The long-awaited Motley Crue film based on their 2002 book The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band finally has a release date.

The film entered pre-production back in January after it was originally slated to premiere in the summer of 2016 with Jackass director Jeff Tremaine at the helm – and now it’ll be released in March 2019.

Vocalist Vince Neil confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: “Wow! Just left Netflix offices. Just saw The Dirt movie! F–kin awesome! Can’t wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22nd. Yea!”

In September, Neil sent the rock world into a frenzy by revealing that Crue were back in the studio, with bassist Nikki Sixx later reporting they were recording four new songs for The Dirt with producer Bob Rock.

Sixx said, “F–k can I just say it? I’m listening to the roughs of the new Motley Crue and it feels real and raw.

Everybody is playing like mad and the songs crush. Bob Rock brought the sounds. Plus we have a surprise that will confirm that we’re outta our minds.”

The Dirt stars Daniel Webber as Neil, Douglas Booth as Sixx, Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars.

The film also features Tony Cavalero as Ozzy Osbourne and David Constable as Doc McGhee.

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With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.

And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.

Starting May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.

“Metal maniacs – Judas Priest is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of Firepower Firepower 2019 charges forth with new first time performances born out of Firepower, as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the Priest world metalsphere. Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe – mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can’t wait to reunite and reignite our maniacs…The Priest Is Back!” -Judas Priest

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly 50-year career – responsible for issuing such all-time classic albums as British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, and Painkiller, as well as the anthems Breaking the Law, Living After Midnight, and You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.

And Priest’s presence and influence remains strong, as evidenced by the chart performance of Firepower and its glowing reviews, a Grammy Award win for ‘Best Metal Performance’, plus being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Also, Priest can be credited as being one of the first metal bands to pioneer wearing leather and studs – a look that would eventually be embraced by metalheads throughout the world.

Undoubtedly, Judas Priest’s upcoming North American tour will only add to their ever-growing status of heavy metal legends.

Judas Priest Tour Dates:

05/03/19 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/06/19 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
05/08/19 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
05/09/19 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
05/12/19 Washington, DC The Anthem
05/14/19 Huntington, NY The Paramount
05/15/19 Huntington, NY The Paramount
05/16/19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
05/18/19 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
05/19/19 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
05/22/19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
05/23/19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
05/25/19 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
05/28/19 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/29/19 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/31/19 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory

06/01/19 Little Rock, AR First Security Amphitheater
06/03/19 St. Louis, MO Stifel Theatre
06/05/19 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
06/08/19 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
06/10/19 Lethbridge, AB ENMAX Centre
06/11/19 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
06/13/19 Dawson Creek, BC Encana Events Centre
06/14/19 Prince George, BC CN Centre
06/16/19 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
06/17/19 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre
06/19/19 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort and Casino
06/21/19 Kent, WA Accesso Showare Center
06/22/19 Portland, OR Moda Theatre of the Clouds
06/24/19 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
06/25/19 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
06/27/19 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
06/29/19 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

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The soaring success of Bohemian Rhapsody – the Freddie Mercury/Queen movie that is set to become the biggest grossing music biopic of all time – has proven that the public’s love for Queen remains as strong as ever. Longtime fans and recent converts will be thrilled to discover then, that Queen – original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, teaming up once more with longtime front man Adam Lambert on lead vocals – will return to North America next year. Produced by Live Nation, the epic 23-date arena and stadium Rhapsody tour is set to run from mid-July through late August with an all new concert experience.

Tickets for the Rhapsody tour go on sale to the general public starting December 7th at Live Nation at 10AM local time. Queen and Adam Lambert Fan Club Presales will run from 10AM local time through 10PM local time on Thursday, December 6th.

Going under the Rhapsody header, the six-week tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Stufish Entertainment Architects’ set designer Ric Lipson says, “Queen and Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

The tour follows an acclaimed run of 10 sold-out shows at the MGM Park Theater, Las Vegas in September 2018 and will begin on July 10th at Vancouver Rogers Arena. Stop-offs include some of the most history-packed venues in the US and Canada, including The Forum in Los Angeles (the last venue the original line-up played in North America on September 15th, 1982) and New York City’s Madison Square Garden (the site of past Queen glories, including a memorable performance from Queen and Adam Lambert on July 17th, 2014). It will wrap August 23rd at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC.

Announcing their Rhapsody tour Roger Taylor said, “We are ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle.”

Adam Lambert said, “We have been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it.”

With Brian May adding, “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America…”

…Then along came 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts in excess of $500 million. The excitement the film inspired also saw Queen propelled back on to the music charts, where they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart, reminding fans why they loved them and dazzling the previously-uninitiated. In the US, the band scored its highest-charting album in 38 years with the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (Hollywood Records), which surged from No. 25 to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart on November 17th, reached the top of the Billboard Rock Albums chart and were Spotify’s most streamed artist in the world for the week ending November 22nd. Rolling Stone called the album “more than just a greatest hits”, praising it as “a fun imaginative way to relive the band’s genius.” In the same week, Queen’s Greatest Hits Vol I, II & III: The Platinum Collection rocketed from No. 194 to No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and they had a jaw-dropping 22 songs charting on the Digital Rock Tracks chart including seven of the Top 10.

In the UK the release of Bohemian Rhapsody has also given a healthy boost to Queen’s music on streaming services. Rhapsody remains their most popular, with 50.4 million streams, followed by Don’t Stop Me Now on 46.1 million plays.

When Freddie sang The Show Must Go On all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen music would still be storming the charts in 2018. Next summer, the stages of North America will be well and truly rocked again. You can’t help thinking Freddie would be overjoyed.

Queen Rhapsody Tour Dates:


10 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
14 San Jose, CA SAP Center
16 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
19 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
24 Houston, TX Toyota Center
27 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
28 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
30 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
31 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena


3 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
4 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
6 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
9 Chicago, IL United Center
10 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
13 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
15 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
18 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
20 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
22 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
23 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center

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Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale says that he went from the brink of financial ruin to being “richer than I ever was in Deep Purple” in the space of three months when Whitesnake’s 1987 release Whitesnake took the U.S. charts by storm, reports

Coverdale recently spoke at length with Rock Candy magazine editor Howard Johnson, telling the personal stories behind some of the most revealing photos of his almost-50-year career.

Commenting on a shot of Whitesnake at the 1987 MTV Music Awards, Coverdale said, “It was a ridiculous time for around about three years when MTV became this global monster. I’d go into a hotel room, and eight times out of 10, the TV would be showing MTV. And nine times out of 10, it was playing the video for Still Of The Night, Is This Love or Here I Go Again.

Was I prepared for the level of success the ‘1987’ album had? Professionally, yes. It was such a validation of the really hard work that went into that album. It wasn’t entirely the guys’ fault in earlier versions of Whitesnake that we often took six steps forward and four back. Management decisions were made that didn’t serve us well and it became incredibly frustrating. But once I took over the running of the operation myself everything changed… and to go from almost three million in debt and within three months be richer than I ever was with Purplewas very reassuring.”

Coverdale, of course, was one of the most famous faces in ’80s music after starring alongside his soon-to-be-wife Tawny Kitaen in those memorable band videos. But he admits that the level of fame he experienced at that time was hard to handle.

“I wasn’t prepared for that at all,” he says. “I was with Tawny in L.A. and we couldn’t go anywhere. If we stopped at a red light on Sunset, we’d be chased by the paparazzi like something out of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. It was whack. That was the primary reason why I moved out of L.A. to Lake Tahoe to live in a village of 5,000 people.”

Coverdale is still performing today as the leader of Whitesanke and he is no longer with Kitaen, but has since remarried. And the 67-year-old is perfectly happy to say that the days when he was one half of Hollywood’s most in-demand showbiz couple are long behind him now.

“I’m still Mr. Saturday Night on tour even now,” he laughs. “But at home, I’m just a husband and a dad.”

Read the whole of this revealing article, and many more fascinating features, in Issue 11 of Rock Candy magazine, available in shops worldwide or direct online at

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Closing out a banner 2018, legendary British rock n’ roll icons and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® nominees Def Leppard debut a string of releases. The group have assembled a brand new greatest hits collection entitled The Story So Far – The Best Of, available in stores and online today. It is available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP vinyl, and digital. Among a blockbuster tracklisting loaded with timeless hits, all four versions feature two stellar new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favorite, and previously unreleased Depeche Mode cover Personal Jesus, and the original holiday song titled We All Need Christmas. Also included, is the previously unreleased radio mix of “Rock On.” As a bonus for collectors, the first pressing vinyl copies of The Story So Far feature an exclusive 7” single of Personal Jesus and We All Need Christmas. See full tracklisting below.

Essential for newcomers and longtime fans alike, The Story So Far plays out like the ultimate Def Leppard set upheld by stadium-size anthems.

The group also released Hysteria: The Singles, a new limited edition, 10-disc vinyl box set featuring all of the 7” singles from their eponymous multi-platinum album Hysteria, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Hysteria: The Singles features repressed versions of all eight 7-inch vinyl singles for Hysteria including their Top-5 hits Pour Some Sugar On Me, Animal, Love Bites, Hysteria, Rocket and Armageddon It. Two bonus singles, Excitable”/”Run Riot (Album Version) and “Love and Affection”/”Don’t Shoot The Shotgun” (Album Version), are only available in this box set.

Housed in a beautiful box with a lift-off lid, Hysteria: The Singles features new cover art made up of all 10 of the single’s sleeves, including the rare Spanish Animal single, plus a booklet with a full band discography and an introduction written by Joe Elliott.

Capping off this robust release schedule, Def Leppard is offering a special color vinyl edition of their RIAA diamond-certified third full-length, Pyromania, available now as part of The Sound of Vinyl’s series of limited-edition releases.

Everything sets the stage for what promises to be an even bigger 2019. Be on the lookout for more from Def Leppard soon.

With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. Following the close of their historic 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America, Def Leppard sold a staggering 1,000,000 tickets and the tour grossed over $100,000,000.00, a massive feat in today’s touring world. As always, the group keep pushing forward with their electrifying live shows and recorded music that continues to span generations.

The Story So Far track listing:

Disc 1:

1. Animal
2. Photograph
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me
4. Love Bites
5. Let’s Get Rocked
6. Armaggedon It
7. Foolin’
8. Two Steps Behind
9. Heaven Is
10. Rocket
11. Hysteria
12. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
13. Make Love Like A Man
14. Action
15. When Love & Hate Collide
16. Rock of Ages
17. Personal Jesus

Disc 2:

1. Let’s Go
2. Promises
3. Slang
4. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
5. Rock On (Radio Remix)
6. Nine Lives (feat. Tim McGraw)
7. Work It Out
8. Stand Up
9. Dangerous
10. Now
11. Undefeated
12. Tonight
13. C’Mon C’Mon
14. Man Enough
15. No Matter What
16. All I Want Is Everything
17. It’s All About Believing
18. Kings Of The World

Hysteria: The Singles tack listing:

Disc One: Women / Tear It Down (US Version)
Disc Two: Animal / I Wanna Be Your Hero (US Version)
Disc Three: Hysteria / Ride in To the Sun (Int Version)
Disc Four: Pour Some Sugar on Me / Ring of Fire (US Version)
Disc Five: Love Bites / Billy’s Got A Gun (Live)(Int Version)
Disc Six: Armageddon It / Release Me (Can Version)
Disc Seven: Rocket / Woman (Live) (US Version)
Disc Eight: Excitable / Run Riot (Album Version)
Disc Nine: Love and Affection / Don’t Shoot Shotgun (Album Version)
Disc Ten: Animal / Tear It Down (Spanish Artwork Version)

Purchase The Story So Far – The Best Of here.
Purchase We All Need Christmas digital single here.
Purchase Hysteria: The Singles vinyl singles box set here.
Purchase Personal Jesus digital single here.
Purchase the limited edition color vinyl of Pyromania here.

Def Leppard online:

Official Website

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Writer Greg Prato has written a feature article about Rainbow’s album, Rising, for Vintage Guitar Magazine. Excerpts from the column appear below.

Throughout the course of Rainbow’s history, one thing always seemed inevitable – except for Ritchie Blackmore, band members would come and go like the wind. And one of the quickest/most extensive overhauls took place after the band’s first album, 1975’s Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, when the former Deep Purple guitarist promptly sacked the album’s bassist, keyboardist, and drummer – only retaining the singer (a then-largely unknown Ronnie James Dio). And while their debut was not as hard rocking as his previous band’s output from 1970-1974 was, the line-up that he assembled for Rainbow’s sophomore effort, Rising, changed all of that in a jiffy.

Despite being a largely newly-assembled band (bassist Jimmy Bain, keyboardist Tony Carey, and drummer Cozy Powell were the recent arrivals), musically and stylistically, it sounded as if they gelled automatically. The resulting Rising is largely considered to feature Rainbow’s best line-up…

When I interviewed Carey for the 2016 book, The Other Side of Rainbow, he offered a glimpse into the album’s recording sessions. “It was quick. We knew most of the material, because we had played it live or played it in rehearsals…and a lot of the stuff was one or two takes for the band. I didn’t play live with the band – I overdubbed everything I played. They played just as a trio – with Ritchie, Jimmy, and Cozy, and of course, Ronnie overdubbed, and I overdubbed. Really quick. In and out…”

…While Rising did not exactly storm the charts Stateside..[it] has been heralded as a definitive heavy metal recording (coming in at #1 on Kerrang! Magazine’s “All-Time Top 100 HM Albums” list in October 1981 – above the likes of Back in Black, Led Zeppelin IV, and Paranoid). And to this day, it is deemed an all-time classic, as confirmed by metal expert Eddie Trunk. “Rising definitely. It’s a tough question, but Rising I think stands as the definitive Rainbow record, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that Stargazer is on it.”

To read the entire article, check out the December issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.

To purchase a copy of The Other Side of Rainbow, please click here.


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