THE SCORPIONS PUT THE KIBOSH ON RETIREMENT

scorpions640 The Scorpions say they have had too much fun on their three-year long ‘farewell tour’ to actually call it a day.

The band had planned to retire at the end of their global tour but singer Klaus Meine admits the temptation to keep going has been too strong.

He tells Deutsche Welle, “When you start a three-year farewell tour, you know you’ve got a long time ahead of you. But that long period went by much faster than we imagined. The closer we got to the goal – Munich in December 2012 – the stronger the feeling was that we hadn’t come to the end at all. There were so many images in our minds and so many emotions in our hearts. Everything we experienced between 2010 and 2012, the 200 concerts, it was all so powerful. You stand on stage, look down and see so many fans, including the younger generation, who are really getting into it and saying, ‘Guys, this is so cool. We’re seeing you for the first time. When will you be back?’ It’s so motivating and inspiring to play for three generations. We’re all having too much fun to put down the guitars.”

Lead guitarist Matthias Jabs explains the decision to keep going caused some internal bickering before they all agreed to keep on as an entity.

He explains, “At first, there were plenty of arguments in favor of stopping. But we were quickly overshadowed by the feeling of how much fun it all is. It doesn’t matter where we went, the shows were packed – in South America, the US, throughout Europe. So, we just thought this can’t really be the end.”

The band’s drummer James Kottak was jailed in Dubai earlier this year for a drunken incident at the UAE city’s airport. He was replaced by Swedish drummer Johan Franzon and there has been no news on whether Kottack will return.

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

ALTER BRIDGE TO HIT THE ROAD FOR THEIR FINAL U.S. HEADLINE TOUR IN 2014 THIS OCTOBER

alterbridge Alter Bridge is hitting the road stateside one more time in 2014. The band will be heading out on a headline run this October in support of their latest album Fortress. This latest 13-city run comes on the heels of their sold-out run this past Spring which had critics raving across the country. Artist Direct raved about the band’s live show: “Alter Bridge deserves to be one of the biggest bands in North America… It’s time for a revolution over here. It’s time for Alter Bridge to rule…” The headline tour begins October 7th in Louisville and runs through October 26th where it wraps up in Los Angeles with more dates possibly to be added during the tour. Alter Bridge will be making stops in Huntington, St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco to name a few. California Breed has been tapped to open the entire tour. Tickets for the tour are on-sale Friday, July 18th at 10AM local time and fans can go to alterbridge.com/tour.

Alter Bridge will also be offering fans the chance to buy a VIP upgrade package at the time they purchase their tickets for entry in to the show. A ticket forentry must be purchased before the VIP upgrade. The Alter Bridge 2014 Fortress Fall Tour VIP Upgrade will include:
• Meet & Greet with Alter Bridge
• Photo Op with Alter Bridge
• Autograph session with Alter Bridge (1 item per person)
• Visit to Alter Bridge Soundcheck
• Exclusive Alter Bridge VIP Merchandise, which includes:
• One Alter Bridge lithograph
• One Exclusive Alter Bridge tour item
• One Commemorative Alter Bridge VIP laminate
• One Commemorative Alter Bridge VIP ticket
• Priority VIP check-in
• Crowd free merchandise shopping
• On-Site VIP Host

Alter Bridge will also be making a stop at the upcoming Louder Than Life Festival on October 4th before their headline tour kicks off. The festival is taking place in Louisville, KY and Alter Bridge will be playing alongside the likes of Judas Priest, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Stone Temple Pilots to name a few. Tickets for the two-day festival can be purchased here.

Alter Bridge tour dates:

October:

4 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
7 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
12 Huntington, NY The Paramount
13 Lancaster, PA Freedom Hall at the Lancaster County Convention Center
15 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
16 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
20 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
22 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
23 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
25 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
26 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern

NEW BOOK BY GREG PRATO EXAMINES ROCKS MOST NEGLECTED ALBUMS

gregpratobook400 It seems like the days of flipping through vast vinyl, cassette, or CD collections is a thing of the past. And while there’s no denying the convenience of having all your favorite albums on a mobile device, it’s becoming more common for recordings to get lost in the shuffle and/or completely forgotten about.

Author/journalist Greg Prato is willing to provide some assistance, with his 12th book overall, Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention. Inside, you will find countless albums that you may have completely forgotten about or perhaps have never even heard of before.

Starting with AC/DC’s Flick of the Switch and wrapping up with Zombi’s Surface to Air, countless styles of music are represented in between – rock n’ roll, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative, new wave, punk, hardcore, grunge, jazz, fusion, psychedelic, prog, folk, blues, funk, soul, rap, spoken word, power pop, big band, glam, experimental, instrumental, soundtracks…the list goes on and on. But the selections stay strong!

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appearing in Rolling Stone, among other outlets. He is also the author of several acclaimed books, including Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, The Eric Carr Story, and MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video, among others.

Now available as paperback ($12.99, 256 pages), Kindle ($9.99, 287 pages), and Nook.

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DEVIL CITY ANGELS , A NEW BAND FEATURING TRACII GUNS, RIKKI ROCKETT AND ERIC BRITTINGHAM, STREAMING NEW SINGLE ONLINE

tracciiguns,rikkirockettericbrittingham400 A new group called Devil City Angels, featuring guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), drummer Rikki Rockett (Poison), bassist Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill) are streaming their single, All My People, listen to it below.

For more information about Devil City Angels, visit their Facebook.

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PLEASE DON’T CALL THE CULT “CLASSIC ROCK”

thecult400 The Cult’s frontman Ian Astbury does not like the term classic rock and says it has marginalized certain bands.

The outspoken frontman is preparing for a North American tour with The Cult, but does not want to be branded a classic rock band.

The singer tells the Vancouver Sun, “I despise the term classic rock. Whoever came up with that should be publicly shamed. It may be convenient for VH1 or certain publications, but this particular period of rock music has become nothing more than a scrap yard for ironic T-shirts. It has been marginalized and pushed into a certain space, and that’s unfortunate. There’s so many artists still making vital music.”

The Cult are working on their 10th album, and first since 2012′s Choice Of Weapon. But Astbury is thankful of a break from the studio to hit the road.

He adds, “The Cult started as a live band. The idea of making records was a fantasy – that was something someone else did. We had done hundreds of shows before we even had the chance to make a record, so a chemistry evolves. We’ve got to play. It’s our lifeblood.”

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additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

THE EDDIE TRUNK PODCAST DEBUTS ON PODCASTONE; JUDAS PRIEST ARE THE FIRST GUEST

EddieTrunkpodcastpic400 Eddie Trunk premiered the Eddie Trunk Podcast today on PodcastOne.com, the leader in audio on-demand programing and a division of Courtside Entertainment Group.

Trunk’s weekly podcast debuted with English Heavy Metal band, Judas Priest. Eddie Trunk, the most well known name in hard rock and metal music, brings his insight, commentary, reviews and in-depth, unfiltered interviews to the podcast world in a way like never before!

“I’ve been asked for many years by fans about adding a podcast to my platforms. Really excited to finally launch one with PodcastOne and see where this new adventure takes me. Look forward to connecting with everyone on this exciting new outlet,” says Trunk.

PodcastOne’s current lineup is downloaded over 120 million times per month and includes many of the industries most listened to podcasts, Adam Carolla, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Nerdist, Dan Patrick, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Jim Ross, Jay Mohr, Roddy Piper, Dr. Drew, Kathie Lee Gifford, Dennis Miller, Jillian Michaels, NPR New York and Los Angeles, just to mention a few.

STEEL PANTHER TAPPED TO OPEN FOR JUDAS PRIEST ON THEIR UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

steelpanther400 Steel Panther continues their musical attack on the United States this Fall playing alongside heavy metal icons Judas Priest.

The band comprised of Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia was tapped to open the upcoming North American tour for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of heavy metal. The 20 city run (with more to be added) will begin October 1st in Rochester, NY and will run through mid November wrapping up in Salt Lake City. The tour will make stops in major markets including Brooklyn, Detroit, Baltimore and Los Angeles to name a few. Fans that join the Steel Panther fan club, Fanthers Worldwide, get exclusive access to ticket pre-sales beginning, July 9th at 10am local time. Membership includes an exclusive Steel Panthert-shirt and laminate/lanyard; access to ticket pre-sales, members only Fanther Forum; access to exclusive videos, photos, contests and more. Current “Fanthers Worldwide” members can log in to their fan club membership for further information and access to presale tickets. Go to steelpantherrocks.com/login for more information. Tickets for most of the upcoming dates are on-sale Friday, July 11th and will be available via ticketmaster.com.

“I cannot believe that we are touring with Judas Priest. One of the most iconic heavy-metal bands of all time! We are going to have THE most amazing tour this fall,” exclaims vocalist Michael Starr. “If you don’t buy a ticket for the show, you must be a Justin Bieber fan. Death to all but Metal!”

Steel Panther will be offering a limited number of VIP Experiences for each of the upcoming shows with Judas Priest. The VIP Experience will be an upgrade available to Steel Panther fans that have already purchased a ticket to the show and will consist of all of the following:
• Preshow Meet & Greet with Steel Panther
• Sexy Photo op with Steel Panther (props & costumes provided)
• Autograph signing by Steel Panther (body parts encouraged)
• Preshow VIP Host
• Priority VIP check-in
• Preshow drinks and crowd free merchandise shopping
• Exclusive Groupie Merchandise and more!

The VIP Experience goes on-sale on starting July 11th and is available via Steel Panther’s website at steelpantherrocks.com/VIP/.

Steel Panther tour dates:

July 12th Seattle, WA Chive Fest
Jul 17th Cadott, WI Rock Fest 2014
Jul 31st Wacken, GER Wacken Open Air
Aug 1st Copenhagen, DEN Refshalevej
Aug 2nd Remyre, SWE Skogsrojet
Aug 4th Bergen, NOR USF Verftet
Aug 5th Stavanger, NOR Zetlizt @ Stavanger Konserthus
Aug 7th Gavle, SWE Getaway Rock Fest
Aug 9th Eschwege, GER Open Flair Festival

Oct 1st * Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Oct 3rd * Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Oct 4th * Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
Oct 6th * Montreal, QUE Bell Centre
Oct 7th * Rama, ONT Casino Rama
Oct 9th * Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center
Oct 10th * Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s Atlantic City
Oct 11th * Mashantucket, CT Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Oct 14th * Lowell, MA Tsongas Center
Oct 15th * Allentown, PA PPL Center
Oct 17th * East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Oct 19th * Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct 24th * Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Oct 28th * Duluth, GA Gwinnett Center
Oct 30th * Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
Nov 6th * Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Nov 10th * Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
Nov 12th * Phoenix, AZ Jobing Arena
Nov 13th * Highland, CA San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
Nov 14th * Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
Nov 16th * San Jose, CA City National Civic
Nov 18th * Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center

Mar 6th ’15 # Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester
Mar 7th ’15 # Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester
Mar 9th 15 # Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow
Mar 12th 15 # Wolverhampton, UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mar 14th 15 # London, UK Wembley Arena

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# 2015 Headline dates

Steel Panther has been on the road in support of their highest chart debut of their career, All You Can Eat. The album was released on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services and stormed the top of the charts landing at #24 on the Billboard Top 200. The band also garnered their third consecutive #1 album on the Top Current Comedy Charts. The album is currently available at all physical and digital retailers or can be ordered via SteelPanther.TV. All You Can Eat was produced by Jay Ruston and Steel Panther.

Steel Panther was, for a long time, rock’s best-kept secret: a cult legend on the LA scene. But in recent years due to the success of their albums (all of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Album Charts), and live shows, the band has enjoyed huge acclaim from fans and peers alike. Steel Panther has been joined on stage by a who’s who of musical icons such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Billy Ray Cyrus, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Green Day to name a few. Steel Panther has also been seen on Dancing With The Stars, Bad Girl’s Club and most recently in a national web campaign for Warner Brothers Pictures hit film, Rock Of Ages. The band played to the largest crowd of their career this past June when they closed the Download Festival in Donnington, UK alongside Alter Bridge and Aerosmith.

For more information about Steel Panther, visit:

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AC/DC FRONTMAN BRIAN JOHNSON SAYS THE BAND’S NEW ALBUM IS COMPLETE

BrianJohnson AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has revealed the band has completed work on the follow-up to Black Ice.

The Geordie hero returned to his hometown of Newcastle to pick up his Doctorate in Music from the city’s Northumbria University and he confirmed AC/DC’s new album is done following a series of quickfire recording sessions in Vancouver.

The 66-year-old says: “It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs.”

But Johnson admitted the continued absence of founder member Malcolm Young had cast a shadow over the band’s latest stint in the studio.

He adds: “We miss Malcolm obviously. He’s a fighter. He’s in hospital but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again. Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed he’ll be back.”

Johnson admitted the band had discussed a number of album titles with the new release due to hit stores later this year or early 2015.

And he added: “I wanted to call the album Man Down. But it’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”

Johnson received his honorary degree from Northumbria University’s vice chancellor Prof Andrew Wathey, who says: “Brian has been an inspiration to the people of the North East and rock fans the world over.

“His ambition, dedication and talent is second to none. His passion for excellence has propelled the boy from Dunston to the top of the rock world.”

AC/DC are readying a world tour.

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source: classicrockmagazine.com

KISS IN TALKS TO LAUNCH A TV TALENT SHOW TO FIND REPLACEMENTS FOR BAND MEMBERS PAUL STANLEY AND GENE SIMMONS

KISS400 The manager of KISS has confirmed the group are in talks to launch a TV talent show to find replacements for frontman Paul Stanley and guitarist Gene Simmons – when the duo eventually retire.

It has long been rumored that founding members Stanley and Simmons hope to keep the band running when they decide to quit – but both men have been evasive when asked about whether any new members have been signed up and if the takeover will happen after their current world tour.

The rock veterans are the only original members left in the band, which was marred by the departure of Ace Frehely and Peter Criss and the death of Eric Carr in 1991 – the group now includes replacements Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

However their longtime manager Doc McGhee insists that there are indeed plans to replace all four band members and keep KISS alive for a new generation – they are close to signing a deal to find their replacements through an American Idol-style TV show.

McGhee says in a new TV documentary about the band, “I believe that KISS can go on forever. I believe that there is a way – and we are talking to people and we’re pretty close to getting it done – about finding the four new members of KISS.”

As our own Eddie Trunk reports in his Trunk Report, despite the fact that this article is dated 2008, Eddie writes, “the plan and closer than ever to happening…maybe two years away from launching.”

source: starpulse.com

JUDAS PRIEST MEMBERS DISCUSS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF “REDEEMER OF SOULS” AND “DISSIDENT AGGRESSOR”

judaspriest640 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Judas Priest members Rob Halford (vocals) Glenn Tipton (guitar) and Richie Faulkner (guitar). Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Songfacts: How does the songwriting work in Judas Priest?

Glenn Tipton: It can be anywhere around. What we normally do is go and get our own bunch of ideas together and then we meet up, throw it into the pot and see what comes out. When the room lights up, we’re onto something – we usually end up with a great song.

So it’s very exciting with Judas Priest, because you go to a writing session with nothing and you never know what you’re going to come away with. It can be a riff that sets off somebody else’s train of thought or it can be a vocal line, or a lyric, or title, or it can even be a riff. And suddenly, a song takes shape. It’s amazing the way it does. Like a jigsaw puzzle, it just all falls into place.

Rob Halford: You start the day with nothing and then you end up with something that’s going to be around longer than you are. The most amazing part of being in any band, I think, is the creative process and seeing what you’ve got left.

Some days, you’ve got nothing. Some weeks you’ve got nothing. But in the general sense of the word, when we would get together there’d always be a spark, so that you’d have a reference to go back to the next day or maybe a week later.

You can’t rush writing music, because if you do rush it, it generally just only has that sense. Some songs will come together very, very simply, but generally, the ones that are really well composed do take a lot of thought, especially when you’ve got hundreds and hundreds of songs already in the vault that are established and part of your repertoire. You’re always trying to better yourself in that respect, so it isn’t easy. It’s not easy, especially 40 years later.

Songfacts: I could imagine.

Rob: Yeah. That’s why I’m so proud of this record. It’s not just another Priest record. It’s a very strong classic metal statement from the band.

Songfacts: Let’s discuss the title track of Redeemer of Souls.

Rob: It’s another song of empowerment for me in the lyrical message. It’s got the little bit of the fantasy element, creating a figure, this redeemer of souls.

What is he? He’s not a destructive guy, he’s coming to bring that redemption with metal, and I think that’s a very iconic type of representation for Judas Priest.

The whole song for me is very unique in its sound and what’s coming through the speakers. If you’re a Priest fan, you go, “That’s my band. That’s why I love this kind of music.” And the statement is there in the four minutes that you hear, and this is what I want from Priest in 2014.

Glenn: I just think it typifies Priest. The rhythm of it is very reminiscent of things we’ve done before. We haven’t tried to repeat anything – it’s just what comes naturally from us.

That’s what I like about that song: it’s a very natural Judas Priest song. And I love the high noon reference, as well, which to me typifies that god, half-molten metal, half-human walking down some sort of deserted cowboy town with tumbleweeds and dust and dirt. That’s the picture it conjures up for me.

Rob: I was thinking Cowboys & Aliens [a 2011 film about a spaceship that lands in the Old West]. Everybody thought that movie sucked and I loved it!

Richie: To me, Redeemer of Souls, the title track, it came about very naturally, as the guys have said. It’s instantly Judas Priest as soon as it comes in. It does have elements of earlier Priest, as they order it. It’s the same band. It’s very instant and very direct. It’s simple, but it’s what you’d expect from a Judas Priest song. It was the first song that got put out to the public just to let you know that Priest is back and this is what it’s about, really.

Songfacts: One of my favorite older Judas Priest songs is Dissident Aggressor. How did you come up with that title?

Rob: It’s about the Berlin Wall in 1970 something or other. I couldn’t sleep, so I went out for a walk. I went to the Berlin Wall and I walked up on top of a boxy-looking post thing.

Glenn: A watchtower-type thing.

Rob: Watchtower thing. It was in November, it was freezing cold, and I was looking over from West Berlin, which is all brightly lit up – pubs were up and everything. And the East side was just dead. It was pitch black, no lights were on, and there were these Russian guys looking back at me in binoculars. That was the seed for what that song talks about, about “I know what I am in Berlin.”

Read more at Songfacts.

Judas Priest’s new album, Redeemer of Souls, is available for purchase today (July 8th).

source: songfacts.com