WAS VINNIE VINCENT’S “SPEEDBALLJAM” SHOW IN NASHVILLE CANCELED?

Blabbermouth.net, reports that KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent‘s performance at the Speedballjamm, which was scheduled to take place next month at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville, Tennessee, is no longer being advertised on his web site.

The “Appearances” section of VinnieVincent.com contains no mention of the June 7th event, but includes the following message: “Come see the legendary Vinnie Vincent in person. Vinnie will be appearing at a variety of events for musical performances, meet and greets, autograph sessions, photo ops, and more! Check the listings below for an appearance in your area.”

Less than a week ago, fans reported via social media that fewer than a dozen tickets had been sold for the Speedballjamm.

Earlier in the year, Vincent canceled his original comeback concerts. which were supposed to take place February 8 and February 9 in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.

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CARMINE APPICE STREAMS “THIS TIME AROUND” FEATURING YNGWIE MALMSTEEN AND DUG PINNICK, LISTEN HERE

Carmine, dUg and Yngwie belong to an elite group of rock stars that the public recognizes on a first name basis, even though all three use their full names. Guitar World is premiering Carmine and bandmate Kelly Keeling’s new song,This Time Around, which features performances by Yngwie Malmsteen and dUg Pinnick, listen below.

This Time Around is a triumphant song about someone having no choice but to confront a situation instead of letting it go. In going against the odds, the lyrics show why someone fights for what means the most to that person. The track came out great with the Rhythm section of Carmine rocking the drums, Kelly on rhythm guitar, and Tony Franklin playing fretless bass.  

The song appears on Carmine’s Guitar Zeus album, which is “a guitar enthusiast’s dream come true.”  It’s the only, and most comprehensive guitar legend compilation album, ever recorded, and includes: Brian May, Slash, Neil Schon, Bruce Kulick, Paul Gilbert, Dweezil Zappa, Leslie West, Steve Morse, Ty Tabor (Kings X), Richie Sambora. It features five brand new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char. 

Other projects in Carmine’s world: recording new albums— Drum Wars with brother Vinny Appice, and Cactus, who are planning shows everywhere. Carmine praises Clutch’s cover of Cactus’ Evil (Is Going On). 

One thing he is not doing, is playing with Vinnie Vincent this June. Nor did he play with him in February. Carmine states, “To set the record straight, Vinnie canceled the shows.”

Album available now on CD, vinyl, download and across all streaming platforms here.

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KISS’ PAUL STANLEY SAYS, “IF BANDS ARE MAKING YOU FEEL THAT THEY’RE DOING YOU A FAVOR, THEN YOU NEED TO ABANDON THEM”

KISS frontman Paul Stanley was recently interviewed by Roo & Ditts of Australia’s Triple M Adelaide radio station. Highlights appear below (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net).

When asked if he is sad to see KISS retiring, Stanley said, “When people use terms like ‘bittersweet,’ I have to say it’s only sweet. What we’ve accomplished and what we’ve done in terms of shows and what we’ve done in terms of music, and even serving as a wake-up call to the general public of what not to accept less than…”

“If bands are making you feel that they’re doing you a favor, then you need to abandon them, because you’re paying hard-earned money,” he continued. “And all we ever wanted to be was the band we never saw, so that was the premise that started things 45 years ago. But in the meantime, I think we’ve created a relationship with our audience that is second to none.”

“On this tour, we’re so fortunate, because many times when things in life go away, we find ourselves going, ‘Gee, I wish I would have known. I would have done something different,'” he added. “Here’s a chance for us all to celebrate together what we’ve created and really to run a victory lap and re-enforce what we’ve done. And our evening with an audience this time around is really filled with incredible memories. And for our longtime fans, it’s great for them to see a show and a stage production that really ups what we’ve done to a completely different level. We wanted to make sure that on this last go-round we did something that no one has done. And that’s exactly what we’re doing…”

…On this tour, we’re playing over 20 [tracks]. We’re probably playing somewhere around 22, 23 songs, and the show runs two-plus hours. And, again, the production that we’re doing, the technical end of what we’re doing is light-years ahead of anything else that’s out there.

Mind you, it’s always important to remember that any band nowadays can buy lasers, they can buy smoke machines — all you need is money — but you can never be KISS. You can do a KISS-type show, but it’ll never be as good.”

Billboard reported earlier this week that the first North American leg of KISS’s End Of The Road tour grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets.

The rest of 2019 will see KISS playing 26 dates in Europe, an additional 26 in North America, and eight final shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS TO RELEASE “ANOTHER STATE OF GRACE” ON SEPTEMBER 6TH, LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK HERE

Black Star Riders will release their fourth studio album, Another State Of Grace, on September 6th through Nuclear Blast.

Vocalist Ricky Warwick says, “This has probably been the most enjoyable experience in the studio I have had making a record. The vibe and commitment the boys brought into this was stellar. Our most anthemic and soulful album to date. I’m very proud and excited for people to hear Another State Of Grace.”

Longtime supporter Joe Elliott, vocalist of Def Leppard, says: “I’ve been an ardent supporter ever since they started their journey having moved away from being Thin Lizzy and becoming a legitimate band in their own right. For me, this is by far their best effort to date.”

The recording will be made available on CD, vinyl and vinyl picture disc, limited-edition boxset and limited edition light green vinyl.

Another State Of Grace track listing:

1.  Tonight The Moonlight Let Me Down 
2.  Another State Of Grace 
3.  Ain’t The End Of The World 
4.  Underneath The Afterglow 
5.  Soldier In The Ghetto 
6.  Why Do You Love Your Guns? 
7.  Standing In The Line Of Fire 
8.  What Will It Take? 
9.  In The Shadow Of The War Machine 
10. Poisoned Heart

Listen to album’s title track, below.


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RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW STREAM “THE STORM”

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have released a stream of their new single.

It’s titled The Storm, and it follows Black Sheep Of The Family, which appeared last month.

The Storm originally appeared on Blackmore’s Night album Fires At Midnight – which was released back in 2001, although the new version, as you might expect, has a much harder and rockier edge. Check out both versions below.

Blackmore is joined in the current Rainbow lineup by vocalist Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau.

In 2017, the band released their first new recordings in over two decades: a re-working of the band’s 1981 hit I Surrender – originally sung by Joe Lynn Turner – and a cover of Edward Elgar’s Land Of Hope And Glory.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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“ROCKLAHOMA” BAND PERFORMANCE TIMES ANNOUNCED; WEEK OF SHOW PRICING TAKES EFFECT MAY 20TH AT NOON CT

Band performance times have been announced for the 13th annual Rocklahoma, taking place on May 24th-26th at Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party features some of today’s top rock artists, led by Korn, Disturbed, and Shinedown, plus over 40 others on three stages
The Rocklahoma weekend kicks off with the Roadhouse Pre-Party starting in the evening on May 23rd. Band performance times for Rocklahoma are as follows (subject to change):

May 23rd:
 
Roadhouse Pre-Party:
10:50 PM – Slaughter
9:20 PM – Strutter
8:05 PM – Rocket Science
7:00 PM – Poster Child

May 24th:
 
Bud Light Stage:

10:40 PM – Shinedown
8:50 PM – Seether
7:15 PM – Buckcherry
5:55 PM – Pop Evil
4:30 PM – Fever 333
3:30 PM – The Glorious Sons
 
ZYN Stage:

9:55 PM – Steel Panther
8:15 PM – Gwar
6:35 PM – Corrosion Of Conformity
4:00 PM – Alien Weaponry
3:00 PM – Grind
 
D&B Processing Roadhouse Stage:

12:00 AM – Down For Five
5:10 PM – Lita Ford
2:00 PM – Mudd Flux
1:10 PM – Dryvr
12:20 PM – Blackout
11:30 AM – Grind

May 25th:
 
Bud Light Stage:

10:40 PM – Korn
8:50 PM – In This Moment
7:15 PM – Asking Alexandria
5:55 PM – Beartooth
4:30 PM – New Years Day
3:30 PM – Bad Wolves
 
ZYN Stage:

9:55 PM – Tech N9ne
8:15 PM – Sevendust
6:35 PM – Hatebreed
4:00 PM – Light The Torch
3:00 PM – Hyro The Hero
 
D&B Processing Roadhouse Stage:

12:00 AM – Dead Metal Society
5:10 PM – Beasto Blanco
3:00 PM – School Of Rock
2:00 PM – Ratchet Dolls
1:10 PM – Charlie Bonnet III and the Folkin’ Gasholes
12:20 PM – Solidify
11:30 AM – Zen Hipster

May 26th:
 
Bud Light Stage:

10:40 PM – Disturbed
8:50 PM – Bush
7:15 PM – Jackyl
5:55 PM – Avatar
4:30 PM – Palaye Royale
3:30 PM – Weathers
 
ZYN Stage:

9:55 PM – Blackberry Smoke
8:15 PM – Black Stone Cherry
6:35 PM – The Steel Woods
4:00 PM – Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
3:00 PM – Dirty Honey
 
D&B Processing Roadhouse Stage:

12:00 AM – Midnight Devils
5:10 PM – Ace Frehley
2:00 PM – Firstryke
1:10 PM – Preacher Stone
12:20 PM – The Normandys
11:30 AM – Doxy

Please note, a weekend wristband is required for entrance to the Roadhouse Pre-Party on May 23. Doors for the Roadhouse open each day at 11am. Doors for the main Rocklahoma festival grounds open at 2:00 PM each day on May 24th-26th. 

A limited number of weekend and single day general admission tickets are still available at rocklahoma.com/tickets.html. All VIP reserved tickets and VIP packages are SOLD OUT. The following week-of-show price increases take effect May 20th at Noon CT:

Single Day General Admission: $99.50 plus fees
Military Weekend GA: $175 plus fees (available via GovX)
Weekend General Admission: $199 plus fees
Weekend GA 4-pack: $716 plus fees

For more information, go to Rocklahoma.com.

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