FORMER KISS GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT TO PERFORM AT “SPEEDBALLJAMM” IN NASHVILLE ON JUNE 7TH

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has announced that he will perform at the Speedballjamm on June 7th at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville, Tennessee.

Only 60 VIP tickets are available for the event, which will see Vincent backed by his handpicked musicians, Mike Weeks and Chuck White.

Each $300.00 VIP ticket will include the exclusive Vinnie Vincent Speedballjammperformance, a Vinnie Vincent meet-and-greet on June 8th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same S.I.R. soundstage (one autographed item; no guitars, parts, accessories or musical instruments, parts or accessories).

Guitars, parts, and musical instruments will each be autographed for an additional $500.

S.I.R. Nashville
1101 Cherry Avenue 
Nashville, TN 37203

Tickets for this event are only available via PayPal through VinnieVincent.com and will not be sold at the door.

Your PayPal receipt will act as your ticket to be admitted and will be matched to your name on list at the door.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on June 7th.

Earlier in the year, Vincent canceled his original comeback concerts. which were supposed to take place February 8th and February 9th in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.

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UFO GUITARIST/KEYBOARDIST PAUL RAYMOND PASSES AT AGE 73

UFO guitarist, and keyboard player Paul Raymond, , has died at the age of 73. The news comes just eight days after UFO played their final UK show at London’s Forum.

Raymond’s death was confirmed by his life partner, Sandra, who posted the news on Facebook, writing “With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today. 

The doctors we’re trying to reanimate him and with success at first but then his system shot down again and there was nothing more they could do for him, he died of a heart attack.

He absolutely enjoyed the last couple of weeks touring with UFO in the UK & Ireland and he was looking forward to the rest of this year’s tour.

I will always love him and I hope he will rest in piece until I’ll see him again on the other side!!!”

I love you so much Paul.”

Bassist Pete Way posted on Facebook, “I’ve just heard the sad news of Paul Raymond’s passing. I won’t pretend that we were always the best of friends but I am completely shattered to hear this. 

My sincere condolences go out to his family, particularly Sandra.

I’m gonna miss you mate! Sleep tight.”

On Twitter, Saxon posted, “We are shocked & saddened to hear the news of our friend and touring mate Paul Raymond of UFO’s sudden passing today. RIP Paul.”

DJ Eddie Trunk tweeted, “Shocked and saddened to wake up to the news just now that Paul Raymond of @UFO_rockband has passed away. Paul was a great guy, great musician, and part of the bands current & classic era. RIP Paul. UFO’s final shows will not be the same without him.”

UFO have a series of European festival dates lined up in June and July, with a US tour in October, and a final show booked on 2020’s Rock Legends Cruise, which departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in February. 

Paul Raymond first joined UFO in 1976, and played on the classic albums Lights Out, Obsession, and No Place to Run, and on the legendary live album Strangers In The Night. With four different stints in the band, he had been a regular fixture in the lineup since 2003. 

Previously, Raymond had replaced Christine McVie in Chicken Shack after she left to join Fleetwood Mac, and was also a member of Savoy Brown. He also played with former UFO guitarist Michael Schenker in MSG, and with UFO veteran, Pete Way, in Waysted.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BRIAN MAY OF QUEEN, BRANTLEY GILBERT & KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD RELEASE MAINSTREAM COUNTRY ROCK SINGLE “BLUE ON BLACK,” PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE GARY SINISE FOUNDATION

The multi-platinum rock group Five Finger Death Punch has teamed up with the legendary Brian May of Queen and two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepard to record a special version of the song Blue On Black. 

Titans in each of their respective genres, the artists came together to merg country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song originally recorded and co-written by Shepard. Taking Country Rockto the next level, Blue On Black is out today (April 12th) worldwide via Prospect Park (North America) and Eleven Seven Music (ex. North America). The song is available 
here and the artists also premiered an official music video, which can been seen below.

The artists and their respective labels are donating all proceeds from the collaboration version of, Blue On Black, to the Gary Sinise Foundation which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory states: “To raise awareness for and support First Responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts. These brave men and women leave their homes every morning not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again. Yet they make a conscious choice to do so for the greater good. What better way to make a difference than to join forces with some of our friends in country, blues and classic rock who happen to be some of the biggest names in those genres and together celebrate these heroes.”
Blue on Black is a song my band and I have covered off and on for years… songs are certified timeless when you can come back to them,” says Brantley Gilbert. “It’s always a staple each night and one of my favorite songs to perform. When the opportunity came up to sing on Five Finger’s version, with both Kenny Wayne and Brian May of Queen, I jumped at the chance… Who wouldn’t?! It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly.”
Gary Sinise, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation expresses his gratitude to the artists saying: “I want to send my thanks to Five Finger Death Punch, Brian May of Queen, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd for their support of The Gary Sinise Foundation and our efforts to give back to our Nation’s First Responders. I’m so grateful to have all of these incredible artists from different genres coming together to support our mission with this great song, ‘Blue On Black’. I believe while we can never do enough to show our appreciation and gratitude to our Nation’s defenders and the families who sacrifice right alongside them we can always do a little more. And you all are doing just that. So I salute you, and I thank you all. God bless.” Watch Gary Sinise speak about,Blue On Black, below.
Blues rock legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd adds, “When Five Finger Death Punch approached me about teaming up with them to do a special version of ‘Blue On Black’, I was thrilled to do it. When they told me Brantley Gilbert and Brian May were also going to be part of it, I was honored. This is a powerful collaboration of rock, country and blues artists and a true testament to the commonalities these musical styles share, and I think the fans will appreciate and enjoy it as much as we do.”
Brian May of Queen loved the song Blue On Blackand set up a special recording session and video shoot to be featured on it all in between his work as a producer and executive music producer with Roger Taylor of the Queen biography film Bohemian Rhapsody. Brian and Roger are responsible for one of the highest grossing films of all time ($900,000,000+) across the world and the winner of Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards. Brian May will perform with Queen + Adam Lambertthroughout 2019 and 2020.
Additionally, Five Finger Death Punch’s original cover version of Blue On Black has already generated over 50 million on-demand streams in the U.S., and is one of the most-consumed songs on the band’s current album (averaging over 1 million U.S. streams per week). The song features distorted guitars, pummeling percussion and a swaggering chant that marks a surprising outlier on Five Finger Death Punch’s current and seventh studio album, And Justise For NoneIn the U.S. alone the band have sold 4.5 million albums, 10 million digital songs and over 3 billion streams total.

Blue On Black musicians:

Five Finger Death Punch – lead vocals, guitars, bass, drums (original cover version taken from the album AND JUSTICE FOR NONE)
Kenny Wayne Shepard – original songwriter, guest vocals and guitar
Brantley Gilbert – guest vocal
Brian May – guest guitar


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ROCK ICON MICHAEL SCHENKER ON FAME, “ALL OF A SUDDEN, I WAS A MAJOR INFLUNCE. PEOPLE WERE SAYING ‘[I AM A] GOD,’ AND I THOUGHT, ‘WHAT IS THIS? THIS IS RUBBISH.’

Greg Prato of Vintage Rock spoke with iconic guitarist Michael Schenker. Highlights from the chat appear below.

Vintage Rock: It seems like Stateside, you’re the most popular you’ve ever been. What do you attribute this to? 

Michael Schenker: It’s like this — in my middle years, I consciously dropped out of the commercial machine. I had experienced what I needed to experience with UFO and Scorpions, and I wanted to carry on being true to myself — through true self-expression and experimenting with music. So, I took MSG out of the scene, completely. I couldn’t have done what I did with Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, or the other bands that asked me to join them. So, in the middle years, it was all about learning. In the beginning, I didn’t even know who I was. All of a sudden, I was a major influence. People were saying “Schenker is God,” and I thought, “What is this? This is rubbish.” After Strangers In The Night and LovedriveI had enough of that, and I wanted to continue focusing on music. And out of that, I actually missed out on the commercial success as many had in the ‘80s. But I’m making up for it now. I’ve been staying true to myself for half a century, and I got rewarded — I found fulfillment. I experiment and I get everything out of my system. There’s nothing left that  I wanted to do…

…And since 2008, all of a sudden, I had this urge to be on stage. I never wanted to be on stage, and all of a sudden, I had this urge to be on stage. I take it as a sign that something…it’s time for the third part of my life. So since 2008, I started having one leg in the machine, and now, there are two legs. Basically, step by step, I developed myself back to the place where I used to come from — where I was with UFO, and where I was with Scorpions. Going up and up…

…If you think about it, for half a century, I did not listen to other people, and being true to myself, and writing and experimenting. It’s a long time. So, the reward is big, and I get a lot of icing now (laughs).

Vintage Rock:2019 is the 40th anniversary of both UFO’s Strangers In The Night and the Scorpions’ Lovedrive. What do those two albums mean to you?

Michael Schenker: The release, maybe, but for me, it’s always when it was recorded. And that’s when it really happened. So, for me, it’s 41 years now. Last year was 40 years. For me, it’s been 41 years since the recording of Stranger In The Night“one of the best live rock albums of all time.” That’s my speech. And…it’s been 41 years since the Scorpions asked me to help them with their Lovedrive album. So, I call it 41 years, maybe for the release date it’s 40 years…I don’t know. I always go by when it was recorded.

Vintage Rock: But what do those two albums mean to you?

Michael Schenker: They mean that that was basically the end of my development – the first step of my development. I started recording when I was 15, I started playing guitar when I was nine. From 16 years old, Lonesome Crow contained my first-ever written song, which was credited to all the Scorpions, but they had nothing to do with it. I was only 15, they were already 21, and they kind of ripped me off. But In Search of Peace of Mind was the very first music that I ever wrote – and it still has one of my favorite solos in it. So, from then on, until Strangers In The Night or helping the Scorpions with Lovedrivewhich opened the door to America for them, that was basically the end of that era. And then, I started writing the song called Into the Arena, and that meant, “OK Michael…it’s time to work on understanding what life is all about, and who you are.” That’s what it means. It’s basically development fulfilled. And the next step was focus on life itself, and since 2008, it has been about understanding what happened, and celebrate.

Read more at Vintage Rock.

Following the release of their successful first album Resurrection, Michael Schenker Fest is currently recording their second album.

The band will be starting a North American tour on April 15th. See the tour itinerary below.

4/15 Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/16 Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/17 Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/19 Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco, CA
4/20 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA 
4/21 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR 
4/22/ Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC 
4/24 The Palace (formerly Flames Central) – Calgary, AB CANADA
4/27 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO 
4/28 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
4/30 Bourbon Hall – Louisville, KY

5/3/ The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
5/4 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
5/5 Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN
5/7 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
5/9/ The Egg – Albany, NY
5/10/ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
5/11 Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
5/12/ The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY 
5/14 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
5/15 The National – Richmond, VA
5/16/ Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
5/18/ Empire Garage – Austin, TX 

More on Michael Schenker: 

facebook.com/michaelschenkerrocks
instagram.com/michaelschenkerrocks
twitter.com/MW_Schenker
michaelschenkerhimself.com


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GUITARIST ULI JON ROTH SAYS THAT INTEREST IN ’70S ERA SCORPIONS SEEMS TO BE “GROWING”

Greg Prato of BraveWords spoke with guitarist Uni Jon Roth. Portions of the interview appear below.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss the 50th Anniversary Tour – how has the tour been thus far, and what can fans expect who have not attended yet? 

Uli Jon Roth:  So far, definitely my best American tour. We just started in Canada, but Vancouver went great yesterday. It’s quite an ambitious program, because we are celebrating the 50th on-stage anniversary of myself. And the music that we’re playing is a journey through those years – in some respects. Apart from the usual stalwarts, of course we’re playing the best of the early Scorpions, but we are also playing quite a bit of Electric Sun – which has not seen the light of day for 40 years…We’re playing quite a few of these pieces, and the audience seems to really like them. So, that’s part of this tour. Then, we’re playing all sorts of other things, from various stages of my life – including some stuff that I wrote for G3, Transcendental Sky Guitar, Sky of Avalon, and also a little acoustic set, where I am playing solo on my nylon 8-string guitar. It’s an integrated 3-hour show, which has a little intermission in the middle, and we’ve got a backdrop screen to augment everything with moving images. And if that is not enough, we are offering a VIP-only concert, which is in the late afternoon, and that features my Metamorphosis Concerto – which is my own one-hour piece, based on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. And I particularly enjoy that part of the evening, because I normally don’t get to play that piece. All in all, it’s a long evening, but so far, we haven’t had any complaints. It seems to be working very well, because the music is quite diverse.

BraveWords: This past January, you played a few shows in Japan with your former Scorpions bandmates, Rudolph Schenker and Rudy Lenners.

Uli Jon Roth: That was a really nice experience, because I asked Rudolph to be a part of my 50th anniversary show in Japan, and he immediately said yes, and there were some conflicting time schedules, which took time to iron out. So, because of the complexity of the flights, it was only confirmed literally the week before we actually did the gigs. But then he showed up, and we had a big blast. It was a party on stage, and it was really nice to have him there. Because after that, we played in the same hall – Sun Plaza Hall – that we had my last Scorpions show in, 40 years earlier. The Tokyo Tapes shows. And having Rudy Lenners there was also a very gratifying experience. He is a good friend of mine, but I don’t get to see him very often – other than at events like this. It went very well.

BraveWords: Would you agree that the popularity of the Scorpions’ 70s work is at an all-time high now? 

Uli Jon Roth: It is growing. Absolutely. I just spoke about this with Eddie Trunk, who brought up this very point that it seems to be growing – exponentially. I’ve noticed that, too. It’s almost like people went back in time, and they discovered that, which wasn’t so popular at the time – because the Scorpions only really made it very big in the early ‘80s. And by then, I was gone. It was all the following stage beforehand – with Virgin Killer and all these albums. But the simple fact was that the Scorpions never made it to America until after I left – and that was due to the fact that our record company, RCA, was a global company, and the head of RCA America wasn’t really a fan of the Scorpions. He didn’t support that. But once the top bands went with EMI, everything changed – EMI/Capitol. And then, America…it just really exploded for the band.

BraveWords: Future plans?

Uli Jon Roth: There are almost too many for me to handle, because at the moment, there are a couple of things on the horizon that are hard to decide between…and I can’t really mention them, because they seem like big projects, but they’re not yet signed, sealed, and delivered. I am going to try this summer to really seriously start recording a new album. I’ve written so much material over the last few years, it’s unreal. And I really want to get some of that down onto vinyl, digital, whatever have you. The main problem is there is very little time usually for me to do these things, because I am on tour so much these days. And while touring, I can’t really record. And the next problem is I am notoriously slow in the studio, because I am rarely ever happy with the sound we are getting. So, that is my catch-22 – but that is my own personal problem, and I will try my best to make sure it does not get in the way of recording soon.

Read more at BraveWords.

Remaining Uni Jon Roth 50th Anniversary tour dates:

April:

12 in Joliet, IL at The Forge 
13 in St. Charles, IL at Arcada Theater
14 in Detroit, MI at Token Lounge
15 in Toronto, ON at Rockpile
16 in Montreal, QU at Piranha
17 in Quebec, QU at L’ Anti
18 in Ottawa, ON at Brass Monkey
19 in Pawling, NY at Daryl’s House
20 in Derry, NH at Tupelo Music Hall
21 in Hartford, CT at Infinity Music Hall
23 in New York, NY at the Gramercy Theater
24 in Asbury Park, NJ at Wonderbar
25 in Sellersville, PA at the Sellersville Theater
26 in Syracuse, NY at Sharkey’s
27 in Cleveland, OH at Agora Ballroom
29 in Pittsburgh, PA at Jergels

May:

1 in Plymouth, MA at Spire Center for the Performing Arts
3 in Newton, NJ at the Newton Theatre
4 in Louisville, KY at the Diamond Pub Concert Hall
5 in Nashville, TN at The High Watt
6 in Atlanta, GA at City Winery
9 in Dallas, TX at Trees
10 in San Antonio, TX at Rockbox

For more information on Uni Jon Roth, please visit:

ulijonroth.com
sky-guitars.com
facebook.com/Uli-Jon-Roth
twitter.com/UliJonRoth1

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DEMONS & WIZARDS ANNOUNCE FIRST AND ONLY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Legendary metal band Demons & Wizards have just announced their A Magical Encounter With Demons & Wizards first and only North American headline tour today. The band will hit the road starting August 17th in Los Angeles and will be wrapping with their sold out show on September 7th in Atlanta. The band will be joined by special guests Lizzy Borden and Tyr and will be playing major markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and more. Tickets are available for purchase here.

“Demons & Wizards touring North America? That is going to be pure magic, guaranteed,” states Hansi Kürsch about the tour announcement. “You better not miss it, cause you never know when the Demon and the Wizard will join forces again. I am really thrilled about these first shows for Demons & Wizards in North America and we are going to make every single night a legendary night to remember. Join us on this path of glory.”

“I am very happy that we’ve announced the first ever Demons & Wizards tour in North America,” adds Jon Shaffer. “We’ve been getting fan requests for many years to bring this show to all points around the world. To be able to do it in the USA is an exciting development. Stay heavy and see you on the road soon!”

Founded in 1999 by Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth), Demons & Wizards released two highly acclaimed albums Demons & Wizards (1999) and Touched by the Crimson King (2005). The band recently announced their worldwide signing to Century Media Records and is gearing up to release their highly anticipated third studio album (title TBD), which is scheduled to be released early 2020. Before then, Century Media Records will release the band’s first two sold out albums as expanded deluxe editions on June 7th, and will feature liner notes by Hansi Kürsch and Jon Schaffer as well as bonus material and will be released as a Limited Edition Digipak, Deluxe 2LP with Etching and LP-booklet as well as digital deluxe editions. Demons & Wizards is available for pre-order and on all streaming devices here and Touched by the Crimson King is available for pre-order and on all streaming devices here.

Demons & Wizards Tour Dates:

European Dates:

May 31 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage 

June 1 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7 
June 2 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
June 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival 
June 21 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
June 29 – Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air
June 30 – London, United Kingdom – Islington Assembly Hall
July 4 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Rock Fest
July 6 – Chania,Greece – Chania Rock Festival
July 7 – Tolmin, Slovenia  – Metaldays

August 1-3 – Wacken, Germany  – Wacken Open Air
 
U.S. Headline Dates:

August 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
August 20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
August 21 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
August 22 – Portland, OR – Roseland
August 24 – Denver, CO – The Summit Theater
August 26 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
August 28 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
August 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
August 31 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
September 1 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
September 4 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
September 5 – New York, NY – The Playstation Theater
September 7 – Atlanta, GA – Progpower (SOLD OUT)

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