Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have thanked those who have offered their condolences in the wake of drummer Neil Peart’s recent passing.
“Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring of love and respect for Neil since his passing,” they wrote in a pair of tweets. “These touching tributes help to lessen the pain of this terrible loss and remind us all to celebrate his remarkable life and our connections to it. – Geddy & Alex.”
Peart died on January 7th of a glioblastoma — a common, aggressive and incurable brain tumor — nearly four and a half years after retiring following the conclusion of Rush’s R40 tour. Lee and Lifeson asked fans to donate to a cancer research group or a preferred charity in Peart’s name.
Dirty Honey, one of the hottest new bands in rock today, offer up a brand new Amazon Original, a soul-and-swagger-filled cover of Aerosmith’s “Last Child,” written by Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford and originally released on the iconic band’s 1976 album, Rocks. Click here to check out Dirty Honey’s cover version, available now only on Amazon Music.
Dirty Honey – Marc LaBelle/vocals, John Notto/guitars, Justin Smolian/bass and drummer Corey Coverstone – recorded the track on December 21st at the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN, the same studio where The King of Rock & Roll himself, Elvis Presley, recorded more than 250 songs. Six-time Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, and the Lady Gaga/A Star Is Born six-million selling Always Remember Us This Way) produced the track. Check out the in-studio, behind-the-scenes video footage of the recording, as well as Labelle discussing the track, Dirty Honey’s connection to Aerosmith, and working with Cobb, below.
Said Labelle, “Aerosmith has been a huge influence on our band, and Last Child is a staple in our live set, so to be tipping our hat to the band is really special. Plus, we’re all big fans of the way Dave makes records. He does it live, he tracks live, he does minimal overdubs, and we love that. Our goal has always been to make music that has soul, that has a live feel, and has a performance element to it instead of perfectly in-tune vocals and perfectly played guitar solos. That’s our philosophy for everything we do, we’re trying to capture performance, not perfection.”
Launched in September 2019, Amazon Music HD provides customers with the highest quality, with more than 50 million songs in High Definition, millions of songs in Ultra HD, and a growing catalog of 3D Audio. Dirty Honey’s Last Child is available in Ultra HD, (better than CD quality), with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate of 96 kHz.
Amazon Music listeners can find Last Child on the Rock Scene playlist Customers can also simply ask, “Alexa play the Amazon Original by Dirty Honey” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to Last Child, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.
Dirty Honey hits the road today on the first leg of its 2020 Rolling 7s North American tour. The 25-date, coast-to-coast tour begins in Austin, TX at The Parish and wraps up six weeks later on February 28th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Hotly-tipped UK rock outfit The Amazons will open on all dates. The itinerary is below; for all ticketing and VIP information, go to https://www.dirtyhoney.com.
17 The Parish, Austin, TX 18 The Blue Light, Dallas, TX 19 The Studio at Warehouse Live, Houston, TX 21 The Parish at House of Blues, New Orleans, LA 22 Club LA, Destin, FL 24 Dixie Roadhouse, Fort Myers, FL 25 Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL 27 Sidetracks Music Hall, Huntsville, AL 28 The Basement East, Nashville, TN 29 Capone’s Johnson City, TN 31 Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1 Stage On Herr at HMAC, Harrisburg, PA 5 Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY 7 The Stache, Grand Rapids, MI 8 The Machine Shop, Flint, MI 10 Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI 11 Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL 12 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI 14 Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO 15 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO 17 Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO 21 Nuemos, Seattle, WA 22 Polaris Hall, Portland, OR 25 Slim’s, San Francisco, CA 27 The Parish at House of Blues, Anaheim, CA 28 El Rey, Los Angeles, CA
17 WXTB 98RockFest, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL 18 WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, FL 24 WDHA Rocks the Rock, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ 25 WAAF 50th Anniversary, DCU Center, Worcester, MA
1 Lunatic Luau, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
Listen to Dirty Honey’s When I’m Gone, here, and Rolling 7’s, here.
As they gear up for their 55th anniversary this year, Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, have announced that they will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, Scorpions Sin City Nights launches July 4th at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Scorpions will be joined by special guests Queensrÿche.
“We are very excited to come back to Vegas in July 2020 for a nine-show residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater,” said singer Klaus Meine. “We’re looking very much forward to share some wild Sin City Nights with all of you on the famous Strip … Let’s get ready for the Sting!!!!”
Tickets go on sale to the public January 24th at 10 a.m. PST. Scorpions Rock Zone fan club members will have exclusive, first access to tickets starting January 17th at 10 a.m. PST.
Citi is the official presale credit card of Scorpions Sin City Nights. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning January 20th at 10 a.m. PST until January 23rd at 10 p.m. PST through Citi Entertainment.
In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale beginning January 22nd at 10 a.m. PST through January 23rd at 10 p.m. PST.
General ticket prices begin at $40, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com/scorpionsvegas or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
With over 110 million records sold around the world, Scorpionswill play fan favorites from their incredible catalog, including Wind Of Change, Still Loving You, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Send Me An Angel and many more.
It has been reported that Judas Priest has been passed over, once again, for induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. The band were on the ballot for induction this year, but failed to receive enough votes to make the class of 2020.
In light of the latest snub, guitarist Richie Faulkner tweeted back to a fan who wrote. “WAIT. Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails and Biggie Smalls BEFORE @judaspriest in #RockHall2020? How do I explain this to my child if I don’t understand it? #MetalForever #HeavyMetal” Then Richie replied, “Doesn’t make sense does it kenny? Hence why the rock hall holds no credibility for me and never has RHRF DOTF”
He continued in a separate tweet, “I’ve said it before but 50 years in and still making music, touring the globe to the best fans in the world is the biggest accolade I can think of. These institutions are founded on what these guys helped create and to not be included is a total joke. I have spoken haha”
He added, “If you wanna call it the ROCK hall, then you should START with a healthy foundation of ROCK (in all its forms) to build on. The founding brothers and sisters that created and developed our beloved style of music and aided it’s evolution. Otherwise, what does it mean?”
Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, have yet to be recognized by the institution, whom also dragged their heels when it came to inducting Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and KISS. Deep Purple’s induction was aided by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who voiced his disdain that Metallica got in before the band whom influenced them.
The Bon Jovi 2020 Tour, presented by Live Nation, will start in the U.S. this June and play arenas across America. Most U.S. dates will feature Bryan Adams. See tour dates below.
Backstage with JBJ fan club members and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets prior to the general public beginning January 21st at 10 a.m.local time throughJanuary 23rd at 10 p.m. local time. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance, preshow hospitality, commemorative laminate and more. Check LaneOne.com for LaneOne details.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting January 24th at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Every ticket sold includes one CD copy of Bon Jovi 2020.
For additional ticketing information, visit BonJovi.com.
Bon Jovi/Bryan Adams tour dates:
10 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome 11 Portland, OR Moda Center 13 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center 16 San Jose, CA SAP Center 18 Los Angeles, CA Forum 20** Las Vegas, NV** T-Mobile Arena** 23 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center 25 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center 26 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
10** Toronto, ON** Scotiabank Arena** 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center 16 Boston, MA TD Garden 19 Detroit, MI Little Caesers Arena 21 Chicago, IL United Center 23 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center 25 Washington, DC Capital One Arena 27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden 28 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Joe Satriani is ready to kick off the new decade with a new album release and world tour. Set for release this spring, Shapeshifting, marks the legendary guitarist’s 18th studio album in his nearly 35-year career in music. More details on the new album to come shortly.
As previously announced, The ShapeshiftingTour opens on April 15th, with a 42 date European leg beginning in Germany and winding up with a trio of mid-June shows in Spain with more dates to be announced soon. The set list for the live show will feature tracks from the newShapeshiftingalbum in addition to many of his classic fan-favorites including SurfingWith The Alien, Always with Me, Always with You and Flying In A Blue Dream. The 2020 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) joining Satriani on guitar.
On January 15th, Satriani will be inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame by his friend and former guitar student, Steve Vai. The ceremony, hosted by television and radio personality, Eddie Trunk, will take place during a non-profit charity Gala whose proceeds go to bringing free drum therapy services to special needs children at specific health facilities and community centers throughout the United States. Other 2020 Metal Hall of Fame inductees include Steve Vai Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Graham Bonnet and Metal Church while previous Inductees include Judas Priest, Motorhead, Ronnie James Dio, Bill Ward, Mikkey Dee, Randy Rhoads, Scorpions, and Doro Pesch, among other hard rock and heavy metal icons. To see the full list of Metal Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit thehallofheavymetalhistory.org.
On January 16th, Joe and Eddie Trunk will meet up again, this time at LA’s famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd for Trunk’s monthly LA Invasion show airing live on SiriusXM 106 Volume channel. The show will air live from 7-9pm PT and replay Friday from 2-4pm ET and 10-midnight ET. It will also be available on the SiriusXM app.
In other Satriani music related news, two sets of Satrianimusic have now been added to streaming platforms. Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks, featuring alternate versions of of four songs from his Engines of Creation album along with 12 other hidden gem bonus tracks join a newly released deluxe edition of his classic 1987 album, Surfing With The Alien (Deluxe Edition), which arrived late last year featuring new artwork and a bonus disc, Stripped – the Backing Tracks. The latter, launched as a limited run for Black Friday’s Record Store Day in November, features the songs from the album with all guitar solos removed. The set also features new artwork with Satriani’s guitar replacing the iconic Silver Surfer on the cover. Said Satriani“Seeing my chrome guitar bursting through a multicolor wormhole seems quite fitting. It’s as if it always belonged there.”
Joe Satriani – The Shapeshifting Tour 2020
4/15 Mainz, Germany Halle 45 4/16 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus Zurich 4/18 Karlsruhe, Germany Tollhaus 4/19 Berlin, Germany Huxleys 4/20 Oberhausen, Germany Turbinenhalle 4/21 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg the Max 4/23 Borgerhout, Antwerp De Roma 4/24 Enschede, Netherlands Muziekcentrum Enschede 4/25 Winterbach, Germany Salierhalle 4/27 Aarhus, Denmark Train 4/28 Odense, Denmark Posten 4/29 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio 4/30 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset Arenan
5/2 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller Music Hall 5/5 Warsaw, Poland Stodola Club 5/6 Prague, Czech Prague Congress Centre 5/7 Vienna, Austria Vienner Stadthalle F 5/8 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra Track 5/10 Bologna, Italy Teatro Europauditorium 5/12 Firenze, Italy Teatro Verdi 5/14 Napoli, Italy Teatro Augusteo 5/15 Lecce, Italy Teatro Politeama Greco 5/16 Roma, Italy Auditorium Conciliazione 5/18 Milano, Italy Teatro Dal Verme 5/19 Nurnberg, Germany Löwensaal 5/20 Heerlen, Netherlands RABOzaal Heerlen 5/22 Bexhill, UK Bexhill De La Warr 5/23 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow 5/24 Gateshead, UK Gateshead Sage 1 5/25 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall 5/26 London, UK Palladium 5/28 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Symphony Hall 5/30 Gerardmer, France Gerardmer Motordays Festival 5/31 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
6/2 Paris, France L’Olympia 6/4 Nantes, France Cite des Congres 6/5 Saint-Malo, France La Nouvelle Vague 6/6 Clermont-Ferrand, France La Cooperative de Mai 6/7 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur 6/9 Valencia, Spain Auditorio Casa de Cultura Burjassot 6/10 Madrid, Spain Sala La Riviera 6/11 Barcelona, Spain Sala Barts
More dates TBA shortly…
Since 1987, Satriani’s platinum, dual Grammy nominated album, Surfing With The Alien, has established him as a legend in the music world for over 30 years. Satriani explained his decision to make the stripped version, after years of reluctance for such a work, “When I build a track from scratch it’s a kind of musical alchemy, a mixture of voodoo, mojo, blood, sweat, tears, prayers… and a lot of hard work. I cherish them because of this . . . it’s no wonder I’ve been reluctant to release them (stripped).” Now, he is truly excited about giving this new and exciting versions of his music to the fans, “You can play along with these tracks or just sit back and enjoy the mixes as they are.”
For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at number nine.