JOE BONAMASSA SAYS THAT HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH BCC IS “IS PRETTY MUCH DONE”

Black Country, March 15, 2010, Malibu, CA Black Country Communion guitarist Joe Bonamassa admits he became disillusioned with the band during their 2011 tour, reports Classic Rock Magazine.

He says he’s “happily not involved any more” with the supergroup, months after a public spat with frontman Glenn Hughes came close to derailing the release of third album Afterglow.

The musicians fell out after Hughes expressed his frustration that Bonamassa wouldn’t go on the road to support the record with live shows – one of a series of outbursts that led to the cancellation of a one-off concert in the UK planned for January.

Now the blues guitarist tells PremierGuitar, “As far as I’m concerned my involvement is pretty much done.

Originally I did it for the same reasons I did the stuff with Beth Hart and Rock Candy Funk Party: it was an excessive to play a different kind of music that I don’t get to play normally.

So I did it and did a nine-week tour in 2011 that really, by the end of it, wasn’t fun for me. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the cats in the band, but it was just too much – too much involved in getting people from place to place and getting the band onstage.

Everybody seemed to be very tense, and it made my crew very tense, and it’s not the way I like to tour. I run a family. I have 21 people who go on the road with me all the time, and if you asked them who was the cause of the least of their problems, they would say me.”

But Bonamassa remains proud of his work with the band, also featuring Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and producer Kevin Shirley.

“The first two records were a blast,” he says. “The band is fantastic when the Ritalin kicks in, the ADD goes away, and everyone’s focused. It’s a devastatingly good rock band of the early-1970s type, and Glenn is a fantastic singer – just one of the best ever.

It just wasn’t fun for me any more. All the stuff that Glenn says in the media, essentially pinning it on me, that I was the reason for the band’s lack of touring and the band’s lack of future. It became rapidly not fun at all. It would be dishonest of me to get onstage and pretend like I’m having fun to please the band.”

He’s previously given his blessing for BCC to continue without him, a move that both Hughes and Bonham have hinted at in the past. “I’m just not the guitar player for that band,” he says. “Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any out-of-work guitar players in LA that they can get. There are so many guys that can fill that role and I would be the first guy to queue up and buy a ticket.

“I’m happily not involved any more – but I’m happy with the legacy that I left with that band and happy with the records we made. It was a great three years for me.”

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

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AIRBOURNE TO RELEASE “BLACK DOG BARKING” ON MAY 21ST

airbourne Airbourne’s third album, Black Dog Barking, will be released on May 21st through Roadrunner Records and is the follow-up to 2010’s successful No Guts. No Glory.

The band says, “A lot of thought and effort has gone into this record not only by the band, but by the production crew who worked countless hours, seven days a week, even through Christmas and New Year’s Eve to achieve the best possible performances, backed by real undying tones. Now we’re handing it over to you… so crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!”

Inspired by the likes of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Motorhead, Airbourne has been winning fans since 2003 with their high-energy, whiplash-inducing, workingman’s rock ‘n’ roll. Their first album ‘Runnin’ Wild’ was named 2007’s ‘Album of the Year’ by SleazeRoxx.com, Best Debut Album at the 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, and Spin said “Runnin’ Wild, Airbourne’s debut, is a smorgasbord of sledgehammer riffs, crass sex puns, and boozy sing-alongs.”

Hailing from Warrnambool, a small drinking town on the southwestern coast of Victoria, Australia, Airbourne — vocalist/lead guitarist Joel O’Keeffe, drummer Ryan O’Keeffe, guitarist David Roads, and bassist Justin Street — has gained an immense following with their explosive live shows and main stage festival appearances including a headliner spot at Wacken 2011, Rock Am Ring/Park (Germany) and Download (UK).

additional source: sleazeroxx.com

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BLACK SABBATH POST NEW STUDIO FOOTAGE ONLINE

blacksabbath2013 Black Sabbath have posted another video from their 13 studio sessions, including an interview with producer Rick Rubin. Watch it below.

According to Black Sabbath’s official website, 13 will come in many different configurations, including:

• Standard CD album
• Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material)
• Vinyl: 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
• Super Deluxe Box Set: limited edition 12″ clamshell box set which contains:
– Deluxe double CD album
– 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
– Exclusive DVD containing ‘Black Sabbath–The Re-union’ documentary
– 5 behind-the-scenes videos
– Download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath
– Exclusive ’13′ art print
– 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand written album lyrics

13 is scheduled to be released on June 11th.

additional source: metalhammer.co.uk

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ALICE COOPER PLANS CLASSIC ROCK COVERS ALBUM

AliceCoopertophat Steve Baltin of Rolling Stone spoke with the rock icon Alice Cooper. Portions from the interview appear below.

Q: You have dates coming up with Marilyn Manson. Have you toured together before?

A: No. In fact, the very first time I met him was in Transylvania. It was the weirdest thing. We had jousted in the press before a little bit, and we realized we were doing a show together in Transylvania, a big outdoor show, two miles from Dracula’s castle. He walked by the dressing room and I said, “Hey, come here.” We finally met face to face, and what we talked about was marriage, which was interesting. I’ve been married 37 years.

Q: And after the tour you start the covers album?

A: We do a thing in our show, which is a tribute to Hollywood Vampires, my drinking club. And it was Keith Moon, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz – a very eclectic bunch of drunks. Half of them are dead, so we do four songs in the show in tribute to them. We do Break On Through, Revolution, My Generation and Jimi Hendrix’s Foxey Lady. I just kind of said, “We’ve never done a covers album, let’s think about that.” So [Bob] Ezrin and I are kind of bouncing it around right now.

Q: What are some of the wish-list songs?

A: I would keep it right to about ’73, ’74. I don’t want to just go anywhere. I want to keep it right in that sort of drunk era, so it’s specific. I would say Break On Through, that’s a really good rock track there. The other ones, think of it – Harry Nilsson, there’s a lot of good stuff there that could be rocked out. I think of songs as being clay. Take a song like “Jump Into the Fire” and take that to a harder level, and that’ll work.

Q:When will the album be out?

A: I think it’ll be out next year. When the tour’s over in December then we’ll go right in the studio.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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VAN HALEN SHOOT DOWN TOUR RUMORS

VanHalen2012 Steve Knopper of Rolling Stone reports:

Irving Azoff, manager of Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen, has debunked a rumor singer David Lee Roth has spread in recent interviews that rockers Van Halen will perform “probably 50, 60 shows” in Europe beginning at the end of this year. “Nothing’s been discussed yet,” Azoff tells Rolling Stone. “Why would he say this? Hey, Dave’s a talkative guy. Why don’t you call and ask him?”

The band had to abruptly cancel a tour of Japan last August when guitarist Van Halen developed severe diverticulitis and his reps predicted he’d need four to six months to recover. Azoff emphasizes that the band’s only scheduled shows remain two April festival dates with Billy Joel in Australia, three June dates in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, and a headlining gig at the Rock USA festival in July in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Would Van Halen possibly do a broader tour, or more dates in 2013? “Not unless something special comes up,” Azoff says. “It certainly won’t be a tour of Europe.”

Roth said on SiriusXM’s Opie and Anthony show Monday, “I am frankly surprised that these [tour dates] happened now. I think probably . . . they had designs on somebody else . . . or somebody else got sick, because we are here to save the day. These are big shows – these are like 50-70,000 person shows. And they’re just coming together fast, which says, hmm . . . probably somebody else bowed out or somebody else took ill.”

Azoff says none of Roth’s declarations about the “big shows” are true, although the band is beginning to rehearse for the Australian gigs.

Roth could not be reached by Rolling Stone for a comment.

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FORMER IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER CLIVE BURR DEAD AT THE AGE OF 56

cliveburr Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died last night at the age of 56. Burr had been suffering from multiple sclerosis, and he died in his sleep.

“This is terribly sad news,” said Maiden founder/bassist Steve Harris on the group’s official site. “Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.”

Born on March 8th, 1957, in East Ham, London, Burr was a member of another up-and-coming British metal band, Samson, before joining Maiden in 1979. As one of the leaders of the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” (which included such groups as Def Leppard, Saxon and Diamond Head), Maiden quickly showcased a sound that, early on, merged the energy of punk with the power of metal.

It was Burr’s drumming that proved a major ingredient on such early Maiden classics as 1980’s self-titled debut, 1981’s Killers and 1982’s The Number of the Beast, and such headbanging anthems as Running Free, Wrathchild and Run to the Hills. However, during this early era, Maiden members would often come and go, and by December 1982, Burr had exited the group – just as they were about to become a global stadium headliner.

After leaving Maiden, Burr appeared on recordings by such metal acts as Trust, Stratus, Gogmagog, Elixir, Desperado (which included Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider) and Praying Mantis. Burr was eventually diagnosed with MS, and his former Maiden bandmates came to his aid by performing charity concerts and helping to form the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. In the last years of his life, Burr was confined to a wheelchair.

“I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden,” added Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson on the group’s site. “He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his MS, Clive never lost his sense of humor or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family.”

source: rollingstone.com

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