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1/21/18:
HAS NOT ONLY VINNIE VINCEN SURFACED BY ALSO STATED VINNIE VINCENT WOULD RE-UNITE WITH ROBERT FLEICHMAN:

    Vinnie Vincent has announced a reunion of his Invasion band after an emotional on-stage reunion with its first vocalist, Robert Fleischman.
    “I’m so happy you’re here singing this with me,” Vincent said.
    How about a Vinnie Vincent Invasion reunion.
    Expo promoter Derek Christopher then said: “How about we do an expo in about six months with a Vinnie Vincent Invasion reunion?
   Vincent responded: “I would love it. Would you guys come.
    “You would be witnessing history for the first time with Robert Fleischman – the way it should have been!
    How about we record some new songs for these beautiful people.
    “Vinnie Vincent Invasion will be back!

    That is the most electrifying voice I’ve ever heard.

 


 

 

 

1/18/18:

FORMER DIO, AC/DC, QUIET RIOT MEMBERS JOIN FORCES IN DREAM CHILD:

    Frontiers Music Srl has announced the formation of Dream Child, a brand new band featuring former members of DIO, AC/DC and Quiet Riot.
Dream Child is:
Craig Goldy (DIO, Giuffria): Guitar
Wayne Findlay (MSG): Guitar, Keyboards
Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, OPERATION: MINDCRIME): Drums
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, DIO): Bass
Diego Valdez (Helker): Vocals

    Goldy says: “The band Dream Child was conceived during a brainstorming session with Serafino (president of Frontiers) and I one day while discussing other matters.
"I had been listening to my favorite bands a lot recently, Deep Purple and Rainbow's 'Rising' album, among others in that style, and had noticed that many people who also love those bands often have the very same comments as one another: 'They don't make music like that anymore!' Even though I said that in passing, Serafino asked me a question that would forever shape my future. He simply asked, "Well, can you?" and I said, 'Yes!!!  During the very first public memorial for our most beloved Ronnie James Dio, I had mentioned that whenever I do start writing original material again that I would utilize everything that I had learned from working side by side with the Master for so many years in such a way that I would hope to make him proud... and here it is! The name is inspired by one of his lyrics on the 'Dream Evil' album and the nickname he gave me at the time, Dream Child!  We are so very fortunate to have bassist Rudy Sarzo as a featured guest, Simon Wright on drums, Wayne Findlay on guitars and keyboards, and a surprise vocal discovery from Argentina, Diego Valdez, whose voice will send shivers up your spine!  This album will bring back memories of the day’s most people have thought were long gone and never to return, yet it is also new and fresh enough to be unique with some unexpected twists and turns!! No more 'same old, same old' here, no fillers. Every song is an oasis in the desert and a rare gem in the coalmines of life in this new world that thinks the past greatness of rock would remain in the past. We've brought it back to life once again!!  I am very proud of this album and all who have made this become a reality. There are some big names who've lent a hand in the writing and I am amazed at the new and aggressive sound that producer Alessandro Del Vecchio has brought to these songs! I hope you all agree...."

    More details about the album will be reveled soon.

 

TONY HARNELL SAYS HE HAD 'A GREAT TIME' WITH SKID ROW, INSITS HE 'DID NOT QUIT' TNT:

    Tony Harnell says that he "had a great time" singing for Skid Row, despite the fact that he lasted less than a year as the frontman of the formerly New Jersey-based outfit.
    Harnell joined Skid Row in April 2015 as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, who was the band's frontman for fifteen years. Tony quit the group only eight months later, explaining in a Facebook post that "being ignored and disrespected isn't my thing."

    In a recent interview with the ‘Unphiltered’ radio show hosted by former Skid Row and Saigon Kick drummer Phil Varone, Harnell said that he had no regrets about the time he spent with Skid Row.
"I had a great time, I actually did have a really good time with Skid Row," he said  "It was a good experience for me. I'm glad I did it. It just wasn't the best match, I would say, both musically and personality-wise. But I think very highly of them, and I had a good time doing it."  Harnell added that he spent "probably about 10 months" as Skid Row's vocalist. "We did a decent amount of shows," he said. "By the end of my stint, I started to finally feel somewhat comfortable with the material, but there were some things happening that I wanted differently. But it was all good."
    Last October, Harnell once again split with Norwegian rockers TNT, less than a year and a half after he rejoined the group. During the "Unphiltered" interview, Harnell described his relationship with TNT as "a very long marriage. I'm here [in New York], they're there [in Norway] — they're across the pond really far away. It's a very difficult situation to be in without having a very unified business organization, and no matter what I did, I could not get the thing unified. We were just on two totally separate not only continents physically, but mentally, psychologically, we were on two different continents as well."
    According to Harnell, he "really, really wanted" his latest collaboration with TNT to work out. "In my opinion, this was gonna be it — we were gonna stay together until I didn't feel like singing anymore," he said. “I was gonna do other things and do other projects and so forth, but my goal was that TNT would be my band for at least another five years, maybe 10 years or whatever, until it ran its course. So, this was kind of an unexpected thing."

    One thing that Harnell wants "to make clear" is that he "did not quit" TNT "this time. I really haven't quit the band as many times as other people in the band have said and also the press has said," he explained. "Most of the time, it's been either a mutual parting of ways or a break. We've taken several breaks that were just not even talked about — we just didn't record or work [together] for a couple of years and then just started working again. The only time I legitimately actually quit the band was 2006. And then this [latest split] was just sort of a, 'This isn't working.' It was kind of a mutual thing. It [was] working on stage really well — actually, some of the best shows we have ever done were this year. And I was actually really happy. In August, I thought we did some of the best shows we've ever done, and then at the same time, we could not get the business stuff together. And at our age, the business really does have to be organized."
    The singer went on to suggest that some of the individuals closely associated with TNT were to blame for his most recent exit from the group. "There are people that often are maybe well-meaning, but there, unfortunately, were people around the band that were, instead of trying to bring the main characters in the band together, they were more… maybe inadvertently — I don't think they were on purpose trying to do this — but they ultimately drove a wedge between the two most important members of the band, and that was ultimately the thing that I think caused this last thing to fall apart," he said.

   At the end of the day, Harnell says that he feels "really, really bad" for the TNT fans who were hoping to catch the band live again. "I feel bad about it for myself, because I really wanted this to work so badly. I was having a great time. In fact, I posted three videos, I think, on my page after the last shows that we did because I was so proud of the band for how well I thought we were playing. So, ultimately, I feel very, very bad for all the fans that never got to see the band, 'cause I was really looking forward to coming to America. We were starting to get some really good offers for some really good festivals in the U.S., and I was excited about it. And a lot of other countries and a lot of other things were coming together, and then, all of a sudden, it was done."
   Harnell added that was aware of the fact that he was being blamed by many of the TNT fans for his latest departure from the group. "I don't read Blabbermouth — I don't," he said. "I mean, I read the stories, but I don't read the comments under the stories, because those are dangerous to read. But I know just from peeking at my page and having to delete a few things here and there, and over at the TNT page, and then hearing from a few friends some things that the people were saying some not-such-nice things. But, honestly, at the end of the day, I don't really hold it against them, because they don't know. They weren't there, and anything they're hearing is either second-hand or third-hand [information]."
    SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo told the "Trunk Nation" show last November that things fell apart so quickly with Harnell because "some things just aren't meant to work… they just don't work together. Knowing him before and then working with him, it was two separate… it really was two different things," he explained. "A lot of conflict, a lot of butting heads, and it just… it never meshed, it was never right. We knew him for a long time, [but we] never worked with him — never worked in a band situation, in a band environment with him. And you know what — for better or for worse, this is our band; it belongs to us. And so if someone is gonna come in and work with us, we have a certain way that we do things, and that may not work for some people. It didn't work for him. Look, [he's] a talented guy; it just wasn't right for us."
    Harnell was replaced in Skid Row by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted Dragonforce, Tank and I AM I.

   Last November, TNT recruited Baol Bardot Bulsara as the band's new singer. The Spanish vocalist made his live debut with TNT on November 22 at the Oslo Spektrum on Oslo, Norway, where the group performed as the support act for the Scorpions.

 

 

12/21/2017:
CLASSIC DOKKEN LINEUP FILMS VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “IT’S ANOTHER DAY”:

    The classic lineup of Dokken — vocalist Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown — filmed a video in Los Angeles on Tuesday (December 19) for a new song called "It's Just Another Day". The track, which will be featured on the band's forthcoming CD/DVD package, marks the the first new song by the classic Dokken lineup since the 1997 ‘Shadowlife’ album.
    Pilson wrote on social media that "It's Just Another Day" "came out amazing," adding that "it's amazing how much it sounds like vintage Dokken.
    Dokken 's classic lineup played its only U.S. show in September 2016 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before embarking on a six-show Japanese run dubbed ’Unleashed In The East’.
    Dokken 's upcoming concert DVD will reportedly feature footage from two of the Japanese shows — including Tokyo — as well as the band's Sioux Falls gig. The band also recorded two acoustic remakes of a couple of the old Dokken songs, which also "came out really amazing," according to Pilson.
    Jeff told the ‘Music Mania’ podcast that he "enjoyed" the Dokken reunion "quite a bit," explaining that "because of Dokken 's history, I wasn't necessarily expecting to enjoy it personally as much as I did. But we ended up getting along great," he said. "We went out there and did the shows, and the audience reaction kind of made it all worthwhile right there."

    Asked about the possibility of more U.S. shows featuring Dokken 's classic lineup, Pilson said: "You know, I would never say never, because… It's a good thing I didn't say 'never' before, because… [Laughs] I wouldn't rule it out. The thing that's tricky is our schedules are very hard to get together. The reason it worked out with that particular reunion is the Japanese were very, very helpful in helping organize it. They actually got a copy of the Foreigner tour schedule and booked around that, which made it impossible to say no. They really went the extra mile for us. But behind something like that, it's very, very hard to schedule time for something like that. But we'll see. I hope it happens. And I really enjoyed working with the guys again. And like I said, when you hear how strong the new song is, you're gonna be shocked that we ever took a break. So it's pretty cool, man."
    The 2016 Japanese tour featuring Pilson, Dokken, Lynch and Brown marked the first time in 21 years Dokken 's classic lineup had hit the road.
    Don told ‘The Classic Metal Show’ that the main reason he doesn't want to continue with the classic Dokken lineup is that he "loves" the band he has now — which features Brown, alongside guitarist Jon Levin.

 

TESLA GUITARIST FRANK HANNON TO RELEASE NEW COVERS SOLO CD ON JANUARUARY 26th:

    Tesla‘s long-time guitarist Frank Hannon will release a new solo album consisting of covers and entitled From One Place… To Another Vol. 1 on January 26, 2018. Hannon has also released a video of his Allman Brothers Band cover of “Blue Sky” featuring Duane Betts.
    Hannon also started a PledgeMusic fundraising campaign for the album where it is stated:

I started this project a few years ago and it has evolved substantially with the help of my friends. What started as learning a few songs to sing turned into multiple albums of cover songs, tributes and collaborations with many inspirational artists. I have recorded well over 30 songs which I’ll be sharing as EP’s & albums over the next few months.
The main purpose here for me was to learn how to sing lead vocals and find “my” own voice!
As a songwriter, lead guitarist and founding member of TESLA, I have always admired and had a passion for singing! The songs that I contribute to Tesla, including “What you Give”, “Gettin’ Better” and “Love Song”, have always had an acoustic, country or bluesy vibe to them. I love to sing and my father-in-law Dickey Betts encouraged me to step up to the microphone with guitar in hand. He sang many hits in the Allman Bros Band and ‘Blue Sky’ is one of my all time favorites.

I recorded the majority of the songs while on tour with TESLA in dressing rooms, hotels, buses and even bathrooms using a handheld recorder, then bringing home the digital files to mix and embellish in my studio. I also went to friends’ houses with this recorder to capture performances as well as collaborated and traded files over the internet.
Besides me singing lead vocals and playing guitar, the songs on Volume 1 of “From One Place… to Another” features special guest appearances by Paul Jackson (Blackberry Smoke), Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (sons of Ricky Nelson), Roger Fisher (original Heart guitarist) and many others.

Each song and mini-album are VERY different from one another, as are my musical tastes…. and they have challenged my voice to go “From One Place…. to Another”. Needless to say, that album title has MANY meanings for me!
OK I hope you enjoy!”

 

‘From One Place… to Another’ Vol. 1
Track Listing:
1.) “Blue Sky” feat. Duane Betts (Dickey Betts / Allman Brothers Band)
2.) “Call Me The Breeze” feat.) Paul Jackson of Blackberry Smoke (JJ Cale, made famous by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
3.) “Under The Milky Way” feat.) Duane Betts (The Church)
4.) “Jim Dandy To the Rescue” feat.) Tommy Curiale & Alyson Kimball of Johnny Winters Band (Lincoln Chase, made famous by Laverne Baker & Black Oak Arkansas)
5.) “You’re My Best Friend” (John Deacon made famous by QUEEN)
6.) “Garden Party” feat.) Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (Rick Nelson)
7.) “SunRise in Texas” (Blackberry Smoke, Michael Tolcher)
8.) “I Hear Ya Knockin” (Dave Bartholomew)
9.) “Joy To The World” feat.) Ron Keel (Hoyt Axton)
10.) “Four Letter Word” (Lukas Nelson)

 

BLACKIE LAWLESS FELT THAT THE JOHNATHAN STEEL STORY FROM ‘THE CRIMSON IDOL’ FELL SHORT AND WAS NEVER COMPETELY FINISHED:

    W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless recently did a rare press conference before his band’s show in Moscow, Russia on November 30, 2017. Lawless quickly dismissed any notion of a reunion with the classic era or original W.A.S.P. band members and talked in depth about ‘The Crimson Idol’ and the upcoming ‘Reidolized – The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol’, which will be released in early 2018.
    In regard to a possible reunion with classic era or original W.A.S.P. band members such as guitarist Chris Holmes, Lawless stated, “People get divorced for certain reasons and there’s times where the kids want the parents to get back together but sometimes it never happens. This is one of those. Sorry.
    In terms of why W.A.S.P. re-recorded the tracks from ‘The Crimson Idol’ for the release of ‘Reidolized – The Soundtrack to The Crimson Idol’, Lawless stated point blank: “We re-recorded it because it was a contractual obligation to do for this soundtrack to the film. Contractually, we had to do that.” In terms of how the albums differ, Lawless advised: “It sounds more like a movie soundtrack, really to be honest with you. When we were doing it, the first thing I did is that I went into the studio and listened to the old [inaudible] tapes. It was pretty intimidating. The first thing I thought was ‘How do I do this again?’ So, when we re-recorded it, we did five test mixes before we found the sound and it wasn’t me. I wish that I could tell you that it was all a part of a big idea that we had but it was more of an accident than anything because Logan [inaudible] is the guy that was mixing it and when he came up with what sounded like a movie soundtrack, I said, ‘That’s it. That’s the direction we’ll go.'

    It was noted that there will be four additional songs on ‘Reidolized – The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol’ that were recorded 25 years ago but didn’t make it onto ‘The Crimson Idol’. On whether these four songs add to the Jonathan Steel story, Lawless stated: “I think that it just completes the story. There’s a song on the last album ‘Golgotha’ called “Miss You” and at that time, we put it on the album because I had really come to the conclusion whether we wanted to do this 25th year anniversary or not. If we would have known, I would have waited to put it on the record. “Miss You” was the very first song that was written for ‘The Crimson Idol’ but that and a couple of other songs never made it because at the time, we were two years into recording the album and EMI was putting pressure on us saying ‘We have to have something now.’ So I gave them the closest thing to a completed story I could give them, something that could still make sense. And but to me, it was sort of never finished. Now it’s finished and I can close that book now.
    Lawless was also asked whether there was any connection between Jonathan in ‘The Crimson Idol’ and Jesse in The Neon God to which he replied: “… You’re the first person that’s ever asked… you’re the first person that’s ever asked that question and that’s really really good because originally, I was debating who to name the character in ‘The Crimson Idol’ [inaudilble]. It was going to be Jonathan or Jesse so I had one of two choices but no one has ever asked me that question [Blackie gives short round of applause to female reporter].
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