SAMMY HAGAR SAYS HE REACHED OUT TO ALEX VAN HALEN ON HIS BIRTHDAY

Sammy Hagar was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM radio show and said he tried contacting Alex Van Halen on his birthday.

He told Eddie [as per Blabbermouth.net], “I reached out to Al on his [65th] birthday [on May 8th] I sent him a nice text and an e-mail and a phone message, saying, ‘Hey, Sammy here. Missed you, buddy. Hope you’re doing good. Happy birthday. And if you ever wanna get together and talk, be buddies, be friends, here’s my e-mail, here’s my text, and here’s my house phone number…’ Nothing. Oh, and I said, ‘How’s Ed doing? I hope he’s healthy. And give him my love.’ Nothing. Nothing! Ooooh! I mean, that’s, like, wow! I guess no waters went under that bridge. And when I looked at the bridge, it was dry. There’s not a drop that comes down underneath that bridge.”

Hagar also stated that he asked original Van Halen singer David Lee Roth to join him at his inaugural, High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6th in Huntington Beach, California. “We invited Roth, offered to hire Roth to come and jam with my band at the festival,” Sammy said. “And you know what his guy said? ‘Oh, sounds interesting. We’ll run it past Dave.’ Then radio silence. [Laughs]”

Last November, Sammy said that he had lost hope there will ever be another Van Halen reunion, explaining that Eddie and Alex Van Halen do not want to reconnect with him as friends.

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation, Hagar revealed that he didn’t hear from the Van Halen brothers on his birthday, which he interpreted as them having no interest in rekindling their friendship.

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EDDIE DISCUSSES HIS NEW TV SERIES “TRUNKFEST,” AND SAYS, THE SHOW TAKES HIM “OUT OF HIS COMFORT ZONE”

James Wood of GO.JIMMY.GO spoke with our very own Eddie Trunk about his new series, Trunkfest, premiering July 1st on AXS TV. Highlights from the interview appear below.

How did this new series, Trunk Fest come about?

Eddie Trunk: I had done some things with AXS over the last few years. Most recently, I hosted a documentary film series called Reel To Real. They came up with the idea of covering music festivals and wanted to know if I’d be interested in hosting. The executive producer, Evan Haiman, is an old friend and the two of us got together over lunch and talked. It was a no brainer and now here we are. What’s cool for me is that the show takes me a little bit out of my wheelhouse. It’s still music related and talking to artists, but it’s also about traveling and the festival experience. It’s taken me to some really cool places and taught me some things along the way as well.

What was your favorite part about doing the series?

ET: I’ve interviewed artists my entire career in radio and TV and love it, but my favorite part about this series is that it’s not just doing interviews. It’s taking me out of my comfort zone; putting me in different situations and discovering things I normally wouldn’t discover. Like being on a motorcycle; firing guns; being to cities I haven’t been to in a long time and experiencing foods I’d never tried before. For me, it’s about the exploration. We have more festivals in America now than we’ve ever had and it’s cool to get out and explore what’s happening. The experience is the buzz word for this show.

You mentioned learning some things while filming this series. What were some of the revelations?

ET: One of the things I was surprised about was an episode we shot in New Orleans for Jazz Fest. It has of all the music genres (pop, hip-hop, rock, classic rock) but the least amount of jazz [laughs]. That was eye-opening. There was another huge festival in San Diego I’d never heard of called KAABOO, which was also really interesting…The whole experience has been phenomenal.

You’ve always had a strong opinion when it comes to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Has that opinion changed with the recent induction of bands like Deep Purple, KISS and Bon Jovi?

ET: It actually has. I’ve been a vocal opponent of the Hall of Fame but have to give credit where credit is due. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but seeing Alice Cooper, Rush, Bon Jovi and Deep Purple be in there is a positive movement. About four years ago, they [The Rock Hall] made me a voter, and that’s another good sign. Even though I beat the hell of them, instead of holding it against me, they brought me in and let me have a voice.

Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?

ET: Right now, my focus is on getting word out about Trunk Fest. Ever since That Metal Show ended, I’ve been busy doing radio. I do six live shows a week on Sirius/XM; one daily on a channel called Volume that airs every day from 2-4 p.m. ET and replays at 9-11 p.m. ET. Outside of that, I’m doing a lot of hosting and appearing at festivals. I also just recently got confirmed to go on tour with Deep Purple in November and host their shows in Mexico. After all these years to know artists and have these opportunities is amazing. I’m really lucky.

Read more at GO.JIMMY.GO.

source: gojimmygo.net

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EDDIE VAN HALEN CELEBRATES THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAND’S DEBUT ALBUM BY RELEASING A TRIO OF TRIBUTE GUITARS

Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone reports:

Eddie Van Halen is marking the 40th anniversary of Van Halen’s self-titled debut LP with a trio of tribute guitars – the Super ’78, ’78 Eruption Relic and ’78 Eruption – modeled after the signature black-and-white-striped instrument he used to record that iconic album.

“Of all the guitars I’ve ever built, the white and black guitar will always be my favorite because it did all the things I needed a guitar to do, which prior to that guitar did not exist,” Van Halen said in a statement. “So much changed because of it. I recorded the first album with it and did the first world tour with it. The ’78 Eruption tribute is as close to my original in sound and feel as humanly possible. I’m incredibly proud of it.”

EVH Gear recreated the guitar, named after the musician’s instrumental showcase Eruption, along with the accompanying period-correct case and case candy items.

The Super ’78 model, limited to only eight guitars, includes all of the original Eruption guitar’s technical and design specs – including an ash Fender Stratocaster body, vintage Stratocaster bridge and black-and-white-striped paint job designed to recreate the wear and tear of Van Halen’s first world tour. The company also recreated Van Halen’s original G&G case and accessories, including Seventies-era Fender Super Bullet strings, Van Halen Seventies tortoiseshell picks and a ’78 chain strap.

The package also includes an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker and multiple autographed pieces, including a certificate of authenticity, 8×10 1978 concert photo of the guitarist, a vinyl copy of Van Halen and a rare original red vinyl of Van Halen’s Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies. The guitarist played Eruption on each guitar and signed the back of every headstock, and a video recording of the performance will be included on an EVH thumb drive.

The ’78 Eruption Relic, limited to 30 guitars, included all the specs of the Super ’78, along with the G&G case and accessories. This model also features a collector’s booklet, backstage pass sticker, concert photo, signed certificate of authenticity and autographed copy of Van Halen.

The ’78 Eruption, limited to 40 pieces, is designed to appear in its original pristine condition, prior to the band’s world tour. In addition to the G&G case and accessories, it includes the booklet, sticker, concert photo, signed certificate of authenticity and autography vinyl copy of Van Halen.

source: rollingstone.com

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DRUMMER ERIC SINGER ON KISS’ HIERARCHY, “NOTHING HAPPENS IN [THE BAND] WITHOUT PAUL STANLEY SAYING, ‘YAY.'”

John Jeffrey of Rock Music Star spoke with KISS drummer Eric Singer. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

RMS: …You’re not only an accomplished drummer, but a great vocalist as well. Although you first started singing with KISS, why did you never sing backing vocals with Alice Cooper?

ES: I actually did sing with Alice during one of the last runs I did with him. Mainly because the other guys in the band weren’t very good singers. That particular lineup wasn’t one the vocally stronger bands, or versions of Alice. So I said, “I think I need a mic,” so I could start helping out because things didn’t sound the way they were supposed to sound. So I just took the initiative to do it. I think I said something to Alice about getting me a mic, so I could start singing. So I did sing (once), but I normally did not with Alice at all. I just played drums. That’s what I loved about it, that I could just play more physical, and get into just being a “rock drummer.”

RMS: Do you feel you play less “physical” in KISS?

ES: In KISS, I always have a responsibility with singing, and to be honest with you, that makes it harder for me – the workload of all the singing. I really have to pace myself, how I play and how I approach the drums in KISS, because of the vocal aspect. I can’t play as physical and as hard, because it ends up putting strain on my voice.

RMS: And for people who don’t sing, most people don’t realize that sitting down while you’re singing, makes it even harder to do.

ES: When you’re playing drums and singing, you’re sitting down, which is not an ideal position for singing. You’re almost pinching your diaphragm by being in that position. That’s why I put my microphone up higher, which forces me to sit very upright, and almost makes me slightly reach for the mic.

RMS: Well, let’s say if you get to a point where you either don’t wanna play anymore or (hopefully not) get to a point where you physically can’t play anymore? What is the “Eric Singer musical bucket list?”

ES: I have to say that I’ve been pretty blessed, playing with a lot of cool people. I’ve played with some people, that I probably never expected to happen, in some regards – to be honest with you. So again, I have to have that I’ve been pretty blessed. The only thing I can think of that I’ve still yet to do, is play with some other people, like Jeff Beck for example, but that’s probably never gonna happen, unless it’s a jam or some kind of situation like that.

RMS: There’s always been a lot speculation over the years, but for the record, who has the final say with KISS?

ES: People always think it’s Gene. Respectfully, Gene and Paul do the thing together, but I always tell people, it’s not what you think. Nothing happens in KISS without Paul Stanley saying, “Yay.” There’s some times when Paul doesn’t care about something, and says, “Yeah, I don’t care. Whatever.” Put it this way, if Gene wants to do it, and Eric and Tommy want to do it, and everybody else…if Paul doesn’t want to do something, we’re not doing it. If Paul wants to do it and Gene doesn’t, Gene usually says, “Okay, whatever.” Gene usually just wants to play. He just wants to keep doing whatever we do. So, there is that….

Read more at Rock Music Star.

source: rockmusicstar.com

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AlICE IN CHAINS TO RELEASE “RAINIER FOG” ON AUGUST 24TH, STREAM NEW SONG “SO FAR UNDER” ONLINE

Alice In Chains will release their new album Rainier Fog, on August 24th through BMG.

Rainier Fog will be the band’s first album in five years and the follow-up to 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

Prior to the announcement, the band released the new track The One You Know, and have now released another taster of Rainier Fog with So Far Under (listen to both songs below).

Speaking about So Far Under, vocalist William DuVall says, “It’s about feeling completely up against it – outnumbered, surrounded, facing seemingly unbeatable odds and being really pissed off about it. It was inspired by personal circumstances, as well as events in the wider world. But it’s not as resigned to defeat as it may seem.

The lyric is a cold, hard assessment of a difficult situation but the music has a message all its own. There’s still room to flip the script. Every aspect of writing and recording this song will always be remembered with a lot of joy – from recording the basic tracks and the guitar solo at Studio X in Seattle to doing further overdubs at Nick Raskulinecz’s studio in rural Tennessee.

Everyone in the band and our studio team really stepped up and knocked it out of the park on this one. We’re extremely proud of this song and the entire album.”

Rainier Fog will be available digitally, as well as on CD and limited-edition double 180-gram clear LP with white and black splatter available only from the band’s online store.

source: Metal Hammer via loudersound.com

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KINGDOM COME CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM WITH 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR  

Hard rock band Kingdom Come was formed in 1987 and was quickly signed to Polydor Records. They released their first single Get It On which had a stranglehold on AOR radio in early 1988, prompting their self-titled debut album to ship gold. The quintet, comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, and singer Lenny Wolf, took to the road immediately as part of the North American Monsters of Rock”Tour alongside Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, and Dokken. In addition to touring and extensive radio airplay, they also became MTV favorites with such videos as Get It On and What Love Can Be helping the band to sell two million debut albums worldwide.

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of that classic album prompting James Kottak to revive Kingdom Come. Along with original members Danny Stag, Rick Steier, Johnny B. Frank, a tour to commemorate the success of the band and album is born. Original singer Lenny Wolf declined to participate in the tour, but wishes the rest of the guys all the success and best in the world! Keith St. John (formerly of Montrose & Lynch Mob) will be stepping up to fill that large void, “but is definitely up to the job” according to the band members.

Guitarist Danny Stag says, “…we all love each other like brothers, get along, and laugh a lot. It’s like a miracle that this is finally happening!” Bassist Johnny B. Frank adds, “It was 30 years ago The Wolf recruited us, The Rock produced us, MTV aired us and Van Halen made us Monsters Of Rock. Grateful to Rock another day!!!”

Kingdom Come will tour in 2018 – 2019 performing their debut album in its entirety (when headlining) along with music from their second album, In Your Face.

Kingdom Come 30th anniversary tour dates:

September:

27 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
29 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver

October:

3 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky a Go-Go
5 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
6 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
11 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
17 Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
18 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
21 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
23 New Bedford, MA – Greasy Luck Brewpub

***more dates to be added

Kingdom Come online:

Official Website (current lineup)
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube

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