joeperry400 As previously reported, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will be releasing his autobiography, Rock: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, on October 7th (Simon & Schuster; Hardcover; $27.99).

Joe Perry shares—with total candor and without apology—what life is like as the lead guitarist and co-head writer of Aerosmith. Both a study in brotherhood and solitude, in Rocks Perry reflects on the people who stood beside him during the highs and lows as he and Aerosmith skyrocketed into a world of fame and utter excess. Before he was one half of the “Toxic Twins,” Perry was a science-obsessed kid who dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. His loving, supportive parents encouraged his curiosity and sent him to Vermont Academy where his love for rock and roll grew. Before long, he was skipping class to play guitar and ultimately dropped out because he refused to cut his hair. Not long after, he met Steven Tallarico in a New Hampshire restaurant and the two quickly recognized their shared love of music. In 1970, Perry, Tom Hamilton, and the newly-dubbed Steven Tyler moved to Boston, and alongside Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford formed the Aerosmith we know today. The band signed with Columbia Records in 1972.

In Perry’s own words, Rocks tells the whole story—“the loner’s story, the band’s story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, and the post-destructive rebirth story”— of what came to pass over the next five decades and details the perks and perils that go hand-in-hand with an extreme rock and roll lifestyle. With over 100 photographs showing Perry’s life on- and off-stage, “[ROCKS] will strike gold with every Aerosmith fan”

Perry will also be embarking on a book tour. The dates can be viewed below. Our very own Eddie Trunk will be hosting the first date on the tour and it will be recorded for his podcast. Admission is and free first come first served.

Joe Perry book tour dates:

New York, NY Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Tues. 10/7 @ 7:00PM (Eddie Trunk hosting)
Ridgewood, NJ Bookends on Wed. 10/8 @ 7:00PM
Boston, MA Brookline Booksmith at The Coolidge Theatre on Thurs. 10/9 @ 6:00PM
Boston, MA Guitar Center on Boylston Street on Fri. 10/10 @ 6:00PM
Framingham, MA The Paper Store on Sat. 10/11 @ 2:00PM
Chicago, IL The Standard Club on Mon. 10/13 @ 11:30AM
Chicago, IL Guitar Center in Arlington Heights on Mon. 10/13 @ 3:00PM
Cleveland, OH The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on Tues. 10/14 @ 12:00PM
Los Angeles, CA Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Wed. 10/15 @ 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA Guitar Center on Van Ness Avenue on Thurs. 10/16 @ 6:00PM
San Francisco, CA Book Passage at The San Francisco Ferry Building on Fri. 10/17 @ 6:00PM
Phoenix, AZ Changing Hands Bookstore on Sat. 10/18 @ 6:00PM
Phoenix, AZ Guitar Center in Scottsdale on Sun. 10/19 @ 2:00PM
Los Angeles, CA Book Soup on Mon. 10/20 @ 7:00PM @ 7:00PM

Some themes touched on in the book:

*Perry wanted to be a marine biologist as a child, but undiagnosed ADHD that was neither understood nor treated made school hard. He dropped out of the prestigious Vermont Academy his senior year because he refused to cut his hair and went to work in a local factory.

*Although left-handed, Perry plays guitar as a righty because the instruction record that came with his first guitar (a $12.95 Silvertone student model) told him to hold the guitar neck in his left hand and strum with his right. Perry still wonders what type of guitarist he would be if he had not conformed to playing right-handed.

*Perry admits he is not 100% sure what happened the night he walked away from Aerosmith other than that his then-wife Elyssa Jerret threw a glass of milk at Tom Hamilton’s wife after an argument. Tyler blamed Perry for the incident, citing his inability to keep Elyssa on a short leash. Perry left the band that night. In his absence from Aerosmith, The Joe Perry Project was born.

*Perry and Tyler have co-written countless Aerosmith songs together. In April 2009, Perry had an itch to write and called Tyler. Tyler agreed to come over, but ultimately blew him off several times. Perry later found out Tyler had flown to England to audition for Led Zeppelin. Perry was told by people on the inside, including Jimmy Page, that the tryout was “shambolic.” Like his audition for Led Zeppelin, Tyler also never told his Aerosmith bandmates about his gig with American Idol until it was a done deal.



Slashtophat400 Slash has confirmed a story in Paul Stanley’s autobiography, where the KISS frontman told the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist to “go f–k yourself.”

It appears in Stanley’s book Face The Music: A Life Exposed and details the incident which occurred prior to the release of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction.

Stanley had been touted to produce the band’s debut offering and offered to put Slash in touch with BC Rich to get him free guitars. But trouble between the two started shortly after, when Slash, unhappy at the band’s sound at a small LA club, asked Stanley to step in behind the mixing desk.

Following the performance, the pair fell out, with Slash accusing Stanley of meddling with their sound and later made derogatory comments in the press about the Stanley’s appearance.

Months later, Slash phoned Stanley about the offer of free guitars – and the KISS singer/guitarist lambasted Slash, angrily saying “go f–k yourself.”

Stanley says in the book: “You want me to help you get guitars after you went around saying all that shit about me behind my back? One thing you’re going to have to learn is not to air your dirty laundry in public. Nice knowing you, go f–k yourself.”

Slash confirms most of the story, although he says things between the pair are “more or less cool now.”

He tells Hard Rock Megazine, “He said something along the lines of, ‘You shouldn’t air your dirty laundry in public, so no, I won’t help you.’ We didn’t speak for years after that. It was only until roughly 2006 that we got reacquainted when I was doing the KISS Rock Honors for VH1 and we sort of let bygones be bygones. We’re more of less cool now.”

Slash’s latest CD, World On Fire, was released on September 16th through Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline.



deesnider400 Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has responded to KISS bassist Gene Simmons claim that rock is dead.

Snider writes via his Facebook:

Recently, my esteemed colleague, Gene Simmons of Kiss declared that “Rock ‘n’ Roll is finally dead.” Really?

While I have nothing but respect for Gene, he couldn’t be further off the mark. Yes, the rock ‘n’ roll “business model” that helped KISS (and my band for that matter) achieve fame and fortune is most certainly long dead and buried, but rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well and thriving on social media, in the streets, and in clubs and concert halls all over the world. And the bands playing it are more genuine and heartfelt than ever because they are in it for one reason: the love of rock ‘n’ roll.

Spend some time seeing and listening to these incredible young bands and their rabid fans and you will know that rock ‘n’ roll couldn’t be more alive. Yes, it’s not the same as it was for the first 50 years of rock’s existence, but the fire definitely still burns.

And it wasn’t some 15 year old kid in Saint Paul, Minnesota (to paraphrase Mr. Simmons) who killed the rock ‘n’ roll goose that laid the platinum egg…it was greedy, big city, record company moguls who made their own velvet noose to hang themselves with. It was they who took advantage of the consumer (and the artist for that matter) and drove them to use an alternative source of music presented to them.

For example, take the bill of goods the record industry sold the mainstream public when introducing the CD format. “We have to charge more for it, because it’s a new technology and there’s a cost to setting up the infrastructure to produce them.” The consumer believed them–it made sense–so they paid a $18.98 list price for a product they had been paying $7.99 list for previously. After all “you can’t break a CD with a hammer!” (Remember that?)

But when the infrastructure was in place and paid for in full, and the cost of producing a CD dropped to less than a dollar, did the record companies roll back the list price in kind? Not on your life. They weren’t about to do the right thing and cut their increased revenue stream. Those fat cats were enjoying their ill-gotten gains way too much.

So when the general public finally realized they were being had, and the opportunity arose for them to stick it to the man, what did they do? The same thing their Woodstock Nation, baby boomer parents had done when they had their chance…they stuck it and they stuck it good. Does anyone remember Abbey Hoffman’s “Steal this Book”, the massive selling, early 70’s hippy guide “focused on ways to fight the government, and against corporations in any way possible.” Multiply that by a googolplex.

Is it hard to make it rock ‘n’ roll? You bet. Always was, always will be. Will rockers make as much money as they did “back in the day”? Probably not. But that won’t stop them, and they’ll be motivated by a much more genuine love of the art, and great rock will continue to be produced, played and embraced by rock fans.

So in conclusion: Record company executives killed the old rock ‘n’ roll business model…and Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Dead!

Dee Snider/ September 10th, 2014


rush400pix The highly-anticipated Rush 40th anniversary box set has finally been confirmed – it’s a six-disc Blu-ray collection and it will be released on November 17th.

Speculation about the product has been circulating for over a year. Now it’s been revealed that R40 will include the band’s five most recent concert movies with additional features.

A bonus disc will contain unseen material including the band’s performance at Laura Secord Secondary School, Ontario, in 1974, although full details are yet to be revealed.

The product description reads: “2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Rush’s eponymous debut album. This superb collector’s box set brings together live performances by Rush from each decade of their career, plus a bonus disc of previously unseen live material stretching from 1974 to 2013.

The six Blu-ray discs are contained in a stunning 56-page hardback book, filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of Rush live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of Rush live performances, beautifully presented.”

R40 tracklist:

Disc 1: Rush In Rio

Bonus features: The Boys In Brazil documentary, multi-angle versions of YYZ, O Baterista and La Villa Strangiato; By-Tor And The Snow Dog animation; Anthem (1975 performance)

Disc 2: R30

Bonus features: Interviews; 10 tracks from the Anthem vault; Rush Hits St John’s feature; Alex Lifeson Artist Of The Decade interview

Disc 3: Snakes & Arrows Live

Bonus features: Oh, Atlanta authorized bootlegs

Disc 4: Time Machine 2011 – Live In Cleveland

Bonus features: Outtakes; Need Some Love live at Laura Secondary School, 1974; Anthem live in 1976

Disc 5: Clockwork Angels Tour

Bonus features: Limelight soundcheck recording; three additional tracks; Can’t Stop Thinking Big documentary; behind the scenes feature; Family Guy; Family Sawyer; The Watchmaker; Office of The Watchmaker

Disc 6: Bonus Disc

Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 – details TBC

source: classicrockmagazine


blacklabelsocietyband2013 Black Label Society have released an alternate piano version of the song, Scars, featured on the band’s latest album Catacombs Of The Black Vatican which was released in April. Watch the video below.

Black Label Society recently wrapped up a tour, but still have a few dates left on their concert calendar. The band will be at this weekend’s Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California. Wylde will also be on board for Motorhead‘s Motorboat Cruise later this month, and the band is slated to be part of Knotfest on October 25th in San Bernardino, California.


glenntipton400 Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton says he feared Judas Priest were dead and buried when K.K. Downing quit in 2011.

Tipton’s fellow guitarist retired ahead of Priest’s Epitaph World Tour and was replaced by guitarist Richie Faulkner who went on to appear on Redeemer Of Souls. But the shock of Downing’s departure left the rest of the band in fear that their decades-long careers had come to an end.

Tipton tells Metalholic, “It came as a surprise to us all. At that time, I really, truly thought the band were finished. We were poised to do a farewell tour and, of course, Ken decided he’d had enough of that. I respect his decision. It must have been a big decision to make. I think we’ve all been through that phase. We’ve been around for 35, 40 years. But we found Richie, and Richie is a small miracle, because the guy is such a great guitar player and he blended in so well first on stage. And then, of course, he’s worked so hard and contributed so much to the album that it’s just a miracle.”

The Epitaph World Tour was supposed to be the band’s farewell, but Faulkner’s influence soon changed their minds.

Tipton adds, “When we got new blood in the band, it was needed at the time. It would be the same thing; you get some new blood in there and there’s energy and enthusiasm — motivation. You see things in a different way. He just gave everybody a kick up the backside, really. We went from literally meaning it was our last tour to there’s such great songs on this album, it’s a shame we can’t get out and play them.”

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acefrehley400 Katherine Turman of The Village Voice took a ride with original KISS guitarist, Ace Frehely, around his old Bronx neighborhood. Excerpts from the piece appear below.

Oh KISS’ current guitar player, Tommy Thayer, who also happens to wears Ace’s Spaceman makeup when performing:

“I could sense he always wanted to be me. He used to be in a KISS cover band [L.A.'s Cold Gin],” Frehley says. “He didn’t do anything; he was hired by Paul and Gene to put on my makeup and costume and play my guitar solos — a business deal.

Look, if he wouldn’t have done it, they would have hired somebody else. I walked out on the band; I quit. What they really should have done is, if they wanted to dress up a guy to play lead guitar, they should have come up with different makeup like they did with [other Ace replacements] Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent. That’s what the fans are upset about.”

Guitarist/singer and former Runaway Lita Ford concurs, though she observes, “I always thought that anyone could hide behind Kiss’s makeup. The band could grow old and no one could see through the makeup: a brilliant idea. Tommy Thayer is one hell of a nice guy but he is not Ace Frehley and shouldn’t be in Ace’s shoes. There is only one Ace!”

Well, technically, now there are two, and Thayer is currently pimping a guitar (created with Epiphone) called the Space Man. “I mean, how big are the balls on this guy?” snorts Frehley. “But I don’t really want to talk about Tommy Thayer,” he adds, half-apologetically. “Let’s talk about me.”

Discussing his former bandmate, Gene Simmons:

“The press made out that we hated each other, which wasn’t true. I called Gene just a few months ago when I was mixing my record. I was driving up to L.A., and after five minutes of talking, he started bringing up stuff that happened in the ’70s, when we used to drive around in station wagons. We were on the phone for almost half an hour,” he recalls. “He wouldn’t let me off the phone. There’s all this rivalry that the press tries to draw out of us, to have a dialogue going on.”

Talking about who possibly invented the two-handed tapping technique when playing guitar:

Frehely doesn’t know if he or Eddie Van Halen did it first. He does remember, though, that “Gene discovered Van Halen. He wanted to produce their first album, and we told him ‘No.’ Gene was always going off half-cocked, trying to do more things … like he still does today.” He added, “If Kiss would stop fooling around with football teams and restaurants, they might put out a better record next time.” Despite a few barbs, it’s clear Frehley, still retains a fondness for Simmons — if akin to the true brotherly love-hate you might find in the Kinks or Oasis.

Read the entire at The Village Voice.

Ace Frehley’s latest album Space Invader was released on August 19th and debuted at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 chart.



mr big picture640 Mr. Big are streaming another song from upcoming eighth album …The Stories We Could Tell due September 30th. The song entitled, The Monster In Me, can be heard below.

Mr. Big also released a audio stream for the song, Gotta Love The Ride, which can be heard here.

Mr. Big recently announced that Pat Torpey’s fill-in for the band’s upcoming World Tour will be Matt Starr Torpey was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

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georgelynchmsweet.jpg Sweet & Lynch the band featuring guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, KXM) singer Michael Sweet (Stryper), bassist James Lomenzo (White Lion, Megadeth) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, S.U.N.) is world premiering the song September from their debut album. The Watch it below.

Sweet & Lynch’s album is tentatively scheduled for a February 2015 release.


Motorhead400 Motörhead’s Motörboat regrets to announce that thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth have been forced to withdraw from the September 22nd-26th cruise due to medical reasons. Heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance – including Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick – has been added to the Motörhead’s Motörboat music lineup.

Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity to see a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage. Singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs. For more details on Metal Allegiance, please visit:

Megadeth issued the following statement about their unfortunate cancellation, “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has canceled all performances for the next 8 weeks. With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon!”

“You can’t replace a band like Megadeth, who have done so much to change the landscape of heavy music over the past 30 years. We wish Dave Mustaine all the best in his recovery,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment. “But we’re excited that Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick will still be joining us. The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can’t get anywhere else – and bringing Metal Allegiance onboard with metal’s most loyal fans fits that bill.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson comments, “I’m really looking forward to being together with our friends and fans on Motörboat. Metal Allegiance is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal.”

“I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet,” says Philip Anselmo.

Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill says, “We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but Metal Allegiance is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!”

Mike Portnoy agrees, “I’ve been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there’s something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much.”

The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22nd-26th cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will feature Motörhead, Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at