AFTER BATTLING ILLNESS, GUITARIST TONY MACALPINE ANNOUNCES OCTOBER TOUR DATES

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Guitarist Tony MacAlpine has released the following statement:

“Hello Friends and music family! I hope all is well for everyone reading this.

It’s been a while since I have reached out to you, but now the good fortune of health and timing is allowing me to do so. I have been feeling back to normal and tests indicate that all is well in medical land. Deep and sincere thanks to you all for your wonderful support through this very difficult last 12 months.

I will be playing a run of US West Coast shows in October with my trio: Aquiles Priester (drums) and Bjorn Englen (bass). There will be some solo/headline shows, and some very cool shows supporting Steve Vai!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the shows! I will be playing some carefully selected material from my repertoire. The band and I are very anxious to play for even more of you around the world in the next 12 months.

Have a great summer… play loud and listen proud!

Tony MacAlpine”

Tony’s tour dates are as follows:

Oct 7: Studio City, CA – The Baked Potato
Oct 8: Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center*
Oct 9: Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues*
Oct 11: San Diego, CA – House Of Blues*
Oct 12: Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater*
Oct 13: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
Oct 14: Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades*
Oct 16: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall*
Oct 17: Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct 20: San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Oct 28: San Pedro, CA – Alvas Showroom

* supporting Steve Vai’s Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour.

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DON DOKKEN DISCUSSES CLASSIC LINE-UP REUNION WITH EDDIE, SAYS “I THINK IT’S GONNA BE FUN”

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Singer Don Dokken was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live. Dokken discussed the band’s forthcoming, classic line-up, reunion shows in Japan. Highlights from the interview appear below, as transcribed by blabbermouth.net.

On money being the main motivating factor in the classic Dokken lineup reuniting for a handful of shows in Japan this fall:

“I’m looking forward to playing with George [Lynch, guitar] and Jeff [Pilson, bass]. Of course, Mick’s [Brown, drums] still in Dokken, the current lineup. It’s not glorious. But when someone sticks an ‘X’ amount of dollars with a lot of zeroes attached, what are you gonna say? ‘No, I’m busy’? I mean, c’mon, man. You think David Lee Roth went back with Van Halen because he just felt like it. I mean, it’s about money. And Guns N’ Roses — do you think they’re doing it ’cause they’re all madly in love with each other? I don’t think so.”

Discussing why now is the right time for this reunion:

“I think it was a lot of accidents involved. The first time we were gonna do it, we were gonna come on your show and talk about it. The morning we were gonna be on your show, Jeff called and said, ‘Don’t say it.’ And I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘Well, I haven’t talked to the guys in Foreigner yet. Apparently [they’re] gonna book a bunch more shows. I’m not sure I can do it.’ And I said, ‘Well, you should have sorted all that out before George and I look stupid on Eddie’s show.’ And this time, it just turned out that October, Jeff has some downtime. And I said, ‘Well, if you guys commit, I won’t book any shows in America for two weeks.’ We’re gonna go to… Chuck Brennan has a place called [Badlands Pawn] Guns Gold And Rock ‘N’ Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and it’s a beautiful venue with a multimillion-dollar camera system. So we’re gonna go up there, rehearse for five days, then we’re gonna play a show, film the whole thing, put it on tape to see if it comes out down the road. And then we’re gonna come home the next day. We’re gonna be home for one day and we hop on the plane and off we go to Japan.”

Speaking about whether there will be any other live dates outside of the shows in Japan, and the one off, in South Dakota?

“No. I’m really content playing with Jon Levin [guitar]. He’s been in the band 13 years. Mick’s in the band. I’ve got Chris McCarvil on board now, from House Of Lords, on bass. And I’m just really happy with that lineup. You know, George has Lynch Mob. Jeff’s got Foreigner. So, this is it. It’s just a window in time. And I thought, well, we were probably maybe more famous in Japan than we were in America. At one point, it was pretty crazy. I mean, the fans and… It was just intense. So, we thought we would put an exclamation point on what we did, and we’ll play all the classic hits, and it’ll just be six shows. And then it’s back to business as usual. George will be doing his Lynch Mob, and I go back on the road. I get home from Japan, I have four days off, and then right back on the road [with the current lineup of Dokken].”

On whether he has been in a room together with George, Jeff and Mick to discuss the reunion:

“Oh, yeah, when we negotiated. Honestly, I haven’t seen the guys for about six weeks, since we negotiated the deal. Jeff’s been out pretty relentlessly with Foreigner, and George has been on tour, I’ve been on tour, so I haven’t seen anybody. [But when we got together] it was fine. It’s the same old thing. We just talked and negotiated, and I was firm with what I wanted. I just said, ‘If you guys wanna do this, this is what I need to get, and this is what I need to make, and it’s not really negotiable. I don’t wanna argue. I don’t wanna fight. This is what I need. And this is what you guys will get. Let’s all make it fair.’

A lot of bands get back together and the main guy, the lead singer or the lead guitar player, they take half. I mean, I don’t know what the Guns N’ Roses’ deal is, but I doubt it’s a six-way split, let’s put it that way; I doubt it. But in this situation, I said: ‘How about this? How about a four-way split? This is about as fair as I can get.’ I could ask for fifty percent. I said, ‘How about…? We’re all gonna be working. How about we split it all four ways?’ That means I’m giving up 75 percent. I own the franchise. I didn’t take the franchise of Dokken. I built it up. George left the group. He didn’t leave it. He got paid for his share of 25 percent. I paid Jeff, I paid Mick. Everybody got paid.

My analogy is, we have a house. It’s called the House Of Dokken. And we all owned that house. I didn’t take the house. I bought the house back. I bought the house from George and Jeff and Mick. They all got paid when they left the band; they got paid for their share. So it made no sense for me just to go back and say, ‘Oh, I’m just gonna give it all back to you for free,’ even though I kept the franchise alive for seventeen years since George left the second, third and fourth time. You know, I’ve kept the franchise going. I’m pretty sure if we would have broke up in ’88 after Monsters Of Rock and I retired and you never heard of Dokken again for 25 years, I don’t think that we’d be getting this offer.”

Speaking about whether there are any plans for the classic lineup of Dokken to write new music:

“Yes, we’re right in the middle of writing a new song right now. Just one. We don’t have time [to write more]. Jeff and George wrote a riff, a music piece, with a bridge and a chorus and that. I said, ‘Send it to me, and I’ll pen it. I’ll write some lyrics to it.’ But, then I actually sent it down the road to Mick, ’cause Mick’s actually a really good songwriter; I think he had a lot to do with writing [Lynch Mob’s] Wicked Sensation. So Mick wrote a song, he sang it, he sent it to me, and now in the next week or so, I’m gonna try to make it a song. So, I thought it would be kind of cool, if you’re in Japan, to have a surprise and play one brand new song that no one’s ever heard before, from the four of us. I’ve just gotta sing it, and we’re gonna put it all together in rehearsal. And we won’t be recording it. We’ll be doing it live in Japan. We’ll probably do the song live at the live video taping at the [South Dakota] concert; that’ll probably be the first time we do the song. And then we’ll do it in Japan. That way, it’ll be a nice little tidbit when the DVD comes out — if and when it comes out — that they can say, ‘Wow! A brand new Dokken song. How cool is that?'”

What about the possibility of the reunion imploding before the band even makes it to Japan?:

“Oh, that would be a bummer. That’s why we’re doing Dakota, actually. It’s a beautiful venue. It has five separate, beautiful dressing rooms, so if things get tense, we have limited access to each other. I’m not trying to be negative, ’cause it doesn’t serve me to be negative, but if things get tense, and old injuries and old [bad] behavior — which, I think, they’re all pretty famous for doing — re-emerges, I can remove myself from it and stay clear of it.

Honestly, do I barbecue with George on the weekends? No. Or Jeff? No. You know, there’s already a little bit of pushback in this last month of getting ready. I won’t go into it, but, you know, just people wanting this and people wanting that and people wanting this. Honestly, I just delete the e-mails and don’t pay attention.”

Discussing whether he would consider playing shows in other parts of the world with the classic lineup, if the offers are strong enough:

“No. It won’t happen. It’s already happened. Are you kidding me? I can’t say who, but people are calling me for very, very big festivals in Sweden, Germany… like Wacken festival, Bang Your Head!!!, Dynamo, Sweden Rock, and offering us really huge amounts of money to do this at some festival one-offs. And I just asked my manager. I said, ‘Look, this is the answer, and just make it loud and clear: ‘No.’… My loyalty lies with Jon Levin, Mick Brown and Chris McCarvil. That’s my loyalty to this band, and I’m not gonna ruin my franchise. And if I started doing these shows for the money, then that is prostitution, and that is just whoring myself, and I can’t do it. And between you and me — we don’t have to talk about it — but you know my financial situation, so, as you know, money is the last thing that is motivational for me. I don’t need the money. Money is not an issue. To be frank, I would like to see Mick have a really nice nest egg when he gets back. And I look forward to playing with the guys; I think it’s gonna be fun. And I’m gonna make it a vacation, basically. After we’re done, I’m gonna stay in Japan for a week.”

On what he would say to Dokken’s U.S. fans who want to see the classic lineup play again:

“Buy a ticket for Japan, or go to South Dakota, because I’m gonna be very adamant: that is it. I will not ruin my franchise I built up for thirteen years with the current lineup. Mick and I worked very hard to keep the Dokken name out there and be a good band and perform well. And my life is different now. I’m not 30 years old anymore driven to do this or driven to do that, or make money. Those drives are not in my DNA anymore. It’s all about the music. And it sounds shallow, it sounds trite, but it’s the truth. My peace of mind, my lifestyle that I live now is so paramount and more important, I just can’t take the chance that… I don’t wanna be around… And it doesn’t [just have] to do with the Dokken guys — anybody in my life… Anybody who brings negative energy in my life, I don’t wanna be around them. I surround myself with positive people. And if they’re not positive, I disassociate myself from those people, and those are the people that talk s–t about me. But, that’s their problem. Be kind. There’s an old saying: if you don’t wanna bring anything to the party, then don’t come to the party.”

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THE CULT ANNOUNCES NEW DATES WITH GUNS N’ ROSES, “ALIVE IN THE HIDDEN CITY” HEADLINING RUN, INCLUDING SEVERAL FESTIVAL STOPS, BEGINS SEPTEMBER 16TH

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Following a series of dates with Guns N’ Roses through the south, The Cult has just announced they will rejoin the “Not In This Lifetime“tour: two nights in Los Angeles this Thursday, August 18th and Friday, August 19th at Dodger Stadium. Select tickets are still available via Ticketmaster.

This news comes as the iconic Cult prepares for their own Alive In The Hidden City headlining tour, which will include several festival appearances, among them Rock Allegiance, Houston Open Air, Louder Than Life, and the recently announced 93.1 Jack FM’s Jack’s 11th Show taking place Friday, September 23rd at Irvine Meadows in Irvine, CA, alongside Jane’s Addiction and Garbage. A list of all The Cult tour dates is below and ticket links are available at thecult.us/main/shows.

The Cult–founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with drummer John Tempesta, bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox–is on the road now in support of their latest full-length release, Hidden City.

Hidden City is The Cult’s 10th studio album and the final chapter of the band’s trilogy of releases which began with 2007’s Born Into This then 2012’s Choice of Weapon. The Bob Rock-produced album has already produced several singles: Dark Energy,Deeply Ordered Chaos,Hinterland and G O A T..

Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives,” explains Astbury. “There is no higher authority than the heart.”

Of the new album, Mojo said it’s “Some of the fiercest, nastiest, most powerful – and also starkly beautiful – music of their career…The album’s extraordinary howls of pain and anger, its dramatic apocalyptic visions and quiet interrogations of the meaning of life and death, align perfectly with the times.”

The Cult Tour Dates:

w/ Guns N Roses:

8/18 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium
8/19 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium

Alive In The Hidden City tour:

9/16 Hampton Beach, NH Casino Ballroom
*9/17 Chester, PA Rock Allegiance-Talen Energy Stadium
9/18 Norfolk, VA The Norva
9/20 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
9/21 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
*9/23 Irvine, CA Jack’s 11th Show-Irvine Meadows
*9/24 Houston, TX Houston Open Air-NRG Park
9/25 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
9/27 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom
9/29 Kansas City, MO Harrah’s/Voodoo Lounge
9/30 Memphis, TN Inglewood Hall

*10/1 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival-Champions Park
10/4 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
10/5 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
10/7 Fresno, AZ Paul Paul Theater at Fresno Fair
10/8 Primm, NV Star of the Desert Arena

*Festival appearances

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STRYPER ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES FOR THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY “TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL” TOUR

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The yellow and black returns this fall, as Stryper embarks on the 30th Anniversary To Hell with the Devil Tour, celebrating the multi-platinum hit album that made MTV history. Paying homage to their early days as a band, Stryper will return to their fan-favorite yellow and black costumes, and play the full album live.

Released by Enigma Records on October 24, 1986, the GRAMMY-nominated To Hell with the Devil is the band’s third studio album and the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status. Throughout 1987, the music videos for Free and Honestly ranked #1 on MTV’s list of most requested videos, and the video for Calling on You reached #2. Stryper was the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.

“To Hell with the Devil literally changed our lives,”” says frontman Michael Sweet. “”During that tour we went from playing theaters and mid-sized clubs to arenas, all in a very short amount of time. We never could have predicted the wild popularity of those songs and videos, especially in the mainstream market.””

Unlike many of their counterparts, Stryper is comprised of all four original members with Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar, Robert Sweet on drums, Tim Gaines on bass and Oz Fox on guitar. Rocking since 1984, Stryper is responsible for such classic ’80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

30th Anniversary To Hell with the Devil Tour Dates:

Sept. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Sept. 30 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues

Oct. 1 – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
Oct. 4 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Oct. 5 – Valdosta, GA – Salty Snapper
Oct. 6 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Oct. 8 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Oct. 9 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Oct. 14 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 15 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct. 16 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim
Oct. 26 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Oct. 28 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
Oct. 31 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

Nov. 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Nov. 4 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Eventplex
Nov. 5 – Hazard, KY – The Forum
Nov. 6 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Nov. 8 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
Nov. 9 – Nashville, TN – Venue TBA
Nov. 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Nov. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
Nov. 13 – Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
Nov. 16 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Nov. 19 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
Nov. 20 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Nov. 21 – Raleigh, NC – City Limits Saloon

Additional tour dates and VIP Meet & Greet packages will be added in the coming weeks. For more information, visit stryper.com.

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ANTHRAX TO PLAY BROOKLYN’S SAINT VITUS BAR ON SEPTEMBER 16TH TO BENEFIT GILDA’S CLUB NYC, TICKETS GO ONSALE AUGUST 19TH AT NOON

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With October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, New York born-and-bred thrash/metal icons Anthrax announce a very special concert to be held at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on Friday, September 16th.

“This has to be the most intimate show we’ve played since the early 80’s which makes it so special,” said vocalist Joey Belladonna about the Saint Vitus Bar, known for putting on massive underplays in their small Brooklyn bar. Jose Mangin from SiriusXM/Affliction Clothing will be on hand to host.

Tickets are priced at $50 and go on-sale at NOON this Friday, August 19th. Purchase tickets at ticketfly.com, by clicking here.

All proceeds will go to benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, and everyone who purchases a show ticket will get a special, limited-edition t-shirt created just for cancer awareness, courtesy of Jakprints. In addition, Anthrax has joined up with artists including The Black Keys, the Pixies, Ed Sheeran and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to take part in this year’s Ten Bands One Cause promotion aimed at bringing awareness to October’s Cancer Awareness Month that also benefits Gilda’s Club NYC.

A limited number of Anthrax’s new album, For All Kings (Megaforce) will be pressed onto pink vinyl and released on September 27th. Identified by a special sticker, the album will be available at all retail stores where vinyl is sold, through Amazon and all F.Y.E. stores. Fans will be able to get their hands on a copy of Anthrax’s For All Kings pink vinyl before release date as a small quantity – all signed by the band – will be on sale at the Saint Vitus show.

The members of Anthrax have a very personal connection with cancer awareness. Bernadette “Tina” Benante, drummer Charlie Benante’s mother and bassist Frank Bello’s grandmother, passed away from cancer in 2012. “Cancer took away one of the most important people in my life,” said Bello. “I was at the hospital wheeling my grandmother to chemo and it was just brutal. Anything that we can do to not make people go through that hell is something we want to be involved with.”

The band members will tell you that Tina never missed an Anthrax show. When the band played New York, she was there. She loved baking cookies and she knew each band members’ personal favorites. When they played Yankee Stadium with The Big Four, she baked everyone’s favorites and brought them to the band’s dressing room.

“They don’t make them like that anymore,” Bello added. “She was and will always be a big part of Anthrax.”

The day his mom passed, Charlie wrote, “My Mom was all about letting me follow my dream, she always pushed me in that direction. She was the one who would take me to buy my records, she was the one who would sit through a matinee of all five Planet of the Apes movies. She was the one who got me to be who I am. I am going to celebrate her life every day.”

Gilda’s Club NYC was founded in 1995 in memory of Gilda Radner, the talented comedienne and original cast member of “Saturday Night Live” who passed away in 1989 from cancer. GCNYC’s mission is to support, educate and empower cancer patients and their families.

Said Anthrax’s Scott Ian about Gilda’s Club NYC, “No one should face cancer alone. The vital support they give to cancer patients and their families is truly a noble cause and we are honored to be able to help.”

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ON ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, FORMER METALLICA BASSIST JASON NEWSTED REFLECTS ON THE BAND’S “BLACK ALBUM”

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As Metallica’s Black Album turns a quarter of a century old, former Metallica bassist, Jason Newsted, reflects on the band’s time in the studio, and the wider impact, the record had on the metal world.

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has recalled his favorite moments recording the band’s 1991 self-titled album.

Newsted says he was particularly pleased with the song My Friend Of Misery, which opens with his bass guitar and which he says was a “real accomplishment” in a band which had previously released …And Justice For All with the bass almost inaudible in the mix.

As the self-titled album, aka The Black Album, celebrates its 25th anniversary, Newsted tells Billboard his favorite song on the record is Sad But True — “Just because of the weight, the six-string bass and that big, big bottom,” he says — but he also has a particular pride in My Friend Misery. “It was the bass, by itself, introducing that song, which was not the easiest thing to do at that time within that band,” he explains. “That was a moment where those guys kind of bowed and said, ‘Here you go, man, put your song on there,’ being the guy who came up with that; as opposed to being part of the team, I got to be myself for a minute there, which was a real accomplishment.”

Newsted’s other great memory of the Metallica album cycle was the worldwide territories it opened for the band. “That’s the biggest deal about that. We worked so hard on the record for so long, and to take that music around the world like we did was really, hugely powerful,” he says. “Nothing Else Matters was, like, number one in 35 countries the same week or some sh–, and all of a sudden there’s countries calling that never would’ve entertained the thought of an American metal band playing in front of their kids, and they’re calling us up ’cause they know they can make a bunch of money because it’s so freakin’ popular at the moment. So we got to do a bunch of pioneering and be the first heavy band to go to a bunch of those places. That’s what I remember the most.”

Currently, Newsted has announced a series of dates with The Chophouse Band. Read more about this project, and view tour dates, by clicking here.

source: billboard.com

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