DORO PESCH CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY IN DUSSELDORF, CONCERTS STREAMED LIVE

doropesch40 Doro Pesch, the reigning queen of metal just celebrated her 30th Anniversary in Dusseldorf, Germany. The show was broadcast live via stream to give fans a taste of both nights. Friday night Doro performed with an orchestra and special guests.Saturday night Doro was joined by Sabina Classen from Holy Moses, Udo Dirkschneider, Tom Angelripper “Sodom” Chris Caffery “Savatage & TSO” and “Lordi” to name a few. Setlists from both nights are listed below.

After announcing the steam, the already sold-out anniversary show on March 3rd on stageit.com, Metal Queen Doro offered a full live online stream of both shows, that took place on March 2nd and 3rd with a crowd of 2, 500 per night at Dusseldorf CCD-Stadthalle.

Stageit.com gave all fans a chance to watch the concerts celebrating Doro’s 30 years stage Anniversary via online stream at home. Sixteen
cameras will deliver the events live from the venue to their home computer.

Today is the big Doro celebration day. Starting with the release of the Raise Your Fist –30 Years Anniversary-Edition, which contains the re-release of the successful Raise Your Fist record, as well as a real bonus CD highlight entitled Powerful Passionate Favorites. There you find new and unreleased tracks, but also Doro cover versions of her favorite artists, such as Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Metallica, KISS and Dio.

You can listen the album on the exclusive album stream at Classic Rock Magazine.

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NEW BOOK CHRONICLES GUNS N’ ROSES ASSISTANT’S ROAD STORIES

gunsnrosesmattsorum400 Larry Getlen of the New York Post reports:

During a break in Guns N’ Roses’ years-long Use Your Illusion tour, singer Axl Rose was at his Malibu home with his two assistants when a moth got into the house. The assistants tried shooing it out, but it refused to leave, hovering instead by Rose’s dining-room chandelier.

Fed up, Rose told his first assistant, Craig Duswalt — Rose’s life was busy enough that his assistant required his own assistant — to “keep a close eye on it.” Rose ran upstairs and returned with “a long gun … a rifle maybe, or even a shotgun.”

Rose instructed Duswalt to bring him a chair and “positioned himself under the chair, lying on his back.” He then told Duswalt to “make [the moth] go into the corner” so that Rose didn’t shoot out the light.

Duswalt stood on a chair and batted the moth. He mentioned that he could probably reach it with a flyswatter, but Rose just laughed, saying, “Not going to happen.”

Blam!

The new memoir Welcome To My Jungle features many of Duswalt’s road stories from 1991-1993, when Guns N’ Roses were the biggest band on the planet and Axl Rose was the world’s most worshiped rock star.

One of Duswalt’s main responsibilities was making sure that Rose got to the band’s shows. This was never easy, as Rose was infamous for being hours late to his own concerts, and sometimes for bailing altogether at the last minute if even the slightest thing upset him.

Just before a show in Buenos Aires for 80,000 people, Rose was already late — the rest of the band was at the venue — when he asked Duswalt to order dinner for him from room service.

Specifically, he asked for chili and cheese.

Duswalt quietly freaked out. Rose needed to leave within minutes, and chili and cheese was not a room-service menu item. Duswalt was aware that if Rose failed to get his exact order, he could bail on the show.

Duswalt called room service and, despite the language barrier, spent several minutes trying to describe “chili and cheese” to the man on the phone. The order took over an hour to arrive, with the road manager frantically paging Duswalt wondering where Rose was.

Finally, the meal arrived. The waiter brought it inside, ceremoniously lifted the lid, and presented to Duswalt “a block of cheddar cheese surrounded by six whole red-hot peppers.”

Terrified of the ramifications, Duswalt grabbed plates and glasses — including the incorrect order — and hurled them against the wall, “smashing them into a thousand pieces.”

Rose ran out of his room and asked, “What the hell is that?” Duswalt explained that the waiter had screwed up the order and said that he had become so enraged by the mistake that he “threw the plates at him in disgust.”

The singer, distracted from the screw-up with an explanation he could relate to, forgot about his dinner and left for the show.

Guns N’ Roses was one of the biggest rock bands of all time, and Rose quickly became used to the money and privilege that entailed.

While in France for a show, Rose bought then-girlfriend, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, who was then in New York, a stuffed elephant for her birthday. Rose had a crew member book the stuffed elephant its own seat on the Concorde — at an estimated cost of $10,000.

Such was Rose’s power that he didn’t even need to speak to get his way.

For a time, he became enamored with photography, carrying a camera everywhere. Following one show, his limo pulled out of the backstage area — thousands of fans clamoring for a peek inside — when Rose spotted one especially attractive fan and invited her back to his hotel.

The girl jumped in the limo and, “after an awkward moment of silence,” Rose began silently taking the girl’s picture.

She smiled for the camera, innocently at first, then progressively sexier and removed her clothes until she was naked. Rose never said a word. He just kept clicking the shutter, despite the fact that cameras back then held no more than 36 exposures. Duswalt estimates that Rose clicked the shutter around 300 times.

While on the road, crew members were required to keep their walkie-talkies on 24/7, in case a band member needed something. One night in Venezuela, Duswalt had his girlfriend with him — they’d been having problems due to her fears about his crazy rock ’n’ roll road life — when the walkie-talkie squawked at around 2 o’clock in the morning.

“I thought to myself it was probably [bassist] Duff [McKagan] wanting someone to get him a drink because he ran out of vodka,” he writes. But instead, and to his and his girlfriend’s dismay, they heard a man’s voice saying, “Gentleman, the ladies are here. Let the games begin.”

He jumped to shut off the walkie-talkie, but his now pissed-off girlfriend told him to leave it on.

The next sound they heard from the walkie-talkie was giggling; then, from the hallway, what sounded like a stampede.

Duswalt opened the door and saw “about 50 naked women right outside my door, walking down the hall.” The next day, he learned that “the promotor … thought it would be really cool and impressive to empty a whorehouse out and bring them all to the hotel via bus … naked.”

Nudity seems to be a theme of Guns N’ Roses lifestyle.

In Buenos Aires, Rose offered a few hundred dollars to any crew member who would “run naked in the streets in front of our hotel” — where hundreds of the band’s fans were camped out, hoping for a glimpse of their idols — and then “shake the hand of an Argentinian police officer.”

Tour photographer Gene Kirkland negotiated the fee up to $1,000, then accepted the offer.

After returning to his room to prepare, Kirkland emerged in the lobby wearing nothing but “a white bath towel and a tie.” Rose gave him the money, then pointed to a police officer stationed across the street — “the meanest-looking one,” writes Duswalt — as the one Kirkland should approach.

With the band, crew and hundreds of fans watching, Kirkland “pulled off his towel and ran naked across the hotel parking lot to the pre-chosen police officer. He approached the officer, smiling the entire time, reached his hand out and waited for a handshake . . . amazingly, [the officer] reached out and shook hands with Gene.”

Seconds later, though, two officers grabbed Kirkland’s arms, put him against the wall and began to frisk him — which was strange, since he was naked. After a few seconds, the officers could no longer contain their laughter. It had all been a set-up, and Rose was in on it — someone in the crew had paid the officers to go along with the charade.

Guns N’ Roses imploded in 1993, and so too did Duswalt’s job. He went into advertising and is now a motivational speaker. He looks back fondly on his days with the band and even hopes to one day get them to reunite for charity.

“My dream is to have the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses put their differences aside and get back together, even if only for one day, and play a set,” he writes. “I believe, with all my heart, that they will get back together again. I just have to ask nicely.”

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source: nypost.com

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QUEENSRYCHE STARTS THE WRITING PROCESS FOR THEIR NEW ALBUM, TENTATIVELY DUE EARLY SUMMER 2015

2499059-queensryche-new-617-409 Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton posted the following press release on his Facebook page:

With the Queensrÿche canvas wiped completely clean and the band’s easel the strongest and most stable it’s been in years, Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton forge ahead to create yet another QR masterpiece. The band has already begun writing new material for the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled 2013 Century Media Records release, Queensrÿche. The new album is tentatively scheduled for release in early summer 2015.

“The Queensrÿche internal dynamic has certainly changed in terms of musicianship. It’s more of a cohesive team and the chemistry we have now is making what we can do creatively limitless. For Queensrÿche, it was always about being able to write together as a band. We didn’t have that for a long time but now that it’s back, we feel extremely liberated,” states founding guitarist Michael Wilton. “We’ve already begun the writing process for the next album and have a few songs demoed that we feel really good about. We’re taking the songs in the classic Queensrÿche direction but maybe a little more progressive and heavier at times. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it’s complete. We can’t wait for the final outcome. Writing with such a dynamic group of individuals has been nothing short of amazing.”

Queensrÿche recently reached a settlement in their dispute over the ownership of the Queensrÿche name and brand. Century Media is pleased to announce that Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton have successfully agreed to purchase Geoff Tate’s portion of the Queensrÿche name. The band will buy out their former lead singer’s share of the Queensrÿche corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety. He will no longer have use of the TriRyche logo or any other album images aside from the Mindcrime releases. He can only refer to himself as the “Original Lead Singer of Queensrÿche or “Formerly of Queensrÿche” for a period of two years and that text must be at least 50% smaller than his name in all materials. After this two year period passes, he can only refer to himself as Geoff Tate with no mention of Queensrÿche at all. Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his Queensrÿche lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31st, 2014. As of September 1st, there will be only one Queensrÿche entity and that will consist of Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton. This lineup will continue to perform selections from their entire musical catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime. The band will be able to use all TriRyche logos and previous album artwork for any purposes as needed by the corporation.

Queensrÿche is:

Todd La Torre – Vocals
Michael Wilton – Guitars
Parker Lundgren – Guitars
Eddie Jackson – Bass
Scott Rockenfield – Drums

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TRACK LISTING FOR JUDAS PRIEST’S “REDEEMER OF SOULS” REVEALED

judaspriest640 There are only a select number of bands that have accomplished what Judas Priest has throughout their career (as well as having served as a stylistic influence on such a wide variety of bands). Soon the group – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis – will be offering up more classic Judas Priest metal with the release of Redeemer of Souls.

To be released in the US on July 8th, 2014 through Epic Records (as a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks), Redeemer of Souls is Judas Priest’s latest collection of epic metal – “raising the bar is consistent for us and Redeemer hits the ground running” – it matches up perfectly to earlier Priest classics as evidenced by the album’s lead off single March of the Damned (“we are forging ahead, slamming the pedal to the metal!”) – the band mean business once again.

“We feel Redeemer of Souls reinforces our passion for what we believe in from the Judas Priest style heavy metal.” The album also marks Richie Faulkner’s studio debut with Priest and is the co-writer of the material along with Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford.

And while fans are undoubtedly starved for more Priest (their last studio album Nostradamus was released in 2008) the band themselves are eager for the world to hear their latest studio triumph. “Classic combination of all the statements we love to create with raging guitar riffs and solos, thundering drums, thick grooves of bass and vocals tearing it all up!”

Redeemer of Souls track listing:

Dragonaur
Redeemer Of Souls (listen here)
Halls Of Valhalla
Sword Of Damocles
March Of The Damned
Down In Flames
Hell & Back
Cold Blooded
Metalizer
Crossfire
Secrets Of The Dead
Battle Cry
Beginning Of The End

Bonus tracks:

Snakebite
Tears Of Blood
Creatures
Bring It On
Never Forget

First bursting onto the scene with 1974’s Rocka Rolla Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time great albums – 1980’s British Steel, 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance, 1990’s Painkiller etc – and anthems Breaking the Law, Living After Midnight, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ etc – as well as trailblazing metal’s now instantly identifiable look – leather and studs – 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the band.

Judas Priest members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner will be guests on Eddie’s,Trunk Nation show on Sirius/XM, Monday, May 5th.

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“AMERICAN IDOL” CONTESTANT CALEB JOHNSON PERFORMS WHITESNAKE’S “STILL OF NIGHT”

CalebJohnson400 On last night’s (April 30th) episode of American Idol, contestant, and resident rocker, Caleb Johnson performed Whitesnake’s Still of the Night. Watch his performance below.

Still of the Night appears on Whitesnake’s 1987 self titled album which sold over eight million copies in the US where the album went platinum eight times. Besides Still of the Night, other singles released from the Whitesnake album included: Here I Go Again, Is This Love?, Crying in the Rain and Give Me All Your Love.

American Idol season 13 is broadcast on the Fox network and features judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr..

As per a poster’s suggestion (thanks Gary) I have also included Caleb’s performance of Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused below.

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THE SCORPIONS RELEASE A BRIEF STATEMENT REGARDING DRUMMER JAMES KOTTAK’S ARREST IN THE UAE

scorpions640 The Scorpions have released the following statement regarding reports that their American drummer, James Kottak, will spend a month in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates jail after he was convicted on Tuesday morning of insulting Islam.

“Dear fans, when James Kottak arrived in Dubai on April 3th, he ran into problems at immigrations and got busted. Whatever happened is totally out of our control and we don’t know any details about it at this point. For the concerts in Germany, Johan Franzon, a Swedish drummer, will take James’ seat. Please understand, we keep you posted.”

According to the Associated Press, Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger, and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport.

The Scorpions latest double CD was their first MTV Unplugged which was released on November 29th.

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