GUITARIST GEORGE LYNCH CONFIRMS THAT HE WAS ASKED TO JOIN STEPHEN PEARCY AND JUAN CROUCIER IN RATT

Iconic guitarist George Lynch was a guest on Eddie’s SiriusXM show on June 14th. An excerpt from the interview appears below via Blabbermouth.net.

When asked whether the rumors are true that he was asked to join the current touring lineup of Ratt — presumably alongside singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier for their upcoming shows without Warren DeMartini —Lynch responded, “Mmm-hmm. We just couldn’t come to an agreement on it. They haven’t called me back. I’ve been staring at the phone. My wife’s like, ‘Honey, want to go to bed or eat something?’ I’m like, ‘I’m waiting for the Ratt phone to ring.’ I’m good with it.”

Ratt recently announced plans to move forward with Pearcy and Croucier and as as-yet-unrevealed lineup of other musicians. They also revealed some tour dates, which can be viewed, below.

Tour dates:

Jul. 7 – Mulvane, KS – Kanas Star Casino
Jul. 13 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amp @OC Fair
Jul. 21 – Detroit, MI – Chene Park Amp

Sep. 7 – Hinckley, MN – Grand Casino
Sep. 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont

Oct. 5 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
Oct. 6 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino
Oct. 12 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock
Oct. 13 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Oct. 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete St
Oct. 17 – Little Rock, AR – Arkansas State Fair
Oct. 25 – Worley, ID – Courdalene Casino

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DRUMMER JASON BONHAM ON GRETA VAN FLEET, “I’D HAVE BEEN ANNOYED IF THEY SAID THAT HE SOUNDED LIKE ROBERT [PLANT], ROBERT DID NOT SOUND LIKE THAT”

Drummer Jason Bonham (Bonham, The Circle, Black Country Communion, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening) was recently interviewed by Tigman of the Albany, New York-based radio station Q103. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net).

Discussing being a member of multiple active bands:

Jason: “I’m one of these guys now where I never like to say no, so when people ask me to come and play with them, I try my utmost. I never in my wildest dreams imagined working on the Superman soundtrack with Hans Zimmer. I’m very, very fortunate. Sammy’s a great person to be around, and Mikey, and I get to play some great Van Halen catalog stuff with them, some great Montrose stuff. And then to do [Led Zeppelin Evening], things couldn’t be better for me right now. Well, they could in one [way], but that ain’t going to happen. [Laughs]”

On playing with Led Zeppelin at their reunion show in London:

Jason: “I’ve had a few chances to play with them, and I always say I was disappointed in different versions when we did it. I always felt I hadn’t worked enough at it; it didn’t sound right. The planets aligned for that event, and for me, not only the event, for me it was the six weeks prior, being around them for that time. That was the greatest moments of my life, just being one of the guys with them. Hanging out with them, just talking about music. One of the highlights just for me — there was nobody else in the room — I said, ‘Why don’t you guys do an acoustic bit in the O2 show?’ They said, ‘No, no.’ I said, ‘I’d love to hear you guys do Tangerine or Going To California. They went and grabbed the acoustics, sat on the couch and did Tangerine and Going To California. It was surreal.”

Would he ever consider revisiting Bonham material or making original music?:

Jason: “I have my other bands that I play in which [perform] original stuff — Black Country Communion. The Circle, we’re just finishing now a new album that’s going to be coming out in the future of originals. I’m really looking forward to that. I’m still very much in touch with Ian Hatton, the guitarist from Bonham, and [bassist] John Smithson, and we always said, ‘Before we get too old’ [and] ‘Before we get any older’… sadly, it would never be the same without [late Bonham vocalist] Daniel [MacMaster], but yeah, I’d love to do one more album with the boys and to do some original stuff.”

Speaking about whether there will be another Black Country Communion album:

Jason: “Yes, I believe there’s talk of that as well. We did IV, so yeah — we’re going to be on to the ones where we have to call them names now. It’s scheduled roughly for January, but we’ll see.”

On Michigan rockers Greta Van Fleet, who often draw comparisons to Led Zeppelin:

Jason: “I got an alert, because it had all this Led Zeppelin thing about it. I’d have been annoyed if I’d been Robert [Plant]. I’d have been annoyed if they said that he sounded like Robert. Robert did not sound like that. Robert was amazing, and still is, but when he was in his young days, his voice was miles [better], just in a different league. Just because he sings high and he does his hand-on-the-hip thing, I just worry the hype that the band are getting, it will ruin them. I wish them all the very best. People should just love them for what they are, and not try and keep comparing them to Zeppelin, because it will kill them in the end. It will sometimes hurt them. Trust me — I know that, because for me, it takes a hell of a lot when you play drums and your dad’s John Bonham, the comparisons sometimes can be the hardest things to get past. I wish them all the very best, but I thought [they sounded] more [like] Black Crowes than Zeppelin myself.”

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening will support Foreigner on a 30-date summer tour that kicks off in Bangor, Maine on June 15th.

Watch the entire interview, below.

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KING DIAMOND: “IN CONCERT 1987: ABIGAIL,” “THE GRAVEYARD,” “THE SPIDER’S LULLABYE” LP REISSUES NOW AVAILABLE

On August 3rd, King Diamond will release LP re-issues of the classic albums In Concert 1987: Abigail, The Graveyard, and The Spider’s Lullabye via Metal Blade Records. Available as 180g picture discs, these exclusive editions can be purchased now at metalblade.com/kingdiamond.

King says, “You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic King Diamond albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy.”

See below for the albums’ track-listings, and stay tuned for more King Diamond news coming soon!

In Concert 1987: Abigail track-listing

Side A:

1. Funeral
2. Arrival
3. Come to the Sabbath
4. The Family Ghost
5. The 7th Day of July 1777
6. The Portrait

Side B:

7. Guitar Solo by Andy
8. The Possession
9. Abigail
10. Drum Solo
11. The Candle
12. No Presents for Christmas

The Spider’s Lullabye track-listing

Side A:

1. From the Other Side
2. Killer
3. The Poltergeist
4. Dreams
5. Moonlight

Side B:

6. Six Feet Under
7. The Spider’s Lullabye
8. Eastmann’s Cure
9. Room 17
10. To the Morgue

The Graveyard track-listing:

Side A:
1. The Graveyard
2. Black Hill Sanitarium
3. Waiting
4. Heads on the Wall

Side B:

5. Whispers
6. I’m Not a Stranger
7. Digging Graves
8. Meet Me at Midnight

Side C:

9. Sleep Tight Little Baby
10. Daddy
11. Trick or Treat
Side D
12. Up from the Grave
13. I Am
14. Lucy Forever

King Diamond online:

Official Website
Twitter
Facebook

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TWISTED SISTER GUITARIST JAY JAY FRENCH REVEALS PROSTATE CANCER BATTLE

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

French said that he was diagnosed in March and had an operation to successfully remove his prostate in April.

“I’m a prostate cancer survivor,” he told comedian Dean Delray on his Let There Be Talk podcast. “They tell me I’m cured.”

French said that his father died of the disease in 1984, and he had been regularly checked because of his family history.

“Starting in 2004, they started watching me carefully, and my brother carefully, and we knew this wasn’t a matter of ‘if’; it was a matter of ‘when’,” he said. “So when [I was] finally diagnosed … I had to deal with it. {I] had to proactively deal with it. … I went in the hospital and had it removed.”

French said that he has gone public with his news to raise awareness of the disease.

“To sound like an old cliché, if I can help one guy… If one person hears me and says, ‘Wow! Jay Jay did it. He confronted it and he came out okay. I need to do that too,'” he said. “Don’t put your head in the sand about it. Be proactive. ‘Cause you don’t want it to kill you.”

Twisted Sister played their farewell show in 2016.

additional source: Classic Rock via louder sound.com

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GRETA VAN FLEET ADDS MORE DATES TO ITS 2018 WORLD TOUR

Armed with a combined 75-million Spotify plays, 17.8-million YouTube views of the band’s debut number one single Highway Tune and all previously announced 2018 North American dates long-sold out, today the four-piece rock band Greta Van Fleet announces a slew of new headline and festival dates that will bring the band’s high-energy, rock’n’roll swagger to global concert venues throughout September, October and November. Tickets for these dates go on sale this Friday, June 15th at 10AM local time, go to gretavanfleet.com/tour for all ticketing information.

Over the past year, the band – twins Jake (guitars) and Josh (vocals) Kiszka (22), younger brother Sam (19) on bass and keys, and long-time family friend and drummer Danny Wagner (19) – has been captivating audiences with its blend of bluesy, big-riffed rock-n-roll. Rolling Stone recentlly cited the band as one of the 20 creative visionaries whose work will help define the future, and that they are “making rock & roll cool again for a younger demographic.”

Recording has wrapped on Greta Van Fleet’s debut album which will be released on Lava/Republic Records later this year. The band is currently on a sold-out headline tour of England and Europe that includes appearances at major rock festivals in Germany, Denmark, the UK, Paris and the Netherlands. Greta Van Fleet’s 2018 itinerary also includes major Japanese rock festivals as well as appearances here in the U.S. at Lollapalooza, the Panorama Music and Arts Festival in New York, Virginia’s Floyd Fest, and Summerfest in Milwaukee.

With today’s newly-announced additions, the band’s itinerary is as follows:

June:

13 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands** Sold Out
17 Pink Pop Festival, Landgraaf, Netherlands**
18 Download Festival, Paris, France**
24 John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA* Sold Out
29 Middle of the Map Festival, Kansas City, MO**
30 101WKQX PIQNIQ, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL**

July:

1 Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI**
3 Armory, Minneapolis, MN* Sold Out
6 REBEL, Toronto, ON Canada* Sold Out
8 REBEL, Toronto, ON Canada* Sold Out
9 Festival d’été de Québec, Quebec City, QC Canada**
10 Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON Canada**
18 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA* Sold Out
20 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.* Sold Out
21 The Anthem, Washington, D.C* Sold Out
23 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA* Sold Out
24 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA* Sold Out
27 Floydfest, Floyd, VA**
29 Panorama Music and Arts Festival, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY**
31 The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH* Sold Out

August:

1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO* Sold Out
3 Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL**
4 Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL* (Lollapalooza aftershow) Sold Out
18 Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka-Shi, Japan**
19 Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan**
23 Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, HI*
24 The Republik, Honolulu, HI*

September:

7 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA* New Date
8 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA* New Date
9 Skookum Festival, Vancouver, BC Canada**
11 Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB Canada* New Date
12 BMO Centre, Calgary, AB Canada* NEW DATE
14 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR* New Date
17 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA* NEW DATE
18 City National Civic, San Jose, CA* NEW DATE
19 The Masonic, San Francisco, CA* NEW DATE
22 iHeart Radio Festival, Las Vegas, NV**
23 The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA* New Date
25 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ* NEW DATE
26 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ* NEW DATE
28 The Union Event Center, Salt Lake City, UT* New Date
29 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO* New Date

October:

1 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO* New Date
5 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX**
6 Cal Jam, San Bernardino, CA**
11 The Sylvee, Madison, WI* Sold Out
26 Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France* New Date
27 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium* New Date
29 013, Tilburg, Netherlands* New Date
30 Mehr! Theatre, Hamburg, Germany* New Date

November:

1 Palladium, Cologne, Germany* New Date
4 Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden* New Date
5 Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark* New Date
7 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany* New Date
9 02 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK* New Date
11 02 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK* New Date
12 02 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK* New Date
14 02 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK* New Date
15 Academy Manchester, Manchester, UK* New Date

* – headline date
** – major music festival

For more information, please visit Greta Van Fleet’s Official Website.

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HOW MUCH IS THE PRICE OF FREEDOM? WELL, FOR SLASH, IT COULD POSSIBLY COST $6.6 MILLION

Slash is so desperate to move on from his estranged wife that he’s ready to fork over millions.

The rocker asked a judge to sign off on a settlement that would entitle Perla Ferrar to over $6.6 million so that he can finally be free from their marriage, according to The Blast,

“Perla has been slow responding, or has deliberately drawn out responding, throughout this matter,” he said in his court documents. “I want to move on with my life.”

Slash agreed to pay Ferrar $100,000 per month in spousal support until she dies or remarries, with a $6,627,352 equalization payment. In turn, he will get to keep his interest in all of his guitars, instruments, companies and residuals.

Ferrar will also get to keep a 2014 Range Rover, a 2015 Mercedes AMG and a 2015 Mercedes GL 450.

Slash, 52, and Ferrar, 43, tied the knot in 2001 and have two sons — London, 15, and Cash, 13. The Guns N’ Roses guitarist offered to give Ferrar primary custody of their sons, but wanted to keep joint legal custody. He also agreed to pay $39,000 per month in child support, with his sons collecting 1.8 percent of his income until 2036.

Slash — born Saul Hudson — filed for divorce in 2014 after 13 years of marriage. He accused her of bigamy in 2016.

Slash’s rep didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

additional source: Page Six via pagesix.com

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