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Ace Frehley Enlists All Star Lineup for ‘Origins, Vol. 1’

by on Feb.20, 2016, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, NEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Ace Frehley Enlists All Star Lineup for ‘Origins, Vol. 1’

Ace Frehley has announced 'Origins Vol. 1,' a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, will be released on April 15. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on Free's hit "Fire and Water." This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS' 1998 reunion album 'Psycho Circus.'

Ace has already debuted "White Room," the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests on the album are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald," Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple "Wild Thing," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition "Parasite" for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic," and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay "Cold Gin." "White Room" is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP on iTunes will receive the Cream cover song instantly. Ace will be touring extensively in 2016, including a date at The Ranch in San Miguel, CA. on March 4 with openers Soundhouse. Get tickets here

Tour dates:
Feb. 26 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Feb. 27 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgerald's
Feb. 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Mar. 2 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Mar. 4 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch
Mar. 5 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
Mar. 6 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
Apr. 1 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Apr. 2 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
Apr. 3 - Sunrise, FL - Markham Park - Rockfest 80's
Apr. 5 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Apr. 7 - Danville, VA - Carrington Pavilion
Apr. 9 - New Hope, PA - Havana New Hope
Apr. 11 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club
Apr. 12 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club
Apr. 13 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
Apr. 15 - Wilkes Barre, PA - The F.M. Kirby Center
Apr. 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance

'Origins Vol. 1' Track listing:
1. White Room (Cream)
2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
3. Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix) w/John 5
4. Fire and Water (Free) w/Paul Stanley
5. Emerald (Thin Lizzy) w/Slash
6. Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)
7. Wild Thing (The Troggs) w/Lita Ford
8. Parasite w/John 5 (KISS)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
10. Cold Gin w/Mike McCready (KISS)
11. Till The End Of The Day (Kinks)
12. Rock and Roll Hell (KISS)

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Slash and the Conspirators new line of action figures now available

by on Jul.12, 2015, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS

Slash and the Conspirators new line of action figures now available

Staramba, a company touting itself as “pioneers of photorealistic 3D printed figurines [of] both … celebrities as well as ordinary people,” has released a new line of figures dedicated to Slash and his band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The entire band figures are featured on a black base plate in front of the artwork for their most recent studio album, 'World on Fire.' Members are also available for sale individually.

“It’s a very strange thing to have a figure of myself available out there,” wrote bassist Todd Kerns in a blog post on his site. “I’m the guy that has Johnny Ramone, Lemmy, Iggy Pop and Johnny Rotten jamming together on his dresser in action figure form. Strange times, brothers and sister. Strange and exciting times.”

This will be the second company to create a Slash figure, as McFarlane Toys unveiled one back in 2005, depicting him playing guitar in his leather jacket and signature top hat as well as a deluxe model, which added an extra amp and speaker cabinets.

Check out the entire line of figures here.

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Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

by on Oct.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

Hal Leonard Books will release a softcover edition of '108 Rock Star Guitars' by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson on November 11. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in limited quantity that USA Today called, “…a monster of a coffee table book…” will now be available to a much wider audience at a more affordable retail price of $54.

Hailed as “impressive,” “jaw-dropping,” “masterpiece” and “elegant” by media and artists alike when it was released in October 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars received widespread accolades for its overall design and the artistry of the images—up-close portraits of the cherished guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players. American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013, while Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”

Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Phil Collen, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured.

The softcover, with French flaps, includes many of the same features of the original book in a slightly smaller size (9×10.5”): 396 pages, 486 gorgeous color images, reproduced using a six-color printing process, on high quality paper, and cover art that replicates the hardcover’s award-winning design.

“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars,” Johnson commented. “Even at a lower price, it was essential that this version maintained the style and beautiful quality of the hardcover edition, and I think anyone who sees this book will appreciate the care and detail that went into the new presentation.”

In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture the intimate details of her six-string subjects in a fresh and distinctive way revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them. Additionally, she provides personal anecdotes describing her 17-year quest to photograph these guitars and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some of the world’s most famous venues to the artists’ private homes.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the softcover edition will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. Pre-order now at www.amazon.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint working at Eastman Kodak, she met the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, Tenn., and began exclusively photographing guitars. She lives in Las Vegas.

ABOUT LES PAUL (FOREWORD)

Les Paul was a guitar player, inventor, and recording artist, and an innovator throughout his career. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric, helping shepherd into existence rock music as we know it. A pioneer whose name graces some of the most beloved six-strings ever manufactured, Paul died in Mahwah, N.J., where he had spent much of his life, in 2009 at the age of 94.

ABOUT THE LES PAUL FOUNDATION:

The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth, establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students, provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment, and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements. www.lespaulfoundation.org

Check out a few video clips with Lisa sharing her interactions with some of the guitars featured in this fabulous book!



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‘The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo’ documentary to premiere this November (video preview)

by on Sep.04, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo’ documentary to premiere this November (video preview)

'The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo,' a rock documentary produced by Cinema 1 Film & FX and 18 Lights Pictures has been selected to open the Red Nation Film Festival in Beverly Hills, CA. on November 4th.

'The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo' is the story of the late, legendary drummer who played with Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue, Lita Ford, and other rock and roll icons of the 1980s and 1990s. The film features superstar interviews, concert footage, home movies and behind-the-scenes video of this bigger-than-life Apache musician whose unshakable passion carried him from the wrong side of the tracks to the top of the charts—only to be taken by cancer at the height of his career. The film is narrated by Queen of Metal, Lita Ford.

“It’s been a magical journey,” said Director Wynn Ponder, “working with Lita and interviewing Randy’s band mates, family and friends, but the real story is about how Randy’s generous spirit never changed, even when his formidable musical talent made him the first internationally famous Apache rock and roll drummer.”

Ponder said, “Randy Castillo was that rare creature known as a ‘good man,’ a confidante and close friend to many ... compassionate and caring with everyone he met. Some interviewees tell stories of Randy’s supernatural powers, which they attribute to his Native American spirituality.”

Part musical legend, part personal journey and part shamanic mythos, The Life, Blood And Rhythm Of Randy Castillo ultimately reveals a seldom-seen layer of humanity behind the glittered walls of the rock industry. For more go to: www.randycastillomovie.com

The documentary features interviews with:
Lita Ford
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue)
Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne)
Slash (Guns N' Roses)
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
Lemmy (Motorhead)
Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
Kip Winger (Winger)
John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson)
Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, The Winery Dogs)
Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)
Mitch Perry
Stevie Salas
Carmine Rojas
Martha Davis

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Jason Bonham exits California Breed, new drummer announced for upcoming tour

by on Aug.05, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Jason Bonham exits California Breed, new drummer announced for upcoming tour

Drummer Jason Bonham has exited for the time being from California Breed, the band he formed with bassist and and singer Glenn Hughes after the breakup of their last band, Black Country Communion. That breakup was due to guitarist Joe Bonamassa's commitment to his solo career. Ironically Bonham is taking a break from California Breed due to his other musical obligations, including a collaboration with Phil Collins.

Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo as the drummer for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham’s professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band. As Glenn Hughes says “We’re just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We’re very proud of our debut record and we can’t wait to share it, live and loud, with you.” The band's European tour dates start Nov. 7 in Russia.

Bonham, who has recently been touring with Sammy Hagar said there are no hard feelings on his part, stating on Facebook, “I love those guys but it wasn’t going to work for me. I will support them as I love the band I help create and Joey is great. Good luck guys.” Bonham is reportedly in rehearsals with Phil Collins for a possible tour as Phil looks to be ready to put himself back out their after his lengthy hiatus.

California Breed will tour Europe starting in November and will wrap up the slate of shows in the U.K. opening for Slash.

California Breed 2014 European Tour
Nov. 7 – Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Nov. 8 – Moscow, Russia
Nov. 10 – Novosibirsk, Russia
Nov. 13 – St. Petersburg, Russia
Nov. 14 – Nozniy Novgorod, Russia
Nov. 16 – Milan, Italy
Nov. 17 – Munich, Germany
Nov. 19 – Nurnberg, Germany
Nov. 20 – Vienna, Austria
Nov. 22 – Warsaw, Poland
Nov. 23 – Berlin, Germany
Nov. 25 – Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 26 – Koln, Germany
Nov. 28 – Manchester, U.K. (with Slash)
Nov. 29 – Leeds, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 1 – Birmingham, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 2 – London, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 4 – Glasgow, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 5 – Porthcawl, U.K. (with Slash)

California Breed 2014

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