Vandenberg’s Moonkings Debuts
Former Whitesnake guitarist, Adrian Vandenberg unleashes his new band: Vandenberg’s Moonkings. The album, which marks his return to the world of music, is Vandenberg’s first collection of new material in 16 years.
Vandenberg describes the album; “It’s got all the ingredients of what makes me just as excited and proud about my bunch as I was when I just started listening to Zep, Free, Hendrix, and Cream”.
Vandenberg played with Whitesnake for 13 years, topped the American charts twice and sold in excess of 14 million albums. Now check out his best ever: Vandenberg’s Moonkings.
In stores now: Available at Amazon & iTunes, or get a free poster when you order directly from their record company at Mascot Label Group.
That’s Iron Maiden singer (and pilot) Bruce Dickinson in a live dogfight reenactment high above the U.K. version of the Sonisphere festival last month. The 12-minute air show was a tribute to the daring English and German pilots of WW1. Bruce flew his own Fokker Dr.I Triplane (the same model flown by German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron). Check out the video of Bruce in action.
Ex-Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate has named his own band Operation: Mindcrime (after Queensryche’s 1988 concept album of the same name). The band features Geoff along with Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright, Randy Gane and Kelly Gray. Operation: Mindcrime plans to enter the studio later this summer to begin work on an ambitious concept trilogy.
Bret Michaels will be shilling for Nissan in a new marketing campaign. The Poison frontman is promoting the car company’s line of rugged commercial vans. Don’t miss this full-length music video made for the campaign featuring Bret covering Lionel Richie’s classic “Endless Love” .
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen donned a set of sky-high platforms and strutted out on stage to join his heroes Kiss during a recent concert stop in Atlantic City. Check out Phil performing “Deuce” wearing Paul Stanley’s on-stage gear. The two bands are currently out on a joint tour (check out all the dates here).
Wanted: your memories and snapshots from Metallica’s Master of Puppets/Damage Inc. Tour. The band has posted a message to fans on its website, asking them for help with a Master Of Puppets book being created by author and fan Matt Taylor.
Says the band, “Matt’s plan for the Master Of Puppets book is to lean heavily on amateur, fan-taken photos and stories reflecting the grassroots vibe of the time, so this is where you come in. Were you there in 1986? Snuck a camera into a show or two? Ran into us at a record store or in the bar? Have a funny story about getting to the gig or photos of you and your pals there? We want them all!! Cropped, blurred, overexposed? We’ll take ’em! No photographs, anecdotes, or stories are too insignificant. We want YOU to be a part of this book!
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your story and receive more info about submitting photos. All submissions must be from your own personal collection…we can only use snapshots that YOU took. Remember, we want everything! No story or snapshot is too small or trivial.”
Bassist Pete Way (UFO, Fastway, Ozzy Osbourne. Waysted) recently got the all-clear from his doctors following treatment for prostate cancer. He’s resuming work on an upcoming solo album, Walking On The Edge, due out sometime next year.
Said Pete to Classic Rock magazine, “On this new album, Slash [Guns N’ Roses] and Nikki Sixx [Mötley Crüe] are playing and I’ve got Guns N’ Roses producer Mike Clink working with me. Working with these guys is amazing, I mean how many Grammy awards can you get in one room?”
Bon Jovi namesake Jon Bon Jovi will be teaming up with Avicii, whose hits include “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” for a track on the Swedish electronic dance music DJ/remixer’s forthcoming studio album. Also slated to appear are Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and more.
First seen in Van Halen’s 1981 video for “Unchained,” Eddie Van Halen’s “circles” guitar has since become one of his most requested models. You can now get your own version of this eye-catchingly famous axe…the EVH Stripe Series “Circles” guitar is now available. Check for a dealer near you.
AMC’s upcoming 10-episode documentary series 4th and Loud will follow the trials and tribulations of the inaugural season of the LA Kiss Arena Football League team. The series premieres next Tuesday, August 12 (check listings for time). The series follows team owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (of Kiss), Doc McGhee (Kiss manager) and others. Check out a web-only video focusing on the famous owners here.
Sir Ozzy? An Australian fan started an online petition last year that has swollen to over 21,000 signatures in support of a knighthood for Ozzy Osbourne.
Fan Helen Maidiotis says he deserves the honor “for his significant contribution to the music industry,” as well as his charity work and “all his years entertaining us and helping make a difference to peoples’ lives who have looked up to him for his strong will and determination to get through the many obstacles that he has come across.” Check out Helen’s Twitter account for more info.