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Bret Michaels solo album to feature all-star cast of contributors

by on Jul.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Bret Michaels solo album to feature all-star cast of contributors

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has teamed up with an impressive cast of rockers and other musicians for his new solo album that's slated to arrive this summer. 'Bret Michaels and Friends: Get Your Rock On' features guest appearances by Aerosmith's Joe Perry, former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, Chickenfoot's Michael Anthony, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, .38 Special's Bobby Capps and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke and Peter Keys.

The record also will feature Jimmy Buffett, country legend Loretta Lynn and rapper Lil Jon. Michaels told Bilboard.com, "I have either jammed with, partied with, or hung out with every friend that joined me on this album. There is such an awesome and diverse mix of talent on this record...It was truly one of the highlights of my career."

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Michaels recently debuted a video for the first single from the album, the title track. The tune features guitar work by Def Leppard's Collen.

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Bret Micheals talks on ‘The Talk’ and ‘Get Your Rocks On’ album with Loretta Lynn (video)

by on Feb.14, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Bret Micheals talks on ‘The Talk’ and ‘Get Your Rocks On’ album with Loretta Lynn (video)

Bret Micheals stopped by CBS-TV's 'The Talk' to 'talk' about re-doing you. The Poison rocker, philanthropist, entrepreneur and most of all, true survivor Bret Michaels shares some hard-earned lessons about taking control of your life.


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This from Rollingstone.com: Bret Michaels' upcoming solo album, 'Get Your Rock On,' will include a few friends. "Loretta Lynn and I are gonna redo 'Every Rose Has It’s Thorn' together," he tells Rolling Stone. "And, for me, growing up in a family that my father loved country music and Coal Miner’s Daughter, this is gonna be a really awesome time."

How did the two come together? "I met her at Thanksgiving and it was really great. We were out at her ranch in Hurricane Mills and we sat there, me and her, and after everyone, the whole family and my crew sort of dissipated we sat there and started writing some songs together," he says. And one of the ideas she had was redoing 'Every Rose Has It’s Thorn' and I thought it would be unbelievable for me and her to do that together."

Among the other guests on the album are Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and Jimmy Buffett. "The song 'Get Your Rock On' has Phil Collen from Def Leppard playing guitar with me and it also has guitarist Sal Costa from My Darkest Days, really, really good guitar player and good friend," he says. "Jimmy Buffet and I did a live version of 'Margaritaville' together."

Michaels says the two duets, with Lynn and Buffett, will be "two bonus tracks." And of the rest of the record he says, "It is just straight up in your face rock & roll."

"Every Rose Has It's Thorn" is just one of the songs that came from his Thanksgiving jam session with Lynn. There will be more. "There are two songs we wrote together. One of them is going to appear, she’s a doing a new album with T-Bone Burnett, we’re gonna go down and do one on that," he says. "And then we’re gonna do one [on] an album that’s called Me, My Guitar And I, it’s a record that will come out either later in the year or sometime next year."

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Michaels will be very busy in 2012, with Poison hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard in addition to his two planned solo albums.

Advice expert Bret gives advice on how to properly destroy a hotel room:


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Phil Collen of Def Leppard talks ‘Rock of Ages’ movie and more

by on Jan.07, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Phil Collen of Def Leppard talks ‘Rock of Ages’ movie and more

Phil Collen of Def Leppard recently talked to Noisecreep about the band's upcoming plans for 2012, and the experience of being part of the 'Rock of Ages' movie and meeting up with star Tom Cruise. "It's going to be a huge year for us. I definitely have a lot to talk about today. We've got the 'Rock of Ages' movie coming out which stars Tom Cruise. He's singing 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' in the film. We actually got to see him film the scene. Def Leppard was on tour in Florida and someone involved with the movie called and invited us to come down to the shoot. It was awesome to see that process."

Talking about Tom Cruise, who plays rocker Stacee Jaxx in the film, Phil said: "I can't wait till people hear him. The guy did a great job. He's doing my vocal part, Joe's part – all of them! This is someone who has never sung before. He was doing that thing that a lot of method actors do when they take on a role. They get into character completely. He told us he was taking five hours a day, five days a week, for four to five months, just to get the vocal aspect of the role down. That was fantastic to hear. I was really pleased with how down-to-earth Tom was. He was very humble and actually told us how he thought 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' was an absolute classic. He said it deserved all of the respect and attention he can give it. So we were definitely honored."

"I had the chance to catch the Broadway version of the musical and it was a lot of fun. It's campy and kitschy, and it captures that time period so well. It's not like a Spinal Tap kind of thing where they're making fun of it, but they do have some fun with it. It has a 'Glee' and 'High School Musical' feel, but set on the Sunset Strip. I guess you can say it's like 'West Side Story' done with songs from the '80s."

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"The musical was named after one of our songs, so it's great for us. I think they also have the song 'Bringin' on the Heartbreak' in there as well. We're actually going to be back on tour around when the movie is out, and it would be a lot of fun to get some of the other bands featured in 'Rock of Ages' out with us.

"Nothing has been finalized yet, but apparently Poison will be joining us – at least according to Bret Michaels, who has been telling everyone that they'll be touring with us this year [laughter]. We went out with Poison in 2009, and we all had so much fun. If it does end up happening like that, I would love for the third band to be someone like Twisted Sister, since they're also in the new movie. I think that would make for a great lineup!"


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Steel Panther bringing the Christmas package…all the latest and greatest! (video, links, etc.)

by on Dec.17, 2011, under FUNNIES, INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Steel Panther bringing the Christmas package…all the latest and greatest! (video, links, etc.)

Here's a selection of the latest and greatest from the Panther!
Steel Panther are thinking about putting out a Christmas album and have been tossing around some song title ideas. A couple of the titles tossed around are 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Had a Very Bad Drug Problem' and 'I Came Upon A Midnight Cheerleader.' Check out the rest. Let's hope this cums to fruition!

Here's the Steel Panther exclusive X-rated Xmas song:

Your favorite Holy Moly! newcasters Stix Zadinia and Michael Starr report from backstage at Wembley Arena before rocking their sixth and final show of the UK tour with Crue and Def Lep:


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Here's some Vegas video of the band wishing everyone a Merry Xmas!


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Steel Panther's Satchel and Stix Zadinia recently answered some reader-submitted questions on thenervousbreakdown.com:
"I’m thinking of getting a gift certificate for a friend. It’s for a Prince Albert piercing. I think he’s uncircumcised so I’m wondering if this makes it less sanitary. Answer me now, goddammit -Daniel G., Houston, TX and "Is there a Christmas album, other than Nat King Cole’s, that doesn’t suck ass? My lady listens to the shit for a whole month and there’s not a single one that I can stand. Isn’t there a decent Christmas album for guys?" -Tim M., Oak Park, IL

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Read the answers and the other wacked out questions here.

The Panther had a contest for the best fan-submitted video for their new song 'Just Like Tiger Woods'. At this point, the band will sit down and discuss the videos over a bottle of Jack and decide on their top three. After that, you guys get to vote for the best video out of the three selected by Steel Panther. Here's a few of the submissions:


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Here's Satchel with the Guitar World "Lick of the Day" from the "17 Girls In a Row" solo.

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Here's performance video of '17 Girls In a Row' and more from a stop at the studios of Kerrang Magazine in Birmingham, England:


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Here's a shot with Joe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard on the recent U.K. tour with Def Leppard and Motley Crue.

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Remembering Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell

by on Dec.07, 2011, under LINKS, ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Remembering Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell

Randy Rhoads was born this week (Dec. 6) in 1956. He would have been 55 years old if not tragically taken from us 29 years ago.

These quotes were in a 1984 issue of Hit Parader Magazine on the 2nd anniversary of his death. I thought it was interesting looking back to see the complete reverence his contemporaries had for him, just two years since he died. His legacy has, does, and will continue to grow. R.I.P. Randy!

Edward Van Halen (Van Halen)
I have an immense amount of respect for what he did. Some people say I may have had an infIuence on his playing, but I never was able to ask him that. If it's true, I'm very honored, because I thought he was very, very good. He was also very dedicated to his playing. I think that showed in his work.

Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
It was every guitarist's dream to replace Randy Rhoads, and I'll never forget the thrill of having that opportunity. I always considered Randy to be the best guitarist around. I followed his career for a long time even when he was playing around L.A. with Quiet Riot, and I was always amazed by what he could do. I used to get really annoyed after watching him, because he was doing things that I hadn't even thought of trying. He was in a class by himself.

Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Of course I had known Randy a long time. I was playing in some other L.A. area bands when he was playing the club scene with Quiet Riot. He was a big influence on everyone who saw him. ,He had so much talent and so much charisma - it was just unbelievable! He was one of the few guitarist I've ever seen who could literally mesmerize you on-stage. You'd find yourself watching him and just forgetting about everyone and everything else.

Angus Young (AC/DC)
I've heard him play on the radio and he sounded very good. I admire anyone who can play the guitar with a style that is easily identifiable, and that's what he was able to do. Everybody says there's nothing new that can be done with a guitar, but when people like Randy come along, they realize they're wrong.

"Fast" Eddie Clarke (Fastway)
I was lucky enough to see Randy perform many times while I was in Motorhead. We toured the country with Ozzy when Randy was still alive, and I used to go out and watch him quite often. It's a shame that his talent wasn't fully appreciated until after his death. But that's the way it is in rock and roll, sometimes. He was very special - he had "star quality" written all over him. If you're able to go on stage with someone like Ozzy and hold your own, you know you’re special.

Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
To me, Randy Rhoads had a classic "American" guitar sound. There's a difference between the way a British guitarist plays and the way an American plays. They're both equally good, it's just that people like Blackmore and Page have had the biggest impact on English guitarists while perhaps Eddie Van Halen has had the biggest impact on the guys in the States. Randy Rhoads seemed to pick up on some of Van Halen's ideas and expand them. He was absolutely terrific, and his work with Osbourne is astounding at times.

Neal Schon (Journey)
He was very interesting. I make it a habit to watch other guitarists and listen to their work. I'm not that big on Ozzy's music, so I don't often put his albums on at home, but I recognize Rhoads as a very talented guitarist.

Paul Stanley (Kiss)
I've seen just about everybody who's come down the pike over the last ten years, and quite honestly, most of 'em weren't worth remembering. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Rhoads that many times, but he was a very impressive guitarist. He obviously had studied the instrument, and he had a natural feel that separated him from most other players. To me, that's the key - if you have a feel, a quality that nobody can teach you, that's when you're special.

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Obviously, I've always had a bit of interest in the guitarists Ozzy has worked with. After having worked with somebody for so long, you can't dismiss their musical activities very easily. Ozzy once told me that one of the things which first attracted him to Randy was that he was the exact opposite of me. He looked different, and his style was very unique. I favor certain chord structures, while Randy had his own way of expressing himself. I admire what he did, though I wish Ozzy had given him a little more freedom to express himself on his albums.

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Rik Emmett (Triumph)
I'm a big guitar fan. I love listening to everything from jazz to heavy metal, and one of the guys who really caught my ear was Randy. he just stood out head and shoulders above other young guitarists. I don't know exactly what he did that was so special, but he was able to mix together a number of styles and influences, and emerge with a special sound. Most guitarists are clones of other famous musicians. Randy had a bit of that element in him, but because of his talent, he was able to rise above that.

K. K. Downing (Judas Priest)
I listened to his playing on Osbourne's albums. He had the potential to become one of the best guitarists ever. Considering he was so young, it's amazing to consider what he accomplished.

Phil Collin (Def Leppard)
When I was getting into the guitar, there were people like Ritchie Blackmore who were so good that when you saw them on-stage they inspired you to go out and buy a guitar. That's what I imagine Randy Rhoads was like for a lot of younger kids. He had such presence on-stage, and he was so talented, that when you saw him you naturally had to be totally impressed by his talent.

Billy Squier
I know I have many limitations as a guitarist. That's why I admire somebody like Rhoads so much. He was the type of player that a guitarist like me would like to be. I keep dreaming someday ... someday ...

Here's a great article from KPCC, making a trip to Randy's gravesite: www.scpr.org



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Tomorrow (Dec. 8 ) will mark seven years since Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell was killed onstage. Revolvermagazine.com will be posting remembrances of him over the next few days. Today, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello looks back fondly on his time with Dimebag.

Dimebag recorded solos for Anthrax’s 'Stomp 442, Volume 8', and 'We’ve Come for You All' albums. Anthrax's latest album 'Worship Music,' also features the song “In the End,” paying tribute to Dimebag and Ronnie James Dio. The 100th issue of Revolver, available here and on newsstands on December 13, features a free pull-out poster of Dimebag.

“We were so close to him. He was one of us. Dimebag was the sixth member of Anthrax, because he played on the last few records. I thought paying tribute to him in song was a great idea.

“I lost a brother 13 years ago. He was murdered. And then to have Dimebag go in such a bad, traumatic way—he’s one of our brothers. Dimebag was like a brother to me.

“We had a lot of good times. That Anthrax-Pantera tour [in 1997], that was a scary tour. The shows were great. But on that tour, I brought a parasite home with me from Mexico in my stomach. So I couldn’t hold anything in my stomach including liquor. Now imagine being on a Pantera tour without drinking liquor. At one point, it was so bad because everything I put in my body, it was like a funnel–it came right out of my body. So I would have to run from these guys and hide. Because Dime’s chasing me with this Black Tooth [Grin, Dime’s signature drink, which was a shot of Crown Royal or Seagrams 7 with a splash of Coke]. He’d be yelling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!’ So I’m shooting this thing with a beer right after it.

“Dude, I swear to God, as soon as it went in my system, I was right on the bowl. So I laugh at that now, because I remember Dime laughing at me. As soon as I shot the Black Tooth, he’d go, ‘You’ve gotta go now, right?’ And he’d laugh. It was a great time. Of course it was painful for me, but it was a great thing for Dimebag. Those are the things you remember. It’s a time in your life I’ll never forget. I love them and I miss them. Only the good die young.”

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