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L.A. Metal Summit In Tokyo Announced

If you've ever wanted to go to Tokyo (like me!) this May might be a good time. The L.A. Metal Summit will happen there on May 13-14 at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Chiba, Japan. Some of our favorites like Sebastian Bach, RATT, Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns will perform.

I think this would be amazing for several reasons, the biggest being that the Japanese love hair metal bands. I expect the crowds to be big and high energy.

You can buy tickets on Live Nation Japan.



Another Quiet Riot Singer Change?

When is it time to just put a band to bed? According to a German music website, Quiet Riot has canned singer Seann Nicols. Now Frankie Banali and crew has apparently tapped former American Idol contestant James Durbin. Now, I was a James Durbin fan during his season. He's a rocker and I wrote about him here. But still. I just don't see how he fits with Quiet Riot. But apparently the only thing Banali wants now is a warm, male body.

Quiet Riot will release the upcoming album Road Rage on April 21. The album features vocals by Nicols.

Here's a track from the upcoming new album.


Richie Kotzen Tour Dates!

It must be tour dates around here. I can't help it. This time of year, I always get the itch and start trolling websites of my favorite musicians, looking to see what is coming up. Spring is so close and that means summer isn't far behind. There's nothing better than live music, outside in the heat!

So Richie Kotzen is hitting the road. He's going to a lot of places including America, Brazil, Germany, Spain and more. He's my favorite guitar guy. I've seen him live before and I'd love to do so again. No dates by me, but one is near my BFF Heather, so a trip is probably in order!

Click for full tour dates.




Poison Announces Solo Shows!

The summer concert season news continues to heat up! Poison has announced solo tour dates. These dates are outside of their tour with Def Leppard.

The Poison solo dates are:

Raleigh, North Carolina on April 28
Charlotte, North Carolina on April 29
Huntington, West Virginia on May 7
Albany, New York on May 9
Rapid City, South Dakota on May 26
Grand Forks, ND on May 27

Tickets for some shows go on sale Saturday at Ticketmaster.


RATT Announces Shows!

RATT - which is to say Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier, Cavazo - have just announced some upcoming live shows! They did this with little fanfare. I didn't even receive a press release - I just stumbled on the shows by popping over to RATT's website. Then I noticed the band tweeted out the shows (but only a couple of them).

We can deduce that things are happening - maybe we'll get a new album after all!


Vince Neil Announces Tour

Vince Neil is heading out on tour and he's leaving the United States this time. He's starting in a couple days here in America and will then hit Germany and the Czech Republic for some festival gigs. I've seen Vince solo enough so I don't have the desire to do so again. That said, this is your only option to hear Motley Crue songs live now since that band is retired. Here's the tour dates:

3 - Shooting Star Casino - Mahnomen, MN
18 - Peppermill Hotel & Casino - West Wendover, NV
31 - Fort Hall Casino - Fort Hall, ID

20 - The Effingham Performance Center - Effingham, IL
2 - Harrah's Casino and Hotel - Council Bluffs, IA
17 - The Starlight Amphitheater - Oklahoma City, OK
24 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Biloxi, MS

14 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany
16 - Masters Of Rock Festival - Vizovice, Czech Republic



'Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar' Season 2 Set For Premiere 

Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar will premiere on AXS TV Sunday, March 5. This is probably a show you'll enjoy, so definitely set your DVR to record. I'll be doing the same!

This season is 12 episodes. Sammy pops around to different parts of America and interviews famous musicians along the way.

The first episode of this new season will feature Metallica's James Hetfield. Here's a trailer for the entire season!

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