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8/7/15:
NIKKI SIXX DOES'T HAVE
ANY SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT RETIRIRING MÖTLEY CRÜE FROM THE ROAD:

    MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour", which kicked off last year, will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs.
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mrkki Sixx admitted that he and his bandmates are going into their final run of shows with a renewed appreciation for each other.
"This is just probably a bad analogy, but if you've been in love with somebody for over 30 years, there are days when you may take them for granted, days when they may get on your nerves," Sixx said. "There are days when you're, like, 'I don't know if I love them as much as I used to love them.' Then you find out they're going to die. And, all of a sudden, all of the little things about them become so important, and all the laughter and all that seems to get louder and you start to remember things in a positive way. I think that's how it is for me and the guys. We're, like, 'Wow, this is real… It's getting fucking real."
While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January 2014, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.
According to Sixx, he hasn't had any second thoughts about ending MÖTLEY CRÜE. "No, absolutely not, not one second thought, never," he said.
"This is on MÖTLEY CRÜE's terms. We decided to go out the way we came in, and we're not really interested in any other version of it. There are all kinds of stuff that are around here and there. I don't know, maybe we'll make some music. Maybe we won't. But right now, as far as that specific question, no to us ever getting back together and touring."

 

VINCE NEIL ON HIS POST-MÖTLEY CRÜE PLANS: 'MY PLATE IS FULL':

    In a brand new interview with New York City Monthly, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil was asked what his plans are following the completion of the band's "The Final Tour". He responded: "We spent so much time with MÖTLEY CRÜE, it's hard to focus on other stuff. I've had the same solo band for nine, ten years. When MÖTLEY doesn't tour, we always play. I put out some new music with my solo band. I have that football team in Las Vegas [Las Vegas Outlaws], Arena Football; that's going to be a lot of fun in the future. Also a restaurant [Vince Neil's Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina], so my plate is full."
Vince also talked about what he hopes MÖTLEY CRÜE's legacy will be in rock and heavy metal music. He said: "I think the legacy is actually seeing the show and thinking these guys have been doing this for 35 years and we've never really faltered in giving the fans a great stage show. We've always been about the entertainment factor, which a lot of bands have forgotten about."
"The Final Tour", which kicked off last year, will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs.
While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January 2014, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.
Neil's live backing band continues to consist of bassist Dana Strum and Jeff Blando (both of SLAUGHTER) and drummer Zoltan Chaney.
Neil's setlist for his solo shows includes CRÜE hits "Dr. Feelgood", "Without You" and "Girls, Girls, Girls". "We kind of have to," he said in a 2014 interview. "I'd be disappointed as a fan if I went and saw me and I didn't play some of the hits…. Every song you're going to know. It's rock 'n' roll."

 

 

BOBBY BLOTZER SLAMS JUAN CROUCIER FOR USING RATT LOGO TO LAUNCH NEW PROJECT:

    RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer has slammed the band's bassist, Juan Croucier, for using the RATT logo to promote his new project RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER.
RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER, which features Croucier alongside Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman, announced on Tuesday (August 4) that it embark on a series of U.S. dates in late September where it will exclusively play songs from the RATT catalog.
A few hours after RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER's formation was announced, it apparently caught the attention of Blotzer, who, along with RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini, owns the RATT name and logo.
According to KNAC.COM, Blotzer posted the following message on his Facebook page (reposted with all the original misspellings and grammatical errors): "Juan Crucifer, uh oh, trouble ahead. See that logo /trade mark on your press release, opps, it's owned , by me . Get that check book out my attorney not happy or price friendly for you. Ask Stephen, he can't remember much, but he can that. dumb and dumber remain, well, Dumber. Sorry Ratt fans!" (Note: This post has since been deleted.)
A few hours later, Blotzer once again took to his Facebook page, writing: "Hey ya know what, yea I was nasty, I was coming from a mean place. And I still am. Imagine, Warren and I own the trade mark. Did I use it for my band bobby blotzer Ratt Experience? No! But he just up and breaks the law and uses it? Come now, you would do what in my shoes? Today is not going to be fun in his world. I kept that logo for US 4 TO USE. PERIOD. Look at this. The drummer even copping my gig.
It's pretty ballzy. I've exausted so much energy trying to get these kids to get along and play on the playground."
After people started commenting on Blotzer's last message, he added the following statement below his post: "I for the record, was extremely against Juans return, and it was behind my back excicuted by Steve and warren. I gave it a try. But I also gave them this warning, you guys are forgetting what a trouble maker juan was from day one. " he will break the band up" and that he did. I and Stephen actually got on really good. His problem was issue in ownership, or lack thereof that warren wouldn't bend on. Juan used his Jedi mind tricks, played double agent to gain ownership of the name for he and steve. Didn't work"
Blotzer recently launched a new project called BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE, which performs RATT classics, including the band's "Invasion Of Your Privacy" album in its entirety to commemorate the record's 30th anniversary.
BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE is rounded out by Josh Alan (SIN CITY SINNERS), Scotty Griffin (ex-L.A. GUNS), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl's LOVE/HATE) and 21-year-old guitar hero Blaze.
Asked how he feels about the fact that Blotzer has assembled the RATT EXPERIENCE band which performs not only the RATT hits, but also pays tribute to late RATT guitarist Robbin "King" Crosby, RATT singer Stephen Pearcy told "The Classic Metal Show": "The remaining members really don't understand… You know, anybody can go out and play RATT music in cover bands or however they [wish], but if you're out there taking advantage of…. You know, 'I'm doing a tribute to this guy in the band who's no longer with us.' Or, 'I'm gonna do this…,' you know. And then we hear an ad [for the RATT EXPERIENCE] and they're playing just RATT music with my voice. You know, it's like… Well, you can't do that either. So, in a nutshell, it's not cool. But the guy, he can make a living — that's not a problem — but don't take advantage of the situation and mislead people and be out there saying fictitious things. And other than that, it doesn't bother me. I still get paid."

 

 

RETURNING RED DRAGON CARTEL SINGER DARREN JAMES SMITH: "I Am Fortunate To Be Asked Back":

RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, has been rejoined by singer Darren James Smith. Darren's first shows back with the group will take place on September 6 and September 10 in California, followed by a tour of Japan that begins on September 15. RED DRAGON CARTEL will take the rest of 2015 off from touring to hit the studio and start recording. The second album from RED DRAGON CARTEL will be ready for release in the first few months of 2016.
In a brand new interview with Sleaze Roxx, Darren was asked what led him to come back to RED DRAGON CARTEL and how long it had been in the works. He responded: "I would say a month. I got a call from Jonas [Fairley, drums] saying maybe I would reconsider coming back and to think about it. And then I never heard anything from him. And then Diana [Lane, RED DRAGON CARTEL manager, of Lane Six Entertainment] called, and then Jake. I don't know the reasons why, but I like to think it's because I'm the guy for the gig, I guess. [Laughs]"
Asked about the reasons he left RED DRAGON CARTEL earlier in the year and whwther those various issues have been resolved, Darren said: "Yes! I don't want to get into it because I don't want to dredge up the dirt. I am not one to hold grudges. I am not one to hold anything like that. Well, the right people are involved and I really love the songs, man, you know? And I really love Jake and Jonas and Greg [Chaisson, former RED DRAGON CARTEL bassist], and I am sure that I will love Anthony [Esposito, current RED DRAGON CARTEL bassist]. I met Anthony, and he is a great guy, so we will see what happens."
Darren also talked about the difficulties RED DRAGON CARTEL has seemingly had replacing him — having recently played shows with former JONES STREET singer Shawn Crosby, Canadian singer Paul D'Eath (CITIZENS UNITE, MUSHROOM TRAIL), Chas West (Jason Bonham, LYNCH MOB, 3 LEGGED DOGG) and Michael Beck. He said: "Hmmm. I knew a couple of them. I am friends with a couple of them. We're still friends. Hmmm. I don't really have a take, and I am just fortunate that it worked to my advantage. And I am fortunate to be asked back. I am not going to speculate, and I am not going to say something that I think, because it probably isn't true. So I would rather not answer that. [Laughs] That's my answer, right. [Laughs]"
RED DRAGON CARTEL in March announced the departure of bassist Greg Chaisson, who exited the group because he could "no longer take any more time away from [his] regular job."
RED DRAGON CARTEL's debut CD sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart.
RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS).

 

 

FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES 'Hits Unplugged and Live' CHARITY ALBUM FOR 2016:

FOREIGNER — Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) — is universally hailed as one of the world's most popular rock acts with a formidable arsenal of hit songs that continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action. Now they will perform and record their forthcoming album, "The Hits Unplugged And Live", at a private event benefitting JDRF (formally known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) on August 24 at The Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
Limited tickets to this event are available by contacting ford@jdrf.org or 313-248-1655. FOREIGNER is donating their performance that evening, and their royalties from the record to JDRF, a charity close to the band's heart. This new collection of never-before heard live acoustic recordings will be available on Sony in early 2016.
The evening's one-hour set will feature some of rock's best-known hits, including "Feels Like The First Time", "Cold As Ice", "Hot Blooded", "Juke Box Hero", "Waiting For A Girl Like You", and FOREIGNER's iconic ballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is". The show will be opened by an acapella performance by beloved Detroit student choir Mosaic, who will also join FOREIGNER on stage for "I Want To Know What Love Is". Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner that will feature select menu items curated by FOREIGNER frontman and celebrated foodie Kelly Hansen prior to the performance. Also taking place that night will be a charity event featuring significant FOREIGNER memorabilia.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until they achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide.
"We are so pleased to be collaborating with JDRF for such a meaningful program," says FOREIGNER founder/lead guitarist, Mick Jones, Songwriters Hall Of Fame member who either wrote or co-wrote every FOREIGNER song. "Type 1 diabetes is a cause close to our heart, as our longtime tour manager's daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2003 when she was 4 years old. There is tremendous anticipation around our first ever live acoustic album, and we're glad we could donate our performance fees and royalties to benefit such an important cause."
"We are thrilled to have Ford Motor Company as a partner who brings opportunities like the iconic band FOREIGNER to help raise awareness for type 1 diabetes," said Margo K. Lucero, JDRF's senior vice president, corporate and international development. "JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications, and we are so grateful to Ford and FOREIGNER for the support in helping us move closer to our goal to create a world without T1D."
This is just one of the Mick Jones's philanthropic efforts, which also include a longtime partnership with The Grammy Foundation's effort to support music in schools. FOREIGNER invites a local high school to join them on stage at each concert they play, providing these choir's the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform #1 hit "I Want To Know What Love Is" live with the band. FOREIGNER makes a direct donation to each school's high school music program, as well as donating a portion of the evening's CD sales to The Grammy Foundation. Over the years, FOREIGNER has raised well into the six-figures through this program, inviting more than 220 high school choirs to join the band on stage, allowing more than 6,000 students, teachers and parents to enjoy this life changing experience.
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER has defied all odds of a heritage band with continued Billboard chart action and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. FOREIGNER has experienced a true renaissance in recent years, thanks in part to their legendary songs being featured in films like "Anchorman 2", "Magic Mike" and "Orange Is The New Black".

 

 

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