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Trending: Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons trended on Twitter for hours yesterday. When I first noticed this, I was worried he was dead or something.

But good news! All is well. Turns out, old Gene was trending because a cow was born... with markings just like The Demon. Every major news outlet in the world covered this.

You're welcome.



'Step Inside: Hysteria at 30' - Part 2

Def Leppard has released part two of their mini-documentary Step Inside: Hysteria. Watching this clip is a blast. I especially enjoyed the little bit about the band's debt load after making Hysteria. It cost $4.5 million bucks to make back in the day. A huge amount to be sure... but just think: I can't imagine any band getting that sort of label advance these days.

Does this mean we'll never have another album like Hysteria again? Probably not. We already know that arena bands are fading away and no one is there to really fill the void. I can't think of an album released today that will be important and beloved 30 years from now. 


Crazy Lixx, 'Hunter of the Heart' - New Video

Here's the best video and song so far of 2017! It's "Hunter of the Heart" from Crazy Lixx. The song is on the album Ruff Justice.

The song is great with big choruses and snappy riffs and the video is a hoot with it's little story line. I also want to give a shout out to the fact that there are two guys both named Jens in Crazy Lixx these days. I actually know a real life Jens (he's German), so this made me laugh.

All the best modern glam comes from Sweden.


'Step Inside: Hysteria at 30' - Part 1

From my inbox:

Legendary British rock 'n' roll icons Def Leppard celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album Hysteria, one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with mini documentary, Step Inside: Hysteria at 30. The documentary gives Def Leppard fans a behind the scenes look into the making of the iconic record, thirty years later.

Part 2 of the documentary comes out tomorrow.

In conjunction with the documentary series, Def Leppard is releasing Hysteria (Remastered 2017) this Friday, August 4th. The remastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe-Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version, & limited edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, and additionally the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time.


Axl Rose, Billy Joel Share Stage

Last night in Minneapolis, MN, Billy Joel rocked a huge crowd. At one point, the piano man invited Axl Rose on stage for a surprise duet of the AC/DC song "Highway To Hell."

I happened to be up at 2 a.m. and noticed that "Axl Rose" was starting to trend on Twitter... and I of course assumed the worst, considering how things are going for rock stars these days. Imagine my surprise when the performance was the reason! What a great experience for all the fans at the Billy Joel show.


Yngwie Malmsteen Announces Tour

If you're into fast guitars, you might consider seeing Yngwie Malmsteen live. He's going on tour soon and he's hitting a lot of different areas. I've seen him before -- years ago at a festival. It was interesting and I'm glad I saw him, but I'm not the biggest fan and I won't lie and say I am. Still, if you're a fan of glam - and you obviously are if you're reading this - you need to see him live at least once. 

This tour is in support of Malmsteen's 2016 album World on Fire

Oct. 20 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
Oct. 21 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
Oct. 22 - Hazard, KY - Forum Theatre
Oct. 25 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium 
Oct. 26 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
Oct. 27 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
Oct. 29 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
Nov. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Nov. 02 - Kalamazoo, MI - State Theatre
Nov. 03 - Chicago, IL - Portage Theatre
Nov. 04 - Ringle, WI - Q&Z Expo Center
Nov. 06 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage Theater
Nov. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Nov. 08 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theatre
Nov. 09 - Greensboro, NC - Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Nov. 12 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts


Ronnie James Dio Hologram Hits The Road

This is both odd and unique: the Ronnie James Dio hologram is going on tour with the other members of Dio. This means you'll have the chance to hear the music of Dio live once again. The tour is called, naturally, Dio Returns. The tour is starting overseas and will eventually make its way to America next summer.

The hologram will use actual live vocals, so it will sound more natural. The hologram was created by Eyellusion.

It's an interesting concept to bring back a beloved musician from the dead, pair them with still living bandmates and hit the road. More holograms are in the works and I can't help but wonder who will be next.

Here's the first tour dates for Dio Returns:

Nov. 30 - Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus
Dec. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Fryshuset
Dec. 04 - Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall
Dec. 06 - Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
Dec. 13 - Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini
Dec. 15 - Santander, Spain @ Escenario Santander
Dec. 17 - Bucharest, Romania @ Arelene Romane
Dec. 20 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Dec. 21 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013

Here's a video of the Ronnie James Dio hologram: