DRUMMER RIKKI ROCKETT DISCUSSES DEVIL CITY ANGELS AND POISON. REGARDING THE LATTER, HE SAYS, “IF WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH POISON, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OTHER WAYS THAT WE CAN DO [IT].”

devilcityangels640 Ruben Mosqueda of Sleaze Roxx spoke with Poison drummer Rikki Rockett about his other band, Devil City Angels, which also includes guitarist Tracii Guns, Singer Brandon Gibbs and newly added bassist, Rudy Sarzo, who took over for former bassist Eric Brittingham. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Sleaze Roxx: You’re part of this supergroup Devil City Angels. You’re about to release your self-titled debut album. How did this band come to be? This is a “band” and not a “project” correct?

Rikki Rockett: It’s absolutely a band for as long as we can take it. It’s difficult at this stage in our careers; we have kids, we have bills, we have priorities. You have to make whatever musical venture you do a profitable one. So, it’s a little tricky at times to get to where everyone is comfortable. The older you get, the harder it becomes to pull that off. You’re not 25 and living in an apartment. We’re a little bit older and we have responsibilities. Right now, that’s the only thing that would sidetrack this.

Sleaze Roxx: When you launched the band, you had Eric Brittingham on bass who we all know from his work with Cinderella. He’s no longer in the band, but he did play on the record. At some point after the recording of the album was completed, he left. What’s the story behind his departure?

Rikki Rockett: Eric’s departure goes back to what I was talking about. It’s a struggle in the beginning when you start a new band. In the early stages, things don’t pay off right from the get go. Some people aren’t as patient as others. Eric also had some other personal things going on so he needed to make some money now and we respect that. I think he did a fantastic job on the album and I always consider Eric a brother.

Sleaze Roxx: How would you describe the band’s sound? I’ll tell you what I think and you can tell me if I’m completely off the mark. Devil City Angels sounds like a modern day Bad Company.

Rikki Rockett: Absolutely! The thing about Brandon (Gibbs) is that he’s a young guy but he sounds like he’s from the ’70s. That’s what is so appealing for guys like us. That’s the reason that I really wanted Brandon involved with us. When Tracii heard he said “Yeah, you’re absolutely right!” Brandon doesn’t have any baggage which is good and he has a lot of experience. He’s got a great pedigree; his brother is phenomenal too.

Sleaze Roxx: I’d be completely insane if I didn’t ask you some Poison related stuff. You and the rest of the Poison guys did an appearance earlier this year with Brandon fronting the band. How did that get put together?

Rikki Rockett: When I was out touring with Devil City Angels, Bobby Dall came to one of the shows we played in Florida and jammed with us. He got the chance to get to know Brandon a little bit. We got offered some shows that Bret either really wasn’t interested in doing or if he had shows of his own scheduled — I can’t recall exactly. In any event, Bobby and I looked at each other and said “Why don’t we just get Brandon to do them?” Now we’d never call it Poison but we did think it was good to offer the promoters a chance to work with the three of us with Brandon fronting the band. They took it — we did it and the response was amazing. It makes you really think. Is this something that we could do moving forward? I think we could.

Sleaze Roxx: It’s got to be frustrating for you, Bobby and C.C. to continue waiting for Bret. It seems like Bret is always playing around the country. I get that he’s ‘the voice’ of the band and the face of the band but Poison is a band.

Rikki Rockett: (Pause) It’s very frustrating and that is the main reason that I started Devil City Angels. I like to play and record music. That’s become a little bit of a problem recently (laughs)!

Sleaze Roxx: Are there any hard feelings there? Or is it as simple as one guy isn’t on the same page as the rest of the band?

Rikki Rockett: I just think… I don’t know for sure actually. I haven’t spoken with Bret in months and months. I just think that at this point in time, he just prefers to do his own thing. Bret has his own way of doing things and I’m getting the feeling that he’d prefer not to deal with the three of us if he can avoid it. Look, I’m making that up in my head. I can’t think of any other reason.

Sleaze Roxx: Do you think there’s some damage being done to the Poison name with Bret going out performing ‘watered down’ versions of Poison?

Rikki Rockett: The number one complaint that I’ve heard about Bret’s show is that he doesn’t play ‘Bret material’ and he plays ‘Poison material.’ I’ve heard that over and over from fans. I haven’t stepped out of Poison until Devil City Angels — because I believe that a band is more potent when you keep it together. I’m very loyal like that. I’ve been practicing Jiu Jitsu for 16 years now and I’m driving to Santa Monica which is 42 miles from me each way because I’m that loyal to my team. That’s the kind of person I am. Having said that, there isn’t a whole lot you can do when everyone don’t feel that way. I think we are kind of at that point — if we’re going to continue with Poison, we have to look at other ways that we can do this. Brandon isn’t a bad choice. It’s all I can say.

Sleaze Roxx: Would you be opposed to record new Poison music? Do you think there’s a need for new Poison music? A lot of your contemporaries have given up on recording new music.

Rikki Rockett: I think we should absolutely record new stuff! Take the Rolling Stones for example; they haven’t had an Angie”\ in a while or a Tumbling Dice but what they are doing is really viable. I really enjoyed their last record. I think in order to remain valid, you have to do that. Bon Jovi has done that and he’s done pretty well with it. I can’t give up on writing — I think I have better stories to tell now than I did when I was 22. The whole idea that only the youth have something to say is a passé idea. Why should it be over because you hit a certain age? It doesn’t make sense to me — it never has.

Sleaze Roxx: What’s your take on Native Tongue in 2015?

Rikki Rockett: I think that’s a great record! It’s funny you should mention that because I just listened to a couple of songs from that record today actually. I felt like listening to that record and I downloaded my own record! (laughs) I didn’t want to rip it off a CD I just wanted to hear it right then and there. It’s really a great record, it really, really is. Richie (Kotzen)…I don’t hold anything against him anymore. I’m over it. As far as I’m concerned, he did me a favor. It’s all good. He’s a great musician and songwriter. I loved working with (producer) Richie Zito. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much success working with Richie but I think he’s a phenomenal producer. I know we talk about ‘Native Tongue’ not being a commercial success but it’s gone on to sell a million and a half copies over the years.

Read more at Sleaze Roxx.

View Devil City Angels’ video for Boneyard below.

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AUDIO SNIPPET OF JUDAS PRIEST’S NEVER RELEASED COVER OF THE STYLISTICS, “YOU ARE EVERYTHING,” POSTED ONLINE

judaspriest1988-640 At the start of 1987, Judas Priest recorded a cover version of You Are Everything by The Stylistics as a collaboration with S/A/W, the English songwriting and record producing trio consisting of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman, well known for their U.K. pop hits with Bananarama, Rick Astley and Kylie Minogue, has surfaced on YouTube and can be heard below.

According to blabbermouth.net, Tipton told Super Channel 88 in 1988, “We went in [with Stock, Aitken and Waterman], we did four days in Paris, we got four days in between Christmas and going back into the studio. It was a mutual thing, an experiment to just see what would come of it. We weren’t chasing hit singles; we’d actually finished our album anyway and we had only got mixes left to do.”

He added, “I think what a lot of people don’t realize about them is there’s far more to them than ‘hit’ producers. I mean, Mike Stock’s a great guitar player and we work really well together.

“The tracks we came up with were very interesting. I don’t suppose they’ll ever be on a JUDAS PRIEST album, but we’ve been approached a lot recently to do film soundtracks and things, so maybe they’ll be used for that. Who knows? But were really pleased with them. We’ve never been scared to experiment, so…

…What I think people thought, you know, it was bizarre because we were surprised at the sudden, almost like a backlash. People thought it was going to be like ‘Judas Bananarama Priest’ or something, God forbid we should ever do that — we wouldn’t compromise the band in anything of that nature. But as it’s turned out, we’ve got a fantastic heavy ballad and we’ve got two real good rock tracks; but we’ve got too much material for Ram It Down…”

BON JOVI RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “BLIND LOVE”

bonjovinorichie640 Bon Jovi have released another lyric video for their forthcoming “fan album” Burning Bridges, which will be released on August 21st. Listen to Blind Love below.

Bon Jovi previously released a pair of lyric videos for the songs We Don’t Run and Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning, from Burning Bridges. To stream those songs, please click here.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi recently said that Burning Bridges, “… is a fan record to accompany a twelve-show international tour. It’s sort of a hint as to where we’re going musically – but the new album, the real new album, will be early next year.”

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDIE TRUNK

eddietrunk640 Yes, another year has passed and our esteem host’s birthday is upon us. Happy Birthday to the maestro of metal, we wish you many more years of head banging and wearing iconic 80’s rock t-shirts.

Share all of your birthday wishes with Eddie below.

Cheers,
Dana from ET.com :)

RATT DRUMMER BOBBY BLOZTER SLAMS JUAN CROUCIER ONLINE POSTING, “SEE THAT LOGO/TRADEMARK ON YOUR PRESS RELEASE? IT’S OWNED BY ME”

bobbyblotzer400 Ratt drummer Bobby Blozter has slammed former bassist Juan Croucier on Facebook, claiming that he is using the Ratt’s logo, without permission, for his new band, Ratt’s Juan Croucier.

Blozter reportedly posted the following:

“Juan Crucifer, uh oh, trouble ahead. See that logo/trade mark on your press release, opps, it’s owned, by me. Get that check book out my attorney not happy or price friendly for you. Ask Stephen, he can’t remember much, but he can that. Dumb and dumber remain, well, Dumber. Sorry Ratt fans!” (Note: This post has since been deleted.)

A few hours later he is reported to have posted the following:

“Hey ya know what, yea I was nasty, I was coming from a mean place. And I still am. Imagine, Warren and I own the trade mark. Did I use it for my band Bobby Blotzer Ratt Experience? No! But he just up and breaks the law and uses it? Come now, you would do what in my shoes? Today is not going to be fun in his world. I kept that logo for US 4 TO USE. PERIOD. Look at this. The drummer even copping my gig. It’s pretty ballzy. I’ve exhausted so much energy trying to get these kids to get along and play on the playground….I for the record, was extremely against Juan’s return, and it was behind my back executed by Steve and Warren. I gave it a try. But I also gave them this warning, you guys are forgetting what a trouble maker Juan was from day one. He will break the band up and that he did. I and Stephen actually got on really good. His problem was issue in ownership, or lack thereof that Warren wouldn’t bend on. Juan used his Jedi mind tricks, played double agent to gain ownership of the name for he and steve. Didn’t work”

Bobby Blotzer’s Ratt Experience is: Bobby Blozter, Josh Alan (Sin City Sinners), Scotty Griffin (ex-L.A. Guns), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate) and 21-year-old guitar hero Blaze.

Ratt’s Juan Croucier is: Juan Croucier, Pete Holmes (Black N’ Blue), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman.

JAKE E. LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL ANNOUNCE THAT THEIR ORIGINAL SINGER HAS REJOINED THE BAND ONCE AGAIN

jakeeleeband2013600 Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel have brought back original singer Darren James Smith – after four other vocalists had taken his place over five months.

He will front the band for their shows in September, then work on their second album, which is expected in early 2016.

Smith left in March and was replaced by Michael Beck, Chas West then Paul D’Eath, before Shawn Crosby last month said he hoped he’d become a permanent fixture.

Now the band say, “We would officially like to welcome Darren James Smith back to Red Dragon Cartel! He will be reuniting with the band for shows on September 6th and 10th in California, followed by a tour of Japan that begins on September 15th.

The band will be taking the rest of 2015 off from touring to hit the studio and start recording. The highly-anticipated second album from Jake and RDC will be ready for release in the first few months of 2016.”

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

STRYPER TO HOST FAN WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 10TH-13TH IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

stryper640 Multi-platinum rock band Stryper is taking Stryper Fan Weekend to the West Coast this year. The popular fan event will take place September 10th-13th, 2015 in Anaheim, packed with exciting events, special guests and more fan access than ever before.

Stryper Fan Weekend will provide fans with the opportunity to go back in time to Southern California, the place where it all began for the band. A number of once-in-a-lifetime events are being planned, including a wide variety of special guests. For the first time, Stryper will bring together some of the people who helped shape their career, and fans will have the opportunity to meet and interact with both current and former managers, road pastors and other band personnel.

The four-day fan event will include VIP treatment for Stryper live at the House of Blues (Anaheim), Q&A sessions with the band and special guests, interactive events with the band, an exclusive commemorative laminate, a professional photo with band (printed and personally autographed) and more surprises and exciting moments to be announced!

While fans have come to know Stryper Fan Weekend as an annual event, 2015 will mark the final event for the foreseeable future. Due to heavy touring, recordings schedules and other project commitments for the individual band members, 2015 is scheduled to be the final annual event. Stryper will continue to offer their popular meet & greets throughout the 2016 tour and beyond.

“We love our fans and we want as many people as possible to attend our final Fan Weekend,” said Michael Sweet. “We have added an extra day this year, and in order to make the event more affordable, we have dropped the price to $577 which includes admission to all events including VIP access to our concert at House of Blues. We want to make this an unforgettable experience for the fans and we can’t wait to see everyone in Anaheim!”

Stryper Fan Weekend is on sale now and space is extremely limited. For more information or to register, please go here.

The band’s all-new studio album, Fallen, will be available in North America on October 16th via Frontiers Records. Fallen is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered through iTunes and Amazon. It is also available in various physical configurations at the band’s official website.

To listen to song Yahweh, please click here.

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FORMER BASSIST JUAN CROUCIER FORMS HIS OWN RATT TRIBUTE BAND

juancroucier'sratlegacy640 Juan Croucier (Ratt), Pete Holmes (Black N’ Blue), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman have formed a new group. They will be performing as, Ratt’s Juan Croucier. The band will be playing songs from the Ratt catalog, exclusively.

Having solidified the core of the band (lead vocals, bass and drums), Juan and Pete set out to find the right guitar players for the group. After extensive auditions resulting from hundreds of submissions, they found two very talented guitar players in Mike Moore and Toni Aleman. Sharing the same passion, commitment and vision, they have been diligently rehearsing a set of over eighteen songs.

“We have left no stone unturned. We’ve been working long and hard. It’s all about the live show. We take this very seriously. Mike and Toni are simply killing it! There is a unique chemistry between the members of this band that is often so illusive. Our attention to detail has culminated in a fresh, energetic and modern twist on Ratt’s classic catalog of songs. I believe that anyone who loves Ratt will really enjoy this band too. I can’t wait to get out there and bring it to the people, after all they are the ultimate judges of our art,” says Croucier.

The band will begin performing in September and is currently booking additional shows.

For updates and tour dates visit Rattsjuancroucier.com.

source: bravewords.com

FORMER CHEAP TRICK DRUMMER BUN E. CARLOS SAYS THE WAY HE WAS TREATED “WAS REALLY AN INSULT”

bunecarlos640 “You know what happens with bands. Usually it’s a woman or something. It’s usually sex, drugs or money. When the lawsuits got filed, it ended up to be money.”

That’s how drummer Bun E. Carlos sums up his recent disagreements with the other members of Cheap Trick, who threatened to send the former bandmates in front of a judge before Carlos ultimately decided to settle. In a new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Carlos commented on his current status with the group, which leaves him out of the recording or touring lineups, but allows him to continue to hold a 25 percent stake in their shared business interests.

“In 2010, I got notified and was told, basically, to not show up for the next gig,” Carlos explained. “One guy doesn’t want me there, and the other guys were fine with that. They asked if they could use my drums. I said, ‘Yeah, go ahead and then send them back to me, please.’ That is basically what happened.”

Laughing that he “must have pissed somebody off,” Carlos maintained that everything’s technically settled between himself and the remaining members of the band, but he allowed that the way he was bumped aside — and the financial arguments that followed — have complicated his feelings regarding Cheap Trick.

“Looking back on it, the way I was treated by their people was really an insult,” said Carlos. “The music speaks for itself. You either like it or you don’t, or you’re somewhere in between. That doesn’t change whether I’m in the band or not. The legacy doesn’t change because of that. I get asked around town if I still talk to these guys and if I am still good friends with them. I just go, ‘Well, you know, good friends don’t have to sue their friends in federal court.’ As far as being good friends, well … there you go.”

These days, Carlos isn’t recording or touring with Cheap Trick, but he’s still keeping busy musically. “These days I mess around locally with a couple of bands. We play around town and that is something to do,” he said when asked to talk about his current activities. “I practice every day and that kind of stuff to maintain my musicianship. I’m still involved in the business of Cheap Trick, so I keep my eye on that kind of stuff.”

additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com

KISS’ PAUL STANLEY DEBUTS HIS SIDE PROJECT, SOUL STATION, AT THE ROXY THEATRE ON SEPTEMBER 11TH

paulstanley640 Come this fall, KISS frontman Paul Stanley will have a new gig as a soul singer. Yes, you read that right, a soul singer. Stanley has a new side project called Soul Station, which plays a mix of Sixties and Seventies soul classics, and they are scheduled to perform their first-ever concert at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre on September 11th.

“I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song,” Stanley said in a statement. “That’s not what this is about.”

Soul Station reportedly features a backing band that consists of musicians who have played with artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Bobby Brown. Its drummer, Eric Singer, also plays with Stanley in KISS. The group will play a mix of songs by the Stylistics, Dramatics, Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles and Blue Magic, among others.

“We’re living in a time of being fed canned pre-programmed backing tracks and lip syncing in place of the electricity and passion of real live R&B,” Stanley said. “When I was a boy, before I ever saw the Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I’ve made. Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves…. These songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.”

Tickets for Soul Station’s show at the Roxy Theatre go on sale beginning at 3 PM ET/2 PM CT/noon PT today, August 4th, at ticketfly.com.

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