johnsykes,jpgGuitarist John Sykes has updated his official website and the following message has been posted there:

“Since John left the Thin Lizzy reunion band a few years back, he has been immersed in the studio writing and arranging new tracks, he has written well over 30 tracks up to now and has also had new equipment fitted in his studio, where he records all his own material. John is currently working on a fifth studio album that is due for release 2013, the title of this album is yet undisclosed but we are told that this has had a lot of time taken on it and there are some fantastic guest musicians on board. As soon as we have word on the release for this album we will certainly keep you all posted.”

[Ed’s note: As a huge fan of John Sykes myself, if there is any news, it will be posted in this section as well].

In addition to his official website, you can also follow John on Facebook and Twitter.

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bonjoviband400Bon Jovi will be streaming a live show from the Mohegan Sun Saturday, February 9th, to celebrate the kick-off of their Because We Can- The Tour. Fans around the world can tune in and watch Bon Jovi live on stage from their very own computers by logging on to or

Pre-show begins at 7:30pm ET (New York) / 4:30pm PT (Los Angeles).

For a list of Bon Jovi tour dates please click here.



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madseasonLegacy Recordings will release a newly expanded Deluxe Edition of Above, the first and only album to be completed by Seattle-based rock supergroup Mad Season. Formed in 1994, Mad Season is vocalist Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), drummer/percussionist Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) and bassist John Baker Saunders (The Walkabouts, Lamont Cranston Band).

The Deluxe Edition of Mad Season’s Above is a three-disc set comprised of two CDs and one DVD. It includes the original studio album and a host of extras such as previously unreleased tracks from the band’s unfinished second album with new lyrics and vocals by Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), full audio plus the first official DVD release of Mad Season’s last show ever performed – Live At The Moore, an unreleased full concert video of the band’s New Year’s Eve performance from now-defunct Seattle club RKCNDY, a full-color collector’s booklet and more (full details below).

Preorders for the Above Deluxe Edition begin on January 7th, 2013 at select retailers. The Deluxe Edition, and a separate digital configuration, will be available Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013. In addition, there will be a 12″ 2LP expanded edition vinyl available on Record Store Day, April 20th 2013.

Content featured in the Above Deluxe Edition will be available through iTunes with audio mastered for iTunes and a separate standalone longplay video.
In 1994, four Seattle-based musicians decided to embark on a side-project that took them into new and different musical territory. Formed by Mike McCready, Layne Staley, Barrett Martin, and bluesman John Baker Saunders, the group went on to form Mad Season, which made one seminal album in the history of Seattle rock. That album, Above was released in 1995 and immediately struck a resonate chord with the public that sent the album into gold status within a few weeks. It is the only complete album of Layne Staley’s introspective and mystical lyrics, which were highlighted by additional vocals from Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan and Seattle-based saxophonist/percussionist Skerik.

Mad Season was essentially Seattle’s version of an extremely heavy blues band, anchored by the deep swinging rhythm section of Barrett’s drums and Baker’s bass lines, with Layne’s haunting melodies and Mike’s stadium-size guitar riffs soaring over the top. This unusual chemistry made the band absolutely unique in an era of post-grunge. In the almost 20 years since the original release of Above, new generations of music listeners have discovered the dark and lasting beauty of Mad Season.

In 1996, work began on a second Mad Season album with Mike, Barrett and Baker writing and recording the basic tracks for 15 new songs. Unfortunately, because of declining health, Layne wasn’t able to make any of the recording sessions and the album was shelved. Fate subsequently took each musician in a different direction: Mike back to Pearl Jam and Barrett back to Screaming Trees. Tragically, both Baker (1999) and Layne (2002) passed away.

In 2012, the two remaining band members, Mike and Barrett, along with Above’s original producer Brett Eliason, convened in Seattle to sift through the original magnetic tapes from that second album’s sessions to revisit the unfinished songs. They called on Mark Lanegan to pen lyrics and sing on 3 of the best of those songs, including one co-written by Peter Buck of REM, which will be featured on the forthcoming reissue honoring the legacy of Layne and Baker.

Tracklisting for 3-disc Mad Season Above Deluxe Edition


– Wake Up
– X-Ray Mind
– River of Deceit
– I’m Above
– Artificial Red
– Lifeless Dead
– I Don’t Know Anything
– Long Gone Day
– November Hotel
– All Alone

bonus tracks:

– Interlude (previously unreleased)
– Locomotive (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
– Black Book Of Fear (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
– Slip Away (Lyrics/vocals by Mark Lanegan)
– I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier (remix)

CD2 – Live at The Moore:

– Previously unreleased full audio set of Live at The Moore performance from Seattle, WA, April 29, 1995.
– Includes Wake Up, Artificial Red, I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier, I’m Above (featuring Mark Lanegan).

DVD – Live at The Moore + Bonus Footage

– Full video set of the Live at The Moore performance from Seattle, WA performance, April 29, 1995. Remixed and remastered for 5.1 sound, and newly edited by director Duncan Sharp.
– Plus, more bonus footage, including a full concert of the band’s performance from New Years Eve 1995 at RKCNDY in Seattle, and both performances from the Seattle-based Self-Pollution Radio specials, one newly edited.

This recording is available for purchase at Amazon.


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RCaggiano&volbeatJust weeks after announcing he was leaving Anthrax after nearly a decade as their guitarist, producer Rob Caggiano has joined Volbeat. The Danish band will release its new album Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies on April 9th, with Caggiano as a full fledged member of the band.

Caggiano produced the album alongside long-time production partner Jacob Hansen, who produced and mixed the band’s prior four albums.

Singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen said, “The band is very proud and happy to announce that [Caggiano] will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!”

Caggiano himself explained how things transpired in lengthy detail, saying, “Wow! I have to say I’m completely blown away by the turn of events over the last few weeks here in Denmark and at this point an update is definitely in order.

To start with, I came to Denmark about a month ago to produce the new Volbeat record which in and of itself has been an incredibly exciting adventure from a producer’s perspective thus far. However, I’m extremely happy to say my relationship with these guys will not end there as it turns out……it’s just beginning!

…When the guys asked me if I was interested in joining Volbeat the other day, my jaw just about hit the floor! It actually didn’t even register in my brain properly until the next morning but I gotta say, it also didn’t take me long to decide. It really isn’t the way I envisioned the rest of my year to play out but at the same time, THIS feels more “right” to me than anything I could have possibly imagined and I’m going for it! To all my fans, family, friends and overall supporters that have reached out to me over this last month wondering if I’m ever gonna play guitar again or what I’m up to in general etc……..See you all soon my friends and get ready for a wild ride!!!”

Read more at Noisecreep.

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DreamTheaterLive At Luna Park, a live concert captured on 2DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Video, 2DVD/3CD, Blu-ray/3CD, and a deluxe edition (2DVD/Blu-ray/3CD), will drop in May 2013. To whet the appetite of their fans, Dream Theater have released this trailer:

Live At Luna Park was filmed over two nights in South America – home to one of Dream Theater’s most ardent fanbases. The DVD was filmed after a 15-month world tour, hitting 35 countries.

“This is without a doubt the closest a viewer at home will come to experiencing a live Dream Theater concert,” states guitarist and founding member John Petrucci. “Between the hi-def, the huge audio mix and the documentary style behind the scenes footage, you are truly transported to the arena and completely immersed in the entire live experience.

“We have the greatest fans on the planet and the people of Argentina are no exception!” adds Petrucci. “The energy and vibe at Luna Park was truly electric and contagious. The perfect synergy between band and audience. We are immensely proud of this DVD and incredibly excited to share it with everyone!”

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sebastian&John5Vocalist Sebastian Bach has checked in with the following update on his new studio album:

“People really got off on the track TunnelVision from Kicking & Screaming. Well, I am happy to report that once again I will be teaming up with John 5 (guitars) on new songs for the next album. Here we are last Wednesday at the Fifth Annual Revolver Golden Gods talking about working on the new stuff and we are both looking forward to it! Along with Steve Stevens and Jeff George there is going to be some superior axe shredding going on the new disc! Coming your way soon!”

Bach’s new CD/DVD package, ABachalypse Now, will be released on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America through Frontiers Records.


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