FORMER MEMBERS OF EXODUS, OVERKILL AND HADES RECORD NEW MATERIAL, INCLUDING A COVER OF KISS’ “GOD OF THUNDER”

Former Exodus singer Rob Dukes has teamed up with former Hades members Dan Lorenzo and Jimmy Schulman and former Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki in a project that has yet to be named.

Lorenzo stated, “Ron’s first recording was Hades DamNation CD in 2001. About a year after that Hades stopped recording when Ron got cancer. When Ron was undergoing chemo he told me he wanted to record some old KISS songs just for fun. That became the impetus for me to actually record three solo CDs in 2003 and 2004. A few years later I introduced Ron to Overkill’s Bobby Blitz at my Super Bowl party. Blitz and I did The Cursed Room Full of Sinners together and Ron went on to tour and record with Overkill for a decade.”

Lipnicki followed, “I’ve loved KISS since I was a kid. They are the reason I cut my mom’s broomstick into drumsticks and started bashing garbage cans. When I was sick Dan, Jimmy and all the Hades guys would come over to my place and we would hang out and listen to KISS and Sabbath and Dan got me a ton of cool music from Metal Blade Records. We always talked about recording some of our favorite KISS tunes. It was very uplifting when going through something like that (cancer) and it does keep you young.” Regarding his recent departure from Overkill, Lipnicki went on to say, “I left Overkill due to work. It was tough to juggle a day job and travel all the time. I had some great times and made some great music with the guys. They taught me so much. I’m forever grateful. I have enough stories to last a lifetime.”

Dukes fronted Bay Area thrash legends Exodus for nine years until they reunited with Steve Souza in 2014. “Dan Lorenzo and me became friends about 10 years ago. I always knew who he was from his playing in Hades. We got together with Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy and Ron from Overkill and played a cover of Snowblind by Sabbath for Talking Metal (see below). It was fun. So we reconnected and talked about doing some more songs. We both love doing cover songs. So we decided to do a few more and then work on some original stuff which we started and as we go along we track songs we like. Dan’s a huge KISS fan so that was what he picked to play, and I picked another Sabbath tune and we are having fun. The original stuff is really cool. I’ve been working on new Generation Kill music and it’s nice to take a break from that and play a few covers. I got together with the Exodus guys awhile back and played a show in San Francisco and it was cool to sit and talk. We buried some bad feelings and moved on, it was a love fest. And the show was awesome.”

Lorenzo continued, “After Blitz and I did The Cursed release I really didn’t play much music for the next ten years until I stumbled upon the song The Opposition by the band Ancient VVisdom. Long story short, I started writing with Ancient VVisdom vocalist Nathan Opposition who lives in Cleveland. We had two short rehearsals in Nathan’s basement and ended up getting signed by the Italian doom metal label Argonauta Records for our band called Vessel Of Light. Vessel Of Light just finished recording our 2nd album for Argonauta and I really fell in love with recording music again. After Nathan and I finished our new Woodshed album I asked Ron and Jimmy if they wanted to jam some Vessel Of Light songs in NYC. Whenever Ron, Jimmy and I jam we always end up playing old Kiss songs. So we recently booked some recording time at JROD Productions in New York. We recorded KISS’ God of Thunder and Calling Dr. Love. I sang Calling Dr. Love and I asked Rob Dukes if he wanted to sing God of Thunder and maybe try to write some original music together. As of now we are writing originals as well as recording some old Black Sabbath and KISS songs just for fun.”

God of Thunder with Dukes, Lorenzo, Lipnicki and Schulman can be

      heard here
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LITTLE CAESAR’S RON YOUNG DISCUSSES THE MUSIC BUSINESS, BLUE MURDER AND KISS

Ruben Mosqueda of KNAC.com spoke with Little Caesar frontman Ron Young. Highlights from the interview appear below.

KNAC.com: The production on [your EP] Name Your Poison was handled by Joe Hardy who is known for his work with ZZ Top and Steve Earle. How did you land him to work on that material?

Young: Well, we were fans of his work so that was one reason we got him. The thing with working with guys like Jimmy Iovine or John Kalodner is that when you’re linked to them, people will take your calls. [laughs] They don’t want to piss off powerful guys in the industry. So we sent Joe some demos and he checked them out. If you remember back at that time there weren’t a lot of “bluesy” rock bands that had the support of the record label. It was more of the “hair metal” kind of thing and he wasn’t a fan of that stuff.

Joe as you said worked with ZZ Top and Steve Earle and there was no way a guy like that was going to work with bands like Poison or Warrant. We wanted him to do the debut record but we actually wound up working with Bob Rock as a compromise between us and John Kalodner; it turned out to be a slick sounding record.

We went to Memphis at Ardent [Studios] to meet with Joe and he was just a super good guy. Joe totally got the band and he was super fun to work with, but Geffen [Records] didn’t care for what we had come up with. So they had decided that they would “let” us put out an EP from the material that we had recorded. The Name Your Poison was a totally contrived thing, man. We were trying to follow Guns N’ Roses; we’ll put out an EP on Metal Blade [Records] and make it look like it’s “organic.” It wasn’t. [laughs] It was totally contrived. [laughs] We felt that this was a great opportunity to introduce the band then we’d follow it up with the debut album.

KNAC.com: I can’t imagine that you [the band] selected Bob Rock to produce the album? At that point he was best known for his work on [Motley Crue’s] Dr. Feelgood and [The Cult’s] Sonic Temple.

Young: We wanted a guy like Joe Hardy, that was more us.

We were about ½ done tracking the Little Ceasar record when Dr. Feelgood went to number one and it went from Bob Rock making a “Caesar record” to Caesar making a “Bob Rock record.” We had these big fights over what the record was sounding like and it wasn’t what we wanted.

We were getting ready to go up to work with Bob Rock [in Vancouver] when John Kalodner and Bob got into a fight over Blue Murder. John wanted Bob to get back into the studio with them and we just sat around with our thumbs up our asses when that got resolved. There were all of these spats and fights that delayed things… Jimmy Iovine felt that if we had John Kalodner onboard working on the project we’d improve our powerbase at the label. John started to stick his two cents in and things just went “downhill.” I clearly remember walking down the hallways of the Geffen Records offices and he was having a little listening session in his office for the first Blue Murder single. So he pulls me in there and he has all the label guys in there and they’re all bobbing their heads, the song ends and they’re all like “Oh, it sounds amazing” and this and that. Then he asks me what I think. I said, “There’s no hook!” It was like I farted in church. [laughs] He looks at me as says; “What are you talking about?! Don’t you hear those drum sounds?!” I said, “Kids don’t buy drum sounds?! I don’t know what you guys think?! I mean it sounds good, but there’s no hook!” [laughs] It was from there forward that John was really angry at me. [laughs]

We got involved with people with egos and frankly everything that could go wrong with us on the business end of things did go wrong. Our label manager got fired for masturbating on his secretary, that was two weeks into our single release. [laughs] Three weeks into our single release David Geffen sold the label. In the meantime our records weren’t on shelves, but in a Warner Brothers warehouse and the new distributor was now BMG. So, we’re on MTV and in the stores there’s no product. As a result we drop off the charts and everything comes to a grinding halt. Then a marketing guy came along and cut budgets and the final nail in the coffin was Jimmy Iovine leaving Geffen to launch Interscope Records. David Geffen asked Jimmy if he would give the distribution to him and Jimmy said “no.” So all of a sudden David hates us and Jimmy didn’t have a band. It was all of these things that happened in a period of six weeks that pulled us into the swamp.

When you get involved with guys with egos and they hit a bump in the road, they can’t recover from it and they want to bury it. For them, it easier to bury it than to try to breathe life back into it. So away we go into the toilet, it didn’t just happen to us, it’s happened to millions of other bands.

KNAC.com: Were you in favor of the label launching the Little Ceasar record with the cover of Chain Of Fools? Was it the good move or would you have gone with something else?

Young: No! [laughs] I didn’t want to record it. [laughs] It’s so funny that you brought that up. Chain Of Fools was was the first thing we played when I first put the band together. I was sitting here in L.A. I was thinking I can’t tease up my hair I don’t look good in spandex, I don’t want to lose my goatee. I wanted to find four other guys that were gritty that looked like men. [laughs] I wanted to find guys that wanted to play bluesy, soulful music which was so far removed from the “pop-metal” market that was happening at the time.

I wanted to take an Aretha Franklin song and make into a hard rock song. That’s just what we did and it stuck with us. It became our moniker. John wanted us to record it, we didn’t want to track it and then he decides to use it as the first single. It’s a great song but as a song, it’s “not a great song.” [laughs] Aretha Franklin made it a great song because she’s Aretha Franklin! John kept on saying “It worked for Van Halen, it worked for Van Halen.” I was like “John, that’s Van Halen.” It was building momentum right out of the box. We sent people the video and the single and two weeks later things just fell apart.

We were on regular rotation with Z-Rock, they loved and supported us. When our label manager began to make an effort to break us as a Top 40 band, well then Z-Rock said “F–k You” and we dropped from their rotation. I mean the label wanted to turn us into a pop band and two weeks later stations dropped us out of their rotation. As a I said the label manager got fired later for jerking off on his secretary. Needless to say, his judgment wasn’t great at that point in time.[laughs]

KNAC.com: You were a part of Manic Eden which featured Adrian Vandenberg, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge, all who had previously played together in Whitesnake. In retrospect what do you think about that album and your time in Manic Eden?

Young: Yeah, it was basically me and the Whitesnake guys; I’m proud of that record. JVC issued it in Japan and SPV released the album about a year later. That was really weird, because I got a call from Adrian, we were acquaintances. He said he and the guys were going to do a record with James Christian from House Of Lords. They had done some demos and they didn’t think that he had the “bluesy” feel that they were going for. They wanted a more stripped down sound than they had with Whitesnake. He sent me some demos and there were some really fun songs on there. We finished the songs and we went into the studio to make the record. There was a deal with JVC in Japan and Adrian had the rights to market the record outside of Japan. Adrian thought that was a great deal since it would get the record paid for and then we’d shop it with the majors in the United States.

We get the record done and they were bummed out because it wasn’t some overproduced f–king Whitesnake sounding record. You have to keep in mind, that kind of stuff kept going for another 10 years, they never got the “grunge” thing there. They wanted a “classic metal” kind of thing. It was shy of gold in Japan. Once we started shopping it with the majors here in America they were like “Nah, that’s not really what we’re into anymore.” They never even heard it. They wanted nothing to do with us based on who was in the band, they didn’t think anyone was going to buy “Whitesnake with another singer.” It was incredible. Between the three other guys combined they’d sold 20 million records. No one would pick it up. I remember we had one meeting where this guy was like; “Okay guys we want to do things but we’re going to market it as Ron Young’s project, because you other guys are kinda dated.” I thought Adrian’s head was going to explode! [laughs] It went nowhere and everyone went their separate ways and did something else, because they all had families to feed.

KNAC.com: [On your new album, Eight] I love that you kept to the classic formula of 10 tracks. Records that feature over 9-10 tracks tend to be filler heavy. I didn’t find that to be the case with Eight. The tracks that made the cut, were they written specifically for this album?

Young: They were written with the new record in mind. We haven’t released a new studio album since 2012 and that was done by design. I was just tired of having the revolving guitarist in the band, we’ve had 7 guitarists in and out of the band over the years. Apache left after the first record and since then we’ve we gone through all of these guys; all great people and fantastic musicians but they do this for a living and they have other things going on. I told the guys I wasn’t going to make another studio record until we have 5 contributing members in the band. We’re fans of music and you can hear that in our music. There’s things that sound like Angus Young, Chuck Berry or Mick Ronson, we can’t help it’s who we are.

KNAC.com: At the moment I’m really digging 21 Again, Mama Tried, Vegas and Crushed Velvet.

Young: Thank you. We did this record in 22 days and they weren’t full days, our day started at like 5 pm when we got off work. We just needed to get a warm sound on this record and if you have the right producer and the band goes in knowing the arrangements of the songs there’s no reason why you couldn’t get a great sounding record in the same amount of time. If you don’t overthink it or overproduce it you’ll be fine.

KNAC.com: I think you were just describing Blue Murder.

Young: [bursts into laughter] Listen, if that works for you fine, but all I’ve ever wanted to be is a black guy in a shiny suit in 1968. If I’m a white guy then I want to be Paul Rodgers or Rod Stewart or Bon Scott who worshipped the black guys in the shiney suits in 1968…In the 80s all of that went away, everyone wanted to be Eddie Van Halen and they wanted to impress people with their prowess. We wondered what had happened to the songwriting. I mean Cherry Pie isn’t going to be remembered as a lyrically inspiring song. It was great for its time. We were and still are more old school based and we’re still working at writing “the song.”

KNAC.com: Last thing Ron, Little Caesar got to open for KISS on the Hot In The Shade Tour. What was that experience like for you?

Young: We went out with them for like 6-7 weeks through the Midwest and the Northeast. Being around Gene Simmons for six weeks was a weird exercise in observing a larger than life character control the universe. It was a lot of fun, but strange. This was pre-internet era and we were often times going on before the tickets even said the doors were open. Gene would come up to me and say stuff like “Hey man, you need to shave the goatee and drop that ‘blue collar’ s–t. You guys need to be larger than life.” What he was doing was setting us up to kick us off the tour because once Winger left the tour ticket sales went into the toilet. We replaced Winger for the rest of the tour. I think the best line was when Gene called Jimmy Iovine and said “Jimmy I need to pull your boys from the tour. They’re going over like pork chops at a bar mitzvah!” [laughs] That’s a great f–king line! [laughs] Which was untrue because as the reviews began to show up the reviewers would say how much of an honest band we were. They just wanted us off to get Winger back. They were cancelling shows because the ticket sales were so soft.

KNAC.com: Kind of ironic that Gene was pointing out the “blue collar” look and the goatee because that’s what KISS did for the following record. Gene even grew a goatee!

Young: [bursts into laughter] Dude, that was hysterical wasn’t it?! I remember running into him three months later at The Rainbow [Bar And Grill] I said “Gene, how you doing? What’s with the goatee, dude? Do you remember telling me to shave it off?!” He replied, “Well, if you can’t beat them join ‘em!” [laughs].

Read more at KNAC.com.

Little Caesar’s Eight was released on March 16th, for more information, please go here.

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source: knac.com

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ROB ZOMBIE AND MARILYN MANSON ANNOUNCE TICKET DETAILS FOR “TWINS OF EVIL” SUMMER TOUR

Today (Twins of Evil tour. Artists fan clubs will be able to purchase tickets starting today, Monday, March 19th at 10am local time through Friday, March 23rd at 10pm local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, March 24th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

The 29-date co-headlining North American summer tour produced by Live Nation will begin in Detroit on July 11th. The pair of rock icons will perform in support of their recent albums, Zombie’s 2016 The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser and Manson’s 2017 Heaven Upside Down.

Rob Zombie continuously challenges audiences as he stretches the boundaries of music. He has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide across six studio albums and two live releases.

Marilyn Manson’s sensationalist music and art that rejects conservative values created an icon who has infiltrated fashion, television, film and music, and whose fingerprints coat modern culture.

Twins of Evil tour dates:

7/11 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/13 – Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA Festival *
7/14 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/15 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/17 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
7/18 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheatre
7/21 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
7/24 – Homdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
7/25 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
7/26 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
7/28 – Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL Festival *
7/29 – Bangor, ME – Impact Music Festival *

8/7 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/8 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
8/9 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
8/11 – Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre
8/12 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre
8/14 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/16 – Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
8/17 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheatre
8/18 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/20 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena
8/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
8/24 – San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
8/25 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/26 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
8/28 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
8/29 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

* Festival

Rob Zombie on the web:

Official Website
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Youtube

Marilyn Manson on the web:

Official Website
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BRUCE DICKINSON SAYS HE WANTS IRON MAIDEN’S “THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST TOUR” TO EXCEED THE “BOOK OF SOULS TOUR”

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says he wants to surprise fans on their upcoming The Legacy Of The Beast tour.

The run of UK and European shows will take place throughout May, June, July and August, with the tour named after the band’s mobile game and comic book of the same name.

But while the live shows tie in with those products, Dickinson tells Kerrang, “I haven’t paid too much attention to the game element, to be honest. I’m focused on what’s gonna constitute an amazing setlist, and what’s gonna constitute an amazing stage show.

I’m looking at the show as something that should certainly exceed what we did on the Book Of Souls tour, and I’m approaching things a slightly different way.

I’m approaching some of the songs a slightly different way. I’m conscious that over the years we’ve fallen into a little groove with some songs, so I want to try to shake that groove up a little bit.”

Dickinson adds, “I want it to be really slick, but awesome. I want people to go, ‘Wow! F–king hell, you’ve gotta see this show!’ I want people to be surprised as well.

I want them to go home going, ‘F–king hell, I can’t believe they played that song!’ That’s the reaction I want.

On the Book Of Souls tour, there was quite a lot of chatting with the audience. I’m not planning that on this tour because we’ve got so much to do and there’s so much going on. The show and the music is gonna carry the whole bloody thing.”

He adds, “We’re playing one or two things that people are gonna be really surprised by. There’ll be social media madness after the first show.”

Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast 2018 UK and European tour dates

May 26: Tallinn Saku Arena,Estonia
May 28: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland

Jun 1: Stockholm Tele2 Arena, Sweden
Jun 3: Trondheim Rocks Dahls Arena, Norway
Jun 5: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Jun 7: Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jun 9: Munich Rockavaria, Königsplatz, Germany
Jun 10: Hannover Expo Plaza, Germany
Jun 13: Berlin Waldbuhne, Germany
Jun 16: Florence Firenze Rocks, Italy
Jun 17: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 20: Prague Letnany Airport, Czech Republic
Jun 22: Dessel Graspop, Belgium
Jun 24: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 26: Geneva Arena, Switzerland
Jun 28: Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary
Jun 30: Freiburg Messegelaende, Germany

Jul 1: Arnhem Gelredome, Netherlands
Jul 5: Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France
Jul 9: Milan San Siro Ippodromo, Italy
Jul 10: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Jul 13: Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal
Jul 14: Madrid Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Spain
Jul 17: Trieste Piazza Della Unita D’Italia, Italy
Jul 20: Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece
Jul 22: Plovdiv Hills Of Rock, Bulgaria
Jul 24: Zagreb Arena, Croatia
Jul 27: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland
Jul 31: Newcastle Radio Arena, UK

Aug 2: Belfast SSE Arena, UK
Aug 4: Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, UK
Aug 6: Manchester Arena, UK
Aug 7: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK
Aug 10: London O2 Arena, UK

additional source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com

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JOE PERRY ANNOUNCES THREE “JOE PERRY AND FRIENDS” SHOWS INCLUDING ONE IN BOSTON

Joe Perry–legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith–has just confirmed three shows in support of his recently released Sweetzerland Manifesto solo album. Billed as Joe Perry And Friends, the confirmed shows are April 18th at the House of Blues in Boston, Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, NH on April 19th and Borgata Music Box in Atlantic City, NJ on April 20th. Joe will be joined by his Aerosmith bandmate Brad Whitford with Gary Cherone of Extreme taking on the lead vocals. The first two gigs will also include sets from special guests Charlie Farren (onetime lead singer of The Joe Perry Project) and former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room. Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, March 16th, please visit joeperry.com for additional details.

Look for Joe and the band to perform various songs from Sweetzerland Manifesto (via his Roman Records imprint, distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), along with material from his previous solo works and some Aerosmith hits. The album marks Perry’s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks all written or co-written by Joe (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of Eve Of Destruction with the guitarist on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of Perry’s friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons. Highlights include Aye, Aye, Aye, which he co-wrote with the track’s vocalist Robin Zander,and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings I Wanna Roll, Haberdasher Blues, and I’m Going Crazy, plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up I’ll Do Happiness, (with Zak Starkey on drums), Sick & Tired and Won’t Let Me Go. A few days before the album’s release, Joe and his all-star band crushed it at a two-hour plus set at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

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GUITARIST GLENN TIPTON SAYS, ” [WHEN IT COMES TO JUDAS PRIEST,] IT’S NOT THE END FOR ME”

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has posted the following message at the band’s official website:

“By now many of you will know I won’t be doing the forthcoming Judas Priest tour because of health issues—I’m so sorry but four years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years – I knew something was wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing but I worked around it and battled on – I have good days and bad days but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world—it was therefore during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in—he’s a great guy and I’m sure he’ll do a great job – I’m sure the band will be as strong than ever

I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I’ve had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there – it’s not the end for me – I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs – with new medication and advances being made who knows what the future holds – but one thing’s for sure – it will certainly involve Priest!

Finally the biggest thanks goes to Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott who have stood by me and supported me through everything – GLENN”

Judas Priest released their latest album, Firepower on March 9th and launched their North American tour last night (March 13th) in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

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