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Yes. There were the cocaine overdoses, decade-spanning feuds, and wardrobe malfunctions — but those just seems to come with the territory. For all their follies, Guns N’ Roses have had a respectable career: they’ve skyrocketed to fame with the release of their debut album “Appetite for Destruction,” they became a television staple of the MTV generation during a time when the airwaves were polluted with hair metal, and they even garnered a Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction.

 

And really, what distinguished them more than anything was their musicianship. Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, and Axl Rose himself were all versatile and charismatic players. The most distinguished player of the group, however, had to be Slash.

 

Slash, born Saul Hudson, has been an active musician since 1981. Everyone from Rolling Stone to Time has listed him among all-time greats, courtesy of his favorite Gibson Les Paul. Time has not slowed his riffs or dulled his perception. “I think rock and roll bands have become really conformist and they are worried about pissing off their record companies,” he said. “Rock and roll … needs someone really committed to come and shake things up who doesn’t give a sh*t if they make it.”

 

And even though they aren’t on the best of terms, Slash’s former counterpart Rose has also retained his subversive tendencies. After the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated him and the original ensemble for induction in 2014, Rose released an open letter not-so-politely rebuffing the invitation. “For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes … From my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.”

 

Whatever Rose wants to say about the industry having treated him unfavorably, the reality is that the band achieved monumental success relatively early into their career. They toured across four continents to promote their debut album, “Appetite for Destruction.”

 

That album rocked the world. It was the antithesis to MTV hair metal bands. The album, produced for $370,000, remains the best-selling American album debut ever. The band of misfits from Los Angeles used their blues tempered punk-rock sound to discuss everything from romantic nostalgia (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”), to urban realism (“Welcome to the Jungle”).

 

But even while Guns N’ roses rocketed to success, sharing the stage with Alice Cooper and Motley Crue, their internal bonds weakened and cracked. Drug addiction took its toll. At the “Monsters of Rock” festival in England, a crazed crowd of 100,000 killed two fans, earning the band the dubious distinction of “The Most Dangerous Band in the World.” The band produced three more platinum-certified albums — “GN’R Lies” (1998) and “Use Your Illusion I & II” (1991) — before its slow, twisted dissolution.

 

But before all that, even before the “Hell Tour” down the West Coast, there was a 14-year-old “problem child” nicknamed Slash who was sitting on a couch, ignoring the girl to his left, a boy mesmerized by Aerosmith’s albumRocks, a guitarist who would later say, “I remember riding my bike back to my grandma’s house knowing that my life had changed. Now I identified with something.”

 

And while Rose has struggled to recapture his earlier successes with newer ensembles, Slash has done quite well for himself.  In 2014, guitarist Slash partnered with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and the Conspirators to wow audiences on the Sunset Strip for the golden anniversary of Guitar Center. The concert aired as part of a two-part special about Slash aired through a special contract between Guitar Center and Direct TV. The show featured selections were drawn from Slash’s latest album, World on Fire, along with tunes from Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses.

 

Whether the band’s self-proclaimed indifference to fame was genuine, or merely posturing, there’s no disputing that the band forever changed the face of rock music. And for this, we salute them.

 

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Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980’s ‘British Steel’ and 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance’), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to ‘deliver the goods,’ to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, ‘Defenders of the Faith,’ which spawned such headbanging classics as ‘Freewheel Burning,’ ‘Jawbreaker,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ ‘Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,’ and ‘Love Bites.’

And on March 10, 2015, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the ‘Defenders’ tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984.

The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group’s ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as ‘Metal Gods,’ ‘Breaking the Law,’ ‘Sinner,’ ‘Electric Eye,’ ‘The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),’ ‘Victim of Changes,’ and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ among many others.

As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, “It’s 30 years since we released ‘Defenders of the Faith’ – we’re very proud to say it has become a classic that’s beloved by Priest fans throughout the world”

Judas Priest continues to ‘defend the faith’ to this day, as the group recently issued their seventeenth studio album, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ which sees the band’s popularity amongst metalheads remain as strong as ever, as it debuted higher than any other previous Priest release (at #6 on the Billboard 200). And on the group’s current tour, quite a few classics from ‘Defenders’ are being performed for the first time in years.

And soon, fans will get a chance to re-experience vintage Judas Priest, with the ‘Defenders of the Faith’ reissue.

CD1 ‘Defenders of the Faith’ Re-Mastered 

1.   Freewheel Burning
2.   Jawbreaker
3.   Rock Hard Ride Free
4.   The Sentinel
5.   Love Bites
6.   Eat Me Alive
7.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8.   Night Comes Down
9.   Heavy Duty
10. Defenders of the Faith

CD2 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 

1.   Love Bites
2.   Jawbreaker
3.   Grinder
4.   Metal Gods
5.   Breaking the Law
6.   Sinner
7.   Desert Plains
8.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
9.   The Sentinel
10. Rock Hard Ride Free

CD3 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984 

1.   Night Comes Down
2.  The Hellion
3.   Electric Eye
4.   Heavy Duty
5.   Defenders of the Faith
6.   Freewheel Burning
7.   Victim of Changes
8.   The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
9.   Living After Midnight
10. Hell Bent For Leather
11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

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THIRA_PROMO_2014_3-770x472After having supported suck kickass acts as Wayne Static, Powerman 5000, and OTEP, Thira will be hitting the road in support of Mushroomhead, along with Erimha and Unsaid Fate.

Thira is incredibly excited to be a part of this amazing tour. It’s an honor to share the stage with these great bands, especially Mushroomhead – a long time inspiration and influence! – Kayden

Don’t miss these dates with Thira Live with Mushroomhead!

  • 12/12 Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
  • 12/13 Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Center
  • 12/14 Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
  • 12/15 Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
  • 12/16 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
  • 12/17 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
  • 12/18 Fort Wayne, IN @ Peire’s
  • 12/19 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
  • 12/20 Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
  • 12/21 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
  • 12/22 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
  • 12/26 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
  • 12/27 Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom

 

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Slipknot, Anthrax, Mastodon, Motörhead and Tenacious D have been nominated for Grammy’s. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category are as follows:

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      Anthrax – “Neon Knights”
Track from: “Ronnie James Dio

 

 

 

 

    

Mastodon – “High Road”
Track from: “Once More ‘Round The Sun”

 

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Motörhead – “Heartbreaker”
Track from: “Aftershock

 

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Slipknot – “The Negative One”
 

 

 

 

 

Metallica has been nominated for their IMAX 3D concert film, Metallica Through The Never” in the “Best Music Film” category.

To find out the main nominations, tune in tonight at 9 p.m. on CBS during the airing of “A Very Grammy Christmas”.

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Album Out January 27 Via Spinefarm Records

 

(New York, N.Y.): VENOM  -the hugely influential British heavy metal trio, widely revered for driving and shaping many aspects of the music industry, including black and thrash metal as well as for their instinctive blending of metallic power and punk spirit- have confirmed the release of their new studio album, From the Very Depths. It will be released January 27 via Spinefarm Records.

 

The band is led by vocalist/bassist and original VENOM titan, Cronos, who decided against making fans the world over wait too long for this powerful new 14-track release, which is the follow-up to 2011’s Fallen Angels, also issued via Spinefarm.

 

So… VENOM will be unleashing their fourteenth studio album, via CD and download, on January 27, with a double vinyl format to follow shortly after.

 

Cronos says, “This album is perfect, all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production. We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording. Dante created pure thunder from his drums, while Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well. It’s a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure Black Metal. We can’t wait to play the new songs live for the Legions… Hell Yeah!”

 

Just as the aftermath of Christmas can be laced with reminders of gluttony and false cheer, so VENOM will unleash a full-throttle, full-length LP to drag you even further into HELL!

 

This is the heaviest Black Fuckin’ Metal and is not for wimps.

 

Naturally, further details will be revealed shortly.

 

For More Info Visit:

www.venomslegions.com

www.spinefarmrecords.com

 

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CD Release Tour w/ Downtown Brown, Fungonewrong, HED PE (IL,WI,OH,IN,MI,PA,NJ,NY,VT,RI,VA,MO,NE,KS, MD)

PSYCHOSTICK will be venturing out on the road from October 31st to December 4th promoting their new album ‘IV: Revenge of The Vengeance’ due out on November 4th via Rock Ridge Music.

Tickets on sale now and can be purchased here. (dates listed below)

 

Lyric Video – Quack Kills – http://youtu.be/yhyAm31cr2E

Lyric Video – Bruce Campbell – http://youtu.be/XxYJmfjVwqA

Lyric Video – President Rhino – http://youtu.be/3IyTipBayj8

Music Video – ‘Obey The Beard’ – http://youtu.be/q0kSuZFOwFE

Music Video – ‘Dogs Like Socks’ – http://youtu.be/swmuqGWgZCc

Are you afraid of a duck? Do you suffer from Anatidaephobia, an irrational fear that one is being watched by a duck. Well… Comedy rock kings PSYCHOSTICK will let ya know with their new lyric video “Quack Kills” featuring comedian/ writer Joe Bereta as “Dr. Duck”, which can be viewed at the following link here. The track is off their new album “IV: Revenge of The Vengeance” released on November 4th, 2014 via Rock Ridge Music and available on iTunes here, all major online retailers plus the band’s online store here.

IV: Revenge of The Vengeance

1. Revenge of The Vengeance (0:42)
2. Obey the Beard (3:53)
3. President Rhino (2:12)
4. H-Flat (0:20)
5. So. Heavy. (4:48)
6. Dogs Like Socks (1:09)
7. Super Legit OFFICIAL Teaser #2 Explode (0:31)
8. Quack Kills (3:29)
9. Blue Screen (4:37)
10. NSFW (3:13)
11. Danger Zone (3:50)
12. New To The Neighborhood (0:53)
13. Loathe Thy Neighbor (4:57)
14. AWESOME! (3:32)
15. Choking Hazard (3:14)
16. Fight to the Death (3:18)
17. Bruce Campbell (2:40)
18. Trick or Treat (0:40)
19. Dimensional Time Portal (3:21)
20. The Power of Metal Compels You (2:04)
21. Outtakes IV: The Outtakening (3:47)

Album Length: 57:13

Featuring tons of news titles such as ‘Quack Kills’, ‘So. Heavy’, ‘Blue Screen’, ‘Bruce Campbell’ (a tribute to the 21st century’s most beloved action hero), a spoof cover of Kenny Loggins’ ‘Danger Zone’, guest appearances by Bill Manspeaker (founder of Green Jello), Neil Patterson and Rob Nichols from Downtown Brown plus their previously released singles, the beard anthem ‘Obey The Beard‘ (debut at #14 on US radio metal charts) and ‘Dogs Like Socks‘ (over 1 million views on youtube). IV: Revenge of The Vengeance’ is the perfect follow up to 2011’s ‘Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D’ to add to the laugh makers many many popular comedy sing-a-longs.

Tour Dates w/ Downtown Brown, Fungonewrong

Nov 21 – Omaha, NE @ Shamrocks Pub & Grill

Nov 22 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock

Nov 23 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre

Dates w/ Hed PE

Nov 26 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbody’s Music Room

Nov 28 – Queens, NY @ Blackthorne 51

Nov 29 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

Nov 30 –  Baltimore, MD @ Fishhead Cantina

Dec 2 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas

Dec 3 – Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards

Dates w/ (PSYCHOSTICK ONLY)

Dec 4 – Beckley, WV @ Munchees

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

http://www.psychostick.com

http://www.facebook.com/psychostick

http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

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Dracula

Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the release of a new exciting album written and performed by the two Norwegian Rock Stars Jorn Lande and Trond Holter entitled DRACULA “Swing of Death on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th in North America.

This exciting concept album was inspired by the life of Count Vlad the III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a). The whole story explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th Century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire mythos.

Jorn Lande – who impersonates Dracula, is the main character of the album and the female parts are sung by Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen (representing Mina/Lucy from the Bram Stoker book). The drama of the story reveals Dracula’s inner battle, where he still remembers what true love was, and as he wandered the Earth for centuries with a thirst for blood, his loneliness and desire to be able to love again has led him to the brink of insanity. In the original Bram Stoker version, he leaves Transylvania by ship and when he meets Lucy’s best friend, she reminds him so much of his first love Mina, that he becomes obsessed. His mission is to take her as his bride, and make her Queen of the dark.

Musically, “Swing of Death” is not like a typical rock opera or musical, since it has no storyteller or too many long instrumental parts and intros. It is an album that gets to the point with no detours and even if it exposes some diverse musical landscapes, it does include catchy and melodic songs with commercial radio potential. Vocally this release gives you everything from Jorn Lande’s past extensive catalogue all in one album. Jorn’s ability to be innovative and original while at the same time showing where his roots came from, is truly unique. Jorn and Trond’s musical influence when creating this epic masterpiece came mostly from 70’s era Meat Loaf, Queen, Alice Cooper, plus some other Classic and more contemporary Hard Rock elements. All mixed together with their own modern musical heavy rock style, Dracula “Swing of death” is something extraordinary. The lyrics are not limited to the old days of Bram Stoker’s era and could easily be a Dracula story of today.

A trailer for DRACULA is available here: http://youtu.be/ZRdtkAHxXgA

 

Track listing: Hands of Your God; Walking On Water; Swing of Death; Masquerade Ball; Save Me; River Of Tears; Queen of the Dead; Into the Dark; True Love Through Blood (Instr.); Under The Gun

 

Pre-order the album NOW via this link: http://geni.us/DraculaAMZ

 

DRACULA “Swing of Death” features performances from:

 

Jorn Lande: Lead Vocals

Trond Holter: Guitars, Piano

Bernt Jansen: Bass

Per Morten Bergseth: Drums

Lena Fløitmoen: Lead and Background Vocals on “Save Me”; “River of Tears”, “Into the Dark”, “Under the Gun”, plus background vocals on “Swing of Death”

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NEW PHOTOS WITH REUNITED BASSIST- GREG CHAISSON

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The tour and return of Greg Chaisson proves to be as exciting for the band as to their fans.   A return to form that will showcase this new revitalized line-up.

 

NOV 15 TREES DALLAS, TX

NOV 16 TEXAS HOUSE OF ROCK CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

NOV 18 210 KAPONES SAN ANTONIO, TX

NOV 19 JAKE’S BACKROOM LUBBOCK, TX

NOV 21 BRICK BY BRICK SAN DIEGO, TX

NOV 22 WHISKY A GO GO WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

NOV 23 COUNT’S VAMP’D LAS VEGAS, NV

DEC 2 MARLIN ROOM AT WEBSTER HALL NEW YORK, NY

DEC 3 DOBBS PHILADELPHIA, PA

DEC 5 MEXICALI LIVE TEANECK, NJ

DEC 6 THE CHANCE POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

DEC 7 1150 OAK BAR & GRILL CRANSTON, RI

DEC 9 ROCKSTARZ CHEEKTOWAGA, NY

DEC 10 THE GARRISON TORONTO, ON, CA

DEC 12 TOKEN LOUNGE WESTLAND, MI

DEC 13 REGGIES CHICAGO, IL

DEC 16 ODDBODYS DAYTON, OH

DEC 18 AGORA THEATRE CLEVELAND, OH

DEC 19 ALTAR BAR PITTSBURGH, PA

DEC 20 FISH HEAD CANTINA BALTIMORE, MD

 

Greg Chaisson originally filled in for Ron Mancuso in March at a Tempe, Arizona concert. In August, Greg Chaisson joined Red Dragon Cartel as Ron Mancuso returned to his production career.   Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums. Red Dragon Cartel also features various guest appearances from some of music’s most notable faces including legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Slash’s Conspirators Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).

 

RED DRAGON CARTEL’s self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records Srl, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas’ The Hideout Recording Studio — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko.

 

 

Red Dragon Cartel – Official Website: http://reddragoncartel.com

Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/reddragoncartel

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/reddragoncartel

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Saturday 11/22/2014 @ the Coach House

 

RICHIE KOTZEN + WHITE LIE + TAZ TAYLOR BAND

 

Guitar Shredder night in the OC..!!! Each band has an award winning gunslinger on guitar & an all-star lineup for the rhythm section! A show by musicians with serious chops, for musicians & music appreciation enthusiasts no doubt! No slouches on this bill..!!! Do not miss it; this is a one-time only performance!

 

   *RICHIE KOTZEN (Poison, Mr.Big, Vertu, solo artist)

   *KEVIN REYE (White Lie/TRIIX, Michael Bolton, Black Sheep, Martial Law, Network, Fortress)
   *TAZ TAYLOR
(British solo artist)

DETAILS:

Presale tickets available now only from WHITE LIE = $16
Contact White Lie for tickets on FB, email, or PayPal (email: kevin.reye@facebook.com)

The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano CA, 92675
949.496.8930 (dinner reservations recommended)

Doors open @ 6:00PM, show starts @ 8:00PM, All Ages

 

WHITE LIE is founding member Kevin Reye (guitars), Kleber Mandrake (vocals), Billy the Fist (bass), and Dan Mark Gonzales (drums). White Lie’s original sound is an amalgam of ‘70s-‘80s guitar heavy arena rock, reminiscent of UFO, Scorps, Michael Schenker, Rainbow, Y&T, Montrose, Tesla, Dokken/ Lynch Mob, Van Halen, & hint of Gary Moore & Stevie Ray Vaughan.

 

BUY TICKETS/CLICK HERE:

www.facebook.com/events/749539295134072

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