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There are few artists you can single-handedly point to as being a trailblazers of a specific musical style. But when it comes to American heavy metal, Dust is one such band. Comprised of singer/guitarist/songwriter Richie Wise, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Marc Bell (with Kenny Kerner supplying lyrics and sharing songwriting and production duties), the band issued a pair of cult classic albums – 1971′s self-titled debut and 1972′s Hard Attack – before splitting up. Both albums have been long out-of-print, but headbangers will now get a chance to discover the legend, as Sony/Legacy will be reissuing both albums on a remastered (from the original analog master tapes) single CD on April 16th, with a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl version released on April 20th.
“We were loud and fast, and it was just unreal,” recalls Wise. “Even when we played low, we were 20 times louder than everybody else. When we got our record deal, I got three Marshall stacks, Kenny Aaronson bought four Acoustic 360 watt amps, Marc bought this huge set of Ludwigs with a big 28-inch bass drum. On stage, it was just an amazing amount of exhale – not a whole lot of inhale.”
And while they may not have acquired fame with Dust, all four aforementioned contributors found success elsewhere – Bell as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Grammy Award-winning drummer for the Ramones (after changing his name to Marky Ramone), Aaronson as a bassist-for-hire with rock’s elite (Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett), and Kerner & Wise as a successful production duo (who produced Kiss’ first two classic albums).
As evidenced by such metallic rockers as From A Dry Camel, Suicide, and Stone Woman, the band had no problem matching the power and the fury of such peers as Black Sabbath.
“Musically, locally, we stuck out,” explains Bell. “We were teenagers, but we were pretty developed as musicians – concerning that genre. Nobody else in Brooklyn that I knew of could do what we could do as a threesome. And we had a style. Yeah, we could all play blues and rock, but we took it further. We took it to different time changes within the songs, and people weren’t doing that at that time.”
With modern day technology at their disposal, the newly remastered Dust release rocks harder than ever before – as the band worked directly with the original master tapes. “We tweaked it a bit,” points out Aaronson. “But didn’t want to stray too far from the original, because that’s what people who do know it are used to. If it was up to me, I was thinking, ‘I wish I could remix the whole record,’ but the remastering was nice.”
But it’s the quality of Dust’s music that has persevered all these years, and the proof is within the upcoming ‘Dust/Hard Attack’ reissue. “I think the music is relevant today,” says Kerner. “I think young kids who never heard it before will find new metal heroes, and people who grew up with Dust will rekindle their love for this music and this band!”
Ex-Cream bandmates documentaries: ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ wins Jury Award at SXSW, Watch ‘Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass’ in its entirety
The new movie focusing on the life of Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker, won the Jury Award for best documentary feature at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, last week. 'Beware of Mr. Baker' takes a candid and in-depth look at the volatile, self-destructive 73-year-old drummer, got its world premiere at the SXSW festival on March 9. The film also screened one last time in in Austin, on March 16 at the Paramount, but there is no telling where it will be shown next.
Much of 'Beware of Mr. Baker' was shot at Baker's horse ranch in South Africa, which he bought after Cream reunion gigs with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. The story follows Baker's past drug addiction, his work as a jazz musician and acceptance by the jazz drummers he idolized, and the amny dramatic career moves he made, including moving to Nigeria after the break-up of Blind Faith to spend six years working with Fela Kuti, the creation of jazz-rock ensemble Air Force, his love of horses and polo and his return to performing as a jazz drummer. The film also features conversations and memories of Baker from Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Carlos Santana, Nick Mason, Bill Ward, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Max Weinberg, Marky Ramone and Johnny Rotten.
Co-producer Fisher Stevens told billboard.com, "We have been accepted to a bunch of festivals, but they have told us not to tell anyone," he explained. "We would...love to get a theatrical release and maybe even do a tour. Take the movie on tour with CDs [and] T-shirts."
Ginger Baker's ex-Cream bandmate Jack Bruce also had a documentary recently air on BBC 2-Scotland. The hour long 'Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass' can be viewed in its entirety below.
Bootsy Collins, U2′s Adam Clayton and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, as well as Bruce’s band mates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker are all featured in the interesting film.
Bruce returned to Scotland for the documentary, and re-recorded six songs he calls pivotal to his life and career. He is joined by several of Scotland’s notable musicians, including folk trio Lau, percussionist Jim Sutherland, keyboard player Andy May, guitarist Taj Wyzgowski, drummer Chris Peacock, and his nephew Nico Bruce on bass.
Bruce's new blues-rock outfit, Spectrum Road, featuring Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, keyboardist John Medeski and drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana (wife to Carlos), will make their festival debut this summer with sets at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival (June 9) and at the Playboy Jazz Festival (June 17) at the Hollywood Bowl. The band's self-titled debut will be released on June 5 through Palmetto Records.
KISS News: Paul Stanley featured on “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp” (full episode), KISS Mr. Potato Head posters, KISS Nebraska Lottery Scratchers
VH1 Classic's Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp released the following update on this past Saturday's (August 27th) episode:
"It seemed that everyone who had power through the storm and throughout the country must have tuned into the second episode of Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp on Saturday, because our viewership doubled in just one week! If you weren't able to catch it when it aired, check it out here on VH1's website. You can get your Paul Stanley fix until you come to camp this November! A new episode will air this Saturday at 10 PM (EST) on VH1 Classic, features Marky Ramone - check your local listings."
Check out the entire episode featuring Paul:
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp organizers recently reported: We know watching that TV show is going to get you pumped up about coming to the next camp, so we want to remind you that our camp November 10th - 13th with Paul Stanley, Nils Lofgren, and a final night performance at the Playboy Mansion is priced at an early bird special until September 1st. After September 1st the price will go up, so call Beth Porter to reserve your spot now! 1.888.762.2263 x 1.
If you need to wait and use your vacation time in 2012, we will be on sale with our President's Day Camp in Los Angeles featuring Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Matt Sorum, Rudy Sarzo, and many more exciting names to be announced! Not only will you get to jam with these remarkable stars, but your final night performance will be at the Whisky A Go Go!
Check out these funny KISS mini-posters that are being released with the new set of KISS Potato Heads. One random poster is included in each KISS Potato Heads Box Set. Obviously, the posters are based on KISS' Dressed To Kill, Solo Faces and Rock and Roll Over artwork.
Nurture your inner-rock star by playing the Nebraska Lottery’s $5 KISS Scratch Game. Each time you scratch, you have a chance at winning the top prize of $50,000. And if you don’t scratch a winner, we’ll give you an encore chance at fame and fortune. Just enter the KISS Second-Chance Giveaway.
Nebraska Lottery MVP Club Members may enter two non-winning $5 KISS Scratch tickets for a chance to win one of two Grand Prize trips to Rock’n’Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, California, and other prizes.
Tickets may be entered online from August 26, 2011, to October 31, 2011.
* Grand Prize: Paid enrollment for one individual to attend Rock’n’Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, California, November 10-13, 2011, featuring Paul Stanley of KISS. Package includes camp registration, flight, hotel and $1,000 spending cash. Prize also includes a compact disc copy of Destroyer by KISS;
* Second Prize: $1,000 cash and a compact disc copy of Destroyer by KISS; and
* Third Prize: $500 cash and a compact disc copy of Destroyer by KISS
These are the KISS Nebraska Lottery Stand-ups that are being used to promote the new KISS Scratch Game.
"Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp" is back and bigger than ever with an all-star lineup of legendary music icons that are sure to get metal and rock enthusiasts pumped up. Tune in to VH1 Classic on Saturday, August 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the show's Season Two premiere.
VH1 Classic and executive producer Mark Burnett are bringing back a new group of 'average Joes' for their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put their music skills to the ultimate test and find out if they have what it takes to be a true rock star on "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp". Hosted by "American Idol" sweetheart and Vanguard recording artist Kimberly Caldwell, the show will feature 15 musicians from a variety of backgrounds and cities as they go through the unforgettable transformation of having to put it all on the line and find out if they have what it takes to make it in the cutthroat world of rock 'n' roll. Broken into three groups of five, each group of campers will create a band and be assigned a rock star camp counselor (Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Mark Hudson) who will give them pointers and guidance, transforming the 9-to-5'ers into center stage front men and women. For one week each group will have the opportunity to rehearse and learn the ropes from other special-guest rock gods who drop by including Paul Stanley of KISS, Phil Collen of DEF LEPPARD, Marky Ramone of the RAMONES and more. At the end of the week, each group should have the music know-how, fresh looks and rock-star swagger to give an unforgettable performance to a group of legitimate rock stars who are acting as judges.
Will they pass the test and be flocked with adoring fans or booed off the stage? The stakes are high as the band voted best by the fans will win the opportunity musicians can only dream about — a once-in-a-lifetime performance with legendary rock star Sammy Hagar.
Catch the complete first season at FantasyCamp.VH1.com. New episodes will launch online every Monday morning following the show's on-air premiere.
"Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp" is executive-produced by Mark Burnett, David Fishof and Lee Metzger for Mark Burnett Productions and by Lee Rolontz and Keshia Williams for VH1.
Check out the supertrailer:
More Ozzy News: Latest OzTv episode from Panama City, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” Tribeca Film Festival Recap
Here's the latest episode of OzTV from Panama City, Panama. Ozzy Osbourne also visited Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli at the Palacio de las Garzas (Herons' Palace) the afternoon of the singer's concert at Figali Convention Center in Amador, Panama on April 19, 2011. Footage from that meeting is included in this episode.
"God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" the feature-length documentary about the life of his father debuted this past week at the Tribeca Film festival in New York City. To promote the film, Jack Osbourne, stopped by the "Good Day New York" studios on Thursday morning (April 21). The film was co-produced by Jack. It was the first film released by Jack's production company, Jacko Productions. Here's the interview:
Here's Jack in an interview sitting down with NYPost.com's "PopWrap":
There is an awesome Ozzy impersonator asking a question. Check it out:
Here's some red carpet footage:
Hopefully we'll see the documentary in wide release soon or on DVD/Blu-Ray. Make that Tommy Lee documentary Jack!