In the spirit of the holiday season, Steel Panther comes through with a soon to be Christmas classic. The Stocking Song, not only helps with the season, it keeps it romantic, too. You can buy it on itunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-stocking-song-single/id945777231
In keeping with the Christmas season, Megadeth has its annual Christmas card contest, with some cool prizes, especially the grand one, which is a call from David Mustaine on Christmas Day. You can get details and eneter here: http://www.megadeth.com/news
Richie Kotzen has released a new song called You. It will be for an album coming out in 2015. But you can hear this one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erpfdFq_6oc
Here is a PSA for you. Bob Dylan is going to do an album of all Frank Sinatra songs next year. Prepare for Sinatra to roll in his grave and the rest of the world to be tortured. I doubt that I will be presently surprised, I’m just surprised he was allowed to ruin those songs.
Monster Energy has announced their line up so far for their Welcome To Rockville, in Jacksonville, FL. I won’t list all the bands but you can watch the trailer and it looks to be awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlWzJp7nV0I
Uriah Heep will be releasing their CD/DVD set called Live At Koko. It will be out on February 20th.
New super group Revolution Saints (who sound a lot like Journey) released their debut song, Turn Back Time. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeZKAVUyKQc
Foreigner released a trailer for their CD/DVD release, The Best Of 4 And More. It’s out now. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_p_5WRmCWc
Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins says the band’s next album will be the end. He stated he is over rock and roll. Did anyone tell him that rock and roll dumped him years ago?
Jeff Beck has a new documentary about him coming out on February 10. It’s called, A Man For All Seasons. Here is the trailer for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIJeoI58b0g
In an odd move, Voivod have released their last album, Target Earth, on cassette. If that interests you, you can by it here: https://tridroid.bandcamp.com/album/target-earth-2
In the Who Cares Department, the band CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revisited), is suing John Fogerty over the name Creedence Clearwater Revival. Yawn! This is an ongoing saga.
Crowbar have announced dates for Europe. You can get them here: http://www.centurymedia.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=15292&IdCompany=3
Black Stone Cherry have released a Christmas song the only way they know how. This is their version of Santa Claus Is Back In Town. You can listen it to here: https://soundcloud.com/roadrunner-usa/black-stone-cherry-santa-claus
Last week’s Rockucation question was: This guitarist in the only musician to be inducted three times, in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He was inducted with two bands and as a solo artist. Who is he and what two bands was he in? The answer comes to us from Chuck Dressler from Warwick, RI. The Answer is Eric Clapton, for the Yardbirds and Cream, as well as himself as a solo artist.
The Rise Above Fest announced its line up. you can check it out here: http://riseabovefest.com/
Judas Priest’s 1984 album Defenders Of The Faith will have its 30th anniversary release on March 9th. It will be remastered and include a DVD and CD bonus called Live At Long Beach California, May 5, 1984.
HIM are re-releasing their early albums in a box set. It comes out on December 23. It’s called Ashes To Lashes, Lust To Dust 1996 – 2003. You can watch the trailer for it with all details here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVKfVu7k2sM&feature=youtu.be
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So I came across this the other day and I didn’t realize they did this at the time. There was a group called Tab The Band, who I saw open for Slash. I liked them, but hadn’t heard from them as of late and it’s because they changed their name to Dead Boots, and you can check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlR6uomYc7o
Former guitarist for Judas Priest, K.K. Downing, has a new fragrance coming out called Metal For Men. You can get a limited edition signed sets here: http://planetrock.backstreetmerch.com
In case you missed it, Iron Butterfly are reuniting and making a new album.
Janes Addiction guitarist has some new products he designed for the company called The Stockroom. The one he is pushing right now is called The Strap. If you dare to venture, you can check it out here: http://www.stockroom.com/New-BDSM-Gear-C394.aspx
Taddy Porter is looking for help with their new album. You can hear them tell you about it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/774169973/taddy-porter-a-rock-and-roll-album
The Moody Blues announced tour dates, you can get them here: http://www.moodybluestoday.com/
Paul McCartney did a song/video for the video game, Destiny. This one is called Hope For The Future. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=163_C5UVU-I
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AC/DC have annouced some Eurpean tour dates and you can get them here: http://www.acdc.com/us/news
Rush fans should be excited. The band is releasing reissues of their 14 albums while they were with Mercury Records. The first one being Fly By Night out on January 27. The band is releasing them as Hi-Def Audio throughout the year.
Joe Bonamassa has made available a free download of his song, Lonesome Christmas, and you can get it here: http://jbonamassa.com/
This week’s Rockucation question is: This singer is the frontman for band, named after the guitarist. They were based out of Boston. His nickname as a DJ was: Woofuh Goofuh. What was his name and which band was it?