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Brian Tichy announces he is quitting Whitesnake

by on Jan.04, 2013, under ROCK NEWS

Brian Tichy announces he is quitting Whitesnake

Whitesnake regret to announce that powerhouse drummer, Brian Tichy, has told David Coverdale this morning he is leaving the band to pursue the SUN project he started with gifted singer/guitarist Sass Jordan. Bassist & singer, Michael Devin, also a participant in SUN, will remain with Whitesnake.

Coverdale said: “We are truly sad to see him go, but, we fully support the pursuit of his ambitions & sincerely wish him well. His fearless drumming brought a relentless driving edge & to our music that we fully embraced. Good Luck, Brian...May the SUN shine brightly on you!!”

Whitesnake have begun the search for a new drummer. There are several musicians already being considered. A spokesman for the band said that this will not affect the forthcoming tour dates for 2013.

Drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, who has toured with the likes of Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake will focus on Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), the band he started with Canadian vocalist and Juno winner Sass Jordan. Bassist and singer Michael Devin, who is also in S.U.N., will remain with Whitesnake.

Tichy broke his collarbone last weekend in a mountain biking accident, making him unable to take part in the New Year's Eve performance of The Moby Dicks at Vamp'd in Las Vegas. The Moby Dicks are an All-Star Tribute To Led Zeppelin. Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali filled in for Tichy at the gig.

Tichy is one of the organizers of the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2013, which will take over Anaheim, California on Thursday, January 24th at the Observatory as part of the opening night of the NAMM show.

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Guitarist Rob Caggiano announces he is leaving Anthrax

by on Jan.04, 2013, under ROCK NEWS

Guitarist Rob Caggiano announces he is leaving Anthrax

Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano has decided to leave the band he has been with for 12 years and focus on producing records. Rob already has a long list of production credits, including Cradle Of Filth, The Damned Things, Jesse Malin, and the most recent Anthrax studio album, 'Worship Music', which received a Grammy nomination for the track 'I'm Alive.' Rob released the following statement:

"I'm extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that's an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It's been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn't change one single thing about the last 12 years.

"This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make, but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I've always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott [Ian, guitar], Charlie [Benante, drums], Joey [Belladonna, vocals], Frankie [Bello, bass] (and [former Anthrax singer] John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn't change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I've met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music!

"In this day and age, being a musician isn't always easy — also an understatement — but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally 'out for blood' after all these years is a testament to this band's longevity and conviction! I'm truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy."

Statement from Anthrax about Rob Caggiano's Departure From the Band:

January 4, 2013

Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.

With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.

ANTHRAX - Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna

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Inaugural ‘Clarence Clemons Day’ to be celebrated in New Jersey on January 11th

by on Jan.04, 2013, under ROCK NEWS

Inaugural ‘Clarence Clemons Day’ to be celebrated in New Jersey on January 11th

Fans of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will celebrate the inaugural "Clarence Clemons Day" in New Jersey on January 11th. In December, the New Jersey state Senate had passed a resolution that marked the late saxophonist's birthday as a special day in his home state but failed to note that additional approval was needed before the bill would be passed. That approval is now official, so the Big Man will now get his day.

New Jersey's state Assembly and Springsteen fanatic Governor Chris Christie signed off on the resolution, making it official. The resolution was first introduced in 2011 by state Senator Jennifer Beck. “The New Jersey Shore would not be the same without the music of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band,” said resolution sponsor Beck (R-Monmouth) in a statement. “And the E Street Band would not have been the same without the sound of a saxophone played by Clarence Clemons. For me as a resident of Red Bank, where he once owned a rock club, the loss rings ever more true. New Jersey lost an icon last year, an inextricable part of our shoreline’s cultural history that started by a happenstance meeting between Bruce Springsteen and the Big Man in Asbury Park in 1972.”

Clemons owned the Big Man's West nightclub on Monmouth Street in Red Bank from '81 to '83. The Big Man died June 18, 2011. Gov. Christie ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Clemons' passing.

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Pinnick Gales Pridgen – new power trio featuring members of King’s X and Mars Volta to release album next month

by on Jan.03, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Pinnick Gales Pridgen – new power trio featuring members of King’s X and Mars Volta to release album next month

The self-titled debut album from PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN is due for release on Magna Carta Records February 12th. It's often been said that three-piece bands are the most expressive and most balanced musical units known to the rock world. CREAM, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, RUSH, THE POLICE, PRIMUS… These legendary acts struck upon the correct ratio of musicianship and progressive songwriting by exploring uncharted musical territories while highlighting the individual talents within their collective ranks.

Now Magna Carta Records unveils PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN, a visionary power trio (emphasis on power) and a supergroup to boot, which is sure to take its rightful place in rock's hallowed halls.

Composed of bassist/vocalist Doug "dUg" Pinnick of the progressive metal band KING'S X, southpaw blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales (LAURYN HILL) and ambitious ambidextrous drummer and former THE MARS VOLTA member Thomas Pridgen, PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN unites three versatile artists, who demand, as much as share, the musical spotlight.

On the band's debut, each member of PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN infuses the material with his own set of musical influences, transforming his individual instrument into a lead instrument. The absolutely slamming musicianship frames the recognizable melodies of these songs and catapults the music into the realms of psychedelic blues, hard rock, and progressive soul/R&B.

"This record is three guys, with music in us, who said, 'Let's go for it,'" says Pinnick. "It was built upon raw energy."

Produced by Mike Varney, PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN's debut contains all the stinging bite and all-out sonic boom of KING'S X, THE MARS VOLTA and the ERIC GALES BAND. In addition, fans of artists as far ranging as Jimi Hendrix, CREAM, LIVING COLOUR, Stevie Ray Vaughan, TOOL, THE WHO, Stevie Wonder and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT might find something meaningful in these meaty, extended tracks.

PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN show some of their influences with their brilliant version of seminal power trio CREAM's "Sunshine Of Your Love". Pinnick says, "Our version has a different vibe: it's tuned down, real low."

"I think the record has a combination of all of the good things about our playing," says Pridgen.

"This is just colossal," Gales concludes. "This is just some slammin' [stuff]. When you put a project out like this, man, people will want to hear that [material] live. I know I would." Check out the rock Pinnick Gales Pridgen are bringing at


* Doug "dUg" Pinnick (KING'S X) - Bass and Vocals
* Eric Gales (ERIC GALES BAND, LAURYN HILL) - Guitar and Vocals
* Thomas Pridgen (THE MARS VOLTA) – Drums

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Performers for Bruce Springsteen MusiCares 2013 Tribute announced

by on Jan.03, 2013, under ROCK NEWS

Performers for Bruce Springsteen MusiCares 2013 Tribute announced

Bruce Springsteen has already been named as MusiCares' Person of the Year for 2013, and now we know the list of stars who will perform at this year's tribute benefit for the Boss. Springsteen will be honored at special event celebrating his exceptional artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

The tribute will inlcude performances by Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young.

Springsteen's friend, comedian and fellow New Jersey native Jon Stewart, will be the evening’s host.

In addition to the tribute concert, held in the week leading up to the Grammy Awards since 1989, a gala dinner and silent auction will also raise funds for the organization.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.

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