QUEEN’S BRIAN MAY WILL BE INDUCTING DEF LEPPARD INTO THE ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME

Queen guitarist Brian May will induct Def Leppard into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this spring.

The 34th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held March 29th at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen said that May was the “really obvious” choice to induct the band into the Rock Hall. 

“We just played [Las] Vegas just a few months ago, and Queen were playing just around the corner, and I bumped into Brian at the gym, actually,” he recalled. “And he said, ‘You’re playing tonight?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Me too.’ He goes, ‘What time do you finish?’ And I said, ‘We finish about 11.’ He said, ‘We finish at 8. I’ll be over later. I’ll finish and I’ll come straight over.’ He turned up. He’d done a show with Queen, and he came over. And it was just, like, amazing. Brian is one of my biggest influences. I love him. I just can’t get over how amazing he is. And we all do — we’re huge Queen fans and Brian fans.

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell said that he and his bandmates are “excited” about finally getting the Rock Hall nod. “In Leppard, we’ve never been the sort of band that’s gotten many industry accolades, although we’ve got a tremendously faithful fanbase and we always have, for many, many years,” he said. “And I think one of the most exciting aspects about getting into the Hall Of Fame is we actually got the biggest-ever fan vote. So I think that kind of means as much, if not more, to us.”

Ballots were sent to a voting group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music-industry professionals.

The public was invited to participate again last year in the fan vote. The top five artists made up a fan’s ballot, which counted as a single vote.

Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible 25 years after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll,” which is, of course, open to interpretation.

One of the top-selling rock acts of of all time, Def Leppard has been eligible for the Rock Hall since 2004.

The 2019 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1993.

HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. EST

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WHITESNAKE STREAM NEW SONG, “TROUBLE IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME”

Whitesnake is streaming another track from their forthcoming album, Flesh & Blood, which will be released on May 10th through through Frontiers Music Srl. The song is called, Trouble Is Your Middle Name, and can be heard, below.

To read watch the video for, Shut Up and Kiss Me, please click here.

Flesh & Blood will be released in multiple formats. See below for full details.

+CD (Jewel Case)
+CD+DVD Deluxe Edition (Digipak) – Includes two studio bonus tracks on CD. DVD includes “Shut Up & Kiss Me” (classic jag version) (VIDEOCLIP), “Shut Up & Kiss Me” (club mix version) (VIDEOCLIP), Behind the Scenes of ‘Flesh & Blood’ VIDEO + 3 DVD Audio Tracks (Remixes of album tracks)
+Super Luxury Boxset – Includes CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 2xLP Standard Color LP, Poster, Numbered Lithograph, Box Set
+2xLP – Black, 180g, Gatefold (Worldwide)
+2xLP – Silver, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers’ U.S. Store Exclusive) – Limited to 300 Copies
+2xLP – Gold, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers’ UK Store Exclusive) – Limited to 500 Copies
+2xLP – Red, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers’ EU Store Exclusive) – Limited to 350 Copies

Tracklist CD / 2xLP:

1. Good To See You Again
2. Gonna Be Alright
3. Shut Up & Kiss Me 
4. Hey You (You Make Me Rock)
5. Always & Forever 
6. When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue)
7. Trouble Is Your Middle Name 
8. Flesh & Blood 
9. Well I Never 
10. Heart Of Stone
11. Get Up 
12. After All 
13. Sands Of Time 

Bonus Tracks Appearing on CD+DVD Deluxe Edition and Digital Version:

14. Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (Bonus Track – New Studio Song)
15. If I Can’t Have You (Bonus Track – New Studio Song)
16. Gonna Be Alright (X-Tendo Mix) – DVD Audio Track
17. Sands Of Time (Radio Mix) – DVD Audio Track
18. Shut Up And Kiss Me (Video Mix) – DVD Audio Track

Whitesnake have already announced their first shows of the 2019 Flesh & Blood World Tour, which will feature songs from the new studio record alongside their biggest hits and songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock ‘n’ roll history, spanning over 40 years. For more information visit www.whitesnake.com. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Whitesnak W/ Black Moods US Tour:

4/12: Newkirk, OK @ 7 Clans First Council Casino*
4/13: Durant, OK @ Choctaw Casino*
4/15: Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
4/17: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
4/19: Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort*
4/20: Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre
4/22: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
4/23: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/25: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino*
4/26: Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King PAC
4/28: Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
4/29: Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center

5/1: Richmond, VA @ Richmond, VA @ The National
5/2: Bensalem, PA @ XCITE Center at Parx Casino*
5/4: Columbia, MD @ M3 Festival#
5/5: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
5/7: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
5/8: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
5/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
5/11: Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino*
5/14: Greenville, PA @ The Palace Theatre
5/17: Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino*
5/18: Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Casino*

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GEOFF TATE ON REUNITING WITH HIS FORMER QUEENSRYCHE BANDMATES, “WHY?”

Original Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate was interviewed by TV War, quotes from the interview (as per blabbermouth.net) appear below.

On ever working with his former bandmates again:

“Pfft. Why? [Laughs] [I have] no interest in that. No. Not at all. [I have] absolutely no reason to. I don’t need the money. That’d be the only reason to do it. Maybe if they paid me, like, 10 million dollars or something like that. [Laughs]”

He continued, “It was a good thing for a long time, and then it went really bad. And I just don’t want that kind of negativity in my life. My life is so good, and I have such great friends and family. I travel the world and sing songs for a living. I mean, it’s lovely. I have wonderful, positive people in my life, and to go back and be in that negative land again… aargh, I just couldn’t do it. It’s not worth it.”


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KISS GUITARIST TOMMY THAYER ON THE FANS’ DISPLEASURE OF HIS WEARING ACE FREHLEY’S MAKEUP, “I DON’T LET IT BOTHER ME”

Richard Beinstock of Guitar World reports:

…[KISS guitarist Tommy] Thayer’s path, of course, was not a straight shot from the bedroom to the KISS stage. He first rose to prominence as the guitarist in Eighties hard rock act Black ‘N Blue, who opened for KISS on tour and for whom Simmons produced a pair of albums. Post-Black ‘N Blue, Thayer also performed as Ace Frehley in a KISS tribute act, Cold Gin. He was brought into the KISS organization in an administrative capacity in the mid-Nineties and assumed the role of the Spaceman in 2002 after Ace Frehley parted ways with the band following their reunion.

When it comes to straddling the line between staying true to Frehley’s original sound and style and injecting some of his own unique guitar voice into the band, Thayer, whose primary guitar and amp setup on the End of the Road tour will be a Les Paul through his Hughes & Kettner Tommy Thayer DuoTone heads, says, “That’s always been a little bit of a trick. But my guitar style has always been very much in line with the classic original KISS style, because I think Ace and I came from the same school of those late-Sixties, early-Seventies English hard rock blues players like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and Ritchie Blackmore. So it came very naturally to me to play that early KISS stuff true to the way it was written and recorded…”

…As for how he feels about possibly playing alongside Frehley or Eighties-era guitarist Bruce Kulick, were they to show up as surprise guests on this final run? “I think if it happens kind of organically, it would be great,” Thayer says.

The guitarist is also sympathetic — to a point, at least — toward the rigid stance some longtime fans have about seeing anyone but Frehley wearing the iconic Spaceman makeup. “I’ve been a fan for longer than probably most of these people, so I understand,” he says. “But you can’t expect things to be exactly how they were 40 years ago. That’s a fantasy. So I don’t let it bother me. I’m comfortable and confident with where I am and what I do.”

Read more at Guitar World.

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GUITARIST DOUG ALDRICH REMINISCES ABOUT THE TIME RONNIE JAMES DIO ALMOST GOT INTO A BAR FIGHT OVER AN NFL TEAM

XS Rock spoke with guitarist Doug Aldrich (Burning Rain, Dead Daisies, Revolution Saints). Excerpts from the interview appear below.

XS Rock: Another question by one of our readers is “Who do you think the best of the current crew of drummers are”? I’m going to guess you probably going to say Deen [Castronovo] as one of them…

Doug: Deen’s an amazing drummer and he’s still got a lot of life in him.  There are guys you’re not talking about… Charlie Watts is killer.  Neil Peart is killer,  but these guys are kind of winding  down a little bit. Guys like Deen, Brian Tichy of course and Blas Elias. These guys are still firing on all cylinders and wanting to get out there play. Especially Blas…he’s been like our secret weapon. He is so intense with his playing and he’s got a great reputation.  He’s been kind of laying low for a while,  raising his family and just kind of kicking it in Vegas and then he and I and I met during The Raiding The Rock Vault a couple years ago and I really was excited to get him involved on the record.  He’s going to be a huge asset to the band.  He just did a run with Trans-Siberian Orchestra which is a super intense gig and he was killing it.  I would say my favorite guys right now are Deen, Brian Tichy, Blas and Frank Ferrer from Guns N Roses. He’s just kick-ass too. I mean Vinny Appice he’s got a lot of life left in him… he’s still kicking ass with Last In Line.

XS Rock: Another reader question, “What’s the ratio of male versus female fans that you have?

Doug: My ratio? I actually know what the ratio is… because it shows up every time I go on Instagram or Facebook.  My wife would tell me. She’s the one that told me first that it’s about 80% male 20% female. So, it’s a lot of guitar players, guys and girls that play guitar and then there’s fans of the Dead Daisies, fans of Burning Rain or Whitesnake.

XS Rock: One of our readers wants to know if you would ever have any intention of returning to work with Whitesnake again?

Doug: I don’t have any plans, but of course if David (Coverdale) ever wanted me for something I would be happy to do it.  I would love to work on anything,  even if it was non-music related.  I’ll always be there for him. Musically we had a great chemistry and we wrote some songs I’m really proud of like Forever More, Good To Be Bad and Love Will Set You Free…I love all of both of those studio albums. I was really proud of all the music and proud of the band and how it sounded,  but in the end I had been away so much.   I just really needed to spend time with my family. I was in the beginning of a new relationship and I needed to focus on that for a while.  So he got Joel (Hoekstra) and Reb (Beach) together and that’s a killer team.

XS Rock: Tell me one of your favorite Ronnie James Dio stories?

Doug: The best one that comes to mind is Ronnie was a sports guy. He obviously loved music and that’s what he did for his whole life,  but he loved sports. He loved the New York Giants football team. That was his team and I think he liked the Yankees. He was from northern Upstate New York. He always talked about the Giants and I love the Philadelphia Eagles.  That’s my team that I’ve always supported since I was a kid and he didn’t like them but one day there was an Eagles game on and he’s like “I wish we could watch that game together. So I said, we can go to the sports bar down the street and we’ll watch it.  So we went there and there was sports fans there and Ronnie’s very intense.  He probably hadn’t been to a sports bar for a while.  Ronnie James Dio doesn’t go hang out that much, so we might go to the pub or whatever… but the thing about it, as you know,  on NFL Sunday people and their emotions are high. Some guy started yelling at me about the Eagles saying they suck and stuff like that and Ronnie got really upset. So Ronnie,  he squared off with this guy who was about twice the size of Ronnie.  Ronnie was just ready to throw down to protect my team. You don’t know how cool I thought  that was … We ended up having to leave. All three of us.   A of couple weeks later I went back to that bar and that guy was there and I said listen man,  you know,  no hard feelings right and he goes “That guy yelling at me was Ronnie James Dio?”  Ronnie was ready to kick that guy’s ass and telling him to shut the f–k up. Ha Ha Ha.

XS Rock: Speaking of Ronnie, What do you think about the Dio hologram?

Doug: You know,  I mean I would see it,  if it was close by or if you had a good theater or something.  I’d go see it to support the guys and and everything,  but I can tell you that Ronnie would probably not like this.   He would probably be like “This is not what I I signed up for”.  A hologram?… it’s not really what he would want to be,  I’m just guessing you know,  that it’s something that Wendy (Dio) thought about and she decided that Ronnie would be fine with it.  But I knew Ronnie well enough to know that he was very particular and he would prefer for them to let him just die and be in peace.

XS Rock: What kind of career do you think you would have had if you weren’t performing in a band,  which is probably hard for you to even imagine,  because like you said earlier…you’ve been doing this since you were a kid.

Doug: I never thought about it but I do love building things.  If I had the skills to be a home builder that would be pretty cool. There’s a lot of money in it and it would be fun. That’s a hard question because I never really thought about it.  Maybe at a younger age, I would have loved to been on a professional sports team.  I would love to have been a basketball player but  I’m just at 6 feet and I’m not super high jumper.  My shots not great but I love basketball.

Read more at XS Rock.

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ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE (FRANK BELLO OF ANTHRAX & DAVID ELLEFSON OF MEGADETH) SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “PART OF ME” & ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES

Altitudes & Attitude, a collaboration between Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Megadeth’s David Ellefson—two virtuosic bass players who’ve anchored some of the fiercest thrash records of all time – are sharing their new video for Part of Me, filmed on their recent European tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.  A&A will tour the Midwest this spring, in support of their debut album, Get It Out (Megaforce). Watch the clip below.
Produced by Jay Ruston, Get It Out is a kind of rock ‘n’ roll primal-scream therapy.  It’s the result of nearly four years of writing and recording sessions—and decades of touring, searching, striving and living.  The album features drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle) with guests Ace Frehley and Nita Strauss, who handles lead guitar on Part of Me.
“I’ve learned that writing songs is very cathartic,” says Bello, who performs at open mics around New York City when Anthrax is off the road.   “A lot of these lyrics are about the inner struggles of my life, and about the rage that has built up from my life experiences—my brother’s murder; my father abandoning my family when we were young, leaving us with no funds to pay the bills. … The ups and downs of life in general. I’ve always had an anger inside, and music really helps me deal.”  
“Get It Out is very much an important musical statement from Frank and me,” adds Ellefson. “There’s a big musical part of each of us that doesn’t get heard anywhere else.” 
Altitudes & Attitude Midwest Tour Dates:

April 3  Chicago, IL  Reggie’s
April 3  Chicago, IL  Shuga Records, 6pm
April 4  Ft. Wayne, IN  Sweetwater
April 5  Dayton, OH  Oddbody’s Music Room
April 5  Dayton, OH  Omega Music, 6pm
April 6  Fremont, OH  Midwest Rhythm Summit
April 7  Flint, MI  Machine Shop
 
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