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Journey, Doobie Brothers Announce Tour

Happy Thanksgiving! Time for another 2016 tour announcement. Journey and the Doobie Brothers are going to hit the road, starting in May. Here are the dates - a lot of different cities on this one. Enjoy the holiday! 

5/12 — Irvine, Calif. — Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
5/14 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Ak-Chin Pavilion
5/15 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Isleta Amphitheater
5/18 — Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheater
5/20 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/21 — Woodlands, Texas — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/23 — Wichita, Kan. — INTRUST Bank Arena
5/25 — Memphis, Tenn. — FedEx Forum
5/27 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Indianapolis Motor Speedway *
5/28 — Kansas City, Mo.. — Sprint Center
5/31 — Rogers, Ark. — Walmart AMP
6/02 — Birmingham, Ala. — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/04 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion
6/05 — Raleigh, N.C. — Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
6/08 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/10 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.
6/11 — West Palm Beach, Fla. — Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
6/22 — Bangor, Maine — Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/24 — Bethel, N.Y. — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/25 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Banks Art Center
6/27 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/29 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — Blossom Music Center
7/01 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/02 — Bristow, Va. — Jiffy Lube Live
7/05 — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/07 — Toronto, Ontario — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/09 — Darien, N.Y. — Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/10 — Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center
7/13 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Lakeview Amphitheater
7/15 — Camden, N.J. — BB&T Pavilion
7/16 — Burgettstown, Penn. — First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 — Nashville, Tenn. — Ascend Amphitheater **
7/29 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center
7/30 — Maryland Heights, Miss. — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/02 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Van Andel Arena
8/04 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/06 — Omaha, Neb. — CenturyLink Center
8/07 — Des Moines, Iowa — Wells Fargo Arena
8/09 — St. Paul, Minn. — Xcel Energy Center
8/11 — Sioux Falls, S.D. — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
8/13 — Tinley Park, Ill. — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/16 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Chesapeake Energy Arena
8/17 — Little Rock, Ark. — Verizon Arena
8/20 — Denver, Colo. — Pepsi Center
8/21 — West Valley City, Utah — USANA Amphitheatre
8/23 — Auburn, Wash. — White River Amphitheatre
8/25 — Ridgefield, Wash. — Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
8/27 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/28 — Fresno, Calif. — Save Mart Center
8/30 — Chula Vista, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre


'Big Fat Money' -- Van Halen 

UPDATE: Sorry guys - Warner Brothers killed the stream. If they were smart they would have used the news of this stream to market the Van Halen catalog, but whatever. I hope some of you at least got to hear this.

A never-before-heard instrumental of Van Halen's "Big Fat Money" has surfaced on YouTube. The track is from Balance, one of my very favorite Van Halen albums! This instrumental was likely recorded in 1994. This is great stuff. Enjoy!


Bret Michaels Teases News

Bret Michaels teased some news last night, tweeting the image below. Here's my top picks for what he's teasing:

1) A Poison tour is happening

2) Another Bret solo tour is happening

3) Bret is teaming up with some company and launching his own luggage line

Of those options, sadly I think number 3 is the most probable at this point. I mean, branding some luggage would probably make Bret the most money these days, and the effort would be basically minimal on his part. What do you think the tweet means?



Carrie Underwood Wants To Duet With Axl Rose

Carrie Underwood is a country superstar. She came to fame via American Idol, and she's been just about the best performer from the show, right alongside Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert. The other day, Carrie was interviewed and she admitted her dream of someday singing with Axl Rose. I hope this happens! Who knows, maybe if the Guns n' Roses reunion does happen, they'll invite special guests and Carrie will be one of them.

Country-Pop Star CARRIE UNDERWOOD Really Wants To Sing With AXL ROSE

Posted by (Official) on Sunday, November 22, 2015

This Is Scary 

Hackers Anonymous said yesterday that they found several supposed Daesh targets. One of them on the list was apparently the Five Finger Death Punch show set for today in Italy. Scary stuff. After the Great White concert fire and the shooting at Al Rosa Villa, I always hesitated going into smaller clubs. I much prefer open air venues. These latest terrorist attacks and threats against concert halls make me nervous, too. From Blabbermouth: first this...

Then this...


'Sister Christian' -- Chicken Style

I hope Night Ranger made a fortune off of this. Geez.


Great White and Slaughter -- New Interview

I recently interviewed Mark Slaughter of Slaughter and Michael Lardie of Great White for the Dayton City Paper. Both bands are playing near Dayton, Ohio tonight. You can finish reading the interview on the DCP site - link at the bottom of this post. 

“Life is pretty darn good. Enjoy it while you can,” advises Mark Slaughter, front man for the band Slaughter.

Slaughter and fellow ’80s glam metallers Great White will team up for a show and some of the good life at Hobart Arena in Troy on Friday, Nov. 20.

Slaughter and Great White often play several shows together each year. The bands have the same management and the package works well for fans. Still, it’s been awhile since both bands have played the Dayton region. Great White played the Ohio State Fair earlier this year but neither act has been around the Miami Valley in years. This means there’s pent-up demand for a classic, straight-ahead rock show.

“You can say what you will about [music] trends, and New York and Los Angeles seem to dictate the newest thing, but straight ahead rock n’ roll plays really well in the Midwest and always has,” explains Great White rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Michael Lardie. “We literally could have a career playing from Ohio to Utah, back and forth up and down. We could do 50 shows a year just in that region. I don’t know if it is the realism of going to see a real band that actually plays their instruments … I think that might be part of the attraction. There is a certain authenticity to what we’re still doing.”

Great White formed back in 1977. Since that time, the band has had some super highs and even lower lows. Highs include platinum records, Grammy nominations and touring with some of the biggest bands in rock. Lowest lows include a break-up in 2000, floundering solo careers and the horrific Station nightclub fire in February of 2003. Eventually the band officially reunited only to face ongoing issues with singer Jack Russell. In 2010, the band members hired vocalist Terry Ilous to replace Russell.

Continue reading on the Dayton City Paper website