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‘Hair I Go Again’…Two middle aged guys. One lifelong dream. Zero chance in hell (documentary trailer)

by on Jan.11, 2013, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Hair I Go Again’…Two middle aged guys. One lifelong dream. Zero chance in hell (documentary trailer)

'Hair I Go Again', a new film documenting two friends who were once part of a band trying to hit it big back in 1985 and their attempt to reunite and try opening for their Heavy Metal idols on tour is slated for release early this year. Check out the three-and-a-half-minute trailer below.

Film synopsis: "The year was 1985. Thousands of miles away from the sonic debauchery of the Sunset Strip, a group of teenage friends shared aspirations of glam rock grandeur. Rising from the ashes of countless garage jams and taking a page straight out of Hit Parader, a hungry, determined band was ultimately born. Fame and fortune were well within reach, as they toured the skating rink circuit of West Central Florida, but fate intervened and the group unceremoniously imploded... probably over some chick.

"In this humorous-yet-shameless documentary, two longtime friends ultimately realize their mortality and decide to give the dream one last shot. Gone are the long hair, leopard-skin spandex and all-night parties. Only to be replaced, some twenty-five years later, by male-pattern baldness, XXL fashion and the mundane grind of 9-to-5. Their mission: reunite the band and appear as an opening act for their heavy metal idols.

"Their journey will take them cross-country as they seek out (OK, stalk) their musical heroes with the hopes of hearing the words: 'You've got the gig.'

"Countless questions remain. Will they find their long-lost bandmates (particularly the bastards that still owe them money)? Can any of them still hold a tune? And who was that skank that broke up the band in the first place?

"Failure might be their only option."

Directed by Steve McClure credits include Starz Entertainment Group, E! Entertainment Television & Sony Pictures Entertainment. Steve also wrote and produced "The Michelangelo Story", a documentary distributed nationally by Service Merchandise.

After obtaining numerous industry awards for cable television promotion, Steve co-founded Ghost-2-Eleven Entertainment with long-time high school friend, Kyle Kruger. The film was written by Kruger and McClure. As an Associate Producer with EMG, Kyle served under the tutelage of the late, 2-time Academy Award winning Producer John Daly ("Platoon", "The Last Emperor", "The Terminator", "Hoosiers"). "Hair I Go Again" features interviews with many of the most influential musicians and industry professionals in the business of that time, including:

- Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
- Erik Turner and Robert Mason (WARRANT)
- Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
- Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
- Kip Winger (WINGER)
- Oz Fox (STRYPER)
- Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE)
- Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE)
- Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, DIO, FOREIGNER, T&N)
- Brian Forsythe (KIX)
- Brent Muscat (SIN CITY SINNERS/FASTER PUSSYCAT)
- Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
- Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, BROKEN TEETH)
- Jason Bieler (SAIGON KICK, SUPER TRANS ATLANTIC, OWL STRETCHING)
- CJ Snare (FIREHOUSE, RUBICON CROSS)
- Ron Keel (STEELER, KEEL)
- Jaime St. James (BLACK 'N BLUE, WARRANT)
- Stevie Rachelle (TUFF)
- Lorraine Lewis (FEMME FATALE)
- Steve Blaze (LILLIAN AXE)
- Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT, KING KOBRA)
- Beau Hill (producer for ALICE COOPER, TWISTED SISTER,RATT, KIX, WINGER, WARRANT, EUROPE, ROXX GANG)
- Share Ross (VIXEN)
- Brian Vollmer and Brent Doerner (HELIX)
- Jimmy D'Anda (BULLETBOYS)
- Vicky Hamilton (manager and consultant for MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, GUNS N' ROSES)
- Terry Ilous (XYZ, GREAT WHITE)
- Ryan Roxie (ALICE COOPER, ELECTRIC ANGELS, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ROXIE 77)
- John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION, THE SCREAM, RATT, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION)
- Kevin Steele (ROXX GANG, MOJO GURUS)
- Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JON OLIVA'S PAIN)
- Kenny McGee (JULIET)
- Bruce Batten (BRAT)
- THE IRON MAIDENS (all-female tribute to IRON MAIDEN)
- Sam McCaslin (Retrospect Records)
- Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
- Marla Stone (95YNF and 98ROCK in Tampa Bay, Florida)
- Sandy Sledge and Leather Leone (SLEDGE LEATHER PROJECT)

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Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

by on Dec.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

Kicking off Rock Picks of the week are the great American Rockers Buckcherry with their new track 'Gluttony' from their upcoming album 'Confessions,' which is due February 19th from Century Media Records. You say I drink too much, you say I smoke too much, you say I f**k too much, A Glutton Enemy has started! It's another great track from the always underated Buckcherry, who continue with another track sure to please all of us fans, and hopefully bring new fans into the fold. Each and every album from Buckcherry is full of quality hard rock and I'm sure the new album will be no exception.

Buckcherry just wrapped a string of concert dates in the U.K. and will headline North American shows in late December and January before joining Kid Rock on his upcoming 'Rebel Soul' Tour, kicking off February 2nd in Kansas City, MO. In addition, Buckcherry will also be co-headlining with Queensryche, the Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas on December 31st. The band's will be joined by Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise in festivities that will last from 6pm to 3am. Here's to a kick ass 2013 for Buckcherry!!!

One of my favorite bands, Rival Sons have released the second single from their 'Head Down' album, which is available now on itunes and will be available in the U.S. on January 22nd. 'Until The Sun Comes', is the track that many figured would be a single from the album on initial listen. The video was directed by Simon Gesrel, protégé of Academy Award-winning director Michel Gondry (White Stripes, Bjork).

'Head Down' on Earache Records--which has gotten fantastic reviews including a four-out-of-five star review from The Guardian/U.K., a “Breakthrough Artist” award at this year’s Classic Rock Awards show in London and the current cover Classic Rock Magazine. Head Down reached #1 on the Rock chart in the U.K. Rival Sons look to 2013 to showcase the record here in the U.S. with North American tour dates.

The video is a freaky desert action clip, with crazy motorcycle sand dune racing, with the hills of the desert as a motif for the double entendres of the woman in the song. Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan says, "I really dig this video; it's a completely new direction for us. Filming videos can be very awkward for me, but this time I got to ride a dirt bike out in the desert where I'm most comfortable; it just felt so natural for the song. We're all pretty good on a bike so we just took turns doing tricks and trying to outdo each other. We ended up with some sweet footage. Nice."

Director Simon Gesrel adds, “The video took about six weeks to make: two weeks of prep and four weeks of animation, including three weeks of post-production. This clip has references from Time Rider to apocalyptic science-fiction, i.e. Mad Max, especially Italian B-movies etc. like Nuovi Barbari--sometimes just the posters for these films are great inspiration! Plus more well-known series such as Knight Rider and Street Hawk etc.

"The character and the bike were made from different toys customized and aged (about four inches). The base of the décor is made of polystyrene covered in real sand. The film set resembles a sand dune. We worked with three different sets, so there were effectively three different bikes and the characters. The set with the girl was shot in live action whereas the other scenes were in stop-motion, image by image. We worked with a naked model covered in glycerine, then covered in sand so the sand stuck. It was hard work despite the presence of a naked lady made of sand.

"I like playing with clichés ('I know you've heard it all before...'); it allows us to be direct with formats for a short clip - at the same time I look to remain accessible. The idea is a meeting of inspiration - a spur of the moment thing, that finishes with a sexual rapport, but I wanted it to remain a clip for everyone; people see what their age permits and it remains fun for everyone."

Rival Sons evoke a retro classic rock vibe, and have been compared to Led Zeppelin, even having been praised by Jimmy Page. Formed in 2008, the Long Beach, CA. quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) wrote, recorded, and mixed 'Head Down' in just 20 days, conjuring the same energy that made their last album a fan and critical favorite. Explains Buchanan: “In the code of the Samurai, any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths…Writing by that code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to each other. Creatively, you’re bringing your most immediate instincts.”

New Music Express have the exclusive premiere of the video. Watch it here: www.nme.com

The video clip for the Slash track 'Bad Rain' from 'Apocalypse Now' was released awhile ago, and I don't know if it will even be worked at radio, as Slash has mentioned he is already writing for his next album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Kennedy won't be able to cut vocals for it however until after completing the next Alter Bridge record and findiong time to fit it into his schedule, but a video with an animated Slash and Kennedy, strippers and a strip club monster takeover with tattoo conversion for a certain patron has to make Rock Picks of the week.

Geoff Tate, the Queensryche frontman with one of the most recognized voices in hard rock and heavy metal has released a lyric video for the song "Dark Money" from his second solo album, 'Kings & Thieves', which was released on November 6th from InsideOut Music.

The song conveys a message of how 'Dark Money' has seemingly infiltrated all aspects of our political system, the destruction it has caused, and how we need to open our eyes to it all.

After the messy split with Queensryche this past June and the legalities surrounding the use of the band name, and the resulting decision that both Tate and his ex-bandmates can use it, Tate is currently rehearsing with his own version of Queensryche with drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult). Also part of the project is returning Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray, who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums, and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo band.

'Kings & Thieves' track listing:
1. She Slipped Away
2. Take A Bullet
3. In The Dirt
4. Say U Luv It
5. The Way I Roll
6. Tomorrow
7. Evil
8. Dark Money
9. These Glory Days
10. Change
11. Waiting

Canadian rockers Danko Jones are up next with their latest track, 'Just A Beautiful Day', which comes from the band's new album, 'Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue.' It's the sixth full-length record from the band, was produced in full by their longtime partner Matt DeMatteo and mixed by Mike Fraser, known for his work with AC/DC, Aerosmith and so many others.

It's the first album recorded with drummer Atom Willard, who is the sixth in Danko Jones' history. Willard was behind the kit for Rocket From The Crypt, he's also played with The Offspring, Social Distortion and Angels & Airwaves. He is the first drummer in the band to stand on equal creative footing with Danko and his longtime bassist John "JC" Calabrese.

It's another great offering from a band that has yet to get the recognition they deserve in the U.S.

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released a new video, for the Six String Soldiers album track, 'Set Me Free', featuring a live performance recorded in Albuquerque, NM on September 22, 2012. Frank Hannon, Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval have created what is quickly being regarded as one of the most impressive unabashed tributes to the importance of the guitar in rock n' roll music in generations. Six-String Soldiers is a full-length disc of 12 solidly written songs backed by the musicianship of legendary guitarists Dickey Betts, 3-time Grammy Award winner Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and Y&T founder Dave Meniketti.

It all started in Albuquerque, New Mexico when Frank Hannon judged a “Guitar Contest” put on by 94 ROCK and discovered the talents of guitarist Mike Araiza. The winner’s prize was jamming onstage with Tesla and little did Mike know that 5 years later he would be collaborating on what would become one of musics most guitar-driven albums in a generation. Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval came to Frank Hannon with some small seeds of song ideas to record in his RedHawk Records studio and the three of them teamed up to write 12 songs of great Rock-N-Roll music! They set out to recruit some of histories top legendary guitarists to join them and create the sound of the Six-String Soldiers.

Frank Hannon - Guitar & Vocals
Jeffery Sandoval - Vocals
Mike Araiza - Guitar
Cortney DeAugustine - Drums
Aaron Leigh - Bass

Six-String Soldiers tracklisting:

I’m Alive (f/Pat Travers)
Set Me Free
Six String Soldiers
Lipstick, Smoke And Gasoline (f/Dave Meniketti)
Invincible
Cross Your Mind
Touch The Ground (f/Dickey Betts)
I’m Just Sayin'
Love, Life And Beauty
To The Light (f/Rick Derringer)
Redemption
12.2
Six-String Soldiers is available now digitally via iTunes, or on CD via FrankHannon.com.

Toronto based rockers Diemonds are up next with their latest 'Get the Fuck Outta Here' from the new album 'The Bad Pack'. Fronted by the beautiful and sexy vocalist Priya Panda, the band combines quality musicianship with a agressive party vibe. Check out their video for the track with one pissed off janitor who escaped an insane asylum after being victim of a prank gone wrong that disfigured him. He vows revenge and gets it, for the most part. It's comedic and shocking, the way Diemonds want it to be!

Diemonds has played shows with the likes of Slash, Steel Panther, L.A. Guns, Sebastian Bach, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat and so many more. They continue to get their brand of rock out to the masses by constant touring and outreach to fans.

Diemonds are:
Priya Panda - Sweet Squealin' & High Heelin'
C.C. Diemond - Guitar Rippin' & Whiskey Sippin'
Daniel Dekay - Flyin' Vees & Smokin' Trees
Tommy Cee - Rockin' Bass & Givin' Chase
Aiden Tranquada - Drummin' Thunder & Evil Plunder

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Randy Rhoads books document the Quiet Riot years and his life and career (video)

by on Sep.16, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Randy Rhoads books document the Quiet Riot years and his life and career (video)

"Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years", a new book from QUIET RIOT's personal photographer/lighting director Ron Sobol, will be released later this year via Red Match Productions. As a bonus, this book comes with a 90-minute DVD documentary with multiple bonus features. Among those features are highlights from a never-before-heard Randy Rhoads guitar lesson.

Rock photo books are a dime a dozen with a parade of shutterbugs presenting images of iconic performers caught in their prime. But photographer Ron Sobol is one of the rare few who captured that elusive lightning in a bottle magic. As a perennial fifth member of hard rock band QUIET RIOT since their inception, Sobol's involvement lasted beyond the success of their multi-platinum masterpiece, "Metal Health". Intuitively aware of capturing the band's striking visual appeal, on and off stage, Ron quickly became a part of the group's trusted inner circle. Ron was not only QUIET RIOT's personal photographer, lighting director, and co-writer, he was also their dearest friend.

There's no such thing as an overnight success. To achieve musical respect and international stardom, aspiring rockers must be tireless in their quest, endlessly perfecting their craft as musicians, songwriters and performers. Even then, there's no guarantee of grabbing the brass ring and succeeding in the music business. Still a truism today, making it in the music business is a "one-in-a-million" crapshoot. It's a chosen few, inspired by a passionate love of rock and roll music and driven by an unyielding passion to strike a chord in the hearts of music fans, who stay in the game. Los Angeles-based rockers QUIET RIOT had hard rock music coursing through their veins. After seven long years of banging their heads on the local club circuit, recording two albums released only in Japan, and ultimately replacing three of its four original members, QUIET RIOT eventually achieved world domination.

In 1975, lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow and a young guitarist named Randy Rhoads served as the nucleus of the lineup, forged in a tight bond of friendship and aligned with a burning desire to make it. QUIET RIOT made their mark playing parties and small local venues before being transformed into the premier rock band on the Sunset Strip. By 1977, they were anointed reigning local rock icons, routinely selling out Hollywood's hottest clubs, The Starwood and The Whisky-A-Go-Go. Bound on a fast track to fame, the rising stars were foiled at every turn by the grinding corporate machinery of a mercurial record business.

Disco, punk and new wave were soaring, leaving passé hard rock purveyors in their wake. With record labels regularly passing on signing the band, the group's prospects grew dim. QUIET RIOT ditched their first manager and were on the brink of replacing their second, when they inked a deal for two albums with the Japanese division of CBS-Sony. Signed to the record label on the saleable visual merits of a promotional live photograph, shot by Ron Sobol, the band's two albums, "Quiet Riot" and "Quiet Riot II", met with moderate success in Japan. Back in their homeland, prospects for a breakthrough were even bleaker.

At the apex of their frustration, the band staged a coup. Along with a group of their most loyal fans, QUIET RIOT raced through the streets of Los Angeles on a flatbed truck, picketing every record company. Unfortunately, this proactive measure elicited minimal media coverage, prompting one key member of the band to declare it was time for a radical change.

In October 1979, Randy Rhoads was given the break of a lifetime. Packing his trusty Gibson Les Paul, he moved to England to form a new band with former BLACK SABBATH vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. Randy's new band, BLIZZARD OF OZZ, went on to achieve massive worldwide success leaving behind his old friend Kevin DuBrow and their beloved QUIET RIOT. Kevin made several half-hearted attempts at replacing Randy and even temporarily changed the name of the band to DUBROW. Fronting this new incarnation, DuBrow stubbornly continued to follow his dream of rock stardom.

Finally, in 1982 Kevin DuBrow's luck changed when he signed a deal with Pasha Records, and resurrected the name QUIET RIOT. "Metal Health", the group's American debut, was released on March 11, 1983. This album signaled the first warning shot; a new brigade of brash heavy metal warriors were born. An explosive cover of SLADE's '70s classic "Cum on Feel the Noize" became a hit, rocketing to #5 on the Billboard chart. The fist-pumping title track served as the defining metal anthem of the fledgling '80s generation. Also included on the album was "Slick Black Cadillac", which held honors as the most requested song from their early club days. A somber ballad, "Thunderbird", featured a dedication to original guitarist Randy Rhoads who tragically perished in a plane crash on March 19, 1982.

With "Metal Health" going on to rack up more than six million copies in sales, QUIET RIOT had finally arrived. QUIET RIOT became the first heavy metal band to land a number one album on the Billboard chart. By this time, Kevin DuBrow's larger-than-life personality landed him on the covers of rock magazines worldwide, earning notoriety for his outlandish and bratty behavior. Naturally verbose and outspoken, DuBrow's "shoot-from-the-hip" attitude eventually soured relations with the press and drove a wedge among his bandmates who fired him from QUIET RIOT in February 1987. Half-heartedly assembling a few solo projects, DuBrow repaired his relationship with the band and was reinstated among the ranks of QUIET RIOT in 1991.

Throughout the '90s and into the new millennium, QUIET RIOT continued to record albums and play small clubs and theaters, sadly, they never recaptured their early whirlwind success.

Tragedy struck the QUIET RIOT family on November 26, 2007 with the untimely death of Kevin DuBrow. Working in partnership with Ron Sobol, Kevin envisioned chronicling the colorful history of QUIET RIOT with either a film or book. Unfortunately, he never had the opportunity to fulfill his vision.

Until now…

Enhanced by a rich collection of Ron Sobol's evocative photographs, rare video footage and moving personal memories, coupled with a raft of Kevin DuBrow's original memorabilia, this is the captivating story of QUIET RIOT's near-impossible journey to superstardom, a story that first began on March 3, 1975 with legendary guitar icon Randy Rhoads in tow. Rocked by adversity at every turn, refusing to give up, resolute that it was their way or the highway, QUIET RIOT truly epitomize the word survivor, by eventually becoming one of the most popular bands in heavy metal history.

Narrated by Sobol, the accompanying 90-minute film offers a gripping behind-the-scenes portrait of two close friends, Rhoads and DuBrow, as they embark on an uphill quest for stardom . Using previously unseen images, rare video footage and period music, along with new and classic interviews, the movie chronicles the five year period (1975-1980) that Sobol was in the trenches with the band. This in-depth examination documents in photos and on celluloid, the gradual rise of a Hollywood club band into international superstars.

Sobol's unfettered access renders an intimate window into QUIET RIOT's meteoric transformation from club band to national sensation. You'll witness the group in rehearsals, performing live onstage and revel in a bounty of behind-the-scenes clips capturing the bandmates at play. It's a tale littered with all the earmarkings of a classic Hollywood epic — formidable struggles, triumph and heartbreak, world domination and unfathomable tragedy. Revealing interviews with bandmates, close friends and family lend profound insight into this captivating story.

A trailer for "Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years" can be seen below.

For more information, visit www.redmatchproductions.com.

Another book on the life of Randy Rhoads is already available. "Randy Rhoads", written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klien documents Randy's life and career with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia. Here's a full description of the book:

Before his tragic death at the age of 25, Randy Rhoads was on a fast track to being hailed by critics and public alike as the greatest rock guitar player of all time. Over a short two-year period, Randy recorded two seminal multi-platinum albums with Ozzy Osbourne, which are heralded today as among the most noteworthy recordings in hard rock music history. Through his jaw-dropping six-string work on songs such as “Crazy Train,” “Mr. Crowley,” and “Flying High Again,” Randy Rhoads achieved legendary status as a guitar icon and his artistic legacy continues to grow with each passing year.

A brilliant guitar virtuoso, Randy’s masterful ability of bridging rock and classical techniques, helped him forge a groundbreaking style of guitar playing. In 1981, Guitar Player magazine honored Randy by selecting him as best new talent of the year. Humble and self-effacing, Randy refused to rest on his laurels. Instead, being bestowed with this prestigious award motivated him to strive for greater creative heights. Tragically, Randy’s life ended much too soon when on the morning of March 19th 1982 he was killed in a small private plane that careened into the garage of a plantation home in Leesburg, Florida.

Randy Rhoads’ ascendancy to super-stardom was inevitable. Tirelessly honing his craft, he was a devoted student of his instrument, endlessly practicing and perfecting his skills. His days were spent as a guitar teacher and by night he solidified his rising reputation as the “next big thing” on the Hollywood club scene. His big break arrived when he assumed the lead guitar slot in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. Soon the entire music world would be dazzled by his spectacular flights of fiery fretboard sizzle, swiftly recognizing the merits of this burgeoning guitar genius.

With his dynamic six-string wizardry, Randy Rhoads invented an exciting and technically advanced style of explosive hard rock guitar playing that dominated the ‘80s music scene. Decades later, his massive influence continues to shape, educate and inspire first, second and third generation players and music fans that marvel at his extraordinary musicality and stunning instrumental prowess. Today, Randy’s legendary status as a guitar hero is assured, joining the pantheon of rock’s Mt. Olympus where he stands proudly alongside such revered guitar heroes as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Ritchie Blackmore.

No one trick pony, Randy was well versed in a multitude of musical genres seamlessly cross-navigating rock, blues and classical. In fact, his immense love of classical music continued to be a driving force in his life. Until his untimely death, he continued to take classical guitar lessons in an effort to break new ground as a player.

Today, mythologized and immortalized, Randy Rhoads has become a veritable pop culture institution. Paying homage to his pioneering ability, Marshall Amplifiers created a custom amplifier that bears Randy’s name and signature sound. Action figures and sculptures with Randy’s likeness have become highly sought after collector’s items, while Jackson Guitars have sold millions of Randy Rhoads model guitars, pleasing the late guitarist’s loyal legion of dedicated followers. His image graces innumerable music magazine covers annually.

Finally, after years of anticipation, comes the release of this biography written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein, which vividly documents Randy’s life and career. Teeming with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia, the book chronicles an oral history of Randy’s remarkable life through those who knew him best. Packed with countless emotional and poignant stories about the guitar icon, the book weaves a powerful tapestry of colorful memories about his life, which help provide deeper insight into Randy, the man, the myth, the legend. His life is a lasting testament to his supernatural talent and quiet humility.

To order the book go to velocitybooks.org

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Sin City Sinners ‘Rock n’ Roll Rat Pack’ of Las Vegas! announce all-star lineup of shows in September

by on Sep.01, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Sin City Sinners ‘Rock n’ Roll Rat Pack’ of Las Vegas! announce all-star lineup of shows in September

Las Vegas, NV -- Starting this month, the hardest working band in Las Vegas is going to start working a little harder. After 5 years together The Sin City Sinners have shown no signs of slowing down, winning countless awards, releasing 3 CDs & playing over 1000 shows with special appearances by many of Rock N Roll's elite.

"We wanted to build a community here in Vegas, we wanted Sin City Sinners to be more then just a band. We have created a Rock n Roll Rat Pack" says the groups founding member & lead guitarist Brent Muscat.

Soon The Sinners are taking another step toward their goal of being Las Vegas' #1 Rock N Roll headliner, debuting an unheard of line up of 6 shows a week.

The Sinners will perform 4 nights a week Tues-Fri at The Zebra Lounge, which is located at The Palazzo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Saturday nights will be at The Railhead inside locals favorite Boulder Station Casino and Mondays will be an all ages show at the Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise.

The band promises no two shows will ever be the same, but the one thing they all have in common is there is no cover charge to attend.

"This has always been the goal, we worked hard to brand Sin City Sinners into not only the busiest rock band in Vegas, but the most sought after" said Jason Green, the bands manager.

The band also has no plans on changing their line up of Special Guest Appearences, artists scheduled to jam in the next 30 days include: Sebastian Bach, Bruce Kulick (KISS), Mark Kendall (Great White), Ron Keel, Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt) Oz Fox (Stryper) & Frank Dimino (Angel)

The Sin City Sinners are celebrating five years together. Plans for a new CD of all original music are under a way, as well as a book chronicling the last five years.

Sin City Sinners is Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) Todd Kerns (Slash) Zach Throne (The Heights) & Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab).

When Kerns is on tour with Slash he is substituted by Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith) & Louie Merlino (Beggars & Thieves)

While in Las Vegas, catch Sin City Sinners at the Hard Rock Cafe every Thursday night at 10 p.m., Boulder Station every saturday at 10 p.m., and The Palazzo every Sunday and Monday at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, including show dates & merchandise please visit  Thesincitysinners.com

Here's footage of the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards Show after party with Sin City Sinners being joined by Marq Torien of Bulletboys and DJ Ashba (Guns N' Roses/SIXX A.M.) at Club Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on a cover of ZZ Top's 'Tush'

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New book on life of Randy Rhoads due next month

by on Jul.01, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

New book on life of Randy Rhoads due next month

A new book will be on the life of iconic guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) is set for release by Velocity Publishing Group is due in late July. The 10 x 13 book, from Steven Rosen & Andrew Klein is 400 pages long and weighs in at 7 lbs, with a cost of $99.00.

Here's the official description of the book:
Before his tragic death at the age of 25, Randy Rhoads was on a fast track to being hailed by critics and public alike as the greatest rock guitar player of all time. Over a short two-year period, Randy recorded two seminal multi-platinum albums with Ozzy Osbourne, which are heralded today as among the most noteworthy recordings in hard rock music history. Through his jaw-dropping six-string work on songs such as “Crazy Train,” “Mr. Crowley,” and “Flying High Again,” Randy Rhoads achieved legendary status as a guitar icon and his artistic legacy continues to grow with each passing year.

A brilliant guitar virtuoso, Randy’s masterful ability of bridging rock and classical techniques, helped him forge a groundbreaking style of guitar playing. In 1981, Guitar Player magazine honored Randy by selecting him as best new talent of the year. Humble and self-effacing, Randy refused to rest on his laurels. Instead, being bestowed with this prestigious award motivated him to strive for greater creative heights. Tragically, Randy’s life ended much too soon when on the morning of March 19th 1982 he was killed in a small private plane that careened into the garage of a plantation home in Leesburg, Florida.

Randy Rhoads’ ascendancy to super-stardom was inevitable. Tirelessly honing his craft, he was a devoted student of his instrument, endlessly practicing and perfecting his skills. His days were spent as a guitar teacher and by night he solidified his rising reputation as the “next big thing” on the Hollywood club scene. His big break arrived when he assumed the lead guitar slot in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. Soon the entire music world would be dazzled by his spectacular flights of fiery fretboard sizzle, swiftly recognizing the merits of this burgeoning guitar genius.

With his dynamic six-string wizardry, Randy Rhoads invented an exciting and technically advanced style of explosive hard rock guitar playing that dominated the ‘80s music scene. Decades later, his massive influence continues to shape, educate and inspire first, second and third generation players and music fans that marvel at his extraordinary musicality and stunning instrumental prowess. Today, Randy’s legendary status as a guitar hero is assured, joining the pantheon of rock’s Mt. Olympus where he stands proudly alongside such revered guitar heroes as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Ritchie Blackmore.

No one trick pony, Randy was well versed in a multitude of musical genres seamlessly cross-navigating rock, blues and classical. In fact, his immense love of classical music continued to be a driving force in his life. Until his untimely death, he continued to take classical guitar lessons in an effort to break new ground as a player.

Today, mythologized and immortalized, Randy Rhoads has become a veritable pop culture institution. Paying homage to his pioneering ability, Marshall Amplifiers created a custom amplifier that bears Randy’s name and signature sound. Action figures and sculptures with Randy’s likeness have become highly sought after collector’s items, while Jackson Guitars have sold millions of Randy Rhoads model guitars, pleasing the late guitarist’s loyal legion of dedicated followers. His image graces innumerable music magazine covers annually.

Finally, after years of anticipation, comes the release of this biography written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein, which vividly documents Randy’s life and career. Teeming with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia, the book chronicles an oral history of Randy’s remarkable life through those who knew him best. Packed with countless emotional and poignant stories about the guitar icon, the book weaves a powerful tapestry of colorful memories about his life, which help provide deeper insight into Randy, the man, the myth, the legend. His life is a lasting testament to his supernatural talent and quiet humility.

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