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8/5/17:
British Rock Legends UFO To Release First Ever Covers Album 'The Salentino Cuts':

     Los Angeles - British rock legends UFO offer up their first ever covers album paying homage to a dozen of their personal favorites! 'The Salentino Cuts' includes several unexpected choices such as Mad Seasons's 'River Of Deceit,' John Mellencamp's 'Paper In Fire,' and Bill Withers' 'Ain't No Sunshine' alongside more traditional but nonetheless thrilling versions such as The Yardbirds' 'Heartful Of Soul,' ZZ Top's 'Just Got Paid' and lots more!
    UFO's current line-up features original members Phil Mogg on vocals and Andy Parker on drums. Keyboardist/guitarist Paul Raymond joined the band in 1976. Lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca joined the fold in 2012.
    Vinnie says, 'Making this covers record was a blast for me. I thoroughly enjoyed putting a little of my own spin on these tunes that I grew up with. I played ZZ Top and Robin Trower songs about a gazzilion times onstage over the years. it was great to actually get to record some of my old faves.'
    UFO's 'The Salentino Cuts' will be released on September 29th and will be available on both CD & 2 limited vinyl pressings, one splatter vinyl and one white vinyl!

Track List:
1. “Heartful Of Soul”
2. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
3. “River Of Deceit”
4. “The Pusher”
5. “Paper In Fire”
6. “Rock Candy”
7. “Mississippi Queen”
8. “Ain't No Sunshine”
9. “Honey-Bee”
10. “Too Rolling Stoned”
11. “Just Got Paid”
12. “It's My Life”
    In September & October, the band will be embarking on a monster tour of North America with fellow classic rockers Saxon!
UFO European tour dates:
August 11 - Leyendas del Rock Festival XII - Villena – Spain
August 13 - Alcatraz Open Air- Kortrijk – Belgium
September 7 - Germany - Dortmund - Musiktheater Piano
September 8 - Holland - Eindhoven - Cityrock Festival
September 9 - Holland - Leeuwarden - Cityrock Festival
September 10 - France - Raismes - Raismes Fest
September 12 - England - Southampton - The Brook
September 14 - England - Dorking - Dorking Halls
September 15 - England - Holmfirth – Picturedrome
September 16 - England - Northampton – Roadmender
UFO & SAXON US Tour Dates - Round 2:
September 22 - Newton, NJ - Newton Theater
September 23 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
September 24 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater Of The Living Arts
September 28 - Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey
September 29 - Worcester, MA – Palladium
September 30 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
October 1 - Portland, ME – Aura
October 3 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 4 - Montreal, QU - Corona Theatre
October 6 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
October 7 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero
October 8 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
October 9 - Akron, OH - Tangier Cabaret Room
October 11 - Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
October 12 - Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
October 13 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza
October 14 - Indianapolis, IN - The Egyptian

    UFO was formed in London in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. Over a career spanning 48 years, UFO has released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings and 16 compilation albums. They achieved success with several albums and singles  in the UK and US Top 40 charts, and have sold over 10 million records worldwide. UFO is considered one of the classic hard rock acts, and have influenced many notable rock bands. The band was ranked number 84 on VH1's '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.'

 

 

APPICE--  First studio album from the two legendary drum brothers together -- Album release October 27th, 2017:

     You're unlikely to find a phenomenon like Carmine and Vinny Appice a second time in the history of rock music. For more than forty years, the two brothers have been among the most sought-after and renowned rock drummers worldwide. Carmine and Vinny (each of them on their own) can be heard on numerous legendary albums and have toured countless times with some of the world's greatest acts. Carmine embarked on his musical path in the 1960s with the unforgotten Vanilla Fudge, manning in the course of his illustrious career the drums for superstars such as Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. His brother Vinny, who is eleven years his junior, looks back on an equally spectacular career, having worked with acts such as Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio, among others. With the exception of the live album Drum Wars – Live! (2014), there has been no direct collaboration between the two so far.-  That's about to change! Sinister is the first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny and was recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests. Vinny: 'As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends.'
    ‘Sinister’ consists of a total of 13 tracks, recorded by Carmine and Vinny together with distinguished colleagues. -´Killing Floor` and -´Future Past` feature the wonderful Craig Goldy (together with bassist Tony Franklin), Franklin resurfacing, together with Paul Shortino, on -´Suddenly` and on -´You Got Me Running`. Shortino also lends his awesome vocals to -´War Cry` and the programmatic -´Monsters And Heroes`, the latter also featuring Bulletboys guitarist Mick Sweda, while Shortino teams up with Whitesnake stringsman Joel Hoekstra on -´War Cry`. Talking of vocals: -´Sinister`, -´Danger` (bass: Phil Soussan), -´In The Night` (guitar: Bumblefoot) and -´Sabbath Mash` (guitar: Erik Turner, keyboards: Erik Norlander) are all sung by Jim Crean, while Chas West recorded the vocal parts for -´Killing Floor`, Scotty Bruce featuring on -´Future Past` and Robin McAuley on -´Riot`. The biggest surprise of all: Carmine himself doubles as vocalist on -´You Got Me Running`. Vinny: -Carmine has been singing lead and background for years. He-´s a very good singer and I-´m glad he sang one number on this record.'

    So fans can look forward to a haunting rock album which the Appice brothers plan to premiere live on stage as soon as possible. Carmine: -We cannot wait to take the album on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!'
    ‘Sinister’ will be released on October 27th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.
TRACKLISTING:
1-  “SINISTER”
2 – “MONSTERS AND HEROES”
3 – “KILLING FLOOR”
4 – “DANGER”
5 – DRUM WARS
6 -  “RIOT”
7 – “SUDDENLY”
8 – “IN THE NIGHT”
9 – “FUTURE PAST”
10-  “YOU GOT ME RUNNING”
11-  BROS IN DRUMS
12-  “WAR CRY”
13-  SABBATH - MASH

LINE UP & GUESTS:
Carmine Appice (drums & vocals)
Vinny Appice (drums)
Jim Crean (vocals)
Paul Shortino (vocals) (Rough Cutt, Ex-Quiet Riot)
Robin McAuley (vocals) (MSG)
Chas West (vocals) (Ex-Lynch Mob)
Scotty Bruce (vocals)
Craig Goldy (guitar) (Ex-Dio, Ex-Giuffria)
Bumblefoot (guitar) (Ex-Guns N' Roses)
Joel Hoekstra (guitar) (Whitesnake)
Mike Sweda (guitar) (Bulletboys)
Erik Turner (guitar) (Warrant)
David Michael Phillips (guitar) (King Kobra)
Tony Franklin (bass) (Ex-Blue Murder, Ex-The Firm)
Phil Soussan (bass) (Ex-Ozzy Osbourne)
Johnny Rod (bass) (King Kobra, Ex-WASP)
Jorgen Carlson (bass) (Gov't Mule)
Erik Norlander (keyboards) (Lana Lane)

 

 

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION: 'Collide' Video Premiere:

    "Collide", the new video from Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foriner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Tgheater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's long-awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, "BCCIV", which will be released on September 22 via Mascot Records. This is the band's first studio album since 2013's "Afterglow".
    Just like its three predecessors, "BCCIV" was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, and The Black Crowes has made him one of the hottest producers that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009, is the group's unofficial "fifth member."
Black Country Communion is an earth-shattering combination of American and British rock influences — a bona fide super group that conveys to the world a simple but important message: classic rock is alive and well, and in good hands in the 21st century. Their communion together forms something that is greater than the sum of its parts, creating a legacy being cemented within the halls of music history.
   The initiative for the new album came from Joe Bonamassa, who contacted the band in 2016 to see if they would be up for going back into the studio to write and record a fourth album.
Says Joe: "I just felt the time was right for Black Country Communion to go back into the studio and write and record a new album. When I contacted Glenn, Derek and Jason, they immediately agreed to give it shot. The timing was right."
During October 2016, when news first broke about the band getting back together, things on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, started blowing up and fan reaction was overwhelming. It was clear to see that BCC fans were hungry for another album. "BCCIV" is destined to become one of the biggest hard rock albums of 2017.
Black Country Communion 's inception took place when frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa fused their styles on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King Of The Blues event. With the help and guidance of producer Kevin Shirley, they further added to their rock lineage by recruiting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian.
Taking their name from the industrial area in Britain, and the birthplace of both Hughes and Bonham, Black Country Communion released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and with that, unleashed their brand of take-no-prisoners hard rock to a world thirsting for music with substance.
Following the release of another two studio albums, 2011's well-received "Black Country Communion 2" and 2012's equally impressive "Afterglow", plus a smoldering live CD released in 2011, "Live Over Europe", the band has firmly established themselves as one of hard rock's premier acts. The band took a hiatus in 2013 and focused on their successful solo careers.
Black Country Communion has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, but as a powerful live act, is only exceeded by their dedication to their craft, and a willingness to challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can.
Now, seven years on from its inception, Bonamassa feels the time is right to bring the original Black Country Communion lineup back for album No. 4.
"We had around four months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves," comments Glenn Hughes. "All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums. However, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the 'Aferglow' album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows Black Country Communion with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you're looking for a folk album, this ain't the one."
The band assembled to record "BCCIV" at Cave Studios in Los Angeles in December 2016. The album was mixed at Cave Studios in Sydney in March 2017. The songs on "BCCIV" will appeal to all fans of high quality hard rock, also those that admire singers of distinction. Hughes is not known as The Voice of Rock for nothing.
In terms of content, "BCCIV" expands upon the progression that took place between the first three albums. With an abundance of heavy riffs, undeniable hooks, melodic flair and infectious choruses, "BCCIV" is a spectacular album that gets bigger and bolder with repeated spins.
"I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul. It’s a wake-up call." explains Hughes.
All songs on the new album were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song "The Last Song For My Resting Place", which was written by Joe.
‘BCCIV’ track listing:
01. Collide
02. Over My Head
03. The Last Song For My Resting Place
04. Sway
05. The Cove
06. The Crow
07. Wanderlust
08. Love Remains
09. Awake
10. When The Morning Comes
11. With You I Go (bonus track on vinyl edition only)
Black Country Communion has announced two exclusive concerts in Europe during January 2018 to support of "BCCIV". The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday, January 2 and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday, January 4. These will be the only two concerts the band will play in Europe.


 

 

 

BOB KULICK Unleashes His 'Skeletons In The Closet':

    Fifty years is a long time to have a career in any type of industry. However fifty years in the cut throat music business is a miracle unto itself. Not to mention a relevant, successful run in not only one but several fields.
    Grammy Award winning guitarist / songwriter / producer extraordinaire Bob Kulick began his musical profession at 16 – when most high schoolers are still trying to figure out where they’re going in life - appearing on the 1966 album, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ from the Random Blues Band, the “baby band” that Bob played in that played The Café Wha in New York’s Greenwich Village alongside Jimmy James and the Blue Flames (later rechristened Jimi Hendrix). “This was the first club gig I had experienced and it completely changed my world!” recalls the guitarist.
    1973 saw Kulick make the connection that he has been associated the most with throughout his career. He auditioned for - and got passed over by - KISS. Instead of being dejected the six stringer aligned himself with the band over the years, playing on the studio material on ‘KISS Alive 2.’ providing solos on the ‘Killers’ album, co-writing “Naked City” from ‘Unmasked’ and guesting on Paul Stanley’s 1979 solo album and tour a decade later. He even suggested his brother to the band. “It took multiple tries but we finally got him there!” Bob laughs.
    Aside from KISS, Bob has, of course, played with Meat Loaf, Balance, Lou Reed, W.A.S.P., Skull, Murderer’s Row and several other bands and studio projects over the years.
    Fifty one years after making his recording debut, the well-respected axe slinger has decided it’s time to release his first actual solo album, Skeletons in the Closet. Kulick explains, “I started writing new music in 2015 which then turned-into songs co-written with my former Balance bandmate, Doug Katsaros and my brother Bruce. I've had the thought of doing a solo project using some of the musicians I had worked with in the past for some time. Now armed with 4 new original songs my girlfriend (photographer, Julie Bergonz) introduced me to producer Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording and he loved the idea of working with me, the guest artists and the four new songs and that introduction led to the making of this album.  A ten song affair, Skeletons in the Closet is half brand new songs and half material from his storied past. “The idea of doing these new songs / retrospective songs as one CD only came to me after the new original songs were done. Then we added our cover of “Goldfinger” and pulled five of my all-time favourite songs out from my "closet" creating Skeletons in the Closet.
   
Kicking off with "Rich Man," the uplifting track is the lyrical juxtaposition between what we don't have and being "rich" because we have "you" - a girlfriend, lover or a guitar or whatever it is that makes everything else alright. "Not Before You," co-written with Bob's brother Bruce, is a specific reference to, in this case, a new love. "London," Bob says, "is Jack the Ripper sideways. Our homage to Sweeney Todd and a 6 / 8 tempo and feel that, with Dee Snider's vocal, takes you to that place in London where 'No one hears you scream in the darkness.' Frankie Banali's unique drumming concept helped turn this into a larger than life song. "Goldfinger" is a tongue in cheek tribute to James Bond films - a heavy version of the classic Shirley Bassey song. "Player" is a theme we're all familiar with - getting "played by someone." This is another take on that story. Bob's back catalogue begins its appearance with Murderer's Row's "India" with an Indian / mid-eastern metal double bass drum guitar gallop and with a coral sitar solo played by Kulick. With the title track, Bob states, "I often look to start and / or end recorded songs by setting a mood, vibe or sound effect that 'speaks.' In "Skeletons in the Closet" you can hear the skeleton sounds in the beginning of the song, helping set the dark mood." "Can't Stop the Rock" "was written produced and recorded when David Eisley and I came up with the Sponge Bob song "Sweet Victory." This is another "rock" lyric song but a fun one we came up with which went great with “Sweet Victory” at that time. From Bob's Skull days, "Guitar Commandos" sees him trading lead guitar licks with his brother Bruce. "It's basically a song about the road and touring," he says. Wrapping up the album, "Eyes of a Stranger" is a song about how crazy love is. "The ups and downs of love, ya know, but also an uplifting and driving track to finish things off."

    It’s said that the best things always take time. With Skeletons in the Closet Bob Kulick drives that expression home.
Musicians appearing on Skeletons in the Closet include:
Lead vocalists – David Glen Eisley, Andrew Freeman, Todd Kerns, Robin McAuley, Dennis St. James, Dee Snider, Vick Wright.
Bassists – Kjell Benner, Bobby Ferrari, Bruce Kulick, Dennis St. James, Rudy Sarzo, Chuck Wright
Keyboardists - Doug Katsaros, Jimmy Waldo
Drummers – Vinnie Appice, Frankie Banali, Chuck Burgi, Scot Coogan, Brent Fitz, Bobby Rock, Jay Schellen, Eric Singer
Skeletons in the Closet lineup song by song:
RICH MAN
Todd Kerns – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice – Drums
NOT BEFORE YOU
Robin McAuley – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Bruce Kulick – Bass
Brent Fitz – Drums
LONDON
Dee Snider. – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Bobby Ferrari – Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards and orchestration
Frankie Banali – Drums
GOLDFINGER
Vick Wright – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Bobby Ferrari – Bass
Doug Katsaros – Keyboards
Scot Coogan – Drums
PLAYER
Andrew Freeman – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Scot Coogan – Drums
INDIA
David Glen Eisley – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Chuck Wright – Bass
Jay Schellen – Drums
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
David Glen Eisley – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Chuck Wright – Bass
Jay Schellen – Drums
CANT STOP THE ROCK
David Glen Eisley – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Bob Kulick – Bass
Eric Singer – Drums
GUITAR COMMANDOS
Dennis St James – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Bruce Kulick – Guitars
Dennis St James – Bass
Chuck Burgi – Drums
EYES OF A STRANGER
Dennis St James – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Kjell Benner – Bass
Bobby Rock - Drums


 

 

 

7/14/17:

DEF LEPPARD: TRAILER FOR 'STEP INSIDE: HYSTERIA AT 30' MINI-DOCUMEMTARY:

    A trailer for the forthcoming Def Leppard mini-documentary ‘Step Inside: Hysteria At 30’ can be seen below.
    Def Leppard will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal album ‘Hysteria’, one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of ‘Hysteria (Remastered 2017)’. Set to debut on August 4, the re-mastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/Ume — Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version, and limited-edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time.

   Frontman Joe Elliott says: "It's hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the release of 'Hysteria'. In some respects, it really does seem like only yesterday. So, to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road. We hope it means as much to you as it does to us."
  Adds guitarist Phil Collen: "I look back at the whole 'Hysteria' experience with excitement along with fond and tragic memories. It was our commercial zenith, thanks to Mutt Lange's insistence that we create an artistic hybrid between hard rock and pop Top 40 music using every genre available as an inspiration. It was a rock album that would garner seven hit singles. Mission accomplished."
   Essential listening for fans across the board, ‘Hysteria’ indisputably ranks as one of the most decorated and revered rock albums of all time. As the group's second consecutive RIAA Diamond-certified record (10 million sales in the U.S.), it would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the U.S. Moreover, the record staked a spot in the U.S. Top 40 for 96 weeks matched only by ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ Rolling Stone touted it on the prestigious "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list, and a poll in Q placed it among the "100 Greatest Albums of All Time". Dominating multiple charts, it captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and U.K. album charts, bolstered by immortal Top-5 anthems such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Animal", "Love Bites", "Hysteria", "Rocket" and "Armageddon It".

    ‘Hysteria’ left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll. Powered by stadium-filling drums, rapturous guitars, and unshakable choruses, the record saw Def Leppard rightfully claim their place among rock's divinities forever. As a result, its influence now reverberates through three generations of artists to follow. It also historically marked their third straight collaboration with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
   Among the new versions, the Super Deluxe Edition boasts 5-CD/2-DVDs including four books — "Story Of"; a Ross Halfin photo book; Discography; Hysteria Tour Program and Tour Poster. The Deluxe Version features 3 CDs, the Vanilla Version is 1-CD, and the Vinyl Version is 2 Black LPs. In addition, there will be a limited-edition, 2-LP Colored Vinyl available via D2C channels for the first time.

‘Hysteria’ 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition" track listing:
Disc I: (Re-mastered ‘Hysteria’)
1.)”Women”
2.) “Rocket”
3.)”Animal”
4.)”Love Bites”
5.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me”
6.)”Armageddon It”
7.)”Gods Of War”
8.)”Don't Shoot Shotgun”
9.)”Run Riot”
10.)”Hysteria”
11.)”Excitable”
12.)”Love And Affection”
Disc II:
1.)”Tear It Down” (B-side)
2.)”I Wanna Be Your Hero” (Retro Active)
3.)”Ride Into The Sun” (Retro Active)
4.)”Ring Of Fire” (B-Side)
5.)”Women” (Radio Edit)
6.)”Rocket” (Lunar Mix) (Radio Edit)
7.)”Love Bites” (Radio Edit)
8.)”Hysteria” (Radio Edit)
9.)”Pour Some Sugar on Me” (Radio Edit)
10.)”Armageddon It” (Radio Edit)
11.)”Release Me” (Stumpus Maximus)
Classic Album – ‘Hysteria’ (BBC Radio Documentary)
Disc III:
1.)”Rocket” (The Lunar Mix - Extended Version) (B-Side)
2.)”Armageddon It” (The Nuclear Mix) (12" Single)
3.)”Animal” (Extended Version)
4.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Extended Version)
5.)”Excitable” (The Orgasmic Mix) (B-Side)
6.)”Rocket” (Lunar Mix) (B-Side)
7.)”Rock Of Ages” (Live) (B-Side)
8.)”Love And Affection” (Live) (B-Side)
9.)”Billy's Got A Gun” (Live) (B-Side)
Disc IV: ‘In The Round, In Your Face’ (Live)
1.)”Stagefright”
2.)”Rock! Rock!” (Till You Drop)
3.)”Women”
4.)”Too Late For Love”
5.)”Hysteria”
6.)”Gods Of War”
7.)”Die Hard The Hunter”
Disc V: ‘In The Round, In Your Face’ (Live)
1.)”Bringin' On The Heartbreak”
2.)”Foolin'”
3.)”Armageddon It”
4.)”Animal”
5.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me”
6.) Phil Solo
7.)”Rock Of Ages”
8.)”Photograph”
DVD I:
1.)”Rocket” (Top Of The Pops)
2.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Top Of The Pops)
3.)”Animal” (Top Of The Pops)
4.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Brit Awards)
5.)”Women” (Promo Video)
6.)”Animal” (Promo Video)
7.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Promo Video)
8.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (U.S.) (Version Live)
9.)”Hysteria” (Promo Video)
10.)”Love Bites” (Promo Video)
11.)”Rocket” (Promo Video)
12.)”Armageddon It” (Live) (Promo Video)
DVD II: (Classic Albums)
1.) Introduction
2.)”Animal”
3.)”Hysteria”
4.)”Rocket”
5.)”Love Bites”
6.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me”
Bonus Material:
7.) Initial Recordings Of Animal
8.) Rick Gets Hysterical
9.)”Hysteria” (Acoustic Performance)
10.) Drumming - Return To The Status Quo
11.) The Album According To Joe
12.) Sugar Stripped Down
13.)”Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Acoustic Performance)
14.) Guitars, Guitars, Guitars
15.) Windmill II And The Gods Of War
16.) Mutt's Vocals In The Mix
17.) The Album Is Finally Released


LYNCH MOB TO RELEASE 'The Brotherhood' ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER:

    Lynch Mob’s new album, ‘The Brotherhood’, will be released on Friday, September 8 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Chris ‘The Wizard’ Collier (Flotsam And Jestsam, Prong KXM), the disc features eleven brand new hard rock tracks.
   ‘The Brotherhood’ highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan and George Lynch, and, along with Sean McNabb (bass) and Jimmy D'Anda (drums), the band has created a solid offering from start to finish. From the heavy guitar riffs of the opening track, "Main Offender", to the melodic album finale, "Miles Away", Lynch Mob has once again proven it remains on top of its game.

    Logan comments: "After doing quite a few miles together with this latest lineup of Sean McNabb and Jimmy D'Anda, we consider ourselves a pack of wolves, and we came up with the name 'The Brotherhood' for the title of the next Lynch Mob album. It's got more of an adventurous sound in part and maybe a darker, colder sound to it.
   "We are always willing to go farther. We come from the early '90s and it's when we released the first Lynch Mob album which set a sound and course for us. Here we are 27 years later [and] George and I are still able to keep on stretching. As a player, as a writer, that is very important to us. Otherwise, we would be fooling ourselves and fooling you."
    Lynch adds: "We wrote this album as a band and the name of the record reflects what the band is about and what all my bands have been about since I've been a kid. This is my second family. These are my brothers. You go through a lot together and have a lot of experiences together. And that then becomes a part of the music."

‘The Brotherhood’ track listing:
1.)” Main Offender”
2.)” Mr.)” Jekyll And Hyde”
3.)” I'll Take Miami”
4.)” Last Call Lady”
5.)” Where We Started”
6.)” The Forgotten Maiden's Pearl”
7.)” Until the Sky Comes Down”
8.)” Black Heart Days”
9.)” Black Mountain”
10.)” Dog Town Mystics”
11.)” Miles Away”
12.)” Until I Get My Gold” (bonus track)

 

L.A. GUNS RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'Speed' FROM 'The Missing Peace' ALBUM:

    The current version of L.A. GUNS — which includes singer Phil Lewis and the band's co-founding guitarist Tracii Guns — will release its new album, "The Missing Peace", on October 13 via the Italian record label Frontiers Music Srl. The disc's cover artwork was created by the Las Vegas portrait painter Kahla and can be seen below.
    As the revival of the classic '80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. GUNS banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.
    Today, the first video for the album's debut single has been released. Watch the clip for "Speed" below.

    Guns describes the song as "a response to the extremely fast-paced 'I want it now!' world we are living in." Hard rock aficionados should keep their ears opened for a nod to the great Deep Purple's legendary track "Highway Star" in one of the verses.
‘The Missing Peace’ track listing:
1.)” It's All The Same To Me”
2.)” Speed”
3.)” A Drop Of Bleach”
4.)” Sticky Fingers”
5.)” Christine”
6.)” Baby Gotta Fever”
7.)” Kill It Or Die”
8.)” Don't Bring A Knife To A Gunfight”
9.)” The Flood's The Fault Of The Rain”
10.)” The Devil Made Me Do It”
11.)” The Missing Peace”
12.)” Gave It All Away”

    “'The Missing Peace' is truly an album by definition," said Guns. "It's a collection of music that I have been working on for about twelve years with various styles of rock music. From blues to classical influences, these are all hard-hitting songs. I am very proud of all of the contributions to this album by other members and writers. L.A. GUNS fans are in for a treat."
    The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become "Waking The Dead".
    Speaking with Express & Star, Tracii said: "With Phil and I in particular, we have a certain chemistry that's undeniable. And, you know, when you're at your loneliest, you wanna go home, right? So, we both felt like it was time to go home and be comfortable with that undeniable relationship that we have musically. I mean, right away, the first time we got back together and played, you know, it's so obvious, you can't deny it. At some point in your life, you can't deny what's real."
    Regarding the sound of the new L.A. GUNS material, Tracii said: "Phil's vocal style and his way of writing kind of offsets that balance of the heavy music, that's something that's possibly more mainstream or identifiable, so there's a lot of, you know, kind of typical sleazy L.A. GUNS, high-energy riff rock. There's a little bit of sloppy New Orleans, kind of sweaty, kind of bluesier stuff too. It's a big record."
    L.A. GUNS' present lineup is rounded out by Shane Fitzgibbon on drums and Johnny Martin on bass with Michael Grant on guitar as a touring member.
    On the topic of the decision to use the L.A. GUNS moniker for the new album, Guns told LA Weekly: "When you put Phil and I together, that's the sound of L.A. GUNS. There's no way around that. As much as I love certain other [former] members of the band, it's hard to say what their contribution to the overall sound of the band was — but Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, the band's gotta be L.A. GUNS. It can't be anything else."
    Back in December, Phil announced that he was leaving the L.A. GUNS version that included drummer Steve Riley.
L.A. GUNS 2017 is:
Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums

 

 

ALICE COOPER TO RELEASE 'Welcome To My Nightmare’ (Special Edition) DVD IN SEPTEMBER:

    Alice Cooper's ‘Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition’ DVD will be released on September 8 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special “Alice Cooper: The Nightmare", now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ concert film.
    Aired on ABC in the U.S., "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" showcases every song from the legendary "Welcome To My Nightmare" album, which had just been released at the time. With Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare, this special was a unique introduction to his new album, drawing fans even further into the dark fantasy.
    Melding horror, theater, and rock music, Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" was a stage show the likes of which was never seen before. Hits and classics songs like "School's Out", "Only Women Bleed", "Billion Dollar Babies", "Welcome To My Nightmare", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "I'm Eighteen" and "Department Of Youth" were backdropped with giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of horror royalty Vincent Price. This groundbreaking theatrical presentation scintillated, horrified, and thrilled audiences, delivering an experience unlike any concerts at the time. He truly brought spectators into a living (or unliving) nightmare and they loved every minute of it.
    The combination of the "Welcome To My Nightmare" concert film and "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" TV special demonstrates the true genius of Alice Cooper. He is beyond music, and beyond horror — Alice Cooper is an experience, who continues to frighten and thrill audiences to this day.

‘Welcome To My Nightmare: Track listing
1.)” The Awakening”
2.)” Welcome To My Nightmare”
3.)” Years Ago
4.)” No More Mr. Nice Guy”
5.)” I'm Eighteen”
6.)” Some Folks”
7.)” Cold Ethyl”
8.)” Only Women Bleed”
9.)” Billion Dollar Babies”
10.)” Devil's Food”
11.)” The Black Widow”
12.)” Steven”
13.)” Escape”
14.)” School's Out”
15.)” Department Of Youth”
The Nightmare’:
1.)” Welcome To My Nightmare”
2.)” Devil's Food”
3.)” Some Folks”
4.)” Only Women Bleed”
5.)” Cold Ethyl”
6.)” The Black Widow”
7.)” Years Ago”
8.)” Department Of Youth”
9.)” Years Ago (Reprise)”
10.)” Steven”
11.)” The Awakening”
12.)” Ballad Of Dwight Fry”
13.)” Escape”
14.)” The Awakening (Reprise)


Vandenberg’s Moonking’s: Performance Footage Of New Song ‘Tight Rope’:

    Fan-filmed video footage of Vandenberg’s Moonking’s the Dutch rock band led by former Vandenberg and Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, performing a brand new song, "Tight Rope", on July 9 at Streetrock in Bakel, The Netherlands can be seen below. The track is expected to appear on Vandenberg’s Moonking’s sophomore album, tentatively due this fall.
   Vandenberg’s Moonking’s self-titled debut album was released in February 2014 via Mascot Label Group.
   "Vandenberg's Moonkings" included a newly recorded version of Vandenberg's ex-band Whitesnake's classic "Sailing Ships". Special guest David Coverdale added his unique vocals to the equation, to complement Vandenberg's powerful riffs for a welcome moment of nostalgia.
    Asked how Coverdale's guest appearance on "Vandenberg's Moonkings" came about, Adrian told Myglobalmind: "Well, David has been pushing me a lot over the last ten years to record a record. Finally, when I told him that I was working on one, David said that 'it would be an honor for me if I could sing a song on your album.' I replied that the honor would be completely mutual. David was then on the road for the whole year, so we didn't have the time to write a new song.

    "I always wanted to do another version of [Whitesnake's] “Sailing Ships”, because I wrote the song and the music for it actually for my mom," he continued. "She was always saying for me to write another acoustic song for the album. I originally intended it to be a little more understated than it ended up on the 'Slip Of The Tongue' album. I really thought that I could add something to it by making it a little bit more melancholic and more reflective. Bringing in real violins, which I had always pictured with it, so I made it a little slower. I thought it would be great to do a different version and also what I like about how it ends up on the album is that it is like a symbolic nod to my years with WHITESNAKE. I thought that it worked great, because if I had put like a new track somewhere in the middle of the album, it would have been strange."
\VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS is:
Adrian Vandenberg (guitar)
Jan Hoving (vocals)
Sem Christoffel (bass)
Mart Nijen Es (drums)

 

 

JOHN SYKES: 'Sy-Ops' TENTATIVE TRACK LISTING & SOUND REVEALED:

Legendary English guitarist John Sykes (Tygers Of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Blue MURDER, SYKES) will release his first album in seventeen years, ‘Sy-Ops’, before the end of 2017.
The tentative track listing for the effort is as follows:
1.)” Dawning Of A Brand New Day”
2.)” Believe In Yourself”
3.)” My Guitar”
4.)” Out Alive”
5.)” Jammin'”
6.)” Six String Gun”
7.)” Howlin' N' Moanin'”
8.)” Slave”
9.)” Who Are You”
10.)” Gates Of Hell”

    The 57-year-old completed the material for the disc three years ago. "But then my manager died," he explained. "With him I lost someone I could really trust. So I put the disc on ice."
    Sykes added that his first album since 2000's "Nuclear Cowboy" will live up to his fans' expectations. "People who like what I did on the 1987 [self-titled album] from WHITESNAKE and the two studio records from BLUE MURDER" will be pleased by the new material, he said.
   The new album will be released in a digipak format with a full-color six-panel artwork courtesy of David Dees.
The CD reportedly features guest appearances by the following musicians:
Josh Freese (Weezer, A Perfect Circle, Guns N’ Roses, DEVO) - Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) - Bass
Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) - Bass
Jamie Muhoberac (The All-American Rejects, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones): Keyboards
     Sykes's much-hyped collaborative project with drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob) came to an abrupt end in January 2012. Portnoy later blamed the split on the fact that he "couldn't wait around any longer" for Sykes to get ready to enter the studio.
    Sykes announced his departure from Thin Lizzy in July 2009, explaining that "I feel it's time to get back to playing my own music."

 

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER: OFFICIAL TEASER FOR 'Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted!':

    Dirkschneider — the band fronted by former Accept and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider — will release "Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted!" on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in the USA as a DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and gatefold triple vinyl in two different colors.
    After putting out the live double CD last year, fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno, Czech Republic was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Dirkscheider's Accept era, there's a cover version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as a bonus track on the CD and vinyl.
Track listing digipak:

Disc I:
1.)” Intro
2.)” Starlight”
3.)” Living For Tonite”
4.)” Flash Rockin‘ Man”
5.)” London Leatherboys”
6.)” Midnight Mover”
7.)” Breaker”
8.)” Head Over Heels”
9.)” Neon Night”
10.)” Princess Of The Dawn”
11.)” Winter Dreams”
12.)” Restless And Wild”
13.)” Son Of A Bitch”
14.)” Up To The Limit
Disc II:
15.)” Wrong Is Right”
16.)” Midnight Highway”
17.)” Screaming For A Love-Bite”
18.)” Monsterman”
19.)” T.V. War”
20.)” Losers And Winners”
21.)” Metal Heart”
22.)” I'm A Rebel”
23.)” Fast As A Shark”
24.)” Balls To The Wall”
25.)” Burning”
26. Outro
27.)” My Way” (Bonus)
Blu-ray:
1.)” Intro”
2.)” Starlight”
3.)” Living For Tonite”
4.)” Flash Rockin' Man”
5.)” London Leatherboys”
6.)” Midnight Mover”
7.)” Breaker”
8.)” Head Over Heels”
9.)” Neon Night”
10.)” Princess Of The Dawn”
11.)” Winter Dreams”
12.)” Restless And Wild”
13.)” Son Of A Bitch”
14.)” Up To The Limit”
15.)” Wrong Is Right”
16.)” Midnight Highway”
17.)” Screaming For A Love-Bite”
18.)” Monsterman”
19.)” T.V. War”
20.)” Losers And Winners”
21.)” Metal Heart”
22.)” I'm A Rebel”
23.)” Fast As A Shark”
24.)” Balls To The Wall”
25.)” Burning
26.) Outro

The official teaser for "Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted!" is available below.

 

    Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under the Dirkschneider banner, performing classic Accept songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018.
   In a message on the Dirkschneider Facebook page, Udo explained his decision to continue touring as Dirkschneider, saying: "Originally it was our plan to go back to touring with U.D.O. in 2017. But we have received an incredible number of emails and letters from fans begging us to continue with Dirkschneider, and as there are still so many (Accept) songs left to be sung, we have decided to bow to your demands!

    "During the last tours with Dirkschneider, the audience had a lot of fun, and we as a band also had the time of our lives on stage. In fact, a whole lot of people in countries all over the world have been knocked out by these shows. Just check out all the media (especially from the U.S., where we have just finished a five-week tour) and you will read the caption 'tour of the year' multiple times…
   
"We are thrilled by the idea of continuing and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again live on tour!
  "Oh, we nearly forgot to tell you about possibly the most important point of all: From October 2017 on, Dirkschneider will tour with an almost completely NEW setlist. Of course, it will still contain only Accept hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours."
  
Dirkschneider released a live album called "Live - Back To The Roots" in October via AFM Records. The effort, which was recorded on April 2, 2016 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany, was made available as two-CD digipak and gatefold three-vinyl in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).
  
In addition to Udo, the Dirkschneider band on the recent tours included his son Sven Dirkschneider on drums, Fitty Wienhold on bass, Andrey Smirnov on guitar and Kasperi Heikkinen on guitar. Kasperi has since left the group and was replaced by Bill Hudson.


 

 

 


 

 

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