2499059-queensryche-new-617-409 Queensryche’s highly acclaimed new, full-length offering, Condition Human, through Century Media Records debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 13,798 units sold. See below for all North American charting numbers and stay tuned next week for a major touring announcement.

Chart Positions:

#4 Hard Rock
#4 Independent
#5 – Top Rock Albums
#15 – Top Albums Chart
#22 – Current Digital Albums
#27 – Billboard Top 200

Condition Human, sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) in the band’s native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.

Look for Condition Human now at your local Best Buy retailer or purchase directly at the following link.

Watch video’s for Guardian, and Arrow of Time, Live From Wacken Open Air Festival, below.

Condition Human track listing:

1. Arrow Of Time
2. Guardian
3. Hellfire
4. Toxic Remedy
5. Selfish Lives
6. Eye9
7. Bulletproof
8. Hourglass
9. Just Us
10. All There Was
11. The Aftermath
12. Condition Human



winerydogs640 After landing in the Top Five on many of Amazon’s pre-order charts, including number one on the Amazon BestSellers/Hard Rock chart and #1 on the Amazon Pre-Orders/Hard Rock Albums charts, The Winery Dogs–Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums)–are now celebrating a Hot Streak of first week album sales. The trio’s second critically-acclaimed album sold 30% more than their 2013 self-titled debut, landing them on various Billboard album charts including #2 on “Top Current Alternative Albums” and #30 on the “Top 200 Albums.” Elsewhere on the Billboard charts:

#5: Top Current Hard Music
#5: Top Hard Music Albums
#6: Top Current Rock Albums
#6: Album Core / Genre Rock
#15: Top Current Physical Albums
#16: Top Current Albums

Hot Streak is The Winery Dogs’ appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, which came out October 2nd on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It was preceded by the first single, Oblivion, which was released to radio August 25th and quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart. A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out November 13th.

What better way to spread the word about a new album than with a viral video? Drummer MIKE PORTNOY highly entertained himself and fans by playing on a Hello Kitty drum kit. On Wednesday, October 7th it was the #1 trending topic on Twitter. Watch it below.

After playing over 100 shows worldwide in support of their self-titled debut album, The Winery Dogs are back out on the road to get behind Hot Streak. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.

Current Winery Dogs tour dates:


12 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
14 Jacksonville, FL Ponte Verde Concert Hall
15 Tampa, FL State Theater
16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
17 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
20 Nashville, TN Wildhorse Saloon
22 Houston, TX Pub Fountains
23 Ardmore, OK Heritage Hall
24 Dallas, TX The Gas Monkey
27 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
28 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
29 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
31 Denver, CO Marquis Theater


2 San Jose, CA Rock Bar
3 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
5 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
6 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
7 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
8 San Diego, CA House of Blues


Sevendust_640 Musical innovators Sevendust continue to impress with their latest album Kill The Flaw creating another milestone in the band’s career. Sevendust has achieved their highest album sales chart position of their nineteen-year career. The album attacked the charts this week debuting at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 based on total activity of over 21,000 units. The album also shot to #11 on the Top Current Albums, #2 on the Hard Music Albums, #2 on the Rock Albums, and #3 on Record Label Independent Albums selling over 20,600 units the first week. Kill The Flaw is the band’s 11th studio album and was released via 7Bros. Records with ADA/Warner Brothers Distribution. The new album was self-produced by Sevendust and recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey with engineer/mixer Mike Ferretti.

Sevendust recently made headlines on September 9th when they were featured in the latest Apple Keynote speech from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Jen Folse, senior design producer and part of the Apple TV team, showcased Sevendust and their latest single Thank You during the finale of her promo of the new Apple TV. As she stated during her presentation in regards to Sevendust, “So you probably wouldn’t have guessed it, but I am quite the metal head and this is one of my favorite bands.” Thank You is already a Top 20 song at Active Rock in just a few short weeks.

Sevendust has been touring in support of Kill The Flaw. They are currently on the road as direct support on the Godsmack tour that tour wraps on October 19th in Ottawa, ON. The band is also playing Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Elverta, CA on October 25th. Coming on the heels of the Godsmack tour, Sevendust has been tapped as direct support for the November dates of the Shinedown/Breaking Benjamin co-headlining tour. The band will join the tour starting on November 2nd in Sioux Falls, SD. The tour will be hitting Peoria, IL; Nashville, TN; and Little Rock, AR to name a few before it wraps up in Portland, ME on November 24th. Sevendust has been known for their amazing live shows as radio personality Lou Brutus recently stated, “The next time you see Sevendust perform at a festival, don’t watch them, watch the side of the stage, because you can bet every other band on the bill will be there taking notes & wondering how they got so f–king good.”

Sevendust formed in 1996 and have forged one of hard rock’s most diehard audiences. 2014’s acoustic offering Time Traveler’s & Bonfires saw an overwhelming response from that community, being quickly funded through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. Just a year prior, Black Out The Sun entered Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart at #1 and landed at #18 on the Top 200. They kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, they’ve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The Range, Woodstock, OZZfest, and Shiprocked!. However, the era of Kill The Flaw starts now.

Sevendust is comprised of iconic vocalist Lajon Witherspoon, the dual-guitar attack of John Connolly and Clint Lowery, and the driving rhythm section of Vince Hornsby on bass and Morgan Rose on drums.

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newwhitesnakeguitaristjoelhokestra This Monday, October 12th – The world will hear what critics are calling “The Best Melodic Hard Rock Album Of The year!” Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Dying To Live, has come out of nowhere and is ready to take its place in the vanguard of the international melodic hard rock music scene. This All-Star band is fueled by the ferocious vocals of both Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, and driven by the onslaught of lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, the pounding rhythm of Tony Franklin (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums) and Derek Sherinian (Keyboard). Stream the entire album, here.

“Over the last 7-8 years while playing with Night Ranger, Rock of Ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and now Whitesnake, I’ve had many requests from fans for a solo project of sorts,” explains Hoekstra. “Here it is! Recording it was a labor of love for me, as I did all of the writing, arranging, producing, etc. I’m honored to have some of the finest musicians in rock today bring these songs to life for me. Maybe I’m not a familiar “name” for many of you, but if you’re a fan of melodic, hard-rock that’s Dio-ish at its heaviest and Foreigner-ish at its lightest, I really think you’ll like this. Huge thanks go to Serafino Perugino and everyone at Frontiers for this opportunity and also for the generous move of sharing this entire album with you in advance! Have a listen!”

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of Scream and Until I Left You (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) plus Long For The Days and Anymore (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-order Dying To Live at iTunes and Amazon.

To listen to other songs from this release posted on the site, please click on ther highlighted song titles:

Long For Days
Until I Left You

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.



fateswarningband2015-640 Last week, progressive Metal legends Fates Warning released a 3 CD/DVD expanded edition of their critically acclaimed 1997 release A Pleasant Shade of Gray on Metal Blade Records. A Pleasant Shade of Gray is a single song that is divided into twelve tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia. Watch the video for A Pleasant Shade of Gray – Part III pulled from the DVD and order your copy now at metablade.com/fateswarning.

Fates Warning will begin their US Tour tonight in Hartford, CT and runs through November 2nd in Ramona, CA. Fans can expect to hear selections from A Pleasant Shade of Gray their Fates Warning favorites and more. Support on the first part of the tour (10/9-10/21) comes from Imminent Sonic Destruction and on the second part of the tour from Vangough (10/23-11/2). A complete list of dates can be found below.

Exclusive VIP Packages are still available for select shows and can be purchased here. There are two different VIP Packages, the first includes a chance to watch the band’s sound check, meet the band, take photos with the band and a VIP laminate. The second package includes everything from the first package and in addition a SIGNED copy of the deluxe reissue of A Pleasant Shade of Gray.

Fates Warning Live:

10/09 Hartford, CT The Webster
10/10 Worcester, MA Palladium
10/11 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
10/13 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
10/14 Amityville, NY Revolution Bar & Music Hall
10/16 Detroit, MI The Token Lounge
10/17 Chicago, IL Reggies Rock Club
10/18 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
10/20 Altoona, PA McGarvey’s Bar
10/21 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s
10/23 Dallas, TX Trees
10/24 Houston, TX Scout Bar
10/25 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
10/27 Denver, CO The Roxy
10/29 Mesa, AZ Club Red
10/30 Huntington Beach, CA Fuzion
10/31 San Jose, CA Rockbar Theater
11/01 West Hollywood, CA Whisky A Go Go
11/02 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage

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sammyhagar400pix Andy Greene of Rolling Stone spoke with singer Sammy Hagar. Highlights of the interview appear below.

RS: You played some Van Halen songs on Live From Daryl’s House earlier this year. What happened next?

SH: [Laughs] There you go, Andy. You got the f–kin’ pick and shovel out now. Well, there is no question about it, I’d like this to be known, the Van Halen brothers will not allow me to do any of my own songs on TV. They can’t stop me from doing them live, because they’ve tried and they can’t. They want to pretend like Van Hagar never existed. The only Number One albums they’ve had in their life, and they want to pretend like they never happened. I don’t know why they hate me so bad, but I guess I’m too happy for them.

Yes, it’s true. They wouldn’t let me do them. I can hire an attorney and fight them and I’m going too, but I didn’t have time to do that then. On the new Circle DVD we’re making from the live album, Led Zeppelin agreed to let us use their music. And Van Halen said, “No.” And then I said, “F–k you.” I don’t need to do this to survive, and thank God, because otherwise, they would starve me out like I think they’re trying to do.

It’s the lowest, cheesiest thing ever. I wrote every lyric and every melody and I sang them in that band. Alex Van Halen played the f–king drums and Michael Anthony played bass, and I wrote music and lyrics. When you’re singing Right Now or Why Can’t This Be Love, that’s my music. I wrote all the lyrics.

RS: To be clear, they told you that you couldn’t put their music on a DVD too?

SH: Yeah, it’s going to happen, though. It just becomes a legal mess. Also, in my book I wanted to run some lyrics from the [Van Halen song] Cabo Wabo. They wouldn’t let me use one verse, in my f–king book, of my own lyrics. They fought it, and I didn’t have time to fight back since they did it at the 11th hour ’cause they’re assholes. It’s unbelievable that Led Zeppelin lets us cover their songs on TV and anywhere else, and the brothers won’t let me sing my f–king songs. And why? ‘Cause they can’t do them anymore. Without me, they can’t play those songs, and they’re f–king jealous. And that’s the thing that gives me comic relief out of the whole thing.

RS: How exactly did they try and stop you from even doing them live? That’s insane.

SH: When you play live, you turn your set list into ASCAP or whatever organization pays for it. When they saw that, somebody wrote a letter to my publishers or had a guy make a call asking if we’d stop playing those songs live. The answer was, “No.”

RS: You’re fighting back though. You put that video on YouTube when Eddie trashed Michael Anthony’s bass playing.

SH: It’s obvious the fans want Mikey back in Van Halen, before anyone. If it’s gonna be Dave or me, it doesn’t matter in this sense. The main thing they want is Mikey back in the band. God bless Wolfie. It’s got to be frustrating. But Eddie’s just trying to stick up for his kid and to justify that he has him playing bass. He shouldn’t have to justify that. He wants Wolfie in the band, that’s fine. But you don’t have to bash Mikey to make it okay. Mikey is the wrong guy to bash. He wouldn’t stand up for himself in a million years. That’s not because he’s chickenshit. It’s because he’s just such nice person.

RS: Do you ever think you’ll ever speak to Eddie again?

SH: I would hope so. Because that would be really sad if any one of us — I’ll put myself in the same category — took this to our graves. That is not where you take things. I would rather go to my grave with no enemies left. I just don’t think that would feel right. But who knows. Whatever. It’s not my decision because I was the one they pushed out and tried to f–k over. To me, it’s up to them to come back and say they’re sorry.

I’m not sorry for anything. I didn’t do anything. Matter of fact, I did everything for that band. It was 100 percent my heart and soul and the best I had to give. All I did was make Number One albums and a lot of money. That’s all I ever did for the band. Anything that’s been done has all been in anger towards myself and now Mikey, too. To me, they need to come and say, “We’re sorry.” And then our job would be to say, “Great, you’re forgiven.” Boom. Not for a reunion or anything like that. That’s over, to me. That’s completely f–king over. I wouldn’t want to be in a band like that right now.

I’d feel like a hypocrite for joining that band. How about that? There’s a good quote for you. If I joined Van Halen right now, I’d feel like the biggest hypocrite in the world. And I’m not a hypocrite.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

In other Hagar news, the singer recently confirmed that Chickenfoot is working on new music. He also stated that he would love take both Chickenfoot and The Circle out on the road together. Read the news story, here.

source: rollingstone.com


deeppurple640 Rockers Nine Inch Nails, pop icon Janet Jackson and top-selling 1970s band Chicago were among the nominees announced on Thursday for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

The eclectic list for this year’s crop of inductees also ranges from a bevy of 1970s-era acts such as Yes, The Cars, Steve Miller, Deep Purple and Cheap Trick, to so-called Queen of Funk Chaka Khan and disco sensation Chic, which has been nominated more than 10 times but has yet to gain entrance.

Rounding out the list of nominees for induction are The Smiths, who broke up many years ago, R & B group The Spinners, L.A. band Los Lobos, rappers N.W.A. and The J.B.’s.

Jackson, despite her decades-long status as a top force in pop music, had never before been nominated. The 49-year-old sister of pop legend Michael Jackson recently released her first album since 2008.

Artists are eligible 25 years after the release of their first record for induction into the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1983.

More than 800 artists, music industry professionals and historians will decide who will be inducted. Fans will also be able to cast their votes.

The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be counted along with the other ballots to select the 2016 inductees.

Inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland which features exhibits, educational programs, a library and archives.

The Hall of Fame will announce its choices in December and they will be inducted at a ceremony in New York on April 8th.

source: Reuters



Saxon have release a lyric video for Queen Of Hearts from their fortcoming album Battering Ram, the follow-up to 2013’s Sacrifice.

“With Queen of Hearts I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, and it’s about the chess game that happens in the story,” says Biff. “I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. It is a masterpiece of metal and stylistically it is loosely based in Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson.”

Battering Ram was produced by Andy Sneap at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, and will be released on October 16th. Byford has described the album as “a clash between the retro Saxon and the modern Saxon.” The band released a video for the title track in July (view it here,) and will head out on tour in November, before joining Motorhead for their 40th anniversary shows early next year.

Battering Ram track listing

1. Battering Ram
2. The Devil’s Footprint
3. Queen Of Hearts
4. Destroyer
5. Hard and Fast
6. Eye of The Storm
7. Stand Your Ground
8. Top Of The World
9. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross

Bonus Track: Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song)


additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com


paulstanleydeesnider_640 Dee Snider has reignited his feud with KISS frontman Paul Stanley by calling Stanley a “dick” and saying the band exude an air of “arrogance.”

The Twister Sister singer fell out publicly with Stanley when the Kiss man branded Snider a “wannabe” in response to comments in which he said it was “insulting” that KISS members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer were using the Catman and Spaceman personas made famous by Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.

Snider replied by challenging Stanley to a rock face-off, saying he’d “bury” him.

Now Snider has moved to explain the spat in more detail, insisting he is a fan of KISS, but doesn’t think they should be shielded from criticism.

Snider tells The Real Radio Show, “Let me lay out my KISS credentials. I own the first seven albums. I have stood in front of a mirror and lip-synched Paul Stanley vocals. So, I don’t think I’m out of line to say that I have an opinion and that I feel that the Ace Frehley impersonator playing guitar now is an insult to fans.

..People disagree – that’s fine. People agree – that’s fine. But Paul reacted to me making a statement and decided to call me a wannabe and a buffoon, and I had to address that in an open letter to Paul, where I pretty much took him out at the knees.”

Addressing Stanley directly, Snider adds, “Paul, I love your band, I love your music. Why do you have to be such a dick? Alice Cooper is not a dick. Alice Cooper has inspired a million people and he’s the coolest guy in the world, yet Gene and Paul have got this arrogance about them, like the world owes them something. We do owe you something, but let us offer it. Don’t insist we buy it from you.”

Twisted Sister will go on a farewell world tour in 2016 with Mike Portnoy filling in for the late AJ Pero.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com


TonyIommiZakkWyldeSteveVai640 The Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is returning for its 20th year and what a lineup of rock legends are ready to share the skills with the campers. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, Black Label Society leader Zakk Wylde and guitarist extraordinaire Steve Vai lead the initial list of confirmed participants, joining Gov’t Mule and Allman Brothers Band favorite Warren Haynes and Emerson Lake and Palmer drummer Carl Palmer.

The 20th anniversary celebration of Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp will take place in Los Angeles on President’s Day/Grammy weekend — February 11th-14th. In addition to meeting the rock legends, the campers will also have a chance to take the stage with their bands at the legendary Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the students at Coventry University and the ‘Guitar Star’ contestants in England, so I’m looking forward to meeting some more enthusiastic players at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood,” said Iommi.

“As we approach the 20th Anniversary of Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, we continue to fulfill people’s musical dreams, from beginners to advanced players,” said David Fishof, founder and creator of Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp. “This camp will be a true once-in- a-lifetime experience for any music fan.”

Participants will be placed in bands with like minded people and skill level and will receive guidance from rock star counselors like Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo, Tracii Guns, Vic Johnson, Frankie Banali, Bjorn Englen, Kane Roberts, Teddy Andreadis and Brian Tichy.

To get additional details on the February 2016 Rock N’ Roll Fantasy camp, please click here.