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Rock Icon Leon Russell Dead At 74
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and iconic musician Leon Russell has died at the age of 74.
His widow Jan Bridges released a statement: “We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone’s love and support.”
In 2011, Russell was chosen for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was also honored with an Award for Music Excellence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He wrote Joe Cocker’s “Delta Lady” and in 1969 put together Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, which spawned a documentary film and a hit double album.
As a musician, primarily a pianist, he played on The Beach Boys’ “California Girls” and landmark Pet Sounds album, Jan and Dean’s “Surf City,” the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man.” He also played guitar and bass.
Russell produced and played on recording sessions for Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones and many others. He arranged the Turners’ “River Deep, Mountain High.”
He also recorded hit songs like “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue” and participated in The Concert for Bangladesh. John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison played on his first album, Leon Russell.
Aerosmith Announce “Aero-Vederci Baby!” European Tour
Aerosmith this week announced a mammoth European tour for next year, their ‘farewell’ tour, dubbed “Aero-Vederci Baby!”. Fresh from a run of hugely successful South American shows, Aerosmith will kick off with what may well be the ultimate must see event of 2017.
Joe Perry said: “It’s been 3 years since we have been on tour in Europe and I can speak for my brothers that we can’t wait to get over there and take it up a few notches. Last tour in South America we were running on all cylinders and I can see no reason to let up now.”
Steven Tyler added: “Aerosmith just got done ripping through South America like true ambassadors of rock…The band is unstoppable right now and in Europe, we’re going to keep doing what we do best… Let The Music Do The Talking…Living On The Edge, and living to rock another day.”
As part of the Aero-Vederci Baby! tour, they will also be performing at some of the biggest music festivals in the world including Sweden Rock, France’s Hellfest and the legendary Download Festival in Donington, UK.
Anthrax Announce 2017 UK Tour
Thrashers Anthrax celebrated their 35th anniversary this year and released their new album, For All Kings. In February 2017, the band will kick off their first full UK headline tour in over a decade.
Scott Ian commented: “Finally! We’ve been looking forward to headlining in the UK for so long! We have a killer set planned, new stuff, old faves and deep tracks. You’d better start getting in shape now for the epic war-dance!! See you soon my friends.”
Tour support will be from up and coming British metallers, The Raven Age (which includes Iron Maiden Steve Harris’ son, George Harris).
Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna Performs Anthem At NBA Game
Meanwhile, Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna is keeping busy, performing the U.S. national anthem in Chicago, IL on November 12 prior to the start of a Chicago Bulls home game against the Washington Wizards.
Belladonna’s appearance marked the second time that the rocker delivered the anthem at a pro sporting event in Chicago this fall following a late September gig at Wrigley Field prior to a Chicago Cubs game.
The 2nd Annual Ronnie James Dio “Bowl 4 Ronnie” Bowling Party Raised $36,500 for Cancer Research
The 2nd Annual Bowl 4 Ronnie Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund was held on November 4 in Studio City, California.
It was attended by 300 rockers, bowling enthusiasts and fund supporters. The event, now in its seventh year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research. brought in $36,500.
The evening included a celebrity bowling tournament, a raffle and a special live auction. 100% of the net proceeds from the event will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, which was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010.
For further information on the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, go here.
“The End” as Black Sabbath Say Goodbye at Final USA Gig in San Antonio
About 13,000 heavy metal fans watched heavy metal gods Black Sabbath say goodbye to North America at the AT&T Center in San Antonio this week.
Their 14-song set list included:
“Fairies Wear Boots”
“Into The Void”
“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
“Children Of The Grave”
Following the US shows, Sabbath will head to Mexico and then South America where they’ll wrap up 2016 dates. The last leg of The End tour will start with a January 17 show in Cologne, Germany before the band returns to the UK.
When asked what the secret is to Black Sabbath’s long-lasting appeal, Ozzy replied: “I don’t know, but I am sure glad we have a draw. When we started, we had no idea that we would last five years, let alone 50 years. “We have the luxury of being able to decide when to call it a day. We wanted to leave on a high note.”
Ozzy Osbourne Television Series May Continue; Comments On “The End” of Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne said that he and son Jack may film another season of their History Channel series “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.”
Ozzy told the Houston Press: “I’m looking forward to my bed, spending time with my dog; Rocky, and, of course, my family. I will have a few weeks to rest and then there are talks about filming a second season of Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour with my son, Jack.”
AND MORE ALL ABOUT METALLICA….
Metallica To Play Beijing For First Time Ever in January 2017
Metallica posted on their official website, “It’s officially Hardwired… week and we’re kicking off an extremely exciting, crazy week with the announcement that we will be returning to China and for the first time ever playing in Beijing! As you may know, we’re going to get the new year started right with a trip to Asia and we’re beyond excited to add Beijing to the WorldWired Tour schedule on January 18, 2017 at the Le Sports Center.
Metallica To Stream “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” Release in London
Metallica have confirmed that their Hardwired… To Self-Destruct launch show will be streamed live online from London on Friday November 18.
The band say: “It’s almost here – a new Metallica record! To celebrate we’ll be playing at the very intimate House Of Vans for Fifth Members and lucky winners of the Vans ticket contest.
“We hit the stage at 9pm GMT that night, and we want you to be part of the madness. Grab your favorite beverages and settle in to be part of the festivities by hitting Metallica.com or YouTube.
“If you’re busy, no worries – the entire show will be available on demand in its entirety for seven days after the event. See you there!”
Metallica Announce Special Blackened Friday Event
Metallica will launch their 10th album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct with a special event on November 18 they’re calling Blackened Friday.
Metallica said: “Starting on Thursday, November 17 at 11:59pm, almost 100 stores will stay open at midnight selling Hardwired…To Self-Destruct LPs and CDs. Stores will be stocked with music, prizes and cool stuff including limited edition vinyl slipmats and posters to give away free with purchase.”
A full list of participating stores can be found at Metallica’s website.
Def Leppard Announce New Live Concert Video and Release Song Video for “Let’s Go”
Def Leppard have announced the release of a new live film called “And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit” and they have release a video for the song “Let’s Go”.
Due February 10 via DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and Digital Video, the project captures the band in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on their 2016 summer tour of North America.
“I had this idea that we should film one of the shows from the 2016 tour because apart from the ‘Viva Hysteria’ shows, we hadn’t actually had a live performance filmed since 1988,” says Joe Elliott. “With a new album out that was being so well received, it was just a case of where to do it. From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify. It was a good choice and a great way to document Def Leppard in 2016.”
Def Leppard are giving fans the chance to gain early access to tracks from the package and merchandise via a PledgeMusic campaign and are planning a 2017 tour with dates expected to start in late spring.
Sammy Hagar New “When The Party Started, Vol. 1” Album Due Out This Week
Sammy Hagar will release a new compilation, “This Is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started, Vol 1”, on November 18.
Explains the Red Rocker, “This CD is a collection of what I feel are the best songs I wrote post-Van Halen that mostly didn’t get a lot of mainstream attention. When I left Van Halen, I formed the Wabos as an alternative to the superstar big-time, high-maintenance commercial world I had been living in since I joined Montrose in 1972.
Hagar states. “I played hundreds, maybe thousands, of shows anywhere and everywhere without a set list and built a hard-core following of ‘Redheads’. They were really into what we were doing. The birthday bash in Cabo got to the point where thousands of people were sleeping on the streets to hang out with us, and live the life we were living. These are some of the special songs, and some of the special times in my musical life, that I want to share with you in this special collection.”
Ratt Singer Stephen Pearcy Confirms January Release for his “Smash” Solo Album
Stephen Pearcy, best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum rock band Ratt, has confirmed January 27 as the release date for his fourth original solo album, Smash. Digital pre-orders include an instant download of “I Can’t Take It”.
“It took long enough to finish the new record Smash and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next. Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D’ Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn’t settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We’re very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs,” says Pearcy of the new album.
December Release for Motörhead “Wake The Dead” Box Set Plus Limited Edition “Bad Magic” Picture Disc
The Motörhead Wake The Dead box set is due for release on December 16, along with 2015’s Bad Magic on a limited-edition silver picture disc.
The Wake The Dead collection will contain vinyl copies of their albums The World Is Yours, Aftershock and Bad Magic. They’ll be presented in a special clam-shell box, with the cover highlighting Lemmy’s famous doodles from those album eras.
The box will also include a classic photograph of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee shot by renowned photographer Pep Bonet.
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~ Rockin’ Rowdy Rodney!
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“[My heroes are] People who challenge the status quo. In no particular order: my dad, Steve Jobs, James Hetfield, [painter] Mark Rothko. People who encourage you to be selfless, like [Salesforce CEO] Marc Benioff. People like Ritchie Blackmore who are completely impulsive – you have no idea what’s gonna come out of his mouth or his guitar three minutes from now. [Metallica co-manager] Cliff Burnstein always taught me to think differently and independently and outside the box. He [James Hetfield] is just the coolest musician. He’s put up with my shit for 35 years, so there’s gotta be appreciation in there for that. Sometimes I think he may be underappreciated in terms of just how vast his talent is.”
~ Lars Ulrich of Metallica in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.