GUITARIST RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES TEASER FOR LIVE DVD

Richie Kotzen KOS Guitarist, singer, songwriter Richie Kotzen has released an 18 minute preview of his upcoming solo live DVD, see it below.

Kotzen says, “Something that’s going to be appearing soon is a live DVD. I’ve got a very rough cut here – so rough that you can see the time code – but I figured, why not share a little sneak-peek of what’s to come?”

The guitarist issued his 20th solo album, Cannibals, on January 8th. Videos for the songs You, Cannibals and In An Instant, can be found on the site, here and here.

The Winery Dogs – also featuring bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy – plan to record their second album in May and they’re eyeing a late summer release.

Kotzen says, “In my studio and I’m holding a stack of paper. This paper contains song lyrics that will eventually become Winery Dogs songs. I’ve been working well – I’ve got almost five here.”

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DRUMMER DAVE LOMBARDO AND GUITARIST JOHN 5 ON THIS WEEK’S “THAT METAL SHOW”

Thatmetalshowlogo With Season 14 of That Metal Show already making history (the Season 14 premiere was the second most watched Season Premiere in the history of the series) VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns with an all-new episode this Saturday at 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT. This week Philm drummer and “the godfather of double bass drumming” Dave Lombardo stops by the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. The ex-Slayer drum maestro discusses his musical influences, how he never warms up before he performs, and that he feels better than ever now that he’s 50. The hosts ask Dave about his much publicized departure from Slayer and if he’d ever consider a possible reunion, to which Dave replies, “Let’s just say if you see me on stage with Slayer again, then all of the issues have been resolved.”

The episode also features guitar hero, John 5, making his return and doing double duty both as an interviewed guest and as the guest musician. John 5 updates the hosts on the latest developments with his trio, John 5 & The Creatures recording with Rob Zombie and later hitting the road him, and about his long friendship with David Lee Roth and the album they recorded together that’s yet to be released. Or, “that’s only been heard by two people. Dave and John.”

Dave Lombardo and John 5 both get candid when they Put It On The Table this week and they both even have the same answer for one of the questions. Eddie regains his dominance with Stump The Trunk and Take It Or Leave It has the guys discussing the latest trend of musicians having multiple side projects. The TMS Top 5 discusses the hosts’ Top 5 Best Side Projects, and it’s Marilyn Manson vs. Rob Zombie for the battle of the better showman in the Throwdown.

Motörhead checks-in from the recording studio via the Metal Modem. Lemmy, Phil Campbell, and MIkkey Dee update us on the new album the band is currently recording. They also tease an upcoming US tour in August that will end with the second voyage of Motörhead’s Motörboat at the end of September.

Fans can watch previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and the new VH1 app.

Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp.

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KISS PERFORMS ACOUSTIC SET AT FAN MEET-AND-GREET IN JAPAN

KISS400 KISS fans who paid for VIP tickets on March 3rd at the Tokyo Dome in Japan were able to watch the band perform a small acoustic set during soundcheck which included a version of the 1962 blues song You Shook Me. Video footage of the performance can be seen below.







KISS Ultimate Experience acoustic live set list was:

1. Comin’ Home
2. Christine Sixteen
3. Hard Luck Woman
4. If I Fell (The Beatles)
5. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles)
6. Calling Dr Love
7. Sukiyaki (Kyu Sakamoto)
8. Got to Choose
9. You Shook Me (Led Zeppelin)
10. Beth

DRUMMER STEVEN ALDER SAYS HE WOULD LOVE TO DO A GUNS N’ ROSES REUNION TOUR

stevenadler400 Original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was a guest on the March 2nd episode of Eddie Trunk Live and proudly proclaimed, “I have 423 days sober.”

Adler went on to say, “The whole reunion thing, I would love to do it just because there’s two decades of new fans who’ve never seen what the magic was. I would love to be able to show them, but you know, that’s Axl’s call.” When asked if he had Axl’s email address, Adler replied, “No, I don’t even have his phone number. I can’t text him. I just say prayers for him; I have no idea what he’s doing. I hope he’s well.”

The last time Adler spoke to Axl was “in Las Vegas in 2006… we drank a $3000 bottle of tequila, we hugged and we made our amends to each other. It was wonderful! I hadn’t seen him for 15 years before that so it was really nice just to be in the room with him. I just keep hearing that he has this thing with Slash. I hope not cause it’s too old already. Time goes on, we’re too old. We’ve got to move on. If he has resentments, I hope he doesn’t, that’s all. I love him and I love all those guys.”

Listen to the interview in its entirety below.

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BRUCE DICKINSON HEALTH UPDATE, “OPTIMISTIC FOR A FULL RECOVERY”

brucedickinson400 As previously reported, Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson, is currently undergoing treatments for a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue.

Rod Smallwood, the band’s manager, has posted an update on Dickinson’s progress via the band’s website. It reads:

“Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.

Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on this website at the appropriate time, probably in late May.

After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.

Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated.”

“THAT METAL SHOW” HOSTS INTERVIEW WITH HNGN POSTED ONLINE, READ EXCERPTS HERE

ThatMetalShow Hosts640(Colin Douglas Gray) copy Michael Lello of HNGN spoke with That Metal Show hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson.Highlights from the interview appear below.

HNGN: What was your mindset heading into the first-ever episode of That Metal Show in 2008? Did you worry that it might not work?

Don Jamieson: Yes, we thought it might not work (laughs). And every time we get done with a season, we still think “Does this work? Is anyone watching, are we doing OK?” But our fans have been super loyal to us, and we’re metalheads too, we’re the same way.

Eddie Trunk: I remember the one thing for me that I was thinking of is, the way VH1 does their deals is that you have to sign a contract before you do a pilot that has everything in place assuming it gets picked up, so you don’t just do a contract for a pilot, you do a contract for like four seasons. And I just remember thinking, “If this thing doesn’t get picked up, all I’m left with is a big, fat lawyer bill,” because it had to be fully negotiated out. But I had a history with this channel since 2002 and I had been pitching this show for like five years, so when we got to the point where we actually did a pilot, and I knew having Don and Jim attached to it – we were friends already – I felt pretty good that it was going to go, that unless we really fell on our faces we had a good chance to succeed.

HNGN: You’ve had some of the most famous people in hard rock and heavy metal sit in those guest chairs. But who has turned down your invitations?

ET: ….there’s a couple [of] guys who’ve eluded us. The only people who won’t do the show because of some sort of outstanding issues, whatever is in their head, is Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley [of KISS], and our door has always been open to them, but they’re a little sensitive to stuff or whatever, and that’s unfortunate because their fans watch this show and would love to see them, and hopefully one day they’ll come around to do it. We’ve had the other two [former] members of KISS and we just do what we do. Again, the same thing for some reasons that aren’t even truly clear, Ozzy won’t do the show, but the other members of Sabbath have been on; we’ve had Bill Ward, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi.

You can’t worry about that stuff. Hopefully people come around and they figure it out and they realize that we’re music fans, we’re having fun, and we don’t love every single thing every one of our favorite bands has ever done – very few people do – but we’re real and honest about it, and the best guests are the ones that get that and come on and mix it up with us. Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony [formerly of Van Halen]; Rob Halford [of Judas Priest]; Lars Ulrich [of Metallica]. We have so much fun with those guys.

Eddie Van Halen we’d love to have, but he doesn’t do any press, practically. Jimmy Page [of Led Zeppelin] we’d love to have, but Jimmy’s afraid of the metal tag, even though we’ve had a ton of like rock artists on. We’ve had Paul Rodgers [of Free and Bad Company] on, we’ve had Mick Jones [of Foreigner] on, we’ve had a very wide net.

JF: It would be perfect timing for Jimmy Page to come on with all the re-mastered Zeppelin stuff coming out. If we don’t get him in this window, we’re never getting him.

ET: Jimmy Page doesn’t need us, but it would be nice if he came around.

HNGN: What was your first hard rock or metal concert? What was the best one you’ve seen?

JF: Mine was Black Sabbath and Van Halen at Madison Square Garden. Ozzy was still in the band, and Van Halen had their first record out. Best one was…I don’t know. I’ve seen so many good shows over the years. Sabbath reunion in ’99 at the Meadowlands was huge because I never thought they’d get back together, and Pantera was opening too.

DJ: The first concert I ever saw was Judas Priest and Iron Maiden at Asbury Park, Maiden opening on the Killers tour, Judas Priest on the Point of Entry Tour.

ET: I was there too.

DJ: We were all there and we didn’t know each other.

JT: I got thrown out for throwing a smoke bomb during the encore.

DJ: So that was my very first concert, and the best one was honestly the Black Ice tour by AC/DC at Giants Stadium. I gotta say, man, two and a half hours, it just blew me away. I don’t even want to go see AC/DC this time around, that show was just so unbelievable.

ET: I don’t know if I could ever say a favorite, I could never narrow it down, but the first show I ever saw was certainly a favorite and was insanely impactful, and that was KISS at the Garden, Dec. 16, 1977. A band called Piper opened, which was Billy Squier’s first band who I still love to this day, and here I am, KISS, the Alive II tour, I’m 13 at that point, and it was a game changer. I remember little parts of it, but that was the moment that just set me off on going crazy with rock music.

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GUITAR MASTER MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO TO RELEASE COMPILATION ENTITLED “SHRED FORCE 1″

Michael Angelo Batio640y Considered to be a pioneer of the “shred guitar” genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective entitled, Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio. The new album is slated for release on April 14th through Rat Pak Records. Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio not only highlights Michael’s best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael’s most memorable performances including a dynamic version of Rush’s What You’re Doing, which features Queensrÿche vocalist Todd LaTorre, Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, Metal Church/TSO drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell. An official audio stream of What You’re Doing can be heard below.

There is also a cover of Deep Purple’s Burn with Queensrÿche vocalist Todd LaTorre and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also consists of Michael’s tributes to Eric Clapton (Slowhand), Randy Rhoads (RRR) that features Rudy Sarzo on bass, and a new version of MAB’s unique tribute (Diamond) to the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of Pantera, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensrÿche. The album also includes some of MAB’s most notable instrumental tracks such as, 8 Pillars of Steel with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy, Juggernaut showcases ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo. Michael Angelo Batio’s Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio is a must have for all fans of the shred guitar genre.

“I feel that Shred Force 1 is the culmination of my best musical work,” exclaims Batio. “These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!”

Track Listing For Shred Force 1: The Essential MAB:

1. Hands Without Shadows (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky)
2. Burn (featuring Todd LaTorre and Mark Tremonti)
3. Juggernaut (Featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo)
4. What You’re Doing (featuring Todd LaTorre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate and Craig Blackwell)
5. 8 Pillars of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, Craig Goldy)
6. Call To Arms (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
7. 2X Again
8. Slowhand (Featuring Warren Dunlevy Jr.)
9. Diamond (featuring Michael Wilton, Elliott Dean Rubinson)
10. Rainforest
11. Gotta Run (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
12. No Boundaries
13. RRR (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock)

Bonus Tracks (Digital Version Only):

14. I Pray The Lord
15. Peace

Pre-order bundles are now available at ShredForce1.com or ratpakrecords.com/michaelangelobatio.

EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES AC/DC PLAYING COACHELLA, INTERVIEWING KISS AND THE CRAZIEST THING HE HAS EVER SEEN AT A METAL SHOW

eddieoverkilltshirt400 Bella Elbaum of Monsters and Critics spoke with Eddie. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Monsters and Critics: How do you feel about AC/DC headlining this years Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival? How do you think they’ll do?

Eddie Trunk: There’s not a lot of other bands at that festival that are gonna be of any great interest to AC/DC fans. But AC/DC is so big that they transcend hard rock at this point. So, I think it will do just fine. I think that there will be a ton of people for them. There’s a lot of AC/DC fans that if they go are gonna show up just to see them the one day they are playing. Maybe, also now that there have been some other shows announced just saying, okay, we’ll just go to those. It’s not really an AC/DC fans bill outside of AC/DC. They can work on any sort of bill because they cross over to so many genres now. I think the real AC/DC fan is waiting to go to their own show or them to be at a festival that is a bit more cohesive with that genre of music.

Monsters and Critics: When you first started in VH1 you had an interview with KISS. I know that they were one of the bands that started and prompted your love for heavy rock and metal. How did it feel to be able to interview a band that has been such a significant part of your life?

Eddie Trunk: You’re right they were the band that really started it all for me as a fan, and I had done a number of interviews with them over the years. Two of the original members Ace and Peter are close friends to this day, and Ace was the first signing I ever had when I worked for Megaforce back in 1987. I’ve had a great friendship with those guys. Although I’ve interviewed Gene and Paul and done some scattered stuff with them over the years. I never really had the chance to do the in depth interview that I would like to with those guys. Because of my relationship with Gene and Paul and because of some very erroneous information in their heads, they don’t work with me and don’t interview with me and don’t come on my shows, and that’s unfortunate. Maybe because their audience watches my show and wants to see them on my show more than anything.

That opportunity just hasn’t been there and they just for whatever reason won’t do it. Life goes on, there’s nothing you can do, you hope that they come around one day and decide to do it. The times that I did do interviews with them it was interesting. I would still like to one day get into a real in depth interview, because it is one of my favorite bands who meant a lot to me, and I’d like to talk about the stuff I like and the stuff I don’t like and have an intelligent discussion and debate about their entire history. The good, the bad the not so good. They’re very much the sort of band that you have to fall in line with what they want you to do on any given moment and if you deviate from what they’re trying to sell at the moment they don’t want to deal with you. Again, hopefully one day it will come around and change, but for the most part I’ve got the memories of the things that we did. For the most part they were all really fun.

Monsters and Critics: What was the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a metal show?

Eddie Trunk: There’s two. I remember going to England for the very first time which was in 1987 to what use to be called Monsters of Rock and is now called Download. I went there with Anthrax, I was working with them at the time. They played the main festival stage, and I just remember them playing and seeing this mosh pit form. That was like nothing I had ever seen before. This sea of people in this circle, and I was standing on the side of the stage looking out. I was actually working Scott Ian’s video camera for him, and kept pointing to me from the stage to shoot out there because he couldn’t believe it either. I remember just being overwhelmed and seeing that many people react to that band like that. I thought it was amazing.

I also saw Marilyn Manson play on their very first tour for their very first album. They played at a small club in New Jersey that’s no longer there. I went out there to see them. I actually just saw Manson a few weeks ago and brought this up to him, and we talked about it for a minute. He played this club, and I had never seen him. I had gotten the record, I liked the record and I just didn’t know much more about him other than that. I went out there, and the place was only maybe half full, but it was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. It was like completely over the top. This was before anyone had really heard Manson speak or knew what he was about. It was just complete mayhem.

People would come up on stage and smack him in the ribs with the mic stand, he was cutting himself. It was legitimately dangerous over the top insanity. I remember wanting to get closer to the stage, but there was so much stuff flying off of it. It’s one of the most memorable shows I ever saw. Now of course it’s different Manson is more established, you know what he’s about. He’s been in TV shows and what have you. Back then it was this whole new thing and you didn’t know what to make of it and I was completely compelled by it. It was pretty intense.

Read Eddie’s entire interview with Monsters and Critics, here.

FORMER MOTLEY CRUE SINGER JOHN CORABI CONFIRMS PLANS TO WORK WITH GUITARIST MICK MARS

JohnCorabiMickMars640 Singer John Corabi who who took over for Vince Neil to record the Motley Crue’s self-titled 1994 album, says he plans to work with former bandmate Mick Mars.

“Yeah, actually I was just talking to him the other day,” Corabi told Jack Antonio. “A lot of people already know about it, but as soon as he’s done doing this next tour, Mick and I have had some discussions about possibly going in and doing some writing together and doing a record, and maybe going out and doing some shows. So we’ll see how that works.”

Mars and the Crue will wrap up their ongoing Final Tour on December 31st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Corabi, meanwhile, will perform as part of the Monsters of Rock Cruise on April 22nd.

After Neil’s return to Motley Crue in 1997, Corabi went on to form Union with former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick. He was also a member of Ratt and offshoot bands like Twenty 4 Seven and Angel City Outlaws. But Corabi says he always felt a lingering kinship with Mars.

“Mick’s a great player,” Corabi said. “Me being able to play [guitar], and play as well as I do … Mick didn’t have to worry about, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta play the rhythm here.’ ‘Okay, I’ve gotta [break into] the solo.’ ‘Now I’ve gotta get back to the rhythm.’ He had the freedom to just be the lead guitar player, and I was able to cover up and do whatever rhythms he asked me to do that gave him freedom to be that lead guy. And I think he enjoyed it.”

source: ultimateclassicrock.com

ARMORED SAINT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, “WIN HANDS DOWN,” ON JUNE 2ND, ANNOUNCE MAY TOUR DATES WITH SAXON

armoredsaint400 The iconic Armored Saint has returned with one of their heaviest records of their illustrious career. The crushing, epic new full-length release, Win Hands Down, shows the band have only grown stronger and tighter with age, making for a dynamic and enthralling metal masterpiece. Look for the new album out June 2nd and more details (album art, track-listing, new music video, etc) will be announced over the coming weeks.

Armored Saint are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country from May 12th through May 30th. Head over to facebook.com/thearmoredsaint for all tour dates and additional information.

John Bush (vocals) states, “When we began talking about a new record I told Joey Vera (bass) to pretend we were a really huge band and that we could do anything we wanted. At least that was the mindset we should have, from the writing to the production. What came out was Win Hands Down, which is our first record in five years. There’s everything from classic Armored Saint rocker songs to epic songs and we all dug deep deliver something special. If we weren’t going to, then we shouldn’t have bothered. I’m glad we did. In May we are doing some shows in the States with Saxon. It’s a great way to get the ball rolling.”

Vera further comments, “We’re very excited about our new record coming out in June! We’ve been writing over the past year and half and we feel like we’ve written some amazing music. We can’t wait to share it! To get our whistle’s wet, we’re super excited about doing some warm up gigs before the record release with the legendary Saxon this May. We’re doing a total of six shows between the East Coast, Texas, West Coast and we couldn’t think of a better way to start off the summer. See you all soon.”

Armored Saint Tour with Saxon

5/12 New York, NY BB Kings
5/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium
5/23 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapone’s Live
5/24 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
5/29 San Jose, CA Rockbar
5/30 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

Armored Saint on the web:

facebook.com/thearmoredsaint
twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

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