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Wes Scantlin of Puddle Of Mudd talks to Marshall of Rock


Wes Scantlin of Puddle Of Mudd talks to Marshall of Rock

I had a chance to sit down and chat with Wes Scantlin of Puddle Of Mudd prior to their gig at The Ranch in San Miguel, California on October 24 and despite his past brushes with TMZ and his neighbor, he is nothing but positive when it come to making new music and getting back out on the road. Getting his "road legs" back under him as this was just the fifth gig on a tour that carries the band until right before Christmas, we chat about his hometown Kansas City Royals playing in the World Series, getting his start musically in K.C., how the band got their name, the Fred Durst connection, playing with Jimmy Page, the band's new single and upcoming album, Rachel Hunter, Elvis' pool, performing enhancing drugs, who's the biggest asshole in the music biz and more. Listen to it all below.

Puddle of Mudd recently released a surprise new single, “Piece of the Action” via iTunes. This is the first new music from the band since 2011, and dropped at the same time fall tour dates were announced. Get it here: and the band are also working through more than forty songs for a full-length album release next year, which Wes says will be titled 'Powerchord.'

For everything Puddle Of Mudd visit the band's Facebook page:

Oct. 31 - Louisville, KY - Phoenix Hill Tavern
Nov. 1 - Watseka, IL- Watseka Theater
Nov. 6 - Cape Coral, FL - Dixie Roadhouse
Nov. 7 - New Smyrna Beach, FL - Pub 44
Nov. 8 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
Nov. 9 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
Nov. 12 - Huntsville, AL - 11th Frame Live
Nov. 13 - Meridian, MS - Rhythm & Brews
Nov. 14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron Horse
Nov. 15 - Clarksville, TN - Warehouse
Nov. 21 - Houston, TX - BFE Rock Club
Nov. 22 - San Leon, TX - 18th Street Pier Bar & Grill
Nov. 23 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall
Nov. 28 - Toronto, Canada - Mansion Nightclub
Nov. 29 - Toronto, Canada - The Rockpile
Dec. 6 - Juarez, Mexico - E4 Festival
Dec. 11 - Manchester, NH- Jewel Night
Dec. 12 - Lawrence, MA - The Claddagh Pub
Dec. 13 - Stafford Springs, CT - Palace Theater
Dec. 19 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Dec. 20 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom

Special thanks to Deborah Brosseau of Spinner PR



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Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

by on Oct.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

Hal Leonard Books will release a softcover edition of '108 Rock Star Guitars' by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson on November 11. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in limited quantity that USA Today called, “…a monster of a coffee table book…” will now be available to a much wider audience at a more affordable retail price of $54.

Hailed as “impressive,” “jaw-dropping,” “masterpiece” and “elegant” by media and artists alike when it was released in October 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars received widespread accolades for its overall design and the artistry of the images—up-close portraits of the cherished guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players. American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013, while Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”

Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Phil Collen, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured.

The softcover, with French flaps, includes many of the same features of the original book in a slightly smaller size (9×10.5”): 396 pages, 486 gorgeous color images, reproduced using a six-color printing process, on high quality paper, and cover art that replicates the hardcover’s award-winning design.

“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars,” Johnson commented. “Even at a lower price, it was essential that this version maintained the style and beautiful quality of the hardcover edition, and I think anyone who sees this book will appreciate the care and detail that went into the new presentation.”

In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture the intimate details of her six-string subjects in a fresh and distinctive way revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them. Additionally, she provides personal anecdotes describing her 17-year quest to photograph these guitars and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some of the world’s most famous venues to the artists’ private homes.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the softcover edition will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. Pre-order now at


Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint working at Eastman Kodak, she met the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, Tenn., and began exclusively photographing guitars. She lives in Las Vegas.


Les Paul was a guitar player, inventor, and recording artist, and an innovator throughout his career. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric, helping shepherd into existence rock music as we know it. A pioneer whose name graces some of the most beloved six-strings ever manufactured, Paul died in Mahwah, N.J., where he had spent much of his life, in 2009 at the age of 94.


The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth, establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students, provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment, and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements.

Check out a few video clips with Lisa sharing her interactions with some of the guitars featured in this fabulous book!

Rock Star Guitars book

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Led Zeppelin ‘IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy’ Deluxe Editions set for release in October

by on Aug.22, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Led Zeppelin ‘IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy’ Deluxe Editions set for release in October

The next two Led Zeppelin reissues are coming with 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'House Of The Holy' on the way October 28. Produced and newly remastered by Jimmy Page the reissues will be available in Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set.

As with the previous Deluxe Editions, both albums are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album. Pre-order now at

Each album will be available in the following formats:

Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve
Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit
Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia
High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered

Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio

Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl

Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet

Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail

Remastered album and companion audio will both be available

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Rock On the Talks: May 19-23

by on May.19, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rock On the Talks: May 19-23

May 19 - Blondie - Live With Kelly & Micheal
May 19 - WAR featuring Cheech & Chong - The Arsenio Hall Show
May 19 - Adam Duritz & Counting Crows - Late Night With Seth Myers
May 19 - Band Of Skulls - Last Call With Carson Daly
May 20 & 21 - Jim Breuer - The Pete Holmes Show
May 21 - Veruca Salt - Conan
May 21 - Jimmy Page - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
May 22 - Chad Smith Will Ferrell drum-off - The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
May 22 - 2 Cellos - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
May 23 - Ziggy Marley - The Arsenio Hall Show (R-5/6/14)

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Robert Plant biography due in January of 2014

by on Mar.30, 2013, under ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS

Robert Plant biography due in January of 2014

It Books — an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers — has acquired rights to a biography of LED ZEPPELIN vocalist Robert Plant, to be published in the U.K. in October 2013, and appear in the U.S. in January 2014.

"Robert Plant: A Life" is written by former Q and Kerrang! editor Paul Rees, and is based on in-depth interviews with those closest to to the LED ZEPPELIN frontman as well as access to the singer himself. It will follow Plant's career from early folk gigs in the 1960s in the Black Country, to his globe-spanning success with rock pioneers LED ZEPPELIN, as well as his recent Grammy-winning career working alongside bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Natalie Jerome, publishing director at Harper Non-Fiction U.K., and Denise Oswald, senior editor for It Books/HarperCollins U.S., bought the rights from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander and Matthew Elblonk at DeFiore and Company.

Jerome said: "Robert Plant's stature as one of the greatest frontmen of all time is without question and as fans of his music from LED ZEP to present, we have long wanted to publish his story. This book is as close to Plant telling his own story in his own words as we've seen or heard to date.

"Paul's close professional relationship with Robert is going to make for a revealing read and we can't wait to bring one of the greatest untold rock n' roll stories to the world."

Robert Plant is one of the few genuine living rock legends. Frontman of LED ZEPPELIN, musical innovator and seller of millions of records, Plant has been a profound influence on music, culture and modern history for over 40 years. Volumes have been written on the ZEPPELIN story, but Plant's tale has barely been told — until now.

Vividly written and meticulously researched by acclaimed music writer Paul Rees, "Robert Plant: A Life" is an indispensible part of any music bookshelf.

For more than a decade, Robert Plant led one of the biggest and most successful rock bands of all time: LED ZEPPELIN. The sheer scale of their success is extraordinary: in the U.S. alone they sold 70 million records, a figure surpassed only by THE BEATLES, while "Stairway To Heaven", the band's most recognizable song, has been played more times on American radio than any other track.

But Plant's legacy stretches far beyond the band. Here Paul Rees, whose professional relationship with Plant spans decades, brings the whole picture into focus for the first time — from the forces that shaped him as a boy in the Black Country to the ravaging highs and lows of the ZEPPELIN years; from his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham to the solo career that today, at the age of 64, sees him producing some of the most acclaimed work of his career.

Told with tenacity, emotion and the spark of brilliance that befits such an enigmatic frontman, this is the definitive story of a man of incredible talent, remarkable courage and extraordinary conviction.

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