JANUARY 20th 2015
MASTODON AND CLUTCH ANNOUNCE TOUR
Two of the world's most respected and influential hard rock bands Mastodon and Clutch are proud to announce THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which brings together both bands as they join forces along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business - each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rock will be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year.
 
THE MISSING LINK TOUR kicks off on April 16th in St. Paul, MN. with support provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden's  Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29th for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24th.  Tickets are on sale now.
 
Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch front man Neil Fallon contributed vocals to "Blood And Thunder" (from Mastodon's 2004's Leviathan) so fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show on April 24th in Vancouver, May 10th in Pittsburgh, May 15th in Bethlehem,  May 16th in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour,  May 24th  in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows.  For further info on Mastodon, go to: http://www.mastodonrocks.com/.  For further info on Clutch go to http://www.pro-rock.com
 
Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster had this to say about the tour."We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon. We always enjoy playing live but when we have the opportunity to share the stage with a band as inspiring as Mastodon we know each evening will be that much more special. See ya out there!"
 
Mark your calendars, as THE MISSING LINK TOUR will roll into Denver's prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 3rd, and joins the stellar line up for Atlanta's Shaky Knee's Festival on May 8th.  The New York City show will take over the  celebrated Central Park Summer Stage annual concert series on May 19th.  General tickets on-sale Friday, January 23rd.
 
As previously announced, Mastodon have been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performancefor "High Road," from ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN. This is the band's third Grammy nomination.  The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb 8th. Tune into CBS TV.
 
Revered Maryland rockers Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the 4 original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as "the quintessential American Rock Band". Clutch released their tenth and latest studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.
 
Mastodon's sixth studio album, the universally praised, ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN, entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at the #6 position on June 24, 2014, also their highest chart debut of their career.  ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN has rightfully been placed in many Year End Critics & fan BEST OF 2014 lists including those in Rolling Stone, Revolver, Magnet, Decibel, CMJ and many more. At present Mastodon has remained on the CMJ Loud Rock charts for the 26th week in a row. When OMRTSwas placed No. 8 on Rolling Stone's "Top 20 Metal Albums of 2014" list, they summed up the success of the album stating, "The bold hooks and sharply defined riffs of Mastodon's sixth studio full-length makes it easy to hear this album as their evolution from prog-sludge wizards to straight-ahead hard rockers - but the reality is actually far more, er, complex... Ultimately, the best part of Sun is Mastodon's ability to make hooky and visceral music without sacrificing either their metallic muscle or their innate weirdness."
 
Clutch's Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded "Album of The Year" by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone's "Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year". Rolling Stone further enthused:  "Four Maryland lifers - road dogs who've been grinding since the early Fugazi administration, cranking out  seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs and singer Neil Fallon's nerdy, piss-taking wiseass lyrics - release their hardest rocking set to date. Look for a go-go break (and some clever punning on the phrase "drop the bomb!") on "D.C. Sound Attack!" Inspirational verse: "If you're gonna do it/ do it live on stage/ or don't do it at all."
 
Clutch is currently working on their follow up to Earth Rocker which will be released in 2015.  
 
Do not miss THE MISSING LINK TOUR this spring. Confirmed dates are as follows:
 
 *Mastodon Closes The Evening.  **Clutch Closes The Evening
 
Apr 16              *St. Paul, MN                 Myth
Apr 17             * Winnipeg, MB               The Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr 18              *Saskatoon, SK              O'Brian's Events Center
Apr 19             * Edmonton, AB              Expo Centre
Apr 21             * Calgary, AB                  MacEwan Hall
Apr 23             * Vancouver, BC              Commodore Ballroom
Apr 24              **Vancouver, BC             Commodore Ballroom
Apr 25              *Portland, OR                 Roseland
Apr 26              *Seattle, WA                   Showbox SODO
Apr 28             *Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater
Apr 29              *Los Angeles, CA           Palladium
Apr 30             *Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theater
May 01             *Las Vegas, NV              House of Blues
May 02             *Salt Lake City, UT          The Complex
May 03             *Denver, CO                   Red Rock's Amphitheatre        
May 05             *San Antonio, TX            Kapone's Ballroom
May 06             *Oklahoma City, OK        Diamond Ballroom
May 08             Atlanta, GA                   Shaky Knees Festival
May 09             *Raleigh, NC                   Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
May 10             **Pittsburgh, PA              Stage AE
May 12             *Clive, IA (Des Moines)   7 Flags
May 13             *Milwaukee, WI               Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
May 15             **Bethlehem, PA              Sands Event Center
May 16             **Baltimore, MD               Pier Six Pavilion
May 17             *Boston, MA                  House of Blues
May 19             *New York, NY               Central Park Summerstage
May 20             *Niagara Falls, NY          Rapids Theatre
May 21             *London, ON                  London Music Hall
May 24             **Columbus, OH              LC Pavilion



JANUARY 18th 2015
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME BEGIN NEW ALBUM
Between the Buried and Me have been writing, rehearsing, and compiling ideas for their eighth full length album over the last several months. Finally, they have begun tracking with producer Jamie King in North Carolina. The band's latest release, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, earned the band their highest Billboard Top 200 chart debut of their career at #22, and was widely heralded as one of the best progressive albums of 2012. With album number eight, the band promises to continue to challenge themselves and expand on the elements that makes them one of the finest progressive bands operating today.

Front man Tommy Rogers adds: "I'm very proud to say that we are now recording a brand new BTBAM record. We have really pushed and challenged ourselves more than ever with this material. It is a perfect representation of where we stand as musicians and as people. This is our voice in the current age of music. Evolution is a must. We now enter the coma and we will see you on the other side… hopefully."

The new album is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2015 release via Metal Blade Records. Updates from the studio are being posted across the band's social media sites, as well as the artist's personal profiles. For updates from vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dustie Warring, bassist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson, follow the band online at facebook.com/BTBAMofficial.

JANUARY 15th 2015
KAMELOT SIGN TO NAPALM RECORDS
Symphonic Metal Masters KAMELOT entered the studio in mid 2014 to begin recording their follow-up to the highly acclaimed chart topping album Silverthorn. The new album will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia ) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA-Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band's KAMELOT MUSIC LLC this April/May 2015. In support of this highly anticipated release, KAMELOT will hit the road starting in March for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour this Spring, with special guests Dragonforce (UK). Select Summer Festivals will follow and the band returns to Europe in September/October for their biggest headliner tour to date.
 
"We are extremely excited about having a growing and hungry independent label like Napalm with the power of major distribution that we will get with Universal and ADA Warner." states KAMELOT founder and guitarist Thomas Youngblood
 
Thomas Caser, Vice President of Napalm Records: "Being a fan since the band's Epica release it has always been a dream for me to work with KAMELOT! Finally this dream has come true and we at Napalm Records are delighted and honoured to announce this signing. I foresee a bright future and we will spare no effort to bring the band to where they deserve to be - the top! Watch out for the band's monumental new album this spring and witness KAMELOT & Napalm Records conquering the world in 2015!"
 
KAMELOT have held their own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005), are prime examples of KAMELOT's multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality. Their last effort Silverthorn, saw the band raise this demanding standard even higher, because thealbum stands the test of time as a truemasterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres, showcasing KAMELOT at their finest.
 
Catch KAMELOT live on their upcoming live shows:
 
12.03.2015 IRL - Dublin / Button Factory
13.03.2015 UK  -  Pwllheli / HammerFest VII Festival
14.03.2015 UK  -  London / O2 Academy Islington
25.04.2015 MX - Mexico D.F. / José Cuervo Salón
09.07.2015 CZ  -  Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival
 
KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:
4/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/2: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
5/3: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
5/5: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/6: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
5/7: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
5/9: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
5/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
5/11: Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall
5/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo's
5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater
5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live
5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues


JANUARY 14th 2015
SEPTEMBER MOURNING RELEASE NEW SINGLE
The Dark Alternative, Hard Rock Transmedia Project September Mourning have released their new single "Children Of Fate" from their upcoming album due out this Spring. The album, which was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance), will be released alongside other forms of media containing the story of the characters portrayed in the band. One of which, is a comic book released through Top Cow Comics and developed by September (Vocalist & Founder) and Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri.

September Mourning carries positive passions into its music, which is often operatic, but also completely rock ‘n’ roll in all its majestic glory. The album is full of themes that run the gamut, from “Skin and Bones,” which takes on people who would judge you on appearances, and “Chariot,” about those who allow themselves to be consumed by somebody else, to “Paper Dolls,” lambasting a guy “who rips people’s hearts out without regret” and “Before The Fall,” a song that accentuates our common humanity. “When we bleed/We bleed the same,” sings September. September describes “Children of Fate” as a “call to arms for her fans, our families,” which she turned into a 6/8 waltz, “but heavy, eerie and strange, to give it this weird feeling.
Having toured with Marilyn Manson, September Mourning has already built up an impressive fan base, which she calls her “Children of Fate,” constantly encouraging them to have “the courage to embrace their passion… to allow yourself to follow your heart and not be a slave to your fears. To know that the only boundaries that exist in our lives are the ones we allow.”

September Mourning "Children Of Fate" Audio Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-QQFuydADw



JANUARY 13th 2015
PAIN OF SALVATION RELEASE NEW ALBUM
IN NORTH AMERICA
Swedish prog innovators Pain of Salvation release their Falling Home acoustic album today in North America. The album is available as a jewel case CD and digital download.
 
Falling Home is a very special album, containing re-imagined versions of favorite PoS songs, two covers versions (Dio's "Holy Diver" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day"), and a brand-new song (the title track, "Falling Home").
 
The track list for the album is as follows:
Stress
Linoleum
To the Shoreline
Holy Diver
1979
She Likes to Hide (physical-only bonus)
Chain Sling
Perfect Day
Spitfall
Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
Flame to the Moth
King of Loss (physical-only bonus)
Falling Home


Their video for the track, "1979", can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiZh2fh_1Rk



JANUARY 10th 2015
NAPALM DEATH RELEASE NEW SONG ONLINE
In the light of the upcoming release date for their newest, 15th studio album "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America via Century Media Records, UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are now launching a second promotional track online.
 
Check out the song "How The Years Condemn" via the websites of Stereogum for North America and Metal Hammer (Germany) for Europe here:
 
http://smarturl.it/howtheyearscondemnND
 
NAPALM DEATH's bassist Shane Embury checked in with the following comment about the song he wrote:
 
"Musically I wanted this track to encompass lots of different rhythms and nuances in the short space of time which the song occupies, which I hope we achieve, and that it bursts with an intensity and emotion to match the theme of the lyrics!
 
Lyrically it's a departure from the rest of the new album as its self-reflective - a couple of years ago I was hospitalized prior to a very important tour and was forced to miss out on going and had to stay at home. More importantly I realized in the time I was in hospital that  I really had to make a choice which was either to carry on down the same path of selfish destruction as I had seen some of my friends embark on or stay around for the people I loved and who loved me!
 
Yes, it's a familiar story, no doubt. but it was an awakening for me which I very much needed and shortly after I was blessed with the birth of my daughter so I am glad I made the right decision...
 
We are not invincible - Nor are we indestructible. There are choices - points of return..."
 
 
The track listing for the standard edition of "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" reads as follows:
 
1. Apex Predator - Easy Meat
2. Smash A Single Digit

3. Metaphorically Screw You
4. How The Years Condemn
5. Stubborn Stains                                                            
6. Timeless Flogging
7. Dear Slum Landlord...
8. Cesspits
9. Bloodless Coup

10. Beyond The Pale
11. Stunt Your Growth
12. Hierarchies

13. One-Eyed
14. Adversarial / Copulating Snakes

JANUARY 6th 2015
CAROLINA REBELLION ANNOUNCE LINEUP
A spectacular lineup including some of the biggest names in rock has been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, May 2 & 3, 2015 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway just outside Charlotte, NC.

The mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival will feature performances from Slipknot, Korn (marking a highly-anticipated return to Carolina Rebellion after their on-stage reunion with band-member Head in 2012), Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle (Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson), Breaking Benjamin, Bush, and many more top rock bands. (See below for daily band lineup.)

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are very excited to be headlining Rebellion this year! We're honored to be playing in the company of Cheap Trick, one of my all time favorites, as well as playing with such good friends like Korn, Halestorm and Slayer!”

"Three years ago, we reunited with our brother Head on stage at Carolina Rebellion. Since then, we made a new album and toured the world together. And now we're back to perform our first album in its entirety.  Rebellion is going to be a really special show for us," says Jonathan Davis of Korn.

“Playing with a band like The Circle, we’ve got a set list made in Rock N’ Roll Heaven and a band from Rock N’ Roll Hell,” says Sammy Hagar. “The only missing link is tens of thousands of rocking fans…HELLO CAROLINA!”
“For the 5th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, we wanted to acknowledge not only the best in current rock with the likes of Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin and more, but also celebrate some great iconic rock bands like Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Cheap Trick, Slayer and others to give the Rebels the widest range of Rock N’
Roll possible,” says Co-Executive Producer Gary Spivack of RockHouse Presents. “Rebellion is truly the Carolinas’ biggest music party of the year!”

Based on the festival’s success in 2014--with over 60,000 fans in attendance and camping and VIP packages sold out--the 2015 Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion concert site will be expanded and will feature a fourth stage for band performances.

Monster Energy returns as the festival’s title sponsor and will be on site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and offering Monster Energy Drink samples.
The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows:

Saturday, May 2
Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Chevelle, Cheap Trick, Papa Roach, Bush, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Jackyl, Of Mice & Men, Live, Motionless In White, Periphery, Beartooth, Young Guns, Marmozets, Islander and more

Sunday, May 3
Slipknot, Godsmack, Slayer, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, In Flames, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Hatebreed, Starset, Butcher Babies, We Are Harlot, Exodus and more

A ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is underway now until Friday, January 16 at 11:59 AM ET. The pre-sale offers a limited number of tickets for the following early bird pre-sale prices (plus fees):
 
Weekend General Admission Ticket: $99
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $299
Single Day General Admission Ticket: $59.50
 
Ticket prices will go up at the public on-sale on Friday, January 16 at noon.  Concertgoers are encouraged to buy early to save, as ticket prices will continue to increase in the coming months.
A VIP Lounge Upgrade is also available for $110 to those that purchase Weekend General Admission tickets during the pre-sale and general on-sale. Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2015 layaway packages--new for 2015--are available for purchase through January 31. A limited number of discounted tickets are also now available for active military through our friends at GovX.

Hotel and Camping Packages are available now, and prices remain the same during the pre-sale and general on-sale. All Hotel Packages are for three nights and are available for 2 or 4 people. Each package includes access to the Friday Night Campground Party in the campgrounds. Camping is open from Noon on Friday, May 1 through Noon on Monday, May 4. Camping Upgrades include access to the Friday Night Campground Party. Camping Packages also include a $25 merchandise voucher, access to VIP Lounge, festival poster, and access to the Friday Night Campground Party.

For full details and to purchase tickets, Hotel, and Camping Packages, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com.
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, Zippo Encore and more to be announced.
 
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents, and RockHouse Presents, and is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series. The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

For more information on Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, visit:

Website: www.CarolinaRebellion.com





JANUARY 6th 2015
NAMM JAM 2015 HEADLINER ANNOUNCED




NAMMJAM 2015 will continue its legacy as the "go-to event" on the Friday night of the annual NAMM SHOW,the biggest worldwide convention for the music instrument industry. Now in its 6th year, the Friday Night NAMM JAM is considered by NAMM SHOW attendees as "the hottest ticket at NAMM". This invitation-only party will be held on FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015 beginning at 6 pm at the fabulous GROVE OF ANAHEIM.

Presented by DELVE TEXAS and sponsored by EPIPHONE GUITARS, MONSTER ENERGY, AFFLICTION, FX GROUP, NEWTEK, GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE, SIT STRINGS, KRAMER GUITARS, BAND GEAR and GOTHAM STANDS, NAMMJAM 2015 will be a rocking evening of music, fashion and camaraderie.
Performances at NAMMJAM 2015 will include...
·  STEEL PANTHER -  the American glam metal band who's profane, funny and all rock-n-roll
    satirical send-up has made them legends in their own time.

·  HARDCORE SUPERSTAR - the Swedish sleaze rockers have been together since 1997
    with three #1 hits on the Sweden  music charts. This will be their first U.S. performance
    in ten years!

·  OTHERWISE  - blending plaintive post-grunge and driving, alternative hard rock, the
    Las Vegas quintet have three hit singles.  

·  NICK COLIONNE - combining jazz, R & B, blues and funk, his unmistakable sound and
    vibe is instantly recognizable as he takes the guitar to unexpected places.  
·  AFFLICTION FASHION SHOW BY JONNY COFFIN  - highlighting America's premier,
    rock-n-roll lifestyle clothing brand, AFFLICTION, this high-energy fashion show is always
    an eye-catching treat.


NAMMJAM 2015 will also have a charitable element with a silent auction benefitting the HOUSE OF BLUES MUSIC FORWARD FOUNDATION featuring autographed EPIPHONE GUITARS and other memorabilia donated by music industry notables.
NAMM SHOW attendees who would like an opportunity to attend NAMMJAM 2015 should visit the EPIPHONE GUITARS booth #300 B (3rd Floor) or the DELVE TEXAS/GOTHAM STANDS booth #4130, by 2 pm on Friday, January 23rd.
DELVE TEXAS is a live action and experiential marketing, creative content and product development company headquartered in Austin, TX.  A NAMM member, DELVE TEXAS is a music industry service provider. www.DelveTexas.com

NAMMJAM 2015 is a DELVE TEXAS production, all rights reserved. This is not an
event sanctioned by the National Association of Musical Merchandisers ("NAMM").

JANUARY 6th 2015
RHANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED ANNOUNCE ARTISTS FOR NAMM WEEKEND EVENT

On Friday January 23rd, 2015 the madness continues with Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration of a Guitar Legend! RRR salutes Rhoads, the brilliant, original Ozzy Osbourne guitarist. Show creator Brian Tichy and partner Joe Sutton conceived this event in 2013 after agreeing years before that Randy Rhoads deserved fresh recognition for his musical impact. They are both huge fans of Rhoads. Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne in 2000. On top of the best guitar players in the world rocking their favorite Rhoads’ songs, Randy’s brother Kelle Rhoads performs and both his sister Kathy and he share their stories making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved!



On top of the already stellar lineup, RRR proudly announces the following newly added artists to the January 23rd show: Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill/ MOTH) Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels) Mitch Perry (MSG / Edgar Winter) Monte Pittman (Madonna) Jeff Watson (Night Ranger) Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill) Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson / Tribe of Gypsies). RRR will be hosted by Rock n’ Roll Comedian Dean Delray, Bonzo Bash Producer Joe Sutton and show creator Brian Tichy.

Producers Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton have been creating unique celebration concerts since 2010, and have now combined them all. Dubbed “California Music Fest: 3 Days of Music & Madness,” this festival coincides with NAMM January 22, 23 & 24, 2015. In addition to RRR, it also includes Bonzo Bash 2015 NAMM JAMM on Thursday, Jan 22nd, and Entwistle/ Moon: The Ox & The Loon on Saturday, Jan 24th.

Randy Rhoads Remembered was the second celebration event produced by Tichy & Sutton, with the first one selling out and taking place during NAMM weekend 2014. With 11 Bonzo Bashes, 6 RRR’s, and 1 Entwistle/Moon later, they have taken RRR to both coasts receiving nothing but rave reviews. The upcoming RRR during California Music Fest 2015 is sure to be the mightiest one yet! The show highlights the industry’s top guitarists playing every song from the iconic Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman records and then some! TIchy says, “I can’t wait for RRR, Bonzo Bash and Entwistle/Moon to happen! These shows are so unique and high-spirited! I get to play drums all night at RRR with so many amazing players on records I learned from as a kid! To me, there’s no cooler place to be than at these mighty events! I feel like a wildebeest that’s made it across a croc-infested river onto fresh grassland; heartily content!”

The following artists have been confirmed as participants in Randy Rhoads Remembered:

GUITARISTS:

Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake / Night Ranger)
Nik Kai (Kemical Kill)
Kiko Louriero (Angra)
Marzi Montazeri (Philip H. Alselmo & The Illegals / Marzi Montazeri’s Heavy As Texas)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob)
Mitch Perry (MSG / Edgar Winter)
Monte Pittman (Madonna)
Rowan Robertson (DIO / Bang Tango / DC4)
Janet Robin (Student of Randy Rhoads / Lindsey Buckingham)
Alex Skolnick (Testament / Alex Skolnick Trio)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
Brent Woods (Student of Randy Rhoads / Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)
Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)
Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson / Tribe of Gypsies)
Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill)

“THE MADMEN” (RRR House Band):
Michael Devin: vox (Whitesnake)
Stephen LeBlanc: keys (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.)
Rudy Sarzo: bass (Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot / Whitesnake / Queensryche)
Phil Soussan: bass (Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol / Big Noize)
Brian Tichy: drums (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill / MOTH)
Host: Dean Delray (Rock n’ Roll Comedian)
Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio
Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
Kelle Rhoads
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey / Talisman)
Chas West (Bonham)

*In addition to this lineup, there will be some very specials guests -
some will be announced and some won’t, so stay tuned!

Randy Rhoads Remembered: 1.23.2015
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Limited VIP packages available at www.Californiamusicfest.com

Randy Rhoads Remembered 1.23.2015 - General Admission Tickets:
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Randy-Rhoads-Remembered

Limited VIP packages available at www.Californiamusicfest.com

For VIP Packages, Press & Photos contact Noelle Kim: ProducerNoelle@gmail.com or 310.849.3444

Tichy / Sutton Productions:
www.facebook.com/RandyRhoadsRemembered
www.facebook.com/randyrhoads.society
Twitter: @RhoadsRememberd

JANUARY 3rd 2015
VINCE NEIL'S LAS VEGAS ARENA FOOTBALL CHEERLEADER AUDITIONS
MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil's Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football League team will hold an audition on January 5 for the team's Posse cheerleader squad. "We are going to have the 10 hottest, sexiest girls in Las Vegas leading the team, the best beauties in the league," Neil tells Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun. "The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, who once made headlines around the world, will pale by comparison to what we assemble.

"Ten guys will get to watch each home game with the Posse in a convertible on the field. It will be the hottest ticket in town — everybody will want to get close to our cheerleaders. This really will be 'Girls, Girls, Girls'! They will look as if they have stepped right out of the hottest music video of all time." The Las Vegas Outlaws will host their inaugural match in Las Vegas on March 30 against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's L.A. Kiss team.

Asked what went into his decision to buy the Las Vegas Outlaws, Neil told ESPN 1100AM's Chuck Ojeda: "Here's the thing: I love arena ball; I think it's so fast and it's exciting. And so I started out by buying a minority share of the Jacksonville Sharks — just to kind of get my feet wet — and then asked to get the franchise, and all the team owners approved it. It's like a dream come true. Getting an expansion team in a league is pretty hard as it is. So it's exciting. We've already signed some great players. And then we have the expansion draft."

Regarding what having the Las Vegas Outlaws will do for the city of Las Vegas, Neil said: "Arena ball is all about family and community. And that's what I wanna do; I wanna make something exciting for the community to come out and rally behind — their football team — and have a fun thing for families to bring their kids to the games and yell and scream. You're there in the game; you're yelling and screaming at the refs and screaming at the coaches and you're screaming at the players. And so it's right in your face. So it's cool. And hopefully we'll get the whole community around us, and by the looks of it, it's working."



DECEMBER 29th 2014
SAXON DRUMMER RUSHED TO HOSPITAL
British NWOBHM legend Saxon postponed the remaining dates on their UK tour due to drummer Nigel Glockler's health issues. Glockler was rushed to hospital on Monday night. More details will follow as soon as available.

States Saxon frontman Biff Byford in a Facebook post: "Nigel, our friend and brother, is in the hospital in the UK having tests to find a bleed on his brain. He is up and talking but he says he has a ball-crushing headache. I will pass all your messages on to Gina, Nigel's wife, and we all pray that Nige can pull through this! At the moment all shows have been rescheduled to [early] February 2015."
Following shows were rescheduled as follows:

Feb. 03 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 05 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall

Feb. 06 - Oxford, UK - Academy

Feb. 07 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets remain valid for the new dates of course. The band and management would like to apologize to all involved for any inconvenience caused.


DECEMBER 29th 2014
ACCEPT DRUMMER AND GUITARIST
PART WAYS WITH BAND
German/American metallers ACCEPT have parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann. Says ACCEPT in a statement: "ACCEPT would like to thank Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann for being with us these last four-plus years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off! "We and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control.

"Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band PANZER, a Nuclear Blast record deal under their belts and a new album! "We are parting as friends and wish them nothing but success! "We ourselves are getting ready for 2015 — another year of heavy touring! "We would like to say thanks again to our fans around the world for their huge support and for the fantastic year 2014!

"The 'Blind Rage' world tour continues in 2015."

Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band's "Restless And Wild" album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983's "Balls To The Wall" LP. When ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Herman handled second-guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann, with Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit.

Frank and Schwarzmann were involved in ACCEPT's comeback with new singer Mark Tornillo and have appeared on their last three studio albums: 2010's "Blood of the Nations", 2012's "Stalingrad" and 2014's "Blind Rage". Frank and Schwarzmann are currently involved in a new project called PANZER, also featuring vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION. PANZER's debut album, "Send Them All To Hell", was released on November 28 via Nuclear Blast.


DECEMBER 27th 2014
BUTCHER BABIES KICK OFF TOUR TODAY
After successfully completing a headlining North American tour this past fall, Los Angeles breakthrough metal act, BUTCHER BABIES, are now heading back on the road again, this time with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and HATEBREED! See below for all upcoming dates.

BUTCHER BABIES live with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HATEBREED
12/27/2014--Studio Seven--Seattle, WA
12/28/2014--Knitting Factory Concert--House Spokane , WA
12/29/2014--Commodore Ballroom--Vancouver, BC
12/30/2014--Kelowna Community Theatre--Kelowna, BC
12/31/2014--Flames Central--Calgary, AB
1/2/2015--Shaw Conference Centre--Edmonton, AB
1/3/2015--Convention Hall--Arts Centre--Regina, SK
1/4/2015--Burton Cummins Theatre--Winnipeg, MB
1/5/2015--The Community Auditorium--Thunder Bay, ON
1/7/2015--London Music Hall--London, ON
1/8/2015--Kool Haus--Toronto, ON
1/9/2015--Metroplis--Montreal, QC
1/10/2015--F Shed At The Market--Syracuse, NY
1/12/2015--Reverb--Reading, PA
1/13/2015--State Theatre--Portland, ME
1/14/2015--Webster Theater--Hartford, CT
1/16/2015--Royal Oak Music Theater--Royal Oak, MI
1/17/2015--The LC Pavillion--Columbus, OH
1/18/2015--The Fillmore Charlotte--Charlotte, NC
1/20/2015--Diamond Ballroom--Oklahoma City, OK
1/21/2015--Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland--Kansas City, MO
1/22/2015--Sokol Auditorium--Omaha, NE

BUTCHER BABIES have just completed recording for the follow-up to their debut full-length, Goliath. Due out summer 2015, this currently untitled album was produced by Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH), who also worked on the band's recently released covers EP, Uncovered (the video for the cover version of "They're Coming To Take Me Away" can be viewed here). For a preview of new material, be sure to catch BUTCHER BABIES on the road, where they will be debuting tracks for the first time live!

DECEMBER 23rd 2014
ANTHRAX IN THE STUDIO
Anthrax, along with producer Jay Ruston, is currently in a Los Angeles studio recording the follow up to their 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed album Worship Music.  The band - Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/guitars and Jon Donais/guitars - has been writing and demo'ing new songs over the past few months and plans to record well into January.  The as yet untitled album, the band's eleventh full studio collection, is set for a 2015 release (Megaforce Records).

This video clip was filmed the first day of recording.

http://youtu.be/wBXPJKiDxwI
DECEMBER 15th 2014
ENSLAVED UNVEIL NEW ALBUM ARTWORK AND UPCOMING TOUR
'IN TIMES' will be the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED. Hand-painted artwork is by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all seven album covers since 2001’s Monumension.


The album will be released on March 6 (Europe) and March 10, 2015 (N. America).

ENSLAVED guitarist & composer Ivar Bjørnson shares the following about the band’s latest creation: “I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own a**, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any ‘opinions’ about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert song-smith. The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness. The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events. In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art. I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far: It incorporates our ‘blacker’ past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any sense… Ha, ha, ha. It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle. It simply sounds inspired.”

 The track listing for IN TIMES:

 1.  Thurisaz Dreaming
 2.  Building With Fire
 3.  One Thousand Years Of Rain
 4.  Nauthir Bleeding
 5.  In Times
 6.  Daylight

The new album’s total running time is fifty-three minutes.

Main recordings for In Times took place at Duper Studios to Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds, also where the band recorded the infamous “Thorn” 7 single in 2012.  

IN TIMES was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

In support of the new upcoming record, Enslaved has announced dates for an upcoming North American tour with Yob and Ecstatic Vision. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets to be on-sale soon, in the meantime, check out the tour poster below:


DECEMBER 10th 2014
JUDAS PRIEST RE-RELEASE
DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH 
Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980's 'British Steel' and 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance'), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to 'deliver the goods,' to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, 'Defenders of the Faith,' which spawned such headbanging classics as 'Freewheel Burning,' 'Jawbreaker,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,' and 'Love Bites.'

And on March 10, 2015, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the 'Defenders' tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984.

The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group's ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as 'Metal Gods,' 'Breaking the Law,' 'Sinner,' 'Electric Eye,' 'The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),' 'Victim of Changes,' and 'You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,' among many others. As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, "It's 30 years since we released 'Defenders of the Faith' - we're very proud to say it has become a classic that's beloved by Priest fans throughout the world"

Judas Priest continues to 'defend the faith' to this day, as the group recently issued their seventeenth studio album, 'Redeemer of Souls,' which sees the band's popularity amongst metalheads remain as strong as ever, as it debuted higher than any other previous Priest release (at #6 on the Billboard 200). And on the group's current tour, quite a few classics from 'Defenders' are being performed for the first time in years.

And soon, fans will get a chance to re-experience vintage Judas Priest, with the 'Defenders of the Faith' reissue.

CD1 'Defenders of the Faith' Re-Mastered

1.   Freewheel Burning
2.   Jawbreaker
3.   Rock Hard Ride Free
4.   The Sentinel
5.   Love Bites
6.   Eat Me Alive
7.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8.   Night Comes Down
9.   Heavy Duty
10. Defenders of the Faith

CD2 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984

1.   Love Bites
2.   Jawbreaker
3.   Grinder
4.   Metal Gods
5.   Breaking the Law
6.   Sinner
7.   Desert Plains
8.   Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
9.   The Sentinel
10. Rock Hard Ride Free

CD3 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984

1.   Night Comes Down
2.  The Hellion
3.   Electric Eye
4.   Heavy Duty
5.   Defenders of the Faith
6.   Freewheel Burning
7.   Victim of Changes
8.   The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
9.   Living After Midnight
10. Hell Bent For Leather
11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

DECEMBER 6th 2014
VENOM ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
VENOM announced the January 27 release of From The Very Depths (Spinefarm Records) last week, news that was met with elation among the metal community, from tastemakers to fans. The metal icons, who are pretty much responsible for authoring their own genre, have followed up the album release news by sharing the two-horns-up album artwork.
 
The cover is visually arresting, featuring skeletal beings bathed in red and orange tones. The image is dominated by the instantly recognizable VENOM logo, and is a natural successor to the artwork for previous album, 2011's Fallen Angels, also released via Spinefarm.
 
And to think this is merely the cover! The album's accompanying music slays, and early praise indicates that this could be one VENOM's best releases...ever. Even the album title is 100 per cent 'Venomous', referencing the band's infamous live intro tape.
 
Screw the holiday season. January 27 can't get here fast enough!
 
For More Info Visit:
www.venomslegions.com
www.spinefarmrecords.com