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Christian hard rocker Stryper have just announced that they have signed a deal with Frontiers Records.

Their first release will be a new re-recorded collection called, Second Coming, featuring classic Stryper songs like Free, Soldiers Under Command and Calling on You, and will be released on March 26th. Aside from the older songs, Second Coming will also feature two new tracks.

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet commented, “We’re really excited about this record. The re-recorded songs are sounding awesome…better than the originals in many ways! One word to describe the record? Heavier. We’ve hooked up with some great people – we’ve got new management, a great album, a great label. We just feel like everything is coming together, and hopefully some big things are to follow.” Sweet also produced the album.

Stryper formed in 1984, and after a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, the group returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.

Second Coming track listing:

1. Loud N’ Clear
2. Loving You
3. Soldiers Under Command
4. Makes Me Wanna Sing
5. First Love
6. The Rock That Makes Me Roll
7. Reach Out
8. Surrender
9. To Hell With The Devil
10. Calling On You
11. Free
12. The Way
13. Sing Along Song
14. More Than A Man
15. Bleeding From Inside Out (new song)
16. Blackened (new song)

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ALICEINCHAINS Publicity Pic credit Dave MaAs they gear up for the spring release of their much-anticipated new album, multi-platinum rock band ALICE IN CHAINS have announced a North American tour set to kick off April 25th at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (see itinerary below).

This past Thursday, the band teamed with VEVO to premiere the official companion clip for new track “Hollow.” Shot by award-winning director Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon, GreenDay), the hypnotically mind-trippy “Hollow” captures a man closed off and losing himself in an empty repetition of daily tasks until his last thread with reality is completely severed. The video can be seen at and the song, which hit the top 10 on the iTunes Rock Chart, is available at

The video follows the recent release of a “Hollow” lyric clip that was created by fans and comprised of images submitted through Instagram.

Set for a spring 2013 release, Alice In Chains’ upcoming album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FooFighters, Deftones), who also produced the band’s hugely successful 2009 release BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE. That album entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 5, sold over one million copies, spawned two No. 1 hit singles (“Check My Brain” and “Your Decision”) and a third (“Lesson Learned”) that went top 10, earned two Grammy nominations and saw the band (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) headlining a sold-out international tour that wrapped at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In a recent interview with Guitar World, Cantrell said, “In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career. Hopefully, the new album will connect with people in the same way.”


Thu-Apr-25  Miami Beach  Fillmore

Fri-Apr-26  Tampa  WXTB Rockfest – Tampa Bay Times Forum

Sat-Apr-27  Jacksonville  Rockville Festival – Metropolitan Park

Tue-Apr-30  Birmingham  BJCC Concert Hall

Wed-May-01  Augusta, GA  William B. Bell Auditorium

Fri-May-03  Memphis  Beale Street Festival

Sat-May-04  Charlotte, NC  Carolina Rebellion Festival

Sun-May-05  Norfolk, VA  Norva

Tue-May-07  Bethlehem, PA  Sands Events Center

Wed-May-08  Pittsburgh  Benedum Center

Fri-May-10  Des Moines  KAZR Lazerfest – Iowa Expo

Sat-May-11  Kansas City, MO  Rockfest – Liberty Park

Sun-May-12  St. Louis  KPNT – Verizon Amph.

Tue-May-14  Sioux Falls, SD  KRROfest – Lyons Fairgrounds

Wed-May-15  Milwaukee  Eagles Ballroom

Sat-May-18  Philadelphia  WMMR – Susquehanna Bank Ctr

Sun-May-19  Columbus  Rock On The Range

Tue-May-21  Ft. Wayne, IN  Embassy Theatre

Wed-May-22  Evansville, IN  Aiken Theatre

Fri-May-24  Lincoln, NE  Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater

Sat-May-25  Pryor, OK  Rocklahoma Festival



For more information on ALICE IN CHAINS, please contact:


Michael Moses

BWR Public Relations



Gihan Salem

EMI North America


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6_r176113Brian Tichy says he left Whitesnake because life’s too short to remain in someone else’s band, according to

He announced his departure last week, explaining he wanted to concentrate on new outfit S.U.N. with Sass Jordan. Now he’s gone into more detail.

Tichy says: “The change of musicians in bands is nothing new. My idols left this band too. But I do think my reason is a little different than the others.

“Life is short. Each year is a solid chunk of time to hopefully get closer to all the things you have thought of attempting to achieve throughout your whole life.

“I’ve always played guitar. I’ve always written music. I’ve always wanted to be in my band! I have a new band, S.U.N., that I am beyond proud of. Sass is also as passionate about music and our band as I am.

“I’d like to think we made a record 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 to live it – or else I might as well just call it ‘a cute little project I do if I have free time.

“I can’t give it its fair shot if I am giving Whitesnake 100%.”

Tichy records his gratitude to David Coverdale, saying: “I owe David a bit fat ‘thank you’ for allowing me to be myself in his band. The man simply told me to play how I play and make his band and its music sound like a kick-a-s rock’n’roll freight train.

“He trusted me. He trusted that after having Paice, Powell, Dunbar, Aldridge and Frazier – some of the world’s best drummers – I could be the guy to get the job done.

“I also thank him for treating his band with complete respect and always being open to tell stories and answer questions. You learn a lot from a guy like that when you shut up and listen.”

Tichy broke his collarbone in a mountain bike accident at the end of December, leading to surgery on January 1, from which he’s still recovering. He says that didn’t influence his decision to leave Whitesnake, although it did help him focus on whether his reasoning was right.

He adds that lessons learned from Coverdale was one of the key factors in his decision: “I owe David thanks for clearly letting me see that if you want something, you better at least try to get it. I am going to try.

“It would be pretty bada-s – as I told David – if down the road, he can see me and say, ‘Damn, Tichy went for it and did it.’ I intend on making David proud, proving lots to myself and getting S.U.N. out there and making a dent.”

Whitesnake bassist Michael Devin is also a member of S.U.N. but will remain with Coverdale’s outfit.

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Legendary heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH has set “13” as the title of its new album. The group’s first LP with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 will be released in June via Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. and Vertigo in all other territories. The drum tracks on the CD were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to bow out of the reunion.

Osbourne, Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

In advance of the CD’s release, BLACK SABBATH will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances. Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.

Ward in May 2012 announced again that he was declining to join his former bandmates for its scheduled 2012 dates, as well as the recording of a new album, due to a contractual dispute.

He also allegedly had his lawyers direct SABBATH to remove him from photos of the band posted at the official BLACK SABBATH web site “so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current BLACK SABBATH lineup,” according to a statement issued by the band’s publicist.

Butler issued a lengthy retort at his own web site, writing that Ward “hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us, let alone in public.”

Until now, Iommi told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the members of SABBATH stayed friendly even when there were legal or other issues going on. “We’ve always been talking. We’ve always been in touch with each other,” he said. “There might be a lawsuit in the thing between us, but we still talk to each other like nothing’s happened, you know.”

Asked if there is any chance of Ward rejoining the band, Iommi said last October, “We’ll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it’s gone past that now, because it’s gone on so long that I don’t see that happening at the moment. Maybe at some point we might [play together again].”

BLACK SABBATH took part in a photo shoot on November 30, 2012 with famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor-Wood.

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imagesLOS ANGELES, CA – Grammy-nominated rockers Anthrax – Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna – have announced that Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais will step in for the departing Rob Caggiano.  Donais will temporarily fill in for Anthrax’s upcoming tour dates in India, the series of Soundwave Festival shows in Australia, and the North American Metal Alliance Tour (dates below).

“Jon is a bro and he’s also a total f**king ripper,” said Scott Ian. “I’ve worked with him twice before on side projects and he tears it up. I’m excited to have him on my right burning up the stage with Anthrax. 13’s gonna be a good year.”

“I grew up on Anthrax, they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of The Big Four, I’d be crazy to not want to play with them,” said Donais. “Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place. Rob and I are using Skype to work on solos and other guitar parts, so he’s being great. I also have to give special thanks to my band – Brian, Matt, Jason and Ed – who have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to do this.”



Dates for Anthrax’s upcoming concerts with Jon Donais on guitar are as follows:



16 Fly Festival, Delhi (with Limp Bizkit, Mastodon)

17 Fly Festival, Bangalore (with Limp Bizkit, Mastodon)


(Australia – all dates with Metallica, Slayer, Linkin Park, more)


23 Soundwave Festival 2013, Brisbane

24 Soundwave Festival 2013, Sydney



1 Soundwave Festival 2013, Melbourne

2 Soundwave Festival 2013, Adelaide

4 Soundwave Festival 2013, Perth


(Metal Alliance Tour/North America – all dates with Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail)


22 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA

23 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

24 Marquee, Tempe, AZ

25 House of Blues, San Diego, CA

27 House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA

28 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

29 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

30 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC CANADA

31 Showbox SODO, Seattle, WA



2 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO

4 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

5 House of Blues, Chicago, IL

6 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

7 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH

9 House of Blues, Dallas, TX

10 House of Blues, Houston, TX

12 House of Blues, Orlando, FL

13 Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC

14 Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

16 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH

18 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

20 Irving Plaza, New York, NY



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T&N, the new band featuring former Dokken members George Lynch and Jeff Pilson along with Brian Tichy, have released a music video for the single Slave To The Empire. View it below.

The song appears on T&N’s debut album Slave To The Empire, which was released on October 31st, 2012 through Rat Pak Records and can be purchased at

T&N reunited George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and ‘Wild’ Mick Brown — aka ‘The Big Three’ from Dokken. Returning to their roots, Slave To The Empire offers eight new original songs and four re-recorded Dokken classics that feature sensational vocal performances by Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest), Doug Pinnick (King’s X), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), and Robert Mason (Warrant). Add to the mix the hard hitting, multi-talented drumming of Brian Tichy and you’ve got yourself a major dose of awesome.

This 12 song release is progressive, it’s heavy, it’s dark, it’s bluesy, and each player’s performance is absolutely stellar. Slave To The Empire captures the spirit and magic from the classic metal genre, and is truly a work of art that will not disappoint.

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