15/09/2014 - JOHN GUSTAFSON (ROXY MUSIC, IAN GILLAN BAND) DIES

John Gustafson, who memorably collaborated in the ’70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72. He had once been deemed the “second most important bassist ever to come out of Liverpool” for his work in the groundbreaking early-’60s power trio the Big Three. Gustafson was also part of the well-received prog group Quatermass.

 




15/09/2014 - ADAMS' "RECKLESS RECEIVES THE DELUXE REISSUE TREATMENT
Bryan Adams' classic Reckless album is finally getting the deluxe treatment it deserves. The detauls below. It seems one bonus track and a live cut have been omitted from the original track details announced, so keep watch for clarification on that.
 
 
The super deluxe set features six previously unreleased tracks (including the song Reckless) appended to the main album on disc one, while disc two features an April 1985 BBC In Concert live recording from Hammersmith Odeon. A DVD with promo videos is included, with the icing on this super deluxe cake being the inclusion of a pure audio blu-ray audio disc which features a hi-res version of the new remastered Recklessand 5.1 mix of the entire album! A hardcover book features never-before-seen historical photos from the studio, and a conversation piece between Bryan and his co-writer Jim Vallance, a technical interview with mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and more.
 
The two-CD deluxe limits itself to discs one and two from the super deluxe, and if you are only interested in hi-res and 5.1 the blu-ray audio is also available separately.
A two-LP vinyl edition will include the bonus tracks and “live tracks” - suggesting most (0r all) of the Hammersmith tracks will be on the record.
 
Reckless will be reissued on 3 November 2014.

Track listing
Disc: 1
  • 1. One Night Love Affair
  • 2. She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin’
  • 3. Run To You
  • 4. Heaven
  • 5. Somebody
  • 6. Summer Of ’69
  • 7. Kids Wanna Rock
  • 8. It’s Only Love
  • 9. Long Gone
  • 10. Ain’t Gonna Cry
  • 11. Let Me Down Easy (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 03:40
  • 12. Teacher, Teacher (Bonus Track, Unreleased) 03:47
  • 13. The Boy’s Night Out (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 03:52
  • 14. Play To Win (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 03:28
  • 15. Too Hot To Handle (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 04:01
  • 16. Reckless (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 04:00
Disc: 2 / Live at Hammersmith Odeon
  • 1. The Only One (live)
  • 2. It’s Only Love (live)
  • 3. Kids Wanna Rock (live)
  • 4. Long Gone (live)
  • 5. Cuts Like a Knife (live)
  • 6. Lonely Nights (live)
  • 7. Tonight (live)
  • 8. This Time (live)
  • 9. The Best Was Yet To Come (live)
  • 10. Heaven (live)
  • 11. Run To You (live)
  • 12. Somebody (live)
  • 13. Straight From The Heart (live)
  • 14. Summer of ’69 (live)
Disc: 3 / DVD (super deluxe only)
  • Run To You (Intro)
  • This Time (Video)
  • Summer Of ’69 (Video)
  • Somebody (Video)
  • Kids Wanna Rock (Video)
  • Heaven (Video)
  • Run To You (Video)
  • One Night Love Affair
Bonus video
  • It’s Only Love
Disc 4 / Blu-ray Audio
  • Stereo Mix (2014 Remaster)
  • 5.1 Mix

15/09/2014 - ROB ZOMBIE PREPARES HIS BEST RECORD EVER

Rob Zombie says that his nearly completed new studio album is the strongest effort of his career so far, but has yet to announce a release date for the follow-up to last year's "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor".

Zombie, who started putting together his sixth solo CD with his band in January, told the San Jose Mercury News, "I really think this is the best record yet, truthfully. I don't know if everybody says that — maybe they do. But I really feel that way. I'm not sure when we'll put it out — probably beginning of next year, maybe — but it's pretty much done."


13/09/2014 - KING’S X SUFFERS HEART ATTACK

KING'S X drummer Jerry Gaskill is "resting comfortably" in a hospital after suffering a heart attack during the post operation recovery while undergoing a minor medical procedure. As a result, he must undergo double bypass surgery within the next 72 hours.

Says the band in a statement: "KING'S X has no other choice than to cancel all upcoming shows, and we hope that after Jerry recovers that we will be able to schedule make up shows in the future."


12/09/2014 - CHRIS CORNELL REUNITES WITH TOM MORELLO

On Friday, Sepetmber 26, SOUNDGARDEN vocalist Chris Cornell will make a special guest appearance alongside his former AUDIOSLAVE bandmate, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, at a benefit concert for 15 Now — the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Washington. Morello will headline the concert at Seattle, Washington's historic El Corazon, playing an acoustic set with a guest appearance by Cornell. Tickets and more information are available at this location.

 


12/09/2014 - SAXON PREPARES NEW ALBUM

British heavy metal legends SAXON have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2013's "Sacrifice", tentatively due next year.

 



11/09/2014 - CLUTCH BEGINS RECORDING SESSIONS

Lithium Magazine conducted an interview with vocalist Neil Fallon of Maryland rockers CLUTCH on September 7 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Asked about CLUTCH's plans for the coming months, Fallon said: "We've got this September run that's kind of anchored with these Riot Fests and a festival at the end of it in Baltimore. And then we'll take October, November and December off to finish up writing and pre-production [for our new studio album]. And then we'll do a run from Christmas to New Year's to mid-January out to Texas, where we plan to record it. And then we'll record in January and February and probably the beginning of March, take a little bit of time off, and [get] back out on the road."


11/09/2014 - DROWNING POOL TO EMBARK ON 13TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL will celebrate the 13th anniversary of their debut album, "Sinner", by performing the LP in its entirety on the 20-date "unLUCKy 13th Anniversary 'Sinner' Tour", which is set to kick off in late October.

 



11/09/2014 - ACE FREHLEY TALKS ABOUT TOMMY THAYER

During a brand new inteview with The Village Voice, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke about the band's current lead axeman, Tommy Thayer, who joined KISS in February 2003, stepping into the boots Frehley had been occupying for the KISS reunion that lasted from 1996 to 2002.

"I could sense he always wanted to be me. He used to be in a KISS cover band [L.A.'s COLD GIN]," Frehley said. "He didn't do anything; he was hired by Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] to put on my makeup and costume and play my guitar solos — a business deal.

"Look, if he wouldn't have done it, they would have hired somebody else," continued Frehley. "I walked out on the band; I quit. What they really should have done is, if they wanted to dress up a guy to play lead guitar, they should have come up with different makeup like they did with [other KISS replacement members] Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent. That's what the fans are upset about."


10/09/2014 - U2 GIVES FOR FREE THEIR NEW ALBUM

U2 has released ‘Songs of Innocence,’ its first album in five years, for free via iTunes. Everyone with an account in 119 countries — something like half a billion people — will have exclusive access to the album through October 13. Physical copies arrive via Interscope Records the next day.

 





10/09/2014 - KEITH RICHARDS TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM

Keith Richards has put the final touches on his first album in decades, but don’t look for it any time soon. He doesn’t plan to issue the as-yet-untitled project until after the Rolling Stones conclude their latest tour — sometime in 2015.

 




10/09/2014 - TRIBUTE ALBUM TO PAUL McCARTNEY TO INCLUDE MEGA STARS!

A long and diverse list of artists have turned out to pay tribute to Paul McCartney with ‘The Art of McCartney,’ an all-star assortment of covers due in stores Nov. 18.

The project was spearheaded by producer Ralph Sall, who got the idea after working with McCartney to secure some previously unreleased material from the former Beatle‘s vaults for the soundtrack to the 2003 film ‘The In-Laws.’ Working with members of McCartney’s current backing band, Sall lined up a truly impressive list of performers, including KissAlice CooperBob DylanSteve MillerBilly JoelBrian WilsonHeart and Sammy Hagar.

That’s more than enough star power for your average tribute project, but it really just scratches the surface of ‘The Art of McCartney,’ which packs a pretty incredible array of talent into a package fans will be able to purchase in an assortment of configurations, from a standard 36-track CD and download to a deluxe box that includes a DVD, colored 180g vinyl and bonus tracks. Watch the album trailer above, check out the complete track listing below and visit the official ‘Art of McCartney’ website for further information.

 

‘The Art of McCartney’ Track Listing
1. Maybe I’m Amazed – Billy Joel
2. Things We Said Today – Bob Dylan
3. Band On The Run – Heart
4. Junior’s Farm – Steve Miller
5. The Long and Winding Road – Yusuf / Cat Stevens
6. My Love – Harry Connick, Jr.
7. Wanderlust – Brian Wilson
8. Bluebird – Corinne Bailey Rae
9. Yesterday – Willie Nelson
10. Junk – Jeff Lynne
11. When I’m 64 – Barry Gibb
12. Every Night – Jamie Cullum
13. Venus and Mars/ Rock Show – Kiss
14. Let Me Roll It – Paul Rodgers
15. Helter Skelter – Roger Daltrey
16. Helen Wheels – Def Leppard
17. Hello Goodbye – The Cure ft James McCartney
18. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
19. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
20. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
21. Hi Hi Hi – Joe Elliott
22. Letting Go – Heart
23. Hey Jude – Steve Miller
24. Listen To What The Man Said – Owl City
25. Got To Get You Into My Life – Perry Farrell
26. Drive My Car – Dion
27. Lady Madonna – Allen Toussaint
28. Let ‘Em In – Dr. John
29. So Bad – Smokey Robinson
30. No More Lonely Nights – The Airborne Toxic Event
31. Eleanor Rigby – Alice Cooper
32. Come And Get It – Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
33. On The Way – B. B. King
34. Birthday – Sammy Hagar

 

 

Vinyl and Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
1. C Moon – Robert Smith
2. Can’t Buy Me Love – Booker T. Jones
3. P.S. I Love You – Ronnie Spector
4. All My Loving – Darlene Love
5. For No One – Ian McCulloch
6. Put It There – Peter, Bjorn & John
7. Run Devil Run – Wanda Jackson
8. Smile Away – Alice Cooper

 


 


10/09/2014 - PRIMAL FEAR ANNOUNCES NEW DRUMMER

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have recruited Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester (HANGARANGRA) to replace Randy Black, who left the group last month.

 



10/09/2014 - AREA 22: THE NEW CONCERT VENUE IN ATHENS

 


09/09/2014 - ANNIVERSARY TOUR & ALBUM BY MIKE & THE MECHANICS

Mike + the Mechanics are set to mark the 25th anniversary of ‘The Living Years’ with an expanded reissue to be followed by a North American tour — the first from the group, led by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford — since the initial dates in support of that album in 1989.

 




09/09/2014 - GARY CHERONE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

HURTSMILE, the band led by the third VAN HALEN frontman, Gary Cherone (also of EXTREME), who took over when Sammy Hagar left the group (or was fired, depending on whom you ask) in 1996, will release its sophomore album, "Retrogrenade", in North America on October 7 via Cherone's own Slipkid Records. Following up on the band's acclaimed self-titled debut in 2011, the fan-funded "Retrogrenade" pays homage to almost every genre Cherone has excelled at in the past. Inspired by the classic rock records they grew up on, "Retrogrenade" is the collective effort of HURTSMILE flexing their musical muscle. 

 


09/09/2014 - SYMPHONY X ENTERS THE STUDIO

American progressive metal veterans SYMPHONY X will enter the studio this week to begin recording the follow-up to 2011's "Iconoclast" for an early 2015 release. "We're gonna start the drums on Tuesday [September 9], and with all the recording and then the promotion, we hope to have a new album out for the spring," SYMPHONY X bassist Michael LePond told United Rock Nations last week (hear audio below). He continued: "The songs are ready to go. We have ten songs. We may record nine or ten; we'll see how it goes."

 



08/09/2014 - NUGENT'S NEW WAVE OF CONTROVERSY

Outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent has generated a fresh wave controversy after urging Americans to "ammo up" in preparation for a 9/11 anniversary attack from "4th world allahpuke zombies."

Writing on his Facebook pageNugent predicted that "helpless Americans and Europeans will be viciously ambushed when they least expect it" on Thursday — the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks — and offered some simple advice: "Killemall" with "two to the head."


08/09/2014 - TRISTANIA SINGER TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM

Italian singer Mariangela Demurtas of Norway's TRISTANIA is putting the finishing touches on her debut solo album, to be released later this year.

Says Demurtas: "This work brings you ten songs that have been maturing in my head for the last two years and finally, they will be available for all of you that have been following my path with TRISTANIA.


06/09/2014 - MANOWAR POSTPONES TOUR AND ENTERS STUDIO

According to a post on the Facebook page of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, MANOWAR has announced its return to the studio to begin work on the band's next studio album. In order to concentrate on the as-yet-unnamed new disc, and "due to scheduling conflicts," MANOWAR has decided to postpone its previously announced U.S. tour dates in November. Tickets will remain valid and updates regarding new dates will be announced as soon as possible. Those who cannot attend the rescheduled concerts will be able to get a full refund.

 



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