GUITAR CENTER AND DIRECTV FEATURE ICONIC GUITARIST SLASH IN ORIGINAL TWO-PART DOCUMENTARY AND LIVE CONCERT EVENT

Slashandcompany Guitar Center and DirectTV announced a two-part documentary and live concert event examining the life and music of Grammy Award-winning guitarist Slash. With a world tour on the horizon and his new album World On Fire debuting in the top ten and garnering worldwide critical acclaim, the iconic guitarist remains one of the leading influences in music.

In a 90-minute live concert event – Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip –viewers get a front row seat to Slash’s recent show at one of Hollywood’s most iconic venues, The Roxy, as part of Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound, the special features songs from SLASH’s recently released album World on Fire as well as classic Guns’N’Roses and Velvet Revolver hits. The concert brings a rock legend back to the stages where his career began: The Sunset Strip.

The concert special leads into a 90-minute documentary directed by Martyn Atkins that takes viewers into the studio with the rock legend, combining new and archival footage with interviews from the artists and colleagues that influenced his incredible career. Tracing the rock icon’s incredible journey, SLASH Raised on the Sunset Strip covers his childhood in both England and California’s Laurel Canyon, his discovery of the guitar and arrival on the Sunset Strip, his meteoric rise with Guns’N’Roses, the evolution of Velvet Revolver, Slash’s solo career and his current band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Slash speaks in intricate detail about his drive and approach to the craft, successes, challenges, influences and collaborations with multiple artists. Interviews with rock legends including Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Nikki Six, Duff McKagan, Steven Alder, Matt Sorum, Jerry Cantrell, Lemmy, Dave Mustaine, Marc Canter, Alan Niven, SLASH’s wife Perla Hudson and more reveal the stories of how it all came to be and, more importantly, where he’s heading.

Watch the trailer below.

Air Date Schedule:

November 7th at 9pm Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip
November 13th at 10pm Slash Raised on the Sunset Strip

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JOE PERRY’S “ROCKS: MY LIFE IN AND OUT OF AEROSMITH” SITS IN THE TOP TEN OF THE NY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST FOR INITIAL TWO WEEKS

joeperry400 Since its October 7th release, Joe Perry’s Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith (Simon & Schuster) has spent its initial two weeks on the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. Rocks entered the charts at #8 and remained in the Top Ten (#10) in week two. In the book, Perry shares–with total candor and without apology–what life is like as the lead guitarist and co-head writer of Aerosmith.

Perry has been in high demand, completing a cross-country book tour with multiple nights in New York, his Boston hometown (three in-stores), Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles and a stop at The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. He has been equally busy with top-tier broadcast appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, Tavis Smiley, and Larry King alongside popular national radio including Howard Stern and Imus In The Morning.

Joe Perry will be Eddie’s guest this Friday (October 31st) on his 104.3Q FM show. Audio will also be available through Eddie’s podcast on iTunes and PodcastOne.

ARMORED SAINT SINGER JOHN BUSH CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM FOR NEXT YEAR

armoredsaint640 Armored Saint have signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of the band’s next studio album, due in 2015, reports Blabbermouth.

“We have been with Metal Blade for the last three records now,” singer John Bush said during an appearance on Inside Metal with host Bob Nalbandian. “[Metal Blade head honcho] Brian [Slagel] is awesome. Without Brian, there would, basically, not be Armored Saint, quite frankly; there would not be a band. I mean, for him I think it’s a labor of love. He’s not looking to go out and buy a new house in Miami Beach with the revenue that he’s gonna get from Armored Sait. He does it ’cause he cares, and he wants it, and he believes in us, and he knows that he likes the music that we’re making, and we’re extremely honored and happy that he does that.”

Regarding the progress of the next CD, Bush stated, “We’ve been writing songs for about a year, a year and a couple months, maybe, and we’re about ready to do drums. Everything’s done a little differently these days, as far as recording-wise. But a lot of vocals have been already sung. And it’s gonna be awesome.”

He continued, “[Bassist] Joey [Vera] is gonna produce. He’s just really coming into his own as far as a jack of all trades, and a master. He’s awesome. He’s a great writer. He’s very, very meticulous in the way he does everything, and he gets the job done. He’s written some great stuff. And we have an awesome camaraderie as far as writing together. I’m proud of what we’re doing, I think it’s gonna be a cool record. We don’t have a title yet, but it will come out next year, and then we’ll do some shows.”

Armored Saint’s new album will feature the following songs, among others:

* Win Hands Down
* Mess
* Muscle Memory
* An Exercise In Debauchery
* In An Instant
* Up Yours

Speaking about the song Up Yours, Bush said, “It’s gonna be a great song. [It’s got a] very big anthem-type vibe to it. It’s not gonna sound anything like Can U Deliver, but if there was a vibe that just kind of felt like that, it’s this song. And it’s cool. It’s got a cool title and a fun chorus that you can sing along to.”

Watch John Bush’s interview on Inside Metal below.

additional source: blabbermouth.net

EXTREME GUITAR TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING: ULI JON ROTH, VINNIE MOORE, CRAIG GOLDY, AMONG OTHERS HITTING THE ROAD IN JANUARY

ulijonroth,vinnemooretour640 The Paramour Group, and JAAB Productions, are proud to announce the 2015 XG Extreme Guitar Tour featuring members of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, DIO, MSG, Rainbow, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Scorpions, UFO & Yngwie Malmsteen.

XG Tour includes performances by guitar greats Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy and introducing new act, Black Knights Rising. Black Knights Rising features: Craig Goldy (guitar), Vinnie Appice (drums), Mark Boals (vocals), Allesandro Bertoni (keyboards) and Elliot Rubinson (bass).

Special guests Joe Lynn Turner* (Rainbow, Deep Purple) & shredding Shrapnel Records recording artist Joey Tafolla* (Jag Panzer & solo artist) will perform at select shows.

Drumming for Uli Jon Roth will be Kofi Baker, son of Cream drummer Ginger Baker.

Elliot Rubinson, CEO of Dean Guitars will be featured on bass during the performances of all three guitarists.

Confirmed dates listed below with more to be announced soon! Canadian rockers Old James will be special guests on all shows.

1/21 San Diego, CA – Ramona Main Stage*
1/22 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues*
1/23 Hollywood, CA – House of Blues*
1/24 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d*
1/25 San Jose, CA – Rock Bar Theater
1/26 Portland, OR – Tonic
1/27 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
1/30 Spring Lake Park, MN – POVS
1/31 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
2/1 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
2/8 NYC, NY – BB Kings

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET BORED….

ac:dcwithbon640 Hi all. I very rarely post in this section, but the mood struck me.

The other day I was quite bored and looking for something valid and interesting to fill that void. I ran across my AC/DC Plug Me In DVD box set, which I had not watched in quite some time. One of the many performances featured on first DVD is a live show from the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland dated April 1978. I was amazed by how great the band sounded, and how the songs, in my opinion, did not sound dated.

I thought I would share this vintage gem of Dog Eat Dog from that very show. The lyrics, like many that Bon wrote, are ingenious, quite comical and contain little contradictions such as, “That’s a lie, [hey] that’s the truth.”

So, I hope this video brings you all some warm memories, smiles to your faces and gets your blood pumping.

Enjoy and cheers.

ACCORDING TO SINGER KLAUS MEINE, THE SCORPIONS WILL WELCOME DRUMMER KOTTAK BACK AFTER REHAB

scorpions400 Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine says the band want drummer James Kottak to return from rehab as the “great guy” they remember. Also, Meine revealed Kottak will play drums on the band’s upcoming new album and take part in next year’s tour.

Kottak was jailed in Dubai after a drunken episode this year and his position in the band was unclear after they told him to sort himself out.

However, now Meine confirms that the band will stand by the drummer. The new album will be out early next year, with a tour to follow.

Meine tells Crazyscorps, “Of course we want James back. We said to him, ‘The door is open for you to come back. But first it’s up to you and you have to take care of yourself. Take it serious, go through a serious rehab.’

James will play the drums on the new album. Recording will place in Stockholm coming up very soon. I think James is doing everything to prepare himself to be in great shape and to be back next year for the tour.

We want to give him an outlook into a positive future and to help and support him through these difficult times. We are constantly in touch with James.”

As previously reported, the band planned to retire after their farewell tour, but changed their minds after “having too much fun to put down the guitars.”

Listen to Meine’s entire interview with Crazyscorps below.

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

SLAYER SPOOF MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY CAR COMMERICAL

slayer2013lineup_lo Slayer have released a youtube clip spoofing actor Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln car commerical. Watch it below.

Slayer will be hitting the road with Suicidal Tendencies in November. See their tour itinerary below.

November:

11 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
12 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
14 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
15 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
17 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
18 ACL Live, Austin, TX
19 Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
21 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
22 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
25 The Armory, Albany, NY
26 Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
28 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
29 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

December:

2 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
4 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
5 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

WATCH SLASH ON “THE WALKING DEAD” AFTERSHOW “TALKING DEAD” THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, ALSO WATCH “LIVE FROM THE ROXY” TO AIR EXCLUSIVELY ON DIRECTV NOVEMBER 7TH

Slashtophat400 Tune in this Sunday, October 26th at 10/9c to AMC TV’s live The Walking Dead after-show Talking Dead to watch iconic, Grammy-winning artist Slash join host Chris Hardwick, along with a Walking Dead cast member and guest Mary Lynn Rajskub. They will discuss The Walking Dead’s new episode Four Walls and A Roof (Season 5, Episode 3). Fans can submit questions during the live broadcast at amctv.com/shows/talking-dead. Questions will be broadcast and discussed by Chris and Slash on the show. On Monday, October 27th visit TalkingDead.com to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode. Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC.

On September 16th 2014, Slash and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators unleashed their Top Ten new album World On Fire to worldwide acclaim. The new album marks Slash’s third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten and achieved over 12 Top Ten debuts around the world. The title track and first single World On Fire has ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. World On Fire is Slash’s third solo recording and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass), and was released on Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International which is distributed through Caroline.

On September 23rd, 25th and 26th, Slash and his band performed three sold-out shows at legendary clubs in Hollywood at The Troubadour, The Roxy (filmed for TV) and The Whisky A Go Go. On Friday, November 7th at 9 p.m., Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live From the Roxy will air as a 90-minute concert special for broadcast exclusively on national television via DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239). Presented by musician retailer Guitar Center, the full concert was filmed in 4k and 5.1 surround sound and is packed with songs spanning SLASH’s storied career including material World On Fire as well as Guns N’ Roses. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators launch their European tour on November 11th. Expect more U.S. dates to be announced for early 2015.

NEW BAND ANNOUNCEMENT, THE REVOLUTION SAINTS, FEATURING JACK BLADES, DOUG ALDRICH AND DEEN CASTRONOVO

dougaldrichrevolutionsaints640 The Revolution Saints, a new band featuring Jack Blades on bass (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) Doug Aldrich on guitars (Whitesnake) and Deen Castronovo on drums/vocals (Bad English, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne) has been signed to Frontiers Records.

According to their Facebook page, “this is not going to be your average rock ‘n roll album. It is a record that brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Or more simply, it is completely badass.

The project was initially the vision of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for the president of the label. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process happened in Portland, OR during the summer of 2014.

Revolution Saints’ music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today.”

For more information, please visit facebook.com/RevolutionSaints.

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OZZY OSBOURNE SAYS HE HOPES DRUMMER BILL WARD CAN “CAN GET HIS STUFF TOGETHER” FOR A PROPER BLACK SABBATH FAREWELL

OzzyOsbourne400 Full Metal Jackie of Loudwire spoke with the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, about his Memoirs of a Madman CD and DVD compilation Black Sabbath and Randy Rhoads. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Loudwire: Ozzy, there’s a lot of really cool stuff on the Memoirs of a Madman DVD that fans will love. What emotions does all that footage bring up?

Ozzy: Well to be perfectly truthful, the video I am not as big on watching myself be interviewed. It’s something I’ve always felt. To the music side, it was a chore in itself because I’ve got so much stuff to choose from throughout the range of my career. I know people are like, “Why didn’t you do this one? Why didn’t you do that one?” I can’t please everyone. I did the best I could, but it’s not a bad package. And the reason why I did it. Since I have been doing the Black Sabbath thing, fans have been going, “Oh is it the end of the Ozzy thing?” It is like, “No.” It is to let people know that I am still actively doing a solo career. With the Black Sabbath tour and another Black Sabbath album, but that’s the last thing I’m going to do with Black Sabbath and then I am going to go back to being solo again.

Loudwire: A singer is only as good as the musicians around him. You’ve always surrounded yourself with the best. Over the years, how have the players in your band pushed you to be the best singer you can be?

Ozzy: Well it just seems to happen. Zakk [Wylde] was with me longer than anybody. He was the longest player with me, ever. But as I am getting older time goes by so quickly. Sharon and I went to dinner with Zakk and his wife, it’s like family. Randy Rhoads was something special. He was a special guy. Just sad he’s no longer with us. Jake E. Lee was great.

Loudwire: You recently revealed that Sabbath would release one more album and do another tour. Have you already started writing?

Ozzy: No, we are going to start in the New Year. I can’t really give you [an answer] because I haven’t spoken to them yet. Rather, I have texted Tony he is getting new riffs. I am not worried because Tony Iommi is the best guy in the world for coming up with heavy metal riffs.

Loudwire: Is there a timeline for the record or the tour?

Ozzy: I haven’t discussed it with anyone yet. I left him alone for a while because the last thing we did, the tour he was diagnosed with lymphoma. So, I didn’t want to worry him. I didn’t want to put pressure on him.

Loudwire [On the Memoirs of a Madman] there’s a concert in there from Rochester with Randy Rhoads on guitar that was filmed back in 1981. What kind of emotions did seeing Randy stir up?

Ozzy: You know I’ve seen that piece from Rochester so many times, I get sad. He was a great guy. He was a great player. It seemed like he’d be with me forever and he was only with me for a couple of years. Sharon and I still go see his mom from time to time. She is old now, she is in her 90s. But it’s the kind of responsibility because I feel somewhat kind of responsible because for the fact that he had not been with me he might still be alive. I know you can’t live like that. But I feel sad. He was a great guy.

Loydwire: Do you remember clearly when you first found him?

Ozzy: Yeah well, not first. When I first found him I was drunk in Los Angeles in a hotel room. And this guy said I got this fantastic guitar player you won’t believe it. This little guy came into my room, 11 o’clock at night. I saw him, at first I thought is that he was a girl. He was so little then. I heard him play and I was like wow! I couldn’t believe how amazing he was.

Read more at Loudwire.

In related news, Osbourne recently told Esquire,”If this is Black Sabbath’s last hurrah, then we’ll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was fucked up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst. The only thing sad about it is I hope Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because one of the biggest things I’m proud of in my life was that Black Sabbath wasn’t a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one.”

The singer adds that once Sabbath call it quits, he will go right back to his solo career because he can’t juggle the two projects at one time.

He says: “I’m not one of these guys to do my solo stuff one night and Black Sabbath the next. I can’t do that. It’s too much to handle. So with the Sabbath thing, the record company wants us to do one more record, and we’ve decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff. And that’s why I released Memoirs Of A Madman, to let people out there know I’m still functioning as a solo artist.”

sources: loudwire.com and esquire.com