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Thursday
Apr262018

Great White To Replace Loudness At M3

M3 Rock Festival is next weekend in Columbia, Maryland. The annual Glam festival had a lineup of many of our favorites.

One of the bands slated to appear was Loudness. Now the Japanese band can't get into the country because of visa issues. This has happened to them many times before. Great White will step in and save the day. Have fun to all who are attending. I wish I could be there with you!


Wednesday
Apr252018

Judas Priest, Deep Purple Announce Co-Headline Tour

From my inbox - this one is cool! Plus, the tour kicks off in Cincinnati, which is basically my backyard! 

Philadelphia, PA (April 23, 2018) – Legends will collide late this summer when Deep Purple and Judas Priest embark on a co-headlining North American tour.  Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California.  


Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour.  As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10am local time until Thursday, April  26 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. 

Deep Purple’s latest studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), InFinite featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information, please visit www.deep-purple.com. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album One of a Kind on May 25. 

Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, was released March 9, 2018, via Epic Records. Co-produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap, the 14-track album has become one of the most successful of the band’s entire career - landing in the "top-5" of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S.), and scoring their highest charting commercial rock radio single in decades with “Lightning Strike.” Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their near 50-year career, and with a line-up featuring Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill, and Scott Travis, Judas Priest will be scorching across North America with some heavy metal Firepower again this summer and fall on tour with Deep Purple! For more information, please visit judaspriest.com

DEEP PURPLE AND JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

8/21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
8/22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
8/27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre
8/29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
8/30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
9/1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
9/6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
9/8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
9/11 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
9/12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily's Place
9/14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Amphitheatre
9/16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9/18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre
9/20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino
9/21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah's Council Bluffs
9/23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
9/26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre

Tuesday
Apr242018

Tuesday Two-Fer, VI: RATT

From our friend HIM.
 
Where would we be without Ratt and the constant drama? I like to think we would be doing fine, reminiscing about how damn great these fellows were in their day. It wasn’t complicated. It wasn’t fancy. It was rock, stuffed with socks and amazing riffs and whatever it was that Croucier was doing.
 
First Pick: “Lack of Communication,” Out Of The Cellar (1984):



Out Of The Cellar [Explicit]


It would be so easy to pick the low-hanging fruit. But I won’t. Nope. I go with a song that just screams, from the first static-filled sound, “this is gonna melt your skull and you will smile while it does.” And I did. And I still do. Sure, they were talking about our inability to truly communicate with each . . . really? Was that what you wanted from them? Nah.
 
Second Pick: “Wanted Man,” Out Of The Cellar (1984):



Give Blotz his due. For as much of a liquor-inspired buffoon as he can be nowadays, this song is his to set up and he nails it. That is his sound. Full stop. We know it. So does he. He might not have contributed much else. But we know the Blotz when he drums and when he, well, shares with his fans. But this song is a straight-ahead dose of gun-slinging metal. The idea that these guys would last a day in the old West is laughable. Here is a test though: tell that to Crosby. I dare you.
 
Questionable-ish Mention: “Lovin’ You Is A Dirty Job,” Detonator (1990):



 
Not a bad late career (pre-Infestation and implosion) song from them. But “I’ve got the glue to glue it”? Really? That is all you guys could twist into a lyrical knot? What? Was Desmond Child sniffing glue when you penned that nugget? For some reason, that horrid line always trips me up.

Monday
Apr232018

Happy Birthday Steve Clark

Steve Clark, former guitarist for Def Leppard, was born on this date in 1960. He died January 8, 1991. Through the years, the members of Def Leppard have never forgotten him or his contributions to the band. I think that's something very special and just another reason why I love the Leps.

They sent out the Tweet below to promote a classic concert event airing today on YouTube. 

 

Sunday
Apr222018

Crashdïet Release 'We Are The Legion' Video

Happy Sunday Funday! I was pretty busy all day yesterday so I'm looking forward to relaxing today. My beloved Crashdïet has just released a video for their new track "We Are The Legion." This is keeping with our nice run of new glam videos this week! The clip features new singer Gabriel Keyes and there are points where he sounds like original frontman Dave Lepard.


Maybe someday I'll finally get to see this band live.


Saturday
Apr212018

Autograph Release 'Every Generation' Video

More new music! Today, a new video from Autograph. The clip is for the song "Every Generation" taken from the new album Get Off Your Ass. Whenever I think of Autograph, I think summer. A perfect, carefree party band, we're getting to the time of year where it is great to pop on some Autograph and kick back. It's good we're getting so many new videos from our favorites lately. What do you think of this track?


 

Friday
Apr202018

Stryper Release 'The Valley' Video

Stryper has just released a video for "The Valley." The song is on the new album God Damn Evil which comes out today. Apparently don't go to Walmart to look for the album. Blabbermouth had a story a few days ago that said the giant retailer wouldn't sell the new Stryper disc in stores because of the title, so religion I guess. What do you think of the new track?