AEROSMITH’S STEVEN TYLER TALKS ABOUT “ROCK FOR THE RISING SUN”

steventyler Gary Graff of Billboard reports:

A bit of band discord indirectly led to a new document of one of Aerosmith’s shining moments.

Frontman Steven Tyler tells Billboard that he initially brought Casey Patrick Tebo — who directed the forthcoming documentary Rock For the Rising Sun— into the Aerosmith camp about four years ago, during a particularly turbulent period in the group’s history. “There was a lot of shit going on at one point with the band,” Tyler explains, “and I got really pissed off and I thought, ‘I need to start filming a day in the life of myself on tour.’ So I brought (Tebo) out about four years ago, and he did such a great job he started doing the (video) screens and he started being our videographer on tour.”

“The band was getting along better than ever,” he says. “We’d just broken up for crazy fucking reasons, and I went away to get my head straight again. We booked a tour, South America first and we took it to Japan, and…It’s funny that it took that for the band to realize how important we are to each other and how fuckin’ good of a band we are and what a fuckin’ good time we have on stage that is infectious and gets people happy. We were just all in such a bad place that we didn’t realize our self-worth. I took going to Japan and playing those shows for the band to realize its own magic again. Somewhere along the line there it got the band happy again, and we thought, ‘Holy shit, we gotta do a fucking record right now!’ So, yeah, that tour helped us to a new album.”

Read more at Billboard.

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EDDIE DICUSSES “THAT METAL SHOW”

eddietrunk Adam Lawton of Media Mikes spoke to Eddie about That Metal Show. Portions of the interview appear below.

AL: Can you tell us about the idea of bringing in guitarists, bassists and drummers to perform during the show?

ET: The ultimate goal is to have a band play one day but we can’t do that because we just don’t have the budget. We simply cannot afford to bring on an entire band or pay the publishing which is very expensive and a lot of people don’t realize that. We try and work around that buy just bringing in single musicians to do some shredding and stuff. We have had drummers, bassists and predominately guitarist as they lend themselves to the gig a little more. This season we split things down the middle with four shows being with a guitarist and four shows being with a drummer. We have a lot of fun bringing those guys in and it’s a great opportunity to showcase sometimes the little lesser known guys. For example Richie Kotzen has always been a favorite of mine and in America he is barely known. To have him featured on our show has been great as lots of people have been emailing me for more info on him.

AL: In the shows 12 seasons has there ever been a guest that you thought would never end up on the show but actually did end up being on?

ET: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden was tough. He doesn’t live in American and the Iron Maiden camp is extremely protective of their brand and how they do things. I have always had a great relationship with them but in order to get everyone on board the stars have to align themselves. The season that Steve was on ended up being a last minute score for us because Steve had just announced he was going to be doing a solo album and the band happened to be in Los Angeles. I went to their manager and just asked to have him on. Steve ended up coming down and having a blast. We hope to have him back one day. They guys who don’t live in America are a challenge logistically. Tony Iommi was another one that I was really excited to have one.

AL: Besides the remaining shows for this season what else do you have in the works?

ET: I just completed my second book which is the follow up to Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Vol. 1. I just found out that Vol. 2 will be coming out on September 24th. The book is an exact sequel to my first book. The format and everything is the same except that there are 35 completely different bands in this one. I am really excited for that to be happening. I will also be continuing my two radio shows as this year I am celebrating my 30th year in radio. I am always out there looking for ways to make my projects bigger and take things to the next level.

Read the entire interview at Media Mikes.

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CINDERELLA MEMBERS ERIC BRITTINGHAM AND JEFF LABAR FORM CHEAP THRILL

cheapthrillband Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and guitarist Jeff LaBar along with vocalist/guitarist Brandon Gibbs (formerly of The Gibbs Brothers) and drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion, Gilby Clarke) in a new band called Cheap Thrill.

Cheap Thrill brings you a sound flavored with Cinderella tunes such as Nobody’s Fool, Heartbreak Station and Hello Or Goodbye from LaBar’s soon-to-be-released CD, along with the newest song from Brandon’s solo record, This Town, which is currently featured on ESPN 2 for the NHRA season. This show is littered with popular covers and stadium rock songs.

When Cinderella isn’t touring, Gibbs and Brittingham have always found themselves working together off and on over the last five years. With the recent addition of LaBar, the Nashville-based group CHEAP THRILL made its debut on the Monsters Of Rock cruise in March 2013, with two more rock and roll cruises immediately following.

Brittingham and LaBar are pumped about Cheap Thrill and the opportunity to work together again and alongside Gibbs.

“Being able to transition from a three-piece acoustic show to a full band keeps the project fun and versatile,” says Brittingham. “It’s all about the music,” adds Gibbs. “We have finetuned a product that will appeal to audiences of all ages.”

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PORTNOY SHEEHAN MACALPINE SHERINIAN TO RELEASE “LIVE IN TOKYO” ON SEPTEMBER 3RD

port,shee,macalpine On September 3rd, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live In Tokyo by Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and digital audio and video formats.

Live In Tokyo was filmed/recorded on November 14th, 2012 at Zepp Tokyo. This 95-minute concert is the first release of material from the supergroup, and it showcases a wide range of instrumental performances from each of the members’ careers and collaborations (moved up from a later paragraph). Wider fanbases of Dream Theater, Mr. Big and Black Country Communion will definitely stand up and take notice.

Drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), bassist Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big), guitarist Tony MacAlpine and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, Dream Theater) brought their collective strengths to Japan this past fall. The result was a 16-track deep cornucopia of the members’ individual highlights. The group unleashed a fierce storm of sonic musicianship on songs such as Shy Boy from Sheehan’s band Talas, MacAlpine’s The Stranger, Sherinian’s Apocalypse 1470 B.C. and Dream Theater’s A Change Of Seasons: The Crimson Sunrise. The DVD and Blu-ray also offer an exclusive peek at this production with a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Live In Tokyo track listing:

1. A Change Of Seasons: I The Crimson Sunrise (Dream Theater song)
2. Acid Rain (Liquid Tension Experiment song)
3. The Stranger (Tony MacAlpine song)
4. Stratus (Billy Cobham song)
5. Atlantis, Part 1: Apocalypse 1470 B.C. (Derek Sherinian song)
6. Tony MacAlpine Guitar Solo
7. Been Here Before (Derek Sherinian song)
8. Birds of Prey (Billy’s Boogie) / Billy Sheehan solo
09. The Farandole (Talas song)
10. The Pump (Jeff Beck song)
11. Mike Portnoy Drum Intro
12. Nightmare Cinema (Derek Sherinian song)
13. Hell’s Kitchen (Dream Theater song)
14. Derek Sherinian Keyboard Solo
15. Lines In The Sand (Dream Theater song) (abridged)
16. Shy Boy (Talas song) (Billy Sheehan on lead vocals)

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SAMMY HAGAR TO RELEASE “SAMMY AND FRIENDS” ON SEPTEMBER 24TH

sammyhagar400pix On the eve of his fourth decade in rock and roll, Grammy Award-winning Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar has teamed with a seminal array of his legendary rock and country artist friends and bandmates, past and present, for his first-ever rock collaborations album, Sammy Hagar And Friends. The release will see Hagar joining forces with award-winning artists, including Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Neal Schon (Journey), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) and Joe Satriani (Solo artist, Chickenfoot) , Bill Church and Denny Carmassi (Montrose), THE Wabos and more on an epic collection of 10 new songs and unexpected covers. Produced by Hagar and Grammy-winning engineer/producer John Cuniberti, Sammy Hagar And Friends will be released by Frontiers Records on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe (September 29th in the U.K.).

From new originals like Knockdown Dragout with Kid Rock, Bad On Fords And Chevrolets with Ronnie Dunn, All We Need Is An Island with Nancy Wilson, Going Down with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and Father Sun, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like Bob Seger’s Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man and Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus — Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. Sammy Hagar And Friends is Hagar’s first solo album since 2008. Full details, including a complete artist list, cover art, track listing and presale information will be announced shortly.

The release of Sammy Hagar And Friends will follow on the heels of his Four Decades of Rock summer tour which begins July 26th in Tucson and wraps September 7th in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar’s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, The Wabos, will also see influential bandmates from his career, including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his lineup of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peek of tracks from the new album.

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