GUITARIST JOE SATRIANI ON CHICKENFOOT: “THE FIRST RECORD WAS REALLY FUN..THE SECOND WAS HARDER TO PULL OFF”

Joe Satriani Guitarist Joe Satriani once again addressed his disappointment that Chickenfoot would not be making any new music.

Speaking with Eddie, on the June 8th edition of his Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live, Satriani stated, “I think I was the one who was always banging on those doors, saying to those guys, ‘You’ve gotta come out and make another record. Let’s do it.” He continued, “…The first record was really fun, ’cause it was a crazy idea, but all the other people that we work with suddenly realized, ‘Wow! If this thing takes off, what are we gonna do?’ And I think that, sort of, started to… That was the beginning of the first dark cloud, and so the second record was harder to pull off, and it made the third one almost impossible.”

He added,”…When we get together and play, like we did… Chad and Sammy and I were playing together at the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit about two and a half weeks ago in San Francisco, and that was so much fun; it was great to play with those guys. I think I have a real connection with them. But, at the same time, Sammy’s got The Circle, and their new record is good. Sammy sounds very comfortable there.”

Joe’s new solo album, Shockwave Supernova, will be released on July 24th. To stream On Peregrine Wings from the forthcoming record, please click here. To read more about Shockwave Supernova, go here.

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FORMER JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K DOWNING DISCUSSES WHY HE LEFT THE BAND, “REDEEMER OF SOULS,” AND WHETHER HE THINKS HE WOULD EVER JOIN THE BAND ONSTAGE FOR A ONE-OFF SHOW

kkdowning Robert Cavuoto of Guitar International spoke with former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Robert: I understand you had your reasons for leaving [Judas Priest], but how did things go from the band retiring in 2010 with a Farewell tour, to you leaving in 2011 and them continuing on?

KK Downing: I’m glad Priest is continuing on. I was so close to doing that tour it wasn’t funny. It was just one of those things. I had lots and lots of reasons for not continuing, as I wasn’t content with things as they were. I wasn’t happy with the band’s live performance. I thought it could have been better, not that the fans would notice.

To me, Priest was always a stealth machine and that’s what I liked about it. Even though you get older you still need to be able to deliver the goods. People came a long way and paid a lot of money to see us so you’ve got to make sure you still give 110%. I thought that should be inherent and what it should always be.

Robert: Would you ever consider joining Priest for a special one-off show or perhaps join them on stage for a song or two?

KK Downing: [Laughing] No, I don’t think that will ever, ever happen. Obviously I’m quite happy for Richie Faulkner to be in the band. But, I really wasn’t expecting to have someone who had so many familiarities as me, the looks and everything. At a glance nothing too much has changed for the fans.

Robert: Can we expect a solo CD or hear you on someone’s CD, as a guest performer?

KK Downing: It’s hard for me to be creative in music, if I thought I was still coming up with good ideas and writing good stuff it would probably still be befitting of Priest. It’s hard after 40 years; we’ll see what happens in time.

I get lots of requests to perform on people’s CDs. I had a bad time with the people from Cleopatra Records; they got me involved in a Who Tribute CD. The producer hacked the solos to death and then randomly put it into the song.

On my site you can hear what I originally did. I also did a solo on Geoff Tate’s CD. People have always asked me to do stuff, but I was always dedicated to Priest. It’s great that people still remember me.

Robert: Since your departure from Priest has any famous bands reached out to you to play for them?

KK Downing: There have been some good people putting tours together and asked me to join with them like the Rock n’ Roll All-star tour when they went to South America.

Paul Rodgers asked me to do some dates as well. I wasn’t able to do either this time around [but] thought it would be fantastic to play with them sometime.

Robert: Have you listened to Priest’s 2014 release, Redeemer of Souls?

KK Downing: I haven’t listened to all of it. Rob’s voice is synonymous with Priest and time will tell if there are any classic Priest songs that come out of it.

Robert: Is there a favorite Priest album that stands out to you as the epitome of what Priest was all about?

KK Downing: I think British Steel really hallmarked the phrase “Heavy Metal.”

I also think that everything came together on that album for us as a band. It was the first time everyone in the band was wearing leather and studs. When we went out on that tour it seemed like a new ship had set sail.

We felt like we had a lot of power, even though we were the underdogs as a support band. I can still recall when we were back stage dressed in our metal uniform, we felt like we had strength. We were a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Robert: I take it that you look fondly back on those times developing and growing as a band?

KK Downing: Yeah, I think when you look back at the ’80s; you had a lot of major bands come through town. It seems like all the bands were good and had value.

There were some great guitar players that broke through, like Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen. They took over for the guitarists of the ’70s like Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher and Eric Clapton – all the great players.

In the ’90s it just stopped. Even though there were a lot of good players out there, you still have to play good songs. I like to think that our PainKiller CD ignited some good bands, as well, like Pantera, Exodus and, of course, Metallica. Those bands got a lot faster and more furious. Everybody thought this was the way to go.

Read K.K.’s entire interview with Guitar International, here.

source: guitarinternational.com

SLASH TO RELEASE “LIVE AT THE ROXY 9/25/14″ AS A BITTORRENT BUNDLE ON JUNE 16TH

slashband640 While Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently in the midst of a headlining world tour, the group has partnered with BitTorrent to release Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 as a BitTorrent Bundle on Monday, June 15th, the same day the live concert will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD through all major retailers and digital formats simultaneously via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The group will make the digital version available in the BitTorrent Bundle on Monday, June 15th in the U.K. and on Tuesday, June 16th in the U.S. For more information, visit here. BitTorrent Bundle has a global user base of 170 million music and film fans.

Shortly after the release of their current World On Fire album–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–the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer SLASH took the stage with his band The Conspirators which features Myles Kennedt (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass) and Frank Sidoris (touring guitarist) at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns ‘N’ Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album World On Fire, and classics from Slash’s days with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver: Ghost, Back From Cali, World On Fire, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Anastasia,Paradise City, Slither, Nightrain and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on Live At The Roxy 9/25/14. Slash’s guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators proves a truly potent live force and Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows.

Last month, Slash and his band partnered with IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants which is leading to their early extinction, to read more about this, please click here.

Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 DVD/Blu-Ray track listing:

1) Ghost
2) Nightrain
3) Back From Cali
4) You Could Be Mine
5) Rocket Queen
6) Bent To Fly
7) Starlight
8) You’re A Lie
9) World On Fire
10) Anastasia
11) Sweet Child O’ Mine
12) Slither
13) Paradise City

Bonus Tracks:
(1) Stone Blind
(2) You’re Crazy
(3) Wicked Stone
(4) 30 Years To Life

Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 3LP/2CD track listing:

1) Ghost
2) Nightrain
3) Halo
4) Back From Cali
5) Stone Blind
6) You Could Be Mine
7) Doctor Alibi
8) You’re Crazy
9) Wicked Stone
10) 30 Years To Life
11) Rocket Queen
12) Bent To Fly
13) Starlight
14) You’re A Lie
15) World On Fire
16) Anastasia
17) Sweet Child O’ Mine
18) Slither
19) Paradise City

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LYNCH MOB RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM REBEL SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE AUGUST 21ST THROUGH FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL, VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “AUTOMATIC FIX” OUT NOW

LynchMob640 Rockers Lynch Mob are back this summer with their most-anticipated release to date. Rebel, the band’s 8th studio release, is slated for worldwide release on August 21st via Frontiers Music SRL. The first song released from Rebel is the scorching Automatic Fix. The song features an exciting opening riff and vocal melody and Lynch burns on one of his best guitar solos. A video for the song can be seen below. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive an instant download of Automatic Fix.

Talking about Automatic Fix, singer Oni Logan states, “This is an interesting song in that it was the last song that was recorded vocally. I initially thought that it might be best used as instrumental. I simply love this song because of its energy and attitude.”

From the blistering album opener Automatic Fix to the album closer War, it is clear Lynch Mob is back to show fans why they are one of rock’s most-loved bands. The Lynch Mob line-up on Rebel is comprised of namesake George Lynch on guitars, Oni Logan on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass and Brian Tichy on drums. Songs like Testify, Sanctuary, and Dirty Money showcase Oni Logan’s trademark vocal ability while putting his diverse lyrical content on full display. The album was produced by George Lynch collaborator Chris “the Wizard” Collier. An EPK talking about the new album was recently released and can be seen below. Skip to 2:52 to watch Lynch and Logan discussing the record.

“With Rebel, we allowed ourselves to move outside our normally imposed self restraints and tread some forbidden sonic territories,” recalls George Lynch. “What surprises me is no matter how far we attempt to stray away from the classic ‘Lynch Mob formula,’ we can never really escape the chemistry between myself and Oni. There’s just a thing that happens there that’s unique to us and undeniable.”

Rebel track listing:

1) Automatic Fix
2) Between The Truth And A Lie
3) Testify
4) Sanctuary
5) Pine Tree Avenue
6) Jelly Roll
7) Dirty Money
8) The Hollow Queen
9) The Ledge
10) Kingdon Of Slaves
11) War

Lynch Mob formed in 1989 after George Lynch parted ways with his former band Dokken. This year marks the 25th Anniversay of Lynch Mob’s debut release Wicked Sensation (see videos for River of Love and the title track below), which is the band’s most popular work to date achieving gold-selling status. The band has released seven other albums throughout their career. Lynch Mob will be touring throught the summer in support of Rebel with more information to be announced at a later date.

For more information, please visit facebook.com/LynchMobOfficial.

STEPHEN PEARCY RELEASES VIDEO FOR THE SONG “I CANT’ TAKE IT”

stephenpearcy400 Former Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy has released a video for the song, I Can’t Take It, from his forthcoming solo album, Smash. Watch it below.

Pearcy is currently on tour, his recording and touring lineup includes:

Greg D’Angelo – Drums
Erik Ferentinos – Guitar
Matt Thorne – Bass
Chris Hager – Guitar

Stephen Pearcy tour dates:

Jun 13 @ Riverside Park Amphitheatre Rushville, IN
Jun 27 @ J & P Cycles Annual Open Monticello, Iowa
Jul 11 @ Mc Henry Fiesta Days Festival Peterson Park, Mc Henry, IL

July 17 @ The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
July 18 @ Roc Bar Theatre San Jose, CA
Fri, Jul 24 @ Sycuan Casino El Cajon, CA
Fri, Jul 31 @ 210 Kapones San Antonio, TX

Aug 1 @ Scout Bar Houston, TX 77003
Aug 2 @ Brewsters Corpus Christi, TX
Aug 4 @ Trees Dallas, TX
Aug 8 @ Rockn’ The Railroad Fest Trails End Concert Park Sheridan, WY
Aug 15 TBA

Sep 7 @ Milwaukee Rally Harley Davidson Milwaukee, WI
Sep 12 @ TBA
Sep 25 @ Bossanova Ballroom Portland, OR 97214
Sep 26 @ Studio Seven Seattle, WA

Oct 3 @ Storm Stadium Outdoors/Hair of the Dog Festival Storm Stadium Outdoors Lake Elsinore, CA

ALLAN FRYER, FRONTMAN FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BAND HEAVEN, DIES AT AGE 60

allanfryerofheaven630 Allan Fryer, singer for the Australian band Heaven who once auditioned to front AC/DC, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was sixty years of age.

Heaven released a trio of albums in the early ’80s, touring with Dio, Kiss, Motley Crue and Judas Priest along the way. Their 1983 album, Where Angels Fear to Tread, featured guests such as Ronnie James Dio, Lita Ford and Glenn Hughes. But Fryer may be most famous outside of Australia as a footnote in AC/DC’s search to replace Bon Scott. Fryer was closer to getting the gig than many people knew. Brian Johnson eventually took over, but in a 1999 interview, Fryer said he originally had the backing of AC/DC producers George Young and Harry Vanda, and that they’d already started adding his vocals to existing tracks.

“They took Bon’s voice out of the tapes on songs like Whole Lotta Rosie, Shot Down In Flames, Sin City and all that stuff. They shoved me in them,” Fryer said. “I went back to Adelaide and found out from George and Harry that I had gotten the gig. Then it came on a TV show that local boy Allan Fryer is the new singer for AC/DC. I said, ‘What the hell?’ – because nobody was supposed to know anything like this. So George and Harry wanted me in the band, but meanwhile the boys [AC/DC] were in London at the time and they were trying out Brian from Geordie. So, to cut a long story short, he ended up getting the gig.”

Fryer later formed Heaven in Sydney, but he had at least one more intersection with AC/DC. Mark Evans, early bassist with AC/DC, was also a member of Heaven at one time.

[Editor’s note: I remember seeing Heaven’s video for “Rock School” on a local channel called U68. They played the video pretty often during the rock hour. Watch it below.]

additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com

GUITARIST YNGWIE MALMSTEEN DISCUSSES HIS ART COLLECTION, “IT’S NUTS ALMOST HOW COOL IT LOOKS”

yngwie400 On June 18th, Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen will unveil his fine art debut collection. Completed with art team SceneFour, the release is a pioneering effort in the new medium of crafting visual art through guitar performance. A new clip in which Malmsteen discusses his art collection can be seen below.

Malmsteen recently stated about guitar being a visual instrument, “Well, for one thing, you can’t play piano with your teeth. You can’t throw it around and be cool with it. So this [guitar] is better than anything to begin with. And, of course, whateve you play it’s going to be expressive as well. You can do showy things with it, which is exciting to most people. Throw it around, throw it in the air, burn it, smash it up, shoot holes in it, whatever. You don’t do that with a piano or even a drum set. This is a very exciting instrument to begin with, but with lights involved it gives the sound a visual. It’s very exciting.”

Asked what he hopes buyers will see in the art, Yngwie said, “Anybody who is into art will be into this because it’s so crazy. It’s nuts almost how cool it looks. But the fact that it is the visual result of a musical performance per say, and it’s never been done like this, it’s extremely unique. So I think anyone who is into art, it’s going to be priceless for them.”

Sign up at ww.yngwiemalmsteenart.com to learn more and see the collection before the public.

SceneFour is a visual art team based in downtown Los Angeles. Led by artist Ravi Dosaj and conceptual artist Cory Danziger, SceneFour specializes in the construction of collaborative art projects. Through their signature collaborative art approach, SceneFour works with notable visionaries outside of the fine art world to collectively create original art projects. At the conclusion of the creation process with featured collaborative guest, an original art collection is born and released worldwide.

Yngwie is currently working on a new studio album for a late 2015 release. He told Australia’s 3D Radio about the recording process for the CD, “Well, it’s changed somewhat because [I have] my [own] recording studio now. And it’s in my house. And it’s not like a home studio; it’s a full-blown studio. And it’s in here. And I go in here and I see what happens. If I like what I hear, then I use it. If I don’t like it, I don’t use it. And in the past, I used to do demos. I would do demos, and rehearse it with the band and you rent the studio and go in and record it and so forth. It was a very different process because by the time it was actually recorded, it had gone through so many stages that the spontaneity was gone. Now, it’s here now; it’s here now. And it’s a lovely thing.”

Yngwie released a live album, Spellbound Live In Tampa, and a live DVD, Spellbound Live In Orlando, last summer. The two releases represent back-to-back Malmsteen shows. The CD and DVD, both of which are named after Malmsteen’s latest studio album, 2012’s Spellbound, were issued on September 17th, 2014.



RICHIE KOTZEN, ERIC MARTIN AND KIP WINGER JOIN DEF LEPPARD ON THE HIGH SEAS

defleppardgroupblue400 Eric Martin, Kip Winger and Richie Kotzen are among the first acts to be confirmed for Def Leppard’s 2016 cruise.

Hysteria On The High Seas takes place aboard the MSC Divina, leaving from Miami, Florida, on January 21st next year and stopping at Half Moon Cay and Freeport in the Bahamas.

Def Leppard will be headlining, with guitarist Vivian Campbell’s Last In Line also due to appear. Cinderella’s Tom Kiefer, Winger’s mainman Kip Winger, Mr. Big’s Eric Martin and The Winery Dogs’ Kotzen have also been announced.

Def Leppard say, “Be prepared to get wet, wild and ready to rock.”

Tickets are available at the official cruise website.

Def Leppard are due to release their 11th album before the end of this year.

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MOTORHEAD RELEASES “BAD MAGIC” THIS SUMMER

motorhead640 After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock’n’roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off. Put their feet up. Relax a little. And instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty ‘bollocks’ to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic.

Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, Bad Magic is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like Thunder And Lightning and the especially l-o-u-d Teach‘Em How To Bleed show that Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.

Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock’n’roll spirit, Bad Magic also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more ‘live’ approach to creating Bad Magic has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of Choking On Your Screams, with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, Electricity carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while Shoot Out All of Your Lights is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from Queen’s Brian May on The Devil, adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.

Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, Bad Magic came together after a couple of years which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release Aftershock. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health-issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on Bad Magic rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad Until The End, Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic Sympathy For The Devil, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that Bad Magic is Motörhead’s finest work in over two decades.

You can also expect the road to get its butt kicked by Motörhead once again in the last half of 2015. Starting in mid-August, there will be a North American tour with Anthrax which ends with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, also featuring Slayer and Anthrax among a bumper line-up of bands. Also, Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary European Winter tour will start on November 15th 2015 at Le Zenith in Paris, ending on December 6th at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. More dates will be announced soon, so keep checking the band’s official website www.imotorhead.com as well as the following social media platforms for details:

facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
twitter.com/mymotorhead

Bad Magic track listing:

1. Victory Or Die
2. Thunder & Lightning
3. Fire Storm Hotel
4. Shoot Out all of Your Lights
5. The Devil
6. Electricity
7. Evil Eye
8. Teach Them How To Bleed
9. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Choking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil* – *by The Rolling Stones

GUITARIST JOE SATRIANI SAYS HE IS “HEARTBROKEN” ABOUT CHICKENFOOT AND AIMS TO FORM ANOTHER BAND

Chickenfoo640 Guitarist Joe Satriani has given up trying to bring Chickenfoot together for another album – and he’s planning to form another band instead.

Satriani says he’s tried to persuade singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith to make a follow-up to their second title Chickenfoot III, released in 2011 – but he’s had no luck.He’s decided it’s over despite a brief reunion with Hagar and Smith at a charity concert last month.

Satch tells Ultimate Classic Rock, ”So there was the three of us – three Footers were there, gentlemen of the Foot hanging out. But I get the distinct feeling it’s just not going to happen. For reasons that are too boring to go into, I’ve kind of giving up trying to be the instigator, of trying to get another record done.

At the end of the benefit, although it was one of those fun things with being up there with Sammy and Chad again, I just got the feeling that they’re not thinking it’s on the cards.”

He reveals that much of the material on solo his new solo album Shockwave Supernova, out in July, was originally designed to be Chickenfoot music.

“I recorded all of the demos for a new record,” he says. “I really just couldn’t get people motivated to get going with it. So, that music has moved on. I’m actually looking forward to maybe finding another band to collaborate with.”

But he adds, “If the guys want to do something, I’m always ready for it. I love Chickenfoot, and I think it’s one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to all of us. I’m a bit heartbroken that we weren’t able to work on a couple more albums and tour. But you’ve got to move on – that’s reality. Those guys have other things to do that are important to them, so, I respect it.”

Smith is working on the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album while Hagar’s supergroup The Circle, also featuring Anthony, issued live album At Your Service in May.

To read more about Satch’s latest release, Shockwave Supernova, please click here.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com