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Rocklahoma Band Splits Announced

Rocklahoma just announced the daily lineups for the festival at the end of May. The lineup is pretty darn good... but still not strong enough for me to travel to Oklahoma again for the show. I actually don't know anyone who is going to Rocklahoma this year, which is a first for me.


'The Dirt' Is Really Happening (Finally!)

Nikki Sixx put a short update on Motley Crue's Facebook page yesterday. The filming of The Dirt is beginning and all the members of the Crue are involved. I'm so ready to see this movie on the big screen. Right next to The Big Short and Liars Poker (both by Michael Lewis) and Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides), The Dirt ranks right up there as one of my favorite books.


Another KISS Rumor

KISS has apparently filed to trademark the phrase "End of the Road." Does this mean a real final tour is coming? We'll see.


The Most Mileage From One Song?

Do you think Poison has gotten more mileage out of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" than any other band or song in history? The track was their biggest hit and they still milk it, which is fine. Money is money so good for them.

I was trying to think of comparable examples but it's hard. Bands like Def Leppard and Aerosmith had way more "big" hits than Poison, so you can't pin just one song on them exactly. The same is true of Motley Crue and of course Guns n' Roses. Poison was (is) in that special camp of Glam bands that were almost right toward the top of the pack... but maybe just one notch below. They were definitely bigger than Cinderella and nowhere near as huge as Bon Jovi.

So here we are, 30ish years later, pumping shirts with the lyrics to "Rose." The amazing thing is that most people on the street would probably immediately get the reference! That's success in my book and something few artists of today can expect 30 years from now.



Super Stroke Update

George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown and Robert Mason have formed a new supergroup called, of course, Super Stroke. Remember, Mason was once a member of Lynch Mob. I chatted with Robert Mason recently about Warrant but had to ask how the Super Stroke project was progressing. Here's a little tidbit:

"Super Stroke... who knows what that band will be called, that was a working title of a song. It’s whenever opportunities come at you, you have two choices. So I say no a lot, I’m flattered and really fortunate through hard work and making some of the right friends – that I get asked to do things other than Warrant. I do say no a lot. I also do sessions and writing and I fit whatever I can in… when George and I started talking – Jeff Pilson was the producer for [new Warrant album] Louder Harder Faster – so we all got along so well. I was in a band with George and Mick and Jeff is a close friend now, so it was a natural thing for the record company to say 'Hey do a record, it will have the essential DNA from Lynch Mob and Dokken and it’s kind of interesting to see where everyone is now.' It offers us all closure. We were set to do a third Lynch Mob record once upon a time that never really happened. We’re not finished with the Super Stroke record. We’re all fitting it in on spare time as a side project."

I never thought about closure through the lens of a musician before, but I get it. It's just like anything else in life. A band is an intimate relationship. You spend a lot of time with the same core group of people, working and laughing and fighting. You have goals and plans for the future. When all that abruptly ends... well, it would be jarring to say the least. The rest of my interview with Robert Mason will run soon in the Dayton City Paper and I'll post that here.


Tommy Lee Is Getting Married (Again)

Tommy Lee is engaged to "Internet star" Brittany Furlan. I have no idea who Furlan is, but I wish them well. I really just wanted to post this because of the ring photo below. Holy cow, it's huge. Guys, all those Motley Crue albums and T-shirts we bought over the years helped pay for this!


Another Tour Announcement: STYX, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla

STYX, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla are going on tour together this summer. This is a good package, but I'm not sure all the individual fan groups necessarily cross-over, so it's a good chance for folks to see a new band live. STYX is a great live band and the headliner here. Should be fun. You going? Tickets on sale next Friday at Live Nation. 

May 30 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
Jun. 01 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jun. 02 - Sacramento, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre
Jun. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 05 - Denver, CO – Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Jun. 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jun. 09 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Jun. 10 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Jun. 12 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
Jun. 13 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Jun. 14 - Raleigh, NC - Costal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Jun. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
Jun. 17 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun. 27 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jun. 28 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
Jun. 29 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Jun. 30 - Hershey, PA - GIANT Center
Jul. 03 - Montreal, QUE. - Place Bell at Laval
Jul. 04 - Toronto, ONT. - Budweiser Stage
Jul. 06 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 07 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jul. 08 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul. 10 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
Jul. 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jul. 13 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
Jul. 15 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center