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Meri Ballou
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    "Heavy", the new video from Glenn Hughes, can be seen below. The clip features a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who also played on the track.
    "Heavy" is taken from Hughes's new solo album, 'Resonate', which will be released on Friday, November 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.
    "It's time to bust out the big grooves," Glenn said about the song.
     From album opener "Heavy" to the very last chords of the closer "Long Time Gone", 'Resonate' promises to be a contender for "Album Of The Year" on many a list. It features his live solo band members, Søren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to longtime friend Chad Smith, who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers.

Here is an EPK(Electronic Press Kit) for the CD:

    'Resonate' will be available in two configurations: regular CD and deluxe edition including one bonus track, "Nothing's The Same", and a DVD featuring a "making of" album documentary, "Heavy" (music video), and "Long Time Gone" (music video). Vinyl release will be made available via Frontiers's label partners Soulfood Music.
'Resonate' track listing:
2.)"My Town"
4.)"Let It Shine"
6.)"God Of Money"
7.)"How Long"
8.)"When I Fall"
10.)"Stumble & Go"
11.)"Long Time Gone"
12.)"Nothing's The Same" (deluxe edition bonus track)
    Glenn told about 'Resonate': "It's possibly the heaviest record I've ever made. I don't want to confuse it with horns-up heavy; it's not metal. But it's definitely fucking heavy. It's dense. It's dark. There's some aggression on this record. Every bloody track is begging to be played live."
    He continued: "Although some of [my albums] have been very, very soulful and very, very funky, the key for me — as I am an Englishman that grew up in the West Midlands — is rock. But when I moved to America in the early seventies, I started to listen to what came out of Detroit. And I met Stevie Wonder. He became a very, very close friend and still is. He became my mentor."
    "I need people to know that my success has come from the foundation of rock music. As much as I love THE BEATLES, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder, when you think of Glenn Hughes, you think of the guy who plays bass and sings in any register."
Hughes added: "I am friends with a lot of famous rock stars and they are one genre. I wouldn't say who, but they have a one-genre-dimensional sound. You know it's them. And you know it's me because of my voice."
"I have been cursed and blessed with the ability to switch very quickly from rock to soul to funk to acoustic and almost into jazz — without scaring people. When you mix those ingredients, that's Glenn Hughes."
"This will be an album that is entirely Glenn Hughes music. For that reason, it is an important album."




    With the recent unfortunate passing of former Y&T drummer Leonard Haze, Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti called in from Germany to speak to the one and only Eddie Trunk on the latter’s radio show on September 12, 2016. Meniketti reportedly advised Trunk towards the end of the call that former Y&T drummer Jimmy DeGrasso was working with former Ratt bandmates Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Juan Croucier (bass) and Warren DeMartini (guitar) in a band. Presumably, former Ratt guitarist Carlos Cavazo would also be part of the project if that is the case.
    Ever since Pearcy posted a photo of himself alongside Croucier, DeMartini and Cavazo (along with drummer Greg D’Angelo), there has been a lot of interest and speculation that the former Ratt bandmates will work together again as Ratt (presumably if they can legally get the name from drummer Bobby Blotzer) or under a different band name.
Jimmy DeGrasso is currently plays drums with Black Star Riders.



    According to LA Weekly, L.A. GUNS singer Phil Lewis and the band's co-founding guitarist Tracii Guns will record a new album under the L.A. GUNS moniker, to be released in June 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.
    The disc's release will be supported by a world tour that will kick off with two shows at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood in March.
    Guns and Lewis began working on new music together again after playing periodic dates together — billed as "L.A. GUNS' Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns" — around the tour schedule of the other long-running incarnation of L.A. GUNS, which Lewis continues to front.
    Regarding 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."
    Tracii told radio personality Eddie Trunk last month that he has no intention of ever again playing with drummer Steve Riley, who continues to sit behind the kit for Phil's other version of L.A. GUNS.
    "Without going into details, it's just…You're supposed to be brothers in a band like that, and we were in that last crew of… A band of brothers; you fight it out together. You've got each other's back. And when the trust is broken, that's it, man," he said. "Later, dude."
    Guns did not elaborate on what caused the relationship between him and the drummer to break down, but added: "Phil and I are like Cain and Abel; we can go at each other day in and day out and still be able to function as brothers and still have each other's back. We're that close. Steve Riley is a hired drummer. And since the awe of him being in W.A.S.P. has worn off, I've played with drummers that are just like so much… a billion times better musicians and more interested in being musicians that I have no reason to ever [play with him again]. He's not a defining factor in a musical unit; he's just a solid drummer. And he would argue that point, but I know. I've played with Brian Tichy and Shane Fitzgibbon and Vinny Appice, and they're in a different league."
    Tracii said that the only way he would be willing to reunite with Riley is if he was offered enough money. He explained: "Believe me, I'd love someone to come up to me and say, 'Hey, we can set your kid up and your great grandchildren up for the rest of their lives by getting Steve Riley back with all the original guys of L.A. GUNS, I'm not stupid; I'd be, like, 'Yeah, okay.' But that's in no way a reality in any universe."
    Guns also spoke about the musical direction of the next L.A. GUNS album. He said: "We are nostalgia. The fact that we're making a record is killer, and I know that L.A. GUNS fans and people that like our kind of heavier music are gonna love it."
    Tracii reiterated his desire to make the strongest L.A. GUNS album possible, explaining: "L.A. GUNS I never looked at as a hobby, so I'm certainly not going to now. If I'm gonna write music with Phil Lewis with the L.A. GUNS name on it, it's gonna be taken very seriously by me personally, and I will strive to make those shows and this record and whatever the future is, you know, what I feel is the best thing for the band and the audience. And this is really the only band I've ever felt that way about — that I've gotta take care of it; I've gotta do what I think is right for it. Especially at this point, because if this is the last record that Phil and I ever do, well, that would be pretty damn good, because it would suck to leave it on a mediocre note."
L.A. Guns discography while Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns were members:
'L.A. Guns'(1988)
'Cocked & Loaded'(1989)
'Hollywood Vampires'(1991)
'Vicious Circle'(1994)
'Cocked & Re-Loaded'(2000)
'Man In The Moon'(2001)
'Waking The Dead'(2002)


EXTREME's 'Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown' Blu-Ray, DVD, CD PUSHED BACK TO OCTOBER:

    The release date of Extreme's 'Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown' DVD has been pushed back to October 14 from the previously announced September 23.
    Last year marked the 25th anniversary of EXTREME's classic multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated 'Pornograffitti', the definitive album of the band's career. To mark the anniversary, 'Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown' will be released by the production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part "Metal Meltdown" DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing the album "Pornograffitti" in its entirety.
    Directed by Brian Lockwood (BON JOVI, METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE), the 'Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown' package includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and audio CD of the complete concert that was filmed on May 30, 2015 at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, it also features "Rockshow", a bonus documentary that takes fans through Extreme's story, with exclusive interviews, '80s archive footage, and an exclusive photo gallery.
    "It was a great thrill to perform 'Pornograffitti' in its entirety," says singer Gary Cherone. "Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour. The album was a watershed moment in the bands career…it's when we came in to our own and it will always be special."
    Guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt adds: "The band always prided itself on its live performance. Over the years, some of these songs have evolved where the band actually plays them better now than when we had recorded them. Hope you enjoy it."
    Producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media commented: "It was a real privilege to produce 'Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown' in celebration of 'Pornograffiti', to have the opportunity to work first-hand with such high-caliber musicians and audio purists. Over 25 years after this iconic album was released, we captured the band at their very best. Watching Nuno Bettencourt's off-the-charts guitar solos is simply mind-blowing, as confirmed by Queen's Brian May and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, whom we filmed paying homage to the Guitar God himself in the 'Rockshow' documentary. One of the highlights of the documentary is a moment where Gary and Nuno are sitting on the doorstep of Gary's childhood home, and they perform a spontaneous version of 'More Than Words'."
'Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown' track listing:
1.) "Decadence Dance"
2.) "Li'l Jack Horny"
3.) "When I'm President"
4.) "Get the Funk Out"
5.) "More Than Words"
6.) "Money (In God We Trust)"
7.) "It's A Monster"
8.) "Pornograffitti"
9.) "When I First Kissed You"
10.) "Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)"
11.) "Flight Of The Wounded Bumble Bee"
12.) "He-Man Woman Hater"
13.) "Song For Love"
14.) "Hole Hearted"
15.) "Play With Me"*
16.) "Cupid's Dead"*
* Songs do not appear on the audio CD


    Leonard Haze, original drummer for legendary Bay Area rock band Y&T, passed away Sunday evening, September 11 at his home in Hayward, California. He was 61 years old.
    Haze had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for several years, making breathing difficult. Even so, he had fought to keep playing drums, performing regularly with his band, HAZEXPERIENCE, and joining Y&T on stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco in both 2015 and 2016. HAZEXPERIENCE was scheduled to open for Y&T at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma November 18 and November 19, and had been in the midst of recording an EP of new material.
    Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti Said:
"It is with shock and sadness that I type this. Leonard Haze, the legendary drummer, and a guy I spent decades with creating great music together, has passed away at 61. This, just a few days after his birthday. I just woke up to this news, as I'm in Germany, and immediately called his wife, Kelly. She confirmed that Leonard had passed away in his sleep, a few hours ago, sometime between noon and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.
     Leonard has been struggling with COPD for years, but Kelly said that although his health had recently declined, they felt he had a few years left, so this is unexpected."
     My deepest condolences to Leonard's family and friends. His impact on the rock scene was well documented."
"Rest in peace, my friend."
    Added HAZEXPERIENCE guitarist Jim Bradley: "Leonard was not only a bandmate but a close friend, sharing not just a passion for music but also our appreciation for fast cars and cool RC planes. Leonard was taken from us way too soon.  Leonard was a good friend, a great drummer, and a true ambassador for the world of rock 'n' roll," said Jeffrey Winslow, lead singer for HAZEXPERIENCE. "I'm shocked that he's gone, but thankful I got to know him while he was here."
    Haze was a founding member and one of the principal songwriters for the Bay Area hard rock band YESTERDAY & TODAY, later known as Y&T. He co-wrote some of their biggest hits, including "Hurricane", "Black Tiger", "Mean Streak", "Rescue Me", "Dirty Girl", "Forever" and MTV staple "Summertime Girls".
    It was Haze's bass drum prowess that made his powerful drumming style legendary and, thanks to it, Y&T quickly developed the reputation as a must-see live band and musical powerhouse, headlining shows with opening acts such as Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others. Y&T's hard-driving style helped them land worldwide tours alongside such acts as AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, and RUSH, which resulted in the development of a strong following throughout Europe.
    In 2002, Haze reunited with Y&T and went back on tour with them throughout the United States until they parted ways in 2006.
    Haze's final performance took place August 20 with HAZEXPERIENCE at the Quarter Note in Sunnyvale.

Y&T w/Leonard Haze performing "Dirty Girl” Live at  The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on 03-14-15.


SIXX:A.M.: 'Vol. 2, Prayers For The Blessed' ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED:

    SIXX:A.M. — the band featuring Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael will release 'Vol. 2, Prayers For The Blessed' on November 18 via Eleven Seven Music. The album will be available for pre-order beginning October 14. Written and recorded at the same time as 'Vol. 1, Prayers For The Damned' which, was released earlier this year, acts as a companion piece to the first chapter while simultaneously elevating the band's sound in every area.
From the outsider anthem "We Will Not Go Quietly" to the operatic show stopper "Maybe It's Time" and groove-driven, radio-ready rocker "That's Gonna Leave A Scar", "Prayers For The Blessed" displays the many sides of SIXX:A.M.'s sound, something that the band was able to develop by ramping up the amount of time they spent out on the road.
"We really found ourselves onstage and it's influencing the way we write," says Sixx. "We started focusing on our music not only as songwriters and lyricists but also stayed conscious of what would transfer over live to the audience."
    Regarding the decision to split the "Prayers" project into two separate albums, James told The Aquarian Weekly: "When we set out to make two records, it was very intentional. We didn't want this to fall into that category that a lot of albums do, where it actually sounds like you went into the studio to one record, you have a few extra songs, you figured you'd polish them up and then you have a double album. We've all fallen victims to those albums before. This was a very different beast. It was very intentional. We thought of this as one big record, but then in a lot ways, we knew that we were going to be releasing them separately, so we did treat them separately, so they would stand alone. But we put so much effort and thought and care into every single note of both records and we wrote them both at the same time, and then figured out where each song made sense, so I think 'Vol. 2' is absolutely as strong, if not stronger than 'Vol. 1'. There are some songs on there that are really career songs. So, in a way, while we're so excited about 'Vol. 1' and the response that we're getting, we're also chomping at the bit for people to sink their teeth into 'Vol. 2' as well."
    In a separate interview with Lehigh Valley Music, James stated about the decision to release 'Vol. 2' so soon after 'Vol. 1': "We didn't want to wait too long in between because they’re definitely connected. Both volumes certainly stand alone and are very satisfying bodies of work, but when they are experienced together, another layer of SIXX:A.M. and another of the messaging will be revealed. So it was important that we didn’t release them too far apart because they are connected, but we didn't want to release them at the same time 'cause that's an awful lot of music to absorb. And as you know, SIXX:A.M. music is — it's pretty heavy and it's pretty complex and deals with very, sometimes, difficult subject matter. So we wanted people to have time to absorb the messaging and absorb the songs before we then dropped a whole other album on them. But the reason we decided to do two records is we wanted to provide a lot of new music for people. We also kind of felt like we were playing catch-up in a way. 'Cause for the last ten years, we haven'tbeen able to tour very much at all, and so we felt like, in a way, we were making up for lost time."
    Touring three continents this year, SIXX:A.M. are excited to bring their music in front of audiences globally and perform the songs from "Prayers For The Blessed". Taking their shows beyond the performance, the band made the announcement of "Prayers For The Blessed" during the first stop of their Canadian tour in Abbotsford, British Columbia and will be shooting the video for "We Will Not Go Quietly" off the new album with iconic director Wayne Isham during their show in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday, September 17. That same day, fans will also get a chance to meet the band during an in-store album signing at the West Edmonton Mall. Hosted by HMV Canada, the event will be limited to fans with an official event wristband, obtained by purchasing, or displaying HMV proof of purchase of "Prayers For The Damned" or album by another one of the bands on the tour (Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, From Ashes To New).
    SIXX:A.M. will continue to tour across Canada through September 18 with one dollar from each ticket sold on the tour going to the Canadian Red Cross to support their relief efforts. The trio will head back out on the road in October for their highly anticipated U.S. arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and As Lions. The tour commences October 18 at Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas and includes stops Denver, Las Vegas, Anaheim and Philadelphia.
'Vol. 2, Prayers For The Blessed' track listing:
1.) "Barbarians (Prayers For The Blessed)"
2.) "We Will Not Go Quietly"
3.) "Wolf At Your Door"
4.) "Maybe It's Time"
5.) "The Devil's Coming"
6.) "Catacombs"
7.) "That's Gonna Leave a Scar"
8.) "Without You"
9.) "Suffocate"
10.) "Riot In My Head"
11.) "Helicopters"

Sixx:A.M. - 'Prayers For The Blessed' (Album Teaser)


    Swiss hard rockers Gotthard are putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled twelfth studio album at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The third disc with lead singer Nic Maeder was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Helloween, Blind Guardian) and Leo Leoni and will be released on January 13, 2017 on Musikvertrieb in Switzerland and internationally via PIAS.
    "We were all very happy with the workflow and the result of the 'BANG!' production — so it was pretty clear that we wanted to give the great collaboration another shot!" Gotthard stated about working with Bauerfeind again.
    Immediately after the new Gotthard album's release, the band will kick off the '25th Anniversary' European tour in Ravensburg with support from Danish hard rockers "Pretty Maids.
    Says Leo: "25 years of Gotthard — that means 150 songs to choose from, not mentioning our new album — that's not going to be easy! However, we'll select only the best for a proper anniversary party!"
'25th Anniversary' tour dates:
Feb. 09 - DE - Ravensburg, Oberschwabenclub
Feb. 10 - DE - Regensburg, Airport Obertraubling
Feb. 11 - DE - Ulm, Ratiopharm Arena
Feb. 13 - DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Feb. 14 - DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
Feb. 15 - DE - Hannover, Capitol
Feb. 17 - DE - Osnabrück, Hyde Park
Feb. 18 - DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
Feb. 19 - DE - Freiburg, Zäpfle Club
Feb. 22 - IT - Milan, Alcatraz
Feb. 24 - ES - Bilbao, Santana 27
Feb. 25 - ES - Madrid, La Riviera
Feb. 26 - ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 02 - DE - Munich, Tonhalle
Mar. 06 - AT - Vienna, Gasometer
Mar. 07 - DE - Nuremburg, Löwensaal
Mar. 08 - DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
Mar. 10 - DE - Balingen, Volksbankmesse
There won’t be a dry shirt left when the ultimate Swiss rock package Gotthard and Krokus celebrate their joint stage debut at "Rock Monsters Of Switzerland", and that's before the festival season even started. With double headliners delivering a lot more than just double the speed, the Festhalle in Bern and the Samsung Hall in Zurich are lucky if more than the exterior walls will be left once the dust settles. These two "monster shows," as well as the night with Krokus as very special guest in Lausanne, shouldn’t be missed by any means — it's going to be jam-packed, hot and damn loud!
Mar. 03 - Bern, Festhalle
Mar. 04 - Zurich, Samsung Hall
Mar. 12 - Lausanne, Salle Metropole
    Gotthard's 2012 album, 'Firebirth', marked the band's first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under."
    Gotthard's previous vocalist, Steve Lee, was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.



   "Taking On The World", the new video from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, the band led by former Queenrÿche singer Geoff Tate, can be seen below. The song, which was co-written by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and features guest appearances by Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest), is taken from OPERATION: MINDCRIME's new album, "Resurrection", due on September 23 via Frontiers Music Srl.
    The "Taking On The World" video was filmed last month at Bubba's Roadhouse Bar & Grill in Geoff's hometown of Monroe, Washington.
    Asked about his experience working with Bayley and Owens, Tate said: "It was really interesting, 'cause I had never recorded them before or worked with their vocals before. So it was really interesting from an engineering standpoint to see the differences in our voices and the sound of our voices; they are three completely different things — different microphone needs, different EQ needs, all that kind of stuff. We're very different animals, really. But it was really fun working with that difference and making something out of three really distinctly different voices — very fun. And I look forward to touring with these guys and playing shows with them, because their personalities… [Laughs] We just spent three days together shooting a video for the song, and we had the best time — just the best time. They stayed at my house, and we drank a lot and told a lot of stories and laughed a lot. And that's great, when you can just click as people and have a good time without it being weird or forced or that kind of thing. I really adore both those guys; they're fantastic."
    Tate said that he shared a special connection with Bayley, whom he described as "so loud; it's unbelievable how loud that guy is — just his speaking voice, like when you're in a car with him driving in traffic for an hour and a half. [Laughs] He's like an air horn, you know — so loud."
    He continued: "He and I really share a passion for motorcycles, and so this video he was very excited about, 'cause there was a lot of motorcycles and hotrod cars in this video and he got to ride a bunch of different customized motorcycles in the video and he was real happy about that."
    Geoff told The Monroe Monitor & Valley News that the "Taking On The World" video was filmed at Bubba's because he and his wife, Susan, enjoy going there for dinner, drinks and live music. As they were developing ideas for the clip, they realized Bubba's captured the exact essence of what they were trying to portray.
    "It just kind of all seemed to fit," Geoff said. "It had the kind of atmosphere that we were looking for."
    Bayley told The Monroe Monitor & Valley News that the idea of bringing three vocalists together in one song really intrigued him. "Tim has this very harsh edge to his voice — he's really a machine — and then I'm on the more emotional side of things," Bayley said. "Geoff sits there right in the middle being able to connect the two things, and musically I found that very interesting, so I really wanted to be a part of it."
    'Resurrection' is the second part of Tate's musical trilogy. One year after the release of the debut album in September 2015, OPERATION: MINDCRIME continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queenrÿche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.
    "The album 'Resurrection' is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy," explained Tate. "It continues the story that began on the first album 'The Key' with the near death experience of the lead character known as 'H' and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, 'H' has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called 'The New Reality'. Or does he..."
    Tate continued: "I'm excited for people to hear and experience 'Resurrection' because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, 'The Key'. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I've ever written."
'Resurrection' track listing:
1.) "Resurrection"
2.) "When All Falls Away"
3.) "A Moment In Time"
4.) "Through the Noize"
5.) "Left For Dead"
6.) "Miles Away"
7.) "Healing My Wounds"
8.) "The Fight"
9.) "Taking On The World" (feat. Tim "Ripper" Owens and Blaze Bayley)
10.) "Invincible"
11.) "A Smear Campaign"
12.) "Which Side You're On"
13.) "Into The Hands Of The World"
14.) Live From My Machine"
Musicians featured on "Resurrection":
♫ Geoff Tate - Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
♫ Kelly Gray - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
♫ Scott Moughton - Guitar, Keyboards
♫ Randy Gane - Keyboards
♫ David Ellefson (Megadeth) - Bass
♫ John Moyer (Disturbed) - Bass
♫ Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) - Drums
♫ Scott Mercado - Drums
♫ Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) - Drums
♫Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth) - Vocals
♫ Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden, Wolfsbane) - Vocals
♫ Mark Daily - Vocals
♫ Nick Greatrex - Guitar




    Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Stephen Pearcy for the release of his fourth original solo album, 'Smash'.
    Pearcy, best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum rock band RATT, has been working hard to complete his highly anticipated disc while at the same time keeping busy performing shows across the U.S.

    "I am very happy with the new music and the diversity of the songs," he says. "It's taken some time. I'm sure all the fans will be excited too. Also, to be involved with the Frontiers Music Srl family is way cool."
    The good news is that the first taste of new music has been already made available! The new song called, "I Can't Take It" can be seen here.
    Due in early 2017, 'Smash' will be mixed and mastered by none other than the legendary Beau Hill, the producer of RATT's first four albums, among many other hit records.
   Stephen will support 'Smash' with live dates in the U.S. and internationally.
   As previously reported, Pearcy will be rejoined by his former RATT bandmates Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo at his headlining appearance on October 30 at the Rock N Skull festival at The Tree Performing Arts Center in Joliet, Illinois.
   Croucier previously performed with Pearcy in May at M15 in Corona, California.
   Three members of RATT's classic lineup, Pearcy, Croucier and guitarist  Warren DeMartini, reunited in July at the Los Angeles birthday party of former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend. Also joining them at the event were former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and ex-White Lion drummer Greg D'Angelo, a longtime member of Pearcy's solo band.
    Notably absent was drummer Bobby Blotzer, who has been touring the U.S. for the last few months with his own version of RATT, featuring a rotating cast of musicians, including vocalist Josh Alan (ex-SIN CITY SINNERS).
    Blotzer's new version of RATT played shows early last year under the name BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE before the drummer announced that he was taking control of the RATT name.
   DeMartini later filed a lawsuit against Blotzer, claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. That dispute is still pending in California state court.
    Blotzer and DeMartini are the only remaining shareholders in WBS, Inc., the company which manages the business and operations related to RATT.



    Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Kane Roberts to the label for the release of his next solo album, due sometime in 2017.
    Kane says: "Once you strap on a guitar and make the hard-coded decision to play music in the face of everything you know and don't know, you find that 'the life' (of a musician) has its way with you no matter what and will tear you up if you try and wander too far away."
   "I may have stepped into other enterprises and projects, but I was never far from the jet stream that I was lucky enough to have been a part of in the '80s and '90s. Now, because of the new songs inside of me, my guitar and the fans I'm in contact with, I know the creative fire will burn me down if I don't step back inside the flames. I believe the people at Frontiers Music Srl also feel that creative heat, the need to be an integral part of the music industry (their output is resoundingly prolific) and I don't know of a better place for me to record and release my new album."
   "Over the last few years, the songs, the messages, and the fans have been burning a hole on my insides. This new album has been gearing up for a while and the songs and messages I'll be forging will emerge from the fire."
   "Sorry it took me so long; all kinds of life happened that will definitely find it's way onto the record, and yeah, I'm gonna hit this one hard."
   Kane has recorded a total of four solo albums so far (also including the Phoenix Down project released on Frontiers in the late '90s).
   Kane's name and abilities first came to prominence on Alice Cooper's "Constrictor" album, which was soon followed by his self-titled debut solo album in 1987. More albums and tours with Alice followed, making.
Kane a well-known face in the business especially for his guitar skills, but also for his body-builder image and his now iconic machine-gun guitar.
    As a solo recording artist, he landed a few Top 40 hits, and his varied musical background includes recording, writing and touring with artists such as Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper Desmond Child, KISS, Diane Warren, Alice In Chains, Beerlin, Guns N' Roses, Garland Jeffries and more. He's also written or recorded music for films like "Light Sleeper", Penelope Spheeris's 'Decline Of Western Civilization', 'Friday the 13th IV Jason Lives', John Carpenter's "Prince Of Darkness", and more. In 1991, his second solo album, 'Saints And Sinners', for Geffen Records included the Top 40 Billboard hit "Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?", originally written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. 



    British hard rock legends UFO are in the studio recording a "covers" album for a tentative early 2017 release. According to UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore, there are "just a couple acoustic guitar parts to finish," with the vocal sessions scheduled to begin "in a couple weeks."
    UFO's upcoming CD will be the follow-up to the band's 22nd studio album, 'A Conspiracy Of Stars', which was released in February 2015. That CD was recorded, produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides, who has previously worked with Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy, among others.
    'A Conspiracy Of Stars' was recorded by UFO's current lineup, which includes original members Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums). They are joined by two American musicians, Moore (who has been a member of the group since 2003) and bassist Rob De Luca (formerly of the Sebastian Bach band), who joined the fold in 2012.
    The majority of the 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' material was composed by Moore. The album also featured two songs written by Rob De Luca, one written by Paul Raymond, and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca. All the lyrics were penned by Mogg.
Asked what it is like being the singer in a hard rock band once you reach your 60s, Mogg told The Guardian: "It's not as much fun. Travelling's a pain now. When you start, you're full of excitement and prepared to go anywhere, and you're not very interested in money — getting paid doesn't really matter as long as you're doing the gig. Whereas now it's: are we getting paid? How much are we getting paid? Because in the mid-'80s, I ended up completely skint (broke)."  He continued: "In the early '80s, we did four nights at Hammersmith [in London]. Nine months after that, when everything fell apart, I ended up having to go to the dole office. I'd never been before. There was a bloke in front of me in the queue. He looked and said: 'Aren't you with UFO?' I said: 'Yeah.' I was already very embarrassed going there. He said: 'What are you doing here?' I said: 'Same as you. I need some money.' I was absolutely brassic. At the same point, I ended up sleeping round a friend of mine's because I was so skint. That's when you think: 'Shouldn't I have some sort of a royalty?' A lot of that was us doing albums we thought somebody else paid for. Then when you look into it, you realize all that studio time, we were actually paying for. Nobody on management had taken the time to explain to the band: 'No, you're paying for it.' Which was stupid on our part."


♫Mr. Big compiling ideas for new album.
♫Glenn Hughes doesn't know if Black Country Communion will tour in support of next release.
♫Kiss to release yet another documentary in 2017.  The documentary will be called 'Gods of Thunder'.
♫Mikkey Dee (formerly of Motorhead) replaces James Kottak as The Scorpions drummer.