Twisted Sister frontman and HOH host Dee Snider will once again lead hundreds of motorcyclists all in the name of charity. Dee’s annual ride is set for September 7 at Town of Hempstead Lido Beach Park. The event marks the 12th year of Dee’s ride, and the second to benefit Long Island Cares, the regional food bank and hunger assistance organization founded by the late Harry Chapin in 1980. Over 1,500 riders and guests participated Dee’s ride last year.
“There are more than 320,000 Long Islanders in need of emergency food and community support services because of reductions in critical programs like food stamps, unemployment and other safety net supports,” says Dee.
“I’ve seen the work of Long Island Cares first hand and know how important their services are for families, children, and others who rely upon the assistance of charitable organizations just to get by. We’re very fortunate that Harry Chapin had the vision to establish this great organization and food bank thirty-four years ago, and it has grown to meet the changing needs of our communities with some very creative programs like their satellite programs in Freeport and Lindenhurst, along with their mobile outreach units for our veterans, seniors, and the homeless.
I’m very proud to continue Harry Chapin’s great work and support Long Island Cares. I hope that many more people will join me on September 7th and fight hunger in our communities.”
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will be rejoining his old band for five South American tour dates this month. Current G N’ R bassist Tommy Stinson is reuniting with his previous band, The Replacements, for two highly-anticipated gigs at the upcoming Coachella Festival in Indio, California, April 11-13…which means G N’ R needed a replacement (pun!) due to scheduling conflicts.
McKagan will join G N’ R for dates in Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. “I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the [South American] tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate,” Stinson told Billboard. “I didn’t want to f*** anyone up in Guns by saying, ‘Hey, I can’t do this tour’ or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It’s Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl [Rose, G N’ R singer] out. So I’m like, ‘Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one.’ I think people are gonna be really stoked about it. It’s gonna be fun for everyone.”
Metallica is now the #3 best-selling artist of the modern SoundScan era, racking up 54.26 million albums sold since 1991. Just for reference, country star Garth Brooks is #1 with 69.52 million sold, and The Beatles are at #2 (for now) with 65.55 million. Mariah Carey (54.24 million) and Celine Dion (52.21 million) are holding at #4 and #5, respectively.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine’s Mustaine Vineyards has released its limited-edition debut: Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, “Symphony Interrupted”.
The wine commemorates Dave’s sold-out April 12th performance with the San Diego Symphony (check out all the info on the vino at www.mustainevineyards.com.
Here’s ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach’s new video for “Temptation,” the new single from his upcoming solo album, Give ‘Em Hell, due out on on April 22.
Will the classic lineup of Dokken reunite? Depends on singer Don Dokken, said ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch in a recent interview with Rock Revolt magazine.
“What it really comes down to is Don being agreeable to doing equal splits financially,” said George. “That’s been a stumbling block all along. Despite all the other obstacles that we have for a reunion happening, that is actually the 800-pound gorilla problem. He feels he’s entitled to special financial treatment if we do that, which is ludicrous and was never the way the band was built. The band was always built as a shared band, and I think that’s one of the reasons it survived as long as it did and why it worked. The only person who ended up not liking that arrangement was Don, and it is really heavily why the band broke up.”
He added, “I have aspirations, but I don’t have any sense that it’s really going to ever happen. I wouldn’t be opposed; I would like to see it happen. But honestly, just to have some nice closure, make a nice bookend to our career, and make the fans happy and make a little bit of dough, it would be nice to see it work in a healthy way after all we’ve been through, but I am not holding my breath.”
Hard rock/prog rock pioneers Uriah Heep are gearing up to release a new studio album. Outsider will be out sometime this June on Frontiers Records.
Baltimore-based brewpub The Brewer’s Art is serving up its own Ozzy beer…much to the surprise of Ozzy Osbourne’s lawyers.
Soon after news broke about the new beer, Brewer’s Art was served with a cease-and-desist order from the singer’s legal team, and the head of the brewery said the beer would be pulled.
But according to The Baltimore Sun, more than one local liquor store said there are beers still in stock.
Check out episode #3 of Cooking Hostile with Phil Anselmo. The just-released third episode is part of a new animated series that imagines Pantera singer Philip Anselmo at the helm of his own cooking show, and changes up the lyrics to Pantera songs to fit the cooking-centric theme.
The show is the brainchild of a guy named Joey Siler, who sings for a Florida-based Pantera tribute band called Good Friends & A Bottle of Whiskey. Anselmo reportedly saw the first episode and gave it a thumbs up. “It was just great to hear he wasn’t suing us!” Siler said in an interview. “But really, Phil seems to have a great sense of humor and it was awesome to just to know he had seen it and got a good laugh out of it. We couldn’t have asked for a better response.”
Here’s your first look at “Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine”, Winger’s new video from the upcoming album, Better Days Comin (due out on April 22).