More star power has been announced for the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit concert in support of 'Rock n' Roll Chef' Kerry Simon and his fight against MSA (multiple system atrophy) an aggressive form of Parkinson's disease. The concert is happening at the Lou Ruvo Brain Clinic here in Las Vegas on February 27th.
Bill Murray has signed on to be an emcee at the event that will feature The Sin City Sinners backing an all-star roster of rockers including Slash, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Matt Sorum, Vince Neil, Todd Rundgren and more. (Antimusic.com)
Guns N' Roses' has announced that they will be returning to Las Vegas this spring to launch their second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Dubbed the "No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction", this new residency will be taking place the casino's concert venue The Joint and will include 9 dates that will be kicking off on May 21st and wrapping up on June 7th.
The dates include Wednesday, May 21 Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25, Wednesday, May 28, Friday, May 30, Saturday, May 31 Wednesday, June 4, Friday, June 6, Saturday, June 7.
Guns N' Roses first residency at The Joint, Appetite for Democracy, took place in October and November of 2012. (Antimusic.com)
David Bowie has announced that he will issue "Rebel Rebel" as the next release in the continuing run of limited edition 40th anniversary 7" picture discs.
Due March 10, the A-side features the original single mix of "Rebel Rebel", which hasn't been available on 7" since the early 80's and remains unavailable on CD to this day; the AA-side has the US single version, a remixed edit with overdubs and extra backing vocals.
Originally released on February 15th 1974, "Rebel Rebel" was a first taste from the upcoming "Diamond Dogs" LP, though it was considered a bit of a curveball compared to much of the music on that album. (hennemusic)
The Scorpions' breakthrough album, 1982's "Blackout", will be released this year on Super Audio CD via Audio Fidelity. The band's eighth studio album was the first to go Top 10 in North America, propelled by the singles "No One Like You" and "Can't Live Without You."
After losing his voice during the writing of the album, Scorpions lead vocalist Klaus Meine had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords and it was uncertain whether he would be able to record it. As a result, demos of the material were recorded with Don Dokken as vocalist; however none of those recordings are featured on the album.
The classic 1972 Humble Pie live double-LP, Performance: Rockin' the Filmore, is out as a re-mastered edition. Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore - The Complete Recordings features all four of the concerts the band recorded at the Fillmore East on May 28-29, 1971, with the re-mastering overseen by band members Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley. "It's like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version," says Frampton about the reissue. "The beauty of it is that you get three completely different performances of most of the songs. It's great to hear Steve Marriott's banter from all of the shows. We've lived with 'It's really been a gas!' for 40-odd years, and now there's more," - Noble PR.....The Who's Roger Daltrey has confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine that the band are planning a massive world tour in 2015 that will likely be their final one, however they have no plans to retire from live performing altogether. "People have read that wrong though. We aren't finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour," Daltrey says. He added that contrary to recent reports, the 2015 tour will not be in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. "Our anniversary is actually right now," says Daltrey. "We were the Who fifty years ago this month. To us, 2015 is just another year." The Who toured America and Europe in 2012 and 2013 playing their 1973 double-LP Quadrophenia, but Daltrey says the 2015 tour will focus on their vast catalog of hits. "People don't want new stuff. The fans might want that, but most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with... We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits." Daltrey also said the Who might record new material in 2014 ahead of the tour. - Rolling Stone.....
The Moody Blues have announced they will host their second annual Moody Blues Cruise this April, aboard MSC Cruises' MSC Divina. The five-night cruise, which leaves from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has a theme that entails the "Return to the Isle of Wight," with performances from several acts that performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight fest, including headlining sets from the Moodies and the Who's Roger Daltrey. In addition to performances, the musicians will also appear at fan Q&As and other special events while the ship travels to Nassau, Bahamas, and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. The cruise, which also includes performances by such acts as the Zombies, Little River Band, Shawn Phillips and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, will begin Apr. 2 and return to Florida Apr. 7. - Billboard.....
Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has released his latest tell-all, Nothin' to Lose: The Making of Kiss. Co-written with his bandmate Paul Stanley, the book is a not-so-slim 560 pages chronicling the band's genesis between 1972 and 1975. Simmons says he and Stanley decided to write yet another band memoir because this one "doesn't just have our stories." "There are stories and anecdotes from other rock stars and journalists, talking about their experiences with Kiss. They write about what they saw, what they heard, and what it was like," he said. Simmons adds while former Kiss members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss recently published memoirs that painted him as the bad guy, it's a title he gladly accepts. "I am the bad guy. I won't stand for drunks and alcoholics, who get up on stage and consider it their birthright. I consider it a privilege to get up there and arrive on time and be sober, and I'll be an asshole to anybody who thinks otherwise," he said. Simmons says he and Stanley intend to keep Kiss going for "as long as it takes." "I have miles to go before we sleep. We're approaching our 40th year. We've completely ignored the critics, and in fact we've buried them in our back yard. We are the kings of the nighttime world. We outsell the Beatles and Elvis Presley. We have literally 5000 licensed and merchandized products.... We will do anything we damn well please, whether it makes sense to somebody or not. In essence, that's the real rock n' roll spirit," he said. - Rolling Stone..
Alice Cooper says he's "three-quarters of the way through" a new covers album that will focus on what he calls "the time period of the Hollywood vampires," the hard-partying crew of the early- and mid-70s that included the likes of John Lennon, the Who's Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr and "honorary" guests such as T. Rex's Marc Bolan. "We're really happy, all of us, everyone involved in the covers because it's pretty much what we wanted to do," Cooper says. "We specified a certain time period and said, 'Let's stay within that. Let's not move it around too much.' We don't want to be doing cover songs from the 80s and 90s when the Hollywood vampires kind of thing was more '73, '74, '75." Cooper and his band are currently previewing four of the covers in concert on their current summer tour, including the Doors's "Break On Through," the Beatles' "Revolution," the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxy Lady," and the Who's "My Generation." Cooper adds "it'll be out, I would say, by early spring." - Billboard.
Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm's new autobiography Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'N' Roll chronicles the singer's successes, especially Foreigner's multi-platinum track record and his early solo albums Ready Or Not and Long Hard Look. But it digs into the darkness as well, including his struggles in pre-Foreigner bands, his early 90's stint in drug rehab and his harrowing but ultimately successful battle with brain cancer that started in 1997. He also writes in depth about his relationship with Mick Jones, a push-and-pull that led to Gramm leaving Foreigner "a couple times" before being replaced by Kelly Hansen in 2004. "We have had our problems, the two of us," Gramm says with a chuckle. "It's kind of a book about the different aspects of a relationship." Gramm and Jones are due to perform again as they are honored during an upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. Gramm and his book co-writer, Scott Pitoniak, will begin a series of book signings later in May to promote Juke Box Hero, and a full schedule can be found at www.lougramm.com. Gramm says he's also planning a follow-up to his 2009 solo album, Baptized By Fire. - Billboard......
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford recently told Billboard that his British heavy metal outfit, which recently wrapped its Epitaph World Tour, is "ramping things up to get back into full writing and recording mode" back home England. "We'll see what we can do over the next couple of months, look at everything, lay it all out and then start the hard work of picking out the best material," says Halford, who added he and guitarist Glenn Tipton have "a tremendous amount of material in the vaults already. Meanwhile, Priest has released Screaming For Vengeance - Special 30th Anniversary Edition. It features the two bonus tracks from the 20th anniversary edition -- a live version of "Devil's Child" and the Turbo outtake "Prisoner of Your Eyes" -- as well as four previously unreleased live tracks from a 1982 show in San Antonio. - Billboard......