Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—released the Vicente Cordero-directed video today for Alive from their number one highly anticipated debut album, Psychotic Symphony. Watch the clip below.

In touring news, Sons Of Apollo launched their first-ever highly anticipated world tour in Tampa, FL last week as part of the “Cruise To The Edge.” The band recently added a new leg of U.S. dates starting April 19th in Montreal, Quebec at the Corona Theatre. For more information about tickets and on sale dates, fans should visit

As Mike Portnoy declares, “Ever since this lineup assembled to make Psychotic Symphony, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait.”

Released October 20th through InsideOutMusic/Sony, Psychotic Symphony is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

Sons Of Apollo on the road:

4/19 Montreal, QUE. Corona Theatre
4/20 Toronto, ONT. The Opera House
4/21 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
4/22 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
4/24 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
4/25 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
4/27 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
4/28 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
4/29 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
4/30 Seattle, WA The Showbox

5/2 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
5/3 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco Theatre
5/4 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
5/5 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
5/7 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
5/8 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
5/9 Houston, TX Scout Bar
5/11 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
5/12 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
5/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
5/15 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
5/16 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
5/17 Washington, D.C. The Howard Theatre
5/18 New York, NY Playstation Theater
5/19 Worcester, MA The Palladium

6/22 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/23 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
6/24 Milan, Italy Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
6/27 Leipzig, Germany Hellraiser
6/30 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog My Friend

7/1 Maidstone, England Rambling Man Festival
7/2 Motherwell, England Motherwell Concert Hall
7/3 Belfast, England Limelight
7/4 Dublin, Ireland Tivoli Variety Theatre
7/14 Eindhoven, Netherlands Dynamo MetalFest

8/3 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air
8/18 Warsaw, Poland Prog In Park
8/19 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra Track

9/19 Moscow, Russia Glavclub
9/22 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Roman Amphitheater*
9/24 Athens, Greece Fuzz Club

* A Very Special Evening with SONS OF APOLLO and the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony.

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The daily band lineups have been announced for Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 25th, 26th & 27th, 2018 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Weekend and Single Day tickets are on sale now at

The 12th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light–America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party–will feature performances from a slew of top rock artists, including: Poison, A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Halestorm, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots, I Prevail, Clutch, The Used, Underoath, Machine Gun Kelly, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and many more. The event, will once again, be hosted by radio and TV personality, Eddie Trunk.

The three-day camping festival features the best new rock artists and classic bands performing on four stages, with music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2017, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 75,000 in attendance.

The daily band lineup for Rocklahoma 2018 is as follows:

Friday, May 25th: A Perfect Circle, The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, I Prevail, Sevendust, The Used, Trivium, Yelawolf, Red Sun Rising, SOiL, Adelitas Way, Big Story, Everybody Panic, Cimino, Midnight Devils, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, ASKA, Down For Five, Agnozia, Silent Theory, KillSET, Dead Horse Trauma, Kirra, City of the Weak, Dirty Soul Revival, Dirty Blvd

Saturday, May 26th: Godsmack, Ghost, Vince Neil, Clutch, Pop Evil, Underoath, Diamond Head, Shaman’s Harvest, Butcher Babies, Powerman 5000, Like A Storm, Wayland, LA Velvet, Black Tora, Dead Metal Society, Dead Girls Academy, TROY, Heaven Sent, Wild Planes, Maplerun, Hallow Point, The Maension, Renegades, Duel, Kevlar, Stanley’s Revenge

Sunday, May 27th: Poison, Cheap Trick, Halestorm, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Candlebox, Machine Gun Kelly, 10 Years, Andrew W.K., Lynch Mob, New Years Day, Well Hung Heart, Mind Of Fury, Maxx Explosion, A Brilliant Lie, War of Thrones, Davey Suicide, Coda Cutlass, Love N Revenge, Shallow Side, Ten Thousand One, The Grizzly Band, Oddfellas, Jenny Wood, Bringer

Thursday Night Campground Party: Screaming for Silence, Dark Avenue, As Above So Below, Save the Hero, Hyperdose, One Step From Falling, Weston Horn and the Hush, Ryder, Honor Amongst Thieves, Wither

Registration for the Miss Rocklahoma competition is underway now at Voting on the Top 10 finalists begins in April and five finalists will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2018.

Rocklahoma General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Premier Packages, Hotel Packages and Camping options are on sale now at Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into three monthly payments.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

Weekend VIP Reserved: $429 plus fees (Phase 2)
Weekend General Admission: $129 plus fees (Phase 2)
Monster Energy Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $436 plus fees (Phase 2)
Military Weekend General Admission (via GovX): $99 plus fees (Phase 2)
Single Day General Admission: $80 plus fees (Phase 1)

Limited quantities of Groupie and Roadie VIP Packages are also still available. The Rockstar Package is SOLD OUT. Please visit for details. General Admission and VIP camping is also available at checkout, by calling (866) 310-2288, or emailing

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock. The Rocklahoma campgrounds will be open from Sunday, May 20th at Noon CDT through Tuesday, May 29th at Noon CDT. Festival doors open at 2:00 PM daily on May 25th, 26th and 27th. Note: Camping is only available with weekend ticket purchases.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

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Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon Zakk Wylde, has released another brand new music video for the single A Love Unreal from their latest LP, Grimmest Hits. The video was directed by long-time collaborating director Justin Reich, watch it below.

Black Label Society recently soared into the charts with their new LP via Entertainment One, Grimmest Hits. The LP landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest charting LP since Order Of The Back released back in 2009. Grimmest Hits reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, number one Independent, and number two Rock Charts.

Black Label Society is in the middle of a hefty batch of North American tour dates spanning coast to coast in support of the all-new LP. Support is supplied by legends Corrosion Of ConformityY on all dates. Select tour dates are seeing support from EYEHATEGOD and Red Fang. View the band’s tour itinerary, here.

Black Label Society released their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits, on January 19th. The new effort is the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top five charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight-year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year.

Wylde will stay on the road beyond the Black Label Society dates in 2018 reunited with “the boss” on the No More Tours 2. The two-year stretch will take place this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe. The tour’s first U.S. leg, which will feature Stone Sour as the opening group, starts in Allentown, Pennsylvania in August and wraps in Las Vegas in October. Tickets for the North American dates are on sale now.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

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Saxon frontman Biff Byford spoke with Lords Of Metal. Highlights from the interview appear below.

LOM: You know, in the past few years so many legends have passed away, and of course it’s a part of life, as sad as it is. You have turned 67 a few weeks ago and fortunately you are still in a great shape and still going strong. But having had so many fellow musician friends passing away made you more aware of your own mortality, so to speak?

BB: I think it’s made me more nostalgic to look back at the old days, you know? I think it’s quite sad that all three original Motörheads have died in such a short period of time. And with Eddie it was definitely a shock, because he seemed alright. But you know, when your name’s on the bullet, there’s not much you can do about it really.

LOM: With so many bands retiring and so many legends passing away, do you think that the legacy of heavy metal will pass onto and still live on through a new generation of bands or will it slowly be the end of the story?

BB: I mean, let’s be honest, the majority of the big media had pretty much ignored a great deal of the newer generation and the main focus was on the bigger bands, until Ronnie James Dio died and gave everybody some sort of wake-up-call…I think at some point there is going to be – well, maybe not metal in general – but some sort of “rock explosion” again in the next four or five years. There are definitely some good bands out there.

LOM: So you don’t think that in ten years we’ll be only looking at holograms?

BB: Haha! Well, I really don’t like this hologram thing. I’d rather a watch a DVD instead. Fortunately there aren’t that many people interested in that kind of thing. So I don’t think they’d be doing arenas or anything. But, I don’t know, the technology has to improve a lot to make it interesting. I think it’s more a curiosity thing that people want to see it, and I’m not sure if they will continue to go and see it. I don’t know. Personally I don’t like it. There something a bit… wrong with it with me. I’m really not interested in it to be honest, and I don’t think it’s going to be a big thing. Maybe if they did that in Las Vegas and they’d put Elvis on, maybe that work. Though I’m not sure if Elvis would have liked that.

LOM: …Having released twenty-two studio records, many live albums and DVDs and having rocked the world for over forty years, and also with so many colleagues retiring, has it crossed your mind that you’d wish to call it a day in the next couple of years?

BB: Nope, not really, haha. At least not me, personally, maybe some of the other guys have, I don’t know. So hopefully we’ll have a couple of good years ahead of us still…

Read more at Lords Of Metal.

Saxon released their 22nd album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd.


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In 2016, guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore made his much-anticipated return to rock music, with a new line-up of his landmark band Rainbow. They delivered three powerhouse concerts in the UK in 2017, which are now captured on Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow: Memories In Rock II-to be released on April 6th as a 2CD+DVD set, vinyl, and digital formats via Minstrel Hall Music.

Memories In Rock II boasts two CDs of live performances, and a DVD with bonus interview footage only. The setlist includes classic tracks drawing from both Deep Purple and Rainbow, such as Spotlight Kid, I Surrender, Mistreated, Man On The Silver Mountain/Women From Tokyo, Perfect Strangers, Black Night, and Smoke On The Water. Additionally, the set includes Rainbow’s first new single since 1996: Waiting For A Sign, with Ronnie Romero on vocals. This will be released as a digital single on March 16th.

Complementing the live material, Memories In Rock II delivers a backstage pass via a DVD of exclusive interviews with the new line-up – Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie Romero, Jens Johansson (keyboards), Bob Nouveau (bass), Dave Keith (drums), Lady Lynn (backing vocals) and Candice Night (backing vocals, as well as frontwoman of Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night). Rounding out the interviews are the crew members that brought these shows to life.

Fans have waited for the return of Rainbow – a promise that these shows delivered in spades. Blackmore’s blazing fret work and soaring solos once again proved why he remains one of the most respected and celebrated guitarists of all time. For those who were not in attendance on these nights, here’s your ticket: the ultimate Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow LIVE experience!

Memories In Rock II tack listing:


Over The Rainbow
Spotlight Kid
I Surrender
Since You’ve Been Gone
Man On The Silver Mountain / Woman From Tokyo
16th Century Greensleeves
Soldier Of Fortune
Perfect Strangers
Difficult To Cure
All Night Long
Child In Time


Long Live Rock’n’Roll / Lazy
Catch The Rainbow
Black Night
Carry On Jon
Temple Of The King
Smoke On The Water
Waiting For A Sign (brand new song)

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Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and bassist Ian Hill have reflected on the moment guitarist Glenn Tipton told them he couldn’t carry on due to his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.

They exclusively tell Classic Rock, “As we said in the statement, Glenn’s been battling with this for 10 years, he’s been touring for 10 years, writing for 10 years, recording for 10 years – and it was only until last Thursday that he came to the conclusion that it was not going to be,” says frontman Rob Halford.

He continues, “He said, and this is typically Glenn, ‘I can’t do this because it’s not right for the band. If I go out, it’s not right for the band.’ He’s always thought about the band, always thought about the band first, so we know how difficult it was for him to make that decision and I think we were all relieved that he’s been able to find some balance and harmony in making that decision.”

Bassist Ian Hill reports that they went through a similar situation with the guitarist when they were rehearsing for their Redeemer Of Souls tour four years ago and adds, “When he started then, he was shaky, but, as we went through, he was getting better every day.”

He continues, “At the end of the second week, he was ready to go. He put in a superb performance on the last tour, and we were all hoping that was going to happen again. But after the first week, it was obvious to all of us that it wasn’t getting any better.

But Glenn being Glenn, he’s nothing if he’s not a scrapper. He will fight tooth and nail to make it happen and in the middle of last week, in the middle of rehearsals, he had to admit it. We were all hearing this and we were living it with him. We felt every note.

He came in and he made the bravest decision anybody will ever make, saying, ‘I can’t do it any more.’ There wasn’t a dry eye in the control room where we were sitting at the time.

It’s not like he’s been stupid and fell off his motorbike or got whacked out on some drug – it’s not a stupid decision he’s made, he just can’t do it. He said, ‘Guys, my brain is telling my hands to do something and they’re not doing it’ and he had to admit that to himself as well as us.”

Hill confirms that the band will be taking Tipton’s equipment on the road with them so he can join them onstage for some songs, and adds, “When he was doing the album he was fine – he was okay for 10 minutes or so to run through a song. But standing there for two hours and after a while you can see he’s got no stamina there.

But who knows? Strides are being made in medical science all the time, so we’re all hoping and praying that somewhere along the line somebody comes up with something that at least controls his symptoms if nothing else, so he can get out and at least play through a few songs with us on stage.”

Firepower will launch on March 9th through Columbia Records, with tour dates set to commence from mid-March.

source: Classic Rock via

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