Joe Satriani Joe Satriani performed an exclusive 99th birthday commemorative concert for celebrated guitar pioneer Les Paul on June 9th, 2014. The special show was filmed for the new season of public television’s acclaimed music series Front and Center. Satriani’s performance will begin airing on October 21st. Check local listings for specific air dates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at Joe’s episode below.

This has been a landmark year for one of the most influential and respected instrumental rock guitarists to emerge in the past three decades. This year saw a release of both a comprehensive career box set and the multi-Grammy nominated guitarist’s first memoir, both released earlier this year.

Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings presents brand-new digital masters, overseen by Joe Satriani, with each CD packaged in a replica cardboard jacket. The library collection is housed in a specially designed clamshell box with a booklet filled with photos and memorabilia from across the decades.

The box set is the ideal audio accompaniment to Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir,Satriani’s autobiography released this past May through BenBella Books.

In other news, Joe will be honored is his home town of Long Island NY where he, along with the legendary music executive, Clive Davis, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony is set to take place on October 23rd at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY.

Joe will continue his 18-month 140 date Unstoppable Momentum tour with stops in South America, New Zealand and Australia before winding up the year in Singapore on November 13th.

Joe Satriani 2014 World Tour:

September 23rd Royal Center Bogata, CO
September 25th Teatro Nescafe de las Artes Santiago, CL
September 27th&28th Gran Rex Theatre Buenos Aires, AR
October 1st Citi Bank Hall Sao Paulo, BR
October 3rd Net Live Brasilia Brasilia, BR
November 1st ASB Theatre Auckland, NZ
November 2nd The Opera House Wellington, NZ
November 4th The Tivoli Brisbane, AU
November 6th State Theatre Sydney, AU
November 8th Palais Theatre Melbourne, AU
November 9th Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide, AU
November 11th Astor Theatre Perth, AU
November 13th The Star Theatre Singapore, SG

Over his career, Joe Satriani has earned 15 Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy nominations alongside Platinum (Surfing With The Alien, Flying in a Blue Dream) and Gold (Surfing With The Alien, Flying in a Blue Dream, The Extremist, Time Machine) certifications for his solo recordings. He also racked up Gold and Platinum certifications for the DVD Live in San Francisco and 2 G3 DVDs G3 Live and Live in Denver.


wackendvd640 Wild and hot-that was the Wacken Open Air 2013. The 24th Wacken Open Air included over 120 bands on seven stages, 75.000 fans and most of all sun, sun and more sun. Metalheads from all over the world celebrated the most legendary party of them all and turned the little village of Wacken in Northern Germany into the place to be for any self-respecting Metalhead.

The 24th Wacken Open Air once more proved to be unique, with a special vibe which has to be experienced to understand. Live at Wacken 2013, brings this atmosphere right home on DVD, Bu and CD! The hits, the legends, the fans – and many, many memorable shows.

The 3-DVD-set and also the 3-Bluray-set offer plenty of music with 43 bands and 106 songs. The audio version on 2 CDs features 32 highlights. Live at Wacken 2013 is available now on DVD, CD, BluRay Amaray and as digital download.

What‘s even better, there are some gems hidden in some of these: One Golden Ticket for a “Lifetime Membership for the W:O:A“ giving the lucky winner the opportunity to enjoy the festival every year till eternity without buying a ticket. Also randomly included are ten Silver VIP Tickets that include a tour through the Artist Village on the festival grounds. A dream come true for any Metalhead…

Live at Wacken 2013 even serves a good cause that keeps heavy music alive: All bands and labels have donated their royalties to the Wacken Foundation, a non-profit organization in support of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene. UDR Records will also be making a donation of 1 Euro for each and every DVD & CD sold, with everyone involved, from manufacturing to marketing, supporting the Foundation.

You will see Rock icon Alice Cooper, who knows better than most how to put on a show. His Wacken appearance is no exception, with three guitarists, lots of action and hits like Billion Dollar Babies and Hey Stoopid. Nightwish with new singer Floor Jansen receives ecstatic reactions, Metal Queen Doro celebrates her 30th anniversary of being on stage, and Sabaton sings with a huge audience choir in the midday sun. Mr. Rock N’ Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, hits the stage, ignoring recent health issues that caused several show postponements. In blistering heat, Motörhead delivered a shortened set, blasting through Damage Case, Metropolis, Over The Top like only they can. Deep Purple have been equally groundbreaking as the genre‘s forefathers and played Wacken for the first time. The fans were not disappointed, as shown during their classic Lazy.

And the list goes on: the Thrash Metal wake-up call that Annihilator opens the festival with, the wild moshpits during Anthrax’s classic-filled set, the big epicness of Lingua Mortis Orchestra feat. Rage and surprises like Ugly Kid Joe, who invited Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell for their rowdy rendition of ‘Ace Of Spades’.

Furthermore the DVD includes the following appearances:

– Legion Of The Damned
– Trivium
– DevilDriver
– Whitechapel
– Alpha Tiger
– Soilwork
– Mustasch
– Fozzy (feat. Wrestling-Star Chris Jericho
– Candlemass
– Ihsahn
– Amorphis
– Agnostic Front
– Serum 114
– Die Kassierer
– Thunder
– Pretty Maids
– Heaven’s Basement
– Sonata Arctica
– Alestorm
– Dezperadoz

Live at Wacken 2013 available now via UDR Musion on 3DVD/3Bluray/2CD


ac:dc400 Columbia Records proudly announces the release of Rock or Bust, the highly anticipated new studio album from AC/DC, available December 2nd, 2014.

Rock or Bust is the band’s first studio album in six years and features 11 new tracks. Rock or Bust follows the immensely successful Black Ice album, which debuted at #1 in 31 countries upon its release in 2008 and has gone on to sell nearly 8 million copies worldwide. Rock or Bust was recorded in Spring 2014 at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC and finds AC/DC once again working with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.

Starting September 27th, Turner Sports will provide fans a sneak peek of the new track Play Ball as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign. The content will run for several weeks across TBS, the exclusive home to this year’s American League Postseason coverage, as well as leading media brands within the Turner portfolio. Listen to a teaser below.

Rock or Bust is the first AC/DC album in the band’s 41 year history without founding member Malcolm Young on the recordings. Earlier this year AC/DC released a statement, explaining that due to illness Malcolm would be taking a break from the band. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition, he will not be returning to the band. AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of Rock or Bust in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on the album and will accompany the band on tour.


alterbridge Hard rock’s greatest asset of recent years, Alter Bridge, is hitting the road stateside one more time in 2014. The band will be heading out on a headline run this October in support of their latest album, Fortress. This 13-city run comes on the heels of their sold-out tour this past Spring which had critics raving across the country. ArtistDirect exclaimed about the band’s live show, “Alter Bridge deserves to be one of the biggest bands in North America… It’s time for a revolution over here. It’s time for Alter Bridge to rule…” The headline tour kicks off October 7th in Louisville and runs through October 26th where it wraps up in Los Angeles with more dates possibly to be added during the tour. Alter Bridge will be making stops in Huntington, St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco to name a few. California Breed has been tapped to open the entire tour with Like A Storm and The Cringe alternating slots depending on the market. Tickets for the tour are on-sale now and fans can here for direct buy links to each show. See tour itinerary below

Alter Bridge will also be making a stop at the upcoming Louder Than Life Festival on October 4th before their headline tour kicks off. The festival is taking place in Louisville, KY and Alter Bridge will be playing alongside the likes of Judas Priest, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Stone Temple Pilots. Tickets for the two-day festival can be purchased byclicking here.

The band recently released a box set to coincide with the anniversary of their first album, One Day Remains. AB X contains 27 discs including all available footage and recordings from various periods throughout the band’s career including Live from Wembley, Download Festival 2005 & 2011 as well as every studio album the band has recorded. AB X also comes with a coffee table that showcases Alter Bridge throughout their successful decade together. The box set is a must-have for any collector and can be purchased at

Alter Bridge Tour dates:


4th Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
5th# Detroit, MI The Fillmore
7th* Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9th# Worcester, MA The Palladium
10th# Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
12th# Huntington, NY The Paramount
13th# Lancaster, PA Freedom Hall at the Lancaster County Convention Center
15th* Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
16th* St. Louis, MO The Pageant
18th San Antonio, TX Sunken Gardens Theater
20th* Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
22nd* Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
23r* Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
25th# San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
26th# Los Angeles, CA Wiltern

# Alter Bridge, California Breed, Like A Storm Date
* Alter Bridge, California Breed, The Cringe Date


jefflabar400 Jeff LaBar, Cinderella’s guitar player joined Izzy Presley on Another FN’ Podcast to talk about his new record, One For The Road, which is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy and Rat Pak records.

While talking about the new album, LaBar tells stories about how he and former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach ended up rooming together at the Moscow Music Peace Festival because then Skids drummer, Rob Affuso, booted Bach from their room.

He also discussed how Tom Keifer gave him a 1959 Sunburst Les Paul, the horrible deal that was offered to Cinderella by Gene Simmons before they were signed which stated that Simmons would get all of the publishing, own everything, and all songs would be written or co-written by the KISS bassist.

LaBar then went on to reveal the story of how he was pulled over by the police in the 90’s on his way to visit his son, who was about three at the time, while smoking crack and carrying a couple bundles of heroin. “The less Cinderella worked, the more heroin I did, and the more heroin I did, the more crack I smoked.” After a court ordered stay in rehab, he cleaned up his act, until a hip replacement surgery in 2011. Once his doctors prescribed him pain killers…and more pain killers, he got hooked. Whenever he asked for more, they just gave them to him. After another stay in rehab, he has been clean and sober since. He calls doctors and pain managers “legal drug dealers.”

When asked if that is why he was able to get out and play 10 days after the surgery, LaBar replied “Absolutely, I couldn’t walk, but I could play guitar”.

Listen to the entire show below.



exoduspiccollage640 Exodus, who recently released a lyric video for the song Salt In The Wound from their forthcoming album, Blood In, Blood Out, have now released one for the title track. View it below.

Exodus recently announced the return of singer Steve Souza to the band after parting ways with their previous vocalist, Rob Dukes. Souza appeared on the following Exodus albums: Pleasures of the Flesh (1987), Fabulous Disaster (1989), Impact Is Imminent (1990), Good Friendly Violent Fun (1991), Force of Habit (1992) and
Tempo of the Damned (2004).

The band also announced U.S. tour dates with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies starting November 12th in Oakland, California. Click here for the full tour itinerary.



AceFrehley600 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has announced the first leg of U.S. tour dates in continued support of his newest LP, Space Invader.

Tour dates are as follows:

11/13 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
11/14 – Sugar Loaf, NY – Sugar Loaf PAC
11/15 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
11/17 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
11/18 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head
11/20 – Huntington, NY – Paramount
11/21 – Uncasville, CT – Wolf Den
11/22 – Atlantic City, NJ – Music Box @ Borgata
11/24 – New York, NY – BB King’s
11/25 – New York, NY – BB King’s
11/26 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre

Additionally, a double gatefold 180 gram LP version of Space Invader will be released on October 28th. The LP purchase includes a free MP3 version of the album and can be pre ordered here.

Just last week, Ace announced who will be joining him on stage and even offered a few surprises. Richie Scarlet will perform rhythm guitar and vocal duties. Ritchie played rhythm guitar on Ace’s Trouble Walking album and also toured with Ace in the mid 80s and early 90s.

Chris Wyse, on bass and vocals, has played bass in The Cult since 2006. He also previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and can be heard on select tracks on Space Invader. Scott Coogan will play drums in the touring lineup, and is a Frehley touring band veteran who was also a member of Nikki Sixx’s Brides of Destruction recording and touring band in 2004. “I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup,” says Frehley. “Let there be rock!”

Ace Frehley made history with Space Invader, which debuted a at #9 on the Top 200 Chart. The LP scored the highest charting position of any KISS solo album ever, and marks Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 Psycho Circus reunion album.


onilogan400 According to vocalist Oni Logan, Lynch Mob has completed work on a new EP, entitled Sun Red Sun, which includes a cover verson of Bad Company’s Burnin’ Sky.” It is tentatively scheduled for release in October.

According to Logan, the “Sun Red Sun” title is a tribute to late Badlands and Black Sabbath singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3rd, 1993 of AIDS-related complications.

“I was brothers with Ray,” Oni explained to The Double Stop podcast (as transcribed by

“He was a good dude. He was a great guy to me. When I arrived into L.A., he was a beautiful man to me. He was an unbelievable talent. So this Sun Red Sun, it’s his extension for him. And this song Sun Red Sun is written in the idea of that I’m speaking for him and I’m speaking for me. Sun Red Sun… you know, shine on me forever. That kind of thing. So you’ll hear it in the lyrics when you hear the song. So Ray is a dominant and principal meaning in the title of the album.”

Logan also discussed Lynch Mob’s future plans.

“I think the majority of things that are gonna happen [recording- and touring-wise will take place] at the beginning of [next] year. On the 20th, I’m going in and start writing with [guitarist] George [Lynch] again for a good four days. And we’re good, man. George and I are great. We’re cool and everything’s cool. We can never say goodbye forever, between George and I. It’s always a dangerous curve to us, but we always come back together at some point or another. That’s all.”

When asked what it is about his chemistry with Lynch that keeps him coming back, Logan said: “It’s [George's] undeniable riffage — the riffage of the sexiness that he supplies to me that I get from no other. I can never get it from any other. We have a special thing going on. It’s been like that forever. And if you were to ask him, [he would tell you] the same thing: it’s like no other. It’s just the way that it works. Somehow, the energy and the synergy of what it about, it works together. He evokes the riffs that just make me wanna f-king write. That’s fine and simple. That’s it. He’s magical, he’s a purist, he’s a deep thinker, and I think he acknowledges me as the same. When he tells me, ‘Oh, man, that was a great lyric,’ I take that and run home with it. ‘Cause we’re acknowledging each other. I think we just need to let things happen at this stage. And I’m always gonna be there for it.”

The band’s last release was Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios EP, which came out in March 2013.


diostanduptocancerlogo400 Come bowl with the rockers and raise money to fight cancer at the TJ Martell Celebrity Rock N Bowl on October 9th at Pinz in Studio City, California.

This event is chaired by Wendy Dio, founder of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Limited number of fan tickets are available. If you will be in the Los Angeles area, please join Wendy and lots of your favorite Rock Stars and Celebrities, including Lita Ford, Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Nigel Glocker (Saxon), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Rudy Sarzo (Dio), Craig Goldy (Dio), Rowan Robertson (Dio) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) from Dio Disciples, John Bush and Joey Vera from Armored Saint and many more. There will be bowling, music, entertainment, food/drink and fantastic auctions all to raise $$$$ to help find a cure for cancer. This event will sell out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.


diotandupchecksept2014_1_638 The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late heavy metal singer, last week presented a check for $100,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This donation is the second installment in a commitment to fund gastroesophageal cancer research spearheaded by Dr. Jaffer A. Ajani, Professor, GI Medical Oncology, who treated Ronnie James Dio at the Center for the last six months of his life. The Fund’s initial donation of $117,000 in December of 2010 served as seed money that allowed Dr. Ajany to receive additional grant monies as well as several National Cancer Institute (NCI) grants with a total amount of $10 million.

Several members of the Dio Cancer Fund’s board of directors Scorpions, Corey Taylor and Tenacious D. It has sold over 80,000 units since its release on April 1st. The Fund’s annual awards Gala this year doubled as a preview listening party for the album, generating additional revenues. travelled to Houston to personally deliver the check and tour the hospital and the gastric cancer research facilities. This year, the Dio Cancer Fund has been the beneficiary of funds generated from the worldwide release and sale by Rhino Records of the Dio tribute album This Is Your Life featuring Dio songs-from his tenures with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio-performed by some of metal music’s biggest names, among them Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Glenn Hughes, Scorpions,
Corey Taylor and Tenacious D. It has sold over 80,000 units since its release on April 1st. The Fund’s annual awards Gala this year doubled as a preview listening party for the album, generating additional revenues.

A privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised more than $800,000 in its short history. Interviewed about the gift to M.D. Anderson, Wendy Dio, widow of the late singer and Fund President/Founder, said that her husband’s cancer treatment at the world-renowned cancer center “gave him hope, and the most important thing for a cancer patient is to have hope.”

Several members of the Dio Cancer Fund board of directors travelled to Houston to present the $100,000 check and to tour M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. From left: Dio Cancer Fund board members Dean Schachtel, Sheila Melody and Dio Cancer Fund President Wendy Dio; Dr. Shumei Song, Assistant Professor, GI Medical Oncology-Research, and Dr. Jaffer A. Ajani, Professor, GI Medical Oncology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; board member William Wegner, Dio Cancer Fund Chairman Tim Murch, board member Sharon Weisz and Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director Sandeep Kapoor, M.D.

Gastric cancer often remains a silent killer because of its vague symptoms that often mirror less serious maladies. Sadly, gastric cancer has been on the rise over the past decade and funding for research to stop this deadly disease is grossly inadequate. Dr. Ajani and his team’s research is based in the idea that there are cells called “signaling cells” that help determine the life cycle of a cell. Sometimes, these cells “misfire” and direct cells to multiply and propagate into cancer. The research is aimed at identifying these signals and suppressing them or altering their signal in order to avoid development into cancer.

Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who was Ronnie Dio’s general doctor and serves as Medical Director of the Dio Cancer Fund, has been working closely with Dr. Ajani’s team of researchers for the past four years. “The best part of providing direct support to Dr. Ajani’s research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center,” he says, “is that the seed money from the Dio Cancer Fund is leveraged to obtain multimillion dollar grants from the government to expand the research and, hopefully, put an end to this deadly disease.”

To learn more about the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit