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  • KISS Cancels Australian Tour Due To Illness
    on November 13, 2019 at 23:47

    KISS has canceled its previously announced Australian tour due to illness. Earlier this week, it was announced that doctors had advised Paul Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour's first show in Perth and the cancelation of New Zealand. It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned. However, unfortunately, this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer. Stanley said: "Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our 'End Of The Road' tour of your incredible country. Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep. We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward. Doctor's orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender. With heavy hearts, KISS." Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live said: "We are devastated with the cancelation of the Australian tour. We've been in constant contact with the band in the past few days hoping for a positive outcome. We know how much fans were looking forward to the tour. We send our best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery." Tickets purchased by credit or debit card will be refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium, if relevant) and patrons do not need to take any action. Patrons should allow up to 10 working days for the refund to appear in their account. Patrons who purchased tickets in an Agency using cash or EFTPOS will be contacted via phone in the next 15 days to arrange for a full refund. For Supercars Newcastle 500 tickets, the concert portion will be refunded, being $65 for Gold tickets and $115 for One Last KISS tickets. All refunds will go back to the credit card it was purchased on by December 6.

  • SCOTT WEILAND's Widow Is Selling His VELVET REVOLVER-Era Hats On eBay
    on November 13, 2019 at 20:27

    Scott Weiland's widow Jamie Weiland is selling two of his VELVET REVOLVER-era hats on eBay, each with a starting bid of $3,500. A message on the eBay auction page reads: "Scott Weiland's Black and Red Skull Hat from VELVET REVOLVER Days – Authentic. This hat was gifted to me by my late husband before he passed. It has been protected from light, dust, etc. in a container in my home. A certificate of authenticity will be included. Please message me if you have any questions." Jamie explained her decision to sell the hats in a message on Instagram. She wrote: "My husband gifted these to me years ago and they've been carefully cared for, and despite my affinity for #hats I never wore them. I am selling them – they're on eBay and the auction closes soon. I would prefer to, of course, keep them but due to some not fun changes in my life, I need to part with them. If you're interested please let me know and I'll send you the link. Much love #scottweiland #velvetrevolver." More than three years ago, Jamie filed a claim against Scott's estate, saying he owed her $64,406. Jamie said she and Scott signed a prenuptial agreement before their 2013 wedding which provided that the musician would put $2,000 into a separate account each month that they were married, with a provision that the amount would increase by seven percent annually. But Jamie said Scott had only made two deposits by the time he died in December 2015. TMZ said that the document was "cut and dried," stating "what was his before the marriage remained his, and vice versa." In addition, the agreement waived Jamie's right to spousal support. However, this past August, Weiland's creditor's claim against the estate was denied. Scott Weiland's second wife, Mary Forsberg, who is also the head of the estate, had previously argued that Jamie did not file the paperwork properly and her claim had since lapsed. This past April, the IRS filed a federal tax lien against Weiland's estate, alleging he did not pay his federal income tax from 2012 to 2014. The lien listed Mary Weiland as his representative. Last year, Weiland's estate was hit with a lien by the California State Tax Franchise Board for almost $250,000. The estate was also ordered by a judge to pay $4,000 a month to the late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer's children. Mary Forsberg was Weiland's second wife and mother to his children, 18-year-old Noah and 16-year-old Lucy. His first marriage to Janina Castenada lasted from 1994 to 2000. Forsberg posted a brutally candid letter about Scott at RollingStone.com following his death, writing that his children "lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd [2015] was hope." Weiland was found dead on his tour bus at the age of 48 from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. The vocalist was also dealing with self-medication, estrangement from his children, financial difficulties and a steadily increasing drinking problem. Jamie told Billboard in an interview that Scott had been experiencing episodes of paranoia and mania caused by bipolar disorder. She explained: "At one point, it was so bad I had to move out because he was unstable." Eventually they found a medication that leveled him out, with Jamie adding "For the last couple of years, he was doing pretty great." View this post on Instagram My husband gifted these to me years ago and they’ve been carefully cared for, and despite my affinity for #hats I never wore them. I am selling them - they’re on eBay and the auction closes soon. I would prefer to, of course, keep them but due to some not fun changes in my life, I need to part with them. If you’re interested please let me know and I’ll send you the link. Much love ? #scottweiland #velvetrevolver A post shared by Jamie Weiland (@jamieweiland13) on Nov 13, 2019 at 4:13pm PST

  • ARMORED SAINT To Begin Recording New Album In December
    on November 13, 2019 at 18:38

    ARMORED SAINT will enter the studio in December to begin recording its new album. The follow-up to 2015's "Win Hands Down" will be released in 2020. Last year, singer John Bush told the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio show "Wired In The Empire" that the band had "some songs" already written for the upcoming disc. "We don't want to wait too long before we put out a record, but on the same token, we thought 'Win Hands Down' is an amazing record and we're going to be hard-press to surpass it," he said. "ARMORED SAINT, it's kind of the way our career has gone. The way I see it, it's all about the quality, not the quantity, and I say that because I have to say that. It's true. I'd rather have 25, 30 years when we're all dead and gone and people look back on us and go, 'That was a cool band and they made some really cool records.' It's not like 'They made 20 records and maybe five of them were good and there's 15 bombs.' I don't want people to feel that way about ARMORED SAINT. I say that because we kind of have to do that because it's what our career has turned into. It would be cool to get out a record in less than five years. We went from 'Revelations' in 2000, to 'La Raza' in 2010. Granted, I was in ANTHRAX during that time. 'Win Hands Down' we cut in half and put it out in five. The tunes so far sound killer." "Win Hands Down" was released in June 2015 via Metal Blade Records. In the summer of 2018, ARMORED SAINT completed a North American tour commemorating the band's classic "Symbol Of Salvation" album. On this special run, the group performed "Symbol Of Salvation" in its entirety, with select shows recorded for a live DVD. Armored Saint will begin recording a new album in December! Will be released in the new year 2020! New Year, New album! Armored Saint!!! Photo by Stephanie Cabral Posted by Phillip Sandoval on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

  • MOTIONLESS IN WHITE Frontman Says DEE SNIDER Is 'The Ultimate Rock Star'
    on November 13, 2019 at 18:30

    MOTIONLESS IN WHITE frontman Chris "Motionless" Cerulli says that being interviewed by Dee Snider for an episode of the TWISTED SISTER singer's "I Wanna Talk" podcast was a memorable experience. "Dee is like the ultimate rock star in the best sense of the word," Chris told MA Entertainment Global during a recent interview (see video below). "He's just such a rad guy. He understands everything about this world inside out and backwards, and he's just such a mouthpiece for what we represent and such a leader and a pioneer for what we get to do now as a band. Just getting to talk with him on that real level was an opportunity I can't say I thought I would have in life." Asked if he was a fan of TWISTED SISTER growing up, Chris said: "Oh, yeah. My parents were into TWISTED SISTER. I remember hearing all the singles and stuff, and seeing it on MTV, watching the videos of them kicking the guy out of the house. It was super cool." Back in 2011, Snider was transformed into Biblical figure Pontius Pilate for MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's music video for the song "Immaculate Misconception", with Cerulli in the role of Jesus Christ. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's acclaimed new album, "Disguise", is available now at all DSPs. "Disguise" is highlighted by a series of singles, including "Brand New Numb", "Undead Ahead 2: The Tale Of The Midnight Ride" and "Disguise", the latter joined by a companion video directed by frequent collaborators Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn. In addition, "Brand New Numb" was recently joined by an official visual, directed by Max Moore.

  • JOE LYNN TURNER Says He Has Cleaned Up His Act 'A Lot' Since Suffering Heart Attack
    on November 13, 2019 at 16:06

    Former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner, who suffered a heart attack a year and a half ago, says that he is fully recovered and healthier than ever. "Calling it a wake-up call is exactly right," he told The Jerusalem Post in a new interview. "After 40-plus years of touring and the heat of the 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' lifestyle, it's going to catch up to you sooner or later. "I've cleaned up my act a lot and feel like I have a new lease on life," he said. "I've got new opportunities to comprehend my mortality and to be more grateful. It was just a hell of a way to do it." Turner's April 2018 hospitalization was first reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which quoted the press service of the Ministry of Health of Belarus as saying that the singer was treated at a Minsk facility for "myocardial infarction," commonly known as a heart attack. Turner's presence at the hospital was also reported by Belarus's most influential daily newspaper, the state-owned SB Belarus Segodnya. Joe was the frontman of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album "Difficult To Cure", which featured the band's most successful U.K. single, "I Surrender". During Turner's time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre. 1990 saw Turner reunited with RAINBOW leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DEEP PURPLE for the "Slaves And Masters" album. The 68-year-old singer is married to Maya Kozyreva, a lawyer from Minsk.

  • SLAYER's KERRY KING: Limited Run Of 50 Handcrafted DEAN USA Guitars Available For $8,666 Each
    on November 13, 2019 at 15:52

    Dean Guitars has released a limited run of 50 handcrafted USA guitars designed in collaboration with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. Each USA Kerry King V Limited Edition 50 Pc guitar is priced at $8,666 and can be ordered from the Dean Guitars web site. King joined Dean's artist roster last month after previously working with B.C. Rich and ESP for his signature guitars. "I'm super stoked to be part of the Dean Guitars family," Kerry said of the partnership. "This has been an insane long time coming! Together we're going to create some amazing guitars that Dean, SLAYER and Kerry King fans will be as excited as I am to play them. It's gonna be a wild ride for years to come!" Over the coming months, Dean Guitars will release product information outlining Kerry King's signature Dean Guitars USA and import models. Dean Guitars president and CEO Evan Rubinson said: "We are thrilled to welcome one of the most iconic guitarists in the world to the Dean family. Our partnership with Kerry King couldn't be a more perfect fit — a legendary metal guitar player and a legendary metal guitar company, collaborating to bring our fans something the world has never before seen." King is one of the most instantly recognizable and well-respected musicians in thrash/punk/metal, and over the past four decades has pioneered some of the most brutal and revolutionary music ever created. King wrote or co-wrote some of SLAYER's most beloved songs, including "Mandatory Suicide", "Repentless", "Hell Awaits", "Disciple" and "Raining Blood". Known for his allegiance to the Oakland Raiders, his love of snakes, and his taste for Jägermeister, King is outspoken, opinionated and authentic to the core.

  • KISS: Officially Licensed ERIC CARR Coins Available
    on November 13, 2019 at 15:21

    Icon Coins has introduced the officially licensed Eric Carr commemorative collectors coin. Carr, KISS drummer from 1980 until his untimely passing in 1991, contributed his talent to the bands many gold and platinum albums during his tenure, and can be heard on the band's many hit songs from the 1980s, including "Lick It Up", "Heaven's On Fire", "Crazy Nights", "Tears Are Falling" and "Forever", to name a few. In addition to his musical contributions, Carr was equally known for his inviting personality and genuine love for the fans. From the time he joined the band to this very day, Carr remains one of the most beloved members of the KISS family. Each Eric Carr commemorative collectors coin is die struck in heavy solid brass with an antique silver finish. The front design features a beautiful sketch portrait of Eric Carr while the back design features his name, birth and passing years, Fox and Chikara icons representing his musical personas, over a shattered glass background reminiscent of the "Crazy Nights" album cover. Each coin will also include an exclusive backstage-pass-style laminate that will act as the coins certificate of authenticity featuring design elements from the coins themselves as well as an Eric Carr mini-bio. This addition to the Icon Coins family is limited to 100 coins minted. Icon Coins designer Ralph Asbury has a long history when it comes to keeping the memory of Eric Carr alive. It started in the late 1990s with an action figure. At the time, McFarlane Toys had released the first set of official KISS action figures as KISS was back on top of the world with the reunion tour. To help fans complete the set, Ralph created one of the earliest custom-made Eric Carr action figures by re-purposing the Paul Stanley figure to represent the Fox character. (One of these custom creations can be seen on the Eric Carr documentary "The Eric Carr Story: Inside The Tale Of The Fox".) This led to an introduction to Eric's family and the next effort to honor The Fox… In 2000, Eric Carr tribute album "Prophecy" was released. This project was a collection of songs written and performed by Ralph (under the name Ralph E. Carle) and dedicated to Eric Carr. The packaging was designed as a fantasy version of the 1978 KISS solo albums featuring Ralph on the cover as a fictional KISS character presented as a portrait similar to the existing albums. As the bandmembers dedicated their solo albums to the other members, "Prophecy" was dedicated to Eric. The album opens with a rare radio ID the was recorded prior to Eric's passing in 1991. Also included on the album are two different versions of the song "Your Turn To Cry", as pre-KISS song recorded by Eric Carr with his teenage band THE CELLARMEN. The first version on the album is a cover version of the song, and the second version is the original recording featuring Eric on drums and vocals. "Prophecy" was well received by KISS and Eric Carr fans alike. Ralph appeared at KISS Expos around the U.S. and Canada performing the songs and meeting fans of The Fox. In 2011, "Eric Carr: Unfinished Business" was released. This project featured various artists and friends of Eric Carr completing demos and incomplete songs left behind by Carr. Ralph Asbury was called on to design the packaging CD as well as coordinating some of the guest musicians who contributed to the album, including A.J. Pero of TWISTED SISTER and Kee Marcello of EUROPE.

  • Record Shopping With KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's MIKE D'ANTONIO And JESSE LEACH (Video)
    on November 13, 2019 at 14:59

    Mike D'Antonio and Jesse Leach of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are featured in Amoeba Music's "What's In My Bag?" segment in which they talk about some of the records they are into. In the clip below, they can be seen shopping at Amoeba in Hollywood, where they pick up music by AGNOSTIC FRONT, CARCASS, BAD BRAINS, DEAD KENNEDYS and MEGADETH, among others. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's latest album, "Atonement", was released in August via Metal Blade Records in the U.S. and Sony Music Entertainment in the rest of the world. "Atonement" is the culmination of a trying and turbulent two-year period. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE started kicking around ideas for the album as early as 2017. The band recorded the bulk of the material separately on both coasts. However, in the middle of the process, a polyp developed scar tissue in Leach's throat, forcing him to undergo surgery. The intense three-month recovery ended with speech therapy, vocal therapy, and scream therapy. The band ultimately emerged with an album that is further evidence of their undeniable legacy as one of the most enduring metal bands of the last two decades and beyond. The elaborate illustration on the "Atonement" album cover was created by none other than talented U.K.-based artist Richey Beckett (METALLICA, MASTODON) with the band's own D'Antonio handling art direction and layout duties. "Atonement" features guest appearances by the band's former lead singer Howard Jones and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy. It marks the band's third full-length release since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.

  • RAMMSTEIN's TILL LINDEMANN Says Victim Of Alleged Assault At German Bar 'Was A Rude A**hole'
    on November 13, 2019 at 14:38

    RAMMSTEIN frontman Till Lindemann has commented on the incident this past summer that saw him being accused of assault at a hotel bar. Lindemann allegedly got into an argument with a fellow guest at the Bayerischer Hof luxury hotel in Munich, Germany after the band's June 8 concert in the city. The alleged victim is a 54-year-old man from Hamburg who apparently insulted a female companion of the singer, according to witnesses, by implying she was a sex worker. The woman, named Lana, told Bild: "He said to me in English, 'I would pay double for you.'" Lindemann then asked the man if he had just called his companion a prostitute and demanded an apology. In response, the man allegedly clenched his fists and asked the RAMMSTEIN frontman to walk to the door. At that point, Lindemann elbowed the man in the face, leaving him with a bloody nose and a possible broken jaw. Asked by Revolver magazine in a new interview to confirm that the incident actually took place, Lindemann said: "That attorney is waiting for me, but, uh... he was a rude asshole, and made a friend of a friend start crying. But it's yellow press." A day after the incident was first reported in the German media, Lindemann's former girlfriend of five years, 29-year-old German model Sophia Thomalla, defended the singer, telling Bild: "Till is the most polite person I know. I have no idea what happened to upset him. But if he snapped, his reaction was justified." One of the most revered metal groups of all time, RAMMSTEIN is renowned for its electrifying live shows often involving spectacular pyrotechnics. The band has been touring in support of its untitled seventh studio album, which came out in May.

  • BRET MICHAELS To Receive 'Humanitarian Of The Year' Award At 'Hollywood Christmas Parade'
    on November 13, 2019 at 14:00

    POISON singer Bret Michaels will be the "Humanitarian Of The Year" award recipient at the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Michaels is a multi-platinum global music superstar whose multi-faceted brand encompasses record-breaking touring sales, TV stardom and chart-topping songs. A successful entrepreneur in addition to his musical achievements, he created the multi-million-dollar-selling Pets Rock Collection with PetSmart, launched his own line of custom guitars and created "Bret's Blend, Diet Trop-A-Rocka" which is a number-one-selling beverage for Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group. "I could not be more honored to receive this 'Humanitarian Of The Year' award," said Michaels. "It truly touches my soul, and I am extremely grateful to be able to receive this award at the holidays, which is the perfect time of year to give back and donate to great causes like Toys For Tots. I can’t wait to play a song or two and I truly look forward to this chance to meet a lot of amazing people and fans at the Hollywood Christmas Parade." Demonstrating Michaels's never-ending commitment to giving, he has pledged to honor his reception of this Humanitarian award by dedicating one of his upcoming shows to charity. Michaels, a lifelong diabetic, the son of a veteran, and survivor of a life-threatening brain hemorrhage has always stood up to any challenge that was thrown at him. As a type 1 juvenile diabetic since the age of 6, he consistently leads the charge for diabetes awareness, sending children to camp with his Life Rocks Foundation. Through his Foundation, he has raised millions of dollars for charity and he has additionally personally donated to causes throughout his career, including his winnings from "Celebrity Apprentice". His philanthropy has helped not only diabetes education and research but also a diverse range of causes such as childhood cancer, veterans organizations, PetSmart charities, Operation Homefront, Feelgood Foundation and many more. Michaels's latest hit single and video, "Unbroken", is dedicated to the idea of overcoming any challenge that life puts in front of you. He cowrote and recorded the song with his youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu, who currently attends a music and arts school. His eldest daughter, Raine, is an in-demand model after being a finalist in the Sports Illustrated's Swim Search earlier this year. Michaels himself is one one of the most sought-after performers in the world, keeping him on the road for each of the last 10 years for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements yearly. Those talents, combined with his passion for philanthropy and helping others, made Michaels a fitting choice to receive this year's "Humanitarian Of The Year" award. Although Michaels is primarily a solo artist and is finishing his "Unbroken" world tour of arenas and amphitheaters, he is giving the fans an early Christmas gift by agreeing to a confirmed tour in 2020 featuring a reunited, all-original POISON. Though no dates are currently locked in, Michaels is excited to bring the band back on the road for a summer jaunt of concert hits. As the mother of a five-year-old Type 1 Diabetic diagnosed just a few months ago, co-executive producer Emma Sharratt MacEachern says there was no other choice for this year's "Humanitarian Of The Year" award. Comments Sharratt MacEachern: "Imagine running a marathon on a high wire for the rest of your life. This is what it’s like to live with Type 1 diabetes. Hundreds of calculations and decisions to be made each day, all with life-threatening consequences. A 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week balancing act that will never go away. "When my child was diagnosed, I was handed a piece of paper with photos of famous people with Type 1. One person stood out to me: Bret Michaels. Bret was diagnosed at age six, and since then, he's gone on to live the life he has, realizing his dreams and making a huge impact in the world, not just with his many accomplishments in entertainment, but also with his incredible efforts to advocate for those who have been diagnosed or affected, to help find a cure. "November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and we are truly honored and proud to present the 'Humanitarian Of The Year' award to Bret Michaels." The landmark anniversary celebration will take place on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. PT. The host of "Access Hollywood", Mario Lopez, and the Lopez family, are this year's Grand Marshals. They will join an eclectic array of musical performances featured during the parade and national telecast. The parade will also feature a special tribute for Toys For Tots and a magic performance by Mai Wynn and Farrell Dillon of The CW's hit series "Masters Of Illusion". The 88th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-host Elizabeth Stanton. It will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW network Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT. The parade, featuring Marine Toys For Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere, will also air on the Hallmark Channel shortly after as well as on American Forces Network, to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide. The event will be presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles. A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year, with larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, award-winning bands, colorful equestrians, ornate floats, popular characters/novelties, celebrity-filled cars and, of course, Santa Claus making the much-heralded trek down the over three-mile parade route. For information on how to purchase grandstand seats to the parade, please visit www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.org. Photo credit: Mark Mazzant

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