JasonNewsted Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s new band, Newsted has announced some North American tour dates.

Newsted tour dates:

Apr. 19 – Red House – Walnut Creek, CA
Apr. 23 – San Jose Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
Apr. 24 – The Starline – Fresno, CA
Apr. 26 – The Alley – Sparks, NV
Apr. 27 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
May 1 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
May 3 – Vinyl – Las Vegas, NV
May 4 – KUPD Ufiesta – Mesa, AZ
May 15 – Planet Rock – Battle Creek, MI
May 17 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
May 18 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
May 21 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
May 22 – The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
May 23 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ

Last week Newsted announced that Staind guitarist Mike Mushok had joined the band.

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slayer400pix Slayer’s Kerry King has implied that the band could move on without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who has been sidelined for two years after sustaining a near-fatal spider bite.

The guitarists haven’t spoken to each other in some time, leading King to wonder whether Hanneman has any intention of rejoining the band. With two songs underway for their next album, King reveals he’d be comfortable with stand-in man Gary Holt of Exodus making his presence more permanent.

That could leave Slayer facing the future with just two founding members remaining after they dropped drummer Dave Lombardo for their Australian tour following a contractual dispute. Temporary replacement Jon Dette has already discussed the chances of his return becoming a full-time commitment.

King tells Metal Obsession, “I don’t have an update – I haven’t seen Jeff in forever. He’s always been a recluse, and he’s even been more of a recluse since he’s not going on tour with us. Our manager talks to him from time to time and sees him in LA just randomly. But I’m far from LA, so I’m not in that loop.”

Hanneman could be on the road with Slayer if he wanted to be, King suggests, “He can do anything in life – he could be hanging here having a good time with us.” But he accepts a full-power show might not be forthcoming, “He can probably play South Of Heaven, but he’s not gonna be playing Jihad, you know what I mean?”

The band plan to mix the tracks they’ve already recorded then continue with work on the rest of the album over the summer – and King believes it could easily be completed without Hanneman’s input. “It’s just all my stuff for now,” he says. “I did that just in case; I don’t know what Jeff’s intentions are. So I wanted to have Slayer covered in case he doesn’t come to the party. If he comes to the party, then we’ve got tons of songs.”

Meanwhile, if Holt’s position were to become permanent, that wouldn’t present a problem. “I think Gary is in for the long haul,” says King. “I haven’t really discussed it with him. But he keeps his schedule free when he knows we’re on tour.

“If Jeff all of a sudden came back in June, we would probably pay Gary for freeing up his time. I don’t wanna treat somebody that’s bailed us out for two years badly. But if Gary played with us for ever? I’m okay with that.”

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Black Country, March 15, 2010, Malibu, CA Black County Communion frontman Glenn Hughes says the band “is over” because guitarist Joe Bonamassa has left, and won’t let the remaining members keep using the name.

The classic rock outfit released three acclaimed studio albums before internal tensions boiled over, with Hughes last year revealing he was thinking of quitting because he wanted to play live, and Bonamassa insisted he wasn’t available.

That led to a series of public outbursts in which the two musicians took pot-shots at each other before both said they were ready to “move on.”

They appeared to calm down later and said they were talking to each other again. But Bonamassa continued to insist he’d always said he wouldn’t have time to tour in support of 2012 album Afterglow – while Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian suggested they’d been led to believe otherwise before the record was recorded.

Earlier this month the blues axeman said he was “happily not involved any more” and revealed he’d become disillusioned during their 2011 tour because he found it “very tense.”

In reponse, Hughes tweeted, “Just so it’s crystal, BCC is over. Joe left and will not allow us to keep the name. Nice, huh? Jason, Derek and I will continue when the time is right.”

He added, “I have my hands full writing my first solo rock album in five years.” Hughes says he began writing tracks on March 21st, and he reflects, “I choose happiness and have nothing but love to offer. Everything is the way it’s meant to be.”

Last year producer Kevin Shirley told Classic Rock that a series of disagreements had almost led to the band’s third album never happening. But he remained confident that, given time, the dust would settle.

He said, “You can’t take away the fact that these are the ultimate rock stars, and there must be something about that rub that makes the music amazing. There will be another record. I would guess we’ll record it in early 2015 – look for it in October 2015.”

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twistedheaven300 Rock N’ Roll Heaven and the Old Bridge Metal Militia recently announced their highly-anticipated Reunion Concert and Fundraiser to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy. It can now be announced that Twisted Sister and a reunited TT Quick have been added to the already stellar line-up of Anvil, Raven, The Rods and NJ local metal band Lords of Mercy.

Twisted Sister guitarist/manager Jay Jay French states, “Playing this show further demonstrates our commitment to our fans and friends in the tri-state area that were affected by Superstorm Sandy. Twisted Sister look forward to a great night of metal, solidarity and, most importantly, much needed financial aid to the great state of New Jersey. Thank you Jon and Marsha Zazula for having us.”

The event will take place on May 11th, 2013 at Encore Event Center in Freehold, NJ (106 Schanck Rd).

Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster and Ticketfly. Get them now.

Advance Tickets are $30 // $35 Day of Show

Our very own Eddie Trunk will perform Master of Ceremonies duties with special guest hosts and an all-star jam to be announced. Doors will open at 7:00pm and there will be a drinking section for those 21+.

R N’ R Heaven and OBMM ask all attendees to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items for a food drive which will benefit local area soup kitchens and shelters.

Stan Levinstone, President of SLP comments, “Johnny was the purveyor. He was like the Steve Jobs of the metal world, really innovative. He had a vision of hardcore and metal that spread throughout New Jersey and then nationally and internationally. He definitely had a vision; he saw something that no one else saw. A lot of important rock grew out of Jersey. He brought these bands and his record label to a level of national and international attention. All of this stuff started right here in Old Bridge and East Brunswick, NJ. The embryonic days of New Jersey’s metal scene, he took that and developed it into something so significant. New Jersey’s scene developed an international scene. This event supports a great cause and will bring together a scene Johnny helped to create. People will be nostalgic about it and want to experience this together.”

Jon Zazula adds, “Stan Levinstone has been a great help in putting this event together. We’re grateful for his involvement.”

New Jersey birthed heavy metal in the United States in the early 1980’s. The state of New Jersey was an integral part of launching the careers of these bands, as well as everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Misfits to Bon Jovi and more.

This is an event to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the Jersey Shore and on the lives of its residents.
Superstorm Sandy has left dozens dead and thousands homeless – making it the worst storm in the regions history. This is a 100% non-profit event.

Please invite your friends, family and neighbors.

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johnsykes,jpg John Sykes has posted the following message on his official website:

“Hi Guys, Its been a while, I want to thank you all for your interest and hope that you are all doing well out there. I am still working on my new music and very much look forward to you all hearing it in the near future.

Some of the studio players are:

Josh Freese: Drums
Tony Franklin: Bass
Chris Chaney: Bass
Curt Bisquera: Drums
Jamie Muhoberac: Keys

I will keep you posted…



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George-Lynch Guitar icon George Lynch was recently interviewed by Mitch Gallagher for the Sweetwater Minute.

Lynch discusses topics such as how he started playing guitar, his unique sound and playing style, the five projects his is currently working on, including Shadowtrain, his home studio and his long term relationship with guitar makers, ESP. I have transcribed some highlights from the discussion below.

On how he hooked up with Dokken:

“I was already in Dokken when I got the serious call from Ozzy and I took a little leave of absence. During my leave of absence, they got Warren DeMartini from Ratt to fill in for me, and when it ended up not working with Ozzy, I came back and didn’t have my gig. So, I joined Ratt. So, for a while, we were in the wrong bands. But, we were rehearsing in the same building and we all know each other. So, we just got to a point where we were like, ‘This doesn’t make any sense. Why don’t I just get back with my band? You go back to your band.’ So, we got back to where we belonged…It wasn’t right because they were complaining about him and I didn’t want to be playing with these guys.”

Discussing his projects KMX (with Doug Pinnick from Kings X and Ray Luzier from KORN) and T&N (Tooth & Nail):

“We recently did a record, very quickly…eight days. We wrote everything and we recorded everything in eight days. We wrote in the studio, which is really gratifying to do a record like that. We are finishing up vocals for that as we speak. The we are doing a second T&N record. It’s the guys from Dokken without Don with guest singers. So we’ve already recorded the Dokken material, which is half the record. Actually, when I get home from this trip, I go back into the studio with Jeff [Pilson] and we start working on the original half of the record.”

Speaking about Souls of We:

“Souls of We is kind of done. We did one Souls of We record which took five years. It was very painful, but rewarding, and then we went to do a second Souls of We record and we had some issues with members of the band and the recording process. So, it turned into a George Lynch record called, Kill All Control.”

On Lynch Mob:

“A Lynch Mob EP came out last year called Sound Mountain Sessions. We have an acoustic EP coming out called Sugarhill Sessions recorded in a recording studio in Houston, Texas called Sugarhill Studios, which is historically significant. It has a lot of history. Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and all those guys. It’s a great old analog studio.”

Watch the entire 23 minute interview below.

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