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Bass Player LIVE! 2013 is scheduled for November 9 and 10 in Hollywood, CA. The annual event will feature musician clinics and exhibitors at S.I.R. Studios and will be highlighted by the November 9 Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show presented by Hartke. This all-star concert will take place at the historic Fonda Theatre and will honor heavy metal legend, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and rockabilly bass legend Lee Rocker, while jazz-rock phenom Tal Wilkenfeld will be presented with the “Young Gun” award.
Tickets are on sale now at http://bassplayerlive.com. Weekend package tickets that include the concert and awards show along with all clinics and exhibits are available for only $90. Tickets for the Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show can also be purchased separately as follows:
Day Pass for Saturday OR Sunday - $37.50
Day Pass for Saturday AND Sunday - $52.50
Bass Player LIVE Concert general admission - $42.50
Bass Player LIVE Concert balcony seat - $45
All Inclusive Day Pass for both Saturday and Sunday, plus a general admission concert ticket - $90
Note: Each Day Pass purchase includes a complimentary subscription to Bass Player magazine.
The Bass Player LIVE! concert will feature an all-star band of rock luminaries performing with Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, including: Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, David Lee Roth), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Buzz Campbell (Lee Rocker), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax), JD Deservio (Black Label Society), Kerry King (Slayer), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, Pantera), Rudy Sarzo (Blue Oyster Cult), Tal Wilkenfeld, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and more. Doors for The Fonda Theatre open at 6:30 PM on Saturday, November 9 and the concert begins at 7:30 PM.
The Bass Player LIVE! clinics and exhibitors will be located at S.I.R. Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Bass players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to attend.
The concert and awards show will be hosted by Jim Norton (comedian/actor/radio host/New York Times best-selling author).
“Lee Rocker actually made the standup bass look cool,” Norton says. “Geezer Butler is simply the most underrated bassist and lyricist of all time.”
“Terry ‘Geezer’ Butler is my No. 1 influence and greatest teacher of electric bass in heavy metal music,” Newsted says. “All true metal bassists look up to Geezer as a pioneer and godfather of our chosen instrument. The best, ever.”
“Bass Player LIVE! is the biggest and baddest bass event of the year,” says Bass Player editor Brian Fox. “And this year’s lineup is our heaviest yet. When it comes to hard rock bass playing, Geezer Butler wrote the book. That he continues to perform with every bit of the raw intensity of his early days in Black Sabbath is an inspiration for players of all ages and all styles. With the Stray Cats, Lee Rocker took the upright bass—already one of the coolest instruments ever—and somehow made it even more hip, slapping the snot out of it to codify the sound of rockabilly bass. To our ears, Tal Wilkenfeld personifies the bright future of rock bass. From her work with Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Walsh to her fleet-fingered solo work, Tal’s refreshing fusion of jazz, soul, funk, and rock is something we’ve had our ears and eyes on for a long time now. We’re thrilled and honored to have these three artists anchor an evening of amazing performances.”
The daily schedule of clinics & panels is as follows (subject to change):
Saturday, November 9
Room A: David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Room B: Carlos Del Puerto, Jr. (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Chris Botti)
Room A: Lee Rocker (with guest guitarist Buzz Campbell)
Room B: Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs, solo artist)
Room A: Michael Manring (solo artist)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Room A: Changing Face of L.A. Session Bass
Room B: Janek Gwizdala (solo artist, Randy Brecker)
Sunday, November 10
Room A: Nathan East (Toto, Fourplay, Eric Clapton)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Room A: Jerry Jemmott (Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Room A: Conversation Series Hosted By Hartke With Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, Pantera), Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs), David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Room B: Hadrien Feraud (Chick Corea, John McLaughlin)
Room A: Nate Watts (Stevie Wonder)
Room B: Artists to be announced soon
Additional musicians expected to attend Bass Player LIVE! include: Ariane Cap (Lara Price), Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Bernhard Lackner (solo artist), Brandino (Robbie Krieger), Brian Bromberg (solo artist), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Damian Erskine (Gino Vanelli), Divinity Roxx (Beyoncé), Igor Saavedra (solo artist), Jeff Hughell (Six Feet Under), Jimmy Earl (The Jimmy Kimmel Show), Juan Alderete, (The Mars Volta), Mike Merritt (The Conan O'Brien Show), Phil Chen (The Doors), Ready Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Scott Reader (Kyuss), Sean Hurley (John Mayer), and Tim Lefebvre (Rudder), among others.
The 4th annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine music awards show will celebrate the magazine's 9th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. This year’s show will salute Jon Anderson of Yes with the Voice of Progressive Music award, Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia will receive the Drum Legend Icon award, Zakk Wylde will receive the Riff Monster award and newcomer Laura Wilde will receive Best New Female Artist award.
Other artists scheduled to participate include Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Simon Wright of AC/DC, James Kottak of the Scorpions, Mark Kendall and Michael Lardie of Great White, and Carmine Appice, with more guests to be announced next month.
Tickets for the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards 2013 are on sale now at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel box office or via Ticketmaster. Get more info at vegasrocks.com
QUEENSRYCHE — featuring original lead singer GEOFF TATE at the helm — have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent record label, Cleopatra Records.
Although a line-up was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band will now feature GEOFF TATE along with bassist RUDY SARZO (Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot), guitarist KELLY GRAY (Queensryche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist RANDY GANE and stellar new additions, guitarist ROBERT SARZO (Hurricane) and drummer SIMON WRIGHT (AC/DC /Dio/Rhino Bucket).
WRIGHT takes over for previously announced drummer BOBBY BLOTZER, who will be returning to RATT as an integral part of the band that made him famous.
“I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff,” states SIMON WRIGHT. “I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”
QUEENSRYCHE, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year.
The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up.
Legendary guitar slinger K.K. DOWNING of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD as will King’s X guitarist TY TABOR and RATT drummer BOBBY BLOTZER.
TY TABOR comments, “I’m very happy that Geoff considered me for this record. It will be great to play with all of these great musicians.”
Beginning in early April, QUEENSRYCHE will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe in Love” and “Eyes of a Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years (see list of scheduled dates below).
“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” says long time QUEENSRYCHE front man GEOFF TATE. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”
Last November, TATE released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music) and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.
For additional information, please see QUEENSRYCHE’s official website at www.queensryche.com.
25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013
Apr. 6 - Peppermill Casino - West Wendover, NV
Apr. 9 – Belly Up - Aspen, CO
Apr. 11 – Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Apr. 12 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 13 - Chrome - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 16 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
Apr. 17 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apr. 18 - The Canyon Club - Agoura, CA
Apr. 19 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
Apr. 20 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles, California
Apr. 21 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
Apr. 22 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
More dates will be announced.
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
8. Dark Money
9. These Glory Days
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.
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)
Cross Your Mind
Touch The Ground (f/Dickey Betts)
I’m Just Sayin'
Love, Life And Beauty
To The Light (f/Rick Derringer)
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.
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
Geoff Tate’s Queensryche getting ready for ‘Operation Mindcrime’ 25th anniversary tour, first video interview of the band
Queensryche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate has announced an all-star lineup for his version of the band he has fronted since it's inception. He will take the new lineup on the road in 2013 for the 25th Anniversary of Queensryche’s 1988 release, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' Initial tour dates have been announced, with more to be scheduled.
The tour will kick off in April and feature bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche/Myth) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) along with special guest appearances and plenty of surprises.
“It’s great to be performing with all of these guys who have been true friends for years,” comments Geoff. “Kelly, Randy and I formed Myth more than 30 years ago and I’ve known Rudy and Bobby for several years as well. I think we are all inspired by the collaboration and couldn’t be more excited to bring it to our fans next year.”
The performance of Operation: Mindcrime next spring will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as "Revolution Calling," "Operation: Mindcrime," "I Don't Believe in Love," and the closing track, "Eyes of a Stranger."
It will also feature other selections from the Queensryche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindrime II. Go to www.queensryche.com or www.geofftate.com/tour for all the info.
"Geoff and I first met in 1983 when Queensryche toured with Quiet Riot. I immediately admired his voice and dynamic stage presence. It's truly an honor and privilege to join the new Queensryche line-up on its wondrous musical journey." -Rudy Sarzo
"Geoff and Queensryche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I'm very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys." -Bobby Blotzer
"I'm really amped! This is an awesome group of people who are all very skilled in the craft of making music. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it!" Kelly Gray
"After not only being great friends with, but also a huge fan of Queensryche since their beginning, and for years working behind the scenes for this groundbreaking and quintessential progressive rock band; it is such a honor to now be working within the band, especially with the incredible level of musicianship and amazing talent of the new lineup!" - Randy Gane
Guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), who was initially slated to be a part of the new band announced that he was separating himself from the project last month. He said: "I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it's in my best interest not to do this right now. I feel really bad for those who were excited about the idea, and to Geoff himself, who, I have to say, was very nice to me on my past trip to Seattle. I, of course, am very disappointed for arriving at this point, and making this decision, to say the least. I sincerely wish the Geoff and the band all the luck on what they do in the future."
25TH Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013:
Apr. 6 – Peppermill Casino - West Wendover, NV
Apr. 11 – Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Apr. 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 13 – Chrome - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 – Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 16 – Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
Apr. 18 – The Canyon Club - Agoura, CA
Apr. 19 – 4th & B - San Diego, CA
Apr. 20 – Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 21 – Fillmore - San Francisco, CA