DETAILS OF RONNIE JAMES DIO’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL RELEASED

ronniejamesdiomemorialposter2015-640 The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the iconic rock singer, will host a weekend of celebratory activities to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16th, 2010.

The events will take place from May 15-17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, and sponsors so far include: Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 FM The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing, and Western Bagels.

“Today, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is pleased to announce the initial celebrities that will be in attendance at the events, plus select Bowl For Ronnie celebrity bowlers and musicians performing at the memorial and the Ride For Ronnie BBQ at Los Encinos State Park. In addition, That Metal Show‘s Eddie Trunk will be the host for all of the weekend’s events.

Below is a list of celebrities and musicians that will be in attendance of various weekend events. A specific list of attendees confirmed to bowl and BBQ performers will be released prior to the event.

Attendees include: this year’s Best Metal Performance Grammy Award winners Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, rock music legend Eddie Money, Christian Martucci and Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Chris Broderick of Act Of Defiance and formerly of Megadeth, Oni Logan of Lynch Mob, Sean McNabb of Lynch Mob and formerly of Quiet Riot and Dokken, members of Dio (Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Scott Warren), Bjorn Englen of Dio Disciples and formerly of Yngwie Malmsteen, John Payne of ASIA, and many more to be confirmed.

In a band statement, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, state, “Let’s roll some balls in honor of the greatest heavy metal singer of all time!”

As previously announced by Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund co-founder/president Wendy Dio, the weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a Bowl For Ronnie celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ. See below for an updated listing of activities, ticket prices, and other information.

May 15th: Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, this will be an evening of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, bowling with rock stars and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. A silent auction will include collectible bowling pins autographed by artists such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax and Metallica, in addition to many more major items. Music will be provided by KNAC.com’s DJ Will.

Bowling Prices & Incentives Breakdown:
Individual Guest (Non-Bowler)
($50 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza

Individual Bowler
($75 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza, Shoe rental & bowling

Team/ Corporate Lane
($1,500 one lane with 6 bowlers)
Show off your team skills and charitable spirit. Gather your friends or represent your company with this fun package deal. Trophies and bragging rights for the ages. Lane for 6 bowlers including shoe rental, your company or team name added to three day event program, your company or team logo displayed on your lane and throughout event on flat screens, pizza and 2 drink tickets per person. Lane purchase includes 2 VIP party passes, (Additional VIP party passes sold separately up to 6 per lane)

May 16th: Ronnie James Dio Fifth-Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie’s Music
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California 90068

A FREE public memorial service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16th to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Ronnie’s passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to: info@diocancerfund.org

May 17tg: Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and BBQ
Harley-Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, California 91204

Pre-Registered Rider Check-In
On-Site Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kickstands Up at 11:00 a.m.

Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street
Encino, CA 91436

BBQ & Live Music
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rider Registration & BBQ Admission:
Rider $75
Rider & Passenger $120
BBQ General Admission $55

Riders will check in at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, where they can enjoy a continental breakfast with entertainment and prizes provided by The Sound 100.3. The first 200 registered riders will receive a limited edition Ride For Ronnie Challenge Coin! Participants will depart Glendale, traveling the freeways of the north San Fernando Valley, then down the 405 to a BBQ at Los Encinos Historical Park in Encino. The BBQ will feature great food and drink, live music by Ronnie’s former bandmates and friends, raffle prizes, live auction and much more! BBQ-only tickets available to non-riders.

BBQ included for registered riders and passengers. BBQ-only tickets for non-riders are available for advance purchase. Please note: event is subject to sell-out and tickets may not be available at the door. Avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets in advance!

For more information, visit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund at diocancerfund.org.

ROCKLAHOMA DAILY BAND LINEUPS ANNOUNCED; SINGLE DAY TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 22ND

rocklahoma400 The daily band lineups are now available for Rocklahoma–America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party–May 22, 23 and 24 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.

Concertgoers are encouraged to save money by purchasing Rocklahoma weekend tickets now at Rocklahoma.com at noon CST on April 22nd, single day tickets will be available for purchase and weekend ticket prices will increase. Prices will be as follows:

Single Day Ticket: $79.50
Weekend General Admission Ticket: increases from $129 to $159
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: increases from $399 to $499
All Reserved and VIP tickets are now SOLD OUT.

The daily band lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 22nd:

Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Ministry, Apocolyptica, We Are Harlot, Nonpoint, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Wayland, Ivy Stone, Warlock Texas, ASKA, Dead Metal Society, Lynam, Ragdoll, Lola Black, Ruff Justice, Kingdragon, NICNOS, Vilifi, DREK, Kingshifter, Even the Dogs, Sovereign Dame, Kirra

Saturday, May 23rd:

Linkin Park, Volbeat, Halestorm, Anthrax, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Candlebox, In Flames, Periphery, Starset, Crobot, Sons Of Texas, Mycah, Ratchet Dolls, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Loveblast, Station, Lamp Shade Betty, Project Terror, Lovebettie, A Course of Action, The Chimpz, The Heroine, Screaming for Silence, Summit, Arson City, The Jet Set

Sunday, May 24th:

Tesla, Breaking Benjamin, Queensrÿche, Of Mice & Men, The Winery Dogs, Motionless In White, Aranda, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Shaman’s Harvest, Otherwise, Islander, Nasty Habit, Dellacoma, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Delta Rose, Stop, Stop!, London’s Dungeon, Baby Jane, Mine Enemies Fall, Stolen Rhodes, Robert Jon and the Wreck, Motortrain, Balkun Brothers, The Dirtboxwailers, Empire Grey

Those who are camping can kick the weekend off early at the Rocklahoma Campground Pre-Party.

Thursday, May 21st (Campground Pre-Party):

We The Ghost, Longreef, Well Hung Heart, DRYVR, Severmind, Swampfox, Fight the Fade, Dirty Crush, Skytown, ANU

The entry phase of the Miss Rocklahoma competition ends this week, with entries accepted through April 17 at midnight CST at Rocklahoma.com. The top ten entries will be announced on April 22nd at Rocklahoma.com, and fan voting will run from April 22nd-May 8th. Five finalists, named on May 11th, will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2015.

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.

BUMBLEFOOT’S NEW VIDEO “LITTLE BROTHER IS WATCHING” OUT TODAY

Bumblefoo640 Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has released his new video entitled Little Brother Is Watching today. Watch it below.

“The director, Gabriella Loutfi took a real cinematic approach with the song subject” states Bumblefoot. “Rather than showing the current evolution of Orwell’s 1984 “Big Brother,” we turned the clock back to 1984 BC, showing how power struggles for control and order are timeless. The video plays out like chapters of a story – dominating rule, a demand for instant gratification, a revolt and the tables turn. Gabriella gave a ‘tip of the hat’ to pioneer filmmakers like Georges Méliès, often choosing organic methods rather than digital effects. An example is the drowning scenes – long blue and white sheets stretching across a room, each end held by crew, being rippled and waved by hand as the actors would descend between them.”

Bumblefoot’s new album Little Brother Is Watching is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face – beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.

Little Brother Is Watching track listing:

1. Clots
2. Little Brother Is Watching
3. Argentina
4. Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore
5. Livin’ The Dream
6. Cuterebra
7. Higher
8. Women Rule The World
9. Sleepwalking
10. Eternity
11. Never Again

For more information, check out Bumblefoot’s web properties:

bumblefoot.com
twitter.com/bumblefoot
facebook.com/bumblefoot
instagram.com/bumblefoot
youtube.com/Bumblefoot
reverbnation.com/bumblefoot

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SKID ROW RE-RECORD “18 & LIFE” WITH NEW SINGER TONY HARNELL, LISTEN TO IT HERE

skidrowwtonyharnell640 On April 6th, Skid Row band members Dave “The Snake” Sabo and Rachel Bolan officially announced former TNT frontman, Tony Harnell, as their new lead singer on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live.

In another Eddie Trunk Live first, Eddie premiered the Harnell version of 18 & Life on his April 13th show. Listen to it below.

“I’m so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans,” enthused Harnell in the band’s announcement of the switch. “The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It’s time to rock!”

additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com

JON BON JOVI TO STAR IN, AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE, THE REALITY SHOW “IF I WASN’T A ROCK STAR”

jonbonjoviprofile400 Jon Bon Jovi will return to his hometown for an upcoming reality show in the US.

If I Wasn’t A Rock Star will follow artists as they go back to where they grew up to see how their lives would be different if they hadn’t made it in the music industry.

Bon Jovi, who will also serve as an executive producer on the series, tells Variety, “I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of the US. They are the real rock stars.”

Fellow executive producer Bob Weinstein adds, “The series will offer music fans a chance to see their favorite stars as they’ve never imagined them before. We can’t wait to see what other amazing talent comes on board.”

Bon Jovi has appeared on the small screen several time previously, starring in Ally McBeal, the West Wing, Sex And The City and 30 Rock.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

SLAYER, KING DIAMOND, HELLYEAH AND OTHERS JOIN UP FOR THE 2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

slayer2013lineup_lo Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange, Kissing Candice make up the bill for the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday April 17th, 2015 at 10:00am Local Time. General admission festival and lawn tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 Hours of onsale.

The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival enters its eighth year with another fantastic heavy metal and hard rock line-up, featuring 13 bands performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage and the Victory Records Stage.

The Rockstar Energy Drink main stage will feature some of the most ground-breaking heavy bands of all time, spanning the originating years of heavy metal to today! The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records Stage will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.

Kerry King, guitarist of Rockstar Energy Drink main satge headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T F–KIN’ MISS IT.”

Rockstar Energy Drink main stage performer and heavy metal hellion King Diamond states, “This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage – it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I’m not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around Dreams of Horror. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You’re all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!”

“It has been eight years and it feels like it started just yesterday. We are so excited about this year’s lineup and having the mighty Slayer back in support of a new album. In addition, the first time for King Diamond and Hellyeah will be awesome, as well as The Devil Wears Prada’s first time on the Main Stage. The Victory Stage has amazing bands and will play throughout the day. Heavy music is thriving in America and we are excited to be a part of it,” state John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival producers.

Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival go on sale beginning April 17th at 10:00am local time. Please note – Houston, TX tickets go on sale on April 24th at 10:00am local time. General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 hours of onsale (while supplies last).

The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.

2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival dates:

6/26 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 – Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater

7/1 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
7/7 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs
7/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/10 – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 – Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/17 – Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
7/21 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
7/24 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/26 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheatre

8/1 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater

* Lineups in each city may vary.

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TWISTED SISTER FRONTMAN DEE SNIDER IS ANGRY ABOUT DRUMMER A.J.PERO’S DEATH, SAYS “HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DIE”

deesnider400 Mike Tuttle of WebProNewse reports:

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is angry. And you should know why.

A.J. Pero, drummer and original member of Twisted Sister died of a heart attack, Dee Snider took the loss very hard. He was on vacation, and flew back home to deal with the loss.

When approached at the airport as he landed the day after Pero’s death, Dee Snider told reporters:

“I’m coming home to sad news. My drummer died of a heart attack yesterday. He had a massive heart attack in his sleep, and we lost him. First member of the band to die. You don’t [replace him]. I mean, will we continue to play? Probably, for his family, ’cause his family will benefit from us playing, financially. But of the all five original members of Twisted Sister, he’s the first one we lost.”

Since that statement, an autopsy told the tale of A.J. Pero’s underlying health problems. Dee Snider is now angry that Pero has left behind a family that needs to be cared for when he did not need to leave this world so soon.

“I just gotta say, people ask me how I feel about A.J.’s passing, and quite honestly I’m going through a real period of anger right now about it. He’s a great guy, and I loved him dearly. But he had a history of heart disease, his family did. His father died in his early 60’s of heart disease. And A.J. never had himself checked out. And when they did the autopsy, he had 95% blockage on his aortas, advanced heart disease. And he didn’t have to die. And I feel it’s like basically irresponsible behavior on his part. He had two ex-wives, an ex-girlfriend of 19 years. He had four kids he left behind. You know, you have a responsibility as a parent, as an adult to get yourself checked out. So people, please, get yourself checked out. There’s no reason for people to die of heart disease in this day and age.”

Twisted Sister was already talking about calling it quits after 40 years. But they had planned on going out with a bang, with all five original members still on board. Now they have a replacement drummer filling A.J Pero’s drum throne.

EDDIE’S INTERVIEW WITH THIN LIZZY GUITARIST SCOTT GORHAM DISCUSSING THE BAND’S LIVE ALBUM, “THIN LIZZY-STILL DANGEROUS,” POSTED ONLINE

thinlizzystilldangerous640 23Drumhead recently posted on old interview that Eddie had conducted with Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham on youtube.

They were discussing the 2009 Thin Lizzy release, Thin Lizzy – Still Dangerous, which was a live album recorded at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia in 1977. Listen to the interview below.

In related Scott Gorham news, Black Star Riders recently announced some tour dates for April, to see the itinerary, and four videos from the band, please click here.

ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER, POST VIDEO FOR “FALL OF THE EMPIRE” ONLINE

acceptblindrage640 Accept have announced a new guitarist and drummer, ending months of speculation, they are Uwe Lulis on guitar and Christopher Williams on drums. German guitarist Uwe is best known for his work with Rebellion and Grave Digger and American drummer Christopher has worked with many bands and artists including Kid Rock, Lee Greenwood, and Peter Stroud.

Watch a video for Fall Of The Empire below.

Accept will be starting their tour on April 18th in Chihuahua, Mexico and currently winding down on December 12th in Geiselwind, Germany. Thus far no North American dates have been announced.

BABYMETAL SIGNS WITH RAL/SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM TO BE RE-RELEASED IN THE U.S.

babymetal640 Babymetal–the Japan-based all-girl-fronted “Kawaii Metal” (mix of J-Pop Idol and Heavy Metal) group–has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of their 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album’s re-release will feature two bonus tracks (cover art and tracklisting below) and be available digitally on Tuesday, May 12th and physically on Tuesday, June 16th.

Says Bill Richards, VP of Marketing at RAL/Sony Music Entertainment, “After witnessing the band’s sold-out New York show, we knew we wanted to be involved. The core metal fans and metal press seem to get Babymetal, which shows how the language of music transcends boundaries. They hit all the entertainment buttons and are really fun to watch.”

Since forming in 2010, Babymetal–the young trio of 17-year-old Su-Metal (Vocal, Dance) and 15-year-olds Yuimetal (Scream, Dance)and Moametal (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal–have already achieved two major debut singles: Ijime, Dame, Zetta! and Megistune, both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album Babymetal also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart The official live music video for their debut album’s lead single Gimme Chocolate!! has garnered over 24.5 million views on YouTube. Watch it below. Now the band will re-release their chart-topping debut album via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment.

Babymetal Death track listing:

Megitsune
Gimme Chocolate!!
line!
Akatsuki
Doki Doki ☆ Morning
Onedari Daisakusen
Song 4
Uki Uki ★ Midnight
Catch me if you can
Rondo of Nightmare
Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
Ijime, Dame, Zettai

*Road of Resistance
*Gimme Chocolate!!-(Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

*Bonus tracks

Babymetal’s The Dark Knights Begin world tour 2015 dates here:

5/9 Circo Volador Mexico City, Mexico
5/12 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada
5/14 House of Blues Chicago, IL
5/16 Rock of the Range Columbus, OH
5/29 Rockavaria Munich, Germany
5/30 Roc Im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Germany

6/1 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
6/3 X-Tra Zurich, Switzerland
6/5 Estragon Club Bologna, Italy
6/6 Rock In Vienna Vienna, Austria
6/21 Makuhari Messe Chiba, Japan

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