DEEP PURPLE’S “WHOOSH!” RELEASE DATE MOVED TO AUGUST 7TH

In light of recent events, Deep Purple have postponed the release of their new album Whoosh! (earMUSIC) from June 12th to August 7th.

Lead singer Ian Gillan released the following statement today:

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction…well, not exactly in this case; more cause and effect, where the latter is often greater than the former.

Distribution lines (the physical sales of CDs, vinyl, cassettes (?) etc) and retail outlets are closed until The Dreaded Lurgy gets indigestion.

Therefore, as there are still so many of us who love to hold a new record in our hands, and following advice from our magnificent label, we have decided to delay the release of Whoosh! until August.

During my quarantine I’m listening to a lot of music and guessing that it’s the same for many of us during this scary disruption to our lives.

We know, don’t we, that music will play a big part in our celebrations as we step back into the light.

But, health comes first, so I must stuff my excitement about sharing Whoosh! with you back into a box for a little while.

Stay well and follow the light…”

Recently, Deep Purple released the first single from Whoosh!, Throw My Bones, with an accompanying music video, view here. The album marks their third collaboration with producer Bob Ezrin, following 2013’s Now What?! and 2017’s InFinite. Though incredibly eager to share this new music, the members of Deep Purple are understandably putting production on hold to observe safety precautions.

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STEVEN RILEY’S VERSION OF L.A GUNS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, “RENEGADES” LATER THIS YEAR, PRE-ORDER THEIR NEW SINGLE “CRAWL”

If there was a band synonymous with the infamous Sunset Strip it is L.A.
Guns. Born into a scene that will never be replicated, L.A. Guns rode
alongside Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Ratt, Poison, Quiet Riot and co. in
one of the biggest movements in Music history. L.A. Guns are without a doubt Hollywood Rock Royalty and their new album Renegades (produced by Steve Riley) will be released later this year.

The band was formed in 1986 and signed with Polygram Records in 1987,
recording their first album that summer. This first album, titled L.A. Guns,
went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies giving the band its first platinum
award. Tours with AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Def Leppard followed. A compilationof the videos made from this first album also earned the band a gold videoaward. L.A. Guns went into the studio to record their second album, Cocked and Loaded, in the spring of 1989. It was a hit right away with the release of Rip and Tear as the first single and video. Never Enough and The Ballad of Jayne followed, pushing the album toward platinum status once again. The video compilation from this album earned the band its second goldvideo award. A successful world tour followed. The band’s third album, Hollywood Vampires, was recorded in the fall of 1990. With the release of Kiss My Love Goodbye as the first single and video, and another successful world tour, the album gave L.A. Guns its third platinum in a row.

Vicious Circle was released in early 1995 and was followed by another
successful world tour. In 1999, L.A. Guns went into the studio to record a
greatest hits package titled Black Beauties that also included five new
songs written for the album. In 2001, the band released its sixth studio
album, Man in the Moon, and in 2002 their seventh album, Waking The Dead, followed.

After a 2003 world tour to support Waking the Dead, L.A. Guns recorded Rips The Covers Off with producer Andy Johns. This was a collection of 70’s rock songs. L.A. Guns began work on Tales From The Strip and it was released in August 2005. It received some stellar reviews and critical acclaim. A live CD, Loud and Dangerous, was released late August 2006 with the band again supporting it with a world tour.

In November 2011 the band signed their latest record deal with Cleopatra
Records, releasing their tenth studio album Hollywood Forever in June 2012. The album was produced once again by veteran music producer, Andy Johns. The new record debuted at #25 on the Billboard Rock charts with the title track Hollywood Forever, and it was considered one of the best Hard Rock albums of 2012 by fans and critics alike, proving once again that L.A. Guns were on top of their game with tracks like You Better Not Love Me and Sweet Mystery.

Now after some down time, the band is back and firing with the return of
Kelly Nickels on bass, Steve Riley on drums, Scotty Griffin on lead guitar
and Kurt Frohlich on lead vocals and guitar.

Pre-order the band’s new single, Crawl, here.


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ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER BILL WARD DISCUSSES HIS HISTORY WITH THE BAND AND REITERATE’S THAT HE IS “SAD FOR THE FANS OVER HOW THINGS ENDED UP”

In an interview in the new issue of Rock Candy magazine, Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward discusses his ongoing love for the band he co-founded and the other members, despite the numerous personal problems they have had with each other over the years. Highlights from the feature article appear below via blabbermouth.net.

“I wish the others all the best, I really do,” Ward explains to magazine editor Howard Johnson when talking about vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler. “Do I still love them? Yes. I certainly don’t resent them. I just wish them well.”

Ward, again recounts, why he did not join the band on their farewell tour citing he was offered an “unsignable” contract.

“I made it well known to everybody who was important that I wanted something that was fair, and it just didn’t happen,” explains Ward. “Even if someone had held a gun to my head, I couldn’t have signed that contract. It was one of the most regrettable things I’ve ever gone through in my life and I was particularly sad for the fans over how things ended up. But that hasn’t stopped me from loving the guys. Sabbath is where my heart lies.”

In a wide-ranging interview, Ward covers all aspects of his Sabbath career, including its many ups and downs, as well as his battles with drink and drugs, and suffering a debilitating heart attack. He also discusses in detail the art of drumming and his unique style that did so much to define Black Sabbath’s sound.

“You have to be honorable to the other players and you have to ebb and flow with them,” Ward explains. “Play together. Anything else seems inconsiderate to me.”

Read the whole of this revealing article in issue 19 of Rock Candy, available in shops (that are allowed to open!) worldwide and direct, with a digital version included, from this location.

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SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE POST NEW SONG, “FUNKY FENG SHUI”

While everyone is on lockdown, Sammy Hagar and The Circle (including bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson) took the time to record a video for a song called Funky Feng Shui.

This video is the result of a challenge started by Bonham to record a jam they’d been playing backstage warming up for shows. Filmed on their phones, Jason started with the drums in his first Instagram post then challenged Vic Johnson to add guitar. Vic then passed it on to Michael Anthony and Sammy wrapped it up.

Hagar writes, “The Circle will be doing more of this, it’s too much fun!”

To watch the video, please click here.

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