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Duff McKagan throws out first pitch at hometown Seattle Mariners game (video)

by on Jul.14, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Duff McKagan took to the mound to throw out the first pitch just before a recent Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox game in his hometown of Seattle. "It was totally nerve-wracking to throw out the first pitch. I got about 150,000 texts saying 'don’t throw it in the dirt' -- so I threw it really high, but not too high."

Duff is a major fan of his hometown Mariners, Seahawks, and was incredibly saddened when his Seattle Supersonics left for Oklahoma City.

Here's more detailed video on

Besides writing a fantastic column for Seattle Weekly, Duff also writes for Read his recent columns here.
With the recent release of the 'Rock of Ages' movie, the New York Times recently got Sunset Strip reminisces from Duff, Bret Michaels and Sebastian Bach. Read it here:

McKagan will be this year's Grand Marshal of the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle. This year's parade takes place Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. As always, it starts at Seattle Center and heads downtown along Fourth Avenue on a 2-1/2 mile route.


Duff and his wife at a Seahawks game

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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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Poison frontman Bret Michaels introduces Pets Rock collection at PetSmart (video)

by on Jun.25, 2012, under FUNNIES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Poison frontman Bret Michaels introduces Pets Rock collection at PetSmart (video)

You can now bring out the "inner rock star" in your pets as Poison frontman and promo master Bret Michaels has teamed up with PetSmart for a new line of gear called the Pets Rock collection. The items include toys, beds, clothing, collars and leashes, bowls and more, "everything your pet needs to go from the backyard to backstage and beyond."

Michaels commented on the new line, "I know there are other pet parents like me who want to show off their pets in rock-star style. I've been a pet lover since I was a child so I created this line for everyone who wants something unique to rock their pets' world."

Here's a few of the items: The Tour Bus Toy with w/Hide & Seek toys, The Plush Guitar Toy, the Bret Michaels Red Doo-Rag,
Check out the entire line of products here:

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Bret Michaels settles Tony Awards lawsuit

by on May.15, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Bret Michaels settles Tony Awards lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him.

The confidential settlement also covers Michaels' claims against CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show and the mishap. The Poison frontman blamed the network for airing the moment, which became which a viral video watched by tens of millions of people online, and claimed Tony Awards producers never warned him there would be a set change after he and his band performed "Nothin' But a Good Time."

The whack initially left Michaels with a busted lip and broken nose but also caused brain bleeding, the lawsuit claimed. He was hospitalized in April 2010, and doctors found he had a brain hemorrhage and he later suffered a warning stroke, which the musician says nearly killed him.

Michaels' attorney Alex Weingarten said details of the settlement would not be released. "Mr. Michaels would like to thank his fans for their continued support," he wrote in a statement.

Michaels sued in March 2011 in Los Angeles, but a judge later moved the case to New York City. The agreement came after a mediation session was held on Friday.

Representatives for CBS and the Tonys released a joint statement saying that "an amicable resolution" had been reached but no further details would be released.

The musician and reality television star did not state how much compensation he was seeking when he sued but said the injury hurt his ability to perform at later shows.

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Woman of Rock Vicky Hamiton talks managing Guns N’ Roses & Poison, working with Motley Crue, Stryper and more in new interview

by on May.07, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Woman of Rock Vicky Hamiton talks managing Guns N’ Roses & Poison, working with Motley Crue, Stryper and more in new interview

Legendary Rock Interviews recently conducted an interview with the great Vicky Hamilton. Vicky has been a hard rock insider in just about every way imaginable, from music journalist, venue booking and record store managing to Geffen Records A&R, artist management and consultant. She's worked with a who's who of rock icons, including Motley Crue, Stryper, Faster Pussycat, the underated Salty Dog and more. She also was an early manager of Poison and Guns N' Roses. Vicky shares some great stories and insights from those days, and also talks about a new band she's working with from Australia called THE ART. Here's a couple of excerpts from the interview:

On Motley Crue:
LRI: So you made the move in 1981 and I know that one of the earliest bands you worked with was Motley Crue. How did you get involved with those guys to begin with? That was a really, really exciting time in their career.

Vicky: I was a management consultant for them. I had become friends with Nikki really early on, even before the Leathur Record and I was hired by their first manager Alan Coffman as a management consultant. I helped shop them to the labels and did a lot of their display merchandising for the Too Fast For Love album. I lived in Hollywood so I sort of babysat the band and helped out a little bit. I was also a really, really big fan of the music and was a record store buyer for a store out here called Licorice Pizza so I bought a LOT of Motley Crue records and pushed them heavily through their 30 store chain which really helped their career early on. At the time they played the show they really got famous off of at the Whisky I had set up a huge display in the window of the store to promote it and the album. I had included a lot of their personal items and whips and chains and Vince gave me a pair of pink panties to include in it which, by the way, were NOT clean but I put those on the manniquins in the window too. We had fluorescent painted the MOTLEY logo and you could see it up and down the street so all of that in addition to moving so many records in the store was , I think, at least some factor in helping them get signed.

LRI: I just think that is the most pure and effervescent record they ever recorded. It’s poppiness has never been matched and it’s still my favorite.

Vicky: Yeah, there’s a lot of cowbell! (laughs).

LRI: I know! Did you have the sense that despite the rawness they were really tapping into something special?

Vicky: Oh totally. When Motley busted out it was all punk rock and European new wave stuff like Duran Duran or Psychedelic Furs. So they just stood out with their duct tape, spandex and hair. Nikki lit himself on fire and just everything about them was like “What is THIS???!!” I was very curious by the time Nikki came into my record store and he had this German model girlfriend and I befriended them and started hanging out with them. I was very curious about them in general and I just fell in love with the sound. I think that being from the midwest is sort of a blessing and a curse all rolled into one, I don’t know if you’d agree but what it did for me was….my taste in radio was staunchly commercial. I could see that despite the image and abrasiveness there was a commerciality in Motley Crue that was very different and new. It was clearly marketable and I was ready to ride the train. Nikki Sixx is a visionary and he knew from day one where this project was headed. I think that I just really believed in him and knew that whatever he set his mind to was gonna work.

On Poison:
I know it’s been mentioned that your time managing Poison ended badly but you really believed in them at a time when few people did, isn’t that correct?

Vicky: Pretty much. They were really fresh and Pennsylvanian (laughs). We had done a demo deal with Atlantic and they passed on the band. Because of my association with Motley and Stryper I was very friendly with the Enigma people and we were offered a very small deal by Enigma, I think it was like 25,000 dollars or something and they of course took it. At that point I was not getting along with Bret Michaels so I sold my contract to Howie Huberman who was my financial backer so he took over management from there. They were released by Enigma and Capitol bought it and it blew up.

LRI: Bret has made such a name for himself outside of Poison and much of it has to do with this easygoing, fan friendly persona but he must be at least somewhat difficult to deal with behind the scenes or creatively. Is he headstrong?

Vicky: I’ll put it to you this way John, everyone assumes that Axl Rose was the most difficult personality or character I’ve ever dealt with which ISN’T true. It was unquestionably Bret Michaels (laughs).

On Guns N' Roses:
LRI: I didn’t see the band until the Illusions era so I can’t imagine what you saw at the Troubadour. Did you ever see GNR in a bad show or a sloppy show back in the pre-Appetite days?












Vicky: I wouldn’t say sloppy was the word maybe raw but even in the very beginning they were brilliant. Everyone knew that you were watching a trainwreck but you couldn’t take your eyes off of it. It was RAW. It felt a little dangerous and there was just so much magic and brilliance in that original lineup. Those five guys together were the magic ingredient. It’s hard…’s hard to really describe what that band was like but it was amazing and it was pure magic. Noone can take that away from them. I went to go see Axl’s hired guns at the Forum this January. All those guys in Axl’s band are technically great musicians but that magic and fire is gone, it’s just….dead and gone. There was no fire. It’s not what GNR was when they were young and living. That was like real life to them, those songs were their lives, it wasn’t just a bunch of good musicians playing a show, it was REAL. It’s those five guys or nothing, I mean Matt Sorum is a great drummer but it just wasn’t the same without Steven (Adler). Steven had a way of playing that was stylistically important and his spirit and spark drove those songs where they needed to be. Steven’s early friendship with Slash added a certain dynamic and then when Izzy left it was just OVER because he was such a grounding force to the songwriting and was childhood friends with Axl. Those two being replaced by other musicians didn’t replace that chemistry. When Izzy left that was when Axl really just lost his mind in a lot of ways. By the time Illusions had hit I was so far removed from all things Guns that it was interesting. Axl had this Elton John thing going (laughs) and keyboardists and background singer girls. It just wasn’t the same rock band I had even worked with, not to say there wasn’t some brilliance on those albums because there clearly was it was just so radically different. I mean the first time I heard him play November Rain on the piano I was blown away that the same guy who could write the stuff on Appetite could play such a beautifully arranged piano ballad but they were clearly headed in a different direction.

LRI: Was the floor of the GNR “living space” really as bug infested and disgusting as its been described?

Vicky: I wish I had taken photos John. It was probably worse than it’s been described. It was so bad that I left everything in that apartment when it was time to go except the wood table which I still have. It was a beautiful wood table but it now has cigarette burns and water circles from all the beer bottles and stains from Jack Daniels bottles. The table is just completely ravaged by GNR but I keep it because I love it so much (laughs). It was a pretty rough place, this much is true, but we all survived.

You owe it to yourself to read the rest of this really interesting interview here:

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