Whitesnake are delighted to welcome back the one, the only, Mr. Thinder & Lightning… The Strombringer! That’s right, Tommy Aldridge is once again Whitesnake’s drummer, replacing the recently departed Brian Tichy.

Says Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale, “When I asked all the band members to put together their wish-list of potential drummers for us… every one, without exception, had Tommy Aldridge the top of the list. Also, most of the fans who communicated their suggestions on WS.com wanted Tommy back in the band. So, without further ado, we are delighted to welcome him back with us. It seems it is our destiny to work together. This is going to be so much fun. Welcome back, TA!”

“I can’t express how honored and grateful I am to be back in the Snake fold,” states Aldridge. “Working with David Coverdale and Co. has always been a labor of love. SO stoked to be back and finish what we started!”

Whitesnake would like to thank all the amazing musicians who honored them by applying for the position of drummer. The band were blown away by so much incredible talent and wish each and every one the very best in their lives and careers.

Two weeks ago Brian Tichy announced his departure from Whitesnake to concentrate on his new Sass Jordan fronted project S.U.N. At the time Tichy said, ” I’d like to think we (S.U.N.) made a record that is a solid piece of rock that will hold its own next to anything. How will I know if I am right or wrong if I just “talk talk talk” about it? I’ve got live it and let this band have a fair shot, or else I might as well just call it “a cute little project I do if I have free time.” That is boring and goofy. We’ve worked hard and we will work hard. “I can’t give it its fair shot if I am giving Whitesnake 100%.”

Tommy Aldrudge orginally joined Whitesnake back in 1987 and appeared on the Slip Of The Tongue album and continued drumming for the band until their break-up in 1991. Aldridge rejoined Whitesnake in 2002 for their 25th Anniversary tour before departing in 2007.

additional source: sleazeroxx.com

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The Station Fire Memorial Foundation, who refused to accept a charitable donation from Great White singer Jack Russell, will receive some of the money after all.

Last week Russell announced he’d perform an acoustic show to mark the 10th anniversary of the night club blaze which killed 100, including guitarist Ty Longley, but the foundation said they didn’t want the money.

Now the singer, who parted ways with the rest of Great White last year, has revealed he’ll send the proceeds to Longley’s nine-year-old son. And young Acey, who never met his father, says he’ll pass some of the money to the foundation.

The boy comments, “Thank you to Great White (the Jack one) for donating to my charity, BEATS – Bringing Everyone A Tremendous Smile – to help bring iTunes cards, drumsticks and Legos to children in hospitals, in memory of my father. I bring smiles to kids in two hospitals in Illinois. I also plan to give some of it to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation to help build a permanent site for all the angels, including my dad.”

Acey reveals he’s never met any member of either Great White lineup, adding, “God says to love everybody, so I do. Taking the donation from Jack does not mean we only love Jack and his Great White, because me and my mom love both Great White bands.”

Both bands’ drummers have assisted with Acey’s charity work, he says. “Audie and Derrick both donated drumsticks and Audie also sent a practice pad, autographed pictures and Legos for me to help the kids. When my dad died I wasn’t even born. Now I’m nine and missing having my dad that everyone knew but me. It’s important to me to make sure my dad is remembered by everyone and all of the angels because they went off to heaven together. I hope to make my dad proud by making the world a better place and bringing happiness to sick kids in hospitals. I hope everyone understands, and doesn’t fight, and helps me.”

additional source: classicrockmagazine.com

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Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent label Cleopatra Records.

Although a line-up was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band will now feature Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) stellar new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Rhino Bucket). Wright will be in the studio and on the road with the band, while Blotzer will be primarily utilized in the studio.

Queensryche, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year. The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up. Legendary guitar slinger K.K. Downing of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD.

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” states Geoff Tate. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

New member Simon Wright expressed his excitement by stating, “I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff. I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”

Beginning in early April, Queensryche will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including Revolution Calling, Operation: Mindcrime, I Don’t Believe In Love and Eyes Of A Stranger) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years.

Last November, Tate released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music), and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.

25th Anniversary Operation:Mindcrime tour dates:

April 6 Peppermill Casino – West Wendover, Nevada
April 9 Belly Up – Aspen, Colorado
April 11 Paramount Theatre – Denver, Colorado
April 12 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 Chrome – Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 Marquee Theater – Tempe, Arizona
April 16 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, Arizona
April 17 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, California
April 18 The Canyon Club – Agoura, California
April 19 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, California
April 20 Club Nokia – Los Angeles, California
April 21 Fillmore – San Francisco, California
April 22 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, California

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Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach’s brand new CD/DVD, ABachalypse Now, will be released on March 26th through Frontiers Records

ABachalypse Now includes never-before-seen footage from the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos.

ABachalypse Now track listing:


* Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012
* Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012
* Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012
* Bonus music videos: Kicking & Screaming, TunnelVision, I’m Alive

CD1 – Live At Hellfest in Clisson, France, 2012

CD2 – Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California 2012


Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012

1. Slave To The Grind
2. Kicking & Screaming
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. Piece Of Me
6. 18 & Life
7. American Metalhead
8. Monkey Business
9. I Remember You
10. Youth Gone Wild

Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012:

1. Big Guns
2. (Love Is) A Bitchslap
3. Piece Of Me
4. 18 & Life
5. American Metalhead
6. Monkey Business
7. I Remember You
8. TunnelVision
9. Youth Gone Wild

Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012:

1. Kicking & Screaming
2. Dirty Power
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. 18 & Life
6. American Metalhead
7. Monkey Business
8. I Remember You
9. TunnelVision

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard‘s Gary Graff that the group’s forthcoming nine-date Viva Hysteria! residency at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel will give the band members a chance to write together for a follow-up to 2008’s Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.

“This will be the first time in at least 10 years where we’re all actually in one room banging out songs from scratch,” Elliot explains. “We don’t all live on the same continent, so it’s increasingly more difficult for us to just do what people expect a band to do — wander into a dusty old rehearsal room and go, ‘What you got?’ Getting together to write an album is an event. So the whole point of this Vegas thing when we’re not on stage is to attack pieces of work we have that aren’t finished songs — ‘I’ve got this riff.’ ‘Great, let’s play around with it.’ I’m sure everybody’s got some individual ideas, and we’ll go from there.”

As for the band’s Las Vegas residency which begins on March 22nd, Def Leppard expects to film and record Viva Hysteria! for some sort of future release. “We’d be fools not to,” the singer notes.

Read more at Billboard.





source: billboard.com

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Los Angeles based rock band Mark Knight and The Unsung Heroes have announced the release of the first video from Road Sick Eyes, the band’s new studio album set for release in Spring 2013.

The video for Lies was directed by Drew Fortier and includes footage shot during the band’s recent mini-tour of Kentucky, Tennessee and other southern states. The video also includes scenes of the band recording Road Sick Eyes in an L.A. studio and can be viewed below.

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Knight is an L.A. native who began performing professionally when he was only 16. In 1987, Knight founded the hard rock band Bang Tango, whose debut album for MCA Records, Psycho Café, garnered worldwide attention after the video for the single Someone Like You was placed into heavy rotation on MTV in 1989.

Members of The Unsung Heroes are guitarist Mark Tremalgia, drummer Tigg Ketler, and bassist Reeve Downes. Ex-Bang Tango member Tremalgia has collaborated with Knight on many projects, including their stint in the Southern Rock-influenced band Worry Beads. Ketler is also a former member of Bang Tango. Reeves is also the bassist for the California-based rock band Rhino Bucket.

For more information, visit musicbymarkknight.com.

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