In a recent interview with Backstage Axxess, Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill was asked why guitarist K.K. Downing was not asked to re-join after Glenn Tipton had to step aside due to his battle with Parkinson’s.

Ian replied, “When he retired, we took on Richie [Faulkner], you know, so he’s playing all Ken’s parts. So, it’s not Ken’s [parts] that are missing, it’s going to be Glenn’s parts that he would be playing. Really, Ken, what’s he going to do? Come over to my side of the stage and play Glenn’s parts? It wasn’t his job, if you know what I mean, that had become vacant. It was Glenn’s. Glenn and Ken are two excellent guitarists, [but] both are completely different in styles and sounds, and for Ken to be playing Glenn’s parts anyway, it really wouldn’t have sounded right anyway. We never thought about Ken for that reason.”

The “Cobras & Fire” podcast asked what Downing thought of Hill’s justification for why he wasn’t contacted about coming back to to the band, Downing said (as per blabbermouth.net), “Complete load of bollocks. If I had rejoined the band, obviously, I’d step into my role — that’s where people would expect me to be — and Richie is already playing Glenn’s parts anyway, and we’d do that. It wasn’t the case where I was gonna play Glenn’s parts and Richie plays mine.”

“I was thinking, ‘Ian, was it too early in the day or too late in the evening when you came up with this idea?'” K.K. continued. “I don’t know. But bless him — bless him, because we were like brothers; we went to infant school together and secondary school together, and we lived our career together. But I’m not totally happy about what’s being said. Ian seems to be [saying] things like, ‘None of the fans are missing K.K.,’ and, ‘Richie has brought a new energy to the band.’ And I’m going, ‘Ian, dude, on that last tour, I was the energy. I slowed down because people weren’t keeping up with me.'”

Downing added, “That’s a true story. ‘Cause I started off that tour, I played a few shows, and then Scott [Travis, drums] made a comment, and he said, ‘What do you mean, man? It’s your show.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Did he think I’m trying to steal the limelight by doing what I’ve always done?’ Then I started to back off, and then I was in an unhappy place from that point — I didn’t want everybody to think I was trying to steal the limelight when I wasn’t. ‘Cause Rob’s [Halford, vocals] reading his Autocue [teleprompter system] — he’s slowed down — Glenn’s going over there for a beer in between every song, and I’m thinking, ‘Hmm… I don’t know.’ So I’m thinking, Ian, get a grip with yourself, mate. You’ve just replaced the energy with some energy. Fine — well, great. But that’s not moving forward, Ian.”

K.K. Downing’s autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, will be released on September 18th through Da Capo Press. Read more about this forthcoming release by clicking here.

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Slash and his band, Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, will perform their new single Driving Rain this Wednesday, September 12 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Tune-in tomorrow night (Sept. 12th) to watch the episode airing at 11:35PM (ET/PT)/10:35PM (CT) on ABC TV. Watch the video below.

Listen to the previously song, Mind Your Manners, here.

Living The Dream–due out September 21th through Slash’s Snakepit Records (a partnership w/Roadrunner Records)–is the new full-length offering from the group which, in addition to Slash and singer Myles Kennedy, also includes bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and, making his recorded debut after several years of live work with The Conspirators, rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris. Slash and his band re-teamed with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus) for their third album resulting in the band’s strongest collective statement to date following World on Fire and 2012’s Apocalyptic Love. From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener Call of the Wild to the wah-drenched funk rock of Read Between the Lines, the haunting majesty of Lost Inside the Girl to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket Seventies grooves of Serve You Right, to the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of The Great Pretender, Living The Dream packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks, all of it shot through with Slash’s trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos.

“It’s a natural progression from World on Fire, for sure,” Slash says of the new album. “I think it has a little more diversity–some of the ideas are not really what I would consider to be predictable.” At the same time, he adds, “The record is also a bit more structured, with songs that are shorter and more to the point than last time.”

Kennedy concurs, “I don’t know that there are as many of those sort of ‘epic sonic journeys’ that we took on the last record,” he says. “Although there are songs that take you on a trip, like Lost Inside the Girl. But overall a lot of these songs–things like My Antidote, Read Between the Lines, Slow Grind–they’re pretty precise statements, and they definitely fall in line with the type of sound we’re known for. There’s a certain type of sonic calling card that we’ve developed over the years, and you can hear it front and center on this record.”

“It’s just a snapshot of where we’re at,” Slash continues, summing up Living The Dream. “Which is what we’re going for with each new album–to be present in what we’re doing and come up with something that is representative of and reflects this moment in time.”

On Thursday, September 13th, Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators will begin their North American headlining tour at The Whisky in Los Angeles and will visit 20 major cities including New York, Denver, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC (Silver Spring, MD), Chicago (New Buffalo, MI), Dallas (Thackerville, OK), Austin, Houston, and more before ending October 16 back in Los Angeles. In early 2019, the group will launch a European Tour in February and March before returning to the U.S. All tickets for the fall and winter SMKC tour are available at slashonline.com.

Tour dates:


13-Whisky A Go Go Los Angeles, CA
15 The Van Buren Phonenix, AZ
16 KAABOO Music Festival Del Mar, CA
18 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
19 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
21 Paradise Cove Margaritaville Tulsa, OK
22 Winstar World Casino Thackerville, OK (Dallas)
24 Walter Creek Ampitheater Austin, TX Stubb’s
26 House Of Blues Houston, TX
28 Louder Than Life Festival Louisville, KY
29 Four Winds Casino Resort New Buffalo, MI


1 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ
2 Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
4 Casino Rama Rama, Canada
5 Pier 17 at South Street Seaport New York, NY
6 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
9 Paramount Huntington, NY
10 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11 House Of Blues Boston, MA
14 Aftershock Sacramento, CA
16 Los Angeles, CA The Palladium

Living The Dream song list:

1. The Call of the Wild
2. Serve You Right
3. My Antidote
4. Mind Your Manners
5. Lost Inside the Girl
6. Read Between the Lines
7. Slow Grind
8. The One You Loved Is Gone
9. Driving Rain
10. Sugar Cane
11. The Great Pretender
12. Boulevard of Broken Hearts

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A Cinderella CD box set is to be released later this month.

Cinderella: The Mercury Years will bring together all four of the band’s studio albums: 1986’s Night Songs, 1988’s Long Cold Winter, 1990’s Heartbreak Station and 1994’s Still Climbing.

A fifth disc featuring b-sides and live cuts will also be included in the set.

The collection has been put together in collaboration with Cinderella vocalist and guitarist Tom Keifer and will be housed in a clamshell box. It’ll contain a 16-page booklet featuring a new interview with Keifer by journalist Malcolm Dome, where they discuss the band’s history and legacy.

The box set will be released on CD on September 28th via Caroline International and has been mastered from the original tapes – where available – by Andy Pearce.

Night Songs features classic Cinderella tracks including Nobody’s Fool, Shake Me and Somebody Save Me, while their more blues-orientated second album Long Cold Winter included Gypsy Road and Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).

Heartbreak Station sold more than one million copies and was certified platinum and entered the US album charts at no. 19. Still Climbing was originally scheduled to launch in 1991, but was delayed until the winter of 1994.

Cinderella: The Mercury Years

CD 1: Night Songs

1. Night Songs​
2. Shake Me​
3. Nobody’s Fool​
4. Nothin’ For Nothin’​
5. Once Around the Ride​
6. Hell, On Wheels​
7. Somebody Save Me​
8. In From The Outside​
9. Push, Push​
10. Back Home Again​
11. Nobody’s Fool (Single Edit)
12. Shake Me (Single B-Side)
13. Galaxy Blues (Single B-Side)
14. Night Songs (Single B-Side)

CD 2: Long Cold Winter

1. Bad Seamstress Blues / Fallin’ Apart at The Seams​
2. Gypsy Road​
3. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)​
4. The Last Mile​
5. Second Wind​
6. Long Cold Winter​
7. If You Don’t Like It​
8. Coming Home​
9. Fire And Ice​
10. Take Me Back​
11. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) (Single Edit)
12. Coming Home (Single Edit)

CD 3: Heartbreak Station

1. The More Things Change​
2. Love’s Got Me Doin’ Time​
3. Shelter Me​
4. Heartbreak Station​
5. Sick For The Cure​
6. One For Rock and Roll​
7. Dead Man’s Road​
8. Make Your Own Way​
9. Electric Love​
10. Love Gone Bad​
11. Winds of Change​
12. Shelter Me (Radio Edit)
13. Move Over (Greatest Hits)
14. War Stories (Greatest Hits)

CD 4: Still Climbing

1. Bad Attitude Shuffle​
2. All Comes Down​
3. Talk Is Cheap​
4. Hard To Find the Words​
5. Blood From A Stone​
6. Still Climbing​
7. Freewheelin​
8. Through The Rain​
9. Easy Come Easy Go​
10. The Road’s Still Long​
11. Hot & Bothered​

CD 5: Live B-Side

1. Jumping Jack Flash (Single B-Side​)
2. Nobody’s Fool (Single B-Side​)​
3. Push Push (Single B-Side​)
4. Once Around The Ride (Single B-Side​)
5. Somebody Save Me (Single B-Side​)
6. In From The Outside (Single B-Side​)
7. Rock Me Baby / Bring It On Home (Single B-Side​)
8. Second Wind (Single B-Side​)
9. The More Things Change (Japanese live EP)
10. Somebody Save Me (Japanese live EP)
11. Heartbreak Station (Japanese live EP)
12. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) (Japanese live EP)
13. Gypsy Road (Japanese live EP)
14. Shake Me (Japanese live EP)

source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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Thinking of all those we lost on this day 17 years ago, may they rest in peace..

Headed on the road until 9/24. Live SiriusXM Volume show air every day this week 2-4P ET (replay 9-11P ET) on 106. Remember if in L.A. the next broadcast from The Rainbow is this Thursday and that day my show is live in the 9-11P ET/6-8P PT window. If in LA join me for the broadcast. It’s free and no ticket needed. Also Slash is at The Whiskey that night so it should be a scene! I will have several special guests also. I will be off the week of 9/17 as I am on the Hair Nation tour. I’ll be hosting shows this Friday in LA at Wiltern, Saturday in Anaheim at HOB, Tuesday in Phoenix at Van Buren, Thursday in Vegas at HOB. Then next Friday 9/21 i’ll be in Houston at Proof to host Vince Neil. Then at Bourbon & Beyond to shoot a new episode of TrunkFest for AXS TV. Lot going on, follow on twitter @EddieTrunk for up to the second updates.

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Scott Munro of Classic Rock reports:

Michael Schenker has ruled out any possibility of playing with UFO on their farewell tour.

Frontman Phil Mogg – the band’s only ever-present member – announced his decision to retire from UFO earlier this year and will bow out following a 50th anniversary tour in 2019.

Many fans would like to see former members make guest appearances during the dates in the UK and Ireland, but the guitarist won’t be one of them and he’s explained exactly why he won’t take part – not even at the all-star jam on the final night of the tour at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 4th.

He tells Classic Rock, “Bands like UFO and the Scorpions are trying to fool the audience, and I’m not a part of that world. It’s becoming a trend to make a big deal about playing last shows, and those bands do it because they can’t get anywhere in a normal way.

I returned the UFO name to Phil Mogg in 2003 – it was a precious gift that I gave him for free and he didn’t even thank me. Why should I show up with UFO again?

For me, UFO only exists with the original five members, plus producer Ron Nevison. Phil calls his current band UFO, but it isn’t UFO. If he shows me no respect or appreciation, why would I do that for him?”

Schenker and Mogg both live in Sussex, England, with the guitarist saying that they see each other often – but haven’t spoken recently.

Schenker says, “When I use a zebra crossing, Phil’s there walking his dog. Or I see him in Morrison’s queuing up to buy a Lotto ticket. Or he’s going up the hill on his racing bike. It’s like a comedy. But we haven’t actually spoken for quite a while.”

The full interview with Schenker will feature in an upcoming issue of Classic Rock magazine.

UFO’s Last Orders – 50th anniversary tour will begin at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, on March 29yj and conclude with a set at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 4th.

source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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As previously reported, a Gary Moore tribute titled Moore Blues For Gary, and featuring artists such as Steve Lukather, Danny Bowes, Glenn Hughes, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Morse, John Sykes, Neil Carter, Doug Aldrich, Eric Singer and more, will be released on October 26th.

The song Still Got The Blues (For You) featuring Danny Bowes (vocals), John Sykes (guitar), Don Airey (keyboards), Bob Daisley (bass), Rob Grosser (drums), can be streamed below.

Moore Blues For Gary is the brainchild of Bob Daisley (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne), who had played bass with Moore since the early Eighties.

“In my opinion, Gary was one of the best guitarists who ever lived,” Bob Daisley said in a statement. “It was an honor for me to have worked with him and to have known him so well.”

Daisley continued, “When Gary passed away in 2011, the world lost one of the all-time greats. I don’t think that enough was said or done at the time to acknowledge the loss of such a great player so I took it upon myself to pay personal tribute to the man and record some new versions of his music, mostly from his blues catalog.

I asked many members of the Gary Moore family tree, and some other great players, to contribute to the project. The response was not only encouraging but very moving. It seems that the name Gary Moore is also synonymous with the words ‘respect,’ ‘honor’ and ‘greatness.’

I didn’t set out to recreate anything that Gary had done, or to compete in any way. These arrangements and performances represent a ‘hats off’ to Gary and nothing more.

Long live the memory of Robert William Gary Moore. Yes, he was another ‘Bob’ — something that I wasn’t aware of for all of those years that I worked with him.

I feel such gratitude towards the people who contributed to this album and I’m honored to have worked with them all.”

To read more about this special project, and to view a track listing, please click here.

additional source: guitarworld.com

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