At first, there were plenty of arguments in favor of stopping. But we were quickly overshadowed by the feeling of how much fun it all is. It doesn’t matter where we went, the shows were packed – in South America, the US, throughout Europe. So, we just thought this can’t really be the end.”

The band’s drummer James Kottak was jailed in Dubai earlier this year for a drunken incident at the UAE city’s airport. He was replaced by Swedish drummer Johan Franzon and there has been no news on whether Kottack will return.

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

ALTER BRIDGE TO HIT THE ROAD FOR THEIR FINAL U.S. HEADLINE TOUR IN 2014 THIS OCTOBER

alterbridge Alter Bridge is hitting the road stateside one more time in 2014. The band will be heading out on a headline run this October in support of their latest album Fortress. This latest 13-city run comes on the heels of their sold-out run this past Spring which had critics raving across the country. Artist Direct raved about the band’s live show: “Alter Bridge deserves to be one of the biggest bands in North America… It’s time for a revolution over here. It’s time for Alter Bridge to rule…” The headline tour begins October 7th in Louisville and runs through October 26th where it wraps up in Los Angeles with more dates possibly to be added during the tour. Alter Bridge will be making stops in Huntington, St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco to name a few. California Breed has been tapped to open the entire tour. Tickets for the tour are on-sale Friday, July 18th at 10AM local time and fans can go to alterbridge.com/tour.

Alter Bridge will also be offering fans the chance to buy a VIP upgrade package at the time they purchase their tickets for entry in to the show. A ticket forentry must be purchased before the VIP upgrade. The Alter Bridge 2014 Fortress Fall Tour VIP Upgrade will include:
• Meet & Greet with Alter Bridge
• Photo Op with Alter Bridge
• Autograph session with Alter Bridge (1 item per person)
• Visit to Alter Bridge Soundcheck
• Exclusive Alter Bridge VIP Merchandise, which includes:
• One Alter Bridge lithograph
• One Exclusive Alter Bridge tour item
• One Commemorative Alter Bridge VIP laminate
• One Commemorative Alter Bridge VIP ticket
• Priority VIP check-in
• Crowd free merchandise shopping
• On-Site VIP Host

Alter Bridge will also be making a stop at the upcoming Louder Than Life Festival on October 4th before their headline tour kicks off. The festival is taking place in Louisville, KY and Alter Bridge will be playing alongside the likes of Judas Priest, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Stone Temple Pilots to name a few. Tickets for the two-day festival can be purchased here.

Alter Bridge tour dates:

October:

4 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
7 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
12 Huntington, NY The Paramount
13 Lancaster, PA Freedom Hall at the Lancaster County Convention Center
15 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
16 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
20 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
22 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
23 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
25 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
26 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern

NEW BOOK BY GREG PRATO EXAMINES ROCKS MOST NEGLECTED ALBUMS

gregpratobook400 It seems like the days of flipping through vast vinyl, cassette, or CD collections is a thing of the past. And while there’s no denying the convenience of having all your favorite albums on a mobile device, it’s becoming more common for recordings to get lost in the shuffle and/or completely forgotten about.

Author/journalist Greg Prato is willing to provide some assistance, with his 12th book overall, Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention. Inside, you will find countless albums that you may have completely forgotten about or perhaps have never even heard of before.

Starting with AC/DC’s Flick of the Switch and wrapping up with Zombi’s Surface to Air, countless styles of music are represented in between – rock n’ roll, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative, new wave, punk, hardcore, grunge, jazz, fusion, psychedelic, prog, folk, blues, funk, soul, rap, spoken word, power pop, big band, glam, experimental, instrumental, soundtracks…the list goes on and on. But the selections stay strong!

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appearing in Rolling Stone, among other outlets. He is also the author of several acclaimed books, including Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, The Eric Carr Story, and MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video, among others.

Now available as paperback ($12.99, 256 pages), Kindle ($9.99, 287 pages), and Nook.

($9.99, 256 pages) versions.

DEVIL CITY ANGELS , A NEW BAND FEATURING TRACII GUNS, RIKKI ROCKETT AND ERIC BRITTINGHAM, STREAMING NEW SINGLE ONLINE

tracciiguns,rikkirockettericbrittingham400 A new group called Devil City Angels, featuring guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), drummer Rikki Rockett (Poison), bassist Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill) are streaming their single, All My People, listen to it below.

For more information about Devil City Angels, visit their Facebook.

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PLEASE DON’T CALL THE CULT “CLASSIC ROCK”

thecult400 The Cult’s frontman Ian Astbury does not like the term classic rock and says it has marginalized certain bands.

The outspoken frontman is preparing for a North American tour with The Cult, but does not want to be branded a classic rock band.

The singer tells the Vancouver Sun, “I despise the term classic rock. Whoever came up with that should be publicly shamed. It may be convenient for VH1 or certain publications, but this particular period of rock music has become nothing more than a scrap yard for ironic T-shirts. It has been marginalized and pushed into a certain space, and that’s unfortunate. There’s so many artists still making vital music.”

The Cult are working on their 10th album, and first since 2012′s Choice Of Weapon. But Astbury is thankful of a break from the studio to hit the road.

He adds, “The Cult started as a live band. The idea of making records was a fantasy – that was something someone else did. We had done hundreds of shows before we even had the chance to make a record, so a chemistry evolves. We’ve got to play. It’s our lifeblood.”

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additional source: classicrockmagazine.com