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Jason Bonham exits California Breed, new drummer announced for upcoming tour

by on Aug.05, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Jason Bonham exits California Breed, new drummer announced for upcoming tour

Drummer Jason Bonham has exited for the time being from California Breed, the band he formed with bassist and and singer Glenn Hughes after the breakup of their last band, Black Country Communion. That breakup was due to guitarist Joe Bonamassa's commitment to his solo career. Ironically Bonham is taking a break from California Breed due to his other musical obligations, including a collaboration with Phil Collins.

Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo as the drummer for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham’s professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band. As Glenn Hughes says “We’re just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We’re very proud of our debut record and we can’t wait to share it, live and loud, with you.” The band's European tour dates start Nov. 7 in Russia.

Bonham, who has recently been touring with Sammy Hagar said there are no hard feelings on his part, stating on Facebook, “I love those guys but it wasn’t going to work for me. I will support them as I love the band I help create and Joey is great. Good luck guys.” Bonham is reportedly in rehearsals with Phil Collins for a possible tour as Phil looks to be ready to put himself back out their after his lengthy hiatus.

California Breed will tour Europe starting in November and will wrap up the slate of shows in the U.K. opening for Slash.

California Breed 2014 European Tour
Nov. 7 – Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Nov. 8 – Moscow, Russia
Nov. 10 – Novosibirsk, Russia
Nov. 13 – St. Petersburg, Russia
Nov. 14 – Nozniy Novgorod, Russia
Nov. 16 – Milan, Italy
Nov. 17 – Munich, Germany
Nov. 19 – Nurnberg, Germany
Nov. 20 – Vienna, Austria
Nov. 22 – Warsaw, Poland
Nov. 23 – Berlin, Germany
Nov. 25 – Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 26 – Koln, Germany
Nov. 28 – Manchester, U.K. (with Slash)
Nov. 29 – Leeds, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 1 – Birmingham, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 2 – London, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 4 – Glasgow, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 5 – Porthcawl, U.K. (with Slash)

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Alice In Chains News: Band working on new album, Jerry Cantrell involved in Sea-Tac Airport Initiative and to be honored by MusicCares MAP Fund Benefit

by on May.25, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Alice In Chains News: Band working on new album, Jerry Cantrell involved in Sea-Tac Airport Initiative and to be honored by MusicCares MAP Fund Benefit

Jerry Cantrell revealed that Alice In Chains is working on a new album they hope to have out befor the end of 2012.

Alice in Chains 2009 album 'Black Gives Way to Blue' was the bands first album in 16 years and first without late vocalist Layne Staley, whose memory served as the inspiration for the last album. The band began working on new material as far back as last summer, but their progress was interupted when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.

Cantrell has since recovered and told Rolling Stone of the new album, "It's time to get to work and the material is really interesting, the body of work that we’ve done. It’ll be as different as any one of our records is to any other, and it’ll also be just as recognizable. It’s an Alice record, for sure."

Cantrell predicts that the album will be out in late 2012 or early 2013 at the latest but says the band won’t rush the album to meet a deadline. “We’ve been very lucky to be able to kind of do things at our own pace for our entire career. And this is no exception.”

Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award at the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit later this month for his continued contributions to help musicians who struggle with addiction. "Everybody’s human, everybody has flaws, everybody falls down. It’s just a fucking fact of life," said Cantrell. "A lot of people stand and get the fuck back up after falling. Some people don’t get that chance. My band’s been a harsh example of that – what happens when you don’t deal with it."

The official lineup for the May 31 charity event will feature performances from Duff McKagan, Billy Idol, Heart and Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age singer-guitarist Mark Lanegan, in addition to Alice In Chains.

The event takes place at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia and has general admission balcony tickets available for $55, while VIP floor seats will fetch $1,250 a pop. All proceeds from the benefit dinner and concert will go to the MusiCares MAP fund.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the Pacific Northwest is making effective use of the region’s rich musical history, both past and current. The airport has launched a new campaign, called The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative, Experience the City of Music, to feature the sights and sounds of the area, increasing the visibility of the local talent in the busy, heavily-traveled airport. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is just one of the many artists involved in the initiative.

Cantrell recorded an overhead safety and information announcement about where any of the 32 million people who pass through Sea-Tac can take a smoke break. Cantrell’s message lets passengers and travelers know the airport’s no-smoking policy, with a little dose of humor. He says, "This is Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains reminding you that smoking is allowed on the lower drive outside the building and only in designated areas...Bummer, dude."

Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder is also involved in the campaign.

"Seattle is known around the world for its music culture, so it’s great to see this identity embraced and showcased to all the travelers going through the airport,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "Jet City, meet Music City."

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Velvet Revolver’s Dave Kushner talks potential reunion, new project PusherJones (video)

by on May.19, 2012, under FUNNIES, INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Velvet Revolver’s Dave Kushner talks potential reunion, new project PusherJones (video)

Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner talks about getting the band back together for a recent benefit show, Scott Weiland's recent comments saying he's back in the band and Slash's response saying that is definetely not happening. He also talks up his new project PusherJones, which has a song on the 'Avengers Assembled' soundtrack.

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Dave Kushner's new project PusherJones is an "animated" rock band, featuring The Simpsons' creative director Dave Warren, singer Frankie Perez (Camp Freddy and Scars On Broadway), bassist Scott Shriner (Weezer) and drummer Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age). The group's first single, 'Count Me Out,' is featured on the 'Avengers Assembled' soundtrack and will be on the bands upcoming E.P.

Kushner describes the band's sound as "A cool riff-rock thing. We're all influenced by everything from Zeppelin and Sabbath to newer bands," he says, adding that the lyrics for "Count Me Out" chronicle a fish-out-of-water story about the genesis of the band. "A lot of it has been based on different stuff that has happened to me or stuff I've heard being in Velvet Revolver for eight years," says Kushner. "It's basically about a big, notorious rock band, and there's a new guy that's coming into the band. You're basically seeing all of the dysfunction and insanity, and the things that make for great rock bands through the eyes of the new guy."

PusherJones hope to become a real cartoon, as Kushner is currently shopping a pilot episode in the hopes of landing an animated TV series about the trials and tribulations of a famous rock band. "The original concept was for a Gorillaz-type thing, animated," Kushner says. "Basically, me and Dave Warren became friends through Don Bernstein, who used to buy all the memorabilia for the Hard Rock. Dave worked on the The Simpsons, and then he and I started talking about stories and different ideas. It eventually became an idea for a TV show, but then we thought, 'The music has to be as good as the animation.'

Kushner hopes that the band will eventually play shows or record a full-length at some point. "That's the hope, that we can do that," he says. "Who knows what Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, or Velvet Revolver are going to do next? It's just a matter of getting everyone's schedules and ducks in a row."

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The Cult sign with new record label and is recording new album

by on May.17, 2011, under ROCK NEWS

The Cult sign with new record label and is recording new album

Legendary rock band The Cult have signed a deal with Cooking Vinyl Records. Cooking Vinyl beat the heated competition to the deal on the back of their long-established reputation as an artist's label, which made them the obvious choice for the band. Commented Cooking Vinyl director Rob Collins: "I tried to sign Ian's first band, Southern Death Cult, when I was a scout at Virgin in the early '80s. I think I paid for coach fares to London and they promptly signed to Beggars Banquet. It's great to finally be working with Ian, Billy and co."

The group, which took part in the "Love Live Tour" last year and also recorded a four-track release with production by Masters of Reality frontman Chris Goss (Queens Of The Stone Age, Masters Of Reality), is back in the studio with Goss recording a new album.

"I feel we have reached our zenith in terms of our writing and performing skills," singer Ian Astbury recently said. "We intend to deliver on all levels.""We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Cooking Vinyl." Guitarist Billy Duffy: "We are very much looking forward to returning to our U.K. roots in many ways working with Cooking Vinyl."

Chris is already working with the band to sculpt a sonic assault and truly visceral work that promises to be the greatest work The Cult has ever released. The album will be recorded in the high desert and darkened rooms of Hollywood Recording Studios.

The Cult is Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitar), Chris Wyse (bass), John Tempesta (drums) and Mike Dimkich (rhythm guitar).

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Pearl Jam announce Canadian Tour, hopefully soon to announce full North American Tour

by on May.17, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Pearl Jam announce Canadian Tour, hopefully soon to announce full North American Tour

There's been rumors for quite some time about a Pearl Jam Canadian tour with Mudhoney opening, and now it has been confirmed. Pearl Jam have announced they'll be heading through Canada in September.

The dates celebrate Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, and will coincide with the release of director Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous, Fast Times At Ridgemont High) Pearl Jam Twenty documentary about the band, which comes out this fall. Pearl Jam are also planning to release a soundtrack to the film and book to accompany it.

Pearl Jam are also hosting a weekend concert on Sept. 3 and 4 to celebrate their anniversary. Set for Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-4) at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI, the festival will mark the PJ20 Festival will be the only U.S. performances in 2011. Joining them on the bill will be The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard, Liam Finn, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale to the band’s Ten Club members on Monday, May 23rd, with a public on-sale to follow Saturday, June 4th. Pearl Jam Ten Club members can also get tickets to the Canadian dates in a presale that begins May 24. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 27 — except Montreal, for which tickets go on sale the following day.

You can see Pearl Jam here:
Sept. 3 – E. Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sept. 4 – E. Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sept. 7 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Sept. 11-12 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Sept. 14 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Sept. 15 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Sept. 17 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Sept. 19 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Sept. 21 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Sept. 23 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Sept. 25 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum

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