This Week’s SHAZAM Winner!!
Congrats to Christopher Huff in Overland Park, KS who listens to KQRC – The Rock 98.9, 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.
Judas Priest Return for Third Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp
The British heavy metal legends are returning for their third camp, “Vol. III – Hell Bent For Hollywood”, this September 14-17 in Los Angeles, CA, continuing the celebration of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp’s 21st anniversary.
Fresh out of the recording studio and before they hit the road for their world tour, this hard and heavy camp features four members of Judas Priest – vocalist Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarist Richie Faulkner and drummer Scott Travis.
The four-day camp is on sale now at at www.rockcamp.com.
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Condemns Closure of Small Music Venues in UK
Bruce Dickinson recently spoke out against the closure of small music venues in the UK due to noise complaints from people living in housing built next to existing clubs.
Dickinson said: “Sadly, that seems to be happening in a lot of places. It’s the gentrification of the city centre, the dodgy hangouts which are really cool which kids like. We [Iron Maiden] wouldn’t have been able to start out if there hadn’t been venues like that. The good thing is you don’t need a lot to have a place where you can have a racket and have people turn up.”
He added: “Small venues are indispensable to bands… always have been and always will be. […] These are vital things [small music venues] and the reason why people come to a city centre is to keep it alive. And it’s not just people who want to drink posh lattes, there are other people in the world who have cultural needs and rock and roll is pretty fundamental to people’s lives these days.”
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Isn’t Sure Farewell Tour Is The End
In a recent interview in People magazine, Tyler said he “can’t say for sure” whether Aerosmith’s upcoming farewell tour will in fact mean the end of the band.
“We’ve gone through trying to get a job in a club that we thought was the only way we could pay our rent and having nobody there and asking the owner of the club, ‘Can we please leave? There’s no one here’ and the guy saying no — to being in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and everything in between: rehabs and arguments and children being born and marriages coming and going and ups and downs and different managers and lawsuits and record labels,” he said. “We’ve done so much; one thing we’ve never done is a farewell tour, so you never know — it may wipe the slate clean of some of the problems, things that happen with each other.”
“The band’s been together for 40 years. Can you imagine? There are no marriages together for 40 years where the passion still runs as deep as it did the first 10 years, in my humble opinion … But the passion is still there.”
Metallica’s “Am I Savage?” Official Theme Song For WrestleMania 33
Metallica’s tune “Am I Savage?” will serve as the official theme song for Triple H’s “unsanctioned” match against Seth Rollins Sunday night April 2 at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida.
Metallica previously released an official video for “Am I Savage?”. Check it out here.
Metallica and The Who to Headline Outside Land’s 10th Anniversary Concert
The “world’s original gourmet music festival” takes place August 11-13 at San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park, billed as “bringing together the best music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy from across the region and the world”. Tickets are on sale now exclusively at SFOutsideLands.com.
For its 10th anniversary, the festival lineup includes headliners Bay Area natives Metallica and The Who, along with 68 other bands, including rockers Queens of the Stone Age.
Ex-AC/DC Vocalist Brian Johnson Debuts “Life on the Road” TV Show
Ex-AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson has his own TV show premiering later this month. Brian Johnson’s Life on the Road will show the rock legend interviewing guests like Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and more.
The show will debut on British channel Sky Arts on April 28 with Roger Daltrey as the first interview. Episode two will feature Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. The episode will answer questions like, “How do you deal with fame on the scale that you have achieved? How do you come down after playing a gig in front of thousands (or millions) of fans? What are the routines and rituals that become part of your daily life on the road? How important are the road crew and the management in making sure that the shows run as smoothly as possible or in some cases not?!”
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Sting, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Robert Plant will round out the remaining four shows currently planned. There are no current plans for an American TV release for the show, but we assume it will be available online after its debut.
Iron Maiden Reveal 2017 “Isle of Man TT” UK Tour Shirt
Says the band: “Maintaining the Maiden tradition of having some fun with our tour art, the UK shirt depicts Eddie aboard the ‘Trooperbike’, bombing down the motorway headed for the Isle Of Man TT (Tourist Trophy). Yes, he’s moved on from the old Maiden England chopper and got (stolen!) himself something a bit sportier and faster!
“If you’d like to avoid the queues, carrying a spare shirt or having to get changed in the loos, the new UK shirt is available to pre-order along with selected items from our 2017 tour merchandise range – at the same price as at the shows.” Pre-order yours here.
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is a motorcycle race held annually on the Isle of Man in May or June of each year since the first race in 1907.
Even Disney’s gone metal! Last week, they released Metal Disney, a compilation of heavy metal takes on classic Disney movie tunes by the D-Metal Stars (that’s “D” for Disney) led by vocalist Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), guitarist John Bruno (Obsession), bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Whitesnake) and drummer B.J. Zampa (House of Lords, ex-Obsession, occasional Dokken touring member).
Metal Disney features 10 iconic songs including “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King and more.
“It’s all the stuff that I grew up on,” said Vescera. “You would think the opposite, being hard rock guys or in that kind of field of music, but everybody loves it. It’s crazy.” Explaining how he tried “a million different options” when it came crafting the covers, the singer added, “You think, ‘Aw, it’s a kid’s song,’ but when you get into how they wrote these things, they’re quite incredible and really well written and so it’s just figuring out what exactly is going on and then taking it piece by piece.”
On June 9, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow is scheduled to release the Live In Birmingham 2016 2CD. This is the first release for the audio of the 2016 British show which features performances of “Soldier Of Fortune” and “Burn” that weren’t in the German shows.
The track list also includes “Catch The Rainbow”, “Mistreated”, “Since You Been Gone”, “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Black Night”, “Spotlight Kid”, “Smoke On The Water”, “Stargazer”, “Perfect Strangers” and more!
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“It was really difficult to write,” she said. “I had a couple of different co-authors that I was working with, and they weren’t quite capturing my voice. It didn’t sound like me, and they didn’t picture things like I pictured them. And I thought, ‘This isn’t working, and it’s not true. It’s not right.’ So I’d fire one, and I’d bring in somebody else, and they would do the same thing. They just couldn’t understand; they didn’t see things in the way that I saw things. So I would fire them. I went through different people. And finally I just said, ‘F**k it! I’ve gotta write this myself.’ Because nobody gets it, I guess, because it was such an individual story, coming from someone who had never done this before, really, when you think about it. So I had taken an entire summer. I didn’t take my bathrobe off, and I sat at home and I wrote the entire book by myself, along with a friend who was good on computer. So I would write the story, send it off to her, and she would insert it, and then we would send it off to Harper Collins. So it was good teamwork.”
~ Lita Ford about writing her autobiography, “Lita Ford – Living Like A Runaway”.
Last Week’s Third Dee-Gree
BLACK SABBATH – “Paranoid”
DEF LEPPARD – “Stagefright”
DANGEROUS TOYS – “Scared”