“MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE” ANNOUNCES 2019 LINEUP

Details for the 9th annual Monsters Of Rock Cruise-the world’s largest, and premier hard rock/heavy metal music cruise on the seven seas-have been announced.

Departing out of Miami, Fl, this five-day/five-night full ship charter cruise — dubbed Band Overboard — will set sail February 24th – March 1st, 2019 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and visits two ports: Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the Private Isle of Labadee.

The public on-sale begins today (4/18) at 1:00pm EST, with cabins starting at $1,299 per person (double occupancy). Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. For more info and booking, visit http://MonstersOfRockCruise.com and follow @monstersofrockcruise on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The confirmed line-up for the 2019 Monsters Of Rock Cruise includes: Tesla, Tom Keifer, Extreme, Queensrÿche, Saxon, Skid Row, UDO, Kix, D*A*D, Danger Danger, Kings X, Pat Travers Band, Nelson, The Quireboys, Pink Cream 69, The Wildhearts, Rose Tattoo, Eclipse, SOTO, Killer Dwarfs, Brighton Rock, Vain, Mike Tramp, John Corabi, Bullet Boys, Black N Blue, Tora Tora, Tuff, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Jetboy, Michael Grant and the Assassins, and Mitch Malloy, with more performances to be announced.

In addition, the cruise will feature Return of the Shredders, showcasing renowned guitarists Richie Kotzen, Gus G, Tony McAlpine, Joel Hoekstra and Neil Zaza.

Eddie Trunk (SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation) returns as the official cruise host, broadcasting “live” daily with artist interviews from the ship’s promenade. San Francisco radio host, Nikki Blakk and Luc Carl (SiriusXM’s Hair Nation) will moderate Q&A’s and many other specially designed events crafted for this unique hard rock, heavy metal voyage. Finally, stand-up comedians and That Metal Show co-hosts Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine will provide comic relief with their irreverent brand of humor.

In addition to the band performances, the cruise will host interactive events between artists and cruisers, including: MOR Artist Photo Experiences, Artist/Cruiser Q&A sessions, Gong Show Karaoke, “So You Think You Can Shred” challenge, Bonzai Pipeline Surfing Competition, Cooking with Rock Stars hosted by Lisa Tirone of Chef it up!, Name That Monster Song, Celebrity Artist Beer Event, Themed Nights, Painting With Rock Stars, and Private Dinners With The Bands, with more to be announced.

Mariner of the Seas is unlike any ship experienced before on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. The vessel will undergo a stem-to-stern 100-million-dollar makeover prior to MOR’s sailing, adding new dining and bar alternatives, plus an array of new features and attractions for the active crowd. Kick back at The Bamboo Room, a punched-up Polynesian watering hole that will whisk you away with its throwback vibe and kitschy cool cocktails. Bond over delicious Tuscan specialties at the super cool Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver. Plus, it’s always Monster Game Time at Playmakers Bar and Arcade – where you can watch your favorite team or make your own legendary plays.

Spanning the length of Deck 5 and offering quick access to all performance venues, as well as a hot spot for cruisers to connect, the Royal Promenade on this Voyager Class ship, features restaurants, coffee bars and shopping. Other activities aboard the ship include: boogie boarding or surfing the waves at the FlowRider Surf Simulator, challenging yourself on the rock-climbing wall, soaking in one of the many hot tubs and pools, or pampering yourself in the world-class Vitality at Sea Spa. New attractions to the ship include: Sky Pad (a brand new bungee trampoline experience that launches you sky high for gravity-defying fun combined with virtual reality headsets), The Perfect Storm (plunge down three stories of twisting, turning thrills on these dual high-speed race slides until you hit the bottom), Laser Tag (grab a blaster, choose a side and gear up for a stellar glow-in-the-dark time in this Bots versus Aliens battle for the last planet), and Escape Room (team up with fellow cruisers to find hidden clues and crack secret codes in your quest to rescue a time-traveling scientist in Escape Room: The Observatorium).

The exclusive island of Labadee is the ultimate private destination for MOR cruisers, offering adventure, exploration and relaxation amongst its many bars and pristine waters. Vacationers can amp up the adrenaline on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster, a thrilling 30-mile-per-hour ride with incredible views of the island.For more action, adventurous passengers may choose to strap on a helmet and harness and soar 500-feet down on the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest zip line over water. In addition, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from, including wave jet rides, parasailing, snorkel safaris, kayak tours, and much more.

Situated on Jamaica’s North coast, Ocho Rios has something for all travelers. MOR cruisers won’t want to miss Dunn’s River Falls, one of the most incredible and natural wonders in the world and a shore excursion unlike any other. This series of lush, tropical waterfalls cascade over terraced natural stairs, as you take the picturesque hike all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the journey, taking breaks to swim in the small lagoons and grottos as they ascend the vertical sections of the falls. Cruisers can wrap up with a hike and dip into the Caribbean Sea or enjoy a myriad of activities, such as windsurfing, kayaking, horseback riding, river raft rides or sightseeing.

Monsters Of Rock Cruise is the ultimate hard rock/heavy metal cruise, where music and cruising combine for the ultimate rock ‘n roll vacation.

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GUITARIST JOE PERRY SAYS AEROSMITH WILL PLAY SOME SHOWS IN 2019 TO CELEBRATE THE BAND’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Ryan Loughlin and Scott Cronick of the Atlantic City Weekly spoke with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. Highlights from the interview appear below.

ACW: Brad Whitford and Gary Cherone are both on this tour with you. When you were putting the album together, did you think it would be fun to bring out some of these guys on the road instead of just your normal band?

JP: When I did the first show out here at the Roxy, everybody who played on the [Sweetzerland Manifesto] record was able to make it, so that is kinda the vibe we wanted. Rather than have one band and do a traditional tour, we decided to get a bunch of different guys who I wanted to play with. I don’t know what we’ve got in store for Atlantic City, but you never know. It’s all about playing some rock n’ roll and giving everyone a good time.

ACW: Aerosmith is going to play Jazzfest this year. Any plans for any more dates?

JP: I think the way things are going we are going to try and and take it easy. We may do a couple more one offs — maybe some festivals over the next six or eight months. In 2019 we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that. Right now we are pretty much laying low and finishing up some solo things before we start that.

Read more at the Atlantic City Weekly.

source: atlanticcityweekly.com

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HAPPY BON JOVI DAY

Bon Jovi is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Cleveland, Ohio, and the entire state of New Jersey is celebrating, as Governor Phil Murphy has declared that April 14th as Bon Jovi Day.

The announcement was made on Friday night during a private event at the the historic 925 Building. It was a surprise for the group members in attendance: Jon Bon Jovi (with his wife and four children), David Bryan, Tico Torres, Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such (who will be inducted tonight).

In a formal letter declaring April 14th “Bon Jovi Day,” Murphy wrote, “Five musicians from New Jersey communities believed in their dream and used their talents to form Bon Jovi, one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time.”

Other VIP guests included sports icons Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, Bill Belichick, and Charlie Weiss; music executives Irving Azoff, Island Records head David Massey, CAA’s Rob Light, Paul Korzilius, and longtime PR man Ken Sunshine; along with close personal friends Michael Feldman and wife Savannah Guthrie.

Guests feasted on seared snapper, Swiss chard, micro cilantro, truffle whipped mashed potatoes, vegan eggplant roulade, and were treated to a rose bar featuring Jon and his son Jesse Bongiovi’s brand new Hampton Water rose.

In a toast, Guthrie said that there isn’t a hall of fame big enough for Jon when one considers his philanthropy, legacy, impact on popular culture and trends, and his loyalty. She added that Bon Jovi should also be in the Hall of Fame for “wife-picking.”

The jovial evening ended with members of the band singing “Inducted! It’s about time….” to the tune of “Wanted! Dead or Alive…”

Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock Hall tonight along with The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The ceremony will air May 5tg on HBO.

source: variety.com

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GUITARIST JOHN 5 DISCUSSES HIS “IT’S ALIVE!” TOUR, PLUS HIS TIME WORKING WITH ROB HALFORD AND DAVID LEE ROTH

Ruben Mosqueda of Metal Titans spoke with guitarist John 5, whois currently on tour in support of his live effort titled It’s Alive!. Portions of the interview appear below.

Metal Titans: How did you connect with Rob Halford [for the 2wo project]?

John 5: I met Rob through producer Bob Marlette. It was an awesome and incredible learning experience. I didn’t know a lot at the time and working with Rob was an education for me. Rob was so inspiring to me. I have to tell you in my time working with him he never had a bad night. His voice was always spot on, it was incredible.

Metal Titans: There’s a version of Voyeurs that’s more guitar oriented is there not?

John 5: There is, what happened was that the record was a heavy guitar oriented record; we were signed in 1997 and Nine Inch Nails was huge. We also happen to be signed to Trent Reznor’s label Nothing Records. It was incredible. I went on tour and while I was away he went to mix the record and at the time guitars weren’t “the thing” so they wound up taking a lot of them out. The result was more of an “industrial” record which is cool but I personally think the guitar record is much better, but what can you do?! [laughs] I wasn’t there to speak my peace. A good song is a good song and you can hear that on the record, people love the record. I proud of it.

Metal Titans: Do you think the alternate “crunch” version will even see the light of day?

John 5: I don’t know. That’s really up to Halford, but I have to tell you I was just listening to that version a little while ago. Damn! It’s so good dude! [laughs] It’s really a great record.

Metal Titans: 1998 was a big year for you because that’s the year you also did the DLR Band record. How’d you connect with David Lee Roth?

John 5: That was pure luck. I was submitting demos, I knew everything Van Halen. I knew how to play that stuff so well. Dave took a liking to my submissions. I was invited to meet Dave, we got along wonderfully and the rest is history. That reminds me, Maybe I should invite Dave to The Whisky [A-Go-Go] to see if he can make it out. [laughs]

Metal Titans: You have two live records out at the moment; your live solo album It’s Alive and Rob Zombie Astro Creep: 2000.

John 5: That’s right.

Metal Titans: Are you doing the It’s Alive record in its entirety on this tour?

John 5: We mix it up a little bit, but that album is really live. We try to perform the songs [as] perfectly as possible. Each night our goal is to see how close, and how perfect, we can get the songs to the studio versions. It’s a lot of fun…

Metal Titans: You have Knights In Satan’s Service Instagram which is dedicated to KISS memorabilia.

John 5: Yeah, I was talking to Gene Simmons a while back and I was like “Hey Gene, wouldn’t it be great if there was a website where you could get a little bit of information on each and every piece of KISS memorabilia?” So, I took it upon myself to start this Instagram page called Knights In Satan’s Service which will spotlight a piece of KISS memorabilia daily and share a little bit of information on it. It’s crazy, right?! [laughs] I don’t know long we can keep that going, but at this point well past a year. [laughs]

Read more at Metal Titans.

It’s Alive! tour dates:

April:

13 DNA Lounge San Francisco, CA
14 Full Circle Brewery Fresno, CA
15 Harlows Sacramento, CA
17 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
18 Neurolux Boise, ID
19 Domino Room Bend, OR
20 Paris Theatre Portland, OR
21 Tacoma Guitar Festival 2018 Tacoma, WA

It’s Alive! track listing:

1. Guitars, Tits and Monsters
2. Flight of The Vulcan Kelly
3. Six Hundred and Sixty-Six Pickers In Hell, CA
4. Here’s to the Crazy Ones
5. This is my Rifle
6. Jiffy Jam
7. Hell Haw
8. Season Of The Witch
9. Portrait of Sydney Sloan
10. Triple D
11. Black Grass Plague
12. Behind The Nut Love
13. Making Monsters
14. Beat It
15. Now Fear This
16. Medley

Starting in July, you can John 5 on tour with Rob Zombie.

For more information on John 5, please visit:

John 5 Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Knights In Satan’s Service Instagram

source: metaltitans.com

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BLACK SABBATH TO RELEASE “SUPERSONIC YEARS-THE SEVENTIES SINGLES BOX SET” ON JUNE 8TH

Black Sabbath have announced a new vinyl box set showcasing their singles in the 1970s.

Titled Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set, the 10-disc set will be released on June 8th through BMG – two days before Ozzy Osbourne headlines Download festival.

The box set includes 7-inches of Iron Man, Evil Woman, Paranoid and more, remastered by Andy Pearce. Each single also includes ultra-rare or exclusive color sleeves.

“We didn’t intend to make a single in the first place,” said Tony Iommi to the Disc And Music Echo in 1971. “But after we’d completed the album, the Paranoid track was sufficiently short to be a ‘trailer’ for the LP. We really didn’t expect it to do anything at all. We don’t go into the studio to make singles. We make LPs only. But if there is anything suitable as a result of the recordings, it would be considered, of course.”

There are also five rare edits of Iron Man, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Am I Going Insane (Radio), Hard Road and Symptom Of The Universe, alongside new liner notes detailing all the rarities inside.

Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set

Disc 1: Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me) / Wicked World
Disc 2: Paranoid / The Wizard
Disc 3: Iron Man (Single Edit) / Electric Funeral
Disc 4: Tomorrow’s Dream / Laguna Sunrise
Disc 5: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Edited Version) / Changes
Disc 6: Am I Going Insane (Radio) (Single Edit) / Hole In The Sky
Disc 7: Gypsy / She’s Gone
Disc 8: It’s Alright / Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor
Disc 9: Never Say Die / She’s Gone
Disc 10: Hard Rock (Single Edit) / Symptom Of The Universe (German Single Edit)

Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set is available for pre-order now.

additional source: Metal Hammer via loudersound.com

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“SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO” STARRING BRUCE DICKINSON IN THEATERS MAY 10TH

The film Scream for Me Sarajevo will be released beginning May 10th in select theaters across the US and Canada, it was announced today by CineLife Entertainment, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, and Eagle Rock Entertainment, a producer and distributor of music films.

Scream for Me Sarajevo is the astonishing true story of one of the most unlikely rock concerts ever staged, in a city under siege with mortars and grenades raining down on civilians, killing indiscriminately. The 1994 concert features global rock star Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks who performed in the midst of the siege of Sarajevo. This is a film about extraordinary people defying the horrors of war, and the musicians who risked their lives to play a show for them.

Featuring footage from the historic gig, the film also features concertgoers who made it to the show despite the atrocities going on around them in the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Interviews with the band, crew and security bring home the grim reality of the dangerous and often barbaric conditions surrounding the event.

“We weren’t protected, there was no plan and the bullets were real, but f–k it, we went anyway” said Dickinson in his just published best-selling autobiography What Does This Button Do?. “The gig was immense, intense, and probably the biggest show in the world at that moment for the audience and for us. That the world didn’t really know didn’t matter. It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings.”

In addition to the feature film, a specially recorded interview with Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will be included as exclusive theatrical-only content in participating theaters.

“We are excited to be working with Eagle Rock Entertainment to bring this special film to moviegoers, and Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden fans in the U.S.” said Mark Rupp, Managing Director, CineLife Entertainment.

To purchase tickets, visit screamformesarajevo.com.

Watch the trailer below.

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