A benefit for the Wounded Warriors Project will take place on March 21st at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh and will be hosted by Nick Catanese from Black Label Society.
To achieve their fundraising goal, a raffle of various items will be held including an autographed PRS “Nick Catanese” Signature model, a Fender Squire Stratocaster signed by Eric Johnsin and the Grand Prize, the “Monster Guitar”, signed by 16 different artists featuring:
1)Zakk Wylde- Black Label Society and Ozzy
2)Kerry King- Slayer
3)Nick Catanese- Black Label Society
4)John JD DeServio- Black Label Society
5)John 5- Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson
6)Tommy Thayer- KISS
7)Zach Myers- Shinedown
8)Mike Inez- Alice In Chains
9)Richie Faulkner- Judas Priest
10)Chris Jericho- Fozzy WWE
11)Michael Chiklis- The Michael Chiklis Band, TV and Movie Actor
12)Doug Aldrich- Whitesnake
13)Derek St. Holmes- Ted Nugent
14)Scott Ian- Anthrax
15)Orianthi Panagaris- Michael Jackson
16)Marcus Henderson- Guitar Hero
Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronnoff, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Jeff Young and many others will be involved in the Rock Against MS Benefit Concert at
the Key Club in Hollywood on March 27th.
These artists are coming together to support long time friend and publicist Nancy Sayle, who was struck with Primary Progressive MS in 2009. This is a severe version of the disease and only 10% are inflicted with this level. She was also diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor 2012. Visiting her close and dear friend as well as client, Steve Stevens and his wife Josie Stevens, she informed them of this news and all the medical issues. Knowing that she would not be working as much and facing large amounts of medical bills, Stevens suggested that a benefit was in order to help her. This is an amazing self-less gathering with a lot of love as well as creating the much needed awareness.
Metallica, in conjunction with their friends C3 Presents, have announced the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on June 8th-9th. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar. The full lineup is listed below.
“Last year’s Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members,” said Lars Ulrich. “The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in ’13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!”
Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across five live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica’s band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield’s Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett’s Crypt, Lars Ulrich’s Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo’s Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold. The two-day festival was met with praise from both fans and critics alike.
The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts February 26th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets with a couple of options to choose from:
A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day Pass OR
The Met Club Ultra 2-Day Pass, which includes Front of Stage Viewing for Metallica’s set, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!
Orion Music + More E-list members will get a chance to purchase $150 2-Day Passes before they go on-sale to the public. This presale starts February 27 at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern).
Tickets will go on-sale to the public on March 1 at 10am (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.
Stay tuned for additional Orion Music + More announcements.
Orion Music + More 2013 Lineup
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Destroid (Excision + KJ Sawka + Downlink)
The Joy Formidable
The Dillinger Escape Plan
All Shall Perish
Hotel Diablo’s new video Psycho, California has been officially released. The video was recently shot in Los Angels with nine-time Emmy Award-winning and MTV Video Music Award-nominated director Fabio Jafet (Pitbul,KISS, Aokon, Enrique Iglesias, Children Of Bodom) and can be viewed below.
The band debuted the video to a capacity crowd at House Of Blues on Sunset Strip in Hollywood on Saturday, Feburary 23rd. The set included cameos from Chris Wyse (The Cult/Owl) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Rockstar Supernova).
“We are extremely proud of what Fabio came up with for us ” says Alex Grossi “We are already putting some more things into motion with him and his production team that will be announced very soon”
Hotel Diablo’s The Return To Psycho, California was released in September through Scarlet Records. The CD was produced by Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Rockstar Supernova). The Return To Psycho, California is also available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers.
Slayer have responded to drummer Dave Lombardo’s claims over why he’s been replaced for the band’s upcoming Australian tour.
Lombardo this week said he’d been told by band’s lawyers that his services wouldn’t be required. He reported the move had been made after he questioned Slayer’s business model, which, he claimed, meant that only 10% of their touring income went to the members.
He explained that he tried to rectify the situation, but that guitarist Kerry King had “made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes, and said if I wanted to argue the point he would find another drummer.”
Confirming they’d be touring with former drummer Jon Dette, the band say in a statement to Blabbermouth. “Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo’s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon.
The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia.
There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further.
Slayer is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows.”
Lombardo first left the band in 1986, citing “financial concerns” as the main reason for his departure. He returned the following year then left again in 1992, coming back once more in 2001.
Slayer are currently working with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt in place of Jeff Hanneman, who’s still recovering from a near-fatal spider bite he sustained in 2011.
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, alongside Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tony Hatch, reports The Associated Press. The ceremony is set to take place June 13th in New York.
Tyler and Perry have been responsible for many classic rock songs including Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion and Dream On. The band released their 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension, last year, after Tyler’s two-season stint as a judge on American Idol.
Jones and Gramm wrote Foreigner’s biggest hits, including rockers like Jukebox Hero and ballads such as I Wanna Know What Love Is.
Knight is best known for Pat Benatar’s anthemic hits Love Is a Battlefield and “em>Invincible. Her other credits include Tina Turner classics The Best and Better Be Good to Me, as well as Patty Smyth’s The Warrior.
Souther keeps busy these days with his recurring role as Watty White on Nashville, though he’s also been a longtime songwriting partner of the Eagles, scoring credits on some of their biggest tunes, including Heartache Tonight, Victim of Love and New Kid in Town.
A crucial producer and songwriter during the British invasion, Hatch was as a staff producer at Pye Records and worked with bands like the Searchers and even helped on a few early singles by David Bowie; he also teamed with Petula Clark on her hits Downtown and My Love.