This Week’s SHAZAM Winner!!
Congrats to Mike Waddell in Allen Park, MI who listens to 101 WRIF, and is this week’s Shazam contest winner, scoring a House of Hair t-shirt!
Be sure to Shazam the House of Hair Request of the Week when you hear it each week. Whip out your cell phone and open the Shazam app to get info on the song and register to win an official House of Hair t-shirt, too! One winner will be chosen randomly each week.
The House of Hair with Dee Snider Celebrates
1,000 Shows and 20 Years On The Air!
OUR SPECIAL 1,000th SHOW WILL AIR
Our very own Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider celebrates 20 years and 1,000 shows with our national radio show, The House Of Hair, syndicated through Sun Broadcast Group.
LISTEN TO WIN A GIBSON GUITAR, AMP + MORE!
To celebrate, the HOH is giving one lucky winner a GIBSON guitar, complete with amp and accessories. To win you must tune in and turn on the House of Hair — and listen for the SHAZAM to enter.
Since 1997, the HOH has entertained listeners across nearly 200 stations with our handpicked rockers, from AC/DC to Zebra, Aerosmith to XYZ, and every hair band in between.
Dee commented, “When I started doing this show in 1997, grunge still had a death-grip on the airwaves and ‘heavy metal’ was a dirty word. I wondered if anybody would be interested in listening to a bunch of ‘old hair bands.’ One thousand shows later, and in our 20th year, I guess I didn’t need to wonder. ‘Hair metal,’ as it’s so dismissively called, is not only the soundtrack of a generation, but the go-to music of whole new generations. It seems that The House Of Hair and the bands and songs it represents brings back one very important, but sadly missing element to the music scene…F-U-N! If it ain’t metal…IT’S CRAP!”
Added Sun Broadcast Group SVP/Programming & Affiliate Relations Ron Rivlin, “We are thrilled to celebrate the 1,000th show. The House of Hair will rule for another thousand shows!”
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Hopes for Grammy Win
Mustaine spoke recently about Megadeth’s nomination for a 2017 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” for the title track of “Dystopia”. The band is hoping to win its first Grammy at the 59th annual event, which will be held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8:00 PM ET.
“I’m really, really excited,” Mustaine said. “You know, it’s hard, after getting nominated several times, to not become a little bit jaded, ’cause this is our twelfth nomination. It’s great to be nominated — don’t get me wrong; I love it — but it’s also very bittersweet. A lot of people would question, ‘Do I wanna go there again and not get chosen to win?’. I think it’s great to be nominated, even if you don’t win, because you get that recognition from all of your peers, and people get to see it that may not know who you are.”
Mustaine also said: “I do think that it’s kind of a drag sometimes when people win that are so obvious that they weren’t supposed to win. There have been some times over the years — not just the ones that I was in, but some other ones — where the bands won and they had nothing to do with metal. I think the most famous one was the Jethro Tull one,” referring to the time in 1989 when Metallica lost the “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Recording” Grammy to prog rocker Tull.
Judge Denies Bobby Blotzer Appeal in Ratt Trademark Infringement Case
It looks like drummer Bobby Blotzer has lost his ongoing battle over use of the Ratt name. On February 3, Blotzer was denied his request for reconsideration after the court ruled against him in a case concerning whether Juan Croucier had violated trademark infringement while touring with reference to the Ratt name.
According to Leagle.com, in a new ruling, the judge ruled that WBS, Inc. [Blotzer] did not have ownership in Ratt’s marks and that the brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original Ratt agreement [including Croucier].
Upon the original ruling last November Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier expelled Blotzer from their proposed plans to reunite, stating that Blotzer could only refer to himself as a “former member of Ratt.”
No comment yet by Blotzer on how he’ll rename his band.
Ratt Planning “Brilliant” Follow-Up To Infestation
Meanwhile, Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy clearly is ready to rock on. He was recently interviewed on the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast, and talked about plans to follow up 2010’s Infestation album.
Said Pearcy, “‘Infestation’ wasn’t brilliant. It was good. We didn’t hit our mark, and Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and I know that — because Juan [Croucier, bass] wasn’t involved. This next thing we do, it’s gonna be the same schematic I used with [my new solo album] Smash: time and effort. Something that we really didn’t have a lot of back in the day, because it was, like, go on the road for two hundred dates, and then you have a few months off, and you’re in the studio for three months, and then you’ve got a month off, and then you’re on the road. And this time it’s gonna be different.
We wanna do something special. We want it to be brilliant, and we’re gonna take the time and effort to do it. We just don’t wanna go out there and… I mean, of course, we’re gonna go out there and play the hits and do what we do, but at the end of the year, we wanna start on the record. It’s part of the plan of us getting together in the first place — the three of us [me, Warren and Juan] — and going through the mess that we did to protect this entity, and to step up and finally say, ‘Okay, this is big-rock time. This is ‘stop the bullshit,’ all this nonsense that’s going on.’ So, you know, expect the best… I mean, expect hopefully more than the best when it comes down to a new Ratt record, because it’d better be a hundred times better than Smash.”
Steven Tyler Auctions His Super Car For Charity
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler auctioned off his black 2012 Hennessey Venom GT for Janie’s Fund, his charity with partner Youth Village that helps abused girls. The car brought in a high bid of $800,000.
“We raised enough tonight to provide 20,000 days of therapeutic support to abused girls across America,” Tyler said in a statement. “I want to thank Barrett-Jackson Auction and the thousands of my fans who have been drawn to this cause this year. As a father to three daughters, a son, and now a grandfather, it broke my heart to learn that each year in America alone, 700,000 children are victims of serious abuse or neglect, and 68,000 will be sexually abused. Together through Janie’s Fund, we’re helping girls rebuild their lives and overcome the trauma they experienced.”
Metallica to Perform with Lady Gaga at Grammy Awards
Pop superstar Lady Gaga will perform with Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards. It’s unclear which song Metallica will play at the event, which will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
Metallica previously promised “something very unique and special” for its performance at this year’s Grammy Awards, where the band is up for a Grammy in the “Best Rock Song” category for “Hardwired”, from their latest album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.
Lady Gaga is a regular performer at the Grammys; she appeared last year to pay tribute to David Bowie. Metallica was last on the show in 2014, when they performed the song “One” with the classical pianist Lang Lang.
Metallica Postpone Copenhagen Show Due to James Hetfield’s Health
In more Metallica news, after the band struggled through a performance last Friday in Copenhagen in which James Hetfield even asked the crowd if he could stop early after admitting he didn’t “sound good,” they postponed their February 5 gig there to allow the ailing Hetfield to recover.
The band posted on their Facebook page, “We’re very disappointed to have to share with you that unfortunately as Saturday has progressed, James’ health, and specifically his throat, is not improving and he is under strict doctor’s orders to not sing one single note. So sadly we have to report that we will be postponing tomorrow’s show at the Royal Arena until Sept 2, 2017.”
The band will honor tickets for the postponed show when they return in September.
Anthrax’ Scott Ian Inspired by Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Appearance
In more Lady Gaga does Metal news, following her epic halftime show at the Super Bowl this past weekend, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian tweeted, “Let’s make a metal record.”
No word yet if Lady Gaga, who’s made it clear she’s a metal fan with a preference for Iron Maiden, has taken Ian up on the offer.
Metal Mike Chlasiak Announces Metal for Life Online Guitar Program
Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, ex-Testament, ex-Sebastian Bach) has announced a new guitar program teaching heavy metal guitar which includes exclusive videos twice a week, and a Monday Motivation message.
Metal Mike says, “Guitar playing is a funny thing. I should know as I dedicated 32 years of my life to it so far. Hundreds of thousands of players (sound crazy, but it’s true) saw my online videos and they e-mail me saying ‘Metal Mike, your video really helped me with a technique or with writing riffs,’ or, ‘What do you use to get that guitar tone?’ I love getting these e-mails and I reply to everyone. But, I also know that jumping around the internet looking at a video here and a video there with no rhyme or reason or asking me an isolated question robs these players of true results. Or, if the results come, it is through a very slow process.”
Stryper To Record New Album In October
Veteran rockers Stryper will enter the studio in October to begin recording the follow up to their 2015 album “Fallen” for a tentative March/April 2018 release.
Stryper bassist Tim Gaines is going through a divorce, forcing the band to take a hiatus and possibly consider a future without him. “As far as I know, [Tim is] looking like he’s on his way to making all of that stuff in his life correct and fixed, and then we’ll see where he stands after he’s all done with that, and I know he wants to keep touring,” guitarist Oz Fox told The Vinyl Mishappenings.
Michael Sweet told WSOU that Stryper has “no plans of stopping,” despite the latest setback. He explained: “I mean, we had considered it and thought, well, maybe we should, but then we realized, well, that’s just not fair to us, that’s not fair to the fans. So we’re gonna continue on for sure.”
Chickenfoot Release New Song “Devine Termination” From Upcoming Best + Live Compilation
“Divine Termination” is the first new tune in five years from Chickenfoot. Best + Live, the group’s first ever best of collection, is due out on March 10.
All Metal Cover of Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive” Gains Traction
Check out this hilarious cover by Tragedy, an all-metal Bee Gees tribute band. Talk about a “niche” metal band!
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“I had a great time last year doing the couple shows that I got to do with them [Guns N’ Roses] … If it was going be just the five original guys with [Izzy] and Axl, Slash, and Duff and myself, then yes I will, but otherwise, it’s not the magic and it’s not fair to the fans. Me and [Izzy] actually really do wanna be a part of it.
“All I know is that the gods of rock are pissed!” Adler stated. “I think I am afraid rock ‘n’ roll might be dead. There are just no great bands out there. The last great band that I know of was the Foo Fighters, and that was 25 years ago.”
~ Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler on a Reddit AMA