bretmichaelsflamehat James Desbo and Rachel Maresca of the New York Daily News reports:

Bret Michaels is thankful to be alive.

The 52-year-old Posion frontman opened up on his near brushes with death over the years and the moment he made peace with the fact that he may not make it through.

“There has definitely (been) moments in my life where I am thankful to still be on the good side of the dirt,” he told the Daily News at the Sing For Your Supper charity event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, California, on April 15th.

“I can tell you the moment in my spirit there was a time when they were taking me in and about to put me out and I was slipping in and out of the coma with the brain hemorrhage,” he explained of the health scare he suffered in 2010.

“You feel there is a good chance you are going to meet your maker and make your peace. All I said is that, ‘I am fighter and I going to keep going as long as you can.'”

“It is a pretty surreal moment.”

Michaels most recently found himself laid up last fall after undergoing kidney surgery.

The famed rocker was in and out of the hospital six times in a two-week span.

“It puts life into perspective real quick,” Michaels added.

“And makes sure you love the people around and have a great time.”

Michaels, who starred in three seasons of the VH1 reality series Rock of Love, where women competed for his affection, is currently living the single life.

“My love life is a constant work in progress I will leave it at that,” he told The News.

“I went in there and had blast doing it, and the girls were stars, they got in and they fought it out. It truly was a real reality show,” he said, noting the network “talks a lot about (bringing) it back and doing it again.”



Thatmetalshowlogo Episode 9 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming That Metal Show marks another first for the critically acclaimed talk show. Ever since Kirk Hammett first picked up the electric guitar he dreamed of jamming one day with Michael Schenker. Well TMS makes it happen and the world’s most recognized heavy metal guitarist, Kirk Hammett, jams live on stage with UFO/Scorpions guitar legend, Michael Schenker, during this week’s episode. Hammett flew in for the sole purpose of appearing alongside his guitar idol on the show hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. As Hammett states in two recent tweets this week on his twitter account, “Today I was in fanboy hero worship mode w/ @MW Schenker Thanks @ThatMetalShow!” and later adding, “Still wrapping my head around yesterday. Jamming w/ my guitar idol Michael Schenker, it was a mind bending, a truly inspirational experience!”. During the interview, both Kirk and Michael discuss their current projects, and Hammett updates us on the status of the next Metallica project. During the TMS Top 5 where the hosts discussed their Top 5 Michael Schenker UFO-era Songs, Hammett includes his Top 6 picks as well.

The episode features the debut of Damon Johnson from Black Star Riders as the guest musician who discusses the new Black Star Riders record and his time playing with Thin Lizzy. Johnson wows the crowd by showcasing his lap steel guitar playing abilities and lives up to the challenge of playing in front of Hammett and Schenker, leaving them impressed with his abilities. Johnson also tweeted about his experience on the show on how he felt watching the guitar legends play, “Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday afternoon…”

This week’s Rank segment finds Hammett ranking his favorite Metallica albums in order. Kirk even declares if bassist Cliff Burton had been alive for the …And Justice For All recording Cliff’s bass lines would have been heard throughout the album, a common complaint about that album. Eddie fights through another “Stump The Trunk” segment this week, but Ms. Box Of Junk Jen makes a few appearances. This week’s Throwdown puts UFO’s legendary live album Strangers In The Night against Thin Lizzy’s Live And Dangerous. The hosts, guests, and audience are split evenly down the middle when the dust settles after the two-minute debate.

Fans can watch all previous episodes, exclusive bonus clips and the new That After Show segment at and on the new VH1 app.

Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at

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Trixter band2015-640 Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the release of the new studio album from good-time rock n’ rollers, Trixter entitled Human Era on June 5th in Europe and June 9th in North America.

Following on the heels of the successful comeback album, New Audio Machine – a record chock full of rocking anthems, Trixter are returning stronger than ever.

“After the success of our last album, New Audio Machine, we felt more confident than ever in making another top notch album. I’m so proud to say that after more than 25 years of making records, Trixter is getting better and better. Human Era will show the world this band at it’s finest,” says lead guitarist Steve Brown.

The new album sees Trixter sticking to their guns and delivering 11 new choice cuts, with a sound reminiscent of their earlier work which they were well known for in the ‘90s. For fans new to Trixter, their sound fits in nicely to an album collection next to Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC and even 70’s classic rock mainstays.

“Almost 30 years together and the band is tighter than ever! We are family and that makes everything we do more and more special. The title track Human Era really sheds insight into our story,” concludes Steve Brown.

Enjoy the first video single and album opening song Rockin’ to the Edge of the Night – a true and instant classic from the band. Watch it bellwo

Human Era track listing includes:

1. Rockin’ To The Edge Of The Night
2. Crash That Party
3. Not Like All The Rest
4. For You
5. Every Second Counts
6. Beats Me Up
7. Good Times Now
8. Midnight In Your Eyes
9. All Night Long
10. Soul Of A Lovin’ Man
11. Human Era
12. Always a Victim (Acoustic version – bonus track iTunes)
13. Road of a Thousand Dreams (Re-recorded version – bonus track iTunes)

Tour dates:

*Fri May 1st- M3 Festival, MD
*Sun May 3rd-Stanhope House NJ Album Preview Party & Live Set from the band

For more information, visit .

Northern New Jersey’s Trixter’s self-titled debut album (1990) spawned three monster hit singles/videos with Give It To Me Good, One in a Million and Surrender, as well as an RIAA-certified Gold album. Trixter has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan. They have performed in arenas and amphitheaters and have appeared live on numerous television and radio programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Pay-Per-View, VH-1, MTV, Z-Rock and MetalShop. TRIXTER has shared the stage with such rock heavyweights as KISS, Boston, Scorpions, Poison, Cinderella, Warrant, Slaughter, Winger, Skid Row, Firehouse, Stryper, Dokken and more. The band recently nabbed the #29 spot on VH-1’s “Top 40 Hair Bands of All Time” countdown.

Trixter is Pete Loran (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Steve Brown (lead guitar/harmonica/backing vocals), P.J. Farley (bass/backing vocals) and Gus Scott (drums/percussion/backing vocals).



KISS400 KISS fans will soon be able to buy officially licensed replicas of the band’s Love Gun and Monster era costumes.

The suits can be viewed at and pre-orders will be available “soon,” according to the site. KISS are known for their remarkable range of merchandise, having previously made a KISS Kasket coffin available.

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ThatMetalShow Hosts640(Colin Douglas Gray) copy Tim Louie of The Aquarian spoke with That Metal Show hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

This question is for Eddie anyway. This season is the second in a row from New York City. A couple years ago, Eddie, you told me that one of the reasons why you filmed in L.A. was because it was easier to land guests for the show. Has there been any problems landing guests for the past two seasons here in NYC?

Eddie Trunk: I wouldn’t say problems, but it’s definitely way easier still to get guests in L.A. just for logistics. 95 percent of these guys live on the West Coast. Even Dee Snider [from Twisted Sister] moved to the West Coast. So, everybody’s on the West Coast. The only thing that’s really changed is the fact that this show, thankfully, has become so popular that artists will make the effort to get to New York when we’re taping. For example, today Billy Corgan is coming through and he’s doing some routing just to get here to be with us. So, that’s really important. We’ve been lucky in that regard, but no, L.A. is still where everybody is.

The Aquarian: Will you guys be taking it back out there for next season?

ET: It’s possible. It’s not up to us. It’s up to the network and there are pros and cons to both. My preference that I think would be cool is if we did one season there and we alternate. But again, that’s a network decision. We’ll do it anywhere.

Jim Florentine: I’d rather go to L.A. because we go down there in January. We go for two weeks, it’s 80 degrees, it’s sunny and we knock the season out in two weeks.

Don Jamieson: He just wants it for his frequent flyer miles.

JF: We’ll drink at The Rainbow and play Ms. Pacman with Lemmy.

ET: The one big benefit to doing it in New York. Jim brings up a good point because it is nice to knock things out in a week and a half, but the other side of that; doing it in more real time in 12 weeks, taping on a Tuesday with the show airing on a Saturday. When stuff happens, we can cover it. Last week was a great example, when AJ Pero died; we were able to get the Twisted guys on. If we were taping in the old way, we could have never done that because everything would have been done already.

The Aquarian: Of all the guests so far this season, who were you most excited to have on?

JF: I’m excited to have Lzzy Hale on.

DJ: Why?

JF: Why do you think? (Laughs)

DJ: It’s going to be great to have Kirk Hammett back on the show, obviously having Kerry King coming in, Geddy Lee from Rush kicking off the season. It’s been a good run so far.

JF: Taylor Momsen was fun also.

The Aquarian: Besides Eddie Van Halen, who else is on the TMS wish list that you’d like to see on the show in the seasons to come?

JF: Alex would be great…Alex Van Halen.

DJ: Wolfgang Van Halen.

ET: Anyone with the last name of Van Halen…Jimmy Van Halen?

DJ: We’ll take Eddie’s wife at this point (laughs).

JF: Roth would be great!

DJ: Eli Roth…

ET: Yeah, those guys. Of course, we’d love to have Simmons and Stanley. We’d love to have Ozzy. We’d love to have James Hetfield. But we’ve had some huge people. So, there’s only very few who have been holdouts up to this point.

DJ: Yeah, most of their names are Van Halen, though (laughs).

The Aquarian: If you could be in any band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

JF: I’d be Bon Scott, AC/DC.

DJ: Lemmy from Motörhead. That’s where my sideburns come from.

ET: Any band? Any time period? Any thing? I would be Paul Stanley in KISS, Alive II tour. Coming down on the risers banging out those power chords, dancing across the stage and belting out Detroit Rock City? Come on now.

Read the entire interview at The Aquarian.


billward300 Original Black Sabbath drummer has posted the following message to his Facebook page:

“Dear Friends,

I hope you’re well and in good spirits. I have not made any public statements regarding my relationship with Black Sabbath since February 2012. Today, I want to address that relationship in this formal statement. Thank you.

I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath, however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues. And now, with the imminent release of a new Bill Ward Band album, and the flurry of rumors about new Sabbath projects, I feel it appropriate to speak in a truthful and an un-cynical way.

There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record. With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I’m looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy’s statements that I felt were untrue. I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed. I don’t think previously strong relationships can remain strong after dispute by just sweeping the offensive stuff under the carpet, or by saying a puny sorry, or ‘oh, that’s all over now.’ It doesn’t work like that for me. Righting of wrong works, and that’s what I want if I’m ever going to be his friend again.

Still undone and faraway is a ‘signable’ contract. I would require a ‘signable’ contract before moving one step toward a pathway that could lead to us all playing together again. I want a contract I can approve. That’s my truth. That’s my stand. I’ve listened to nothing but insults and false remarks, and if as a band or as individuals they wish to continue along the same lines, then any notion of an original Black Sabbath lineup will continue to fade away.

Put simply, it’s up to them. I have dearly missed playing with them and as people, I have been heartbroken over the loss of who I thought we were. And now you know where I stand.

Very soon my band, BWB will release a new album ironically called Accountable Beasts. I re- kick-started it in May 2012, and in an off and on journey to record, we have reached our final destination – a good mix, and a well mastered record. At this time we are putting the final touches on the digital booklet.

There are other multiple projects in different stages of progress, and I hope to bring more definitive news about them as things unfold this year. I have been very happy writing new songs, playing drums and working with other musicians. I have been blessed with musical visions and the ability to harness them. I’m moving into the future with an optimistic outlook.

For our many Sabbath fans, I love you all dearly. You are extremely special people. You fucking rock. I have been in deep regret since January 2012 that a true union was denied. I’ve remained faithful to you and honest with myself. Had I not been honest throughout I would have perished long ago. My hand is within yours, and I am encouraged to know you better. Stay safe and stay strong.

Now it is time to meet the circumstances of my statement and attend to what else is ongoing and before me.

Bill Ward”


frankhannon400 Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released a video for the song New York from his solo album World Peace.

Hannon says, “When I was offered the gig to return to That Metal Show as guest guitarist this season by my good friend Eddie Trunk, the wheels in my mind immediately started turning as to how could I make best use of the trip to the East Coast. Of course, my first idea was to book a few club shows, both before and after the Tuesday taping in the city… and within a few hundred miles. So my agency, ARM Entertainment, were lucky enough to find a few clubs. Then it dawned on me… what better place to shoot video the the awesome city of New York!?! So I asked Kelly Smith to bring his camera along and plan to make a video for World Peace the song. My ideas were to ride the subway, and film the statue of liberty, the World Trade Center memorial site, and basically the three of us in New York doing a mellow vibey video for the title track of the album (we did shoot this as well and it is coming soon!).”

“Well, being the workaholic that I am… I came up another crazy idea to hit times square and shoot some fun stuff for the New York City song as well… Heck, why not since I did actually write a song about the place!!!

After working all day at the taping of That Metal Show on Tuesday night, David Ungar, the representative of BlackStar Amps graciously drove Aaron, Kelly, Joe and myself down to times square at 11 p.m., and at 30 degrees cold to run around going crazy in the video you’re about to see. It was all shot in a matter of one hour on Broadway and 7th Avenue in freezing temperatures. The funny part is that nobody bothered us, not even the cops! All the people around us basically ignored us! Until the very end clip you see a guy flipping me off, which was funny as hell!!”

To order World Peace, visit and to read Frank’s review of Van Halen’s, Live At The Tokyo Dome, click here.


slashband640 On June 16th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD, and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date May 22, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $34.98 3LP].

Shortly after the release of their World On Fire album (their second collaborative effort), guitarist extraordinaire Slash took the stage with Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge fame) & The Conspirators at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns ‘N’ Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album, and classics from Slash’s days with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver: Ghost, Back From Cali, World On Fire, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Anastasia, Paradise City, Slither, Nightrain, and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on Live At The Roxy 9.25.14.

Slash’s guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators proves a truly potent live force and Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows.

Watch Bent to Fly, from this release, below.

To learn more about this release, please click here.



ronniejamesdiomemorialposter2015-640 The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the iconic rock singer, will host a weekend of celebratory activities to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16th, 2010.

The events will take place from May 15-17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, and sponsors so far include: Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 FM The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing, and Western Bagels.

“Today, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is pleased to announce the initial celebrities that will be in attendance at the events, plus select Bowl For Ronnie celebrity bowlers and musicians performing at the memorial and the Ride For Ronnie BBQ at Los Encinos State Park. In addition, That Metal Show‘s Eddie Trunk will be the host for all of the weekend’s events.

Below is a list of celebrities and musicians that will be in attendance of various weekend events. A specific list of attendees confirmed to bowl and BBQ performers will be released prior to the event.

Attendees include: this year’s Best Metal Performance Grammy Award winners Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, rock music legend Eddie Money, Christian Martucci and Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Chris Broderick of Act Of Defiance and formerly of Megadeth, Oni Logan of Lynch Mob, Sean McNabb of Lynch Mob and formerly of Quiet Riot and Dokken, members of Dio (Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Scott Warren), Bjorn Englen of Dio Disciples and formerly of Yngwie Malmsteen, John Payne of ASIA, and many more to be confirmed.

In a band statement, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, state, “Let’s roll some balls in honor of the greatest heavy metal singer of all time!”

As previously announced by Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund co-founder/president Wendy Dio, the weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a Bowl For Ronnie celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ. See below for an updated listing of activities, ticket prices, and other information.

May 15th: Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, this will be an evening of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, bowling with rock stars and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. A silent auction will include collectible bowling pins autographed by artists such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax and Metallica, in addition to many more major items. Music will be provided by’s DJ Will.

Bowling Prices & Incentives Breakdown:
Individual Guest (Non-Bowler)
($50 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza

Individual Bowler
($75 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza, Shoe rental & bowling

Team/ Corporate Lane
($1,500 one lane with 6 bowlers)
Show off your team skills and charitable spirit. Gather your friends or represent your company with this fun package deal. Trophies and bragging rights for the ages. Lane for 6 bowlers including shoe rental, your company or team name added to three day event program, your company or team logo displayed on your lane and throughout event on flat screens, pizza and 2 drink tickets per person. Lane purchase includes 2 VIP party passes, (Additional VIP party passes sold separately up to 6 per lane)

May 16th: Ronnie James Dio Fifth-Year Memorial Service and Celebration of Ronnie’s Music
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California 90068

A FREE public memorial service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16th to celebrate the fifth 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:

May 17tg: Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and BBQ
Harley-Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, California 91204

Pre-Registered Rider Check-In
On-Site Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kickstands Up at 11:00 a.m.

Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street
Encino, CA 91436

BBQ & Live Music
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rider Registration & BBQ Admission:
Rider $75
Rider & Passenger $120
BBQ General Admission $55

Riders will check in at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, where they can enjoy a continental breakfast with entertainment and prizes provided by The Sound 100.3. The first 200 registered riders will receive a limited edition Ride For Ronnie Challenge Coin! Participants will depart Glendale, traveling the freeways of the north San Fernando Valley, then down the 405 to a BBQ at Los Encinos Historical Park in Encino. The BBQ will feature great food and drink, live music by Ronnie’s former bandmates and friends, raffle prizes, live auction and much more! BBQ-only tickets available to non-riders.

BBQ included for registered riders and passengers. BBQ-only tickets for non-riders are available for advance purchase. Please note: event is subject to sell-out and tickets may not be available at the door. Avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets in advance!

For more information, visit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund at


rocklahoma400 The daily band lineups are now available for Rocklahoma–America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party–May 22, 23 and 24 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.

Concertgoers are encouraged to save money by purchasing Rocklahoma weekend tickets now at at noon CST on April 22nd, single day tickets will be available for purchase and weekend ticket prices will increase. Prices will be as follows:

Single Day Ticket: $79.50
Weekend General Admission Ticket: increases from $129 to $159
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: increases from $399 to $499
All Reserved and VIP tickets are now SOLD OUT.

The daily band lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 22nd:

Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Ministry, Apocolyptica, We Are Harlot, Nonpoint, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Wayland, Ivy Stone, Warlock Texas, ASKA, Dead Metal Society, Lynam, Ragdoll, Lola Black, Ruff Justice, Kingdragon, NICNOS, Vilifi, DREK, Kingshifter, Even the Dogs, Sovereign Dame, Kirra

Saturday, May 23rd:

Linkin Park, Volbeat, Halestorm, Anthrax, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Candlebox, In Flames, Periphery, Starset, Crobot, Sons Of Texas, Mycah, Ratchet Dolls, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Loveblast, Station, Lamp Shade Betty, Project Terror, Lovebettie, A Course of Action, The Chimpz, The Heroine, Screaming for Silence, Summit, Arson City, The Jet Set

Sunday, May 24th:

Tesla, Breaking Benjamin, Queensrÿche, Of Mice & Men, The Winery Dogs, Motionless In White, Aranda, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Shaman’s Harvest, Otherwise, Islander, Nasty Habit, Dellacoma, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Delta Rose, Stop, Stop!, London’s Dungeon, Baby Jane, Mine Enemies Fall, Stolen Rhodes, Robert Jon and the Wreck, Motortrain, Balkun Brothers, The Dirtboxwailers, Empire Grey

Those who are camping can kick the weekend off early at the Rocklahoma Campground Pre-Party.

Thursday, May 21st (Campground Pre-Party):

We The Ghost, Longreef, Well Hung Heart, DRYVR, Severmind, Swampfox, Fight the Fade, Dirty Crush, Skytown, ANU

The entry phase of the Miss Rocklahoma competition ends this week, with entries accepted through April 17 at midnight CST at The top ten entries will be announced on April 22nd at, and fan voting will run from April 22nd-May 8th. Five finalists, named on May 11th, will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2015.

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.