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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Working On New Album

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will release a new album soon. I'm pretty excited about this and will be picking it up when released. The still-unnamed album will come out in the fall. Also, I wish this group had a different name. Seems like a pile of unnecessary words!


Dokken Release Video For 'It's Just Another Day'

Many of us felt like it would never happen, but the classic Dokken lineup has a new video. The clip is for the song "It's Just Another Day" from the upcoming CD/DVD package Return To The East Live 2016. You might recall Dokken's classic lineup reunited in Japan during 2016. It's likely none of us here got to witness that reunion live... but now we'll get to enjoy the performance via DVD, so at least that's something. The reunited band played one U.S. show as well... I still haven't met anyone that was able to snag a ticket to that event. 

Watching the clip, I can't decide if Don Dokken looks happy or sad during the filming. Probably more perturbed than anything. The band sounds really good here. The money must have made it all worthwhile.


Judas Priest Score Highest U.S. Chart Debut Of Their Career With ‘Firepower’

From my inbox - this is pretty amazing when you think about it.


Next year will mark 50 years since Judas Priest’s formation, and incredibly, they are more popular than ever. Case in point, the announcement that their 18th studio album, ‘Firepower,’ has debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Chart - their highest chart placement ever in the States (yes, that includes such all-time classics as ‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.). And Priest’s members are just as excited as the fans - “This is incredible news, that our band Judas Priest - of nearly fifty years standing, can stay popular and relevant enough to gain our highest first week Billboard Top 200 chart position ever! Good news for us, and good news for Metal in general!” 

‘Firepower’ is also receiving stellar reviews across the board, including the Metal Temple website declaring “‘Firepower’ is a fine proof of a pioneer that still has a lot to say, unlike many bands that live off their glorious past. JUDAS PRIEST is, so hear their sermon, because this is one of the greatest albums of this year, if it isn’t the best one.”

Additionally, ‘Firepower’ has drawn rave reviews from such popular metal sites as Blabbermouth (“JUDAS PRIEST has every reason to be proud of itself. The corpulent swagger of the retro rock-heavy ‘No Surrender’ is so good it can choke you up, and it says everything about this album and its constituents.”), Loudwire (“‘Firepower,’ and its fourteen tracks which span fifty-eight minutes, is Judas Priest’s finest work since reclaiming their sound on the sonic wrecking ball that was ‘Painkiller’.”), and BraveWords (“With all sincerity, ‘Firepower,’ ‘Lightning Strike,’ ‘Evil Never Dies,’ ‘Necromancer,’ ‘Traitors Gate,’ and ‘No Surrender’ are sure to find themselves - next to all the classics - on any ‘Best of Judas Priest’ playlist you’ll put together on your streaming service of choice”), and the album is receiving strong coverage via mainstream media outlets - including Rolling Stone. 

Released on March 9 via Epic Records - ‘Firepower’ is comprised of fourteen tracks of pure and highly inspired metal. And to mark the occasion Priest (singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis) reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as ‘Unleashed in the East,’ ‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ and 'Defenders of the Faith') and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher. 
“Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” explains Halford. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” “Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense,” adds Hill. And according to Travis Priest returned back to a recording method that worked incredibly well on the band’s earlier classics - “We went back to the organic way of recording where it’s all of us in a room and we got to play together.” 
Currently touring the U.S. to adoring and large crowds on a bill that is shaping up to be the metal bill of the year (Judas Priest, Saxon, and Black Star Riders), metalheads will be receiving plenty of ‘Firepower’ throughout 2018.
1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never the Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising from Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red


Steven Tyler Announces North American and European Tour Dates 

Steven Tyler is headed out on a solo tour this summer so I guess that means no Aerosmith run. We already know Aerosmith is headlining New Orleans Jazz Fest in May and I guess that's it. Tyler will tour on the back of his 2016 country album but his show will mostly be Aerosmith tunes.

I had to Google Northfield Heights, Ohio. Apparently it's a tiny town above Akron and below Cleveland. I had no idea we had a Hard Rock Live up that way.

Jun. 12 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheater
Jun. 18 - New York, NY - SummerStage in Central Park
Jun. 21 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
Jun. 24 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Jun. 27 - Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel
Jun. 30 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
Jul. 07 - Naperville, IL - Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest
Jul. 11 - Calgary, AB - Cowboys Stampede Tent
Jul. 15 - Sion, Switzerland - Sion Sous Les Etoiles Festival
Jul. 18 - Trieste, Italy - Trieste Piazza Unita D’Italia
Jul. 24 - Barolo, Italy - Collisioni Festival, Piazza Colbert
Jul. 27 - Rome, Italy - Rome Cavea
Jul. 30 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Real
Aug. 02 - Marbella, Spain - Starlite Festival
Aug. 07 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town



Santa Cruz Falls Apart, Cancels Tour

Santa Cruz, the Finnish Glam band with tons of potential, has been on a U.S. tour with Fozzy. Now the band has basically fallen apart, with three members kicking the singer off the band and leaving him stranded. So the tour is off and the band's future in jeopardy. Facebook announcement below.

Lead singer Archie Cruz took to Instagram to air some grievances, too.


Stryper, 'Sorry' -- New Video

There's a new Stryper video out this week. The clip is for the track "Sorry" from the upcoming album God Damn Evil. That new record will be released April 20.

There's a strong melody here and I have to admit I like this better than most other Stryper songs. I'll keep an open mind and check out the new album.


Amazing New L.A. Guns Live Clip Released

Check out L.A. Guns playing "Speed" below. The clip is from the DVD Made in Milan. I still need to grab this DVD (or borrow it from someone). It looks so amazing.