MEMBERS OF PANTERA, GUNS ‘N ROSES, WHITESNAKE AND KILL DEVIL HILL FORM A.L.I.V.E.!; A TRIBUTE TO 70’S ERA KISS!

A.L.I.V.E.! Promo Photo 2A.L.I.V.E.!, the new band put together strictly out of a passion for 70’s era KISS was formed by good timing and happenstance! Rex Brown (bass; Pantera, Kill Devil Hill), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar; Guns ‘N Roses), Brian Thomas Tichy (drums; Whitesnake, Queensryche, Ozzy Osbourne, S.U.N.) and Mark Zavon (guitar; Kill Devil Hill), all ended up working together on rock journalist Mitch Lafon’s KISS 40th Anniversary Tribute album for cancer care: “A World With Heroes.”

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This serendipitous occurrence came to be when Rex and Tichy laid down bass and drums on Bumblefoot’s version of “Detroit Rock City” in which not only does Thal play all guitars, he sings all vocals.  Tichy also tracked drums, backgrounds, rhythm and leads (along with Zavon) to Rex and Zavon’s version of “Larger Than Life.” Rex makes his debut lead vocal on this track. 

When the emails started circling, it became apparent that they all shared the same love for KISS in the 70’s. At the same time, they all were all somewhat shocked by how much Thal sounded like Paul Stanley and Rex like Gene Simmons on their tracks. Therein lay the set up leading to the formation of A.L.I.V.E.!

According to Brown, “We each got asked to play on this tribute album to benefit cancer research.  Obviously, it was for a great cause and we wanted to be a part of it, but I think it also came from a place of real passion too.  Each of us were hugely influenced by KISS early in our lives, so the chance to play on those tracks was a real honor.  After we’d heard what we’d recorded, we thought it would be a lot of fun to do it live.  As it turned out, Mark and I had just finished recording the upcoming Kill Devil Hill album, and had a small window of time this summer before we head out on the road again.  The timing perfectly coincided with breaks in Ron and Brian’s schedules as well, so we decided to put this thing together!”

A.L.I.V.E.! is a as much of of a “thank you” to KISS as it is a tribute. Brown, Thal, Tichy and Zavon won’t be in costume and greasepaint, making this even more of a true tribute to the music that changed them when they first heard it.”

Alive fb profile picRex continues, “I remember I was in 7th grade & this chick had a copy of ALIVE!  I swiped it & it changed the future of rock and roll as I know it!!  They were like “gods” to this scrawny kid from Texas learning to play guitar!!  They are one of the reasons I jam to this day!! I got to open up for them numerous times in stadiums & it’s the attitude and the songs, not the schtick, that I go back to every time!!”

Tichy adds, “I thought KISS ALIVE! was the loudest record ever when I first heard it! KISS was the first band I got into. Peter Criss was my first drum idol and he is where I started as a drummer! When the idea of all of us going for this together was brought up, we all reacted with unbridled excitement to how much fun and how powerful this could be! I can’t wait to play with these badass musicians I am proud to call friends!”

When asked about KISS’s influence on him, Thal said, “Hearing the KISS “Alive!” album at the age of 5 is what made me want to play guitar and join a band. I’m looking forward to playing the songs that launched my life!”

Zavon said, “When I was 14 I borrowed ‘Destroyer’ from the public library and have never been the same since.”

A.L.I.V.E.! will perform material off of KISS’s hugely influential  “Alive!” and “Alive II” records as well as some of their personal favorites!

Rex Brown is celebrating his birthday on July 27th and the band have decided that would be a perfect time to launch A.L.I.V.E!  The Rex Brown Birthday Bash featuring A.L.I.V.E.! will take place on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 24th – The Whiskey – Hollywood, CA

Thursday, July 25th – LVCS – Las Vegas, NV

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/kyylxqb to listen to snippets of the songs that brought this all together!

Please visit and “like” the official A.L.I.V.E.! facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AliveAnAllStarTributeToKiss

 

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THE TODD LE TORRE VERSION OF QUEENSRŸCHE’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM CHARTS IN THE TOP 25

2499059-queensryche-new-617-409 The self-titled album of legendary Seattle rockers Queensrÿche has topped the charts. The new record Queensrÿche, released via Century Media, debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart landing at #23 and selling 13,659 copies its first week. The album also impacted the Amazon charts where it hit #2 on the Hard Rock and Metal chart and also hit #6 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart. The first single Fallout is currently impacting radio and the video for the song will be released next week.

“We can’t thank the fans enough for their support in helping us get to this point. It is because of you that we have had this incredible debut and we are overwhelmed with the response the album has received. Todd, Parker, Scott, Eddie and I are grateful for everyone who has stood by us over the past year,” states guitarist Michael Wilton.

Queensrÿche has gotten critical acclaim including Billboard magazine’s review stating, “From the moment Rockenfield’s drums and Wilton and Parker Lundgren’s guitars go on the attack in Where Dreams Go to Die, the traditional Queensrÿche sound is back. The hooks are arresting, and the rhythm section packs unmitigated fire power.”

Queensrÿche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album The Warning in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of Rage For Order, Queensrÿche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album Operation: Mindcrime, which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Empire in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewer’s choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit Silent Lucidity. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. Queensrÿche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.

For more information, please visit www.queensrycheofficial.com or http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial.

Queensrÿche is Todd La Torre (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Parker Lundgren (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums).

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TESLA, RATT, CINDERELLA, JAKE E.LEE, WINGER, SLAUGTHER, THE WINERY DOGS, AMONG OTHERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2014

MOR_Poster_June_2013_1 The Monsters of Rock Cruise Team has announced the following about the Monsters of Rock Cruise, Escape To Monster Island set to sail on March 29th-April 2nd 2014.

“First of all, we have announced quite a few artists with more to come. We hope you are as excited about the lineup as we are! The cruise is March 29th-April 2nd, 2014, visiting Nassau and Monster Island. Regarding Nassau, we are working on additional details regarding our Nassau stop. We have good reason to go there so be patient as the cruise unfolds over the weeks to come. As far as Monster Island is concerned, we are planning something very cool and can not divulge details until we are closer to sailing. We can tell you this…this will be a day to remember at a very special destination. We think it is the coolest place we have visited thus far, so be patient Monster Cruisers, we’ve got your back!

Our ship is the new MSC Divina and she is spectacular! It will provide us with more entertainment options and other special features we are preparing especially for you. We just returned from Europe and were blown away by the awesome beauty, bars and stage layouts on this incredible vessel. Once again, your Monsters of Rock Cruise Team will not miss a thing…bigger, better and badder than ever!

As far as pricing, double occupancy rates will be similar to last year, starting about $900 per person. This price includes meals, entertainment, activities and much more, however, does not include gratuities, taxes and fees, which should be around $200 per person. Optional dining restaurants, drinks, spa services, gift shop and other discretionary purchases are additional. Finally, we will offer special discounted drink packages, which will offered as we approach the sailing date.

Once again we thank all of you for your interest in the 2014 Monsters of Rock Cruise. We will make history together, taking the greatest floating metal experience to new heights. Wish we could tell you more but we would have to…you know the rest!!

Also, once again, our very own Eddie Trunk will be hosting the festivities.

For more information, please visit monstersofrockcruise.com.

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OFFICAL VIDEO FOR MEGADETH’S “SUPER COLLIDER” POSTED ONLINE

Megadethlarge Megadeth have released the video for Super Collider, watch it below.

Super Collider was released on June 4th through Dave Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

The album was made available as a limited-edition CD with 3-D cover and bonus tracks, regular CD, regular LP, limited LP plus seven-inch vinyl and as a digital download.

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ROB ZOMBIE CONFIRMED TO HEADLINE CLOSING NIGHT OF ROB ZOMBIE’S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

zombieamernigtmarew The daily music performance lineup has been announced for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare–the ultimate Halloween music and horror event–every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10th-November 2nd at FEARPlex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.

Groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie will headline the closing night of music performances (November 2nd) during this bone-chilling experience that will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in the realms of hard rock/metal, rock alternative, EDM, and Latin. Other additions to the music lineup include: 3OH!3, 45 Grave, Beware Of Darkness, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Butcher Babies, Duane Peters, Eagles Of Death Metal, Ghost Town, Mod Sun, Motionless In White, Powerman 5000, TSOL, The Dickies, The Vandals, and Wallpaper.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will feature 15 nights of music. Each Thursday night will feature rock alternative music, Fridays EDM, most Saturdays hard rock/metal, and most Sundays will be Latin-focused. Please see below for the full list of music performances by date and visit
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for more details.

A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem, Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses.

The Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard will offer outdoor screenings of classic horror films, a DJ, food vendors, beer, wine and spirits, and much more, with freak show characters roaming throughout the grounds each night.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available now starting at only $30 at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and Bloody Boulevard activities. Tickets will also be available for purchase onsite during the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex (August 30th-September 29th). VIP packages will be available for purchase at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com.

The Great American Nightmare music lineup is as follows:

Thursday, October 10th: 3OH!3, Wallpaper
Friday, October 11th: Blood On The Dance Floor, HeavyGrinder
Saturday, October 12th: Kottonmouth Kings, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie
Sunday, October 13th: Ozomatli, with special guest
Thursday, October 17th: The Used, William Control
Friday, October 18th: DJ Bl3nd, DirtyLoud, One More Time (Daft Punk Tribute)
Saturday, October 19th: The Vandals, TSOL, The Dickies, Duane Peters
Sunday, October 20th: pro-wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA, Metalachi
Thursday, October 24th: Emilie Autumn with special guest
Friday, October 25th: Doctor P, Zomboy, Terravita, Evol Intent
Saturday, October 26th: Motionless In White, Butcher Babies, Ghost Town
Sunday, October 27th: Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, with special guest
Thursday, October 31st: Andrew W.K., Mod Sun, Beware Of Darkness
Friday, November 1st: MAJOR EDM HEADLINER to be announced on September 25, Dirtyphonics, Fei-Fei
Saturday, November 2nd: Rob Zombie, Eagles Of Death Metal, Powerman 5000, 45 Grave

Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 6:30 PM until 11:00 PM on Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30 PM until 1:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

FEARPlex (Fairplex) is located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, CA, centrally located in the heart of Southern California. Fairplex is also home to the LA County Fair, the largest county fair in the world.

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GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES

jackrussgreatwhite Great White featuring Jack Russell with his band of pirates are hitting the road to embark in a two month tour. The first show of the Pirates Life Tour starts at the World Famous Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA and then crossing the Nation.

Multi-Platinum original singer of Great White still brings it to the stage belting out all the original beloved songs that made the band take a place in rock history. Russell will be performing all their greatest hits from Save All Your Love, One Bitten Twice Shy, Rock Me and more.

July:

19 Los Angeles, CA Whisky A Go-Go
20 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Country Saloon
21 Jermone, ID Diamondz Bar & Grill
23 Fargo, ND JT Cigarro
24 Dickinson, ND Army’s West Sports Bar
26 Royalton, MN Halfway Jam Festival Grounds
27 Savage, MN Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill
28 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
31 Oklahoma City, OK Chameleon Room

August:

2 St. Louis, MO Fubar
3 Lincolnshire, IL Viper Alley
4 Etobicoke, ON The Rock Pile
8 Sturgis, SD Glencoe Camo Resort
9 Sturgis, SD Easyrider’s Saloon
10 Hazel Green, WI Sandy Hook Tavern
13 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
15 Clarion, PA Wasteland Live
16 White Marsh, MD House Of Rock
17 Lancaster, PA Village Nightclub
19 Warren, PA Holiday Inn (Acoustic Performance)
20 Luzerene, PA Brews Bros West
22 Appleton, WI Luna Lounge
23 Viroqua, WI Vernon County Fairgrounds- Jammin’
24 Muscatine, IA Elms Supper Club & Lounge
27 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
29 San Antonio, TX Boozehounds
30 Dallas, TX The Boiler Room
31 Houston, TX Concert Pub North

September:

2 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Harley
7 Clovis, NM Curry County Events Center
8 El Paso, TX Pop’s Cantina
14 Versailles, OH BMI Indoor Speedway
20 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
21 Corona, CA Marquee 15
28 Macon, GA Cox Capitol Theatre

October:

18 North Platte, NE Sculley’s Shooters-Skull Fest (Jack Russell of Great White Acoustic)

November:

29 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon

For more information, please visit www.jacksgreatwhite.com and www.facebook.com/jacksgwpiratespage.

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