New Jersey thrash metal veterans Overkill have released the official music video for the song, Welcome To The Garden State, from from the band’s 19th studio album, The Wings Of War, which is being released today (Friday, February 22) via Nuclear Blast.
The Wings Of War is the band’s first studio recording with drummer Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam), who joined the band in 2017.
[Singer Bobby “Blitz”] Ellsworth said, “It was a blast making The Wings Of War. It is something old feeling new again, as our chemistry was altered by the addition of Jason Bittner. I was curious from the get-go, how would it pan out? I think what we accomplished here is a new, upgraded Overkill that embraced the new chemistry, while taking our roots into the present. The new formula produced not only more raw power, but more places to go with melody, a win, win. The key is being not only interested in the change, but part of it. I’ll tell you what, it’s still fun as hell making Overkill records.”
The Wings Of War track listing:
1. Last Man Standing 2. Believe In The Fight 3. Head Of A Pin 4. Bat S–t Crazy 5. Distortion 6. A Mother’s Prayer 7. Welcome To The Garden State 8. Where Few Dare To Walk 9. Out On The Road-Kill 10. Hole In My Soul
The world’s most notorious rock band, Mötley Crüeannounces the release of The Dirt Soundtrack that accompanies the upcoming Netflix Film, The Dirt,based on the New York Times best-selling 2001 autobiography by Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss. The soundtrack and film are set to release March 22nd worldwide
The upcoming Netflix Film The Dirt is an unflinching and uncensored story about sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, fame, and the high price of excess.Director Jeff Tremaine (Jackass co-creator) shows us just how Nikki Sixx (Douglas Booth), Mick Mars (Iwan Rheon), Tommy Lee (Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly), and Vince Neil (Daniel Webber) took Mötley Crüe from the Sunset Strip to the world stage, and what it meant to become the world’s most notorious rock band.
The Dirt soundtrack includes four brand new songs and is available for pre-order nowthrough Mötley Records and Eleven Seven Music. The pre-order offers an instant download of the single, “The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly) here. Additionally, exclusive to the film and soundtrack, you can find The Dirt inspired merch bundles, here.
“During the filming of our movie we got excited and inspired to write new music. Getting back in the studio with Bob Rock just fueled the creative fires for us. To me, the music sounds like classic Mötley. The lyrics were written for the movie and are a reflection of our life.” says Nikki Sixx.
Watch the official music video for The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly) , below.
The 18-song soundtrackfeatures a collection of Mötley Crüe classics that meaningfully underscore significant moments that shape the film.The album includes 14 fan-favorites and chart topping tracks such as “Dr. Feelgoodthat charted at number six on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the anthemic Girls, Girls, Girls which reached number two on Billboard’s Top 200amongst others. Additional hits featured are Kickstart My Heart, Same ‘Ol Situation (S.O.S.), Shout At The Deviland the iconic ballad, Home Sweet Homethat landed the band mainstream recognition.
Exclusive to the film’s soundtrack, Mötley Crüerecorded four new songs featuring the single, “The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)” with effortless rap verses surrounding signature guitar riffs. The three remaining songs conclude the album with the catchy Ride With The Devil,Crash And Burn”and the band’s own spin on Madonna’s, Like A Virgin.”
The Dirt soundtrack track list:
1. The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly) 2. Red Hot 3. On With The Show 4. Live Wire 5. Merry-Go-Round 6. Take Me To The Top 7. Piece Of Your Action 8. Shout At The Devil 9. Looks That Kill 10. Too Young To Fall In Love 11. Home Sweet Home 12. Girls, Girls, Girls 13. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.) 14. Kickstart My Heart 15. Dr. Feelgood 16. Ride With The Devil 17. Crash And Burn 18. Like A Virgin
Guns N’ Roses bassist and New York Times bestselling author Duff McKagan has released Tenderness, the stunning first track from his much-anticipated solo album, listen to it below.
Tenderness was produced by and features recent Grammy winner Shooter Jennings and is being released through UME.
McKagan, backed by Shooter and his band, recently announced two special performances: May 30th at TLA in Philadelphia and May 31st at City Winery in DC. Tickets for both shows go on sale today (Philly ticket info can be found here and DC here)
McKagan and Jennings began recording back in March 2018, working out of Station House studios in Echo Park, CA, where they wrote and recorded in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’ eponymous album, Shooter.
“Before beginning this project, I was asked more than a few times if I was going to write a book on my experience of the two-and-a-half-year GN’R Not In This Lifetime … tour,” says McKagan. “While, of course, it had been an amazing experience, in the end, I decided the ideas swirling around in my head were better suited for a record. The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all.”
Looking at the world outside his tour bus window, McKagan saw a landscape filled with disillusion, injustice and fear. Surveying this vista of ruin, its street littered with broken and abandoned promises, he channeled a collective hurt into songs of monolithic power.
“The real point of Tenderness is not for me to be some damn politician or some other voice to add to what is already way too much noise,” he says. “This is a song of unity and peace…and I want this record to be a meditation and to bring maybe some healing, if that is not too high-handed or lofty of a goal. I can use what marginal voice I have as an artist, to hopefully help arrest what seems like a fall. As a father, I must say and do something now…because I love my girls and my wife, and I love my country, and I feel I must be strong and use my voice now, do it while I am able, or perhaps never get a chance ever again.”
“From the start of the development of this record, Tenderness stood out as a focal point,” says Jennings. “I was almost scared to cut it too early – before we had really mined the sound of the album. I knew we had one shot to do it right with feeling. After it was done and we had a first mix, I wrote Duff and said ‘this song has to come out right now!’ It has a simple message of celebrating life and each other and for everyone to take it easy on one another. It offered an empathetic solution for a divisive time in the world: tenderness.”
About his collaboration with Jennings, McKagan says, “Fortune shone my way when Shooter and I began to work on the structures of the songs. Shooter has a brilliant mind, and a seemingly endless musical catalogue bouncing around in his head that he’s ready to tap into at any moment. He believed in this thing from day one, and that gave me the confidence and energy to forge on. Shooter, seemingly, can play any musical instrument, but instead of that being sort of daunting to me, he works in such an honest way that I never once felt like I was in the company of a guy trying to show me up. The contrary was in fact true. He made me a better acoustic guitar player, and more at ease as a singer. His ability to get real and authentic sounds in the studio are second to none, and making this record was one of the most inspiring musical experiences of my career.”
The upcoming album is McKagan’s musical follow-up to 2015’s bestselling book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).
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The world’s fastest growing independent record label, Golden Robot Records, continues it’s upward trajectory into 2019. Golden Robot Records is pleased to welcome guitar legend John Sykes to their already impressive roster of artists. John recently signed a worldwide deal with Golden Robot Records, which will see his long anticipated forthcoming new album released later this year. Sykes is now part of an international roster that includes such iconic artists as Skid Row, King’s X, Gilby Clarke, Guns ’N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Little Caesar, RavenEye, The Lazysand the all star A New Revenge which features Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Keri Kelli, Rudy Sarzo and James Kottak. Golden Robot Records is also home to an incredible line up of Australian acts, led by Rose Tattoo, The Superjesus and Misex and featuring Steve Kilbey, Palace Of The King, Jailbirds, Fyre Byrd, The Kids, Destrends, Flickertail and many more.
“It’s about time and with my global signing to Golden Robot Records, I feel I have found the right home for my music,” explains Sykes.
“I have heard the album and its going to be huge. I was just in LA with John as he walked around NAMM it was like walking through with Elvis. THERE IS SO MUCH LOVE FOR HIM!.” exclaims Mark Alexander-Erber, Golden Robot Entertainment Group Founder and President.
‘It’s time that rock fans throughout the world heard a musician who plays and sings from the heart. I’m just happy that John with so much incredible and authentic talent has decided he finally wanted to share his music with rock fans throughout the world and can do that with the team at Golden Robot. This is truly an inspirational moment for rock music fans everywhere.’ says Golden Robot Records Executive Chairman of Worldwide Expansion, Derek Shulman.
With a career spanning almost 40 years, British born Sykes is one of the most respected and revered guitar players in rock history. Starting his career in 1980 with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal act Tygers Of Pan Tang, John would soon join Thin Lizzy (co-writing the much covered, Cold Sweat) and later Phil Lynott’s solo band. In 1984, with Lynott’s blessing, Sykes joined the legendary Whitesnake for their Slide It Inalbum. The tour for which ended with a now iconic performance at Rock In Rio in front of half a million people.
Whitesnake’s self titled 1987 album went on to sell over 40 million albums and features the Sykes penned classics, Still Of The Night and Is This Love, which are still regularly played on rock radio to this day. After Whitesnake, John formed the revered supergroup, Blue Murder, featuring Tony Franklin on bass and Carmine Appice on drums. Their highly praised debut album not only showcased John’s signature melodic licks but his unmistakable singing voice as well. In 1994, Sykes reformed Thin Lizzywith original guitarist Scott Gorham and he continued touring with the band until 2009. As a solo artist, John released four albums between 1995 and 2000 and contributed guest solos for Derek Sherinian on his 2004 solo album. In 2006, Gibson Guitars honoured Sykes by producing an ‘Inspired By’ Les Paul modeled after his 70’s era Custom model. Both versions of the guitar, an “aged” look, recreating the exact look of his original, and the VOS brand new model, sold out immediately and are now highly sought after collectors items worth many times their original value.
John recently gave his first interview in over 8 years at the NAMM show in Los Angeles to Jason McNamara from Jason Video Music Tokyo. Watch it here.
John will be hitting the road in support of his new album in mid 2019 with his newly formed band that features long time collaborator and Blue Murder band mate, Tony Franklin and newcomer Fred Boswell Jr. on Drums.
The band also announced tour dates, they are as follows:
Feb. 23 – Reno, NV @ Nugget Casino Resort Feb. 24 – Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon Club Feb. 26 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick Feb. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
Mar. 1 – Santa Ana, CA @ Malones Mar. 2 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d Mar. 3 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Mar. 5 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway Mar. 7 – Dallas, TX @ Trees Mar. 8 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box Mar. 9 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Mar. 11 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East Mar. 13 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge Mar. 14 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s Mar. 15 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge Mar. 16 – Toronto, ON @ The Rockpile Mar. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse Mar. 21 – Buford, GA @ 37 Main Mar. 22 – Greenville, SC @ Firmament Mar. 23 – Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theater Mar. 25 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater Mar. 26 – New York, NY @ Iridium Mar. 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live Mar. 29 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall Mar. 30 – Patchogue, NY @ 89 North Mar. 31 – New Bedford, MA @ The Vault at Greasy Luck
Apr. 2 – Queens, NY @ Blackthorn 51
Patina track list:
1. Speedbag 2. Havana 3. Crooked Man 4. The Luxury Of Breathing 5. Bitter 6. Chasing Ghosts 7. A Painted Heart 8. Punchclown (bonus track) 9. My Beautiful Mess 10. Ink & Water