FOZZY Announces 2018 Tour Dates


FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — will continue to rock its fans across America on the “Judas Rising” tour, with newly added tour dates in 2018. Set to launch February 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 25-date trek will take the band from east to west, including stops in Los Angeles on March 10 and New York City on April 5, before bringing them back across the country through the spring. THROUGH FIRE, SANTA CRUZ and DARK STAR CHOIR will round out the bill for the night of rock headlined by FOZZY.

Tickets for these newly announced dates (see below for list) go on sale to the public Friday, December 8.

“I’m stoked to do this extensive tour of the States now that ‘Judas’, the song, is a Top 5 rock radio hit and ‘Judas’, the album, has gone top 40!” says Jericho. “FOZZY is bigger than we’ve ever been, which means bigger production, bigger songs and bigger lighted jackets! So we can’t wait to rock your literal socks off starting in February!! JUDAS IS RISING!”

“I started playing guitar because of how deeply powerful the experience of going to concerts was for me,” FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward adds. “With a hit single and a new album pushing FOZZY to new heights, I can’t wait to get back on the road in America to capture the power that only live music can create. Make sure to bring a helmet and your dancing shoes when FOZZY rolls through your town.”

The upcoming dates come on the heels of the October release of the band’s seventh album, “Judas”. The album’s title track was released in May 2017, becoming a top 5 hit at active rock radio. The song also spent five weeks at number one on the highly influential “Big Uns Countdown” on SiriusXM‘s Octane channel and has amassed over 11 million views for its video on YouTube.

The production duties on “Judas” were handled by Johnny Andrews, who co-wrote FOZZY‘s “Lights Go Out” track back in 2014 and has written songs with the likes of ALL THAT REMAINS, THREE DAYS GRACE and HALESTORM in the past.

Tour dates:

Feb. 28 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish at House of Blues
Mar. 01 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Mar. 02 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
Mar. 03 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
Mar. 04 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock Casino
Mar. 07 – Tucson, AZ – Club X’s
Mar. 08 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
Mar. 09 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Mar. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
Mar. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Counts Vamp’d
Mar. 13 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Mar. 15 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Mar. 16 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Mar. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom
Mar. 28 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Mar. 29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Mar. 30 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
Mar. 31 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
Apr. 02 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Apr. 03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s
Apr. 04 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Apr. 05 – New York, NY – The Gramercy
Apr. 06 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
Apr. 07 – Portland, ME – Aura
Apr. 08 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s Pub


AVENGED SEVENFOLD To Release ‘Live At The Grammy Museum’ Acoustic Album

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will release a special acoustic album, “Live At The Grammy Museum”, on December 8. The performance was recorded on October 19 at the Clive Davis Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

A portion of the proceeds from this digital-only release will benefit the education initiatives of the Grammy Museum, which seek to inspire youth to the enduring qualities and cultural significance of music.

“Live At The Grammy Museum” track listing:

01. Opening
02. Introduction To ‘As Tears Go By’
03. As Tears Go By
04. Introduction To ‘Hail To The King’
05. Hail To The King
06. Introduction To ‘Roman Sky’
07. Roman Sky
08. Introduction To ‘Exist’
09. Exist
10. Introduction To ‘So Far Away’
11. So Far Away

AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s latest album, “The Stage”, will be re-released as a “deluxe edition” on December 15.

The band’s 2018 North American arena headlining tour will kick off January 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests BREAKING BENJAMIN and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has been nominated for a Grammy for “Best Rock Song” for “The Stage”. It’s the first-ever Grammy nod for the Southern California-based group comprised of singer M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman.

Also nominated in the “Best Rock Song” category are METALLICA‘s “Atlas, Rise!”, K.FLAY‘s “Blood In The Cut”, NOTHING MORE‘s “Go To War” and FOO FIGHTERS“Run”.



DISTURBED bassist John Moyer has joined forces with ADRENALINE MOB members Mike Orlando (guitar) and Jordan Cannata (drums), along with ex-ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA singer Lukas Rossi, in a new band STEREO SATELLITE.

Says the group: “After years in the making, we are very proud to be finally sharing our new band with the world… Ladies and gentlemen, we give you STEREO SATELLITE.

“By melding hook-filled melodies within heavy guitar riffs and hard beats, STEREO SATELLITE shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and spirit.”

STEREO SATELLITE will make its live debut at the ShipRocked cruise on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

A preview of STEREO SATELLITE‘s upcoming single, “Glass Houses”, is available below.

Orlando and Cannata were both involved in a crash last July that resulted in the death of ADRENALINE MOB bassist David Zablidowsky.

The band was touring in support of its third studio album, “We The People”, which was released on June 2 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014’s “Men Of Honor” was the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature Zablidowsky and Cannata.

Back in 2006, Rossi was declared the winner of the second season of “Rock Star” and assumed frontman duties for ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA, a band comprised of MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted and former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Moyer joined DISTURBED in 2003 and has appeared on the albums “Ten Thousand Fists”, “Indestructible”, “Asylum” and “Immortalized”.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Announce First U.S. Tour With New Singer JEFF GUTT

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will embark on their first tour with new singer Jeff Gutt in the spring. The trek will kick off on March 2 in Santa Clarita, California and conclude on March 17 in Billings, Montana. The band will also play at three festivals in April and May: at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock On The Range, Jacksonville, Florida’s Welcome To Rockville and Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Fort Rock.

“We are thrilled to see all of you and share in the music that belongs to all of us,” STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo said in a statement.

Tour dates:

Mar. 02 – Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
Mar. 04 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory
Mar. 08 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose
Mar. 09 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Mar. 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Mar. 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Mar. 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar. 15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
Mar. 16 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Mar. 17 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
Apr. 28 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
Apr. 29 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock
May 20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range

One-time “The X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt made his live debut as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ new vocalist during a SiriusXM special event on November 14 at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles.

Professionally filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

A new STP single, titled “Meadow”, was serviced to radio last month and was performed live for the first time during the Troubadour show.

Gutt, who was a runner-up in the reality TV music competition show’s third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material with bandmembers Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.

Robert DeLeo said that he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. Robert explained: “We were playing … up in Detroit, which is where [Jeff is] from. And after the show, there was a musician who said, ‘Hey, man, you should check this guy out.’ And that’s where I kind of heard of him first.”

Gutt recalled how he got to audition for the band, saying: “I can’t remember what song it was, but a STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ’em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”

Gutt added that he felt like he had the job before even trying out, explaining: “You have to be confident . . . I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft. I’ve studied [original STP singer] Scott [Weiland] and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put in a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys.”

Gutt appeared on “The X Factor” in 2013, where he impressed the judges with his covers of songs like “Creep”, “Dream On” and “Hallelujah”.

STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK. Bennington committed suicide last July.

Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.

MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS To Release 2nd Album ‘Pawn And Prophecy’

Frontiers Music Srl will release the new album from MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS, “Pawn And Prophecy”, on January 26, 2018.

The SYMPHONY X bassist is extremely excited for the release of his solo band’s sophomore effort, which he describes as a “a collection of epic tales told with the power of heavy metal music. The classic headbanging riffs and kick-ass vocals will get your horns and fists in the air. It is an album made FOR metalheads, BY metalheads.”

Today, the first song from “Pawn And Prophecy” has been made available for your listening pleasure. Check out “Avengers Of Eden” below. On the story behind the song, LePond says, “‘Avengers Of Eden’ is based on ‘The Doom That Came To Sarnath’ by H.P. Lovecraft. It’s one of the faster tracks on the record. The main riff was inspired by VAN HALEN‘s ‘House Of Pain’. I turned that up to MOTÖRHEAD/EXCITER speed with a Dio-style vocal.”

Best known as the bassist for progressive metal giants SYMPHONY X, Mike LePond stepped out on his own to front his own project, MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS, in 2014.

The follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut release, “Pawn And Prophecy” shows an onslaught of true heavy metal in its purest form. As an example of the range of metal styles here, the title track is a 21-minute opus based on William Shakespeare‘s “Macbeth”, where Mike and company have essentially written a heavy metal soundtrack to this classic tale and features guest appearances from SYMPHONY X bandmates Michael Romeo and Michael Pinella.

“Pawn And Prophecy” track listing:

01. Masters Of The Hall
02. Black Legend
03. Antichrist
04. I Am The Bull
05. Avengers Of Eden
06. Hordes Of Fire
07. The Mulberry Tree
08. Pawn And Prophecy

Recording lineup:

* Mike LePond – Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
* Alan Tecchio – Lead Vocals

With special guests:

* Michael Romeo – Drum Programming, Keyboards, Lead Guitar on Track 8
* Michael Pinella – Backing Vocals, Piano & Organ on Track 8
* Lance Barnewold – Lead Guitar on Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5
* Rod Rivera – Lead Guitar on Tracks 5, 6, 7
* Andry Lagiou – Lead Vocals on Track 8
* Noa Gruman – Lead Vocals on Track 8
* Veronica Freeman – Lead Vocals on Track 8
* Phyllis Rutter – Lead Vocals on Track 8

WHITESNAKE To Release ‘Flesh & Blood’ Studio Album Next Year

WHITESNAKE To Release 'Flesh & Blood' Studio Album Next Year

WHITESNAKE has set “Flesh & Blood” as the tentative title of its long-awaited next album, due in early 2018 via the band’s new deal with the Warner Music Group Worldwide and Rhino Entertainment.

WHITESNAKE‘s David Coverdale told Ultimate Classic Rock earlier in the year that the band has “never had such an immense amount of positive material” for a new release. “I’ve worked, for the first time as writers, with [WHITESNAKE guitarists] Reb Beach and with Joel Hoekstra,” he said. “Because when Joel came in, we were doing ‘The Purple Album’, of course. And not only do we have great Coverdale/Hoekstra and Coverdale/Beach songs, but we have the three of us combining [as writers].”

He continued: “The songs are fucking excellent. We have eighteen or nineteen extraordinarily positive, potent, juicy classic WHITESNAKE songs, from balls-to-the-wall [rockers] to blues, to epics to ballads. It’s kickass. It’s definitely got me fluffed up.”

WHITESNAKE will celebrate the release of “Flesh & Blood” by embarking on the “Juke Box Heroes Tour” next summer with FOREIGNER and Jason Bonham.

According to Coverdale, another project that is in the works is a DVD that was filmed during WHITESNAKE‘s tour in support of the group’s latest disc, “The Purple Album”. That effort, which was released in May 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl, was billed as “a re-imagination of classic songs from Coverdale‘s time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE‘s Mark III and Mark IV studio albums.” Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE‘s frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums “Burn”, “Stormbringer” and “Come Taste The Band”.

Coverdale told Ultimate Classic Rock about the upcoming DVD: “It’s fucking fantastic. It’s kickass. To promote it, we’ve put together WHITESNAKE as you’ve never seen them before on a video for ‘Burn’. It is un-fucking-believable. It’s a full-production video. The people at Warners who have seen it, they’re mindblown by it. We worked with a young, hip gunslinger Canadian director called Tyler Bourns. And he’s kick-fucking-ass. He did all of the videos with us on ‘The Purple Album’. He’s the head of our video creative ops and a great guy as well.”

WHITESNAKE‘s self-titled album, also known in some countries as “1987”, which was certified multi-platinum and featured the smash single “Here I Go Again”, turned 30 this year and Rhino celebrated the occasion by releasing four new versions, including an expansive boxed set.

JOHN 5 To Release ‘It’s Alive!’ Album In January

Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 will release a concert album, “It’s Alive!”, on January 25.

The first live album released by John 5 and his solo band THE CREATURES — which includes Ian Ross on bass and Rodger Carter on drums — is also the first LP released by John 5 to be featured on vinyl. John 5 notes he is “very excited” to be releasing the album.

“It’s Alive!” will be available on double LP colored vinyl and CD.

You can pre-order the album at the official John 5 store. Also available to purchase separately will be an amazing 24-page full-color tour book covering the tour journeys so far.

“It’s Alive!” track listing:

01. Guitars, Tits And Monsters
02. Flight Of The Vulcan Kelly
03. Six Hundred And Sixty Six Pickers In Hell, CA
04. Here’s To The Crazy Ones
05. This Is My Rifle
06. Jiffy Jam
07. Hall Haw
08. Season Of The Witch
09. The Nightmare Unravels
10. Portrait Of Sydney Sloan
11. Triple D
12. Black Grass Plague
13. Behind The Nut Love
14. Making Monsters
15. Beat It
16. Now Fear This
17. Medley

THE CREATURES will be touring in 2018 to promote the album. Tour dates can be found at this location.

Asked if having a regular gig with Rob Zombie gives him much more freedom when it comes to his own projects, John 5 told the Huffington Post: “Being in Rob‘s band is incredible. It’s the greatest thing. I love that guy. I love the music. I always have. He’ll be making movies and I’ll have time on my hands. I’m always playing guitar. I’m playing guitar right now. I’m always working and recording. It’s just what makes me happy. I’m thinking about it all the time. I’m playing all the time. It’s a gift and I’m so happy for that gift. It’s really engulfed my life in a good way. I make time. There’s 24 hours in a day and I’m working most of them.”

John 5 told Fangoria that he “didn’t want to tour” as a solo artist at first. “I’ve been putting out records for so long, but I didn’t want to tour because I didn’t think anybody really cared,” he explained. “Now that we’re doing these shows, it’s unbelievable that these people are coming out in droves and I’m just entertaining them with a guitar. I couldn’t be happier.”

He continued: “At first, I was, like, ‘How is this going to happen?’ But here’s the thing: I understood that these guys are going to bring their wives and their girlfriends to the show, and I always use myself as an example; I would do that, I would bring my wife to these instrumental shows. She’s, like, ‘Ughh, I’m dying and this is the last thing I want to do.’ So, I put together a show, even if you didn’t like the guitar, there’s so many things, visually, that you’re going to look at. There’s so many fun things that the other person is going to get into, and it really works.”