EDDIE AND ALEX VAN HALEN DISCUSS NERVES, DAVID LEE ROTH AND WOLFGANG VAN HALEN

VanHalen2012 Australia’s Triple M recently conducted a short interview with Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Read it below.

Triple M: Eddie is it true your dad gave you a shot of vodka and a cigarette when you were 12-years-old to help combat nerves?

Eddie: Yes, to help calm my nerves. Worked for him and worked for me for a lot of years, but those days are over now. I quit smoking and quit drinking about five or six years ago. There goes the neighborhood.”

Triple M: Alex, you are an ordained minister?

Alex: I don’t promote it but I don’t deny it. I’m in a rock band so you have to take everything with a grain of salt.

Triple M: Van Halen are actually the band KISS without make-up?

Alex: I think we’re much better looking.

Triple M: Of course, Van Halen hit Australia this April with the old dog, David Lee Roth on vocals. Is it good to have Diamond Dave back in the band?

Alex: It’s like you walk into the studio and we haven’t been together for a while and there’s this overwhelming sense of ‘coming home.’ That’s the best way I can describe it.

All the time we were apart was if it hadn’t existed and we picked up the fisti-cuffs right away. It’s like a pair of jeans that just fit right.

Triple M: Eddie’s son Wolfgang has been playing bass in the band for the past seven years, after replacing original bassist Michael Anthony in 2006.

Eddie: Of course it’s exciting, and he keeps us young.

Alex: It’s good to have a different perspective on the music we recorded 35 years ago. We’re really happy the music has stood the test time and I think having a different generation involved with it gives us a different perspective.

source: triplem.com.au

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CINDERELLA’S TOM KEIFER POSTS VIDEO FOR “SOLID GROUND” ONLINE

Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer has posted a video for the song Solid Ground, from his solo album, The Way Life Goes, online. Watch it below.

The Way Life Goes will be released on April 30th through Merovee Records.

The Way Life Goes track listing:

1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick And Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fools Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
14. Babylon

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QUEENSRYCHE, FEATURING TODD LA TORRE, POST “REDEMPTION” ONLINE

2499059-queensryche-new-617-409 The version of Queensryche fronted by Todd La Torre have released their first track with the new vocalist called Redemption. Hear it below.

The band, who fired singer Geoff Tate last year, will release their next album on June 10th via Century Media.

Bassist Eddie Jackson recently said, “Queensryche is excited to begin writing this next chapter in our career with Century Media. We are pleased to call them partners on this journey. We are also thankful for all of the fans who have supported us from day one and helped us to get where we are today.”

Tate has formed his own version of Queensryche following a court ruling that allows both parties to use the name until a final decision in November. His band will play 1988 classic album Operation: Mindcrime in full on tour in April in the US, while La Torre’s version of the band tour the UK.

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

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SEBASTIAN BACH POSTS VIDEO OF “18 & LIFE” FROM “ABACHALYPSE NOW” ONLINE

Bach'sabachalypsenow Sebastian Bach has posted a video for 18 & Life taken from the singer’s new live CD/DVD package ABachalypse Now, which will be released in North America on March 27th. Watch the clip below.

Abachalypse Now track listing:

CD1 – Sebastian Bach — Live at Hellfest, France 2012

Slave to the Grind
Kicking & Screaming
Here I Am
Big Guns
Piece of Me
18 & Life
American Metalhead
Monkey Business
I Remember You
Youth Gone Wild

CD2 – Sebastian Bach — Live at Nokia, Los Angeles CA 2012

Big Guns
(Love Is) a Bitch Slap
Piece of Me; 18 & Life
American Metal Head
Monkey Business
I Remember You
TunnelVision
Youth Gone Wild

DVD Contents:

Live at Hellfest, France 2012

Slave to the Grind
Kicking & Screaming
Here I Am
Big Guns
Piece of Me
18 & Life
American Metalhead
Monkey Business
I Remember You
Youth Gone Wild

Live at Nokia, Los Angeles CA 2012

Big Guns
(Love Is) a Bitch Slap
Piece of Me; 18 & Life
American Metal Head
Monkey Business
I Remember You
TunnelVision
Youth Gone Wild

Live at Graspop, Belgium

Kicking & Screaming
Dirty Power
Here I Am
Big Guns
18 & Life
American Metalhead
Monkey Business
I Remember You
TunnelVision

Bonus Music Videos:

Kicking & Screaming
TunnelVision
I’m Alive

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AIRBOURNE RELEASE NEW SONG CALLED “LIVE IT UP”

Airbourne, who’s third album, Black Dog Barking, will be released on May 21st through Roadrunner Records, has released their first single. The tune called Live It Up can be heard below.

The band says, “A lot of thought and effort has gone into this record not only by the band, but by the production crew who worked countless hours, seven days a week, even through Christmas and New Year’s Eve to achieve the best possible performances, backed by real undying tones. Now we’re handing it over to you… so crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!”

Inspired by the likes of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Motorhead, Airbourne has been winning fans since 2003 with their high-energy, whiplash-inducing, workingman’s rock ‘n’ roll. Their first album Runnin’ Wild was named Best Debut Album at the 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards.

Hailing from Warrnambool, a small drinking town on the southwestern coast of Victoria, Australia, Airbourne — vocalist/lead guitarist Joel O’Keeffe, drummer Ryan O’Keeffe, guitarist David Roads, and bassist Justin Street — has gained an immense following with their explosive live shows and main stage festival appearances including a headliner spot at Wacken 2011, Rock Am Ring/Park (Germany) and Download (UK).

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BRET MICHAELS TALKS NEW MUSIC, TV AND “ROCK MY RV”

bretmichaelsflamehat Sean Daly of the New York Post reports:

Bret Michaels wants to pimp your really big ride.

The Poison rocker — and lifelong road warrior — has put his shocking elimination from All Star Celebrity Apprentice in the rearview mirror and moved on to an even more personal project: Travel Channel’s Rock My RV.

Michaels, who turned 50 last week, has been leading a team of top designers as they broken down campers into over-the-top mobile mansions for the new series, premiering May 26th.

“There’s very few shows that deal with what I have loved to do since I was a child,” he says. “My whole life — and I have got all the baby pictures to prove it — I have traveled in RVs. I have been in a camper not only for my childhood, but for the last 26 years of my professional life. That is all I have known.

Michaels shared more with The Post during an exclusive visit to the set in Northridge, California.

Q: Can you put a dollar figure on what these custom jobs are worth?

Bret Michaels: I would say it’s a minimum $100,000 improvement. They would almost, in some cases — if they had to pay for it — be able to buy a new RV.

Q: So why bother reconditioning them then?

Bret Michaels: The owners are in love with them. There’s sentimental value. A new motor home can cost $250,000 and a lot of people don’t have that kind of money. So they write to us and we go “This is an interesting story.” The guy we are doing today is called The Sausage King. He helped all those firefighters in Colorado Springs. He has a business called Bite Me Sausage but he ran out of money.

Q: You have a new CD coming out. Will your songs be featured on the show?

Bret Michaels: Yes! It’s music from throughout my career. Mostly Bret Michaels stuff, but some from the Poison catalog. Luckily we were one of the bands that held on to the publishing rights. In my contract — like Rock of Love or any show I do — even Apprentice — I always put my music in the show.

Q: You have been doing a lot of TV lately.

Bret Michaels: I love to do TV, provided that it is something I have a true interest in. I have had to turn down a lot of stuff that is technically great and probably the right thing to do, but wouldn’t work for me.

Q: Like Dancing with The Stars?

Bret Michaels: Dancing with The Stars is fantastic. They’ve hinted around for years. I think it is a great show, but I wouldn’t do it. First of all, I can’t dance my way out of a paper bag!

Q: What about scripted TV?

Bret Michaels: I would love to — but my acting skills are very limited. If you said to me “I need you to deliver these lines…” Probably not my forte. I have no learned acting skills. I have been asked to do several things. With really good actors… There is such a natural skill to being able to act natural when there are all these people around watching. For me, reality seems best.

Q: Has Simon Cowell called you yet to be a judge on X Factor?

Bret Michaels: No. And he damn well should! I will tell you now, with all those show.. I have said “If you ever need my expertise for a music show, I played at Dutch’s Bar & Grill and it was so small they had to move the pool table out of the way.” I was my own roadie. I lived it long before there was the internet, so I can give real advice.

source: nypost.com

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