Tag: Rickey Medlocke
Republican party to reportedly pay Journey $500K for concert at convention in Florida, other rockers converge on Tampa
Even though Dee Snider and Tom Morello won't be representing at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this week, there will still be some rockin' going on. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jack Blades of Night Ranger/Damn Yankees and 3 Doors Down are all part of the festivities but only one band will head to Florida to make some big, big bucks to take part in a private Mitt Romney fundraising event.
TMZ reports that the veteran rockers will receive an incredible $500K payout for appearing at the event this Thursday night (Aug. 30) in Tampa. The group will reportedly play a 90-minute set for those in attendance. The group don’t feel they are making a political statement either way by performing at the event, and plan on treating the show like it’s just another gig. Neal Schon‘s girlfriend, Michaele Salahi, who first came to fame for gatecrashing a White House shindig with her ex-husband, will also be in attendance.
Jack Blades, bassist, lead singer and front man of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees is also participating in the 2012 Republican National Convention, performing “Back in the Game,” the lead track from his latest solo effort, Rock ‘n Roll Ride, and make appearances in support of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and other GOP candidates today (Aug. 28).
"This country was built on the hard work of individual Americans who took a chance and pursued a dream," says Blades, who has sold more than 25 million albums throughout his remarkable career and performed in front of millions of fans worldwide. "Too often today I see that sort of initiative being discouraged and punished. We can do better. That's why I'm honored to have been asked to be involved in the convention."
Lynyrd Skynyrd is made their third appearance at a Republican Convention in their career with a performance at a private fundraiser on Sunday, followed by playing Monday as Ann Romney was introduced to convention attendees. The band members have some opinions on the state of the country with Gary Rossington telling BW&BK's “Everybody’s got a right to their own opinion, you know? I think the country is kind of on a back road now. I would like to see some changes about certain things, but you know, I don’t know what we can do. We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. We’re more music and rock ‘n’ roll than politics.” Rossington says he considers himself more conservative than left wing, but he feels out of place talking about politics.
Instrumentalist Rickey Medlocke added, “I agree that America, first of all, is very deeply divided. One thing I don’t like is how everybody is making a racial thing out of this whole political arena that we are in. I’m Native American, so the racial thing kind of hits home with me. To be honest with you, man, I’m sick of politics here. I’ve been browbeaten by it until I’m sick of it. I’ve been slammed in my face about it, and honestly, I don’t perceive anything getting any better. I don’t know. I hope it does.”
Medlocke goes on to add, “I find that America is moving toward a certain type of government that everybody else is moving away from, and I find that very upsetting to me … I gotta tell you, Rickey Medlocke lived in some of the most magical years in this world’s history. I lived in the ’60s. I lived in the ’70s, right into the ’80s, and man it was bad to the bone.”
Medlocke says that politics is similar to rock in that everything has already been written and there’s nothing original anymore. He adds, “Politics are the same old thing. We elect people, we put them in office and guess what they do? They sell us out. They sell us down the river and we pay for it. So we try to tread lightly on the politics, although we can be very outspoken about it.”
3 Doors Down are in Tampa performing tonight at the convention. Here's a picture of voaclist Brad Arnold from the floor earlier today.
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."
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.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will release their new album 'Last Of A Dying Breed' on August 21st through Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. It's the band's first studio album since the 2009 release of 'God & Guns,' which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart and gave the band their highest debut since 1977.
Bob Marlette is back handling production chores on the new album. Marlette also produced 'God & Guns.'
"It was great to get back in the studio with Bob for this new album," said Gary Rossington. "We kind of went back old school this time. All of us playing together in the studio as a band, tracking songs and creating licks. We had a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us, so that's when you know you are on to something good. We can't wait to let the fans hear these songs and play 'em live."
The band includes core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone (Damn Yankees). Joining Lynyrd Skynyrd will be bass player Johnny Colt, an original member of The Black Crowes, who has also played with Train and Rock Star Supernova. When asked about receiving a phone call from Rickey Medlocke on behalf of Lynyrd Skynyrd to join the band, Johnny said, "What else do you say to Medlocke, Rossington and Van Zant? We're talking southern rock royalty. We're talking Lynyrd Skynyrd. The only thing out of my mouth was when and where!" a legacy that was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three bandmembers, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on.
Check out this Artisan News Report on the upcoming album, which includes tour dates. The band kicks off a summer tour tonight in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out a complete list of tour dates here: www.lynyrdskynyrd.com/tourdates
Bret Michaels of Poison kicks off Arizona Bike Week with a free show tonight (Mar. 25) at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, and will spend the summer on the road with Poison, Def Leppard and Lita Ford. He has also announced more contributors to his upcoming solo album.
Michaels talked to azcentral.com to promote his appearance, and let loose with more details about 'Get Your Rock On,' which features the Supercross theme song ('Get Your Ride On') and guest appearances by Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley, Loretta Lynn and more.
Bret said, "Really amazing record. I put a lot of hard work into this. And everyone that's on it, I'm not only friends with but fans of. I've got Ace Frehley from Kiss and Michael Anthony from Van Halen. I redid "Nothin' But a Good Time" and played everything on it but the lead guitar and bass. Ace Frehley plays the solo and Michael Anthony plays bass. Then, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" has Joe Perry from Aerosmith and Hugh McDonald from Bon Jovi. And it's got Loretta Lynn singing it with me. Then, Jimmy Buffett, me and him did "Margaritaville" live.
Q: It's star-studded.
A: Yeah. But it's all people I know. Vinnie Paul from Pantera. They're all friends of mine. The best one -- are you ready for this? -- I remade "Sweet Home Alabama" with the guys from Lynyrd Skynyrd playing and singing on it. Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke are on it. I wanted them to hear what I had done. I gave it a really cool feel. And they were like, "This is awesome."
We'll see if Bret can complete his wish list of by getting Stevie Nicks on the record, who he has mentioned he really wants in the past.
A release date for the album hasn't been set, but it’s possible the album will arrive just as Michaels hits the road with his Poison bandmates this June.
Read the entire interview here: www.azcentral.com