The Rolling Stones have signed on for an 18 city tour. They will play in major markets and may do multiple shows at some venues. They are not interested in doing a full-fledged tour. Details are still being worked on. No On Sale dates or prices as of yet. But I am glad to hear that they are at least doing this for their 50th anniversary.
You can hear the new Black Star Riders song: Bound for Glory, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3E_UgRgK9M These guy are the former members of Thin Lizzy and I think you can hear the similarities.
Rock And Roll Heaven/Old Bridge Metal Militia will be hosting a reunion concert to benefit the victimsof Hurricane Sandy. It will feature Twisted Sister, Anvil, The Rods, Raven and Lords Of Mercy. You can get ticket info here for the May 11th show: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/232485-rock-n-roll-heaven-old-freehold/
There will be a new illustrated book coming out about Metallica on November 15 by Author Martin Popoff.
I would like all of you to checkout an artist called Corin Ashley. His music has influences of the Beatles and Badfinger and the like. You can check out his website and see his video here: http://www.corinashley.com/
Anvil will be releasing Hope In Hell on May 28th.
Alter Bridge is planning a box set on May 14th. There aren’t a lot of details on it yet but the general rumor is the first three records and the Live At Wembley Arena. I hope they add some bonus tracks and/or some new music on it.
Fates Warning states that they will be going into the studio in April.
In the case you care dept: Nashville Pussy’s bassist Karen Cuda quit the band. No replacement yet.
Last week’s Rockucation question was: Which one of these rock stars wasn’t part of what has become known as the 27 club of rock stars who died at the age of 27: Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) Jimi Hendrix Janis Joplin Marc Bolan (T.Rex) Pete Ham (Badfinger) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Jim Morrison (The Doors) The answer was provided to us by Judy Baker Adourian of Coventry, RI. The answer is Marc Bolan of T. Rex, he was 29.
The Eagles as reported here are releasing the History Of The Eagles DVD on April 30. They have announced the tour of the same name that starts in July. You can get ticket and venue info here: http://www.eaglesband.com/events
Alice in Chains have announced the release date for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. It will come out on May 14.
The big players for this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival are: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Mastadon. Get more details here for shows near you: http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/
Firehouse’s Bill Leverty is going to make a covers album of classics. The album will be called Drive. No release date yet.
Please, can we stop with everyone doing cover albums!!! Write originals and cover a track, maybe two, but don’t do a whole album. No one wants to see a live show of all covers by an original band and if you do, then there is something out of tune with you. Yes I said it. No one wants to see a band play all covers or a major set of covers when they have great originals. Please tell me you agree. I can’t stand cover albums by an artist. Just to be clear, I don’t mean a band can’t contribute a song to a tribute album that is different. But do not come out with a complete covers album and give me the whole influences speech and expect me to get excited about it. Get your ass in the studio and write some original music and be done with it. Ok, I am done with my rant. Let’s get back to the report.
Lamb Of God has announced tour dates, you can get them here: http://www.lamb-of-god.com/tour
Billboard reports the My Chemical Romance is splitting up. You can read the article here: http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/global/1554330/my-chemical-romance-break-up-time-for-it-to-end Queens of The Stone Age have announced the name and release date of their new record: Like Clockwork, which comes out in June.
You can preview Rod Stewart’s new album of Original music, Time, right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSn8OzBKthQ Elton John has officially released a website, here is the link: http://www.eltonjohn.com/
Check out this free download by the band Aranda for their song Stand. I like it a lot. Listen to it here: https://www.arandamusic.com
This week’s Rockucation question is: Name the band referred to in Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water song off of their album Machine Head.