Greetings from my first ever NAMM here in non sunny CA. I’m about to head into the Expo area for the first time in a few minutes. I’ll be at the Samson booth, which will be my home base, today at Noon. Just about every musician I have ever known is here. Just amazing! Tons of friends and TMS fans EVERYWHERE. o grateful for all the amazing love and support for my shows. Today should be pretty crazy.I’ll be tweeting as much as I can next 2 days from the NAMM floor so be sure to follow.
The Dee Snider roast was a blast last night. Hope you caught it on AXS TV. Lot of great barbs tossed around all in great fun and Dee was a great sport. Thanks to Revolver & Guitar World for having me as a part of it. Again, SO many people hard to write about here. Also caught the tale end of the Bonzo Bash, which is a real cool drum tribute to John Bonham headed by the great Brian Tichy. Really really cool concept! I hear many more shows are coming for this including on the east coast so you will be hearing more about it soon.
Also saw Frank Hannon’s solo band for the first time. Also really good.
I know who the new Whitesnake drummer is, most will be happy.
More changes in the Tate Queensryche. Blotzer and Drover out, Robert Sarzo and Simon Wright in from what I am hearing. Both Tate and other version of Ryche were at the roast last night but non Tate version bailed. Geoff told me KK Downing will be on his Queensryche album as a guest. The drama in this situation is pretty nuts to say the least.
More from NAMM as I can post. Keep up to the second @EddieTrunk on Twiter.
Q104 show all new tonight at 11P ET, just not live.
Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach’s brand new CD/DVD, ABachalypse Now, will be released on March 26th through Frontiers Records
ABachalypse Now includes never-before-seen footage from the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos.
ABachalypse Now track listing:
* Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012
* Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012
* Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012
* Bonus music videos: Kicking & Screaming, TunnelVision, I’m Alive
CD1 – Live At Hellfest in Clisson, France, 2012
CD2 – Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California 2012
Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012
1. Slave To The Grind
2. Kicking & Screaming
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. Piece Of Me
6. 18 & Life
7. American Metalhead
8. Monkey Business
9. I Remember You
10. Youth Gone Wild
Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012:
1. Big Guns
2. (Love Is) A Bitchslap
3. Piece Of Me
4. 18 & Life
5. American Metalhead
6. Monkey Business
7. I Remember You
9. Youth Gone Wild
Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012:
1. Kicking & Screaming
2. Dirty Power
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. 18 & Life
6. American Metalhead
7. Monkey Business
8. I Remember You
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard‘s Gary Graff that the group’s forthcoming nine-date Viva Hysteria! residency at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel will give the band members a chance to write together for a follow-up to 2008’s Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.
“This will be the first time in at least 10 years where we’re all actually in one room banging out songs from scratch,” Elliot explains. “We don’t all live on the same continent, so it’s increasingly more difficult for us to just do what people expect a band to do — wander into a dusty old rehearsal room and go, ‘What you got?’ Getting together to write an album is an event. So the whole point of this Vegas thing when we’re not on stage is to attack pieces of work we have that aren’t finished songs — ‘I’ve got this riff.’ ‘Great, let’s play around with it.’ I’m sure everybody’s got some individual ideas, and we’ll go from there.”
As for the band’s Las Vegas residency which begins on March 22nd, Def Leppard expects to film and recordViva Hysteria!for some sort of future release. “We’d be fools not to,” the singer notes.
Los Angeles based rock band Mark Knight and The Unsung Heroes have announced the release of the first video from Road Sick Eyes, the band’s new studio album set for release in Spring 2013.
The video for Lies was directed by Drew Fortier and includes footage shot during the band’s recent mini-tour of Kentucky, Tennessee and other southern states. The video also includes scenes of the band recording Road Sick Eyes in an L.A. studio and can be viewed below.
Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Knight is an L.A. native who began performing professionally when he was only 16. In 1987, Knight founded the hard rock band Bang Tango, whose debut album for MCA Records, Psycho Café, garnered worldwide attention after the video for the single Someone Like You was placed into heavy rotation on MTV in 1989.
Members of The Unsung Heroes are guitarist Mark Tremalgia, drummer Tigg Ketler, and bassist Reeve Downes. Ex-Bang Tango member Tremalgia has collaborated with Knight on many projects, including their stint in the Southern Rock-influenced band Worry Beads. Ketler is also a former member of Bang Tango. Reeves is also the bassist for the California-based rock band Rhino Bucket.
Mark Sutherland of Rolling Stone reports that Bon Jovi says their next album will be a “big rock record” that will feature “a lot of social commentary.” Speaking at a press conference in London on Wednesday(January 23rd), Jon Bon Jovi said What About Now, due March 26th, documents a “moment in time – a post-first-term Obama, where America was and is” that will address the economy and unemployment, among other issues.
“That moment in time almost forced the record to come out,” he said, “because otherwise the time would pass and the subject matter becomes dated.”
While noting that the album’s anthemic first single, Because We Can, represents “Bon Jovi at its best,” the frontman said there was plenty of variety on the record.
“There’s a little more telling tales with some of the songs,” he said. “What’s Left Of Me talks about people coming out of the economic downturn. Just because companies are going out of business doesn’t mean those people aren’t able-bodied parts of the workforce.”
Central to the album campaign will be a new Bon Jovi app, which uses augmented reality to bring alive the album artwork and reveal hidden content. Despite some baffling talk of “zSpace” and “2.5D” at the press conference, Bon Jovi said the band was fully involved in its development, describing the technology as a way “to stay relevant, because it’s harder and harder to sell records.” But he also said he hoped fans would still buy the physical CD of the album.
“If anything, to me, this would help you want to have the package,” he said. “Because when you take the CD package home from a retail outlet and put it up on your wall, not only will the app work, but we’ll update that living, breathing piece of paper every night during the course of the tour. It makes it that much more engaging for the younger fan who isn’t as old as I am!”
The singer also insisted he wasn’t fazed by the changing economics of the music business. “I’ve resolved myself to the fact that it’s back to how you did it when you began,” he said. “You write a song for you and if people love it, they’ll find it. It’s really not about how many units. We get to get out and play to the amount of people that we’re accustomed to, and write songs that you want to share with people. Then what happens is out of our control, but it’s not frustrating.”
COLUMBUS, OH: America’s premier destination rock festival Rock On The Range–which has expanded to three days this year–will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. The 2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome, and more.
“We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.
“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”
“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.”
“This massive lineup has scratched our seven-year itch!” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Getting Soundgarden for their first Ohio play in two decades and having seminal acts Alice In Chains, Korn, Volbeat and Papa Roach return along with bands new to ROTR that include Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, and everything in between–the spectrum of rock n roll is covered…three days of constant energy. Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives.”
Now in its seventh year, ROTR will again take place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. With the addition of a full slate of artists performing on Friday, festival organizers are also adding a series of additional enhancements for ROTR 2013, including the new ROTR Comedy Tent.
“Our goal with ROTR is to constantly create new and interesting ways to expand the event and give even more value to our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “In 2013, we’ve added a comedy tent within the site that will be curated by The Funny Bone comedy club. Having a slate of incredible, up-and-coming comedians to riff on the rock experience will be a great change of pace for the weekend. The site layout is also changing dramatically in 2013 to create better event flow, to add more interactive fan activity to the festival, and to allow even more people to experience the higher caliber of talent on the second stage this year.”
As a special limited offer, pre-sale weekend tickets startat a low price of $89.50 (plus fees), for Stadium GA tickets only, from Wednesday, January 30 through Thursday, January 31 at 10pm EST. Additionally, a limited number of Stadium GA “4-ticket packs” are also available for $299–a savings of nearly 25%–beginning on Wednesday, January 30, while supplies last.
Pre-sale tickets are available at www.RockOnTheRange.com. Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, February 1 at 10am ET. Rock On The Range is again offering premiere VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages. Details and prices for VIP, Hotel, and Camping packagesare online at www.RockOnTheRange.com. Visit the website, www.facebook.com/rockontherange, and www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.
“Rock On The Range strives to deliver an outstanding lineup for an affordable price and this year is no different” said Ryan Smith, General Manager of Crew Stadium, co-executive producer of Rock On The Range. “With the creation of the special $89 pre-sale ticket and 4-pack bundle, rock fans can see over 40 of their favorite bands for an unprecedented value.”
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, Rock On The Range is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, f.y.e., and U.S. Army. The nationally renowned festival, centrally located in the heart of the country, has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.