diodevilhorns400 The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16th, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural “Ride For Ronnie” motorcycle ride and BBQ, according to Dio Cancer Fund Co-Founder/President, Wendy Dio.

A free public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16th to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie’s passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to:

The weekend will begin on Friday, May 15th with a Celebrity Rock ‘n Bowl tournament at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City. It will be a fun evening of bowling, entertainment and a silent auction, which will include bowling pins autographed by Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax, Metallica and many others.

All events lead up to the inaugural “Ride For Ronnie” motorcycle ride and BBQ on Sunday, May 17th. Riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to food, live music, raffle/silent auction and more. Fans who don’t ride are welcome to attend just the BBQ.

Further information on registering for the “Ride For Ronnie” and purchasing tickets for Celebrity Bowling and the BBQ will be available shortly. Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund website for updates.



georgelynchmsweet.jpg Sweet & Lynch are releasing another video from their upcoming debut album, Only To Rise. The video is for the song Dying Rose and premiered yesterday at Watch it below.

Dying Rose is the perfect representation of this album. It’s heavy yet dynamic with a riff and melody that reminds you of the greatest era in rock. George and I are proud of this song and excited that you all have the opportunity to finally hear it in it’s entirety and to see it as well!” exclaims Michael Sweet.

Only To Rise is scheduled for release in the United States on January 27th, 2015 through Froniters Music SRL. Backing up Sweet & Lynch on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy.

Sweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at The album is also available Amazon. Fans who pre-order the album through iTunes will receive instant downloads of Dying Rose, The Wish and September with their order.

From the opening notes of The Wish to the drum solo finish on the album-closer Only To Rise, it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet’s unmistakable voice and George Lynch’s signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs Dying Rose, Me Without You and Strength In Numbers showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Only To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.

Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.

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rocklahoma400 After a record-breaking 2014 with over 60,000 fans in attendance, Rocklahoma–presented by Bud Light–returns to “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK for its ninth year May 22nd, 23rd and 24th with a lineup featuring top current rock artists and classic bands. America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature not-to-be-missed performances from bands including Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Live, Anthrax, Ministry, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day. In addition, the campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The current band lineup for Rocklahoma 2015 is as follows: Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Live, Anthrax, Ministry, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Apocalyptica, The Winery Dogs (featuring Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy & Richie Kotzen), Motionless In White, In Flames, Aranda, Nonpoint, We Are Harlot, Young Guns, You Me At Six, Periphery, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Starset, Shaman’s Harvest, Upon A Burning Body, Sabaton, Like A Storm, Crobot, Islander, Sons of Texas, Wayland, Gypsy Pistoleros, Nasty Habit, Lynam, Bai Bang, Black Tora, ASKA, Kingdragon, BabyJane, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Dead Metal Society, Ratchet Dolls, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Ragdoll, Mycah, Delta Rose, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Warlock Texas, Mach22, Dellacoma, Station, Tempt, Project Terror, London’s Dungeon, Ivy Stone, Lamp Shade Betty, We The Ghost, Well Hung Heart, NICNOS, Even the Dogs, SONS, A Course Of Action, DREK, and Lovebettie, and will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.

“We literally spend months and months piecing together the exact right mix of artists for Rocklahoma each year,” commented Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the festival for AEG Live. “Linkin Park and Slayer happen to be two of the most requested artists by the fans of Rocklahoma to play, so to get them both at the same time is a major coup. But surrounding them with the exact right element of bands that span the spectrum of classic to current and metal to lighter rock, that’s the key. This year’s lineup has that perfect balance with a little something for everyone”.

A Rocklahoma ticket pre-sale is underway now until Monday, January 26th at Noon CST at Special pre-sale prices are available for Weekend General Admission tickets, Weekend Reserved tickets and Weekend VIP tickets. A Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack is also available for purchase during the pre-sale and general on-sale. To get a code for access to the special Rocklahoma Internet pre-sale, “like” Rocklahoma on Facebook or visit and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Concertgoers will save by buying early, as general admission prices will increase at the public on-sale.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also now available for active military through GovX.

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock for four days. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing Campgrounds open on Monday, May 18th and will remain open until Noon on Monday, May 25th.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.


motleycrue640 Mike Ayers of The Wall Street Journal reports:

Motley Crue, best known for ’80s hits like Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood, will play their final show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31st, 2015. The show will cap their last and final tour, which started in 2014 with a much publicized signing of a binding legal document that promised they’d never reunite after 2015. Alice Cooper will support most of the 2015 final tour dates.

“We’ve been talking about where we’re at for a few years,” Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx tells Speakeasy. “[We asked] when is the time to take our heavy-weight belt off? When’s the time to not stay too long as a rock band?”

Sixx says the band hit a few speed-bumps during the 2014 tour and have course-corrected for their remaining shows. Throughout last summer, they found themselves switching between arenas and outdoor amphitheaters, the latter of which couldn’t sustain their elaborate pyrotechnic set-up and drummer Tommy Lee‘s “Drum Roller-coaster.” The plan for this year is to be only in arenas, which can give fans the proper show.

Though these might be the last times fans can see the band live, Sixx says that there could be some releases in the future. “We’d probably look at that five or six years down the line. Time’s an interesting thing. We’re going to be recording [these concerts]. There’s a possibility for a live DVD of the show. We’re talking about a documentary. There’s a lot of Motley Crue coming.”

Along with announcing their final tour, the band released a new single today called All Bad Things (listen below). They played it a handful of times during 2014 and it’s going to be included on an upcoming release that promises to be the “ultimate collector’s album.” This week, they’re also giving away their 2009 “Greatest Hits” album for free via Google Play.

Sixx says the final shows will be bittersweet and he’s looking forward to the next chapter – but knows that some Crue fans might be having a hard time letting go. “Somebody held up a sign that said ‘Enjoy your retirement.’ And I thought f–ck, i’m not going to start golfing!” It’s going to open our schedules up. We’re going to walk away with our pride. And we’re going to feel honor. But it’s going to give [us] an opportunity to do other stuff too.

“Motley Crue was the mothership,” he adds. “It’s so much of your life, you can’t remember life without it.”

Here are the final Motley Crue tour dates:

July 22: Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
July 24: Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 26: Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
July 28: Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
July 29: Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
July 31: Denver, CO Pepsi Center
August 3: Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
August 5: St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
August 7: Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
August 8: Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
August 9: Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
August 11: Hershey, PA Giant Center
August 12: Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
August 14: Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
August 15: Worcester, MA DCU Center
August 16: Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
August 18: Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
August 19: Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
August 20: Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 22: Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
August 23: Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
August 24: Montreal, QC Bell Centre
August 26: Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
August 28: Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
August 29: Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 30: Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
September 2: Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
September 4: New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
September 5: Houston, TX Toyota Center
September 6: San Antonio, TX Alamodome
September 8: Monterrey, Mex. Arena Monterrey
September 10: Mexico City, Mex. Arena Ciudad de Mexico
TBA: Las Vegas, NV
December 31: Los Angeles, CA Staples Center



aerosmith640 Fathom Events, Cinema 1 and Eagle Rock Entertainment are partnering to present a monthly “Classic Music Series” to start off by legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Aerosmith.

Fans will be blown away by Aerosmith on the big screen for a special one-night concert event on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 7 p.m. local time. Captured live at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK, in June 2014 as part of the band’s critically acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule definitive rock & roll event. Rock’s most lethal army–Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford–rocked audiences in 16 countries with electrifying performances. The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 19-song set list includes the band’s iconic hits Love In A Elevator, Janie’s Got A Gun, Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing, Dude Looks Like A Lady, Walk This Way, Dream On, Sweet Emotion and many more.

Tickets for Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 are available at participating theater box offices and online at The event will be presented in more than 300 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”

“We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” said Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”

“We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014,” Tom Hamilton says. “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”

“Aerosmith are rock legends and I am very proud Cinema 1 is a part of bringing this incredible band’s live concert performance to theaters across America,” said Ray Carolin, CEO of Cinema 1. “I am certain their fans are going to be blown away when they experience ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’.”

The first event in the “Classic Music Series,” Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, will be followed monthly by a who’s who of rock and pop which will be revealed shortly. Expected events include: a singer with a history of hits since the ‘50s face-to-face with a modern pop mega-star, the beloved progenitors of the jam band genre, one of the UK’s greatest and most influential rock acts, a lauded guitar god and many, many more.

Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens said, “Aerosmith fans won’t ‘wanna miss a thing’ with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014. Music aficionados across the nation have a year full of great tunes ahead of them as the ‘Classic Music Series’ is set to bring the best of the best to the big screen all throughout 2015.”

GUITARIST JEFF LABAR ON A NEW CINDERELLA RECORD, “I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT WOULD WORK” spoke with Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar about his solo material and Cinderella. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

BMG: As far as songwriting is concerned, how much did you contribute to the proverbial “heydey” of Cinderella?

Jeff: With Cinderella, Tom wrote most of the songs, so we all had our hand in arranging them. Throughout the Cinderella years, (bassist) Eric (Brittingham) and I, our place was to take Tom’s songs, his skeletons of songs and arrange them. Basically, all we did was add bridges, breakdowns and solo sections. Stuff like that. But Tom was the main songwriter there. The difference between then and now being that I am the songwriter in all of my solo stuff. These are songs that I’ve written over the years since the heyday of Cinderella. I’ve compiled some guitar riffs that didn’t have any vocals or lyrics and I’ve compiled lyrics that didn’t have any music. I actually got down to business in 2012 and started putting it together from all of the different stuff I had from over the years.

BMG: Realistically speaking, will there ever be an all new Cinderella record? There’s certainly a demand for it…

Jeff: The last time we had a label behind us was back in 2000 and those are the demos that turned into Tom’s solo record. I don’t know. Record labels these days… I don’t think anybody is signing. We could make a record ourselves and present it to a label, but it’s probably not going to happen. We could do all kinds of records on our own. I would love to record as a band…as Cinderella again. I would image that some record labels would dig it and come try to sign us, but I just don’t know. That’s a very tough question. I don’t know how that would work.

BMG: As the nostalgia for the ’80’s continues unabated, will we see Cinderella touring on a more frequent basis?

Jeff: The problem is when we tour, we are essentially a nostalgia act. In reality, it’s the older people that love the old records that come out. I’ve seen REO Speedwagon, Journey and all of them in concert and it’s always the older people that come out and want to hear the old hits. Unfortunately, we are kind of in the same boat, but at the same time, there are several bands from our genre like Poison, Ratt, Warrant and Winger that still put out records. But how many people actually buy them? That’s the problem. Who’s actually going to buy them? That’s the rub. …We would absolutely love to put out a new record and get lumped in with all of the other ’80s bands out there that still record and put out records that nobody really buys. …I know it’s terrible, but it’s true, ain’t it?

BMG: In retrospect, how did it feel to tour with Bon Jovi at the height of the Slippery When Wet (1986) success? I would imagine a portion of the successes Cinderella achieved was directly due to the groups touring together…

Jeff: Oh my God, that was awesome. When we first we went out, we opened for the very first David Lee Roth solo tour. So Poison and us were on tour together for both of our first tours, opening up for Loudness. And then both us and Poison were up for the first David Lee Roth solo tour and we got it. And we thought ‘Oh, this is it.’ We did five months opening for David Lee Roth, which was unbelievable and the most fun, and the biggest life lesson I’ve ever had. Then we went out with Bon Jovi, who helped us get signed and then released Slippery When Wet. Jon and (ex-guitarist) Richie (Sambora) actually put in a good word for us and the guy that signed Bon Jovi, Derek Shulman, signed us as well. They were like “Obviously, we should put Cinderella on tour with Bon Jovi. We got two bands from the same record label.” Back then, you didn’t need a third or fourth band to sell a concert ticket, so, yeah, us and Bon Jovi together for seven months. During that seven months, Bon Jovi went to number one and Cinderella went to number three. We were selling out four and five nights in arenas per city. We did four shows at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and we sold out five shows in Detroit. …We were set up in two different arenas. I think it was Joe Louis (Arena) and Cobo (Hall). We also did five shows in St. Louis. …Both of us were on the same label, so that was obviously a very good idea, but those days are long gone now.”

BMG: Cinderella toured with Loudness? That seems like such an unlikely pairing. Were you familiar with them?

Jeff: It was the only tour we could get at the time. …I was a big fan of Loudness and gotten to know them and gotten to be friends with them. It was just a small tour that was going out. We were doing like auditoriums and small theaters and it was just what was going on at the time. It just so happened, Cinderella was on the east coast and Poison was on the west coast and they both needed someone to open for and we got thrown together. That’s how our history with Poison started. …Since then, we’ve toured with Poison at least a half a dozen times.

Read Jeff LaBar’s entire interview with here.



kimfowley640 Lina Lecaro of L.A. Weekly reports:

Legendary L.A. producer, songwriter and perpetual provocateur Kim Fowley is dead after a long battle with cancer at the age of 75, several outlets are reporting. Best known for his work with all-girl rockers The Runaways, Fowley had struggled with health problems in recent years and had been bed-bound for the last several months, keeping friends and fans up to date on his life via his Facebook page. He is survived by his wife Kara Wright, whom he married in September of last year.

Credited with putting the young girls of The Runaways (Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox) together via a meetup at Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco on the Sunset Strip, Fowley has often been called the band’s “Svengali.” He shares writing credits with Jett on the band’s self-titled 1976 debut, The Runaways, including its most famous track, Cherry Bomb, and its follow-up release, Queens of Noise.

In the 2010 film about the band based loosely on Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel, he was portrayed brilliantly, if rather maniacally, by actor Michael Shannon. Despite his role in The Runaways’ success, his treatment of the girls and battles over their royalties were heavily documented. There were recent reports of Currie making peace with Fowley and visiting him in the hospital; but in fact, as documented by L.A. Weekly, the two had buried the hatchet at a Hollywood Hills party back in 2008.

The Runaways will always be huge part of Fowley’s legacy, but his resume is extremely impressive even without them. He wrote or co-wrote songs for KISS, Alice Cooper, Blue Cheer, Helen Reddy and The Modern Lovers among many others. He also worked with Warren Zevon and Cat Stevens early in their careers, and enjoyed performing as a solo artist as well.

Read more at L.A. Weekly.


glennhughesjasonbonham400 California Breed, the band initially consisting of bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist and vocalist Andrew Watt, and drummer Jason Bonham and then Bonhams’s subsequently replaced by Joey Castillo, have posted the following message on their Facebook page:

“The band is over…what a logo though right?”

Andrew Watt elaborated further on the situation by saying, “To the California Breed fans here…I put everything I had into this band…all I can say is I was in it for the long hall…I have a lot of new music for you guys…going to be announcing my plans soon…I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you supporting us, buying our music, coming to our shows…this is not the end…it is truly the beginning…cannot wait to continue the quest to bring rock n roll back to the people that are hungry for it…what an amazing learning experience for me here and introduction to an amazing world of people and fans that share love for the same thing.”

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IRON MAIDEN ft Lauderdale 2010 Iron Maiden is joining in the fight against ticket scalpers. The band’s manager Ron Smallwood was among 80 representatives from the music and sports businesses who signed an open letter asking the U.K. government to crack down on secondary sellers.

The letter published in The Independent asks officials to “put fans first” and help ensure that anyone who buys tickets to shows and games is getting a fair price.

Smallwood tells BBC News they care about the fans and “the future of this business.” They’re asking for changes to be made to a Consumer Rights Bill currently going through Parliament.

The battle against ticket scalpers is also being fought on this side of the Atlantic. The Foo Fighters recently brought attention to the issue by selling tickets to their upcoming tour in-person rather than online.



Richie Kotzen KOS Guitarist/singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen digitally released his 20th solo album, Cannibals, January 8th through his Headroom-Inc label. It quickly reached number one on Amazon’s New Rock Releases chart. Videos for You and Cannibals can be found on the site, here.

Cannibals is an interesting record for me,” Kotzen explains, “because much of this material is comprised from recordings that are as old as 10 years. The title track is the most recent song I’ve written. That was from 2014, but Come On Free, for example, was originally recorded back in the early 2000’s. I always liked the track, but never knew how to fit it into one of my records. Somehow I thought now was the time, so I went back to the original recording and did a remix. The only new overdub is the chant at the end, which happened recently one night when I was playing the song for my friends. I had a bunch of friends in the studio from Brazil and they all started chanting. I was like, ‘All that!’ and put up the microphone and we recorded it with no headphones. Everyone was having a great time. It was so spontaneous.

The track Time For The Payment is also an older recording from 2008. I would have included that on my album, Peace Sign, back then, but it didn’t seem to make sense at the time. That recording is unchanged. I just had it mastered and I think it is a great closer for the record.

In An Instant and The Enemy were both written by combining new song ideas with previously recorded material. I wrote The Enemy chorus in 2014 when I originally recorded the song, but I didn’t like the verse I had written. After spending a day listening to old song ideas, I found an older song of mine with a great verse idea and intro, and basically copied and pasted that recording into the current recording. Then I sang everything over, made some creative edits, re-wrote some lyrics, and ended up with The Enemy. I probably shouldn’t reveal this, but half the song has a drum and guitar performance from several years ago and the rest of the song is comprised of new recorded performances. Crazy concept, but somehow it worked and I ended up with a recording that I’m very happy with. I did the same trick with the song In An Instant.

I suppose my proudest moment on Cannibals is the song I wrote with my daughter, August, called You. I originally released this as a single/video at the end of 2014. It was born from a piano idea she had written when she was 13 or 14 years old. I found the original recording of her piano performance on my computer and wrote lyrics to it last summer. Probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever recorded.

I also did a duet with someone who I’ve always been a fan of, Dug Pinnik from Kings X. I was at a house party and Dug was there, and we were talking about how we should do something together one day. When I went back to the studio I was working on the song ‘I’m All In’ and then it hit me. I called Dug and asked him if he would trade vocals with me on the tune and we did it! He added a whole other dimension to the track. I’m glad I called him!”

In other Kotzen news, he’ll be teaming up with his bandmates of The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan) to start working on their second album this month. Stay tuned for new album details.