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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Brief News Update for Thursday April 12th, 2012

Hi folks,
Sorry, it's a brief update, just too much personal and dayjob stuff going on, to give me any more time to post here.
So, here you go.

Hey, don't forget about the current giveaway here, for free online guitar lessons, courtesy of
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One lucky reader here will get it, make sure it's you!
Full details of what to do are in yesterday site update, link here:

Thanks, keep on rockin'!


Canada's longest running rock trio Rush, have unveiled details of its highly anticipated new album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” This is the first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner records.
“CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” the band’s 20th studio album, will be released on June 12th.

The recording of “CLOCKWORK ANGELS” began in April 2010 with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) – who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007’s “SNAKES & ARROWS.” Rush co-produced both records. The first two songs, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” were completed during that first session at Nashville’s Blackbird studios and performed nightly during the wildly successful Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011. Work on “CLOCKWORK ANGELS” resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tour’s finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios earlier this year. Lyrically, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS” chronicles a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.
Editor's note: Check out the animation activity on the band's site, it's brilliant!

The novelization of “CLOCKWORK ANGELS” is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.

Incidentally, Classic Rock magazine in the UK have a Rush fanpack available for Pre-Order, which will get you the new album a week BEFORE it's official release date!
Details here:

Rush will herald the release of “CLOCKWORK ANGELS” with a new single “Headlong Flight” landing at rock radio on April 19th.

Details of a full-scale North American tour to support the new album will be announced shortly.

Album Tracklist:
1. Caravan
2. BU2B
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
5. Carnies
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities Of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
10. BU2B2
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden

Official band website:

Axl Rose out of Rock and Roll Hame Of Fame Induction

Yes, it seem the man has one goal in life and that is to snub and annoy as many people as he possibly can in his lifetime!
Not content with being a prima donna in making fans wait every night for at least two hours, before Guns 'n' Roses will hit the stage, Axl Rose has now made a big song and dance about not wanting to be or have his name associated with any induction of the band, Guns 'n' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Axl Rose has issued the following statement / letter to one and all on his decision to pull out of any 'personal' involvement with G'N'R's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N' Roses were to be inducted it'd be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

Since then we've listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N' Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists' comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

Under the circumstances I feel we've been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N' Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in "our" induction (that for the record are decisions I don't agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things... no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine.

That said, I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of "Guns N' Roses".

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp's perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I'm sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I'll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don't intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we've actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, "damned if I do, damned if I don't" scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the 'Appetite ...' or '... Illusion' lineups, I've publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing's changed.

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in '06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in '11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.

There's a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn't room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it'd be different. Maybe you'd do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We're there for each other when the going get's rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the "no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn't care about the fans" crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let's move on. No one's taking the ball and going home. Don't get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we've endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball's never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction. More importantly I'd like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we've had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N' Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!


Axl Rose

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

From the above, I would say it seems all too clear that there's one specific name that Axl fails to mention anywhere, that of a certain Slash. Sad ...
Guessing Axl is jealous of the success and respect that Slash gets these days.
Axl, you could do yourself a favour and perhaps learn from how Slash treats his fans and maybe you'd get more respect, but I extremely doubt that will ever happen! 

I think for fans of G'N'R, this may really be a diss on them, even if Axl doesn't think so, the way the message and legal 'reference' / address is worded, kind of makes it very difficult for the rest of the band members, to go ahead and have any kind of induction, as Axl indicates, he wants no mention of his name, if any induction of the band goes forward ...

In a funny kind of twist, the much respected rock radio and rock TV show host, Eddie Trunk has backed Axl on Twitter and Facebook saying, 'Don't get all these people saying Axl denying Hall induction is a snub to his fans? You need a clueless club to tell you Guns is iconic??'

Sorry Eddie, I think you don't get it from the fans standpoint ...

Personally it doesn't bother me in the slightest about G'N'R, although I do recognise what a huge impact both 'Appetite for Destruction' and 'Use Your Illusion 1 and 2' had on rock fans and simply on album sales alone, it speaks massive volumes towards justification for their inclusion to the R&RHOF

Maybe it's a blessing if the rest of the guys don't do it and it allows for someone like Deep Purple or Kiss to be inducted or even someone like Journey for that matter?

One thing is for sure with Axl, the drama never ends! 


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