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



carmineappiceandjoelynnturnerband400 Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary Rock artists, returns with another impactful project: Rated X. Set for release in the Europe on November 7th and in North America on November 11th, the album features all new songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge.

Rated X was formed at the suggestion of Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, who mentioned to singer Joe Lynn Turner that a band of highest caliber musicians should be assembled to create an album of classic Hard Rock music. Turner, the former lead vocalist for both Rainbow and Deep Purple and a solo artist in his own right, agreed, and the search for the right players was on. Carmine Appice, who already had a relationship with Frontiers, was on board immediately. A true percussion icon, Appice’s resume is one that Rock legends are made of: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others.

Appice’s former Blue Murder bandmate and bassist, Tony Franklin (best known for his work with The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, and Whitesnake), signed up next. After a lengthy search for the right guitarist, they settled on long-time Turner collaborator Karl Cochran, who has also worked with Ace Frehley, and worked in the past with Joe Lynn Turner on his solo albums.

“I believe we wanted to keep it a bit retro with a modern edge,” says Turner. “The songs are classic rock, but then that’s an understatement. They are what they are; and they transformed as we went along recording. So, all in all, we are very happy to finish the record and finally able to get it out to the public. Everyone in this band is a true individual and stylist. When you put it all together, you have Rated X.”

The debut album, simply titled, Rated X, is remarkable in that it sounds like a band that has worked together as a unit for years. The songs are powerful and the performances are tight and innovative. Frontiers in-house producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.

Says Carmine Appice, “With his help in coming up with the song ideas and working together with the band I believe we came up with the sound from the late 70s -80s. To me, it sounds like Blue Murder with Joe Lynn Turner singing. Having Tony and myself as the rhythm section and with the heavy guitars, it gives the record a Blue Murder-vibe. Then, adding Alessandro on keys gave us a bit of the Deep Purple thing. It all works together and I loved playing each song.”

Watch the EPK below:

Rated X track listing:

Get Back My Crown
This Is Who I Am
Fire And Ice
I Don’t Cry No More
Devil In Disguise
You Are The Music
Peace Of Mind
Maybe Tonight
On The Way To Paradise
Our Love Is Not Over
Stranger In Us All

Preorder Rated X at Amazon.

For more information about Rated X, please visit



buckcherry400 Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson says U2’s deal with Apple has devalued music and made it harder for bands who still rely on record sales.

The group’s Songs Of Innocence was automatically downloaded free to over 500 million iTunes accounts last week, reputedly costing the technology giant $100m – but Nelson says it sends out the wrong message.

He tells Northwest Music Scene, “I think music has been devalued in the eyes of the consumer, to the point where a band like U2 decides to just give its music away and basically tell people their music isn’t worth anything. That’s a bummer because I know what it takes to write a meaningful record and get it into consumers’ hands. They’ve sent a message to everyone that music is free, and that’s disturbing. It’s easy to do that when you’re a multi-millionaire and money isn’t something you worry about. But, when you’re a working band and you count on every dollar, it’s disappointing to see someone do that.”

Meanwhile, the UK Entertainment Retailers Association has slammed the U2 giveaway, saying it’s as damaging as piracy and called the promotion a “failure” after fewer than 7000 CDs from the group’s back catalogue sold after the stunt.

ERA Chairman Paul Quirk said, “This promotion is a failure on so many levels. It devalues music, it alienates the majority of people who don’t use iTunes and it disappoints those who prefer to shop in stores. Giving away music is as damaging to the value of music as piracy and those who will suffer most are the artists of tomorrow. If one of the biggest rock bands in the world are prepared to give away their new album for free, how can we expect the public to spend £10 ($16.25 U.S. dollars) on an album by a newcomer?”

Last month, Buckcherry released their Fuck EP on August 19th.

additional source: classicrockmagazine


Acefrehley400 Hot off the heels of the monster debut of Space Invader Ace Frehley has announced his touring lineup for the first leg of tour dates, his first U.S. shows in four years, which will be announced next week.

Frehley says, “I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I’ll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD Space Invader for the enjoyment of the fans. Let There Be Rock!”

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has tapped none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace’s Trouble Walking album from 1989, and will do so again on stage. Ritchie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.

On bass and vocals Chris Wyse from Queens, N.Y. will man the post. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger’s 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from The Cult since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley’s new release, Space Invader on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band, Owl.

Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley’s upcoming tour. An Ace Frehley touring band veteran in his own right, Scott was also a member of Nikki Sixx’s Brides of Destruction recording and touring band in 2004 and Lita Ford’s touring drummer in 2012.

Ace Frehley recently made history with his new album, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart in its week of release. 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’ 1998 Pyscho Circus reunion album. Internationally, Space Invader has debuted #1 on the Independent Chart and #16 on the Top 200 Chart in Canada, Top 40 in Switzerland and Sweden, and hit a historic benchmark for the first time ever as a solo artist in Germany.

Space Invader, Frehley’s first studio album in five years, has also received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, “Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn’t deserve to wear KISS’ Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman’s first solo LP in five years says otherwise,” while the Associated Press hailed, “…the original KISS lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978.” Paste also confirmed, “Space Invader is a good rock album, and it’s an even better guitar record.”

Frehley stopped by The Tonight Show prior to his album release to sit in with legendary house band The Roots to perform his classic hit New York Groove. Watch it here.