Tag: Michael Monroe
Jetboy will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the recording of their debut album, 'Feel The Shake,' by reuniting for one night only at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, California.
The four original members of Jetboy (Mickey Finn, Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and Ron Tostenson) and bass player Charles Norman, who joined the band after the departure of Sam Yaffa in 1990, will rock the strip on Friday, June 1st.
"This is as close to an original lineup the band has done since then" said vocalist Mickey Finn. This will also be the 25 year mark that their original bass player Todd Crew passed away. "We as his friends thought that it would be a fitting tribute to not only celebrate the anniversary of Feel The Shake, but also our friend Todd Crew...a life taken way too soon", said the band.
"When the Whisky called us with the idea, we never thought we could make it happen, but everyone was up for it" said lead guitarist Fernie Rod. “It’s just flat out exciting to think that after all this time, the original members can get back in the saddle for one more ride and help Los Angeles to Feel the Shake!”
Jetboy has played at times over the years to play some of the major rock festivals in the United States including Rocklahoma, Rock On The Range, The M3 Festival and Rock the Bayou.
Get tix and check out info on other shows coming up at the Whisky A Go-Go including: Bitch, Michael Monroe, Stephen Pearcy, Junkyard, Great White/Faster Pussycat/Pretty Boy Floyd/Bulletboys and more at: www.whiskyagogo.com
Rock Picks of the Week: Rival Sons, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richie Kotzen, Michael Monroe, AWOLNATION
Up first is another great track from who are probably my favorite break-out band of the year, Rival Sons. It's been a great 2011 for the Los Angeles rockers, with the kick ass first title track from the album "Pressure and Time," and now the follow up, "All Over The Road". The guys are currently on a European tour after a successful stint in North America opening up for Evanescence. The rock Rival Sons bring harks back to a time before contrived, corporate rock. Rival Sons bring in your face, straight ahead, no bullshit Rock N' Roll, and I hope these guys keep progressing and break out in a major, major way. All music lovers need to know about Rival Sons.
The band is: Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Michael Miley (drums).
Jay recently said: “Just like in the last video, there was no green screen used for this one. We actually did drive a Cadillac through outer space with a bunch of hot, naked chicks in the backseat. I haven’t seen a final edit yet because they’re trying to lower it to at least an ‘R’ rating. We’ll see if that actually happens.”
It looks like the final edit was approved, and even without the nudity, the track and video kick ass!
The second single off the Red Hot Chili Peppers latest album "I’m With You," is "Monarchy Of Roses." This track has yet to grow on me as quickly as "Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie", but the video is amazing. Directed by Marc Klasfeld, it is all in black and white, with the only splash of color coming from the roses mentioned in the title, that fly around on the screen. The vid was inspired by the work of artist Raymond Pettibon, who is the younger brother of Black Flag’s Greg Ginn and is known for his comic-book like scribblings and ambiguous text. This is a video that garners more than one viewing, as there is so much going on it's hard to catch it all in a single look.
The Chili Peps are on the road in te U.K., followed by Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. That carries them up to Dec. 17th. Expect an announcement of a full North American tour in early 2012 soon.
Former Poison and Mr. Big guitarist Richie Kotzen makes Rock Picks of the Week with the title from the new album "24 Hours.". It's Richie's 21st solo album, and showcases his reputation as one of the great modern day guitarists. Richie can play anything from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul. Richie may be known most for his stints in Poison and Mr. Big here in America, but he has been a part of Jazz/Fusion groups like Vertu with Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, and his guitar mastery is embraced all over the world.
Kotzen is one of the few artists to be honored by Fender Guitar with not one, but two signature model guitars. The Kotzen Telecaster guitar has repeatedly been the #1 selling signature model guitar for Fender Japan. Cornford Amplification also honored Kotzen with his own signature series guitar amp (the RK 100). In 2009, Zoom released the Richie Kotzen Signature Edition effects pedal (the G2R), providing a diverse range of tonal solutions programmed by Kotzen himself.
Richie was recently the headliner at the Second Annual Humanity Thru Music fundraiser on Nov. 13 in benefit of the Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and welfare of animals.
Upcoming gigs include November 30th at 'Baked Potato' in Studio City, California, January 21st at the Key Club in Hollywood, California, (NAMM JAM 30 minute set 8PM) and January 22nd in Ramona, Ca. at Ramona Main Stage. Check out Richie live if you get the chance!
Congratulations to former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe, as his album “Sensory Overdrive” won The Best Album of The Year award at the Classic Rock Awards last week. Other nominees included Foo Fighters, Motörhead and Whitesnake to name few.
The 7th Classic Rock Awards ceremony was hosted by the legendary Gene Simmons at Roundhouse in London. There were Deep Purple, Scorpions, Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Steel Panther, Jeff Beck, Queen’s Brian May, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Chrissie Hynde and other big stars of the rock world all in attendance. The award was handed by Duff McKagan who praised the band, saying that Monroe deserves all the world’s attention.
After a busy year touring around the world, performing in numerous festivals and television programs, arranging a charity concert for the victims of the catastrophe in Japan and working on his own biography released in October, there is still more to come: a mini tour in the UK is kicking off November 24th, and the new video and single "Trick of The Wrist!"
Monroe has also been invited to Finland's annual President's Independence Day reception, set to take place on December 6. The event, which is one of the main features on the country's social calendar, is broadcast on television and many of Finland's best known politicians, executives, academics, artists and others who have had significant achievements during the year can be seen formally greeting the president before taking a twirl on the dance floor.
Commented Monroe: "[This is] a great honor and very exciting!" He added, "Like I've said before, I think our President is the coolest — she likes rock 'n' roll! Last time I met her was at the John Fogerty concert at the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland". The first reception at the president's palace was held in 1919.
Michael's latest album, "Sensory Overdrive", features guest appearances by Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and three-time Grammy-winning country/folk singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with legendary producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Clutch, Slash's Snakepit, New York Dolls).
Monroe in June recruited Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) of Swedish sleaze rockers Backyard Babies to be the guitarist of Monroe's solo band following the departure of Ginger (The Wildhearts).
"Trick Of The Wrist" is a great track from a legendary and underated rocker!
I have liked this track for quite awhile, and figured I better get it in the rock picks before the band's new track moves up the charts. AWOLNATION have had a great 2011, and are currently winding down the Fall Harvest Tour with Middle Class Rut and Twin Atlantic. The top 10 rock track "Sail" has taken the band to a new level. The song was written with a nod to the Styx song "Come Sail Away" as is evident in the video and lyrics, as vocalist and band leader Aaron Bruno talks of extraterrestrial beings coming for him. The track comes from AWOLNATION's debut album "Megalithic Symphony."
The name AWOLNATION is derived from Aaron Bruno's high school nickname. In an interview with Kristin Houser of the LA Music Blog, he stated that he "would leave without saying goodbye because it was just easier, so that's where the name Awol came from".
The current band lineup:
Aaron Bruno - Vocals
Christopher Thorn- Lead Guitar
David Amezcua - Bass guitar, Backing vocals
Hayden Scott - Drums
Check out the video, it's an interseting piece of film making:
The Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards were held Wednesday night (Nov. 9) at the world-famous Roundhouse in Camden, England and there were many highlights. Guitar legend Jeff Beck was awarded the highest accolade of the evening, The Living Legend Award. Presented by Roger Taylor from Queen, the announcement was met with a standing ovation from a room full of his peers. Previous winners of this coveted award include Rush, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop.
Jeff then took to the stage for a performance with guests Joss Stone (now in SuperHeavy) and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde for a unique never-to-be-seen-again performance. Beck commented on his award, stating: "It's a bit overblown, it's a bit over the top, I am me and I am never going to forget who I am and I am glad I am rooted on the ground and my mum would never have tolerated that rubbish."
Fans voted Queen's reissues package of five albums the best reissues of the year, fighting off competition from The Who's "Live at Leeds" and David Bowie's "Station to Station" deluxe.
"It's a very nice surprise to me," Queen guitarist Brian May told BBC 6 Music. "You do beaver away on these projects and a lot of time and effort went into this and you think will anyone actually notice how brilliant they are and appreciate them and the good news is they do."
When asked how he felt about being host of the 2011 Roll Of Honour Gene Simmons said: 'A privilege and an honour wouldn't cover it. For me this will be a memory of a lifetime. Signed by the God Of Thunder."
The Living Legend Award (sponsored by Orange Amplification)
Event Of The Year
Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live Tour'
Breakthrough Act Of The Year (sponsored by Universal Music)
Black Country Communion
The Spirit Of Prog (sponsored by EMI)
The Innovator Award (sponsored by Rimowa)
Musicians' Union Maestro Award
Tommy Vance Inspiration award
Classic Songwriter (sponsored by Fender)
Manic Street Preachers
Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Monitor Audio)
Metal Guru Award (sponsored by Mascot Label Group)
Classic Album Award (sponsored by Ear Music)
The Who's 'Quadrophenia'
VIP Award (sponsored by currencies.co.uk)
Best New Band (sponsored by Kraken)
Also nominated: Rival Sons, Von Hertzen Brothers, Saint Jude, The Treatment, Wolf People.
Album Of The Year (sponsored by Eagle Vision)
Michael Monroe for 'Sensory Overdrive'
Also nominated: Alter Bridge - ABIII, Black Country Communion 2, Black Spiders - Sons of the North, Black Stone Cherry - Between the Devil., Foo Fighters - Wasting light, Graveyard - Hisingen Blues, Jeff Beck - Rock 'n' Roll Party, Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl, Journey - Eclipse, Motorhead - The World is Yours, Rival Sons - Pressure And Time, Whitesnake - Forevermore.
Re-issue Of The Year (sponsored by Alchemy)
Queen 'Re-Issues' package of their five albums
Also nominated: David Bowie - Staion to Station Deluxe, Deep Purple - Come Taste the Band 35th Anniversary, Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink Deluxe, King Crimson Reissues, Pearl Jam - Vs/Vitalogy Deluxe, QOTSA - Rated R Deluxe, Bruce Springsteen - The Promise The Edge of Town Story, The Who - Live at Leeds 40th
Anniversary Deluxe, Thin Lizzy Reissues
Lemmy for 'Lemmy'
Also nominated: AC/DC Liver at River Plate, Black Sabbath Classic Albums: Paranoid, The Rolling Stones - Ladies and Gentlemen, Deep Purple - Phoenix Rising, The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria.
Band Of The Year (sponsored by Live Nation)
The guest lineup for the next season of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic will start shooting in Los Angeles starting this Sunday! You can follow Eddie Trunk on Twitter @eddietrunk for news and photos from the set as the shows are shot. Air dates have yet to be announced for these shows. Check out the slated guests below and the upcoming season will be the first shot in HD. Join Don Jamison, Jim Florintine and Eddie Trunk for another season of TMS!
Guest Guitarists (each seen in 2 shows): Chris Broderick (Megadeth), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Glenn Hughes (playing bass), Warren DeMartini (Ratt).
Herman Rarebell (Scorpions) & Andrew Dice Clay
Marilyn Manson & Biff Byford (Saxon)
Tracii Guns (LA Guns) & Michael Monroe
Paul Rodgers & Josh Todd/Keith Nelson (Buckcherry)
Sully Erna (Godsmack) & Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl)
Slash & Sam Dunn (metal filmaker)
Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
Dave Mustaine & Vinnie Appice/Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
Watch the current episode featuring Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob) and John Sykes (ex-Whitesnake, Blue Murder and Thin Lizzy). The two announce plans for a band and new music in 2012! Can't wait for that!
Here's a preview of this weekend's new show featuring Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and vocalist Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Micheal Schenker Group, Impellitteri)
More Rockers express symphathy for our Japanese Brothers and Sisters: Paul Rodgers (video message), The Rolling Stones, Anvil, Steve Morse of Deep Purple and Michael Monroe (who will hold charity concert)
-Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, Queen+Paul Rodgers) released this video message to the people of Japan:
-The Rolling Stones are the latest group to send their well wishes to the people of Japan. The band issued a message that reads, “The Rolling Stones send their heartfelt sympathies to their friends and fans in Japan who are going through such tragic and very difficult times.” It goes on to say, “We know their strong resolve and togetherness will pull them through.” Head to RedCross.org to donate to the country’s relief efforts.
-Guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian heavy metal legends Anvil has released the following message: "Just like to say I'm sending my regards to my dear friends and fans in Japan. I wish you all the very best and hope for your safety. Japan is a place of pure determination and is the most highly motivated society in the world. You shall prevail..."
-Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse has posted the following message in regards to the tragedy in Japan:
"This disaster is sobering and heart breaking. Having been in Japan and admired their earthquake preparedness, who could have imagined so much tragedy from a Tsunami in Japan? Those folks who are helping others in the face of unknown risks are true heroes. Let's hope and pray that the suffering is mitigated as much as humanly possible."
-Finland's frontline artists gather funds for the casualties of Japan earthquake and tsunami in Helsinki at Tavastia on Sunday, March 27. Pelasta Punainen Pallo (Save the Red Globe) charity concert is presented by Michael Monroe, Jenni Vartiainen, Paleface, Ismo Alanko, Von Hertzen Brothers and Tuomari Nurmio. The evening's income will be donated to Finland's Red Cross and through them to the victims of Japan. The concert will be broadcast live globally at Ylex.fi on Sunday at 7 p.m local time.
The idea of the concert was developed by Michael Monroe and his band as they have been touring a lot in Japan and have friends and fans there. As the image of what had happened spread and became more clear the band decided to organize an evening to support the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Michael states, "We were shocked about what happened, it's scary and alarming. The best you can do with rock music is to try to influence on this positively." Michael Monroe gathered a great lineup of domestic bands and got the Finnish broadcasting company YLE to be a partner and make the concert available for people all over the globe.
The artists are donating not only their performance fees but also all the income from merchandise sold during the concert. The Finnish music business also wanted to take part and more than ten companies joined forces to make this concert happen.