EDDIE TRUNK’S INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT POSTED ONLINE, LISTEN HERE

Eddie spoke with former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent at the the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 19th. Vincent discusses his life, his time in KISS, and his possible return to the music business, listen to the discussion below.

Vinnie Vincent joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the “Ankh Warrior,” he toured with the group in support of Creatures Of The Night, on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. From there, KISS wrote and released Lick It Up — their first album without makeup — in 1983, a recording on which Vincent co-wrote eight of ten songs, including the title track, which remains a staple of the group’s live performances to this day.

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MYLES KENNEDY RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR “HAUNTED BY DESIGN,” LISTEN HERE

Following the recent release of the music video for the first single, Year Of The Tiger, Myles Kennedy has released a lyric video for another song from the upcoming debut solo album. Haunted By Design is the second track released from Year Of The Tiger; the upcoming album available worldwide on March 9th via Napalm Records. The video for the song can be seen below.

Fans that pre-order the download of Year Of The Tiger through a digital retailer will receive an instant download of the song as well as the first single. The album is also currently available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at: smarturl.it/YearOfTheTiger-NPR and myleskennedy.com.

On Year Of The Tiger, Myles embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career.Kennedy himself plays banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar throughout the album. The emotional journey and personal story of Myles is captured in a bluesy-americana album with a twist of country and rock, swirling and flowing around this incredible soulful voice the world has come to know.

Myles recently announced a solo acoustic tour that will kickoff in South Africa before moving over to Europe for six exclusive shows. The European tour will make stops in Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London. Tickets for all shows are currently on sale and can be purchased via livenation.co.uk or ticketmaster.co.uk. A US run will be announced in the near future and the initial live shows will feature Myles performing solo in an intimate setting.

Myles Kennedy live on tour:

17.03.18 UK – Birmingham / O² Institute2
18.03.18 UK – Nottingham / The Rescue Rooms
20.03.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage
21.03.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla
24.03.18 UK – Bristol / Thekla
26.03.18 UK – London / Islington Assembly Hall
(more dates to come)

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RAPPER MACHINE GUN KELLY TO PLAY TOMMY LEE IN MOTELY CRUE’S “THE DIRT” MOVIE

Justin Kroll of Variety reports:

Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography The Dirt.

Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the Jackass movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing, while Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline, and Rick Yorn are exec producing. Members of Motley Crue are co-producing.

Based on the 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the movie follows the group’s rise during the ’80s “hair band” rock scene on the Sunset Strip and pulls no punches as it dives into the band’s highs and lows along the way. Motley Crue played its final concert on New Year’s Eve in 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles…

…This is the closest the film has come to moving toward production after years of jumping from studio to studio. It landed at Paramount Pictures more than a decade ago. Larry Charles was initially attached to direct “The Dirt” for Paramount and MTV Films in 2006. Focus then came on in 2015 while the band was on its final tour. At that point, Tremaine and the current producers were on board…

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stewart Cook/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9289812t)
Machine Gun Kelly
‘Bright’ film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 13 Dec 2017

Read more at Variety.

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DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Promising to be the Tour of the Year, two of the world’s greatest rock bands – Def Leppard and Journey – are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, half the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks begins May 21st in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as Pour Some Sugar on Me, Lights, Photograph, Don’t Stop Believin’, Rock of Ages and Faithfully. Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, February 3rd, at LiveNation.com. Stay tuned for presale and VIP ticketing information.

The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums – Toronto’s Rogers Centre; Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park; Detroit’s Comerica Park; Chicago’s Wrigley Field; Denver’s Coors Field; Minneapolis’ Target Field; Boston’s Fenway Park; St. Louis’ Busch Stadium; San Francisco’s AT&T Park; and San Diego’s Petco Park – as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Neal Schon said, “These co-headlining Journey/Def Leppard dates will be epic classic rock shows. So many hits. It will be great to see you all, friends!”

Said Joe Elliott, “This tour is going to be a blast! We’ve toured together before and it was massive. This time it’s going to be even bigger and better!”

Jonathan Cain added, “We are all anxious to share our sound with the world again and, along with Def Leppard, we are part of a world-class package to the rock stage that spans decades and represents a multi-platinum legacy.”

Added Rick Savage of Def Leppard, “12 years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast. Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular.”

2018 Def Leppard & Journey 2018 Tour Dates:

May:

21 Hartford, CT XL Center**
23 Albany, NY Times Union Center
25 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
26 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center**
28 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
30 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena

June:

1 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
2 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
5 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
6 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
8 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
9 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center**
13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
15 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
16 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena

July:

1 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
3 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
4 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
6 Memphis, TN FedExForum
7 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
9 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
11 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
13 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
14 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field**
16 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
18 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
19 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
21 Denver, CO Coors Field
23 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena**
25 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center**
27 Minneapolis, MN Target Field
28 Fargo, ND Fargodome**

August:

11 Boston, MA Fenway Park**
13 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
15 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
17 Ft Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
18 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
20 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
22 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
24 St. Louis, MO Busch Stadium
25 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
27 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
29 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
31 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

September:

1 Houston, TX Toyota Center**
5 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
7 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
8 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena**
21 San Francisco, CA AT&T Park
23 San Diego, CA Petco Park
25 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
26 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center Arena
28 Portland, OR Moda Center
29 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre

October:

1 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
4 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
6 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

**Not ticketed by Ticketmaster

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MICHAEL SCHENKER DISCUSSES KIRK HAMMETT’S APPEARANCE HIS “RESURRECTION” ALBUM

Resurrection, the new album from Michael Schenker’s Michael Schenker Fest project, will be released on March 2nd through Nuclear Blast.

When asked how Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett came to be involved with the project, Schenker told Poland’s Interia.pl (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net, “He is a fan. He always wanted to jam with me. He actually did something very nice for me — he put Michael Schenker Group’s] Armed And Ready on [Metallica’s] version of Guitar Hero; they had their own version. Peter Mensch, he used to be the manager of AC/DC, then Def Leppard and then Metallica, he told me that Kirk Hammett, I’m his Santa Claus. And so that’s how it started. So I found out very late in life that he was a fan. And then we met at a guitar magazine, [when we were named two of] the 10 most influential guitarists, we made the cover page for a guitar magazine in America, but we never talked. So he always wanted to jam with me. [Radio personality] Eddie Trunk, from New York, he arranged for Kirk and me to meet and jam. And so we jammed and then we did an interview together. And then, eventually, he even came to a concert and jammed a song with us. So, basically, Kirk was a fan, he became a friend and he plays in the biggest band in the world. And so I said, ‘Kirk, you wanna [guest on Resurrection]?’ And he was more than happy. His management even… ‘Cause he wanted to record in Hawaii in his own recording studio, so [Metallica’s] management paid for the ticket for Michael Voss, the co-producer, to fly over there to record [Kirk’s solo]. Then they sent me a picture of Kirk [in the studio]. He looked like a teenager, 20 years old, with his casual Hawaiian outfit, baseball hat, and he was happy.”

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“JOE PERRY AND FRIENDS” ALL-STAR BAND PERFORM TWO-HOUR PLUS SET AT SOLD-OUT JANUARY 16 THE ROXY THEATRE SHOW IN CELEBRATION OF FORTHCOMING “SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO” SOLO ALBUM OUT THIS FRIDAY (JANUARY 19TH)

Joe Perry–legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith–and his all-star band crushed it at a two-hour plus set this past Tuesday (January 16th) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Joe was backed by guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums) who performed the entire set that also featured guest appearances by Slash and Johnny Depp. Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen) handled vocals for the bulk of the show, with other guest vocalists also lighting up the Roxy: Terry Reid, David Johanson, Robin Zander and Chris Robinson.

Tuesday’s set list included Sweetzerland Manifesto collaborations I’ll Do Happiness, Sick & Tired, and Won’t Let Me Go with Terry Reid, Eve of Destruction alongside the album’s executive producer Johnny Depp, I Wanna Roll with David Johanson and Depp followed by I’m Goin’ Crazy with Johanson, the album’s first single Aye, Aye, Aye with Robin Zander, who stayed on with the band to play Zander’s Countryside Blvd solo song, before the band went on to play the album’s instrumental Spanish Sushi. Beyond these guests, Perry was joined by Chris Robinson on Fortunate One and Quake with Cherone with all the special guests then joining in on a crowd sing-a-long of the Beatles’ classic Come Together. Other songs in the show included Perry solo tracks Shakin’ My Cage and Rockin’ Train and Aerosmith tracks Let The Music Do The Talking, Toys In The Attic, Pandora’s Box, and Train Kept A Rollin’ with Slash and Depp.

The show came three days before the release of his Sweetzerland Manifesto album. Set for release on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), Sweetzerland Manifesto–which is available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon–marks JOE’s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by Joe (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of Eve Of Destruction with Joe on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of Joe’s friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons.

The full set list from The Roxy Theatre show is as follows (with guest vocalists listed in parenthesis):

Let The Music Do The Talking
Toys In The Attic
Pandora’s Box
Shakin’ My Cage
I’ll Do Happiness (Terry Reid)
Sick & Tired (Terry Reid)
Won’t Let Me Go (Terry Reid)
Fortunate One (Chris Robinson)
Spanish Sushi
Eve of Destruction (Johnny Depp)
I Wanna Roll (David Johanson and Johnny Depp)
I’m Goin’ Crazy (David Johanson)
Countryside Blvd (Robin Zander)
Aye, Aye, Aye (Robin Zander)
Quake
Rockin’ Train
Come Together (all guests)
Train Kept A Rollin’ (Slash and Johnny Depp)

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