This Week’s SHAZAM Winner!!
Congrats to Tina Spires in Bloomfield, IN who listens to Q95 – WFBQ, and is this week’s Shazam contest winner, scoring a House of Hair t-shirt!
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Congrats again to our Grand Prize Winner of our Eddie Ojeda’s Twisted Hot Sauces PLUS A Custom Autographed D’Angelico Guitar Contest!
Cary Patza in Sturgeon Bay, WI who listens to WAPL 105.7 The Rockin’ Apple got the 3 Hot Sauces PLUS the custom D’Angelico EX-SD guitar autographed by Eddie and Dee, valued at $2,049!
”I got the guitar today and it’s awesome luv it! If it ain’t metal, it’s crap!!”
~ Cary Patza
Axl Rose Reportedly Settles Lawsuit With Ex Guns N’ Roses Keyboardist
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has reportedly settled a lawsuit that was brought by the band’s former keyboardist Chris Pitman over alleged unpaid wages. The case made headlines in September, with TMZ reporting that Rose signed a promissory note to Pitman in 2011 stating that he would pay the multi-instrumentalist $125,000 for a year’s worth of work by October of 2012, and that the bill had not been paid.
According to TMZ, the case has been dismissed after the pair reached an agreement earlier this month. While the terms are confidential, sources indicate Rose paid less than the requested $163,000 Pitman sought for the balance due plus interest.
Pitman joined Guns N’ Roses in 1998 and appeared on 2008’s Chinese Democracy; he was on board until earlier this year when he was replaced by keyboardist Melissa Reese in the “Not In This Lifetime” world tour reunion lineup.
Pitman currently fronts the alternative rock band SexTapes.
Nikki Sixx: “No Chance” of Another Mötley Crüe Record
When pressed about Mötley Crüe’s future by Team Rock, said, “No chance of another record [with Mötley Crüe]. I want to just leave it intact. I see no reason. We couldn’t be creative as a band, so how the hell can we continue? But I’m glad the way it finished — we did it all, we did what we said we were going to do, and now I’m excited about the future.”
Sixx says as soon as Mötley Crüe played their final show, he was ready to move. He adds, “It doesn’t mean I don’t love the band, it just means that I’ve already said my goodbyes.”
“The last thing we wanna do is live off old glories,” Sixx says. “For me, the carcass of Mötley Crüe is dead. It’s lying in the field, the flesh is rotting and I don’t wanna feed off that. I invite Mötley Crüe fans in to Sixx:A.M. but I’m not gonna poach them. Our new fans, they know about Mötley, but it’s not their band, and that’s okay.”
Rock Hall Extends Fan Vote, Journey Maintain Lead Over ELO, Yes
Fans who want to have their say in the next round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have an extra few days to cast their ballots. Originally scheduled to close on December 5, the online fan poll is now staying open through December 15. The extension was announced alongside the posting of a massive cache of votes uncovered through an internal audit that increased the total number of ballots cast by roughly 575,000.
Adding more votes didn’t change the current trend: the first-place spot continues to be held by Journey, who maintain an edge over ELO and Yes for the lead.
The members of Journey have taken active advantage of their social media presence to campaign for fan votes. “The fans are stoked. They’re very, very excited and they’ve been very supportive,” keyboardist Jonathan Cain explained. “I think a lot of fans don’t realize they can vote, and that’s why we’re trying to encourage it.”
Deep Purple, R.E.M., Prince, Bowie Songs Among 2017 GRAMMY Hall of Fame Inductees
On the list of the 2017 class of essential songs and albums is Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” For a song to be eligible it must be at least 25 years old. The new class of 25 inductees brings the GRAMMY Hall of Fame total to 1,038 recordings.
Joining Deep Purple in the 2017 class are songs by David Bowie “Changes”, Prince “Sign O’ the Times”, R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”, Rod Stewart “Maggie May” and Sony & Cher “I Got You Babe” and more.
Halestorm Cover AC/DC’s Christmas Song “Mistress for Christmas”
Halestorm said of the new release, “Hey freaks, is it too early to be saying ‘Happy Holidays?’ Regardless if it is or not, we’re jumping into the holiday spirit today with the release of a cover of the always excellent AC/DC!
“Check out our version of Mistress For Christmas and start spreading the holiday cheer to your friends and family.”
Phil Rudd Releases “Head Job” Official Teaser Video
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is sharing a preview of a new video for the title track to his recently re-released solo album, Head Job. European Tour 2017 dates coming soon.
Sebastian Bach Announces Book Tour Dates
Sebastian Bach will launch a 10-date book-signing tour to launch his autobiography, “18 And Life On Skid Row”, starting in Huntington, NY on December 5, with appearances scheduled through December 17 in Las Vegas, NV.
Originally set for a January release, the book is now due out December 6. It is billed as an “uncensored, unfiltered memoir” of the former Skid Row frontman’s story of his life and times.
“Pushing the book gives us the opportunity to really finish it properly,” said Bach months ago. “The publishers asked me for 30 pictures. I gave them 150. There are easy ways to do memoirs, simple ways to do biographies. What separates these books is the archival content. “18 And Life On Skid Row” could also be called the Skid Row Archives. I am giving you my personal collection, photos, & documents none of you have ever seen. A lot of them.”
Metallica Score Best Selling Rock Album
Metallica’s new album Hardwired … To Self-Destruct not only debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. charts it has also scored the most first week sales for any rock album release in the last two and half years. According to Billboard, “The Set debuts atpo the list with 291,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending November 24, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sume 282,000 were in traditional album sales. Hardwired’s start is the third-largest debut of 2016 – both in terms of overall units and traditional album sales – behind only the arrivals of Drake’s Views (852,000 in sales) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (485,000 in sales).
It also tops the charts across the globe including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden.
This was Metallica’s sixth chart topping release in the United States beginning with their blockbuster Black album back in 1991. Their previous effort Death Magnetic sold almost half a million copies upon its release in 2008.
Deep Purple Announce New Album “Infinite” Coming in 2017
Deep Purple’s upcoming 20th album is called Infinite, and is still on track for release sometime in 2017.
The announcement follows bassist Roger Glover’s October video update, in which he promised an imminent release for the new record. “I know a lot of you have been waiting for this new album of ours. Well, it’s nearly there,” he says in the clip, which you can watch below. “We recorded it in Nashville in February, and we’ve been working on it and the mixes were finally done a couple of months ago.”
Their 30-second video announcing the release doesn’t reveal much beyond the album title, check it out here.
New Motörhead hardcover book “Röadkill: Victory Or Die” Due for December Release
December 20 is the release date for the new Motörhead hardcover photo book “Röadkill: Victory Or Die” by Pep Bonet.
The book’s official description reads: “Celebrating Lemmy Kilmister’s 70th birthday along with the 40th anniversary of his band Motörhead, the lavishly illustrated volume presents exciting and intimate behind-the-stage pictures by acclaimed photographer Pep Bonet, who accompanied the band between 2008 and 2011.
“Rock’n’roll celebrities like Slash from Guns N’ Roses and Brian May from Queen provided their contributions to this fascinating documentary. And, last but not least, Motörhead’s brand new 22nd studio album is included with the book.”
Foreigner Release Video For “The Flame Still Burns”
“The Flame Still Burns” is the title track to a 10-inch vinyl EP released on Record Store Day’s Black Friday event November 25, marking the band’s 40th anniversary.
The EP also contains a live version of “Juke Box Hero” and the original recordings of “Feels Like The First Time” and “Long, Long Way From Home” from the group’s 1977 self-titled album debut.
This electric version marks the first time the song has been officially recorded by Foreigner. Guitarist and founding member Mick Jones originally wrote the song for the acclaimed 1998 film Still Crazy, which focuses on the career of a fictional 1970s rock band named Strange Fruit.
Slipknot Making New Album Plans for 2017
Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan says the band will begin writing new material in February of next year. The band have only recently wrapped up touring in support of 2014 album .5: The Gray Chapter – which arrived six years after fourth album All Hope Is Gone. But Crahan is hinting that fans won’t have to wait as long for the sixth album. He tells Rolling Stone he plans to meet up with Slipknot guitarist Jim Root in February 2017 to start writing new music “because we want to write.”
Guns N’ Roses Tease a 2017 North American Tour
There are rumors spreading online that Guns N’ Roses are preparing to announce a 2017 tour in North America after a commercial reported aired over the holiday weekend and billboards were allegedly spotted in Canada.
A TV commercial showing footage from GNR’s Not In This Lifetime tour aired on AT&T’s Game Show Network in the U.S. on Friday, November 25.
Check out the video of the commercial with the words “They’re back for more in 2017.”
Metallica, Soundgarden + Korn to Headline 2017 Rock on the Range
The 11th anniversary of Rock on the Range will take place at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio between May 19 through 21, 2017. The festival will see over 50 bands take the stage, including headliners in Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn.
Speaking about the fest, Korn singer Jonathan Davis said, “Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!”
Pre-sale and layaway tickets are available now at the Rock on the Range website.
KISS Announce 2017 Spring European Arena Tour Dates
KISS are returning to Europe, announcing a series of Arena shows across Europe in May 2017. So far, the band has confirmed shows in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic and the UK.
Aerosmith, Deep Purple to Appear at French Hellfest 2017
French festival Hellfest have announced their 2017 lineup, which includes Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Saxon, W.A.S.P., Steel Panther, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie and Slayer among other heavy metal bands.
The festival takes place in Clisson, France, on June 16, 17 and 18, 2017.
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
Remembering Tony Martel 1926-2016
Tony Martell, a veteran label exec and founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation, which has raised more than $270 million for cancer and AIDS research, passed away Sunday at the age of 90. While he enjoyed a long and successful career — most prominently at CBS Records and Sony Music, where he worked closely with Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Electric Light Orchestra, The O’Jays and many others — there’s no question that his greatest work was with the Foundation, which was founded in 1975 after his son T.J. died at the age of 21, after a battle with leukemia. Read more here.
“Tony Martel was such a sweet man. Maybe he didn’t belong in this business. When no one would take an artist or manager’s call, Tony would always make time, and always did his best to help out talented people, no matter how down on their luck they were. He was so important, but never ‘self-important.’ He was one of the only major record company folks to believe in Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. We loved him so.
“When I [Laguna] was young, Tony’s son died. We started the T.J. Martell Foundation, starting with just the 2 of us, at ABC Dunhill. Most successful record moguls think they are more than they are — but they aren’t curing cancer. TONY WAS CURING CANCER!! He had mammoth success in music, but all that pales next to his accomplishments in making sure T.J. Martell did not die in vain.”
~ With love and respect, Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna / Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
“It saddened me to hear of my friend Tony Martell’s passing. Tony was the only record executive to believe in me when he signed me to Epic Records as a solo artist in 1980. He will be missed.”
~ Ozzy Osbourne