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Thursday, August 21

Guns N' Roses, Megadeth Stars Lead Guitars for Wounded Warriors

Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Billy Sheehan and former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland lead the all-star lineup of producer/composer Brian Tarquin's "The Guitars for Wounded Warriors" album, which was released this week. Tarquin produced, engineered, wrote and performed on the songs that appear on the tribute album and he is joined by Thal, Sheehan, Poland and Deep Purple's Steve Morse, Dire Straits' Hal Lindes, Whitesnake's Reb Beach, Dokken's Alex De Rosso and acclaimed guitarists Gary Hoey and Chuck Loeb. Bumblefoot had this to say about the project, "What an honor to be part of this album, to play alongside many of the best players out there. Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!! And, best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors. Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support." Chris Poland says, "It's challenging, but always fun working with Brian. I feel we both have similar taste in music and in our approach to creating it. We are both searching for that elusive tone or phrase." Billy Sheehan says, "I had a blast playing bass on 'Black Hawk'. It's a cool riff that pushes the song into a slick overdrive. Nice! Also, and more importantly, the cause it supports is supremely important to me and I'm honored to contribute to our brave soldiers in any way possible. Glad to be involved in this wonderful project!" Morse adds, "It is an honor to be a part of this cause. I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't always treated with the greatest respect. For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude. They don't set the policy, but they set the standards."

Ace Frehley's Surprising Admission About KISS Drama

Ace Frehley discussed the current state of his relationship with the original members of KISS during an interview for a special episode of the Talking Metal podcast and he made a surprising admission. He was asked if he had spoken to Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley since the drama filled Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and Ace said, "I spoke with Gene. "I called him up and we were reminiscing about old times. The press makes it out like we all hate each other and that is utter nonsense. We all get along and we all have respect for each other. "We all take cheap shots at each other in the press because that is what the press want to hear but when push comes to shove we are brothers in Rock n Roll and we have achieved something very few people do."

Two Jimi Hendrix Reissues Announced

(The Blues Jimi Hendrix's first two posthumous albums are set for reissue next month. The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats on September 16. Both have been remastered by Bernie Grundman and are available now on pre-order. Originally released in 1971, The Cry Of Love was compiled and mixed by Hendrix's longtime engineer Eddie Kramer and Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The bulk of the tracks were recorded between December 1969 and the summer of 1970 at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and were intended to be part of a double LP tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun. Rainbow Bridge was also compiled and mixed by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell in 1971, with the help of Electric Lady Studios engineer John Jansen. Most of the tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970, during the same sessions that spawned The Cry Of Love.

Glen Drover Switches Queensryche Camps

(TeamRock Radio) Former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover has completed a swing from one side of the Queensryche split to the other - by confirming a tie-up with Todd La Torre. Drover was announced as a member of Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche after the original frontman was dramatically fired in 2012. But he left without playing a note weeks later, saying: "I've learned that it's in my best interest not to do this." In March 2013 he made a guest appearance with the original band, fronted by La Torre, and described his excitement at working with "the REAL Queensryche." Now it's been confirmed Drover and La Torre will release a track named Discordia later this week. The guitarist says: "We're both very happy and proud of how the song turned out. And believe me, I'm extremely picky of anything I do." more on this story

Motley Crue Discover A Lot Of Rock In Country Music

(Radio.com) When Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records, was presented with the idea of a country tribute to rock band Motley Crue, he didn't hesitate. "He just goes, 'Done,'" Crüe bassist, cofounder and songwriter Nikki Sixx told Radio.com. "And we [the members of Mötley Crüe] sat down and talked about it and said, 'Wow, OK!'" Sixx said the bandmates "got it" right away, because "a lot of '80s rock fans are now new country music fans, and vice-versa. And the more we started talking to Scott, talking about the artists and how they love the band, it became really organic." Radio.com sat down in Nashville recently with Sixx and lead vocalist Vince Neil. Both spoke enthusiastically about the project, which features new versions of Crüe classics recorded by such country artists as Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Gretchen Wilson. Titled Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, the album hits stores and digital outlets Aug. 19. Neil and Sixx both admitted they hadn't paid much attention to country before they were presented with the tribute idea. But once they did, they realized that rock and country (especially in its current incarnation) have quite a bit in common. "Seeing some of the bands [such as] Florida Georgia Line…they're a rock 'n' roll band!" said Neil. "Even Rascal Flatts [have] a lot of rock 'n' roll in 'em." more on this story

Deep Purple's Paice Fears He Has Lost Ritchie Blackmore's Friendship

(TeamRock Radio) Deep Purple's Ian Paice says he thinks he's lost Ritchie Blackmore as a friend - but hopes he's wrong. The pair haven't spoken in years, following the guitarist's final departure from the band in 1994. But the drummer hopes to hear from his ex-colleague as a result of speaking out. In an exclusive interview on the Classic Rock Show on TeamRock Radio, Paice tells host Nicky Horne: "I don't know that he's still my friend. I don't believe it. I don't have anything there that convinces me he's the guy I used to know. "I don't think Ritchie's changed - I just think he's become a more concentrated version of himself through the years." He continues: "It's sad because it's unnecessary. I hope I'm wrong. If Ritchie reads this and gives me a call, and says, 'What the hell are you talking about?' I'll go, 'That's fantastic.' But I'm not hanging by the phone." more on this story

Motley Crue Kickstart New Dodge Charger Ad

(hennemusic) Motley Crue's 1989 classic, "Kickstart My Heart", is featured in new commercial for the Dodge Charger. The song, which originally appeared on the band's fifth album, "Dr. Feelgood", peaked at No. 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Dodge is the presenting sponsor of Motley Crue's "The Final Tour", which kicked off last month in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Whenever I talk to people about Moltey Crue, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of the Dodge brand. "This irreverent 'staying power' resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100-year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band's final tour and the 25th anniversary of 'Kickstart My Heart' than to do it together?"

Slash and Duff Jam Guns N' Roses Classic

(hennemusic) Slash was joined by Duff McKagan for the Guns N' Roses classic, "It's So Easy", during his opening slot for Aerosmith at The Gorge in George, Washington on August 16, and fan-filmed video of the performance is available online. The song originally appeared on GNR's 1987 debut album, "Appetite For Destruction." The project went on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million in the US alone. "Good times in George, Washington 2nite @TheGorge," posted Slash. "1 of the most picturesque venues in the country. Thanks @DuffMcKagan for jamming!"

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Wednesday, August 20

Bon Jovi Reunion Door Opened By Ice Bucket Challenge?

(Gibson) The Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage these days. Aside from providing amusement from seeing one of your friends or perhaps a celebrity being doused in ice water, the purpose of the stunt is to promote awareness and raise money for ALS research. Now the challenge might actually produce a welcome side effect - helping to restore the working relationship between two of rock's biggest icons - Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Jon recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge. The participant in the challenge is called to nominate three new participants, and Jon decided to challenge Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres, David Bryan, and also estranged guitarist Sambora. The challenge might be the crucial first step towards repairing Jon and Richie's working relationship, and bring the guitarist back to the band. Sambora left the group abruptly early last year at the start of the band's latest world tour in support of the album What About Now. On Tuesday, Sambora accepted the challenged and posted a video on YouTube. "He got word of the challenge while in Japan so after a show day, a travel day and once back at home in his own time zone, he let the water hit him," says the caption accompanying the video. He in turn issued his own challenge. Watch the video and find out who he challenged here. more on this story

Ace Frehley Reacts To Gene Simmons Controversy

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has offered his thoughts on the controversy created by former bandmate Gene Simmons' comments about people suffering from depression (he has since apologized). "I don't think he makes any sense," Ace tells Artisan News Service. "He prides himself on being such an intellectual, he brags about being able to speak 7 languages, but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition…y'know, depression is a very serious disease - I've suffered from it in my lifetime, I know my daughter suffers from it. "Alcoholism is a disease; so is drug addiction - it's the disease of addiction. Many people are born that way and Gene just seems ignorant of that whole fact. I think it's time for Gene to go back to school and get educated in the health field." more on this story

Roger Waters: The Wall Live Tour Film Coming

"Roger Waters: The Wall", a documentary shot during the former Pink Floyd member's three-year solo tour, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue. "Roger Waters: The Wall" was shot in three cities across two continents by co-directors Waters and Sean Evans. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th. more on this story

Gregg Allman Biopic Producer Pleads Not Guilty To Manslaughter Charges

Jay Sedrish, the executive producer/unit production manager of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider", waived his right for an arraignment on Monday and entered a not guilty plea to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old assistant camera assistant Sarah Jones. Seven other crew members were injured in the incident, which took place on the first day of filming in February, and is reported to have taken place while filming a dream sequence that involved a bed being placed on railway tracks. Production on the film was shut down following the tragic incident, and has yet to resume. Last month, Sedrish, co-producer Jody Savin and director Randall Miller were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in the February incident. more on this story

U2 2014 Album Release Speculation Intensifies

Will they or won't they release an album this year? That's the question U2's fans have been asking for months. As previously reported, earlier this year the rumor mill had the band's new album being delayed until 2015, but a representative for the band told British tabloid The Sun that "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it." U2 fan blog @U2 recently posted an email exchange with an anonymous source from Universal (his or her name was blurred out of the screen shot of the exchange) who said that the new album would come out "this year." But there's been no verification that that exchange is legitimate (nor is there likely to be any such verification). But there has been some verified recent U2 activity. Last week, French newspaper Nice Martin reported that the group were shooting a video under high security at Rivera Studios in Nice. The article notes that cell phones were strictly prohibited and one local commented that the security was akin to when President Obama was in France for the G20 summit in 2011. However, an August video shoot doesn't necessarily point to a 2014 release; the band could be working months ahead of time on a video for a 2015 release. Still, other signs seem to indicate that a U2 album is getting closer and closer to release. In a recent article, The Irish Times reported that Bono has been playing songs from the new, as-yet-untitled album, loudly, from his beachfront home in the south of France; fans often record the songs and post them online, before getting cease-and-desist orders from lawyers from Universal Music, the band's record label. The Irish Times also cites a music industry source who predicts that there'll be a "single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year," and that "the album has been actually been finished for a few months, but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays… There was one last, frantic scramble earlier this year to get a big single, so they got Adele's writer-producer, Paul Epworth, into the studio." In fact, Epworth is just one of the producers the band has reportedly worked on this album with; others, according to Rolling Stone, include Danger Mouse, Will.i.am, David Guetta, RedOne and Ryan Tedder. A lot more.

Johnny Winter's Collaboration With Ben Harper Released

(The Blues Megaforce Records have released the late Johnny Winter's collaboration with Ben Harper on Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby). It's taken from the icon's posthumous album Step Back, due in September - and the first taster seems to support Winter's assertion that he'd made a record of "aggressive vintage blues." Speaking months before his death on tour in July, Winter said: "Step Back is to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music. It's better than anything they'll hear today. If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it." Harper says: "I play the way I play because I couldn't play like Johnny Winter. He was one of the ordained architects who went on to define the blues - not only for generations, but for an entire genre. Johnny was the gospel truth." Check out the song here.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Launching Book Signing Tour

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has announced the first dates of a fall book signing tour to promote the October 7th release of his memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith." Four dates have been revealed so far for the signing tour, including a stop at Barnes & Noble's Union Square location in New York City on the day the book is published. Perry describes the books as "the loner's story, the band's story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, the post-destructive rebirth story." The guitarist worked on the project with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette. More details here. More on Aerosmith - Aerosmith Music - Aerosmith Tour Dates/Tickets - Aerosmith CDs, vinyl and rarities

Motley Crue Frontman Amazed They Are Still Alive

(TeamRock Radio) Vince Neil says it is "amazing" that the members of Motley Crue are still alive after years of drug and alcohol abuse. The frontman has been reflecting on the outfit's wild past as they continue the US leg of their Final Tour, after which they've vowed never to hit the road again. Neil, 53, tells the Tampa Tribune: "We certainly lived the life, and it was all there on the albums. This is a brotherhood that has had its up and downs. There's no doubt about that. But I think there were many more good times than bad. "You look at the drugs and drinking and it's amazing we're still here. We survived some dark days. We could have died many times from many different things - but we made it through it." more on this story More on Motley Crue - Motley Crue Music - Motley Crue Tour Dates/Tickets - Motley Crue CDs, vinyl and rarities

KISS Release Video Invite For Las Vegas Residency

KISS have posted a video message inviting fans to their first Las Vegas residency this fall. "KISS Rocks Vegas" will see the band perform 9 shows at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino between November 5th and 23rd. KISS are following in the footsteps of several other rockers who paved the way with successful extended Vegas runs, including Carlos Santana, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf, among others. KISS and Def Leppard are currently playing shows across North America on a summer tour that will wrap up in Houston, Texas at the end of the month. Check out the video here.

Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford Reveal Bob Dylan Cover

What happens when a handful of big names in the music industry decide to take on one of the most important songwriters in history in Bob Dylan? The result is Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, featuring an all-star cast recording songs written by Dylan in the '60s, and the first taste of such a project arrived yesterday (Aug. 19) with "Nothing to It." Jim James of My Morning Jacket takes the lead on the song, and even though he and the others on the track are very much modern, he manages to make the song very much retro-sounding, particularly in the chorus. "I knew I was young enough," he sings. "And I knew there was nothing to it / For I'd already seen it done enough." There's fuzzed-out guitar as well, perhaps either a contribution from James or Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, from the sound of it. James and Goldsmith are joined on the song - and the entire album - by Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello and Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens, plus producer T Bone Burnett. A lyric video released today to accompany the song features Dylan's lyrics strewn throughout an animation of a walking man.

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Friday August 15

Motley Crue Fans Rushed To Hospital After Concert Attack

An Ohio man and his girlfriend were allegedly attacked by a group of people at the Cleveland stop of Motley Crue's farewell tour on Tuesday night and the man is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his alleged attackers. Jeff Stone says in a Facebook posting that he and his girlfriend, Kristine Scheetz, were rushed to the hospital by ambulance following the attack at the concert. Stone posted photos of himself in the hospital and wrote, "Kristine & I were up at Blossom enjoying our first concert of the year. We were down by the Pavillion having a beer and a girl came by and slammed into Kristine, spilling her entire beer all over her. Kristine was soaked and said 'excuse me'. The girl and several of her friends, plus two men came out of nowhere and viciously attacked us. It was a nasty fight and one of the scariest moments I've ever experienced. "I won't even show pictures of Kristine as she is completely traumatized. My shoulder was dislocated and Kristine's eye was messed up pretty badly. We were rushed to the hospital by ambulance and I had to be put under to have my shoulder put back in place. We both had X Rays And Kristine had to get a Catscan. "I am offering a $5,000 REWARD FOR ANY INFORMATION leading to the arrest and conviction of the low rent cowards that jumped and beat on an innocent couple just trying to unwind and enjoy their evening."

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Wednesday August 13

Reward Offered In AC/DC Murder Case

Police in Australian's New South Wales have announced a reward in their murder investigation of long-time AC/DC manager Crispin Dye, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The paper reports that investigators are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect(s) in the 20-year-old murder of Dye, who also worked with the Easybeats and celebrated Aussie hard rockers Rose Tattoo. Dye died in St George Hospital in Sydney on Christmas Day 1993, two days after he was attracted, robbed and left unconscious and the case has remained unsolved but officials have now announced the reward for information that lead to an arrest and conviction. Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, had this to say, "There are people out there who know those responsible for Mr Dye's death and we're hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police. "By all accounts, Crispin Dye was a fun-loving, friendly and decent man, who was robbed of his life far too soon. We are absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this case and bringing those responsible for an innocent man's violent death to justice, but we won't be able to do it without assistance from the public."

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