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Stryper Announces 10th Studio Album

Happy Friday! I've been sick for nearly two weeks now. At this point, I'm just desperate for an end to the headaches and body aches! TGIF for me for sure, although I had a sad realization this morning that I can't sleep in tomorrow because I'm getting my taxes done at 9 a.m. I clearly had a temporary lapse in judgement when I made that appointment! Anyway, there was some Stryper news in my inbox this morning. I know a lot of you are fans, so I wanted to share. Earlier this week I interviewed both Warrant and Jackyl - so look for news incoming there... if I ever get rid of this headache.


Iconic rock band STRYPER will celebrate their 35th anniversary with the upcoming release of their 10th studio album, God Damn Evil, due April 20, 2018 from Frontiers Music SRL. Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, the band returns with their most powerful album to date, doubling down on the hard rock/heavy metal sound that earned them a worldwide fan base.

God Damn Evil is available now for pre-order. 

Fans were initially introduced to the new album title and cover art via a social media post on February 5th, which quickly went viral causing a significant amount of conversation from STRYPER fans.

“We thought long and hard about this title,” says Michael in response to thousands of fan comments. “It was actually considered quite a few years ago and it just didn't feel like the right time. Now, with all the evil in the world that we see around us on a daily basis, it made perfect sense. It's a very bold statement yet a prayer asking God to damn/condemn evil. Nothing more, nothing less."

God Damn Evil is the first release since the recent addition of bass player Perry Richardson, who joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar). Perry is best known as a founding member of the multi-platinum band Firehouse.

STRYPER fans are getting their first look into the upcoming album with today’s release of the epic lyric video for the song, "Take It To The Cross."


Dennis DeYoung Announces Tour

Another day, another tour announcement!This time, it's Dennis DeYoung of STYX. He's doing a tour in support of the 40th anniversary of the The Grand Illusion. Spring and summer are shaping up to be fun. 

Dennis DeYoung announces a special live tour celebrating the 40th Anniversary of STYX's iconic 1977 album release, THE GRAND ILLUSION. DeYoung will reflect back on more than 4 decades of musical excellence throughout the performance. This includes performing the entire Grand Illusion album plus all the greatest hits written and sung by DeYoung including - “Come Sail Away,” “Babe,” “Mr. Roboto,” “The Best Of Times,” and “Lady.” Other hit songs attendees may expect include fan favorites "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Suite Madame Blue" and more. 

The excitement of the Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Tour is the magic of DeYoung's instantly recognizable voice bringing the classic STYX catalog to the live stage. For fans that weren't witness to the original album tour, DeYoung shares, "The Grand Illusion album was STYX’s greatest achievement, and this year my band and I will bring its sound and spirit to life nightly on concert stages across America."

The Grand Illusion was STYX's seventh studio album, but historically serves as the album that would launch the band to super stardom with DeYoung's song "Come Sail Away" reaching number 8 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1977. The song pushed album sales to more than 3 million copies and gave STYX a multi-platinum album certification bringing STYX critical commercial success. The album remains a staple on classic rock radio stations worldwide.

Of the Grand Illusion album, DeYoung adds "I formulated the theme behind the Grand Illusion album after observing how American culture creates illusions through advertising and entertainment to convince us that our lives our lacking, in order to sell products. I told the audience that we were part of the Illusion and warned them not to be “fooled by the radio,” which was us, and that in the end, despite the illusions and hype created, that “deep inside we’re all the same."

2018 offers opportunities for fans to see Dennis DeYoung and his band at a hometown venue. New dates are being added and ticket sales are available through DeYoung’s official website. For a detailed list of venues and performance dates, visit

The current tour schedule includes:

  • 2-9-18 - Wausau, WI - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 2-10-18 - Waukegan, IL - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 2-16-18 - St. Louis, MO - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 2-17-18 - Wichita, KS -  Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 2-23-18 - Las Vegas - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
  • 2-24-18 - Las Vegas - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
  • 3-11-18 - Private Show - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
  • 3-15-18 - Plymouth, MA -  Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 3-16-18 - Montclair, NJ -  Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 3-22-18 - Verona, NY - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 3-23-18 - Williamsport, PA - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 3-24-18 - Bethlehem, PA - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 4-20-18 - Bow, WA - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
  • 4-21-18 - Bow, WA - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX
  • 5-18-18 - Torrington, CT - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 5-19-18 - Concord, NH - Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour
  • 6-1-18 - Austin, TX - Dennis DeYoung and Night Ranger
  • 6-9-18 - Florence, IN - Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX

Poison Announces Summer Tour with Cheap Trick, Pop Evil 

It's happening, ya'll. Poison is hitting the road this summer. Here's the official release about the tour with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil. I saw a lot of buzz about this online yesterday.

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6, 2018) -- Music fans wanting a little variety with their summer tour package will get that very thing with the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour. Iconic rock band POISON, with all original members, will be joined by CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on its trek across the U.S. this summer.

Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10. Each band will be offering their own exclusive VIP packages and meet & greet opportunities beginning February 6 at 12pm local time. POISON will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales at for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages. VIP Packages for CHEAP TRICK will be available for all dates, details for which can be found at POP EVIL will also be offering VIP meet & greets at For more information about the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour, please visit

The bands are fired up to make the journey across the U.S. together. Bret Michaels, POISON lead singer and noted philanthropist says, “The all original POISON is headlining again this summer. It’s going to be a mega concert and party combined. We will be playing all the hits and bringing high energy rock and roll good times. I promise this will be awesome. My friends CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL will be joining us as well as some special guests on select dates. Again, I know all the bands with all the hits will be giving 1000%!!! Over the last years, POISON has got to co-headline with some great bands:  Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few, but I promise again, C.C., Bobby, Rikki and myself together will bring NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME!!!”

Check out the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour at any of the following stops.
May 18 - Irvine, CA - Five Points Amphitheatre
May 19 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint *
May 20 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort *
May 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
May 23 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
May 25 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint Center
May 26 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
May 31 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheatre
Jun. 02 - Dallas, TX - Toyota Pavilion at Irving Music Factory *
Jun. 03 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
Jun. 05 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre *
Jun. 07 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jun. 08 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre *
Jun. 09 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
Jun. 10 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center *
Jun. 12 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center *
Jun. 13 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheatre
Jun. 14 - Hartford, CT - The Xfinity Theatre
Jun. 15 - Gilford, NH - Bank of NH Pavilion
Jun. 17 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live *
Jun. 19 - Toronto, ON - The Budweiser Stage
Jun. 21 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach *
Jun. 22 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jun. 23 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center *
Jun. 24 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
* POISON, CHEAP TRICK, to be announced


Incredible L.A. Guns Performance Clip

L.A. Guns will release Made In Milan, a live CD/DVD package, on March 23. The band released a promo clip of the "No Mercy" performance and it is blistering. This is just great Glam. L.A. Guns are enjoying a massive resurgence and they deserve all the accolades they are receiving.

I've seen a lot of folks online talking about buying this package. It's harder and harder to find physical media these days, but you'll be able to order this package from Frontiers. Well worth it in my opinion.


Michael Schenker Fest To Tour North America

For some reason, my host has been having lots of problems over the past few days. This site has been down at times. Now there is a sporadic issue with comments. I'm trying to get the issues sorted, so thanks for your patience. Now, some Michael Schenker news from my inbox:

Few rock guitarists have proven to be as influential and enduring as the great Michael Schenker. And March will be a busy month for Schenker, as he will be issuing his latest album on the 2nd, ‘Resurrection,’ as well as launching a North American tour in support of it - kicking off on the 6th at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD, and wrapping up on April 3rd at the Ritz in Tampa, FL.

And what makes this tour truly unique is that it is being billed as “Michael Schenker Fest,” and will be featuring three classic Michael Schenker Group vocalists (Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley), plus the singer of Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock (Doogie White). And in addition to Schenker supplying guitar, he will be joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mann, bassist Chris Glen, and drummer Ted McKenna. Meet and greet packages are also available for purchase via

First bursting on the scene in the early ‘70s with the Scorpions, the German guitarist and his seemingly always present Flying V were also a crucial reason in UFO becoming one of the world’s top rock bands that same decade (on the strength of such classic recordings as 1977’s Lights Out, 1978’s Obsession, and 1979’s Strangers in the Night), as well as supplying guitar on a Scorpions album that made important inroads into the American market (1979’s Lovedrive). But since 1980, Schenker has been best known for his work with MSG - including such further classic recordings as 1980’s self-titled debut (featuring Barden), 1982’s Assault Attack (featuring Bonnet), and 1987’s Perfect Timing (featuring McAuley). 

And soon, lucky North American fans will get the chance to experience all eras of MSG, on a nearby concert stage!


03/06/2018  The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD 
03/07/2018  Carnegie Music Hall - Munhall, PA
03/09/2018  Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
03/10/2018  Irving Plaza - New York, NY
03/11/2018  Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
03/12/2018  Club Soda - Montreal, QC CANADA
03/14/2018  Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
03/16/2018  Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
03/17/2018  Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
03/18/2018  Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
03/19/2018  Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
03/22/2018  Neptune - Theatre Seattle, WA
03/24/2018  Events Center - San Jose, CA
03/25/2018  The Grove - Anaheim, CA
03/26/2018  Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
03/27/2018  House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
03/29/2018  Cervantes Ballroom - Denver, CO
03/31/2018  Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
04/01/2018  Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
04/03/2018  The Ritz - Tampa, FL 

Judas Priest 'Firepower' -- New Song

I'm back at home after visiting Disney World over the past week. I think I picked up a germ there because I have a cold - and I'm very diligent about hand washing and hand sanitizer, too but man, there were people coughing and sneezing everywhere there! I've been resting this morning and plan to lounge all day in preparation for the Super Bowl (go Eagles!)

Imagine my pleasant surprise catching up on the Metal news that I see Judas Priest dropped a new song for us. It's "Firepower" from the upcoming album of the same name. Firepower will be released March 9 and the band will tour as well. Here's hoping that my earache and sore throat go away, that the Patriots lose and there's awesome Metal in all the ads tonight!


Joe Perry Super Bowl Ad Teaser

Looks like Joe Perry will be in a Super Bowl ad just like Steven Tyler. Monster will advertise Joe's signature headphones. So the question begs - which company ponied up the money to have all of Aerosmith together in one spot? We'll see if it happened tomorrow I guess.

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