Michaels was forced to pull out of a performance last Sunday (November 11th) in Greeneville, Tennessee due to kidney stones pain and underwent a procedure in the hospital.
The singer wrote on his official website on Thursday, "I was released yesterday after a successful procedure called lithotripsy which was painful, but worth it. I'm not 100%, but I will be soon. The staff & doctors were incredible. Your well wishes & prayers helped as kidney stones are one of the most painful things to experience."
According to Johns Hopkins, "Lithotripsy is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure used to treat kidney stones that are too large to pass through the urinary tract. Lithotripsy treats kidney stones by sending focused ultrasonic energy or shock waves directly to the stone first located with fluoroscopy (a type of X-ray "movie") or ultrasound (high frequency sound waves)." Read more here
His website offered the following details, "The Vinnie Vincent dates in Memphis on December 7th & 8th have been postponed until February 8th and 9th in Nashville due to additional scheduling and logistical requirements by the promoter. Promoter Derek Christopher announced, 'Vinnie is ready to rock and roll and is disappointed by the postponement, but we needed extra time to add and confirm additional guests for the show. We wanted to make sure it's done right.'
"With the announcement of the new dates, it was also announced, 'We are pleased to announce Vinnie will have an All-Star band in February that'll include Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Blue Murder) on drums, and Tony Franklin (David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, The Firm) on bass. Additional Special Guests will be announced too."
"Tickets for the December 7th show will be honored on the February 8th date, and tickets for the December 8th show will be honored on the February 9th date. Ticket holders should go [here] to confirm the new dates or request a refund on their tickets. "
The imagery has Stones fans speculating about possible news regarding a 2019 North American tour as they await word of an official statement from the group.
There are also media reports that the group's logo has been spotted recently at some US venues, including New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, Denver's Mile High Stadium and Massachusetts' Gillette Stadium, among others.
The Rolling Stones last performed in North America in the fall of 2016, when they appeared at both weekends of the Desert Trip festival and an arena show in Las Vegas, NV. See the teasehere.
The Dave Doobinin directed video can be streamed here and singer Steve Schiltz had the following to say about the new song, "'Stay With Me' is a love song, albeit not really in a typical guy-girl-hold hands type way.
A while back now, a family member of mine was diagnosed with cancer. It looked bad, and we were pretty sure we were going to lose him. This was someone I'd had in my life as far back I can remember. I was worried about him, and it occurred to me, what is his wife going to do? I couldn't imagine the grief she was preparing to withstand.
It was at this moment in time that I wrote the words for this song. I was thinking about her loss, which wasn't going to simple - it clearly meant she was going to have to carry on without him. What was that going to look like for her?
In the end, against all odds, he beat the cancer into remission, and at this time there is no detectable cancer. It was truly a miracle. So, this was a case of everyone winning here...I got the song, and our family gets to keep him."
The track will appear on the group's forthcoming Roy Z produced debut album which they will be releasing on February 22nd and their music is billed as "classic Priest meets Savatage".
Apart from Ripper, the band also features Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, etc.) and Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord).
Guitarist Chris Caffery had this to say, "My influences for writing on this record were the bands that we were and are still in! I wanted to write songs that [Judas] Priest, Savatage, Testament, and Fates Warning fans would like. But, I wanted them to have a personality of their own as well. To give it a vibe that was Spirits Of Fire! I grew up listening to Judas Priest and spent 30 plus years working with Jon Oliva and Paul O'Neill with Savatage and TSO. Many years playing Criss' music. These influences for me came naturally! Especially because I'm a fan of all of our bands!
"This was the first time that I ever worked with Roy and it was so much fun. I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. He's written music, played on, and produced some of my favorite metal albums ever. He had a difficult job bringing this all together and I can't think of anyone that would have been a better producer and co-worker for this album!"
Ripper also says, "I always just sing to the song, whatever I feel it should be. It's like a character thing! I like layers! This music is really perfect for me and in my natural wheel house. I like to sing all over the place and change it up and this all happens on this album. This is just the start of an amazing band, I mean sky is the limit and I actually can't wait to record the next album, because this one is so great and perfect."
Drummer Mark Zonder added, "I am the kind of player that plays what I think fits best with the music. With SPIRITS OF FIRE, the music was more aggressive and hard hitting which I really liked. Again, I tried to be very mindful of the song and the vocals, but tried to add parts that were interesting and creative for the listener."
Watch the video here.
Dolly Parton leads the large number of remembrances from his fellow stars and friends with, "Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed." -
"When I came to Nashville, Roy was one of my favorite stars. I loved the way he hosted the CMA's and Hee Haw. It was always an honor to be on the same stage with him. I am already missing Roy's big smile." - Crystal Gayle
"The Halsey family's hearts are filled with gratitude for the many years (59) of friendship and business association. He was a rare combination of talent and generosity. Roy Clark brought a special kind of healing to the world. He will be missed by the multitudes. - Jim Halsey, friend and manager
"My story is not unique. How many guitar players started with a Roy Clark guitar method book? How many guitars were sold to people wanting to play because of him? How many lives were made better because of his wit and joy? I'm one of so many." - @BradPaisley
"When the Nashville floods wiped out most of my guitars, Roy heard about it & showed up at a show and gave me one of his. This is who this man was. Constantly giving. I owe him so much. Go say hi to my Papaw for me Roy. You left the world a much better place. #royclark" - @BradPaisley
"Roy Clark shaped my path. My Papaw introduced me to his music as a toddler. Every Saturday we'd watch Hee Haw. My first guitar book was a Roy Clark guitar method. I practiced his style, then practiced making his facial expressions. He was a hero. And so many have the same story." - @BradPaisley
"I remember Roy as a great musician and singer. But more than that, he was a great human being. Always laughing, always uplifting to those around him. Doing shows with Roy on Hee Haw was such a wonderful experience. There is a vacant spot in Nashville now that he is gone. RIP Roy Clark" - Lee Greenwood Read morehere.
lead singer Travis Clark explained why they decided to put out the festive record, "I've been wanting to do a Christmas album for a long time, mainly because I've never been able to witness a 'winter wonderland' as a result of living in Florida and California my whole life.
"So instead of writing another Christmas album that sounded Frosty, I decided to record it with more of a 'island-sunshine' vibe for everyone who experiences Christmas above 70°F." Stream ithere.
The band broke the news with the following, "We want to officially state that our brother, David, has decided to take time away from the band to pursue other endeavors. We're all family and wish him the very best. We are on great terms and will miss him on the road.
"However, the show must go on and with that said, we are stoked to say that Nick Rossi is now a part of BOO. He's an amazing person and very talented musician! We will see you all on the road for our dates with Killswitch Engage and more!"
The band had this to say, "'Junes' is a song about rocking out and using characters and situations from video games/anime as inspiration for believing in yourself through all the negativity that you can get when you set out to do something creative," states the band about the track.
"It's about a fictional superstore from a video game (Persona 4) that a lot of the characters dislike because it puts some of the smaller stores out of business. But through the hate, it is still the most successful store in town and that's a metaphor for our journey as a band. " Check out the songhere.
"Worry About Yourself" was written as a statement to all the people who think they need to get involved and aimlessly screw around with everyone else's lives when they need to just worry about themselves. After a huge writers block we decided we needed to write something more up beat and make more of an impact, so taking inspiration from the people who have tried to hold us back, we came up with the idea.
The song was written around a lyric at the start of the chorus "We'll prove to you and them and everyone else that nothing you can say will ever bring us down 'cause we're doing alright so just worry about yourself", basically just pushing the idea that it doesn't matter what anyone tells you, what anyone says about you or what anyone thinks about you, as long as you are doing whatever you want, nothing else matters. Towards the end of the track, the lyric "Do you think it's okay to act like nothing happened, you think that we forget just because things have changed" is a reminder that you don't forget about the people in your past who have treated you badly, and when they come crawling back wanting something from you, they end up with what they deserve.
Back at the start of 2018 before we set off on our first ever national tour, we decided that this song would be perfectly represented by a music video showing a combination of our live performance and footage from the tour. We were lucky enough to have our good friend and film producer Adrian Eyre head down to Sydney with us to film the biggest performance we had played to date which enabled us to show our audience that we are doing what we love despite what anyone says or thinks about us.
We hope you like the song and relate to message, it might not be the heaviest hate song you've ever heard but we think the lyrics push a good message, enjoy!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourselfright here!
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