Guitarist Damon Johnson has announced that he’s parted company amicably with Black Star Riders.

Johnson says, “Three excellent albums in six years with this great band is one of the proudest achievements of my career, and it has been glorious. My family and I have decided to focus our efforts into growing my solo career and I’m excited to be home more to take advantage of working and writing in Nashville. Though I’m moving on from Black Star Riders, I will continue to work with Ricky in Warwick Johnson and plan on being a part of any Thin Lizzy commitments in the future. Much love and continued success to the entire band and to the incredible Black Star Riders fans worldwide.”

Fellow guitarist Scott Gorham says, “I just want to thank Damon for being part of the band and three great records together and I wish him all the best. For BSR it’s onwards and upwards!”

Frontman Ricky Warwick says he respects Johnson’s decision and adds, “Damon Johnson is my bro and I love him. It’s been a wonderful journey for the last six years writing, recording and playing live with him, moulding, building and making Black Star Riders into the formidable force that we have become. He will always be family. I will miss him.”

Bassist Robert Crane reports that he’s thankful to have “shared this amazing musical journey” with Johnson and adds, “I’m hopeful our paths cross again one day. Love and respect to D.J. and his family.”

The band have moved quickly to replace Johnson, and have brought Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci into the fold.

He says, “As a fan who’s been inspired by their music, it’s an honor and privilege to be a part of Black Star Riders. I’m really looking forward to this!”

Warwick calls Martucci “a sonic force of nature, an insanely talented guitar player and a wonderful human being” and reports that he’s delighted to welcome him to the band.

Warwick adds, “His musical pedigree speaks for itself. He will be an amazing addition to Black Star Riders, bringing a new edge and dynamic presence to the band. I eagerly look forward to writing, recording album number four and touring the world with him, Robert, Scott and Chad. The best way to predict the future is to go and create it. The best is yet to come.”

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On the 30th Anniversary of their platinum album, Blow My Fuse, Maryland hard rock icons, Kix will release Fuse 30 Reblown-30th Anniversary Special Edition two-disc set on September 21st exclusively on PledgeMusic, exactly 30 years after Blow My Fuse’s original September 19th, 1988 release date. Fuse 30 Reblown is available for pre-order now through the band’s PledgeMusic store, located here where fans can also purchase special commemorative merchandise including signed copies of the album, t-shirts, pins, and beach towels.

Fuse 30 Reblown Disc one features a raw and impactful remix by Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant, KIX) of Kix’s Atlantic Records album Blow My Fuse, and a top-notch mastering job by Jay Frigoletto (Alice in Chains, Tesla). Never-before-released demos of all 10 tracks, recorded in the early to mid 1980’s, are on Disc Two and prove how well-prepared Kix were prior to entering the studio to record their albums.

The album Blow My Fuse features the group’s biggest hit, the power ballad, Don’t Close Your Eyes, which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1989. The album achieved platinum sales and peaked at #46 on the Billboard Top 200, making it the band’s most successful of their 35-year career.

“We are proud to be celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the biggest album of our lives,” says singer Steve Whiteman. “We went from clubs to arenas, a van to a tour bus, and from the U.S. to Japan and Europe. And 30 years later, our fans are still right here with us.”

Kix gracefully eased back into the public consciousness in 2008. After sold out hometown gigs, the quintet hit the stage at Rocklahoma in front of over 20,000 people, venturing out of the Mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years. Delivering a triumphant set alongside Sammy Hagar and Alice Cooper, they left their mark on old and new fans alike. After capturing their fiery reunion on 2012’s Live in Baltimore CD & DVD, the members agreed to enter the studio once again.

In 2014, KIX released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud Records) their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at number one on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indy/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart.

KIX last released Can’t Stop The Show: The Return Of Kix on October 21st, 2016, a two-disc DVD/CD set that entered the Billboard Top Music Video Sales chart at number three, and rose to the number one position, the band’s highest charting debut and first number one ever in their 35-year history. The 71-minute film offered an in-depth look into Kix’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years.

Fuse 30 Reblown:

Disc 1 – Blow My Fuse remixed by Beau Hill; remastered by Jay Frigoletto

1. Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT
2. Get It While It’s Hot
3. No Ring Around Rosie
4. Don’t Close Your Eyes
5. She Dropped Me The Bomb
6. Cold Blood
7. Piece Of The Pie
8. Boomerang
9. Blow My Fuse
10. Dirty Boys

Disc 2 – Blow My Fuse Demo Recordings 1984-1987:

1. Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT (6/20/86)
2. Get It While It’s Hot (11/10/86)
3. No Ring Around Rosie (1987)
4. Don’t Close Your Eyes (11/25/86)
5. She Dropped Me The Bomb (6/20/86)
6. Cold Blood (3/21/87)
7. Piece Of The Pie (6/20/86)
8. Boomerang (3/4/84)
9. Blow My Fuse (9/5/86)
10. Dirty Boys (11/10/86)

Kix will be playing select shows for the rest of the year. And as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the album, the band is performing the entire Blow My Fuse album from beginning to end at all of their live shows. All tour dates can be found on the band’s website and below.

Tour Dates:

Sep 28 @ 80’s In The Park – Cocoa Beach, FL

Oct 6 @ Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Oct 13 @ 5 South Event Center – Callaway, MD

Nov 1 @ Proof Rooftop Lounge – Houston, TX
Nov 3 @ IDL Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
Nov 10 @ Rockfest 80’s – Miramar, FL
Nov 17 @ Tallyho Theater – Leesburg, VA
Nov 23 @ Club XL – Harrisburg, PA

Dec 1 @ Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
Dec 8 @ BLK Live – Scottsdale, AZ
Dec 07 @ Whisky a Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 15 @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, PA
Dec 21 @ Brunswick Volunteer Fire Dept – Brunswick, MD

Feb 24 @ Monsters of Rock Cruise – Miami, FL

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More than 35 years after Night Ranger debuted, they’ve remained a consistent presence on the touring circuit. In this day and age where tapes, and tracks, occasionally help flesh out what fans are hearing in concert, a Night Ranger show delivers the real thing.

“You know, Tom Petty, God bless him, I saw him on that last tour and he said something that I love onstage and it really holds true with Night Ranger,” Night Ranger bassist and singer Jack Blades tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “When you come see Night Ranger, there’s no artificial sweetening involved. In other words, what you’re hearing is coming out of the five people that are onstage. The vocals, the guitars, the keyboards, the bass. There’s no artificial sweetening coming out of any tape in the background or anything like that. It’s all us.”

Night Ranger have a new album, Don’t Let Up. And we have the exclusive premiere of a new video from it for the song Truth, which you can watch below.

Blades explains “…To make the video, we just wanted it to be real. This is who we are, this is how it is. This is what Night Ranger is in 2018. We just wanted to keep it real, keep it honest. That’s the way it is. Keep it truthful. So that’s what we did, and we didn’t do a storyline, but we kept it rockin’, because that’s what Night Ranger is all about right now, just rockin’ and rollin.’”

Blades calls Truth a “straight from the heart and soul” kind of song. “When I wrote the lyrics and we came up with the song, it was like, ‘Just give me truth,’” he says. “That’s kind of what this world needs right now. How about a little truth? I mean, with everything. I’m not just talking about what’s going on currently in politics. I’m talking about in the world as a whole. If people were really true to themselves, if everything was just truth, think how it would be. Maybe it’s a fantasy dream and everything like that, and I’m not saying that we’re pie-in-the-sky dudes, because that’s the last thing that Night Ranger is. But I’m saying that we came up with the song Truth for that very reason of what this world needs right now is some truth.”

They’ll be celebrating their career on the road this fall by performing their first two albums, Dawn Patrol and Midnight Madness, in full at special concerts in Waukegan, Ill., (on Oct. 18th) and in Denver (on Nov. 29th). The two shows will feature “a lot of songs that we’ve never played live,” Blades says, along with others that haven’t been performed since the original tours for those albums in the early ‘80s.

“We started rehearsing them and working them up,” he says. “It was kind of like a walk down memory lane. Which basically is what the show is going to be about. We’re going to be telling stories about what was happening at that very time in rock ‘n’ roll in L.A. in 1983 at the Rainbow with Motley Crue guys coming down, with the Ratt guys on tour with us. It’s going to be nuts.
“It’s going to be so much fun. Some of these songs that we’re playing … [drummer and singer] Kelly [Keagy] and I are looking at each other going, ‘What the fuck were we thinking when we wrote those words?’ It’s pretty funny. But it was captured at a certain moment of time and that’s where we were.”

The band has plans to record audio of the Illinois concert, and Blades hints that they’re already looking at the possibility of doing other concerts where they’d play the two albums in other cities.

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Nikki Sixx confirmed, via his Twitter, that Motely Crue has recorded new material for the forthcoming, The Dirt, movie.

When asked by fan, about the new songs, Sixx replied, “You can trust us these are ball busters. Everybody can relax.Were soon gonna smack you upside the head with some killer new tracks. Bob Rock is producing.Its our movie. We know what were doing.”

Singer Vince Neil tweeted yesterday that he was “going back in [the] recording studio in a few weeks” with his bandmates to lay down his vocals on the group’s new songs.

The band’s last studio album was 2008’s Saints Of Los Angeles, which was followed by a 2009’s Greatest Hits compilation.

A tour film about Motley Crue’s final shows, The End, came out in 2016.

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Rival Sons have premiered their video for Do Your Worst, the first song to be released from their forthcoming album. The as-yet-untitled collection is due early next year, and will be released on the Atlantic Records imprint Low Country Sound, a label launched by longtime Rival Sons producer Dave Cobb.

The album was recorded with Cobb at the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville, and at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama.

“Sometimes environment really shapes a song,” says singer Jay Buchanan. “Hunkered down in a threadbare shack deep in the south Tennessee woods we (Scott [guitarist Scott Holiday] and I) sweated it out and just wrote for a week straight.

“We were set out on an old causeway surrounded by neglected reservoirs and overgrown with shit you don’t want to see and yes; infested with all manner snakes. The song is a whiskey nightmare crawling with copperheads to me.”

More details on the album, the band’s sixth, will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Aerosmith performed their classic song Walk This Way on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (Sept. 12th) using a selection of kids’ instruments including mini guitars, toy drums and kazoos.
They were joined by host Fallon and his longtime house band the Roots, watch the performance below.

Aerosmith recently confirmed they’d mark their 50th anniversary with a Las Vegas residency, playing 18 shows at the Park MGM Hotel and Casino starting on April 6th. “What we want to do is something that I haven’t seen before,” [guitarist Joe] Perry said. “Just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We’re in the middle of the production now. What we’re talking about is having an experience that you wouldn’t be able to see on a regular Aerosmith tour.”

Aerosmith’s 50th anniversary with a Las Vegas residency dates:

April: 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26

June: 19, 22, 24, 27, 29

July: 2, 4, 7, 9

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