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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Late News Update for Saturday March 31st, 2012

Ronnie Montrose tribute show to go ahead

Rockers are getting together to honoured their old mate Ronnie Montrose who sadly passed away earlier this month.

A Concert For Ronnie Montrose
A Celebration of His Life In Music

Sammy Hagar reunites original Montrose band plus Joe Satriani to perform landmark 1st Montrose album!

The Bay Area music community is coming together to produce "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" for legendary San Francisco guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who passed away recently from complications from prostate cancer.
It will be held at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Friday, April 27.
Tickets are already on sale.

"A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" will feature the original Montrose lineup (Sammy Hagar, vocals; Bill Church, bass; and Denny Carmassi, drums), performing the landmark first Montrose album, with special guest Joe Satriani on lead guitar. 

The original Gamma lineup (Davey Pattison, vocals; Glenn Letsch, bass; Denny Carmassi, drums) will also be on hand, with special guest Marc Bonilla on lead guitar. There will also be an All-Star band, comprised of many of the great musicians that Ronnie played with over the years. Some of the confirmed artists include: Neal Schon from Journey, Steve Smith formerly also of Journey, members of Tesla, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, Rickie Philips from Styx, Eric Singer from KISS, Tommy Thayer of KISS and Jimmy DeGrasso from Y & T and Alice Cooper.

Ronnie Montrose was born in San Francisco and moved with his family to Colorado when he was two, returning back to his native home when he was 19 years old. In 1969, he started a band with Bill Church called Sawbuck, but that project got sidetracked when Ronnie was hired to do studio work with Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey), Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, Herbie Hancock, and others.
In 1973, he formed his own band, Montrose, who recorded two albums together.  The debut Montrose album went platinum and has been called the first American heavy metal album. In 1979, Ronnie formed Gamma, who recorded four albums. Ronnie continued to record through the 1980s and 1990s, and Gamma put out their fifth album in 2005.

This is from Leighsa Montrose, Ronnies beloved wife: 'Ronnie was the kindest man I had ever met. I am honored that he was my husband and best friend as well. We slept together, we woke each morning together and we shared every meal together. We savored every moment that we had together. I am so proud of him for the man he was, which extended far beyond his musical abilities. I am full of joy to have been a part of his life, and I'm so happy that he was a part of mine. I dearly thank all of you for your friendship and love you shared with him. I know it meant everything to him.
All love,
Mrs. Leighsa Montrose

For more details here's a link to purchase tickets:

Sammy Hagar stated, "One of my top priorities this year was a Montrose reunion. Ronnie and I planned to do it in Cabo in October. I am so sad it won't happen, but on April 27th, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and I are going to play the hell out of some Montrose!!!"

Tickets to "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" are already on sale.  General admission tickets are $55.00 and VIP Reserved tickets are $175.00. and

A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Ronnie Montrose Fund for San Francisco Bay Area Musicians through is a media sponsor for the "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" benefit concert.

Here is a link to Sammy Hagars Rolling Stone remarks on Ronnie Montrose:

There's no doubt in my mind, that Ronnie deserved no less.
The guy was a talent whose playing no doubt has influenced so many.
Here's to you Ronnie, RIP mate.

Night Ranger Summer tour dates revealed

So, there's no new album from Night Ranger this year, to follow 2011's excellent 'Somewhere in California' release, but bassist / vocalist Jack Blades has just released his latest blast entitled 'Rock 'n' Roll Ride' via Frontiers records.

That said, Night Ranger is renowned every year - pretty much without fail - for their US Summer tour dates and this year looks like being no different, with the latest batch of dates revealed running from May through until September ...
At this time they have only revealed twenty dates, but the fact that these run across five months, means there's sure to be plenty more!

Last year was quite different for the band though, as they tagged onto the mega tour with Journey and Foreigner, taking the opening slot which sadly limited them to just over thirty five minutes a night.
Now the following dates will allow the band to get back to headlining again, typically providing a set around ninety minutes long.
Being a long time fan, I can tell you this, I've yet to leave a Night Ranger gig disappointed!

Summer tour dates announced so far:

5/11: Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
5/12: May Fest on Main - Main Stage - North Myrtle Beach, SC
6/1: Arcadia Creek Festival Place - Kalamazoo, MI
6/2: Community Center - Lenox Village, IL
6/9: City Hall - Gardner, KS
6/15: Thunder Valley Outdoor Amphitheatre - Lincoln, CA
6/16: San Mateo Fairgrounds - San Mateo, CA
6/21: Sonoma-Marin Fair - Petaluma, CA
6/23: Fremont Street Experience - Las Vegas, NV
7/14: Uncle Sam Jam - Woodhaven, MI
7/28: Violet Festival - Pickerington, OH
8/1: Stewart Park - Beaumont, CA
8/4: Potter Park - La Junta, CO
8/9: Leach Amphitheatre - Oshkosh, WI
8/10: Watertown Riverfest - Watertown, WI
8/25: Sierra View Music Festival - Oakdale, CA
9/1: Portsmouth River Days - Portsmouth, OH
9/7: Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO
9/14: Tennessee Valley Fair - Knoxville, TN
9/28: Epcot Center - Walt Disney World - Lake Buena Vista, FL

Official band website where you'll find VIP opportunities and much more is:

WIG WAM finally ready to unleash their fourth album "Wall Street"

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Norwegian Glam Rockers WIG WAM newest studio album "Wall Street" on May 18th 2012 in Europe and May 22nd in North America.

Anticipated by the release of the single with the same title "Wall Street", WIG WAM’s forthcoming album will not disappoint the fans, since the band still presents their classic blend of melodies and catchy choruses, blowing your speakers with full blown rock’n roll anthems!

"Our only mission is to ROCK the world!" say singer Glam. "And Wall Street sure is more entertaining than the stock market these days! One thing that will SHOCK the world on this album is that it's containing no fillers. Every song has it's unique universe, the band sounds better than ever and the songs offers everything from the taste of Heavy Metal to classic Wig Wam glamrock".

WIG WAM enjoyed their major breakthrough in 2005 when they presented their single "In My Dreams" to the Eurovision Song contest, beating all rivals and going straight to #1 on the national charts, where it stayed for over 21 weeks and sold platinum.

In 2006 WIG WAM went straight from the road to the studio and recorded their follow up, "Wig Wamania" and the band went immediately back on the road on their WIG WAMANIA TOUR, which hit Japan for the first time.

In 2009 the band released their third studio album "Non Stop Rock'n Roll” the first WIG WAM album to be released simultaneously in whole World.
The Album was a huge success for the band sold to Gold Award in Norway.

"Unlike our previous release "Non Stop Rock'n Roll", when we headed out on tour at the very release date, we will let our audience get to know our new songs before we head out on tour this time" tells Glam. "But there will definitely be a Wall Street Tour coming up, so check our website for more info”.

"Wall Street" will include the following tracks :
Wall Street; OMG! (Wish I Had A Gun); Victory Is Sweet; The Bigger The Better; Bleeding Daylight; Tides Will Turn; Wrong Can Feel So Right; One Million Enemies; Try My Body On; Natural High; Things Money Can't Buy.
The single “Wall Street” is already available for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon and all fine shops around the world.

Follow this link to buy the song:

The song can also be streamed in full on

Wig Wam Line-up:
Glam: Vocals
Flash: Bass
Teeny: Guitar
Sporty: Drums



March, 2012 – Goomba Music is proud to announce the signing of AMERICAN HI-FI.  The original line-up -- Stacy Jones (singer/guitarist), Drew Parsons (bass), Jamie Arentzen (guitars) and Brian Nolan (drums)—is currently recording their as-yet-untitled new album in Los Angeles, CA with an expected worldwide release date this fall.  It’s being produced by the band and John Fields (Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World) and recorded at Stacy Jones’ studio, The Deathstar. 
"It feels great to make music with these guys,” exclaims Stacy Jones “11 years in, American Hi-Fi is a brotherhood.  We made this record because we feel like the world needs a few more guitar bands.  We are just doing our small part to keep Rock-N-Roll alive!"

Over the course of their 10-year career, American Hi-Fi has sold over 1 million albums thanks to hit singles such as the Top 10 smash “Flavor Of The Weak,” “Another Perfect Day” (which was used as Coca-Cola’s theme for the 2002 Winter Olympics) and “The Art Of Losing,” and they’ve toured the world with artists such as Elvis Costello, Matchbox Twenty, Bon Jovi, Sum 41 and Fall Out Boy

Before teaming up as American Hi-Fi, the band members performed as part of various influential bands from the ‘90s Alternative Rock scene, including Veruca Salt and Letters to Cleo, and with Tanya Donelly, Tracy Bonham, Aimee Mann, and Juliana Hatfield individually.  Their songs have been heard on TV shows and commercials such as Coors, Labatt Blue, Verizon, “Boston Public,” “24” and “Dawson’s Creek,” video games including “Guitar Hero 3,” and in movies including “American Pie 2,” “Freaky Friday,” “Van Wilder” and “Superman Returns.”  And Stacy has produced albums at The Deathstar for such artists as The Downtown Fiction, Ingrid Michaelson, Meg & Dia, The Cab, Plain White T’s, Hey Monday and Academy Is… and many others.

Stay tuned for in studio video updates, track listing, tour dates and other news from American Hi-Fi.

Follow Goomba Music for all of the latest news:!/GOOMBAMUSIC

Friday, March 30, 2012

Brief Update for Friday March 30th, 2012


Sure to be one of this touring season’s hottest packages, The Gang of Outlaws Tour, brings three leaders of their respective genres together for six weeks of performances this May and June.  Joining the legendary ZZ Top are 3 Doors Down and, on most of the dates, Gretchen Wilson.
The tour will alight at select eastern, southern and mid western venues, kicking off May 25 in Manchester, NH.

ZZ Top, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” will be topping the bill and playing the songs that have made the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers American music icons in the forefront of blues-based rock for more than forty years.  The band’s line-up of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard has been intact all that time – a feat unequalled in the annals of music history.  Their catalog of massive hits includes “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” “Tush,” “LaGrange” and more.  
It is expected they’ll preview new material from their forthcoming release over the course of "The Gang of Outlaws” Tour.

Notes Gibbons, “We’re really looking forward to working with the guys from 3 Doors Down and Gretchen too, if we may borrow from the late, great Robert Johnson, clear those stones from the pass way on this phenomenal tour.  The Gang of Outlaws is ready to ride!”

ZZ Top will be partnering up with southern alternative rock’s hugely successful 3 Doors Down, straight out of Escatawpa, Mississippi. The group — Brad Arnold, Matt Roberts, Todd Harrell, Chris Henderson and Greg Upchurch– brings its multi-platinum catalog of hits and album tracks to the tour including their #1 smash hits “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You,” and their latest chart topper “It’s Not My Time.” Says lead singer Brad Arnold of Gang of Outlaws, “The tour is huge! We have the honor to share the stage with some amazing artists, including one of my favorite bands, ZZ Top! We can’t wait to bring Gang Of Outlaws to your town.”

Rounding out the bill in style is Gretchen Wilson, representing the distaff side of the Gang of Outlaws. Her breakthrough hit, “Redneck Woman” is well known as the anthem of southern sass and femininity.  Her catalog of rock-inspired country hits includes multiple platinum albums and such single smashes as “Here For The Party,” “When I Think About Cheatin’,” “Homewrecker,” “All Jacked Up” and more.  She expressed her feelings about her participation in a no uncertain terms: “Obviously I couldn’t be more excited that I am to be part of this tour…  Fabulous guys, fabulous musicians!”


Eddie Trunk provides update on 'That Metal Show' Season 10!


US rock TV and radio legend for the now, Eddie Trunk is plugging his forthcoming new series of the VH1 Classic, 'That Metal Show,' which starts it's tenth season this coming Saturday night.
Here's the scoop from Eddie in his newsletter to fans.

Revised TMS S10 Schedule:
The all new season of TMS debuts this Saturday night at 11PM ET on VH1 Classic!  There are some changes to the schedule so I have posted the new roll out below.  Please note we did shoot 10 all new shows, however, VH1 Classic is only showing 8 of them for this next run. 
The episodes with David Draiman/Adrenaline Mob and Bobby Blotzer / LA Guns WILL AIR, but they will now be included with season 11 and should debut sometime this Summer.  This was a network decision I have no control over.  But they will air, just at a slightly later date.  So starting Saturday 8 new shows kick off.  Here  is the revised schedule for season 10.  Also just a note, Jason Newsted cancelled at the last minute, so he has not yet done a show with us as planned.  Premiere dates below. 
All premieres 11PM on VH1 Classic with repeats through the week. 
Last name listed is guest musician playing in the show.  Thanks for watching!

3/31/12 - Lars Ulrich, Robb Flynn, Mike Portnoy
4/7/12 - Alice Cooper, Jack Russell, Brian Tichy
4/14/12 - T&N (George Lynch, Mick Brown, Jeff Pilson), Slash, Brian Tichy
4/21/12 - Adrian Smith, Michael Schenker
4/28/12 - Lemmy, Robert Mason and Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Michael Schenker
5/5/12 - Michael Schenker, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Frank Hannon
5/12/12 - Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury (The Cult), Doro, Frank Hannon
5/19/12 - Vinnie Paul, Tommy Shaw and James 'JY' Young (Styx), Steve Stevens  

Upcoming ET Welcomes Shows:

4/27/12 - Guns 'N Roses Tribute, Appetite for Destruction @ BB Kings NYC   
5/9/12 - Lynch Mob @ BB Kings NYC
5/9/12 - Geoff Tate @ Highline NYC 
5/10/12 - Dokken, Warrant and Trixter @ Bergen PAC Englewood, NJ  
5/11/12 - M3 Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD  
5/12/12 - Overkill @ Best Buy Theater NYC  
5/14/12 - Loudness @ BB Kings NYC
5/24/12 - Stryper @ BB Kings NYC 

Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, Live:

5/4/12 - Corazon Seattle, WA
5/5/12 - Hawthrone Theatre Portland, OR 

Also available now: 
"Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal"! 
You can order personalized signed copies direct from me, or regular copies anywhere books are sold.  Thanks for making my book such a success!
Order Your Personalized Copy Now!

Once again, I will host Rocklahoma Memorial Day weekend in Pryor, OK.  Visit for lineup and ticket info.

Finally, don't forget my satellite radio show has moved to Channel 39. 
Same time, same show, just now on 39.  6-10pm ET on Sirius and XM.
As usual Twitter is the way for up to the second news and photos: @eddietrunk

Official website:

LITA FORD to Present at Revolver Golden God Awards - Launches New Website

On Tour This Summer With Def Leppard and Poison

Legendary female metal icon LITA FORD has been confirmed as a presenter at this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The event will be held in Los Angeles, CA at Club Nokia on Wednesday April 11th. It will be broadcast on XBOX Live, XBOX and Revolver Magazine Facebook Pages. For more information visit:

LITA cannot wait to be a part of the Golden Gods Awards:
"The Golden Gods , a heavy metal presentation of the blood , sweat and guts of rock n roll , a dream come true!!!
As a presenter I am SO STOKED! What an honor! And I couldn't ask to be in better company. Where's my Black Leather???"

Yesterday saw the launch of the brand new official LITA FORD website. The site features the latest LITA news, tour dates and more. Check it out at

LITA commented on her new website:
"Don't forget to check out my new Black Widow Web site ... It's a beautiful site just waiting for you to devour your every LITA FORD need ..... I Spun it just for you ."

LITA's new album Living Like A Runaway will be released June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.

Coinciding with the album's release, LITA is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the "Rock of Ages Tour".
The dates for the first leg of the tour have been announced and are listed below. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

Best known for her work with The Runaways and her solo career, featuring hit singles "Kiss Me Deadly" and the Billboard charting duet "Close My Eyes Forever" with Ozzy Osbourne, LITA is ready to make a return to the throne as the queen of metal.

LITA FORD on Tour With Def Leppard and Poison:
6/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
6/22: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheater
6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
6/27: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
6/30: Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Time Forum
7/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/3: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/6: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
7/7: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
7/11: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
7/13: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
7/16: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
7/17: Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum

7/19: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena

For More Information Please Visit:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Y&T live at the Token Lounge (Westland, Michigan. USA) March 9th 2012

Y&T live at The Token Lounge, Westland, Michigan, USA 
Friday March 9th 2012

Well folks, as regular readers know, from time to time I have been fortunate to have had the occasional guest reviewer help me out here at Chambers of Rock, covering live shows when I've been unable to attend from time to time.
This show, I have to say is one I really did not want to miss as Y&T are a very old favourite of mine, who I was fortunate to catch a few years back at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and close to home, but on this occasion I could not make it to The Token Lounge. Fortunately, my old mate Dave Dunford duly obliged as it was actually very close to home for him, so it's over to Dave for his review. Thanks Dave! 

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Having been a big Y&T fan for many years I was pleased to see them making a stop in the Detroit area on their current 2012 tour in support of their most recent release – Facemelter. Over the years (decades!!) I have probably caught them six or seven times live, have always liked their music and still play the Black Tiger and Meanstreak albums on my iPod regularly.

I had never been to the Token Lounge and had no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised to find it to be a decent sized venue with a good sized stage. Plenty of parking too, making it a venue I would certainly return to willingly.

When we arrived the warm up band had just started their first song. My apologies for missing their name ….. I think they were a local band but unfortunately for them (and us!!) the sound was so bad it was almost impossible to hear a word of any of the lyrics and really get a feel for how they played musically!!
I was a little concerned that the house sound system and mixing was maybe just poor and that’s what we would get for Y&T too once they hit the stage.

Y&T at Token Lounge, Westland, Michigan - Photo by Dave Dunford

Fortunately, that proved not to be the case …. In fact once Y&T opened fire (Sorry!) it was noticeable immediately that the sound was excellent and the band sounded very crisp and clear.
The band looked good and sounded good and right from the off looked like they were really enjoying themselves, today the band is made up of original and founder Dave Meniketti (guitar / vocals), John Nymann (guitar), Mike Vanderhule (drums) and Brad Lang (bass).

Open Fire was the first song leading instantly into Don’t Wanna Lose and then Black Tiger.
As I said previously, the sound was great and the venue had filled up nicely. - I’m terrible at guessing the size of a crowd, but I’m reliably informed that there was about 300 people squeezed in the Token Lounge!

At the back of the stage was a backdrop of the Facemelter cover with a decent lighting system overhead and a healthy stack of amps either side of the stage.

Y&T side stage shot at Token Lounge, Westland, Michigan
Photo by Dave Dunford

Lipstick & Leather, Don’t Stop Running and Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark all got an airing before one of my personal favorites, Midnight In Tokyo.
Dave Meniketti has been fronting this band since 1974 and yet he still looked like he was loving every minute being on stage and played every single note throughout the set as enthusiastically as possible. Well worth every cent of the admission fee.

Al had asked that once the band kicked in to Meanstreak that I call him and I duly obliged. – Editors note: Thanks Dave!
I also fired off a text to my brother - Even though it was 4:00am in his time zone! - telling him I was at a Y&T concert and commenting that it must have been almost 30 years since we first went to see them in England. The next morning he had replied that it was November 21st 1983!!! How time flies……

Summertime Girls, Shine On, Blind Patriot - both from the Facemelter CD - and the timeless Winds Of Change came next, followed by Contagious, I’m Coming Home  - also from FacemelterI’ll Cry For You, Eyes Of A Stranger, Dirty Girl, Hurricane and a Mike Vanderhule drum solo. There was ample dialogue between most of the songs, not too much but just a little Meniketti anecdote here and there.

Bar Room Boogie, the classic I Believe In You and Forever closed the main set before the band returned to play Hang ‘Em High and Rescue Me before disappearing for the night.

Overall the set was great, all the songs I wanted to hear with three new songs and every one was played with a great amount of enthusiasm and the sound was excellent. Really well mixed and not too loud that it became distorted.

We left the Token very pleased, really not a bad venue at all and Y&T was great.
If you get a chance to check them out sometime ….., do it, you won’t be disappointed.
A real class act, thank you and goodnight!

Editor's note: Thanks Dave, nice review mate, don't you think folks?!
Keep up the good work and I'll happily ask you to help out again.
Cheers, Al

Official band website:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

News update for Wednesday March 28th, 2012

Hi folks,
Yes, I'm back from my week away in the UK for my Mum's funeral ...
Anyway, back now and trying to catch up with mountians of stuff!
Sorry if you've seen some of these updates already elsewhere, but I'm only seeing these now for the first time.
On with the updates, cheers,

Aerosmith Announces The Global Warming North American Summer Tour
Tour Kicks-Off June 16th in Minneapolis, MN
Tickets on Sale March 30th and 31st

LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2012) – Aerosmith, America’s greatest rock and roll band, will start your summer sizzling and have you dancing around the fires of rock n’ roll again. After blowing away audiences in South America and Japan, the Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America’s soul, with The Global Warming Tour playing 18 markets beginning on June 16th in Minneapolis, MN. 
“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with yur mothers,” says Steven Tyler.
Joe Perry adds, "Can't wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we've been away too long."
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for Aerosmith’s North American tour.  This summer’s hottest ticket will go on sale March 30th and 31st at and 
The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly.   Beginning on Thursday, March 29th, fans that visit and RSVP to the presale will have early access to tickets.
The band celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2010 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This quintessential live act truly defined rock and roll as we know it, bringing their heart-pounding sound and millions of fans to their feet over the past four decades.  Never succumbing to the trends and fads in music, Aerosmith blazes their own path and remains as ground-breaking as they were when they first formed in 1970.
Bassist Tom Hamilton says, "After touring Japan and South America last year we're psyched about bringing it all back for the hometown fans.  We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio.  Can't wait to get to Minneapolis!"
Aerosmith are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors.  Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.”  With scores of multi-platinum albums, Aerosmith continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play.  It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time. 

American rock band and musical institution Cheap Trick will open the announced shows. 

The Global Warming Tour
North American Dates:

Date, City, State, Venue, Presale On Sale

June 16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 19 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 22 Chicago, IL United Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
June 27 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 1 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 3 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 5 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 7 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 17 Boston, MA TD Garden Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Tue. 3/27 Fri. 3/30
July 24 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 26 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
July 30 Houston, TX Toyota Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 1 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 4 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 6 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31
August 8 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome Tue. 3/27 Sat. 3/31

For VIP ticket packages, including opportunities to meet band members, backstage tours, great tickets and more, visit

Tyketto to release 'Dig In Deep' on Frontiers

Getting together to write your first album in over eighteen years is no easy feat, especially when the band members are spread out all over the globe. But after many successful years of touring on the heels of their classic albums DON'T COME EASY and STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, Tyketto felt it was time to introduce the fans to new music.
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.
 All the original band members agreed to make a new record, but on some conditions.
*The music had to be written by the core writing team of Danny Vaughn, Brooke St. James, and Michael Arbeeny (Clayton).
 *The music should have stayed true to the Tyketto roots, but at the same time the album should have reflected where the band members lives were today.
*It should rock!

 Sessions for DIG IN DEEP began in 2009 ago with the exchanging of demo ideas and a few preproduction visits to Brooke's Las Vegas home. With Brooke in Vegas (and now in Wisconsin), Danny in Gibraltar (and now Spain) and Michael in New Jersey (and still in New Jersey!), the band certainly had their work cut out for them.

Michael recalls receiving the initial song demos from Danny: "As I listened to the first set of songs, I immediately drew parallels to our debut album, DON'T COME EASY. Although the words were different, many of the sentiments were the same. The themes of classic Tyketto songs such as WALK ON FIRE, WINGS and SAIL AWAY were simple: don't let anything stand in the way of what you want in life. Those sentiments are echoed in songs like THE FIGHT LEFT IN ME and DIG IN DEEP.
As the months passed and the ideas became songs, we knew we were onto something very special. In typical Tyketto fashion, we collected a wide array of material. Rockers like SOUND OFF and FAITHLESS will make those "FOREVER YOUNG" fans happy, while we show our more melodic side with BATTLE LINES, MONDAY and the epic ballad THIS IS HOW WE SAY GOODBYE. LOVE TO LOVE shows off our acoustic laced rock side ala SEASONS. We feel there is something here for everyone. It is hard to meet that balance of giving fans what they want without repeating yourself. We feel DIG IN DEEP has met that balance perfectly."
 The making of the album was fraught with scheduling issues, weather delays, internal differences of opinion and a myriad of other problems associated with making an record. In the end, the band’s vision was met, so now DIG IN DEEP is the perfect third chapter in the Danny Vaughn era of Tyketto.
 The band debuted some of the new material at British and American shows in December 2011 to rave reviews. With a 2012 slot scheduled for Firefest and a full scale tour in the works, Tyketto keeps on doing what they do best: writing great songs and performing live for their fans.

 Danny Vaughn - Lead vocals
 Brooke St. James - Lead guitar & backing vocals
 Jimi Kennedy - Bass guitar & backing vocals
 Michael Clayton - Drums

HARDLINE’s lineup revolution welcomes you in the “Danger Zone”

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of HARDLINE’s new studio album entitled “Danger Zone” on May 18th in Europe and May 22nd in North America.

Following the release of “Leaving The End Open”, HARDLINE’s mastermind and singer Johnny Gioeli did not realistically feel that another HARDLINE album would have seen the light of day sometime soon. It was again thanks to the insistence of Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino that the concept came about once again “I love surprises and this was certainly one of them”, says Gioeli. “Each time I decide to close the door on Hardline, I get the itch to continue”.

Fate wanted that when Perugino sent Gioeli some song demos written by Alessandro Del Vecchio (an Italian musician and producer know for his work with Edge of Forever and Eden’s Curse but also with Axe, Mitch Malloy, Bobby Kimball and several other top musicians and bands), the singer became excited once again and wanted to give it another go.

“Ale is one talented brotha...” tells Johnny, “he plays, writes, sings, engineers, produces and mixes... He's like the golden goose handed to me. More than all the talent he has, he is an example of a great human in many many ways. I look forward to making more music with Ale. And it doesn't hurt that he's Italian too!”
Alessandro Del Vecchio says: “I feel humbled but at the same time excited as never before. I grew up with Double Eclipse, which I bought when I was 13, so it's really a combination of feelings. The whole thing started so naturally that I feel like me and Johnny have been knowing each other for years. Our goal was to match the superb quality of that milestone of a debut and we worked hard to get to it, but we also wanted this record to be a shift and the truthful mirror of this "new" life for Hardline”. And, according to Gioeli “I think all of the Hardline records have a magic about them... this one certainly holds a more commercial pop sound to its heartbeat. I love it.”

So now Hardline have been completed with a European based lineup featuring Francesco Jovino (UDO), Thorsten Koehne (Code Of Perfection, Eden's Curse) and Anna Portalupi (Mitch Malloy).

“I would absolutely LOVE to tour with these guys. I think the fans would be quite surprised when they hear this a good solid kick in the teeth” concludes Gioeli and certainly discussions are ongoing to have finally Hardline play some dates around Europe in support of this exciting new release.

“Danger Zone” tracklisting includes: Fever Dreams; 10.000 Reasons; Danger Zone; What I'd Like; Stronger Than Me; Never Too Late For Love; Stay; I Don't Want To Breakaway; Look At You Now; Please Have Faith In Me; Show Me Your Love; The Only One.


Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with Journey/Bad English guitarist Neal Schon. The original plan was for Neal to produce Hardline, but as he was having so much fun that he decided to join the band as soon as he left Bad English.
They immediately added established musicians Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English) on drums to the mix and the result was magnificent. They went on to record their debut album “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big.

The first single from “Double Eclipse” was the song "Hot Cherie". While never popular in the mainstream, various radio stations worldwide started to play it and Hardline's fanbase started to grow. They released a video to MTV, but did not get much airplay. By that time grunge and alternative had already taken over and Melodic Rock was being pushed aside. Tension among band members, the record company and perhaps certain egos, got in the way of an immediate follow-up album, despite the band having written more than enough material.

While Neal re-started his adventure with Journey in 1995 (again together with Deen Castronovo), Johnny stepped out of the music business eventually to return as Axel Rudi Pell’s singer in 1998 on the album “Oceans Of Time”.

But years later Johnny and his brother Joey were ready to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records, and with an all new line-up they produced the awesome return album “II” in 2002 with Josh Ramos (of The Storm and Two Fires fame) taking Neal Schon’s place on lead guitar.

Hailed by critics and fans alike as a top return, the band returned on stage headlining the GODS Festival in Bradford in June 2002, before Johnny and Josh started to work on new songs which eventually saw the light of day on the “Leaving the End Open” album released on Frontiers in may 2009.

Johnny Gioeli – lead vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards and backing vocals
Thorsten Koehne - guitars
Anna Portalupi - bass
Francesco Jovino - drums


Great White 2012 - Celebrating 30 years of Rock & Roll with the new album “Elation”

The love and passion for their music has never faltered. Re-charged and re-focused, Great White channels their raw, sweet and all-at-once dangerous sound into their soon-to-be released collection. Set to come out May 18, 2012 in Europe and May 22nd in North America from Frontiers Records, “Elation” is the band’s 12th studio album.

“Elation” thrives on Great White’s signature grit and blues-hued sound, only marked with a new synergy. Featuring co-founder Mark Kendall (guitar), and 28-year-veterans Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Audie Desbrow (drums), they are joined by lead singer Terry Ilous and bassist Scott Snyder the group emerged unscathed from late 2011 band member changes.
Best known for the 1989 smash “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” Great White’s worldwide sales are approaching 10 million. Their song arsenal also includes “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love,” “The Angel Song,” “Mistabone” and more!
“Elation” is just the recording of what live audiences will see and hear as a band with a new mission. “This is a new birth of the band,” Desbrow says. “I wanted to call the album ‘Tabula Rasa’ which means rebirth, but we went for ‘Elation’ because of the euphoria in the atmosphere. It’s a fresh and healthier start than ever before. I’m like a kid in a candy store.”
Kendall, one of rock’s most notable guitarists, echoed Desbrow’s pure excitement. “The energy in the studio is amazing,” Kendall says. “This is the most excited I’ve been since I was nine-years-old and got my first guitar. It's remarkable to be doing our third record with Frontiers Records and to feel the love and support from Serafino and his team. They are truly part of the Great White family."
Lardie, who also served as “Elation”’s producer, applauded the band’s teamwork in the studio. He was struck by the group’s song writing approach and enthusiasm, and assures fans will embrace the record.

“The difference in this studio experience was simple. Everyone was completely present and contributed to the making of this album. As a producer, I feel my part is to get the best out of each of us and I got better than anyone’s best!”
Look out for Shark Tales - The Tell All Book: 30 years of Rock and Roll and Great White rocking in a city near you in 2012!

“Elation” tracklisting includes:
(I've Got) Something For You; Feelin' So Much Better; Love Train; Heart Of A Man; Hard To Say Goodbye; Resolution; Shotgun Willie's; Promise Land; Lowdown (Bonus Track); Just For Tonight; Love Is Enough; Complicated.

• Terry Ilous – lead vocals
• Mark Kendall – lead guitar
• Scott Snyder – bass guitar
• Audie Desbrow – drums
• Michael Lardie – guitar, keyboards



Release to Coincide with Stones 50th Anniversary
Director Brett Morgen
Eagle Rock Entertainment to Release

New York, NY (March 21, 2012)– In celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary, Eagle Rock Entertainment is pleased to release a groundbreaking and eye-opening documentary, featuring remarkable revelations from the world’s most legendary band.  This is the first film to ever trace the evolution of the Rolling Stones’ from 1963, making it the ultimate Stones experience.  The film will be showcased in September as part of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary celebrations.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Rolling Stones and help to bring this extraordinary documentary film to millions of fans,” said Terry Shand, Eagle Rock chairman and CEO.

The film is a cinematic journey through the incredible eye of director Brett Morgen, capturing hours of never-before-seen footage in a rare, uncensored format that reveals the band’s vivid stories told through their eyes and their voices. With paramount access to the band and their materials retrieved from vaults and personal archives, Morgen captures astonishing new interviews and footage.  “For anyone who wants to experience the band, this is the film that will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones,” said Morgen, an Academy Award nominee who is known for esteemed work on The Kid Stays in the Picture among many other projects. “The film will deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic rock band.”

Fans go on the road, in the studio, behind the scenes, and witness each band member’s personal, unfiltered perspective on the legendary life of the Rolling Stones – embarking on a journey through 50 years of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The film is executive produced by the Rolling Stones, produced by Victoria Pearman, co-produced by Morgan Neville and directed by Brett Morgen.

It has previously been announced that Thames & Hudson will release the only official and authorized book The Rolling Stones: 50 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary on July 12. The book has been possible by privileged access to superb reportage photography from the Daily Mirror’s archive, the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography, most of it hitherto unseen. This photographic autobiography features images selected by the band accompanied by their own words.



Lindsey Buckingham photo by Jeremy Cowart

March 27, 2012 -- Legendary guitarist, singer/songwriter/producer, Grammy® Award winner and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM is gearing up for a new round of tour dates beginning May 3 in Solana Beach, CA and concluding Monday, May 21 in Spokane, WA. 
More shows throughout the U.S. will be announced in the coming weeks.

In his intimate-one-man show, Lindsey will showcase his distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice in his usual awe inspiring form, captivating his audience with songs from his recent album, Seeds We Sow as well as performing a combination of favorites from his previous solo albums, along with a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics.

Regarding the new tour, Buckingham says, "As I've grown as an artist, I've gotten more and more in touch with my center, and that center is voice and guitar. Over time it has become increasingly vital to express more with less; that is my touchstone now, and the embodiment of that philosophy is what will be largely represented in the new show. I've been thinking of doing this kind of tour for a while, and am quite excited to be doing something new, something outside my comfort zone."

Check out Lindsey Buckingham at any of the following tour stops:

DATE        CITY              VENUE

Thur 5/3    Solana Beach, CA       Belly Up Tavern
Fri 5/4        Los Angeles, CA        The Wiltern
Sat 5/5        San Juan Capistrano, CA    Coach House
Sun 5/6     Thousand Oaks, CA       Fred Kavli Theatre/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Tues 5/8    San Luis Obispo. CA        Fremont Theatre
Wed 5/9    Fresno, CA            Tower Theatre
Thur 5/10    Carmel, CA            Sunset Central Center
Fri 5/11        Santa Cruz, CA            Rio Theatre
Sun 5/13    Sacramento, CA        Crest Theatre
Mon 5/14    San Francisco. CA        The Fillmore
Tues 5/15    Redding, CA            The Cascade Theatre
Thur 5/17    Bend, OR            Tower Theatre
Fri 5/18      Portland, OR            Aladdin Theatre
Sat 5/19    Seattle, WA            The Neptune
Mon 5/21    Spokane, WA            Bing Crosby Theatre