ALLAN FRYER, FRONTMAN FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BAND HEAVEN, DIES AT AGE 60

allanfryerofheaven630 Allan Fryer, singer for the Australian band Heaven who once auditioned to front AC/DC, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was sixty years of age.

Heaven released a trio of albums in the early ’80s, touring with Dio, Kiss, Motley Crue and Judas Priest along the way. Their 1983 album, Where Angels Fear to Tread, featured guests such as Ronnie James Dio, Lita Ford and Glenn Hughes. But Fryer may be most famous outside of Australia as a footnote in AC/DC’s search to replace Bon Scott. Fryer was closer to getting the gig than many people knew. Brian Johnson eventually took over, but in a 1999 interview, Fryer said he originally had the backing of AC/DC producers George Young and Harry Vanda, and that they’d already started adding his vocals to existing tracks.

“They took Bon’s voice out of the tapes on songs like Whole Lotta Rosie, Shot Down In Flames, Sin City and all that stuff. They shoved me in them,” Fryer said. “I went back to Adelaide and found out from George and Harry that I had gotten the gig. Then it came on a TV show that local boy Allan Fryer is the new singer for AC/DC. I said, ‘What the hell?’ – because nobody was supposed to know anything like this. So George and Harry wanted me in the band, but meanwhile the boys [AC/DC] were in London at the time and they were trying out Brian from Geordie. So, to cut a long story short, he ended up getting the gig.”

Fryer later formed Heaven in Sydney, but he had at least one more intersection with AC/DC. Mark Evans, early bassist with AC/DC, was also a member of Heaven at one time.

[Editor’s note: I remember seeing Heaven’s video for “Rock School” on a local channel called U68. They played the video pretty often during the rock hour. Watch it below.]

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GUITARIST YNGWIE MALMSTEEN DISCUSSES HIS ART COLLECTION, “IT’S NUTS ALMOST HOW COOL IT LOOKS”

yngwie400 On June 18th, Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen will unveil his fine art debut collection. Completed with art team SceneFour, the release is a pioneering effort in the new medium of crafting visual art through guitar performance. A new clip in which Malmsteen discusses his art collection can be seen below.

Malmsteen recently stated about guitar being a visual instrument, “Well, for one thing, you can’t play piano with your teeth. You can’t throw it around and be cool with it. So this [guitar] is better than anything to begin with. And, of course, whateve you play it’s going to be expressive as well. You can do showy things with it, which is exciting to most people. Throw it around, throw it in the air, burn it, smash it up, shoot holes in it, whatever. You don’t do that with a piano or even a drum set. This is a very exciting instrument to begin with, but with lights involved it gives the sound a visual. It’s very exciting.”

Asked what he hopes buyers will see in the art, Yngwie said, “Anybody who is into art will be into this because it’s so crazy. It’s nuts almost how cool it looks. But the fact that it is the visual result of a musical performance per say, and it’s never been done like this, it’s extremely unique. So I think anyone who is into art, it’s going to be priceless for them.”

Sign up at ww.yngwiemalmsteenart.com to learn more and see the collection before the public.

SceneFour is a visual art team based in downtown Los Angeles. Led by artist Ravi Dosaj and conceptual artist Cory Danziger, SceneFour specializes in the construction of collaborative art projects. Through their signature collaborative art approach, SceneFour works with notable visionaries outside of the fine art world to collectively create original art projects. At the conclusion of the creation process with featured collaborative guest, an original art collection is born and released worldwide.

Yngwie is currently working on a new studio album for a late 2015 release. He told Australia’s 3D Radio about the recording process for the CD, “Well, it’s changed somewhat because [I have] my [own] recording studio now. And it’s in my house. And it’s not like a home studio; it’s a full-blown studio. And it’s in here. And I go in here and I see what happens. If I like what I hear, then I use it. If I don’t like it, I don’t use it. And in the past, I used to do demos. I would do demos, and rehearse it with the band and you rent the studio and go in and record it and so forth. It was a very different process because by the time it was actually recorded, it had gone through so many stages that the spontaneity was gone. Now, it’s here now; it’s here now. And it’s a lovely thing.”

Yngwie released a live album, Spellbound Live In Tampa, and a live DVD, Spellbound Live In Orlando, last summer. The two releases represent back-to-back Malmsteen shows. The CD and DVD, both of which are named after Malmsteen’s latest studio album, 2012’s Spellbound, were issued on September 17th, 2014.



RICHIE KOTZEN, ERIC MARTIN AND KIP WINGER JOIN DEF LEPPARD ON THE HIGH SEAS

defleppardgroupblue400 Eric Martin, Kip Winger and Richie Kotzen are among the first acts to be confirmed for Def Leppard’s 2016 cruise.

Hysteria On The High Seas takes place aboard the MSC Divina, leaving from Miami, Florida, on January 21st next year and stopping at Half Moon Cay and Freeport in the Bahamas.

Def Leppard will be headlining, with guitarist Vivian Campbell’s Last In Line also due to appear. Cinderella’s Tom Kiefer, Winger’s mainman Kip Winger, Mr. Big’s Eric Martin and The Winery Dogs’ Kotzen have also been announced.

Def Leppard say, “Be prepared to get wet, wild and ready to rock.”

Tickets are available at the official cruise website.

Def Leppard are due to release their 11th album before the end of this year.

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MOTORHEAD RELEASES “BAD MAGIC” THIS SUMMER

motorhead640 After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock’n’roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off. Put their feet up. Relax a little. And instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty ‘bollocks’ to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic.

Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, Bad Magic is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like Thunder And Lightning and the especially l-o-u-d Teach‘Em How To Bleed show that Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.

Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock’n’roll spirit, Bad Magic also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more ‘live’ approach to creating Bad Magic has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of Choking On Your Screams, with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, Electricity carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while Shoot Out All of Your Lights is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from Queen’s Brian May on The Devil, adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.

Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, Bad Magic came together after a couple of years which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release Aftershock. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health-issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on Bad Magic rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad Until The End, Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic Sympathy For The Devil, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that Bad Magic is Motörhead’s finest work in over two decades.

You can also expect the road to get its butt kicked by Motörhead once again in the last half of 2015. Starting in mid-August, there will be a North American tour with Anthrax which ends with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, also featuring Slayer and Anthrax among a bumper line-up of bands. Also, Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary European Winter tour will start on November 15th 2015 at Le Zenith in Paris, ending on December 6th at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. More dates will be announced soon, so keep checking the band’s official website www.imotorhead.com as well as the following social media platforms for details:

facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
twitter.com/mymotorhead

Bad Magic track listing:

1. Victory Or Die
2. Thunder & Lightning
3. Fire Storm Hotel
4. Shoot Out all of Your Lights
5. The Devil
6. Electricity
7. Evil Eye
8. Teach Them How To Bleed
9. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Choking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil* – *by The Rolling Stones

GUITARIST JOE SATRIANI SAYS HE IS “HEARTBROKEN” ABOUT CHICKENFOOT AND AIMS TO FORM ANOTHER BAND

Chickenfoo640 Guitarist Joe Satriani has given up trying to bring Chickenfoot together for another album – and he’s planning to form another band instead.

Satriani says he’s tried to persuade singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith to make a follow-up to their second title Chickenfoot III, released in 2011 – but he’s had no luck.He’s decided it’s over despite a brief reunion with Hagar and Smith at a charity concert last month.

Satch tells Ultimate Classic Rock, ”So there was the three of us – three Footers were there, gentlemen of the Foot hanging out. But I get the distinct feeling it’s just not going to happen. For reasons that are too boring to go into, I’ve kind of giving up trying to be the instigator, of trying to get another record done.

At the end of the benefit, although it was one of those fun things with being up there with Sammy and Chad again, I just got the feeling that they’re not thinking it’s on the cards.”

He reveals that much of the material on solo his new solo album Shockwave Supernova, out in July, was originally designed to be Chickenfoot music.

“I recorded all of the demos for a new record,” he says. “I really just couldn’t get people motivated to get going with it. So, that music has moved on. I’m actually looking forward to maybe finding another band to collaborate with.”

But he adds, “If the guys want to do something, I’m always ready for it. I love Chickenfoot, and I think it’s one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to all of us. I’m a bit heartbroken that we weren’t able to work on a couple more albums and tour. But you’ve got to move on – that’s reality. Those guys have other things to do that are important to them, so, I respect it.”

Smith is working on the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album while Hagar’s supergroup The Circle, also featuring Anthony, issued live album At Your Service in May.

To read more about Satch’s latest release, Shockwave Supernova, please click here.

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THE WINERY DOGS ENTER STUDIO TO RECORD SECOND ALBUM, TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

winerydogs640 The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass) has entered a Los Angeles recording studio to start work on the follow-up to their debut album, which will be self-produced and released in North America this fall on Loud & Proud Records through RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. Details will be announced in the coming months, although fans are already getting news about the band’s fall U.S. tour, which is set to begin October 3rd in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The trio exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23rd, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour. The Winery Dogs debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.

“I am thrilled to be back in the studio with Mike and Billy recording the second Winery Dogs record,” proclaims Richie Kotzen. “I mentioned in an interview months ago that I thought based on how we’ve grown as a band, that this record could expand creatively beyond what we did on record one. After only two weeks of recording, I am convinced this sentiment is true. I can’t wait to see where this all goes and share it with our listeners.”

“We are excited to unleash The Winery Dogs’ second album,” says Loud & Proud Owner and President Tom Lipsky. “The band took the world by storm with their debut album; fans went crazy and musicians and critics voiced their respect. The new album is going to take them to another level, and we are proud to be part of that journey.”

Winery Dogs tour dates:

October:

3 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
4 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
5 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
8 Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
9 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
14 Jacksonville, FL Ponte Verde Concert Hall
15 Tampa, FL State Theater
17 Orlando, FL The Plaza

November:

3 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
5 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
6 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
7 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
8 San Diego, CA House of Blues

On April 15th, 2014, The Winery Dogs released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records as two very special editions. The Winery Dogs Special Edition is comprised of two-CDs. Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled Unleashed In Japan 2013, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July ’13 tour, including Criminal, a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics. Unleashed In Japan 2013 is also available as a stand-alone digital album. Dog Treats: The Winery Dogs Deluxe Special Edition, a limited edition release, is being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and includes the special edition collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a “studio diary” written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere.

Winery Dogs on the web:

TheWineryDogs.com
facebook.com/TheWineryDogs
twitter.com/TheWineryDogs
youtube.com/user/thewinerydogs

BUCKCHERRY TO RELEASE “ROCK N’ ROLL” ON AUGUST 21ST, RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “BRING IT ON BACK”

buckcherryfyou640 Buckcherry have announced their seventh album, Rock N’Roll, will be released on August 21st through F-Bomb records.

The announcement coincides with the release of a video for single Bring It On Back, which can be viewed below.

The album title is a response to comments made by KISS’ Gene Simmons and others that rock is dead, says frontman Josh Todd.

He says, “There’s been so much talk about how Rock N’Roll is dead and all of this bulls–t. The funny thing is, that’s been going on since we put out our first record in 1999. We wanted to call the new album Rock ‘N’ Roll because this is what we’ve been doing our whole lives. We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavor of Buckcherry.”

On the lyrical content of Bring It On Back, Todd comments, “When I’m not on the road, I race go karts for my hobby. The song is really about racing. I had a driver named Kurt Busch in mind when I wrote the lyrics. They call him ‘The Outlaw’ and he’s a badass. It captures that intensity of racing and the mentality. I love it.”

Rock N’Roll track list:

1. Bring It On Back
2. Tight Pants
3. Wish To Carry On
4. The Feeling Never Dies
5. Cradle
6. The Madness
7. Wood
8. Rain’s Falling
9. Sex Appeal
10. Get With It

Buckcherry’s latest release was their F–k EP which came out on August 19th, 2014.

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SKID ROW BASSIST RACHEL BOLAN LASHES OUT AT HATERS

skidrowwtonyharnell640 Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan has run out of patience with people who post negative comments about the band’s current lineup.

He’s been receiving mixed reactions after they replaced frontman Johnny Solinger with ex-TNT singer Tony Harnell in April, and released a version of 18 And Life featuring Harnell.

Bolan writes on Facebook, “To all the haters, trolls and keyboard-banging dipsh–s – if you don’t like me or Skid Row, stay off the f–king page. I’m sure there’s something more constructive you can do with your time, like Pornhub or something. There you can satisfy yourself without being face to face with someone. That’s what you do best, right?”

Harnell has expressed a similar sentiment, posting, “If you don’t like the videos or other career stuff I post then don’t comment on my page. Go to some other page with people like you and hate on me or whoever. At least I’m out there working and doing my best!”

After the lineup change had been exclusively revealed on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live, Bolan admitted that the band had already started working with Harnell before dismissing Solinger.

He said, “At certain times you just get the feeling someone isn’t putting 100% into things. And Skid Row is very important to the rest of us. And we wanted to carry on with quality performances and quality songs, so we decided to make a change.”

Harnell will appear on the third EP in the band’s United World Rebellion series later this year, and hopes to make a full-length album in 2016.

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SLAYER ANNOUNCES THE LIMITED “REPENTLESS-METAL EAGLE EDITION”

Slayer - 2015 With the title and release date just announced for Slayer’s Repentless, due out September 11th (Nuclear Blast), today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever – literally – Repentless, Metal Eagle Edition. Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15″ X 17″ X 3″ and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new Repentless CD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon. The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order online stores. Pre-orders are available now, so log onto nblast.de/SlayerRepentlessEagle for purchasing info.

The highly-anticipated Repentless is Slayer’s 11th studio album, the first since 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album’s new tracks – started recording Repentless in March 2014, and made the track Implode available as a free download in April of that year. The band continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, Implode was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and When The Stillness Comes, used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.

Repentless also includes Piano Wire, an unfinished song from the World Painted Blood sessions written by Hanneman. About the track, Rolling Stone wrote that it “…begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on-doom (and classic Slayer) riff onslaught…” King put it this way, “When I hear it, I think ‘Jeff.’ It sounds like a Jeff Hanneman song.”

The 12-track Repentless is, according to those who have heard it, a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.

“The new album sounds like Slayer,” said Araya. “In the past, our fans have always known what to expect, this time they don’t. But we really like it, and I don’t think the fans are going to be disappointed.”

As is expected from Slayer, the band will support the release of Repentless with extensive touring across the globe, beginning this summer when the band headlines the Mayhem Festival. That tour begins June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA. The complete tour schedule is posted below. To watch a video teaser for Repentless, please click here.

June:

13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
16 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY
17 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY
19 State Theatre, Portland, ME
20 Amnesia Rock, Montebello, Montreal

(Mayhem headline dates):
26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27 San Manual Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA

July:

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

August:

1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX

FORMER VAN HALEN FRONTMAN SAMMY HAGAR RESPONDS TO DAVID LEE ROTH’S COMMENTS STATING, “SOMETIMES THE GUY SAYS THE WACKIEST THINGS”

sammyhagar400pix Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has laughed off David Lee Roth’s claim that performing songs from the Red Rocker’s era would present a credibility issue.

Original frontman Roth was recently asked whether he’d ever sing tracks originally delivered by Hagar. He replied, “Good, bad or in the middle, you know Roth means it – the other guy doesn’t. That’s why it sold half as well. Why would you bring that into the proceedings?”

Now Hagar, speaking on his radio show, has fired back by saying, “The boys are out on tour – happily doing well, I hope, but they’re not playing any Van Hagar songs. My buddy Diamond said it was something about a quality issue. I laughed. I’m cracking up. Sometimes the guy says the wackiest things.”

He continued, “But there’s a lot of truth in that, a quality issue. You think about that. Think about them with Diamond, singing this next song – it would definitely be a quality issue.”

He then plays a live version of Van Halen’s Right Now, delivered by Hagar’s current band The Circle.

Van Halen recently released their first live album with Roth, without any studio edits, which drew criticism from Hagar. They’ll begin a US tour in July.

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