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Autograph Releasing New Music This Fall

From my inbox:

Legendary LA Hard Rockers AUTOGRAPH have signed a deal with EMP LABEL GROUP who will release their forthcoming album GET OFF YOUR ASS October 6th on CD and Digital, with a limited edition vinyl LP version available in November. Pre-order it now. 

GET OFF YOUR ASS is the first official studio LP from the revamped quartet, featuring original/founding members guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand, alongside new vocalist/rhythm guitarist Simon Daniels, and drummer Marc Wieland.

Lynch, an iconic guitarist, revered Worldwide as a bona fide guitar hero (known for his signature 8 finger hammer-on technique), reactivated the band in 2013 with bassist Randy Rand after reconnecting at the NAMM Show. After approaching original vocalist Steve Plunkett, who was unavailable for the reunion due to other business interests, with his blessing, the newly resurrected AUTOGRAPH recruited former JAILHOUSE vocalist Simon Daniels, the rest, as they say, is history.

GET OFF YOUR ASS features an updated, hard-edged (and keyboard free) sound for the band, featuring down-tuned guitars, and the fiery, blues-soaked delivery of Daniels, as evidenced on tracks like “Every Generation”, “I Lost My Mind In America”, and the first single, edgy title track “Get Off Your Ass”. The album also features an updated live version of the band’s classic rock staple “Turn Up The Radio”, performed by the current lineup.

Says co-founder, guitarist Steve Lynch, “Get Off Your Ass definitely sets a new direction for the band, with an updated, heavier sound, while still retaining the signature melodic hooks people have come to expect from AUTOGRAPH. This record is bound to get the attention of old Autograph fans as well as the new. So put your ears on and turn this one up!!"

Adds vocalist Simon Daniels, “We are so excited about this record! This is a lineup of brothers with a vision and the perfect chemistry. We wanted the record to be musically timeless, and translate a heavier sound featuring the melodies and harmonies, but with heavier guitars and a more “in your face” attitude. The lyrics come from the heart and are directed to people of our current era, with uplifting messages and positive energy. It’s AUTOGRAPH on steroids.”


Autograph has some upcoming shows:

9/8/2017 Ellsworth, WI “SCVR 27th Annual Chilifeed" @ Gas-Lite Tavern 
9/16/2017 Kingman, AZ The Great Mohave County Fair - (Free show w/ fair admission) 
10/6/2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena - w/ Slaughter & Vixen


'Girls, Girls, Girls' - 30th Anniversary Trailer

On August 25, Motley Crue will release the 30th anniversary edition of Girls, Girls, Girls. There's a couple snippets from interviews of Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee below. This tells me the band is doing a mini-documentary just like Def Leppard. Notice that Nikki and Tommy were not in the same location. Def Leppard were all shot in the same studio space. Will you buy this?


'Hysteria' 30th Anniversary Edition Out Today!

Def Leppard is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hysteria with a special remastered collection out today! Buy it on Amazon - I did.

Steven Tyler of Aersomith recorded a video to congratulate the Brits on the milestone:


Steelheart Release 'You Got Me Twisted' Video

Steelheart has released a video for “You Got Me Twisted” from the upcoming album Through Worlds Of Stardust. The record is due September 15. The song is good, but not great. I think this album has potential and I'm glad Steelheart is back and making a go of things again. I read some comments where people thought this track has a country vibe. I don't really get that from the song... do you?


Trending: Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons trended on Twitter for hours yesterday. When I first noticed this, I was worried he was dead or something.

But good news! All is well. Turns out, old Gene was trending because a cow was born... with markings just like The Demon. Every major news outlet in the world covered this.

You're welcome.



'Step Inside: Hysteria at 30' - Part 2

Def Leppard has released part two of their mini-documentary Step Inside: Hysteria. Watching this clip is a blast. I especially enjoyed the little bit about the band's debt load after making Hysteria. It cost $4.5 million bucks to make back in the day. A huge amount to be sure... but just think: I can't imagine any band getting that sort of label advance these days.

Does this mean we'll never have another album like Hysteria again? Probably not. We already know that arena bands are fading away and no one is there to really fill the void. I can't think of an album released today that will be important and beloved 30 years from now. 


Crazy Lixx, 'Hunter of the Heart' - New Video

Here's the best video and song so far of 2017! It's "Hunter of the Heart" from Crazy Lixx. The song is on the album Ruff Justice.

The song is great with big choruses and snappy riffs and the video is a hoot with it's little story line. I also want to give a shout out to the fact that there are two guys both named Jens in Crazy Lixx these days. I actually know a real life Jens (he's German), so this made me laugh.

All the best modern glam comes from Sweden.