Check out the lineup for Chicago's Riot Fest. Motorhead seems sort of shoved into the middle of this lineup, but maybe that's just me.T.G.I.F. ya'll!
The Sunset Strip Music Festival is set for August 1-3. The fest will actually take place across many Sunset Strip clubs including the Roxy, Whisky A Go-Go, Viper Room and House of Blues.
Linkin Park will headline the festival and more bands will be announced soon and I'm sure some Glam acts will be on the bill.
Tickets for the SSMF 2013 street festival are on sale now. GA and VIP options available.
Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman is out now. All the genres of metal are covered in the book's nearly 800 pages including our beloved Glam. There's a crazy excerpt on LA Weekly and the post is called "The Time Axl Rose and Steven Adler Nearly Killed Each Other." Well that only sort of narrows it down, but the excerpt is really good.
People commenting in the excerpt include Vicky Hamilton, Riki Rachtman, and gunners Izzy Stradlin, Slash, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler.
Here's the beginning of the excerpt from Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal:
Early on, one of Guns N' Roses' favorite haunts was the weekly rock club Cathouse.
RIKI RACHTMAN (DJ, VJ, Cathouse nightclub founder): The very first live performance at Cathouse was Guns N' Roses, Jet Boy, LA Guns, and Faster Pussycat, all taking turns playing acoustic; nobody had record deals. We probably had five hundred people there. Nobody knew Guns N' Roses would become the biggest band in the world.
VICKY HAMILTON (ex-Geffen A&R, manager): [GN'R] ended up living with me because Slash called one day and said, "The police are looking for Axl [on rape charges]. Can he come sleep on your couch for a couple of days?" This was before I was their manager. Axl moved in, then a few days later they were, like, "The police are still coming around. Can we move in?" So the rest of Guns is living with me, with the exception of Duff, who always lived with his girlfriend. I felt like I was having a heart attack every day because there was always something going on--the cops were beating at my door, or whatever. At one point, Howie Hubberman, who backed me on Poison and Guns N' Roses financially, said, "Here's a few hundred dollars. You and [roommate and concert promoter] Jennifer [Perry] need to go check in a hotel. I think you're gonna have a nervous breakdown and die." [The rape charges against Rose were ultimately dropped.]
The Tracii Guns League Of Gentlemen will release The First Record on June 21st through Shrapnel Records.
Remember when "Sweet Child O' Mine" was a rock song? By Guns n' Roses, the biggest rock group in the land? Well, now the track is being used by Johnson & Johnson in a massive ad campaign. Instead of Axl Rose's voice, the song was redone by the London-based Capital Children's Choir.
I suppose the amount of money Axl earned off this licensure deal was astronomical. Props to Johnson & Johnson for finding a song most everyone knows and changing it to match their company brand standards I guess. Still makes me cringe a little.
Happy Mother's Day.
Clicking around YouTube last night, I found a Jaun Croucier interview from the Denise Ames show. The video is about a year old, but fills in some holes regarding RATT's history. I've been thinking about RATT a lot lately, especially since the band is gearing up for a tour. The band is one of my faves and I love seeing them live, so I hope they come around Ohio again soon.