LOVERBOY TO LAUNCH PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SHOW, “LIVE IN ’82,” FULLY RESTORED AND REMIXED ON JUNE 7TH

The story of Loverboy is akin to a Hollywood movie. Overcoming rejection to eventually become one of Canada’s most successful rock bands of all time and selling millions of albums in the process, is a feel-good story for the ages. 

On June 7th, one of their most incredible live performances will be released for the very first time, in high definition. Live In ‘82 has been lovingly restored by Paul Dean from his personal archive of 16mm film, the joyous energy of a band who helped define the golden era of 80’s music captured like lightning in a bottle. With their great music, colorful clothing, outrageous hairstyles (and headbands), and terrific soundtracks for movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and Top GunLoverboy has stood the test of time.

Live In ‘82 will become available on limited CD+Blu-ray, limited LP+DVD and digital streaming and download. Today’s announcement coincides with the launch of the first live track: Turn Me Loose is available as digital single and live video (see below). Also, you can pre-order the album, here.

LoverboyLive In ‘82 tracklisting:

CD:

1. Intro (LP Side A)

2. Jump

3. Lucky Ones 

4. Lady Of The 80’s

5. Take Me To The Top 

6. It’s Your Life 

7. Gangs In The Street (LP Side B)

8. Turn Me Loose

9. The Kid Is Hot Tonight 

10. When It’s Over 

11. Working For The Weekend

DVD / Blu-ray:

1. Intro 

2. Jump

3. Lucky Ones 

4. Lady Of The 80’s

5. Take Me To The Top 

6. It’s Your Life 

7. Gangs In The Street 

8. Turn Me Loose

9. The Kid Is Hot Tonight 

10. When It’s Over 

11. Working For The Weekend

12. End Credits

For more than 40 years, Loverboy has been “Working For The Weekend” (and on the weekend), delighting audiences around the world since forming in 1979, when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to guitar hot shot Paul Dean – both veterans of several bands on the Canadian scene – at Calgary’s Refinery Night Club. Along with Reno and Dean, Loverboy still includes original members Doug Johnson on keyboards and Matt Frenette on drums, with Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve replacing the late Scott Smith on bass.

With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live showsthe bandhas sold more than 10 million albums, earning several multi-platinum awards. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem Working For The Weekend’ such arena rock staples as The Kid Is Hot Tonight, Take Me To The TopTurn Me LooseJump and many more. Loverboy are not only masters of their craft as songwriters, but also renowned for being a formidable touring act, spending years on the road sharing stages with everyone from Def Leppard to Journey.

In 2009, the group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and more recently the Canadian Walk of Fame, in the fall of 2023. 

And there is no stopping the band this year, as they embark on a Live Nation promoted North American tour supporting Sammy Hagar, starting in July, dates here: loverboyband.com/shows.

Loverboy socials: Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter/X.

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ACE FREHLEY RELEASES VIDEO FOR “CHERRY MEDICINE,” NEW ALBUM “10,000 VOLTS” OUT TOMORROW

RRHOF-inductee and guitar legend Ace Frehley releases a new video for Cherry Medicine, featured on his new album, 10,000 Volts

His highly-anticipated album will be released tomorrow. Produced and co-written by Ace and Steve Brown, the uncontainable energy on the 11-tracks showcases some of Ace’s best works since his ’78 solo album.

On Cherry Medicine, a mean palm-muted chug underlines his pensive vocals where he confesses, “I knew I had to change my ways for sure to keep you by my side.” The track showcases another side of Frehley with its saccharine and sweet, soaring hook as he promises, “I love you, cherry medicine. You heal my every need and some.” He seals the sentiment with another powerhouse solo.

Ace previously released the title track, 10,000 Volts and single Walkin’ on the Moon.

10,000 Volts upholds an incredible legacy for Frehley, spanning 50-plus years in the limelight. Back in 1978, he delivered his solo debut, Ace Frehley. It reached platinum status and exploded as the highest-selling of the four KISS solo albums in the Soundscan era.” Pitchfork even retrospectively rated it a rare 8.5score. In 1987, he dropped Frehley’s Comet.Following Anomaly in 2009, he went on to make history once again. His 2014 Space Invader LP captured #9 on the Billboard 200 and emerged as “The only solo album by a past or current KISS member to reach the Top 10 on the chart.” 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart. He notably maintained his momentum with Spaceman [2018]. 

Rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal simply wouldn’t sound, look, or feel the same without Ace Frehley. Among hundreds of accolades, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inducted him in 2014 as a Co-founder and the original lead guitarist of KISS. Guitar World named him in the Top 15 of its 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time” and plugged the lead from Shock Me on the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.” Magnifying the imprint of his catalog as a solo artist, Foo Fighters cut a fan-favorite cover of Ozone, and he even jammed out New York Groove alongside The Roots on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera proudly sported a tattoo of Frehley on his chest, while Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine celebrated him on X/Twitter as My first guitar hero.

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FEATURING MEMBERS OF EVANESCENCE, ALICE COOPER AND GRANNY 4 BARREL, KILLINGTON PIT, RELEASES COVER OF JUDAS PRIEST’S “RIDING ON THE WIND”

As Killington Pit prepare to release their first original material later in 2024 and play their first live shows, the band recently released another of their hugely popular cover songs. On February 16th the band released a stunning cover of the Judas Priest classic Riding On The Wind. The track comes from Priest’s seminal 1982 Screaming For Vengeance album and is another perfect showcase for the sound and chemistry of newcomers Killington Pit.

The track features a stunning performance video from the band, which can be viewed below.

The new cover version follows the bands initial two single releases. Their cover of Accept’s Balls To The Wall (which can be heard here) and Rainbow’s Kill the King (which is posted below Riding On The Wind) now have over one and a half million streams on Spotify and hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

The members of Killington Pit connected during the pandemic lockdown and began recording together. As time progressed friendships grew and a core band formed with Terry LeRoi, Will Hunt, Troy McLawhorn and Chuck GarricKill The King also featured veteran guitarist Stef Burns (Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis & The News) and vocalist guitarist Jeff Blando (Slaughter, Lynch Mob, Vince Neil).

Will Hunt says, “Riding On The Wind was always my favorite [Judas] Priest tune, before [drummer] Scott Travis, of course. I definitely tried to approach it in a way I thought Scott would play it to give it some modern energy. The fellas and I had a lotta fun with this one.”

Troy McLawhorn comments,“ [Guitarists]Glenn [Tipton] and K K [Downing] were my teachers when I was learning to play the guitar. Not literally, but I listened to Priest constantly when I was a kid and spent a lot of hours trying to figure out how to play their songs on the guitar. Judas Priest is one of my all-time favorite bands. It was a lot of fun and a challenge to try to recreate the guitar parts for our rendition of Riding On The Wind. Again, I stuck pretty closely to the original because I respect and honor what they wrote and recorded, and I wanted to do it justice. I’m not trying to re-invent the song. I just wanted to feel the joy of playing it!!!”

Chuck Garric adds, “[Bassit] Ian Hill of Judas Priest is a Bass icon. Thats what you get from a Metal God.”

Terry LeRoi says, “Screaming For Vengeance is one of my all time favorite records. It’s been a huge inspiration for me over the years. Riding On The Wind is the stand out track for me. Rob Halford’s voice is nothing short of amazing on this song and his midrange tones are ear shattering. His singing style and his willingness to pushing vocal limits is unparalleled and has always been my reference point. When Killington Pit started exploring possible songs to cover…this one was at the top of our list. It’s been such an honor to play with Will, Chuck and Troy and a privilege and great joy to pay tribute to Judas Priest.” 

LeRoi adds, “Over the coming months we will be releasing our full length covers album with accompanying videos. 2024 will see us playing select shows worldwide and releasing original Killington Pit music. We’re looking forward to sharing this with all of the fans.”

Vocals – Terry LeRoi
Drums – Will Hunt
Guitar – Troy McLawhorn
Bass – Chuck Garric

For more information visit: killingtonpit.com.

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SLAYER ANNOUNCES ITS RETURN TO THE CONCERT STAGE, BAND WILL HEADLINE MAIN STAGE AT “RIOT FEST” AND “LOUDER THAN LIFE” FESTIVALS

For the first time since the band wrapped the last concert of its Final World Tour back in November 2019, SlayerTom Araya (bass & vocals), guitarists Kerry King and Gary Holt, and Paul Bostaph on drums – announce they will return to the stage this fall, headlining two major festivals, Riot Fest and Louder Than Life

“Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans,” said Araya, “and to be honest, we have missed that.”  Added King, “Have I missed playing live? Absolutely. Slayer means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them.”

Tickets for the dates listed below are on sale now and can be purchased at (link(s)).

September:

22 Riot Fest, Chicago, IL

27 Louder Than Life, Louisville, KY

“We’re thrilled to announce that Slayer will be reuniting for an earth-shattering performance at Louder Than Life,” says Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “I was at their last show at The Forum in 2019 and have been working since then to bring them back to the Louder stage. With over 140 bands on five stages, we’re celebrating our 10th Louder Than Life with the biggest lineup yet.”

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ALEX VAN HALEN TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY ON OCTOBER 22ND

HarperCollins Publishers has set an October 22nd for Brothers, a new book from legendary Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen. The 384-page book is categorized under “Biography & Autobiography” and currently has a list price of $32.00.

Eddie and Alex Van Halen formed a band called Mammoth in Pasadena, California in 1972, then renamed it Van Halen when singer David Lee Roth joined the group and, later, bassist Michael Anthony.

Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands in the country in the 1980s, with hits like Runnin’ With The DevilAin’t Talking’ Bout Love, UnchainedJump, Panama and Hot For Teacher. The group, which later featured Sammy Hagar on vocals, was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.

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BRUCE DICKINSON ANNOUNCES TWO NEW TOURING BAND MEMBERS AND A ONE-OFF WARM-UP SHOW FOR “THE MANDRAKE PROJECT”

Ahead of the release of the album, The Mandrake Project through BMG on March 1st and the start of a four- month tour,  Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has revealed the addition of two new guitarists in the touring line up.

Swedish born guitarist, songwriter and multi-platinum credited producer Philip Naslund and Swiss session and touring guitarist Chris Declercq (who incidentally played on the current single, Rain On The Graves) will add their fire to band members Dave Moreno, Mistheria and Tanya O’Callaghan.

“Sadly, and with regret, guitarist and producer Roy Z will no longer join the band on tour due to some personal commitments,” explains Dickinson. “He will remain in LA to work on some re-mixing and re-mastering of the catalogue. We all know the show must go on though, and this project is too important to everyone to not be the very best it can be. I’m gutted about Roy because he assembled most of the album and touring band, introducing Mistheria and Dave Moreno to the project and mentoring guitarist Chris Declerq. I’m so excited about what both Philip and Chris will bring on stage together and now my only ambition is to grab a little piece of the audiences’ hearts every night.”

The first chance to see the six-piece live will now be at The Observatory, Orange County on April 15th with tickets going on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com on February 20th at 10am PST. “We’re not afraid of doing some growing up in public” explains Dickinson “So, this show will be a close to a rehearsal as you can get – it’s exciting to think what these musicians can do – and will do, when there are over one thousand fans in the room.”

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