JOE SATRIANI – JOINS TOGETHER WITH G3 TOUR MATES – AND FRIENDS–CARLOS SANTANA, NEAL SCHON & MORE TO RAISE MONEY FOR NORTH BAY FIRE RELIEF IN SONOMA COUNTY

World-renowned guitarist, and Bay-Area resident, Joe Satriani announces a fundraising auction, set to launch this Sunday, January 14th, at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA to benefit the North Bay Fire Relief in Sonoma County. The online auction will be live for one week, with bidding ending on January 21st, bid here.

The auction will feature autographed collectible guitars from Joe as well as his G3 Tour-mates (John Petrucci & Phil Collen), in addition to guitars signed and donated by fellow Bay Area Residents: Carlos Santana and Neal Schon. Other items up for auction include a Huey Lewis signed harmonica and a Bill Gibson signed drumhead, along with signed posters and memorabilia from past G3 tours. Net proceeds will go to North Bay Fire Relief, including UndocuFund, directly assisting the affected undocumented residents of Sonoma County. The auction is being curated and administered by Bananas at Large.

Satriani has lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years and considers it home. His longtime manager, Mick Brigden, was directly affected by the fire as his entire neighborhood was destroyed, although thankfully, his house was spared. Raising funds to support those affected in their own backyard is important to the multi-Grammy nominated guitarist. Satriani says, “This special auction for North Bay Fire Relief in Sonoma County is close to my heart. So many of my friends and coworkers are still in need after the devastating wildfires. Please join me and my musical buddies in raising some funds to provide some love and care. Thank you!”

The guitarist’s 16th solo album, What Happens Next, was released today (January 12th) on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Listen to, Thunder High On The Mountain, from the album, here. Longtime touring entity, G3, opened last night in Seattle featuring Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen, joining him. The G3 tour will conclude on February 25th in Milwaukee, WI.

Joe’s touring band: Mike Keneally (guitar and keyboards), Bryan Beller (bass), Joe Travers (drums).

G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January:

11 The Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
12 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
13 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
14 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
16 Delta Hall at Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT
17 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
18 Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ
19 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
21 Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ
24 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
25 Uptown Theater Kansas City MO
26 The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX
27 Austin City Limits – Moody Theater Austin, TX
28 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Houston, TX
30 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
31 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL

February:

1 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL
2 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers, FL
3 Mahaffey Theater St. Petersberg, FL
6 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Raleigh, NC
8 Toyota Presents Oakdale Wallingford, CT
9 Landmark Theatre Syracuse, NY
10 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
11 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA
14 Warner Theatre Washington, DC
15 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
16 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
17 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA
18 New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ
20 Auditorium Theatre Rochester, NY
21 Massey Hall Toronto, ONT
22 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH
23 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
24 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
25 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI

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BON JOVI ANNOUNCES SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Global rock icons and newly announced Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees Bon Jovi have announced the spring leg of their This House Is Not for Sale Tour, presented by Live Nation, which will include back-to-back performances at New Jersey’s Prudential Center on April 7th & 8th and New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on May 9th & 10th. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 19th at 10am through Ticketmaster. The Grammy-winning band will also celebrate their return to the road with the re-release of This House Is Not For Sale as a new version, containing two brand new songs, When We Were US and Walls, available via all download and streaming partners on February 23rd.

“Backstage with Jon Bon Jovi” Fan Club tickets and VIP Experience Packages go on presale beginning January 16th at 10 a.m. local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning January 16th at 10 a.m. local time through January 18th at 10 p.m. local time. Live Nation presales will begin January 18th at 10 a.m. local time and end at 10 p.m. General public tickets will be available for purchase starting January 19th at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com and through participating venue Box Offices. Each online ticket purchased will include a CD of the original This House Is Not For Sale. Visit bonjovi.com for updated tour and ticketing information.

This House Is Not for Sale Tour Spring 2018 Concert Dates:

March:

16 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
17 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
20 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
22 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
23 Houston, TX Toyota Center
25 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
26 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

April:

2 Boston, MA TD Garden
4 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
7 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
18 Orlando, FL Amway Center
20 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
26 Chicago, IL United Center
28 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
29 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center

May:

2 Allentown, PA PPL Center
3 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
7 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
9 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
10 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
14 Washington, DC Capital One Arena

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MOTORHEAD GUITARIST “FAST” EDDIE CLARKE PASSES AWAY AT AGE 67

Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke died Wednesday at 67.

He was the last surviving founding member of the legendary metal outfit, best known for their 1980 hit Ace of Spades.

“We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight … Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday,” the official Motörhead Facebook page announced early Thursday. “Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.”

Former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, now a member of the Scorpions, said in a statement on Motörhead’s page, “Oh my f—king God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape, so this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer when we around with the Scorps.”

Dee added of fellow founding Motörhead members Ian “Lemmy” Kilmeister, who died of cancer in December 2015, and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor who died that November, “Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out! Fast Eddie … keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddammit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!”

In addition to his work with Motörhead, Clarke formed the band, Fastway, with UFO bassist, Pete Way, in the 80’s. The band’s debut, self titled, album, spawned the hit, Say What You Will.

additional source: Jessica Sager of Page Six

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1/10: CRUISES, RICK ALLEN, NAMM, ATLANTA KISS EXPO, MONTROSE REMEMBERED, HALL OF HM, KEIFER PODCAST, MORE

Just realized it’s been a bit since I posted here as I was on the Moody Blues Cruise and then just jumped right back into other work. As usual Twitter ( @EddieTrunk ) is the place for up to the second news and info as it happens. Thanks to all the fans and bands I met on the cruise. Was a very mellow way to kick off my first of 3. Saw a bunch of cool bands, hung often with Frank Hannon who co-hosted my SiriusXM show with me from the ship, and discovered some artists I was unaware of. Randy Hansen’s Hendrix tribute was a real highlight, as was Thee R&R Residency as usual. Was cool to get out of my comfort zone and interview artists like Al Stewart, Lighthouse, Moody Blues, Rod Argent, Alan Parsons and many more. Next up is Cruise To The Edge to cover Prog, then Monsters Of Rock Cruise which I also host. Hope you guys enjoy the broadcasts coming up! All shows live 2-4P ET on 106 Volume on SiriusXM. Replay 9-11P ET. Also On Demand on the SiriusXM app.

Rick Allen of Def Leppard joins me in studio this Friday for my Volume show. Live 2-4P ET on 106. Call in and talk to Rick. He will join me 2:30-3:30.

For those that listen to my Monday show on 39 (Hair Nation) that will return 5-8P ET on 1/22. Please listen daily on 106. If you don’t get 106 consider upgrading so you can hear the daily show. Volume on 106 is now my full time position for SiriusXM. The show on 39 is and always has been on Monday’s only. So it will be pre empted for travel and events for Volume and also holidays, as is the case this Monday.

I will be at the Atlanta Kiss Expo speaking and doing my Volume show that Friday live. I have no further details on anything beyond that as of now. Hoping to very soon and will post.

I will be at NAMM in CA 1/23-28 to host Hall Of HM History on the Wednesday and Ronnie Montrose Remembered on Saturday at Observatory. Hope to see you in S CA. Also doing the Volume show from there as well on weekdays.

Thanks to all who signed up for membership on this site. Please be sure to send in your address so member packets can be sent out.

Tom Keifer is my guest on my new podcast posting tomorrow. Free Itunes & www.PodcastOne.com

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TORA TORA SIGN WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC, NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN 2019

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Memphis’s Tora Tora. The band will commence recording a new studio album in 2018 for a tentative release in early 2019.

Tora Tora’s mixture of hard rock with its hometown’s legendary blues style put the group in a class of its own and the label was thrilled to find the band was open to creating new music.

Says vocalist Anthony Corder, “Tora Tora is proud to announce we have signed with Frontiers. With a rich musical heritage and focus on quality content, we feel their company culture is the perfect fit for our project. We are excited to join some of our favorite artists and friends on their international roster. Thank you to Serafino Perugino, Mario De Riso and Nick Tieder and our entire Frontiers family for this opportunity. We are looking forward to creating some great music and many good memories with all of you!”

Comments guitarist Keith Douglas, “When we first started talking about a new Tora Tora project, the biggest question for us was what it would sound like after so much time had passed since we’d written together. After just one day of collaborating, it was clear we were going to pick up right where we left off so many years ago. We have some really good songs already written as well as a ton of other cool ideas to get sorted out. Having creative freedom is a huge bonus for us. As far as the direction, it’s just going to be whatever comes out. But I can tell you what has come out so far rocks as hard as anything we’ve ever done and lets our Memphis roots shine through. We are very excited to be working on what we feel like is going to be a very special record and just as excited to be working with Frontiers Records. Stay tuned!”

Tora Tora started in 1985 in the garage of then high school students Antony Corder, Keith Douglas, John Patterson and Patrick Francis. They beat out sixty other groups in a local Battle Of The Bands contest and received some free studio time at Ardent Studios. They cut one track before using the prize money they had won to record an entire independent EP called To Rock To Roll. Ardent was so impressed with the recordings that they offered to help shop the demo and gave them even more free recording time. Tora Tora eventually singed with A&M. That debut album made the Billboard Top 100 and hovered on the brink of breaking wide open as songs such as Walking Shoes, Riverside Drive and Phantom Rider became local anthems. They followed up with Wild America, which produced two more singles. A third album, Revolution Day, was recorded but never released due to label restructuring. Due to the onset of the grunge era, Tora Tora, much like many other bands of their genre, called it quits in 1994.

Tora Tora reunited in August 2016 for a benefit concert in Memphis to help bassist Patrick Francis, who was diagnosed with cancer. Footage of the show has since been released on Blu-ray.

[Dana’s note: I am a HUGE fan of this band, and still listen to their albums today. I have included a few videos below for your enjoyment.]

From the album, Surprise Attack:

Walkin’ Shoes:

Guilty:

From the album, Wild America:

Amnesia:

Dirty Secrets:

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GUNS N’ ROSES KEYBOARDIST DIZZY REED RELEASES NEW SINGLE FROM HIS DEBUT FORTHCOMING ALBUM,

Guns N’ Roses keyboardist, Dizzy Reed, has dropped the lead single, This Don’t Look Like Vegas, from his upcoming 2018 debut solo album, Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy, out on digital, CD and purple vinyl through Golden Robot Records on February 16th.

Written by Dizzy Reed, Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, The Almighty, Black Star Riders) and Del James, This Don’t Look Like Vegas, features Warwick and Mayuko Okai on guitar, with fellow Gunner, Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, Psychelic Furs, Thin Lizzy), bringing the guitar solo. Mike Dupke’s (W.A.S.P.) on drums, Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.) on bass, Reed on lead vocals, piano, shaker and tambourine, with backing vocals from Nadja Reed, Chela Johnson and Del James.

Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy is 12 tracks of rock (or 13, if you download the digital version, which comes with a bonus track!) with Reed uniting with fellow members of Guns N’ Roses, along with some other greats, including players from W.A.S.P., Quiet Riot, Psychedelic Furs, Thin Lizzy, No Doubt, The Replacements, Queens of the Stone Age, and more.

Pre-order at: here. Purple vinyl available exclusively from the SFR store.

additional source: melodicrock.com

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