Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter reports: Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit Stairway to Heaven from Randy Craig Wolfe, founding member of the band Spirit . Wolfe’s heirs sued Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and their music companies in June, asserting that the story Page has told over the years about holing himself up in a remote cottage in Wales in 1970 and creating the iconic song is false. The plaintiff alleges that the music really came from Spirit, which once toured with Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s. To hear the song in question, please click here .
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Congrats to Joe Perry for making the NY Times Best Seller list for his book Rocks. If you are a fan of Aerosmith it is truly a great read. If you’d like to hear my interview with Joe from his book launch in NYC a couple weeks ago grab my podcast free on Itunes or www.podcastone.com Latest episode is with Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer. New episodes post every Thursday and upcoming guests include John 5, Adrian Vandenberg, Snake Sabo, Chris Jericho & Rich Ward and many more
FORMER JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING DISCUSSES WHY HE LEFT THE BAND, POSSIBLY RECORDING A SOLO ALBUM AND RELEASING HEAVY METAL FRAGRANCES
Adrian Peel of Digital Journal spoke with former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing. Excerpts from the story appear below. On his new business venture: “Don’t laugh, but I’m just about to release Metal For Men and Metal Pour Femme , which is a new line of fragrances, and I’m going to be selling that internationally. Do you know Planet Rock
LAST IN LINE, FEATURING VIVIAN CAMPBELL, VINNY APPICE, JIMMY BAIN, CLAUDE SCHNELL AND ANDREW FREEMAN, SIGN WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of Last In Line, featuring original Dio members, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, along with vocalist Andrew Freeman. When he left Black Sabbath in early 1982 to form his own band, the late, great Ronnie James Dio took powerhouse Black Sabbath drummer, Vinny Appice with him. Ronnie knew that he wanted a European flavor to balance-out the band, so he asked his former Rainbow bandmate and Scottish native, bassist Jimmy Bain to join him. In turn, Jimmy recommended a young Irish guitarist, Vivian Campbell to complete the line-up. When the four of them met and played for the first time in a North London rehearsal room in September 1982, the magic was evident and the classic Dio band line-up was born
AC/DC have released their first official band photograph to feature new guitarist Stevie Young. Young is the nephew of Malcolm Young, who he replaced in the band when Malcolm, 61, was confirmed as having been diagnosed with dementia . The photo has been released a week after AC/DC were in London to film a video for their new track Play Ball . Drummer Phil Rudd missed the video shoot due to a “family emergency” and he is also absent from the new photograph
KISS’ PAUL STANLEY SAYS FORMER BANDMATES PETER CRISS AND ACE FREHLEY “RESENTED” HIS DRIVE TO SUCCEED, PLUS “LOVE GUN: DELUXE EDITION” DUE…
KISS frontman Paul Stanley was recently a guest on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” where he discussed his former bandmates drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley implying that they carried “a lot of resentment” over the fact that some of the other members of the band were more “focused” and “driven” to succeed than they were, which ultimately led them to sabotage their careers. “It’s very difficult to move forward when two of the people are, at times, like flat tires,” Stanley explained [as transcribed by Blabbermouth ]. “It becomes more of a problem when their reason for being is to foil and to throw off track what you’re trying to do. So, at some point, it really became more about trying to disrupt what we were trying to do with no regard to whether or not what they wanted to do was right or wrong; they just wanted, ‘Let’s screw Gene [Simmons] and Paul. So we’ll say no, and they’ll say yes.’ So it really became very, very, very difficult.” Stanley claimed that he was in favor of splitting the band’s finances evenly in the early years, but that things changed once Ace and Peter started putting less effort into the group, leaving Paul and Gene to take over.
I know I typed this a few weeks ago but still getting asked almost daily (thanks for caring!) about new episodes of That Metal Show. VH1 Classic repeats the heck out of them but there have been no new shows since April. The network decided to put the show on hiatus until 2015 but there is now a firm plan for the shows return. We will once again be shooting from NYC and like last season be doing shows on a weekly basis.
After nearly three years in development, EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the 5150III 1×12 50-watt combo amplifier. This is not your average 1×12 combo by any stretch. In line with Eddie Van Halen’s legacy, this 1×12 is a true game changer, making players swear they’re standing in front of a half-stack. The EVH 5150III® 1×12 is an all-tube combo amp, featuring three channels of pure 5150-III high performance tone (clean, crunch and lead)
THE FOO FIGHTERS AND ZAC BROWN PERFORM BLACK SABBATH’S “WAR PIGS” ON THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
On October 14th, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters began a weeklong residency at the Late Show With David Letterman . Last night, they were joined by Zac Brown for a cover of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs . Watch the performance below. The band residency with Letterman is to promote their upcoming “love letter to the history of American music,” Sonic Highways , which will be released on November 10th. In Black Sabbath news, singer Ozzy Osbourne announced back in September that the band will began working on its final album in early 2015.
Back from a great weekend in Louisiana hosting the Rockathon at Paragon Casino in Marksville. Hung with so many great bands and fans and it was a blast. Thanks to Paragon Casino for the tremendous hospitality as well. They really took care of everyone first class all the way. Hope to be back soon
KISS’ GENE SIMMONS SLAMS REALITY SHOW JUDGES WHO CODDLE CONTESTANTS, PLANS TO LAUNCH HIS OWN SHOW CALLED “COLISEUM”
Seems like KISS frontman Gene Simmons is no fan of reality show competitions where judges coddle contestants rather than being honest. “You can’t sugarcoat s–t, pardon me. You can mentor anyone you like, but it’s a waste of time if they don’t have the goods intrinsically,” Simmons told The Hollywood Reporter at MIPCOM where he’s launching his new reality format Coliseum from Sierra/Engine Television. Simmons is putting his own spin on the TV competition show genre by getting tough on contestants. Why?
California rockers Rival Sons appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman on October 9th performing their song Open My Eyes from their album Great Western Valkyrie . Watch their performance below. Rival Sons released Great Western Valkyrie , their fourth album, on June 6th. Rival Sons on the web: Official Website Facebook Twitter YouTube