AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON!
New Concert Film
This concert film with a 20-song collection captures the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014. Filmed in high definition, the critically acclaimed concert film–which premiered in February with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run–will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. Details about a special pre-sale–with bonus items–of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be available in the coming weeks.
Headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford unleashed supercharged versions of “Love In An Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Mama Kin,” and many more.
Check out the trailer right here.
Riki Rachtman’s World Famous Cathouse Live Does Not Disappoint
Rock fans traveled from around the world and from various parts of the U.S. to be a part of Cathouse Live at Irvine Meadows last Saturday, August 15 in Southern California. The day-long rock festival celebrated Riki Rachtman’s World Famous Cathouse with band performances on two stages, artist signings, VIP Meet and Greets, a vendor village, a chopper motorcycle show, and go-go dancers.
Cathouse Live featured performances from some of the defining rock artists of the ‘80s and ‘90s and concluded with Gilby Clarke’s All-Star Jam featuring Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach, Taime Downe, Nuno Bettencourt, Phil Lewis, Brent Muscat and Chip Z’Nuff.
The lineup also included sets from Extreme, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Faster Pussycat (including an on-stage reunion with some original band members), Stephen Pearcy, Saigon Kick, Gilby Clarke, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Junkyard, Trixter, Autograph, Black ‘N Blue, Tracii Guns, Enuff Z’Nuff, BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Jetboy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff and Little Caesar.
From BuzzChic’s vantage point, the highlight of the evening was Tom Keifer’s set. NEVER has he sounded better – and his band was amazing! It was also especially heart-warming to see all of the KNAC jocks on stage and to see all of the fans wearing the iconic KNAC t-shirts as KNAC was the kickstarter for many of these bands’ careers.
Here’s some of what Sebastian Bach posted on Instagram about his experience playing at Cathouse Live:
“An open letter to Southern California:
I am still on a high from Saturday’s show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. It’s hard for me to put into words what this day meant to all of us. During our show there were moments when all the lighters were lit up, sorry I mean all the cell phones were lit up, because it’s 2015 now. As far as the eye could see. It’s always a breathtaking, beautiful vibe. The first time I played Irvine Meadows was 1989 with Bon Jovi…At the end of the night [at Cathouse Live] we got to shred ‘Deuce’ w Ace Frehley & the rock n’ roll circle was complete. The crowd packed out the place and made us feel so special we cannot thank you enough. We will never forget Saturday!!!! Thanks to John Reese & Riki Rachtman & the bands & crew for throwing the party!! I only hope we can do it again sometime at the Cathouse LIVE!!! Southern California you made our set a night we will never forget!!!”
KNAC jocks onstage at Cathouse Live
Vince Neil says Mötley Crüe could still work together after their Final Tour
The band’s touring career will wrap up on New Year’s Eve at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, but Vince Neil insists they never said they are breaking up.
He tells the Oakland Press: “We’ve never said we were breaking up – we just said we’re not touring anymore. We’re gonna be definitely making more music together for different projects and stuff. But right now we’re really just focused on doing these shows this year and finishing with a bang. It’s not really gonna hit anybody really hard until that last week, when we’re really saying goodbye in Los Angeles.
“Saying goodbye in Tokyo after a couple nights there, it was like, ‘Wow, I’m never gonna be back on this stage doing this with Mötley again.’ There’s a finality there. Or Madison Square Garden, I got a little choked up because I know I’m not gonna play Madison Square Garden with Mötley Crüe again.”
Sammy Hagar Wants a Reality Show Featuring His Family
Out on tour with his band the Circle, Sammy Hagar tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his expanding array of non-musical projects includes a new book and upcoming television show — but that he hasn’t yet found any takers for another TV project he has in mind: A reality series focused on his family.
“The response I got was that there’s no drama,” he laughed regarding the “sizzle reel” he put together for prospective network buyers. “How about that? We’re too happy. It’s disappointing in terms of doing the show, but it was also the biggest compliment I’ve ever had.”
In the meantime, Hagar should find himself in front of plenty of cameras with the pending debut of his Sammy Hagar’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Trip series, which is tentatively set to premiere on AXS TV this fall. September is also scheduled to bring the publication of his latest book, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook.
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Confirmed As Keynote Speaker For India’s Blog Now, Live Forever Conference
Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has been invited to India to speak at Blog Now, Live Forever, “the most disruptive conference on blogging,” in October. Dickinson will deliver his keynote speech on October 31, the first day of the conference in Mumbai.
Organizers state: “Bruce Dickinson inspires millions across the world everyday by doing things that he loves and executing them with panache. 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.”
Jack Russell’s Great White’s First New England Concert Since Fire Canceled Due to Power Failure
The show that was supposed to mark the return of Jack Russell’s Great White to New England never happened. The concert at Party in the Pasture in Mechanic Falls, Maine, was beset by a power outage shortly before the band’s set was about to begin.
The power went out during the middle of Steelheart’s set due to a transformer on a telephone pole across the street blowing out. Steelheart finished with an acoustic set during the outage, and with repairs expected to take more than two hours, Jack Russell’s set was cancelled.
Uriah Heep Announce One-Off Reunion Show with Former Members
Longtime Uriah Heep fans who attend the band’s October 15 performance in Moscow may notice a couple of surprising — and familiar — faces on stage.
According to the official Uriah Heep site, the Moscow gig will find the group welcoming back a pair of former members: Keyboardist and guitarist Ken Hensley, whose tenure lasted from 1969-1980, and drummer Lee Kerslake, who served a pair of stints between 1971-1979 and 1981-2007. It’s billed as a “one-off” and “truly unmissable” event that promises to be “‘Very ‘Eavy, ‘Very ‘Umble.”
Motörhead To Receive Los Angeles City Council Honor
Grammy Award-winning iconic rock band Motörhead will be honored by the Los Angeles City Council on August 26 in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary and the release of the group’s new album, “Bad Magic.” Councilmember José Huizar will conduct the honor, which will take place at the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Motörhead frontman Lemmy has lived in Los Angeles for 25 years. “Home is in here,” he told The Independent, tapping his temple. “Where you live is just a geographical preference. I like it [in L.A.] because the sun shines a lot and you don’t get the cynical f***ing English bitching about everything. I find the Americans quite refreshing. Everybody sneers at the ‘Have a nice day’ thing but it’s a lot nicer than having your change thrown at you.”
Winery Dogs Announce Second Album, Hot Streak
Winery Dogs just announced that they’ve titled their second album, Hot Streak, and it’s due for release the on October 2.
“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” says vocalist Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward.”
The band’s self-produced album will be preceded by the lead single “Oblivion,” which is set to debut on radio on August 25. In addition, the band will be offering a double vinyl edition of the album that’s expected to arrive in early November.
Rush’s Neil Peart Bashes Kiss’ All-Out Marketing Approach
In Rush‘s early years, they opened for a number of major acts, including Kiss.
Rush say everyone got along, up until a point. “We would get high with Ace Frehley in his hotel room and make him laugh,” Geddy Lee tells Rolling Stone Australia, “and they were a really good influence on us in terms of learning to put on a show.”
But Neil Peart disliked Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley‘s approach to marketing their band. “I don’t want to knock them,” he says. “But once I was in a little restaurant in Kansas, and a guy with Kiss Army tattoos kept playing Kiss songs on the jukebox. He believed in a marketing campaign, swallowed it as religion. He was like a convert to Scientology.”
Peart says it went against the kind of musical purism that surrounded him as a youngster. “It’s about being your own hero,” he says. “I set out to never betray the values that a 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man. A compromise is what I can never accept.”
That includes the on-stage rap that seems to surround most rock shows. “We would hear them give the same rap to the audience every night,” Peart says of bands they toured with. “‘This is the greatest rock city in the world, man!’ That was creepy. I despise the cynical dishonesty.”
Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen proved himself a hero in the kitchen as well as the rock stage, when he narrowly beat out Dweezil Zappa to win an episode of Food Network’s Chopped that featured four rock stars.
“You cooked with more finesse, savvy and technique than we see from most professionals,” judge Aarón Sánchez told Hansen at the end of the intense and rock and roll pun-filled hour-long show, which also included competitors Lita Ford and Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda.
The first round found all four rockers using chicken drumsticks, corn tortillas, champagne and jam to create chicken taco dishes as an appetizer. “Instead of a battle of the bands, it ends up being a … battle of the tacos?” said Hansen.
Glenn Danzig is bringing back the “Blackest of the Black” North American Tour in 2015.
Joining Danzig on the 18-date run will be Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain. Danzig is prepping a covers album called Skeletons that’s due this fall. Dates for the tour kick off October 2 in Phoenix and run through the finale in Los Angeles on Halloween.
International film star and musician Johnny Depp joined Gene Simmons, Nuno Bettencourt and Gilby Clarke on stage August 16 at “Music on a Mission” at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood, California. It was part of a charity concert for Mending Kids, an organization that provides corrective surgeries for children all over the world. Fans were able to get in by purchasing general admission tickets that cost $150.
Depp said in a statement that he was “thrilled to be a part of an event that benefits children around the globe.” He added: “Mending Kids is not only changing the lives of these kids, but making a difference in developing countries that are in need of medical care.”
Sweater-loving, God-fearing Simpsons character Ned Flanders is the inspiration for the Phoenix-based metal band Okilly Dokilly.
The group, which bills itself as the world’s only “Nedal” band, not only boasts a distinctive Flanders visual vibe — with each of the five members decked out in the signature green-sweater-and-pink-collared-shirt combo Ned’s sported since The Simpsons debuted in December 1989 — but takes the bulk of its lyrical inspiration from the many cheerfully annoying things he’s said throughout the show’s hundreds of episodes. As the Okilly Dokilly Facebook page puts it, “Most of our songs are direct Ned quotes.”
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“You end up with the metabolism of a hummingbird during this treatment because you’re being cooked from the inside out. But your body’s also trying to heal itself rapidly, and it goes into overdrive. I think that’s one reason why you lose weight. It’s simply because your system is banging away and then eventually it all dropped back down to normal.
“It’s fascinating. Basically, I am my own science project.”
~ Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson speaking about his cancer battle in an interview with Metal Hammer.