Saturday, May 31, 2008

W.A.S.P.: New European Dates Announced

W.A.S.P. has scheduled the following European dates:

Jun. 28 - Peace and Love Festival - Borlänge, Sweden
Jul. 11 - Magic Circle Festival - Bad Arolsen, Germany
Jul. 25 - Lorca Rock Festival - Lorca (Murcia), Spain
Jul. 26 - [to be announced] - Bilbao, Spain
Jul. 29 - Turku Festival - Turku, Finland
Jul. 31 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
Aug. 01 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Aug. 02 - Ankkarock Festival - Korso, Vantaa, Finland

W.A.S.P. recently completed the European and North American legs of "The Crimson Idol Tour", which kicked off on October 26, 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The band performed the 1992 album in its entirety while never-before-seen video footage was being shown throughout the show. After a short break the group returned for another a 30-minute set of W.A.S.P. classics.

W.A.S.P.'s latest album, "Dominator", was released in digipack and LP format on October 1, 2007 via Demolition Records. The digipack features a special 3D cover.

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TRIXTER Guitarist Discusses Upcoming VINNIE VINCENT Tribute Album

TRIXTER guitarist Steve Brown's new recording of the underground KISS track "A Million To One", a song co-written by Paul Stanley and Vinnie Vincent, premiered during the May 30 episode of nationally syndicated radio program "Friday Night Rocks". In the studio with DJ Eddie Trunk were Steve and his TRIXTER bandmate Mark "Gus" Scott, who were there to promote the upcoming TRIXTER reunion.

Regarding Steve's cover of "A Million To One", which will receive its official release on the upcoming tribute album "Kiss My Ankh: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent", Brown said, "It's just an amazing concept and that's why I signed on to the project. I mean, who would think to do a Vinnie Vincent tribute album? I just thought that was so funny! But Vinnie was a great guitar player and a great songwriter."

"You can laugh all you want about the fact that there's a Vinnie Vincent tribute album," offered Trunk, "but he was a huge part of the reason why KISS had a career in the '80s. He wrote 'Lick It Up' and all that great stuff. No matter what state the band is in now, Vinnie was a huge contributor to their success."

Trunk further added, "You've got to hear Steve's version of 'A Million To One' because he did such a great job on it. He covered one of my favorite songs from a non-original KISS lineup and he did such a different, cool version of it that I was just blown away. I only play one ballad per show, so I'm going to play it tonight." Ed later ended the program by selecting the song for his closing ballad.

Steve's interpretation of "A Million To One" is an elaborate acoustic rendition of the song, putting a fresh new spin on the 25-year-old classic.

Steve Brown currently fronts the modern rock act STEREO FALLOUT and is expected to reunite with his TRIXTER bandmates for select live dates in 2008, including the massive Rocklahoma festival in July.

Though Vinnie Vincent himself has not released any new material in over a decade, "Kiss My Ankh" will pay tribute to the undeniable musical legacy of the former KISS guitarist.

Vinnie's compositions are widely regarded as a highlight of the KISS catalog and remain a staple of the live KISS setlist.

Included on the tribute will be selections from the three KISS albums to which Vinnie contributed, as well as the two albums he released with the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION. Additional artists and track listings will be announced as they are confirmed.

"Kiss My Ankh: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent" is scheduled for a summer 2008 release.

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Keri Kelli Interview on New Alice Cooper Album

You might say Keri Kelli is one busy guitarist. He plays for Alice Cooper full time and is currently in the studio laying down tracks for the shock rocker's new album Along Came a Spider. For most, this would be enough of a job, but Keri plays with several other bands including Saints of the Underground, Skid Row and more. Bring Back Glam! recently spoke with Keri about Along Came a Spider, touring with Alice Cooper, not having a day job and the love of good beer.

Bring Back Glam!: Tell me about the new Alice Cooper album, Along Came a Spider.

Keri Kelli: I think there's some great stuff on it!. One's called "Killed by Love." Chuck (Garric, bass) and I wrote that with Alice and another brother of ours, Jim Bocke. I think that's going to be one of the main tracks on the album, in my opinion. Another tune is - well it may be titled "Serial Killer" or "The One that Got Away." It's another cool track that Alice and I worked on...and another is "Feminine Side," we're almost done with that one. Danny Saber is recording and producing the album in the Hollywood Hills as well as Greg Hampton. This record wasn't done the old school way where everyone gets together and jams. It is more like a project, where you work and write in different sections. Some songs are 100% mixed and other still need some tracking to be done. It's been a interesting process, but it's Alice's record and I'm just glad to be involved on any level. It's cool.

BBG!: When will that be released?

KK: At one point I'd heard July, but I don't think that's going to be the case. I think August is what I've heard is the actual release date, I truthfully don't know exactly. It will be well worth the wait.

BBG!: And then you're going on tour?

KK: Yes, midsummer. We leave L.A. on July 4th and we roll out to Bulgaria. There's like four flights to get there. I go from Orange County to San Francisco, then to London...and then to Vienna and then to Bulgaria. I believe the festival is an hour outside the city. We do Europe in July, August and September is the (United) States and then October is Canada and we might do more of Europe again in November I've been told.

BBG!: Do you like going out for long stints?

KK: Yeah its cool, though I like to take little breaks. I think Alice and all the guys do. We're not usually out solid. We're usually out for a few months at a doesn't sound like much, but we'll come home for four days or six, seven you're home for a week and you go back out for four or five weeks. By the time you get acclimated to being home, it's time to go out again, so it's cool. We usually have the winters off, so you can get all your other stuff done.

BBG!: You play with a lot of bands. Do you just like to keep busy?

KK: That's all I do! Let's put it this way, I think I'm very fortunate I've been able to play with so many different people. I have friends who have had great success on their own or with a band, but some dudes have only been involved in one project in literally a 20 year period. Luckily, the last dozen years or so, I've been involved with so many different types of people and musicians...I've been able to spread my wings and experience new things. I dig it. I want to play as much as I
can here, there and everywhere. In between Alice shows, I play with Skid Row and that's awesome. I'll come home, be home for three days, play a couple shows with Skid Row and then go back out for a month with Alice. I'm always ready to play. I also have a home recording studio, so I'm always doing stuff there. Jani Lane and I are always writing for his records or for Warrant or just for song placements. I never just sit at the house and watch T.V. -- I just want to play.

BBG!: Tell me about working with Jani Lane.

KK: He's cool. He's my brother, we get along great! We have a lot of the same tastes in music and a lot of the same outlooks on life. We have a great time when we get together. He's a cool cat. I just played with him a couple weeks ago in Texas and Mexico. He called me up and said "Hey, I need a guitar player, can you help me out?" and I said
"Sure!" It's all about having a good time with your buddies. We really do have the same musical's easy for us to write songs and develop ideas.

BBG!: What are some of those shared influences?

KK: I like...well very diverse things. I think it's important to have "music appreciation." I like everything from Jazz fusion to rock music...I think Metallica is great as well as a lot of newer bands like H.I.M., She Wants Revenge, Fallout Boy and 80s rock stuff like Bon Jovi. 70's stuff like Thin Lizzy or (the Rolling) Stones. The stuff me and Jani work on always has a story-line, but it is still commercial. If it's like a three minute, great cool pop-song, heavier, a ballad, Fallout Boy or Warrant type tune- it doesn't matter to me as long as its a great song: a story-line within the lyrics. You need something special and have a hook.

BBG!: So you don't have a particular favorite band?

KK: Oh, if you want to talk favorite bands...Thin Lizzy is probably my favorite band of all time...and the Rolling Stones. Those are my favorites if you want to pigeonhole something as a "favorite." I like the Mick Taylor era of the Rolling Stones. For me that was really special.

BBG!: Tell me about forming Big Bang Babies.

KK: When I started that band, I was really young. Like 18 when I was putting it together. The first guy I found was the drummer Freddie. I recorded a six song demo myself and had a friend sing, so I had six completed songs. Then I started looking for the other guys. The next guy was Kit the singer...and then we found Boyd, the bass player. We had a great time, we lived in Hollywood and lived on girl's floors and stuff...kind of like you see in Decline of Western
was a cool time. Looking back it was cool I got to experience that. People always talk about L.A. in the 80s. I think our band was neat for what it was. Unfortunately, I think we had a lot of cool tunes...and we actually demoed something like 122 songs. Probably a third were good (laughs). Problem was the time frame was not right for that type of band.

BBG!: Have you had any crappy day jobs like me?

KK: Um...I really haven't had any jobs at all. I was just a kid when I started the Big Bang thing...Well, one time I was a driver. I drove around packages for a courier service for a few months. That was about it to be honest with you. It was only Tuesday and Thursday...or something. I drove around for a few hours on Tuesday night and Thursday morning I had to pick up some shit and that was about it. I guess I've been fortunate to not have a "job." I don't that good or bad? Like I said, though, literally everyday I'm doing something related to music. I guess my job is music. I've never had to clock in 9 to 5, so I feel very fortunate.

BBG!: What else do you have going on?

KK: I'm an avid beer drinker...and brewer. One of my bros has a drinking show on an HD channel called Mojo. Its called Three Sheets and it's hosted by my boy Zane Lamprey...and he rolls all around the planet...and goes to different bars and breweries to talk to the local people and gets hammered. I think that's awesome. What a job! I'm really into the beer and brewery thing and a couple of my buddies have breweries down here in Southern California. One of them is the Newport Beach Brewing Company - that's my boy Jerry - it's awesome and right by the water. Another is called the Tustin Brewery and my friend Jason owns that place. And there's a company who actually distributes their beer called Stone Brewery, and they're in North San Diego. They have some incredible beers, like Arrogant Bastard Ale, Levitation Ale and the Infamous Ruination Ale and I mean they go the fuck off! These guys are all cool cats, so I'm trying to get Zane to do a show with myself and my buddies at their breweries. I'm really looking forward to that, it would be killer!

BBG!: So, you're going to be a television star is what you're telling me?

KK: I hope so! Or at least I can get on the Three Sheets show and drink a bunch of free beer. I also love sushi. My favorite things are rock n' roll (of course that includes the guitar), drinking good beer... and I mean handcrafted micro-brewed ales and sushi. My other buddy has a sushi place down in Newport Beach, literally a crawl from
the Newport Beach Brewing Company called California Beach Rock n' Roll Sushi. Hide owns that place, and he's been there forever. I've been going there since 1987 [or] 1988 and he's been there since he was a kid also. I've been going there since I was like 15 years old. You could order beer back then they didn't care, it was awesome. He bought the place a few years ago so he's a Cal Beach lifer. That's my place I've been going to since I was a kid and now thank God he owns it. Totally's a big sushi place and they crank the rock and the sushi chefs get loaded and just have a great time with the customers.. When we go there they put on the Saints of the Underground or Alice
Cooper...we have a blast.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Condoleezza Rice Enlists In Kiss Army Fan Club

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — The Kiss Army fan club has an enthusiastic new recruit: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice was in the Swedish capital Thursday for an international conference on Iraq. Kiss had a sold-out concert to play Friday.

"I was thrilled," Rice said of her late-night encounter with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and bandmates Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in the executive lounge of the Sheraton Hotel where they signed autographs and handed out backstage passes and T-shirts to her staff.

"It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons," she told reporters, noting that they seemed well-informed about current events. The band had asked if she could stop by after she finished dinner with the Swedish foreign minister and Rice readily agreed, she said.

Rice, a classically trained pianist, said she has eclectic musical tastes ranging from Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen.

Hard rockers such as Kiss are included in the mix, and Rice said her favorite Kiss tune is "Rock and Roll All Nite."

But, Rice conceded, she has never seen the band in concert.

I guess the KISS Army will take anyone these days, this should make ARMY fans question their membership.

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MOTÖRHEAD: New Album Title

Legendary hard rock band MOTÖRHEAD has set "Motorizer" as the title of its new album, due before the end of the year via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2006's "Kiss of Death" is being recorded at FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California.

"Kiss of Death" entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles with Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on 2004's "Inferno". The album includes guest appearances by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.

As previously reported, the life and career of MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled "Lemmy" and slated for release in 2009.

The film promises fans more access than ever before to Kilmister's life, and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, THE CLASH's Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and wrestling superstar Triple H.

Directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski (both of whom have contributed to Billboard) are shooting the film on a combination of HD video and super 16 mm film. Other giants from the world of metal and hard rock will appear in the film as well, with details to be announced. "We haven't heard the word 'no' yet after any interview request," Olliver says.

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FBI Reviewing Scorpions' 'Virgin Killer' Album Cover For Possible Violation Of U.S. Porn Laws

Chelsea Schilling of WorldNetDaily reports that the the FBI is now reviewing a Wikipedia photo of a nude adolescent that could violate federal child-pornography laws.

The image in question, titled "Virgin Killer" from RCA's 1976 Scorpions rock album, depicts a naked pre-pubescent girl (appearing about 10 years of age) in a provocative pose. Her chest is completely exposed and a small crack is placed over her vagina.

The album's cover was banned in the United States due to its extremely controversial nature and was later replaced with a photo of the band. When WorldNetDaily brought the image to the attention of several Wikipedia representatives, they denied any knowledge of it.

Now, isn't this a bit silly? It's taken the FBI 30 some years to discover this album cover, and now they want to investigate it? True, it's in bad taste, but one would think that there would be more important things to investigate...say, perhaps finding Osama Bin Laden or other matters of national security? With this type of diligence, I'm sure we can all sleep well at night knowing we're well protected.
Great album, by the way.

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MOTLEY CRUE Keeping Their Mouths Shut Over Crue Fest

MÖTLEY CRÜE's Crüe Fest tour begins just over a month from now, but the band has yet to reveal any details about their plans for the show's production and staging, according to The Pulse of Radio. The CRÜE have always been known for over-the-top live shows and bassist Nikki Sixx said in a conference call with reporters this week that they want to keep this one a surprise as long as possible. "You know, with the Internet and fans that are coming to the show, you know, such a large percentage of them are online. You know, when you do your show your first opening night, the last city on the tour already knows the set list and kind of the gist of what you're doing. We try to keep it under wraps as long as possible just to make it more exciting for the fans too."

Crüe Fest kicks off on July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida, with BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, TRAPT and Sixx's side project SIXX: A.M. joining the CRÜE on the 40-city tour.

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MOTLEY CRUE Gives The F.U. To Sarnia Councillor

Motley Crue has a message for Sarnia councillor Dave Boushy and his objection to their upcoming performance at Sarnia Bayfest.

Speaking via conference call Wednesday, rock's bad boys jumped at the opportunity to comment on Boushy's claim their off-stage antics are pornographic.

"He's right," said base player Nikki Sixx.

"People like him are always out to attack rock and roll, you know. God bless them, man.

They keep our name in the press and re-ignite our passion to hold up our middle finger to all those people who really don't understand.

"If that's how these people have to get a little press, then that's their problem," said Sixx, who then used a common expletive to describe the councillor.

Last month, the 78-year-old Boushy sparked a furor after he suggested that the band's sexual exploits and shocking behavior could damage Sarnia's image.

He called for a motion that the city have a say in which acts perform at the annual summer festival.

Boushy could not be reached for comment about the band's remarks.

Wednesday's exclusive print media teleconference -- which included more 30 newspapers and magazines from across North America -- got animated when The Observer asked Sixx and lead guitarist Mick Mars about Boushy's comments.

Sixx said that rock and roll bands have become, "the ugly stepchild of music." But they're not giving in to the stereotype.

"It's all about guitars, sexy lead singers and snotty rock and roll lyrics," he said. "And we're gonna keep putting it out to tens of thousands of people."

Sarnia's July 10 show is a unique stop on the band's "Cruefest" tour, which kicks off July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The band will fly in solo, without the supporting Cruefest acts like Buckcherry and Papa Roach, who will join them on the North American tour.

But they're going to put on a dynamite show, Mars promised.

"It'll just be a kick-you-in-the-head kind of show. And next time, we'll bring the whole tour through Sarnia."

The band, which includes drummer Tommy Lee and lead singer Vince Neil, are releasing their new album, "Saints of Los Angeles," on June 17.

Mars said the show will include four or five tracks from the new album, along with classic favourites.

"The first thing you want to do is go out and play all the new music, but the audience doesn't know it yet," he said. "They want to hear the old stuff -- the 'Live Wire' and the "Home sweet Home.'"

The band starts rehearsals tomorrow.

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Jani Lane Reports on First Warrant Reunion Shows

Wow, what a fricken relief!

About a week before the shows my "myspace" was literally humming with excitement! I had the pleasure of having my daughter, Madison attend the first show. Trust me...there is no more honest critic than the 10 year old who thinks of you as "the old guy who takes her to school!" All things considered, I thought the 1st show went pretty well. No major equipment problems and the crowd was great. We definitely fed off the energy the audience fed us.

As crazy-fast as the day in Nashville went, it almost shifted into slow motion for me on stage. I caught myself mentally drifting down memory lane while my voice and body must have been in some kind of auto-pilot mode...very surreal! I would look around at the guys and get flashes of the Sunset Strip (circa '87 or so) starving, hoping, praying and having a hell of a good time! Memories of recording, touring, laughing and crying together! It really made me think, "holy shit...we have been through the mill together!" and let me tell you folks something...I am not a wuss but for the five of us to be standing on stage together sounding that good...everyone healthy and happy...I nearly welled up several times! I never let it show though...mostly because, if I did, I'd have to kick my own ass for being a wimp!

At one point my 10 year old ran out on stage to tell me goodbye and that it was her bed time...I was so into the show I almost had her removed by security! LOL!! Just kidding. I did, however, get a "hey were really good tonight." from her later on.

All I can say is it was truly a night I will never forget. A real mile-stone...if you will. Oh, and by the way....the next night in Walker...was even better! See you this summer...let's all make it a kick-ass rock-n-roll one to remember!!!!

Jani Lane


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The rock band,TRIXTER, has finally released the long awaited "ALIVE IN JAPAN" CD.

You can buy it only thru the bands website TRIXTERROCKS.COM. The CD features 12 classic cuts including the hits, "GIVE IT TO ME GOOD" & "ONE IN A MILLION"along with 2 New tracks "YOU GOT IT" (a rocker) & "WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES" (ballad).

It was recorded live during the bands 1993 JapaneseTour at CLUB CITTA in Kawasaki/Tokyo ,Japan in front of 3,000 fans. Guitarist STEVE BROWN says "It was a dream come true going to Japan and rocking out...we partied,ate a ton of sushi, did TV shows,hung with our gracious fans, and rode the bullet train past Mt. was a blast,so to have that moment captured "live" on cd brings back great memories"!!!

"TRIXTER "ALIVE IN JAPAN"Captures the energy of a real live performance from a band who's history was way to brief.Welcome back Trixter!"
EDDIE TRUNK - Radio and TV Personality Q104, 3FM, XM RADIO, MSG Network

"Trixter's youthful energy continues into a new era with a brand new concert release, capturing everything you would expect of a classic Trixter show. And the new studio tracks proves the band has alot left to give".

TRIXTER'S STEVE BROWN & MARK "GUS" SCOTT will be live on The Nations Biggest Classic Rock Radio Station, Q 104.3FM NYC this Friday May 30th, 12 midnite est on Friday Night Rocks with Eddie Trunk.

They will play some cuts from the new cd and talk about TRIXTER's upcoming shows this summer
July 17th - ROCK-FEST - Cadott, WI, with POISON & BOSTON
July 26th - HI-PINES MUSIC FESTIVAL - Eagle River, WI, with FIREHOUSE



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Jon Bon Jovi Gets Rejected

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi was shocked when his script ideas were rejected by bosses at U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live - because he was convinced he was a gifted comedic writer.

The 46-year-old star, who hosted the show last year, was anxious to put his comedic timing to the test, making fun of himself and Bon Jovi bandmate Richie Sambora in a series of skits drafted by the musician.

But when he presented his concept for the show, the cast was less than impressed.

He says, "I did bring ideas with me. I went up loaded (with ideas)... None of my ideas made it. I thought I was a comedy writer. I tried to get Richie (Sambora) in a skit - we'd be the Blues Brothers, do the dance really bad, get heckled by the audience - we're used to that."

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Paul Stanley - A Different Tune

Picking up a paintbrush wasn’t unprecedented for Paul Stanley. Throughout his career with the rock band KISS, applying face paint was a precursor to an over-the-top performance. But eight years ago, a painful divorce let him to extend his reach. Stanley had kept a sketchbook for years, and a friend who saw his drawings urged him to try his hand at painting as a form of catharsis.

Stanley bought canvases “without a clue of what to do” and began painting. The only ground rules he set for himself were that he “wasn’t going to get bogged down with trying to depict things too realistically at the expense of emotion or immediacy.”

Los Angeles resident Stanley, who describes his early works as a “stream of consciousness using color and texture instead of words,” says an unsigned painting he created and hung in his house repeatedly resonated with visitors. “People would ask me who did it and where it was from,” he says. Their interest was enough to convince him that his paintings might have a broader purpose beyond private catharsis. He was quickly proved right.

Stanley began showing his work in galleries and, contrary to what you might imagine, it wasn’t just the KISS Army snapping up his paintings. Four portraits of the band Stanley created as a tip of the hat to fans have been some of his least popular works. “There are definitely collectors who will never go to a KISS concert,” Stanley says.

His work is rich with bright explosions of color and texture, often touching on themes such as fears. Sometimes he prepares the canvas by texturing it with modeling paste, then layering acrylics of different viscosities over top, using his fingers, brushes, home painting tools or anything else that can apply paint to it. “Someone said I was fearless with color,” Stanley says. “I said, ‘What is there to fear’”

Art allows him to explore, he says. With music, “there are certain restrictions-it’s the nature of the beast-whereas in painting the limit is the edge of the canvas. Whatever goes on within it is up to you. There are no rules.”

The soft-spoken artist insists that, despite his growing commercial success (sales totaled $2 million last year); he is still painting for himself. ‘My art isn’t the only work in progress; I’m changing and developing in front of everyone,” Stanley says. “My growth is happening as my success is blossoming. I’m never scared; it’s only exciting. I always define myself by the challenges I take on and how I rise and fall with them.”

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler Issues Rehab Statement

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler checked himself into a rehab facility earlier this month after a series of surgeries and post-operative physical therapy (to correct long-time foot injuries resulting from his trademark athletic performance onstage). To quash the numerous rumours floating about, Tyler issued the following statement:

“The doctors told me the pain in my feet could be corrected but it would require a few surgeries over time. The ‘foot repair’ pain was intense, greater than I'd anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy was traumatic. I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet. Make no mistake, Aerosmith has no plans to stop rocking. There’s a new album to record, then another tour.”

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TED NUGENT Fires Up New Song 'I AM THE NRA'; Now Available Via His Website

Whether he’s unleashing a firestorm of guitar licks or speaking his mind politically and socially like no one else, TED NUGENT has never held anything back - and these two sides of Ted come together potently on his new song, the unflinchingly titled (with all-caps) 'I AM THE NRA'.

Ted debuted the freedom-loving song at the recent annual NRA Convention May 17th - 18th in Louisville, Kentucky - which he described as “the ultimate Ted Nugent party,” with “more than 67,000 of my closest friends.” A sample of the track can be heard at TEDS WEBSITE where the song can also be purchased and the digital download is available for sale via the NRA’s site.

Lyrics like “If you hate tyrants and dictators and are ready to give freedom a whirl/Celebrate the NRA and the shot heard round the world” are merged with those bluesy, dirty and unforgiving Nuge licks. Recorded at David Crowder Studios, Waco, TX, 'I AM THE NRA' is a manifesto that is meant to inspire. And Terrible Ted digs his heels in vocally with the kind of gusto that brings to mind his classic performances.

Says Ted, recently re-elected for his fifth term on the Board of Directors of the NRA: “We debuted the ultimate soundtrack for freedom lovers everywhere with my new song ‘I AM THE NRA’ to thunderous applause and spontaneous dancing in the aisles. Real honest to God Motor City rock-n-roll goes perfectly with the spirit of gun lovers everywhere.”

Adds Ted: “We know in our hearts and souls that God gave each of us a precious, equal, miraculous gift of life. And we also know, that if not for the formation and growth of this fundamental grassroots organization, individual American citizens would no longer have that US Constitutionally guaranteed God given right to keep and bear arms for the protection of this gift. Thank God for the NRA.”

Cam Edwards, host of "Cam and Company" on and Sirius Satellite Radio, recently praised the song as “not just a rallying cry, it's a bombastic love letter to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms that could only come from Ted Nugent himself!"

Expect Ted to fire up 'I AM THE NRA' all summer long on his Rolling Thunder 2008 Tour which kicks off June 7th and runs through September 27th. His latest book - comprising 10 chapters on how to fix America - is titled Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, and is due in August via Regnery Publishing. Ted also recently released the live CD Sweden Rocks, with the companion DVD out June 10th, both via Eagle Rock Entertainment. Ted will also make his feature film debut this summer in the film Beer For My Horses, which stars Toby Keith and also features Rodney Carrington, Claire Forlani, Tom Skerritt and Willie Nelson. The film will be released August 8th, 2008 in movie theatres in selected cities.

'I AM THE NRA' lyrics:

When I think of freedom,
I got my Bill Of Rights
US Constitution is my guiding light
Our founding fathers, they were not confused
I always celebrate self-evident truths
I am we the people
I don’t need no OK
My pursuit of happiness will take me all the way
If you hate slavery as much as we all do
Come on join the fight, I'll tell you what we do
If you hate tyrants and dictators and are ready to give freedom a whirl
Celebrate the NRA and the shot heard round the world
The shot heard round the world

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Tracii Guns' L.A. GUNS Part Ways With Singer Paul Black

The L.A. GUNS version featuring guitarist Tracii Guns has parted ways with vocalist Paul Black. An as-yet-undisclosed replacement singer with "blond" hair has already been found and will be officially announced soon. The band has also enlisted a new guitarist, Alec "Big Al" Bauer.

L.A. Guns recently spent time at a Canadian studio recording its new album, tentatively titled Pretty In Black, with producer Steve Thompson.

On the topic of whether the new CD recordings will be scrapped now that Paul Black has been dismissed from the group, Tracii said, "I have a singer up here that actually wrote most of the new songs. He was just supposed to help but, now he's gonna have to sing as well. At least I can now guarentee the record will sound amazing… FOR REAL!"

Paul Black reportedly co-wrote most of L.A. Guns' fan favorites from the band's classic self-titled debut album for Polygram Records. The group (with Paul Black on vocals) released a CD titled The Black List in 2006, which was a collection of previously unreleased recordings of L.A. Guns standards from 1986 and 1987.

The L.A. Guns version featuring Tracii Guns has been confirmed for this year's Rocklahoma festival, which will be held July 9th - 13th, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma.

Tracii Guns' L.A. Guns, which features Jeremy Guns on bass and Chad Stewart on drums, is not to be confused with the Phil Lewis-fronted group, which is also continuing to record and perform under the L.A. Guns moniker.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

SAXON In The Studio Working On New Album

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has issued the following update:

"We took off the link, this is the official website of the band we understand that it was put on in total innocence but until OLIVER/DAWSON decide to stop trying to undermine the achievements of this band we will continue not to support them in anyway if and when they stop trying to con people and concede that times have changed can we enter into any conciliatory talks.

They are the ones blocking any future. as you know in my book I did not slag them off in any way and still say that they were great times but we have to move on - the ball is in their court.

On a more pleasant note we are in the studio making the next album. While recording guitars I was on the net looking at coat of arms. My coat is a silver eagle holding a lions foot. (Doug) Scrarratt (guitar) and (Paul) Quinn (guitar) are both Irish which explains a lot. (Nigel) Glockler (drums) is of German dissent. Well anyway, you get the picture - put coat of arms in Google and have a look, maybe post some crests on the site.

Further to your questions, I do look at the site every day - guest book and forum especially - so as you can see we're playing tons of festivals this year and with our mates MOTÖRHEAD in the UK and Germany so the eagle is rising again so keep the faith - see you on tour."

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DIO Kicks Off European Tour: Setlist Revealed

DIO, the band fronted by the legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN AND HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), kicked off its short European tour last night (Tuesday, May 27) at the Academy in Birmingham, England.

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Holy Diver
02. Killing the Dragon
03. The Eyes
04. Don't Talk to Strangers
05. Drum Solo
06. Sacred Heart
07. Rainbow in the Dark
08. Temple of the King
09. Kill the King
10. Guitar Solo
11. Lord of the Last Day
12. Rock 'n' Roll Children
13. Stand Up and Shout
14. Man on the Silver Mountain
15. Catch the Rainbow
16. Long Live Rock and Roll
17. The Last in Line
18. We Rock

Remaining DIO tour dates:

May 28 - Astoria – London, UK (w/ GIRLSCHOOL)
May 30 - Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NOR
May 31 - Kopervik Festival – Karmoy, NOR
Jun. 02 - KB Halle – Malmö, SWE (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 03 - Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DEN (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 04 - Debaser – Stockholm, SWE (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 06 - Teatria – Oulu, FIN
Jun. 07 - Water & Rock Festival – Lahti, FIN
Jun. 21 - Kobetasonik Festival – Bilbao, SPA

DIO's last release was the "Holy Diver Live" CD, featuring a performance of the classic "Holy Diver" album in its entirety, from start to finish, recorded live for the very first time in 2005 in front of a sold-out London crowd. It also includes, among others, "Heaven & Hell", "Sign of the Southern Cross" and "Mob Rules" from vocalist Ronnie James Dio's BLACK SABBATH days, "Tarot Woman", "Man on the Silver Mountain" and "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" from the RAINBOW era and "We Rock" from his solo career.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Needs Your Help!

MÖTLEY CRÜE have issued the following message to fans:

"We need your help letting radio stations know that YOU want to hear 'Saints Of Los Angeles'.

Here you will find station requests lines in your local market. Call/e-mail them and ask for 'Saints Of Los Angeles' to be played on your station."


Birmingham WENN-FM 205.741.105
Montgomery WXFX-FM (334) 860-9500
Huntsville WRTT-FM (256) 534-9595


Phoenix KUPD-FM 602/480.260.9800


Little Rock KDJE-FM 501-433-1003


San Francisco KSAN-FM 1-888-303-BONE
Riverside KCAL-FM
San Diego KIOZ-FM 858-570-1053
Sacramento KRXQ-FM 1-888-390-9850
Fresno KRZR-FM (559) 247-2000
Santa Rosa KXFX-FM (707) 636-1369
Palm Springs KCLB-FM 760-391- 5252


Denver KBPI-FM (303) 713-ROCK
Colorado Spgs KILO-FM (719) 633-5456


Hartford WCCC-FM 860-525-WCCC


Miami WHDR-FM (888) 931-0931
Orlando WJRR-FM 407-916-8112
Gainesville WRUF-FM 1-800-ROCK104
Pensacola WTKX-FM 1-888-357-ROCK (7625)


Atlanta WKLS-FM (404) 741-9696
Augusta, GA WCHZ-FM (706) 650-9510


South Bend WZOW-FM 574-675-9977
Ft. Wayne WBYR-FM (260) 484-2327


Chicago WIIL-FM 800-223-9510
Quad Cities KBOB-FM (563) 326-7625
Peoria, IL WIXO-FM (309) 495- 9496


Des Moines KAZR-FM (515) 244-1033


Wichita KICT-FM (316) 436-1095


Louisville WLRS-FM 502-571-1051
Louisville WTFX-FM (502) 571-1005
Lexington WXZZ-FM (859) 280 -1033


Shreveport KTUX-FM (318) 320-7625
New Orleans KYRK-FM (504)679-7300


Baltimore WIYY-FM (410) 889-0098
Salisbury WZBH-FM 1-(800) 234-9350


Boston WAAF-FM (617) 931-1AAF
Springfield WLZX-FM 413-526-9932


Lansing WJXQ-FM 1-800-669-2106
Detroit WRIF-FM 313-298-WRIF
Grand Rapids WKLQ-FM 800.785.1073
Flint, MI WWBN-FM (989) 725-1080
Saginaw, MI WKQZ-FM (800) 970-2593


Minneapolis KXXR-FM (651) 989-9393


Jackson WRXW-FM (601) 991-3131
Biloxi WCPR-FM (228) 388-2771


Kansas City KQRC-FM 913.744.3600
Springfield KZRQ-FM (417) 577-7625


Omaha KEZO-FM 1-800-955-9230


Las Vegas KOMP-FM (702) 876-1460
Reno, NV KDOT-FM (775) 329-9261

New Hampshire

Portsmouth WHEB-FM 603-431-ROCK(7625)
Manchester WGIR-FM (603) 668-0234

New Jersey

Morristown WDHA-FM 973-480-1055
Monmouth-Ocean WRAT-FM 732-681-3890
Atlantic City WJSE-FM

New Mexico

Albuquerque KZRR-FM 505-889-9494

New York

Albany WQBK-FM 518-476-1039
Syracuse WAQX-FM 315-421-9595
Buffalo WEDG-FM 716-644-9334
Albany WHRL-FM 518-218-1031
Albany WZMR-FM

North Carolina

Raleigh WBBB-FM 1-800-458-9610
Fayetteville WRCQ-FM 910-860-3090
Greenville WXQR-FM 888-896-9767


Cleveland WMMS-FM 1-800-348-1007
Cincinnati WEBN-FM
Columbus WRKZ-FM 614.481.7800
Akron WONE-FM 330-869-9797
Toledo WIOT-FM 419.240.1047
Youngstown WNCD-FM 1-877-570-9653
Canton WRQK-FM (330) 450 - Rock (7625)
Cincinnati WFTK-FM 513-749-9650
Youngstown WWIZ-FM (330) 783-0104


Oklahoma City KATT-FM
Oklahoma City KHBZ-FM (405) 460-9470
Tulsa KMOD-FM (918) 460-KMOD
Eugene, OR KNRQ-FM (541) 684-0979


Portland, OR KUFO-FM 1-800-344-KUFO
Eugene, OR KFLY-FM 888-556-9156


Allentown WZZO-FM (610) 720-9595
Philadelphia WMMR-FM 215-263-WMMR
Philadelphia WYSP-FM
Wilkes-Barre WBSX-FM 1-866-20-Rocks
Harrisburg WQXA-FM 1-800-332-1057

Rhode Island

Providence WHJY-FM 1-866-941-WHJY

South Carolina

Greenville, SC WTPT-FM 800-774-0093
Charleston, SC WYBB-FM


Memphis WXMX-FM 901-535-9898
Nashville WBUZ-FM 615-737-1029
Knoxville WNFZ-FM (865) 525-6000
Johnson City WRZK-FM (423) 578-7625
Chattanooga WRXR-FM (423) 642- 0105


Austin KLBJ-FM 512 390-5525
Dallas KEGL-FM 817 -787-1971
San Antonio KISS-FM 210 470-5477
McAllen KFRQ-FM 888-335-9494
El Paso KLAQ-FM 915 880 4955
Corpus Christi KNCN-FM 361 560-5101
Beaumont KIOC-FM 409 896-5555


Salt Lake City KBER-FM (801) 570-KBER
Salt Lake City KHTB-FM 801.570.9490


Norfolk WNOR-FM (757) 366 - 9999
Norfolk WXMM-FM 757-473-1005
Roanoke WROV-FM 1-800-476-9603


Seattle KFNK-FM 1-800-482-1049
Seattle KISW-FM (800) 783-ROCK
Spokane KHTQ-FM (509) 744-0945


Milwaukee - WHQG-FM - 1-877-777-1029
Madison, WI - WWHG-FM - 1-888-4-HOG-1059
Appleton, WI - WAPL-FM - 1-877-453-ROCK
Madison, WI - WJJO-FM - (608) 321-0941
Appleton, WI - WWWX-FM - (877) 369-9769
Appleton, WI - WZOR-FM - (920) 281-0947

Mötley Crüe's new album, Saints Of Los Angeles, will be released in North America on June 24th via Eleven Seven Music. The album will be issued in Japan on June 18th.

Saints Of Los Angeles tracklisting: 'L.A.M.F.', 'Face Down In The Dirt', 'What's It Gonna Take', 'Down At The Whiskey', 'Saints Of Los Angeles' (Gang Vocal), 'Mother Fucker Of the Year', 'The Animal In Me', 'Welcome To The Machine', 'Just Another Psycho', 'Chicks = Trouble', 'This Ain't A Love Song', 'White Trash Circus', 'Goin' Out Swingin''.

The Japanese edition features the bonus tracks 'Kick Start My Heart' (Live & Rare) and 'Saints Of Los Angeles' (Live & Rare).

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BLACK SABBATH, DEF LEPPARD, POISON Members Nominated For 2008 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity

BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler, DEF LEPPARD's Rick Allen and Phil Collen, ROB ZOMBIE, JOAN JETT, POISON's Rikki Rockett and Rick Rubin are among the the people nominated for Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity for 2008 by PETA UK. To vote for a celebrity click HERE.

According to a press release: "Being green, living healthy, embracing compassion and looking fabulous are all the rage in Tinseltown right now, with more and more celebrities finally figuring out that the best way to make all these things a part of their daily lives is by going vegetarian. Whether they chose to go veg to improve their health, to help end global warming, or to avoid contributing to the inexcusable cruelty to animals on factory farms and in slaughterhouses, one thing is for sure – all these vegetarian celebrities have won our hearts and the hearts of animals."

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GREAT WHITE To Perform Live On Rockline

GREAT WHITE will be guests on the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 13th at 8:30 PM (PT) / 11:30 PM (ET). The band will be performing live and plugged-in! Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the internet for the broadcast go to ROCKLINERADIO.COM

Metal Express Radio recently spoke to Great White singer Jack Russell and guitarist Michael Lardie. When asked how the band have managed to keep going so long while a lot of your contemporaries have fallen by the wayside?

Jack: "You know I don’t really know. I guess it’s because we’ve always been honest with the music. There’s still a passion there. We’ve had our ups and downs, the band split and we’ve had different versions. I did solo stuff for a while, which turned back into Great White and then we had the Rhode Island tragedy. All I can say is it’s really neat to be back with an audience out there and to be playing with the guys that have been around me for twenty seven years. The magic is still there and when we did the last record it felt like we’d never stopped. There had been a gap of eight or nine years between the last record and the new one, and yet everything was cool and the chemistry was still there."

Michael: "One guy once pointed out to us that bands with dynamics will always last and that by playing from 'Save Your Love' to 'Step On You' with all points in-between, we would last. He was citing bands like THE WHO and I was like 'Wow!' He was a top sound guy and he said, 'You guys will last because you have that X – factor that other bands haven’t got. You guys play in and out rather than just the one thing.'"

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Creates New Signature Blend Wine Called "Insania"

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has teamed up with Walla Walla, Washington-based 3 Rivers Winery to create a new red wine signature blend called Geoff Tate Insania.

Insania — a Latin word meaning insanity, irrationality, madness — will likely be unveiled in the fall and initially available to the general public by next year.

Tate — who has been deeply involved in the development of this special blend with 3 Rivers Winery — states that "Insania is a creative project similar to the process of making music. Wine has been an important part of my life and the creation of Insania is yet another avenue to express my creativity and give my fans something more they can enjoy. With a limited production, I hope everyone who loves wine will join me in this wonderful new venture."

Winemaker Holly Turner of 3 Rivers Winery is equally excited about the new offering. "Geoff Tate simply rocks and so does his love of wine," says Turner. "We share this passion for wine and have put together a powerful blend that represents Geoff. We feel so fortunate to be working with such a well-respected artist that is also a friend."

Just recently, 3 Rivers Winery has received numerous accolades including a 90-point rating for their 2005 Merlot from Wine Spectator and two spots on the Wine & Spirits list of the 2007 Year's Best Syrah.

In addition, the Wine Advocate recognized five 3 Rivers wines with 90+ scores!

Geoff Tate and 3 Rivers Winery hope to launch Insania at a concert event slated for September 20, 2008 at the winery. The show will mark Tate's first solo performance in six years.

Tate will play music from his solo album as well as some QUEENSRŸCHE songs, and will be "plugged in." Tickets are $100 per person and include a picnic dinner and logo wineglass. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., dinner is available from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Geoff Tate will take the stage at 5:00 p.m. There are only 250 tickets available and an early sell-out is expected. Tickets are available by calling the winery at 509-526-9463.

With mutual respect for the artistry of wine and music, the bond between Tate and 3 Rivers was instantaneous.

"Here's to fine wine and rock and roll," comments Tate. "Cheers!"

For more information, visit THREERIVERSWINERY.COM

Tate released his first solo album in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. Self-titled, the LP was a huge departure from the work he had previously done with QUEENSRŸCHE.

Geoff Tate will make his feature-film debut in the supernatural thriller "House of Eternity" from Fires At Midnight Films. Also scheduled to appear in the film is Candice Night of BLACKMORE'S NIGHT.

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Exclusive Interview with Nikki Sixx at Juicy Bands!

Today I got to interview one of the most phenomenal rockers in rock history and I was absolutely thrilled to have Nikki Sixx in the studio. He’s a rock legend from Motley Crue to Sixx AM. He even wrote the book, “Heroin Diaries” which is a book based on diaries that he actually wrote. It's a very touching, inspiring book, it's a must read if you haven’t read it. Here’s what Nikki had to say..

JUICY BANDS: “Life Is Beautiful” was a huge hit and lately “Pray For Me” has been getting a lot of radio and video airplay, since you guys didn’t really promote the album or have a desire to do so, how did that come about?

NIKKI SIXX: It was a very enjoyable process. A lot of times you have a band, you have a tour, you have an album, you have a single, you work radio, you work press. It’s all very planned. But in this case we made a record and leaked the song out through MySpace. It started to pick up momentum and radio picked up on it. Then we took it to radio and it ended up being the most added song in the country and then climbed the charts. We said why? They said it’s moving, people like it, it’s a great piece of music. We just formed the band Sixx A.M. because people had to go buy the album by somebody. It’s not me, and it’s not James and it’s not D.J., it’s all of us as producers and songwriters. I was driving down the road yesterday and looked down at my Sirius radio, and it said Sixx A.M., “Life Is Beautiful.” I said, how is that possible?

JUICY BANDS: Before Sixx A.M, I’ve never in my life heard James sing before, but he’s definitely got an amazing voice on him. I know he’s done a lot of producing and behind the scenes stuff for a lot of different artists, so how’d you bring out the singer in him and actually get him to join in the band?

NIKKI SIXX: He does do a lot of behind the scenes stuff. He’s a phenomenal writer, a phenomenal producer, an amazing engineer. D.J. is equally talented as a writer and guitar player and producer. It was effortless. It wasn’t about us, it was about the song, the journey. It so exciting, so free. We’ve all known each other for years, we had an amazing time, and planned on doing it again because it was so fun and we just formed together and gave it all we got.

JUICY BANDS: So a while back I was hearing that Sixx A.M wasn’t planning on touring but now you guys are actually planning a tour starting in July so I’m excited about that, how’d that come about?

NIKKI SIXX: When we formed the band, we didn’t plan on being on the radio, didn’t plan on touring, it just wasn’t an interest to us, but the demand was high so we thought we would give it a shot. Nothing to major just a little here and there with some good bands, a simple one month tour and that’s that. We are planning on playing some television shows and maybe doing some other small stuff as well.

JUICY BANDS: They’re making a movie out of the Motley Crue book “The Dirt”. Have you had any interest from movie studios about your book, The Heroin Diaries?

NIKKI SIXX: It’s interesting. The phone has been ringing. I have to pinch myself. It’s really affecting people emotionally. It’s phenomenal that you can do something positive and still stand up and say, “I’m rock and roll.” I look it, I walk it, I talk it, I live it, I breathe it.

JUICY BANDS: How did the idea of turning your diaries into a book come about?

NIKKI SIXX: It was a long process because the original feeling was to publish those diaries based on my belief that I could raise awareness of this global epidemic and what it’s like, whether you’re down in the streets or in a private jet. It’s an epidemic and a problem. I wanted to share my experience, and by getting through that experience share a little hope, a little faith that people can get out of it. That’s where it started and it just went from there.

JUICY BANDS: I actually sat down and read the book and it was phenomenal. I think you’re a very strong person for coming out and dealing with everything that you've been through and taking something so personal and sharing it with the world. I know a lot of other people around the globe appreciate the book as well. Are you planning on coming out and writing any more books based on anything that you’ve written in the past?

NIKKI SIXX: Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. This was a one time thing. I think there’s a benefit to this. I know that the stuff from ’81 and ’82 and forming the band and going on tour for the first time is all wonderful stuff, but it’s personal and I write for personal reasons. Something you never expect to do is publish something like this. There’s a benefit to publishing this because I’m exposing myself and exposing an issue. I want to do some good. It inspired a wonderful soundtrack and accidentally formed a band out of it.

JUICY BANDS: Thank you so much for coming in, you’ve inspired so many people and it was great to finally meet you. Rock on, you kick ass!

NIKKI SIXX: Hey anytime, you’re awesome. Thanks for having me.

For more on Nikki Sixx and Sixx AM,

be sure to check out:

Nikki Sixx Official Site


Sixx:A.M. Official Site

Nikki Sixx Official Store

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Monday, May 26, 2008

WIN The Sirius South Texas Rockfest! See Your Favorite Hair Bands Live!

SIRIUS is giving a winner and a guest the opportunity to check out one of the summer’s biggest summer events – the South Texas Rockfest. See your favorite Hair Nation bands perform LIVE over three days, July 11, 12 and 13 near San Antonio, Texas. Scheduled performers include: Queensrÿche, Skid Row, Tesla, Dokken, LA Guns, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Jackyl, Stephen Pearcy from RATT, BulletBoys and more!

Grand prize includes airfare for a winner and guest to San Antonio, Texas, four nights hotel and two VIP tickets to the festival.

For tickets and more information on the festival, go to SOUTHTEXASROCKFEST.COM

* Winner and guest must be at least 21 years old and also be able to travel on July 10 – 14, 2008!

To enter the contest go HERE.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Reprimands Drug-Smoking Fan

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson proved his zero tolerance to drugs - by scolding a fan for smoking marijuana during one of the band's gigs.

The band was halfway through the second concert of their current world tour in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday when Dickinson spotted someone smoking pot in the audience.

And, according to, the singer was quick to reprimand the man in front of the entire crowd, telling him, "Would you please put that f---ing shit out? "My lungs are trying to work up here, dude."

The pope would be proud.

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SAMMY HAGAR – Gone Country?

Look for SAMMY HAGAR and his kickin’ WABORITAS to attempt inroads into the country crowd, the band getting down to business through approximately seven stadium dates with new country superstar KENNY CHESNEY, on something called the Poets & Pirates tour.

“Well, Kenny Chesney is a good buddy,” explained Hagar, in conversation with BW&BK’s Martin Popoff before a sold-out show at Casino Rama, north of Toronto. “Ever since he came down to my birthday bash three or four years ago and played for three and a half hours, you know, on stage, at Cabo Wabo, with his whole band, it was awesome. We just became really good friends, and I went out with him on four, five different occasions and just walked out on stage and did ‘I Can’t Drive 55’, and ‘Finish What You Started’, ‘Eagles Fly’, ‘Fall In Love Again’… I mean, he knows as many of my songs as I do. So when he said, ‘Would you come on this tour?’, I said hell yeah, are you kidding? It’ll be a lot of fun. I’m really interested in seeing me playing for people that aren’t necessarily Sammy Hagar fans, or even VAN HALEN fans. I want to see if I can get to them. Because that’s the thrill of this music, to me, is to play... I’ve been playing to my fans only for… man, since I left Van Halen. I’ve been doing An Evening With, basically. Out of the thousand shows we’ve probably done, probably 999 of them were An Evening With. So I’m interested going out in front of other people’s audiences. And if it doesn’t work I’ll tell Kenny, ‘Hey, look dude, this ain’t working; I’ll see you later.’ (laughs). But I think it will work. I think what I bring to the party, the party that I bring on stage, and the fun, is contagious, and I hope that makes some new fans.”


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KISS Specials To Air On Psycho Circus Radio In Holland

According to local Dutch radio station "Psycho Circus" will be airing three KISS specials to celebrate the Alive 35 tour and the return of KISS to Holland. Starting tomorrow, celebrations will include demo’s, live and rare recordings plus all the classics. The other two specials will air June 3 and June 10, from 22:00 – 23:00 hours local time.

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PRETTY BOY FLOYD Schedules Mexico City Date

The reunited original lineup of PRETTY BOY FLOYD — Steve "Sex" Summers, Kristy "Krash" Majors, Vinnie Chaz and Kari Kane — has scheduled a date in Mexico City in August.

The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

July 11 - South Texas Rock Fest – West Boerne, Texas
July 12 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
Aug. 02 - X-It - Mexico City, Mexico

For the first time in 17 years, all four original members of PRETTY BOY FLOYD are bringing back the infamous stage show (along with the notorious image) that made them the hottest band in Hollywood in the '80s and will be performing their classic debut album "Leather Boys With Electric Toys" in its entirety, along with other surprises!

Formed in 1987, PRETTY BOY FLOYD is most famous for its 1989 LP "Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz" and the two singles from it, "Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)" and "I Wanna Be With You".

The band broke up in 1991, but reformed in 1995, and has released several new records since then.

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Sebastian Bach Says No To Skid Row?

There can be no mistaking Sebastian Bach on the other end of the phone line. "Heeeeey, man!" he booms, as the receiver distorts from the sheer exuberance. "I'm ready to come on down to rawk Australia! Yeeaaaah!"

It has been 20 years since Bach became hair metal's pin-up boy as the singer on Skid Row's wild, self-titled debut album, and 12 years since the band fired him. But he still sounds the perfect caricature of his genre, somewhere between Mark Wahlberg's Chris Cole in Rock Star and a roadie from Wayne's World.

Today's Sebastian Bach is an all-round entertainer. He has starred in Broadway musicals ( Jekyll And Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show) and countless television shows.

"We live in a weird, crazy, celebrity culture in America, man," Bach says as we discuss his appearances in the soapie Gilmore Girls.

"There's a lot of guys who, 10 years ago, were just heavy metal dudes, y'know, guys like Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons, but they're now considered mainstream celebrities. Now I'm one of 'em, man! I'm one of those dudes!"

In his latest reality-TV stunt, Bach pitched newfound rhyming skills against other minor celebs in Celebrity Rap Superstar, belting out such classics as LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out and Run DMC's It's Tricky.

"After doing Broadway shows, I tell you, rap ain't that hard!" he says.

For Bach, TV shows are a means to an end in an industry that "doesn't play rock videos any more". His record label went broke halfway through recording his latest solo album, Angel Down, leaving Bach in need of cash to finish the project.

"I ended up having to pay everybody myself," he says. "That's what Celebrity Rap Superstar is for!

"It's frustrating for me to know that to sing rock, I have to first fund a rock'n'roll record through a TV show. If it were up to me, I'd be Neil Young, man. I'd be giving you a record every eight months."

That said, when the TV producers call, Bach can't help himself. He's about to do another show - a big secret in America, he says. All he can tell me is it's filmed in Nashville.

Bach singing country: what are they thinking? "That's the way TV producers think," he says.

The 40-year-old Canadian knows where he'd rather be - playing stadium rock, long-hair flowing, leather pants on, big licks and hot chicks. He delights in telling me stories about backstage antics with Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses, about limos, Lamborghinis and wild Hollywood parties.

On Angel Down, he plays out his rock'n'roll fantasy. The album sounds straight out of 1991 - with all the ball-tearing riffery ( Back In The Saddle, Love Is A Bitchslap), Bach's high-pitched scream ( Stuck Inside), Bon Jovi-esque power ballads ( By Your Side) and the occasional cameo by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. Bach returned the favour on Rose's long-delayed solo record, Chinese Democracy.

"Dude, there's at least four albums of material," Bach says of his friend's disc. "I said, 'Axl, I love this shit, when is it coming out?' And he says, 'Like, 2012.'")

But no matter how hard Bach wants to rock, he won't entertain a reunion with Skid Row. "I don't see it happening, frankly. When I see a picture of those guys, it's like opening up your high school yearbook. It's like: 'Oh yeah, I remember those guys.'"

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Motley Crue Saints of Los Angeles Samples Available

MÖTLEY CRÜE's new album, Saints Of Los Angeles, will be released on June 24th via Eleven Seven Music and will feature the following tracks in this order: 'L.A.M.F.', 'Face Down In The Dirt', 'What's It Gonna Take', 'Down At The Whiskey', 'Saints Of Los Angeles' (Gang Vocal), 'Mother Fucker Of the Year', 'The Animal In Me', 'Welcome To The Machine', 'Just Another Psycho', 'Chicks = Trouble', 'This Ain't A Love Song', 'White Trash Circus', 'Goin' Out Swingin''.

Samples off all tracks can be heard HERE

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DEF LEPPARD Frontman - 'I've Just Had A Steroid Injection In My Butt"

"AIIIITICCHOOOOOW!” The sneeze ricochets off the mike stand before disappearing, damply, behind the drum riser. Roadies wince. Guitar techs flinch. The culprit - a middle-aged man with a pyramid of flammable blond hair - sniffs sheepishly. Fumbling in the pockets of his distressed denim jeans, he extracts a wad of tissues and proceeds to dab his streaming nose. “Bloody hell,” snuffles Joe Elliot, by way of apology. “That were a big 'un.”

As with the sneezing, so with the rock. When DEF LEPPARD fall ill, they do so with the brio you'd expect of a band so enamoured with the pageantry of stadium rock they used to be deposited onstage in laundry baskets. Two weeks into their world tour, the diamond-selling soft metal warhorses found themselves flattened by an upper respiratory tract infection. X-rays were undertaken. Sick notes were scribbled. Pyjamas - possibly distressed denim pyjamas with tiny diamante semi-quavers - were donned. Now, just days after they were given the all-clear, a sneeze-punctuated soundcheck at a glumly utilitarian amphitheatre on the outskirts of San Diego does not bode well for a still-poorly Joe Elliot. Does he want to get rocked? He does not. Frankly, the 48-year-old singer would rather be tucked up on the tour bus, sucking a lozenge and watching Dalziel and Pascoe (“I love Dalziel and Pascoe!”). But the die is cast: 20,000 Californians have ensured that tonight's gig is a sell-out and the show must go on.

Elliot, understandably, is concerned. “I've just had a steroid injection in my butt,” he rasps, wincing as he manoeuvres into a folding chair in the concrete garden that serves as the venue's hospitality area. “It bloody hurts, but what can you do? We can't afford to cancel. I mean, just blowing out them shows we did (six North American concerts have been rescheduled) has turned this into the most expensive cough in rock'n'roll, hurr-hurr!”

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QUEENSRYCHE Geoff Tate Goes Solo In Washington

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has lined up a solo show on September 20 at Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla, Washington.

For more information, visit THREERIVERSWINERY.COM

Tate released his first solo album in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. Self-titled, the LP was a huge departure from the work he had previously done with QUEENSRŸCHE.

Geoff Tate will make his feature-film debut in the supernatural thriller "House of Eternity" from Fires At Midnight Films. Also scheduled to appear in the film is Candice Night of BLACKMORE'S NIGHT.

QUEENSRŸCHE will perform the entirety of its "Operation: Mindcrime I" and "II" albums for the very first time in the UK via a 10-date June 2008 tour. This epic theatrical prog metal extravaganza will take in three hours, and will include an intermission, and in addition to the core members of the band, will feature actors re-enacting the storyline behind both of these compelling albums.

Commented Geoff Tate: "This is the most extensive stage show we have ever put together. Working with the actors and creating the different scenes helped us to really tell the story. Between ritualistic execution, working prostitutes, motorcycle crashes and everything in between, we are able to really draw the audience in to the story."

In 2006 the band performed the entirety of both albums on a tour of North America to sell-out audiences. The marathon show included a full over-the-top, theatrical production complete with surround sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums' characters onstage, as they were originally intended.

In the grand tradition of all captivating theatrical rock extravaganzas (THE WHO's "Tommy", and PINK FLOYD's "The Wall"), QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime I" and "II" is not just a typical rock 'n' roll concert. Combined with the core members of the band, the production is a totally explosive and highly absorbing theatrical rock experience with actors re-enacting the storylines from both albums.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008


With IRON MAIDEN's upcoming concert at Twickenham Stadium, Planet Rock — the UK's classic rock station — is featuring a number of on-air specials on this legendary band.

In June as part of IRON MAIDEN month, Planet Rock presents new and exclusive interviews with singer Bruce Dickinson. Recorded in May 2008, Bruce Dickinson talks to Nicky Horne about the new album "Somewhere Back In Time" and his life in IRON MAIDEN. There will be two "Set List" specials with some of IRON MAIDEN's best live recordings. The month also includes an hour-long feature from the fans' point of view on the band. Bruce returns again with an hour show on his musical influences and picks some of his favorite IRON MAIDEN tracks.

IRON MAIDEN specials:

* IRON MAIDEN - Bruce Dickinson interview
When Nicky Met - Bruce Dickinson
Sunday, June 1 6pm (UK time)
Friday, June 6 6pm repeat

* IRON MAIDEN Live (part 1)

A "Set List" special: some of the best live recordings of IRON MAIDEN
Sunday, June 8 6pm (UK time)
Friday, June 13 6pm repeat

* IRON MAIDEN - Bruce Dickinson interview
My Planet Rocks
Sunday, June 15 6pm (UK time)
Friday, June 20 6pm repeat

* IRON MAIDEN - A Fan's Eye View
Sunday, June 22 6pm (UK time)
Friday, June 27 6pm repeat

* IRON MAIDEN Live (part 2)
A "Set List" special: some of the best live recordings of Iron Maiden
Sunday, June 29 6pm (UK time)
Friday, July 4 6pm repeat

Planet Rock is the UK's classic rock station broadcasting on DAB digital radio, Sky channel 0110, cable TV channel 924 and online at PLANETROCK.COM

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GENE SIMMONS To Guest On TOMMY LEE's 'Battleground Earth'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will appear in an upcoming episode of "Battleground Earth", a reality competition that features MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and hip hop superstar Chris "Ludacris" Bridges battling against the toxic forces destroying mother earth as they travel across the country on a 10-episode tour. The series premieres in August 2008.

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SAMMY HAGAR Says Not Including MICHAEL ANTHONY In VAN HALEN Reunion Is 'Just Wrong'

Ross Cat of Best Of WNY recently conducted an interview with Sammy Hagar. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Best Of WNY: Will we see premier rock 'n' roll bassist and all-around party animal Michael Anthony on the road with you again this summer?

Hagar: "Mike will be popping in and out of the tour, for sure. He really wants to play with us at the stadium shows that we are doing with Kenny Chesney. At this time I'm not exactly sure when he's going to be playing; one thing's for sure — knowing Mikey, he can't stay home when Sammy and the WABOS are out on tour, we've found that out over the last ten years. He's played on about 90% of our gigs since the last VH reunion; he's usually around by hook or by crook. I have to say that having Mikey on stage makes it so much easier to play the Van Hagar material, when I'm singing 'Why Can’t This Be Love', 'Top Of The World', or 'Poundcake' and I hear his harmonies, I can close my eyes and feel like it was 1990 again. Hands down, Mike's backing vocals and bass playing are as big a part of the VAN HALEN legacy as me, Eddie, Alex or Dave. It has been and always will be an open door policy for Mike in any band I'm in."

Best Of WNY: Any desire to check out the current VAN HALEN tour which is getting primarily positive reviews in its second leg?

Hagar: "No, I just can’t do it, after the last Van Hagar tour, Eddie became my enemy; he wasn't the same guy he was when we started the Van Hagar era of the band; he made what should have been a great experience just down right miserable. Now when I say that, I'm talking about the Eddie Van Halen that is struggling with his personal demons; they've been pretty well documented. I will say this: The fact that they are doing the tour with Dave is awesome. They have owed the amazing VAN HALEN fans that for a long time; but not taking Mike out isn't doing the Roth era justice and it's just wrong. If you're finally going to go out and bill yourself as the original VAN HALEN, then Mike should be playing with them, for God's sake, that's just my two cents. I understand Eddie wanting to play with Wolfie, but he should just go out and start their own band. That being said, it seems that some positive has come out of this whole thing. Last time I saw Eddie, he was in really bad shape a few years back; but I did see a recent photo and he looks healthier than he has in a long time. That, to me, is a great thing, Eddie has all the support on the planet from me if he is finally getting his shit together. If this tour has helped him get himself together and clean up, I’m so happy for that."

Best Of WNY: you toured with David Lee Roth back in 2003 any chance you'd be willing to set aside differences and give VAN HALEN fans the "Best Of Both Worlds" with all five guys touring together?

Hagar: "As far as that goes, that's just not something I'm really interested in doing again right now. Eddie would have to be able to bring himself back to ground zero; by that, I mean he'd have to be completely clean."

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Steve Stevens Memory Crash (Magna Carta)

Steve Stevens is best known as the raven-haired foil to platinum-blond pop-punk icon Billy Idol; he’s the leather-clad Les Paul–lover whose incendiary solos lit up Idol hits like “Rebel Yell” and “White Wedding”. But Stevens also moonlights as an instrumental rock-guitar virtuoso, and on Memory Crash he proves to be a startling picker in the same league as Joe Satriani. After the majestic intro of “Heavy Horizon”, Stevens puts the pedal to the metal on the rambunctious fretburner “Hellcats Take the Highway” (he’s got a thing for cool song titles). Both “Small Arms Fire” and “Cherry Vanilla” are seven-and-a-half–minute molten excursions that boast hooky riffs aplenty and ace drumming by Brian Tichy, who has played with the likes of Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, and the great Glenn Hughes.

Stevens shows off his dextrous flamenco-guitar talents at the beginning of the funky “Prime Mover”, and gets all Robin Trower on your ass with a version of “Day of the Eagle” that sees Doug Pinnick from King’s X on bass and vocals. Unfortunately, after nine killer tracks, the CD ends on a weak note when Stevens tackles the lead vocal on the subpar “Josephine”. There’s a reason Billy Idol doesn’t let him sing much.

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Anheuser-Busch, R.I. Beer Co. Offer $21M In Club Fire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Brewer Anheuser-Busch Inc. and a Rhode Island beer distributor have agreed to pay $21 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors of a 2003 nightclub fire and relatives of the 100 people killed, according to court papers filed Friday.

The February 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick began when pyrotechnics used by the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the club's walls and ceiling. More than 200 people were injured.

Anheuser-Busch is the latest big-name defendant to settle the case rather than bear the costs of continuing litigation or risk the uncertainty of a jury trial.

The St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and its Cranston-based distributor, McLaughlin & Moran, did not admit wrongdoing.

Under terms of the settlement, Anheuser-Busch will pay $5 million and McLaughlin & Moran will pay $16 million.

The latest agreements with plaintiffs' attorneys mean more than $122 million has now been offered to victims' families and survivors by more than a dozen defendants, including The Home Depot, which sold insulation used in the club, and Clear Channel Broadcasting, whose local rock radio station promoted the concert.

A group of foam manufacturers agreed earlier this month to settle for $30 million.

More than 300 survivors and victims' relatives sued dozens of people and companies over the fire. Defendants remaining in the case include the state of Rhode Island, the town of West Warwick and American Foam Corporation, a Johnston-based company accused of selling the flammable foam to the club.

Anheuser-Busch and McLaughlin & Moran were named in the lawsuits because survivors and victims' families said they helped promote the concert.

Lawyers for the victims say McLaughlin & Moran ran a Budweiser promotion at the show, displayed a Budweiser banner outside the club and developed radio advertisements that aired before the concert.

The lawyers also said Anheuser-Busch allowed its Budweiser trademark to be used at an unsafe event and "without making such minimal inquiry sufficient to discover the dangers of the band's performance."

In addition, a rock radio station disc jockey who served as the master of ceremonies at the concert was paid by McLaughlin & Moran for his appearance, according to court papers. The lawyers said the DJ introduced Great White and would have been positioned to stop the band from using the pyrotechnics but failed to do so.

The disc jockey, Michael Gonsalves, was among those killed.

McLaughlin & Moran said in a written statement that it was pleased about the settlement and hopes the case will be concluded quickly so the money can be paid out.

Gary L. Rutledge, the vice president for legal and government affairs at Anheuser-Busch Cos., said in a written statement that the company had no responsibility for the fire but was sensitive to the families.

"As a result, we wanted to direct the resources we would have committed to defending these lawsuits to those families," the statement said.

The settlement requires the approval of each person suing as well as the federal judge overseeing the case, among other conditions. A Duke University law professor is devising a formula to split the settlement money among the plaintiffs, and no families or survivors have received any money yet.

The fire also led to separate criminal charges against club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, who installed the foam, and former Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele, who set off the pyrotechnics. All three entered pleas to involuntary manslaughter charges, with Biechele and Michael Derderian each getting four-year prison sentences. Jeffrey Derderian was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and three years probation.

Biechele was released on parole in March after serving 22 months in prison, and Michael Derderian will be freed next year.

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KROKUS Rejoined By Guitarist MARK KOHLER

Long-running Swiss rockers KROKUS who recently announced that they were reforming in their classic formation featuring Marc Storace (vocals, 56), Fernando Von Arb (guitar, 53), Chris Von Rohr (bass, 56) and Freddy Steady (drums, 55) — have issued the following update:

"It's official! No more speculation on who's gonna be the last part of the most-anticipated KROKUS comeback puzzle. No other than Mark Kohler will complete the return of the 'originals' on rhythm guitar. He played in KROKUS's most successful international lineup that stormed the charts worldwide in the early '80s. You heard Mark on 1982's 'One Vice At A Time' album for the first time, then on their most successful release 'Headhunter' in 1983, followed by 'The Blitz' album in 1984. He also was featured on 1986's studio album 'Change Of Address' and the same year on the first KROKUS 'live' album called 'Alive And Screaming'. He joined Marc, Fernando and Chris on 1988's 'Heart Attack' and one more time in 1995 on their release 'To Rock Or Not To Be'. With the exception of 'The Blitz' tour we also saw him rocking the USA and be part of most worldwide tours. And now we will see him in action this coming August, reunited with his famed bandmates and rocking the stage again."

On August 2, KROKUS will play its only concert planned for 2008 in the band's native Switzerland at Stade De Suisse stadium in Bern. Afterwards, the group will begin work on its comeback album, tentatively due mid-2009.

The classic KROKUS lineup reunited for an appearance on November 18, 2007 on a TV show honoring the greatest Swiss songs of all time. The "Die grössten Schweizer Hits" program featured KROKUS performing a medley of the tracks "Tokyo Nights", "Bedside Radio" and "Heatstrokes".

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Friday, May 23, 2008

TOMMY LEE Gets Animated

According to Variety, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee will lend his voice to "The Life and Times of Jimmy Jaxx", an animated half-hour loosely based on his own life. Smart Entertainment ("Blades of Glory") is behind the project, currently in the early stages of development at Fox.

"I've always loved the animated world," Lee said. "How fun and kooky is this gonna be, to combine some real-life experiences with some seriously over-the-top humor."

The project revolves around a rocker who attempts to balance his crazy lifestyle on the road with a calmer existence at home. The character is distracted, however, by his tattoos — which come to life and are constantly trying to lead him down the wrong path.

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RATT: New U.S. Dates Announced

According to the band's MySpace page, reactivated '80s hard rockers RATT have scheduled the following tour dates:

June 14 - Piercy, CA - Redwood River Run @ Riverview Ranch
June 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Annie's
June 21 - Bay City, MI - Bay City River Roar @ Veterans Memorial Park *
June 27 - Monterrey, MEX - Studio 183
July 03 - Calgary, ALB - Snatch Lounge
July 05 - International Falls, MN - The Roadhouse (CanAm Rock Festival) **
July 09 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma


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CLASSIC ROCK's Limited-Edition KISS Covers Revealed

To celebrate KISS' 35th anniversary tour, Classic Rock magazine's July edition has been printed with a series of completely different limited-edition covers.

Four separate covers have been produced exclusively for the U.S. market.
Readers can take their pick from individual cover photos of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer or Eric Singer!

In the rest of the world, Classic Rock's cover features all the members of KISS in a group shot.

To buy alternative KISS covers, go to MYFAVOURITEMAGAZINES.COM and search for Classic Rock.

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SAMMY HAGAR – Is The Album Dead?

The Red Rocker seems to think so, judging from comments made to BW&BK’s Martin Popoff before a red-hot packed casino show just north of Toronto.

Asked about new music with his long-standing tequila-drenched band THE WABORITAS, HAGAR affirmed that, “Yeah, we’ve got a bunch of new songs. We’ve got eight or nine. We probably have enough for a CD. It’s just… I don’t really want to go make a CD now. I just like making one song at a time. So we took ‘On A Roll’ (ed.: a heavy, ZZ TOP-ish rocker commissioned for Nascar – used as an encore selection at the aforementioned Casino Rama show), this new song, which is really cool, I think, and it’s released on iTunes, and that’s it. And we’ll hit ‘em with him another one. I’ve got another one already done called ‘Cosmic Universal Fashion’, and so we’ll give them that, and then, one song at a time - let them have it.”

As alluded to, the rare-for-Canada Waboritas show was packed to the rafters and as usual, a giddy party to be remembered. And, as Sammy explains, it’s always different…

“We don’t really have a set list anymore. We stopped doing that probably around 2003, 2002. We kind of threw the set list out. If you go out and look at the front of our drum riser, if you stand at the front of the stage and look at our drum riser, it’s got about 70 or 80 songs on there. And we just start with a song and we end with a song, and sometimes we don’t even end with the right song. Sometimes at the last minute I say, ‘Fuck it, we’re going to start with so-and-so tonight.’ And the band loves it. The band is so rehearsed and we’ve been together so long, we know all the songs. And mistakes are legal in this band. It’s almost like we welcome somebody to screw up so everybody laughs and we get off the hook, and we take it to a whole new level. Because when you’re throwing a party and the good vibe that we do, it’s more about the vibe. It isn’t about the songs. No matter what songs they are, if it’s played with the right attitude and spirit, it’s ‘Did the show happen?’”

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Poison Rape Charge Dropped

(Rikki Rockett Blog) Poison drummer Rikki Rockett was exonerated of a felony rape charge filed in Mississippi stemming from a September 23, 2007 incident in which a Neshoba County a Mississippi woman claimed that Rockett had forcibly raped her. Rockett was not in Mississippi during September 2007. The Neshoba County District Attorney refused to prosecute the case after determining that Rockett was not the person who committed the alleged rape. The charges carry a potential life sentence. Rockett said, "I want to sincerely thank my lawyers Barry Tarlow and Mi Kim for their commitment to my case and their terrific legal work that exonerated me of any wrongdoing."
The warrant, issued on December 18, 2007, sought the arrest and extradition of "Rockett, Rikki A" a/k/a "Minskosf, John" to Mississippi for "strong arm rape." News stories shortly disclosed the correct spelling of the name John Minskosf as "John Minskoff." Rockett has never used the Minskoff name. It is now believed that Minskoff used Rockett's name to convince the complaining witness to sleep with him.

"I think it was a case where the woman and her husband unfortunately believed they could extort money from me and my band," Rockett said, "This is a gross example of people attempting to abuse the law for personal profit. They tried to subvert and make a mockery of the criminal justice system. It is abhorrent and disgraceful."

Rockett happily continued: "It's nice to feel like I can have my life back now. I have a Poison tour to look forward to as well as a wedding to prepare for." Rockett was arrested at LAX when he and his band mates arrived after performing at a large music festival in Wellington, New Zealand. Rockett said: "I was exhausted from a 14-hour flight and then was hauled off to jail. The worst part was having to walk past my fiancé in handcuffs. She had no idea what was happening and neither did I! When I was finally told that I was arrested on charges of rape, I about passed out!" Rockett was booked, fingerprinted, and photographed at the Los Angeles county jail. "The Police were as cool to me as they could be considering the circumstances. I was never disrespected by them during the time I was there. I want them to know that I appreciate that."

A flood of press coverage, both negative and positive, soon followed. "I remain surprised that no member of the educated and savvy press ever googled the name 'John Minskoff'! Had they done so, they would have found out that in 1996, John Minskoff claimed to have been involved with the rock band, White Snake, when he lured and kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Reno, Nevada. Minskoff is a violent career criminal and felon and convicted perjurer with multiple convictions who has admitted to impersonating "rock stars" to sexually pursue women."

"I received undying support from my band, friends, and fans, but unfortunately, my detractors had a field day with the story. I look forward to serving the press who created defamatory remarks some healthy lawsuits!" Rockett went on to say, "I also look forward to helping other people who have been falsely accused of committing heinous crimes. My lawyers, Barry Tarlow and Mi Kim, are helping me seek out organizations like Centurion Ministries to help if I can. This wonderful organization works to free innocent people in prison who have done serious time for crimes they did not commit."

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

50 Questions with Tim Gaines


During April 19th - April 28th 2008, Tim asked friends and fans to take part in a 50 question Tim Gaines Q&A interview. He received close to 100 questions and ended up editing and narrowing them down to fit into an interview format.

This is the result. Thank you for your participation. Enjoy...

What's the funniest/oddest thing that happened while playing for Stryper? Any particular Spinal Tap moment that comes to mind?

During a concert in Australia, a wild and sweaty, one eyed fan in the front row kept screaming at Michael and pointing to (what Michael thought) was a wad of gum that someone had thrown onstage. Michael thought the fan being friendly and was screaming "gooday, gooday". Not wanting to step in the gum Michael bent down and flicked it with his finger and it flew out into the crowd. It turned out that it was not a wad of gum at all. It was the crazed fans glass eye that had popped out onto the stage. He wasn't screaming "gooday, gooday" but rather "my eye, my eye," and then continued to cuss and swear at Michael for the rest of the set.

At what point did you feel that STRYPER had a true fan base and that the band would continue to record and perform?

Right from the beginning we knew that God was orchestrating something big. We would have a Bible study in our rehearsal room (garage) every Thursday evening. We would play a few songs and then my friend Michael Guido would speak, and would give an invitation to receive Jesus. The first week we saw about 10 people show up and then every week for the next couple of months the number of people would double until there was no room inside of the garage and the people would overflow to the front lawn. From there we did our first concert at a club and packed the place, and every time we played from then on we would sell out the venue sometimes having to do 2 concerts in one evening just to accommodate the crowds. It was something that had never been done before… we would play in these clubs and bars telling about the love of Jesus Christ and throw out Bibles to the audience. People were getting saved and the band was becoming the talk of the town… and the world as all the news agencies covered our story. When our first EP came out, things just took off from there.

What's your favorite Stryper song and album and why?

My favorite Stryper song would be More Than A Man because the chorus really speaks to me every time I play it. My favorite Stryper album would be Against The Law because it sounded so big and raw.

What was your favorite look you had with Stryper?

I think my favorite look was during the Against The Law period, but for the Y&B days I would say In God We Trust. We had the best stage costumes during this time.

Why did you leave Stryper?

There were many reasons that were leading up to my departure from Stryper….
Inner struggles within myself, false promises, loss of power within the band unit, musical differences, personality differences, spiritual differences, etc…

During the 2003 reunion tour, I became grieved at some of the things that were going on that really started to bother me. Nothing bad mind you, but more of a lingering question that has haunted me for years, and was finally coming to a head. Did God really call us to be rock stars? (Idolatry is a sin.) Were we there to take the praise and glory away from what God was doing? Were we really leading people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ or were we just putting on a show and receiving the glory for ourselves? During that period I lost interest in putting on a "show" and I spent my time just playing the music in worship to the Lord and praying for His covering. I could hear God speaking to me each night on stage saying that my time here was almost over.

After the tour was over, some events took place that further sealed my mind on leaving the band. We had a meeting and I gave Stryper my notice.

Do you have any regrets for leaving Stryper?

No regrets. I gave 21 years of my life up to Stryper. We had a good run in the 80's. Sometimes I wish I could go and hang out with the guys. I do miss them and I have a great love for them. But I am also accomplishing things on my own now, and I feel I am doing pretty well.

What do you think of the current Bass Player Tracy Ferrie?

From what I know of Tracy he seems like a great person and a strong Christian. He is a phenomenal bass player and has good stage presence. From what I hear the fans are crazy about him.

Are you still close friends with the other guys in the band as well as stay in touch with them on a regular basis?

Yes, I am still friends with the guys. I speak to Oz on a regular basis and we get together whenever we are in town. I consider Oz one of my best friends. I speak to Michael fairly regularly. I have been keeping him and his family in prayer. The only person I have not had any contact with so far is Robert. I have not talked to him since the day I left the band. Hopefully that will change soon.

Would you ever consider working with Stryper again? If not, how about making a guest appearance at one of their gigs sometime in the future?

If God were to open the door for me to work with Stryper again sure I would, but ONLY as long as He was orchestrating it. I still have my Yellow and Black bass and spandex you know…. Will that ever happen? I don't know. Obviously, they would need to ask me. I know a lot of things have changed within the band since my departure so who knows? They are doing pretty well without me.

It seems to me that Against the Law was like the pinnacle or the top of the evolution of Stryper - seeming to show off your skills more than the radio-aimed earlier efforts. When you guys were laying the tracks and creating the tunes, was there a conscious effort to make it radically different - more riffs, more Oz, more kick-butt grooves - even if the public might not dig it?

During this time we definitely were looking at making a record that was just raw and dirty… We spent 8 months together everyday hanging out, writing and perfecting those songs before we ever even went into the studio. I think a lot of the camaraderie is heard in those songs. The previous 3 albums were practically written in the studio.

Why did Stryper get such a hard time from everyone after releasing Against The Law? I knew of Christian bookstores that refused to carry any Stryper music after that.

I think many people took our departure from the Yellow and Black stripes and the actual title of the album in the wrong context. People thought that we were against God, but actually the title was in protest to the modern day Pharisees that wouldn't leave us alone. We were under such a microscope that we couldn't live a normal life without being accused of being in sin. Example: If we wore sunglasses we would be accused of being on drugs. If we went to a mini mart we would be accused of buying alcohol. If we were caught talking to females we were accused of having sex with groupies. We were accused of being transvestites because we had long hair. We were accused of worshipping Satan because of the style of music we played… etc. The list was endless and the Preachers pointing their fingers profited at our expense by writing books, receiving monetary contributions for anti rock seminars and TV broadcasts…etc.

Against The Law was our response to these religious folks who Christ said "They swallow a camel and strain on a gnat."

The reason you could not find ATL in your Christian bookstore was because the genius masterminds at Benson Records who distributed Stryper to the Christian market decided to drop our whole catalogue because they thought we had become anti – Christ. They just didn't get it either.

I understand that you did not play on To Hell with the Devil, and In God We Trust. Why didn't you, and do you regret that decision?

Keep in mind that the bass players in almost all of those 80's hair bands were just an afterthought. We were just filler for the stage to look cool and move around. It really wasn't a great era for bass players unless you were Billy Sheehan or someone along that line.

In all honestly, I had never even heard the songs on either record prior to the recordings. I was never given a chance to perform on them. They went in and recorded them without me. Do I regret that decision? Sure I do, but it wasn't mine to make. You have to keep in mind that I was not brought into Stryper because I could play well, but because I had the look or the image that they sought after. I was there because I" fit the suit." But you know, that was 20 some years ago, and what was done is done. I don't dwell on the past. It's not a healthy place to be.

Did you guys REALLY personally write letters back to your fans? I have a couple of letters that were sent to me (one autographed by Oz and another autographed by Robert) that were not just a mass mail letter. They (or someone else?) were really responding to my questions and responding to my letters specifically with encouraging words responding to my specific situations. I always wondered if you guys really did indeed respond OR, was it a team of people that worked for you.

On many occasions I had personally written to fans. We did however, have a staff of people that would answer the majority of generic letters such as autograph requests etc… but the more personal letters would be answered by one of us when possible.

Was there any reconciliation that needed to be taken care of before you started to do a reunion tour with Stryper, and why?

Ten years before the reunion tour the four of us met and hashed things out. We had pretty much all reconciled before the tour was even a thought.

What was the high point for you (so far) in your musical career?

I guess you can't really top the success that I had with Stryper. I guess another high point more recently for me would be touring with Richard Marx..

Where do you see Tim Gaines 10 years from now? Raising a thundering herd of Bassett Hounds, helping out the upcoming musical generation, or something entirely different?

I can't really say. The way the world is going I wonder if we have 10 years? I know two things that have always been important to me and that is to share the love of Christ, and the other is to play music. If the Lord tarries you will find me doing both of these things in one form or another.

What have you learned through the past 20 years that you could pass along?

I have learned more about Gods abundant grace upon my life than ever before.

What do you think now when you look at yourself with all of the make up and huge hair you had in the eighties?

It all depends on which photo I am looking at. Some, I think look rather cool and others are embarrassingly hideous, and I would rather forget about them. It's like what the heck was I thinking when I decided to dress this way?

Who is/was the most influential person on your musical career?

I grew up listening to 60's and 70's pop radio. Those songs from that era influenced me more than anything else. In the early 70's I was really into Elton John, and wanted to be a piano man. But I found I was really attracted to the bass lines from his songs. Eltons bass player was Dee Murray and that is where I really got interested in the bass guitar. Some other big influences were Geddy Lee from Rush, John Deacon from Queen, John Paul Jones from Zeppelin, Craig MacGregor from Foghat, and later on Jaco Pastorious, Jeff Berlin, and about a million other players.

How do you handle the typical road temptations? (sex, drugs, booze, etc).

I handle them the same way I do when I am home and that is I try to live the best I can by a value system… I have a beautiful wife whom I love dearly and I value our relationship more than the fleeting pleasure of a one night fling. I value having a sound mind over getting high or passing out drunk somewhere. I try to live by Gods standard and not the standard of the world which is "if it feels good, do it."

Do you think that you will ever do a solo album? Maybe a Stanley Clarke type thing? If you were to release a solo album would you handle the vocals?

If the door of opportunity were opened for me to do a solo album I would. I have a lot of songs and musical ideas that I have worked on over the years. If I were to do an album it would more than likely be an instrumental project… progressive rock and fusion… along the lines of what we did in Sin Dizzy. It's just a matter of finding the right people to collaborate with. If a song or two required vocals, sure I would take on the task.

All of the places that you have been to in your life, where is the one place that you would like to go back to and why?

Japan. I am not sure why, and it was probably the jet lag, but the culture and the way of life there is very interesting to me. The people are very courteous and hospitable. The food is great too.

After being in a band such as Stryper and having that kind of rock star status and doing it years on end, and going your own way musically, has that image of "being the bassist for the heavy metal band Stryper" hindered anything as far as what another musical artist or any kind of recording company has labeled you as being "heavy metal," and not the Tim Gaines you set out to be?

I don't know if it is because of the heavy metal label or because I didn't play on some of the Stryper albums, but every time I am considered to work with an artist or do a session, the question always comes up " Can he play?" I feel like I always have to prove myself. It can be frustrating to do something for over 30 years and have people act as if I were just starting out. What can be even more frustrating is having younger players with much less experience get all of the work.

Have you ever had any formal training on the bass and if you have ever taught?

Yes, I studied with several teachers when I first started playing. Later on in the 80's I had some informal studies with Jeff Berlin. I am searching for a new teacher now as I find I want to go to another level in my learning.

I have taught bass in the past and I am considering taking on beginning and intermediate students again.

When did you know for sure you wanted to play bass?

I was 13 years old. I had been taking classical guitar lessons and found I ended up playing a lot of the bass parts to songs on my guitar. I removed the E and B strings and started practicing bass on my Suzuki classical guitar. My parents bought me my first real bass for my 14th birthday. It was an Orlando P bass copy.

Do you play any other instruments other than bass and piano?

Yes, I also play guitar, harmonica, and clarinet.

What CD is in your stereo right now?

Led Zeppelin – Early Days and Latter Days – The Best of Led Zeppelin Volumes One and Two. If you asked me last week it would have been the Forrest Gump Soundtrack.

Who is your favorite artist, besides Stryper and Irene, which you have worked with over your career?

Sin Dizzy, Bryan Duncan, Kim Hill, and Richard Marx.

Will we ever see the Stormer demos remastered and re-released like the Roxx Regime demos?

Probably not. I doubt if anyone can find the Masters. We are talking of having a Stormer reunion in the near future. We may decide to record it.

Have you ever given any thought to donating any of your Stryper gear to the Nashville Hard Rock Cafe?

Not really. I believe HRC actually have a budget to purchase these items, and I would surely sell an item to them if they really wanted it and the price was right

Do you still do HAM radio?

Yes, I am still into Ham Radio. I hold an Amateur Extra class license. My callsign is AE6J.

My question involves your playing with Irene Kelly; will we see any more new recordings from you and her? To this day I still listen to 'If you were here' and keep hoping for some new tunes from you guys! That was an amazing CD and far under rated!

Yes, we had been recording some new tracks recently and the studio owner somehow erased them all, so now we have to start over from scratch. Irene has many new songs and she plans on releasing another CD as time and finances permit.

When you play bass on a track, do you mic your cabs in the studio and play out there or do you play in the control room?

It depends. I almost always play in the control room with a few exceptions. One was when I played on Tourniquets Crawl To China CD. I played in this big room with my amp and had the music blasting through some big playback monitors. It was like I playing in a live concert or rehearsal setting. Another time recently, I played bass on Boston's (bassist) Kimberley Dahme upcoming CD, and I sat in the studio with all of the other session players with headphones and played live. I mainly play in the control room though, and run direct from my UA LA-610 preamp into the mixing board.

Do you ever play 5, 6, 8 or 12 string bass on anything?

I have owned and played both 5 and 6 string basses but I always end up going back to my 4 string as I feel more comfortable with it.

Are you ever going to grow your hair really long and use makeup again?

I haven't cut my hair since September of 2006 so Hair – yes. Make up – No.

Being a session musician, how do you feel about recording in digital (pro tools and such) vs. analog 24 in. tape? Which do you prefer for sound quality and "vibe"?

I really enjoy the flexibility of the digital realm. There have been so many advancements to digital that it is really hard to hear a difference.

What is or was your favorite song to play live?

Sacred Blood by Sin Dizzy and Maker of My Life by Irene Kelly

What was the project you worked on with Steven Patrick of Holy Soldier? Any chance it will be released?

Steven has been working on his project for some time now. I can't really say anything about it as he wants to keep it under wraps. Not sure when he will release it if ever.

What was the hardest thing about touring with bands that were not necessarily of the same convictions as you are?

There wasn't really anything hard about it at all. We all hung out together and ate meals together. It's not any different than working at a secular job. You may be a believer in Christ but you interact on a daily basis with non believers. Christ tells us that we are to be in the world but not of the world. I am friends with many of those musicians still to this day.

What advice would you give for young Christian musicians who want to play music to spread God's word?

I usually tell them to trust in the Lord and let Him guide them in their ministry. Be sure that they are truly "called" by God. Don't expect to become famous or make a lot of money. Get out in the world and reach the masses of unsaved, not entertain the church.

I was curious as to what your favorite book of the Bible is and what your favorite Bible verse is?

My favorite book is Romans, and my favorite verse is Philippians 1:6 "And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus."

Where do you think today's current state of Christian Music (Rock) is headed to? You and Stryper were different in the early stages of Stryper with the Metal music sound, long hair, the crazy outfits, etc. but yet still carry the message. I know you took a lot of criticism back in the day. Who do you think now is the same position?

Christian music overall, accounts for maybe 5% of the total music sales from all genres of music. It is a tiny industry. The problem with CCM as a whole, is that it is inbred and lacks originality. Almost all CCM rock artists that are out there look and sound the same. They lack sales because they are only marketed to a small minority of kids that buy that stuff. CCM as an industry is failing because they, like the mainstream counterparts, haven't really figured out how to deal with the internet. The majority of the music sold is through the Christian Bookstore (another failing industry). So let's say I wanted to buy the latest CCM band at a Christian bookstore… It costs $17.98. I can buy the same album at Best Buy or online for $11.98.

I don't know of any Christian band today that is doing what Stryper did except for maybe POD. But even with the media being what it is nowadays you won't see POD videos or hear them played in rotation on the radio.

There is a new young band that I really like that reminds me of Stryper in the early days. They are called Anavox . I believe the Holy Spirit ministers through their music. Unfortunately, I think they too will succumb to the CCM deathtrap of playing churches and Christian events, and never really get out and reach the masses.

When did you become a Christian?

August 1972

Are you studying to become a pastor?

I am going to Calvary Chapel Bible College to work on a degree in Theology, but I am not studying to become a Pastor per se, but if that is where God calls me to go in the future, then the education is a big plus. Right now, I feel I am called just to be a musician that happens to help or shepherd people that the Lord brings in to my path via the internet… Myspace, Shoutlife, Facebook, and just regular old email.

Where do you fellowship?

I am a member of Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork, TN. It is a Calvary Chapel affiliate. We have a live internet service Sunday mornings at 11:00 Central -

At any time in your career, did playing for God ever feel like something you HAD to do, or was it at any time not the priority while you were doing what you were doing?

Yes, many times. I think the period from the end of In God We Trust through Can't Stop The Rock was a real burnout time in my life. But God is good and His grace and mercy is abundant on my life. I know first hand that He restores.

Who are some of your favorite preachers/teachers/ministers?

My dad - Rev.James Hagelganz, Steve Berger of Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork,TN., Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, Chuck Missler, Billy Graham, Chuck Smith, Pastor Mike McIntosh, and Pastor Greg Laurie to name a few.

Is there a future with Sin Dizzy or any chance of some new Sin Dizzy?

We are remastering and adding new artwork to He's Not Dead. It will be available from Maybe if this sparks some interest we will have a better chance of doing something new. But at this time, I do not expect anything else to happen with Sin Dizzy. I spoke with Oz earlier this year about reviving the band and there had been talk of a 10 year reunion concert in LA, but nothing has come of it and Oz is too busy with Stryper and Bloodgood.

If you had to start a Christian heavy metal band what would you call it?

I did, and we called it Sin Dizzy…. Actually, my original name for Sin Dizzy was Dizzy at 78. This will more than likely be the name of my solo project if it ever gets off the ground.

Thanks so much for your wonderful questions.

Be blessed,
Tim Gaines

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