KISS may not be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, but fans and collectors will definitely get VIP access to historical and some never before seen pieces of KISS memorabilia in the upcoming Rock Gods and Metal Monsters Auction , hosted by Backstage Auctions . The online auction event contains over 200 auction lots of rare KISS memorabilia dating back as far as back as 1973 and is filled with historically relevant KISS relics. If you are looking for something in the “Holy Grail” range – Peter Criss’ personal drum kit that he used from 1973-1974 while on tour with KISS should definitely be on at the top of your list of items to procure. As far as epic, historic and downright mind-blowing KISS collectibles go, it is hard to imagine something more prestigious than his complete Ludwig drum kit, which was his very first official KISS kit
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Sorry to have learned that the Hell & Heaven Festival in Mexico City was officially cancelled late last night. Many fans asking me what I know and the honest answer is nothing more than everyone else has heard. I am here in NJ so only getting information from the agent who booked me on it. It seems there were issues for a couple weeks on the location and with the needed clearances. I know very little on how Mexico works and never was at this festival before, so I simply don’t know anything more.
Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has claimed that he was only paid an average of $745 per show in 2011, and bandmates Tom Araya and Kerry King only got $1266 for each appearance – even though concerts were bringing in around $49,000 per night. After examining the band’s accounts, he concluded that the musicians only received $400,000 out of the $4.4m they’d generated that year. His notes led to the argument that led to his fired in 2013. Lombardo insists he did everything he could to persuade his colleagues they were all entitled to a better deal, not just him – but alleges the management made extra payments to Araya and King to let the issue drop
John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock ‘n’ roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you’ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before. With the June 3rd release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin , Led Zeppelin II , and Led Zeppelin III , the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page.
QUIET RIOT, FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS AND GUITARIST GILBY CLARKE TEAM UP FOR THE “BANG YOUR HEAD” TOUR
While there are many tours making their way across North America this summer, NONE will offer more bang for the buck than the Bang Your Head tour, four of Heavy Metal/Hard Rock’s biggest brand names join forces for what will be a guaranteed evening not to miss every show. Quiet Riot boasts the distinction of having the very first Heavy Metal album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, and they started the thriving Los Angeles scene that spawned countless others who followed their lead. They have sold over 40,000,000 records. In a testament to their longevity, Quiet Riot’s iconic anthem Bang Your Head (Mental Health) is currently featured in contemporary media via a wildly popular Hyundai commercial and their other classics, such as Cum On Feel The Noize and Mama Weer All Crazee Now can be heard everywhere from the Tony Award winning stage show and motion picture, Rock of Ages, to every major sporting event. The Bang Your Head tour brings them back to North American stages to crank out hit after hit for a both the old and new generation of fans! Hollywood’s own Faster Pussycat bring their notorious live show to the tour, and they always go deep into their extensive catalog including chart toppers House Of Pain and Poison Ivy
Busy first half of the week. Had a great SiriusXM show Monday with guests George Lynch and Gilby Clarke. George has a new band with Dug Pinnick and Ray Luzier called KXM that just came out that sounds killer. Shot this Saturday’s new TMS yesterday with Dee Snider, Glenn Hughes via Skype (his new band California Breed also sounds great!), and Chris Caffery on guitar
ADRENALINE MOB’S GUITARIST MIKE ORLANDO DISCUSSES THE BAND’S NEW ALBUM AND THE ADDITION OF TWISTED SISTER DRUMMER AJ PERO
Ruben Mosqueda of the Oregon Music News spoke with Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando. Highlights from the interview appear below. OMN: I like that you guys stuck to the “classic” album format in that you have 11 tracks on the album and no more. You’ve sequenced it like an album with a A & B side. Mike Orlando: Funny that you should mention that because Russell (Allen) looks at a CD as two sides– like a vinyl album.
The lawsuit filed against Kiss in respect of royalties allegedly unpaid to Eric Carr was filed without the support or knowledge of the late drummer’s heirs. They’ve instructed the lawyer who launched the legal action to cease and desist and KISS frontman Paul Stanley tweeted , “Eric Carr’s family is shocked by a lawsuit filed without their knowledge or support. We will deal with this attempted scam appropriately.” According to an article in the New York Post , attorney Robert Garson reported that he’d initiated the lawsuit on behalf of an unnamed friend and an unnamed relative of Carr, who died in 1991, because it had been discovered money was sure from overseas sales of his songs. However, Mark Abbattista, representing Carr’s family, tells blabbermouth , “This proceeding was filed by a non-related third party without any knowledge, authorisation or consent
Buckcherry have released a video for their track Dreamin’ Of You taken from their 2013 album Confessions . Watch it below. The clip was inspired by memories from frontman Josh Todd’s childhood.
Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with iconic guitarist George Lynch and Kings X vocalist dUg Pinnick about their new band KXM, that also features Korn drummer Ray Luzier. Highlights from the interview appear below. BraveWords: How did KXM form? dUg Pinnick: “We were at a party at Ray’s house, and George made the comment, ‘Hey, let’s do some music together.’ And Ray and I both said, ‘Sure.’ It’s something that we’ve always wanted to do, but when you get together with a bunch of people, we’re always talking about doing something together, and most of the time, nothing ever happens.
Bon Jovi have once again topped Billboard’s rock rich list of annual earnings, raking in an estimated total of $29,436,801 in 2013. The band have topped the cash chart for three of the previous six years, and have never been far from the top. Their return to the head of the list comes despite the absence of guitarist Richie Sambora following a dispute with frontman Jon Bon Jovi. Billboard, who compile their chart based on available figures from US music and ticket sales, say: “It’s no surprise Bon Jovi’s immensely popular stable of songs continues to drive strong digital track sales, with more than 1.5m downloads producing nearly $300,000 in royalties. Streaming royalties are also catching up, approaching $150,000
Kill Devil Hill have announced the departure of drummer Vinny Appice, who co-founded the band in 2011 with ex Pantera bassist Rex Brown and appeared on their first two albums. The sticksman has decided it’s time to focus on other things – including a new record by his Dio offshoot band Last In Line. Appice says in a statement, “It’s been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love.” Brown comments, “We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny. We wish him well – it’s been a blast.” The band’s new drummer is Johnny Kelly, known for stints with Type O Negative, Danzig and A Pale Horse Named Death, admits: “I have some really big shoes to full, but I’m ready for that challenge. I’ve been a fan since their debut and I’ve known the guys for a long time.” Last In Line, featuring original Dio men Vivian Campbell, Jimmy Bain, Claude Schnell and Appice alongside vocalist Andrew Freeman, will start studio work next month