Judas Priest have been forced to cancel their show at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs tonight (June 5th) as frontman Rob Halford battles bronchitis.
Halford has been ill for more than a week and has now been told by doctors he needs rest to fully recover before hitting the stage again.
Judas Priest say in a statement, “We are very sorry to say that Rob Halford has been fighting bronchitis for over a week and now doctors have told him he needs full rest so his voice can recover. Therefore Judas Priest’s concert at Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, has unfortunately been canceled.
We did not want to cancel this show but Rob’s health must come first. We are so sorry to disappoint our fans but the Priest will be back to Colorado Springs at a later date. Until then refunds for all tickets will be available at point of purchase.”
Judas Priest’s next scheduled concert is set for Saturday night when they’ll play at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Canada.
Halford made the headlines last week when he kicked a phone from a fan’s hands during the band’s set at the Rosemont Theatre, Illinois.
He later issued a statement explaining his actions, by stating, “The facts are we love our fans and you can film us all you like and watch our show on your phone rather than in the flesh.
However, if you physically interfere with the Metal God’s performance, you now know what will happen.”
additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com
As the saying goes “If you remember the 80’s, you weren’t actually there” For better or worse, Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango were actually there – and they remember.
With the recent renewed interest in the 80’s Hollywood rock scene, manybands have adopted the look and demeanor in order to recreate a place and time that simply no longer exists…
While some rely on past glories and the stories of yesteryear, both Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango have always evolved and stayed current both musically and visually – always keeping things interesting …to say the least.
States Bang Tango frontman Joe Leste: “We are VERY lucky to still be doing this, and honestly to be ALIVE at this point….See you at the Whisky”
The Return To The Sunset Strip Tour begins June 28th at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA.
Revered vocal powerhouse Sebastian Bach will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Skid Row’s acclaimed, self-titled breakout debut album with a U.S. Tour where he’ll be performing the record in its entirety plus other songs from his celebrated catalog. The tour will begin in Nashville, TN on August 30th and will end in Pinellas Park, FL on November 2nd. Tickets and VIP Meet N’ Greet upgrades go on sale Friday, June 7th at sebastianbach.com.
Bach says, “In 1989 we put out the first record Skid Row. 30 years later, people still dig the music we created in a garage all those years ago. In commemoration of this 30th Anniversary digital deluxe release, my band is going to perform the first Skid Row record, in its entirety, on the road, LIVE this fall. It’s going to be fun to do something that has never been done live before. We are looking forward to seeing you all for this one time event. Note: This concert is 100% live in every way. All real. All the time. No tapes. No fakes. Come and see a real rock band while they still exist. We give it to you straight from the heart ‘cuz that’s the only way we know how! See you on the road.”
Released in the winter of 1989, Skid Row’s self-titled record is one of heavy rock’s most successful debut albums, landing in Billboard’s Top 10 and going on to sell millions of copies around the world. The record transformed the band from local New Jersey quintet into a global phenomenon whose rebellious attitude and jaw-dropping talent set the bar and tone for rock music in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Skid Row’s singles, 18 and Life, Youth Gone Wild and I Remember You, are among the decade’s most recognizable rock anthems that still receive heavy airplay on radio stations across the country. The group again achieved commercial success with its second record Slave to the Grind (1991) certified multi-platinum, reaching number one on the Billboard 200.
Aug 29 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge Aug 30 – Anderson, SC – William A Floyd Amphitheater Aug 31 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
Sep 2 – Huntsville, AL – Side Tracks Music Hall Sep 3 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Sep 4 – Cleveland, OH – Phantasy Sep 6 – Stafford Springs, CT – Palace Theater Sep 7 – Block Island, RI – Ballard’s (afternoon show) Sep 9 – Laconia, NH – Granite State Music Hall Sep 10 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s Sep 11 – Portland, ME – Aura Sep 13 – Harrison, OH – The Blue Note Sep 14 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop Sep 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection Sep 18 – Kansasville, WI – 1175 Sep 19 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall Sep 20 – Lombard, IL – Brauer House Sep 21 – Dubuque, IA – Q Casino Sep 22 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall Sep 25 – New York, NY – Sony Hall Sep 26 – Harrisburg, PA – XL Live Sep 27 – Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2 Sep 28 – Waterloo, NY – The Vine at Del Lago Sep 29 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
Oct 1 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse Oct 3 – Wichita, KS – WAVE Oct 5 – Golden, CO – Dirty Dogs Roadhouse (Outdoor) Oct 6 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater Oct 10 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage Oct 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go (Night 1) Oct 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go (Night 2) Oct 17 – Roswell, NM – Liberty Theater Oct 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom Oct 19 – Waco, TX – The Backyard Oct 20 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill Oct 22 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Oct 23 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater Oct 24 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock Oct 25 – Lafayette, LA – The District Oct 26 – Miramar Beach, FL – Village Door Music Hall Oct 28 – Miami, FL – KISS Kruise Pre Party @ Double Tree Oct 30 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Oct 31 – Savannah, GA – Victory North
Nov 1 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Ranch Nov 2 – Pinellas Park, FL – England Brothers Park
Ruben Mosqueda of KNAC.com spoke with Dio Disciples’ Tim “Ripper” Owens about the, Dio Returns Tour, featuring the new and improved Ronnie James Dio hologram Excerpts from the interview appear, below.
KNAC.com: Dio Returns will make its American debut in less than four weeks. Are you nervous, at all?
Owens: [laughs] No, I’m more excited, as a fan of Ronnie’s]. I’d be excited if I were someone that had bought a ticket to see this. That really excites me and that I’m a part of something new.
KNAC.com: I was speaking with Jeff [Pezzutti, CEO of Eyellusion, creators of the hologram] earlier and he was really excited because of the improvements that have been made to the hologram.
Owens: I agree, we have had to rehearse a lot and the band needs to practice alongside the hologram to get the timing right. They haven’t just refined the hologram but the entire show…you have to see it to believe it. It’s amazing, The sky is the limit with this after seeing what Eyellusion have done, I just see this getting better and better. I’ve seen the Frank Zappa one that has been touring across America and sounds like it will be heading to Europe shortly. That’s been a success. I liken this to any other piece of technology, the next is always better than the first, like with cell phones, remember the old cell phones? Compare those to what we have now.
KNAC.com: So to be clear, this isn’t just the hologram on stage, it’s a huge production.
Owens: That’s right, people need to know that this IS an entire show, it’s a huge production that features his former bandmates and his close friends performing Ronnie’s catalog. Oni [Logan] and I do some songs then here comes the hologram and does a performance! [laughs] It’s kind of crazy, man, [laughs].
KNAC.com: There’s been talk about the Dio hologram being a “cash grab” and that it’s done for the wrong reasons, but I think you’d have to see this once or even twice before you can bash it.
Owens: [laughs] I know I have heard that too. Listen, if Wendy Dio wants to do a “cash grab” she would just sit at home because she owns the rights to the music, she can just wait for it to rain money. She’s spending a lot of money to make this happen and why is she doing this? She’s doing this to make the fans happy.
Listen, I don’t think anyone is saying that Freddie Mercury’s estate is doing a “cash grab” since the movie was released [Bohemian Rhapsody]. This is much less of a “cash grab” than someone forming a Queen tribute band, because that’s people doing it just for the money [laughs]. If someone is dressing up as Freddie Mercury, I’m not saying it’s wrong or something, I’m all for entertainment, but that is for money. What really gets me is when people say stuff like, “Well, Ronnie wouldn’t like that”. Listen, just because you bought the records, and you sang Holy Diver in your bedroom as a kid, doesn’t mean that you knew Ronnie Dio.
We are the friends and the family of Ronnie, we feel that Ronnie would have loved this because it is about the fans. Ronnie was always about trying to make the fans happy and I don’t know how people are missing that point. The point being, that we’re doing just what Ronnie would have done and that is making the fans happy. I understand people may not initially “like” the idea, I don’t like something, but I will give things a try before I pan it. I personally would love to see a David Bowie hologram show, I never got a chance to see a Bowie show and to me that would be exciting. I would love the chance to see a him do Ziggy Stardust and all the various phases of his career. I don’t use a flip phone, I don’t listen to cassettes, I move with the times and this is moving with the times.
Music historian Eddie Trunk takes viewers on an immersive journey through some of the country’s biggest rock festivals and music events, as the popular AXS TV original series TrunkFest returns for season two—premiering Sunday, July 7 at 9:30pE/6:30pP. TrunkFestairs as part of the Network’s Sunday Night Rocks lineup, which also includes the star-studded talk-and-rock series Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar at 8pE; the hilarious and heartfelt reality series Real Money, starring Eddie Money and his family.
TrunkFestseason two begins on July 7th with a trip down to sunny southern California for a day of classic rock and classic rides at Sammy Hagar’s High Tide Beach Party And Car Show. While there, Eddie Trunk takes in the sights and sounds of the summer’s ultimate beach bash, and sits down with a slate of rock n’ roll icons such as Eddie Money, Vince Neil, REO Speedwagon, and the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar. Check out the first look clip here from the premiere, below.
Trunk has also been added to this summer’s lineup of Sammy Hagar’s High Tide Beach Party on September 28 and 29 in Huntington Beach, CA. For more information, click here.
Also during the season, Trunk boards the Monsters Of Rock Cruise to sail the high seas with Tesla and Extreme (July 14th); saddles up for a Country Jam weekend packed with tricked-out RVs and trailers, and interviews with Country stars Jon Pardi and Craig Campbell (July 21st); chills out at Vail Snow Days with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and hits the slopes on a ski-lift with talented rock progeny Devon Allman and Duane Betts (July 28th); lives the life of a Super VIP at the Hangout Music Festival, joining Judah & The Lion and lovelytheband on the Gulf Shores (Aug. 4th); and heads to the world-famous NAMM festival to talk with six-string superstars Dave Amato and Vivian Campbell, and check out the latest top-of-the-line music gear (Aug. 11th). Other highlights include a celebration of the 50thanniversary of Woodstock (Aug. 18th); trips to Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp (Aug. 25th) and INKcarceration (Sept. 1st); and a special recap reflecting on “The Best” moments of the year (Sept. 8th).
“One of the things I’m really excited about with season two is the growth and variety of events and experiences we cover. I am literally learning and experiencing many things right along with the audience for the first time,” said Trunk. “It’s been awesome and at times an education for sure.”
“The response to TrunkFest’s first season from our viewers was incredible. Our audience loved Trunk’s inside views of festivals and how he experienced them firsthand,” said Evan Haiman, AXS TV’s Vice President of Music Programming and Production. “We’re proud to give our viewers even more epic interviews and in-depth festival coverage in season two. Eddie Trunk is beloved by fans and artists, alike, and his knowledge of music is unparalleled—I couldn’t think of a better host, or a better series, to serve as one of the cornerstones for our new Sunday Night Rocks block.”
Andrew McKaysmith of the Scars And Guitars podcast recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of British metal legends Raven. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by Blabbermouth.net).
On being part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene:
John: We had the first independent metal album out in England, which was Rock Until You Drop back in 1981. There’s plenty of other bands out, but the funny thing about the NWOBHM, it wasn’t a club. It was just basically a moment in time where there was a lot of bands spread out over England, over the U.K., really, who loved this music and wanted to play this music. The only thing we really had in common was the passion and the energy because Iron Maidenare nothing like Def Leppard, who are nothing like Raven, who are nothing like Venom, who are nothing like Angel Witch. They are all totally different and that’s what made it really special, that it was so diverse. We always had our own thing. We were a three-piece, so that made it different immediately from ninety-nine percent of all the other bands.
Discussing playing shows with OzzyOsbourne in 1980:
John: We did shows. It was Ozzy’s first solo tour. He heard our single, Don’t Need Your Money on the John Peel [radio] show. John Peel was a DJ who played new music, didn’t matter who it was. He played our single and Ozzy heard it when he was somewhere and went, ‘I want that band.’ We played Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesboro and the Hammersmith Odeon. It was awesome, Randy Rhoads [guitar], Lee Kerslake [drums], Bob Daisley [bass]. Bob’s a genius, genius lyricist, incredible bass player. What a musician. Very influential. Really cool.
Speaking about whether he had any interactions with Osbourne during the shows:
John: We didn’t talk to him a great deal. We talked to him quite a bit at the first show. I really didn’t talk to Ozzy on the last show. Ozzy and [wife/manager] Sharon [Osbourne] had me sat at a table and Sharon said, ‘Ozzy wants a hand in your future.’ My jaw hit the floor. We talked for a minute, then Sharon’s father [record label exec Don Arden] turned up. That was the end of that. [Laughs] You could maybe say we dodged a bullet. [Laughs] We played with Ozzy, a guy on that tour who was just a kid wondering around was Ozzy’s minder. He was on all the TV shows and everything. There’s a connection there with Newcastle. We played a couple of festivals and stuff with him over the years. Black Sabbath is like royalty, you know? There’s always that. Those early Ozzy albums are incredible. Can’t take that away, that’s for sure.
On helping introduce Metallica to American audiences in 1983:
John: “We took Metallica out on their first tour. No one knew who the hell they were, but we heard them and said, ‘Yeah, these guys are great. Let’s do it.’ What’s the point of having a bad opening act? You want to make an evening of it. You want to have a trajectory. You want to start somewhere and go somewhere. The same thing with Anthrax. Anthrax were booking us from the first time we arrived in America. Scott [Ian] was at all the shows. Great guys, great band. We were lucky enough to get to open for Metallica a few years ago back in Brazil, with 70,000 people, which was unbelievable. They were more than gracious. They said thank you to us during the show, which we didn’t find out until afterwards because we left early. You don’t want to be stuck behind 70,000 people leaving the arena when you got a show the next night. We’ve run into Anthrax at a couple of festivals. They’ve never changed; they’re still great guys and they’re a great band. There’s very much that camaraderie between most of the bands actually now these days. I’ll run into Death Angel and Mark [Osegueda] is always, ‘I always was such a huge Ravenfan.’ We definitely got a lot of people fired up. [Laughs] We continue to do so. Now we go and play and it’s three generations of fans. We’re going to Mexico and South America and I swear when you play there, there’s nobody over 25. It’s crazy. They know everything. It’s awesome. The music is alive. It stays alive and it’s more alive now than ever, even though it’s kind of driven underground. Sometimes the best place for it.”
Raven’s forthcoming new album, the follow-up to 2015’s ExtermiNation, will mark the band’s first effort with Heller, who replaced Joe Hasselvander in 2017.
Earlier this year, the group released a live album, Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg, through SPV/Steamhammer.