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Please help Jason, a long-time Rock.com team member and close friend to all of us.

We urgently need your help! Jason 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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Stevie Nicks On New Retrospective Album

Posted by News on July 29, 2014 at 6:32pm 0 Comments

Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks will be releasing a new solo album, her eighth, on October 7. The album, which will be called 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault, is made up of new recordings of previously unreleased material.

"Most of these songs were written between 1969 and 1987,” said Nicks in a press release. “One was written in 1994 and one in 1995. I included them because they seemed to belong to this special group. Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story…They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you.”

The album, which Nicks co-produced with Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel, will come with Polaroids that the singer has taken during her career. 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault will be released on vinyl on September 29, one week prior to the CD release.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Kirk Hammett Talks Exodus And New Album

Posted by News on July 29, 2014 at 6:29pm 0 Comments

After playing live with his old band Exodus last week, Kirk Hammett has announced that he will be appearing as a special guest on the track "Salt in the Wound" from band's upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out. Hammett played with the trash metal band between 1980 and 1983 before joining Metallica.

"Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me," said Hammett in an interview with Rolling Stone. "Other than the Exodus demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me."

Hammett also talked a bit about the long awaited new Metallica album, and what it might sound like: "Whether the songs will actually sound like ‘Lords of Summer’ or not remains to be seen, because we still have to write them, but that’s the general direction we’re headed in." Metallica has been playing the new track "Lords of Summer" during their By Request tour of Europe this summer.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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New Jimmy Page Merch Items

Posted by News on July 29, 2014 at 6:25pm 0 Comments

It may not help your guitar sound like the Hammer of the Gods, but Jimmy Page has added plenty of new merch items to his website, including coffee mugs (or are they for tea? “Tea For One”… geddit?), shirts, polos and sweatshirts.

Among the new items in the store you’ll find several Lucifer Rising shirts - the 1972 short film Page composed the soundtrack for.

Page has plenty of other items on offer in his store too, including the Death Wish II soundtrack (a heavyweight vinyl package with previously unreleased material, all-new sleeve notes and updated artwork, limited to 1,000 numbered copies) and Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, including the title music and other pieces recorded in the 1970s.

But the crown jewel of Page’s offerings is a fine art photographic print deluxe portfolio box set… oh never mind, all ten copies in existence have already been snapped up at £7,000 each.

Oh well… the individual prints are also available in limited numbers, each hand-signed by Page and photographer Neal Preston.

By Peter Hodgson 

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The Return Of Garth Brooks

Posted by News on July 29, 2014 at 6:17pm 0 Comments

If anyone ever had any doubt that Garth Brooks’ return to recording and touring would be anything less than triumphant, their doubts have been put to rest: Brooks’ ten-show Chicago run sold 180,000 tickets in ten hours.

Chicago seems to be a big Garth Brooks town: that city’s previous Garth Brooks show record was 141,717 tickets for the same venue 17 years ago.

The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will begin September 4, and Brooks has said the tour is likely to continue for three years.

And it seems like Brooks has another record in his sights: his music has never been available digitally before, but that’s about to change when he begins selling his albums directly via his own online store. Currently Brooks is the third biggest-selling artist of all time (behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles).

Who knows what will happen when his back catalog hits the digital airwaves? Or when his new studio album is released around Black Friday. “There’s gonna be a window coming with this digital era for anyone who’s waited for Garth Brooks to go digital to get it all — and at a stupid price,” Brooks said. “It’s a pretty big step. It’s pretty scary. It’s a cool form, and when it’s used right, it can do wonders for the artist. And even better, it can do wonders for the songwriters. When you do it right, we’ll all succeed. So we will be doing our digital the best that we can, the only way that we know how, because we’re the only ones that kind of play our own way.”

By Peter Hodgson 

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Utopia * Redux '92 - Live in Japan (Esoteric Recordings)

Posted by Steve Rosen on July 28, 2014 at 8:36pm 0 Comments

This is Utopia's live album recorded in Japan six years after the band - Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton, keyboardist Roger Powell and drummer John Wilcox - broke up. This is the follow-up to Rundgren's 2nd Wind album, which was a disappointment commercially but was a typically wondrous selection of songs.

Rundgren decided to reunite Utopia for a short tour of Japan and this is the resultant recording. Though the band hadn't performed together for over six years, they are locked in on the 28 songs here spread over two discs. included here are classics like "Love in Action," "One World," "Hiroshima" and others culled from Rundgren's back archives. They even reached back to 1974 for a performance of "The Ikon."

Recorded at the Gotanda Kani Hoken Hall in Tokyo on May 10, 1992, Redux '92 was the result of an invitation to tour in Japan. Todd didn't want to turn down the opportunity and jumped at the chance. The concert was also filmed and though there was talk of a full Utopia reunion, that never happened. "Unfortunately the reunion also showed that too much time had elapsed since we had last been together as a band," Rundgren wrote in the liner notes for the album. "It just didn't seem possible for everyone to be together on the same page in terms of what the band should do musically."

There was no reunion but we do have this remarkable live document. This is an exceptional band trying to hold it together after being apart for so many years. By anyone's standards, the music here is beautifully executed and when you consider the band hadn't played together for nearly seven years, these tracks are all the more remarkable.

This is another excellent reissue from Cherry Red Records. if you're a Rundgren fan and missed this one when it was…

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Ozzy Osbourne Solo Catalog To Arrive As Memoirs Of A Madman

Posted by News on July 25, 2014 at 9:11am 0 Comments

Ozzy Osbourne has released 10 albums as a solo artist, and now, the Black Sabbath vocalist is packaging them all together and releasing them as a proper set. On Oct. 7, Osbourne’s most popular solo material will arrive as Memoirs of a Madman.

Memoirs of a Madman will be available as a single CD, a double-vinyl set and a limited-edition double-vinyl picture disc, each offering 17 tracks, such as “No More Tears,” “Crazy Train” and “Road to Nowhere.” Those desiring a bigger bang may opt for the two-DVD Memoirs of a Madman collection that will feature more than 20 Osbourne music videos, live performances and interviews.

Memoirs of a Madman is available for pre-order now via Amazon. A special, limited-edition fan-bundle package is also for sale through Osbourne’s official website, which includes poster autographed by Osbourne.

Memoirs of a Madman Track List:

"Crazy Train"

"Mr. Crowley"

"Flying High Again"

"Over the Mountain"

"Bark at the Moon"

"The Ultimate Sin"

"Miracle Man"

"No More Tears"

"Mama, I'm Coming Home"

"Road to Nowhere"

"Perry Mason"

"I Just Want You"

"Gets Me Through"

"Dreamer"

"I Don’t Wanna Stop"

"Life Won't Wait"

"Let Me Hear You Scream"

By Anne Erickson 

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Gigmor Hopes To Be A LinkedIn For Musicians

Posted by News on July 25, 2014 at 9:07am 0 Comments

Ever had a tough time finding like-minded musicians for a jam session? David Baird, a former AOL exec and longtime musician, has started a new platform that aims to be a LinkedIn for musicians called Gigmor.

Baird came up with the idea after having no luck finding musicians to play with after moving to Los Angeles. “I wasted too much time answering ads on Craigslist and trading voicemails and emails,” he said in a statement. “Meeting musicians with similar goals and skills was really hard.”

So, Baird founded Gigmor to help bring musicians together. Call it a LinkedIn for musicians, featuring a social network and directory for musicians that matches musicians, bands and fans based on musical compatibility.

“Our mission is to inspire musicians to play more music, whatever their playing level,” Baird said. “The first step in doing that is to connect them with compatible players and bands in their area.”

Baird hopes the site steps into the void left by MySpace. “Our goal is to get musicians jamming and gigging in the real world,” Baird said. “We’ve built the best musician-matching site in the digital world. Now it’s time to connect them offline.”

By Anne Erickson 

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George Harrison Memorial Tree Destroyed By Beetles

Posted by News on July 25, 2014 at 9:04am 0 Comments

In a sad bit of irony, a tree planted in memory of George Harrison has been destroyed by beetles.

The good news is that the befallen pine will soon be replaced by a healthy sapling. As reported by the L.A Times, the original tree was planted in 2004 in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Harrison, who died in 2001, spent his final days in the city and was an avid gardener.

According to city councilman Tom LaBonge, the memorial tree had grown to more than 10 feet by 2013, but the insect infestation proved too much for the pine to handle. A small plaque at the base of the tree reads, “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” The plaque also features a quote from Harrison: “For the forests to be green, each tree must be green.” A date has yet to be set for the replanting.

By Russell Hall 

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Scott Weiland On Velvet Revolver

Posted by News on July 25, 2014 at 8:59am 0 Comments

Scott Weiland seems to have found happiness with his current band, The Wildabouts, but still he feels the door remains open for a possible Velvet Revolver reunion. “There’s always a chance for things,” he said, speaking recently to the Toronto Sun. “I’ve said ‘never’ before and I’ve proved myself wrong. I talk to some guys from Velvet Revolver on and off and we talk about doing certain things--like, whenever’s there an opportunity where we all have time to do something. Maybe not long term but in the short term … but it does come down to schedules. Right now all my time goes into this band, into The Wildabouts. And it’s fun.”

Weiland and The Wildabouts have recorded seven of 12 songs slated to appear on their forthcoming album, scheduled for release in November. The singer describes the album as “like an indie rock ‘n’ roll record that has a garage element to it.” “We’re all friends and we have the same ideals and the same ideas musically, artistically, sonically, how we want things to sound, to be treated,” he added. “[We’re] creating sort of a T-Rex meets Sabbath [vibe] with a little bit of Appalachian feel in between.”

By Russell Hall 

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