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.
John 5 has been a busy artist this last year in between tours with Zombie and solo undertakings. John 5’s extraordinary talent has led him to be an integral part of rock icon and auteur filmmaker Rob Zombie. This last year John 5 stepped up to fully to score Zombies upcoming movie release Lords Of Salem, and once again partnered with Zombie for the new album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.
For his first time ever, John 5 scored his full length motion picture. “This was a huge challenge for me,” explains John 5. “It was like 10 times the intensity of writing a record. It took months and months as the timing is key to each scene. The music was very challenging and sometimes there was no key signature or time signature for this music, which is all orchestral and acoustic with the exception of one Death Metal song. You had to be able to follow the story and create emotions for each scene with the music. I cannot wait for people to see and hear this movie. It is incredible!”
The Lords of Salem tells the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?
John 5, in full collaboration with Zombie, created Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which will be released on April 23rd, and includes the first single, Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town, along with such tracks as Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga, Lucifer Rising, Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures and a heavy-duty cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re an American Band.
“I can only describe this album as an aggressive, live-sounding and totally unique album,” states John 5. “This album has a little bit for everybody. The guitar tones are not traditional. There is also an instrumental track called the Theme for the Rat Regeneration Vendor which is a all played aggressively with an electric sitar.”
Last year, in addition to working on all of these music projects and recording, John 5 dominated the touring world in 2012, blowing away audiences with his guitar mastery on the road with Megadeth, then with Marilyn Manson for the Twins of Evil Tour.
The band’s new EP, United World Rebellion – Chapter One, will be released in North America on April 16th, with an international release date to be announced shortly.
Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo said, “We’ve known the Megaforce family and their various incarnations since 1982. Their history and legacy speaks for itself. We always thought that at some point we would work together and this turned out to be the perfect time and vehicle for us to finally do it. They have a sincere belief in what we’re doing and what our vision is which is really rare today. Needless to say, this is a very exciting time for us!”
United World Rebellion – Chapter One is the first of three EPs that will be made available over the next 12-18 months.
Bassist Rachel Bolan explains, “We wanted to do something different. Living in an age of information overload, it seemed like the perfect time to try something new. We came up with the idea to release three consecutive EPs over the course of the next year or so. This way we have new music out there on a consistent basis. And who better to do that with than Megaforce? They practically invented the EP! United World Rebellion – Chapter One ROCKS!”
Adler, the new band led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, announced the first part of their Back From The Dead tour. The first string of shows kicks off March 2nd at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California and continues through late July. The band are currently finalizing the European leg of the tour, which is slated to start in mid-September. The European tour will include dates in Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom with dates and venues to be determined.
Adler’s debut album Back From The Dead was released on November 26th through New Ocean Media. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers to arena-rock anthems to powerful, heartfelt ballads. The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash and Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5.
Adler is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite), and bassist Johnny Martin (Chelsea Smiles).
“The process of making this record was incredible,” states Bunton. “Our musical influences are all over the place and this record is a perfect reflection of everything that we love about rock ‘n’ roll.” “I’m so proud of this record,” adds Steven Adler. “This is the record I’ve been wanting to make for over 20 years and now I’ve finally found the band with the perfect chemistry to make it happen!”
3/2 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
3/7 Tokyo Duo – Tokyo, Japan (with Duff McKagan’s Loaded)
3/8 Tokyo Duo – Tokyo, Japan (with Duff McKagan’s Loaded)
5/16 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
5/17 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
5/18 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
5/30 St. Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
5/31 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
6/19 Backstage Bar – Tacoma, WA
6/20 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/21 Diamondz – Jerome, ID
6/22 Rock The Falls Festival – Idaho Falls, ID
6/23 Jammin Joe’s – Arvada, CO
6/26 TBA – Bismarck, ND
6/27 Legacy Ballroom – Fargo, ND
6/28 The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
6/29 The Grove – Lincoln, NE
6/30 Busters – Mankato, MN
7/3 The Summit Summer Concert Series – Whitesburg, KY
7/4 The Back Bar – Janesville, WI
7/5 Diesel Concert Theatre- Detroit, MI
7/6 Montage Theater – Rochester, NY
7/7 Shipwrecked Music Hall – Dennisport, MA
7/8 Legendary Dobbs Concert Hall – Philladelphia, PA
7/9 House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
7/10 Dead Horse Cantina – Mckees Rocks, PA
7/11 Changes Niteclub – New Castle, PA
7/12 Revolution Music Hall – Amityville, NY
7/13 The Rock Junction – West Greenwich, RI
7/14 TBA – New Jersey
7/15 TBA – New York, NY
7/16 Empire – West Sprinfield, VA
7/17 Tink’s Rock House – Marion, OH
7/18 The Tap House – Akron, OH
7/19 TBA – Cleveland, OH
7/20 Tailgators – Bolingbrook, IL
7/21 TBA – St. Louis, MO
7/24 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
7/26 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
7/27 TBA – San Antonio, TX
7/28 TBA – El Paso, TX
Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has just given a clue into the band’s business dealings and internal turmoil. One week ago, on Valentine’s Day, Lombardo was notified by the band’s lawyers that his services would no longer be needed for Slayer’s upcoming Australian tour dates. Lombardo has detailed the sudden decision in an official statement.
Lombardo posted the following on his Facebook page today (February, 21st):
“I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.
So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.
Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.
I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.
Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry [King] and Tom [Araya] to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.
I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.
As for Lombardo’s replacement, according to a Tweet from Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Maddah, Jon Dette will be the replacement drummer for Slayer while the band is in Australia. Dette was the band’s drummer in 1996 and 1997.
It was also recently revealed that Dette would be filling in for Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante for the same Australian Soundwave shows, after Benante was forced to take a break due to “personal issues.”
As far as the future of Slayer is concerned, the band is working on a new album, but with guitarist Jeff Hanneman still recovering from a spider bite and Lombardo being kicked off the Australia tour, things seem up in the air right now. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as news on the Slayer situation continues to break.
Platinum selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi is gearing up for the release of her new album, Heaven In This Hell. Orianthi will captivate fans with a record that delivers a mega-dose of rock and weaves elements of modern country and swampy blues. The album, produced by Dave Stewart, will be released on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana) and is scheduled to be releases on March 12th, 2013. The first single, Frozen, will be serviced to Rock and Classic Rock radio on January 28th.
From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It Tour that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released According To You, her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad. More than just a gifted guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.
In late 2011, between legs of Alice Cooper’s world tour (where she played lead guitar), she began work on her forthcoming project. “I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of Believe [her previous CD] helped give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas…the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us” she continued.
While Orianthi recorded a majority of Heaven In This Hell at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, she also recorded several songs and overdubs at Dave Stewart’s (of The Eurythmics) Hollywood Studio. “Working with Ori over the last year has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Stewart. “She is such a dedicated guitarist and focused songwriter; her enthusiasm is infectious and all the musicians who worked on the record were motivated to give her their best. When we went to Nashville, we knew we were about to embark on something exciting, something career altering,” he continued.
The time spent in Nashville left an indelible impression that can be heard in several of the tracks, which were mixed by Nashville resident John McBride. New tracks like Rock and Another You are examples of crossover country-AC songs that blend heartfelt harmonies and melodies with lyrics that showcase a more vulnerable, exposed emotional side, often veiled by her signature PRS axe. Heaven In This Hell the title track, is a blues-rooted rock song which features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. Songs like Frozen, the first single, and You Don’t Wanna Know provide listeners with some insight into a couple of her primary musical influences with raw, crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. If You Think You Know Me is an arousing anthem with thunderous drums, meant to inspire and empower anyone who has ever felt alone. This track, which begs to be played in a large arena, asks listeners, “Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?/Like there’s somebody else inside your skin?/ Well you’re not alone/We all came here for something.”
“To say that we are excited about this record is a complete understatement” said Rob Christie, founder of Robo Records. “Not only is Orianthi one of the most gifted musicians I’ve heard, but she also has a heart of gold. She is extremely passionate about music, animals, family and her fans. She truly is an inspiration to adults and children, literally around the globe.”
“I’m so excited to share Heaven In This Hell with the fans! It’s been a long time coming for me,” says Orianthi.
Watch a sneak peek into the making of Orianthi’s Heaven in This Hell below.