KXM, the band featuring dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier of Korn on drums, has released a video for song Scatterbrain, which also happens to be the title of their sophmore album, out on March 17th. Watch it below.

Recorded over the span of ten days, every song on Scatterbrain was the result of a musical jam from all three members playing together in the same room.

Ray Luzier explains on the process, “We wanted to use the same formula as the 1st KXM record: book studio time, come in fresh every day with a new idea & run with it and not over think anything.” George Lynch described the sessions as Record-topia, “We showed up in the studio, camped out with a bunch of gear and let the tape roll. Just like the first album, no pre-production, no rehearsal, no pre-written songs.” dUg Pinnick adds, “The vibe was like a bunch of old friends having fun creating music like the previous record, nothing but fun!”

To read more about this release, and to view a track listing, please click here.

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Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets will go on sale on January 20th and 21st at LiveNation.com.

Front man Joe Elliott says, “We’re thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn’t play in 2016. The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There’s a great buzz around the band right now and we’re loving the fact that we can do this with the latest album being so well received.”

In conjunction with the announcement of their North American tour, Def Leppard also premieres the live video for “Animal” via Brave Words. Watch it below.

The live video clip is from the bands recently announced concert film, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit which will be released on February 10th in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment. Click here to purchase. Also, click this link to watch a live performance of, Let’s Go, also from this release.

Guitarist Phil Collen says, “Our last full concert DVD, excluding Viva! Hysteria, was 1987’s In The Round, In Your Face, which was shot on video. We felt an updated version was way overdue so here it is, the brand new Def Leppard concert experience.”

The tour also marks the first time in over 5 years that Poison will tour with all original members. Members including Bret Michaels, CC DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett. Poison has sold over 40 million records and is is set to perform some of its greatest hits including Nothin’ but a Good Time, Every Rose has its Thorn, Talk Dirty to Me, Unskinny Bop and Something to Believe In.

Front man Bret Michaels says, “I could not be more excited. I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll. Don’t wait because god only knows.”


8, Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
10 Montreal, QC Bell Centre *
12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
14 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
15 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
17 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
19 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
21 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
22 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Premier Center
24 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
26 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Cneter **
27 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
29 Ft Myers, FL Fort Rock ***
30 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville ***


2 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
3 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
5 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
6 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion ***
24 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma ***
27 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest ***
29 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
31 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse


2 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place *
3 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome *
6 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena *
7 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
9 Seattle, WA White River Amph
10 Portland, OR Moda Center
12 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
14 Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
16 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
19 Salt Lake City, UT ASANA Amphitheatre
21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center **
22 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
24 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
25 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center

• Def Leppard only
** Def Leppard and Poison only, no Tesla
*** Def Leppard festival dates

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Matt Wake of LA Weekly reports:

When an attorney calls me for this story and says he represents Ratt, I ask what version of the band he works with. The attorney, Stephen Doniger, chuckles and replies, “That’s sad you have to ask that.”

Two factions have been warring over who, and who doesn’t, have the right to use the name and trademarks of Ratt,…known for ’80s hits such as Round and Round and Lay it Down. Since 2015, drummer Bobby Blotzer had been playing shows under the name Ratt with a lineup in which he’s the sole member from the band’s ’80s heyday. Then, last October, founding singer Stephen Pearcy reunited with the other musicians from the Round and Round era — guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier — for a surprise performance on a Monsters of Rock Cruise.

Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier have since announced a series of Ratt shows, including high profile sets at Maryland’s M3 Rock Festival and Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma. Pearcy says he and DeMartini are even working on demos for a new Ratt album. Meanwhile, a sold-out December 29th Michigan casino show by Blotzer’s Ratt was cancelled. According to a Facebook post by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, that performance was nixed after being “issued a ‘cease and desist’ letter from the parties claiming rights to the Ratt trademark.” (“Sister Christian” hitmakers Night Ranger, who were also on the bill, did go ahead and perform that evening.)

Since one Ratt boasts the band’s frontman, guitar hero and bassist, and is booking large rock festivals, while another Ratt is built around the drummer, and just got cancelled, it might appear this dispute is over. Not so fast, says Blotzer. The drummer released a defiant statement via Facebook on January 9th. “This has NEVER been put to a FINAL judgment,” Blotzer wrote. “Let me repeat: NO FINAL JUDGEMENT…”

…Attorney Doniger, however, says caring about the fans is exactly why his clients “will not allow Blotzer to continue touring as Ratt with his cover band.’”

On a recent afternoon, Pearcy is driving in his Dodge Charger when reached via phone. Asked about the Blotzer dispute, Pearcy says, “That would be like somebody taking years of what you worked for and trying to change the course of history … and saying, ‘Hey, forget about those guys. It’s all about me.’” He laughs. “Well, if the guy wrote songs it might be a whole different story. But I really don’t even want to talk about this person actually…”

…When I reached out to Blotzer for an interview, his attorney Drew Sherman wrote back via email that the drummer was on “winter holiday through the end of next week,” which was well past this story’s deadline. Two days after that email, Blotzer posted his 1,200-plus word Facebook statement, which he apparently wrote in response to something prominent rock-radio host Eddie Trunk said about Ratt on his SiriusXM talk show.

Blotzer had called in to previous episodes of Trunk’s show to discuss the Ratt dispute, which the host says he’s still welcome to do. “When this stuff happens, I don’t take sides in it,” Trunk tells me. “I’ve always maintained the policy that all sides are open to come on my shows and discuss it.”

In Blotzer’s Facebook statement, he maintains that he simply wanted to go tour and play, but his bandmates’ cease-and-desist tactics prevented him from working. “They didn’t speak to each other till they saw the huge success we had this past year,” Blotzer wrote on Facebook. “We did 70 or so shows, and grossed more money on this tour than any tour Ratt has done in 20 years past.”

But Doniger says it’s not true that Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini had no plans to tour again. They just didn’t want to tour with Blotzer. “The guys [Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini and Blotzer] toured together between 2012 and 2014,” Doniger says. “They stopped because Stephen Pearcy’s twin sister died and he had to take time off. At that point DeMartini and Croucier decided not to tour without all partners for the integrity of the band. But within a year Blotzer was taking steps to usurp control of the trademarks so that he could tour by himself as Ratt…”

…[When] asked about what he feels is the biggest misconception of the Ratt dispute, Blotzer attorney Sherman says, “That Juan Croucier owns the Ratt trademarks. The summary judgment ruling was not a final judgment and the trademarks have not transferred away from WBS. Even if they did in the future, they would be owned by the Ratt Partnership, not Juan Croucier. And the only two remaining members of the Ratt Partnership, according to Croucier, are him and Bobby.”

Blotzer/WBS have filed a request for reconsideration, scheduled for January 23rd in a downtown Los Angeles federal courtroom. According to Sherman, “There are significant contradictions in sworn testimony by Mr. Croucier.” But Doniger says, “Blotzer tried to pull a fast one and has now ended up with nothing.” At the hearing, Doniger is seeking over $250,000 in costs and attorney’s fees from WBS for his clients.

In addition to the ability to generate revenue by touring as Ratt, whoever controls the trademarks also controls revenue from merchandising and licensing (but not music sales or publishing)…

…“I think it’s quickly forgotten just how big Ratt was,” says Trunk. “To me, album for album, song for song, you could even make the case they were more consistent than Mötley Crüe. But I think a lot of the reason they don’t get that same reverence as a band like Mötley Crüe is they had a lot of lineup changes. Mötley was great at making a book and dating Hollywood celebrities, and the excess really fueled their legacy, whereas Ratt kind of kept it in-house and you didn’t really hear about it all that much. So I think that factors in their perception…”

…Bands successfully touring with one original member has become commonplace…But how do two touring versions of a band impact fans? That depends, Trunk says. “I think for the really hardcore true fans that really know what’s going on, it divides them and obviously upsets them. I think that for a majority of people that don’t follow it that closely, honestly, a lot of them don’t know anything different. They see a logo, they see a name and they go and hear the songs played well like they remember them, and they have some fun and have beers with their friends and go home.”

Read the entire LA Weekly article by clicking here.

source: laweekly.com

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“Ross The Boss” Friedman, on lead guitar and co-founder of Manowar, launches The Discipline of Steel 2017 world tour with Mike LePond on bass (Symphony X); Kenny “Rhino” Earl on drums (ex-Manowar); and Marc Lopes on vocals (Let Us Prey).

The tour begins in Mexico and Central America where the RTB Band will headline two metal festivals, performing a classic Manowar set. Twenty-five dates in Europe are scheduled in March and April, including an iconic tour of England, where years ago, Ross Friedman began the metal onslaught. The earth will rumble and the momentum will continue through the summer and fall festival calendar.

Says Friedman, “I have assembled three incredible musicians, and together we will deliver an experience only to be described as, true classic metal. We are going to devastate every audience, every night, without mercy!”

The Discipline of Steel World Tour 2017 (Europe) dates:

3/3 Zlin, Czech Republic
3/5 Vienna, Austria
3/6 Mannheim, Germany
3/8 Hamburg, Germany
3/9 Stadskanaal, Netherlands
3/10 Essen, Germany
3/11 Andernach, Germany
3/12 Helmond, Netherlands
3/13 Utrecht, Netherlands
3/16 Barcelona, Spain
3/17 Zaragoza, Spain
3/18 Erandio, Spain
3/19 Madrid, Spain
3/20 Cangas do Morrazo, Spain
3/21 Lisbon, Portugal
3/24 Brescia, Italy
3/25 Torino, Italy
3/26 Prato, Italy
3/28 Diest, Belgium
3/30 London, UK
3/31 Evesham, UK

4/1 Swansea, UK
4/2 Dublin, Ireland
4/4 Glasgow, UK
4/5 Edinburgh, UK
4/6 Milton Keynes, UK

For tickets and more information, please go to ross-the-boss.com and facebook.com/rosstheboss. For an “experience” of a lifetime, come meet Ross and the Band on tour vipxconnect.com.

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Legendary rockers Def Leppard excited and thrilled fans nationwide with their massive 55+ city Summer 2016 North American tour. Def Leppard will now share their masterful performance on DVD and Blu-ray. On February 10th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release their epic concert film, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit, on DVD+2CD for $21.98, Blu-ray+2CD for $26.98, and Digital Video.

Filmed at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit, is an incredible showcase that captures the electrifying energy and power of Def Leppard live today. As the sun began to set over a frenzied Detroit crowd, Def Leppard’s legendary hooks and anthemic rock served up an audiovisual feast second to none. The audience were served hit after hit with fan favorites from across their iconic career.

Watch a clip of Let’s Go, from And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit, below.

Said front man Joe Elliott, “I had this idea that we should film one of the shows from the 2016 tour because apart from the Viva Hysteria shows, we hadn’t actually had a live performance filmed since 1988. With a new album out that was being so well received, it was just a case of where to do it. From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify. It was a good choice and a great way to document Def Leppard in 2016.”

As a bonus, the DVD set will include the official music videos for Let’s Go, Dangerous, Man Enough, and the lyric video for Let’s Go. (Click highlighted titles to view)

In anticipation of the DVD release, Def Leppard and Eagle Rock Entertainment are launching a special PledgeMusic pre-order today (1/10). Fans who participate will gain early access to a few select tracks, including Dangerous and Rock On, as well as exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic. Click here to pre-order.

And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit track listing:

Disc 1:

Let’s Go
Let It Go
Love Bites
Armaggeddon It
Rock On
Man Enough

Disc 2:

Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
Switch 625
Medley: Hysteria / Heroes
Let’s Get Rocked
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Rock of Ages

With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album featured singles Dangerous and Let’s Go which premiered at RollingStone.com and hit #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.

Def Leppard IS:

Joe Elliott (vocals)
Phil Collen (guitar)
Vivian Campbell (guitar)
Rick Savage (bass)
Rick Allen (drums)

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Andrew Catania of All That Shreds spoke with Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy about his new solo album, Smash. Highlights from the interview appear below.

All That Shreds: I listened to your album it sounds really good. It brings me back to the Sweet Cheater days of RATT.

Stephen Pearcy: Ah, I’m glad you said that! Thank you. That was a conscious thing to do actually.

All That Shreds: …I mean I know you’re trying to solo but you’ve got Beau Hill out there mixing it.

Stephen Pearcy: Yes, I’ve got to clarify something. Beau Hill mixed and mastered one song. We couldn’t get him to the full project so we pretty much took that schematic from, I Can’t Take It, and we just went from there, but I still have a song in the can that he mixed and mastered. We tried everything with this record, there was no stone left unturned when it came to this, ideas and just being diverse. Like Physical Graffiti or something. I wasn’t trying to accomplish Physical Graffiti otherwise, there would have been 20 songs. I had the 20 songs. I get to stretch more with my solo stuff and a song like Ten Miles Wide is going to be the video single before the record is released. We start shooting in about a week. That is definitely Erik my guitar player channeling Robbin Crosby without a doubt. It is something Robbin would have come up with without a doubt, you know. Right out of the box you know, smack, Ratt. You know what, what can I say, my voice, it doesn’t matter if it’s me doing an industrial record without the Charlie Vortex it’s still my voice and that’s cool but I don’t try to change my voice to suit anything I just try different things and see where it takes me. It’s like a road trip and you don’t know where you’re going until you get there. We’re happy with it though, we accomplished it. I’ve only released the lyrics on two records. One was Detonator, which I was really reluctant to do, and Smash. On Smash, I was really glad I put the lyrics on there, because there’s really a lot going on in that record lyrically… I have to have something really fun in there. This stuff is pretty interesting, to say the least you know.

All That Shreds: In terms of licensing with Frontiers are you just doing a one album deal or do you have commitments after that with them depending on how this does?

Stephen Pearcy: No, I believe there is an option yes. I’m sure we’ll do another solo record with them, yes. First I’ve got to get a Ratt record out.

All That Shreds: Is all of the legal stuff done between all parties involved with Ratt?

Stephen Pearcy: Yes, the dust has settled pretty much and it’s getting cemented, and yes, the thing with Ratt is look, we have the ability to say, look we don’t want to do anything for a year, or two, or three, it’s just pen’s right, so, that’s what happens. As we were doing that, Warren didn’t want to go out there without all of us, ‘the original.’ and someone just decided, well, I’m going out there and I’m going to do my own thing and I’m going to call it this. Well, unfortunately, that was a bad move, not only for our fans, but for business and the true integrity of the entity. So, hence this person created all these things going down. I don’t want to mention names, or bad rap or nothing, because justice is peace and things are done and taken care of…I say the dust has pretty much settled and we’re going out and doing our thing. Ratt’s first show is February 11th…then we headline M3, you know there’s a lot going on there, but it’s got to be done right. There’s a lot of this mess created, but one thing you can’t do, especially a person who didn’t write music, or anything, is try to change a course of history and its four member’s…that was the worst thing I thought possible…It’s not like the Hitler approach, where you tell the people the same thing enough [times], they’ll believe it, our audience isn’t that stupid. They’re very smart, they’ve been around for thirty years..You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of them. Hence, things took care of themselves pretty much and…we’re moving ahead. A lot more to go down, and like I said Warren and I have already started dabbling and writing, and we’ll see what happens. We’d like to get something out sometime this year, but we’ve still got a lot to accomplish and take it slow…and make sure it’s done right time…and hopefully, we can have another few years out there for everybody.

All That Shreds: ….Do you think there is any kind of reconciliation between you and Bobby Blotzer?

Stephen Pearcy: No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK. No all I know is there is, Warren….myself,…Juan and Carlos…and we’ll figure out who’s on fifth, when we get there.

All That Shreds: Are you going to have your solo band with any of the same dates as Ratt or is that going to be a no-no?

Stephen Pearcy: No, they are two different entities. We plan on doing other stuff with Ratt, because we want to get out, and start hitting other parts of the planet. We’ll see, I mean I’ve been told about some great things that could be happening and tours…so, we’ll see. Nothing I can really say now…We’re taking it easy, starting carefully, you know one step at a time and take it from there.

All That Shreds: You know the promoter’s are going to be coming after you guy’s to put you on some festival’s with some big names I am sure because you’ve got pretty much the whole kit and kaboodle of Ratt out there…

Stephen Pearcy: Yes! It’s going down as we speak, yes!

All That Shreds: Your voice sounds great in the past, but you sound stronger than ever on this album and I can envision you singing with Ratt and Warren DiMartini. I’ve always had him in my articles as one of the top ten greatest guitarist’s of all time…Juan is phenomenal with his bass flipping, upside down and everything else,…that’s why I can imagine we’re going to see you guy’s doing something with some big band’s.

Stephen Pearcy: Yes, there’s some good stuff in the works. That’s about all I can say. We’re very excited first with Smash, and the dust has settled, or is settling here with Ratt, and we can put things back into perspective…The real entity is, the people who come out, and like what we do. It’s already 33 years old this month, 33 or 34. As long as we’re around. I think making the right moves is the only way to go about doing it. I don’t want to go out year after year after year, for the sake of doing it. It should be special you know and that’s what it’s going to be.

All That Shreds: Just out of curiosity do you think Detonator was a good album for you guys?

Stephen Pearcy: You know, you believe in every record you do..you know there’s some record’s like the Yellow record we did…after the fact, and it’s not one of my favorites, although, there are some moment’s, and that’s all you can do. It’s all timing, you know? It’s all everything has to be lined up in order to get that. With Detonator we weren’t in a good place…We had been on the road non-stop doing these arena tours for years, record after record and we were pretty crispy,…abused and…addicted.

We were a f–king mess, and so going into Detonator, Robbin wasn’t all there…so that was the beginning of, you know? I see the end right there, but we had a new beginning after that, probably blessed by him and people who still want to hear us..Detonator, to me,…was a good record. You can only do with what you’ve got when you’re given only four colored pencils and you’re told to create the universe. You’re given a black pencil and that’s all you’ve got well you’ve got to make do with it. That’s about it, you know. So we did what we could. I like the record. There are some great songs on there.

Read more at All That Shreds.

source: allthatshreds.com

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