Overkill will release their twentieth studio album, Scorched, on April 14th through Nuclear Blast Records. The official the visualizer for the LP’s first single, The Surgeon, can be seen below.

Singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth comments, “Man, it seems like for F-in ever since we chatted. Ha! I tell you what, this is the longest ever between Overkill releases, Feb ’19 to April ’23. For me, it became my ‘peterpandemic’ go-to. I wrote my part, tore it down, then again and again. I found myself still changing parts while Colin [Richardson] was mixing. It became the normal in a very abnormal time, sanity amongst the insanity. Somewhere in Scorched that is all reflected, a common thread, it is the place I went to get what I needed, maybe what ‘we’ needed. It’s different, that’s for sure an old-school approach/mix in a modern world….was it worth the wait? You tell me…….see ya on the road! Horns up.”

Scorched track listing:

1.  Scorched
2.  Goin’ Home
3.  The Surgeon
4.  Twist Of The Wick
5.  Wicked Place
6.  Won’t Be Comin Back
7.  Fever
8.  Harder They Fall
9.  Know Her Name
10. Bag O’ Bones

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On April 7th, KISS will release the next installment of their Off The Soundboard official live bootleg series with Off The Soundboard: Poughkeepsie, New York, 1984. Recorded live at the Mid-Hudson Arena on November 28th, 1984, during the Animalize world tour, this is the fifth in a series of live releases by the band and will be available to stream and download, with a two-LP standard black vinyl set, CD, and a limited edition two-LP set pressed on 180g custard yellow vinyl which are available to pre-order now exclusively through the official KISS online store.

The multi-platinum band’s fifth authorized Soundboard live release comes from the November 28th, 1984 Animalize tour show at the Mid-Hudson Arena in Poughkeepsie, New York, featuring the only known soundboard recording with guitarist Mark St. John. While the tracks Young And Wasted and Rock And Roll All Nite from this historic show are incomplete due to a tape change and tape space — these recordings were originally for archival use — this live recording is of historical importance due to St. John’s appearance.

The career-spanning 18-song set includes such tracks as Creatures Of The NightI Love It Loud, Lick It Up and 1984’s Heaven’s On Fire” which hit No. 49 U.S. Billboard chart. Poughkeepsie, New York also features perennial anthems Detroit Rock CityLove Gun and Rock And Roll All Nite from their classic back catalog.

“Off The Soundboard: Poughkeepsie, NY” track listing:

1.  Detroit Rock City
2.  Cold Gin
3.  Creatures Of The Night
4.  Fits Like A Glove
5.  Heaven’s On Fire
6.  Guitar Solo
7.  Under the Gun
8.  War Machine
9.  Drum Solo
10. Young and Wasted (incomplete)
11. Bass Solo
12. I Love It Loud
13. I Still Love You
14. Love Gun
15. Black Diamond
16. Oh! Susanna
17. Lick It Up
18. Rock And Roll All Nite (incomplete)

KISS are globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and are the creators of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975’s gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard-charting Alive! The Off The Soundboard series continues their storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Peerless as a live act, the band’s illustrious legacy has been marked by record breaking global tours during a remarkable 50-year career.

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Metallica and Trafalgar Releasing are excited to extend an open invitation to a worldwide listening party: the global premiere of the band’s forthcoming 12th studio album,72 Seasons. For one night only on April 13th, 72 Seasons will be played in full in pummeling surround sound, exclusively for cinema audiences worldwide — with every one of the new songs featuring its own music video and exclusive commentary from the band. The result will offer fans an unforgettable night as they experience 72 Seasons first and fully on the eve of its April 14th release date. View a 72 Seasons – Global Premiere announcement video from the band below.

Tickets for 72 Seasons – Global Premiere will be available beginning March 2nd at metallica.film.

Preceded by the newly released album track Screaming Suicide and its brand-new lyric video, and first single Lux Æterna — hailed upon its November 28th release as “thundering, breakneck” (Billboard),”gut-punching” (Rolling Stone) and “blistering” (USA Today) — 72 Seasons will be released April 14th through Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track 72 Seasons is the band’s first full length collection of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The album will be released in formats, including 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited-edition variants, CD and digital.

“This is a monumental opportunity for Metallica fans to be the first to hear the new album. We are thrilled to be a part of this historical global moment — connecting Metallica with their fans once again,” said Kymberli Frueh, SVP programming and content acquisitions, Trafalgar Releasing.

Metallica has also released M7 world tour dates, which can be seen here.

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Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe has released the video for the high-octane title track of his latest solo album, I Live Too Fast To Die Young, out now via Silver Lining Music.

I Live Too Fast To Die Young is quintessential Monroe, playing with words and concepts in a playfully irreverent way and wrapping it all up in some proper kick-in-the-balls rock ‘n’ roll.

“This one started life as just a song title — a tongue-in-cheek nod to Vivienne Westwood‘s ‘Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die’ t-shirts after I had been gifted one by a fan in Japan,” guitarist Rich Jones explains. “It’s a reference to Michael’s seemingly boundless energy and the fact that he’s still kicking ass after all these years.”

“I love reinventing old clichés,” Monroe laughs. “The whole ‘live fast, die young’ cliché is so boring, so I live too fast to die young. It takes more to survive and be here today than to self-destruct and die young.”

A close friend of Monroe, Slash from Guns N’ Roses, plays some lead guitar on the track.

“Slash is one of the nicest guys that I know and one of rock’s greatest guitarists as he’s maintained the spontaneity, the human touch and the heartfelt kick-ass attitude in his playing,” Monroe enthuses. “I figured this would be a good one for him to play a solo on, he said he loved the song and that it’s super catchy.”

“Having Slash play an absolutely ripping guitar solo on it was a real honor and it’s since become a fan favorite in our live shows,” adds Jones.

To read more about  I Live Too Fast To Die Young, and to listen to previously released tunes, click on the highlighted song titles: Murder The Summer Of Love and Everybody’s Nobody.

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As previously reported, former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp will embark on an extensive U.S. tour in May 2023. The Songs Of White Lion, which was originally scheduled to take place in April/May 2020, will see Tramp performing all the White Lion hits, including When The Children CryLittle FighterWaitLady Of The ValleyRadar Love and many others. Joining Tramp for the show will be lead guitarist Marcus Nand.

The Songs Of White Lion tour dates:


2 – The Strand Theater – Hudson Falls, NY
3 – 89 North Music Venue- Patchogue, NY
4 – Debonair Music Hall – Teaneck, NJ
5 – M3 Rock Festival – Columbia, MD
6 – Private Event – Southampton. PA
7 – M3 Rock Festival – Columbia, MD
9 – Three Flags Ballroom – Warren, PA
11 – Hard Rock Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
12 – BMI Event Center – Versailles, OH
19 – Jamie’s Outpost – Utica, IL
20 – Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL
21 – The Hotspot – High Ridge, MO
25 – Tiki Beach Resort – Mosinee, Wi
26 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI


1 – Sunset Bay Beach – Irvine, NY
2 – Sharkey’s – Liverpool, NY

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On January 9th, drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder) was guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk. Appice discussed his former Blue Murder bandmate, John Sykes. Portions of what he told Eddie appear below (via blabbermouth.net).

When asked Eddie if he thinks Sykes is “done” playing music, Carmine replied, “I think he’s done. I send him texts; I don’t hear nothing back. I don’t know. Maybe, he’s pissed off at me for some reason? But I talk with [bassist] Tony [Franklin]; he hasn’t heard from him either.”

“Tony said [John] just don’t like the business now, the way the business is,” he continued. “He’d rather do nothing. That’s what Tony told me. But we can go play, the band. When we rehearsed a few years ago, it was like magic. And then it just didn’t happen. It was just tremendous, the three of us playing together again. It was really tight. We’d say, ‘Hey, let’s play Valley Of The Kings,’ and we did it. Now, unfortunately, our keyboard player, Nik [Green], passed away [in 2016]. But we can get somebody else to play keyboards. I would love to do some shows with Sykes and Tony as a trio with a keyboard player. We used to call it ‘the trio with depth.'”

When asked how long ago he, Sykes and Franklin last rehearsed together, Carmine said, “It was four years ago, maybe — five years ago. Yeah, [we were rehearsing because we were planning] to do shows. And it just didn’t happen.

When [Sykes] got out of Thin Lizzy, that was supposed to be because we were gonna do shows. And we had shows in Europe booked. But, something happened with him and the management; something happened. I forgot what it was. So, all the shows got blown out. We had some of the big festivals over there. That would have been the start of it. He left Thin Lizzy from what I understood, so we could do Blue Murder. ‘Cause Thin Lizzy was, like, he was in it for a while, he was doing stuff, but he didn’t play on the big records. But Blue Murder was his; we created it. And it was something that I felt was never completed. It was a great band. Unfortunately, when it came out, for some reason it didn’t do what it was supposed to do. And then grunge came in and kind of killed the whole idea. Too bad.”

The last new music that Sykes put out, was a single called Out Alive, which can be heard here.

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