CATHOUSE LIVE AT IRVINE MEADOWS ON AUGUST 15TH: ALL-STAR JAM, EXTREME, TOM KEIFER OF CINDERELLA, SEBASTIAN BACH, DOKKEN, FASTER PUSSYCAT & MORE

cathouse400 Riki Rachtman’s World Famous Cathouse will return to Southern California for one night of debauchery with Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows, Saturday, August 15th at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater (recently known as Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) in Irvine, CA. Riki Rachtman created the original rock dance club that dominated the Hollywood scene from 1986-1993. Now, along with Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), he’s bringing Cathouse Live to a much larger audience with this decadent music and lifestyle festival.

The initial music lineup for Cathouse Live features some of the defining rock artists of the ‘80s and ‘90s, including an All-Star Jam, Extreme, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Faster Pussycat, Stephen Pearcy (the voice of Ratt), Saigon Kick, Gilby Clarke, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Junkyard, Trixter, Autograph, Black ‘N Blue, Tracii Guns, Enuff Z’ Nuff, BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Jetboy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff and Little Caesar.

Cathouse Live will feature band performances on two stages, VIP Meet and Greets, a vendor village, a chopper motorcycle show, tattoo shops, go-go dancers, and more.

“I recently started a Cathouse Hollywood Facebook page and everyone was asking ‘Why don’t you do another Cathouse?’ I loved the idea and mentioned it on Twitter. So many bands told me that they wanted to be a part of it, that I knew that I had to bring it back on a much larger scale. It was too big for a club, so we decided to do a festival,” Rachtman explains. “The music scene isn’t what it was like back then–that type of decadence. We’re going to bring the debauchery of the Cathouse back to Southern California! SoCal needs this kind of rock festival so people will have the chance to go out, have fun and enjoy a great rock show in all its excess. Cathouse was a very successful weekly nightclub for six years, so we’re trying to pack all those years of Cathouse into one night for Cathouse Live. All I want is for those who go to have a good time and say, ‘That was the BEST ROCK FESTIVAL EVER.’”

Tickets for Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows go on sale Friday, May 15th at 10:00 AM PT at www.CathouseLive.com and start at just $15 plus fees.

Aptly named Nothin’ But A Good Time, Youth Gone Wild, Nobody Rides For Free, and Riki’s Big Package, the Cathouse is coming out of the gate with a handful of exclusive experiences and VIP opportunities to get a front row ticket, have a meet and greet and photo with the bands, be backstage in the dressing rooms, watch the show while standing on the main stage, and drink the night away in the Cathouse VIP lounge. All packages and experiences are available at www.CathouseLive.com while they last!

Stephen Pearcy of Ratt recalls, “I remember the Cathouse very well…used to go there when off the road with the RATT tours in the ‘80s. Anything and everything went down there. Great jams, good stories in my book about that place. Everybody was somebody or thought they were, and trashed. You knew you had a good time there when you couldn’t remember what you did there the next day! Myself, Riki, Fred Coury, Tracii Guns, Taime and a couple others created a jam band called P.I.G. (Partners In Grime). We only did a few shows, got a bus, went out and had a great time. Places like the Cathouse will never happen again. Those were the dayz.”

The original Hollywood Cathouse was known for its edgy, underground, dirty rock ‘n’ roll vibe that was rooted in punk. It reeked of raunch and pure decadence. Patrons would freely indulge. The DJ played rock ‘n’ roll between unannounced performances from bands like Guns N’ Roses (Cathouse regulars who performed live at the club in 1986 just before their debut record was released), Sebastian Bach, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Junkyard, Jetboy, Bang Tango, Saigon Kick, Black ‘N Blue, Little Caesar, and many more. Guns N’ Roses’ video for It’s So Easy was shot at the Cathouse, Alice Cooper played one Halloween, and when Ice-T was banned from every Los Angeles club, Riki invited his band Body Count to play Cathouse. “It wouldn’t be uncommon to see Guns N’ Roses one week and Alice In Chains the next–so many bands played before they were huge. It was also the kind of place where you’d find Robert Downey Jr. rubbing elbows with Aerosmith’s Stephen Tyler,” says Rachtman.

Cathouse was the place to discover the best rock ‘n’ roll. Ask anyone who ever went to Cathouse…they’ll try to piece together what they remember about how legendary it was. With Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows, the Cathouse is returning for those who lived the legend as it happened and those who are ready to experience this piece of rock ‘n’ roll history for the first time.

“Riki Rachtman is a great ambassador for a whole generation of hard rock,” says Live Nation Executive Vice President Rich Best. “We’re excited to partner with his iconic Cathouse brand to bring some of the biggest rock bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s together for this event. With over 20 bands that helped define an era with millions of records sold and dozens of hit songs, Cathouse Live at Irvine Meadows is a great value for fans.”

Two lucky unsigned bands will have the chance to play at Cathouse Live at Irvine Meadows via the Cathouse Live Battle of the Bands, held Tuesday, July 14 at the infamous Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. The grand prize winner will open the main stage and the runner up–as chosen by celebrity rock judges–will open the second stage at Cathouse Live. Bands can apply for a chance to play the Cathouse Live Battle of the Bands by emailing mproductionsrocks@gmail.com between May 12th and July 1st.

Los Angeles Times writer Kastle Waserman described Cathouse in her August 23rd, 2001 feature, noting: “On any given night, high-heeled, platinum blonds vied for attention on the dance floor. Aspiring rock musicians with impossibly teased hair crowded the bar and offered their standard pickup line: ‘Come see my band play.’ In VIP corners, rock notables mixed easily with Hollywood scenesters…Within weeks of its opening in the late 1980s, the Cathouse became ‘world-famous,’ L.A.’s place to be for rock ‘n’ roll kicks. A six-year run saw it evolve from a lightning-strike success into a legendary landmark…”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to re-live the Cathouse experience August 15th 2015 at Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows.

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METALLICA CLOSE OUT THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE USA’S ROCK IN RIO FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS

Metallica2010pic2400pix Steve Appleford of Rolling Stone reports:

The inaugural weekend of the Rock in Rio festival on the Las Vegas Strip ended with a two-hour blast of Metallica last night, in a concert that was streamed around the world through Yahoo! Live.

The band’s appearance was especially anticipated because Metallica has toured almost exclusively overseas in recent years, with only occasional one-off dates, benefits and awards shows in the U.S. As fans waited impatiently for the set to begin, Hetfield finally stepped up to the mic. “I’m sorry to make this announcement but…” He began slowly, then roared the opening lines to 1997’s Fuel: “Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire!”

The band revealed nothing new from the album now being recorded in their Bay Area studio, the first since 2008’s Death Magnetic (and the 2011 Lou Reed collaboration Lulu). But they did perform Lords of Summer, a demo track released last year on iTunes. “It’s the newest song until the new album is done,” Hetfield said cheerfully. “What’s taking so long? Like, hurry up!”

During the encore, Metallica ripped through the straight ahead rock of Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey in the Jar, which Hetfield introduced as “a song we love playing. It gets people bouncing.”

The crowd was still bouncing when the band closed with the early Metallica standards Creeping Death and Seek and Destroy then spent several minutes lingering onstage to wave their goodbyes, tossing guitar picks and drumsticks into the crowd. It was a fittingly loud and aggressive end to Rock in Rio’s first weekend in the U.S., and it set a high standard for next week’s pop lineup to match.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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EXTREME GUITARIST NUNO BETTENCOURT DISCUSSES HIS BIGGEST INFLUENCES AND HIS LOVE FOR MARYLAND’S OWN KIX

NunoBettencourt640 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Songfacts: I recently interviewed the guitarists from DragonForce for the site, and they listed you as a favorite guitarist. How does it make you feel knowing that you’re still inspiring other guitarists at this stage of your career?

Nuno Bettencourt: It’s one of those things where you kind of know, but you don’t know. It’s really nice.

I find out in these crazy little ways. I was at a soundcheck not too long ago for the Grammys at the Staples Center, and of course, when you’re doing the Grammys, there’s a who’s who of everybody that’s around – it’s amazing the people that you run into. I saw Ed Sheeran, and I’m a fan of his writing and singing. I was going to say hi to him, and he ended up coming up to me and saying, “Hey, I wanted to say hello.” And he said the first song he ever learned on guitar was Layla, but the second one was an Extreme song. Knowing what he does, I thought it was going to be More Than Words. Instead, he said he learned Cupid’s Dead. I was like, “What?” And he went up and actually played it. John Mayer was on stage, and everybody just started playing Cupid’s Dead out of nowhere. It feels good, that somebody listened.

Songfacts: How do you compare playing with Extreme to playing in Rihanna’s band?

Nuno: The cool thing is you get to use the same rig and play everything the same way you would do it. I look at it like getting to ruin every one of her songs, doing what I do. That was the first stipulation. I said, “Look, there’s not really any guitar on her stuff.” And they said, “No, but that’s why she wants you there. It’s to make it rock out a little more.” So that was fun.

Doing the Grammys was great, because I’ve played with Rihanna for years, but the fact that I get to stand next to Paul McCartney – who is a master at songwriting – and perform with him, rehearse with him for two or three days and pick his brain, hear his stories and conversations, was cool.

Songfacts: I remember reading a while back that you listed Queen’s Hot Space as an important album for you. What did it teach you?

Nuno: I think it’s interesting because that album taught me two things. It taught me that even if you’re in a band as a guitar player, music doesn’t have to be driven by guitar – it’s about the song, first. But I think the main thing is that Queen actually did an album like that – it was the fans’ least favorite, but it was one of my favorites because it took a risk and branched out. All those synth parts they did and horns, I could always hear them with guitar in my head somehow.

But quite oddly enough, or coincidentally enough, the title Hot Space is exactly what it meant, it’s all the space between the music. That’s what makes it funky and that’s what makes it have a pocket.

Songfacts: What are some memories of playing the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992?

Nuno: Well, it will always be one of the greatest days of my life. You have those “Top 5″ days in your career, and to be a part of that and to put together that Queen medley and be able to play to Freddie’s fans and Queen fans, it was just something really, really special. It’s not like covering something, and you say, “Hey, let’s do a Queen cover or a Queen medley.” We did it for his fans. We were able to do that for them and to feel as if he was there – it was like he was on stage with us. It was pretty incredible.

Songfacts: Where did the idea for the song Play With Me come from?

Nuno: I was listening to a lot of Kix at the time. I liked that groove and the way they did this kind of punk-pop thing. I was always – and still am – a big Kix fan. It was definitely a Kix influence.

Songfacts: Who are some of your favorite songwriters?

Nuno: I’m a big Queen fan, I’m a big Beatles fan – great songwriters. I love Bread, I think they’re great songwriters. But there’s people that write rock songs amazingly well, like AC/DC. Journey were great songwriters. Queen was definitely top of the rock, and the Beatles were top of the pop/melodic stuff. Everybody else that I love was in the middle of that.

Songfacts: You mentioned being a fan of Kix earlier, too.

Nuno: I saw Kix probably 12 times through the years. There was a club called Celebration that they’d play in Boston, and we’d go down to watch. I just thought they were one of the coolest bands, especially live. I used to love watching them live, and I thought they were one of those bands that didn’t get their just-desserts.

Songfacts: What are Extreme’s plans to write and record a new album?

Nuno: I’m writing all the time. We’re in the studio right now with a couple of friends that are writers, and we’re working on some new stuff. So we’re constantly writing. With Extreme, we should have done an album ages ago, but we’re slowly but surely starting to write stuff.

Read Nuno’s entire interview with Songfacts, here.

JUDAS PRIEST’S ROB HALFORD AND TWISTED SISTER’S JAY JAY FRENCH PONDER THE FUTURE OF ROCK

robhalford400 Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French have voiced of their concerns over the future of rock.

Nine months after KISS bassist Gene Simmons rattled the industry with his claim that rock is dead, Halford continues to champion new acts and questions whether the genre will need big names to sustain itself moving forward.

Halford tells 1290 KOIL Radio, “We were pondering about this the other day in the van driving back from a gig. You know, will there be another great, big rock star giant like Ozzy Osbourne? Will there be another great, big rock star giant like Axl Rose, for example.

Does that really matter? I don’t know. But it’s shifted, it’s changed. The good news is there’s an extraordinary display of talent coming from all different quarters in all different genres of rock and roll.”

He adds, “Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Royal Blood. There’s a ton of bands… Rival Sons… I can keep going and going.”

French feels the situation is much more dire, questioning arena and stadium rock’s future while suggesting fans better catch ageing acts now before the genre disappears for good. uestioning arena and stadium rock’s future while suggesting fans better catch ageing acts now before the genre disappears for good.

He tells iradiousa.com, “It’s an ageing genre. Name me any rock bands that are 25 and younger who are blowing up the charts. That’s the scary part – the replenishment of the genre.

Rock itself is an ageing medium and it hasn’t replenished its ranks, and the kids aren’t dreaming about being rock stars and playing air guitar and thinking they’re Jimi Hendrix and all that stuff like they were in my generation.”

With Twisted Sister set to play its farewell shows next year, French feels the clock is ticking on the whole thing.

He adds, “What will happen when the Twisted Sisters and the Whitesnakes and the Def Leppards and the Motorheads and the Black Sabbaths finally call it a day. Who’s coming up and replacing us? I don’t even know the answer to that. So you’ve gotta go see it while you can.”

source: classicrock.teamrock.com

SLASH PARTNERS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE; WATCH THE NEW VIDEO TODAY FOR “BENEATH THE SAVAGE SUN” AND DONATE TO IFAW

slashband640 Slash, the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer-today (May 7th) announced the release of the song and video Beneath The Savage Sun.

Slash has partnered with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants which is leading to their early extinction. To watch the video and get the song for free, donate here . The U.S.-based charity IFAW works around the world on every aspect of the elephant crisis-on the front lines to stop the killing of elephants, in transit countries to stop the trafficking of ivory and in consumer countries to stop the demand for ivory products. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Watch it below.

While on tour in South Africa, Sslah and the lead singer of his band Myles Kennedy witnessed the devastation of the elephants first-hand and knew they had to act. Together, they wrote the song Beneath The Savage Sun from the perspective of an elephant whose family has been wiped out. The hypnotic rock song is a highlight on the group’s critically acclaimed current album World On Fire.

“An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory and the result is the elephant population has declined 95% in the past century,” explains Slash. “Seeing that these majestic animals are on the path to extinction, possibly within the next decade, we wrote Beneath The Savage Sun and partnered with IFAW. Donate to IFAW’s work to take action and protect elephants.”

IFAW’s CEO Azzedine Downes expressed gratitude to Slash and Myles Kennedy for calling attention to the current elephant poaching crisis, “To save elephants from this senseless slaughter, we need everyone to stand up and demand stronger protection and we need to help fund action on the ground in Africa and Asia. We are grateful to Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for reaching out to their fans to share this important message.”

Slash and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour which stops at Terminal 5 in New York City, tonight. The month-long tour–encompassing headlining shows and festival appearances–is the first solo trek supporting the group’s acclaimed studio album World On Fire which is Slash’s third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten in the U.S and the second album with his official band The Conspirators which features Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass) and Frank Sidoris (touring guitarist). Tickets are on sale at www.slashonline.com(see itinerary below).

5/7 New York, NY Terminal 5
5/8 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/9 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Rise About Fest 2015
5/12 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
5/13 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
5/15 Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium – Rock on the Range (Festival)
5/18 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
5/19 Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/21 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor
5/23 Houston, TX House of Blues
5/24 Dallas, TX Southside Ballroom

European Tour Dates:

6/1 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
6/3 Solvesborg, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival 2014
6/5 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park 2015
6/9 Hamburg, Germany Sportshalle
6/10 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle
6/12 Landgraf, Netherlands Pinkpop
6/14 Donington Park, UK Download Festival
6/17 Luxembourg, Luxembourg The Rockhal
6/19 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
6/20 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/23 Rome, Italy Rock In Roma 2015
6/24 Milan, Italy Fiera Arena
6/28 Bucharest, Romania Arnele Romane
6/29 Sofia, Bulgaria Hristo Bostev Hall

7/1 Sopron, Hungary Volt Festival
7/2 Vienna, Austria Castle Clam
7/4 Geneva, Switzerland Arena Geneve
7/5 Nice, France Theatre de Verdure
7/7 Madrid, Spain Barclaycard Arena
7/8 Barcelona, Spain St Jordi
7/10 Aixs-les-Bains, France Musilac Festival

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SLASH ON REUNITING WITH FORMER GUNS N’ ROSES BANDMATES, “NEVER SAY NEVER”

GunsNRosesOriginal Slash appears to be finally warming to the idea of a reunion with Axl Rose after he said “never say never” in a live television interview.

The guitarist has long distanced himself from any talk of returning to Guns N’ Roses – the band he joined in 1985 and left in 1996 after helping them become one of the biggest groups in the world.

Slash recently said he was sick of being asked about the possibility of a reunion of the classic lineup, but today told CBS News that much of animosity between himself and the singer has dissipated.

He said, “I got to be careful what I say there, I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that. Never say never.”

He added, “There’s no animosity. Over time we all just got sick and tired of the black cloud. The biggest thing that happens when you have a break up that is less than harmonious, you build up a bad energy because of the distance. The bad feelings get exaggerated.”

Rose still fronts GNR and is the only remaining member from the classic-era lineup. Bass player Duff McKagan rejoined GNR for a number of dates last year and later said he wouldn’t rule out a return to the band on a full-time basis.

Meanwhile, Slash debuted the video for his track Beneath The Savage Sun, from his latest release, World Of Fire, on CBS today.

The song was written to highlight the plight of wild elephants and the video is described as a stark imagining of the issue. The video was created with the input of charity IFAW (International Fund For Animal Welfare).

source: classicrock.teamrock.com

EDDIE TRUNK SPEAKS WITH LEGENDARY ROCK INTERVIEWS, SAYS “I LIKE HEAVY MUSIC, BUT I NEED SOME LEVEL OF SINGING AND MELODY”

eddie-trunk400 Aimee List of Legendary Rock Interviews spoke with our very own Mr. Trunk. Excerpts from the interview appears below.

LRI: Since there are crazy college courses like the study of Keanu Reeves movies, have you ever considered teaching a class about your incomparable wealth of knowledge in music?

Eddie: No, you know, I haven’t. If somebody approached me about it though, I would actually consider it because one of the things that happens for me when I am out and about in public meeting and people want to know about my history and my career, my experiences and what have you. If there was somewhere out there that felt that was a viable thing I would be open to it. I do a lot of speaking stuff live, I go out in clubs and do my own appearances. I do some of that in that context, in a rock bar setting. But I would be more than happy to do that if somebody came up to me and wanted to approach that. I am happy doing what I am doing, plugging away at my various projects. Anything is possible.

LRI: Do you think [That Metal Show] has exceeded it’s potential, or are you still thinking bigger?

Eddie: I personally don’t think we have even scratched the surface. I think there are a lot of limitations being on VH1 Classic. A lot of people make the error when they talk about my show and they say, “Oh yeah, yeah, VH1.” I’m not on VH1. I’m on VH1 Classic, there’s this huge distinction there. Because VH1 Classic is a much smaller channel with much smaller budgets. As a result, we have a lot of limitations on what we can and can’t do, how often we can and can’t tape, when we can’t have music on the show because of publishing and the fees that go along with that. There’s a lot of ‘workarounds’ that make this work within the budget. Out of anything, I just feel we are slowly beginning, there are a million more things that I would love to do to grow and expand to take it to the next level. But the thing about that is, I don’t own the network (laughs). It’s not my decision, it’s not my call. When and if they want to go to the next level with it, I am there ready to go. It’s not the question of a meeting, it is more of a network decision. The network has been so supportive of the show, it has been the anchor for the channel. It’s been great for us, but it’s more of a question of where they want to take the channel as a whole. VH1 Classic has existed now for probably 15 years as a channel. I think it’s a broader question than just my show, it’s about whether they’re going to go as a channel. If they are really going to the next step and develop it further, or how they want to do things. We will see what they do as we go and I can only worry about things I can control. I’ll roll with the punches.

LRI: Do you have a flat-out idol? Even as a kid, who did you want to be?

Eddie: I certainly did love KISS for decades, and I continue to as far as the good stuff that I loved. The guys and I grew up having these real rock heroes, when it came to KISS it was definitely Paul Stanley. I was always a huge fan of Paul’s. Which is ironic because he is the guy in the band who dislikes me the most. So be it. But again keeping with honesty, I was always a fan of his back in the day and the performances, the singing and the songs. I was always a huge Aerosmith fan, and continue to be a huge Aerosmith fan. I have a big poster of Joe Perry on my wall. All the stuff that anybody who, well I’m almost 50, so anybody who grew up in the 70s and into exploring rock music would be in to: Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Van Halen. I was a huge Billy Squier fan, which I don’t talk about all that much because it never seems to come up, because his band Piper was the first band I ever saw live. And I still love Billy Squier’s music. And of course UFO, and so many other things as I began to discover stuff. All the 70s-based stuff is what really got me going.

LRI: Was it about the hook, song or band itself?

Eddie: It was always about the song, without a doubt. The vocal and the melody. I like heavy music, but I absolutely need some level of singing and melody. One of the big things I have a hard time with is some of the metal is that all these guys are screaming instead of singing. Once I hear screaming or growling, in large doses I am kind of out, you know? I need to have some melody, people singing on any music I really like.

Read more at Legendary Rock Interviews.

ACTOR JACK BLACK AND “TONIGHT SHOW” HOST JIMMY FALLON RECREATE EXTREME’S “MORE THAN WORDS” VIDEO

jackblackfallonwords_640 Actor and Tenacious D frontman Jack Black was guest on the April 4th edition of the The Tonight Show. Black and host Jimmy Fallon paid homage to Boston band Extreme by recreating the band’s video for their hit single, More Than Words. Watch it below and compare it to the original version.

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DRUMMER PHIL RUDD SAYS HE HAS HAD “NO CONTACT WITH ANYBODY” IN AC/DC

philrudd400 Estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he’s had no contact from his bandmates since he was charged with threatening to kill and drugs offences.

Rudd, 60, previously pleaded not guilty to all charges, but last month changed his plea to a charge of threatening to kill and another of possessing cannabis and methamphetamine. A second charge of threatening to kill was dropped. He is awaiting sentencing in a Tauranga, New Zealand, court on June 26th, where he faces up to seven years in jail.

He was arrested in November last year and tells Australian TV show A Current Affair that he hasn’t heard from his bandmates since.

Rudd says, “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus. I’ve had no contact with anybody. I’m very disappointed. But that’s life.”

AC/DC hired former drummer Chris Slade for their touring schedule as Rudd awaits his fate.

On the band continuing without him, Rudd says. “I’m sure they’re having a great old time. I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great. There’ll be another tour and I’ll be on it. It’ll go until we all die. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops. I’ve seen the errors of my ways. It’s onward and upward from here.”

AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust World tour begins tonight (May 5th) in Arnhem, Netherlands. The tour will make its way across Europe before heading to North America and Australia.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

WHITESNAKE RELEASE FOURTH TRACK FROM THE UPCOMING RELEASE “THE PURPLE ALBUM” OUT MAY 18TH, NORTH AMERICAN TOUR BEGINS MAY 28TH

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Rock icons Whitesnake have just released another music video from their 12th studio album. The video for Soldier Of Fortune premiered on CraveOnline.com is now live and can be seen below.

The song comes from The Purple Album, a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums and will be released in North America on May 18th via Frontiers Music SRL. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon in a deluxe edition format featuring two bonus tracks, four music videos and a “Behind The Scenes” feature on the recording of the album. A standard edition is also available and can be ordered here and digitally at iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive instant downloads of Burn, Stormbringer, Lay Down Stay Down and Soldier Of Fortune.

Whitesnake is also planning to release a limited edition box set of The Purple Album on June 30th. The box set includes the deluxe edition of the CD alongside a 180-gram, two LP vinyl version, a poster and sticker as well as a limited edition lithograph. The 180-gram vinyl, also available as a stand-alone piece On June 30th, can be ordered here.

Whitesnake will also be hitting the road this month in support of The Purple Album. The upcoming world tour kicks off in the U.S. on May 28th in Airway Heights, WA. The 42-city trek runs through the summer wrapping up on August 16th in St. Charles, MO. The tour will be making stops in Las Vegas, NV; Beverly Hills, CA; Atlantic City, NJ; and Orlando, FL among others. The band will be performing songs from The Purple Album as well countless hit songs from their catalog including Here I Go Again, Is This Love, and Still Of The Night. Tickets for all shows are on sale now and more information and purchase links can be found at whitesnake.com. See tour dates below.

To listen to other songs from The Purple Album, please click on the highlighted song titles:

Lay Down, Stay Down
Burn
Stormbringer

Whitesnake 2015 tour dates:

May 28th Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Casino
May 29th Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
May 31st Vancouver, BC Hard Rock Casino
June 2nd Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo
June 4th Las Vegas, NV The Joint
June 5th Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Pool Amp
June 6th Pala, CA Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
June 9th Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre
June 11th San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
June 15th Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
June 17th Shawnee, OK Grand Events Center
June 19th Biloxi, MS Hard Rock
June 20th Houston, TX HOB
June 22nd Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater
June 23rd San Antonio, TX Majestic Theater
June 25th Socorro, TX Socorro Event Center
June 27th Greeley, CO Greeley Independence Stampede
June 28th Norfolk, NE Divots Music Festival
June 30th Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 2nd Rama, ON Casino Rama
July 3rd Sterling Heights, MI Freedom Hill AMP
July 5th Northfield, OH Hard Rock
July 7th Huber Heights, OH Music Center @ The Heights
July 8th Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
July 10th Mahnomen, MN Shoot Star Casino
July 11th St. Paul, MN Myth
July 14th Clear Lake, IA Surf Ballroom
July 16th Oshkosh, WI Rock USA
July 17th Geneva, IL Geneva Music Park
July 18th Merrillville, IN Star Plaza
July 20th Greensburg, PA Palace Theater
July 22nd Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
July 24th Lincoln, RI Twin River Casino
July 25th Atlantic City, NJ Trump Taj Mahal
July 27th Westbury, NY Theater At Westbury
July 28th New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
July 31st Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater
August 1st Melbourne, FL King Center
August 3rd Orlando, FL Hard Rock
August 5th Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live
August 6th Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
August 8th Markesville, LA Paragon Casino Mari Center
August 9th Austin, TX ACL Live @ The Moody Theater
August 11th Midland, TX Wagner Noel PAC
August 13th Tulsa, OK Hard Rock Casino Tulsa
August 15th Rogers, AR The AR Music Pavillion
August 16th St. Charles, MO Family Arena

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