BY OVERWHELMING DEMAND, NEW SHOWS ADDED TO THE #1 SELLING GUNS N’ ROSES “NOT IN THIS LIFETIME” TOUR

Three decades ago today, Guns N’ Roses transformed and transfixed the world of rock and roll forever with their seminal debut album Appetite for Destruction. To celebrate the multi-platinum record that welcomed fans to the jungle and topped the Billboard 200, the unprecedented legends of rock are announcing a selection of new stops on their momentous Not In This Lifetime Tour produced by Live Nation.

The highly anticipated North American run of the tour begins July 27th in St. Louis, MO and the music icons are revealing eleven more coveted dates in cities across the U.S. including Newark, DC, Hartford, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Sacramento, and San Diego. They will also be adding a second stop in Toronto, and third dates in both New York and Los Angeles.

Citi® is the official presale credit card for the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Monday, July 24th at 10:00am local time until Thursday, July 27th at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. Tickets for the Los Angeles date November 29th at The Forum will be available beginning Monday, July 31st at 10:00am local time through Thursday, August 3 at 10:00pm local time. For complete presale details visit citiprivatepass.com.

AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line with AT&T priority presale ticket access beginning on Wednesday, July 26th at 10:00am local time through Thursday, July 27th at 10:00pm local time via the AT&T “Thanks” program. Tickets for the Los Angeles show November 29th at The Forum will be available beginning on Wednesday, August 2nd at 10:00am local time through Thursday, August 3rd at 10:00pm local time. For complete presale details visit att.com/frontoftheline.com.

Tickets for new dates of the Not In This Lifetime tour go on sale to the general public starting Friday, July 28th at 10:00am local time at livenation.com. Tickets for the Los Angeles show November 29th at The Forum will be available to the general public beginning on Friday, August 4th. Exclusive Guns N’ Roses VIP packages are available for North American dates at vipnation.com.

Last night the band continued their celebration of the 30th anniversary of Appetite for Destruction and the upcoming start of their North American outing with an exclusive show at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater. The intimate evening for fans was the first time Guns N’ Roses performed at the iconic venue. Appetite for Destruction sold 30 million copies globally when it leapt onto the scene in 1987 and became the bestselling U.S. debut in music history.

The full list of routing can be found below, with new dates bolded.

Not In This Lifetime Tour North America:

July:

27 +St. Louis, MO The Dome At America’s Center
30 +Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium

August:

2 **Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High
5 **Little Rock, AK War Memorial Stadium
8 **Miami, FL Miami Marlins Stadium
11 ++Winston-Salem, NC BB&T Field at Wake Forest University
13 ++Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
16 Buffalo, NY New Era Field
19 ^Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
21 ^Ottawa, ON TD Place Stadium
24 ^Winnipeg, MB Investors Group Field
27 Regina, SK New Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place
30 ^Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium

September:

1 *Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium
3 *George, WA The Gorge
6 ***El Paso, TX Sun Bowl Stadium
8 ***San Antonio, TX Alamodome

October:

8 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
11 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
12 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
15 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
16 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
19 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
22 Boston, MA TD Garden
23 Hartford, CT XL Center
26 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
29 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

November:

2 Detroit, MI Little Caesers Arena
3 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
6 Chicago, IL United Center
7 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
10 Houston, TX Toyota Center
13 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
14 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
17 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
18 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
21 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
24 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
25 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
28 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
29 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

***with ZZ Top
+with Deftones
**with Sturgill Simpson
*with Royal Blood
++with LĪVE
^with Our Lady Peace

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ANGEL’S FRANK DIMINO SCHEDULES THREE NORTHEAST SHOWS

Legendary singer Frank DiMino of 70s rock group Ange; will be playing a few shows for his east coast fans in early August. Fans can expect to hear lots of classics and songs from his solo album Old Habits Die Hard. His backing band includes Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, DC3), Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, Angel), Kevin Kapler (Crazy Town, Dizzy Reed Band), and Fritz O’Hara (The Buzzards, Marky Ramone & the Intruders).

VIP Fan Experiences are available at all shows. Attend soundcheck, meet Frank, have your personal items signed, get your picture taken with him, and more. Please visit squareup.com/store/FrankDiMino.

8/4 Chaplin’s Spring City, PA
8/5 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
8/6 Dingbatz Clifton, NJ

Frank DiMino on the web:

Official Website
Facebook
Bandsintown

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SLAYER TO PERFORM ON JULY 27TH EPISODE OF “THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON”

Two-time Grammy-winning thrash/metal legends, Slayer, will make its 11:35PM late-night television debut on July 27th when the band performs its iconic Raining Blood on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The show airs at 11:35PM ET/PT and 10:35PM CT on NBC.

Immediately following Thursday’s taping of The Tonight Show, Slayer will head over to New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden where the band will headline as part of its summer U.S. tour. Remaining tour dates are below.

July:

20 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
21 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
23 Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
25 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
27 Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
28 Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
30 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

August:

1 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
2 1stBank Center, Denver, CO
4 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
5 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
8 Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, CA
9 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
11 The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
12 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
14 Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC CANADA
15 SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB CANADA
17 KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
19 Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
20 Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ

For more information on Slayer, visit the band’s official website.

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ROCK SCENE AUCTIONS LAUNCHES GUNS N’ ROSES ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY AUCTION CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE RELEASE OF “APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION”

Rock Scene Auctions will launch their second auction, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the release of Guns N’ Roses groundbreaking debut album, Appetite for Destruction. The lot features fifteen iconic band photos from Mark “Weissguy” Weiss and will go live this afternoon at rocksceneauctions.com.

Steven Adler says, “He was able to make guys in the band that he shot really look good. He knew when to push the button and set the lights, He had that magic touch. Like Guns N’ Roses did, when the five of us were together we had that magic touch; we couldn’t do no wrong. And Mark had that same magic.”

Mark on his days with Guns N’ Roses, “I first shot Guns N’ Roses the fall of 1986, eight months prior to the release of Appetite for Destruction, they were still working on the album. The buzz was out and Hit Parader magazine wanted me to shoot them for the cover. When I first met them they were a bit guarded, they had their own photographer and the band didn’t want to shoot with anyone but him; as I was told by the publicist. The record company told them they had to shoot with me so I can get them in the magazines. I remember Axl not wanting to look in the camera. I gave them their space and shot a few rolls of film. I thought it was peculiar that they would be all glammed up and then on Axl’s pants it said ‘glam sucks.’ It was the beginning of many more memorable images to come that continues today.”

Guns N’ Roses played the Ritz, in New York City, on October 23rd, 1987. The following week, the band came by my studio for a quick shoot. They invited me to CBGB’s for their show on October 30th where they did an acoustic set along with an autograph signing. I shot a few Motley Crue shows in Florida at the end of November 1987, Guns N’ Roses were the opening band. I went to say hello to the guys before they went on and asked if they would do a few photos after the show. When I went back, Axl was in a towel with his boots on.

In the spring of ’88, I was back in LA, and heard Guns were off tour for a couple of weeks. I reached out to their publicist to see if they would be up for a shoot. We ended up shooting the Sunset Grill on Hollywood Blvd, everyone showed up except Axl – I shot individuals of the four of them and the next day I shot Axl. He drove up with his girlfriend Erin Everly, had a burger then posed for about 15 minutes. As he was leaving, he showed me his cell phone; which was huge. He was like “Look what I got Mark, wanna make a call?” it was the first time I used a cell phone.”

Proceeds from the auction of these photographs, go to WhyHunger.

Photo credit: Mark Weiss

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UBER BASSIST BILLY SHEEHAN DISCUSSES MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH AND THE MOST DIFFICULT MATERIAL TO PLAY

Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan. Portions of the interview appear below.

Greg Prato: How is the new album, Defying Gravity, similar or different to previous Mr. Big albums?

Billy Sheehan: It’s similar to the very early stuff, because we went back to our original producer, Kevin Elson – he did all the Journey stuff, he worked with Lynyrd Skynyrd. He’s a legendary guy in the biz. He was the guy who did our first four records. We were trying to get him in 2009 when we got back together, but our schedules never worked out. And this time, it did.

Kevin just has a way…that makes everyone comfortable and feel good, feel right…

Songfacts: What were your initial impressions of [your hit song] To Be With You [from 1991’s Lean Into It]?

Billy: Instantly loved it and insisted it had to be on the record. It’s funny, because [lead singer] Eric Martin wasn’t quite sure. I’m like, “Bro, come on. We’ve got to do this.” We didn’t think of it as a hit – we just loved the song. So when we did it, we put it last on the record, thinking, “The record’s over, the credits are running, this will be the final goodbye by the campfire at the end of the record. Everybody roast your marshmallows and sing along.”

We never thought of it as a hit. If we would have known it was a hit, we would have released it first. I think it was the fourth release from that record. But I instantly loved it and it instantly had an appeal to me right away. I’m forever grateful that that song did what it did.

Songfacts: Are there any updates about the possibility of a David Lee Roth Eat ‘Em and Smile-era band reunion?

Billy: Unfortunately, no. We haven’t heard from Dave in a while. I hope he’s doing well. If he changes his mind and decides to do some shows, I’m ready to go, and I think Steve and Gregg feel exactly the same way.

We have a great respect and love for Dave and what he did for us. And if he wants us to play, I’m ready to go. But I haven’t heard anything at all, so we’ll see what happens with that. There’s no secret undercurrent thing going on that I’m not talking about. The fact of the matter is it’s Dave’s call. If he chooses to do so, I couldn’t be happier.

Songfacts: How much rehearsal did you, Steve, Gregg, and Brett do for the aborted show at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood back in 2015?

Billy: No rehearsal, no soundcheck, no nothing. That was the whole idea: We were just going to walk up and play without anything. So we didn’t rehearse.

That particular jam was no pedals allowed, no nothing. That’s why the jam is so great…There’s no dicking around with pedals or adjusting the drum kit or setting stuff up,…and it’s fun and exciting.

We thought that was a proper challenge for the Eat ‘Em and Smile band – to just step up on stage and play it like men, and do the real thing without having to fool around with gear and soundcheck. Unfortunately, the fire department shut us down. Me and Steve were on stage, behind the curtain, ready to go when the fire department came in. No rehearsal, no practice, no nothing.

Songfacts: Did you know beforehand that Dave was going to show up?

Billy: Originally, we asked and we didn’t hear from him, but about three days before the thing, Dave called back and said, “Yeah, let’s do it!”

We had to keep it a secret, but people started to put two and two together and figured it out. The club holds about… legally it’s 600, but they’ll allow 700-725 and the fire department will look the other way. But there were about 1,200 people in there and a line all the way down the street and around the corner on Hollywood Boulevard. So probably a total of about 3,000 people had showed up, and 1,200 got in the club.

Somebody got wise to it, because it was dangerous. People were jammed in there, so the fire department came in and said, “Nope. Shut the whole thing down and everybody out.” In retrospect, they probably did the right thing. If something would have happened, it could have been one of the worst catastrophes in the history of show business.

The club I don’t believe did the right thing by allowing so many people in. Everybody had a friend of a friend and they all wanted to get in. I know people that were there, and they said they couldn’t even put their arms out – they were jammed in like sardines. It was dangerous. So in the end, it was probably – sad as it is – wise to shut it down.

Songfacts: Looking back throughout your career, which material was the most difficult to play?

Billy: To Be With You, a song like that is challenging because it’s sparse and you’re under the microscope. Every note counts. It’s a challenging piece of music to play right and do it consistently. Other than that, there’s been a lot of stuff that is tough to play and took me time to work it out.

Some of the stuff I did with Steve Vai on his Real Illusions record, there are some tough lines. And Steve insisted that I do that same fingering with my left hand that he did, so I had to go back and re-adjust. Some of the Niacin stuff was tough because there were keyboard lines I had to do on bass. I had to jump through some hoops of fire to figure out fingerings and finger patterns to get those lines to land and pop in the right place.

Read more at Songfacts.

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FORMER IRON MAIDEN VOCALIST BLAZE BAYLEY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN SUPPORT OF “ENDURE AND SURVIVE (INFINITE ENTANGLEMENT PART II)”

Over the years, a whole new appreciation has developed for the “Blaze Bayley era” of Iron Maiden – which resulted in such classic albums as 1995’s X Factor and 1998’s Virtual XI (and the singles Man on the Edge, Lord of the Flies, The Angel and the Gambler, Futureal, and an all-new track on 1996’s Best of the Beast comp, Virus).

Recently, Bayley (who was also the singer for another highly-respected rock band, Wolfsbane) has released his latest solo effort (a second in a trilogy of release), entitled Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II).
Check out the video of the new song, Escape Velocity, below.

With the album’s release, comes the announcement of an extensive North American tour, which starts August 9th on the east coast, and will run to September 9th on the west coast.

“I’m so excited about coming to USA and Canada for the Endure and Survive part of my Infinite Entanglement tour,” explains Blaze. “I have great memories of touring there with Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden. I’ll be doing a few songs from those days and some songs from my new albums. As a thank you to my fans for waiting so long for this tour, I will be doing a free meet and greet after every show, signing any CDs and albums that I’m featured on. I’m fitting in as many towns and cities as I can on this tour and I’m hoping it will be possible to tour USA and Canada every year if fans want me to return.”

Soon, North American fans will be able to hear Iron Maiden classics and solo material performed on stage by one of the great rock singers of recent times, Blaze Bayley,

Tour Dates:

August:

9 Sellersville, PA Sellersville, Theater
10 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
11 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
13 Baltimore, MD Fish Head Cantina
15 Syracuse, NY Sharkey’s
16 Montreal, Quebec Piranha Bar
17 Ottawa,Ontario Brass Monkey
18 Quebec City, Quebec L’Anti
19 Toronto, Ontario Rockpile
20 London,Ontario East Side Bar and Grill
21 Detroit, MI Token Lounge
23 Newport, KY Southgate House Revival
25 Janesville, WI Backbar
26 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgators
27 St. Louis, MO Fubar
30 Ft. Worth, TX Rail Club
31 Austin, TX Come and Get it Live

September:

1 Houston, TX Concert Pub North
2 San Antonio, TX Rockbox
4 Hollywood, CA Whisky A Go Go
5 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
7 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s
8 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
9 Seattle, WA El Corazon

For more information, please visit, blazebayley.net.

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