AEROSMITH “LET ROCK RULE” TOUR TO RESUME AUGUST 16TH

aerosmith2-400 Aerosmith will resume their in-progress Let Rock Rule tour Saturday, August 16 at the Gorge in George, WA. Earlier this week. (August 13th), the band canceled their concert at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA so that so that Joey Kramer could undergo a minor medical procedure.

The Aerosmith drummer, who has no history of a heart condition, said, “I’m feeling better than ever and I’ll be back sitting in the best seat in the house, hitting it harder than ever for our amazing fans. My gratitude and thanks for all the love and support showered on me during this time. #LetRockRule.”

Aerosmith’s remaining North American Let Rock Rule” tour dates with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are as follows:

August:

16 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
19 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
25 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
28 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
31 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall

September:

3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
6 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
9 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
12 Sydney, NS, Canada Open Hearth Park

SLASH JOINS FORCES WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD FOR “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS” NEW 3D MAZE LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 19TH

Slashtophat400 Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician, Slash, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, Clowns 3D Music by SLASH at Halloween Horror Nights beginning September 19th.

While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of Halloween Horror Nights, this collaboration with prolific guitarist, SLASH, marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event. This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for Slash, whose new album World On Fire debuts on September 16th on the heels of his Let Rock Rule World Tour performing with Aerosmith.

Infused with the rocker’s hell-raising electric guitar riffs, the ominous new “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” haunted attraction is no laughing matter as it unmasks the psychological disorder known as Coulrophobia, a disturbing condition affecting those with an extreme and irrational fear of clowns.

The psychedelic 3D maze will horrify guests, taunting and tempting them with terror and treats as they parade through “Sweet Licks Frozen Clown Pops Family Amusement Center,” a dilapidated roadside attraction and one-time thriving ice cream factory run by deranged siblings and their mad clown father, Sweet Licks. As this demented trio schemes to restore the family business by luring visitors with free ice cream, guests will soon find themselves on the menu as the key ingredient of a sick new high-protein ice cream concoction.

“I’m a HUGE fan of Halloween Horror Nights and was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror,” said Slash. “I’ve been composing music for as long as I can remember and jumped at the chance to be an integral part of this year’s event and create the original score for this creepy clown maze. I can’t wait to see the fans’ reactions and will be first in line to experience the maze myself.”

“It’s an honor to collaborate with one of the most iconic rock legends around,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “From the moment I heard Slash’s original composition for the maze, I immediately knew he got it, as the vibe and feel of his score are so right on. He captured the exact tone we were looking to convey to our guests, and it’s great having Slash be a part of this incredible event.”

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “more dead than ever,” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This year’s event will feature a slate of all-new unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including, The Walking Dead: The End of the Line, based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning television series; From Dusk Till Dawn, inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV series; Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood, based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; AVP: Alien vs. Predator, based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; An American Werewolf in London, based Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning and genre-defining film, written and directed by John Landis; Face Off: In the Flesh, based on Syfy’s hit TV series, and The Purge: Anarchy, a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.

Watch a trailer below.

RED ZONE RIDER, AKA RZR, FEATURING VINNIE MOORE, KELLY KEELING AND SCOT COGAN, TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM SEPTEMBER 16TH

VinnieMoore400 The debut, self-titled album by Red Zone Rider (RZR) will be officially released by Magna Carta on September 16th.

Consisting of world class guitar hero, Vinnie Moore; vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Kelly Keeling; and drummer, Scot Coogan, RZR plays rock’n’roll infected by a heavy blues-oriented backdrop. Played by the newly emerging AOR radio of the early 1970′s which featured bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Mountain, Grand Funk, the sound of this era is heard throughout RZR’s album. Dripping with attitude and swagger, two of the chief components of music from this time period, Red Zone Rider sounds like they could easily have been recording in London in 1972 with Eddie Kramer at the board. Instead, RZR recorded the new album a year ago in Las Vegas with Mike Varney producing. In either scenario, Vinnie, Kelly and Scot have made an album that will span decades. Red Zone Rider is one of the finest musical combinations to have come forth in a long, long time.

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*UPDATE* NIKKI SIXX SLAMS GENE SIMMONS’ COMMENTS ABOUT PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION, AUSTRALIAN RADIO NETWORK BLOCKS PLAYING KISS

NikkiSixx400 Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has commented on KISS’ bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons suggesting that people who suffer from depression should kill themselves.

According to blabbermouth.net, Sixx said that people who are suffering from depression should not “listen to people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”

During last night’s episode of his Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx radio show, Sixx said, “It’s pretty moronic [of Gene to say what he said], because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder and he will tell you he is the greatest man on earth. And, to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene. I don’t like Gene’s words, because … there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a KISS fan and reads this and goes, ‘You know what? He’s right. I should just kill myself.’ If I had killed myself, my four beautiful children would not be here today. I wanted to talk about what I’ve done with my recovery and my depression and something I think Gene should use as a model.

I got off the drugs and alcohol and it was the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I didn’t think I could ever be off the heroin, to be honest with you. I got off the heroin and I couldn’t leave my house. I didn’t have any social skills, I didn’t know how to interact with people. I pretty much started to go deeper and deeper and deeper into a depression. So I went to a therapist. And it was the first time I had ever been to a therapist. And I said, ‘I just feel hopeless.’ Now, if I went to see Gene Simmons, he would have said, ‘Well, you know, Nikki, if you’re depressed, you should just kill yourself.’ But this therapist said, ‘Hey, there are ways out.’ And he gave me an experimental drug at the time called Prozac, and it got me on the right path. And then I got off of it. And I got out of my depression. And I then went to have these four beautiful children, I wrote the Dr. Feelgood album, I’ve had a wonderful life. I did not take that way out.

And what I’m saying is: for people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don’t want people to listen to an interview from a rock star who’s telling you the only way out is out, when I’m telling you, and I wrote it in [my book] The Heroin Diaries, you can get out of this…

One in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point in their life, so this is another thing to think about. At one point in your life, meaning it will come and it will go…

They say all bad things must pass, all bad things will pass. So keep that in the back of your mind if you’re feeling depression, and don’t listen to people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”

To listen to the actual audio, click here.

In related news, Triple M’s Network head, Mike Fitzpatrick has just pulled all KISS tracks from playlists around Australia. In a statement on the Triple M web-site Fitzpatrick says “Gene Simmons’ recent comments are misguided and insensitive. Depression and Suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part. The Triple M Network can’t and won’t be playing or supporting this d-ckhead’s music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik’s songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position.”

Simmons has also been labelled a hypocrite after he tweeted, “R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man,” in the wake of the actor’s tragic death this week.

source: blabbermouth.net and scenestr.com.au

SAMMY HAGAR TO HOST CLASSIC ROCK ROLL OF HONOUR 2014 ON NOVEMBER 4TH AT THE AVALON IN LOS ANGELES; SHORTLIST OF NOMINEES Announced Today

sammyhagar400pix The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of the most highly respected music award ceremonies of the year, attracting the biggest names in the world of rock. Hosted by UK based Classic Rock Magazine, the tenth annual Classic Rock Awards – the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour – has announced multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar as this year’s master of ceremonies, along with the list of nominees for the listener and fan-voted categories.

Traditionally held in the iconic Roundhouse in Camden, London, this prestigious rock n’roll awards ceremony is coming to America for the first time on Tuesday, November 4th. A celebration of some of the world’s most influential and respected musicians in rock, is set to take place at the Avalon, Hollywood’s historic night club and music venue.

“The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events in the U.K. so I’m really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the U.S.,” said Sammy Hagar. “My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs and other awards ceremonies.”

Today, Classic Rock Magazine announced the nominees for this year’s awards including the listener and fan-voted categories:

Best New Band – Awarded to the best new rock band:

BlackWolf
Blues Pills
Deaf Havana
Massive
No Sinner
Purson
Royal Blood
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
The Strypes

Band Of The Year – Awarded to the most exciting rock band:

Black Sabbath
The Black Keys
Guns N’ Roses
Iron Maiden
Metallica
Queen + Adam Lambert

Film Of The Year:

Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution

Album Of The Year:

Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

Reissue Of The Year Awarded to the best-embellished reissue:

The Beatles – The US Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th Anniversary Kissteria Vinyl Boxset
Led Zeppelin – I, II & III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System Boxset
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe Box Set
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987

Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Major Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Medium Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Small Market)

The all-important listener and fan votes can be cast now a classicrockmagazine.com/awards.

Additionally, U.S. radio listeners will be able to vote on their Classic Rock radio stations’ websites, via a sponsored digital banner which will be made available by Krantz Media Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) and digital partners Tunegenie and Classics Du Jour. AdLarge Media will be exclusively responsible for radio advertising sponsorship sales. Fans also can vote for their favourite Classic Rock radio station. Radio station winners will be recognized in the Major Market, Medium Market, and Small Market categories. More details on U.S. listener voting will be provided shortly.

Voting will close on Wednesday, October 22nd.

For one night only, Classic Rock Magazine plays host to some of the world’s most renowned rock legends. This exclusive evening welcomes some 400 artists, industry figureheads and VIPs with a champagne reception and a three course dinner, followed by the presentation of the awards themselves. The evening culminates with a live performance. The evening’s main award, The Living Legend, will be announced soon and has previously been won by Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top and Iggy Pop.

Reflecting the explosive growth of the Classic Rock brand, the event has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the rare ‘must dos’ on the rock calendar. It has consistently attracted A-List guests, including Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Slash, Rush, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Brian May, The Who, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Rob Halford and Paul Stanley among many others, as well as live performances from Jeff Beck with special guests, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rival Sons and Zakk Wylde.

Further illustrating the brand’s growth, TeamRock Games will be launching the official Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Trivia Game on September 1, giving players the chance to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles with flights and hotel accommodations included, along with tickets to the awards and after show party.

This really is the ultimate in rock‘n’roll awards and as such will be broadcast in the U.S. on radio exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, it’s national programming partner VH1 Radio, producer of “On Tap with Nik Carter,” Vh1 Classic Rock Prep and Vh1 Rock Prep, and KMG’s advertising sales partner Adlarge Media. In the U.K., it is broadcast on TeamRock Radio.

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ACE FREHLEY SAYS THAT HE WOULD LIKE GENE SIMMONS TO APPEAR ON HIS COVERS ALBUM

AceFrehley600 While original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will be releasing his new album, Space Invader, on August 19th, the six stringer is already discussing his next project, which will be covers album.

Frehley reveals that he already has guest musicians such as Lita Ford, Slash and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready lined up, but there that there is someone very special he would like to ask to appear on this CD.

“I was thinking of asking [KISS bassist/vocalist] Gene [Simmons] to play bass on one track, and I’m not going to say which one. That’ll be a surprise,” Ace told VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner.

When asked by VH1 Radio Network if he thinks Gene would accept his invitation, Frehley said, “I think he’d consider it. I don’t know if he’d do it. Maybe [KISS guitarist/vocalist] Paul [Stanley] won’t let him. Who knows?”

Ace’s version of Steve Miller’s, The Joker, was recently released online and can be heard here.

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ACCEPT STREAM “FINAL JOURNEY” ONLINE, LISTEN HERE

accept400 Accept will release their new album Blind Rage on August 19th (from the previously announced date of August 15th) through Nuclear Blast Records.

NPR is premiering the new song Final Journey, saying, “it is surprising to hear Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood in the last minutes of Final Journey, especially pitting Grieg’s theme that conjures spring and new-ness to a song about death.” Watch the NPR premiere of Final Journey below.

Accept have also streamed Stampede from Blind Rage. Click here to hear the song.

Accept will perform a series of exclusive U.S. live performances including shows in Las Vegas (Sept. 13th) and NYC (Sept. 14th) as well as a show at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA (Sept. 12th) where the band will be joined by special guests Metal Church and Raven, for what promises to be the most metal of evenings. The just-announced Blind Rage celebratory gigs are as follows:

Accept U.S. tour dates:

September:

11 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern (w/ Metal Church)
12 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre (w/ Metal Church, Raven)
13 Las Vegas, NV Count’s Vamp’d (ACCEPT only)
14 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre (w/ Raven)

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AEROSMITH CANCEL SHOWS DUE TO DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER’S HEART ISSUES

joeykramer400 TMZ is reporting that Aerosmith has canceled several shows because drummer Joey Kramer was experiencing heart complications on August 12th.

A source close to the band tells TMZ that Kramer has had heart issues in the past. A member of the crew added that the 64-year-old will undergo heart surgery, but TMZ could not confirm that information.

The band canceled their August 13th show in Concord, California and TMZ adds that members of the crew have been told the Washington show, scheduled for August 16th, will also be cancelled.

source: tmz.com

*UPDATE* GENE SIMMONS TELLS IMMIGRANTS TO “LEARN TO SPEAK GODDAMN ENGLISH,” VIDEO UPLOADED

Gene-Simmons400 KISS bassist and frontman Gene Simmons spoke with the Huffington Post Live where gave a few blunt tips to fellow immigrants. He insists that they must “learn to speak goddamn English” if they want to make it in America. See the video below.

56 years ago, Israeli-born Simmons immigrated to the US with his mother, and felt no need for any sort of political correctness in his explanation.

“I was welcomed by America and its people and given all the advantages of native-born children,” Simmons stated. “Which is astonishing, when you think about it, because in other countries, they would have ground me up and put me in a can of dog food. And in America I could think what I wanted to think, do as I pleased and reach for the stars.”

Getting down to specific tips, Simmons noted that a simple guideline needs to be followed. “Get rid of your accent; I did. Be a legal immigrant; I’m a legal immigrant. Come to the country, just buckle your knees a little bit, make the effort to learn the culture, assimilate to the point that you can. You’re all proud of who you are, where you come from … Great. Whatever you’re proud of, just tip your hat to America, which is the melting pot and makes it all possible. Agree to one culture that we can all communicate with and then go off and speak Swahili and Farsi and whatever you wanna talk.

I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said, ’cause the politically correct climate is bulls–t. You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”

Also, an odd thing happened during the chat, as the interview got hijacked by the Black Lips, demanding the surrender of the KISS army. “Mr. Simmons! We’re here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock ‘n’ roll is over! We call for the complete and utter surrender of the KISS Army. Lay down your guitars! Do you accept our terms of surrender?” the band shouted.

Gene didn’t hesitate to strike back, saying, “Yes. I surrender entirely. And I wanted to compliment your mom for the wonderful way that she designed the decorations in the basement that she lets you live in. I think it’s very attractive. I hope you get to leave your mom’s basement soon. Remember: Learn to speak English. Good education, that will help. I did it, you can too.”

After being told that the Black Lips and not merely three random guys wearing makeup and living in their mom’s basement, Simmons asked, “But they’re not black, what are they – racist? Why are they calling themselves ‘black?’”

source: ultimate-guitar.com

BUCKCHERRY STREAMING “MOTHERF@%KER” ONLINE

buckcherryfyou640 Buckcherry’s Fuck EP will be released on August 19th. Coming off the heels of the band posting Icona Pop’s I Love It, renamed Say F–k It online, the band is now streaming the song, The Motherfucker, exclusively at Metal Hammer.

Fuck EP 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