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ALICE COOPER - Along Came A Spider Press Release Available


There are only a handful of rock artists that have proven to be as enduring and influential as ALICE COOPER has over the years. Name just about any hard rock artist, and they’ve probably borrowed a thing or two from Alice. And on his latest studio recording, Along Came A Spider (issued via SPV Records on July 29), Alice has returned with a concept album with a sinister streak. 'A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times’ is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice’s 25th studio album overall, as a chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider - one that Alice describes as “an arachnophobic psychopath” (in the song 'Catch Me If You Can'). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work. Co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself, Along Came A Spider manages to marry both vintage and modern day Alice. As theatrical as ever, the album is a sonic combination of familiar Alice musical elements from albums as diverse as Billion Dollar Babies and Brutal Planet, with the storytelling of Welcome To My Nightmare, capturing the historic dark side of Alice in peak form, an instantly recognizable presence that will be welcomed by his fans. Joining Alice on the album are members of his touring band - longtime Alice drummer Eric Singer (KISS), bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Keri Kelli and Jason Hook, with additional contributions from others, including Saber, Hampton, and renowned backing vocalist Bernard Fowler. Slash also lends some guitar style to 'Vengeance Is Mine'. Saber and Hampton co-wrote several of the album's songs with Alice, while others were collaborations with Alice's band members. Danny Saber, best known for his role as member and producer of BLACK GRAPE, has also worked with many other artists, including THE ROLLING STONES, OZZY OSBOURNE, and DAVID BOWIE, while Greg Hampton's been working on a new album project teaming up Buckethead and Bootsy Collins. Who else but Alice Cooper, with Along Came A Spider, would create a "love story" about a serial killer named Spider? His trademark is wrapping his victims in silk, and his victims are specifically chosen to feed his hunger to kill. But, upon meeting his (possibly) last victim, he falls in love with her and cannot kill to complete his plan. That could be his demise. Though it is often said about artists with as rich a history as Alice that their newest albums capture the essence of their greatest work, it may honestly be proposed that Along Came A Spider does exactly that. It's got hard rock with hooks, an Alice trademark ('Vengeance Is Mine', 'I Know Where You Live'), classic balladry, another Alice trademark ('Killed By Love', 'Salvation'), and always with an overtone of evil, yet another Alice trademark. Throughout the album, Alice BECOMES Spider, telling the story of a cold-blooded killer to life vocally, as if this were the soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror film. Before such theatrical rockers as DAVID BOWIE, THE NEW YORK DOLLS, KISS, SLIPKNOT, ROB ZOMBIE, and MARILYN MANSON, there was Alice Cooper. The original Alice Cooper group quickly became despised by adults and authority figures, while being idolized by teens and rock fans everywhere, on the strength of a succession of all-time classic albums ('Love It to Death,’ ‘Killer,’ ‘School’s Out,’ ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ etc.) and anthems ('I’m Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels', 'School’s Out', 'Elected', 'No More Mr. Nice Guy', etc.). Alice had continued success as a solo artist, releasing successful albums like ‘Welcome To My Nightmare' and 'Trash,' featuring classic hits such as 'Only Women Bleed', 'I Never Cry' and 'Poison'. All one has to do is look at the many other artists that have covered Alice to understand how far reaching his influence is – the list is endless -- or just keep in mind that Johnny Rotten auditioned for THE SEX PISTOLS to the tune of 'I'm Eighteen'. Along Came A Spider track[...]



Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans will release his new album 'Judgement Day' in July.

The album fills a 5-year gap since the release of 'Sinner' in 2003.

Evans recorded 'Judgement Day' in Brisbane with producer Mark Tinson.

It will feature 10 tracks, including a cover of 'House of the Rising Sun'.

The first single will be 'We Don't Dance To Your Song'. A live video will be made for the single.

Evans will release 'Judgement Day' on July 14 through MGM.

Dave Evans was the first lead singer for AC/DC in 1973 and 1974. He sang on the band's very first single 'Can In Sit Next To You Girl' which was later re-recorded with Bon Scott for the 'TNT' album.

Evans left AC/DC in 1974 after a fall-out with the Young brothers.

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Extreme announce first new album in thirteen years, Saudades de Rock available August 12th on Open E Records

This summer, EXTREME will release Saudades de Rock (pronounced "sow-dodge"), their first studio album in thirteen years which will coincide with their first world tour in over twelve years. Saudades de Rock will be released on August 12th on Open E Records and distributed by Fontana.

The iconic rock foursome - vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger and new drummer Kevin Figueiredo - recorded their fifth studio offering at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with Bettencourt at the helm as producer and mixer. Saudades de Rock boasts 13 tracks, including the infectious roar of "Star," the groove-laden, swagger of "King", a raw funk rock anthem called "Learn To Love", and the expressive ballad "Ghost."

"'Saudades' was always a beautiful word to me," Bettencourt explains about the Portuguese album moniker. "It expresses a longing; an underlying sadness for something or someone that's been missing in your life, and never quite sure if it will ever return. In this case, for us, it's Rock and Roll. Saudades de Rock."

Gary Cherone adds, "I like how it expresses that longing we've been feeling to play for our fans and be together again."

The multi-platinum, Boston-bred band's 2008 'TAKE US ALIVE' world tour gets underway on July 29th at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and will be anchored by a hometown gig two days later at the Bank of America Pavilion. In advance of the tour, Extreme will be a co-headliner on July 11th at the five day Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK.


Saudades de Rock track listing:

1. Star
2. Comfortably Dumb
3. Learn To Love
4. Take Us Alive
5. Run
6. Last Hour
7. Flower Man
8. King Of The Ladies
9. Ghost
10. Slide
11. Interface
12. Sunrise
13. Peace (Saudade)


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Warrant has updated their tour dates with Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam. The new dates are as follows, and ticket information can be found at WARRANT MYSPACE

6. 22 Montreal, Quebec Parc Jean Drapeau
6. 23 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
7. 02 Stockton, California Stockton Arena w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 03 Alpine, California Viejas Casino Concerts in the Park w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 04 Universal City Gibson Amphitheater w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 05 Henderson, Nevada Sunset Station Casino w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 07 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 08 Odessa, Texas Dos Amigos w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 11 Amarillo, Texas Azteca Music Hall w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 12 Pryor, Oklahoma Rocklahoma
7. 13 Wichita Falls, Texas Kay Yeager Amphitheater w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 16 Dallas, Texas House of Blues w/ Cinderella, Lynch mob and Lynam
7. 17 Houston, Texas Verizon Amphitheater w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 19 Cleveland, Ohio Time Warner Amphitheater w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 20 Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheater w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 21 Clarkston, Michigan DTE w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 22 Baltimore, Maryland Pier Six Pavilion w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 25 Tampa, Florida St. Pete w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 26 Pompano Beach, Florida Pompano Beach Amp w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 27 Orlando, Florida Hard Rock Live w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 29 Springfiled, Missouri Ozark Empire Fair w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
7. 31 Hampton Beach, New Hampshire Hampton Beach Casino w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
8. 01 Clearfield, Pennsylvania Clearfield County Fair w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
8. 02 Asbury Park, New Jersey Convention Hall w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
8. 03 Farmingville, New York Brookhaven Amp w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
8. 06 Columbus, Ohio The LC Pavilion w/ Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam
8. 08 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex Arena
8. 09 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Leach Amphitheater
8. 10 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa State Fair w/ Cinderella, Night Ranger
8. 15 Salt Lake City, Utah USANA Amp
8. 16 Winter Park, Colorado Hawgfest
8. 17 Tower, Minnesota Fortune Bay Casino with Alice Cooper


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MÖTLEY CRÜE: New Song Posted Online


A new MÖTLEY CRÜE track, "Mutherfucker Of The Year", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's new labum, "Saints of Los Angeles", which will be released in Japan on June 18 with the bonus tracks "Kickstart My Heart" (Live & Rare) and "Saints Of Los Angeles" (Live & Rare).

Short audio samples of all 13 tracks that are set to appear on the U.S. version of "Saints of Los Angeles" are available on

MÖTLEY CRÜE headed back into the studio last month to record another song for "Saints of Los Angeles". As a result, the disc's U.S. release date had to be pushed back from June 17 to June 24. Bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement that the idea for the new song, entitled "Goin'Out Swingin'", came about before the group's recent press conference, in which it announced this summer's "Crüe Fest" tour with PAPA ROACH, BUCKCHERRY, TRAPT and SIXX: A.M. Sixx explained, "Before our performance at the press conference, we were firing on all cylinders at sound check just jamming out, and that's when the new idea came. We quickly laid it down and went to the studio to record it, and liked it so much we pushed back the release one week so that we could get it onto the album — it now has 13 tracks. It's the ultimate song to end the record with and begin the new chapter of our career."

According to, "Saints of Los Angeles" will feature the following track listing:

01. L.A.M.F.
02. Face Down In The Dirt
03. What's It Gonna Take
04. Down At The Whisky
05. Saints Of Los Angeles
06. Mutherfucker Of The Year
07. The Animal In Me
08. Welcome To The Machine
09. Just Another Psycho
10. Chicks = Trouble
11. This Ain't A Love Song
12. White Trash Circus
13. Goin' Out Swingin'

The album is loosely based on the band's memoir, "The Dirt", which was published in 2001. The CD will be the first to feature all four original members of the CRÜE since 1997's "Generation Swine".

"Crüe Fest" will kick off on July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida, hitting 40 cities before wrapping up in late August.

On June 25, a 10-album Japan-only cardboard sleeve reissue series from MÖTLEY CRÜE will be made available featuring the following LPs:

"Too Fast For Love" (1981)
"Shout At The Devil" (1983)
"Theatre Of Pain" (1985)
"Girls Girls Girls" (1987)
"Dr. Feelgood" (1989)
"Mötley Crüe" (1994)
"Generation Swine" (1997)
"Supersonic & Demonic Relics" (1999)
"Live: Entertainment Or Death" (1999)
"New Tattoo" (2000)

Each cardboard sleeve reissue features a high-quality SHM-CD disc (playable on standard CD players).

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PAUL STANLEY Comments On Reports Of Upcoming KISS Clone Reality TV Show


In the wake of numerous reports stemming from an interview done in Norway regarding an upcoming KISS clone reality TV show, frontman Paul Stanley has issued the following statement:

"A KISS clone reality show? First of all, contrary to what was said by anyone, there is no signed deal. Secondly, if we were to do a KISS II, and I don't rule that out, it would be in addition to, and never in place of KISS. If we were to do it, I know it would be done in a groundbreaking way and would be tremendously entertaining. KISS has always defined itself by the rules we break, so what's the big surprise? We are in the middle of our biggest and most successful tour of Europe ever, playing to over a half million people, and neither KISS or I have any plans to stop afterwards!"

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SAXON - New Single Title Revealed


SAXON frontman Biff Byford has issued the following blog update following their Rock am Ring 2008 appearance in Nürburgring, Germany on June 7th:

"We went to see METALLICA play a fucking amazing stage set, we stood at the side of the stage and some guy walks up and says come with me and he takes us though the stage set into the tunnel to the cockpit (that’s what its called) behind Lars (Ulrich) if you’ve seen the shows its where they go to change guitars its a bit similar to what we had on the Crusader tour every thing behind the castle set, suddenly they play 'Princess Of The Night and a bit of 'Motorcycle Man'.

That’s what I call a good day and the guys in the band went out of there way to be friendly and say hello we really appreciate it - we know they are big Saxon fans and we want to thank them. F!!!!ÖÖÖÖ!!king brilliant. So after 28 years, we finally met metal warriors in the circle of life when fate put them together many years ago to bring them full circle to meet again the circle is complete.

Just to fill you in on new stuff we will play the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 14th.

The new album will be out in January there will be a single for release in October on download we have not decided the title of the album yet but the single will be called 'Live To Rock' and SPV will be making a video."

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First Authorized Book On HEART Hits Stores This Month



This month, ECW Press is proud to announce the retail release of HEART: In The Studio, written by biographer Jake Brown, with exclusive interview contributions from Heart principles Ann and Nancy Wilson, fellow band members, as well as all of the group’s producers, chronicling the behind-the-scenes story of the hit-making process which produced such classic-and-pop-rock staples as ‘Magic Man', ‘Crazy On You’, ‘Barracuda’, ‘Straight On', ‘These Dreams', ‘Alone’, ‘All I Wanna Do (Is Make Love To You)’, and countless others over three decades and 30 million+ albums sold. Heart is still beloved by rock fans worldwide, and this summer is co-headlining a tour with fellow classic-rock legend JOURNEY, as well as working on material for a new studio album, due in 2009, in time with the band’s rumored pending-induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. To learn more about this exciting title or place a review request, visit HEARTINTHESTUDIOBOOK MYSPACE or the book’s publisher at ECWPRESS.COM

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HOLLYWOOD ROCKS! Hair Metal Documentary DVD Soon To Be Released



Based on the best-selling coffee table book of the same name, Hollywood Rocks! (being released worldwide by Cleopatra Records) is a 90-minute documentary film containing music snippets, music video clips, live concert footage, rare photos and interviews with some of the most notable metal/hard rock recording artists who made their mark during the 1980s and early 1990s Hollywood, California hard rock/hair metal music scene.

In Hollywood Rocks! the artists give their take on their most memorable moments (both the good and the bad) in this once-in-a lifetime musical era characterized by "big hair", loud clothing styles, excessive partying and an underground method of street promotion simply know as "flyering." And of course, what hard rock documentary would be complete without the inclusion of at least one of the more famous female fans who flocked to this southern California city to cheer on their heroes of this genre?

Interview segments with some of the current and former stars are broken up with exclusive, rare cutaway still photos of the artist from their heyday, music video clips by the artist and an occasional live concert clip from the period from which this film is based. Also interviewed for their historical perspectives are Cleopatra Records founder and President Brian Perera and former A&R guru Vicki Hamilton who describe in some detail the colorful business environment of this era. A stellar music background of nothing but the "hits" and musical rarities cement this film as a one-of-a-kind "must have" piece for collectors and fans worldwide.

Many stars featured here are still actively recording and touring, such as Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Steven Adler (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), C.C. Deville (POISON), Jani Lane (WARRANT), Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE), Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS), Fred Coury (CINDERELLA), Mickey Finn (JETBOY), Jeff Duncan (ARMORED SAINT), Ron Keel (KEEL) , Lizzie Grey (LONDON/SPIDERS & SNAKES) and Terry Ilous (XYZ). In fact, summer 2008 dates at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma and the South Texas Rockfest in San Antonio, Texas have been confirmed for many of the artists mentioned above, and just in time for the June 24th release date for Hollywood Rocks.

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JUDAS PRIEST - Free Lawn Ticket Offer


Yes, you did indeed read that right. While supplies last, when you purchase any configuration (regular CD edition, limited edition-deluxe hard-bound version and limited edition deluxe box (3LP's, 2 CD, book and poster) available only at Best Buy) of the initial pressing of JUDAS PRIEST’s double disc concept album, Nostradamus (release date – June 17th), specially marked CD’s will contain an insert with a exclusive code inside the CD package for one free lawn ticket to see Judas Priest on selected dates of the Metal Masters tour this summer, courtesy of Live Nation (see below for a complete list). Visit JUDASPRIEST.COM for details on this special offer. This seemingly too-good-to-be-true offer will be good while supplies last. Also, this offer will not pertain to all the dates of the Metal Masters tour (see below for complete list of dates that the offer is good for). The Metal Masters tour will undoubtedly be the top metal concert attraction of the summer. In addition to a headlining performance by Judas Priest, fans will also be treated to sets by HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTÖRHEAD and TESTAMENT. “As ever, we look forward to screaming out loud with our metal maniac fans when we hit the road,” enthuses Priest singer, Rob Halford. “The Priest is back!” The tour, produced by Live Nation, will be Priest’s first thorough sets of US dates in nearly three years, and will be in support of the group’s aforementioned Nostradamus release. Long in the works, Nostradamus was recorded in the UK, and takes epic storytelling to a whole new level, as it recounts the life of this mysterious, world-known 16th century French prophet. Some of the events that Nostradamus experts have interpreted as some of his predictions include the great fire of London in 1666, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and most recently, 9-11, among countless other renowned events. “For me, Nostradamus has been a musical journey without comparison,” adds guitarist KK Downing. “The intrigue and mystery that surrounds this revered man has expanded my perception of heavy metal to the highest plateau and enabled me to reach the outer limits of my imagination and transport unique feelings and emotions to the instrument that allows me to express myself.” Praiseworthy advance reviews of Nostradamus have only caused the buzz to grow around Priest’s 16th studio release overall. Case in point, a review by Eddie Trunk (host of the syndicated radio show ‘Eddie Trunk Rocks’), in which he raved, “Priest touches on so much new ground and really pushed the envelope on some things. The album takes you on a nearly two-hour journey. It is without a doubt best looked at as a complete work as all true concept albums are. You can really see it living out on a stage. It sounds like Priest have truly created something special and once again lived up to their rightful billing as ‘Metal Gods’.” As to why they chose to make a concept album about Nostradamus, Glenn Tipton explains: “We didn't - he chose us. We feel it was meant to be!” Soon, the Metal Gods will be destroying a concert stage near you. Tickets for all shows on sale now at LIVENATION.COM For more information, visit: JUDASPRIEST.COM Offer good only for one of the following shows, while supplies last: August 6 - Camden, NJ 7 - Bristow, VA 9 - Holmdel, NJ 16 - Pittsburgh, PA 19 - Chicago, IL 22 - Dallas, TX 23 - Houston, TX 24 - San Antonio, TX 27 - Albuquerque, NM 28 - Phoenix, AZ 30 - San Bernardino, CA 31 - Mountain View, CA Discuss this topic and more at OLD SCHOOL METAL - GLAM - HAIR METAL - HARD ROCK[...]

GIRLSCHOOL Schedule New Live Dates


UK rock legends GIRLSCHOOL have added new dates to their upcoming live itinerary. The band now have the following gigs scheduled:

26 - Benatska Nok Open Air - Mala Skala, Czech Republic

4 - 100 Club - London, England (album release party)

18 - Lantaarn - Helendoorn, Holland (NEW)
19 - Metal Female Voices Festival - Wieze, Belgium
20 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany (NEW)
29 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland (NEW)
30 - Halle 101 - Speyer, Germany (NEW)

15 - Keep It True Festival - Wuerzburg, Germany

16 - Astoria - London, England (30th Anniversary Show, with DORO, MCQUEEN, guests)

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Billy Idol Idolizes Himself On New Best-Of Collection



Billy Idol has never had a problem with self-idolatry, and he'll continue that trend with The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, which will be released through Capitol Records on June 24.

The collection span Idol's solo career, from his 1982 eponymous release through 2005's Devil's Playground. The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself will be available in three formats: a CD; a deluxe CD/DVD; and a digital version for those who prefer files to discs. The CD features two new tracks, "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon," produced by Josh Abraham (30 Seconds To Mars, Limp Bizkit, Staind). The DVD with the deluxe edition includes 13 music videos, including previously unreleased edits of "Cradle Of Love" and "Hot In The City."

You can see Idol perform many of the songs on this new collection at these Canadian dates:

July 4 Coquitlam, BC @ Red Robinson Theatre
July 5 Richmond, BC @ River Rock Casino Resort
July 8 Enoch, AB @ River Cree Resort & Casino
July 9 Calgary, AB @ Fort Calgary
Aug. 6 Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum w/Def Leppard
Aug. 7 London, ON @ John Labatt Centre w/Def Leppard
Aug. 9 Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi w/Def Leppard
Aug. 10 Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place w/Def Leppard
Aug. 13 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre w/Def Leppard
Here are the tracks on The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself:

"Dancing With Myself"
"Hot In The City"
"White Wedding, Part 1"
"Rebel Yell"
"Eyes Without A Face"
"Flesh For Fantasy"
"Catch My Fall"
"To Be A Lover"
"Don't Need A Gun"
"Sweet Sixteen"
"Mony, Mony" (live)
"Cradle Of Love"
"L.A. Woman"
"Shock To The System"
"World Comin' Down"
"John Wayne"
"New Future Weapon"
Here's what's on the deluxe-edition DVD:

"Dancing With Myself"
"Hot In The City" (previously unreleased uncensored version)
"White Wedding, Part 1"
"Rebel Yell"
"Eyes Without A Face"
"Flesh For Fantasy"
"Catch My Fall"
"To Be A Lover"
"Don't Need A Gun"
"Sweet Sixteen"
"Mony, Mony" (live)
"Cradle Of Love" (previously unreleased extended Billy Idol-only version)
"L.A. Woman"

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AC/DC To Sell New Album "Only Through Wal-Mart Stores"



According to Reuters, AC/DC will sell its new album only through Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Sunday, citing unnamed sources. The AC/DC album is expected to come out in the fall, the paper reported. Wal-Mart did not have an immediate comment.

AC/DC recently finished their as-yet-untitled new album in Vancouver, BC with producer Brendan O'Brien (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN) and engineer Mike Fraser (METALLICA, AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN).

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KISS Costumes And Masks Unveiled



Costumes Galore is creating KISS costumes and masks with price points ranging from $4.99 to $500. Pictured are prototypes of clay sculptures that will be used to create KISS masks. Next stage will be pre production where they will add color and hair. These products will be sold online and are estimated in market place is October 2008.

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New L.A. GUNS Singer Embraces Change In His Musical Direction


Marty Casey, the former contestant on the hit CBS-TV "reality" show "Rock Star: INXS" who was recently named the new lead singer for the Tracii Guns-led version of L.A. GUNS, has posted the following message on his official blog:

"I wanted to reach out to everyone and let you know of some equally amazing and difficult changes going on in my life at the present moment. With sincere thought and sleepless nights, I have made the decision to change my current musical direction. I am still deeply committed to the creation and performance of music but have decided to take on a new opportunity. This scenario appeared very quickly and I only had a few days to make the decision. I chose what I felt was right for my life.

"I have been working in Los Angeles and Toronto as a songwriter for the new L.A. GUNS album, and as we were working on the album, the former singer of the band made some extremely bad decisions and left the band as a result. The band was in the studio in Canada with their producer, Steve Thompson, and all set to record the songs we had written together. On top of the month of recording that needed to be completed, their world tour was confirmed to begin at the end of June.

"They offered me the opportunity to step in and be the new voice of L.A. GUNS. I thought about the opportunity and the possibilities it opened up for me. I loved the songs I had written with the band and felt it was time for me to embrace this new direction. I was excited at the opportunity to record this album and then join the 'Summer Blackout Tour' which will take me all over the world over the next year. I chose to dive into the creativity and momentum. It was a tough decision because the LOVEHAMMERS [Marty's band] have always been very good friends and musical brothers. It was incredibly hard to talk to them and let them know of my new musical direction. My intent was not to hurt anyone. My intent is to continue passionately in creating and performing music. I have felt stuck for some time, and when this scenario presented itself, it felt like the clouds opening up and showing me a bright light of possibility. I am excited to record this album that I have so passionately been writing and then set-off on tour for the next year. It feels like the right place for me.

"I hope you embrace my change in direction and I hope you understand. I am working incredibly hard recording the album and want to affect people with intense live performances. A place has opened up for me, and I am committed to making this a success. I also hope there will be future LOVEHAMMERS shows because Bob, Dino and Billy are a big part of my life."

L.A. GUNS' new album featuring Marty Casey will be released later in the year via Alexus Records. Look for the guys on tour this summer with FASTER PUSSYCAT and BANG TANGO as they blaze a trail through a city near you.

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LITA FORD: More Warm-Up Shows Revealed


80s hard rock queen Lita Ford will play at least a couple of warm-up shows for her upcoming Rocklahoma appearance. Ford is apparently being billed as the Lita Ford "tribute" act KISS ME DEADLY for these special performances, which will kick off in late June. So far the following dates have been announced:

June 28 - Poughkeepsie, New York @ The Chance *
July 06 - Famingdale, NY @ Club Loaded at The Crazy Donkey *
July 07 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill *
July 11 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

* Billed as KISS ME DEADLY

As previously reported, Lita Ford has announced her "current [band] lineup for touring and recording." It is as follows:

Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) - Drums
Teddy Cook (DIO) - Bass
Michael T. Ross (HARDLINE, ANGEL) - Keyboards

Lita Ford recently signed a deal with Coallier Entertainment, the New York-based company whose list of clients includes such artists as TWISTED SISTER and SEBASTIAN BACH.

In a statement released in late March by Lita Ford stated regarding her comeback performance at Rocklahoma: "It's been way too long since I've rocked a crowd. Broke out my axe and turned it up loud. Always in my heart — forever in my soul. On July 11th I'm gonna rock 'n' roll. At Rocklahoma I'll hit the stage with thousands of you maniacs. Close My Eyes — Kiss Me Deadly — can't forget the leather pants!"

Rocklahoma festival will be held July 9-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. TRIUMPH and EXTREME are among the bands reuniting with all or most of their original lineups for this year's festival, which will also feature sets from NIGHT RANGER, CINDERELLA, Bret Michaels, TESLA, ARMORED SAINT, L.A. GUNS and many more. More than 85 bands in all will perform on three giant stages throughout the five days.

ANIMAL: Love Stet Howland. He did some great shit with W.A.S.P. so he should kick ass with Lita.

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DEF LEPPARD Frontman Slams MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON; Says Most L.A. 'Glam' Bands Had No Substance



During yesterday's (Friday, June 6) press conference at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott was asked how his band managed to avoid getting caught up in the whole "glam-rock" scene of the '80s even after citing such image-oriented artists as MICK RONSON, DAVID BOWIE and T.REX as major influences.

"If you actually look at the way that the 'glam' bands, if you want to call it that, from Los Angeles dressed themselves up, they totally missed the point," Elliott replied. "When English glam bands from the '70s came on 'Top of the Pops' [long-running British music chart television program], it was almost an afterthought to what they were actually doing — music always came first, and then they'd be like, 'What are we gonna wear?' . . . Bowie was very image-driven, and maybe the music came second, but a lot of the other bands, it was always about the music — the image thing was just something that they did to just upstage other bands on 'Top of the Pops'; that's what they used to do. So we were never driven to do the mascara thing or whatever these bands did. They didn't have any substance musically, I don't think, in comparison to us, so we didn't feel we needed to do it. Bands that do that are doing it to cover up the fact that there is no substance in their music. The only band — and I'm not saying it because we're here — the only band that did pull it off was [Finland's] HANOI ROCKS. I thought HANOI ROCKS were a good band, and they looked… Michael Monroe [HANOI frontman] was one of the best… I would have shagged him. [Laughs] I like Michael, I think he's sexy, and I'm not gay. And I think Andy McCoy [HANOI guitarist] does the best kind of Keith Richards... so much better than MÖTLEY CRÜE or POISON or any of those bands. They were real — the rest of the guys, it was all a bit fake for me."

ANIMAL: How on earth can you possibly knock other bands wearing shorts like this? I really have to know.

And check out Phil's bulge, I think he's liking it.

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KIX Reunite In Jersey


Reactivated Maryland hard rockers KIX made their first area appearance in 12 years Friday at Dexters in Riverdale, NJ, kicking off a string of dates which includes a stop at this summer’s Rocklahoma festival. Original members Steve Whiteman on vocals, Ronnie Younkins and Brian Jay Forsy (guitars) and Jimmy Chalfant (drums) were joined by new bassist Mark Schenker treating the crowd to a high energy set filled with fan favorites and MTV hits. The night's setlist was as follows 'Hot Wire', 'The Itch', 'She Dropped Me The Bomb', 'Sex', 'Cold Blood', 'Nut Wagon' (instrumental), 'Cold Shower', 'For Shame', 'Don't Close Your Eyes', 'Same Jane', 'Girl Money', 'Midnight Dynamite', 'Blow My Fuse', 'Yeah Yeah Yeah'.



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Gibson USA Proudly Presents the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker



"I got my Melody Maker in 1977,” the legendary Joan Jett says about the guitar she has made one of the most iconic instruments in rock and roll. “It was light and it sounded great. It was the guitar I had in the Runaways and then played on all my hits, like ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll’ and ‘Bad Reputation’ and ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me.’ It’s my baby.”

Carefully developed in close cooperation with Jett herself, Gibson’s Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a Worn White finish.

The slim-tapered neck profile is handcrafted to the same specs as Jett’s original guitar, with an ebony fingerboard and Gibson’s classic, silk-screened gold logo on the headstock.

The tuners are mini-Grovers with authentic “witch hat” knobs, exactly as they are on Jett’s guitar.

A “kill” switch replaces the normal Gibson toggle switch, and the body is outfitted with a period-correct black vinyl pickguard.

The classic, snarling growl of Jett’s original Melody Maker is accurately captured by a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 zebra humbucker, slightly overwound with asymmetrical coils, unpolished Alnico II magnets, and all the punch and power of an original Gibson PAF pickup.

Add some typical Melody Maker appointments—24 ¾-inch scale length, and standard Gibson Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece—and the result is a painstaking and heartfelt tribute to one of the most fearless, groundbreaking artists in rock and roll.

Each Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker comes with a Gibson USA hard case.


Kiss Manager Confirms New Members Rumors



The manager of rock band Kiss has confirmed the group are in talks to launch a TV talent show to find replacements for frontman Paul Stanley and guitarist Gene Simmons - when the duo eventually retire.

It has long been rumored that founding members Stanley and Simmons hope to keep the band running when they decide to quit - but both men have been evasive when asked about whether any new members have been signed up and if the takeover will happen after their current world tour.

The rock veterans are the only original members left in the band, which was marred by the departure of Ace Frehely and Peter Criss and the death of Eric Carr in 1991 - the group now includes replacements Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

However their longtime manager Doc McGhee insists that there are indeed plans to replace all four band members and keep KISS alive for a new generation - they are close to signing a deal to find their replacements through an American Idol-style TV show.

McGhee says in a new TV documentary about the band, "I believe that KISS can go on forever. I believe that there is a way - and we are talking to people and we're pretty close to getting it done - about finding the four new members of KISS."

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Tenacious D Plan Their The Who Tribute



Jack Black's crazy rock duo Tenacious D are to use their Metallica support shows in England as a platform to honor their heroes The Who.

Black and pal Kyle Gass are rehearsing a The Who medley, which they'll perform at their upcoming British shows.

The funnyman tells WENN, "We're doing some concerts in August, opening for Metallica and we are very excited. We've decided to use the occasion to pay some kind of tribute to The Who and do a medley of sorts, probably from The Who Live At Leeds, which is the greatest live album of all time. I can't wait to play in front of that many people; we've never played as huge a crowd as 50,000, so it'll be fun."

Tenacious D won't be the only act honoring The Who this summer - Pearl Jam, the Flaming Lips and the Foo Fighters will pay tribute to the group when the British rockers are feted at VH1's third annual Rock Honors show in California in July.

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FASTWAY Gear Up Rock And Blues Show


With Sweden Rock under their belt (and FAST EDDIE CLARKE’s first visit to Japan ever, last fall, now a fine memory), FASTWAY have a UK date next to fulfill, at Rock And Blues, in Derby, Saturday, July 26th – previously cancelled, now back on. “I was asked to do some things with Fastway,” says the legendary ex-MOTÖRHEAD guitarist. “And one thing led to another, and it was quite nice, because I was already in the saddle from having done the work on my Anthology CD, which came out through Sanctuary last year. Steve Strange, who is a longtime friend of mine, he’s quite a well-known agent in London, and he was sort of… we were going to hook up and play together about 20 years ago, and he said, ‘Hey man, I can get a few shows; do you want to do them?’ And I said, well, why not? (laughs). So that’s how it all started, really. So I went straight from doing the Anthology into the sort of Fastway reunion, because it’s been 25 years since I put it together with PETE WAY. So it seemed like a good idea at the time.” With respect to Anthology, Clarke says that it, “was something I really always thought about doing and I never got around to it. And when Sanctuary Records called up and said, hey, do you want to do one, I said well, good idea. So together we pooled my old stuff, way back to my first sort of recording band, which is CURTIS KNIGHT; I managed to grab a couple of tracks from him. Before I joined Motörhead, I was working on a solo project thing, and we got a couple of tracks from that. And they were sort of semi-demos. It was rock, but it was sort of that weird, back in the early ‘70s-type music. One is very slow, and one of them is, well, I guess it’s quite rocky, really. It’s hard to say. You can definitely get it on Amazon; that’s probably your quickest way. And then of course it features the Motörhead stuff, about 12 tracks of Motörhead. I had a few demos from when Pete and I first put Fastway together, and so I stuck those on there, and then it’s just a few Fastway tracks, a few solo album tracks, and then a track I’d been working on about three years ago when I was planning an album with some guys. We never took it any further, so I used a track off that. So it’s a bit of a mishmash, but it spans sort of the last 30 years, really. In fact a bit more than that, actually. I can’t believe how fucking long ago it is now. It’s now Universal, but I believe it’s still out under sort of the Sanctuary title. I had to get one on Amazon a while ago - because of all the turmoil, they didn’t have any stock (laughs).” Eddie’s also writing, as well as having recorded a guitar solo for old mates GIRLSCHOOL. And the new stuff? When will we see it? “It’s possibly a Fastway project, if we get around to doing any recording. We’re doing a few shows this year; I don’t know the extent of it. If we do a record, it might come into play. But the singer and I, TOBY JEPSON, did sit down last year, November time, and we knocked out about six tunes together. They’re just outlines. And the live stuff… I don’t mind; I’ll do anything just to play. We’re only doing it for fun, really. It’s just nice to get out there and do it again. I don’t treat it as that serious anymore, because at my age you can’t, really. You’ve got to just get out there and enjoy yourself.” Click FASTEDDIECLARKE.COM for more information. Discuss this topic and more at OLD SCHOOL METAL - GLAM - HAIR METAL - HA[...]

Sharon Osbourne Quits as X Factor Judge



Sharon Osbourne has announced that she is stepping down as a judge on The X Factor after four series.

In a statement she thanked fellow judge Simon Cowell and "the wonderful British public for their enormous support".

The wife of rock star Ozzy was also joined on the panel by Louis Walsh and, in the last series, by Dannii Minogue.

"She has been a tremendous judge and mentor on the programme, but we respect her wish to leave and wish her the very best," an ITV spokesman said.

"ITV thanks her for her immense contribution to the show and for all her humour, compassion and energy."

No winner

Osbourne was rumoured to have clashed with her fellow judges, and during the most recent run, she walked out of a show when two of her three of her acts faced the axe.

Host Dermot O'Leary told viewers that she was unable to choose between her singers and left the remaining judges to make a decision.

A spokesman for the show said at the time: "She was very upset last night. All we can say at this stage is that we're hoping she'll be back for next week."

In 2005, Osbourne threw two glasses of water over Louis Walsh after he criticised one of the competing acts, Journey South, and made derogatory comments about her husband Ozzy.

Osbourne has not produced a winning act in four series of the programme.

The 2007 season was won by Scottish singer Leon Jackson, mentored by Dannii Minogue.

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TWISTED NEWS! Dee Snider Sets It Straight About Twisted Sister Musical



Posted on Dee Snider's House of Hair, Snider talked about the rumors regarding the Twisted Sister broadway Musical. The following is what was said...

Recently, certain entertainment sites have erroneously reported that Twisted Sister is heading to Broadway to have their music adapted for a musical. Untrue!
BuzzChic has learned from da Man, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider himself that, "We are holding four nights on Broadway at the Nokia Theater for a run of Christmas shows in December. It's called "Twisted Sister's Twisted Christmas Extravaganza: Show Band and Revue" and will have an expanded Christmas theme and elements within our Christmas concert."
So there!