SAMMY HAGAR TO RELEASE “SAMMY AND FRIENDS” ON SEPTEMBER 24TH

sammyhagar400pix On the eve of his fourth decade in rock and roll, Grammy Award-winning Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar has teamed with a seminal array of his legendary rock and country artist friends and bandmates, past and present, for his first-ever rock collaborations album, Sammy Hagar And Friends. The release will see Hagar joining forces with award-winning artists, including Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Neal Schon (Journey), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) and Joe Satriani (Solo artist, Chickenfoot) , Bill Church and Denny Carmassi (Montrose), THE Wabos and more on an epic collection of 10 new songs and unexpected covers. Produced by Hagar and Grammy-winning engineer/producer John Cuniberti, Sammy Hagar And Friends will be released by Frontiers Records on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe (September 29th in the U.K.).

From new originals like Knockdown Dragout with Kid Rock, Bad On Fords And Chevrolets with Ronnie Dunn, All We Need Is An Island with Nancy Wilson, Going Down with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and Father Sun, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like Bob Seger’s Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man and Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus — Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. Sammy Hagar And Friends is Hagar’s first solo album since 2008. Full details, including a complete artist list, cover art, track listing and presale information will be announced shortly.

The release of Sammy Hagar And Friends will follow on the heels of his Four Decades of Rock summer tour which begins July 26th in Tucson and wraps September 7th in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar’s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, The Wabos, will also see influential bandmates from his career, including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his lineup of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peek of tracks from the new album.

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EDDIE TRUNK GETS GRILLED: ROB HALFORD OR BRUCE DICKINSON? BRITISH METAL OR U.S METAL? KISS IN THE 80’s OR THE 90’s?

eddietrunk Joe Daly of The Weeklings spoke to our very own Eddie Trunk. Portions of the interview appear below.

Q: Musicians, even the metal guys, can be colorful personalities to manage sometimes. Looking back over the past eleven seasons [of That Metal Show], are there any interviews or situations that you wish you might have handled differently?

ET: The one interview that I wish I had back was the Axl Rose interview, when we went to Miami and interviewed him. I only say that because people who don’t know the backstory behind that interview don’t realize all that went into getting it. It was a lot. It was waiting around, literally, for fifteen hours for that interview. And we never knew if we were ever going to get it. There was no promise made to us that we were going to get an interview, so we were prepared to some degree, but we weren’t prepared to wait until five in the morning to do an interview, and that’s exactly what it ended up being. We got to the arena at three o’clock the day before, and we walked out of the arena at around eight a.m. the next day. We got our interview, but as important as it was to have been the first—and all respect to Jimmy Kimmel, who I know got one—we were first to have gotten an interview with Axl on TV in God knows how long.

Q: I remember running into you in L.A. a few weeks after that and you still looked exhausted.

ET: We really put a lot into that and it took a hell of a long time to get it. To that end, by the time Axl came out and the interview happened, we were so sleep deprived, we were literally dozing off before he walked in. We had flights to catch. We thought we were going to do the interview at eight, get back to our rooms around eleven, sleep, wake up, get on the plane and go. We literally went from the venue to the airport, got on a plane and came home without sleeping.

So I’m not making excuses, but when you’re standing around that long in limbo, you have a completely different mindset going into that interview. You’re like, “OK, let’s get some time with this guy, and then we’ve gotta go.” There are much tougher questions that I could have asked. I think that the bigger part of that whole thing is that people just wanted to see the guy and hear him speak, because he’s so reclusive.

The whole thing was a weird thing. He didn’t know he was supposed to do an interview. His manager, he claims, didn’t tell him. We were there forever, so really it was a whole gray area going into it. Again, the most important thing was that we got it; people saw it, people heard it, most people liked it. That was the goal, to get him on the show, but we could have certainly done more with it if things had been different.

Q: It’s a surreal piece of television. His answers probably revealed more about himself than he intended.

ET: Listen, you have to realize, too, that you get a guy like that sitting there, you’ve waited all that time… You know that he can be volatile and you want to walk a tightrope because the last thing you want to do is, having sat there for fifteen hours with your crew, the first question out of your mouth is, “Dude, what’s wrong with you, man? Slash is the best! Are you crazy?” Which people, I think, expect.

I think there are certain elements that think the first question should be, “Put the original band back together!” How do you think that’s going to fly? Then the guy takes his microphone off and thirty seconds into it he walks out, and we’ve just spent fifteen hours for that. There’s got to be some tact. You’ve got to do what you can do to get into stuff without cutting the red wire and having somebody go crazy. So that’s a balancing act and I think that under the conditions, we all did a great job. Could it have been better? Yeah. So that’s one that I’d love to have back under different conditions.

Q: Still, don’t you think that the circumstances surrounding the interview created a level of suspense and unpredictability that you might not have achieved in a studio?

ET: What people don’t know also about that whole thing was that because we didn’t know if we were ever going to get an interview with him, before he even walked in, we interviewed everybody in Guns N’ Roses, including crew members, and we also interviewed everybody in Buckcherry, who were opening that show.

The reason we did that was because if Axl didn’t come out, we still needed to put an hour of TV on, so we were just going to cut it and it was going to become the Quest for Axl show, where we never really get him, but we talk to everybody around him.

And then, when he shows up at the very end, just when we were ready to call it a day, all of that stuff was cut out, and left out. I get a lot of people asking me about (current Guns N’ Roses guitarist) DJ Ashba sitting there in the Axl interview and not saying anything. That’s because Axl wanted him sitting there, and all respect to DJ, who’s a friend, but if you have Axl Rose for the first time on TV in twenty years, you’re not going to talk to DJ Ashba. And DJ knew that. But we had interviewed DJ before, and again, that stuff ended up online, so that’s kind of one of these surreal moments that I could probably write a book about that episode alone.

So to give a very long answer to your question, if I could go back and do a different kind of interview, I would probably go back and go for that.

Q: Switching gears a bit, it’s now time for you to take ten hard ones.

ET: Uh oh…

Q: I’m going to give you ten either/or questions and I’d like you to choose one and briefly explain why you made that choice. Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson?

ET: Halford because he’s the metal god, simple as that. He came before Bruce, so maybe there wouldn’t have been a Bruce without a Halford, so I’ve got to go with Rob.

Q: British Metal or US Metal?

ET: Ugh… Gotta go British because to me, Black Sabbath is where heavy metal started, and they’re from England.

Q: Scorpions or Anvil?

ET: Scorpions. All respect to Anvil, but Scorpions have a much, much bigger catalog of songs.

Q: Here’s a movie question: Almost Famous or Rock Star?

ET: Almost Famous. I just think that it’s a better story and I think that from what I’ve heard, the original intent of Rock Star was originally to be based on the Judas Priest story, but it got turned a bit sideways, so I just think that Almost Famous was better done.

Q: KISS in the 80s or KISS in the 90s?

ET: I have to say 90s because in the 90s is when they reunited with the original band.

Q: In that same vein, metal today or metal ten years ago?

ET: I’m going to say metal now, because I think it’s further along, I think it’s grown and today, on the day that we’re talking, it was just announced that Black Sabbath have the number one album in America. So that’s pretty remarkable in 2013, so we’ve gotta go with now.

Q: Front row or backstage?

ET: Hmmm…Well, it depends what I’m looking to do! (laughing) If I’m looking to hang out, then backstage, but if I’m looking to see the show, front row. But I’ll tell you what, and here’s the secret that a lot of people don’t know about front row—front row is often a really bad seat. For the front row, the sound is usually really bad most of the time because you’re too close to the PA, where it’s almost behind you and you’re not hearing it right. Also, it’s hard to take in the whole show if the band has screens or production that you can’t see properly. So front row is not everything it’s cracked up to be, if you’ve ever been lucky enough to sit there. You’re better off being about fifteen rows back to really take in a full show.

Q: Radio or TV?

ET: Oh wow… Hmmm… (long pause) From an interviewer’s perspective, radio. Yeah, because I have so much more time. I love doing interviews and getting the stories from these bands. I love sitting for an hour straight and talking to an artist, and you simply can’t do that on television. From an impact standpoint, and a notoriety standpoint, without question television. But from a standpoint of doing interviews and getting into it with artists, radio. Plus radio is so much more immediate. Something I do on my radio show tomorrow night will be heard everywhere five seconds after I do it. TV, what I do there isn’t going to be seen or heard for a month after it’s done.

Q: Sylvester Stallone or Bruce Willis?

ET: Stallone. Because I like Rocky and Rambo a lot more than Die Hard…I should have said Willis because Willis is from New Jersey, but I’ve still got to go with Stallone.

Q: [Finally], Sabbath or Zeppelin?

Oh wow… Alright, I’m going to go with Zeppelin. Wow.

Yeah, I’m gonna go with Zeppelin, and here’s the simple answer—there wouldn’t have been a Sabbath without a Zeppelin. And they’ve said that themselves, and I’ve just read a recent interview with Sabbath for their new album and they were asked, “What were you listening to that shaped the band?” and one of the bands they mentioned was Zeppelin. You’ve got to pay respect to the elders. Both of their music holds up incredibly well, both bands have so much dynamic in their sound.

The big difference of course is that Zeppelin has always been one band; Sabbath, are we talking Dio? Are we talking Ian Gillan? Are we talking Tony Martin? You can go on and on? If you’re just talking about the Ozzy years, it’s a different thing too, but I just always defer to the bands that came before and that laid the foundation when questions like that come up, and that’s Zeppelin before Sabbath.

Read more at The Weeklings.

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KROKUS POSTS A VIDEO FOR “DOG SONG” ONLINE, WATCH IT HERE

krokuswithmandymeyer2012400 Krokus have released a video for their new song, Dog Song, which can be viewed below.

Dog Song is on Krokus’ new album, Dirty Dynamite, which was released on February 22nd in Europe through Sony Music and March 5th in North America on The End Records.

Dirty Dynamite track listing:

1. Hallelujah Rock’n’Roll
2. Go Baby Go
3. Rattlesnake Rumble
4. Dirty Dynamite
5. Let The Good Times Roll
6. Help
7. Better Than Sex
8. Dog Song
9. Yellow Mary
10. Bailout Blues
11. Live Ma Life
12. Hardrocking Man

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THE CULT TO RELEASE “ELECTRIC PEACE” ON JULY 30TH

thecult400 Beggars Archive will release a two-disc set from the Cult on CD and vinyl called Electric Peace.

The package, which will be on sale, July 30th, pairs Electric with the abandoned Peace album, tracks from which have been released over the years on The Manor Sessions EP, as Electric B-sides and on 2000’s Rare Cult.

In 1985, The Cult enjoyed breakthrough success with the single She Sells Sanctuary and the album Love, establishing themselves as a new breed of alternative rock band. When it came to recording a follow-up, the band booked into The Manor studios in Oxfordshire with Steve Brown again producing the album. By the end of October 1986, the album was recorded, the masters assembled and it was given the title Peace. However, the band weren’t happy with the final results, which seemed too polished. Appreciating the rawness of RUN-D.M.C.’s Walk This Way, the band contacted producer Rick Rubin to remix the lead track, Love Removal Machine. Rubin agreed to work with the band but only on condition that the track was entirely re-recorded. The result was a sparse, dry, riffing version that captured the sonic excitement the band were looking for. Enthused by the results, the decision was made to abandon the expensive Peace recordings and re-record the entire album in New York with Rick Rubin. The new tracks would become The Cult’s third album, re-titled Electric, and a multi-million seller.

Tracks from Peace were used as single B-sides and some of the alternative versions were issued on an early CD, The Manor Sessions, but it wasn’t until the limited Rare Cult box set in 2000 that fans got to hear the full album correctly sequenced. The box rapidly sold out so Peace has been unavailable for 13 years.

Electric Peace track listing:

CD/LP 1 – Electric

1. Wild Flower
2. Peace Dog
3. Lil’ Devil
4. Aphrodisiac Jacket
5. Electric Ocean
6. Bad Fun
7. King Contrary Man
8. Love Removal Machine
9. Born To Be Wild
10. Outlaw
11. Memphis Hip Shake

CD/LP 2 – Peace

1. Love Removal Machine
2. Wild Flower
3. Peace Dog
4. Aphrodisiac Jacket
5. Electric Ocean
6. Bad Fun
7. Conquistador
8. Zap City
9. Love Trooper
10. Outlaw
11. Groove Co.

The Cult will promote the release by performing the entire “Electric” album at shows in the USA (starting late July) and Europe (October).

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DREAM THEATER ANNOUNCE FIRST LEG OF THEIR EUROPEAN TOUR IN SUPPORT OF THEIR NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT IN THE FALL

dreamtheater Dream Theater-John Petrucci on guitar, John Myung on bass, James LaBrie on vocals, Jordan Rudess on keyboards and continuum, and Mike Mangini on drums-are one of the biggest touring bands in the world having completed a 14-month tour with 110 shows through 34 different countries from 2011-2012 in support of their eleventh studio album A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Now the Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans have announced the first leg of their European tour launching January 15th in Porto, Portugal in support of their new studio album being released September 24th; it marks the first self-titled release in the band’s nearly three-decade career.

The upcoming tour will encompass 30 cities in 16 countries. The band is also planning to tour North America beginning in March 2014.

Dream Theater was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing. The album marks a brilliant new chapter for the always adventurous band, their first to have been written and recorded with drummer Mike Mangini (who joined the band in 2010) wholly integrated into the creative process from the start.

“I see every new album as an opportunity to start over,” says Petrucci. “To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about Dream Theater and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Dream Theater is proud to provide VIP packages for all shows on their upcoming tour (full tour itinerary below). VIP packages include premium seats, exclusive meet and great with the band, personal photo with the band, signed limited edition collection tour poster, special tour gift, and much more. For more information and to purchase VIP packages and get advance tickets, visit the bands website. VIP packages and advance tickets go on sale on Tuesday, June 25th at 10am CET.

Dream Theater’s U.K. & Europe tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE

Wed 1/15 Porto, Portugal Coliseum of Porto
Thu 1/16 Madrid, Spain Palacio Visalegre
Fri 1/17 Pamplona, Spain Anaitasuna
Sat 1/18 Barcelona, Spain St. Jordi Club
Mon 1/20 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Tues 1/21 Florence, Italy Obihall
Wed 1/22 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica
Thu 1/23 Padova, Italy Geox Theatre
Sat 1/25 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Sun 1/26 Munich, Germany Zenith
Mon 1/27 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
Wed 1/29 Prague, Czech Republic Tipsport Arena
Thu 1/30 Ludwigsburg, Germany Arena
Fri 1/31 Paris, France Zenith
Sat 2/1 Offenbach, Germany Stadthalle
Mon 2/3 Zagreb, Croatia Cibona
Tues 2/4 Ljubljana, Slovenia Small Tivoli
Wed 2/5 Katowice, Poland Spodek Hall
Fri 2/7 Bamberg, Germany Stechert Arena
Sat 2/8 Deinze, Belgium Brielpoort
Sun 2/9 Hannover, Germany Swiss Life Hall
Mon 2/10 Saarbrucken, Germany Saarlandhalle
Wed 2/12 Lille, France Aeronef
Thu 2/13 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo
Fri 2/14 London, UK Wembley Arena
Sat 2/15 Wolverhampton, UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mon 2/17 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall
Tues 2/18 Dusseldorf, Germany Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Thu 2/20 Copenhagen, Denmark Falconer
Mon 2/24 Helsinki, Finland Icehall

For more information, please visit dreamtheater.net. Also on Facebook and Twitter.

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