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It's The Time Of Year For Giving, Please, Any Amount Will Help Jason With His Cancer Battle!

Posted by News on November 27, 2014 at 9:47am 0 Comments

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Asking for a Random Act of Kindness: Please Open Your Hearts To Jason!

Our Rock.com Team Member Needs At Least $20,000 To Get Well Enough To Have A Transplant That Will Save His Life From Cancer. We Need Your Help Please.

Thank you to those who have already donated to Jason.  We urgently need continued support, especially as the New Year comes around with insurance deductibles.

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 even start chemo and radiation or receive an approved transplant. 

It will cost at least $20,000 for the type of antibiotic treatment Jason must have before being eligible for surgery...for pneumonia, strep throat and mono, (yes he has all 3), which his insurance won't cover.

However, we believe if everyone gives a little we can help him get his life back.

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!

Happy Holidays To Each Of You.

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Steven Tyler To Perform At Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

Posted by News on November 26, 2014 at 3:11pm 0 Comments

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has announced that he will be performing at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway. The Peace Prize is the only Nobel Prize not handed out at the annual ceremony in Alfred Nobel's home country of Sweden.

"I am excited to bring rock’n’roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists," said Tyler in a statement. It is not known if Tyler plans to perform Aerosmith music or a solo composition. The rocker has previously talked about wanting to do a solo album during 2015, so perhaps we will get a taste of some new music from The Demon of Screamin', as Tyler is known among his fans.

The 21st annual Nobel Peace Prize concert takes place on December 11, and aside from Tyler, Queen Latifah is also scheduled to participate in the event.

By Russell Hall 

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Robert Plant Nearly Rejected Drummer John Bonham

Posted by News on November 26, 2014 at 3:04pm 0 Comments

Hard rock history might have turned out differently had Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant followed through on his initial inclination not to hire John Bonham. The singer and drummer first paired up in 1967 in the pre-Zep group, Band of Joy, but Plant says the union almost didn’t happen, due to travel expenses.

Plant recently told Sound Opinions, “I was playing at a ballroom once and [Bonham] came up and said, ‘You’re alright, but you’d be a lot better if I was your drummer.’” “I said, ‘Where do you live?’ He said, ‘Well, I live in Redditch.’ I said, ‘That’s 20 miles from where I live--that’s too far. You’re not good enough.’ But we stole a little bit, nicked stuff from people when they weren’t looking, put the gas in the vehicles and off we went.” Bonham died on September 25, 1980. Robert Plant revived the Band of Joy name in 2010 for a concert tour of North America and Europe.

By Russell Hall 

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“The Albums Are Like Advertisements To Come See Us Play,” Says Perry

Posted by News on November 26, 2014 at 2:59pm 0 Comments


Anyone who’s attended an Aerosmith show knows that’s where the band truly shines.

Turns out Joe Perry feels the same way. “We love being in the studio, but to me it always feels like we’re working on an album so that we can get on the road,” he says.

“I suppose the two are equal, as far as the job description goes, but I’ve always felt each record is like an advertisement for the band, to come and see us play. It used to be a matter of playing each new album, for each tour, but of course that’s changed through the years. Today, for instance, if we don’t play ‘Dream On,’ we may not leave in one piece.”

Perry’s new memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, recently nabbed a Top 10 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Check back soon for a follow-up to our recent interview with the veteran guitarist.

By Russell Hall 

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Kurt Cobain’s Family Supports Authorized HBO Film Documentary

Posted by News on November 26, 2014 at 2:54pm 0 Comments


Kurt Cobain fans have something to look forward to in 2015. Although a premiere date hasn’t been set, the first-ever authorized film documentary about the Nirvana frontman will see release on HBO sometime next year. Titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the film was directed by Oscar-nominee Brett Morgen with cooperation from Cobain’s family. Among the featured material are never-before-seen home movies and previously unheard songs by the late singer. In a prepared statement, Morgen said he was stunned by the amount of material Cobain left behind. “Once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media,” said Morgen. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is on-board as executive producer.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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AC/DC Rocks the Rock

Posted by News on November 24, 2014 at 10:48am 0 Comments

The mighty AC/DC have just released the video for their new track “Rock Or Bust,” the title track of their new album. And it shows AC/DC doing what they do best: kicking butt for a bunch of fans.

Unlike the previous video for the song “Play Ball,” which drew a bit of criticism for its lo-fi green screen vibe, the “Rock Or Bust” video finds Acca Dacca (as we Aussies tend to call ‘em) blasting out the track from a circular stage, surrounded on all sides by screaming fans. Stevie Young is seen riffing out on rhythm guitar as Angus slings his SG. It’s classic AC/DC, and it’s worth listening to the song closely on headphones at least once to hear the interplay between Angus and Stevie (and then when the album is released next week, blast it in the car for maximum effect).

Meanwhile, fans gathered in an Australian town appropriately named The Rock on the weekend to be among the first in the world to listen to the album. According to The Age , thousands of fans gathered at the town’s market braving 40C (104F) heat to hear the record. “It was probably one of the biggest crowds we've seen for a very long time,” Councillor John Paterson said. “Rock or Bust obviously went over very well because of the association with the name of our town ... I can assure you that the song will be a new anthem for our little town here at The Rock.”

How are you going to listen to Rock Or Bust for the first time? Me, I’m probably going to pop on my Motorhead headphones (because they’re great for very, very loud rock) and go for…

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Star-studded Rock Movie ‘The Bridge’ Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted by News on November 24, 2014 at 10:37am 0 Comments

Wanna get in on the ground floor of a feature film featuring Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, The Pixies’ Joey Santiago, Ministry’s Al Jorgensen and Sin Quirin, Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders, Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister and more?

A crowdfunding drive has just kicked off to support the upcoming film The Bridge, and there are some unique perks available.

The Bridge tells the story of a small town musical prodigy who must free himself from the shadows of his past to find the love, hope and friendship that could lead him to the musical expression he never thought possible. I reached out to Elliott for a few words about the project, and during a brief break in recording vocals for the new Def Leppard album, the vocalist was happy to talk.

“I was approached about two years ago,” Elliott said. “Ricky Warwick, who’s a very good friend of mine and is also going to be in the film, he’s a solo artist in his own right and is fronting the Black Star Riders, formerly Thin Lizzy. He phoned me up and he said ‘You want to do a movie?’ And why not, y’know? Should be a bit of a laugh. So he introduced me to [writer/director] Bobby Field. I’ve done a little bit of this kind of stuff in the past but overly spectacular, nothing overly known and nothing overly good, to be fair! This is a totally different vehicle. It’s musicians acting as musicians, so the one thing we can all bring to the table is a certain kind of realism to it.”

Aside from copies of the movie, crowdfunding perks include everything from key chains, shirts, guitar straps, Skype chats, Pixies VIP concert passes, the chance to have a pint with Warwick at his favorite LA pub, attendance at a Ministry rehearsal …even have Joey Santiago rock up to a house anywhere in the USA to cook you and your friends his famous pasta and…

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Gov’t Mule Releasing Pink Floyd Covers Set

Posted by News on November 24, 2014 at 10:27am 0 Comments

Haven’t yet got your Pink Floyd fix from the new mostly-instrumental album The Endless River? Gov’t Mule to the rescue! Warren Haynes and co are releasing an album and DVD featuring a whole bunch of Pink Floyd covers titled Dark Side of the Mule, and they’ve just released a video of the DVD performance of “Money.”

Dark Side of the Mule isn’t just about Pink Floyd covers though: it features 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers recorded during the band’s Halloween 2008 show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA.

Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of live archival releases chosen to highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. No two Gov’t Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. Haynes explains: “Each song on our 2013 album Shout! has its own personality – it sounds like Gov’t Mule but doesn’t sound like anything we’d ever done. These archive releases further that concept. They allow us to highlight some of our influences as well as how far we’ve come since the first album.”

By Peter Hodgson 

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Vince Gill And Lyle Lovett To Tour In 2015

Posted by News on November 24, 2014 at 9:56am 0 Comments

Say you’re a country music fan? Then here’s an upcoming tour for you: Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett on the road in late January. The trek is currently set to hit only four East Coast cities, though, so it’s far from a full-fledged North American run.

Here’s the kicker: In addition to Gill and Lovett sharing the bill, the guys will also share the stage and perform together each night. The tour, as its title “Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Songs and Stories” implies, will also feature some pretty animated anecdotes.

The trek will set off Jan. 27 in Glenside, Penn., and also stop Jan. 29 in Englewood, N.J.; Jan. 29 in Norfolk, Va.; and Jan. 30 in North Charleston, S.C. Never say never, though, and it’s not far-fetched to think this tour could get extended.

For more information, visit www.vincegill.com and www.lylelovett.com.

By Anne Erickson 

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Jeff Beck Live In Tokyo (Eagle Vision/Universal Music Group)

Posted by Steve Rosen on November 22, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Jeff Beck's performance here was recorded and shot on April l9, 2014, at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. This is one of the first of Beck's Far East shows with his then-new band - drummer Jonathan Joseph, guitarist Nicolas Meier and bassist Rhonda Smith - but even this early Japanese date reveals the fluidity and dynamics of the group as they augmented the guitarist's remarkable six-string mastery.

Beck opened the show by pulling out a Telecaster, a guitar he rarely plays in concert. Performing a Telly-based version of "Loaded," he then switched to a white Stratocaster and for nearly two hours proved why he is the greatest guitar player alive today. He pulled out everything from a sublime version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and a devastating version of the classic "Danny Boy" to a jaw-dropping display of slide mastery on "Angel (Footsteps)," astonishing whammy bar techniques on "Where Were You" and simply the most masterful and unique guitar playing ever executed on "'Cause We've Ended As Lovers," "Blue Wind" and many others.

This is Jeff Beck on the big stage and evidence that he is capable of dominating an expanded setting such as the Tokyo Dome City Hall as well as more intimate venues such as he demonstrated on his previous DVDs titled Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's and Rock 'N' Roll Party.

Though guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Edward Van Halen usually rank at the top of the Best Of lists, one viewing of Live In Tokyo will be all you'll need to understand why Geoffrey Arnold Beck is the greatest guitar player of all…

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