EAGLES GUITARIST GLENN FREY PASSES AWAY AT AGE 67

glennfrey640 Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock band the Eagles, died Monday in New York City, his publicist announced. He was 67.

Frey “fought a courageous battle” for the past several weeks, according to his publicist, but succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide,” his publicist said.

Guitarist Frey and drummer Don Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. They would become a top act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.

Henley said in a statement Frey was “like a brother to him.”

“The bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved, he said. “We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry – and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.”

An Eagles greatest hits collection from the mid-1970s and Hotel California are among the best-selling albums in history.

Frey was born in Detroit and was raised in its suburbs. His solo hits include The Heat Is On and Smuggler’s Blues, which the guitarist wrote for the TV series Miami Vice. He also appeared in several episodes of the TV show and his songs were included on the TV series music soundtrack.

Frey was lead vocalist on the Eagles’ breakthrough hit, Take It Easy, a song mostly written by Jackson Browne that came out in 1972. His other showcases included Heartache Tonight, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Already Gone and New Kid in Town.

The Eagles split up in 1980 but reunited in 1994 and were one of the world’s most popular concert acts. The band, which for years was made up of Frey, Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, was supposed to have been honored at the Kennedy Center last month. But the appearance was postponed because of Frey’s health problems.

In the past couple of months, the music industry has suffered some very tragic, and iconic, losses. It all started with the accidental overdose of Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland on December 3rd, followed by Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister dying of cancer on December 28th, singer Natalie Cole on December 31st and music luminary David Bowie on January 10th.

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HEART, JOAN JETT AND CHEAP TRICK TEAM UP FOR SUMMER TOUR

cheaptrick400 Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick will hit the together this summer for a run of shows.

They’ll tour under the Rock Hall Three For All banner – named in honor of the trio’s inductions into the Hall Of Fame. Heart made it in in 2013, Joan Jett in 2015 and Cheap Trick will enter on April 8th this year alongside Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and N.W.A.

The tour begins at Clarkston’s DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 14th and wrap up on September 23rd at West Palm Beach’s Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre. Cheap Trick will miss the penultimate show in Tampa on September 22nd.

Heart’s Ann Wilson recently said the band were planning a summer album release – the follow-up to 2012’s Fanatic. Joan Jett’s last release was 2013’s Unvarnished, while Cheap Trick’s was The Latest in 2009.

Tickets go on general sale on January 22nd through LiveNation.

Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick tour dates:

Jul 27: Darien Center Performing Arts Center, NY
Jul 28: Wantagh Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, NY
Jul 30: Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Jul 31: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ
Aug 15: Kansas City Starlight Theatre, MO
Aug 18: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion, TX
Aug 19: Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
Aug 21: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ
Aug 23: Los Angeles The Forum, CA
Aug 24: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre, CA
Aug 26: Auburn White River Amphitheatre, WA
Aug 27: Ridgefield Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre, WA
Aug 30: Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO
Sep 08: Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, NY
Sep 10: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
Sep 11: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
Sep 13: Virginia Beach Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre, VA
Sep 14: Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, NC
Sep 16: Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, NC
Sep 19: Nashville Ascend Amphitheatre, TN
Sep 20: Pelham Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, AL
Sep 22: Tampa Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, FL (Without Cheap Trick)
Sep 23: West palm Beach Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, FL

BLACK SABBATH TO SELL LIMITED EDITION CD EXCLUSIVELY ON 2016 “THE END” WORLD TOUR

blacksabb2013 With Black Sabbath’s 2016 The End Tour launch now just a week away, comes exciting news about a new special limited edition CD–The End–to be sold exclusively at shows on the legendary band’s massive worldwide final tour.

Featuring original artwork by Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant, the CD is comprised of eight previously unreleased tracks: four songs are outtakes from Black Sabbath’s worldwide number one, Grammy Award-winning album 13 and four live songs from the band’s critically acclaimed 13 World Tour. The CD features Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass), along with Brad Wilk (Drums) on tracks 1-4, Tommy Clufetos (Drums) on tracks 5-8, and Adam Wakeman (Keyboard) on tracks 5-8. Tracks 1-4 were recorded at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, CA and produced by Rick Rubin, mixed by Andrew Scheps at Punkerpad West and recorded by Greg Fidelman. Tracks 5-8 were recorded and engineered by Greg Price and mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Studios Mastering.

The End CD track listing is as follows:

1. Season of the Dead
2. Cry All Night
3. Take Me Home
4. Isolated Man
5. God is Dead? (Live Sydney, Australia 4/27/13)
6. Under the Sun (Live Auckland, New Zealand 4/20/13)
7. End of the Beginning (Live Hamilton, ON Canada 4/11/14)
8. Age of Reason (Live Hamilton, ON Canada 4/11/14)

Beyond the collaboration with Shepard Fairey, Black Sabbath will celebrate artists each night of the tour by commissioning exclusive posters for each market on The End tour.

For those who can’t wait for The End tour to hit their city, the band has released a behind the scenes preview from their Los Angeles rehearsals. Set to debut Friday, January 15th at Blacksabbath.com and via the band’s social media, the clip was teased via a short clip Wednesday, January 13th. [Update: See posted below.]

Black Sabbath will end the epic journey they began nearly five decades ago when their 2016 The End world tour kicks off Wednesday, January 20th in Omaha, NE. The band–Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler–will then head to Australia, New Zealand and Europe (fora mix of summer headlining and festival performances), before returning to North America in August.

The massive 2016 world tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time marks the end for Black Sabbath as they close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story with this tour. Black Sabbath’s The End farewell tour promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band’s most mesmerizing production ever. The support act for the whole tour is Rival Sons.

When this tour concludes, it will truly be the end, the end of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…Black Sabbath.

Black Sabbath’s 2016 Tour Dates are as follows:

North America:

January

20 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
22 Chicago, IL United Center
25 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
27 Winnipeg MN MTS Centre
30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Centre

February:
1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
6 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
9 San Jose, CA SAP Pavilion
11 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
13 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
19 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
21 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
23 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Australia/New Zealand:

April:

15 Perth, AU Perth Arena
17 Adelaide, AU Entertainment Centre
19 Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena
23 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena
25 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre
28 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena
30 Dunedin, NZ Forsyth Barr Stadium

Europe:

June:

1 Budapest,Hungary Groupama Arena
8 Berlin, Germany Waldebuhne
11 Donington, UK Download**
13 Verona, IT Arena Di Verona
15 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadon
17 Dessel, Belgium Grasspop**
23 Halden, Norway Tons of Rock**
25 Copenhagen, DE Copenhell**
28 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
30 Prague, Czech Rep. 02 Arena

July:

2 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
5 Riga, Latvia Riga Arena
7 Helsinki, Finland Monsters of Rock**
9 Stockholm, Sweden Monsters of Rock**
12 Moscow, Russia Olympisky Arena

**Denotes festival appearance

North America:

August:

17 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
19 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
21 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
25 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
29 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
31 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater

September:

2 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
4 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Ampitheater
11 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Ampitheater
13 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Arena
15 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
19 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
21 Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion

Details on Tickets,VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at Live Nation.

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ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE BOOK OF SHADOWS II ON APRIL 8TH, FIRST SOLO RELEASE IN 20 YEARS

zakkwylde420 Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 through Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com.

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s Unblackened spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Zakk will also be in full participation in this year’s NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21st-24th. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars known as Wylde Audio will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday Jan 22.

Zakk Sabbath, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age) performing only Black Sabbath songs will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim Saturday January 23rd.

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MEMBERS OF GUNS N’ ROSES, QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P , TYPE O NEGATIVE & “THAT METAL SHOW’S DON JAMIESON PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY KILMISTER ON, JAMEY JASTA OF HATEBREED’S, PODCAST

hookers&blow400 Hookers & Blow – the band featuring Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), Alex Grossi, (Quiet Riot) Don Jamieson (VH1’s That Metal Show), Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) and Mike Duda (W.A.SP.) paid tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister last week before the bands show The Webster Theater in Hartford, CT.

Full interview can be heard here.

Upcoming Hookers & Blow tour dates:

2/10/16 – Phat Headz – Green Bay, WI
2/11/16 – The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
2/12/16 – Tailgater’s – Bolingbrook, IL
2/13/16 – Southport Music Hall – Indianapolis, IN
2/14/16 – The Firehouse – Richmond, IN

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QUEENSRYCHE RELEASE VIDEO FOR “EYE9”

queensrycheband640 Queensryche have released a video for the song Eye9 from their album, Condition Human, which was released on October 2nd, 2015. Watch the clip below.

Guitarist Michael Wilton about Eye9, “The song Eye9 is actually written solely by Eddie Jackson, our bass player, and it’s a very infectious song. It’s really cool. He deals with, kind of, the premise that we’re like rats in a maze. We have all these roads that we drive every day and exploring different roads. And some roads don’t go anywhere. And so it’s kind of an interesting idea and a thought by Eddie Jackson. The guitar solo work on Eye9 is just intense. Parker Lundgren really stepped up; his playing is very dynamic and he just attacks the songs with solo work, and I think Eye9 represents a lot of great, tasty lead work from Parker Lundgren.”

The band is currently on tour. See their remaining dates below.

1/14 — San Antonio, Texas — Alamo City Music Hall
1/15 — Dallas, Texas — Trees
1/16 — Houston, Texas — Scout Bar
1/17 — Corpus Christi, Texas — Brewster Street Ice House
1/21 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Theatre of Living Arts
1/22 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
1/23 — Boston, Mass. — The Palladium
1/24 — Lancaster, Pa. — Chameleon Club
1/25 — Washington, D.C. — 9:30 Club
1/27 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Bogart’s
1/28 — Peoria, Ill. — Limelight
1/29 — Turtle Lake, Wis. — St. Croix Casino
1/30 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
1/31 — Chicago, Ill. — Concord Music Hall
2/2 — Kansas City, Mo. — Knuckleheads
2/3 — Denver, Colo. — Summit Music Hall
2/4 — Salt Lake City, Utah — In The Venue
2/5 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory

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ROB ZOMBIE “THE ELECTRIC WARLOCK ACID WITCH SATANIC ORGY CELEBRATION DISPENSER” ON APRIL 29TH

robzombie400 Rob Zombie will release his sixth album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser on April 29th.

Zombie says, “This album is the best thing we’ve done to date, and we can’t wait to share it with you. We mean it. It’s the most f–ked-up thing we’ve ever done. We spent so much time putting this monster together and it’s been worth it because this thing is about to explode. And if you don’t believe how f–ked up this album is, take a look at the tracklist. Shit gets weird.”

The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is available for pre-order through the band’s PledgeMusic page.

Zombie, guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish will play several US festivals later this year, including a set at the Northern Invasion Festival, Wisconsin, on May 14th-15th at the Somerset Amphitheatre.

The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser tracklist

1. The Last Of The Demons Defeated
2. Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!
3. The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God
4. Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.
5. A Hearse Overturns With The Coffin Bursting Open
6. The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Gore Whore
7. Medication For The Melancholy
8. In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High
9. Super-Doom-Hex-Gloom Part One
10. In The Bone Pile
11. Get Your Boots On! That’s The End Of Rock And Roll
12. Wurdalak

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THE SCORPIONS GET “BLACKED OUT IN VEGAS”

scorpions400 The Scorpions are the latest band to do a residency in Las Vegas.

The German rockers, Blacked Out In Vegas, will take place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on May 13th, 14th, 18th, 20th and 21st.

“We’re looking very much forward to seeing all of you in Vegas in May…Are you ready to be Blacked Out? We can’t wait to come back for our first ever five-show limited engagement and to rock The Joint again and again,” states Klaus Meine.

Tickets cost $50-$150 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel box office and through axs.com

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ROCKLAHOMA CELEBRATES ITS 10TH YEAR MAY 27TH, 28TH AND 29TH IN PRYOR, OK, SPECIALLY PRICED PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

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Rocklahoma is celebrating its 10th year on May 27th, 28th & 29th at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK, just outside Tulsa. America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party– which had 60,000 fans in attendance in 2015–features the best current rock artists and classic bands, with onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages.

The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day. In addition, the campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Rocklahoma band lineup is as follows (subject to change): Scorpions, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, Sixx:A.M., Collective Soul, Sebastian Bach, Bullet For My Valentine, Great White, Sevendust, P.O.D., Hellyeah, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Saint Asonia, Bang Tango, Last In Line (featuring Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice & Jimmy Bain), Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Sword, Red Sun Rising, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Mystery, Wilson, Avatar, Wild Throne, The Glorious Sons, Citizen Zero, Banshee, Nova Rex, Prophets Of Addiction, Beggars Jam, NiteRain, Freeway Mad, Midnite Sin, 3-D In Your Face, Teer, 5- Star Hooker, Dead Metal Society, Electro_Nomicon, Kore Rozzik, Diamond Lane, Chaotic Resemblance, Project Terror, The Tip, NICNOS, Stolen Rhodes, Screaming For Silence, DREK, A Course Of Action, Lovebettie, and BC and the Big Rig.

Scorpions comment, “We’re looking very much forward to seeing all of you at the Rocklahoma Festival on Memorial Day Weekend…Are we ready to rock you like a hurricane again??? You bet!!!”

“Celebrating the ten year anniversary of Rocklahoma is something that is incredibly special for all of us involved with the festival, and we tried to have something for everyone with this year’s lineup,” comments Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Rocklahoma for AEG Live. “We’ve got some incredible first-timers like Scorpions, Disturbed, Last In Line and Collective Soul, some fan favorites returning like Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie and Steel Panther, and as a nod to the inaugural festival in 2007, we even have a few from that first Rocklahoma with Sebastian Bach, Great White and Bang Tango. It’s going to be an unforgettable anniversary party!”

Specially priced Rocklahoma weekend presale General Admission and Reserved tickets are available now. Visit the Rocklahoma Facebook and Twitter pages for a password to purchase presale tickets. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save, since ticket prices will increase at the public on-sale on Monday, January 18 at Noon CST at rocklahoma.com.

Current Ticket Prices are as follows:

3 Day Weekend General Admission: $102 + fees 3 Day Weekend Reserved with
VIP: $352 + fees 3 Day Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $310 + fees
VIP Packages (Groupie, Roadie, Rockstar) and Camping Packages are also available now. VIP packages include access to the Bud Light VIP Tent with complimentary meals and beverages.
A limited number of discounted tickets will also be available for active military through govx.com.

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock for four days. General Admission Camping and VIP Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 starting Tuesday, January 12. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 22 at Noon and will remain open until Noon on Tuesday, May 31.
Visit rocklahoma.com and download the Rocklahoma mobile app (available for FREE via iTunes and Google Play) for more festival information.

LEMMY KILMISTER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE POSTED ONLINE

lemmy-kilmister640 Lemmy Kilmister’s memorial service, which was streamed online live, can be viewed below.


The memorial took place on this past Saturday, January 9th, at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

Lemmy Kilmister died on December 28th at the age of 70 following a brief battle with an aggressive cancer.