Joe Satriani reveals the details for Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary July 24th-28th at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA. Packages are available at the camp’s official site starting today.
For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of Satriani’s seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien—one of the most successful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record’s 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.
Satriani will be joined by longtime co-conspirator and Surfing with the Alien co-producer John Cuniberti in addition to other special guests. His original live band during the record’s tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening’s performances.
About Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary, the guitarist says, “To this day, every fan conversation ends up referencing Surfing with the Alien. We thought the best way to celebrate its 30th birthday would be to devote the 2017 G4 Experience to all things Surfing. It’s such a special moment for me, and I can’t wait to see everyone there so we can relive this album together and create new memories in the process.”
Sign-up is encouraged immediately as the event will sell out soon.
Supergroup Kings of Chaos have a announced a string of east coast tour dates beginning December 17th in Montclair, New Jersey. Following a mini-residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas December 1-3rd, the east coast run will feature former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum, Linkin Park vocalist, Chester Bennington, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Steve Stevens, guitarist for Billy Idol, and Robert DeLeo, bassist of Stone Temple Pilots.
Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame drummer, Matt Sorum, the creative force behind Kings of Chaos says. “KoC always delivers a badass lineup, and this tour will not disappoint. Where can you hear some of the most iconic songs in rock history packed into one show, performed by the actual artists who created them? Every night is a celebration of rock and roll.”
Dec 1, 2 & 3 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Dec 17 Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Dec 18 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Dec 20 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Dec 21 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Dec 22 Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino
The following statement comes courtesy of Stephen M. Doniger, Esq.:
“After the four remaining original members of Ratt (Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier and Blotzer) finished touring in 2014, Bobby Blotzer began touring as Bobby Blotzer’s Ratt Experience, and Juan Croucier began touring as Ratt’s Juan Croucier. Realizing that he could make ten times as much per show touring as Ratt, Blotzer relabeled his cover band as Ratt, over the objections of every other member of the band. He then proceeded to get into litigation with each of his three partners in an effort to usurp control of the Ratt name, claiming that WBS owned the band name and he controlled WBS.
A Federal District Court in the Central District of California has now Ordered judgment to be entered against WBS/Blotzer, finding that WBS does not own the Ratt name (WBS, Inc. v. Juan Croucier et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-07251-DDP). Under a 1985 written Ratt Partnership Agreement, the name/trademarks are the property of the partnership and can only be transferred with the unanimous approval of all partners. Thus, in 1997 when Blotzer, DeMartini and Pearcy purported to transfer the trademarks to WBS, that transfer was invalid since Juan Croucier (Ratt bassist) whom was still a partner, and never advised of, let alone consented to, the transfer. Thus, the partnership still owns the Ratt name.
Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier have also expelled Blotzer from the partnership. Blotzer thus has no further interest in the Ratt name and may now only refer to himself as a “former member of Ratt” as per the partnership agreement. DeMartini, Pearcy and Croucier look forward to continuing to tour as Ratt and thank their fans for all the ongoing support.”
Former Skid Row frontman, Sebastian Bach’s new memoir, 18 and Life on Skid Row, reveals many salacious details, according to the New York Daily News. One rather interesting bit of information reveals that despite their squeaky “clean” image, the Bon Jovi boys, were anything but saints.
The New Jersey rockers partied “as hard as, or harder than, the rest of these bands. I know it’s crazy. But it’s true,” Bach writes.
The 48-year-old singer recalls getting schooled on the rock-star diet by ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. When the then sylph-like Bach commented on Sambora’s gut hanging over his belt he cackled and exclaimed, “I’ll just get an eight-ball of blow and I’ll look great!”
The pouty blond Bach also remembers the first time he tried speed — which he writes was given to him by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan.
Bach says the two bands nearly rumbled at the end of their tour in 1989. Annoyed by pranks pulled by Bon Jovi roadies, he mocked the lead act’s name on stage, taunting him and calling him “Bon blow me.” Jon Bon Jovi was not amused, meeting Bach off stage flanked by his brother, father and road crew.
Fists flew — but didn’t land — as Bon Jovi threatened, “I’ll kick your ass.” Skid Row was tossed from the remainder of the tour only to be reinstated a couple of days later.
Additional noteworthy salaciousness includes the singer’s reported dalliance with a then-18-year-old Christina Applegate.
An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range, May 19th-May 21st at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.
Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn will each headline one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017–fueled by Monster Energy–will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.
Rock On The Range 2017 presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at RockOnTheRange.com.
The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Amon Amarth, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Dillinger Escape Plan, In Flames, Gojira, Biffy Clyro, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Deafheaven, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, The Amity Affliction, Attila, Norma Jean, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, I Prevail, Turnstile, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Red Fang, Dorothy, Kyng, Radkey, As Lions, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, Badflower, Wage War, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, DED, Bleeker, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Aeges and One Less Reason.
The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. The full comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jonathan Davis of Korn comments, “Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!”
Dexter Holland of The Offspring says, “Great lineup at Rock On The Range this year. The Offspring can’t wait to finally be part of it all.”
“After our record breaking Ten Year Anniversary it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have Metallica and Soundgarden at Rock On The Range. But why stop there? To have bands such as Korn, Volbeat, Primus, Papa Roach, The Offspring and so many more truly makes this year’s ROTR our best one yet. May 19-21 can’t come soon enough,” says Gary Spivack, ROTR co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents.
In 2016, tickets for Rock On The Range sold out over two months in advance, marking the fourth consecutive advance sell-out for Rock On The Range — so fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited amount of tickets available, so fans can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once an allotment sells out, beginning at the presale.
Weekend Field, new Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Stadium, and a limited number of Weekend Stadium 4-Packs are available for purchase now. The ROTR layaway option also allows purchasers to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments. A ROTR presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:
Weekend Field VIP: starting at $349.50* + fees
Weekend Field GA: starting at $199.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA: starting at $99.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA Ticket 4-Pack: $380.00 + fees
* Phase One prices listed
*** Ticket prices automatically move to the next price level once the allotment sells out ***
Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase Premier Hotel Packages (which include festival tickets and t-shirts) or Camping Packages.
For an even more exclusive Rock On The Range opportunity, fans can purchase the new Uber Ranger Glamping Package for four people, which includes amenities such as a Luxury RV on a double campsite at the Ohio Expo North Campground (May 18, 19, 20, 21), a dedicated concierge with golf cart shuttle, 4 Weekend VIP Field Admission Tickets, a backstage tour, access to the stadium club (with catered lunch and dinner), access to the Side Stage Viewing Platform, access to the VIP Lounge, and more. Full details can be found at rockontherange.com/tickets_camping.
The general onsale is Friday, December 2nd at 10:00 AM EST. Beginning at that time, tickets will be available at RockOnTheRange.com, at Ticketmaster locations and the MAPFRE Stadium Box Office.
Rock On The Range celebrated its 10th year in 2016 – and after a decade of setting the standard for American rock festivals, the crown jewel of the World’s Loudest Month showed no signs of slowing down with 120,000 “Rangers” from around the globe descending on MAPFRE Stadium. In 2016, the festival received awards of recognition from both Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City Council, as well as a resolution from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners acknowledging the over $140 million in economic impact the festival has contributed to the city over its 10-year existence.
Every year the GRAMMY Hall of Fame adds to the impressive list of recordings honoring some of the essential songs and albums in the history of music. For 2017, their inductee list includes classic tracks from Nirvana, Deep Purple and more.
Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water will be inducted. Initially appearing on the 1972 release of Machine Head and being issued as a single the following year, the song became one of the greatest guitar anthems of the ’70s with one of the most iconic opening guitar riffs in history. It reached number four on the Billboard pop charts and has been certified gold in the U.S.
Also on the list is Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, the song that is often credited with the start of the Grunge Era of music in the early ’90s. The track is featured on the band’s iconic 1991 release Nevermind and the opening guitar lines and drums licks are instantly recognizable. The song has been certified platinum in the U.S., with a gold certification for digital sales as well.
For a song to be eligible, it must be at least 25 years old, and the new class of 25 inductees brings the GRAMMY Hall of Fame total to 1,038 recordings. See the full list below.
2017 GRAMMY Hall of Fame Inductees:
Arlo Guthrie – The City of New Orleans
The Beach Boys – I Get Around
Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues
Blind Willie McTell – Statesboro Blues
Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make Your Love Me
Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – (Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin’ Jive
David Bowie – Changes
Deep Purple – Smoke of the Water
Dion – The Wanderer
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
The Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie
Jackson 5 – ABC
Lalo Schifrin – Mission Impossible
Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra – When the Saints Go Marching In
Merle Haggard – Okie From Muskogee
Mills Brothers – You Always Hurt the One You Love
Mississippi John Hurt – Stack O’Lee Blues
N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times
R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe