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10/23: THE “SUPERGROUP” SUPER SATURATION

Seems like just about every day I am hearing about a new “supergroup” of sorts being put together. A group of musicians who have other main bands getting together to make an album. This is yet another by product of the shrinking record business. If you aren’t selling any real copies of your albums with your main band, maybe be in five bands at the same time and combined there might be some sales

10/23: BACK FROM VACATION, JOHN 5, PRIEST, RADIO UPDATE, CHILLER, AOR MAG, DANZIG

Just back from a brief vacation on a cruise. The plan was to head to Bermuda, but due to the storm we ended up going to Canada (St John and Halifax). Nothing against Canada and those great cities but the idea was to go warmer not colder and the weather sucked the whole way.

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OZZY OSBOURNE SAYS HE HOPES DRUMMER BILL WARD CAN “CAN GET HIS STUFF TOGETHER” FOR A PROPER BLACK SABBATH FAREWELL

Full Metal Jackie of Loudwire spoke with the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, about his Memoirs of a Madman CD and DVD compilation Black Sabbath and Randy Rhoads. Excerpts from the interview appear below. Loudwire: Ozzy, there’s a lot of really cool stuff on the Memoirs of a Madman DVD that fans will love.

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LED ZEPPELIN LOSES FIRST ROUND IN “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” PLAGIARISM SUIT

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 .

10/17: MARK TREMONTI THIS WEEKEND, AC/DC, PODCAST UPDATE

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

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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

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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

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AC/DC RELEASE NEW BAND PICTURE FEATURING STEVIE YOUNG, DRUMMER PHIL RUDD M.I.A

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

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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.

10/15: THAT METAL SHOW UPDATE, JOEY KRAMER PODCAST

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.

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EDDIE VAN HALEN’S EVH LAUNCHES 5150III 1X12 50-WATT COMBO AMPLIFIER

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)

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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.

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