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).

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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.

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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.

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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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POISON FRONTMAN BRET MICHAELS RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “GIRLS ON BARS”

bretmichaelsflamehat Singer Bret Michaels has released a video for his new song, Girls On Bars from his forthcoming album, True Grit. Watch it below.

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True Grit will be released on May 5th and features twenty-one new songs as well as renditions of Poison’s Nothin’ But A Good Time, Something To Believe In and Every Rose Has Its Thorn The album also features guest appearances by Jimmy Buffett, Lynyrd SkYnyrd’s Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke, Rascal Flatts and Loretta Lynn.

RIVAL SONS RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ELECTRIC MAN”

RivaSonsl640 Rival Sons have released a video for the song Electric Man from their album Great Western Valkyrie, which was released in June 2014. Watch it below.

Rival Sons announced back in November that they parted ways with bassist Robin Everhart. The band also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in October. To see that performance, please click here.

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VAN HALEN TO PERFORM ON THE “2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”

vanhalen640 Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time, Van Halen, will perform on the “2015 Billboard Music Awards,” marking the band’s first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth.

Van Halen join previously announced musical performers Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, along with special duet performances by “Empire” recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend. The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17th, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET.

The legendary rock band blasted onto the Billboard charts in 1978 and has never looked back. Van Halen has sold close to 100 million records, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been awarded two Diamond awards by the Recording Industry Association of America, signifying individual album sales of more than 10 million units.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.

Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com. Fans can also choose from multiple VIP premium ticket packages which include limited edition Billboard Music Awards merchandise, an invitation to the official Billboard Music Awards post-party and so much more! VIP premium ticket packages are available at cidentertainment.com/events/billboard-music-awards/.

ANDY BIERSACK, TAIME DOWNE, & MARK SLAUGHTER GUEST STAR ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF VH1 CLASSIC’S “THAT METAL SHOW”

Thatmetalshowlogo Episode 11 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming That Metal Show is the second-to-last new episode of the current season. Returning to the show this week is Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe and making their TMS debuts are Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack and Slaughter’s Mark Slaughter. The guests sit down together with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine in a roundtable type setting; something the show has done a couple of times this season and has found to generate great conversations. Taime discusses his time in Faster Pussycat, working on a new album, and getting Eddie drunk on the recent Monsters Of Rock cruise. Andy talks about his love for That Metal Show, their recent appearance opening for Ozzy at Monsters Of Rock in Brazil, and unveils the new artwork and release date of their first-ever live DVD. Mark talks about being a member of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion and of course his band, Slaughter, as well as the release of his first solo album. Mark actually gives the entire audience a download card of the new release. The all-new episode of That Metal Show”\ airs this Saturday at 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT on VH1 Classic.

The episode also features the debut of Mike Orlando from Adrenaline Mob as the guest musician. Mike has appeared as a guest in the past but this is the first time he has played on the show. Mike talks about being on tour with Adrenaline Mob, the recent passing of drummer AJ Pero, the latest benefit show for AJ’s family, and a completed album he has in the can with AJ on drums.

Taime, Andy, and Mark Put It On The Table and realize when asked what the first song they ever learned was they all have a serious KISS connection and appreciation. Eddie struggles through Stump The Trunk this week marking the return of Ms. Box Of Junk Jen after he went three for three last week. This week’s Take It Or Leave It centers on the recent trend of band’s airing their grievances in public evidenced by the recent statements from Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward of Black Sabbath. They all agree that social media, and the ease for artists to share their sides of the story, is best for the fans.

Checking in via Metal Modem this week is founding Judas Priest member, KK Downing. KK fills the panel in on what he’s been doing since leaving Priest, talks about some upcoming projects, and unveils his new cologne line, Metal for Men. This week’s Throwdown pits the legendary Judas Priest releases British Steel against Screaming For Vengeance. When the panel deadlocks, they reach out to KK on the modem to give the definitive answer. No one argues with one of the creators of both albums when KK makes his pick.

That After Show this week talks about everyone’s pre-show rituals and warm-ups as Mike Orlando joins the panel. They reminisce about the most hammered they have ever been while performing and Andy recounts the time he broke his ribs during a promo performance in Los Angeles. Fans can watch all previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app as well as the new That After Show segment.

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OZZY OSBOURNE SAYS THAT BLACK SABBATH WILL RECORD ONE FINAL ALBUM AND EMBARK ON A FAREWELL TOUR

OzzyOsbourne400 At a press conference at the Monsters Of Rock in Brazil (see video below), Ozzy Osbourne stated that Black Sabbath will record a final album to follow up 2013’s 13 and then head out on a farewell tour

He says, “The plan is that next year we’ll do the final Black Sabbath tour and album. I’m not stopping… my wife spends all my money so I can’t.”

Osbourne says that the plans “could change,” and adds, “We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don’t want to, I believe. But we are going to do another tour together.”

In related news, despite a previous announcement of The Osbournes returning to VH-1, VH-1 executive vice president Susan Levison tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that’s not going to happen..We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn’t come together for us. The family has been absolutely lovely and we wish them the best. We’d love to figure out a way to work with them at some point in the future.”

The Osbournes originally aired between 2001 and 2005 on VH-1.

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