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Bret Michaels solo album to feature all-star cast of contributors

by on Jul.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Bret Michaels solo album to feature all-star cast of contributors

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has teamed up with an impressive cast of rockers and other musicians for his new solo album that's slated to arrive this summer. 'Bret Michaels and Friends: Get Your Rock On' features guest appearances by Aerosmith's Joe Perry, former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, Chickenfoot's Michael Anthony, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, .38 Special's Bobby Capps and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke and Peter Keys.

The record also will feature Jimmy Buffett, country legend Loretta Lynn and rapper Lil Jon. Michaels told, "I have either jammed with, partied with, or hung out with every friend that joined me on this album. There is such an awesome and diverse mix of talent on this record...It was truly one of the highlights of my career."

Michaels recently debuted a video for the first single from the album, the title track. The tune features guitar work by Def Leppard's Collen.

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Bret Michaels continues to recruit all star line-up of musicians for upcoming solo album


Bret Michaels continues to recruit all star line-up of musicians for upcoming solo album

Bret Michaels of Poison kicks off Arizona Bike Week with a free show tonight (Mar. 25) at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, and will spend the summer on the road with Poison, Def Leppard and Lita Ford. He has also announced more contributors to his upcoming solo album.

Michaels talked to to promote his appearance, and let loose with more details about 'Get Your Rock On,' which features the Supercross theme song ('Get Your Ride On') and guest appearances by Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley, Loretta Lynn and more.

Bret said, "Really amazing record. I put a lot of hard work into this. And everyone that's on it, I'm not only friends with but fans of. I've got Ace Frehley from Kiss and Michael Anthony from Van Halen. I redid "Nothin' But a Good Time" and played everything on it but the lead guitar and bass. Ace Frehley plays the solo and Michael Anthony plays bass. Then, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" has Joe Perry from Aerosmith and Hugh McDonald from Bon Jovi. And it's got Loretta Lynn singing it with me. Then, Jimmy Buffett, me and him did "Margaritaville" live.

Q: It's star-studded.

A: Yeah. But it's all people I know. Vinnie Paul from Pantera. They're all friends of mine. The best one -- are you ready for this? -- I remade "Sweet Home Alabama" with the guys from Lynyrd Skynyrd playing and singing on it. Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke are on it. I wanted them to hear what I had done. I gave it a really cool feel. And they were like, "This is awesome."

We'll see if Bret can complete his wish list of  by getting Stevie Nicks on the record, who he has mentioned he really wants in the past.

A release date for the album hasn't been set, but it’s possible the album will arrive just as Michaels hits the road with his Poison bandmates this June.

Read the entire interview here:

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KISS News: Movie based on 1975 visit to Cadillac, Michigan in the works

by on Mar.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

KISS News: Movie based on 1975 visit to Cadillac, Michigan in the works

Plans are in place to develop a movie inspired by the legendary two days in 1975 that Kiss spent bonding with the citizens of Cadillac, Michigan .

"Cadillac High," a feature film project, has received conditional approval for the state's film incentives. It expects to spend about $27 million in Michigan and would receive slightly more than $8 million in incentives, according to the Michigan Film Office's 2011 annual report.

The Detroit Free Press has reported that the movie would be based on the real story of the mutual love affair that turned Cadillac into a temporary Kiss army when the flamboyant, face-painted rockers joined the high school homecoming festivities in the sturdy Midwestern town more than three decades ago.

Kiss itself is not involved in the project, but the band is on board with the concept. "Anything that can commemorate and encapsulate what happened in Cadillac, Michigan, is worth doing. It will be a cinematic monument," said Kiss vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley.

Back in 1974, when the powerhouse Cadillac Vikings started the season with two losses, Jim Neff, a former Cadillac High teacher and assistant football coach had the idea of playing Kiss music in the locker room as a motivational tool. After all, the music was fast and loud, and, in football, as he explains, Kiss stands for "Keep it simple, stupid," a slogan about sticking to an effective game plan. Once the Kiss songs started flowing, the Vikings won the last seven games of the season.

In the midst of those victories, Neff got in touch with Kiss and eventually heard directly from its members. "My chair is located in the same place where Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons called me," said Neff, who still lives in Cadillac, a short walk from the football field.

That started a connection between the band and the school that, in 1975, led to the famous visit. Kiss, scheduled to play around that time at a Michigan college, accepted Neff's invitation to come to Cadillac High for homecoming.

What happened next exceeded his and everyone's expectations. During two days in October -- just a month after Kiss' landmark "Alive!" album was released -- band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, in full Kiss regalia, visited the high school, posed for photos on the football field and performed a show at the Cadillac High School gym attended by about 2,000 people. "To be part of that was surreal, to say the least," remembered Stanley, who said Michigan has long had a place in the band's heart. "Let's face it, we're blue-collar. We didn't grow up with a silver spoon. We were embraced and taken in by Detroit and Michigan. But Cadillac was unique."

Stanley says it was mind-boggling to see the enthusiasm of the town where the football team went "from worst to first" with help from its songs. Kiss even attended a civic breakfast in Cadillac where Neff, coach Dave Brines, Mayor Raymond Wagner and other dignitaries wore Kiss makeup and gave Kiss a key to the city.

"To see the mayor and everybody doing it, and doing it willingly, it was a testament to a small miracle," Stanley said. Later that day, Kiss made a dramatic exit when a helicopter landed on the football field. As it flew away, thousands of flyers fluttered onto the field that read, "Cadillac -- Kiss loves you!"

In the decades since, not a week has gone by that someone hasn't contacted Neff about the visit. "Your 15 minutes of fame, if it can last 36 years, that's cool," said Neff, who retired from teaching after 31 years. Most Kiss-related projects suggested to him never took off, but a 2010 ESPN segment helped spread awareness of the visit outside the Kiss army. Read the entire article here.

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Lynch Mob has new singer

by on Jan.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Lynch Mob has new singer

George Lynch revealed in an interview at the 2012 NAMM show last week (Jan. 21) that Lynch Mob has a new singer.

Vintage Rock's Junkman asked George what happening with Lynch Mob and Lynch revealed, "We've got a new singer, Jesse Forte from Vains Of Jenna. So it's Scot Coogan on drums from Ace Frehley, we've got Robbie Crane from Ratt and myself and Jesse Forte, and that's the new Lynch Mob. We're gonna be doing a lot of touring this year. And we're trying to get back in the studio in the late winter/early spring to finish up the record that we were doing with Oni (Logan, former singer) before we lost Oni last year. So a revamped Lynch Mob with fresh blood in it, with Jesse — a young guy, great chops, great look."

Good luck Jesse! I assume you'll continue with Vains of Jenna as well? Check out the interview with Lynch below:

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Here's a phot of Jesse and myself in 2011. Good luck Jesse!

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National Metal Day programming on VH1 Classic: Metal Evolution, Preview Axl Rose interview on “That Metal Show” and more (video)

by on Nov.09, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

National Metal Day programming on VH1 Classic: Metal Evolution, Preview Axl Rose interview on “That Metal Show” and more (video)

VH1 Classic continues it's week of Heavy Metal programming leading up to Friday's "National Metal Day" (11-11-11) with the premiere of the first episode of "Metal Evolution" and a new "That Metal Show," featuring an exclusive interview with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses. Ozzy Osbourne's "30 Years After The Blizzard" will air tonight and is a must see, as it was included on the recent anniversary re-release of the "Blizzard of Ozz" album and this is the first airing on commercial television. Watch a couple of preview clips of Axl with Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson and get the full TV schedule for the next few days on VH1 Classic.

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Get More: That Metal Show

Banger Films brings us "Metal Evolution" - 11 episodes based on the ground-breaking “Heavy Metal Family Tree”. This 26 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal – from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the Chart as his road map, host/producer and metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. From bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals, Sam will visit the pioneers of British and American hard rock who laid metal’s sonic foundation, as well as the current leaders of contemporary metal. Whether you love metal, documentaries or just great stories, Metal Evolution is the ultimate examination into the history of Heavy Metal music.

Drawing on the expertise of a whole team of musicians, journalists, academics, and producers, Sam will explore the questions heavy metal fans have always wanted to ask. A highlight of the series will be Sam’s in-depth discussions with many of heavy metal’s most important and influential personalities. From Alice Cooper to Slash, Lemmy to Rob Zombie and members of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Slayer, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Stooges, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more, Sam Dunn will investigate the history, myths and intricacies of Metal.

Metal Evolution Teaser - 50s (VH1) from Banger Films on Vimeo.

November 9 (Eastern Time):
Metal Mania all day (Heavy Metal Videos)
11:00 PM Ozzy Osbourne: Thirty Years After The Blizzard
12:00 AM Classic Albums: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1:00 AM Sonisphere 2011: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Motorhead
3:00 AM That Metal Show - Guests: Ace Frehley and Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)

November 10:
9:00 AM Rock Fest: nonstop rock action featuring all the timeless rockers like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith. 11:00 AM Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same
2:00 PM VH1 Rock Docs: Lemmy
4:00 PM This Is Spinal Tap - 1999 Cut
6:00 PM Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
9:00 PM The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2
11:00 PM VH1 Rock Docs - Iron Maiden: Flight 666
1:30 AM Classic Pop-Up Video - Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue, Round and Round - Ratt, The Memory Remains - Metallica, Breaking The Law - Judas Priest, Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
2:00 AM That Metal Show - Guests: Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Uli John Roth
3:00 AM Classic Albums: Judas Priest - British Steel
4:00 AM Rock Fest

November 11 - National Metal Day
6:00 AM Sonisphere 2011
8:00 AM VH1 Rock Docs - Lemmy
10:00 AM Behind The Music Remastered - Motley Crue
11:00 AM This Is Spinal Tap
1:00 PM VH1 Classic In Concert - Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back In Time Live (2008 Tour)
2:30 PM The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2
4:30 PM Sonisphere 2010: The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria
5:30 PM Ozzy Osbourne: Thirty Years After The Blizzard
6:30 PM VH1 Rock Docs - Iron Maiden Flight 666
9:00 PM Behind The Music Remastered - Megadeth (new episode)
10:00 PM Metal Evolution Part 1 - The origins of Metal, Memphis' Sun Studios, The Kinks and more
11:00 PM That Metal Show - Axl Rose & DJ Ashba

Enjoy the Rock and thanks VH1 Classic!

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