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Geoff Tate announces lineup for his version of Queensryche

by on Sep.02, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Geoff Tate announces lineup for his version of Queensryche

Geoff Tate of Queensryche has announced the musicians that will be a part of what he describes as an "anniversary tour" in 2013. After Tate tried and failed to get his former bandmates to stop using the Queensyrche name after they fired him, he will use the name as well for his version of the band. The new lineup includes Rudy Sarzo (AniMetal USA, ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio/Blue Oyster Cult) on bass, Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on drums, Glen Drover (Megadeth/King Diamond) on guitar, Kelly Gray (ex-Queensryche) on guitar, and Randy Gane on keyboards.

Geoff Tate said in a statement: “I’m sure the last few months have been very frustrating for you. I know they have been for me. It’s said that adversity makes one stronger. I’m definitely in a better place now than I’ve ever been before.

“Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensryche. Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensryche has ever been.

"The challenge, when you're in a creative environment, is keeping things fresh and invigorating, and after working with the same people for thirty years, it gets very difficult. You walk into the room, and everybody knows what everyone is going to do. There's no spark, the chemistry is very tried and true and you just keep coming up with the same ways of expressing yourself.

"With this new project, with these new people, it's a whole new scene. There are new ideas, different musical backgrounds and a whole new set of parameters. Everyone has ideas you haven't heard before, and everyone is throwing them against the wall and suddenly...the music has a whole new life., Batteries for Everything!

"I look forward to this new life and I hope to see you on tour as all of us come together and begin this new era."

Says Bobby Blotzer: "Geoff and Queensryche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys."

Adds Drover: "

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is a band that I grew up with and have always respected a great deal. [It] will also be great to play with the other musicians involved that I have never played with before. [I am] really looking forward to to this!"

Tate has completed work on his sophomore solo album, "Kings And Thieves", slated for release next month via InsideOut Music. Tate will support Alice Cooper on a Canadian tour this November.


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Alice Cooper’s Halloween Horror Nights back this year at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando (video)

by on Jul.26, 2012, under FUNNIES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Alice Cooper’s Halloween Horror Nights back this year at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando (video)

After it's success last year at Universal Studios Hollywood, Alice Cooper's Halloween Horror Nights Experiences returns with a new 3D maze, and adds the first Haunted Attraction at Universal Orlando Resort this year.

For the first time ever at Universal Orlando Resort’s award-winning event, Alice Cooper’s own version of a demented and dark subconscious will come to life in the haunted maze, “Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare.” Inspired by iconic elements from his first solo album, the attraction will put guests inside the haunted dreams of the album’s recurring character, “Steven,” as he endures the scream-inducing madness spawned from the mind of the legendary rocker.

Making an encore performance at Universal Studios Hollywood’s acclaimed event, Alice Cooper’s new haunted attraction, “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D,” will be inspired by the musician’s classic concept album centered on unending darkness, eternal torment and unimaginable horrors. The terrifying maze will beckon guests to experience hell’s interminable inferno as imagined through the eyes of hard rock visionary Alice Cooper. To experience this daunting new maze, guests will don 3D glasses for an optimum up close and personal three-dimensional encounter with Alice Cooper’s underworld.

Sharing his enthusiasm, Alice Cooper said, “I grew up watching classic Universal horror movies so it’s a thrill for me to work with Universal’s designers to create the quintessential Alice Cooper maze for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort. To have Alice Cooper haunted attractions at both parks this year is truly an honor...or is it a horror? Last year, Universal Studios Hollywood scared the wits out of me with their maniacal and demented creation and they’ve promised to up the ante with ‘Alice Cooper Goes To Hell 3D.’ I can’t wait to see the final terrifying masterpiece. It will be hell! I’m even more excited to see Universal Orlando Resort’s maze, ‘Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare.’ Let’s see if they can scare me!” “There are few as coolly demented as Alice Cooper,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. “He’s a cult classic icon and his partnership on the ‘Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare’ maze will bring something completely new and unexpected to our Halloween Horror Nights fans.”, Batteries for Everything!

John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood, said, “We wanted to break new ground with the insanely immersive ‘Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D’ maze and elevate its journey into the abyss to a shocking new level. The cutting-edge 3D technology we invented for this haunted attraction will add a palatable sense of realism to an already twisted environment that only music genius Alice Cooper could envision. Through innovative sets and LED technology, we’ve totally pushed the envelope to turn Alice’s maze into a mind-blowing 3D experience for his fans and Halloween Horror Nights guests.”

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visit

Check out this promo video featuring Alice and John Murdy:

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‘Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World’ book out November 6th

by on Jul.12, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

‘Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World’ book out November 6th

'Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In The World,' written by author Denny Somach is due November 6th from Sterling Publishing. The 256 page hardcover is described as follows:, Batteries for Everything!

Get the Led Out is the ultimate book for the ultimate fan of the ultimate band-Led Zeppelin. This lushly illustrated volume begins with a unique day-by-day timeline based on Carol Miller's radio show of the same name, and it provides a behind-the-scenes view, revealing quirky details, achievements, and adventures big and small. Twenty-seven rare, unguarded interviews feature the band members themselves, as well as other musicians and insiders who witnessed it all, including Jason Bonham, Chris Squire (YES), Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), ALICE COOPER, and music industry legends Danny Goldberg and Ron Nevison. The book ends with a comprehensive discography.

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Paul McCartney to join Ronnie Wood on his UK TV Show tomorrow night

by on Jun.24, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Paul McCartney to join Ronnie Wood on his UK TV Show tomorrow night

Two rock legends from the biggest bands of all time will come together Monday night to share stories in what promises to be a compelling chat. Sir Paul McCartney will be making an hour long appearance on the the U.K. television series hosted by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

The ‘Ronnie Wood Show’ was launched in the U.K. on Sky Arts HD back in February, after the success of the Rolling Stones guitarist's radio show. Wood got perhaps the biggest guest coup of his series so far by landing McCartney for an interview., Batteries for Everything!

The hour-long special airs Monday night at 10:00PM local time in the U.K. on Sky Arts with McCartney sharing the stories behind some of the biggest songs of his career and offering a few anecdotes from his career with the Beatles. Get more info on Ronnie's show and watch some great video of past episodes featuring Mick Hucknall, Steve Cropper, Ian McLagan, Mark Ronson, Alice Cooper and more here:

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Iron Maiden kick off ‘Maiden England’ North American Tour (video)

by on Jun.23, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Iron Maiden kick off ‘Maiden England’ North American Tour (video)

Almost 14,000 Iron Maiden rocked at the opening show of Iron Maiden’s 'Maiden England' North America Tour in Charlotte NC. The amazing set is based on the band’s "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour" featuring so many classic songs and hits and the same recreated stage set used on the original 1988 tour. It is so great to see Maiden kicking ass, still at the absolute top of their game!

Singer Bruce Dickinson commented “We haven’t played in Charlotte since 1988 so we really didn’t expect anything like this number of people would come and see us! And what a terrific audience! Truly magical. We had expected this to be a sort of lower key warm-up show to get the production, pyro and stuff into shape, and ourselves too! It was our first show since those at London's O2 Arena last August so band and crew can all get a bit rusty. But a crowd this loud and supportive soon blew the cobwebs away – thank you Charlotte!"

Bass player Steve Harris added, "It was fantastic to see so many fans since we were last here with the original Seventh Son tour 24 years ago. Some of the songs we’ve not performed for many years and the crowd reaction was just amazing, especially among the younger fans hearing them live for the first time. A response like that on the first night was incredible. We’re totally knocked out and can’t wait for the rest of the tour!", Batteries for Everything!

1. Moonchild
2. Can I Play With Madness
3. The Prisoner
4. 2 Minutes To Midnight
5. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
6. The Trooper
7. The Number Of The Beast
8. Phantom Of The Opera
9. Run To The Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear Of The Dark
14. Iron Maiden
15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free

The 34 date Maiden England tour is the band’s most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of other cities the band have not played in a very long time such as Atlanta, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Sacramento, and places like Sarnia (Ontario, Canada) and Cadott, WI where they have never visited before. Alice Cooper will be their Very Special Guest on all shows up to July 21th, with Coheed and Cambria continuing as opener after that date until the end of the tour.

The tour continues tonight in Atlanta, GA. Here is the rest of the Maiden dates:

Jun. 23 - Atlanta, GA - Aarons Ampitheatre at Lakewood
Jun. 26 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
Jun. 27 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
Jun. 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
Jun. 30 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 2 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jul. 4 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul. 5 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Jul. 7 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
Jul. 8 - Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi Arena
Jul. 11 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Jul. 13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Ampitheatre
Jul. 14 - Sarnia ON - Bayfest
Jul. 16 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul. 18 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 19 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Jul. 21 - Cadott, WI - Chippewa Valley Rock Fest
Jul. 24 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
Jul. 26 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Jul. 27 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Jul. 29 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
Jul. 30 - Seattle, WA - White River Ampitheatre
Aug. 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Ampitheatre
Aug. 3 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Ampitheatre
Aug. 4 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Ampitheatre
Aug. 6 - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion
Aug. 9 & 10 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
Aug. 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Pavilion
Aug. 13 - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Ampitheatre
Aug. 15 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Aug. 17 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 18 - Houston, TX - The Woodlands

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