Greetings from Los Angeles. It’s been a great few days here already including the LA Invasion show last Thursday which was killer with Tom Morello and introducing Deadland Ritual with Steve Stevens, Matt Sorum, Geezer Butler and Franky Perez. The Rainbow was packed and I thank the guests and all who came out. Tom did the first hour recapping the Chris Cornell tribute. I caught some of this show last Wednesday and it was an incredible night. Saw so many artists and met so many fans and it was also for a great charitable cause. Hear the show again now On Demand on the SiriusXM app. The Morello interview will also be my podcast this Thursday, followed by the Deadland hour next Thursday.

Live show tomorrow on SiriusXM 106 2-4P ET with concert promoters Danny Wimmer and Gary Spivak. Their company does some of the biggest US rock festivals, should be an interesting talk. Wed-Fri this week I’ll do my TrunkNation show live from Anaheim and NAMM with Frank Bello, Dave Ellefson, Lee Kerslake and many more. Also at NAMM I’ll be shooting an episode of TrunkFest for AXS and hosting the Montrose Tribute on Fri and Hall of HM History on Wed. Should be a fun busy few days!

If going on Cruise To The Edge i’ll once again be on board doing my SiriusXM show live. Same with Monsters Of Rock which I also host. Can’t wait for these annual cruises!

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Former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake has received the platinum discs he asked the vocalist for last month.

Kerslake played on Ozzy’s first two solo albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, but due to a legal dispute over credits, the drummer didn’t get the recognition for the part he played in their creation.

Speaking with the Metal Voice last month, Kerslake – whose doctors recently gave him eight months to live due to his bone and prostate cancer – revealed he had written a letter to Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne asking for the discs.

He said, “I would like to get a couple of them to put on my wall before I die. It’s on my ‘bucket list.’”

Over the weekend, Ozzy posted a picture of Kerslake with the discs, saying: “I’m so glad that Lee Kerslake is enjoying his Blizzard and Diary platinum albums. I hope you feel better. Love, Ozzy.”

The Metal Voice also report that the discs will be officially presented to the drummer at the Hall Of Heavy Metal History on January 23 in Anaheim by CEO Pat Guesaldo.

The occasion will be filmed for inclusion in Kerslake’s documentary, which is currently being worked on.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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Double Dragon Records reveals the artwork and release date for Memoirs of an Uprising, the self-produced new album from singer/songwriter/guitarist,  Damon Johnson.  The album is set for release on March 8th, with pre-orders beginning January 25th. Fans who pre-order Memoirs of an Uprising  will receive the album’s debut single, Shivering Shivering, as an instant grat track.  Orders for a limited edition Red Vinyl pressing of the album can be placed here.
After incredible runs with the bands he co-founded, Black Star Riders and 90’s chart toppers,  Brother Cane, Damon Johnson found himself in spring of 2018 in a surprising position. Johnson had just completed a coast to coast tour with BSR supporting Judas Priest, as well as select reunion performances with Thin Lizzy, when he realized there were two things he couldn’t stop thinking about; his family and his music. Would 2019 finally be the year Johnson gives full focus to the music he kept hearing in his mind, composing an album, a true collection of songs that represented his personal vision, plus have the final say about his tour calendar? The answer was a resounding, yes.
Johnson explains, “After that Priest tour I was feeling anxious about some things: getting older, where my career would be in 10 years, how much time I was continually spending (mostly in foreign countries) away from my wife and our two youngest kids…plus I was sitting on a near completed solo album of the most honest music I’ve ever made. Ignoring some hard truths could not be a part of my deal anymore.” So Johnson made the decision to part ways with Black Star Riders, finish his album, and start over…this time completely on his own name.
The resulting album, Memoirs Of An Uprising is a collection that is both fierce and diverse – a powerful springboard for the musician to start his next chapter. Collaborating with his longtime friend and songwriter, Jim “Johnny Blade” Troglen, Johnson began assembling a group of songs in divergent tempos and grooves that appealed to his musical side and then laced them with lyrical themes of betrayal and revenge. “The first two songs we put together were Shivering Shivering and Dallas Coulda Been A Beatdown and I knew we were off to a great start,” says Johnson. Throughout Memoirs Of An Uprising there are musical events that are strictly meant to get bodies moving, like Dallas… and Making Peace With This Wicked Beast.  There are some truly challenged literary actors in We Got A System and The World Keeps Spinning Round. When it is suggested that this could be a concept album, Johnson says, “As much as I’d prefer to steer clear of that label, there is no denying these 10 songs can be consumed in one listen and feel like a complete story.”

Listen to sample of the thunderous first single, Shivering Shivering here

Album pre-order is available is here.

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TESLA will release their eighth studio album, Shock, on March 8th through UMC. Produced and co-written by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, the follow-up to June 2014’s Simplicity is available on CD, digital, black vinyl, and limited-edition translucent blue vinyl formats. Fans who pre-order the album will receive the album title track is an instant-grat free download.

Shock track list:

You Won’t Take Me Alive
Taste Like
We Can Rule The World
Love Is A Fire
California Summer Song
Forever Loving You
The Mission
Tied To The Tracks
I Want Everything
Comfort Zone


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Skid Row were unleashed on the world when their self-titled debut album was released in January 1989. That year, the album steadily climbed the Billboard chart to peak at #6 on the strength of the band’s hits Youth Gone Wild, I Remember You, and  Billboard Top 5 single 18 And Life.”

Rhino celebrates the 30th anniversary of the group’s multi-platinum debut with a digital deluxe edition that includes the original album remastered for the first time, expanded with the bonus track Forever. The deluxe edition also features a previously unreleased live performance from 1989, marking the first ever release of a full live show from the band. Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is available now on all digital download and streaming services.

Skid Row was formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. Two years later, guitarists Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill, bassist Rachel Bolan, drummer Rob Affuso, and singer Sebastian Bach signed with Atlantic Records. To record their debut, the quintet traveled to Royal Recorders in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to work with producer Michael Wagener (Dokken, Great White, White Lion).

Shortly after the album was released on January 24, 1989, Skid Row was certified platinum, and the band began touring the world, first with Bon Jovi on its New Jersey Syndicate Tour, and later with Aerosmith during the band’s tour for the album Pump. The extensive touring, coupled with heavy rotation of Skid Row’s music videos on MTV, helped fuel the debut album’s enormous popularity. 

Skid Row would remain in the Billboard album chart’s Top 10 for three months, and the record would eventually be certified platinum five times. The first single from the album – Youth Gone Wild– was followed by the Top 10 hits 18 and Life and I Remember You. Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes the song Forever as a bonus track. Originally recorded in 1988 during the sessions for Skid Row, the song remained unreleased until 1998 when it appeared on, 40 Seasons: The Best of Skid Row.
Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition also features an unreleased recording of the band’s April 28th, 1989 performance at the Marquee club in California. The show includes powerful live versions of the classic hits from the album as well as fan-favorites such as Rattlesnake Shake, Piece Of Me, and Big Guns, as well as the set-closing cover of the Kiss classic Cold Gin.
Skid Row: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition track listing:

1. Big Guns
2. Sweet Little Sister
3. Can’t Stand The Heartache
4. Piece Of Me
5. 18 And Life
6. Rattlesnake Shake
7. Youth Gone Wild
8. Here I Am
9. Makin’ A Mess
10. I Remember You
11. Midnight/Tornado

Bonus Track:
12. “Forever” 

Live at the Marquee, Westminster, CA (4/28/89):

1. Makin’ A Mess
2. Piece Of Me
3. Big Guns
4. 18 And Life
5. Sweet Little Sister
6. Rattlesnake Shake
7. I Remember You
8. Here I Am
9. Youth Gone Wild
10. Cold Gin
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Greg Prato of Vintagerock.com spoke with drummer Vinny Appice. Portions of the interview, appear below.

Vintagerock.com: Why did Ronnie and Vivian seem to not get along?

Appice: Well, it was more of a business thing. We were promised a lot of things from Ronnie and Wendy [Dio, Ronnie’s wife and manager] — to share in more of the profits of the band. And it really didn’t materialize. And Viv was upset about that…we were all upset about that, but I had to deal with it on my own terms. Viv didn’t like what was going on with that, and that caused a little bit of a friction. So, it was nothing ever musical, it was just a business thing — you’re promised something, and it doesn’t happen. So, you’ve got to call people on their word. That’s what happened — it was more of a business thing.

Vintagerock.com: Did Vivian ever mention to you if he regrets not being able to patch up his differences with Ronnie before Ronnie’s passing?

Appice: No, we never really talk about it. So, I don’t know how he feels about that. It’s kind of sad it happened, but of course, that affected the music — we wound up having to get a different guitar player [after 1985’s Sacred Heart]. Ronnie was adamant about, “Alright, we are going to replace Viv with Craig Goldy,” and that changed the band and the music somewhat, and it changed the success we were having, too. So, it did lead to that, which wasn’t good. I mean, when you’ve got a successful thing and a great band – leave it be. That’s the way it should be taken care of — not short-term, like, “Ah, get rid of this guy.” And then, success dwindles, y’know?

Vintagerock.com: Did you keep in touch with Vivian after he left Dio?

Appice: Yes. Not a lot in the beginning, but later on we kept in touch here and there. He did a little blues thing on his own, and I went to see him play. But not a lot, because when he joined Def Leppard, he was busy and out of town a lot. So, I didn’t really keep in touch with him at that point.

Vintagerock.com: Do you sense competition between Last in Line and Dio Disciples?

Appice: Well, they’re two different things. Last in Line started out with me, Jimmy, and Viv, and we were the band that wrote those songs and played those songs – on those albums. We’re not a tribute to Ronnie, we just started playing the songs that we wrote. Unfortunately, Ronnie is not here — if he was here, maybe it would have been a full-on reunion. But Dio Disciples are playing a Ronnie show, basically – they’re playing, Man on the Silver Mountain, and old things from Ronnie’s career. And they weren’t in the original band, where all the important albums or songs were written. Some of the guys never even played with Ronnie. But they’re good — it’s a great show. But I call that more of a “Ronnie James Dio show” than Dio or something. They’re more of a tribute to Ronnie, we’re the real deal — we’re the guys that played it. And now that we have II out, we’re starting to get established on our own – as a real band, because we’re writing original material. The first album [2016’s Heavy Crown] did OK, and the tours have been good. Things are looking up, and are getting more successful. We’re building this pretty much on our own – as our own band now.

Vintagerock.com: Are you still in touch with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler?

Appice: Just via email, pretty much. I’ll get an email from Tony and I’ll reply — same thing with Geezer. But more with Tony. I like to always keep in touch with him and see how he’s doing. We had a lot of close times and great times together. Great music. So yeah, we’re still in touch.

Vintagerock.com: Would you ever like to work with them again?

Appice: Oh yeah, absolutely, Who wouldn’t want to work with Tony and Geezer? Besides who they are, they’re really family, and just the way they play is amazing.

Vintagerock.com: You crossed paths with John Lennon back in the day, right?

Appice: Yeah. I hooked up with John Lennon, and we had a band in Brooklyn, and we had four horn players. A great band. I was like, 16. I was friends with Jimmy Iovine, who brought us into the studio — Record Plant Studios, in New York — to produce us. We did that, and then the Record Plant signed us to a management deal, and they gave us a room to rehearse at the Record Plant Studios. So, we were there all the time – rehearsing and recording. And then Jimmy called us one night to do hand claps on a song he was recording. So, we went downstairs…and there’s John Lennon in the control room. So, we did hand claps on the song Whatever Gets You Thru the Night — that’s me and my band. We were freaking out. I mean, I was in high school — I was going to high school the next day. And then John asked Jimmy, “Who were those guys? They came down in five minutes.” He told them, and then a couple of days later, John came up to our rehearsal room to watch us play. He really liked us, and we started hanging out with him. He kept coming up, and we’d play pool, he’d watch us rehearse, smoke some pot. It was really cool. Then, he asked us to do a few of videos, so we did three videos with him in the studio there. And then, we did a live gig — he asked us to do this live gig at the New York Hilton, which was going to be on TV, all around the world. So, we did that. I found out not long ago that that was his last live performance — ever. Who would have thought, right? All that was while I was going to school, so, I didn’t really want to stay in school. It was a different world — like day and night. I was 16.

Vintagerock.com: What was the name of that band?

Appice: MF. If you look it up on YouTube, you can see it (listed as “John Lennon and BOMF”). If you look it up online, there’s a picture of us all together — a bunch of pictures. John wanted us to wear two faces at the show, so we went — with John — to get our faces molded and made a mask of. And then, we all got fitted for jumpsuits – ours were black, his was red. And we used to do this with him — we went in a van and got fitted. It was really an amazing time. And we went onstage – we come out, and nine guys have two faces on, with no hair, black jumpsuits on, and John comes out in red. The reason for it was the show was a tribute to Sir Lew Grade, who was an entertainment guy in England — and John didn’t like him. He thought he was two-faced. So, we came out in this thing, and people were shocked — it was a black tie affair. It was crazy, crazy stuff.

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