On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records.

There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalogue is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn’t want to hear 1987’s seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows – Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 – feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including Welcome Home, Halloween, and Eye Of The Witch before launching into Abigail. The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment.

For a preview of Songs For The Dead Live, a video for Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore) can be viewed below.

Pre-order the release in the following formats:

–2DVD/CD 6-Panel Digipak
–Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Philadelphia Show)
–special edition box set with 5 discs (2DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus poster, flier, laminate, setlist, ticket, sticker, and guitar pick (limited to 3000 copies)
–opaque blue with white splatter vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 600 copies)
–opaque red with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–opaque white with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–transparent amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
–clear ghost white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–orange-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–black/purple melt vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange/red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear lavender marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear ash grey marbled vinyl (Bengan exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–pink blue marbled vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Studios, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold. This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to Out From The Asylum at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of Abigail opener Funeral, which adds an extra dimension to proceedings. Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with King Diamond is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish.

While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand. The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the King Diamond devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.

Graspop Metal Meeting track-listing:

1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Halloween
5. Eye of the Witch
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

The Fillmore track-listing:

1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Eye of the Witch
5. Halloween
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

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KISS frontman Paul Stanley’s new book, Backstage Pass, will be released on April 30th through HarperCollins’ HarperOne.

The official Backstage Pass book overview states:

“The New York Times bestselling author and legendary frontman and rhythm guitarist of KISS offers grants fans an all-access backstage pass to his personal life, and shows them how to pursue a royal rock n’ roll lifestyle of their own, offering hard-won advice and rules to live by from a rock n’ roll legend.

In this follow-up to his popular bestseller Face The Music, the Starchild takes us deeper into his personal life and his home today, life on and off the stage, revealing what he eats, drinks, and does with his friends and family, [what] he’s learned from a lifetime as the frontman of the iconic band KISS, and how he brings his unique sensibility not only to his superstar music career but to every area of his life — from the business to parenting to health and happiness. kitchen and the bar to the gym and the office.

Showcasing his unique lifestyle, Backstage Pass is a rare look at the man beneath the modern rock god persona. Paul shares fascinating details about his life — his fitness routine, philosophy, business principles, how he finds inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly 50 years filling arenas and selling out shows, and even his favorite meals, and includes recipes from friends such as Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, Mario Batali, and other star chefs.

Backstage Pass divulges more true stories of the rock legend’s relationships, hardships, and wild nights, contains intimate four-color, never-before-seen photos from Paul’s personal collection, and offers surprising lessons on the discipline and hard work that have made him one of the healthiest and most successful rock n’ roll frontmen in history — and a model superstar for the modern age.

This is the book for fans who love living large, but also want to kick ass at everyday life. From doing shots at the bar to enjoying a glass of red on the patio, Paul shows you how you can rock n’ roll all night and party every day — without missing a beat or looking like you do.”

Released in April 2014, Face The Music: A Life Exposed debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times’ Best Sellers list for Print Hardcover Non-Fiction. On top of that, Face The Music debuted on the Times’ Combined Print and E-Book best seller list and E-Book best sellers list at No. 3 and No. 13, respectively.

In the Face The Music, Stanley talked frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.

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The Winery Dogs, the band featuring Richie Kozten (Poison, Mr. Big), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big) and Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater) have announced some May 2019 tour dates. See the itinerary, below.


1 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
2 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
3 New York, NY – Sony Hall
5 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
7 Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theater
8 Nashville, TN – Basement East
9 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
11 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
15 Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
16 Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
17 Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
18 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
20 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
23 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
24 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
25 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
28 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
29 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
30 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
31 Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater

Since wrapping up an extensive world tour in support of their second release,Hot Streak, in the summer of 2016, the band have performed live on just two occasions — during the inaugural Monsterwood, the West Coast edition of the Monsters Of Rock cruise in the fall of 2016, and nearly a year later during an Ultimate Jam Night tribute to late Adrrnaline Mob bassist David Zablidowsky at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

The band’s latest release was, Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016, which was released on August 7th, 2017. Read more about it, here.

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Russia’s Tass reports:

Legendary American glam rockers KISS want to leave the stage at the top of their form, making their final shows their best, the band’s guitarist Tommy Thayer said in an interview with TASS.

“Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and myself, we decided that while the band is still very good and we are doing the best shows, we have been doing…in the history of the band, that we wanted to go out when we’re in top form and do a final tour,” he explained.

He went on to note that when comparing the shows of such rock stars as the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney, KISS’s performances are far more “physically taxing” due to all the group’s gear and the “physicality of the show.” If the band continues to do it, year after year it will be difficult to keep it up…

…He admitted that KISS had already done a farewell tour in the early 2000s and after that tour, the two other original members – guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Kriss left the band. However, this time the farewell is real.

“It is not a gimmick, it is legitimate. This will be the final tour of KISS…” Thayer vowed.

The rocker predicts that the coming tour will become the biggest in KISS history. The show will use new pyrotechnics, and the set list will include the best songs of the band’s 45-year career.

Read more at TASS.


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New York Times bestselling author and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is putting the finishing touches on a solo album that’s coming in 2019.

McKagan began recording the album back in March with producer Shooter Jennings. The two worked out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, CA, writing and recording in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’ eponymous album, Shooter.

The album will be McKagan’s musical follow-up to 2015’s bestselling book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).

“I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book,” says McKagan. “But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose…little instant-reactions.

The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all. I do this for my daughters…I do this for my love of where I grew up…I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now.”

“From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard,” says Jennings. “The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them.”

About his connection to McKagan, Jennings says, “I met Duff right after I moved to Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago. I was such a massive Guns N’ Roses fan when I was younger. I’d say that they had a lot to do with me even moving to LA. But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer. I felt like the music this man made was part of the fabric of my own musical identity and that I would really love building a record with him. Once we sat down and started going over the songs he had, I instantly knew that the two of us were going to be a great fit together.”

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Rival Sons have announced their first full North American headline tour. The dates include stops at New York’s Brooklyn Steel, Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and Los Angeles’s Henry Fonda Theatre. The Sheepdogs will support all U.S. dates.

Pre-sales begin Wednesday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. local time; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. local.

The upcoming tour schedule marks the release of Rival Sons’ much-anticipated new album, Feral Roots, which arrives everywhere on January 25th through Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records.

The primal intensity of Feral Roots reflects a certain unrest at the heart of the album, sparked by Buchanan’s recent move to Tennessee. “With all the stimuli we’re constantly receiving these days, I think a lot of people have a desire to live with more freedom and simplicity,” noted Buchanan. “There’s a longing for your truer nature to prevail, and to reclaim some sort of wildness.” But with its nuanced explorations of art and love and truth, “Feral Roots” ultimately argues for pushing beyond pure survival instincts and striving for something more exalted: an unbreakable commitment to creating beauty of your own.

To read more about Feral Roots, to stream the single, Back In The Woods, and to view the video for, Do Your Worst, please click here.

Rival Sons are also set for a special headline performance at 98.9 The Bear’s Electric Christmas, on December 15th at Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Pierre’s Entertainment Center.

Rival Sons Tour dates:


4 Dallas, TX – Trees
5 Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive
6 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
8 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
9 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12 Charleston, SC – Ladson Exchange Fairgrounds**
13 Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds**
14 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena**
17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
18 Boston, MA – Royale Night Club
19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall***
21 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
23 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
27 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
29 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room


2 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
3 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre***
6 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
7 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
9 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

** Festival Lineup

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