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Thursday
Jan122017

Are Guns n' Roses Planning A DVD Release Soon?

I noticed yesterday that the Guns n' Roses Twitter sent out an excerpt of a Dizzy Reed interview. The clip was shot before one of the band's recent reunion shows. This is definitely pro-shot. This makes me wonder: will GnR release a DVD of their storied reunion run soon? I guess we'll know if more clips pop up.


Wednesday
Jan112017

Rocklahoma 2017 Lineup Announced

A massive music lineup has been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26, 27 & 28, 2017 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Soundgarden, Def Leppard, and The Offspring lead the music lineup for America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2016, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 70,000 fans attending the festival’s 10th year.

The current Rocklahoma band lineup is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard, The Offspring, Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Skillet, Ratt (featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo), Jackyl, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday, Suicidal Tendencies, Nothing More, Buckcherry, Zakk Sabbath, Diamond Head, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, In Flames, Slaughter, Starset, Norma Jean, Fozzy, Red Sun Rising, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Wage War, Badflower, Goodbye June, DED, Royal Republic, Aeges, One Less Reason, Wildstreet, Black Tora, Lynam, Ratchet Dolls, ASKA, Moxy & The Influence, Niterain, The Tip, Diamond Lane, Nova Rex, Dead Metal Society, Deathgrip, Desire The Fire, Wild Planes, Electro_Nomicon, 3-D In Your Face, Coda Cutlass, Kore Rozzik, Retrospect All-Stars, Adakain, 5 Star Hooker, Arson City, The Chimpz, As Above So Below, Keychain, Stolen Rhodes, Nicnos, Paralandra, Hoodslide, NonHuman Era, The Mendenhall Experiment, Midnight Mob, Another Lost Year, Wild Fire, Final Drive, Sun and Flesh, BC and the Big Rig, Screaming Red Mutiny, The Adarna, Locust Grove, Skytown, Difuzer, Save the Hero, Reliance Code, Sweatin Bullets, The Normandys, Thousand Years Wide, The Fairweather, The Revolutioners and Weston Horn and the Hush.

Presale weekend tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are available for purchase starting Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00 AM CST at www.Rocklahoma.com. The layaway option allows purchasers to split the cost into four monthly payments.

Weekend General Admission: $107

Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $347

Weekend VIP Reserved: $386

 

 

Tuesday
Jan102017

The Most Amazing Left Turns In Metal 

Today's post is from our friend HIM.

Happy 2017 everybody. Let me begin by saying that I want to begin the year with a post that is open to endless speculation. That seems fitting. So please add to this post with your thoughts.


Thoughts about what? Simple. When has a band or an artist made such an amazingly puzzling decision to change their sound or image? For me, there are two that stand out:

First is the evolution of Celtic Frost. Yes, I know. Celtic Frost are not glam. But they were a band I couldn’t figure out and still liked to listen to, even as I was awash in the Crue and Dokken. Not sure why, even to this day. Something about the odd sounds on To Mega Therion caught me:

 

Yeah, the album had a blissfully obscene cover. But Thomas Gabriel Fischer, the mastermind behind all this, was onto something in 1985. This was vicious and operatic. It was fast and then slow, Wagner meets Venom meets Metallica. I was hooked for all the right reasons. But what the holy hell was Cold Lake?



That’s a poor attempt at being something you are not, Tom Warrior! Faster Pussycat is not your thing. Nor is it your place (or your space, it seems) to aim for a crossover sound. It is a good thing that he has reclaimed his footing in recent years, releasing albums with his band Triptykon that harken back to the time when Celtic Frost were something ominous and soul-crushing, while also being interesting and engaging.

Second is the history of Fastway. Well, actually, the history of the original singer in Fastway. Fastway began as a perfectly boozy dream combo: Fast Eddie Clark (formerly of the glory years Motorhead) and Pete Way (the slurry bassist most known for his stints in UFO, and not an actual player on their eponymous debut in 1983). My thinking here is more focused on the singer on that—and three subsequent—albums, Dave King. Here he is belting out a classic slab of hard rock sleaze-cheese:



Here he is now:



Again, what the holy hell? Sure, this Pogue-ish stab at his Irish roots sounds great. And, yes, it isn't the sell-out that Celtic Frost engaged in.

But he hides from his past (lest we forget the classic metal movie Trick or Treat). And I wonder why? He got a start in Fastway. He kicked ass. He must consider this an indiscretion of youth. If so, why dodge one that is so good?

I trust there are enough examples that you can think of to discuss. You know, Ron Keel? Or others that I haven’t considered. So share them and let’s get a two-page posting session going. Rock is littered with “Yeah!” and then “Huh?” moments.

Monday
Jan092017

Foreigner Plot Summer Tour With Friends

According to Billboard, Foreigner will tour this summer and take Cheap Trick and the Jason Bonham Band on the road with them. Interestingly, original Foreigner members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood will appear at some of the stops. Right now, it looks like there will be 37 dates. The run starts June 11 in Syracuse, New York. Tickets will go on sale soon. I'm going to pass on this as I just saw Foreigner live last summer.


Sunday
Jan082017

The Summer Poison Tour Inches Closer (Maybe)

Bret Michaels just did an interview where he said he hopes a summer Poison tour happens and that the run is on "his wish list." Well, it's on my wish list too because it doesn't feel like summer without Poison on the road, you know? They are a classic and consummate party band. Thinking of summer shows is getting me through this miserable stretch of cold weather. It was 8 degrees in southern Ohio yesterday. Just truly miserable.

It's been years (2012) since Poison was tour. Can you believe it's been that long?!

 

Saturday
Jan072017

Stephen Pearcy Releases New Track 'Rain' 

New year, more new music.

Stephen Pearcy has just released the track "Rain" which is off his upcoming album Smash, due out January 27. This comes just before we get news that Pearcy and Warren DeMartini are working together on demoing new tracks for a new RATT record.

It's unbelievable to me that Infestation is already about seven years old, so RATT is definitely overdue for a new record. We'll see what the guys come up with, but it does seem like there is real interest to create new work.



Friday
Jan062017

Jack Russell's Great White, 'Love Don't Live Here'

Jack Russell's Great White has another new song out. This one is called "Love Don't Live Here." The song is from the album He Saw It Comin' which is due out January 27. I actually have the chance to see the CD release party and concert at the Whisky in Los Angeles early next month. I'm still on the fence and haven't decided if I'm going to go or not, but it's a possibility. Here's the new track. What do you think?