Dio offshoot band Last In Line will play most of the band’s material from the first two albums but not as much of the third release, Sacred Heart, because the material carries too many bad memories.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell, now with Def Leppard, last week told Classic Rock he aimed to reclaim his heritage by playing songs he co-wrote for the first time since being fired by Ronnie James Dio in 1986. But he’s not ready to extend that to the album he was touring at the time he was fired.
Campbell discusses the setlist with Talking Metal and says, “We haven’t completely finalized it yet, but it’s basically going to pick itself. There are only nine songs on Holy Diver and I think there’s only nine songs on the The Last In Line album.
The Sacred Heart album was very difficult for us all – that’s when things really started to go wrong with the band. No one wanted to be in the studio with Ronnie.
We would literally just come in and do our parts; we wouldn’t really hang, whereas with Holy Diver and Last In Line we were in the studio 24-7 and everyone was committed to making those records.
So the Sacred Heart record, we don’t look upon it as favorably. We probably won’t play too much from that.”
While Campbell and bandmates Vinnie Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell used to perform some Black Sabbath and Rainbow tracks with Dio, the guitarist feels it wouldn’t be appropriate now they’re working with singer Andy Freeman.
“I don’t think it would be legitimate for us to do that,” says Campbell. “The original Dio band played Man On The Silver Mountain, Stargazer, Long Live Rock N’ Roll, Mob Rules, Heaven And Hell and Children Of The Sea. Those were legitimate enough for us to do because Ronnie was there and he’d been in those bands.
“But without Ronnie there, I don’t think it’s very legitimate to play Sabbath or Rainbow songs, so we won’t be doing that.”
It has been three years since Alter Bridge’s last studio album, ABIII, was released in the US, but it is clear their fans have been waiting for them to return. Now the rock juggernaut band comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals, Mark Tremonti on guitar, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums return with their fourth album, Fortress slated for release on October 8th through EMI Label Services. The latest record builds upon the sound that Alter Bridge has been known for with their uncompromised vocal melodies, untouchable dueling guitar work and pounding rhythm section. The album was produced by long-time Alter Bridge producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with Falling In Reverse, Story Of The Year and Incubus to name a few.
“When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement. We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet. From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do,” exclaims Tremonti.
From the opening acoustic guitar work on Cry Of Achilles through the other 12 songs on Fortress, it is clear Alter Bridge are back to reclaim their place as one of hard rock’s marquee bands. The band showcases some of their heaviest material ever in tracks like Bleed It Dry and Farther Than The Sun, but also shows their signature softer side with songs like All Ends Well and the epic title track Fortress. Fortress is 13 tracks of unapologetic, searing hard rock that Alter Bridge has come to be synonymous with around the globe.
Alter Bridge recently announced their only US show in 2013 in Orlando, FL on October 4th at the House of Blues. Tickets for this show will go on-sale on Friday, July 26 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. The band then heads over to Europe where they will begin an extensive headlining world tour that will run from October 16th through November 16 and will feature Shinedown and Halestorm joining the band on select dates. Alter Bridge will also make a triumphant return to Wembley Arena in London on October 18th, a venue they sold out on ABIII and documented with the CD/DVD, Alter Bridge Live At Wembley.
Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track Blackbird was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single Isolation gave the band their first #1 single. Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few. When Alter Bridge is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash’s band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his fist solo project All I Was that found Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Mark on the road. Scott Phillips formed Projected with John Connolly and Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust and released their debut in 2012.
Alter Bridge tour dates:
Oct 4th Orlando, FL House of Blues (Only US show in 2013)
Oct 16th Nottingham, UK Arena
Oct 17th Birmingham, UK NIA
Oct 18th London, UK Wembley Arena
Oct 20th Cardiff, UK Arena
Oct 21st Glasgow, UK Hydro
Oct 22nd Manchester, UK Arena
Oct 24th Paris, FRA Zenith
Oct 25th Brussels, BEL AB
Oct 27th Berlin, GER Huxleys
Oct 28th Copenhagen, DEN Vega
Oct 29th Stockholm, SWE Arenan
Nov 3rd Amsterdam, HOL Heineken Music Hall
Nov 4th Dusseldorf, GER Mitsbishi Electric Halle
Nov 5th Wiesbaden, GER Schlachthof
Nov 7th Vienna, AUS Gasometer
Nov 8th Munich, GER Zenith
Nov 9th Zurich, SWI Hallenstadion
Nov 11th Rome, ITA Atlantico
Nov 12th Milan, ITA Mediolanum
Nov 14th Barcelona, SPA Razzmatazz 2
Nov 15th Madrid, SPA Arena
Nov 16th Lisbon, POR Coliseum
Great White and co-founding member/original lead singer Jack Russell have announced that they have entered into an agreement settling their pending litigation over the “Great White” name.
In March, 2012, Russell sued his former band-mates Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Audie Desbrow over their continuing use of “Great White” after Russell had taken a leave of absence from the band for medical reasons. The band countersued, and the parties have been involved in contentious litigation for the last year. After three days of closed-door mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle, the parties reached a comprehensive agreement. While many of the terms of the agreement will remain confidential, it can be revealed that, going forward, the current Great White band will continue to use the name “Great White”‘ and Russell will perform under the name “Jack Russell’s Great White.”
Jack Russell’s Great White has hit the high seas to embark in a two month two moth voyage across the Nation until early Fall.
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.
Jack Russell’s Great White Tours Dates – More to be added~
7/23/13 Fargo, ND The Windbreak – ** Venue Change
7/24/13 Dickinson, ND Army’s West Sports Bar
7/26/13 Royalton, MN Halfway Jam Festival Grounds
7/27/13 Savage, MN Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill
7/28/13 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
7/31/13 Oklahoma City, OK Chameleon Room
08/2/13 St. Louis, MO Fubar
08/4/13 Etobicoke, ON The Rock Pile
08/8/13 Sturgis, SD Glencoe Camp Resort
08/9/13 Sturgis, SD Eeasyrider’s Saloon
08/10/13 Hazel Green, WI Sandy Hook Tavern
08/12/13 Clifton, NJ Dingbats **** New Show
08/13/13 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
08/15/13 Clarion, PA Wasteland Live
08/16/13 White Marsh, MD House Of Rock
08/17/13 Lancaster, PA Village Nightclub
08/19/13 Warren, PA Holiday Inn (Acoustic Performance)
08/20/13 Luzerene, PA Brews Bros West
08/22/13 Appleton, WI Luna Lounge
08/23/13 Viroqua, WI Vernon County Fiargrounds – JAMMIN
08/24/13 Muscatine, IA Elms Supper Club & Lounge
08/27/13 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
08/29/13 San Antonio, TX Boozehounds
08/30/13 Dallas, TX The Boiler Room
08/31/13 Houston, TX Concert Pub North
09/2/13 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Harley
09/7/13 Clovis, NM Curry County Events Center
09/8/13 El Paso, TX Pop’s Cantina
09/14/13 Versailles, OH BMI Indoor Speedway
09/20/13 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
09/21/13 Corona, CA Marquee 15
09/28/13 Macon, GA Cox Capital Theatre
10/18/13 North Platte, NE Sculley’s Shooters – Skull Fest
(JACK RUSSELL OF GREAT WHITE ACOUSTIC)
11/29/13 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon
Joe Satriani has just confirmed the dynamic ground breaking hard rock outfit Living Colour to the bill supporting the West Coast leg of his upcoming U.S. tour.
Living Colour will join the world renowned guitarist when he hits Seattle, WA on October 22nd and will continue through Salem and Paso Robles before winding up on October 26th in Satriani’s home base, in the Bay Area, with a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
The U.S. tour launches on August 29th in San Diego with Steve Morse as support on the first leg. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran band mate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson).
Satriani has just concluded his hugely successful two-month European tour, the critical praise is overwhelming. Hitting seventeen countries in all, the tour has played to sold-out venues throughout the continent. It was also recently announced that Satriani will be honored to perform the National Anthem at this year’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The multi-platinum guitarist is set to serenade the grid this year as he performs the Star-Spangled Banner at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday, July 21. Satriani will perform from the track just prior to the three-day event’s premier contest, the MotoGP™ World Championship race.
Joe Satriani’s Unstoppable Momentum Tour Itinerary:
29 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA *
30 Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas, NV *
31 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA *
1 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom Scottsdale, AZ *
2 Kiva Auditorium Albuquerque, NM *
4 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO *
5 Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center Midland, TX *
6 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX *
7 House of Blues Houston, TX *
8 Austin City Limits – Moody Theatre Austin, TX *
10 House of Blues New Orleans, LA *
11 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL *
12 Parker Playhouse Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
13 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL *
14 Saenger Theatre Pensacola, FL *
15 Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA *
17 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville, TN *
18 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL *
19 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Lakewood, OH *
20 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH *
21 Wings Stadium Kalamazoo, MI *
22 Macomb Music Theatre Mt. Clemens, MI
24 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC *
25 Warner Theatre Washington, DC *
26 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *
27 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA*
28 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA *
29 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA *
1 Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY *
2 Palace Theatre Albany, NY *
3 State Theatre Portland, ME *
4 Casino New Brunswick New Brunswick, NB
5 Rebecca Cohn Auditorium Halifax, NS
7 Le Capitole De Quebec Quebec City, QC
8 National Arts Centre Southam Hall Ottawa, ON
9 St. Denis Theatre Montreal, QC
10 Centre in the Square Kitchener, ON
11 Massey Hall Toronto, ON
14 Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, MB
15 TCU Place Saskatoon, SK
16 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Edmonton, AB
17 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Calgary, AB
19 Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC
21 The Fox Theater Spokane, WA
22 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA **
23 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR **
25 Vina Robles Amphitheatre Paso Robles, CA **
26 Fox Theater Oakland, CA **
* featuring Steve Morse Band as support thru Portland, ME
** featuring Living Colour as support on the west coast
Iconic bassist Bob Daisley has posted the following at his official website:
At last, my autobiography For Facts Sake is ready to roll. It covers my whole life and my fifty-year career in music, and features everyone that I’ve ever worked with-Chicken Shack, Mungo Jerry, Widowmaker, Rainbow, The Blizzard of Ozz, Uriah Heep, Ozzy (and Sharon) Osbourne, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, the notorious Don Arden, and too many others to mention here. The stories reveal some interesting and, until now, unknown facts about many of these artists and characters, and with more than 460 photos throughout the text, it provides a pictorial view of my journey.
I wanted to make it affordable for the many fans that have given their support, I hope that it lives up to your expectations. Thanks to you all.
Signed copies can also be orders for no extra charge. The book costs £18.99p ($29.12) + postage & packing. If you wish to purchase more than one copy, please contact email@example.com.
The book measures 11″ x 7.5″ (280 x 190 mm) and is an inch thick, there are over 460 photographs, mostly color, the majority of which were taken by Daisley and have remained in his personal archives until now.
This is a limited offer and end on the July 28th. Orders received after that date will not be eligible for a signed copy.
For Facts Sake will be released August.
Please visit bobdaisley.com for more information and to purchase a copy of the book.
Bryan Reesman of Grammy.com spoke with guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen about The Winery Dogs and his other creative outlets. Portions of the interview appear below.
Grammy.com: You use blues and soul as a starting point on The Winery Dogs. How does each member’s various backgrounds come together on the album?
Kotzen: What’s interesting about the band is that we all have our backgrounds. We each have different things that we’re into that the other guy might not be as hip to, but we do have that common ground, which for us is the fact that we all love that late ’60s [and] early ’70s classic rock. That’s the thing we connect on, and then as individuals we all have our different things that we bring to the table. Mike has the heavier, metal/progressive thing, and Billy invented his own kind of bass playing. I have the more Philly R&B elements going on, so I think that’s what makes the record interesting. You’ve got a definitive-sounding record, but the thing is none of us got lost. You still hear Mike Portnoy’s style, you still hear my style and you still hear Billy’s style.
Grammy.com: As time goes on, do you feel you are becoming more open to new opportunities in music?
Kotzen: As I get older, I don’t want to do anything I don’t want to do. I don’t want to do anything that I’m not excited about musically, even with this band. If there had been any moment that was too much of a hassle, I wouldn’t have done it. The situation I’m in is a little different from other people in that I’ve been self-contained now for over 10 years. I make solo records, I go out, I tour and have my base. And I enjoy that and love doing that. I’m not [asking myself], “What can I do next? I’ve got to do something different.” I already am that and am happy with it. So anything I do beyond that has to be in addition to. I’m pretty content. Not that I feel like I can’t improve, but just in the sense of what music represents is more about the creative process and less about music.
I can live without music [but] I can’t live without being creative. To make a point out of that, I do work on my house. I built a deck outside my kitchen. It took me a month and a half to build. I did everything, and that feeling I had when I finished the deck was very similar to the feeling I have when I write a song. It’s the creativity [that] gets me … it’s not necessarily Friday night being onstage playing cover tunes. I wouldn’t do that. The creative process of being in the studio and having a lyric idea and a drumbeat and developing that into a song, and two days later hearing it through the speakers the way I heard it in my head, that’s the part of music that I love.
Grammy.com: Are there other things that help you be creative outside of music and help you recharge your batteries?
Kotzen: For years, my house has been a project, but now I’ve done so much to it that I’ve run out of things to do. I had a recording studio for a while that was in a building I bought. I [remodeled] it and did a lot of construction, so that was a project. I really like those kinds of projects. I play cards with my friends, I love basketball. I put a half-court in my yard just because I’m obsessed with that. I have to have a balance. If I just finished making a record, I don’t immediately want to start another one. I want to take a break.