Kory Grow of Rolling Stone reports:

After debuting at last year’s Wacken festival in Germany, a hologram of late heavy-metal singer Ronnie James Dio will set out on a world tour, backed by musicians who played with him, this fall. The trek, dubbed Dio Returns, will begin with a European leg of performances in theaters on November 30th in Helsinki before hitting South America, Australia and Asia. The tour will arrive in the U.S. in the spring of 2018 and hit select festivals next summer…

…this hologram project…gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time. We hope everyone will enjoy the show that we have all worked so hard to put together,” says the singer’s widow, Wendy Dio.

The Dio estate has worked with hologram company Eyellusion so the singing specter could perform many of the late vocalist’s hits, including Holy Diver, Rainbow in the Dark, We Rock, King of Rock and Roll, Black Sabbath’s Neon Knights and Heaven and Hell and Rainbow’s Man on the Silver Mountain, among others. The production uses audio of Dio’s live performances from throughout his career with a live band backing him up in front of a stage set that hearkens back to the singer’s Sacred Heart and Dream Evil tours. The hologram’s set will differ from night to night, and audiences should expect to see the Dio Band also perform with vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan on select dates.

The Dio Band consists of guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright, keyboardist Scott Warren and bassist Bjorn Englen. The musicians have previously made appearances as the Dio Disciples…

…The response Goldy has gotten to the hologram performances has been mixed. “Ronnie was, and still is, so revered by his fans, which really are his extended family, and they, too, had a special relationship with the man himself which entitles them to a voice. Like all families, not everyone agrees, but this was a gift to the fans that was created in the very same spirit in which Ronnie gave throughout his whole career and created these amazing stage shows that rivaled Madonna and Michael Jackson.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Dio Returns Tour Dates

November 30 – Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus
December 3 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Fryshuset
December 4 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall
December 6 – Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
December 13 – Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini
December 15 – Santander, Spain @ Escenario Santander
December 17 – Bucharest, Romania @ Arelene Romane
December 20 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
December 21 – Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013

source: rollingstone.com

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Rock star Alice Cooper found an Andy Warhol silkscreen that could be worth millions of dollars stashed away in his LA storage locker — which he forgot about for nearly 40 years, the Guardian reported.

Cooper, 69, only remembered the print, “Little Electric Chair,” four years ago, while out at dinner with an art dealer friend, who talked about a different Warhol that fetched a pretty penny at auction.

That jogged Cooper’s memory enough to go looking for his own masterpiece.

“We went and found it rolled up in a tube,” Shep Gordon, Cooper’s longtime manager, told the site on Monday.

Cooper’s girlfriend Cindy Lang paid $2,500 for the print to give the rocker for his birthday in 1974. But today, the piece could be worth a small fortune.

In November, a green version of the same print sold for $11.6 million. Cooper’s may be worth a bit less, because it’s unsigned, according to art dealer Richard Polsky, who said the piece is the real McCoy.

“I’m 100 percent,” Polsky said. “It’s hard to appreciate how little Warhol’s art was worth at the time. Twenty-five hundred was the going rate at the time. Why would Andy give him a fake?”

Policy continued, “He had plenty of electric chairs. They were not an easy sell. They weren’t decorative in the conventional sense. It’s a brutal image.”

The silkscreen is based on a photograph of the Sing Sing prison death chamber where Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed, and is part of the pop artist’s Death and Disaster series.

“Truthfully at the time no one thought it had any real value,” Gordon said. “Andy Warhol was not ‘Andy Warhol’ back then. And it was a swirl of drugs and drinking.”

Cooper didn’t want to hang the print in his home, but may be coming around since hearing Polsky’s estimate of the value of the piece.

“You should have seen Alice’s face when Richard Polsky’s estimate came in. His jaw dropped and he looked at me. ‘Are you serious? I own that!’”

additional source: pagesix.com

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Youtube is streaming audio samples from Alice Cooper’s forthcoming new album, Paranormal. Snippets of all of the songs can be heard, below.

Listen to Paranoiac Personality, in its entirety, here.

Paranormal, which will be released on July 28th, will come bundled with a bonus CD featuring studio recordings with original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce.

The CD also includes guest appearances by U2’s Larry Mullen Jr, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.

Paranormal tracklist:

1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound Of A

Bonus CD:

Studio recordings with the Original Alice Cooper Band:

1. Genuine American Girl
2. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus with the current Alice Cooper band:

1. No More Mr. Nice Guy
2. Under My Wheels
3. Billion Dollar Babies
4. Feed My Frankenstein
5. Only Woman Bleed
6. School’s Out

Current Alice Cooper 2017 tour dates:

Jul 26: Gothenburg Liseberg, Sweden
Jul 27: Stockholm Grona Lund, Sweden
Jul 29: Onlu Qstock Festival, Finland
Jul 31: Vilnius Traku Pilis, Lithuania

Aug 2: Dresden Junge Garde, Germany
Aug 3: Szekesfehervar Fezen Fest, Hungary
Aug 6: Lokeren Lokerse Feesten, Belgium
Aug 12: Las Vegas The Chelsea At The Cosmopolitan, NV
Aug 13: Los Angeles The Greek Theatre, CA
Aug 15: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ
Aug 16: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheatre, NM
Aug 18: The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
Aug 19: Dallas Starplex Pavilion, TX
Aug 21: Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheatre, GA
Aug 23: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
Aug 24: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ
Aug 26: Wantagh Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, NY
Aug 27: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA
Aug 28: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
Aug 30: Indianapolis Klipsch Amphitheatre, IN

Sep 1: Pittsburgh KeyBank Pavilion, PA
Sep 2: Toronto Budweiser Stage, ON
Sep 3: Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
Sep 6: Chicago Tinley Park, IL
Sep 8: St Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, MO
Sep 9: Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center, OH
Sep 10: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Sep 21: Rio Cidade Do Rock, Brazil
Sep 23: Curitiba Live, Brazil
Sep 26: Sao Paulo Allianz Parque, Brazil

Oct 17: Perth Arena, Australia
Oct 19: Adelaide Thebarton Theatre, Australia
Oct 20: Melbourne Margaret Court Arena, Australia
Oct 21: Moore Park Hordern Pavilion, Australia
Oct 23: Bruce AIS Arena, Australia
Oct 24: Broadmeadow Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Australia
Oct 25: Brisbane Convention And Exhibition Centre, Australia
Oct 27: Auckland The Trusts Arena, New Zealand
Oct 28: Wellington TSB Bank Arena, New Zealand

Nov 8: Dublin Olympia Theatre, Ireland
Nov 9: Dublin Olympia Theatre, Ireland
Nov 11: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK
Nov 12: Glasgow The SSE Hydro, UK
Nov 14: Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, UK
Nov 15: Manchester Arena, UK
Nov 16: London The SSE Wembley Arena, UK
Nov 18: Krefeld Konigpalast, Germany
Nov 20: Aurich Sparkassen- Arena Aurich, Germany
Nov 21: Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany
Nov 23: Berlin Tempodrom, Germany
Nov 24: Neumarkt Grobe Jurahalle, Germany
Nov 25: Ludwigsburg MHPArena LB, Germany
Nov 27: Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Austria
Nov 29: Zurich Samsung Hall, Switzerland
Nov 30: Milan Alcatraz, Italy

Dec 1: Lyon L’Amphithetare, France
Dec 3: Paris Salle Pleyel, France
Dec 4: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
Dec 7: Paris L’Olympia, France

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In a story posted on June 30th, Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie, were selling “vintage” T-shirts with the pair’s faces superimposed over some of rock and rock’s biggest icons.

The T-shirts in question featured images of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, the late rappers, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings.

After being slammed by both Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, and Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, the pair quickly stopped selling the $125 shirts, on their online shop, Kendall + Kylie, and issued an apology.

Metallica frontman, James Hetfield, was recently asked for his opinion on the topic, by ET Canada, and he replied, “I guess what they were thinking is, ‘We can do whatever we want.’ To me, it’s disrespectful. We’ve spent thirty-six years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something that we fee…Not that it’s sacred or anything, but show some respect.” View the segment below.

Sharon Osbourne, who previously tweeted, “Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know … lip gloss,” added on CBS’s The Talk, earlier this month, “They are doing this for press, like they do everything, and I fell right for it by responding,” she said. They’re getting their line up, and running, by using all these iconic performers, to just state that they now have a line of merchandising. They know exactly what they’re doing. They’re not kids. They were brought up in this industry.”

On a similar, but different note, James Hetfield has been very supportive of celebrities, and pop stars, wearing Metallica shirts, as fashion statements. He even came to the defense of Justin Bieber, once saying, I remember when that whole Justin Bieber wearing a Metallica T-shirt went viral, I thought “So what?” This is America, you can wear whatever the f - - k you want. If he doesn’t know the history of the band or whatever, it’s fine. I wear lots of stuff and I have no idea of the history, I just like the logo…Everyone is welcome here….”

[Dana’s note: I apologize in advance, the TV host mispronounced James’ last name.]

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As previously reported, Black Sabbath will be showing The End Of The End will be shown in cinemas for one night only, on September 28th. A trailer has been released, and can be viewed, below.

Announcing the film’s release, Black Sabbath said, “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans who have been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf.”

Frontman Ozzy Osbourne added, “What a journey we’ve all had. It’s f–king amazing.”

To find out more about this release, and where it will shown, please click here.

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Deep Purple stands alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as part of the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. The list of the band’s classic songs is legion, and the influence it’s had on successive generations of musicians is both enduring and remarkable. Rhino will celebrate Deep Purple’s history with three definitive collections.

A Fire In The Sky will be available as a single CD and a three-CD set on September 8th in North America with an international release following later in the year. A three-LP version will also be available on November 3rd. Each version includes a selection of songs chosen from the 19 studio albums that Deep Purple recorded between 1968 and 2013.

The single-disc version of A Fire In The Sky features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band’s singles. The heavy hitters are here of course – Smoke On The Water and Highway Star – but so are gems like Perfect Strangers, the title track from the band’s platinum-certified album from 1984, as well as Hell To Pay, from 2013’s Now What?!.

The three-disc version of A Fire In The Sky dives even deeper into Purple’s past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through Now What?!. It also provides the ultimate showcase for the group’s various incarnations through the years. To date, more than a dozen musicians have appeared on a Deep Purple album.

Among the set’s many highlights are: the title track from 2005’s Rapture of the Deep; King of Dreams from 1990’s Slaves and Masters; Bad Attitude from 1987’s The House of Blue Light; You Keep Me Moving from 1975’s Come Taste The Band; and Hush from the group’s 1968 debut, Shades Of Deep Purple. This expanded version also features Kevin Shirley’s 2010 remix of Dealer, and the 2012 stereo mix for an early version of The Bird Has Flown.

A Fire In The Sky will also be available as a three-LP set that includes 27 songs. Among the highlights are the single edit version of Woman From Tokyo, the U.S. single edit for Burn, and the radio edit of Bad Attitude.

Earlier this year, Deep Purple released their 20th studio album Infinite and as announced a co-headlining North American tour with Alice Cooper. It begins on August 12th in Las Vegas and the full itinerary can be found below.

A Fire In The Sky Single-Disc Track Listing:

1. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit)
2. Rapture Of The Deep
3. Sun Goes Down
4. Any Fule Kno That
5. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (Edit)
6. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit)
7. Knocking At Your Back Door (Single Edit)
8. Perfect Strangers (Single Edit)
9. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit)
10. Soldier Of Fortune
11. Burn (U.S. Single Edit)
12. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit)
13. Highway Star (U.S. Single Edit)
14. Smoke On The Water (U.S. Single Edit)
15. Fireball
16. Strange Kind Of Woman
17. Child In Time (Part 1)
18. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit)
19. Black Night
20. Hush

A Fire In The Sky Three-Disc Track Listing:

Disc One:

1. Hell To Pay
2. Vincent Price
3. Wrong Man
4. Rapture Of The Deep
5. Sun Goes Down
6. Any Fule Kno That
7. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
8. Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic
9. The Battle Rages On
10. King Of Dreams
11. Call Of The Wild
12. Bad Attitude
13. Knocking At Your Back Door
16. Perfect Strangers

Disc Two:

1. You Keep On Moving
2. Dealer (2010 Kevin Shirley Remix)
3. Stormbringer
4. Soldier Of Fortune
5. Mistreated
6. Might Just Take Your Life
7. Burn
8. Rat Bat Blue
9. Woman From Tokyo
10. Space Truckin’
11. Smoke On The Water
12. When A Blind Man Cries

Disc Three:

1. Highway Star
2. Demon’s Eye
3. Fireball
4. Strange Kind Of Woman
5. Child In Time
6. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit)
7. Black Night
8. Hallelujah
9. Emmaretta (2012 Stereo Mix)
10. The Bird Has Flown (Early Version – 2012 Stereo Mix)
11. Wring That Neck (aka Hard Road)
12. Kentucky Woman
13. Mandrake Root
14. Hush

A Fire In The Sky Three-LP Track Listing:

Side One:

1. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit)
2. Vincent Price
3. Rapture Of The Deep
4. Sun Goes Down
5. Any Fule Kno That

Side Two:

1. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
2. The Battle Rages On
3. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit)
4. Perfect Strangers

Side Three:

1. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit)
2. Soldier Of Fortune
3. Stormbringer
4. Burn (U.S. Single Edit)
5. Might Just Take Your Life
6. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit)

Side Four:

1. Highway Star
2. Smoke On The Water
3. Demon’s Eye
4. Fireball

Side Five:

1. Strange Kind Of Woman
2. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit)
3. Child In Time
4. Black Night

Side Six:

1. Kentucky Woman
2. Wring That Neck (aka Hard Road)
3. Mandrake Root
4. Hush

North American Tour Dates With Alice Cooper:


12 Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
13 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
15 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
16 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
18 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
19 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
21 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
23 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
24 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
26 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater
27 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
28 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
30 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center


1 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
2 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
3 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
9 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
10 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

Current Lineup: Ian Paice (Drums), Roger Glover (Bass), Ian Gillan (Lead Vocals), Steve Morse (Guitar), Don Aire (Keyboards).

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