Just back from a fun trip to El Dorado AR where I hosted Sammy Hagar, Bret Michaels and Lita Ford at MAD Amphitheater. Was a great time and really nice facility. Brand new venues that have big things planned and it was great to be a part of their first shows in the new buildings. The entire staff and crew were great to me and was great seeing all the bands who are old friends. Everyone sounded great and the crowd was killer. Look forward to see what develops in this area for rock in the future.

Back live tomorrow on SiriusXM 106 Volume 2-4P ET and then 5-8P ET on 39. Aldo Nova joins me on the Volume show in studio. Hasn’t been heard from in ages, but that changes tomorrow on TrunkNation!

Geezer Butler has joined my all star bowling team for the Dio Cancer Fund this Thursday in LA. The team will also have Tom Morello, Adam Jones (Tool) and Doug Aldrich. Plus a winner on the ebay auction to bowl with us. Should be an amazing night for a great cause and honored to host and bowl. Great having Geezer join for the first time!

This Wednesday TrunkNation LIVE from The Rainbow in LA 6-8P Pacific! Free and open to all. Listen live also on 106. Never know who shows up…

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Guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio Disciples, Dio) recently reminisced with Rustyn Rose of Metalholic about opening for Deep Purple on their 1984 Perfect Strangers tour, while he was member of Giuffria.

He said (via blabbermouth.net), “”The first thing that started was, no guitar solo. At the time [Giuffria vocalist] David Isley was a really good team player. He would come sit on his knees and hold the guitar like a table. I would place the guitar on top of his hands flat and I’d play it like a piano and I would do all sorts of weird things that nobody had seen before at the time and the crowd went crazy. Ritchie didn’t dig that. He got us on the tour because he heard Call Of The Heart. He thought we were a Journey band. He didn’t like having a guitar competition. Little did he know, he got the biggest Ritchie Blackmore fan in the world opening for him. We had an emergency meeting and we got fired off the first night. They said, ‘If Goldy doesn’t do his solo, and you guys tone down your set just a little bit, you guys can stay on the tour.’ All eyes on me, and I said, ‘Sure, of course.’ The problem was Gregg Giuffria kind of had an ego, Dave had an ego. Everybody in the band had kind of an ego, except for me. These guys, Deep Purple is royalty. You don’t walk into a situation like that where it’s hard rock history being made, the reformation of Deep Purple and start making demands. You’re supposed to be grateful. When you treat guys like Blackmore and those people who are total gentleman with respect, you get respect back. But when you walk in the door with an attitude, like entitlement and demands, then you’re going to get screwed with. That’s what brought that on to us.”

He continued, “When I met Ritchie Blackmore at end of the very last night, what are they going to do? Kick us off the tour? So I did the solo. We were walking down the hallway and Ritchie comes up to me and goes, ‘You have to show me how to do that.’ I went ‘What?’ I froze and I panicked. I spent so many years trying to learn his solos and he’s asking me how to do something. I really quickly gave him a summary and ran and hid. Then I thought, ‘You idiot.’ I’m in my dressing room, ‘You idiot. There’s Ritchie Blackmore asking you.’ So, I knocked on his private dressing room door — and that’s one of the things Ronnie [James Dio] told me not to do. We sat together, me and Ronnie, and listened to the whole Giuffria record together, and he gave me his opinion, and he gave me the dos and do-nots when you tour with Deep Purple, and one of them was don’t go in Ritchie’s private dressing room. I knocked on the door and I felt compelled to say something to him. He opened the door and I said, ‘I’ve idolized you for years,’ and he kind of rolled his eyes, and I thought, ‘Oh no.’ But, apparently everybody had done that he toured with, that he said no guitar solos [to] a bunch of guys like [Dokken’s] George Lynch said, ‘I idolized you for years. F-you.’ That’s what he was expecting me to say. I said, ‘I don’t care who comes along with this that or the other thing, I think you’re the best and you will always will be.’ I said, ‘No hard feelings,’ and I reached my hand out and he shook my hand and said, ‘Come on inside.’ Next thing you know, I had an amazing time with an amazing man in his private dressing room. We’re kicking the soccer ball to trying break one of his Strats and we’re talking and he’s trying to stump me with songs that I told him how hard it was for me to learn. He goes, ‘You mean such and such title.’ I actually had to tell him, ‘No, that’s not the title of the song. It’s this title.’ He’s testing me; I actually had to tell him no. He knew the only way to get the truth out of me was for him to say the wrong title on purpose and for me to go, ‘No. It’s not that. It’s this one.’ He was a total gentleman and we had a blast because I gave him the proper respect that he deserved.”

Listen to the audio, below.

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The Associated Press reports:

…KISS frontman Paul Stanley says the band’s (second) farewell tour could include former members performing onstage.

In an interview in Atlantic City where he was promoting his artwork, Stanley told The Associated Press the band’s End of the Road world tour starting next year could include appearances by former members. He did not single out anyone by name, but living ex-members are guitarists Ace Frehley, Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick, and drummer Peter Criss.

Since the tour was announced last month, KISS fans have been clamoring for a farewell that includes former members.

“I wouldn’t discount any possibilities,” said Stanley, who plays the Starchild character in the band. “I learned long ago to never say never. Would I negate the possibility of former members making appearances? Absolutely not. I don’t know in what capacity.”

That lineup is already rehearsing the farewell show, even as its elements remain undecided. Stanley said the set list will be expanded from the recent 16 songs to 25, adding the band has “thrown away every piece of hardware that we used on any of the previous tours and created a completely new show.”

Read more by clicking here.

additional source: nytimes.com

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Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to our very own Eddie Trunk on his SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation show about why he parted ways with the solo band that included: Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot Coogan.

“That was hard,” Frehley admitted [as per blabbermouth.net].

As for how the change happened, Ace said, “Well, I had performed with Gene’s [Simmons, KISS bassist/vocalist] backup band in Australia, and then Gene, for some reason, canceled his trip to Japan. So I went to Japan with his band and we did eight shows. And they’re super tight; they all sing lead — four-part harmony. I mean, I’ll never forget playing 2000 Man the first time with this band, and all of a sudden, I’m hearing all the harmonies that were on the original record done by Paul [Stanley] and Gene. I’m saying, ‘Great.’ So, after the last show in Tokyo, I said to these guys, ‘Are you available? Would you consider doing the [‘Kiss Kruise’]?’ And they said, ‘Yeah.’ They’re all fans of mine. And they’re cheaper than my band, and I’m trying to cut costs down. I cut one crew member… It wasn’t just about funds. I would have paid them what I’m paying my band right now, because they’re that good. But don’t let them know that.”

When Eddie inquired about how Scarlet, Wyse and Coogan took the news that they were being replaced, Frehley replied, “Chris took it really well. He’s been playing with the [Hollywood] Vampires, he told me he was doing solo shows with Joe Perry, and he’s one of the most sought-after bass players in Los Angeles. So Chris took it really well. Scotty didn’t take it very well. And Richie didn’t take it well, because his wife had just passed away [after battling ALS for many years].”

He continued, “It was a nightmare, because I kept procrastinating, because I said, ‘How can I call Richie and let him know I’m using another band when his wife is on her deathbed?’ And it was tearing me apart. Finally I just said, ‘I’ve gotta man up.’ So I called him and I told him briefly why and… and he hung up on me. [Laughs] He goes, ‘I can’t believe this s–t,’ and he hung up on me. So, two days later, I called him back in the evening, and I said, ‘Rich…’ He apologized for hanging up on me. I’ve known Richie forever. So we healed. He told me he loved me like a brother; I told him the same. I said, ‘Tell me what I can do for you, because I know you were expecting the money from the cruise.’ So I wired some money into his account to help pay for Joann’s funeral. She was a wonderful lady.”

Frehley went on to defend his actions explaining, “Bad timing is bad timing, but business decisions really don’t… can’t… with personal life, it never jells. It’s never the right time, in a lot of cases.”

Listen to Eddie’s interview with Ace by clicking here.

Frehley’s new solo album, Spaceman, will be released through eOne on October 19th.

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Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne today announced that former Ozzy Osbourne musician Bob Daisley has re-signed his U.S. publishing to Blizzard Music Limited after the 35-year reversion period, reports blabbermouth.net.

This new agreement encompasses songs co-written by Daisley from the first two Ozzy Osbourne solo albums — 1980’s Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981’s Diary Of A Madman — which will now remain under the full control of Blizzard Music Limited worldwide.

In May 2017, Daisley’s lawsuit against Ozzy over unpaid royalties was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder concluded that Daisley’s claims that Osbourne used a sham company, Blizzard Music Limited, to withhold royalty income from him were matters that should be settled through arbitration.

The dispute centered around the royalties for Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, both of which featured Daisley’s playing along with songwriting contributions.

Daisley told journalist Joel Gausten in a 2016 interview that while he had received performance and publishing royalties for the songs, he had not received his share of what are known as synchronization fees, or “sync fees,” which writers earn from the use of a song in an ad, TV show, movie, video game or other such media.

Daisley’s lawsuit stated that the firm that conducted an audit at his request in 2014 estimated that at least $2 million in royalty income had been withheld, although it could not determine a precise amount.

He also explained in 2016 that Ozzy’s publishing company had “been taking a higher percentage off the top” than his contract states, claiming, “The Osbournes have been taking 25 percent rather than the 10 percent I agreed to.”

Ozzy issued a statement on the lawsuit at the time it was filed, saying that Daisley had routinely been royalties totaling in the “millions of dollars” over the past 36 years, adding that “Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the U.K. and the U.S. and has lost on each occasion.

“We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne’s success.”

This was the second time that Daisley took legal action against the singer. Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake, who also played on both records, filed suit against Ozzy in the early 2000s for unpaid performance royalties. Their suit was dismissed in 2002.

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Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released the official music video for his cover of Deep Purple’s Hush, which is on his solo cover series, From One Place… To Another Vol. 2. Watch the video below.

As with Vol. 1, the recording features a number of special guests, this time including Roger Fisher of HEART, Graham Whitford (son of Aeromsith’s Brad Whitford), Duane Betts (son of Allman Brothers’ Dickey), Randy Hansen and Jared James Nichols.

“This volume is definitely a step up for me as an artist,” declares Hannon. “I chose to sing some of my favorite songs from very different genres ranging from Aerosmith, Chaka Khan, Black Sabbath to Seal. I am proud of Volume 1 but Volume 2 came out a lot edgier and with some heavier tones.”

While Volume 1 was more roots and acoustic focused, From One Place… To Another Vol. 2 is all electric with full backing band, recorded in various locations with a portable recorder and eventually assembled back in Hannon’s home studio.

“As it turns out, singing is becoming a lot of fun for me,” Hannon admits. “I’ve left the smoking guitar duties to some very special guests including the Jimi Hendrix tribute master Randy Hansen, Heart founder Roger Fisher, Jared James Nichols, as well as other guest artists who contributed flavors.”

Randy Hansen and Roger Fisher have always been heroes of Frank’s. “Known for his Magic Man guitar sounds, Roger and I recorded a Heart classic Sing Child, which is almost as funky a song as the man himself,” Frank says.

A chance meeting south of the border led to the recording of a classic Aeromsith cut. “I ran into guitarist Graham Whitford in Mexico while on tour and asked him if he’d be interested in recording guitars on his dad’s song and he graciously obliged,” Frank says. “Six months later, we put it together via the Internet and ‘Lord of the Thighs’ became a highlight for me.”

The biggest surprise of the album is Frank’s take on Seal’s Kiss From A Rose. “It’s a vocal melody that has haunted me for years,” he says. “When I decided to record it, I spent weeks researching Seal and learned how he wrote the song with no instruments, using only his voice as the music background. This really opened my eyes and ears to the power of a vocal melody that drives a song and I recorded it similarly on my portable 8-track in a dressing room on tour.”

From One Place… To Another Vol. 2 track listing:

1. Hush (featuring Randy Hansen)
2. Lord Of The Thighs (featuring Graham Whitford)
3. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (featuring Duane Betts)
4. Tell Me Somethin’ Good
5. Kiss From A Rose
6. Sing Child (featuring Roger Fisher)
7. I Can See Clearly Now
8. Spanish Castle Magic (featuring Randy Hansen)
9. I Can Help
10. Sweet Leaf (featuring Jared James Nichols)

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