KISS400 KISS, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, has earned more gold album record awards than any American band in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) gold and platinum awards certifications.

In the last 41 years, KISS has earned 30 gold albums (26 KISS albums and four solo albums that were all released simultaneously — a feat never before achieved by any band). KISS has 14 platinum albums, with three albums being multi-platinum.

“Congratulations to KISS — the new gold standard for albums by American bands,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA. “What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their gold album milestone and continued success.”

KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, special guest appearance on the 2009 “American Idol” finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are stronger than ever with a legacy that continues to grow, generation after generation. Their last album, Monster, proved that they are still at the top of their game with impressive sales and topping the charts worldwide debuting at number three in the U.S. on The Billboard 200 album chart and Top 10 in twenty other countries. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans.

KISS is currently celebrating two other major milestones, their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April of 2014, as well as the band’s 40th anniversary.KISS 40“, an album celebrating 40 years of rock and roll is available now.



defleppardgroupblue400 Def Leppard have revealed the track listing and album cover for their forthcoming self titled album tentatively scheduled for release on October 30th.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott explained the reasoning behind releasing a self-titled album at this point in the band’s career, saying, “It’s just called ‘Def Leppard’ because that’s what it sounds like. It doesn’t sounds like any one specific era of Def Leppard. It’s got everything.”

That “everything,” Elliott argued, includes bits of Def Leppard’s many influences. “You’ll listen and you go ‘Oh, that sounds like Def Leppard’ or you’ll go ‘That is Leppard, but sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin or Queen but you can hear the AC/DC or the Crosby, Stills and Nash coming through,” he predicted. “We have not shied away from anything that’s influenced us in our growing up periods of our life. Just because we’ve made the kind of music we’ve made doesn’t mean to say we don’t like all of this other stuff.”

Def Leppard Track Listing:

Let’s Go
Man Enough
We Belong
Sea of Love
All Time High
Battle of My Own
Broke N’ Brokenhearted
Forever Young
Last Dance
Wings of an Angel
Blind Faith


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TonyMacAlpine400 Guitarist Tony MacAlpine’s team has released the following message:

“It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of Tony’s European tour which was slated for October/November.

Tony’s condition has not improved since the surgery to remove a tumor from his intestine, and he will need further treatment.

We are incredibly disappointed that the world tour dates are being postponed indefinitely, but Tony needs to focus completely on his recovery at this time.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to provide words of love, encouragement and support to Tony. It’s deeply appreciated. We will post further updates soon.”

On August 24th, MacAlpine posted on his Facebook page that his doctors discovered a large mass in his intestine and that they suspected it was malignant forcing him to cancel his Australian tour. At the time of the posting, Tony was hoping that he would be able to keep his European commitment. Read more here.

MacAlpine’s last release was Concrete Gardens.


scorpions640 During tonight’s Yahoo live stream from Barclays in Brooklyn, you may have noticed legendary rockers Scorpions were joined by a very special guest– 12 year old guitarist Brandon Niederauer. The third generation Scorpions fan accompanied his favorite band for a rousing performance of No One Like You.

As Niederauer headed to the stage, he shared, “Rock You Like A Hurricane was the first song, and solo, I ever learned and played in my first performance at age 8. The Scorpions’ music is a big influence on my playing.”

Niederauer hails from Long Island where he spent his formative years playing his Gibson Les Paul – he became a fan of Scorpions while playing video games. The prodigal guitarist will grace the Broadway stage this fall in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock launching November 9th.

To watch a video of this performance, please click here.



Iron Maiden scored the best Billboard 200 performance of their career, and their best sales week since Nielsen Music began measuring in 1991, as the heavy metal group’s 16th studio album The Book of Souls debuted at Number Four with 75,000 total copies sold. Iron Maiden’s 2010 LP The Final Frontier also bowed in at Number Four, Billboard reports, but Book of Souls outsold that album’s debut week by over 12,000 copies. In an era of declining album sales, the legendary metal act have somehow mounted ascending first week sales for their past six studio albums.

Iron Maiden’s Book Of Souls was released on September 4th.

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alicecoopehollywoodvamplogo640 Rob Tannenbaum of Billbaord spoke with singer Alice Cooper and guitarist Joe Perry about their Hollywood Vampires project. The interview appear in its entirety below.

Billboard: Who coined the nickname Hollywood Vampires?

Alice Cooper: The Hollywood Vampires was a drinking club at the Rainbow [Bar & Grill] in Los Angeles, and it was the guys we are honoring: Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Keith Moon, plus me, Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees and Bernie Taupin. We were vampires because we never saw daylight — we drank all night. Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, the guys we learned from, were guys we drank with. I had never done a covers album, and I said, “Why don’t we pay tribute to our dead, drunk friends?” They would have gotten the joke — trust me.

Billboard: The name that doesn’t seem to fit in that list is Mickey Dolenz.

Cooper: Mickey was there every night. Think of the bands that had real drug problems: The Mamas & The Papas, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac. All the commercial bands. The Monkees had some pretty serious problems — as did The Partridge Family! The bands with the heavy images were not necessarily the heavy users. I didn’t see heroin until I was in New York, living at the Chelsea Hotel. You had the Lou Reed gang there, so you would see people with their keys in the door, sitting outside, because they couldn’t turn the key. (Laughs.)

Joe Perry: I was a drug snob. I loved heroin so much that if I mixed it with anything else, it would wreck the high. So when I was strung out on heroin, I didn’t do anything else.

Billboard: What was your closest brush with death?

Perry: Around 1975, Aerosmith was in a Learjet at 14,000 feet and the air pressure valve blew out. The pilot did the panic drop — lowered the landing gear, put up the flaps and put the jet almost upside down. All the lights went out. They have to get down to 3,000 feet so you can get some air. Steven [Tyler] and I were hugging each other — that’s how close it was. From then on, he used to carry a cassette recorder and keep it on “record” for every takeoff, because he wanted to record his last words.

Cooper: I almost drank myself to death. I woke up one morning and threw up blood. Throwing up blood onstage is cool. But throwing up blood in front of your Holiday Inn maid is not cool.

Perry: I remember seeing pictures of you on the golf course, with a golf cart. You were riding in front, and you had another golf cart full of Budweiser. That was my classic image of you. I probably laughed for 20 minutes at that picture.

Cooper: Yeah. When I quit drinking Budweiser, their stock plummeted. Our band proved you could live on nothing but beer for three years — then it catches up with you. Joe and I got to the crossroads and realized: You can either die, or you can make 20 more records.

To read more about this project, go here, and to listen to the Hollywood Vampire’s covering The Who’s, My Generation, please click here.




Manowar have confirmed two additional dates for their Gods And Kings World Tour 2016:

Friday, February 19, 2016 @ Sala Polivalentă – Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

These dates not only mark Manowar’s triumphant return to Romania, but also their first ever performance in Cluj-Napoca (commonly known as Cluj), located in the northwestern part of the country, in the historical region of Transylvania.

“The Army of Romanian Manowarriors is growing!” said Joey DeMaio. “It is no secret that Romanian Manowarriors are the most powerful fans in Romania. Anyone who has seen them knows it’s a fact; so our return to Bucharest is like returning home to our Romanian metal family. And for the first time ever we’ll be performing in Transylvania! I’ve personally been to Transylvania many times and I have also been to Cluj several times. You can be sure these shows are going to be very special. Not only for the Manowarriors but for us as well.”

Manowar have revealed the name of their upcoming tour: Their new metal onslaught is titled “Gods And Kings World Tour 2016”.

“In the Manowar universe bigger is better!” said Joey DeMaio. “If you think the Kings Of Metal tour was massive, just imagine what is going to happen when we join forces with the earth-cracking Gods Of War!”

The tour will celebrate Kings Of Metal MMXIV, which many fans haven’t had a chance to experience live yet, as well as the upcoming anniversary of Gods Of War, which was unleashed on the world in 2007.

Along with this announcement Manowar have confirmed a series of additional dates for the first leg of the Gods And Kings World Tour 2016:

Mon, February 08, 2016 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Tue, February 09, 2016 Riga, Latvia – Palladium
Wed, February 10, 2016 Vilnius, Lithuania – Compensa Koncertų Salė
Fri, February 12, 2016 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
Sat, February 13, 2016 Helsinki, Finland – The Circus

We will once again push man, machine and metal beyond all standards.” said MANOWAR. “This tour will be devastating! If you have metal in your veins, you don’t want to miss it!”

Gods And Kings World Tour 2016 – Confirmed Tour Dates:

Thu, January 14, 2016 – ČEZ Aréna – Ostrava, Czech Republic
Fri, January 15, 2016 – Kajot Arena – Brno, Czech Republic
Sat, January 16, 2016 – Torwar Hall – Warsaw, Poland
Mon, January 18, 2016 – Aegon Arena Bratislava, Slovakia
Tue, January 19, 2016 – Forum Karlín – Prague, Czech Republic
Wed, January 20, 2016 – Forum Karlín – Prague, Czech Republic
Fri, January 22, 2016 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 23, 2016 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany
Sun, January 24, 2016 – Thüringenhalle – Erfurt, Germany
Wed, January 27, 2016 – Tempodrom – Berlin, Germany
Fri, January 29, 2016 – Porsche Arena – Stuttgart, Germany
Sat, January 30, 2016 – ISS Dome – Düsseldorf, Germany
Sun, January 31, 2016 – SCC – Aarhus, Denmark
Tue, February 2, 2016 – Konserthus – Stavanger, Norway
Fri, February 5, 2016 – Älvhögsborg – Trollhättan, Sweden
Sat, February 6, 2016 – Fryshuset Arenan – Stockholm, Sweden
Mon, February 8, 2016 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia
Tue, February 9, 2016 – Palladium – Riga, Latvia
Wed, February 10, 2016 – Compensa Koncertų Salė – Vilnius, Lithuania
Fri, February 12, 2016 – Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
Sat, February 13, 2016 – The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
Fri, February 19, 2016 – Sala Polivalentă – Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Sun, February 21, 2016 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

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Slash&Brother640 The recent news that former Guns N’ Roses bandmates Slash and Axl Rose have mended fences has sparked a new round of reunion rumors — and Slash’s brother, artist and photographer Ash Hudson, is tired of hearing about them.

Hudson vented his frustrations in a Facebook post captured by Ultimate Guitar, writing, “You obsessed fans of Guns N’ Roses. F— a reunion. If you love Guns, enjoy what they made and move on.”

Comparing the constant calls for a reunion to someone wishing they could go back in time and meet “the guys who invented the door in my apartment” in hopes they would “get back together and invent a new door,” Hudson wondered, “What’s wrong with the door you have? It still works. You still use it. And you f—ing fanclub page host [sic] need to get your own life to spend all your time figuring out what Slash is doing first.”

Dismissing the decades of reunion speculation as “so dumb,” Hudson continued, “Not sure if I’m making myself clear. But grow up. Get a life. If I get one more f—er asking me will Guns do a reunion tour, I’m blocking them. Axl is a fat bastard and the reunion would only be a disappointment and an action that would result in criticism. Just sayin’.”

Rose’s weight aside, Hudson concluded by again pointing out that the classic Guns lineup couldn’t possibly live up to years of expectations, citing other examples of artists who’ve continued past their youthful prime — and tossing in a little ad for his brother’s latest release. “They were the best of all time,” he said of GNR. “Nowhere to go from there. They captured lightning in a bottle. Nothing left to prove. It’s done. Are the Stones the Stones you grew to love in the ’70s? F— No! Now a circus act. You loved Axl when he was beautiful now he’s Fat Elvis. So move on people. Buy Slash’s [World on Fire] album.”

A day after this story was released, Slash’s brother, Ash Hudson, apologized for remarks he made about Axl Rose, posting on his Facebook:

“I apologize to Axl and his legions of fans who were offended by my post of yesterday. I am sorry I shot my mouth off. I know, or should know, better than to get involved in GN’R business. It has come to me attention that Axl is on a strict diet and losing weight. Unfortunately, my post was very offensive and upsetting to my brother, for which I apologize. To the rest of the world, I had one of these days when people kept asking me about a possible reunion and I had had enough… Again, my apologies.”

Both the apology and the original offending status update have since been deleted from Ash Hudson’s Facebook timeline.



motorhead640 Motörhead’s new album, Bad Magic, enjoyed it’s third number one chart entry in Austria, following Germany and Finland, as well as number one at U.S. Metal Radio.

Worldwide the response to Motörhead’s 22nd studio album has been immense, with UDR/Motörhead Music and Motörhead subsequently delighted to announce the new chart positions for Bad Magic:

Germany #1
Finland #1
Austria #1
Switzerland #2
Sweden #4
Czech Republic #4
The Netherlands #7
Norway #7
Belgium #9
UK #10
Canada #10
Spain #10
France #12
Italy #12
Hungary #13
Japan #15
USA #17
(Other US chart positions – Metal radio #1, Hard Rock #2, Rock #5 and
Indie #3)
New Zealand #25
Australia #29
Poland #32
Denmark #66

Motorhead’s Bad Magic was released on August 28th.



Slayer - 2015 Slayer have released a video for the title track of their new album, Repentless, which is out today (September 11th) through Nuclear Blast records. Watch it below.

The song is an tribute to Slayer’s late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. “I call it the Hannemanthem!” King said of the song. “I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it’s fast as f–k. You don’t know what the f–k’s coming!…It’s my perspective of Jeff’s perspective. It’s what I think… If Jeff wrote a song for himself, Repentless would be it.”

Repentless track listing:

1. Delusions Of Saviour
2. Repentless
3. Take Control
4. Vices
5. Cast The First Stone
6. When The Stillness Comes
7. Chasing Death
8. Implode
9. Piano Wire
10. Atrocity Vendor
11. You Against You
12. Pride In Prejudice