GUNS N’ ROSES Tour To Expand Beyond U.S.

GUNS N' ROSES Tour To Expand Beyond U.S.; THE CULT To Open Select Dates

THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy has revealed to Vanyaland that his band will share the stage with the reunited GUNS N’ ROSES in the coming months. And while Duffy didn’t elaborate, he did say the dates wouldn’t be taking place in the U.S.

“I believe we will be playing with them at a couple of shows that are not in the United States. I think I can say that, I believe,” Duffy said. “I just found out.”

GUNS N’ ROSES is rumored to be playing an intimate warm-up show on Friday (April 1) at the Troubadour, one of the Los Angeles clubs where the band first played before the release of its debut album, 1987’s “Appetite For Destruction”. More information is expected by Friday morning, at which point a limited number of tickets will go on sale to the general public.

With the first GUNS N’ ROSES reunion show scheduled for just over a week from now, on April 8 in Las Vegas, the band has still not officially announced the lineup of musicians who will take the stage beyond singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. But a new photo posted at the group’s official Twitter account has sent fans into a frenzy. The picture of Ahead brand drumsticks fueled speculation that original drummer Steven Adler was returning to the group, especially after past and present GUNS drummers Matt Sorum and Frank Ferrer both denied they used the sticks.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, fans first approached Sorum on Twitter, with the one-time GUNS drummer confirming that he used Ahead sticks from 1991 to 1993 but did not currently use them.

Ferrer also responded to the image, saying the Ahead ones weren’t his and that he used Vater sticks.

That left Adler, who has remained silent about the GUNS reunion since it was announced and also did not comment on the photo of the sticks. Adler, like Sorum, has used Ahead sticks in the past but not recently.

Recent reports have suggested that Ferrer, who has been in the GUNS lineup since 2006, will play the bulk of the show at the band’s upcoming dates, although Adler could appear as a special guest.

GUNS N’ ROSES has six shows scheduled in April: two in Las Vegas, two in Mexico City and two at the Coachella Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California. The band has also announced the cities for a 21-show North American tour, although dates and venues have yet to be confirmed.

MOTÖRHEAD’s Final Munich Shows To Be Released On CD/DVD/Blu-Ray In May

MOTÖRHEAD‘s November 20 and November 21, 2015 concerts at the Zenith in Munich, Germany were professionally filmed and recorded for release this May via UDR.

Titled “Clean Your Clock”, the set will be made available in the following formats:

* Colored double vinyl in gatefold with pop-up art
* Standalone audio CD
* DVD of the show with audio CD
* Blu-ray of the show with audio CD
* Boxset which contains the colored double vinyl in gatefold with pop-up art, DVD of the show with audio CD and the MOTÖRHEAD metal medal
* A limited-edition boxset will be available through the UDR shop and will contain the MOTÖRHEAD medal in silver or gold
* Also available as a digital download

“Clean Your Clock” track listing:

01. Start – 00:00:00
02. Live Intro – 00:01:06
03. Bomber – 00:02:44
04. Stay Clean – 00:06:06
05. Metropolis – 00:09:41
06. When The Sky Comes Looking For You – 00:14:33
07. Over The Top – 00:18:16
08. Guitar Solo – 00:21:10
09. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch – 00:23:08
10. Lost Woman Blues – 00:28:39
11. Rock It – 00:34:07
12. Orgasmatron – 00:36:52
13. Doctor Rock Pt 1 – 00:43:28
14. Drum Solo – 00:45:18
15. Doctor Rock Pt 2 – 00:49:54
16. Just ‘Cos You Got The Power – 00:52:11
17. No Class – 00:58:08
18. Ace Of Spades – 01:01:07
19. Whorehouse Blues – 01:08:01
20. Overkill – 01:14:05

“Clean Your Clock” will be made available on May 27.

MOTÖRHEAD‘s final concert took place on December 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Despite suffering from an “extremely aggressive” form of cancer, the band’s frontman, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister battled his way through to the end of the group’s European tour.

“He was terribly gaunt,” MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee< /b> told Sweden’s Expressen. “He spent all his energy on stage and afterwards he was very, very tired. It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only [three weeks before he died]. Unbelievable.”

MOTÖRHEAD‘s Berlin concert was originally scheduled to take place on November 27, but was postponed after the group’s guitarist, Phil Campbell, was taken ill.

Lemmy, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (December 24), learned two days later, on December 26, that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, at his home in Los Angeles.

Lemmy had been dealing with serious health issues for the past two years, including getting a pacemaker in 2013 and suffering from a hematoma last year. But despite 40 years of hard living and drinking, he continued to tour and record at a feverish pace.

The band was forced to cancel or postpone a number of shows this year due to Lemmy‘s poor health, which also forced him to cut back on his drinking and give up smoking.

While MOTÖRHEAD itself was revered by metal and punk fans, Lemmy himself became a rock and roll icon and elder statesman, the embodiment of a musician who lived the rock lifestyle to the fullest and never stopped.

Lemmy told Classic Rock: “I’m pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I’m true to myself and I’m straight with people.”

Asked whether he thought about death in the wake of his recent illnesses, Lemmy replied: “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”

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TOMMY LEE, JOE SATRIANI To Join JAMES HETFIELD, SAMMY HAGAR At ‘Acoustic-4-A-Cure’ Concert

METALLICA‘s James Hetfield and legendary rocker Sammy Hagar today announced the lineup for their third annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” returns to The Fillmore in San Francisco on Sunday, May 15 with another star-studded lineup (in alphabetical order):

* Melissa Etheridge
* Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN, CHICKENFOOT)
* James Hetfield (METALLICA)
* Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* John Mayer
* Pat Monahan
* Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT)

The musicians will perform acoustic sets with true once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations and more.

Tickets will go on sale beginning April 1 at 10:00 a.m. via LiveNation.com. Tickets will not be available at The Fillmore box office, charge by phone or outlets. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

Tickets are priced as follows: $135 each for general admission. A very limited amount of VIP will be available at $500 each. VIP tickets include: access to an exclusive VIP area to view the concert and mingle with the select artists, an Acoustic-4-A-Cure gift bag, complimentary food and drinks, and more. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to fund children’s brain tumor research at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s leading children’s medical facilities.

“Acoustic-4-A-Cure” was created by Bay Area rock legends Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield, whose vision was to raise needed funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF by bringing together some of their legendary friends and throwing a must-see concert for fans. In past years, artists including Billie Joe Armstrong, Jerry Cantrell, Pat Monahan, Linda Perry, Chad Smith, Adam Sandler, Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson, and more have joined Hagar and Hetfield to rock the sold-out benefit concerts.

Rolling Stone said Acoustic-4-A-Cure “delivered on its promise of once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, duets, jams and surprise guests” and The San Francisco Chronicle stated, “from the moment the doors opened at the venue… more than anything else it felt like a great big party among friends.”

Highlights from 2015 included a surprise appearance from Adam Sandler who performed “Ramble On” and “Dream On” alongside Monahan, Satriani and Smith; Cantrell, Smith and Hetfield joined together for METALLICA‘s power ballad “Mama Said”; Hetfield accompanied his daughter Cali, who wowed the audience with her performance of Adele‘s “Crazy For You”; and Satriani and Perry got the crowd rocking with “Communication Breakdown”. 2014 highlights included Hetfield‘s acoustic rendition of THE BEATLES“In My Life”; Billie Joe Armstrong, Hetfield and Satriani bringing the house down with a medley of Bob Seger‘s “Turn The Page” and “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”; and the Hagar promised “only-in-San Francisco moment” when Hetfield, Armstrong, Satriani, Monahan and Nancy Wilson joined him on stage for an all-star jam of Bob Dylan‘s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” to close the show.

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No New FOZZY Album Until 2017

No New FOZZY Album Until 2017

FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — is working on material for the follow-up to its 2014 album “Do You Wanna Start A War”.

“I’m not sure when it will come out, but probably not this year,” Jericho tells FlipSidePA in a new interview. “If it is, it won’t be until the end of the year, but next year is more realistic.”

Jericho will next perform several East Coast shows with METAL ALLEGIANCE, the all-star metal band consisting of a rotating cast of musicians, including members of TESTAMENT, MEGADETH and DEATH ANGEL.

“The thing with METAL ALLEGIANCE, it’s a heavy metal club,” Jericho says. “You just have to rock out and be cool. We’ve played on each other’s shows and albums. I will work with them as much as they ask me too. I’ll be playing six or so songs with them, including some songs by IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, OZZY OSBOURNE, VAN HALEN; all of the songs I played with my bands in high school.”

He adds: “It’s great to perform with people you don’t get a chance to perform with all the time. That’s one of the best parts of being a musician. We have one common denominator — the love of music and rock and roll. Even though we are all in successful bands, we are still all fans, and I’ll work with them as much they ask me to.”

Jericho recently told Planet Mosh about FOZZY‘s songwriting process: “We don’t put any boundaries on who we are as a band. Is this song too heavy, is it too poppy? What is the vibe behind it? And that’s something we take great pride in the fact that when people come to a FOZZY show and, for the most part, listen to a FOZZY tune… I mean, ‘Lights Go Out’ was Number One on the ‘strip club’ chart in the U.S. — meaning that strippers danced to ‘Lights Go Out’ more than any other song in the world. And I wasn’t aware there was a ‘strip club’ chart, but there is, and that’s good, because that’s kind of the vibe that we have — it’s that music people can dance to, but it’s a little bit dirty, it’s a little bit wild. But, basically, it makes you feel upbeat and fun and makes you feel good. And that’s what we want. There’s not a lot of crowdsurfing or moshing at FOZZY shows, but there’s a lot of jumping up and down and chanting and screaming and yelling and showing your boobs and all that sort of stuff. And that’s our mission: we want people to have a great time, and ninety-nine percent of the time, they do.”

“Do You Wanna Start A War” sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived on July 22, 2014 via Century Media.

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH’s Debut Album To Finally See Light Of Day On June 17

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH's Debut Album To Finally See Light Of Day

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH — the heavy metal band from Flatbush, Brooklyn made up of three African-American boys, guitarist/vocalist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins and drummer Jarad Dawkins — will release its full-length debut album, “Chaos”, on June 17 via premier independent music distributor Tunecore. The set was produced by Johnny K (MEGADETH, POP EVIL, DISTURBED) and captures the young band’s explosive live energy, resulting in a tight, powerfully heavy yet melodic full-length offering.

Of “Chaos”, Brickhouse commented: “We can’t wait for everyone to hear our album. We’ve worked very hard to give the fans something they’ll love and never forget. We hope they are able to relate to the songs the way that we do and have the time of their lives listening to them. We know that this album will blow you guys away.”

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH last year spoke to The Daily Beast about their decision to sever ties with Sony, less than a year after signing with the major label.

“It was pretty difficult at times with [our] meetings [with Sony] — especially with this one particular lady at the label, who had a meeting with us once where she was just talking at us for six hours,” Alec said. “We were pretty young at the time so we were pretty restless and wanted to get up and do something else, but she just had us in this meeting for six hours.”

As part of its guaranteed two-album deal with Sony, UNLOCKING THE TRUTH was reportedly due to receive $60,000 to record the first disc and possibly as much as $325,000 for the second CD. Sony reportedly had an option to release a total of five albums from UNLOCKING THE TRUTH that could have pushed the label’s financial investment to around $1.8 million ($325,000 for the second album, $400,000 for the third, $450,000 for the fourth and $550,000 for the fifth). It should be noted, however, that the band was only supposed to see the real money after an initial $60,000 advance if their debut album sold more than 250,000 copies, a prospect that seemed highly unlikely in an age of diminishing record sales.

Luke Meyer, the director of “Breaking A Monster”, a documentary about the band’s rise to success, told The Daily Beast: “The $1.8 million is what happens if you add up all their advances for five records, and it increases in amount with each successive album.

“That’s what everyone says about the music industry — it’s got all this glitter on it, but it’s always less flashy than it looks.”

The members of UNLOCKING THE TRUTH famously got permission from a New York judge in July 2014 to sign the Sony deal. The musicians needed the judge’s approval because they were minors.

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH has already played the Coachella festival and has supported GUNS N’ ROSES. In addition, the band has appeared in a national ad campaign for Verizon Wireless.

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH credits bands such as METALLICA, SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, CHELSEA GRIN, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and ESCAPE THE FATE as its influences.

Photo credit: Clay Patrick McBride

IN THIS MOMENT & HELLYEAH Join Forces For ‘The Hellpop Tour 2016’

IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH, SHAMAN’S HARVEST and SUNFLOWER DEAD will join forces for “The Hellpop Tour 2016”. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST.

The dates are as follows:

Jun. 18 – Des Moines, IA – 7 Flags Event Center
Jun. 19 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
Jun. 21 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavilion
Jun. 22 – Midland, TX – La Hacienda Event Center
Jun. 24 – Abilene, TX – Abilene Civic Center
Jun. 25 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
Jun. 27 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
Jun. 29 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Jun. 30 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
Jul. 02 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Jul. 03 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Jul. 05 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Jul. 06 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Jul. 08 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
Jul. 09 – Inwood, WV – Shiley Acres
Jul. 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Jul. 12 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Event Complex

IN THIS MOMENT will be the special guest on this summer’s ROB ZOMBIE and KORN co-headlining amphitheater tour, dubbed “Return Of The Dreads”. The trek will kick off in July and will visit 25 North American cities, including Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Seattle, Las Vegas and more.

IN THIS MOMENT‘s fifth album, “Black Widow”, sold 36,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release to debut at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart.

IN THIS MOMENT signed with Atlantic Records in 2013 after completing its contract with Century Media Records.

HELLYEAH will embark on the “We’re All In This Together Tour 2016” in late April. Support on the trek will come from ESCAPE THE FATE, NEW YEARS DAY and FROM ASHES TO NEW. The 18-date tour across the U.S. will kick off on May 2 in Baltimore, Maryland and end June 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HELLYEAH has released a lyric video for “Human”, the first new track from the band’s forthcoming fifth album, due out later this year. The CD was recorded atThe Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko, who previously worked with HELLYEAH on 2014’s “Blood For Blood”.

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DOPE Announces Dates For ‘Die Mother Fucker Die’ Reunion Tour

DOPE has announced the dates for its “Die Mother Fucker Die” U.S. reunion tour which will feature the band’s classic lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus and Racci Shay. This U.S. leg of the tour was successfully crowdfunded by the pre-order of the band’s first-ever live album on DopeReunion.com.

The dates are as follows:

Sep. 13 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Sep. 14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sep. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
Sep. 16 – Pasco, WA @ La Tropicana
Sep. 17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Sep. 18 – Spokane, WA @ The Palomino
Sep. 19 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls Venue
Sep. 20 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
Sep. 21 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
Sep. 22 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Sep. 23 – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
Sep. 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
Sep. 25 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
Sep. 26 – [to be announced]
Sep. 27 – Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb
Sep. 28 – Stevens Point, WI @ Live On Main
Sep. 29 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s
Sep. 30 – Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
Oct. 01 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Oct. 02 – [to be announced]
Oct. 03 – Toledo, OH @ Realm
Oct. 04 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Oct. 05 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
Oct. 06 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Tavern
Oct. 07 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Oct. 08 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Oct. 09 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Oct. 10 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees
Oct. 11 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Oct. 12 – [to be announced]
Oct. 13 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Oct. 14 – [to be announced]
Oct. 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
Oct. 16 – [to be announced]
Oct. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct. 18 – [to be announced]
Oct. 19 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Oct. 20 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 21 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 22 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Oct. 23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective
Oct. 24 – [to be announced]
Oct. 25 – Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
Oct. 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Oct. 27 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Oct. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Counts Vamp’d
Oct. 29 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
Oct. 30 – W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

DOPE‘s ultimate goal through their ongoing crowdfunding campaign is to take the reunion tour around the entire globe in 2016.

“The United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and Australia are all part of the plan” says Edsel Dope. “We are all stoked with the insane amount of enthusiasm from fans asking us to bring this lineup around the world”…

DOPE has put together some awesome, exclusive merch packages for the campaign, and everyone who participates will be recognized by having their name featured in the liner notes.

“We are all really excited about this tour!” adds Edsel.”It’s been a long time since DOPE has done a full USA tour….The fact that we are able to do this with the ‘Die Mother Fucker Die’ reunion lineup makes it that much sweeter and more fun for all involved. We are gonna play the longest sets of the band’s career… 20-plus-song sets every night. Several songs from each of our six albums, including brand new tracks from the upcoming studio album ‘Blood Money’. Which is due out later this year via Eone Entertainment.”

In addition to the live album, the band plans to film the entire tour, with the intention of creating DOPE‘s first-ever live DVD. The DVD will also include tons of classic backstage footage, unreleased music videos, as well as various, never-before-seen clips spanning the bands entire career.

“If you are a fan of the band DOPE, this is one that you don’t way to miss,” says Edsel. “Who knows when the four of us will all be able to do this together again?”

Due to contractional reasons, support for the “Die Mother Fucker Die” reunion tour will be announced at a later date. Edsel Dope assures fans that they will be very happy with the tour package; it’s a pairing that Edsel says is “long overdue.”

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