FORMER GUNS N’ ROSES GUITARIST SLASH SAYS THE HE AND AXL ROSE HAVE REPAIRED THEIR ESTRANGED RELATIONSHIP

Slashtophat400 Blabbermouth.net reports that former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has confirmed that he has rekindled his friendship with the band’s lead singer Axl Rose — six years after the frontman called him “a cancer.”

Speaking to Aftonbladet TV in Sweden (see the video below), where Slash was making a special appearance on Friday (August 21st) for a launch event for the Marshall London phone, the guitarist said of his restored relationship with Axl. “It was probably way overdue, you know. But it’s…. you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative… dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Asked if his warmer relationship with Axl will lead to a reunion of Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup, Slash said, “Oh, I couldn’t answer that one, though…” Pressed on why that is, Slash replied, “All right, let’s get off the subject, ’cause, you know, that’s an old one.”

Slash was asked about the possibility of a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup on the May 7th edition of CBS This Morning and gave a somewhat surprising answer. He replied, “I’ve got to be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.”

Asked what the “right reasons” might be, Slash said, “I mean, that’s a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing… It’s really between the guys in the band.” But pressed on whether he thought it was likely, Slash said, “Never say never.”

MOTORHEAD FRONTMAN LEMMY KILMISTER SAYS “I DRINK VODKA AND SMOKE A PACK A DAY”

lemmy-kilmister640 Larry Getlen of The New York Post:

For the past 40 years, Lemmy has lived up to his reputation as a hard-rocking, hard-living metal god. As frontman for the British band Motorhead, he counts among his die-hard fans Dave Grohl and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan.

But now, at age 69 and living with diabetes — not to mention a heart defibrillator installed in his chest — the English bassist and singer, who famously used to drink a bottle of Jack Daniel’s a day, has had to abandon his beloved whiskey in the name of health.

His substitute? Vodka.

“I gave up whiskey ’cause it had Coke in it,” says Lemmy, referring to his regular whiskey and Cokes, which his diabetes would no longer allow.

He’s also cut down from two packs of cigarettes a day to one pack a week, and he says his drug use is “not half as much” as it used to be. He even bought an exercise bike that he swears he uses regularly.

“I’ve always been healthy, aside from the drugs and the booze,” he quips.

Despite his hard living, Lemmy says his avoidance of one particular drug is a big reason he’s still with us.

“I never did heroin. That took care of a lot of my generation,” he says. “I knew what I was doing . . . I learned a bit more every time somebody else died.”

One such friend was icon/Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, whom Lemmy calls “a nice man.” He once tried to teach Vicious, who famously couldn’t play his instrument, to do just that.

“It was impossible,” he says. “Then, three weeks later, he comes up to me and says, ‘Lemmy, I got a job with the Pistols.’ I said, ‘What, [as a] roadie?’

“He said, ‘No. Playing bass.’ I said, ‘You can’t play bass, Sid.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I know. But I’m in the Pistols.’ ”

Talking to The Post about the release of Bad Magic — Motorhead’s 22nd album, which drops on Friday — the man born Ian Kilmister in Staffordshire, England, swears his aggression hasn’t lessened a bit in spite of his cutbacks.

“I still feel the same,” he says. “There’s so much to be angry about.”

Any advice for younger rockers? “Nothing, I’d tell ’em nothing,” he says. “It’s all luck. I’m not dead and [other rockers] are. It’s a weird thing.”

source: nypost.com

GUITARIST GEORGE LYNCH DISCUSSES LYNCH MOB’S NEW ALBUM, DOKKEN, AND WHEN WRITING MUSIC, WHO HAS BEEN HIS FAVORITE VOCALIST

georgelynch400 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with iconic guitarist George Lynch about Lynch Mob’s new album, Rebel and other subjects. Excerpts from interview appear below.

Songfacts: Let’s start by discussing the new Lynch Mob album, Rebel.

George Lynch: I think we retained the core aspects of the Lynch Mob formula, if there is such a thing: sort of a blues-based desert rock, with an exotic tinge to it. And we always work off that foundation when we’re writing and push out the envelope a little bit – veer off into different areas. I think Rebel is probably the most ambitious record we’ve done, in the sense that we pushed the limits.

I’m not saying that it’s “genre busting” or anything like that – it’s a hard rock record. But I’m very proud of Oni [Logan, Lynch Mob vocalist] and myself, because we were able to stretch out a little bit. I always like to challenge ourselves, without abandoning who we are.

Songfacts: How would you compare the songwriting process in Lynch Mob to Dokken?

George: The process isn’t much different, but the results and the chemistry are different. I subconsciously internalize who I’m playing with and who I’m surrounding myself with. When I’m playing with Dokken, I’m aware who is going to be singing this material, the parameters I’m working in, with how we’re constructing songs, and stylistically what they’re going to be.

With Oni, I know it’s going to be more soul and R&B flavored, and try to give it a little twist. With the Dokken stuff, it’s going to be a little more straight ahead, and a little bit “whiter,” for lack of a better way to describe it. And the same with writing for the Sweet & Lynch record [2015’s Only to Rise] – it’s really identical to the Dokken writing sessions, in that both singers are in the same camp, the same world, the same universe, and I write accordingly.

Songfacts: Out of all the singers you’ve worked with over the years, is there one that is the easiest to work with, or whose voice is closest to the one you hear in your head when you’re writing a song?

George: No, I don’t have a favorite, if that’s what you’re asking me – or anything closest to what I envision. All the singers I’ve worked with have aspects of maybe my “ideal singer,” but I never played with one that had all the components of the ideal vocalist. It’s maybe why I play in all different kind of situations.

For instance, I’m recording a record right now with a project called the Infidels, and the singer is Angelo Moore-the singer from Fishbone. That is something that is way out of my wheelhouse, and it’s fantastic. He’s doing things that I would never have imagined myself doing.

When I sit here and I talk to you and I talk about pushing the envelope with the Lynch Mob, I realize how much I neglected myself and avoiding areas of music that I should have been involved in – from punk to salsa to calypso to reggae and all these different influences that this guy [Moore] is bringing to the table. It’s a learning process, really. I’d rather play with somebody who is influenced in a way that forces me to stretch a little bit.

Songfacts: What do you remember about the writing of the Dokken song, Mr. Scary?

George: That was originally intended to have vocals on it. I tried to write this heavier track – all the Dokken records had to have this balance: a ballad, a mid-tempo song, a fast song or two. And a heavy song balanced the light. We intended on Don to sing on it, but he just wasn’t feeling it, which I can understand – you can’t really sing over that song in retrospect. So instrumentalizing it was an afterthought.

We were just sitting there, and it was a really cool track, but it’s either do that, or it wasn’t going to make the cut on the record. So I spent all night in… I can’t remember the name of the studio [Total Access Recording], but it was in Redondo Beach, and literally staying up all night tracking it. And it was one of the more memorable tracking sessions ever in my life, because it was so magical – all that stuff just happened. And it says something about songwriting: when you have a larger inspiration, it really takes it over the edge and pushes it to the next level.

Songfacts: What other Dokken tracks do you remember having a large part in writing?

George: When Heaven Comes Down. I remember writing that. I had a little area in my house which Jeff [Pilson, Dokken’s then-bassist] and I had boarded off and we locked ourselves in there, and it was one of those sessions. Actually, Jeff had to leave, and I just stayed awake all night and started getting into writing the lyrics, and I had a melody in my head for the chorus.

So I got my sh–ty little plastic mic and plugged it into an Octavider and some echo, into a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder, and I recorded it.

The sun was coming up, and I was singing really low, because I didn’t have a lot of range. I’m a lousy singer, and I put all these effects on there – I put an Octavider and delay. I basically put all my effects on the mic! I wish I still had that recording.

Read more at Song Facts.

Rebel is out today (August 21st) through Frontiers Music SRL. To listen to songs from the album, click on the highlighted song titles.

Testify
Jelly Roll
War
Automatic Fix

source: songfacts.com

FORMER WHITE LION VOCALIST, MIKE TRAMP, RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG, “GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT”

miketramp640 Give It All You Got is the first official radio single and video from Mike Tramp’s upcoming album Nomad.

This summer Mike Tramp was back in Copenhagen where the video for Give It All You Got was filmed and edited. Tramp has this to say about the production.

“For Someone who was a big part of the MTV video generation of the 80’s where videos became short movies, record companies spent big cash on production and the artist’s motto was “we want it bigger and better than the other bands”, I can’t express how gratifying it is to be able to do my new video, spanning across two evenings and with just one other person involved, who in this case wears both the cameraman and director hat. Yes, it might be late in my career, but I finally feel that I recognize and identify with the person on the other side of the camera, I am finally me, and that’s what it’s all about…”

The Nomad album will the released on the 28th of August world wide on Target Records and Tramp is afterwards heading on an extensive European tour with support/backing back Lucer.

European Tour Dates:

August:

28 Ph Caféen,Copenhagen, Denmark (album releases how)
29 Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
30 Debaser Strand,Stockholm, Sweden

September:

5 Rock Cafe St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
6 De Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands
7 Bada Bing,Oostende, Belgium
9 The Diamond Sutton in Ashfield, UK
10 Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh, UK
11 The Classic Grand,Glasgow, UK
12 Diamond Rock Club,Ballymena, UK
13 Roundy Bar Cork, Ireland Tickets
14 The Workman’s Club, Dublin, Ireland
16 Marine Hotel Colwyn Bay, UK
17 Iron Road,Evesham, UK
18 Fat Lil’s Witney, UK
19 The Cluny,Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
20 Yardbirds,Grimsby, UK
22 The Live Rooms, Chester, UK
23 Robin 2, Bilston, UK
24 Our Black Heart,London, UK
25 The Railway Music Venue Bolton, UK
26 Corporation, Sheffield, UK
30 Pacific Rock Cergy, France

October:

1 Rockpalast, Bochum, Germany
2 Paunchy Cats Club, Lichtenfels, Germany
3 Night On Fire Festival Pfinztal, Germany

For more information, visit miketramp.dk.

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OPERATION: MINDCRIME RELEASE “BURN” VIDEO, VIEW IT HERE

geofftate'soperationmindcrime2-640 Operation: Mindcrime have released a video for their track Burn from the band’s frothcoming debut album The Key, which will be released on September 18th through Frontiers Music.

Tate says, “We’ve thrown out the rules for this record, and it’s been really liberating. I’m a fan of old prog, and that music didn’t stick to rules. It’s inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it’s great being in a position to write without constraints.”

Watch the video for Burn below.

See the video for Re-Inventing The Future at this location and to read more about this release and view the track listing, please click here.

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GUITARIST DOUG ALDRICH JOINS GLENN HUGHES’ SOLO BAND

glennhughesdougaldrich640 Glenn Hughes says Doug Aldrich was the only man for the job when he needed to recruit a guitar player for his solo band.

The former Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Country Communion and California Breed singer hits the road for a UK tour in October, starting at Norwich Waterfront on the 19th. It comes at the tail end of a wider European run.

Hughes’ longstanding drummer Pontus Engborg is onboard for the tour, and the vocalist was thrilled to secure ex-Whitesnake axeman Aldrich to replace Soren Andersen.

As he releases the first image of the lineup, Hughes tells TeamRock, “I felt it was time for me to start touring with my solo band. I called Pontus and Soren, but Soren had made a contractual commitment to do an autumn tour in Scandinavia, so I had to find a replacement.

There was only one man on my mind – Doug Aldrich. I’ve known Doug from his time with Ronnie Dio, and of course Whitesnake. Doug played with me on a couple of Purple songs at a festival the night before Ronnie passed away. We had great chemistry and talked about playing together again.

Doug is a welcome addition to my band, is a dear friend, both loving and nurturing, and is a rock phenomenon. I’m beyond grateful to return to a solo band touring cycle that will see me travel across many continents these next 12 months. See you down the front.”

source: classicrock.teamrock.com

MOTORHEAD TO RECEIVE L.A. CITY COUNCIL HONOR AUGUST 26TH NEW ALBUM “BAD MAGIC” COMING AUGUST 28TH

motorhead640 Grammy Award winning iconic rock band Motörhead, will be honored by the Los Angeles City Council on August 26th in celebration of their 40 year anniversary and the upcoming release of their new album Bad Magic. Councilmember José Huizar will be conducting the honor which will take place at 10:00am at the council chambers at city hall.

Bad Magic is the band’s 22nd studio album and is slated to be released August 28th via UDR Music/Motörhead Music. The album was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA with long-time producer Cameron Webb. Bad Magic is the follow up to the band’s highly successful album Aftershock which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful year yet, including a fourth Grammy nomination.

To read more about Bad Magic, click here.

ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER BILL WARD SAYS HE’S “VERY SAD” ABOUT HIS RIFT WITH HIS FORMER BANDMATES

billward300 Bill Ward has described his estrangement from Black Sabbath as “very sad” and repeated his demands for an apology from Ozzy Osbourne.

The drummer is locked in a war of words with Osbourne which seems unlikely to be resolved. Ward says he still needs a “signable contract” and a full, public apology before he’ll consider a return to the band. He also adds that the impasse is leaving him sad and frustrated.

When asked if he could play with Sabbath again, Ward tells 106.5 WSFL, “If everybody could get on the same page – my page. I’ve been quite pronounced about my page, which is a signable contract and an apology over certain issues that Ozzy said about me that weren’t true.

He said these things at the public level, so I’d like him to publicly apologize. He’s already responded to that, saying that’ll never happen. So, as long as that’ll never happen, then I probably won’t be joining the band in 2016.”

He adds “I’m very, very sad by all the fan reactions and the way that things have split and gone different ways and everything else. It’s not nice at all to be in this position, and it’s not an easy responsibility for me to maintain when uncountable amounts of people are angry with my decision-making process.”

Ward insists he’d love to get back behind the kit for Sabbath should they go back on the road.

He says, “It’s very sad, but I would love to. If we could get past everything, and everything else, I would love to be a part of it. You know, I love the guys. I mean, I still love Ozzy. Just because we have a disagreement, or there’s a disagreement on the table, I still love him very much.”

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

FORMER RAINBOW FRONTMAN JOE LYNN TURNER SAYS “I HAVE NO LOVE ANYMORE FOR THE UNITED STATES”

joelynnturner640 Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner was interviewed at a press conference in Russian-annexed Crimea, where he was performing. At the conference, the singer praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and said he has “no love anymore for the United States.” Read select quotes from the conference below as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net.

Turner said he that he might settle down in another country ruled by an authoritarian leader — Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. He said he was considering moving to Belarus “if Lukashenka lets me in.”

“I just might apply for citizenship, because I have no — truth be told — I have no love anymore for the United States, really,” Joe said. “I don’t like the administrations, I don’t like what’s going on, I don’t like the lies to the people… I don’t like anything. It’s not the country… my father’s country. When there was opportunity, when there was truth — some truth anyway — I think…”

He continued, “You might see this. This is a pin of Putin. [points to his pin] Why? Why? I don’t wear this to placate you. The word [placate] means to impress you. I don’t. I wear it, because I believe it.

I’ve listened to every leader in the world. The only one who’s telling the truth is Putin. So I think there’s a very good question for me personally, because, as I have said already, there’s a house being built in Belarus and perhaps an apartment in Moscow. I’m thinking about it. I have some very, very important friends there who I love very much, and I think I have found a new life and a new home. And that is ‘pravda’ [Russian word for ‘truth’]; that is the truth.”

Turner is married to Maya Kozyreva, a lawyer from Minsk, the capital of Belarus. “She is my greatest asset in life. She’s my angel,” he told Guitar World in 2012.

A video from the press conference appears below.

KING’S X REISSUE “GRETCHEN GOES TO NEBRASKA” AND “FAITH HOPE LOVE” ON CD AND VINYL

kingsx640 Progressive masters King’s X have re-released two of their classic albums. Gretchen Goes to Nebraska and Faith Hope Love are both available now through Metal Blade Records on indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords.

The band’s second studio album, 1989’s Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, is based loosely on a short story by drummer Jerry Gaskill and is considered a landmark album. The album contains many fan favorites such as the power ballad Summerland, Mission, and The Burning Down. The song Pleiades is credited by Ty Tabor as being the genesis of the King’s X sound when he presented the demo to the other band members a few years earlier. Significantly, the song Over My Head received considerable play on MTV and radio, and ultimately set the band up for broader success on subsequent albums.

In 1990, King’s X released Faith Hope Love. At the time, it was band’s highest charting release and it broke into the Billboard Top 100. Led by the radio hit It’s Love, King’s X garnered well deserved success on the U.S. singles chart hitting #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their highest chart position. Faith Hope Love proved to be King’s X’s most commercially successful album, reaching gold status in the U.S.

For more information about King’s X, visit their official website at, kingsxrocks.com.

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