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Saturday, February 25, 2012

News Update for Saturday February 25th, 2012

Chickenfoot 2012 US tour dates


Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and this time around Kenny Aronoff who has stepped into Chad Smith's shoes, while he gets back on track with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, are going to be hitting the road again as Chickenfoot, in support of their second album, the oddly titled '3!'
 
The next set of US tour dates kick off in May, running through June putting on a significant run of dates as opposed to their last US jaunt.
 
Live dates are:
 
FAN CLUB PRESALE FEB 28
PUBLIC ONSALE MAR 2
VIP TICKET PACKAGES AVAILABLE
* ON SALE TBD
Official band website:


Thin Lizzy
The Holy Grail of live performances on DVD for the first time
 Thin Lizzy have just announced the release of 'LIVE AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM DUBLIN.'
This DVD is a treasure trove for Thin Lizzy fans featuring content never before released on home video including a live show described as the Holy Grail for Thin Lizzy fans, captured in 1975 in front of a home crowd at the National Stadium in Dublin.
This is the only live footage of much of the classics from the 'Fighting' era and it shows Thin Lizzy in their prime, lean and hungry style, ready to conquer the world!
The show's original audio has been newly restored and remastered for 2012, allowing fans to rightly hear the band in their full glory.

 Out 12th March
Available to pre-order:

Tesco
Play
 Amazon

 It also features:
Renegade: The Philip Lynott Story (documentary, 60 min).This unique film offers an in-depth, fly-on-the-wall discussion with Philip himself, an opportunity forever missed to many due to his untimely passing at the age of 36. It offers amazing personal insights into Phil's creative work as well as the only known live footage of his solo band.
The Sun Goes Down (documentary, 26 min) - shot in Ireland during the band's 1983 Thunder and Lightning Tour featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage as well as two live tracks Are You Ready from the show in Belfast and The Sun Goes Down from Dublin.
BONUS FEATURES: 6/5 Live show (8 min) special RTE TV performance presented by Dave Heffernan featuring two live tracks Are You Ready and Whiskey In The Jar / Old Town (4 min) promo video produced for RTE featuring Phil Lynott as a solo artist.   
Official site:
 
UFO Entire New Album Seven Deadly Streaming on EddieTrunk.com 




British Hard Rock legends UFO will release their new studio album Seven Deadly on February 24th in Germany, February 27th in Europe and on February 28th in the USA/Canada through SPV / Steamhammer.

Starting today www.EddieTrunk.com the online home of famed hard rock and metal DJ Eddie Trunk is hosting an exclusive stream on the entire new UFO album Seven Deadly.
Get a first listen HERE:
http://eddietrunk.com/index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/433623/pid/400512


Eddie Trunk is one of the co-hosts of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show", as well as the host of "Friday Night Rocks" which airs live on Q104.3 in New York City on Friday nights from 11pm-2am EST.   The show is also syndicated across the country, a list of syndicated stations can be found HERE: http://www.eddietrunk.com/index.cfm/pk/content/pid/400510

In addition to those shows Eddie also hosts a weekly program on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio called "Eddie Trunk Live" the show can be heard Monday nights from 6pm-10pm EST on the Hair Nation Channel which is channel 39.

Seven Deadly is available for pre-order on AMAZON.com



Seven Deadly is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO. So it's no wonder that sound engineer Tommy Newton, in whose Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany, the new tracks were recorded, commented: "I've never heard a better Phil Mogg!"

The UFO frontman's thoroughly impressive vocal performance goes hand in hand with the awesome compositions on Seven Deadly. The classic rock of 'Burn Your House Down' features all the important UFO strengths, 'Mojotown' sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and last but not least 'Year Of The Gun' features a pointed reference to UFO's early days.


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UFO live 2012
2/25-2/28: Florida/Bahamas @ Monsters of Rock Boat Cruise

www.ufo-music.info
www.spv.de
 


And finally .....

Does this look like a cool summer tour or what?!




It seems the 'Rock Never Stops Tour' is back for 2012 and I for one think this bill looks fantastic!
I wish I had live dates I could share with you, but as of right now, there's no more than this flyer, from management company ARM Entertainment.
http://www.armentertainment.com

With talk of a new album from Dokken already leaked, under the working title of 'Broken Bones,' not to mention new albums from both Firehouse and Trixter, these bands will certainly be up for it!
Dokken new album story source:
http://legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=169995


Quiet Riot currently, do not know who to put in the lead vocalist role, following the band's recent bust up with Mark Ruff ... I believe currently it is Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Warrant), I guess we'll see!
http://www.officialquietriot.com/

Y&T of course release the excellent 'Facemelter' album two years back now and sadly lost original bassist Phil Kennemore (RIP), but have moved on and are currently doing the rounds in the clubs right now!
Would be nice to hear a new album though ...
http://meniketti.com/

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mollo / Martin ‘The Third Cage’ album review

Mollo / Martin ‘The Third Cage’ album review
Released on: Frontiers records. Release Date: Available now



Dario Mollo – For those who don’t know - is a greatly respected Italian guitarist, who has already worked with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) in the project Voodoo Hill, Don Airey (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, M.S.G., Alcatraz) and Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, Paul Rodgers, Jimmy Page) to name just a few.


Tony Martin really got everyone’s attention as a singer when he stepped into Black Sabbath in 1987, following a long line of respected vocalists, including of course, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan.


Dario Mollo started putting together a new project, already involving Don Airey around 1999 and Tony Martin’s name was thrown into the ring and thus came the first collaboration as Mollo / Martin with ‘The Cage.’

A second album followed in 2002, that included Tony Franklin, before this latest release, ‘The Third Cage.’


This to me is a seriously heavy album in places and I say that, while sharing with you that I really liked some of Tony Martin’s work with (Black) Sabbath.
His voice on here often reminds me of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson during the high points – High notes - and even the late, great Ronnie James Dio at other times.


Opening track ‘Wicked World’ is dirty, heavy and wow!
It’s funny how the wailing guitar here and there, every time I hear it now brings to mind Zakk Wylde's playing in the Rock Star movie, with the fictitious band Steeldragon.


‘Cirque Du Freak’ next very much reminds me of good old Ronnie James Dio’s style and it’s an interesting track, capturing some great hook lines, some killer playing from Mario Mollo.


Wow! Next track ‘Oh My Soul’ is very much in the vein of Ronnie period Rainbow, including some great guitar work once more from Mario. Tony’s voice at times is eerily like Ronnie, in a similar manner to how Doogie White often nails it.


In an effort to also capture some good old melodic rock on here, ‘One of the Few’ captures it very well indeed!
Great track, I love it!


‘Still In Love With You’ is a good heavy number, once again bringing to mind some of the Dio era Rainbow, but Dario goes out there some in his guitar work.

 
With ‘Wardance’ next it’s starts in an eerie fashion and then the guitar kicks in, with what sounds like a slightly off key riff, but interesting style, deeper in there’s some serious riffing here.
Sounds like something Glenn Hughes would capture on his rock / funk releases and Tony even tries to throw his own twist to it too.



‘Don’t Know What It Is About You,’ is a really strong melodic rock song and Dario even gives a nod to Eddie Van Halen in some of the harmonics here, tasty solo too! Nice one!

 
With ‘Blind Fury’ it’s back to the heavier edge that they have. Dirty guitar and strong menacing vocals again from Martin!

 
Closing track ‘Violet Moon’ starts as a beautiful gentle ballad, before developing into the true power ballad style and then in the solo section, Dario shreds some and then the song gets back into power ballad territory. Interesting and good stuff!
 
Not a bad album at all, after taking a few initial plays to really warm to it.
Really love the album cover too, wicked!


Rating: 3.5 out of 5



Weblinks:


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Late News Update for Wednesday February 22nd, 2012

STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON AND TED NUGENT
SET TO LAUNCH “THE MIDWEST ROCK ‘N ROLL EXPRESS” TOUR
MAY 1 IN HIDALGO, TX

Styx photo by Ash Newell

REO photo by Mark Weiss

Ted Nugent photo by Jenny Risher

February 22, 2012 – Over 80 million albums sold worldwide. 12 Top 10 smash hit singles. Thousands of concerts performed. The time has come for the ultimate convergence of Rock’s finest from the Midwest. REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will join forces for “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” 30-date U.S. tour.
Rolling out May 1 in Hidalgo, TX, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 22.


“Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs,” exclaims STYX guitarist/singer James “JY” Young. “It’s time for mega-Platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!”


"I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values,” continues REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin. “In the Midwest we work hard, play hard, and rock hard. I am proud to join my brothers in STYX and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock 'n roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world. I am ready to climb aboard the ‘Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!’ Rock On baby!"


As STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw proclaims, “It's gonna be a Twang Fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base. In other words, a real good time.”


Ted Nugent couldn’t agree more. “The heart and soul of American R&B&R&R has always gushed forth from the heartland of America. REO, STYX and The Nuge have always celebrated the power of our special music and on the mighty ‘Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express,’ the energy, attitude and spirit is more intense than ever. This is the soundtrack for the hardcore.”


 
Check out “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” at any of the following stops. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.

DATE CITY VENUE ON-SALE

 
Tue 5/1 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena 3/9
Thu 5/3 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion 3/3
* Fri 5/4 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre 3/10 (no Ted Nugent)
Sat 5/5 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 3/3
Sun 5/6 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre TBA
Tue 5/8 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 2/25
Thu 5/10 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Arena 3/2
Fri 5/11 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre 3/3
* Sat 5/12 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 3/10 (no Ted Nugent)
Sun 5/13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre 3/3
Thu 5/17 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 3/10
Sat 5/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre 3/10
Sun 5/20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 3/2
Thu 6/21 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre 3/2
Fri 6/22 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 3/9
Sat 6/23 Ft. Knox, KY Godman Army Airfield 4/14
Sun 6/24 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion 3/9
Tue 6/26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center 3/10
Thu 6/28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 3/3
Fri 6/29 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain 3/2
Sat 6/30 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 3/3
Sun 7/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr 3/3
Tue 7/3 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino 3/2
Thu 7/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena 3/30
Fri 7/6 Big Flats, NY Summer Stage 3/1
Sat 7/7 Gilford, NY Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion 3/2

Official weblinks:
www.styxworld.com



 
NEW JERSEY ROCKERS TYKETTO TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 18 YEARS:
“DIG IN DEEP”

 
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the release of the first new album in 18 years from New Jersey rockers Tyketto: DIG IN DEEP is due out on April 20th in Europe and April 24th in North America and features the original line-up.
With recent appearances at Sweden Rock, Download, Firefest, Hard Rock Hell and Hard in Rio, the band realized they still had a huge fan base worldwide and the timing was perfect for a new album.


The first single, “Faithless,” can be exclusively streamed on Frontiers Records’ web radio now following this link:

Please see below for the album’s complete track listing.
Tyketto will headline Firefest in the United Kingdom in October, 2012.

 
Formed in New Jersey in 1990, Tyketto released their major label debut DON’T COME EASY in 1991. The album contained the hit AOR songs “Forever Young” and “Seasons” as well as “Wings” and “End Of The Summer Days,” whose respective videos, along with “Forever Young,” were in heavy rotation on MTV.
Tyketto has sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide.
Tyketto is: Danny Vaughn (lead vocals), Brooke St. James (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jimi Kennedy (bass/backing vocals) and Michael Clayton (drums/backing vocals).


Tyketto DIG IN DEEP track listing includes the following songs:
1. Faithless
2. Love To Love
3. Here’s Hoping It Hurts
4. Battle Lines
5. The Fight Left In Me
6. Evaporate
7. Monday
8. Dig In Deep
9. Sound Off
10. Let This One Slide
11. This Is How We Say Goodbye




JACK BLADES’ BRAND NEW VIDEO “BACK IN THE GAME” HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON HANNITY.COM TODAY(New York, NY) – Jack Blades fans worldwide can log on to www.hannity.com right now to witness the worldwide premiere of the video for “Back In The Game”.

The song is the first single from Jack Blades forthcoming album ROCK N’ ROLL RIDE.
The video imparts a strong patriotic message of the debt of gratitude owed to the military of this nation. Blades, a longtime fan of talk show host Sean Hannity, recently appeared on the “Hannity” television show and an instant bond was established melding the political world with the rock music world. Jack Blades commented, “Sean’s a great guy but he needs work on his onstage rock moves...I’m just the guy to teach him!”


ROCK N’ ROLL RIDE is due out on March 27th in North America via Frontiers Records and features contributions from Blades’ Night Ranger bandmates Brad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Joel Hoekstra and Eric Levy, as well as a special guest appearance by Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander.
Click here to pre-order the physical album on Amazon and here to pre-order the digital album on iTunes.

Jack Blades is a frontman, lead singer, bassist, songwriter, and producer as well as a founding member of the highly-successful arena rock band, Night Ranger and supergroup Damn Yankees (along with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw from Styx) and the highly-regarded Shaw/Blades. Throughout his remarkable career Blades has sold over 25 million albums, performed in front of millions of fans worldwide and collaborated with some of rock's most legendary artists. With a career spanning three decades, Blades has recorded with, penned songs and produced albums for some of the music industry's biggest names including Aerosmith, Cher, Ringo Star, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Styx, Ted Nugent, Motley Crue and Vince Neil.


His music has been featured in movies such as Armageddon, Boogie Nights, Tommy Boy, television shows such as “South Park” and “American Dad,” the hit Broadway musical (and soon-to-be released major motion picture) Rock of Ages and the wildly successful videogame series "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero". With Blades’ songwriting, driving guitars, stage antics and on the strength of Night Ranger's songs “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “Rock in America,” “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “Sentimental Street”, along with the Damn Yankees hits "High Enough" and "Coming of Age", Blades' legacy continues to inspire generations while still being written.

For more information please visit:
www.jackblades.net
www.frontiers.it



Made In Germany label brings Rockpalast DVD series to MVD,

First set available from February 21!


Michael Schenker Group - Rockpalast




MSG Live on German TV!

Classic era MSG live on German TV from 1981! Filmed on January, 24th 1981 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, this concert presents the first MSG album almost in its entirely (and almost in the same running order) including the two greatest songs Michael Schenker has created with UFO: "Doctor Doctor" and "Rock Bottom".
60 minutes of M.S.G. live, are you 'Armed and Ready?!'



Ian Hunter - Live At Rockpalast Featuring Mick Ronson

Ian Hunter, MickRonson and friends live in 1980 on German TV



Amazing performances by Ian Hunter and his long-time 'compadre' Mick Ronson fill out this awesome DVD.
Killer versions of "Once Bitten Twice Shy", "All The Young Dudes," "Slaughter on 10th Ave" and more. Recorded in 1980 and broadcast on Germany's famous Rockpalast TV program.

Link:
http://mvdb2b.com/s/MIG90407DVD?utm_source=Rockpalast+DVD+Series+-+PIL%252C+Ian+Hunter%252C+Michael+Schenker%252C+%252B+more&utm_campaign=Rockpalast&utm_medium=email



Van Halen - Live review! - The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI.


Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth tour – live review
Guest Reviewer: Pete Salvato

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI.
February 20th, 2012


 

There’s a new Van Halen album out there now and Van Halen version 2012, is hitting the road again!
This past Monday evening, a good friend of mine, scored tickets for the show and volunteered to provide a review for me or should that be, for you folks?!

My very special thanks go out to Pete Salvato, a very good friend, D.J. and sometime vocalist!
Sadly Pete did not manage to secure any photos from the evening, but, he certainly provides something to say about the whole event!
Over to you Pete!

So this was the second show on the band’s first leg of the current tour, in support of new album, ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ the first album of ‘all new’ material with David Lee Roth on vocals since 1984’s ... Er, ‘1984!’

Editor’s note: All new – now - released material that is, with word that some of the material dates back some years, many folks that have heard it have been wondering if perhaps more if not all of it wasn’t from some time back?

As the lights go down, the crowd reacts, anticipating the passion and excitement of Van Halen walking on stage, and then the first chord of Eddie Van Halen's guitar, Alex's (Van Halen) drums and Dave's scream, the crowd dare I say it, exuberate into an eruption!

Editor’s note: Cheesy Pete! LOL!


Everyone at the Palace was up on their feet, standing and pumped up!

David Lee Roth was as vintage as is a fine wine. The ultimate showman it seems had the crowd in the palm of his hand, as they started where it all began, with ‘You Really Got Me.’ However, I will say that, they could have started out with ‘Eruption’ prior to ‘You Really Got Me,’ but nevertheless, this crowd wanted Van Halen period, no matter what or how they would have started the evenings events!

They could have opened the show with ‘Poundcake,’ with Dave singing and the crowd would’ve have said ‘Wow!’
It was not to be though …

‘Running With The Devil’ followed with the crowd singing along to the versus and choruses, while keeping the same intensity.

The entire show provided passion, excitement and a great exchange from the band, to the crowd, back and forth. The reception for the new songs, ‘She's The Woman,’ ‘China Town,’ ‘Tattoo’ and ‘The Trouble With Never,’ received a great reaction, along with the classics such as ‘Everybody Wants Some,’ ‘Mean Street,’ ‘Oh Pretty Woman,’ ‘Dance The Night Away,’ ‘Hot For Teacher’ and ‘Panama.’ Also a few rare live appearances for songs such as, ‘Romeo's Delight,’ ‘Women in Love’ and ‘Girl Gone Bad.’

They each played solos, with the exception of ‘Wolfie’Wolfgang Van Halen - although he did well on the bass.

Alex did a jazz fusion reggae style which is reminiscent of Neil Peart's (Rush) drum technique.

Dave did an acoustic solo spot, while speaking about the video of ‘Mikey and Benny’ his two dogs, ‘I was watching Rod Stewart on TV and they showed his family. I thought I'd show mine …’

Eddie did his classic ‘Eruption / 316’ guitar solo which is a pure staple at a Van Halen show ...

The encore was ‘Jump’ and as with ‘I'll Wait,’ there were no keyboards present on stage in front of Eddie, they used a sampler backing keyboard track which I was not too impressed with ...

Editor’s note: Previously the band had used former Night Ranger keys man Alan ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald to back them up, with him playing out of sight of the crowd. I’m guessing they had someone doing the same this time around.

The rapport on stage between the band, was as if to use the old expression of getting back on the bike that you used to ride and getting back on it to ride it again, many years later and remembering exactly what to do!

Overall, this show was terrific! Van Halen showed their staying power with the songs and with their stage persona. Dave used a headset, which would give him room on stage to dance and twirl, although however, Dave did not do his classic jump off the drum riser, doing the splits in midair!

Eddie showed us all once more, why he is a guitar hero, flawless and effortless.

The band are back with a bang and ‘A Different Kind Of Truth.’
Go see Van Halen when you can, you will be thoroughly entertained, I was!


Set list:

You Really Got Me
Running With The Devil
She's The Woman
Romeo's Delight
Tattoo
Everybody Wants Some
Somebody Give Me A Doctor
China Town
Mean Street
Pretty Woman
Alex Drum Solo
Unchained
Trouble With Never
Dance The Night Away
I'll Wait
Hot For Teacher
Women In Love
Girl Gone Bad
Beautiful Girls
Dave Solo spot
Ice Cream Man
Panama
Eddie's Solo
Ain't Talkin Bout Love

Encore:
Jump

Official website:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Slight News Update for Tuesday February 21st, 2012

Sonisphere Festival 2012!

Queen fronted by Adam Lambert headline Saturday night

With a quarter of a century having since passed, rock legends QUEEN are to return to play a second concert at the venue that provided them with the setting for one of their biggest and most historic concerts.
QUEEN’s Brian May and Roger Taylor have confirmed the band will headline the second day of SONISPHERE appearing on the APOLLO stage on Saturday July 7. KNEBWORTH was the setting for QUEEN’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in August 1986.

May and Taylor also confirmed that for this very special event they will be joined by US singer-songwriter ADAM LAMBERT.
The potent chemistry between QUEEN and Lambert broke the surface when at the invitation of Brian May and Roger Taylor, Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Awards where QUEEN were present to collect their Global Icon award.
Says Brian May: “Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It’s a worthy challenge for us, and I’m sure Adam would meet with Freddie’s approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”

Website:
http://queenonline.com/


Kiss to headline Friday night!

Shooting rockets. Blood spitting. Face Paint. Shiny Boots and utterly jaw dropping triumphant live shows: SONISPHERE is proud to announce KISS as Friday’s headliner. With a reputation for being perhaps the most flamboyant and entertaining band on the planet, the American Kings will bring their stage extravaganza to SONISPHERE as their only European performance of 2012. While many bands have been chasing the eye liner shock horror dollar and have come and gone without changing the face of music as we know it, KISS have gone from strength to strength garnering praise, success and too many accolades to mention throughout the years, selling over 100 million albums worldwide and counting as the band is poised to unleash new album ‘Monster’ in June 2012.

Says the band:
“You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world, KISS”.
SONISPHERE festival is KISS’ invitation to have the best time of your life with long lost friends such as the anthemic ‘Rock N Roll All Night’, the jubilant singalong ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ and the rallying cry of ‘God Gave Rock N Roll to You’. We would ask you to lock up your daughters, girlfriends and wives, but with Gene Simmons in town, it’s pretty clear there’s no stopping them. And if you can’t fight them, join them at their only European show of 2012.

Kiss website:
http://www.kissonline.com/



Faith No More top of the bill Sunday!

For the final, Sunday night, SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH is proud to announce the legendary FAITH NO MORE as the headline act on the APOLLO stage.
Onstage irreverent, uncompromising, unpredictable and dazzling at every turn, FNM have been setting new standards in exciting rock performance for more than two decades now. With classics such as ‘Falling To Pieces’, ‘Epic’, ‘Midlife Crisis’ and ‘Be Aggressive’, Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton are poised to set KNEBWORTH on fire when they close the last night at SONISPHERE with their only UK appearance of 2012. Says bassplayer Billy Gould:
“It was over 2 years ago when we decided to reform and play those amazing UK shows. The good news is, we’ve had a couple of years to improve our skills; moving our song to error ratio down 3.5 full percentage points. Watch out UK, we’re going to do it right this time!!”

Website:
http://www.fnm.com/

For all other details go to the official festival site:
http://sonisphere.co.uk/





Alice Cooper ready to take 2012 by storm!


With a music career that started over 40 years ago, the legendary Alice Cooper is always current and in the forefront of entertainment. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who created the concept of the theatrical rock concert, brings his spectacular stagecraft and flamboyant showmanship to this year’s Bonnaroo Festival June 9th alongside other headline artists Radiohead, Bon Iver, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. Alice Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, then joins Iron Maiden as their very special guest on their MAIDEN ENGLAND North American Tour from June 21 to July 21.


 
Said Alice, "I'm very excited that Iron Maiden has asked us to share the stage with them in North America. The last few summers we performed on some Maiden shows, and my band and I and the audiences all had a great time. Both of us on one bill provides the audience with two entirely different shows, and some of Maiden's fans may have never seen my show live, so believe me we're BRINGING IT!"

 
When it comes to touring, Cooper provides his fans with a visual and aural extravaganza including everything and more from his trademark guillotines, decapitations, predatory snakes, as well as a non-stop, hard rocking show featuring his classic hits, and other fan favorites.
Alice Cooper’s 2011 album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, which debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Top 200, is a testament to Cooper’s ability to incorporate various collaborations - including global pop superstar Ke$ha - into his own unique musical style.


Alice Cooper’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare is the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic Welcome to My Nightmare. The original album was a landmark album for Cooper. It was his first solo release, following a historic string of anthems written and recorded by his original band between 1971 and 1974, including “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Elected,” and “I’m Eighteen.” Welcome to My Nightmare is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneered a U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer, whose influence continues today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.

Earlier this week, Cooper announced the nominees for Revolver Magazine's Golden God Awards in Los Angeles. Last year, Cooper received Revolver’s “Golden God” award, a special recognition given to one special artist each year who represents metal and hard rock.

Before Alice embarks on tour, he sits down with VH1’s That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk for a one-on- one conversation about his legacy as well and his current album and tour, air date TBC.
Alice is also the host of Nights with Alice Cooper, a 5-hour nightly radio show offering listeners a block of classic rock music, features and interviews delivered to affiliates via satellite six nights per week. The show debuted in January 2004 and is now in its 9th year on the air. Nights with Alice Cooper is a production of the United Stations Radio Network and is broadcast on more than 110 stations in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia, and is also supported by an active social network of Alice’s “Minions,” who participate along with Alice and the radio show via Facebook and Twitter.
Click Here for a complete list of Tour Dates:

Official website:



ZEROKING IS SET ON SELF DESTRUCTION

(Huntington, WVa - 20 February 2012) Rising West Virginia hard rockers, Zeroking have just released their first full length album (and third effort overall), Kings of Self Destruction via new upstart label, Vanity Music Group.
Equal parts classic metal ala Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue and modern hard rock in the vein of Hinder and Buckcherry, Kings Of Self Destruction covers all the bases. Kicking off with the slamming, "Dead Rockstar", the band tears through an hour's worth of material, including the hook laden first single, "Stone Cold Bitch", the southern rock flavoured, "Southern Lady X Godiva", the pop oriented, "Love Is Dead" (which features Stacee Lawson on a duet) and the melancholic "Valentine."
13 songs in total, the digital version of Kings of Self Destruction also features an additional 3 bonus tracks.
"The album really takes the listener on a journey through a wide range of emotions," says Zeroking frontman, Andy Haught. "A lot happened in all our lives during the writing process ranging from divorces to the band literally self destructing but in the end,we had a strong batch of songs that rock really hard yet show our wide spectrum of influences."

Formed in 2005, Zeroking has become a top drawing act in the Mid Atlantic region, sharing the stage with the likes of Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Bobaflex, Dope, Black Stone Cherry and many, many other acts. The band released an EP, 'Sweet Sale Of Excess' in 2006 to critical and fan praise. Entering the studio in the summer of 2009, they began work on Kings of Self Destruction with producer, Steve Riley.
Zeroking is comprised of: Andy Haught - Lead Vocals, Shane Day - Guitars, Paul "JP" First - Bass and Christopher Webb - Drums.
Kings of Self Destruction is in stores and can be found on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kings-of-self-destruction/id502939415

Scorpions – Comeblack album review

Scorpions – Comeblack album review
Released on: Legacy / Sony. Release date: Available now

What can I say about Germany’s premier rock band The Scorpions that has not been said before, as a prelude to this review?
Only really that it’s still sad that they are still on target to call it quits, pretty soon, even after their fantastic live showing here in the USA in 2010 as their ‘Farewell Sting In The Tail’ tour kicked off.
They really did come across – Even with Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker both now in their 60’s – as being on the top of their game:

‘Comeblack’ – Still a very strange title to me – is a combination of seven re-recorded Scorpions classics and six new cover tunes from the band, given the bands ‘special’ treatment.
 
Opener ‘Rhythm of Love’s’ intro kind of threw me for a second but then it’s good again as they kick into gear!
Originally on 1988’s ‘Savage Amusement’ album, it certainly is good to first of all hear it again, but it is rejuvenated, not absolutely stunning, but still very good.

Next up ‘No One Like You’ is brilliant! One of the many gems from the ‘Blackout’ album, this certainly seems to have a few obvious tweaks for the better. The harmony vocals are seriously enhanced and it just sounds tougher. I love it!
 
I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with hearing ‘The Zoo’ once again, originally from 1980’s ‘Animal Magnetism.’
The main riff has a new accent to it and through the verses there’s almost a semi-funk type feel to it, which is very cool.
Not too much change about the voice box presentation, but overall, it’s given new life!

Really great to hear is the new version of ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane,’ a real pleasure after former drummer Herman Rarebell’s recent tongue in cheek version on his ‘Herman Ze German’ album. Listening to this through headphones, is fun with the sound seemingly spinning around your head at times. The solo is certainly more impressive.
I’ve felt like I’ve rocked!!!
‘Blackout’ is such a great song …, well, they all are!
The choice on these few gems is perfect, ‘Blackout’ sounds great, revived nicely here, the band is seriously in fine form!

The song that brought the band a number one worldwide smash is also included here, in the ballad ‘Wind of Change.’
Again, I think this really benefits from better recorded / mixed harmony vocals, very nicely done.

Probably amongst true Scorpions fans favourite ballads has to be, ‘Still Loving You’ and here they indeed capture it nicely.

When I first heard that the bands were covering the Soft Cell tune ‘Tainted Love,’ frankly I couldn’t take it seriously, but having heard it now ..., frequently, they’ve done to it the only and obvious thing anyone should do to it, kicking its rear end!
It’s actually almost kind of punky, but you know, it probably gave them a laugh doing it.

Surprised that the band chose to cover the T-Rex song ‘Children of the Revolution’ but to be honest, I could the same of the other tracks here too. The riffs in the verse almost give it a (Black)Sabbath feel, but the chorus is sincerely melodic.
It’s been distinctly Scorpion’ised!   
Even a Beatles song gets the Scorpions treatment in ‘Across The Universe’ and it becomes a perfect Scorpions ballad, although Klaus’ voice at the end, is struggling.

‘Tin Soldiers’ originally by the Small Faces is perhaps a little unique in its own way too, kind of sounds more like The Who meets (Led) Zeppelin the way they’ve done this.
It’s very cool …
The Kinks, ‘All Of The Day and All Of The Night’ is next and I remember this by UK rockers Praying Mantis years ago and I loved their version and in their own way, The Scorpions have covered this very well too.

Closing track is the Rolling Stones ‘Ruby Tuesday.’ It’s funny, growing up in the UK, I actually used to get a little sick of hearing it, as it was possibly as overplayed as so many Beatles tracks, but this version works for me.
Sure they’ve pretty much stayed true to the basics, but it has enough twist to make it kind of special.
Overall, a surprising return with a studio album from the Scorpions, mixing re-recorded songs of their own with covers, based on ‘Sting In The Tail,’ I would’ve preferred a new album of new material, but this isn’t bad, but not killer.
New material I think could’ve been, maybe they just wanted to go out having some fun in the studio?

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

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