Y&T’S DAVE MENIKETTI MAKES A GUEST APPEARANCE OF GEOFF TATE’S NEW QUEENSRYCHE CD

tatemenikettiY&T frontman Dave Meniketti has recorded a guest appearance on the new album from the Geoff Tate version of Queensryche, due later in the year through Cleopatra Records.

Other musicians that appear on the album will be former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing , King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor, Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis and Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, who used to be in the band, but was replaced by Simon Wright.

Tabor said, “I’m very happy that Geoff considered me for this record. It will be great to play with all of these great musicians.”

Starting in early April, Tate’s Queensryche will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime, performing all of the songs from the album along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years.

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” says Tate. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

additional source: blabbermouth.net

 

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WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE NEW DVD/LIVE CD PACKAGE “MADE IN JAPAN” IN APRIL

WhitsnakeJapanFrontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of legendary rock band Whitesnake’s new DVD/live CD package, Made In Japan.

Made In Japan is set for release on April 19th in Europe (22nd in the UK) and April 23rd in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD.  The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the “Loud Park” festival on October 11th, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their Forevermore World Tour.  The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public.

Made In Japan contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, Forevermore, as well as classic hits such as Is This Love, Still Of The Night and Here I Go Again.  The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award winning Forevermore album that were recorded during soundchecks on the 2011 Japanese tour.. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos.  Please see below for the full content listing.

Musicians on MADE IN JAPAN include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

Made In Japan track listing:

Cd1:

Best Years
Give Me All Your Love Tonight
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Is This Love
Steal Your Heart Away
Forevermore
Six String Showdown
Love Will Set You Free
Drum Solo
Fool For Your Loving
Here I Go Again
Still Of The Night

Cd 2 – Soundcheck:

Love Will Set You Free;
Steal Your Heart Away
Fare Thee Well (Acoustic Version)
One Of These Days (Acoustic Version)
Lay Down Your Love
Evil Ways
Good To Be Bad (Acoustic Version)
Tell Me How (Acoustic Version)

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ROCKLAHOMA ANNOUNCE 2013 LINE UP

Rocklahoma 2013 admatRocklahoma have announced their 2013 line up.

Some of the bands scheduled to appear include Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Cheap Trick, Ratt, Dokken, among others.

The festival is scheduled to take place in Pryor, Oklahoma from May 25th-May 26th.

General admission and VIP packages for Rocklahoma go on sale Friday, February 22nd, at 10 a.m. CST. Access to the Rocklahoma internet pre-sale, which will take place Wednesday, February 20th, at 10 a.m. CST through Thursday, February 21, at 10 p.m. CST, visit rocklahoma.com and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Fans save by buying early, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.

Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing info@feverfest.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 19th, and will remain open through Tuesday, May 28th.

“We’ve waited seven years, and we’re finally bringing the No. 1 most requested band by the fans to Rocklahoma, the one and only Guns N’ Roses! Couple that with the undisputed legacy of Alice In Chains, the unforgettable live spectacle of Korn and the hits of Bush, and we’re in store for a truly legendary weekend,” comments Joe Litvag, executive producer of Rocklahoma for AEG Live.

Rocklahoma is just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and more.

For more information, and to purchase packages, please visit www.rocklahoma.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RATT’S STEPHEN PEARCY’S MEMIOR DUE IN MAY

pearcybookcover Ratt frontman, Stephen Pearcy’s book, Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock, will be released on May 7th through Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The 288-page hardcover is described in a press release as “a jaw-dropping tell-all from the lead singer of the 1980s supergroup Ratt: the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms, the drugs — and just how much you can get away with when you’re one of the biggest hair metal stars of all time.”

In the mid-1980s, Ratt, alongside Motely Crue, Poison and Quite Riot, were laying down the riffs and unleashing the scissor kicks that would herald the arrival of music’s most flamboyantly debauched era. Now with Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll, Ratt frontman and chief rabble-rouser Stephen Pearcy divulges all the dirty details of the era when big-haired bands ruled the world.

Stephen was primed for a life of excess from an early age — his father died of a heroin overdose when he was twelve, and by the age of fifteen, Stephen was himself a drug addict. When Stephen met the thrill-seeking Robbin Crosby, he knew he’d found his perfect partner in crime — both in music and partying. Ratt’s 1984 debut single, Round And Round became one of the top-selling metal songs of all time, but it was the band’s off-stage escapades that were the stuff of legend.

“Our tour bus is like our pirate ship, it’s where we rape and pillage,” said Pearcy in 1987. Now Pearcy’s memoir reveals all the rock star excess — the partying, the women, the $2,000-a-day drug habits — letting fans see into this harrowing hair-metal lifestyle and what it’s really like behind the scenes when you’re a rock star.

Famed book editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss, editor at Gallery Books stated about what fans can expect from Stephen Pearcy’s forthcoming book, “There will be a ton of sex, mind-boggling amounts of drugs, and, of course, a whole lot of Ratt and roll. There’s also stuff about him breaking both legs as a kid and whatnot, but are you seriously not more intrigued by the sex and drugs?”

In a 2011 interview, Pearcy stated about “Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock” — which has been in the works for more than three years: “[It will include] so many stories. The good, the bad (real bad) and the ugly.” He added, “It’s a big wakeup call to remember some things, but have to share. Some might learn something from my experiences and get something positive in the end. There are bright moments; it’s not all about Ratt ‘n’ Roll.”

 

 

 

 

 

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BLACK SABBATH PRODUCER WANTED GINGER BAKER TO REPLACE BILL WARD

blackSabbathProducer Rick Rubin wanted Cream drummer Ginger Baker to replace Bill Ward in Black Sabbath, guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed.

The band’s plans for their first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s Never Say Die were thrown into turmoil after Ward refused to participate saying he hadn’t been offered a contact that was “signable.”

But Iommi, who faced his own challenges with a cancer battle, rejected Rubin’s suggestion of calling Baker, who was recently named rock’s craziest drummer.

The guitarist tells Rolling Stone: “I thought, ‘Bloody hell!’ I just couldn’t see that.”

He’d already struggled with Ward’s announcement. “I didn’t know Bill was having these issues when we got together,” he reflects. “He never even mentioned it to us. It was quite confusing. We wanted him involved but it was just getting too hard.”

Frontman Osbourne states, “You can’t go, ‘Well, I don’t like it.’ You get off your ass and you get your shit together. The life of a bohemian rock star is fucking long over.”

Bassist Geezer Butler describes pre-production sessions as “confusing” after Rubin – who’s maintained his controversial reputation after being blamed for delays in Slayer’s next album – told them to try and recover the mindset they’d had on their 1970 debut album. Butler says: “We had to unlearn everything we’d learned.”

Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk was finally chosen to fill Ward’s role. The album, which is set to be, released in June and includes tracks called End Of The Beginning, Age Of Reason and God Is Dead.

Despite Rubin’s intentions, Osbourne reflects that the band’s outlook has changed significantly in their 43-year history. He describes the album as “Satanic blues” but reports of God Is Dead,  “It starts off, ‘God is dead,’ but at the end it says, ‘I don’t believe that God is dead.’”

source: classicrockmagazine.com


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