Despite retiring the band, Rush will be screening, Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019, on August 21st.

The Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment event is being billed as the first “Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence” and will feature a hodge-podge of song performances, including Tom Sawyer, Closer to the Heart and Subdivisions, unreleased soundcheck and backstage footage from the 2015 R40 40th anniversary tour, and new interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and Rush peer fans Billy Corgan, Tom Morello and Taylor Hawkins, who inducted the Canadian trio into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with fellow Foo Fighter Dave Grohl in 2013. Singer-bassist Geddy Lee, meanwhile, sat for a new interview about Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Basswhich was published in December’s Billboard. “I’m excited for fans to see some new clips from our R40 tour but also a peek behind the scenes of making the Big Beautiful Book of Bass,” Lee said. 

Theater locations and ticket details can be found here.

Read more at Billboard.

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Ruben Mosqueda of spoke with former Vixen singer Janet Gardner and her co-writer, and guitarist husband, Justin James, about her new solo album, Your Place In The Sun. Excerpts from the interview appear, below. Janet we know about your history with Vixen, the departure from the band, and you wanted to write songs that you wanted. You’re going by Janet Gardner and not under a band name. Justin, you’re very involved in the writing, recording and perfroming on the albums, so you could have easily named this something else.

Gardner: Good question. When we first started talking about doing this, we threw around the idea if this was a band or should we be a duo. After much deliberation we decided that we’d go with Janet Gardner because I have somewhat of an established fanbase. I think even if some people might not know Janet Gardner they’re familiar with Vixen and they’ll be like “Oh, that’s the singer from Vixen I know who that is.”

James: Janet busted her ass for years [with Vixen] and we never did anything outside of that. I feel that she deserves the accolades for this. What are you two doing to make this remain a healthy environment to work and create? In a lot of cases, people who are married or together as a couple can’t work together.

Gardner: I think for us, we worked on our own careers for a while before we even discussed working together. To be honest, we never really talked about it or seriously considered it, it just happened. We knew when we started working with each other that there was always a threat that it could drive a wedge between us on a personal level. There was a lot of trust there and we didn’t put too much pressure on it to work. The more we worked together, the more comfortable we became and it just worked out great. There’s a number of great tracks on this album. Tell us about, Your Place In The Sun, what’s the inspiration behind that one?

Gardner: Oh, that’s a great one. Justin came up with that fantastic riff. We quickly got to work on that, we wanted a heavy driving track with a positive message. We have kids, they’re in their adolescent age and it’s tough out there. We wanted to drive home the message that no matter who tries to knock you down, no matter what happens, hang in there and eventually you’ll be comfortable in your own skin. It took me a lot of years to do that, I know that. It takes time for you to be able to accept who you are. Janet, you recorded your first ever solo ever on this album, is that correct?

Gardner:: That’s right! [laughs] I didn’t recall seeing in the liner notes what song that was?

Gardner:: It’s the solo on Kicks Me Back. I never did that on any of the [Vixen] records because my role there was to write songs and my “instrument” is my voice. It was fun to record and Justin was so supportive. I think it turned out great, so it stayed [laughs]. Don’t get used to it. I like moving around stage![laughs].

James: Janet is known for her voice. As you know, she plays guitar on stage but she got her chance to showcase her guitar skills. I’m so proud of her.


Listen to Your Place In The Sun, below.

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Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, Poison, Mr. Big) has released the official music video for his new single, Venom. Watch it, below.

Kotzen recently spoke with Eddie Trunk, on his SiriusXM show, Trunk Nation, and said was working on material for a possible new solo album. “I think that’s what’s happening,” he said [via]. “I just have such a relaxed attitude about it, which I think is kind of good. Only ’cause I have so many records that I’ve put out — be it with bands or solo or whatever — so I don’t feel like I’m under any kind of pressure to have to make a record, ’cause I have enough material that I can keep touring and change the show. Each time I do a tour, I could do a different show. But I do have a couple of new songs, and I have one that I really like that I think would be a great candidate to lead the record with. So I’m gonna make a video for that, and probably hang on to that until I feel like either I have a record, or if I don’t, I’ll just put out a single.”

Kotzen released two singles in 2018 — The Damned  [Dana’s note: click on the highlighted song title to listen to the song, which I LOVE!!!] and Riot, which can be viewed below . Both tracks feature his longtime bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer 

In May, Kotzen re-teamed with bassist Billy Sheehan [Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big] and drummer Mike Portnoy [ex-Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Sons of Apollo] for a month-long American tour with The Winery Dogs.

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KISS’ Tommy Thayer was recently interviewed by 4Sound at the Sweden Rock Festival, where he disputed KISS’ original guitarist, Ace Frehley’s claim that the band couldn’t sell out New York City’s Madison Square Garden during the first leg of the band’s End Of The Road farewell tour.

Frehley reportedly stated on Oklahoma’s KATT Rock 100.5, that it was “a sad commentary” that KISS “didn’t sell out Madison Square Garden” when it played at the iconic venue in late March. “When I was in the band, we used to do three nights [at Madison Square Garden].

Thayer countered by saying [via], “This tour, the End Of The Road world tour that we’re doing, we just did 45 shows in North America [to] over half a million fans,” Tommy said. “Most of all of ’em were sold out, including Madison Square Garden [which] was actually sold out. But it’s been a great tour.”

According to Billboard, KISS’s March 27th concert at Madison Square Garden grossed $1.947 million and sold 13,359 tickets. The same venue still holds the record for the band’s highest-grossing engagement ever, when they earned $3.3 million over four shows from July 2th5-28th, 1996 during the Alive/Worldwide tour (this was the band’s first tour since 1979’s Dynasty tour with Frehley and drummer Peter Criss).

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Richard Bienstock of Guitar Player spoke with Aerosmith guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Highlights from interview appear below.

Guitar Player: As guys who have been playing rock and roll for almost half a century now, what do you think of the state of rock in 2019?

Perry: Rock definitely has its place alongside pop and dance and hip-hop and country and all of that. And to me, there’s this feeling of a resurgence, or at least of finding its level again. One thing we’re seeing is there are a lot of younger kids who want to see the real thing — the guys that played the music that they grew up listening to. And there are also a lot of talented younger bands that are coming up with good stuff. Whether they can take it to the next level, that remains to be seen. But I don’t think there will ever be another earth-shaking event like the Beatles. I mean, there could be, but I don’t know.

Whitford: This genre that we’re a part of, it seems like it’s pretty much been overfished. Like, how many great riffs are left? What can you do that sounds new or different? But then there’s a lot of young guys waving the rock flag, and they’re doing a great job at it. I like Rival Sons. They’re not new anymore, but they’re still new-ish. And I like Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, Blackberry Smoke…guys like that. I feel like they’re doing it the way we did it, and with the same kind of spirit. So I hear a lot of stuff that’s really encouraging.

Perry: The way I see it, it might not be like the days when rock really ruled the roost, but, you know, if 20 percent of the people love rock and roll, 20 percent of the people now might mean 20 times as many people as it did 50 years ago, because there’s just that many more people in the world. And hell, half the good rock and roll I hear these days is in TV commercials. So it’s amazing to me how much the music has become part of the mainstream.

Guitar Player: Aerosmith have been touring pretty consistently over the past few years, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from the band. Any chance a studio record is on the horizon?

Whitford: There’s been talk, but it’s just talk. It’s not like we’re sitting there and we’ve got 40 songs to cut. There’s not a lot of material on the table. But we could go in the studio and do something — do some covers, whatever. The key would be to keep it light and keep it fun. That’s what it’s supposed to be about, right?

Perry: I think by playing together in this sort of situation [The Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas Residency], where we don’t have to get to a different city every night and be in a different venue, it’s going to open up some doors to us getting into a creative mode again, just by changing the paradigm a little bit. So I actually think there’s a good chance something like a new record could come out of this experience.

Guitar Player: In 2017, you guys launched a tour called Aero-Verderci Baby!, which many speculated was a farewell outing. But clearly you’re still going strong. Is retirement something the band ever talks about?

Perry: We were thinking about it with that tour. We figured we’d just keep going until we got tired of it. But at one point, we were in South America for some shows, and the five of us were doing press, and none of us could say, “This will be the last tour.” We were all just looking at each other. When the reality of it hit, I was like, Wait a second — I can’t say those words. And I looked over at Steven, and he couldn’t say them either. And we kind of started laughing, because we were gearing this thing up to be the final tour and — well, it wasn’t. So I don’t know. I think after this run we’ll see what we want to do. Maybe we’ll want to more of this kind of stuff.

Whitford: Being players, the only thing that’s really going to stop us is some kind of physical ailment, where maybe we can’t perform the way we used to or can’t perform at all. We’re not there. And there doesn’t seem to be any reason to pack it up if people still would like to come out and see it. So I think we’re just going to keep playing until we can’t anymore. Why not? We all love doing it, so…

Read more at Guitar Player.

Photo credit: Neil Zlozower/Atlas Icons

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Earlier this week, Sebastian Bach announced he would celebrate the 30th anniversary of Skid Row’s self titled debut album when he heads out on tour later this year.

The band’s former frontman will perform all 11 tracks from the 1989 release along with a selection of other songs from his back catalogue, with the first date set to take place in Nashville on August 29th.

And although both camps haven’t always seen eye to eye since Bach split with the band in 1996, the vocalist has now issued an open invitation to the original Skid Row members to join him during the tour.

Speaking with Eddie on his SiriusXM show, Trunk Nation, he said, (via Blabbermouth), “I would like to say right here right now to any original member in Skid Row – we all know who the five guys are that made that record. 

I have an open invitation out to any of those guys, if they would like to get onstage and jam. I don’t foresee that happening, but I’m throwing it out there.”

Bach added, “The bottom line is you only get so many 30 years. It doesn’t roll around too often, so, would I like to celebrate it with the original members? Yes, I would. Of course I would. 

But who knows if I’m going to get hit by a truck tomorrow. We’re getting older now. So we can either shit or get off the pot, I think the saying goes!”

Bach is joined in his band by guitarist Brent Woods, drummer Bobby Jarzombek and bassist Rob DeLuca. Tickets for the tour are now on sale.

Read more about this special event, and view tour dates, here.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.

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