Archive for May, 2011
Tesla, Y&T, and Black 'N Blue are the first confirmed bands for the new metal cruise Monsters Of Rock - The Voyage, which is set to sail on February 25 and return three days later via Ft. Lauderdale / Bahamas / Key West. Now more have been announced!
Commented the organizers: "It’s the moment you have all been waiting for... the first announcement about next year’s Monsters of Rock Cruise. It's been bantered about this for the last thee months on the Monsters of Rock Radio Show and Facebook... it’s finally here! "The inaugural Monsters Of Rock cruise will be nothing short of epic! Think of it as one big backstage party… Talk about getting up close and personal with some of your favorite bands! This will indeed be the rock 'n roll vacation that people will chatter about for years to come... and we invite you to be a part of it."
*Also now announced to be part of the Voyage are: Cinderella, Firehouse and Lynch Mob. Playing in the "Monsters Of Rock Coffee Shop" will be Eric Martin of Mr. Big and John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream, Ratt) as part of the "Story Tellers Acoustic Series". Not only will they perform some of their biggest hits, up close and unplugged, they will also reveal the great stories behind the music. Eddie Trunk from VH1's That Metal Show will be part of "Rock 'N Roll War Stories", a scintillating and revealing artist Q & A session. He'll also do a book signing of his recent release "Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal".
More announcements will be made in the coming days...stay tuned!! Get all the info here: Monsters Of Rock - The Voyage
Here's the first two episodes of Saxon's Making of the "Call To Arms" album. In the first episode, vocalist Biff Byford will guide you through the recording session of the choir voices used for 'Back In 79', and introduce you to the lucky fans that were able to join the band in the studio and sing along.
In episode two, the one-minute clip finds the band on the beach for the "Call To Arms" album photo session.
Saxon have announced a show at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa, CA on September 29th. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Pre-sale tickets are on sale for $25 dollars and day of show tickets are $30 dollars. Purchase tickets here: sfarzo.us or here: lastdaysaloon.com
Smithsonian Magazine recently conducted an interview with Eddie Van Halen about his decision to donate his guitar, the Frank 2, to the National Museum of American History.
When asked which of his past musical collaborations stands out his favorite, Eddie said, "Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' is a stand out for me. (Producer) Quincy Jones called me up and asked me to play on it. When I got there, it took me 15 minutes to rearrange the song and I played two solos and told them they could pick the one they liked best. Then Michael walked in and said, 'Wow! I really like that high fast stuff you do.' It was a lot of fun to do. It's crazy that something could take such a short amount of time and can grow into something beyond anything you could ever imagine." Check out the Q&A here: smithsonianmagazine/Eddie VH Q&A
Slash recently said about the new Van Halen album: "They're finishing (up their new album right now), actually. I don't wanna speak on their behalf, but one of the guys that works for us works for Van Halen in the studio and he told me that they're in the mixing stages." The group began recording in January with producer John Shanks.
Van Halen will play their first official tour dates in 2011 in Australia at the traveling Soundwave Festival. The Van Halen lineup consists of Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen, as well as the return of David Lee Roth on vocals. No official word on the new album being released before the Festival, but it is possible a single could be out by then, with the new album by the end of the year.
The Soundwave Festival includes Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Alter Bridge, Hole, Danzig, Bad Religion, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Sum 41, The Damned Things and more.
Old time rock and roll can only soothe the soul for so long? Bob Seger has said he might be hanging it up when it comes to touring and recording. The 66-year-old rocker just wrapped up his tour recently and although he is considering continuing touring this fall, after that...who knows?
"I've been doing this a long time," told Billboard.com. "I don't know if I want to do this when I'm 67, you know?"
Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are considering a final fall tour to hit some of the regions they missed on this spring's trek. "We didn't play anywhere in Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky... I could go on and on," he said. "There were states we never even got to... And it's going so well and everybody is so positive on it, we are considering maybe two months, like late October to late December, just before Christmas." Seger still needs to finish his latest album, which doesn't have a release date as of yet.
Seger released a rendition of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train," which he first recorded in 1989, before the tour started. "It was the one that sounded most radio-ready," Seger said. Other tracks include: a "father-daughter" song called "Hannah" that features guest appearances by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow -- the same trio that recorded "Collide," from Rock's "Born Free" album; a track called "The Sea Inside" that Seger describes as "very Led Zeppelin;" and "Hey Gypsy," a Texas swing-styled "homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan" that he says has a shot at being included in this spring's concerts. Hopefully we will see the album soon, and more tour dates announced! Keep it going Bob!
Billboard.com has issued the following report from Gary Graff:
Slayer continues to play live while ailing guitarist Jeff Hanneman remains on the sidelines. But singer-bassist Tom Araya says the group will not consider any recording projects without him.
"There's no way we'd go into a studio without him," Araya told Billboard.com. "As a band we're not going to do something without him. He's an integral part of the band. We require his musical skills, his writing skills. He's an integral part of the band. So we're going to hold off until he's at 100 percent and can join that process and be part of it."
Hanneman is battling necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria syndrome that was likely contracted from a spider bite. Slayer has continued to book dates, with Exodus' Gary Holt subbing for most of them, including the Australian Soundwave Festival tour, the Big Four show on April 23rd in Indio, Calif., the upcoming Hell On Earth Tour with Rob Zombie and the upcoming Yankee Stadium Big Four gig. Hanneman did play two songs, 'South Of Heaven' and 'Angel Of Death', at the Big Four concert in Indio, which Araya says was "very emotional" for all concerned.
"It was a big deal for him to play - for us it was, too," the bassist, who's had his own health issues with his neck, says. "We thought that would be a nice surprise for everybody and also make everybody aware that he's still there. It's pretty severe what he's going through. He's had skin grafts, and he's got to rehabilitate his arm and get it back in shape again. It's going to require a lot of time."
Here's the entire article: billboard.com/slayer