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RUSH Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Canadian prog icons Rush have received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, maybe appropriately, in front of Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard. (See footage of the induction below.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and former WMMS Cleveland program director Donna Halper—both of whom received significant screen time in the recent award-winning documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage—were on hand to induct the band.

"Rush always stayed true to themselves and true to their music, and never lost their integrity," Halper said to cheers from the crowd that ranged from toddlers in Rush T-shirts and baby boomers in tattered vintage "2112" tour jerseys.

Frontman-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson were in attendance to claim the 2,412th star on the Walk of Fame. Noticeably absent was the notoriously press-shy drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, who was riding a motorcycle to the band's first tour date in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

This honor comes on the heels of the band's 40-city North American Time Machine Tour, during which the band will be playing their landmark album Moving Pictures in its entirety, as well as some new material including the new single "Caravan," from their 20th album, Clockwork Angels, which is due out next year.

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CARLOS SANTANA New Album to Feature Plethora of Guest Vocalists

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Guitarist Carlos Santana is no stranger to the concept of the guest vocalist—his 1999 smash album Supernatural featured Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, Everlast, Wyclef Jean, and others. And his 2002 follow-up, Shaman, featured Michelle Branch, Seal, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Dido, and others.

For his new, as-yet-untitled release, which is due out in September, Santana appears to be taking a decidedly more rock-based stance. According to the Pulse of Radio, Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell sings on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," STP frontman Scott Weiland covers the Rolling Stones' "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," and Chris Daughtry takes on Def Leppard's "Photograph" (personally, I'm having a hard time envisioning Carlos Santana playing that tune). Further, Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix gives us "Smoke on the Water," Joe Cocker does "Little Wing," India.Arie and cellist Yo Yo Ma lend their talents to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and rapper Nas rhymes his way through AC/DC's "Back in Black." We also get yet another Santana-Rob Thomas collaboration, this time on Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love."

Santana hits the road with special guest Steve Winwood this Wednesday (6/30), in St. Paul, Minnesota. For a complete list of tour dates, visit Santana.com.

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Metal's Big 4 Jam Together on Am I Evil?

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 25, 2010 at 11:31 AM

This past Tuesday (June 22), at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, members of Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax joined Metallica onstage to jam on the Diamond Head classic "Am I Evil?" That these four bands are playing together at all is nothing short of a metal miracle, but seeing Dave Mustaine onstage next to James Hetfield is the surest sign of the apocalypse we've seen in years!

You can read more at Blabbermouth.net and see photos from MetOnTour.com, but meanwhile, here's video of the performance. Sweet!

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LYNCH MOB Hits the Road for Summer Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 25, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Lynch Mob guitar tabHOLLYWOOD, CA (June 25, 2010) – Lynch Mob is getting ready to embark on a summer tour in support of their current release Smoke and Mirrors on Frontiers Records. The band line-up for this tour consists of George Lynch (shred master), Oni Logan (vox), Michael Devin (bassologist) and Brian Tichy (time-keeper).

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After seventeen long years singer Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new hard rock songs. "I would say this new record is the one we should have put out as a follow up to Wicked Sensation," says Lynch. "Better late than never, I guess."

Lynch Mob was formed by George Lynch, one of the few genuine guitar heroes of substance to emerge from the Los Angeles scene, after Dokken split up in 1989. The band's first album, Wicked Sensation, went on to sell over 500,000 units in the US and featured the talents of singer Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito on bass and former Dokken drummer Mick Brown. After a tour in support of Queensryche, Logan opted out, with Robert Mason taking his place on the follow-up self-titled release. However Lynch and Brown eventually returned to Dokken releasing 2 studio albums until he left again in late 1997 putting together a several new incarnations of Lynch Mob and exploring new sounds with different projects.

LYNCH MOB – TOUR SHCEDULE

Jul 18  El Paso, TX
Jul 20  Houston, TX
Jul 22  Odessa, TX
Jul 23  Dallas, TX
Jul 24  San Antonio, TX
Jul 25  Oklahoma, OK
Jul 28  Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 29  Sayreville, NJ
Jul 30  Springfield, VA
Jul 31  New York, NY
Aug 01  Framingdale, NY
Aug 02  Jermyn, PA
Aug 03  Cleveland, OH
Aug 04  Middleton, WI
Aug 06  Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 07  Sparks, NV
Aug 08  Fresno, CA
Aug 11  Seattle, WA
Aug 12  Portland, OR
Aug 13  Santa Rosa, CA
Aug 14  Pueblo of Acoma, NM

For more information, visit www.georgelynch.com or www.myspace.com/lynchmobrocks

GREGG ALLMAN Undergoes Liver Transplant

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Allman Brothers guitar tabAs part of his continued recovery from Hepatitis C, rock and roll icon Gregg Allman recently underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.  The singer, keyboardist, songwriter and guitarist had been on a waiting list for the transplant and is looking forward to a speedy recovery.

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"I feel pretty good, considering everything that's happened," says Allman, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. "Everybody involved here, my doctors and nurses in the hospital and all the Allman Brothers fans, they've just all been great." The surgery took place this morning (June 23) after Allman was notified that an appropriate liver had been donated. "All I can really say is 'thanks,'" the singer says with gratitude.

The transplant comes as a result of the artist's previous battle with Hepatitis C, a liver disease. In late 2007, Allman began a series of treatments for his Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led to doctors recommending a transplant. "I changed my ways years ago," Allman says, "but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can't wait to get back on the road making music with my friends."

Updates on Gregg's recovery will be posted regularly on www.greggallman.com and www.allmanbrothersband.com

 

Happy 66th Birthday Jeff Beck!

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 24, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Jeff Beck guitar tabRock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Jeff Beck turns 66 today. And like a robust Bordeaux, El Becko just gets better and better with age. Just two weeks ago, the master of tone and touch gave fans at Detroit's Comerica Park one of the finest renditions of the National Anthem in history (see video below), leading one of my colleagues to ask, "Is there anything this man can't do?"

Jeff Beck was born on June 24, 1944, in Wallington, England, where he gained an intense interest in music and the guitar at a very young age, particularly the blues. By the early '60s, he was working as a session guitarist, and in 1965, Beck was recruited to replace the departing Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds, on the recommendation of Jimmy Page.

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After an 18-month stint with the legendary group, he left the group to embark on a solo career. His 1968 debut, Truth, featuring Rod Stewart on vocals is now considered a landmark heavy rock album, and his two mid-'70s jazz-rock fusion recordings, Blow by Blow (1975) and Wired (1976), set high water marks for that genre.

In 1985, Beck scored the only hit single of his career with the Stewart-sung and definitive cover of Curtis Mayfield's spiritual "People Get Ready." Then in 1989, Beck won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental with his incendiary release Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop.

Beck largely remained quiet after that, releasing a few albums in the '90s and '00s. Then, seemingly with the 2008 release of the amazing live set Live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Beck experienced a bit of a Renaissance, enjoying newfound respect and popularity—particularly among the guitar-playing crowd—he'd not experienced since his heyday in the '70s. In late 2009, Beck was all the talk of the highly acclaimed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden, and in April of this year, he released Emotion & Commotion, his first studio album in seven years, to wide critical acclaim.

To be sure, Beck is back, and better than ever. Happy birthday, mate!
 

Dragonforce To Release Live Double Album

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Dragonforce guitar tabPress Release (New York, NY): Dragonforce, known for their over-the-top, infinitely fun, wildly entertaining live show, which has slayed the main stages of Ozzfest, Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and countless headlining shows the world over, have captured the whole shebang on Twilight Dementia, a double-CD which documents their Ultra Beatdown tour. The tour ran from 2008 through 2009 and includes tracks from all of the band's albums, including the hit "Through the Fire and the Flames," which was featured on Guitar Hero. The two-disc affair will be unleashed on September 14.

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Twilight Dementia was produced by longstanding DF collaborator Karl Groom along with band guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. It features 13 tracks and is an exercise in soaring vocals and advanced guitar pyrotechnics. It was recorded across 19 UK shows, with the very best takes lovingly compiled and mixed by Groom, Totman and Li.

"For years, fans have been asking us to record a live album, but honestly, we never really had the time due to our worldwide touring commitments and studio album recording," Li said. "However, due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans on the 'Ultra Beatdown World Tour,' we decided to finally put some real thought into it."

Li continued, "The idea was to record every single show from the last leg of the tour, so we could pick the best take of each song without needing to do any overdubs in the studio; keeping the whole thing live, like all the classic live metal albums. These recordings really capture the raw sonic energy of a DragonForce show in fine detail. It is so real that you can hear the noise of the crowd and experience the show as it was that night – you can even hear the guitar pedals being stepped on!"

The track listing for the collection is as follows:

Disc 1:
"Heroes of Our Time"
"Operation Ground and Pound"
"Reasons to Live"
"Fury of the Storm"
"Fields of Despair"
"Starfire"
"Soldiers of the Wasteland"

Disc 2
"My Spirit Will Go On"
"Where Dragons Rule"
"The Last Journey Home"
"Valley of the Damned"
"Strike of the Ninja"
"Through the Fire and Flames"

Formed in 1999, DragonForce—a multi-national amalgam of players at the very top of their game—have spent the past decade proving that virtuoso musicianship and strong songwriting values can appeal to rock fans right across the board; it's a journey that has seen the band playing sold-out headline shows around the world, including in markets as far afield as China, Hawaii, New Zealand, Russia & Columbia, forging a telling relationship with the 'Guitar Hero' franchise, and tucking four strong studio albums under their collective belt, with sales currently topping the two million mark worldwide.

And now, whilst seeking a replacement for recently departed frontman ZP Theart, the band have delivered a set of recordings that successfully highlight the non-stop energy and entertainment-or-bust ethos of the DragonForce musicians in full live flow.

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