Tragic week in the world of rock with the deaths of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Mike Howe of Metal Church and former Slipknot drummer and founding member Joey Jordison. We don’t know all the details about the passing of these great musicians, but they will be missed by their friends, family and fans. I did not know Dusty. I do know Billy Gibbons fairly well. He has been a regular on my shows and we were in touch this afternoon. I posted more on what he was okay with me sharing with fans on my Twitter earlier. ZZ was amazing in that they are without a doubt the longest running band ever with never a lineup change. Billy confirmed the band will continue with Ellwood (who was subbing for Dusty) on bass. I met Joey a few times, including once when he was making a Murder Dolls album in studio. Knew him but not well. Mainly because of TMS and Don & Jim being close with him and his family. But was always a cool guy and fun to talk to and a great sense of humor. Same with Mike, knew him to say hello to, but not well. Many were thrilled he was back in MC as the albums they made with him were great. Condolences to all impacted by the death of these 3 great artists.

Tomorrow on TrunkNation and all new producer interview special with Max Norman. Amazing stuff on the Ozzy albums, plus Loudness, Lynch Mob, Y&T, Megadeth and more. Don’t miss it. 2-4 and 10-Mid ET SiriusXM Volume 106 or SiriusXM app. Also On Demand on the app tomorrow after first airing like every show. Back live Friday with your calls and Riki Rachtman calling in for the 40th of MTV.

New podcast tomorrow with Steve Whiteman of Kix. Current podcast with Kiss doc director DJ Viola.

This Saturday I’m in Ft Wayne IN hosting Warrant and Eric Martin at Sweetwater Pavilion. Come on out.

Thanks to all for a great early birthday party and send off to IDL in Tulsa. I’ll be back for Rocklahoma soon!

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Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has died at the age of 46.

His family released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. He was 46.

Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.

To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.

The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.

The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”

Many other musicians, including Jordison’s former Slipknot’s bandmates, frontman Corey Taylor, percussionist M. Shawn Crahan and guitarist Jim Root have all posted their shock, and sympathies, on social media

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ZZ Top‘s longtime bassist Dusty Hill has died. He was 72 years old.

The band’s Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard wrote in a statement, “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

Gibbons also tweeted to Eddie’s Twitter account, “As Dusty said upon his departure, “Let the show go on!”. and…with respect, we’ll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes. Dusty emphatically grabbed my arm and said, “Give Elwood the bottom end and take it to the Top”. He meant it, amigo. He really did.:

Hill was a longtime member of the Texas blues rock group for over 50 years. No cause of death was given.

Hill had been dealing with a health concern related to a hip issue as recently as Friday, the band revealed, adding that they were awaiting “a speedy recovery” and hoping to “have him back pronto.” Earlier this month, Gibbons and Beard played their first performances without Hill in more than 50 years…”Per Dusty’s request the show must go on!,” the statement continued, and the band’s longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, filled in.

Hill was born in Dallas in 1949 and played cello in high school, which made for an easy transition to electric bass. He, his guitarist brother Rocky and future fellow ZZ Top bandmate Frank Beard, a drummer, played in local bands such as the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers and American Blues, working the same Texas touring circuits as ace guitarist Billy Gibbons’ band, the Moving Sidewalks.

The brothers parted company in 1968 over musical differences, and Hill and Beard moved to Houston, where they eventually united with Gibbons in ZZ Top. Gibbons had formed the band in 1969 and recorded a one-off independent single produced by manager Bill Ham, who would remain with them for decades. The act’s original bassist introduced the guitarist to Beard; Hill would join Gibbons and Beard for a gig in Beaumont, TX, on Feb. 10th, 1970. The lineup remained the same for more than five decades: They celebrated their 50th anniversary at a San Antonio concert in February 2020.

Launched on London Records in 1971, the Houston-bred threesome secured its first major hit with the No. 8 LP “Tres Hombres” in 1973; the set included the raunchy single “La Grange,” a homage to the Chicken Ranch, the notorious bordello in the like-named Texas city…but it was 1983’s Eliminator, that really brought the band success with hit songs Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs and their accompanying featuring classic cars.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.  

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British band Inglorious will release a covers album titled, Heroine on September 10th. They have released their take on Heart’s classic track Barracuda from said album, which can be seen below. Pre-order Heroine on CD/Color LP/Digital here, please note that £1 ($1.39 US) from every sale of this album on the band’s webstore will be donated to Women’s Aid a fantastic charity out of the UK. 

Heroine track listing:

1. Queen Of The Night (Whitney Houston) 

2. Barracuda (Heart cover)

3. Midnight Sky (Miley Cyrus cover)

4. Nutbush City Limits (Tina Turner cover)

5. Bring Me To Life (Evanescence cover)

6. Fighter (Christina Aguilera cover)

7. I’m With You (Avril Lavigne cover)

8. I Hate Myself For Loving You (Joan Jett cover)

9. I Am The Fire (Halestorm cover)

10. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover)

11. Uninvited (Alanis Morissette cover)

Inglorious was formed in February 2014 by five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of Hard Rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals.  Their influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of Rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born. The band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth.  Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion. Nathan is joined by guitarist Danny Dela Cruz who partners Dan Stevens in an Inglorious dual axe attack, renowned Brazilian bassist Vinnie Colla, and drummer Phil Beaver (who was once  signed to Mick Fleetwood’s label while still at school),

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Greg Prato of Guitar World spoke with Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis, some excerpts appear below.

Guitar World: What are some other memories of your time with Ozzy?

Brad Gillis: You have to realize that after the sad death of Randy Rhoads, the band was going through a lot of emotional stress throughout the rest of the tour. So, when I joined the band, it was quite a heavy situation.

Bernie Tormé was playing guitar at that time in the interim, before a permanent replacement was added. And when I flew to New York for the audition, I basically found out it was just me. So, I did the best I could practicing in my hotel room every day, with a small amp, a boombox and a live board cassette with Randy that had been recorded a few months earlier.

At night, I would go to the shows to watch the live performance from the soundboard. I was amazed at the large castle, fire, explosives, and the hanging of the dwarf – realizing that in a few days, I was going to be up on stage. I’ll never forget the sound man looking over at me and laughing, saying, ‘You’re next buddy!’ 

My first night was quite a horrendous experience – because not only was I scared to death, at soundcheck, we only played seven out of the 18-song set, and Ozzy didn’t even show up. My first gig was sold out in Binghamton, New York for 8,000 people. That was basically my entrance into Ozzy’s world. 

I ended up botching Revelation (Mother Earth), as I ended up coming into the fast section too early, and the whole band looked at me like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ I stopped playing, regained my composure, and finished out the song and the set – with no other major mistakes.

The next night before we went on stage, Sharon [Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife] came up to me, saying, ‘Bradley, you’re doing a great job. But tonight… don’t fuck up.’”

Guitar World: Did you ever meet Randy Rhoads? 

Brad Gillis: I never had that chance. But I did see Ozzy and Randy in 1981 at the Day on the Green in Oakland, California. And at that time, Randy was being touted as ‘the next Eddie Van Halen’. And when I saw that show, I was totally blown away by his performance. 

Around that time, I had a club band called the Alameda All Stars, that I had thrown together in 1980 to keep my chops up, playing locally in the San Francisco Bay area – and we threw in a few Ozzy songs [Crazy Train and Flying High Again]. 

I first met Ozzy in the master suite at the Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York. I had my red Strat, no amp, and played him Flying High Again

How surreal to be sitting at the edge of his bed, with him cross-legged on the floor singing up to me while I played the song. Once I got through the solo he jumped up, gave me a big hug, and said, ‘Brad, I love you. Pull me through.”‘

Guitar World: Night Ranger opened for KISS on their Creatures of the Night tour – that must have been something special.

Brad Gillis: That was a great experience for us. I had just finished up seven months with Ozzy, so stepping into opening for KISS was comfortable to me getting right back into large venues. 

The guys in KISS – especially Gene and Paul – were very gracious and gave us good stage room and loved to hang out. At one point, I actually tried on Gene’s 30-pound stage boots.

Read more at Guitar World.

In related news, Night Ranger released their first single, Bring It All Home To Me, from their forthcoming album ATBPO (which stands for And The Band Played On), which can be heard here. ATBPO will be released on August 6th through Frontiers Music, pre-order the album, here.

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Dream Theater announce the forthcoming worldwide release of their 15th studio album, A View From The Top Of The World on October 22ndA View From The Top OF The World is Dream Theateat its musical finest expanding on the sound they helped create while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The 7-song album also marks the second studio album with InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.  
Dream Theater – comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung and Mike Mangini – was in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their last release Distance Over Time and the 20th anniversary of Scenes From A Memory when a Global Pandemic brought the world to a stop. The musicians found themselves at home with LaBrie in Canada and the rest of the group in the States. As fate would have it, they’d just finished construction on DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) —a combination live recording studio, rehearsal space, control room, equipment storage, and creative hive. With LaBrie in Canada, he initially wrote with the band via ZOOM on a monitor in DTHQ. In March 2021, he flew down to New York, quarantined, and recorded his vocals face-to-face with Petrucci. The album ultimately threaded together lean and uncompromising hooks with tried-and-true technical proficiency.
“We just love to play our instruments,” observes Petrucci. “That never goes away. I love to be creative, write, and exercise that part of my mind. We’ve been able to do this for a long time, and we don’t take it for granted. Whenever we get together, we know we can’t disappoint ourselves or our fans, so we manage to try even harder.”
“We approach every album like it’s our first,” adds LaBrie. “It’s been such a great ride, but we’re not going to stop.”
The track listing for A View From The Top Of The World is:

1) The Alien (9:32)
2) Answering The Call (7:35)
3) Invisible Monster (6:31)
4) Sleeping Giant (10:05)
5) Transcending Time (6:25)
6) Awaken The Master (9:47)
7) A View From The Top Of The World (20:24)
Dream Theater is also planning to hit the road in support of the new album. The Top Of The World Tour of North America begins on October 28th in Mesa, AZ and runs through December 14th where it concludes in St. Petersburg, FL. The tour will make stops in Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; New York, NY and Orlando, FL among others. Information on tickets for all upcoming shows as well as VIP packages can be found at dreamtheater.net.
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