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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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Heart News: Sept. 16th CBS Sunday Morning and other TV appearances, Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction, ‘In The Studio: Little Queen’ streaming online (video)

by on Sep.15, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Heart News: Sept. 16th CBS Sunday Morning and other TV appearances, Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction, ‘In The Studio: Little Queen’ streaming online (video)

It's a busy time for Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, as their fantastic new book 'Kicking & Dreaming: A Story Of Heart, Soul & Rock & Roll' will be released this week, and they have numerous TV appearances scheduled. You can pre-order the book now at amazon.com. Their new album 'Fanatic' will also be released on Oct. 2nd, and you can watch a new 'making of' video clip that was just posted below. On top of that, the rock legends will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Wilson sisters' star will be unveiled in front of the Musician's Institute (6752 Hollywood Boulevard). "This location is a coveted spot for many Rock n' Rollers. and these ladies will join the likes of bands Journey and Motley Crue who also have stars on that property," said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies. "We are thrilled with this latest star addition as many young, aspiring female rockers look up to these legendary ladies of Rock n' Roll."

According to a press release: “Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, storming the charts in the 70s with hits like ‘Crazy On You’, ‘Magic Man’, ‘Barracuda’, ‘Straight On’, and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments, too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the 80s and 90s with huge hits like ‘These Dreams’, ‘Alone’, ‘What About Love’, ‘If Looks Could Kill’, ‘Never’, and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians and singers. Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s Red Velvet Car album, and a Top 5 DVD Night At Sky Church.”

The Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony takes place September 25th. Guest speakers will include great friends Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains, and actress Rita Wilson. Ann & Nancy will receive the 2,481st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony takes place at 11:30AM PT and will be live streamed at www.WalkofFame.com.

Heart Mongers time to show Heart some love! Create a 30 second video congratulating Heart for their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Videos will be combined to create a special congratulatory video from the fans. Please send all videos to Heart@mileshighproductions.com​. Hurry, because submission deadline is September 20th at 2pm PST.

Ann & Nancy have some TV apperances slated to promote the upcoming book and album including tomorrow (Sept. 16) on Sunday Morning on CBS, Sept. 18th on CBS This Morning, Sept. 29th on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, and Sept. 30th on 'Heart Fanatic Live' from Caesars Collisseum on HD NET. Some great Heart TV programming! Set the DVR's!

Here's a great making of the 'Fanatic' video just posted by the band. Check it out!!


North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary the classic million-seller HEART Little Queen. After scoring a Top 10 album with their indie debut Dreamboat Annie, Heart launched their follow up Little Queen in 1977 which demonstrated Heart's musical diversity, from hard rockers “Barracuda”, “Little Queen” and “Kick It Out” to acoustic numbers like “Love Alive” and “Dream of the Archer”. Ann and Nancy Wilson explain to show host Redbeard.

“You can't keep those folky roots away. Nancy and I are such folkies, It's really amazing. I say that in a good way.” (Nancy): “I think if there is anything we brought to Rock'n'Roll it is the blending of acoustic stylings with heavy rock.” Ann and Nancy Wilson also preview some of the personal stories from their forthcoming memoir, Dreaming and Kicking: a Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll, plus share new Heart music from their upcoming album Fanatic. Hear both parts of this special only available online at inthestudio.net

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Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains talks Stevie Ray Vaughn MusiCares Award in new interview

by on May.31, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains talks Stevie Ray Vaughn MusiCares Award in new interview

The eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell and certified interventionist and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Senior Consultant Neil Lasher at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 31. Grammy.org recently interviewed honoree Jerry Cantrell, where he touched on playing the event back in 2006 with James Hetfield of Metallica, the other artists playing the event, grammy nominations and wins, new music from Alice In Chains, what it means to recieve the honor, addiction in general and more.

Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Lasher will be the recipient of MusiCares' From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Hosted by television personality Steve-O, the evening will feature a special performance by eight-time GRAMMY nominees Alice In Chains featuring guitarist/vocalist Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney. GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby will DJ live during dinner, and other musicians performing include Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Duff McKagan, Mark Lanegan and Billy Idol. Read more about the event here: www.grammy.org/musicares-jerry-cantrell

Here's an excerpt from the interview conducted by Steve Baltin:
Q: I saw you play with Metallica at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in 2006. That was obviously a special performance, but I know you've been to a number of these shows. Are there any favorite memories for you?

JC: Yeah, that one is obviously a classic. I've been a fan of Metallica and friends with those guys for a long time and that was just great — half Alice In Chains and half Metallica playing together. Obviously, on a more serious note, it's inspiring to see James [Hetfield] take control of his issues, some of the same things I have issues with. And it's just inspiring to see somebody make the effort and make a turn for the better.

Q: By accepting this award do you feel like a role model or a positive example?

JC: A better way to look at it is I admire those guys for the effort they make. It's cool to get here, it's cool to know that you can get here and it's nice to be [proof] that no matter where you find yourself in life you've always got a chance to turn it around.

Q: When you look at not only your bandmates, but even recent examples like Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, do you feel very fortunate?

JC: A common part of the human experience is if you f*** around with it long enough, it's gonna get a hold of you. That's been the case for me and for a lot of people too. It's not just explicitly musicians, but being a musician and [having] so many friends that are, it's really nice to have an organization like MusiCares to take care of each other. I remember when I first came here in 2003, Buddy Arnold helped me out.

Q: Tell me about the other artists playing at this year's benefit concert.

JC: Ann and Nancy [Wilson of Heart] are the top of the heap. They've been there for us and we've been there for them too. Any time we got a chance to remind people how important their role has been to music and the world and what that means to us, we're always there for them. I look at them as my older sisters, they've given a lot of great advice and they fought through a lot of adversity and I'm very much looking forward to having them play.

When they told me I was gonna receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, they asked me if I would make a little list of the people I would like to see play. I had just seen [Mark] Lanegan out in Silver Lake and he killed it. God, it was amazing. I hadn't seen him in some years and it was a really magical experience, so I gave him a call and asked him. Duff [McKagan]'s been a friend for years and been very involved with our band as well in various ways. And I don't know Billy [Idol] personally, but I do know Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens, the guitar player. I jammed with Steve a couple of times as well.

What does it mean to you to be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award?
That the award is honoring Stevie, who's an incredible musician and then also a person that made changes and turned his s*** around — it's a hell of an effort. It's nothing easy. It's doable, but it's not an easy thing and I can tell you that from experience. It takes some balls for sure, and it takes some serious effort at times. To receive this, what it means, is I'm very honored. And obviously that it started with Stevie, that's a pretty great thing. As a guitar player you don't get much better than that. Read the rest of the interview here: www.grammy.com/lessons-learned-with-jerry-cantrell

 

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Rock ‘N’ Roll AllStars play first gig in Paraguay, then follow up with surprise club show in Buenos Aires (video)

by on Apr.23, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Rock ‘N’ Roll AllStars play first gig in Paraguay, then follow up with surprise club show in Buenos Aires (video)

The Rock 'N' Roll Allstars kicked off their South and Central America tour last Thursday (Apr. 19) at Jockey Club in Asunción, Paraguay. Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) spearheaded the tour, which also features Gene Simmons (KISS), Sebastian Bach, Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/Loaded), Gilby Clarke (Guns N'Roses), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Trapeze/Hughes-Thrall/Black Sabbath/Black Country Communion), Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol/Vince Neil) and Mike Inez (Ozzy Osbourne/Alice In Chains). Check out footage below of the opening gig on the tour as well as pro-shot footage from a surprise club show at Teatro Vorterix in Buenos Aires, Argentina last night (Apr. 22).

The tour continues tonight with an arena show in Buenos Aires, with shows continuing on April 27th in Lima, Peru.


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Marking and remembering the death of the great Layne Staley of Alice In Chains (video)

by on Apr.05, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Marking and remembering the death of the great Layne Staley of Alice In Chains (video)

Layne Staley was born in Kirkland, Washington on August 22nd, 1967. He actually began by playing drums at the age of 12, but soon aspired to be a singer. Staley was reportedly in several glam bands before 1986 when he formed 'Alice N' Chainz'. While 'Alice N' Chainz' was playing speed metal in the Seattle Area, Staley met guitarist Jerry Cantrell. The two became room mates and eventually Staley would join Jerry Cantrell's band 'Diamond Lie', which later changed it's name to 'Alice in Chains'. Although today marks the death of Layne Staley, his body wasn't found until April 20th. Here's the official MTV release on his death from 2002.

The King County Medical Examiner positively identified Staley's body on Saturday (April 20), following an autopsy. Exact time and cause of death are pending, as laboratory results could take several weeks, a spokesperson said. Staley was 34.


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Police responded to a call to check on Staley's well-being that was placed by a family member who claimed to have not spoken to Staley for two weeks. They arrived at Staley's address with the family member in Seattle's University District at 5:41 p.m. PT on Friday, according to the police report. Upon discovering his body on the couch surrounded by intravenous drug paraphernalia, according to the Associated Press, officers called investigators from the medical examiner's office, who arrived on the scene at approximately 7:30-8:00 p.m., a spokesperson said. Authorities said he'd been dead for several days, so the body wasn't immediately identifiable as that of Staley, whose longtime battle with drug dependency was a central component of his band's music — a dark and bombastic sound that continues to influence artists some 15 years after the group first formed.

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With Staley as their scowling, tortured frontman, Alice in Chains claimed a spot as the darkest and hardest band of the early '90s grunge movement, bringing a healthy dose of metal to the new movement. Born in Kirkland, Washington, in 1967, Staley formed Alice in Chains while still a high school student in the mid-'80s. The singer soon formed a friendship with guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who joined the band in 1987 and provided the other half of the group's creative core. Drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr (replaced in 1992 by Mike Inez) soon followed, and the band landed a deal with Columbia Records in 1989.

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The band's 1990 debut, Facelift, found a home at both college rock and classic rock radio outlets, chiefly on the strength of the single "Man in the Box." The album soon went gold, and the band followed it with an appearance on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's Seattle love letter, "Singles." With anticipation high, the band delivered Dirt in 1992, pushing AIC to triple platinum status with caustic tracks such as "Angry Chair," "Rooster" and "Them Bones." A prime spot on Lollapalooza soon followed, but the trek would be the band's last major tour and Alice in Chains would be hard pressed to maintain their momentum.

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Alice in Chains released the EP Jar of Flies in 1994 and a self-titled album in 1995, but they did not tour to support either offering. During this relatively quiet time, Staley provided vocals for the 1995 debut album from Mad Season, which also featured Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and the Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin. While rumors swirled about Staley's declining health and drug dependency, the group surfaced in 1996 to perform on MTV's "Unplugged" series. Save for a series of compilations cobbled together by Columbia, it would be the last music Alice in Chains would release.

Layne's former fiancée, Demri Lara Parrott died on October 29th, 1996 from bacterial endocarditis, allegedly as a result of drug use.

"I know I'm near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way." - Layne Staley 2002

We miss you Layne

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