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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BAND LINEUP & CELEBRITY JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR SIRIUSXM’S HAIR NATION FESTIVAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS ON AUGUST 17TH AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO

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This Wednesday marks the official SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival Battle of the Bands. The event will take place at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go (8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA) and will feature performances from eight unsigned bands hoping to win an opening slot for one of the stages at SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival next month.

The grand prize winner will open the main stage and the runner up will open the second stage. Judges for the event include Eddie Trunk, Lita Ford, Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Brent Woods (guitarist for Sebastian Bach), and Jay Ruston (producer/engineer for artists such as Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour, The Winery Dogs, and more). Doors are at 7:00 pm, with the event wrapping up at 11:30 pm. The lineup is as follows:

7:00 PM Doors
7:30 – 7:45 PM Electric Hounds
8:00 – 8:15 PM The Devil’s Only
8:30 – 8:45 PM Velicious
9:00 – 9:15 PM The Aviators
9:30 – 9:45 PM Vyper
10:00 – 10:15 PM The Hard Way
10:30 – 10:45 PM Salems Lott
11:00 – 11:15 PM Wikkid Starr

SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival is less than a month away, hitting Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Southern California on September 17th. Rock fans from around the globe are invited to re-live the filth of the Sunset Strip for one night only at the SiriusXM Hair Nation Festival. The event will be hosted by Eddie Trunk, and the music lineup features: Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kix, Slaughter, Lita Ford, Vixen, Britny Fox, BulletBoys, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns’ Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, Loudness, Junkyard, Vain, Tuff, Bang Tango, Pretty Boy Floyd, Odin, Gabbie Rae, and Circus of Power.

SiriusXM will broadcast performances, as well as backstage interviews with artists, from SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival on SiriusXM’s Hair Nation channel, via satellite on channel 39 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. The broadcast will air the weekend of September 24th.

VIP packages for SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival have already sold out, but there are still General Admission tickets available at www.HairNationFest.com starting at just $15 (plus fees).

SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival is produced by Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and will feature nonstop music on two stages, including a rotating main stage with back-to-back performances, VIP Meet and Greets, a vendor village, and more.

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre is located 8808 Irvine Center Drive in Irvine, CA and is less than two hours from Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. It’s also conveniently located a short drive from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. For those traveling to the Southern California area to attend SiriusXM’s Hair Nation, there are a wide variety of lodging options in the Irvine area.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit:

HairNationFest.com
facebook.com/HairNationFestival
twitter.com/HairNationFest
instagram.com/HairNationFest

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TORA TORA BASSIST PATRICK FRANCIS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, PLEASE ATTEND FUNDRAISER BEING HELD ON AUGUST 21ST IN MEMPHIS, TN

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Tora Tora bassist Patrick Francis was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. Francis had surgery last week and is recovering.

Due to missed work, the band, along with their friend Matt Montgomery, are having a fundraiser to assist the bassist with his expenses.

The event will be taking place on August 21st at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN. It will feature silent auctions, raffles and lots of amazing music. Musicians appearing at the event include Tora Tora, Every Mother’s Nightmare, Roxy Blue, The ShotgunBillys, Zach Myers Band, Fevertree, Surrender The Fall, Jeff and Leslie Caughron. Tickets range between $10 and $15 with doors opening at 2PM.

To purchase tickets, please visit minglewoodhall.com. For more information about this event, please go to twitter.com/toratorarocks.

Tora Tora celebrated their 25th anniversary 2013 with a limited edition “super fan” package. You can purchase this item at fnarecords.net and other releases from band by clicking here.

[Dana’s note: We here at EddieTrunk.com send our best wishes to Patrick and hope that he has a swift, and complete, recovery]

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ALICE COOPER DISCUSSES JOE PERRY COLLAPSE SAYS, “HE HADN’T EATEN IN TWO DAYS”

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Kory Grow of Rolling Stone reports:

Alice Cooper vividly remembers the shock he felt when he learned that Joe Perry had collapsed onstage mid-song during a Hollywood Vampires concert in Brooklyn. “It scared the hell out of me,” he tells Rolling Stone. “The lyrics to [Raise the Dead], the first song we played that night, go, ‘Cardiac, heart attack … they never feared the reaper,’ and I look around the stage and he’s gone. He was lying behind an amp on his back, and I went, ‘Oh, my God.’ We didn’t know what happened until after the show.”

The causes, he learned, were dehydration and exhaustion.

“Aerosmith does two shows a week, but we were on our eighth show in nine days, and I’m used to working like that,” the singer says. “I’m used to working an hour and 40 minutes or two hours, five nights a week. I was in shape and so was Johnny and everybody else. I think Joe was not ready for that kind of pace.

“We were doing 25 to 30 songs with no break,” he continues. “You’re in fourth gear, and there’s no 24-hour resting period. I think it just caught up with him. He finally got up there onstage, dehydrated. And I think he was exhausted. He told me the night before he hadn’t eaten in two days.”

When asked why Perry hadn’t been eating, Cooper says, “I said, ‘Man, you’ve got to know when to sleep. You’ve got to know when to eat on a tour.’ I think it just finally got to him. It was not a heart attack; it was pure exhaustion. They checked his heart and said his heart was actually very strong.”

It took two weeks for Perry to recover and reunite with the Vampires at a Bay Area gig. “I’ve never seen him play so good,” Cooper says. “He looked great and he played great for the next few shows.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

source: rollingstone.com

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