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Rock On The Talks: May 29 – June 8

by on May.29, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rock On The Talks: May 29 – June 8

May 29 - Ringo Starr - Conan (R-2/1/12)
May 30 - Evanescence - Conan (R-2/2/12)
May 30 - The Cult - Jimmy Kimmel Live (R-5/18/12)
May 30 - Dave Matthews - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (R-4/24/12)
May 31 - Gavin DeGraw - Jimmy Kimmel Live (R-5/21/12)
May 31 - AWOLNATION - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (R-5/10/12)
June 1 - Jack Black - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (R-4/24/12)
June 4 - Silversun Pickups - Late Show With David Letterman
June 7 - Dead Sara - Jimmy Kimmel Live
June 8 - Geoff Tate - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (R-3/19/12)

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Ian Astbury of The Cult gets married in Las Vegas

by on May.29, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Ian Astbury of The Cult gets married in Las Vegas

The Cult frontman Ian Astbury is a married man. People Magazine has reported that Astbury, 50, and Black Ryder singer/guitarist Aimee Nash "were married on Saturday afternoon, May 26, at the Little Church of the West," his band's rep confirmed.

The couple tied the knot before The Cult's concert at M Resort in Las Vegas that same night. A source says they met when Nash's band opened for The Cult in Australia and that they had been engaged for several months.

The Cult just kicked off a U.S. tour in support of new album 'Choice of Weapon.' Congratulations to Ian and Aimee, on their honeymoon 'tour.'

Here's the remaining U.S. tour dates, after which the band wil begin three-week European trek, headlining their own concerts as well as share stages with Ozzy Osbourne and Guns N’ Roses starting in Belgrade on June 28th.
May 30 - Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Jun. 1 - Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Jun. 2 - Windsor, ON – Great Canadian Beaverfest, Riverfront Festival Plaza
Jun. 3 - Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Indoor Stage
Jun. 5 - Boston, MA – House of Blues
Jun. 8 - New York, NY – Terminal 5
Jun. 9 - Hampton Beach, NH – Ballroom
Jun. 10 - Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Jun. 12 - Washington, D.C. – The Fillmore
Jun. 13 - The Norva, Norfolk, VA
Jun. 15 - Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Jun. 16 - Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Jun. 17 - Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
Jun. 19 - Houston, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 20 - Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 22 - Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Jun. 23 - Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA

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Rock on the Talks Recap: The Cult, Gregg Allman, Tenacious D (listen to full stream of ‘Rize of the Fenix’), Carlos Santana

by on May.21, 2012, under FUNNIES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rock on the Talks Recap: The Cult, Gregg Allman, Tenacious D (listen to full stream of ‘Rize of the Fenix’), Carlos Santana

Gregg Allman made a stop to talk to Conan O'Brien on 'Conan' the night of May 15th to promote his new memoirs. He touched on some of his old songs, his brother Duane, his friendship with President Carter, the Fillmore East album, and when Johnny Rotten and The Allman Brothers Band were on Conan's NBC show and what exactly went down.


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Carlos Santana made a stop on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' to perform a new track from his instrumental album 'Shape Shifter' on May 15th. Check out 'Nomad':

Jack Black and Kyle Gass made the rounds last week to hit the stage on the Late Show with David Letterman (May 14th), Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (May 15) and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (May 18) to perform songs off their new album 'Rise of the Fenix,' On Letterman they did their tribute song, 'Roadie,' with Jimmy Fallon the guys performed the title track to the album and a web-only exclusize of 'Beelzeboss,' and with Leno the guys brought forth 'Low Hanging Fruit.' Watch the performances below and listen to the full stream of their album.


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Check out 'Low Hanging Fruit' here.

The Cult rocked the Bud Light concert stage on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 18th, with their new track 'For The Animals' from their new album 'Choice Of Weapon.' The guys follwed that up with one of their classic tracks 'Wild Flower':


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Rock Picks of the Week: The Cult, Megadeth, Nickelback, Adler and Adelitas Way

by on May.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: The Cult, Megadeth, Nickelback, Adler and Adelitas Way

The Cult kick off this week's rock picks with the first track released from the new album 'Choice Of Weapon,' which will be released on May 21st. 'For The Animals' features Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy at their best and continues the distinct sound The Cult always deliver. The Cult have always had my respect, but Ian and Billy say it’s about time the band were given the respect they deserve.

In an interview in the latest issue of Classic Rock, Cult guitarist Billy Duffy claims the band have “had very little recognition”, while frontman Ian Astbury rails about “some brutal things” that have been said in the past, including uncalled for jabs against his mother. The British music industry has shunned The Cult throughout the band’s career, Astbury says. “I think Billy and I have been invited to one music awards event, which was the Kerrang! party about 10 years ago.”

Duffy adds: “Not that I picked up the guitar to win awards, but when you see the amount of shite out there that gets all these things. It’s not been the easiest of rides as The Cult. We’ve really had very little recognition, and I think we’re just destined to be one of those underground bands.”

“It doesn’t rankle with me [now],” Astbury says. “When I was younger I really cared about being accepted and being a part of it. It just didn’t go that way for us. I think we just sort of kept out in the field, so to speak. Maybe that’s just the nature of who I am. Maybe I kept us out there. Sometimes it’s nice to feel a part of what’s going on.

The singer continues: “There’s been some brutal things said about me as an individual and the band as a whole. In one article it said my mother ‘must have been sniffing glue when she gave birth’ to me. One of the worst things to do is to put down someone’s mother. Especially my mother. I watched my mother die in squalor in a Glasgow tenement. She died of cancer. That was pretty brutal. I was a young musician as well. I was in my early 20s, so getting that kind of stuff thrown at you was pretty heavy.”

“Johnny Marr [Smiths guitarist] said to me once that I almost tell it too plain,” Duffy says. “He said that he’s read interviews where I really tell it like it is, and he doesn’t necessarily know whether: A) anybody wants to hear it like it is or, B) whether that serves me as best as I should. But I don’t really know how to do it any other way.”

Astbury concludes: “It’s weird when you’re being interviewed, because you want to be as honest as you possibly can but even in the depths of yourself you’re going: ‘I can’t say that.’ There are some things you shouldn’t share. There are some things I share that are dangerous to share."

The video for 'For the Animals' reflects the socially and economically divided world that we find ourselves facing. Ian Astbury said about the clip: "'For The Animals' is a metaphor for people existing in a realm outside of structured society and what cultural editors deem to be relevant. It could be the feral punk rock kids squatting in abandoned homes or the spirited individual who has little regard for social conventions. It's for people who choose not to tow the party line or try to fit in. It's for the free-thinkers who are creative and dynamic."

The video captures the rising tensions and frustration of a growing group of disenfranchised youth. The provocative clip, from visionary director Michelle Peerali and starring hot young actress Hanna Mosqueda as the lead character, portrays the 19-year-old protagonist transforming from a lost and abandoned youth, overwhelmed by the state of the world large and at her own poor economic status and broken family at home, into an empowered strong woman who finds her inner strength in the end.

In the film clip, we see the lead character navigate a chaotic world looking for an answer only to realize in the end that what she was looking for all along was within her the whole time. "She realizes that the only solution for change is actually within her. It's about her self-awareness, inner strength, and waking her internal life, realizing she has to take command of the situation and has the power to break through," says Astbury, who appears in a cameo role along with band mates Billy Duffy (guitar), John Tempesta (drums), and Chris Wyse (bass). "In the end, she finds others who feel the same way. The message being, 'if you feel you don't fit it, it's okay. There are others out there. The tribe is there.'"

As Astbury sings in "For The Animals", the song and film clip is "for all the fucked up children staring down the barrel of a gun," a real and metaphorical image, the social, economic, and environmental cards this generation of youth has been dealt. It's a theme that is put into sharp focus by an aware Astbury on the band's new album, "Choice Of Weapon", due May 21 on Cooking Vinyl.

"Your choice of weapon can be anything you use to deal with your world. It could be self-knowledge. I think we're at a crossroads, as individuals and as a society, to define our intentions in life. What do you choose to do with your life? What do you need to really flourish? How do I not get stuck being a slave to convention? And as the character in the film clip writes on the wall, 'How many more ways will they find to reinvent boredom?'"

Megadeth have released the next single 'Whose Life (Is it Anyway)' from the album 'TH1RT3N' with a new lyric video. A song about fighting supression, keeping freedoms and individualism. Getting ready for a revolution with this one.


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Here's some video of David Ellefson and Chris Broderick at PNC Center in New Jersey getting ready for the start of the co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie on May 11th.

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Here's the remaining dates won the Rob Zombie/Megadeth tour:
May 13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
May 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Deltaplex
May 19 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 20 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range
May 22 - La Crosse, WI - La Crosse Center
May 24 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Center
May 25 - Wichita, KS - Hartman Arena
May 26 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma

Megadeth will be performing their 1992 album, 'Countdown To Extinction,' in its entirety at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City, Mexico on September 19, and at the Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 21. Local act RAXAS is confirmed as the support act for both shows.

Nickelback's 'This Means War' is up next. It's the third single from the 'Here And Now' album, and it is a crunchy rocker. Nickelback have now sold over 50 million albums worldwide and are the leading selling foreign group in the U.S. in the 2000's after the Beatles (they are Canadian you know). The band got their name from bassist Mike Kroeger, who was working at a Starbucks, and when giving change to customers, would say "Here's your Nickel back." Regardless of what you think of Nickelback, I'm liking the fact that they continue to make fun of the comments the haters post. They have obviously embraced and know who they are, what they do, and the niche they fill. I am not a hater and appreciate that in this digital music age, Chad Kroeger and the guys have found a way to continually put out hit songs, albums and videos, don't give a shit what anybody thinks, and on top of that will engage the haters.


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Here's some recent video of the band talking hockey and Chad Kroeger's indoor ice rink. Nickelback will be performing on the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20th. The band continues their current tour with Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days all summer long.
My Darkest Days have released the title track 'Sick And Twisted Affair' as their next single. The guys are following up the success of the first single form the album 'Casual Sex.', with the new video not as explicit as the last, but it definetly shows the boys in their element out on the road, documenting pre-show, during show and after-show activities at what can only be construed as a typical club date for the band. Vocalist Matt Walst, guitarist Sal Costa, keboadist/guitarist Reid Henry, drummer Doug Oliver and bassist Brendon McMillan are having a great time, and I'm sure that is continuing as the opening act on the current tour with Nickelback, Bush and Seether. The tour continues May 15th in Edmonton at the Rexall Place, with dates booked all summer long up to July 30th in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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"The One That You Hated," the debut single from former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler’s new band, Adler is next up in Rock Picks. The video features the band performing the track while scantily-clad, heavily tattooed women dance around them.

It's a solid track from what is probably the best band Adler has put together since his departure from Guns N' Roses. "The lyrics are about two people that are no good for each other, but for whatever reason won't break up," frontman Jacob Bunton told Rolling Stone about the song. "Maybe it's the sex, maybe it's the convenience, maybe they're just scared to move on and start over, but a lot of people seem to be attracted to the people that they hate. Love and hate are intimately linked within the human brain."

Bunton added that former GN’R guitarist Slash, who makes a guest appearance on the forthcoming album, got to check out the track. "One night Slash was at the studio and we played him a couple of the songs," says Bunton. "When this song started playing, he was grinning ear to ear, so we knew either it's a kick-ass song or it's so bad we're making him laugh."

Adler’s as-yet-untitled debut album is expected to hit stores sometime this year.


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Las Vegas rockers Adelitas Way wrap up Rock Picks with their latest track 'Critize,' another blistering track from the 'Home School Valedictorian' album. Rick DeJesus, Tre Stafford, Keith Wallen, Robert Zakaryan, Derek Johnston have had quite the successful 2011-12 and continue it with this track. It has been out for awhile, but I am playing catch-up on some tracks, and this is one of them. They recently wrapped up the Avalanche tour, and are continuing with some headlining and festival dates until August 15th, when the guys will hook up for the kick-off of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Fozzy, Redlight King, Deuce, Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, Candlelight Red, In This Moment and Mindset Revolution. Dates have been announced, with venues to follow.

Adelitas Way headlining and festival dates:
May 13 - Central Iowa Expo - Boone, IA
May 15 - The Loft - Lansing, MI
May 19 - Columbus Crew Statium - Columbus, OH
May 20 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
May 22 - Starland Ballroom - Sayerville, NJ
May 25 - Catch The Fever Fair Grounds - Pryor, OK
Jul. 21 - Chippewa Valley Country Festival - Cadott, WI


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Rock ‘N’ Roll AllStars play first gig in Paraguay, then follow up with surprise club show in Buenos Aires (video)

by on Apr.23, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Rock ‘N’ Roll AllStars play first gig in Paraguay, then follow up with surprise club show in Buenos Aires (video)

The Rock 'N' Roll Allstars kicked off their South and Central America tour last Thursday (Apr. 19) at Jockey Club in Asunción, Paraguay. Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) spearheaded the tour, which also features Gene Simmons (KISS), Sebastian Bach, Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/Loaded), Gilby Clarke (Guns N'Roses), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Trapeze/Hughes-Thrall/Black Sabbath/Black Country Communion), Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol/Vince Neil) and Mike Inez (Ozzy Osbourne/Alice In Chains). Check out footage below of the opening gig on the tour as well as pro-shot footage from a surprise club show at Teatro Vorterix in Buenos Aires, Argentina last night (Apr. 22).

The tour continues tonight with an arena show in Buenos Aires, with shows continuing on April 27th in Lima, Peru.


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