DEF LEPPARD ANNOUNCE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY DATES

Def Leppard have announced dates for second Las Vegas residency, which will take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Frontman Joe Elliott say, “Five years ago, we played our first ever residency in Las Vegas which was relatively new ground for a rock band giving this kind of experience…I have to say, we really enjoyed it! Being in one place for the best part of a month is vastly different to our normal city to city touring routine. Breaking this cycle adds another element to the experience for both us and the audience. We look forward to seeing you at the Zappos Theater this summer.”

Residency dates:

August 14
August 16
August 17
August 20
August 23
August 24
August 29
August 31

September 1
September 4
September 6
September 7

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AEROSMITH ADD 17 NEW DATES TO THEIR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY

Due to extraordinary demand, Aerosmith has announced 17 additional dates for their headlining Las Vegas residency at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. America’s all-time top-selling rock ‘n’ roll band will launch Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild on April 6th.

The newly added dates are: September 21st, 23rd, 26th and 28th; October 1st, 3rd, 6th and 8th; November 14th, 16th, 19th, 21st, 24th, 26th and 29th; and December 1st and 4th. Tickets go on sale February 15th.

Says the band, “Sin City, we are coming back for round two! We’ve added 17 new shows from September 21st – December 4th to our Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM.”

Aero Force One exclusive pre-sale access begins today (February 13th) at 9 a.m. PT. Citi pre-sale begins February 14th at 10 a.m. PT. Public on sale Saturday, February 16th at 10 a.m. PT.

A limited number of tickets are still available for previously announced shows in April, June and July.

Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency, promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, will bring you face to face with America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas. The show features never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions. Grammy Award-winning producer Giles Martin, known for creating the soundscape for The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, will create a spectacular show experience.

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LAST IN LINE TO RELEASE “II” ON FEBRUARY 22ND, POST VIDEO FOR THE SONG, “BLACKOUT THE SUN”

Last In Line’s forthcoming new album, II, will be released on February 22nd, and the band has released a video for the song, Blackout The Sun, can be viewed below. The new album was produced by Dokken, and Foreigner, bassist Jeff Pilson and will be distributed by Frontiers Music Srl.

“The musical style of II is different from Heavy Crown, but it wasn’t something that we planned to do,” explains guitarist Vivian Campbell. “[bassit] Phil [Soussan] is a more intricate player than Jimmy [Bain] [Dana’s note: who passed away in 2016 from lung cancer at age 68] was and that, together with the natural growth and development of the band led us to the songs on the album. As always, we simply started to jam on ideas and see where they led us. But it’s fair to say that the songs on this album sound more developed, with more parts and more experimentation than the songs on Heavy Crown. The first album set a tone, but on II we developed that idea and took it to the next logical stage.

Drummer Vinny Appice said “…Viv and I have been playing together for years and have the same feel and pulse and attitude. Now with Phil on bass, he allows a more melodic approach on the bass parts making the songs even more interesting. He fits in perfectly being from the same musical family and time as me and Viv. Mr. Freeman sings from his soul and completes the band’s sound with his melodies and amazing range.”

He continues, “The songwriting process was the same as Dio’s Holy Diver. First, we have fun writing together. We get in a room and jam on riffs and chords until we hit on something good, then continue to build it into a song. Andy puts his magic on it and it all works out very well.”

Soussan adds, “It was refreshing to be able to write songs in such an organic fashion — by jamming and developing ideas as a group, without bringing in preconceived songs — something I haven’t done for ages. The result was a true collaboration, a concept that is so rare these days! Vinny has a unique style of drumming that, beyond keeping beats, inspires riffs and arrangements and Vivian has a way of playing that has a conviction to every note. He is able to turn every riff into a signature. Andrew was creative and unrestricted, focusing his contemporary influences into vocal stylings and hooks that are outside the classic rock clichés. He is very much a perfectionist. Beyond trying to remain true to Jimmy’s playing and to the heritage of the relationship between Viv and Vinny, everyone was completely open to exploring any possible idea. I am honestly prouder of our efforts on this album than anything in which I have been involved in for a very long time. With II, I would like to think that we have stretched out from Heavy Crown to test some uncharted waters…. the evolution of Last In Line.

II track listing:

1.  Intro 
2.  Blackout The Sun 
3.  Landslide 
4.   Gods And Tyrants 
5.  Year Of The Gun 
6.  Give Up The Ghost 
7.  The Unknown 
8.  Sword From The Stone 
9.  Electrified 
10. Love And War 
11. False Flag 
12. The Light

See previously released videos for Year Of The Gun and, Landslide, below.

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QUEENSRYCHE SINGER TODD LA TORRE SAYS DRUMMER SCOTT ROCKENFIELD “MAY NOT EVER COME BACK” TO THE BAND

Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre was a recent guest on The MetalSucks Podcast.  Portions of the conversation appear below (courtesy of blabbermouth.net)

Speaking about playing the drums on the band’s new album, The Verdict:

“I’m friends with [drummer] Scott [Rockenfield],I toured with him for five years. I did two records with him. I’m very familiar and very aware of some of the things that he does — a lot of the things that he does. So, I recorded the drums, and I decided to show more reservation than to overplay…I wanted to just write drum parts that make sense for the songs…and some of the cymbal work that Scott would do — the double china, the alternating between the ride and the hi-hat. Certain things that are just very unique to the sound of Queensryche on the drums. And some things I did that I know he would never play, but that was just me having a little fun with a few things…So I’m sure I’ll catch a lot of criticism for what I did, but I’ll also hopefully catch some promising positive words for what I did. And all I can say is I did double duty on the record, and no one can fault me for putting in the hard work and showing up.”

On whether Rockenfield will be back with Queensryche:

“[He] may not [ever] come back…I don’t know, ’cause I don’t talk to him.”

Speaking about the criticism that the band has gotten for only having two original members: guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson:

“Some people go, ‘Oh, they’re only down to two [original] members right now.’ Well, so what? We wish that Scott would have come back earlier. But Alice In Chains has two [original] members. Accept has one member. Judas Priest has two members…There’s a lot of bands still putting out really great music that are kicking ass. It’s not about one person. It’s not about me. It’s not about Michael or Scott or anybody else; it’s about the collective. I think that this record shows that the strength lies in all of us participating and pulling all of our creative elements to share with each other.

If people say, ‘Well, what is Queensryche gonna sound like without Scott?’ The Verdict is exactly what Queensryche sounds like without his participation at all. However, Scott is a great songwriter; he’s a cool guy; he’s a great drummer; he has a lot of great ideas. That being said, this record, in my opinion, is better than some records that had the entire original lineup in the band. This is a way better record — in my opinion — than [Operation:]Mindcrime II or Dedicated To Chaos that had outside writers. So, I think that there’s a little too much emphasis placed on having this all-original thing…”

Queensryche’s The Verdict will arrive on March 1st through Century Media Records. Listen to the song, Man The Machine, here and the track,  Dark Reverie, here.

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OZZY OSBOURNE’S “BLIZZARD OF OZZ” CERTIFIED QUINTUPLE PLATINUM

Ozzy Osbourne’s debut solo album, 1980’s Blizzard Of Ozz, has been certified quintuple platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) after accumulating five million certified units. The February 4th recognition comes more than two decades since the LP was certified quadruple platinum (August 15, 1997).

Also certified on February 4th was Ozzy‘s 2003 greatest-hits album, “The Essential Ozzy Osbourne”, which went double platinum after accumulating two million certified units. That collection was previously certified platinum on March 3rd, 2016.

Blizzard Of Ozz was reissued in 2011 in a definitive edition that restored and remastered the original recordings. It was made available separately or as part of a deluxe box set with 1981’s Diary Of A Madman that featured both albums on CD and vinyl, a 100-page coffee table book, a documentary on DVD and a “full-size detailed replica of Ozzy’s iconic cross.”

The two albums were recorded soon after Ozzy was booted from Black Sabbath and marked his brief but legendary collaboration with late guitar hero Randy Rhoads. Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that he thought he had a winning combination on his hands. “You kind of know, but then again you don’t know, because I mean, you’re treading on new territory,” he said. “And being as I had been fired from Black Sabbath there was a lot of rivalry between them and me. I had everything to gain and nothing to lose, you know.”

Both albums came with previously unreleased bonus tracks and have been restored and remastered from the original analog recordings.

The albums restored the bass and drum tracks played respectively by Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, which were controversially removed for a 2002 reissue by Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon over a royalties dispute.

The Blizzard Of Ozz reissue came with three bonus studio tracks, including an alternate version of Goodbye To Romance and a song never previously released in the U.S. called You Looking At Me, Looking At You.


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“FOREIGNER LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’78” DVD, BLU-RAY AND VIDEO ON SALE MARCH 15TH, “HOT BLOODED” PERFORMANCE POSTED ONLINE

Foreigner and Eagle Vision have announced the release of the concert film, Foreigner Live At The Rainbow ’78, which is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video on March 15th.

A performance clip of the song, Hot Blooded, can be seen at the bottom of the page.

After the band’s self-titled debut album had spent a year in the U.S. Top 20, rock’s conquering heroes played a sold-out show at London’s celebrated Rainbow Theatre on April 27, 1978. Opening with Long, Long Way From Home, fans were treated to a magnificent display of musicianship and performance, including hit singles Feels Like The First Time and Cold As Ice, as well an exclusive preview of two tracks from the upcoming Double Vision album, Hot Blooded and Double Vision.

Featuring the classic Foreigner lineup of Mick Jones (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Lou Gramm (lead vocals, percussion), Ian McDonald (guitars, keyboards, sax, flute, backing vocals), Al Greenwood (keyboards, synthesizer), Ed Gagliardi (bass, backing vocals) and Dennis Elliott (drums, backing vocals), this show captures the essence of a group who would go on to become one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

Forty years later, this definitive performance by the original band has been restored from the original film reels, remixed and remastered for this release.

“1978 was an absolutely magical time for the band,” remembers Mick Jones, “and to come back over to the U.K. to play a headline show at the legendary Rainbow really was a dream come true. The audience was amazing that night. We couldn’t have wished for a better show.”

As Foreigner’s music continues to resonate with fans old and new, the band celebrated their 40th anniversary playing amphitheaters and arenas throughout 2018.

Track listing:

1.  Long, Long Way From Home 
2.  I Need You 
3.  Woman Oh Woman
4.  Hot Blooded
5.  The Damage Is Done
6.  Cold As Ice 
7.  Starrider 
8.  Double Vision 
9.  Feels Like The First Time 
10. Fool For You Anyway
11. At War With The World 
12. Headknocker



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