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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.
Tomorrow night, February 25th, an all-star jam band will open for Michael Schenker at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, CA. The band will feature vocalist Keith St. John (ex-Montrose, Quiet Riot), drummer Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), bassist Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken), drummer Simon Wright (Dio Disciples, ex-Dio, AC/DC), drummer James Kottak (ex-Kingdom Come, Scorpions), bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House Of Lords, Giuffria), guitarist Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot) and others.
This Wednesday night (Dec. 14), Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell will be honored at this year's 'Dimebash' at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA. A multitude of fellow musicians will be there to pay homage to Dimebag, performing songs either written by or inspired by the late guitarist, with all proceeds will benefitting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.
The MC's for the night are from That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson and this year's Dimebash is going to feature performances by Dio Disciples (Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, and Scott Warren) being joined by such vocalists as Tim "Ripper" Owens, Glenn Hughes, Robin McCauley, and Sebastian Bach.
Rocking Dimebag's favorites at the tribute will be Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), David Draiman (Disturbed), Dug Pinnick (King's X), Duff McKagan (Loaded, Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Scott Ian (Anthrax) and his lovely wife Pearl, Warren DeMartini (Ratt), members of Devil Driver, Rex Brown (Down), Joey Jordison (Slipknot), and Ben Harper. More guests are expected to attend as well.
The show will start at 8:00pm (doors at 7:00pm), and tickets are priced at $20 each. Click here to order tickets.
Michael Schenker covers Rush, Iron Maiden, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath and more on “By Invitation Only”
Michael Schenker's new covers album called "By Invitation Only" will be released by Store For Music on June 3rd. It has a variety of rock covers with various vocalists and musicians and Iron Maiden cover 'Run To The Hills' with Robin McAuley originally taken from the Iron Maiden Tribute: Numbers From The Beast.
It's great to have an album of material from Michael Schenker, even if it is an album of covers. We're looking forward to a clean and sober Schenker rocking again!
"By Invitation Only" tracklisting:
'Run To The Hills' (Iron Maiden)
Vocals: Robin McAuley, Rhythm Guitar: Pete Fletcher (Pygmy Love Circus), Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder), Drums: Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol)
'Save Yourself' (McAuley Schenker Group)
with: Robin McAuley
'Finding My Way' (Rush)
with: Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row)
'All Shook Up' (Elvis Presley)
Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow), Bass: Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Dio, Foreigner), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Whitesnake, UFO, Journey)
'Blood of the Sun' (Mountain)
Vocals: Leslie West (Mountain), Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Dio, Quiet Riot), Drums: Simon Wright (Dio, ex-AC/DC)
'Doctor Doctor' (UFO)
Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Bass: Marco Mendoza (Soul Sirkus, Whitesnake), Drums: Brett Chassen (Bret Michaels Band)
'War Pigs' (Black Sabbath)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens (Dio's Disciples, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey, Whitesnake, UFO), Bass: Mike Inez (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Alice In Chains)
'I'm Not Talking' (Mose Allison)
Vocals: Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar, Bass: Jeff Pilson
'Money' (Pink Floyd)
Vocals: Tommy Shaw (Styx), Sax: Edgar Winter, Bass: Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Drums: Mike Baird (Journey)
'Out In The Fields' (Gary Moore)
Vocals: Gary Barden (MSG), Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, ex-Alice Cooper), Drums: Brett Chassen
'Hair of the Dog' (Nazareth)
Vocals: Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Bass: Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Drums; Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, Dio)
'I Don't Live Today' (Jimi Hendrix)
Vocals: Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Drums: Eric Singer (KISS), Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder)
Vocals/Bass: Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Dio), Drums: Brett Chassen
Rock for Japan: Japan Disaster Relief benefit digital album available, 80′s Rockers for Japan concert to take place on April 16th, EMI Rock Benefit Auction underway
Universal promised a new hit filled digital album with the proceeds going to benefit Japan Disaster Relief. They delivered big time with a little something for everyone and they were also joined in the effort by the other major labels. Here is all the details along with the tracklist:
In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 and available now at ebay.com from the link below:
Proceeds from "Songs for Japan" will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society will use the funds for the ongoing provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population. The artists participating on "Songs for Japan," the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative. iTunes will also donate its proceeds from the album's worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS, and has prominently featured the project throughout its stores worldwide.
The "Songs for Japan" track listing features an all-star lineup:
1. John Lennon "Imagine" (Remastered)
2. U2 "Walk On" (Radio Edit)
3. Bob Dylan "Shelter From The Storm"
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Around The World" (Live)
5. Lady Gaga "Born This Way" (Starsmith Remix)
6. Beyonce "Irreplaceable"
7. Bruno Mars "Talking To The Moon" (Acoustic Piano Version)
8. Katy Perry "Firework"
9. Rihanna "Only Girl (In The World)"
10. Justin Timberlake "Like I Love You"
11. Madonna "Miles Away" (Live)
12. David Guetta "When Love Takes Over" (feat. Kelly Rowland)
13. Eminem "Love The Way You Lie" (feat. Rihanna) [Clean Version}
14. Bruce Springsteen "Human Touch"
15. Josh Groban "Awake" (Live)
16. Keith Urban "Better Life"
17. Black Eyed Peas "One Tribe"
18. Pink "Sober"
19. Cee Lo Green "It's Ok"
20. Lady Antebellum "I Run To You"
21. Bon Jovi "What Do You Got?"
22. Foo Fighters "My Hero"
23. R.E.M. "Man On The Moon"
24. Nicki Minaj "Save Me" (Clean Version)
25. Sade "By Your Side"
26. Michael Buble "Hold On" (Radio Mix)
27. Justin Bieber "Pray" (Acoustic)
28. Adele "Make You Feel My Love"
29. Enya "If I Could Be Where You Are"
30. Elton John "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
31. John Mayer "Waiting On The World To Change"
32. Queen "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" [Remastered]
33. Kings Of Leon "Use Somebody"
34. Sting "Fragile" (Live In Berlin)
35. Leona Lewis "Better In Time"
36. Ne-Yo "One In A Million"
37. Shakira "Whenever, Wherever"
38. Norah Jones "Sunrise"
-Former and current members of AC/DC, Dio, Whitesnake, Ratt, Dokken, Thin Lizzy and Megadeth are among the musicians who are scheduled to take part in the '80s Rockers For Japan benefit concert on Saturday, April 16 at Harper's in Reseda, California. Organized by singer Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White), the show will feature musicians from some of the '80s most popular rock and metal bands.
Ilous and Jeff Paris have written a song and are creating a video that will feature many of the participating musicians. The song will be recorded, and the video shot, live at the benefit event. It will subsequently be available on iTunes. Proceeds from the event and sales of the track and video will be donated to the American Red Cross Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts.
Rockers confirmed to be taking part include:
Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm)
Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Öyster Cult)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol)
Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big)
Juan Croucier (Ratt)
Jon Levin (Dokken)
John Payne (Asia)
Teddy Zigzag (Guns N' Roses)
James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society, White Lion)
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake)
Robin McAuley (Survivor, MSG)
Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, UFO)
Robert Sarzo (Hurricane)
Mitch Perry (MSG, Asia, Edgar Winter)
Other vocalists contributing to the benefit song include Don Dokken and Paul Shortino. The show will also feature guitarist Michael Thompson, an American musician well known in Japan. A live streaming broadcast will be made available via Front Row Entertainment (Frontrowent.tv) and viewers will be able to watch the event for free online; a link to the Red Cross will be provided and the musicians who are participating request that those watching make a small donation.
-Artists and songwriters from across the EMI family are raising funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan through an auction of personal items and memorabilia.
The charity auction, which will be managed by eBay, features items from some of the world’s biggest rock stars including Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Alice In Chains, and more.
All funds raised will be used towards the Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
The first phase of the charity auction started yesterday (April 5) and will run until April 15, with more than 200 exclusive items. A second phase of the auction will take place between April 11 – 21. All the items can be viewed at ebay.com from the link below:
The list of items for sale in the first phase of the charity auction from April 5 – 15 includes the following:
*Alice In Chains - a signed setlist, and 20 piece poster set
*Depeche Mode - a limited edition lithographic print create to celebrate the release of the Tour of The Universe Barcelona DVD, signed by the band and framed.
*Huey Lewis & The News - hand written, autographed & framed lyrics, plus a personalized certified gold album for Greatest Hits, and a VIP concert experience & personal phone call from Huey to the winner
*Simple Minds - spend a day on tour with the band
The list of items for sale in the second phase of the charity auction from April 15 – 21 includes the following:
*Iron Maiden: exclusive limited edition ‘Ed Force One’ A2 print signed by Iron Maiden, two pieces of original Iron Maiden Japan 2011 event artwork signed by artist Herve Monjeaud, plus signed Nicko McBrain drumsticks as used on The Final Frontier World Tour
*Megadeth - a guitar signed by Dave Mustaine
*David Gilmour - three framed and signed prints of David Gilmour in Gdansk, photographed by Anna Wloch, including David, Polly and Lech Walesa, David on stage at soundcheck and a selection of David's guitars.
*Beach Boys - signed limited edition Pet Sounds plaque, plus hand-written, autographed & framed lyrics to a Beach Boys song from Brian Wilson
*The Beatles - the last of an extremely limited edition Schwinn bicycle featuring the Yellow Submarine artwork
*Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) - a limited edition tour t-shirt worn by Billy Corgan
*David Bowie - 35 albums signed by the artist
-More rockers have shared the thoughts and condolances with the people of Japan in the last couple of weeks.
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has issued the following message:
"Beloved Japanese Friends... I honour, I love and I respect you and you are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers everyday... Please stay safe & strong thro' these difficult times... Love & Light."
Don Dokken had this to say:
"It is truly a tragedy, but the Japanese are resilient people. We were planning on doing shows there late this summer but now everything's on hold. I think everyone in the world should donate for food and medical help. If and when we go back to Japan we will donate some of the tour profits, it's the right thing to do. We owe them a lot for all the years of supporting us. It's a great country, and I'm sure they'll pull through, but still it's a sad situation right now."