2/21: URIAH HEEP, GRETA VAN FLEET, STEVE HARRIS, ZAKK WYLDE, MORE

Great week of TrunkNation so far on SiriusXM 106 Volume. I always wanted to get this show to the point where it is driven by the callers and becomes an open national platform to discuss all rock, and I am happy to say after 16 months we are there! Yesterday I had a caller discuss The Eagles and Manowar in the same call! So much fun and thanks to all the great daily listeners. I know some can’t listen live 2-4P ET because of work, but there is always the nightly replay 9-11P ET / 6-8P PT and On Demand any time on the app! Today I also had Mick Box of Uriah Heep on. First time ever talking with him and enjoyed it. Tomorrow Sam from Greta Van Fleet checks in with a report from the studio. GVF is THE buzz band at rock right now, so it’s been fun to cover their story and will be cool to talk with them since they were last in studio. Friday is Free For All with all calls the entire show. Monday Alice Cooper is in studio. More coming guests include Kittie, Michael Schenker, The Dead Daisies and more.

New podcast posting tomorrow features Steve Harris of Iron Maiden and Zakk Wylde! Free www.PodcastOne.com or Itunes.

About to resume shooting the first season of my coming AXS TV series TrunkFest soon. Hope to have it debut by Summer.

Don’t miss Slaughter in Tulsa at IDL Ballroom next Saturday 3/3. See you there! It’s my next appearance.

If you signed up for All Access Membership to this site be sure to send in your address so we can ship the signed photo and member packet. Thanks.

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GRETA VAN FLEET ADDS MORE 2018 NORTH AMERICAN DATES

Exploding onto the music scene just last year with all U.S. headline dates sold out in advance, its debut single, Highway Tune, a number one rock radio track in both the U.S. and Canada, and its upcoming inaugural European tour completely sold out, Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Greta Van Fleet continues its red-hot streak with the announcement of additional headline dates on its 2018 North American tour, which will include the band’s Canadian concert debut. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 2/23 at 10AM local time; log onto gretavanfleet.com for all ticket purchasing information.

All previously announced 2018 U.S. dates have sold out, including the band’s two L.A. shows at the John Anson Ford Theatre that went clean in under an hour. The band’s confirmed itinerary is below.

March:

20 Doomroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands SOLD OUT
21 Melkweg (Qudo Zaal), Amsterdam, Netherlands SOLD OUT
22 Artheatre, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT
24 Molotow, Hamburg, Germany SOLD OUT
25 PrivatClub, Berlin, Germany SOLD OUT
27 AB Club, Brussels, Belgium SOLD OUT
28 Les Etolles, Paris, France SOLD OUT
30 Deaf Institute, Manchester, England SOLD OUT
31 02 Institute3, Birmingham, England SOLD OUT

April:

1 St. Lukes, Glasgow, Scotland SOLD OUT
4 02 Academy Islington, London, England SOLD OUT
5 02 Academy Islington, London, England SOLD OUT
13 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
16 John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA* SOLD OUT
17 John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA* SOLD OUT
20 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
29 Welcome to Rockville Festival, Jacksonville, FL

May:

1 House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX* SOLD OUT
2 House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX* SOLD OUT
3 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX* SOLD OUT
5 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
6 Carolina Rebellion, Concord, NC
9 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD* SOLD OUT
11 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ* SOLD OUT
12 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA* SOLD OUT
14 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN* SOLD OUT
16 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN* SOLD OUT
18 Rock On The Range Festival, Columbus OH
20 Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
22 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
23 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
25 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT

July:

8 REBEL, Toronto, ON Canada* NEW DATE
10 Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON Canada
18 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA* NEW DATE
20 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.* NEW DATE
23 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA* NEW DATE
27 Floydfest, Floyd, VA
29 Panorama Music and Arts Festival, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY
31 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH* NEW DATE

August:

1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO * NEW DATE

* headline show

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SONS OF APOLLO RELEASES VIDEO FOR “ALIVE;” MORE U.S. SHOWS ADDED TO WORLDWIDE TOUR

Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—released the Vicente Cordero-directed video today for Alive from their number one highly anticipated debut album, Psychotic Symphony. Watch the clip below.

In touring news, Sons Of Apollo launched their first-ever highly anticipated world tour in Tampa, FL last week as part of the “Cruise To The Edge.” The band recently added a new leg of U.S. dates starting April 19th in Montreal, Quebec at the Corona Theatre. For more information about tickets and on sale dates, fans should visit sonsofapollo.com.

As Mike Portnoy declares, “Ever since this lineup assembled to make Psychotic Symphony, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait.”

Released October 20th through InsideOutMusic/Sony, Psychotic Symphony is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

Sons Of Apollo on the road:

4/19 Montreal, QUE. Corona Theatre
4/20 Toronto, ONT. The Opera House
4/21 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
4/22 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
4/24 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
4/25 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
4/27 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
4/28 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
4/29 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
4/30 Seattle, WA The Showbox

5/2 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
5/3 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco Theatre
5/4 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
5/5 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
5/7 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
5/8 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
5/9 Houston, TX Scout Bar
5/11 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
5/12 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
5/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
5/15 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
5/16 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
5/17 Washington, D.C. The Howard Theatre
5/18 New York, NY Playstation Theater
5/19 Worcester, MA The Palladium

6/22 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/23 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
6/24 Milan, Italy Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
6/27 Leipzig, Germany Hellraiser
6/30 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog My Friend

7/1 Maidstone, England Rambling Man Festival
7/2 Motherwell, England Motherwell Concert Hall
7/3 Belfast, England Limelight
7/4 Dublin, Ireland Tivoli Variety Theatre
7/14 Eindhoven, Netherlands Dynamo MetalFest

8/3 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air
8/18 Warsaw, Poland Prog In Park
8/19 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra Track

9/19 Moscow, Russia Glavclub
9/22 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Roman Amphitheater*
9/24 Athens, Greece Fuzz Club

* A Very Special Evening with SONS OF APOLLO and the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony.

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ROCKLAHOMA DAILY BAND LINE-UPS ANNOUNCED & SINGLE DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The daily band lineups have been announced for Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 25th, 26th & 27th, 2018 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Weekend and Single Day tickets are on sale now at rocklahoma.com.

The 12th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light–America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party–will feature performances from a slew of top rock artists, including: Poison, A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Halestorm, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots, I Prevail, Clutch, The Used, Underoath, Machine Gun Kelly, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and many more. The event, will once again, be hosted by radio and TV personality, Eddie Trunk.

The three-day camping festival features the best new rock artists and classic bands performing on four stages, with music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2017, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 75,000 in attendance.

The daily band lineup for Rocklahoma 2018 is as follows:

Friday, May 25th: A Perfect Circle, The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, I Prevail, Sevendust, The Used, Trivium, Yelawolf, Red Sun Rising, SOiL, Adelitas Way, Big Story, Everybody Panic, Cimino, Midnight Devils, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, ASKA, Down For Five, Agnozia, Silent Theory, KillSET, Dead Horse Trauma, Kirra, City of the Weak, Dirty Soul Revival, Dirty Blvd

Saturday, May 26th: Godsmack, Ghost, Vince Neil, Clutch, Pop Evil, Underoath, Diamond Head, Shaman’s Harvest, Butcher Babies, Powerman 5000, Like A Storm, Wayland, LA Velvet, Black Tora, Dead Metal Society, Dead Girls Academy, TROY, Heaven Sent, Wild Planes, Maplerun, Hallow Point, The Maension, Renegades, Duel, Kevlar, Stanley’s Revenge

Sunday, May 27th: Poison, Cheap Trick, Halestorm, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Candlebox, Machine Gun Kelly, 10 Years, Andrew W.K., Lynch Mob, New Years Day, Well Hung Heart, Mind Of Fury, Maxx Explosion, A Brilliant Lie, War of Thrones, Davey Suicide, Coda Cutlass, Love N Revenge, Shallow Side, Ten Thousand One, The Grizzly Band, Oddfellas, Jenny Wood, Bringer

Thursday Night Campground Party: Screaming for Silence, Dark Avenue, As Above So Below, Save the Hero, Hyperdose, One Step From Falling, Weston Horn and the Hush, Ryder, Honor Amongst Thieves, Wither

Registration for the Miss Rocklahoma competition is underway now at www.Rocklahoma.com. Voting on the Top 10 finalists begins in April and five finalists will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2018.

Rocklahoma General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Premier Packages, Hotel Packages and Camping options are on sale now at http://rocklahoma.com/tickets.html. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into three monthly payments.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

Weekend VIP Reserved: $429 plus fees (Phase 2)
Weekend General Admission: $129 plus fees (Phase 2)
Monster Energy Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $436 plus fees (Phase 2)
Military Weekend General Admission (via GovX): $99 plus fees (Phase 2)
Single Day General Admission: $80 plus fees (Phase 1)

Limited quantities of Groupie and Roadie VIP Packages are also still available. The Rockstar Package is SOLD OUT. Please visit http://rocklahoma.com/tickets.html for details. General Admission and VIP camping is also available at checkout, by calling (866) 310-2288, or emailing info@rocklahoma.com.

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock. The Rocklahoma campgrounds will be open from Sunday, May 20th at Noon CDT through Tuesday, May 29th at Noon CDT. Festival doors open at 2:00 PM daily on May 25th, 26th and 27th. Note: Camping is only available with weekend ticket purchases.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY DEBUTS “A LOVE UNREAL” MUSIC VIDEO 

Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon Zakk Wylde, has released another brand new music video for the single A Love Unreal from their latest LP, Grimmest Hits. The video was directed by long-time collaborating director Justin Reich, watch it below.

Black Label Society recently soared into the charts with their new LP via Entertainment One, Grimmest Hits. The LP landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest charting LP since Order Of The Back released back in 2009. Grimmest Hits reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, number one Independent, and number two Rock Charts.

Black Label Society is in the middle of a hefty batch of North American tour dates spanning coast to coast in support of the all-new LP. Support is supplied by legends Corrosion Of ConformityY on all dates. Select tour dates are seeing support from EYEHATEGOD and Red Fang. View the band’s tour itinerary, here.

Black Label Society released their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits, on January 19th. The new effort is the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top five charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight-year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year.

Wylde will stay on the road beyond the Black Label Society dates in 2018 reunited with “the boss” on the No More Tours 2. The two-year stretch will take place this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe. The tour’s first U.S. leg, which will feature Stone Sour as the opening group, starts in Allentown, Pennsylvania in August and wraps in Las Vegas in October. Tickets for the North American dates are on sale now.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

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2/18: BACK FROM THE CRUISES, A RECAP, MORE

Back from almost 2 weeks at sea for broadcasts from Cruise To The Edge and Monsters Of Rock Cruise. If you followed on Twitter I did my best to keep you all up to date with the artists I saw and had on my SiriusXM show from the ships. A diverse mix that included Steve Harris, Steve Hogarth of Marillion, members of Yes, Sons Of Apollo, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, IO Earth, Carl Palmer, Martin Barre, Tesla, Def Leppard, Michael Sweet, and many many more. All shows now On Demand on the SiriusXM app. Way too much to cover here but it was a blast. Huge thanks to Larry Morand and Mike London for having me, and all the amazing fans and artists I hung with on both ships. I also want to thank the Hard Rock in Tulsa and Hollywood FL for the hospitality around the cruises, and Tampa for hosting my broadcasts on land. Came back to snow and cold in NJ on Friday, so ready for the cruises again for 2019! Seriously was a blast and I thank everyone who helped for the support and all the amazing fans and bands I hung with! Best of show from Monsters airs tonight 8-10P ET on 106 Volume.

Tomorrow for the Presidents Day holiday I will be live 2-4P ET on 106 Volume on SiriusXM (this is a late schedule change). I will not be live for the Monday Hair Nation show tomorrow. That’s back a week from tomorrow.

Sad news on Glenn Tipton while I was away. Glenn, like all the Priest guys, is a good friend and obviously a legend in our genre. Wishing him the very best! I discussed this on radio shows.

RIP Pat Torpey. Didn’t know Pat well but he seemed like a wonderful guy the few times we met. Strong statement by Billy Sheehan telling me he couldn’t see Mr Big go on without Pat. We’ll see how that plays out.

Sons Of Apollo were amazing in their debut, go see them. And LA Guns continues to crush live with this lineup. See them both if you can.

Next appearance is Tulsa 3/2 at IDL Ballroom to host Slaughter. If you are in this area come out and support these shows if you want them to continue. Fun venue and always a good time. See you there!

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