THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET BORED….

ac:dcwithbon640 Hi all. I very rarely post in this section, but the mood struck me.

The other day I was quite bored and looking for something valid and interesting to fill that void. I ran across my AC/DC Plug Me In DVD box set, which I had not watched in quite some time. One of the many performances featured on first DVD is a live show from the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland dated April 1978. I was amazed by how great the band sounded, and how the songs, in my opinion, did not sound dated.

I thought I would share this vintage gem of Dog Eat Dog from that very show. The lyrics, like many that Bon wrote, are ingenious, quite comical and contain little contradictions such as, “That’s a lie, [hey] that’s the truth.”

So, I hope this video brings you all some warm memories, smiles to your faces and gets your blood pumping.

Enjoy and cheers.

ACCORDING TO SINGER KLAUS MEINE, THE SCORPIONS WILL WELCOME DRUMMER KOTTAK BACK AFTER REHAB

scorpions400 Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine says the band want drummer James Kottak to return from rehab as the “great guy” they remember. Also, Meine revealed Kottak will play drums on the band’s upcoming new album and take part in next year’s tour.

Kottak was jailed in Dubai after a drunken episode this year and his position in the band was unclear after they told him to sort himself out.

However, now Meine confirms that the band will stand by the drummer. The new album will be out early next year, with a tour to follow.

Meine tells Crazyscorps, “Of course we want James back. We said to him, ‘The door is open for you to come back. But first it’s up to you and you have to take care of yourself. Take it serious, go through a serious rehab.’

James will play the drums on the new album. Recording will place in Stockholm coming up very soon. I think James is doing everything to prepare himself to be in great shape and to be back next year for the tour.

We want to give him an outlook into a positive future and to help and support him through these difficult times. We are constantly in touch with James.”

As previously reported, the band planned to retire after their farewell tour, but changed their minds after “having too much fun to put down the guitars.”

Listen to Meine’s entire interview with Crazyscorps below.

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

SLAYER SPOOF MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY CAR COMMERICAL

slayer2013lineup_lo Slayer have released a youtube clip spoofing actor Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln car commerical. Watch it below.

Slayer will be hitting the road with Suicidal Tendencies in November. See their tour itinerary below.

November:

11 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
12 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
14 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
15 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
17 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
18 ACL Live, Austin, TX
19 Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
21 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
22 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
25 The Armory, Albany, NY
26 Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
28 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
29 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

December:

2 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
4 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
5 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

WATCH SLASH ON “THE WALKING DEAD” AFTERSHOW “TALKING DEAD” THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, ALSO WATCH “LIVE FROM THE ROXY” TO AIR EXCLUSIVELY ON DIRECTV NOVEMBER 7TH

Slashtophat400 Tune in this Sunday, October 26th at 10/9c to AMC TV’s live The Walking Dead after-show Talking Dead to watch iconic, Grammy-winning artist Slash join host Chris Hardwick, along with a Walking Dead cast member and guest Mary Lynn Rajskub. They will discuss The Walking Dead’s new episode Four Walls and A Roof (Season 5, Episode 3). Fans can submit questions during the live broadcast at amctv.com/shows/talking-dead. Questions will be broadcast and discussed by Chris and Slash on the show. On Monday, October 27th visit TalkingDead.com to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode. Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC.

On September 16th 2014, Slash and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators unleashed their Top Ten new album World On Fire to worldwide acclaim. The new album marks Slash’s third straight solo album to debut in the Top Ten and achieved over 12 Top Ten debuts around the world. The title track and first single World On Fire has ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. World On Fire is Slash’s third solo recording and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass), and was released on Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International which is distributed through Caroline.

On September 23rd, 25th and 26th, Slash and his band performed three sold-out shows at legendary clubs in Hollywood at The Troubadour, The Roxy (filmed for TV) and The Whisky A Go Go. On Friday, November 7th at 9 p.m., Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live From the Roxy will air as a 90-minute concert special for broadcast exclusively on national television via DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239). Presented by musician retailer Guitar Center, the full concert was filmed in 4k and 5.1 surround sound and is packed with songs spanning SLASH’s storied career including material World On Fire as well as Guns N’ Roses. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators launch their European tour on November 11th. Expect more U.S. dates to be announced for early 2015.

NEW BAND ANNOUNCEMENT, THE REVOLUTION SAINTS, FEATURING JACK BLADES, DOUG ALDRICH AND DEEN CASTRONOVO

dougaldrichrevolutionsaints640 The Revolution Saints, a new band featuring Jack Blades on bass (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) Doug Aldrich on guitars (Whitesnake) and Deen Castronovo on drums/vocals (Bad English, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne) has been signed to Frontiers Records.

According to their Facebook page, “this is not going to be your average rock ‘n roll album. It is a record that brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Or more simply, it is completely badass.

The project was initially the vision of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for the president of the label. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process happened in Portland, OR during the summer of 2014.

Revolution Saints’ music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today.”

For more information, please visit facebook.com/RevolutionSaints.

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OZZY OSBOURNE SAYS HE HOPES DRUMMER BILL WARD CAN “CAN GET HIS STUFF TOGETHER” FOR A PROPER BLACK SABBATH FAREWELL

OzzyOsbourne400 Full Metal Jackie of Loudwire spoke with the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, about his Memoirs of a Madman CD and DVD compilation Black Sabbath and Randy Rhoads. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Loudwire: Ozzy, there’s a lot of really cool stuff on the Memoirs of a Madman DVD that fans will love. What emotions does all that footage bring up?

Ozzy: Well to be perfectly truthful, the video I am not as big on watching myself be interviewed. It’s something I’ve always felt. To the music side, it was a chore in itself because I’ve got so much stuff to choose from throughout the range of my career. I know people are like, “Why didn’t you do this one? Why didn’t you do that one?” I can’t please everyone. I did the best I could, but it’s not a bad package. And the reason why I did it. Since I have been doing the Black Sabbath thing, fans have been going, “Oh is it the end of the Ozzy thing?” It is like, “No.” It is to let people know that I am still actively doing a solo career. With the Black Sabbath tour and another Black Sabbath album, but that’s the last thing I’m going to do with Black Sabbath and then I am going to go back to being solo again.

Loudwire: A singer is only as good as the musicians around him. You’ve always surrounded yourself with the best. Over the years, how have the players in your band pushed you to be the best singer you can be?

Ozzy: Well it just seems to happen. Zakk [Wylde] was with me longer than anybody. He was the longest player with me, ever. But as I am getting older time goes by so quickly. Sharon and I went to dinner with Zakk and his wife, it’s like family. Randy Rhoads was something special. He was a special guy. Just sad he’s no longer with us. Jake E. Lee was great.

Loudwire: You recently revealed that Sabbath would release one more album and do another tour. Have you already started writing?

Ozzy: No, we are going to start in the New Year. I can’t really give you [an answer] because I haven’t spoken to them yet. Rather, I have texted Tony he is getting new riffs. I am not worried because Tony Iommi is the best guy in the world for coming up with heavy metal riffs.

Loudwire: Is there a timeline for the record or the tour?

Ozzy: I haven’t discussed it with anyone yet. I left him alone for a while because the last thing we did, the tour he was diagnosed with lymphoma. So, I didn’t want to worry him. I didn’t want to put pressure on him.

Loudwire [On the Memoirs of a Madman] there’s a concert in there from Rochester with Randy Rhoads on guitar that was filmed back in 1981. What kind of emotions did seeing Randy stir up?

Ozzy: You know I’ve seen that piece from Rochester so many times, I get sad. He was a great guy. He was a great player. It seemed like he’d be with me forever and he was only with me for a couple of years. Sharon and I still go see his mom from time to time. She is old now, she is in her 90s. But it’s the kind of responsibility because I feel somewhat kind of responsible because for the fact that he had not been with me he might still be alive. I know you can’t live like that. But I feel sad. He was a great guy.

Loydwire: Do you remember clearly when you first found him?

Ozzy: Yeah well, not first. When I first found him I was drunk in Los Angeles in a hotel room. And this guy said I got this fantastic guitar player you won’t believe it. This little guy came into my room, 11 o’clock at night. I saw him, at first I thought is that he was a girl. He was so little then. I heard him play and I was like wow! I couldn’t believe how amazing he was.

Read more at Loudwire.

In related news, Osbourne recently told Esquire,”If this is Black Sabbath’s last hurrah, then we’ll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was fucked up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst. The only thing sad about it is I hope Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because one of the biggest things I’m proud of in my life was that Black Sabbath wasn’t a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one.”

The singer adds that once Sabbath call it quits, he will go right back to his solo career because he can’t juggle the two projects at one time.

He says: “I’m not one of these guys to do my solo stuff one night and Black Sabbath the next. I can’t do that. It’s too much to handle. So with the Sabbath thing, the record company wants us to do one more record, and we’ve decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff. And that’s why I released Memoirs Of A Madman, to let people out there know I’m still functioning as a solo artist.”

sources: loudwire.com and esquire.com

KISS FRONTMAN GENE SIMMONS DISCUSSES HIS NEW BOOK, “ME, INC.: BUILD AN ARMY OF ONE, UNLEASH YOUR INNER ROCK GOD, WIN IN LIFE AND BUSINESS”

Gene-Simmons400 Justin Tedaldi of the Examiner spoke with KISS frontman Gene Simmons about his latest book, Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business (out October 21st) and other topics. Excerpts appear below.

Examiner: What was the inspiration for this book?

Simmons: Life, really. I’ll ask you this question and see if you can answer it. You went to high school, I presume.

Examiner: Sure did.

Simmons: What was the name of the class that prepared you for what you do now for a living?

Examiner: I don’t believe there was one.

Simmons: How about that? Because I didn’t have a class that prepared me for this or the restaurant business or the football business or being in a rock band or branding or the television business or the movie business or the corporate speaking things—none of it. There is no class for that. In essence, it whittles down—although I didn’t understand it in those days—you have an inferred fiduciary duty to yourself, to learn people skills, language skills, have the right thing, be at the right place, and at the right time. And surround yourself with people who are smarter, not stupider, than you are. And get rid of all losers in your life and make smart life decisions.

Like, don’t get married, guys. Different rules for girls. Don’t get married in your early twenties—you’re an idiot; you’re still full of c—. You haven’t made your fortune, and why would you want to take on mortgages, kids, and, well, divorce, because statistics say you will get divorced, and in certain households of certain ethnic and/or racial groups, 80% of households don’t have a father—they run out. And if you’re of a certain religious belief, you might have ten kids. Why would you do that? When each child could cost a million dollars by the time they graduate college. A million dollars! That’s pretax; that means two million dollars per child at the highest tax rate—the highest tax rate just earn more than 250,000 dollars.

So the book is sort of Cliff Notes of life and business, because life is business. And the thing that made me write the book is sort of my personal journey to learn what I learned, and then more importantly, how to implement that. In other words, how to use what I know, and how to make a lot more money. And I make a lot of money. Not just with a rock band.

Examiner: You penned a memorable back cover blurb for Joe Perry of Aerosmith’s new book, saying, “When I grow up, I want to be Joe Perry.” How did that come together, and why do you want to be Joe Perry?

Simmons: Well, he asked me to write that and I’m trying to make nice. Wouldn’t you say nice things if I asked you to write the foreword to my book?….My thing is really: I make a living, I don’t need to write this book, but I think it’s an important book to write.

Examiner: You wrote the first KISS memoir as a member of the group back in 2001 with KISS and Make-Up. Would you be interested in penning another memoir at some point?

Simmons: Sure. But…maybe I’ll wait until the day that KISS ends, which is not happening anytime soon. We have a KISS golf course and LA KISS the football team, and all kinds of KISS stuff. And we continue to tour the world and have a great time. I think the only reason to write another sort of memoir is gonna be at the end of the train ride, when we look back and say, “What a crazy trip this has been” kind of thing….

What I’m trying to do [with Me, Inc.] is not to be so full of myself, and just be willing to kick people in the nuts and say, “Look, this is really important; you’ve gotta cut the sh— out.” And we all need that; I do, too. You know, if I stuff another piece of cake in my mouth, Shannon walks over and says, “Hey! Get out of here; put that down, you know it’s not good for you.” We all need that. And in life and business and anything else.

Go to the Examiner to read the entire interview.

source: examiner.com

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LED ZEPPELIN LOSES FIRST ROUND IN “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” PLAGIARISM SUIT

ledzeppelin400 Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter reports:

Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit Stairway to Heaven from Randy Craig Wolfe, founding member of the band Spirit.

Wolfe’s heirs sued Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and their music companies in June, asserting that the story Page has told over the years about holing himself up in a remote cottage in Wales in 1970 and creating the iconic song is false. The plaintiff alleges that the music really came from Spirit, which once toured with Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s. To hear the song in question, please click here.

In reaction to the lawsuit, the defendants challenged jurisdiction.

“The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here,” stated a memorandum to dismiss.

In response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: “Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of Stairway to Heaven through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of Stairway to Heaven.’

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has now denied the motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, meaning that the Zeppelin parties can still try again.

The judge didn’t offer any reasoning in his written order, but those looking for the standards by which judges determine jurisdiction can read about another judge’s recent decision to throw out a trademark lawsuit filed by John Wayne’s heirs against Duke University.

source: hollywoodreporter.com

FORMER JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING DISCUSSES WHY HE LEFT THE BAND, POSSIBLY RECORDING A SOLO ALBUM AND RELEASING HEAVY METAL FRAGRANCES

kkdowning Adrian Peel of Digital Journal spoke with former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing. Excerpts from the story appear below.

On his new business venture:

“Don’t laugh, but I’m just about to release Metal For Men and Metal Pour Femme, which is a new line of fragrances, and I’m going to be selling that internationally. Do you know Planet Rock? In the UK I’ll be selling that initially through Planet Rock, through the national radio station. That’s something else I’ve thought of in my sleep. Don’t ask me why! You see these people do a fragrance from the pop world and stuff like that, but nobody’s actually catering for rock and metal fans, so I thought I’d solve the headache of what to buy for Christmas type-of-thing…”

Discussing releasing a solo album:

“Well I think about it all the time, I do… I’m thinking that when all this dies down a little bit, even if I’m 65, 66 – it doesn’t matter. I mean you look at The Rolling Stones, The Who and everybody can still put their hand to their instrument and be creative. So I’m not ruling anything out at any time…It may well be an instrumental album. I could do it, but at the moment I’ve just got to finish what I’ve started, really, is what I think. But it won’t be too long. I would’ve thought by the end of next year, I’ll find a clearing and I would like to work with some chosen musicians.”

Explaining why he left Judas Priest:

“I felt that a lot of the spark wasn’t there – for whatever reason – anymore on stage. I felt that I had it, but I felt it wasn’t what I originally signed up for… I always thought that Judas Priest should have been a high-energy outfit and ultra-sharp, but I wasn’t enjoying it as much on stage as I should have been. All that traveling and living out of a suitcase and spending so much time in planes, vans, cars and trains, you have to really enjoy the concerts. You have to musically get on a high and that carries you through, but if you’re not enjoying it like you should, then it becomes a lot of hard work because you’ve still got to do the interviews and be pushed and pulled around the place.”

Does regret his decision to leave the band?:

“I don’t regret leaving because, to me, I thought that it had run its course. I miss what we had, but I don’t particularly miss what we had become when I left… You can look at You Tube and see Judas Priest playing at the US Festival, or at Live Aid, and I miss being at the pinnacle of the band. I miss that energy and youthfulness and just delivering all of that up. You become a certain age and I think that I would have been happy if, as I said, I was enjoying the shows. There’s disagreements with how things should be done and I thought if I’m outnumbered then it’s time to go…But I suppose we did fantastically well. I mean 40 years is great and I commend the guys for going back out. I was just watching a bit of their first concert of the tour in Rochester, New York, and it was great. Band sounded good and I’m happy that they continue. I sent an email saying ‘good luck with the new tour, guys’ to the management office. I do wish them well and I commend them highly for being out there and carrying on the legacy.”

Read more with K.K. at Digital Journal. Additionally, Downing, will be donating some of the proceeds from his forthcoming fragrances to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

For more information about K.K., please visit his official website.

source: digitaljournal.com

LAST IN LINE, FEATURING VIVIAN CAMPBELL, VINNY APPICE, JIMMY BAIN, CLAUDE SCHNELL AND ANDREW FREEMAN, SIGN WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC

viviancampbell'slastinlinebanadpic640 Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of Last In Line, featuring original Dio members, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, along with vocalist Andrew Freeman.

When he left Black Sabbath in early 1982 to form his own band, the late, great Ronnie James Dio took powerhouse Black Sabbath drummer, Vinny Appice with him.

Ronnie knew that he wanted a European flavor to balance-out the band, so he asked his former Rainbow bandmate and Scottish native, bassist Jimmy Bain to join him. In turn, Jimmy recommended a young Irish guitarist, Vivian Campbell to complete the line-up. When the four of them met and played for the first time in a North London rehearsal room in September 1982, the magic was evident and the classic Dio band line-up was born.

Between 1983 and 1985, in quick succession, that line-up wrote, recorded and toured the first three Dio albums. Widely considered to be the crown jewels of the Dio catalogue, Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart went on to sell millions as the band, now reinforced by keyboard player, Claude Schnell, played to audiences worldwide.

By 1985, however, trouble was brewing and the fabric of the band had started to unravel. Beginning with Vivian Campbell’s firing during the Sacred Heart tour, one by one the other original band members left the fold and slowly the magic was lost.

30 years after the recording of Holy Diver, and without trying to replace the singular sound that was Ronnie’s voice, the original band have started playing the songs they created together again. Joined by the passionate, powerful and unique voice of vocalist Andrew Freeman, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell have united under the name of their classic album, Last In Line, to perform and tour their original songs again.

When any group of musicians write and record together, they create a sound that becomes uniquely theirs. Last In Line brings to life those early, classic Dio albums in a way that only they know how. In a way that only they can.

Frontiers plans to release the new recording in the spring of 2015.