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‘Hair I Go Again’…Two middle aged guys. One lifelong dream. Zero chance in hell (documentary trailer)

by on Jan.11, 2013, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Hair I Go Again’…Two middle aged guys. One lifelong dream. Zero chance in hell (documentary trailer)

'Hair I Go Again', a new film documenting two friends who were once part of a band trying to hit it big back in 1985 and their attempt to reunite and try opening for their Heavy Metal idols on tour is slated for release early this year. Check out the three-and-a-half-minute trailer below.

Film synopsis: "The year was 1985. Thousands of miles away from the sonic debauchery of the Sunset Strip, a group of teenage friends shared aspirations of glam rock grandeur. Rising from the ashes of countless garage jams and taking a page straight out of Hit Parader, a hungry, determined band was ultimately born. Fame and fortune were well within reach, as they toured the skating rink circuit of West Central Florida, but fate intervened and the group unceremoniously imploded... probably over some chick.

"In this humorous-yet-shameless documentary, two longtime friends ultimately realize their mortality and decide to give the dream one last shot. Gone are the long hair, leopard-skin spandex and all-night parties. Only to be replaced, some twenty-five years later, by male-pattern baldness, XXL fashion and the mundane grind of 9-to-5. Their mission: reunite the band and appear as an opening act for their heavy metal idols.

"Their journey will take them cross-country as they seek out (OK, stalk) their musical heroes with the hopes of hearing the words: 'You've got the gig.'

"Countless questions remain. Will they find their long-lost bandmates (particularly the bastards that still owe them money)? Can any of them still hold a tune? And who was that skank that broke up the band in the first place?

"Failure might be their only option."

Directed by Steve McClure credits include Starz Entertainment Group, E! Entertainment Television & Sony Pictures Entertainment. Steve also wrote and produced "The Michelangelo Story", a documentary distributed nationally by Service Merchandise.

After obtaining numerous industry awards for cable television promotion, Steve co-founded Ghost-2-Eleven Entertainment with long-time high school friend, Kyle Kruger. The film was written by Kruger and McClure. As an Associate Producer with EMG, Kyle served under the tutelage of the late, 2-time Academy Award winning Producer John Daly ("Platoon", "The Last Emperor", "The Terminator", "Hoosiers"). "Hair I Go Again" features interviews with many of the most influential musicians and industry professionals in the business of that time, including:

- Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
- Erik Turner and Robert Mason (WARRANT)
- Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
- Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
- Kip Winger (WINGER)
- Oz Fox (STRYPER)
- Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE)
- Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE)
- Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, DIO, FOREIGNER, T&N)
- Brian Forsythe (KIX)
- Brent Muscat (SIN CITY SINNERS/FASTER PUSSYCAT)
- Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
- Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, BROKEN TEETH)
- Jason Bieler (SAIGON KICK, SUPER TRANS ATLANTIC, OWL STRETCHING)
- CJ Snare (FIREHOUSE, RUBICON CROSS)
- Ron Keel (STEELER, KEEL)
- Jaime St. James (BLACK 'N BLUE, WARRANT)
- Stevie Rachelle (TUFF)
- Lorraine Lewis (FEMME FATALE)
- Steve Blaze (LILLIAN AXE)
- Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT, KING KOBRA)
- Beau Hill (producer for ALICE COOPER, TWISTED SISTER,RATT, KIX, WINGER, WARRANT, EUROPE, ROXX GANG)
- Share Ross (VIXEN)
- Brian Vollmer and Brent Doerner (HELIX)
- Jimmy D'Anda (BULLETBOYS)
- Vicky Hamilton (manager and consultant for MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, GUNS N' ROSES)
- Terry Ilous (XYZ, GREAT WHITE)
- Ryan Roxie (ALICE COOPER, ELECTRIC ANGELS, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ROXIE 77)
- John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION, THE SCREAM, RATT, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION)
- Kevin Steele (ROXX GANG, MOJO GURUS)
- Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JON OLIVA'S PAIN)
- Kenny McGee (JULIET)
- Bruce Batten (BRAT)
- THE IRON MAIDENS (all-female tribute to IRON MAIDEN)
- Sam McCaslin (Retrospect Records)
- Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
- Marla Stone (95YNF and 98ROCK in Tampa Bay, Florida)
- Sandy Sledge and Leather Leone (SLEDGE LEATHER PROJECT)

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Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

by on Dec.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

Kicking off Rock Picks of the week are the great American Rockers Buckcherry with their new track 'Gluttony' from their upcoming album 'Confessions,' which is due February 19th from Century Media Records. You say I drink too much, you say I smoke too much, you say I f**k too much, A Glutton Enemy has started! It's another great track from the always underated Buckcherry, who continue with another track sure to please all of us fans, and hopefully bring new fans into the fold. Each and every album from Buckcherry is full of quality hard rock and I'm sure the new album will be no exception.

Buckcherry just wrapped a string of concert dates in the U.K. and will headline North American shows in late December and January before joining Kid Rock on his upcoming 'Rebel Soul' Tour, kicking off February 2nd in Kansas City, MO. In addition, Buckcherry will also be co-headlining with Queensryche, the Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas on December 31st. The band's will be joined by Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise in festivities that will last from 6pm to 3am. Here's to a kick ass 2013 for Buckcherry!!!

One of my favorite bands, Rival Sons have released the second single from their 'Head Down' album, which is available now on itunes and will be available in the U.S. on January 22nd. 'Until The Sun Comes', is the track that many figured would be a single from the album on initial listen. The video was directed by Simon Gesrel, protégé of Academy Award-winning director Michel Gondry (White Stripes, Bjork).

'Head Down' on Earache Records--which has gotten fantastic reviews including a four-out-of-five star review from The Guardian/U.K., a “Breakthrough Artist” award at this year’s Classic Rock Awards show in London and the current cover Classic Rock Magazine. Head Down reached #1 on the Rock chart in the U.K. Rival Sons look to 2013 to showcase the record here in the U.S. with North American tour dates.

The video is a freaky desert action clip, with crazy motorcycle sand dune racing, with the hills of the desert as a motif for the double entendres of the woman in the song. Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan says, "I really dig this video; it's a completely new direction for us. Filming videos can be very awkward for me, but this time I got to ride a dirt bike out in the desert where I'm most comfortable; it just felt so natural for the song. We're all pretty good on a bike so we just took turns doing tricks and trying to outdo each other. We ended up with some sweet footage. Nice."

Director Simon Gesrel adds, “The video took about six weeks to make: two weeks of prep and four weeks of animation, including three weeks of post-production. This clip has references from Time Rider to apocalyptic science-fiction, i.e. Mad Max, especially Italian B-movies etc. like Nuovi Barbari--sometimes just the posters for these films are great inspiration! Plus more well-known series such as Knight Rider and Street Hawk etc.

"The character and the bike were made from different toys customized and aged (about four inches). The base of the décor is made of polystyrene covered in real sand. The film set resembles a sand dune. We worked with three different sets, so there were effectively three different bikes and the characters. The set with the girl was shot in live action whereas the other scenes were in stop-motion, image by image. We worked with a naked model covered in glycerine, then covered in sand so the sand stuck. It was hard work despite the presence of a naked lady made of sand.

"I like playing with clichés ('I know you've heard it all before...'); it allows us to be direct with formats for a short clip - at the same time I look to remain accessible. The idea is a meeting of inspiration - a spur of the moment thing, that finishes with a sexual rapport, but I wanted it to remain a clip for everyone; people see what their age permits and it remains fun for everyone."

Rival Sons evoke a retro classic rock vibe, and have been compared to Led Zeppelin, even having been praised by Jimmy Page. Formed in 2008, the Long Beach, CA. quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) wrote, recorded, and mixed 'Head Down' in just 20 days, conjuring the same energy that made their last album a fan and critical favorite. Explains Buchanan: “In the code of the Samurai, any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths…Writing by that code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to each other. Creatively, you’re bringing your most immediate instincts.”

New Music Express have the exclusive premiere of the video. Watch it here: www.nme.com

The video clip for the Slash track 'Bad Rain' from 'Apocalypse Now' was released awhile ago, and I don't know if it will even be worked at radio, as Slash has mentioned he is already writing for his next album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Kennedy won't be able to cut vocals for it however until after completing the next Alter Bridge record and findiong time to fit it into his schedule, but a video with an animated Slash and Kennedy, strippers and a strip club monster takeover with tattoo conversion for a certain patron has to make Rock Picks of the week.

Geoff Tate, the Queensryche frontman with one of the most recognized voices in hard rock and heavy metal has released a lyric video for the song "Dark Money" from his second solo album, 'Kings & Thieves', which was released on November 6th from InsideOut Music.

The song conveys a message of how 'Dark Money' has seemingly infiltrated all aspects of our political system, the destruction it has caused, and how we need to open our eyes to it all.

After the messy split with Queensryche this past June and the legalities surrounding the use of the band name, and the resulting decision that both Tate and his ex-bandmates can use it, Tate is currently rehearsing with his own version of Queensryche with drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult). Also part of the project is returning Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray, who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums, and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo band.

'Kings & Thieves' track listing:
1. She Slipped Away
2. Take A Bullet
3. In The Dirt
4. Say U Luv It
5. The Way I Roll
6. Tomorrow
7. Evil
8. Dark Money
9. These Glory Days
10. Change
11. Waiting

Canadian rockers Danko Jones are up next with their latest track, 'Just A Beautiful Day', which comes from the band's new album, 'Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue.' It's the sixth full-length record from the band, was produced in full by their longtime partner Matt DeMatteo and mixed by Mike Fraser, known for his work with AC/DC, Aerosmith and so many others.

It's the first album recorded with drummer Atom Willard, who is the sixth in Danko Jones' history. Willard was behind the kit for Rocket From The Crypt, he's also played with The Offspring, Social Distortion and Angels & Airwaves. He is the first drummer in the band to stand on equal creative footing with Danko and his longtime bassist John "JC" Calabrese.

It's another great offering from a band that has yet to get the recognition they deserve in the U.S.

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released a new video, for the Six String Soldiers album track, 'Set Me Free', featuring a live performance recorded in Albuquerque, NM on September 22, 2012. Frank Hannon, Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval have created what is quickly being regarded as one of the most impressive unabashed tributes to the importance of the guitar in rock n' roll music in generations. Six-String Soldiers is a full-length disc of 12 solidly written songs backed by the musicianship of legendary guitarists Dickey Betts, 3-time Grammy Award winner Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and Y&T founder Dave Meniketti.

It all started in Albuquerque, New Mexico when Frank Hannon judged a “Guitar Contest” put on by 94 ROCK and discovered the talents of guitarist Mike Araiza. The winner’s prize was jamming onstage with Tesla and little did Mike know that 5 years later he would be collaborating on what would become one of musics most guitar-driven albums in a generation. Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval came to Frank Hannon with some small seeds of song ideas to record in his RedHawk Records studio and the three of them teamed up to write 12 songs of great Rock-N-Roll music! They set out to recruit some of histories top legendary guitarists to join them and create the sound of the Six-String Soldiers.

Frank Hannon - Guitar & Vocals
Jeffery Sandoval - Vocals
Mike Araiza - Guitar
Cortney DeAugustine - Drums
Aaron Leigh - Bass

Six-String Soldiers tracklisting:

I’m Alive (f/Pat Travers)
Set Me Free
Six String Soldiers
Lipstick, Smoke And Gasoline (f/Dave Meniketti)
Invincible
Cross Your Mind
Touch The Ground (f/Dickey Betts)
I’m Just Sayin'
Love, Life And Beauty
To The Light (f/Rick Derringer)
Redemption
12.2
Six-String Soldiers is available now digitally via iTunes, or on CD via FrankHannon.com.

Toronto based rockers Diemonds are up next with their latest 'Get the Fuck Outta Here' from the new album 'The Bad Pack'. Fronted by the beautiful and sexy vocalist Priya Panda, the band combines quality musicianship with a agressive party vibe. Check out their video for the track with one pissed off janitor who escaped an insane asylum after being victim of a prank gone wrong that disfigured him. He vows revenge and gets it, for the most part. It's comedic and shocking, the way Diemonds want it to be!

Diemonds has played shows with the likes of Slash, Steel Panther, L.A. Guns, Sebastian Bach, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat and so many more. They continue to get their brand of rock out to the masses by constant touring and outreach to fans.

Diemonds are:
Priya Panda - Sweet Squealin' & High Heelin'
C.C. Diemond - Guitar Rippin' & Whiskey Sippin'
Daniel Dekay - Flyin' Vees & Smokin' Trees
Tommy Cee - Rockin' Bass & Givin' Chase
Aiden Tranquada - Drummin' Thunder & Evil Plunder

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Geoff Tate’s Queensryche getting ready for ‘Operation Mindcrime’ 25th anniversary tour, first video interview of the band

by on Dec.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Geoff Tate’s Queensryche getting ready for ‘Operation Mindcrime’ 25th anniversary tour, first video interview of the band

Queensryche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate has announced an all-star lineup for his version of the band he has fronted since it's inception. He will take the new lineup on the road in 2013 for the 25th Anniversary of Queensryche’s 1988 release, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' Initial tour dates have been announced, with more to be scheduled.

The tour will kick off in April and feature bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche/Myth) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) along with special guest appearances and plenty of surprises.

“It’s great to be performing with all of these guys who have been true friends for years,” comments Geoff. “Kelly, Randy and I formed Myth more than 30 years ago and I’ve known Rudy and Bobby for several years as well. I think we are all inspired by the collaboration and couldn’t be more excited to bring it to our fans next year.”

The performance of Operation: Mindcrime next spring will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as "Revolution Calling," "Operation: Mindcrime," "I Don't Believe in Love," and the closing track, "Eyes of a Stranger."
It will also feature other selections from the Queensryche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindrime II. Go to www.queensryche.com or www.geofftate.com/tour for all the info.
"Geoff and I first met in 1983 when Queensryche toured with Quiet Riot. I immediately admired his voice and dynamic stage presence. It's truly an honor and privilege to join the new Queensryche line-up on its wondrous musical journey." -Rudy Sarzo

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

"I'm really amped! This is an awesome group of people who are all very skilled in the craft of making music. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it!" Kelly Gray

"After not only being great friends with, but also a huge fan of Queensryche since their beginning, and for years working behind the scenes for this groundbreaking and quintessential progressive rock band; it is such a honor to now be working within the band, especially with the incredible level of musicianship and amazing talent of the new lineup!" - Randy Gane

Guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), who was initially slated to be a part of the new band announced that he was separating himself from the project last month. He said: "I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it's in my best interest not to do this right now. I feel really bad for those who were excited about the idea, and to Geoff himself, who, I have to say, was very nice to me on my past trip to Seattle. I, of course, am very disappointed for arriving at this point, and making this decision, to say the least. I sincerely wish the Geoff and the band all the luck on what they do in the future."

25TH Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013:
Apr. 6 – Peppermill Casino - West Wendover, NV
Apr. 11 – Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Apr. 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 13 – Chrome - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 – Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 16 – Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
Apr. 18 – The Canyon Club - Agoura, CA
Apr. 19 – 4th & B - San Diego, CA
Apr. 20 – Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 21 – Fillmore - San Francisco, CA

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Rock Picks of the Week: Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa, Adelita’s Way, Fozzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Candlelight Red

by on Nov.25, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa, Adelita’s Way, Fozzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Candlelight Red

Rock Picks of the Week are back, and although a few of these tracks have been out for a bit, I will be catching up on my picks and expect some additional posts. Starting off is a band that doesn't look like may survive past it's third release. Black Country Communion's new album 'Afterglow' was released on October 30th, but if the recent tweets by band members and their producer/"fifth member" are any indication, the band could be no more. For me, that is a serious bummer, as I felt BCC should have always been more popular and well known in not only rock circles, but in all of music. 'The Confessor' is the first track released from 'Afterglow,' and it delivers like I knew it would.

Vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and producer Kevin Shirley, who is (or was) the band's unofficial "fifth member" took to Twitter last month to discuss their thoughts and frustrations about the cancellation announcement of the only tour date the band had announced, whith was called off right after pre-sale tickets became available. Shirley – who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band together after seeing them jamm onstage in Los Angeles back in November of 2009.

Hughes has always wanted BCC to do major touring in support of their albums, and has been upfront about his frustration with Joe Bonamassa’s solo career not allowing the band to do that. Hughes took on a much bigger role with the new album, and has also recently stated that he didn't think the band could continue as is, because of that desire to tour.

Hughes has already announced he will be a part of the 'Kings Of Chaos, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Joe Elliott, Sebastian Bach, Steve Stevens and more. That band's first appearance is on the Deep Purple tribute album, 'Re-Machined". Hughes is on that album as well, but just not as a part of the Kings of Chaos lineup, who also have a song on the tribute album.

As fas as the tweets go, producer Kevin Shirley initially said after the concert cancellation, “I like to leave these things alone, but I feel an apology is in order. When you’re thrown a lifeline, it doesn’t serve you to steal the rope! And tweeting doesn’t make it history, or true. Your call will be answered – please enjoy the music.”

Bonamassa then tweeted, “I am very sorry about the Black Country Communion canceled gig. But principle still stands for something in 2012. I’m ready to move on.”

That was followed by Hughes re-tweeting Bonamassa’s comment and adding, "Me too." Hughes had earlier tweeted after the cancellation, "Been a rough week."

If this is it, it will be so sad to see this fantastic band disappear. There may be hope however to see the band live, but without Bonamassa on guitar. Drummer Jason Bonham has recently mentioned that something could be worked out with Bonamassa's consent and help in picking a replacement touring guitatrist for a BCC tour. We'll see if that is a possibility in the coming weeks.

Joe Bonamassa's solo track 'Dislocated Boy' is up next and despite Joe's reluctance to commit on an extended basis to Black Country Communion and my disappointment with that, the guitar legend always brings an amazing level of passion and musicianship to everything he does. I also love his solo work and I understand why he doesn't want to halt any momentum to what is and always has been the most important part of his career.
The track comes from the 'Driving Toward the Daylight' album, which was originally released last May. Check out the video clip featuring guest guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Bonamassa has recently released another album, the double CD set 'Joe Bonamassa: Live From New York's Beacon Theatre,' and has a spring tour alreeady booked. Check out dates and everything else about what's going on with Joe at jbonamassa.com

Las Vegas rockers Adelitas Way have had a great 2012, with the band taking their last track released from the ‘Home School Valedictorian’ album all the way to the top of the rock airplay charts. 'Criticize' was a slow climb for quite some time on the charts, but then just exploded and went straight to the top. Their latest album came out over a year ago, but the band is still having success with it, as the latest rock pick of the week, 'Alive,' is their fourth single from the album. Check out the video for the track, which has a positive message that we all need to try to follow: 'Laugh a little louder/Love a little harder.'

Adelitas Way had a great time touring with with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Helyeah, P.O.D., Fozzy and more on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour at the end of September, and recently wrapped up shows with Theory Of A Deadman and Charm City Devils. The band have one show scheduled in December, but expect more touring from the band in early 2013.

Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy are up next in rock picks. Fozzy's latest album, 'Sin And Bones,' was released this past August, and the band has been touring consistently behind it since it came out. Fozzy joined Geoff Tate and Candlelight Red for shows, as well as some U.S. headlining dates in Oct./Nov. and are now slated to kick off a European tour on Nov. 27th with Soil to wrap up 2012.

'Sandpaper', is the lead single from 'Sin And Bones', and it features a guest appearance by Avenged Sevenfold lead singer M. Shadows. A great hard rock track from a band that continues to rise in the rock world, and reach a level of success that has allowed Jericho to curtail his WWE wrestling job and concentrate on kicking ass with Fozzy.

Lynyrd Skynyrd released a video for the title track from their new record, 'Last Of A Dyin' Breed,' and it features members of E Clampus Vitus - which I am also a member of. The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. The fraternity is not sure if it is a "historical drinking society" or a "drinking historical society." There are chapters in California, Nevada and other western states. Members call themselves "Clampers." In the clip, the Good Ol' Boys Clampers ride in and build themselves a go-go bar, with some fantastic results! Lynyrd Skynyrd is currently on tour in support of their new album, Last Of A Dyin' Breed, which saw the band achieve their highest chart debut since 1978. The band completed a tour of the U.K. recently, and have U.S. dates scheduled into April.

Central Pennsylvania rockers Candlelight Red have released the creepy and slightly NSFW official video for 'Demons', the title track from their latest EP. Produced by SEVENDUST drummer, Morgan Rose, the band's EP features four hard-hitting tracks, and as Morgan commented, "came out unreal." Demons is available now on iTunes.

Candlelight Red have tour dates scheduled in the U.S. in December with Nonpoint.

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Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer says he’s “exhausted” dealing with bandmates, is excited about touring with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche

by on Sep.05, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer says he’s “exhausted” dealing with bandmates, is excited about touring with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche

After the announcement that drummer Bobby Blotzer will be part of the upcoming touring band with vocalist Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, Ratt fans posted concern about the future of the band, which prompted Blotz to write on his facebook page:

"Hey peeps, I really appreciate the loads of positive feedback about the grouping with Geoff and company. A lot of questions about the state of RATT surfacing as well. Those should be directed in the direction the usual suspects in RATT's disappearance, Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and Stephen [Pearcy]. I've exhausted myself for two years with those two. I'm sorry for all the b.s. They have fed false info to fans. Not meant to be mean, just exhausted with unreasonable people."

Blotzer also says that he's fired up about his new gig as a member of the singer Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, saying in a statement on Queensryche.com, "Geoff and QUEENSRŸCHE and RATT have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys."

Tate was fired from Queensryche back in June after fronting the group for three decades, initially seeking to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the Queensryche name without him. An initial ruling went against Tate, but the presiding judge determined that there was no legal reason why Tate couldn't also use the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. If the case ever goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.

Just days ago (September 2), Tate announced his own version of Queensryche with a lineup of Blotzer, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult), guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth/King Diamond). Guitarist Kelly Gray is also part of the lineup, and he actually played with Queensryche from 1998 until 2001 and produced several of their albums, along with keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo group.

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