The nine-hour 'Whole Lotta Love' event on September 7th will include four showings of the Celebration Day concert film which documented the band's December 2007 reunion performance at the O2 Arena in London.
The surving members of the band, guitarist Jimmy Page, lead singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, were joined by John Bonham's son Jason on drums for the special reunion they staged to pay tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Jason had the following to say about the show, "It's a great privilege and an honor to be even in the same breath as my father. To get a chance to play with these peers, with the band as well, you're gonna see what was truly one of the greatest days of my life."
The network will premiere the documentary at 11 AM, ET/8 AM, PT and air encore broadcasts at 1:15 PM, ET, 3:30 PM, ET and 5:45 PM, ET.
The GoFundMe page reads: "Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year. So Dez has had to take a long break from touring and recording and he had no other income to pay for the quite expensive treatments and doctor's bills.
"We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez's cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene." Read morehere.
The band - which also includes former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand - have also announced dates for their first-ever North American tour with live shows to begin October 22 in Las Vegas.
"We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear Birth And The Burial streaming in its entirety," says Drover. "We worked extremely hard to make the best HEAVY METAL record we could, and we are all beyond excited for to sink your teeth into this record. We said from the get-go this record is 100% uncompromising heavy metal, and now you can hear it for yourselves!
"With the release of Birth And The Burial, we as Act Of Defiance can now at last announce our first co-headlining tour with our new Metal Blade label mates Allegaeon! This tour will be 100% complete HEAVY METAL and we cannot wait to see you all there!!"
Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November - just hours apart - that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests. Stream the new albumhere.
Based on TSO's multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall's past. "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" features such lasting crowd-pleasers as "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," "O' Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day."
TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O'Neill says, "'The Ghosts of Christmas Eve' brings me back to TSO's beginnings. We recorded this TV show before TSO had ever toured and it was almost like our first show. It was filmed in a majestic old theatre in Jersey City and we got to work with the legendary Ossie Davis, Jewel and Michael Crawford. There was a magic we captured and I think that's why it was so successful as a fundraiser for PBS. The special features some of the best songs from our catalog at the time. We want to keep the spirit of the story alive and weave it together to encompass the best of the Christmas Trilogy that fans of all three stories can enjoy. The band always gets excited when they get to do something new and now that we are finished up with Letters From The Labyrinth there is going to be lots of new music and twists for our fans on this tour."See the tour dates here.
Leon, the creative director at Phantom management, tells Metal Hammer: "It seemed a perfect fit - 40 years of metal explored alongside four decades of video games.
"I pitched this idea to Rod Smallwood and the guys in the band. They loved the concept and asked if I could pull it off. I figured it was Iron Maiden so I had to pull it off - and it had to be the best thing I've ever done."
He continues: "The video is littered with nods to Iron Maiden artwork - whether it's the poses of the characters at certain key moments, or imagery woven into the background art. There's a lot to look out for in the video." Watch the videohere.
The band recruited Campbell to play on their cover of the Motorhead classic "Ace of Spades" as well as the songs "My Old Man" and "Under The Bottom".
The album was recorded by the band's current 7-member lineup which includes Whitfield Crane (Vocals) and Klaus Eichstadt (Guitars) teamed up with Sonny Mayo (Guitars), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Zac Morris (Drums), Cordell Crockett (Bass) and Dave Fortman (Guitars).
Frontman Crane had the following to say, "It's a full circle of sorts. There was a lot of love and talent in one room and that is exactly what this album sounds like."See the tracklisting here.
He has been touring in support of Tremonti's second album Cauterize with plans to issue an already-recorded third disc, Dust, in early 2016. Around the same time, Alter Bridge will reconvene to record their follow-up to 2013's Fortress.
With so much going on, Tremonti says a return to Creed just isn't on the cards - even though the group penned "nine or 10" tracks in 2011/2012, at the tail end of their 2009 reunion.
Tremonti tells Alternative Nation: "My life is just so busy right now it would be hard for me to do anything else. There were some songs we worked on before things went south. On the last tour, we didn't see eye to eye to say the least, and then we put a halt on any new music. We had already gotten about nine or 10 songs ready to go.
"It just doesn't make sense for me though, having two new Tremonti records, a new Alter Bridge record and Myles will have a new Slash record. A new Creed record would be just too much stress." Read morehere.
The month-long run starts November 18 in Cincinnati and sees the US prog metallers teamed with three support acts that were personally selected by the group.
Bassist Dan Briggs says: "This is a package that we handpicked each band, which doesn't always happen. It shows off the diversity of the progressive music universe and we couldn't be more excited to have a young band like Native Construct, Intronaut who are great friends of ours already, and the legends in Enslaved along with us."
The trek will follow a European tour that opens with seven UK shows in September alongside support from Haken. Read more and see the dateshere.
Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. points out in their statement that what transpired was a court ruling against the other company that prohibites them from using Hendrix "marks in the advertising and sale of merchandise and in any business or domain name." Here is the statement that they released:
Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.,, has closed yet another chapter in its ongoing effort to protect the reputation and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix was founded over 20 years ago by James "Al" Hendrix, the rock icon's father, mandating a mission to preserve Jimi's place in cultural history and to offer his fans authentic Jimi Hendrix music and merchandise of indisputable quality.
In 2009, Experience Hendrix and its affiliate, Authentic Hendrix, filed suit In the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to stop Andrew Pitsicalis from infringing upon Hendrix family trademarks and from engaging in deceptive trade practices. In May of this year, the Court entered the Amended Permanent Injunction, prohibiting Pitsicalis from using registered HENDRIX marks in the advertising and sale of merchandise and in any business or domain name.
In 1995, Al Hendrix specifically hand picked the team he wanted to manage the family company to promote and protect his son's legacy. In recent years, Experience Hendrix has successfully fought against unauthorized Jimi Hendrix products such as vodka, coffee and other merchandise ventures. These actions are in keeping with Al Hendrix's vision of his son's legacy. This Permanent Injunction is yet another result of those continuing efforts. Ill-conceived schemes that infringe upon the trademarks established by "Al" Hendrix and the family company will not be tolerated.
"To say that we are elated by this decision would be an understatement," commented Janie Hendrix. "This is an amazing victory. Each time we face a legal issue that challenges our ability to effectively represent and protect Jimi's legacy, we put on our battle gear because we're fighting for something larger than life. Jimi isn't here, so we fight for him. The Permanent Injunction not only confirms our company's rights but also serves notice to those who would disrespect the mission that my father undertook when he founded our company. Preserving our rights means keeping the heritage left by Jimi and his music so elevated as to remain out of the grasp of those who would attempt to misappropriate it. We have always strived to make sure that the music we release and products we authorize are of the highest quality. It's a responsibility we take very seriously. This Injunction gives us more strength to ensure that the excellence of the artistry of Jimi will not easily be watered down, misused, or desecrated. We wish we did not have to dedicate time and resources that could be better served honoring Jimi's great legacy but protecting these rights is part of the responsibility tasked to us by my dad, Al Hendrix."
Council member Jose Huizar will be conducting the ceremony, which will take place on August 26 at 10 AM in the council chambers at city hall. Due August 28, "Bad Magic" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb.
The set includes a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as well as a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another tune, "The Devil." Read morehere.
Tyler will be joined by his Nashville-based band Loving Mary and will perform as part of a lineup that includes Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls alongside a host of guest speakers.
"Unite To Face Addiction will mark the first time our nation will collectively stand up to addiction, a health problem that impacts 1 in 3 households," says Greg Williams, co-founder of Facing Addiction and a person in long-term recovery. "Twenty-two million Americans are currently suffering from a substance use disorder, and more than 23 million others are living in recovery. When you include the families of the afflicted, addiction impacts over 85 million people - we all know somebody. It's not 'those' people, it's all of us."
"When I lost my son, Austin, to addiction, I had no idea this tragedy was happening all over America - and that in our country, a life is lost to addiction every 4 minutes - the equivalent of a jumbo jet falling from the sky every day, with no survivors," adds Facing Addiction co-founder Jim Hood. "We know there are solutions to the addiction crisis and it's time for America to face addiction and exercise the political and social will to act on those solutions." Read morehere.
The taping will webcast in its entirety directly from ACL's stage via the program's YouTube Channel and the broadcast episode will air during ACL's upcoming Season 41, which premieres in October on PBS stations.
Austin's shining star Gary Clark Jr. arrives on ACL's stage for his second headline performance at the top of his game and in advance of his homegrown new record, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, set for release on Sept. 11.
Clark Jr. has a long history with ACL, going back to his debut in Season 33 as part of the Tribute to Bluesman Jimmy Reed, through his Season 38 solo episode, a 2014 show-stopping appearance as part of ACL's 40th anniversary celebration and a cameo with the Foo Fighters that same year.
Find ACL's YouTube channelhere.
"Bruce Dickinson inspires millions across the world everyday by doing things that he loves and executing them with panache," say event organizers. "Fencing, flying airplanes, Aviation, hosting radio and TV shows, authoring novels and film scripts and brewing tasty beer are only some of his many interests and successes. He is undeniably the most loved entertainer and entrepreneur on the planet and we can't wait for him to grace the BNLF stage."
Dickinson was given the all-clear from a tumor following treatment earlier this year. Iron Maiden will issue their first-ever double studio album, "The Book Of Souls", on September 4. Read morehere.
The Mindsweep: Hospitalised sees every track on Enter Shikari's The Mindsweep - released in January this year - reimagined by artists including Metrik, S.P.Y, Danny Byrd, London Elektricity and Keeno.
Vocalist Rou Reynolds says: "We've always been big on our B-sides and remixes, with every album we've always tried to get a load of drum & bass remixes done.
"While we were making The Mindsweep we started the idea of having a consolidated collection of just d'n'b tracks. Because The Mindsweep is such a varied album we just thought it'd be quite interesting to see what a drum & bass take on each track would be, and Hospital's the one label that I personally have been into forever." Read more including the tour dateshere.
The vocalist and bassist says: "Me being a singer, I need somebody who'll say, 'That sounded great' as opposed to having someone tell you how to do something that you've done for 30 years. I really liked him because he was so cool with that. He would guide me so a lot of the stuff came out f***ing awesome because of him."
Guitarist Kerry King says he respects the way Date worked with the band on Repentless and adds: "I don't want to be a producer because I don't have the patience for it. I just don't want to get involved in that and that's why we hire a person like Terry Date. That's his job in my book, and he did it well. It came out better than I imagined." Watch the video cliphere.
Parker recently has said that he hoped that the record would position him in a different musical direction, despite the misgivings of some of the group's fans.
He said: "I think I wanted to make songs that I'd always wanted to do, but I'd always shut out, because I thought those influences were not fitting the realm of psych rock.
"But the more I explore, the more I realize that those boundaries are meant to be broken." Watch the new videohere.
The singer was on the road with a live lineup that includes former Oceansize members Steve Durose and Richard 'Gambler' Ingram as well as Ginger Wildheart alumni Denzel.
The tune - which originally appeared on Oceansize's fourth and final album, 2010's Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up - is one of a handful of tracks Vennart and co perform by their former band.
To date, Vennart has released four songs from The Demon Joke including Infatuate, Don't Forget The Joker, Retaliate and Operate - which is among the nominees in the Anthem category for this year's fourth Progressive Music Awards. Read more and watch the videohere.
They previously launched a promo for the record's title track. Mainman Jeff Waters recently revealed his shock at the departure of singer Dave Padden who quit the band late last year.
Waters said: "The last three records have been going up and up in sales, so I was just blown away. Why would you leave now when it's doing the opposite of what most bands are doing with declining CD sales?"
He's taken over vocal duties on the upcoming album. Watch the new videohere.
Hughes' longstanding drummer Pontus Engborg is onboard for the jaunt, and the vocalist was thrilled to secure ex-Whitesnake axeman Aldrich to replace Soren Andersen.
As he releases the first image of the lineup, Hughes tells TeamRock: "I felt it was time for me to start touring with my solo band. I called Pontus and Soren, but Soren had made a contractual commitment to do an autumn tour in Scandinavia, so I had to find a replacement.
"There was only one man on my mind - Doug Aldrich. I've known Doug from his time with Ronnie Dio, and of course Whitesnake. Doug played with me on a couple of Purple songs at a festival the night before Ronnie passed away. We had great chemistry and talked about playing together again." Read morehere.
The latest game installment of Activision's iconic skateboarding series is released on September 29 and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.
Also included in the soundtrack are songs by Death From Above 1979, State Champs, Temples and Cold Cave. Skate hero Tony Hawk says: "I've always been proud of our video game soundtracks, and #THPS5 is no exception."
The game includes a new online 20-person multiplayer mode. THPS5 is the first new game in the series since 2007's Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. See the tracklistinghere.
Hooker says: "The blues is one of our last national treasures. I am happy to do my part and keep it alive and nourished. I know that's the way my daddy would have wanted it.
"His music contributions continue to impact pop culture to this day, and I know he is in the studio with me every time as I continue to keep his legend alive."
In addition, she's also announced plans to release Zakiya Hooker: Live At The International BluesFest, which was recorded in Germany. The album will feature a selection of her father's tracks along with songs from her back catalogue. Watch the new videohere.
The Unconquerable Dark is produced by Black Tongue and Jesse Kirkbride and the group say the record is a move in a new direction. They add: "Our original mindset for Falsifier and Born Hanged was to create the most ridiculously crushing music around. We created the heaviest music because there just wasn't anything around at the time that was as heavy as we wanted to hear. We feel like we did a pretty good job.
"Now there's a plethora of bands that are taking the reigns of the heavy and we love it, but a new direction is in order. With The Unconquerable Dark we wanted to keep the slow, low and crushing vibe but add some maturity to it. More riffs, more memorable choruses and some juicy lead thrown in. Don't get us wrong, this is the heaviest thing we've ever released - and probably that you've ever heard - but we took the time to give it atmosphere and structure instead of being heavy for heavy's sake." Read morehere.
Mainman Dean Wells says of their latest material: "It was very much a conscious decision to focus on the songs. Our music is all about the song as a whole.
"If a melody only needs a slow guitar solo with only three notes, then so be it. There's no need to add anything else that might take away from the track itself. If we focus on the songwriting, we can appeal to musicians or anybody who loves good music."
Teramaze have released an short teaser trailer for the album. View ithere.
To better understand the musician over his 4-decade career, he'll eat, sleep and dress like the pop icon in what's being dubbed "The Method;" a process of transformative immersion.
The fruits of his labor will result in "Forever Stardust," a written account of the year-long experiment. In an interview with Australia's ABC Radio National, Brooker explained how deep he's willing to go and how he plans on getting there.
"I thought well, I'm going to try to listen to the music that Bowie listened to and read the books he read at specific points and watch the film that influenced him-and then start to dress like him and start to do makeup like him and so on and follow his diet to a certain extent which isn't a very healthy diet." The professor says he's gone weekends consuming only milk and red peppers. Read morehere.
Cavalier tells Spotlight Report: "They're getting good. I was not nearly that good when I was that age. You gotta give them time to get better and better, but they're already doing an excellent job - especially Zyon on the drums.
"He's doing amazing. We're on tour right now. Now Igor's playing bass and he's doing 110% every night. It makes me proud to be able to jam with my sons like that." Read morehere.
This is the first song that I wrote for this project and it was certainly the most challenging to complete. Sometime in the latter half of 2014, I thought that it was time for me to branch out from other artists' projects and create something of my own from the ground up. I decided to avoid limiting myself to strict guidelines or a specific genre on the EP, but I knew that I wanted one of the songs to feel cinematic with a handful of twists and turns; something along the lines of "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", which is absolutely one of my favorite songs (hey, no pressure...).
It started smoothly enough: the intro came together all at once. The first riff after the intro came from a voice memo I recorded on my phone 5 months earlier and I was thrilled to have found a use for it. I wish I could say what followed was easy and pleasant, but it was about a month of me racking my brain to see where each riff should lead. Every night, I'd spend a few quiet minutes on my patio to try hearing what was next. It brought on a lot of frustration, but the nights when I clearly heard an answer really made all of those headaches worth it.
Once all of the music was in place and I had built up a demo at home, I started writing lyrics. I liked the idea of an ambitious song like this having lyrics that felt poetic and somewhat familiar; I'm fairly confident that people have been writing about sh*tty things happening at sea for quite a while. Crashing waves and stormy skies aside, there are two approaches I took to writing these words: macro (global issues affecting all of us) and micro (a relationship of some kind gone sour). I wasn't sure which approach I liked better, so I decided to keep it ambiguous and let listeners develop their own interpretations.
I had some great friends on board to help bring that original demo to life and make it even better: my producer, Brad Cox (who also played bass and keys), drummer Rodney Beaubouef, and vocalist Braxton O'Neal. I listen back now, and instead of hearing any walls I hit when writing it, I hear all of the ideas that made me so excited to put this song (and this entire project) together.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and stream the entire EPright here!