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SIXX:A.M. Performs In Nashville:

     Fan-filmed video footage of SIXX:A.M., the band featuring Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, performing on May 3 at Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee can be seen below.
   According to music industry web site Hits Daily Double, the first volume of 'Prayers For The Damned Vol I', the new double album from SIXX:A.M., is likely to sell between 16,000 and 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was released on April 29 via Eleven Seven Music.
   'Prayers For The Damned Vol I', the fourth studio album from the trio, represents the band's most ambitious, complete and adrenaline-soaked effort to date. The album also boasts first-class production and mixing by Michael and original artwork from Ashba, proving that this collection of music is a true labor of passion.
   "When we toured our last record ('Modern Vintage' released on October 7, 2014), it was the first time we had really been a band that existed outside of the studio," confessed Michael. "Playing those songs we finally realized how much fun this band is and finally admitted to ourselves that, yes, we are a proper live band. DJ took the decision to leave GUNS N' ROSES and Nikki wrapped up Mötley Crüe. There are no distractions anymore and we're all 100% dedicated to SIXX:A.M. now."
   "We've been together for seven years and I believe we've just got tighter and tighter in that time," added Ashba. "For me, on our last tour, something clicked inside. What touched me most was seeing what our songs had some to mean to people."
   "It's absolutely time for us to treat this band with the time and energy it deserves," echoed Sixx. "It's a gang, a tribe and we're incredibly proud of that."


Resurrection Kings feat: Vinny Appice, Craig Goldy Performing In San Diego:

   Fan-filmed video footage of Resurrection Kings performing on May 6 at Brick By Brick in San Diego, California can be seen below.
   Resurrection Kings is the new so-called "supergroup" featuring singer Chas West (Tribe Of Gypsies, Lynch Mob), guitarist Craig Goldy (DIO, Giuffria, Rough Cutt, DIO Disciples), bassist Sean McNabb (Dokken, Great White) and drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell). The band's self-titled debut album was released on January 29 via Frontiers Music Srl.
   Everything began with a set of demos Goldy recorded with singer West, a guy with an unbelievable set of pipes.
   West said: "It started about five years ago when Craig Goldy contacted me and said he'd like to do something, do a project. 'Let's get together and write.' Because we had played together, doing some covers in an all-star thing called the Hollywood Allstarz."
   Added Goldy: "I was contacted by Serafino [Perugino], the president of Frontiers. He wanted to do an album with famous guys from the '80s, and I was absolutely flabbergasted that they came to me for it, so I was more than happy to say yes."
   Appice said: "Craig told me he was doing this project and he needed somebody to play drums on it, and he'd love for me to come check it out. He played me a couple of songs, I loved it, so I said, 'Yeah, I'll do it.' So I laid all the drum tracks down, sent them back, and I thought it came out great."
   Frontiers in-house writer and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline, Rated X) offered his services to the band and wrote (or co-wrote with Goldy) a few tracks to round out the material that was available.
   Regarding the songwriting process for Resurrection Kings' debut CD, Goldy said: "Originally, I had the music [for the song 'Living Out Loud']… I had learned the hard way that you've gotta start off with a good groove, and then you come up with a cool riff and then you come up with some simple chord progressions and then a melody line. And then, once the melody line is established, and we're starting to work on lyrics, that's when you can go back and kind of mess with the chords and stuff to make them more interesting. But we kind of had the outline of the song already, and then I presented that to Chas and him and I just started doing the process that's supposed to be. The first thing he did is just start improvising, what came naturally. So it came from his heart and it came from his talent."
   Goldy also spoke about some of the other tracks on Resurrection Kings' debut album which were written by producer Alessandro Del Vecchio. He said: "[Alessandro] is an amazing songwriting [and] a great producer, a keyboard player. I think he plays guitar and stuff as well. He's a great singer too. I can't wait for people to hear how he sings. So some of the demo versions already had vocals, drums, bass and guitar on them. So we would learn the songs, and then we'd do them our way. It was something Alessandro and I called 'Goldy-izing.' 'Cause we would get these demos, and they'd be kind of in an odd kind of shape, and so I would Goldy-ize it and turn it into something that I thought would be more interesting. Once Vinny and Sean got ahold of these songs, they really came alive. 'Cause a lot of the times, songwriters will write demos to drum machines, which is fine, 'cause it's just basically a sketch, and then you turn that sketch into an oil painting. And so when Vinny and Sean got ahold of these songs, it really came alive. So that gave me automatic inspiration on top of a great song that Alessandro had already written."
   Appice and Goldy played sporadic shows last year as part of Black Knights Rising, also featuring bassist Elliott Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker Group, Carmine Appice) and vocalists Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, DIO Disciples) and John West (Badlands, Lynch Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra).
   After joining DIO in 1987, Goldy became Ronnie James Dio's right-hand man and went on to co-write such DIO classics as "Dream Evil", "One More For The Road" and "As Long As It's Not About Love".

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Paul Stanley, Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice To Be Honored At 'Heavy Rock Icon Awards':

   Paul Stanley (KISS), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbt, Black Country Communion), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, along with many others), Rudy Sarzo (The Ozzy Osbourne Band, Quiet Riot, DIO), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO, Heaven & Hell) and Steve Vai (Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake) will be honored at the Heavy Rock Icon Awards, set to take place May 22 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The solid bronze award statues will be presented by the icons to their peers.They will also perform their iconic songs that have propelled the listeners' emotions, creativity and imagination, and that have stood the test of time.
   All ticket funds will go to Rocking4peace, a 100% volunteer nonprofit whose ultimate mission is to provide peace tolerance equality nonviolence education for children in their schools, challenging their bigoted thinking, as to question their own bigoted thinking, and changing some minds for the better for all mankind.

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Aerosmith's Brad Whitford And Derek St. Holmes Release "Shapes" Single:

   Whitford/St. Holmes, the collaboration between Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes, the voice of such early Ted Nugent songs as "Stranglehold" and "Dog Eat Dog", will release its new studio album, 'Reunion', on June 3. Today, the super duo has unleash its new single, "Shapes", a rock song with a nod to one of their favorite bands, The Yardbirds. The track can be purchased on iTunes.
    It was 1981 when Whitford, who had left Aerosmith, first teamed up with St. Holmes to release their self-titled debut. Tracks like "Sharpshooter" and "Whisky Woman" carried on the stadium rock and roll style that made them famous. The album received critical acclaim and they did a successful round of tour dates before returning to their respective bands and shelving the duo. Until now!
   Recently, the two friends found themselves living in the same town on the outskirts of Nashville. While working on some catch up time, they decided to revamp their collaboration. After writing a number of songs, the duo recruited bassist Chopper Anderson, keyboardist Buck Johnson and Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta to record the album. Produced by Whitford and St. Holmes, the album was recorded at The Castle Studios in Franklin, Tennessee.

   Whitford and St. Holmes, who have collectively been part of tens of millions of record sales as part of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent, know the true purpose of their art. "It's hard to believe we first jammed over thirty years ago," states Whitford. St. Holmes adds: "We are excited for this record to get out there, we want to share it with our friends, all those hardcore rock 'n' roll fans… Like our fans and good whiskey, we all seem to get better with age. These new cuts are bold, brassy and ballsy. We can't wait to play them live."
   Whitford/St. Holmes will head out on tour this June with Whitesnake. The trek launches on June 3 in Dallas and continues on through Texas, Indianapolis, Ohio, Detroit, Boston and more. This leg of the tour will conclude on July 1 with a headline show.

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Joe Lynn Turner's SUNSTORM: Has Three New Songs Streaming and A New Video For The Song "Edge Of Tommorow":

   "Don't Walk Away From A Goodbye", a brand new song from legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner's (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteem) Sunstorm project can be streamed below. The tracks are taken from Sunstorm 's fourth album, which will be released on May 13 via Frontiers Music Srl.
   Sunstorm is Joe Lynn Turner's successful AOR/melodic rock project, something that came about for the first time in 2006 when Frontiers president Serafino Perugino wanted to dig up some unreleased gems that Turner wrote during the late '80s and early '90s.
   The very good reviews and acclaim which surrounded the debut self-titled release was the fuel that ignited three more records, until the project was momentarily shelved when Joe started working on the Rated X supergroup with Tony Franklin and Carmine Appice.
   After the release of the Rated X album, Joe wanted to go back to the more melodic material of Sunstorm, but also wanted to retain some of the harder edge which the Rated X album had. So he asked producer and songwriter Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge Of Forever) to come up with some new songs in that vein. Del Vecchio joined forces with Simone Mularoni, guitar player of Italian prog metallers DGM. Together they developed songs which were exactly what Joe wanted, so it was a natural process to move forward and record another Sunstorm album. As usual, other songwriters, such as Soren Kronqvist and Daniel Palmqvist completed the array of individuals involved.
   Joe Lynn Turner said: "This new Sunstorm album is the best of the series! We went harder... stronger... and heavier than ever before without losing the integrity of what the project is about... I call it melodic metal! The songs are very well crafted, the messages are profound, the performances amazing.. and the sound is incredible! All involved can be very proud of such a great music. I urge anyone who loves great music to check out 'Edge Of Tomorrow'; you won't be disappointed!"

'Edge Of Tomorrow' tracklisting:
1.) "Don't Walk Away From A Goodbye"
2.) "Edge Of Tomorrow"
3.) "Nothing Left To Say"
4.) "Heart Of The Storm"
5.) "The Sound Of Goodbye"
6.) "The Darkness Of This Dawn"
7.) "You Hold Me Down"
8.) "Angel Eyes"
9.) "Everything You've Got"
10.) "Tangled In Blue"
11.) "Burning Fire"

   Joe Lynn Turner recently traveled to Vikos Gorge in northern Greece to film a video for the song "Edge Of Tomorrow" with director Menelaos Sykovelis.
Sunstorm is:
Joe Lynn Turner: Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Hammond Organ, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Simone Mularoni: Guitar
Nik Mazzucconi: Bass
Francesco Jovino: Drums



Rob Halford, "There is no other band in the world like Judas Priest."
Femme Fatale’s ‘One More For The Road’ album to be released in three days. (Tuesday May 10, 2016)
Crazy Lixx to release first ever live album on July 8th.




Jorn Lande Covers Frida's "I Know There's Something Going On":

    Frontiers Music Srl will release JORN's new album, "Heavy Rock Radio", on June 3.
   One of the greatest rock singers of our time, Jorn Lande returns with a unique album of covers of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him, and helped forge this talented man's own unique style.
   The official video for Jorn's version of "I Know There's Something Going On", which was originally recorded by former ABBA member Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad, can be seen below.
   Through Jorn's extensive career, which includes more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has also recorded great versions of several rock classics such as Thin Lizzy's "Are You Ready", UFO's "On And On", Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers", and many more. Jorn also recorded a successful Ronnie James Dio tribute album, released in 2010. Every song Jorn covers is treated with the utmost respect and "Jorn-ized" accordingly. A good example is his heavy sounding version of "I Walk Alone", first released by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish).
   "Heavy Rock Radio" is not an ordinary album of cover songs; it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured — among others — are great versions of the Eagles' "Hotel California" and Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill", which gets the Jorn style treatment to become very powerful and epic, without losing its commercial touch. More great classics included are John Farnham's "You're The Voice", Queen's "Killer Queen", and two absolute melodic rock evergreen gems in Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Foreigner's "Rev On The Red Line".
   The original concept of the album was to create a sort of jukebox of radio hits, but to avoid leaning too much on the pop side of rock, JORN decided to blend the track listing with a few more up tempo rock tracks as well, such as "The Final Frontier" by Iron Maiden ("probably the closest you get to anything commercial with Iron Maiden," says Jorn), "Live To Win" by Paul Stanley (a song which was also featured on the popular television series "South Park"), and a few hard rock classics show up as well from Deep Purple "Stormbringer", DIO "Rainbow In The Dark" and Black Sabbath "Die Young" to complete the mix.
   Jorn says: "The most important thing was to treat these songs with respect towards the original versions. My goal was always to think that the original artist would be honored and find my version relevant. At the same time, my intention was never to try to compete with the original song and artist, but make it a strong alternative version to enjoy. At the same time, it is a well-deserved homage to these artists and bands who influenced me strongly, and I have wanted to record these songs for quite some time but was always too busy writing and recording my own songs to make it happen. Originally, I had a list of 40-50 songs I wanted to do, but I had to strip it down to about 15 songs before deciding on the final tracklist. This means that there are some unfinished business musically, and I will most likely record more of these songs in the future."
   Since releasing the critically acclaimed Dracula "Swing Of Death" album last year, Jorn has also been working on an album of brand new songs, which will be the follow-up to the 2013 JORN album "Traveller", to be released in early 2017.
   Jorn's catalogue is getting too long to include in brief press statements, and his innovative and creative skills have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide and being a frequent entry on sales charts around the world, including Billboard. Worth a mention is his years with Masterplan, with whom he recorded three albums. Claimed to be the biggest selling Norwegian musical export, since the pop band A-HA, Jorn continues his rock crusade, and there are no signs of him slowing down yet.
   The title 'Heavy Rock Radio' came quite naturally, as the sound of this album feels like if it's tailor made for any rock radio station, and while Jorn's voice can be enjoyed on more than 40 albums in different rock and metal styles, this record is a special treat which will tide over all the fans waiting for the new original album which is being worked on at the moment.
'Heavy Rock Radio' track listing includes:
1. "I Know There's Something Going On"
2. "Running Up That Hill"
3. "Rev On The Red Line"
4. "You're The Voice"
5. "Live To Win"
6. "Don't Stop Believin'"
7. "Killer Queen"
8. "Hotel California"
9. "Rainbow In The Dark"
10. "The Final Frontier"
11. "Stormbringer"
12. "Die Young"

Recording lineup:
Jorn Lande: Vocals
Trond Holter: Guitar
Francesco Iovino: Drums
Thomas Bekkevold: Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards



 Geoff Tate Rules Out Return To Queensrÿche:

    On April 10, Scott Wark of Canada's The Metal Voice conducted an interview with former Queensrÿche and current Operation: Mindcrime singer Geoff Tate at The Brass Monkey in Ottawa, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
   Asked if he would consider a return to Queensrÿche if the opportunity to rejoin the band ever arose, Tate said: "No. You know, there's a spirit of the deal. When you… How do I put it?... When you betray somebody so badly, when you hurt them so badly, it's really hard for the other person to forgive to the extent where, 'Hey, everything is fine. Let's make music.' Making music is very personal. You just don't… you just don't do that with everybody. You can't." Geoff went on to joke that he might be open to reuniting with his former bandmates "if the money was good," before adding: "At this point in my life, it's not worth that enough to go through the toxic vibe."
   In April 2014, Tate and Queensrÿche announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where Tate sued over the rights to the Queensrÿche name after being fired in 2012. Original Queensrÿche members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as Queensrÿche, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live.
    In a 2012 interview with "The Classic Metal Show", Tate stated about his former band: "I truly believe that my vision of Queensrÿche is what has propelled the band for many, many years. When Chris [DeGarmo, guitar] was in the band, we shared a common vision together, and we were a very strong writing team, and a very strong musical team, directing the band and pushing in a certain direction — that kind of thing. Now, when he left, there wasn't anybody but me to do that, and so I've led the band and pushed and pulled and cajoled and bribed and tried to get everyone on the same page for all these years to keep the integrity of the band intact and to keep moving ahead with our vision for what the band was, which was 'no limits.' Let's not put a box around ourselves, let's not give in to some category that somebody assigns us, let's not be who other people think we should be, let's be who we are. And that's the motto I've always followed with the band. And I was instrumental in building this band all these years — this band is mine. I built this thing — all those songs, a majority of them are my thoughts, my ideas, my creativity, my passion. It's me, it's my music, it's my words, it's my dreams, my passions. And especially 'Operation: Mindcrime', that is my baby and my work, and I'm gonna go out and present that the best way that I can."
   'The Key', the first album of an ambitious trilogy from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, sold around 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available last September via Frontiers Music Srl.
    OPERATION: MINDCRIME's next album, which has already been completed, will arrive in September 2016.


Stephen Pearcy working on new music to release in 2016:

   The press release on Pearcy‘s website released earlier this month states: “Former RATT, now solo artist Stephen Pearcy has been locked in the studio off and on between shows working on his 4th solo release titled “SMASH” for a 2016 release date TBA. Touring solo 2016 (dates posted under tours) Pearcy and his drugs have at least (20) songs for the new record. Episode 1-4. (4) songs on (4) releases. Episode 1 out now! Pearcy say’s, “Every chance I get between solo dates to keep the live vibe going, we are in the studio recording in no specific order.” The recording sessions are in MT Studios in Burbank, CA.
   Pearcy has released a number of singles in 2015 on iTunes including “I Can’t Take It”,”Just One More Time”, “Recipe For Disaster” and “White Heat 1.”
   Pearcy’s Bio on iTunes states: “Stephen Pearcy jet-rocketed to multi-platinum success in the mid-’80s as the lead vocalist for hair metal band Ratt. His long-running career began in Los Angeles during the early ’80s fronting Ratt. The band released its self-titled debut independently in 1983, just as the so-called hair metal scene was gaining momentum, led by such bands as Mötley Crüe and Quiet Riot. Like these bands, Ratt was both flamboyant and rebellious, and Pearcy‘s screaming vocals and dolled-up looks helped the band stand out among its many peers. Atlantic Records recognized Ratt‘s potential and signed the band to a contract resulting in the 1984 album Out of the Cellar, which became a mammoth success, led by the pop-metal hit “Round and Round.” In subsequent years, Ratt continued to release successful albums and perform sold-out shows, yet when the hair metal scene withered away in the early ’90s — and the band with it — Pearcy decided to start anew.
    His new venture, Arcade (1993-1994), didn’t sound much different than Ratt, and he soon found himself starting over once again with the industrial metal band 'Vertex' (1996) and then yet again with the straightforward metal band 'Vicious Delite' (2000) after a short-lived Ratt reunion in 1997. By this point, Pearcy had slowly descended into relative obscurity, but he refused to quit. He began his own label, Top Fuel, aligned it with the L.A.-based Triple X label, and began issuing archival material such as Before and Laughter (2000), a collection of odds and ends from his past. He followed with Social Intercourse in 2002, his first proper solo album. By this point, Pearcy‘s reputation had blossomed a bit thanks to a curious renewed interest in ’80s hair metal. However, Pearcy took a decidedly different musical direction with 2005’s 'Fueler', which sounds more akin to alternative metal bands such as Godsmack than hair metal. The all-acoustic album 'Stripped' followed in 2006. 'Under My Skin', which featured a guest spot from the Donnas, was released in 2008.

'There's Going To Be A Mötley Crüe In Your Life For A Long Time,' Says Nikki Sixx:

       Even though Mötley Crüe called it quits as a touring entity last December after 35 years on the road, the band's bassist, Nikki Sixx, assures fans that there is plenty more material to come from the iconic Los Angeles hard rock outfit. "We have a live DVD of our last performance ever that we've just finished mixing," Sixx told Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon (hear audio below). "It looks fantastic. It was a great show. [And] we're gonna put [it] out."
   "We have a legacy that needs to be curated," he continued. "We have all kinds of stuff, even from vintage merchandise and stuff. So we plan on, obviously, staying engaged with our fans. It's not like we're just gonna disappear. As a touring band, we decided that that's no more. The Mötley Crüe movie will come out. We're still working on a few of the bugs there, but that's gonna work out. So there's going to be a Mötley in your life for a long time in one way or another."
    According to, Mötley Crüe 's three final shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California (on December 28, December 30 and December 31) were seen by 37,000 fans, generating $2.7 million in box office revenue and placing the trek at No. 2 on the weekly "Hot Tours" list of top-grossing tours.
    Mötley Crüe 's one-and-a-half-year "The Final Tour" saw the band perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets, grossing $100 million.
    To celebrate their mark in rock music's history and in honor of their devoted fans, the band has confirmed the release of a full-length concert film of the final performance, which will also include exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the last week of the tour, to be released later in the year. Produced and distributed by Live Alliance, the concert portion of the film was directed by Christian Lamb, while Jeff Tremaine, creator of the "Jackass" series, directed the documentary segment. The film will premiere in theaters worldwide, one night only, followed by pay-per-view in all cable/satellite/digital formats, with a DVD set to be released later on.
    In addition to the live-concert film, Mötley Crüe is planning to release a major box-set of music down the line, as well as 'The Dirt' feature film based on the band's best-selling 2001 autobiography, also to be directed by Tremaine, in the near future.
    Mötley Crüe first announced plans for their two-year "Final Tour" by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career.



Ace Frehley And Paul Stanley Cover Free's "Fire And Water":

    Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has just released the music video for his cover of the Free song "Fire And Water", featuring his former bandmate and Kiss's co-founding frontman Paul Stanley. Check it out below.
    The "Fire And Water" video holds its place in rock and roll history as the first time in 14 years that Frehley and Stanley have shared a stage since Kiss's appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. It's also the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley's cover of "Do Ya" by ELO and The Move.
    Frehley's cover of "Fire And Water" is taken from his solo covers set, "Origins Vol. 1", which debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 16,109 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21.
   The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
    In terms of pure album sales, 'Origins Vol. 1' opened with just under 15,824 copies.
    During an appearance on KBAD 94.5's "Morning Crash" radio show, Stanley stated about his collaboration with Frehley: "Ace was doing an album of covers, songs that influenced him and that he loved, and called me. And it's always very funny, because with caller ID, I look, and the phone's ringing, and I see Ace's name come up. So, of course…"
   "Look, for all the bickering and stuff that we may say about each other, we go back to a very magical time. We started this together. So in spite of whatever we may say from time to time or things that get blown up, we are a family, and a dysfunctional one, but nonetheless a family."
    "So Ace said, 'Would you do something on the album?' I said, 'Sure. Of course.'"
    He continued: "If [Ace] succeeds, it only makes me happy. I don't wanna see anybody fail, especially somebody who I'm close to. Even if I don't speak to him weekly, even monthly, we are connected in a way that will go to the end."
    "There's a great song by Free called "Fire And Water", which was on the album with "All Right Now". Paul Rodgers, besides being a friend of mine, is one of the consummate vocalists. So to get a chance to sing something that's a little different than what I do in Kiss was something I didn't take lightly, because Paul Rodgers is a hell of a vocalist. So it was great, and it was a lot of fun, and it was terrific. And I only wish Ace well with it."
    Ace spoke to Rolling Stone about his teamup with Stanley. Frehley said: "I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it. He jumped at the chance to do this because it's something that's outside of KISS and his character in Kiss, and it gave him a chance to, y'know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on 'Fire And Water', he's singing deep from his diaphragm, and it's a real cool vocal. Everyone's who heard it was just thinks it's the shit."
    Other high-profile guest artists with Ace on the new album are Slash, Lita Ford, Mike McCready, and John 5. In addition to the Free track, Ace and his guests tackle key classic rock touchstones by Cream, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks — and even Kiss.

'Origins Vol. 1' track listing:

1. White Room (Cream)

2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)

3. Spanish Castle Magic (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (feat. John 5)

4. Fire And Water (Free) (feat. Paul Stanley)

5. Emerald (Thin Lizzy) (feat. Slash)

6. Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)

7. Wild Thing (The Troggs) (feat. Lita Ford)

8. Parasite (Kiss) (feat. John 5)

9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)

10. Cold Gin (Kiss) (feat. Mike McCready)

11. Till The End Of The Day (The Kinks)

12. Rock And Roll Hell (Kiss)




Tigertailz Releases Video For Cover Version Of Mud's "Dynamite":

    Welsh glam metal veterans Tigertailz have just released a video for their cover version of the Mud classic "Dynamite". The song is taken from Tigertailz ' new album, 'Blast', which is now available through all digital platforms. The CD also includes the track "Pipped It Popped It", which was written specifically for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
    "Pipped It Popped It" was submitted to the judging panel, who choose a shortlist for a public vote, with the winner going on to represent the U.K. on May 14 in Sweden. The track, however, was almost immediately rejected.
    Guitarist Jay Pepper blasted the U.K. Eurovision panel, saying in a statement: "Was our song even listened to? Who knows, but clearly the BBC and U.K. Eurovision fan club didn't think a song and image that celebrated David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust', Mott The Hoople, The Sweet and T.REX was worthy of showing the British public and letting them decide. They obviously know better. Well, their track record over the last five years proves this, doesn't it?"
    The first full Tigertailz studio album in nearly ten years, "Blast" includes a full-color 12-page booklet to go in an already jam-packed ten-panel CD inlay.
'Blast' track listing:
1. "Just For One Night"
2. "All The Girls In The World"
3. "Pipped It Popped It"
4. "Bop Bop You"
5. "In The Arms Of "
7. "Dynamite"
8. "Bring It On"
9. "Crime Against Rock And Roll"
10. "God's Country"
11. "Cheap Talk" (bonus track; CD only)
12. "FnA" (bonus track, CD only)
    Tigertailz last year tapped its bassist, Rob Wylde, to sing for the group following the departure of Jules Millis. Wylde was previously the frontman in Teenage Casket Company and the U.K. Poison tribute act Poizon.
    Millis left Tigertailz in March 2015 "due to personal reasons." He joined the band in 2012 following the acrimonious exit of Tigertailz 's longtime singer Kim Hooker.
    Tigertailz 's was originally fronted by Steevi Jaimz, who left the group in 1988. Jaimz later attempted to register the Tigertailz name as a trademark with the U.K. Patent Office and launch his own version of Tigertailz with drummer Ace Finchum.
     Pepper is the sole remaining member of Tigertailz 's classic lineup.


Last In Line Performs At Italy's FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL:

    Fan-filmed video footage of LAST IN LINE — the band featuring Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO member Vinny Appice, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted Hurricane and Lynch Mob — performing on April 23 at the Frontiers Rock Festival III at Live Club in Trezzo (Milan), Italy can be seen below.
    LAST IN LINE has recruited Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Beggars & Thieves, Steve Lukather) to play bass for the group for its shows in April and May. Also joining them at the dates is virtuoso keyboardist Erik Norlander (Lana Lane).
     Soussan made his live debut with LAST IN LINE on April 14 at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar & Grill in Las Vegas, Nevada
    Freeman previously played with Soussan in the acclaimed Las Vegas rock and roll production "Raiding The Rock Vault".
    Appice and Soussan had done a number of shows together as members of the all-star jam band Big Noize.
    Original LAST IN LINE bassist Jimmy Bain passed away in late January at the age of 68. He was reportedly suffering from lung cancer at the time of his death.
    LAST IN LINE's debut album, "Heavy Crown", was released on February 19, 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl. The CD was recorded at a Santa Clarita, California studio with producer Jeff Pilson, a veteran bassist who has played with DIO, Foreigner, Dokken and T&N, among others.
Remaining LAST IN LINE tour dates:
May 24 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
May 25 - Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
May 27 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
    In a recent interview with Glide Magazine, Vivian stated about LAST IN LINE's future: "I honestly don't know. We're not in a position where we have to make that decision yet, fortunately, because we only have this opportunity to do these handful of shows. It would have been wrong to just go out on tour a month after Jimmy died with some guy playing bass. That would have been very disrespectful. So we're just trying to find the right balance now between doing nothing and giving up and doing something to help this record and consequently further Jimmy's memory, 'cause Jimmy really believed in this record and this band. In fact, so much so, last year Jimmy got a LAST IN LINE tattoo on his arm. When he died, it was the only tattoo on his body, the LAST IN LINE logo. He believed in this project so much and he was so involved creatively in this record, and it is a great record and a great bookend to his career.
    "Like I said, we're fortunate we don't have to make that decision yet. We're just going to do these handful of shows and then I'm on tour with LEPPARD until mid-October. So if anything does happen further with LAST IN LINE, it wouldn't happen before the end of the year. So we have a lot of time to think about it and I guess, more than anything else, our decision on our future would be determined by what happens with the record. And so far it's very encouraging, the reviews and the responses have been tremendous. With that in mind, and if it continues that way, if there's enough of a desire for people to hear us play, then we probably would."