RICHIE KOTZEN, VINNIE MOORE And GUS G Team Up For U.S. Shows In The Fall

RICHIE KOTZEN, VINNIE MOORE And GUS G. To Team Up For U.S. Shows In The Fall

Guitar legends Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore and Gus G. will join forces for a 10-date U.S. tour in the fall. Prior to the trek, Vinnie and Gus will play four shows in Texas without Kotzen.

Vinnie Moore and Gus G. tour dates:

Sep. 13 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sep. 14 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Sep. 15 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep. 16 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s

Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore and Gus G. tour dates:

Sep. 18 – Scottsdale, AZ – BLK Live

Sep. 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vampd
Sep. 20 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Sep. 21 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
Sep. 23 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Sep. 24 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Sep. 26 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
Sep. 28 – Santa Clarita, CA – Canyon Club
Sep. 29 – Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
Sep. 30 – Pasadena, CA – The RoseKotzen‘s 21st solo album, “Salting Earth”, was released in April 2017 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc. The disc veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, “End Of Earth”, to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy”.

Kotzen‘s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching “Cannibals”, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and “Salting Earth” cuts like the aforementioned “End Of Earth”, “Thunder” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a Kotzen solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy”.

Moore‘s latest solo album was released in October 2015 via Mind’s Eye Music. Titled “Aerial Visions”, the disc featured drummer Richie Monica (TANTRIC, POPPA CHUBBY), and bassists Dave LaRue (STEVE MORSE, FLYING COLORS, THE DREGS), Rob DeLuca (UFO, SEBASTIAN BACH), Dorian Heartsong (JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE) and Elliott Dean Rubinson (ULI JON ROTH, MSG).

Vinnie has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums; six albums and one DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO; and one album with band RED ZONE RIDER. His solo and UFO releases as well as live performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, inspiring guitarists worldwide and launching him into aerial guitar superhero distinction.

Gus G.‘s latest solo album, “Fearless”, was released on April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015’s “Brand New Revolution” marks Gus‘s first release since exiting Ozzy Osbourne‘s band in 2017.

On “Fearless”, Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) and drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE).


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VIXEN’s ‘Live Fire’ Due In July

Classic ’80s rock veterans VIXEN will release “Live Fire” on July 6 via Rat Pak Records. Mixed by Michael Wagener, “Live Fire” features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago’s legendary Arcada Theater during the group’s successful 2017 tour. In addition to the classic VIXEN songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded studio version of “You Ought to Know By Now”, an all-new studio acoustic version of the hit song “Edge Of A Broken Heart” and a live version of a previously unreleased track called “Big Brother”.

Regarding “You Ought to Know by Now”, vocalist Janet Gardner says: “It gives you a taste of the classic VIXEN days with a revitalized energy and passion!” Bassist Share Ross adds: “This song is the ultimate connection between our history with Jan and our future!”

Speaking of the live material, drummer Roxy Petrucci comments: “It’s really cool to see so many old and new fans enjoying these classic songs as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this live album!” Guitarist Britt Lightning adds: “This album really captures all the spontaneity and energy of the band’s live performance.”

“Live Fire” is available in various formats and bundle configurations, including a limited white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence and also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal “thank-you” phone call from Janet Gardner, exclusively available at http://www.ratpakrecords.com/vixen.

“Live Fire” track listing:

01. Rev It Up (Live)
02. How Much Love (Live)
03. One Night Alone (Live)
04. Cryin’ (Live)

05. Meet The Band (Live)
06. Rock Me (Live)
07. Streets In Paradise (Live)
08. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Live)
09. Love Is A Killer (Live)
10. Love Made Me (Live)
11. Big Brother (Live) *previously unreleased*
12. Edge of A Broken Heart (Live)

Bonus tracks:

13. You Ought To Know By Now (New Studio Version)
14. Edge of A Broken Heart (New Studio Acoustic Version)

VIXEN is:

Janet Gardner (vocals)
Roxy Petrucci (drums)
Share Ross (bass)
Britt Lightning (guitars)

ROB ZOMBIE’s Next Studio Album To Arrive In 2019

ROB ZOMBIE's Next Studio Album To Arrive In 2019

Rob Zombie has completed recording his new album for a tentative early 2019 release.

Last summer, Rob and his bandmates commenced work on the follow-up to 2016’s “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser”, which was the second consecutive effort to feature Zombie and guitarist John 5 alongside bassist Piggy D. and drummer Ginger Fish. In the meantime, the group continued to play sporadic shows, with Zombie scheduled to kick off a 29-date North American summer tour with Marilyn Manson on July 11. Rob also started shooting his next movie, “3 From Hell”, a sequel to his 2005 horror hit “The Devil’s Rejects”.

During a recent appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Rob offered an update on his next album, saying: “We basically more or less finished the record before I started the movie. We haven’t mixed it yet and we haven’t put the final touches on it, but it’s pretty far along… We’re actually gonna start mixing the record in June, just before the tour [with Marilyn Manson] starts, hopefully finish it — I don’t know if I will — go on tour, come back, then [edit] the movie.”

Predicting that “the record and the movie will probably drop around the same time” early next year, Rob said that it is still “incredibly important” for him to make new music with his band. “I think people that think it isn’t important have lost the idea of why they’re in a band in the first place.

“For us, in a funny way, it seems like nothing ever changes,” he continued. “Thirty years later, here we are, in some crappy rehearsal space that’s too loud, going deaf, playing music… We never change anything. We don’t decorate our dressing rooms; we just want it to be the same. If you looked at us in a dressing room ten years ago, twenty years ago, it never changes. ‘Cause there’s something about remembering why you’re doing it. We have one bus, we all jam together, we don’t separate, we all stay in the same dressing room, we all eat together. It’s a band, and we do everything like a band. And making a record is important, I think, because we try as hard as we can with every record to make a great record; that’s what we do. Is it like the days where you could sell three million and it’s on MTV every five minutes? No. But it’s different too. At the same time, you go, ‘Okay, well, a couple of million people watched this on YouTube.’ None of these old records got spun a million times on MTV. It’s just how you approach it.”

Rob added: “On the last record, we made more videos than we’ve ever made for any record, we promoted it heavier, and the new songs connect in the set just as good as the old songs; people don’t leave. But at the same time, maybe people that have been fans for 30 years go, ‘Ah, I don’t know the new songs,’ but the front row that look like they’re about 14 know the new songs. So, to me, it’s, like, you just have to keep trying to reinvigorate your fanbase. You don’t wanna go just shit out some record [and go] ‘Oh, nobody cares.’ They’re only gonna care as much as you care, I believe. And if it looks like we put a lot of work into everything and we care and we promote it, people get onboard. It always works. I mean, our set is filled with songs from every single record and they all seem to work just as good. But you have to slowly introduce ’em, get people onboard, like anything else. Because, of course, someone’s not gonna like a new song as much as some song they’ve been listening to for 25 years.”

Zombie went on to say: “I feel so many bands just throw their hands up in the air and go, ‘It’s not worth it anymore.’ Well, it could be, if you changed your attitude and went in and felt like, ‘Let’s make the greatest record humanly possible.’ I don’t understand why artists have to decide, oh, their best days are always behind them. It’s always behind them. It’s how they always talk. Or they can blame everything — they blame the Internet, they blame the crowd, they blame this. In the ’80s, everyone blamed MTV. I remember hearing all the guys [saying], ‘Oh, man. We don’t wanna make videos. We’re not video stars.’ And it was, like, ‘Jesus Christ, man. Just do your thing and stop crying.'”

While rock radio has largely stopped playing his newer records, fans are continuing to embrace new music from Rob Zombie. The week of its release, “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard album chart and was the only rock record in the top 30. It would have been No. 4, if two previously released Prince albums weren’t near the top of the chart.

Several of Zombie‘s singles from “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser”, including “In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High” and “Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.”, were accompanied by their respective attention-grabbing videos, a trend that is likely to continue with the upcoming effort.

DISTURBED Completes Recording New Album

DISTURBED Completes Recording New Album

According to DISTURBED bassist John Moyer, the band has finished recording its new album The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.

Moyer broke the news by posting an Instagram photo of him, Churko, drummer Mike Wengren and guitarist Dan Donegan at a restaurant, along with the caption: “Celebratory dinner! New @disturbed album tracking done!! Missing @davidmdraiman with @kevin.churko @dandonegan @mikewengren”

Frontman David Draiman said in a new behind-the-scenes video that DISTURBED goes to “war” each time it makes a new album to make sure it’s the best it can be. Draiman explained: “You fight for the strength of your creation, you fight to make the greatest thing you possibly can, and it’s worth every minute, it’s worth every bit of sweat, it’s worth every tear. So that’s what we live for.”

He added: “Every time we put out a piece of art, it continues to define who we are. What could possibly be more important than that and require more of your focus and your time and your energy.”

Donegan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band doesn’t like to waste time in the studio. “I mean, we definitely go in there very prepared,” he said. “We never enter the studio unless we feel like, right now, if these are the songs we record, that we would have an album that we’re proud of and we’re excited about. And we put everything under the microscope and examine it the best we can to make sure that we’re prepared. We don’t like going in there wasting time. We go in there to work, and to try to make the best album we can.”

The new disc will follow up 2015’s “Immortalized”, which ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1.

“Immortalized” featured the band’s cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “The Sound Of Silence”, a massive hit that introduced DISTURBED to new audiences.

STEPHEN PEARCY To Release ‘View To A Thrill’ Solo Album

RATT Singer STEPHEN PEARCY To Release 'View To A Thrill' Solo Album

RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has set “View To A Thrill” as the tite of his fifth solo album, due later in the year via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2017’s “Smash” was produced by Matt Thorne and Pearcy and is being mixed and mastered by Thorne and Stephen‘s longtime guitarist and collaborator, Erik Ferentinos.

Speaking about the songwriting process for his solo material, Pearcy told Music Existence: “RATT‘s music is its own entity and animal, and it has its own schematics. With my solo stuff, I tend to do whatever I like — an acoustic song, a really heavy song — and go places and talk about things that I want to. It’s my freedom of speech. That’s one thing I like about it, and I’m always writing, so what else can I do, you know? Just try to get it out and get it heard! I don’t care if it sells ten million or nil million; it’s just what I do. You do the best that you can.”

Pearcy also talked in more detail about the musical inspiration for “Smash”, saying: “It’s just my guitar player Erik, who I co-wrote most of the stuff with. We’d just come up with songs and take them through a journey. That’s pretty much how it happens. I don’t think about anything. If it sounds like something that’s an influence, and if it’s a good one, that’s even better! I don’t really think about emulating anybody; it’s more of an influential thing that just came out. That’s a compliment to both of us, how I respect them. And I’m sure they’d say, ‘Woah, that sounds pretty good!’ But that’s about it — the light and the dark of the things, you know?”

Stephen added that he wanted “Smash” to be a “diverse” record. “The subject matter’s very different than what was expected, and what would be expected,” he explained. “And there’s some personal stuff in there — a song I wrote for my daughter, ‘Rain’. I’m able to do whatever I want with my solo stuff, so this is what you get.”

Back in March, it was reported by the Metal Sludge web site that guitarist Warren DeMartini was fired by Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier, with undisclosed sources telling the site that “serious issues” existed between the three members of RATT’s classic lineup. Fellow RATT guitarist Carlos Cavazo apparently confirmed the report a few days later, telling the site that he couldn’t see himself continuing with the band without DeMartini. “I can’t picture anyone else being there other than Warren,” Cavazo was quoted as saying.

RATT — featuring DeMartini, Pearcy and Croucier — played a number of shows last year after reforming in 2016 in the midst of a highly publiced legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name.

NINE INCH NAILS To Release ‘Bad Witch’ EP/Embark On Fall Tour

NINE INCH NAILS will release a new EP, “Bad Witch”, on June 22. The six-track release is billed as the final installment of a trilogy, following 2016’s “Not The Actual Events” and 2017’s “Add Violence”.

In support of the EP, NINE INCH NAILS will embark on the “Cold And Black And Infinite” 2018 North American tour. The trek will launch September 13 in Phoenix, Arizona and include two-night appearances at Colorado’s Red Rocks (September 18-19), New York’s Radio City Music Hall (October 13-14), and Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom (October 25-26), wrapping with four dates at the Palladium in Los Angeles (December 7,8, 11 and 12).

Tickets to the tour at being offered at The Physical World presale events beginning on May 19 at each venue’s box office (except for a two-night stand at Red Rocks, whose presale will be on May 20 at the Denver Coliseum box office).

All seats for the tour will be offered on an in-person, first-come-first-served basis only with a four-ticket limit per show.

Support at all dates will come from THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN.

“Bad Witch” track listing:

01. Shit Mirror
02. Ahead Of Ourselves
03. Play The Goddamned Part
04. God Break Down The Door

05. I’m Not From This World
06. Over And Out

NINE INCH NAILS tour dates:

Sep. 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep. 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep. 18 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep. 19 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep. 24 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theater
Sep. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep. 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep. 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Oct. 09 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Oct. 13 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 14 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 19 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
Oct. 22 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
Oct. 23 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
Oct. 25 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Nov. 23 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov. 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov. 27 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Nov. 28 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Dec. 03 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec. 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

SLAYER To Tour Europe With LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX And OBITUARY

SLAYER will embark on the European leg of its “farewell” tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX and OBITUARY.

So far the following dates have been leaked:

Nov. 14 – Dortmund, Germany
Nov. 15 – Zwolle, The Netherlands @ IJsselhallen
Nov. 24 – Freiburg, Germany
Nov. 26 – Hamburg, Germany

Nov. 29 – München, Germany
Nov. 30 – Erfurt, Germany
Dec. 02 – Berlin, Germany

The full European tour is expected to be announced later this week.

This past January, SLAYER announced that it would do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three and a half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and then move on.

SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya talked about his possible retirement in a 2016 interview with Loudwire. He said: “At 35 years, it’s time to collect my pension. [Laughs] This is a career move.” He continued: “I’m grateful that we’ve been around for 35 years; that’s a really long time. So, yeah, to me, it is. Because when we started off, everything was great, because you’re young and invincible. And then there came a time where I became a family man, and I had a tough time flying back and forth. And now, at this stage, at the level we’re at now, I can do that; I can fly home when I want to, on days off, and spend some time with my family, which is something I wasn’t able to do when [my kids] were growing up. Now they’re both older and mature. So now I take advantage of that.” Araya added: “Yeah, it just gets harder and harder to come back out on the road. 35 years is a long time.”

Tom also revealed another reason for his diminished enjoyment of the touring life. He said: “There’s things that have gone on in my life that have made me change how I play as a bass player. I had neck surgery, so I can’t headbang anymore. And that was a big part of what I enjoyed doing what I do — singing and headbanging. I liked knowing that I was one of the fucking badass headbangers. That played a big part. Now I just groove with the music, which is cool, because I’m grooving with the music and the feel of the songs, so that’s changed a little for me.”

SLAYER has been touring in support of its latest album, “Repentless”, which was released in September 2015 via Nuclear Blast. That effort marked the band’s first release since the death of SLAYER‘s co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, in January 2011 from a spider bite in his backyard. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman‘s arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.

Hanneman eventually died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER‘s classic songs, including “Angel Of Death” and “South Of Heaven”.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from the band after sitting out the group’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of SLAYER. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.

SLAYER will kick off the first leg of its farewell world tour with a May 10 concert at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, with U.S. dates running through August 26 at San Jose, California’s SAP Center.