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Pay It Forward....A Random Act Of Kindness...Can You Help?

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 5:15pm 0 Comments

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Asking for a Random Act of Kindness: Please Give Forward To Jason!

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Jason, a long-time Rock.com team member and close friend to all of us is going without basics - food, monthly medications, and the medical treatments he desperately needs to be well enough to start chemo and radiation.

So please Rock.com members...help support Jason in his fight against pancreatic cancer. You can donate through his fundriser, even $5.00 or $10.00 can help make a difference; and please share this post to spread the word. Thank you!

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Def Leppard Debut Stand-In Guitarist

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

Trixter guitarist Steve Brown has played his first show with Def Leppard as a fill-in for Vivian Campbell, who is undergoing stem cell treatment to fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Brown’s first performance with Def Leppard was the pre-game entertainment at the Oakland Raiders Vs Miami Dolphins game on Sunday. He’ll also play with the band at Santa Ynez, Rancho Mirage and Temecula.

Brown has previously performed with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, including an appearance playing “Pour Some Sugar on Me” with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on bass on Huckabee’s Fox News TV show.

Campbell announced his temporary break from the band with a message on his Facebook page, saying "As many of you know, I've been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I'll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I'm headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas… Unfortunately, this means that I won't be able to perform with the band on the upcoming NFL broadcast on Sept. 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for Oct/Nov.

"While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome. Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down!”

Campbell signed off, “See you all (with hair!) in 2015.”

By Peter Hodgson 

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Iommi Begins Teaching Career

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 4:44pm 0 Comments



Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi has many credits to his name, not least is pretty much inventing metal as we know it. But Iommi has just embarked on his most radical project yet: teacher.
 
Iommi has just begun teaching at Coventry University in the UK. It started when Iommi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts last November for his contributions to music. Then in June he was appointed Visiting Professor of Music.
 
The metal pioneer posted some photos on his Facebook page of his first day at work, meeting with students and signing autographs.
 
“It is a tremendous honor to have Tony here with us as a Visiting Professor,” Department Of Performing Arts head Dr. Sara Reed said. “His huge wealth of experience and musical knowledge is beyond value to our students."

By Peter Hodgson 

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AC/DC Debut “Let's Play Ball” From New Album

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 4:33pm 0 Comments

It's been a busy week for AC/DC. The band have announced a new album, Rock or Bust, for release on 2 December. They're also debuting lead track “Let's Play Ball” as part of TBS’s coverage of MLB’s post-season. You'll be able to hear the full track from 27 September.

In Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, the road sign of “AC/DC Lane” is being replaced – the original from 10 years ago was stolen. The new street signage with twin lightning bolts in the lane-way will be unveiled on October 1 as part of Melbourne's "Love Your Lane-way" campaign.

In sadder news, it seems Malcolm Young – who doesn't play on the forthcoming Rock or Bust – will not be returning to the band at all. The Sydney Morning Herald reports a source close to the Young family as saying Malcolm is now in full-time care, suffering from dementia. The Herald reports:

“The Young family connection said: “If you were in the room with [Malcolm Young] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care."

AC/DC's management have yet to officially comment. Malcolm Young, 61, will be replaced on guitar for AC/DC's 2015 tour by his and Angus Young's nephew Steve Young.

By Michael Leonard 

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The Who Debut New Track “Be Lucky” from “Who Hits 50!”

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

The Who’s first song in eight years will be on a new 50-track compilation to mark 50 years as a band, Who Hits 50!

The new song explicitly references Daft Punk and AC/DC. “Be Lucky” suggests the Australian rockers and the French DJs can both help you achieve your dreams.

“You wanna climb without a safety line/ AC/DC’s gonna be fine,” Roger Daltrey sings over a stripped-down Pete Townshend guitar riff. Elsewhere in the song, he alludes to the commercial appeal of AC/DC. “If you want to want to sell / you’ve got to kiss and tell / And you’ve got to do a cover of Highway to Hell.”

The Who tour in winter 2014, but Roger Daltrey has already said the shows are “the beginning of the [group’s] long goodbye.” Daltrey and Townshend seem to have put plans for a full new album on hold.

Townshend recently said, “I gave Roger three demos of three rough songs and happily he likes them… We may try to make the record in a slightly more basic way than we normally work, although a lot of my writing these days is pretty complicated. It’s more prog rock than pub rock.”

Who Hits 50! is out on 27 October.

By Michael Leonard 

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Dave Davies Says Kinks Reunion Could Happen Next Year

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 4:27pm 0 Comments

Last year Dave Davies put the odds that he and his brother Ray Davies wound mount a Kinks reunion at “50/50.” Alas, no tour was forthcoming, but the guitarist is more optimistic about the chances for 2015. “We have so much great music that goes back so many years,” he said recently, speaking to Rolling Stone. “We both want to do something next year."

Davies comments come on the heels of an apparent misunderstanding between Ray Davies and Mojo magazine. Last month, Mojo quoted the Kinks leader as saying he would reform The Kinks in 2015, with or without Dave. Davies subsequently denied making any such statement, and recently the brothers even spent time together in England, playing music. “It would be a shame if Ray and I didn't do something next year,” Dave Davies continues. “I’m prepared to talk. If Ray’s got some great ideas, let me hear them. I have my own ideas about how it should be presented. But I don’t want it to be a Ray Davies show where he lets his little brother stand in the corner, which he likes to do. It has to be done properly and respectfully.”

By Russell Hall 

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Former KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley Announces Solo Tour

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 4:22pm 0 Comments

Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced a handful of fall 2014 tour dates in support of his new solo album, Space Invader, which arrived in August. The tour will set off on Nov. 13 in New Brunswick, N.J., and continue through a Nov. 26 stop in Glenside, Penn.

Frehley isn’t going out alone. Instead, he’s bringing a collection of seasoned musicians on this tour: rhythm guitarist Richie Scarlet, who toured with Ace back in the 1980s and '90s; bass player Chris Wyse of the Cult; and drummer Scott Coogan.

"I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup," Frehley said in a statement. "Let there be rock!"

While Space Invader is out on CD and digital download formats, a 180-gram vinyl version of the album will drop on Oct. 28, and the vinyl will arrive with a free download of the release.

Ace Frehley 2014 Tour Dates:

11/13 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre

11/14 -- Sugar Loaf, NY, Sugar Loaf PAC

11/15 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre

11/17 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre

11/18 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head

11/20 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount

11/21 -- Uncasville, CT, Wolf Den

11/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Music Box @ Borgata

11/24 -- New York, NY, BB King Blues Club

11/25 -- New York, NY, BB King Blues Club

11/26 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre

By Anne Erickson 

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Eddie Vedder, Jack White, The Black Keys To Honor Bob Dylan

Posted by News on September 29, 2014 at 4:15pm 0 Comments

Bob Dylan has been named the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy, and the musical legend will be given a proper salute this February. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Jack White, the Black Keys, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones and Neil Young are among the big names slated to pay tribute to Dylan at the gala event.

The show, set for Feb. 6, will raise funds for the MusiCares Foundation, which provides programs and services to musicians and music industry people in need.

"In celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, it is most fitting that we are honoring Bob Dylan, whose body of creative work has contributed to America's culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways," Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, and President and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation, said in a statement.

The MusiCares Gala will happen in conjunction with the 57th annual Grammy Awards, the latter which will happen Feb. 8 at L.A.’s Staples Center.

By Anne Erickson 

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Nirvana’s Nevermind Turns 23 Today

Posted by News on September 24, 2014 at 12:02pm 0 Comments

Nirvana’s seminal Nevermind album dropped on Sept. 24, 1991— 23 years ago today. Nobody can predict a new musical movement, and it was more than a surprise when this explosive Seattle band scored of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll albums of all time with Nevermind.

Gibson.com caught up with Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic around the time of the album’s 20th anniversary.

“You know that the time from when the album was released and the tragic way the band ended seems like a decade in itself but it was actually two and a half years,” Novoselic said. “It was an intense time and a lot happened that it feels like the period is longer. Things were never the same after that and the subsequent time was more normal – whatever that means! Suffice it to say I have much better perspective after 20 years than I did after two.”

Now, Novoselic has his own Gibson model, the Krist Novoselic RD Signature Bass .

“I played Gibson Rippers from the 1970s and the RDs of the era also, he said. “There are two things – the solid construction and the scale. With the latter, I have to say that this is a big bass! I am 6’7” tall and these long-scale beasts fit me physically. If you’re chopping wood, sometimes an axe isn’t enough so you have to use the splitting moll – a cross between a sledge and an axe. You’ve got to pound those heavy grunge riffs and you need the weight to do it. At the same time, there’s plenty of fretboard that accommodates the finer runs and fills higher on the neck.”

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Boomtown Rats Back In The U.S.

Posted by News on September 24, 2014 at 11:53am 0 Comments

Irish rockers the Boomtown Rats are set to play their first shows in the US since the eighties. The band is taking the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City on September 26 followed by a show in Boston on September 28.

The Boomtown Rats surprisingly reformed in 2013 after having been inactive since 1986 when they played their last official gig at the Self Aid benefit. The band is made up of original members Bob Geldof, bassist Pete Briquette, drummer Simon Crowe, and Garry Roberts on guitar. Although the group is mostly known for their massive hit “I Don’t Like Mondays,” they actually had twelve Top 40 Hits in the UK between 1979 and 1982.

The two US dates are followed by a big UK tour starting October 18 in Wolverhampton and wrapping up in Exeter on November 9, with another fourteen gigs in between.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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