Tomorrow on TrunkNation my guests include Michael Anthony and Joe Satriani (separate interviews). Join me live daily on SiriusXM Volume 106 2-4P ET, replay 9-11P ET, On Demand on the SiriusXM app.
My new podcast posting Thursday will feature Yngwie Malmsteen and Carmine Appice as guests. Free www.podcastone.com or Apple Podcasts.
The next TrunkNation LA Invasion is July 25th from the Rainbow. Live on SiriusXM Volume 106 6-8P Pacific. If in LA join me, it’s free! Guests TBA.
I’m doing some live club speaking Q&A shows. The first is in my home state of NJ at the Stanhope House in Stanhope. Hope to see many of you out to join me to talk rock and some live Stump The Trunk. All the dates on the home page.
Get well to Dave Mustaine on his battle with throat cancer. The Megadeth cruise is still a go!
Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon Zakk Wylde, will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in late summer/early fall. Support on the trek will come from The Black Dahlia Murder and Alien Weaponry. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 21st.
Sep. 11 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater Sep. 13 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House Sep. 14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House Sep. 15 Missoula, MT – The Wilma Sep. 16 Billings, MT – Pub Station Sep. 18 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep Sep. 19 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater Sep. 21 Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos Sep. 22 Houston, TX – House of Blues Sep. 23 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre Sep. 25 Fayetteville, AR – Fayetteville Town Center Sep. 27 Turtle Lake, WI – St. Croix Casino Sep. 28 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre Sep. 30 Kitchener, ON – Elements
Oct. 1 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Oct. 2 Pikeville, KY – Appalachian Wireless Arena Oct. 4 Boston, MA – House of Blues Oct. 5 Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater Oct. 8 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live Oct. 10 Destin, FL – Club LA
Black Label Society recently completed the 20 Years Of Sonic Brewtality Tour” The band played two shows in each market — the first night featured the 1998 album Sonic Brew played in its entirety, while the second night saw the band play a set of greatest hits.
The band is continuing to tour in support of its tenth full-length album, Grimmest Hits, which was released in January 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne).
Guns N’ Roses is bringing its outrageously successful Not In This Lifetime tour back to the U.S this fall — and for the first time in 2019.
With fans hungry for more GN’R, today the band revealed eight new dates across the United States, starting September 25th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The shows include two back-to-back nights on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd, in Las Vegas at the legendary Colosseum at Caesars Palace, GN’R’s most intimate venue since the 2017 performance at the Apollo Theater.
Pre-sale for the new dates starts on June 18th at 10 a.m. local time, with V.I.P. packages available then. General sale begins on June 21st at 10 a.m. local time.
These eight shows join a previously revealed run of major festivals that will bring the band to cities across the United States, along with two colossal stadium dates in Mexico. The wide range of festivals GN’R will hit include Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits, Exit 111 and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.
Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center Sep. 28 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
Oct. 1 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena Oct. 4 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Oct. 7 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena Oct. 11 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Oct. 15 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena Oct. 13 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Oct. 18 – Guadalajara, MX – Estadio Jalisco Oct. 20 – Tijuana, MX – Estadio Caliente Oct. 23 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena Oct. 25 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Nov. 1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Nov. 2 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime tour began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8th, 2018.
Not In This Lifetime is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago.
“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on — but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.
Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.
Meanwhile, Kiko [Loureiro, guitar], David [Ellefson, bass], Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia — which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.
I’m so thankful for my whole team — family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more.
I’ll keep everyone posted.
See you soon, Dave Mustaine”
Megacruise is scheduled to set sail on October 13th. For more information, please click here.
Michael Schenker’s Michael Schenker Fest project will release its second studio album, Revelation, on September 20th through Nuclear Blast.
The official video for the disc’s first single, Rock Steady, can be seen below.
“This song almost did not make it on the album,” says Michael Schenker. “It developed from a ‘maybe’ into a definite, after we swapped things around like an added solo, psychedelic pieces, the lyrics, the slide plus all the other goodies and sprinkles. It turned out to be a party song telling my story, capturing many aspects of music. It was originally a song for guest musicians to be featured on the album, the ones I had in mind were Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger; it had that kind of feel. Ronnie actually introduced his family to me in my dressing room in Hammersmith back in the ’80s and I’ve heard he’s a fan! So, I had asked my son Taro to knock on Ronnie’s door, since they both live in Barcelona, and tell Ronnie to bring Mick with him. The Beatles and The [Rolling] Stones were two of the first bands I got into. I had the pleasure to jam with Paul McCartney on an MSG album. Ronnie and Mick would have closed the cycle, but when Ted [McKenna, drums] passed away we had to focus on other things instead. We ended up scrapping the whole guest idea.”
Revelation will be released on a variety of different formats and is ready for pre-order now. It will be available as CD-digipak, 2LP (different colors) as well as a limited box set including CD-digipak, 2LP (red+black splatter), puzzle, poster 60×30, photo cards.
1. Rock Steady 2. Under A Blood Red Sky 3. Silent Again 4. Sleeping With The Light On 5. The Beast In The Shadows 6. Behind The Smile 7. Crazy Daze 8. Lead You Astray 9. We Are The Voice 10. Headed For The Sun 11. Old Man 12. Still In The Fight 13. Ascension
14. Armed And Ready (live) 15. Bad Boys (live) 16. Rock Bottom (live)
“Based on the fun that we had recording Resurrection, the success of the album and the surrounding tours we undertook that were just fantastic, I was deeply inspired to make a start on writing new songs for a new Michael Schenker Fest album,” said Schenker. “It is even a step up from Resurrection, with amazing input from all singers and all musicians. I could not ask for a better result. The songs are blazing, snappy, energetic, melodic and with drummers like Simon Philips and Bodo Shopf, we got amazing results. This time we even managed to record three great mid-tempo songs with all singers involved, singing their hearts out.”
Regarding the title, Schenker said, “The album title and cover concept expresses things that have happened in my past as well as what is still happening at the present time. It’s about passion and purity versus greed and corruption. There is much to say. It’s about time I let people know about some of this.”
Besides the four vocalists — Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White — Schenker also reveals a guest singer on one track. “An incredible thing happened; we had this song that was ready to be worked on and Michael Voss suggested Ronnie Romero from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, who Voss had worked with in the past, to sing on this song as a guest,” Michael said. “What came out of it was classic. Amazing vocals with blazing music that absolutely rocks.”
He continued, “We are ready to present this unique album to the world and I am very much looking forward to getting this album out there. Our label Nuclear Blast is totally happy with this record and I was especially happy getting a message from Markus Staiger, the founder of Nuclear Blast, saying how much he loves this album.”
Michael Schenker Fest recently completed a U.S. tour.
For over 15 years, Alter Bridge has been a band known for blurring the line between hard rock and heavy metal. Building upon the sound that has won the band worldwide critical acclaim and a devoted global fan base, the band returns with their sixth studio album, Walk The Sky. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on October 18th through Napalm Records. The fourteen-track opus marks a creative highpoint for the quartet comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums. Walk The Sky is a complete career retrospective drawing upon elements from each of the band’s previous releases to create something new from the band.
Recorded in a way never done before, the album was born from complete song ideas created by Kennedy and Tremonti. These songs would then be worked on by the entire band to create the fourteen songs that would make Walk The Sky the listening experience it is. This varies from the band’s previous method going back to their sophomore release Blackbirdwhere Kennedy and Tremonti would combine individual ideas and riffs alongside producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette to form some of the band’s most revered songs. From the opening vocal melody on One Life to the moving finale of Dying Light, Alter Bridgehave created a formidable addition to their music catalog. Songs like Godspeed, Native Son and Walking On The Sky are sure to be early additions to the live set. Forever Falling also marks a lead vocal return from Tremonti with Kennedy taking the chorus as done previously on the Fortressfavorite Waters Rising. The first single Wouldn’t You Rather is quintessential Alter Bridge and will released in two weeks.
Walk The Sky track listing:
1. One Life 2. Wouldn’t You Rather 3. In The Deep 4. Godspeed 5. Native Son 6. Take The Crown 7. Indoctrination 8. The Bitter End 9. Pay No Mind 10. Forever Falling 11. Clear Horizon 12. Walking On The Sky 13. Tear Us Apart 14. Dying Light
Alter Bridgewill be heading out on a worldwide tour beginning in September. The tour will begin in the United States before heading over to Europe to close out 2019. The European headline dates scheduled for November and December will feature Shinedown, Sevendust and The Raven’s Age. The North American dates will be announced in the near future. The band has also been announced as part of the inaugural Exit 111 festival in October and as a headliner of the sold-out 2020 sailing of Shiprocked.
Alter Bridge European Tour Dates (Featuring Shinedown, Sevendust and The Raven’s Age):
Nov-12 DEN, Copenhagen – KB Hall Nov-14 FIN, Helsinki – Ice Hall Black Box Nov-16 SWE, Stockholm – Hovet Nov-17 NOR, Oslo – Sentrum Scene Nov-19 GER, Hamburg – Sporthalle Nov-20 GER, Berlin – Columbiahalle Nov-22 GER, Leipzig – Hause Auensee Nov-23 POL, Warsaw – Hala Kolo Nov-26 GER,Cologne – Palladium Nov-27 GER, Munich – Zenith Nov-29 AUT, Vienna – Gasometer
Dec-1 SWI, Zurich – Halle 622 Dec-2 ITA, Milan – Mediolanum Forum Dec-4 SPA, Barcelona – St. Jordi Club Dec-6 POR, Lisbon – Sala Tejo Dec-7 SPA, Madrid – Vistalegre Dec-9 FRA, Paris – Olympia Dec-10 HOL, Amsterdam – AFAS Live Dec-12 BEL, Brussels – Cirque Royal Dec-14 ENG, Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena Dec-15 ENG, Manchester – Manchester Arena Dec-17 SCO, Glasgow SSE – Hydro Arena Dec-18 ENG, Birmingham – Birmingham Arena Dec-20 WAL, Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena Dec-21 ENG, London – 02 Arena
Alter Bridge line-up:
Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals Brian Marshall on bass Scott Phillips on drums