evhllbig Music legends, Eddie Van Halen and LL Cool J, have teamed up for two songs on LL’s upcoming new album Authentic which will be released on April 30th. The rock icon joined the legendary rapper in the studio and kicked the volume up to create two genre defying songs on LL’s powerful new album.

The first track, We’re The Greatest, can best be described as a thunderous rock/rap anthem which includes symbolic lyrics, frenetic, over the top guitar licks played with reckless abandon and solid drum beats. The song was co-written and co-produced by LL Cool J and Eddie Van Halen at Henson Studios in Hollywood California and features Travis Barker of Blink 182 on drums.

When asked why he choose to reach out to the iconic guitarist, LL Cool J replied, “This Album was born out of my true love for music and I knew Eddie shared that same vision for authentic music. I approached this song with the upmost respect for Eddie and his fans, and became friends with him through the process. I was humbled to watch a genius at work and collaborate with such a legendary and visionary artist as Eddie Van Halen, and to bring our two worlds together, was an exciting opportunity. I am thrilled he was up for the ride.”

Eddie Van Halen didn’t know what to think initially of LL Cool J’S invitation, but once he met the legendary rapper they instantly hit it off and he not only enthusiastically agreed to collaborate on We’re The Greatest, but to also play a solo on the track Not Leaving You Tonight which features Fitz and the Tantrums.

“The thought of me playing guitar to hip hop was definitely left of center, but I was intrigued and I agreed to meet and listen to what he had. I was not only inspired by the songs I heard, but LL’s enthusiasm, his down to earth personality, the freedom he gave me to co-create and his willingness to, for the very first time, sing the chorus on We’re The Greatest. It was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual.”

Eddie commented further by saying, “the diversity of the songs on this album and the other artists he has collaborated with is outstanding, appealing to multiple genres of music and maybe even creating a few of our own. I feel blessed to not only have had the opportunity to work with LL but also to call him a great friend.”

This is not the first time the guitarist has teamed up with an artist outside of his genre. In 1984 his guitar solo on Michael Jackson’s Beat It has been praised for adding “the greatest guitar solo”, aiding “Beat It” into becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time.

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MotleyCrue Motley Crue have confirmed that they will be returning to Las Vegas for a residency at the famed Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint. The exclusive twelve-show engagement runs from September 18th through October 6th. Tickets for these shows go on sale this Friday, April 5th, at 10am.

The fall shows will feature an all-new production, designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live.

“We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can’t wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen Mötley Crüe do before,” said bassist Nikki Sixx.

“The guys had such a wild and successful run the first time around, I’m sure they will want to do everything bigger and better this time. We are extremely excited to see what the band brings to The Joint and Vegas during their second residency,” said Paul Davis, Vice President of Entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Tickets prices start at $49.50 (plus applicable service fees), go on sale Friday at 10am at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.

Mötley Crüe residency dates

Wednesday, September 18th
Friday, September 20th
Saturday, September 21st
Sunday, September 22nd
Wednesday, September 25th
Friday, September 27th
Saturday, September 28th
Sunday, September 29th
Wednesday, October 2nd
Friday, October 4th
Saturday, October 5th
Sunday, October 6th

additional source: noisecreep.com

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rockagainstms Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple), John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson), Jack Russell (Great White), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, T&N), Jeff Young (Megadeth) among others, came together to support longtime friend and publicist Nancy Sayle, who was struck with primary progressive MS in 2009. The Rock Against MS benefit concert was held on March 27th at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California and was hosted by Bob Coburn and Gary Moore of KLOS.

Fan filled footage of some of the performances can be viewed below.

Glenn Hughes-Mistreated:

Jeff Pilson/Chas West/Jeff Young-Tooth & Nail:

Jack Russell-Save All Your Love:

Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Orianthi (Alice Cooper, M.Jackson), Gilby Clarke (GNR), Brian Tichy, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Phil Buckman (Filter)-Stone Temple Pilot’s Vasoline:

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sabofull Skid Row guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo was a guest on March 25th edition Eddie’s XM show, Eddie Trunk Live. Portions of the interview appear below as transcribed by blabbermouth.net.

Discussing the band’s split with former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach:

“Basically, in all honesty, it just didn’t work out anymore. It worked for awhile, and then it didn’t work. I’ve always said this: he’s a great singer, a great frontman. The two of us, or maybe all of us, stopped getting along.

I’ve always been the one, personally, that I live my life a certain way where if it’s not fun anymore and not enjoyable, I have to get away from it. Life is too short — I want positivity in my life — and I’m sure he felt the same way. I think that we just got to a point where we did what we would do up until that particular point and it was time to go different ways.

I have no animosity towards him whatsoever, I wish him all the best, I hope he does wonderful things; he’s done well for himself. But, for me, my main focus is right now, with Skid Row. I have a relationship with the other four members in my band that I’m really proud of and really happy of, and I’m happy to be creating new music and promoting it.”

Speaking about being photographed hanging out with Bach on October 15th, 2012 at the Duff McKagan’s Loaded concert at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California (see below):

“In all honesty, it wasn’t a bad thing [seeing Sebastian]. The situation was Duff McKagan was playing, and I manage Duff, and so I was at the show. A person from my office, that works with me with Duff, had told me when I got there that Sebastian was there with his girl. And I was, like, ‘That’s cool. Whatever. If we see each other, great.’ Again, I have no animosity. I don’t have any ill will or anything like that; that’s just not my nature. Man, I love life too much to carry that with me; it’s a burden and it weighs you down and I don’t want that.

So when he happened to be standing by the dressing room, I was inside the dressing room, and we saw each other, we kind of walked over to each other, shook each other’s hand. And it was good to see him. That’s not to say we’re putting the band back together or anything like that, but it was good to see him. I mean, he was cool — he wasn’t over the top or crazy or anything like that. I mean, he had his girl [with him]; she was very nice. We talked for about ten or fifteen minutes, and I told him about what was going on with my personal life as well. And that was really the extent of it. I told him I was happy for him, whatever he was doing, going out and touring and making new music, and it really didn’t go beyond that. Except for taking the picture, which, of course, in this day and age, you put that out there and it just uncovers tons of speculation and [talk about] ‘what could be?’ [and] ‘what might be?’ … whatever. But, to me, it was just…

I’ve never ran away from our past at all — I embrace it, I think we have created some amazing stuff together throughout the first ten years of the band, but there’s also… I’m in this band here and now, and that’s what I concentrate on.”

On how he and his fellow Skid Row bandmates, including current singer Johnny Solinger, cope with Sebastian Bach’s name always being brought up in connection with the group:

“I think that at the very beginning, when Johnny got in the band and that same sort of question was posed, but it was posed in, ‘How do you fill your old singer’s shoes?’ And he was, like, ‘I wear my own shoes.’ And that’s kind of the approach that we’ve taken all along.

No one wanted Johnny to be, or attempt to be, Sebastian No. 2. I mean, Sebastian is his own entity in his own right, and Johnny is as well. I’m actually pretty amazed that after all this time, people still talk about it; I mean, it was a long time…

Again, I look at all of it as a blessing. I mean, I look at those records we made with Sebastian as a blessing. I look at the music and the records that we’re making with Johnny in the same light. We might not sell the same amount of records, obviously; it’s a different day and age and we’re a lot older. But I’ve always predicated my life on how much happiness I get out of what I do.

I’m not one to sit there and partake in things that are gonna be detrimental to my happiness; I won’t do it. And I’ve walked away from stuff… I walked away from the Skid Row thing where we were making a lot of money, and I just said… And a lot of people felt the same way, in the band and outside of our band, business [people that we were working with], that it just wasn’t fun anymore; it lost a lot of its… well, you lose the innocence, but it lost a lot of the fervor, just the fun of creating. We became different people. Success will do that to people. Adversity will do that to people.

People say adversity builds character. I think that’s bullshit. I think adversity reveals character. And so when that character is revealed, and when you’re down in the trenches, then you get to know each other on a real level, man, and you realize that, maybe we’re not that compatible, maybe we had a moment in time, and we should be thankful for that moment in time, but now that time has passed and it’s time to move on.”

Skid Row’s new release United World Rebellion – Chapter One is the first of three plus EPs that will be made available over the next 18 months.

Release dates are as follows:

North America: April 16th
European Union: May 24th
United Kingdom: May 27th
Rest of the world: May 27th


source: blabbermouth.net

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kotzensheehanport Drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Talas) and guitarist Richie Kotzen (ex-Poison, ex-Mr. Big) have chosen the name The Winery Dogs for their new band. View their official facebook page here.

An official debut album release for Japan via Victor Entertainment has been confirmed for May, with other territories due to be announced soon.


Watch a video of Mike Portnoy interviewing Richie Kotzen below.

additional source: bravewords.com

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ALICEINCHAINS Publicity Pic credit Dave Ma Alice In Chains have released the song list for their forthcoming album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which will be released on May 27th.

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here track list:

Pretty Done
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Lab Monkey
Low Ceiling
Breath On A Window
Phantom Limb
Hung On A Hook

The album will serve as the follow-up to 2009’s, Black Gives Way To Blue, which was their first album without Layne Stayley and the first to feature William DuVall.

Watch the video for song Hollow below.


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