The Dead Daisies’ awesome live juggernaut is set to storm into North America in August for a dozen prime live dates as part of their Live & Louder World Tour, in support of the release of their landmark Live And Louder album on Spitfire Music/SPV/eOne on May 19th. Heralded The Dirty Dozen Tour, it will launch in Chicago, IL on August 10th and will wrap in Las Vegas, NV on August 27th.

The Dirty Dozen Tour is inspired by the classic 1960s movie of the same name. “Rehearse them, excite them, arm them – then turn them loose on the Fans.” It will be the band’s first North American Headline Tour where demand has been steadily building after 2016’s smash success of their third album Make Some Noise.

Lead singer John Corabi says, “We’re all very excited for our very first North American headline run. We’re kicking it all off on August 10th in Chicago and ending it in “Sin City” Las Vegas!!! You guys have been amazing with all of your support and requests for shows here, so we’re giving it to you Live And Louder, and “down and dirty” on The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017!!!! See ya on the road kids!!!”

Before being turned loose on North American audiences, the troops will be fresh from playing some of the most prestigious & high profile UK & EU Rock Festivals coupled with a series of headline club shows, dates in Japan to then make their long-awaited debut in South America. From South America it’s back to one of the EU’s largest Festivals Woodstock Poland, to be part of a “concert inspired by freedom” which will see the band perform with a 60-piece Orchestra.
The Live & Louder – World Tour 2017 will visit the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Holland, France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Canada and the USA.

Live And Louder, will be available in multiple deluxe formats & perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016. The result, once again mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company), is an absolute stunner!

Lead guitarist Doug Aldrich has some choice words about the upcoming live album – Live And Louder really helps define The Dead Daisies’ sound. Like bands I’ve been involved with co-producing (Whitesnake and Dio), we have a great team that makes sure our sound is consistent and we are always looking to pump it up. Onstage I just play guitar but our crew and production team are very instrumental in capturing what happens on stage. Now get out there and go Live & Louder with us this summer!!”

Special Guests on this run will be The Dives which the band made instant friends with on the previous years’ KISS Kruise and who will add their own blend of signature rock and roll to the fiery package.

Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!

Check out the Make Some Noise – Live & Louder video below.


Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – Guitars
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – Vocals
David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – Guitars
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) – Bass
Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) – Drums

The Dirty Dozen Tour – North America 2017:


10 Arcada Theatre | Chicago IL
11 Shelter@Saint Andrews | Detroit, MI
12 Lee’s Palace | Toronto, ON
16 House Of Independence | Asbury Park, NJ
17 Highline Ballroom | New York NY
18 Rams Head Live | Baltimore, MD
19 Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
20 The Basement East | Nashville, TN
23 Gas Monkey | Dallas, TX
25 El Rey Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
26 House of Blues | San Diego, CA
27 Counts Vamp’d | Las Vegas NV

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2 Rock Hard Festival | Gelsenkirchen, Germany
3 Rock In Vienna | Vienna, Austria
4 Substage | Karlsruhe, Germany
5 Druso | Bergamo, Italy
6 Dynamo | Zürich, Switzerland
8 Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
9 Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden
11 Download Festival | Donington, United Kingdom
12 Liquid Room | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
14 Boerderij | Zoetermeer, Netherlands
16 Le Forum | Vaureal, France
17 Hellfest | Clisson, France
18 Graspop Metal Meeting | Dessel, Belgium
20 Hirsch | Nürnberg, Germany
21 Hellraiser | Leipzig, Germany
23 Harley Days Festival | Hamburg, Germany
25 Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
26 Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
27 Rockhouse | Salzburg, Austria
28 A38 | Budapest, Hungary
29 Lucerna Music Bar | Prague, Czech Republic


1 Freigericht Rockt Festival | Freigericht, Germany


3 Woodstock Poland | Kostrzyn, Poland



5 Shibuya Club Quattro | Tokyo, Japan
6 Umeda Club Quattro | Osaka, Japan

South America:


12 Opera de Arame | Curitiba, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
13 Carioca Club | Sao Paulo, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
15 Vorterix | Buenos Aires, Argentina
16 Teatro Vorterix | Rosario, Argentina
18 Venue tba. | Santiago, Chile

More South American Dates to be announced!

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Brendan Crabb of Loud spoke with bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. Portions of the interview appear below.

Q: ….today marks the release of the new Deep Purple album. Have you heard it at all?

A: I have not. I have not heard any new Deep Purple albums in 25 years (laughs).

Q: Is that a conscious thing, or you just don’t have the time?

A: Only because it doesn’t come on to my radar. I may bump into it on the internet, but it’s something that I don’t… I have no mind about what they’re doing, I just don’t know what they’re doing, I’m not on their radar. It sounds kind of strange, doesn’t it, when you’re in this family… The only genuine relationship I have with anybody in Deep Purple is my brother David Coverdale. We’re very close, to this very day.

Q: Is that largely rooted in joining Purple about the same time? Or you’re just two like-minded individuals?

A: I came in about two months before David in ’73. He came in after me, and we bonded immediately. We bonded throughout the first tour, we bonded when Ritchie (Blackmore) left. And we’re still very close.

Q: That said, it must have been a real honour to have your contributions to their nearly 50-year legacy acknowledged as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction?

A: Oh, it was great, it was a really lovely moment for David and I to be… We don’t get to choose who selects, the board, the committee selected to choose David and I over the other guys that weren’t nominated. I think what we did in Purple after (Ian) Gillan and (Roger) Glover left, David and I, I think it spurred a lot of interest in the music industry in America. So I guess they gave David and I the honours to be on-stage and accept the awards, which we were honoured to do so. We were there, and had a lot of fun.

Q: What’s the latest on the next Black Country Communion album?

A: It is coming out the middle of September. I’m meeting with Joe and Kevin (Shirley) tomorrow, we’re going to listen to the new mixes. It’s all done, it’s ready to go.

Q: I was talking to Joe last year, and he indicated some disappointment that the public perceived there was bad blood between the pair of you following the split. He was adamant that wasn’t the case.

A: Joe and I have never fallen out. Let’s just say that when the band broke up, Joe was very, very busy. He couldn’t really do anything outside of the Bonamassa (band), which we knew going into Black Country. So when it became clear that Joe couldn’t clear his schedule, we felt it would be appropriate to break it down for a while, and just go on with other things. And of course a year ago when I got inducted into the Hall of Fame, Joe called me to congratulate me, and we talked for a while, had dinner and we discussed making a new Black Country album, which we’ve now done. And we’ve never been more friendlier; we’ve never been close as this, and long may that continue.

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Guitarist Tony Iommi says there’s a Black Sabbath documentary planned.

The band, whom played 81 live dates on their The End tour across North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, ended their 49-year career with a sold out show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February.

NBC News reports that Iommi is in “the process of mixing the sound from the final Sabbath shows in Birmingham for a possible live album.”

The guitarist adds, “We’ll actually be doing a documentary. My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we’ve done.”

Iommi also speaks about the choral composition he worked on titled How Good It Is, which he wrote for the Birmingham Cathedral.

He says, “It really wasn’t anything to do with religion. I don’t follow any religious path… religiously. It just seemed like a nice thing to do. It was really nice to work with a choir and to do something for our city. I enjoy the challenge of doing something most people wouldn’t expect from me.”

Sabbath bassist Geezer Bulter recently revealed that the band were planning to record a blues album as a follow-up to 2013’s 13 – but their extensive final touring plans “got in the way.”

He said, “It would take something like two or three years to do it properly, and we thought we might not all be here by that time, so it would be better to do the final tour first and then maybe we’ll do a blues record later.”

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Rock Candy Mag is a 100-page, full-colour bi-monthly rock mag available in glorious print – and a little bit grudgingly in digital format to those who buy a print edition. It covers the sights, sounds and smells from the greatest era ever in hard rock music, the ’70s and ’80s. The mag is proudly, flag-wavingly, unapologetically nostalgic. Why? Because we think rock’n’roll was better then.

Rock Candy Mag is put together by respected UK rock journalists Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome. They all worked at Kerrang! in the ’80s, saw everything that went down in this classic period – and lived to tell the tale. The magazine is self-funded and is 100% fuelled by passion for the music. Some of you may know that Derek already runs Rock Candy Records, the world’s greatest rock reissues label.

“We were sick and tired of not being able to read about the bands we love in a real, ‘hold in your hands’ mag,” says Editor HoJo. “I want to touch, feel and even smell rock’n’roll – and you just can’t do that on the Internet.”

The first issue of Rock Candy Mag features an exclusive cover story of Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott giving his personal views on amazing pix from throughout the band’s career.

“Joe couldn’t have been more helpful in supporting Rock Candy Mag,” says HoJo. “Now it’s all about telling the world about our magazine via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and good old-fashioned word of mouth!”

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Ruben Mosqueda of Sleaze Roxx spoke with vocalist Ron Keel. Excerpts from the Q&A appear below.

Sleaze Roxx: When you set out to record the Steeler album, had the vocals, bass and drums been recorded prior to Yngwie [Malmsteen] coming on board?

Ron Keel: Contrary to what people might think, we were all in fact in the studio together through the recording of Steeler. I have heard people say that we had everything recorded prior to Yngwie [Malmsteen] joining the band, but that wasn’t the case. We were all present at Prairie Sun Studios [in Cotati, California] with producer Mike Varney [Shrapnel Records owner].

Sleaze Roxx: Refresh my memory as to how Yngwie got involved.

Ron Keel: Mike [Varney] invited me over to his place and he was adamant that we needed to make a change at guitar [before we recorded the Steeler album]. We were at his apartment listening to a bunch of tapes — no thousands of cassette tapes [laughs]. He had selected a few cassettes with players that he felt were appropriate for Steeler. There was one in particular that he felt was “out of this world” and that was Yngwie Malmsteen. We must have listened to a thousands tapes that day [laughs].

When we put in Yngwie’s tape, there was something different, something special, obviously. Yngwie has something that most guitarists can only dream about. He was special. It was right then and there that we began the process to get him to America to join Steeler. We just needed to wait until he was “legal” to sign the recording contract. By that, I mean we were awaiting Yngwie to obtain his “green card.”

Sleaze Roxx: How did Steeler come to an end? That obviously opened the door for the formation of Keel and the debut album ‘Law Down The Law.’

Ron Keel: [long pause] It was obvious to me once Yngwie left that I wasn’t going to be able to take the next step if I called it “Steeler.” It was a band, my name, my dream and my vision. I saw all my friends, their bands and my contemporaries getting signed to labels and I wasn’t. It was because Steeler’s line-up was “unstable.” It didn’t matter how great the product was after Yngwie left, there was this perception that Steeler was unstable.

I wanted to take my career to the next level and the logical step was to call it “Keel.” I set out to build a band on my dream and my vision of what a commercial hard rock band in the ’80s would be. I wanted to create the band I wanted to see and the band that I wanted to be in. I ruled Keel with an iron fist. We had only been together a couple months and we were packing clubs and then came the record deal [A&M] and working with Gene Simmons. Keel had two albums out in the span of six months [Lay Down the Law and The Right to Rock]. The floodgates opened. We were on MTV, on the cover of magazines and on a national tour.

Sleaze Roxx: Was [Gene] Simmons a “slave driver” in the studio?

Ron Keel: No, not at all [laughs]. You’d think as a producer, you ought to be because you’re in charge [laughs]. I was waiting for him to blow the whistle and crack the whip. “Slave driver” is what I expected because we were producing a major label album. That being said, no one has been a bigger slave driver on Ron Keel than Ron Keel. I’ll whip myself into shape.

What I took from those sessions working with Gene was how to make great sounding records. When you think of Gene, you think of the make-up, the money and the girls… I hate to blow his cover but behind all that is a guy that loves music. Gene loves all music; not just rock ‘n’ roll. He has a deep respect and appreciation for rock n’ roll history. I love his ability to write the perfect anthem and his ability to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I write and record and Gene Simmons is still on my shoulder helping me and coaching me through the process 30 plus years later.

Keel will be participating with the 2018 Monsters of Rock Cruise. Says Keel, “We’re beyond excited to be part of next year’s Monsters of Rock Cruise. I think people think that Keel has disbanded, but we haven’t. We just haven’t been active.”

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Airbourne have announced that their guitarist David Roads has decided to leave the band. The band writes:

“To all Airbourne fans and friends we’ve got one Hell of an update for you,” says the Australian quartet.

(Guitarist) David Roads has decided to leave the band to work in his family business. As the old saying goes, ‘you can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy’. We say, good on ya mate, well-played and good luck!

Now to the future, and it’s all guns blazing foot to the floor! Introducing you to our new Airbourne Brother, he’s our long time staunch mate Harri “The Riff Doctor” Harrison. Possessing a gifted Rock’n’Roll right hand motor he already ‘fits in like a well-greased piston into a V8’ and we are all pumped to be bringing his powerful locomotive-like rhythm with us to rock the summer festivals!

Cheers and see ya soon rockers! – Joel, Ryan & Streety”

David Roads would like to say “Many thanks to all the fans. It has been an absolute pleasure rocking out with you guys over the years. It was great to be a part of this wild Airbourne ride! Cheers!”

Airbourne will launch a European tour starting May 30th in Warsaw, Poland and presently winding down on July 13th in Aix Les Bains, France.

The band’s latest album, Breakin’ Outta Hell on September 16th through Spinefarm Records. To listen to songs from this release, click the highlighted song titles.

It’s All For Rock ‘N’ Roll
Breakin’ Outta Hell

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