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Ace Frehley Enlists All Star Lineup for ‘Origins, Vol. 1’

by on Feb.20, 2016, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, NEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Ace Frehley Enlists All Star Lineup for ‘Origins, Vol. 1’

Ace Frehley has announced 'Origins Vol. 1,' a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, will be released on April 15. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on Free's hit "Fire and Water." This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS' 1998 reunion album 'Psycho Circus.'

Ace has already debuted "White Room," the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests on the album are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald," Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple "Wild Thing," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition "Parasite" for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic," and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay "Cold Gin." "White Room" is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP on iTunes will receive the Cream cover song instantly. Ace will be touring extensively in 2016, including a date at The Ranch in San Miguel, CA. on March 4 with openers Soundhouse. Get tickets here

Tour dates:
Feb. 26 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Feb. 27 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgerald's
Feb. 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Mar. 2 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Mar. 4 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch
Mar. 5 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
Mar. 6 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
Apr. 1 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Apr. 2 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
Apr. 3 - Sunrise, FL - Markham Park - Rockfest 80's
Apr. 5 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Apr. 7 - Danville, VA - Carrington Pavilion
Apr. 9 - New Hope, PA - Havana New Hope
Apr. 11 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club
Apr. 12 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club
Apr. 13 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
Apr. 15 - Wilkes Barre, PA - The F.M. Kirby Center
Apr. 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance

'Origins Vol. 1' Track listing:
1. White Room (Cream)
2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
3. Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix) w/John 5
4. Fire and Water (Free) w/Paul Stanley
5. Emerald (Thin Lizzy) w/Slash
6. Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)
7. Wild Thing (The Troggs) w/Lita Ford
8. Parasite w/John 5 (KISS)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
10. Cold Gin w/Mike McCready (KISS)
11. Till The End Of The Day (Kinks)
12. Rock and Roll Hell (KISS)

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‘The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo’ documentary to premiere this November (video preview)

by on Sep.04, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo’ documentary to premiere this November (video preview)

'The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo,' a rock documentary produced by Cinema 1 Film & FX and 18 Lights Pictures has been selected to open the Red Nation Film Festival in Beverly Hills, CA. on November 4th.

'The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo' is the story of the late, legendary drummer who played with Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue, Lita Ford, and other rock and roll icons of the 1980s and 1990s. The film features superstar interviews, concert footage, home movies and behind-the-scenes video of this bigger-than-life Apache musician whose unshakable passion carried him from the wrong side of the tracks to the top of the charts—only to be taken by cancer at the height of his career. The film is narrated by Queen of Metal, Lita Ford.

“It’s been a magical journey,” said Director Wynn Ponder, “working with Lita and interviewing Randy’s band mates, family and friends, but the real story is about how Randy’s generous spirit never changed, even when his formidable musical talent made him the first internationally famous Apache rock and roll drummer.”

Ponder said, “Randy Castillo was that rare creature known as a ‘good man,’ a confidante and close friend to many ... compassionate and caring with everyone he met. Some interviewees tell stories of Randy’s supernatural powers, which they attribute to his Native American spirituality.”

Part musical legend, part personal journey and part shamanic mythos, The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo ultimately reveals a seldom-seen layer of humanity behind the glittered walls of the rock industry. For more go to: www.randycastillomovie.com

The documentary features interviews with:
Lita Ford
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue)
Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne)
Slash (Guns N' Roses)
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
Lemmy (Motorhead)
Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
Kip Winger (Winger)
John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson)
Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, The Winery Dogs)
Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)
Mitch Perry
Stevie Salas
Carmine Rojas
Martha Davis

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Lita Ford’s ‘Living Like A Runaway – A Memoir’ to be released September 9

by on Jun.10, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS

Lita Ford’s ‘Living Like A Runaway – A Memoir’ to be released September 9

Lita Ford will tell her story in the autobiography via HarperCollins publisher; "Lita Ford, Living Like A Runaway - A Memoir". You can pre-order the hard-cover or E-Book now, with the release date September 9.

About the Book:

The legendary former lead guitarist of The Runaways—“heavy metal’s leading female rocker” (Rolling Stone)—opens up about the ’70s and ’80s music scene and her extraordinary life and career in this long-awaited, emotionally powerful memoir.

Lita Ford lived her dreams, until her life turned into a nightmare. She left home at age sixteen to join the world’s first all-female rock group, the Runaways—a band whose legend was sealed by the 2010 hit movie starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning—and went on to become the first woman hard rock guitarist, a platinum-selling star who gave Ozzy Osbourne his first Top Ten hit, a bare-ass, leather-clad sexy babe whose hair was bigger and guitar licks were hotter than any of the guys. She is also the mother of two sons whose harrowing tale of her catastrophic marriage to a metal rocker makes Ike and Tina Turner sound like life at the country club.

But in the end, Lita’s story changes from a music story to a woman’s story—a wrenching, desperate drama of human bondage and a mother’s love, a life-and-death struggle over her own soul. Trapped in an increasingly terrifying marriage, systematically stripped of her connections to the outside world, Lita Ford became a prisoner in her own life, a slave to her husband’s demands, living like a captive. She plotted her escape and her freedom cost her the boys she stayed in the marriage to protect. Her graphic, explicit story will terrify and horrify readers, but they won’t be able to put it down.

Living Like a Runaway will shock people with the candor that Lita Ford shines on her dramatic life story. At ease as a woman in the previously all-male world of rock, Lita shares with her male counterparts an unvarnished directness when it comes to topics such as sex, drugs, money or fame. No female rock star of Lita’s stature has ever before told the real story of women in rock. With unprecedented rawness and honesty, Living Like a Runaway reminds us that Lita Ford is not only one of music’s greatest pioneers, but also one of its fiercest survivors.
Pre-order e-book or hard cover here

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New book: ‘Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal’ now available

by on Mar.20, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS

New book: ‘Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal’ now available

'Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal' is a new book now available from music writer/band manager Jill Hughes Kirtland. The book features photos and interviews with some of metal’s most notable women, looking at their triumphs, challenges, and unique stories.

Featured rockers include Lita Ford, Roxy Petrucci (Vixen), Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Betsy Bitch (Bitch), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) Leather Leone (Chastain), Maria Brink (In This Moment), and many more. It also features a foreword by German metal queen Doro Pesch (Warlock, Doro).

Told in their own voices - through a series of intimate interviews and photographs of prominent and influential women in the metal industry - "Not Just Tits In A Corset" details the unique history, challenges and triumphs women have encountered throughout their careers in metal music, while also celebrating the compelling global community these women have created amongst each other and the fans. It's not just musicians featured, but the women behind the scenes also tell their stories, all of them offering inspiration and support to the up-and-comers.

The book is available now as in hardcover, softcover or e-book on the Kirtland's web site: www.jillkirtland.com and will be available through other online retailers soon. A book launch party open to the public (all ages) will take place on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Roxy & Duke's Roadhouse in Dunellen, New Jersey.

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Cherie Curry of the Runaways issues new album update, announces Summer tour dates

by on Jul.12, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Cherie Curry of the Runaways issues new album update, announces Summer tour dates

Former Runaways vocalist Cherie Curry issued the following update on her facebook page in regards to her long delayed new alum: "There have been a lot of stories flying around, mostly negative about my album and why it isn't out. I feel I owe you an explanation since you have patently waited as I have since it was recorded late 2010-2011.

"You see, I just wanted to get out there and play for you again. After 30 years, with the movie, my book, and then a successful show opening for Joan [Jett] in 2010, the time was right for me to make a record, if I was ever going to again. I was ready to get back in the game but when you put your hopes, dreams, your career in someone else's hands, it's a risk that can be disappointing and frustrating so I have sat on the sidelines waiting for a record that still isn't mastered. That has been very, very hard since all I wanted was embrace and perform the music I loved from my past, of course by THE RUNAWAYS, the music you love to listen to with some new material. Had I known my record company would hold the record this long, I would have gone a different route, but that's water under the bridge now.

"It wasn't supposed to be this complicated. It was supposed to be fun. I did what my management told me to do and that meant I wait. No playing, no nothing. I don't think I'm unreasonable thinking three years is long enough.

"This record may never come out. I've [accepted] that now. It's a huge disappointment since it has some great songs that Matt Sorum, Nick Maybury, Grant Fitzpatrick, Jake Hays, Lanny Cardola, Billy Corgan, THE VERONICAS, Brody Dalle and many others worked hard on with RUNAWAYS fans in mind. I'm learning that even though you can't make others do what you think is right and you feel discouraged, it is our choice get off the sidelines and back in the game

"Someone recently said to me: 'Rise from the discouragement. Shake off what didn't work out. Quit mourning over what you've lost and get back in the game. Even though it's painful, it's not the end. Even though it's unfair, it's not over. Wipe away the tears, wash your face, put on a new attitude and get back in the game.' So, I'm going to do that.

"I'm going to record a single this summer and release it on iTunes. I'm going to play, play, play, like I wanted to from the beginning. I'm going to give the fans what they want and deserve without management and without a record company.

"Lita Ford said to me the other day, 'Sister, you're not dead yet!' And she's right. It's time to put faith in the only things I can count on. Myself and the fans. That's really all that matters."

Cherie Curry has announced some Summer tour days. See if there is a date near year and get out and rock with Cherie!
Jul. 13 - Corona, CA - M15 Concert Bar & Grill
Aug. 7 - Lakewood, OH - The Foundry (hifi)
Aug. 8 - Ferndale, MI - The Magic Bag
Aug. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge
Aug. 16 - Fresno, CA - Strummer's
Aug. 17 - San Francisco, CA -
Aug. 18 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew

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