GRETA VAN FLEET TO PERFORM AT SIR ELTON JOHN’S ACADEMY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY

One of rock’s hottest new bands, Greta Van Fleet will perform at this year’s Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, March 4th in Los Angeles.

“We were speechless when Elton called us,” said the band’s guitarist Jake Kiszka. “We are all big fans of his, so are very, very honored by this invitation.”

And if that incredible news wasn’t enough, every, single ticket for the first leg of the band’s 2018 North American tour, announced just last Wednesday, sold out in less than five minutes.

Twenty-seventeen was a remarkable year for the band, starting with the March 31 release of the debut single Highway Tune that claimed the number one spot at Rock Radio for five consecutive weeks, amassed 10-million Spotify plays, and the companion music video having accumulated more than 6.8-million YouTube views, all by the end of the year. All 42-headline dates on GVF’s 2017 tour sold out in advance, their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising entered the U.S. and Canadian iTunes charts at #1, and the band was named one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, and Best New Artist by Loudwire.

Greta Van Fleet is currently in the studio recording what will be their debut album expected out later this year (Lava Records). The band’s 2018 North American tour will launch on April 13 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Announced dates are below.

April:

13 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
20 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
29 Welcome to Rockville Festival, Jacksonville, FL

May:

1 House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX* SOLD OUT
2 House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX* SOLD OUT
3 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX* SOLD OUT
5 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
6 Carolina Rebellion, Concord, NC
9 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD* SOLD OUT
11 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ* SOLD OUT
12 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA* SOLD OUT
14 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN* SOLD OUT
16 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN SOLD OUT
18 Rock On The Range Festival, Columbus OH
20 Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
22 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
23 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
25 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT

July:

27 Floydfest, Floyd, VA

* headline show

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FOZZY DEBUTS NEW “PAINLESS” VIDEO; “JUDAS RISING TOUR” BEGINS FEBRUARY 28TH

With Fozzy set to hit the road next month for their Judas Rising Tour, the active rock band led by Chris Jericho have released the music video for Painless, the latest single from their Judas album (Century Media). The video originally premiered via Loudwire.com yesterday and can be viewed below.

Click here to read Loudwire‘s interview with Jericho about the video. The song follows the band’s Judas single, a top five hit at active rock radio with more than 14 million YouTube views. Watch the video for the song below.

“We are so excited to introduce the new video for Painless to the world…” Chris Jericho says. “In essence it’s a sequel to the Judas video and continues the story of the two different dimensions converging. Plus it’s got blazing fires, hot chicks and a pillow fight…what more could you ask for in a rock vid?? Check it out now.”

Next up, Fozzy will launch their 25-date Judas Rising Tour February 28th in New Orleans, LA. The headlining trek will take the band (Jericho: vocals, Rich Ward: guitars, vocals, Frank Fontsere: drums, Billy Grey: guitars and Paul DiLeo: bass) from east to west, including stops in Los Angeles on March 10th and New York City on April 5th, before bringing them back across the country through the spring. Special guests Through Fire, Santa Cruz and Dark Sky Choir will round out the bill for the night of rock.

In their more than 20-year career, Fozzy has always been about hard work, dedication and delivering great rock ‘n’ roll to their devoted fans worldwide; reminding them that music is all about invoking dirty, sweaty jubilation and doing it loudly! However, calling them just “entertainers” would be abridging their talent as Ward is one of the most versatile, underrated riffers in rock ‘n’ roll and Jericho’s vocal range and passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to excel in pretty much everything he does. Throw in the powerhouse rock solid drumming of Fontsere, the blazing leads of Grey and the genius and energy of returning bassist DiLeo and it’s no surprise that FOZZY has skyrocketed into becoming one of the hottest rock acts in years.

Judas Rising Headlining Tour dates:

February:

28 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues

March:

1 Houston, TX Scout Bar
2 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
3 Lubbock, TX Jake’s
4 El Paso, TX Speaking Rock Casino
7 Tucson, AZ Club X’s
8 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater
9 San Diego, CA House of Blues
10 Los Angeles, CA The Whisky
11 Las Vegas, NV Counts Vamp’d
13 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
15 Portland, OR Dante’s
16 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
27 Milwaukee, WI Turner Ballroom
28 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
29 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
30 Detroit, MI Shelter
31 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s

April:

2 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
3 Pittsburgh, PA Jergel’s
4 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
5 New York, NY The Gramercy
6 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry
7 Portland, ME Aura
8 Hampton Beach, NH Wally’s Pub

U.S. Festival Appearances:

April:

20 Tampa, FL 98Rockfest
21 Orlando, FL WJRR Earthday Birthday
22 Charleston, SC WYBB 98 Rockfest

Fozzy online:

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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M3 CELEBRATES THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY, FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR MAY 4TH-6TH IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the annual can’t-miss congregation of heavy, hair and glam metal bands that is the M3 Rock Festival returns to Columbia, Md.’s Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th. Returning for the second year, M3 Southern Rock Classic will hit the stage Sunday, May 6th. Multi-day tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 2nd at 10am EST through ticketfly.com.

Turning back the clock to the 1980s with dedicated fans from six continents, 15 countries and 40 states, M3 is known for its idolized metal bands and vibrant, devout audience. The first two days will once again feature full sets of heavy metal hits and glam rock, taking place on two separate stages – Merriweather’s main pavilion stage and the Chrysalis stage in the woods — each simulcasting the other, giving fans the option to stay in one seat and watch all the bands as they appear on both stages, or move from stage to stage without missing a note. The music continues one more day with the return of the M3 Southern Rock Classic.

I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival starts with The Official M3 Kix-Off Party on Friday, May 3rd at 4:30pm, featuring Kix (the local legends with a perfect attendance record – having played every single M3), Cinderella’s Tom Kiefer, Y&T, Faster Pussycat and Nelson. The full-blown 2018 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 5th at 10:30am and includes Queensrÿche, Ace Frehley, Night Ranger, Slaughter, LA Guns, Lynch Mob, Loudness, Last In Line, Pretty Boy Floyd and Tyketto.

Sunday’s Southern Rock Classic returns this year with The Marshall Tucker Band (who made their Meriweather debut in 1979), Blackberry Smoke, The Outlaws, Pure Prairie League, The Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones and 1 Nite Stand.

Over the past 10 years, M3 has become more than a festival. For those who fell in love with hair metal in the ‘80s and teenagers finding it now M3 is a true scene; a coming together of rock, and of hair. “It’s really one of our signature events,” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and operator of Merriweather. “This area has one of the greatest histories for this kind of music, so it’s become a total reunion for the Hammerjack’s –type crowd. And then you have a whole new generation that never got to see this music live. So, M3 is all kinds of people, all ages, wearing black and rocking out all day. It’s some of the best people watching you will ever experience, and the music still rocks it as hard and real as it ever did.”

Each year VIP and Pavilion seats sell out quickly. Two-day, three-day and VIP packages go on sale Friday, Feb. 2nd at 10am EST through ticketfly.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9:30 Club, The Anthem and Lincoln Theatre during normal box office hours. If available, single-day tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ticketfly.com or M3rockfest.com.

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DON DOKKEN AND GEORGE LYNCH PERFORM DOKKEN CLASSICS AT “ULTIMATE NAMM NIGHT,” VIDEO POSTED ONLINE

On January 27th, George Lynch joined Don Dokken on stage at “Ultimate ‘NAMM’ Night” at the Hilton hotel in Anaheim, California to perform Dokken’s Kiss Of Death and Tooth And Nail. They were accompanied by guitarist Ira Black, bassist Marten Andersson and drummer Phil Varone. Watch video, courtesy of Johnny Angel, below.

Last month, the classic lineup of Dokken — Don, George, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer “Wild” Mick Brown — filmed a video in Los Angeles for a new song called It’s Just Another Day. The tune, which will be featured on the band’s forthcoming CD/DVD package,

The DVD will reportedly feature footage from the two Japanese reunion shows — including Tokyo — as well as the band’s Sioux Falls gig. The band also recorded two acoustic remakes of a couple of the old Dokken songs, which also “came out really amazing,” according to Pilson.

Photo credit: Jessica Chase

additional source: blabbermouth.net

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EXCLUSIVE – WASP – CHAINSAW CHARLIE – VIDEO PREMIER

Today we are premiering the new W.A.S.P video Chainsaw Charlie

Watch Video Premier

In 1992 W.A.S.P. released “The Crimson Idol”. It’s the story of Jonathan Aaron Steele, an abused child looking for love. Discovering music years later, he rises to international superstardom. Later followed by a catastrophic fall.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the original release, which is still considered to be the best album of W.A.S.P.’s career, and one of the greatest concept albums of all times! “The Crimson Idol” undoubtedly belongs in every metal head’s record collection. The album about the anti-hero Jonathan Steele was originally intended to be accompanied by a movie, with several hundred hours of film that were shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage.

This film has never been released – Until now!

Napalm Records proudly presents “REIDOLZED (The Soundtrack to the Crimson Idol)”, the 25th anniversary of the iconic hit album plus the original “The Crimson Idol” movie on DVD and Blu-ray! For the first time EVER as originally intended – film and soundtrack united – released as one product! pmfji

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RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “THE DAMNED,” APRIL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, Richie Kotzen, has released the official music video for a new song called The Damned. Watch the clip below.

“Now that I’m off the road, I’ve been writing and recording quite a bit,” Kotzen told Guitar Player. “This time around, the main difference is that I’m using my live band [bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett] in the studio. We have been a live band for about seven years now, but we really have not done much studio recording together. Rather than wait until all the music is recorded and release an album, I decided to release a series of singles. Maybe it will lead to a full album, maybe not.”

Kotzen’s most recent solo album, Salting Earth, was released on April 14th through his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.

Richie Kotzen tour dates:

April:

3 Rascals Live Moline, IL
5 Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
6 Wentz Concert Hall Naperville, IL
7 The Token Lounge Westland, MI
10 Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
12 Iron Works Buffalo, NY
13 The Rockpile West Toronto, Canada
14 Brass Monkey Ottawa, Canada
16 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
18 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
19 BB KINGS New York, NY
20 HAVANA New Hope, PA
21 Beacon Theater Hopewell, VA
23 City Winery Atlanta, GA
26 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill Dallas, TX
27 Dosey Doe The Woodlands, TX

source: guitarplayer.com

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