THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), will release a new concert DVD and Blu-ray in July via Loud & Proud Records. The set will include the band's entire May 27, 2016 performance at Teatro Cariola in Santiago, Chile as well as an EP of previously unreleased studio tracks. THE WINERY DOGS last year completed a tour in support of its second album, "Hot Streak", which was released in October 2015 in North America. "Hot Streak" debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. In a recent interview with Myglobalmind, Kotzen said about THE WINERY DOGS' current status: "[There is] nothing [planned] at the moment, I don't foresee anything happening for a couple of years. "It's an interesting thing, with THE WINERY DOGS I wasn't looking to join a band for the rest of my life," he continued. "My idea was to take a break from being Richie Kotzen and do something more collaborative. I thought it would be fun to do the first WINERY DOGS CD and tour to some key market shows and that would be the end of it. We ended up getting a great response and toured for over a year. People loved the CD so much that we got back in the studio to do the second one. "For me, it's time to come home and do what I've always done. I have been making Richie Kotzen records since I was 18; it's a source of survival, sanity, art, and everything you want to call it. I know the other guys have something very exciting in the works which people will love. It may fill a WINERY DOGS void." Kotzen added: "I'm not saying it's over; you never know in a couple of years from now we may get back together and do something. What I am saying is THE WINERY DOGS are the furthest thing from my mind right now with a new [solo] CD coming out."
Members of NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, WINTERSUN, AMORPHIS, HIM, BATTLE BEAST and CHILDREN OF BODOM are among the musicians who have contributed to "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song", a track celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Finland's Tuska open-air metal festival. Tuska promoter Jouni Markkanen said: "All proceeds from this project will be collected to the 'Tuska 20 Years' fund that operates under the umbrella of Elmu Säätlö, and will be donated to charity. The object of charity will be determined by an advisory board, which consists of musicians, industry notables and Tuska-related persons throughout the history of the festival." "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song" has also been a great experience for the musicians involved, and an exciting one, as CHILDREN OF BODOM drummer Jaska Raatikainen explained: "This project is more secret than North Korea. Even the musicians don't know what's going to happen…" The seven-minute epic, which was written by Esa Holopainen of AMORPHIS, features guest appearances by the following musicians: * Akira Takasaki (LOUDNESS) * Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND) * Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH) * Lauri Porra, Jens Johansson and Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS) * Roope Latvala and Janne Joutsenniemi (STONE) * Jari Mäenpää and Teemu Mäntysaari (WINTERSUN) * Santeri Kallio (AMORPHIS) * Janne Johannes Puurtinen (a.k.a. Burton; HIM) * Noora Louhimo (BATTLE BEAST) * Archie Cruz (SANTA CRUZ) * Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS) * Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE, Sonic Pump Studio) * Jaska Raatikainen, Alexi Laiho, Daniel Freyberg, Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM) * Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM, HALLATAR) * Tomi Joutsen (AMORPHIS) * Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, NIGHTWISH) * Marko Annala and Tuomo Saikkonen (MOKOMA) * Pasi Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE) * Antti Hyyrynen (STAM1NA) * Samy Elbanna (LOST SOCIETY) * Ville Sorvali (MOONSORROW) * Netta Skog (ENSIFERUM) "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song" is now available for streaming below and can be downloaded as an MP3 or WAV file through www.fundyou.io. Each download costs 5 euros. HIM, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MAYHEM, APOCALYPTICA, DIRKSCHNEIDER and SONATA ARCTICA are among the confirmed bands for the 20th-anniversary edition of the Tuska festival, set to take place June 30 - July 2 in Helsinki, Finland. The 2016 edition of the Tuska festival saw 28,000 fans gathered at Suvilahti, formerly an energy production area, a present-day venue for festivals, flea markets and graffiti, located in Helsinki's Sörnäinen district. The festival offers a variety of ticket options: from 255 euros for the three-day Tuska Turbo VIP package to 129 euros for a normal three-day ticket and 105 and 75 euros for a two- or one-day ticket, respectively. Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands at the festival site. For more information, visit Tuska.fi.
"Take On My Legacy", a brand new song from Italian metallers LABYRINTH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new studio album, "Architecture Of A God", which will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. In the spring of 2016, the band's founding members, Andrea Cantarelli and Olaf Thorsen received a call from Frontiers asking them to discuss with vocalist Roberto Tiranti the possibilities of a reunion with a return to their classic sound to mount a comeback for the band. After much discussion, the guys agreed to make an album and also to make a very special appearance at the the first annual Frontiers Metal Festival, where they performed their signature album, "Return To Heaven Denied", in its entirety. [Said performance is being prepared for a future home video release.] Olaf says: "This has been easily the most difficult and challenging album I ever worked on. "To be honest, when Frontiers contacted me, insisting to make this reunion happen, I was skeptical and worried. We couldn't simply make a new album; it wouldn't have been honest to the fans, to ourselves. "Of course, this is as easy to say as also unbelievably tough to make real: we have so many good albums out there, looking at us from their past and which people still keep in their minds and hearts. That's why we decided to strengthen our lineup, joining with nobody else but the best musicians we believed they would have fitted perfectly into our perspective of the music we were about to write." Andrea adds: "The making of this album has been a fantastic journey. We brought back a lot of classic elements of our music, mixing it with something new and I'm so enthusiastic about the final result." Roberto Tiranti makes it short: "Just when you thought you already gave everything you could, expressing every possible musical aspect of your way of intending music for a band like LABYRINTH, then comes 'Architecture Of A God' to remind you that nothing is impossible!" With a new lineup rounded out by drummer extraordinaire John Macaluso (TNT, RIOT, ARK), Oleg Smirnoff (VISION DIVINE, EDRITCH) on keyboards, and Nik Mazzucconi on bass, LABYRINTH are truly coming back stronger than ever and have offered up a superb self-produced album. "Architecture Of A God" (mixed by DGM's Simone Mularoni) is a record that encompasses all the elements the band is known for: fast power metal songs with unforgettable hooks, epic prog-infused metal songs, and some great melodic numbers that compose a record which is easily going to be another milestone for the Italian metal masters! "What we have in our hands, now, it's 'Architecture Of A God': by far, the most mature and complete album we ever wrote," concludes Thorsen. "There's no will to challenge our glorious past, but I'm really confident that, once released, this album will set a new standard for our music!" "Architecture Of A God" track listing: 01. Bullets 02. Still Alive 03. Take On My Legacy 04. A New Dream 05. Someone Says 06. Random Logic 07. Architecture Of A God 08. Children 09. Those Days 10. We Belong To Yesterday 11. Stardust And Ashes 12. Diamond LABYRINTH 2017 is: Roberto Tiranti - lead vocals Olaf Thorsen - lead guitars Andrea Cantarelli - lead guitars Nik Mazzucconi - bass guitar Oleg Smirnoff - keyboards John Macaluso - drums
KAMELOT frontman Tommy Karevik has commented on the April 7 truck attack in Sweden which left four people dead and injured 15 more. The victims were killed when a 39-year-old man rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan drove a stolen beer truck through a crowd in a pedestrian shopping street in downtown Stockholm. Rakhmat Akilov, who has been in custody since the attack, admitted responsibility for a "terrorist crime" at a custody hearing on Tuesday morning. Karevik, a Swedish citizen who works as a firefighter when he is not busy touring and recording with KAMELOT, has posted the following message on his Facebook page: "Stockholm... Sweden.... a place I have called home for 35 years and a place where I always felt safe. My haven, if you will. "Last Friday, terror hit the heart of the city and took with it the lives of four innocent people, among those an 11-year-old girl. It is sickening and it makes my gut turn inside out. My thoughts go out to everyone affected. "My mother was walking on the actual street, only a few hundred meters away when it happened, and for the first time in forever I felt unsafe and very vulnerable. It just felt very real and close. But... What I have witnessed over the last couple of days since Friday is nothing short of amazing. People stepping up to help each other, going out of their own way to do something for someone else, showing each other endless love and support. Coming together. And all this by a people and a country that is often viewed upon as being very private and reserved. "It warms my heart to see that even the most evil act of chaos and turmoil can have byproducts such as love and compassion. Go, humanity! "In times like these, I want to express my gratitude to all of my family, the ones that I love and care about and to all of you who sent me messages to make sure we were all OK. It is truly great to have that support and I wish that for all of you people out there. Stay safe." KAMELOT's latest album, "Haven", was released in May 2015 via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC.
On Wednesday, August 9, Ozzy Osbourne will perform at on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip's Wolfman Jack Stage. Osbourne chose to perform at the hub of the rally, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, as one of just a handful of shows on his first solo U.S. tour in six years. "You never know what to expect with Ozzy, but you can be sure it will be over the top," said Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. "He puts on an incredible show and this is one of those performances you just can't miss. You may not have another opportunity to see the legendary Ozzy Osbourne live on stage. I wonder if he's still biting the heads off bats?" As the largest and most easily accessed concert and camping venue east of Sturgis, concert attendees not already camping at the Buffalo Chip will be able to access the free parking area at the east gate, about 5 miles from exit 37 on I-90. Passes purchased for Wednesday, August 9 include the Roland Sands Design Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle and the Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John both taking place in the Chip's amphitheater that afternoon. "Young Blood/Old Iron", the 2017 Motorcycles As Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter, will be open and free to the public. Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne told Rolling Stone that the 68-year-old singer would carry on as a solo artist after BLACK SABBATH's farewell tour came to an end this past February. "We'll continue until Ozzy finishes, and Ozzy won't be long behind them when he calls it a day," she said. "It's not going to be within the next year, but it's coming up," she said. "I don't want Ozzy singing 'Crazy Train' at 75. I think it's best you go out before you hit that 70 and go out on top." Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he wanted to keep performing for fans as long as he could. "I don't wanna stop, you know," he said. "It's been the biggest love affair of my life. When you reach a certain age in rock 'n' roll, people think, 'Well, this has got to be his last tour,' or 'This has got to be his last tour,' or 'You've got to come next Tuesday 'cause he ain't gonna do it after that.' You'll know when I've come off the road permanently. I mean, you'll know!" Ozzy has not released an all-new solo album since 2010's "Scream", having spent the last few years touring with BLACK SABBATH and recording that band's "13" album.
Sammy Hagar's video for "No Worries" can be seen below. The song is one of the new tracks included in his solo compilation "This Is Sammy Hagar Volume 1 - When The Party Started", which came out last November via Mailboat Records. The collection, which starts from his solo album post VAN HALEN, "Red Voodoo" in 1999 through to "Livin' It Up" in 2006, also includes a new remix of "Sam I Am", which is the new theme song for season two of his acclaimed TV show "Rock 'N' Roll Road Trip", as well as two new Hagar-penned tracks, the aforementioned "No Worries" and "I Never Got To Say Goodbye". "With this collection, I wanted to revisit the music which would come to redefine my career post VAN HALEN," explained Hagar. "It was the first time since I'd joined MONTROSE in 1972 that I was free from the weight of being in a superstar, high-pressure band and the commercial machine that came with it. I was in a place of experimentation and discovery and that's when the party started again for me." "This Is Sammy Hagar Volume 1 - When The Party Started" track listing: 01. Stand Up (5:58) 02. Serious Juju (3:50) 03. Little Bit More (3:37) 04. Ten 13 (4:35) 05. The Real Deal (3:12) 06. Tropic Of Capricorn (4:34) 07. Maui Wowie (2:11) 08. Shag (Outtake Mix) (3:54) (+) 09. Halfway To Memphis (4:29) 10. Sam I Am (3:30) (+) 11. Livin' On A Coastline (4:20) 12. One Sip (2:18) 13. No Worries (3:36) (*) 14. Never Said Goodbye (3:09) (*) * New track + Alternate mix
YES has released a statement regarding ANDERSON RABIN WAKEMAN's decision to changed the latter group's name to include "YES" in the moniker. YES's best-known past members, singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, revealed on Monday (April 10) that "effective immediately" they will be called YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, under which name they will tour North America later this year. Anderson said: "It's very simple — the fans want it, we want it, and it's our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA." The trio's name change quickly drew a response from the current lineup of YES, which features Steve Howe alongside fellow longtime member Alan White, returning '80s- and '90s-era contributors Geoff Downes and Billy Sherwood, and singer Jon Davison. The band's co-founder Chris Squire died in 2015. YES said in a statement: "While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, YES's position is that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect YES's magnificent and loyal fanbase and minimize confusion regarding the use of YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman." Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman reunited with Howe and White for YES's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last Friday. Together they played "Roundabout" and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" at the event. Prior to the induction ceremony, Howe said a classic-era YES reunion was unlikely, while Wakeman, in a tweet after the show, revealed it would never happen. He wrote: "To answer as to whether or not the Hall Of Fame induction will mean a YES reunion in the future, I can say 100% it's never going to happen." The most successful prog rock group of all time, YES, was co-founded by Anderson and Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of units with releases such as "Fragile", "Close to The Edge", "Tales From Topographic Oceans", "Going For The One" and "90125", as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours. Whilst Rick is predominantly associated with the '70s "prog era" of the band (which saw YES become a worldwide stadium headliner) and Trevor associated with the '80s "pop era" of the band (which furthered the band's popularity — including the band's biggest chart success), Jon is the bridge between both factions (as he was a member of both eras). The touring YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman band lineup is completed by two extraordinary musicians — Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums — who help to ensure that YES's immaculate artistic legacy remains intact. YES (above) photo credit: Glenn Gottlieb
KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has revealed that he is working on the follow-up to his 2014 autobiography "Face The Music: A Life Exposed". He writes on his Facebook page: "You won't be disappointed where the next takes us together." Asked why he was the last of the four original KISS members to write an autobiography, Stanley told the "Patcast" podcast: "Because I didn't write a KISS book. This isn't the fourth KISS book; this is the first Paul Stanley book. I wasn't writing the last in a series. I don't wanna be associated with those books, 'cause most of them are junk. Autobiographies, by their nature, are junk, because they tend to be love letters to yourself. You are writing what you think is you in your best light, telling stories that probably may have been enhanced, to say the least." Asked if he had read any of the autobiographies from the other original KISS members, Stanley responded: "When Gene's [Simmons, bass, vocals] came out, I read a little bit of that. And I thought, 'Gee, I thought I did that. I thought that was me. You thought you were me.' And the other guys [drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley]… Look, there's a reason… And people say, 'Oh, you shouldn't take potshots.' Well, if you ask me a question, I've gotta give you the same answer. And the truth of the matter is, there's a reason why attorneys don't put drug addicts or alcoholics on the witness stand. Regardless of whether they are today or not, anybody who's in a 12-step program will tell you they are alcoholics, or they're drug addicts. It's not a past tense. So to have somebody write their memoirs, well, they… as far as I can remember, they couldn't remember yesterday. How are they gonna remember thirty years ago?" Stanley also explained his reasons for writing a book, saying: "I wrote the book because my life is great, and my life wasn't always great. And if I can inspire some other people to realize that life's not always easy… And the truth of the matter is the people that you look up to and think are perfect are pretty much like you. And I think a lot of people with problems sometimes don't realize that they're not alone. So maybe by breaking down that wall a little and saying, 'We're all kind of in this together.' It's cathartic." He continued: "[My book] was a New York Times best seller, which is a nice place to be. It was translated into Japanese, Swedish, Italian, German… I like to think of it as… it's got a worldwide sentiment to it. And I really wrote it initially for my children. 'Cause I wanted my children to know what life was like, and when it's appropriate for them to read it… My 20-eyar-old, Evan, read it, and he just had this big smile and said, 'It's you.'" Stanley added: "The truth is great when it takes you to a place that's positive. I couldn't write a book if it didn't have a happy ending. I'd be horrible to… to be in the midst of what I was going through. And nobody should feel sorry for me — I had tons of great-looking women and money, and all kinds of stuff — but if I was still in the midst of the life I had then, there's no purpose to write a book. I only wrote a book because things turned out far beyond anything I could imagine." "Face The Music: A Life Exposed" debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list for Print Hardcover Non-Fiction. On top of that, "Face The Music" debuted on the Times' Combined Print and E-Book best seller list and E-Book best sellers list at No. 3 and No. 13, respectively. In the "Face The Music", Stanley talks frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.
According to TMZ, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has filed a new lawsuit against its longtime record label Prospect Park, calling the company a "sinking ship" which is drowning in debt. Saying FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is probably the only profitable band on the Prospect Park roster, the band has accused the label of "cooking up a bogus lawsuit last year to keep the band recording ... while it shopped the label," according to the tabloid site. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH wants a judge to release them from their contract with Prospect Park, and to order the label to more than a million dollars in damages. Prospect Park tells TMZ the real issue is the band still hasn't delivered the album "required under the recording contract and expected by their fans." The label sued FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH a year ago for breach of contract, alleging that the group wanted to rush the recording of a new album without proper creative input from the label and in order to "cash in" before the anticipated "downfall" of singer Ivan Moody, who was revealed at the time to be in rehab. In addition, Prospect Park wanted more time to promote 2015's "Got Your Six" release, and asked the band to provide just two new songs for a greatest-hits collection in the interim. But the group allegedly rejected that plan, insisting instead on recording a new full-length album. According to Prospect Park's original lawsuit, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's four-album contract prohibits the band from beginning to record a new effort until at least nine months have passed since the release of the previous one. The label said in its lawsuit that it wants to "prevent the band from disregarding the health and safety of a bandmate and destroying itself." In addition to its concern over Moody's well-being, the label alleged in the suit that "radio has told Prospect Park that the 'sound' of FFDP is getting stale, requiring greater creative input" in the recording of its next album. In May 2016, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH announced it had signed a new North American recording deal with the BMG-owned rock label Rise Records.
NONPOINT vocalist Elias Soriano was recently interviewed on "The Rockside Chronicles With Shawn SixX" via Shockwave Magazine. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Speaking about how NONPOINT has managed to survive two decades as a recording and touring band, Elias said: "I learned to not pay attention to the unimportant parts of the business. It's not necessary for me to read every single review, to read every single negative post and to answer it. There's certain limitations that you should put on how deep you're gonna let your personal feelings get involved with your livelihood. And I learned personally that I stay away from as much of the traditional troll or just that culture of being online [and posting negative comments]… I don't even pay it any attention. I talk to people that reach out to me in a positive light, and I try to keep things positive when I post. So that way people know how to deal with me, and the ones that don't and don't act accordingly, then I deal with them accordingly, which is to ignore 'em. If you have nothing nice to say to 'em, say nothing at all. Sticks and stones, you know… honestly." He continued: "It doesn't fucking matter anymore. It really doesn't. I don't give a shit what some fucking asshole in Detroit thinks of my band because we posted something and he didn't like it. It is what it is. We took a swing. At least we took a chance, we put up music, we're going in, we have a label and a management team — all the inner workings — because other than that one freaking dude, other people feel like we should continue to make records and release music. So I don't bother or bog myself down or anchor my life with anything outside of the things that are moving forward." Soriano went on to express his bewilderment at the fact that Internet haters expend so much of their energy posting negative comments when they could do far more productive things with their time. "What's crazy is that, what am I doing? I'm writing music. I'm not even doing anything that's physically affecting them," Elias said. "I could understand if I was standing on podiums chanting far-right or far-left politics and everything, [but] it's not that. I'm just trying to pull into your town, pull into a club, put on a show for you, have a good time and have something to drink to and sing and dance along to, and then leave. It's not rocket science. It's supposed to always be positive and good times. If you don't like it, you don't have to listen to it. Why are you wasting twenty minutes typing a four-page-long blog on why you hate whatever it is that you hate online that day? It's really, truly pointless." NONPOINT's latest album, "The Poison Red", was released last July via Spinefarm Records. The CD was recorded at Uptown Recording Studio in Chicago with producer Rob Ruccia. "The Poison Red" was the first NONPOINT album to feature lead guitarist BC Kochmit, whom Soriano has described as "Eddie Van Halen's illegitimate child."