Kill Devil Hill have been in the studio recording their next album with producer Jeff Pilson (bassist for T&N, Foreigner, War & Peace, ex-Dokken, Dio). Kill Devil Hill includes drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down), guitarist Mark Zavon (Ratt, W.A.S.P.) and vocalist Jason "Dewey" Bragg (Pissing Razors). Appice has described Kill Devil Hill's sound as "like a cross between Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains and a little bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in. It's heavy, but with a lot of cool hooks and melodic overtones, too."
Kill Devil Hill have previously said about their songwriting and recording approach, "We are going old school meets new; no sample drums here!!"
Former Dio bassist Jimmy Bain was arrested for DUI at around 9:30PM on Tuesday, Aug. 28th. According to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank, California police department, Bain, 64, was making a left out of the Fry's Home Electronics store parking lot in his 1995 green Toyota Camry on to westbound Vanowen Street, near Hollywood Way, about 9 p.m. Tuesday night when he pulled in front another vehicle, causing a collision.
Police officers administered a field sobriety test, but according to Ryburn, Bain "failed to satisfactorily pass it." Officers subsequently discovered that Bain was in possession of Vicodin pills without a valid prescription. He was arrested for DUI, possession of narcotic pills, and for an outstanding felony warrant for drugs. He was released Wednesday after posting $60,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles County Superior courtroom on September 19th. We wish Jimmy well is in ongoing battle with addiction.
Besides his work with Dio, the legendary rock bassist was once a member of Rainbow and collaborated on the late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott's solo albums. In 1978, the bassist formed Wild Horses, a band that also featured ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson, drummer Clive Edwards and guitarist Neil Carter. The group broke up after two albums. Bain still performs in the Los Angeles area in a covers band called Hollywood Allstarz.
Ronnie James Dio’s former home up for sale on eBay, ‘Dio: The Singles’ Box Set due for release next month
The New York home where Ronnie James Dio grew up has listed the property on eBay. The home is on Dio Way, the street renamed for Dio in 1988 and includes the garage where the he used to rehearse and possibly a trunk he buried in the back garden.
The current owner purchased it three years ago but says it’s now too small for his family: “This is the house he grew up in, wrote songs in, had parties in and played in. We bought it from Ronnie and have enjoyed living there. It has a detached garage where Dio used to play, a fenced-in back yard great for barbecues, and a garden behind the garage where Ronnie told me himself he’d buried a trunk that we never got round to digging up. I have found an old mic of his and what looks like some spelling test pushed into a knothole in the floor. We have had people visit the house, getting their picture taken out front, or by the street sign of Dio Way. If these walls could talk! I am listing it in the hope that a true Dio fan can get the house and enjoy owning a piece of heavy metal history.”
The starting price for the home is $90,000 and the auction closes at the end of August.
'Dio: The Singles Collection,' due for release on Aug. 31st in Europe and Sept. 3rd in Japan compiles a box of the band’s classic singles on Vertigo/Universal in replicas of the original release, along with a DVD. The 14 CD's include 48 songs from 14 previous singles, while the DVD presents 12 music videos.
The package comes with a reprint of a UK tour poster and Dio family tree (subject to change), as well as 32-page complete discography of the Vertigo years.
Dio 'The Singles Collection' track listing:
Rainbow In The Dark
The Last In Line
Mystery (inc. UK tour poster)
Rock N Roll Children
Hungry For Heaven
King Of Rock N Roll
I Could Have Been A Dreamer
All The Fools Sailed Away
-The Dio EP (inc. DIO family tree)
Jesus Mary And The Holy Ghost
Steel Panther Invade Europe!, Vivian Campbell rocks the Fanthers at House of Blues Hollywood (video)
The Steel Panther european onslaught has begun and the band will be bringing you a new web series that documents their life on the road during the recent tour! Over the next few weeks, they will be releasing weekly webisodes featuring footage of backstage shenanigans, fans they can’t understand, the occasional boob signing and much more! The first webisode was posted yeaterday, but it was pulled becasue Lexxi Foxxx wasn't happy with his amount of facetime and has requested a relaunch of our first webisode, which will be re-posted shortly. Check out the teaser clip below.
The band sat down for an interview with Brian Adler from Adlercast recently and talked '17 Girls In a Row,' the 'Balls Out' album, vaginal rejuvenation and BVS, rocdocs, the 9 volt battery taste and more.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell (Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy) rocked with Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxxx and Stix Zadinia at House of Blues in Hollywood on May 28th. It was a return visit for Viv with Steel Panther, as he joined them back in January at one of their residency gigs at House of Blues Anaheim. This time they performed Dio's 'Holy Diver' and 'Rainbow In the Dark,' as well as Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages.'
The Dave Grohl produced and directed documentary honoring the late, great Sound City studio continues to move forward with more details, more collaborations, and even a handwritten letter by Dave Grohl explaining why this project is so important to him.
"There used to be a recording studio called Sound City that was in the San Fernando Valley. Nirvana recorded there in 1991. It was this really beautiful dump in the middle of a warehouse district. A lot of great records were made there," Grohl said. "Fleetwood Mac made records there, Neil Young made records there, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Dio, Ratt, Pat Benatar...so I interviewed them to tell the history of the studio, but then I invite them back to record with me, and we make a record."
Grohl, who has purchased a vintage recording console from the studio, expanded his mission statement for the film by releasing a handwritten note that let it be known this is definitely a passion project.
"In the spring of 1991, I packed all of my belongings into an Army Surplus duffle bag, put my drums in some dusty road cases, rolled up my sleeping bag and jumped into an old, beat-up Ford van headed down to Los Angeles from Seattle," Grohl wrote. "I was a 22-year-old starving musician without a cent to my name or a place to call home. My destination: Sound City.
"The following three weeks changed my life forever. 'Sound City' is a film about America's greatest unsung recording studio. Deep in California's sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, tucked away behind train tracks and dilapidated warehouses, it was the birthplace of legend," he continued. "It was witness to history. It was home to a special few, intent on preserving an ideal. An analog church, a time capsule. The last bastion of a craft defied by technology. It was rock and roll hallowed ground. And it was our best-kept secret. Now I want to tell its story."
We're still waiting on a release date for the "Sound City" documentary, which will be distributed by Roswell Films, a division of the label that releases all the Foos Fighters music. Here's a trailer and video for the movie, a copy of Grohl's letter, a cassette label that Grohl unveiled at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and a few studio shots with collaborators in the studio.