ALTER BRIDGE RELEASE VIDEO FOR “HOLIDAY,” TOUR WITH MAMMOTH WVH, BEGINS ON JANUARY 25TH IN FLORIDA

Alter Bridge have released the official music video for the song Holiday. The clip marks the return of longtime video collaborator Dan Sturgess of Sturge Media — known for capturing the band’s iconic performance with the Parallax Orchestra on Alter Bridge: Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

Holiday has been a fan favorite since it was made public with the release of Pawns & King album last October, and is currently one of the most added songs at Active Rock radio. To read more about Pawns & King, and to listen to the self titled debut single, please go here. To listen to previously released singles, Silver Tongue, click here and Sin After Sin, please go here.

In other Alter Bridge news, the band will be embarking on a tour with Mammoth WVH starting on the 25th in Tampa, Florida and winding down on April 1st min Highland, California., To view the entire tour schedule, please click here.

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UGLY KID JOE ANNOUNCE “RAD WINGS OF DESTINY” SPRING TOUR DATES WITH FOZZY AND PISTOLS AT DAWN,

Ugly Kid Joe has announced its first U.S. tour in 27 years. Support on select dates will come from Fozzy, with Pistols At Dawn opening all concerts. Tickets for all shows will go on sale January 20th.

Tour dates:

May:

3 – Brick by Brick, San Diego, CA
4 – The Regent, Los Angeles, CA
5 – Majestic Theater, Ventura, CA
7 – Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
8 – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
11 – Rise, Houston, TX
12 – Echo, Dallas, TX
13 – Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
15 – The Truman, Kansas City, MO
16 – Bourbon Theater, Lincoln, NE *
18 – Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL
19 – Epics Events Center, Green Bay, WI
20 – St Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI
21 – Hi Fi Annex, Indianapolis, IN
22 – Rust Belt, Moline, IL
24 – Machine Shop, Flint, MI *
25 – Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH *
26 – Lovedrafts, Mechanicsburg, PA *
27 – Jergels, Pittsburgh, PA *
28 – Tally Ho Theater, Leesburg, VA *
30 – The Ramkat, Winston-Salem, NC *

June:

1 – Centerstage, Atlanta, GA
2 – Yellow Rose Theater, Cottonwood, AL
3 – The Ranch, Fort Myers, FL
4 – Jannus Live, Tampa, FL
5 – Club LA, Destin, FL
7 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA *
9 – Come and Take It Live, Austin, TX *
10 – Rockbox, San Antonio, TX *

* Ugly Kid Joe and Pistols At Dawn only

Ugly KidJoe is touring in support of its latest studio album, Rad Wings Of Destiny, which came out last October. Listen to AC/DC inspired That Ain’t Livinhere, [Dana’s note: and what I feel is also AC/DC influenced, and I really like] Failure, here.

Speaking to France’s Loud TV (as per blabbermouth.net) about the Rad Wings Of Destiny album title, frontman Whitfield Crane said: “I love Judas Priest. Ugly Kid Joe has a penchant for poking a little humor into the universe — the universe needs a little humor — and also giving respect to things that we love. So we love Judas Priest. We’re from California. We say ‘rad’ all day long. So Rad Wings Of Destiny.”

Regarding how first single That Ain’t Livin’ came together, Crane said, “I wrote the riff in Greece. We worked on the song as a band in Mallorca, Spain. We tracked the song in El Paso, Texas. And then we couldn’t finish all the vocals in El Paso. So then I found myself living in Lisbon, Portugal. And I flew to London to meet the producer and I tracked the vocals in London.”

Asked if the rest of Rad Wings Of Destiny is musically similar to That Ain’t Livin’Whitfield said, “Well, it’s hard for me to describe it, ’cause I’m so close to it; I’m really close to it. But yeah, the first track, That Ain’t Livin’… Also we love old-school AC/DC; I mean, I love for AC/DC. I wrote the riff for That Ain’t Livin’ on an island in Greece and I had the riff. And so we wrote that song. And it’s really an homage to Powerage’=[-era] AC/DC. So that’s that song. But there’s nine other songs, and there’s a lot of different frequencies that we’re embracing.”

After a 15-year hiatus, Ugly Kid Joe reformed in 2012 and has toured extensively throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

The band released the EP Stairway To Hell in 2012 and the full-length Uglier Than They Used Ta Be in 2015.

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BRET MICHAELS RELEASES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO “BACK IN THE DAY,” HITS THE ROAD THIS SUMMER WITH “PARTY GRAS” TOUR DATES

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has released the official music video for his new solo single, Back In The Day, watch it below.

Michaels states, “Back In The Day is truly a modern-day throwback to a feel-good road-trip anthem. The video reflects the feel of early MTV videos with green screen, pop-up captions and never-before-seen photos and original Hi-8 images of my youth. It is a song that truly reflects on great times and pays homage to the radio stations and DJs that cranked up the music while bringing us great songs that have withstood the test of time, songs that all my friends and I would sing along to then and now. Music is a universal language meant to unite us, not divide us, and that is exactly what this song is about. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun to sing along to, as is the video to watch as it weaves a story of my life and the music that rocked it.”

Pete Evick, who is best known as Michael’s music director and guitar player of the last 20 years, stated about Back In The Day, “It’s been a long time coming, I’ve had this track sitting in my hard drive for months just dying to let everyone hear it. I can’t explain the amount of fun me and Bret had recording this song. As always Bret pushes the boundaries and really makes me get creative and innovative with production.

“Trying to encompass elements from the 70’s, 80,s 90’s, and also still feel current and modern was the goal with everything about this song,” he explained. “I think we got it. Meri Schaefer sings those amazing harmonies in the chorus and Norman Voss kicks out some heavy guitar throughout the song.”

Following Poison’s appearance on th highly successful The Stadium Tour [with Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts] this past summer, Michaels will embark on his select date Parti-Gras 2023 tour with Live Nation starting July 13th in Detroit, see dates below. Joining Michaels on his tour will be Night Ranger and Jefferson Starship along with special appearances from Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey) and Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), plus a nightly surprise guests

Parti Gras 2023 Tour Dates:

July: 

13 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre

15 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake

16 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

21 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

22 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

23 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

28 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

29 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

30 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

August:

4 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds

5 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

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SAXON’S SECOND COVERS ALBUM “MORE INSPIRATIONS” TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 24TH, VIDEO FOR THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND’S, “THE FAITH HEALER,” OUT NOW

Saxon unveiled the first single, The Faith Healer, from their upcoming album, More Inspirations, which is scheduled for release on March 24th through Silver Lining Music.

Following the release of Inspirations in 2021, More Inspirations is the second “deep dish” serving of the influences which have fed the mighty Saxon’s immensely successful 40-plus-year career. The first single is an astonishing take on The Sensational Alex Harvey Band‘s The Faith Healer.

Frontman Biff Byford comments, “We used to see The Sensational Alex Harvey Band play this back in the day, they started the set with it, such a fantastic song and fantastic band… big influence.”

The “making of” video for The Faith Healer, directed by Jay Shredder, can be seen below.

Whether getting feral with The Animals‘ We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place, letting loose a high-octane take on Alice Cooper‘s From The Inside, or laying down a ferocious tribute to KISS‘s Detroit Rock CityMore Inspirations is a joyous trip into the sounds which galvanized the Barnsley boys and continue to get spun on home stereos and tour buses.

Produced by vocalist/co-founder Biff Byford, with Seb Byford helping record the music alongside mixing engineer Jacky LehmannMore Inspirations also includes enthusiastic takes on RainbowZZ Top and Cream, as well as a thunderous Razamanaz by Nazareth, a tasty take on The Who‘s Substitute, and a thick groove take on Uriah Heep‘s Gypsy. Whether this is your first dance with such classic songs, or you’ve come to see where Saxon was born, More Inspirations delivers the goods and then some.

More Inspirations will be available on 12-inch black vinyl, CD digipak, digital formats and special D2C bundles.

Track listing:

1. We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place
2. The Faith Healer
3. From The Inside
4. Chevrolet
5. Substitute
6. Gypsy
7. Man On The Silver Mountain
8. Detroit Rock City
9. Razamanaz
10. Tales Of Brave Ulysses

Byford and guitarist Paul Quinn are the sole remaining original members in Saxon’s current lineup.

Originally from South Yorkshire, England, Saxon has gone on to sell about 23 million albums and has produced such classic songs as Denim And LeatherPrincess Of The NightWheels Of Steel and Power And Glory.

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GUITARIST/VOCALIST JARED JAMES NICHOLS SELF-TITLED NEW STUDIO ALBUM OUT NOW, LIVE SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Today (1/13), singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Gibson brand ambassador Jared James Nichols, who was recently named the #1 “young gun making the Gibson Les Paul cool again” by Guitar World, has released his self-titled new studio album via Black Hill Recordspress here to listenJared James Nichols, produced, engineered, and mixed by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Slash, Rival Sons), marks the third full-length offering from the Nashville-based multi-talent and the truest representation of his authentic rock and blues-inspired sound, as evidenced by the recent singles Hard Wired and Down The Drain (listen to both songs here).

“The one aspect that really excites me about music is live performance. I live to be in the moment on stage, playing music and connecting with the listener,” shares Nichols. “When it was time to make my latest record, that was the biggest goal for me. I wanted to BE the music, take the listener on a sonic journey, and ultimately put my stamp as an artist to record. I cannot wait to tour this album, what you hear on record is exactly what you’ll get in the flesh. These songs were made to be played live and played loud.”

The recording sessions for Jared James Nichols, which was recorded live in the studio at Blackbird Studios and Sienna Studios to reflect the spirit of his electrifying live show on tape like never before, occurred at a pivotal moment for Nichols, who almost never performed again as he had been sidelined only a few months earlier with a broken arm. After surgery, which left him with a plate and 16 screws in his right arm, he pushed himself with diligence and determination to regain use of his arm and his storied guitar proficiency. Nichols soon paved the way for the record with the hypnotic and hyper-charged Hard Wired, released in the spring of 2022. Born from a jam session with Tyler Bryant and Graham Whitford, the single bulldozed a path for Jared James Nichols with no shortage of raw and raucous six-string bravado. From the jump, the album kicks into high gear with the bluesy wallop of My Delusion followed by the foot-stomping and unrelenting rock & roll animal Easy Come, Easy GoOn the hard-hitting lead single Down The Drain vulnerable vocals snake around melodic guitar in ominous fashion and then snaps into a chantable chorus punctuated by a wailing lead. Since its release in the fall, Down The Drain has received critical praise from the likes of Guitar World, Classic Rock Magazineand Loudwire, the latter of which also included the track in their Best Rock Songs of 2022 playlist, as well as featured placements across DSP playlists including Tidal’s Guitar Gods (as the cover artist) and Rising: Indie/Rock, Spotify’s Modern Blues Rock, and Apple Music’s New In Rock and Breaking Hard Rock. Elsewhere on the 12-track collection is the Black Sabbath-inspired Hallelujah, where a flurry of drums gives way to a thick and heavy battering ram of a blues riff only to crash into a rickety bass line and atomic shredding, and the party homage Good Time Girl. Jared James Nichols culminates on the emotionally charged Out Of Time, his heartfelt and tearful tribute to his late father. See below for full track listing.

Nicholswho appeared yesterday at the Gibson Garage in Nashville for a special pre-release event, will officially celebrate the release of Jared James Nichols with five live shows across the U.S. this month starting next January 17th at The Basement East in Nashville, featuring a handful of special guests including Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Peter Keys, Shinedown’s Zach Myers, and more. Then, Jared and his bandmates will head to Los Angeles to perform at The Peppermint Club on January 19th and also stop in Fresno, Chicagoand his hometown of Milwaukee for headlining gigs before making their way to Europe for a just-announced run of tour dates in February. See below for full list of upcoming tour dates. Tickets for all shows are on sale now – go here for more information and to purchase.

Jared James Nichols Track Listing:

1.    My Delusion

2.    Easy Come, Easy Go

3.    Down The Drain

4.    Hard Wired

5.    Bad Roots

6.    Skin ‘n Bone

7.    Long Way to Go

8.    Shadow Dancer

9.    Good Time Girl

10.  Hallelujah

11.  Saint or Fool

12.  Out Of Time

JARED JAMES NICHOLS TOUR DATES

U.S. Dates:

January:

17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East

19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Peppermint Club

22 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s

26 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

28 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Miramar Theatre

European Dates:

February:

9 – Rotterdam, Netherlands

11 – Utrecht, Netherlands 

12 – Savigny-le-Temple, France

15 – Barcelona, Spain 

16 – Madrid, Spain

22 – London, England

With nothing more than a Gibson Les Paul slung over his shoulder, a warm amp turned all the way up, and a hot microphone on and ready, Jared James Nichols churns out the kind of rock that rips, roars, and rolls without filter or apology. Nichols, who stands at a staggering 6 foot 5 inches tall, delivers a one-two punch of gritty vocals straight from the gut and incendiary fret fireworks. Jared first emerged onto the scene in 2015 with his debut Old Glory & The Wild Revival and followed that up with Black Magic in 2018, which yielded the fan favorite Honey Forgive Me. More recently, he issued the Shadow Dancer EP (2021) and collaborated earlier this year with both Maggie Rose and Joe Bonamassa for revised versions of his song Threw Me To The Wolves. Gibson also formally welcomed Nichols as an official ambassador, plotting the release of several signature Jared James Nichols guitars. Since his debut, Nichols has racked up millions of streams and critical acclaim and, in between show-stopping solo shows, has performed alongside icons such as Slash, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde, and even the late Leslie West, to name a few. Guitar World has attested, “If you’ve never witnessed Jared James Nichols onstage, let us say right now: you’re missing out, big time.” By keeping it simple, Jared remains primed to leave his imprint on rock ‘n’ roll forever.

For more info on Jared James Nicholsvisit: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube,  Spotify and Apple Music.

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ACTOR JOHNNY DEPP WAS AT JEFF BECK’S BEDSIDE

People Magazine reports:

[Actor/musician Johnny Depp reportedly visited guitarist Jeff Beck bedside].

“They had a really tight friendship, they were extremely close, and he got even closer over this past summer when they were touring together,” the source [shares with People] . “The sickness came on really quickly and it all deteriorated rapidly in the last couple weeks.”

“Johnny is still processing this news. He’s devastated,” the source adds.

Last year, Depp and Beck released an album, titled 18, on July 15th. The video for song “This Is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr,” the first single off the album, can be seen, here.

Beck passed away, at the age of 78, after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis. The eight-time Grammy winner is survived by his wife Sandra Beck.

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