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Vivian Campbell jams with former Dio bandmates talks possible gigs in the future

by on May.06, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Vivian Campbell jams with former Dio bandmates talks possible gigs in the future

Guitarist Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, ex-Dio) has revealed via Facebook that he is planning a reunion with drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboardist Claude Schnell, two months after they jammed together. That was brought about when Campbell jammed on 'Rainbow in the Dark' with Steel Panther in January.

Campbell and the other former Dio bandmates may play "some gigs" that will see the musicians performing material from the early Dio records that Campbell appeared on.

Campbell, Appice and Schnell jammed together in late February, with Vivian writing at the time on his Facebook page: "I had so much fun playing 'Rainbow In The Dark' with Steel Panther that I've organized a get-together with my old Dio bandmates to jam some more of the old songs. I've been listening to the records trying to remember how the songs and solos go." He added, "Well, that was a hoot playing the old songs with the Dio guys again. I even broke out the original black Les Paul that I recorded them on (needs a re-fret really bad!). All in all, it sounded great and now we're thinking of taking it a stage further." Regarding who handled the vocals during the late-February jam session, he said, "A chap called Andy Freeman (friend of Vinny's) (Hurricane, Lynch Mob, Bulletboys) stopped by for about a half hour and sang a few of the songs. He was incredible!"

Just this week Viv wrote this update on his facebook page: "I met up with the original Dio band guys, Vinny Appice [drums], Jimmy Bain [bass] and Claude Schnell [keyboards] again [Monday] night [April 30]. Now that I've brushed up on how to play those solos again, we're planning to jam some more and plan to do some gigs, too. We found a great singer who can really do justice to Ronnie's [James Dio] parts."

Bain commented: "We've had a couple of rehearsals and it sounds great. Listening to Vivian playing those songs again has been amazing. He's just so into it doing this, and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of us. Andy isn't Ronnie. How could he be? But what he does bring is his own twist on the vocals. Our aim is to do some shows around November, concentrating on the first two Dio albums. It's gonna be great getting back onstage with these guys for the first time in so long.”

Campbell was on the first three Dio albums: 1983's 'Holy Diver,' 1984's 'The Last in Line,' and 1985's 'Sacred Heart.' Campbell left (or was fired depending on who you talk to) and eventually joined Whitesnake in 1987. We'll see how Wendy Dio reacts to this as the Dio Disciples are the officially endorsed Dio tribute band performing his material. Wendy and Viv's relationship has been strained over the years, as was Ronnie and Viv's before he passed. Last year Campbell revealed he’d been “numb” to the iconic singer’s death, saying: "We never had a very strong relationship beyond music. That was what brought us together. I found it difficult to communicate with him and he found it difficult to communicate with me. I didn’t have any reason to contact him after he fired me."

Dio Disciples, who have been touring since last year, feature Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Toby Jepson on vocals, with James LoMenzo (White Lion, Megadeth) on bass, along with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Scott Warren, the later three of which were in the band when Dio died.

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Revolver Golden Gods 2012 Award nominees and show performers announced (updated with video press conference)

by on Feb.16, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Revolver Golden Gods 2012 Award nominees and show performers announced (updated with video press conference)

Revolver Magazine held a press conference today announcing thr nominees for The upcoming 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Here's the official press release:

The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® will take place Wednesday, April 11, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. Tickets go on sale today Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m. PST, via Ticketmaster.

“Our exclusive collaboration with Revolver Magazine on the Golden Gods event shows just how far Xbox LIVE has come as an entertainment destination,” said Ross Honey, GM of Xbox LIVE Entertainment & Advertising. “We’re excited to deliver this live original content to all Xbox LIVE members globally.”

Also on April 11, The GRAMMY Museum, next door to Club Nokia, will open its new exhibit Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal. Mounted in coordination with Revolver, the exhibit will feature never-before-displayed artifacts including instruments, stage props, handwritten lyrics, clothing and costumes, alongside original album artwork, posters and live-performance and interview footage. The exhibit will also feature a variety of interactive displays. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Revolver to tell the story of metal,” states GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, “and offer fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite artists in such a personal way.”

Hosting duties for the GOLDEN GODS awards show will be handled by FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, who returns for the third consecutive year. The nominees in 11 different categories, plus the recipient of this year’s prestigious “Golden God Award,” were revealed today at a press conference held at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Alice Cooper, Munky (Korn), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), James Michael (Sixx:A.M.), Vinny Appice (Heaven & Hell, Kill Devil Hill), Black Veil Brides, Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob), John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Wendy Dio (wife of Ronnie James Dio) and pro motocross rider Brian Deegan to announce the nominees.

Beginning today, fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for “Best Guitarist” (presented by Epiphone®), “Best Drummer” (presented by Drum Workshop®), “Best Vocalist” (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), “Album of the Year” (presented by Marshall Amplification®), “Best Live Band” (presented by Samson/Zoom®), “Most Metal Athlete,” “Comeback of the Year” (presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment®), “Riff Lord,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by Dean Markley®), “Best International Band” (presented by Musicians Institute®) and “Most Dedicated Fans.” Voting starts today at: and ends on April 1. The complete list of nominees in each category is listed below.

The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, will go to KISS demon Gene Simmons, whose band will release their highly anticipated 20th studio album, “Monster,” this year. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH.) Simmons commented, “It’s an honor and privilege to accept the Golden God Award. A God is only as powerful as the faithful who worship him. Signed GOD OF THUNDER.”

Adding to the celebration, The 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS SHOW will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by MARILYN MANSON (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); iconic GRAMMY-winning guitarist SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators; EVANESCENCE; SIXX:A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of GUNS N’ ROSES (in their first performance in almost four years); and 2011 Best New Band Golden God Award winner BLACK VEIL BRIDES, who will perform their only U.S. show of 2012 so far. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Cast your vote now atGOLDENGODSAWARDS.COM. The nominees for the 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS presented by Epiphone® are:

Best Guitarist, presented by Epiphone®

• Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
• Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
• Willie Adler and Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
• Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
• Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth)
• Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)

Best Drummer, presented by Drum Workshop®

• Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
• Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
• Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
• Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
• Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
• Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)

Best Vocalist, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®

• Sebastian Bach
• Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)
• James Durbin
• Amy Lee (Evanescence)
• Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
• Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Album of the Year, presented by Marshall Amplification®

• Anthrax, Worship Music
• Evanescence, Evanescence
• Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist
• Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
• Korn, The Path of Totality
• Lamb of God, Resolution

Best Live Band, presented by Samson/Zoom®
• Avenged Sevenfold
• Foo Fighters
• Guns N’ Roses
• Judas Priest
• Seether
• Tool

Most Metal Athlete

• Gina Carano (MMA fighting)
• Brian Deegan (pro motocross)
• Evan Longoria (MLB baseball)
• Dirk Nowitzki (NBA basketball)
• Mitch Petrus (NFL football)
• CM Punk (WWE wrestling)

Comeback of the Year, presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment®

• Anthrax
• Dream Theater
• Evanescence
• Ministry
• Slipknot
• Van Halen

Riff Lord

• Scott Ian (Anthrax)
• Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
• Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
• Munky (Korn)
• Slash
• Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Paul Gray Best Bassist, presented by Dean Markley®

• Frank Bello (Anthrax)
• Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot)
• Fieldy (Korn)
• David Ellefson (Megadeth)
• Nikki Sixx (Sixx:A.M.)
• Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen)

Best International Band, presented by Musicians Institute®

• Behemoth
• Lacuna Coil
• Rammstein
• Sepultura
• Meshuggah
• X Japan

Most Dedicated Fans

• Asking Alexandria
• Avenged Sevenfold
• Black Veil Brides
• Evanescence
• Falling in Reverse

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Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward’s Son defends his Dad, Sharon Osbourne says she didn’t fire anybody

by on Feb.14, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward’s Son defends his Dad, Sharon Osbourne says she didn’t fire anybody

It's past time to get a full Sabbath reunion together! After the statement released by Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward that he has not been offered a 'signable contract' by the powers that be to make this Sabbath reunion truly happen, and the reasons why he can't be a part of it at this time, his son Aron, posted the following message on his Facebook Page:

"The press is spinning this shitstorm to read as if my dad has quit. This is not true. The guys know that. That's why they said the door is ALWAYS open.

My dad hasn't "declined" playing with Black Sabbath or "threatened" to pull out of this reunion. As he stated, his bags are packed and he's ready to go. He says it loud and clear, he definitely wants to play on the album and he definitely wants to tour. I know he's been committed to this project from the beginning all the way to the point everyone else flew off to the U.K. When I saw him over the summer, he had this little CD case with him that had all the rehearsals and song ideas. Each CD was Sharpie scrawled with rough titles and ideas they had been working on.

About a month ago, my dad called me to let me know that Tony [Iommi, guitar] had been diagnosed with cancer. He said they were all flying over in the next couple of weeks to continue recording the album in the U.K. and begin rehearsals for the summer tours. He'd been rehearsing more than I've ever known him to.

Up 'till about three weeks ago, he was working extremely hard and close with the other three on this album/reunion tour. He was in very good spirits and sounded excited to be writing with Tony, Geezer [Butler, bass] and Ozzy [Osbourne, vocals] again.

I know if they sort this shit out, you guys won't be disappointed.

I've always stayed out of my dad's business and would like nothing more than for everything to be worked out swiftly between the guys. Unfortunately, it's become personal with all these idiots slagging off my dad, so this is for the fucking morons saying, "Get over it, Bill": My dad has 'gotten over it' again and again. He's risen above this bullshit thing called showbiz for the last 30 years. He's respected because he's real and honest, not just because he's a complete badass on the drums. He's been there for other musicians. In all kinds of circles — punk rock, hardcore, metal whatever. He was one of the first to get his head screwed back on after the '70s and get cleaned up. He's given so much support to so many people trying to pull themselves out of the hell called addiction. He tries so hard to stay in touch with the fans. He'll talk your ear off if you get a chance. He is humbled by your support and loves you.

"Can't believe he needs to make this public" or "it's not the first time": you're an idiot and have no idea what the hell's really going on. Just shut the fuck up and keep the speculation and lies to yourself. What my dad posted was from his heart, on the level and as usual completely honest. He wants you to know what's really going on. That he has been given a contract that he can't sign. Nothing more to it. No hidden agenda. Disappointingly, someone else is trying to shroud everything in some kind of X factor "yeah, it's full steam ahead — we have no choice" bullshit. Of course they have a choice.

"Don't be so greedy': he is by no means greedy, man. If he was, he would have settled with whatever contract given him. It's kind of obvious someone else is greedy. Wake up. He lives in a modest home in Southern California. Pays rent like the rest of us. In case you're still blind, look at it this way — sadly, the current 'Sabbth' statement reads as if someone would rather see the remaining members play in front of thousands of disappointed, confused and resentful fans then give my dad a dignified agreement. Additionally, the record sales will be severely affected because it isn't the promised original lineup. All this because of someone's inability to respect him as the committed founding member he is. This has derailed the fans' hopes of seeing the original lineup and strongly divided the fans. What a way to fuck up such a powerful, influential and inspirational legacy for the rest of time.

....To Terry ([a.k.a. Geezer] my godfather), Ozzy (my friend when I was little) and Tony (towering hero), I hope that you will listen to your fans. They want all of you together. As YOU are BLACK SABBATH, so is my Dad. I hope you guys can work it out."

There has been speculation that Sharon Osbourne is behind what is obviously a shitty contract for Ward, but she has said she only manages Ozzy, and has no say about who will be on drums for Sabbath.

A new Facebook page has been started by Sabbath and Bill Ward fans showing their support for a 'true' reunion from the band. Get on and give it a 'like': 1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say Yes to Bill Ward. Obviously a reunion without Bill Ward is total bullshit. I still don't understand why Ward has obviously been low-balled. After losing Whitney Houston to the musical world at 48, you really never know when someone's time could be up, so make this a true reunion!

Sabbath are rumored to have recruited Ozzy Osbourne’s drummer, Tommy Clufetos, to fill Bill’s spot in the studio. Former Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio/Heaven and Hell/Kill Devil Hill) also recently told, “Well obviously it would be a hard thing to go, ‘Nah, I don’t wanna do it. First of all it’s not just the opportunity. I love Tony and I love Geezer. I just played with Geezer in December at a Dimebag benefit – me and him played ‘The Mob Rules.’

He continues, ‘They’re like family in a way and I know Ozzy pretty well – we haven’t played together much but it’s part of my history and part of my family, too. It would be a hard thing to say ‘no’ to. I just wouldn’t want it to affect my band [Kill Devil Hill]. If it happened we’d be have to incorporate it and make that a springboard for Kill Devil Hill too, you know? Make it work both ways.”

He adds, “I’m shocked by all the news too – I don’t know what’s going on. I thought Bill [Ward] was in and I thought it was a great thing. It’s kind of sad to see it have an issue like this. So I don’t know any more than everybody else knows. I don’t know what they’re really thinking. My main concern is for Tony [Iommi]. When I heard about [his leukemia diagnosis] it devastated me – and losing Ronnie [James Dio], you know, I’m still getting over Ronnie.”

Here's an Artisan News Report with some footage of Sharon Osbourne talking about the Sabbath situation:

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Steven Tyler Flirts with Carrie Underwood, will be part of next Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp

by on Feb.07, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Steven Tyler Flirts with Carrie Underwood, will be part of next Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp

Aerosmith singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler rocked Indianapolis this past Super Bowl weekend with former idol Carrie Underwood on CMT's 'Crossroads.' The two sang together on each others biggest songs and also sat down for some conversation segments, including this one where it seems as if Tyler is getting a little too touchy-feely. Underwood described herself as shy after Tyler said, "Looking sexy is a mindset." Underwood then mentioned how being on stage gives her a temporary self-confidence. "You can be whatever you want to be, and be a little unpredictable. I think that confidence ... that's sexy." Tyler agreed, adding with a touch on her arm, "I don't know how you can sing half the songs you do and not look sexy, anyway, because ... look who you are, girl. Come on." Check it out here.

Steven Tyler will take part in the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp May 2-6 at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, California.

The Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge is ready to rock with you at Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. Jam with Tyler and join him onstage at the one and only Playboy Mansion. You'll be able to write and record an original song at a world-class recording studio with Led Zeppelin and The Beatles producer Eddie Kramer, and take home a professionally produced DVD and mp3 of your final performance.

Other rockers participating at the upcoming camp include: Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Talas), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult, AniMetal USA), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) and Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company), with more to be announced.

Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp was founded by David Fishof in 1997 as the ultimate music experience for the amateur or aficionado, pairing music lovers of all levels together with rock icons for a first-hand immersion in the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Camp attendees move from spectator to band member, sharing the stage — and limelight — with rock legends for an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Michael Schenker covers Rush, Iron Maiden, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath and more on “By Invitation Only”

by on May.21, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

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)

'Politician' (Cream)
Vocals/Bass: Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Dio), Drums: Brett Chassen

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