BLACK SWAN, FEATURING ROBIN McAULEY, REB BEACH, JEFF PILSON & MATT STARR, ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM, “SHAKE THE WORLD” OUT FEBRUARY 14TH; WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE HERE

Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have joined forces in Black Swan, a new band project signed to Frontiers Music Srl. Their debut album, Shake The World, an aptly titled album if ever there was one, is a delightful romp of powerful hard rock that is not simply the sum of its parts, but a powerful rock ‘n roll machine. It will be released on February 14, 2020 on CD, LP, & Digital formats. 

Watch the first single and video, for the title track below.

Fans can pre-order the album, including signed items and merch bundles, and stream the single here.

The genesis of Black Swan was sparked by a conversation between Jeff Pilson and Frontiers’ President & Head of A&R, Serafino Perugino, who wanted a project that would not only showcase McAuley’s vocal prowess, but have a mighty musical backbone to stand skyscraper tall behind him. Thus, the initial seeds were planted and Pilson ran with it from there. Shake The World was tracked at Pilson’s home studio in Los Angeles and is a showcase of both the musical talents of the instrumental players in the band as well as McAuley’s powerful voice. The four members got Black Swan off the ground by exchanging ideas back and forth and then bringing all the songs together. The final result is something fresh, very heavy, but still intensely melodic and it’s certainly not Dokken, nor Winger, nor MSG, or some combination thereof, but it’s own unique animal. As an example, one of the songs was written by Jeff Pilson right after seeing the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. “I came home and I sat down at the grand piano and pretty much wrote exactly the chorus that we have, just coming straight [from] the movie. It is a bit Queen-like.”

Continues Pilson, “It’s amazing, incredible music. Wait until you hear everybody’s playing and singing. It’s beyond — way beyond.

Adds Robin McAuley, “This is really exciting for me to read: Black Swan announces the release of Shake the World, the first offering from the band on the Frontiers’ label. I’ve known Jeff for some thirty years and we have a history of performing together on MSG Unplugged, in addition to being great friends, musically and socially. When he asked me to do this and collaborate with Reb, I didn’t have to think too long with my response. Initially he wasn’t going to play bass on this, but Reb and myself soon changed his mind, lol!!! Bringing Matt into the mix was a great decision. His powerful energy and style is unmistakable on this album. Overall, it is a very powerful blend of styles and writing. Reb is truly an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Jeff captured my vocals the way I like to sound. Probably the best vocal sound I’ve had… ever!!!! Such a great and creative studio experience for me. This is kick ass, powerful music on an album full of great songs. If you love strong melodies and BIG choruses, Black Swan won’t disappoint!! It’s time…’Shake the World!'”

Guitarist Reb Beach says, “When Jeff approached me to do this, I was so excited because I loved writing Erase the Slate with him for Dokken. I also played in the band with Jeff for four years, and we worked so well together, writing and live too. He is as good as it gets when it comes to a rock musician, a great songwriter and an absolute joy to work with. I came in with riffs, Jeff arranged them into a song by adding his own parts, and then Robin wrote the lyrics, and knocked it out of the park with the vocals. I am pretty particular about singers, and Robin’s voice is so slammin’ that I wouldn’t want anyone else. Matt came in with his huge drum sound, and we had a great sounding band. Very exciting stuff.”

“Shooting the video was a blast,” says drummer Matt Starr. “Shot in Los Angeles over the course of two days, it was similar to recording the record, everything was very organic and comfortable. That’s the advantage of working with guys who have so much experience. There’s not too much discussion going on. Everybody knows what to do, we just get to work and do it. That leaves more time for hanging out, chatting and smoking cigars.”

Shake the World track listing:

1.  Shake The World
2.  Big Disaster
3.  Johnny Came Marching
4.  Immortal Souls
5.  Make It There
6.  She’s On To Us
7.  The Rock That Rolled Away
8.  Long Road To Nowhere
9.  Sacred Place
10. Unless We Change
11. Divided/United

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SOME OF RANDY RHOADS’ STOLEN ITEMS DISCOVERED IN A DUMPSTER

Some of the memorabilia stolen from the Musonia School Of Music, which was run by Randy Rhoads’ mother Delores, and where Rhoads himself learned to play guitar, and taught lessons, was recovered over the weekend.

Local resident Bobbi Fredriksz says she spotted a guitar and photos in a dumpster as she was walking her dog early Sunday morning. She initially didn’t think anything of it until she got home and saw a report about the theft on ABC7.

“As I was laying in bed, not feeling well, when it came on I was like wait a minute, oh my God,” Fredriksz told ABC7. “I ran all the way back over here it was still here. Somebody else started to see it and called police.”

The first electric guitar Randy ever played, a Harmony Rocket from 1963, and two horns that belonged to his late mother were stolen during the Thanksgiving night burglary and are still missing.

Ozzy Osbourne recently announced that he was offering a 25k reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of stolen items and/or their return.

Photo courtesy of The Metal Voice.

additional source; blabbermouth.net

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OZZY OSBOURNE OFFERS 25K REWARD FOR THE RETURN OF RANDY RHOADS’ STOLEN GEAR

Ozzy Osbourne has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“As many of you have heard, the Musonia School of Music in N. Hollywood, CA (the school where Randy Rhoads famously taught guitar) was viciously robbed on Thanksgiving night. Musonia was run by Randy’s late mother, Delores, and after his death 37 years ago, the school became something of a pilgrimage to his fans from all over the world. It is a place where the Rhoads Family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy. As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy’s first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads Family. I am heartbroken that these treasured physical memories of Randy and Delores have been taken from the family so I’ve decided to personally offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction and/or return of all stolen items. For information regarding the theft or return of these items please contact: Nick D’Argenzio Phone: 818-281-7893 E-Mail: nickdargenzio@gmail.com

Here is a list and images of the items that were taken:

· Randy Rhoads’ First Electric Guitar Owned, Harmony Rocket Est. 1963

· Randy Rhoads’ Original Quiet Riot Gear – Peavey Amp Head, 1970s

· Randy Rhoads Series Marshall Head, Rare Protoype No. 1 or 2 given to the family by Marshall Company.

· Delores Rhoads’ First Trumpet, a Prewar/Great Depression Era Silver Fresh Besson Trumpet. This was given to her as a child by her medical doctor father in exchange for medical services as a barter during the great depression. This subsequently sparked Delores Rhoads long lived music career.

· 40 years of fan gifts to the Rhoads Family, memorabilia, all photos of Randy Rhoads, the Osbournes, Delores Rhoads, and miscellaneous instruments were taken. The photo shown in the main room was cleared out.”

In recent Ozzy news, the singer is currently streaming his second single, titled, Straight To Hell, from his forthcoming lbum, Ordinary Man, due out on Epic Records in early 2020. Click here to listen to the track featuring guitarist Slash.

Earlier this month, Ozzy released his first single off of Ordinary Man, called, Under The Graveyard, listen to it here.

In other Prince of Darkness news, Ozzy will be embarking on a North American tour with Marilyn Manson. The tour itinerary can be viewed by clicking here.

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L.A. GUNS FEATURING PHIL LEWIS AND TRACII GUNS RELEASE NEW EP “ANOTHER XMAS IN HELL”

Just in time for the holiday season and most importantly, Christmas carolling season, L.A. Guns have released a brand new digital EP, Another Xmas In Hell. Featuring covers of holiday classics by The Damned, Ramones, Slade, and Billy Squier, these tunes will surely liven up your holiday festivities and provide a suitable soundtrack to guzzling down your spiked eggnog. Stream or download it on your preferred digital service here.
Another Xmas In Hell also features a special guest appearance from the one and only William Shatner. Yes, that William Shatner.

Another Xmas In Hell track listing:

1. The Bills/Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You (feat. William Shatner / Billy Squier cover)
2. Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade cover)
3. Dreidel
4. There Ain’t No Sanity Clause (The Damned cover) 
5. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) (Ramones cover)

Between tour dates, L.A. Guns are currently working on writing songs for a new studio album tentatively due for release in late 2020 via Frontiers Records. This will be the third studio album since the much welcome reunion of the band’s core foundation of vocalist Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns.

See L.A Guns on tour:

12.06.19 • Orangevale, California
12.13.19 • Highland, California
12.27.19 • Las Vegas, Nevada
12.28.19 • Las Vegas, Nevada
12.30.19 • San Diego, California
12.31.19 • Hollywood, California

1.17.20 • Agoura Hills, California
1.18.20 • Santa Clarita, California

4.11.20 • Fresno, California

5.06.20 • Ibiza, Spain
5.08.20 • Belfast, Northern Ireland
5.09.20 • Bradford, UK
5.10.20 • London, UK
5.11.20 • Wolverhampton, UK
5.13.20 • Copenhagen, Denmark
5.14.20 • Aarhus, Denmark
5.15.20 • Oslo, Norway
5.16.20 • Trondheim, Norway
5.21.20 • Rome, Italy
5.22.20 • Pisa, Italy
5.23.20 • Bergamo, Italy
5.24.20 • Venice, Italy

6.11.20 • Brisbane, Australia
6.12.20 • Sydney, Australia
6.13.20 • Melbourne, Australia
6.14.20 • Adelaise, Australia

L.A. Guns online:

lagunsmusic.com
facebook.com/L.A.GunsOfficial
instagram.com/laguns
/twitter.com/laguns

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DEF LEPPARD ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING STADIUM TOUR WITH MÖTLEY CRÜE FEATURING POISON AND JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS

The world’s most iconic and celebrated rock legends will hit the road together next summer for a coheadlining tour so massive that it could only be held in America’s biggest stadiums. The Stadium Tour featuring Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, with Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will hit select cities in the U.S. where each band will bring their electrifying stage shows while promising to perform their stadium sized anthems. Produced by Live Nation, the summer tour is set to steamroll through America, visiting the country’s most iconic stadiums, was announced today at SiriusXM’s Hollywood Studios live on the Volume Channel 106.
Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 13th at 10am at www.LiveNation.com, check local listings for details.  Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 10th at 12pm local time until Thursday, December 12th at 10pm local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.
Following the huge success of their Netflix biopic, The Dirt, Mötley Crüe has seen a massive surge in new audience with fans around the world demanding the band tour again. This lead to the band members reuniting and announcing that “Mötley Crüe is back” just recently. While The Dirt caused a meteoric 350% increase in streams of Mötley Crüe’s music across all platforms and the younger 18-44 demographic now represents 64% of the band’s fanbase most of the new fans have never seen any of the band’s legendary live shows that Crüeheads have relished for close to 4 decades. Mötley Crüe is also celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their number one charting, 7x Platinum album, Dr. Feelgood this year. The band is ready to deliver an over the top stage show packed full of hit songs.
2019 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Def Leppard are one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the past year, the icons closed out a sold-out worldwide tour including a North American stadium run & headlining the UK’s Download Festival to 90k screaming fans. Def Leppard’s star continues to rise and prevail. The band have amassed a staggering 2.5 billion streams since releasing their music digitally last year. Def Leppard’s influential career crosses generations and includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, both of which are certified Diamond (10x platinum).
Poison will be bringing a rocking real and relevant no holds barred thunderous live show to the Stadium tour this summer with the all original lineup of Bret Michaels,C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett. Poison will be unleashing an onslaught of hit after hit songs in its set. Friday the 13Th will be an historic date for two reasons, stadium tour tickets will go on sale as well as Poison front man, Bret Michaels will receive the Humanitarian of the Year award to air on the CW network the same night. Michaels along with Poison is known to bring a unique style of passionate high energy, sincere gratitude and a positive attitude. Michaels engages all the fans and makes it an absolute epic ride of true live music.  Together With C.C.Deville on guitar, Bobby Dall on bass, and Rikki Rockett on drums Poison will rock the stadium with a chemistry that will bring a big summer mega party vibe and Michaels promises to give 1000 % on the stage as the hotter it gets the harder Poison promises to rock.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are no strangers to stadium sized shows having toured with The Who, Green Day and the Foo Fighters in recent years on their stadium tours. Jett celebrated the story of her life in a critically acclaimed 2018 documentary Bad Reputation which showcased all the female firepower of her life and musical career.
The Stadium Tour dates:

July:

7 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium
9 Orlandi, FL Camping World Stadium
11 Charlotte, NC Bank of America Stadium
14 Arlington, TX Globe Life Field
15 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park
19 San Francisco, CA Oracle Park
23 San Diego, CA Petco Park   
25 Phoenix, AZ State Farm Stadium

August:

9 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
11 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
13  Buffalo, NY New Era Field
15 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
16 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park
18 Milwaukee, WI Miller Park
20 Detroit MI Comerica Park
22 Washington DC Nationals Park
23 Flushing, NY Citi Field
25 Boston, MA Fenway Park*
28 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
30 Denver, CO Coors Field

September :

2 Seattle, WA T-Mobile Park
5 Los Angeles, CA SoFi Stadium

*pre-sales begin December 16th with general on-sale December 20
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EDDIE TRUNK AND AUTHOR GREG PRATO JOIN CHRIS JERICHO, ON HIS PODCAST, TO DISCUSS THE 80’S ERA OF KISS, LISTEN HERE

Wrestling superstar, and Fozzy frontman, Chris Jericho, interviewed both our very own Eddie Trunk, and author Greg Prato, on his podcast Talk is Jericho.

Prato was on discussing his book, Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked, which features interviews with Bruce Kulick (who was KISS’ lead guitarist for much of that time period), video director Paul Rachman (who did the “Unholy” and “Domino” videos), producer Ron Nevison (who helmed the “Crazy Nights” album), and Eddie Trunk.

Both Greg and Eddie discuss 80’s KISStory, including a breakdown of the 12 non-makeup albums, the big tours, late, great drummer Eric Carr (who was a close personal friend of Eddie’s), Vinnie Vincent’s contribution to the band during his short tenure, Gene Simmons’ run of 80s films, and the role that MTV played in keeping the band alive. Listen to the podcast below.

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