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08/19/16:
SAMMY HAGAR APOLOGIZES TO VAN HALEN: "I'm Sorry For Anything Bad I Said About You":

    Sammy Hagar has apologized to his former Van Halen bandmates, explaining that he just wants to be "friends."
    In a clip from this week's episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airing on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), Hagar says "The whole Van Halen issue, I really put that behind me, and I'm proud of what we did. So I've decided, forgive and forget."
    "I ain't looking for nothing from nobody. I don't wanna… I ain't asking to be, you know… get back in the band and do all that again; that's work! I don't wanna do that. No, no, no. I just wanna be friends."
   He adds: "I wanna say I'm sorry of anything I said bad about you."
   The "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" episode featuring Hagar will air this Saturday, August 20 at 10 p.m.
   Hagar told Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year that he would be open to rekindling his friendship with the Van Halen brothers, but made it clear that he would not be the first one to reach out. "It would be misinterpreted," Hagar said. "I know the way those guys think. 'Oh, he wants something! He wants back in the band. He must be broke.' I'm sorry, but unless they've changed drastically, which when I've talked to people that do know them it sounds like they haven't changed at all, it would be misinterpreted. I also don't want to provoke that. That's not what I'm looking for in my life now."  Hagar added that he would be receptive to meeting with his former bandmates if they got in contact. "I'd say, 'Fuck yeah, let's get some coffee," he said. "If I did it myself, I'd be way too vulnerable. I'd be in a room with the guys like, 'No, no. You don't understand. That's not what I'm talking about. I just want to be friends. And once we're friends, we can do anything. Until that is proven, I can't be in a band with you guys, or whatever." Hagar also insisted that he would never even consider a reunion with Van Halen unless Eddie and Alex Van Halen also agreed to bring back original bassist Michael Anthony. "There's no scenario I'd do it without Mikey," Hagar said. "Absolutely not. I would do a solo album with Ed. We can call it the Sam And Ed Show or the Ed AND Sam Show. But there's no such thing as a Van Halen reunion without Mikey. I think they just proved that."
    Rumors that Van Halen's original singer David Lee Roth could possibly once again be succeeded by Hagar have become more persistent during the band's current hiatus.
    Hagar sent a tweet to Eddie Van Halen in January wishing him a happy birthday — and got a cordial response — despite the bad blood that has existed between the two of them since 2004. Hagar later said that part of the reason he did it was because of the recent deaths of rock legends Glenn Frey and David Bowie.
    Van Halen has been quiet since completing a North American tour last fall and putting out a concert set called 'Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert'.

 

STRYPER ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES FOR 30th YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ‘To Hell With The Devil’ LP:

    Christian rockers Stryper have announced dates for their 30th year anniversary tour to celebrate their 1986 album 'To Hell With The Devil'.
    'To Hell With The Devil' is the Grammy Award nominated third release, and third studio album, by the Christian metal and glam metal band Stryper, released in 1986. It was the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status, selling over one million copies. It remained the best-selling Christian metal album until P.O.D.‘s Satellite in 2001.
    The album was listed at No. 88 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. The album was the only heavy metal album on the list. Ian Christe, author of the heavy metal history book 'Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal' (2003), mentions 'To Hell With The Devil' in his book as one of the landmarks of the glam metal movement. Throughout 1987, both music videos for “Free” and “Honestly” ranked No. 1 on Dial MTV, the Stryper photo 2daily MTV list of most requested videos. The first single/video video for “Calling on You” also reached No. 2 on the show. “Honestly” was the biggest single from the record peaking at #23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart.
    The original cover of 'To Hell With The Devil' caused a torrent of controversy, and was soon changed to an all-black design. The original artwork depicted four long haired angels throwing the devil into a fiery pit. The cover was then changed on later pressings to a basic black cover with the Stryper logo and the album title in the center.
30th Anniversary 'To Hell With The Devil' Tour Dates (USA):
9/29 – Atlanta GA – Center Stage
9/30 – Lake Buena Vista FL – House of Blues
10/1 – Jacksonville FL – Murray Hill Theatre
10/4 – Charlotte NC – Amos’ Southend
10/5 – Valdosta GA – Salty Snapper Note: Special Sponsor
Appreciation, full electric greatest-hits show.
Not part of the 'To Hell With The Devil Tour'. Open to the public.
10/6 – New Orleans LA – House of Blues
10/8 – Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/9 – Dallas TX – Gas Monkey Live!
10/14 – Riverside CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/15 – San Diego CA – House of Blues
10/16 – Anaheim CA – City National Grove of Anaheim
10/26 – Denver CO – Summit Music Hall
10/28 – Omaha NE – Sokol Underground
10/31 – Chicago IL – House of Blues
11/2 – Minneapolis MN – Cabooze
11/4 – Peoria IL – Limelight Eventplex
11/5 – Hazard KY – The Forum
11/6 – Louisville KY – Mercury Ballroom
11/8 – St. Louis MO – The Ready Room
11/9 – Nashville TN – Venue TBA
11/11 – Grand Rapids MI – Intersection
11/12 – Cleveland OH – Agora Theater
11/13 – Columbus OH – Alrosa Villa
11/16 – Detroit MI – St. Andrews Hall
11/19 – Asbury Park NJ – The Stone Pony
11/20 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
11/21 – Raleigh NC – City Limits Saloon

PRETTY MAIDS TO RELEASE 'Kingmaker' ALBUM IN NOVEMBER:

    Danish hard rock veterans Pretty Maids will release their new album, 'Kingmaker', on November 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
1.) "When God Took A Day Off"
2.) "Kingmaker"
3.) "Face The World"
4.) "Humanize Me"
5.) "Last Beauty On Earth"
6.) "Bull's Eye"
7.) "King Of The Right Here And Now"
8.) "Heavens Little Devil"
9.) "Civilized Monsters"
10.) "Sickening"
11.) "Was That What You Wanted"
    Pretty Maids last release was 2014's 'Louder Than Ever', a collection of new songs and re-recorded tracks from the band's past albums. The CD included eight re-recorded classic songs from the 1995-2006 era, plus four brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the '80s and brand new interviews.
Pretty Maids is:
Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
Ken Hammer: Guitar
Rene Shades: Bass
Allan Tchicaja: Drums

 

ROCK WOLVES feat. SCORPIONS, MAD MAX AND H-BLOCKX MMBERS: DEBUT ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED:

    Rock Wolves, the new all-star trio featuring Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss and Stephan "Gudze" Hinz, will release its self-titled debut album, on October 28 via Steamhammer/SPV in all territories except Japan. The band's first single, "Rock For The Nations", will be made available on September 9. Rarebell describes Rock Wolves material as "classic rock music, powerful but not too heavy."
    This diversity of ideas and the band’s almost boundless musical enthusiasm is reflected in every one of the eleven songs on their debut release. Straight rock numbers like the first single, "Rock For The Nations", the shuffle groove-driven "Surrounded By Fools", the fast-paced "Out Of Time", and "The Lion Is Loose" with its haunting live qualities, but also "I Need Your Love", which brings to mind the likes of AC/DC and Bad Company, are thoroughbred rock tracks that go directly to the listener's gut and legs, as well as — like all ambitioned rock music should — touching on painful subjects.
    "Instead of delivering tanks and arms all over the world, Germany should concentrate on exporting good rock music," Rarebell explains the message of "Rock For The Nations". The lyrics on "Surrounded By Fools" with their warning of unscrupulous politicians are no less critical. Rarebell says: "Let's not be dazzled by their colorful election campaigns. Those politicians can easily end up bringing war to their countries."
    Naturally, no diverse rock album would be complete without two or three more quiet numbers with less controversial subjects. In "Nothing's Gonna Bring Me Down", Rock Wolves have succeeded in recording a strikingly contemporary ballad which could have been penned in the same or a similar manner by Lenny Kravitz. Talking of which: the original version of the deeply melodic "What About Love" was written by Jim Vallance, but celebrated its greatest success in 1985 with Heart, who topped the Billboard chart for an impressive 18 weeks with the song.
    "Our new version has been given the blessing by Jim Vallance himself. His only comment was: 'Your version is even better than my original, so go for it," remembers Rarebell.
'Rock Wolves' track listing:
01.) "Rock For The Nations"
02.) "Surround By Fools"
03.) "Out Of Time"
04.) "What About Love"
05.) "The Blame Game"
06.) "Riding Shotgun"
07.) "Nothings Gonna Bring Me Down"
08.) "The Lion Is Loose"
09.) "I Need Your Love"
10.) "Lay With Me"
11.) "Inside Out" (iTunes exclusive bonus track)

    As the former Scorpions drummer, Rarebell was instrumental in recording classics such as "Lovedrive", "Blackout" and "Crazy World" between 1977 and 1996, and looks back at a successful stint as the manager of his own recording company Monaco Records. At the moment, he is a member of guitar legend Michael Schenker's group Temple Of Rock, where Rarebell met Voss. Since the 1980s, Voss has caused a stir with acts such as Mad Max and Casanova, has worked with Michael Schenker and is also involved in Temple Of Rock as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. The third Rock Wolves member is Hinz, founder member and bassist of H-Blocxx and hence a representative of the 1990s rock generation. So here we have three illustrious names, three decades, and three artistic careers with similar but by no means congruent influences.
    The material of the upcoming Rock Wolves album was produced by Voss at Münster's Kidroom Studio and at the Principal Studios in Senden. A video for "Rock For The Nations" was shot near Hanover in mid-June and will also be released on September 9.

 

WATCH PRO-SHOT FOOTAGE OF TWISTED SISTER's LAST-EVER U.K. CONCERT:

    Professionally filmed video footage of Twisted Sister's entire August 12 performance at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom, can be seen below.
The band's setlist was as follows:
1.)"What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)"
2.)"The Kids Are Back"
3.)"Burn In Hell"
4.)"Destroyer"
5.)"Like A Knife In The Back"
6.)"You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll"
7.)"The Fire Still Burns"
8.)"I Am (I'm Me)"
9.)"I Wanna Rock"
10.)"The Price"
11.)"I Believe In Rock 'N' Roll"
12.)"Under The Blade"
13.)"We're Not Gonna Take It"
14.)"It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)
Encore:
15.)"Come Out And Play"
16.)"Shoot 'Em Down"
17.)"S.M.F."
    Most of Twister Sister shows in 2016 are featuring the core lineup of Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Mark Mendoza (bass) and Eddie Ojeda (guitar), along with drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater).
    During a recent interview with Goldmine magazine, Jay Jay French talked about Twister Sister's decision to call it quits after a final round of dates, dubbed 'Forty And Fuck It - The Final Tour'. He said: "Whether you like it or not, once you reach a status of 'classic,' you really start to understand people — if you really truly want to understand why people like you. You can make new product, it's all well and good, but when someone spends 200-300 bucks for a ticket, they expect certain songs, they expect the songs played correctly, they expect you to be proficient, on time and professional — that's what an entertainer is. And I will tell you that the club scene taught us an enormous amount of discipline."
    Twister Sister's movie, 'We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!', was released on February 23 on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and digital formats, with an included two hours of bonus material and director commentary.
    He continued: "You know, I can't emphasize it enough. Dee [Snider, Twister Sister singer] became one of the greatest frontmen in the world because he learned how to do it on the club scene. We learned how to be great entertainers in the bars and we followed through. And I think the band just wants to say that we reached a point where we can't do it anymore in the manner that we feel we need to do it and we should probably be respected for that. Because I don't want to takes someone's money that I don't earn. And it's hard for some people to understand that. They want to keep you hermetically sealed in a jar with their memories forever. Which I get. I do get it. But I think at some point this year will be our last show, and I'll turn around to the other guys in the band and that'll be it."

 


MASTERS OF DISGUISE VOCALIST ALEXX STAHL REPLACES MICHAEL BOREMANN IN BONFIRE:

From the offices of the band Bonfire;
   
Because of the sudden departure and separation from David Reece after two very successful charting CDs 'Glörious' & the double album 'Pearls' the place of the lead vocalist and Frontman of Bonfire became vacant.
    Originally Bonfire found a new shouter in Michael Bormann, however, prior obligations kept him from starting his duties with Bonfire until mid-October 2016.
   
As so-called "transition singer"  Alexx Stahl (Masters Of Disguise, Roxxcalibur) spontaneously offered  his help so Bonfire where able to play  the agreed 16 summer events.
    Alexx Stahl uses this time and concerts in order to sing himself into the hearts of the fans and the band members.
   
That he is a great musician, Bonfire knew, but that it would also function as human friendly and makes so much fun to work with him to act and to travel, that was already a pleasant surprise.  Alexx is a real gentleman!
    Therefore, the musicians around band founder Hans Ziller decided to undertake Alexx permanently as the new Bonfire singer.
    Our big thank you goes to  Michael Bormann - which is certainly an absolute exceptional singer , and this he has been proved for years in various projects - for  his willingness to enter into Bonfire and also for his understanding to our final decision and wish him for his future musical path only the very best. And we all mean that honestly !!!!!
    Look for a new Bonfire release in the March or April of 2017.

 

BLAST FRAGMENTS:

UFO bassist Pete Way is recovering from suffering a heart attack.
Paul Shortino recently announced that the classic Rough Cutt line-up that played on the Warner Bros. albums 'Rough Cutt' (1984) and 'Wants You!' also known as 'Rough Cutt Wants You!' (1986) are reunited.