TRAILER FOR MOTLEY CRUE’S “THE DIRT” MOVIE RELEASED


The first trailer for the film adaptation of Motley Crue’s biography, The Dirt – Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, is available below.

Airing on March 22nd, the movie, which was helmed by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine, was picked up by Netflix after being previously developed at Focus Features and before that at Paramount.

Machine Gun Kelly — whose real name is Colson Baker — plays drummer Tommy Lee in the movie. The Dirt also stars Daniel Webber (The Punisher) as singer Vince NeilDouglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones) as guitarist Mick Mars.

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AUTHOR OF K.K. DOWNING’S BOOK REVEALS NEW INFORMATION ABOUT FORMER JUDAS PRIEST DRUMMER DAVE HOLLAND’S PAST INDISCRETIONS

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing’s book collaborator claims to have obtained new information about former drummer Dave Holland which paints the band’s disgraced drummer in a far different light than the public had previously known.

The newly revealed purported details of Holland’s final years come 13 months after he died in Lugo, Spain, where the 69-year-old had reportedly been residing after spending several years in a British jail for attempting to rape a teenage boy. The drummer was sentenced in January 2004 of trying to assault the 17-year-old in his cottage in Northamptonshire, England, while giving him drumming lessons. The abuse was revealed in a letter written by the teenager to his parents. Holland always denied any involvement in the attempted rape of the special-needs student and was at one point said to be planning to write a tell-all biography of his life and career.

Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, who co-wrote Downing‘s 2018 autobiography, Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest, says that he was given the new information by a purported friend of Holland’s who wanted to inform people of “a very sad injustice” which had been perpetrated upon someone that she claims was “a true gentleman.”

The following piece was provided to Blabbermouth.net by Eglinton, who requested that it be published in its entirety.

“In the aftermath of co-writing K.K Downing’s recent book Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest, I, being more accessible than he is, was inevitably contacted by a number of people. Some wanted interviews, others wanted to pass on personal messages or to have books or other items signed. One woman’s contact was of a different nature. She had been a friend of the late, former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland, and she had information to share regarding Dave, and the court case in which he was convicted in 2004.

It is very important to say that I personally had no opinion on Dave or Dave’s case. He was convicted; that is irrefutable fact. K.K. and I discussed him only in terms of his contribution to Judas Priest from a musical perspective, with only occasional references to his personality as far as it related to band matters (all of them positive) during his ten-year-long tenure in Judas Priest. Just like anyone else reading what follows, obviously I was neither present at the events which led to Dave’s arrest, nor was I present at the court case at which he was convicted. Furthermore, even after having been given the following information, I’m still not in a personal position to be able to offer an opinion on these matters. The fact remains that Dave Holland was convicted of an indefensible crime.

BUT… in the spirit of openness and a willingness to share information relayed to me with acquaintances of Dave, the many fans of Judas Priest. (and other bands Dave Holland was associated with) it would only seemed right to make people aware of the details of the information.

This lady, who has now been spoken to at great length, has stated the following, in no particular order:

* Dave was the victim of a story that the lady said was made up by a 17-year-old lad and his older brother. They sometimes frequented Dave’s house together and on occasion this lady’s son would do the same — to do gardening duties at weekends and summer holidays and occasionally receive drum lessons from Dave.

* The accusing 17-year-old was wrongly reported in places to have been a cripple and in a wheelchair — when actually he was a relatively healthy lad and apparently strong enough to do gardening duties and play drums, with his only disability being that he was something of a slow learner.

* Allegedly there was an attempt made by Dave to rape this lad. But there was no physical evidence in the trial, only verbal testimony.

* There was another 22-year-old male allegedly involved but the police apparently offered him a deal of both freedom and not to be on record as a criminal — if he pleaded guilty. This is what he did. This, it could be argued, was detrimental to Dave’s plea of innocence.

From what the lady also said, the judge presiding over the case was at the very least biased to put it mildly — and he threw out valuable evidence that would have been in Dave’s favor.

For example, the prosecution said that the lady’s son was also present on the day that the offense was supposed to have taken place. This, as stated by the lady, wasn’t the case as he was at a wedding with her — evidential proof of which was submitted in court. Yet, for some reason, the judge did not allow this evidence to be admissible.

Also, the accuser’s brother, who seemingly had helped to concoct the story, was on the run from the police at the time of the trial. So, his statement, according to the judge, couldn’t be read out in court either. Dave seemingly showed the lady the brother’s statement when he received a copy upon his release from prison. She said that the brother admits in the statement that the story about Dave was made up.

On top of everything else, Dave’s appointed defence council that was familiar with the defence details didn’t turn up on the day, having cried off with a cold. So, Dave had to be represented by a last minute stand-in defence lawyer who was apparently hopeless.

Dave Holland served his years in prison and when he eventually got out, one of his main intentions was to look after his dying mother — feeding and toileting her daily, according to the lady. The lady also said that Dave was brilliant with her son and her baby granddaughters and that he was a true gentleman.

Not long afterwards, Dave’s mother passed away, and so, after the funeral, Dave decided to try and start a new life for himself in Spain. After only days in Spain, Dave went to the doctor complaining of stomach pains and was diagnosed with cancer of the liver and the lungs. In less than two weeks, he passed away.

All of Dave’s family has now gone, as neither he nor his disabled sister, a sufferer of multiple sclerosis, ever married. This lady has not long lost her own husband and it is apparent that she is still very much disturbed by what happened to Dave also. It seems that she has nothing whatsoever to gain by giving her account after so many years other than to try to bring some clarity to this case by at last allowing fans — and people who knew Dave — to be aware of what she can only describe as a very sad injustice.

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BUCKCHERRY RELEASE “BENT” OFFICIAL VIDEO TODAY

While on their current UK/Europe tour, Buckcherry filmed the official video for their debut single, Bent, off of their forthcoming album, Warpaint, out March 8th. Director Phil Wallis jumped on the bus when Buckcherry arrived at Heathrow airport and filmed the band nonstop in Manchester, Bristol, and London. The video captures the band on and off stage in those three cities. Watch the music video below.

Warpaint is currently available for preorder physically and digitally. Anyone ordering digitally will receive Bent, Head like a Hole, and the title track Warpaint as instant grat tracks. Pre-orders are available here.
After completing the European portion of their Warpaint tour, Buckcherry will begin the first leg of their North American tour in Sacramento on March 6th and ending May 5th. The second leg runs from the end of May through September and will be announced late March. Roadrunner recording artist Joyous Wolf will join the band as direct support on leg one.

European Tour Dates:

Feb 19 – Bo, Germany @ Zeche Bochum
Feb 20 – Berlin, Germany @ Markthalle Berlin
Feb 22 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
Feb 23 – Ceriva, Italy @ Rock Planet
Feb 24 – Saarbrucken, Germany @ Garage Saarbucken
 

WARPAINT Tour Dates:

Mar 6 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar 8 – Vancouver BC @ Hard Rock Casino
Mar 10 – Edmonton ALB @ Century Casino
Mar 11 – Calgary ALB @ Palace Theatre
Mar 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater
Mar 15 – La Crosse, WI @ Brickhouse
Mar 16 – Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performance Center
Mar 17 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel
Mar 19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Mar 20 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbodies
Mar 22 – Palatine, IL @ Dirty Nellies
Mar 23 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Mar 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s 
Mar 26 – Foxboro, MA @ Toby Keith’s
Mar 28 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
Mar 29 – New York, NY@ Irving Plaza
Mar 30 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
Mar 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

April 2 – Newport News, VA @ Boathouse
April 4 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Arizona Bike Week – Westworld of Scottsdale
April 7 – Jacksonville, NC @ Tarheel
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
April 11 – Greenville, SC @ Firmament 
April 12 – Knoxville, TN @ Cotton Eyed Joe
April 13 – Tampa, FL @ Fergs Live
April 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Surfer Bar
April 16 – Pensacola. FL @ Vinyl
April 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 19 – Memphis, TN @ Graceland Soundstage 
April 20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
April 22 – St. Louis, IL @ Pops 
April 23 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex
April 24 – Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room
April 28 – Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 30 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Studio

May 1 – Denver, CO @ Harry’s Hideaway
May 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Royal Bar
May 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 5 – Montclair, CA @ Canyon Club
 

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OZZY OSBOURNE CANCELS AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND JAPAN “NO MORE TOURS 2” DATES AS HE RECOVERS FROM PNEUMONIA

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will now cancel shows in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This follows news of the postponement of the entire UK and European leg of his No More Tours 2 tour on doctors’ orders.
“Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part,” says Sharon Osbourne. “His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel.”
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GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING SAYS THAT HE AND FORMER JUDAS PRIEST BANDMATE GLENN TIPTON “NEVER HAD A BOND AS A BAND SHOULD”

Andrew Catania of All That Shreds Magazine spoke with original Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

All That Shreds: Do you think it was unfair that they didn’t ask you to come back when Glenn announced his condition? Do you think Andy Sneap was a good fit?

K.K. Downing: Totally unfair.  People come and go in bands.  Rob left for 14 years and came back to the band. Even today I’ve still been in Judas Priest longer than Rob.  I was in the band three years before he joined.  Andy does look out of place.  I would imagine he’s going to go back to producing.

All That Shreds: When you announced your retirement in 2011, was it more frustration with the direction of the band was going?

K.K. Downing: Initially, I sent a letter that I’m bowing out gracefully and retiring.   I tried to do it in a certain way not to burn bridges.  When management and the band announced my retirement, something flipped in me and I just told them the truth. I chose my words carefully but it was still things that certain people didn’t want to hear.

I wasn’t happy for a long time.  The decisions that were being made and certain attitudes on people.  I didn’t buy into that.  I bought into a plan that every band member was equal in the decision making.  I’m still an equal shareholder in Judas Priest Music, LTD so it’s all a bit confusing and awkward.

All That Shreds: When did you start getting unhappy with the bands’ direction?

K.K. Downing: Glenn and I were two different people and I had an awareness of this at a young age.  Glenn and I never had a bond as a band should.  I don’t have complaints about what we achieved.  I used to get really really frustrated with Glenn.  Fame and fortune can change people and you start to see a pecking order starting to formalize and that’s usually when problems start creeping in and bands have major issues. This is what happened to us.  Rob left the band, and we just made Painkiller,  for f–k’s sake.

All That Shreds: Why did Rob leave priest back then? 

K.K. Downing: He’s never told me.  I can only think that Rob wanted to cut free and announce he’s gay.  He didn’t make that announcement for six years until we announced we had Ripper as our new singer to deflect attention from Jugulator.  I believe Rob left thinking he could be like Ozzy,, go it alone and have all the fame and glory to himself.

All That Shreds:Comparing Rob to Ripper, who do you feel is a better fit for Priest?

K.K. Downing: Physically and technically Ripper is a better singer than Rob because Tim was always in tune.  Rob is good.  Rob got better after he started using in-ear monitors.

Ripper would murder the show and we’d come offstage and the fans would be saying good show but when’s Rob coming back?

All That Shreds: What were the events that led up to Rob coming back to Priest?

K.K. Downing: Sharon Osbourne called and asked if Rob was back in the band.  She was going to pay us a lot of money to play Ozzfest.  It didn’t happen the first time.  The same thing happened another year.  By this time, we’ve done the Demolition album and things seemed on the decline for us.  The venues were getting smaller and smaller.  Glenn wanted to produce the album and I wasn’t happy with that decision.   I stepped away from the project for a while but came back and did what I could to contribute.  Our past albums were getting popular again as Sony re-released our back catalog and Painkiller was getting popular.  Painkiller wasn’t that popular when we released it. I feel it was fan demand.

I’m involved with a music venue not too far from me.  We put Skid Row on stage with their new singer.  I thought he did a fairly good job.  I saw some lives shows from before with him and didn’t think they were good.  I’m used to seeing Skid Row playing festivals with Guns N Roses and such.  It’s not the same without Sebastian Bach.

All That Shreds: Do you have any contact with anyone from Priest? 

K.K. Downing: None.  They don’t respond to any of my correspondence.  Glenn is always the one that controls the behinds the scenes with Jane from management.  It’s a bit like a John Lennon/Yoko syndrome.

Andy and Ritchie are on a wage.  They’re not really part of Judas Priest.  The band is Judas Priest Music.  I’m 25% shareholder and Director of that company.  It’s a bit of a mess, really.

All That Shreds: Why did you auction off your rights to Judas Priest music?

K.K. Downing: Unfortunately, time isn’t on anybody’s side.  I sold them off outright.  Time isn’t on Glenn’s side or mine.  We’re either approaching 70 or over 70.  You start living off borrowed time.  There’s really no place for egos.  It’s all about being grateful for what and who we are and what we achieved. It’s comes to a point when the fans are more important than anyone cause you need them to stay with you.

All That Shreds: When you first joined Priest, did you ever think the band would be as popular as it is today?

K.K. Downing: You don’t think like that.  You think more I shouldn’t be doing this but I’m a naughty boy and I want too….Sometimes you can release an album and it will fail cause it’s too soon to release.  That’s happened to us on a few occasions.

All That Shreds: What are your plans for 2019?

K.K. Downing: I get tons of offers to do music.  I was more dedicated to Judas Priest than Rob or Glenn ever was.  Glenn took six years off to do his albums.  Rob took 14 years to do his. Rob released two albums in 2010 with the Halford band and did Ozzfest. Somebody like me can only take so much.  Then I got a call from management to start writing for a five-track EP.  They asked back in 2000 and again in 2010.  That was one of the reasons I quit.  I told them I’m not doing it.

Read more at All That Shreds.

For more information on K.K. please visit his website.


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WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE “FLESH & BLOOD” ON MAY 10TH, VIDEO FOR”SHUT UP & KISS ME” POSTED ONLINE

Fresh off celebrating their 40th anniversary, rock legends Whitesnake return with their latest studio album, Flesh & Blood. This album follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album Forevermore and 2015’s The Purple Album, a reimagining of Deep Purple classics from Whitesnake mastermind’s David Coverdale’s time in that band. The 13 original, visceral tracks on Flesh & Blood, the band’s 13th studio album, are, luckily for you dear reader, “all killer, no filler,” as the saying goes. Wtach the video for the first single, Shut Up and Kiss Me, below

David Coverdale, the Mastermind behind Whitesnake & co-composer of, Shut Up & Kiss Me,  with guitarist Reb Beach, commenting on the forthcoming release said “that after the intense darkness of our last video, Burn.If anything, it’s ‘light’ snake, you know? We’ve got some really dark energy going on in the world right now, so we’re gonna write & record a fun, knees up, song about falling in love with a fabulous babe. You’re over-talking, over-compensating & she just looks at you, takes the reins & says, ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me!’ and that’s it!! My video director and creative partner Tyler Bourns and I discussed a great storyline for the video, which involves a surprise guest: my fabulous old white Jaguar. We ended up cleaning and detailing it, as it has been in storage since I moved to Lake Tahoe, then we dusted off my old turquoise silk jacket from the original Here I Go Againvideo and I was thinking, “man, this is going to be fun!” It’s a respectful acknowledgment and positive nod to the past, just fun stuff.”
Joining Coverdale on Flesh & Blood is the powerhouse band comprised of Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppi on keyboards.

Since joining the band four years ago, and just in time for 2015’s The Purple Album Chicago native Joel Hoekstra has really come into his own, not only as a highly impressive axe-slinger, but also as a very accomplished songwriter too, co-writing six of the songs for Flesh & Blood with singer David Coverdale. Of course Joel’s talents are hardly surprising, considering he’s the son of two classical musicians.

Guitarist Reb Beach, who originally joined Whitesnake in 2002, has stepped up to become the group’s bandleader and guides the band to implement Coverdale’s musical vision. As well as bringing his impressive musical chops to the band, Reb has co-written five songs on the new album, the fourth studio album he has appeared on, commencing with 2008’s highly acclaimed Good To Be Bad.
It was the Good To Be Bad follow up, Forevermore (2011), that saw the debut of bassist Michael Devin. The New Englander’s four-string-depth-charge-bass-bombs definitively underpin and drive the sound of Whitesnake in the 21st century.

Rounding out the rhythm section is David’s longest serving ’Snake, the renowned drummer and unstoppable percussionist Tommy Aldridge, who has been with Whitesnake in some capacity for 30 years. Tommy made his debut with Whitesnake way back in 1987 in the, Still Of The Night,video, becoming a mainstay behind the kit for successive albums and tours.
Last, but certainly not least, the band is completed by the inventive keyboards and vocals of Italian maestro Michele Luppi, who made his live debut in 2015, as documented on The Purple Tour live CD/DVD (2018). 
The current incarnation of the band carries on the long and unwavering tradition of main man David Coverdale being surrounded by cream of the crop players who go all in to bring fans the best hard rock humanly possible. 40+ years into their existence, the ‘Snakes fangs have only grown sharper and are ready to inject fans with more of that rock ‘n roll venom they crave. 
Flesh & Blood will be released May 10th through Frontiers Music Srl 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*

European Tour:

6/12: Tilburg, NL @ 013
6/14: Donnington, UK @ Download Festival #
6/17: Prague, CZ @ 02 Arena **
6/19: Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum **
6/20: Zurich, CH @ Rock the Ring Festival #
6/22: Clisson, FR @ Hellfest #
6/23: Dessel, BL @ Graspop Metal Meeting #
6/25: Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Track
6/27: Zajecar, RS @ Gitarijada Festival #
6/29: Plovdiv, BG @ Hills of Rock Festival #

7/1: Bucharest, RO @ Arenele Romane
7/3: Zagreb, CR @ SRC Salata
7/5: Sered, SK @ Sered Amphitheatre
7/7: Cologne, DE @ Palladium
7/10: Gavle, SE @ Furuviksparken *
7/15: Saint Petersburg, RU @ Bkz Oktyabrski Theatre
7/17: Moscow, RU @ Crocus City Hall

*Whitesnake Only
#Festival Appearance 
** With Def Leppard

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