FOZZY Announces Summer/Fall 2018 Leg Of ‘Judas Rising’ Tour

FOZZY Announces Summer/Fall 2018 Leg Of 'Judas Rising' Tour

Armed with two top 10 Active Rock hits, FOZZY is continuing the headlining “Judas Rising” tour this summer/fall with ADELITAS WAY, STONE BROKEN and THE STIR. The run kicks off in Atlanta on August 24, hitting major markets like Minneapolis, Cincinnati and St. Louis along the way.

Tickets for this leg of the “Judas Rising” tour will be available to the general public on Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. local time. Citi cardmembers can access pre-sale tickets today at 2 p.m. local time.

The announcement comes after FOZZY‘s latest single, “Painless”, broke into the Top 10 on Active Rock radio, currently sitting at #8 on the Mediabase chart. “Painless” is the second focus track off the band’s seventh studio album, “Judas”, released via Century Media Records in October 2017. Since its release, the track accumulated nearly two million streams on Spotify and more than two million views on YouTube.

FOZZY‘s headlining tour kicked off in May 2017 with sold-out shows across North America and Europe. The five-piece band is also slated to perform at various festivals, including Rock USA, Rockfest, Rock Of Ages and Wacken Open Air this summer before returning to the United States for the next leg of the “Judas Rising” tour.

Newly announced tour dates:

Aug. 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar *
Aug. 26 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
Aug. 29 – Clarksville, TN @ O’Connor’s
Aug. 31 – Little Rock, AR @ The Revolution Music Room

Sep. 06 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Sep. 07 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
Sep. 08 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep. 09 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary
Sep. 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Sep. 13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vouge
Sep. 14 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Sep. 15 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Sep. 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Sep. 18 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom **
Sep. 19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Sep. 20 – Jacksonville, NC @ Tarheel Concert Lounge
Sep. 21 – Huntington, WV @ Planetfest at Riverfront Park
Sep. 22 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
Sep. 25 – Savannah, GA @ The Stage on Bar
Sep. 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Sep. 28 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum **
Sep. 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room **

* ADELITAS WAY and STONE BROKEN do not appear
** STONE BROKEN does not appear

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.

FOZZY singer — and WWE wrestling superstar — Chris Jericho recently told WDHA-FM 105.5 FM that the band will re-team with Andrews for its next album.

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THE DEAD DAISIES Announce Summer 2018 North American Tour

THE DEAD DAISIES are returning to North America. After a sold-out tour across Europe, the band is looking forward to rocking out with its U.S. and Canadian fans. Their current single, “Rise Up”, is climbing the U.S. Active Rock chart and being used extensively in NASCAR promotional campaigns across the country. The guys are also happy to announce that an old friend of the DAISIES, Dizzy Reed, is bringing his band HOOKERS & BLOW along as the tour’s special guest.

THE DEAD DAISIES are currently on the final leg of their European “Burn It Down” tour where they just shot a music video for the band’s next single “Dead And Gone” at Black Box Music (RAMMSTEIN, 30 SECONDS TO MARS, LINKIN PARK, MARILYN MANSON) in Berlin before finishing in Milan on May 9.

THE DEAD DAISIES will return to Japan in late June to play three headline shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya before heading to Europe in July where they will play a series of festivals along with dates with SCORPIONS and GUNS N’ ROSES.

THE DEAD DAISIES‘ new album, “Burn It Down”, was released in April via Spitfire Music/SPV.

“Burn It Down” is a muscular tour-de-force, a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals. Evoking the best of ’70s rock with moments of Birmingham’s finest, blended with the early works of Boston’s best, “Burn It Down” will do just that: burn down everything in its path until there is nothing left standing.

Recorded in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, “Burn It Down”THE DEAD DAISIES‘ fourth album — was completed in December with Anthony Focx once again handling the mix and mastering legend Howie Weinberg adding his magic.

THE DEAD DAISIES are:

Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO) – Guitar
John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE SCREAM) – Vocals
Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) – Bass
Deen Castronovo (BAD ENGLISH, JOURNEY) – Drums

David Lowy (RED PHOENIX, MINK) – Guitar

North American tour dates:

Aug. 15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Aug. 17 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Aug. 18 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Aug. 19 – Louisville, KY – Diamonds
Aug. 22 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Aug. 23 – London, ON – Harris Park
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
Aug. 25 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
Aug. 26 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
Aug. 28 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Aug. 29 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
Aug. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Aug. 31 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Sep. 01 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Sep. 04 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Sep. 06 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sep. 07 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep. 08 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Sep. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
Sep. 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Sep. 14 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Sep. 15 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
Sep. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre

DEE SNIDER’s ‘For The Love Of Metal’ Album Gets Official Release Date

DEE SNIDER's 'For The Love Of Metal' Solo Album Gets Official Release Date

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has inked a deal with Napalm Records for his upcoming solo album. Titled “For The Love Of Metal”, the disc, which was produced by HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta, will be released on July 27. The effort features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST), and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW). Songtitles set to appear on the LP include “American Made” and “Lies Are A Business”, which will open the disc.

Snider comments on the signing: “I am beyond excited to be working with one of the world’s leading labels for heavy music. It’s a perfect home for this album! I believe there’s something for every hard rock and metal fan on this record and I cannot wait to unleash it on the world July 27th!”

Thomas Caser, managing director of Napalm Records, comments: “We are absolutely delighted to announce this signing today. It’s an honor to work with such an iconic artist such as Dee who lives and breathes metal! This album is nothing but pure metal and adrenaline!”

Speaking to Chris Annunziata of the New Jersey radio station 90.3 WMSC-FM, Snider stated about “For The Love Of Metal”: “This is a really exciting album I did not expect to make, especially at this point in my life. I was doing Jamey Jasta‘s podcast, and he challenged me to make a contemporary rock record. And I was, like, ‘Who’s producing?’ He said, ‘I am.’ And so we went in the studio [with] no record deal, and people started flocking [to appear on the LP]. It just amazed me, the enthusiasm and excitement that these younger musicians — younger than me, at least — had for working with Dee Snider and being a part of this project.”

Dee went on to say that “the album turned out phenomenal,” so much so that “we had a bidding war from all the major metal labels,” he said. “As Jamey would say, it is hard. It harkens back to my earliest work with TWISTED SISTER, but it’s very contemporary sounding with my voice. And people are astounded, actually, that I still have a very strong, very powerful, and as Jamey says, an important, iconic rock voice. So I’m very excited about this album.”

Jasta previously described the LP as a “full-on metal album,” adding that “people are gonna lose their minds when they hear this.” He also called Dee “one of the best vocalists of our time” whose “voice is up there with Ozzy [Osbourne], [Ronnie James] Dio, [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford to me. “And it’s as powerful as ever!” he said.

“Although this album will be very heavy, the songs are anthemic and will fit well in his solo set with ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, ‘I Wanna Rock’, ‘Burn In Hell’, ‘We Are The Ones’, ‘So What’ and others,” Jamey promised.

Snider‘s last solo album, “We Are The Ones”, was released in October 2016 via Red River Records. Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as “an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS.”

TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.


Remastered And Expanded Edition Of GUNS N’ ROSES ‘Appetite For Destruction’ Due In June

GUNS N’ ROSES will release a new version of its classic 1987 debut album, “Appetite For Destruction”, on June 29 via Universal Music Group. An unboxing video of the remastered and expanded “Locked N’ Loaded” reissue has revealed that it will include 73 songs (49 of which are previously unreleased) spread out across four CDs and seven 12-inch 180-gram LPs. In addition to a remastered version of the original album (presented across two LPs), there will be the band’s 1986 “Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide” EP, a second EP containing B-sides from the era, 25 previously unreleased recordings from the band’s 1986 sessions at Sound City studios, and two previously unreleased tracks from GN’R‘s sessions with producer Mike Clink. The super deluxe version will also include a 96-page handbound book with unreleased photos from Axl Rose‘s personal archive, 12 new illustration lithos visualizing each song from “Appetite For Destruction”, and replica memorabilia.“Appetite For Destruction” was certified in September 2008 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. sales in excess of 18 million copies. The LP has reportedly accumulated worldwide sales in excess of 28 million since its 1987 release.

The album’s original cover, based on the Robert Williams painting “Appetite for Destruction”, depicted a robot rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger. After several music retailers refused to stock the album, they compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with a cover depicting a cross and skulls of the five band members (designed by Billy White Jr., originally as a tattoo), each skull representing one member of the band: Izzy Stradlin, top skull; Steven Adler, left skull; Axl Rose, center skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and Slash, bottom skull. The photographs used for the back of the album and liner notes were taken by Robert John.

Neither Adler nor Stradlin have been part of the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion tour that started in April 2016 and is continuing later this year with singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.

Adler did rejoin GUNS at several shows on the tour, including three stops on the U.S. leg and one gig in Buenos Aires, Argentina, playing drums on two songs. Stradlin reportedly turned down a five-figure fee to participate, writing that the band didn’t want to “split the loot equally.”

GUNS N’ ROSES will return in June for a seven-week European jaunt, but the band’s plans beyond that remain unknown for now.


OTEP To Release ‘Kult 45’ Album In July

OTEP, the band led by singer, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya, is about to unveil the most uncompromising, candid, all-inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that it has ever released in the form of its eighth full-length album, titled “Kult 45”. Drawing influences from politically charged recording artists of the past but allowing her artwork to remain fully and undeniably OTEP, Shamaya continues her nearly two-decade invasion of the senses on July 27 when “Kult 45” drops via Napalm Records. This is OTEP like you’ve never heard them before.

“Kult 45” is available for pre-order now exclusively via the Napalm Records online store, and will be available in CD (jewel case) format with bonus tracks and vinyl format in black, as well as individual red and gold vinyl colors (each Napalm Records exclusives). Digital pre-orders will become available soon.

Throughout the span of her career, Shamaya has been an undeniable force in bringing awareness via various acclaimed mediums to social and political injustices felt by various communities and subcultures. For years, publications such as Revolver magazine have lauded Shamaya for “following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Zach de la Rocha, dubbing her “one of music’s catalysts for social change”. So, with the political climate as it is today, it’s prime time for OTEP to make their voices heard in their primary medium — song.

“You can expect a complete and total mutiny of the senses on ‘Kult 45’,” says Shamaya. “That said, it’s important for fans to know that this record is not just an indictment of Trump. The idea is rather to empower people to stand up and remind them this is our country and we have the power. It’s primarily a rallying cry for people with common sense and good-natured patriots to rise up and know that we own this nation.

“Although the album is produced well technically, lyrically, it’s very raw,” she continues. “Musically, we explore different genres — we’re trying to reach everyone. I don’t want to be limited to one genre or to be anchored to a particular space where I can only reach certain political minds. It’s important to me that I’m sending a clear and concise message to the Resistance — the people out there bending the barricades and fighting for justice is this country.”

“Kult 45” was recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment used for OTEP‘s first album, “Sevas Tra” (down to Shamaya‘s vocal microphone, a SHURE Beta 58), in order to create a sound reminiscent of their roots. “Kult 45” was self-produced by the band, with assistant engineering from Larry Goetz, Nicolas Schilke and Lizzy Ostro.

Shamaya explains that “Kult 45” is the most authentic album OTEP has ever released, at least since their first record, and self-producing it helped achieve this result. “We had the freedom to be able to write, record and exist within the songs on ‘Kult 45’,” she says. “Things needed to be said and songs needed to be written that reflect the times. We weren’t under anyone else’s agenda, there was no pressure to create a ‘single’ or a song for radio, and the band was really able to shine.”

“Kult 45” track listing:

01. Hail To The Thief
02. Halt Right
03. Molotov
04. Said The Snake

05. Undefeated
06. Trigger Warning
07. Cross Contamination
08. Shelter In Place
09. Boss
10. To The Gallows
11. Sirens Calling
12. Invisible People
13. Be Brave
14. Wake Up (cover of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE)
15. Feral Oracle (bonus track)
16. The Tribe Speaks (bonus track)

OTEP does not hold back on “Kult 45”, pointing out all sorts of political duplicities and leaving them in their wake. The band explodes on aggressive, adamant anthems like “Halt Right” and “Molotov”, which act as timely outcries against the recent resurgence of hate groups. Tracks like the in-your-face “Cross Contamination” explore the hypocrisy of the evangelical right giving Trump a pass on his infidelities, and cherry-picking scriptures to fit their ideologies. “Invisible People” approaches immigration issues while pointing a strong finger at Trump, the electronically charged “Boss” aims to break, fight, and redefine gender roles, and “Trigger Warning” targets rape culture — specifically Stanford rapist Brock Turner — with a vengeance.

“Shelter In Place” investigates the topic of school shootings, specifically. “This song is extremely important to me because it was inspired by the bravery of those Parkland students who formed the March For Our Lives,” says Shamaya. “The outro is, ‘hey hey NRA, how many kids did you kill today?’ because they’ve actively taken measures to make our kids less safe in school. They want to arm teachers, they want to put more guns in schools and on the street. The song itself isn’t specifically anti-gun, but aimed at the hypocrisy of the NRA and certain belief systems that lose sight of what’s truly important — the lives of our children.”

The album pre-closes with a cover of “Wake Up” — an homage to political music icons, major “Kult 45” writing inspiration, and original track recording artists RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — as well as a unique finisher, “The Tribe Speaks”, featuring recorded voicemails from fans expressing how OTEP‘s music has changed their lives. “In the voicemails people say they feel empowered, that the music saved them,” explains Shamaya. “They told us that they discovered their identities with our music. There was a girl who said that she considered committing suicide and that our music pulled her out of that. These were all based on last album, and I think that this album will have a similar impact on people. These are so moving — it’s what keeps me fighting. Really.”

“We want to empower people,” ends Shamaya. “This album wasn’t written to only wake people up, it’s meant to carbonate people with the hope and confidence that they can make a difference.”

OTEP will go out on a headline tour supporting “Kult 45”, beginning July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. The tour will run for nearly a month and a half, coming to an end in Ventura, California on August 18.

ACE FREHLEY Releases New Album This Summer

Original KISS Guitarist ACE FREHLEY Releases 'Bronx Boy' Single; New Album Due This Summer

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley has released a brand new single, titled “Bronx Boy”. The single is the first track from an all-new, untitled full-length solo LP to be released this summer.

“Bronx Boy” is available on all digital music services starting today.

Frehley‘s next studio album is expected to include the two songs he co-wrote last summer with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

Gene came over my house to write — it went fantastic,” Ace said. “In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my [next] record. I’m thrilled.” The occasion was momentous for another reason. “It was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober,” he revealed, “and it was a pleasure.”

Frehley‘s last release was a covers collection “Origins, Vol 1”, which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart. The effort featured a guest appearance by KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE‘s “Fire And Water”, marking their first collaboration since 1998’s “Psycho Circus”.

Last September, Frehley released a newly expanded deluxe edition of his 2009 album, “Anomaly”, eOne Music. Among the new tracks were two previously unreleased demos: “Hard For Me”, which was later reworked into the album’s “Foxy & Free”, and an early take of “Pain In The Neck”, different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included was the previously digital-only “Anomaly” bonus track “The Return Of Space Bear”. “Anomaly Deluxe” also featured enhanced album art, a new live poster, and extensive liner notes by rock writer and Ace Frehley historian Ron Albanese (including track-by-track commentary by Frehley).


DIO DISCIPLES To Release Debut Album Via BMG

DIO DISCIPLES To Release Debut Album Via BMG

DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager Wendy, is about to sign a deal with BMG for the release of the band’s debut album.

DIO DISCIPLES is made up of former members of DIO, along with a rotating lineup of vocalists, including ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens and LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan.

Billed as a “celebration of the music and legacy of the greatest singer in the world, Ronnie James Dio,” DIO DISCIPLES have been playing Ronnie‘s music on tour in a bid to keep their old bandmate’s memory alive.

Several years ago, guitarist Craig Goldy revealed DIO DISCIPLES were planning to start work on a project of original material, and they debuted three of the new songs during their May 2016 appearance at the “Ride For Ronnie” motorcycle rally and concert in Encino, California.

Fan-filmed video footage of one of the tracks, which is apparently called “Till The End Of Time”, can be seen below.

In a brand new interview with the “Wired In The Empire” radio show, which airs on Riverside/San Bernardino, California’s 96.7 KCAL-FM, Wendy stated about DIO DISCIPLES: “We’re just about to sign a record deal with BMG for them to start making a new record.”

Confirming that the debut DIO DISCIPLES album would include “all new material,” Wendy said that the members of the band have “written about five songs already and were “very excited” about the opportunity to work with BMG.

As for when fans can expect to see the DIO DISCIPLES album released, Wendy said: “Actually, I’m going for a meeting with [BMG] next week, so I will know in a few weeks — to go over the marketing plan and when they think that they should have the record out.”

Some of the recent DIO DISCIPLES shows have also included singer Joe Retta (SWEET, HEAVEN & EARTH). Joe hails from Rochester, New York and and was raised on ’70s R&B and rock during an era when, as he describes it, “music had more soul and was more diverse.” His influences include such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Steve Marriott, Paul Rodgers, Robert Plant and, of course, Ronnie.

In an interview with Myglobalmind, Goldy stated about the formation of DIO DISCIPLES: “You see, the band DIO was run like a family. So when your family member dies, the other members of the family that are left behind often try to do things to keep their loved one’s memory alive. So that’s where the DIO DISCIPLES came from. Wendy and Simon [Wright, sometime DIO DISCIPLES drummer] called me and said, ‘We should really do something.’ Because there were all these tributes going on for Ronnie; some of them were just trying to cash in on his passing and some of them were legitimate. However, we said, ‘We are his family we should do something.’ So that is where DIO DISCIPLES came from.”

Goldy told Music Life Magazine that DIO DISCIPLES live performances are unique experiences. He said: “At every DIO DISCIPLES concert, there is a moment when the audience and band really connect. I am getting chills just talking about it. There are people in the audience looking up to the sky and singing at the top of their lungs with tears in their eyes, singing to Ronnie in heaven saying they miss him. It’s just beautiful, and that’s what the project was for.”

DIO DISCIPLES is:

* Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) – Vocals
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) – Vocals
* Craig Goldy (DIO) – Guitar
* Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Bass

* Scott Warren (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) – Keyboards
* Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, OPERATION: MINDCRIME) – Drums