texashippecoalition400 Texas has been known for many things through the years and Texas Hippie Coalition is just the next commodity from the great Lone Star State. The band of outlaws return with their unique blend of “Red Dirt Metal” with their latest release Ride On. The album will be released on October 7th through Carved Records/Caroline Distribution. From the guttural laugh on album opener El Diablo Rojo to the chugging outro of closer I Am The End, it is clear Texas Hippie Coalition are back with a vengeance. The band is comprised of one of hard rock’s most engaging frontmen Big Dad Ritch on vocals, Cord Pool on guitars, John Exall on bass guitar and Timmy Braun on drums. Ride On proves Texas Hippie Coalition is taking it to the next level and looking to recruit new outlaws to join them on their musical adventure.

“It’s like Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top had a child, and Pantera ended up raising it,” exclaims Big Dad Ritch. “We’re Red Dirt Metal. That’s a flag we wave high. There wasn’t a line formed for us, so I created a line and jumped to the front of that bad boy. Ride On is the best example of what we do.”

The first single released from Ride On is the southern rocker Monster In Me. The band has released a lyric video for the song to give fans a small taste of what the new album sounds like. The video for the song can be seen below.

Ride On is available for preorder at iTunes and Amazon.

The band also launched a new website to coincide with the latest chapter in the Texas Hippie Coalition saga. The band recently finished spreading their “Red Dirt Metal” message on this year’s Mayhem Festival. They have been winning over fans and critics alike with Music Junkie Press stating, “They tore up the stage as they brought an ass whooping to the crowd.”

The tracklisting for Ride On is:

1) El Diablo Rojo
2) Splinter
3) Monster In Me
4) Go Pro
5) Rock Ain’t Dead
6) Bottom Of The Bottle
7) Rubbins Racin
8) Ride On
9) Fire In The Hole
10) I Am The End



TedNugentlive400 Multi-platinum guitar icon Ted Nugent rocked the house this past weekend (8/17) with a bombastic set in Midland, Texas, wrapping up his summer SHUTUP&JAM! Tour, named after his latest full-length album SHUTUP&JAM! on Frontiers Records.

Nugent was in top form for the sold-out gig, benefiting the Show of Support Memorial for our troops.

Show of Support was honored to have Ted and his band help us kick off our campaign to construct a memorial to honor those who have fought in this Global War on Terror and also to memorialize the four heroes we lost on 11-15-12,” stated show organizer Terry Johnson. “Ted brought a message of support for all who serve, and a call out to everyone in our sold out, packed audience to stand up for America.”

Throughout the summer, Nugent’s 35-date SHUTUP&JAM! tour has garnered glowing reviews for live performances at venues across the country and on July 19in Detroit, Nugent performed his 6,500th gig.

Nugent’s album, SHUTUP&JAM! marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. The album features an epic lead vocal duet between Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar for the lead single She’s Gone, which peaked at #2 on “Classic Rock” radio chart.

SHUTUP&JAM! is available on Amazon and iTunes. In the U.S., fans can pick up a special edition of SHUTUP&JAM!–featuring the exclusive bonus track Johnny B. Goode Forever–only at Best Buy.



joeperry400 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will release his long-awaited memoir, Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith, on October 7th through Simon & Schuster and available for preorder at Amazon.

Perry has also announced some book signings. They are as follows:


7 Barnes & Noble – Union Square, New York, NY
9 Brookline Booksmith – Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
13 Anderson’s Bookshop – The Standard Club, Chicago IL
15 Barnes & Noble – The Grove, Farmers Market, Los Angeles, CA
More signings TBA.

In the tradition of the mega-bestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970—which is still going strong today.

Before the platinum records or the Super Bowl half-time show or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe Perry was a boy growing up in small-town Massachusetts. He idolized Jacques Cousteau and built his own diving rig that he used to explore a local lake. He dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. But Perry’s neighbors had teenage sons, and those sons had electric guitars, and the noise he heard when they started playing would change his life.

The guitar became his passion, an object of lust, an outlet for his restlessness and his rebellious soul. That passion quickly blossomed into an obsession, and he got a band together. One night after a performance he met a brash young musician named Steven Tyler; before long, Aerosmith was born. What happened over the next forty-five years has become the stuff of legend: the knockdown, drag-out, band-splintering fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the packed arenas and timeless hits; the reconciliations and the comebacks.

Rocks is an unusually searching memoir of a life that spans from the top of the world to the bottom of the barrel—several times. It is a study of endurance and brotherhood, with Perry providing remarkable candor about Tyler, as well as new insights into their powerful but troubled relationship. It is an insider’s portrait of the rock and roll family, featuring everyone from Jimmy Page to Alice Cooper, Bette Midler to Chuck Berry, John Belushi to Al Hirschfeld. It takes us behind the scenes at unbelievable moments such as Joe and Steven’s appearance in the movie of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (they act out the murders of Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees).

Full of humor, insight, and brutal honesty about life in and out of one of the biggest bands in the world, Rocks is the ultimate rock-and-roll epic. In Perry’s own words, it tells the whole story: “the loner’s story, the band’s story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, and the post-destructive rebirth story.”



buckcherryfyou640 Buckcherry are streaming the lead track from their Fuck EP, Somebody Fucked With Me, which can be streamed at Classic Rock Magazine.

The EP is out today (August 19th) and also features the tracks Say Fuck It, Motherfucker, I Don’t Give A Fuck, It’s A Fucking Disaster and Fist Fuck.

“This song is very special to me it represents that moment in your life when all innocence is lost and you figure out that nothing is what it seems”, says frontman Josh Todd. “It makes me feel like somebody fucked with me.”

In a recent interview with Yahoo Music, Todd added ““It’s not just some silly rock record. We put a lot of thought into it and the songs definitely have a lot of dynamics.”

source: classicrockmagazine.com


stephenpearcy400 Former Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy says he walked out on the band for the last time because he felt three decades of “volatile” living was enough.

He believes the notoriously unstable band changed for the worse when guitarist Robbin Crosby died in 2002 – but his offer of returning for a final album remains open.

Pearcy, who quit in April, tells Inappropriate Earl, “30 years is enough time to be in something that’s so volatile. Things weren’t proper.”

He reports he’s enjoying life more with his solo band, although he’s not planning to stage any large-scale tours. “There’s less drama and there’s less overall business structure,” he says. “It’s more back to basics. I just like getting out there once in a while.”

The singer describes Crosby’s death after a heroin overdose as “the end of the Ratt tale, so to speak,” adding, “I knew it would never be the same. No disrespect to whoever else stepped in. It’s just not the same – and hence all the catastrophe that followed.”

Speaking about the chance of recording a follow-up to 2010’s Infestation, Pearcy says, “If it’s the four original guys, that would be cool. If not, you’ll get what you got before. We’ll see.”

However, if it doesn’t happen, he reflects, “I’m happy with my legacy. We do very well for ourselves, so it’s all good. I can live with it and move on. The heyday is over with.”

Drummer Bobby Blotzer reacted to Pearcy’s departure earlier this year by accusing him of being “delusional” – but added he’d welcome “the nice Stephen” back into the fold.

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com


Acefrehley400 Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Excerpts appear below.

BraveWords: Why did it take five years to follow up Anomaly?

Ace Frehley: “I was talking to two or three different labels and I just wasn’t happy with the deals that were being presented, and I was still writing songs. Three years ago I moved cross country from New York to San Diego, so that was a big operation, and that kind of set everything back. I had to set up my studio in San Diego. So that all took its toll. But, better late than never, y’know?”

BraveWords: Is it true that you used your 1978 solo album as a benchmark for Space Invader?

Ace Frehley: “Yeah. I’ve listened to it two or three times over the recording process. I tried to take some elements from that record – all my fans cite that as their favorite record.”

BraveWords: What are some of your favorite tracks on Space Invader?

Ace Frehley: “Space Invader, Past the Milky Way, Inside the Vortex, Toys. A lot of the songs were surprises for me. For instance, Immortal Pleasures and Change, those two songs are a big surprise to me, because I collaborated with my fiancé, Rachael Gordon, on those two. She wrote most of the lyrics and the melody for those. It’s kind of a departure from the way I write melody and lyrics. But I think it shows a different side of me – so that was a real positive experience. Also, Past the Milky Way and Space Invader were written the last two weeks of mixing. They were basic tracks with no lyrics or melody, and I wasn’t sure what was going to be the instrumental. Obviously, Starship won out. But those two songs didn’t have anything. The record company said, ‘We need a title track!’ So I said, ‘OK. I’ll write it.’ And I wrote it one afternoon, went into the studio with Warren Huart, and we threw down the vocals and solo. He actually sang on the choruses with me. And that was a real special experience. The spontaneity of that song I think comes across in the mix.”

BraveWords: Now that it’s been a few months since Kiss’ Hall of Fame induction, what are your thoughts on it?

Ace Frehley: “It was a fun experience. I had a great time, and it was really exciting being involved with all the other great musicians and celebrities. I mean, only after the fact did I realized how many movie stars…Steven Spielberg was sitting right near me and I didn’t even see him. Bill Murray was sitting right in front of me, an old friend – I used to hang out with him and John Belushi. It was just a star-studded group of people. It was a lot of fun. My only regret is that we didn’t perform.”

BraveWords: I also thought it was cool that you talked about your sobriety during your speech, because that may inspire others or give them hope.

Ace Frehley: “I try to be a power of example today, but I don’t like to preach. I don’t like to tell people not to drink or not to take drugs. What I like to do is just be a power of example. And obviously, I’m in a much better place than I was ten years ago. I’ll be celebrating eight years September 15th. But my biggest joy is when I’m meeting fans, doing autograph sessions, and a fan will come up to me and whisper in my ear, ‘Ace, I’ve been sober six months’ or ‘I’ve been sober a year. It’s all because of you.’ And that just makes my day.”

BraveWords: What can fans expect from your follow-up to your autobiography, No Regrets?

Ace Frehley: “I’ve already written a few chapters. It’s pretty much going to be a continuation of my last book. I don’t have any axes to grind. I don’t want it to be negative. I don’t want to answer some of Paul Stanley’s negative statements in his book, because I want my book to be entertaining. I want people to after reading the book to be laughing. There’s tons of humorous stories that haven’t been told. A lot of stories from me growing up in the Bronx. I didn’t touch too much on the Frehley’s Comet years in the first book, so I’ll focus more on that. And a ton of Kiss stories still to be told, and maybe some advice to young musicians, advice on women, advice on sex – crazy stuff, who knows?” (Laughs)

BraveWords: Did you read Paul’s, Peter’s, and Gene’s books?

Ace Frehley: “I skimmed through Gene’s. Peter’s…a little fantasies going on, exaggerated stuff. And the same thing with Paul. But you know, when you hear a story, there’s his side of the story, there’s my side of the story, and then the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Because a lot of that stuff happened 30/40 years ago. And my memory isn’t as great as it should be, but everybody’s got a different take on it. I mean, the biggest comment I can say about Paul’s book was I’m really shocked at how he bashed Peter. He really attacked Peter’s…not only his performance, but his personality. I thought that was really uncalled for. And he kind of threw Gene under the bus a lot, too. Surprised.”

BraveWords: What are the touring plans for Space Invader and who will be in the touring band?

Ace Frehley: “We’re planning on doing some shows in the fall. Matt Starr who played drums on this record will be my touring drummer, and I’m going to be using Chris Wyse from the Cult – as long as he’s available – and I’m not sure on who is going to be second guitar. I’m still auditioning guys.”

Read more at Bravewords.

source: bravewords.com


scorpions640 Blabbermouth.net reports:

The Scorpions will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a special tour and new studio album. More information will be made available soon.

Asked in a December 2013 interview about the Scorpions’ plans to release an album with some material that was written around the time of Blackout and Love At First Sting, the band’s lead guitarist, Matthias Jabs, said, “Yes, we started already. We have 12 songs. We found songs mainly from the early Eighties Blackout and Love At First Sting days, when many people consider our most creative and best time. The leftover tracks sound good, but they were never finished. They don’t have lyrics or vocals, and they’re not recorded to a click. So we have to do everything new. But it sounds quite good so far.”

Added guitarist Rudolf Schenker, who launched the band in 1965, “Two of the new songs on [Scorpions' latest release] MTV Unplugged, Dancing With The Moonlight and Rock & Roll Band, we had saved for bonus tracks. So we have those two songs, which are great, and we’ll put them out as an electric version. I think we have a total of 15 songs from the Seventies and Eighties that we want to release. I think in 2014 we’ll finish the places we haven’t played yet on tour, and then get back to the record after that.”

MTV Unplugged was made available in North America on January 21st through Sony International. Material for the set was taken from the band’s first-ever MTV Unplugged show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs.


source: blabbermouth.net


Anthrax - 2011 Anthrax’s live DVD Chile On Hell is set for release on September 16th. See the trailer below.

Spencer Kaufman of Loudwire/Noisecreep spoke with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian about the release. The interview appear in its entirety below.

Loudwire: With the DVD Chile on Hell set to come out in September, what can you tell us about the performance that made it so special?

Scott Ian: Going in, we didn’t know what our performance was going to be like. You never know, that’s the thing about doing these kind of DVD shoots. The only thing we were able to have a guarantee on was how great the crowd was going to be, that’s why we did it in Chile. That’s the point of the whole thing, the last few times we had played in Santiago, the shows were so incredible! We thought, at some point, if we do a DVD to document this Worship Music cycle, we’re going to do it in Chile.

Knowing that going in, we at least knew how great the crowd was going to be. We didn’t have to worry about shooting a show and then thinking we could have played somewhere else. We took that whole question out of the mix because we knew how the crowd was going to be.

We haven’t done that many live DVDs, or live videos from back in the day. We did the one in 1987 and then there was Live Noise in the early 90s, then one from the reunion tour in 2005, 2006. So, this being the fourth time we’ve ever done this, it’s by far the best representation of seeing us live. Nothing will ever replace coming to a show and being a part of the experience, but if you’re sitting in your living room watching us with the speakers cranked, it’s the closest thing you’re going to get. The energy is captured by the cameras and the mics. I’m happy with it. I think it definitely represents what we do as a live band.

Loudwire: We hear a lot of metal acts say there’s nothing quite like the crowds in South America. What do you think it is about those concerts that set them apart from the rest of the world?

Scott Ian: It just comes down to it being more important to them — any time you have people that are so passionate about something, whether it’s music, food, movies, whatever. It’s because they have to work harder for it and they have to sweat a little more. The point I’m making is, in South America, people don’t make as much money as people in America do. They also don’t get as many shows as a city like New York. It’s not like you know a band is going to come through three times on a tour. Bands go to South America once every few years.

These people will save their money to come see Anthrax, it’s something like — and we’re not even an expensive ticket — that might be a month’s salary to come see us. To me, that means how passionate you are to spend what comes out to be a month’s salary to go see a metal show. You’re sweating a little bit harder to go see that. I think that’s why when people come to those shows, it’s just such a release for them. Such an amount of energy being released in that room when bands are going down there.

Look at Iron Maiden on a completely different scale going down there. People saving their money for months to go see an Iron Maiden concert or saving their money to see AC/DC. Then you watch those DVDs and go, holy crap — I’ve never seen anything like it. People have to work so much harder for it. I think that passion really comes out when they come see the bands play.

Chile on Hell is available for pre-order at Amazon.


source: noisecreep.com


buckcherryfyou640 Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd has defended the band’s upcoming Fuck EP, saying: “it’s not just some silly rock record.”

The six-track record’s controversial title was inspired by the movie Scarface, according to Todd, who adds that while it was fun to make, they didn’t set out to offend people.

He tells Yahoo Music, “It’s not just some silly rock record. We put a lot of thought into it and the songs definitely have a lot of dynamics. We set out to make a great product and just have fun with it.

It’s not about offending anybody as much as celebrating the word. There are so many ways to use the word. We wanted to capture that on an EP and not hold back or censor anything.

We’re big fans of the movie Scarface and I remember for a long time the movie had the most fucks of any film and I thought that was so rad.”

Each of the EP’s tracks features the f-word. Included is a cover of Icona Pop’s hit I Love It, renamed as Say Fuck It.

The Fuck EP is released on August 18th.

Fuck EP tracklist:

Somebody Fucked With Me
Say Fuck It
I Don’t Give A Fuck
It’s A Fucking Disaster
Fist Fuck

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com


Gene-Simmons400 KISS bassist Gene Simmons who recently made some controversial comments about depression and suicide, has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks.

To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.

I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.”

Simmons has received criticism for his comments from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who described the KISS frontman’s statements as “moronic”.