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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)
- Brian Forsythe (KIX)
- Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
- Ron Keel (STEELER, KEEL)
- Jaime St. James (BLACK 'N BLUE, WARRANT)
- Stevie Rachelle (TUFF)
- Lorraine Lewis (FEMME FATALE)
- Steve Blaze (LILLIAN AXE)
- 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)
- Kevin Steele (ROXX GANG, MOJO GURUS)
- Kenny McGee (JULIET)
- Bruce Batten (BRAT)
- THE IRON MAIDENS (all-female tribute to IRON MAIDEN)
- Sam McCaslin (Retrospect Records)
- Marla Stone (95YNF and 98ROCK in Tampa Bay, Florida)
- Sandy Sledge and Leather Leone (SLEDGE LEATHER PROJECT)

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Original Faster Pussycat member Brent Muscat of Sin City Sinners to be joined by Taime Downe at upcoming Toy drive show in Las Vegas

by on Dec.06, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Original Faster Pussycat member Brent Muscat of Sin City Sinners to be joined by Taime Downe at upcoming Toy drive show in Las Vegas

On December 18th, original Faster Pussycat members Taime Downe and Brent Muscat will reunite to perform several of the band's classic songs with Brent's current group, Las Vegas mainstay Sin City Sinners. The show will take place at Vinyl (inside the Hard Rock Hotel) in Las Vegas.

It's all for Sin City Sinners' annual toy drive, with all guests being asked to bring a new and unwrapped toy to be collected for Toys 4 Tots to make sure a less fortunate child has a present for Christmas. The two-day event, dubbed "48 Hours Of Sin", will also feature appearances by Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns,  Robert Mason of Warrant, Frank Dimino of Angel, Oz Fox of Stryper and more.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster or the Hard Rock Hotel box office. The first 100 people will have the option to purchase a two-day pass for just $9.23.

Sin City Sinners are Todd Kerns (Slash), Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat), Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab) and Zach Throne (The Heights). In 2010 Sin City Sinners released two CDs of original music, 'Exile On Fremont Street' and 'Broken Record', and in 2011 won the prestigous 'Best In Vegas' readers poll from The Las Vegas Review Journal.  On November 25th, 2011, The Sinners released their thrid album 'A Sinners Christmas' which included guest appearances by George Lynch, Ron Keel, Slim Jim Phantom, Jizzy Pearl, Pete Loran, Louie Merlino, Frank Dimino and Sammy Serious. Get more info at

Taime Downe performed with Brent Muscat and Sin City Sinners back in November of 2011 at King's Room at the Rio in Las Vegas.

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Watch entire new episode of ‘That Metal Show’ featuring Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Machine Head’s Robb Flynn

by on Apr.03, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Watch entire new episode of ‘That Metal Show’ featuring Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Machine Head’s Robb Flynn

VH1's 'That Metal Show' kicked off their 10th season this past Saturday night (Mar. 31) with guests Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Robb Flynn of Machine Head. Check out the entire program below.

Here's the guests and premiere dates for the rest of season 10:
April 7:
Alice Cooper, Jack Russell (Great White), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, S.U.N.) (guest drummer)

April 14:
Slash (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, T&N), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, T&N, Foreigner), Mick Brown (Dokken, T&N), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, S.U.N.) (guest drummer)

April 21:
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden, Primal Rock Rebellion), Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, Scorpions) (guest guitarist)

April 28:
Robert Mason (Warrant, Lynch Mob, Cry Of Love), Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, Scorpions) (guest guitarist)

May 5:
Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, Scorpions), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Frank Hannon (Tesla) (guest guitarist)

May 12:
Billy Duffy & Ian Astbury (The Cult), Doro Pesch, Frank Hannon (Tesla) (guest guitarist)

May 19:
Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan), Tommy Shaw & James Young (Styx), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil) (guest guitarist)

Two episodes that were originally shot for Season 10 that will now air as part of Season 11 this summer. Those episode guests are:

Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Steve Riley & Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil) (guest guitarist)

David Draiman (Disturbed), Russell Allen & Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater) (guest drummer)

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New season of ‘That Metal Show’ debuts on VH1 Classic this Saturday night

by on Mar.29, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

New season of ‘That Metal Show’ debuts on VH1 Classic this Saturday night

The new season of 'That Metal Show' debuts this Saturday night at 11PM ET/PT on VH1 Classic, with another great lineup of guests. The season premier features Lars Ulrich, Robb Flynn and Mike Portnoy. Co-host Eddie Trunk has posted on his site that there are some changes to the schedule. VH1 Classic will only be televising 8 of the 10 new shows shot for the first run. The episodes with David Draiman/Adrenaline Mob & Bobby Blotzer/LA Guns will now be included with season 11, debuting sometime this Summer.

Here's the lineup of guests for this season:
Mar. 31 - Lars Ulrich, Robb Flynn, Mike Portnoy
Apr. 7 - Alice Cooper, Jack Russell, Brian Tichy
Apr. 14 - T&N (George Lynch, Mick Brown, Jeff Pilson), Slash, Brian Tichy
Apr. 21 - Adrian Smith, Michael Schenker
Apr. 28 - Lemmy, Robert Mason & Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Michael Schenker
May 5 - Michael Schenker, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Frank Hannon
May 12 - Billy Duffy & Ian Astbury (The Cult), Doro, Frank Hannon
May 19 - Vinnie Paul, Tommy Shaw & JY (Styx), Steve Stevens

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Joey Allen of Warrant reflects about the late Jani Lane; Sebastian Bach pays tribute to Jani in concert

by on Aug.30, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Joey Allen of Warrant reflects about the late Jani Lane; Sebastian Bach pays tribute to Jani in concert

Warrant guitarist Joey Allen was interviewed on a recent edition of "Eddie Trunk Live" on SiriusXM satellite radio about the death of the band's former frontman, Jani Lane (August 15). On Warrant's relationship with Jani Lane and how he feels about the singer's death: "It's kind of like a band of brothers, and brothers love one another and brothers hate one another sometimes — or brothers can get pissed off at one another sometimes, let's just put it that way.

"It's no secret that we did have our ups and downs with the guy and it's also no secret in some circles that we tried to do what we could do for him in our own way.

"We're not necessarily shocked, because he just was such a…

"With talented people like that, I think there's peaks and valleys talented people like that, I think there's peaks and valleys — I think it's the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. That's what makes for some great music, unfortunately. It's just tragic, man. It's tragic for his kids."

On whether Warrant was always hoping that Jani would one day be able to conquer his demons:

"Outside of a few short press releases when he would get in trouble — just 'cause we would get backlash from our side of the press, and it wasn't anything that we were doing but guilt by association… Aside from a few of those things that we put out that weren't a hurtful thing, it was just kind of trying to protect what we were doing, we always wanted the guy to get well. We stuck through a few rehab stints with him during the reunion tour.

"There's so much stuff that a lot of people don't know, that's not necessarily for them to know, but it wasn't us not wanting him to be well — ever! We're not that type of people; we're not those guys. I think the last time we [Eddie Trunk and Joey Allen] talked, which was a few months ago, I said 'We're rooting for the guy. Let him get out there. People wanna hear the music, people wanna hear him sing the music. Go for it. And do it well. And do it like you used to.' And it just wasn't meant to be for some reason.

"I think the main tragedy we've all gotta keep in mind here is that the guy is survived by two young daughters. I know one of them — she's a great kid. And you've really just gotta wish them the best. And that's where it really stings the most."

On whether he remembers a time and place when he noticed that things were getting more serious for Jani in terms of his substance-abuse issues:

"I think when the whole Seattle thing came on and kind of took the wind out of the whole late-'80s hard rock, hair-metal scene — whatever people wanna call it — I think that it was hard for him to deal with that. And at the same time, I think he was going through some personal issues, maybe with an ex-wife, that was hard. And I just saw him turning to a place that was pretty dark. And we were all there and supportive, and we did what we could do. We kept on touring or took time off when he needed time off. Probably shortly after we started the 'Dog Eat Dog' tour, after he left the band and then when he came back, it just got a little dark. And that was about the time that I split, because I was in my own private hell, so to speak, and I didn't need any help being there. So that would have to be it for me personally when I saw it. But even when we got back together for the reunion and I saw him and I went and met him for the first time, and buried the hatchet on all the old stuff — all the legal crap, all the personal stuff — he looked great and he sounded great. And he was good. It just didn't last."

Warrant announced in September 2008 that it was splitting with Lane six months after the band reunited with the troubled vocalist. He has since been replaced by Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry Of Love, Big Cock).

Lane had originally left Warrant in March of 1993 but rejoined the band in September of 1994. The group went on to record the "Ultraphobic" (1995), "Belly To Belly" (1996) and "Greatest & Latest" (1999) albums and issued and collection of covers, "Under The Influence", in 2001. Jani quit Warrant again in 2004 before reuniting with the group four years later.

Sebastian Bach also paid tribute to Jani Lane on August 15th in Hollywood jamming with Steel Panther at their regular Monday night gig at the House of Blues. They rocked "Down Boys" and segued into "Cherry Pie". Check it out:

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